Follow My Lead: Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow with John Eades

Every week on the Follow My Lead podcast, John Eades interviews exceptional leaders to extract their secrets and best practices to transfer knowledge to the leaders of tomorrow. The show focuses on helping modern professionals be better prepared to lead themselves and lead others. Popular topics include: Leadership, Management, and Motivation
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Apr 23, 2019

Talent is nothing more than effort in disguise

In season 20 episode 7 we are joined by Jason Forrest the CEO and Chief Culture Officer at FPG (Forrest Performance Group). He is a leading authority in culture change programs and an expert at creating high-performance, high-profit, and"Best Place to Work" sales cultures.

In the show we cover:

 - Why should everyone care about selling even if you aren’t a salesperson

- How you can start to get into a sales mindset

- Why mindset matters so much

- Performance = Knowledge - Leashes

- 4 questions that will change your life


Apr 16, 2019

“Having a difficult mission is so important for a leader”

In season 20 episode 6 we are joined by Rick Smith. He is the CEO of Axon which develops technology and weapons products for law enforcement and civilians.  He is also the author of a new book, "The End of Killing."

In the show, we cover so many important topics such as fighting when your back is up against the wall, how to evolve as a leader when you been with a company a long time, why leading at home is so important, how to define success, how the definition of success has changed and so much more. 

Apr 9, 2019

“We can either have comfort or growth but we can’t have both”

In season 20 episode 6 we are joined by Mike O'Connell.  He is a former professional football player who now changes hearts and minds with his ministry and speaking.  

In the show we cover:

- How to handle career changes

- How to find your career passion

- What to do if you don’t know what you love

- Why awareness is so important in life

- Why perseverance is required to be successful

- Why patience is a virtue

- How to keep the proper perspective

Apr 2, 2019

"If you are going to be a better leader it starts with you"

In season 20 episode 4, John Eades covers specific ideas and strategies to help you elevate the way you lead.  

In the show he covers:

- The modern definition of leadership

- Why your character matters

- How to be a more empathetic leader

- How power can crush you 

- Why you should reject the notion of titles

- How to leave your personal agenda behind

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Mar 26, 2019

“When you are doing something successful you can repeat things day after day.”

In season 20 episode 4, we are joined by Elvis Epps. He is the Principle at Lake Worth Community High School.  He was recognized by the Central Florida YMCA as an outstanding Black Achiever for the volunteer community service with families and youth in the Central Florida area. He has been the special guest speaker on Oprah and Friends XM radio programs. He has been a guest panelist at the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education in Washington, DC. He is the author of two books, "You Make the Difference: Educate, Motivate, Celebrate!" and "Teaching with Passion and Purpose."

In the show we covered:

- What do you want to be known for?

- How often you should think about the impact you are making on others

- How to Influence Other Leaders

- How to transfer character to others

- Why listening is so important in leadership

- What’s the best way to insert a process orientation thinking

- Why Integrity is so important in leadership

-How to eliminate negativity from your culture


Mar 12, 2019

“As I continue to be a student of the leadership, I have to continue to be real and lead with authenticity”

In season 20 episode 3, we are joined by Jay Shah.  He is the CEO of Personal Capital a company who gives its customers a whole new way to understand, manage, and grow their money.

In the show we cover:

- What is the difference between the CEO and COO

- How do you channel ambition to become CEO

- Why company mission and purpose are so important

- What two financial questions you should ask yourself

- Why it’s important to stay close to your employees

- How do you scale leadership across the organization

- How do you build a strategy?

- Why diversity and inclusion is so important today from a leadership perspective

- What’s the ROI of being a purpose-driven organization and culture driven?


Mar 5, 2019

“We all have courage inside of us, we just have to find it.  When we do that, we will unlock a version of us we can’t even imagine.”

In season 20 episode 2 we are joined by Dylan Slattery. He is a 2x cancer survivor, Podcast Host, Mental Health advocate, Performance Coach, and Mentor.

During our show we cover:

- Why denial hurts you so much

- Why excuses cause so many issues in your life

- What a cancer diagnosis feels like

- How to be more vulnerable with your people

- What you can learn from the footprint stories

- Why cancer can give you something to fight for

- Why you have to be willing to let people in your life

- Two Powerful questions to ask yourself

- What seeing death can help you in your life

- How do you want to be remembered?

Feb 26, 2019

“If the people around you aren't ok with what you are willing to sacrifice to be great, it won’t last long.”

In season 20 episode 1 we are joined by Don Yaeger. He is an 11-time author, spent 25 years at Sports Illustrated, and is an accomplished professional speaker.  You can learn more about his work and Journey to Greatness Course here.

In the show we cover:

- What Does Greatness Mean

- What most people aren’t willing to give up in order to be great

- What habit separates the greatest from the others

- What role does a leader play helping a team understand the sacrifice

- Why preparation is so important to success

- Great questions to ask to better understand your people

- Why mindset and visualization is so important for success

- How Serena Williams visualizes victory

- What’s the best way to get better at visualization a professional

- What does it mean for you to be great

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Feb 19, 2019

“It’s hard for a lot of managers to lower themselves in relation to the team.”

In season 19 episode 8 we are joined by Sam Walker. He is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and author of The Captain Class; which documented the greatest teams of all time and the captains behind them.  You can follow more of Sam's work and follow him on twitter @samwalkers.

During the show we cover:

- Why there such an intersection between business and sports

- How the Captain Class came to be

- Why Captain’s are so important

- Why communication is so important for leaders today

- Can anyone learn about the traits fo great captains

- What you can learn from Michael Jordan and Bill Cartwright

- How to think about the development of your team

Feb 12, 2019

“It’s a lot easier to come up with a great strategy when the mission is clear”

In season 19 episode 7, Sherri Kong interviews John Eades for a Ph.D. Project for Leadership Studies.  Sherri is a Certified Executive Coach specializing in helping leaders reach their professional goals as well as improve their team's ability to collaborate and generate innovative solutions.

In the show we cover:

- Why Mission is so important in leadership

- Why being nimble is good and bad

- How my team would describe me

- Why company values are so important

- How to define values

- What culture means

- What you can learn about Vision from Elon Musk



Feb 5, 2019

“If you are waiting around for your company to own your development, you are going to be disappointed because no one can own it for you.”

In season 19 episode 6 we are joined by Max Yoder.  He is the CEO of Lessonly and author of the new book "Do Better Work." In our conversation we cover:

- How Music and Leadership Intersect

What does "Do Better Work" mean?

- Why you should share before you are ready

- Why you must communicate early and often

- How to be patient with yourself

- How to highlight what’s working

- Why setting clear expectations is so important

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Jan 29, 2019

“How can you make someone else’s life better or easier today?”

In season 19 episode 5 we are joined by Jodi Glickman.  She is an author, speaker, and founder of  Are you curious how to stop searching for work you love?  You found the right place.

In the show we cover:

Why generosity so important?

How to take more initiative

How to leverage forward momentum?

Why it doesn’t get easier the older you get in your career

Why transparency is critical in today's work environment. 

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Jan 22, 2019

“If you want to be a better leader focus on what is the next thing you need to do be a better leader. It’s a quest, not a destination.”

In season 19 episode 4, we are joined by Andrew Davis a bestselling author and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker. You can follow him on Instagram @drewdavishere. 

In the conversation we cover:

  • Why you should be looking for the next career opportunity
  • Why you should tell your leader where you are trying to go
  • Why you shouldn’t use fear as a motivator
  • Why it’s important to connect to the emotional side of others
  • How to tell better stories to create an emotional connection
  • What has changed about marketing leader must know
  • How to think about leadership today
  • What is the difference between leading a team and being a soloprenuer

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Jan 15, 2019

“Worry less about your title and focus on who you are becoming as a person.”

In season 19 episode 3, we are joined by Jordan Montgomery.  He is a performance coach and keynote speaker and founder of the Montgomery Company.  

In the show we cover:

- How to discern career moves?

- Why is having a growth mindset so important?

- Why focus is so important

- What can you do to be more focused

- Why relationships matter so much in 2019

- How to find key relationships on your journey

- Why reading is such an important habit

- How to be unique and why it’s important

- How to live out your passion

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Jan 8, 2019

“Don’t treat the symptoms treat the fundamental cause of culture issues”

In season 19 episode 2, we are joined by Phil Burgess.  He is the Chief People Officer at C Space. Their journey from a toxic culture to an exceptional culture has been just that, a journey.  In this real life and revealing conversation, Phil shares what the team has done to improve culture and drive results.

- What causes a company to need a culture change

- Why employee engagement is so important

- Why business results change when you fix the culture

- Why culture change takes time

- What is the value of improving the culture

- How to get people on the culture change bus

- What can a company do to get the company to change

- Why transparency is a catalyst for culture change

- Why core values help drive culture

- How to lead culture with remote workers

- What to do if people don’t buy into the culture

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Jan 2, 2019

“Those leaders who truly embrace being a steward of other people's time are the most successful at leading meetings”

In season 19 episode 1 we are joined by Dr. Steven Rogelberg.  He is a Professor and Director of Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  He also authored the new book, The Surprising Science of Meetings.  

In the show we cover:

- Why do professionals hate meetings?

- Why you should change your meeting times

- Why you should think harder about your meeting times

- What’s the proper size of a meeting

- What is social loafing

- Should you have strategic or tactical meetings?

- Why you should invite the right people to meetings

- Why self-awareness is so important?

- Should you have walking meetings?

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Dec 18, 2018

“Coming up with excuses takes more energy than coming up with the solution”

In Season 18 episode 8 John Eades is joined by Farshad Asl.  He is a serial social entrepreneur, regional director at Bankers Life, founder of Top Leaders, Inc., Amazon best selling author and John Maxwell certified coach. 

In the conversation John and Farshad cover:

- What success really is?

- What's living intentionally?

- What's the rule of 5

- What is the no excuse mindset

- Why you should be the encouraging voice in someone else’s life

- Why you should focus on others

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Dec 11, 2018

"The whole point of feedback isn’t to make yourself feel good or to show your power as a leader it’s to help adjust behavior to improve future results"

In season 18 episode 7, John Eades closes out the versus series with a very important topic, what's better coaching or feedback?

In the show he covers:

  • What is coaching 
  • What is feedback
  • How are coaching and feedback different
  • When is the best time to use coaching
  • When is the best time to use feedback
  • Good coaching questions to ask
  • How to deliver feedback that works

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Dec 4, 2018

"Leaders absolutely make a difference whether someone is engaged versus satisfied at work."

In season 18 episode 6, John Eades continues the Versus series exploring the difference between Engagement and Satisfaction.  

In the show he covers:

- The definition of engagement

- The definition of satisfaction

- Why leaders should care 

- What leaders can do to increase engagement

- What makes men happy?

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Nov 27, 2018

"The primary mission of a leader is to raise people up around them both professionally and personally."

In season 18 episode 5 John is joined by Father Mike Schmitz.  He is a priest for the Diocese of Duluth, MN. He currently runs the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is also the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese. Known nationally for his inspiring homilies, videos, and podcasts. 

In our conversation we cover:

- What to do when willpower runs out

- Why the environment you create is so important

- How do you balance what you are called to do

- What's the primary mission of a leader

- Why we have to be aware of our seasons in life

- How to create a culture of excitement

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Nov 20, 2018

"There is a difference in grateful versus thankful and knowing this difference can make you more powerful in your communication with others."

In season 18 episode 4, John Eades continues the Versus series exploring the difference between Grateful and Thankful.  He also challenges you to come up with your own Thankfulness list.  

In the show he covers:

- The definition of grateful

- The definition of thankful

- Why know their differences can be powerful

- E + R = O

- Why you should come up with your own Thankful list

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Nov 13, 2018

"You were not meant to observe you were meant to participate"

In season 18 episode 3, John Eades starts a new series called Versus which explores various aspects of leadership when you choose one thing versus another.  This week he explores observing versus participating and 4 things you can do to be a better leader at work regardless of your role.  

In the show he also covers:

- The Leadership Compound Theory

- The PTS Method

- How to create better outcomes

- Why it's important you break down silos

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Nov 6, 2018

"Doing what is right is always right"

In season 18 episode 2, John Eades covers two types of communication and which one is more important as a leader.  

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In the show John covers:

- The difference between verbal and visual communication

- The definition of behavior

- A great example of a special Olympics teammate that modeled leadership

- Three types of communication styles

- Why it's important you allow yourself to be human

- Why you can't forget you will be tempted

- What you can do if your behavior is suffering




Oct 30, 2018

"You don’t need permission to lead, instead, you have the power to choose to lead"

In season 18 episode 1, John Eades covers the important topic of Permission in leadership.

In the show he covers:

  • The definition of leadership
  • What is permission and should you care
  • 5 Ways to pursue leadership
  • Why the corporate leadership system is broken

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Oct 16, 2018

“The culture is driven towards recognizing talent but in business, skills get you hired and character gets you fired.”

In season 17 episode 8 we are joined by Joel Freeman.  He is the CEO of the Freeman Institute, author, speaker, and leader.  In one powerful interview Freeman and Eades cover:

- What character is so important

- Why values are more caught than taught

- What is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to race

- Why communication is so important

- What responsibility do leaders have in bridging the race gap

- Why is the diversity of thought so important on team’s today?

- Why the act of commitment is so important

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