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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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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.”

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

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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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“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.”

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

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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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This was a jam packed episode full of great content.  Kat Cole 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 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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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.  Adam Braun 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 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.

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