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The L3 Leadership Podcast is focused on leadership development and personal growth. We are obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximizing the impact of your leadership. We release a new episode every week to help you grow and develop as a leader. You will hear a mix of personal lessons from our Founder, Doug Smith, and conversations Doug has with world-class leaders from around the world. Doug interviews leaders like Pittsburgh Steelers Coach, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Penguins Coach, Mike Sullivan, Tony Horton, Liz Wiseman, Brian Tome, John Mark Comer, Mark Batterson, Ryan Hawk, Nona Jones, Claude Silver, Ken Coleman, Christy Wright, Rachel Cruze, Mark Cole, and many more. Our hope is that you will not only learn great leadership lessons but that you will catch great leadership from the lives of the leaders that we expose you to.

The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith Doug Smith

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    • 4.9 • 115 Ratings

The L3 Leadership Podcast is focused on leadership development and personal growth. We are obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximizing the impact of your leadership. We release a new episode every week to help you grow and develop as a leader. You will hear a mix of personal lessons from our Founder, Doug Smith, and conversations Doug has with world-class leaders from around the world. Doug interviews leaders like Pittsburgh Steelers Coach, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Penguins Coach, Mike Sullivan, Tony Horton, Liz Wiseman, Brian Tome, John Mark Comer, Mark Batterson, Ryan Hawk, Nona Jones, Claude Silver, Ken Coleman, Christy Wright, Rachel Cruze, Mark Cole, and many more. Our hope is that you will not only learn great leadership lessons but that you will catch great leadership from the lives of the leaders that we expose you to.

    Jeff Henderson on How to Become Raving Fans of Your Customers

    Jeff Henderson on How to Become Raving Fans of Your Customers

    Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug and Jeff discuss Jeff’s new book, “Know What You’re FOR: A Growth Strategy for Work, An Even Better Strategy for Life”.

    About Jeff: Jeff Henderson believes in the power of words. As an entrepreneur, speaker, pastor and business leader, Jeff is a master communicator at his core. He has witnessed firsthand the capacity for language to dictate vision and for vision to transform the cultures of companies and organizations worldwide. Recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of twenty speakers you shouldn’t miss, Jeff has helped lead three of North Point Ministries’ churches in the Atlanta, GA area since 2003. As a much sought after thought-leader, Jeff knows the value of effective communication to spur growth and believes it is the key to impact change in one’s life ultimately.
    Jeff has seen this outlook pays dividends in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. Prior to serving as a pastor, Jeff worked in marketing with the Atlanta Braves, Callaway Gardens, Lake Lanier Islands and Chick-fil-A, Inc., where he led the company’s sports marketing and regional marketing efforts. Jeff understands what it takes to build something from the ground up having founded several organizations including Champion Tribes, Preaching Rocket, MNTR (fka Launch Youniversity) and The For Company which helps churches and businesses grow by using the FOR strategy. Whether established or emerging, Jeff has a heart for developing leadership.
    Fueled by the passion to see individuals and businesses thrive, Jeff has become a trusted voice for those who want to see true success in themselves and their sphere of influence. Jeff has a way of inspiring people to reach their maximum potential while understanding that it will not only positively impact one’s company and organization but also establish a legacy of healthy growth.
    6 Key Takeaways:
    1. Jeff discusses his book, Know What You’re FOR.
    2. He gives advice to leaders on how to get clear on what they are known for.
    3. He discusses the importance of customer engagement on social media.
    4. Jeff talks about gratitude systems and how they add value to organizations.
    5. He shares how individuals can be for their cities.
    6. Jeff talks about what he is currently learning and working on.

    Quotes From the Episode:
    “You need to bake purpose into purchase.”
    “Never assume.”
    “Vision rarely repeated is quickly forgotten.”
    “My life moves to a better place when I move at a sustainable pace.”

    Resources Mentioned:
    Know What You’re FOR  by Jeff Henderson and John C. Maxwell
    Northpoint Ministries

    Connect with Jeff:
    Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

    • 52 min
    Doug Smith on How to Have Hard Conversations

    Doug Smith on How to Have Hard Conversations

    Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, you'll hear L3 Leadership Founder, Doug Smith, share on the subject, "How to Have Hard Conversations."

    About Doug:  Doug Smith is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission and Founder and CEO of L3 Leadership. He is the author of his eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring”, a step by step guide to help you build and cultivate relationships with mentors. He blogs at dougsmithlive.com, he is host of the L3 Leadership podcast, and he is a sought after public speaker. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, who currently works as an Account Executive at Ivalua. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.

    4 Key Takeaways:
     Doug shares his journey in learning how to have hard conversations. He talks about the ground rules everyone needs to agree on before having hard conversations. He walks listeners through the 7 steps he uses to have hard conversations. Doug shares how to recognize when you need to have a hard conversation with somebody.Quotes From the Episode:
    “In Matthew 18, Jesus sets up a process of having hard conversations.”
    “We go to people, not behind their backs.”
    “We have honest, hard, and awkward conversations all the time.”
    “We don’t let things linger.”
    “Learn and know that everybody communicates differently and we will respond accordingly.”

    Resources Mentioned:
    Changes that Heal by Dr. Henry Cloud (affiliate link)
    Future Forward Churches
    Pittsburgh Property Showcase
    Predictive Index Personality Test

    Connect with Doug:
    Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram

    • 22 min
    Todd Henry on Going Full Time with Your Side Hustle, Leading Creatives, and Writing Books

    Todd Henry on Going Full Time with Your Side Hustle, Leading Creatives, and Writing Books

    Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Todd talks to Doug about his transition from The Accidental Creative being a side hustle to a full time company, leading creatives, and writing books.

    About Todd:  Positioning himself as an "arms dealer for the creative revolution", Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. With more than ten million downloads, his podcast The Accidental Creative offers weekly tips for how to stay prolific, brilliant, and healthy.
    Todd's book Die Empty was named by Amazon.com as one of the best books of 2013.
    His latest book, The Motivation Code, is about the hidden forces that drive deep engagement and brilliant work.

    4 Key Takeaways:
    1. Todd breaks down what he feels creative people need in order to work well.
    2. He talks about how he got his start in podcasting and made the jump from having it be his side gig to full time.
    3. Todd discusses his upcoming book, The Daily Creative.
    4. He talks about his book writing process and gives advice to aspiring writers.
    Quotes From the Episode:
    “You have to have a vision for the direction you want to go.”
    “The more precise you can be in how you talk about what you do, the more likely you are to resonate with other people.”
    “Leading is about people.”
    “When you lead well your influence echoes for generations to come.”

    Guest Resources Mentioned:
    The Daily Creative  by Todd Henry
    The Accidental Creative Podcast
    The Coaching Habit  by Michael Bungay Stanier

    Connect with Todd:
    Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram 

    • 33 min
    Doug Smith on Lessons I'm Learning at 37 Years Old

    Doug Smith on Lessons I'm Learning at 37 Years Old

    Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug takes some time to reflect on where he is in his life during his 37th year, what is important to him at this time, and the lessons he’s learned thus far.

    About Doug: Doug Smith is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission and Founder and CEO of L3 Leadership. He is the author of his eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring”, a step by step guide to help you build and cultivate relationships with mentors. He blogs at dougsmithlive.com, he is host of the L3 Leadership podcast, and he is a sought after public speaker. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, who currently works as an Account Executive at Ivalua. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.

    4 Key Takeaways:
    1. Doug shares an exciting announcement!
    2. He reflects upon what getting older means to him.
    3. Doug talks about goals he came away with from a spiritual retreat.
    4. He emphasizes the importance of marriage, family, and legacy.

    Quotes From the Episode:
    “At 37, I’m still more grateful for life than I’ve ever been.”
    “Getting older is a gift.”
    “Always have something to look forward to.”
    “At 37, we’re stewarding a life for God.”
    “Your decisions matter.”
    “Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

    Guest Resources Mentioned:
    Who Not How by Dan Sullivan & Dr. Benjamin Hardy
    Light Of Life

    Connect with Doug:
    Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram 

    • 26 min
    AJ Vaden on Building and Monetizing Your Personal Brand

    AJ Vaden on Building and Monetizing Your Personal Brand

    Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, AJ talks about how she helps people find their own personal brand and why having a personal brand is important for success.

    About AJ:  AJ Vaden is Co-founder and CEO of Brand Builders Group, an international speaker, million-dollar producer and cohost of The Influential Personal Brand podcast. As a personal brand strategist, she challenges and inspires people to reinvent themselves as part of building and monetizing their personal brand. AJ has personally worked with thousands of individuals to help them focus their expertise, expand their reach, build their reputation and brand the one thing no one else has, their name.
    Over the last 10 years she has been a part of founding, launching and building a very successful 8- figure coaching business, a multi million-dollar consulting business, and a 7-figure speaking business. Along with her company Brand Builders Group, AJ was featured in a 3-page spread in Success Magazine on the impacts of personal branding as well as recently being named as one of the Top 5 Personal Branding Speakers of 2019. Her client roster includes working with top level executives from organizations such as Bridgestone, Verizon Cellular Sales, Home Franchise Concepts and DIRECTV as well as working with well known speakers, best selling authors, entrepreneurs and online influencers such as mega podcast host Lewis Howes and original “shark”, creator of the infomercial and serial entrepreneur Kevin Harrington.

    AJ has taken 25 years of setbacks, successes, tragedies and overcoming and distilled them into simple yet powerful lessons that will help anyone become better than ever.
    4 Key Takeaways:
    1. AJ gives advice to someone looking to narrow down their personal brand.
    2. She talks about how her company, Brand Builders Group, works with people looking to build their personal brand.
    3. AJ talks about how personal brands are a growing trend.
    4. She highlights how important content creation is for growing your personal brand.

    Quotes From the Episode:
    “Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should.”
    “I want to be someone who is known for making a difference in this world.”
    “Personal branding is an extension of who you are and what you want to be known for.”

    Guest Resources Mentioned:
    Brand Builders Group
    Free Brand Call
    Connect with AJ:
    Instagram | Website | Facebook

    • 57 min
    Ed Glover on Why Leaders Need to do Something about the Fatherlessness Issue in our World

    Ed Glover on Why Leaders Need to do Something about the Fatherlessness Issue in our World

    Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Ed Glover shares the vision of why he started the ManUp conference and the impact it’s had on the community.

    About Ed: Rev. Dr. Ed Glover is the Founder and President of Urban Impact Foundation.  He currently serves as Associate Preacher and Director of Urban Missions at Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickley, PA. Pastor Ed and his wife Tammy have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

    5 Key Takeaways:
    1. Ed shares his goals behind ManUp.
    2. He provides statistics on the impact of fatherlessness.
    3. Ed talks about what Urban Impact does from day to day.
    4. He talks about the impact that Urban Impact has on the community.
    5. Ed shares a message he feels is relevant to men today.

    Quotes From the Episode:
    “I wanted to impact men, and I wanted to impact the fatherless.”
    “Fatherlessness is destroying the family, it’s destroying the very fabric of our country.”
    “We’re encouraging men to get involved in their community.”
    “You repent and God redeems.”
    Guest Resources Mentioned:
    ManUp Pittsburgh
    Urban Impact Foundation
    Connect with Ed:
    Webpage 

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

Sarah Westby ,

Great Podcast

Doug does an excellent job with this podcast. His interviews have a really nice flow to them and he asks relevant questions that provide valuable insight to the listener! The episode with John O’Leary was my favorite and stuck with me for days after listening to it. Keep up the good work!

Anastasia Violet Lipske ,

Great podcast of value to people in business!

Great podcast! I especially enjoyed his episode 308 on podcasting lessons he learned and wished he had known earlier on.

I love it when people share tips and tricks about anything they learned that can spare people some pain if they'll just pay attention!

This episode is valuable not just for podcast hosts (and aspiring hosts) but also people who are podcast guesting. Seeing things from the host's point of view can help a guest establish best practices on how to strengthen their relationship with hosts prior to and after the interview and be the type of guest they will refer to other hosts or sometimes even invite back.

I really like Doug's style in this podcast as he's easy to understand and brings in some great guests who share an immense amount of valuable content.

zoverflow ,

Great conversations!

Love the L3 Leadership podcast! Doug is a great interviewer, and always seems to be able to get great insight out of the leaders he has conversations with! If you’re hungry to keep leveling up as a leader, this pod is for you!

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