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The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk

As Kobe Bryant once said, “There is power in understanding the journey of others to help create your own.” That’s why the Learning Leader Show exists—to get together and understand the journeys of successful leaders, so that we can better understand our own. This show is full of stories told by world-class leaders. Personal stories of successes, failures, and lessons learned along the way. Our guests come from diverse backgrounds—some are best-selling authors, others are genius entrepreneurs, and one even made a million dollars wearing t-shirts for a year. My role in this endeavor is to talk to the smartest, most creative, always-learning leaders in the world so that we can learn from them as we each create our own journeys.
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Dec 31, 2015

Episode 085: Jessica Lahey – Why Your Parenting Style Is Wrong

Jessica Lahey is an extremely intelligent leader.  She truly understands the importance of an intense focus on continuous improvement.  Learning more about the most important job we (parents) will ever have is imperative to me.  Jessica shares detailed, research backed evidence to how we can better lead our children.  We are extremely fortunate to have Jessica share her knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Jessica Lahey is an educator, author, and speaker. She writes "The Parent-Teacher Conference" column for the New York Times, is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, and a commentator for Vermont Public Radio. Her new book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed is a New York Times bestseller.

Episode 085: Jessica Lahey – Why Your Parenting Style Is Wrong

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The Learning Leader Show

“If your daughter forgets her homework on the kitchen table, should you take it to her?  Or should you allow her to fail and face the consequences?”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of leaders who have sustained excellence over time?
  • What are your thoughts on kids “playing up” a level in sports as a means to experience failure?
  • Why do parents always publish pictures of their kids smiling perfectly on Facebook?
  • Why is it a terrible idea to reward your kids for getting straight A’s
  • How do you handle household duties?  How do you ensure stuff gets done?
  • How do you discipline your children?
  • How can we think long term when we see our children suffering?
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Not getting overwhelmed by the enormity of a task… A “ how to”
  • “Playing Up” and the power of playing against great competition and failing
  • Not doing the homework for your children… Why?
  • Facebook and why people only show their highlight reel and why it’s bad for children
  • How giving your child a reward (money, toys, etc…) for getting good grades can hurt them long term
  • Setting specific expectations – A How To
  • Thinking Long Term…
  • The importance of taking a complicated message and making it clear

“Extrinsic Motivators Can Be Really Harmful For Creativity And Learning”

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Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Jessica Lahey is leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From JessicaLahey.com

Jessica Lahey is an educator, author, and speaker. She writes "The Parent-Teacher Conference" column for the New York Times, is a contributing writer for The Atlantic, and a commentator for Vermont Public Radio. Her new book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed is a New York Times bestseller.

Dec 28, 2015

Episode 084: Brad Stone – How To Think Like Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, & Steve Jobs

Brad Stone leads a very interesting life.  He has been in the room with some of the greatest visionaires of our time including: Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Marissa Mayer, and Mark Zuckerberg. We are extremely fortunate to have Molly share her message with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Brad Stone is the author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and winner of the 2013 Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award.  Brad is a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek. Over the last few years, he’s authored over a dozen cover stories on companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook and the Chinese search firm Baidu.

Episode 084: Brad Stone – How To Think Like Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, & Steve Jobs

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The Learning Leader Show

“Silicon Valley is a learning organism.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are some common characteristics of people who have sustained excellence?
  • Why does Jeff Bezos not allow PowerPoint presentations?
  • How did you respond to the harsh criticism from Mackenzie Bezos? (Jeff’s wife)
  • What is it about Jeff Bezos that sets him apart from others?
  • What is your process for writing a book?
  • What’s it like being in the room with Mark Zuckerberg?  Does he appear to be at another level intelligence-wise?
  • Why did Steve Jobs yell at you?
  • What is your current relationship like with Jeff Bezos?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of having a willingness to challenge conventional thinking
  • Why raw intelligence is so valuable
  • What it was like having his first meeting with Jeff Bezos
  • The phone call Steve Jobs made to him and why he yelled at Brad
  • The importance of writing – why we should all do it daily
  • Being an evolving curious leader
  • Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk racing to send rockets into space

 “I finally picked up the phone and it was Steve Jobs yelling at me about something I wrote.” – Brad Stone

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Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Brad Stone is a leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From Brad-Stone.com

Brad Stone is the author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and winner of the 2013 Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award.

Brad is a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek. Over the last few years, he’s authored over a dozen cover stories on companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook and the Chinese search firm Baidu. When he’s not attempting to deconstruct the high-tech firms charting our future, he has written about beleaguered domestic airlines, weaponized drone warplanes, the retail giant Costo, and traced the deceptions of an international con-artist and alleged murderer. Brad joined Businessweek from the New York Times, where he had been a reporter since 2006. He covered Internet trends, as well as Silicon Valley’s biggest companies from the newspaper’s San Francisco bureau. In addition to writing for the paper, he wrote a weekly column, Ping, and was a founding writer of the paper’s technology blog, Bits. From 1998 to 2006, Brad served as the Silicon Valley Correspondent for Newsweek magazine, writing for the technology and business sections of the magazine and authoring a regular online column.

Brad is also the author of one previous work of non-fiction, Gearheads: the Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sports. The book was a BookSense 76 pick and the San Francisco Chronicle selected it as one of the best books of 2003. It covers the emergence of what was then the new breed of robot hobbyists and hardware hackers.

Brad graduated from Columbia University in 1993 and is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He lives in San Francisco with his twin daughters

Dec 24, 2015

Episode 083: Molly Fletcher – Learn To Negotiate From The Female Jerry Maguire

Molly Fletcher leads an incredible life.  She has had success in multiple life categories.  The stories she shared during this conversation were inspirational… From how she was able to live rent free for 9 years… To becoming the “Female Jerry Maguire” as a sports agent. We are extremely fortunate to have Molly share her message with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She is a rare talent of business wisdom, relationship brilliance and unwavering optimism. As a CEO, she shares her unconventional and unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports and now a successful entrepreneur. As president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, Molly spent two decades as one of the world’s only female sports agents.

She was hailed as the “female Jerry Maguire” by CNN as she recruited and represented hundreds of sport’s biggest names, including Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, PGA TOUR golfer Matt Kuchar, broadcaster Erin Andrews, and basketball championship coaches Tom Izzo and Doc Rivers. As she successfully negotiated over $500 million in contracts and built lasting relationships, she also observed and adopted the traits of those at the top of their game.

Episode 083: Molly Fletcher – Learn To Negotiate From The Female Jerry Maguire

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The Learning Leader Show

“It’s really uncomfortable to be fearful.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are some common characteristics of people who have sustained excellence?
  • How did you become known as the female Jerry Maguire?
  • Why did you want to be a sports agent?
  • How did playing a high level tennis help prepare you for life?
  • How were you able to live rent free for 9 years?
  • What does it mean to “Ask With Confidence?”
  • How can we improve our implementation and execution skills?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of being resilient and understanding that adversity should be viewed as an opportunity
  • Strategic negotiation tactics to use in all areas of life
  • Confidence – How to develop it
  • Setting stretch goals that push you outside of your comfort zone
  • The importance of writing – why we should all do it daily
  • Being an evolving curious leader
  • How being labeled the female Jerry Maguire helped her career

 “Life is a series of marathons and boxing matches.”

Continue Learning:

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Episode 034: Jimmy Hatch – Shot While Searching For Bowe Bergdahl And Sky Diving With Gabby Giffords

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Molly Fletcher is a leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From MollyFletcher.com

Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She is a rare talent of business wisdom, relationship brilliance and unwavering optimism. As a CEO, she shares her unconventional and unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports and now a successful entrepreneur. As president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, Molly spent two decades as one of the world’s only female sports agents.

She was hailed as the “female Jerry Maguire” by CNN as she recruited and represented hundreds of sport’s biggest names, including Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, PGA TOUR golfer Matt Kuchar, broadcaster Erin Andrews, and basketball championship coaches Tom Izzo and Doc Rivers. As she successfully negotiated over $500 million in contracts and built lasting relationships, she also observed and adopted the traits of those at the top of their game.

Molly is the author of three books: A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating; The Business of Being the Best; and The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career. She’s also the founder of The Betterment Institute, a series of online coaching courses for corporations and individuals. Molly has been recognized by Michigan State University with the Outstanding Alumni award and numerous other awards. She currently serves as a National Trustee member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, after serving on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta board and as a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Dec 21, 2015

Episode 082: Daniel Pink – The Science Of Motivation, Legendary Writer & TED Talk

Dan Pink is one of my all-time favorite writers and speakers.  He truly understands the importance of an intense focus on continuous improvement.  His focus and work on “Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose” is fantastic.  We are extremely fortunate to have Dan share his knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Dan Pink is the author of five provocative books — including three long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.   In 2013, Thinkers 50 named him one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world. 

Dan’s TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views. His RSA Animate video about the ideas in his book, Drive, has collected more than 14 million views.  Before venturing out on his own 18 years ago, Dan worked in several positions in politics and government, including serving from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore.

Episode 082: Daniel Pink – The Science Of Motivation, Legendary Writer & TED Talk

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“For a sales professional, I look for: Conscientiousness, Willingness to develop expertise, and Ambiversion.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers?
  • What was your proves for quitting your job as a speechwriter and becoming a full time writer?
  • What was your preparation process for your legendary TED Talk?
  • What are the specific skills needed in order to remain in control of your career?
  • How does your research have an effect on the profession of sales?
  • Why do we struggle to implement and execute on what we learn from books/speeches/workshops?
  • What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?
  • What books have had the biggest influence on your life?
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The critical components of sustaining excellence: Curiosity, Generosity, Hard Work
  • What it was like writing speeches for Al Gore
  • The process for starting his own business and leaving his comfort zone
  • The specific traits he looks for in a sales professional
  • His interview process to increase his odds of hiring the right people
  • The specific elements of “To Sell Is Human”
  • Focusing on one small task and doing it daily
  • Drew Brees and moving the chains… Getting first downs
  • Habit Formation and how to do it
  • Having a Growth Mindset vs. a Fixed Mindset

“Focus on moving the chains.  Can I do one small thing every single day?”

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Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Dan Pink is leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From DanPink.com  

Dan Pink is the author of five provocative books — including three long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide.   In 2013, Thinkers 50 named him one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world. 

Dan’s TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views. His RSA Animate video about the ideas in his book, Drive, has collected more than 14 million views.  Before venturing out on his own 18 years ago, Dan worked in several positions in politics and government, including serving from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore.

He received a BA from Northwestern University, where he was a Truman Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School. He has also received honorary degrees from the Pratt Institute, the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Westfield State University.

Dec 17, 2015

Episode 081: Oliver Luck – EVP For NCAA: Paying College Athletes & Being Andrew Luck’s Dad

Oliver Luck is an incredibly interesting person.  He truly understands the importance of an intense focus on continuous improvement.  I really appreciate Oliver’s willingness to discuss some controversial topics as well as his ability to compromise for the betterment of student athletes today.  We are extremely fortunate to have Oliver share his knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Oliver Luck works for the NCAA as the Executive Vice President for regulatory affairs, in charge of the organization's regulatory functions. Prior to that, he was Director of Intercollegiate Athletes at West Virginia University, his alma mater. Earlier in his life, Oliver spent five seasons in the NFL as a quarterback for the Houston Oilers.

He is the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.  Andrew was the 1st overall draft choice in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Episode 081: Oliver Luck – EVP for NCAA: Paying College Athletes & Being Andrew Luck’s Dad

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The Learning Leader Show

“Great leaders have intellectual curiosity mixed with some stubbornness.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of people who have sustained success?
  • What are your thoughts on kids “playing up” a level in sports?
  • Why did Mark Emmert hire you for this NCAA role?
  • Don’t you believe a player (such as your son) should be compensated for all of his jersey sales?
  • What needs to happen for a player to be paid for his/her likeness?
  • What was your parenting philosophy?  How were you able to raise such successful kids?
  • What types of feelings are created by you watching Andrew play in the NFL?
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance in being a little bit stubborn
  • “Playing Up” and the power of playing against great competition
  • Why it’s bad for your children to focus on one sport
  • Going to law school in the off-season
  • Being friends with Archie Manning
  • His process for securing fantastic jobs after his NFL career was over
  • Why raising his family in Europe was beneficial
  • The importance of taking a complicated message and making it clear

“Have a vision for where you want people to go.”

Continue Learning:

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Episode 034: Jimmy Hatch – Shot While Searching For Bowe Bergdahl And Sky Diving With Gabby Giffords

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Oliver Luck is a leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio

Oliver Luck works for the NCAA as the Executive Vice President for regulatory affairs, in charge of the organization's regulatory functions. Prior to that, he was Director of Intercollegiate Athletes at West Virginia University, his alma mater. Earlier in his life, Oliver spent five seasons in the NFL as a quarterback for the Houston Oilers. 

He is the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.  Andrew was the 1st overall draft choice in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Dec 14, 2015

Episode 080: Ryan Estis – From Rock Star Sales Professional To World Class Speaker & Entrepreneur

Ryan Estis has that “It” factor.  He’s a leader who you just feel compelled to listen to.  This conversation/interview was extremely enjoyable for me.  Ryan brought value the entire time and has a knack for sharing actionable content throughout all of his conversations.  We are fortunate to have him as our featured leader on this episode of The Learning Leader Show.

Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell and Mike Ditka.

Ryan supports the world’s leading brands, including Liberty Mutual, Darden Restaurants, Goodyear, the Dallas Cowboys, Medtronic, ECCO USA and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board and a certified Human Capital Strategist.

Episode 080: Ryan Estis – From Rock Star Sales Professional To World Class Speaker & Entrepreneur

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“Be Careful About Getting Too Good At The Wrong Things.”

The Learning Leader Show

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers?
  • What is your origin story?
  • How were you able to leave your “rocket ship” type career to be an entrepreneur?
  • Discuss the importance of leaping outside your comfort zone…
  • What’s the process to become a paid speaker?
  • How do we implement and execute on our learnings?
  • What are 3 things I could do within 30 days to help build out my speaking business?
  • What are some of the key life lessons you’ve learned from your experiences?
  • How do you define a “Learning Leader?”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of curiosity and focus on self-improvement
  • You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with
  • Great books: Think and Grow Rich & The Richest Man In Babylon  
  • Hitting Reset and how that can help you grow
  • Implementation of coaching you receive
  • Specific tips to create a speaking business
  • Being willing and able to adapt on a daily basis

“Leaders are learners.  They are constantly looking to level shift and improve.”

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Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Ryan Estis is a unique leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From RyanEstis.com    

Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell and Mike Ditka.

Ryan supports the world’s leading brands, including Liberty Mutual, Darden Restaurants, Goodyear, the Dallas Cowboys, Medtronic, ECCO USA and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board and a certified Human Capital Strategist.

Dec 10, 2015

Episode 079: Tucker Max – Attracting Women & How To Write Your Book

Tucker Max is probably the most blunt human being I’ve ever spoken to.  He will literally tell you exactly what he thinks at all times.  I can appreciate his fearlessness when it comes to being transparent and open.  This conversation/interview was one of the most challenging ones I’ve done throughout the entire podcast.  With that said, I really enjoyed having the opportunity to speak with Tucker.  I’ve read his books and think he’s incredibly talented.  It’s been very interesting to see the growth in him as a person over the last 10 years.

Tucker has written three #1 New York Times Best Sellers, which have sold over 3 million copies worldwide. He is credited with being the originator of the literary genre, "fratire," and is only the third writer (after Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis) to ever have three books on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List at one time.

He received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his JD from Duke Law School in 2001. He currently is the CEO of “Book In a Box,” A company that helps you “Get your book out of your head.”  They help people get their books written without having to type a word or deal with a publisher. Tucker lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Veronica and son Bishop.

Episode 079: Tucker Max – Attracting Women & How To Write Your Book

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“Our mission is unlocking the world’s wisdom.”

The Learning Leader Show

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers?
  • Why did you write “Mate?”
  • What was the process like to create that book alongside Dr. Geoffrey Miller?
  • Discuss the importance of leaping outside your comfort zone…
  • What specifically do women find attractive in a guy?
  • How can we all improve our verbal intelligence and be like President Bill Clinton?
  • What made you start “Book In A Box?”
  • What are some of the key life lessons you’ve learned from your experiences?
  • How do you define a “Learning Leader?”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why a lot of the advice around being successful is stupid
  • The process & importance for partnering with the right person when creating a business
  • The importance of having great fundamentals first
  • What are the best places to meet women?
  • Why is a bar the absolute worst place to meet a woman?
  • Transitioning and growing up
  • 2 big characteristics in a person: Your character and “Is this person just awesome?”
  • Having horizontal and vertical long term goals
  • Being willing and able to adapt on a daily basis

“Being an entrepreneur… You have to think in different ways.  You have to start with great fundamentals.”

Continue Learning:

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Episode 034: Jimmy Hatch – Shot While Searching For Bowe Bergdahl And Sky Diving With Gabby Giffords

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Tucker Max is a unique leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From TuckerMax.me   

Tucker Max has written three #1 New York Times Best Sellers, which have sold over 3 million copies worldwide. He is credited with being the originator of the literary genre, "fratire," and is only the third writer (after Malcolm Gladwell and Michael Lewis) to ever have three books on the New York Times Nonfiction Best Seller List at one time.

He received his BA from the University of Chicago in 1998, and his JD from Duke Law School in 2001. He currently is the CEO of “Book In a Box,” A company that helps you “Get your book out of your head.”  They help people get their books written without having to type a word or deal with a publisher. Tucker lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Veronica and son Bishop.

Dec 7, 2015

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Kat Cole is an incredibly intelligent leader.  She truly understands the importance of being authentic in her role as a leader.  She firmly believes that develops trust with her people and also makes her more approachable.  We are extremely fortunate to have Kat share her knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Kat is Group President at FOCUS Brands and responsible for building FOCUS Brands revenues and profits through global licensing, manufacturing, and ecommerce. Previously, she was President of Cinnabon, Inc. accountable for leading and growing the multi-channel brand team that drove record comp sales growth, brand expansion and franchise evolution during her tenure. Prior to her role with FOCUS Brands at Cinnabon, Inc., Kat initially work at Hooters as hostess, waitress, general manager and eventually promoted to a Vice President role at Hooters of America, Inc., a multi-channel brand which operates company and franchise restaurants.

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

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The Learning Leader Show

“Great leaders have the combination of courage and character mixed with curiosity and humility.” – Kat Cole

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers you’ve spent time around?
  • Americans seem to yearn for someone from the Private sector to be leader of our country (ie: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina), would you consider running for political office?
  • Where does your confidence come from? Have you always been that way or has it been developed over time?
  • How did you get the President of Cinnabon job?  What was the process?
  • How were you able to get 10 high level CEOs (including Ted Turner) to write you a letter of recommendation to get your MBA?
  • How did you meet Adam Grant?  He discusses your story often
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Courage & Confidence mixed with Curiosity and Humility are the traits of the greatest leaders
  • The importance of her Mom and the leadership and giving she exposed Kat to
  • How she went from Hooters waitress to President of Cinnabon
  • The importance of being prepared for your opportunity
  • The amount of work it takes leading up to big interviews in your life… It’s not just about the interview… It’s what you’ve done leading up to that moment
  • Kat’s take on politics and her potentially running for office
  • How to handle “takers” having short term success
  • How she was able to get letters of recommendation from 10 top level CEOs
  • Why “giving no matter what” is a long term strategy for success AND the right thing to do

“When you go to a new job or a new location, you will suck.  It builds humility… And that’s a good thing.”

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Bio From Focusbrand.com

Kat is Group President at FOCUS Brands and responsible for building FOCUS Brands revenues and profits through global licensing, manufacturing, and ecommerce. Previously, she was President of Cinnabon, Inc. accountable for leading and growing the multi-channel brand team that drove record comp sales growth, brand expansion and franchise evolution during her tenure. Prior to her role with FOCUS Brands at Cinnabon, Inc., Kat initially work at Hooters as hostess, waitress, general manager and eventually promoted to a Vice President role at Hooters of America, Inc., a multi-channel brand which operates company and franchise restaurants.

Dec 3, 2015

Episode 077: Adam Braun – Pencils Of Promise: Growing A “For Purpose” Organization Through Intrinsic Motivation

Adam Braun is an extremely intelligent and selfless leader.  He is intrinsically motivated and is focused on constant self-improvement in order to serve and help others.  He firmly believes in family and the important role they play in one’s life.  We are extremely fortunate to have Adam share his knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Adam is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has broken ground on more than 300 schools for children in poverty around the world. He is also the Director of the Global Education Platform, an initiative conceived by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education to accelerate breakthroughs in learning innovation.

He has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s original ten Global Shapers.

Episode 077: Adam Braun – Pencils Of Promise: Growing A “For Purpose” Organization Through Intrinsic Motivation

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“If you could have anything in the world, what would you choose? – “A pencil.” – Adam Braun speaking with a child in India

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of people who have sustained excellence over time?
  • How has your family’s incredible journey and story played a role in your decision making process and the expectation level you set for yourself?
  • What specifically have you learned from you parents that you will pass down to your future children?
  • What prompted you to start Pencils of Promise?
  • Why don’t you like the term “non-profit?”
  • What is your relationship like with your famous brother Scooter Braun? (Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande’s business manager)
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Being intrinsically motivated and how that determines long term success
  • The importance of his family and the expectation level set from his parents
  • The incredible story of a near death experience while on Semester at Sea
  • Specific learnings from children in developing countries
  • What specifically Pencils of Promise does and how many schools they’ve built
  • Why Adam is so uncomfortable with contentment
  • His relationship with his brother Scooter and the roles they play in each other’s lives
  • That participation trophies should not exist and why they harm children’s growth
  • Servant leadership and what it means to serve and be humble

“Integrity is the currency that buys trust.” – Adam Braun

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Bio From AdamBraun.com

Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has broken ground on more than 300 schools for children in poverty around the world. He is also the Director of the Global Education Platform, an initiative conceived by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education to accelerate breakthroughs in learning innovation. 

He has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired Magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s original ten Global Shapers.

Nov 30, 2015

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 Tony Robbins in the beginning, and how she continues to nurture businesses using intuition and a proven equation for growth.

Said best by gaimtv.com Amanda Holmes went from ashram to CEO at 27 years old, and her journey is both inspiring and challenging. She stepped in as CEO of Chet Holmes International after the death of her father, self-help guru Chet Holmes.

Amanda Holmes’ singing career spanned over seven years and four records. When her father, Chet Holmes, NY Times Best Selling author, was diagnosed with Leukemia, it all came to an abrupt end. After studying alternative medicines in Asia, she took over the responsibility of her father’s business. Today, she is the CEO dedicated to not only carrying on her father’s legacy, but most of all, making a difference for business owners around the world.

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

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“Build Rapport… Establish The Need… Create The Desire… Close The Deal... Follow up… Add Value.” –Amanda Holmes

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Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers?
  • How do you handle the common sales stereotypes like used car sales person, etc...?
  • What is your mindset for taking over for your Dad who was a legendary sales professional and coach?
  • The responsibility had to be immense… Who did you reach out to for help?
  • What is your decision making process for running a business?
  • Initially when you took over, you faced law suits and people wanting money, how did you handle it?
  • What are the 12 ways to double sales?
  • What specific changes have you implemented that’s helped the business grow?
  • Define a great learning leader
  • What books had the most influence on your life?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance on focus and defining what success is to you
  • Fighting the professional selling stereotype and how she does it
  • The tragic story of her dad, Chet Holmes, passing away at a young age
  • How living in Asia for 6 months had an effect on her life
  • Why slimming down parts of the business were the correct moves in order to focus
  • Initially getting burned by people as well as getting wrongful termination lawsuits… How to deal with that
  • The 7 steps to a sale
  • Why continuous learning is the key to success

“I immediately fell in love with our clients.” – Amanda Holmes, after taking over as CEO of Chet Holmes International

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Bio From Gaimtv.com

Said best by gaimtv.com Amanda Holmes went from ashram to CEO at 27 years old, and her journey is both inspiring and challenging. She stepped in as CEO of Chet Holmes International after the death of her father, self-help guru Chet Holmes.

Amanda Holmes’ singing career spanned over seven years and four records. When her father, Chet Holmes, NY Times Best Selling author, was diagnosed with Leukemia, it all came to an abrupt end. After studying alternative medicines in Asia, she took over the responsibility of her father’s business. Today, she is the CEO dedicated to not only carrying on her father’s legacy, but most of all, making a difference for business owners around the world.

Nov 26, 2015

Episode 075: Kristi Piehl – Creating A Winning Culture & Earning Great PR

Kristi Piehl is an incredibly driven person.  She truly understands the importance of focusing on creating a phenomenal a phenomenal work environment for her employees and is reaping the rewards because of it.  We are extremely fortunate to have Kristi share her knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Kristi Piehl has built a unique company that redefines public relations.  This was her vision when she launched Media Minefield in 2010. Media Minefield is a news-driven public relations agency on a mission to change the perception of the industry. She’s dedicated to creating a unique work environment with policies that value families, flexibility and health.

During her 12 year television career, I worked as a reporter and anchor at 5 television stations. She studied Professional Writing and graduated with honors from Bethel University. In 2015, Bethel named her Alumna of the Year. She’s also a member of the Entrepreneurs' Organization.

Episode 075: Kristi Piehl – Creating A Winning Culture & Earning Great PR

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“I got laid off and it was a blessing... But I was scared out of my mind.” – Kristi Piehl

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers?
  • Discuss failure and moments you’ve bounced back from it…
  • What was it like being laid off after winning an Emmy?
  • What’s your process on building your company culture?
  • Why don’t you believe in press releases?
  • What does earned PR mean?
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What she’s learned from working with clients in 75 markets
  • The mentality of an entrepreneur
  • The importance of having an extremely high level of optimism
  • The philosophy of taking care of your employees first
  • Winning an Emmy and being laid off… How is that possible?
  • How to grow a business from a one person business to a big company
  • The importance of finding great people to work with
  • How to earn great PR

“Find a great leader… Offer to work for him for free.  It will be worth it in the long run.”

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Bio From Kristi Piehl (LinkedIn)

Kristi Piehl has built a unique company that redefines public relations.  This was her vision when she launched Media Minefield in 2010. Media Minefield is a news-driven public relations agency on a mission to change the perception of the industry. She’s dedicated to creating a unique work environment with policies that value families, flexibility and health.

During her 12 year television career, I worked as a reporter and anchor at 5 television stations. She studied Professional Writing and graduated with honors from Bethel University. In 2015, Bethel named her Alumna of the Year. She’s also a member of the Entrepreneurs' Organization.

Nov 23, 2015

Episode 074: Tim Kight – The Secret Weapon Behind Ohio State’s Success

Tim Kight is an incredibly dynamic speaker. He is a great combination of extremely high intelligence mixed in with great experience around some of the best leaders in the world, including legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden.  I absolutely loved this conversation with Tim.

Companies across the United States are recognizing speaker Tim Kight as a powerful voice on the performance of people and organizations. With a contagious energy, Tim provides insight into the “physics of performance.”

Tim’s ability to connect with and inspire individuals, teams, and leaders has yielded exceptional reviews from organizations throughout the country.  A dynamic speaker, Tim combines a unique background of research and practical experience to bring compelling insights to the real-world challenges of leading, managing, and winning in today’s competitive marketplace.

After briefly attending Ohio State University, Tim Kight received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and graduate degree from Princeton.  He has 25+ years of experience consulting in healthcare, banking, professional services, manufacturing, and athletics. He now lives in Columbus, OH.

Episode 074: Tim Kight – The Secret Weapon Behind Ohio State’s Success

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“Leaders create the culture that drives the behavior that produces results.”

The Learning Leader Show

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of successful leaders?
  • What was it about John Wooden that made him so effective?
  • Why did you start Focus 3?
  • What does your company focus on?
  • What is your process for coaching and leading others?
  • How did you develop such a great working relationship with Urban Meyer
  • How do you implement and execute on the plan once it is established?
  • What is the 30 Day Above The Line Challenge?
  • What does it mean to be “Above The Line or Below The Line?”
  • What is the first thing you think of when you hear the phrase learning leader?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance being intentional and purposeful
  • Firsthand knowledge on what it was like to be around John Wooden when he coaches his teams
  • “Whole part whole” and “Zoom in Zoom out”
  • Urban Meyer and what specifically makes him world class
  • Why your response is what you should focus on (as opposed to the event that precedes it)
  • The importance of self-talk and attitude
  • “All behavior is driven by attitude and mindset”
  • How Ohio State handled the JT Barrett OVI situation and why their structure helped them be better prepared for the adversity
  • The importance of humility and how it leads to success

“Event + Response = Outcome” – Tim Kight

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Bio From Focus 3

Companies across the United States are recognizing speaker Tim Kight as a powerful voice on the performance of people and organizations. With a contagious energy, Tim provides insight into the “physics of performance.”

Tim’s ability to connect with and inspire individuals, teams, and leaders has yielded exceptional reviews from organizations throughout the country.  A dynamic speaker, Tim combines a unique background of research and practical experience to bring compelling insights to the real-world challenges of leading, managing, and winning in today’s competitive marketplace.

After briefly attending Ohio State University, Tim Kight received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and graduate degree from Princeton.  He has 25+ years of experience consulting in healthcare, banking, professional services, manufacturing, and athletics. He now lives in Columbus, OH.

Nov 19, 2015

Episode 073: Jay Bilas – World Class ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Toughness, Fixing The NCAA

Jay Bilas is an incredibly interesting person.  He is a great combination of extremely high intelligence mixed in with a keen awareness of many issues we are all faced with in today’s world.  This was one of my all-time favorite conversations. I absolutely loved it.

Jay Bilas is a 1986 graduate of Duke University undergrad and 1992 graduate of Duke Law where he competed for Hall of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski on the Blue Devil Basketball team. Jay was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks and played professionally for 2 years in Europe before embarking on his coaching career. Bilas served as an assistant coach on Blue Devil bench during a time that included the 1991 and 1992 National Championships. Bilas then launched a successful law career before becoming a popular analyst on ESPN’s coverage of college basketball. Jay has published one book, “Toughness,” and is a sought after motivational speaker throughout the world. Jay is one of the most respected voices in college basketball today.

Episode 073: Jay Bilas – World Class ESPN Basketball Broadcaster, Toughness, Fixing The NCAA

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“There are certain things in life that are “have to” and there are things that are “want to”, I think I have taken care of the “have to” things well, and that has made a good part of my life “want to” now.” – Jay Bilas

The Learning Leader Show

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers?
  • How did your parent’s encouragement of doing speech and debate help you?
  • How did you go from lawyer to broadcaster?
  • Discuss the importance of putting yourself in positions to be nervous
  • What is your process to prepare for a broadcast?
  • What are your thoughts on some of the loud, argumentative TV shows on ESPN and other networks?
  • What specific problems do you have with the NCAA? Why?
  • What are your thoughts on NCAA president Mark Emmert?
  • If you became the president of the NCAA, what are the first things you would do to improve it?
  • Who would be the first people you would call to work with you?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance focusing on sustained excellence rather than achievements
  • The importance of being well rounded
  • Accepting his first broadcasting job only paid him $200 per game
  • The specific preparation needed to be world class
  • The importance of an informed opinion
  • That he believes Mark Emmert to have thin skin
  • Some practical ideas to help fix the NCAA
  • The importance of putting yourself in situations to be nervous
  • The importance of humility and how it leads to success

“Mark Emmert has very thin skin.” – Jay Bilas describing the President of the NCAA

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Bio From JayBilasskillscamp.com

Jay Bilas is a 1986 graduate of Duke University undergrad and 1992 graduate of Duke Law where he competed for Hall of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski on the Blue Devil Basketball team. Jay was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks and played professionally for 2 years in Europe before embarking on his coaching career. Bilas served as an assistant coach on Blue Devil bench during a time that included the 1991 and 1992 National Championships. Bilas then launched a successful law career before becoming a popular analyst on ESPN’s coverage of college basketball. Jay has published one book, “Toughness,” and is a sought after motivational speaker throughout the world. Jay is one of the most respected voices in college basketball today.

Nov 16, 2015

Episode 072: Jon Gordon - Optimistic People Win More | The Energy Bus

Jon Gordon leads an inspirational life.  He’s had high moments and very low moments.  He openly shares some of the lowest moments of his life as well as the specific thoughts process he developed in order to go from the lowest of lows to an international superstar author and key note speaker. We are extremely fortunate to have Jon share his message with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, MLB coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of numerous books including The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, and The Carpenter. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, LA Clippers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Bayer, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

Episode 072: Jon Gordon - Optimistic People Win More | The Energy Bus

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“When I hear the phrase Learning Leader, I think YES! YES!”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are some common characteristics all high achievers share?
  • Why should we strive to be a craftsman instead of a carpenter?
  • What made you write “The Energy Bus?”
  • How was the main character George actually a depiction of you?
  • What mile do most people quit running in a marathon? Why?
  • What are energy vampires? How should we handle them?
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of vision and why it helps you achieve your goals
  • Changing your viewpoint and how to do it
  • Passion and purpose leading to happiness
  • Designing it. Why you must design it prior to building your business and the life you want
  • Life is a series of marathons and boxing matches
  • If you can see it, you can create it
  • A learning leader? YES!  I love it

 “Life is a series of marathons and boxing matches.”

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Bio From JonGordon.com   

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, MLB coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of numerous books including The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, Soup, The No Complaining Rule, Training Camp, and The Carpenter. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, LA Clippers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Bayer, West Point Academy and more.

Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.

Nov 12, 2015

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL, Making Films

**A Special Veterans Day Episode** Nate Boyer leads a remarkable life.  He’s been all over the world working hard to help others and defend our country.  Nate truly values passion and having no compromise when going after your vision.  He has proven that he will stop at nothing in order to achieve it.  We are extremely fortunate to have Nate share his vision with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

In 2004, Nate Boyer became a relief worker in Sudan, building camps for refugees of the War in Darfur. After a short tenure there, he enlisted in the United States Army, training at Fort Benning, and later was accepted into the Green Berets. After multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Boyer earned an honorable discharge after six years of service. During that period of time, Nate walked on to the football team at the University of Texas where he earned the position of starting long snapper. After his college career was complete, Nate was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent.

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL, Making Films

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“High Achievers have zero compromise when it comes to their passion and vision.  They have a clear picture of what they want.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are some common characteristics all high achievers share?
  • How has your perspective changed after spending time in Darfur helping refuges?
  • What was the process like to become a green beret?
  • How has your perspective changed after spending time in Iraq and Afghanistan in firefights?
  • What was your thought process to walking on for the football team at The University of Texas when you had never played football before?
  • Describe the lifestyle of a 30 year old college student who left every summer to fight in a war…
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Having zero compromise when going after your vision
  • A viewpoint on your life as a blank canvas
  • Appreciating the freedom to have the ability to paint that canvas however you want
  • The 18 X Ray program to become a Green Beret
  • Working for Peter Berg’s Film 44 Company
  • 22 veterans per day lose the battle with suicide and what we can do to help
  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

 “If it’s easy, it does not motivate me.” – Nate Boyer

 

Continue Learning:

  • Go To Nate’s website: com
  • Read about Nate’s latest adventure here: org/
  • Follow Nate on Twitter: @NateBoyer37

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Bio From NateBoyer.com   

September-October 2004 Volunteered at Refugee Camps in the Darfur region of Sudan/Chad border.  March 2005 Joined the US Army.  December 2006 Earned the Green Beret.  February-September 2007 Stationed in Okinawa with 1st Special Forces Group.  August 2007 Traveled with father Steve to Kamchatka in Russia for fly fishing adventure.  April 2008-January 2009 Deployed with ODA 0324 10th Special Forces Group to Iraq.  October-November 2009 JCET mission in Israel with Israeli SOF.  January 2010 Walked on to the University of Texas football team as a safety.  January 2011 Backpacked through Central America.  June-July 2011 JCET mission in Bulgaria with Bulgarian SOF.  March 2012 During Spring Practices learned to long snap.  June-July 2012 JCET mission in Greece with Greek SOF.  Fall 2012-Fall 2014 Starting long snapper from week 2 through the rest of college football playing career.  April-August 2013 Deployed to Afghanistan with Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan.  April-August 2014 Deployed to Afghanistan and was attached to ODA 3116 3rd Special Forces Group.  January 2015 Played in Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston, SC.  Current Training for the NFL at Unbreakable Performance Center in Los Angeles while interning at Peter Berg’s production company, Film 44.

Nate is currently training in Los Angeles at Unbreakable Performance Center, owned by Jay Glazer and Brian Urlacher, where he is fighting for a long snapping position in the NFL. While finishing up his masters in advertising from the University of Texas, Nate is also interning at Peter Berg’s production company, Film 44. In addition, Nate continues to work with various veteran nonprofit organizations, such as #22Kill, in an effort to support their missions.

Nov 9, 2015

Episode 070: Dr. Sharon Melnick – Success Under Stress: Breathing Exercises & Other Tips To Improve Your 50%

Sharon Melnick is an incredibly interesting person.  She truly understands the importance of physiology, psychology, and your response.  We are extremely fortunate to have Sharon share her knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Sharon Melnick, PhD is a leading authority on business psychology, stress resilience, and women’s leadership. Her methods are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School and field tested by over 15,000 clients and training participants.

As CEO of her firm Horizon Point Inc, Sharon Melnick, PhD is an internationally renowned speaker and sought after trainer.  Her presentations on Resilience during Change and Success under Stress receive highest ratings and multiple repeat invites from organizations such as Procter and Gamble, MeLife, Novartis, NYLife, GE, Sodexo, Merck, Moody’s, OmniCom, AIG, Morgan Stanley, and many others.

Episode 070: Dr. Sharon Melnick – Success Under Stress: Breathing Exercises & Other Techniques To Improve Your 50%

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“The average human being has 60,000 thoughts a day.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are some common characteristics all high achievers share?
  • What is the confidence revolution?
  • What specific moments are most stressful in a person’s life?
  • How can we control our own psychology?
  • What can a regular person do in order to become a thought leader?
  • How can we deal with difficult colleagues? Tough people to work with… What are specific ways to handle these situations?
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How to successfully control your 50%
  • A breathing exercise that you can implement immediately that will improve your well-being and state of mind
  • Cooling Breath
  • How studying at Harvard for 10 years helped accelerate learning
  • Analyzing thought processes… How to do it
  • Goal setting practices
  • Great books to read: “Essentialism.” “The Power of Full Engagement.”
  • How to create 50% cultures

“A Leader Creates The Weather On Their Team.”

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This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Sharon Melnick is a leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From SharonMelnick.com  

Sharon Melnick, PhD is a leading authority on business psychology, stress resilience, and women’s leadership. Her methods are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School and field tested by over 15,000 clients and training participants.

As CEO of her firm Horizon Point Inc, Sharon Melnick, PhD is an internationally renowned speaker and sought after trainer.  Her presentations on Resilience during Change and Success under Stress receive highest ratings and multiple repeat invites from organizations such as Procter and Gamble, MeLife, Novartis, NYLife, GE, Sodexo, Merck, Moody’s, OmniCom, AIG, Morgan Stanley, and many others.

Nov 5, 2015

Episode 069: Jesse Itzler – Taking Risks, Selling For Millions, Living With A (Navy) SEAL, Married To A Billionaire

Jesse Itzler is an incredibly interesting person.  Despite all of his (massive) success, he’s one of the most down to earth people I’ve ever spoken with.  This conversation felt like I was reconnecting with an old friend.  I absolutely loved it.

Jesse cofounded Marquis Jet, the world’s largest prepaid private jet card company in 2001, which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. He then helped pioneer the coconut water craze with Zico coconut water, which he and his partners sold to The Coca-Cola Company in 2013. He is a former rapper on MTV and he produced both the NBA’s Emmy Award-winning “I Love This Game” music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem “Go NY Go.” When he is not running ultra-marathons or being a dad to his three kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks games, where he is an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely whom Forbes listed as one of the “100 most powerful women in the world.” Forbes labeled her as the one of the richest self-made American Woman with a net worth of $1.1 Billion.

Most recently, Jesse has written a new book titled, “Living With A SEAL.”  When Jesse felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hired a rather unconventional trainer to live with him for a month-an accomplished Navy SEAL widely considered to be "the toughest man on the planet"!  Lebron James says the book is “Hilarious!”

Episode 069: Jesse Itzler – Taking Risks, Selling For Millions, Living With A (Navy) SEAL, Married To A Billionaire

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“I am a huge fan of Sara.  When the light is shining bright on her, I’m her #1 fan.  And the same way when it’s shining on me.  Sara is 50% Einstein and 50% Lucille Ball.” – Jesse Itzler describing the relationship with his self-made billionaire wife, Sara Blakely

"Jesse is a risk taker and is always trying different things to get better.  Plus, he fun's to go out with." – Tom Brady, New England Patriots Four-Time Super Bowl Champion

The Learning Leader Show

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers?
  • What made you start Marquis Jets?
  • What was the process like to sell the company?
  • Discuss the importance of leaping outside your comfort zone…
  • How did you meet Sara?  How quickly did you know she was the one for you?
  • What is it like being married to a self-made billionaire?
  • Why did you write “Living With A SEAL?”
  • What are some of the key life lessons you learned from the experience?
  • How do you stay so grounded?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of a singular focus
  • The process for partnering with the right person when creating a business
  • What it was like to sell his company to Berkshire Hathaway
  • What it’s like at home being married to a self-made billionaire and raising 3 kids together
  • Why specifically Jesse needed to get off auto-pilot and how SEAL helped him do that
  • Takings risks and how to do it wisely
  • The importance of finding great people to work with
  • Being willing and able to adapt on a daily basis

“Money is a great magnifying glass.  If you’re an asshole, you become a bigger asshole when you get money.” – Jesse Itzler

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Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

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Bio From The100MileMan.com   

Jesse cofounded Marquis Jet, the world’s largest prepaid private jet card company in 2001, which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. He then helped pioneer the coconut water craze with Zico coconut water, which he and his partners sold to The Coca-Cola Company in 2013. He is a former rapper on MTV and he produced both the NBA’s Emmy Award-winning “I Love This Game” music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem “Go NY Go.” When he is not running ultra-marathons or being a dad to his three kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks games, where he is an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely whom Forbes listed as one of the “100 most powerful women in the world.” Forbes labeled her as the one of the richest self-made American Woman with a net worth of $1.1 Billion.

Most recently, Jesse has written a new book titled, “Living With A SEAL.”  When Jesse felt himself drifting on autopilot, he hired a rather unconventional trainer to live with him for a month-an accomplished Navy SEAL widely considered to be "the toughest man on the planet"!

Living with a SEAL is like a buddy movie if it starred the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air... and Rambo. Jesse is about as easy-going as you can get. SEAL is...not. He even shows up at Jesse's apartment with an inflatable raft just in case the Itzler family ever has to escape Manhattan by crossing the Hudson River.  Lebron James calls the book “Hilarious!”

Nov 2, 2015

Episode 068: Joey Coleman – What Is Your Personal Brand?

This is a special episode for me as I’ve been fortunate to get to know Joey over the last month and he’s become a great friend.  I had the distinct pleasure of attending a professional development workshop recently where Joey was the facilitator/speaker/lead engager.  It was the best 2 and a half day training event I have ever been to in my life.  And Joey is the best presenter I’ve ever seen.  This conversation was incredible and I really appreciate how honest, transparent, and truly helpful Joey is.  A huge thank you to Jayson Gaignard (from episode 001) for introducing me to Joey.

Joey Coleman is the Chief Experience Composer at Design Symphony - a customer experience branding firm that specializes in creating unique, attention-grabbing customer experiences. His clients include individual entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses, non-profits, government entities, and Fortune 500 companies. For over a decade he's worked with clients that include NASA, Network for Good, Hyatt Hotels, Zappos, the Save Darfur Coalition, and the World Bank - not to mention dozens of regional and local organizations around the world.

Episode 068: Joey Coleman – What Is Your Personal Brand?

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The Learning Leader Show

“There is no better investment than an investment in yourself and your personal development.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers?
  • How would you define “personal brand?”
  • How can you improve your personal brand?
  • Why is it important to leap outside your comfort zone?
  • What made you invest over $100,000 for Tony Robbins Platinum Partners Group?
  • What did the conversation sound like with your wife when you broached this topic?
  • What is your morning routine?
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of being full of gratitude mixed with a growth mindset, yet still being gentle on yourself
  • How Tony Robbins and President Bill Clinton have achieved so much
  • The importance of having an extremely high level of optimism
  • Gaining life experiences and the importance of getting exposure to different cultures and people
  • The 3 boxes we are all put into and how to manage it
  • The mindset needed prior to giving a keynote to thousands of people
  • The power and the importance on having a true partner as your spouse who supports you 100%
  • Viewing life with the eyes of a child… Being curious.  How that can help us all

“We are the sum of our life experiences.”

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Bio From CreativeLive.com   

Joey Coleman is the Chief Experience Composer at Design Symphony - a customer experience branding firm that specializes in creating unique, attention-grabbing customer experiences. His clients include individual entrepreneurs, start-ups, small businesses, non-profits, government entities, and Fortune 500 companies. For over a decade he's worked with clients that include NASA, Network for Good, Hyatt Hotels, Zappos, the Save Darfur Coalition, and the World Bank - not to mention dozens of regional and local organizations around the world.

Joey is a recognized expert in customer experience design, an award-winning speaker at national and international conferences, and has taught business and creativity courses at both the college and graduate school level. Past appearances include presentations at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, Google, the Georgetown University School of Business, Stanford University, Zappos, YouTube, and numerous undergraduate, Private Corporation, and non-profit events.

Prior to founding Design Symphony, Joey held positions with the Corporate Executive Board (NASDAQ: EXBD), the White House (Office of Counsel to the President during the Clinton Administration), the United States Secret Service, and the Central Intelligence Agency. He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the George Washington University Law School. An avid reader and experiencer of life, when not traveling the world (44 countries and counting) for speaking and consulting engagements, he enjoys time at home with his family in the mountains of Colorado.

Oct 29, 2015

Episode 067: Roger Dooley – How To Persuade And Convince Others With Neuromarketing

This episode was absolutely packed full of action oriented takeaways to help us all gain a better understanding of how our brain works to process information.  It was an extremely interesting talk on a topic that fascinates me.

Roger Dooley is a speaker and author of Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing, the popular blog Neuromarketing, and Brainy Marketing at Forbes.

He is the founder of Dooley Direct, a marketing consultancy, and co-founded College Confidential, the leading college-bound website. That business was acquired by Hobsons, a unit of UK-based DMGT, where Dooley served as VP Digital Marketing and continues in a consulting role.

Episode 067: Roger Dooley – How To Persuade And Convince Others With Neuromarketing

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The Learning Leader Show

“According to leading neuroscientists, 95% of all thoughts, emotions, and learning occur before we are ever aware of it.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What one common characteristic do all high achievers leaders share?
  • How can someone ease the pain of high prices?
  • What are your thoughts on “high price = high value object?”
  • Why is it smarter to share a cup of coffee with someone as opposed to a cold beverage?
  • Why is oxytocin so important?
  • What is The Persuasion Slide Model?  How can it help people in their everyday lives?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The power of focus and why it’s so important
  • How certain phrases or word choices can manipulate you
  • Why it’s important to think of the other person in the conversation
  • A deep dive in persuasion and why it must be ethical
  • How it can help to briefly touch someone’s shoulder

 

  • Great qualities for leaders: Humility and having an open mind

 “I work to translate the findings from neuroscience into actionable advice.”

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Bio From RogerDooley.com  

Roger Dooley is a speaker and author of Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing, the popular blog Neuromarketing, and Brainy Marketing at Forbes.

He is the founder of Dooley Direct, a marketing consultancy, and co-founded College Confidential, the leading college-bound website. That business was acquired by Hobsons, a unit of UK-based DMGT, where Dooley served as VP Digital Marketing and continues in a consulting role.

Dooley spent years in direct marketing as the co-founder of a successful catalog firm and also was director of corporate planning for a Fortune 1000 company. He has an engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

Oct 26, 2015

Episode 066: Judy Robinett – Creating A Titanium Digital Rolodex: The 5+50+150 Rule

I would like to thank John Corcoran for introducing me to Judy Robinett.  Both John and Judy are such great givers… Always trying to help others and they’ve done so much for me.   I was fascinated with Judy.  She is incredibly intelligent and is a very deep thinker.  It was a joy to get her to put some of those thoughts on tape for this great podcast episode.

Judy Robinett is the author of How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+150 Rule (McGraw-Hill, May 2014), a book that provides instant, effective strategies for meeting the people you need to know and bonding with them fast to further your goals and theirs. Robinett is a business thought leader who is known as “the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex.” She has been profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Venture Beat, Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek as a sterling example of the new breed of “super connectors” who use their experience and networks to accelerate growth and enhance profitability.

In her more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader, Robinett has served as the CEO of both public and private companies and in management positions at Fortune 500 companies. She has been on the advisory boards of Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California; Pereg Ventures, a venture capital firm based in New York; Springboard Enterprises based in Washington, DC; and Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) accelerators based in New York.

Episode 066: Judy Robinett – Creating A Titanium Digital Rolodex: The 5+50+150 Rule

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“Forget an MBA… Learn to network.” – Jack Welch

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are common characteristics of high achievers?
  • How have you learned how to create luck?
  • What did the book “How To Win Friends and Influence People” help you?
  • What is the 5 + 50 + 150 rule?
  • How did you become known as the “woman with the titanium rolodex?”
  • What are the 5 things to never do and say?
  • What does being a “giver” mean to you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of “guts and luck”
  • How being shy and bullied helped propel Judy to big things
  • You are the average of the 5 people you surround yourself with
  • Keeping a “victory log” of achievements
  • How to connect others and make important introductions
  • Process to create a TED Talk
  • The definition of a Learning Leader

 “Creating value is how you create wealth.” – Judy Robinett

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Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio From JudyRobinett.com

Judy Robinett is the author of How to Be a Power Connector: The 5+50+150 Rule (McGraw-Hill, May 2014), a book that provides instant, effective strategies for meeting the people you need to know and bonding with them fast to further your goals and theirs. Robinett is a business thought leader who is known as “the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex.” She has been profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Venture Beat, Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek as a sterling example of the new breed of “super connectors” who use their experience and networks to accelerate growth and enhance profitability.

In her more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader, Robinett has served as the CEO of both public and private companies and in management positions at Fortune 500 companies. She has been on the advisory boards of Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California; Pereg Ventures, a venture capital firm based in New York; Springboard Enterprises based in Washington, DC; and Women Innovate Mobile (WIM) accelerators based in New York.

Oct 22, 2015

Episode 065: Linda Kaplan Thaler – GRIT = Guts, Resilience, Initiative, & Tenacity

Linda Kaplan Thaler is an incredibly interesting person.  She truly understands the importance of an intense focus on continuous improvement.  Linda and her team have some massive achievements from a Marketing perspective as well as the work Linda has down as a bestselling author and keynote speaker. We are extremely fortunate to have Linda share her knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Linda Kaplan Thaler is the CEO of Publicis New York and a bestselling author. She has written and composed advertising jingles such as: “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid” (Toys "R" Us); “Kodak Moments” (Eastman Kodak) and “The Heart of Communication” (Bell Atlantic). She is responsible for the “Yes, Yes, Yes” Herbal Essences campaign, and her agency created the well-known Aflac duck advertising.  Her most recent book (she wrote along with Robin Koval is titled, “Grit To Great” How perseverance passion, and pluck take you from ordinary to extraordinary.”

Episode 065: Linda Kaplan Thaler – GRIT = Guts, Resilience, Initiative, & Tenacity

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The Learning Leader Show

“I never dreamed about success.  I worked for it.” – Estee Lauder

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers?
  • What are your thoughts on David McCullough’s famous commencement speech titled, “You’re nothing special”
  • Why should we retire the word retirement?
  • How can someone use their “grit for good?”
  • Why do you coach people to “ditch the dream?”
  • How can a leader build up GRIT in their organization?  What specific steps need to be taken in order to do that?
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • GRIT = Guts, Resilience, Initiative, & Tenacity
  •  “Playing Up” and the power of playing against great competition
  • The importance of being over prepared
  • How Linda helped Aflac become so well known
  • The definition of happiness
  • The detailed process showing how Linda’s small agency (at the time) earned the over $200m Wendy’s account (incredible story)
  • The story behind James Patterson waking up extremely early every morning to write for 21 years straight
  • GRIT builders that we can all implement – Exercises and action tips

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry Truman

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Bio

Linda Kaplan Thaler (is the CEO of Publicis New York and a bestselling author. She has written and composed advertising jingles such as: “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up, I’m a Toys ‘R’ Us Kid” (Toys "R" Us); “Kodak Moments” (Eastman Kodak) and “The Heart of Communication” (Bell Atlantic). She is responsible for the “Yes, Yes, Yes” Herbal Essences campaign, and her agency created the well-known Aflac duck advertising.  Her most recent book (she wrote along with Robin Koval is titled, “Grit To Great” How perseverance passion, and pluck take you from ordinary to extraordinary.”

Oct 19, 2015

Episode 064: Kevin Lavelle – CEO of Mizzen+Main: Intellectual Curiosity Leads To Growing 500%

Kevin Lavelle is an incredibly intelligent leader.  He truly understands the importance of possessing three qualities as a leader: An overwhelming amount of optimism, an intellectual curiosity, and persistence.  We are extremely fortunate to have Kevin share his knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Kevin Lavelle is an American entrepreneur and business executive. He is the founder of Mizzen+Main, a men's clothing brand where he serves as the company's CEO. Kevin was named to the 40 Under 40 list by Dallas Business Journal in 2013. He was also named to Men's Fitness list of Game Changers in 2014.  Investors in the company, which makes its products in the United States, include Zappos founder Tony Hsieh's Vegas Tech Fund and Navy SEAL Marcus Lutrell.  They have grown 500% year over year!

And most recently, he has partnered with NFL star JJ Watt on an endorsement deal that gives JJ an equity stake in the business. 

Episode 064: Kevin Lavelle – CEO of Mizzen+Main: Intellectual Curiosity Leads To Growing 500%

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“I want to build the next great American brand.” – Kevin Lavelle

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the common characteristics of high achievers?
  • What is unique about Mizzen+Main?
  • How did you initially fund your company?
  • What effect did it have on your brand when you advertised on a podcast? (Tim Ferriss)
  • What do you say to critics who claim you should make your product outside of America?
  • Take us into your pitch meetings… What specifically did it sound like in those meetings?
  • What was it like negotiating with JJ Watt?
  • Why is the name Mizzen+Main?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of: Optimism, curiosity, & persistence
  •  Pitch meetings (to investors) and the specific verbiage used in them
  • The power of advertising on a podcast
  • Working with JJ Watt
  • Getting started… Specifically starting to sell immediately (prior to quitting day job)
  • Mentors and how they’ve helped
  • The importance of taking a complicated message and making it clear

“The best business decision for us is to make our products in America.” – Kevin Lavelle

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Episode 034: Jimmy Hatch – Shot While Searching For Bowe Bergdahl And Sky Diving With Gabby Giffords

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Kevin is leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Biography

Kevin Lavelle is an American entrepreneur and business executive. He is the founder of Mizzen+Main, a men's clothing brand where he serves as the company's CEO. Kevin was named to the 40 Under 40 list by Dallas Business Journal in 2013. He was also named to Men's Fitness list of Game Changers in 2014.  Investors in the company, which makes its products in the United States, include Zappos founder Tony Hsieh's Vegas Tech Fund and Navy SEAL Marcus Lutrell.  And most recently, he has partnered with NFL star JJ Watt on an endorsement deal that gives JJ an equity stake in the business.

Oct 15, 2015

Episode 063: Whitney Johnson – How To Disrupt Yourself To Dare, Dream, and DO Remarkable Things

This was a very interesting conversation with Whitney Johnson... She has an extremely interesting story to tell about how she disrupted herself in order to do something bigger.  She was an incredibly successful equity analyst and she quit in order to follow a dream of doing something bigger and helping others. 

Whitney Johnson is an investor, speaker, author, and leading thinker on driving innovation through personal disruption.  Johnson is the co-founder of Rose Park Advisors, along with Clayton Christensen where they led the seed round for Korea’s Coupang, currently valued at $5+ billion.

Whitney is a frequent contributor and writer, including to the Harvard Business Review, as a LinkedINfluencer, and through other channels. She is the author of two books, Dare, Dream, Do (2012), and the Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015). She is also a prolific speaker and has spoken to audiences of more than 25,000 on her ideas and vision. Johnson is represented by the New Leaf Speakers bureau, along with other thought leaders in business and innovation.

Episode 063: Whitney Johnson – How To Disrupt Yourself To Dare, Dream, and DO Remarkable Things

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“What does disruptive innovation look like for an individual?”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are common characteristics of people who have achieved success?
  • What does it mean to “disrupt yourself?”
  • Why did you write “Dare, Dream, Do?”
  • What possessed you to quit your job as an extremely successful Equity Analyst?
  • Why do we fail to implement and execute our plans?
  • What does the first 60 minutes of your look like?
  • What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear the phrase, “Learning Leader?”

“Too often we hear people say, I don’t have permission to dream.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • What it means to disrupt yourself
  • The importance of curiosity and drive
  • Deliberate practice and implementation of new ideas.  A “how to” guide to making this happen
  • How this theory can apply and be done by anyone
  • Why we must be uncomfortable to grow
  • The need to take risks
  • A learning leader is continually asking questions

Continue Learning

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Episode 001: How To Become A Master Connector With Jayson Gaignard From MasterMind Talks

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

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I love learning from people who bring a new idea to the table… That is what Whitney Johnson has done.  She is an extremely interesting and inspiring person. Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From WhitneyJohnson.com

Whitney Johnson is an investor, speaker, author, and leading thinker on driving innovation through personal disruption.  Johnson is the co-founder of Rose Park Advisors, along with Clayton Christensen where they led the seed round for Korea’s Coupang, currently valued at $5+ billion.

Whitney is a frequent contributor and writer, including to the Harvard Business Review, as a LinkedINfluencer, and through other channels. She is the author of two books, Dare, Dream, Do (2012), and the Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015). She is also a prolific speaker and has spoken to audiences of more than 25,000 on her ideas and vision. Johnson is represented by the New Leaf Speakers bureau, along with other thought leaders in business and innovation.

Oct 12, 2015

Episode 062: Jim Tressel – Coaching Ohio State: President of Youngstown State: Servant Leadership: #QuietTime

I’ve been fortunate to know Jim Tressel since 2002 when he recruited my younger brother AJ to play football at Ohio State University.  He has always been a phenomenal example of what it means to be a servant leader.  Always calm, composed, and measured in his approach… He’s someone who I admire a great deal.  It was a thrill for me to have this in depth conversation with him.

Jim Tressel a former college football coach who served as head coach of the Youngstown State Penguins from 1986 to 2000 and the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2001 to 2010, winning five national championships between the two schools and 12 “Coach of the Year” awards during his career. He is currently the president of Youngstown State University.

Episode 062: Jim Tressel – Coaching Ohio State: President of Youngstown State: Servant Leadership: #QuietTime

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“It’s not where you’re coaching, but with whom you’re doing it with.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are common characteristics amongst high achievers?
  • Would you consider going back to coaching football at the collegiate level?
  • What is your relationship like with Urban Meyer?
  • How could colleges better set up student athletes for success post University life?
  • How specifically do you help people follow through on their goal setting practices?
  • What is quiet time? What does it mean to you? How can quite time help everyone?
  • What occurs during the first 60 minutes of your day?
  • What does it mean to be a learning leader?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of being a servant leader and what that specifically means
  • The emotions he feels as he watches Ohio State play on Saturdays
  • His identity and the importance of being an educator
  • Maurice Clarett and their relationship
  • Leadership is not a position or a ranking.  Most people have it wrong.  It’s about serving others
  • The importance of writing down what you’re grateful for everyday

“You can’t influence unless you are willing to be influenced.”

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You may also like these episodes:

Episode 003: The Incredibly Interesting Story Of Maurice Clarett And How He Built A 6 Figure Income After Spending 4 Years In Prison

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This episode was absolutely jam packed with great information on a variety of topics.  I love how open Jim Tressel is.  Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

Bio from YSU.edu  

Jim Tressel became the ninth president of Youngstown State University on July 1, 2014.

A native of Northeast Ohio, Tressel graduated from Berea High School in suburban Cleveland in 1971. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1975 and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Akron in 1977. He also received honorary degrees from YSU in 2001 and Baldwin-Wallace in 2003.

He previously was executive vice president for Student Success at the University of Akron, where he was charged with restructuring and leading the efforts of a newly created division dedicated to the academic and career success of students. Tressel’s areas of responsibility included recruitment and admissions, financial aid and career services, advising and adult/transfer services, the military services center and multicultural academic programs. He spent a great deal of time in the Northeast Ohio region, emphasizing the need for top-notch higher education, innovation and collaboration.

Prior to joining the University of Akron, Tressel was head football coach at Ohio State University from 2001 to 2010, where his teams won the national championship in 2002 and seven Big Ten championships and appeared in eight BCS post-season bowl games. As head football coach at YSU from 1986 to 2000, Tressel’s teams won four Division I-AA national championships. He also was executive director of Athletics at YSU from 1994 to 2000.

Oct 8, 2015

Episode 061: Chris Hogan – The 7 Baby Steps To Take Control Of Your Money… Retire Inspired

Chris Hogan is a really interesting leader.  I’ve seen him speak to large groups of people on two separate occasions and he always brings a ton of energy to the stage.  Mix that with his deep baritone voice and it makes for a unique leader!

A former national champion and all-American football player, Chris Hogan has never backed down from a challenge. But how did he find his way off the gridiron and onto the path of helping others achieve financial peace?

Once his playing days were over, Hogan served as the vice president of a well-respected mortgage company helping clients manage their money and their businesses. In the process, he realized that too many marriages and families were being adversely impacted by financial issues because they could not communicate openly and honestly about money. Hogan realized that the way people were counseled about money had to change. That’s when he met Dave Ramsey.

Today, Hogan helps spread the message of hope and financial peace to audiences across the country. Chris helps people plan for their future and reach their retirement goals through his Retire Inspired Live Events and R:IQ Assessment tool. Hogan works with high profile clients, including business leaders, professional athletes and entertainers, to help them develop financial strategies to generate revenue, protect their wealth, and secure their futures.

Episode 061: Chris Hogan – The 7 Baby Steps… Retire Inspired

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“The 7 baby steps: 1) Start an emergency fund  2)Pay off all debt but the house 3) 3 to 6 months of expenses in savings 4) Invest 15% of Household Income Into Retirement 5) College Funding For Children 6)Pay Off Home Early 7) Build Wealth and Give.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are common characteristics all high performers share?
  • What are DISC profiles and how do they help you lead?
  • How did you meet Dave Ramsey?
  • How do highly demanding people work successfully with relational type people?
  • If you had only 5 minutes to give financial advice to a person, what would you say?
  • Why did you feel the need to write the book “Retire Inspired”?
  • Would you ever branch off away from Dave Ramsey?
  • How do you handle people who doubt your message and your “haters?”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The 7 baby steps and how you can implement them into your life
  • Having a growth mindset and the importance of it
  • Public speaking preparation skills
  • The process to become a millionaire
  • Why it’s bad for a startup to have all “high D’s”
  • The many different ways to lead

“There are 15,000 to 19,000 people retiring daily.  I want to help them.” – Chris Hogan

Continue Learning

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 003: The Incredibly Interesting Story Of Maurice Clarett And How He Built A 6 Figure Income After Spending 4 Years In Prison

Episode 002: How To Take Over And Set Bigger Goals With Chris Brogan

Episode 004: How Todd Wagner (and Mark Cuban) Sold Broadcast.com To Yahoo! For $5.7 Billion

Episode 010: Shane Snow – How To Accelerate Success Using Smart Cuts

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This episode was absolutely jam packed with great information on a variety of topics.  Chris Hogan is definitely a leader who is always striving to improve and help others.  Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio from ChrisHogan360.com  

A former national champion and all-American football player, Chris Hogan has never backed down from a challenge. But how did he find his way off the gridiron and onto the path of helping others achieve financial peace?

Once his playing days were over, Hogan served as the vice president of a well-respected mortgage company helping clients manage their money and their businesses. In the process, he realized that too many marriages and families were being adversely impacted by financial issues because they could not communicate openly and honestly about money. Hogan realized that the way people were counseled about money had to change. That’s when he met Dave Ramsey. 

Today, Hogan helps spread the message of hope and financial peace to audiences across the country. Chris helps people plan for their future and reach their retirement goals through his Retire Inspired Live Events and R:IQ Assessment tool. Hogan works with high profile clients, including business leaders, professional athletes and entertainers, to help them develop financial strategies to generate revenue, protect their wealth, and secure their futures.

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