If you are looking for some contrarian leadership principles to transform your teams and business, then this podcast with author Kevin Kruse is a must listen to.  Kevin and I discuss many of his simple but practical principles that are articulated in his new book ” Great Leaders Have No Rules.”

This book is filled with wonderful stories that exemplify the principles in the book such as “Close Your Open Door Policy” and “Crowd Your Calendar”.  While these might sound a bit contrarian they are used by some of the greatest leaders like Mike Krzyzewski the greatest basketball coach of all time for Duke University Blue Devils, and Dina Dwyer-Owens the co-chairwoman of the Dwyer Group a company with eleven franchise brands doing over a billion dollars of annual revenue.  In my interview with Kevin you will get a glimpse into how you can lead with no rules, while still achieving great success within your organization.

The hierarchical command-and-control structure, where information flowed up and decisions flowed down, made sense when the world moved at a slower pace. And in that environment, where competing for resources was a zero-sum game, one’s individual career could advance by withholding information from others.  In today’s world it is marked by VUCA-volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity-organizations that survive and thrive are the ones that adapt to the changing environment in real time.

Great Leaders Have No Rules, are the kind of leaders that survive and thrive in our current environment and rules are not a necessity to survive and have a great culture.

I hope you enjoy this interview with Kevin Kruse.  If you want to learn more about Kevin and take advantage of his bonuses please click here to get your free downloads.  I hope you enjoy this great interview with a thought leader in the field of leadership.

In author Todd Rose’s interview about his book “Dark Horse-Achieving Success Through The Pursuit of Fulfillment.” Todd reveals his revolutionary finding from what he refers to as the Dark Horse Project taken on by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He shares with me in our interview interesting stories about people, not ordinary people that came from behind to succeed.

His book “Dark Horse” and this interview will forever change your mind about the way you think about success and the pursuit of happiness. For generations, we’ve been stuck with a cookie-cutter mold for success that requires us to be the same as everyone else, only better.

This is not so about “Dark Horses” they blaze their own trail to a life of happiness and prosperity. Yet what is so remarkable is that hidden inside their seemingly one-of-a-kind journeys are practical principles for achieving success that works for anyone not matter who you are or what you hope to achieve.

I encourage you to listen to this podcast with Professor Todd Rose about his new book “Dark Horse-Achieving Success Through The Pursuit of Fulfillment.”  We will discuss the secrets to developing the mindset individuality.

If you want to learn more about “Dark Horse” please click here to be directed to Todd’s website. 

Every day we are measured against the yardstick of averages, judged according to how closely we resemble it or how far we deviate from it.  The assumption that metrics comparing us to an average–like development milestones, GPA’s, personality assessments, standardized test results, and performance review ratings—reveal something meaningful about our potential is so ingrained in our consciousness that we rarely questions it.

Harvard Professor and author Todd Rose and I explore the world of average in our interview about his book entitled ” The End of Average-How We succeed in a World that Values Sameness.”  In this interview you will learn that the standards that we have been evaluating people by, are flawed and that we really should be looking at the three principles of individuality.  The jaggedness principle(talent is never one-dimensional), the contest principle (traits are a myth) and the pathways principle (we all walk the road less traveled.)

Explore with me what makes us different and far from average as author Todd Rose and I reveal the truth about averages. If you want to learn more about the book and author please visit Todd’s website by clicking here.

I recently was invited to a presentation that author Tim Freke did here in my hometown of Encinitas.  I was fascinated by the topic–“Soul Story-Evolution and Purpose of Life“, and I must admit that Tim’s talk was very compelling and thought provoking.  I invited Tim to be on Inside Personal Growth to speak about his new book “Soul Story-Evolution and the Purpose of Life“.

It is Tim’s contention that contemporary society is experiencing a ‘soul crisis’, caused by the cultural dominance of objectivist science and the demise of outdated religion, which has left us adrift in a meaningless universe.  Now, whether or not you believe this isn’t as important as understanding what Tim proposes to medigitate the situation.   His solution is a term called “emergent spirituality” which brings together the scientific theory of evolution with a fresh understand of perennial spiritual insights to reveal the deep purpose of life.

There are new ideas that are brought to the forefront within “Soul Story” and they are the issues having to deal with time, soul, purpose, volition, death and magic.  Throughout our interview we discuss these topics and the new ideas that Tim proposes we consider as a way to look at and incorporate these new ideas into thought.  I know you are going to find this interview leaving you on the edge of your seats, so hang on and be open to taking a deep dive into the evolution of purpose and life.

If you want to learn more about Tim and his Unividuality please click here to be directed to his website.  Enjoy this great interview with author Tim Freke about his book “Soul Story

Do you ever find yourself struggling to reach your goals?  You write affirmations, you do vision boards and almost everything to help visualize the ideal world you want for yourself, and after all that you still feel unfilled.

In my recent interview with Erin Stutland the author of a new book entitled “Mantras in Motion” I really believe she had created something that has tremendous merit and power to assist everyone in obtaining their ideal life, but in a very unique way.  Erin states that by repeating positive mantras with movement, you will become more mindful and stay in the moment helping to prevent negative thinking.  You also allow your positive mantras to take up all your mind space, not giving negative thoughts room to exist, while using every once of your energy in your body and voice to create your best life.

In Erin program, Mantras in Motion she offers nine foundational mantras, along with stories from her own life and those of her clients, a meditation or visualization, a journaling exercise, and easy movement to accompany the mantra to enhance its resonant power.  Here 14 day program helps to infuse the power of movement, mantras, and self-reflection into your everyday routine.

Please enjoy this great interview with author Erin Stutland about her new book “Mantras in Motion.”  To learn more about her program and book please click her to be directed to her website, or here to follow her on Facebook.

 

Many times when we make a stock investment, or invest in a company we are not certain if we will have a gain or a loss.  Such was the case with First Orion when author Charles Morgan made an investment into the company not thinking that he would be the one to turn the company around.

In Charles Morgan book entitled ” Now What?–The Biography of a (Finally) Successful Startup” you are taken on the journey of an investor who grew a previous company into a billion dollar enterprise with over 7,000 employees, then sold off his interest.  He then made and investment into First Orion and never thought he would end of running and turning the company around.  As Charles states ” My involvement in First Orion began merely as an investor; then as various calamities ensued and numerous goals when unmet, I found myself sucked in further and further, until the founder was out and I was running the show-despite my silly protestations that I was somehow “retired”.

If you want to learn more about how businessman Charles Morgan turned around First Orion, then I encourage you to listen to our podcast as well as get a copy of “Now What?”  You can check out First Orion’s website by clicking here, and to learn more about the author please click here.  We hope you enjoy this interview with author and businessman Charles Morgan about his new book “Now What?–The Biography of a (Finally) Successful Startup.

 

Many of my regular listeners know that I was bit by the “Sketchnote” bug quite some time ago.  A few years back I was exposed to this unique way to communicate my message by Mike Rhode the author of the Sketchnote Handbook who was responsible for illustrating my book “Hacking the Gap” as well as designing the cover using what is referred to as Sketchnotes.  Over the years I have been introduced to many of the people in the industry such as David Sibbitt the author of four books on the topic of visual communications, please click the link to our last podcast entitled ” Visual Consulting, Designing and Leading Change”  

In my interview today you are going to hear from one of the leaders in this industry in teaching you how to become an effective communicator through your drawings and doodles. His name is Doug Neill and the program he teaches is called “Verbal to Visual“.  His instruction takes you step by step into learning how you can become a better communicator to your clients, co-workers or anyone you are attempting to convey your message too.

Doug’s techniques and instruction are not only unique, but easy to understand and incorporate into your drawing abilities.  Doug empowers life long learners and makers to tap the the power of their brains by using hand drawn text and images with just a few different colors.  That combination and technique is designed to light up the brain and make the person or persons watching your presentation more engaged and excited. I don’t know about you, but as we all seem to be trying to get the attention of others, this just might be something to consider learning.

Doug teaches you how and why you might want to pick up this skill, and if you want to learn more just click Visual to Verbal to be directed to Doug’s website.  I hope you enjoy this great interview with an engaging teacher of a skill that will set you apart from almost anyone.

If you are in the business world you most likely have heard the name Peter Drucker, and if for some reason you haven’t you are going to learn more about the genius of a man, teacher and thought leader from my guest author William Cohen Phd.

In my interview with Bill Cohen Phd and the author of “Peter Drucker’s Way to the Top-Lessons for Reaching your Life’s Goals” we explore in my interview the history behind Peter Drucker as well as some of his teaching and business management philosophy that are being applied in business every day around the world.  Bill Cohen Phd was one of Peter Drucker’s first doctoral students, and became very good friends with both Peter and his wife.

What students of Drucker’s appreciated was the simplicity that made up the business philosophies, like his four basic systematic strategies for entrepreneurship. First, dominance of a new market or industry. Second, development of a market which is currently unserved. Third, finding and occupying a specialized niche.  Fourth, Changing the financial calculations of the situation.   You must admit that the advice is sound, practical and most likely will result in success but the key is timing and being able to execute on these systematic strategies.

I encourage you to listen to my interview with Bill Cohen as we explore the life and business management philosophies of Peter Drucker.

If you want to learn more about Bill Cohen and “Peter Drucker’s Way to the Top” you can click here to be directed to his website.  I hope you enjoy the great interview with Bill Cohen Phd. and author of “Peter Drucker’s Way to the Top”.

Materialism is the distillation that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things including mental aspects and consciousness are results of material interactions. Truth or Fiction should be the question you are asking yourself?

In my interview with Mark Gober the author of “An End to Upside Down Thinking-Dispelling the Myth That the Brain Produces Consciousness, and the Implication for Everyday Life” we explore his through exploration into dispelling the materialism premise and providing the reader with substantial evidence that this can’t be the case.  Mark uses the analogy that reality is like a stream of water where water represents consciousness and, each of us is a whirlpool.  The whirlpools are made of water and are simply part of the broader stream that is normally filtered out of our perception.  It is there —we just don’t’ normally perceive it unless we have a mystical or transcendental experience.

I encourage you to listen to my interview with author Mark Gober as we explore the clear and compelling evidence that makes a case that consciousness is the force that precedes matter–and upends all the scientific and popular thinking that the brain creates consciousness.  If you want to learn more about Mark and his new book “An End to Upside Down Thinkingplease click here to be directed to his website.  You can also watch a short video introduction to the book that you will find compelling and informative.