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 #324: Charles Fishman – How To Create A Culture Of Learning From Failure

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Charles Fishman is the acclaimed author of One Giant Leap, A Curious Mind (with Brian Grazer), The Wal-Mart Effect, and The Big Thirst. He is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, the most prestigious prize in business journalism. He started reporting on the U.S. space program as a Washington Post reporter covering the space shuttle Challenger disaster, and has written about space for The Atlantic, Smithsonian, and Fast …

Episode #323: Ian Leslie – The Desire To Know & Why Your Future Depends On It

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Ian Leslie is a London-based journalist and author of critically acclaimed books about human behavior. He is currently writing a new book on “productive disagreement”, which will be published in 2020. Ian also created, wrote and performed in the BBC radio comedy Before They Were Famous. Ian appears as a commentator on current affairs and culture for the BBC, Sky, …

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 #321: Jay Acunzo – Why You Should Question Best Practices & Act Like An Investigator

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Jay Acunzo is the founder of Marketing Showrunners, author of the book Break the Wheel, and the host and producer of more than a dozen docuseries about creativity at work. He’s a former digital media strategist at Google, head of content at HubSpot, and Vice President of Content and Community at the VC firm NextView. Jay’s work has been cited …

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 #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 #301: James Kerr – How To Create An Ethos Of Excellence (Legacy)

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Episode #301: James Kerr – How To Create An Ethos Of Excellence (Legacy) James Kerr is a bestselling author, speaker, and consultant who helps create high performance cultures for elite teams and organizations. He is the author of the global best-seller ‘Legacy’ which provides a unique insight into the most successful sporting team, The All Blacks – and has worked …

Episode #300 – Keith & AJ Hawk – How To Instill Work Ethic & Curiosity In Your Children

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Episode #300 – Keith & AJ Hawk – How To Instill Work Ethic & Curiosity In Your Children Keith Hawk is a 32-year veteran sales professional and sales leader.  For over ten years he led one of America’s greatest sales organizations, at LexisNexis.  He speaks regularly on topics such as consultative selling, selling to executives, and how to effectively lead …

Episode #299: Kyle Maynard – “The World Will Not Be Tailored To Your Every Need” (Scaling Kilimanjaro)

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Episode #299: Kyle Maynard – “The World Will Not Be Tailored To Your Every Need” (Scaling Kilimanjaro) Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete, known for becoming the first quadruple amputee to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua without the aid of prosthetics. Oprah Winfrey called Kyle “one of …

Tools, Tips, & Thoughts: My Advice To Haley… (and you)

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Recently, I was sent a very thoughtful email from an up and coming leader named Haley Gribler… She works at an Accounting firm in Brentwood, Tennessee and is striving to get better.  Haley sent me a number of questions.  Instead of just emailing her my answers, I thought I would share publicly (yes, I checked with her first!) Here we …

Episode #297: Tero Isokauppila – CEO Of Four Sigmatic: Principled Based Leadership

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Episode #297: Tero Isokauppila – CEO Of Four Sigmatic: Principled Based Leadership Tero Isokauppila is the founder of Four Sigmatic, a nature-centric Finnish- American company specializing in functional mushrooms, superfoods, and adaptogens. Tero’s roots are in Finland, where he grew up foraging for mushrooms and other wild foods on his family’s farm. He later earned a degree in Chemistry, Business, …

Episode #296: Emily Fletcher – The Secret Superpower Of Top Performers (Meditation)

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Episode #296: Emily Fletcher – The Secret Superpower Of Top Performers (Meditation) Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva, the creator of The Ziva Technique and regarded as the leading expert in meditation for high performance. The New York Times, The Today Show, Vogue and ABC News have all featured Emily’s work. She’s been named one of the top 100 …

Episode #295: Todd Herman – Using Alter Egos To Transform Your Life

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Episode #295: Todd Herman – Using Alter Egos To Transform Your Life Todd Herman is an author, coach, and entrepreneur. His training company has specialized for 22 years in mental toughness and peak performance strategies PROVEN to work, not the anecdotal nonsense found in most personal development work. His training programs have won international awards and he’s worked over 100 …

Career/Life Advice — What I’ve Learned…

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Over the years, I’ve gathered career/life advice from many sources: My podcast, 1 on 1 conversations, books, twitter, etc… Here it is (I will update this list regularly — Please add great pieces of wisdom you’ve learned in the comments below): John Krasinski got advice from the legendary Robin Williams early in his career.  Robin told him, “You’re going to go …

Episode #291: Andy Rachleff – What Do You Uniquely Offer That People Desperately Want?

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Episode #291: Andy Rachleff – What Do You Uniquely Offer That People Desperately Want? Andy Rachleff is a co-founder and Executive Chairman of Wealthfront. He had previously been the executive chairman of the company after stepping down as the CEO, but then returned to the CEO role on October 31, 2016. Rachleff co-founded Benchmark Capital in 1995 and was a general partner until 2004.  Prior …

Episode #289: Philip McKernan – Relationships Move At The Speed Of Vulnerability

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Episode #289: Philip McKernan – Relationships Move At The Speed Of Vulnerability Philip McKernan works with entrepreneurs and business leaders all over the world. When people are seeking clarity about their future or want to move through roadblocks, seen and unseen, they call Philip. As a speaker he has inspired and challenged the Canadian Olympic Team and The Pentagon to …

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 …

7 Books To Read To Become A Better Leader

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Many podcast listeners/friends have asked me what books they should read to become a better leader. The totality of this list is in the hundreds… But for now, let’s start with seven. You’ll notice I’m more interested in reading about fascinating stories and the heroes in them than I am about “business” type books. There is so much to learn from real stories and …

Episode #283: Tyler Cowen – The Path To Prosperity In A Disordered World

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Episode #283: Tyler Cowen – The Path To Prosperity In A Disordered World Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and also Director of the Mercatus Center. He received his Ph.d. in economics from Harvard University in 1987. His book The Great Stagnation: How America Ate the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, …

Episode #281: George Raveling – Eight Decades Of Wisdom: From Dr. Martin Luther King To Michael Jordan

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Episode #281: George Raveling – Eight Decades Of Wisdom: From Dr. Martin Luther King To Michael Jordan Coach George Raveling is a national treasure. He’s the definition of a Learning Leader. He’s 81 years old and aggressively striving to get better every single day. Some notable facts about him. Possesses original copy of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech …

Episode #279: James Clear – How Tiny Changes Can Equal Remarkable Results (Atomic Habits)

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Episode #279: James Clear – How Tiny Changes Can Equal Remarkable Results (Atomic Habits) James Clear is the author of Atomic Habits, the creator of the Habits Academy, a weightlifter, and a travel photographer. His writing is focused on how we can create better habits, make better decisions, and live better lives. He combines ideas from a wide range of disciplines including …

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 #276: Scott Belsky – How To Find Your Way Through The Hardest Part Of Any Venture (The Messy Middle)

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Episode #276: Scott Belsky – How To Find Your Way Through The Hardest Part Of Any Venture (The Messy Middle) Scott Belsky is a polymath. He’s an executive, entrepreneur, author, and investor (and all-around product obsessive). He currently serves as Adobe’s Chief Product Officer and Executive Vice President, Creative Cloud. Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired …

Episode #275: Joe Navarro – The World’s #1 Body Language Expert (FBI Special Agent)

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Episode #275: Joe Navarro – The World’s #1 Body Language Expert (FBI Special Agent) Joe Navarro spent 25 years at the FBI, working both as an agent and supervisor in the areas of counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Through his work he was able to study, refine and apply the science of non-verbal communications. His acumen in this field and his success as …

Episode #274: Heidi Grant – How To Get People To Help You (Reinforcements)

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Episode #274: Heidi Grant – How To Get People To Help You (Reinforcements) Dr. Heidi Grant is a social psychologist who researches, writes, and speaks about the science of motivation.  In 2017, she was named one of Thinkers50’s most influential management thinkers globally. She is the Chief Science Officer for the Neuroleadership Institute, Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia …

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 #270 – Sam Jones – A Comfortable Life Is Overrated

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Episode #270 – Sam Jones – A Comfortable Life Is Overrated Sam Jones is an acclaimed photographer and director whose seminal portraits of President Obama, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Bob Dylan, Kristin Stewart, Robert Downey Jr, Amy Adams, Jack Nicholson, and many others have appeared on the covers of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Time, Entertainment Weekly and Men’s …