The Full Monty

74 EpisodesProduced by Scott MontyWebsite

The Full Monty is 5 minutes of thought-provoking commentary on business, leadership, ethics, integrity, and common sense. Scott is like the Paul Harvey of business podcasts.

74 Episodes | 2016 - 2019


April 18th, 2019


Some thoughts about the future of the show.


I'll see you over on

Write Me

April 11th, 2019


We take our communications for granted these days. It's so easy to tweet, text, snap, DM, PM, and email. 


But the more mundane, analog way of …

Tune That Name

April 4th, 2019


We marvel at people who seem to have a way with their fellow humans. People who seemingly have others in the palm of their hands. What is it about individuals like this that capture our imagination and admiration?

It's …

Generation Gap

March 27th, 2019


Recent years have seen Millennials blamed for just about everything, from the changing norms around working hours, to marriage and car ownership, and …

Lessons from The Brain Center at Whipple's

March 21st, 2019


The practice of ethics seems to have been forgotten – or perhaps ignored – as technology has improved. At every turn, we seem to find examples where …

[Facebook] Data Is the New [Standard] Oil

March 14th, 2019


For the extremely ambitious, too much is never enough. The battle on the field of commerce is a game to be won at all cost, crushing the competition at every turn.

Occasionally, the business world is met on the …

The Futility of Uninformed Predictions

March 6th, 2019


We live in amazing times. We're so much more advanced than we were even a decade and a half ago. So why should we bother looking at anything that …

Clio and the Digital Watch

February 27th, 2019


The study of history doesn't get a fair shake. I'm not just talking about studying it for the sake of consuming facts, but putting it in context with …

The Purple Tutu

February 20th, 2019


Authenticity lives at the intersection of transparency and reputation.

Why try to conform to the expectation of others? Why aim for the middle? Why strive for mediocrity?

Well, you probably don't aim to be mediocre, but …

Reputation Is Everything

February 13th, 2019


Henry Russell Sanders, the UCLA football coach, once said, "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." The same could be said for reputation, …

You See But You Do Not Observe

February 6th, 2019


If you're interested in how your business is performing, it's essential that you're measuring the right things. But you need to know where to look when setting up your KPIs.


Often times, we're looking in the wrong …

Pickle Barrel Conversations

January 30th, 2019


Technology has brought with it so many advances that have allowed us to do more than we once thought possible. But with it, we're losing out on some …

Resilience, Resoluteness, and Enthusiasm

January 23rd, 2019


Life can be tough. We've all experienced a setback from time to time. And often, those setbacks can seem difficult to surmount.


But imagine if you …

Reflect on This

January 9th, 2019


You've got your plans, you've made your resolutions, and the new year is upon us. The sky's the limit!

Not so fast. 

Somewhere along the way, there's …

Visceral Impacts

December 12th, 2018


When we market our wares, it's easy to get caught up in the Holy Trinity of content: text, video, audio. But humans have five senses; why are we …

The Unexpected

December 5th, 2018


It's strange how we've become accustomed to the jabs and harshness of life online. The ability to hurl an insult is easier than ever, afforded by the …

Ever Upward

November 28th, 2018


Life presents us with many challenges. Some of us are met with those challenges from birth. Others find obstacles later in life in jobs or relationships. Regardless of your status in this world, there will be roadblocks …

Giving Thanks

November 21st, 2018


Saying "thank you" just seems like a given. Or it used to. Someone bestows a gift of some sort on us, and we reply with our gratitude. But did you ever consider that expressing gratitude is a gift itself? 


We have the …

How Do You Define Charm?

November 14th, 2018


We've all been subject to the personality of certain charming people. It's kind of disconcerting, as you feel like you're on the string end of some Svengali. 


What is it about charm that gets people to take action …

What We Really Fear

November 7th, 2018


Franklin Delano Roosevelt said "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." But when it comes to the fear of failure, what's the source of the dread? Even George Washington had to deal with this.


Understanding what's at …

Too Big to Fail

October 31st, 2018


While some of us find ourselves rooting for the little guy, it's more likely that we're secretly (or in some cases not-so-secretly) wishing for big companies to fail. Are they actually too big to fail? Sears (and others …

Fool Me Once, Shame On You

October 24th, 2018


We think we're so smart. We see other people who get taken in by scams, con artists, and smooth talkers and we think, "That could never happen to me."

The Road Not Taken

October 17th, 2018


One of the most popular American poems seemingly celebrates individuality. The benefits of going your own way and forging your own path are the …

The Harvest of the Future

October 10th, 2018


Every leader is concerned with leaving a legacy. That legacy not only defines how they'll be remembered, but it helps to steer the future of an organization or a society.


The way we portray ourselves and our brands …

What's Past Is Prologue

October 3rd, 2018


We fool ourselves into thinking that our time on this earth is unique. That every challenge we face is new and different, and that no one else can …

Study the Past

September 26th, 2018


A.I. this. Blockchain that. The latest in the tech wars. You'd think we're living in the future. In some ways we are, but our route here is an interesting and essential one to understand. Rooted in so much of what we …

The Grand Gift of Silence

September 19th, 2018


"You have the grand gift of silence, Watson. It makes you invaluable as a companion." So said Sherlock Holmes said in "The Adventure of the Man with …

Risk and Reward

September 12th, 2018


Everyone makes stupid decisions. Uninformed decisions, hasty decisions, misguided decisions. But the worst example is when someone doesn't make a decision at all. 


We all fear something. Rejection. Humiliation. …

Finding a Replacement for 'What Do You Do?'

September 5th, 2018


Why define yourself by the constraints of typical topical titles? There's much more to the work that you do and why you do it: your motivation, your …

It Really Is That Simple

August 29th, 2018


With a world full of complexities like GDPR, social media algorithms, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and how many licks it takes to get …

Inspiration Is Everywhere

August 22nd, 2018


There's one attribute that will set you apart as a professional. It separates the creative from the dull, the leaders from the followers. It can't be …

What's It Worth to You?

August 15th, 2018


Brands are spending more money than ever on influencer marketing, and it's poised to go even higher in the next two years. But are they getting their …

The Profound Simplicity of Culture

August 8th, 2018


When you spend so much time to get your messaging right, honing it to the perfect phrase that's repeatable and understandable, it can be a complete waste of time if employees treat customers in a way that negates it.


The Price of Integrity

August 1st, 2018


What happens when the market knows you for one thing, and you don't deliver on that one thing? Or even worse, when you take your attention off of that one thing and instead focus on doing the right thing? 


The answer …

It's Like Butter

July 25th, 2018


In the last episode of The Full Monty we talked about ways to gain loyalty. Price was certainly a strong contender, as was doing something to make …

Earn Your Way to Loyalty with These 5 Steps

July 18th, 2018


One of the most sought-after aspects of branding is loyalty. How can we create more and deeper loyalty from customers?


There are a number of ways, but I've outlined five that make the most sense, given the constraints …

Our Digital Life

July 11th, 2018


How would you rate the impact of technology in your life? Note there's no judgement there – not how it has improved your life or how it may have …

Stakeholder Activists

July 4th, 2018



There seems to be more activism than ever now: political activism, social activism, and of course, corporate activism. Executives are right to be …

Careless Relationships

June 27th, 2018


While we're constantly thrown into situations in which we try to discern what's coming next – or simply trying to keep up with what's happening now – …

A Sisyphean Task

June 20th, 2018


It's never fun being the butt of a joke, is it? If you feel like someone is having fun at your expense, it doesn't quite seem as funny to you as it …

Darryl, Creativity, and Joy

June 13th, 2018


It's never easy to lose someone we know and like. Whether we "know" them from seeing them on television, interacting with them online, or actually …

Wait a Minute

June 6th, 2018


Anticipation is killing us. Even for the smallest things, it doesn't seem like we can handle waiting more than a few minutes. 


Technology has sped …

The Need for Decent Apologies

May 30th, 2018


Apologies are strange things. Either you don't get enough of them or you're overwhelmed with them, making them virtually meaningless.


There have …

I'm Right, You're Wrong

May 22nd, 2018


While the furor of Yanny vs. Laurel is wearing off, the debate that captured the Internet's attention (for at least a few minutes) got us thinking about how often humans pick sides and dig their heels in.

Conflict is …

Listen, You're Not Alone

May 15th, 2018


Hi, stranger.  It's been a while.  I was recently in for a medical test and it gave me time to reflect (don't we all need that every once in a while?). In doing so, I realized that there's a certain feeling that we …

Doing the Right Thing

April 6th, 2017


Every day, we're presented with opportunities. Choices between doing what's merely expedient and doing what's right. Lawmakers pass bills to ensure that companies don't overstep the boundaries of decency, and try to …

Try a Little Empathy

March 30th, 2017


You likely heard about the United Airlines leggings issue that popped up earlier this week. While it was unfortunate for the brand, especially given its reputation issues, it was entirely avoidable.

There are a variety …

Fear and Greed

March 22nd, 2017


The four human desires (acquisitiveness, rivalry, vanity and love of power) were our topics the last time around. In this episode, we go a little further, diving into two key human conditions: fear and greed. In doing …

The Four Human Desires

March 15th, 2017


Try as we might, we can't escape from our past, from the visceral nature of what it means to be human. Advances in communication, technology, and …

The CMO of the Future

March 1st, 2017


The average tenure of the chief marketing officer is just half of that of the CEO. And yet the CMO is expected to perform more functions than ever before.


How can executives who fill these critical positions be ready …

Getting in the Habit

February 23rd, 2017


It's natural to want to make changes to your life around the beginning of the year. If you made a New Year's resolution, are you still sticking to it …

Measuring Value

February 15th, 2017


There are plenty of examples of metrics, KPIs and other hard data points to follow if you're looking to prove ROI. But sometimes, it isn't about hard …

It's a Wonderful Community

December 15th, 2016


When a technical glitch threatens to obliterate an otherwise clockwork-like tradition, something surprising happens. The resulting lesson is one that …

When Media Attack

December 6th, 2016


This week, a look at boycotts from an unusual angle — when a media company goes on the attack. Is this a unique event, or are we in for more?



Be sure to check out other major stories from the December 5th of the …


November 21st, 2016


This week, a look at the detrimental effects of fake news and what kinds of technical and communal solutions it might take to establish order, …

John Henry Versus the Steam-Powered Robowriters

November 14th, 2016


There are modern-day lessons that craft-driven content marketers can learn from John Henry.

And should we still be relying on polls to predict the …

Living in a Post-Factual, Post-Election World

November 7th, 2016


Donald Trump is uber-dependent on the media. And vice versa. What does it mean for advertising?

And we're living in a world where facts don't seem to matter. Has Facebook irretrievably damaged discourse and democracy?


Episode 16: Racial Targeting and a Withering Vine

October 31st, 2016


A publication called Facebook out for racist policies regarding its ad targeting. Was it the exposure of a nefarious practice or an overblown …

Episode 15: A Trust PSA and Stop Your Internal Fighting

October 24th, 2016


When you're trying to change hearts and minds, is it an immutable concept that you should also be honest with people? How far can the envelope be …

Episode 14: Critical Crisis Criteria and Content Gating

October 17th, 2016


Wells Fargo should have seen the crisis coming, but it fell victim to the classic myopia that plagues so many companies caught in issues of their own …

Episode 13: Case Studies and The Last Straw at Yahoo

October 10th, 2016


Case studies are a fact of life. But what do you do when there's nary a case study to be found?

In this commentator's opinion, Marissa Mayer has run …

Episode 12: LinkedIn Spam and the Cult of Personality

September 26th, 2016


LinkedIn makes it terribly easy to send someone a note of congratulations. Terribly.

And what happens when your brand is associated with a single …

Episode 11: Emotional Intelligence & Leadership and Strategist vs. Specialist

September 19th, 2016


What you understand about yourself and how you interact with your colleagues says a great deal about you. It may mean the difference between being …

Episode 10: Podcasting is Big and Starting with Success

September 6th, 2016


Although podcasting has been around for over 11 years, it still has yet to catch on big time. We're on the cusp of something great and we've got history at our backs.

Too often we limit ourselves with the thought of …

Episode 09: Law & Disorder and Facebook Needs Humans

August 29th, 2016


Like it or not, there are rules, guidelines and even laws to follow online. Yet everyone from the average user to the Kardashians seem to think they …

Episode 08: No Comments at NPR and Twitter Needs Urgency

August 22nd, 2016



NPR is finally cracking down on the useless and abusive comments on its site. But it doesn't mean that conversation and comments from the audience are completely out. Why this move makes sense.

Twitter is still …

Episode 07: Leadership Communications and Journalism

August 15th, 2016


One of the primary responsibilities of a chief executive is to communicate in a way that is articulate, effective and clear. And we see examples …

Episode 06: Olympic-Sized Gaffes and Social Media Gurus

August 8th, 2016


The International Olympic Committee is clinging to media rules from four years ago, with no live video, no GIFs and no hashtags - with a few …

Episode 05: Ad Blocking and Yahoo's Last Stand

August 1st, 2016


Ad blocking has become mainstream and is the source of headaches for advertisers and publishers. But the IAB has introduced some guidance after discovering just what it is that annoys consumers so.


And the Yahoo …

Episode 04: Cameras and CEOs

July 25th, 2016


They say seeing is believing. But do our cameras deceive us? And what happens when our access to certain elements of our favorite devices is cut off? How we see and respond to the world with what we perceive.


CEOs …

Episode 03: Pay Attention

July 18th, 2016


We told you all about our perspectives on the Pokemon Go hoo-hah lately. But in the rush to be part of this craze that's sweeping the nation, many …

Episode 02: Live Video, Censorship and Augmented Reality

July 11th, 2016


Social change is never easy. In fact, it's usually messy. Facebook has a role to play, and it's up to them to determine the balance between …

Episode 01: Video and Careless Sharing

July 4th, 2016


We're witnessing a rebirth of television, simply on new platforms. In its earliest days, television was only broadcast live. You had to watch a show when it was on. Over time, we've grown accustomed to recording our …

Episode 0: Promo

July 1st, 2016


In-depth commentary and analysis as a complement to the industry-leading weekly newsletter The Full Monty. You'll find insight, wit and trivia packed …

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