This next interview was with business strategist, keynote speaker and authorDavid Horsager on his newest book “The Daily Edge.”  In this book he discusses proven productivity tips that will enable any busy executive to work so efficiently that they will have time left for what David sees as the most important task, building trusted relationships with people.

If you are always feeling like there just isn’t enough time in the day for everything you need to accomplish, this book is a must read for you.

You can find out more on David at www.davidhorsager.com.  Purchase a copy of “The Daily Edge” here.

In this interview I spoke with the founder and Catalyst at Success Redefined, Larry Kesslin.  In his new book “Success Redefined” he writes about how the more we understand how success drives our lives the more we can redefine it so we can live more fulfilled lives.  He talks about his old definition of success being “the ability to do whatever I want, whenever I want,” and why he has since changed it to “success is the ability to do whatever I want, whenever I want—while being part of something greater than myself.”

Larry Kesslin has been an entrepreneur who has focused the past 21 years helping business owners in the IT industry become more successful. His belief is that by helping others get what they want, he will get more than he needs.  You can follow Larry here on his blog.  Pre-order your copy of “Success Redefined” here.  

 

How many of you have had an opportunity to speak before a group of people and wished you could have conveyed your message in a more compelling way?  I know that this has happened to my several times, and while I have known about the impact a good storyteller can make on an audience I never felt that I was very proficient at the storytelling process.

In my interview with my friend and author Karen Dietz, we discuss her new book entitled “Business Storytelling for Dummies“.   We explore some of the mistakes that many of us make in developing our story as well as practices for organizing a great story.  So just what is a story as defined by the authors : ” A story provides packets of sensory language presented in a particular way that allows the listeners to quickly and easily internalize the material, comprehend it, and create meaning from it.”   Easier said than done, right!!

I must say that “Business Storytelling for Dummies”  is very well organized, and provides the reader with an opportunity to explore, understand and practice new skills in storytelling.   It takes the reader through a step by step process in developing their story no matter what the circumstance.  If you are interested in developing new business opportunities, working on sales and meeting presentations or improving customer service within your organization, then learning how to organize and tell a great story will improve your odds of getting your point across and with excitement, engagement and interest by your audience.

If you want to learn more about business storytelling then I would recommend that you read “Business Storytelling for Dummies” and listen to this podcast.  You can also check out Karen’s website Just Story It by clicking the link, or the Facebook page by clicking here, and Twitter by clicking here.   I hope you enjoy this great interview with author Karen Dietz about her new book “Business Storytelling for Dummies

 

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield the authors of a new book entitled “The Art of Doing-How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well“.  In my interview with the authors we explore some of the thirty-six superachievers they profiled in the book.  We also explore the characteristics that superachievers have in common, and the reasons for their success.

I asked questions about actress Laura Linney, Cesar Millan and Tony Hsien the founder of Zappos.  All of them has shared core principles and practices.  While all of their stories are different, the principles and practices are very similar.

I am going to list the practices/principles articulated by the authors,  for I believe this is paramount to understanding what makes each of them tic.  First, they all have extreme dedication to what they profession.  Second, they have what the authors refer to as intelligent persistence. Third, they rely on a community of support.  Fourth, they possess great listening skills.  Fifth, they are all great storytellers.  Sixth, they have a keen ability to test their ideas to determine if they are viable.  Seventh, they know how to manage their emotions.  Eight, they are always evolving their skills and abilities.  Ninth, they are patient and last they have an attitude of happiness.

The authors have articulated the takeaways from each of the thirty-six superachievers, “The Art of Doing” is a great book with wonderful stories and insights into how the super achievers think and act. If you want to learn the principles and practices of these individuals I highly recommend reading their book and listening to our podcast.  You can also check out the book website by clicking here, or visit the Facebook page by clicking here, or Twitter Feed by clicking here.

Our moral compass is set by the values we live by.  Values are one of the most important elements we can define as individuals and as organizations. When our friends and family look at us they can tell you the values that we live by and uphold.  When our customers evaluate our level of service, they too can tell us the values our organization stands by and for.

In my recent interview with Dina-Dwyer Owen the co-chair of the “The Dywer Group” we discuss her new book entitled “Values, Inc-How Incorporating Values into Business and Life Can Change The World“.   Dina was profiled on the popular TV Show “Undercover Boss“.  Her organization is comprised of group of franchise companies that provide a myriad of services to homeowners, from Mr. Rooter to The Grounds Guys”

In my interview with Dina we discuss the importance of how values that she learned from her father, these values have helped to shape The Dwyer Group today.  Diana sites that 73% of people surveyed believed that a code of ethics makes their company a better place to work, and this is truly exemplified throughout the Dwyer Group of companies.   Dina know is that “being authentic” and transparent is important to the success of any organization.  If you want to learn more about the importance of personal and business values, then I recommend that you listen to the words of Dina Dwyer-Owen in our interview together.

You can learn more about her companies by clicking here, or you can connect with her on Facebook by clicking the link, or Twitter.  I hope you enjoy this great interview with a wonderful leader driven by her values and making this world a better place to live.

 

 

 

What prevent us from becoming the person we would “really” like to become?  That is a question that we have all asked ourselves and in Marshall Goldsmith’s new book entitled “Triggers: he provides the readers with what he refers to as Triggers that thwart us from becoming that person.  So just what are the triggers according to Marshall?

First is “If I understand, I will do., Second, “I have the willpower and won’t give in to temptation.” Third, “Today is a special day” Fourth, “At least I’am better than…..”, Fifth, “I shouldn’t need help and structure.” Sixth, “I won’t get tired and my enthusiasm will not fade.” Seventh, ” I have all the time in the world.” Eight, “I won’t get distracted and nothing unexpected will occur.” Ninth, ” An epiphany will suddenly change my life.” Tenth, My change will be permanent and I will never have to worry again.”   Do any of these sound familiar?

In my interview with Marshall we explore the reasons, environment and behavior that prevents us from becoming the person we have always wanted to become.   We also discuss about something that Marshall refers to as the power of checklists? Marshall speaks with me about a book called “The Checklist Manifesto”  and explains the power of using checklists to keep us from doing “stupid” stuff.  Marshall has his assistant call and ask him “Daily Questions”, 29 questions that keep him focused and “becoming that person he wants to become”.

If you want to learn more from the master coach Marshall Goldsmith I highly recommend you listening to our interview together, then go out and get a copy of “Triggers“.  This book will provide you with insights and wisdom into your own self sabotage that is getting in the way of you being a better person.

If you want more information about Marshall please click here to be directed to his website, or click here to be directed to his Facebook page.

Thanks for listening. Enjoy learning from one of the real masters.

This is my second interview with Dorie Clark, and each time we speak I learn so much about branding and marketing myself.  While not a master at the subject if you want to learn more I suggest that you listen to my interview with Dorie, and get a copy of her book entitled ” Stand Out-How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It.” 

What impresses me so much about Dorie is her sincerity and mastery of the topic.  In our world today many of us are vying for the attention of someone to listen to our idea and this  is becoming more and more difficult to capture their attention.   We have so many many people competing for attention of our target audience that it frequently seems like a red ocean out there, clogged with social media posts, tweets, emails and a myriad of other ways to distract who we would like to attract to our message or idea.

Stand Out uses real life stories and studies from top business thinkers like Seth Godin and David Allen, and experts in realms as diverse of genomics and urban planning. Dorie guides the readers through the process of developing their own breakthrough ideas, and then building a passionate following around them.  I encourage you to listen, learn and apply some of what Dorie teaches and speaks about for it is incredibly powerful.

If you want to learn more about Dorie and her new book “Stand Out” please click here to be directed to her website, or click here to connect with her on Facebook.  Enjoy this great interview with someone who will change the trajectory of your career.

 

Every year for the last six years I have been attending the Natural Products West Expo in Anaheim, CA.  This event is a blast, loaded with new food products that are designed to be healthy and nutritious.  My intention in going to this event as a press person is to find up and coming organizations and authors that have a great products and cause for being in business.

This year I felt that I hit the jackpot.  I happen to come across the KIND Healthy Snacks.  I know that almost anyone reading this blog entry has heard of KIND, but do you know the story behind the organization?  I know that I didn’t, and recently had the honor of interviewing Daniel Lubetzky the founder about his new book ” Do the KIND Thing“.

Daniel has a fascinating personal story, but more importantly he has developed an organization, that is passionate about their purpose and committed to making this planet a better place to live.  Daniel is not only socially responsible entrepreneur, but really a KIND person fostering acts of KINDNESS.

While building a large organization like KIND Healthy Snacks is not an easy feat, Daniel has done it with persistence and the ten (10) tenants which make up the foundation of the company.  In my interview we discuss everything from this influence his father had on him who as a survivor from the concentration camps and the Holocaust, to his failures in business which gave him the grit and determination to keep going in times of adversity.

empathetic, understanding and compassionate toward others–a quality that is becoming harder and harder to find.  “Do the KIND Thing” is more than a book about business, it is a book designed to get the reader to understand what it takes to mold your into one of service, and in so doing reap the rewards and share in the profits–all kinds of profits.

If you would like to learn more about Daniel Lubetzky the author of “Do the KIND Thing” please click here to be directed to their website.  Or you can click here to be directed to the organization’s Facebook page.  I hope you enjoy this great interview with author Daniel Lubetzky.

I happen to listen to National Public Radio a lot, and I was listening to an interview with Chris Farrell about his new book entitled “Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing The Way We Think About Work, Community, and the Good Life.”  I was so intrigued that I reached out to Chris and he granted me an interview.

You will find that Chris does not buy into the gloom and doom that most economists believe, the sky is falling– Social Security is going to fail and there’s not enough money.  Chris is quite the contrarian and believes that if we the retirees shift our thinking about retirement, including our mindset or  better yet why retire at all if you are healthy and can still make a contribution to society.

You must understand that this is a controversial topic these days, and it is not because their is a conspiracy to convince the baby boomers to take their retirements at age 70 because the government can’t afford the early retirees and payouts, it is because so many baby boomers are living longer are healthier and want to make a contribution to the world.   We are living longer are more active and have much to contribute to society, communities, organizations–so why not continue to make a difference and work.

Chris makes interesting observation from Peter Drucker in “Unretirement”, that every once in a while society crosses a major divide, and that we are crossing the divide now.  We are making the difficult transition toward a different vision of the elder years.  This vision includes, people working longer, making more contributions to society, working in contract jobs, becoming entrepreneurs and volunteers.  Chris’s book is the roadmap for workers of all ages who want to adapt from the work-then-retire mindset.

I hope you enjoy my interview with Chris Farrell about “Unretirement” If you want to learn more you can go to Chris’s website by clicking here.