Episode #052: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less with Essentialism author Greg McKeown

Greg McKeownToday, I have the pleasure of bringing you one of my new favorite books.

In fact, the author collaborated with Liz Wiseman several years ago on one of my top five favorite books of the last five years. I’m talking of course about Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.

As the inside front cover of the books states, Essentialism is more than a time-management strategy or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution toward ht things that really matter.

Essentialism is not about one more thing. Instead, it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives.

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Episode #051: From Day Job to Dream Job with Kary Oberbrunner

Kary OberbrunnerI am thrilled to introduce author Kary Oberbrunner to you on this 1-year anniversary of the Read to Lead Podcast!

His latest book is Day Job to Dream Job: Practical Steps for Turning Your Passion into a Full-Time Gig.

Simply put, I loved it. If you’re dissatisfied with the current state of your career (and studies suggest that 86% of us are), then I believe you will love it too.

I especially appreciate that Kary doesn’t stop with simply telling  you what you need to do. He goes so far as to lay out a 9-step plan for how you can accomplish it. And he’s no armchair quarterback. Kary himself moved from day job to dream job in early 2013.

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The Read to Lead Podcast Turns 1-Year-Old

Read to Lead LogoIt is hard for me to believe but this week marks the 1-year anniversary of the Read to Lead Podcast. Though tomorrow’s post represents episode #051, there have technically been 52 episodes total counting our introductory episode #000. 52 weeks and 52 episodes later, I am thrilled with the reception this labor of love has received. I want to humbly ask that if you have any constructive feedback for year one, would you mind sharing that feedback in the comments section below? I’ll use your feedback to do all I can to make the podcast even better in its second year.

Episode #050: Pamela Slim, Author, Body of Work

Pamela SlimWhether you desire to one day strike out on  your own, or create more diverse work options in your present job, Pamela Slim’s recently released book Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together, is for you.

The reality is, these days, it’s getting harder and harder to have a stable career in any field. More and more of us are blending big-company jobs, start-up gigs, freelance work, and volunteer side projects. In an attempt to expand our knowledge, capabilities, and experience, we’ve built a career that’s difficult to explain. How do we make sense of it? Well, that’s where Pamela comes in.

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In Body of Work, Pamela gives us the tools to have meaningful careers in what she calls this “new world of work.” She shows how to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.

Episode #049: Mark Satterfield, Author, The One Week Marketing Plan

Mark SatterfieldA highly effective marketing plan executed in just five days and for as little as $300? Is it really that simple?

According to Mark Satterfield, it can be. In his new book, The One Week Marketing Plan: The Set It & Forget It Approach for Quickly Growing Your Business, Mark lays out a step-by-step blueprint that anyone can use to create a highly effective marketing system in just five business days. If you’re tired of constantly having to chase down new business, then this book is for you.

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