Category Archives: Stories

After 20 Years, Reciprocating a New York Moment

on July 26, 2017 in Stories

In the 90s, when I was a graduate student, my father was away for the summer and left me his car. I was living on 100th Street between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive with two teammates from my ultimate frisbee team. A long time ago, it must have been the year we went to Nationals. Having a car up there meant a lot of parallel parking because alternate side[…] Keep reading →

Transformative Leadership, a guest post from Jethro Jones

on July 21, 2017 in Education, Leadership, Stories

Jethro Jones is hosting the Transformative Leadership summit. I know him because he hosts the Transformative Principal podcast. Here’s my conversation with him, “How You Learn Is As Important As What You Learn.” I’m participating in the summit. We recorded part of my session, and if you want to improve your leadership, you’ll benefit from the summit. I recommend signing up! There are many short recordings of what you’ll hear[…] Keep reading →

How to Step Up Your Leadership Game With Storytelling

on July 10, 2017 in Audio, Creativity, Exercises, Stories

Park Howell hosts the Business of Storytelling podcast. Today he released our interview about storytelling and how to improve your storytelling for business. Everybody agrees on the value of storytelling in all human communications. All the more in business. Listen to the conversation! Bonus that I missed saying in the interview By the way, when you listen, there’s one part where Park said, “You don’t want to know what’s in[…] Keep reading →

My 12-minute conversation with record-holding podcaster Engel Jones

on May 16, 2017 in Audio, Education, Stories

Engel Jones holds the record for most podcasts, I believe. Our podcast was the most mellow I’ve been on. We spoke about Education Memories Earliest memories Music, and More. Plus, all his podcasts are about 12 minutes, so convenient for listening. Mine was 16 minutes. He posted mine today—his 1,128th. I recommend listening to mine and more. Listen to the conversation! Listen to the conversation! About Engel: Engel Jones was[…] Keep reading →

The value of technique: My student connects with a billionaire and gets invited to Harvard using skills from the course!

on April 27, 2017 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Relationships, Stories

I was delighted to read the email below from a former student. You can tell that English is not her native language, nor is America her native culture. Yet you’ll see she turned a standard business meeting assigned to her into a meaningful connection. That’s the value of technique: it works even when you wouldn’t know what to do. You can fall back on it. The more you practice and[…] Keep reading →

Absurdly Useful Leadership Tactics That You Can Use Today: the second interview with Jim Harshaw

on March 27, 2017 in Awareness, Exercises, Leadership, Models, SIDCHAs, Stories

I don’t know if the interviewers are getting better, if I’m developing in conversation, or if I’m just enjoying podcast conversations more, but it feels like the interviews are getting better all the time. Yesterday, Jim Harshaw (scroll down to learn more about him) of the Success Through Failure podcast posted our second conversation. Second conversations lead to greater comfort, depth, trust, and intimacy, so I recommend listening. We cover[…] Keep reading →

How to Turn the Knob of Leadership and Your Life: The Tanner Gers Interview

on March 21, 2017 in Audio, Freedom, Habits, Stories

I can’t say enough about Tanner Gers. He posted the podcast of our conversation today. We had a great time talking about life and doing things. A bit of a love-fest between two people who admire and respect each other. Before linking to the podcast, a few words about Tanner from his about page. If you’ve read Chapter 8 of Leadership Step by Step, you’ll see the connection this man’s[…] Keep reading →