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This show is based on the belief that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today's brightest minds: our generation's nonfiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff's Notes. This podcast consistently ranks in the top 50 among all Business podcasts in iTunes and is in the top 5 nearly every week among all Career podcasts.




Episode #171: How to Make Your Next Career Pivot

The only move that matters is your next one! So says today’s guest on the podcast. That would be none other than Jenny Blake, author of Life After College and the book we’re diving into today called, Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One.  Her five part framework for planning your next pivot […]

Duration: 00:46:41

Episode #170: The Science of Succeeding with People

I just learned that, earlier this month, this week’s guest became a bestselling author. We sure know how to pick ’em. I’m talking of course about Vanessa Van Edwards who finds herself at #4 on the WSJ list, ahead of folks like Sheryl Sandberg and Tony Robbins. Like I said. We know how to pick […]

Duration: 00:33:37

Episode #169: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter

Only one guest has ever appeared on the show three times. Until today, that is. Guest Jeff Goins can no longer claim sole possession of “most visits on the Read to Lead Podcast” as Liz Wiseman returns to talk about her first book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter. It’s been revised an […]

Duration: 00:47:33

Episode #168: Tame Your Inner Critic and Conquer the Fears Holding You Back

As a highly sought after keynote speaker, today’s guest is making an impact on people all around the world. I am delighted to welcome back to the show a returning guest. Her name is Margie Warrell. Margie first visited the show back in Episode #091 as we discussed her then new book Brave. This time she’s […]

Duration: 00:36:15

Episode #167: Why You Really SHOULD Sweat the Small Stuff

When a New York Times bestselling author visits the podcast, I consider it a pretty big deal. When one agrees to do it a second time, I begin to wonder what’s wrong with them. I’m kidding of course. And, I’m delighted that, nearly four years later, New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews is back for […]

Duration: 00:33:20

Episode #166: How Companies Like Facebook, VMware and 5-hour Energy Dominate Markets

When multiple people in my life, otherwise unrelated to one another, are recommending I read a particular book, I pay attention. I’m pretty smart that way. So, when I was unable to get away from one recent recommendation, I finally decided to give it a go. And I’m glad I did.  The book I’m talking […]

Duration: 00:46:19

Episode #165: Becoming a Pro at Live Video Streaming

I can point to a couple of people who were super influential in my desire to launch this podcast. Today’s guest is one of those people. Luria Petrucci was making a splash and breaking new ground when she launched her own video podcast called over 11 years ago back in late 2005. Not long after that, […]

Duration: 00:33:06

Read to Lead University Registration is Open!

I’ve got some great news. My exclusive book club, created especially for listeners of Read to Lead, has officially re-opened for only the second time. I call it Read to Lead University. There are only 50 spots available, and several of those spots have already been snagged by those who were on the standby list […]

Duration: 00:04:14

Episode #164: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose

My guest today, despite his relatively young age, is a leadership expert. I should know. I’ve been following his work for several years and he never ceases to amaze me with his consistent and excellent work. His name is Paul Sohn and it’s one I believe you need to get to know. A little over […]

Duration: 00:36:58

Episode #163: How to Fuel a Lifelong Love Affair With Your Customers

According to today’s guest, as brands “we must dedicate ourselves to becoming a facilitator of the transformations people want to make in their lives.” The reason, according to Tara-Nicholle Nelson, is because of the number-one factor limiting your company’s success. Disengagement. She dives into this and more in her new book, The Transformational Consumer: Fuel a […]

Duration: 00:40:17

Episode #162: Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined with Scott Sonenshein

I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I seem to have a soft spot for books written by college professors. They’re some of my favorites in fact. Going all the way back to some of the early episodes of the show back in 2013, Wharton School professors like Jonah Berger and G. Richard Shell […]

Duration: 00:29:27

Episode #161: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Great Success

I thoroughly enjoyed my chat with today’s guest, author Angie Morgan. What I appreciated most about our conversation was how she succinctly and effortlessly articulated her ideas. I encourage you to listen through the first time as you would normally…to learn more about how leadership can and should be exercised at all levels of an […]

Duration: 00:33:41

Episode #160: How to Outsmart Your Instincts and Drive Your Company Forward

We are all descendants of risk-averse ancestors. That, according to my guest this week, Adam Hansen, and his co-authors Edward Harrington and Beth Storz. What does this nugget mean for you, you ask? Well, these same self-preservation instincts that helped your great, great, great, great, great, great (and so on) grandparents avoid threats and evade […]

Duration: 00:39:56

Episode #159: How to Beat Your Competition by Becoming the Obvious Choice

The word disruption gets thrown around a lot these days. After all, there seems to be few industries not impacted by some sort of disruption, whether by the internet, changing business models, new customer expectations, or all of the above.  This phenomenon is behind the passions of Julie Williamson, PhD, co-author of the book Matter: Move […]

Duration: 00:25:26

Episode #158: Living a Life of Significance with Aaron Walker

I’ve crossed paths with today’s guest more times than I can count. I knew who he was and was familiar with his work, but just never worked up the nerve to introduce myself. Dumb right? It wasn’t until an event called Tribe Writers put on by Jeff Goins, that Aaron Walker decided to approach me […]

Duration: 00:43:08

Episode #157: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design

I’ll be the first to admit I have a soft spot for books on public speaking. For me, it’s just a subject area where I feel as if there’s always something more or new to learn. And if my writing in the margins, and all the highlighting and underlining I’ve done inside my copy of today’s […]

Duration: 00:47:27

Episode #156: How to Consistently Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

If you’ve ever heard phrases like, “the ‘magic’ is in the comfort zone” and others like it, then you’ve been exposed to some of the myths associated with successfully stepping outside your comfort zone. In the myth above, the reality is the “magic” can happen both inside and outside your comfort zone. If only there […]

Duration: 00:40:33

NEW: Read to Lead University Book Club

First, let me thank you for being such a loyal listener and fan of the Read to Lead Podcast. It means more to me than you know. Really! You may recall that at about this time last year, I was in the midst of planning a spring launch of something called Read to Lead University. […]

Duration: 00:05:03

Episode #155: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity

Today’s guest is a favorite among her students. She’s a Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School where she teaches on the Future of Work and directs an executive program on Human Resource Strategy. She was also named best teacher at London Business School in 2015. I’m talking about Lynda Gratton, co-author of […]

Duration: 00:24:15

Episode #154: How to Find Success and Significance as a Leader

Today’s guest has had success at just about every turn. Lucky for you and me, she’s chosen to share all she’s learned over the years in a brand new book. Her name is Elise Mitchell. And though you may not have heard of her, she’s on a first name basis with Walmart, Procter & Gamble, […]

Duration: 00:39:03

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