How many of you have caught yourself giving another person advice, and in the process realized that you really did not take the time to asses the true problem the other person was trying to solve?  I believe this happens all the time, and you can change how you approach your advice-giving.  My guest author Michael Bungay Stainer has written a book entitled “The Advice Trap-Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever.”   

In my interview with Michael, we discuss the trap we all have fallen into regarding advice in which Michael refers to it as our “Advice Monster”.   Our ego is so wanting to be right, that we will pretend that we are listening and come up with a solution without knowing all of the relevant facts.  As Michael states ” The advice monster believes that you’re better than the other person”.

There are some simple questions that our author provides that can help you with this dilemma, he refers to them as the Seven Essential Questions.

1) The Kickstarter question: What’s on your mind?  2) The AWE Question: “And what else?” 3) The Focus Question: “What’s the real challenge here for you?” 4) The Foundation Question: “What do you want? 5) The Strategy Question: “If you’re saying Yes to this, what must you say no to?”6) The Lazy Question: How can I help? 7) The Learning Question: “What was most useful or valuable here for you?”   If you use these questions when speaking with the person asking for advice you are guaranteed to improve the advice given and become a better listener.

If you are looking for ways to improve your listening skills and become a better leader then I would highly recommend that you listen to this interview and read Michaels’s book “The Advice Trap“.  You can also learn more about the Advice Monster by listening to Michael’s TedX talk by clicking here.  I also encourage you to visit Michael personal website just click here.

He is also the founder of Box of Crayons which is his corporate training website, there you will find more information about his coaching training programs, just click here to be taken to the corporate website.  I hope you enjoy this engaging and informative interview with author Michael Bungay Stainer about his new book “The Advice Trap.”

 

I was so intrigued with my first interview with author Tom Rath about his book “Life’s Great Question” that I invited him to return to do an interview about one of his most popular books entitled “Eat, Move, Sleep“.   Most of us know what we should be doing to improve our health, and that we should work on improving our habits.  Tom does a wonderful job of explaining in Eat, Move, Sleep what people can do to improve their health and makes what can seem complicated, very simple.

He has created a survey called the “Eat, Move, Sleep Plan” and at no charge, you can access the assessment and find out what you personally can do by clicking here.  Once you have completed the survey you can print out a plan that gives you small steps you need to take in accomplishing your goal toward better health.

If you are curious about what would make someone like Tom an expert on the topic of health, then you will need to know a little about his personal story.

If you don’t know much about Tom what you will find out by reading Eat, Move, Sleep is that at a very early age he had a diagnosis of Von-Hippel-Lindau disease a genetic disorder that shuts off a powerful tumor suppressor gene and leads to rampant cancerous growth throughout the body.  Tom has beaten all the odds that the doctors gave him and has survived because of his intensive study of what foods, exercise, and nutrition his body needs to ward off further tumors.  His extensive research and findings are well documents and as a matter of fact, you will probably want to avail yourself of this research by clicking here.

If you are looking for simple yet effective ways to improve your overall health then you will want to read Eat, Move, Sleep.  You will also want to check out the website for the book by clicking here and go to the website to create your personalized plan by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy this informative and engaging interview with author Tom Rath.

 

Most of us have experienced different types of leaders, we ourselves might be a leader.  One thing we know for certain is that the personalities and leadership styles differ greatly, and we like the leader or respect them, and in some cases, we don’t admire them at all for the leadership style.  We do know however those good leaders have a warrior spirit and want to win.

In my interview with Jordan Goldrich the author of “Workplace Warrior” he challenges leaders to become better leaders by measuring themselves against the greatest warriors on the planet: the Navy Seals. the Green Berets, and the rest of the Special Operation Community–because you most likely have something in common.  Like many leaders, these heroes have an uncommon desire to succeed, are committed to taking charge, and are focused on accomplishing the mission.

Some of the advice that Jordan provides in the Workplace Warrior is something he refers to as “The Least You Can Do”.  If you are interested in doing the least you can do to be both authentic and protect yourself in a politically correct, over-protective world, you will find that you need in Workplace Warrior.  If on the other hand, you want to do the least you can do in the sense that it is the right thing to do, you will find resources to authentically take your leadership to a higher level.

I hope you will join Jordan and Greg as they explore how leaders can change for the better, and become more accepted and respected by their peers.  If you want to learn more about the book and download your free excerpt please click here to be directed to the website.

If you want to learn more about Jordan and his consulting business please click here to be directed to his personal website. 

Early in life, Tom Rath was given a diagnosis about a rare and incurable disease that created tumors throughout his body, this diagnosis gave Tom an interesting and insightful perspective on life and his contributions to the world have been significant.

Knowing you might die and that you are impermeant can be a gift, for it propels you to get your butt in gear and make a difference. In my interview with Tom about his new book entitled “Life’s Greg Question-Discover How You Contribute to The World” we discuss how you can make a significant contribution to the world.

Tom said something during our interview that has stuck with me.  He said “If you wake up every morning and think about what you can do to help another human being life become better, and they can continue to grow and improve in his absence this became the limpness test”

“Time is more valuable when we can see our mortality on the horizon”, state Rath.   Children that have been given similar diagnosis have what scientists call post-traumatic growth and usually end up in better situations psychologically as a result of their diagnosis and make greater contributions to the world.  I know we all see it in news stories about children with cancer or other diseases making significant contributions to the world.

So, if you are about making a greater contribution to the world, please read Tom’s new book “Life’s Great Questions”.  You can learn more on Tom’s website www.tomrath.org.

Also, take the free quiz that Tom provides at his website https://contribify.com/ where you can take an assessment that determines the contributions you can make, which Tom states are far more effective than following talent or passion alone.

Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy this wonderfully engaging interview about the contributions you can make to the world with author Tom Rath.

We all would like to be able to predict the future, for it provides some level of certainty.  We know that predicting the future is impossible, and this is being shown as a result of the current economic crisis and the coronavirus outbreak.

Now, while predicting the future is not possible, looking for trends on what is likely to evolve is possible.  In my interview with author Steven Kotler the author of a new book entitled “The Future is Faster Than You Think” we discuss what he and co-author Peter Diamandis believe are going to emerge as a result of the fast-passed technology sector.

In my interview with Steven, we speak about flying cars, robots, virtual reality, AI, the satellite race, and quantum computing all of these technologies are going to affect how we work and live in the next 10 years.  Steven predicts that at the speed that technology is evolving, that our lives as we know it will change significantly.  It also will have effects on the current system that will make them obsolete.

Every time I interview Steven it is a complete education on topics that I don’t often think about.  So, if you have an interest in learning more about how your world is going to change in the next 10 years then you will want to listen to this interview with author and futurist Steven Kotler about his new book “The Future is Faster Than You Think.”

Please visit the website for the book by going to https://futurefasterbook.com/

You can also learn more about Steven and his initiative Flow Research Collective and take a free quiz by going to https://www.flowresearchcollective.com/.  We hope you enjoy this face-paced interview with author Steven Kotler.

 

There is no doubt that during uncertain economic times that we need to understand our business financial affairs because if you are a business owner this affects your personal net worth.

In my interview with good friend Wes Lindquist, we speak about his new book entitled “The Playbook to Managing Your Business By The Numbers.” Wes reveals some of the secrets to understanding how to run your business by the number so that you can be more profitable, achieve your goals and reach the level of success you would like to attain.

No matter what size your is, this book addresses the element to focus on such as budgeting, forecasting sales, payables & receivables, cash flow analysis and many other elements that are frequently not a focus for business owners which tend can get them in trouble.

Once you get a handle on the numbers of your business and generate the summary level reports, you should feel much more relief and have less anxiety about where your business is headed.

If you want to learn more about Wes’s new book “The Playbook to Managing Your Business By The Numbers” please visit Wes’s website at www.thenumbersedge.com where you can get a sample download of the book as well as learn more about the on-line education programs Wes has for business owners.

We hope you enjoy this engaging interview with author and financial expert, Wes Lindquist.

I recently had the opportunity to interview author Gregg Sulzer about his new book entitled “27 Questions to Make You Sweat—A Workout Guide for the Soul.

In our interview, Gregg tells a story about how his life was changed dramatically by a little book written by Krishnamurti called “Think on These Things”.   What impacted him the most is that his parents were atheists, and this was one of the first books that awakened him to the spiritual world.

He notes that Krishnamurti mentioned to keep looking inside yourself and to not listen to the outside world, listen to your own voice.  That the only thing that makes any difference is what is going on in your inner mind.  This book set Gregg on his spiritual path, and he has not turned back since.

If you are interested in examining your life, then reading Gregg’s book “27 Questions to Make You Sweat” is a wonderful book in which you will be asked questions to ponder and it will get you thinking about your beliefs, relationships with people and money.  It will certainly awaken within you a desire to want to see your world differently and find ways to be more kind to yourself.

If you want more information about “27 Questions to Make You Sweat” then go to Gregg’s website at www.gwscoaching.com.  I hope you enjoy this thought-provoking interview with author Gregg Sulzer.

If you believe in a higher power, then prayer is very important to you. In my interview with author Sam Beasley we speak about his new co authored book with BJ Gallagher entitled “Your Life Is Your Prayer–Wake Up To The Spiritual Power in Everything You Do“. When we talk about prayer, the image that comes to mind for most people is that of one’s head bowed, eyes closed, hands clasped, and perhaps kneeling –perhaps not. This is the classic prayer for posture. We turn our attention inward and upward.

In my interview with the author Sam Beasley we speak about the fact the prayer does not have to be when you are in this traditional position, one is in prayer most of the day; in what we asking for and the thoughts they are thinking. “Your Life is Your Prayer” is a book filled with prayers, things to contemplate, and the conversations that we have which are frequently prayers to the Divine.

Sam, like many of us, wasn’t always a believer. He spent the first 37 years of his life absolutely certain that he was alone in this life; it didn’t occur to him to pray.

“Someone suggested that I try it and I explained that ‘I wasn’t a believer'”, he replied.

“That’s OK just pretend you are.”

“I didn’t know how to do that but I started spending more time with a few people who embrace faith, the first thing I noticed was that they were happier than me.  About two years later I heard an inner voice speaking to what San Juan de la Cruz called “Something I Don’t Know” and I realize that for the first time I had a sense of something beyond name.

If you were looking for something to help you go beyond yourself and find a higher source, then you have the opportunity to read a great book that can shift your perspective about the power of prayer.

I highly recommend that you listen to this interview with author Sam Beasley about his new book “Your Life is Your Prayer” If you’d like to learn more about this book you can go to Sam’s website by clicking here.

Enjoy this inspiring interview with a truly heartfelt author.

In my interview with David Meltzer the author of a new book entitled “Game-Time Decision Making – High Scoring Business Strategies From The Biggest Names in Sports” we talk about his book and the simple premise behind the book — which is to learn to be prepared and to make decisions in the moment with confidence, clarity, balance, and focus. “The world’s best coaches and managers make a living being confident that they have the right information to make the best decisions and you should as well” states David.

“We start with the decision-making mindset there are three minds with which we make our decisions: the conscious, subconscious, or unconscious minds. Our conscious mind evaluates what people think, what people say, and what people do. And it takes time to get the conscious alignment necessary to make a decision.” Looking at what people think, say, and do helps us evaluate how are aligned others are with our foundational values: our personal values, experiential values, and receiving values.  We have to know the balance of values that we’re looking at sometimes, a decision is made 100% on our personal values. Sometimes it’s made 100% on our giving values, and so on so we have to keep that in context with our conscious decision making, and we have to know how the actions of others are aligned with our core values.

The subconscious mind deals with the countless things that we believe. We assess the actions and intentions of others and whether those are aligned with our values and beliefs. The belief becomes aligned with the entire roster of our thoughts, both conscious and subconscious. The reason for this is that what we believe vibrates faster than our conscious thought. Our subconscious vibrates faster than our conscious. So when we make a snap decision for or a call an audible,  we rely on beliefs, based on our whole life experience.

I hope you enjoy this engaging interview with author David Meltzer about his new book “Game-Time Decision Making“. If you want to learn more about David and the book please click here to be directed to his personal website.