Life as Leadership: Where Leaders Gather to Grow Together

Josh Friedeman

The Life as Leadership podcast focuses on two things: 1. Learning from great leaders in all areas of life and 2. Developing a community of leaders committed to challenging and encouraging each other to new levels of influence. This show will introduce you to the mindsets, lifestyles, and strategies of entrepreneurs, executives, coaches, and many other leaders in a way that will help any leader accelerate their growth in leadership.

Engage Your Team for Innovation with Jeffrey Magee
Oct 8 2021
Engage Your Team for Innovation with Jeffrey Magee
Download a year’s worth of (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE! Jeffrey Magee is the “Thought Leader’s Leader.” He is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Professional Performance Magazine, editor of the LEADERSHIP MASTERY and SALES MASTERY blogs, a former nationally syndicated Radio Talk Show Host, as well as a published author of 31 books, including 4-Best Sellers and 4 graduate management textbooks. He is a leadership columnist and highly sought global professional speaker on performance psychology.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Three steps to create engagement: 1. Awareness (what/why), 2. Engagement (how), 3. Commitment (when) Unleash innovation by inviting critical thought. Make it safe for someone to challenge. Provide financial incentives for quantitative benefit to the business that come through innovation.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Do not accept anything people say or do unless you can validate it. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Bold, brilliant, and has foresight. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What are the implications of your decisions and ideas over the horizon? What book would you recommend to leaders? Jeff’s reading formula: Always be reading 1) a technical book/textbook on your profession, 2) the pop book that people are talking about, 3) an autobiography of someone within your industry, 4) a how-to book within your space. If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Think legacy. Stop and recognize what it is you are doing that people will remember – your actions, behaviors, comments. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because it is contrarian. It challenges people to a deeper thought.   CONNECT WITH JEFF Email: (drjeffspeaks@aol.com) LinkedIn: (@drjeffspeaks) Website: (www.JeffreyMagee.com)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the (Leadership Action List) TODAY! Mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to Business Bitcoinization (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app) Business Bitcoinization Trailer (Listen to the trailer)
Increase Your Cultural Agility with Paula Caligiuri
Oct 1 2021
Increase Your Cultural Agility with Paula Caligiuri
Download a year’s worth of (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Paula Caligiuri is a Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy at Northeastern University. Paula has authored award-winning articles and books – including her most recent book Build Your Cultural Agility: The Nine Competencies of Successful Global Professionals. She has been a frequent expert guest on CNN and is an instructor for a LinkedIn Learning course entitled Managing Globally. Paula co-founded a public benefit corporation, Skiilify, to help foster cultural understanding, and she holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University in Organizational Psychology.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS A multicultural environment is any environment that is demographically different (not just ethnic/national). Getting in an extreme cultural situation does more harm than good for cultural agility. Americans tend to smile a lot. This can look a little strange or un-credible. Be aware of the level of formality if you are working with people from another culture/demographic. In some cultures, silence means you are engaged. Sometimes it means you are disengaged. Push against the desire to seek the familiar and find someone who is demographically diverse.    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Having to get a job to make it during a study-abroad experience in Europe. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Courageous, authentic, transparent. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? How much time am I really spending understanding the environment I’m in and the people I’m with? What book would you recommend to leaders? Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Ask two more questions in any situation you’re in (no matter your natural level of curiosity). As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because we can offer vision and hope and make a change whatever corner of the world we’re in.   CONNECT WITH PAULA LinkedIn: (@paulacaligiuri) Website: (  CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the (Leadership Action List) TODAY! Mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to Business Bitcoinization (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app) Business Bitcoinization Trailer (Listen to the trailer)
Be a “Value-Added” Leader with Diana Holland
Sep 28 2021
Be a “Value-Added” Leader with Diana Holland
Download a year’s worth of (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Maj. Gen. Diana Holland commands the Mississippi Valley Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and serves as president of the Mississippi River Commission. She is responsible for water resources engineering solutions in a 370,000-square-mile area, extending from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and encompassing portions of 12 states. Her division serves the Mississippi Valley region, strengthens our nation’s security, energizes the economy, and reduces risks from disasters. Full bio: (   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS You won’t always bring to your team what your predecessor brought. So, while you do need to fill the role, it might look different. You need to be the leader the organization needs, not the leader you may have been in the past. The higher you go in an organization, the less it is about you. Be yourself but be self-aware.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Thinking about the word/term that describes you or how you want to be remembered. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Visionary, communicator, and present. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What is it that I do for the organization that only I can do? What book would you recommend to leaders? Leading with Heart by Mike Krzyzewski If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Find a mentor or be a mentor. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why?” is the best thing to ask in any conversation. It helps break you away from your assumptions.   CONNECT WITH DIANA LinkedIn: (@diana-holland)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Interview with David Pittman: (  Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the (Leadership Action List) TODAY! Mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to Business Bitcoinization (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app) Business Bitcoinization Trailer (Listen to the trailer)
AI: Leading When the Unknown Visits You with Peter Scott
Sep 10 2021
AI: Leading When the Unknown Visits You with Peter Scott
Download a year’s worth of (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Peter Scott is a futurist, author, and technology expert. He spent thirty years working on enterprise computing for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory while running a parallel career in business coaching and human development. This combination led to a uniquely valuable perspective on the implications of artificial intelligence development. He teaches individuals and consults for businesses on how to thrive through the coming era of technological disruption. He’s appeared before highly diverse audiences in several countries, including testifying before a British Parliamentary group on the impact of AI and giving two TEDx talks.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS We are in an era where we will be defined more by questions than answers because answers are the province of machines. People tend to be too scared about the wrong things and not scared enough about the right things. If you wait for the future to come to you, it will be painful. Rather than us visiting the unknown, the unknown will be visiting us. Artificial intelligence will amplify biases in data since today’s AI relies on data rather than expertise. You will want about 10,000 data points (preferably 100,000 or more) you can begin making predictions with AI. The more proprietary your data sets are, the more strategic value you can derive from them (even if the data has not been core to your primary offer until this point). To thrive in an AI world, understand and double down on your purpose. Why are you here? Take your leadership role out of business intelligence and analytics decisions because that is perfect fodder for future AI developments.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? The meaning of a communication is a response that it elicits. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Future-focused, purpose-focused, and people-focused. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What would you keep doing even if a machine could do it faster, better, and cheaper? What book would you recommend to leaders? The Man Who Sold the Moon by Robert Heinlein If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Look at what you care about in your business life and personal life and ask how well-prepared you are to deal with the technological disruption to how that thing works. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” They’re both essential tools to questioning accepted wisdom.   CONNECT WITH PETER Twitter: (@peterjscott) Email: (peter@humancusp.com) Website: ( (  CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the (Leadership Action List) TODAY! Mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to Business Bitcoinization (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app) Business Bitcoinization Trailer (Listen to the trailer)
From Celebrity Dentist to Leadership Mentor with Bill Dorfman
Sep 3 2021
From Celebrity Dentist to Leadership Mentor with Bill Dorfman
Download a year’s worth of (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Dr. Bill Dorfman has had a career unparalleled to any other dentist in history. He is the founder of Discus Dental – one of the world's leading dental companies, which he helped lead from its inception to more than $1.3 billion in sales. He has transformed the smiles of celebrities such Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Jackman, Michael Strahan, and Mark Wahlberg. He was the only dentist featured on ABC's hit show Extreme Makeover and is currently a recurring guest co-host on the CBS Emmy Awarded daytime talk show, The Doctors. He is also the founder of the non-profit LEAP Foundation, which is a week-long motivational and leadership program taught at UCLA every summer to more than 400 students.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Successful people do what other unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wait for opportunities in life. Make them. When you get an opportunity, don’t take it. Master it. A lot of leaders forget to share their mental image of the final product. Effective leaders need to share the end result.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Copy genius. See what people are doing and do it better. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Someone who shares, someone who cares, and someone who pairs up with others. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What kind of value am I adding? What book would you recommend to leaders? Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Learn so you can earn and then return. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” Both. “Why not?” is more important to conquer. “Why?”   CONNECT WITH BILL LinkedIn: (@drbilldorfman) Instagram: (@drbilldorfman) Website: (  CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the (Leadership Action List) TODAY! Mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to Business Bitcoinization (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app) Business Bitcoinization Trailer (Listen to the trailer)
Lessons from the First Cancer Survivor to Climb Everest with Sean Swarner
Aug 27 2021
Lessons from the First Cancer Survivor to Climb Everest with Sean Swarner
Download a year’s worth of (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Sean Swarner used to have the goal of crawling eight feet from the hospital bed to the bathroom. Today, he’s the only person to summit Mt. Everest, the highest peaks on the other six continents, and complete the Hawaii Ironman—all after surviving two deadly cancers. In addition to all that, he has only one lung. He has been voted One of The Top Eight Most Inspirational People Of All Time and is the first cancer survivor to stand on the top of the world.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS You have to feel worthy before you have something of value. Don’t look for external reinforcement. Be aware of your GRAILs: Gremlins, Interpretations, Assumptions, and Limiting Beliefs There is fun in difficult things if you look hard enough, even if you have to manufacture it! If you go to bed with an attitude of gratitude, you’re not going to be going to bed worried about everything you didn’t accomplish.     QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Even during incredibly difficult and stressful times, realize that you are in a passing moment. Have a determined attitude to reach your goal. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Humble yet confident, focused on bringing out the best quality in others, and a growth/open mindset. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Would I want to work with myself/be associated with the person (type of person) that I am? What book would you recommend to leaders? Conquering Your Everest by Sean Swarner (not released as of publish date). If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Fully understand and grasp your personal core values and how to utilize them. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because “why?” never changes the situation. “Why not?” potentially opens your mind to possibilities and opportunities as opposed to searching for answers you may never find.   CONNECT WITH SEAN Twitter: (@seanswarner) LinkedIn: (@seanswarner) Instagram: (@seanswarner) Website: ( Big Hill Challenge: (  CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the (Leadership Action List) TODAY! Mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to Business Bitcoinization (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app) Business Bitcoinization Trailer (Listen to the trailer)
The Art of Organizational Alignment with Art Johnson
Aug 23 2021
The Art of Organizational Alignment with Art Johnson
Download a year’s worth of (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Art Johnson is CEO of Infinity Systems, Inc., a management consulting firm where that helps leaders identify and rectify organizational misalignment. Previously, he implemented a strategic plan to improve alignment at Medtronic, the world’s largest medical technology company, enabling it to grow top-line revenue by 13 percent year-over-year in a flat market. His new book is The Art of Alignment: A Data-Driven Approach to Lead Aligned Organizations.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Keep your mission and vision in front of your organization – make it visible, hearable, etc. Be humble enough to look outside your organization to find better ways to do your work. Push decisions down in the org chart so that people who are closest to the problem—those who have the energy and insight to solve the problem—are the ones who also have the power to solve it.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Leaders need to ask more questions than they answer. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Conscientious, consistent, committed. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Where are the rocks in the road? What book would you recommend to leaders? Zapp! The Lightning of Empowerment: How to Improve Quality, Productivity, and Employee Satisfaction by William Byham and Jeff Cox If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Active listening. We often think we As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” Both. “Why not?” helps people challenge axioms. “Why?” is helpful to define why we’ve to particular conclusions.   CONNECT WITH ART Twitter: (@orgametrics) LinkedIn: (@infinity-systems-inc) Website: ( (info@orgametrics.net)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the (Leadership Action List) TODAY! Mentioned in this episode: Business Bitcoinization Trailer (Listen to the trailer) Subscribe to Business Bitcoinization (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app)
How to Write Job Descriptions That Attract Ideal Employees with Angela Lauria
Aug 20 2021
How to Write Job Descriptions That Attract Ideal Employees with Angela Lauria
Download a year’s worth of (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Dr. Angela Lauria is the founder of The Author Incubator™ and creator of the Difference Process™ for writing a book that matters. She has been helping people free their inner author since 1994, helping over 1,000 authors-in-transformation write, publish, and promote their books. Angela is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best-selling author of 5 books. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in Journalism and Media Affairs from The George Washington University and a PhD in Communications from The European Graduate School and lives in Washington DC.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Your job description should be a love letter to one person. You will attract fewer people but will attract people who are more willing to invest in you. In a job description, describe the candidate: Who the perfect person is for the role, and what the job would do for the person beyond a paycheck. Your business must stand for something in order to attract employees who will be committed. Match a job description that underscores what is important to your ideal employee at that stage in their life.    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Be willing to suck! Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Flexible, confident, and courageous. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? If I were committed to being the best in the world at what I do, what would I be doing now? What book would you recommend to leaders? The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Pick on thing. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” To be out of the box, you need to ask forgiveness rather than permission.   CONNECT WITH ANGELA Twitter: (@authorincubator) Instagram: (@authorincubator) Website: (  CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the (Leadership Action List) TODAY! Mentioned in this episode: Business Bitcoinization Trailer (Listen to the trailer) Subscribe to Business Bitcoinization (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app)
From College Dropout to Marketing CEO with Mehak Vohra
Aug 11 2021
From College Dropout to Marketing CEO with Mehak Vohra
Download a year’s worth of (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE! Mehak Vohra started her career as a Computer Science student at Purdue University. She dropped out of college at 19 years old and moved to San Francisco. Her goal was to build the most scalable marketing agency in world. She ran Jamocha Media for 4 years, and in her peak she was generating 1-2M views per month on LinkedIn for herself and her clients. In 2019, Mehak decided to start SkillBank, a marketing bootcamp that's completely free upfront. If someone is motivated to land a job in marketing, SkillBank is there to help.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Align your business incentives with your stakeholders’ success. Brainstorm the marketing levers you have access to and test them immediately. Identify where your competitors are having success in their marketing. In addition to marketing, constantly test and iterate in your own life. Work through the GAILs that hold you back – Gremlins, Assumptions, Interpretations, and Limiting beliefs You are your biggest project—constantly test and iterate on yourself.   QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? You have to look at yourself as your greatest project. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Empathetic, regimented, and healthy. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? What am I doing this for? What book would you recommend to leaders? Trust Me, I'm Lying by Ryan Holiday If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Start doing. The best way to learn is to put yourself out there and try new things. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because you’re finding reasons to say no.   CONNECT WITH MEHAK Twitter: (@themehakvohra) Twitter: (@joinskillbank) LinkedIn: (@mehakvohra) Instagram: (@themehakvohra) Website: ( (mehak@joinskillbank.com)   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the (Leadership Action List) TODAY! Mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to Business Bitcoinization (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app) Business Bitcoinization Trailer (Listen to the trailer)
How to Engage Employees using Caring Leadership with Heather Younger
Aug 9 2021
How to Engage Employees using Caring Leadership with Heather Younger
Download a year’s worth of (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Heather Younger is a best-selling author, international speaker, consultant, and facilitator who has earned her reputation as “The Employee Whisperer.” She is the CEO and Founder of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement, leadership development, and DEI consulting firm. She firmly believes that employees aren’t just numbers on the payroll but human beings with ideas that matter. She is the host of Leadership with Heart podcast and has been featured in Forbes and Huffpost. Her newest book is called The Art of Caring Leadership: How Leading with Heart Uplifts Teams and Organizations.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS Employees should be at the center of what we do in our businesses. You are a byproduct of your past, but you are not defined by it. Evaluate your current success rate in business. Where there is a lack of success, it likely is because of a person. You will likely also identify where there are holes in your development of people. The least expensive path to “get ahead” with employee engagement is to hire people with high emotional intelligence. Get feedback from your employees through 1:1 dedicated time to tell and show people they are important.    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Childhood—growing up in a way that created a desire to feel included and important. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Empathetic, compassionate, and a great communicator. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? Are there any barriers I can remove for you? What book would you recommend to leaders? Anything by John Maxwell. If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Care more. As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why?” because it is absolutely crucial to feel motivated to take the next step.   CONNECT WITH HEATHER Twitter: (@HeatherRYounger) LinkedIn: (@HeatherYounger) Instagram: (@HeatherRYoungerOfficial) Website: (  CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: (@joshuafriedeman) Email: josh@friedemanleadership.com   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the (Leadership Action List) TODAY! Mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to Business Bitcoinization (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app) Business Bitcoinization Trailer (Listen to the trailer)