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If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today's brightest minds: our generation's non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff's Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee.

Read to Lead Podcast Jeff Brown

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If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today's brightest minds: our generation's non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff's Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee.

    389: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short Term World with Dorie Clark

    389: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short Term World with Dorie Clark

    My guest today is making her third appearance on the podcast. That’s, in part, because I think she’s one of the best writers around. As I say in today’s episode: when I first hear she’s got something new coming out, I always look forward to it (and I’ve never been disappointed).















    I’m talking, of course, about Dorie Clark. She’s a consultant and keynote speaker who teaches executive education at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.







    In her new book titled The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short Term World, Dorie says much of the pressure in our culture pushes us toward doing what is easy, what’s guaranteed, or what looks glamorous in the moment.







    Dorie argues for doing small things over time to achieve our goals – and being willing to keep at them, even when they seem pointless, boring, or hard.







    I’ve loved every one of her books, including this one, and I think you will too.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Dorie and her work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, Dorie and I chat about:







    * The concept of strategic patience and how to make it work for you* Why, for many of us, our jam-packed calendars are a prison of our own making* Her framework for identifying the goals you should be setting for yourself* And lots more…







    Order Dorie’s New Book







    You can order your copy of The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short Term World right now!







    Consider Ordering My New Book Too!







    Purchase a copy of my new book Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. You can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Dorie in Action



















    Books (and Authors) Dorie Recommends







    The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber







    Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith FerrazziThe books of a href="https://amzn.

    • 38 min
    388: How to Build a Profitable Business in Any Economy with John Meese

    388: How to Build a Profitable Business in Any Economy with John Meese

    I am blessed with a number of super-talented friends and colleagues, many of whom live in and around the middle Tennesse area where I am from.















    One of those is a young man whom I’ve had the pleasure to know for several years. I call him ‘young man’ because, in his case, it’s one of those rare instances (for now at least) where I am old enough to be my guest’s father.







    I’m talking about John Meese, CEO of Cowork.Inc, Co-founder of Notable, host of the Thrive School podcast, and now, author of Survive and Thrive: How to Build a Profitable Business in Any Economy (Including This One).







    When COVID-19 became a global pandemic, somebody hit a reset button on the economy. Literally. Economists have begun referring to the 2020 event as the Great Reset as lockdowns and health scares caused dramatic shifts in the business and economic landscape across the world.







    In Survive and Thrive, you’ll learn what this reset means for your world and your place in the economy as you build (or rebuild) a business in 2020 and beyond.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about John and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, John and I chat about:







    * What he means when he says real entrepreneurs get paid, but they don’t work for money* Why he believes empathy is a skill that can determine your ability to succeed* The difference between a Gateway Product, a Flagship Product, and a Continuity Product* And lots more…







    Order John’s New Book







    You can order your copy of Survive and Thrive: How to Build a Business in Any Economy (Including This One) right now!







    Consider Ordering My New Book Too!







    Purchase a copy of my new book Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. You can download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    John in Action



















    Books John Recommends







    Platform: How to Get Noticed in a Noisy World By Michale Hyatt







    Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

    • 42 min
    387: 8 Tools You Need to Get Paid the Money You Want with Jill Young

    387: 8 Tools You Need to Get Paid the Money You Want with Jill Young

    Thanks to many of my previous guests, I’m often introduced to potentially new and exciting books and their authors. Such is the case with today’s book and the woman who wrote it.















    Two-time Read to Lead guest Kary Oberbrunner was kind enough to suggest I take a long, hard look at the work author Jill Young is doing, not just in the book world, but in the work cultures she’s impacting.







    She’s written several books along her journey, but the one we’re diving into today is called The Earning Advantage: 8 Tools You Need to Get Paid the Money You Want.







    Most employees, Jill says, lack clarity about how their performance connects to the value they create for their company. The Earning Advantage is a unique resource for employees to earn more money while promoting their company’s growth.







    Jill draws upon thousands of hours of coaching experience to offer practical advice that helps team members deliver a star performance and encourages managers to foster healthy work environments. Everyone in your organization can thrive when they’re working toward a shared goal.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Jill and her work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, Jill and I chat about:







    * How she defines selfish, and why it’s something you might want to implement on occasion* The myths related to this topic that she says you need to stop believing right away* Evidence that your boss really does want to promote you…* And lots more…







    Order Jill’s New Book







    You can order your copy of The Earning Advantage: 8 Toos You Need to Get Paid Money You Want right now!







    Consider Ordering My New Book Too!







    Purchase a copy of my new book Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. You can download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Jill in Action



















    Books Jill Recommends







    The Prosperous Coach by Steve Chandler and Rich Litvin







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    Grab a copy of Jill’s book now.







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    • 48 min
    386: How to Listen Like You Mean It with Ximena Vengoechea

    386: How to Listen Like You Mean It with Ximena Vengoechea

    I’ve coached hundreds over the years in the art of effective communication. But there’s one thing I try and always keep in the back of my mind. I too still have lots to learn about this topic.















    The book I’m featuring today is now at the top of my list of books I recommend to my clients on this topic.







    What is it?







    It’s a book by Ximena Vengoechea called Listen Like You Mean it: Reclaiming the Lost of Art of True Connection.







    In Listen Like You Mean It, Ximena offers an essential listening guide for our times, revealing tried-and-true strategies honed in her own research sessions and drawn from interviews with marriage counselors, podcast hosts, life coaches, journalists, filmmakers, and other listening experts.







    Now more than ever, we need to feel heard, connected and understood in a world that keeps turning up the volume.







    Don’t you agree?







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Ximena and her work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, Ximena and I chat about:







    * How humility affects your ability to meaningfully listen* Tips for staying curious in a conversation, especially when we have a strong knowledge of the subject already* I’ll ask her to explain the concept of  “connecting questions” and how they can help you go deeper in a conversation* And lots more…







    Order Ximena’s New Book







    You can order your copy of Listen Like You Mean It: Reclaiming the Lost Art of True Connection right now!







    Consider Pre-Ordering My New Book Too and get 40% off for a limited time!







    Purchase a copy of my new book Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. You can download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Books Ximena Recommends







    Purple Cow by Seth Godin







    Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle







    Check Out These Additional Resources







    Grab a copy Ximena’s book now.

    • 35 min
    385: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career with Jeff Brown

    385: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career with Jeff Brown

    Today is a truly special (to me) episode. It’s an episode I never anticipated; an episode of the podcast where I’m not the host, but the guest.















    Of course, to be a guest on the Read to Lead podcast means to have written a book.







    I must admit that I’m still getting used to the moniker but, at age 55, I can officially call myself an honest-to-goodness published author. (#nevertooold)







    That this moment has finally arrived is as rewarding to me as just about anything I can imagine. And it would not be possible without you, the faithful Read to Lead listenership.







    Without your faithfulness to this program, I likely never would have had the opportunity. So thank you.







    Thank you for allowing me to visit your earbuds every Tuesday (or whenever you choose to listen). It means the world to me. Now, don’t let me down. Go pre-order the book right now. 🙂







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Jeff (that’s me) and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, guest host Jody and I chat about:







    * Advice for developing a consistent reading habit* How to create your own cirriculum leveraging books to master skills* What to do if you struggle to take action on what you learn* And lots more…







    Order Jeff’s New Book







    You can order your copy of Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career right now!







    Consider Pre-Ordering My New Book Too and get 40% off for a limited time!







    Purchase a copy of my upcoming book Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career before August 31, 2021, and you’ll receive $500 in pre-order bonuses!







    Jeff in Action



















    Books Jeff Recommends







    Stop Playing Safe: How to Be Braver in Your Work, Leadership, and Life by Margie Warrell







    Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career by Jeff Brown and Jesse Wisnewski







    The Energy Clock: 3 Simple Steps to Create a Life Full of Energy – and Live Your Best Every Day by Molly Fletcher

    • 32 min
    384: The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity with Steve Shwartz

    384: The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity with Steve Shwartz

    My friend and former mastermind group member, Steve Sponseller, was kind of enough to introduce me to today’s guest a few months ago and I am thrilled he did.















    His name is also Steve. Steve Shwartz to be specific: AI expert, investor, and serial entrepreneur.







    Steve began his AI career working with Roger Schank as a postdoctoral researcher in the Yale University Artificial Intelligence Lab. Steve was a founder or cofounder of several AI companies, one of which created the award-winning Esperant business intelligence product. 







    As the AI Winter of the 1990s set in, Steve transitioned into a career as a successful serial software entrepreneur and investor and created several companies that were either acquired or had public offerings. 







    His new book has probably my favorite title of the last couple of years. It’s called Evil Robots, Killer Computers, and Other Myths: The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Steve and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, Steve and I chat about:







    * His frustrations with how AI has been covered in the media, and in popular culture* The fears worth having with regard to AI* AI deception and anthropomorphism….* And lots more…







    Order Steve’s New Book







    You can order your copy of Evil Robots, Killer Computers, and Other Myths: The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity right now!







    Consider Pre-Ordering My New Book Too and get 40% off for a limited time!







    Purchase a copy of my upcoming book Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career before August 31, 2021, and you’ll receive $500 in pre-order bonuses!







    Steve in Action



















    Books Steve Recommends







    Scripts, Plans, Goals, and Understanding by Roger C. Schank







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24 Ratings

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Fabulous podcast

Wish I’d found this a long time ago. Really enjoying the listen Jeff. Lots of new books on my booklist

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High impact experts

This is a brilliant collection of book summaries through interviewing the authors. Leaders are readers and this podcast is gold!

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Superb show for any leader

Jeff and his guests take us on a journey of learning and discovery. These are the vital elements to continued growth which fuels great leadership and making an impact through our work. Excellent show, every episode is valuable.

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