Why We Started this Podcast
Learn To Lead is a podcast that explores the world of leadership development and shares stories about the journey we all take learning to lead. On our show, we talk about how people can lead teams more effectively and how organizations can enhance their approaches to developing the leaders of tomorrow. We dig deep and talk to our guests about their own journeys of professional and personal development.
We speak to authors, professors, artists, and business and community leaders about how they developed as a leader and how they are working to develop future leaders.
David Brier is the CEO/Founder of DBD International and the recipient of the Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship medallion. He is also the author of Brand Intervention, 33 Steps to Transform the Brand You Have into the Brand Need. His work has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, ADWEEK, The Huffington Post and Business Insider. On this episode, we discuss how most organizations get their branding wrong, what he'd say if he could mentor his younger self, and what he means when he says he's the "slayer of the mundane" and a "liberator of awesome". He also shares the rules that people let get in the way of their brand success and how you can avoid them.
For more than 25 years, Roberta Matuson has helped leaders in Fortune 500 companies and small to medium-size businesses achieve dramatic growth and market leadership through the maximization of talent. She's a Forbes contributor, the author of five commercially published books on leadership and talent, including the international bestseller, Suddenly in Charge. On this episode, she shares with us how leaders can handle an increasing rate of employee turnover, how she's leveraged LinkedIn to spread her message, and why her best advice for aspiring leaders remains the same after 25 years.
Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and internationally bestselling author of Contagious, Invisible Influence, and The Catalyst. He has published over 50 articles in top‐tier academic journals and he teaches Wharton’s highest-rated online course. He joins us on this episode to discuss the common mistakes people make when they seek to create change (hint: they push), what great change agents have in common, and how we can all be more effective. We also discuss his career journey, the process he follows to turn his research into best-selling books, and what advice he has for current students.
Alain Hunkins is a leadership expert who connects the science of high performance with the performing art of leadership. He is the author of Cracking The Leadership Code and his work has been published in Fast Company, Forbes, and Business Insider. He joins us on this episode to discuss what's wrong with the command and control model of management, how his experience with an election loss at a non-profit organization set him on his path to studying and teaching leadership, and the Three C's you can leverage to cultivate a culture of collaboration at your organization.
Molly Fletcher spent two decades as one of the world’s only female sports agents. Hailed as the “female Jerry Maguire” by CNN, Molly has been featured in ESPN, Fast Company, Forbes, and Sports Illustrated and is the author of five books including Fearless At Work, The Business of Being the Best, and The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career. On this episode, we discussed with Molly the difference between managing your energy and managing your time as well as lessons in peak performance she learned from working with hundreds of sports biggest names.
Ron Carucci is co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, working with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations, leaders, and industries. He has a thirty-year track record helping some of the world’s most influential executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization, and leadership. In this episode, we discuss how people with the best intentions "go to the dark side" and how leaders can combat this by cascading a culture of honesty throughout their whole organization. We also learned from Ron why he'd rather take advice from his younger self than give it as well as what he means when he says: "You can't be true to yourself until you are true about yourself."
Andrew Tarvin is the world’s first Humor Engineer teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. He has worked with thousands of people at 200+ organizations, including P&G, GE, and Microsoft. He is a best-selling author, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and TEDx, and has delivered programs in 50 states, 18 countries, and 3 continents. In this episode, we discuss with Andrew the communication superpower that comes with embracing the funny, why humor at work is more about levity than laughs, what his biggest comedy bomb taught him, and how he decided to leave his stable career to embrace entrepreneurship.
Liz Kislik is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Entrepreneur Magazine. She is a TEDx speaker on conflict in the workplace, and has served as adjunct faculty at Hofstra University and New York University. She joins us on this episode to discuss the value and necessity of humble leadership, how she approaches coaching leaders (it doesn't include telling them what to work on!), and the practices she looks for in developing leaders. We also learn about her career journey and the one necessity she has found that allows anyone to learn any leadership skill.
Noah Rabinowitz is the Chief Learning Officer at Intel. On this episode, we discuss his career journey, the lessons he's learned along the way, and what advice he has for others looking to develop their leadership skills. Noah shared with us the three buckets they use to organize their learning strategy and how they have shifted to see the challenges of the last year as opportunities.
Nelson Dellis is a 4x USA Memory Champion, author of two books on memory, and one of the leading memory experts in the world. Nelson travels the world as a competitive Memory Athlete as well as an advocate and Alzheimer's Disease activist. In this episode, we discuss how Nelson went from someone "born with an average memory" to a national champion as well as some common memory myths. He teaches us a little bit about the Memory Palace, or, as he likes to call it, the Journey Method of memorizing and he shares what mountain climbing has to do with fighting Alzheimer's Disease. Last but not least, Nelson provides a few actionable tips to help you remember people's names the first time.
Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and author. As the founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, Jennifer designs workplace strategies for Fortune 500s and leading nonprofits globally. She joins us on this episode to discuss the courage it takes to be an inclusive leader as well as the benefits that come with it. Jennifer tells us a little bit about her journey from the opera theatre to the corporate world and we also discuss what everyone can learn from those who have been historically left out by the mainstream culture.
Wesley Gray is the CEO and Founder of Alpha Architects. He joins us on this episode to discuss his journey from Ph.D. student in Finance to the Marine Corps and Iraq and onward to the founder and CEO of an investment management firm. We also discuss how empathy played into his time as a Marine, why he likes to recruit people who handle high-pressure situations well, and the benefits of being a leader who eats last.
Learn To Lead is Hosted by Matthew Confer, the Vice President of Strategy at Abilitie
Matt has spoken on the topic of decision making at the TEDx Conference, and on the topic of leadership development at The Learning & Development Executive Summit. His work has been featured by The Association For Talent Development and his recent articles have appeared in Training Industry Magazine.