The Leadership Podcast

162 EpisodesProduced by Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos, experts on leadership development

We interview great leaders, review the books they read, and speak with highly influential authors who study them.

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TLP156: Helping Others Take Personal Responsibility

June 26th, 2019


Abigail Manning is an awareness creator on authentic health. She shares her personal story of freeing herself from abuse, and how we may recognize someone that may be suffering from abuse. She also discusses the …

TLP155: Preparing for the Future of Work

June 19th, 2019


Jacob Morgan, Futurist and Best-Selling Author joins The Leadership Podcast to discuss the future of work in the context of leadership and the employee experience. Jacob talks about interviewing 120 CEO’s and 11,000 …

TLP154: Facing Your Own Hypocrisy

June 12th, 2019


Jim and Jan tackle a topic that comes up quite a bit in leadership - ego. They discuss their definition of ego, and how it affects perception and ability to be a leader. Also discussed is the balance of confidence and …

TLP153: Hearing Dissent is a Leadership Imperative

June 5th, 2019


Michèle Flournoy is the former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the seventh-ranking official in the U.S. Department of Defense, and in that …

TLP152: The Future of Learning Re-Imagined

May 29th, 2019


Tanya Staples is the VP of Product for Learning Content at Linkedin Learning, and shares what the workforce of the future may look like, the importance of creating a common knowledge base, and best practices for …

TLP151: How to Cast a Powerful Vision

May 22nd, 2019


Greg Smith is a Public Speaking Coach, Business Collaboration Catalyst, and Chairman of the Board at Compco Industries. He talks with Jim and Jan …

TLP150: Unstoppable Teams Do This First

May 15th, 2019


Alden Mills, author of Unstoppable Teams and Be Unstoppable, a three time Navy SEAL platoon commander,, and a INC. 500 entrepreneur, shares why starting a company may be even harder than SEAL training, why corporate …

TLP149: High Stakes Short Format Impact

May 8th, 2019


Kymberlee Weil, Strategic Samurai, and Mark Sylvester join the show to discuss the world of High-Stakes, Short-Form talks. They discuss what really makes an idea worth spreading, the power of a story, and what they have …

TLP148: The Upside of a Bad Experience

May 1st, 2019


I bet you can instantly recall an awful customer experience?  How about an exceptional customer experience? Jan recently had both the best and worst …

TLP147: Courage, Perseverance and Toughness

April 24th, 2019


Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen Jr. served in the U.S. Army for 43 years, and he retired in 2018 as the 59th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He talks with Jim and Jan about the …

TLP146: Seeing Greatness Amidst Despair

April 17th, 2019


Dan Ivankovich is an orthopedic surgeon, humanitarian, CNN hero, and blues musician! He joins The Leadership Podcast to discuss the inspiration behind creating OnePatient Global. Dan talks about creating empathy and …

TLP145: Strategy is Overrated

April 10th, 2019


Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author who has published over 60 books and 500 articles. Marshall Goldsmith calls him “the finest …

TLP144: Don’t Wait

April 3rd, 2019


Greg Mercer, Founder and CEO of Jungle Scout, is a successful entrepreneur, angel investor and experienced Amazon Seller. He talks with The …

TLP143: The Speed of Need

March 27th, 2019


Cathy Sunshine, President of the Sunshine Group, has coached thousands of executives and multiple generations of leaders. She talks about the changes …

TLP142: Grace - A Leadership Aspiration

March 20th, 2019


Jim and Jan start the show by paying tribute to Jan’s late mentor who exemplified the virtue of gratitude. Also discussed are ways to improve …

TLP141: Leading in Permanent Beta

March 13th, 2019


Professor Bill DeMarco (Retired Air Force Colonel) holds 3 Masters degrees, and holds fellowships at Stanford and Cambridge. He is a five-time …

TLP140: How To Balance Preparation and Adaptability

March 6th, 2019


There is a pattern Jim and Jan have seen time and time again in successful people - they prepare. Today, they discuss the approach of preparation, …

TLP139: Set Pride Aside

February 26th, 2019


Kevin Flike knows what is means to be down and out. As a Green Beret, Kevin was shot in the lower abdomen during his second deployment to Afghanistan in September of 2011. On the show, he talks with Jim and Jan about …

TLP138: It’s Not About You

February 20th, 2019


The leader isn’t always the one with “legitimate authority.” Often, leaders in the middle looking to exert change aren’t successfully managing up. …

TLP137: How to Spend 60% of Your Time With Your Employees

February 13th, 2019


Lee Benson, CEO of Execute To Win, joins the show to discuss his powerful yet practical approach to leadership and culture. Lee has worked with …

TLP136: Leadership Development Doesn’t

February 6th, 2019


There are over 60,000 books on Amazon with “leadership” in the title, and despite the focus on leadership, most business-oriented development programs don’t measure effectiveness; and turnover has never been higher. A

TLP135: Looking Forward to Wicked Problems

January 30th, 2019


Tom Higley is the business of creating market-based solutions to the world’s wicked problems. A Denver-based entrepreneur and mentor, Tom has founded …

TLP134: Keeping Promises

January 23rd, 2019


We’re all a work in progress, and whether we call it a resolution, or an ongoing commitment, it’s all part of building character to consistently …

TLP133: Faith as a Foundation for Leadership

January 16th, 2019


It’s hard for Cory Procter to not have a good time. In between his motivational and leadership speaker events, spending time with his family and playing the drums, this former NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys, the …

TLP132: Are Your Goals Big Enough?

January 9th, 2019


This week Jim and Jan discuss a popular topic amongst the listeners: setting and achieving BIG goals. They talk about what defines a big goal, why we …

TLP131: Great Leaders Are Curve Benders

January 2nd, 2019


David Nour, International Speaker, and Best Selling Author, discusses why the biggest asset we have is our portfolio of relationships. David explains …

TLP130: No Surprise Rule

December 26th, 2018


If you are planning a party or weekend getaway, surprises can be fun and exciting. In business and leadership, they are most often stressful and …

TLP129: It’s Dangerous To Have “Irreplaceable” People

December 19th, 2018


Eric Kish is a Turnaround CEO with over 20 years of experience at transforming organizations in various forms of distress. A Stanford Business School …

TLP128: Leadership as Defined by 2nd Graders

December 12th, 2018


Jim and Jan start the episode with how a second grade class defines a great leader! Leadership is hard, but these young people show that the basics are pretty simple. Also discussed is how we’re happier when we help …

TLP127: Approaching Talent Acquisition Like a War for Talent is All Wrong

December 5th, 2018


Andrew LaCivita, career and hiring expert and award-winning author has worked with over 200 companies to help them conduct interviews, build teams …

TLP126: Accountability: There Must Be Consequences

November 28th, 2018


In this week’s episode, Jim and Jan address some listener and client questions on the topic of accountability and ownership. They discuss how to get people to do what they say they are going to do; who actually is …

TLP125: Bold Leaders Push Against the Pressure to Conform

November 21st, 2018


When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Jennifer Brown believes organizations have their work cut out for them. Jennifer brings her passion for …

TLP124: How to Make Difficult Conversations... Easier

November 14th, 2018


Difficult conversations are part of the leader’s job when it comes to creating a strong organization. In this episode,  Jim and Jan share the tools …

TLP123: A Futurist on the Future of Leadership

November 7th, 2018


Futurist and Executive Director of DaVinci Institute, Thomas Frey, tell us how to prepare for a completely different type of workforce. He discusses the key characteristics leaders of the future will need to succeed, …

TLP122: What Scares Us the Most

October 31st, 2018


It’s a Jim and Jan Halloween episode! To get into the spooky spirit, they tell us what scares them the most, both professionally and personally. They then discuss ways in which fear can help us prepare, motivate and …

TLP121: Jeffrey Pfeffer Challenges Our Assumptions About Leadership

October 24th, 2018


Jeffrey Pfeffer, prolific author, writer, and thought leader, joins The Leadership Podcast to discuss the current state of leadership. He discusses …

TLP120: Why Trusting Your Gut is Hard

October 17th, 2018


Chances are, you have been told at some point to just “go with your gut,” or “trust your gut.” Every day we are faced with thousands of decisions, …

TLP119: The Power of Story - from the Rooftop Leader

October 10th, 2018


Lieutenant Colonel Scott Mann, a retired Green Beret, is an expert trust builder and master storyteller. He Joins Jim and Jan to discuss his work …

TLP118: What’s Been on Our Mind: Decision-Making Networking

October 3rd, 2018


In this week’s episode, Jim and Jan share what’s been on their mind. For Jan, it’s all about decision making. How they are made, the processes most organizations are lacking, and how we structure transparency into …

TLP117: NFL Lessons - Get Your Mind Where Your Feet Are

September 26th, 2018


After a ten-year career in the NFL playing for the Kansas City Chiefs, Jon McGraw realized he had become so achievement-oriented that it kept him …

TLP116: You Ready to Get a Little Scuffed Up?

September 19th, 2018


Positioning yourself for failure is not normal, but it can be enlightening. Jim and Jan are both big proponents of getting a little scuffed up now and then. In this week’s episode, they tell their personal stories about …

TLP115: Are you building a life you don’t need a vacation from?

September 12th, 2018


Justin and Lauren Jonesy have made adventure their full time career. They are challenging the conventional, and valuing experiences over possessions. …

TLP114: The Art of Influence

September 5th, 2018


This week, Jim and Jan dig into the tie between emotional intelligence and sales. Organizations are moving away from manipulative tactics, and using …

TLP113: The Fabric of Leadership - Fatherhood with David Hirsch

August 29th, 2018


Of all the leadership roles in society, David Hirsch wants to share the importance of fatherhood. He has a passion to connect children and their …

TLP112: The ‘V’ Word - Vulnerability

August 22nd, 2018


This week, Jan returns fresh from a trip to Ireland, where he traveled and worked with his MBA students through his course at University of Colorado …

TLP111: When No One’s Watching…

August 15th, 2018


Major Larry Moores, Retired Army Ranger recently inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame, and now Executive Director of the Three Rangers Foundation, talks with Jim and Jan about leadership in adverse environments, shared …

TLP110: The War For Talent and Talent Won

August 8th, 2018


In this episode, Jim and Jan discuss the critical skills and characteristics leaders should be fostering and selecting for within their work …

TLP109: You Have To Cut Out The Noise

August 1st, 2018


In this episode, Mike Erwin, Founder of Team Red White & Blue (RWB), talks with Jim and Jan about how positive psychology and character affect …

TLP108: Look Up From Your Toes

July 25th, 2018


In this episode, Jim and Jan take it full circle and start with their takeaways on responsibility from a recent episode with Patagonia’s Chief …

TLP107: On Responsibility: Patagonia’s Chief Storyteller Director of Philosophy

July 18th, 2018


In this episode, Jim and Jan welcome Vincent Stanley, Co-Author of The Responsible Company, visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, and Director of Philosophy / Chief Storyteller at …

TLP106: Strengthen Trust in Less than a Day

July 11th, 2018


In this episode, Jim and Jan talk about the Urban Team Challenge: What it is, how it came about, how it’s different from other team builders, and the special type of people behind it. The goal is to sharpen your team’s …

TLP105: Amy McGrath’s 90th Mission

July 4th, 2018


Amy McGrath is on a mission to bring back servant leadership, civic responsibility and open discourse to Capitol Hill. As both a graduate and former …

TLP104: Navigating Crucial Emotional Conversations

June 27th, 2018


This episode features a breakdown from Jim and Jan on Episode #103 with Aaron Levy, Millennial Workplace Expert. They deep dive into the importance of networking from a leadership perspective, combatting failure with …

TLP103: Millennials Aren’t Special Snowflakes

June 20th, 2018


Aaron Levy is a Millennial Workplace Expert, and shares his observations and  insights on millennial retention and satisfaction in the workplace. Aaron shares his journey into the science of human behavior,  addresses …

TLP102: Jim and Jan Recap The First Hundred Episodes

June 13th, 2018


Today’s episode features Jim and Jan reflecting on some of their favorite moments, standout guests and unforgettable takeaways from the first 101 …

TLP101: General Stanley McChrystal on What Connects Us

June 6th, 2018


General, Stanley McChrystal returns to The Leadership Podcast to share his thoughts and insights on leadership and service in the modern era. General McChrystal is the best selling author of “Team of Teams,” and …

TLP100: What He Learned Studying Billionaires

May 30th, 2018


The first guest on The Leadership Podcast was Preston Pysh - co-creator of The Investor’s Podcast - an immensely popular and highly engaged …

TLP099: The Best Advice from Unassuming Places

May 23rd, 2018


Jeannine Woodyear is the President of the Seattle Chapter of Women in Wireless, and the Global Marketing & Channel Partner Enablement Leader at Microsoft.  Jeannine shares her wisdom on why development is important …

TLP098: “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less “

May 16th, 2018


Greg McKeown,  author of the New York Times Bestseller “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and founder of McKeown Inc, joins Jim and Jan on a discussion on essentialism, priorities, and the belief that doing …

TLP097: Lead With Standards - Not Rules

May 9th, 2018


Joe Amplo, head coach of Marquette University’s Men’s Lacrosse,  is a leader who believes in embracing vulnerability, inclusiveness and challenges. …

TLP096: Asking for Help is Not a Sign of Weakness

May 2nd, 2018


Casey McEuin, President and Executive Director of Project RELO, is dedicated to improve the lives of others with a family first mentality. He talks with Jim and Jan on what makes Project RELO an unorthodox and …

TLP095: Leadership Requires Solitude

April 25th, 2018


William Deresiewicz, award winning essayist, critic, and the writer of Excellent Sheep, joins Jim and Jan and shares his perspective on the need for …

TLP094: Sell The Problem, Not the Solution

April 18th, 2018


Brian Caulfield is one of the most accomplished tech founders and venture capitalists in all of Ireland. A serial entrepreneur turned VC, he is …

TLP093: Why Grit Matters

April 11th, 2018


Alicia Gonzalez, Chicago Run Founding Executive Director, understands the importance of working with community and a team to accomplish a vision.  Alicia speaks with Jim and Jan about her commitment to providing access …

TLP092: Leadership Matters, But Teams Deliver

April 4th, 2018


Craig Ross has a passion for finding new and effective ways a team can work together so everyone is rewarded with accomplishment and a sense of success. As the CEO of Verus Global, he speaks with Jim and Jan about the …

TLP091: What Leaders Need to Pack

March 28th, 2018


Layne Rigney,  the President of Osprey, speaks about his focus on alignment and core values within the company and his passion for working with transitioning veterans.  As a global company, Layne notes the shift he’s …

TLP090: Divergent Thinking for Growth

March 21st, 2018


Martin O’Neill, is the Senior Executive for Engine Technology at GE Transportation. Martin joins Jim and Jan in a discussion about innovation and …

TLP089: We’re Not Very Different from One Another — Observations from Violent Regions.

March 14th, 2018


Zack Baddorf, award-winning journalist and filmmaker, joins The Leadership Podcast to discuss what he has learned while documenting what it is to be human in more than 30 countries, including Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, …

TLP088: Don’t Reach The Peak And Miss The Point

March 7th, 2018


Chris Warner guided the first reality show on Everest and safely led his team to the summit of K2, the world’s most deadly mountain. He’s also an author, filmmaker, and Chairman of Earth Treks. In this episode, Chris …

TLP086: What Native American Interconnectedness Can Teach Us About Teamwork

February 28th, 2018


Dede Devine, Native American Connections President and CEO, talks with Jim and Jan about her organization's mission as a sustainable resource for recovery, housing, employment, wellness, and traditional healing for the …

TLP085: Character, Coffee Destiny

February 21st, 2018


Evan Hafer is the CEO and Founder of Black Rifle Coffee Company, with annual growth of over 750%, and a goal to hire 10,000 veterans. Listen to …

TLP084: THE Metric of a Best Place to Work

February 14th, 2018


Laura Love, is the Founder and Chief Cultural Officer of GroundFloor Media, Inc., which has been recognized four times by OUTSIDE magazine as one of …

TLP083: Change is NOT a Function of Attitude (it’s a matter of prioritization)

February 7th, 2018


Chris Laping,  Author, Co-Founder and CEO at People Before Things, LLC, joins Jan and Jim in a discussion about change — why it seems so …

TLP082: Real Adversity Yields Great Resiliency

January 31st, 2018


Sandee Kastrul, President and Cofounder of i.c.stars, had an epiphany while meeting with a former student. It wasn’t enough to just teach knowledge, …

TLP081: If You’re Talking About Trust, It Probably Doesn’t Exist

January 24th, 2018


Louis Efron is the author of Purpose Meets Execution: How Winning Organizations Accelerate Engagement and Drive Profits, and How to Find a Job, Career and Life You Love, and also a contributing writer for Forbes and

TLP087: Dan Pink on When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

January 17th, 2018


Daniel H. Pink, the #1 bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human, unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, …

TLP080: Belonging

January 10th, 2018


Dr. Jacquelyn Paykel, Director of Whole Health System at the Veterans’ Hospital and Clinics in Tampa, Florida, and Director of the THRIVE Program, …

TLP079: CNN Hero - Find Your Grit Be the Leader You Want To Be

January 3rd, 2018


Dr. Sudip Bose, one of the world’s leading physicians, and an entrepreneur, philanthropist, Bronze Star recipient and CNN Hero, shares what he learned in the emergency room and on the battlefield on how to inspire …

TLP078: Loyalty, Vulnerability, and the Stanley Cup

December 27th, 2017


Brent Sopel, 2010 Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, reveals how loyalty, and showing vulnerability inspired his teammates to better …

TLP077: Anything Worth Doing is Worth Overdoing

December 20th, 2017


Matthew “Griff” Griffin, CEO of Combat Flip Flops, shares his vision to use business... to end war. They make cool stuff in dangerous places. Griff …

TLP076: There Must Be Room for Failure

December 13th, 2017


Robert Glazer, founder and Managing Director of Acceleration Partners, and is focused on personal motivation, and coaching people to go well beyond what they have done before.


Key Takeaways

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TLP075: Antarctica Reveals a Leadership Secret: Take on Ridiculously Difficult Goals

December 6th, 2017


Mike Pierce, better known as Antarctic Mike, connects the drivers and principles of Antarctic expedition history stories to the real world of finding, engaging and keeping great people in today’s business world. Mike …

TLP074: The Counter-Intuitive Truth About Finding Talent to Power Your Company

November 29th, 2017


Scott Wintrip, author of High Velocity Hiring, discusses a range of hiring and cultural issues around creating a high performance team. He explains …

MM008: Special Gratitude Episode With The Rooftop Leader

November 23rd, 2017


The hosts of The Leadership Podcast are joined by Scott Mann for a relaxed discussion of what it means to be grateful and thankful.

TLP073: The One Thing Leaders Don’t Ignore

November 22nd, 2017


Kathy Steele,  CEO of Red Caffeine Marketing + Technology, discusses her career and bouncing back from a business crucible. After overcoming numerous …

TLP072: What Leaders See - and How To Set It Free

November 15th, 2017


Tricia Halsey, Founder & Executive Director of the Big Idea Project, discusses with Jan and Jim how she learned the value of coaching. She was coached as a swimmer to step out of her comfort zone and learned that …

TLP071: The Key Ingredient for Developing Women Entrepreneurs in Afghanistan Will Surprise You!

November 8th, 2017


Kimberly Jung, CEO and Co-Founder of Rumi Spice, shares her inspiring story of seizing a business opportunity in Afghanistan that also addressed …

TLP070: Transformational Leadership Is Contingent on Trust

November 1st, 2017


Mark C. Crowley, author of Lead from the Heart: Transformational Leadership for the 21st Century, shares his story of why he treats people with extraordinary compassion. He’s a keen observer of why  atypical management …

MM007: The Fine Art of Inspiring Others

October 25th, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, bestselling author, and a sought-after corporate speaker. Erik’s on-stage painting and performance seamlessly becomes a …

TLP069: How A Navy SEAL Became a Rear Admiral

October 18th, 2017


Rear Admiral Kerry Metz (USN, Ret.) started his career as a Navy SEAL, and eventually served as the first commander of Special Operations Command North. In this discussion, Kerry talked about career success, career …

TLP068: Data Tells Us Who Really We Are

October 11th, 2017


Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is a quantitative data scientist and the author of Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are. In this discussion, Seth explains how philosophy …

TLP067: Pacesetting - Stretching without Breaking

October 4th, 2017


S. Yvonne Scott is the Chief Information Officer of Crowe Horwath, LLP. In this discussion, Yvonne shares her thoughts on how leaders can let their team members shine by providing opportunities for others to grow and …

TLP066: Kindness Fueled This Leader’s Incredible Journey Around the World

September 27th, 2017


Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, speaker, philanthropist and has a series streaming on Netflix called, the Kindness Diaries. He discusses his metamorphosis from an extremely shy person to a fearless world …

TLP065: A Maestro’s Secret for a High Performing Team

September 20th, 2017


Brett Mitchell is the Music Director of the Colorado Symphony. He discusses leadership and teamwork, and how the best orchestras don’t just play with

TLP064: Hiring Business Athletes Is a Game Changer

September 13th, 2017


Rick Nelson is a leader, and as the CEO of Direct Technology, his team went from 12 people in 2006 to over 650 employees today. Rick shares how his …

TLP063: Rudy’s Perspective On Supporters and Detractors

September 6th, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Rudy Ruettiger is a motivational speaker and author, and best known for being the subject of the movie, Rudy. Rudy …

TLP062: Transparency Starts at the Top

August 30th, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Bo Burlingham is the author of Small Giants: Companies that Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, and co-authored with Jack Stack, The Great Game of Business, on open-book management.  Bo …

TLP061: The 6 Observations Leaders Make

August 23rd, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Jim Gilmore, best-selling author and co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP, discusses his experiences, books, and the importance of mastering the various modes of observation to innovate …

TLP060: Want to Know What A “Best Boss” Knows?

August 16th, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Tim Cole, Founder, author of The Compass Solution, talks about his 37-year career in one company as a pharmaceutical …

TLP059: Do Titles Matter?

August 9th, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Lessons from a 20-year Microsoft Executive

Sherlaender “Lani” Phillips is a 20 year executive at Microsoft, and she …

TLP058: Your Brand - Protect it Before You Have to Repair It!

August 2nd, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Lida Citroën, international reputation management and branding specialist, and CEO of LIDA360, shares her expertise on repairing reputations, and what to include and exclude from your …

TLP057: We All Carry Blinders

July 26th, 2017


Nina Simons, co-founder of Bioneers and director of Everywoman’s Leadership program, talks about her passion for leadership and the power of …

TPL056: The Rhythms of Leadership

July 19th, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Pilar Gerasimo, journalist, social explorer, podcaster and self-proclaimed healthy deviant, talks about the leadership …

TLP055: Playing it safe? You’re going to get crushed like a ripe August tomato!

July 12th, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Kyle Lamb, President of Viking Tactics, talks about military and business leadership behaviors — what works and what doesn’t — with entertaining stories along the way. His authentic …

TLP054: Create the Climate for a Leader Development Culture

July 5th, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Retired Lieutenant General Frank Kearney works with the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point. In this discussion, he covers his military and post-military career in leadership …

TLP053: Special Forces Resourcefulness Parallels the Spirit of American Entrepreneurism

June 28th, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Jim Hake is Founder and CEO of Spirit of America. Jim founded Spirit of America after the events of 9/11. The Spirit of America provides privately-funded humanitarian, economic, and …

TLP052: The world wasn’t changed by people who never struggled...

June 21st, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Susan Barton is the Founder and CEO of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia. Susan shares the story of her inspiration to …

TLP051: Leadership is Hard Because Character is Hard

June 14th, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Gus Lee, bestselling author, and expert on leadership and courage, presents a mini course for developing leadership. He says it starts with moral character and courage, and builds up …

TLP050: Why “Your Why” Demands an Entrepreneurial Mindset

June 7th, 2017


Howard A. Tullman, CEO of 1871,share his advice and wisdom from his years as an entrepreneur, academic, speaker, columnist, futurist and community …

TLP049: The Future-Proof Workplace vs. The Broken Toxic Workplace

May 31st, 2017


Dr. Linda Sharkey and Morag Barrett, co-authors of The Future-Proof Workplace, share their views on how the industrial revolution left us with the …

TLP048: Trust and The Tribal Origins of Leadership

May 24th, 2017


Scott Mann, storyteller, rooftop leader, military expert, and author, shares his experiences and research into the tribal origins of leadership. He tells of desert villages fighting terror, and C-suites dealing with …

TLP047: Insights on How Individual Self-Awareness Affects Team Performance

May 17th, 2017


Dr. Tasha Eurich shares her experiences as an organizational psychologist, researcher, coach, and New York Times bestselling author along with her …

TLP046: Sebastian Junger on Proximity Pressure for Team Performance

May 10th, 2017


Sebastian Junger’s insights on leadership and teamwork within a community - and civilization at large - are remarkable.  His broad range of …

TLP045: Why Leaders Are In The Business of Energy - Susan Morrice, Chairperson, Belize Natural Energy

May 3rd, 2017


Susan Morrice, a geologist, explorer, chief executive, and global visionary, shares how to tap into energy you didn’t know you had, and how that can …

TLP044: A Super Bowl Champion Talks Locker Room Leadership

April 26th, 2017


Ryan Mundy, eight-year veteran of the National Football League, Super Bowl champion, and angel investor at Techlete Ventures, discusses leadership in football from his father’s coaching in Pop Warner, through his high …

TLP043: A PEP Talk (Passion, Ethics Purpose) with John Kelley, CEO of CereScan

April 19th, 2017


John Kelley, Chair and CEO of CereScan discusses his early career, and how the Xerox sales and leadership training  prepared him for a lifetime of leadership growth and challenges. He discusses turnarounds, startups, …

TLP042: Dinner Party with The Leadership Podcast - Can Autonomy Selflessness Coexist?

April 12th, 2017


Jan, Jim, and their guests discuss the importance of trust for teams, how to build it, and what roles vulnerability and shared experiences play in …

TLP041: Quiet Doesn’t Mean Silent - Jen Paquette

April 5th, 2017


Jen Paquette, Executive Director of the Green Beret Foundation, discusses how her husband’s injury changed her mission, and how she leveraged her business experience to lead a dynamic non-profit organization.  Jen …

TLP040: Forget Command and Control

March 29th, 2017


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Tommy Spaulding - the author of “Heart-Led Leader.” The conversation explores themes on being …

TLP039: Humanizing Our Workplaces

March 22nd, 2017


Summary & Ideas for Action

Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Liz Ryan - the CEO and founder of Human Workplace. According to …

TLP038: Embers in the Darkness: Pressure Testing Your Business

March 15th, 2017


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Chris Paton (2 weeks before he had a brain tumor removed - see notes below which are published …

TLP037: The Curiosity Muscle

March 8th, 2017


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Becki Saltzman. Becki is a curiosity expert and an applied-curiosity trainer and consultant. In …

TLP036: Power and Influence Don’t Come from a Title

March 1st, 2017


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Steffan Tubbs. Steffan is best known in Colorado as the co-host of Colorado’s Morning News on …

TLPMM004: Go Fast, Go Alone - Go Far, Go Together

February 22nd, 2017


Heroic Aspirations & Team Commitment – A Profound Disconnect?

Summary & Ideas for Action

On this Mastermind episode, co-hosts Jim Vaselopulos …

TLP035: Leadership and Selling - The Product is You

February 15th, 2017


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Greg Adams and Blake Miles. Greg was a Special Forces officer, and is now the Co-founder and …

TLP034: Reframing Your Life Story Can Make You A Better Leader

February 8th, 2017


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Lana Holmes. Lana served as a proof-of-concept CEO for 6 companies, and an investor/advisor to …

TLP033: What An Ivy League Degree Can’t Teach You

February 1st, 2017


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Josh Spodek, an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach, workshop leader for Columbia …

TLP032: The Profound Disconnect Between Bosses and Employees

January 25th, 2017


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Mary Kelly, CEO at Productive Leaders.  They speak with Mary about the challenges of leadership …

TLP031: Beer, Fear, and Relentless Drive

January 18th, 2017


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview John Brumer, Jason Ginos, and Micah Niebauer, founders of Southern Pines Brewing. The three …

TLP030: Butter, Business Grit!

January 11th, 2017


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Justin Gold, the Founder of Justin’s Natural Foods Company, which produces organic and natural …

TLP029: DECIDE: Applying the Right Efforts for the Right Priorities

January 4th, 2017


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Jim Palmer, a marketing and business-building expert, and in-demand coach. The author of five …

TLP028: Manipulating Time to Improve Flow

December 28th, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview John Coyle, Founder and CEO of The Art of Really Living. John is one of the world’s leading …

TLP027: Positivity Performance

December 21st, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Jim Thompson, Founder and CEO of the Positive Coaching Alliance. Jim is focused on how to get …

TLP026: Humor at work - really?

December 14th, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Scott Friedman. Scott is an internationally sought-after professional speaker and author. As a …

TLP025: Never Fly Solo — Why You Need a Wingman

December 7th, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Rob “Waldo” Waldman, professional wingman and leadership expert. Waldo is his call sign from …

TLPMM003 —Selflessness Positivity on a Patagonian Glacier

November 30th, 2016


On this Mastermind episode, co-hosts Jim Vaselopulos and Jan Rutherford talk about their Crucible expedition in Patagonia. Self-Reliant Leadership …

TLP024: Why Culture Drives Profit

November 23rd, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Paul Spiegelman, Chief Culture Officer of Stericycle, a NASDAQ listed global services …

TLP023: Unlocking the True Potential of Your Team

November 16th, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Michael Simpson, Co-Founder and CEO of Pairin. Michael's passion for helping people reach their …

TLPMM002 — Part 1: General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.) On Defining Yourself as a Leader

November 9th, 2016


On this Mastermind episode, part 1, co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal, former …

TLP022: Harness Time and Engage Your Employees for Maximum Impact

November 2nd, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Kevin Kruse, a keynote speaker, leadership expert, entrepreneur, NYT bestselling author of six …

TLP021: Enlisted Sailor to Navy Mustang - Leader Always

October 26th, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Shawn Trisler, Senior Principal Operations Analyst at General Dynamics Information …

TLP019: If You’re Not Making Mistakes, You're Not Pulling Hard Enough

October 19th, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Jacqueline Molnar, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at Western Union. …

TLP020: The Leader’s Recipe for the Emotional Cocktail

October 12th, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Dr. Christophe Morin, CEO and Chief Pain Officer at SalesBrain. With over 30 years of …

TLP018: Confidence, Humility, Humor Corporate Culture

October 5th, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Colleen Abdoulah, former Chair and CEO of WOW! Colleen, who was the only female CEO at a …

TLP017: Leadership Lessons from Sarajevo to Timbuktu

September 28th, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Schmitt, as he transitions from special operations leadership to …

TLP016: Leadership and the Customer Experience

September 21st, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Bruce Temkin, Customer Experience Transformist and Managing Partner of Temkin Group. Bruce is …

TLP015: GORUCK Your Way to Leadership

September 14th, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Jason McCarthy, Founder and CEO of GORUCK, a company that makes rucksacks (also known as …

TLP014: Vision, Values, and Humor at the Top

September 7th, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos interview Scott Page, Chief Executive Officer of Colorado Business Bank and Arizona Business Bank, on his …

TLP-MM01: The Leadership Podcast – Mastermind Episode 1 The Elusive ROI of Leadership Training

September 4th, 2016


We’re giving this episode out to the world at large today as an example of future Mastermind episodes.  In the future, only those who subscribe to our email list will get access to the mastermind episodes… so please …

TLP013: Patagonia Crucible -Recipe for Audacious Teams?

August 31st, 2016


Co-hosts Jan Rutherford and Jim Vaselopulos, discuss their upcoming expedition – the Crucible in Patagonia, Argentina.  They explore the project’s …

TLP012: Business Should Create Beauty, Prosperity and Fulfillment

August 24th, 2016


Thea Polancic is a passionate advocate for the power of business as a force for good in the world. She is the Founder and Chair of the Chicago …

TLP011: Veterans Adapt to Lead as Entrepreneurs

August 17th, 2016


Todd is the CEO and Founder of Bunker Labs, a national entrepreneurship organization dedicated to helping military veterans start and grow businesses.  Announced in June 2014 at 1871, Chicago’s Tech Entrepreneurship …

TLP010: Leadership and Followership at all Levels

August 10th, 2016


Christian Anschuetz inspires the unconventional with a unique mix of strategic vision, adventurous spirit, bold action, and keen sense for calculated …

TLP009: Comfort, Fear and High-Performance Teams

August 3rd, 2016


For most people, stepping out of their comfort zone requires more risk than they are willing to take. In Scott Kinder’s book, The Hill, he points out that the first step in overcoming fear is to identify it as fear, …

TLP008: Genuine Trust is the Foundation of Team Red, White and Blue

July 27th, 2016


As the Executive Director for the non-profit startup, Team Red, White and Blue (RWB), Blayne Smith feels a deep sense of purpose and believes he is making the world a better place. His goal is to bring veterans out of …

TLP007: A Team Approach to Mending Our Nation’s Healthcare Crisis with Mike Biselli

July 20th, 2016



While a Board Member of Prime Health and a Senior Advisor to 10.10.10, health-tech entrepreneur Mike Biselli witnessed firsthand the tremendous …

TLP006: Get to Know the Hosts of The Leadership Podcast

July 13th, 2016


On this 6th episode of the Leadership Podcast, your hosts Jim Vaselopulos and Jan Rutherford will be sharing the how, what and why behind this …

TLP005: Col. (Ret.) Jill Morgenthaler - Trailblazing Leadership, Courage Staring Down Saddam Hussein

July 5th, 2016


Colonel Jill Morgenthaler spoke to her experience trailblazing as one of the first women in the direct military chain of command. She outlined her …

TLP004: Joe Pine - Visionary Leadership Instilling Purpose

June 27th, 2016


Joe demonstrated how leaders, especially thought leaders, have a voracious appetite for information. The conversation addressed how leaders have to manage today and tomorrow; and that leaders have a way of noticing what …

TLP003: Mike Figliuolo - A Thought Leader on Thought Leaders

June 15th, 2016


Mike used the power of story to cover a key leadership areas in an informative interview. He spoke emphatically about the measure of a leader is the ability to attract talent. He also spoke about the need to invest in …

TLP002: Tom Morris - True Leadership, A New Philosophy of Excellence

June 15th, 2016


Tom asks us to take a break and think – and know yourself. He views philosophy as a mirror to understand one’s true values and beliefs. Being self-reflective is not to slow you down, but make you better. He also said …

TLP001: Preston Pysh - What Can You Learn About Leadership from Billionaires?

June 15th, 2016


Preston touched on a number of leadership areas in this high-energy interview. For example, the need to stay relevant, and leverage technology as a …

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