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?

So, it looks like 20th Century Fox took the leap into the new century.   The question begs:  How do you know when it’s time to change?  As a company, nonprofit, startup, or any other endeavor….What are the indicators that it’s time for you to make that crucial change that looks into the future?

One of the oldie-but-goodie book’s we’ve been working through is Jim Collin’s “How the Mighty Fall”, and it seems that great leaders are constantly asking the question, “Is it time?”

Like inquisitive scientists, the best corporate leaders we’ve researched remain students of their work, relentlessly asking questions—why, why, why?—and have an incurable compulsion to vacuum the brains of people they meet. To be a knowing person (“I already know everything about why this works, and let me tell you”) differs fundamentally from being a learning person.

Leaders are learners.  They are always curious about the future and how to improve themeselves.  What about you?  When is it time for you to make a change?

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!


We all need mentors.  That’s obvious.  Whether we find ones in the pages of a book, through an inspiring talk, or face to face…..but a question as equally as important as “What are you learning?” is this:

Who are you learning from?

I’ve heard Jeff Henderson say once that:

“What and who you listen to….is a preview of the future you.”

Sobering thought, huh?  A good litmus test is to look at the life of the person you’re considering taking on as a mentor, and ask, “Do I want my life to look like theirs?”

If the answer’s no, then head for the hills.  But if it’s “Yes?”  You’ve found a mentor worth pursuing.  I know there’s some people you just *have* to hang around because of work / life situation….I get that.  But, can you imagine what your life would look like in just 3 years if you intentionally surrounded yourself with people who *already are* where you *want to be?*  What would your life look like?

And so….I’m interested:  What about you?  Who are you listening to…and spending your time with?  Either through reading, listening, or real life….

Who are you being mentored by?