Ayelet Baron On Priorities

Ayelet Baron is a visionary author, speaker, coach, workshop facilitator, and former tech executive committed to making a transformational impact on business.

She climbed the corporate ladder for more than a decade at Cisco Systems, where she was the Chief Strategy Officer for Cisco Canada.

Her leadership helped propel Canada from the sixth to the second largest revenue generating country for Cisco at nearly $2B. She served on the Emerging Markets and IT executive leadership teams at Cisco, where she led pioneering programs for the company.

You can find out more about Ayelet and her work at AyeletBaron.com.

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 ScottMonty.com, 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 Eccountability.io.

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.


Kelly Riggs on Mentoring (1008)

Kelly Riggs is an author, speaker, and business performance coach for executives and companies throughout the United States and Canada. He has written two books: 1-on-1 Management: What Every Great Manager Knows That You Don’t and Quit Whining and Start SELLING! A Step-by-Step Guide to a Hall of Fame Career in Sales. His third book, co-written with his son, Robby Riggs, is titled Counter Mentor Leadership: How to Unlock the Potential of the 4-Generation Workplace. Find out more by visiting his website at BizLockerRoom.com.

John Danner On Personality (1007)

John Danner is a trusted advisor, teacher, author, and speaker. John has spent decades helping leaders and their organizations navigate rapidly changing environments to their advantage.

John is the co-author with Chris Kuenne of Built for Growth: How Builder Personality Shapes Your Business, Your Team, and Your Ability to Win. Discover your entrepreneurial builder personality with a free online assessment by going to BuiltForGrowth.com.

John also co-authored THE OTHER “F” WORD: How Successful Leaders, Teams, and Entrepreneurs Put Failure to Work with Mark Coopersmith.

John anchors executive education programs on five continents. And he teaches tomorrow’s leaders at UC Berkeley and Princeton. Find out more about John by going to his website at JohnDanner.com.





James Orsini On Humans (1006)

James Orsini is the Chief Operating Officer for one of the largest independent social media digital advertising agencies, VaynerMedia in New York City. James has about 30 years experience in Social and Mobile Media, Advertising, Brand Management, Public Relations and on Wall Street.

Follow him on Twitter @JimmyThePencil.


Eric Barker On Success (1005)

Eric Barker is a Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong. He studied Japanese in college because he thought it would be cool. He blogs at bakadesuyo.com, which is based on the Japanese translation of his last name meaning, “I am an idiot.” To be fair, it also means, “I am Barker.” Eric’s blog presents science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life.