Disrupt Yourself Podcast with Whitney Johnson

Disrupt Yourself Podcast with Whitney Johnson

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Best-selling author Whitney Johnson (“Disrupt You…


#176: Darrell Rigby – The Agile Life
Aug 11 • 51 min
Our guest today Darrell Rigby, is an expert in the philosophy called Agile. According to Darrell, “Agile always begins thinking from the customer backward. What is the customer’s problem? What is the customer’s dilemma?” Basically, identify…
#175: Mary L. Gray - Ghost Work
Aug 4 • 35 min
Open google, type a word or a phrase, any phrase… red car, modern couch, dog, and a slew of results will populate your browser window. Who is responsible for the avalanche information that lies just a few keystrokes away? Are there downsides to this…
#174: Buster Benson – Why Are We Yelling
Jul 28 • 41 min
Conflict is becoming an ever more present reality in our lives, yet most of us try desperately to avoid it. The widening gap between the world in which we live and our lack of ability to navigate conflict, is showing up in our personal and…
#173: Ozan Varol - Think Like a Rocket Scientist
Jul 21 • 45 min
Leaping to a new S-Curve of learning can be an overwhelming experience. As we transition from being at the top of our field into a new and less experienced trajectory, our emotions and anxieties can get the best of us. Our guest this week believes…
#172: Michelle McKenna - Change Agents
Jul 14 • 52 min
Organizational change can be a disorienting experience. We all have bristled against it at one time or another, unnerved by the unknown. However, leaning into change and following the path of disruption can be a liminal moment for organizations and…
#171: Ryan Gottfredson - Unlocking Success Mindsets
Jul 7 • 46 min
Mindsets are foundational to everything we do. Improving our mindsets can improve our success across life, work, and leadership. Our guest today , Ph.D., takes us on a deep dive into the power of mindsets. In his book, , Ryan blends the latest in…
#170: Molly Beck – Creating in Spite of Constraints
Jun 30 • 46 min
One in three Americans listen to at least one podcast per month. This is an astounding number given podcasting was a relatively unknown medium as recently as 2012. Recently, Apple surpassed the 1 million mark in podcast titles, and we’ve witnessed…
#169: Dr. Benjamin Hardy - Personality Isn’t Permanent
Jun 23 • 49 min
Our inner desire to label ourselves into personality categorizations is strong. In the quest to understand one’s self, we find solace in labels and fixed ideations. However, focusing on labels alone can lead to a belief that we are who we are and as…
#168: Liz O’Donnell - Stepping Back and Showing Up
Jun 16 • 34 min
Today on the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, our guest is Liz O’Donnell, a marketing executive who is an expert on taking a step back to slingshot forward and that will be the topic of our conversation today. Liz is the award-winning author of and Liz’s…
#167: Gregory Haile - Closing the Education Gap
Jun 9 • 43 min
Today on the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, our guest is Gregory Haile, President of Broward College in Florida. On this episode, Greg takes us through his educational journey and background - beginning as a child in a dangerous neighborhood in Queens,…
#166: Luvvie Ajayi Jones - Privilege Means You Have a Start
Jun 2 • 28 min
Today’s episode is a rebroadcast of an episode we aired back in 2017 with speaker and New York Times bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones. Pamay Bassey, the Chief Learning Officer at Kraft Heinz posted this quote from Cleo Wade on LinkedIn: “My…
#165: Hubert Joly - Focus on Purpose
May 26 • 50 min
Today, on the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, our guest is Hubert Joly, former CEO of Carlson, member of the board of directors of Ralph Lauren and Johnson & Johnson and currently chairman of Best Buy, where he was previously CEO for seven years. When…
#164: David Peterson - Reflect and Learn
May 19 • 42 min
Today on the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, our guest is Dr. David Peterson. David has been the Director of Leadership and Coaching at Google since 2011, Chief Transformation Officer at 7 Paths Forward, one of the original members of the Marshall Goldsmith…
#163: Jennifer Petriglieri - Thriving in Relationships and Career
May 12 • 41 min
Today our guest is Jennifer Petriglieri, associate professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD. She’s been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 New Thinker and Talent Awards and been named one of the world’s best business school professors under 40 by…
#162: Kelly Goldsmith - The Paradox of Uncertainty
May 5 • 39 min
Today our guest is Kelly Goldsmith. Kelly received her PhD from Yale, is now a professor at Vanderbilt, where she’s received numerous teaching awards including being one of the youngest professors ever to be nominated for Professor of the Year at…
#161: Alex Osterwalder - The Invincible Company
Apr 28 • 51 min
Today, on the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, we welcome innovation expert and one of the top-ranked thinkers in the world, Alex Osterwalder. You will hear how Alex views failure, about his mentorship with , and which companies he views as leaders in…
#160: Battle Entitlement
Apr 21 • 42 min
In . In , we moved to play to your , to , and now we are to Episode 160, we are talking about battling our entitlement––the S Curve Killer. In this episode, Whitney will share her current thinking on the process of battling entitlement -…
#159: Mark W. Johnson - Lead From the Future
Apr 14 • 36 min
Our guest today is Mark W. Johnson, the co-founder and senior partner of , a strategy and innovation consulting firm he co-founded with Clayton Christensen in 2000. Mark’s latest book is titled , and today, we’re going to talk about what this…
#158: Jen Goldman-Wetzler - Optimal Outcomes
Apr 7 • 42 min
Conflict is everywhere. Even in “normal” times, it’s all around us. And it is inherent in the process of climbing an S-curve of learning. There will be challenges, there will be friction. Conflict is a constraint, so what do you do with that conflict?…
#157: Susan David - Emotional Agility
Mar 31 • 50 min
You may decide that you are going to change jobs, move to another country to physically disrupt yourself, hoping to improve your lot. But based on Susan David’s 20 years of academic and clinical research, it’s how you navigate your inner world, your…
#156: Dr. Tara Swart - Unlock Your Mind & Reach Your Potential
Mar 27 • 49 min
Our brains control almost all of our thoughts, emotions, actions and reactions. For instance, the thought of wanting to get ahead in one’s career originates in the brain. The actions that we take (or do not take) to turn that thought into reality…
#155: Cali Yost - Reimagining Where and How We Work
Mar 24 • 36 min
As we find ourselves in the midst of a great experiment around how and where work is done, I wanted to talk to someone who has been thinking about and leading companies through this process for years. Our guest today is Cali Yost, CEO and Founder of…
#154: Scott Miller - Becoming the Leader People Want to Follow
Mar 19 • 38 min
Our guest today is Scott Miller. Scott is the Executive Vice President of the Thought Leadership practice at FranklinCovey. Scott is a twenty-three veteran of FranklinCovey, which is part of the reason that I wanted you to hear from him. His 20+…
#153: Calm in Times of Chaos - Keep Planting Cherry Trees
Mar 17 • 44 min
Right now, we find ourselves in uncharted waters. A pandemic, political wrangling, a volatile stock market. Most of it we’ve experienced before. But it feels a bit like we’ve sailed into the Bermuda triangle of uncertainty, even chaos. These macro…
#152: Stew Friedman - Parents Who Lead at Work and Home
Mar 10 • 45 min
Today our guest is Stew Friedman, an organizational psychologist at Wharton. He’s one of the most influential management thinkers in the world, as named by Thinkers 50, one of HR Magazine’s most influential thought leaders, and one of America’s most…
#151: Michael Bungay Stanier - Taming the Advice Monster
Mar 3 • 59 min
Our guest today is Michael Bungay Stanier, and if that name sounds familiar, you may remember him from our previous conversation on the podcast in early 2018. Michael is our first repeat guest on the Disrupt Yourself podcast, and it would be hard to…
#150: Marco Trecroce - Take Time to Plan
Feb 25 • 36 min
My guest on the podcast today is Marco Trecroce, Senior Vice President and the first ever Chief Information Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. I had a chance to meet Marco in Toronto a few months ago, and on hearing about his completion of a…
#149: Gabrielle Blair - Driven by Discovery and Design
Feb 18 • 51 min
Today’s guest is Gabrielle Blair, a woman whose life has been full of disruption, of playing where no one else is playing and discovery driven learning and growth. Beginning with her lifestyle blog - which she started in 2004 - a blog focused on the…
#148: Jeremy Andrus - Building Something of Value
Feb 11 • 57 min
My guest on the podcast today is Jeremy Andrus, the CEO of Traeger Grills and the former CEO of Skullcandy. During his tenure, Skullcandy grew from $1 million in sales to $300 million, and over the past few years, Jeremy has taken Traeger from $70…
#147: Tom Rath - Discover Your Contribution
Feb 4 • 33 min
Our guest today is Tom Rath, the New York times bestselling author of How Full is Your Bucket and Amazon’s top selling non-fiction book of all time StrengthsFinder 2.0. For the past five years Tom has served as Gallup senior scientist and he recently…
#146: Angela Blanchard - The Measure of a Great City
Jan 28 • 47 min
Our guest today is Angela Blanchard, a globally recognized expert practitioner in community development, disaster recovery, and effective long-term integration for immigrants and refugees. It may be sad to think about, but we have culturally become…
#145: BJ Fogg - Creating Tiny Habits
Jan 21 • 37 min
Our guest on the podcast today is BJ Fogg, world-renowned behavioral scientist and the founder of Stanford’s behavior design lab. BJ’s new book, Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything, he examines the fundamentals of what it takes…
#144: Claire Diaz-Ortiz - Finding Social Media Success
Jan 14 • 48 min
My guest today is Claire Diaz-Ortiz, digital strategist and author of the new book Social Media Success for Every Brand. Claire’s journey in social media expertise began as an early user of Twitter, and to put that in perspective, her Twitter handle…
#143: Simon Sinek - There is No Finish Line
Jan 7 • 32 min
To kick off 2020 I am talking to Simon Sinek, who is best known for popularizing the concept of “why” in his 2009 TED talk. To date, it is the third most-watched talk at TED.com with over 40 million views. Simon is the author of several…
#142: A Look Back at 2019
Dec 31, 2019 • 40 min
The end of the year is a time for reflection and looking back at the progress made. We love taking a look at where we are as a team in our S-Curve of Learning as podcasters. looking back at some of our most popular episodes, which interestingly,…
#141: Jim Ferrell - Leadership and Self-Deception
Dec 17, 2019 • 65 min
On today’s episode of the Disrupt Yourself podcast, we’re talking with Jim Ferrell. Jim is a bestselling author, sought-after speaker, and renowned thought leader on mindset and organizational change. And we’re talking all about self-deception….
#140: Embrace Constraints
Dec 10, 2019 • 43 min
Constraints. For most of us, just hearing this word evokes a negative response. Limitations. Restrictions. A cage that prevents us from spreading our wings. However, if you’re familiar with the accelerants of disruption, you’ll know that…
#139: Heather Hawkins - Radical Authenticity
Dec 3, 2019 • 50 min
When a photo of a new “boy band” crossed PR Agent Heather Hawkins’ desk in 2001, she was surprised at how glamorously they were presented. The era of Backstreet Boys was over; kids were listening to “real music” (like highly produced punk),…
#138: Dave Ulrich - Reinventing the Organization
Nov 26, 2019 • 55 min
Disruption can be a powerful personal tool, but as we discussed during the re-launch of Disrupt Yourself earlier in the month, disruption is not limited to individuals looking to jump into the entrepreneurial life. Significant disruptions can come…
#137: Allison Holzer - The Spark of Inspiration
Nov 19, 2019 • 34 min
As a child, Allison Holzer was fascinated with the invisible. When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would enthusiastically tell the listener that her dream job was to be a nuclear physicist (even though she wasn’t completely clear…
#136: Disrupt Yourself: Master Relentless Change and Speed Up Your Learning Curve
Nov 12, 2019 • 44 min
Today is the day! Disrupt Yourself: Master Relentless Change and Speed Up Your Learning Curve has officially been re-launched into the world. As with all my book “children,” I am very proud of this creation. You, my audience, have been so…
#135: Eric Schurenberg - Be Discovery Driven
Nov 5, 2019 • 48 min
It’s okay to end up in a place you didn’t expect. Just ask Eric Schurenberg. As with most of our guests, Eric’s path was not a linear one. His post-collegiate occupation was acting, but after finding some success he realized that the lifestyle…
#134: Kaihan Krippendorff - Give Failure Its Due
Oct 29, 2019 • 43 min
When picturing disruptive innovators, many people picture the lone genius entrepreneur: Steve Jobs or Bill Gates in a garage, working outside of The System to get their product to market. But is this really how great innovations are created and…
#133: Tiffany Shlain - Step Back to Grow
Oct 22, 2019 • 35 min
For the past few weeks, we have been taking a deeper dive into the seven-point framework of personal disruption in anticipation of my book being re-released by Harvard Business Press on November 12. If you stick around to the end of this episode,…
#132: Buster Scher - Battle Entitlement
Oct 15, 2019 • 34 min
In anticipation of the re-release of my book, with Harvard Business Press - available for pre-order now - we are continuing our look at the seven-point framework of personal disruption. Today our interview focuses on accelerant number four - battle…
#131: Jonathan Mendonsa - Embrace Constraints
Oct 8, 2019 • 42 min
In anticipation of the re-release of my book, Disrupt Yourself with Harvard Business Press on November 12, 2019, we are continuing our look at the seven-point framework of personal disruption. Today, we will be examining accelerant number three -…
#130: CV Harquail - Play to Your Distinctive Strengths
Oct 1, 2019 • 71 min
Playing to your distinctive strengths is vital to personal disruption. We covered this accelerant in , and I hope you’ve taken the time to consider your own “superpower.” Today’s episode is focused on distinctive strengths, but with a bit of a…
#129: Adela Mizrachi - Take the Right Kinds of Risks
Sep 24, 2019 • 33 min
With today’s episode, we’re starting something new. On November 12, 2019, Harvard Business Press will be releasing a new version of my book . As a countdown of sorts, we’re going to spend the next seven episodes focusing on the seven-point…
#128: Nancy Duarte - Inspire Through Data and Story
Sep 17, 2019 • 39 min
Nancy Duarte is a communication and persuasion expert whose firm, ., is behind some of the most influential visual messages in business and culture. She’s worked with 25 of the world’s top 35 brands, helping them incorporate story patterns into…
#127 - Dr. David Bray: Ushering in the Future
Sep 10, 2019 • 42 min
Today’s guest is David Bray, and hearing his life story is like hearing the movie “War Games” brought to life. At the age of 15 he began working on computer simulations for the US Military. By the year 2000 he was working as the IT Chief for the…
#126: Rita McGrath - Inflection Points
Sep 3, 2019 • 50 min
My guest today is Rita McGrath, and she literally wrote the book on inflection points for businesses. These moments when the assumptions about your business change or become irrelevant are not always easy to spot, but, as Rita explains, they can make…
#125: Ali Brown - Good at Something
Aug 27, 2019 • 39 min
When we talk about disrupting yourself, I typically advise that you look before you leap. Make a planned exit, cushion the landing, prepare for the change. But that is not the route Ali Brown took. After two years at a small marketing firm, she knew…
#124: Hal Gregersen - Choose Your Questions Well
Aug 20, 2019 • 56 min
My guest today is Hal Gregersen, the executive director of the MIT Leadership Center and a senior lecturer in leadership and innovation at MIT Sloan School of Management. A Thinkers50 globally ranked management thinker, he has authored or coauthored…
#123: Karen Beattie - Comfortable With Change
Aug 13, 2019 • 28 min
To say that Karen Beattie is comfortable with change is a bit of an understatement. Her childhood was nomadic, with her father’s job taking her family to such diverse places as Trinidad, the Caribbean, Libya, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, and the…
#122: Stephen Nelson - The Art of Collaboration
Aug 6, 2019 • 45 min
Stephen Nelson speaks the language of music. A primarily self-taught pianist, he has an amazing talent for composition, oftentimes performing on-the-spot “mash-ups” of famous songs for live audiences. His ability to effortlessly create melodies…
#121: Julie Berry - What You’re Meant to Do
Jul 30, 2019 • 29 min
As the mother of two young children, all of Julie Berry’s focus was on keeping them safe, happy, and healthy, but despite loving them fiercely, Julie also felt intensely isolated. Walking around in maternity clothes with spit up and pieces of…
#120: Play to Your Distinctive Strengths
Jul 23, 2019 • 39 min
It’s time for something a little different. Instead of interviewing a guest today, I’m going to do a dive deep into one of the accelerants outlined in my seven-point framework for personal disruption that I discussed in Episode 80, as well…
#119: Adam Grant - Give and Take
Jul 16, 2019 • 35 min
When Adam Grant joined his high school diving team, his coach told him he had good news and bad news: Adam lack flexibility and grace, two of the three components needed to be a successful diver. The good news? His coach would be there to support him…
#118: Carol Kauffman - Don’t Hold Back
Jul 9, 2019 • 34 min
Don’t hold back. That is my biggest take-away from our guest today, Carol Kauffman, the founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Coaching at the Harvard Medical School. A veteran psychologist and Professional Certified Coach, Carol has…
#117: Sarah Green Carmichael - Taking the Risk
Jul 2, 2019 • 50 min
I always love speaking with individuals at the low end of the learning curve. So many emotions are on the surface, but by the time someone hits the sweet spot, they often don’t remember how hard it was to do the things that now come…
#116: Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez - The Project Revolution
Jun 25, 2019 • 38 min
My guest on the podcast today is Antonio Neto-Rodriguez, a passionate expert on project management and the author of The Project Revolution: How to Succeed in a Project-Driven World. In a traditional work setting, managers think of projects as…
#115: Amy Edmondson - Psychological Safety
Jun 18, 2019 • 39 min
Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, where she studies the dynamics of organizations and how to create a psychologically safe work environment. Over the past 20 years, Amy has shown…
#114: Martin & Kym Frey - Life is a Daring Adventure
Jun 11, 2019 • 34 min
We’ve had two married couples on the podcast so far, and today I’m excited to introduce a third - Martin and Kym Frey. On April 17, 2016, Martin Frey became the first person in the world to climb the Seven Summits – the highest peaks on…
#113: Priya Parker - Purpose is Your Bouncer
Jun 4, 2019 • 46 min
My guest today is Priya Parker, the founder of Thrive Labs and a strategic advisor who helps leaders and teams create transformative gatherings. She is the author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, and was featured on the TED2019…
#112: Marcus Buckingham - Work Happens Through Teams
May 28, 2019 • 48 min
My guest today is Marcus Buckingham, Best-selling author and the Head of ADP Research, People + Performance. Marcus spent almost twenty years at Gallup, and recently released Nine Lies About Work: A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World,…
#111: Brené Brown - Called to Courage
May 21, 2019 • 43 min
I love Brené Brown’s story. A “late bloomer,” Brené graduated from her undergrad when she was 29 years old, then proceeded straight into her master’s and Ph.D. programs. She experienced first-hand the impact of amazing professors and knew…
#110: Safi Bahcall - Nurturing Crazy Ideas
May 14, 2019 • 49 min
My guest on the podcast today is Safi Bahcall - physicist, biotech CEO, entrepreneur, tennis aficionado, and author of the outstanding book, Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries. Complete…
#109: Tamika Catchings - Path For Success
May 7, 2019 • 36 min
When Tamika Catchings was a freshman at the University of Tennessee, her coach, Pat Summit, told her that someday her story would “impact thousands, maybe millions of people.” It was a crazy idea. Diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of 3,…
#108: Jason Jedlinski - Setting Up Others for Success
Apr 30, 2019 • 60 min
My guest today is Jason Jedlinski, a digital product executive, innovator and brand builder currently serving as the Senior Vice President of Product for Gannett Media. Jason’s career in media spans most of his life, taking root in the second grade…
#107: Ty Shay - Make Yourself Obsolete
Apr 23, 2019 • 45 min
My guest on the podcast today is Ty Shay, the Global Chief Marketing Officer of Norton/LifeLock. Well regarded for his expertise, marketing is not the career path Ty originally set out on. After working tirelessly to get a job as an investment banker…
#106: Maren Kate Donovan - Embracing Failure
Apr 16, 2019 • 39 min
My guest on the podcast today is Maren Kate Donovan, the founder and former CEO of Zirtual, a company that went from rapid growth and success to shutting down seemingly overnight. The measure of their success ended up being their downfall: rapid…
#105: Paul Hill - Mission Control Management
Apr 9, 2019 • 51 min
Management isn’t rocket science. It’s harder than rocket science. At least, that’s what Paul Hill, former director of mission operations at NASA, believes. Paul has spent most of his life around rockets: first as a child growing up near the…
#104: Gina Bianchini - A Part of Something Bigger
Apr 2, 2019 • 41 min
My guest on the podcast is Gina Bianchini, founder and CEO of Mighty Networks. Gina created Mighty Networks to be a social platform that goes beyond the typical scrolling conversations of social media and focuses instead on community and engagement…
#103: Tasha Eurich - The Transition from “Why” to “What”
Mar 26, 2019 • 38 min
About six years ago, Tasha Eurich was in a work lull. Her coaching clients were on vacation for the winter holidays, and feeling the bug to accomplish something anyway she began to dig into one of her favorite topics—psychology. Tasha had noticed…
#102: Liz Wiseman - Accidental Diminishers - When the Good Guys are the Bad Guys
Mar 19, 2019 • 41 min
Liz Wiseman knows a thing or two about bosses. She is the author of the best-selling book Multipliers, which explores the impact that leaders have on their teams, whether positive (multipliers) or negative (diminishers). In researching for the book,…
#101: Erik & Emily Orton - Failing Forward, Failing Better
Mar 12, 2019 • 64 min
When Erik and Emily Orton sailed their boat up the Hudson River, there was no one to greet them. It was late, and no fanfare or celebration disturbed the stillness of the night. But the Orton’s and their five children felt what they had sensed many…
#100: Take the Right Kinds of Risks
Mar 5, 2019 • 21 min
To celebrate the 100th episode of the Disrupt Yourself Podcast, we’re disrupting our format a bit. In we gave you a preview of an online course we’re developing. It’s been our most downloaded to date. So, in celebration of our hundredth episode, and…
#99: Ilana Golan - Leveling the Playing Field
Feb 26, 2019 • 43 min
Ilana Golan is someone who goes first. She was the first female commander in the Israeli Air Force, and that experience set her up for a career filled with blazing trails and then creating a wider path for others to follow. From her start at…
#98: Melissa Smith - Modeling What Matters
Feb 19, 2019 • 39 min
While growing up in a small farm town in Maine, Melissa Smith had the opportunity to try lots of different things. She drove the flatbed to collect hay on the family farm, was captain of the math team, captain of the cheerleading squad and played on…
#97: Dan Shapero - Stepping Back to Grow
Feb 12, 2019 • 42 min
Dan Shapero’s team was a rocket ship. When he stepped in as leader of LinkedIn’s recruiting business, annual revenue was around $40 million. By 2014, it was a billion and a half dollars. So it came somewhat as a surprise when the CEO of LinkedIn…
#96: Live Coaching Episode - Ryan Gottfredson
Feb 5, 2019 • 73 min
The launch point of a learning curve can feel like a slog. There is so much to learn, and just keeping your head above water requires tremendous effort. When progress seems nonexistent it is human nature to feel impatient and want to change direction,…
#95: Encore - Donald Miller: The Importance of Creating Clarity
Jan 29, 2019 • 32 min
I have shared on here before that I am a recovering perfectionist when it comes to my podcasts, and I have yet another confession: sometimes I make mistakes. Or, rather, errors. I recently received feedback from a newsletter subscriber that helped me…
#94: Bethany Quam - Staying in Growth
Jan 22, 2019 • 47 min
When we’re feeling stagnate or trapped in our job, jumping ship altogether often seems like the best option for disruption. However—and this is a big one—what if you didn’t have to? What if you could identify what motivates you, and why your…
#93: James Clear - Just One Percent Better
Jan 15, 2019 • 46 min
My guest today is James Clear, and he’s the go-to expert for those small changes, or Atomic Habits (as his New York Times best-selling book refers to them). James advocates that the way to build habits is to try and get just one percent better…
#92: Donna Hicks - Guardians of Dignity
Jan 8, 2019 • 43 min
Israel and Palestine. Northern Ireland. Colombia. Libya. These are more than just countries to Donna Hicks. Notorious for their political upheaval and turmoil, within their borders, Donna has sat between sworn enemies and dared to help them find…
Asheesh Advani: Removing Obstacles
Jan 1, 2019 • 41 min
On the podcast today I am pleased to introduce Asheesh Advani, the CEO of Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement (or JA) is an organization that provides children and teenagers around the world opportunities to learn about work, entrepreneurship and…
2018 in Review: Reveling in the Sweet Spot
Dec 18, 2018 • 57 min
I have a confession: I am a recovering perfectionist. Up until very recently I have been completely unable to listen to a single “Disrupt Yourself” podcast. I convinced myself that I would be a terrible interviewer, and my imagination was…
Keith Krach: Transformational Leadership
Dec 11, 2018 • 40 min
Keith Krach collects people. It’s not that he’s a comic book villain, mind you—Keith simply has a knack for finding people, discovering what they’re interested in, and building a team from that connection. Over the past ten years at DocuSign…
Mike McDerment: Be Your Best Competitor
Dec 4, 2018 • 34 min
Thinking about the competition often keeps business owners up at night. Will someone else find a way to copy your product? Will they lure customers away? Will they make your clientele happier? It’s the stuff of nightmares. Mike McDerment, the…
Talia Milgrom-Elcott: Stepping Up
Nov 27, 2018 • 51 min
When President Kennedy announced in 1961 that he wanted to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, it was a longshot. Some believed it to be impossible. However, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped out onto the surface of the moon and…
Dave Hollis: Abandoning Certainty
Nov 20, 2018 • 50 min
When his eight-year-old son asked Dave Hollis what his biggest fear was, no doubt he anticipated an answer along the lines of “tarantula” or “scorpions.” Instead, he received a brutally honest assessment: “Not living up to my potential.”…
Q&A Episode: My Learning Curve
Nov 13, 2018 • 38 min
As I say at the beginning of every episode, I think, write, speak, and live all things disruption. I take this responsibility very seriously, so while each week I encourage you to disrupt yourself I am also looking for ways to disrupt myself. Since I…
Diane Dietz: Making Everyone Better
Nov 6, 2018 • 42 min
Diane Dietz would have happily spent her career working in marketing at Proctor & Gamble, but as we all know, life can be unpredictable. When she found herself seated next to a tall, dark, and handsome stranger at a wedding, she could not have…
Saul Kaplan: Innovation Junkie
Oct 30, 2018 • 41 min
When Saul Kaplan produced his carefully compiled spreadsheet of how he planned to host a two day summit on innovation, the last thing he expected his friend to do was tear the spreadsheet to pieces—literally. His friend was none other than…
Lisa Kay Solomon: Designing Conversation
Oct 23, 2018 • 47 min
Being the host of a podcast, I’ve had my share of great conversations, but I’ve also had some that were…not. Whether the blame should be placed on myself, my guest, or both of us, can be left up to interpretation, but I find it interesting that…
Dr. Bob Nelson: Sincere, Specific Praise
Oct 16, 2018 • 37 min
As children, we are taught to say “please” and “thank you,” but oftentimes, as adults, these habits are not reinforced in the workplace. We are not asked to perform tasks, we are told, and we are paid for our efforts; in other words, we do…
Solo Episode: Disrupt Your Self Today
Oct 9, 2018 • 22 min
Before you can be an agent of disruption, you first become its subject by disrupting yourself. Keeping this in mind, today’s podcast is a bit different. If you’ve been a long-time listener, this will probably come as no surprise (disruption is…
Shawn Askinosie: It’s Not About the Chocolate
Oct 2, 2018 • 52 min
My guest today is Shawn Askinosie, the founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate and author of the number one Amazon best selling book, Meaningful Work: The Quest to Do Great Business, Find Your Calling, and Feed Your Soul. For Shawn Askinosie, picking a…
Margaret Busse: Step Up and Do Something
Sep 25, 2018 • 30 min
This year on the Disrupt Yourself Podcast we have had musicians, writers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, and even a mountain climber as guests on the show, but I must admit that today’s guest feels more disruptive than usual—Margaret Busse is a politician….