If you could only use one word to describe 2017, it would have to be transformation. From politics to technology to the job market, there have been a lot changes this year.
Here at the EntreLeadership Podcast headquarters, that’s incredible news. We LOVE change—especially when it comes to helping you transform yourself and your business. It’s like former British prime minister Winston Churchill once said, “To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.”
With that in mind, 2017 was a banner year. Our guests focused on helping you get better in many areas. To make the most of their sage advice, we’re closing out the year with clips from some of our favorite conversations. They were selected based on number of downloads and feedback from our listeners. We hope you enjoy them! Have a wonderful new year!
The Rundown: Marketing master Seth Godin returns to the podcast for an in-depth conversation on change, from why we avoid it to how you can make it the number one weapon in your arsenal.
Top Takeaway: Change creates an environment where you are not an expert. So if you don’t like the feeling of incompetence, you’ll fight the feeling of change. Getting comfortable with the feeling of being incompetent is one of the most important things you can do.
Favorite Quote: “The only way to get better is to do things differently.”
The Rundown: It’s been estimated that 50% of our time awake is spent on autopilot, leading to a life of missed moments and even less enjoyment at home and at work. Chris Baréz-Brown is on a mission to help us escape that routine. The inspirational speaker, author and business beatnik joins us to share his tips on how to feel more conscious, joyful and inspired, and how to avoid missing what matters most.
Top Takeaway: Want to break the cycle of running a hundred miles per hour all day—spending all of your time putting out fires? Take a walk with someone for 7.5 minutes and talk it up while they listen. It gives you better perspective, insight, ideas and the ability to think differently about the future.
Favorite Quote: “You can’t be a good creative leader unless you are a conscious leader.”
The Rundown: A favorite of our listeners, retired Navy SEAL commander Jocko Willink returns to our Top 10 list for the second year in a row. Once upon a time, Willink traveled the world on military missions. These days, as a best-selling author and leadership coach, his work still takes him around the globe but to a much different battlefield. Jocko joins us to share his thoughts on developing leaders.
Top Takeaway: If you want someone to step up into a leadership position, put them in one that’s slightly out of their comfort zone and watch them rise to the occasion. This idea doesn’t just work with your high-potential people; it works with your problem children who aren’t performing or have a negative attitude.
Favorite Quote: “If you’re the easy button for your team, they’re going to get trained and conditioned to use that easy button. They are going to come to you for everything.”
The Rundown: When it comes to a struggling business, we’ve heard pretty much every excuse in the book: a terrible economy, a bad location, an overcrowded marketplace. But Jon Taffer isn’t buying it. The no-holds-barred star of Spike TV’s hit show Bar Rescue explains why excuses are the common denominator of all failing businesses—and exactly how to kick them to the curb for good.
Top Takeaway: You don’t have to spend a fortune with traditional advertising to market your business. All it takes is organization, high standards, an engaged owner and some common sense.
Favorite Quote: “Every failing business has a failing owner.”
The Rundown: If “overwhelmed” seems like the best way to describe your day, listen in. Because the leading authority on personal organization, David Allen, joins us to discuss how to get things done. This best-selling author shares new insights on personal productivity and how you can become more effective, organized and focused, plus how you can plan projects like a pro.
Top Takeaway: You need to get things off your mind so you are free to focus on what you want to focus on. Your head is for developing ideas, not for holding them. Give yourself time to stop and reflect on how you’re doing. Build in a thinking process. Take two hours a week to step back and check the inventory of what’s going on.
Favorite Quote: “Your head is a crappy office to hold ideas.”
The Rundown: Former FBI international hostage negotiator Chris Voss joins us to share effective tactics and strategies you can use to become more persuasive in both your professional and personal life and how to solve business communication challenges with these hostage-negotiation techniques.
Top Takeaway: When negotiating, always use the “mirror technique.” Repeating the last three words someone said creates a connection and gives you permission to persuade.
Favorite Quote: “You become the smartest person in the room when you start tapping into other people’s brains.”
The Rundown: Remember the days of going to local events, handing out cards, and hoping to grab some new business? Bob Beaudine believes this kind of networking is not viable anymore because you already know everyone you need to—and it starts with your friends. As CEO of Eastman & Beaudine, Bob manages the nation’s leading executive-search firm in sports/entertainment.
Top Takeaway: Networking is not working for Americans any longer. Your most powerful network is created by simply by interacting with people in your daily life. Focus on doing business with your friends and the rest will take care of itself.
Favorite Quote: “You already know everyone you need to know.”
The Rundown: Ego is an enemy we all face—wrecking careers, impeding learning, and running companies into the ground. Entrepreneur and best-selling author Ryan Holiday joins us to discuss how to keep your ego in check in this age of “It’s all about me.” This is a must-listen for anyone who wants to succeed.
Top Takeaway: History is made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who avoided the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition.
Favorite Quote: “Sometimes when everyone tells you you’re wrong, they’re wrong. But often when everyone says, ‘Hey that’s a really bad idea,’ they’re right and you should listen to them. Ego can make you lose the ability to discern good advice from bad advice.”
The Rundown: What’s the one question you need to ask that will propel you, your business and your team to greater heights? Leadership expert and best-selling author Simon Sinek stops by to give the answer, plus he shares lots of additional leadership and business tips.
Top Takeaway: Your why has to be front and center. It’s the thing that inspires people. It’s the thing that will give them their marching orders on how to build the business. As soon as your team knows the why, they’ll instinctively know what decision to make. That’s called scale.
Favorite Quote: “People rise to the occasion. Let them make decisions. Let them own it.”
The Rundown: What if you could become more confident, stop procrastinating, beat fear and uncertainty, story worrying, and feel happier? Mel Robbins says you can change in five seconds, and she’s sharing the tools you need to get started transforming your life.
Top Takeaway: You can do tricks to outsmart your mind. The moment you have an instinct you should do something but you start to hesitate or feel afraid, use the five-second rule. Start counting backwards 5-4-3-2-1 and then move.
Favorite Quote: “If you let your emotions kick in as someone is trying to undercut you, you’re not going to be powerful.”
The Rundown: Donald Miller, best-selling author and CEO of StoryBrand, knows your most powerful marketing tool has nothing to do with a big budget. The most effective marketing comes down to one simple thing: the right words.
Top Takeaway: We intuitively know we have to simplify our message. People aren’t as smart as we are in our field of expertise. Most of us are talking over their heads. We have to speak to their actual needs.
Favorite Quote: “The problem is you’re so smart that you have to get a dumb guy to look at your website.”
After accidentally starting a business (tune in for the whole story!) as a college undergrad, Student Maid founder and CEO Kristen Hadeed has learned a lot about leadership from her mistakes along the way—and you can too. But one of the most important things she’s learned is that no matter what business you’re in, everyone wants the same thing: to feel valued. To that end, she has become passionate about not only growing herself as a leader but also helping her team do the same. Her company may be in the cleaning business, but she likes to say she’s in the business of making her team members better people. You can do the same thing in your own business and if you ask Kristen, the upside is endless. Join us to learn how it’s done.
In part two of our interview, Dr. Michael Gervais dives deeper into the fascinating connection between our mental state and our performance—or as he calls it, “our thinking and our doing.” While it is possible to transform an anxious, unorganized mind into one that is highly disciplined and focused on the moment, there isn’t a quick fix or an easy hack. It’s takes commitment, relentless energy, and a willingness to get way outside your comfort zone. Join us to find out what Dr. Gervais says is the root cause of anxiety—and his proven protocol for overcoming it.
You could say that high-performance psychologist Dr. Michael Gervais is in the business of being the best—or at least his clients are. Everyone from the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to Olympic gold medalist Carli Lloyd and Fortune 100 CEOs has worked with him to maximize their mental game when the stakes have been the absolute highest. But whether you’re on the playing field or in the boardroom, learning how to discipline your mind (warning: it’s not easy but so worth it) can be the difference between your personal best or completely missing the mark. And it all starts by deciding to see the world differently. Join us for part one of this special two-part episode to start learning how it’s done.
When it comes to crushing your competition, marketing strategist Andy Cunningham says that, above all else, you need to be one thing: authentic. That advice is as true today as it was when she helped Steve Jobs launch the original Macintosh once upon a time. But, the cofounder and president of Cunningham Collective warns, that’s pretty much impossible to do without first decoding your company’s DNA. It’s that information—who you are and why you matter—that helps you position your brand successfully in the marketplace. Easier said than done? Luckily, Andy has a six-step checklist to simplify the entire process. Tune in to find out how it works. Also, in the spirit of the upcoming new year, enjoy a can’t-miss bonus lesson on goal setting from Dave himself.
According to Chick-fil-A Vice President of High Performance Leadership and best-selling author Mark Miller, less is definitely not more when it comes to the number of leaders in your organization. In order to effectively manage ever-changing opportunities and growth—not to mention unforeseen problems—the best strategy is to routinely and systematically raise up new leaders to actually create a surplus of them. Hope is not an adequate strategy for building a business, Mark explains, but creating a leadership culture is. We couldn’t agree more. Tune in to learn Mark’s five-step process for creating a leadership culture in your own organization. Also joining us is Dan Ralphs, who holds the unique position of Dream Manager at Infusionsoft. He explains how helping his team members achieve their own personal goals makes them infinitely more engaged in the workplace.
In working with businesses across 23 different industries, Ryan Levesque—CEO of The ASK Method Company and best-selling author—has discovered what a big (think $100-million- dollars big) difference the smallest subtleties in language can make. Turns out it’s not enough to simply ask people what they want. You have to use the right words in the right way to elicit the most truthful response. And when you do? You may very well watch your sales catapult from so-so to stellar. Tune in to find out how to successfully deploy The ASK Method in your business. Also weighing in on the tremendous power of asking questions is Antonio Garrido, cofounder and president of Sandler Training in Miami.
When New York Times best-selling author Clate Mask talks about scaling a small business, he has plenty of personal experience to draw upon. Infusionsoft, the start-up he cofounded in 2001 and now runs as CEO, is one of the fastest-growing private companies in Arizona and boasts annual revenues of over $80 million. His best advice? Learn to identify the growth curves of your business. They are more predictable than you think, Clate insists, and your preparation for them is absolutely pivotal to your success. Tune in to find out how to foresee and navigate growth with confidence. Also joining us is Bobby Brennan, CEO and Founder of Kamado Joe. His David-and-Goliath story of conquering the Big Green Egg—which at the time of his business’s launch had 90% market share—is nothing short of inspirational.
World-renowned professor and best-selling author Renée Mauborgne has spent the last decade proving to businesses around the world that they have the power to shape their industry—in spite of the competition. In fact, making decisions based on what your competitors are doing achieves little more than turning you into them. Instead, Renée insists the best way to fuel growth is to create a new market—with conditions favorable to you—rather than allowing the current market conditions to dictate your decisions. Scary? Yes. Worth the risk? Absolutely. Join us to learn how you can shift into uncontested market space and win—big time.
We are so excited to share some of the highlights from last Friday’s EntreLeadership 1-Day event! Over 1,000 small-business owners and leaders from around the country gathered in Nashville to learn all about building a championship team, and it was a power-packed day to say the least. Join us as Dave explains why your team is your absolute most valuable resource—and if it’s not, why it needs to be. He, along with best-selling author and leadership guru Patrick Lencioni, will also break down what might be sabotaging your company’s culture—and exactly how to turn things around for good. And we’ll hear from some of this year’s attendees as they share the personal challenges they’ve faced while running their own businesses. Head’s up: You’ll want to take some notes during this one!
During her tenure at Dwyer Group, Co-Chair Dina Dwyer-Owens has helped grow the company into a billion-dollar international business. She credits much of that financial success to the company’s rock-solid system of core values. While many companies have them, most (think 95%) don’t do a thing with them. Tune in to find out how intentionally putting values into action can add major value to your bottom line. Now that’s an investment worth making.
Donald Miller, best-selling author and CEO of StoryBrand, knows your most powerful marketing tool has nothing to do with a big budget. The most effective marketing comes down to one simple thing: the right words. Note: cute or clever ones never work. And the doubled, tripled—and even quadrupled—revenues of the more than 3,000 companies he’s worked with are all the proof we need. Join us to learn how to clarify your brand message so people will actually listen. Donald joined us last week in Nashville for EntreLeadership Master Series—and now you can watch him in action with our attendees on the EntreLeadership YouTube channel. We’ll also share highlights from this power-packed leadership event, including some special conversations with Ramsey Solutions leaders as they weigh in on the ever-important topics of goal setting and recruiting.
Our own Christy Wright knows that the lifeblood of any business—big or small—is straightforward, intentional communication. And she shares that advice daily with women all across the country who are taking the leap into starting their own businesses. Tune in to this special bonus episode to find out how communication can make or break your business—not to mention your bottom line.
Once upon a time, Jocko Willink—a retired and highly decorated Navy SEAL (he’s both a Silver and Bronze Star recipient)—traveled the world on military missions. These days, as a best-selling author and leadership coach, his work still takes him around the globe but to a much different battlefield. Jocko now spends his time helping civilians navigate all sorts of leadership challenges. And whether those obstacles are big or small, the solution for all of them comes down to one thing: discipline. Join us to find out more.
Did you know a high percentage of small businesses are started by emigrants? How about Fortune 100 and 500 companies? Ditto. So what gives them such an advantage? Best-selling author Brian Buffini returns to the podcast to discuss the emigrant edge and how you can apply these same attributes to your small business. It’s an amazing way to embrace challenges and opportunities to build your own American dream.
An Intelligence Officer in three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mike Erwin has had to weigh in on the heaviest of all decisions—the ones that involve life and death. Of course, military intel and his years of training were invaluable in those situations, but he would argue that solitude—those quiet moments that bring clarity—was equally important. Mike, who now serves as the CEO of the Character & Leadership Center, explores how some of history’s greatest leaders (think Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King Jr.) found courage and conviction during moments alone. Tune in to find out how you can too.
Best-selling author and leadership expert Patrick Lencioni has high standards when it comes to hiring, but the qualities he looks for might not be at all what you think. Join us to find out his three non-negotiable characteristics—and why the combination can be a total game changer for your team, your business, and your bottom line. Plus, we make an exciting, first-time-ever announcement about our upcoming EntreLeadership 1-Day event in Nashville. You’re not going to want to miss this!
From local radio to national syndication, Dave Ramsey and longtime producer Blake Thompson have been on quite a journey together. While the scope and reach of The Dave Ramsey Show have grown immensely, the focus still remains on one singular thing: providing hope for every listener. Join us as Dave and Blake reminisce about their humble radio beginnings, figuring it out along the way, and turning felt needs into thriving business units at Ramsey Solutions. Their best advice after all these years? Never, ever give up! Words to live by, for sure.
Even if you’re offering up the most groundbreaking, one-in-a-million product, actually sealing the deal—the close—can be tricky. But best-selling author, sales leader and entrepreneur Anthony Iannarino insists it doesn’t have to be. In fact, in this episode, he explains that closing the deal can be the easiest part of the whole sales process. The key is approaching each transaction as a collaboration with and for your potential customer instead of as a self-serving proposition. This small shift in perspective may just mean big success for you.
Best-selling author and leadership consultant Jon Gordon has coached an impressive roster of powerhouse leaders from many organizations—the Clemson Tigers football team, the U.S. Military Academy and Dell to name a few. And they all have one thing in common: positivity. Whether on the football field or in the boardroom, Jon has learned that positivity is much more than just a state of mind; it is a state of action. Join us to find out why pessimists are simply incapable of changing the world and how you can break the habit of negativity.
New York Times best-selling author and leadership guru Stephen Mansfield has seen his share of powerful leaders crash and burn—and the fallout is pretty brutal (think reputations destroyed, careers ruined, billions of dollars lost). Find out what destructive mind-set Stephen has seen plague leadership and why confrontation is the key ingredient to success.
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Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent over 30 years studying the science of influence—and everyone from Google and Microsoft to the United States Department of Justice has sought his expert advice. In this episode, Dr. Cialdini reveals the key to getting what you want lies in the sweet spot before the request is even made. Join us as he shares the method behind the scientifically based magic.
When it comes to a struggling business, we’ve heard pretty much every excuse in the book: a terrible economy, a bad location, an overcrowded marketplace. But this week’s guest, Jon Taffer, isn’t buying it. The no-holds-barred star of Spike TV’s hit show Bar Rescue explains why excuses are the common denominator of all failing businesses—and exactly how to kick them to the curb for good.
One of our most popular guests, Dr. Tim Elmore, returns to discuss the next generation entering the workforce—Generation Z. This group is definitely different, and leadership styles will need to change. Also on tap, host Ken Coleman interviews one of our youngest EntreLeaders yet—15-year-old Drew Formsma.
We’re all familiar with mentoring. But this week’s guest, leadership guru Ken Blanchard, puts a new spin on it. It’s not always about the older, wiser, seasoned business vet giving advice to a newbie just starting their career. Each has their own gifts they can share. In fact, developing effective communication and relationships across generations can be a tremendous opportunity for companies and individuals alike.