How many of us have sketched out something on the back of a napkin when we were making a point or explaining something to someone? I know that I used to do it quite frequently; if not a napkin, a piece of paper. It seems as if the spontaneity might be lost if we did not sketch it out, and as we all know, a picture is worth a thousand words!

In my interview with author Tina Hay we discuss her new book entitled “Napkin Finance – Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less“. Her book is filled with napkins that are articulately illustrated about topics ranging from improving your credit to diversification in investing to reduce risk. I personally know that most of the topics are not taught in high school, for that matter not even in college. We have a country with citizens that could be much more financially literate, and if you are looking to improve your knowledge I would highly recommend getting “Napkin Finance – Build Your Wealth in 30 Seconds or Less“.

I have a background in the financial services business and some of the concepts explained in “Napkin Finance” are done more effectively than I have heard presented by financial planners. If you are looking to improve your personal financial literacy or would like to generally understand how the world of finance works – I highly recommend Tina Hay’s book “Napkin Finance“.

You can also learn more at her website by clicking here for every napkin in the book has an accompanying video production of between 1-2 minutes that explains the concept in more detail. Thanks for listening and enjoy this podcast with author Tina Hay.

Leadership is a fascinating topic with lots of book having been written on the topic. While the topic need not be complicated, when you think about “a leader” you begin to see that the emotional intelligence of the leader really does make a huge difference in the effectiveness of a leader.

In my interview with author Dave McKeown  we discuss his new book entitled ” The Self-Evolved Leader – Elevate Your Focus and Develop Your People in a World That Refuses to Slow Down.” Dave and I look at the factors that have leaders scrambling just to maintain their effectiveness. “One of the current issues leaders face is the speed that we are moving. Each year we spend tens of billions of dollars on leadership trainings, books, workshops, webinars, coaches and keynote speeches. Despite the colossal amount we invest in building better leaders, we’re experiencing a more significant leadership gap than ever before” states Dave.

During our interview Dave, exposes just some of the issues of balancing between agility and execution, achieving more with fewer resources, the constant pull on our attention, the rapidly changing workplace, reliance on heroics just to name a few.

Dave speaks about what he refers to the “Cycle of Mediocrity” — and to put it quite simply, it occurs as a result of us believing that we need to react urgently to issues, be a hero, and solve problems with haste which leads to learned helplessness and disempowerment within our teams.

If you want to break this cycle, then I highly recommend that you listen to this podcast and read Dave McKeown’s book “The Self-Evolved Leader“.

If you want to learn more about our author please click here to be directed to his website Outfield Leadership.

I hope you enjoy this engaging interview with coach and transformational advisor Dave McKeown.

Trying to understand our personal psychology is always challenging. As we reflect on what is going on in our lives and what we would like to change, we look for ways to better understand our emotions, beliefs and patterns.

In my recent interview with author and psychologist Steven Kessler we discuss his book entitled “The 5 Personality Patterns – Your Guide to Understanding Yourself and Others and Developing Emotional Maturity“, we explore how to understand our patterns.

What I appreciate about Stevens’s approach to understanding our patterns is that he has made his book simple and easy to use and understand. As Steven states “Your experiences of life is determined mostly by your habits of attention and patterned flow of your life energy.” In our interview together Steven expounds upon the five patterns of leaving, merging, enduring, aggressive and rigid. Each of these patterns have been influenced by our childhood and are survival patterns we have taken on to protect ourselves. If you want to learn how to recognize these patterns and modify them, you will want to listen to this podcast.

If you want to learn more about the patterns, please join Steven and myself for a great interview about “The 5 Personality Patterns.”

He also has an upcoming live online course that will start in February called Understanding Yourself and Others. If you would like to sign up for this course, click here. You can also go to Steven’s website for more information about the book and courses by clicking here.

All I can say about author Nir Eyal and his new book entitled “Indistractable – How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” is that it is an aha! book and a must read if you want to become more focused and productive.

I think that most people in our “always on” world would like to find better ways to improve our focus, and become more Indistractable.  I know for me personally this has always been a problem for I believe I have been afflicted with attention deficit disorder.

So it is agreed, that we all need to learn how to avoid distraction and learn what triggers our distraction and what causes the problems. Distraction stops us from reaching our goals, and traction leads us closer to our goals, and triggers prompt both traction and distraction.

As Nir articulates in “Indistractable” the root causes of our distraction are more than our mobile devices.  All motivation is a desire to escape discomfort, and anything that stops discomfort is potentially addictive, but that does not make it irresistible.

Time management is pain management – distractions cost us time, and like all actions, they are spurred by the desire to escape discomfort. Our tendencies toward boredom, negativity bias, rumination and hedonic adaptation conspire to make sure we’re never satisfied for long.

If you want to master your internal triggers you will want to listen to this compelling interview with author Nir Eyal. His book will teach you techniques to master distraction and become more focused. You can also receive his no-cost supplemental when you purchase his book. This 80 page PDF is a wonderful addition to the book with exercises to learn now to become Indistractable.

I hope you enjoy this fascinating interview with a behavioral scientist and author that can change your life forever.  Click here to see a talk that Nir did at the Habit Summit.

You can also visit his website by clicking here.

I recently had the pleasure of interview a very wise author by the name of Humble the Poet. This is my second interview with Humble about his second book entitled “Things No One Else Can Teach Us“.  As Humble states ” Everyone of us endures setbacks, disappointments, and failures that can incapacitate us. But we don’t have to let them. Instead we can use these event as opportunities for growth”.

The lessons taught in this new book are invaluable, and the way that Humble writes about the lessons and weaves in his own personal real life experiences help the reader relate. We all have lessons, the question we should ask ourselves is what are we learning and how do we prevent from repeating the unfortunate events or circumstances in our life.

As we enter this New Year, we all set resolutions and or goals. We have aspiration to become better as something — health, relationships, finances… and if we look at our previous lessons, we will see opportunities to become better at something and change our patterns. Just remember that our life here on this planet is impermanent so don’t be so hard on yourself. “Remember that the people in our lives won’t be here forever is the best way to motivate us to be as wonderful to them as possible, while they’re still here”– states Humble the Poet.

I hope you enjoy this honest interview with Humble the Poet about his new book “Things No One Else Can Teach Us“.  His wisdom is invaluable, and the stories he tells in this interview can awaken you to ways you can lead your life in a more sincere and genuine way.

If you want to learn more about Humble the Poet, please click here to be directed to his website.

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing James Purpura. He and his wife Steph have authored a new book entitled “Perception-Seeing is Not Believing” and this book will be one of those books that shifts your entire perception about your life.  When you listen to this interview you will learn about the backstory about James and Steph and how their personal stories of extreme abuse in their lives which brought them together to rewrite the chapters in their own personal lives.

All of us at one time or another has been rejected and maybe even ridiculed by another person.  How does that experience make you feel?  I am assuming not so good.  The bigger question you might want to ask is are you still caring around that rejection from many years ago and how might that be blurring how you see the world, or better yet– are you not taking the affirmative actions and risks in your life because of this rejection and belittlement you experienced as some point in your past.

I encourage you to join James Purpura as we delve into how you can alter your perception of the world for the better, and improve your outlook on life.  Remember no one else is responsible for your happiness, you are. No one else did it to you, and you can change your life for the better immediately, just by shifting your perception. 

I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with James Purpura about his new book “Perception-Seeing is not Believing“.

To learn more please go to James and Steph’s website by clicking here.  You can also take a perception assessment called Perception Sketch by clicking here, this assessment is entirely at no-cost and will reveal your true perception about your life and the world.

In my recent interview with Dr. Moshe Engelberg about his new book entitled “The Amare Wave, Uplifting Business by Putting Love to Work.” We discussed the importance of bringing love into the workplace, and by so doing this creates an environment and culture where the profits and efficiency of the business improves by eightfold.  Some of the cited businesses in “The Amare Wave” are Trader Joe’s, USAA, Southwest Airlines, REI and Costco just to name a few.

The good news is that financial gain is an integral part of being an Amare Wave company, hence the short answer to the profitability question YES, putting love at the center of business is profitable, states Moshe.  Fear of vulnerability. Incivility. Arrogance. Frequently show that you are missing love. A lack of love, particularly love of self, often informs the characteristics we absorb and project to others. For this reason the author invites you to reflect on whether any or all of the three beliefs and habits you might be operating in are reflected in your business environment.

Alignment of your values and purpose are so important if you are operating your business from a position of love and service. The unification of thoughts, words and actions in alignment with our soul’s highest calling is the ultimate place to come from and to emanate within your business.  The Amare Wave is happening now, and it has the capacity to diminish decades of pain and suffering and bring astounding happiness and prosperity to business and society–that is the power of love and business coming together.

If you want to learn more about “The Amare Waveplease click here to be directed to Moshe’s website.  I hope you enjoy this very informative and engaging interview with Dr. Moshe Engelberg the author of “The Amare Wave“.

 

How many of you reading this blog have at one time or another been afraid to ask for help or assistance?  Many of us don’t feel good about asking, and we think is shows a sign of weakness, but nothing further could be from the truth as our guest author Wayne Baker explains in his new book entitled ” All You Have To Do Is Ask-How To Master the Most Important Skills for Success

As Wayne states “You never know what people know –or who they know– until you ask”. In the workplace, asking for help can mean the difference between success and failure. This isn’t anecdotal: in fact, research has revealed a number of proven benefits:

1) Higher job performance and satisfaction

2) New-hire success

3) Finding jobs – or talent for job openings

4) Learning and professional development

5) Creativity and Innovation

6) Managing Stress 

7) Team performance

8) Cost reduction — just to name a few benefits

Help seeking improves operational efficiencies because it allows us to find and obtain information, labor, and capital more quickly and reduces duplication of effort. It accelerates the use and flow of an organization’s resources. And people are more productive when they don’t waste time-mental energy-by struggling to long on a problem or task before asking for assistance.

I know you are going to receive tremendous benefit from listening to this interview with Wayne Baker author of “All You Have To Do Is Ask“.  You can learn more about his free assessment and the book by clicking here.  I hope you enjoy this engaging and informative interview with author Wayne Baker.

We are all headed into the New Year with aspirations of doing something new, changing a pattern and improving our lives in one way or another.  While these are all great aspirations, we know statistically that many of us will fail in our attempts to change patterns that do not serve us or to make any kind of significant change in our lives at all.  How would you like this year to be different?

Well it can be a reality,  and my guest on this podcast is the author and behavioral scientist that can help you make sustainable changes to your life, his name if BJ Fogg and his new book is entitled “Tiny Habits-The Small Changes that Change Everything“. BJ has studied human behavior at Stanford for over 20 years so his techniques and advice are really quite invaluable, and he also speaks from his own personal experiences with weight control as just one area of his life he has had sustainable, permanent changes for the better.

Tiny Habits explains how human behavior works in general, framed in terms of the Fogg Behavior Model, which states that behavior happens when three elements come together at the same moment: motivation, ability and a prompt. B=MAP. This model is easy to learn and easy to apply to everyday life.   When something is easy to do, we don’t need much motivation to do it. There are not tricks here, no weird fads. It’s basic science, and this is the first time this has been shared in print anywhere in Tiny Habits.

If you want to learn more about BJ’s new book Tiny Habits and his free habit building toolkit, just click here and pre-order the book from Amazon. You can also join his 5 day program to to build habits by clicking here. I hope you will take advantage if his really great offer and get the book, you will be glad that you started off your New Year with a tool that will make a difference in your life.

I know you are going to enjoy this engaging, informative and inspirational interview with author and behavioral scientist BJ Fogg about his new book “Tiny Habits“.