It’s Thanksgiving (here in the US) and I’m so thankful. I just released my 200th episode of the Fast Leader ShowThanks to the Fast Leader Legion and all of my guests. When I started podcasting in 2015 I was worried I would be like so many other that start podcasting. Something like 99% never make it past 10 episodes and 90% of those don’t make it past episode 50.

At 200, I obviously have an obsessive compulsive problem. I’m not going to say OCD and slight those truly suffering, but I’m most certainly driven…obsessively. All episodes are released on Wednesday mornings (Hump Day), so every Tuesday evening for the past several years, when I’m not on the road, I spend it in my office editing audio, creating show notes and guest banners (I’m not rich enough to outsource yet). The self-discipline in all of this has even surprised me. I can see why so many podcasters quit.

But for me, there have been glorious outcomes that make it all worth it. And drive me to keep going.

  1. I’m connecting with my guests personally: I chose a interview format that’s so unique, then telling personal stories, that the vast majority of my guests say it’s was a fun experience and the interview was unique and very appreciated.
  2. I’ve learned a ton: I’ve learned from so many experts and practitioners in so many important areas like leadership, customer experience, contact centers, employee engagement, marketing, social media, Emotional Intelligence, business transformation, strategy, culture, human development and more. This type of education could have never happened in a classroom or workshop.
  3. I’ve shined a spotlight on others: Every week I get the opportunity to highlight special people. Not because what they have done/do is great, but because who they are makes what they do great. I get great joy in appreciating them and having this way to tell their story to others.
  4. I get to help more people (and I’m better at it): Because of the work I’m doing at Call Center Coach with developing the leadership skills of emerging and existing frontline supervisors in contact centers with our virtual blended learning academy, I can bring more to them. I’m learning continuously, I have more stories to tell (we all love stories) and the source material is rich, deep and abundant. My guests are impacting the futures of so many leaders and I get to be the one delivering the gifts. How awesome is that?!
  5. I have more friends: I once heard that the richness of your life can be measured by the amount of friends you have. If that is true, I’ve hit the lottery. While I realize it’s not possible to consider all of my guests as friends, many of them have become (if they weren’t already) just that. And for that I am grateful and full of joy that I’m having this priceless experience.
  6. A brighter future: I currently have approximately 10 different public relation firms that are continuously pitching clients to me to be on the show. As one of the few independent podcasters in the world (leadership genre) with a full-episode weekly show that has over 200 episodes, the Fast Leader Show features some of the best and brightest minds in the world. I never saw this coming, but perseverance and a commitment to quality pays off.

So please subscribe, comment, recommend, refer and most importantly thank all of these guests for sharing their knowledge and wisdom and helping all to get over the hump.

  • 001: Lesley Lykins: Don’t tell the commanding officer
  • 002 Stan Phelps: You can’t be half pregnant and succeed
  • 003: Dee Kohler: You got to trust in this
  • 004: Mohamed Latib: I was left all alone
  • 005: Chris Lah: Focus, delegate, and ignore
  • 006: Carol Borghesi: I’m the man my parents wanted me to marry
  • 007: Chuck Udzinski: I’m like a hair in a biscuit
  • 008: Dan Rockwell: I’m afraid I won’t matter
  • 009: Diane Magers: I had to go back and pick them up
  • 010: Art Hall: I’m still struggling with it
  • 011: Honoree Corder: You need to speak
  • 012: Jesse Jackson: I was deeply hurt
  • 013: Gerry Barber: We were dysfunctional
  • 014: Ramesh Subramanian: Be ready to hit it
  • 015: Pele Ugboajah: Go ask your boss this
  • 016: Derrick Hall: I looked at it as an opportunity
  • 017: Karyn Furstman: Be positively relentless
  • 018: Ned Hallowell: Thanks to that hug
  • 019: Jeannie Walters: It felt like I wanted to run away
  • 020: Karl Sharicz: Perseverance can pay off
  • 021: Peter Haid: Career can pull you too far
  • 022: Jeanne Bliss: I wasn’t getting any traction
  • 023: Joan Pepper: Please bring my daughter home
  • 024: Tema Frank: That’s the end of my business
  • 025: Cliff Hurst: I needed to grasp the essence
  • 026: Dave Rendall: I was in trouble my whole life
  • 027: Parrish Arturi: It was a humbling experience
  • 028: Lance Miller: I’m emotionally and spiritually dead
  • 029: Carol Sharicz: What can you lose if you take that risk?
  • 030: Carrie Weston: I have to be clear on what I want
  • 031: Jeff Furst: I had little confidence in myself
  • 032: Shep Hyken: What did I sign up for
  • 033: Kate Nasser: After being hit by a meatball
  • 034: Louis Efron: I told my team to leave
  • 035: Sydney Savion: I need to break myself
  • 036: Mike Moyer: My wife did not sign up for that
  • 037: Desirree Madison-Biggs: The fight wasn’t worth it anymore
  • 038: Jana Sedivy: That was really demoralizing
  • 039: Annette Franz: Running into the same wall constantly
  • 040: Jack Mackey: Sometimes fear brings out the best in you
  • 041: Judith Glaser: Something was wrong about our interactions
  • 042: Leadership Return on Investment: For Organizations, Teams and You
  • 043: Alison Circle: I have to get over myself
  • 044: Sarah Simon: The blood drained out of my face
  • 045: Art Sobczak: I was not a good employee
  • 046: Yvonne Nomizu: I kept pushing and getting frustrated
  • 047: Warren Kennaugh: It took far much more time and effort
  • 048: Tabitha Dunn: I feel like I was punched in the gut
  • 049: Leslie O’Flahavan: I have the joy of looking over my shoulder
  • 050: Jeofrey Bean: I couldn’t get them to agree
  • 051: Paul Cole: Are you firing us as a customer
  • 052: Jon Wolske: I could have come up with other solutions
  • 053: Eric Mondschein: I hung up the phone and I was livid
  • 054: Chip Bell: It landed and a miracle happened
  • 055: Justin Robbins: I got there and I immediately felt lost
  • 056: Chip Huth: The common denominator in this stuff was me
  • 057: Jeremy Watkin: I made sure they knew they were wrong
  • 058: Lynn Hawkins: It not only impacted me, it hurt
  • 059: Trip Durham: You’re not going to have two birds in a bush
  • 060: John Tarnoff: We didn’t see this coming
  • 061: Lynn Hunsaker: I will inconvenience myself to do that
  • 062: Roger Dooley: It was rather a shocking thing for us
  • 063: Adam Toporek: I was not passionate about it
  • 064: Karin Hurt: What do you mean I’m a fraud
  • 065: Blake Morgan: I wasn’t a trust fund baby
  • 066: Eryc Eyl: I got laid off and I went broke
  • 067: Brad Cleveland: It was the deepest anguish I’d ever experienced
  • 068: Chantal Bechervaise: It was not something I expected
  • 069: Kirk Weisler: I never wanted to be the poop guy
  • 070: Jermaine Edwards: Taking that particular step was a tough one
  • 071: Vicki Herrell: Dealing with all of this changed me beyond measure
  • 072: Susan Fowler: This is a chance for me to live my values
  • 073: Bill Treasurer: I was embarrassed and tried to joke it off
  • 074: Hyrum Smith: I was a mess and grateful Covey talked first
  • 075: Nate Brown: I didn’t have to buy into that narrative
  • 076: Chris Edmonds: I’ve got to be walking the talk
  • 077: Adam Dorrell: It can be the kicker that gets you going
  • 078: Bob Anderson: It meant bigger changes than I was up for
  • 079: Curtis Kopf: It takes time to get over that
  • 080: Paul Maskill: I wasn’t really helping the business grow
  • 081: Bill Dann: My Inadequacies led to him being crushed
  • 082: Megan Constantino: From that hump I got a baby bump
  • 083: Mike Wittenstein: I am by no means an actor
  • 084: Brian Sullivan: They all had their political agendas
  • 085: Bob Tiede: I didn’t think my heart was wrong
  • 086: Ann Parker: I had kind of lost my power
  • 087: Roy Atkinson: Despite the fact that I grew up privileged
  • 088: Jocelyn Davis: I no longer had a platform
  • 089: Doug Woodard: I could not disclose what had happened
  • 090: Bob Burg: I resisted change and it set me back
  • 091: Wade Fransson: This is not the tent
  • 092: TwinEngine: It changed how we thought about marketing
  • 093: Mark Nathan: I was leaving part of me behind
  • 094: Kristy Powers: At 16 I had to live on my own
  • 095: Steve Goldstein: You don’t get 30 mulligans
  • 096: Paul Larsen: I became very alone overnight
  • 097: Roberta O’Keith: I was in a dark place at my job
  • 098: Michael Teoh: I thought I could motivate my staff
  • 099: Steve Mariotti: They attacked me with knives
  • 100: John Lee Dumas: I invested in a mentor that kicked my butt
  • 101: Allison Smith: I found them very intrusive to life
  • 102: Michael Beck: I saw the impact of caring about people
  • 103: Nate Regier: I made two huge mistakes
  • 104: Al Hopper: I was beat physically and mentally
  • 105: Charles Vogl: I would cry at night from exhaustion and stress
  • 106: Wendy Keller: I was not physically able to sit up
  • 107: Carey Azzara: It threw my family into a collective depression
  • 108: Neal Topf: For 365 days I was miserable and I left
  • 109: Dayna Steele: I’ve never looked at it as failing
  • 110: Brian MacNeice: My future life wouldn’t make a difference
  • 111: Bill Munn: I was tied up in my mind with financial security
  • 112: Marc Allen: I couldn’t make any money at anything
  • 113: Ashish Bisaria: Are we doomed right out of the gate
  • 114: Nancy Porte: I felt it in my bones
  • 115: Kathleen Peterson: I actually flew off the handle
  • 116: Joshua Spodek: I had to force my friends to read it
  • 117: Ron Carucci: I don’t know if I’m helpable or beyond help
  • 118: Dov Baron: I needed to fall and get smashed to pieces
  • 119: Simon Blair: I was spit thrown into the deep end
  • 120: Christine Porath: That really cost me in terms of happiness and stability
  • 121: Tracy Goodwin: I was getting beaten every night
  • 122: Claire Brooks: I wasn’t culturally understanding
  • 123: Ilene Marcus: I had to cross a picket line
  • 124: Mark Babbitt: I had to expose my feelings
  • 125: Bernie Swain: Ronald Reagan brought us great legitimacy
  • 126: Dorie Clark: I was forced to master the skill of resiliency
  • 127: KH Kim: I focused on my weaknesses a lot
  • 128: Nat Greene: I found an inability to find reasonable people
  • 129: Judd Hoekstra: I had all that junk swirling around in my head
  • 130: Michele Borba: Changed my life on the spot
  • 131: Diana Oreck: I was so obsessed with work
  • 132: Dianna Booher: I laid awake for two or three nights
  • 133: Sophie Wade: I realized it was a flexibility issue
  • 134: Jonathan David Lewis: Our growth stopped. We went backwards.
  • 135: Kelli Barabasz: They were scared to death of me
  • 136: Keith Pearce: That’s probably where I grew up the most
  • 137: Cort Dial: You’re not telling me the whole story
  • 138: Jill Konrath: I’m over the hill, I lost my mojo
  • 139: Kendall Lyman: What is your change process
  • 140: Edwina Cowell: When people show you who they are believe them
  • 141: Serena Smith: Life hasn’t necessarily been a cake walk for me
  • 142: Andy Molinsky: I have so many situations outside my comfort zone
  • 143: Josh Seibert Bio: I’m not good at giving up
  • 144: Brian Biro: I’m no good because I’m never the best
  • 145: Jeff McManus: I had to start thinking what they wanted
  • 146: Steven Stein: I can fade out a bit
  • 147: Tim Perek: It was a stump the chump moment
  • 149: Erik Seversen: I realized part of the problem was myself
  • 150: Sean Hawkins: I was in a tough position
  • 151: Shawn Vij: I began to distance myself from my core values
  • 152: Rick Brinkman: I wasn’t trying to make a joke
  • 153: Vicky Oliver: It was a huge redirect for me
  • 154: Kumar Mehta: There will always be someone who will listen
  • 155: Peter Lisoskie: Sure, I’ll bet my job on it
  • 156: Kimberly Davis: I really melted down
  • 157: Andy Swann: I got no satisfaction from my job
  • 158: Darrin Poole: It was a challenge to my leadership
  • 159: Jeffrey Shaw: I was going to dominate the world
  • 160: Christine Comaford: I had to reach to a deep place inside myself
  • 161: Steven Keith: I really didn’t know how to fix it
  • 162: Dean Lindsay: I do now own my entire bio
  • 163: Jenny Dempsey: I took on this superwoman role
  • 164: Debi Mongan: I was totally wrong
  • 165: Tal Shnall: I fell on my face taking that position
  • 166: Jillian Medoff: My career had hit the skids
  • 167: Heather Younger: I think I found exactly this place
  • 168: Gabe Alves: This isn’t something that changes easily
  • 169: Ian Golding: This is my reason for being
  • 170: Jennifer Moss: It’s been a driver of my happiness
  • 171: Michael Gale: The ship we were part of building is no longer relevant
  • 172: Lori Bocklund: Life’s too short to live this way
  • 173: Doug Sandler: I had no system and that’s the problem
  • 174: Jim Knight: I’ve got to be the shield and set the example
  • 175: Cash Keahey: I had to win their respect as a leader
  • 176: Dave Mattson: I’m forever grateful for my road to excellence
  • 177: Eric Kish: They gave me 90 days to crash and burn
  • 178: Olga Mizrahi: I publicly thanked them for the negative review
  • 179: Jeff Piersall: It cost me a tremendous journey
  • 180: Greg Young: I needed to reframe what I considered to be successful
  • 181: Chris Dyer: In mid-air you change directions a few times
  • 182: Jonathan Low: If it fails, it’s not me failing
  • 183: Art Coombs: You label you
  • 184: Jack Bergstrand: It was an over-my-dead-body conversation
  • 185: Connie Malamed: You have to want to give to them
  • 186: Danita Bye: This is not about complaining – it’s about doing
  • 187: Whitney Johnson: It’s not that I turned it around
  • 188: Howard Partridge: I was a terrible leader
  • 189: Brad Deutser: I’ve never looked back
  • 190: Ralph Welborn: What role do we play in business ecosystems
  • 191: Pete Williams: What was a massive win became our shackles
  • 192: Simone Vincenzi: I basically made myself homeless
  • 193: Aaron Edelheit: I’m going to turn off
  • 194: Phyllis Weiss Haserot: The degree of frustration I felt is enormous
  • 195: Glenn Elliott: Get on with it and stay resilient
  • 196: Alessandra Cavalluzzi: Obviously, this didn’t resonate with people
  • 197: Bill Gessert: The skills sets to be a leader are completely different (Rest in Peace, Bill)
  • 198: David Hiatt: At what point am I going to take myself seriously
  • 199: Brannon Beliso: Achievements and success are two different things
  • 200: Dan Gingiss: There’s really only one thing to do here

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