Episode #338: Jason Fried – How To Create The Ideal Company Culture (It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work)

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Jason Fried is the founder & CEO at Basecamp. He’s the co-author of Getting Real, Remote, REWORK, and It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work.  Basecamp is a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary. Their blog, Signal vs. Noise, is read by over 100,000 people every day. Jason believes there’s …

Episode #334: Yancey Strickler – Using The Power Of Metaphors (This Could Be Our Future)

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Yancey Strickler is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the cofounder and former CEO of Kickstarter and author of This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World. Yancey has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People. He’s spoken at the Museum of Modern …

Episode #333: Chris Savage – How To Bet On Yourself & Scale Through Creativity (The Wistia Way)

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Chris Savage is the co-founder and CEO of Wistia, a web-based video hosting solution built for businesses. He founded the company in 2006 with the goal of helping businesses effectively market their products or services in a smarter way through video. Under Savage’s leadership and vision, Wistia has experienced 100 percent growth over the past three years, expanding the company’s …

#328: Joel Peterson – How To Build The Bonds That Make A Business Great

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Joel Peterson is the Chairman of the Board at JetBlue Airways. He has served on more than three dozen boards over the past 45 years.  Joel is also the Founding Partner and Chairman of Peterson Partners, a Salt Lake City-based investment management firm with $1 billion under management. Peterson Partners has invested in over 200 companies through 13 funds in …

Episode #320: Rick Smith – How To Take Initiative & Solve Problems (CEO Of Axon)

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Rick Smith is the founder and CEO of Axon.  Axon currently employs over 1,300 people.  A pioneer of technology with the vision of making the bullet obsolete, Rick founded the original company, TASER, in 1993. As the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, Rick pushed the company beyond weapons technology and towards a broader purpose of matching technology to …

Episode #319: Jim Clifton – How To Become A World-Class Manager (CEO of Gallup)

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Jim Clifton has served as CEO of Gallup, a global leader in consulting and public opinion research and analytics, since 1988. Under his leadership, Gallup has expanded from a predominantly U.S.-based company to a worldwide organization with 30 offices in 20 countries and regions. Jim is the bestselling author of The Coming Jobs War and Born to Build, as well …

Episode #312: Zvi Band – How To Leverage The Power Of Your Relationships

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Episode #312: Zvi Band – How To Leverage The Power Of Your Relationships Zvi Band is the co-founder & CEO of Contactually, the top CRM which empowers professionals in real estate, consulting, and other professional industries to build authentic relationships. Having founded Contactually in 2011, Zvi has led Contactually to $12M in venture backing, 75 employees, and tens of thousands …

Episode #307: Carly Fiorina – Why You Should Run Towards The Fire

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Episode #307: Carly Fiorina – Why You Should Run Towards The Fire Carly Fiorina started out as a secretary for a 9-person real-estate business and eventually became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company. When Carly was recruited to lead HP in 1999, the industry was facing the worst technology recession in 25 years. Under Carly’s leadership, …

Episode #305: Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall – A Leader’s Guide To The Real World (Break All The Rules)

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Episode #305: Marcus Buckingham & Ashley Goodall – A Leader’s Guide To The Real World (Break All The Rules) Marcus Buckingham holds a master’s degree in social and political science from Cambridge University and is a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Leadership and Management.  He’s the author of the international best-seller, First, Break All The Rules.  To kick-start …

Episode #290: Scott Harrison – Redemption, Compassion, & The Transformative Power Within Us All

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Episode #290: Scott Harrison – Redemption, Compassion, & The Transformative Power Within Us All SCOTT HARRISON is the founder and CEO of charity: water, a non-profit that has mobilized over one million donors around the world to fund over 28,000 water projects in 26 countries that will serve more than 8.2 million people. Harrison has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 under …

Episode #268: Allen Gannett – How To Create “Aha” Moments And Spark Creativity

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Episode #268: Allen Gannett – How To Create “Aha” Moments And Spark Creativity Allen is the founder and CEO of TrackMaven, a marketing analytics platform that enables creativity.  Marketers use TrackMaven to measure and improve performance across every channel  Some clients are: The NBA, Microsoft, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many more modern marketers.  His book, The Creative Curve, was published in …

Episode 253: Aubrey Marcus – Total Human Optimization (Own The Day, Own Your Life)

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Episode 253: Aubrey Marcus – Total Human Optimization (Own The Day, Own Your Life) Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit,  a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls Total Human Optimization. Onnit is an Inc. 500 company and an industry leader with products optimizing millions of lives, including many top professional athletes around the world. …

Episode 244: Bill Curry – The 6 Characteristics Of A Champion (Lombardi, Starr, Unitas, Shula, Bryant)

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Episode 244: Bill Curry – The 6 Characteristics Of A Champion (Lombardi, Starr, Unitas, Shula, Bryant) Bill Curry is a two-time Super Bowl Champion. As an NCAA coach, Bill was named National Coach of the Year at Alabama and later became the first head football coach ever at Georgia State. As an ESPN commentator, he regularly shared his thoughts with …

Episode 242: Daniel Coyle – The Secret Of Highly Successful Groups (The Culture Code)

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Episode 242: Daniel Coyle – The Secret Of Highly Successful Groups (The Culture Code) Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code, The Little Book of Talent, The Secret Race (co-authored with Tyler Hamilton), Hardball: A Season in Projects, and other books.  Winner (with Hamilton) of the 2012 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Prize, he is a contributing …

Episode 236: Brian Scudamore – CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK: How To Scale A Business

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Episode 236: Brian Scudamore – CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK: How To Scale A Business Brian started his business in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 18, and later went on to franchise 1-800-GOT-JUNK? as a way to expand operations. Today, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has 1000 trucks on the road throughout some 180 locations in Canada, the United States, and Australia. Brian has received wide recognition in the …

Episode 224: Mike McDerment, CEO Of FreshBooks – Lead With Trust

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Episode 224: Mike McDerment, CEO Of FreshBooks – Lead With Trust Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time …

Episode 208: David Novak – How To Be CEO of The Year: “Take People With You”

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Episode 208: David Novak -How To Be CEO of The Year: “Take People With You” David Novak is Co-Founder, Retired Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc. (Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell), one of the world’s largest restaurant companies with nearly 43,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories. He stepped down as CEO on January 1, 2015 …

Episode 203: Todd Rovak – Emotional Intelligence, Trust, Authenticity, Hiring The Right People

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Episode 203: Todd Rovak – Emotional Intelligence, Trust, Authenticity, Hiring The Right People  Todd Rovak is Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Fahrenheit 212, and Chief Executive Officer of Capgemini Consulting North America. He is the architect behind the unique theory, capabilities and talent that drive the company’s innovation process. He oversees F212’s ability to predictably unlock growth on behalf of …

Episode 190: Roger Martin – Playing To Win: Strategy Is A Choice

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  Episode 190: Roger Martin – Playing To Win: Strategy Is A Choice Roger Martin’s research work is in Integrative Thinking, Business Design, Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Country Competitiveness. He writes extensively and is a regular contributor to: Harvard Business Review’s The Conversation blog, the Financial Times’ Judgment Call column, and the Guardian Sustainable Business. He has written 24 Harvard Business …

Episode 184: Scott Harrison – CEO of Charity Water “The Power of Storytelling”

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  Episode 184: Scott Harrison – CEO of Charity Water “The Power of Storytelling” Scott Harrison is the founder and CEO of charity : water. With virtually no experience outside of throwing parties, Scott founded Charity Water by charging $20 cover for his 31st birthday party. 10 years later, they’ve turned that $20 into $240 million, and brought clean water …

Episode 163: Amy Trask – Former NFL CEO: “You Negotiate Like A Girl”

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  Episode 163: Amy Trask – Former NFL CEO: “You Negotiate Like A Girl” Amy Trask is an analyst for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network. She appears regularly on That Other Pregame Show and We Need to Talk and periodically on NFL Today. She is the former CEO of the Oakland Raiders. The Princess of Darkness. Former NFL team executive …

Episode 153: Brian Halligan – CEO of HubSpot: How To Make Them Come To You

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Episode 153: Brian Halligan, CEO of HubSpot: How To Make Them Come To You Brian Halligan is Co-founder and CEO of HubSpot. Prior to HubSpot, Brian was a venture partner at Longworth Ventures and VP of sales at Groove Networks, which was acquired by Microsoft. Previously, Brian was a Senior VP of sales at PTC. He has co-authored two books, Marketing …

Episode 148: Jason Wachob – CEO of MindBodyGreen – How To Build A Life: Not A Resume

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Episode 148: Jason Wachob – CEO of MindBodyGreen: How To Build A Life, Not A Resume JASON WACHOB is the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen, the leading independent media brand dedicated to wellness. His site (mindbodygreen.com) receives 10 million unique page views per month! He has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Vogue. Jason has …

Episode 142: Donald Miller – “I’m Going To Make You Everyone’s Favorite Leader”

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Episode 142: Donald Miller – “I’m Going To Make You Everyone’s Favorite Leader” Donald Miller has spent more than a decade telling his story. Combined, his 7 books have spent more than a year on the NYT bestsellers list. After spending all that time telling his story, he’s now helping other people tell theirs. Donald is the founder of StoryBrand …

Episode 128: Donna Dubinsky – Standing Up To Steve Jobs And Being Right

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Episode 128: Donna Dubinsky – Standing Up To Steve Jobs And Being Right Donna Dubinsky was made famous by the Harvard Business School study about the time when she disagreed with Steve Jobs (when he decided that Apple should eliminate their distribution warehouses).  She ultimately prevailed and we discussed what happened next in her incredible career.  We had a fascinating …

Episode 112: Liz Wessel – Why You Should Cold E-Mail Your Heroes

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Episode 112: Liz Wessel – Why You Should Cold E-Mail Your Heroes Liz Wessel is a remarkably talented leader… I found her to be extremely interesting and dynamic during this conversation on The Learning Leader Show.  I also admire her guts, will, and determination to create, grow, and sustain her company.  We had a fascinating conversation on this episode of …

Episode 076: Amanda Holmes – Taking Over As CEO At Age 27: The Ultimate Sales Machine

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Episode 076: Amanda Holmes – Taking Over As CEO At Age 27: The Ultimate Sales Machine Amanda Holmes is someone who has a contagious energy about her.  This conversation (which was also aired live on Periscope) was entertaining and educational. Amanda is an incredibly interesting person.  During our time together, Amanda talked about the legacy her father began, along with …

Episode 053: Shama Hyder – The Zen Master Of Marketing: Millennial Master Of The Universe

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Episode 053: Shama Hyder – The Zen Master Of Marketing: Millennial Master Of The Universe This episode was absolutely packed full of action oriented takeaways to help us better understand how to be a “chief value officer.”  Shama Hyder has an incredible story.  She has worked incredibly hard to build both her business and her personal brand.  There is so …

Episode 045: Chris Fussell – Gun Fights To Board Rooms: The Similarities In War And Business

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Episode 045: Chris Fussell – Gun Fights To Board Rooms: The Similarities In War And Business Chris Fussell is an incredible learning leader.  Truly on another level when it comes to work ethic, grit, and intelligence.  I was absolutely honored to have this conversation with him… And even more proud to now call him a friend. Chris Fussell is the …

Episode 042: Rob DeMartini – CEO of New Balance: The Leader Behind Their Explosive Growth

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Episode 042: Rob DeMartini – CEO of New Balance: The Leader Behind Their Explosive Growth Rob DeMartini is a great leader and an even better human being.  I’m very fortunate to now call him a friend.  He truly understands the value of the culture and the key ingredient to a successful business is the people that work so hard to …