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Episode 210 What Gratitude Are You Sharing with Gratitude Expert Kerry Wekelo

Episode 210 What Gratitude Are You Sharing with Gratitude Expert Kerry Wekelo

November 26, 2020

Our Lead Up guest in Episode 210 is Ms. Kerry Wekelo.

Kerry  is the Chief Operating Officer at Actualize Consulting, a financial services firm. Her book and program, Culture Infusion: 9 Principles for Creating and Maintaining a Thriving Organizational Culture and latest book Gratitude Infusion, are the impetus behind Actualize Consulting being named Top Company Culture by Entrepreneur Magazine, Top Workplace by The Washington Post, and Great Place to Work-Certified.

In her leadership, Kerry blends her experiences as a consultant, executive coach, award-winning author, mindfulness expert, and entrepreneur. Kerry has been featured on ABC, NBC, NPR, The New York Times, Thrive Global, SHRM, Inc., and Forbes

In today's podcast, you will learn more about  “Gratitude Infusion” and how you can make this a part of your leadership culture. 

We discuss how you can make gratitude a successful process in the workplace?

Kerry will share a few ways you can use gratitude to build your teams?

Why is gratitude certain to work in uncertain times?

We even discuss the hard topic of if team members don't believe in gratitude or having a really bad day and don't want to participate?

And finally how frequently should you be using gratitude as a tool? As well as many more things about culture and leadership.

Kerry may be reached directly at     

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Make sure you get a copy of our Daily Compass Tool. We have a special surprise coming soon. 


Episode 209 Is Your Brain Healthy with Dr Daniel Amen

Episode 209 Is Your Brain Healthy with Dr Daniel Amen

November 11, 2020

In this episode Mike talks with Dr Daniel Amen. Dr Amen is a Board Certified Child and Adult psychiatrist, award-winning researcher, and 12 time New York Times bestselling author. They discuss how our brain health impacts our leadership, how bad habits produce mental stress and getting your brain right, and your mind will follow.

Daniel Amen believes that brain health is central to all health and success. When your brain works right, he says, you work right; and when your brain is troubled you are much more likely to have trouble in your life.  His work is dedicated to helping people have better brains and better lives.

Sharecare named him the web’s #1 most influential expert and advocate on mental health and the Washington Post called him the most popular psychiatrist in America.

Dr. Amen is the Founder and CEO of Amen Clinics in Costa Mesa, Walnut Creek, and Encino, California, Bellevue, Washington, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, and New York, NY.

Amen Clinics has the world’s largest database of functional brain scans relating to behavior, totaling 170,000 SPECT scans on patients from 150 countries.

Dr. Amen is the lead researcher on the world’s largest brain imaging and rehabilitation study on professional football players. His research has not only demonstrated high levels of brain damage in players, but also the possibility of significant recovery for many with the principles that underlie his work. 

Together with Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Amen is also one of the chief architects of “The Daniel Plan,” a program to get the world healthy through religious organizations that has been done in thousands of churches, mosques, and synagogues. 

Dr. Amen is the author or co-author of over 80 professional articles, seven book chapters, and over 30 books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller The Daniel Plan and the over one million-copy bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, along with Healing ADD, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, The Brain Warrior’s Way, Memory Rescue, and The End of Mental Illness.  In March 2021 Tyndale published Dr Amen’s latest book, Your Brain Is Always Listening.

In 2010, Dr. Amen founded BrainMD, a fast-growing nutraceutical company dedicated to natural ways to support mental health and brain health. 

Dr. Amen is married to Tana, the father of four children and five grandchildren to Elias, Emmy, Liam, Louie, and Haven.  He is an avid table tennis player.

Listen in and learn how brain health can help you lead more effectively. 

Find out more about Dr. Amen at the following links

Episode 208 5 Ways to Win Your Leadership Race

Episode 208 5 Ways to Win Your Leadership Race

November 4, 2020

We are right in the middle of election time and I am more interested in you winning your own race than the chaotic race outside your control. In this episode, I am sharing 5 Ways you can win the race that matters most...your leadership race.

Start with the person in the mirror, understand what your weaknesses are, understand where those blind spots are, understand that you need people around you.

One of the most disarming things you can do in winning your own race,  and in influencing others so that you can increase your impact is agree with the other person's perspective first. Then work to influence them to your way, to your values, to your direction.

Listen to this episode to find more ways to win in your leadership race.

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Episode 207 Are You a Talent Obsessed Leader with Beth Miller

Episode 207 Are You a Talent Obsessed Leader with Beth Miller

October 28, 2020

This week Mike is joined by special guest Beth Armknecht Miller. Beth shares about leading through empowering and developing others and letting go of the command and control method and how this really frees you up to be a better leader. She shares her top three skills that leaders need to improve on. Listen to learn these 3 C's. 

Beth Armknecht Miller is CEO of Executive Velocity, a top talent and leadership development advisory firm. Beth is a trusted executive consultant, Vistage Chair Emeritus, and committed volunteer. She is certified in Myers Briggs, Hogan, and Business DNA. And, she is a Certified Managerial Coach by Kennesaw University. Beth’s insight and expertise have made her a sought-after speaker on hiring, leadership development, and succession planning. Her book, Are You Talent Obsessed? was published in 2014 and is available on Amazon. She is a frequent contributor to Entrepreneur Online,, and TalentCulture to name a few. She is a graduate of Babson College and Harvard Business School’s OPM program. To learn more about Beth

Find Beth's book on Amazon Are You Talent Obsessed?

Episode 206  3 Things Your Followers Need to Get Going

Episode 206 3 Things Your Followers Need to Get Going

October 21, 2020

2020 has been the most unpredictable year in our lifetimes. As leaders, we must help our teams and followers move forward or we risk remaining stuck. Don't leave them where they are.

It is your responsibility to create a vision that is bigger than the current problems that you have. 

Leadership is influencing others to move from where they are.

Leadership is seeing something and creating that vision, and then implanting that vision in the hearts and minds of the people that you lead. 

You can have great values, but if you don't have a culture that drives that it is going to fall apart. 

People don't rise to the level of your expectations, they rise to the level of accountability for those expectations. 

Download The Daily Compass Tool to help you set daily priorities and use it with your team. 

Episode 205 Are Your Values Concrete with Special Guest Jason Benham

Episode 205 Are Your Values Concrete with Special Guest Jason Benham

October 14, 2020

In this episode, we welcome a special guest, Jason Benham. He and his brother David an identical twin are both former professional baseball players, best-selling authors, and nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs. 

The same timing, skill, & determination that once benefited them on the baseball field--with the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles--catapulted them to the top of the business world.

Their first company grew to 100 locations in 35 states and has been recognized by dozens of publications including Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and others. 

Jason and David's  rise to success earned them a straight-to-series reality television show with HGTV, called "Flip It Forward."

Yet it was abruptly canceled due to their commitment to biblical values. David and Jason hit the national scene as they stood by their convictions and were featured on nearly every major news network in the country, including Fox News, CNN, ABC's Nightline, and Good Morning America.

We talked with Jason about why values are so important as a leader and converting your values into principles. 

We discussed what happens when the dream has to change and how do leaders make that transition of choice.

Jason shares about Expert Ownership he and his brother, David launched in 2020. They also have a live event coming Oct 21 and 22nd that will be a great event.

You can find out more about Jason and the Benham Brothers by following the links below.


Episode 204 4 Steps to Win the 4th Quarter

Episode 204 4 Steps to Win the 4th Quarter

October 7, 2020

In this episode, Mike is sharing with you four steps that he uses every single year, actually every month, every day, every year to win the fourth quarter.

This year is not over - the goals that you established at the end of last year, the beginning of 2020, there's still a chance to make progress on those. And I know, the pandemic put a damper on maybe some of your goals, maybe your ability to move forward. 

You can go and get the thing you want to get right now in your life. You can lead more effectively. Use these last three months to set yourself up for success. In 2021, you can pour into your teams. If you're leading a team, you can pour into your teams right now.
Today is going to help you, hopefully get unstuck, help your teams get unstuck, and get ready to move forward.
Create the life, the leadership, the team, the company, the organization that you want to create.
Episode 203 with The Busy Leader Mentor Quint Studer

Episode 203 with The Busy Leader Mentor Quint Studer

October 1, 2020

Quint Studer is a lifelong student of leadership. He is a businessman, a visionary, an entrepreneur, and a mentor to many. He has worked with individuals at all levels of leadership and across a variety of industries to help them become better leaders and create high-performing organizations. 

Quint was named in Florida Trend’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders list for 2018, 2019, and 2020. He currently serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of West Florida, Executive-in-Residence at George Washington University, and Lecturer at Cornell University.

Quint books include The Busy Leader's Handbook and Building a Vibrant Community

Things you will learn more about in this episode. 

When a CEO or an executive team realizes that 85 to 90% of the people don't report to them or even possibly a person that reports to them. Then all of a sudden, you cannot train.

We owe our employees. A great place to work and good to give a great, great place to work the person that impacts them the most is their manager.

The problem is not too many meetings, it is too many ineffective meetings.

Whether it's perception or not and you could help our listeners with this, the perception is that people are busier today than they were 10 years ago.

Life is difficult, and once we understand that is not as difficult. I'm going to change that and say if you're a leader, you're always going to have a full plate. Once you accept the fact you're always gonna have a full plate, you can manage the plate. 

If you're in a leadership role and you look to your left and no one is there. You look to your right and no one is there, and you look behind you, and no one's there. It's called you have no followers. And if you have no followers, you are not a leader, even though your title, might say leader.

In this episode, Quint offered to share multiple leader tools. Please email to request these tools for download. 

  • Leadership Foundational Skills – Self Assessment
  • Effective Meetings Management System
  • Prioritization tool – 90 days plan
  • Emotional Journey – Valley of Despair
  • Downtime Assessment (article and tool)

How people can connect with Quint Studer:

LinkedIn profile

Quint is always on the lookout for ways to share great learning tools. For example, he writes a weekly leadership column that runs in the Pensacola News Journal and several other daily newspapers across the country.  Now we’ve added a podcast that’s kind of an extension of his The Busy Leader’s Handbook called The Busy Leader’s Podcast – A Catalyst for Inspired Action. Click here to listen to or it’s also available on Apple PodcastSpotify, and Google Podcast. We’ll release a new podcast every two weeks, with a variety of guests who will share their best practices.                                                                    

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Episode 202 Influencer of Healthcare Leaders with Scott Becker

Episode 202 Influencer of Healthcare Leaders with Scott Becker

September 23, 2020

BIO: Scott Becker previously served on the McGuireWoods LLP Board of Partners and served for nearly 15 years as chairman of the firm’s national Healthcare department. McGuireWoods has one of the best-regarded healthcare practices in the world.

Scott is the Founder and the Publisher of Beckers Healthcare and Beckers Hospital Review and its related events and publications. Mr. Becker remains the Publisher and Chief Content Officer of Beckers HealthCare.

Scott also produces the Becker Group C-Suite Report and related media. All C-Suite efforts are wholly outside of healthcare.

Mr. Becker is a Harvard Law School Graduate and a University of Illinois undergraduate business school graduate in Finance and Accounting. He is also the author of four books and a CPA.

"I started Becker's healthcare almost 30 years ago now I was a young lawyer, literally trying to build a reputation and brand in the legal business and started a small newsletter around surgery centers."- Scott  Becker

It's really been a labor of love to watch it grow. So much of life depends on the right people and building the right teams. And that clearly has been the, you know, the understanding of what can happen to the platform that can be built. But it was really the team of people that just organized, built, and recruited that made us into a serious very successful serious little media company and great, great fun.

There's, there's so many examples of magnificent frontline leaders out there that have just stayed so focused on their mission of keeping healthcare systems vibrant and doing great while dealing with the covid pandemic there's so many of them that it's hard to mention any specific ones if forced to out start mentioning a bunch of names because there's some that I've just been really blown away with by their efforts to this fantastic effort but there's so many of them that have just done remarkable work.


Becker Hospital Review

Episode 201 5 Ways to Stand Up in Leadership

Episode 201 5 Ways to Stand Up in Leadership

September 16, 2020
The first way you can stand up you have to stay true to your values as a leader. Now, this is assuming you know what your values are. And if you don't, then I highly recommend that you do some work on understanding what your values are.

As a leader, if you don't stand true to your values, when you're faced with the difficult decisions,  when you're faced with crisis with chaos like we've been faced with for so many months now since March of 2020, you'll get pushed around.

Trust yourself if you are growing. Make sure you've got a circle of people who can give you good advice. The advice that you get is not near as important as who you get it from.
Never quit on yourself. Never quit working to be a better leader, never quit working to be a better human, never quit working to learn more, never quit working to be a better communicator, a better team builder, never quit on yourself.
Draw lines in the sand. And don't waver on sticking up for other people. Right now in the world, there's a huge vacuum for leadership. I've been saying literally for years, the world is screaming for leadership. And that's never been more true than it's been the last six months. And right now the world is screaming for leadership. It's easy for you to shine as a leader right now, by just doing some of the simple things. 
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