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 050: Lysa TerKeurst and Compel

Lysa TerkeurstLysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued as well as 14 other titles. They reach nearly 700,000 women daily through their online devotion, Encouragement for Today and thousands more through the Proverbs 31 radio program playing on 1,200 radio outlets daily. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, Art, their five kids, three dogs and a mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen.

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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?

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

JonAcuff

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!

Interview with EntreLeadership Podcast Host, Chris LoCurto

On this episode of the ProGuide, we hang with Chris LoCurto, host of the insanely successful EntreLeadership podcast and conferences.  He breaks down what it’s like to interview today’s top business leaders, what the biggest small business issues are, and where he believes the EntreLeadership brand is headed in the coming months & years.  Tons of good stuff here!

Interview with Chris LoCurto from EntreLeadership:

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

Key Points:

  • How did they start the EntreLeadership Brand?
  • What are some of Chris’s favorite take-aways from the podcast so far?
  • What’s the number one issue that most small businesses encounter when first getting started?
  • And more!

 

What about you?

I’d love to continue the conversation here, leave any questions or comments below from the interview, and we’d be happy to read them!