Episode #151: 3 Ways to Be a Leader Others Can’t Help But Follow

I’ve worked for my share of bad bosses. Truth is, I used to be one of them. 

Hard as it is to admit, my idea of leadership was once predicated on the idea that, as the leader, there was no one smarter on the team than me. Therefore, it stood to reason, the organization was best served by those under me simply doing everything I instructed. As long as that were the case, all would be well with the world.

How to Be a Leader

As a listener to this show, you know nothing could be further from the truth.

The best leaders understand how to leverage the collective brain power on their team. They actually encourage team members to, in addition to trying new things, to try new ways of doing old things.

It’s okay to be wrong. Right? As long as you take what you’ve learned and use it to your advantage next time.

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Episode #150: Leadership Lessons from the Marines

With Justin Constantine, author of My Battlefield, Your Office

Whether it’s a layoff, a fender bender, or a typical Monday, we’ve all had our share of bad days. 

I’m going to go out on a limb though and assume your worst day didn’t include being shot in the head by a sniper and nearly dying. But that exact scenario was indeed the worst day ever for today’s guest, former Marine Justin Constantine.

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Justin nearly lost his life that day, but thanks to the efforts of some brave and quick-thinking soldiers, Justin has gone on to inspire thousands of people through his inspiration talks and his recent book.

That book is called My Battlefield, Your Office: Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines.

In it, Justin shares how lessons from the military and, yes, even from the battlefield, can be applied to virtually any organizational structure.

Prepare to be inspired.

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Episode #149: 4 Business Books Every Leader Should Read

I relish the opportunity to appear on other podcasts. 

I enjoy sharing from my personal experiences – warts and all – and would like to think there are valuable lessons in those stories for others.

4 Must Read Business Books

As you might imagine, a question I’m asked in virtually every interview I say “yes” to, centers around what books for leaders are at the top of my list?

To me, asking to choose among my favorite books is akin to asking a parent to name which child they love the most. Alas, I can honestly say there are at least four over the years – books, not children – that have truly stood out. These are ones I often refer back to often in my coaching and mentoring of others.

Today, I’m excited to bring you the 4 business books which, in my opinion, are books that every leader should read.

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Episode #148: Master Content Marketing with Copyblogger’s Pamela Wilson

The career trajectory of today’s guest has been nothing short of amazing. 

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Pamela Wilson for about two years now, right about the time she began working for Copyblogger, serving as executive vice president of educational content.

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Funny thing is, just six short years ago, she didn’t consider herself a writer. What she set out to do back in 2010 was to be intentional about becoming one. I think you’ll agree, she’s certainly accomplished that and more.

Her new book is called Master Content Marketing: A Simple Strategy to Cure the Blank Page Blues and Attract a Profitable Audience.

Content marketing, Pamela argues, is the single, most effective method for attracting a profitable audience. And in this new book, she lays out a 7-step process for doing just that.

This book will become a resource you refer back to again and again.

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Episode #147: Discover the Science of Adventure with Jon Levy

Author of The 2am Principle

Today’s guest says being intentional about the planning adventurous moments in your life is just as important as practicing intentionality in your life in general. 

Jon Levy’s new book is called The 2am Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure. In it he argues that adventures don’t happen by accident. Jon shares his EPIC Model of Adventure, a four-stage process for creating unforgettable experiences.

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(author image courtesy Géraldine Aresteanu)

In the book, he combines outrageous triumphs, embarrassing failures, and life-changing lessons from his own experiences with concrete science to show anyone how to live life more fully – and adventurously.

Check out today’s episode for more on Jon’s simple, yet powerful four-part framework.

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