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Who Is John Allison? A Principle-Based Leader

Friday, January 9th, 2015

When it comes right down to it, leadership is really a reflection of…who one is! It is about one’s character and principles. It is about one’s philosophy.

I posted about John Allison in “Those With High Character Take A Stand” and in reviewing his Number One New York Times Bestseller, The Financial Crisis And The Free Market Cure. That book was selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top 5 books on the financial crisis.

Just a few weeks ago I posted a review of his newest book, The Leadership Crisis And The Free Market Cure. I gobble up books on leadership and have learned a ton from many of them. This one might be the most important one yet.

John Allison: The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market CureAfter all, there’s a lot to learn from someone who as Chairman and CEO led his company, BB&T, through 20 years of explosive growth (from $4.5 billion to $152 billion in assets during his tenure!). This while many of his competitors were failing left and right.

More importantly, he did it the right way; through creating value for everyone whose lives he and his bank touched. He refused to participate in sub-prime lending even though that would’ve been the easy, profitable and accepted way to do business at that time. In fact, he was — let’s say — strongly encouraged by government regulators to do so. However, because it was contrary to what he believed was right, he refused. Yet, his bank flourished.

Harvard Business Review named him one of the decades top 100 most successful CEOs!

And, this brings us to today’s conversation. You see, all the above was driven by his character, based on the values and principles he lives by, congruent with his life philosophy. And, as he discusses both in the book and in our chat, this influences all forms of leadership: personal, business, and societal.

The current CEO of the highly-regarded libertarian think tank, Cato Institute, he doesn’t pull any punches, and you’ll see he doesn’t here!

John Allison: The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market CureCato Institute

 

In this chat we discuss:

    • A nut-shell explanation of the cause of the financial crisis
    • Why leaders fail
    • That we all have, and live by, a philosophy…whether we realize it or not
    • The importance of training your emotions to support what you know is the right decision
    • The essence of self-esteem and why it is THE most important issue of all

 

To order Mr. Allison’s book click here. For more information on The Cato Institute, visit www.cato.org.


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How You Can Become a Time…Multiplier

Friday, December 26th, 2014

He earned over $250,000 while in college selling magazine subscriptions during his summer breaks. In his 20′s he co-founded Nashville, Tennessee- based Southwestern Consulting. And, again he’s done something special.

Yes, leave it to 30-something uber-successful Rory Vaden to take a subject like Time Management and turn it on its head. Actually, he equips even the most time-challenged person to have more confidence in their ability to get the significant things done, and done right. More so, without sacrificing peace of mind and happiness.

In today’s world of technology, we find ourselves being pulled in more and more directions with less and less time to do that which we need do and do well. That kind of thinking keeps us stuck. As Rory says, “Creating the next level of results requires the next level of thinking.”

In my chat with Rory earlier this year regarding his New York Times Bestseller, Take the Stairs, we learned his very effective principles for self-discipline.

His new book is Procrastinate on Purpose: Five Permissions to Multiply Your Time. While the title is obviously counter-intuitive, the methodology he espouses — and learned/systematized due to his own needs — is brilliant and right on the mark.

In this chat, Rory will share wisdom from his terrific new book, including:Take The Stairs

  • The main difference in thought processes between ultra-successful people… and everyone else.
  • The biggest killer of getting the right things done.
  • What you thought you knew about time that just isn’t so.
  • Multiplying your time.
  • The all-important Focus Funnel.
  • The 5 Permissions that will turn you into a master of time rather than a victim of it.

Rory Vaden

Yep, my inspiring young friend, Rory, did it again with this book and shares some terrific wisdom here. Enjoy!

Remember, the goal is not necessarily to fit more in! The goal is to produce more results.

Will you begin to take the steps toward becoming that Time Multiplier that you now know you can be?

Rory will help you get started via this special video at www.ProcrastinateOnPurpose.com


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Chris Brogan Says The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Chris Brogan is one of my favorite people, and I’m far from the only one who feels that way.

While renown for his online prowess, that’s not how he built his business. He did it through building relationships. Technology has simply been one platform he has used in order to accomplish that.
Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth
His newest book is, The Freaks Shall Inherit The Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators. It provides terrific advice on how those who don’t see themselves as part of the crowd can tap into their true authentic nature and create immense value; especially for those whose needs and desires make for a very natural connection.
Chris Brogan
And, in this brief but powerful (and, with Chris, ALWAYS entertaining) chat, Chris shows us that there’s a method to the madness…especially where freaks are concerned. :-)

Enjoy…

What were your biggest takeaways from this discussion? Any surprises? Does the word, “monchu” provide you with any ideas of what you might need to do in order to build that sense of connection with those you want to serve?

Please feel free to share your thoughts. And, of course, pick up “Freaks…” at www.CallingAllFreaks.com


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Be a Power Connector – A Chat with Judy Robinett

Friday, May 9th, 2014

We met via an introduction from Wharton Professor and noted bestselling author, Dr. Adam Grant. He told me she was someone I needed to connect with. And, when Adam says that, I listen!

It was immediately obvious that Judy Robinett was a person with that special combination of huge business acumen and an even bigger heart.

Judy-RobinettEasy to see why her then soon-to-be-published book was entitled, How to Be a Power Connector. For that matter, it’s easy to see why she’s been called “The woman with the Titanium digital Rolodex®.” To put it mildly, the book lived up to — and even greatly exceeded — everything I thought it was going to be after our initial conversation.

Her background includes more than 30 years both as an entrepreneur and corporate leader, including having been CEO of both public and private companies. She’s also served on the advisory boards of a number of startup companies and venture capital firms.

Power-Connector-BookI would recommend that whether one has just graduated college and is looking to accelerate their career, or is a long-time veteran of the business world, this is a book well worth studying. It’s truly a toolkit for systematically building a network that will make one’s business relationships a lot stronger, enriching, and profitable!

And, in this brief chat, Judy shares some important highlights. I have a feeling you’re going to be just as impressed by her as I am.

Enjoy!

Yes, that was a lot of wisdom in a fairly short conversation. What key points did you take away that you can begin to apply right now?

Pick up her book today at www.JudyRobinett.com/book


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Take The Stairs – Powerful Wisdom from Rory Vaden

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Sure, we all know that to be successful it takes self-discipline. How could it be any different? By its very nature, success is determined by one’s willingness to do those things they don’t want to do, and that separates them from pretty much most of the pack.

In other words, it takes doing those things we know we need to do…even when we don’t want to do them.

However, and somewhat paradoxically, this self-discipline actually set us free and provide us with the power to accomplish the success we desire.

And, as the young entrepreneurial phenom-turned popular speaker and bestselling author, Rory Vaden tells us in his terrific book – and in this fascinating discussion – it often means being willing to Take The Stairs…in what has very much become “an elevator world.”

Rory VadenTake The Stairs

Enjoy Rory. You’ll see why he’s one of my favorite people and a powerful example of doing things right!

Oh, and be sure and stay around until the end and find out exactly how, at seven years old, he…”created his new Dad.” :-) It’s one of the most awesome things I’ve ever heard.

So, did Rory inspire you to Take The Stairs? Be sure and take the first…“step” and order his excellent book. And, feel free to share any personal stories inspired by today’s interview.


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