ML38 – Passion Pulls, Integrating Who We Are with What We Care About with Venture Capitalist Randy Komisar

Randy Komisar is a Venture Capitalist out of Silicon Valley, at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, right there on Sandhill road. The heart and soul of tech investing. He is the former CEO of LucasArts Entertainment and Crystal Dynamics, and acted as “virtual CEO” for WebTV and GlobalGiving. He served as CFO of GO Corp. and senior counsel at Apple Computer, following a private practice in technology law. He is a Founding director of TIVO and a graduate of Harvard law school. Plus a great guy.

Randy Komisar

Episode Summary: Passion Pulls, Integrating Who We Are with What We Care About

October: The Monk and The Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living

by Randy Komisar

Book Description

“What would you be willing to do for the rest of your life…? It’s a question most of us consider only hypothetically-opting instead to “do what we have to do” to earn a living. But in the critically acclaimed bestseller “The Monk and the Riddle”, entrepreneurial sage Randy Komisar asks us to answer it for real. The book’s timeless advice – to make work pay not just in cash, but in experience, satisfaction, and joy – will be embraced by anyone who wants success to come not just from what they do, but from who they are.At once a fictional tale of Komisar’s encounters with a would-be entrepreneur and a personal account of how Komisar found meaning not in work’s rewards but in work itself, the book illustrates what’s wrong with the mainstream thinking that we should sacrifice our lives to make a living.”

Discussion Questions

Book Club Review

Thanks for being a part of the Modern Leadership Monthly Book Club. If you happened upon this page and are not a member you can join for free here .

The book club is designed to explore books that will help us on our leadership journey. It is a part of the Modern Leadership Podcast where we breakdown a book weekly in each episode. You can catch the podcast here.

This month’s book is: The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living by Randy Komisar

ML37 – Is Fear Driving Everything in Your Business? with Cort Dial

When Intel, Chevron, Disney, and Apple want to cultivate a new breed of leader, they turn to Cort Dial. By guiding individuals through frank self-evaluation, personal change, and the pursuit of extraordinary performance, Cort creates All-In Leaders, high achievers who recognize the power of human connection. He is the author of 2016’s #1 business book according to Globe & Mail, Heroes and Heretics

Cort Dial

Episode Summary: Is Fear Driving Everything in Your Business?

ML36 – The Confidence to Be a Serial Connector with Steve Robertson

Why Are Strawberries Red?

Steve Robertson is the CEO of Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs, an organization specializing in youth-to-adult programming that turns curiosity into passion and skill. What started out as a weekly tennis camp quickly grew to include golf, cooking, business, fitness, academics and more.

Steve has been with the company for 18 years. In this role, his primary responsibility is to cultivate a culture that results in memories lasting a lifetime.

Steve Robertson

Episode Summary: The Confidence to Be a Serial Connector with Steve Robertson

ML35 – The New Science of Peak Performance with Author Dr. Anders Ericsson

Dr. K. Anders Ericsson is the co-author of Peak: Secrets From the New Science of Expertise. He is a Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Stockholm, Sweden and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Carnegie Mellon. He has worked with a Nobel Prize winner and written extensively on performance and increasing ability. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Anders Ericsson

 

Episode Summary: The New Science of Peak Performance with Author Dr. Anders Ericsson

ML34 – Authentic Storytelling Can Make You A Star with Dan Moyle

Today’s guest, Dan Moyle, is a master of engaging marketing. He has a background in the TV news business, and understands interruption marketing. He brings a wealth of knowledge from writing to video production to multimedia content creation. So we talk authenticity and how to create the x-factor within your company.

His motto, “I’d rather help someone reach 50 ideal customers rather than 5,000 passive viewers.” Dan is believer in servant leadership, and can be found behind the scenes at organizations like Talons Out Honor Flight and Interview Valet.

Dan Moyle

 

Episode Summary: Authentic Storytelling Can Make You A Star with Dan Moyle

September: Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

by Anders Ericsson

Book Description

“Have you ever wanted to learn a language or pick up an instrument, only to become too daunted by the task at hand? Expert performance guru Anders Ericsson has made a career studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak condenses three decades of original research to introduce an incredibly powerful approach to learning that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring a skill.

Ericsson’s findings have been lauded and debated, but never properly explained. So the idea of expertise still intimidates us — we believe we need innate talent to excel, or think excelling seems prohibitively difficult.

Peak belies both of these notions, proving that almost all of us have the seeds of excellence within us — it’s just a question of nurturing them by reducing expertise to a discrete series of attainable practices. Peak offers invaluable, often counterintuitive, advice on setting goals, getting feedback, identifying patterns, and motivating yourself.  Whether you want to stand out at work, or help your kid achieve academic goals, Ericsson’s revolutionary methods will show you how to master nearly anything.”

 

Book Club Review

Thanks for being a part of the Modern Leadership Monthly Book Club. If you happened upon this page and are not a member you can join for free here .

The book club is designed to explore books that will help us on our leadership journey. It is a part of the Modern Leadership Podcast where we breakdown a book weekly in each episode. You can catch the podcast here.

This month’s book is: Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
by Anders Ericsson

ML33 – From Money Moron to Self-Made Millionaire with Scott Alan Turner

Scott Alan Turner is an early retiree who went from “money moron” (his words) to self-made millionaire in 13 short years. He has been debt free since 2009 and now spends his time helping others become financial rock stars through his best-selling book, a talk radio show, and his podcast. He has been quoted on Forbes.com, Business Insider, Money magazine, CNBC, and U.S. News and World Report.

Scott Alan Turner

Episode Summary: From Money Moron to Self-Made Millionaire with Scott Alan Turner

ML32 – Time, Money and Avoiding the Chase with Dr. Sharon Spano

Dr. Sharon Spano has a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems and is an author, a corporate business strategist, a work force expert, and a professional speaker. Her mission is to empower business leaders and entrepreneurs to maximize performance, improve employee engagement, AND increase bottom-line results. We all want results right?

Her new book is The Pursuit of Time and Money: Step Into Radical Abundance and Discover the Secret to a Meaningful Prosperous Life. We dive into that today.

Sharon Spano

 

Episode Summary: Time, Money and Avoiding the Chase with Dr. Sharon Spano

ML31 – Participate in Your Own Rescue by Choosing Goodness with Tommy Breedlove

Tommy Breedlove is the founder of Choose Goodness, a company dedicated to helping executives and entrepreneurs focus beyond the financial bottom line. By empowering leaders, Tommy bridges the gap between humanity and profitably. He transforms organizations to attract and retain the best and brightest people, create a loyal customer base and promote goodwill within their communities.

Choose Goodness provides both the rational and emotional perspectives to the strategic and financial decision making process. Since beginning his career at Deloitte, Tommy has spent 20 years serving companies as a CPA, leadership coach and corporate financial consultant. He still serves as Board Advisor, Chair and/or Director for multiple for-profit and civic entities.

Tommy Breedlove

Episode Summary: Participate in Your Own Rescue by Choosing Goodness with Tommy Breedlove