223. Scott Miller-Becoming the Leader People Want to Follow (Encore)

“Listen first” and “Disrupt yourself before you are disrupted.” Those are some of the hard-won lessons from Scott Miller on this encore episode.  Scott is the Executive Vice President of the Thought Leadership practice at FranklinCovey and author of Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow. In this episode, he offers many lessons that are critical for the challenges facing today’s leaders.

 Before joining FranklinCovey, Scott worked at Disney’s real estate development arm for four years before he was “invited to leave”.

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When strong employees are fired, they often need that little nudge from the universe to go out and find new levels of success. Scott believes that’s exactly what happened when he was fired at Disney, which led him to find his voice at FranklinCovey by constantly disrupting himself within that organization.

Sooner or later, you will be disrupted – by your industry, your employer, or your leader. So why not take control of your career and disrupt yourself as soon as you stop learning and see signs of boredom or inertia?

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Scott Miller – FranklinCovey Bio

Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow by Scott Miller

Disrupt Yourself by Whitney Johnson

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman

222. Suneel Gupta – How to Gain Backers in Life and Business

What does it take to get someone to believe in you? To back you and what you are doing?

This episode’s guest is Harvard University Visiting Scholar Suneel Gupta, author of the new book Backable. We talk about what you must do, and what you must leave behind, to get people to take a chance on you.

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Some of the important takeaways from the episode: believing in yourself, bringing in people early on your ideas, keep your ego in check, the importance of believing in your mission/customer, and more.

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221. Chris Yeh: Blitz Your Career

Writer, investor, and entrepreneur Chris Yeh joins on this episode of Disrupt Yourself.

Chris has been in the world of startups for 25 years and shares amazing insight and wisdom gained along the way including going faster than you might be comfortable with; deciding what you are willing to go “all in” on; how to realize that you need to discover the new rules, and others.

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Chris Yeh has co authored two books with Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, the latest book being Blitz Scaling, that talks about how companies like Amazon, Alibaba and Airbnb were built in record time. He also has a venture firm

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220. Sarah Feingold (encore): Play to Your Strengths

Play to your strengths and play where no one else is playing

These are the first two of the Seven Accelerants for Growth™ on the S Curve of Learning™. Sarah Feingold is a great example of both. She former General Counsel of Etsy, and general counsel of Vroom.com, and co-founder of Fourth Floor that helps women become ready for the Board Room.

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We sat down with Sarah in 2016 and her stories provide guidance and inspiration for all of us looking to have a great career.  The lessons are still very powerful.

We think you will enjoy this encore episode.

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The Fourth Floor

219. Scott O’Neil: Connect, Be Present, Dream Bigger

Our guest is Scott O’Neil, head of the organization that owns the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team, the New Jersey Devils hockey franchise, and the Prudential Center in Newark New Jersey.

He’s just written a new book, Be Where Your Feet Are and we talk about jumping to new S Curves of Learning™, how to encourage other people to take new risks, how to be present where you are, and the importance of dreaming big.

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We also discussed a number of other important life lessons including spirituality, finding your peace, loving others, being present, and the challenges posed when you cling to being “right” rather than effective.

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218. Justin Osofsky: Insight from Instagram

What can you learn from a senior leader at one of the most influential social media companies on the planet?

We find out in this episode as Justin Osofsky, the Chief Operating Officer at Instagram, joins us. He shares some of his hard-won insights about Building an A Team. The five takeaways from the episode can help any manager be more engaged and supportive of their team.

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Justin insights include being clear on what problem you are trying to solve, the importance to gaining as much information as possible when you are in a new position at the bottom of your S Curve, and respond quickly so you don’t become a bottleneck, your people will know that they are important, and it will speed up the work.

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217. Aicha Evans: Human Spirit and Technology

When you combine the human spirit and technology all sorts of things start to happen.

This episode’s guest is Aicha Evans is the CEO of Zoox, an autonomous vehicle company, who is a leader always on the lookout for disruptive, impossible, and worthy problems to solve. There are six big takeaways from this conversation including understanding everyone’s importance in a company’s value chain, how complaints can help reveal truth, and how to add value to a team by not just focusing on individual output.

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Aicha was raised in Senegal and France and was educated in the United States. Before joining Zoox, she was the chief strategy officer at Intel. She is a truly inspiring leader.

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Zoox

216. Aidan McCullen: Innovation and Transformation

One of the Seven Accelerants for Growth™ is Give Failure its Due.

No one would accuse Aidan McCullen, this episode’s guest and former professional rugby player, author of Undisruptable, and host of the Innovation Show podcast, of being a failure. Yet, that failure and how it learned from it is part of the reason he is successful.

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We also discussed how difficult change can be, how resistance is often the marker that transformation is near, and how the old way we have done things can be a security blanket that needs to be given up in order for growth to take place.

It was the second time we have had Aiden on the podcast and he does not disappoint.

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215. Julie Lythcott-Haims Disrupt Your Mindset

This episode’s guest is Julie Lythcott-Haims, an author, speaker, and activist that helps people find their true north. A New York Times bestselling author, her latest book, Your Turn, is how to be an adult. A common theme that runs through her work is disrupting your mindset around what it means to come of age—which has lessons for all of us.

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Julie earned a BA from Stanford, a MFA form California College of the Arts, and was the former dean of freshman and undergraduate advising at Stanford.

During our conversation, we talk about a number compelling topcis including how being adult is not about accomplishing some sort of checklist, rather growing through the process.

There are a lot of great takeaways and emotional moments, including some adulting basics, of which we need to always be reminded. This include: rooting for others, paying attention to your growth edges, advocating for yourself, at work look to solve problems, don’t wrap up your ego in your kid’s existence or accomplishments, and always respond to emails, among other gems.

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214. Erica Dhawan: Digital Body Language

In this episode I talk with Erica Dhawan. She is an author and advisor on 21st century teamwork and today, we are discussing her latest book, Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance.

In the past, we humans have drawn heavily upon body language to connect and build trust. But now, a significant if not majority of our interactions occur in a digital medium. This new reality has made it challenging for many of us to connect and build trust.

Erica helps guide us in and through this brave new world by drawing on research and employing the art of skillful storytelling.

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Named by Thinkers50 as the “Oprah of Management Thinkers”, she is the author of two books, Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence and the aforementioned Digital Body Language (published in 2021).

Rated #1 on the Top Women Keynote Speakers of 2020 and featured as one of the management thinkers most likely to shape the future of business, Erica frequently appears in Harvard Business ReviewForbes and Fast Company.

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