Episode #325: Ron Ullery – Demanding Excellence, Delayed Gratification, Winning Titles

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Coach Ron Ullery began his football coaching career at Centerville High School in 1977.  He was the Offensive Coordinator (and play-caller) for my four years as the quarterback for Centerville (1996,1997,1998,1999).  He was promoted to Head Coach in 2000.  In his 14 years as head coach, he compiled a 107-45 record. Eight of his teams advanced to the Division 1 …

Episode #322: Julie Zhuo – What To Do When Everyone Looks To You

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Julie Zhuo is the VP of Product Design for Facebook.  She was the first-ever intern for the company.  She leads the team responsible for the Facebook App.  Julie is known as one of Silicon Valley’s top product design executives, she leads the teams behind some of the most popular web and mobile services used by billions of people around the …

Episode #315: Gabriel Weinberg – Using Mental Models To Make Better Decisions

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Episode #315: Gabriel Weinberg – Using Mental Models To Make Better Decisions Gabriel Weinberg is the CEO & Founder of DuckDuckGo, the Internet privacy company that empowers you to seamlessly take control of your personal information online, without any tradeoffs. Since 2008, Weinberg has grown DuckDuckGo from a self-funded operation out of his dusty basement into a business with over …

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 #302: Nick Kokonas – How To See The Genius In People

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Episode #302: Nick Kokonas – How To See The Genius In People Nick Kokonas is co-founder and co-owner of groundbreaking Alinea, Next, and The Aviary (and it’s speakeasy The Office) in Chicago. Alinea, which opened in 2005, has been on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since 2007, rising as high as seventh and twice being the “Best Restaurant in …

Episode #294: Warren Berger – How To Ask More Beautiful Questions

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Episode #294: Warren Berger – How To Ask More Beautiful Questions Innovation expert and questionologist WARREN BERGER has studied hundreds of the world’s foremost innovators, entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers to learn how they ask questions, generate original ideas, and solve problems. He is the author of eleven books, including THE BOOK OF BEAUTIFUL QUESTIONS: The Powerful Questions That Will Help You Decide, …

Episode #292: Beth Comstock – You Don’t Need Permission (Former GE Vice Chair)

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Episode #292 – Beth Comstock: You Don’t Need Permission (Former GE Vice Chair) Until December 2017, Beth Comstock spent nearly three decades at GE. As Chief Marketing Officer and then Vice Chair of Innovation, she led efforts to accelerate new growth, develop digital and clean-energy futures, seed new businesses and enhance brand value.  As President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, …

Episode #288: Robert Greene (Part 2) – The Laws Of Human Nature

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Episode #288: Robert Greene (Part 2) –  Robert Greene is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law, and Mastery.  In his sixth book, The Laws of Human Nature, he turns to the most important subject of all – understanding people’s drives and motivations, even …

Episode #287: Robert Greene (Part 1) – 5 Strategies For Becoming A Master Persuader

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Episode #287: Robert Greene (Part 1) – 5 Strategies For Becoming A Master Persuader Robert Greene is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law, and Mastery. In his sixth book, The Laws of Human Nature, he turns to the most important subject of all …

Episode #278: Mitch Albom – Tuesdays With Morrie & The Five People You Meet In Heaven

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Episode #278: Mitch Albom – Tuesdays With Morrie & The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Albom is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold more than 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-nine territories and in forty-five languages around the world; and have …

Episode #277: Tom Goodwin – Life Advice From The #1 Influencer On LinkedIn

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Episode #277: Tom Goodwin – Life Advice From The #1 Influencer On LinkedIn Tom Goodwin is the Head of Innovation for Zenith Media. He speaks around the world at industry events, and he’s a best selling author.  He has also been named the #1 Influencer on LinkedIn. His role at Zenith, a top 3 global agency investing over $30bn per year …

Episode #273: Chip Conley – How To Be Wise Beyond Your Years

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Episode #273: Chip Conley – How To Be Wise Beyond Your Years Rebel hospitality entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author, Chip Conley disrupted his favorite industry… twice. At age 26 he founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality (JdV), transforming an inner-city motel into the second largest boutique hotel brand in America. He sold JdV after running it as CEO for 24 years, …

Episode #266: Ryan Caldbeck – CircleUp CEO: How To Build The Framework Of Your Life & Career

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Episode #266: Ryan Caldbeck – CircleUp CEO: How To Build The Framework Of Your Life & Career Ryan Caldbeck is the founder of San Francisco-based CircleUp, an investment platform powered by technology focused on emerging consumer and retail brands.  He went to Duke for his undergraduate degree and earned his MBA from Stanford.  He is widely known for his thoughtful …

Episode #262: Keith Yamashita – The Keys To Great Execution (Oprah, Starbucks, Steve Jobs)

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Episode #262: Keith Yamashita – The Keys To Great Execution (Oprah, Starbucks, Steve Jobs) Keith Yamashita  has led SYPartners for the past two decades, a practice that collaborates with CEOs and their leadership teams to build great companies and organizations. He’s worked with leaders at Apple, eBay, IBM, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Facebook, Nike, Starbucks, and Target Corporation, among others. …

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 …

How To Hire A Great Leader

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A good friend of mine recently sent me an email asking for advice: “Ryan, I am in the process of hiring a few management positions. I have eight candidates lined up. What questions do you ask to hire great leaders?” Below are some of my thoughts on: 1) The art of the interview 2) Knowing what you’re looking for, and …

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 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 223: Kim Malone Scott – Using Radical Candor To Be A Great Boss

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Episode 223: Kim Malone Scott – Using Radical Candor To Be A Great Boss Kim Scott is the best-selling author of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity. Kim is also the co-founder and CEO of Candor, Inc., which builds tools to make it easier to follow the advice she offers in the book. She is also the author …

Episode 219: Eric Barker – Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong

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Episode 219: Eric Barker – Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong Eric Barker is a thought leader in the field of success. His humorous, practical blog, “Barking Up the Wrong Tree”, presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life. Over 300,000 people subscribe to his weekly newsletter and his content is syndicated by …

Episode 217: JJ Redick – “You’ve Never Arrived. You’re Always Becoming.”

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Episode 217: JJ Redick – “You’ve Never Arrived. You’re Always Becoming.” JJ Redick is an iconic and legendary basketball player from Duke University. He is their all time leading scorer.  JJ was the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft (Orlando Magic).  He’s going in to his 12th NBA season.  He recently signed a 1 year, $23 million contract …

Episode 214: Jason Calacanis – How To Turn $100,000 Into $100,000,000 (Angel Investing)

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Episode 214: Jason Calacanis – How To Turn $100,000 Into $100,000,000 (Angel Investing) Jason Calacanis is a technology entrepreneur and an angel investor. The founder of a series of conferences that bring entrepreneurs together with potentials investors, he was a scout for top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firm Sequoia Capital and frequently appears in the media. He is the author …

Episode 209: Jason Redman – The Power Of Humility: From A Wounded Navy SEAL

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Episode 209: Jason Redman – The Power Of Humility: From A Wounded Navy SEAL Jason “Jay” Redman’s  military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (five awards), Combat Action Ribbon (two awards) US Army Ranger Tab and numerous service awards. On September 13, 2007 …

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 204: Dr. Tasha Eurich – How To Become More Self-Aware

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Episode 204: Dr. Tasha Eurich – How To Become More Self-Aware **Note — If you want to hear a little “inside baseball” talk, then listen to the very end after the Rhone sponsor read…** Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She uses the principles of psychology to help individuals become more self-aware …

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 198: Ian Robertson – The Winner Effect AND How Stress Can Make You Better

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  Episode 198: Ian Robertson – The Winner Effect — The Stress Test Ian Robertson is a clinical psychologist
 and neuroscientist with a unique ability
 to apply his research to the pressures of everyday life. His previous books, Mind Sculpture, The Mind’s Eye and The Winner Effect, have been translated into many languages and he is widely recognized as one of …

Episode 195: Derek Thompson – What Makes Something A Hit? (Hit Makers)

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  Episode 195: Derek Thompson – What Makes Something A Hit? (Hit Makers) Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine and a weekly news analyst for NPR’s “Here and Now.” He was born in McLean, Va., in 1986, and he graduated from Northwestern University, in 2008, with a triple major in journalism, political science, and legal studies. He hasn’t …

Episode 193: Erik Wahl – How To Rediscover Your Creative Genius

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  Episode 193: Erik Wahl – How To Rediscover Your Creative Genius Erik Wahl offers his high-energy onstage performance as your group’s inspiration. This presentation is equivalent to yelling ‘CLEAR’ as the paddles are positioned to shock the fading pulse of your workforce and enliven their hearts to pursue their jobs as you both originally intended. As an internationally recognized graffiti …

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 …