Free Webinar with Sylvia LafairI was first introduced to Sylvia through my good friend and incredible transformational leader Larry Wilson.  When I first learned that Sylvia was writing her book, and the subject matter  was about family patterns that effect our success I very intrigued.   How many of us really think about how the patterns we pick up from learning how to cope with our family conflicts would ever effect our performance on the job?   I know that I really had never gave it a thought until I spoke with Sylvia in our interview together.

In Sylvia’s book, “Don’t Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limit Success“, she explores how our family has a tremendous influence in how we think and act, and how this influence effects our success on the job.  Her information is based on years and years of consulting and coaching work that she has completed with individuals in businesses worldwide.  Sylvia has created a Pattern Aware program which assists the reader in determining the underlying patterns that are sabotaging their success.  The Pattern Aware quiz can be taken at her website by clicking here.

The quiz gives vital insights into the age old question: “Why do people behave like that?” You will learn how to quickly identify behavior patterns and how to transform them. You’ll be able to transcend beliefs, attitudes, values and behaviors that interfere with work relationships.

Sylvia’s book is loaded with real-life anecdotes and practical, workshop-style exercises that clearly show how anyone can get beyond old, outmoded attempts to conflict resolution and empower themselves to make profound differences both at work and their personal lives.

If you would like to understand more clearly just what might be holding you back from the success you thoroughly deserve, then I would highly recommend reading, “Don’t Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limit Success“.

For more information on Sylvia’s appearances, workshops, consulting, coaching and how to purchase this book please click here.

Janet LarsenWhat a wonderful opportunity it was connecting with Janet Larsen, the director of research for the Earth Policy Institute. Janet is the co-author of the, “Earth Policy Reader“, and has written on topics ranging from natural resources availability to population growth and climate change.

In our interview together we discuss the all important topics of our current environmental focus ranging from how to reduce our carbon foot print, to the Arctic ice melt.  More importantly we not only focus what is currently happening, but what we can do to help save our planet.

In Lester Brown’s book, “Plan B 3.0″, the focus is not just on the pessimistic viewpoint of how we are self destructing, but on how we can mobilize ourselves to save our civilization.

Janet points out that there are four (4) areas of focus for mobilizing our society to save our civilization.

1. Stabilize our population growth

2. Eradicate poverty worldwide

3. Restore the earth’s damaged eco-systems.

4. Stabilize our climate and reduce our C02 emissions by 80% by 2020.

In, “Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Third Edition”, Lester Brown recommends that if you want to know what happened to earlier civilizations that also found themselves in environment trouble read, “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed“,  by Jared Diamond or, “A Short History of Progress”, by Ronald Wright.

The scale of urgency of the challenge we face has no precedent, but what we need to do can be done.  It is doable.  Sit down to map out your own personal plan and time table for what you want to do to move the world off a path headed toward economic decline and onto one of sustainable economic progress.  Set your own goals. Identity the people in your community you can work with to achieve these goals.  Pick an issue that is meaningful to you, such as restructuring the tax system, banning inefficient light bulbs, phasing out coal-fired power plants, or working for “complete streets” that are pedestrian-and bicycle-friendly in your community.  What could be more exciting and rewarding?

The choice is ours–yours and mine.  We can stay with business as usual or preside over an economy that continues to destroy its natural support system until it destroys itself or we can learn from the Earth Policy Institute’s suggestions and help to save our civilization. My interview with Janet Larsen is revealing and will open your eyes to the challenges we face, as well as the actions we can take to make our world a better place to live.

I highly recommend, “Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, Third Edition“. You can learn more about the book and all of the activities that the Earth Policy Institute are involved in by visiting their website by clicking here.

I urge you to become active in your personal efforts to conserve resources as well as politically.  Let your voice be heard … you and I can make a difference.

David AllenI first became acquainted with David Allen over eleven years ago when I traveled to Ojai, CA to attend a workshop entitled, “Getting Things Done“, a wonderful program that he created and facilitated.   It was an all day workshop,  and David did an incredible job of not only educating his the attendees, but he was quite entertaining as well.  As a result of this workshop, David and I developed a friendship and subsequently created an audio program for the financial services industry entitled, “Taming Time and Technology.”

In  this interview with David, we explore the great ideas and methodology that he has articulated in his new book entitled, “Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life.”  As David states, “Making it All Work” provides the reader with a road map, with both bearings to help you figure out where you are in life and directions on how to get where you want to be going.

The keys to achieving that are control and perspective-taking charge of everyday commitments and confidently knowing where to situate them on the horizons of your goals and aspirations.  These two ingredients for making it all work are the fundamentals of self-management,  and if you can learn how to equalize these two ingredients you will be more focused and productive in your life.

In David’s first book entitled, “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”, the focus was on the process of capturing, clarifying, organizing, reflecting, engaging/action.  These are to-dos that assist one in becoming more productive while reducing the distractions.

The ultimate benefit of getting things done, is to experience the fulfillment and freedom that come with being positively engaged in our lives. ” Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life”, reveals how acquiring coherence and direction leads directly to that state, and to the wisdom to understand that it is the way that you are in the game that determines whether you win, and not the final score.  David ability to articulate these concepts to the reader are simple, and he provides tools that are powerful in assisting in your personal awareness and transformation.

I highly recommend this book, and would recommend that you check out David’s website by clicking here for more information on his products, workshops and tools to assist you in Making it All Work.

Jon GordonThe Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy, is a great inspiring read. Simple concepts, but something that we all need to reinforce over and over again.

Jon Gordon, uses this business fable to tell the story about an average guy by the name of George.  George happens upon a set of circumstances that requires him to have to take the bus to work.  Obviously, George is quite angry for he looses his independence and the loss of his car, and has to take the bus to work.

George however is one lucky man for he meets the bus driver, Joy, and gets to learn many lessons about life from her.  Jon Gordon takes takes the reader on a wonderful journey weaving in a great story to assist the reader in understanding some of the lessons we need to learn to manage our life for greater joy, happiness and success.

In my interview with Jon we get to explore the The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy.

Those rules are instrumental in leading a life with enthusiasm, and they are:

1. You’re the driver of your bus.

2. Desire, vision and focus move your bus in the right direction.

3. Fuel your ride with positive energy.

4. Invite people on your bus and share your vision for the road ahead.

5. Don’t waste your energy on those who don’t get on your bus.

6. Post a sign that says no energy vampires allowed on your bus.

7. Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them during the ride.

8. Love your passengers.

9. Drive with purpose.

10. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

I highly recommend this wonderful book.  The rules are for everyone, and if applied can really change your outlook on life.

If you would like to learn more about Jon Gordon, his workshops, books and seminars please click here.

Dan PallottaIt was quite unusual how I connected with Dan Pallotta.  Originally I was invited to a presentation in Los Angeles, CA that was hosted by the Milkin Institute where Dan was to be a presenter.  Unfortunately, I was unable to attend Dan’s presentation.

Two weeks later my assistant, Jennifer Godbout, was doing some research in the library, and she noticed a book, “Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential,” and thought that it would be a good book for me to read and review.  She brought Dan’s book back to the office,  I told her the story about my invitation to go to Los Angeles to hear Dan speak for she was unaware that I had been invited to this event.

What a serendipitous set of circumstances that then lead me to contact Dan, and the interview you are about to listen too.

In our interview together we discuss the ideology that charities have been organized by for 100’s of years.  Unfortunately, this ideology is preventing charities from being able to reach their full potential because of all of the restraints and restrictions this ideology has created in the cultures of these charitable organizations.

We discuss the five major restraints that impede charity: compensation, advertising, vision, learning and capital.

Compensation: We allow the for-profit sector to pay people millions, but don’t want anyone paid a high salary in charity. This sends most of our top talent directly into the for-profit sector and gives our youth mutually exclusive choices between making a difference and making money.
Advertising: We let Apple and Coca-Cola inundate us with advertising, but don’t want important causes “wasting” donations on paid advertising. As a result, the voices of our great causes are largely muted while consumer products get lopsided access to our attention, 24 hours a day.
Vision: We let for-profit companies invest in the long-term, but want our charitable donations spent immediately in this fiscal year to help the needy. That means charities can’t set aside funds to develop long-term solutions.
Learning: We aren’t upset when Paramount makes a $200 million movie that fails, but if a charity experiments with a bold new fundraising event that disappoints we want heads to roll. So our charities are petrified of trying any bold new endeavors and are unable to develop the powerful learning curves the for-profit sector can.
Capital: We let for-profit companies raise massive capital in the stock market by offering investment returns, but we forbid the payment of a financial return in charity. Thus the for-profit sector monopolizes the capital markets while charities are left to beg for donations.


Dan is extremely well versed in the charitable world.  His organization Pallotta Teamworks created the AIDS Rides, The AIDS Vaccine Rides, the African Aids Trek, the original Breast Cancer 3-Day walks, and the original, Out of the Darkness suicide prevention overnight event.

These events grossed $556 million in donor contributions and netted $305 million for charity after all expenses and raised these funds more quickly for these causes that any known private event operation in history.

Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, is for anyone who would like to better understand about the history of charity, and the inherent challenges they are faced with in becoming even more effective in helping their respective causes. If the restraints were lifted the glass ceiling would be removed and charities could operate on an equal playing ground to the for profit sector.

If you would like to learn more about Dan Pallotta and his organization please click here.  If you want to know more about his book please click here.

Enjoy my interview with Dan Pallotta, a man on a mission to wake up the charitable sector and accelerate the opportunities to do good in the world.

Gay Hendricks Ph.DI had the pleasure of meeting Gay Hendricks at a Leadership Conference that we both attended last year.  When I heard that he had just released his new book, “The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level”,  I contacted him to conduct this enlightening podcast and interview.

Gay has identified several challenges that all of us have in attaining happiness and success in our lives. He makes reference to this challenge as the “Upper Limit Problem”.  Gay states that there are four fears associated with the “Upper Limit Problem”  Those four fears are: feeling fundamentally flawed, disloyalty and abandonment, believing that more success brings a bigger burden, and the crime of outshining.

In our interview together we have an opportunity to discuss these fears and how to reach the Zone of Genius. We also explore the behaviors associated with the “Upper Limit Problems”.  Some of the behavior we may express as a result of our Upper Limit Problems are, worry, blame, criticism, getting sick or hurt, squabbling, not keeping agreements, not speaking the truth and others.

“The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level“,  is a book that helps you identify your personal challenges and fears. It guides you through a self analysis process by utilizing questions that get you in touch with your real fears. Gay then assists the reader in overcoming these behaviors and fears.  His new book is easy to read and understand and will help the reader breakthrough self imposed glass ceilings.

If you would like to make The Big Leap, and take your life to the next level then I highly recommend reading this book.  It is filled with practical advice and techniques to assist you in overcoming your fears.  It is less expensive than a psychologist, and will assist you in getting in touch with your own inner counselor.

To learn more about Gay Hendricks, and his consulting and learning organization please click here for more information.

Roxanne EmmerichHow many of us can really say “Thank God It’s Monday!?  How many of us dread Mondays, going back to work and not really enjoy what we are doing?

Roxanne Emmerich believes that it does not have to be that way. She has worked for years helping organizations create cultures that allow people to come to work, authentically living and working on purpose. Sounds wonderful, so what is the secret?

In my interview with Roxanne, we explore the values that an organization has to embody to create an environment that is liberated, allowing employees the space to be themselves, to learn from mistakes, and fall forward.  An organization that allows employees to work in a collaborative, engaging and energized environment that values the contribution of the individual and the collective.

In Roxanne’s book, “Thank God It’s Monday!: How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love”, she tells real stories about real people working in organizations where the cultures need improvement, and other cultures that are inclusive and embrace the human capital.

Great organizations realize that the most important asset on the balance sheet are the valued employees. The employees that are making a contribution to the organization.

I recently read that the value of each Google employee was in the millions, and that the value of a GM employee was in the 100 of thousands. Obviously, we know which organization has created a culture where they value their employees, and when they come to work they say, “Thank God It’s Monday”.

I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with a very savvy author that knows how to create productive, purpose driven organizations. If you would like to learn more about Roxanne’s book and her consulting services, please click here for more information.

Jim StovallI have never had the pleasure of meeting Jim Stovall, but all of my colleges that have had the opportunity to work with Jim state that he is one of the most positive guys that you will meet. Considering that Jim is blind, he is a successful speaker, author and is the co-founder of Narrative Television Network which makes movies and television for the over 13 million blind and visually impaired people. Needless to say Jim is a busy man, but never too busy to provide us with a great interview about his new book entitled, “Ultimate Productivity”.

In my interview with Jim what I learn is that there is a very simple formula to help one attain success. Jim explains the formula as motivation+communications+implementation=ultimate productivity=success. Jim explains that we can not be successful in just one area of our life. Success is like a three-legged stool. You have to be balanced in all area of your life to be successful. Even though success is a moving target, and an ongoing journey, Jim recommends strongly that you develop a personal mission statement. He emphasizes that the mission statement is like the guiding light when you embark upon your journey.

Jim states that productivity is a derivative of the word “produce” which means “to generate results”. It is one thing to produce results, but if they are not focused it is like  you are running on a treadmill, going faster and faster but with no direction. To really be productive, motivation and implementation are so important. Jim states that in all of the successful people that he has worked with they share a common characteristic, a unwavering and burning passion for their personal goals.

If you want to learn more about Jim’s powerful success formula, then I recommend that you listen to our podcast. Our dialogue will open your mind to the possible, and will transform how you think about, “Ultimate Productivity“.  I encourage my listeners to take the Ultimate Productivity Profile. You can complete this profile by clicking here, and typing in the access code: 586404.

If you would like to learn more about Jim’s books, workshops, lectures and services I recommend that you click here for more information on the Ultimate Productivity tools at his website.