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The Leadership Podcast

The Leadership Podcast

Why do we do this?

We interview great leaders, review the books they read, and speak with highly influential authors who study them.

How we do this?

#1 We interview great leaders.
#2 We review the books great leaders read and write.
#3 We have fun!

Jul 17, 2019

This week, Jim and Jan talk about new ideas, perspectives, and thoughts as we all strive to live a life of meaning. To that end, The Leadership Podcast is proud to announce a new initiative with thoughtLEADERS to provide very short podcasts called “chalk talks.” They’re a “bitesize” hacks on a common (but challenging) leadership issues. 


You can only access the Chalk Talks by subscribing to our mailing list at The Leadership Podcast


In addition, listen in to learn how 10 of you can apply to be selected to participate in the March 2020 Self-Reliant Leadership Crucible and Podcast Guest Reunion in Austin, Texas! It’s an exclusive event only for past Crucible participants and Podcast Guests, so this is a very unique opportunity. 


If you want to be one of the ten lucky listeners that will get to attend this event… click on the link below to send in your submission.  We will make our selection on Veterans Day (11/11/19) so get your submission in by November 8th, 2019.


The only other way to participate is through corporate sponsorship. If that’s of interest, please send a note to


Key Takeaways 

[1:04] Jim and Jan have been doing The Leadership Podcast for over 3 years now, and every week they learn something fresh and new - and hopefully you do, too! They are thankful for the support and listeners that allow the podcast to grow. 

[3:39] Great leaders have the right focus on what’s really “new” with them. It can be a new car, vacation, or object, but Jim and Jan offer the idea that “new” can also be thoughts, ideas, or musings. 

[5:01] In the corporate world, Jan saw people waiting for others to make a decision for them. It is up to us as individuals to be in charge of our own success and fulfillment in life, and know when it’s time for us to leave on our own accord. 

[9:52] The Leadership Podcast will be teaming up with thoughtLEADERS LLC to bring you “Chalk Talks”. These will be 5 minute long discussions to provide quick nuggets of insight. Please let others know that you can only get these by subscribing to the mailing list on The Leadership Podcast

[12:19] The Self- Reliant Leadership Crucibles take executives that need a digital detox and pair them with a military veteran who is going through, or has recently gone through, the process of transitioning to civilian life. The group of over 100 leaders are getting together for a reunion, and Jim and Jan have opened up 10 spots for select listeners, and a few more spots for sponsors. 


To apply, simply fill out the form at:  


Jim & Jan will select the ten lucky participants in the fourth quarter of 2019. The reunion will include short talks, keynotes, workshops and even an “urban surveillance” exercise. It will be a great opportunity to network with leaders at the top of their game.


Sponsors can inquire at  


Quotable Quotes 

  • “It’s important to make sure you have the right focus on new.” 
  • “Life is short, and we should definitely be doing things we’re passionate about.” 
  • “Do you want people reading your resume at your funeral, or talking about what you stood for?” 
  • “Think about what’s new in your life, and what you can do differently today to make it more meaningful for yourself and those around you.” 


#001:  Preston Pysh - What Can You Learn About Leadership From Billionaires?

Urban Team Challenge 


Self Reliant Leadership 

The Second Mountain 

Smart Brief


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