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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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May 30, 2016

Episode 128: Donna Dubinsky – Standing Up To Steve Jobs And Being Right

Donna Dubinsky was made famous by the Harvard Business School study about the time when she disagreed with Steve Jobs (when he decided that Apple should eliminate their distribution warehouse).  She ultimately prevailed and we discussed what happened next in her incredible career.  We had a fascinating conversation on this episode of The Learning Leader Show.

Donna Dubinsky first partnered with Jeff Hawkins at Palm, Inc. in 1992, where she served as president and CEO. She held this position throughout Palm’s acquisition by U.S Robotics and subsequently 3Com Corporation. In 1998, Donna and Jeff co-founded Handspring, creator of the category-defining Treo smartphone. Handspring merged with Palm in 2003, and Donna continued to serve on Palm’s board until 2009. Previously, Donna spent 10 years at Apple Inc. in a multitude of sales, sales support, and logistics functions—both at Apple and at Claris, an Apple software subsidiary.

Donna earned a B.A. from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is currently on the board of Yale University.

Episode 128: Donna Dubinsky – Standing Up To Steve Jobs And Being Right

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The Learning Leader Show

“When I Worked With Steve Jobs, He Was Interested In Vision, Not Practicality”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The ability to defy conventional wisdom and curiosity leads to sustained excellence
  • The specifics on the story when she vehemently disagreed with Steve Jobs and what happened
  • Why Donna wanted to change the world and how she set out to do it
  • What it was like working with Steve Jobs in the early days at Apple
  • Steve Jobs initially said he would never be involved in mobile phones… Donna and her colleagues changed his mind when they came out with the first version of a smart phone
  • The future is built on learning machines
  • Steve Jobs redefined the relationships with the phone carriers – Something that nobody before him could do
  • What it’s like to find patterns in streaming data
  • Being a learning leader – It’s not a batch process, you have to continue learning and always deploy as you learn more

 “The Future Is Built On Learning Machines”

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Bio From Numenta.com

Donna first partnered with Jeff Hawkins at Palm, Inc. in 1992, where she served as president and CEO. She held this position throughout Palm’s acquisition by U.S Robotics and subsequently 3Com Corporation. In 1998, Donna and Jeff co-founded Handspring, creator of the category-defining Treo smartphone. Handspring merged with Palm in 2003, and Donna continued to serve on Palm’s board until 2009. Previously, Donna spent 10 years at Apple Inc. in a multitude of sales, sales support, and logistics functions—both at Apple and at Claris, an Apple software subsidiary.

Donna earned a B.A. from Yale University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is currently on the board of Yale University.

May 25, 2016

Episode 127: Adam Grant – How Originals Impact The World

Adam Grant has been a leader I’ve admired since I read his NY Times best-selling book, “Give and Take” in 2013.  The book changed my life.  It changed how I view the world and how I view success.  The path to success and sustained excellence is different than I originally thought and I have Adam to thank for you.  It was an absolute thrill to have this conversation with Adam.

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology. He has been recognized as one of the world's 25 most influential management thinkers, the 100 most creative people in business, the 40 best business professors under 40, and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite thinkers.

Adam is the author of two New York Times bestselling books translated into 35 languages. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it is a #1 national bestseller and one of Amazon's best books of February 2016. Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah's riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management.

Adam received a standing ovation for his 2016 TED talk on the surprising habits of original thinkers and was voted the audience's favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project on the success of givers and takers. 

Episode 127: Adam Grant

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The Learning Leader Show

“It’s a myth that you have to be a big risk taker to be a successful entrepreneur.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Being a dedicated learner and always raising the bar leads to sustained excellence
  • Realizing he had no excuse not to share his ideas with the world after he made tenure
  • Why Adam does not consider himself an Original
  • It’s not that we struggle with creativity, it’s Originality where we are lacking
  • Getting invited to the main TED conference
  • The process for writing and delivering a world class TED talk
  • The importance of having a coach – Adam had 4 speaking coaches helping him prepare and edit his TED Talk
  • How to deal with a Taker who has success
  • Why procrastination helps spur creativity
  • Creativity and curiosity are the starting point for all originality
  • The best originals think about risk like a stock portfolio
  • A learning leader cares more about getting better than they do about their own ego

 “I don’t think we struggle at creativity, we struggle at originality.”

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Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

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Bio From AdamGrant.net

Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology. He has been recognized as one of the world's 25 most influential management thinkers, the 100 most creative people in business, the 40 best business professors under 40, and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite thinkers. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director, a junior Olympic springboard diver, and a professional magician.

Adam is the author of two New York Times bestselling books translated into 35 languages. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it is a #1 national bestseller and one of Amazon's best books of February 2016. Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah's riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management.

Adam received a standing ovation for his 2016 TED talk on the surprising habits of original thinkers and was voted the audience's favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project on the success of givers and takers. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Pixar, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations, the U.S. Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader. His New York Times articles on Raising a moral child and How to raise a creative child have each been shared over 300,000 times on social media.

 

Adam was profiled in The New York Times Magazine cover story, Is giving the secret to getting ahead? He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He has designed experiential learning activities based on The Apprentice in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills. He serves on the Lean In board and authored a New York Times series on women and work with Sheryl Sandberg, including Speaking while female and Madam C.E.O., get me a coffee.

Adam earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has earned awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation. He has more than 60 publications in leading management and psychology journals, and his pioneering studies have increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. His studies have been highlighted in bestselling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive  by Daniel Pink, and David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.

May 22, 2016

Episode 126: Jayson Gaignard – Mastermind Talks: An Event With A Lower Acceptance Rate Than Harvard

Jayson Gaignard has become a great friend over the course of the past year.  He calls himself a “talent scout” – Meaning he looks for people on the rise and works hard to support them on that journey.  Jayson believes building those relationships are more important than just simply seeking the “already famous” people in the world.  I’m grateful that he’s been such a great supporter of me for the last year. 

The event that Jayson Gaignard has created (Mastermind Talks) is harder to get an invitation to than it is to get accepted to Harvard (5.2% for Harvard).  Mastermind Talks accepts less than 1 half of 1% of applicants.  Jayson Gaignard says this is the key to the long term success of his business.  In 2016, the event was held in Ojai, CA and I was fortunate to be one of those in attendance.  During this conversation today, we discussed the details and specifics around executing a world class event.  You’ll be amazed at Jayson’s attention to detail and his care for each and every member.  He’s one of the most thoughtful leaders I’ve ever met.

"Business, like life, is all about how you make people feel. It’s that simple, and it’s that hard."

Episode 126: Jayson Gaignard – Mastermind Talks: An Event With A Lower Acceptance Rate Than Harvard

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The Learning Leader Show

“We’re Drowning In Information, But Starving For Wisdom.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Success breeds complacency and arrogance.  Leaders who sustain excellence are not arrogant and are never complacent
  • “Amazing people often know other amazing people”
  • How and why Jayson has resisted the temptation to have open enrollment – He actively leaves a large sum of money on the table ever year
  • Jayson’s remarkable ability to develop trust with his colleagues
  • Going into an event without sharing an agenda or featured speakers – Again Jayson has built massive trust
  • Why it’s helpful to build in a great deal of time for people to mingle
  • Roundtables/Breakout Sessions – The power of having subject matter experts as attendees
  • Peer to Peer learning is huge part of Mastermind Talks
  • The element of surprise – Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Hawk, James Altucher, Damien Escobar
  • If you want to be blown away, watch this: Damien Escobar
  • “My focus is on scaling trust.  If I have trust, I can make magic happen”
  • The importance of having a morning “movement event” – Get people together early to workout, eat breakfast, and then start the formal information at 10:00
  • Advice given to event attendees: How to stand out and make an impact on your fellow attendees

“Amazing People Know Other Amazing People.”

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Bio From MastermindTalks.com (In Jayson’s words)

Just a few years ago, I was stuck on the entrepreneurial "hamster wheel" building a business I hated, which enabled me to buy things I didn't need, to impress people I didn't even like. I was "successful” on the outside, but the heaviness of that success left me yearning for the lightness of being a beginner again.

That business made me "burn the boats" in search of something different... something fulfilling. I didn't know what this would be at the time, but by the end of our first event in May of 2013, I knew I had found it.

Entrepreneurs may come to our events for content - but they leave with something far more valuable... community. Entrepreneurship can be very isolating at times, and it's hard to find like-minded individuals. Over the last few years I've spent my time carefully curating an incredible network of entrepreneurs without using rational benchmarks such as their type of business, or revenues. Instead, I curate based upon who they are and what they stand for. Just like an investor investing in businesses, I invest in people, because I believe that amazing people become increasingly amazing over time.

I dedicate my life to supporting and serving a small group of individuals. These people value legacy over currency. They know that good is the enemy of great, and are never satisfied with what is considered "good" in any area of their life.

They are not afraid to sacrifice who they are for who they want to become.

These are the people I'm committed to - Is that you?

May 18, 2016

Episode 125: Garry Ridge – How To Build A Tribal Culture (CEO WD-40)

Garry Ridge is president and chief executive officer of the WD-40 Company (NASDAQ WDFC) headquartered in San Diego, California. WD-40 Company is the maker of the ever-popular WD-40. A native of Australia, Garry has served as national vice president of the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association.

Garry is an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego. He teaches leadership development, talent management & succession planning in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program.  In March 2003, Garry was awarded Director of the Year for Enhancement of Economic Value by the Corporate Directors forum.  In 2006, Garry was awarded the Ernst & Young - Master Entrepreneur Award.

In 2009, Garry co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard titled “Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called “Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.”

Episode 125: Garry Ridge – How To Build A Tribal Culture (CEO WD-40)

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The Learning Leader Show

“The Number That Predicts Long Term Sales Success Is Employee Satisfaction”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Having a high level of empathy (EQ), being a great listener, and a passion to see others succeed leads to sustained excellence
  • How he grew WD-40 from $250 million to $1.6 Billion
  • How to build a tribal culture
  • Turning up the volume on training, learning, and development
  • What it means when Garry says, “Don’t waste a good crisis”
  • Setting SMART goals
  • Why the employee needs to set the goal and be supported by the leader
  • “Wisdom is putting knowledge to work”
  • “You learn a lot by shutting up”
  • A great line from “The Bridge of Spies” When the prisoner is asked if he’s worried about something potentially bad happening to him, he quietly responds, “Would that help?” – It’s a waste of energy to worry about things outside of your control
  • Don’t Mark My Paper – Help Me Get An A
  • Having a rigorous hiring process to ensure bringing great people into the business
  • Learning Leader – Aggressive self-education

 “I Never Lose… I Either Win Or I Learn” – Garry Ridge

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Bio From TheLearningMoment.com

Garry's passion about learning is driven from his personal experience of working in an environment where learning was not encouraged or sought out. As Garry recalls, "I knew we as a team could be better, but when looking into the eyes of my employees, I didn't see the hunger. I took a hard line approach and starting asking tough questions, such as, 'what kind of environment would help feed your hunger?' My employees were direct and honest, 'give me an environment where I can learn, be challenged, and rewarded for taking a risk.' So, I did just that, I set out to create a learning environment.

Today, Garry has the desire to continue with his learnings by sharing them with others. Garry says, "Change is difficult, and as I was going through this transitional period, it would have been helpful to have a big brother/sister who could have provided additional insights. Today, knowing others will want to create a learning environment, I would like help and support this by sharing my learnings.

May 15, 2016

Episode 124: Don Wettrick – Pure Genius: Learning From The Innovation Teacher

Don Wettrick has become a great friend over the last three months.  I absolutely love what he is doing for the students he’s leading at Noblesville High School.  It takes a dynamic and fearless leader to create and implement his idea for an Innovation factory within a high school.  I love it!  

Don Wettrick is an Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, IN. He is the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level”. Wettrick has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. Don is passionate about helping students find their educational opportunities and providing them with the digital tools they need to give them a competitive edge.

Don has lectured across the US and Europe about collaboration, social media use, and work environments that enable innovation. He also hosts an internet radio program, InnovatED, for the BAM! Radio Network.  Most importantly Don works with educators and students to bring innovation and collaborative skills into education.

Episode 124: Don Wettrick – Pure Genius: Learning From The Innovation Teacher

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The Learning Leader Show

“Students Have The Arrogance Of Belief”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Having a broader view of the journey leads to sustained excellence
  • Why Prince is the definition of “sustained excellence” to Don (**Note – This conversation was recorded prior to Prince tragically passing away)
  • How Don was inspired by Dan Pink’s TED Talk
  • The students have the arrogance of belief – it’s great
  • Learning can be a problem if the only destination is getting into college
  • The art of non-conformity
  • The heroes journey is life
  • Don wants adventure – “Too many people are busy watching someone else’s and not doing it themselves”
  • The importance of “Just Asking…” And what it can lead to
  • Being a learning leader means you are embrace the failures and learn from them

“Don Wettrick has incorporated a range of creativity-generating concepts into his teaching and turned his classroom into an innovation factory.” – Dan Pink

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Bio From The InnovationTeacher.com

Don Wettrick is an Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, just outside Indianapolis, IN. He is the author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level”. Wettrick has worked as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. Don is passionate about helping students find their educational opportunities and providing them with the digital tools they need to give them a competitive edge.

Don has lectured across the US and Europe about collaboration, social media use, and work environments that enable innovation. He also hosts an internet radio program, InnovatED, for the BAM! Radio Network.  Most importantly Don works with educators and students to bring innovation and collaborative skills into education.

May 11, 2016

Episode 123: David Allen – How To Get Things Done

David Allen is an incredible leader.  Between his best-selling book, “Getting Things Done,” The 5 I’s, and living in Europe, I was blown away by the depth of David.  There is a great deal to learn from him and his experiences.  We had a fascinating conversation on this episode of The Learning Leader Show.

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. That’s why David Allen created Getting Things Done®. GTD is the work-life management system that has helped countless individuals and organizations bring order to chaos. GTD enables greater performance, capacity, and innovation. It alleviates the feeling of overwhelm—instilling focus, clarity, and confidence.

After decades of in-the-field research and practice of his productivity methods, David wrote the international best-seller Getting Things Done. Published in over 28 languages, TIME magazine heralded it as “the defining self-help business book of its time.” In 2015, he released a new edition of the book, with new insights, updates, and discoveries about the world of Getting Things Done and its many personal and professional applications.

Today, the David Allen Company is a thriving global training and consulting company, widely considered the leading authority in the fields of organizational and personal productivity.

Episode 123: David Allen – How To Get Things Done

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The Learning Leader Show

“This Material Is For Anyone But Not For Everyone.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Having a mix of strong ego and humility leads to sustained excellence
  • It’s important to have an “openness” to what could be coming next
  • It took David 25 years to “figure it out”
  • He spent 4 years writing “Getting Things Done”
  • This process helps you create more space
  • Creating an “In” basket – Find things that have your attention, list them all out
  • Unwrap it – A “to do” list on steroids
  • Clarify you decisions and KEEP TRACK of them… Very important
  • The 5 I’s:
    • Information
    • Inspiration
    • Installation
    • Implementation
    • Integration
  • Bottom Up – Start where you are, not where you need to be
  • How heroin affected his thought process
  • Being a learning leader means you are authentic and will spend a lifetime learning

 “Anything That Takes 2 Minutes Or Less… Do It Immediately”

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Bio From GettingThingsDone.com

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them. That’s why David Allen created Getting Things Done®. GTD is the work-life management system that has helped countless individuals and organizations bring order to chaos. GTD enables greater performance, capacity, and innovation. It alleviates the feeling of overwhelm—instilling focus, clarity, and confidence.

After decades of in-the-field research and practice of his productivity methods, David wrote the international best-seller Getting Things Done. Published in over 28 languages, TIME magazine heralded it as “the defining self-help business book of its time.” In 2015, he released a new edition of the book, with new insights, updates, and discoveries about the world of Getting Things Done and its many personal and professional applications.

Today, the David Allen Company is a thriving global training and consulting company, widely considered the leading authority in the fields of organizational and personal productivity.

May 8, 2016

Episode 122: Sarah Robb O’Hagan – EXTREME YOU: Unlocking Your Potential

Executive, activist and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan is described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Queen of the Jocks” to the ultimate example of where fierce business woman, mother and fitness fanatic combine. Named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” Sarah is an internationally recognized re-inventor of brands, but if you ask Sarah, she’ll say she’s in business to help individuals and teams achieve their potential.

Sarah was born in New Zealand – the first country in the world to give women the vote and home to the first man to climb Mt Everest. The pioneering spirit of her country cultivated Sarah’s drive and imagination for “what’s possible” enabling her to found a movement she currently leads called “Extreme Living” – helping individuals, teams and businesses unlock their potential by discovering their own uniquely exploitable traits. Her book EXTREMEYOU will be published by HarperCollins in 2017. (From CAASpeakers.com)

Episode 122: Sarah Robb O’Hagan - EXTREME YOU: Unlocking Your Potential

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The Learning Leader Show

“Don’t worry about making the right decision, worry about making the decision right.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Curiosity and humility leads to sustained excellence
  • How to build a career that builds upon itself
  • How to be persistent when going for a job you really want
  • What it was like to work for Nike, Virgin, Gatorade, Equinox, and now as an entrepreneur
  • ExtremeYOU – Building the platform and writing the book
  • What Sarah learned from getting fired – The embarrassing moment when she had to pack her box and leave
  • Resilience is key
  • The importance of mentors – How they can fast track your career
  • The biggest mistake young leaders/managers make
  • Expect your team to be extraordinary – Watch them live up to your expectations
  • The reason for leaving massive jobs to start her own company
  • The best piece of advice she ever received and how Sarah implements it
  • Being a learning leader to Sarah – “I love it!”

 “If you don’t experience failure early, then you begin to fail it later.  You can’t fear it.”

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Bio From Fortune.com

Sarah Robb O’Hagan is the founder and Chief Extremer at EXTREMEYOU which is a a content platform of inspirational and educational articles, as well as programs, tools, workshops and experiences for ALL Extremers of ALL levels who have the guts and drive to achieve their potential and want to learn how to get it done.” Prior to that she was the President of Equinox -- the world’s premier fitness lifestyle company, comprising the Equinox, Soul Cycle, Blink Fitness and Pure Yoga brands.

Before earning the role of leading Equinox, she was the President of Gatorade. During her tenure, the Gatorade brand was returned to healthy growth and succeeded in evolving into sports nutrition with successful launches of the G Series platform in the USA, Latin America, UK and Australia.

Robb O’Hagan joined Gatorade after nearly six years at Nike where she held marketing and general management roles. She was a member of the team that launched Nike Plus in collaboration with Apple.

Prior to Nike she worked at Atari Interactive, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Megastores and Air New Zealand.

May 4, 2016

Episode 121: Ryan Michler – How To Build Your 1,000 True Fans

If you have a desire to build your own tribe full of raving, engaged fans, then this is a great episode for you.  I originally met Ryan Michler over a year ago… He was in the midst of building his community, “The Order of Man.”  It’s incredible to see how far and impactful his community has become in just 12 months.  In addition… Ryan and his wife had their 4th child the DAY BEFORE we recorded this episode.  Ryan is a man of his word and didn’t want to cancel even in the midst of having a child!  Incredible.

Ryan Michler is the creator of “The Order of Man” and “The Iron Council.”  The Order of Man is a website that provides fantastic value to leaders who strive to improve on a daily basis.  Ryan also has a podcast with the same name.  I was fortunate to be a guest on his show in May of 2015.  You can listen to that episode HERE  if you would like.

Episode 121: Ryan Michler – How To Build Your 1,000 True Fans

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The Learning Leader Show

“The Reality Is You Get To Choose Your Environment”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The ability to take action on a consistent basis leads to sustained excellence
  • Read Teddy Roosevelt’s “The Strenuous Life”
  • How and Why Ryan created “The Order of Man”
  • The impact it had on Ryan’s life by not having a father figure
  • The Iron Council – Why he created it and what they do for their members
  • Spending a year in Ramadi (Iraq) in a combat zone
  • Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • The benefits of having an accountability partner
  • How to build your own community
  • “Decentralized Command” – Having team leaders
  • Focusing on the ONE thing that will yield the most impact
  • The 3 P’s of Masculinity
  • Learning Leader = Being Humble, realizing you don’t have it all figured out yet and you never will

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From OrderOfMan.com (In Ryan’s Words)

Most of my childhood was spent without a permanent father figure in my life. I never learned how to work on my car, I never had the chance to roughhouse with my dad, and I didn’t even learn how to throw a baseball correctly until I was a freshman in high school.

Looking back on it now, I wonder how my life would have been different if I had a permanent male influence in my life. What would the world look like if there were more men in it? I’m not talking about males. I’m talking about MEN (there is a difference).

Now that I have sons, I’m committed to being the dad that I never had. We do all kinds of great things together-sports (I coach ALL their teams), build tree houses, and roughhouse ’til we’re exhausted.

As I talk with other men, I can see that there is a huge need for learning how to be a better father. But I’ve also seen a need for strong and honorable men outside of the home.

Guys, we’re losing the meaning of manhood. We’ve gone away from being strong, rugged, independent, and tough to a collection of wimpy, dependent, whiners. Something has got to be done!

May 1, 2016

Episode 120: Andrew Brandt – Learning From A World Class Negotiator

Andrew Brandt leads a fascinating life.  A great mentor of mine told me to always be on the lookout for others who have had “success in multiple life categories.” In Andrew’s case, he’s done that throughout his life: Stanford graduating Cum Laude à Georgetown Law à NFL Player agent à VP and head negotiator for The Green Bay Packers à Top Business analyst for ESPN/Writer for The MMQB/ Leader at Villanova.  This is a very insightful conversation on The Learning Leader Show.

Andrew Brandt is an ESPN Business Analyst. He’s a weekly columnist; at The MMQB.com Andrew is also the Exec. Director, Moorad Center at Villanova. He focuses on trying to stay true to the good and never peaking.  Previously, he was the Vice President of Player Finance and General Counsel of Green Bay Packers.  He was in charge of The Packers Salary Cap as well as negotiating all of the player contracts for the team.

Episode 120: Andrew Brandt – Learning From A World Class Negotiator

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The Learning Leader Show

“There are a lot of fathers of success but few of failure.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Self-discipline, internal motivation, having a lack of complacency leads to sustained excellence
  • The story of Ricky Williams asking him to work for Master P!
  • What it was like being in the middle of an NFL “war room” on draft day
  • Working as an NFL agent with David Falk and Bobby Orr
  • Writing, teaching, broadcasting are the three pillars of his career
  • Wharton to Villanova
  • Supporting coaches who are forward thinking and innovative like Chip Kelly
  • Unfortunately, most coaches and GM’s are just trying not to get fired
  • How to become a great negotiator
    • Never let emotion override focus – “Emotions fade, focus doesn’t”
  • Keeping Aaron Rodgers on hold while waiting for a trade offer prior to drafting him!
  • An incredible Drew Rosenhaus story
  • Not using the word “former” in the description for anything he does – Looking forward, living in the present.  Learn from the past but moving forward
  • Stay true to the good and being in “constant beta mode” is the definition of a learning leader

 “Stay true to the good… And never peak.” – Andrew Brandt

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Episode 082: Dan Pink – The Science of Motivation, Legendary Writer & Ted Talk

Episode 086: Seth Godin – How To Become Indispensable & Build Your Tribe

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Andrew Brandt on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

Bio From Twitter

Andrew Brandt is an ESPN Business Analyst. He’s a weekly columnist; at The MMQB.com Andrew is also the Exec. Director, Moorad Center at Villanova. He focuses on trying to stay true to the good and never peaking.  Previously, he was the Vice President of Player Finance and General Counsel of Green Bay Packers.  He was in charge of The Packers Salary Cap as well as negotiating all of the player contracts for the team.

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