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The Responsible Leadership Podcast

The Responsible Leadership Podcast

By Earl Breon
The Responsible Leadership Podcast is a production of The Leadership Phalanx (

What does responsible leadership look like to you? That is the foundational question of this show and the answers from my guests will help you grow as a leader. We cover mental health, women in leadership, financial well-being, cybersecurity, culture, community building, and so much more. No matter your age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other differentiator, this podcast is here for you!

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169 - All In The Same Boat W/ Jon Rennie
Jon is the Co-Founder, President & CEO of Peak Demand Inc., a premier manufacturer of critical components for electrical utilities. He is a former U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer who made seven deployments during the end of the Cold War. Prior to starting Peak Demand, he led eight manufacturing businesses for three global companies. He is the author of the best-selling leadership books, I Have the Watch: Becoming a Leader Worth Following and All in the Same Boat: Lead Your Organization Like a Nuclear Submariner and is the host of the Deep Leadership podcast. We discuss: Leadership And Management Communication Putting Out Fires It's Okay To Not Know And Much More
January 17, 2022
168 - Never Too Important W/ Earl Breon
In this episode I share a short but powerful story highlighting that you are never too important to pitch in.
January 13, 2022
167 - Your Current Culture W/ Leslie Short
Today’s guest, Leslie Short, is owner of The Cavu Group and a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategist. She has an accomplished background that includes running marketing and PR for FUBU, serving as Corporate Operating Strategist for blueprint + co., and starting several successful international businesses. Leslie has been developing multi-cultural/mosaic marketing and programming as far back as 1998, and in her book, Expand Beyond Your Current Culture, she offers tips on how to think differently about diversity and inclusion to achieve a sustainable, diverse and inclusive workplace. We chat about: Privilege & Opportunity Respecting Global Cultures Putting In The Work Belongingness Find out more about Leslie and The Cavu Group @
January 10, 2022
166 - Crucial Feedback W/ Earl Breon
In this episode, I share a story from the late, great Colin Powell about how crucial feedback can make all the difference in a person's career. You may have heard me share the story a few times in other episodes but here I really unpack it.
January 06, 2022
165 - Lift Up W/ Bobby Mason
Joining us today is Bobby Mason, the CEO and President of SPOC Automation, an innovation company making automation technology for the upstream and midstream markets of the oil and gas industry. While Bobby’s expertise on the technical side can’t be matched, his true passion is team building and educating others on the importance of a winning culture and how it contributes to the success of any business regardless of current market conditions. We chat about: Defining the culture Improving the culture Reinforcing the culture Resiliency and Innovation due to culture Automation shouldn't be scary Find out more about Bobby and what SPOC Automation is doing at these links: SPOC Automation: Lift Up - Video Bobby Mason on LinkedIn
January 03, 2022
164 - 2021 Review W/ Earl Breon
In this episode I recap 2021, set some goals for 2022, tall y'all how much I appreciate you, and shout out just a few of the past year's guests. They've all been wonderful but I couldn't mention them all so here is a selection in order of appearance by date: 062 - Bad To Badass Leader W/ Michelle Reines 064 - Culture W/ Dr. David White 067 - Get In Gear Pt. 1 & 087 - Pt. 2 W/ Sean Ryan 076 - Subtle Acts of Exclusion W/ Michael Baran 077 - Leading Through Grief  & 116 - Grief And Change Leadership W/ Anthony Casablanca 085 - Trust, Communication, and Humility W/ Gen. Jim Huggins 091 - Authentic Diversity W/ Michelle Silverthorn 093 - Employee Service W/ Robertson Hunter Stewart 099 - Coach'em Way Up W/ Lynn Guerin 103 - Give Yourself Permission To Create Magic At Work W/ Amy Lynn Durham 105 - Know Your People W/ Michael Tanner 114 - Data Driven Decisions W/ Brandy McCarley 115 - Family Owned Business W/ Charlie Bailes 132 - Leadership and Sustainability W/ Peggy Smedley 134 - Radical Success W/ Tevis Trower 138 - Overcome W/ Jason Redman 143 - Brand Renegades Pt. 1 W/ Sean Dowdell Love y'all and catch ya for more success in 2022!
December 30, 2021
163 - Business History W/ Richard Vague
Richard Vague serves as Pennsylvania Banking and Securities Secretary. Prior to his 2020 appointment, he was managing partner of Gabriel Investments and chair of The Governor’s Woods Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic organization. Previously, he was co-founder, chairman and CEO of Energy Plus, an electricity and natural gas company. Vague was also co-founder and CEO of two banks and founder of the economic data service Tychos. His new book is An Illustrated Business History of the United States.  We discuss: The first business, Real Estate The Slave Trade Pioneering innovation Business & War Debt and a Debt Jubilee Learn more at
December 27, 2021
162 - The Leader's Words W/ Earl Breon
In this episode, I share two stories that highlight the power of your words as a leader. I also share a couple quick and easy tips that both the leader and the follower can implement to make sure that what is being heard is what is being said. Use the message link below to share any stories you may have along these lines.
December 23, 2021
161 - Trust In Education W/ Dr Toby Travis
In this episode I chat about trust in education with Dr. Toby Travis, author of TrustED: The Bridge to School Improvement. You can find out more about Dr. Travis, his work, and the book here: References to David Horsager, guest in episode 130 The bridge analogy Maslow before Bloom The foundation of the school system The student's role Closing tips
December 20, 2021
160 - Everybody's A Leader W/ Earl Breon
What does it mean when somebody like me says, "Everybody's a leader!",? Well, check out this episode and I get into it a little bit. Use the messaging link below to send me any questions you may have and I'll use them in future episodes. Just another way YOU can be a leader!
December 16, 2021
159 - Step Up W/ Ash Beckham
In this episode of The Responsible Leadership Podcast I chat with Ash Beckham. Ash is one of the most dynamic and comedic speakers and discusses LGBTQ+, Leadership, and DE&I related topics. In this discussion we chat about: Her book, Step Up Her TEDtalks Her Ignite Boulder talk Seeing people as people Difficult Conversations Dealing with mistakes And more... Find out more about Ash at, you'll find all her social media connections there as well.
December 13, 2021
158 - Sherpa Leadership W/ Jeremie Kubicek
Today’s guest, Jeremie Kubicek, is an outlier in the leadership world. He is an entrepreneur, a corporate thought leader, an acclaimed speaker, and author of several books, including the National Bestseller, Making Your Leadership Come Alive. As the Executive Chairman of GiANT, a technology company focused on unlocking the potential of people, teams, and organizations, Jeremie is passionate about providing coaches and leaders with the tools and certifications they need to increase the performance of individuals and teams. We chat about what he calls "Sherpa Leadership" and I give a shoutout to Helen Yu from Ep. 147 Jeremie shares with us what GiANT is all about and how they can help you We discuss his books and how to find out more about him and his services at Jeremie set up a special landing page for you listeners at
December 09, 2021
157 - Rituals At Work W/ Erica Keswin
Erica Keswin is a bestselling author, internationally sought-after speaker, and founder of the Spaghetti Project, a roving ritual devoted to sharing the science and stories of relationships at work. She helps top-of-the-class businesses, organizations, and individuals improve their performance by honoring relationships in every context, always with an eye toward high-tech for human touch, and was named one of Marshall Goldsmith’s Top 100 Coaches in 2020, as well as one of Business Insider’s most innovative coaches of 2020. She is the author of two best-selling books, Bring Your Human to Work: 10 Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That’s Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World and Rituals Roadmap: The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into Workplace Magic. Find out more about Erica at
December 06, 2021
156 - Five Heads of Success W/ Earl Breon
In this episode I share Sun Tzu's "Five Heads of Success" and that they mean to you in modern, responsible, leadership.
December 02, 2021
155 - Community Education W/ Dr. Ramo Lordeni
Dr. Lordeni has a PhD in Adult Education with a focus on instructional design, adult learner needs and characteristics, adult learning theories, critical thinking, and workplace learning accompanied by years of research experience working with diverse populations.  He has held offices in various professional organizations and has been the lead researcher on several community-based projects to improve adult and community literacy, health, and vibrancy.  Dr. Lordeni has served as the faculty lead for course redesigns, has served as a content expert in adult learning and characteristics, and has been lead faculty directing various faculty and community outreach programs. Dr. Lordeni has received recognition for his work as well as twice honored by his students as an outstanding teacher. His research has investigated adult learning as guided and informed by culture and power. Dr. Lordeni has upwards of 60 research and practitioner conference presentations both in and beyond the United States as well as being an invited lecturer at Penn State University, Duquesne University, and the University of Toronto. His work includes studying those issues of adult learning related to power and control in corporate training programs, industrial shop-floors, K-12 teacher professional development, as well as post-secondary/Adult Basic Education/GED Prep instructor development and learning. Further, his research has investigated adult and community literacy and learning in vulnerable and at-risk populations. Dr. Lordeni has taught doctoral courses in Adult Learning Theory, Critical Thinking, International and Multicultural Perspectives in Postsecondary and Adult Education, Teaching in the Online Environment, The Adult Learner, Teaching in College, and Instructional Strategies in Adult and Higher Education. Through these courses and providing instruction in these specific content areas, he has increased his knowledge and insight in examining adult learning and literacy to best position adults for learning transfer. Other courses he taught were Qualitative Research and Data Analysis, and various workshops on qualitative research data collection, data collection instruments development, and data analysis practices. Dr. Lordeni maintains an active research agenda through his leadership in the Community-Based Research for Engagement and Education (CBREE) group.
November 29, 2021
154 - Micromanaging W/ Earl Breon
Where is the line between micromanaging and microleading? And, what happens when you are microleading but your new team thinks you are micromanaging? I get into those questions in this episode!
November 25, 2021
153 - Change Ready W/ Erika Andersen
ERIKA ANDERSEN is the founding partner of Proteus International, a coaching, consulting, and training firm that focuses on leader readiness. For over three decades, she’s served as a consultant and advisor to top executives at today’s leading organizations, including Amazon, Spotify, Charter/Spectrum, and the Yale School of Public Health. She’s the author of four bestselling books, including Growing Great Employees and Be Bad First; is a popular leadership blogger at; and is the host of The Proteus Leader Show, a business and leadership podcast globally ranked in the top 10%. Her newest book is Change from the Inside Out: Making You, Your Team, and Your Organization Change-Capable.  Learn more at
November 22, 2021
152 - It's Lunch W/ Earl Breon
It has been a long while since I've shared a story episode with y'all and I thought this was a great time to do so. In this episode, I share a story about both cultural and general communication/miscommunication and a little on how to handle each. The short version is, "With grace." I hope you enjoy the story and the new changes to the show. I truly appreciate y'all!
November 18, 2021
151 - Limitless W/ Peter Ruppert
Peter Ruppert is founder and CEO of i-Education Group, which operates over 75 Fusion and Futures Academies for grades 6-12 in one student, one teacher classroom environments. A 20-year veteran of the education industry, he’s opened over 100 schools and acquired more than 25 others. He’s been president and CEO of organizations in the private school, charter school, and early education industries, and sat on his local public school board for 5 years. He lives with his family in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His new book is Limitless: Nine Steps to Launch Your One Extraordinary Life. Learn more at
November 15, 2021
150 - A New Legacy W/ Erik Allen
Today’s guest is Erik Allen of Erik Allen Media. In this episode Erik and I talk about how a crappy childhood doesn’t have to lead you down the path to becoming a statistic, although it nearly did for both of us. And, we were both saved and supported by the love of great women. Erik has taken his love of MMA, his voice, and his beard and turned them into a great brand and one of the best entrepreneurship related podcasts, The Erik Allen Show, AND one of the best MMA related podcasts, Top Rated MMA. I highly suggest subscribing to both of those shows. Erik is on a mission to share his story with anybody who may be experiencing rough times in their lives so they know that there is a path from where they are now to a happy, healthy, successful life.
November 11, 2021
149 - Real Retention W/ Tim Cosby
With us today is Tim Cosby, President/CEO of Real Retention, a training and consulting firm that works with leaders to help them retain their best talent and improve organizational culture. Tim’s proven system, the Conversational Management™ framework, helps transform management practices and organizational culture, to achieve an engaged, productive workforce, boost profitability, and enjoy real retention. To fins out more about Tim what he does visit:
November 08, 2021
148 - Alignment W/ Art Johnson
Art Johnson is CEO of Infinity Systems, Inc., a management consulting firm where he helps leaders identify and rectify organizational misalignment. Previously, he implemented a strategic plan to improve alignment at Medtronic, the world’s largest medical technology company, enabling it to grow top-line revenue by 13 percent year-over-year in a flat market. His new book is The Art of Alignment: A Data-Driven Approach to Lead Aligned Organizations. Learn more at
November 04, 2021
147 - Ascend Your Start-Up W/ Helen Yu
Helen Yu is the founder and CEO of TigonAdvisory. She drives growth for tech companies from start-ups to global titans like Oracle and Adobe, and helps CEOs achieve multi-billion-dollar revenue growth and record profitability. She’s a board advisor to fast-growth SaaS companies and is on the board of the Global Cybersecurity Association. She’s a top Twitter influencer with a 10M+ weekly reach and was ranked a Top 10 thought leader by Thinkers 360, and a top 10 digital transformation influencer by IBM. She’s spoken at SXSW, TiECon, DMS, and Money2020. An avid adventurer who trekked to Mt. Everest base camp and ice climbed glaciers, her new book is Ascend Your Start-up: Conquer the 5 Disconnects to Accelerate Growth.  Learn more at You can also follow Helen on LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.
November 01, 2021
146 - Build Cultural Agility W/ Dr. Paula Caligiuri
Dr. Paula Caligiuri is a D'Amore-McKim School of Business Distinguished Professor of International Business at Northeastern University, and lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been named as one of the most prolific authors in international business for her work in cross-cultural management, global leadership development, and cultural agility. She is president of TASCA Global, a consulting firm that specializes in assessing and developing culturally agile professionals and boasts a client list that includes the U.S. Army, Peace Corps, Cigna, 3M, and Johnson & Johnson. She is a frequent expert guest on CNN and CNN International and author of the LinkedIn Learning course “Managing Globally.” Her new book is Build Your Cultural Agility: The Nine Competencies of Successful Global Professionals.  Learn more about Paula and her work at and
October 28, 2021
145 - The Diversity Movement W/ Jackie Ferguson
Jackie Ferguson spent the majority of her career across multiple facets of business for startups to Fortune 500 companies. Earning the designation of Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), Jackie is co-founder and Head of Content and Programming for The Diversity Movement: an organization that creates stronger business outcomes through strengthening culture and belonging. Jackie is also a member of the Forbes Business Council and the National Diversity Council, and has been published by Forbes, Almanac and other publications. Jackie hosts the top rated diversity podcast, “Diversity: Beyond the Checkbox” and has been volunteering with and donating to equality organizations for more than two decades. To find out more about Jackie and her organization visit
October 25, 2021
144 - The CEO's Compass W/ Deb Coviello
With us today is Deb Coviello, Author of CEO’s Compass - Your Guide to Getting Back on Track and host of The Drop In CEO podcast. After 25+ years in Quality and Operational Excellence roles, Deb has a deep understanding for what’s important when it comes to creating solutions for CEO’s by assessing the landscape, solving their technical business issues and elevating their people for a lasting impact and ultimately – peace of mind. She is here today to help share a bit of how The CEO’s Compass can bring you “Peace of Mind”. To find out more about her and what she does visit
October 21, 2021
143 - Brand Renegades Pt. 1 W/ Sean Dowdell
Sean Dowdell is known as the Tattooed Millionaire, which is also the title of his first book (2017). In addition to his role as founder and CEO of Club Tattoo, he is a drummer with Grey Daze. He’s a frequent speaker to a variety of audiences and has been featured in Entrepreneur, GQ, Billboard, and on CNBC, A&E and more. Thora Dowdell, who will be a guest in a few episodes, was formerly in marketing and sales before becoming a business partner with Sean, initially in the music recording industry and later in Club Tattoo. Thora is passionate about empowering women business owners through her story. Together, the husband-wife team have authored the new book, Brand Renegades: Our Fearless Path from Startup to Global Brand. Learn more at,, and/or
October 18, 2021
142 - Connecting With Clients W/ Paul Cowan
Paul Cowan is a relationship specialist who had a successful career in leading international advertising agencies, then opened his own agency. As a psychotherapist he worked with individuals and couples and consulted with teams and organizations. Specializing in client relationships, he works internationally to facilitate change between agencies and their clients. He cofounded the Client Relationship Consultancy and the Customer Relationship Consultancy. His new book is Connecting with Clients — For stronger, more rewarding and longer-lasting client relationships.
October 11, 2021
141 - Leadership Spark W/ Courtney Lynch
Courtney Lynch is an executive coach who works with high-performing leaders to help them achieve next-level results. After her service in the Marine Corps, she co-created the leadership development firm Lead Star and co-wrote the New York Times best-selling books SPARK and Leading from the Front with her friends Angie Morgan and Sean Lynch. Their third book, Bet on You: How Leaders Win With Risk, will be out in spring 2022.  Find out more about them at:
October 04, 2021
140 - Evolving Workplaces W/ Vicky Oliver
Vicky Oliver is a leading career development expert and the multi-best-selling author of five books, including 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions, named in the top 10 list of "Best Books for HR Interview Prep," 301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions (, and Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers, and Other Office Idiots. She’s a sought-after speaker and seminar presenter and a popular media source, having made over 901 appearances in broadcast, print, and online outlets.  Find out more about Vicky and what she does at:
September 27, 2021
139 - Moments Of Possibility W/ Rick Maurer
Today’s guest, Rick Maurer, is a speaker, author, consultant, and expert on helping leaders avoid resistance to change. Since the publication of his book Beyond the Wall of Resistance in the 1990s, Rick’s opinion has been sought by The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, NBC Nightly News, Fortune, and many other media outlets. Some of the largest companies in the world ask for his advice on ways to avoid resistance to change and ways to build strong support for changes and other big projects. Find out more about Rick and his services at:
September 23, 2021
138 - Overcome W/ Jason Redman
Jason Redman is a retired Navy SEAL Lieutenant, severely Wounded Warrior, veteran advocate, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, The Trident, and acclaimed leadership and resilience speaker. His new book is Overcome: Crush Adversity with the Leadership Techniques of America’s Toughest Warriors. Learn more at: Find out more about operation recovery at:
September 20, 2021
137 - The Secret Is You W/ Chris Cicchinelli
As CEO and President of Pure Romance, Chris Cicchinelli has grown a small, family business in Cincinnati into the world’s largest in-home party company of its kind. A front-page story in the St. Louis Dispatch called Pure Romance “The New Tupperware of the 2000s.” Today, the company has annual revenues of more than $350 million. He spends over 200 days a year on the road giving motivational seminars and personally training and meeting Pure Romance’s independent consultants, which now number more than 40,000 in every U.S. state and abroad. In 2018, after their eight-year-old coming out as transgender, Cicchinelli founded the Living with Change Foundation to help trans youth and their families. To find out more about the book, "The Secret Is You", visit:
September 16, 2021
136 - Personal And Business Leadership W/ Michael Alleruzzo
Michael Alleruzzo is a full-time Visiting Instructor of onsite and online undergraduate, graduate, and executive education courses in the Department of Management of the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University. His course specialties include business management, personal and organizational leadership, teams and teamwork, interpersonal communication, and conflict resolution. He is a recipient of the merit award for teaching excellence at SJU. Michael earned his management degrees from the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Michael’s professional career and research focus is on teaching and training and has included corporate training, operations management and analytics in the hospitality industry, faculty and staff training and development in higher education, and consulting for global clients in a variety of industries.  His opinion has been published in international trade journals, and he has appeared as an expert at international conferences. Find out more about Michael and what he does at: WWW.MICHAELALLERUZZO.COM You can also find him on LinkedIn right here.
September 13, 2021
135 - Redefining The Top 1% W/ Trevor Blattner
Dr. Trevor Blattner, is a podcast host, author of the book Redefining The Top 1%, and a leading thinker on Shepherd Leadership—a modern approach to leadership designed to encourage leadership that guides, supports, and uplifts. With over 20 years of research and coaching, Dr. Blattner has developed a model of leadership that breaks free of the antiquated and regressive notions of what it means to lead. His enlightened approach to leadership is based on behavioral science, personal experience, and a strong commitment to personal values. Find out more about Trevor at: You can find the Redefining The Top 1% podcast here:
September 09, 2021
134 - Radical Success W/ Tevis Trower
Tevis Trower, is founder & CEO of Balance Integration and the author of The Game-Changer’s Guide to Radical Success, knows that building a great organization begins with cultivating true greatness from the very top. Tevis is a pioneer in optimizing corporate cultures, and has been heralded as “corporate mindfulness guru for the new millennium.” Tevis has coached high performers and top executives for powerful organizations ranging from Disney to KKR in leveraging their most precious asset: their humanity. A sought after “get them thinking, laughing, and interacting” speaker, Tevis has headlined executive events with Fast Company, Harvard Business Review Events, Peer150, Bloomberg, Conscious Capitalism, and Google, and has been featured in media outlets like Forbes, Inc, Fortune, CIO, The New York Post, Yoga Journal, and more. To find out more about Tevis visit: and you can email her directly at Here is the link to the story Tevis shared during the discussion:
September 06, 2021
133 - Business Mistakes W/ Patrick Burke
Patrick Burke is the Managing Partner of Burke & Schindler PLL and Concentric Wealth Management. Passionate about helping entrepreneurs start, grow, manage, and build valuable businesses, he has advised more than 200 successful start-ups and is an expert across multiple disciplines including mergers and acquisitions, business financing, and deal structuring. He’s on the Board of Directors for SMS Holdings in Nashville and UASI in Cincinnati and maintains Series 7 and Series 66 Securities licenses. His new book is The 10 Biggest Business Mistakes And How To Avoid Them. Learn more at
September 02, 2021
132 - Leadership and Sustainability W/ Peggy Smedley
Peggy Smedley is an award-winning journalist and technology expert. During her 25-year career, she has extensively covered IoT (Internet of Things), manufacturing, construction technology, and most recently sustainability, circularity, and resiliency. She is founder and president of Specialty Publishing Media (SPM); editorial director of Constructech and Connected World; radio host of The Peggy Smedley Show; and author of her new book Sustainable in a Circular World, which follows her first book, Mending Manufacturing (2004).  Learn more About Peggy and her work at
August 30, 2021
131 - Leadership And Rugby W/ Gordon Tredgold
Gordon is a former corporate warrior who successfully delivered complex $100m projects, ran $300m departments, and led global teams of 1000 staff. He has helped clients reduce operational costs by $350m, increase performance by 50%-500%, and helped entrepreneurs triple their revenue in just 12 months. Now Gordon helps to develop good managers into great leaders and also helps those looking to take their first steps on the leadership ladder. He’s also a highly sought-after keynote speaker on Leadership, Employee Engagement, and Operational Excellence. He’s been recognized by Global Gurus as a ‘Top 10 Leadership Expert and Speaker. Gordon’s work has been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Inc., Entrepreneur, Fortune, and Addicted 2Success. He’s written 4 books and his last book FAST was a finalist in the Chartered Management Institute Management Book of the Year. Clients include Accenture, GE Aviation, Allianz, Baxter International, Arizona Dept of Child Safety, American Airlines, and many others.z Find out more about Gordon and what he does at
August 26, 2021
130 - Becoming a Trusted Leader W/ David Horsager
David Horsager is the CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, Trust Expert in Residence at High Point University, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Trust Edge. David has advised leaders and delivered life-changing presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging from FedEx, Toyota, MIT, and global governments to the New York Yankees and the Department of Homeland Security. His new book, Trusted Leader: 8 Pillars that Drive Results describes how to create a company-wide foundation of trust. Learn more at or
August 23, 2021
129 - Own Your Culture W/ Brett Putter
Brett is a thought leader and opinion former in the increasingly important area of business culture. Brett is the founder & CEO of CultureGene a company culture consultancy working with high-growth scale-up companies Brett interviews founders and CEOs of successful high-growth start-ups to better understand how they defined, developed, and implemented their company’s culture. He publishes his interviews on the Start-up Hierarchy of Needs blog and speaks and runs workshops on the subject of company culture. Brett is an investor in and advisor to a number of high-growth start-ups. Prior to founding CultureGene Brett spent 16 years as the Managing Partner of a leading executive search firm where he successfully completed CxO, VP and Director level searches for hundreds of start-up and high-growth companies in the UK, US, and across EMEA. He has interviewed more than 5,000 senior executives over the past 16 years. He is also the author of the new book Own Your Culture: How To Define, Embed, and Manage Your Company Culture
August 19, 2021
128 - Leaders In Lockdown W/ Atholl Duncan
Atholl Duncan is Chair of Black Isle Group, leadership performance development specialists, and an international executive coach. Certified by INSEAD, he also studied leadership at Harvard and Cranfield. A former journalist and television producer, he worked for BBC News for more than 20 years. Learn more about his new book, Leaders in Lockdown: Inside Stories of COVID-19 and the New World of Business. Find out more about Atholl at:
August 16, 2021
127 - Radical Mentoring W/ Kevin Harris
Today’s guest is Kevin Harris, President of Radical Mentoring, an intentionally small group mentoring process to help church pastors engage men, build a core group of leaders, and transform their churches. Kevin is passionate about being a resource for church leaders that have incorporated small group mentoring into their disciple-making strategy. Find out more about Kevin and his work at: You can email him directly at: You can reach him directly via telephone at: 720-710-7596
August 12, 2021
126 - From Suck To Success Pt. 2 W/ Todd Palmer
Todd Palmer is an executive coach, keynote speaker, renowned thought leader, author, and CEO who is committed to helping business owners tackle their obstacles and clear their path to success. As an entrepreneur and active CEO, Todd knows the struggles business owners face regarding people, cash, strategy & execution. He took his company from being $600,000 in debt to making the INC 5,000 as one of America’s fastest-growing companies (an astounding 6 times!). He specializes in helping leaders join the mission statement of the organization with their personal core values while addressing fears, self-doubts, and imposter syndrome. He brings a unique blend of authenticity, transparency, and vulnerability to help leaders & organizations achieve their highest goals, and he’s here today to share his story, what he’s learned along the way, and his proven framework for helping business owners achieve success. Find out more about Todd and his work at And you can email him directly at You can also find him on social media here: Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Youtube Instagram
August 09, 2021
125 - Spiritual Leadership W/ Paul Shepherd
Paul Shepherd is a Sydney-based entrepreneur, coach, and creator of a unique system that helps leaders to live a life of purpose and meaning through a holistic 360-degree approach that nurtures the mind, body, and soul. After multiple successful years in business, making millions of dollars in his early 20s, he discovered that his life needs to change. Despite all the “success,” he didn’t feel fulfilled, so he went on a journey to discover himself, his true values, and his calling. And he did. Unlike other professional coaches, he doesn’t try to fit his clients into ill-fitting labels. His one-of-a-kind assessment approach provides an almost infinite amount of possible unique combinations, always perfectly suited for an individual. Join Paul's Facebook group at: Find out more about Paul at his website at:
August 05, 2021
124 - The Data Mirage W/ Ruben Ugarte
Ruben Ugarte is the founder of Practico Analytics, providing expertise in data analytics. He has worked with companies on five continents and in all company stages, helping them to use data to make higher quality decisions, boost performance, increase profitability and make their teams world-class. He maintains a popular blog with more than 100,000 readers. His new book is The Data Mirage: Why Companies Fail to Actually Use Their Data. Learn more at
August 02, 2021
123 - Manage To Engage W/ Pamela Hackett
Pamela Hackett has advised, led, and supported people through major change within some of the world's most prominent companies and brands throughout her 35 years in management consulting. She is the Global CEO of the international consultancy Proudfoot, a pioneer of “boots on the ground” consulting that’s been in the game for eight decades. Hackett is on a quest to help all companies build businesses that are both fit and healthy, productive and engaged. Her new book, Manage to Engage: How Great Managers Create Remarkable Results, is a compendium of ideas and resources that will help leaders and managers focus on what matters—their people—to achieve their numbers and create true advantage. Learn more at You can also email Pamela at
July 29, 2021
122 - Connect With Your Team W/ Meredith Bell
Experts estimate that in most companies, 70-90% of their investment in learning and development is wasted because participants don’t apply what they learned. This means they don’t get the return-on-investment they hoped for. Meredith Bell knows why this happens and what you can do to improve your ROI. She’s spent the past 30 years working to create products and books that help people master communication skills. She has a deep understanding of what you can do to ensure that your learning and development programs stick.    Find out more about Meredith and her work at:
July 26, 2021
121 - Designing Culture W/ Steve Chaparro
Steve Chaparro is an organizational culture expert and communicator who speaks worldwide about how companies can transform their workplace culture through intentional co-creation and communication. He is founder and principal at Culture Design Studio, an organizational design agency, and the podcast host of The Culture Design Show. As Steve mentioned, the best way to connect with him is on LinkedIn and on
July 22, 2021
120 - Happy Productivity W/ Dr. Roger Hall
Today’s guest, Dr. Roger Hall, is the author of Staying Happy Being Productive: The Big 10 Things Successful People Do and Expedition. He is a Business Psychologist with clients all over the country, and he trains leaders to monitor and manage their thinking. Roger knows great leaders work on themselves first, and then success in their companies follows. Roger received his Doctorate in Psychology from Ohio State University in 1991. He has worked with thousands of leaders – and loves to work with small entrepreneurial firms. Find out more about Dr. Hall here
July 19, 2021
119 - HR Resources W/ Chuck Cooper
Today’s guest is Chuck Cooper, the Managing Partner at WhiteWater Consulting in Charlotte, NC. Throughout his career, Chuck has been involved at the ownership level of several small and midsize companies, and he also has extensive experience working in the PEO industry. Chuck’s passion is working with the leadership of small and midsize companies, helping them design and define HR strategies that eliminate the fear, uncertainty, and doubt they may have when it comes to solving their people problems.
July 15, 2021
118 - Our Workplaces W/ Chris Kane
Chris Kane has worked in the Corporate Real Estate sector for over thirty years, having operated as the Vice President of International Corporate Real Estate for The Walt Disney Company, before acting as Head of Corporate Real Estate at the BBC. His new book, Where Is My Office? Reimagining the Workplace for the 21st Century investigates innovative corporate real estate thinking in the modern workplace. Learn more at
July 12, 2021
117 - Human Resources and COVID W/ Andrew Bartlow
Andrew Bartlow has 25 years of Human Resources and Talent Management experience at organizations across a wide spectrum of sizes, maturity stages, and industries. He is the co-author of “Scaling for Success: People Priorities for High Growth Organizations,” has a master’s degree from the top program in his field, and has been CECP, SPHR, Six Sigma, and executive coaching certified. Andrew leads Series B Consulting, which helps businesses to articulate their people strategy and accelerate their growth while navigating rapid change. He also founded the People Leader Accelerator, which is the preeminent development program for startup HR leaders. You can find out more about the books, and order them, at these links. They are affiliate links and help support the show. The Great Game of Business Change The Game Finite and Infinite Games The Infinite Game Who Moved My Cheese Drive Scaling For Success
July 08, 2021
116 - Grief And Change Leadership W/ Anthony Casablanca
Anthony is a return guest whose first episode was back in Episode 77. Check that episode out to find more about him. Our friend mentioned in this episode is Mark Deluzio who was a guest back in Episode 52. For a discount on Anthony and Guy's book The Dying Art Of Leadership check out this link. For the article I mentioned about the psychological toll on forecasters click here.
July 05, 2021
115 - Family Owned Business W/ Charlie Bailes
Charles Bailes IV is a 4th generation family member and a top executive running a 9-figure family-owned business. As VP of Human Resources and Internal Distribution of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, he oversees 126 stores in Florida and over 1,600 employees. He is a husband, a dad to 3, an executive, an entrepreneur, a CrossFitter, a health nut, and a lover of going to bed at 8 PM all in that order. He loves meeting new people and having meaningful conversations. His main goal is to inspire others to act to help themselves.  To find out more about Charlie and his work visit:
July 01, 2021
114 - Data Driven Decisions W/ Brandy McCarley
My guest in this podcast is Brandy McCarley. Brandy is an employee alignment executive advisor who works with CEOs and business owners, helping them clarify the cultural dynamics within their companies and finding the right employees for each role. She excels at assisting leaders in any industry determine how to better communicate, manage, and motivate individuals based on how they are hardwired. By developing diverse high-performing teams that can scale and drive revenue and profit goals, Brandy optimizes organizations from the top-down, driving executives and owners to use analytics instead of instincts to scale and transform their organizations. Find out more about Brandy and her service at:
June 28, 2021
113 - Leveraging Change W/ Jake Jacobs
Jake Jacobs is the founder and president of Jake Jacobs Consulting. A pioneer in large-scale change, he has worked with some of the largest corporations in the world, including Ford, Marriott, and Corning, and has supported major change efforts for the City of New York, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the United Kingdom's National Health and Employment Services. 
June 24, 2021
112 - Cybersecurity W/ Vincent Scott
Vince Scott is the founder of Defense Cybersecurity Group, where he helps organizations prepare for all aspects of cybersecurity compliance assessments, and is Chief Security Officer for STI-TEC where he has been putting his security approach into practice. He is a retired United States  Navy Cryptologist who has held roles as a Director in Oklahoma State University Multi-Spectral Laboratory, led Procter and Gamble’s global incident response organization, and led PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)  national cyber threat intelligence practice.
June 21, 2021
111 - Confidence W/ Bill Kurzeja
Bill Kurzeja is the Owner and founder of Professional Success South, a professional sales training and business consulting firm. Bill’s career began in the United States Army where he learned discipline and the importance of strict attention to detail. Over the next 8 years, he made his way up the ranks to sergeant where he learned not only leadership but the importance of clear, effective communication in training. This made his next move as he transitioned out of the military in 2001 obvious; he would enter the retail automotive industry. Beginning as a salesperson, he quickly rose through the ranks through finance, into sales manager, and finally into the GSM and GM positions. Bill now follows his passion in training and coaching, specializing in the basics of communication and how paying attention to details will build a strong foundation. He is always working to bring knowledge to as many people as possible whether through his clients, on social media, or through his weekly Podcast, Get Focused with Bill K  and Gina Faye. Find out more about Bill at: Find "Get Focused with Bill K and Gina Faye" at:
June 17, 2021
110 - Agency W/ Dr. Paul Napper
Dr. Paul Napper, Psy.D., is a leading psychology expert and executive coach. After launching his career on Wall Street, he founded Performance Psychology, a Boston-based management psychology consultancy, in 1998. Today, he helps leaders and senior teams at Fortune 500 companies, financial firms, nonprofits, universities, and startups increase their effectiveness by strengthening their agency. During the pandemic, he has been advising global organizations on how to stay grounded, healthy, and profitable. Find out more about Dr. Napper and Dr. Rao at
June 14, 2021
109 - Noble Purpose W/ Elizabeth Lotardo
Elizabeth Lotardo is a consultant, researcher, and co-author of Selling with Noble Purpose:  How to Drive Revenue and Do Work that Makes You Proud.  As the VP of Services at sales leadership consultancy McLeod & More, Elizabeth leads sales transformation initiatives for clients like Oracle, G Adventures, and Fiserv. She is a popular LinkedInLearning author, and her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on NPR.  With an undergraduate degree in advertising from Boston University and a Master’s in Organizational Psychology, Elizabeth has enabled firms to drive employee engagement,  competitive differentiation, and ultimately revenue. To find out more about Elizabeth and what they and McLeod & More visit Connect with her on LinkedIn right here!
June 10, 2021
108 - Good Authority W/ Jonathan Raymond
Jonathan Raymond spent 20 years building careers in business development and personal growth before realizing he could have the best of both worlds by starting his own company. Now, he uses those skills to advise CEOs and organizational leaders on how to create a people-first culture that drives results. His goal is to provide Refound’s clients with a partner they can trust and a program that gives managers an experience of how they can make work a better place, one conversation at a time. Find out more about Jonathan and his services at
June 07, 2021
107 - Culture and Fierce Conversations W/ Luis Gonzales
Luis brings more than 25 years of experience in helping improve business outcomes for global organizations via training and coaching. Prior to joining Fierce, Luis developed and facilitated training workshops for Microsoft’s global effectiveness, intercultural communication, and other targeted training sessions to improve customer satisfaction, intercultural competency, and communications of customer support engineers working with premier Microsoft accounts in the U.S. With more than 15 years of experience with Marriott International and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Luis brings extensive hospitality leadership experience and a keen sense of customer service. At the Ritz-Carlton, he directed the implementation of Total Quality Management strategies, helping to win the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award twice as a result. To find out more about Luis and FierceInc visit
June 03, 2021
106 - Unlocking Collective Wisdom W/ Jon Berghoff
My guest today is, Jon Berghoff. Jon is the Co-Founder and CEO of XCHANGE, a scientific approach to unlocking collective wisdom. Over 350 global thought leaders, community builders, and industry-leading coaches and consultants have leveraged the XCHANGE Approach to facilitate transformational group experiences with their clients. When companies like BMW, Facebook, NASA, and Keller Williams have wanted to bring large groups together to solve problems, accelerate learning, or create a new future, they’ve all relied upon Jon and the XCHANGE Approach. Find out more about Jon and Xchange at Find the special link for BOC listeners at
May 31, 2021
105 - Know Your People W/ Michael Tanner
This episode is going to be a real treat. I chat with fellow Marine Corps Veteran, podcaster, and leadership guru, Michael Tanner. We go in-depth about all the various benefits of taking the time to get to know your team and look out for their well-being. To find out more about Michael and his services visit: Also, be sure you give his show, The Rookie Leaders Podcast, a follow, rate it, and review it. Help him grow his show the way you help me grow this one.
May 27, 2021
104 - Quantum Lean W/ Sean Fields
Sean Fields, P.E., LSSBB, MSIE, co-author of Quantum Lean, has over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries, including oil field equipment manufacturing, food processing, and job shops, working in various phases of business, including the shop floor, quality, safety, and engineering. Sean is a network member of the nonprofit organization BeehiveFund, which assists companies with pro­duction scheduling, inventory control, and developing quality-management systems. He is also a columnist for the Lub­bock Avalanche Journal and a licensed professional engineer in Texas. Find out more about and interact with Sean on LinkedIn. Also, click the link to find out more about BeehiveFund and remember you can reach Sean there using the email address Finally, here is the link to the interview with Mark DeLuzio that was mentioned in this episode.
May 24, 2021
103 - Give Yourself Permission To Create Magic At Work W/ Amy Lynn Durham
Amy Lynn Durham is the CEO of “Create Magic At Work” and a U.C. Berkeley Certified Executive Coach. She is certified to coach in the 21 skills associated with Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) using the SQ21 Assessment and an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner (EQ). Amy has spent years in the corporate world successfully managing hundreds of employees for private and publicly traded companies. Her company, Create Magic At Work’s intention is to offer Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) tools to energize and transform the workplace. As an expert in building positive company cultures, Amy designed Create Magic At Work to bring a variety of services and strategies to aid in cultivating teamwork and harmony in order to improve profits and employee morale. In her spare time, you can also find her spending time with her Cavapoo puppy, Mr. Bingley. Grab a copy of "Create Magic At Work" here.
May 20, 2021
102 - Selling Ethically W/ Joel Malkoff
Joel Malkoff, a.k.a. the Ethics Giver, demonstrates that ethical business decision-making isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s the profitable thing to do. Over the course of his 45-year career as a business executive and entrepreneur, he has generated more than half a billion dollars in sales. A writer and coach on ethical business practices and principles, he serves as general manager and vice president of a corporation that manufactures and sells medical and scientific research products worldwide. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he lives in Avon, Connecticut, with his wife, Lynn.  Selling Ethically: A Business Parable Connecting Integrity with Profits is his debut book. Find out more about Joel and his services at
May 17, 2021
101 - Leadership and Expectations W/ Gen. Craig B. Whelden
Craig's leadership journey started when he became an Eagle Scout at age 14. Thirty years later, he was the youngest General in the United States Army. Combined with another nine years as a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) with the U.S. Marine Corps,  he has over 17 years at the highest levels of the U.S. military, leading thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and civilians, while serving 10 years in Europe and another 12 in the Pacific. Find out more about Craig and his services at Get the free chapter mentioned in the show right here. 
May 13, 2021
100 - 100th Episode W/ Earl Breon
Hello folks. Check out the show but the premise here is really simple. THANK YOU! Thanks to my guests! Thanks to the great people who help me book guests! Thanks to my great listeners! Thank you all! Here are the top 10 answers to the foundational question of the show, "What does the phrase 'Burden of Command' mean to you?" Enjoy, share, rate, review, and if you are feeling adventurous leave your answer to that question using Anchor's audio messaging feature. Love y'all and here's to the next 100 shows!!!
May 10, 2021
099 - Coach'em Way Up W/ Lynn Guerin
Lynn Guerin is CEO of The John R. Wooden Course and president and “Head Coach” of his family-owned coaching, training, and performance development firm, Guerin Marketing Services. For the past 20 years, he has had the unique privilege of partnering with legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden and the Wooden family. Find out more about him and his work at the following links: And, email him directly at:
May 06, 2021
098 - The Coaching Effect W/ Bill Eckstrom
Bill Eckstrom is the founder and CEO of EcSell Institute, the world’s first and only organization to measure and quantify leadership effectiveness.  He is considered one of the world’s top authorities in metric-based performance coaching and growth. His book, The Coaching Effect, coauthored by EcSell Institute president Sarah Wirth, helps leaders at all levels understand the necessity of challenging people out of their comfort zone to create high-growth organizations. Find out more about Bill and his services at (social media links at bottom of page) and Find his TEDTalk here: Harvard Business Review article by Jack Zenger with research cited in discussion. 
May 03, 2021
097 - Leader Humility W/ Dr. Marilyn Gist
Dr. Marilyn Gist is an expert on leader development. Her academic career spans the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the University of Washington, where she held the Boeing Endowed Professorship of Business Management; and Seattle University, where she was formerly associate dean at the Albers School of Business and Economics and executive director of the Center for Leadership Formation. She speaks and consults with organizations worldwide, including Boeing, AT&T, Providence Health System, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and NASA. Her new book is The Extraordinary Power of Leader Humility: Thriving Organizations—Great Results. Learn more at
April 29, 2021
096 - The Wealthy Franchisee W/ Scott Greenberg
Scott Greenberg is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and coach who helps franchise owners grow their businesses, build high-performing teams and create unforgettable customer experiences. He has given presentations in all 50 states and throughout the world with franchise clients that include McDonald's, Great Clips, GNC, RE/MAX, Smoothie King, Global Franchise Group, and many more. For 10 years, he was a multi-unit franchise owner with Edible Arrangements, winning Best Customer Service and Manager of the Year awards out of more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Learn more about his new book at The Wealthy Franchisee. Find out more about Scott and his services at the following sites:
April 26, 2021
095 - The Happiness Recipe W/ Becky Morrison
Becky Morrison is a mom, wife, and lawyer turned Happiness Coach. Her mission is to spread joy. She believes most people can live happier, easier lives if they get clear on what matters most to them and then develop a plan to do more of that and less of the rest. If she can help enable people to find clarity and happiness then everyone wins. People and processes are at the heart of the work that she has done for the last 20+ years in corporations, law firms – as both a lawyer and administrator – and small businesses. Now she’s using that experience coupled with her own journey to help people supercharge their success and happiness by finding clarity; taking the next steps in their career; overcoming overwhelm; going from idea to action; and, stepping into their authentic leadership presence. Becky brings together all her learnings in her recently published book ‘The Happiness Recipe: A Powerful Guide to Living What Matters’. Find out more about her and her work at
April 22, 2021
094 - Reinventing Masculinity W/ Ed Frauenheim
Ed Frauenheim is the co-author of the new book Reinventing Masculinity: The Liberating Power of Compassion and Connection, has written about organizations, leadership, and society for more than two decades, cowriting such books as A Great Place to Work for All: Better for Business, Better for People, Better for the World. He also co-founded the Teal Team, which helps organizations evolve into more democratic, purpose-driven, soulful places.  Find out more about Ed and his current work at
April 19, 2021
093 - Employee Service W/ Robertson Hunter Stewart
Robertson Hunter Stewart brings 40 years of experience in and consulting with folks in various customer service based businesses. He has held positions from entry-level employee to managing teams. Through the course of this discussion, you will see Robertson's focus is on empowering employees and treating them like customers. He is also the author of One To One: Managing Quality Time With Individuals For Engagement And Success. You can find out more about him, his books, and his services at
April 15, 2021
092 - Being A Community Partner W/ Eli Smith
Eli Smith, founded and runs successful businesses in construction and real estate development. A committed and energetic entrepreneur, he is following in the footsteps of his parents who were successful business owners for over 40 years. Eli has been recognized by Governor Cuomo for his entrepreneurial spirit and achievement in contracting, and he is passionate about giving back to his community through mentoring students and recognizing and empowering minority and women-owned businesses. Find out more about Eli here: LinkedIn Instagram You can email him directly at
April 12, 2021
091 - Authentic Diversity W/ Michelle Silverthorn
Michelle Silverthorn is the Founder and CEO of Inclusion Nation, which works with Fortune 500 companies, tech start-ups, nonprofits, and universities to design authentic, inclusive spaces for success. A recognized organizational diversity expert and speaker, she has written extensively on the topic. She is a TEDx speaker, and author of the new book, Authentic Diversity: How to Change the Workplace for Good. Learn more at
April 08, 2021
090 - VUCA W/ Ira Wolfe
Ira S Wolfe is ranked by Thinkers360 as the #1 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers in Future of Work category, #3 in HR, and top 20 for Leadership. He has been described as a “Millennial trapped in a Baby Boomer body and the world’s first Chief Googlization Officer. Ira has been dancing with change his entire professional life, profoundly shaped by both his fascination and fear of a VUCA future where the line between reality and science fiction blur. VUCA was also his TEDx idea worth sharing. For 25 years, Ira has been at the leading edge of pre-hire and leadership assessments, recruitment marketing, and workforce trends. He is president of Poised for the Future Company, founder of Success Performance Solutions, and a popular presenter at SHRM and business conferences. He’s the author of 6 books including his latest, Recruiting in the Age of Googlization, which was recognized as one of the best HR and Recruiting books of all-time by Book Authority. He is also founder of the Googlization Nation community, host of the podcast Geeks Geezers Googlization and a frequent contributor to HR and business blogs including CornerstoneonDemand’s ReWork and Medium. And, you can follow Ira on LinkedIn here.
April 05, 2021
089 - Professional Development W/ Bo Brabo
Throughout his career, Robert “Bo” Brabo has always focused on the people, helping them tackle their challenges as if they were his own. Since retiring from the U.S. Army as the Chief of HR Operations with the White House Communications Agency and as a Presidential Communications Officer for President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, Bo has served in several executive positions, and today Bo is an inspirational keynote speaker, career/leadership/executive coach, and business consultant. Bo previously co-founded a consulting agency that assisted government contractors in HR strategies and contract proposal efforts. Bo received his MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and is committed to lifelong learning and sharing, to make us all stronger. To find out more about Bo visit his site @ To find out more about the Bo & Luke Show visit their site @
April 01, 2021
088 - Building A Legacy W/ Cory Lee
Cory Lee is an entrepreneur, business builder, and leader developer. He was trained and mentored by the world-renowned leadership expert John Maxwell and is now an executive director with The John Maxwell Team. In 2012 Cory and his wife opened their first business, a physical therapy clinic located in a town of only 1,100 people, Within 5 years they were billing over $2 million per year from that one location and had opened and successfully sold 2 physical therapy clinics and 4 gyms. Cory is an accomplished speaker and is often invited to speak and train employees at companies looking to develop a culture of leadership. He also provides individual leaders with opportunities to maximize their own growth through one-on-one coaching and mastermind groups. Cory is most passionate about helping entrepreneurs navigate business growth but not at the expense of their faith, family, and fitness. For the personalized link that Cory mentions visit right here: You will find the free gifts and the links to all of Cory's social media channels.
March 29, 2021
087 - Get In Gear Pt.2 W/ Sean Ryan
My guest in this episode of The Burden of Command Podcast is Sean Ryan, a returning guest from Ep. 67. If you haven't listened to that one yet I highly recommend checking it out. It is a great discussion in its own right. Below is a copy of his bio! Sean is a world-class speaker, consultant, trainer, and executive coach. For 30 years, he has helped build sustainable organizations that thrive in constantly changing circumstances. He has helped clients build lasting, loyal relations with their customers and helped them unleash the passion and capabilities of their employees. Sean believes that every organization today faces “perpetual whitewater” in its competitive environment. In 2001, he founded the WhiteWater Consulting Group to help organizations achieve and sustain outstanding performance through unleashing the passion and capabilities of its people. Find out more about Sean, his book, and White Water International Consulting here:
March 25, 2021
086 - Building A Best Place To Work W/ Alex Yastrebenetsky
Alex Yastrebenetsky is the co-founder and CEO of InfoTrust, a global marketing technology and consulting company. In 2020, EY named Alex an Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist for the East Central Region.  Alex began his career as a software engineer working at one of the largest technology companies in the world, Attachmate. Over a number of years there, he held roles in product development, consulting, pre-sales, and product management.  Under Alex’s leadership, InfoTrust serves many of the world’s most recognizable brands, including 40+ Fortune 500 companies. InfoTrust has been recognized as one of the top places to work in the nation per Fortune, AdAge, and Inc., and has been named the best place to work in Ohio for 3 years by Crain’s Cleveland Business. InfoTrust has also been among The Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Best Places to Work” twice. InfoTrust has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing privately held companies every year since 2015. Alex is a co-author of the Amazon best-selling book Crawl, Walk, Run: Advancing Analytics Maturity with Google Marketing Platform. He has also written extensively about leadership and entrepreneurship for Inc., Forbes, and Entrepreneurs’ Organization. Alex graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a computer engineering degree and MBA. He is married to Karina Agabekyan; the couple has two daughters and a son. In Alex’s spare time, he enjoys playing with his children and helping them grow an early appreciation for science and technology. Alex serves on the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Foundation Board and the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College Dean’s Advisory Board. Find out more about Alex and InfoTrust in the following places: Website Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
March 22, 2021
085 - Trust, Communication, and Humility W/ Gen. Jim Huggins
In this episode, I chat with Gen. Jim Huggins, U.S. Army(Ret.). Jim retired from the US Army after 35 years of service, seven combat tours of duty, and as Chief Operating Officer of the United States Army. In that position, he served as the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Army on Joint Service, National Security Council, and the politico-military aspects of international affairs. He directed the resourcing, restructuring, and budget execution for 1.1 million soldiers, 330,000 civilians, and a $170 billion budget. From 2010 to 2012, Jim served as the Commanding General of the 82nd Airborne Division and NATO Regional Command South (Kandahar) Afghanistan. After a military career and being the son of a soldier growing up, Gen. Huggins wanted to do something very different and develop skills outside of the defense industry. The McChrystal Group was a perfect fit as they work with a variety of clients in various industries faced with complex leadership challenges in a rapidly changing environment. Find out more about Jim here. And find out more about the McChrystal Group here.
March 18, 2021
084 - From Suck to Success W/ Todd Palmer
Todd Palmer is an executive coach, keynote speaker, renowned thought leader, author, and CEO who is committed to helping business owners tackle their obstacles and clear their path to success. As an entrepreneur and active CEO, Todd knows the struggles business owners face regarding people, cash, strategy & execution. He took his company from being $600,000 in debt to making the INC 5,000 as one of America’s fastest-growing companies (an astounding 6 times!). He specializes in helping leaders join the mission statement of the organization with their personal core values while addressing fears, self-doubts, and imposter syndrome. He brings a unique blend of authenticity, transparency, and vulnerability to help leaders & organizations achieve their highest goals, and he’s here today to share his story, what he’s learned along the way and his proven framework for helping business owners achieve success. Find out more about Todd and his work at And you can email him directly at You can also find him on social media here: Twitter LinkedIn Facebook Youtube Instagram
March 15, 2021
083 - Leaders Worth Following W/ Tim Spiker
Tim Spiker is the founder of The Aperio and the Who* Not What Principle, a profound research-based truth that has powered 15 years of leadership development success. Tim’s book, The Only Leaders Worth* Following, reveals that 77% of leadership effectiveness comes from who a leader is and not what they do. Using this principle, Tim helps people become, be, and stay leaders who are actually worth following. Tim’s work includes delivering keynote talks, creating unique and customized learning experiences, and guiding long-term development journeys. Tim has worked with leadership teams in North America, Australia, and Asia. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and four children. To find out more about Tim and his team visit: The code mentioned is: Burden.
March 11, 2021
082 - Full-Spectrum Thinking W/ Dr. Bob Johansen
In this episode, I chat with Dr. Bob Johansen about his concept of "Full-Spectrum Thinking". This concept will help you think about the present more completely while preparing yourself for the future.   You can find out more about Dr. Johnansen at Stanley McChrystal TEDTalk
March 08, 2021
081 - Meant For More W/ Mia Hewett
In this episode, I chat with Mia Hewett. Mia is an accomplished businesswoman who has had her share of struggles and now she is on a mission to help you unlock your potential and discover who you really are. She has left us with some great resources including a free copy of her book Meant For More (password = Freebook). Feel free to email MIa directly at and find out more about her and her services at
March 04, 2021
080 - Trust W/ Jason Treu
In this episode, I chat with Jason Treu about his book Social Wealth and his game  Cards Against Mundanity. We cover a lot of topics but really it's all centered around trust and your role in fostering a trusting environment. To find out more about Jason you can visit his site,, you will also find his social media links there.
March 01, 2021
079 - Burnout to Breakthrough W/ Eileen McDargh
Eileen McDargh is CEO (chief energy officer) at the Resiliency Group, where she draws on practical business know-how, life experience, and years of consulting with major national and international organizations, including global pharmaceuticals, the U.S. Armed Forces, healthcare associations, and religious institutions. In 2019, Global Gurus ranked McDargh number one on its World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals list following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals. Her new book is Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge, and Reclaim What Matters. Find out more about and connect with Eileen here: Website Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
February 25, 2021
078 - Introverts and Extroverts W/ Dr. Jennifer Kahnweiler
Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD, is an author, Certified Speaking Professional, and one of the top global leadership speakers on introverts. She helps organizations harness the power of introverts. Her new book is, Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces: How to Unleash Everyone’s Talent and Performance. Watch a short video about it here. Her previous bestselling books include The Introverted Leader, Quiet Influence, and The Genius of Opposites. Her books have been translated into 18 languages. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune. Find out more about her, her work, and her books right here:
February 22, 2021
077 - Leading Through Grief W/ Anthony Casablanca
Guy and Anthony Casablanca are the cofounders of GriefLeaders, a training and consulting organization devoted to educating leaders on how to help grieving employees excel at work. Anthony is a senior executive with 30-plus years of experience and a proven track record of purpose-driven leadership. He has held several leadership roles with Batesville Casket Company, the world’s largest funeral service products provider, and was named the 2009 Human Resource Executive of the Year for Indiana. To find out more about them and what they do visit For the video, "What's Love Got To Do With It?" by Col. Arthur Athens that Anthony mentions in the interview click these links. It is broken up into shorter segments: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
February 18, 2021
076 - Subtle Acts Of Exclusion W/ Michael Baran
Dr. Michael Baran is a social scientist, senior partner and digital solutions lead at inQUEST Consulting. He has taught at Harvard University and worked as a principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research. He is co-author with Dr. Tiffany Jana on the book Subtle Acts of Exclusion. You can find out more about them and their work at the following sites:
February 15, 2021
075 - Whatever Works W/ Thalma Lobel
Thalma E. Lobel is an internationally recognized psychologist and expert on human behavior. A former chair at the School of Psychological Sciences at Tel Aviv University and director of the Adler Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy, she has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at Tufts University, the University of California at San Diego, and New York University. Her previous book, Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence, was published in 15 countries. Lobel is a sought after speaker who regularly keynotes events in top research institutions and corporations around the world. She has led workshops in banks, design firms, and more, and has been a repeat speaker at the world-renowned City of Idea help in Mexico with Nobel Prize winners, Oscar nominees, and best-selling authors. Her new book is Whatever Works: The Small Cues That Make a Surprising Difference in Our Success at Work—and How to Create a Happier Office Find out more about Thalma at her website:
February 11, 2021
074 - Beating Career Fear W/ Somi Arian
Somi Arian is a tech philosopher, international speaker, entrepreneur, award-winning filmmaker, and LinkedIn Top Voice influencer. Her work focuses on the impact of technology on society at large, the business landscape, and the future of work. She has an outstanding perspective on the present state and future potential of how we work. Find out more about her and her work in the links below: Website Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Podcast FemTalent
February 08, 2021
073 - Tech Debt 2.0 W/ Michael C. Fillios
Michael C. Fillios is the founder and CEO of IT Ally, LLC., a C-Suite IT and Cyber Advisory firm for small and mid-size businesses. He is a four-time CIO and senior global business and technology executive with 25 years of experience in transformation, change leadership, and operations management in the Pharmaceutical, Industrials, Automotive, Banking, and Consulting Industries. His first book, Tech Debt 2.0™: How to Future Proof Your Small Business and Improve Your Tech Bottom Line, was published by the IT Ally Institute in April 2020. In 2020, he formed the IT Ally Institute to provide research, best practices, thought leadership, and peer to peer programs for business and IT leaders at small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). His CIO responsibilities have taken him around the world including living in Shanghai, China where he served as Vice President and Divisional CIO at Delphi Automotive and led global IT operations for over 100 plants in 30 countries. At the multi-industrial giant ITT Corporation, he was part of the transformation team that led the successful tax-free spinoffs of ITT’s water and defense-related businesses to shareholders. Michael also spent ten years as an entrepreneur at tech startup BTM Corporation, where, as the Chief Solutions Officer, he advised CxO’s on implementing transformative technology management practices in the public and private sector. Earlier in his career, he led the Finance, Human Resources and IT functions at Penwest Pharmaceuticals and worked at consulting firms Grant Thornton and Ernst & Young. Find out more about Michale and Tech Debt 2.0 at:
February 04, 2021
072 - Changing The Game W/ Darren Dahl
In this episode, I speak with Darren Dahl. Darren is co-author of the book Change The Game: Saving The American Dream By Closing The Gap Between The Haves And The Have Nots with Jack Stack. These gentlemen have succeeded at writing a book that does what it says it will in the title, it changes the game! Find out more about them at:
February 01, 2021
071 - High Performance Boards W/ Didier Cossin
Didier Cossin is a professor at IMD Switzerland and the founder-director of the IMD Global Board Center. A renowned global clinician in governance, Professor Cossin is an advisor and/or executive teacher with large corporations, sovereign wealth funds, numerous central banks, supranational organizations, big tech, and leading nonprofit organizations. He works with boards and senior leaders to provide the latest thinking on best-in-class board effectiveness, dynamics, and design.  His new book is High Performance Boards: Improving and Energizing Your Governance.  Learn more at
January 28, 2021
070 - Financial Well-Being W/ Wayne B. Titus III
In this episode, I speak with Wayne B. Titus III about his book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Financial Well-Being. Wayne is an entrepreneur and a finance professional who has years of experience to back up his knowledge. And, he shares that with us so we can have a better understanding of how to take control of our financial future while we make our differences in the world. You can find out more about Wayne, his book, and his business using the links below: Linkedin
January 25, 2021
069 - The Creativity Leap W/ Dr. Natalie Nixon
My guest in this episode is Dr. Natalie Nixon. Dr. Nixon and I discuss the value of creativity and how to unlock the creative potential in our teams. We discuss her book, The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation, and Intuition at Work as the backbone for our discussion. Dr. Nixon was kind enough y'all this free WonderRigor Tip Sheet that you can receive by signing up for it here. To find out more about Dr. Nixon, her book, and her services, check out her website at:
January 21, 2021
068 - Employee Engagement W/ Dr. Tara Peters
Dr. Tara Peters is a consultant and educator who has a lot to say about employee engagement in her new book, The Demotivated Employee, which she co-authored with her friend and colleague, Dr. Cathy Bush. In the episode, Dr. Peters shares her experiences and ideas on motivation, employee engagement, and how leaders can get both back on track. You can find out more about Dr. Tara Peters and Dr. Cathy Bush at their website:
January 18, 2021
067 - Get In Gear Pt.1 W/ Sean Ryan
Sean is a world-class speaker, consultant, trainer, and executive coach. For 30 years, he has helped build sustainable organizations that thrive in constantly changing circumstances. He has helped clients build lasting, loyal relations with their customers and helped them unleash the passion and capabilities of their employees. Sean believes that every organization today faces “perpetual whitewater” in its competitive environment. In 2001, he founded the WhiteWater Consulting Group to help organizations achieve and sustain outstanding performance through unleashing the passion and capabilities of its people. Find out more about Sean, his book, and White Water International Consulting here:
January 14, 2021
066 - Dr. Franklin Annis
Franklin C. Annis is a researcher in the field of military education. He holds a Doctorate in Education (EdD) from Northcentral University. He created the “Evolving Warfighter”  YouTube channel to share his research on Military Self-Development ( Dr. Annis is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He is also a fan of stoicism and that is what we will be primarily discussing in this episode. ***The views presented in these articles are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Defense or its components.***
January 11, 2021
065 - Nir Bashan
Nir Bashan is the founder and CEO of The Creator Mindset LLC. Through his workshops and consulting, he teaches business leaders how to harness the power of creativity to improve profitability, increase sales, and make work more meaningful. His clients include AT&T, Microsoft, Ace Hardware, NFL Network, EA Sports, JetBlue, and many others. He has also worked on numerous albums, movies, and advertisements, winning a Clio Award and receiving an Emmy nomination for his creativity, and was one of the youngest professors ever selected to teach graduate courses at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He lives in Orlando, Florida. Learn more about his new book, The Creator Mindset: 92 Tools to Unlock the Secrets to Innovation, Growth, and Sustainability. To find out more about Nir and his work visit:
January 07, 2021
064 - Dr. David White
In this episode, I speak with Dr. David White. David is somewhat of a renaissance man, as you will see/hear in his bio. As a cognitive anthropologist David's focus is on organizational cultures and he helps us better understand what they are, why they exist, and how to identify them. He shares a few myths with us and debunks them one by one. To find out more about Dr. White and his work you can visit the following website or email him at the address he provided:
January 04, 2021
063 - Ora Nadrich
In this episode, I speak with Ora Nadrich. Or is the author of Live True: A Mindfulness Guide to Authenticity, podcaster, coach, and founder of The Institute For Transformational Thinking.   We speak about mindfulness, what it is, how beneficial it can be to you and your organization, and how to get started on your mindfulness journey. Or shares her personal resources and others that will help guide you along. To find out more about Ora you can visit this link:
December 28, 2020
062 - Michelle Reines
In this episode, I speak with Michelle Reines about her journey from Bad to Badass Leader and the 12 leadership lessons she picked up along the way that she now shares with the masses. You can find out more about her, her book, and her journey at She was even so kind as to leave y'all with some great gifts if you visit There is a lot of great stuff there! To follow Michelle on social media, check out these links: Personal LinkedIn: Company Facebook: Company Website: Company Instagram: Personal Twitter:
December 21, 2020
061 - Lois Letchford
FOR THE PAST TWENTY YEARS, Lois Letchford has been a literacy problem solver. Specializing in teaching children who struggle with learning to read, her creative teaching methods vary depending on the reading ability of the student, employing age-appropriate, rather than reading-age-appropriate, material. Lois’s non-traditional background, multi-continental exposure, and passion for helping failing students equip her with a unique skillset and perspective. Lois is a literacy spokesperson for struggling learners who have failed behind in the traditional classroom. Through coaching and workshops at international conferences, TV appearances, and highly-rated radio stations, she uses her own story in Reversed: A Memoir to teach educators and parents how to create flexible learning environments using comprehensive and innovative teaching methods. Originally a physical education teacher, she later completed a Master's in Literacy and Reading from the State University of New York at Albany. Lois has presented her work at SPELD in Australia, the Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children, the Spring Festival of Children's Literature in Maryland, and the Ireland International Conference on Education. She is a member of the Australian College of Education.
December 14, 2020
060 - Charles Vogl
Charles Vogl is an executive adviser, speaker, and the author of three books, including the international bestseller The Art of Community. Drawing on three thousand years of spiritual traditions, Charles teaches the wisdom and principles to build deep community and resilient relationships that foster innovation and efficacy within organizations and around the world. His work on community building and leadership is used to advise and develop programs within some of the world’s most influential organizations, including Google, Airbnb, Twitch (Amazon), ServiceNow, and Meetup. He is a regular guest lecturer at Yale University and a founding member of the Google Vitality Lab. Charles holds an M.Div. from Yale, where he studied religion, ethics, and business as a Jesse Ball duPont Foundation scholar.
December 07, 2020
059 - Susan Hamilton Meier
Susan Hamilton Meier brings a fresh perspective to brand strategy: a creator’s mindset Where strategic skills and industry experience meet original thinking and brave ideas, Susan helps leaders in healthcare develop visionary strategies that drive growth and impact. Susan began her career in strategy at the Boston Consulting Group, where she became fascinated by the deep personal relationships brands can forge with their customers. For over 20 years, she has helped build the world’s leading brands, with corporate clients like Pepsico, Unilever, Whirlpool, Samsung, Genentech, Novartis, Aetna, and WebMD. As a visual artist, she explores the interplay of strategy and chance. Her work is in the private collections of Saatchi & Saatchi and Pfizer and has been exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art. Susan holds a BA in art history from Dartmouth and an MBA from Harvard. She lives in New York City with her husband and their three children.
November 30, 2020
058 - Gary Heil
In this episode, I interview Gary Heil. Gary is an internationally-acclaimed expert in the fields of leadership, management, and organizational culture. His work has helped some of the largest and most prominent companies in the world become more innovative and culturally vital. As an acclaimed author, attorney, corporate director, television commentator, and athletic coach, Gary brings a range of diverse perspectives to his work on leadership, management, and innovation. He's co-authored numerous best-selling books (including One Size Fits One, Maslow on Management, and Douglas McGregor, Revisited) and has served on a variety of public, private, and non-profit boards. He is currently Chairman of the Board for CellTech Metals. In 1992, Gary co-founded the Center for Innovative Leadership, an organization that helps leaders create more innovative and sustainable organizations. He also co-founded the pioneering Leadership Lessons from the Fast Lane Webcast and has served on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.
November 23, 2020
057 - Kate Lanz
Kate Lanz is CEO and leader of Mindbridge, works to push the boundaries of the Neurosmart™ method and specializes in consulting and coaching at senior levels including the Board. Kate has over thirty years’ business experience – nearly twenty years’ in leadership coaching combined with an outstanding track record of success as a senior executive. Kate was the first female – and youngest – International General Manager at Diageo, the world’s leading spirits producer. (See Lanz Executive Coaching for details of Kate’s executive coaching career.) It was in the role of General Manager that Kate developed an interest in the psychology of the working environment. Building on her MBA, her BSc in Psychology, and her business experience, Kate established her international practice in corporate coaching. During and after the 2008 financial crisis Kate found herself fascinated by the patterns of behavior of clients at work and what it means about how the brain works. This lead to work on the return on investment organizations were making from different brains in their businesses. She now focuses on the power of modern neuroscience for releasing latent brain potential at work. Kate’s approach is uniquely effective because of her powerful blend of neuro-psychological understanding and direct, senior-level business experience. This is the basis of Kate’s doctoral research and recent book “All the Brains in the Business: the engendered brain in the 21st Century Organisation” (Palgrave Macmillan)
November 16, 2020
056 - Janet McKee
In this episode, I speak with Janet McKee. Janet is a Speaker, Best-Selling Author, High-Performance ™ Success Coach, Wellness Expert and CEO of SanaView, is on a mission to inspire and teach you proven and effective ways to Embrace a Better Life; a life that is richer, happier, healthier, and more fulfilling. “Sana” is Latin for “wellness” and her organization provides a “view” into enjoyable ways to dramatically improve your life.  After obtaining her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and climbing the corporate ladder in several Fortune 500 companies, Ms. McKee became passionate about helping others achieve stress-free successful lives by pursuing a wellness degree from Columbia University. After working for many years to help people achieve greater levels of well-being, Ms. McKee expanded her expertise by researching how psychology impacts a person’s ability to achieve personal and professional goals. Based on this work, she has achieved the status of being selected as one of only 200 elite Certified High-Performance Coaches™ in the world and has received the honor of being awarded membership into the National Association of Experts, Writers, and Speakers. Ms. McKee is the creator of the innovative and acclaimed Accelerated High-Performance Program and emPower3 Leadership + Lifestyle Retreat designed to help others fuel their passion, positivity, and purpose. Through her Stressless Success Shift™, she inspires others to break negative patterns and achieve greater success. She is a vibrant and inspirational speaker who is known for captivating audiences through the use of real-life stories that engage, entertain, uplift, and empower people with real solutions that they can begin to use immediately to realize their dreams.  Whether you consult with Ms. McKee directly, or hire her to speak to your organization, or peruse her multitude of online courses and inspirations, you are certain to become more knowledgeable, uplifted, and motivated to improve your life.  As the founder of SanaView, Ms. McKee has released her own recipe book titled, Fabulous Recipes for Vibrant Health, co-authored a best-selling book with Brian Tracy and other experts titled, Ready, Set, Go!, and has released her new book titled, Stressless Success™: The Surprising Secrets to a Life of Passion, Purpose, and Prosperity. Ms. McKee is also the Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary, Bethany’s Story about the healing power of food. Because of her passion for healthy living, Ms. McKee spends her free time helping to develop SanaView Farms, her 52-acre historic landmark organic farm nestled in the Laurel Mountains of Pennsylvania. There, she teaches ways to regenerate our land and our health through natural living and eating. A true powerhouse of positive energy and motivation, Ms. McKee is poised to dramatically improve the lives of everyone she touches. Find out more about Janet and her work at and
November 09, 2020
055 - David Veech
In this episode, I speak with David Veech. David is a pioneering thought leader whose ideas have garnered phenomenal results for his clients. His 40 years of leadership experience and learning, from Army Officer to Founder of two successful international consulting firms, will provide you with effective, practical information you can put to use immediately to dominate your industry. he is also the author of two great books; The C4 Process: Four Vital Steps to Better Work and Leadersights: Creating Great Leaders Who Create Great Workplaces. You can find out more about David and what he does in the following locations: Web - Twitter - Linkedin - Facebook - And you can get a free gift from him at -
November 02, 2020
054 - Capt. John R. Havlik USN(ret.)
In this episode, I speak with Capt. John Havlik, USN(ret.) about his leadership experiences as a Navy SEAL and in the civilian work. We also dive into the book "Leadership Killer" that he co-wrote with Mr. Bill Treasurer.  You can find more on John on Twitter,  Linkedin, and on his website. You can find more about Mr. Treasurer on Twitter, Linkedin,  and on his website. You can find out more about the book here.
October 26, 2020
053 - Scott DeLuzio
In this episode, I speak with Scott Deluzio. Scott is the son of last week's guest, Mark DeLuzio, and an Army veteran. He also runs his own podcast aimed at helping veterans transition into the civilian world titled "Drive On". We recorded this episode as a joint recording that will air on his podcast as well. To find out more about Scott and Drive On, check these links out:
October 19, 2020
052 -Mark DeLuzio
In this episode, I speak with Mark DeLuzio. Mark is a master of the Toyota Production System, or what some of you know as LEAN. He is also the author of the book, Flatlined: Why Lean Transformations Fail and What to Do About It.   We also touch on a wide range of topics in this one, including Mark's passion project 4THEBRAVE.  You can find out more about Mark and 4THEBRAVE here:
October 12, 2020
051 - Michael Arterberry
In this episode, I speak with a master motivational speaker and champion for youth, Mr. Michael Arterberry. This is a great man doing great work with a great message, not much else I can say than that! Check out Michael's site for more information: You'll find his book and the book his wife wrote about Michael there.
October 05, 2020
050 - Dan Bruder
In this podcast, I speak with Dan Bruder about culture, strategy, and The Blendification System. Never heard of The Blendification System before? Well, good! Find out more in this show and on Dan's site at be sure to snag a copy of his book while you are there. 
September 28, 2020
049 - Wild Success Pt. 2 - Kevin Vallely
In this episode, I speak with the other half of the author and adventuring team behind the book Wild Success: 7 Key Lessons Business Leaders Can Learn from Extreme Adventurers. Kevin Vallely is an accomplished architect, father, and adventurer.   Last week I interviewed his writing and adventuring partner, Amy Posey You can find out more about them, their book, and their adventures at You can also find Kevin on Twitter @VallelyKevin
September 21, 2020
048 - Wild Success Pt. 1 - Amy Posey
In this episode, I speak with one half of the author and adventuring team behind the book Wild Success: 7 Key Lessons Business Leaders Can Learn from Extreme Adventurers. Amy Posey is an accomplished businesswoman and adventurer in her own right and I believe you will enjoy her perspective on these lessons. Next week will feature the second half, Kevin Vallely. You can find out more about them, their book, and their adventures at You can follow Amy directly on Twitter at: @BrainyLeaders, @SUPER_MEGA_BOSS, and @Wildsuccess1
September 14, 2020
047 - Howard J. Ross
In this episode, I speak with a legend in the world of Diversity and Inclusion, Howard J. Ross. During this conversation, we touch on a lot of topics and mention some outstanding research that shows us how unconscious biases are ingrained in our daily lives. And, that doesn't make us bad, it makes us human. Listen with an open ear and an open mind and see what you think afterward. The best way to find out more about or contact Howard is: Some of the research cited: Hot and Cold: Rainy weather and medical school entry: Gender Bias:
September 07, 2020
046 - Amb. Scott Gration
In this episode, I chat about leadership with Ambassador Scott Gration. Scott's journey from growing up in Africa to Major General in the United States Air Force to U.S. Ambassador to Kenya to Special Envoy to Sudan is an amazing story of success, failure, and leadership. To find out more about Amb. Gration and his journey check out and pick up a copy of his book, Flight Path: Son of Africa to Warrior-Diplomat.
August 31, 2020
045 - Col. Carla D. Bass
Col. Bass is an outstanding leader who focuses on the power of writing well. In this podcast, she shares stories from her time in the Air Force and why being able to write is critical to leadership. You can find out more about Carla and contact her with the following links:
August 24, 2020
044 - Natasha Wallace
In this episode, I speak with Natasha Wallace. Natasha is the author of the amazing book The Conscious Effect: 50 Lessons for Better Organizational Wellbeing. You can find out more about here in this podcast and by visiting the following links: Website: Linkedin:
August 17, 2020
043 - Season 3 Opener and Dr. Alan Weiss
This is the season 3 premiere of The Burden of Command podcast. In it, I discuss the differences listeners can expect and the new features available with the show being hosted on Anchor now.  You'll also hear a great interview I did back in February with Dr. Alan Weiss. We discuss fear, ego, perfection, and all the trappings associated with those topics. To find out more about Dr. Weiss, his books, and his services visit To find out more about The Leadership Phalanx and our services visit
August 10, 2020
042 - Our Views - Season 2 Wrap Up
In this episode, I share a quote and a story about how our personal views mold our personal reality and challenge you to come to grips with it and, possibly, be open to change
June 08, 2020
041 - Timothy R. Clark
In this episode, I speak with Dr. Timothy R. Clark of LeaderFactor. We discuss his new book, The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety.
June 01, 2020
040 - Timothy Lupfer - Charisma
In this episode, I speak with my first two-time guest Timothy Lupfer. This time we focus on charisma and leadership.
May 25, 2020
039 - Chuck Swoboda
In this episode, I speak with Chuck Swoboda about the importance of innovation and how crisis can speed the process up.
May 18, 2020
038 - Sarah Beaulieu
In this episode, I speak with Sarah Beaulieu about the power of culture and uncomfortable conversations to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.
May 11, 2020
037 - Sam Schutte
In this episode, I speak with Sam Schutte about entrepreneurship and software.
May 04, 2020
036 - Bill Coletti
In this episode, I speak with Bill Coletti of Kith about reputation and crisis management.
April 27, 2020
035 - Chief Jason Armstrong
In this episode, I speak with Ferguson, Mo. Police Chief Jason Armstrong about law enforcement and leadership.
April 20, 2020
034 - Tim Lupfer
In this episode, I speak with Timothy Lupfer about the intersection of history and leadership.
April 13, 2020
033 - Matt Louis
In this episode, Matt Louis and I discuss veterans transitioning out fo the military into the civilian world and what you as an employer can benefit from them.
April 06, 2020
032 - Ignaz Semmelweis
In this episode, I share the story of Ignaz Semmelweis and his crusade to get doctors to start washing their hands and what it can teach you about leadership.
March 30, 2020
031 - David Melville
In this episode, I speak with David Melville about how to get to a place where you no longer dread Mondays.
March 23, 2020
030 - Leading In a Crisis - COVID-19
In this episode, I discuss a model you should use when leading through a crisis like COVID-19.
March 16, 2020
029 - Tom Schwab
In this episode, I speak with Tom Schwab on the importance of podcasting to businesses and leaders.
March 09, 2020
028 - The Power of Goals
In this episode, I discuss the real reason setting goals is important.
March 02, 2020
027 - Dallas Bey
In this episode, I speak with Dallas Bey about the importance of health and nutrition to your performance as a leader.
February 24, 2020
026 - Integrity and Loyalty
In this episode, I share with you a saying of Col. John Boyd's and what it means for you as a leader and a follower.
February 14, 2020
025 - Darren Gold
In this episode, I speak with Darren Gold about how your brain is like a computer code that you can change.
February 07, 2020
024 - Don't Feed The Hippos
In this episode, I discuss why you need to be certain you are solving real problems! Here is the link to the original talk by Ernesto Sirolli:
January 31, 2020
023 - Korey Shaffer - TVP
In this episode, I speak with Korey Shaffer from the 'Til Valhalla Project. We discuss veteran entrepreneurship, veteran suicide, and what can be done to tackle the epidemic.
January 24, 2020
022 - Positions of Honor - Season Two Premier
In this episode, I spinup season two and discuss positions of honor.
January 17, 2020
021 - Season One Finale
In this episode, I wrap up season one.
November 08, 2019
020 - Rita Burgett-Martell
In this episode, I speak with Coach Rita Burgett-Martell about seizing opportunities and leading your life.
October 31, 2019
019 - Goal Setting
In this episode, I discuss why goals are good but why you need to have a new set of goals ready to go once you reach them.
October 25, 2019
018 - Richard Rierson
In this episode, I speak with Richard Rierson about his podcast, Dose of Leadership, and all things leadership related.
October 18, 2019
017 - Angry Mother
In this episode, I share a story of an angry mother tearing into the President of the United States George W. Bush and how it impacted his leadership going forward.
October 11, 2019
016 - Chief Jill Lees
In this episode, I speak with IU Bloomington Police Chief Jill Lees about leadership in law enforcement.
October 04, 2019
015 - The Foreman Carpenter
In this episode, I share a passage from The Book of Five Rings and what it means to your leadership today.
September 27, 2019
014 - Wally Adamchik
In this episode, I speak with Wally Adamchik about leadership. As an Officer of Marines, Wally deployed throughout the world to participate in training, peace-keeping, and combat operations. First, as commander in a tank battalion and then, as the pilot of AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopters, he sought out the challenging assignments. His years in the Corps honed his motivational and training skills. His influence remains in a legacy of Marines who provide inspired leadership for this country and for their organizations. Seeking a new challenge, Wally entered the hyper-competitive private sector to apply his leadership philosophy to the pursuit of operational excellence in business. He was recognized for superior performance and award-winning leadership at two national restaurant companies. At the same time, he earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The next step up was a move into consulting and speaking. As a Senior Consultant with FMI, management consultants to the construction industry, his clients recognized his solutions as practical, profitable, and powerful. He founded FireStarter Speaking and Consulting in response to demands from organizations for relevant and effective leadership development. He understands the Fortune 500 firm as well as he does the family business and is able to modify his approach to make an impact in both. Wally recognizes that a good presentation is one that galvanizes the audience. If people are not inspired to use the material and take action, then the speech was merely entertainment. Practicing what he preaches about family balance and quality of life, Wally believes that true change only happens when you make a true commitment. He understands the importance of scheduling time for the things that truly matter: his family, his friends, his clients, and his own personal interests (golf and exercise). This total approach to life gives you a complete speaker who connects with your audience on a human level and sparks a fire in them--the fire that leads to great achievement.
September 20, 2019
013 - The Cliff Young Shuffle
In this episode, I share the story of Cliff Young and what is possible when you aren't tied down to how something "should" be done.
September 13, 2019
012 - Larry Winget
In this episode, I speak with Larry Winget about personal responsibility.
September 06, 2019
011 - It's Raining
In this episode, I discuss the difference between knowing something and being aware it is happening and why that is important to your leadership.
August 30, 2019
010 - Jim Bouchard
In this episode, I speak with Jim Bouchard about leadership and the Sensei Leader Movement.
August 23, 2019
009 - The King's Decision
In this episode, I share the story of how King Leonidas made the decision to build the defensive wall before the Battle of Thermopylae.
August 16, 2019
008 - Joe Calloway
In this episode, I speak with Joe Calloway about the importance of simplification in leadership.
August 09, 2019
007 - The Battle of Trafalgar
In this episode, I share the story of the Battle of Trafalgar and what it can teach you about simplification.
August 01, 2019
006 - Col. Garth Massey
In this episode, I speak with Col. Garth Massey about getting your team Command Ready.
July 25, 2019
005 - The Kranz Dictum
In this episode, I discuss what you can learn from Gene Kranz after the Apollo 1 disaster
July 19, 2019
004 - Col. Lee Ellis
In this episode, I speak with Col. Lee Ellis. Lee Ellis is Founder and President of Leading with Honor® and FreedomStar Media®. He is an award-winning author, leadership coach, and expert speaker in the areas of leadership, team building, and human performance. His past clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and C-Level leaders in telecommunications, healthcare, military, and other business sectors. Some of his media appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, plus hundreds of engagements in various industry sectors throughout the world.  Early in his career, Lee served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. For his wartime service, he was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and the POW Medal. Lee resumed his Air Force career, serving in leadership roles of increasing responsibility including command of a flying squadron and leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel.  Lee has a BA in History and an MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. He has authored or co-authored six books on leadership and career development. Lee’s book entitled Leading with Honor®: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton has received multiple awards since its release including Winner in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Business and Management Category, and selection on the 2013 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List. His latest books are entitled Leadership Behavior DNA®: Discovering Natural Talents and Managing Differences and Engage with Honor: Building a Culture of Courageous Accountability.  In 2014, Lee was inducted into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame, and in 2015 was a DAR Medal of Honor Recipient for a lifetime of patriotic service as a military officer and spokesman for leading with honor. Lee and his wife Mary reside in the Atlanta GA area and have four grown children and six grandchildren.
July 12, 2019
003 - Col. Don Taylor
In this episode, I speak with Col. Don Taylor about human-centric leadership.
June 28, 2019
002 - Judy Hoberman
Judy Hoberman, President of Selling In A Skirt has created a suite of workshops, seminars and coaching programs that take the negativity out of selling. Her 30 years in sales has given her both the knowledge and sense of humor about the gender differences that we should all understand and embrace instead of feeling unable to communicate. Judy’s humorous stories about how men and women sell, manage, recruit and supervise differently will enlighten you in learning how both genders can support each other’s successes in a more productive way. Judy’s experience includes being an award winning Accomplished Corporate Training Director with extensive experience in training, course development and project management. She is a true entrepreneur at heart with experience both in the Self-Employed and Corporate arenas. She was personally selected by the President and CEO of a large Insurance Company, to move to Dallas to bring her talent in training to the Corporate office and share it with over 100 offices in 44 states showing over 300 agents how to break the mystery of the sales process into manageable pieces and create an authentic selling system. She is working with Insurance companies helping with their diversity and women’s initiatives in the areas of recruiting, training, coaching and mentoring. She was awarded the Character and Integrity Award from the field for her distinct and significant contribution to the field agents’ success. With experience as being one of the female pioneers in the insurance world as well as being an expert in gender communication, she was asked to speak on the Main Platform at LAMP, an Insurance Conference, about recruiting women into the industry. She has also been the Keynote Speaker at the Women’s breakfast at LAMP and led numerous breakout sessions on “Why Can’t A Woman Be More Like A Man”. She is also the author of “Selling In A Skirt”, “Famous Isn’t Enough” and “Pure Wealth”, business books for Professional Women, Sales Executives and Entrepreneurs. Judy is the host of a weekly radio show on The Women 4 Women Network/iHeart Radio called Selling In A Skirt and is also featured as “The Gender Expert” on Fox News Radio. She has appeared on CNN Headlines, ABC, CBS, CW33 and Good Morning Texas and has contributed articles to Small Business Trends, the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, Texas CEO Magazine and appeared on the cover of Exceptional People Magazine. She was recently named as a finalist in the Women of Visionary Influence Mentor of the Year.
June 14, 2019
001 - Dov Baron
In this episode, I speak with one of the top leadership minds in the world, Dov Baron.  Dov Baron is “The Dragonist”, Inc. Magazine Top 100 Leadership Speaker, #1 Fortune 500 Podcast Host, Entrepreneur Magazine contributor, Loyalty Authority. Guiding us in how to recognize and nurture dragons (the top talent) hidden in our organizations. A Dragon Leader is not a position, it’s someone who is always pushing to improve and wants those they serve to reach their full potential. Dov’s humour and no-BS style are contagious. As a master storyteller, he is considered to be the leading authority on actualized leadership. Actualized leadership means getting the result you set out to achieve in the most meaningful manner. Working with diverse leaders and executive teams, Dov filters common bonds to create Fiercely Loyal cultures. You can’t achieve loyalty without “meaning” and talent only stay when they feel they are a part of something larger than themselves. Besides being a bestselling author of One Red Thread and Fiercely Loyal: How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent, Dov has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers to Hire and as one of the Top 30 Global Leadership Guru's. He has spoken to the United Nations, The World Management Forum (Iran), The New York National Speakers Association, and The Servant Leadership Institute. In June 1990, while free rock climbing, Dov fell approximately 120 feet and landed on his face. The impact shattered most of the bone structure of his face. After ten reconstructive surgeries, no external evidence remains; however, this experience wasn’t just life-changing, it has been completely transformational. Dov shares how Dragons are born in fire, experiences that could potentially destroy you, instead can birth purpose, passion, and hunger to champion others to nurture the Dragon Fire in ourselves, our families, our communities, and our companies. Dov believes the world needs more "Dragon Leaders" committed to living their purpose, standing in their truth, and empowering others to find their fire and do the same.
May 29, 2019
000 - Introductory Episode
Who am I and what is this podcast about? Find out in this episode!
May 29, 2019
The Burden of Command Podcast - Trailer
Hello friends and welcome to The Burden of Command podcast, a production of The Leadership Phalanx. Find out more about the 11 Shields of Leadership at What does the phrase, “The Burden of Command,” mean to you? That is the foundational question of this podcast and I have the luxury of asking some of the best thought leaders on the planet that very question, and this podcast brings you those answers. Maybe, to you, the burden of command is increasing mindfulness on our organizations. Maybe it is growing diversity and inclusion. Maybe it’s taking in more of your power through stoic philosophy. Maybe it’s building more trust, promoting more women into leadership roles, taking care of your technology, using data to make better decisions, or some other angle we have not discussed yet. But, we will get there! Don’t let the name of this show fool you, this podcast is for YOU. It’s for the female leader, the BIPOC leader, the tech leader, the seasoned leader, the aspiring leader… it is for you! So, join me and my guests on this journey and take the time to share your answer to that question, “What does the phrase The Burden of Command mean to you?” You can use the link, to send me a voice message and I will include it in future shows. If you want to reach out to me, hit me up at or follow me on social media and reach out there: Twitter - Facebook - LinkedIn - Do me a favor, subscribe, rate, and review the show on your favorite podcast platform. It really helps my guests spread their important messages and reach more people. That’s how you can help us maximize the impact of this show. With that, I appreciate y’all and look forward to continuing this journey and speaking with y’all in each episode!
May 28, 2019