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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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Apr 30, 2017

Episode 202: Jenny Blake - Pivot - What Do You Do When Your Back Is Against The Wall?

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"What do you do when your back is against the wall?"

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Great listeners -- Not just doing
    • Getting the right people in the right seats on the bus
    • Design thinking -- Empathy interviews
  • Common problem with CEO's? -- They surround themselves with people who only agree with them and fear disagreeing with them
    • Requires listening and a culture shift
  • Why Jenny left Google
  • Taking a leave of absence to write a book -- The impact that had on Jenny
  • FONT - "Fear Of Not Trying"
  • The process of uprooting her life and moving to NYC
  • What do you do when your back is up against the wall?
    • Think of a basketball player -- "It's not a 180... it's a pivot."
  • "High Net Growth Individuals" -- People always looking to improve, grow, learn...
  • Advice to others -- Don't worry too much on a formal business plan or thinking too far in advance.  You can't predict it.
  • 4 Stage Pivot Method:
    • Plant - Strengths
    • Scan - People, Skills, Projects, Target
    • Pilot - Test. Like a pilot episode of a TV show -- 3 E's - Enjoy, Expert, Expand
    • Launch
  • Taking measured risks -- Great originals take measured risks (don't have to "burn the boats")
  • Mentors -- "Friend-tors"
    • Don't ask a mentor, "How can I help you?" -- Come up with a list of ideas for them and give them away. Proactively help without them asking
  • "You can navigate uncertainty. We're always doing this."
  • Dealing with Imposter Syndrome
  • "Befriend your fear. It's trying to help you based on old scripts."
  • What % of your job do you dislike?
  • The importance of mediation -- Headspace App
  • Gamification -- Daily To Do List

"What does success look like a year from now?"

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

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

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Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

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