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What do most Fortune 500 executives have in common? They learned important lessons on the fields and courts of their high school and collegiate sports teams. This is true for both men and women. Ernst & Young found that a whopping 94% of women holding a C-suite position, played sports.

Join 11-time New York Times Best-Selling Author Don Yaeger on his journey to sit with some of the brightest executives in the world as we discuss how sports shaped their professional trajectory in life.

Corporate Competitor Podcast Don Yaeger

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 147 Ratings

What do most Fortune 500 executives have in common? They learned important lessons on the fields and courts of their high school and collegiate sports teams. This is true for both men and women. Ernst & Young found that a whopping 94% of women holding a C-suite position, played sports.

Join 11-time New York Times Best-Selling Author Don Yaeger on his journey to sit with some of the brightest executives in the world as we discuss how sports shaped their professional trajectory in life.

    StretchLab President Verdine Baker gives you 5 ways to foster meaningful relationships at work

    StretchLab President Verdine Baker gives you 5 ways to foster meaningful relationships at work

    Ep. 175: Soccer shaped this leader who joined StretchLab when there were three franchise locations. Today, there are more than 400 studios across North America and 900 licensed locations globally, making them the global leader in assisted stretching. He offers numerous tips including:
    How to use the first minute of every meeting to “humanize” the context and put everyone in a more open and collaborative mindset. Creating daily, weekly, and monthly meeting rhythms that provide timely and relevant contexts for decision-making. Why your organization’s vision, purpose, and values need to come down off the wall and into your personal and team day-to-day conversations. Our BONUS RESOURCE for this episode includes fill-in-the-blank notes and reflection questions. Click here to download the bonus resource.
    Looking for a speaker for your next event? From more than 30 years of interviewing and studying the greatest winners of all time, Don offers these live and virtual presentations built to inspire your team toward personal and professional greatness.
    Special thanks to Libby Klemeyer and Meredith Grimm for making this episode possible.

    • 37 min
    Best-selling Author Jon Gordon shares “The One Truth”

    Best-selling Author Jon Gordon shares “The One Truth”

    Ep. 174: Cornell Lacrosse shaped Jon Gordon who recently released The One Truth: Elevate Your Mind, Unlock Your Power, Heal Your Soul. We discuss ways to keep your team connected, including specific techniques. Our BONUS RESOURCE for this episode includes fill-in-the-blank notes and a leadership activity for your team to connect by sharing a hero, hardship, highlight, hope, and something hilarious. Click here to download the bonus resource.
    +Looking for a speaker for your next event? From more than 30 years of interviewing and studying the greatest winners of all time Don offers these live and virtual presentations built to inspire your team towards personal and professional greatness. 
    ++Special thanks to Samantha Clark and Vince Jones for making this episode possible

    • 32 min
    Cisco Executive Rachel Barger says: Always keep an open door

    Cisco Executive Rachel Barger says: Always keep an open door

    Ep. 173: Field hockey at the University of Delaware and Team USA shaped Rachel’s competitive spirit and teamwork skills that help her lead a dynamic team across 17 countries. You will learn: 
    Four questions she asks employees to foster positive learning conversations with her team. The best way to identify a “diamond in the rough” who may be hiding in your business. How to implement and maintain an open door policy in a hybrid work environment. “Make it super clear you want them to reach out to you … then actually get back to them,” said Barger. Our BONUS RESOURCE for this episode includes fill-in-the-blank notes and reflection questions. Click here to download the bonus resource.
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    Looking for a speaker for your next event? From more than 30 years of interviewing and studying the greatest winners of all time Don offers these live and virtual presentations built to inspire your team towards personal and professional greatness. 
    Special thanks to Ethan Salzberg and Francisco Nunez for making this episode possible.

    • 38 min
    Former P&G CEO Bob McDonald says: Leadership is the most valuable – and scarce – resource in the world.

    Former P&G CEO Bob McDonald says: Leadership is the most valuable – and scarce – resource in the world.

    Ep. 172: Football and baseball shaped Bob whose 33 years working for P&G culminated in his role as Chairman, President, and CEO. Under his leadership, P&G added nearly one billion people to its global customer base, and its stock price increased by 60 percent in his four years as CEO. 
    Following his career at P&G, Bob was selected by President Obama to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. While at the helm of the VA, Bob was able to help transform the agency into one that truly delivered better care for our Military veterans.
    Our BONUS RESOURCE for this episode includes fill-in-the-blank notes and reflection questions. Lessons include:
    The small but impactful ways to be intentional about setting high standards of behavior from the top of the organization.  How to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong. Deploying what McDonald calls ‘The 5 E’s” to optimize your organizational capability. Links mentioned in this episode:
    Elizabeth Dole Foundation Every Cure West Point Association of Graduates Looking for a speaker for your next event? From more than 30 years of interviewing and studying the greatest winners of all time Don offers these live and virtual presentations built to inspire your team toward personal and professional greatness.
    Special thanks to T.J. Percell and Brian Schnorr for making this episode possible.

    • 47 min
    Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders on How to Elevate and Dominate: 21 Ways to Win On and Off the Field

    Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders on How to Elevate and Dominate: 21 Ways to Win On and Off the Field

    Ep. 171: To celebrate our new book that hits shelves March 12th, Coach Prime and I discuss the mindset that keeps him highly motivated – and highly motivating – after an impressive career.
    This Pro Football Hall of Famer played 14 seasons in the NFL and nine seasons in Major League Baseball. His 1992 World Series appearance makes him the only athlete to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series. Now he is developing young men into leaders as the football coach at University of Colorado.
    In this episode and BONUS LEADERSHIP RESOURCE, lessons include:
    5:00 How to “make confidence your natural odor” 8:30 The doubters Deion faced at an early age 10:30 Emphasizing "team" in a system where individuals are drafted and compensated 12:30 The unexpected place where Deion played his best football 17:00 How he turned time on the Aflac set into a mentoring moment with Nick Saban 19:00 Why time is your most valuable "coin" 23:00 Distinguishing between great skill and great leadership 30:00 Coaching someone to excel in their existing strengths Special thanks to Samantha Clark and Francisco Nunez for making this episode possible.

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    MasterClass Founder & CEO David Rogier asks: What is your “best failure” of the week?

    MasterClass Founder & CEO David Rogier asks: What is your “best failure” of the week?

    Ep. 170: Pickleball fuels the competitive fire of David Rogier who founded the streaming platform that makes it possible for anyone to watch or listen to hundreds of video lessons taught by 200+ of the world's best. In our conversation and DOWNLOADABLE BONUS RESOURCE.
    You will learn:
    5:00 The extraordinary lesson about education passed down to him by his grandmother, a Holocaust survivor and inspirational figure behind MasterClass 10:00 Behind-the-scenes stories of the first three signings: Serena Williams, James Patterson, and Dustin Hoffman 15:00 How to practice and test before you go big 20:00 Why Sara Blakely inspired David to send out a company memo talking about the “best failure” of the week 25:00 The difference between what people say they want and what people actually want based on their actions—and why you need to measure both. 28:00 How to find out what really matters to your customer so you can make their first experience as easy as possible Looking for a speaker for your next event? From more than 30 years of interviewing and studying the greatest winners of all time, Don offers these live and virtual presentations built to inspire your team toward personal and professional greatness.
    Special thanks to Ethan Salzberg and Francisco Nunez for making this episode possible.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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147 Ratings

147 Ratings

CFLSold ,

Podcast Without a Peer

It is impossible, in the most literal sense, to listen to this program, and not want to improve. Whether you work as a leader, a soldier, or aspire to either… The lessons both for you and those around you abound in what are regularly riveting interviews. Even if you excused and forgot the hosts ability to ask questions that are meaningful and insightful (just listen to his inter with Deion Sanders, in which he asks questions well off the beaten-path that literally everyone else asks), the list of people he brings on to discuss their vulnerabilities, failures, and successes is simply world class. Listen. Learn. Share. Repeat. As an aside, should not be enough for you to listen to every episode four times… As some people may very well have… I encourage the Host’s “Journey” program. Dive deeper into your goals, why they are your goals, and who you will become as a human. An absolute goldmine.

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Coach Prime

A friend recommended the Coach Prime booked and shared this podcast, I’ll have to start listening regularly, I enjoyed the cast and look forward to Prime’s audiobook.

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Brilliant Podcast

The stories shared and advice given by Don and his guests on this podcast are extremely insightful. Each episode I’ve listened to has taught me something new about the world, and as a college student, has helped me better navigate it. Great podcast!

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