Can you remember a time when you worked for an organization that you loved, and the manager you reported to was a caring and compassionate and engaging person?

If you want to build an organization where the people love to work for you, then you will want to listen to this podcast with author Victoria Roos Olsson about a new co-authored book by the Leadership Team at Franklin Covey entitled “Everyone Deserves a Great Manager“.

Franklin Covey has spent four decades researching leadership, and they have found that first-level leaders are increasingly frustrated by the lack of mentoring, overburdened by impossible demands on their time, and worried about conducting difficult conversations–and if they don’t have a path forward, the odds are high that they’re going to abandon leadership and maybe their employer too.

This research has lead the leadership team at Franklin Covey to develop the six critical practices for leading a team–you want to know what they are?

Practice #1- Develop a Leader’s Mindset

Practice #2 Hold Regular 1 on 1’s

Practice #3 Set Up Your Team to Get Results

Practice #4 Create a Culture of Feedback

Practice #5 Lead Your Team Through Change

Practice #6 Manage Your Time and Energy

If you want to learn more about developing an organization with great leaders you are going to want to listen to this podcast with author and trainer Victoria Roos Olsson about the new Franklin Covey book “Everyone Deserves A Great Manager.”  You can learn more about the book and get free resources by clicking here to be directed to the book website.  You will also find engaging videos about each of the six critical practices which are a great way for you to learn more about what to do to become a great manager.

I hope you enjoy this great interview with author Victoria Roos Olsson.


Have you ever heard of the “S Curve”?  If you listen to my interview with author and team building thought leader Whitney Johnson you will be learn about the “S Curve” and its importance in the business world today.  Whitney is the author of a new book entitled “Building an A Team-Play to Their Strengths and Lead them Up the Learning Curve.”

The secret to having an engaged and productive team, is having a plan for developing all of your employees – no matter where they are on their personal learning curves. Better morals and higher performance happen through learning, states Whitney. “The best bosses know this, and they know how to make it happen by thoughtfully designing people’s jobs around the skills they have today as well as the skills they’ll need to be even more valuable tomorrow. That’s how entire organization stay competitive in an unpredictable, rapidly changing business environment.”

Through engaging stories and real life examples, Whitney engages the reader on a learning journey on how to build your A Team.  This interview and book are for anyone who is looking to improve the performance of their workforce, as well as prepare them for the future as valuable team members with contributions that matter.

If you want to learn more about “Building an A Team“, please click here to be directed to Whitney’s website and podcast show called Disrupt Yourself, the title of her previous book.

I hope you enjoy this very engaging podcast with author and thought leader Whitney Johnson.

Persuading someone to do something, or to take an action is definitely an art. The psychology, interplay and dynamics are a carefully woven tapestry between the marketing/salesperson and the client.

This is especially true if you are doing the persuading with soul, heart and compassion. In Jason Harris’s new book entitled ” The Soulful Art of Persuasion” the reader gets to take a journey with the author who is the founder of Mekanism–a leading advertising agency into how anyone can become a soulful persuasion artist.  Everyone is selling and telling a story, but just how good are you at telling your story. How can you become a master influencer in this age of distrust through the cultivation of character-building habits that are essential to both personal growth and sustained business success.

This is not a book full of tips and life hacks. Instead “The Soulful Art of Persuasion” helps you develop the habits that other want to be influenced by. It is based on a radical idea: Persuasion isn’t about facts and argument. It’s all about personal character.  Through instructive and entertaining stories, Jason lays out the 11 habits that will guide readers to become authentically persuasive, including—earning respect through collaboration, becoming the person other want to be around, and practicing generosity through gestures big and small.

I hope you will join Jason and myself as we explore the benefits and stories that are told in this interview about being a soulful persuasion artists.  This interview is certainly worth listening to, so you can learn the character building skills to become a great, authentic person of influence and persuasion.

If you want to learn more about Jason and the book please click here to be directed to the book website or you can click here to be directed to his advertising agency website.

Who you spend time with the most is who you will become. It’s important that you surround yourself with positive people, be it friends, family members, and work colleagues. People’s vibes, mindsets, and beliefs will become your own, as we as humans are like chameleons, so only surround yourself with the best who you will help you to take your life to a new level. “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” Mark Ambrose

“You become like the five people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.” Jim Rohn

There are lots of quotes that exemplify the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people, but author Leo Bottary takes this a step further in his new book entitled ” What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive, Change, Opportunity and Personal Growth”  This book was inspired by interviews from C-level executives and leading business influencers who have appeared on Leo’s podcast called “Year of the Peer”.  Leo teaches an innovative method for achieving ambitions through peer networking-Prepare, Plan and Play.

Prepare-Surround yourself with individuals who can help you be your best self and help realize your goals and dreams.

Plan-Use your team to help create an action plan; identify small wins to keep you motivated.

Play-Make achieving your goal a team sport. Success is a journey, not a destination. Keep it fun.

I trust you will enjoy this great interview with author Leo Bottary about his new book ” What Anyone Can Do“.  If you want to learn more about the book and author please click here to be taken to the author’s website.

Thanks for listening to another great podcast.

I don’t believe that anyone would have a tough time agreeing that the healthcare system in the United States is in need of reinvention — and that is putting it mildly. While we have great healthcare, we certainly do not rank anywhere near the top. Finland is first, Norway is second and Sweden is third according to a report entitled “Best Healthcare in the World 2019” ranked by population size.

In my interview with author and healthcare crusader Dan Pelino we speak about his new book entitled “Trusted Healers“.  I was fascinated by the book and the story of Dr. Paul Grundy who is on a crusade to save healthcare as well.

Trusted Healers” recognizes that the most important healthcare decision you can make is at your fingertips. This one powerful idea could well be the panacea for the healthcare crisis in many nations. As the fate of healthcare is debated in the United States and abroad, discussions over accessibility, and the affordability, dominate. In “Trusted Healers” Dan Pelino shows us what is really needed is a trusted healer in a medical home for everyone, for life. The results will yield better care at lower costs and become the gold standard fo all of us.

If America fails to create something strong in the long term, we will always see a short-term fix approach to things, states Dan.  “We need transformation–not a patchwork attempt to stop the bleeding.” If you are interested in learning how our healthcare system can be reformed, then please listen to this very informative interview with author Dan Pelino discussing his new book “Trusted Healers“.

You also can learn more about Dan by clicking here to be directed to his website.  Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview.

We would all like to have the ability to see around corners so that we know what is coming at us.  This is especially true in business with all the consistent change in our ever evolving business marketplace.

In my interview with Rita McGrath the author of a new book entitled ” Seeing Around Corners-How to Spot Inflection Points In Business Before they Happen” she provides glimpses into how we can be better at seeing what she refers to as “inflection points”.

What is an inflection point? An inflection point are paradigmatic shifts in business landscape, and the product of often-subtle trends that have been gestating for a while, but are now taking off in a major way. Only those leaders who can “see around corners” that is, spot the disruptive inflection points developing before they hit-are poised to succeed in the market.

There are eight practices that can help you “see around corners”: 1) Ensure direct connection between the people at the edges of your company and the people making strategy  2) Go out of your way to include diverse perspectives in thinking about the implication of the future. 3) Use deliberate, decision-making processes for consequential and irreversible decision; use small, agile and empowering teams for reversible experimentation decisions.  4) Foster little bets that are rich in learning, ideally distributed across the organization 5) Pursue direct contact with the environment-“get out of the building”  6) Make sure your people are incented to hear about reality, not the reverse.  7) Realize when your people are in denial 8) Expose yourself and your organization to where the future is unfolding today.

If you want to learn more about Rita McGrath and her new book entitled “Seeing Around Corners“, please click here to be directed to her website.

I hope you enjoy this very informative an important interview with author Rita McGrath about learning how to “See Around Corners“.


Reinventing our careers seems to be something that many in the workplace have to do more frequently these days.  The days of getting hired and keeping one job are over, as a matter of fact statistics state that millennials will have over six different jobs during their career lifetime.

In my interview with author and coach Pamela Mitchell we speak about her book “The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention” in which she guides us through how to navigate the ever changing landscape of the job markets.

The first law of reinvention Is to have a Vision for Your Life. Career reinvention starts with a vision for your life because careers and jobs are delivery devices for the kind of life you hope to lead.  They are a conduit for becoming the kind of person you want to be, experiencing the things you want to experience, having the things you want to have, states Pamela. Happiness in your career is directly tied to how much your work brings richness to your world.

Pamela second law is Your Body is Your Best Guide: “All good decision-making requires an ever-shifting balance of intellectual and instinctual input.  But some decision are better left to the first clear signal your body sends-assuming that you’re paying close attention and can pick up on it—the body never lies”.

In this interview with Pamela we discuss many of the 10 Laws for Reinvention.  Please listen to this engaging and informative interview about career reinvention with author Pamela Mitchell speaking about her book “The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention“.  You can also learn more about Pamela and her career coaching services by going to the Reinvention Institute by clicking the link.

Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy this great interview about career reinvention.

We are all aware of drama in the workplace, and the costs both economically and emotionally are staggering.  My guest on this podcast author David Emerald speaks about his new book entitled “3 Vital Questions-Transforming Workplace Drama“.

David has three vital questions that help get the the root of the drama in the workplace.  The first is “Where are you putting your focus?” FISBE is an acronym that describes the human operating system that every one of us is using, all the time, states David. This stands for Focus, Inner State and Behavior, this is the problem orientation not the solutions orientation.

The second question is “How are you relating?” It’s a direct challenge to the stance of victimhood and this is all part of the human condition. David calls this the Drama Triangle or DDT, are you playing the role of the persecutor, the rescuer or the victim?

The last question is: What actions are you taking? If you want to be the creator in the problem solving then you focus on the outcomes-if you’re relating to others and to your experience through the TED (The Empowerment Dynamic) roles then the actions you take are going to be creative and generative.

If you want to remove the drama from your workplace then I highly recommend that you listen to this podcast with author David Emerald about his new book “3 Vital Questions“. You can also learn more by visiting his website at 3 Vital Questions.

Thanks for listening and enjoy this dynamic and engaging podcast with author David Emerald.

We have all heard the word “nincompoop” and know what it means, but what is “Nincompoopery!”? In my interview with author John Brandt we discuss his new book “Nincompoopery: Why Your Customers Hate You – And How to Fix It.

John has spent much of his life working in organizations and helping them fix their crazy practices.  In this podcast, we discuss why so many organizations seem to tolerate nincompoops-people who botch their jobs so badly that they destroy customer loyalty and the bottom line. If this is affecting your organization you will want to listen to this interview with author John Brandt.

“Customers expect us to provide quality-outstanding product performance and service delivery–as a minimally acceptable threshold to even be considered in a purchasing process. This means that quality through essential to value, is not longer a differentiating component of value–customers want more.” The good news is that we now have more ways than ever to deliver the “more” in “more value”, which means you now have four Big Innovations Jobs.

First, Leverage delivery and logistics for competitive advantage. Second, Partner with customers by offering business expertise in creative new ways. Third, Incorporate data and information into your value proposition.  All three of these big innovations will help to solve the Nincompoopery within your organization.

To learn more about John’s new book “Nincompoopery” please click here to be directed to John’s website.  I hope you enjoy this very engaging and informative interview with author John Brandt.