Episode #096: How to Hire the Right People with Jim Roddy

Hiring Lessons, Interview Best Practices, and Recruiting Strategies

Jim RoddyIn my work in the corporate world for over 25 years (most of it in radio), one thing I feel I never quite got the hang of, let alone mastered, was the hiring process.

Now, I’ve hired my share of employees over the years but, for reasons I don’t fully understand, I received little if any training in this area. I never felt comfortable with the process, and relied on my gut instinct more than anything. In other words, I guessed.

Sometimes I guessed right, other times not so much. If only I had a manual to help walk me through the process step-by-step. Something that outlined the pitfalls to avoid, the questions to ask, the signs to look for.

Well, there’s good news for you. Jim Roddy has written that book. It’s called Hire Like You Just Beat Cancer. I know, weird title. But there’s a fascinating story that goes with it, and one you’ll no doubt enjoy and learn from. Click the play button below to join our conversation.

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Episode #095: The End of Jobs with Taylor Pearson

Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9 to 5

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If you’ve listened to Read to Lead for any length of time, you’ve likely gathered that I’m a bit fascinated by a couple of topics in particular.

One is what I like to call the evolving world of work. The work landscape is changing rapidly. Studies show that, in the future, those working in traditional jobs will actually be in the minority. Industry after industry is being disrupted by entrepreneurs and their computers.

The other topic that fascinates me is this new world’s impact on our educational system. Today’s colleges simply can’t keep up with these exponential changes. Most of what is being taught in college today will be obsolete within 5 years.

Taylor’s new book The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9 to 5 tackles both of these issues and more. If you long to get a handle on this new world and do all you can to prepare for it, don’t miss our conversation. Simply hit the play button below.

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Episode #094: My Best Presentation Tips and Tools

Gather Your Ideas, Craft Your Slides and Deliver Your Talk

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the Podcast Movement conference. It was easily one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. Hard to believe it’s only in its second year.

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It was an honor to share the stage with some pretty big names! And though I’d like to believe I bring my “A” game every time, finding myself in this group would require me to pull out all the stops.

Thankfully, my speaking opportunities have increased considerably in the two years since launching this podcast, giving me the chance to hone my skills on smaller stages.

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Episode #093: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice

A conversation with Louder Than Words author Todd Henry

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Easily one of my favorite authors of the last few years is the gentleman who is our guest today.

Todd Henry’s first book, The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice, hit the scene in 2011, making a sizable splash in the process. His next book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day was easily my favorite book of 2013 and prompted his first appearance on this show at Episode #017.

His newest book, Louder Than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice, has skyrocketed to the top of my list of 2015. Pre-order it before August 11, and you’ll get a ton of free bonuses.

But if you do nothing else, listen to Todd’s answer to my first question in this interview. I ask that question beginning at 4:49. Todd says in part:

It doesn’t matter what you want or what you care about if other people don’t receive that. If they’re not able to connect with what it is you’re trying to do, then your efforts are going to be futile.

You can hear the conversation in its entirety by simple clicking the play button below.

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Episode #092: The Strategy Mindset with Dr. Chuck Bamford

A simple, direct approach to understanding strategy

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This week’s guest is a man who, a week ago, I’d never even heard of (that’s one of the awesome benefits to hosting a podcast. I’m always meeting and getting to know new and exciting people).

His name is Chuck Bamford; Dr. Chuck Bamford to be exact. After 12 years in industry, he’s spent the last 20 years teaching strategy and entrepreneurship at the graduate,  undergraduate and executive levels. In fact, he has won numerous ‘Excellence in Teaching’ awards along the way.

The best part is, through his new book The Strategy Mindset, he’s here today to help you simplify the concept of strategy. If your company stinks at it, then you’ll be happy to know you’re not alone. Most companies do according to Chuck.

If developing and executing an effective strategy for your business has had you stumped, you’re in for a real treat. To join our conversation, just click the ‘play’ button below.

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