Welcome to The Learning Leader Show. My mission is to have deep conversations with the world’s most thoughtful leaders and share their useful life stories and leadership wisdom. I speak with CEOs, Special Forces Operators, Entrepreneurs, Best-Selling Authors, Professional Athletes, and more. Our conversations are open dialogs where my guests share their most valuable experiences and learnings for the benefit of The Learning Leader Show audience. You will find links to each episode and the corresponding show notes at the bottom of this page.

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Episode List & Show Notes

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Episode #466: Liz Fosslien – How To Deal With Uncertainty, Build Your Career, & Embrace Your Emotions At Work

Liz Fosslien is the co-author and illustrator of the book Big Feelings and the Wall Street Journal best-seller No Hard Feelings. Liz is an expert on how to make work better. She regularly leads interactive, scientifically-backed workshops about how to build resilience, help remote workers avoid burnout, and effectively harness emotion as a [...]

Episode #465: Michael Easter – Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Healthy, Happy Self (The Comfort Crisis)

Michael Easter is a leading voice on how humans can integrate modern science and evolutionary wisdom for improved health, meaning, and performance in life and at work. He travels the globe to embed himself with brilliant thinkers and people living at the extremes. He is the author of The Comfort Crisis, a bestseller. The [...]

Episode #464: Polina Pompliano – Profiles Of The World’s Greatest Performers, Makers vs. Managers, & Building Trust Through Consistency

Polina Pompliano is studying the world’s most interesting people & companies. She is the Founder & Author of The Profile. Polina is a former writer at  Fortune. Some of the people she’s written a profile on are: Martha Stewart, Keanu Reeves, and The Rock. I am a paid subscriber and love her [...]

Episode #463: Brady Quinn & AJ Hawk – Preparing Like A QB, Showing Love Through Discipline, & The Craziest Draft Of All Time

Brady Quinn set 36 records at The University of Notre Dame.  He graduated from Notre Dame as one of their greatest football players ever. Along with the likes of Joe Montana, Tony Rice, and Rocket Ismail… He was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Browns in the 2007 NFL Draft.  [...]

Episode #462: Max Lugavere – How To Become Smarter, Happier, & More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life

Max Lugavere is the author of the New York Times best-seller Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life. He appears regularly on the Dr. Oz Show, the Rachael Ray Show, and The Doctors. His latest book is called Genius Kitchen – Over 100 Easy & [...]

Episode #461: Brad Meltzer – How To Tell Your Story, Respond From Rejection, & Love Your Work

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and ten other bestselling thrillers. He also writes non-fiction books like The First Conspiracy, about a secret plot to kill George Washington – and the Ordinary People Change the World kids book series. His newest thriller, The Escape Artist, debuted at #1 on [...]

Episode #459: Josh Peck – Using Humor To Connect, Making The Big Ask, & The Power Of Vulnerability

Josh Peck is an actor, comedian, author, entrepreneur, and YouTuber. He began his career as a child actor in the late 1990s and early 2000s and had an early role on The Amanda Show from 2000 to 2002. Josh rose to prominence for his role as Josh Nichols alongside Drake Bell’s character in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & [...]

Episode #458: Gary Burnison – The Five Graces Of Life & Leadership (CEO of Korn Ferry)

Gary Burnison is the CEO of Korn Ferry. Under his leadership, Korn Ferry has been transformed into a global organizational consulting firm with nearly 9,000 colleagues. Burnison is the author of seven leadership and career development books, including a New York Times bestseller. WATCH this conversation on YouTube. And SUBSCRIBE! Read my new book, The [...]

Episode #457: Ken Blanchard – Creating Magical Moments, Building Trust, & Simple Truths Of Leadership

Dr. Ken Blanchard is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management. He’s written 60+ books… Most notably, The One Minute Manager has sold over 15 million copies. Ken is also the Chief Spiritual [...]

Episode #456: Daniel Pink – How Looking Backwards Moves Us Forward (The Power Of Regret)

Daniel H. Pink is the author of seven books, including the forthcoming The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward (Riverhead, 2022).  His other books include the New York Times bestsellers When and A Whole New Mind — as well as the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have won multiple awards, have been translated into 42 languages, and [...]

Episode #455: Oliver Burkeman – How To Think About Productivity… Time Management For Mortals (4,000 Weeks)

Oliver Burkeman is the author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management For Mortals. It’s a book that has become an international best-seller. It is about making the most of our radically finite lives in a world of impossible demands, relentless distraction, and political insanity (and ‘productivity techniques’ that mainly just make everyone [...]