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How to Turn a Reorganization Into a Leadership Disaster

Today’s guest post is by Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here). You can learn more about Mike and the book

“Papers please.” A John Ray birthday lesson worth remembering

Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho once said, Everything will be okay in the end. If it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end. It’s become one of my favorite inspirational quotes, for a number of reasons. I’m enamored with the


Lead With A Story

8 Brilliant Counter-intuitive Steps to Getting to ‘Yes’

Figliuolo's Law: an individual's compensation is inversely proportional to the number of PowerPoint slides they'll tolerate before stroking out.  That's the observation of Mike Figliuolo. He's the founder and managing partner of the executive training firm thoughtLEADERS, and the author of a new book called The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it Approved. He's noticed the way most people make a recommendation is to first go do a bunch of [read more]

Lessons from one of the worst failures in music history

My guest this week is speaker and bestselling author Todd Henry, and he’ll be sharing some wisdom from his latest book, Louder Than Words: Harness the Power of Your Authentic Voice. In particular, he starts with an inspiring story about one of the greatest failures in the history of music, and what we can all learn from it. He’s given me permission to insert the text of that particular story from one of his blog posts (see full article here). But the real wisdom is found in the bulk of our [read more]

Parenting with a Story

“Dad, I want some f**king candy!”

WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE -- Kid's say the darnedest things, and three things you can learn from it. When running for president in the year 2000, George W. Bush was asked by the press to explain his immature behavior in his twenties and thirties. He responded simply, “When I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible.” Most of us would like to forget at least some of what we said or did at some point in our lives. If you decide to run for president, you can bet you’ll [read more]

Google President Kirk Perry’s 3 Lessons from Losing a Fight

My guest this week is Google President of Brand Solutions, Kirk Perry. He shares a very personal story about a loss on a high school wrestling mat that has both haunted and blessed him ever since. Kirk is much more interesting (and charming) to listen to than my prose is to read. So I encourage you to listen to our conversation in the podcast above. Below is the version of his story that appeared in my book, Parenting with a Story. What he learned applies to both leadership and [read more]