140 – James D. “Murph” Murphy: Founder & CEO of Afterburner, Inc., Author of “Courage To Execute”

JimMurphy1500x2250James D. “Murph” Murphy, the Founder & CEO of Afterburner, Inc., has a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. He logged over 1,200 hours as an instructor pilot in the F-15 and accumulated over 3,200 hours of flight time in other high-performance aircraft. As the 116th Fighter Wing’s Chief of Training for the Georgia Air National Guard, Murph’s job was to keep 42 combat-trained fighter pilots ready to deploy worldwide within 72 hours. As a flight leader, he flew missions to Central America, Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East.

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Prior to his service in the U.S. Air Force, Murph had a successful career in imaging equipment sales, where he helped increase his company’s sales by 500%. Years later, he became Director of Sales for a small paint company. The concepts he developed and utilized in business and the U.S. Air Force would become known as Flawless Execution®. Applying Flawless Execution’s continuous cycle of planning, briefing, executing, and debriefing, he increased his new employer’s sales from $5 million to $52 million per year. Realizing that all companies and organizations could benefit from these same concepts, Murph started Afterburner Incorporated in early 1996.

Through his leadership, Afterburner landed on Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500 List” three times. Murph has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Newsweek, Meetings & Conventions Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg News. He was also named as one of Atlanta’s top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. To date, the Afterburner team of elite military professionals has led over 1 million executives, sales professionals, and business people from every industry through Afterburner’s Flawless Execution Model℠, and its unique, high-energy programs.

In Murphy’s latest book is “Courage to Execute“, where he shares a multitude of personal leadership stories that illustrates the principles of LOCKED.murphy_execute_13_rev

In “Courage to Execute” you’ll learn:

•           The value of effective execution

•           How to indoctrinate your people with values and skills

•           How to connect the troops with the leader’s intent

•           How to move from strategy toward accountable actions

•           How to maintain your teams battle rhythm: on track, on target, on time

•           The importance of regular debriefing

•           How to develop teams and leaders from Day one

Through stories of intense situations encountered by true military elite units, Courage to Execute demonstrates why simplicity combats complexity, how mutual accountability yields trust, and how a focused and coordinated environment prepares your team for success. Have the courage to dig in and turn your organization into a high-performance, elite unit that executes consistently.

139 – Ken Blanchard: Top Leadership Expert, Author of over 50 books, including “The One Minute Manager”

Ken BlanchardFew people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard.

A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management. 

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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 also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.

Starting with his phenomenal best-selling book, The One Minute Manager®, coauthored with Spencer Johnson, which has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on best-seller lists, to Raving Fans®, Gung Ho!®, and Whale Done!, Ken’s impact as a writer is far reaching. His books have combined sales of more than 18 million copies in more than 25 languages.

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. Ken has been inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time.The business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name. In addition, Ken teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Born in New Jersey and raised in NewYork, Ken received a master’s degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor’s and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, Ken belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.

Check out Ken’s latest book “Fit At Last”

138 – Jon Acuff: NYT Bestselling Author and Social Media Leader

jon acuffJon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of four books including his most recent, Start: Punch Fear in the FaceEscape Average & Do Work that Matters.

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For 15 years he’s helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. Most recently he’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges, companies and churches. A media feature, Jon has been seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and several other key outlets.

In addition, he’s become a social media expert with a blog read by 4 million people and more than 200k twitter followers. In 2010 he used his influence with his tribe to build two kindergartens in Vietnam. Jon lives with his wife Jenny and two daughters in Franklin, TN.

137 – Pamela Slim: Speaker, Coach, & Author of “Body of Work” & “Escape From Cubicle Nation”

Pam-0047-1024x681Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and leader in the new world of work. She spent the first 10 years of her solo practice as a consultant to large corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where she worked with thousands of employees, managers and executives.

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In 2005, she started the Escape from Cubicle Nation blog, which is now one of the top career and business sites on the web. She has coached thousands of budding entrepreneurs, in businesses ranging from martial art studios to software start ups.

“I feel privileged to have worked with people in just about every work environment, from huge corporations to non-profits, to tiny side businesses started on kitchen tables. There is no right way to work — only the way that brings out your very best contribution to the world, and fits your definition of success.”

Slim is frequently quoted as a business expert in press such as The New York Times,The Wall Street JournalBusinessWeekForbesEntrepreneurInformation Week,Money Magazine and Psychology Today. She is a proud suburban mom in Mesa, AZ who enjoys the look on people’s faces when she tells them she is also a black belt in Mixed Martial Arts (it comes in handy when fighting for the last good bunch of kale at the grocery store). She is the author of the award winning book Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur (Penguin Portfolio, 2009) and her second book Body of Work,  (Penguin Portfolio, 2014) became a #1 bestseller on Amazon the day it was released.

136 – Chris Taylor: Founder of Actionablebooks.com

CT-Headshot-Nov-13Chris Taylor is the founder of Actionablebooks.com – a company dedicated to helping business leaders develop themselves and their teams through the application of lessons from leading business books.

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Through his work at Actionable Books, Chris Taylor reads, writes and speaks. A lot. To date he has published over 150 articles, speaks regularly at both public and private events across North America, and has read more business books than he cares to count.

In 2010, Chris launched “Actionable Interviews” a video interview series with best selling business book authors and leading thinkers in the business space. To date he’s conducted 34 interviews for the series, with highlights including Seth Godin, Dan Pink, Sir Ken Robinson and Gary Vaynerchuk.

It’s through these conversations that Chris developed The Salaried Entrepreneur™; a team development methodology that’s being used internationally by companies large and small.

135 – Tripp Lanier: Coach, Consultant, & Host of “The New Man Podcast”

TrippHeadShot2Tripp Lanier is a men’s coach and host of The New Man Podcast: Beyond the Macho Jerk and the New Age Wimp.

He coaches and teaches men all around the world how to break out of mediocre lives and create the careers and relationships they really want.

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As a host, he’s interviewed experts and authors from all walks of life including Tim Ferriss, Laird Hamilton, Ken Wilber, Dan Millman, Marcus Buckingham, Bill Harris, Steven Pressfield, AJ Jacobs, Chip Conley, Dr. Robert Glover, and Shawn Phillips.

The New Man Podcast reaches tens of thousands of people in over 110 countries and regularly finds its home on the iTunes Self Help Top 10 list.

As a coach, Tripp has helped men and women all over the world break out of mediocre lives, do what they love, and navigate the challenging world of relationships.

As a creative entrepreneur, Tripp created one of the first digital video post-production companies in the Southeast. For over twelve years, Tripp crafted TV shows and commercials for national and regional clients.

On the artistic front, Tripp has written, performed and produced albums with his own rock groups, Hank Madison and Screaming Witness. He’s also co-produced Stuart Davis and frequently humiliated himself on Stu’s Sex God Rock n Roll TV Show on HDNet.

Other contributions include working with Ken Wilber as Co-Director of Integral Institute’s Art Center.