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A New Direction is a weekly podcast that interviews best selling authors from around the world in success and leadership to enhance your life, career, and business.

A New Direction Jay Izso

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A New Direction is a weekly podcast that interviews best selling authors from around the world in success and leadership to enhance your life, career, and business.

    Embracing Mistakes as a Path to Success

    Embracing Mistakes as a Path to Success

    A Pathway to Dealing with Mistakes that Will Lead to Success

    Be honest. How does your business deal with mistakes? Do you punish people for making mistakes? Do you take them behind the verbal woodshed and berate them for their error?

    If you are like most businesses, there is no room for mistakes. You calculate mistakes as costly. They eat your profits. They cannot be tolerated. And the only corrective measure is to punish them.

    There is a better and more productive way. And that is embracing mistakes. Because mistakes can be the greatest gift you have to finding a new and better solution, create more productivity, more honesty, and ultimately more profitability.

    How you ask? Well on this episode of A New Direction Consultant and Author Mark Graban takes us through how mistakes can be your greatest gift toward success.

    Mark Graban takes on a journey through his book "The Mistakes that Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation".

    The book is a culmination of his many interviews with leaders at different levels and how they handled the mistakes of others as well as their own in a way that was productive and led to more successful outcomes.

    The book has several themes:  First, punishing mistakes does not work.  And yet for some reason we continue to do it.

    Second, creating a culture of "psychological safety" gives people the freedom to make mistakes.  This allows the company to correct them.

    Third, making mistakes and learning from them will lead to more success, then avoiding them, hiding them, or punishing them.

    The book is backed by a myriad of examples from large and small companies.  It is also backed by a plethora of research from some of the leading researchers on the subject.

    This can be a business changing book, and even a life changing book if people are willing to be open and have a growth mindset.  Because mistakes when handled correctly can lead to much greater success for any industry or person.

    Please say thank you to the sponsors of A New Direction!

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    Linda Craft Team, REALTORS they have literally helped thousands of clients with the sale and purchase of homes.

    And many of those clients return over and over again to get access to what they are known for around the world…” Legendary Customer Service”.

    It has been Linda’s culture for more than 38 years, and they are continuing to find ways to improve it every single day.

    Learn more about the legends of customer service, and how they can help you from selling or buying a home to commercial real estate.  Just click on over to a href="https://www.lindacraft.

    • 56 min
    7 Steps to Uncover the Warrior within and Live Incredibly Full Every day

    7 Steps to Uncover the Warrior within and Live Incredibly Full Every day

    From Worrier to Warrior

    We all face challenges in life. Some are personal and some are professional. Whether you are facing a divorce, death of a loved one, a financial crisis, or your business is flailing and failing. Life can confront us with challenges.

    How do you handle challenges? Are you a nuclear reactor that explodes and blows up everyone around you? Or perhaps you ignore it and hope it goes away? Or do you have another plan?

    In this episode of A New Direction Serial Entrepreneur and Coach Martin Salama joins to help us move from Worrier to Warrior.

    Martin will share with us his 7 step process to uncover the Warrior within each of us and L.I.F.E. (Live Incredibly Full Everyday)

    Martin Salama's book, "Worrier To Warrior: 7 Steps to UNCOVER The Warrior Within and Live Incredibly Full Everyday" is a fun, practical, insightful book that will help you become the person you were meant to be.

    Worrier to Warrior starts with taking a deep dive into you.  The fact is we don't know ourselves as well as we think we do.  And sometimes we don't want to look at ourselves because we don't want to deal with our own stuff.

    And there are times we don't want to look at ourselves because it also means looking at our past.  Dealing with our past hurts, traumas, and pain.  But as Martin demonstrates is when we look at our past that we can reveal our warrior future.

    The book is easy to read.  It is filled with acronyms that make the learning process easy.  The practical tips are not difficult in concept, but as Martin points out they are going to be challenging fo you to carry out.  It will take work.

    Are you ready to move from "Worrier to Warrior"?  Are you ready to live a life of positivity and abundance rather than lack?  Then this book is for you!

    Please thank the sponsors of A New Direction for their financial support by LIKING their business pages and or send them a note of appreciation.  Of course the best way thank them is to use their services and tell them you heard them on A New Direction.

    Epic Physical Therapy, certified, and with cutting edge technology and therapeutic equipment.

    They treat you as a whole person helping you reach the goals you have to be the best physical person you can be.

    Whether it is everyday aches and pains, to surgery recovery, to professional athletes, Epic Physical Therapy provides, EPIC relief.  EPIC recovery.  and EPIC Results!  Check them out by clicking on over to www.EPICpt.com

    Linda Craft Team, Realtors, fully locally owned and operated, and unaffiliated with an national brand.

    For more than 38 years Linda Craft Team has developed relationships with the world's best real estate professionals to help people like you have an amazing experience when it come to selling their home or buying a new one.

    If you are looking to connect with the best person in your...

    • 56 min
    10 Life Strategies to Make Every Day the Best Day Ever

    10 Life Strategies to Make Every Day the Best Day Ever

    10 Life Strategies to Make Every Day the Best Day Ever

    There is one thing that affects your work more than any other thing.

    Do you know what that is?

    If you answered your boss, you would be incorrect.

    If you answered your job, you would be incorrect.

    The one that affects your work positively or negatively is...wait for it...YOU!

    The fact of the matter is YOU have the power to change your environments, your job, and how you go into everyday problems professionally or personally.

    But how do we do that?

    In this episode of A New Direction CEO and Author Scott White a.k.a. "The Life is Too Short Guy" joins us.

    Scott will give us strategies for our mind, will, emotions, and behavior that will change the way you see the world, interact with the world.

    These strategies will make the world a better place not only for yourself but for others as well.

    Scott's book, The Life Is Too Short Guy: Strategies to Make Every Day the Best Day Ever is a book that will truly help you live your life with positivity and greater enjoyment. 

    The book uses 10 timeless principles to help you reset your mind.  Reframe your thinking and start living your life with positivity and a smile.

    The best part of the book is that we all have control over these 10 principles that will lead to a better life.

    The life is Too Short Guy book however is not just about you and I.  The emphasis on the book is that by living a more joyous and happy life we will impact the world around us.

    And this is the critical part of the book.  The life that we lead is the life others see.  We live in a world of so much negativity.  Isn't it time we turn the tables on the news media and the negativity around us so that we can live our best live ever.

    Please thank the sponsors of A New Direction:


    EPIC Physical Therapy, injury, post surgery, nagging aches and pains, gym rats, to professional athletes, the highly skilled and certified staff at EPIC Physical Therapy is there to get you back to where you want to be.

    They understand that every body is different, so they design a custom treatment for you using the latest technology and knowledge.

    EPIC Relief.  EPIC Recovery. EPIC Results!  That is EPIC Physical Therapy, check them out at www.EPICpt.com


    Linda Craft Team, Realtors, for more than 38 years they have created relationships that last a life time.

    That is why when it comes to real estate they are known as the “legends of customer service”.

    The know that your home is personal.  It is part of your legacy of life.  And they want to get to know you so that they can sell your home in the way it should be sold, and help you buy the home to start your next chapter of life.  Why not click on over to www.LindaCraft.com

    • 56 min
    Tools to Communicate with People Who Don’t Think Like You

    Tools to Communicate with People Who Don’t Think Like You

    How to Communicate with People That Don't Agree with YOU or Who Don't Think Like YOU

    Whether in business or your personal life, it doesn't take long to realize you are going to come in contact with people who don't think like you do. And when that happens issues are most likely will occur.

    The fact of the matter is none of us think exactly the same. And sometimes the differences in our thinking can cause conflict and sometimes even rebellion.

    The question then becomes: Is there a way to have different thinking and still be able to communicate effectively without losing productivity or worse yet lose the relationship.

    On this episode of A New Direction award winning leadership coach Denise Blanc returns to discuss how communicate effectively and improve your emotional intelligence that leads to greater leadership and stronger relationships.

    Denise Blanc's book "Riverlogic: Tools to Transform Resistance and Create Flow in all of our Relationships" is an excellent resource on how we can communicate more effectively in our business and personal relationships.

    Using the analogy of the river rapids she helps us navigate the tricky waters of trying to communicate in situations where both parties are not on the same page, but also may be completely at odds with one another.

    RiverLogic takes us through understanding ourselves.  Literally getting outside of ourselves, changing our binary mindset, sit in the gray areas, and moving to understanding of others as we continue to understand ourselves.

    The tips and techniques that Denise Blanc employs are well researched and will not only improve your ability to communicate, but also help make your relationships more productive and successful over the long term.

    Denise has a special offer for those who would like to sample the book for free themselves.  Just Click on this Link: riverlogictools.com/book-excerpts

    Please reach out to the sponsors of A New Direction and tell them thank you!

    EPIC Physical Therapy. When you want to change the way you look, or maybe you are recovering from surgery or injury,  and to improve.

    No matter who you are, whether you are a Jane Doe or John Doe or you are a recognized professional athlete, EPIC Physical Therapy has the certified staff  for you.

    They also have the  latest cutting edge equipment to reach your goals and get you back to the high level you are accustomed to being.

    EPIC Relief.  EPIC Results.  EPIC Recovery. Learn more by going to www.EPICpt.com

    Linda Craft  Team, REALTORS for more than 38 years they have helped people transition in life.

    You may say, "transition!  I thought they were a real estate company"?

    They are, but think about this, every place you have ever lived is a transition in life.  And Linda Craft Team has helped make that transition just a little smoother by taking the stress out buying and ...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    10 Steps to Jump Start Your Career

    10 Steps to Jump Start Your Career

    Feeling Stuck Maybe It's Time to Think Like an Archeologist and Jump Start Your Career

    What do an archeologist and finding your career have in common? Turns out quite a bit. Like an archaeologist you are going to have to have a vision for your career.

    You are going to have to create your own map. You are going to have to dig and find artifacts (like your strengths, interests, gifts, and abilities) that you can make sense of what you have and where you may be going.

    You have to have a sense of faith of believing that there is something there that no one else can see. And then one shovel at time you will have to discover a career that will bring you greater fulfillment.

    In this episode of A New Direction, career expert and author Chris Fontanella joins us to talk about how you need to be a bit of an archaeologist that can discover the career you have been looking for that you may not see yet.

    Chris Fontanella's book "Jump-Start Your Career: Ten Tips to Get You Going" is a quick power packed book for those looking to do something about their career.

    The book starts by introducing us to Archeologist Dr. Kent Weeks who worked his way up the ladder and took a risk on a piece of land in Egypt that no one was interested in only to discover what is believed to be the tomb of Ramses II.

    Chris Fontanella then uses the analogy of finding your career to that of an archaeology discovery.  The fact is it is going to take some digging to find your calling.  And that is the point of the book.

    Finding your calling or purpose will require you to make a map, have ambition, overcome obstacles, deal with the mundane, have perseverance as well as other tips.

    It is an excellent read for anyone who is starting their career, or is stuck looking for their next career.  I highly recommend Jump-Start Your Career, make sure you get yourself a copy or give one to a friend who is looking.

    Please reach out to the sponsors of A New Direction and tell them thank you!

    EPIC Physical Therapy. When you want to change the way you look, or maybe you are recovering from surgery or injury, whether you are a Jane Doe or John Doe or you are a recognized professional athlete.

    EPIC Physical Therapy has the certified staff and the latest cutting edge equipment to reach your goals and get you back to the high level you are accustomed to being.  EPIC Relief.  EPIC Results.  EPIC Recovery. Learn more by going to www.EPICpt.com

    Linda Craft Team, REALTORS for more than 38 years they have helped people world wide sell their home or buy their home.

    They are completely unaffiliated with any nationally branded real estate company and can refer you to the best expert in real estate regardless of their affiliation.

    What is more because they are located in the Greater Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Research Triangle Park area they help major companies with their move...

    • 56 min
    Leadership In A Time of Crisis

    Leadership In A Time of Crisis

    How is Leadership When You are in a Crisis?

    At some point or another ever business will find themselves in a crisis. Whether that is from inside the organization, such as a leadership change or mismanagement.  Other times it can be a surprise, where all of a sudden an outside circumstance such as COVID puts pressure on the business to make changes to survive.

    And sometimes mergers can happen that shift the culture so dramatically that create confusion, uncertainty and volatility.

    What is the role of leadership. What type of leader do you need to be when faced with these challenges?

    In this episode of A New Direction Glenn Parker returns with his most recent co-authored book, Positive Influence; Leadership in a Time of Crisis. Based on his research of different leaders from a variety of industries, you will get insights into what the best leaders did, and some of the miscalculations they made.

    Glenn Parkers latest book is entitled, "Positive Influence: Leadership in a Time of Crisis" is a book that interviewed 50 different businesses from a variety of industries to discover how leaders handled the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    The book utilizes the four leadership types previously established in his previous book, "The Positive Influence Leader: Helping People Become Their Best Self", which we also did on a previous episode of A New Direction (You can listen here).

    The four leadership styles, The Supportive Positive Influence Leader, The Teacher Positive Influence Leader, The Motivator Positive Influence Leader, and The Role Model Positive Influence Leader all have strengths during a crisis.

    What Glenn has found in his reasearch when it comes to leadership, is that largerly most people in leadership are ill prepared for crisis.  Leadership had to become agile, learn how to communicate and communicate clearly, and with different modalities.

    Leadership also had to empower people, because the decision making needed to be done on the fly.  The typical beauracracy and political rhetoric were thrown away for decisions to be made those who were in the middle of the crisis.

    While the events may change the fact is that anyone in leadership can learn the applications in this book.  And while you may have a tendency toward one or two styles of leadership, the fact is you need to be adaptable to the situation.

    Glenn has offered if you want to start working on your crisis leadership he will tell you how to start now before the crisis starts by emailing him personally at glenn@thepositiveinfluenceleader.com

    Please reach out to our sponsors by supporting their pages and let them know you heard them on A New Direction!


    Linda Craft Team, REALTORS, for more than 38

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    • 58 min

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