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The Lead with a Question podcast offers a space for leaders to become more creative, and creatives to become better leaders. We live in a time when people are seeing that the old way of doing business is broken, and that leading into the future requires new skills. A deeper focus on humanity. The courage to let go of power and ego. A desire to nurture the conditions for co-creation. On this show, hosts Rob Callan, Chris Deaver, and Ian Clawson connect with guests who embody these principles, and whether household names or not, have shattered the status quo, often as misfits, to shape the future with others and achieve miraculous things in work and life. These discussions will inspire and invite each of us to become brave at our core.

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The Lead with a Question podcast offers a space for leaders to become more creative, and creatives to become better leaders. We live in a time when people are seeing that the old way of doing business is broken, and that leading into the future requires new skills. A deeper focus on humanity. The courage to let go of power and ego. A desire to nurture the conditions for co-creation. On this show, hosts Rob Callan, Chris Deaver, and Ian Clawson connect with guests who embody these principles, and whether household names or not, have shattered the status quo, often as misfits, to shape the future with others and achieve miraculous things in work and life. These discussions will inspire and invite each of us to become brave at our core.

    Can one person’s values really make a difference?

    Can one person’s values really make a difference?

    Gary Dixon - President, The Foundation for a Better Life
    Every once in a while, we all find ourselves wanting for a little inspiration. We may feel burnt out from working long hours, or depleted by the burden of caregiving, or discouraged by a creative rut. We may feel disconnected from a greater purpose, wondering if our efforts are doing anything at all. But the good news is that the right nudge, at just the right time, can relight our fires and get us back into the game. Today’s guest makes those moments of inspiration possible–highlighting heroic stories online, on the radio, on TV–and sometimes–even as you’re driving down the highway. Together, we’ll examine the question:  
    Can one person’s values really make a difference?
    A conversation with Gary Dixon, President of the Foundation for a Better Life, on this episode of Lead With a Question.
    Guest Bio:

    Gary Dixon has served as President at The Foundation for a Better Life since its founding in 1999. The Foundation for a Better Life promotes positive values through the media.  Their public service announcements, based on values such as hope, honesty, encouragement and generosity are currently being seen on television in the United States over five million times each day.  They are also airing in over 200 countries around the world.  Additionally, these inspiring messages appear on thousands of billboards across the country, including Times Square.  The Foundation makes posters and DVDs available to thousands of schools each year, at no charge.  It offers these messages in an effort to promote good values, good role models and a better life.  
    Formerly, Gary served as vice president of Bonneville Communications where he directed the creative development of many successful campaigns, including Homefront, Major League Baseball, Children’s Miracle Network and the American Cancer Society.   He has also been a speaker at regional and national advertising conferences for the American Advertising Federation and a keynote speaker for various events.  Other assignments took him to Jakarta, where he served as a communications consultant on an Indonesian government project and, early in his career, to Japan where he directed a documentary on the first Trans-Pacific flight.  Gary has a master’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University and a bachelor’s in broadcasting from Texas Tech University.  He serves on the National Board of Directors for the College of Media and Communication at TTU.  He lives in Denver with his wife Susan and their family. 
    Foundation for a Better Life website:
    www.passiton.com
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    Chris and Ian now have a book! It's called Brave Together: Lead by design, spark creativity, and shape the future with the power of co-creation. Available online at McGraw Hill and Amazon.
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    • 54 min
    What do employees care about most?

    What do employees care about most?

    Dan Ariely - Professor, Behavioral Economics
    When you run a business, one of your jobs is to make wise choices about where you place your bets. This definitely applies in the marketplace with your customers and competitors, but it also applies internally–especially as it relates to how you treat your people. How do you slice the pie? Maybe you offer pet insurance. Or more vacation time. What’s going to create the conditions for your people to help the company win? Today’s guest has worked very hard to demystify that puzzle. With the mind of a researcher and the heart of a storyteller, he’ll help us consider the question:   
    What do employees care about most?
    It’s a conversation with Dan Ariely, on this episode of Lead With a Question.
    Guest Bio:

    Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is dedicated to answering these questions and others in order to help people live more sensible – if not rational – lives. His interests span a wide range of behaviors, and his sometimes unusual experiments are consistently interesting,amusing and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom. Dan has also advised governments in South Africa, the Netherlands, Brazil, United Kingdom, US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Among the projects he has been involved with is how to help those in historically excluded populations stay in school, how to help women in these populations find work, and how to encourage more kids—girls especially—to study computer science. He has also worked on finding ways to address traffic congestion, reduce government bureaucracy, reducing prostitution, improve trust between government and citizens and increase motivation among principals, teachers, and students.
    He is a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, co-creator of the film documentary (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies, and a three-time New York Times bestselling author. His books include Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty, Irrationally Yours, Payoff, Dollars and Sense, Amazing Decisions, and the forthcoming Misbelief: What makes rational people believe irrational things, available now for preorder.
    Dan's website:
    danariely.com
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    • 54 min
    How can we protect creative thinking?

    How can we protect creative thinking?

    Scott Belsky - Chief Strategy Officer, Adobe
    Every organization has a culture–whether it be a family, a company, or even a sports team. Most of the time, there’s an unspoken assumption that people on the team will share a set of attributes and values. Over time, this can lead to a homogenizing effect–also known as groupthink. Deviations become less frequent, because they disrupt the balance. But in our ever-changing world, is that really what we want? Our guest today has spent years building cultures, teams, and platforms with a singular focus: giving new ideas the oxygen they need. He’ll help us reflect on the question:  
    How can we protect creative thinking?
    A conversation with Scott Belsky, on this episode of Lead With a Question.
    Guest Bio:

    Scott Belsky is an entrepreneur, author, investor, and now serves as EVP & Chief Product Officer at Adobe. Scott founded Behance, the leading online platform for the creative industry to showcase and discover creative work, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. He is an early product advisor and investor in Pinterest, Uber, Carta, Flexport, sweetgreen, Ro, as well as several others in the early stages. Scott is also the author of two national bestselling books: Making Ideas Happen and The Messy Middle, writes a popular monthly newsletter called *Implications,* and founded 99U, a publication and annual conference devoted to productivity in the creative world.
    Scott's website:
    https://www.scottbelsky.com/
    Scott's newsletter:
    https://www.implications.com/
    The Messy Middle book:
    https://www.themessymiddle.com/
    Making Ideas Happen book:
    https://www.scottbelsky.com/bio-part-3-1

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    • 46 min
    Are we actually doing better than we think we are?

    Are we actually doing better than we think we are?

    Gale Pooley - Economist and Author
    With so much at stake in the decisions we make, especially at the global, societal, and environmental levels, it can be easy to feel like our options and our resources are ever-diminishing. We are emotional creatures, and the narratives we embrace matter. Our guest today has spent years tracking some of the most important metrics on earth–things like literacy rates, access to food, and availability of medicine. Far from being an escapist framework to deny the existence of real-world problems, our conversation today left us with the feeling that we had just visited a refueling station, and we were now ready to jump back in to keep doing the hard work. So today, we’ll consider the hopeful question:  
    Are we actually doing better than we think we are?
    A conversation with economist and author Gale Pooley, on this episode of Lead With a Question.
    Guest Bio:

    Gale L. Pooley is an associate professor of business management at Brigham Young University-Hawaii. He has taught economics and statistics at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Boise State University, and the College of Idaho.
    Dr. Pooley earned his BBA in Economics at Boise State University. He did graduate work at Montana State University and completed his PhD at the University of Idaho. In 1986 he founded Analytix Group, a real estate valuation and consulting firm. The Analytix Group has performed over 5,000 appraisals in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.
    Dr. Pooley has held professional designations from the Appraisal Institute, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and the CCIM Institute. He has published articles in Forbes, National Review, HumanProgress, The American Spectator, FEE, the Utah Bar Journal, the Appraisal Journal, Quillette, and RealClearMarkets.
    Dr. Pooley is a Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute and serves on the board of HumanProgress.org. He is also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. He has presented at FreedomFest and the COSM Technology conference. His major research activity has been the Simon Abundance Index, which he co-authored with Dr. Marian Tupy.
    Dr. Pooley's book, Superabundance, is available here.
    Superabundance website:
    https://www.superabundance.com/

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    • 46 min
    How can we create opportunities for future generations?

    How can we create opportunities for future generations?

    Bonnie Lin - Impact Investor and Advisor
    At BraveCore, we believe in turning pain into power. This can mean different things to different people, but at its heart, the principle teaches us that instead of avoiding a challenge or remaining stuck in our pain, we choose to let it fuel our future. Today’s guest is one of the best examples we’ve seen yet. Whether winning a fight with cancer, grappling with questions about her life’s purpose, or digging deep to redefine hardships of the past, she’s seeking sustainable, meaningful ways to empower the global citizens of tomorrow. Together, she’ll help us ponder the question:  
    How can we create opportunities for future generations?
    A conversation with impact investor and advisor Bonnie Lin, on this episode of Lead With a Question.
    Guest Bio:

    Bonnie Lin is the Managing Director of The Rainmakers Global and Investment Committee member of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2). She is an impact investor, advisor, and speaker who specializes in scaling technology ventures in global markets and works with family offices, corporates, and governments to accelerate innovation ecosystems with strategic capital.
     
    Bonnie has spent 25 years driving innovation and growth in private, public, and nonprofit sectors in North America and the Asia Pacific, and has expertise in change leadership, venture capital, and economic development. Her background spans marketing for 90s dot coms turned tech giants, lean manufacturing, global supply chain, and cross-border M&A in Taiwan and China, and R&D grants under the Obama Administration during the 2008 Recession. In addition to working with over 100 leaders from Fortune 500 companies to Shark Tank, she founded 4 companies including a tech startup and real estate investment brokerage. 
     
    A cancer survivor whose childhood was spent in a Buddhist monastery, Bonnie is led by a purpose to collaborate for the responsible transfer of intergenerational wealth, knowledge, and power for the greater good. An advocate for education, entrepreneurship, and women in leadership, she is a Board Trustee of The Fogarty Foundation, mentors entrepreneurs, and has previously served on the boards of the US District Export Council and Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition.
     
    Bonnie resides in San Francisco and Perth and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She earned her Bachelors at the University of California, Berkeley, her MBA from the University of Phoenix, and completed executive certificates in Venture Capital and Economics from Berkeley School of Law and Value Investing from Columbia Business School.
    Bonnie's website:
    https://www.bonnielin.com
    Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund:
    https://www.sv2.org

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    • 55 min
    How can you stay true to yourself as a leader?

    How can you stay true to yourself as a leader?

    John Ondrasik - Singer and Songwriter, Five For Fighting
    In The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien captures a solid bit of advice from Bilbo, directed toward his nephew Frodo. He says, 
    “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
    In the pursuit of success, it’s tempting to chase shiny objects. That’s certainly true in the music industry. But in spite of having two platinum albums, hundreds of credits on soundtracks, ads, and tv shows, AND composing a song that brought America together in the days following 9/11, today’s guest has stayed grounded, even as he continued to dream big dreams. Together, we’ll consider the question:  
    How can you stay true to yourself as a leader?
    A conversation with John Ondrasik, AKA Five For Fighting, on this episode of Lead With a Question.
    Guest Bio:

    The only way for a story to progress is to turn the page. John Ondrasik— the songwriter and performer known as the platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, Five For Fighting—knows this well. In the two decades since his first major single, “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” hit the stratosphere, the artist has both evolved and come back ‘round full circle. Creativity, if nothing else, is paradoxical.
    To date, Five For Fighting, has released six studio LPs, including the platinum certified America Town and The Battle for Everything; and the top-10 charting Two Lights, along with an EP and live albums.
    Ondrasik has penned major hits, including the chart-topping “100 Years,” “The Riddle,” “Chances,” “World,” and “Easy Tonight,” which have earned tens of millions of streams and place him as a top-10 Hot Adult Contemporary artist for the 2000s. The reflective “100 Years” has joined “Superman (It’s Not Easy)” as part of the American Songbook and continues to stand the test of time at weddings, birthdays, graduations, memorials, and many a home video. Five For Fighting’s music has also been featured in more than 350 films, television shows, and commercials, including the Oscar-winning The Blind Side, Hawaii Five-O, The Sopranos and the CBS drama, Code Black.
    Today, Ondrasik spends his time writing music, touring, working at the family business, and enjoying life with his wife, two children, and dog Ender.
    Learn more about John's work at
    www.fiveforfighting.com
    www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com


     

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    • 54 min

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33 Ratings

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Meaningful content for leaders of all fashions

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We are the future

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Great insights with diverse perspectives

5 or 6 episodes in and I am impressed with the content. Unique perspectives and approaches to working in a team environment. Whether you’re a “leader” or a “individual contributor “ each episode has something for you. Great stuff team Bravecore!

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