Episode #126: Ask Me Anything

Jeff answers listener questions

Jeff BrownFor a few days, I’ve been asking those in the Read to Lead Facebook group to Ask Me Anything, whether about books, reading, leadership, business, me personally, or anything else.

Several responded via the feedback button to the right (and near the bottom of this posts like this one), and I’ve included a few of them here.

Listeners like you asked for tips on how I manage to read a book a week, to retaining what I read, and even what I consider my greatest success and (failure) as an entrepreneur these last few months.

I had a lot of fun answering them. So much so that I’ll likely do it again later in the year. Thank you to Marcus, Keith, John, Sheryl, Doug and Travis for their questions.

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Episode #125: How to Find a Job, Career and Life You Love

With Louis Efron

louis efronToday’s guest has enjoyed a broad set of experiences in his relatively brief time on earth.

Louis Efron’s career credits include Head of Global Employee Engagement for Tesla Motors, International VP of HR for JDA Software, VP of HR for the Fortune 300 medical device company, Stryker and Broadway theatre. He is an award winning human resources executive, entrepreneur, writer, theatre director, producer, consultant, speaker and founder of the charity World Child Cancer USA.

He has lived and worked throughout the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He studied Labor Relations at Cornell University, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and Advanced Leadership at Harvard Business School. He holds a BA from California State University, Fullerton, as well as a BS and JD from Saratoga University School of Law.

Oh, and in his spare time, he writes books. He’s currently working on his second book concerning the organizational intersection between purpose and execution. The book we discuss today is his first. It’s called How to Find a Job, Career and Life You  Love: A Journey to Purpose, Fulfillment and Life Happiness.

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Episode #124: The Secret to Solving Your Toughest Sales Challenges

With Tim Sanders

tim sandersPrior to sitting down with Tim Sanders for the first time, I knew very little about him.

An earlier book he’d written, Love is the Killer App, was one I’d heard good things about but had not yet read.

In the case of Tim’s new book, Dealstorming: The Secret Weapon That Can Solve Your Toughest Sales Challenges, many people I respected were talking about it in my Facebook and Twitter feeds. People like Chris Brogan, David Burkus and Michael Port among others. I knew I had to investigate and consider inviting him onto the show.

The topic of sales is not one that comes up on this podcast often. However, if my experience as a leader has taught me anything, it’s that everyone is essentially in sales now. Meaning, the silo’d days of old are over. In Dealstorming, Tim suggests that “one of your most important leadership missions is to overcome the bias against cross-departmental collaboration.”

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Episode #123: How to Effectively Lead Through Change

With Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez

Since the Read to Lead Podcast debuted back in July 2013, it has been a goal of mine to one day welcome author Nancy Duarte to the show.

I have long been a fan of her book Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations and, more recently, Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences. When I heard earlier this year that she had a new book coming out, I knew I had to work to get her on the show. The best part is, we not only get a chance to speak to Nancy, but we have the distinct privilege of welcoming her co-author Patti Sanchez as well.

Sanchez Duarte

In Illuminate: Ignite Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies and Symbols, Nancy and Patti equip with the same communication tools that great leaders like Steve Jobs, Howard Shultz (Starbucks), and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used to move people.

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Episode #122: 9 Simple Practices for Real Leadership

With John Addison

John AddisonIn addition to reading books, I have a handful of favorite magazines I subscribe to.

My short list includes Fast Company, Wired and Inc. However, my absolute favorite, and the one I only began subscribing to just three short years ago, is Success (hat tip to Dan Miller for recommending it). Our guest today was recently appointed Leadership Editor at Success and I am delighted to introduce him to you.

His name is John Addison, and his new book is called Real Leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose. As co-CEO of Primerica – the largest independent financial services marketing organization in North America – from 1999 to 2015, John spearheaded the company through a period of rapid growth in the early 2000s.

In Real Leadership, he shares his straightforward practices for successful leadership through his personal and professional journey, helping leaders at any level understand and emulate the nine principles that fostered enduring results on his path to success.

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