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 …

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 …

2018: Year In Review. And What’s Coming In 2019…

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2018 was an incredible year for The Learning Leader Show.  Here’s a quick look back at the great things that occurred over the past year: I walked away from my corporate career to partner with Brixey & Meyer and share the Learning Leader message the world over. From 34 stages in 7 states and in 3 different countries, I had the privilege of …

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 …

The 12 Things I Wish I Knew As A College Athlete

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Over the past week, I met with two college athletes who asked me “what I wish I would have known (and done) while in college?” In order to be better prepared for those conversations, I wrote down some of my thoughts. As I did this, I realized I had a few regrets (primarily for not taking action when I had the …

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 …

18 Keys To Sustaining Excellence

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Over the past two years, I’ve recorded 178 conversations (for my podcast The Learning Leader Show) with some of the greatest leadership minds in the world: CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, Professional Athletes… I look for those who have done two things: 1) Sustained excellence over an extended period of time. 2) Have an understanding WHY they’ve performed at such a high level. I …

How To Start A Top-Rated Podcast

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Creating And Launching A Top-Rated Podcast By: Ryan Hawk 98 million people will listen to podcasts this year, according to Edison Research. The reason why, may have to do with the intimacy audio provides. As Malcolm Gladwell notes, “It’s surprisingly easy to make someone cry with audio. Podcasts open you up to emotion.” Creating The Learning Leader Show has allowed me to …

10 Qualities That Leaders Possess To Sustain Excellence

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Over the course of interviewing more than 100 world class leaders for my podcast,The Learning Leader Show, I’ve found that there are certain characteristics that appear to be evident in all of those who have sustained excellence over an extended period of time. What is excellence? The renowned author and social commentator Seth Godin describes excellence this way: “Excellence means …