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From the Breakfast Leadership Network. We interview global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and marketing experts to show the audience the right steps (no shortcuts!) to grow your business and your life. Guests of the Breakfast Leadership Show may have sponsored their appearance on the show, as disclosed in compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines.


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From the Breakfast Leadership Network. We interview global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and marketing experts to show the audience the right steps (no shortcuts!) to grow your business and your life. Guests of the Breakfast Leadership Show may have sponsored their appearance on the show, as disclosed in compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines.






Interview with Coco Sellman

Coco Sellman, is a 5x Founder, CEO and serial entrepreneur who is deeply committed to fostering exceptional employee experience across her various businesses. She has collaborated with hundreds of founders to grow successful, sustainable businesses to ignite transformation and growth within their teams. Her expertise includes performance and leadership topics including: The Architecture of Transformation: Dive deep into a blueprint designed to ignite change within your teams. Discover how this architecture fosters elevated thinking and emotionally intelligent collaboration. Meeting Team Needs: Understand what your team requires to create desired outcomes. Delve into their needs concerning purpose, streamlined systems, organizational support, training, and emotional well-being. Transformational Leadership Unleashed: Understand the essence of Transformational Leadership and how it diverges from conventional models. Explore how this approach can be your compass in a rapidly evolving healthcare landscape. LinkedIn:


Best of Breakfast Leadership Show: Interview with Maestro Roger Nirenberg

Today, we've had the privilege of exploring the Symphony of Leadership with Maestro Roger Nierenberg. His expertise in conducting orchestras offers valuable lessons for leaders everywhere. We hope you've gained fresh perspectives on leadership and the importance of harmony in both music and the workplace. Thank you for tuning in to the Thought Leadership Breakfast Leadership Show. Don't forget to subscribe, leave a review, and share this episode with your network. Stay tuned for more enlightening conversations on thought leadership. Roger's book: Maestro: The Music Paradigm:


Best Of Breakfast Leadership Show: Stress Management

Types of Stress: Stress Management Tips: Listener Q&A: Conclusion: Thank you for joining us on this insightful episode of the Thought Leadership Breakfast Leadership Show. Be sure to subscribe, rate, and share this podcast, and stay tuned for more thought leadership insights from Michael D. Levitt and his expert guests. If you have any topics you'd like us to cover in future episodes, don't hesitate to reach out. Remember, understanding and managing different types of stress is a crucial step toward living a more balanced and fulfilling life. Stay tuned for more thought-provoking content and actionable advice right here on the Thought Leadership Breakfast Leadership Show podcast. Re


Best of Breakfast Leadership Show: Why Routines Work

Episode Title: Why Routines Work Intro: Segment 1: The Power of Routines Segment 2: The Science Behind Routines Segment 3: Routines and Work-Life Balance Segment 4: Preventing Burnout with Routines Segment 5: Q&A with the Audience Closing Thoughts: Outro: Remember to subscribe, rate, and review the Thought Leadership Breakfast Leadership Show podcast for more insightful episodes on HR, burnout, workplace culture, and personal development. If you're looking for practical solutions and expert advice, Michael D. Levitt has you covered. Thanks for joining us today from San Diego, California.


Best of Breakfast Leadership Show: Episode 1 Triage Calendar

The Breakfast Leadership Show launched in February 2017, with an episode on triaging your calendar. The message continues to reign true today. Blog article: Video: Another episode on Calendar:


Interview with Gina Mollicone-Long

Gina Mollicone-Long helps people get what they want. Academically trained in engineering, philosophy and the intersection of science and spirit, Gina brings a wealth of knowledge and information to her process. Extensively trained in modern and ancient performance techniques, Gina aggregates their teachings and shows people how to make powerful transformations. Gifted in rapport, connection and language, Gina cuts to the core of your reality and empowers you to engineer a new one. She is an international best-selling author, compelling speaker and peak performance coach with a mission to reveal greatness in individuals, teams and organizations. She is the co-founder of The Greatness Group, a team building and personal development company. Since 1998, she has trained, coached or spoken to tens of thousands of people on six continents. Her books, Think or Sink and The Secret of Successful Failing are widely read and enjoyed by people around the world. She can show you exactly how to get out of your own way. Gina is one of the most highly trained success coaches in the world in mechanistic models of performance. She is a global expert in NLP holding the highly specialized Master Trainer board certification from the ABNLP. She is also a board-certified Master Trainer of Hypnosis from the ABH which is the highest qualification in the field of hypnotherapy. She also holds board certifications as a Trainer of the Master level from the Time Line Therapy® Association and a Master Coaching Trainer from the ABNLP. She is a certified trainer from the HeartMath Institute with expertise in creating resilience in both individuals and groups. She is a full initiate and a certified trainer in the ancient Hawaiian practice of Huna and studies many other ancient technologies designed to help you break through any obstacles. Gina is obsessed with the intersection of mind and matter. Her specialty is distilling all of these techniques in a way that is exceptionally relevant to entrepreneurs, leaders, and seekers. Gina brings it all to the table for you. Book: Think or Sink:


Interview with Corey Dissin

GROWING YOUR NETWORK AND YOUR BUSINESS CAN BE TOUGH. COREY DISSIN IS TOUGHER. That’s why so many professionals trust the services of the alpha-dog executive, entrepreneurial evangelist, and author of GOING THE DISS-TANCE. Whether as a one-on-one marketing advisor, revamping your brand identity, or enlisting his virtual administrative assistants, Corey will have your back to develop a pragmatic and personalized fight plan to organize your time, get you out of your own way, and 10x your life and career. Book:


Powerful Interview with Erica Zygelman

Note from Michael: 10/13/23: Erica and I discuss the situation over in Israel and the Gaza Strip, which can be emotional for many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all impacted by the war. Erica Zygelman is an Integrative Leadership Coach who empowers high-achieving leaders to attain sustainable success by blending conscious leadership principles, management expertise, and holistic wellness. She equips leaders and management teams with the tools to build emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, management excellence, and well-being. She also supports those who feel overwhelmed by the stress of their roles to develop sustainable habits to prevent burnout and deliver optimal performance within their organizations. During her 15-year leadership career spanning across early-stage startups and corporate tech giants, Erica has led high-performing corporate teams, nurtured client relationships, scaled revenue, and achieved remarkable results for renowned organizations, including Apple and Spotify. Her passions encompass functional medicine, personal development, yoga, mindfulness, and globetrotting. Connect with Erica on LinkedIn and Instagram and DM her if you're interested in working together, joining one of her programs, or to get access her free newsletter, The Leader's Lifeline! LinkedIn: Instagram: Website:


Interview with Doug Lennick and Chuck Wachendorfer with think2perform

Every leader wants to boost their team's productivity. The first step is to strengthen your leadership skills through learning agility, effective communication, and embracing empathy and compassion. Experts Doug Lennick and Chuck Wachendorfer, partners at think2perform and authors of the new book DON’T WAIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO FIX IT, are available for interviews to discuss their unbeatable approach to productivity: 1. Learning Agility — A leader's ability to analyze new business situations and solve problems is a top priority. Leaders must be curious, choose growth over comfort, resist defensiveness, experiment — and share these skills with their teams to boost productivity. 2. Effective Communication — Effective communication is a function of someone attempting to send a message and someone receiving that message. If the receiver does not understand the intention of the communication, then the communication is ineffective and impedes productivity. A big problem often occurs when leaders do not communicate what activities must be undertaken to achieve the organization’s goals. 3. Embracing Empathy and Compassion — This leadership skill is more relevant than ever. Empathy is about understanding. Compassion is empathy in action. Any leader who actively cares about the well-being of their people will be rewarded with best efforts, higher productivity, and retention of the best and the brightest. Doug Lennick is the founding CEO of think2perform, a high-performance leadership development firm serving organizations in various industries. Chuck Wachendorfer is President of Distribution at think2perform. They have worked with clients, including American Express, Wells Fargo, Comerica Bank, TD Wealth of Canada, and Charles Schwab.


Interview with Ian C. Williams

Ian C. Williams is an educator, speaker, and business advisor. Through mindfulness, systems thinking, and regenerative design, he empowers the growth and development of individuals and communities. As a business advisor, he fosters healthy organizational cultures through process optimization, wellness integration, and environmental restoration. He dedicates himself to humanitarian and environmental endeavors to generate systemic change for the common good. These core values are rooted in the waters and boreal forests of Minnesota, but a single, mystical experience prompted his awakening to spirit. This led him to a devoted path of service seeking justice for people and the planet. Website (Still Point Insight) Website (Revive U and I) LinkedIn


Interview with Dave Pygon

Dave Pygon is a respected advocate for leadership and personal growth, dedicating his career to empowering individuals to reach their full potential and become the best versions of themselves. As the founder and current President of Pygon ONE Consulting, his company specializes in leadership and individual development, helping clients to unlock their capabilities and succeed. Prior to starting his own company, Pygon honed his skills while working for respected organizations such as Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Alcon Laboratories, and Novartis. With over two decades of leadership experience, he has become a trusted expert in his field. Furthermore, he holds certifications as a distinguished business coach, astute time management consultant, certified behavioral consultant, and master life coach. Drawing from these experiences, as well as his education background, Pygon authored “Win the 16,” a comprehensive guide to help individuals optimize their time and achieve their goals. His expertise and passion are evident, making him a go-to authority on personal development and growth. His journey started in Chicago, where he was born and raised on the south side. Coupled with deep-rooted connection to his hometown, the work ethic, toughness, loyalty and importance of education was taught from an early age by his mom and the south side community. They all have been essential factors driving his professional success. Dave’s love for Chicago is unwavering, and that is evident as he currently makes his home there with his beloved family. Book:


Interview with Doug Utberg

Doug Utberg is Host of the ‘People First Leaders’ podcast where he meets with Founders and CEO’s who prioritize people and customer value first. Prior to starting his business and Podcast, Doug worked in the High-Tech industry for 20 years, holding a multitude of job roles in Finance and Information Technology. All of this came to an abrupt end on April 20, 2020 when the new Chief Information Officer at his company abruptly scheduled a 30-minute meeting with no subject. 30 seconds after joining the call, Doug learned that his role was being eliminated. One minute into the call, Human Resources joined and five minutes after that his network access was Terminated. At this point, Doug was now unemployed (Along with 40 million other people during COVID) with an $800k mortgage, a wife plus two children, $30k of private school tuition due for the year and absolutely no income for the household because he was the sole provider. The anxiety and self-doubt that resulted from this event inspired Doug to make his action about helping to prevent other people from experiencing the same career displacement that he went through. This is what resulted in the ‘People First Leaders’ podcast where Doug celebrates Founders & CEO’s who put their people and their customers first. In addition to his podcast, Doug’s business partners with companies to reduce their expenses without layoffs. He services clients with a zero-risk proposition where he is only paid for producing tangible results. Doug is driven the the desire to create value for everybody he meets, and is looking forward to meeting you and learning how he can bring value to your business & life. Social - My handle is @DougValue on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube


Interview with Former Leader of Zappos and Netflix Rico Nasol

Meet Rico Nasol I am a creative executive, entrepreneur, and investor who has been molded by some of the most innovative and forward-thinking companies in the world. I spent nine years as an executive at Netflix, Inc., and seven years as an executive at In that time, I have been lucky enough to be mentored by some of the brightest minds, and I hope to pay some of that forward. I have built and led small teams of 1 to large organizations of 165 people. What I've learned over the years is that it takes empathy, humility, and courage to be a strong leader. Without all of these traits, it is very difficult to build high-performing cultures and develop your teams. Our goal as leaders should be to make everyone around us better. Social Media: Free assessment on how to crush imposter syndrome:


Interview with Melissa Romo

Melissa Romo has more than 20 years’ experience as a business leader for FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies and has spent more than a decade building, leading and working in globally dispersed teams. She earned an MBA from the Yale School of Management, where she studied organizational behavior and leadership. Her new book is Your Resource is Human: How Empathetic Leadership Can Help Remote Teams Rise Above (April 2023). A summary...Remote working is here to stay. But 65% of remote workers say they feel isolated, and many managers struggle to know how to support them. This new book gives counsel and courage for remote and hybrid leaders to know how to embrace empathy, drive culture, and build connections to maximize their leadership impact in the new world of hybrid work. Book: Website:


Interview with David Henkin and Thomas Bertels with Purpose Works Consulting

David Henkin is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur with a proven record of success in prominent global companies as well as start-ups. The author of several books, he has taught in a top-rated university business school program while also serving as a consultant and executive coach for corporate and nonprofit leaders. David is based in Philadelphia and holds an MBA from Villanova University, an MA from the City College of New York, and a BS from the University of Maryland. Thomas Bertels is the president and founder of Purpose Works, a management consulting firm on a mission to make work more productive, valuable, meaningful, and impactful. He has twenty-five years of experience working with companies ranging from Fortune 10 firms to start-ups to improve organizational effectiveness and transform how work gets done. He has published several books and countless articles. Thomas is based in New Jersey and holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business. Book: LinkedIn: Websites:


From the Mouse House To The Penthouse-An Interview with Michael Crawford

HE NEGOTIATED THE DEAL OF A LIFETIME: THE FIRST DISNEY THEME PARK IN MAINLAND CHINA. In From the Mouse’s House to the Penthouse, Michael Crawford reveals the lessons he learned about allowing culture and geography to shape his approach so you too can build and operate high-profile brands on an international scale. Crawford shares his personal experiences in Asia, diving deeply into everything you must know to build relationships and create win–win outcomes in coveted world markets. Crawford’s decade in Asia as an executive of two global brands taught him that humility works and ego doesn’t. He developed strategies for navigating political and corporate environments that will help to increase buy-in to your company’s objectives. From the Mouse’s House to the Penthouse features his techniques for getting all parties involved to strike the right balance. Compromise doesn’t mean losing. Book: LinkedIn: Twitter: Hall of Fame:


Interview with Keely Ryder

I used to be a musician, then I thought about going to Med School, and now I am the founder of a Financial Technology company. Also, my middle name is Blaze. Those are the highlights. I love exploring innovation in typically static industries- that's where Dolfin comes in. Our company is changing the way tenant improvements are financed, and fully disrupting the corporate real estate market. I strive to foster a sense of community, binding relationships, equity, diversity, and inclusion in both business and personal endeavors. I graduated from Fordham University in 2011. Go Rams!


Interview with Jonathan Brabrand

Jonathan is a Managing Director with Transact Capital Partners. He is passionate about helping businesses prosper and maximize value to their employees, customers, communities, and owners. Instilled with a spirit of entrepreneurism from a young age, Jonathan draws on his experience as a business owner, trusted strategic advisor, and investment banker to identify and overcome the challenges clients face. Jonathan’s humility and easy-going personality belie the razor-sharp business instincts he has honed over two decades of structuring and negotiating dozens of M&A transactions ranging from $10-300 million in value. ​ Given his 20+ years of investment banking experience, Jonathan can help the most experienced and seasoned business owners, as well as those who may have never been through a sale process before. As such, he employs a high-touch approach to the transaction process, ensuring his clients understand not only how the process will unfold, but the importance of each step along the way. For clients that are not currently ready to sell, Jonathan offers an extensive pre-transaction advisory program to help entrepreneurs, business owners, and Boards of Directors evaluate and prepare for future liquidity events. His expert advice on liquidity alternatives, timing, valuation, and overall transaction readiness enables business owners to confidently execute their optimal strategy at the most opportune time. ​


Interview with Scott Martin

Scott Martin, founder of Groundswell Origins, has spent 25 years working in all types of marketing as both an agency owner and strategist to national brands. He’s built a reputation for striking a balance between leading-edge marketing innovation and traditional approaches to delivering sensible, informed, forward-thinking decisions. Author of Groundswell: The Unseen Wave of Business Growth (2023), his work pioneers a new paradigm for sustainable growth in business. As the host of The Groundswell Origins Podcast, Scott interviews the industry’s top minds to learn how entrepreneurs and marketers can build sustainable programs that positively impact the world. As a community builder, Scott also develops content and followings around his passions: surfing, surf art, and heliskiing.


Interview with Aaron Alfini

Aaron Alfini has been adopting technology since the second grade when he learned to program. He doesn’t see himself as a technologist but as creative with technology as his canvas. Aaron has worked for startups and Fortune 100 companies alike. He’s worked on some of the largest cloud migrations in the world, with clients including AWS, Equifax, Getty Images, Discovery Communications, Met Office, the London Underground, Mattel, and US Bank. A lifelong learner, Aaron has a bachelor's in business administration, a master's in cybersecurity, an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from MIT, and a certificate in executive leadership from Cornell. Book: What is Harness The Juice? The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the critical role technology adoption plays in the survival of businesses. Companies that adopted new technologies to adapt their operations survived. Those that didn’t quickly perished. Technological innovation has developed at an ever-accelerating pace, a compounding momentum swiftly forming a tsunami. Soon the massive wave is going to crash, sweeping away those unprepared to respond to rapid change. To survive, business owners and managers need to know how to properly adopt technology quickly and effectively. Harness the Juice is your guide to understanding your organization’s current barriers to technology adoption. Learn how to shift your mindset to adapt with new developments, utilize technology for new avenues of growth, and implement an internal culture of innovation that benefits your organization’s people and processes. Book on Amazon: