Scott Monty On Community

Scott Monty is an internationally recognized Fortune 10 leader whose background in classics positioned him to see through the shiny objects and drill down to understand the common human needs that drive us all.

Scott speaks to and advises businesses and groups on how to move at the speed of customers online.

Scott spent six years as an executive at Ford Motor Company, as a strategic adviser on crisis communications, influencer relations, marketing, customer service, innovative product launches and more. He also has another decade and a half of experience in communications and marketing agencies.

Scott Monty writes about the changing landscape of business, technology, communications, marketing, and leadership at, and produces the widely acclaimed weekly newsletter and podcast The Full Monty.

My WHY for the Second Book…

After coauthoring The Power of Peers with Leon Shapiro, which published in Spring of 2016, I delivered keynote addresses, participated in panels, led workshops, wrote articles, and with the help of Randy Cantrell, launched a podcast on topics related to the content of the book.  Truth be told, during all those engagements, where I was charged with leading conversations about the value of the people who surround us, I was the one doing most of the learning.  Surround yourself with really good people and that’s what happens.

The first book served as a study of how and why formal peer groups can be so effective for business owners and business leaders at every level. With the help of facilitating about 60 workshops, primarily for Vistage CEO and Key Executive Groups over the past two years, I learned a great deal  – enough to have written a second book exclusively on that topic. But…the conversations I started having everywhere, most especially with my podcast guests, began to evolve in a most fascinating way.  We started to talk about all the people who surround us (our parents, kids, teachers, mentors, mentees, etc.) beyond just our peers.  We shared stories and insights about enlisting and engaging our entire circle of friends, family members, and colleagues in our everyday lives – beyond just formal peer group meetings.

The second book What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth asserts that making a difference in this world starts with enlisting and engaging the people in your circle.  They help you, you help them.  It’s that simple.  The reason self help doesn’t have a better track record is because too many people see it as by-yourself-help, failing to recognize that no one in the history of the world ever realized any semblance of success or happiness completely by themselves.

In Joe Henderson’s 1976 book The Long Run Solutionthe author asserts that success does not necessarily require one to perform superhuman feats.  All too often, success and happiness in running and in life are experienced by those who do the things anyone can do, that most of us never will.  I believe anyone can surround themselves with good people and enlist their support for whatever endeavor they choose to pursue, and when they do, they will do the things anyone can do far more often.

Not unlike the airline safety instructions that pertain to putting the oxygen mask on yourself first before attempting to assist others, making a difference in this world at any level starts with you.  What Anyone Can Do will show you how to make that difference in your own life and in the lives of others.  It’s my WHY for the second book.  I hope you find it to be as compelling a reason as I do.  Enjoy!

*Special thanks to Robert H. Thompson (who inspired the book), Randy Cantrell (the reason I ever got into podcasting), Ryan Foland (for the awesome cartoons that open every chapter), Dan Hoffman (for writing the Foreword), and to my podcast guests (subscribe if you like) and workshop participants whose contributions can be found on every page.

Ronan Leonard On Masterminds

Ronan Leonard is The Mastermind Guy. He connects small business owners to support groups through the innovative concept of virtual masterminds. Ronan believes there is high value in making real peer-to-peer connections. You can find out more about Ronan and his work by visiting

He joins us today from Melbourne, Australia.

Deb Calvert On Connecting

Deb Calvert is the founder of People First Productivity Solutions and co-author with Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner of Stop Selling and Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen. Deb Calvert is also the author of DISCOVER Questions® and founder of The Sales Experts Channel, a UC-Berkeley instructor, and a certified sales and executive coach. Deb is a Certified Master of The Leadership Challenge®, working with her clients to build leaders at every level. She has been named one of the “65 Most Influential Women in Business” and a Top 30 Global Sales Guru.

BONUS GIFT: Deb Calvert has generously supplied our readers, listeners and viewers with a free sample, Chapter 1 of Stop Selling and Start Leading.  Just click here to download the PDF. No opt-in required!

Leo Bottary & Randy Cantrell On Reframing

Did you ever wonder how your own circumstances and challenges can appear to be so complicated, while you can assess another person’s situation with crystal clear clarity? Check out this week’s conversation about how the people who surround us can help re-frame how we see ourselves, our situations, and our possibilities in exciting new ways.

Also, get an update on Leo Bottary’s new book, What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself With the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth.

*Illustration by Ryan Foland

Here are the infographics referred to in today’s show.

Click the links for the downloadable PDFs of the infographics.


Tom Rubens On Accountability (1003)

Tom Rubens is the founder of Tom Rubens Coaching and author of the book, Lifeness: Harmonize An Entrepreneurial Life.

Over the last 40 years, Tom founded, bought, sold, and managed businesses in industries as diverse as a commodity trading company, a real estate brokerage, investment groups, and minor league baseball and basketball franchises.

Find out more by visiting his website, We welcome Tom to the program.

What Anyone Can Do – The Movie…

…or maybe just the book trailer! 😉 Enjoy!

What Anyone Can Do: We’re Rebranding The Podcast (Episode 1001)

Picking up where Year of the Peer left off, welcome to the What Anyone Can Do podcast, co-hosted by Leo Bottary and Randy Cantrell.  In this brief episode, we’ll share our plans for the coming year and invite you to check out Leo’s new book, which is set to be released by the publisher in September!

Book Talk: What Anyone Can Do (Season 2, Episode 3)

Get a preview of Leo Bottary’s new book, What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself With the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity and Personal Growth!


Year of the Peer – Year End Review

Hard to believe that 2017 is winding to a close.  To that end, we thank our listeners, our guests, and C-Suite Radio for an amazing Year of the Peer.  To wrap-up, Randy and I will talk about some of the major takeaways from Season 1 and look to what’s next for 2018.  If you’ve missed a few episodes and you’re up for some holiday binge viewing and listening, please visit and click on PODCAST or look for us on C-Suite Radio.  Remember, who you surround yourself with matters, so consider taking time during this holiday season to tell the people in your life how much you appreciate them. We’ll be back in mid-January for Season 2. Until then, have a safe and happy holidays!

We are extremely grateful for the incredible people who agreed to appear as guests on the Year of the Peer during 2017. Here they are in the order they appeared:

Charlene Li, CEO of the Altimeter Group and Best-Selling Author
Rich Karlgaard, Publisher and Global Futurist for Forbes
Lewis Schiff, Founder & Executive Director, The Business Owners Council
JJ Ramberg, Host of Your Business (MSNBC) and Business Owner
Jim Kouzes, Coauthor of The Leadership Challenge and former CEO
Vitaly Golomb, Investor & Global Startup Evangelist, HP Tech Ventures
Rahfeal Gordon, Inspirational Speaker/Author
Etienne & Beverly Wenger-Trayner; Scholars/Authors/Consultants
Laura Goodrich, Co-Founder, GWT Next and author of Seeing Red Cars
Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School; of Education
Leon Shapiro, Coauthor of The Power of Peers and former CEO of Vistage
Bri Seeley & Thais Sky, co-founders of The Amplify Collective
Lolly Daskal, Founder, Lead From Within
Pat Wadors, CHRO LinkedIn
Larry Robertson, Founder Lighthouse Consulting
Sekou Andrews, Poetic Voice
Paul Michelman, MIT Sloan Management Review
Marian Salzman; CEO Havas PR, US
Ryan Foland, Managing Partner, InfluenceTree
Gini Dietrich, CEO Arment-Dietrich
Jeffrey Hayzlett; Chairman, C-Suite Holdings, LLC
Christina Martini; Partner at DLA Piper LLP (US)
Scott Mordell, CEO, YPO
Jimmy LeBlanc/Perry Stagg, Louisiana Department of Corrections
Tim Sanders, former Yahoo! Chief Solutions Officer
Angela Maiers, Founder, Choose2Matter
Miguel Dias, CEO and cofounder of CEOWORLD
Peter Carrington, St. Louis Barge
Simon Alexander Ong, Executive Coach and Mastermind Group Leader
Amazon’s Alexa (yes, Randy and I interviewed Alexa)
Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer, VaynerMedia
Peter Fuller, President, Lived Fused
Trent Sanderson, owner and creator of Team Prep USA
Benji Hyam, Co-founder, Grow & Convert
Cecelia Houser, Principal, Korn Ferry/Hay Group
Brian Solis, Principal Analyst, Altimeter Group
Tonia Ries; SVP Edelman, Executive Director, Edelman Square
Robert H. Thompson, author of The Offsite
Brian Mac Mahon, Head Honcho, Expert DOJO
Sam Reese, CEO of Vistage Worldwide
Jeff Hoffman, former CEO of Priceline partner and founder of Colorjar
Peter Shankman, founder of HARO
Dan Hoffman, founder and CEO of Circles
Richard Franzi, Founder and CEO Critical Mass for Business
Dave Peterson, C-founder and Partner at Play Bigger
Christine Comaford, NYT besting selling author and business coach

How’s that for a dream team?!