Read to Lead Podcast
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Jeff Brown
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510: Answer These 5 Questions to Build Your Legacy
There’s no one I can think of who’s been as consistent in his encouragement toward what I do than Dan Miller. And, he never stops learning. A habit I’m quite fond of. 🙂 Dan is the kind of person I want to be in the lives of others. That’s why the first question I ask you to consider when pondering your own legacy is this: Who has had the most significant impact on your life and why? Answering this question will help you think about the kind of impact you’d like to leave on this earth. In this week’s episode, I expound on this question, and offer four more for you to consider. Additionally, I walk through three exercises that will go a long way to helping you establish your own, long-term legacy. Click the play button below to listen to the episode Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | RSS Comment and Share Please consider rating the podcast with 5 stars and leaving a one- or two-sentence review in iTunes or on Stitcher. This helps tremendously in bringing the podcast to the attention of others. We encourage you to join the Read to Lead Nation on Facebook. It’s a community of like-minded leaders and leader-to-be, as well as fans of the Read to Lead Podcast. You can tell your friends on Twitter about your love of reading and our new podcast by simply clicking this link and sharing the tweet you’ll find at the other end. And, by all means, if you know someone you think would benefit, please spread the word by using the share buttons on this page. Finally, thanks for listening and remember, â€śLeaders read and readers lead.”
Jan 15
14 min
509: The Impact of Dan Miller On Our Lives Continues
It still hasn’t quite sunk in for me. My friend, and a friend to so many around the world, Dan Miller, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given less than six months to live. Dan was my first-ever Read to Lead Podcast guest. He appeared again in episode #067, and two more times after that, including just last year.Dan is, of course, best known as the New York Times bestselling author of the book 48 Days to the Work (and Life) You Love.His life has impacted millions, literally.I must admit that, in light of the news, it has been difficult for me to find the motivation to go on as normal as the new year is underway.Let me put it a little more plainly: This has hit me hard!Hard enough that I’ve struggled with conducting new interviews and have relied on publishing interviews that were already “in the can” to finish out the year.I have just needed some time to process.I know what you’re thinking: “Jeff. You’re not the one with cancer.”You are right.My response to this news contrasted with Dan’s own response holds another valuable lesson for me (and for you).While I’m over here wallowing, Dan is asking the same question he encourages us to ask in the face of any challenge.“What does this make possible?”Dan recognizes the blessing that is knowing your time is soon going to be up, and he’s making the most of it.I would expect nothing less from Dan.In this episode is my attempt to share what Dan means to me, as well as the thoughts of a few listeners who wrote me to share how Dan has impacted them. At the end of the episode, I’ve intentionally added five minutes of silence. I encourage you to use this time to think about what truly matters to you. Maybe even think about how you would respond if told you had six months to live.Thank you for being a part of the Read to Lead Community. Click the play button below to listen to the episode Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | RSS Links That Were Mentioned Check out Dan’s final episode of the 48 Days Radio Show. Write your message for Dan on his Murial page here. Comment and Share Please consider rating the podcast with 5 stars and leaving a one- or two-sentence review in iTunes or on Stitcher. This helps tremendously in bringing the po...
Jan 8
25 min
508: The 9 Books I’m Most Looking Forward To In 2024
Like any other year before, there are literally tens of thousands of books set to be released this year. Needless to say, it can be hard whittling down what to pay attention to and what to ignore. I&#8217;ve attempted to take some of the guesswork out of it for you by selecting nine books I&#8217;m really looking forward to reading this year. Here they are in order of their release date. Note that my first selection is actually a book that came out last week—making it, technically, a 2023 release. But it makes the cut as, well, I was a little busy this past week and am just getting around to diving in. Trust me when I say you&#8217;ll be glad I&#8217;m including it here. 1.&nbsp;Feel Good Productivity: How to Do More of What Matters to You&nbsp;by Ali Abdaal (December 26, 2023)&nbsp; Note: I&#8217;ll be interviewing Ali later this month and releasing our conversation in early February. 2.&nbsp;Fluke: Chance, Chaos, and Why Everything We Do Matters&nbsp;by Brian Klass (January 23, 2024).&nbsp; 3.&nbsp;The Friction Project: How Smart Leaders Make the Right Things Easier and the Wrong Things Harder&nbsp;by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao (January 30, 2024) Note: My interview with coauthor Huggy Rao releases on January 30 to coincide with the book&#8217;s release. 4. &nbsp;Never Not Working: Why the Always-On Culture Is Bad for Business—and How to Fix It&nbsp;by Malissa Clark (February 6, 2024)&nbsp; 5.&nbsp;Practical Optimism: The Art, Science, and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being&nbsp;by Sue Varma MD (February 20, 2024) 6.&nbsp;Supercommunicators: How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection&nbsp;by Charles Duhigg (February 20, 2024)&nbsp; 7.&nbsp;Slow Productivity: The Lost Art of Accomplishment Without Burnout&nbsp;by Cal Newport (March 5, 2024)&nbsp; 8.&nbsp;Microskills: Small Actions, Big Impact&nbsp;by Adaira Landry and Resa E. Lewiss (April 16, 2024)&nbsp; 9.&nbsp;Hyperefficient: Optimize Your Brain to Transform the Way You Work&nbsp;by Mithu Storoni (September 17, 2024)&nbsp; In addition to the two authors and books on this list I&#8217;m already set to feature on the show, I&#8217;ll be working to invite as many of the other seven as I can.  For more detail about each book, listen to the episode Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7FIptxFoi4iydngmj9Gvk2" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noope...
Jan 1
19 min
507: Creating a More Human Future in the Era of AI with Brian Evergreen
These days, like you perhaps, I read just about everything I can get my hands on pertaining to artificial intelligence. Books on this topic a still few, but that&#8217;s beginning to change one year removed from the buzz that was the launch of ChatGPT. That&#8217;s why I was excited to learn about Autonomous Transformation, the new book by Brian Evergreen. We are in the midst, Brian says, of an unprecedented degree of technology-driven change at the same time that society faces challenges more complex than our organizations and we as individuals have been prepared to handle.We have all borne witness to the changes, for better and for worse, that technology has had on society, our nations, cities, the nature of work, and the human experience—but technology is neither the hero nor the villain of this story.Brian&#8217;s book is for leaders who want to create a better future within this context of change and supplies a balance of historical and theoretical context with practical frameworks for beginning to create a more human future today.The book provides a blueprint for leaders and managers who have aspired or attempted to harness artificial intelligence and its adjacent technologies for the betterment of their organization and the world, weaving strategy, management thinking, economics, systemic design, and philosophy into actionable steps with accompanying frameworks to create and sustain Profitable Good. I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Brian and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling. Join in on&nbsp;our chat&nbsp;below Subscribe:&nbsp;Apple Podcasts&nbsp;|&nbsp;Spotify&nbsp;|&nbsp;RSS In today&#8217;s episode, I ask Brian about: * Why a more human future is a component of how we implement AI and its related technologies * Why it&#8217;s important not to meet new technology with skepticism and fear (or both) * How the ability to envision the future is not a talent or a gift, but a skill that can be developed * And lots more! Order Brian&#8217;s Book You can order your copy of Autonomous Transformation: Creating a More Human Future in the Era of Artificial Intelligence right now! Consider Ordering My Book Too! Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free! Note-Making Mastery Cohort AND the Read to Lead Community Note-Making Mastery Cohort is now available as a s...
Dec 25, 2023
49 min
506: Leading With Questions with Bob Tiede
Easily the highlight of my career was the 13+ years I spent with WAY-FM Media Group from 2000 to 2013. My time there included having Dusty Rhodes as a colleague. Dusty recently reached out and introduced me to author Bob Tiede. Bob is the man behind the blog Leading With Questions, inspired by the book we&#8217;re featuring today. That book is indeed called Leading With Questions: How Leaders Discover Powerful Answers by Knowing How and What to Ask, written with Dr. Michael J. Marquardt. In this newly revised third edition, Bob and Michael describe how to ask powerful questions that generate short-term and long-term results and success. They show you how effective leaders use questions to encourage participation and teamwork, foster creative thinking, empower others, create relationships with customers, and solve problems. And, they offer step-by-step guidance on the process of learning the art of questioning and techniques―like active listening and follow-ups – you can use in myriad situations with individuals, teams, and entire organizations. I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Bob and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling. Join in on&nbsp;our chat&nbsp;below Subscribe:&nbsp;Apple Podcasts&nbsp;|&nbsp;Spotify&nbsp;|&nbsp;RSS In today&#8217;s episode, I ask Bob about: * What he’s learned the last 15 years about the “lies of the hustle”&nbsp; * How he recommends validating your business idea&nbsp;&nbsp; * What he means by chasing your curiosity instead of your passion&nbsp; * And lots more! Order Bob&#8217;s Book You can order your copy of Leading With Questions: How Leaders Discover Powerful Answers by Knowing How and What to Ask right now! Consider Ordering My Book Too! Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free! Note-Making Mastery Cohort AND the Read to Lead Community Note-Making Mastery Cohort is now available as a self-paced course! Check it out. Also, consider giving ReadtoLead+ a try free for two weeks! And, check out my 85% off sale for my Boss-Free Virtual Summit!
Dec 19, 2023
35 min
505: The Family First Entrepreneur with Steve Chou
Years ago, I remember coming across a podcast and blog called My Wife Quit Her Job. I had no idea then that, one day, the creator of this content would one day appear on my podcast. But then, he wrote a book. And our mutual friend, Jeff Goins, suggested an introduction. I&#8217;m glad he did. Steve and his wife&#8217;s story, is a fascinating one, and one I can&#8217;t wait for you to learn more about in this episode. His new book is all about how to create the life you&#8217;ve always wanted, without sacrificing your relationships—as so many often do—in the process. It&#8217;s called The Family First Entrepreneur: How to Achieve Financial Freedom Without Sacrificing What Matters Most. We all want a comfortable life with plenty of time for family and friends. This vision is what inspired Steve to strike out on his own over a decade ago. But what he found was a nonstop schedule of never-ending work that wore him and his family down. The hallmarks of modern business are making people miserable, Steve, says, and preventing them from enjoying life’s greatest gifts. Business owners get stuck on the hamster wheel of hustle only to end up burned out and looking for a better way. For fifteen years, Steve has run two successful seven-figure businesses in twenty hours a week or fewer, leaving plenty of time for family, friends, and leisure. In the book, he shares profound insights and practical advice on business and life, demonstrating that you can, in fact, pursue your dream without sacrificing what matters most. I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Steve and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling. Join in on&nbsp;our chat&nbsp;below Subscribe:&nbsp;Apple Podcasts&nbsp;|&nbsp;Spotify&nbsp;|&nbsp;RSS In today&#8217;s episode, I ask Steve about: * What he’s learned the last 15 years about the “lies of the hustle”&nbsp; * How he recommends validating your business idea&nbsp;&nbsp; * What he means by chasing your curiosity instead of your passion&nbsp; * And lots more! Order Steve&#8217;s Book You can order your copy of The Family First Entrepreneur: How to Achieve Financial Freedom Without Sacrificing What Matters Most right now! Consider Ordering My Book Too! Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free! Note-Making Mastery Cohort AND the Read to Lead Community
Dec 11, 2023
26 min
504: Speak Up or Stay Stuck with Pam Marmon
Today&#8217;s guest is making her second appearance on the podcast. Her first was back in 2020 at the start of the pandemic. That book, called No One&#8217;s Listening and It&#8217;s Your Fault was geared to leaders. Her new book is intended for managers and employees. It&#8217;s all about navigating the inevitable periods of change within an organization. It&#8217;s called Speak Up or Stay Stuck: Get Your Voice Heard When Fast and Forced Change Happens In the Workplace. Your company is changing, Pam says, whether you like it or not. As a manager, you are expected to make that transformation happen, yet you feel voiceless, unseen, and unrepresented. Change is not the enemy. It’s inevitable and it could be the key to your success. In Speak Up or Stay Stuck, Pam unpacks a practical framework for implementing organizational change while ensuring your voice is heard. Finally: the key to amplifying your message without jeopardizing your job. You’ll discover how to communicate with senior leaders while effectively advocating for yourself and your team. Reclaim control and ownership of your work, grow your organizational change resilience, and find new ways to thrive when fast and forced change hits your workplace. I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Pam and her work. For a summary, just keep scrolling. Join in on&nbsp;our chat&nbsp;below Subscribe:&nbsp;Apple Podcasts&nbsp;|&nbsp;Spotify&nbsp;|&nbsp;RSS In today&#8217;s episode, I ask Pam about: * Why it&#8217;s important to think of change as happening for you rather than to you * The need to grieve past change (you may have baggage you&#8217;re not aware of) * Method for helping you overcome the fear and anxiety that often comes with the process * And a lot more! Order Pam&#8217;s Book You can order your copy of Speak Up or Stay Stuck: Get Your Voice Heard When Fast and Forced Change Happens in the Workplace right now! Consider Ordering My Book Too! Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free! Note-Making Mastery Cohort AND the Read to Lead Community Note-Making Mastery Cohort is now available as...
Dec 4, 2023
27 min
503: Leadership Lessons Drawn From the Wisdom of Mom with Valerie Cockerell
Over 500 episodes in, and it&#8217;s still possible for there to be firsts. This episode brings with it a special milestone; one that includes having featured—for the first time—three members of the same family. In previous episodes I&#8217;ve enjoyed having on Lee Cockerell and Dan Cockerell (father and son, respectively) to talk about their books. Today, I&#8217;m pleased to welcome Lee&#8217;s daughter-in-law, and Dan&#8217;s wife, Valerie Cockerell. Valerie&#8217;s new book is called Manage Like a Mother: Leadership Lessons Drawn From the Wisdom of Mom. Leadership doesn’t have to be complicated, Valerie says. Mothers have known this all along as they practice their own no-nonsense form of leadership. In Manage like a Mother, Valerie shares common-sense principles for anyone seeking to be an effective leader. She explains how raising children, nurturing their development, multitasking as only a mother does, managing conflicts, dealing with teenagers and being a great role model are some of the essential skills that leaders can easily apply to their professional working environments—with proven success.  You don’t need to look much further than your own childhood to know what works and what doesn’t. Valerie&#8217;s book shows you how applying moms’ best practices can reap the best results for any organization. I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Valerie and her work. For a summary, just keep scrolling. Join in on&nbsp;our chat&nbsp;below Subscribe:&nbsp;Apple Podcasts&nbsp;|&nbsp;Spotify&nbsp;|&nbsp;RSS In today&#8217;s episode, I ask Valerie about: * Whether it’s possible for men to “manage like a mother,” and whether or not they should * What she’s learned throughout her career about giving effective feedback&nbsp; * What Disney has to teach us about storytelling   * And lots more! Order Valerie&#8217;s Book You can order your copy of Manage Like a Mother: Leadership Lessons Drawn From the Wisdom of Mom right now! Consider Ordering My Book Too! Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit Th...
Nov 27, 2023
36 min
502: Learning to Get Past Your Past with Jason VanRuler
Today&#8217;s guest and I seem to have a lot in common, and I&#8217;m so glad I was given the chance to meet him and interview him about his book. I think it&#8217;s one you definitely need to read for yourself. His name is Jason VanRuler, and his book is called Get Past Your Past: How Facing the Broken Places Leads to True Connection. Your brokenness, Jason Says, is not the end of the story. It&#8217;s time to heal. Any of us can get stuck in our struggle. Jesus came to set us free and give us life&#8211;abundant&nbsp;life&#8211;but while we believe it for everyone else, it&#8217;s hard to accept his forgiveness and grace for ourselves. We continue in our old ways, living as one with no hope because we&#8217;re afraid of failing if we try to get better. But what if brokenness&#8211;the array of behaviors and symptoms that show us that all is not as it should be with us&#8211;isn&#8217;t all there is? What if we can change? As a licensed therapist and a man who&#8217;s dealt with his own problems&#8211;including childhood trauma, alcohol abuse, drug use, and bouts of depression&#8211;Jason VanRuler understands what you&#8217;re going through. In Get Past Your Past, he offers empathy, grace, and a hand to hold as he shares from his own places of brokenness and his professional knowledge I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Jason and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling. Join in on&nbsp;our chat&nbsp;below Subscribe:&nbsp;Apple Podcasts&nbsp;|&nbsp;Spotify&nbsp;|&nbsp;RSS In today&#8217;s episode, I ask Jason about: * Methods for uncovering your own self-limiting beliefs * The role that music can play in your healing process * How to identify the character traits you most want to be known for and how to manifest them over time * And lots more! Order Jason&#8217;s Book You can order your copy of Get Past Your Past: How Facing Your Broken Places Leads to True Connection right now! Consider Ordering My Book Too! Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free! Note-Making Mastery Cohort AND the Read to Lead Community Note-Making Mastery Cohort is now available as a self-paced course! Check it out. Also, consider giving ReadtoLead+ a ...
Nov 20, 2023
31 min
501: Discover Who You Already Are, Who You Want to Be, and How to Ensure Others See You That Way with Aliza Licht
Today&#8217;s guest, a former fashion executive, successfully turned her communications expertise into a multimedia brand and consultancy. And today, you and I have the privilege of learning from her years of experience. Her name is Aliza Licht, and her latest book is called On Brand: Shape Your Narrative, Share Your Vision, Shift Their Perception. How you show up in person, over email, and on social media, Aliza says, communicates your personal brand. That brand deserves thoughtful cultivation and crafting as you shape your narrative, build your network, grow your confidence, and plot your future. This book is for the new graduate seeking their&nbsp;first job, the middle manager looking to level up, the executive who wants to become more notable, the entrepreneur building from scratch, the person who wants to pivot to a new career, the social media influencer who is their&nbsp;own brand—it’s for anyone who wants to affect the way people perceive them and feel proud when they hear the words “that’s so on brand for you.” I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about&nbsp;Aliza&nbsp;and her work. For a summary, just keep scrolling. Join in on&nbsp;our chat&nbsp;below Subscribe:&nbsp;Apple Podcasts&nbsp;|&nbsp;Spotify&nbsp;|&nbsp;RSS In today&#8217;s episode, I ask Aliza about: * Why she believes everyone, no matter their position, should be thinking about personal branding * Some of the biggest and most common mistakes she sees others make * How to determine what you should and shouldn’t share&nbsp; * And lots more! Order Aliza&#8217;s Book You can order your copy of On Brand: Shape Your Narrative, Share Your Vision, Shift Their Perception right now! Consider Ordering My Book Too! Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free! Note-Making Mastery Cohort AND the Read to Lead Community Note-Making Mastery Cohort is now available as a self-paced course! Check it out. Also, consider giving ReadtoLead+ a try free for two weeks! Aliza in Action
Nov 13, 2023
31 min
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