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

14. Dr. Ben Michaelis: High Performance Mental Health

Today my guest is Dr. Ben Michaelis an action-oriented psychologist, elite performance coach, professional thought partner, and the author of Your Next Big Thing: Ten Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy. In his private practice based in Manhattan, Dr. Michaelis works with entrepreneurs, authors, actors, musicians, artists, and executives. He’s frequently featured as a mental health expert on various television and radio programs such as The Today Show, Fox News, MSNBC, and he’s written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Vanity Fair, The Oprah Magazine, Parents Magazine, Women’s Health, Glamour, and many others.

00:03:37 – The NYC Marathon.
00:11:26 – Big life changes and travel.
00:17:58 – Who his the book written for.
00:24:07 – Societies current mental health challenges.
00:32:31  – The inner critic is not sufficient.
00:35:35 – Finding the right therapist for you.
00:42:38 – Lightning round.
00:48:01  – Questions about writing.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Your Next Big Thing: Ten Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy by Dr. Ben Michaelis
For Like Minds – Connect with People Like You
Siddhartha: A Novel – by Hermann Hesse
Calm App

13. Lea Endres: The Internet is My Religion

Today my guest is Lea Endres. Lea is an entrepreneur and educator and a human rights advocate, a renowned facilitator. She spent most of her life working to make the tools of leadership available to everyone. She’s an accomplished screenwriter and the coauthor of Jim Gilliam’s memoir. The Internet is my religion. In this conversation, we explore what it was like for Lea to help Jim get his memoir written and we also talk about her unlikely journey to become CEO of a large tech company – and a pretty incredible story. I hope you enjoy this conversation with Lea Endres.

00:01:17 – What’s life about?
00:02:06 – The creation of Nation Builder.
00:07:08 – Giving the Internet is My Religion, away for free.
00:13:32 – Lea’s trip to Malaysia changes her.
00:23:20 – What it took to financially write the book.
00:25:06 – Nation Builder Books.
00:32:26 – The ideal author for Nation Builder Books to publish.
00:34:13 – Lighting round.
00:39:15 – Writing specific questions.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
The Internet is My Religion – by Jim Gilliam and Lea Endres
Nation Builder
Green for All
Nation Builder Books
Jelina Chocolate
The Talent of the Room by Michael Ventura

12. Raj Sisodia: Conscious Capitalism

Raj Sisodia sits down with Bryan Miller to discuss not only the what it took to write his business-focused books but the deeper meaning of what it means to be a conscious capitalist and making a difference in the lives of your employees and their children. Their discussion shows how much can be learned if we don’t accept years of business teachings as gospel and instead challenge those previously accepted notions.

00:02:31 – Writing what you know.
00:05:25 – Meeting others needs.
00:11:22  – Silent Suffering.
00:18:39 – Maximizing profits.
00:24:26 – Paying employees as little as possible.
00:33:56 – The feminine perspective.
00:41:01 – Tough-minded and tender-hearted.
00:47:23 – Servants or slaves.
01:02:17 – Moved to tears.
01:06:50 – Executive pay ratio.
01:12:56  – Taking a book from an idea to completion.
01:23:26 – Slowing down the book to gain some insight.
01:31:53 – Rapid questions.


LINKS – (In order of appearance)
The Healing Organization (Ted Talk)
Shakti Leadership by Milimia Bhat and Raj Sosodia
Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia
Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith
Does Marketing Need Reform by Jagdish Sheth and Raj Sisodia
Firms of Endearment by Raj Sisodia, Jagdish Sheth, and David Wolfe
Dragon Naturally Speaking Software
The Untethered Soul by Michal Singer
Intellectual Shamans – by Sandra Waddock
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

11. Michael Hebb: Death Over Dinner

Today my guest is Michael Hebb, a multidisciplinary artist whose medium is the table. It’s been said that in the realm of death there are no experts, but I don’t think that’s true. Michael has spent many, many, many years talking about death and is the founder of DeathOverDinner.org, an incredible movement that is bringing people together around tables, over meals to talk about issues related to end of life. He’s a very thoughtful guy that I met through Summit Series in the recent past. He has served as an advisor to the Summit Series and he also started a creative agency that’s advised many organizations including the Obama Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Tedmed, the World Economic Forum, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, X Prize Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy. His writings have appeared in GQ, Food and Wine, Food Arts, Arcade, Seattle magazine, and City Arts, and he can often be found speaking at universities and conferences for the past 20 years.

00:02:48 – What’s life about?
00:08:11 – Growing up.
00:15:08 – Dropping out of Reed.
00:16:11 – City Repair project begins.
00:22:51 – Apes and tables.
00:25:52 – Dating Naomi and starting Family Supper.
00:30:37 – Becoming a pariah.
00:40:14 – Eating traditions with family.
00:45:03 – Why death is a theme.
00:51:27 – Death Over Dinner discussion.
00:59:09 – Michael’s 40th birthday/funeral.


LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Summit Series
Michael Hebb
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Tuesdays with Morrie
Let’s Talk about Death (over Dinner): An Invitation and Guide to Life’s Most Important Conversation by Michael Hebb

10. Bob Harris: Most Interesting Man In The World

Bryan sits down at the microphone with Bob Harris, best known for his multiple appearances on Jeopardy and his book, The International Bank of Bob, which focuses on one of Bryan’s favorite websites, Kiva.com. Enjoy their fast-paced conversation covering a whole lot more than simply how to be a successful writer.

00:01:02 – The answer to the meaning of life question.
00:03:55 – Country count.
00:10:20  – Wolf Blitzer Jeopardy.
00:15:33 – The blessings of Jeopardy.
00:21:24 – How to train your brain to remember.
00:30:45 – Bob and Bryan discuss Bitcoin.
00:36:43 – The luxury writing world.
00:41:15 – Finding Kiva in Qatar.
00:52:12 – The wide reach of an idea.
01:01:22 – Lightning round.
01:14:12  – The most important part of your script. (Bob Harris’s Parachute)
01:22:36  – How important is it to live in LA white writing.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
The International Bank of Bob by Bob Harris
Who Hates Whom by Bob Harris
Prisoner of Trebekistan: A Decade in Jeopardy! by Bob Harris
Wolf Blitzer Jeopardy Fail
Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Ken Jennings
Ian Foster Novels
Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health by Belisa Vranich
Michael Arndt

9. Greg McKeown: The Essential Essentialist

Hello my friends, today I am so pleased to share with you a conversation I just had with Greg McKeown, author of the New York Times bestseller, Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Greg is an amazing thinker and teacher. He’s taught at companies that include Apple, Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Linkedin, Semantic, Twitter, VMware, and he was recently named a young global leader by the World Economic Forum. He just moved to southern California. He’s got four kids. He has an MBA from Stanford University. He is truly wise beyond his years. In this conversation, he shares about a lot of things including culture; he says it’s the one thing you can’t lie about it in an organization, talks about leadership, things that he’s learned in his career as a consultant and as an advisor to some of the world’s leading companies. Talks about we’re always leading all the time. He gives some insight into how to do that more effectively. He breaks down, of course, the philosophy of the essentialist, which I will leave it to you to hear directly from him, but he talks about it as a contrast to the default setting. For almost everyone who is non-essentialist. He talks about developing the gift of discernment, filling your mind with light, the power and value of thinking. I love one of the things he says when you’re reading, you’re thinking with someone else’s mind, so we explore a bit of time talking about books, how to choose them, how to make the most of them. Greg talks about the power of cumulative consistency, celebrating what’s right, and he also talks about creating residual streams of goodness. So I’m so excited for you to hear this conversation. If you haven’t read Essentialism, I highly recommend you do. There were about a half dozen people who told me how much it had impacted them before I finally got around to reading it myself. If you haven’t read it, I think you’ll find many great ideas that you’ll love and I think you’ll love this conversation. So, with no further words for me, please enjoy my conversation with Greg McKeown. Greg, welcome to the School for Good Living Podcast.

00:05:43 – Touring with Beauty and the Beast.
00:07:28 – Lessons learned traveling around America.
00:10:55  – Everyone has a certain leadership skill.
00:17:06 – A big question.
00:24:00 – Putting your all into a failed business plan.
00:29:02 – How can we get clear?
00:35:51 – Greg’s journaling.
00:39:52 – The gift of discernment.
00:45:44  – Advice on reading the best books.
00:57:12   –  How do you live essentialism where you have limited control?
01:04:22  – Lightning round of questions.
01:27:17 – Anticipating the success of your book.
01:39:46 – People don’t buy what they need–they buy what they want.
01:50:36 – Writing words of encouragement.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Essentialism, The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Beauty and the Beast touring show
EO, The Entrepreneurs Organization
The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life’s Perfection by Michael Singer
John Adams, by David McCullough
Jenkin Lloyd Jones Quote about what life is like.
The Book of Mormon
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Chicken Soup for the Soul
7 Habits
Life’s Best Practices Guided Coaching Program

8. Noah Rasheta: Life Lessons From Paragliding

Today my guest is Noah Rasheta. He’s a Buddhist teacher, lay minister and author, as well as the host of the podcast, Secular Buddhism. Noah teaches mindfulness and Buddhist philosophy online and in workshops all around the world. He works with others to make the world a better place as he studies, embodies, and teaches the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy, integrating Buddhist teachings with modern science, humanism, and humor. He lives in Kamas, Utah with his wife and three kids. Noah and I have a very wide-ranging conversation. We talk about his passion for powered paragliding. We get into a little bit about how he’s achieved 2 million downloads on his podcast, what it means to live skillfully versus unskillfully, what it means to be awakened and enlightened. How to see deeply. He talks about in this how to use meditation, not to change yourself, but to befriend who you already are, and then also how mindfulness has helped him to change his relationship with his thoughts. I think that you’ll find something in this that will be very valuable for you.

00:02:22 – Powered paragliding.
00:04:24 – What’s life about?
00:07:40 – Substitute school bus driver.
00:15:34 – What spurred change.
00:19:05 – A quest for answers
00:24:4 – Non-religious Buddhism
00:26:38 – A clear lesson learned from paragliding.
00:37:21  – Lightning round.
00:42:54 – What are our expectations and where do they come from?
00:48:29 – Meditation and bubbling to the surface.
01:06:28 – 2 million downloads.
01:15:04 – Being asked to write.
01:20:46 – Writing without a team and other details.
01:34:25 – Podcasting details.

LINKS – (In order of appearance)
Paramotor Sport
10% Happier by Dan Harris
The Dalai Lama
Tara Brock
Rebel Buddha by Dzogchen Ponlop
Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor
The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
SecularBuddhism.com Podcast
Callisto Media (publisher)
Scrivener, Evernote, Ommwriter
Waking Up Podcast with Sam Harris
Hardcore History podcast with Dan Carlin
Noah recommended podcast links: How To #1 / How To #2
Kiva Loans