Simon SinekI was introduced to Simon Sinek by Ariane de Bonvoisin, an author I interviewed in July 2009.  Simon’s new book entitled, “Start With Why-How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action,” is an intriguing book about the all important question we should all be asking ourselves before we do anything: “Why?”

Simon points out that some people and organizations are more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others. Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over?  People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with, “why”? Their natural ability to start with “why” enabled them to inspire those around them to achieve remarkable things.

Simon studied the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world and discovered that they all think, act and communicate in the exact same way–and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does.  Simon calls this powerful idea, “The Golden Circle”, and it provides a framework upon which organization can be built, movements can be lead, and people can be inspired.  And he states that it all starts with WHY.

Any organization can explain what it does; some can explain how they do it; but few can clearly articulate why. WHY is not money or profit–those are always results. Why does your organization exist? Why does it do the thing it does?  Why do customers really buy from one company or another? Why are people loyal to some leaders, but not others?

If you want to learn this and more I highly recommend that you read Simon’s new book and learn about his “Golden Circle” model.  Once you understand the Golden Circle you will understand the importance of WHY and how the best keep getting better–because they ask WHY.  You can also access Simon website with more information about his book, and other offerings.  Please click here to access his website.

Arjuna ArdaghArjuna Ardagh is the author of this new book entitled, “Leap Before You Look“.  He is probably best known for his personal opus work entitled, “The Translucent Revolution“.

In his new book Arjuna provides the reader with insight and practices that help you get out of your mind and into the moment.

Arjuna writes that when we are willing to exchange our life of preoccupation with  “me” and “my needs” for a life given in the service of love itself, of that presence itself, we are faced with an interesting paradox.

On the one side of the paradox, we recognize that everything is perfect just as it is. When the chatter of the mind recedes just a little bit, when the smells, colors, and textures of the world become more immediately felt, we recognize the grace of running through it all. Even in conflict, or in the midst of what we call suffering, if we are really in touch with the pulse of life itself, we can feel the beauty of it all.

On the other side of the paradox, we realize that everything is continuously evolving.  Our human condition, as it is now, is flawed with unconscious habits, addictions, and compulsions. In seeing the gap between who we are today and who we could be, seeing the trickle of gifting that’s coming through us relative to the latent torrent that we intuit, we bow to humility.

In Arjuna’s new book the author guides the reader through practices that open up your consciousness and create an awareness of how we can really be in the world.

Our interview together is enlightening, and Arjuna actually takes me through a practice that created a breakthrough in my own life.  I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to slow down, create greater awareness and become awakened to the gifts that life provides us in each and every moment.

If you would like to learn more about Arjuna Ardagh and the Awakening Coaching Training please click here for more information. His website is loaded with resources for the inquisitive mind.

Maribeth KuzmeskiI thoroughly enjoyed my interview with Maribeth Kuzmeski.  She is one of the most knowledgeable authors that I know working with business marketing professionals to sharpen their connection skills.

You might be asking just what are connector skills, well it is that wisdom that you posses within to reach out at the right time and speak with someone who you think just might be able to help you jump start a project or a business idea.  Maribeth says to forget marketing tactics or business school best practices.  Those are handy, but its’ really people–and the relationships you build with them–that form the cornerstone of long-term success, sales growth and excellence.  Whether you’re a salesperson, an entrepreneur, or an executive, your ultimate job is to bring in clients and keep them.

Maribeth’s new book, “The Connectors“,  presents a five-step methodology that helps you to build the kind of high-quality relationships that lead to lifelong clients, repeat customers and endless referrals.

Inside her book you’ll learn how to:

  • Stop networking and start truly connecting
  • Create an avalanche of referrals and an army of happy customers
  • Become a “connector”, even if you’ve never been a “people person”
  • Find your social IQ–and improve it
  • Put relationship-building principles to work daily
  • Focus on others and reap the rewards yourself
  • Ask the right questions–and sell without selling
  • Differentiate yourself through the impact you have on others

These skills and more are revealed in “The Connectors“.  My interview with Maribeth also reveals many of the benefits of learning how to become a better connector.  I recommend that you listen, and learn from this master in her field.

If you are looking to build relationships, and make more meaningful connections then this is a must read book. If you would like more information about Maribeth and her services I recommend that you visit her website by clicking here to learn more.  Enjoy this wonderful interview.

Larry CraneLove Yourself and Let the Other Person Have it Your Way” by Larry Crane is based on the teachings of Lester Levenson and the technique he developed called the “Release Technique”.  Levenson was a very intelligent man, as a matter of fact he was a physicist and engineer.  Intellectually he was brilliant but emotionally he longed for happiness and love.  Levenson came to the end of his rope, when his health started to fail him and he knew he needed to do something. He realized that to increase love in his life he needed to let go of the non-loving feelings.  Sounds simple enough doesn’t it?

The Release Technique that I dialogue with Larry Crane about will assist you in letting go of the non-loving feelings.  Larry discovered Lester’s teachings as a result of almost committing suicide. He was unhappy yet he had all of the material possessions that anyone could want.  Larry says that the day he met Lester was the single greatest day of his life.

For Larry, it’s all about results. “It’s not what you say, it’s what you do,” are words Larry often repeats. “Talking about love, talking about what love is, talking about how to be loving is not the answer,” says Larry. “Actually doing it is the answer. Doing it, not talking about it.”

Don’t resist loving yourself.  Blocking those feelings prevents you from moving forward both emotionally and spiritually.  If you want real happiness and joy in your life, it is all about loving yourself and those around you.  Letting go is the answer to having loving relationships in your life.  The release technique is the secret to letting go and finding love and happiness in your life.

According to Larry human love is selfish.  Divine love is completely selfless.  Real love is winning the universe, not just one person but every person, every being.  Real love, divine love is constant, persistent acceptance of all the beings in the universe.

If you would like to learn more about the Release Technique and Larry Crane, please visit his website for more information on the book and his workshops throughout the world.

Sarah Maria Sarah Maria is beautiful and she used to suffer from negative body obsession.  It is difficult to believe that this outgoing, gregarious woman thought that she was too fat.

Her new book entitled, “Love Your Body, Love Your Life“, is as much about her personal journey as it is about providing both men and women with the tools to help end this obsession.

In our interview together we discuss the five steps to end negative body obsession and start living happily and confidently.  Sarah says if you are struggling, you are not alone.  80-90 percent of women and a growing number of men dislike their physical appearance. Body hatred has become an epidemic of unfathomable proportion in this culture.  It is no wonder considering how our media emphasizes beauty, youth and remaining forever young.

Sarah says beyond the physical and emotional costs of negative body obsession lies the damage done on the spiritual front.  She states that tremendous suffering occurs when you are unaware of your spiritual truth.  Living with negative body obsession prevents you from experiencing who you really are.  It deprives you of your fundamental experience of living your life fully and with limitless potential.

Purpose can literally help people stay alive.  Sarah says to discover who you really are and to discover your purpose and to live it.  Those of you suffering from eating disorders or intense emotional struggles probably know, continued abuse of your body and mind can lead to precarious life-and-death situations. Finding a sense of purpose, however helps those stuck in these very dark horrific places.

I encourage you to listen to this interview and to visit Sarah’s website by clicking here.  Her new book has great advice, and her workshops and information about her personal body consulting can be accessed at the website as well.  Enjoy our interview together.

Lou CassaraI have been a personal friend with Lou Cassara for over six years.  We met at a Spirit in Business conference in Santa Fe, NM.  Lou was attending the conference to better understand the concepts behind the triple bottom line for business. If you are not aware of the triple bottom line, it is people, planet and profits.

Lou has always been a trendsetter when it came to working with his financial services clients.  He is part of a very prestigious group of men and women who make up the top one half of one percent in the insurance industry.

His book, “From Selling to Serving“, is about the process that Lou has developed to help him stay in the top of his industry, and he explains the very important aspects of how to better understand and work with clients/customers in any business.  His “Client Creator Process” has been taught to thousands of sales and marketing people throughout the financial services and has helped so many sales people understand the simplicity of attracting and retaining customers.

Lou has found out that how you communicate with your clients accounts for 85% of the relationship.  Yet most sales professionals spend only 15% of their time developing these vital skills and abilities.   People buy from people.  Relationships, not products are the key.  Changing the way you think about these relationships, and moving from a selling to serving mindset creates unlimited opportunity.

I hope you enjoy this interview with a true master in his profession, and someone who will teach you how to attract, connect and commit by aligning intention with actions.

If you would like to know more about Lou Cassara and his book “From Selling to Serving” please click here to access his website.  Enjoy our interview together.

Janice TaylorWhat a wonderful interview with a very inspiring, creative and lively author!  Janice Taylor is one of the country’s leading health and wellness coaches, and she writes from personal experience.  In her new book, “All is Forgiven, Move On“,  Janice writes about her personal bout with weight loss and how she finally came to the point of acceptance and forgiving herself. This shift in her mindset has provided her the inner strength and ability to not only lose the weight, but to keep it off for years.

She explains that to change our bodies we need to radically shift our attitude–get out of our ruts, forgive ourselves for past sins, and move on with a positive outlook.  In her book she offers 101 forgiving, fun and fat-burning steps along the road to weight loss to help readers recharge and stay inspired when the journey get rocky.  Each of the steps in the book ends with a “point of view” –a fresh perspective on weight loss–and includes advice and activities.

All Is Forgiven, Move On” is loaded with wonderful art, recipes and exercises that will engage the reader and get you moving in the right direction with your weight release program.  I have personally reviewed many books on weight loss, and this is undoubtedly the most creative, fun and engaging book that I have ever reviewed.   When you pick up ” All is Forgiven, Move On” you realize that Janice has put her heart and soul into the message and really wants to help people learn how to love themselves, and lose weight.

Janice has created a wonderful website, and you can also join her “Our Lady of Weight Loss Kick in the Tush Club”.  If you would like more information on either her newsletter, book or wonderful coaching programs please click here to access her website.

 

Enjoy this wonderful interview with the very lively and interesting weight loss Queen–Janice Taylor.

Ken Foster I recently had the good fortune of being introduced to Ken Foster the author of, “Ask and You will Succeed.”  His book is certainly a wonderful approach to going deep within and asking some very important questions about your purpose, values and mission in life.  Each one of the eight sections of the book are packed full of very important questions that you need to ask yourself  to look at your life from the inside out.  What are you limiting beliefs?  How might you shift your thinking to overcome those beliefs?

Ken also addresses the all important spiritual aspects of your life, and as a matter of fact, as you listen to this podcast carefully listen for the importance he places on a spiritual balance, and tapping into your intuition.   I believe that his book is a wonderful tool that can be utilized to guide you into going deeper than you may have ever gone before in determining what is truly important to you and through these insights determine how you can be of service to our planet.

By utilizing the questions in the book, you’ll uncover the true nature of your own mind.  If you ask the right questions and do the work, you’ll find that prosperous thinking will flow into every aspect of your life effortlessly, relieving you of the stressful, negative thoughts that block your creativity and halt your drive for success.   Through the process of asking and answering these wise questions, you’ll learn to live in harmony with yourself, succeed in business, improve your physical health, build strong relationships, and engender fulfillment, energy, and enthusiasm for life.

I hope that you enjoy my interview with Ken, and the great dialogue about the benefits in asking the right questions to help in gaining clarity in your life.  If you would like more information about Ken Foster and his coaching and workshops, please click here to access his website.

Jeffrey GittermanIs money really the root of all evil?  In my interview with Jeffrey Gitterman we explore the fascinating relationship and role that money plays in  our lives.  Gitterman, a successful financial advisor and rags to riches story, has done an amazing job with his new book entitled, “Beyond Success”, in helping the reader to understand the true meaning of money.  Gitterman shares his liberating and dynamic approach to lasting spiritual, creative and financial fulfillment.  He draws on his own experiences and stories of many people he has worked with and learned from. The key to success, he says, is an ongoing commitment to doing, giving and accomplishing.  Gitterman states, “When we really understand that there is nothing we can get that will make us happy, we can stop striving to accumulate more and more”.   He says that we need to redirect our ‘seeking system,’ enlist it in the service of what we want to express to the world, rather than how we want to feel

Challenging the value of both conventional and material standards and fleeting emotional states, “Beyond Success” presents a new currency for measuring success: attention.  As Jeff makes clear, the intangible force of attention is the key to economic, commercial, political and social and personal power.  Why is attention so powerful? “Because,” as Jeff sums it up, “what you choose to put your attention on is where you direct your energy — in all its many forms, including your time, your creativity, and of course your money”.

Jeffrey Gitterman is one of the most interesting authors I have interviewed regarding our relationship to money, and how with some minor shifts in our conscious thought and spiritual understanding of how to utilize money for good we can grow our abundance in all areas of our lives.

I hope you enjoy this interview Jeff, and if you would like to learn more about his Beyond Success workshops and other coaching services please visit his website.