Follow My Lead: Lead Your Best with John Eades

John Eades transfers stories and best practices from today's leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. Popular topics include Leadership, Management, and Motivation.
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Dec 27, 2016

"What's your guiding star word for the year 2017." In season 6 episode 2 I take this episode solo to cover one of our most popular listener questions  at the end of the year.  Then we cover 10 lessons learned from the Follow My Lead Podcast in the year 2016.  They include:

  1. Best definitions of leadership by Peter Browning and Dave Redding
  2. The importance of being aware of our Leadership shadow by Dr. Will Sparks
  3. Your Reputation Travels with You Everywhere by Steve Starker
  4. Trust is the ultimate human currency by Bill McDermott
  5. Relationship are critical in leadership by Sean McDermott
  6. "What moves the needle" by Mac Lackey
  7. Success at work without success at home isn't success at all by Dale Partridge
  8. Be purposeful and present for breakthrough performance by Scott Cornwell
  9. Go off to the mountain by David Hughes

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Dec 20, 2016

“No matter what your role, be present in it. That way no matter what happens, even if you don’t get that promotion or become CEO you will have been happy.”  In season 6 Episode 1 we are joined by Peter Vanham.  He is the author of “Before I Was CEO” where he followed 20 CEO’s or high-level executives at Multi-National corporations on their professional journey to uncover commonalities in these top performers.  

Here are 3 Things You Can Do Early in your Career to Mimic CEO’s:

  1. Pace Your Career, It’s a Marathon
  2. Prioritized Your Personal Happiness
  3. Don’t Network, Nurture Existing Ties

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Dec 13, 2016

"We aren’t going to leave you behind, but we also aren’t going to leave you where we found you." In season 5 Episode 8, we are joined by F3 Founders Dave Redding and Tim Whitmire. They discuss how to effectively bring out the leader inside of you,  why we need people in our lives to hold us accountable, the 4 steps to leading, and a simple definitions of leadership and management.  

The 4 Steps to Leading:

  1. Have a unique vision
  2. Clearly Articulate that Vision
  3. Persuade people to move towards that vision
  4. Navigate the obstacles encountered on the road to reaching the vision

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Dec 6, 2016

“Leaders who don’t take a vacation are setting a terrible example for their people,” in Season 5 episode 7 we are joined by Leadership Expert Jon Mertz. He is the author of Activate Leadership and maintains the blog Thin Difference which is a forum dedicated to empowering Millennials to be better leaders, build stronger teams, and create richer lives.

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion included:

- Why is purpose so important in leadership

- Why developing future leaders is so important

- How does and organization go about defining a purpose

- Why it’s critical to define Your Leadership Philosophy

- Why mindfulness should be more than a buzzword

- Why leaders must take vacations

- How to be vulnerable in the workplace

- Why businesses should be a force for good

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Nov 29, 2016

In order to "Win in the Right Game"... Establish a career or a role within your life that matches who you are and has a sense of meaning for you. In season 5 Episode 6, we are joined by Sam Jones, the founder of TwentySomeone. He believes with the right coaching, people can thrive in uncertainty and reach their capabilities in work and in their personal life.  You can take the FREE SCORE Assessment and follow him on Instagram.

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion including:

- Why your expectations are out of alignment

- Why we should actually lower our expectations

- Why 71% of young professionals feel they are failing

- How social media affects us in a negative way

- How to add value in the next 24 hours

- Why coaching can accelerate your performance

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Nov 22, 2016

"The shift needed with Servant Leadership is to know that everyone has legitimate needs both personally and professionally. It's the leaders job to ensure their people meet those needs."  In season 5, Episode 5 we are joined by Matt Tenney a social entrepreneur and the author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom and The Mindfulness Edge.  He envisions a world where the vast majority of people realize that effectively serving others is the key to true greatness. He also has a unique and fascinating story where he planned to steal $2.7M from the government only to determine it was a bad idea but it was too late and it landed him in a military prison for almost 6 years.

Follow him on twitter @matttenney1

We covered some of the following topics:

- Servant leadership defined

- Why defining your primary drive is important

- How to sustain servant leadership?

- Why engagement is a huge part of the success of team

- How leaders can cultivate really powerful relationships

- Why changing your email patterns can make a big impact on you

- Why being more present in life is so important

- How to think about Mindfulness in your life

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Nov 15, 2016

"Don't be afraid of experience, first."  In season 5 episode 4 we are joined by Rob Jeppsen the Founder and CEO of XVoyant, a Sales Coaching Technology organization committed to helping organizations develop world-class sales coaches. He has over 21 years of direct sales and sales leadership experience, working in some awesome companies like HireVue and Zion Bank and being responsible for hundreds of sales professionals and Billions in Revenue.

We covered a ton of great topics including:

- What the best sales leaders do

- Why modeling what good looks like is so important

- 3 Steps to being a better coach 

- Why patience is so important in your professional journey

- What’s harder leading at home or leading at work

- Advice to and modern professional interested in coaching or managing professionals

- What are great sports coaches to model

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Nov 8, 2016

Leadership is: "The capacity to elicit the willingness collaboration of others towards a worthwhile goal over an extended period of time." In season 5 episode 3 we are joined by Peter Browning. He spent 25 years at Continental Can, then went on to be the Chairman and CEO of National Gypsum as well as President and CEO of Sonoco Products. Later in his career he became the Dean of the McColl School of Business at Queens.  He has served on 12 publicly traded corporate boards for companies such as Wachovia and Lowe's as well as well as multiple other private companies. He co-wrote the book "The Directors Manual, a framework for board governance" in 2015 and now runs Peter Browning Partners a Board Advisory Services company.

I honestly could have talked to Peter all day as he poured out so many stories from his 50+ year professional career. Here are just a few of my topics we discussed in our conversation.

- Peter’s famous definition of leadership

- The powerful practice of the leadership question box

- Why great leaders are open and transparent

- What a board’s most important job is without question

- Why you’re never as good as you think or never as bad as you think

- Why ambition alone isn’t going to make things happen

- Why the CEO’s job is 24/7 x 2.

- Why exercise and health are so important in leadership

- Why education is so important in life

- The power of curiosity in the trajectory of careers

- Why taking risk is so important even in big companies

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Nov 1, 2016

It requires great discipline to live from a depth of humility and gratitude.  In season 5 episode 2, we are joined by Dr. Shann Ferch. Shann is an author, professor at Gonzaga University and leadership consultant who brings a message to corporate America about love and power that is unmatched.  Learn more about Dr. Ferch at and check out his new novel, American Copper at Bookstores everywhere. 

Check out his hit TEDx video here.

Our conversation was deep and intense and I loved every minute of it.  A few of the topics we covered included:

- How power and love intersect in leadership

- Why admitting your faults is critical in leadership

- Lessons learned from Martin Luther King

- Why asking for forgiveness is so important in leadership

- Why servant driven companies make more money than those that aren’t

- Why mentoring is so critical in life

- How important discipline is to be humble and grateful in life

- What’s harder leading at work or leading at home?

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Oct 25, 2016

Most people desire someone who is perfect as the President of the United States, but that's just unrealistic.  In season 5 episode 1, we are joined by Larry Shaheen, who founded Carolina Political Consulting in 2010 to help serve the campaign, political, and legal needs of candidates and businesses.  

We covered a lot of ground in our conversation including:

- What is Presidential Leadership?

- Who is more of a Presidential Leader?

- Why has the country veered from the issues in this election?

- Why this Presidential election shouldn’t shock us

- Why both candidates will struggle to bring people together

- What would both candidates be like as President

- Why discipline is a big problem in this election.

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Oct 18, 2016

Actualizing your leadership potential is difficult to do because of our shadows.  This week's guest, Dr. Will Sparks, discusses how understanding your shadow and increasing your knowledge can take your leadership skills and workplace performance to new levels.  Dr. Sparks is the an author, professor, and business owner whose purpose is to help improve people's performance.  

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We covered a lot of ground:

- What are shadows? 3:00

- Why are shadows important? 4:00

- What’s the hardest thing about leading today? 6:00

- Why social media can be good and bad 8:45

- What is actualized leadership 15:00

- How do you find the lion that swallowed you?

- What is the definition of leadership? 18:15

- Can anyone become a leader? 19:00

- How to assess your leadership skill level? 22:00

- Should professionals go out and get an MBA?

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Oct 11, 2016

In Season 4 Ep. 7 we are joined by Jamie Shanks the CEO of Sales for Life. Jamie is the author of the new book Social Selling Mastery and is known as a world leading Social Selling expert. He and his company have now trained over 65,000 of sales professionals from Fortune 500 companies to solopreneurs.

You can learn more about the book and Jamie:

On social: @jamietshanks

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We covered a lot of ground in the discussion including:

Jamie’s background 2:30

Learning the skill of being a CEO 5:47

Why leaders need a threshold for failure 7:37

Why modern professionals should care about social selling 10:23

Why leaders should care about social selling 12:45

Why the best leaders are social 18:33

The best investment a professional can make 26:53

How to stand out as a professional 28:43

Why it’s important not to be the smartest person in the room 29:23

Why the best leaders think in scale 29:53

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Oct 4, 2016

"Your reputation travels with you everywhere so do things the right way." In Season 4 Ep. 6 we are joined by Steve Starker the co-founder of BTIG a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading.  Steve is intense and passionate about a lot of things, Wall Street included. Truth is unless you live in Manhattan or have worked inside a trading room its hard to comprehend the environment these professionals go to work in everyday. There are plenty of lessons from Steve that you can apply in your own life because there is no doubt he knows a thing or two about how to live a successful life.  

Check out BTIG Charity Day we discuss here.

Here are some highlights from our discussion:

- Why your reputation travels with you everywhere

- How to live in a world of black and white

- Why does his leadership team lead on the front lines

- Where his intensity comes from and why it’s important

- Why charity and giving is so important for leaders

- Why time is the best investment Steve has made

- How to look at every event as an opportunity to learn

- Why spouses are so important in being a good leader

- What all young professionals should do to stand out

- Why humility is critical in leadership

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Sep 27, 2016

Leadership Requires Great Discipline Because You Can’t Turn it Off. In season 4 Ep. 5 we are joined by Mark Hood.  A passenger on flight 1549 that flew into the Hudson, a former US Marine, former VP of Sales and now Senior Consultant at Sales Performance International.  

In our discussion we didn't just cover flight 1549 we talked at length about leadership lessons learned from the Marine Core such as: why being a disciplined leader is so important, and why great leaders lead from the front.  A few other highlights include:

- 4 Leadership Principles from the Military

- Know yourself and seek self improvement

- Be technically and tactically proficient

- Know your people – Strengths and Weaknesses

- Keep your people informed 

- What makes a leader successful?

- Why mission is so important in leadership

- Why fear and worry do nothing for you

- How to have the courage to stand up in the face of adversity

- Why modern professionals always have to prepare up

- Why great leaders know what’s happening when they aren’t there

- What 3 great leaders would Mark have dinner with?

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Sep 19, 2016

Jessica Carson is currently a Director at NextGen Venture Partners. She has successfully scaled and engaged two community-centric startups and is now pouring that experience into her work venture capital. What makes her different is she is dedicated to applying psychological capital to entrepreneurship, venture capital, and workplace dynamics to maximize interpersonal relationships, professional satisfaction, and overall wellbeing. You can find her writing about all of these topics on the The Huffington Post and her blog, ColorfulCortex: 

We covered a lot in our discussion including:

- What is the right application our curiosity

- Why you don’t have to have a passion driven career

- What the most successful leaders of startup companies have in common

- Why building a network is so critical in our professional world

- What do VC’s look for in founders and is it different as the business scales

- Why we all need to be good at telling our own story

- Why it’s so important leaders are open to feedback

- Why every organization can be a purpose driven company

- Should you drop the proverbial J-O-B in corporate America for something entrepreneurial?

- What you should really be doing on social media

- And all the hard the questions about Venture Capital and Private Equity

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Sep 13, 2016

In Season 4 Ep. 3 we are joined by Lisa McLeod, the founder of McLeod & More. She is sales leadership expert who created the  “Noble Purpose” concept and strategy after her research revealed that organizations driven by a Noble Purpose outperformed the market by over 350%.  Her bestselling book,  Selling with Noble Purpose, has been a game changer at global firms and her newest book Leading with Noble Purpose came out earlier this year.  

You can find her on twitter @LisaEarleMcLeod.

Our conversation was real and focused heavily on why having a business purpose is so important. A few of the highlights include:

- What does Noble Purpose mean?

- Why is "noble" so important in sales?

- Why making an impact on other people is so important

- Why having a business purpose is so important

- How to get customer engagement and competitive differentiation

- What leaders who make the most money focus on

- How to make an impact regardless if you are the CEO

- Why the boss is so important

- Why telling your backstory as a leader is so important

- What causes older leaders to not tell their backstory

- What’s the dumbest idea in business

- Why emotions matter so much

- What is the true test of a leader?

- Why storytelling is so important in leadership

- Leaders set the temperature

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Sep 6, 2016

Jerome Peribere is the President and CEO of Sealed Air.  They are a global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection that generated revenue of approximately $7.0 billion in 2015, and has approximately 23,000 employees who serve customers in 175 countries.  

You can find him on twitter @jperibere:

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion including:

- Why “tough” leadership works

- Why leaders should look at their people individually

- Why great leaders set the bar high

- What young leaders should understand

- Why company core values are so important

- Why principles are so Important in leadership

- How principles and values guide us in Life

- Why talent isn’t a differentiator

- How great leaders create an environment of no excuses

- What’s the number one challenge of a leader?

- The one job of every professional is to leave the job better than you found it

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Aug 30, 2016

In Season 4 Episode 1 we are joined by Bob Skea. Bob has over 25 years of executive business experience in general management, sales, strategy and operations. Bob is currently Head of the Americas for Dun & Bradstreet, overseeing $1.2 billion in revenue and hundreds of sales and service professionals, a position he has held since November 2014. Bob’s previous role was Executive Vice President of North American Sales at Interactive Data Corporation (IDC), where I first met him. His experience working in large and small companies was knowledge that was too good not to dig into and learn from.

We covered a lot of ground in the interviewing including:

- Why developing you own leadership style is so important

- What’s the hardest thing about managing people?

- Why allowing people to grow is so important

- The hardest thing about leading large global teams

- What people are really motivated by

- How to get short-term results while focusing on people development

- What are the 4 characteristics of exceptional professionals

- What’s harder leading at home and at work?

- Why it’s so important to blend work and personal lives

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Aug 23, 2016

Following your passion and doing things that people don't think is possible, is generally worth pursuing.  In the final episode of Season 3 we are joined by Mac Lackey of  Mac has built and sold five companies and raised over $75 million dollars in capital. He and his startups have been featured on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, USAToday and The New York Times. But beyond his professional successes is an exceptional man and we were excited to have him on the show. 

You can find him online @maclackey.

We covered a lot of ground in our discussion including: 

Should you follow your passion professionally?

Why you shouldn’t listen to those that say “you can’t”

Why it’s important to question conventional logic

Why sharing a common mission and vision with your team is paramount.

What is the difference between management and leadership?

What happens when a team doesn’t buy into a vision?

Why betting on people is always a good idea

Why investing in yourself matters

How to continue to develop yourself professionally

What is the move the needle theory?

How a leader can build trust

What’s powerful to model about others?

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Aug 15, 2016

We are all a work in progress. Everyday we have to constantly reinvent what we brought from yesterday and keep dreaming about what we can be tomorrow, that’s why winner’s have to dream.  In season 3 Episode 7 we are joined by Bill McDermott the CEO of SAP. He leads the company’s nearly 80,000 employees and more than two-million-person ecosystem in executing SAP’s vision and strategy to make the world run better and improve people’s lives. He is an author of Winner’s Dream: A journey from the Corner Store to the Corner Office.

You can follow him on social:

Twitter: @billrmcdermott 


We covered a ton of topics including:

- Why no one can take away your professional dream

- What one bit of advice he gives to every modern professional

- Why having a business purpose is so import

- What one thing leaders will never be forgiven for

- Why leaders choose trust

- Why it’s so important to have people better than you

- Why passion is so critical in business

- How to create followers

- Why You Have to Give Trust to Get Trust

- Why people really desire and need great leaders

- How to set a big vision in a new role

- What is harder leading at work or at home

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Aug 9, 2016

In Season 3 Episode 6 we are joined by Navid Ahdieh a Vice President and Client Executive at North Highland, a global management consulting firm.  He has spent the past 18 years advising financial services clients on initiatives spanning merger integration, revenue growth, cost optimization, change management & adoption, business strategy, complex transformations, risk management, customer interaction and leadership development.  Underpinning his client service responsibilities, is a passion for recruiting, mentoring and leadership development that extends from millennial professionals to emerging executives.  North Highland’s purpose driven culture and values has been the ideal setting for Navid to help future leaders hone their skills in service excellence, teaming behaviors, business growth and client experience.

Social media links

On twitter:  @northhighland

We covered a lot of ground including:  

- How certain decision in his life set him up for a different kind of life

- Why Purpose Driven work is so Important

- Why leadership comes from everywhere at Northhighland Consulting

- How to keep organizational leadership simple

- What are the keys to good leadership

- Why you need specific disciples around your thought

- Why Feedback is such a powerful gift

- How to avoid the golden handcuffs

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Aug 2, 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. 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 companies value people over profit

- Statistics beyond management failures in the workplace

- Why people leave people not companies

- How to keep customers by taking care of your people

- Why organizations don’t feel their millennials are ready to lead

- Why leaders aren’t born but made

- What the definition of leadership is

- Why having an organization vision is so important

- Why purpose adds value to organizations

- How to define your business or team purpose

- The one way to add value to the workplace

- Why tracking leading KPI’s is more important than Lagging KPI’s

- What are you working towards and why are you doing it

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Jul 26, 2016

Being productive is actually pursuing a meaningful goal. In Season 3 Episode 4 we are joined by Carson Tate. She is an internationally-renowned expert on workplace productivity, founder of Work Simply. She has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, CBS Money Watch, Fast Company, Forbes, The New York Times, and USA Today. If that isn’t enough, she is the author of ‘Work Simply: Harnessing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style’ and helps individuals and organization all over the country improve their productivity in the workplace.

You can find her on social @thecarsontate.

We covered a ton of ground in the discussion including:

-The story that changed her life

- What the difference is in Busy vs Productive

- Why professional don’t do the hard work

- What we do to get caught up in the busyness track

- Where you should start to create space in your calendar

- How the best leaders create productive environment

- Why productivity isn’t a one size fits all approach

- The 4 Productivity Styles

- How to find out your own productivity style

- Why we all give all cues and clues to our productivity style

- How productivity styles are much like love languages

- How new technology has changes corporate communication

- Why we have to adjust our communication style to those of our teams

 Find out more at and take her free Productivity Assessment. 

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Jul 19, 2016

Dale Partridge is a leader who believes "success at work without success at home, isn't not success at all."  In Season 3 Episode 3 we are joined by Dale Partridge a professional blogger, best selling author of People over Profit, keynote speaker, and founder of Where he helps people create the business and life they want.

You can find him and his hundreds of thousands of followers on social media:


There is a ton to learn from Dale. In our discussion we covered:

- What is Leadership

- Why we should all strive for self-mastery

- Why we should strive to have it all

- What is the next level of Leadership

- How we are a victor, not a victim

- Why leaders must be above reproach

- Why we all need “safe” people and how to find them

- The 4 Pillars of Success

- How professionals can stand out from the crowd

- College is bad, education is not

- Why TIME is so critical in personal and professional relationships

- Why you can’t lead at work if you can’t lead at home

- What we can learn about leadership from John and John Quincy Adams

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Jul 12, 2016

Chick-Fil-A is famous for a simple response, "It's My Pleasure."  In Season 3 episode 2, Dee Ann Turner the VP of Enterprise Social Responsibility at Chick-Fil-A and author of It's My Pleasure: The Impact of Extraordinary Talent and a Compelling Culture, reveals where it came from and the secrets behind Chick-fil-A's revolutionary business model. Turner believes talent offers competitive advantage in any organization, and companies that recognize the value of individuals can succeed not just ethically, but financially as well. In addition to serving on the boards of the Kenya Project and Proverbs 31 ministry, the married mother of three is also active with a variety of family-focused missions that support women and children. 

You can find her on Social Media:

There is so much any professional can learn from the story of Chick-Fil-A.  We covered a ton of ground in our discussion to help with this learning process, including:

- Where “It’s My Pleasure” comes from

- 3 keys to getting employees to stay at an organization

- The keys to leadership at Chick-Fil-A

- Why purpose is so critical in business

- Why every company is really in the people business

- Why it’s so important to remember the foundation of what success was built on

- Why humility is so important in business and teams

- What core principles Chick-Fil-A looks for in talent?

- How to look for service prior to hiring someone

- Why a leadership track record is so important

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