One of the scary aspects of leaving my job as VP of North American Sales at a multibillion-dollar international company was the uncertainty. How would we build a business from a base of podcast fans? How would we create revenue from something that is free to listen to? How would I productize myself? Now that it’s been three years, we are starting to get some of these answers.
Recently, I was sent a very thoughtful email from an up and coming leader named Haley Gribler... She works at an Accounting firm in Brentwood, Tennessee and is striving to get better. Haley sent me a number of questions. Instead of just emailing her my answers, I thought I would share publicly (yes, I checked with her first!).
Over the years, I’ve gathered career/life advice from many sources: My podcast, 1 on 1 conversations, books, twitter, etc… Here it is (I will update this list regularly — Please add great pieces of wisdom you’ve learned in the comments below):
I often get questions from listener's of my podcast, The Learning Leader Show. This is where many of my blog post ideas come from. If you have a question, comment below or email me: Ryan at LearningLeader dot com. This is a topic I often discuss and am excited to share my thoughts below. Here we go...
As mentioned previously, most of my posts are written in response to questions I receive from fans/listeners of The Learning Leader Show. Below are my answers to some really thoughtful questions on focus. If you'd like to email me a question, send to Ryan at LearningLeader dot com. Okay, here we go...
Many podcast listeners/friends have asked me what books they should read to become a better leader. The totality of this list is in the hundreds... But for now, let's start with seven. You'll notice I'm more interested in reading about fascinating stories and the heroes in them than I am about "business" type books. There is so much to learn from real stories and the action taken (and the subsequent consequences of those actions) by the leaders in those stories.
Be sure to check out the full & original article HERE.
College athletes have recently asked me "what do you wish you would have known (and done) while in college?" In order to be better prepared for those conversations, I realized I had a few regrets (primarily for not taking action when I had the chance). My goal was to make sure the people I met with knew this so perhaps they wouldn't make the same mistakes.
I've worked for large international corporations for 12 years in leadership roles and interviewed more than 500 candidates for a variety of positions during that time. I've also interviewed 250+ of the brightest leadership minds in the world on my podcast, The Learning Leader Show. I am on a mission to understand how we all can sustain excellence over an extended period of time.
A good friend recently asked me for advice:
"Ryan, I am in the process of hiring a few management positions. I have eight candidates lined up. What questions do you ask to hire great leaders?"