Hopefully everyone who listens to my podcasts enjoy engaging in the learning process, and that you do it for fun, entertainment and because you are curious.  Curiosity is probably the number one reason people want to engage in the learning process,  they want to explore the new and exciting world of the unexplored.

In my interview with author Kelly Palmer we discuss the topic of learning and the edge it provide organizations in her new book co-authored with David Blake entitled ” The Expertise Economy-How the Smartest Companies Use Learning to Engage, Compete and Succeed.”  

“The pace at which the future of work is changing continues to accelerate, and companies that fail to adapt remain at risk”. states Palmer.  ” Gone are the days when a four-year degree guarantees job security and the skills to stay relevant for an entire career.”

In my interview with Kelly we discuss some of the seven guiding principles to help build the skills that are critical to an organization’s success, now and in the future.  Some of those principles are:

  • Making learning a competitive advantage: Companies that build a culture where learning is part of the overall strategy-and sometimes that people love and want to do-will have a clear advantage.
  • Embracing personalized learning: Technology enables personalized learning, a key factor in helping people integrate learning with their own work.
  • Combat content overload:  Curate the abundance of learning resources available to help employees learn what they need, when they need it.

If you are attempting to evolve and develop the learning environment within your organization then this interview with Kelly Palmer about her new book “The Expertise Economy” is a must listen!

If you want more information about the book please click here to be directed to the book website, or click here to learn more about the author and her company Degreed.

 

We live in a time of greater environmental devastation than ever before. Unprecedented wildfires, floods, earthquakes, and storms are occurring across the globe. Polar ice caps are melting. Sea levels are rising and temperatures are climbing.  An increasing number of species are facing extinction. Economies and governments are tottering.

In my recent interview with contributing author Matthew Fox about a new book entitled “Order of the Sacred Earth” we dialogue about many of these issues, and how the politics and religions play a role in it’s reversal.  This book has two other authors as well, Skylar Wilson and Jennifer berit Listug and the problems we face as a society are addressed in the book from several generational viewpoints which really helps to make this an interesting and informative read.

The development of the order is the brainchild of Matthew Fox, and it was his vision to heal the earth by healing ourselves and the tremendous decisiveness that contributes to so many of the problems that exist socially, environmentally and economically.  The intersection of spirituality and activism is at the center of human evolution.

The ecocide that is facing our planet and our species is, at heart, not just a political or technological problem, but a spiritual problem. It derives from a false consciousness that claims that humans are more important  than other species and that other species exist to serve our needs. It derives, as Pope Francis has put it, from our narcissism as a species.  Therefore, we must do our inner work to liberate ourselves from anthropocentrism and greed and power-over dynamics and economics systems that appeal to these shadows in human consciousness, in order to succeed in making the next and big leaps to a healthy relationship with the Earth and her creatures“, states Fox.

If you want to learn more about the “Order of the Sacred Earth” then click here to be taken to the book website.

I hope you will join me in this very engaging and informative interview with author, activist and theologian Matthew Fox.

Creating a compelling vision for your business and getting your employees to become engaged in the fulfillment of that vision is an art.

Learning how to be the leader that can create that vision and keep your employees excited about the vision is the topic of the book “Leading with Vision-The Leader’s Blueprint for Creating a Compelling Vision and Engaging the Workforce” by authors Simon Vetter, Bonnie Hagemann and John Maketa.

In my recent interview with Simon we talked about the quantitative data from over 400 companies who participated in Trends in Executive Development Survey, and the results.

Simon poses this questions “Is your company operating in a fog, getting disoriented, uncertain or even list in the minutiae, managers and employees being fearful of making a decision or feeling nervous and scared of taking action?

Or “does your company have a compelling vision with a clear sense of direction; a well-defined path for the future; people being courageous and decisive, taking initiative and calculated risk, enthusiastic and joyful to be part of an exciting journey?

In “Leading with Vision” Simon outlines six pieces to the puzzle 1) Imagine the invisible 2) Vet the vision 3) Creation options 4) Decide for change 5) Communicate effectively 6) Forster understanding.  If as a leader you can develop these abilities you can make the invisible visible.

If you want to learn how to embody courage, forge clarity, build connectedness and shape the culture of your organization then my podcast with author Simon Vetter is a must listen too.

If you want to learn more about “Leading with Vision” click the book link or you can click here to be directed to Simons’ website.

I think that all of you know my affinity toward the Napoleon Hill Foundation and the teachings, books and podcasts that are developed by the foundation.

My good friend Don Green has been a guest on Inside Personal Growth many times, and whenever I interview Don, I get to learn something new about Napoleon Hill and his prolific works, and in this interview with Don Green nothing changes about what one can learn.

In my interview with Don Green about a recently published book entitled ” Wishes Won’t Bring Riches” we discuss the content of the interviews that Napoleon Hill had with Andrew Carnegie about “Applied Faith” and “Enthusiasm”.  What I always find interesting about these interviews as published in “Wishes Won’t Bring Riches” is the depth of wisdom that Andrew Carnegie had, and how spiritual he was in his teachings.

Faith only attracts that which is constructive and creative.  Fear attracts only that which is destructive.” This is a wonderful quote by Carnegie and the essence of applied faith.

The dividing line between success and failure is found at the stage where aimless drifting ceases. “We are all creatures of emotions, passions, circumstances and accident.  What the mind will be, what the heart will be, and what the body will be, are problems which are shaped by the drift in life, even when special attention is given to any of them”.  

Carnegie speaks a length about our ego and ego control but one comment he makes should resonate with everyone listening ” A man’s or woman’s ego is his or her’s greatest asset or his or her’s greatest liability, and the only thing he or she may build to suit his or her desires”.  

I hope you will join me in this wonderfully enlightening interview with the executive director of the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Don Green as we explore the teaching of Andrew Carnegie about applied faith and enthusiasm in “Wishes Won’t Bring Riches”    

If you would like to learn more about this book or the Napoleon Hill Foundation please click here to be directed to their website.  Thanks for listening!

 

I have had the honor of knowing thought leader and author Simon Mainwaring for over 15 years.  His first book entitled “We First-How Brands & Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World” is a New York Times Best selling book.

As Simon has journeyed through life, his business and personal lessons have shaped his passion for helping people explore and discover their business purpose as well as their personal purpose.

In my recent interview with Simon what I learn that drives him in his intense desire to help people find out what they have come to this earth to accomplish, do and achieve.  He wants them to apply their God given talents into making our world a better place to live as a result of them being here.  While this is a lofty goal, Simon is the kind of man with the character, drive and ambition to make it happen.  (Video message) 

His new course is truly an on-line immersive and engaging platform that guides individuals and business owners through a step by step process of exploring values, personal and business history all in an effort to find at our core what we are meant to do and become.  In this compelling interview you will learn what fuels Simon, and you will hear stories of people just like you who have taken the purpose course, and have redefined their lives with more focus, drive and ambition to achieve goals in alignment with their values.

I hope you will listen to every word of this podcast, as Simon takes us on a journey to understand the importance of knowing our personal purpose.

To learn more about signing up for the course please click here, to learn more about Simon and We First please click here.

To watch an introductory video please click here to listen to Simon provide you with an introduction to the course.

Thanks for listening.

 

 

I recently had the honor of interviewing my good friend and author Dr. Lance Secretan from the Secretan Center in Canada.  Lance is a wonderful thought leader, author and speaker in the areas of leadership and cultural transformation.

His new book book entitled ” The Bellwether Effect-Stop Following and Start Inspiring” is a must read for all leaders and middle management employees of organizations.  In my interview with Lance we discuss the eight counterproductive business processes and their antidotes.

The first thing we discuss is the fact that most business leaders adopt business practices which are outdated before they even begin.  Lance states that this leads to “dissonance between the truth and what people want to believe, an inconsistency between the beliefs.  This is counterproductive according to Lance and as a matter of fact “when 10% of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society”–this is the Bellwether Effect.

Fear is the ruling practice in modern organizations. Employees are afraid of their managers, of losing their jobs, being lost in bureaucracy, being replaced by robots, getting poor performance ratings.   Our goal in corporations as well as the rest of our lives–is to meet the second most important human need–to be inspired and to inspire others–and this second need is most easily achieved by meeting the first.

If you want to learn how to adopt new practices that will shift your organization’s culture from fear to inspiration then I would recommend that you listen carefully to my interview with Dr. Lance Secretan.

You can learn more about the “The Bellwether Effect”  by clicking here.  Enjoy this podcast with Dr. Lance Secretan.

We all live in this fast paced always “on” world, and it continues to test our ability to manage our focus and our activities to reach and attain our desired results.

I was recently introduced to the founder and developer of an inspiring new cloud based system that help you manage your focus and get done what is most important to you.  The name of the cloud based software is “Focuster” and the founders name is Jordan Baker.

In my interview with Jordan we discuss how he decided to develop “Focuster“, and the intention behind the software.  What Focuster does is automatically reschedule your activities so that you don’t forget about them.  It moves them to available time slots within your calendar or to the next day so that your focus is on what you wanted to accomplish.  It seamlessly integrates with all the calendar systems such as Google Calendars, iCal, Outlook etc.  It is the smartest to-do list you will ever encounter.

If you were to calculate the cost of distractions you would find that at whatever hourly rate you get paid, or are billing yourself out at– that you lose thousands of dollars each year.   I would encourage you to listen to my podcast with Jordan and learn how you can regain your focus and decrease the distraction that are costing you a tremendous amount of money.

I hope your enjoy this interview with Jordan Baker the founder and developer of “Focuster” the cloud based software guaranteed to help you regain your focus and improve your productivity.

Please click here to be directed to the Focuster website. 

We are all leaders in our own way.  It does not matter in what capacity, as a mom, dad, employer or whatever role we play–we lead.

As Drew Dudley the author of “This is Day One-A Practical Guide to Leadership that Matters” Most of the world’s leadership comes from people who don’t see themselves as leaders. Drew provides a quintessential guide to cultivating the behaviors that will help you embrace your leadership and empower those around you.

In the interview with Drew about his new book “This is Day One” we discuss the six key values and the accompanying questions that will drive leadership behaviors immediately.  We discuss the key values of 1) Impact 2) Courage 3) Empowerment 4) Growth 5) Class 6) Self-Respect, and in our discussion you will soon realize that it is easy to embrace your leadership, and understand truly what inspires you.

Drew states that planning to matter starts with this question: What is your personal leadership philosophy?  Your personal leadership philosophy is a set of beliefs and principles you use to evaluate information and respond to people and situations.  If you want to learn more about finding out what your leadership philosophy is, then join Drew and me as we discuss his highly engaging new book “This Is Day One“.

If you want more information about the book click here to be guided to Drew’s website.  You can also check him out on Facebook, or watch this highly acclaimed Ted-X video with over 3,000,000 views.

 

Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy our interview!

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” –Socrates (quoted in the Apology by Plato)

We live in a world filled with things to explore, and most importantly our relationship with the vastness of this world.  When we take a deep dive into this state of not knowing, it really is about knowing what you don’t know and to me that seems to be much of my world.   As I have aged I see the world with the eyes of a child, looking at it with newness, wonder and fulfillment it is a blessing.

In my interview with author Estelle Frankel about her new book “The Wisdom of Not Knowing-Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty”  We discuss the the deeper wisdom that emerges out of silent, white spaces between the lines of our stories. It is a meditation on how expanding our awareness of life’s great mysteries enables us to connect with unknown part of ourselves.

“The unknown occupies an important place in all the world’s religious traditions.  It is the realm where faith operates. In Jewish mysticism, divinity is the ultimate unknown and unknowable reality that, paradoxically, we are enjoined to “know” This essential paradox lies at the heart of the spiritual quest”, states Estelle.

If you are on your own spiritual quest and want to take a deeper look at what the “unknown” can bring with all its uncertainty then you have stumbled upon the right book to guide you through your quest.  There is simplicity, beauty and awe in uncertainty, it is where you are most creative.

To learn more about “The Wisdom of Not Knowingplease click here to be directed to Estelle’s website.  You can also learn more about Estelle Frankel by visiting her Facebook page.