300 episodes

If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today's brightest minds: our generation's non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff's Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee.

Read to Lead Podcast Jeff Brown

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If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today's brightest minds: our generation's non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff's Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee.

    523: Small Actions, Big Impact with Drs. Adaira Landry and Resa Lewiss

    523: Small Actions, Big Impact with Drs. Adaira Landry and Resa Lewiss

    Today, I’m featuring one of the 9 books I’m most looking forward to in 2024.













    This marks the fourth author (or authors, in this case) of the nine I’ve manage to showcase so far. Who knows, maybe I’ll eventually interview all nine!







    Today’s guests are the coauthors of the book MicroSkills: Small Actions, Big Impact. I believe it to be the handbook that everyone who wants to be successful in their career needs to read.







    The promise of this book is simple: if you buy this book on Friday, you will be better at your job by Monday.MicroSkills is built on one core, easy-to-learn principle: every big goal, complicated task, healthy habit, and, yes, even what we think of as character traits, can be broken down into small, learnable, skills that can be practiced, and incorporated real-time. The doctors call these: MicroSkills.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Dr. Landry and Dr. Lewis and there work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, I ask Drs. Landry and Lewiss about:









    * How to limit the time you spend in meetings







    * The art of learning to pause before saying “yes” to new opportunities







    * What leaders need to know about giving useful feedback







    * And lots more!









    Order Adaira and Resa’s Book







    You can order your copy of MicroSkills: Small Actions, Big Impact right now!







    Consider Ordering My Book Too!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Note-Making Mastery Cohort AND the Read to Lead Community







    Note-Making Mastery Cohort is now available as a self-paced course! Check it out.







    Also, consider giving ReadtoLead+ a try free for two weeks!







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    • 40 min
    522: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact with Liz Wiseman (an Encore Presentation of Episode 400)

    522: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact with Liz Wiseman (an Encore Presentation of Episode 400)

    Today’s episode is a milestone episode in so many ways. It’s episode 400, of course, but several other “yours, mine, and ours” type milestones are also at play. To hear about each one of them, click the play button below.













    Today’s guest, Liz Wiseman, has been one of my favorite leadership authors for the better part of fifteen years, ever since I first learned of her work with her first book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.







    But Multipliers needs to now move over and make room on the shelf for her latest, as I feel it’s a book every employee, regardless of their title, should read.







    It’s called Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact.







    Drawing on insights from leaders at top companies, Liz explains what the most influential players are doing differently, how small and seemingly insignificant differences in how we think and act can make an enormous impact, and why—with a little coaching—this mindset is available to everyone who wants to contribute at their highest level.  







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Liz and her work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, Liz and I chat about:









    * The key differences in how Impact Players think and work







    * Why it’s important to look beyond your ideal job and, instead, do the job that needs to be done







    * Examples of how top contributors deal with pressure and high-demand situations







    * And lots more!









    Order Liz’s Book







    You can order your copy of Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact right now!







    Consider Ordering My New Book Too!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Liz in Action



















    Check Out These Additional Resources







    Grab a copy of Liz’s book now.

    • 48 min
    521: The Future of Behavior Design with Dr. BJ Fogg (an Encore Presentation of Episode 324)

    521: The Future of Behavior Design with Dr. BJ Fogg (an Encore Presentation of Episode 324)

    While technically today’s featured book was released in 2019 (December 31 to be exact), I’ve dubbed it my favorite book of 2020!

    Upon reading it, I immediately wanted to share it and attempt to teach its concepts to others. That, to me, is the mark of a great book.



    What is this amazing book?

    Well, it’s the New York Times bestseller Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything by Dr. BJ Fogg. Or, as BJ would now call it if he could rename it, Tiny Habits: The Future of Behavior Design.

    The book sleeve on the front cover says confidently, “This book will change your life.” Just yesterday, my wife saw the book on my desk and asked if the claim was true. I answered with a resounding “YES!”

    With breakthrough discoveries in every chapter, you’ll learn the simplest proven ways to transform your life. Whether you want to lose weight, de-stress, sleep better, or be more productive each day, Tiny Habits makes it easy to achieve.

    Click the play button below to join our conversation now, or keep scrolling for a summary.

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    In today’s episode, Dr. Fogg and I explore:



    * How tiny can be transformative

    * His e=mc2-level behavior model

    * How to use the model not just to create good habits but how to adjust the model to bring an end to bad habits

    * And lots more!



    Dr. Fogg in Action



    Dr. Fogg’s Book

    You can order Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything right now!

    Books Dr. Fogg Recommends

    Don’t Shoot the Dog: The Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor

    Social Learning and Imitation by Neal E. Miller

    The Principles of Psychology Vol. 1 & 2 by William James

    Check Out These Additional Resources

    Visit Dr. Fogg’s website for more on him and his work.

    Grab a copy of Fogg’s book now.

    Invite Dr. Fogg to keynote your next event.

    Connect with Dr. Fogg on Twitter and LinkedIn.

    Don’t miss this super-secret resource BJ shared during out interview.

    • 37 min
    520: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – 30th Anniversary Edition (an Encore Presentation of Episode 319)

    520: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – 30th Anniversary Edition (an Encore Presentation of Episode 319)

    What an honor it is to be asked to participate in the launch of the 30th Anniversary Edition of the #1 business book of the 20th century!

    And what a treat it is to talk to the son and namesake of the author himself, Mr. Stephen M. R. Covey.



    I can honestly say, if the Read to Lead Podcast were to come to an end after today, I would be at complete peace with that.

    Why? Because today I am privileged to conduct what is arguably the single most important interview of my 30+ year career.

    Not only is Stephen M. R. Covey an accomplished author in his own right (with a New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book under his belt), but he’s agreed to field questions from a handful of those impacted by his father’s book over the years.

    By “those impacted” I’m talking about you! That’s right. Every question I’m posing to Stephen was submitted by a listener to the podcast.

    Of course, the book I’m referring to is called The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: 30th Anniversary Edition.

    This is a ‘can’t miss’ conversation!

    Click the play button below to join our conversation now, or keep scrolling for a summary.

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    In today’s episode, Stephen and I explore your questions around:



    * Beginning with the End in Mind

    * Thinking Win-Win

    * Being Proactive rather than Reactive

    * And lots more!





    30th Anniversary Edition Out Now

    You can order The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: 30th Anniversary Edition right now!

    Stephen in Action



    Books Stephen Recommends

    The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildy Important Goals by Sean Covey, Chris McChesney, and Jim Huling

    The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M. R. Covey

    Check Out These Additional Resources

    Visit Stephen’s website for more on him and his work.

    Find out more about Stephen’s services.

    Connect with Stephen on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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    • 50 min
    519: The Practice and Shipping Creative Work with Seth Godin (an Encore Presentation of Episode 344)

    519: The Practice and Shipping Creative Work with Seth Godin (an Encore Presentation of Episode 344)

    If I had to make the difficult choice of selecting just 20 books to access for the remainder of my life, I could do a lot worse than the 20 written so far by today’s special guest.







    Seth Godin is special to me for a lot of reasons; not the least of which is he is almost singlehandedly responsible for helping rekindle my love of reading.







    Seth Godin image credit Darius Bashar and Archangel





    In fact, you could go so far as to say that, without Seth Godin, there’s a real good chance the last seven-plus years of my life would have been spent doing something else.







    But thanks to his book Purple Cow, I’m here instead. And the beauty of that is, so are you.







    Seth’s latest book, released last week, is called The Practice: Shipping Creative Work, and I am thrilled to dive into it in this episode with Seth and with you.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to join our conversation now. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, I ask Seth about:









    * Trusting yourself enough to do what you were made to do







    * Why he believes that seeking reassurance is futile







    * Why he feels authenticity is a trap







    * And lots more!









    Seth’s New Book







    You can order a copy of The Practice: Shipping Creative Work right now.







    Seth in Action















    Books Seth Recommends







    The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield







    The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander







    Just Kids by Patti Smith







    Check Out These Resources







    Visit Seth’s website for more on him and his work.







    Grab a copy of Seth’s book now.







    Inquiring about inviting Seth to keynote your next event? a href="seth@sethgodin.

    • 22 min
    518: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully with Elaine Lin Hering

    518: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully with Elaine Lin Hering

    If there’s a topic not talked about all that much, it’s the topic of silence. The kind that says why speak up if you know that it won’t be received well and often makes things worse?













    Today’s guest, Elaine Lin Hering, explores how we’ve learned to be silent, how we’ve benefited from silence, how we’ve silenced other people—and how we might choose another way.







    She teaches ways to recognize and unlearn unconscious patterns so we can make more intentional choices about how we want to show up. Only by unlearning silence can we more fully unleash talent, speak our minds, and be more complete versions of ourselves…and help other people do the same.







    Elaine’s new book releases next week on March 19 and you can pre-order it right now. It’s called Unlearning Silence: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Elaine and her work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, I ask Elaine about:









    * How peer pressure and our valuing sameness over uniqueness play a role in how we silence ourselves







    * Some of the ways that we, often unintentionally, we silence others







    * What she means when she says that unlearning silence isn’t always about speaking up







    * And lots more!









    Order Elaine’s Book







    You can order your copy of Unlearning Silence: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully right now!







    Consider Ordering My Book Too!







    Purchase a copy of my new book (written with Jesse Wisnewski) Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career. There, you can also download the introduction and first chapter for free!







    Note-Making Mastery Cohort AND the Read to Lead Community







    Note-Making Mastery Cohort is now available as a self-paced course! Check it out.







    Also, consider giving ReadtoLead+ a try free for two weeks!







    Books Elaine Recommends







    Micro Activism by Omkari Williams







    Check Out These Additional Resources

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
508 Ratings

508 Ratings

vaugheli ,

Insightful and Engaging!

First and foremost- Jeff Brown’s interviewing style is super engaging and he holds such a smooth flow in conversations making the listening experience enjoyable and the listeners wanting more!
I loved the episode with Damon Lembi, the ‘Learnit All Leader’. In this particular episode the conversation focuses on self-improvement as a cornerstone for effective leadership which was particularly inspiring for me. 6/5 stars!

madi micucci ,

Insightful conversations!

I love that Jeff advocates for reading in the age of bite sized information! Recently listened in ep 490 with Damon Lembi and loved the conversation about making failure impossible by going all- in on learning.

MaryPern ,

A wonderful podcast

Love this podcast! Jeff's passion for literature and leadership is infectious, creating a space where listeners can embark on a transformative journey through the power of books. The engaging conversations provide a wealth of knowledge and practical takeaways for both avid readers and aspiring leaders. The interview with Damon Lembi was one of my favorite episodes yet!

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