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

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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Jul 5, 2016

Being a leader who leads from the front lines is an important way to lead. In season 3 episode 1, we are joined by Steve Richard.  Steve is a founder of and a thought leader in sales performance improvement space. His mission and life's work is helping sales people and sales organizations be wildly successful. At ExecVision he leads the sales and marketing teams and is passionate about the development of his team and the teams of their clients.  

We covered a ton of ground in our discussion including:

- What we do today will make us be better tomorrow

- Why Culture is what happens when you aren’t there

- What’s the best interview question to ask is

- Who has the confidence and guts to do it

- The keys to entrepreneurship

- The discipline it takes to lead

- What we can learn from Stonewall Jackson

- Why it’s important leaders lead from the front

- Leadership lesson from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll

- What is the definition of micromanagement

- The keys to getting people to move in the same direction

- Why it’s important to have a model of what good looks like

- What all young professionals should look for in their first job

- Why Life is a better teacher than any leader

- Why it’s important to look for the right job for you

- What three leaders he would have dinner with

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Jun 28, 2016

In Season 2 Episode 8 we are joined by Kristina Evans, the Head of Recruiting & Social Media Strategist for Exactor, a high-tech company based in the greater Philadelphia area that offers a comprehensive sales tax software suite for businesses.  Kristina is highly passionate about driving proactive, creative, and outside [of] the box recruitment strategies.  Kristina is also a Freelance Contributor for, and a LinkedIn Publisher.  Outside of working and writing, you can find her spending time with family or on the mat training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

We covered a ton of ground in our discussion including:

- What Recruiters Really Look for in Professionals

- What is Culture

- Why Culture Matters

- Why Team Building is Critical to Culture

- Why Most Companies Get Culture Wrong

- What Professionals Can to Do Stand Out From the Crowd

- Why she Refuses to Use Application Tracking Systems

- Why a Resume is Just a Ticket to get a Conversation Not the Key

- No Matter What you are Doing Don’t Lose your Sense of Human Touch

- What Leadership Really Means

- Why it’s Important to Have a Digital Footprint Today

- How to go About Creating a Digital Footprint

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Jun 21, 2016

Doug Sandler(@djdoug) is a professional speaker, trainer, blogger, and podcaster. Doug has over 30 years of business experience as an entrepreneur, business owner, manager and staff member. His book, Nice Guys Finish First is a #1 ranked Amazon Best Seller.  He specializes in making connections, building relationships and strengthening bonds both inside and outside organizations. His speaking and consulting business helps organizations improve relationships and win business through his time tested sales, service and relationship building system. He is also a co-host of the Nice Guys on Business Podcast.

This was one of my favorite podcasts to date.  We covered so much ground in our discussion, including:

- Why taking a long-term approach in business is the only way

- Why building relationships in the professional world will always pay off

- What the best professional relationships are made up of

- How to get yourself in the mindset of building good relationships

- How to be a nice guy in business

- How to engage with direct communication

- Why making the long-term investment is always worth it

- How to get the attention of Seth Godin

- Why it’s important that professionals stay in the human category

- Why every person is approachable

- The importance of balance in your life

- Why being inquisitive is so powerful today

- What good leadership looks like in an organization

- Why it's important to put yourself in more positions to fail

 -What are the daily activities professionals can do to be more successful

- Why there isn’t anything positive coming from TV

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Jun 14, 2016

In season 2 episode 6 we are joined by Joshua Davidson @dasjoshua, the CEO of Chopdawg.  An award winning application development company helping entrepreneurs and organizations make great ideas become a reality. He consistently shares value to his 650k+ followers on Twitter and Snapchat on topics such as startups, technology development and productivity improvement. 

At 23 he is the youngest professional to be on the show but there is much to learn from Joshua.  We covered a ton of ground in the discussion including:

- Why he started a company at 16

- What large organizations can learn from a young workforce

- How to work more efficiently and improve your work life balance

- Why they work remotely 

- Why Slack has changed their business

- Why he doesn't have mentors

- How to stay patient in building a business

- What's hard about leading a small team

- How to get teams to buy into your vision

- Why this era is a modern day gold rush

- What advice do you give young professional who aspires to big things

- How customer service should be the key to all teams

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Jun 7, 2016

In Season 2 Episode 5, we are joined by LinkedIn expert Lindsey Boggs of  She trains and consults world class organizations such as SAP, LinkedIn, Oracle, on how to leverage social selling to win more business.  She was highlighted at LinkedIn Connect in 2015 and named one of the "World's Top Sales Professionals."

She was amazing on the show and there is so much any professional can learn from her career.  We covered a ton of ground including:

- Why finding mentors is so important

- How to find mentors 

- Why you have to find mentors

- Why you are only in control of your own destiny

- Why you should have mentors outside of your organization

- When you Take Risks the Sky is the Limit

- How to "Act as If"

- How to leverage LinkedIn to increase professional opportunities

- How to set up your LinkedIn Profile

- What famous leaders she would have dinner with

- And much more.

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May 31, 2016

In Season 2 Episode 4, we are joined by Dr. Jessica Kriegel, a generational differences expert and author of Unfairly Labeled. She works as an Organizational Development Consultant for Oracle Corporation, where she acts as an adviser and strategist in matters of organizational development, change management and talent development.

In 2013 she completed her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Management with a specialization in Human Resources Development from Drexel University. She was awarded the Association of Talent Development "One to Watch" Award in 2015 and Training Magazine’s “Emerging Training Leaders Award” One to Watch in 2014.

We covered a ton of ground in our discussiong including:

- Why generational differences in the workplace are nothing new

- What surprised her most about her research

- Why being proactive is important in both small and large businesses.

- How to handle the fear of failure you take chances

- What bad things happen when organizations stereotype millennials

- How important taking risk is even in corporate world

- Why chasing achievement isn’t enough

- What specific things can young professionals do to stand out

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May 24, 2016

In Season 2 Episode 3, we are joined by Lee Caraher, the CEO of Double Forte which she founded in 2002 to work with great people, doing great work, for good companies. She is the author of Millennials and Management, the essential guide to making it work at work. She has a reputation for building cohesive, high producing teams who get a lot done well and have fun at the same time.

We cover a lot of ground including

 -How to discover what you want to do

- Why ‘Talking Straight’ is so important in business

- Why signing paychecks is a wake up call as a leader

- The importance of being able to make decisions

- You can only lead people that want to follow you

- Most important thing leaders look for in young professionals

- Why so many young professionals are disappointed with their careers

- What is so different about millennials in the work place

- Please and thank you is everything

- Why having a mentor is ridiculously important

- Hold your tongue for a few weeks to make an impact

- Your job matters whether you know it or not

- The importance of one-on-one with the CEO

- The books that stand out to Lee (Primal Leadership, Leadership and the Art of Conversation, and Everything Pat Lencione writes)

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May 17, 2016

In Season 2 Episode 2 I interview Greg Hagin, a Senior Vice President & Managing Director with CCS, the largest fundraising management and consulting firm to non-profit organizations in the world. He provides leadership, strategic thinking and philanthropic advice to the non-profit sector and social impact space. Greg teaches "Raising Philanthropic Capital", an innovative fundraising course, at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an accomplished instructor and facilitator. He earned a BA from Boston College and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The podcast is packed with knowledge and best practice especially towards the end so stay engaged.  We cover a lot of ground in our discussion including:

- Why you  should seek to get out of your comfort zone

- How to actualize your own potential

- Why being prepared is a massive key to success

- Why different leadership styles is ok

- How diversity of thought and style need

- Be aware of how much you are listening vs. speaking

- Why continual learning is a key to life

- Should you go back and get your MBA

- Secrets to making great hires and standing out as a potential hire

- The challenges with work life balance

- What Stew Friedman teaches about Total Leadership

- Overview of The 4 Leadership quadrants

- How to do the small things to enhance yourself

As always this podcast is brought to yo by  An online learning company focused on developing the modern professional.  Want to get to a leadership position faster check out their Getting Leadership Ready Program at



May 10, 2016

Welcome to Season 2 Episode 1 with Cofounder of Skookum Bryan Delaney. He and co-founder James Hartsell started Skookum in 2005 because they noticed a massive disconnect between the problems that businesses need to solve, and the unintuitive, boilerplate technology they're often forced to use to solve them. Bryan believes that the creative application of technology can help businesses create more revenue and realize new efficiencies. So far, Skookum has helped companies like Lowe’s, Coca Cola Bottling, FedEx, and Honda hit those goals, and they've built an awesome team and culture in Charlotte in the process.

We covered a ton of ground in our discussion including:

- What the first employees had to have

- Why core values come from company leaders

- Why it's important for leaders not to settle

- The keys to partnership

- What leadership is all about

- Why its so important to park your ego at the door

- How to hold people accountable through teamwork

- Why he believes others should grow past their leaders

- How to be a great parent through deliberate actions

And much more.

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May 3, 2016

David Hughes (@dhughessales) has 30+ yearsof experience in Sales and Executive Management specializing inturning around under-performing teams and generating results byusing proven strategies. He has led teams at great companies likeSAS, Purolator and now is the Executive VP of Sales and Marketingat Longview Solutions.

We cover a lot of ground in our discussion including:

- What is a Waterloo?

- Why it’s important to allow people to fail

- Why it’s important to Leap and Grow Wings on the Way Down

- How to know when to take risk

- Why everyone needs a mentor

- Why it’s more about wisdom not knowledge

- The 3 secrets to developing yourself

- Why it’s important to “go off to the mountain”

- What great sales people do?

- What learning really is all about?

- Why it’s important to focus on things outside of results

- What the most important virtue in sales is

- A great book- “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen Covey Jr.

- Why Millennials are the smartest generation of any generation before them

- What young professionals can do to build trust?

- How to take ownership of your career

- Why it's important to prove your good at your current roleprior to looking for a promotion

- Why you should never stop being provocative

- Zig when others are Zagging

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Apr 26, 2016

Roderic Yapp ( is the founder of Leadership Forces - a specialist leadership development organization that supports fast growing companies in London, UK.  

He is a former Royal Marines Commando Officer who has served on operations across the world. Highlights include leading Marines in Afghanistan in 2007 and evacuating civilians from Libya during the Arab Spring in 2011. A specialist in boarding operations, he completed two counter-piracy tours off the coast of Somalia - which included leading the recapture of the MV Montecristo from pirate control.

He spent two years coaching leaders in the nuclear industry giving him a wealth of experience in sectors where leaders simply cannot afford to underperform. He now works with private equity/venture capital backed companies that are growing rapidly - helping them to develop high performance cultures by developing their leaders.

We covered a ton of ground in our discussion, some highlights include:

- Why it’s important to figure out what your passionate about in order improve your current situation

- How to be more productive everyday

- Why it’s important to create a plan for yourself not for someone else

- How meditation helps us

- Is meditation and prayer the same?

- How meditation is much like leadership

- What is a Performance Center (centre if your in England)?

- How to create win-win's

- Why having a vision is so important

- Where is your business going to be in 5 years?

- Why self-development is so important

- Why it’s important to remove your phone from your bedroom at night?

- How to stop wasting your precious time

- How to stand out as a potential leader

- Why building your personal brand is so important

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Apr 19, 2016

Today's guest is none other than Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. For those of you who aren’t big football fans, McDermott is in his fifth season as the Panthers' defensive coordinator, leading a unit that has developed into one of the best in the NFL. Under McDermott's guidance, Carolina is one of just three teams in the NFL to rank in the top 10 in defense each of the last three seasons. He works with and helps develop players such as Luke Keuchly, Thomas Davis, and Josh Norman.   He helped the Panthers reach Super Bowl 50 in which the team took a heartbreaking defeat to the Payton Manning led Denver Broncos.

We cover a ton of ground in this episode ranging how he looks at leadership, whats the most important thing a leader should care about, what makes up great team, and motivational quotes the panthers use to keep energy and focus through the season.

Additional content includes:

- Why building relationship is an enormous key to leadership

- What’s the difference in coach and leader?

- Whats the difference in leading millennials vs other generations

- How to build relationships with young professionals?

- What can professionals do to build trust with their leaders

- Results driven business require trust

- What makes up a great team

- How to develop a leadership pipeline

- What losing the Super Bowl taught him

- How you can focus on the process not the results

- What Playoff Caliber and Defend Your Dirt Mean

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Apr 12, 2016

Ted Williams (@ted_williams) is the cofounder of the Charlotte Agenda. His story is a fascinating one and his out of the box ideas will help a young professional to a seasoned CEO.  

We covered a lot of topics in our conversation including: 

- Is the millennial turnover problem a good or bad thing?

- Why the return on investing in people will always be beneficial

- Why it’s important to have people smarter than you around

- Why looking at the downside of risk is important 

- What companies are looking for in potential employees

- Is it possible to add value regardless of what company you work for?

-Why everyone needs to be able to sell

-His fascination with why companies keep doing things that don't work

-What the big keys are to leadership

-Why having goals is so important

-Why execution is #1 

-How to increase your learning cycles

-The things young professionals can’t screw up

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Apr 5, 2016

Asterios Satrazemi is the CEO of BlueLine Rental ( The fastest, safest and most reliable provider of construction rental equipment. BlueLine operates a network of 140 branches across North America with the support of over 2,000 employees. Asterios has a depth of industry experience, most recently serving as President of Aggreko Rental Solutions, with operations in North America, United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia Pacific operating across 19 countries, with more than 2,500 employees, 130 branches, and more than $900 million in revenue. Before joining Aggreko in 2008, Asterios worked for 10 years at United Rentals in a range of business development and senior management positions.

In the conversation we cover a lot of ground, including:

- Why you can't intellectualize experience

- Think about the individual first regardless of role

- How to materialize your full capabilities

- Why it's important to focus on the process not the results 

- The key to your image is creating relationships

- Questions to ask to build a personal connection to be looked at in a positive way

- Why the little things matter a great deal

- How to listen and retain more effectively

- The risk of not being present is true of any generation

- Why mentoring has to come naturally

- How to handle an adversary as a leader

- How you know when people are onboard with your leadership vision

- The three parts of executive leadership

- How to stand out as a young professional

- Are you in an environment where innovation and brainstorming is encouraged?

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Mar 29, 2016

Scott Cornwell ( is a board certified executive coach. He has been a successful sales and human resources executive at companies of all sizes. His latest work in leadership development at Bank of America. He brings a unique background to his executive coaching work at the Center of Intentional Leadership (Center of Intentional Leadership) and a group he cofounded called “the foundation” which is provides the foundational building blocks for life, career, relationships and faith for men in Charlotte, NC.

In the conversation we cover a lot of ground, including:

- What Leadership really is

- What is the Trust Stool?

- Why it's so important to be aware an present in your career

- What is the most important leadership competency 

- The elusive myth of the executive presence

- How you be more present everyday

- Why the little things matter a great deal

- How to be culturally aware

- Why soft skills are probably the most important skills in career advancement

- Why there is no perfect culture

 -How professionals can help shape culture

- Find self help development items that help shift your perspectives

- Why the leadership 360 assessment of yourself is critical

- Take leaps of faith in finding mentors

- Why mentors are seeking two way value 

- The keys to be authentic

- Focus on being effective vs being efficient in your career

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Mar 22, 2016

This episode I sit down with Rachel Sullivan. She is the Director of Global Sales Training at Zeltiq best known as CoolSculpting. The company whose revolutionary technology freezes fat cells and makes us trimmer. She and has spent the majority of her professional career developing relationships, evaluating talent, and developing them into the best version they can be. Engaging, authentic, and pretty wouldn’t due her justice. If that isn’t enough, she moonlights as a recording artist in New York City and has released multiple albums.  Follow her on twitter @ladyboss.

In this conversation we cover a lot of ground, including:

  • Why networking is the most important thing you can do as a professional
  • Make things make sense you in order to really know it
  • Educating yourself online should be a standard
  • The concept of 'Managing Up' and why it needs be cultivated
  • Why being proactive is a critical way to move up in an organization
  • Why being a little political in an organization is never a bad move
  • The reason why setting aside your emotions in professional settings
  • It's ok to get angry with things at work, but you have to do it offline
  • Leaders not only need to see something today but in contrast for what it could be
  • Why Leadership is all about Sales
  • Why business and leadership is personal
  • Extreme behaviors can provide opportunities
  • Motivation and coachability have to be demonstrated in the workplace
  • No one is really looking at you when you are a young professional
  • How to apply Wedding Crashers to business
  • How to attract positive attention to you in business
  • Act first and ask for forgiveness later (for the most part)
  • How Music connects the left and right brain

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Mar 16, 2016

This episode I sit down with Brian Parsley (@brianparsley A world renowned public speaker who travels the world motivating professionals to get more out of themselves.  

In this conversation we cover a lot of ground, including:

  • Brian's stellar high school GPA of 1.33
  • Why we should focus on our strengths instead of our weaknesses
  • Why we all need accountability partners, not named Serena Williams
  • How do you go about finding an accountability partner
  • Why our psyche matters for motivation
  • Why reading is like smoking cigars and sipping scotch it looks sexy but it just doesn't taste good to Brian
  • Why understanding your learning style is critically to improving to developing yourself
  • How the Dalai Lama of Uber opened his eyes to leaders being everywhere
  • All you have to do is do the little things to stand out as a leader
  • Who's photo do you look at first in the group picture?
  • Why communication is so important in leadership
  • We aren't always going to agree but thats ok
  • Brian does his best Donald Trump impersonation 

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Mar 16, 2016

In this episode I sit down with expert consultant Meredith Wailes.  Meredith is the President at Bloom Leadership ( and Partner at RJP a best in class recruiting firm.  She brings her energy, insight, and a wealth of experience to help develop executive leaders.

In this conversation we cover a lot of ground, including:

  • Companies use traditional methods to promote and why its wrong
  • Most important leadership traits to develop: goal oriented, drive, social skills, and emotional intelligence
  • Why it's important to get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Make the choice to be intentional about finding opportunities to learn
  • Go out of your way to build professional relationships
  • Her favorite way to get away and relax
  • How to be proactive to start your day instead of reactive
  • The best meditation app

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Mar 16, 2016

In this episode I sit down with Jurgen Heyman @jurhey. Jurgen has a story worth listening too.  He is an executive vice president at Sales Performance International, a global sales performance improvement company  (  

In our conversation we cover:

  • The importance of being proactive in order to find new business opportunities and roles in organizations
  • No one wants to be told what to do, people will notice what you do more than what you say
  • How important self awareness is in order to make professional progress
  • Why finding a mentor or mentors is so important in business
  • How culture around the world changes leadership
  • You can't really manage people, you can impact and influence people
  • And much more

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