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Powerup!Another Podcast?!

I’m so excited about this.  One of the things I love about learning from leaders is that there are a few central themes that they look to as qualities that help make them better.  Things like “Vision”, “Focus”, “Systems”, and “Tension” are all buzzwords in leadership culture….but what do they really mean?  Powerup! is all about exploring each of these words in detail, and figuring out how we can include them in our lives in a greater measure.


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Leadership Powerup! Episode 001 – Vision:

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Episode Transcript:

In his book, the 7 habits of highly effective people, Stephen Covey talks about the two creations of anything new in our world today.  The second creation is the one that we all see, but the first creation happens in your mind.  Everything that exists today is the result of someone’s creative vision.  The larger the idea, the more people we need on our team that are inspired by our idea.  Andy Stanley says that vision is a clear picture in our head of what could be, fueled by our believe that it should be.

So, what should you have vision for?  Take a second and think…..don’t ask the question “How” just yet.  That’ll smother the process before it even gets started.  What would you like to see happen in the future that would make it better than the current direction your headed?  Maybe it’s to learn a new language or skill….maybe to lose some weight?  Maybe it’s a new business or an idea that’s never been tried before?  Everything good that happens in your life got there because someone (yourself or someone else) had the vision to see it happen.  So go ahead!  Take a minute or two, and get some clarity on what you’d like to see happen in your life….or how you can make the lives of others more enriching.  A great question to ask is, focus on any area of your life and ask the question….”What would it look like if it were BETTER?”


Talk Back!  What areas of your life do you need Vision?

What’s your vision for your current life?  We would love to hear your thoughts!

WawaToday we talk to former CEO of Wawa, Inc., Howard Stoeckel.  With over 18,000 employees, Howard knows what it takes to successfully innovate and run a company well.  His theory is that it all points back to one key quality  that makes all the difference, and it may surprise you.  We chat about his career path, and advice he has for new entrepreneurs.

Interview with Howard Stoeckel, CEO of Wawa:

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Key Points:

  • What’s a little background of Wawa, Inc., and how did the company get started?
  • How did Howard end up as CEO of the company?  What was his career path?
  • What inspires him personally?
  • What advice does he have for people interested in a similar career track?


Talk Back!  What are the attributes in your company that makes you successful?

What’s the secret sauce in your company that makes it successful?  Would love to hear your thoughts!

daveteareThis week we talk to founder of AgileBits software, and co-creator of 1Password, Dave Teare.  1Password is the handy little tool that helps speed your productivity in a big way.  We talk 1Password features, AgileBits‘ company culture, what personally inspires Dave, and where the company’s headed in the coming months.

Interview with Dave Teare, Founder of AgileBits Software:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What is 1Password & How does it work?
  • How do Dave and the team decide what features to add?
  • What personally inspires Dave and the AgileBits team?
  • How can we take the leap to start our own software company?


What about you?  What questions do you have?

Leave any questions or comments below, and we’d love to answer or help!

tom mcfarlinEver think about venturing off on your own and starting your own business?  Wonder how working with a team who’s passionate about what they do?  Tom McFarlin has taken the plunge from successful desk job into the wild, but fulfilling world of startups.  In this interview, we talk about how his team collaborates, what they’re working on, and what the one element is that makes a team thrive.

Interview with Tom McFarlin, Co-Owner of 8BIT & WPDaily:

Or, if you want, you can download the interview here.

Key Points:

  • What is WPDaily?
  • How does collaboration and product development happen?
  • How did Tom dive into the world of startups and self-employment?
  • What tips does Tom have for people starting their own businesses?
  • And more!


What about you?  What questions do you have?

Leave any questions or comments below, and we’d love to answer or help!