Episode #160: How to Outsmart Your Instincts and Drive Your Company Forward

With Innovation Devotee, Adam Hansen

We are all descendants of risk-averse ancestors. That, according to my guest this week, Adam Hansen, and his co-authors Edward Harrington and Beth Storz.

What does this nugget mean for you, you ask? Well, these same self-preservation instincts that helped your great, great, great, great, great, great (and so on) grandparents avoid threats and evade danger, no longer serve you in a modern world of innovation.

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In the new book Outsmart Your Instincts: How the Behavioral Innovation Approach Drives Your Company Forward, Adam and his colleagues describe our inherent cognitive biases that get in the way of innovation and how to overcome them.

I found the book to be full of compelling case studies and exercises that opened my eyes to new ways of problem solving.

This book will increase your odds of finding new territory to explore. Speaking of which, click the “play” button below to explore some more. 

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Episode #159: How to Beat Your Competition by Becoming the Obvious Choice

With Julie Williamson, PhD

The word disruption gets thrown around a lot these days. After all, there seems to be few industries not impacted by some sort of disruption, whether by the internet, changing business models, new customer expectations, or all of the above.  

This phenomenon is behind the passions of Julie Williamson, PhD, co-author of the book Matter: Move Beyond the Competition, Create More Value, and Become the Obvious Choice.

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Would you believe the average Fortune 500 company’s lifespan has dropped from 50 years to just 15? Companies that maintain longevity have discovered that leaning into this constant disruption is essential.

To win and ultimately “become the obvious choice,” you’ve got to matter more than your rivals. Using more than 30 case studies, Julie and her co-author Peter Sheahan show how boldly embracing the disruptions that impede business-as-usual helps lead to long-term survival.

The organizations that win constantly examine and solve the life-altering challenges of their customers, partners and employees. 

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Episode #158: Living a Life of Significance with Aaron Walker

Author of the Forthcoming Book View From the Top

I’ve crossed paths with today’s guest more times than I can count. I knew who he was and was familiar with his work, but just never worked up the nerve to introduce myself. 

Dumb right? It wasn’t until an event called Tribe Writers put on by Jeff Goins, that Aaron Walker decided to approach me and introduce himself. He must have gotten tired of waiting. It didn’t hurt that I was one of the speakers (made me hard to miss).

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Everything I’d ever heard about Aaron was overwhelming positive. Witnessing him interact with people at Tribe Writers, and a few other conferences I’d seen him at, only helped to confirm what I’d heard.

I’m excited to let you know that in June, he has a brand new book coming out called View from the Top: Living a Life of Significance. You can actually pre-order it now, and I highly recommend that you do just that.

From launching numerous successful brick-and-mortar businesses over the years, to now coaching men all over the world through his numerous mastermind groups, Aaron is working hard every day to leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. 

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Episode #157: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design

With The Compelling Communicator Author Tim Pollard

I’ll be the first to admit I have a soft spot for books on public speaking. For me, it’s just a subject area where I feel as if there’s always something more or new to learn.

And if my writing in the margins, and all the highlighting and underlining I’ve done inside my copy of today’s featured book is any indication of the amount of insights I’ve gained, then look out because I’m about to be awesome!

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My guest today is a chap named Tim Pollard. I call him chap because he’s originally from the UK and, last time I checked, that’s what they call each other over there. Now, however, Tim lives in Billings, MT of all places, so I’ll just call him friend.

His new book, as the image above might have clued you in on, is called The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design.

Tim and his company, Oratium, have worked with LinkedIn, Salesforce, Disney, Rockwell, Ericsson, and Graybar, to name a few, and they specialize in training TEDx speakers.

Devouring this book with help you to “powerfully land a small number of big ideas.” Mastering that is the key to any memorable and actionable presentation.

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Episode #156: How to Consistently Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

With Andy Molinsky, Ph.D.

If you’ve ever heard phrases like, “the ‘magic’ is in the comfort zone” and others like it, then you’ve been exposed to some of the myths associated with successfully stepping outside your comfort zone.

In the myth above, the reality is the “magic” can happen both inside and outside your comfort zone. If only there was a guide.


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Let me ask you a few questions:


  • Do you feel comfortable delivering bad news?
  • Do you look forward to speaking in public?
  • Do you enjoy networking?
  • Is it easy for you to speak your mind and be assertive with friends and colleagues?

If you answered no to any of these questions, Andy Molinsky’s new book can help.

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