1102, 2017

Meredith Kopit-Levien––On the Front Line of Journalism

February 11th, 2017|Categories: Personal|

Once upon a time, a newspaper was a newspaper was a newspaper. News was gathered, organized, edited and printed. The finished product was then sold—daily, weekly, occasionally monthly—at bookstores and newsstands, delivered to homes and businesses by paid subscription. Not so anymore.

Meredith Kopit-Levien, my guest on Episode 11 of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, is the […]

2601, 2017

Patrick Pichette–How This Former CFO of Google Disrupted Himself

January 26th, 2017|Categories: Personal|

The former CFO of Google, Patrick Pichette, is my guest on the 10th episode of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast. I think you’ll find, as I did, that Patrick has valuable insights on many of the nuances of personal disruption. Talent development, for example, and the importance of leaving the curve when you’re at the top […]

1701, 2017

Stacy London–Getting Fired From Mademoiselle Is Exactly What She Needed

January 17th, 2017|Categories: Personal|

Stacy London, television fashion guru and bestselling author, is my guest on Episode 9 of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast. Early in her career she spent four years at Mademoiselle magazine. Then came a new editor-in-chief, new priorities and London found herself unceremoniously fired. Devastating at the time, she has long since realized that being fired […]

2912, 2016

Bernie Swain–Sometimes You Can’t Justify The Risk, But You Do It Anyway

December 29th, 2016|Categories: Personal|

Bernie Swain, Chairman and Founder of Washington Speakers Bureau, is my guest on episode 8 of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast.

He is a little older than my previous guests. Retirement age, in fact. He has weathered the ups and downs of a long career. Now old enough to offer real insight.

Bernie launched his career before shelves […]

2812, 2016

Isha Johansen–How A Philanthropic Project Became A Premier Soccer Team

December 28th, 2016|Categories: Personal|

Isha Johansen, hero of the Disrupt Yourself podcast’s fourth episode, knows well the power of constraints. She’s a native of Sierra Leone. After a civil war that shattered her country, she wanted to get boys back to school. She started a philanthropic project. If the boys would go to school, she would give them soccer […]

2712, 2016

Coss Marte–From Prison Inmate to Legitimate Entrepreneur

December 27th, 2016|Categories: Personal|

Coss Marte is the founder of ConBody, a gym headquartered in New York City. ConBody is located on the same New York street corner where he once ran a drug business.

While he was in prison, he lost 70 lbs. through exercise. Soon he was teaching other inmates how to get into shape. As a legal entrepreneur, […]

2612, 2016

Brian Moran–An Entrepreneur With the Gift of Learning From Failure

December 26th, 2016|Categories: Personal|

Brian Moran is a business consultant who has the gift of learning from failure.

Here’s one of the most interesting insights from our conversation–Brian has learned the ‘right’ way to fire someone. Why? Because of his personal experience with being fired in a really bad way. “Whenever I’ve had to let people go, I’ve always explained to […]

2312, 2016

Raju Narisetti–Don’t You Kind Of Wish He Were Your Boss?

December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Personal|

Raju Narisetti immigrated from India as a young man. He had little more than the clothes on his back. He subsequently rose to become the Managing Editor of The Washington Post, Head of the Digital Network at the Wall Street Journal. When I interviewed him, he was Senior VP at News Corp. Narisetti has since become […]

1111, 2016

Forbes | This CEO Really Does Swim With Sharks

November 11th, 2016|Categories: Other Publications, Personal|

With Warren Buffett at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit (Courtesy Sue Chen)

Sue Chen is the CEO of NOVA Medical Products, a design and manufacturing firm producing stylish health and mobility aids for the aging or infirm. Chen founded this successful and innovative company at the age of 23! She also is the Co-Founder of Operation Blue […]

1010, 2016

Forbes | The Other Half Of ‘Shondaland’ You Never Knew Existed

October 10th, 2016|Categories: Personal|

Betsy Beers arrives at ELLE’s 6th annual Women in Television celebration at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Shonda Rhimes is the famous face associated with her eponymous production company, Shondaland, but Rhimes herself has said that “Betsy Beers is one half of Shondaland. People like […]