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Let's Be REAL

Let's Be REAL

By Andy Hughes
Let’s Be REAL is a podcast hosted by SAP's Andy Hughes and Denise Russo that focuses on leadership, innovation, and learning. We invite you to listen, be inspired, and gain valuable insight from leaders around the world, both inside and outside of SAP.
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Doing What Matters Most with Steve Shallenberger and Rob Shallenberger
In a Father's Day edition of Let's Be REAL, Andy Hughes and Denise Russo speak with inspirational authors Steve Shallenberger and his son Rob Shallenberger. In May 2021, they wrote a fantastic book called Do What Matters Most: Lead with a Vision, Manage with a Plan, Prioritize Your Time. In this interesting discussion, Steve and Rob provide 3 key habits to incorporate into your life to live a life by design, not by default. It is strongly recommended to take the Becoming Your Best assessment before and after reading the book. For more information on their company, check out the Becoming Your Best Global Leadership website.
June 16, 2021
Jumping Over Hurdles with Clint Hurdle
Andy Hughes and Denise Russo speak with former MLB manager Clint Hurdle about the following topics: -Why he chose baseball over football despite loving football  -His experience managing the Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies -Why he decided to retire from baseball in 2019  -Living up to the expectations as a first round draft pick as a player (including a great story about his experience as a cover boy of Sports Illustrated)  -How to coach someone who is struggling -How to adjust to different cultures and management styles -How to connect and build trust with different audiences -The importance of being on both sides of a difficult conversation between a player and manager -How to get noticed in an organization -The importance of giving people our time and full attention -The 2013 National League Wild Card Game -What the job of a leader is -His daily ritual to start the day  -"Life is not fair" -"This is the only day we have control of."  Clint's 7th Annual Hot Stove event to benefit the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association is coming up on March 20th at the Key Royale Club on beautiful Anna Maria Island. Tickets and donations are available online at There is even a virtual ticket for those of you that can't attend or prefer to participate from home! This year will be extra special because his daughter Maddie is graduating high school and it would mean the world to the Hurdle family for you to celebrate this special milestone in their amazing daughter's life. Make a difference today! You can subscribe to Clint's daily email list at
March 15, 2021
Culture in Your Kingdom with Dan Cockerell
Andy Hughes and Denise Russo talk to Dan Cockerell, the former Vice President of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He also spent time as the as the VP of Epcot and Hollywood Studios. He is the son of the former Disney executive Lee Cockerell. After 26 years of an amazing career at Disney, he and his wife Valerie started their own consulting and speaking business. He is the host of the Come Rain or Shine leadership podcast and this past August, he also published a book called How’s the Culture in Your Kingdom? In this episode, the following topics are discussed: Resilience during COVID-19 Dan's path to becoming a VP of multiple theme parks at Disney The importance of making a great first impression in your first job at a company Learning and versatility can give you advantages later on Leading yourself before leading others Networking and building authentic relationships Empathy "Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it" Links: Dan Cockerell's website: How's the Culture in Your Kingdom? Book: Cockerell Consulting:
November 10, 2020
Authentic Leadership with Andreas Heckmann
Andy Hughes and Denise Russo welcome Andreas Heckmann, EVP & head of the Customer Solution Support and Innovation organization within SAP Product Engineering, to discuss leadership, working from home and more.
October 10, 2020
Innovation and Creativity with Duncan Wardle (Former Disney Head of Innovation & Creativity)
On this episode of Let's Be REAL, Andy talks to Duncan Wardle, the former Head of Innovation & Creativity at the Walt Disney Company. Wardle is now an Innovation Keynote Speaker and Creativity Consultant who helps companies think differently. In his 25+ years at Disney, he helped introduce massive projects such as Disney's famous Magic Band. He even convinced NASA to send his son's Buzz Lightyear doll to space! Wardle has also been featured in multiple TED Talks regarding creativity and innovation. Be sure to grab a pen and paper before listening to this episode as Wardle goes through multiple exercises to help you showcase your creativity. Website:
July 27, 2020
The 100X Leader: Jeremie Kubicek
Jeremie Kubicek, the CEO of Giant TV and Co-Founder of Giant, talks to us about leadership as well as his best-selling book, The 100X Leader: How to Become Someone Worth Following. His book made the 2019 Amazon Top 10 among leadership books and can be found at
June 12, 2020
Learning and Leadership with Rob Deininger
Rob Deininger, the President and CEO of AdventHealth Fish Memorial Hospital, tells us about his interesting journey from the airline industry to the medical industry. He also talks about the importance of giving back as a leader.
May 13, 2020
Building Customer Service Champions and Leading with Strengths with Deb Ingino
Deb Ingino, the Founder and CEO of Strength Leader Development as well as the VP of Systems and Process Integration of the John Maxwell enterprises, tells us how to build a culture full of customer service champions. She also gives us some tips on how lead your team to success in a virtual environment. Strength Leader:
April 08, 2020
Rookie Smarts and Multipliers with Liz Wiseman
Liz Wiseman, the author of the bestselling book Multipliers, talks about the difference between a multiplier and a diminisher. She also explains how keeping the mindset of a rookie can be valuable in any organization.  Multipliers Book: Rookie Smarts Book: The Wiseman Group:
March 25, 2020
Making Connections for Life with Melahni Ake
Melahni Ake, the CEO of Make Connections for Life, LLC and host of the EveryDay Leaders 50 in 50 podcast, discusses the importance of making connections.
February 26, 2020
Implementing Change with Amy Branger
Amy Branger, the co-founder of Perfect Avocado Retreats, talks about her experience working with Bill Clinton and Al Gore as an Advance. She also tells us how to implement change. Amy's website: Perfect Avocado Retreats:
February 26, 2020
Creating Influence with John Maxwell CEO Mark Cole
Mark Cole, the CEO of all John Maxwell Companies and co-host of the John Maxwell Leadership Podcast, provides some tips to advance your career, create influence and implement change effectively. 
February 12, 2020
Coaching Top Artists with Mama Jan Smith
Mama Jan Smith, a member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and one of the most well-known vocal coaches in the industry, brings us inside the music studio to talk about her coaching strategies. She currently works with top artists such as Justin Bieber, Drake, Shania Twain, Usher, Rob Thomas, Florida Georgia Line and many more.
January 22, 2020
School is in session with Mike "Doc" Emrick
Mike "Doc" Emrick has one of the most recognizable voices in sports, but he is so much more than an amazing broadcaster. In this episode, Doc talks about his incredible journey and what drives him to get better everyday.  
January 06, 2020
Creating Magic in Your Role with Lee Cockerell
On this episode, Andy talks with Disney Executive, Lee Cockerell. Lee Cockerell is the retired Exec VP of Walt Disney World. Lee has held management positions with Hilton for 8 years, Marriott for 17 years, and the Walt Disney Company for 16 years. By listening to this, you will learn how to create magic in your role. 
December 13, 2019
Creating New Ways to Coach with Vince Duffy
In this episode, Andy talks to Vince Duffy, the owner and Head Advisor of Edge90, LLC. Edge90 is a innovative concept that helps athletes succeed.
December 03, 2019
Getting to the Big Leagues and Giving Back with Sean Casey
In this episode, Andy talks to former first baseman and current MLB  Network analyst Sean Casey. He tells great stories about his playing career and gives us an update on the amazing work he is doing with the  Miracle League of the South Hills.
December 02, 2019
Mastering Culture with Ricardo Gonzalez
On this episode, Andy talks to Ricardo Gonzalez, the CEO of Bilingual America, about the importance of culture in the workplace. Gonzalez is also the author of The Six Stages of Cultural Mastery, a highly successful book. Be sure to listen as he breaks down each stage with Andy.
December 02, 2019
Mindfulness with Marc Lesser
In this episode, Andy talks with Marc Lesser, the CEO, co-founder, and board member of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI).
December 02, 2019
Beating the Odds with Phil Bourque
In this episode, Andy talks with former Pittsburgh Penguin and NHL Broadcaster, Phil Bourque.
December 02, 2019
Holding Your Head High with Kevin Rudolf
In this episode, Andy talks to talented musician Kevin Rudolf about his career and what drives him.
December 02, 2019