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Christopher Lochhead Follow Your Different™ Podcast is a celebration of people, ideas and companies that stand out. A leader in the category “dialogue podcasts,” it feels like eavesdropping on a surprisingly captivating, candid, insightful, no-BS and conversation. Lochhead features legends whose names you will know and everyday legends who you’ll love getting to know. New York Times Bestselling author Hal Elrod calls it “one of the best podcasts of all time”, NBA Legend Bill Walton calls Lochhead “an exploding star – a quasar across the sky", The Marketing Journal says he’s “one of the best minds in marketing” and The Economist says he’s, “off-putting to some”.

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Christopher Lochhead Follow Your Different™ Podcast is a celebration of people, ideas and companies that stand out. A leader in the category “dialogue podcasts,” it feels like eavesdropping on a surprisingly captivating, candid, insightful, no-BS and conversation. Lochhead features legends whose names you will know and everyday legends who you’ll love getting to know. New York Times Bestselling author Hal Elrod calls it “one of the best podcasts of all time”, NBA Legend Bill Walton calls Lochhead “an exploding star – a quasar across the sky", The Marketing Journal says he’s “one of the best minds in marketing” and The Economist says he’s, “off-putting to some”.

    2024 Is 1939 (Again) In America

    2024 Is 1939 (Again) In America

    On this episode of Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different, the conversation takes a deep dive into the complex and sensitive situation in Gaza, Palestine, Israel, and the broader Middle East, and how our perception here in America is being warped by misinformation from different sides.



    You’re listening to Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different. We are the real dialogue podcast for people with a different mind. So get your mind in a different place, and hey ho, let’s go.

    A Feeling of Déjà Vu for America

    On the evening of Feb. 20, 1939, the marquee of Madison Square Garden was lit up for the big event: "Pro American Rally." But it was the farthest thing from being American as can be. Uniformed members of pro-Hitler group The German American Bund carried American and nazi flags.



    That being said, In the last week of December 1942, fifty leading German-Americans (including baseball legend Babe Ruth) signed a declaration condemning nazis which appeared in ten major American daily newspapers. Ultimately, American patriots stopped the American nazis.



    Looking at the events this week at Columbia, MIT, NYU, and other elite US schools, they mirror much of the hate, horror and scale of The German American Bund. While some were there to genuinely support the civilians trapped in the ongoing conflict, there were others that openly supported Hamas’ extremist actions. It was very ironic to see banners about women and LGBT+ groups support, when they are the most oppressed in the world that these people envision.



    What’s even worse is that there were reasons to suspect that these protests were sponsored by people who don’t want to get their own hands dirty.

    (Mis)Information is Rampant

    One of the downsides of our technological boom is the ease of access to information. Unfortunately, ease of access does not always mean a smart populace.



    As information is shared from peer to peer, information gets distorted, if not outright manipulated to suit their agendas, that sometimes the victim comes out on the other end as the one being ganged on, instead of the oppressor.



    This particularly true with social media sites, who has become the de-facto source of information for the younger generation. There was even a brief period where young people were lauding a speech that Bin Laden made to justify 9/11. Never mind the atrocities he and his jihadist group committed in the US and international stage, he made a great speech! Totally justified.

    Call to Arms

    Nazis have attacked America from within before. American patriots stopped them. The only question now is, will you and I empower radical jihadists nazis?



    Or will we stop them, like our ancestors did 78 years ago?



    To hear more of Christopher Lochhead’s points on the matter, download and listen to this episode.

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    Christopher Lochhead

    Links

    WSJ Article on the Anti-Israel Protesters



    The World’s Record Holder for Executing Women Has Executed Three Women in Three Days



    This Is Ahmad. He Was Queer In Palestine.



    We hope you enjoyed this episode of Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him,

    • 31 min
    Life Is In The Transitions with NY Times Bestselling Author Bruce Feiler

    Life Is In The Transitions with NY Times Bestselling Author Bruce Feiler

    Here at Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different, we’ve had the privilege of engaging in conversations that transcend the ordinary, delving into the depths of what truly makes us tick. On this episode, we sat down with Bruce Feiler, an acclaimed New York Times best-selling author, to explore his work, "Life Is in the Transitions."



    Bruce Feiler is a renowned American author, television personality, and speaker known for his insightful and thought-provoking work on family dynamics, religion, and contemporary culture. He is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including "Walking the Bible," "The Council of Dads," and "Life Is in the Transitions." Feiler's work often blends personal narrative with broader cultural analysis, and he has been a popular columnist for publications like The New York Times.



    This wasn't your typical interview; it was a real, raw conversation about the seismic shifts we all face and how we can navigate them with grace and resilience. We believe that people are now more than ever being rocked by their life quakes, and hope that Bruce’s words could help us once again.



    You’re listening to Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different. We are the real dialogue podcast for people with a different mind. So get your mind in a different place, and hey ho, let’s go.

    Bruce Feiler on the Non-Linear Journey of Life

    Bruce's personal journey is a testament to the power of embracing life's unpredictability. From battling cancer to supporting his father through Parkinson's disease, he's no stranger to what he calls "life quakes." These are the massive, often unexpected events that shake us to our core and challenge the linear narrative we've been sold about how life is "supposed" to go.



    During our talk, Bruce recounted a moment at his 30th college reunion that sparked a revelation. As he moderated a panel of distinguished classmates, he saw firsthand the universal struggle to maintain the facade of a perfect, linear life trajectory. This experience, coupled with his own, led him to question the societal pressures that bind us to outdated life narratives.

    Bruce Feiler on the Myth of the Midlife Crisis

    One of the most enlightening parts of our discussion centered on the concept of the midlife crisis. Bruce debunked this myth, pointing out the flawed research and biases behind it. He argued that we need to update our understanding of life transitions to reflect the modern, non-linear world we live in—a world where change is the only constant.



    We also emphasized the importance of proactive life design. We must acknowledge and navigate through life's disruptions, which often come at us like a "car pileup," multiple and simultaneous. It's about learning to dance in the rain, rather than waiting for the storm to pass.

    Life Quakes: Voluntary and Involuntary

    Bruce explained that life quakes are frequent disruptors, with most being manageable. However, about 53% of these quakes are involuntary—like a spouse cheating or losing a job—while 47% are voluntary, such as changing religion or leaving a job. Millennials, he noted, are more inclined to seek change, while older generations may feel more stuck.



    The pandemic, a collective involuntary life quake, has heightened our sensitivity to change. Bruce stressed that while the quake may be involuntary, the life transition that follows must be voluntary. It's about taking back control and making the decision to navigate through the transition effectively.



    “If we look at life transitions as periods that we have to suffer our way through, we are wasting half of our life. If we look at them as periods, they’re going to be difficult and painful, but there’s also opportunities for growth and renewal. That’s the story of your life.”

    – Bruce Feiler



    Bruce's book doesn't just lay out the problem; it offers a toolkit for navigating life t...

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Unlocking Revenue: AI's Predictive Power in Business with Clari CEO Andy Byrne

    Unlocking Revenue: AI's Predictive Power in Business with Clari CEO Andy Byrne

    Welcome to a special episode of Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different, where we dive deep into the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and business growth. Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with a visionary in the realm of AI and revenue generation, Andy Byrne.



    Andy Byrne is the visionary CEO of Clari, a leading revenue operations platform. With a wealth of experience in the tech industry, Byrne has been instrumental in shaping Clari's innovative approach to sales execution and forecasting.



    You’re listening to Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different. We are the real dialogue podcast for people with a different mind. So get your mind in a different place, and hey ho, let’s go.

    From Garage to Global: Clari's Ascension

    Andy takes us on a journey through Clari's evolution, from its modest inception in a garage to becoming a powerhouse with over 700 employees and R&D centers across the globe. He shares the pivotal role of generative AI in accelerating business processes, enabling companies to swiftly create, convert, and close their sales pipelines.



    Despite initial skepticism, Predictive AI has proven to be a game-changer for revenue leaders. Andy highlights how early predictions empower proactive decision-making and optimize capital deployment, crucial for managing expectations around revenue and earnings per share.

    Andy Byrne on Uncovering Revenue Leaks with AI

    We then discuss AI's ability to identify and rectify revenue leaks. Andy provides tangible examples, such as neglected leads and overlooked targets, which can significantly impact a company's bottom line. By harnessing AI, organizations can foster revenue collaboration and enhance productivity at all organizational levels.



    "The process of running revenue is more of a technology game now than a sales game."

    – Andy Byrne



    Predictive AI: Fostering Collaborative Conversations

    Drawing parallels to the early days of SEO and network performance management, we delved into the concept of "signal" within AI. Clari's AI is adept at analyzing signals from a myriad of sources, offering real-time insights that are instrumental in detecting revenue leaks and informing strategic decisions.



    Andy recognizes how Predictive AI can spark these useful conversations. He stresses how these talks, where people compare their gut feelings with the predictions made by machines, can boost teamwork and help businesses thrive.



    To hear more from Andy Byrne and how AI can help boost your company’s revenue, download and listen to this episode.

    Bio

    Andy Byrne, CEO of Clari, is a seasoned leader in the tech industry.



    Andy Byrne is dedicated to revolutionizing revenue operations, championing innovation, and fostering collaboration within sales teams globally. His strategic vision has propelled Clari to the forefront of the industry, where it stands as a trailblazer in harnessing the power of Predictive AI for sales execution and forecasting.



    Under his guidance, Clari continues to empower businesses to achieve unparalleled growth and success, setting new standards for excellence in revenue optimization and operational efficiency.

    Links

    Connect with Andy Byrne!



    Clari.com | LinkedIn | Twitter/X



    We hope you enjoyed this episode of Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook,

    • 52 min
    Crowning Achievements: Shante & Lauren's Trailblazing Journey in Wig Rental Category Design with Shante Frazier and Lauren Mitchell of WellCapped

    Crowning Achievements: Shante & Lauren's Trailblazing Journey in Wig Rental Category Design with Shante Frazier and Lauren Mitchell of WellCapped

    On this episode of Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different, we have the pleasure of sitting down with two remarkable entrepreneurs, Shante Frazier and Lauren Mitchell, the co-founders of WellCapped.



    In our conversation, we delved into the origins of their groundbreaking service, the hurdles they've overcome, and their ambitious vision for the future of the beauty industry.



    Their journey is one of innovation, resilience, and a relentless pursuit of redefining beauty standards. You’re listening to Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different. We are the real dialogue podcast for people with a different mind. So get your mind in a different place, and hey ho, let’s go.

    WellCapped: The Genesis of a Game-Changer

    Shante and Lauren's venture, WellCapped, is akin to Rent the Runway, but for wigs and hair extensions. This novel concept was born from a simple suggestion by Shante's aunt and has since blossomed into a business that caters to a diverse clientele seeking quality and affordability.



    Their personal experiences and corporate backgrounds have fueled their mission to democratize high-end wigs and hair extensions, making them accessible to all.



    The beauty industry has seen a surge in the use of wigs and hair extensions, with technological advancements blurring the lines between natural and styled hair. Celebrities and influencers are challenging traditional beauty norms, and WellCapped is at the forefront of this shift, empowering customers to experiment with their looks without the hefty price tag.

    The Entrepreneurial Leap

    Shante recounts the poignant moment that transformed her hesitation into conviction. The idea of a rental service for wigs and hair extensions wasn't just a business opportunity; it was a chance to support individuals undergoing chemotherapy by offering free memberships and support—a testament to the personal significance of WellCapped.



    Transitioning from corporate America to entrepreneurship is no small feat. Shante and Lauren share their motivations and the challenges they faced along the way.



    "When you see your customers telling you how our company has changed their lives, it gives you the fuel that you need to keep going on the bad days.”

    – Lauren Mitchell of WellCapped



    Eventually, Lauren's layoff became a catalyst for her commitment to WellCapped, while Shante reflected on the naivety and learning curve of starting a new venture.

    The Journey of Fundraising and Resilience

    Raising funds for a startup is a daunting task, but Shante and Lauren's determination was unwavering. They focused on aligning with investors who shared their vision, rather than convincing skeptics. Their commitment to excellence and continuous improvement has been a driving force behind their success.



    Their participation in the Techstars program marked a pivotal chapter for WellCapped. The intensive accelerator experience honed their brand and helped shift customer perceptions about renting wigs—a concept that is now gaining traction and acceptance.



    Shante emphasized the growing trend of viewing hair as a fashion accessory. WellCapped taps into this trend by offering a cost-effective way for consumers to express themselves through their hair, fostering a culture of experimentation and self-expression.



    To hear more from Shante & Lauren and how they raised WellCapped from the ground up, download and listen to this episode.

    Bio

    Shante Frazier

    Shante is a recent MBA graduate from NYU Stern, where she specialized in Marketing and Strategy. She graduated from Spelman College in 2012 with a BA in Economics.



    Prior to coming to Stern, Shante worked at Progressive Insurance for 3 years in the Pricing and Competitive Intelligence departments while also serving as an officer in the Ohio Army National Guard.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Unbroken Spirit: The Fight To Save American Wild Horses with Scott Wilson of American Wild Horse Conservation

    Unbroken Spirit: The Fight To Save American Wild Horses with Scott Wilson of American Wild Horse Conservation

    Here at Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different, we've had the privilege of engaging in conversations that are not just thought-provoking, but also deeply impactful. On this episode, we sit down with Scott Wilson, the passionate co-founder of American Wild Horse Conservation, to discuss a topic close to both our hearts: the plight of America's wild horses and the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect these magnificent creatures.



    Scott Wilson is a renowned Colorado Nature Photographer and Communications Leader, whose journey took an unexpected turn when he discovered the plight of America's wild horses. Scott became captivated by the freedom and majesty of the wild horses roaming the western United States. His realization that these iconic animals were facing threats to their survival inspired him to take action and co-found American Wild Horse Conservation. This non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving and protecting wild horses, which have played a pivotal role in the nation's history and ecology.



    This captivating conversation illuminates the plight of these majestic creatures, and the tireless efforts to secure their freedom and ensure their survival.



    You’re listening to Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different. We are the real dialogue podcast for people with a different mind. So get your mind in a different place, and hey ho, let’s go.

    Scott Wilson on the Historical Tapestry of America's Wild Horses

    The history of wild horses in the United States is as rich and complex as the country itself. Scott Wilson shares that there are approximately 65,000 wild horses roaming free across ten states in the western United States.



    It's also a little-known fact that all the world's horses have their origins in North America, and they were reintroduced in the 1500s. These animals are not just a part of the natural ecology but are woven into the very tapestry of our nation's history.



    In 1971, the Wild Horse and Burro Protection Act was a promise made to these animals—a promise that we are duty-bound to uphold. As we delved into the significance of wild horses, it became clear that they are not just symbols of the wild but are key players in the ecological balance of our public lands.



    Wild Blue Roan by Scott Wilson of the American Wild Horse Conservation

    Scott Wilson on the Struggle for Space and Survival

    Given these facts, it was unsettling to learn that wild horses are allocated a mere 2% of public lands. Contrary to popular belief, these horses are not in competition for building or economic development. In fact, only 1% of the nation's beef is produced on these lands, debunking the myth that wild horses pose a significant threat to our economy.



    However, the challenges they face are real and pressing. Competition with livestock, encroachment by oil and gas businesses, and government policies that often do more harm than good are just a few of the hurdles wild horses must overcome to survive.



    Wild Pinto Stallion Picasso by Scott Wilson of the American Wild Horse Conservation

    Nevada: The Heartland of Wild Horses

    It's a surprising fact that roughly half of the wild horse population in the US is concentrated in Nevada. This distribution has significant implications for conservation efforts and the management of these animals.



    That being said, Scott Wilson's initiative to buy back land and expand the habitat for wild horses is a beacon of hope. The acquisition of 3500 acres in Nevada and the establishment of a land trust are steps toward ensuring that wild horses and other wildlife can coexist peacefully.



    To hear more from Scott Wilson and how American Wild Horse Conservation help protect these majestic creatures, download and listen to the episode.



    Freedom by Scott Wilson of the American Wild Horse Conservation

    Bio

    • 58 min
    How To Win On Shark Tank, Create A Category, & Save Billions of Butts with Sean Riley, Chief Dude at DUDE Wipes

    How To Win On Shark Tank, Create A Category, & Save Billions of Butts with Sean Riley, Chief Dude at DUDE Wipes

    On this episode of Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different, we have the pleasure of welcoming Sean Riley, the co-founder of Dude Wipes.



    For those unfamiliar with it, Dude Wipes is a brand that has revolutionized the concept of personal hygiene with a superior alternative to traditional toilet paper. Sean shares the story of how Dude Wipes catapulted to legendary success, including securing a deal with Mark Cuban on Shark Tank and being recognized as one of the top five greatest Shark Tank entrepreneurs.



    Our conversation was not only enlightening, but also a testament to the power of innovation and strategic category design in entrepreneurship.



    You’re listening to Christopher Lochhead: Follow Your Different. We are the real dialogue podcast for people with a different mind. So get your mind in a different place, and hey ho, let’s go.

    Sean Riley on Disrupting the Market with Practical Innovation

    The conversation starts off with Sean's mustache and how well everyone's taking to it. Sean's distinctive mustache isn't just a personal style choice; it's become a branding asset for Dude Wipes. Pivoting from that, Sean discusses the significance of the brand and its deep resonance with consumers. The name "Dude Wipes" itself is a stroke of genius, encapsulating humor, authenticity, and a bold approach to male hygiene.



    The conversation then veered towards the practicality of Dude Wipes. Sean emphasizes the universal dissatisfaction with traditional toilet paper and the need for a better solution, especially for men on the go. He explores the potential for Dude Wipes to become as ubiquitous as toilet paper, with the aim of making the product more accessible and convenient for consumers.



    Drawing parallels with Gojo Industries, the category king of liquid soap and Purell hand sanitizer, Christopher highlights the reframing of the problem and the potential for Dude Wipes to create a new category in the hygiene space. Despite initial skepticism, Sean's commitment to disrupting the toilet paper market remains unwavering.

    Sean Riley on Overcoming Skepticism and Embracing Category Potential

    In the early days, Dude Wipes faced challenges and skepticism. However, Sean and his team were confident in their product's appeal to men.



    They understood that by creating a better product, they could carve out a new space in the male market. Sean's insights on the importance of category potential and market dynamics were particularly enlightening, emphasizing the significance of entering a growing category with unique offerings.

    The Shark Tank Effect: A Pivotal Moment for Dude Wipes

    Sean provides an overview of Dude Wipes' impressive sales figures and distribution channels, highlighting the company's organic growth and resourceful brand-building approach. Reflecting on their Shark Tank experience, Sean recounts the unexpected turn of events when Mark Cuban offered them a deal, marking a pivotal moment for the company.



    Sean's passion and determination were palpable as he recounted the journey of building Dude Wipes and overcoming challenges to achieve success.



    To hear more from Sean Riley and to receive valuable insights into entrepreneurship, category design, and the power of believing in a product's potential, download and listen to this episode.

    Bio

    Sean Riley is the co-founder and driving force behind Dude Wipes, a groundbreaking brand in personal hygiene. With a business degree in hand, Sean teamed up with his childhood friend to challenge conventional notions of men's grooming. In 2010, they launched Dude Products, introducing flushable wipes tailored for men, a concept that resonated with consumers seeking convenient, effective, and masculine alternatives to traditional toilet paper.



    Sean's leadership propelled Dude Products from a garage startup to a global phenomenon,

    • 1 hr 10 min

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