Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview
Kevin Kruse, a keynote speaker, leadership expert, entrepreneur,
NYT bestselling author of six books, and host of the very popular
Extreme Productivity podcast. Kevin is one of the most
read leadership columnists on Forbes. As a keynote speaker
and performance coach, Kevin has worked with fortune 500 CEOs,
start-up founders, the United States Marine Corps, and nonprofit
leaders. Jan and Jim talk with Kevin about his mentors, his
development, his mission to provide life-changing hope and
knowledge so that other people can fulfill their potential, and his
methods of success.
Listen in to learn how to transform your focus from
chasing money to providing effective service.
[6:39] You have to get through a bunch of noes to get
to a yes.
[8:40] Most people aren't even able or willing to
make the extra commitment to follow up and establish a meaningful
[9:19] Which famous billionaire lives by a to-do
list, and said he just didn’t have the time to learn to use a
[14:15] Kevin tells of his transition from chasing
and achieving monetary goals that disappointed, to choosing and
accomplishing purposeful objectives that fulfilled.
[18:04] The simple secret Ken Blanchard shared with
Kevin that changed his life.
[18:48] How every day, Kevin wants to make sure he’s
providing life-changing hope and knowledge, so that other people
can fulfill their potential.
[23:20] Kevin praises his mentors — from a seventh
grade teacher to a CEO who carefully and effectively mentored
[28:03] Kevin usually encounters leaders at the top
of the organization that have always had and continue to have a lot
of flaws — they just play to their strengths.
[30:44] Why slowing down and doing less will make you
[35:15] Whatever the metric is, be clear on that
standard and don't waver. But at the same time, don’t be rude,
mean, inconsiderate or authoritarian in your workplace style.
Books Mentioned on the Show
15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management: The
Productivity Habits of 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29
Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs, by Kevin
Employee Engagement 2.0: How to Motivate Your Team for High
Performance (A Real-World Guide for Busy Managers), by Kevin
Why is Everyone Smiling? The Secret Behind Passion,
Productivity, and Profit, by Paul Spiegelman
What Got You Here Won't Get You There: A Round Table Comic: How
Successful People Become Even More Successful, book by
Slow Down to Speed Up: How to manage your time and rebalance your
life, by Lothar J. Seiwert and Anne
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join
the New Rich, by Timothy Ferriss
TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the
Smallest of Moments, by Doug Conant and Mette
Kevin Kruse is a keynote speaker, leadership expert,
entrepreneur, podcast host dispensing nuggets of pure wisdom, and
NYT bestselling author of six books, including 15 Secrets
Successful People Know About Time Management, and Employee
Engagement 2.0. Over the last 20 years, he has started and
co-founded several multi-million dollar companies, which have won
awards from the Inc. 500, as well as Employee Engagement being the
Number 4 Best Place to Work in PA.