The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith

Doug Smith

The L3 Leadership Podcast is focused on leadership development and personal growth. We are obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximizing the impact of your leadership. We release a new episode every week to help you grow and develop as a leader. You will hear a mix of personal lessons from our Founder, Doug Smith, and conversations Doug has with world-class leaders from around the world. Doug interviews leaders like Pittsburgh Steelers Coach, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Penguins Coach, Mike Sullivan, Tony Horton, Liz Wiseman, Brian Tome, John Mark Comer, Mark Batterson, Ryan Hawk, Nona Jones, Claude Silver, Ken Coleman, Christy Wright, Rachel Cruze, Mark Cole, and many more. Our hope is that you will not only learn great leadership lessons but that you will catch great leadership from the lives of the leaders that we expose you to.

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Erin Hatzikostas on Using Authenticity as Your #1 Strategy to Win in Life and Business
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Erin Hatzikostas on Using Authenticity as Your #1 Strategy to Win in Life and Business
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, Erin and Doug talk about how authenticity can be your superpower in your career, how she makes decisions, increasing employee engagement, leadership development, and more.About Erin Hatzikostas: Erin Hatzikostas is a former corporate CEO turned founder of b Authentic, Inc. She is an author, a TEDx and Keynote speaker, a career coach, a podcast cohost, and Running Man enthusiast. At the age of 42, Erin became the CEO of a nine-figure 1,000-employee healthcare financial company where she led a massive turnaround, tripling earnings and sending employee engagement skyrocketing in just three years. Just when things were going great, Erin decided to walk away from the corporate world. She realized it was her reliance on authenticity that allowed her to say yes to the big girl job, but also to achieve incredible results.Through her company, b Authentic Inc., she’s on a hellbent mission to eradicate the all-too-fake corporate environment by inspiring and enabling an army of people to crush their careers without compromising everything else.Erin is the friend, the mom, the coach, guru, and the boss you’ve always wanted all rolled into one.4 Key Takeaways:Erin discusses with Doug why she left the corporate world to start her own company. She talks about how she was able to drive employee engagement in her corporate job.She shares why she believes being authentic will help you get better results in your career.Erin talks about how she teaches others to grow as leaders through keynote speeches and workshops. Quotes From the Episode:“Authenticity does not mean to be yourself.”“Leadership shouldn’t be a popularity contest.”“It was my authenticity that drove results.”“People respect authority, but they follow authenticity.”Resources Mentioned:B AuthenticYou are a Badass by Jen SinceroHow I Built This PodcastSpeakernomics PodcastConnect with Erin:Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram | YouTube
Erin Hatzikostas on Using Authenticity as Your #1 Strategy to Win in Life and Business
Yesterday
Erin Hatzikostas on Using Authenticity as Your #1 Strategy to Win in Life and Business
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, Erin and Doug talk about how authenticity can be your superpower in your career, how she makes decisions, increasing employee engagement, leadership development, and more.About Erin Hatzikostas: Erin Hatzikostas is a former corporate CEO turned founder of b Authentic, Inc. She is an author, a TEDx and Keynote speaker, a career coach, a podcast cohost, and Running Man enthusiast. At the age of 42, Erin became the CEO of a nine-figure 1,000-employee healthcare financial company where she led a massive turnaround, tripling earnings and sending employee engagement skyrocketing in just three years. Just when things were going great, Erin decided to walk away from the corporate world. She realized it was her reliance on authenticity that allowed her to say yes to the big girl job, but also to achieve incredible results.Through her company, b Authentic Inc., she’s on a hellbent mission to eradicate the all-too-fake corporate environment by inspiring and enabling an army of people to crush their careers without compromising everything else.Erin is the friend, the mom, the coach, guru, and the boss you’ve always wanted all rolled into one.4 Key Takeaways:Erin discusses with Doug why she left the corporate world to start her own company. She talks about how she was able to drive employee engagement in her corporate job.She shares why she believes being authentic will help you get better results in your career.Erin talks about how she teaches others to grow as leaders through keynote speeches and workshops. Quotes From the Episode:“Authenticity does not mean to be yourself.”“Leadership shouldn’t be a popularity contest.”“It was my authenticity that drove results.”“People respect authority, but they follow authenticity.”Resources Mentioned:B AuthenticYou are a Badass by Jen SinceroHow I Built This PodcastSpeakernomics PodcastConnect with Erin:Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram | YouTube
Doug Smith on All the Hacks: My Favorite Tools, Resources, and Services to Help You go Further, Faster
Sep 20 2022
Doug Smith on All the Hacks: My Favorite Tools, Resources, and Services to Help You go Further, Faster
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, Doug shares all of his favorite tools, services, and resources that have helped him go further and faster in every aspect of his life both personally and professionally. About Doug Smith: Doug Smith is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission and Founder and CEO of L3 Leadership. He is the author of his eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring”, a step-by-step guide to help you build and cultivate relationships with mentors. He blogs at dougsmithlive.com, he is the host of the L3 Leadership podcast, and he is a sought-after public speaker. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, who currently works as an Account Executive at Ivalua. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.6 Key Takeaways:1. Doug shares some resources that he found helpful in his marriage, parenting, and family in general.2. He shares some of his favorite resources for journaling.3. Doug talks about some useful financial tools and the 7 Baby Steps that have helped him go further with his finances.4. He shares his favorite resources for traveling.5. He covers resources for both physical and spiritual wellbeing. 6. Doug talks about various work-related hacks and resources that help streamline his workflow. Quotes From the Episode:“I love finding out about new services, products and resources to help my life to help my life get better and then I”m very passionate about sharing those with others.”  Resources Mentioned:Find a comprehensive list of resources and their links here: with Doug:Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram
Alex Pursglove on Lessons Learned from Investing $100,000 in a Coach to Building a Multi-Six Figure Coaching Business
Sep 13 2022
Alex Pursglove on Lessons Learned from Investing $100,000 in a Coach to Building a Multi-Six Figure Coaching Business
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, Doug talks with his longtime friend Alex Pursglove about how investing in coaching changed her life, and what she’s learned about money through her success with her business.About Alex Pursglove: From embracing personal growth and shifting limiting beliefs, Alex Pursglove transformed from a people-pleasing, self-criticizing, and struggling solotreprenuer into an unapologetic woman running a multi-six-figure coaching business. Once she learned the art of creating and quantum leaping, she tenaxed her business in under two years while strengthening her faith, confidence, and personal fulfillment. Alex is dedicated to helping other women create wild success in life and business by releasing shame and fear that slows them down while cultivating full conviction in their vision and their value. Her clients experience significant shifts in how they see themselves as they accelerate their revenue and results more easily. Deeply committed to practicing what she preaches, Alex has studied with multiple world-class mentors, including David Nagel, one of the architects of the personal development industry to uplevel every area of her life, family, and business.She and her husband Adam value transformative experiences in travel, practicing Brazillian Ju Jitsu, and devoting a purposeful life together with their daughter, Stella Love.4 Key Takeaways:1. Alex talks about how she started her business and what she learned in the first year. 2. She shares what her experience was like investing in a coach. 3. She talks about her beliefs surrounding failure.4. Alex defines what a “quantum leap” means to her.Quotes From the Episode:“I decided to follow what I wanted instead of doubting myself.”“People pleasing is being dishonest with someone to avoid their potential reaction to you.”“The only way you can avoid mistakes is to not be in the arena.”“Money is a vehicle for change and for impact.”Resources Mentioned:Pace Success CoachingConnect with Alex:Website | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram
Ginger Hardage on Creating Unstoppable Cultures
Sep 6 2022
Ginger Hardage on Creating Unstoppable Cultures
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, Ginger discusses her career journey at Southwest, what she learned while working there, and shares her thoughts on work culture. About Ginger: Ginger Hardage retired as Senior Vice President of Culture and Communications at Southwest Airlines after an illustrious 25 years, where she served as a member of the CEO's executive leadership team. At Southwest, Ginger led a team of 150 people responsible for building and sustaining the organization's legendary culture and communications enterprise.In 2017, Ginger launched Unstoppable Cultures, a brand designed to help organizations create and sustain cultures of enduring greatness. Recognized by many as a foremost global authority on building and sustaining organizational culture, Ginger was responsible for the activities at Southwest that nourished the culture and the internal and external communications function. Ginger has received numerous honors throughout her career, including induction into the PublicRelations Hall of Fame, being named as one of Texas’ Most Powerful and Influential Women and receiving the prestigious Larry Foster Award for Integrity in Public Communication from the Arthur W. Page Society. PRWeek has named her multiple times to its Top 50 Power list and 50Most Powerful Women in Public Relations. She was named “Legendary Communicator” by Southern Methodist University, Legacy Award honoree by the Plank Center for Leadership, and selected for the James C. Bowling Executive-In-Residence Lecture Series at the University of Kentucky.Ginger currently serves as Global Chairman of the Board for Ronald McDonald House Charities. In Dallas, she serves on the board of The Trinity Park Conservancy and was a past president of the Trinity Commons Foundation. Ginger previously served on advisory boards of Novartis in Basel, Switzerland; The Page Society; Business Civic Leadership Center, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Big Brothers and Sisters of Metropolitan Dallas; Southwest Cares; and the Council of Public Relations Firms.Ginger earned a B.A. in advertising/public relations from Texas Tech University and was recognized as an outstanding alumna by the College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University.Ginger lives in Dallas, TX, and Santa Fe, NM with her husband, Kelly.4 Key Takeaways:1. Ginger recalls how she got her position at Southwest Airlines and grew a team centered around culture and communications.2. She advises emerging leaders to distinguish themselves to grow within their current organization.3. She discusses where her career has gone since departing Southwest Airlines. 4. Ginger talks about what company culture and effective communication mean to her. Quotes From the Episode:“Culture isn’t a faucet you can turn on and off.”“I believe that culture, leadership, and communication go hand in hand.”“We have to be authentically ourselves to be authentically happy.”“Leaders cast a long shadow”.Resources Mentioned:Ginger’s Masterclass: The FellowshipConnect with Ginger:Website | Twitter | Linkedin | Instagram
Savannah Banana's Owner Jesse Cole on Putting Fans First and Creating Unforgettable Experiences
Aug 30 2022
Savannah Banana's Owner Jesse Cole on Putting Fans First and Creating Unforgettable Experiences
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, Doug has a conversation with Jesse Cole, the founder of Fans First Entertainment and The Savannah Bananas, about his new book, Fans First.About Jesse Cole: Jesse Cole is the founder of Fans First Entertainment and owner of the Savannah Bananas. His teams have welcomed more than one million fans to their ballparks and have been featured on MSNBC, CNN, ESPN and in Entrepreneur Magazine.The Bananas have been awarded Organization of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Business of the Year and won the CPL Championship in their first year. Fans First Entertainment has been featured on the INC 5000 lists as one of the fastest growing companies in America.The Savannah Bananas currently have sold out every game since their first season and have a waiting list in the thousands for tickets.Jesse released his first book “Find Your Yellow Tux – How to Be Successful by Standing Out” in January of 2018 with a World Book Tour…at Epcot.Cole has been featured on over 500 podcasts and is an in-demand keynote speaker all over the country sharing the Fans First Experience on how to stand out, be different and create raving fans of both customers and employees.Cole is the Host of the Business Done Differently Podcast and has interviewed over 100 of some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs, authors and speakers.Fun Fact: Cole owns seven yellow tuxedos and proposed to his wife Emily in the yellow tux in front of a sold out crowd. She said Yes! The two later married at their stadium. In 2018, they welcomed their first baby banana, Maverick.5 Key Takeaways:1. Jesse catches up listeners on what has happened in his life in the past year and a half. 2. He shares what his main inspiration is  for trying out new ideas.3. Jesse talks about his new book, Fans First. 4. He gives advice to listeners about how to grow their confidence and be their biggest fans.5. He shares what the most rewarding part of owning The Bananas is for him. Quotes From the Episode:“How can you experiment with ideas faster?”“If you want to create fans of other people, you better be your biggest fan of what you do.”“How you do anything is how you do everything.”Resources Mentioned:Fans First by Jesse ColeBananaland on ESPNCameron HughesConnect with Jesse:Website | Twitter | Facebook | Youtube
Dr. Henry Cloud on Leadership, Writing, And The Importance Of Coaching
Aug 23 2022
Dr. Henry Cloud on Leadership, Writing, And The Importance Of Coaching
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, Doug interviews Dr. Henry Cloud. In the interview, they walk through the leadership principles taught in three of Dr. Cloud’s books, they talk about Dr. Cloud’s process for writing books and his advice for aspiring authors, his advice for young leaders, and the importance of coaching for leaders.About Dr.Cloud: Dr. Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and best-selling author. He draws on his extensive experience in business, leadership consulting, and clinical psychology, to impart practical and effective advice for improving leadership skills and business performance.In his leadership consulting practice, Dr. Cloud works with Fortune 500 companies and smaller private businesses alike. He has an extensive executive coaching background, and experience as a leadership consultant, devoting the majority of his time working with CEO’s, leadership teams and executives to improve performance, leadership skills, and culture.His experience includes three decades as a consultant, and as an entrepreneur, he started and grew a successful chain of treatment centers in over 40 cities across the western United States. His experience running a business of this magnitude lends credibility to his expertise on leadership matters in the companies with which he works.As a speaker, Dr. Cloud has shared the stage with many business and global leaders and experts, such as Tony Blair, Jack Welch, Condoleezza Rice, Desmond Tutu, Marcus Buckingham, and others.Dr. Cloud is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, with a B.S. in psychology. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Biola University and his clinical internship at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. His philanthropic interests lie in homelessness in the inner city, as well as missions in the developing world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tori, and their two daughters, Olivia and Lucy. He enjoys golf, scuba diving, boating, and fishing.4 Key Takeaways:1. Dr. Cloud discusses his book, Changes that Heal.2. He talks about 4 corner relationships and what those look like in one's life. 3. Dr. Cloud gives advice to aspiring writers. 4. He discusses why he coaches others and why he feels that people need coaching.Quotes From the Episode:“Learn how to be autonomous”. “Everybody’s gotta grow up and learn how to be an adult.”“There’s no such thing as a self-made person.”Resources Mentioned:Changes that Heal (Affiliate Link) The Power of the Other (Affiliate link)Necessary Endings Connect with Dr. Cloud:Website | Twitter | Facebook | Podcast | Instagram
Doug Smith on How To Handle Transitions In Our Lives
Aug 16 2022
Doug Smith on How To Handle Transitions In Our Lives
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug Smith shares lessons he’s learned about seasons of transitions in our lives. Whether you feel like you’re about to transition, you are in transition, or you know one day you will, we hope the lessons in the episode encourage you.About Doug: Doug Smith is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission and Founder and CEO of L3 Leadership. He is the author of his eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring”, a step by step guide to help you build and cultivate relationships with mentors. He blogs at dougsmithlive.com, he is host of the L3 Leadership podcast, and he is a sought after public speaker. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, who currently works as an Account Executive at Ivalua. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.5 Key Takeaways: He discusses the four questions to ask yourself when you find yourself in a season of transition. Doug talks about navigating uncomfortable transitions. He reminds us that God has to dry up the well sometimes to push us forward. He gives advice on looking back on the previous seasons of your life.  Doug reminds us that transitions can bring us to something better.Quotes From the Episode:“There will be times in your life where God has to dry up the well to get you to move and the best thing you can do when God says to ‘move’, is move.”“Believe in life cycles and seasons because they are real.”“Do not get bitter about your last season.”“Soon it’ll be better than it’s ever been.”Resources Mentioned:Matt Keller Leadership PodcastNecessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud (Affiliate Link)Connect with Doug:Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram
Jeff Henderson on How to Become Raving Fans of Your Customers
Aug 9 2022
Jeff Henderson on How to Become Raving Fans of Your Customers
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug and Jeff discuss Jeff’s new book, “Know What You’re FOR: A Growth Strategy for Work, An Even Better Strategy for Life”.About Jeff: Jeff Henderson believes in the power of words. As an entrepreneur, speaker, pastor and business leader, Jeff is a master communicator at his core. He has witnessed firsthand the capacity for language to dictate vision and for vision to transform the cultures of companies and organizations worldwide. Recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of twenty speakers you shouldn’t miss, Jeff has helped lead three of North Point Ministries’ churches in the Atlanta, GA area since 2003. As a much sought after thought-leader, Jeff knows the value of effective communication to spur growth and believes it is the key to impact change in one’s life ultimately.Jeff has seen this outlook pays dividends in both the nonprofit and for-profit worlds. Prior to serving as a pastor, Jeff worked in marketing with the Atlanta Braves, Callaway Gardens, Lake Lanier Islands and Chick-fil-A, Inc., where he led the company’s sports marketing and regional marketing efforts. Jeff understands what it takes to build something from the ground up having founded several organizations including Champion Tribes, Preaching Rocket, MNTR (fka Launch Youniversity) and The For Company which helps churches and businesses grow by using the FOR strategy. Whether established or emerging, Jeff has a heart for developing leadership.Fueled by the passion to see individuals and businesses thrive, Jeff has become a trusted voice for those who want to see true success in themselves and their sphere of influence. Jeff has a way of inspiring people to reach their maximum potential while understanding that it will not only positively impact one’s company and organization but also establish a legacy of healthy growth.6 Key Takeaways:1. Jeff discusses his book, Know What You’re FOR.2. He gives advice to leaders on how to get clear on what they are known for.3. He discusses the importance of customer engagement on social media.4. Jeff talks about gratitude systems and how they add value to organizations.5. He shares how individuals can be for their cities.6. Jeff talks about what he is currently learning and working on.Quotes From the Episode:“You need to bake purpose into purchase.”“Never assume.”“Vision rarely repeated is quickly forgotten.”“My life moves to a better place when I move at a sustainable pace.”Resources Mentioned:Know What You’re FOR  by Jeff Henderson and John C. MaxwellNorthpoint MinistriesConnect with Jeff:Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Doug Smith on How to Have Hard Conversations
Aug 2 2022
Doug Smith on How to Have Hard Conversations
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, you'll hear L3 Leadership Founder, Doug Smith, share on the subject, "How to Have Hard Conversations."About Doug:  Doug Smith is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission and Founder and CEO of L3 Leadership. He is the author of his eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring”, a step by step guide to help you build and cultivate relationships with mentors. He blogs at dougsmithlive.com, he is host of the L3 Leadership podcast, and he is a sought after public speaker. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, who currently works as an Account Executive at Ivalua. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.4 Key Takeaways: Doug shares his journey in learning how to have hard conversations. He talks about the ground rules everyone needs to agree on before having hard conversations. He walks listeners through the 7 steps he uses to have hard conversations. Doug shares how to recognize when you need to have a hard conversation with somebody.Quotes From the Episode:“In Matthew 18, Jesus sets up a process of having hard conversations.”“We go to people, not behind their backs.”“We have honest, hard, and awkward conversations all the time.”“We don’t let things linger.”“Learn and know that everybody communicates differently and we will respond accordingly.”Resources Mentioned:Changes that Heal by Dr. Henry Cloud (affiliate link)Future Forward ChurchesPittsburgh Property ShowcasePredictive Index Personality TestConnect with Doug:Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram
Todd Henry on Going Full Time with Your Side Hustle, Leading Creatives, and Writing Books
Jul 26 2022
Todd Henry on Going Full Time with Your Side Hustle, Leading Creatives, and Writing Books
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Todd talks to Doug about his transition from The Accidental Creative being a side hustle to a full time company, leading creatives, and writing books.About Todd:  Positioning himself as an "arms dealer for the creative revolution", Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of five books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, Louder Than Words, Herding Tigers, The Motivation Code) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. With more than ten million downloads, his podcast The Accidental Creative offers weekly tips for how to stay prolific, brilliant, and healthy.Todd's book Die Empty was named by Amazon.com as one of the best books of 2013.His latest book, The Motivation Code, is about the hidden forces that drive deep engagement and brilliant work.4 Key Takeaways:1. Todd breaks down what he feels creative people need in order to work well.2. He talks about how he got his start in podcasting and made the jump from having it be his side gig to full time.3. Todd discusses his upcoming book, The Daily Creative.4. He talks about his book writing process and gives advice to aspiring writers.Quotes From the Episode:“You have to have a vision for the direction you want to go.”“The more precise you can be in how you talk about what you do, the more likely you are to resonate with other people.”“Leading is about people.”“When you lead well your influence echoes for generations to come.”Guest Resources Mentioned:The Daily Creative  by Todd HenryThe Accidental Creative PodcastThe Coaching Habit  by Michael Bungay StanierConnect with Todd:Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram
Doug Smith on Lessons I'm Learning at 37 Years Old
Jul 19 2022
Doug Smith on Lessons I'm Learning at 37 Years Old
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug takes some time to reflect on where he is in his life during his 37th year, what is important to him at this time, and the lessons he’s learned thus far.About Doug: Doug Smith is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission and Founder and CEO of L3 Leadership. He is the author of his eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring”, a step by step guide to help you build and cultivate relationships with mentors. He blogs at dougsmithlive.com, he is host of the L3 Leadership podcast, and he is a sought after public speaker. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, who currently works as an Account Executive at Ivalua. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.4 Key Takeaways:1. Doug shares an exciting announcement!2. He reflects upon what getting older means to him.3. Doug talks about goals he came away with from a spiritual retreat.4. He emphasizes the importance of marriage, family, and legacy.Quotes From the Episode:“At 37, I’m still more grateful for life than I’ve ever been.”“Getting older is a gift.”“Always have something to look forward to.”“At 37, we’re stewarding a life for God.”“Your decisions matter.”“Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”Guest Resources Mentioned:Who Not How by Dan Sullivan & Dr. Benjamin HardyLight Of LifeConnect with Doug:Website | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin | Instagram
AJ Vaden on Building and Monetizing Your Personal Brand
Jul 12 2022
AJ Vaden on Building and Monetizing Your Personal Brand
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, AJ talks about how she helps people find their own personal brand and why having a personal brand is important for success. About AJ:  AJ Vaden is Co-founder and CEO of Brand Builders Group, an international speaker, million-dollar producer and cohost of The Influential Personal Brand podcast. As a personal brand strategist, she challenges and inspires people to reinvent themselves as part of building and monetizing their personal brand. AJ has personally worked with thousands of individuals to help them focus their expertise, expand their reach, build their reputation and brand the one thing no one else has, their name.Over the last 10 years she has been a part of founding, launching and building a very successful 8- figure coaching business, a multi million-dollar consulting business, and a 7-figure speaking business. Along with her company Brand Builders Group, AJ was featured in a 3-page spread in Success Magazine on the impacts of personal branding as well as recently being named as one of the Top 5 Personal Branding Speakers of 2019. Her client roster includes working with top level executives from organizations such as Bridgestone, Verizon Cellular Sales, Home Franchise Concepts and DIRECTV as well as working with well known speakers, best selling authors, entrepreneurs and online influencers such as mega podcast host Lewis Howes and original “shark”, creator of the infomercial and serial entrepreneur Kevin Harrington.AJ has taken 25 years of setbacks, successes, tragedies and overcoming and distilled them into simple yet powerful lessons that will help anyone become better than ever.4 Key Takeaways:1. AJ gives advice to someone looking to narrow down their personal brand.2. She talks about how her company, Brand Builders Group, works with people looking to build their personal brand.3. AJ talks about how personal brands are a growing trend.4. She highlights how important content creation is for growing your personal brand.Quotes From the Episode:“Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should.”“I want to be someone who is known for making a difference in this world.”“Personal branding is an extension of who you are and what you want to be known for.”Guest Resources Mentioned:Brand Builders GroupFree Brand CallConnect with AJ:Instagram | Website | Facebook
Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin on the Power of Being a Listening Leader
Jun 28 2022
Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin on the Power of Being a Listening Leader
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin discusses ManUp, an annual conference in Pittsburgh that encourages men to maximize their impact in their home and community and raise awareness towards fatherlessness. He also talks about his career, sports, and his favorite leadership principles.About Mike: Mike Tomlin was named the 16th head coach in Pittsburgh Steelers history on January 22, 2007. Hired at the age of 34, Tomlin became only the third head coach hired by the Steelers since 1969. In his 14 seasons as head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tomlin has accomplished many things that have never been done in the team's storied history. A franchise known for stability at the head coaching position, Tomlin ranks among the League's longest-tenured active head coaches entering the 2021 season.Mike also founded the ManUp conference 10 years ago in partnership with the Urban Impact Foundation.4 Key Takeaways:Mike talks about ManUp and how it is relevant to him personally.He discusses balancing work and family.Mike shares his favorite sport outside of football.He talks about one leadership principle that he carries with him.Quotes From the Episode:“As leaders, we need to continually listen.”“Listening is a skill.”“Part of good leadership is being open to ideas.”“I’ll tolerate you until I can replace you.”Guest Resources Mentioned:ManUp PittsburghUrban Impact FoundationConnect with Mike:Webpage | Facebook | Twitter
From Being Burned Alive to Inspiring the World with John O'Leary
Jun 21 2022
From Being Burned Alive to Inspiring the World with John O'Leary
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, John O’Leary shares his story, some of the lessons he’s learned throughout his journey, his faith and discusses his book On Fire.5 Key Takeaways:John talks about his experience as a child being burned and what he learned from it.He shares how faith has been instrumental in his journey.John discusses how he got his start in motivational speaking.He talks about a few points from his book, On Fire.John provides advice to aspiring speakers and authors looking to level up. About John: In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given less than a 1% chance to live. Today, John is the author of the #1 National Bestselling books ON FIRE and IN AWE. The latter released in May 2020 with many saying it is the message we all need right now. John is the host of the top-rated Live Inspired Podcast and a live and virtual event speaker teaching more than 50,000 people around the world each year how to live inspired. John considers his greatest success to be his marriage to his wife Beth, their four children and his relationships with friends and family.Quotes From the Episode:“Your life is a gift.”“I believe God is big enough to elevate the way I view my life.”"I choose to thrive.”Guest Resources Mentioned:On Fire by John O’LearyLive Inspired PodcastSign up for John’s Free 21 Day ChallengeConnect with John:Website | Facebook | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn
Ken Coleman on Going From Paycheck to Purpose
Jun 14 2022
Ken Coleman on Going From Paycheck to Purpose
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Ken Coleman talks about topics such as The Great Resignation, promotions, and his new book, From Paycheck to Purpose.5 Key Takeaways: Ken talks about what coaching means to him and why he enjoys doing it.He talks about The Great Resignation and the effects of the pandemic on the US economy.Ken gives advice to leaders who are looking to attract and retain talent within their organization.He goes over his new book and summarizes each section. He talks about what to do in order to win a promotion within your organization.About Ken: Ken Coleman is the #1 bestselling author of The Proximity Principle and host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Ken Coleman Show. As America’s Career Coach, he helps callers discover what they do best so they can do work they love and produce the results that matter most to them. Whether you’re looking for a complete career change or you’re just unsure about what step to take next, Ken will help you get unstuck and get on the path to meaningful work.Quotes From the Episode:“Coaching is about transformation.”“They’re not looking for a better job, they're looking for a better life.”“That is where opportunities live, on the other side of a connection.”“Your time will come.”“You matter, you have what it takes, press on.”Guest Resources Mentioned:The Ken Coleman ShowFrom Paycheck to Purpose by Ken ColemanGet Clear Career AssessmentVansVoices of the Heart by Chip DoddSmartless PodcastPebble Beach Golf CourseConnect with Ken:Webpage | Facebook | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram
Brian Moran on The 12 Week Year: How to Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Most do in a Year
Jun 7 2022
Brian Moran on The 12 Week Year: How to Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Most do in a Year
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Brian Moran discusses his framework for the 12 Week Year and shares how you can get more done in 12 weeks than most can in a year. 5 Key Takeaways:Brian shares his definition of accountability and what that means in relation to other people as a leader. He discusses why he wrote his book, The 12 Week Year.Brian talks about how shortening the timeframe to achieve a goal can bring clarity, momentum, and stress reduction.He shares the framework he provides leaders with to achieve their goals in the 12 Week Year.Brian discusses how he reviews his execution and results to accomplish more. About Brian: Brian is the CEO and founder of The Execution Company. He is a highly respected expert and accomplished executive who has developed a well-versed business perspective from his vast experience in consumer products, healthcare, food service, automotive and transportation and professional service sectors.Brian is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The 12 Week Year, a program developed to empower individuals and companies to achieve more in 12 weeks than what others accomplish in 12 months. The 12 Week Year philosophy and training program has been implemented worldwide with industry leading companies like Allstate, BBVA, Mass Mutual, Metronic, Merril-Lynch, Nationwide, Paycor, and Papa Johns.Prior to launching The Execution Company, Brian had leadership positions within Pepsico, UPS, Senn Delany Management Consultants, and National Automotive Corporation. Coupling his corporate experience with his entrepreneurial drive, Brian also co-founded Bio Inc, a health services provider specializing in wellness and medical surveillance performing on-site medical testing.A trusted strategic advisor and visionary, Brian volunteers his time to mentor promising entrepreneurs to refine, implement, and execute their business plans, and his charity work includes Susan G. Komen and CBMC. Quotes From the Episode:“In the end, you choose your consequences.”“Separate the starting from finishing.”“The 12 Week Year is about being great at a few things, rather than being mediocre at a lot of things.”“Do everything you can to grow.”Guest Resources Mentioned:The 12 Week Year  by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington12 Week Year WebsiteUncommon Accountability by Brian P. Moran and Michael LenningtonFeel the Fear and Do it Anyways by Susan JeffersOne Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard Ph.D. Connect with Brian:Website | Facebook | Youtube | Twitter | LinkedIn
Grant Baldwin on How to Get Booked and Paid to Speak
May 31 2022
Grant Baldwin on How to Get Booked and Paid to Speak
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Grant Baldwin shares his journey in which he went from being a youth pastor to a professional public speaker and shares some tips he learned along the way.5 Key Takeaways:Grant talks about how he got his start with public speaking.He gives advice to aspiring speakers on how to know if speaking would be right for them.He highlights the importance of focusing on one specific topic to get a start in the speaking industry.Grant discusses how valuable marketing materials are for speakers.He talks about how to price yourself as a speaker.About Grant: Back in 2008, Grant was a broke youth pastor who didn’t really know what he wanted to do in life. Through a few twists and turns, he decided to start a speaking business. He worked hard to build my business and get paid to speak, all while trying to figure things out on his own because there weren’t a ton of great resources out there.Despite starting his speaking career during a financial crisis in 2008, Grant has earned over $2 million from 500+ paid engagements all over the world. He has done everything from closed-door workshops to keynotes in front of 13,000 people. In 2015, he started his podcast, The Speaker Lab, which aims to give speakers clarity, confidence and a clear path to make an impact.Grant is married to his high school sweetheart and together they have 3 girls. He currently resides in Nashville, TN. Quotes from the Episode:“You want to make sure you’re delivering onstage, but you also want to make sure to deliver offstage as well.”“This is simple, but it’s not easy.”“Who you are is more important than what you do.”“Enjoy the journey.”Guest Resources Mentioned: Speaker LabOura RingRework  by Jason Fried and David Heinemeir HanssonThe Successful Speaker by Grant BaldwinConnect with Grant:Website | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
Dr. John Delony on Owning Your Past and Changing Your Future
May 24 2022
Dr. John Delony on Owning Your Past and Changing Your Future
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, John Delony discusses his new book, Own Your Past, Change Your Future, his experience and perspective on anxiety, trauma and grief and what he has learned by working with Dave Ramsey.5 Key Takeaways:John recalls his background in mental health.He talks about his own personal experience with mental health struggles.He discusses the differences between regular stress and toxic stress.John breaks down trauma and what happens to someone mentally when they are traumatized.He shares what his experience has been like working with Ramsey Solutions.About John: Dr. John Delony is a bestselling author, mental health expert and host of The Dr. John Delony Show. He has two PhDs and over two decades of experience in counseling, crisis response and higher education. He is the mental health expert for Ramsey Solutions. John’s goal is to help you navigate tough decisions, improve your relationships, and believe you’re worthy of being well.Quotes From the Episode:“You have to make peace with it.”“Wellness is a series of practices.”“Anxiety is an alarm system.”“You are worth being well and you are worth being loved.”Guest Resources Mentioned:Own Your Past, Change Your Future by John DelonyRamsey SolutionsI Don’t Wanna Talk About It  by Terrence RealBag of CandyBurnout  by Amelia & Emily NegoskiDopamine Nation by Anna Lembke Connect with John:Webpage | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
Tricia Sciortino on Maximizing Virtual Assistants and Always Being Ready for the Next Thing
May 17 2022
Tricia Sciortino on Maximizing Virtual Assistants and Always Being Ready for the Next Thing
Episode Summary: In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Tricia Sciortino talks about Belay, a virtual assistant company, and how she went from being a founding employee to CEO.6 Key Takeaways:Tricia details her career leading up to Belay.She discussed what she’s learned about leadership since being CEO and how she applied what she knew about leadership prior to that role. Tricia shares how goal setting propelled her forward in Belay.She talks about why having an assistant can really take a business further.She lists off the things that VA’s do to help leaders.She shares a general overview of what a week looks like as a VA. About Tricia: Born and raised in Long Island, she attended the University of Hartford and earned a degree in Business Administration and Management. For ten years, she served as District Manager for the retail chain Pacific Sunwear, however, when her first child was born, she – like many other parents – found herself struggling to balance her high-profile career with her new role as a mother. Enter: BELAY. Joining a startup during the recession was risky, but she took a leap of faith. As BELAY’s first employee and virtual assistant – and then onto serve as Director, Vice President, President, COO, and now CEO – Tricia’s spent the last 10 years ‘walking the walk’ of what BELAY calls the Third Option: the ability to cultivate a balanced life with a successful career while making family and personal relationships a priority. As a leader, she’s passionate about everyone owning and forging their own paths, careers, and professional development, putting each of BELAY’s valued employees and contractors in the driver’s seat to cultivate the balance of work and life that best suits them. She’s so committed to helping people realize this that, in 2020, she launched a podcast, One Next Step, to show leaders that they can not only grow their business but also help them create more margin so that they can enjoy their life.Tricia lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, two daughters, stepson, and fur baby, Lola, and is seriously grateful – for the opportunity to live out her third option every day as a hands-on mom while supporting those she leads to live out theirs.Quotes From the Episode:“My goal was always to be the next ‘thing’.” “Imagine what you could do with two extra hours a day.” “We view ourselves as the people giving you your time back.”“Nobody intends to miss the mark.”“Yes you can.”Resources Mentioned:Belay SolutionsSlackZoomTrackpadAirpodsDare by Becky BlalockLeadership on the Line