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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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Aug 31, 2015

Episode 050: Dr. Henry Cloud – Ridiculously In Charge

I originally sent a cold email to Henry Cloud in February asking him to be one of the first guests on my podcast, The Learning Leader Show.  I am extremely happy that after 7 months of work (a lot of emails/calls/scheduling), we made it happen!  I’m extremely proud of this, and I was especially happy to hear the kind words Henry shared about The Learning Leader Show and what it stands for.

Having sold over 10 million books worldwide, Dr. Cloud’s work has been featured or reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Publisher’s Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Fortune and many others. He is a frequent contributor to multiple news programs including CNN, Fox News Channel, ABC News and has a syndicated radio show in over 200 markets. Two of his premier books are: “Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality” and “Boundaries for Leaders: Results, Relationships, and being Ridiculously in Charge.”

Dr. Cloud has maintained an extensive leadership consulting practice for over twenty years, serving clients ranging from private and family held firms to public Fortune 500 Companies. Combining a background in clinical psychology and organizational leadership consulting with the experience of having founded and operated a successful health-care company, he brings an experience base which gives him a deep insight into how leaders function and the challenges they face.

Episode 050: Dr. Henry Cloud – Ridiculously In Charge

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“You’ll always get what you create or what you allow.” – Dr. Henry Cloud

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the most common characteristics shared amongst high achieving leaders?
  • Expand more on why “Integrity” is the wake you leave behind you…
  • Why is Clyde Christenson’s “The Innovator’s Dilemma” such an important book?
  • How do you prioritize what’s important?
  • Are great leaders more analytical/numbers driven or more culture focused?
  • What are questions you ask leaders to understand how they think?
  • What pops into your mind when you hear the phrase “Learning Leader?”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of humility, purpose, integrity, and being relational
  • Why Liz Wiseman’s “Multipliers” is so powerful
  • What it means to be ridiculously in charge
  • The importance of having high expectations and a high level of support
  • Focusing on culture AND results – Both are vital
  • Leaders must be disciplined to look behind them… at the wake they create
  • The power of having daughters
  • Why Dr. Cloud loves the phrase “Learning Leader”

 “Integrity is the wake you leave behind.  How your actions directly affect others.” – Dr. Henry Cloud

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

031: Gary Vaynerchuk on Leadership, Self-Awareness, Empathy, and Bill Parcells

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. Dr. Cloud was incredibly inspirational.  Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

From Dr.Cloud.com

Dr. Henry Cloud has maintained an extensive leadership consulting practice for over twenty years, serving clients ranging from private and family held firms to public Fortune 500 Companies. Combining a background in clinical psychology and organizational leadership consulting with the experience of having founded and operated a successful health-care company, he brings an experience base which gives him a deep insight into how leaders function and the challenges they face.

Having sold over 10 million books worldwide, Dr. Cloud’s work has been featured or reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Publisher’s Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Fortune and many others. He is a frequent contributor to multiple news programs including CNN, Fox News Channel, ABC News and has a syndicated radio show in over 200 markets. Two of his premier books are: “Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality” and “Boundaries for Leaders: Results, Relationships, and being Ridiculously in Charge”

 

Dr. Cloud has worked with individuals from all walks of life, for more than two decades. From Wall. St. to the inner city, his research based principles have been used by millions, and featured in all forms of major media. He believes that our fulfillment and effectiveness in life centers in three areas: First, the clinical: how we think, feel and behave. Second, the relational: how we connect, love and relate. And third, performance: how we use our talents to achieve our dreams and goals. His wide range of experience as a clinician directing a chain of hospitals and treatment centers, as a coach and performance consultant to celebrities, high performers, and business leaders, and as a student and advisor of the spiritual life, give him a breadth of background and knowledge to address the major issues of life, with practical, sound, research-proven techniques to help people resolve difficult obstacles and reach their purpose, calling and dreams.

Aug 27, 2015

Episode 049: Joe Sweeney – Networking Is A Contact Sport

Joe Sweeney has an incredibly interesting story… He originally wrote pages of his thoughts in order to staple to his will for his children to read… That lead to a best-selling book which led to over 350 speaking engagements around the world!  Joe shares that story and so much more on this great episode of The Learning Leader Show.

Joe Sweeney is an experienced businessman and New York Times best-selling author of Networking Is a Contact Sport and the newly released, “Moving the Needle.” As a dynamic, down-to-earth, yet powerful professional, Joe’s keynote addresses focus on principles discussed in his books which can be applied to any company or organization.

Joe’s books, keynote addresses, and Winning Game Plan training can help you grow personally and professionally through: Networking, Expanding your influence, Finding balance, Developing your business, Making life richer and more meaningful, Connecting with friends, acquaintances, business colleagues and even strangers, Getting clear, getting free, getting going.

Episode 049: Joe Sweeney – Networking Is A Contact Sport

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“High performers have a clear vision of what they want and they create a big enough why in order to be successful.” – Joe Sweeney

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are common characteristics of people who are high achievers?
  • Why do you consider networking a contact sport?
  • Why did you initially give keynotes for free?
  • How did you become Brett Favre’s Marketing Agent?
  • What are some of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to networking?
  • What are the biggest challenges in the organizations you speak to?

“Touch Trumps Technology."

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • High performers have a clear vision of what they want and they create a big enough why
  • How networking is a place to serve and give
  • How to create a WOW with every keynote speech
  • How he became the marketing agent for Brett Favre
  • Mistakes people make at networking events
  • How to manage energy and momentum
  • How his book was the catalyst to the speaking events

Continue Learning

You may also like these episodes:

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

I love learning from people who bring a new idea to the table… That is what Joe has done.  Joe is an extremely interesting 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 JoeSweeney.com

Joe Sweeney is an experienced businessman and New York Times best-selling author of Networking Is a Contact Sport and the newly released, Moving the Needle. As a dynamic, down-to-earth, yet powerful professional, Joe’s keynote addresses focus on principles discussed in his books which can be applied to any company or organization.

Joe’s books, keynote addresses, and Winning Game Plan training can help you grow personally and professionally through: Networking, Expanding your influence, Finding balance, Developing your business, Making life richer and more meaningful, Connecting with friends, acquaintances, business colleagues and even strangers, Getting clear, getting free, getting going.

Aug 24, 2015

Episode 048: Cameron Herold – Why You Should Teach Your Child To Be An Entrepreneur

This episode was absolutely packed full of action oriented takeaways to help us all improve in each of our environments. I love the strategy Cameron has employed to teach children to be entrepreneurs as well as his strategies to grow a number of businesses…

Cameron Herold has been instrumental in the successful sale, branding, and integration of a remarkable 500 business locations with three major companies.  He may be best known as a driving force behind 1-800-GOT JUNK’s spectacular growth from $2 Million to $106 Million in revenue in just six years.

His wide range of executive roles has given him expertise across all aspects of business, from strategic planning, operations, people, sales, marketing, call centers and PR. Combined with hands-on experience negotiating corporate acquisitions and developing numerous strategic partnerships, there are few real-world business challenges he hasn't faced.

Now, as the author of “Double Double”, Cameron mentors a select class of proven CEOs, entrepreneurs and their teams, helping them navigate growth, leadership, and building their own unique company cultures. He reaches an even broader audience through his content-driven presentations to groups of entrepreneurs, speaking in over twenty countries, on five continents, in just five years. Cameron is a top-rated lecturer at the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program and a powerful and effective speaker at EO/YPO & Vistage events around the world. Additionally, he landed over 5,000 media placements in six years - including coverage on Oprah, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Fortune and 17 spots on Dr. Phil.

Episode 048: Cameron Herold – Why You Should Teach Your Child To Be An Entrepreneur

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“High achievers have a sense of curiosity. They realize they haven’t figured it out yet.” – Cameron Herold

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What one common characteristic do all high achievers leaders share?
  • Why is it important to focus on your strengths as opposed to your weaknesses?
  • If you were in charge of our education system, what would you change?
  • What is your process for generating free PR for a company?
  • How did you grow 1-800 Got Junk from $2 million to $106 million?
  • Why is it terrible to give a child an allowance?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The reason why massive curiosity is a key to success
  • The importance of focusing on strengths
  • Why all tests in school should be open book and done in groups
  • Tactical PR strategies to implement NOW
  • Why vision statements suck
  • How to systematize culture and why it should be the #1 priority  

 “Allowances for children teach kids to get used to a fixed amount of income.  They are a terrible idea.  You need to teach them to spot opportunities and then negotiate how much they should be paid to accomplish the task” – Cameron Herold

Continue Learning

You may also like these episodes:

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Cameron Herold is leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life.  He also strives to constantly 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 CameronHerold.com

Cameron Herold has been instrumental in the successful sale, branding, and integration of a remarkable 500 business locations with three major companies.  He may be best known as a driving force behind 1-800-GOT JUNK’s spectacular growth from $2 Million to $106 Million in revenue in just six years.

His wide range of executive roles has given him expertise across all aspects of business, from strategic planning, operations, people, sales, marketing, call centers and PR. Combined with hands-on experience negotiating corporate acquisitions and developing numerous strategic partnerships, there are few real-world business challenges he hasn't faced.

 

Now, as the author of “Double Double”, Cameron mentors a select class of proven CEOs, entrepreneurs and their teams, helping them navigate growth, leadership, and building their own unique company cultures. He reaches an even broader audience through his content-driven presentations to groups of entrepreneurs, speaking in over twenty countries, on five continents, in just five years. Cameron is a top-rated lecturer at the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program and a powerful and effective speaker at EO/YPO & Vistage events around the world. Additionally, he landed over 5,000 media placements in six years - including coverage on Oprah, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Fortune and 17 spots on Dr. Phil.

Aug 20, 2015

Episode 047: David Marquet – Turn The Ship Around! Going From Worst To First

This episode was absolutely packed full of action oriented takeaways to help us all improve in each of our environments. I love the strategy David has employed to empower and grow leaders… You’ll learn about his thought process on leadership in the Navy and in the civilian world as well. 

David realized that the leader-follower environment meant his crew would do anything he said—even if it was wrong. That could be catastrophic. He decided to try Intent-Based Leadership again.

Captain Marquet began treating his crew as leaders, not followers, and giving control, not taking control. It wasn’t long before operations took a dramatic turn. Santa Fe went from “worst to first,” achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the Navy.

When Stephen R. Covey spent time aboard the Santa Fe, he referred to it as the most empowering organization he’d ever seen. He wrote about Captain Marquet’s leadership practices in his book, The 8th Habit.

Captain David Marquet retired from the Navy in 2009 and is now the author of Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders. Fortune magazine called the book the “best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training, and driving flawless execution.” Captain Marquet’s Intent-Based Leadership model is turning around all types of organizations—from big manufacturers to start-ups and sport teams to government.

He helps leaders build environments where people contribute and feel valued —where everyone is a leader.

Episode 047: David Marquet – Turn The Ship Around! Going From Worst To First

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“Do you want to be good or do you want to get better.” – David Marquet

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What one common characteristic do all high achievers leaders share?
  • Which rules are okay to break? How do you know?
  • How do you ensure proper execution on what you train?
  • What are the actions of a true learning leader?
  • What are some ways to give decision making power to others?
  • Why did you get rid of “To Do” Lists?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The power of having a growth mindset
  • Why using the phrase “I intend…” is a key to success
  • His book “Turn The Ship Around” was labeled by USA Today as one of the 12 best business books of all time
  • Why you should get up and leave the room if the leader of the meeting won’t allow you to start without them and then they show up late
  • Examples of learning leaders and how a true learning leader doesn’t take all the credit

 “My first step was to stop telling everyone what to do.” – David Marquet

Continue Learning

You may also like these episodes:

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  David Marquet is leader who is constantly learning in order to help us all live a better life.  He also strives to constantly 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 DavidMarquet.com

David was selected to captain the USS Olympia (SSN-717), a nuclear powered attack submarine. He studied for over a year to take command, understanding on a deep level every detail of how that submarine operated.

Unexpectedly, David was diverted to take command of the USS Santa Fe (SSN-763) when its captain quit. Santa Fe was the worst performing submarine in the fleet and a different type of submarine that he knew little about.

David realized that the leader-follower environment meant his crew would do anything he said—even if it was wrong. That could be catastrophic. He decided to try Intent-Based Leadership again.

Captain Marquet began treating his crew as leaders, not followers, and giving control, not taking control. It wasn’t long before operations took a dramatic turn. Santa Fe went from “worst to first,” achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the Navy.

When Stephen R. Covey spent time aboard the Santa Fe, he referred to it as the most empowering organization he’d ever seen. He wrote about Captain Marquet’s leadership practices in his book, The 8th Habit.

Captain Marquet retired from the Navy in 2009 and is now the author of Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders. Fortune magazine called the book the “best how-to manual anywhere for managers on delegating, training, and driving flawless execution.” Captain Marquet’s Intent-Based Leadership model is turning around all types of organizations—from big manufacturers to start-ups and sport teams to government. 

 

He helps leaders build environments where people contribute and feel valued —where everyone is a leader.

Aug 17, 2015

Episode 046: David Coleman – The Dating Doctor & National Speaker Of The Year

David Coleman is an incredible interesting person.  He truly understands the importance of being real, being sincere, and being yourself.  We are extremely fortunate to have David share his knowledge with us, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

David Coleman is known worldwide as The Dating Doctor.™ He has been honored fourteen times as The National Speaker of the Year— 11 times by Campus Activities Magazine and 3 times by The National Association for Campus Activities and is the only speaker ever to be honored as the National Entertainer of the Year! He is a highly sought after speaker, author, entertainer, media personality and product endorser.

Episode 046: David Coleman – The Dating Doctor & National Speaker Of The Year

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“David Coleman is not a person, he is an event!” – Dr. Will Keim

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How did the movie Hitch with Will Smith help your business?  You do very similar things for clients, correct?
  • What is your typical clientele?
  • What is a “total immersion” weekend?
  • What are some of the keys to a successful relationship?
  • What does leadership in dating mean to you?
  • What is the difference between character and reputation?
  • How do you prepare to give your speeches?
  • Why do you always ask the question, “what would Santa Clause do?”
  • What does being a learning leader mean to you?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of understanding where your critics come from
  • How Will Smith and the movie Hitch has affected his business
  • Learnings from John Wooden… “Always give them one thing to walk away with”
  • The importance of being prepared for your opportunity (great story around this)
  • How Santa Clause has affected his life (another great story)
  • World class performers are phenomenal both on and off the stage
  • His philosophy on leadership – He feels not everyone is meant to be one
  • The importance of taking a complicated message and making it clear

“Mediocrity takes pot shots at excellence.” – David Coleman

Continue Learning:

·         Go To David’s website: americasnextgreatspeaker.com

·         David’s books: Making Relationships Matter Nine Ways To Stay In Love For Life

·         Follow David on Twitter: @D8ngDoctor

You may also like these episodes:

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

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.  David Coleman 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 AmericasNextGreatSpeaker.com

David Coleman is known worldwide as The Dating Doctor.™ He has been honored

fourteen times as The National Speaker of the Year— 11 times by Campus Activities

Magazine and 3 times by The National Association for Campus Activities and is the only speaker ever to be honored as the National Entertainer of the Year! He is a highly sought after speaker, author, entertainer, media personality and product endorser.

David has been featured in such fine publications as Us Magazine, Glamour, Celebrity

Living, Mademoiselle, Women's World, Cosmopolitan, The USA Today, The Wall Street

Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. He has been featured on CNN as

well as on all major television networks and on hundreds of radio stations nationwide.

David has spoken to more than 2.5 million people in all 50 states, Canada and Europe

and another 20,000,000 through his appearances on radio, television, and in print,

Audience members at more than 2,500 college campuses, corporations, conferences,

single's organizations, military installations, churches, and civic groups have experienced

his energetic and entertaining programs. He has been a featured speaker for all

branches of our Military Service, Purina, The Sprint Corporation, Merrill Lynch, The

Kroger Co., Federated and Flo-Tork, Inc. as well as civic organizations such as MOPS

(Mothers of Pre-Schoolers), Junior Achievement, Circle K International, and Mortar

Board.

David received a National Service Citation from President George Bush, and has served

as a spokesperson for Microsoft, Abbott Labs, English Leather Cologne, Carpenter, IHG Hotels and Coca Cola.

Aug 13, 2015

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

Chris Fussell is an incredible learning leader.  Truly on another level when it comes to work ethic, grit, and intelligence.  I was absolutely honored to have this conversation with him… And even more proud to now call him a friend.

Chris Fussell is the Chief Business Development Officer at McChrystal Group, leading the sales, marketing, and client relations teams.  He and his team are responsible for identifying and growing McChrystal Group’s network and client base, and for positioning CrossLead as a 21st century leadership model and globally-recognized brand. Chris is an author of the firm’s forthcoming management book, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World.

Chris was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1997, and spent the next 15 years on US Navy SEAL Teams, leading SEAL elements in combat zones around the globe. From war-torn Kosovo, to counter-terrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to highly specialized efforts in the troubled areas of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, he experienced the modern evolution of the US military’s Special Operations community, first on SEAL Teams Two and Eight, then in the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

Chris was selected to serve as Aide-de-Camp to then-Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal during General McChrystal’s final year commanding the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), where they served a year together in Iraq. He witnessed first-hand the Special Operations community’s transformation into a successful, agile network.

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

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People that are truly world class are comfortable in their skin.” – Chris Fussell

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are common characteristics of world class performers?
  • What is the primary role of an Ade De Camp?
  • Why does General McChrystal only eat one meal per day? Do you?
  • Why did you and General McChrystal risk your lives to be out in the field with the team fighting?  Is this common?
  • What are the primary differences in the civilian business world versus what you experienced on the battlefield?
  • What specific tactics do you use to make CrossLead stick?
  • What is your morning routine?
  • What is your favorite book?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of being comfortable in your own skin
  • How Chris specifically was able to “buy time” for General McChrystal
  • The real work of an aide de camp and how it’s similar to that of the chief of staff for The President
  • Chris’s approach to selling and relationship building
  • His fear of being bored
  • The elements that define a quality life

 “A leader must be real… They must be authentic.” – Chris Fussell

Continue Learning

You may also like these episodes:

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

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.  Chris Fussell 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 McChrystalgroup.com

Chris Fussell is the Chief Business Development Officer at McChrystal Group, leading the sales, marketing, and client relations teams.  He and his team are responsible for identifying and growing McChrystal Group’s network and client base, and for positioning CrossLead as a 21st century leadership model and globally-recognized brand. Chris is an author of the firm’s forthcoming management book, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement in a Complex World.

Chris was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1997, and spent the next 15 years on US Navy SEAL Teams, leading SEAL elements in combat zones around the globe. From war-torn Kosovo, to counter-terrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to highly specialized efforts in the troubled areas of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, he experienced the modern evolution of the US military’s Special Operations community, first on SEAL Teams Two and Eight, then in the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

Chris was selected to serve as Aide-de-Camp to then-Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal during General McChrystal’s final year commanding the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), where they served a year together in Iraq. He witnessed first-hand the Special Operations community’s transformation into a successful, agile network.

In 2012, Chris left the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in order to join the McChrystal Group. Prior to becoming Chief of Network Management, he served as a Project Lead for a client engagement. Chris is also a Senior Fellow for National Security at New America, a Washington, DC-based non-partisan think tank dedicated to understanding the next generation of challenges facing the United States. Chris is actively involved in several non-profits dedicated to helping veterans and their families, and holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Navy SEAL Foundation.

 

Chris earned a Masters Degree in Irregular Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School, receiving the Pat Tillman Award for highest peer-rated Special Operations Officer in the program. His thesis work focused on the interagency collaboration and intelligence sharing processes that drove effective, cross-silo collaboration during the peak of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Aug 10, 2015

Episode 044: John LeFevre - @GSElevator: This Episode Might Offend You

This episode is different from any other I’ve recorded for The Learning Leader Show.  Turney Duff describes my guest best for CNBC: “In some memoirs, the author tries to pull back the curtain to provide a glimpse into a particular time and place, but LeFevre attempts to rip the drapes right off. He gives a naked look at how business in the world of finance is conducted. LeFevre captures the "Glengarry Glen Ross"-type of attitude that some believe is required to be successful on Wall Street. He doesn't shy away from witnessing and partaking in some of the seedier antics of sharing non-public information, price-fixing, misogyny, drug use and good old-fashion cut-throat office politics.”

John LeFevre created the Goldman Sachs Elevator Twitter account (@GSElevator) as a parody of banking culture. He tweeted anonymously for years as he gained hundreds of thousands of followers with his notoriously outrageous and often offensive tweets. He was eventually revealed as the author of the account.  That Twitter account propelled him to earn a six figure book deal titled, “Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals.”

Episode 044: John LeFevre - @GSElevator: This Episode Might Offend You

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“I feel an obligation to call out social injustices.” – John LeFevre

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What are the specific reasons behind your success?
  • What was your strategy behind growing the @GSElevator Twitter account?
  • What is an average “day in the life for you?”
  • When someone receives a six figure advance for a book, when exactly do you get paid?
  • Will this book become a movie?
  • Do you care if people like you? Are you okay with being polarizing?
  • What did you do with your first bonus check? ($75,000)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Why John is so transparent and has spoken up about the Wall Street culture
  • His PR strategy to grow a twitter account
  • How Tucker Max initially helped with his book deal
  • If it’s wise to give Lena Dunham a $2 million book advance
  • Crazy stories about his day to day life in NYC, London, and Hong Kong
  • Why he felt compelled to share information about illegal happenings including bankers colluding on fees
  • Why he said writing this book turned him into a feminist
  • How John has learned and grown up from his earlier days (he’s married and a Dad now)

 “Investment bankers take themselves too seriously.” – John LeFevre

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 different and very interesting with the inimitable John LeFevre.  Who do you know that needs to hear this?  Send them to The Learning Leader Show!

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

 

From CNBC:

Turney Duff describes my guest best for CNBC: “In some memoirs, the author tries to pull back the curtain to provide a glimpse into a particular time and place, but LeFevre attempts to rip the drapes right off. He gives a naked look at how business in the world of finance is conducted. LeFevre captures the "Glengarry Glen Ross"-type of attitude that some believe is required to be successful on Wall Street. He doesn't shy away from witnessing and partaking in some of the seedier antics of sharing non-public information, price-fixing, misogyny, drug use and good old-fashion cut-throat office politics.”

 

John LeFevre created the Goldman Sachs Elevator Twitter account (@GSElevator) as a parody of banking culture. He tweeted anonymously for years as he gained hundreds of thousands of followers with his notoriously outrageous and often offensive tweets. He was eventually revealed as the author of the account.  That Twitter account propelled him to earn a six figure book deal titled, “Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals.” 

Aug 6, 2015

Episode 043: Philip McKernan – Living A Meaningful Life: Being Transparent & Authentic

Philip McKernan is one of the most interesting human beings I’ve ever met.  Philip had no fear in challenging my beliefs and even some of the ways I asked him questions during this conversation.  I absolutely loved it.  After we stopped recording, Philip gave me an impromptu coaching session (for 45 minutes) to help me prepare for a speech I have coming up.  He said, “Think about what that audience needs to hear… And tell them that.”  It was incredible.  I am so grateful to now call Philip a friend. 

Philip speaks around the world about the importance of overcoming personal obstacles, gaining clarity, and cultivating the confidence to believe in yourself. He has shared stages with some well-known speakers…Steven Covey, Richard Branson, the Dalai Lama to name a few, and the feedback is generally overwhelmingly positive.  Through live personal leadership experiences, he has worked with all sorts of people from housewives to Olympic athletes, TV personalities and entrepreneurs, people who’ve gone bankrupt to billionaires and everything in between, and he’s uncovered that people’s dysfunctional relationship to money and their inability to get in touch with their own deep intuition inhibits their ability to gain the authentic clarity they need to live an authentic, and meaningful life. His book is Adversaries into Allies: Win People over without Manipulation or Coercion.

Episode 043: Philip McKernan – Living A Meaningful Life With Transparency & Vulnerability

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“In the absence of clarity, take action.”

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is your definition of success?
  • How did you reinvent yourself?
  • How do you help people become aware of the cost of not doing meaningful work?
  • How do you help people know what they want versus knowing what they think they want?
  • What’s your process for public speaking? How do you prepare?
  • How can people get outside of their comfort zone?
  • What are your thoughts on people who are “busy?”

“Busy people are running from something.” “Complicating their lives and justifying why they are doing it” – Philip McKernan

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • His work with clients focuses on: education, knowledge, wisdom, awareness
  • How The pain of doing what he was doing became insurmountable
  • Knowing what you want vs. what you think you want.  You need to focus on the why. Head and Heart
  • Transparency and vulnerability are the keys to success
  • A great process for public speaking – NEVER go on auto-pilot
  • A learning leader is constantly evolving
  • The elements that define a quality life

We put on a mask to get others to like us.  We must be vulnerable. Transparency is the key to success.” – Philip McKernan

 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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Philip McKernan 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 PhilipMcKernan.com   

Philip speaks around the world about the importance of overcoming personal obstacles, gaining clarity, and cultivating the confidence to believe in yourself. He has shared stages with some well-known speakers…Steven Covey, Richard Branson, the Dalai Lama to name a few, and the feedback is generally overwhelmingly positive.  Through live personal leadership experiences, he has worked with all sorts of people from housewives to Olympic athletes, TV personalities and entrepreneurs, people who’ve gone bankrupt to billionaires and everything in between, and he’s uncovered that people’s dysfunctional relationship to money and their inability to get in touch with their own deep intuition inhibits their ability to gain the authentic clarity they need to live an authentic, and meaningful life.

Philip’s greatest skill is listening – although many would say it’s talking – his ability to pinpoint your deepest want or need is precisely what makes him so sought after. He cares deeply for people, and believes each of us has so much more within us, than we allow ourselves to see and therefore shine.

Philip loves the simple things in life, his wife, 2 kids, extended family, friends and spending time with himself! He loves to travel, having visited well over 70 countries around the globe for work and pleasure. He’s a keen golfer, likes to hike and loves to get out in nature, especially in his home country, Ireland. He moved to Canada in 2007 and currently resides in Vancouver.

With a knack of getting into all sorts of scenarios – he’s caddied in golf for the President of Ireland, been chased and nearly killed by a bull elephant in Nigeria, made wine in Australia, has worked with orphans in Sri Lanka and Guatemala, written 4 books despite being dyslexic – this list is endless….his wife would say “life is never dull with Philip around”.

Philip believes the path to a happy and fulfilling life is found through the meaning we derive in life through the WORK we do, our relationship to OTHERS and the most important relationship of all, the one with one’s SELF.

 

Philip’s soul focus is helping people create a life that means something and make money doing it.

Aug 3, 2015

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

Rob DeMartini is a great leader and an even better human being.  I’m very fortunate to now call him a friend.  He truly understands the value of the culture and the key ingredient to a successful business is the people that work so hard to provide great products and services to their customers.  We are extremely fortunate to have Rob share his knowledge with US, the loyal listeners of The Learning Leader Show. 

Rob joined New Balance as CEO in 2007, moving to the company from Tyson Foods, where he oversaw all aspects of the company's $6 billion consumer products business. Prior to Tyson's, he was with Procter & Gamble for 18 years.  Since joining New Balance, he’s grown it from a $1.5B business to now a $4 Billion business.

Rob DeMartini was named the country's Most Playful CEO (in 2011) in a nationwide search for inventive leaders who incorporate play and innovation into the work environment to encourage collaboration and teamwork.

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

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“Successful people have a natural curiosity, energy, and optimism.” – Rob DeMartini

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What one common characteristic do all successful leaders share?
  • How did you get to this point?  What’s your story behind the success?
  • Why were you chosen to be the CEO of New Balance?
  • What has been the key to the massive growth at New Balance?
  • What are the benefits from being a private company?  Why can’t public companies take the long view?
  • What were the biggest challenges taking over at New Balance?
  • What is your hiring process?  How do you make those decisions?
  • What are some great habits you learned at Proctor & Gamble that you’ve implemented at New Balance?
  • What is the biggest mistake young leaders make?

 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The importance of your relationships and who you have them with
  • The importance of culture in a business
  • Why people with a very high sense of personal awareness achieve success
  • The 5 year plan he has implemented at New Balance
  • The reason for high turnover after he took the role at New Balance
  • Why everyone should read Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • Why it’s important to balance both performance and a good look with your products
  • The importance of taking a complicated message and making it clear

“The innovation of our teams, combined with our values, is the reason we have grown.” – Rob DeMartini

Continue Learning:

·         Go To: http://www.newbalance.com/

·         Watch Video of Rob Names Most Playful CEO: Rob DeMartini

·         Follow New Balance on Twitter: @newbalance

You may also like these episodes:

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Rob DeMartini 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

 

Interesting Things About Rob

Rob joined New Balance as CEO in 2007, moving to the company from Tyson Foods, where he oversaw all aspects of the company's $6 billion consumer products business. Prior to Tyson's, he was with Procter & Gamble for 18 years.  Since joining New Balance, he’s grown it from a $1.5B business to now a $4 Billion business.

 

Rob DeMartini was named the country's Most Playful CEO (in 2011) in a nationwide search for inventive leaders who incorporate play and innovation into the work environment to encourage collaboration and teamwork.

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