212 – Solo Episode: Self Awareness & Leadership Success

This is the first Dose of Leadership episode where I don’t interview a guest.

This is just a quick episode of my thoughts & observations on the importance of self-awarness when it comes to your personal leadership growth and responsibility.

Without self-awareness we can never reach the level of authenticity & vulnerability that will allow us to become Transformational Leaders.

The ideal is to not only influence & gain followers but to begin to transform & train other leaders.  Leaders training leaders is the goal.

Drop me a line to let me know your thoughts!  richard@doseofleadership.com

Semper Fi,

Richard

211 – Margie Warrell: Best Selling Author, Columnist, & Speaker

Margie Warrell is an international thought leader in human potential who is passionate about empowering people live and lead more courageously.

Margie draws on her professional background in Fortune 500 business, psychology, and coaching to provide programs on communication, leadership and resilience to a diverse range of organizations worldwide. Her client list includes NASA, British Telecom, PWC and the Australian Federal Police to name a few.

Founding CEO of Global Courage, a women’s leadership organization, Margie is a strong advocate for gender equality and empowering women to become more influential catalysts for change. She regularly speaks at international women’s events with organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, Accenture and Oracle.

A Forbes columnist and author of three bestselling books, Margie’s down to earth style and sharp insights are regularly sought out by leading media outlets such as The Today Show, FOX News, CNBC and Al Jazeera, Psychology Today and Wall Street Journal. She is also a regular contributor on Australia’s ABC News Breakfast and Sunrise.

A mother of four children, Margie walks her talk when it comes to living bravely. She has travelled widely since growing up on a dairy farm in rural Australia, venturing off the beaten track in over 70 countries, living 3 years in Papua New Guinea and over 10 years in the USA before relocating back to her native Australia in 2012. Today, Margie continues to travel widely with her work, sharing insights, strategies and global perspectives to create lasting behavioural change, better outcomes and more successful organizations.

Live every day with greater clarity, confidence and courage.

Brave is a handbook for being more courageous. Written for busy people on the go, its short, focused chapters provide practical tools and empowering perspectives to help you build your ‘courage muscles’ in your work, relationships and life.

Drawing on her background in business, psychology and coaching, author Margie Warrell will guide you in moving past the fears, doubts and beliefs that keep you from making the changes, and taking the chances, you need to enjoy the fulfillment and success you desire.

Courage is a habit. Practicing it daily, even in quiet small ways, unlocks new possibilities, creates new opportunities, grows your influence and enables you to meet your challenges with more resilience and self-assurance. So whether you’re stuck in a rut, struggling in a relationship, overwhelmed by your daily juggling act or uninspired about your future, Brave will provide you with a regular dose of positive and practical inspiration to:

  • Clarify what ‘success’ truly means to you, and be more purposeful in your daily efforts to achieve it
  • Speak up with greater confidence, and be more assertive in dealing with difficult people, getting what you want and changing what you don’t
  • Define the person and leader you aspire to be, become more resilient under pressure, decisive in uncertainty and adaptable to change
  • Scrap the excuses (your age, education, gender, busyness or children) that sabotage your future actions
  • Dare more boldly, passionately pursuing the goals that inspire you most, no matter how daunting Courage begets courage.

You build it every time you choose to leave the safety of your comfort zone for the sake of something more important. Day by day, brave action by brave action, you can Brave within you to create a life rich in all that you seek. If you want to live your life more powerfully and purposefully, this book will become your trusted companion.

210 – Tim Storey: World Renowned Motivational Speaker, Life-Coach to Hollywood Stars

Timothy Brian Storey is an American life coach, self-help author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur. He is founder of Tim Storey Kids Foundation.

Storey grew up in a family of mixed heritage. He is the son of Anthony and Bessie Storey and the youngest of five children. His father died when he was 10 years old, followed by his sister’s death by car accident when he was 13 years old. He has two children, Isaiah and Chloe.

Storey studied at Southeastern University for three years and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Southern California College, now called Vanguard University. He has also received his doctorate of divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary.

Before Storey was known as a life coach, he began teaching and praying for large masses of people as a traveling minister at 20 years old. His first speaking engagement was in front of 15,000 people, overseas. Now, he is a speaker, author and Life Coach who has traveled to 70 countries.

Back in 1992, a group of individuals believing in the power of possibilities, gathered together with Tim and eventually started the Hollywood Bible Study at the home of Dyan Cannon with seven people. Over the years, thousands of industry professionals and friends showed up monthly to be reminded and encouraged that things were not always what they seemed at first.

Through this study, Tim has helped countless world shakers, like Robert Downey Jr., Kanye West, Christian Slater, Deion Sanders, Natalie Cole, Charlie Sheen, Hunter Tylo, Berry Gordy, Suzanne De Passe, Quincy Jones, Lee Iacocca, Brent Bolthouse and so many more.

Over the years, it has gone from large crowded sessions at the Mondrian Hotel, Wyndham Bel Age (The London) and the Hyatt Andaz West Hollywood to small intimate gatherings in homes across the world in Beverly Hills, Miami, New York, Stockholm and Johannesburg.

The Study is currently meeting at the famous East West Studios in Hollywood, home of legends like Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Michael Jackson, NBC’s The Voice, GLEE, Weezer, Stevie Wonder, U2, Sir Elton John and Incubus. Recently renovated by renowned designer Philippe Starck, EastWest is the perfect spot to get intimate and dive in and take us beyond our immediate perception of life.

Visit Tim’s Website: TimStorey.com

Comeback & Beyond: How to Turn Your Setback into Your Comeback

Have you ever experienced a devastating setback in your life? Maybe you have struggled in marriage or family, perhaps your finances have taken a Comeback & Beyondcatastrophic blow.

All of us encounter difficulties that can be both painful and seemingly impossible to overcome. When your hopes and dreams have turned into a nightmare, it may seem that your life is over. But, God is in the business of resurrecting dead visions.

It does not matter if your setback seems insurmountable, don’t take a step back, because God has already prepared your comeback. Comeback and Beyond, the new book from acclaimed author, Tim Storey, has the answers, strategies and motivation you must have to turn your tragedy into triumph.

You will discover insights from the amazing turnarounds of some of the world’s most prominent winners, and the specific steps they took to experience a full-blown comeback, better and stronger than ever before.

Get ready to experience new hope and a renewed passion for the ultimate life that God has meant for you. It’s time for your comeback!

209 – Darryl Lyons: Author of Small Business Big Pressure, CEO of Pax Financial Group

Author of Small Business Big Pressure.  Endorsed by 2 NY Times bestselling authors (Dave Ramsey & Dan Miller), an NBA Hall of Famer, and 16 successful business owners.

His business is considered one of the best places to work in San Antonio and one of the fastest growing companies in the city (SA Business Journal).

He has been a contributor for the Good Men Project and the San Antonio Express News.

Darryl was recognized as one of the top 40 business people under 40 and the mayor of San Antonio named a park, the Darryl W Lyons Park, after his work helping to redevelop part of the city.

A lifelong Texan, Darryl began his career in the financial sector just one day removed from earning his bachelor’s degree in corporate financial management and accounting at St. Mary’s University. Throughout his career, he has won awards for recruiting and development from Fortune 100 companies.

About Darryl’s Book: “Small Business Big Pressure”

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Small Business is what makes our country great. However, the challenges facing the entrepreneur are overwhelming. Business schools don’t prepare an owner for the real world. Every single entrepreneur will experience an extreme amount of worry, pressure, and confusion. It is a matter of time before the entrepreneur suffers a breakdown. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Small Business Big Pressure is a collision of wisdom and knowledge designed for the 20 year veteran or the soon-to-be entrepreneur. When the business owner aligns all facets of his company with God, something special happens.

In the context of aligning with God’s will, with Small Business Big Pressure you will be able:

    • How to build a mission and vision statement
    • How to accomplish personal and professional goals
    • Understand how to read and use financial statements
    • Understand how to properly hire, train, and fire employees
    • How to build a company identity and inspire the team

Not only will this book give you solid principles, it teaches you from a real tested-in-the trenches entrepreneur how to put these principles in practice today! You will be compelled to keep the book close by through your entire career as a unique reference source and a source of inspiration!

 

208 – Linda Rottenberg: CEO & Co-founder of Endeavor, Author of “Crazy Is a Compliment”

Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and one of TIME’s 100 “Innovators for the 21st century,” Linda Rottenberg is considered among the world’s most dynamic experts on entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership. A frequent lecturer at Fortune 500 companies, Rottenberg is the subject of four case studies by Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her pioneering work also earned her a host of nicknames: ABC and NPR declared her “the entrepreneur whisperer,” Tom Friedman dubbed her the world’s “mentor capitalist,” Business Insider named her “Ms. Davos,” and for years she was known as “la chica loca” (the crazy girl) for insisting that entrepreneurs existed not only in Silicon Valley but also in emerging markets around the world.

Ms. Rottenberg is Co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, the world’s leading organization supporting high-impact entrepreneurs. Headquartered in New York with 50 offices across the globe, Endeavor identifies, mentors, and co-invests in individuals with the biggest ideas, the likeliest potential to build companies that matter, and the greatest ability to inspire others. Since 1997, Rottenberg’s network has screened 40,000 candidates, handpicked 1,000 Endeavor Entrepreneurs, and helped them grow to provide 400,000 jobs and generate $7 billion annually. After spawning entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world, in 2013 Endeavor brought its proven scaleup model to the U.S.

Ms. Rottenberg is also author of the New York Times bestseller, CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, published in October 2014.  In her book, she argues that entrepreneurship isn’t just for young techies in hoodies. Whether you work at a Fortune 500 company, a non-profit, a mom-and-pop, or a startup, everybody needs the mindset to think and act like a change-maker. We all need to be nimble, adaptive, daring, and maybe even a little crazy, or risk being left behind.

Ms. Rottenberg serves on the board of Zayo Group, a global provider of bandwidth infrastructure (NYSE: ZAYO). She a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and serves on the entrepreneurship steering committee of the World Economic Forum.

Ms. Rottenberg has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist, Financial Times, USA Today, Strategy + Business, People, Glamour, and MORE, and has appeared on GMA, The Today Show, Morning Joe, Nightline, NPR, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, and Bloomberg News.  Dell featured her in its “Take Your Own Path” ad campaign and Veuve Clicquot named her Businesswoman of the Year.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Linda lives in Brooklyn with her husband, author and New York Times columnist Bruce Feiler, and their identical twin daughters.

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207 – Srinivas Rao: Best Selling Author and Host of the Unmistakable Creative Podcast

Srinivas Rao is the CEO of Unmistakable Media and the host of the Unmistakable Creative Podcast, which he started as BlogcastFM in 2010.

He has interviewed over 400 creative entrepreneurs and insanely interesting people. His guests have included ex-cons, happiness researchers, world famous cartoonists and entrepreneurs. Scott Adams, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Shawn Achor and Danielle Laporte, are just few people who have been guests on his show.

Srini is also the creator of an annual TED-like conference called The Instigator Experience, where he brings together his best podcast guests for a 2 day live event.

In 2013, self published The Art of Being Unmistakable which became a Wall Street Journal and Amazon Bestseller.

In this episode of the podcast, Srini talks a great deal about his journey and the importance of authenticity & pursuing your purpose.


Resources:

The Art of Being Unmistakable: A Collection of Essays About Making a Dent in the Universe
We live in such a hyper-connected society today flooded with so much talent and so much noise.

Talent alone won’t cut it. Whether you’re an artist, musician, writer or creator of sorts, to stand out in the world you must be unmistakable. It’s the only option.

To create unmistakable work, you must take risks. You must cross lines, personal and professional. You must go to the point of a no return.

On my 34th birthday, I asked myself a question. “If this had been the last year of my life, would I have been ok with how I’d lived?” When my answer was a resounding NO, I knew that something had to change.

So I started to write in a way that was more honest, more transparent and more vulnerable than I ever had. I committed career suicide, one Facebook status update at a time. And in that process I found my voice. This collection of essays is about that journey. I hope it inspires you to find that unmistakable artist in yourself.”

The Unmistakable Creative Podcast
Srini Rao goes in-depth with Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Danielle Laporte, James Altucher and other artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and instigators.

From performance psychologists, graffiti artists, ex-cons, best-selling authors, world-famous cartoonists, and media powerhouses, we uncover the story and turning points that have made them unmistakable.

Whether you’re starting a movement, advancing a conversation, or building a business, we bring you compelling ANSWERS, not just compelling guests.

For more, visit our 500+ episode archive at UNMISTAKABLECREATIVE.COM (an Unmistakable Media, Inc. company)

206 – Aaron T. Walker: Businessman & Life Coach

Businessman and Life Coach, Aaron T. Walker, has inspired many through his leadership, mentorship, and consistent pursuit of excellence. He enjoys helping others and believes experience is a great teacher. 35 years of entrepreneurship and marriage have given Aaron a wealth of experience. Aaron continues to reach new heights and broaden his perspective of the terrain by examining his experiences and growing from them.

Pursuit of Excellence:

For 19 years and counting, Aaron has taken classes from and has been coached personally by his friend, financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Spiritual mentors David Landrith and Bob Warren have impacted his spiritual life beyond measure. Two other disciplined mastermind groups, 48 Days led by friend Dan Miller and The Torch have played a role in his understanding of how to live a significant, successful life. Aaron incorporates education and learning opportunities into his daily routine, remaining informed of the latest tools and trends available.

Leadership:

It only took a few years as a partner with David Patton Construction LLC for Aaron to help take the business from doing one to two projects per year to a multi-million dollar company, voted number one builder for three consecutive years by Nashville’s House & Home & Garden Magazine’s People’s Choice Awards. He sold his retail business to Cash America USA, a Fortune 500 company. In addition to being the owner of eight lucrative businesses, Aaron participates in civic endeavors.

Mentorship:

Through his participation in personal accountability groups, Aaron mentors 11 individuals weekly now and has for over five years. The Eagles Group, a collection of Nashville’s most respected leaders met weekly for over a decade. At his local church, Aaron is an active member, team leader, Deacon, and teacher.

Visit Aaron’s Website:

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205 – LtGen George Flynn: Retired Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command

Simon Sinek said he had an “a-ha” leadership moment while interviewing retired USMC General George Flynn for Simon’s latest book “Leaders Eat Last“.

In the interview Sinek asked Flynn if he could summarize what made the Marine Corps leadership style so unique.  Flynn said it was quite simple; it was because “Officers eat last”.  This fundamental intentional concept explains what makes the Marine Corps so extraordinarily tight-knit, to the point that they willingly trust their lives to one another. In every chow-hall across the globe, Marines line up for their food each day, and the most junior ranking Marines eat first. Their leaders eat last. Such procedures are not recorded in the Marine Corp handbook or procedural code. Nor are they communicated at roll call. It’s just the way that Marine leadership teaches responsibility.

Many people think leadership to be about rank, power and privilege. Marines, however, maintain that true leadership is the willingness to place others’ needs above your own. That’s why Sinek titled his 2014 book Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. True leadership, he writes, is about empowering others to achieve things they didn’t believe possible.

George Flynn wrote the forward to Simon’s book and is a huge advocate of Sinek’s “Start With Why” movement.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The importance of empowerment and decentralized decision making.
  • How love enables others to overcome fear
  • How Commanders Intent is the answer to bridge the gap between strategic planning & execution.
  • Leadership is more about having a “teacher-to-scholar” relationship.

Here is LtGen George Flynn’s official biography:

Lieutenant General Flynn graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Relations from Salve Regina College, a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a Master of Science Degree in National Security and Strategy from the National War College. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff and the National War College.

Lieutenant General Flynn’s command assignments include:
Commanding Officer, HQ Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines; (1979-1980); Commanding Officer, L Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines (1980); Commanding Officer, P Battery, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (1984-1985); Commanding Officer, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (1992-1993); Commanding Officer, Officer Candidates School (1999- 2001), Commanding General, Training Command (2002-2004), Commanding General, Training and Education Command (2006-2007). Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command (2008-2013).

Lieutenant General Flynn’s staff assignments include: Forward Observer, Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer and S-4 A, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines (1976-1979); Officer Selection Officer, Manchester, New Hampshire, (1981-1984), Operations Officer, 5th Battalion, 10th Marines (1985-1986), Plans Officer, Plans Policies and Operations Department, Headquarters Marine Corps (1987-1989); Junior Aide-de-Camp to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (1989-1991); Assistant Fire Support Coordinator, 2d Marine Division (1991-1992); Future Operations Officer, III Marine Expeditionary Force (1994-1995); Military Assistant to the Executive Secretary to the Secretary of Defense (1995-1997); Military Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (1997-1998); Head, Strategic Initiatives Group, Headquarters Marine Corps (1998-1999); Military Secretary to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (2001-2002); Deputy Commanding General, Training and Education Command (2002-2004). Chief of Staff and Director, Command Support Center, United States Special Operations Command (2004-2006). Deputy Commanding General Multi-National Corps-Iraq (2008).

204 – William Ury: World Leading Expert on Negotiation & Mediation; Author of “Getting to Yes with Yourself”

William Ury, co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, is one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation. He is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project.

He is the author of Getting to Yes with Yourself (HarperOne, January 2015), The Power of a Positive NoGetting Past No, and The Third Side, and co-author (with Roger Fisher and Bruce Patton) of Getting to Yes.

Getting to Yes, the world’s bestselling book on negotiation, has almost twelve million copies in print in English and has been translated into thirty-four languages. “No other book in the field comes close to its impact on the way practitioners, teachers, researchers, and the public approach negotiation,” comments the National Institute on Dispute Resolution.

For the past thirty-five years, William has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from Kentucky wildcat coal mine strikes to ethnic wars in the Middle East, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. He has taught negotiation and mediation to tens of thousands of corporate executives, labor leaders, diplomats, and military officers around the world. He has helped hundreds of businesses and organizations reach mutually profitable agreements with customers, suppliers, unions, and joint-venture partners.

With former president Jimmy Carter, William co-founded the International Negotiation Network, a non-governmental body seeking to end civil wars around the world. In an advisory capacity, he helped end a civil war in Indonesia and assisted in preventing one in Venezuela.

During the 1980s, he helped the U.S. and Soviet governments create nuclear crisis centers designed to avert an accidental nuclear war. In that capacity, he served as a consultant to the Crisis Management Center at the White House. William is co-founder of the Climate Parliament, which offers members of congress and parliament across the world an Internet-based forum to address practical solutions for climate change. Time magazine described the organization as a “Google for global politics.”

He is founder of the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to build bridges between cultures and faiths by opening a walking trail and cultural route in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham and his family. ABC’s Christiane Amanpour calls the Abraham Path “an unprecedented initiative to break down barriers and foster communication in the most divided region of the world.”

William is the recipient of the Whitney North Seymour Award from the American Arbitration Association and the Distinguished Service Medal from the Russian Parliament. His work has been widely featured in the media from The New York Times to the Financial Times and from CNN to the BBC. He has a popular TED talk, “The Walk from No to Yes.”

Trained as a social anthropologist, with a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard, William has carried out his research on negotiation not only in the boardroom and at the bargaining table, but also among the Bushmen of the Kalahari and the clan warriors of New Guinea.

GETTING TO YES WITH YOURSELF (AND OTHER WORTHY OPPONENTS)

How can you expect to get to Yes with others if you haven’t gotten to Yes with yourself?

The greatest obstacle to successful agreements and satisfying relationships is not the other side. The biggest obstacle is actually ourselves—our natural tendency to react in ways that do not serve our true interests. But this obstacle can also become our biggest opportunity.

William Ury’s Getting to Yes with Yourself offers six proven steps to get what you really want in life. The effective tips, strategies, and techniques in Getting to Yes with Yourself can be used by everyone, every day, in every situation.

In Getting to Yes with Yourself, you’ll learn how to:

  • uncover the inner obstacles that are keeping you from getting to Yes
  • reach positive agreements with others
  • develop healthy relationships
  • make your business more productive
  • live a more satisfying life

203 – Kimanzi Constable: Lifestyle Entrepreneur & Author

For twelve years Kimanzi Constable lived a life that could be best described as “existing.” He wanted more from his life but listened to his doubts, fears and the negative voices of other people.

Kimanzi started a service business at nineteen that grew to multiple six figures and had five employees in three states. Here’s the thing though, he didn’t know anything about business, and quickly got his family and himself into serious financial trouble.

He continued to limp through the business for twelve years, even though it wasn’t his dream or passion. Every day he wanted to quit, but without a college degree or any special skills, what could he do?

Things came to a breaking point in the summer of 2011. He was over $180,000 in debt, his marriage was falling apart, and his children barely knew him because he was always working. The cherry on the cake was that he was 170 pounds overweight!

In the back of his mind he had a dream of being a writer. How could that be possible, a guy with no college degree become a writer? More than that, he wanted freedom!

Three years ago he finally got fed up enough to stop existing and to do something about his dream. He decided to stop listening to all those things keeping him from a life that his family truly deserved.

He self-published a book that was a complete flop at first.  He sold five copies in the first six months. He was defeated, but determined.

He figured out a few things about the Internet and social media.  He used some strategy and self-published a second book. To date, both books have sold over 86,000 copies. (The strategies he used are in his free guides, so be sure to sign up for his email updates)

He got a book deal with a large traditional publisher and his dream of seeing his book in bookstores became a reality May 1,2013.

He got an invitation to speak at a conference in West Virginia in July of 2012, and has since spoken all over the world.  So far he has spoken in twelve states and twelve countries.

Despite all of these amazing accomplishments, he still has a family to support. The money from the books was good, and so was the money from speaking, but he needed more. He needed some consistent income.

So he sat down with his family and thought about what they wanted. They wanted freedom to do what they wanted, to live life on their terms.

They wanted to be location independent, where all they would need to make an income was an Internet connection. They’ve spent three years making that dream a reality and they are now living the dream!

Kimanzi lost 170 pounds, he quit my day job, and his family moved from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Maui, Hawaii! He’s not teaching you theories here. He’s done this in his life and he wants to help you accomplish your dreams.

He’s a contributing writer for the Huffington Post, the Good Men ProjectEntrepreneur Magazine, and Mind Body Green.

202 – Simon Sinek: Visionary Leadership Thinker; Best Selling Author of “Start With Why” & “Leaders Eat Last”

Simon Sinek is an unshakable optimist. He believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together.

Imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there, and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled by the work they do, feeling that they have contributed to something greater than themselves.

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. With a bold goal to help build a world in which the vast majority of people go home everyday feeling fulfilled by their work, Sinek is leading a movement to inspire people to do the things that inspire them.

A trained ethnographer, he is the author of two books: the global best seller, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and his newest book, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.

Fascinated by the leaders and companies that make the greatest impact in their organizations and in the world, those with the capacity to inspire, he has discovered some remarkable patterns about how they think, act and communicate and the environments in which people operate at their natural best. He has devoted his life to sharing his thinking in order to help other leaders and organizations inspire action.

He is best known for popularizing the concept of Why and for the talk he gave on the subject that became the second most watched talk of all time on TED.com. Sinek’s unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with an array of leaders and organizations, including: 3M, Costco, Deckers, Ernst & Young, HSM, jetBlue, KPMG, Pfizer, NBC/Universal, the military, government agencies and entrepreneurs. Sinek has also had the honor of sharing his ideas at the United Nations, the United States Congress and with the senior leadership of the United States Air Force, United States Marine Corps, and United States Army. 

Sinek shares his optimism with all who will listen. He speaks around the globe and has commented for local and national press, including The New York Times, Inc. Magazine, NPR, BusinessWeek. Sinek is active on Twitter and writes his own blog, simonsinek.com.

Sinek is an adjunct staff member of the RAND Corporation, one of the most highly regarded think tanks in the world. He is also active in the arts and not-for-profit world, working with charity: water, an organization devoted to helping bring clean water to the over 700 million people around the world who don’t yet have it. He also serves on the board of the Tami Stronach Dance Company.

201 – Rachel Cruze: Speaker and Author on Life and Money for the Next Generation

Rachel was born the year her parents, Dave and Sharon Ramsey, lost everything and filed for bankruptcy. She grew up watching the sacrifices they made, and she learned early how to save for the future, spend wisely, avoid debt, and give generously.

Rachel grew up hearing people tell her dad, “I wish I’d heard this message years ago.” That fueled her desire to reach people and share the hard lessons her parents learned. It became her passion. It’s why she spoke to audiences as large as 12,000 at the age of 15, and why she travels the country today encouraging audiences ranging from universities and nonprofits to corporations and associations.

Rachel has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today ShowThe Meredith Vieira ShowKatie, and Fox & Friends. She’s also contributed to magazines like Woman’s Day and is a featured speaker at events like Smart Conference and The Legacy Journey LIVE! Her video blog launched in 2014 with the goal of making money fun, and it has become wildly popular. Her first book, a collaboration with her dad called Smart Money Smart Kids, is a number-one New York Times best-seller. In other words, the message is resonating!

Rachel is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with her husband Winston and their yellow lab, Nala.

Smart Money Smart Kids

RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION TO WIN WITH MONEY
In Smart Money Smart Kids, financial expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze equip parents to teach their children how to win with money. Starting with the basics like working, spending, saving, and giving then moving into more challenging issues like avoiding debt, paying cash for college, and battling discontentment, Dave and Rachel present a no-nonsense, common-sense approach to changing your family tree.

Connect With Rachel

You can follow Rachel on Twitter @RachelCruze or at facebook.com/rachelramseycruze. Sign up for her free monthly newsletter.

200 – John R. Bell: Former Global CEO & Author of “Do Less Better”

John Bell is a retired consumer packaged goods CEO and global strategy consultant to some of the world’s most respected blue-chip organizations. A prolific writer, John’s musings on strategy, leadership, and branding have appeared in various marketing journals and publications such as Fortune and Forbes. He has served as a director of several private, public, and not-for-profit organizations.

Do Less Better has its roots in John Bell’s early career. At that time, John and a young leadership team faced the daunting task of resurrecting a company with a broad product range and buckets of red ink. That team took a step few leaders do, setting aside their own egos and trimming the company down to a shadow of its former self. The business that remained grew rapidly because they concentrated on running it, and nothing else. The lesson-learned served him well throughout his career as a CEO and then consultant: smart sacrifice is the surprising secret to success

Business complexity has never been greater, but it is not the phenomenon itself but rather the inability to cut through the clutter that blocks the way to clarity and coherence.

Do Less Better: The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World

 (Palgrave Macmillan USA) teaches leaders how to recognize the complexity within their businesses and reveals how they can simplify and streamline through specialization and sacrifice. A company’s willingness to focus on a particular vision or identity holds the key to competitive advantage in a business world where big keeps getting bigger. 

For leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs who need help embracing the practices that foster agility, foresight, adaptability, and resilience, Do Less Better provides a tool-kit of road-tested strategies.

199 – John Ramstead: Executive Coach, Former Navy Fighter Pilot, Host of “Eternal Leadership Podcast”

As a leadership and executive coach, it is John’s purpose and joy to help individuals and companies reach their full potential. His twenty-five years as a Navy fighter pilot, serial entrepreneur, Fortune 500 management team member, board chair, and one who has held many other leadership positions uniquely qualifies him for what he feels his is now called to do. Having been in your shoes John truly understands the challenges you face.

John’s journey started when the U.S. Navy accepted him into flight school to become a Naval Aviator. The day he pinned on his wings of gold and received orders to fly the F-14 was the culmination of a dream he held since childhood. He went on to fly combat missions in Iraq and was selected to attend TOPGUN.

Visit John’s Eternal Leadership Website

John’s military and combat experience prepared him to succeed in his next career as an entrepreneur. Since leaving the Navy John has been part of three successful start up ventures, led a management team at a Fortune 100 company and developed a significant consulting practice.

John had a deep need to succeed in every aspect in my life, not just at work, but in his personal life to.  At a time when John felt his life lacked balance a close friend shared with him the love of Jesus. Accepting Him into John’s life gave everything focus and clarity. There were many storms still on the horizon but John now had a Navigator.

Three years ago John had a serious accident and suffered near fatal injuries and broke almost every bone in his face and skull. His neck was fractured and his rib cage was crushed. In the last three years John has had over 20 surgeries and procedures.

When John woke up at the accident scene he was in pain beyond description. As he struggled against those holding him down the presence of God surrounded him. Never had he felt such personal unconditional love! That moment is still as vivid to John as if it happened yesterday. In His presence all of John’s pain disappeared and he was at total peace. It was then that God spoke to John. John heard God say “All things work together for good for those that love the Lord and I will heal you and use this for My glory!”

Having been in God’s presence and experiencing what an authentic and personal relationship with Him truly is transformed John to who he is.

The Eternal Leadership Podcast

Eternal LeadershipThere comes a point in life where one desires to live a life of significance. The Eternal Leadership podcast brings you expert thought leaders on life, business, relationships and faith to provide clarity and solutions to the complex issues leaders face every day!

198 – Fred Swaniker: Founder & Executive Chairman of African Leadership Academy

Fred is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. In line with this, he has founded two organizations that aim to catalyze a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders: African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network.

In recognition of his work in developing Africa’s future leaders, Fred was selected as one of 115 young leaders to meet US President Obama at the first-ever President’s Forum for Young African Leaders held at the White House in 2010. He has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was listed by Forbes Magazine among the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa in 2011. Fred was also recognized by Echoing Green as one of fifteen “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” in 2006. He was a 2009 TED Fellow and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.

Fred began his professional career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class at the business school. He was born in Ghana but has lived and worked in about 10 different African countries.

See Fred’s TED Talk Here

197 – Lee Cockerell: Former Executive VP of Operations for Walt Disney World

Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. “As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world.”

One of Lee’s major and lasting legacies was the creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for 8 years and the Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris project.

Lee has served as Chairman of the Board of Heart of Florida United Way, the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the board of the Production and Operations Management Society and the board of Reptilia a Canadian attractions and entertainment company. In 2005 Governor Bush appointed Lee to the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Public Service for the state of Florida where he served as Chairman of the Board.

Lee’s Latest Book: Time Management Magic

Executive Time Management Secrets from a Life at Disney… During Lee Cockerell’s career at Disney as the Senior Operating Executive of Walt Disney World Resort, he led a team of 40,000 Cast Members (employees) and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks and the ESPN Sports Complex.

As you can imagine, Lee had to become a time management expert, first as a means of survival and then as a way to help others make the best use of their time. The time management secrets he developed have become one of his most requested corporate training lectures and are now available to you in this tell–all book.

196 – Drew Dudley: Founder & Chief Catalyst of Nuance Leadership Inc.

The former coordinator of one of the largest university leadership development programs in Canada, Drew Dudley nevertheless embraces the idea that “leadership cannot be taught. It can only be learned.”

“I’ve never thought of what I do as ‘teaching’ leadership,” says Drew.  “For me, it’s always been about trying to find a way to help others explore the concept – what it means to them, and to their communities.”

Drew has helped raise over $5 million as the Founder or Chair of several organizations dedicated to supporting scholarship funds, social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives, including a record-breaking term as the National Chair of Canada’s largest fundraiser for post-secondary students, “Shinerama: Students Fighting Cystic Fibrosis”.

In Drew’s current role as the Founder and Chief Catalyst of Nuance Leadership Inc., he works with organizations around the world to empower people to increase their leadership capacity. His clients included some of the world’s most dynamic companies and organizations, including McDonald’s, Proctor & Gamble, JP Morgan Chase, and over 75 colleges and universities.

Drew has spoken to over 100,000 people on 5 continents, been featured on The Huffington PostRadio AmericaForbes.com, and TED.com, where his “TED talk” has been voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time” and viewed over a million times.

195 – Mindy Hall, PhD: President & CEO, Peak Development Consulting, Author of “Leading with Intention”

Mindy Hall, PhD is the President and CEO of Peak Development Consulting, LLC. Since founding the company 1996, she has worked with clients throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia to create sustainable organization and leadership development solutions: helping leaders create solutions for today’s challenges, while also growing their capacity to lead future initiatives from within. Clients include leading pharmaceutical, biotechnology, technology, insurance, manufacturing, government, and nonprofit organizations, several of which are among the Fortune 50.

Mindy has over 25 years of experience in organization and leadership development. Prior to founding Peak Development, her corporate career spanned positions in the pharmaceutical and banking industries, including experience in global roles and as an expatriate in Paris. She began her career as the director of a nonprofit, 24-hour crisis center and has always been surprised how transferable the skills were from crisis center to corporate work.

She holds a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, and her doctoral dissertation, “Deep Learning: A Case Study Exploration” was published in paperback in 2011. She also holds Master’s Degrees in both Organization Development and Human Resources Management.

Her newest book, Leading with Intention: Every Moment Is a Choice, challenges you to make a profound, deliberate mark on both your organization and the world around you. Informed by her experience working with leaders in Fortune 50 companies, biotech start-ups, financial services firms, and non-profit organizations, Leading with Intention provides real-life examples and practical tools for increasing your awareness and being more deliberate in your choices. It is available now for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Mindy hosts the podcast Peak Development Radio, featuring great conversations and practical advice for making your organization stronger. Guests have included leaders from Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, Novartis, Pfizer, Biogen Idec, and more. Episodes are available through peakdevelopment.comiTunes, and Stitcher radio on-demand.

She is a contributing columnist for Entrepreneur, and writes the Growing Your Organization blog, for leaders who know that growth isn’t solely about size; it encompasses culture, strategy, innovation, efficiency, leadership, teamwork, and more.

She counts herself fortunate to be doing work she loves with people she respects. Her philosophy can be summed up in eight simple words: “I want it to matter that we met.”

194 – Ken Blanchard: Chief Spiritual Officer & Servant Leadership Guru of The Ken Blanchard Companies

With a passion to turn every leader into a servant leader, Ken Blanchard shares his insightful and powerful message with audiences around the world through speeches, consulting services, and bestselling books. Universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most influential and compassionate leadership experts in the world, Ken is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership. In fact, few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard.

When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. No matter how large the audience, he is able to communicate with each person as if the two of them were alone and talking one on one. Ken is a sophisticated storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand.

Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Cornell University, and he also teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Ken’s impact as an author is far reaching. His iconic 1982 classic, The One Minute Manager, coauthored with Spencer Johnson, has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on bestseller lists today. In the past three decades he has authored or coauthored 60 books whose combined sales total more than 21 million copies. His groundbreaking works—including Raving FansThe Secret, and Leading at a Higher Level, to name just a few—have been translated into more than 42 languages. In 2005 Ken was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.

Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the Council of Peers Award of Excellence. He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received the Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA, The Association of Learning Providers.

About Ken’s Latest Book, “Refire! Don’t Retire”

There are over 40 million people aged sixty-two or older in the United States alone. This book shows them how to make the most of the second half of their lives—and will appeal to Refire-dont-retireother age groups as well.

Refire! Don’t Retire asks readers the all-important question: As you approach the remainder of your life, what are you going to do to make it joyful and meaningful?

Ken Blanchard and Morton Shaevitz point out that too many people see their later years as a time to endure rather than as an exciting opportunity. Both research and common sense confirm that people who embrace these years with gusto—rather than withdrawing or waiting for things to happen—consistently make the rest of their lives the best of their lives.

In the trademark Ken Blanchard style, the authors tell the compelling story of Larry and Janice Sparks, who discover how to see each day as an opportunity to enhance their relationships, stimulate their minds, revitalize their bodies, and grow spiritually. As they learn to refire and open up to new experiences, Larry and Janice rekindle passion in every area of their lives.

Readers will find humor, practical information, and profound wisdom in Refire! Don’t Retire. Best of all, they will be inspired to make all the years ahead truly worth living.

193 – Torie Clarke: Senior VP for Corporate Affairs at SAP; Communication Expert

Torie ClarkeA Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs at the multinational software corporation SAP and on-air commentator for ABC, Torie Clarke has advised some of the world’s top executives. Best known to the public as the chief spokesperson for the Pentagon on 9/11 and the beginning of the Iraq war, Ms. Clarke has long been respected within the worlds of politics and public relations as one of the most insightful experts on communication in the age of transparency. The architect of the media “embedding” program in Iraq, Clarke has stood on the leading edge of this transformation of the information environment for more than two decades.

In a media environment in which transparency is inescapable, blogs are better trusted than the front pages and YouTube can draw more viewers than the evening news, the information space reaches everywhere— and everyone, from CEOs to frontline employees, is a communicator. No one understands that dynamic better—or has done more to help politicians, industries, and organizations harness the possibilities and navigate the perils of this new communications landscape—than Torie Clarke.lipstick on a pig

A nationally acclaimed expert on crisis communications as well as public outreach, she has been Senior Advisor of Communications and Government Relations to Comcast, President of Bozell Eskew advertising, head of the Washington office of the internationally known public relations firm of Hill and Knowlton and Vice President of the National Cable Telecommunications Association.

As Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs during the first moments of the war on terror, press secretary for George H.W. Bush’s 1992 re-election campaign and more, Ms. Clarke has witnessed history— and helped to make it—from vantage points ranging from Air Force One to the war room inside the Pentagon on 9/11. She has appeared on programs ranging from 60 Minutes to Good Morning America to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has been a close advisor to Arizona Senator John McCain since his early days in Congress as well as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative during the first Bush Administration.

In her book Lipstick on a Pig: Winning in the No-Spin Era by Someone Who Knows the Game, Clarke offers a complete guide to the age of transparency. Entertaining, approachable and full of crucial insight and practical guidance, Lipstick on a Pig is indispensable not only for business figures and media relations specialists, but also for the vast range of communicators whose words and actions shape the public image of their organizations today.

192 – Mark Sanborn: Developing Leaders in Business & Life

Mark Sanborn 2Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international bestselling author and noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and change.

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Mark Sanborn graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University. In addition to his work as a business educator and author, Mark continues to be an active leadership practitioner. Most recently he served as the president of the National Speakers Association.

Mark holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA) and is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame. He was recently honored with the Cavett Award, the highest honor the NSA bestows on its members, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the speaking profession. Mark is also a member of the exclusive Speakers Roundtable, made up of 20 of the top speakers in America.

Mark is the author of eight books, including the bestseller The Fred Factor: How Passion In Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary which has sold more than 1.6 million copies internationally. His other books include You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Positive Difference, Teambuilt: Making Teamwork Work, The Encore Effect: How to Achieve Remarkable Performance in Anything You Do and his most recent book, Up, Down or Sideways: How to Succeed When Times are Good, Bad or In Between. His latest book is Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results which was released March 2013.

He has created and appeared in 20 videos and numerous audio training programs. His video series Team Building: How to Motivate and Manage People made it to the #2 spot for bestselling educational video series in the U.S.

Mark’s list of over 2400 clients includes Costco, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, FedEx, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, KPMG, Morton’s of Chicago, New York Life, RE/MAX, ServiceMaster, ESPN, GM, IBM, Avnet, Sandvik and John Deere.

“We each know how good we have become,” Mark says, “but none of us knows how good we can be. One of the most exciting opportunities we get each day is to pursue our potential.” Mark Sanborn challenges his audiences with this message and provides insights for extraordinary living.

A Speaker is Born

Mark Sanborn gave his first speech at the age of 10 in a 4-H safety speaking contest. He did so poorly and lost so badly that he decided to try again. After that he was hooked. Public speaking became his passion and eventually his vocation.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Mark worked his way through college as an After Dinner Speaker. After graduation, he was an Account Executive, Regional Manager and Associate Publisher in the magazine publishing industry.

Mark Sanborn entered professional speaking full-time in 1986.

What Drives Mark Sanborn?

Once asked what he would like as an epitaph, Mark explained, “Malcolm Forbes asked that his gravestone read, ‘While alive, he lived.’ I aim beyond that. As a result of my life, work and relationships, I would hope my headstone someday reads, “While alive, he lived. While he lived, he loved. Because he loved, he served. And when he served, he led.”

He resides in the greater Denver, Colorado area with his wife Darla and sons Hunter and Jackson. Mark is also an avid downhill skier, scuba diver and motorcyclist.

We invite you to learn more about Mark Sanborn and how his keynote presentations, books and learning resources on leadership, customer service, and remarkable performance can make an extraordinary difference in your work and life.

191 – Sharyl Attkisson: Investigative Journalist; Author of “Stonewalled”

sharyl-attkisson-587x620Sharyl Attkisson is an Emmy award winning investigative journalist and author.

She became a Washington-based correspondent for CBS News in January 1995. Prior to that, she co-anchored CBS News “Up to the Minute.”

Before joining CBS, Attkisson was an anchor and correspondent for CNN (1990-1993). From 1996-2001, in addition to her CBS News duties, Attkisson hosted a half-hour weekly medical news magazine on PBS entitled “HealthWeek.”

Prior to working on the national news, Attkisson was a reporter, anchor and/or producer at WTVT Tampa (1986-1990), WBNS Columbus, Ohio (1985-1986) and WTVX Ft. Pierce (1982-1985).

Attkisson was one of the first journalists to fly on a military combat mission: a B-52 sortie in Kosovo. She also flew on an F-15 fighter jet Combat Air Patrol (CAP) flight.

Attkisson attended the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications where she worked as a reporter at WUFT-TV and WRUF radio. Attkisson served on the University’s Journalism College Advisory Council (1993-1997) and was chairman in 1996. In 1997, she received the University of Florida’s Alumnae of Outstanding Achievement Award. She co-authored the college textbook: “Writing Right for Broadcast and Internet News” (Allyn & Bacon 2003).

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About the Book: “Stonewalled”

Seasoned CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson reveals how she has been electronically surveilled while digging deep into the Obama Administration and its scandals, and offers an incisiveStonewalled__38079.1406901750.251.374 critique of her industry and the shrinking role of investigative journalism in today’s media.

Americans are at the mercy of powerful figures in business and government who are virtually unaccountable. The Obama Administration in particular has broken new ground in its monitoring of journalists, intimidation and harassment of opposition groups, and surveillance of private citizens.

Sharyl Attkisson has been a journalist for more than thirty years. During that time she has exposed scandals and covered controversies under both Republican and Democratic administrations. She has also seen the opponents of transparency go to ever greater lengths to discourage and obstruct legitimate reporting.

Attkisson herself has been subjected to “opposition research” efforts and spin campaigns. These tactics increased their intensity as she relentlessly pursued stories that the Obama Administration dismissed. Stonewalled is the story of how her news reports were met with a barrage of PR warfare tactics, including online criticism, as well as emails and phone calls up the network chain of command in an effort to intimidate and discourage the next story. In Stonewalled, Attkisson recounts her personal tale, setting it against the larger story of the decline of investigative journalism and unbiased truth telling in America today.

190 – Amy & Matt Baumgardner: Advocates For Faith, Hope, & Forgiveness; Authors of “From This Day Forward”

BaumgardnerAmy Baumgardner had a unique opportunity to share her story with the world in May of 2012 when she was asked to be a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s Life class with Iyanla Vanzant.

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The segment focused on “Overcoming Guilt”, and Amy was chosen to share her two-year struggle with alcohol, her resulting crumbling marriage, and ultimately, her crippling guilt after a drunk driving accident that left her 5 year old daughter in critical condition.  The segment aired on July 29, 2012 and segments can be viewed on line at Oprah.com

Instead of focusing on shame and guilt, Amy chose to focus her energy on writing a book, From This Day Forward, A Love Story of  Faith, Hope and Forgiveness with her husband, Matt.

Together they share how they have weathered the storm of addiction and rebuilt their family and marriage one day at a time.

Amy is a contributing  freelance writer to In Recovery Magazine and post her personal Blogs on

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Amy makes her recovery, family and spirituality a priority and encourage others to do the same.  She shares her journey in hope that it will inspire others to make the change that is necessary to living the life they always wanted to live.

Matt and Amy have three amazing kids together.  She is truly grateful and has learned that through her struggles she has found her strength.

The 4Give Foundation

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Matt and Amy have started to make 4Give and official 501(c)3 non-profit foundation!

Click the link below to learn how you can help stop the stigma. 4Give is a foundation Matt and Amy started to help those in recovery, stay in recovery.

With a portion of the proceeds from their  book, From This Day Forward, A Love Story of Hope, Faith and Forgiveness and your generous donations they can help individuals having trouble completing their in-patient treatment due to financial hardships or insurance limitations.

All of the money earned will go directly to the drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility hosting the individual in need.

Please take a moment to click the link below and donate. Helping just one person can help an entire family through this terrible disease.

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189 – Donald T. Phillips: International Bestselling Author of over 20 books, Including “Lincoln on Leadership”

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Best-selling author of major works of nonfiction, Don Phillips is known for his ability to tell stories and bring history alive with crisp compelling prose.  His trilogy on American leadership (Lincoln On Leadership, The Founding Fathers On Leadership, Martin Luther King, Jr. On Leadership) has won worldwide acclaim.  His first book, Lincoln On Leadership, helped pave the way toward the creation of an entire new genre of books on historical leadership.  Mr. Phillips is the author of more than twenty books.

BOOKS BY DONALD T. PHILLIPS

INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN SPEAKER AND LEADERSHIP CONSULTANT
Don Phillips has consulted, coordinated leadership seminars, and given motivational speeches for:  U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, United Airlines, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Pizza Hut, Federal Computer Week, National Executive Institute Associates, Major City Chief’s of Police, Southern Methodist University, and many others.  [See Speaker page on this website.]

EXTENSIVE MEDIA EXPERIENCE
Don Phillips has appeared in many national and international media forums, including CBS, ABC, AP, Bloomberg Business, CNBC, FOX Morning Television, Voice of America English Language Broadcast, National Public Radio, C-Span Booknotes, The American Football Coaches Association, and The Aspen Institute.

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Don Phillips has held numerous private leadership positions and has served with distinction in local city government, including:  Mayor of Fairview, Texas (three terms) and Vice Chairman, Cranberry Township (Pennsylvania) Planning Commission.  He also has more than twenty years of experience in business and industry holding various managerial/executive positions with major corporations in the Energy and Information Technology industries.

188 – Joel Brown: Founder & CEO of Addicted2Success.com

Joel-BrownJoel Brown is the founder, chief executive officer and chief editor of Addicted2Success.com, a web-based provider of services that empower and encourage people through a variety of self development processes and motivational stories.

Addicted2Success offers an inside look at what it really takes to achieve success through inspirational videos, interviews, and presentations by entrepreneurs, life coaches, celebrities, and venerated individuals from around the world. Since starting the company in 2011, Joel has overseen all of the daily operations and provided guidance for its evolution and growth. Primarily, he is engaged with maintaining and marketing the website to ensure that it provides the most up-to-date, pertinent, and practical information available.

Drawing on his experience with journalism, life coaching, social media consulting, and website development, he has created a unique, comprehensive, and beneficial experience that is enjoyed by thousands of satisfied members. Joel Browns success can be attributed to his motivation, persistence, and passion for helping people, qualities that are equally apparent in all of his personal undertakings. In addition to his affiliations with prominent entrepreneurs such as Tony Robbins, he trained with and was certified by Richard Bandler as an NLP practitioner and has recently graduated in the art of Transcendental Meditation.

While continually promoting Addicted2Success and encouraging people around the world to achieve their goals, Joel finds time to support the community through his involvement with Vision Australia.

Follow Joel Brown on Twitter or keep up to date with him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joelbrownA2S

187 – Bill McDermott: CEO of SAP, the world’s business software market leader; Author of “Winners Dream”

70_McDermott_BillBill McDermott is Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Executive Board of SAP, the world’s business software market leader with more than 263,000 customers in 188 countries. He leads the company’s 68,800 employees and more than two-million-person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to make the world run better and improve people’s lives.

Under Bill’s leadership, in 2014 SAP unveiled a strategy to help businesses of all sizes simplify everything. The company has placed an unrivaled focus on delivering a beautiful user experience and has built the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of solutions in the SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA.

A personal champion of customer centricity, Bill and former Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe are credited with leading the reinvention of SAP in the era of mobility, cloud computing, advanced analytics, next-generation business applications and in-memory technology. Since 2010, this innovation-led strategy has resulted in expansive increases in customers, total revenue, market value and profitable growth. With a 99% approval rating from employees, Bill and Jim were ranked #2 on Glassdoor.com’s listing of the world’s top 50 CEOs in 2013.

Bill has more than three decades of experience in business technology. He joined SAP in 2002 to lead the business in North America and has steadily risen to his current role as chief executive officer. Before joining SAP he served in senior executive roles with Siebel Systems and Gartner, Inc. He launched his business career at Xerox Corporation, where he rose to become the company’s youngest corporate officer and division president.

Bill got his start as a young entrepreneur running a small delicatessen business on Long Island, New York, at age 17. He is a passionate believer in engaging up-and-coming young leaders and has been recognized by organizations ranging from City Year of Greater Philadelphia to the Children’s Aid Society of New York City. A frequent speaker on leadership topics, he was a 2014 keynote speaker at Leadercast, a movement focused on building leaders worth following.

In addition to his SAP and civic commitments, Bill serves on the boards of directors of Under Armour and ANSYS, Inc. He regularly contributes original content to major international publications and blogs on topics ranging from innovation to the future of business.

Bill received his bachelor’s degree from Dowling College and his Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Winners Dream: A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office

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A leadership and career manifesto told through the narrative of one of today’s most inspiring, admired, and successful global leaders.

In Winners Dream, Bill McDermott—the CEO of the world’s largest business software company, SAP—chronicles how relentless optimism, hard work, and disciplined execution embolden people and equip organizations to achieve audacious goals.

Growing up in working-class Long Island, a sixteen-year-old Bill traded three hourly wage jobs to buy a small deli, which he ran by instinctively applying ideas that would be the seeds for his future success. After paying for and graduating college, Bill talked his way into a job selling copiers door-to-door for Xerox, where he went on to rank number one in every sales position he held and eventually became the company’s youngest-ever corporate officer. Eventually, Bill left Xerox and in 2002 became the unlikely president of SAP’s flailing American business unit. There, he injected enthusiasm and accountability into the demoralized culture by scaling his deli, sales, and management strategies. In 2010, Bill was named co-CEO, and in May 2014 became SAP’s sole, and first non-European, CEO.

Colorful and fast-paced, Bill’s anecdotes contain effective takeaways: gutsy career moves; empathetic sales strategies; incentives that yield exceptional team performance; and proof of the competitive advantages of optimism and hard work. At the heart of Bill’s story is a blueprint for success and the knowledge that the real dream is the journey, not a preconceived destination.

186 – Jairek Robbins: Professional Speaker, Author, & Results Strategist

Jairek-hi-res-01-for-postJairek Robbins is a man on a mission focused on developing creative solutions for accelerating results. By evaluating you and your companies strategic objectives, Jairek is able to build a customized roadmap for you to achieve your goals with speed and precision.

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His goal is to assist people in the process of rapidly achieving their goals so they are able to live the life of their dreams. Jairek’s hope is that they will eventually pay-it-forward and help those that they care about the most do the same.

At only 23 years old, Jairek was awarded the Congressional Award (Gold Medal) from the United States Congress. By 25, he became and international phenom by developing a revolutionary approach to accelerating results for businesses in different industries. Today, the 30-year old is unlocking secrets for maximizing employee performance and organizational success (and he’s just getting started).

Oliver Wendell Holmes once said “a mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimensions.” As an innovator, Jairek is applying his own philosophy and living a life of adventure, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship. Whether it’s cage diving with great white sharks, hanging with silverbacks in Rwanda, white water rafting down the Nile, working as a volunteer in underdeveloped regions, or building a powerful enterprise that’s built for results, Jairek does more than talk about it, he stretches the boundaries of traditional thinking and makes it happen.

LIVE IT! Achieve Success by Living With Purposeliveitbook-cover

Jairek Robbins, decorated performance coach and lifestyle entrepreneur, guides you through his proven, step-by-step process for filling the gap between where you are today and where you want to be. In reassuring and easy-to-understand language, Robbins helps you build a strong foundation for authentic happiness.

Each chapter is strategically designed to engage you with personal reflections and challenges that will encourage you to make immediate improvements to your everyday behavior. Robbins’s uplifting method will give you the tools you need to avoid the distractions in your life and concentrate on the areas that deserve the biggest focus, including health, family, intimate relationships, your professional life, and spirituality.

Robbins leads you toward a life of growth and contribution that will enable you to become the happiest, healthiest, and most fulfilled version of yourself—and inspire you to help others do the same.

185 – Joshua Coburn: Youth Speaker, Author, & “Corporate Oddity”

joshJoshua Coburn is a Youth Speaker, Author, & “Corporate Oddity” who has spent his life & career redefining stereotypes, living his passions, and assisting others to Dream Big, Believe Big, & Succeed Big. His latest book, Inspiration on Demand, skyrocketed Coburn to new heights worldwide by motivating and empowering readers to improve daily lives, overcome personal trials, and reach their dreams.

Today, Coburn speaks with students across the nation taking them on an inspirational and emotional rollercoaster ride known as the Manners & Motivation Tour.

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Joshua Coburn reaches millions as a guest contributor to the The Business Journals, human resource blogs such as TLNT, and lifestyle magazines such as MY Lifestyle Extra.

Joshua has been featured on VHI, FOX News, and MTV as well as a myriad of other local, national, and international media outlets.  A former ground-breaking body modification artist and small business owner in the Midwest, Joshua Coburn has defied the odds and made the drastic leap to corporate America as a promotional marketer before becoming the premier Youth Speaker in the U.S.  Coburn reaches millions as a guest writer for various blogs and business journals around the world.

About Manners & Motivation

Manners & Motivation™ is a unique speaking event that is bursting on to the youth speaking scene. Students across the nation are clamoring to get a taste of the most impactful speaking event to date. With relevant and powerful messages, Manners & Motivation™ is innovating inspiration one school at a time by cultivating positive change for student’s to continue long after Manners & Motivation™ is gone.

184 – Todd Gaziano: Executive Director Pacific Legal Foundation; Rescuing Liberty From Coast-to-Coast

todd-gazianoTodd Gaziano joined Pacific Legal Foundation in 2014 as the Executive Director of PLF’s DC Center and as its Senior Fellow in Constitutional Law. He brings valuable experience from distinguished government jobs in all three branches of the federal government, positions in the private sector, and as a long-time, nonprofit foundation scholar and leader in the freedom-based public interest legal movement.

Immediately prior to joining PLF, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of an innovative healthcare delivery company and a healthcare IT company. Previously, he served in the U.S. DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, where he provided advice to the White House and four Attorneys General on constitutional matters, was a chief subcommittee counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the founding director of Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. From early 2008 to December 2013, while he was a think-tank scholar and corporate attorney, he also served as a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he reported on civil rights developments and conducted oversight hearings on and investigations of civil rights agencies. He was also a civil trial attorney early in his legal career.

Mr. Gaziano has been a frequent legal commentator in print, radio, broadcast and cable TV programs, before congressional committees, and in many other public settings. During his nearly 17 years at Heritage, Gaziano published scholarly papers, articles and op-eds on constitutional and legal reform topics. Gaziano also worked to foster freedom-based public interest law organizations, increase collaboration between them, and improve their effectiveness. Among other contributions, he helped almost 100 advocates appearing before the Supreme Court prepare for their oral arguments.

Areas of Expertise

Mr. Gaziano specializes in a variety of constitutional issues, Supreme Court and appellate advocacy, and judicial and legal reform.  He has a special interest in the properly limited government, including issues related to federalism and the separation of powers, individual rights, including ensuring equality under the law for all citizens, and economic liberty.  He serves on two of the Federalist Society’s Practice Group Executive Committees (Civil Rights; Federalism and Separation of Powers).

Education, Honors, and Bar Memberships

Mr. Gaziano is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was selected as a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics.  He clerked for the Hon. Edith H. Jones, Circuit Judge of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He is on the advisory board of several legal organizations, including the Fund for American Studies Legal Studies Institute and the Texas Review of Law & Politics.

He is a member of the bar of the State of Texas, the Supreme Court of the United States, and other federal courts.

Connect with Todd on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ToddGaziano