10 episodes

Based on interviews with hundreds of executives and leaders at dozens of successful companies around the world as they learned their most important leadership lessons - sometimes the hard way. Featuring stories from executives at Procter & Gamble, Dollar General, Hewlett Packard, Kellogg's, Dun & Bradstreet, Saatchi & Saatchi, Verizon, and many more. Each episode brings you an important lesson through a single compelling story.

Lead with a Story Podcast Paul Smith

    • Management
    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

Based on interviews with hundreds of executives and leaders at dozens of successful companies around the world as they learned their most important leadership lessons - sometimes the hard way. Featuring stories from executives at Procter & Gamble, Dollar General, Hewlett Packard, Kellogg's, Dun & Bradstreet, Saatchi & Saatchi, Verizon, and many more. Each episode brings you an important lesson through a single compelling story.

    Learning from Leaders

    Learning from Leaders

    Humor Engineer, Drew Tarvin, recently partnered with the Procter & Gamble alumni organization to start a new podcast with former P&G executives called Learning from Leaders, and it’s open to the public.

    Join me on this episode with Drew for a brief discussion about the podcast, some of its early guests, and some of the early insights from his interviews with these industry leaders.

    You can find Drew’s new podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and most of the podcast servers. Or, find it here: https://www.pgalums.com/podcast  To learn more about Drew, visit: humorthatworks.com.

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    Paul Smith is one of the world’s leading experts on business storytelling. He’s a keynote speaker, storytelling coach, and bestselling author.







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    • 7 min
    The 10-hour Plan to Publish a Bestseller

    The 10-hour Plan to Publish a Bestseller

    “Hey Paul, I’m thinking about writing a book. Can we talk? I’d love to get some advice.”







    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten that email since my first book came out eight years ago. I usually end up spending an hour explaining everything I’ve learned about the subject. And I’m always happy to do so.



























    But on my podcast this week, I had someone on who knows far more about it than I do — publisher and global credibility expert Mitchell Levy. And his method turns everything I thought I knew about getting books published on its head.







     















    Click the play button above and listen to our conversation about:









    * 3 reasons why people typically write a book

    * What your “Customer Point of Pain” (CPOP) is

    * My first mistake after writing a book

    * Why asking “How do I sell more books” is the wrong question to ask

    * Would you feel awkward introducing yourself as a “bestselling author” (Spoiler: I do.)

    * Mitchell’s #1 technique for getting a book into people’s hands.

    * Amazon’s KBD program

    * How to be a bestselling author with only 10 hours effort









    You can find out more about Mitchell at his website: mitchelllevy360.com.







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    Paul Smith is one of the world’s leading experts on business storytelling. He’s a keynote speaker, storytelling coach, and bestselling author.







    Connect with him via email here. Follow him on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.







    Sign up for his newsletter here to get one new story a week delivered to your inbox.









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    • 37 min
    From Frustration to Founder: Building a Business That Should Have Been There Already

    From Frustration to Founder: Building a Business That Should Have Been There Already

    Jason Hartman has

    been earned a small fortune in real estate across 11 states and 17 cities. His

    office boasts pictures of him with Richard Branson, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve

    Forbes, Tony Robbins, and Brittany Spears, among others. But he didn’t start

    his most profitable business until he sold his real estate company and created

    a business that had never existed before. And that’s where this week’s lesson

    comes in.







    Click play above to listen to my conversation with Jason where he’ll share what lead up to all that. We get to the first big lesson around the 14-minute mark, and number two starting at 16:30.







    Key Take Away







    After listening, here’s my challenge to you: Over the next week, any time you find yourself wanting something that just doesn’t exist (yet), write it down. By the end of the week, you’ll have a whole list of great business ideas.







    You can find Jason

    at www.jasonhartman.com or email him

    at Jason@jasonhartman.com.







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    Paul Smith is one of the world’s leading experts on business storytelling. He’s a keynote speaker, storytelling coach, and bestselling author.







    Connect with him via email here. Follow him on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.







    Sign up for his newsletter here to get one new story a week delivered to your inbox.

    • 25 min
    Monkeying around with corporate policy 2

    Monkeying around with corporate policy 2

    IMAGINE CONDUCTING this experiment. Put five monkeys in a cage with a bunch of bananas hanging from the ceiling. Underneath the bananas, place a ladder just tall enough to reach them. read more

    • 8 min
    9 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Future

    9 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Future

    Confession: I was a little disappointed when I started reading this book and realized it was fiction. I thought I was reading a serious, non-fiction business book. But then I couldn’t put it down. And by the time I was done, it was my favorite business book I’ve read in the last year. 

    That was just one of six true confessions I admitted to author Skip Prichard while interviewing him about The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future. Like an experienced novelist, Prichard weaves a magical tale of mystery and intrigue so captivating you won’t even realize you’re learning something important about your work and your life. I’d compare it to Eliyahu Goldratt’s The Goal. In fact, I think it’s better. 

    As I do with all my podcasts, I’m including a little something below to read as a summary. But the summary is only a fraction of the value and enjoyment you’ll get out of listening to our conversation and reading the book. Click play above and join us to learn more about success, and the rest of my confessions. . . 

    9 Mistakes

    #1 – Working on Someone Else’s Dream – Don’t let your parents, spouse, friends, or strangers define your dreams for you. A life choreographed by someone else is not our finest performance. Live your own dream. (Another confession: I made this mistake 35 years ago and have regretted it ever since. Details in the interview at 18:15) 

    #2 – Allowing Someone Else to Define Your Value – Don’t let other people slap a price tag on you and tell you what you’re good at and not good at. Don’t accept limitations others put on you. 

    #3 – Accepting Excuses – If you want to take your life back, take your thoughts back. Excuses cannot withstand positive self-talk. 

    #4 – Surrounding Yourself with the Wrong People – Don’t spend more time picking out your clothes than you spend picking out your friends. Your friends determine your fate because we emulate the people we spend time with. 

    #5 – Staying in Your Comfort Zone – Mediocrity is the end result of too much comfort. Leaders consistently push beyond what’s comfortable. 

    #6 – Allowing Temporary Setbacks to Become Permanent Failures – There’s nothing wrong with a setback. Just keep going. 

    #7 – Trying to Blend In Instead of Standing Out – Most of us spend our lives learning to blend in when success is about standing out. Sameness makes you a commodity. 

    #8 – Thinking There Is a Fixed and Limited Amount of Success Available – Success isn’t like pie. Just because other people have some doesn’t mean there’s less left over for you. Be motivated, not intimidated, by other people’s success. 

    #9 – Believing You Have All the Time in the World – While there isn’t a limited amount of success in the world, there is a limited amount of time. Successful people have a sense of urgency. 

    You can learn more at www.thebookofmistakes.com. And you can find Skip at www.skipprichard.com. 

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    • 25 min
    A Leader’s Greatest Gift: Struggle

    A Leader’s Greatest Gift: Struggle

    It wasn’t until Bobby Herrera was eighteen, in the Army and three weeks into boot camp, polishing his boots by flashlight at 11:30 p.m., that he began to re-evaluate the value of struggle in making him the leader he is today as the CEO of the Populus Group, one of the fastest-growing HR service companies in the U.S.

    Herrera recounts that late night in boot camp in his new book, The Gift of Struggle: Life-Changing Lessons About Leading, which, interestingly, Patrick Lencioni called, “A powerful leadership book from the best CEO you’ve never heard of.”

    Here’s an excerpt.



    Surrounded by members of my new platoon, I found that most of the others were unprepared for long hours of drills, the sergeant’s demeaning profanity, and the systematic breakdown of everything we thought to be true about ourselves.

    As everyone around me that night complained about waking up at 4:30 a.m. to start the next torturous day of training, I realized it was not that different from the life I had lived at home. I had already endured years of labor in the fields, rising before dawn. I had already encountered blatant racism, and I was already accustomed to living without material comforts or much free time.

    That night it occurred to me that what I had already experienced was as tough as what I would face in the next few months. For the first time, having struggled early in life was turning out to be an advantage. It felt like a gift not to worry whether I would make it through basic training. I never questioned whether I could handle the grueling physicality and mental strain demanded from new recruits. I simply needed to draw on the persistence, strength, and resilience I already had.

    I was grateful for the sacrifices my parents had made, but it took longer to internalize that my dad—a humble, powerful peasant—had accomplished his goal for our family. Even though it didn’t feel like it as a kid, he had succeeded in providing opportunities for his children that were never available to him.

    Eventually I began to study in earnest what struggle had taught me, why I should be grateful for it, and how I could apply the lessons it offered. In each case, struggle gave me a gift. I realized that I could often look back to an event from my past to find the clarity I needed. When I found myself facing a new challenge, my life experience could provide a new story and a crucial lesson to add to what I knew.



    Click Play above to hear our whole conversation. And you can learn more about Bobby on LinkedIn or at his website: bobby-herrera.com. 

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Jakub[SOP] ,

Both fun and insightful!

Advice and stories that are applicable in your business and in your life! Great host, and variety of topics!

Brooke Craven ,

Awesome Podcast

Paul Smith, host of the Lead with a Story podcast, highlights all aspects of leadership and more in this can’t miss podcast. The host and expert guests offer insightful information and advice that is helpful to anyone that listens!

CaraF13 ,

The Power of Story-Shown!

This is a very unique and fun podcast that has the capability of sharing insightful stories in a brief amount of time! What I appreciate about stories is it zaps your feelings more which then helps connect you with the speaker. I loved listening to an episode about fantastic customer service. In about 9 minutes I was flushed with encouragement about how our customer service these days can bring in huge WOW FACTORS! I'm ready to be surprised in a wonderful way. Thanks for sharing Paul! CaraF13

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