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1. TLP006: Get to Know the Hosts of Your Leadership Podcast

TLP006: Get to Know the Hosts of Your Leadership Podcast

On this 6th episode of the Leadership Podcast, your hosts Jim Vaselopulos and Jan Rutherford will be sharing the how, what and why behind this enterprise. Jim and Jan both ardently believe that a person’s family is their most important legacy. These C-Level executives have very different backgrounds but similar aspirations. They joined forces to accomplish their goal of creating a place for young professionals to build character through mentorship and a habitat for companies to find inspiration from proven and effective leaders. Through this medium, they have the unique opportunity to study the minds and practices of leaders who excel at what they do.    Key Takeaways: [1:37] Get to know your podcast hosts Jim and Jan, on a professional and personal level. [8:15] What drives Jim to help young professionals learn to be leaders? [13:50] The non-traditional ways Jan teaches executives to purge during a Digital Detox. [17:42] Upcoming episodes will include the #1 doctor in the world, authors, business leaders, and those who embody a growth mindset. [22:42] Moving forward with the intention of getting in the heads of those who have done great things. [27:49] How is leader effectiveness measured?    Sponsors: Class Act Leadership Training The Littlest Green Beret Book   Mentioned in This Episode: The Leadership Podcast @westudyleaders on Twitter The Leadership Podcast on Facebook PSC Group Rafti Advisors Self-Reliant Leadership LLC

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2. TLP005: Col. Jill Morgenthaler - Trailblazing Leadership, Courage & Staring Down Saddam Hussein

TLP005: Col. Jill Morgenthaler - Trailblazing Leadership, Courage & Staring Down Saddam Hussein

Colonel Jill Morgenthaler spoke to her experience trailblazing as one of the first women in the direct military chain of command. She outlined her many firsts, told great stories of the adjustments she had to make and what gave her the strength to persevere. She spoke of courage, what it means to fake it 'till you make it and why you want to "stop the stupid." She spoke how adversity is your opportunity to show the world all you're worth and how your view of who you are is more important than how the world views you. Her view on how humility and that demonstrating respect is how you earn respect is colorfully told through some great stories. Col. Jill's viewpoints on women in the military and in leadership positions is informed by her tremendous experience. Her background in the Korean DMZ, in Serbia and with Saddam Hussein makes for a career worthy of a movie! Visit: Email: [email protected] The Leadership Podcast on Twitter The Leadership Podcast on Facebook

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3. TLP004: Joe Pine - Visionary Leadership & Instilling Purpose

TLP004: Joe Pine - Visionary Leadership & Instilling Purpose

Joe demonstrated how leaders, especially thought leaders, have a voracious appetite for information. The conversation addressed how leaders have to manage today and tomorrow; and that leaders have a way of noticing what is already happening, but nobody may have noticed yet. This skill of seeing the unseen or noticing the unnoticed is something Joe has been doing for years. In speaking to his latest book, Infinite Possibility, Joe spoke about digital transformations and how they are having dramatic impacts on the business landscape and assumptions we take for granted. Leaders who are strategizing for tomorrow need to take notice of these trends in order to keep their organizations fresh and free from the paradigms that often cripple great organizations. Joe also spoke to the importance of instilling purpose as the key contribution of a leader. Visit: Email: [email protected] The Leadership Podcast on Twitter The Leadership Podcast on Facebook

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4. TLP001: Preston Pysh - What Can You Learn About Leadership from Billionaires?

TLP001: Preston Pysh - What Can You Learn About Leadership from Billionaires?

Preston touched on a number of leadership areas in this high-energy interview. For example, the need to stay relevant, and leverage technology as a tool for communicating and measuring more effectively. He also hit on the Law of Reciprocity when it comes to all relationships – boss, peer and direct reports. Preston shared some great stories of courage and leaders he’s learned from with self-deprecating humility. He’s concluded from studying highly successful leaders (and billionaires) that they all share one specific attribute: They’re all voracious readers. Visit: Email: [email protected] The Leadership Podcast on Twitter The Leadership Podcast on Facebook

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5. TLP015: GORUCK Your Way to Leadership

TLP015: GORUCK Your Way to Leadership

Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Jason McCarthy, Founder and CEO of GORUCK, a company that makes rucksacks (also known as backpacks), and runs rucking events similar to the Special Forces selection process. Jason reveals why and how he started GORUCK, the obstacles he faced along the way, his mission for GORUCK, and his success in building leaders by overcoming adversity as a team. Jason also talks about building better Americans who serve their country and community, explaining the basis of community. He reminds us what freedom means, and how others can fulfill a duty in a variety of ways. Listen in to learn how you can turn adversity into team building within your organization.   Key Takeaways [7:38] How the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) or the Q Course forces you to lead. [8:32] There are always opportunities to lead, you have to seize them. There’s always room for another great leader to step up. [13:24] It wasn’t about the weight people were carrying, it was about the people carrying the weight. [13:41] What’s really rewarding, is the impact you can make on people if you serve them. [14:34] GORUCK became this bridge for Jason, that he was building for people that showed up within the class, and yet he needed to be on that same bridge, as well. [18:29] Successful teams have got to be fun and it’s got to be about building communities. [21:57] Americans represent one united community. Bake your neighbor a pie sometime, talk to the person next to you on the plane. We need someone to push us toward more service to each other - to build a better America. [25:41] To create a culture of leaders you have to trust the people around you, give them things they can do, and let them figure it out. [33:33] Go find a friend, go for a walk, put a backpack on, and talk to the person next to you. Connect with the people that are around you.   Quotable Quotes “To lead is to do. You have to actually do it. You can’t learn about it in a book.” "To lead is to serve." “People need to like you to spend time with you.” "Communication is always the glue." “Taking a walk with a ruck is officially called rucking.”   Books Mentioned or Referenced on the Show The LITTLEST Green Beret: On Self-Reliant Leadership, book by Jan Rutherford   Bio Jason McCarthy Graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in May 2001, without a set professional goal. Then came 9/11, which became a call-to-arms to him. Jason enlisted in Special Forces and served in Iraq as a Communication Sergeant in the Green Berets. He calls his experience there a leadership laboratory. Jason founded GORUCK in 2008 after his military service, seeing the need for a great civilian bag, and a way to help veterans bridge military and civilian life. This led to the GORUCK Challenge, where a Special Forces guy builds a team out of the participants who show up.

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6. TLP069: How A Navy SEAL Became a Rear Admiral

TLP069: How A Navy SEAL Became a Rear Admiral

Rear Admiral Kerry Metz (USN, Ret.) started his career as a Navy SEAL, and eventually served as the first commander of Special Operations Command North. In this discussion, Kerry talked about career success, career setbacks, and how “you can’t be a shiny penny without a few wire brushings!” Kerry shares his 5 H’s when it comes to leadership: honor, honesty, humility, humor, and happiness. He discusses the differences and similarities between the military, sports teams, business, and the shared commonality regarding leadership. Listen in to gain insights from a modern-day, intellectual warrior. Key Takeaways [3:01] Kerry progressed as a SEAL from the tactical area, through operational roles, and then to the strategic level as an admiral. The Special Forces, SEALs, and Rangers are tests for the human body and mind to do 10 times more than they think they can.  [5:48] A good team requires a common purpose or mission. Next, comes a shared experience or sacrifice. Everyone contributes to the best of their ability. These are the ingredients for a high-performing team. [7:33] Kerry talks about sacrifice in a startup. Employees sacrifice high salary for shares. Founders are often on the road more than most executives, for a later payoff. Sacrificing now gives you future options. [9:25] Kerry discusses how Naval officers achieve rank. Evaluations are not only for what they have done, but also their potential. Leadership is developing the leaders behind you. If something happens to you, the one behind you has to step up and take your place. [13:29] Kerry talks about his advancement. He was passed over for Lieutenant Commander once, but not the second time. When he was up for Commander, it also took two times. But he made One Star Admiral before his contemporaries. Kerry follows five ‘H’s: Honor, Honesty, Humility, Humor, and Happiness.  [21:13] Military groups fight in a mission to win or lose; sports teams play a game to win; but business can be a long slog. He cites Admiral Jim Stavridis, who said to be open, honest, and collegial, and Admiral Michael Mullen, who said to listen, learn, and lead. Leaders who apply these principles will lead well. [25:49] Competition among peers is healthy if it is balanced with cooperation. Leaders should lead people the way they need to be led. Some need a push, some need a pat on the back. Tell the contributors how they are doing, and what they need to do to be on the mark. [29:44] In 1989, Kerry tells a hard leadership lesson he learned as the Team Commander of SEAL Team One when they deployed to the Philippines.  [37:27] Put people in the right spot for them, nurture them, and empower them, and they will surpass your expectations and surprise you with their achievements.  [41:42] No one starts at the top. He would like to help others have a smoother ride, go further, and go faster. The world needs leaders to handle complexity.   LinkedIn: Kerry M. Metz Navy Bio: Interview: Hall of Valor:   Quotable Quotes Whatever you can do, think 10 times that. You are capable of it. Don’t let someone else determine where you’re going. You determine where you’re going. Stay on that path. You’re going to get through that obstacle. You’ve just got to keep trying. A high-performing team has a common purpose, a shared sacrifice, and everyone contributing to their best ability. “A good leader can get the most of his personnel even that aren’t going all the way to the top.” The bottom line is sustained superior performance. If something happens to you, the one behind you has to take your place. If they’re not ready, then that’s your fault. “If you’re doing something that you absolutely hate, my suggestion is, do something [about it].” “You can’t be a...

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7. TLPMM002 — Part 1: General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) On Defining Yourself as a Leader

TLPMM002 — Part 1: General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) On Defining Yourself as a Leader

On this Mastermind episode, part 1, co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of the nation's premier military counterterrorism force. General McChrystal (Ret.) is best known for developing and implementing a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a cohesive counterterrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture. Founder and Managing Partner of McChrystal Group, an elite leadership advisory team, and New York Times best-selling author, General McChrystal (Ret.) shares his insights into learning to lead, sharing power while maintaining ultimate responsibility, the necessity of adapting to external change, and growing from mistakes. Listen in to discover what it takes to create an adaptable team of teams in today’s demanding environment.   Key Takeaways [6:16] No plan survives contact with the enemy. Plan, prepare, and then adapt the plan to fit. [8:07] Entering unknown territory means learning lessons (almost failing), and then turning back and finding a better path. Seeking too much data can delay decisions and cost the opportunity. [8:50] Create an environment that says, action is essential — in fact, action is demanded. Failure is not sought, but failure goes with the business. [11:05] Leading is when you’re tired at the end of the day, when it’s frightening, when you have to make those very hard decisions, and you subordinate what you’d like to do to what you know you ought to do. [23:02] If you want people to like you, there is first a business-like, respectful way in which you treat people, and then you show people you like them. [26:15] General McChrystal (Ret.) explains the role of competition — It's about the big organization winning, it's about everyone’s success, not just one team. Competition is a human trait, but it's got to be competition more against a standard than against each other, or you get dysfunction. [31:30] Changes have to be done close to the point of action by people who understand the big picture. This means preparing and empowering front-line staff. [32:55] Jim cites Team of Teams as a must-read for leadership and personal development. [36:32] General McChrystal (Ret.) explains he allowed an informal authority within his command organization to make group-to-group trades of low-availability, high-value resources without clearing it through him, the Commanding General. [40:11] It's important for leaders to be effective communicators. They first have to understand what they're doing in the short-term and in the long-term, and they've got to communicate that to people inside and outside the organization. [44:41] Leaders have to think of themselves as leaders, and carry responsibility for others and responsibility for tasks, and to accept those responsibilities which will include some failures.   Quotable Quotes “There are a lot of misperceptions about the Special Operations community from the outside, as there are about business from inside the military. They are a cut of average Americans ... bound together by a common purpose and a trust, which gives them strength.” "As Heraclitus said, you’re never going to step in the same river twice — and that river is flowing faster than ever!" “If I told you, you can’t go home until we win, what would you do differently from what we’re doing now?” “I said, Hey, if you want me to slow this command down, if you want us to do less, I can have perfect knowledge. … But I don’t think that’s what you want.” “What is my role, and what is my contribution? I try to define myself by living by a certain set of values. … And I try to engage with people so I am a trusted comrade.” On personal self-discipline and sacrifice:  “Subordinate what you’d like to do to what you know you ought to do.”   Books Mentioned on the Show Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement...

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8. TLP003: Mike Figliuolo - A Thought Leader on Thought Leaders

TLP003: Mike Figliuolo - A Thought Leader on Thought Leaders

Mike used the power of story to cover a key leadership areas in an informative interview. He spoke emphatically about the measure of a leader is the ability to attract talent. He also spoke about the need to invest in the growth and development of people, and that leaders are teachers. Mike shared his stories from being a young platoon leader in the army, and how screwing up once provided one of the most valuable lessons – and examples of a leader who didn’t let a crisis go to waste. Mike concluded with sharing an event he and his team are running. It’s a leadership conference called Executive Insight 16, and it will be held November 10-11, 2016 in NYC. Visit: Email: [email protected] The Leadership Podcast on Twitter The Leadership Podcast on Facebook

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9. TLP128: Leadership as Defined by 2nd Graders

TLP128: Leadership as Defined by 2nd Graders

Jim and Jan start the episode with how a second grade class defines a great leader! Leadership is hard, but these young people show that the basics are pretty simple. Also discussed is how we’re happier when we help others, leading with love and courage, and why good leaders provide both positive and negative consequences for meeting or not meeting standards.   Key Takeaways [2:08} Jim shares the answers that came from the second grade classroom of his friend on what it takes to be a great leader. The kids nailed it with answers like: puts people first, nice to others, encourages us, community helper, honest and responsible, and clean (Jim and Jan will take it as Executive Presence). Judging from answers like this, they feel we are in good hands for the future. [12:52] We end up finding more joy in helping others than acting as though it’s about us. [13:54] Great leaders come from a place of love and courage. They are not afraid to put themselves out there for the sake of the team, and come from a growth mindset rather than a fixed mindset. [17:29] Define what courage is for the team, and identify the last time your team showed courage. If the team is performing based on the core values, there is less of a need for heroes and more of a chance everyone will be connected with the overall mission. [21:33] Good leaders don’t stand for mediocrity in their team, and they are willing to provide consequences.   Quotes “Audiences love opposites.” - Chris Schmitt “Cheerful is a good word. We don’t use that enough.” “It’s hard to be a leader when your thoughts are a mess and your plan is a mess.” “The best way to be happy is to work for other people’s happiness.” - Jules Evans “Questions can sometimes be the most courageous statements.”   Leadership B.S. by Jeffrey Pfeffer Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens - Davidowitz Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations by Jules Evans   Top 30 Podcasts You Must Listen to If You Care About Leadership Instagram: @WeStudyLeaders LinkedIn: @TheLeadershipPodcast Facebook: @westudyleaders Twitter: @westudyleaders Website: The Leadership Podcast [email protected] Thank you to our sponsor: Combat Flip Flops - use code WESTUDYLEADERS for 20% discount

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10. MM008: Special Gratitude Episode With The Rooftop Leader

MM008: Special Gratitude Episode With The Rooftop Leader

The hosts of The Leadership Podcast are joined by Scott Mann for a relaxed discussion of what it means to be grateful and thankful.

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11. TLP142: Grace - A Leadership Aspiration

TLP142: Grace - A Leadership Aspiration

Jim and Jan start the show by paying tribute to Jan’s late mentor who exemplified the virtue of gratitude. Also discussed are ways to improve positivity, the power behind finding things to be grateful for, and practical suggestions for expressing gratitude.   Key Takeaways [1:46] At the funeral of his mentor, MG Bud Ahern, Jan reflected on how grateful he was to have Bud in his life. Bud was a civil engineer in the Air Force, a teacher, an athlete, a scholar, and foremost, a philosopher. [8:14] There are meaningful people and events in our life that we are grateful for, but sometimes it’s just a simple gesture or moment that can make us feel the most grateful. [8:44] It’s important to light the way for others to show them what we can be grateful on a daily basis for. [11:02] Two ways to improve positivity is to write a note to someone expressing your gratitude and to keep a journal of the positive things that happen throughout the day. [12:18] Four points from All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum: When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic. Hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Goldfish, hamsters, and white mice and even a little seed in a styrofoam cup, they all die and so do we. The biggest word of all: look. [13:56] It’s important for leaders to make sure their team is focused on what’s important. [16:06] Make sure you circle back and say thank you to those that help you along the way. [17:56] One of the ways we can express gratitude in a profound way is to listen to people. [19:26] The human touch is still exceptionally powerful as is a handwritten note.   Quotes “What’s a good life, and are you living one?” -Bud Ahearn “Are you ready to face your hypocrisy?” -Bud Ahearn “For whose good do you serve?” -Bud Ahearn “When we express gratitude, problems that were impossible become plausible.” “Nothing makes people feel more valued than being listened to.”   Instagram: @WeStudyLeaders LinkedIn: @TheLeadershipPodcast Facebook: @westudyleaders Twitter: @westudyleaders Website: The Leadership Podcast [email protected]   Shawn Achor Ted Talk   Project Rescue - Are your projects causing you great pain?

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12. TLP136: Leadership Development Doesn’t

TLP136: Leadership Development Doesn’t

There are over 60,000 books on Amazon with “leadership” in the title, and despite the focus on leadership, most business-oriented development programs don’t measure effectiveness; and turnover has never been higher. A Gallup report found that 21% of Millennials have changed jobs within the past year—three times higher than other workers. Today, Jim and Jan discuss why that is and take a look at leadership development from a few different angles. They talk about how to determine if your leadership development IS working, and the importance of understanding trends and patterns. Lastly, they discuss how to get to root causes where real change is possible.   Key Takeaways [3:06] Much like a diet, if you want true success, with leadership development you have to be all the way in. [4:00] Leadership development is akin to taking fish out of a dirty fish tank, scrubbing the fish and then putting them back in the dirty fish tank. [5:23] We approach leadership development issues from the training system when really it comes from organizational development and a design system. [9:02] Rather looking at leadership development as a specific event, see it as evolution with a process that builds over time. [13:40] It is important to look at the current state of the organization, and see the issues in leadership development as symptoms of something bigger within the entire system. Then, identify your version of success, how you will measure it, and determine if it’s will take small steps or giant leaps to get there. [15:40] A majority of leadership development trainings are done off impulse. Instead, great leaders measure the right things with subjectivity and really take a look at their own self in the mirror. [19:41] 80% of people out there do not trust their boss to tell the truth. [21:56] Leadership development programs should be sustainable, lead to empowerment and improve the organization. [26:45] Assemble a team to fact check all the assumptions that the team has made. Find out which ones are true, and then you will have better information on where you need to invest their time, energy and money for the greatest return.   Quotes “One organization's effective leader is not the same as another organization's effective leader.” “Every organization is a complex adaptive system.” “Before we take a leap, we must take really good measurement.” “It does not need to be pain that makes you take action.” “When you turn around, do you have followers?” - Jeffrey Pfeffer “Leaders have the power to control and fix the environment.” “Take a holistic approach, because you have to get the ecosystem right.”   Instagram: @WeStudyLeaders LinkedIn: @TheLeadershipPodcast Facebook: @westudyleaders Twitter: @westudyleaders Website: The Leadership Podcast [email protected]   Combat Flip Flops - use code WESTUDYLEADERS for 20% discount   Project Rescue - Are your projects causing you great pain?   Why New Manager Training No Longer Works in 2019 Ep 092: Leadership Matters, But Teams Deliver Ep 121: Jeffrey Pfeffer Challenges Our Assumptions Ep 035: Looking Forward to Wicked Problems      

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13. TLP51: Leadership is Hard Because Character is Hard

TLP51:  Leadership is Hard Because Character is Hard

Summary & Ideas for Action Gus Lee, bestselling author, and expert on leadership and courage, presents a mini course for developing leadership. He says it starts with moral character and courage, and builds up through practices of respect and and integrity. Gus talks about the many challenges of his youth, and the rescuers and mentors he found along the way who taught him the principles of true character. Gus looks to the words of Aristotle, Confucius, and modern teachers, for the principles that lead to moral character, courage, and authentic leadership, starting with positive respect. Listen in to learn more about how leaders can strengthen themselves and their teams.   Key Takeaways [2:08] Gus got involved with leadership in an effort to learn American culture, as he had come from a broken immigrant family. He was essentially raised from the age of seven by the boxing faculty of the downtown YMCA. They took him in, and kept him in the ring for 10 years. Then, Gus attended West Point, a premier leadership institution. [3:17] At West Point, he was mentored by H. Norman Schwarzkopf, a young engineering professor, who modeled leadership development for Gus throughout a 47-year relationship. Later, Gus taught Leadership at USC, along with Warren Bennis, who invented modern leadership theory. However, Gus was in denial that he lacked the character to be a good leader. He says he didn’t have the moral spine. [4:59] Gus went on to become West Point’s first Chair of Character Development. Gus says his first influence was Aristotle. Aristotle said it’s simple to understand and grasp both character and leadership. First, get rid of your bad habits. Second, practice the behaviors of courage. It’s not a feeling; it’s a discipline of hard practice. [7:55] Gus says that by developing habits, you change your inner disposition — your inner deep attitudes — and then you achieve character. He learned from Aristotle: stoicism, or grit, as traits an individual needs to survive, and moral courage and character, which are only for the benefit of serving others. [12:14] Gus’s upbringing was tough. Gus grew into an isolated, intellectual introvert, fearful and distrustful, and prepared to be a hermit. What he learned through his education was that character allows us to assess our disadvantages from the past, and to face them with a great deal of nobility, without blaming the adults. [15:10] Gus talks about the integrity related to moral courage. With the behaviors of moral character, we can have a splendid life, regardless of the tragedies of the past. For most of Gus’s career of teaching, he relied on the psychology model of leadership. He has moved to a platform of the character of leadership. [18:47] Gus credits a host of people for turning him around. It started with his first friend on the street, at age six. This friend, also six, taught him the six behaviors of character as he had learned them from his mother. At seven he went to the YMCA and found three boxing coaches, from the Bronx, Manila, and Oakland. They mentored him in boxing and life, and served as his Dads, for 10 years. [21:27] Gus says it is hard to develop character. He describes how he learned the behaviors of boxing, and compares boxing to character and leadership. We have to witness the behaviors and the modeling of character in our homes and by our teachers. Character, leadership, and boxing are not academic subjects. They are taught by observing and doing. [24:45] Gus warns that leaders cannot expect behaviors out of those they lead that they do not model for them. As a leader, it’s not about your needs and your ego, but it is about your character. Gus offers clear steps: take responsibility to change yourself, stop your bad behaviors, develop other leaders intentionally, and be accountable always. Adopt the six behaviors Aristotle endorsed. [29:59] Gus explains the first product of moral courage is a set of behavioral tools to not be...

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14. TLP020: The Leader’s Recipe for the Emotional Cocktail

TLP020: The Leader’s Recipe for the Emotional Cocktail

Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Dr. Christophe Morin, CEO and Chief Pain Officer at SalesBrain. With over 30 years of experience in marketing and business development, Christophe is passionate about understanding and predicting consumer behavior using neuroscience. He is an expert on the effect of advertising on the brains of adolescents and young adults. Christophe discusses with Jan and Jim the prime role of emotion in individual motivation, how neuromarketing draws upon the science of neurological testing, and the six factors you can stress to create emotion that works for your product. Listen in to learn principles of ethical neuromarketing, and steps you can take to become more effective in persuasion for the greater good.   Key Takeaways [6:11] Neuroscience data doesn’t rely on what customers say, but on the ability to read their nervous system and brain blood flow. Most of this information is not consciously available. [10:01] Dr. Morin explains how the System One brain system communicates with the System Two brain system and how that relates to advertising. [12:55] Find out about the up-and-coming field called neuroleadership. [16:17] How can neuromarketing improve the world? [20:55] What are the six ways to create the bottom-up effect? [35:22] The Neuromarketing Science and Business Association created a code of ethics, now used widely by the neuromarketing industry. [37:17] How neuromarketing is somewhat a natural progression of marketing. [43:55] People who are willing to show up, look at themselves, work, rehearse, and practice, are those who ultimately can acquire and perfect skills they may not have had when they began. [45:58] We’re scratching the surface of this big question: What is the ultimate effect of media on us?     Books Mentioned on the Show Thinking, Fast and Slow, book by Daniel Kahneman Selling to the Old Brain: How New Discoveries In Brain Research Empower You To Influence Any Audience, Anytime, book by Patrick Renvoise and Christophe Morin The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, book by Barry Schwartz   Bio Dr. Christophe Morin, CEO and Chief Pain Officer of SalesBrain, has over 30 years of marketing and business development experience. Before joining SalesBrain, Christophe was Chief Marketing Officer for rStar Networks, a public company that developed the largest private network ever deployed in U.S. schools. Previously, he was VP of Marketing and Corporate Training for Grocery Outlet Inc, the largest grocery remarketer in the world. Christophe has received multiple prestigious speaking awards from Vistage International and Great Mind Research Awards from the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF). Christophe holds a BA in Marketing, an MBA from Bowling Green State University, an MA and a PhD in Media Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. He is an adjunct faculty member of Fielding Graduate University where he teaches a Masters/PhD course he created called “The Psychology of Neuromarketing”. He is also a board member of the Neuromarketing Science and Business Association (NMSBA)   Website:

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15. TLP009: Comfort, Fear and High-Performance Teams

TLP009: Comfort, Fear and High-Performance Teams

For most people, stepping out of their comfort zone requires more risk than they are willing to take. In Scott Kinder’s book, The Hill, he points out that the first step in overcoming fear is to identify it as fear, then accept it for what it is and move past it. Scott is a natural born teacher who is determined to assist civilians and businesses in forming high-performance teams. He translates his skills, learned in the U.S. Army Special Forces, to educate and empower business leaders on how to effectively weaponize their communication skills.   Key Takeaways: [2:13] Scott’s book, The Hill, addresses the methodology of identifying fear, accepting it for what it is and overcoming it. [8:00] The See and Act model is all about selecting, education and empowering your staff and then analyzing, communicating and trusting in the results. [12:16] People need to be willing to adopt the mindset that they will be the force multiplier in their team. [14:50] Business leaders learn to weaponize skills, so they can utilize their non-verbal and kinesthetic communications appropriately. [24:16] Instilling the right lessons in his children is a source of pride for Scott. [26:09] What tools effectively measure leaders? [30:36] Don’t quit.   Mentioned in This Episode: The Leadership Podcast @westudyleaders on Twitter The Leadership Podcast on Facebook Scott C. Kinder on LinkedIn @scottckinder on Twitter The Hill: Invictus Series Book One: Overcoming Fear and Learning to Embrace an Elite Mindset Leadership BS by Jeffrey Pfeffer

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16. TLP007: A Team Approach to Mending Our Nation’s Healthcare Crisis with Mike Biselli

TLP007: A Team Approach to Mending Our Nation’s Healthcare Crisis with Mike Biselli

While a Board Member of Prime Health and a Senior Advisor to 10.10.10, health-tech entrepreneur Mike Biselli witnessed firsthand the tremendous power that a determined community of clinicians, technologists, and investors could wield, and realized just how much more could be accomplished if that power were harnessed. Over the next few years, Mike began developing the industry integrator concept, an entirely new feature of the innovation economy that would allow the healthcare industry to be integrated at the point of innovation by housing an entire health-tech ecosystem in a single location. Now, in partnership with governmental, academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations, Mike Biselli is developing Catalyst HTI, a first-of-its-kind industry integrator in Denver’s River North District (RiNo) that will bring together health-tech startups and Fortune 20s alike in the race to fix American healthcare.   Catalyst site:    Personal website:    Twitter: @mikebiselli   Summary & Ideas for Action Mike Biselli brings his dedication, enthusiasm and servant leadership style to digital health innovation as a community leader and collaborator. His character building and leadership journey started early in his life, with athletics playing a huge role. He was awarded a college scholarship for football, which led him to being named 1st Team All PAC-10 kicker in 1999. He now brings those same qualities along with his passion to his business ventures through his industry integrator concept. He believes that through collaboration, diversity and innovation, we will be able to save the U.S. from the financial crisis that exists in our healthcare system.   Key Takeaways [3:00] Unpacking Mike’s visionary quote about the looming crisis in the U.S. healthcare system. [7:45] Prime Health is a business ecosystem of collaborators working to extend its vision around the nation. [11:09] Mike firmly believes in ‘give of yourself first’ as a foundation for his servant leadership style. [15:02] A football memory: Long-term dedication enabled Mike to gain the trust needed to perform a surprise onside kick. [20:16] The role athletics played in Mike’s success as a leader.  [27:46] The true measure of leadership effectiveness is to see how many new leaders are created by an existing leader. [30:40] How to contact Mike, see him speak, and get your hands on his forthcoming book.   Quotable Quotes “To empower people and to let them grow and develop, a leader must give up power.” “If we are going to re-imagine this broken healthcare industry, Fortune 100’s need to work with entrepreneurs.” “Homogeneity squashes innovation, inspiration and opportunity to make something bigger of ourselves.”   Mentioned on the Show Prime Health -   Points to Ponder Regarding Mike’s vision for Catalyst, what are ways you can bring very diverse groups together with common interests to meet today’s challenges? How do you “give of yourself first’ as a servant leaders? When people stay at organizations for a very short time these days, how do you inspire people to long-term dedication? Sports analogies are used a lot as metaphors – what other examples can you use that are inclusive? Do you agree with Mike that the true measure of leadership effectiveness is to see how many new leaders are created by an existing leader?

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17. TLP179: Control the Controllables

TLP179: Control the Controllables

As a leader, you’re able to create the conditions where good things happen at your workplace. You can influence the environment in ways where your team can create, innovate, and solve wicked problems. In this episode, Jim and Jan discuss how to address fear, how to cultivate hope and creativity, and how leaders can strive to be better leaders with the scarcity of time we all share.   Key Takeaways [3:00] There’s a wide spectrum of people out there and with that comes a wide spectrum of internal motivation and what incentivizes them. [5:00] With that being said, people are also completely different at work than they are in their personal lives. [5:55] So what can leaders do if they see someone who is fearful at their job? The best thing to do is to look at yourself. How do you react when your staff presents you with new ideas? How do you react when there is a major failure in the company? As a leader, your reaction shifts the entire culture of a company. [11:15] If we are just a victim of the world around us, we are perceived as weaker. We are weaker because we have a lack of options in our lives so we might develop a victim mentality in the workplace. It’s important to be active in seeking alternative options, even if you don’t plan to take them because it makes you stronger. [17:00] Hope is not a strategy but it is needed in the workplace. Hope is created when people feel like they’re in control and that they have multiple options to pursue. [19:55] We need creativity in the workforce but in order to cultivate it, the leader’s workforce needs to be relatively happy and stress-free. [22:05] We are very confident that we can read human emotions. In reality, we’re really bad at it. [27:55] Leaders are busy. They often don’t have extra time to study how to be good leaders, which is why we need to surround ourselves with a good support system that will help keep us accountable.   Quotable Quotes “It goes back to how people are incentivized and motivated. The baseline of those things is fear and overconfidence.” “Fear doesn’t always show up in the form of somebody that looks scared. Fear can show up in someone that’s indecisive.” “Let’s find the optimal solution with the information we have, in the time we have to make it.”    ~~~~~ ~~~~~ The Leadership Podcast is proud to announce a new initiative with thoughtLEADERS to provide very short podcasts called Chalk Talks. They’re bitesize hacks on common (but challenging) leadership issues.   Interested in learning more?  You can only access the Chalk Talks by subscribing to our mailing list at The Leadership Podcast.   ~~~~~ ~~~~~ Strategic Partner   Beyond the Uniform offers over 300 free episodes to help military Veterans succeed in their civilian career. This includes overviews of potential career paths, deep dives on necessary skills to succeed, and reviews of other free services that support the military Veteran community. You can find more info at   Instagram: @WeStudyLeaders LinkedIn: @TheLeadershipPodcast Facebook: @westudyleaders Twitter: @westudyleaders Website: The Leadership Podcast [email protected]

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18. TLP205: Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk

TLP205: Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk

Justin Tosi is the author of the recently released book, Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk. Such one-upmanship is not just annoying, but dangerous. Using the analytic tools of psychology and moral philosophy, Justin explains what drives us to behave in this way, and what we stand to lose by taking it too far.   Key Takeaways [2:50] Grandstanding is the use and abuse of moral talk for self-promotion. [5:45] As we see ourselves in such a positive light, it makes sense why we want to grandstand and let the whole world know how great we are. [9:50] The difference between morality and ethics is that ethics showcases a general baseline on how to live, what’s good for you and others around you. Morality, on the other hand, is much narrower. [14:25] No matter what you believe or the environment you are in, you will have people try to move up in status within their peer group. [20:15] Leaders don’t need an official ideology when it comes to politics. We’re here to do good work and your political views don’t necessarily impact the quality of your work. [23:10] It’s important to treat people the way they like to be treated, so politics aside, it’s also important to understand their points of view and beliefs. [25:50] We want to bring intense culture to an organization, and this is important, but when you do it, the main motivation should not be trying to impress people. [30:50] Morality is about helping other people, it’s not about helping yourself look good. [34:35] Figuring out what a good life is to you is one of the most important questions, not just in moral philosophy, but also in life. [40:45] Listener challenge: Stop grandstanding yourself!   Quotable Quotes “People want recognition for being morally good.” “Shallow agreement is your friend. You can agree on a general principle without getting into definite disputes.” “Do what’s right, do your best, and treat others as they’d like to be treated.” “How can you talk about values without slipping into this trap of trying to show other people how good you are?” “Am I trying to do good or just look good?”   Resources Mentioned Connect with Justin on Twitter:   The Leadership Podcast is Sponsored by:     Cultivate Grit. Amplify Action. Investing in yourself isn’t selfish. Click to get gritty!     Free downloads of on Delegation, Time Management, Sales, and more.  

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19. TLP066: Kindness Fueled This Leader’s Incredible Journey Around the World

TLP066: Kindness Fueled This Leader’s Incredible Journey Around the World

Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, speaker, philanthropist and has a series streaming on Netflix called, the Kindness Diaries. He discusses his metamorphosis from an extremely shy person to a fearless world traveler who relied on kindness from strangers to help him on his journey.  On the outside, Leon had everything. On the inside, he felt he nothing. Leon believes the crazy ideas can be the best ideas, and it’s is about smiling at the world and seeing what happens when the world smiles right back at you.  Listen in to learn how to how connecting with yourself, is what helps you connect with others through compassion and empathy to realize… it’s not about you!   Key Takeaways [2:01] Leon had dreams of adventure, but grew up to be a broker. Unsatisfied and depressed, he continued in place until he watched the movie, The Motorcycle Diaries. His adventurous desires were reawakened and he quit his job and traveled the world, relying on kindness for support. The kindness of people became a large part of his journey. [5:28] While hitchhiking across America, Leon experienced extraordinary acts of kindness. He concluded that all people have kindness, but they need to connect to it. There is a generosity of spirit in Americans that is not portrayed in the media. [8:24] Leon’s emptiness came from being bullied as a sensitive boy. As he grew, he allowed society to guide his decisions, but it was pain and depression that forced him to break free and start a life of adventure. He advises people to share their pain with one person who will listen without judgment. Leon made commitments to fix himself, and come to a place of kindness and empathy. [16:31] When you are really seen, you feel it. You feel that the other person actually gets who you are. Social media is not a substitute for human-to-human connection to truly feel each other’s energy. [23:33] Kindness is not weakness. Leon offers the example of Muhammad Ali, as a man who touched people’s lives with kindness from the heart. You can be strong and still be kind. [25:00] Trust comes by intuition. You find yourself in a situation and you quickly determine if it’s a safe situation or not. If not, you extricate yourself as quickly as you can. If it’s a safe situation, then you try to connect with the person by finding something in common that interests you both deeply. [31:07] Leon gives to people who need help from his own resources. He creates opportunities for people to grow, develop, and flourish. He works to empower people. [38:27] Leon’s most unexpected situation came in Pittsburgh. He asked a man in the park if he could stay in his home that night. The man turned out to be homeless, but he said, stay with me tonight, and I will feed you, and protect you. Leon’s rational mind said no, but his intuition told him to do it. He learned you don’t have to have a lot on the outside to have a tremendous amount on the inside. [41:09] After their night outside, Leon was able to offer the man an apartment and an opportunity to go to cooking school. Tony accepted and took the opportunity. They changed each other’s lives. Leon learned from him to see the kindness inside a person, and not just what is outside. Tony has made some serious mistakes since then, but he is working his way back from them.   [44:05] Leon knows he’s not a perfect person. He’s relatable because he’s just like you. He says human nature makes us all the same.   Facebook: @LeonLogothetis Twitter: @LeonLogothetis Website: Netflix: The Kindness Diaries on Netflix  

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