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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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Feb 27, 2017

 

 

Episode 193: Erik Wahl - How To Rediscover Your Creative Genius

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"Performing is not an act of extroversion, it's an act of connection."

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The fascination with "live theatre" -- Erik is a performer on stage (art, speaking, message, theatrical)
  • "Transport so the molecules in the room change"
  • How to reverse engineer what we love
  • What happened after Erik was told that "Art was not his strength"
  • Relationship with money and success -- how it can be unhealthy
  • Why artists have a different take on life... A life of philosophical gratitude
  • "I built this plane as I flew it"
  • Pursue mastery... Be insatiably curious on how to connect with audiences
  • The power of vulnerability and why you should share more of yourself
  • First paid gig? $1,000 in LA -- "I probably sucked."
  • The tipping point to kick off his speaking/performing career
  • The definition of being introverted... Erik is an introvert.  He gains energy from alone time... Stage time is where the energy is spent
  • Erik's writing process -- "Verbal Vomit" -- Fortunate to have great team of editors
  • Why we should all study acting and stand up comedians
  • Thinking, "What will fascinate the audience?"
  • Pre speech routine -- Stretching, meditation.  Taking energy from "Me and giving it to them"
  • Decluttering of the mind. Meditate. Think at a higher level
  • "Art is about producing... Thinking... Expanding consciousness"
  • Understanding the value of being uncomfortable
  • "Money is not important to us, we do not sell my paintings"
  • Why audiences are drawn to authenticity and trust
  • Why we should rehearse creativity on a regular basis
  • How much does Erik get paid per speech now? $40,000
  • New ideas? Holographs, Drones, Cirque Du Soleil
  • "Pursue excellence, pursue mastery... Let the money come where it may"

"Creativity is a muscle that must face resistance to create more... Be stronger."

Continue Learning:

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Episode 071: Nate Boyer - Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence - The Best Answers From 178 Questions

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Erik Wahl 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

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Feb 20, 2017

 Episode 192: Carey Lohrenz - The 1st Female F-14 Tomcat Pilot: Fearless Leadership, Top Gun, Courage

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"The best have the courage to step up.  Don't ever think others are better than you or they have advantages that you don't.  Step up.  Do the work."

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Mindset about how they view setbacks
    • Have a comfort in the uncomfortable
    • They are always learning, constantly striving for more
  • How JJ Watt seems to embrace "the suck"
  • Carey answers the question... "Why was she the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot?"
  • Going to Miramar to train as a fighter pilot -- The experience of it...
    • Some of Carey's classmates flew in the movie Top Gun
  • Call sign: Vixen
  • Where was Carey deployed?  World wide on aircraft carriers.  Discreet missions
    • Carey has landed over 150 times on an aircraft carrier and many times at night
    • Listen to her detailed description of what it's like to fly at night over the ocean (pitch black)
  • An aircraft carrier = "Looks like a postage stamp... I have to land in 1.2 seconds on it"
  • How does Carey overcome the palpable fear?
    • Constant repetition
  • Why write the book Fearless Leadership?
  • The 3 Fundamentals of Fearless Leadership
    • Courage
    • Tenacity
    • Integrity
  • Courage -- You will be filled with self doubt.  "The best have the courage to step up.  The ability to go for it even when they're afraid."
  • "The most successful people I've seen do what they need to do even when they don't want to do it."
  • Keys to building a great culture
    • Be a great wingman
    • Trust
    • Get help with your blind spots - have open lines of communication built on trust
    • Must hold each other accountable
  • What is the military's secret weapon to improvement?
    • Debriefs:
      • What was supposed to happen?
      • What did happen?
      • Why was it different?
      • What can we learn from this?
      • How do we incorporate this next time?
  • The military has the ability and processes in place to learn faster than the competition.  Businesses can do this too, but most don't.
  • It starts with the Leader -- "This is what I did wrong... And how I will fix my mistake."

"I went from Mach 2 to pre-school."

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

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

Episode 071: Nate Boyer - Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence - The Best Answers From 178 Questions

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Carey Lohrenz 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

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Feb 16, 2017

Episode 191: Robert Herjavec - Shark Tank Investor + Listener Q & A

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"You don't have to be born in this country to have success in this country." - Robert Herjavec

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Have a deep passion for their craft
    • They bring a unique value proposition
  • You don't have to come from a big city to make something happen
  • Leadership:  People don't want to be managed, they want to be led... You must provide value to the company
  • Robert's thoughts on immigration and the fact that you don't need to be born in this country to be successful
    • "It's a testament to hope... and it's really hard."
  • "You Don't Have To Be A Shark"
    • "You don't have to be mean to be effective.  Some sharks aren't nice.  Be yourself, be real..."
  • Questions from YOU (the listeners) answered as part of the Q & A portion
    • "What is it that inspired you to start The Learning Leader Show?" -- Mauricio Dulon from La Paz, Bolivia
    • "How do you coach for disciplined execution when all you get from your client are excuses? -- Norma Scott Garrell from Olive Branch, Mississippi
    • "How do you add value as the mentee in a mentor/mentee relationship? -- Ben Arwine from Chicago, IL
    • "What benchmarks do you use to gauge how you're doing in your leadership journey?" -- Brian Westerfield from Troy, OH
    • "Is there any one guest whose advice or experience haunts you (in a good way)? -- Shawn Fuller from Ontario, Canada
    • "What has been the biggest surprise for you in this journey?" -- Ryan Jacobs

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

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

Episode 071: Nate Boyer - Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence - The Best Answers From 178 Questions

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Robert Herjavec 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

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Feb 13, 2017

Episode 190: Roger Martin - Playing To Win: Strategy Is A Choice

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"Strategy is about making specific choices to win in the marketplace.  It requires making explicit choices to do some things and not others."

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Relentlessly look at the future
    • They have a curious mindset... Always asking questions
    • They ask: "Is what we're doing sustainable?"
  • Why A.G. Lafley was such a great strategic leader
  • You should always ask the question, "How can I put myself out of business?  And think to innovate based on that answer
  • Marrying innovation and strategic thinking: the dangers of doing this
  • What era does all of our data come from?  The past... Think carefully about that
  • You cannot always "prove" innovation.  You can't always base the future on the past.
  • Aristotle -- Brought us analysis... How to prove/demonstrate something is true
  • You can't ever analyze how to change the world... Steve Jobs would say "Imagine the possibilities."
  • "Strategy is a choice.  Where to play and how to win."
  • Roger explains how to test if you have a real strategy
  • Best advice he's received and given:
    • 1) "Don't start on the easy stuff.  Do the hard tasks first.  If you work on the hardest problems, you'll find that the easier ones seem to disappear
    • 2) Less is more.  Figure out one thing you do really well and focus on it.
    • 3) "Don't intellectualize people."  "Don't try to fool them, treat them as people... As you would want to be treated."
  • Highly successful people make a list of the Top 10 things to do that day and tackle the toughest problems first
  • Managing what matters most -- Must have a strategy to know what's most important
    • Peter Drucker's work -- The Effective Executive

"Too often CEO's will allow what's urgent to crowd out what's really important.  It's wrong to define strategy as following best practices.  This creates sameness and sameness is not a strategy.  It's a recipe for mediocrity."

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

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

Episode 071: Nate Boyer - Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence - The Best Answers From 178 Questions

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Roger Martin 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

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

Feb 6, 2017

 

 

Episode 189: Jennifer Mueller - Why Leaders Should Embrace Creative Change

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The Learning Leader Show

"If you're calculating risk, then it's not creative."

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Mindset to learn
    • Curiosity is the most important
    • Thinking like an inventor... Curious by asking "What does this mean?"
  • Why is their pressure to perform immediately?
    • It's a followers mindset -- Anchor to the competitors and play the rat race game
    • This does not allow you to break away from the competition
    • If you want to change the status quo, you cannot think this way
  • There are no shortcuts...
  • Why write the book?
    • Studied how people generated ideas
    • Was cynical at first, but what Jen learned is that leaders don't know how to manage for innovation
  • Why do ideas get rejected?
    • "If you're calculating risk, then it's not creative."
  • How to give yourself a better shot for the idea to get traction?
    • Give a feedback pitch and not a selling pitch... Ask for feedback and advice
  • Her famous study -- "The Bias Against Creativity"
  • Overcoming the bias against creative leadership
    • Backlash against the people who generate the idea -- It's not good
    • Might be promoting people on out of date measures
    • Mis-reading skill set
  • "Creative Leaders have to ask questions and be curious"
  • "Stop generating ideas, start making impact"
  • Have a change circle... Talk about how you can push your idea through

"Creative leaders must ask questions... And be curious."

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

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

Episode 071: Nate Boyer - Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence - The Best Answers From 178 Questions

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

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Jennifer Mueller 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

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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