Episode 051: Walgreens VP Randy Lewis on Beating Fear

Randy LewisToday on The ProGuide, we interview Randy Lewis.  He’s the former Vice President of Walgreens, Peace Corps volunteer, Fortune 50 executive and accidental advocate who led Walgreens’ logistics division for sixteen years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores. Randy introduced an inclusive model in Walgreens distribution centers that resulted in ten percent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities who are held to the same standards as those without disabilities. Its success has changed the lives of thousands with and without disabilities and is serving as a model for other employers in the U.S and abroad.  His new book explores that process: There’s No Greatness Without Goodness.

Hear the interview after the jump!

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Episode 046: Dan Miller, Founder of 48 Days, LLC

DanMillerDan Miller is the passionate personality behind the 48 Days properties, which include books, podcasts, and a thriving business.  His mission is to foster the process of imagining, dreaming and introspection, to help people find their calling and true path, and to translate that into meaningful, purposeful and profitable daily work…within 48 days!

Interview with Dan Miller, Founder 48 Days Podcast:

Key Points about 48 Days Interview:

  • Can we really find the work we love in just 48 Days??
  • How can we live with greater passion in work & life?
  • What was Dan’s story?  How did *he* find work he loves?
  • What role does coaching and mentorship play in all this?
  • And more!

Now that you’ve listened, have you read 48 Days to the Work You Love?  Or listen to Dan’s podcast?  What do you think?

Episode 039: John Lee Dumas, Host of Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast

JohnLeeDumasThis week on The Proguide, we have John Lee Dumas.  He is the Founder and Host of Entrepreneur On Fire, a podcast that interviews today’s most inspiring and successful Entrepreneurs 7-days a week. EntrepreneurOnFire is a top ranked business podcast generating over 400,000 unique downloads a month, and his lineup includes Barbara Corcoran, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Gary Vaynerchuk, Guy Kawasaki, and hundreds more. All the magic happens at EOFire.com!

Episode 039: Entrepreneur On Fire, with John Lee Dumas:

Key Points:

  • How did John get started?
  • What are some of the struggles John’s had over the past few months?
  • Why do we think there’s a “quick-fix” to being successful?
  • What tips does John have for other podcasters?
  • And more!

Essential Resources:

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?

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Episode 038: My Workflow with GTD, Things, and Evernote

GTDThingsEvernoteEver feel overwhelmed with too much to do?  Today’s episode is all about cutting the clutter, getting things out of your head, and reviewing and organizing that information in a way you can understand it.  Time to take control!  I share my personal method for tackling task lists.  A combination of GTD, Things, and Evernote.

Episode 038: My Workflow with GTD, Things, and Evernote:

Key Points:

  • What is workflow management?
  • What are the key components of GTD? – Capture, Clarify, Organize, Review, Do!
  • What pieces of software do you used to manage your workflow?  OmniFocus and Things
  • And more!

Essential Resources:

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What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?

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How to Punch Fear in the Face, with Start Author Jon Acuff

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Jon Acuff is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author…From writing advertising for The Home Depot to branding for companies like Bose and Staples, Jon Acuff is no stranger to the cubicle. In 2010, he closed the gap between his day job and his dream job when he joined the Dave Ramsey team to become a full-time author.  And Start talks about the road to becoming awesome and how to punch fear in the face.

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The Art of Gamification, with Kevin Werbach

Kevin WerbachFrom Wikipedia: Kevin Werbach is a leading expert on the business, policy, and social implications of emerging Internet and communications technologies. Werbach is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (since 2004).  His latest book, “For the Win“, talks about how to reap the benefits of Gamification in the workplace.  It’s an awesome interview, and reminds us of our friends over at 8BIT.  Enjoy!

Interview with Kevin Werbach, For the Win Author:

 

Key Points:

  • What is gamification?
  • What are some of the necessary elements to make your work feel more like a game?
  • Are there any downsides to gamification in the workplace?
  • Where do you see this trend heading over the next few years?
  • And more!

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?

Becoming a Go-Giver, with Bob Burg

Bob Burg HeadshotToday we talk to Bob Burg, a sought-after speaker at corporate conventions and for entrepreneurial events. He has addressed audiences ranging in size from 50 to 16,000 — sharing the platform with notables including today’s top thought leaders.  The Go-Giver has shot to #6 on The Wall Street Journal’s Business Bestsellers list just three weeks after its release and reached #9 on BusinessWeek. It’s been translated into 21 languages. It is his fourth book to sell over 250,000 copies.  Download a free sample chapter here!

Interview with Bob Burg:

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

Key Points:

  • What is this book about?  And why is it important for people to read it?
  • How important is Laughter at work and in Life?
  • In the book you claim that Happiness is a choice. Do you really believe that?
  • You also claim that the journey towards the goal is more important than achieving the goal. Explain that.
  • And much more!

 

Talk Back!  How have you benefitted from Giving more in life than taking?

Getting Your Shift Together – with Steve Rizzo

SteveRizzoToday we talk to Steve Rizzo, a.k.a. The Attitude Adjuster, a personal development expert whose clients include American Airlines, BP, JPMorgan, Chase, Scholastic, andSpring, among others.  As a stand-up-comic, he has headlined with many titans of comedy, including Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Drew Carey, and Ellen DeGeneres.  Enjoy the Interview!

Interview with Steve Rizzo:

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

Key Points:

  • What is this book about?  And why is it important for people to read it?
  • How important is Laughter at work and in Life?
  • In the book you claim that Happiness is a choice. Do you really believe that?
  • You also claim that the journey towards the goal is more important than achieving the goal. Explain that.
  • And much more!

 

Talk Back!  Are there any recent shifts in focus (by yourself or others) that you’ve been learning from?  How?

How to Learn from Failures – Dr. Laurence Weinzimmer

larryToday we talk to Dr. Laurence Weinzimmer, author of The Wisdom of Failure, and internationally recognized thought leader in organizational strategy and leadership. He is a sought after business advisor to numerous Fortune 100 companies and the Caterpillar Inc. Professor of Management in the Foster College of Business Administration at Bradley University.

Interview with Dr. Laurence Weinzimmer:

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

Key Points:

  • What are the specific benefits of learning from failure?
  • For The Wisdom of Failure you conducted almost 1,000 interviews with managers and leaders.  What about those interviews most surprised you?
  • How can a leader lose strategic direction so easily?  What can leaders do to avoid making these types of mistakes?
  • What is the biggest mistake that leaders make? Why is it so prevalent?
  • It seems as though many of the mistakes you profile in the book could be strengths in certain scenarios (for example assertiveness versus bullying or confidence versus arrogance).   How to these behaviors turn into failures?
  • And much more!

 

Talk Back!  Are there any recent failures (by yourself or others) that you’ve been learning from?  How?

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