The Power of Bold is a podcast exploring risk-taking, entrepreneurship, and bold living. By studying the greats and speaking with world-class guests, you'll learn how to supercharge your career and accomplish your goals. Each episode will deliver actionable insights that you can apply to your own life.
Leah Gervais on Mastering Your Personal Brand
An entrepreneur's personal brand has only become more relevant in 2019. In this episode of The Power of Bold, Adam discusses personal branding with Leah Gervais. Leah is the founder of Urban 20 Something, the host of the Your Biggest Vision podcast, and your host's fiance. Topics discussed include:
02:50 - Leah's latest work with Urban 20 Something and Your Biggest Vision.
04:42 - Common transformations for those that become full-time entrepreneurs.
06:26 - The biggest roadblocks to entrepreneurial transformations.
09:53 - How to find the courage to take massive action.
10:58 - Creating your personal brand to escape competition.
16:24 - How we can discover who we truly are.
19:13 - Overcoming fear when sharing our stories with the world.
20:35 - Significant mistakes that entrepreneurs make when crafting their personal brands.
23:00 - Some of Leah's favorite personal brands today.
26:08 - The relation between a personal brand and social media.
29:12 - The importance of email marketing when building a personal brand.
34:11 - Future email marketing trends related to personal branding.
35:39 - One thing listeners can do today to improve their personal brands.
39:20 - Favorite books that Leah has recently read.
For show notes and a transcript of our interview with Leah Gervais, visit www.thepowerofbold.com.
Bruce Craven on Game of Thrones and Leadership
As we are in the thick of the final exhilarating season of Game of Thrones, we are delighted to share our discussion with Bruce Craven. Regardless of your interest in the series, Game of Thrones offers a wealth of insights on leadership—from Daenerys Targaryen's quest to "break the wheel" to Sansa Stark's evolution to a leader in Winterfell.
Bruce is the perfect person to discuss leadership lessons from Game of Thrones. He has spent decades studying the links between fiction and leadership, even designing his own course (appropriately titled Leadership Through Fiction) at Columbia University. Most recently, he published a book focused on Game of Thrones titled Win or Die: Leadership Secrets from Game of Thrones. In this episode, Bruce shared his thoughts on some of the seminal characters in the series, what we should emulate and avoid from those characters, and his thoughts on the final season of the show.
02:49 - How Bruce built a career bridging topics in fiction and leadership.
09:48 - Why Game of Thrones provides so many lessons about leadership and power.
12:59 - How Sansa Stark transformed from a "piece" to a "player."
17:34 - How we can make a similar transformation in our lives.
20:41 - Why Cersei Lannister, Petyr Baelish, and Samwell Tarly are some of the most adaptable people in Westeros.
25:59 - How we can all become more adaptable.
32:57 - How Daenerys Targaryen (and other incoming managers) can build goodwill with employees.
37:50 - Bruce's take on the most satisfying ending to Game of Thrones (from a leadership perspective).
41:10 - The best and worst leader on the show.
44:14 - One decision in the Game of Thrones universe that Bruce would redo.
For show notes and a transcript of our interview with Bruce Craven, visit www.thepowerofbold.com.
Alan Manly, The Unlikely Entrepreneur
Alan Manly is an Australian entrepreneur who founded Group Colleges Australia, a private educational institution based in Sydney. Alan is also the author of The Unlikely Entrepreneur, a story of how Alan, armed with a ninth-grade education, embarked on his entrepreneurial journey. Alan spoke with Adam about his trials and tribulations as an entrepreneur and how listeners can learn from his experience.
The conversation begins with Alan explaining how he became an entrepreneur (01:31 - 06:06) and how he analyzed the opportunity to leave a safe, corporate job to start a new venture (06:07 - 08:21). Alan explains whether he would have done anything differently on his journey (08:22 - 10:55), why he chose to focus on the education industry (10:56 - 13:02), and how entrepreneurs can determine the competitive advantage of their new venture (13:03 - 15:00). Alan proceeds to speak about extensive litigation that he faced as an entrepreneur (including his appearance before Australia's highest court) (15:01 - 21:14) and the lessons that listeners can take from his experiences in the legal world (21:15 - 24:35). The interview concludes with Alan sharing why entrepreneurs should be looking for other critical needs that your product or service fulfills for customers (24:36 - 28:49).
For show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit www.thepowerofbold.com.
Marc Trestman on Football, the NFL, and Risk-Taking
Marc Trestman has dedicated his life to football. Starting as a quarterback for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, Marc has traveled across the football landscape. He has served as both assistant and head coaches at some of the most high-profile football franchises, like the Chicago Bears. As the head coach for the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts, he won three Grey Cups (Canada's equivalent of the Super Bowl). Most recently, he was named the head coach and general manager of the XFL's Tampa Bay franchise. Marc joined Adam to discuss a wide range of topics, like his early coaching career, how he thinks about risk, and how the XFL fits into the competitive landscape.
The conversation begins with Marc sharing his early years with football, including his detour to law school (03:02 - 05:27) and his experience as a volunteer assistant with the University of Miami football team (05:28 - 07:39). He then shares how he navigated that gap between player and coach (07:40 - 10:01) and the sheer complexity of the quarterback position (10:02 - 13:00). From there, Marc further discusses the transition from player to coach (13:01 - 16:28), how he creates buy-in from players and staff (16:29 - 18:52), and he embraces both humility and joy as a football coach (18:53 - 22:05).
At this point, the conversation turns to Marc's thoughts on leadership (22:06 - 25:11), how he thinks about competition in such a competitive sport (25:12 - 27:25), the importance of time management (27:26 - 28:49) and how he thinks about innovation in play-calling (28:50 - 34:05). The interview concludes with Adam asking Marc about handling the pressure of being fired (34:06 - 37:09), strategies he uses to shift the momentum in a difficult season (37:10 - 38:52), Marc's new opportunity as the head coach and general manager of the XFL's Tampa Bay franchise (38:53 - 45:38) and the value of a life mission statement (45:39 - 48:36).
For show notes and a transcript of our interview with Marc Trestman, please visit www.thepowerofbold.com.
Lyn Graft on Entrepreneurial Storytelling
Lyn Graft is a serial entrepreneur who has founded eight companies. One constant in his career, however, is his passion for entrepreneurs' stories. Lyn has filmed over 500 entrepreneurs for television and video, including Michael Dell, Drew Houston, and Tony Robbins. Recently, he released a book titled Start with Story: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Using Story to Grow Your Business. In episode 42 of The Power of Bold, Lyn spoke with Adam about storytelling and how entrepreneurs can become better storytellers.
The conversation begins with Lyn sharing his personal story of how he became interested in sharing entrepreneurs' stories (3:16 - 11:11), including his experience filming three billionaire entrepreneurs in Texas (11:12 - 15:18). Lyn then discusses why he calls a good story the "Swiss Army knife of entrepreneurship," (15:19 - 18:38) and why humans are wired to hear stories (18:39 - 21:22).
From there, the conversation turns to Start with Story, including Lyn's thesis that storytelling equals experience plus business meaning (21:23 - 26:11) and the most important part of any story (26:12 - 28:33). Lyn then provides a case study of how a story can be formed to grab attention in a "boring" industry (28:34 - 32:44), why emotion is so critical to any story (32:45 - 36:00) and things to think about when crafting the challenge, change, and outcome aspects of your story (36:01 - 39:52). The conversation concludes with Lyn speaking about the delivery of your story (39:53 - 44:26), an underrated entrepreneur who is a fabulous storyteller (44:27 - 45:59), Lyn's contact information (46:00 - 46:55), and Adam's key takeaway from Start with Story (46:56 - 48:16).
For show notes and a transcript of our interview with Lyn Graft, visit www.thepowerofbold.com.
Episode 41: Lessons From Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
We are all looking to become more persuasive and influential in our lives. But did you know that there's a way that we can leverage human nature to accomplish these goals? In episode 41 of The Power of Bold, Adam takes a break from guest interviews and shares his favorite insights from Robert Cialdini's classic book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Cialdini's book has sold millions of copies and is already being called a modern classic. Anyone can apply Cialdini's lessons in their day-to-day lives, regardless of their age, career experience, or career objectives.
The episode begins with Adam sharing news about a new course he has created (including a special gift for listeners) (01:55 - 03:21). From there, Adam discusses the staying power of Influence (03:22 - 05:38) and why anyone can learn from Cialdini's masterpiece (05:39 - 06:50). Adam then dives into why humans are so vulnerable to Cialdini's so-called "weapons of influence" (06:51 - 10:21). The discussion then turns to some of Adam's favorite weapons of influence. The first one is reciprocity, with Adam explaining its power (10:22 - 15:20) and ways that we can say no when someone is using reciprocity against us (15:21 - 16:57). Adam follows the same approach with two more fascinating weapons of influence: commitment and consistency (16:58 - 24:22) and authority (24:23 - 31:23). The episode concludes with Adam's thoughts on how we can leverage some of these weapons of influence in our professional careers (31:24 - 33:34).
For show notes and a transcript of this episode, please click here.