This special edition of Game Changers with Molly Fletcher features clips and advice from some of our favorite episodes in 2017. Hear from guests like Hall of Fame coaches Geno Auriemma and Tom Izzo, pastor and leadership expert Andy Stanley, bestselling authors Dr. Henry Cloud and Suzy Welch, athletes Chipper Jones and Billy Horschel and more!
Commander Rorke Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and has led special-forces missions all over the world, including the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The author of the New York Times bestseller Damn Few: Making The Modern SEAL Warrior, Rorke applies Navy SEAL principles to everyday leadership to help individuals and teams perform at their highest levels. On this episode, Rorke takes us behind the scenes of SEAL training and explains what we can learn from the SEALs about leadership, resiliency and teamwork.
What makes great teams great? That’s the question Wall Street Journal deputy editor Sam Walker answers in his new book, The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams. His answer surprised everyone, including himself. The secret to winning isn’t talent, coaching, strategy, or money. It is the presence of a singular leader—those who make up Walker’s captain class. But these leaders aren’t the charismatic superstars you might expect. So who are they? On this episode, Sam breaks down the seven characteristics of great leaders and challenges our assumptions of what real leadership looks like.
Named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune, Dawn Staley is writing the playbook for success… in basketball and beyond. A self-proclaimed “odds beater,” she discovered her love of the game as a kid growing up in the projects of North Philadelphia. From there, the Hall of Famer has found success at every level as a player and coach. As the women’s basketball coach at the University of South Carolina, Dawn led the program to its first national championship in 2017 and was recently named the coach of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team. On this episode, Dawn shares what it took to build a winning culture at South Carolina, the key ingredients of championship teams, and how to develop young leaders.
Where do music’s biggest stars turn when they need a vocal tune up? Mama Jan. Jan Smith is a Grammy-nominated producer and vocal coach to the stars—working with chart-topping artists like Usher, Justin Beiber, The Band Perry, Rob Thomas, Drake, Sugarland, Ciara, and Collective Soul. In all, over 4,000 vocalists, musicians and producers have turned to Mama Jan and Jan Smith Studios for her tough love training and musical expertise. On this episode, Mama Jan shares her insight on talent development, the value of coaching, and how to deliver tough feedback.
Did you know that the average consumer has to hear something 8 times before actually processing the information? StoryBrand CEO Donald Miller helps companies clarify their message and cut through the sea of noise through his proven formula. His simple framework will transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and what you offer your customers. On this episode, Don shares insights from his new book Building A StoryBrand, breaking down the 7 elements of storytelling and explaining how you can use each one to effectively communicate your message.
What if there was an easy, fast way make tough decisions? Navigating the daily dilemmas of work and life, business journalist and best-selling author Suzy Welch developed the 10-10-10 rule, a life-changing strategy for making tough decisions. The former Editor-in-Chief at the Harvard Business Review, Suzy is a frequent contributor on The Today Show and hosts her own digital show on CNBC.com. On this episode, Suzy shares how to filter your decisions through the 10-10-10 rule, explains how to align your decision-making with your values, and discusses how Millennials’ ideas about career management are changing the workplace.
What are the essential leadership traits of leaders worth following? Communicator, author and pastor Andy Stanley breaks down the 5 characteristics of next generation leaders. The founder of North Point Ministries, Andy has written more than 20 books and reaches millions of people each month through his sermons, live events, podcast and TV show. On this episode, Andy discusses the three biggest mistakes leaders make, the myth of the well-rounded leader, and his own personal leadership philosophy.
The first female coach in NFL history, Dr. Jen Welter reminds us all that barriers are meant to be broken. Welter coached the Arizona Cardinals’ linebackers during 2015 training camp under head coach Bruce Arians and was the first female to play running back for a men’s professional football team as a player for the Texas Revolution. Named one of the 25 most influential women in sport by espnW, Welter’s inspiring story has been shared in the New York Times, Vogue, The Huffington Post and Fortune. On today’s episode, Welter talks about the importance of authentic leadership, the value of diverse teams, and how she got comfortable taking career risks. Her new book, Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL, is available for pre-order now.
All he does is win. In his 32 seasons at the University of Connecticut, head women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has led the Huskies to 11 national titles, 18 Final Fours, 6 perfect seasons and 45 conference titles. Under Geno’s leadership, the Huskies have recorded winning streaks of 90 games and 111 games straight. So what drives one of the greatest coaches of all-time? How does he motivate his teams to achieve record-breaking success year after year? And does he ever get tired of winning? On this episode, Geno takes us inside the locker room to share how he built a championship culture at UConn, the three things he looks for when evaluating talent, and how he gets superstar talent to put team first.
An acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Henry Cloud is one of the most influential leaders in personal growth and development. His books have sold more than 10 million copies and he’s helped countless people improve their relationships, leadership skills and workplace performance. On this episode, Dr. Cloud talks about the four corners of connection, why it’s important to set boundaries, and how to recognize toxic relationships. If you want more, head over to his website for a great collection of resources on leadership, relationships, productivity, and happiness.
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Once the poster girl for doing it all, Tiffany Dufu is now sharing a powerful message to women: Drop The Ball. As Chief Leadership Officer of Levo and part of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In launch team, Tiffany’s life work is to advance women and girls. If we can learn to let go of perfectionism, Tiffany says, we can achieve more by doing less and achieve better work-life integration. On this episode, Tiffany shares the power in shrinking your to-do list, how to delegate with joy, and what happens when we focus on our most meaningful work. Her new book, Drop The Ball, is out now.
Jon Gordon’s passion is developing positive leaders and inspiring winning team cultures. The author of the international bestseller The Energy Bus, Jon is a sought after speaker on leadership, culture, sales and teamwork. On today’s episode, Jon shares what he’s learned about building thriving team cultures, why positive leadership inspires high performance, and what to do when energy vampires threaten your workplace culture. Get his latest book, The Power of Positive Leadership, available now.
PGA Tour golfer Billy Horschel is one of golf’s brightest young stars. On this episode, Billy talks about recovering from adversity, developing mental toughness, how to handle pressure, and the piece of advice he received from Tiger Woods that changed his mental approach.
A Hall of Fame pitcher, Tom Glavine etched his name in history as one of the game’s great as he led the Braves to five World Series appearances in the 1990s. On this episode, Tom shares what it takes to compete at the highest level and the ingredients to build a winning culture.
World-renowned performance psychologist Dr. Jim Loehr is well known for his work with top athletes and Olympians. As co-founder of the Human Performance Institute, he applies his research to the business world with Corporate Athlete training on performance and resilience. The author of 16 books, including the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement, Jim’s ground-breaking science-based energy management training system has been featured everywhere from the Harvard Business Review to the Oprah Winfrey Show. On today’s episode, Jim shares how to find fulfillment at work, ways to maximize energy for peak performance, and how to re-wire our mental script.
One of the greatest coaches in college basketball history, Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo has carved out a Hall of Fame career. But beyond the championships, Coach of the Year accolades, and 500+ career wins, Izzo has shaped the lives of countless players and coaches who have come through his program. On this episode, Izzo talks about what’s shaped his sports leadership philosophy, the difference between good teams and great teams, and the legacy he wants to leave behind.
Imagine yourself on the highest peak in the world, surviving sub-zero temperatures, battering winds, and sudden avalanches. Adventurer Alison Levine has been there. She’s served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the highest peak on every continent, and skied to both Poles. There’s no better training ground for leaders than environments where uncertainty reigns, teamwork is essential, and people are pushed beyond their perceived limits. On this episode, Alison talks about what she’s learned about leading through adversity, teamwork, and risk taking by taking on the world’s highest peaks. If you want more, be sure to check out her New York Times bestseller On The Edge.
Visionary Steve Koonin has spearheaded marketing for iconic brands—from Coca-Cola to Turner to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. His offbeat marketing ideas and unique leadership approach have reinvigorated the Hawks franchise. In this episode, Steve shares what it takes to break through the status quo and create a culture of innovation that rewards great ideas and risk taking.
An entrepreneur, angel investor and philanthropist, Monique Mosley has helped guide the careers of visionaries in the music and entertainment industries and has worked as a consultant on the hit TV show Empire. On this episode, Monique talks about the making of a hit TV show, what it takes to build your own brand, and why as leaders we can—and should—always pay it forward.