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Best-selling author Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”) explores her passion for personal disruption through engaging conversations with disruptors. Each episode of this podcast reveals new insights about how we work, learn, and live.

Disrupt Yourself Podcast with Whitney Johnson Whitney Johnson

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.9 • 16 Ratings

Best-selling author Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt Yourself”) explores her passion for personal disruption through engaging conversations with disruptors. Each episode of this podcast reveals new insights about how we work, learn, and live.

    Ryan Westwood: The Power of Partnering

    Ryan Westwood: The Power of Partnering

    Our guest this week is Ryan Westwood, the CEO and founder of Simplus. Ryan, a serial entrepreneur and disruptor, began creating a bit younger than most – and he has never looked back.
    At just eleven years old Ryan discovered he had an ability to create wealth. Several years and a few tough lessons later, he is a wildly successful creator. Simplus, his most recent venture co-founded with his brother, has grown to 600 employees on four continents and was recently acquired by Infosys.
    In this episode we discuss Ryan’s approach to his employees S curve journeys, his views on partnership and how the power of saying no transformed his leadership.
    This is a conversation you do not want to miss!
    For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit:

    • 35 min
    Bettina Hein & Andreas Goeldi: Dynamic Duo

    Bettina Hein & Andreas Goeldi: Dynamic Duo

    Our guests this episode are Bettina Hein and Andreas Goeldi, a husband and wife duo. Bettina is the founder and CEO of juli Health, a company that helps people manage their chronic diseases with an AI powered app. Andreas is a partner in btov, a European venture capital firm. This couple understands the s curve of learning™ uniquely well and are gracious enough to share their learnings with us.
    In this episode we discuss their approach to running companies and their marriage. We learn about Bettina’s passion for starting technology companies and hear Andreas' journey of self-discovery that led him back to his passion for coding.
    In addition to founding juli Health, Bettina is the founder of Pixability, a company that optimizes video on social media. She is currently an investor in Dragons Den, Switzerland's version of Shark Tank. Andreas is also a serial entrepreneur. He's formerly the co-founder and CEO of Namics, Switzerland's leading e-business services firm and was the Chief Technology Officer at Pixability.
    As impressive as all their credentials are and as you have heard, they are impressive, this only scratches the surface of what makes Bettina and Andreas so fascinating. Join us for a journey into the life of these unique and talented individuals.
    For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit: www.whitneyjohnson.com/bettinahein-andreasgoeldi/

    • 40 min
    James Clear: Atomic Habits

    James Clear: Atomic Habits

    “Disruption,” as a word, has always had an explosive sound to me. Disruption causes your world to shift and change—an earthquake in the making. However, every once in a while, I’m reminded that disruption does not have to be earth shattering. Sometimes, the smallest changes can have a long-lasting impact on your life, especially when those changes become habits.
    Our guest this episode is James Clear author of the New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits, An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones.  James advocates that the way to build habits is to try and get just one percent better each day—something that sounds almost too easy to do, and yet builds a firm foundation for continual improvement.
    In this episode we learn practical and manageable tips for improvement…
    Habits are the “compound interest of self-improvement”. The two-minute rule – be wary of going big. Point and call, an audible habit builder. Implementation intentions; be specific! Track your habit – seeing is believing. Repetition is a form of change. Never miss twice.  
    For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit: www.whitneyjohnson.com/james-clear-encore/

    • 42 min
    Brené Brown: Called to Courage

    Brené Brown: Called to Courage

    Few things are as terrifying as vulnerability. Yet, when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we allow ourselves to be free. Free from shame, free from fear and free from the untrue stories we tell ourselves.
    That is why I am excited for this episode.

    Our guest, Dr. Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead.
    In this episode Brené shares what first inspired her to dig into research on vulnerability and how that decision changed her life. We discuss the stories we tell ourselves and how to deal with the negative effects of working in the public sphere. Brené shares her views on scaling up versus keeping things slower and closer, and we discover a new way to lead when someone leaves our organization.
    Brené is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
    Brené hosts the Unlocking Us Podcast and the Dare to Lead Podcast. Her TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks with over 50 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix; The Call to Courage debuted in April 2019.
    For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit:

    • 39 min
    Marcus Whitney: Create and Orchestrate

    Marcus Whitney: Create and Orchestrate

    At just 20 years old, Marcus Whitney was a young father with another child on the way. He had dropped out of college, was working as a waiter and living in an efficiency hotel. But as Marcus, a now successful Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist explains, what you do when your back is against the wall makes all the difference.
    Listen as we discuss:
    Overcoming poverty, depression and past trauma to become a thriving individual and successful entrepreneur. How success can camouflage unaddressed trauma, showing up as Marcus teaches, in the form of some dysfunctional behavior that you probably don’t love about yourself. Marcus' book, Create and Orchestrate, an elegant and fresh business framework applicable across industries.  Honestly evaluating the "ROI" of your educational dollars.  Marcus Whitney is a self-taught software developer, was the head of technology at Emma Email Marketing, is the co-founder and co-owner of Jumpstart Foundry, one of the most active healthcare venture capital firms in the United States; is the CEO of Health: Further, a healthcare strategic advisory firm; and is co-founder and a part-owner of the Nashville Soccer Club, Nashville, Tennessee’s Major League Soccer Team. 

    • 39 min
    Syd and Shea McGee: Make Life Beautiful

    Syd and Shea McGee: Make Life Beautiful

    This week, our guests are Syd and Shea McGee of Studio McGee. This power couple run and are the sole owners, no outside capital, of one of the most successful and fastest growing interior design businesses in the country.
    Shea graduated from college with a degree in public relations but quickly realized that her passion was to create… she wanted to be an interior designer. Syd started his career building a startup for digital marketing but found himself unfulfilled in the mechanics of the business.
    Then, the light bulb went off and Studio McGee was born.
    Now, with more than 1.4 million followers on Instagram, a popular YouTube channel, a newly launched brand with Target, a new book titled Make Life Beautiful, and a Netflix show Dream Home Makeover – Syd and Shea are climbing the S curve of their dreams.
    Join us as Syd and Shea share the beautiful and messy stories of building a thriving business with your significant other.
    For a complete transcript and links from this episode, please visit:

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

EddieHar ,

Great podcast, amazing host

I’ve just recently discovered this podcast and I’m loving it so far! :) Whitney is an outstanding interviewer. Highly recommended to anyone interested in growing their business.

Dobiniek ,

Inspirational and systematic tools for personal disruption

I found the episode with Hal Gregersen very powerful, perhaps as a designer and researcher. But at the same time it opened up next level of questioning for me.

As a suggestion I would love an episode or more resources focused on planning on how to jump to the next learning curve - as mentioned in the Alden Mills episode!

JustAGuy178 ,

Givers gain

One of my favourite podcasts. Whitney has amazing guests. I always learn from each episode. Highly recommended.

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