In this episode of The Transformative Leader Podcast, I’m speaking with internationally recognized business success coach and author, David Neagle. A former high school dropout, David survived a harrowing near-death experience as a minimum wage forklift driver and came out on the other side completely liberated. Right then, he decided that he was going to begin the journey to transform his life, and transform it he did!
In this episode of The Transformative Leader Podcast, I’m excited to be bringing you a powerful discussion with transformational coach, speaker, and author, Maki Moussavi. Maki is a fellow corporate career veteran, who, like many high achievers, grew up with messages of working hard, chasing the dream, getting degrees, and making money. However, after achieving the “success” she had always wanted, she still felt stuck, restless, and unsatisfied. Soon, she realized that “success“ wasn’t all it was cracked up to be after all. This experience led to Maki turning her attention to an often neglected area in business and in life: what it takes to find fulfillment no matter where you are. Now, Maki focuses on guiding fellow high achievers and executives through the journey of personal development, coaching them through the deep work of transforming their mindset to achieve fulfillment in addition to their success. This was a great conversation with a fascinating guest about a very important and powerful topic, so this is another episode that listeners can’t afford to miss!
I have been abundantly blessed with the success I have enjoyed during my 31-year corporate career and now as an independent consultant. Looking back, I can clearly see that much of my personal growth as a leader came about while I grappled with the challenges of the turnaround situations I was deployed to. There were at least 7 of those that I can recall, and they all served a purpose in some form of fashion. Although it was painful at the time, I can’t help but credit the most rapid and powerful growth spurts in my career to behaviors I saw from bad bosses that I was clear I should never emulate.
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a conference where a behavioral scientist was making a case for the fact that having information does not necessarily lead to behavior change. As I like to put it: it isn’t knowing what to do, but doing what you know, that makes all the difference. While we all accept that we have to know better before we can do better, many of us confuse the former for the latter, and this is where we end up getting held back.
In this episode, my guest, Steve H. Lawton, shares his compelling story of how his positive attitude literally saved his life, as well as presents the lessons he has put together in the form of a set of principles and practical tools that can easily be applied in our personal and professional pursuits everyday.
After a life-threatening ski accident, doctors weren't sure Steve H. Lawton would survive. But because of his attitude, his helmet, a message from God and a rubber chicken named Henrietta, Lawton not only survived, but recovered nearly completely and lives to share his tale and the wonders of positivity. In his new book, Head First! A Crash Course in Positivity (Fedd Books, September 2016), Lawton shares his inspirational story, as well as eight practical positivity principles he took away from the tragedy, and instructions on how to implement them in your life immediately.