Category Archives: LEADERSHIP

AUTHORS, BUSINESS, LEADERSHIP

Jim Dewald: How to prosper with entrepreneurial thinking

Joined in studio today by Jim Dewald, Dean of the Haskayne School of Business, and the author of Achieving Longevity: How Great Firms Prosper Through Entrepreneurial Thinking.

Discussion guide from our conversation with Jim Dewald:

Jim Dewald1. You say you wrote ACHIEVING LONGEVITY because you’re afraid that business leaders have lost touch with the entrepreneurial spirit that has long driven our economy. What do you mean? Why has this happened?

2. Greater efficiency is generally seen as a worthy goal – but you warn that there has been too much emphasis placed on it. How can too much efficiency be a bad thing?

3. Corporations have the kinds of resources that start-ups only dream of – so
what keeps them from being entrepreneurial?

4. What is “corporate entrepreneurship”? Is it different from the entrepreneurship we visualize when we think of start-up companies?

5. The definition of entrepreneurship: Adding value.

6. What are the keys to creating an environment that will nurture innovation?

7. You say that business schools have contributed to the lack of corporate entrepreneurship. How? What can they do differently?

8. Many people think that ideas come from the “creative types” – but you say this is “poppycock.” Why? What can companies do to promote idea generation?

9. In ACHIEVING LONGEVITY, you outline three primary areas of resistance to corporate entrepreneurship. What are they? What are some keys to getting around these barriers?

10. We tend to think that we live in a time of great change – but you disagree. Why? What kinds of truly transformative change do you see on the horizon?

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About Jim Dewald:

Jim is the author of ACHIEVING LONGEVITY: How Great Firms Prosper Through Entrepreneurial Thinking. He is the dean of the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business and an associate professor in strategy and entrepreneurship. Prior to entering academe, he was active in the Calgary business community as the CEO of two major real estate development companies and a leading local engineering consulting practice, and president of a tech-based international real estate brokerage company.

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AUTHORS, BUSINESS, LEADERSHIP, MARKETING, SALES

Dan Roam: Why drawing makes you a better leader, salesman, and innovator!

Joined in studio by Dan Roam, the president of Digital Roam Inc, and the author of Draw To Win: A Crash Course On How To Lead, Sell, And Innovate With Your Visual Mind. Learn more about Dan here.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Dan Roam:

Dan Roam1. We’ve always communicated visually, from our earliest days. Why have we stopped?

2. The role technology plays in today’s visual communications.

3. “But I can’t draw, Dan?”

4. Seven basic shapes that explain just about everything.

5. Are there new tools we can use for visual communication?

6. How does visual communication help you lead, sell, and innovate?

7. We’ve done this since childhood. Why you need to do it again!

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About Dan Roam:

Dan is the author of four international bestselling books on visual communications which have been translated into 31 languages. “The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems with Pictures” was named by Fast Company, The London Times, and BusinessWeek as ‘Creativity Book of the Year.’ Dan’s newest book, “Draw to Win” will be published by Penguin Portfolio this week. Dan has helped leaders at Google, Microsoft, Boeing, Gap, IBM, the US Navy, the United States Senate, and the White House solve complex problems with simple pictures.

Dan and his whiteboard appear frequently on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NPR. Dan graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and a Minor in Biology. Dan lives in San Francisco.

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AUTHORS, BUSINESS, HUMANITY, LEADERSHIP, PERSONAL GROWTH

Cathy Salit: How you can leverage theatrical performance for success at work

A real pleasure to welcome Cathy Salit to the show today! Cathy is the CEO of Performance of a Lifetime, and the author of Performance Breakthrough: A Radical Approach to Success at Work.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Cathy Salit:

Cathy Salit1. She dropped out of school. And started “her own school.”

2. Her new book discusses the philosophy, case studies and techniques of Performance of a Lifetime. She shares a little bit about her philosophy and how it works to help business people to excel and succeed.

3. The Becoming Principle.

4. “Who you are, and who you are not yet.”

5. Performative Psychology.

6. Leveraging theatrical performance.

7. The human side of strategy.

8. The Five Fundamentals of Performance.

9. Taking emotional inventory.

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About Cathy Salit:

Cathy Salit is an author, performer, executive coach, social entrepreneur and CEO of Performance of a Lifetime, a global consulting firm based in New York City that helps leaders, teams, and organizations grow their business by focusing on the human side of strategy. Cathy and her team of coaches and human development experts use the art of theatrical performance and the science of performative psychology to engage leaders and teams in creating and acting on exciting new possibilities.

Cathy has led the growth of her company to two consecutive years on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List, and her client list includes Twitter, American Express, Nike, Coca-Cola, Rolls Royce, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work and thought leadership have been featured in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., Wired, CEO World Magazine, and on podcasts, radio and viral videos all over the world.

Cathy is the author of the new Hachette Books hardcover, Performance Breakthrough: A Radical Approach to Success at Work, which has been praised by top influencers including Dan Pink, who writes, “This remarkable book will electrify your work and enliven your soul.”

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AUTHORS, BUSINESS, HUMANITY, LEADERSHIP, PERSONAL GROWTH

Dr. Max McKeown: Are you a NOWIST? Or a THENIST?

Joined in studio by behavioural strategist Dr. Max McKeown, author of the new book #NOW: The Surprising Truth About the Power of Now.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Dr. Max McKeown:

Max McKeown1. Why did you decide to write your new book? How did you get interested in the subject of nowists and nowism?

2. What is a Nowist mindset? How can we spot different kinds of Nowist and Thenist?

3. You say that its only worth paying the “right pain for the right gain”, can you explain more?

4. How can we learn to ride stress like a mule? How can we use the energy of life to keep moving forward?

5. What do Nowists need at work? And from their leaders?

6. What’s the link between Nowism, Strategy and Innovation?

7. Psychology of moving forward, and some of the research behind it.

You can find Max McKeown’s book here:

About Max McKeown:

DR. MAX MCKEOWN is the author of #NOW, The Strategy Book, winner of the Commuter Read at the Chartered Management Institute Book of the Year 2013 and Amazon’s Best Business Books of 2012. He is also author of The Innovation Book, Adaptability: The Art of Winning in an Age of Uncertainty, and four other books. He works as a strategic coach with Fortune 100 companies and is also a popular keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He is a member of the British Psychological Society. He has an MBA and PhD from Warwick Business School.

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AUTHORS, BUSINESS, LEADERSHIP

Paul Ratoff: The power of purposeful behaviors

Joined in studio by Paul Ratoff, a financial and strategic management consultant, and author of Thriving in a Stakeholder World: Purpose as the New Competitive Advantage.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Paul Ratoff:

Paul Ratoff1. What is the Ratoff definition of purpose?

2. How can organizations grow from having purpose?

3. How can purpose help beyond employees?

4. How do you instill purpose?

5. “Purposeful behavior as a management style.”

6. You much measure purpose.

7. You need a common purpose.

8. How to leverage purpose with both internal AND external stakeholders.

You can find Paul Ratoff’s book here:

About Paul Ratoff:

Paul, author of “Thriving in a Stakeholder World: Purpose as the New Competitive Advantage,” is a Certified Management Consultant, Strategic Management Professional and president of Strategy Development Group Inc. He also is founder of the Foundation for Purposeful Organizations. He has been a successful business consultant in Southern California for 35 years.

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AUTHORS, BUSINESS, INCUBATOR, LEADERSHIP, MARKETING, SALES

Jeff Loucks: How to beat disruptive competitors at their own game

Joined in studio today by Jeff Loucks of the Cisco Digitization Office, and co-author of Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors at Their Own Game.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Jeff Loucks:

Jeff Loucks1. We discuss the research behind the book.

2. We hear a lot about digital disruption. Is it real or is it hype? How does competition change in the age of disruption?

3. You compare digital disruption to a vortex. How does this explain how disruption works? And what will be affected?

4. Digital disruptors focus on the value, not the value chain when they innovate.

5. Organizations must be agile to respond to disruption. “Digital business agility.”

6. Are digital disruptors always the enemy? Can established organizations use them to their advantage?

Find Jeff Loucks’ book here!

About Jeff Loucks:

Jeff is a director with the Cisco Digitization Office and a visiting scholar at the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation, an IMD and Cisco initiative.

Jeff works with Global 500 firms and innovative startups to explore the strategies and concrete steps companies must take to thrive in an era of digitization. Through fifteen years of research, writing, and consulting, Jeff has helped companies capitalize on technological change by transforming their business models. Jeff is especially interested in the strategies organizations use to adapt to accelerating change. An extensive academic background complements his technology expertise. He wrote his PhD dissertation on Machiavelli (one of the world’s great strategists) and draws upon philosophy, psychology, and political science to understand both institutional and human responses to today’s escalating challenges.

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AUTHORS, BUSINESS, LEADERSHIP, PERSONAL GROWTH

Mickey Connolly: The Vitality Imperative

Joined in studio by Mickey Connolly, the Chairman of Conversant, and author of The Vitality Imperative: The Connected Leaders And Their Teams Achieve More With Less Time, Money, And Stress.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Mickey Connolly:

Mickey Connolly1. “Network of conversations.”

2. What does it mean to be a vital leader and what is the role of vitality today?

3. What is the definition of vitality?

4. The Vitality Imperative is a strategy that benefits corporate culture as much as individual leaders.

5. The Vitality Imperative provides a more humane and lasting approach to solving leadership issues.

6. The importance of authenticity when it comes to being an effective leader.

7. “Turning an executive team into a community.”

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About Mickey Connolly:

Mickey Connolly is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Conversant. For over 25 years Mr. Connolly and his colleagues have explored how communication impacts coordinated action and organizational culture. Working in global commercial companies, police departments, and military organizations has led to a conviction: any group can achieve more with less time, money, and stress if they apply the “communication for action” techniques.

Mr. Connolly has worked with over 100,000 managers, educators, and negotiators to resolve conflict, improve relationships, and accelerate achievement. Conversant associates have worked in 400 organizations in 90 countries to achieve mission-critical goals ahead of time and under budget.

Mr. Connolly and his co-authors recently released The Vitality Imperative: how connected leaders and their teams achieve more with less time, money and stress. Along with Conversant co-founder Richard Rianoshek, Mr. Connolly is also the co-author of The Communication Catalyst: the fast (but not stupid) track to value.

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BUSINESS, HR, LEADERSHIP

HR Latte: Michael Bungay Stanier – “The Coaching Habit”

 Guest Michael Bungay Stanier joins Rayanne for this #KeyPointPodcast 
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HR Latte, episode 99


The Coaching HabitMichael Bungay Stanier
, Founder and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, joined Rayanne on HR Latte, to chat about his latest book filled with incredible ideas about habits, “The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, & Change the Way Your Lead Forever.”

“The Coaching Habit: This book almost killed… This topic would not leave me alone – my whole life I have been the guy who asked questions.” – Michael Bungay Stanier

The Coaching Habit

How to crack micro-habits. Michael shares his ideas and a new habit formula:

  • “When this happens…”  – identifying the trigger for old behavior
  • “Instead Of…” – identify the old habit you are looking to change
  • “I Will…” – identify a new habit you will do in 60 seconds or less

For more ideas on this same topic, check out thecoachinghabit.com for a downloadable report, Coaching Gurus –  6 1/2 Gurus: What the smartest people are telling us about the science and art of building new habits.

Taming the Advice Monster

A Haiku
Tell us and ask more
Your advice is not as good
As you think it is

Discussion Points for this episode:

  • Staying Curious a Bit Longer and Asking Questions That Matter
  • Coaching: A Way of Being with Each Other
  • The Bio-Feedback of Friendship
  • The Most Powerful Coaching Question
  • Talk Less and Listen More
  • How Habits Become Habits?
  • Cracking Micro Habits: “45% of our waking activities are habitual”
  • How do we be more conscious about being curious?

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AUTHORS, BUSINESS, HUMANITY, LEADERSHIP, LIFESTYLE, PERSONAL GROWTH, SALES, WELLNESS

Stephan Aarstol: Shifting to a five-hour workday, and changing your life forever!

Joined in the house today by Stephan Aarstol, the CEO of Tower Paddle Boards, and the author of The Five-Hour Workday: Live Differently, Unlock Productivity, and Find Happiness.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Stephan Aarstol:

Stephan Aarstol1. What’s wrong with the current eight-hour work day and 40-hour work week.

2. What prompted him to move his company to a five-hour workday.

3. How a shorter work day makes businesses more profitable and productive and employees happier, healthier and more loyal.

4. Steps to implement a five-hour work-day at your company, and how to test risk free!

5. How winning on ABCs Shark Tank changed his life.

6. The importance of the pursuit of happiness.

Find Stephan Aarstol’s book here:

About Stephan Aarstol:

Stephan Aarstol is the CEO and founder of Tower Paddle Boards, an online, manufacturer-direct brand in the stand up paddle boarding industry. With a three-year growth rate of 1,853 percent, Tower was named the Fastest Growing Company in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal, and was featured in the Inc.’s 2015 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies.

After appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank and securing an investment from Mark Cuban, Aarstol was featured by People Magazine as one of “Shark Tank’s Biggest Winners.” Aarstol’s company quickly became one of Mark Cuban’s best-performing investments from the popular show, and in early 2016, ABC returned to feature Tower Paddle Boards in a nationally televised episode, “Beyond the Tank.”

Tower began as a disruptive, direct-to-consumer stand up paddle board company, and has since evolved into a more holistic beach-lifestyle company. Today, Tower offers a growing array of beach-lifestyle products, sold and shipped directly to consumers at a fraction of traditional retail prices. Tower’s successful brand extensions include a beach-lifestyle magazine, Tower Magazine, a sunglass company at SunglassesByTower.com, and a direct-to-consumer surf- and beach-lifestyle company at TowerMade.com.

Aarstol’s objective is to build Tower into the world’s premiere beach-lifestyle brand, and he currently has plans to extend the Tower brand into many additional business units.

As an entrepreneurial-thought leader and online-marketing expert, Aarstol’s insights have been published in the Washington Post, Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Mashable, and many other prominent business publications.

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AUTHORS, BUSINESS, HUMANITY, LEADERSHIP

Col. Lee Ellis: Are you an honorable businessperson?

Joined in studio today by Col. Lee Ellis (USAF Retired), founder and president of Leadership Freedom LLC, and author of Engage With Honor: Building A Culture of Courageous Accountability.

Discussion guide from today’s conversation with Lee Ellis:

Lee Ellis1. Why becoming an honorable leader requires character, courage, and commitment.

2. What business leaders can learn from his experience as a POW, and translate that into industry-oriented success.

3. Leading with honor even in difficult circumstances.

4. The Leadership Behavior DNA Discovery Process, which reveals a leader’s strengths and struggles in order to develop authentic leadership.

5. Engaging with courage, commitment, and caring concern VS. motivation by fear, intimidation, and self-preservation.

6. The most important piece of advice for members of the younger generation who aspire to become strong leaders.

7. The 7 steps to become the best leader that you can be.

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About Lee Ellis:

Lee Ellis is Founder and President of Leadership Freedom® LLC and FreedomStar Media®. He is an award-winning author, leadership consultant, and expert presenter in the areas of leadership, teambuilding, and human performance. His past clients include Fortune 500 senior executives and CLevel leaders in telecommunications, healthcare, military, and other business sectors. Some of his media appearances include interviews on networks such as CNN, CBS This Morning, C-SPAN, ABC World News, Fox News Channel, plus hundreds of engagements in various industry sectors throughout the world.

Early in his career, Lee served as an Air Force fighter pilot flying fifty-three combat missions over North Vietnam. In 1967, he was shot down and held as a POW for more than five years in Hanoi and surrounding camps. For his wartime service, he was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor device, the Purple Heart, and POW Medal. Lee resumed his Air Force career, serving in leadership roles of increasing responsibility including command of a flying squadron and leadership development organizations before retiring as a colonel.

Lee has a BA in History and a MS in Counseling and Human Development. He is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. He has authored or co-authored four books on leadership and career development. Lee’s latest book entitled Leading with Honor®: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton has received multiple awards since its release including Winner in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Business and Management Category, and selection on the 2013 U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List.

Lee and his wife Mary reside in the Atlanta GA area and have four grown children and six grandchildren.

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