• 01:20:56

    46: One conservationist's quest to hep the animals in the jungles of Indonesia—with Adam Miller

    · The Shin Fujiyama Podcast | Social Entrepreneurship | Nonprofit Organizations | International Development Aid | NGOs

    Most foreigners who visit Indonesia end up at the beaches of Bali. But not Adam Miller, a young conservationist from St. Louis. While volunteering at a pet shop at age 10, he came up with the vision of one day working in Indonesia to help the animals there. His vision quickly became an obsession. Many years later, Adam found himself in a remote village in Borneo, Indonesia. It’s a part of southeast Asia facing the fastest rate of deforestation in the world and the second highest number of endangered species in the world. He lived there for six months on a total budget of $1,000 and built up a nonprofit organization called Planet Indonesia. In this podcast episode, Adam discusses the challenges of working in a country with a culture that is vastly different. When he goes running, random fathers in the community might stop to offer their daughters as wives. And you will find out what Adam means when he says that in Indonesia, "host families will love you so much they might kill you in the process." Adam also talks about grant writing, donor relations, using behavioral economics and incentives to promote conversation, and overcoming serious differences in the way people communicate in Indonesia. This episode is sponsored by the Tikker, the death watch that counts down your life (and tells the time). Use the promo code SHIN at the checkout to get a 10% discount on your purchase. Show Links for Adam Miller The Franciscan Sisters of Mary Mulago Foundation Dan Pallotta’s TED talk: The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong Poverty Inc. Documentary Show Summary for Adam Miller Adam was volunteering at a pet shop at age 10 in St. Louis, Missouri He saw a bird from Indonesia that sparked his interest Adam Miller was known as a “bird nerd” growing up Adam Miller’s dream was to become a conservationist researcher He began to feel inadequate just doing research, as just publishing articles didn’t feel like it was making enough of an impact Adam Miller had an early life crisis and so jumped on a plane  to Indonesia He ended up in Indonesia teaching English as a Fulbright Scholar Learning about the culture, language, and the people led to him starting Planet Indonesia Indonesian culture is very difficult to adapt to for a westerner Conversations are much more indirect, longer-winded, and unclear in Indonesia A donor foundation had a very strict reporting requirement and the finance team for Planet Indonesia kept assuring Adam that things were being done properly. Adam later found out that the team wasn’t doing the job as required by the foundation. They were not being honest and direct about their inadequacy The Indonesian government is very unclear about requirements and permits for NGOs When Adam first moved to Indonesia, there were very few foreign NGOs present The Indonesians watch western TV and movies and romanticize the culture The local Indonesians love to follow and take photos of foreigners When Adam goes for jogs, fathers in the area ask him to marry their daughters Indonesian cuisine is one of the best in the world. Especially lactose intolerant people like Adam and me! Host families in Indonesia won’t let their guests do anything or go anywhere alone, especially for female guests “Indonesians will love you so much that they’ll kill you in the process.” - Adam Miller People live with their families and don’t go off to live independently as much as in the western culture Now there are more nonprofit organizations in Indonesia There are more than 85 nonprofit organizations in the area in Borneo where Adam Miller works Indonesia food is usually rice, tempeh, chicken, vegetables, curries Sambal is Indonesia’s popular hot chili sauce Adam had dinner with a good expat friend in Borneo and in the conversation realized that it has been so hard for him to have long-term friends because expats come and go so frequently Working for an NGO in Indonesia is not for everyone, according to Adam Miller Meals in Indonesia cost $1.50-$2.00 Adam once lived for six months in Indonesia on a total budget of $1,000 Adam is a minimalist kind of guy and lived in a remote village In Jakarta you can find anything you can do and buy in Europe Very few cities have a bar or alcohol scene Karaoke is a popular weekend activity Men play a lot of indoor soccer (futsal) in Indonesia, Adam plays 3 times per week Much of Planet Indonesia’s work is done on the weekends because that’s when community members (farmers and fishermen) are finally home Dating in Indonesia is difficult and intense. By week two, marriage is already on the table. People have a lot of lovers on the side in Indonesia, before marriage. Adam’s Fulbright proposal did not feel realistic on the ground Adam met Novia Sagita, the co-founder of Planet Indonesia Before starting Planet Indonesia, Adam had been offered other job options A lot of the nonprofit work being done was not making a real impact because there was a disconnect between the NGO offices and the on the ground communities Novia Sagita has worked in the NGO industry for 15 years and studied in Denver, Colorado. She has lived extensively abroad and can juggle different cultures Novia Sagita started this weaving cooperative to empower village women The weaving cooperative started with 21 weavers and now has 1,500 weavers With four people (a conservationist, an NGO worker, a teacher, a fiction writer), Planet Indonesia began A lot of people criticized Adam Miller for starting an NGO with people who didn’t necessarily have the “right” experience or resumes Planet Indonesia starts communal business groups and trains them and invests in assets to kickstart the businesses of the business groups For people to join the business groups, they are required to sign and follow conservation policies Planet Indonesia provides the services and loans to encourage conservation practices by their nearly 24,000 participants Another organization provides healthcare in exchange for the community members cutting back on their logging. The less loggers a community has, the bigger discounts the community gets in the health clinic It’s important to listen to the communities Planet Indonesia uses behavioral economics and incentives to change community behaviors During year one when funding was low, Adam Miller had to spend $600 getting the 501 c 3 IRS status and then $1,200 to get the equivalent in Indonesia Adam Miller only had a $500 limit on his credit card so he couldn’t even use it Adam’s Fulbright cohort organized a secret fundraiser and raised $3,000 to help Adam start Planet Indonesia!!! Novia Sagita said they needed $12,000 for the first year. Adam went back to the US and raised nearly $30,000!! The help from The Franciscan Sisters of Mary has been critical for Planet Indonesia The Franciscan Sisters of Mary was involved in stopping the Dakota pipeline case. They were the first Catholic organization to completely divest in fossil fuel Adam was giving a talk at a Rotary Club and someone in the audience put him in touch with the Franciscan Sisters of Mary The Franciscan Sisters of Mary causes little hassle for Planet Indonesia in terms of reporting requirements. Not every foundation is the same! Mulago Foundation Running a nonprofit organization in the developing world is VERY challenging and when a donor is trying to control you on top of everything, it can be heartbreaking for the staff Out of the last four years, the past month has been the HARDEST, all time low for Adam…! Novia Sagita and Adam kept fighting together despite all of the hard moments. They are so united. They all work 20 hour days sometimes The energy level of the staff dropped when the donor tried to control them so much Adam and Novia gave a speech to the staff during that all time low to give them inspiration and to stay true to their vision despite the periodic lows Adam hopes that other NGOs can one day adopt Planet Indonesia’s model in other countries The Franciscan Sisters of Mary sent 90 personal letters thanking the Planet Indonesia staff, miraculously when they were at their all time moral low The people in Adam’s office go through ups and downs in their morale. They are humans! 1-2 staff members move in to live in the communities Planet Indonesia begins to work with Adam Miller encourages nonprofit organizations to be honest with their donors, with their successes and failures 80% of Planet Indonesia’s funding comes from foundation grants. 20% comes from peer to peer Adam Miller is the primary grant writer for Planet Indonesia, especially because he is the only English speaker in his staff Many people in the nonprofit and development aid industry is scared to talk about their failures Once, the seedlings that Planet Indonesia bought were bad and a bunch of trees died At first, they didn’t understand why the locals were capturing and selling the threatened and endangered animals Dan Pallotta’s TED talk: The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong An expat could live comfortably in Indonesia for $15,000 and $25,000 for a family Many of the best people in the grassroots nonprofit industry get poached by the larger organizations because of the better pay Poverty Inc. Documentary It took Novia Sagita 2-3 years just to convince the women to start weaving again, a tradition that had largely disappeared in the area Novia Sagita identified a local market to sell the textile to. 70-80% of the sales are domestic Novia Sagita built a textile museum in the area to explain the cultural importance of the textile There were many risks involved, going for an unexpected market and building a museum, etc. Now they are starting the textile products in Australia There are many unexpected challenges in the NGO nonprofit world Adam Miller gets stage fright before his public speeches and almost went down cold recently Planet Indonesia offers internship positions to college students Adam gives out a heartfelt shoutout to Novia Sagita and then to his family

  • 00:30:46

    Why Use StrengthsFinder With Your Team - With Adam Seaman

    · Lead Through Strengths with Lisa Cummings | building engaged teams & stronger leadership w/ StrengthsFinder & natural talents

    This Episode’s Focus on Strengths This week Lisa speaks with Adam Seaman. They chat about the difference between strengths and talents, as well as practical applications for your top strengths. This interview is a great introduction to what you can do with Clifton StrengthsFinder. Adam’s Top 10 StrengthsFinder Talent Themes:  Strategic, Individualization, Ideation, Intellection, Input, Adaptability, Command, Activator, Empathy, Futuristic Lisa’s Top 10 StrengthsFinder Talent Themes:   Strategic, Maximizer, Positivity, Individualization, Woo, Futuristic, Focus, Learner, Communication, Significance Resource of the Episode You can reach Adam through the Talent2Strength website. He also posts helpful thought leadership on Twitter. You'll definitely see his Intellection in action. Strengths Tools You'll also find lots of StrengthsFinder, leadership, and team tools on our Strengths Resources page. Subscribe To Lead Through Strengths To subscribe and review, here are your links for listening in iTunes and Stitcher Radio. You can also stream any episode right from this website. Subscribing is a great way to never miss an episode. Let the app notify you each week when the latest episode gets published. Here's a Full Transcript of the 30 Minute Interview Lisa Cummings: This episode is about stepping back and understanding: what the tool of StrengthsFinder is, and what is it like for a team. Let's start with your opinion on why it is so awesome. Adam Seaman: Great. My goal is to get other people as excited about it as I am. I don't always reach that goal of course, but it's the striving for it, and sometimes I succeed, and I call it "green lit" when I get somebody as excited about it as I am. StrengthsFinder stands out to me; one of the reasons is that it really gives that language that people can describe themselves with. I hear this all the time. It's like, "oh I always knew I had that quality, but I didn't know there was a name for it." Then they'll say, "and I didn't know other people had it or didn't have it, I just assumed everybody was like me." Those are some of the reasons why I really like this tool. The other is that it really dials into the individual, so instead of it being "I'm one of four colors", or "I'm one of 16 letter combinations", you have one in 278,000 chance of somebody having the same top five themes as you have. Those are just some of the reasons I really, really like this tool. Lisa Cummings: That's so crazy. Any time I cite that number or the chances that someone else will have the same top five talent themes in the same order as you is 1 in 33 million. That just blows people's minds, and they think, "Okay, so this isn't going to be a training where you come into my team and talk to people about the four boxes you can put them in." It makes people so receptive to StrengthsFinder compared to other tools. Adam Seaman: Yeah, I think it really makes them go, "Alright, this is serious, serious, stuff here. It really does dial into the individual." But then, it does create a little bit of a barrier because there are 34 themes that it measures you on, and learning all 34 is more daunting than learning four colors or something like that. That's definitely one of the challenges for people - to really access this tool deeply. But once you do...and this gets into another thing I really love about most assessments you read it and you're like, "Alright, I guess that's accurate, I guess that describes me, and then what do I do with it?" You file it away because you don't want to throw it away, but what do you do with it? So you just file it away, and that's the real shame that I try to correct with StrengthsFinder. Lisa Cummings: [laughing] You give them strength shamings. Adam Seaman: [playing along] I do. I just shame them. If I'm in a grocery store and somebody is like, "Hey, I just took the StrengthsFinder" you know, as people do when they're in the grocery store. Lisa Cummings: [jokingly] Definitely. When you're picking out butter. That's when I do it. Adam Seaman: Yes, it's in the butter aisle. Lisa Cummings: So to get back to serious stuff for a second, you said something about a personality assessment kind of notion, and so for people less familiar with StrengthsFinder, they often assume this is a personality assessment. I know that you view it in a different way, that you look at StrengthsFinder as so much more than that, as do I. So tell us about how you get people beyond that basic view of it. Adam Seaman: For me what this captures is this idea that we all live in our own self-world. Lisa, right now you're in your office in Austin, Texas, your side of the world. You have your experiences going on, the things that are happening inside of you. Then I'm over here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I have my own concerns or issues or things I'm thinking of. So we're kind of in our own self-world. That's actually the term for this, it's a German word, and a German biologist came up with this word. It's called umwelt, which is kind of a cool word. Lisa Cummings: Umwelt. Adam Seaman: It's U-M-W-E-L-T. So it kind of roughly translates to this idea of self-world. For me what I love about StrengthsFinder is it helps describe what's happening in your own self-world. In my head, and in your head, we both share the Strategic Talent Theme, so we're always playing through if-then scenarios. We do it so fast, that we don't even know we're doing it. What would be really interesting if this were possible, is if somebody else who didn't have Strategic very high at all were to somehow transplant into our heads, kind of like a Freaky Friday kind of thing, then they were to have to get into our heads, or just take your head with Strategic and Maximizer. They're going to have this flurry of thoughts coming at them at such a high rate of speed; it's just going to be overwhelming for them. It's cool to realize that within each person, there's a whole lot more going on than what we ever could tell, or even just ask them about. It's like if I know your top five themes, and I know your number three is Positivity, which it is, I know that your knee-jerk reaction is going to be to look for the upside of things. It's what shows up when you show up. Lisa Cummings: That's so true. I love the Freaky Friday thought where if you as a teammate...if you said, "Alright I'm going to do this at work, and I'm going to try to get into Freaky Friday mode as much as I can, where I'm imagining what is it like in that person's head and how can I relate to the world the way that they are so that I can understand what would be relevant for them, or what they care about, or how they make decisions, or how they think about the world." So it's kind of cool as you were talking about the power StrengthsFinder brings, I was thinking man you could almost turn that into an application exercise where you're trying to do it as if you had Adam's invention. Now that you're telling us this with Futuristic number 10 and Ideation number 3, why don't we get you to share with the listeners what your top 10 talents are, or at least the ones that you resonate with most. Then they can get a feel for, if they're new to StrengthsFinder, what these words even sound like...and how do people resonate with them before they even know the definitions. Adam Seaman: Before I do that, I just wanted to riff on a point that you made. I'm using musical terms, because I know you're a musician, and I have like two musical brain cells and they don't even talk to each other, so I'm not a musician but I speak your language because I have Individualization number two, just as you have. Lisa Cummings: So you can riff with me; I like it. Adam Seaman: Before moving onto that, I just wanted to delve a little deeper into this idea of knowing what's going on inside of somebody, that umwelt or that Freaky Friday thing is. I don't have Achiever very high at all; it's way, way down in the 20's or 30's even. So when I'm around somebody that has Achiever, I now am able to do something I wasn't able to do before StrengthsFinder. I am able to say, “Hey, I think I might be a speed bump in the middle of your day, trying to get things done, so you just feel free to tell me if you need to move on.” I'm this ideas guy (Ideation), I like to talk and brainstorm and be philosophical. People with Achiever, unless it's balanced with some other themes... they don't really have time for that, and it's that awkward moment that I just now know to be able to say, "Hey, if this isn't of interest to you, I'm not going to try to slow you down,” because I know inside of their head is this need to get things done, to rack up points by crossing things off their to do list, and I don't take offense to that and I'm trying to tailor myself to their need. It amplifies that point you were making about when you work with people and you understand not only your themes, but you understand their themes, then you're able to really get the relationship to be optimized better. Lisa Cummings: Yeah, I totally agree and I think it's one of the most useful things. When you have that person at work who frustrates you, it's that moment where you can go, "Alright, I know their talents now. Their talent themes are this, this, this, and what are they likely thinking about right now?" You're making up a hypothesis but by knowing the talent themes and by knowing the definitions you can really start to make some good guesses about what they care about and how they process the world, and then instead of seeing them as annoying teammate, they can become the, "Well that person's bringing a perspective that is actually really useful to the team, and although it's not my favorite place to spend my head, and it would be painful for me to live there, that's where they live." I think it helps people. Sometimes it's just tolerating each other when they didn't before. Sometimes it's appreciating and partnering way more than they ever thought they would or could do. Then when you get really deep, you start to get an eye for what's working in the world. I always call it, notice what works to get more of what works, and you start to see, "Oh yeah, that must be what it's like for them, that really works in this situation." Then you can leverage it more and actually get more productivity out of it for the team. Adam Seaman: All of that is great. If you get an appliance and it comes with a user's manual, and it describes here's how you use this appliance, and here's what you don't do with this appliance, and here's how you get the most life out of it. We as individuals have user's manuals, except they're not written. We have to work with somebody or marry them or live with them for years to just even get a glimpse of this is how their user's manual works. But if I know someone's top five StrengthsFinder themes, I'm going to have a really good sense of what's in that instruction manual. The idea is, understand your user's manual and understand the people around you's user's manual, and you can find ways to best work together. Lisa Cummings: I love that you raise the idea that these are patterns of thoughts and behaviors and feelings that come naturally to us. Sometimes they're going to serve us, and sometimes they're not. I know my Maximizer gets me in trouble all the time, and when I over commit and I start to see my calendar get so overloaded, I realize there is a drive in me, and I feel that it comes from my Maximizer talent, because it wants to keep making everything better, so there's always something else I'm adding to the list or trying to tweak or trying to create this new thing or develop a new product or whatever it is, it's unending. Once you can name it and say, hey that's the one that's talking, you can narrow it down and strategize more easily than when you feel spazzy and out of control. Adam Seaman: There's so much to talk about here, this is where I geek out on this stuff. I want to make sure at some point we talk about why your top five themes or why your StrengthsFinder results are not actually your strengths. You definitely touched on it there with what you just said, so I want to circle back. I'm also mindful that you asked me a question that I haven't answered yet, which are what are my top themes. I'm happy to skip it, but I don't want your audience to think that I was just ignoring you and I'm a rude guest. Lisa Cummings: You're such a kind guest. What are yours? Adam Seaman: My number one is Strategic, as you mentioned earlier. I already talked a little bit about that one. My second one is Individualization, now is that your number four? Do I have that right? Lisa Cummings: Yup. Adam Seaman: Okay. So Individualization is this quality of looking to tailor things to the person, so I don't like doing things en masse, and your Maximizer theme is more likes to do things in block operations and very efficient, whereas the Individualization theme is one-by-one, case-by-case, what's unique about this person. My number three is Ideation. This is a quality of always wanting to think outside the box, so sometimes in my mind ideas start flowing and I call it popcorning because when I get in this mode, when you're making popcorn that point where the kernels start popping really fast. That's kind of what it's like in my head, it's like an explosion of ideas, and I get really excited by it, things are really best for me when I can be creative and original, and I don't like doing things by the book. So that's my creativity theme there. My number four is Intellection, and Intellection is about going deep, looking for insight. Several themes look for truth, Intellection looks for wisdom, whereas maybe Connectedness theme looks for spiritual truth. Or the Analytical theme looks for factual truth. So my Intellection is looking for wisdom and insight. Cool story about this one because when you learn your themes, you get the names of your themes and you don't quite know what they mean. When I was learning about Intellection, I read it, and it seemed like it fit, but when I went back and re-read it, something stood out to me that didn't before. What it was, was a description about how I can be in a social situation, but be checked out to the point where somebody would come up to me and say, "Adam, are you okay? Is something wrong?" I would say, "Yeah, everything's fine, and in fact more than fine." I'm in my lab, I call it, when I'm intellectualizing. I'm just thinking about something, but the thinking face doesn't really look like a happy face, so to somebody outside of my head, which is everybody, it doesn't look like I'm really having fun, but inside of my head there's a party going on. They just weren't invited. Then they might say "Hey what's wrong" and I might say "You just crashed my party. Everything was going good and now..." Lisa Cummings: Womp womp. Adam Seaman: Yeah, one of those. Lisa Cummings: This is one of my favorite ones when teams are together and they talk about some of these things that their talent themes might lead them to do or think or say or look like, I love asking that question. Focus is a good one, that's my number six, where people talk about the mode they get into when they're in their Intellection mode or they're in their Focus mode, then I ask people, "What does that look like on you? How will your teammates know?" Just hearing the story you said, is exactly what it sounds like in the trainings, where people go "Oh, that's what he's doing. Now I get it, and now I know when he made the crash-your-party-face, that's what that means" and it's so insightful to know that about people that you actually need to be productive with every day. It's like having magic secrets to the universe.  Adam Seaman: Right, it's kind of like that self-world concept I was talking about. To somebody looking at me it might look like, Adam's not having fun, maybe somebody has Includer, and they want to make sure that I feel part of the group. To them I don't look very engaged, but what they can't see is that I'm at my most engaged when I'm in that space. Now if somebody knows I have Intellection, they won't be as off-put by it or as concerned about it. I know time's ticking here, so I'll go onto my number five which is Input, and this was the hardest one for me to understand. We use the word Input like let me have my Input or let me give my Input, as something you put out into the world. This is one of the reasons why you really have to understand Gallup's standard definitions for the themes, because sometimes the label doesn't fully describe what the word is about. In fact, most of the time they don't. They don't give you enough context just looking at the word, you really have to understand the description. What Input is, is it's not about what I put out into the world and give my Input, it's what I Input into myself, it's what I collect. One of the things I learned that was very useful from the master StrengthsFinder coach, Curt Liesveld, is he said, "What you collect are things you deem to be useful or that have utility." It was really cool because what I collect, and it varies person to person. I collect quotes and I collect theories and models and tools and concepts; I love that stuff. I've developed a really good sense for what's a useful quote or what's not, or what's a useful model or concept and what's not. I've learned how to use my Input theme a lot better, because I understand it a lot more. There's a lot more to say about each one of these themes, but those are my top five. That's all I stayed with for the longest time, but I'm starting to really appreciate the value of looking into your top 10, your number 6-10 themes, because it's kind of like a basketball team and your main players fall out, they're either injured or they're not the right player for the situation. You can go to your bench and bring in a specialist when you need it. You can start to see traces of someone's themes and how they communicate and that's when you really start to feel like you're getting to know this tool so well is when you can hear vespers of the different themes. So Command is my number seven, Activate is my number eight, Empathy is my number nine, Futuristic is my number ten, and we just hit 30 minutes in six seconds. Lisa Cummings: Look at that, you are so precise. I'm still standing back thinking, I've never heard the word vespers, it sounds like a funny pronunciation of a Vespa scooter, and that's a clue of Intellection right there, or my lack of. Let's end this show with your view on talent and strengths. Adam Seaman: So good. Here's the big secret about StrengthsFinder, or one of them, because there are several secrets. Lisa Cummings: [dramatically] Ooooh. Adam Seaman: Did you just say "Ooh"? Lisa Cummings: Yeah. The more you listen, the more you learn. Adam Seaman: [laughing] That's great. When you take the StrengthsFinder, one of the most powerful insights is to realize that your top five, these 34 themes of talent that StrengthsFinder measures, are not strengths. It gets into the definition of a strength, and the definition of a talent. A strength is an activity in which you have consistent, near perfect performance. So you do an activity regularly with high quality. That's when you know you have a strength, and this is Gallup's definition for a strength. I'll come back to that, because we're going to break it down. Lisa Cummings: Break it down. Adam Seaman: [preparing to beatbox] We're going to break it down. Lisa Cummings: I think you have some other talent themes in there. [referring to beatboxing] Adam Seaman: Well, beatboxing would be, if I could do it consistently and near perfectly would be a strength, but it's not. It's less than a strength. So a talent, and these themes of talent, the definition for those is this: a recurring pattern of how you think, how you feel, and how you behave that “can” be productively applied. I put the can in quotes because it can be productively applied, this pattern of thinking and feeling and behaving, but it can also counter productively be applied. It's not always productive. Anybody listening could look at one of their themes and say, "Yeah that theme sometimes gets me into trouble." Sometimes it's not productive, it's counter productive. Let's take a theme like Positivity, your number three. What could possibly not be great about Positivity? I'll just ask you Lisa, are there times where Positivity is not acting in your best interest? Lisa Cummings: I'll tell you the most trouble I had with my Positivity talent theme was, early in my career as a manager, I realized that people started responding in a way that led me to believe that they thought I didn't think through issues, that I was giving the Pollyanna view of what we were going to do and that naively I was leading my team forward through some decision without any thinking behind it, the [rah rah voice] "Oh yay we're going to do it, let's go". I realized I needed to actually say the decision factors out loud, because maybe my excitement, maybe my energy level about a change, and I'm always thinking about messaging something and how to get people to a new I see how that could all get really blurry and lead people to think that the substance is lacking behind it. With my Strategic talent theme, I'm thinking so quickly through those things, I might need to catch people up to "Oh, okay, look here was my thought process, there were a lot of factors in the decision, I considered X Y and Z, I realize there are a couple of risks associated, and this is the decision and then back to the yay-part." Even though it doesn't really sound like that, I realized I needed to actually acknowledge either the thought process or the risks that had been considered, or the facts behind things so that people didn't assume I was trying to play team cheerleader with no substance. Adam Seaman: Yeah, see it's that kind of insight that I think StrengthsFinder can help reveal, that you might not have ever had in any other way. You have this pattern called Positivity that allows you to take any situation and identify, almost like a reflex, whatever the situation is, your immediate reflex is to say, "Well what's the upside?" or "This is a good thing, because of this…" That pattern is going to play out, it's going to do what it's going to do, and then sometimes that pattern is going to be the perfect match for the situation. Positivity is my number 32. I know that for me, there are many occasions where I wish I had that ability to see the upside; it would have helped me persevere more. So there are times where that theme of Positivity is the perfect match for the situation. The point is that, this is true for any of the 34 themes, that they are patterns that play out in us, they're patterns for how we think, how we feel and behave, but our situations that we're in are always changing. That pattern in one situation may be a huge benefit, but in another situation it would be the last thing you want to have happen. That's one reason why our themes of talent, our top five that we get from StrengthsFinder, they are not strengths yet. There's a lot more to say on this, but I want to pause and see if you have any thoughts on that. Lisa Cummings: Yeah, I love the way that you describe it. The part that you said that really got me there, that I thought was cool was, "Look it would be kind of sad, if you got your report and you had nowhere to go, because you've arrived. You have your strengths. Voila. You're done." But instead, if you realize, "Okay these are your talents, it's telling you about your natural patterns, there's an infinite amount of stuff to go do to nurture them, to feed them, to make them get applied in a work situation in a way that really serves you." That's the growth part that's really fun that allows them to turn into strengths so they can be productively applied. What do you think a world would look like if everyone knew his or her talent themes? Adam Seaman: If I'm in a place where I'm being fed, where I'm known for what I'm good at and my teammates are setting me up for success and I'm able to do as much as possible, even though you can't get it perfectly, but as much as possible I'm able to do the things I love doing, that I'm good at, that I produce good results, that when I'm doing them I feel that flow state where I don't notice time passing, that that's what a situation like that would look like. Lisa Cummings: I love that you're talking about the food element, because when I do StrengthsFinder training, I'm always using the terms starved and fed, because I think the talent themes act different ways, they show up on you differently. If you are feeding them, and you're nurturing them and you're working on them, compared with when you're starving them out or you're squashing them down because you don't think they'd be valued in that environment, or it isn't valued in that environment, so it's not getting any attention and it's starved. I think that would be a cool way to end also, to talk about what that looks like on the job, when strengths, when someone's talent themes are consistently getting squashed or offended or not valued or not used, and how you've seen that show up. Adam Seaman: The first thing is, you have to recognize in yourself what is your state of happiness or satisfaction? Then realize a couple things. One is something I heard called the law of two feet. The law of two feet says if you don't like something, if you're not in a good place, relocate. Walk away, go somewhere else. That's the promise that I see in StrengthsFinder, is that if people really embraced it as more than an assessment then they could really help each other find that better fit. Like as a manager, I could see that hey, this person is struggling here, what can I do to shape their job a little bit more so it plays more to what they're like. It's not like you totally have this complete makeover, but a little bit at a time, you could shift your environment so you can free yourself up from the things you hate a little bit at a time to spend more time doing those things that you really enjoy. As that happens, you increase your value. Lisa Cummings: As a people manager, there's a lot you can do to shape and continually shape the job of people on the team by individualizing a little bit at a time. It's not to say that this is a custom job for everyone, and I can afford to make yours exactly what you'd like it to be. We know that the business world isn't like that; you have a corporate strategy, you have business objectives to meet, and inside of that there's a lot you can do to shape the rule to match the person on the team. As a person, I love that you are highly accountable with the law of two feet because it's up to you, this is your career, your life, and you get to shape it a little bit at a time until it is what you want it to be. People have a lot more leeway to do that than they often give credit for. I love to quiz people when they push back on that, and I ask them about the job description when they got hired and say "Okay, remember back to the job description, now how many people in the room have the exact same tasks and responsibilities as when you were first hired into that role?" Even though many people have only been in that role for 18 months or some short time, they laugh and say "Oh, no, it's significantly different." There you go, proof positive. Rules shift and change all the time, so why not be actively shaping it towards the activities you enjoy, the way you want your personal brand to show up in the world and at work, and if you're consciously going after, and even sharing with your manager, "Hey, I'd love more opportunities in this area. If a project comes up, please consider me." It's making them aware, because managers aren't mind readers. They don't know that person's interested in it. So having StrengthsFinder as a language for describing an aspirational work place they'd like to live in, things they'd like to see more of, it can be hugely powerful in the way that tasks are assigned and projects are given out person to person. Adam Seaman: [Emphatically] Truth. You want to find, what is the highest best use for the qualities that you possess. Lisa Cummings: And if you help your teammates produce at their best, obviously you're going to meet your goals in a bigger way, your business is going to be more successful overall. Also day to day, you're around people for, if you're physically around each other, you're around them for eight hours a day or more, so wouldn't it be better if you helped people and supported them, if you knew their talents, if you did the Freaky Friday, to call back to that. Then you could support your teammates in becoming their best, and that would also help them, help the business, and help you not be around grumpy people all day at work. Adam Seaman: That sounds like a great final note to end on. That's a drop-your-mic moment right there. Lisa Cummings: It's a good thought for bringing it all around. Adam Seaman: [rapping tone] So you need people to check themselves before they wreck themselves. Lisa Cummings: Yes, back to a rap as well. That's where we're going to drop the mic. It's been such a blast rhyming with you Adam. Adam Seaman: This flew by so fast, and it's because we're playing to our strengths. We're both talking about something we love and we're passionate about, and so I hope that as a result, some other people are getting green lit about StrengthsFinder. Lisa Cummings: Yeah, that's the ultimate call back as well. So getting green lit, I don't know what they're getting bit by, but they're getting green lit. Adam Seaman: They're getting bit by the strengths bug. Lisa Cummings: Yeah, bit by the strengths bug. We'll link to Adam's company, Talent2Strength, so that you can look him up and see more. With that, remember, using your strengths makes you a stronger performer at work. If you're putting a lopsided focus on fixing weaknesses, you're probably choosing the path of most resistance. Instead, claim your talents and share them with the world.

  • #576 No Guest 12/14/1997

    · Classic Loveline with Adam and Drew

    CLL #576 (feat. The Love between The Two Hosts) 12/14/1997 - Sunday Night Show - Source: JBJ Tape w/ Spinfly Tape patches. (No Guest Adam Breaks Wind) Show contains: Great reenactment of Adam at the John Hiatt concert, gas Great 1997 No guest show. The Lords of Acid are in tomorrow and Buster Poindexter will be in on Tuesday. Adam accidently calls him Buster the Poindexter when he suggests he may actually be Dicky from the Bosstones in disguise. Drew and Adam are on the 7-day a week plan and are about to have enough of each other. What comes up next is one of my favorite reenactments ever done. Last night's guest was John Hiatt. Adam went to John's concert and had a great time, especially during the encore. Before telling the story, he has to explain to Drew how rock concerts do encores. Engineer Mike fires up the song Slow Turning (the song John used for his encore) to help the story telling effect. Drew calls him lame but Adam just tells him to shut up. Adam gets back into it by telling how halfway into the song, John stopped singing and all of a sudden goes: "ADAM, ADAM! DREW! DREW! HELLLLP ME!!! HELLLLP MEEE!!!" 30 seconds later he does it again going: "ADAM, ADAM! HELP MEE! DREEEEEEEEW!!!" Adam then creamed in his pants, comparing himself to one of the crazed fans of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. When Drew gets mad at Adam for not telling him the story before the show, Adam says if he knew the story, Drew would just sit there like a block of petrified wood. Now he is just sitting there like a block of regular wood. Caller Christine asks the question "Are there calories in semen?" Drew says the last time they were asked that question; they were at a balcony of a huge hall in Chicago. A person in the crowd said it was 2,000 calories. That was where Drew got the idea to tell his daughter that. Caller Keith has a creepy grandfather who tried to get him to have sex at the age of 11. Drew suggests it could be a cultural thing. The grandfather was from Poland however. Caller David is driving a semi. Adam can tell it's a truck as soon as the punch him up. Adam makes a reference to a 1970's TV show called "BJ and the Bear." Adam mentions he had a bizarre dream last night. This is the one where Adam gets stuck under a glass coffee table and Drew Carey urinates on him. A caller gets mad on Drew's behalf for him having to go on Charles Grodin's show. When Adam explains how they get stuck on TV shows where nobody knows who him and Drew are, he mocks the dumb host by saying "Hey, it's Dr. Jew and Adam A-hole-a." They also tend to end up getting stuck in between two other random guests on those shows. Adam threatens if screwed up kid's make his taxes get high enough, he is going to move to Geneva and host a show called "Cheese and Chocolate." When it comes time to gamble, Drew says he left his wallet in his Volvo even though Adam saw him leaving Starbucks earlier. Drew brings up that there is a new device available that will actually unlock and start your car for you before you are even in it. Adam recalls his traffic school teaching days when he has to yell at Drew for reading something during the show. Drew asks if he has any good stories from back then. Of course there are several: One time Adam liked one of the girls in a class and looked up her number from the papers he got. He called but got an answering machine with a guy on it and nothing ever happened. Another time he took his class outside to play Frisbee for three hours. It was supposed to be related to teaching them about aerodynamics. Another time, during the one hour lunch break, he went out for drinks with a couple of the students and didn't come back until 2 1/2 hours later. Apparently the place he used to teach at was called "Lettuce Amuse You." Drew makes a reference to Adam's PRS, or Personal Rating Scale. Adam has a batting cage-like moment predicti

  • 01:06:01

    You Are Who You’ve Been Looking For: A Powerful Conversation With Poet, Coach, Speaker and Lover, Adam Roa

    · Having It ALL: Conversations about living an Abundant Loving Life

    In today’s episode I’m bringing you a great conversation I had with Adam Roa. Sometimes I feel like I have the coolest gig in the world, because I get to spend time hanging out with people like Adam. He is a coach, poet, speaker, podcaster and lover. I through that last descriptor in there because one of the ways in interpreted Adam’s mission is to help people remember that they are love, and to move them closer to a state of being love - towards themselves, others and life itself. What I found awesome about Adam was his humility. I think it’s easy for people in the personal development space to have this heir about them that they know something you don’t. I believe it comes with the territory and is not always a conscious thing. When you’re helping people step into their greatness, you sometimes feel like you’re pretty darn great yourself. But I didn’t get any of that from Adam, and it was amazingly refreshing. It allowed our conversation to really take shape on its own, because there was no posturing by either of us. Just two guys choppin it about how we can all unlock our superpowers. One of the coolest things I learned about Adam was that he is a spoken word poet. I found that awesome, and it was his poem “You Are Who You've Been Looking For” that inspired much of what we talked about in our conversation. Definitely check it out (click here to watch). Overall, I walked away from my conversation with Adam with a slightly sharper lens to look at my own personal growth and healing journey through, and for that I’m extremely grateful. I really hope you enjoy my conversation with Adam! Show Notes: You Are Who You’ve Been Looking For poem - Adam’s Website - Adam on Facebook - Adam on Youtube - Adam on Instagram - Adam on Twitter - The Slinky Effect Website - The Deep Dive podcast on iTunes - The Deep Dive podcast on Stitcher -

  • 00:36:35

    RCE017: Adam Stansbury - The Plant Powered Personal Trainer

    · The Raw Chef Experience: Conscious Living, Natural Health, Spirituality, Wellness, & Fitness.

    This week I am joined by Adam Stansbury, who is The Plant Powered Personal Trainer. Now Adam has just got such a really interesting background in bodybuilding and fitness modelling, and you will hear how he did that the traditional route; eating animal products, having rib eye steaks, and all that crazy stuff. Adam tells the story of how he found himself needing operations for Ulcerative Colitis, and shares how he eventually found himself on a plant based diet as a PT. As a plant based eater himself, he is now training others who are both plant based and not plant based. He just has such a unique and practical experience of teaching this in the real world, getting real results, and really getting to see both sides of the coin. What You’ll Hear in This Episode: Hear Adam’s story and how he was first introduced into fitness and training. How the “perfect body” pressure has increased for men. Adam’s past mindset of feeling imprisoned by his need for protein in each meal. Why Adam needed four major operations, and how he got through it. How a shoulder injury led Adam to start making changes in his diet. Adam’s advice on how to find the correct supplements for your body. Why Adam believes that society is protein obsessed today. What it means to have an understanding for other people’s choices. And so much more! More About This Episode: Adam’s personal journey with fitness began early on when he was in his early teens with playing tennis. He eventually began training in the gym when he was 19 years old and the bodybuilding and aesthetic side to the fitness industry really got drew his interest. In 2003 Adam began a six year journey of fitness modelling, and even magazine cover shoots. However, in 2006 Adam discovered that he was suffering from the digestive illness Ulcerative Colitis, which required him to have four serious operations over a two years timeline.  After his recovery, Adam turned his hand to Fitness Modelling shows and began my Personal Training career in 2009. From there he went on to enter several fitness modelling shows, won awards alongside his gym. In 2014 Adam decided to make the change to a Plant Based Vegan Diet for ethical and environmental reasons. He believes that changing the world starts with changing yourself first, and that the one thing we have complete control over that makes a huge impact to our environment is the food we eat. When Adam made the switch, he did lose weight initially. However, once his body adapted he was able to rebuild a physique that is the same in statue, weight, and strength. Today Adam works with training clients to help them add lean muscle to their physiques while strictly eating a Plant Based Diet. Adam is healthier and fitter than he has ever been and continues to have a passion for discovering new creations with food that he never thought was possible.   Episode Resources:  Adam’s Website — Adam’s Twitter —

  • 00:27:32

    Adam Grant on Are You An Effective Giver?

    · Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast

    Adam Grant  is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, is the author of three New York Times best-selling books, and his TED Talks have been viewed more than 8-million times. In this conversation, you will hear Adam explain how our beliefs about our relationships at work shape the success we are able to achieve.  Adam walks us through his research on givers, takers and matchers and what organizations can do to cultivate giving cultures.  He also explains how to deal with takers, the value of disagreeable givers and the small practices you can try to be an effective giver.   Connect with Adam Grant: Website - You’ll Learn:   [02:02] - Adam shares what advice he gives the organizations on how to lead and manage people better. [03:23] - Adam talks about the importance of organization rewarding the right people through measuring others-focused behaviors and results.   [05:51] - Adam shares his thoughts on dealing with “takers” in an organization and bringing out the positive qualities in these individuals. [09:55] - Adam explains how to be a thoughtful giver within an organization. [13:56] - Adam cites that doing 5-minute favors at work raises your job satisfaction. He goes on to explain that the receivers of those favors pay back at 278%. [16:00] - Adam shares his thoughts on why self-compassion is important to help set boundaries and say “no” so we can be more effective givers.   [17:46] - Adam explains how his opinions have changed on the topic of needing takers in an organization. [20:56] - Adam recently found that the most important driver of engagement at work was pride in the company. [23:31] - The Lightning Round with Adam Grant. Your Resources: Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success - Adam Grant Adam Grant Ted Talk: Are you a giver or a taker? Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy - Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World - Adam Grant Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience - Meg Jay The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups - Daniel Coyle Thanks for listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week.  If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of this post.   Please leave an honest review for the Making Positive Psychology Work Podcast on iTunes. Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. They do matter in the rankings of the show, and I read each and every one of them.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates. It’s free! You can also listen to all the episodes of Making Positive Psychology Work streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad through stitcher. No need for downloading or syncing. Special thanks to Adam for joining us this week. Until next time, take care!  

  • 00:48:05

    309: Adam Gilbert | Psychology of Change

    · The Art of Charm | Social Science | Cognitive Psychology | Confidence | Relationship Advice | Behavioral Economics | Productivity | Biohacking

    "Unless you're actually on Jeopardy, knowledge without action is useless!" - Adam Gilbert The Cheat Sheet: What's the top reason people fear losing weight? Why awareness is the key to making lasting changes. The broccoli test: what it is and how to use it. The most common roadblocks Adam sees. How to use discomfort as your compass. Why you need a coach and it's amateur to think you don't. And so much more... Have you ever tried to lose weight, stop drinking, start a business and a new exercise program at the same time? Did you fail and wonder why? Health and fitness psychology expert, Adam Gilbert, would say you took on too much at one time. There's a psychology to making changes that last and Adam is here to give us the golden nuggets on that very topic. Join us for episode 309 as we talk about the psychology of weight loss, why you sabotage yourself and others do too, why discomfort is the perfect compass and the most common roadblocks he sees with his clients. More About This Show: Adam Gilbert has always been fascinated by the topics of health, fitness, nutrition and psychology. And since 2007 he has made those areas his life's work. He helps people make changes in their health and fitness by understanding what's holding them back psychologically. Inherently, most of us know there is no magic pill or quick-fix to getting healthy and we know we have to eat right, exercise and take care of ourselves to be as healthy as we can be. Adam helps us understand what's in the way, psychologically, to doing so. On the topic of weight loss, Adam believes there are a lot of psychological factors at work. Is someone afraid of losing weight because they won't fit in with their friends any more? Or perhaps their spouse or significant other doesn't support them in getting fit - their partner sabotages their weight loss efforts by making meals that don't fit their diet plan. All of those examples have an underlying psychology to them that applies not just to weight loss, but to any area of our lives we're improving. And that psychology is fear of rejection, and fear of success. We may sabotage our efforts in an area because we don't want to lose the friendships and the partner we're comfortable with; we don't want them to reject our new "selves" so we make changes, but don't stick with them. Adam and I discuss the specific ways to navigate these situations so we can actually be okay with making changes, being uncomfortable and helping others while we're in the process of growing and shifting. One of the most pivotal keys to doing so that Adam and I talk about is awareness. When you're aware of what's happening, you can better navigate any change. We also dive into the related area of discomfort and how to use it as our compass. Adam believes if we truly want to become the person of our dreams, whether it's a healthy awesome body or the ideal relationship or our perfect job or business, we have to use discomfort to guide us to get there. If we continue to do what's comfortable, we'll continue to stay where we are. So in order to steer us into that new body, relationship, job or business, we have to do what's uncomfortable. There's so much more Adam and I discuss but one of the biggest takeaways we both want you to get is this: you must take action on this knowledge. All the tricks, tips and tools we give you are pointless until you implement them. So listen to this show, get yourself a coach or accountability partner to help you and then take action! Adam was a terrific guest and I enjoyed having him on the show, I hope you enjoy this episode as well. Be sure to check out the gift he's giving all of you, you'll find it in the Resources section below. Thanks for listening and we'll see you next time. THANKS ADAM! If you enjoyed this session of the Art of Charm Podcast, let Adam know by clicking on the link below and sending him a quick shout out on Twitter: Click here to thank Adam on Twitter! Resources from this episode: Adam's web siteAdam's gift to all of you Adam on TwitterParadox of Choice, hard copy You'll also like: -The Art of Charm Toolbox -Best of The Art of Charm Podcast HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there. FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Email Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!

  • 00:53:12

    THE SECRET BEHIND THE FIRST LOVE STORY – ADAM & EVE & WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU!!! Bruce Feiler | Health | Self-Help | Inspire

    · Inspire Nation | Daily Inspiration - Motivation - Meditation | Law of Attraction | Health | Career | Spirituality | Self-Help

    If you’ve ever wondered how the story of Adam and Eve affects our lives, and what it really means, then do we have The First Love Story show for you! Today I’ll be talking with Bruce Feiler, author of the This Life column for the Sunday New York Times and six consecutive New York Times best-sellers, and a fascinating new book The First Love Story. And that’s just what I want to talk with him about today, about Adam, about Eve, and what it means to Us. We’ll look at the mythical meaning behind the story; the story of the Sistine Chapel; what Adam and Eve really means for women’s rights; what we’re not told about the story—and why it matters, and how the original love story affects our culture, our beliefs, and even our daily lives. Self-Improvement and Self-Help Topics Include:  Why do an investigative book on the story of Adam and Eve? Is the story of Adam and Eve still relevant today? Are we talking an original myth??? What did Saint Augustine say about viewing Adam and Eve verbatim? What was he investigating in Iraq after the fall of Saddam? What did Jesus call the most important commandment in the Hebrew Bible? What does it mean to truly love your neighbor like yourself – and what’s the deep meaning behind this? Why did he visit the Sistine chapel, and what can it teach us about Adam and eve? What does loneliness have to do with the story of Adam and Eve? What’s so remarkable about the depiction in the Sistine Chapel? How did Michelangelo depict Adam and Eve and how was it meant to elevate women in the church. What was Michelangelo trying to tell us? Was “Original Sin” originally part of the Adam and Eve story? What’s the missing part or the forgotten part of the Adam and Eve story? Why is it important that the story was mentioned twice in the bible, and what’s the real meaning behind this? What was the sex scandal in Adam and Eve and who was Lilith? What does it mean that Adam and Eve separated and got back together? What are they teaching us about the meaning of love and relationships? What really happened in the story after they left the garden, and why don’t people know about this? Is exile something possible? How did Adam and Eve choose Love? What can we learn from Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton about women’s rights and Eve? What’s so special about Adam and Eve coming back together? What’s the lesson about families taught through the story of Adam and Eve? For More info Visit: Bruce Feiler on the Real Meaning Behind the Adam & Eve love story, Why it Matters Today & What it Means for You!!! Health | Inspiration | Motivation | Spiritual | Spirituality | Meditation | Inspirational | Motivational | Self-Improvement | Self-Help For More Info Visit:

  • 60: Chasing the PGA Tour (and what it’s going to take to get there) with Adam Long

    · The 18STRONG Podcast: Golf | Golf Fitness | Mental

    What does it take to make it to the PGA Tour? Join us as Adam Long shares his ongoing journey over the last 5 years to present day as a professional golfer striving to reach the ultimate goal of playing (and winning) on the PGA Tour! Adam narrowly missed being in the top 25 money earners on the Tour, which would have secured his card to play in the PGA Tour for the 2015-2016 season.  He has very high hopes for this upcoming season.  In this interview, Adam shares some of his highest and lowest moments on the course, as well as some of the key lessons that have gotten him this far on his journey. Subscribe to the 18STRONG Podcast on iTunes and stitcher by clicking the button below: Adam Long's Background Born in Louisiana Grew up playing golf in St. Louis, MO He had a highly decorated amateur career, ranked as high as 8th in the Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings He played four years at Duke University, compiling quite a resume for both his golf game and academics. After graduating, he wasted no time, deciding to turn pro in June of 2010, and had relatively quick success with solid finishes on the eGolf and Hooters tour, including a win in 2011. Adam played his way onto the tour this past year, with highlights including T2, 4th place, T13, and T18 finish. Adam finished #41 on the money list at the end of the regular season, just 16 spots away from earning his PGA card. Highlights from this Episode He also walks us through 2 of the most gratifying moments in his golf career: Adam walks us through his LOWEST MOMENT on the golf course which was several missed cuts right before US Open Qualifying, and the lessons he learned from this experience Adam walks us through some of the most important moments that he feels have shifted his career: When his college coach told him he had a chance to go pro and needed to shift his focus When he started working with mental game coach Bob Rotella and started working on his philosophy of "who Adam Long is as a golfer" as opposed to focusing simply on each round of golf. He has full status on the, which means for the 1st time, he DOES NOT have to go through Tour Qualifying School ("Q-School"). Adam explains what his upcoming year looks like as far as the tour and his status are concerned. Adam Explains to us in plain english how the end of the season of the Tour works, including the top 25 $ earners, the Tour Championship Events, and what each guy is playing for at the end of the year. (Finally someone that can relay this in layman's terms!) A tournament that he was called up to play in his Freshman year at Duke This past year when he placed T2 at the United Leasing Championship (Here's a video of Adam from this event courtesy of We discuss what Adam feels are the strongest parts of his game and what he's looking forward to improving on this upcoming year. Adam has a unique perspective on working with his swing coach.  Unlike most golfers that are always searching for what needs to be fixed, Adam and his coach, Brian Fogt, prefer to "check up" on his swing to make sure nothing crazy us going on, but they don't try to "fix" something everytime they are working together.   CaddyShack or Happy Gilmore? Happy Gilmore Who would you like to spend a day on the course with? Tiger Woods.  He's always been a fan and would love to pick the brain of the most dominant golfer ever. Recommended Resource: Any Bob Rotella Book What are you excited about in your near future? The fact that he has a legitimate opportunity to reach his ultimate goal of winning on the PGA Tour. Where to Find Adam: Twitter: @aLongShot Adam Long Other Links Mentioned: Bob Rotella books on Amazon   TRUE Linkswear Shoes

  • 00:49:27

    381: Adam Braun | Pencils of Promise

    · The Art of Charm | Social Science | Cognitive Psychology | Confidence | Relationship Advice | Behavioral Economics | Productivity | Biohacking

    An ordinary person can create extraordinary change. "One of the biggest things missing in the non-profit space is the sense of for-profit business acumen." -Adam Braun The Cheat Sheet: How much money did he start Pencils of Promise with? Why must all communities that receive a school contribute 20%? Why non-profits can sometimes have adverse effects. What are the three forms of compensation? Adam shares what to consider when making your next career move. And so much more... Many of us dream about giving back, adding meaning to our lives and making a positive impact in the world. But how many of us do anything with that dream or even think we're still capable of pursuing it? Adam Braun of Pencils of Promise has pursued his passion for education and has now written his book, The Promise of a Pencil, to inspire and show the rest of us it's not too late and that ordinary people can create extraordinary change. Join us as we chat about that topic and more on episode 381 of The Art of Charm. More About This Show: Founding an educational non-profit wasn't always a dream of Adam Braun's. Born in NYC, he moved to the suburbs of Connecticut when he was a small child. His parents always placed a strong emphasis on education and he went to one of the best public schools available. He played basketball while in school and saw the distinct economic gap that existed. Some of his teammates lived in the worst neighborhoods while others lived in large mansions. He was fascinated by this and asked the parents who lived in the mansions what they did for work. The resounding answer: Wall Street. By 13 he was obsessed with getting a job on Wall Street and opened his own trading account. At 16 he spent a summer interning at a hedgefund and at 20 he was exactly where he wanted to be: he was playing collegiate basketball for Brown University, studying economics and on his way to his dream career on Wall Street. All of that changed when he did a program called "Semester at Sea". It's a collegiate program in which students and faculty spend a semester on a cruise ship traveling and exploring 10 different countries. Students and professors and administrators come from over 200 different schools to participate and Adam was one of them. Their first stop was South Korea, but on their way they were caught in a superstorm. Their ship was hit by a rogue 60-foot wave that knocked out their power and navigation system. When the announcement came to get to their muster stations everyone, including the adults on board, believed they were going to die. After a few minutes though, Adam knew he was meant to do more than simply die at sea at the age of 21. A feeling of calm came over him, and soon everyone onboard was safe. They continued their semester at sea and Adam enjoyed the backpacking and exploring of each country. As a project during his travels he asked a child in every country what their dream was. In India one child's answer floored him. The child simply wanted a pencil. When Adam handed him his own pencil the child lit up. That experience was the origin of Pencils of Promise. On today's episode we talk about the steps he took to building his non-profit after that experience, why it's been so wildly successful (people like Lewis Howes and Gary Vaynerchuk sit on the board) and how he wrote The Promise of a Pencil. He also shares how stepping away as the CEO of PoP actually helped the organization to grow and thrive, and he explains how you can apply his same lessons learned to your business. It was a pleasure to have Adam here and to find out the fascinating story behind Pencils of Promise. Listen in, enjoy and then join me in thanking Adam for being here with us. We'll see you next time on The Art of Charm. THANKS ADAM BRAUN! If you enjoyed this session of The Art of Charm Podcast, let Adam know by clicking on the link below and sending him a quick shout out on Twitter: Click here to thank Adam on Twitter! Resources from this episode: Pencils of Promise web siteAdam Braun's personal web siteThe Promise of a Pencil, by Adam Braun Email Adam here to raise money for PoP Pencils of Promise on Twitter The Art of Charm bootcamps   You'll also like: -The Art of Charm Toolbox-Best of The Art of Charm Podcast Wanna leave a comment? Too bad! Email me instead (we read everything)!   HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there. FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Download the FREE AoC app for iPhone Email Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!

  • 00:20:29

    EP 488: Hireology $26M Raised, $1.2M MRR, Helping 4000 Customers Hire More Effectively with Hireology CEO Adam Robinson

    · The Top Entrepreneurs in Money, Marketing, Business and Life

    Adam Robinson, CEO and co-founder of Hireology where’s he’s on a mission to help business owners make better hiring decisions using data and processes. He’s known in the recruiting industry, an expert speaker, and author with over 20 years of experience in the field of hiring and selection management. Famous Five: Favorite Book? – Crossing the Chasm What CEO do you follow? –  Phil Knight Favorite online tool? — Evernote Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No If you could let your 20-year old self, know one thing, what would it be? – “Take more risks”   Time Stamped Show Notes: 01:35 – Nathan introduces Adam to the show 02:03 – Hireology is a talent technology platform built specifically for owner/operators 02:14 – Hireology helps the owner with the technology they need in their hiring and employment process 02:30 – Hireology has a monthly subscription plan 02:36 – Hireology is a SaaS business model 02:46 – Hireology is different from Toptal and Upwork 03:03 – Hireology was founded mid 2010 and the product was launched in January 2012 03:13 – Adam had a recruitment and outsource business before Hireology 03:28 – Adam learned from this business that their clients had terrible interviewing skills 03:32 – Adam created an interviewing system and clients started asking to buy it 03:44 – Adam sold the business 04:13 – Hireology first customers were from Adam’s personal and professional network 04:40 – Hireology is currently working with under 4000 individually owned businesses in USA 04:50 – Around 100 brands 06:20 – How Adam sees Hireology’s future 07:15 – Adam had a client who was responsible for 40% of their revenue for 3 years 07:35 – Hireology ended up doing 4000 hires for the company 08:00 – Average RPU per month is $300 per location 08:14 – Kickers Hireology is using to increase RPU 08:18 – Based on employee count per location 08:39 – Hireology doesn’t increase the price of modules but increases its numbers 08:50 – Most of Hireology’s system is proprietary technology 09:15 – Hireology has 7 close partners that they white-label and sell through their platform 09:30 – Average MRR is $1.2 million 09:47 – Gross monthly customer churn 10:35 – Hireology is an all-inside sales operation for up-selling 11:05 – Team size is about 100 11:11 – Based in Chicago 11:27 – CAC 11:40 – Between $7-10 depending on the client’s industry 12:22 – Lifetime value 12:45 – Adam wants a business whose name is on a sign and whose personal balance sheets are invested in the business 13:15 – “There are 7 million employers in the USA that nobody is talking to and that’s the market we want to be in” 13:27 – Find Adam in Twitter, LinkedIn and his website. Shoot him an email at 16:00 – Hireology was bootstrapped for the first 2 years and did an institutional raise in 2014 16:12 – Raised $26 million in 2 round from 2014-16 16:45 – The Famous Five   3 Key Points: Find your target market and tap into that market. Don’t rely on a client to stay with you forever—the sooner you accept that it’s part of the business, the better.  You need to TAKE more risks!   Resources Mentioned: Toptal – Nathan found his development team using Toptal  for his new business Send Later. He was able to keep 100% equity and didn’t have to hire a co-founder due to the quality of Toptal  developers. Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for the cheapest price possible. Freshbooks – The site Nathan uses to manage his invoices and accounts. Leadpages  – The drag and drop tool Nathan uses to quickly create his webinar landing pages which convert at 35%+ Audible – Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5-hour drive) to listen to audio books. – The site Nathan uses to book meetings with one email. Acuity Scheduling – Nathan uses Acuity to schedule his podcast interviews and appointments Drip – Nathan uses Drip’s email automation platform and visual campaign builder to build his sales funnel. @Adrobins – Adam’s Twitter handle – Adam’s business website LinkedIn – Adam’s LinkedIn account – Adam’s email address Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives

  • 00:54:32

    311: Adam Grant | Give and Take

    · The Art of Charm | Social Science | Cognitive Psychology | Confidence | Relationship Advice | Behavioral Economics | Productivity | Biohacking

    "Whatever kind of giving you're focused on, it starts with asking the question: What do other people need?" - Adam Grant The Cheat Sheet: The different categories of giving value. How to give to someone you don't know - the RIGHT way. What are stage gates and how should you use them? How to avoid social capital suicide. The power of powerless communication: Abe Lincoln showed us how. Chunker vs Sprinkler And so much more... The latest buzz in the online marketing and entrepreneurial world is to give value and the profits will come back to you. Is this really true and does it work when it comes to networking and expanding our social circles? Adam Grant has the answer to that question and he's our guest for episode 311. Adam is the author of "Give and Take" and an organization psychologist professor at Wharton School of Business. He was also named by Malcolm Gladwell as one of his favorite social science writers. In this show, Adam and I talk about how to spot takers and protect yourself against them, how to use the 5 minute favor to expand your social circle in a favorable way and give yourself greater happiness in the process, and lots more! More About This Show: Most of us probably believe we're givers, or at the very least we want to be giving to our social circles. But chances are some of us simply aren't giving. Adam Grant helps us rectify that in this episode. One of the best ways to be a giver or an even better giver than you are now is to simply ask what others need. If you know what they need, you can find a way to give it to them. Or you can approach the person you want to give to by sharing what you're good at and how you could contribute to them. For example, if you are an encyclopedia of research studies let them know that and tell them they can contact you if they are looking for a particular study or you can help them find a study that supports a concept they're exploring. If you're looking for a way to connect with that person before approaching them, there's an app called Refresh which will gather all their social media information and collect it in one place for you. You can look for things or people or connections you have in common and use that as a talking point to establish common ground. Once you've connected and have bonded, you can go deeper into the relationship to find out what their greatest needs are and how you can fulfill those needs. And if one of those needs you fulfill involves introducing another person, Adam and I discuss the proper steps to doing so with a double opt-in introduction. The double opt-in helps you avoid the embarrassment of introducing two people who already know each other or two people who actually can't help each other for reasons you aren't aware of. Though we discuss many more powerful topics, one of the last I want to highlight here is powerless communication. This is the art and craft of giving some of the power in a connection to the other person, thereby showing you are willing to give for the greater good and you aren't there simply to take advantage of the situation. Adam shares how Abraham Lincoln used this technique so effectively. There's plenty more content Adam and I discuss in this show. He was a great guest with loads of concrete giving tips for better networking and a better life. I enjoyed having him with us, I hope you dig this episode too. Thanks for listening and we'll see you next time. THANKS ADAM! If you enjoyed this session of the Art of Charm Podcast, let Adam know by clicking on the link below and sending him a quick shout out on Twitter: Click here to thank Adam on Twitter! Resources from this episode: Adam's web site6 Ways To Get Me To Email You Back, Adam's blog post If You Do This, Your Emails Might Be Rude, Adam's blog post Adam on TwitterRefresh app You'll also like: -The Art of Charm Toolbox -Best of The Art of Charm Podcast HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there. FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Email Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!

  • 01:16:33

    Episode 18 with Adam Levy

    · The Riff Raff with Shane Theriot

    My guest today is Mr. Adam Levy. Finesse, feel, restraint and taste. That’s what I think of when I hear Adam play. Perhaps best known for being a member of Norah Jones band in the late 90’s/early 2000’s, Adam has also done other high profile gigs, among them playing with Tracy Chapman (remember “Gimme one reason to leave here?”- then you’ve heard Adam cause that’s him playing the guitar solo on that tune), he's also worked with Dan Hicks, Amos Lee and others.  But it’s his own solo material that is the most inspiring to me. Not content with putting all his eggs into the often tempting and lucrative sideman basket, Adam has consistently put out many of his own solo records over the years. Starting with Buttermilk Channel  (what a great title) he kept on going- including "Get Your Glow On", "Washing Day", "Town and Country" and many others-  up to his latest release “Blueberry Blonde” (featuring drummer Jay Bellarose.) At present he has a stunning 16 solo records to his name. He was also the former Chair of Guitar Performance at Los Angeles College of Music. (CORRECTION- I said in the intro that he was currently at LACM but Adam stepped down not too long ago to focus on other projects.)  And if that isn’t enough, Adam also posts the popular “Guitar Tips” mini lessons every week where he shares his knowledge in an informal but powerful youtube clip.  In this interview Adam and play a few tunes and share a few stories including how he first started working with Norah Jones . He also talks about playing melodically, things he learned from listening to Jim Hall, his Gibson 335 that he’s had since he was a kid, studying with the legendary Jimmy Wyble, (Adam also studied with Ted Greene but we didn’t get to discuss that) and much more!  I got up early the night after my crazy gig at the Staples center with Hall and Oates and took an Uber over to Adam’s friend Tyler’s studio in a section of Los Angeles known as Glassell Park. Formerly a converted garage, funky is the right word to describe it now, but a good, cool, hip funky. I liked the vibe- packed with cool gear. I plugged my old 330 into a vintage Fender Champ and Adam plugged his 335 into a converted Bell and Howell film projector/turned guitar amp. For you audiophiles out there- throughout the show Adam's guitar is on the left side and I'm on the right side- You'll hear a tiny drop-out after Adam's solo but it goes away quick and I faded into my solo. Not bad for an early morning folks as this is done live. After one sip of Starbucks to get the energy flowing we turned the tape on…enjoy! (Correction- I mistakenly called the John McLaughlin record with the 3D cover- "Now you see it", it's not!!'s "The Promise". I think on the inside cover of that CD is says "now you see it" and that's the confusion. Anywhooo.... Recorded in Los Angeles, CA- by Tyler Chester at Paperchaser Studio on Sept 15th, 2017.

  • Ep.35 How Adam Franklin Built a Product Ecosystem and Leveraged the Success to Follow His Passion

    · The Dent Podcast

    If you’re interested in learning how to get more leads and sales on the web by maximising your mailing list, content and product ecosystem, then you’ll definitely want to check out this conversation with Adam Franklin. Adam is an author, keynote speaker and co-founder of Bluewire Media - a web marketing business that is now consulting with nine-figure businesses. They’ve also created 33 free marketing templates that are used by over 20,000 business marketers and consultants worldwide, and have received press coverage in a number of publications including Forbes, The Australian and The Financial Review. Adam himself has used his business success to free up his time and dedicate himself to his passion of travelling. He now spends one month every year in Bali, and has spoken in front of more than 130 audiences globally. We get into all of that plus loads more. This is a must-listen for anyone looking for new methods and inspirations around their online marketing strategy, and tips on building a flexible business model.          In this episode we really get into: How Adam and his partner created value out of a consulting and strategic planning service that was, at the time, being given away for free by other similar businesses Moving from a website-building ‘agency model’ towards creating a product ecosystem based on the knowledge they’d gained of the industry from their first eight years in business How Adam created a mailing of over 20,000 people from distributing free content online Adam’s ‘Email Autoresponder Sequence’ and how he uses it to introduce his mailing list to his product ecosystem The reverse engineering and steps that Adam took to be able to incorporate his love of travel into his working life Adam’s process of stepping away from certain tasks within his business and delegating to allow him more time to focus elsewhere Using contra deals to create opportunities that might not otherwise be available Adam’s greatest victories, failures and lessons learned as an entrepreneur The top mistakes that businesses make when they start their online sales campaigns and how to avoid them Teaching your clients for free as a device for drastically increasing your sales The books and podcasts that have had the biggest impact on Adam’s entrepreneurial journey Resources Bluewire Media Adam’s Website Adam’s Book, Web Marketing That Works Email LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Speechpad Leadpages InfusionSoft Scaling Up by Verne Harnish Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki The E-Myth by Michael E. Gerber Good to Great by Jim Collins   Permission Marketing by Seth Godin The New Rule of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott Inbound Marketing by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk The Three Month Vacation Podcast by Sean D’Souza The post Ep.35 How Adam Franklin Built a Product Ecosystem and Leveraged the Success to Follow His Passion appeared first on Key Person of Influence.

  • 00:51:51

    71: Adam Bradley: Founder of "Lead 'Em Up" & Hardwood Hustle Podcast

    · Sports Motivation Podcast by I'm Not You | Mindset | Strategies | Habits | Psychology | Athlete Development | Host Niyi Sobo

    Adam Bradley is an entrepreneur, intrepreneur, speaker, and coach born & raised in the DMV. Adam started his entrepreneurial endeavors back in 2010 building a local online sports radio network called “Ball Hogs Radio”. In less than 3-years Adam grew his network from one show to nine shows and in 2013 signed an agreement to become part of Ted Leonsis, the Owner of the Wizards & Capitals, and his Monumental Sports Network. Two years later, Adam stepped away from his ownership role of the network to put a greater focus on his nationally recognized coaching podcast the Hardwood Hustle & his sports leadership company Lead 'Em Up. Through Adam's Hardwood Hustle podcast he's had the opportunity to sit down with some of the biggest names in sports; Kevin Durant, Mark Cuban & Jay Bilas. As the Founder of Lead 'Em Up, he works with High School athletes all over the country providing High School coaches with a leadership and character curriculum to implement with their teams. Adam just celebrated his 8th wedding anniversary and this past week and this last year he and his wife welcomed his first baby, a little girl named Georgia. Adam is passionate about impacting people and has a heart focused on building up those around him. In today's episode Adam and I discuss important topics like; coaching advice, handling pressure within statistics, concerns within an athlete's appearance, 'attraction vs. chase', and learning from life's biggest lessons and challenges. Check it out! Episode 71 Time Stamps: (7:07) The start of Adam's passion for sports (14:09) Common characteristics among famous athletes that set them apart from the crowd (19:51) Mental toughness, dominant mindsets, and getting yourself fired up on bad days (23:05) Valuable coaching advice; specific things we can't stand about our players (27:06) Approaching statistics (30:12) Healthy fruit produces! (32:05) Advice for players concerned about their appearance; "Attraction vs. the Chase" (36:36) The most effective way to transform a culture/team (39:15) Adam's most challenging period in his life; how he learned from his 19 year old self (44:47) Must read books in Adam's library! Click HERE for today's blog post! DISCOVER:  Hardwood Hustle Podcast: iTunes | Website Lead 'Em Up Official Website: Adam's personal blog website: Connect with Adam on Twitter: @ABradley5 As always, if you're diggin' the podcast, please subscribe and rate the show! Blog posts for ALL podcast episodes can be found here: IMNOTYOU.COM/PODCAST Thanks for listening to another IMNOTYOU Sports Motivation Podcast! Much love!

  • 01:05:03

    Ep. 154 - Adam Grant: What’s Next - How to Turn Your Idea into a (Successful) Business

    · The James Altucher Show

    I don’t want to be afraid. But I am. I’ll explain why. But first, I want to introduce you to Adam Grant. He has the solution to my problem… And maybe your problem, too. Adam is the youngest tenured and highest-ranking professor at the famed business university The Wharton School, a writer for The New York Times, and the New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. In researching his new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Adam met with today's most successful and innovative entrepreneurs.  Why? To get answers. “We have a ton of guidance on how to generate ideas,” he says. But what about after? What do you do? Originals teaches you how to bring new ideas into the world. And really, there’s no grand theory on how to be "original." But there are tricks… And Adam discovered some patterns among today’s most successful entrepreneurs. He spoke to Google’s co-founder, Larry Page, Warby Parker’s founders and CEOs, and thought leaders like the renowned writer, Malcolm Gladwell. From Gladwell, Adam learned the most powerful technique to induce creativity. From Larry Page and the Warby Parker guys, he found a common thread. Hint: don’t quit your day job. But, more on that later. I’m going to tell you the top three things to be “an original.” They might surprise you. But first, I want you to know what else you’ll get from today’s podcast: How to get into a flow state (even during tasks you don’t like) [51:32] Should you plan your procrastination? [25:20] The most powerful techniques to immerse yourself and bring creativity into your life(including Malcolm Gladwell’s library trick) [20:06] Why the hell Adam Grant didn’t invest seed money in Warby Parker and become a billionaire [8:38] An ode to the idea muscle: why it’s more important to have quantity over quality ideas [28:19]  Ok so here they are. The top three things to become "an original:" 1) Induce creativity First unlearn. Then learn... We’ve all internalized things we need to question. That’s what adults do. We make up rules and reasons. We draw lines instead of pictures… tell “facts,” not stories. But why can’t we play with our food? Or stand on the counter? Kids think. Kids create. And we can get back to that too. We just have to unlearn. And then re-learn. “This comes back to our idea of broadening your experience and your knowledge,” Adam says. “You need to step outside of your field in order to see what you should be challenging.” Immerse yourself in new domains. Go beyond work… beyond your office… beyond the usual. Personally, I dabble in a lot of things. I play games. I write. I read. I'm involved in lots of businesses. And I recently tried stand-up comedy. “I've just pursued things I'm curious about,” Adam says, “and then unexpectedly, they turn out to have bridges between them.” That’s the key to learning. Do something new. Do a dare of the day. It’s good for your creative health.  2) Don’t quit your day job (yet). Give yourself time to build your business. It worked for me. I tell why in this episode. Listen at [21:31]. And be conservative. It’s one of the best ways to be original. “I was stunned actually,” Adam says. He read this a “nationally represented study of American entrepreneurs.” “People who did what you did, James, and kept their day job are 33% less likely to fail.” 3) Propel your ideas forward Doubting your ideas can be paralyzing, so eliminate self-doubt. According to Adam, a lot of originals said, “Look, you could fail by starting a business that flops or you could fail by not starting a business at all, and I don't want to be in that second category."  Listen at [22:09] to get actionable steps to fight self-doubt.   Listen now. And let’s stop being afraid... Together. Resources and Links: Read Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant Listen to my last interview with Adam Grant here Read Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant Follow Adam on Facebook, Twitter, & visit his website to read his articles.

  • 18SP 019: Adam Stevenson |Offseason Practice for the Game and the Body

    · The 18STRONG Podcast: Golf | Golf Fitness | Mental

    Adam Stevenson is a golf pro with a vision.  "Save your golf game and save your life!"  This is the subtitle of his book, and basically the backbone of his teaching. Adam is not just working on his golfer's swing, he has begun a quest of learning as much about the body and it's function in order to not only make his clients play better, but to live better. Adam realizes that if the body is not in tune and working at it's best, then the golf game has a lot of potential for improvement.  By working on both, the client wins in more ways than one. Adam Stevenson's Background Originally from Canada, but has been living in Denmark for 18years Has been teaching golf for 10 years Recently has been focusing a lot on learning more about the body and how it's movements and abilities relate to the golfer and their swing The off season over in Denmark is a 6 month long "season" Golf instructor with PGA of Denmark Plane Truth certified instructor Background in Stack and Tilt K-Vest #D certified instructor TPI Level 3 certified Fitness and Medical Highlights from this Episode  "Golfers are athletes" Making the golfer aware that there is more to their golfswing than ball position and club technology can be a difficult task Adam makes a point to educate the golfer not just on the swing, but what their body is capable of and not capable of regarding the motion of the swing By doing this he is able to help the golfer with the root of their issues rather than just provide band aid fixes The biggest issues Adam finds regarding the body: Poor Posture Limited upper spine mobility Limited front hip internal rotation Some limitations require physical correction with exercise, but there are ways to adjust their posture/swing to adjust them while they work on the limitation Biggest limitations that ARE NOT physical limitations:Poor grip improper ball position Adam's Book: "The Golfer's Handbook: Save Your Golf Game and Your Life" Adam's mission is to give awareness to the golfers in Denmark about the importance of working on not only the swing but their health and fitness What can you do in the off season? Play other sports as a way to cross train Hit balls into the net so you can work on the technique, but not be so concerned with the ball flight Mirror drills K-Vest drills Slow motion Swing Highlight from the World Golf Fitness Summit Dr. Michael Gervais Favorite Book/Author for the Golfer: Bob Rotella Books for the mental side of the game How to find Adam: Facebook: Adam Stevenson Facebook Page: Sindal Proshop and Golf Academy Facebook Page: Golf Fitness and Sundhed Denmark Youtube: Adam Stevenson TPI "Find an Expert" page: Adam Stevenson         The post 18SP 019: Adam Stevenson |Offseason Practice for the Game and the Body appeared first on

  • 01:11:40

    Episode 37: The Story of APEMAN Strong Apparel

    · The HammerShed Podcast

    On today's episode I speak with Adam Field the co-founder of APEMAN Strong Apparel. Adam shares his story of how he and his brother started a powerlifting company focused on their passion for the sport, inspiring others through powerlifting, and training hard. Adam talks about their approach to design, sponsorship, and he shares the story of APEMAN athlete KC Mitchell. Whether you are a powerlifter or not I am sure you will find this show truly inspiring.Adam and his brother run APEMAN strong together out of a warehouse in Phoenix Arizona.  Adam came from a background in finance and commercial real estate and his brother ran a screen printing business making shirts for local companies.I started the interview asking Adam what advice he would give people getting started in business or their sport.  He says the most important thing is to do something you have a passion for.  Chasing money doesn't always make you happy.  Even having money may not bring happiness.  He has found the most satisfying part of his job is being a part of something he loves.  He loves to write, lifting weights, and pursuing strength.  APEMAN Strong doesn't think about chasing money, they chase their passion, STRENGTH.  When you are doing something you are truly passionate about the money will find you.  It's more important to them to find ways to help people with their business than to make a quick buck.Adam shares that his fascination with strength goes back to when he was a kid and watched The Incredible Hulk with Lou Ferrigno.  He always wanted to have big muscles, like the Hulk and characters from the Rocky movies like Sylvester Stallone, Apollo Creed, etc... Also very involved in sports through high school Adam says he has always loved lifting weights.  When the real estate market crashed in 2008 Adam explains that he was over stressed, his business partners left, and he had to go through the pains of closing offices, laying people off, and it proved to be too much.  On the verge of a breakdown himself he said going on late night runs helped reduce the stress.  Unfortunately during a 62 mile race Adam went into kidney failure and put it him in the ICU.  Not being able to run and needing some more income Adam's brother invited him to help print tee shirts and workout in the warehouse gym.  That is when Adam fell back in love with weight lifting.  He became addicted to letting his angst, aggression, and frustrations of life on the barbell. Lifting became a much needed release.Adam and his brother then began to talk about the idea of starting a brand around lifting weights.  It just made sense to them.  They loved lifting weights, they were already printing shirts for other people, why not start something that they had a passion for.  The original concept was for a lifestyle brand based on the idea that we need to promote strength, taking care of business, and powerlifting.The first shirt APEMAN came out with was "Lift Angry"People outside of lifting sometimes can misconstrue the meaning.  What it is about is, taking circumstances that have caused pain, hurt, or rage in your life and unleashing it on the weights in a positive way. Not being a jerk in the gym.One of the athletes APEMAN sponsors is KC Mitchell.  His story is a very inspiring one.  KC lost a leg while serving our country.  Feeling down and out, he turned to power lifting and completely turned his life around and got off all the pain pills he heavily relied on.Adam and I talk about how training with people who are better than you makes you better. It is inspiring and can show you that the limits you put on yourself are artificial, you can always do more.Please share our show with your friends and family, continue to send me your emails, and remember Consistency is KING!HammerShed Podcast, a show for anyone who is looking for great information on fitness, coaching, and nutrition. I speak with professional athletes, Olympians, world class coaches,

  • 01:06:22

    Adam Ludwin - A Sober View on Crypto - [Invest Like the Best, EP.66]

    · Invest Like the Best

    My guest this week is Adam Ludwin, the founder and CEO of Chain, a blockchain technology company targeted at large enterprises. Before shifting his career to focus solely on crypto, Adam was a venture capitalist focused on FinTech, which is how he came across the Bitcoin whitepaper earlier than most. I called this episode “a Sober View on Crypto” because Adam’s take is so balanced. He is certainly long crypto, both in his portfolio and career, but he is very skeptical of much of what is happening in the ecosystem today. For example, he offers the best reason I’ve heard for not launching an ICO or investing in them.  If you haven’t read Adam’s widely shared open letter to Jamie Dimon, it has become a must-read piece for crypto-enthusiasts. Read it as soon as you can. I edited out an earlier chunk of our conversation as it was largely introductory. If you need a broader introduction to cryptocurrencies, I suggest starting with episode one of Hash Power and working your way forward. One key insight from Adam in our offline discussion what how cryptocurrencies function very much like equities or bonds. Just as equity financing enables the activity of joint stock corporations, cryptocurrencies enable activity in decentralized applications. We pick up our discussion with Adam discussing whether anyone really uses these decentralized apps today. Hash Power is presented by Fidelity Investments   For more episodes go to Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_oshag   Show Notes 2:35 - (First Question) – Will anyone use cryptocurrency in the real world at a large scale 3:43 – The idea of censorship resistance 12:29 – Will society be accepting of this technology 14:39 – Why decentralized apps can’t be acquired 18:24 – The idea of exponential vs linear improvements on a trend and if there are limits to the growth of decentralized technologies 23:26 – The struggle with early adaption of blockchain 25:41 – Best application for bitcoin, storing value 29:52 – Adam’s introduction to cryptoassets and how his thinking has evolved in the space 36:44 – In this hyper frothy market, is there a situation that makes an ICO exciting to Adam 43:51 – Even though it appears to be easy money, Adam explains why you shouldn’t just create an ICO 50:59 – A look at what Chain is doing and what Adam is excited about 53:23 – How does what Adam is working on help to improve the ledger of his clients 1:02:00 – Why you can easily be an early investor in crypto currency 1:04:27 – Kindest thing anyone has done for Adam   Learn More For more episodes go to  Sign up for the book club, where you’ll get a full investor curriculum and then 3-4 suggestions every month at Follow Patrick on twitter at @patrick_oshag

  • 01:05:21

    405: Adam Nesrallah | What Spies Teach Us About Reading People

    · The Art of Charm | Social Science | Cognitive Psychology | Confidence | Relationship Advice | Behavioral Economics | Productivity | Biohacking

    Reading people takes practice. "You've got two ears and one mouth, use them in proportion." -Adam Nesrallah The Cheat Sheet: Why saying "I understand" actually means you don't. What is a baseline and how do you use it? Are lie detectors about the machine or the person handling the machine? How to be understood by anyone. What is the five second rule? And so much more... For the majority of us misreading a social situation or someone's communication is simply embarrassing or humbling, nothing more. But for Adam Nesrallah, a former Canadian spy, missing a social cue was a potential life-threatening experience. Adam joins us on this episode to talk about why there are no shortcuts to being a great communicator, how to read between the lines of what people are saying and what spies teach us about reading people. Click Here to Support The Show and Check Out HostGator! More About This Show Adam is a former Canadian intelligence officer who co-founded the Ronin Private Intelligence. His company primarily focuses on training people in the disciplines of communication, persuasion or relationship-building. Their trainings are tailored to your particular sector. But Adam's know-how was forged during his time in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism service for Canada, his home country. He learned two of the most important skills any of us can have are communication and relationship-building. If you can listen properly you can communicate in such a way as to build relationships. And so much of communication is the in the subtext: it's not what the person says necessarily but more of what they didn't say and why they didn't say it. In order to read that subtext you have to be able to read people. Adam says purpose-driven communication like this takes finesse, practice and is a perishable thing. You have to learn it, use it and keep using it so your skills stay finely-tuned. To hone and keep your skills sharp, pay attention to a person, their mannerisms, their responses and the environment so you can become more aware of what they are actually saying in their non-verbal communication. By listening intently and deliberately with practice and patience you'll have a better understanding of human interaction, rapport-building and relationship-building. Put this into practice by going to a bar or coffee shop and simply observe people there. You'll begin to read people's personal baselines: how they are in a normal conversation. Find out what's normal for someone and then communicate with them in that way. And that's your next step after observing people: interact with them. Give yourself five seconds to build rapport, then talk with them for a few minutes to build a connection and get their contact information so you can practice building a relationship. On today's show Adam gives us the third and final step in this process, as well as the two types of listening in a conversation and which works best, and his personal profiling technique. Check it out on today's episode of The Art of Charm. THANKS, ADAM NESRALLAH! If you enjoyed this session with Adam, let him know by clicking on the link below and sending him a quick shout out on Twitter: Click here to thank Adam on Twitter! Resources from this episode: Adam Nesrallah's website Adam Nesrallah on Twitter The Art of Charm bootcamps Also sponsored by: Click Here to Support The Show at our sponsor Mixergy! You'll also like: -The Art of Charm Toolbox-Best of The Art of Charm Podcast On your phone? Click here to write us a well-deserved iTunes review and help us outrank the riffraff! Wanna leave a comment? Too bad! Email me instead (we read everything)! HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! If you dug this episode, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from all the fluff out there. Ways to subscribe to The Art of Charm Click here to subscribe via iTunes Click here to subscribe via RSS You can also subscribe via Stitcher FEEDBACK + PROMOTION Hit us up with your comments and guest suggestions. We read EVERYTHING. Download the FREE AoC app for iPhone Email Give us a call at 888.413.7177 Stay Charming!