17. Sally Helgesen: How Women Rise

Today, my guest is Sally Helgesen. She’s been cited by Forbes magazine as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership. Her Mission for the last 30 years has been to help women leaders around the world recognize, articulate, and act on their greatest strengths. She’s coauthored her most recent book, which is one of seven. She’s written How Women Rise, Break the 12 habits, Holding You Back From Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job with Marshall Goldsmith. I think this is a really amazing book. I read it and I really liked the perspective she has, that successful people very often don’t need to do more of any one thing. They’re already successful. What often gets in their way? It was, of course, themselves and in this conversation, we explore not only that concept, but the specific behaviors that women often do to impede their own growth and progress at work. And even if you’re not a woman leader, if you’re a man listening to this, I still think you’ll find a number of things that are very useful in your own leadership journey and things that will help you be more aware of the women you work with.

0:03:27 – What is life about?
00:12:22  – What will happen in the next five to ten years concerning leadership.
00:19:55  – Precision and correctness.
00:26:18  – How the book idea began.
00:30:59  – How the title of the book developed.
00:46:01  – Does writing ever get easier?
00:53:31 – How often does Sally write?
00:57:14  – Qualities of a great sentence.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Books by Sally Helgesen
Wildcatters: A Story of Texas, Oil, and Money
The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership
The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations
Everyday Revolutionaries: Working Women and the Transformation of American Life
Thriving in 24/7: Six Strategies for Taming the New World of Work
The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work
How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development by Carol Gilligan
Sally Helgesen on LinkedIn
Adam Grant – Are you a Giver or a Taker?
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert

16. Whitney Johnson: Disruptive Innovation

Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption. She developed her proprietary framework and diagnostics after having co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. This framework is complemented by a deep understanding of how executives create and destroy value, having spent nearly a decade as an Institutional Investor ranked equity analyst on Wall Street.

00:55  – What’s life about?
04:29  – Growing up.
11:48 – The psychology of disruption.
22:09  – Lightning round.
30:31  – How has the process of writing changed?
40:33 – Knowing your audience.
48:22  – Advice to people working on their first book.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream by Whitney Johnson
Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work by Whitney Johnson
Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve by Whitney Johnson
The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
Disruptive Innovation Fund
TEDx – Whitney Johnson – Disrupt Yourself
You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor
Focus @ Will
Time Out For Women

15. Matthew Prescott: What To Eat To Save The World

Today I interviewed Matthew Prescott, author of Food is The Solution: What to Eat to Save the World. Matthew is a leader in the global movement to make farming and eating more sustainable. He’s an advisor to the Good Food Institute, senior director of food and agriculture for the Humane Society of the United States and a leading figure in a global movement to reform how we farm and eat. In this conversation, I talked with Matthew about many things including crickets and cockroaches, which don’t worry, he doesn’t advocate we eat. We talk about the link between what we eat and whether or not it matters, the impact it has on the planet sustainability, and the way we treat and live with animals. So if you’re not already thinking about the connection between what you put in your body, what you put on your plate, and what you eat and how that impacts communities and ecosystems around the world, I highly recommend you listen to this podcast. 

00:03:30 – What’s life about?
00:06:26  – Who does Matthew Prescott say Matthew Prescott is?
00:09:38 – How to get incredible contributors to your book.
00:20:41 – How to get people to care about the environment.
00:33:53 – Learning how to compile this type of book.
00:36:30 – Lightning round.
00:46:57  – Protein from insects.
00:57:16 – The very personal nature of food.
01:04:42  – The best money Matthew spent on creating his book.
01:10:36  – Advice on someone starting their book.
01:15:53 – Organizing all of the components of a cookbook.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Food Is the Solution: What to Eat to Save the World by Matthew Prescott
TEDx – It Begins With Every Bite
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
The Wicked Healthy Cookbook: Free. From. Animals by Chad Sarno
Happy Cow APP
Beyond Burger
The Strain tv series
Vegan Goodness by Jessica Prescott
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey