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109: Dayna Steele: I’ve never looked at it as failing

February 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Dayna Steele Show Notes Dayna Steele had a very successful career as a radio disc jockey. Then she decided to quit her job and move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. After nine [...]

108: Neal Topf: For 365 days I was miserable and I left

February 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Neal Topf Show Notes Neal Topf got his first job in New York City at the age of twenty-five in a large direct marketing agency. The boss that had hired him was wonderful during his [...]

107: Carey Azzara: It threw my family into a collective depression

February 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Carey Azzara Show Notes Carey Azzara was filled with grief as a youth. His sister passed away at a young age and Carey was deeply affected by the loss and from witnessing the grief of [...]

106: Wendy Keller: I was not physically able to sit up

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Wendy Keller Show Notes Wendy Keller was not physically able to sit up because of the terrible injuries from the car accident that claimed the lives of her two young children. That’s when she decided [...]

105: Charles Vogl: I would cry at night from exhaustion and stress

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Charles Vogl Show Notes Charles Vogl served in the US Peace Corps in Northern Zambia. In a place very foreign to him than what he knew in Southern California. Charles lived in a mud hut [...]

104: Al Hopper: I was beat physically and mentally

January 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Al Hopper Show Notes Al Hopper was getting beat physically and mentally. His entire team was down in the dirt. That’s when Al learned about the power and magic of words. When you need to [...]

103: Nate Regier: I made two huge mistakes

January 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Nate Regier Show Notes Nate Regier made a significant leadership blunder. Until he made a bigger one. Nate published a story about a client and didn’t get permission from the CEO. He also wrote the [...]

102: Michael Beck: I saw the impact of caring about people

January 4th, 2017|1 Comment

Michael Beck Show Notes Michael Beck was the executive director of a 500-person law firm. But his operating philosophy of listening to people’s concerns and eliciting their input was not matched by the attorney’s in [...]

101: Allison Smith: I found them very intrusive to life

December 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Allison Smith Show Notes Allison Smith was busy pursuing theatre acting but was finding the hours and the income intrusive to her family life. That’s when Allison realized that doing voiceover allowed to her to [...]

100: John Lee Dumas: I invested in a mentor that kicked my butt

December 21st, 2016|2 Comments

John Lee Dumas Show Notes John Lee Dumas was all ready to push publish on his podcast and then all of a sudden fear took over. He pushed back his launch one week, then two, [...]

099: Steve Mariotti: They attacked me with knives

December 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Steve Mariotti Show Notes Steve Mariotti went out for a jog and was mugged by a bunch of young men with knives. Experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, Steve was taught to change the sentences in his [...]

098: Michael Teoh: I thought I could motivate my staff

December 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Michael Teoh Show Notes Michael Teoh was working on growing his business and he was getting results. Michael kept pressing forward thinking he could motivate his staff to meet client demands. But his staff pushed [...]

097: Roberta O’Keith: I was in a dark place at my job

November 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Roberta O'Keith Show Notes Roberta O’Keith found a fellow co-worker on the floor, non-responsive and barely breathing. As the person responsible for handling employee complaints about work, she knew stress finally took her down. That [...]

096: Paul Larsen: I became very alone overnight

November 23rd, 2016|1 Comment

Paul Larsen Show Notes Paul Larsen was promoted into a manager role. He wasn’t up for it so the authority went to Paul’s head. After a short period of time, Paul found himself all alone. [...]

095: Steve Goldstein: You don’t get 30 mulligans

November 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Steve Goldstein Show Notes Steve Goldstein was thrilled to escape the cold of Chicago in February for a speaking engagement in Miami. As an executive at Sears, Steve loved to visit the stores on trips. [...]

094: Kristy Powers: At 16 I had to live on my own

November 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Kristy Powers Show Notes Kristy Powers was 16 years old and had to move away from home. As an honors student Kristy was determined to finish school. Needing to support herself, Kristy was able to [...]

093: Mark Nathan: I was leaving part of me behind

November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

Mark Nathan Show Notes Mark Nathan built his young career as an actor and being in the film world. As he entered into the entrepreneur world it was difficult for him to let the film [...]

092: TwinEngine: It changed how we thought about marketing

October 26th, 2016|0 Comments

TwinEngine Show Notes Winnie Brignac Hart and Lorrie Brignac Lee lost 75 percent of their business in a weekend. Being based in New Orleans when hurricane Katrina hit, overnight they became a crisis communication firm. [...]

091: Wade Fransson: This is not the tent

October 19th, 2016|0 Comments

Wade Fransson Show Notes Wade Fransson was a junior in High School and spent ten months living in a tent through the Alaskan winter. Having to endure the cold winter by using a portable stove [...]

090: Bob Burg: I resisted change and it set me back

October 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Bob Burg Show Notes Bob Burg is not a technical person by nature. He even built a business that did not depend on technology. Despite several people warning him that he needed to learn technology, [...]

089: Doug Woodard: I could not disclose what had happened

October 5th, 2016|0 Comments

Doug Woodard Show Notes Doug Woodard was new to his company when he had to terminate a long tenured employee. Doug faced a lot of fear in letting her go and facing the team. While [...]

088: Jocelyn Davis: I no longer had a platform

September 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Jocely Davis Show Notes Jocelyn Davis got a splash of cold water in her face. Being an executive at a consulting firm she was easily published by Harvard Business Press. But when she tried to [...]

087: Roy Atkinson: Despite the fact that I grew up privileged

September 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Roy Atkinson Show Notes Roy Atkinson grew up as a privileged kid. Then Roy found himself needing to work his way through high school and college while his mother tended to her ailing mother and [...]

086: Ann Parker: I had kind of lost my power

September 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Ann Parker Show Notes Ann Parker was in her twenties and had become a shrunken version of herself. She lost confidence in herself and lost her identity. Her world and her future came crashing down [...]

085: Bob Tiede: I didn’t think my heart was wrong

September 7th, 2016|0 Comments

Bob Tiede Show Notes Bob Tiede had an Executive Vice President volunteer to fund raise for the organization he worked for. After two years he resigned. Shortly after that Bob learned the reason he resigned. [...]

084: Brian Sullivan: They all had their political agendas

August 31st, 2016|0 Comments

Brian Sullivan Show Notes Brian Sullivan worked for an organization that would bring together an executive committee to make decisions on business they wanted to pursue. Because of all of their political agendas, the system [...]

083: Mike Wittenstein: I am by no means an actor

August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

Mike Wittenstein Show Notes Mike Wittenstein had not acted since his junior high school play. But he decided to take an acting class and it helped him to grow his business. Listen to Mike tell [...]

082: Megan Constantino: From that hump I got a baby bump

August 17th, 2016|0 Comments

Megan Constantino Show Notes Megan Constantino decided to go on national television to share one of the most un-cool, un-sexy things you could think about. Being completely driven by God, she and her husband Frank [...]

081: Bill Dann: My inadequacies led to him being crushed

August 10th, 2016|0 Comments

Bill Dann Show Notes Bill Dann was working for a native Alaskan run organization. The Board of Directors put a lot of pressure on Bill to replace himself with an Alaskan native, since it was [...]

080: Paul Maskill: I wasn’t really helping the business grow

August 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

Paul Maskill Show Notes Paul Maskill was doing all of the busy admin work in his business. Paul was working 60-80 hours per week but was not leading his business. He was failing to take [...]

hump-day-tab-iconThe Hump Day Hoedown is the fun and fast paced part of our 20-minute (ish) show where we ask our guests several questions. Their job is to give robust but rapid responses to the questions. Sometimes I get a good surprise and get off track; but I make every effort to quickly jump back on that camel and race on to the finish.

As always I want your feedback and thoughts on questions we should add to the hoedown. One I will never ask is, “Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike…guess what day it is?” So don’t send it.

be-a-guest-tabAre you ready to share a good story? Are you ready to hoedown? Want to be a Guest? I am always looking to share an inspirational story about leading self and others. All you need is passion, be willing to help others, and like to have fun in the process. If you are ready to move onward and upward, please call me at 336-288-8226 and we can explore what is possible.

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2-hump-camel-tabThe Fast Leader Show is a weekly podcast. Each episode will be released on Wednesday morning at 4:00am eastern time. Why on Wednesdays? Because it’s hump day.

But every once in a while we will have a double hump day and release two shows on Wednesday morning. We are not announcing when will are going to have double hump Wednesdays. We are keeping them as a surprise. When you subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher you will never miss an episode.