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Learn to Lead

By Abilitie
Leadership is a process, and these are the stories about the journey we all take learning to lead. On our show we talk about how people can lead teams more effectively, how organizations can enhance their approaches to developing the leaders of tomorrow, and we talk to our guests about their own journey of professional and personal development. Produced by
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What The Chicken Dance Has to Do With Leadership
Erin Diehl is a veteran improviser from the top improvisational training programs in Chicago, including The Second City, i.O. Theater and The Annoyance Theatre. Erin conducts workshops across the country leveraging improvisational techniques to improve employees’ skills in corporate settings. Her work with clients such as United Airlines, PepsiCo, Deloitte, and The Obama Foundation earned her the 2014 Chicago RedEye Big Idea Award and has nominated her for the 2015-2019 Chicago Innovations Award. She is also a proud member of The Chicago Innovation Awards Women’s Cohort and a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program. On this episode, we discussed what improv has to do with the corporate world, how her first client set her on the path to make a leap into entrepreneurship, and her advice for anyone trying to manage their time wisely. FInally, we discussed why she is most proud in her career of successfully coercing over 12,000 professionals to chicken dance.
January 26, 2022
Learning to Lead a Unicorn
Wes Schroll is a serial entrepreneur who started his first company at 14-years old. After two small start up ventures, he wrote a business plan for what would one day become Fetch Rewards during his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In March of 2021, Fetch closed its Series D round of financing with $220 Million led by SoftBank. Fetch is a bonafide "Unicorn" with a valuation of over $1 Billion. On this episode, we discuss some of the lessons Wes has learned along the way, how it felt for him to realize the Fetch Rewards app has more daily users than there are residents of New York City, and his trouble with productivity advice. Finally, Wes shares his approach to hiring leaders in his organization and why the two most important things he looks for are how well they understand the product and whether or not they can give and receive feedback. 
January 05, 2022
The Best Advice Show of 2021
Happy holidays! As we prepare to enter the new year, we thought it would be a good time to pull together some of the best advice that we received from our podcast guests in the past year. This episode includes the advice that our guests from our most downloaded episodes shared with our audience. The guests include a New York Times best-selling author, a Broadway producer, a Fortune 500 C-suite member, and more!
December 29, 2021
Reflecting on Time Well Spent
As we approach the new year, we wanted to share a short reflection on the time we've spent with you as listeners since we first launched the Learn to Lead Podcast only twenty-one months ago. Host Matt Confer encourages you to think a little about time passing using a short anecdote about great movies, time travel, and the moon landing (trust us!). We are incredibly grateful to get to share the airwaves with you and look forward to sharing new and exciting lessons from our guests in 2022.
December 16, 2021
Innovative Leadership Challenges (and Rewards)
Rita Gunther McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after speaker, and a longtime professor at Columbia Business School. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. Rita has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from the prestigious Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s Top 10 management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking. Rita is the author of the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage. On this episode, we discussed her new book, Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen, and its implications for learning leaders. Rita also shared her thoughts on the challenges and opportunities of innovation and what people often get wrong when thinking about it. Finally, Rita shared what makes her optimistic and what she's most curious about heading into the new year. 
December 01, 2021
Constantly Learning Through Change
Eric Pliner is the CEO of YSC Consulting, a global leadership strategy consultancy headquartered in London and focused on the styles, dynamics, and cultures that enable successful achievement of strategy. On this episode, we discussed Eric’s recommendations for effectively managing difficult conversations at work, the lessons Eric’s learned as a leader in the last year (hint: it involves constant learning!), and how he manages to keep two days each week completely empty of meetings.
November 10, 2021
Bright Ideas Only
Kim Kaupe is the founder of Bright Ideas Only where she has worked with Oprah, Paul McCartney, and Jimmy Buffett. Her first company, The Superfan Company, allowed her to work with everyone from Katie Perry to the Boston Red Sox. She was recognized as a Forbes 30 under 30, and by Inc Magazine, 35 under 35. She also received one of the highest offers on Season 5 of Shark Tank. On this episode, we discussed how she went from being an accidental entrepreneur to running a thriving marketing business, her best productivity tips, and how she prepares for a meeting. Finally, she shares how she’s dealt with imposter syndrome and how you can too.
October 20, 2021
Solve Problems, Don't Overthink
Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint® water, the leading unsweetened flavored water. She has been named one of InStyle’s Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Fortune's Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink and EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California. Kara has successfully navigated the world of large companies and startups in many industries including media, tech and consumer products. On this episode, we discussed her motivations for founding Hint and the lessons she’s learned along the way. She shares how she comes up with ideas for new products and the benefits of not going in with all the answers figured out. Finally, she shares some tips for hiring well and leading a fast-growth company.
September 29, 2021
How to Negotiate
For over two decades, Moshe Cohen has been helping people unlock their potential to negotiate more effectively, communicate more skillfully, lead more purposefully, and manage conflict more artfully. His book, Collywobbles: How to Negotiate When Negotiating Makes You Nervous, combines negotiation with emotional intelligence to help you overcome emotional barriers, apply your skills, and become a more effective negotiator. In 1995, Moshe founded The Negotiating Table and has been teaching at Boston University's Questrom School of Business since 2000. On this episode, we discussed why negotiation freaks people out so much, how you can prepare for your negotiations better, and why it’s important that you do. Additionally, Matt talks about his favorite memory from when he was a student in Moshe’s class at Boston University.
September 22, 2021
Build Without Burnout
Mallory Rowan is an entrepreneur passionate about fitness, digital marketing, and building community. She has built her life around following her passions and sharing lessons along the way. On this episode, we discussed her journey to and through burnout, her personal practices to ensure she can perform at a high level without pushing herself to the brink, and we dug into what her experiences as an entrepreneur have taught her about leadership. Finally, she shares what a tube of toothpaste taught her about growing (and sustaining) multiple six-figure businesses. 
September 15, 2021
Leading Below the Surface
As founder of The Change Coaches, LaTonya Wilkins works with leaders and their teams where human connection and cultural change really happen: below the surface. LaTonya has built a career working in HR, talent management, and learning & development at GE, Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, and other corporations. Her book Leading Below the Surface: How to Build Real (and Psychologically Safe) Relationships With People that are Different from You will be out in the Fall of 2021. On this episode, we discuss the link between empathy and curiosity, the difference between Episodic DEI and Cultural DEI, and what changes LaTonya has seen unfold in the DEI field. Finally, she shares what advice she’d give her younger self and what habits she includes in her own life to maximize her impact.
September 01, 2021
The eLearning Renaissance
Elliott Masie is a provocative, engaging, and entertaining researcher, educator, analyst, and speaker - focused on the changing world of the workplace, learning, and technology. Elliott is acknowledged as the first analyst to use the term eLearning and has advocated for a sane deployment of learning and collaboration technology as a means of supporting the effectiveness and profitability of enterprises. He heads The MASIE Center in Saratoga Springs, NY focused on how organizations can support learning and knowledge within the workforce. He leads the Learning COLLABORATIVE, a coalition of 75 global organizations cooperating on the evolution of learning strategies. On this episode, we discuss Elliott's thoughts on Zoom fatigue (and what people get wrong about it), his take on the credentialing crazy, and his unique take on storytelling. We also discuss why Elliott thinks we're in a renaissance for learning and development and how we can all better serve our learners.
August 25, 2021
Back to the Workplace
Sara Canaday's professional career spans 20 years including sales, leadership, and executive roles. She is the author of two books: You -- According To Them and Leadership Unchained. On this episode, we discuss why people relate best to storytelling, how a change of scenery supports her creativity, and what she’s curious about these days. Additionally, she shares the importance of pace-setting and why she strives to be a “pace-setting leader’.
August 18, 2021
Don't Teach... Inspire
John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft a leadership development company which exists to turn managers into leaders. He was named a 2017 LinkedIn Top Voice in Management & Workplace.  He is the author of Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and is the host of the Follow My Lead Podcast. On this episode, we discuss the importance of how you give feedback to build skills, how the best sales managers inspire, and how his leadership development work has changed (hint: it’s become more human). We also discuss his favorite ways to help sales managers teach salespeople and grow their skills. 
August 11, 2021
Sometimes Failure Is An Option
Tina Frey Clements currently leads rpc, a consulting company that focuses on elevating the performance of companies by focusing on people engagement. Over her career she has worked with organizations such as The BMW Group on performance management, talent management, development, and training. On this episode, we discussed why, sometimes, failure is an option and what her experience was like joining rpc coming from HR at BMW. We also discuss the difference between training, coaching, and consulting and why it matters.
August 04, 2021
Lessons Learned in Leadership Development
Bjorn Billhardt is the CEO and Founder of Abilitie, an award-winning leadership development company -- the very company that produces this podcast! In a special live-recorded episode of the Learn to Lead Podcast, we discuss Bjorn's origin story in business and how that first endeavor got derailed. We also talk about what brought Bjorn to focus his career in the education space, and the core purpose behind why Bjorn does the work he does with Abilitie and the Invited MBA. Additionally, Bjorn gives advice for early-career leaders who wish to grow their impact and discusses what he has learned from the Learning & Development industry during COVID-19.
July 28, 2021
The Value of Strengths-based Leadership
René Carayol is a keynote speaker specializing in diversity, leadership, and culture who draws on his experiences on the boards of top British and American companies. He is the author of the best-selling business books "Corporate Voodoo" and "My Voodoo". His latest best-selling book, "SPIKE", is leading the ‘Strengths based Revolution’. René continues to facilitate and host conferences all over the world and provide board-level mentoring and masterclasses to some of the largest global corporations. On this episode, we discuss the difference between diverse companies and inclusive companies, the lessons he learned when he was first brought on the board of PepsiCo, and why he believes wholeheartedly in a strengths-based approach to leadership development.
July 21, 2021
How to Get Better at Listening
Originally a UCLA professor of psychiatry for over 25 years, and a former FBI and police hostage negotiation trainer, Dr. Mark Goulston’s unique background has made him a sought-after resource and change facilitator to Fortune 500 leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators across the nation. On this episode, we discuss how his mental health challenges in college led to his work helping leaders be more influential. He also shares the importance of listening as a manager, his technique for being a better listener, and how you can improve your skills every day.
July 14, 2021
Being a Hybrid Professional
Dr. Sarabeth Berk is a personal branding strategist, career advisor, the leading expert in hybrid professional identity, and the founder of More Than My Title. She’s also a hybrid professional herself. Additionally, Sarabeth has been a TEDx speaker, cited in Forbes, and received a “Colorado Inno on Fire Award” for her innovative work. On this episode, we discuss what a hybrid professional is, the benefits of hybridity for workplaces, and how to manage hybrid professionals to maximize their impact. Additionally, Sarabeth shares the advice she gives hybrid professionals in her work with individuals and organizations. 
June 30, 2021
The Emotional Core of Marketing
Mark Schaefer is a globally recognized keynote speaker, educator, and business consultant. He is the bestselling author of nine books including the first book ever written on influence marketing. On this episode, we discuss how a decision to get an AOL account for work in the 90s changed his career path forever, the three things he leverages to remain productive, and his advice to non-marketers as to how they can be great marketers – and why they should. Finally, Mark explains why he thinks the world needs humble leaders and how he leads with humility himself.
June 23, 2021
Managing in the Metaverse
Cathy Hackl is a leading tech futurist and globally recognized business leader who was included in the 2021 prestigious Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. She leads the Futures Intelligence Group, a futures research & consulting firm that works with clients in tech, fashion, media, government, and defense implementing innovation strategies, strategic foresight, and emerging technologies. On this episode, we discuss the ethics of evolving technologies and their implications for the interpersonal aspects of organizational culture, the management future that Cathy sees and how it will be impacted by the metaverse, and what she's optimistic about in the future. 
June 16, 2021
There's Nothing More Important Than Hiring
Lou Adler is the CEO and founder of Performance-based Hiring Learning Systems. He is the author of the Amazon top 10 bestseller, Hire With Your Head, The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired. On this episode, he shares how he landed in the human capital industry, why he thinks there's nothing more important than hiring, and what he means when he says you ought to hire people who are "different". As a bonus, he explains what he means when he says his leadership style is "crappy" and what he's done about it. 
June 09, 2021
The Importance of Process
Scott Clary runs a global SaaS sales and marketing organization and is the host of the Success Story podcast where he interviews inspirational people, mentors, and leaders. On this episode, we discuss Scott's process for producing content and maintaining his online presence, how your personal brand impacts your ability to sell, and the importance of grit. Scott also shares how he reverse engineers his way to his goals and how you can too.
June 02, 2021
How to Be a Super Connector
Judy Robinett is the author of Crack the Funding Code: How Investors Think and What They Need to Hear to Fund Your Startup and How to Be a Power Connector: The 5-50-150 Rule. Robinett is a business thought leader who is known as “the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex.” On this episode, we discuss why "keep your head down" is terrible advice for fulfilling your potential, how Judy recommends you use her Two Golden Questions, and how she learned she actually isn't shy (and why you probably aren't either). Finally, Judy shares what she means when she says COVID-19 hasn't really changed how she networks and why it shouldn't stop you from growing your community either. 
May 26, 2021
The Hardest Person to Manage is Yourself
Croft Edwards is a Master Certified Coach who has been serving an array of clients with his company Croft + Company. He has created Performance Management Process courses and accompanying one-on-one coaching sessions with over 90 leaders of the largest platinum and palladium mining company in the western hemisphere. On this episode, we discuss why the first person you must learn to manage is yourself, how he arrived at the concept of the "leadership flow", his book writing process, and what he disagrees with about mainstream leadership development. 
May 19, 2021
Working in The Intersection
Karl Kapp is the Director of Bloomsburg's Institute for Interactive Technologies, the founder of “The Learning and Development Mentor Academy,” and the co-founder of The Enterprise Game Stack. On this episode, we discuss what Walt Disney's planning process has to do with Karl's own career and niche, the ways that COVID-19 has forced rapid discovery in e-learning, and his advice for aspiring leaders who are new to an organization. We also chat about what he learned when one of his first bosses told him to keep his training tables spotless and what that means for the rest of us who want to be good leaders. 
May 12, 2021
Focusing on More Than Metrics
Amanda Slavin is a former educator with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, the #1 best-selling author of The Seventh Level, the Co-founder of creative agency CatalystCreativ, and was named Forbes 30 Under 30 for Marketing and Advertising. On this episode, we discuss what her background as a classroom teacher brings to her work in marketing, her journey to find balance in her work, and what it has been like to shift from CEO to an advisory role in her company. Additionally, Amanda shares some of the predictions for the education space now that COVID-19 has fundamentally shifted the relationship between parents and teachers. 
May 05, 2021
Never Go with Your Gut
Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is an internationally renowned thought leader in future-proofing and cognitive bias risk management. He serves as the CEO of the consultancy Disaster Avoidance Experts, which specializes in helping forward-looking leaders avoid dangerous threats and missed opportunities. A best-selling author of several books, Dr. Gleb is well-known among business leaders for his national bestseller, Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters. On this episode, we discuss what you need to do with your Saber Tooth Tiger Instinct when making business decisions, how he assesses new clients’ threat profiles (it’s not the SWOT analysis), and his response to people who say they don’t have time to plan big decisions.
April 29, 2021
Your Brand Isn't About You
David Brier is the CEO/Founder of DBD International and the recipient of the Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship medallion. He is also the author of Brand Intervention, 33 Steps to Transform the Brand You Have into the Brand Need. His work has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, ADWEEK, The Huffington Post and Business Insider. On this episode, we discuss how most organizations get their branding wrong, what he'd say if he could mentor his younger self, and what he means when he says he's the "slayer of the mundane" and a "liberator of awesome". He also shares the rules that people let get in the way of their brand success and how you can avoid them.
April 21, 2021
Managing All Your Relationships
For more than 25 years, Roberta Matuson has helped leaders in Fortune 500 companies and small to medium-size businesses achieve dramatic growth and market leadership through the maximization of talent. She's a Forbes contributor, the author of five commercially published books on leadership and talent, including the international bestseller, Suddenly in Charge. On this episode, she shares with us how leaders can handle an increasing rate of employee turnover, how she's leveraged LinkedIn to spread her message, and why her best advice for aspiring leaders remains the same after 25 years.
April 14, 2021
Why You Shouldn't Push for Change
Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and internationally bestselling author of Contagious, Invisible Influence, and The Catalyst. He has published over 50 articles in top‐tier academic journals and he teaches Wharton’s highest-rated online course. He joins us on this episode to discuss the common mistakes people make when they seek to create change (hint: they push), what great change agents have in common, and how we can all be more effective. We also discuss his career journey, the process he follows to turn his research into best-selling books, and what advice he has for current students.
March 31, 2021
Three C's to Cultivate Culture
Alain Hunkins is a leadership expert who connects the science of high performance with the performing art of leadership. He is the author of Cracking The Leadership Code and his work has been published in Fast Company, Forbes, and Business Insider. He joins us on this episode to discuss what's wrong with the command and control model of management, how his experience with an election loss at a non-profit organization set him on his path to studying and teaching leadership, and the Three C's you can leverage to cultivate a culture of collaboration at your organization.
March 24, 2021
Lessons in Managing Energy
Molly Fletcher spent two decades as one of the world’s only female sports agents. Hailed as the “female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, Molly has been featured in ESPN, Fast Company, Forbes, and Sports Illustrated and is the author of five books including Fearless At Work, The Business of Being the Best, and The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career. On this episode, we discussed with Molly the difference between managing your energy and managing your time as well as lessons in peak performance she learned from working with hundreds of sports biggest names. 
March 10, 2021
How to Be True to Yourself in Leadership
Ron Carucci is co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, working with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations, leaders, and industries. He has a thirty-year track record helping some of the world’s most influential executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization, and leadership. In this episode, we discuss how people with the best intentions "go to the dark side" and how leaders can combat this by cascading a culture of honesty throughout their whole organization. We also learned from Ron why he'd rather take advice from his younger self than give it as well as what he means when he says: "You can't be true to yourself until you are true about yourself."
March 03, 2021
What's So Funny About Leadership?
Andrew Tarvin is the world’s first Humor Engineer teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. He has worked with thousands of people at 200+ organizations, including P&G, GE, and Microsoft. He is a best-selling author, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and TEDx, and has delivered programs in 50 states, 18 countries, and 3 continents. In this episode, we discuss with Andrew the communication superpower that comes with embracing the funny, why humor at work is more about levity than laughs, what his biggest comedy bomb taught him, and how he decided to leave his stable career to embrace entrepreneurship.
February 24, 2021
Humility and Curiosity in Leadership
Liz Kislik is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Entrepreneur Magazine. She is a TEDx speaker on conflict in the workplace, and has served as adjunct faculty at Hofstra University and New York University. She joins us on this episode to discuss the value and necessity of humble leadership, how she approaches coaching leaders (it doesn't include telling them what to work on!), and the practices she looks for in developing leaders. We also learn about her career journey and the one necessity she has found that allows anyone to learn any leadership skill.
February 11, 2021
Building Comfort with Ambiguity
Noah Rabinowitz is the Chief Learning Officer at Intel. On this episode, we discuss his career journey, the lessons he's learned along the way, and what advice he has for others looking to develop their leadership skills. Noah shared with us the three buckets they use to organize their learning strategy and how they have shifted to see the challenges of the last year as opportunities.
February 03, 2021
Train Your Brain to Remember Names
Nelson Dellis is a 4x USA Memory Champion, author of two books on memory, and one of the leading memory experts in the world. Nelson travels the world as a competitive Memory Athlete as well as an advocate and Alzheimer's Disease activist. In this episode, we discuss how Nelson went from someone "born with an average memory" to a national champion as well as some common memory myths. He teaches us a little bit about the Memory Palace, or, as he likes to call it, the Journey Method of memorizing and he shares what mountain climbing has to do with fighting Alzheimer's Disease. Last but not least, Nelson provides a few actionable tips to help you remember people's names the first time.
January 28, 2021
How to Be an Inclusive Leader
Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and author. As the founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, Jennifer designs workplace strategies for Fortune 500s and leading nonprofits globally. She joins us on this episode to discuss the courage it takes to be an inclusive leader as well as the benefits that come with it. Jennifer tells us a little bit about her journey from the opera theatre to the corporate world and we also discuss what everyone can learn from those who have been historically left out by the mainstream culture.
January 20, 2021
PhD to Marine – How a Cool Head Helps Leaders
Wesley Gray is the CEO and Founder of Alpha Architects. He joins us on this episode to discuss his journey from Ph.D. student in Finance to the Marine Corps and Iraq and onward to the founder and CEO of an investment management firm. We also discuss how empathy played into his time as a Marine, why he likes to recruit people who handle high-pressure situations well, and the benefits of being a leader who eats last.
January 13, 2021
A Story About A Rematch
2020 was, by all accounts, rough. Our world has faced unconscionable loss and, at points, making it to 2021 seemed like a long shot. Being able to bring this podcast, Learn to Lead, to our listeners has been a bright spot in an otherwise challenging year. This community grew and along the way gave us much needed hope.  In 2021, we are excited to bring you conversations with leaders of major corporations, a world-class memory champion, a well-known sports agent, and so many more. However, to kick off the new year, we aren't bringing on a guest. Host Matt Confer speaks directly to you and shares a story about hope, about resilience, about what can happen when you get back up and keep on leading. Enjoy.
January 06, 2021
Become Exponentially More Interesting
Alisa Cohn was named the #1 Startup Coach in the world at the Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Leading Coaches Awards and is the CEO/Founder of Alisa Cohn & Associates. Based in NYC, Alisa coaches startup CEOs, co-founders, other startup executives, and board members all over the world. Alisa's clients include Venmo, Foursquare, InVision, Etsy, Pfizer, Dell, The New York Times, and many others. She joins us on this episode to discuss why it behooves leaders to become more interesting, how to keep a startup mindset even as a company scales, and why she keeps coming back to work with leaders at high-growth companies. We also discuss how a one-time wish to catch the flu changed the course of her professional life, leading Alisa to leave her position at a top-tier corporate firm and go solo as a coach.
December 16, 2020
Connecting — It's More Than Networking
Michelle Tillis Lederman is the CEO and Founder of Executive Essentials and is one of Marshall Goldsmith's 100 Coaches. She is also the author of four books, including The 11 Laws Of Likability and The Connector’s Advantage. She joins us on this episode to discuss the greatest assets in the Network Age (hint: it's not data processors) and the three major shifts required for Relationship Networking. We also discuss the seven mindsets of a connector and Michelle identifies which one is the most important for maintaining connection in the era of COVID-19.
December 09, 2020
Trust Yourself
Daniel Nicholson is the CEO of NadaMoo, a dairy-free ice cream brand based in Austin. He joins us on this episode to discuss his lessons as the CEO of a fast-growing consumer brand. We also discuss how NadaMoo is making a positive impact on the environment with their focus on sustainability, how NadaMoo differentiates themselves in a highly competitive market, and what he sees as key characteristics of successful leaders.
December 02, 2020
Holistic Human Resources
Tara Furiani is the CEO of Not the HR Lady and former Chief People Officer of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. She joins us on this episode to discuss how the world of HR is changing and how HR leaders can command respect in the workplace. She also shares what she believes are the key responsibilities of Chief People Officers, how a diverse network can help leaders excel even further, and why she’s “cautiously optimistic” about DNI roles becoming more common in the modern workplace.
November 18, 2020
Perfection is a Fairytale
Brian Fanzo is a digital futurist and the founder of iSocialFanz. He joins us on this episode to discuss his journey to success and why perfection should never be the goal for any content creator. Throughout our conversation, we cover Brian's "Think Like a Fan" philosophy and the role of empathy, accessibility, and authentic content in a marketer’s toolbox. He also breaks down some how-to's: How to get comfortable using a variety of marketing mediums, how to create a work environment that facilitates your success, and how we can re-invent experiential marketing in the virtual space.
November 11, 2020
The "Unsexy" Side of Entrepreneurship
Aaron Lyons is the founder and CEO of Dish Society, a farm-to-table restaurant in Houston, Texas. Aaron joins us on this episode to share his entrepreneurial journey and the “unsexy” side of it. We get into the specifics of how he approached opening his restaurant from a business perspective and the role self-discovery played in his success. We also discuss how he adapted his business during COVID-19 and the struggles the restaurant industry is currently facing.
November 04, 2020
The Power of Your Network
Cara North is an award-winning Learning Experience Designer and is currently the Training Operations Manager at Silfex. She joins us on this episode to discuss ways to utilize social media to benefit your professional development. We also take a deep dive into the key considerations when designing an effective learning experience and the role technology plays in modern day training.
October 28, 2020
The Science of Meetings
Steven Rogelberg is a Professor at UNC Charlotte with over 100 publications addressing issues such as team effectiveness, employee well-being, and leadership. He joins us on this episode to discuss his findings from more than 20 years of research on meetings. Throughout our conversation, Stephen shares the common problems with meetings and how to address them. He also discusses ways to construct a meeting agenda and what to do after a meeting is over to ensure it has a lasting impact.
October 21, 2020
A Sweet Career Change
Tim Krauss is the co-founder of Mammoth Creameries. He joins us on this episode to share his story about why he went from a successful software career to founding a frozen custard company. We discuss how he helped fill a gap in the dessert market by creating a “clean” Keto ice cream brand, what it’s like to work with your spouse, and how he finds balance in his personal and professional life.
October 14, 2020
Tech as a Force For Good
Dr. Sally Eaves is a leading thinker and writer regarding the future of technology and is a member of the Forbes Technology Council. Dr. Eaves joins us on this episode to explain STEAM vs STEM research, how education and technology go hand in hand, and what emerging technology she is most excited about being integrated into the modern workplace in the coming years.
October 07, 2020
Keep it Focused on the Business
Ashley Wainscott is the CEO and Founder of Simply Sold, an award winning renovation firm that has built a simpler and more effective construction process. Ashley joins us on this episode to discuss strategies to push through difficult times, the "trickling down" effect, and her tips for building a company from the ground up.
September 30, 2020
The Magic of Making Customers Happy
Shep Hyken is the author of seven books, a frequent keynote speaker, and the Chief Amazement Officer at Shepard Presentations. He joins us on this episode to discuss his tenants of a great customer experience, how he approaches hiring top talent, and the importance of not overlooking the small details.
September 23, 2020
Cleaning Up Your Business
Mike Michalowicz is the author of Fix This Next, a former columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and a Business Makeover Specialist with MSNBC. He joins us on this episode to share his insights into how a “lack of things” can become our greatest asset, how to identify your biggest problem as an entrepreneur, and how leaders can leverage humor.
September 17, 2020
Leading Leaders
Karin Hurt is the CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and an Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speaker. She joins us on this episode to share what initially drew her into the field of leadership development and how she ended up focusing on the importance of “leading leaders.” We discuss how to get results in the workplace that last, how to prioritize your time using the "MIT" concept, and ways to create psychological safety in the workplace.
September 14, 2020
Embracing a Growth Mindset
Scott Dust is the Chief Research Officer at Cloverleaf and a Professor of Management at Miami University. He joins us on this episode to discuss how the ongoing pandemic has created the opportunity for us to adopt and embrace a growth mindset. Additionally, we discuss how to practice self-leadership, considerations to take when creating your approach to leadership, and how our cognitive biases can skew our opinions of "good leaders." 
September 09, 2020
Keep Training Weird
Kelly McCutcheon is the VP of Training at Hopdoddy Burger Bar. She joins us on this episode to discuss Hopdoddy's approach to talent development in the hospitality industry. We also discuss how COVID-19 impacted their business and how their leadership team coordinated their response across multiple states and more than 30 restaurant locations.
September 03, 2020
How to Revitalize Your Hiring Process
Jay Rosenzweig is the founding partner & CEO of Rosenzweig and Company. He joins us on this episode to take a deep dive into his four most important hiring criteria and shares his take on the future of social equality in the workplace.
August 31, 2020
Creating the Career You Deserve
Liz Ryan is the CEO and Founder of Human Workplace. She joins us on this episode to discuss the importance of shifting your perspective regarding what a standard career path looks like. She also covers the biggest mistakes people managers commonly make, how to break the traditional rules of resumes, and the importance of risk-taking in your career.
August 26, 2020
The Practicality of Entrepreneurship
Abraham Kamarck is the founder and CEO of True Made Food. He joins us on this episode to discuss how his hatred of ketchup led him to starting his own business. Abraham shares with us how eight years as a Navy helicopter pilot shaped his leadership skills, his experience with Impact Entrepreneurship, and the importance of practicality.
August 20, 2020
Prioritizing People and Profits
Jason Lauritson is the author of two books and an Employee Engagement and Workplace Culture Expert. He joins us on this episode to discuss how the relationship between people and their jobs is evolving. He also gives us his advice on creating relationships within the workplace, how he resets his energy throughout the day, and how to reshape your perspective on performance management.
August 13, 2020
Why Health Is Essential To Leadership Success
Claire Siegel is the Founder of Nutritional Freedom and the former Senior Product Manager at Snap Kitchen. She joins us to discuss her journey from senior leader of a fast growing organization to an entrepreneurial business owner. Claire speaks to us about the importance of building trust with your audience before you launch a product and how she personally did it. She also shares her perspective on why health and nutrition are such important components of effective leadership and how goal setting and creating internal structure is vital for success.
August 11, 2020
Ditch Your Ego and Ask For Help
Mike McKim is the founder and CEO of Austin-based coffeehouse and roastery, Cuvee Coffee. He joins us on this episode to talk about how his side hustle became his career. In our discussion, we cover how he balances priorities as a business owner, what it’s like to be a pioneer in an industry, and how his ego was humbled early on in his career.
July 30, 2020
Defining Your Audience
Pamela Slim is an author and Co-Founder of Main Street Learning Lab. She joins us on this episode to discuss why defining your audience is essential to building products or marketing to people. In our discussion she covers her untraditional approach to creating a target market and gives us her top tips for talking about ourselves professionally and staying continually employable.
July 28, 2020
How Social Connectivity, Professional Development, and Community Service Form an Ecosystem for Growth
Glenn Banton is the CEO of OSD, a Veteran support organization that has helped over 1.5M Veterans over the past 10 years. On this episode, he shares how OSD helps Veterans find generational connection, why listening to feedback is the greatest factor in making meaningful organizational change, and his most important indicators of promising leadership talent.
July 23, 2020
Finding Talent and Making Work Better
Sally Thornton is the founder and CEO of Forshay, a firm that focuses on how people can do their best work through executive recruiting and improving the system of work. Sally joins us on this episode to discuss what kind of "criteria" you should actually be looking for when hiring, cognitive bias, the "Ideal Worker" norm, and the importance of "being basic."
July 21, 2020
The Language of Leaders
Bart Egnal is the President and CEO of The Humphrey Group and author of the book Lead Through Language. Bart joins us on this episode to discuss how leaders can be intentional and conscious with their language for more clear, effective communication. He guides us through the difference between transferring information and transforming people, the importance of getting clear on your own beliefs as a leader, the problem with using jargon, and how to choose words that convey your beliefs and ideas.
July 17, 2020
How Visual Communication Creates Connection
Lisa Rothstein is a cartoonist for the New Yorker Magazine and the Chief Creative Officer for Drawing Out Your Genius. She joins us on this episode to discuss the power of drawings and visualization in communicating ideas. We take a deep dive into how the human brain is wired to process visual information, her top tips for leaders communicating an organizational vision, and how to keep listeners engaged when communicating in the virtual space.
July 14, 2020
Managing the Employee Engagement Crisis
Brennan McEachran is the CEO of co-founder of Soapbox, a suite of tools to help managers lead their teams. He joins us on this episode to discuss the role of managers in the ongoing employee engagement crisis, his one-of-a-kind management software, and how to make meetings an effective medium for communication and innovation.
July 09, 2020
The Power of Influence as a Coach
Mario Price, Director of Coaching Education at the American Football Coaches Association, joins us on this episode to discuss his leadership journey. He reflects on what it takes to be an effective coach, how he continues to learn and innovate within his industry, and the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships on and off the football field.
June 30, 2020
Training Adults Like Kindergartners
Emily Ely is the Director of Special Interest Groups at ATD Austin and a coach for Noodle Partners. As a former kindergarten teacher, who now holds a PhD in Education, she joins us to discuss the similarities between teaching kindergartners and adults, micro-learning, learner engagement, and human-centered design principles. She also talks us through how she prepares for a training or presentation, and her top tool for productivity: a whiteboard.
June 23, 2020
You Can't Train By Osmosis
Randy Clark, the author of two books on Management and Director of Communications at TKO Graphix, joins us on this episode to discuss some common mistakes people managers make. He also highlights the importance of understanding employee motivators as a leader, and what to look for in an employee when you're considering promoting them to a managerial role.
June 16, 2020
Investing in Leadership
Paul O’Brien, the founder and CEO of MediaTech Ventures, joins us to discuss the non-negotiable leadership qualities he looks for when investing in leaders, different ways to be an accessible leader, how the media industry has shaped business, and how he defines the role of a CEO and an entrepreneur.
June 09, 2020
How to Excel in Work and Life at the Same Time
Matt Plummer, Founder and CEO of Zarvana, a company that helps people excel in work and life by making holistic professional development easy, joins us on this episode to talk all things productivity and work-life balance. Matt coaches us through how to get more done in less time, where to start when creating daily habits to improve your productivity, and how to approach productivity and work-life balance from a remote work perspective. 
June 02, 2020
The Complexities of Global Work
Michael Landers is the founder of Culture Crossing, LLC, a global consulting organization dedicated to finding innovative solutions for groups and individuals working in challenging global conditions. He joins us on this episode to discuss what the concept of "culture" means to him and how we can all challenge our personal cultural norms to adapt in new settings and thrive in global work. Michael walks us through Mental Models, the "7 Second Rule," and where the crossover is between culture skills and core soft leadership skills that paves the way for effective global leadership.
May 26, 2020
The Intersection of Data and People
Dani Johnson, Co-founder and Principal Analyst at RedThread Research joins the show and takes a deep dive into the intersection of data and people. The conversation focuses on how we can leverage data to make the workplace and workspaces more human. She walks us through the importance and implications of risk-taking, tactical and strategic productivity hacks, where she sees the future of work headed with data in the driver’s seat, and how effective communication and data go hand-in-hand.
May 18, 2020
Leading and Managing Through a Crisis
Eric McNulty, the Associate Director of The National Preparedness Leadership Institute at Harvard, talks us through the difference between “Leadership” and “Management,” specifically in the context of dealing with a crisis. He also discusses the importance of Meta-Leadership, relationship negotiation, and how leaders can become a bottleneck in a crisis (and how to avoid this). McNulty spent over a decade traveling the U.S. towards the center of crises (Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Hurricane Sandy, Boston Marathon bombings, COVID-19). He explains the evolution of leadership from the days of hunting and gathering, to farming, to the present day, and he shares with us where he believes leadership is headed.
May 11, 2020
The Conscience of an Organization
Amrita Subramanian, an Exec-Ed lecturer of Organizational Dynamics at Wharton School of Business who has lived in 17 different countries and boasts 25 years of robust experience in multiple industries. In this episode, Amrita shares her philosophy on what the "Conscience" of an organization is and why it matters. We also explore profound ideas such as the paradox of corporate corruption and morality, the importance of leaders who regulate emotion, and, "Why do we exist?".
May 10, 2020
How Harley Davidson Made Leadership Development “Cool”
Daniel Menden managed Leadership Development and Training Operations at over 1400 Harley Davidson dealerships for over a decade. In this episode, Menden shares with us how he achieved buy-in from each independently owned dealership for training programs, how HarleyU adapted its curriculum for the global needs of its dealerships and new product training, and how he made the shift from a steady career to founding his own business, Mensch Performance. 
May 04, 2020
Tuning Leadership Skills from the Stage
Singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg joins us on this episode to talk about leadership from a different perspective: from the stage.  Stephen does a deep dive into the parallels between leadership in business and being the leader of a band. During the show he discusses job satisfaction, how to receive negative feedback, his TEDx Talk, and his book. He ends by leaving us with lots of great nuggets for leaders, regardless of your industry or craft.
April 24, 2020
Thriving in Remote Work
Allison St. John and Christina Rowe saw a need in the world to master remote leadership and leading teams from a distance, and teamed up in 2018 to found The Remote Leader Project. In this episode, Allison and Christina join us to talk about what it means to really thrive in remote work. Remote work is on the forefront of everyone’s mind, and has moved from being considered a job perk, to something of peak economic importance. Allison and Christina give us tips for successful remote work and remote leadership, how we can shift our mindsets to see the real benefits of remote work, the importance of "Macro-thinking mindsets" for remote leaders, and how remote work can actually make us all more connected than ever before.
April 16, 2020
Learning As A Strategic Imperative
Sean Stowers, Learning Business Partner at Pearson Learning, joins us to talk about how Pearson utilizes learning as a strategic imperative, the importance of training front-line employees, risk mitigation in developing training programs (and is it really necessary?), and his own personal learning philosophy.
April 01, 2020