Lead_with_a_Story_podcast_cover 2Lead with a Story Podcast Series: Lessons in Leadership, one story at a time Based on interviews with 100+ executives and leaders at dozens of successful companies around the world as they learned their most important leadership lessons - sometimes the hard way. Featuring stories from executives at Procter & Gamble, Dollar General, Hewlett Packard, Kellogg's, Dun & Bradstreet, Saatchi & Saatchi, Verizon, and many more. Each episode brings you an important lesson through a single compelling story.  

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Humor at Work: What Works, What Doesn’t, and What Will Get You Fired

“People get more done when they enjoy their work. So, humor in the workplace isn’t about making work funny, or being the funniest person in the office. It’s about making work fun, and getting better results.”  That’s according to my podcast guest this week, Drew Tarvin. Drew is a comedian and former corporate IT manager [read more]

How NOT to Tell Your Company’s Founding Story

Most company founding stories are boring. And that’s a shame. Because nobody ever quit their job and risked everything to start a new business for a boring reason. But if you read the company website for most companies, their founding stories sound like this: “Our founder started the company in 1936 in her basement with [read more]

Behind the Pages of The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell

I got a surprising email in April of last year. It was from a woman named Meg Gibbons at a publishing company called Sourcebooks. She basically said she liked my work, and that she’d be interested in publishing one of my next books. But she said, “Here’s the deal. I only work on books designed [read more]

Lessons from Getting Locked Out of Your Own Company

Joshua Spodek has five Ivy League degrees, including a Ph.D. in physics and an MBA from Columbia, is a bestselling author, and a professor at NYU. So, of course he had to try his hand at entrepreneurship as well. And one of his first attempts was both a huge business success, but at the same [read more]

4 Ways to Work Remotely Without Working from Home

When you’re trying to help your employees be more innovative, getting them to leave their office and do their work somewhere else might not be the first idea that comes to mind. But that’s exactly what Yann Toutant recommends, and with good reason — it works. Yann explains, “Having the same habits every day is [read more]

Lessons from Losing a $2.25 Billion Company

I’ve interviewed a number of people who’ve run multi-billion dollar companies. But this might be the first time I’ve interviewed someone who’s LOST a multi-billion dollar business. At the age of 26, and fresh out of Harvard Business School, Warwick Fairfax made a successful play to privatize one of the largest public media conglomerates in [read more]

The Five Voices in Your Company and How to Lead Them

If you’ve ever tried to use Myers Briggs in your organization, you know the problem with it. It’s just too complicated. Most people can’t remember which of the 16 personality types they are, or what difference it would make even if they could. My guest this week has a solution for that. Steve Cockrum is [read more]

What Are Your Leadership Blind Spots?

This week I had a chance to talk to Rich Berens, the CEO and Chief Client Fanatic of Root Inc. (seriously, the best job title I’ve ever heard), and a noted speaker on the issues of strategy and change. Rich has a new book out called What Are Your Blind Spots? Conquering the 5 Misconceptions [read more]

Leaders Have No Rules

This week I got the chance to chat with Kevin Kruse, the founder and CEO of LEADx, a company that offers a leadership development platform powered by artificial intelligence. He’s a New York Times bestselling author, host of the LEADx podcast, and he has a new book just out called Great Leaders Have No Rules, that we spent [read more]

How to give your leaders a year’s worth of decision-making experience in a single day, risk-free

Most leadership development is leadership training — you go to a class, listen to the teacher, take some notes, do a few exercises, and then you’re done. And there’s nothing wrong with that. It can work. The problem is that I think we all know that most leadership skill is learned on the job from the [read more]