Episode #192: Learning to Embrace Your Imperfection

With Finish author Jon Acuff

Today’s guest is another one of my favs, and is making his third appearance on the show. Only two other guests have enjoyed that many appearances (Liz Wiseman and Jeff Goins if you’re keeping score).

I’m talking about New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jon Acuff.

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Jon is a guy after my own heart. And if you suffer at all from perfectionist tendencies, you will very much appreciate what Jon has to say in today’s conversation AND in his new book

That book, my favorite of Jon’s so far, is called Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done.

 

“If you’re tired of being a chronic starter and want to become a consistent finisher,” Jon says, “you have two options: You can continue to beat yourself up and try harder, or you can give yourself the gift of done.”

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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 #190: High-Stakes Leadership with Constance Dierickx

Leading through Crisis with Courage, Judgement, and Fortitude

Prior to interviewing her for this episode, I’d never interacted with Constance Dierickx before.

I learned during our time together that, not only is she a master of her craft, she’s also a hoot! That’s right. I don’t remember the last time I laughed during an interview as much as I did this one.

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I’ve no doubt Constance it quite jovial most of the time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if her humor and relaxed nature was aided by the view she enjoyed as we chatted (more on that inside the episode).

She’s also straightforward and direct. And in this interview, she shows us why successful leaders are those who are experts in their ability to lead effectively in times of dramatic change and great risk.

Her three-part model illuminates the need for Courage, Judgement, and Fortitude when making tough decisions, taking an unpopular stance, or ignoring convention.

Her latest is a book called High-Stakes Leadership: Leading Through Crisis with Courage, Judgement, and Fortitude.

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Episode #189: How to Monetize Your Expertise

With Entrepreneurial You author Dorie Clark

When you look at her body of work, there seem to be few things she hasn’t done. It’s one of the many things I like about her.

In addition to authoring what is now her third book, and the one we’ll dive into today, Dorie Clark has done something few have been brave enough to try. Taking the comedy stage on an open mic night.

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Not only that, she’s credited with serving as executive producer on a multiple Grammy-winning jazz album and, oh yeah, is a former presidential campaign spokeswoman, and teaches at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Impressed yet? I’m just getting started actually.

You might also recall she’s been with us once before. That was to talk about her book Stand Out, a book that was named the number one Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine, one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes and was a Washington Post bestseller.

Her latest is a book called Entrepreneurial You: Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive.

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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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