What if you were able to sit down with some of the greatest leaders in the world? What would you ask? What would they say? Welcome to the “Linch with a Leader” Podcast with Mike Linch, where you are invited to join us in learning the spiritual principles behind big success.
Episode 149: “Redefining Failure” with Dr. Karyn Gordon
Why do nearly all of us struggle with failure? How can we fail forward, rather than collapsing and giving in? How can we parent effectively through our kids’ failures? Dr. Karyn Gordon sits down with Mike to talk through some of her personal experiences in dealing with failures of all kinds, and how we can be propelled to a flourishing life through failures and setbacks we encounter. Additionally, Mike and Dr. Gordon discuss concepts from her book, The Three Chairs, which aims at equipping today’s leaders with essential skills to lead their organizations well.
Dr. Karyn Gordon is the CEO and co-founder of DK Leadership, a global leadership coaching company whose purpose is developing great leaders at work and home. She has spoken to more than 500,000 people across 17 countries—including Fortune 500 companies, family businesses, entrepreneurs, professional associations, and others. A sought-after media personality and contributor, she has worked with Good Morning America, Forbes, The New York Times, and Cityline.
Dr. Karyn has worked as a professional coach to global CEO’s, organizations, and families for over 20 years. She has a Doctorate in Marriage and Family and additional certifications in leadership, EQ, personality, wellness, and career direction. In 2021, she was nominated for the 29th annual RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award.
Episode 148: "Own Your Past, Change Your Future" with Dr. John Delony
Episode 147: “Stay the Course” with Coach Philip Haywood
Something we don’t see quite as celebrated today as in decades past is longevity: the ability to last and stick with something for a long time. In this episode of Linch with a Leader, Mike sits down with one of the legends in American high school football history, Coach Philip Haywood. In his conversation with Mike Linch, Coach Haywood shares how his role as a coach is far more than about winning; it’s about changing lives.
Haywood is the head football coach at Belfry High School in Belfry, Kentucky. He is the winningest high school football coach in Kentucky history, amassing more than 465 wins over 47 seasons, including eight state runner-up finishes and seven state championships. Haywood has been honored by his peers on numerous occasions, being named the Louisville Courier-Journal overall Coach of the Year numerous times, and either Class AA or Class AAA Coach of the Year seven times. In 2013, he was voted USA Today’s Best High School Football Coach, and in 2017 was named Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.
One of Haywood’s biggest trademarks is his off-the-field activities related to youth and church activities. He has been the FCA huddle leader at Belfry for more than 35 years and is presently a youth leader at his church. He speaks regularly at churches, youth meetings, and various functions. When speaking at football clinics, he quickly turns to one of his favorite topics related to why we coach and the values we should be teaching our kids.
Coach Haywood was indicted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. He is also the author of Faith, Family, and Football, in which he shares his life story through the vehicle of his career in coaching and the three most important things in his life: faith, family, and football. Beyond a sports story, Faith, Family, and Football is a playbook for a successful life whether you are a coach, athlete, or parent.
Episode 146: Leading from a Blank Page with Charles Martin
What does it look like to lead from the “blank page” every day? That’s what Mike Linch discusses with bestselling author Charles Martin in this episode of the Linch with a Leader podcast. Charles shares about his dream of becoming a professional football player, and how God used a devastating, career-ending injury in college to help shape what would become an incredible career in writing. From humble beginnings, to the struggles he has faced as an author, Charles is an open book in how God has continued to pen his story through the years. You will be blessed!
Charles Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of 18 previous novels, including his most recent, The Record Keeper. His work is available in 35+ languages. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife and their three sons.
Episode 145: Finding Your Leadership Voice with Annie F. Downs
Mike welcomes back author and speaker Annie F. Downs to the Linch with a Leader Podcast for an encore, as they pull apart what it takes to be an effective leader. But, even further than that, Mike and Annie discuss what it takes to be a healthy leader, given the stressors leaders face regularly.
Annie F. Downs is a best-selling author, nationally known speaker, and podcast host based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God.
Annie is the author of multiple best-selling books, including Remember God and 100 Days To Brave. By weaving together personal stories, humor, and Scripture, she invites those reading to experience fulfilled lives with a God who made them on purpose and loves them deeply.
While she loves writing- books, blogs, articles, thank-you notes- Annie also enjoys traveling around the world speaking at events, conferences, and churches.
Annie’s podcast- That Sounds Fun Podcast - releases new episodes every Monday and Thursday. Authors, pastors, musicians, comedians, chefs, athletes- Annie has them all and calls them all friend. You’ll love the conversation in every episode.
Episode 144: Change Has Changed with Dr. Sam Chand
Dr. Sam Chand becomes Mike’s first three-peat guest, as they discuss Dr. Chand’s most recent book, “Change Has Changed.” The pace of change was accelerating before, according to Dr. Chand. But the pandemic pressed the pedal to the floor. In his new book, Sam sets out to help leaders understand the evolving nature of change so that they can guide their organizations with wisdom and confidence. He examines three major shifts that he likens to three simultaneous earthquakes:
Our environment has changed.
We have changed.
The people around us have changed.
More about Dr. Chand:
Sam Chand is a former Pastor, college President, Chancellor and now serves as President Emeritus of Beulah Heights University. In this season of his life, Sam Chand does one thing—Leadership. His singular vision for his life is to Help Others Succeed. Sam consults with large churches and businesses on leadership and capacity enhancing issues, and has been named in the top-30 global Leadership Gurus list. He is the Founder & President of Dream Releaser Coaching and Dream Releaser Media & Publishing.
Leading from the Heart
Keep up the great work coach! Your talks allow me to “refill the tank” over and over again.
Mike asks great questions, and invites quality leaders to interview. No matter who you lead, this podcast is for YOU!
Leading with a Purpose
Mike does a great job of bringing out the authentic and powerful Christian leadership gems from his guests. I can’t wait for each episode to drop. Very well done and impactful for the Kingdom.