• The heart of leadership is people. Every person is different and every leader is different which, yes, makes every interaction unique. Do you know how to connect with your individual team members and get their real story? You need to if you want to lead in today's world. You're in luck!

    This week's guest, Stan Meytin, is the master at getting the real story and on this week's podcast we talk about how to break down the barriers between you and the team to create real connections. This was a particularly fun interview for me and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. CHEERS!

    More on Stan (in his own words)...

    I am a serial storyteller. Do you want a good story? Try the one about how I wear my emotions on my sleeve, or the one about the chip on my shoulder. I strive to outperform myself everyday and bring something extraordinary to the world!

    I am a creator, a builder, and a producer. I get a kick out of seeing ideas come together, even when they are not my own. Everyone has ideas, but they're nothing without execution. That's where I come in. It's in my blood; I was born that way. My life is about discovering, communicating and executing. My gift is understanding the needs of people, companies, brands, and products. My virtue is developing concepts that excite, engage and connect customers with companies. Since the day I turned a profit in the schoolyard selling candy, I have been an inspired entrepreneur. Business is a way of life, but it does not rule my life.

    I want to build something that people get excited about, that inspires and motivates. I am driven by the customer experience and won't stop working until their experience is flawless. My wife thinks I'm crazy and says I'll never stop working. Coming from the hospitality industry has a tendency to do that.

    Hospitality made me who I am. It made me insist upon only the very best service, both as a consumer and a humble supplier. I strive to get things done ahead of schedule and provide the best experience for all involved.

    The digital landscape drove me to adapt. I take an aggressive but intuitive approach to marketing. I laid many foundations and have built upon them ever since. I love to adopt new technology but never let it adopt me.

    A perfect day is surrounding myself with innovators, creators, and dreamers. Yet I understand why people need to feel the safety of conformity, and I don’t judge anyone for being that way. In fact, I love that we're all different. My goal is to connect people emotionally, regardless of their differences.

    Connect with Stan on his website: https://truefilmproduction.com/

  • None of us are old enough to remember the industrial revolution or the agricultural revolution but we certainly benefit from them. Further, all of us have benefitted from the information revolution...I couldn't do this podcast without it (and you certainly couldn't listen to it). What here now? It's a new leadership revolution!

    The workforce has changed and we, as leaders, need to change with it. This week's guest, Paresh Shah, shares what's new, what's coming up and what's needed today to recruit, retain, and engage our teams! I really enjoyed talking with Paresh and I know you'll love listening to his wisdom. CHEERS!

    More on Paresh...

    Paresh has advised global executives from 20 countries on business strategy and is a former executive at strategy firm Monitor Company. He is a graduate of the MBA program at Harvard University, his insights have been featured in publications like Forbes, Entrepreneur and Inc, and he has taught strategy and innovation in multiple MBA programs around the world.

    Connect with him direct at his website: https://www.nonobviouscompany.com/

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  • It was the Taoist philosopher, Lao Tzu, who said, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a step." And, my friends, we are taking that step this week with my good friend, Jim Bouchard, the Sensei Leader!

    Jim takes Eastern philosophies and applies them to the much needed Western business world. His total person approach to leading is the topic this week and, after you listen, I know you'll agree with him that the "days of command and control are over." What's needed is for us to step and be the Sensei! Cheers!

    More on Jim from Jim...

    The world is changing and leaders must change with it. The days of "command and control" are over. People are demanding leaders who are emotionally intelligent and put the priorities of the people they serve above selfish ends. We call these "human-centric" leaders––and our movement is dedicated to developing, cultivating and supporting these leaders.

    Leaders are people who transform themselves through their experiences, opportunities and challenges to become the people others count on for inspiration, guidance and action.

    I’m a former drug addict and two time college dropout. I used to think that was a miserable resume for someone who trains leaders to be better people.

    I now know that it is the perfect resume! Here's why…

    Leaders are made, not born. I’ll go a little further, leaders are transformed.

    I transformed myself from a loser to a leader––from a drug abuser to a Black Belt, and later to Sensei. Over 25 years of teaching I helped hundreds of others transform themselves into Black Belts, and thousands more discover their best selves.

    The Sensei has a very special relationship with followers…

    It’s a relationship built on loyalty, trust and respect. The Sensei earns this loyalty and respect through mentoring, empathy and a dedication to guiding followers to develop their skills and talents and by inspiring them to cultivate their full potential.

    I help you cultivate this type of relationship with your followers––at any level to help you become a more effective leader, and to bring out the best in your people and your organization.

    Connect with Jim (and listen to HIS podcast) on his website at: https://www.thatblackbeltguy.com/

    Over 25 years of teaching I’ve helped hundreds of people transform themselves into Black Belts; I’ve helped thousands more discover their best selves by learning how to think like one.

    I’m tough on the people who want to earn a Black Belt. I’m even tougher on people who want to become effective leaders.

    A leader is someone with the ability to attract willing followers.

    People not only come to me willingly––they pay me to be tough on them!

    I’m tough––yet compassionate. People come to me willingly because they know I care. They know that helping them become their best is my highest priority.

    I have no “secrets.” I’m willing to share everything I’ve learned, and everything I continue to learn about being a compassionate, courageous and effective leader––someone who makes a real difference in the lives of the people you serve.

    Sensei literally means “one who went before.” What a powerful description of a leader––as long as you’re willing to walk the walk!

    I help you earn the trust, respect and loyalty of the people in your care. I help you lead by example through authentic Mastery––becoming your best self.

    I help you become a better leader by becoming a more effective mentor and teacher.

    I help you become––the Sensei.

  • Are you too busy? Join the club...we all are. Even though we're busy as leaders we shouldn't be too busy to invest time in our team. We focus a lot on our external customers but it's the internal ones that will make or break the mission. That's the topic this week as I talk to, Dan Sachs, about his new book, The Million Dollar Greeting!

    We hit on a lot of leadership topics such as accountability, being a disciplined leader and the importance of authenticity in today's world. But the thing that stuck the most with me was when he said, "the cemetery is full of indispensable people." Dan was great to talk with and I know you'll get a lot out of our conversation. CHEERS!

    More on Dan...

    Dan Sachs is the president of Meerkat Restaurant Advisory, an A-list restaurant advisory group, and Entrepreneur In Residence/Professor Coleman Entrepreneurship Center at DePaul University. From 1999–2015, he owned a restaurant group, Bin36, where he developed and operated several wine-focused restaurants. He has worked with a variety of famous restaurateurs including Danny Meyer, Drew Nieporent, and Paul Bartolotta. He has an AB from Harvard College and a master’s degree from the Parisian culinary school École de Cuisine La Varenne. He lives in Chicago, IL.

    Connect with him and buy his book!

  • What does it take to be successful? What does it take to move past the valleys and really accelerate your career?

    Many times, when we're looking at successful people from the outside, all we see are the "highlight reel" (the good stuff).

    If you're like most (and like me), you've had a lot of peaks and valleys in your life and have had to move past those those low points in order to move forward. This week's guest, David Kelly, has been there too! This week, he shares some of the things he's had to learn in order to accelerate his career and his life. We talk about how to get past the highlight reel, that sometimes it's in the low points where real inspiration happens and that, no matter what, you need to put in the work. I loved talking to David and I know you'll love it too. Enjoy!

    More on David...

    David Kelly is the General Manager of KingSumo — a free software to tool to help businesses and entrepreneurs grow their email list, get more social followers, and build their customer base. Before KingSumo, David was employee #11, and the first full-time marketer, for Student Loan Hero (sold to LendingTree for $60 million). He's also consulted for Gadget Flow, Sticker Mule, NextVacay, and more. You can find him on dmkthinks.org

  • Have you ever wondered what it's all about? Or, something (seemingly) substantial happens in your life and the lyrics from the Peggy Lee song, Is That All There Is?, start rumbling through your head? You're not alone. Perhaps what is missing is that you're not living and leading from your true purpose. Well...you are in luck! This week's guest, Nick Craig, shares his work from his new book, Leading From Purpose, and it completely changed the way I think about the topic. We talk about how to get past looking at purpose as a strategy or a cause and how to truly live the life you were supposed to live. Get a pad of paper, pencil and get ready to change your life! Enjoy!

    More on Nick...

    Nick Craig is the author of the newly published book, Leading From Purpose, and President of the Core Leadership Institute, a global consulting firm committed to waking up those who will wake up the many by inspiring them to discover their purpose and equipping them to lead authentically.

    Mid-way through his 25-year leadership consulting and coaching career, Nick recognized that what senior leaders needed most was to access their deeper wisdom in challenging times. The realization refocused his approach to helping them unlock this access, resulting in the Core Leadership Institute’s ability to integrate the work of purpose with authentic leadership in realizing sustainable business results.

    In 2007, Nick began collaborating with professor Bill George at Harvard Business School; this led them to co-authoring, Finding Your True North: A Personal Guide, which became the course book for the Harvard Business School MBA class Authentic Leadership Development (ALD).

    Nick is also the co-author with Scott Snook of the 2014 Harvard Business Review article From Purpose to Impact and The Discover Your True North Fieldbook.

    Through Nick’s expertise in leadership purpose, he has worked in partnership with organizations ranging from Ben & Jerry’s, Heineken, ING Bank, LEGO® and Unilever to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

    The Harvard Business School case study, “Unilever’s Paul Polman: Developing Global Leaders” features Nick’s work with Unilever. His thought leadership as a Wharton Fellow is documented in Wharton@Work.

    You can learn more about Nick and the Core Leadership Institute’s work at coreleader.com

  • The times they are a changing....and we need to change with them! Part of that change might be to provide a little more flexibility and bring on remote workers. This can bring on its own set of special circumstances. Or, maybe, you ARE a remote team member and you're looking for some ways to re-engage with the home team. Whichever the circumstance, this week's guest, Connor Gillivan, has GOT THE GOODS on getting it done. He's a thought leader, entrepreneur, and expert in what to do when using remote workers to get the job done. Grab a cold one, sit back and get ready to take some notes. CHEERS!

    More on Connor..

    Connor Gillivan is the CMO of FreeeUp.com. He has sold over $30 million online, has hired hundreds of freelancers to build his companies, is a published author, and is the owner of ConnorGillivan.com. He currently lives in Denver, CO.

    Make sure you check him out and don't hesitate to schedule some time with him to get the 411 first hand!

  • Do you love a success story? ME TOO! This week's guest is not only a success story but also the story of a leader who has truly worked to make things better for those around him. I had the great pleasure to interview Rocky Romanella this week about his life and about his new book, Tighten The Lug Nuts. We talked about hard work and how it, without enthusiasm is just that....hard work. We also talked about the power of leaving a legacy. Actually, we hit on so many key leadership principles (that you'll be able to use immediately) that you'll want to listen to this one more than once. Pop yourself open a cold one and ENJOY! CHEERS!

    More on Rocky (in his own words!)...

    Currently, Founder, President and CEO of 3Sixty Management Services, LLC. And author of the book Tighten the Lug Nuts. 3Sixty Management Services is a complete management services company with seasoned professionals focused on, Thought Leadership, Leadership Development and Process Improvement.

    Prior, I served as CEO and Director of UniTek Global Services based in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. UniTek Global Services is a provider of engineering, construction management and installation services to companies specializing in the telecommunications field. In this role, I was responsible for leading restructuring and sales efforts along with rapidly building the enterprise brand and developing a culture needed to integrate past acquisitions, while creating a unified company with one vision and brand.

    Prior to UniTek I spent 36 years at UPS, a global corporation with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services, managing the flow of goods, funds and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

    During my 36-year career at UPS, I served as President and General Manager, of UPS Supply Chain Solutions. Here, my responsibilities included the integration of over 20 acquisitions that became UPS Supply Chain Solutions, a global entity.

    My responsibilities included the execution of revenue growth and business goals with complete P&L responsibilities in North and South America. This business unit provided global transportation, freight, logistics and distribution, and international trade services. As it’s leader I had to develop a distribution strategy among the many verticals we served and build an organic growth strategy. The hallmark was the development and implementation of a health care distribution strategy that today is the growth engine for UPS Supply Chain Solutions.

    During my career I also served as President of Retail Operations which included MBE & The Rebranding to the UPS Store Network. Mail Boxes Etc., Inc. (MBE), a wholly owned subsidiary of United Parcel Service (“UPS”) of America, Inc., is the world’s largest franchisor of retail shipping, postal, printing and business service centers. The UPS Store® and Mail Boxes Etc. ® together comprise nearly 5500 independently owned locations in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Canada.

    This opportunity gave me the opportunity, insight and knowledge of franchising and franchising networks along with internet sales to compliment same store sales and new store sales.

    Finally, during my traditional UPS career I held an array of positions including: Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the South California District, the Iowa and Update NY districts. I was President of the East Central Region and the Southeast Region where I had responsibility for all facets of the business in the 10 districts, throughout the nine states, along the eastern seaboard and District of Columbia that encompassed 72,000 employees.

    I Have a Bachelor’s Degree in Executive Management from St. John’s University in New York. I am a two-time winner of the UPS Chairmen’s Award for Excellence and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business I have a Certificate in Competitive Marketing and Strategy and from Michigan State University a certificate in Transportation and Logistics Studies.

    Connect with Rocky AND BUY HIS BOOK here: https://www.3sixtymanagementservices.com/

  • I'm sure you've heard the term "servant leadership." What the heck does that mean? My guest this week, Sarah Jones, breaks it down for us. She's a leadership expert who has been leading in the Navy for the past 14 years and she shares her insights with us this week! Hold on to your hats! This week's interview is an awesome one! (Okay, admittedly, I think they are all awesome but this one really resonated with me). ENJOY!

    More on Sarah...

    Sarah as spent the last 14 years engaging people on the high seas, high in the skies, and all over the world with the US Merchant Marine and US Navy. It is here where her passion for people grew into life long dedication. In her new career as a personal and executive coach, she strives to guide others to realizing their true purpose, and potential, on the job and at home.

    She holds Masters of the Arts in Organizational Leadership, with a concentration in Servant Leadership, from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. To date, Sarah has been the key note speaker at two WWII squadron reunions, two mentorship events with a local church ministry, and countless conversations with young service members inspiring them to pay attention to how they are being led. Sarah lives in beautiful Alexandria, VA with an overseas move on the horizon. She is an avid long-distance runner, a bookworm to the core, and blogger. To stay up to date with the latest books Sarah has open, travel adventures, and occasional creative kitchen escapades.

    Check her out and subscribe to her blog at inwiththenewblog.com.

  • If you're like me, you've spent more than your fair share of time pondering perplexing performance. What does it take to move the team past where they are at and get to a place where everything is operating at it's optimum level? Well...you're in luck! This week on the podcast I have a human performance expert on the show, Dr. Joe Weitzer. Joe has spent more than 30 years researching and applying the strategies he shares with me this week. We hit on motivation, taking care of yourself and getting back in touch with the passion that brought you to take on a leadership role in the first place (and MUCH MORE). I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did. CHEERS!

    More on Joe..

    Joseph Weitzer has helped guide the transformation and strategic direction of public and private sector clients for nearly 35 years. He is described as a highly effective, strategic leader, who seeks to understand the strengths and assets of team members, supports individualized development, works to support alignment of resources and empowers individuals as a means to achieving results. As a catalyst for change, he has been instrumental in establishing a culture of continuous improvement in several organizations where he held senior leadership roles.

    Weitzer’s disciplined approach is informed by his graduate education during which he focused on motivation and human performance. His career path afforded him opportunities to develop and apply knowledge in progressive leadership roles held in manufacturing, health care, government, food service, education and business service sectors.

    Over the past 10 years, he has worked intricately with more than 40 businesses and organizations providing leadership support focused on strategic planning, executive/leadership coaching, process improvement and employee engagement and performance. Most recently, Joe joined BizTimes Media as its Executive Director for BizTimes Leadership Academy. He will bring the highly successful transformational leadership program he designed and brought to market through two institutions of higher education, expanding reach and impact by focusing on the development, performance and impact of leaders across the region.

    Joe holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is also a graduate of the Chair Academy and Collegiate Management Institute’s Leadership Program. He is trained in Kepner-Tregoe Problem Solving and Decision Making methodology and is a Certified Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt.

  • The work environment can be tough. It can be even tougher if you've got a team member that is pushing the boundaries. This week on the podcast, I talk to my good friend, Sarah Gibson, CSP, about how far we've come as a society and (quite frankly) how far we still need to go to move from a "Mad Men" mentality to creating a culture of respect where team members flourish. Sarah is an expert at helping leaders have those difficult conversations so everyone feels heard. Check it out! She's the BOMB!

    More on Sarah....

    In 2004, Sarah Gibson founded Accent Learning and Consulting, a firm focused on creating stronger, healthier, and more emotionally intelligent teamss through professional development and communication skills.

    Sarah’s unique ability to articulate the underlying patterns and concerns holding teams back, make her a much sought-after speaker and leadership consultant. Sarah’s specialty is giving teams tools and language, so they can create environments where a culture of trust and accountability can thrive.

    Among the many tools Sarah provides, her book, Geezer. Punk. Whatever. has been used by individuals and organizations to navigate the impact of generational differences in the workplace.

    Sarah has worked with hundreds of organizations, leaders and individual team members across a variety of industries throughout the world.

    Beyond her corporate experiences, Sarah has also taught for the University of Wisconsin-Madison evening MBA program and as an adjunct instructor at Madison College, UW-Whitewater and North Dakota State University.

    Sarah holds a Master’s degree from North Dakota State University.

    Get the 411 on Sarah on her website: www.sarahjgibson.com

  • What's holding you back? What are you afraid of? Is it looking stupid, losing face, or not knowing? Or, is it (like me) the fear of being told "NO!" Regardless of what the fear is, my guest this week, Linda Swindling, is on spot to help you move past what's holding you back, ask outrageously, and get what you really want. Tired of sitting in a puddle of was? Wish you could do something (or get something) better? Take a listen to Linda and live the life you've always wanted!

    More on Linda...

    From the courtroom to the boardroom, Linda Byars Swindling, JD, CSP, knows firsthand about high-stakes communication, negotiating workplace drama, and influencing decision makers.

    Her specialty is helping people communicate powerfully so that others will listen.

    Linda is an engaging and fun keynote speaker. She delivers take-home strategies which work in the real work environment. Her material is innovative, based on original research and more than twenty years of experience. You won’t hear anecdotal or intangible theories based on books she read. Instead, you get negotiation strategies that produce breakthrough outcomes and lasting results.

    With a talk show host’s timing and advanced facilitator training, Linda is quick on her feet and customizes to get your message heard.

    A frequent media guest and a TEDxSMU speaker, she is interviewed most often about her recent books, Ask Outrageously! The Secret to Getting What You Really Want and Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done. Linda is author/coauthor of several books and created the popular Passports to Success book series, which includes 13 titles to fast track your communication and leadership results in negotiation, coaching and counseling employees, customer service, change, goal setting and strategic problem solving. Clients like the additional value she provides.

    A “recovering” employment attorney and business owner, Linda knows what works with business owners, boards of directors, organizational teams, organizational leaders and high potentials.

    Her clients include the Fortune 500, companies from a wide variety of industries, governmental entities and many international associations. Linda served as a Vistage chair, a national officer and board member of the National Speakers Association and as president of the National Speakers Association/North Texas.

    She first addressed employment and workplace communication issues as a successful attorney and a mediator, which led her to working as a consultant and an executive coach. When her book The Consultant’s Legal Guide (coauthored with Elaine Biech) was released in 2000, Linda left her legal practice to focus full-time on Journey On, her Dallas-based, woman-owned business offering speaking, original content development and communication and leadership programs.

    In addition to real world experience, Linda is recognized as an expert in her profession and a leader in several industries.

    She has the credentials and awards. Linda holds the Certified Speaking Professional, the highest earned speaking designation, and is certified by the International Coaching Federation and is a Board Certified Coach. She is the recipient of the NSA/NT’s highest honors including the Zig Ziglar member of the year, the president’s award and the Joseph J. Charbonneau award. She was chosen as a Meeting Professionals International Platinum speaker and awarded the DFW Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s Speaker of the Year three times.

    Check out Linda (AND BUY HER BOOK) on her website: http://www.lindaswindling.com/

  • You CAN'T win if you don't play the game! But, what are the rules? What are the plays? This week, Callie Cummings, shares how to move past the barriers you face, lean in, and make a BOLD MANEUVER with the plays she's developed and written about in her new book. And, she knows what she's talking about. From leading troops on the ground in Afghanistan to fighting the battles in the corporate world, she's broken through the barriers put before her and kicked some ass! Grab yourself a cold one and enjoy!

    More on Callie...

    Callie is dedicated to helping women become sought after leaders in their organizations and fields. Working with clients, locally, nationally, and abroad, she helps women become influencers and barrier breakers within their professions.

    The majority of her professional career occurred within male dominant workforces where she became accustomed to being the only woman on the team. With leadership experience spanning international development and government intelligence, her journey to becoming a best selling author and success coach is one that involves surfboards and bombs, and a little of everything in-between.

    Over the last decade she's created systemic change in both the public and private sectors with a built repertoire in the financial, tech, and defense industries. She went from working on Wall Street, to becoming an Army Engineer Officer responsible for clearing roadside bombs in Afghanistan, to redesigning a global brand portfolio for a Fortune 100.

    Callie has discovered the magic sauce that has allowed the most successful women to break barriers while enjoying the journey. Through game theory and bold maneuvers, she is changing the game for women in the professional world.

    Connect with Callie on her website: https://www.theboldmaneuver.com/

  • Are you ready for something new? Or, how about something a bit different? Then this week's episode is for you! I was so excited to talk to my guest this week, Melissa Agnes, because it was a topic I had never covered on the show and something that was completely new to me. Melissa is a brand and crisis communications expert and she knows her STUFF! There is so much great content in this episode that you're going to need to listen to it more than once. Melissa shares how to handle things when crisis occurs but, more importantly, how to be prepared to mitigate the fallout. ENJOY!

    More on Melissa..

    Author of Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World, Melissa Agnes is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. Agnes is a coveted speaker, commentator, and advisor to some of today's leading organizations faced with the greatest risks.

    As a strategic advisor and keynote speaker, Melissa Agnes has worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies, healthcare organizations, cities and municipalities, law enforcement agencies, global non-profits, and many others, helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events.

    In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk in Los Angeles where she discussed the secret to successful crisis management in the 21st century.

    Agnes is the editor of the Crisis Ready Blog, a contributor to Forbes, and a go-to source for the press, with recent coverage including the Wall Street Journal, VIBE Magazine, USA Today, and many others.

    As a university guest lecturer, Agnes teaches crisis management in university courses around the world, including at NYU and McGill.

    You can connect with her (and I suggest you do) at: https://melissaagnes.com/

  • Are you tired of all of the angry people out there? Are the pundits and pontificators starting to grind on you? If so, then how about taking control of the environment around you and start practicing some small magic? That's the topic this week with my good friend and small magic practitioner, Lisa Demmi! LISA IS THE BOMB! She's smart, funny and shares some awesome tips on how to make a difference for yourself and those around you. Tune in as we discuss the power of being present and not dialing it in, how you can get in your own way AND how Donald Duck's girlfriend, Daisy, was a bitch (my words, not Lisa's). I know you'll enjoy it so grab yourself a cold one and get ready!

    More on Lisa (in her own words)..

    ’m a speaker, writer, storyteller, social media marketer and master egg poacher. I’ve had a very diverse career path which has spanned the spectrum from fishing supply salesman to professional touring musician to liquor store sign painter to marketing professional. Let’s just say I’m well rounded.

    BUT, I didn’t stop there. I wanted something more.

    I’ve always just known that I would make a big impact. I’ve always wanted to affect change and impact people on a grand scale. Well, that didn’t happen…or so I thought.

    I realized that I HAVE helped people…thousands of them in many different ways. From giving them fishing equipment so that they can provide for their families to helping them see how much a 750 of Jack Daniels costs ( that’s a thing, isn’t it?) to providing them with entertainment (I suppose that depends on your definition of entertainment) to helping hundreds of businesses and organizations get more exposure and improve their positions.

    I was already making a impact. AND I realized that this big impact was forged from years of small acts. I call that SMALL MAGIC.

    Now, I want to use SMALL MAGIC to help you!

    Whether it’s changing the world, your organization, your community or you, I’m all I and am ready to help you!

    AND helping you achieve your dreams is my dream.

    Connect with Lisa at: http://www.lisademmi.com/

  • Need a kick in the pants? I know that sometimes I do! What I need most of the time is someone like Rocky's trainer, Mick, who jazzes me up and says, "You're gonna eat lightening and crap thunder!" Well, this week, I got just that...a kick in the pants from my good friend, Patrick Allmond. Patrick is the master of motivation and this week he shares some great tips on how you can stop doing nothing and get your ass in gear by quitting overcomplicating things and making a decision to act. We can be our own worse enemy in getting things done!

    I know you're going to like this interview and will come away from it ready to take on the world!

    More on Patrick...

    Patrick Allmond is a 19 year veteran of the business world and creator of the “Own Your Empire” marketing system, his structured way of teaching businesses how to build evergreen lead generation systems for their growing businesses. Business owners come to Patrick to learn how to be rockstar marketers in their industry using the internet for lead generation, digital TV, social media and email marketing.

    In addition to consulting he travels the country speaking at events showing people how to generate results so they don’t waste their time or money. He is a also a frequent television contributor on ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX, has a weekly web TV and radio series, and writer for SUCCESS and Entrepreneur magazines.

    Check him out (AND CONNECT WITH HIM) on his website:


  • Are you paying attention? If not, you should be! Time is never on your side unless you're paying attention to it. My guest this week is attention expert, Neen James, CSP. She is the author of the new book, Attention Pays, and is (quite frankly) one of the smartest people I know. Every time I have the opportunity to talk to her, the insights she shares completely blow me away and I never leave the conversation without a shift in my own mindset. And this conversation is no different....and (lucky for you) you get to be privy to it! In our interview, Neen shares some key concepts from her book on how attention pays, the power of quality conversations and strategies for strengthening your relationships through attention. This is a great one so get some material to take notes!

    More on Neen...

    Neen James is the author of nine books including Folding Time™ and her most recent, Attention Pays™. In 2017, she was named one of the top 30 Leadership Speakers by Global Guru because of her work with companies like Viacom, Comcast, Cisco, Virgin, Pfizer, BMW, and the FBI, among others.

    Neen earned her MBA from Southern Cross University and the Certified Speaking Professional designation from National Speakers Association. She has received numerous awards as a professional speaker, is a partner in the international education company Thought Leaders Global, and is a member of the prestigious League of Heroic Public Speakers.

    Neen is a leadership expert who delivers high-energy keynotes that challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most at work and in life. Audiences love her practical strategies they can apply personally and professionally, and meeting planners love working with her – they often describe Neen as the energizer bunny for their events.

    With a strong background in learning and development and managing large teams at various corporations, Neen is the perfect fit for organizations who want implementable strategies that will help their employees avoid distractions, stop interruptions, prioritize daily objectives and say ‘no’ to requests that steal time and focus from real goals and priorities.

    Oh, did we mention that Neen is Australian? Why does that matter? Well, it means that she’s a bit mischievous, is pretty witty and a little cheeky. She also considers herself an unofficial champagne taste tester … and a really slow runner.

    Get EVEN MORE info on Neen (and buy her book) at: www.neenjames.com

  • So, there I was, driving and listening to a recording from a conference that was done in 2000 (YES, 18 YEARS AGO!) and I found a presentation given by today's guest, Dr. Linda Henman. I got so excited about the subject that she was sharing that, as soon as I got home, I found her, called her and asked her to be on the show! Dr. Henman had the opportunity to interview 130+ of the Prisoners of War that were held in the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Viet Nam war during her Doctoral dissertation and she shares some of the research she did with them for us THIS WEEK!. I know research can sound dull but, trust me, it's not and you're in for a metric buttload (technical term) of awesome information on this week's show....so awesome, in fact, that is destined to make a difference for you and your team (or your money back!). Grab a pad and paper, you're going to want to take notes!

    More on Linda...

    Dr. Linda Henman, the Decision Catalyst®, is one of those rare experts who can say she’s an advisor, consultant, speaker, and author. For more than 35 years, she has worked with senior leaders in mid-sized companies that have revenues of about $30 million and with executives of very large companies that gross more than $30 billion, like Tyson Foods. In fact, Linda was one of eight succession planning experts who worked directly with John Tyson after his company’s acquisition of International Beef Products, one of the most successful acquisitions of the 21st century.

    In all cases, Linda helps those in the C-suite make decisions they have to get right because they just can’t afford to get them wrong. Executives like John Tyson hire her to help make sure a merger or acquisition goes smoothly. Or, the board of directors might hire Linda to help them select a new CEO, or a senior leader might need Linda’s help in formulating an aggressive growth strategy.

    In her more than 35 years in business, she has never had a deal fail. That means her clients made money after the M & A deal; the CEO she recommended stayed in place and succeeded; and the growth strategy helped the company expand as much as they aspired to.

    Linda owes her success to her ability to influence the pivotal decisions that ultimately explain a company’s success. For example, too often leaders approach an M & A deal from a technical perspective, forgetting that people and culture clashes will often cause a deal’s deminse. Or, when selecting a new CEO, the current CEO often hires a clone, even if the company of the future will need someone significantly different. Or, when setting strategy, too often companies do more of what they’ve always done, which seldom works either.

    Linda takes a different approach. By combining her experience as an organizational consultant with her advanced education in business and psychology, she offers her clients solutions that are pragmatic in their approach and sound in their foundation. She also belongs to the Air Force Association and the Million Dollar Consultants’ Hall of Fame, and she holds the numerous certifications, including the Director of Professionalism, a designation given by the National Association of Corporate Directions.

    Linda authored the following:

    The Magnetic Boss: How to Become the Leader No One Wants to Leave, which Washington University and Texas A & M use in their curriculums, Landing in the Executive Chair, released by Career Press in 2011, Challenge the Ordinary, published by Career Press published in 2014, Co-authored Alan Weiss on Consulting in 2013. Tough Calls: How to Move Beyond Indecision and Good Intentions, published by Business Expert Press, 2017 Edited two editions of Small Group Communication: Theory and Practice.

    She has also written peer-reviewed, published articles for trade magazines. Additionally, she contributes regularly to CEO Magazine and Corporate Compliance Insights. She lives in St. Louis, MO and can be reached at www.henmanperformancegroup.com.

  • Did you know that there are 98 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day? That's the "official" Summer season here in the United States (I'm making sure I clarify that for my international listeners). This Summer, I have declared the Summer of Play! It's an effort to forget the mess, leave the stress and have a summer that is more fun. You can get more info on the Summer of Play HERE!

    On that site, you can sign up to be a part of the celebration and will also get (FOR FREE) a "100 Ways in 98 Days" play guide. Check it out and join in!

    To help with the celebration, this week's guest, Erica Swiatek, shares with us how to incorporate play into our leadership and teams. She is the Play Goddess and was SO MUCH FUN to interview! We talk about easy things you can do to incorporate play into the workday, how play enhances teamwork, and some of the science of what happens when play is used as a tool to enhance learning. It's a fun interview and I know you'll get a lot from it! Enjoy!

    More on Erica...

    Erica blends her expertise in the fields of innovation, learning and development and playfulness to create accelerated activities, courses and programs. These courses give individuals and teams the tools and skills that transform their meetings, problem solving skills and team.

    She has several years of experience working with large call centers and health insurance companies. She has helped companies revamp systems, programs and processes to be more efficient and effective. Her work in learning and development has also led to publishing an article on how playfulness impacts learning in the Big Questions of Creativity book.

    Erica’s work in the field of play also includes owning an escape room called 3600 Escape. An escape room is an adventure game where participants find clues, solve puzzles to escape the room or accomplish a task. She has also combined this experience with a debrief or preference indicator’s such as Myers-Briggs or FourSight.

    Erica graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with a Master’s of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership. Her passion for the program led to becoming an adjunct faculty at the school where she teaches Creative Problem Solving classes at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

    Connect with her on her website HERE!

  • I love talking to super smart, authentic people! This week's guest, Travis Chambers, is all that and more! He's a guy that doesn't let any moss grow under his feet and has the moxy to make things happen. He's an entrepreneur, leader, and shares a lot on this episode of what it takes to be successful, the keys to work/life balance and the power of being authentic in your leadership. We also talk about how the 90's were ALL a lie (okay, some of it). I know you're going to enjoy this episode...it's one of my favorites. ENJOY!

    More on Travis...

    A Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, Travis is Founder and Chief Media Hacker at Chamber.media, an agency that makes scalable social videos that drive millions in sales. Travis led distribution and content strategy for "YouTube's #1 Ad of the Decade," Kobe vs. Messi with 140 million views. He's worked with brands like Yahoo, Kraft, Old Navy, Coca-Cola, and Amazon among others, and has been featured in AdWeek, Forbes, HuffPost, and Inc. Magazine. ravis regularly speaks about social/web video at conferences such as VidCon, VidSummit, ad:tech, Start Festival, CVX Live and Universities.