3 Things That John Saddington Taught Me About Life

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They say you can admire people from afar, but can only see their character up close.  I’ve known John & worked with him for a few years in some of his past ventures, but what I really cherish were our weekly coaching calls together (I’m not sure he’d call them that, but coach me…he did.)  During some of those weekly calls, I picked up a few lessons from John that helped shape my worldview, and also got to see his character.  I can vouch that he is the real deal.  He truely tries to help as many people as possible, all while not sacrificing his ideals as an entrepreneur and husband / father.  Here are a few tidbits that I’ve picked up from our relationship together that will forever help me.  I hope they help you too.

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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.

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Episode 049: Erik Fisher and Beyond The ToDo List

Eric FisherErik Fisher is the host of Beyond the To-Do List, an extraordinary show about how extraordinary people live. It delves behind the curtain into the productive habits of todays leaders. We talk with Erik about how the show gets made, what the easiest and most difficult aspects are, and what he’s the most excited about.

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Episode 045: Alexander Mimran, Co-Founder of Minbox

AlexanderToday on the ProGuide, we have Alexander Mimran, co-founder of Minbox along with Michael Lawlor. Minbox is a free, no-limits, #freakingfast file-sharing app for Macs that’s disrupting the competiton and owning the send space.

Interview with Alexander Mimran, Co-Founder of Minbox:

Key Points:

  • What does Minbox do?
  • How did Alexander and Michael get started with the idea?  Where did it come from?
  • Now, this *seems* like a fast “rise-to-stardom”, blitz, storm-on-the-scene journey from 2012 to now.  How long was this story in the making?
  • Why another file-sharing app?  CloudApp, Box, Dropbox, etc.
  • What does Alexander see happening for the future of the app?  Where does it fit in the tech space?
  • And more!

Now that you’ve listened, do you use a file-sharing app like Minbox?  What do you think of it?

Episode 043: Adobe After Effects Product Manager, Steve Forde

SteveFordeOn this episode of the The ProGuide, Steve Forde (Product Manager for Adobe After Effects) shares what influencing the direction on a major piece of software is like, how they decide what features get added, and what role the community plays.

Interview with Steve Forde from Adobe:

Key Points:

  • Who is Steve Forde, and what background does he have in Special Effects?
  • How did he start working for adobe?
  • How do they decide what new features make it in to new versions of After Effects?
  • And more!

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

Episode 042: Zappos Delivering Happiness CEO, Jenn Lim

JennLimOn this episode of the ProGuide, we hang with Jenn Lim, CEO of Delivering Happiness, a company that she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos) co-created in 2010 to inspire happiness in work, community and everyday life. In 2005, she created the first Zappos Culture Book – now on its 7th edition – and has produced them ever since.  We chat about how the movement got started, and what it takes to inspire a culture of happy people.

Episode 042: Zappos Delivering Happiness CEO, Jenn Lim

Key Points:

  • How did Zappos come up with their culture book?
  • What is a chief happiness officer responsible for?
  • What essential elements inspire a culture that is fun…..and a little weird?
  • And more!

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

Episode 040: Todd Henry, The Accidental Creative & Die Empty

ToddHenryThis week on The Proguide, we have Todd Henry, the founder of Accidental Creative.  It’s a company that helps creative people and teams generate brilliant ideas.  He regularly speaks and consults with companies, both large and small, about how to develop practices and systems that lead to everyday brilliance. Todd’s work has been featured by Fast CompanyFortuneForbesHBR.orgUS News & World Report, and many other major media outlets.  His latest book, Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day, unlocks the forces that cause even the brightest, most skilled people to become stagnant in their life and career, and introduces practices that help then build a body of work they can be proud of.

Episode 040: The Accidental Creative, Todd Henry on “Die Empty”

Key Points:

  • What does it mean to Die Empty?
  • What are some of the principles in the new book?
  • Why do we think there’s a “quick-fix” to being successful?
  • What tips does Todd have on being creative at a moment’s notice?
  • And more!

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

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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:

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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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