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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Episode #168: Tame Your Inner Critic and Conquer the Fears Holding You Back

With Make Your Mark author Margie Warrell

As a highly sought after keynote speaker, today’s guest is making an impact on people all around the world.

I am delighted to welcome back to the show a returning guest. Her name is Margie Warrell. Margie first visited the show back in Episode #091 as we discussed her then new book Brave

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This time she’s here to talk about her new book Make Your Mark: A Guidebook for the Brave Hearted.

The book is packed with practical advice, proven tools and (my favorite part) powerful questions. Reading it will give you the clarity, confidence and courage you need to enjoy what Margie calls soul-level success – in every area of life.

To discover your life’s highest purpose, rewrite your story and reset your compass on the bravest path to your biggest life, join in our conversation. Just click the “play button below.

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Episode #165: Becoming a Pro at Live Video Streaming

With Live Video Expert Luria Petrucci

I can point to a couple of people who were super influential in my desire to launch this podcast. Today’s guest is one of those people. 

Luria Petrucci was making a splash and breaking new ground when she launched her own video podcast called GeekBeat.tv over 11 years ago back in late 2005. 

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Not long after that, I would receive, as an anniversary gift, a video iPod from my awesome wife. So, what did I do? I went out and found some awesome podcasts to listen to, and in Luria’s case, watch.

She was immediately engaging, and her episodes were infectious. As a self-professed early adopter, I so looked forward to what she had to say about the latest and greatest tech gadget.

If you had told me back then that one day I would be interviewing her on my very own show, I wouldn’t have believed it. Yet, here we are.

Because of the influence she’s had on me, and the wonderful work she’s doing helping to demystify live streaming video for the Average Joe like you and me, I decided to make, for the first time in the history of Read to Lead, an exception.

Luria hasn’t (yet) written a book. That’s right. She’s not officially an author. However, when it comes to demonstrating out-of-the-box leadership, not to mention overcoming life’s obstacles and living life outside your comfort zone, there are very few better real-life examples I could choose to highlight.

In short, she’s an inspiration. Click the play button below and let Luria inspire you.

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