Episode #197: The Secrets of Effective Leadership

With Brad Lomenick, author of H3 Leadership

I’ve known today’s guest by reputation (it’s a good one) but our paths, until recently, had never crossed.

But who would discover the Read to Lead Podcast while searching through iTunes attempting to find a few decent leadership-based podcasts? Yep, that’s right. Brad Lomenick.

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After skimming past shows, Brad realized he and I had a lot of mutual relationships. So, what did he do? He immediately visited the website, clicked over to the contact page, and contacted me directly. And here we are!

If you’ve ever heard of the annual Catalyst Conference which takes place in Atlanta each year (with one-day events in other cities), Brad Lomenick is the mastermind behind the event. Yep. He’s Catalyst Brad!

His most recent book, released in September of 2015, is called H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle.

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Episode #193: The Best Book I’ve Read This Year

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

If you’re anything like me, you enjoy reading business and personal growth-type books because you understand the value of lifelong learning. You’re dedicated to your personal and professional growth.

I shudder to think that much of my 20s was spent spinning my wheels as I put a halt to learning.

Really.

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I remember thinking when I left college, “Awesome. All the learning is done. So glad I don’t have to do that anymore!”

School basically succeeded in teaching me not to enjoy the process. So much so I couldn’t wait for it to be over.

Now? Well, you know the story. I read at least a book a week. Not because I have to, but because I enjoy it.

In fact, it was setting a goal of reading regularly that eventually lead to me launching Read to Lead. I was reading a book a week anyway. Why not share the process with everyone else? 🙂

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Episode #191: How to Lead with Gratitude

With Ambition author Seth Buechley

I first met today’s guest just about two months ago at a conference in my hometown of Nashville.

Little did I know that our lunch together would turn into an ongoing discussion that would lead to learning more about his amazing life, business, and book, a conversation that would eventually lead me to invite him to sit in the guest chair.

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Seth will be the first to admit he’s made mistakes. He holds nothing back as many of them are front and center inside his book.

But he’s also been a super successful businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He even helped one company grow to nearly 60 million dollars in revenue before selling it.

He now consults companies all over the US, helping leaders learn the lessons he’s gleaned over the years, many of them the hard way. At the center of it all is GRATITUDE, he says.

In fact, his book called is called Ambition: Leading with Gratitude. I think you’re going to love it.

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Episode #188: How to Lead When You’re Not In Charge

With author Clay Scroggins

Sometimes when I come across an author whose book I’d like to feature on the show, I’ll just reach out on Twitter inviting them on.

It’s a great way to attempt to connect with an author I have no prior relationship with. Still, sometimes there is a response and sometimes not. In the case of Clay Scroggins, I got crickets.

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Don’t feel sorry for me, after all, he’s a busy guy (a pastor too, in fact). I knew that if it was “meant to be” it would eventually happen.

A short week or two later, I found myself on a flight home to Nashville from a conference in San Diego. It was on the second leg of my flight (a red-eye no less), that I found myself next to a young woman enjoying one of my favorite pastimes. Yep. Reading.

The next time she paused, I politely asked what it was she was reading. I suspected it was a business or leadership book based on the descriptions from the top corners of the pages. I could just make out things like “Lead Yourself” and “Think Critically” from the corner of my eye.

That’s when she closed the book to reveal…you guessed it. How to Lead When You’re Not In Charge. It was then I shared my desire to have the author on my podcast and asked if I could snap a quick photo of the cover. Let’s just say my next tweet caught Clay’s attention.

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Episode #171: How to Make Your Next Career Pivot

With author Jenny Blake

The only move that matters is your next one! So says today’s guest on the podcast.

That would be none other than Jenny Blake, author of Life After College and the book we’re diving into today called, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One.  

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Her five part framework for planning your next pivot is the tool I wish I’d had while at my last job. I pivoted quite successfully numerous times while I was there, but Jenny’s book would have made the transitions and planning so much easier.

Whether you desire to level up where you are, or are a bit uncertain that your current gig is the right one, Jenny can help.

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