17 of My Best Leadership Podcast Episodes

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17 Of My Best Leadership Podcast Episodes - Mike Malatesta

Hey everybody, welcome back to another list of my best leadership podcast episodes. I interview a lot of entrepreneurs and business owners about leadership, what leadership means to them, what leadership means to their culture, and how good and bad leadership impacts how people perform and treat one another. I’ve listed 17 of my best leadership podcast episodes, below. I have a few details to help interest you. They are all great episodes from exceptional leaders, but I’d encourage you to listen to at least one – and see what lessons you can take-away and start implementing in your role as a leader. And if you share the episode on LinkedIn and your thoughts, please mention me, and I’ll be happy to respond to your post! I really enjoyed these conversations, and I think you will too!

1. Stephen M.R. Covey – 21st Leadership – Model, Trust & Inspire (300)

People prefer to be led rather than managed. A new leadership approach called Trust and Inspire is based on the idea that people are capable of being creative, collaborative, and full of potential. People who work for this kind of leader are motivated to improve both personally and professionally.

Stephen M. R. Covey is the co-founder of CoveyLink and of the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice, a keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance. Listen Now!

Stephen M.R. Covey

2. Why Selfish Leadership Comes Before Selfless Leadership (#245)

Most of the time, leaders aspire to become the selfless head of the pack—someone who will never put their interest and even their growth over others. As much as we think that this is great, it can be detrimental not only to you but also to your team. In this episode, I talk about how I became a better leader and allowed my team to grow more when I became selfish. Sometimes, we need to be selfish and figure out who we truly are first before we can selflessly serve others. Listen Now!


3. Dale Walls, From Mayberry to Manhattan – A Marine’s Journey to Entrepreneurial and Leadership Success (#242)

After two decades of growing Corsica to eight-figure revenues and making multiple acquisitions, Dale sold the company and founded Lions Guide, with the desire of helping others get to their next level of personal growth with greater confidence, clarity, and discipline. Dave focuses on helping leaders improve confidence, grow together, and level up in life. Listen Now!

Dale Walls

4. Jill Young, CEO, Guiding and Challenging Leadership Teams in Growth Mode (#58)

Mike and Jill cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including her belief in the mantra of Grow or Die, her dislike for bureaucracy,  why she’s passionate about helping companies get better and improve their futures with the tools that Traction provides and how she works on herself with her involvement in programs like The Strategic CoachListen Now!

5. Dr. Sujeet Chand, Leadership Tactics from Rockwell Automation CTO (#37)

Mike and Sujeet cover a ton of great stuff in this episode, including how mentors have positively impacted his life, his leadership style and how it works in a very large corporation, what’s unique about him and the one thing he most wants to accomplish.  And along the way, he makes some bold predictions and, just for the fun of it, explains in layman’s terms, what an Algorithm is. As you listen, you’ll probably say to yourself, “I’d like to work with that guy.” Listen Now!

6. Ten Leadership Habits that Work, for Me at Least (#30.5)

For me, being a great Leader comes down to the execution of what it takes.  To the doing of what it takes. To the habits of what it takes.  What worked for me and gave me the ability to lead my company from a 2-person start-up to a 150-person regional industry Transformer are these 10 habits. It came down to the careful, constant, and admittedly imperfect, application of the following 10 Leadership Habits. Listen Now!

7. The Right 12 Questions (#289)

As a leader, do you know the 12 right questions you should be asking your team? Did you know that these questions could help people join, stay, and love working for you. At the same time, these questions can help you know where your leadership is falling short, or causing your team to leave or creating chaos. One of the most compelling reasons employees stay or leave, is because of the environment they work in. As a leader you can make a dramatic impact on that environment with these 12 questions. Listen Now!

8. Don’t be a Frog (#285)

In this episode, I go into extreme detail on why it’s imperative to address problems as they arise in business and in life. Problems are often unpleasant, but they don’t age well, like a fine wine or fine chees — they don’t solve themselves. Listen Now!

9. Peter Feigin – Collecting People & NBA Championships (#284)

In his seventh year as President of the Milwaukee Bucks, and fourth year as President of the world-class Fiserv Forum, Peter Feigin brings more than two decades of dynamic corporate leadership to Milwaukee’s sports and entertainment scene. Peter has fully reinvented, renovated, and reenergized the team’s business operations since taking over as president in October of 2014, resulting in significant improvements in attendance, ticket revenue, merchandise revenue, partnership sales, and TV viewership. Listen Now!

Peter Feigin - Collecting People & NBA Championships (Episode 284)

11. David Wood – What to Do When Mice Are the Elephants in the Room (#282)

In this episode, David talks about the importance of naming your mice, the hurdle of instant gratification, and being unapologetically authentic. What does it mean to have 30% more courage? A former Consulting Actuary to Fortune 100 companies – including Sony Music, Chanel, and Exxon – David Wood left his cushy Park Avenue job 20 years ago to build the world’s largest coaching business. He became #1 on Google for “life coaching,” serving an audience of 150,000 coaches and coaching thousands of hours across 12 countries. Listen Now!

David Wood

12. Dave Young – How I learned to Think about My Thinking (#280)

In this episode, you’ll learn how Dave is bringing together forward-thinking leaders, providing them with systems, processes, training, and an amazing culture to elevate their teams. He created a platform to elevate leaders in the custom home-building and remodeling space. Such an industry hasn’t gone through significant changes in the last few hundred years, but Dave believes a big change is coming through massive collaboration. Listen Now!

Dave Young - How I Learned to Think About My Thinking (280)

13. Brittany Anderson – Why Fulfillment Matters (#278)

Brittany has acquired the title of “culture queen” for her ability to lead and build a great culture among the Sweet Financial team. She is the President and Shareholder of Sweet Financial Partners, a top-ranked financial services organization. With over a decade of expertise in her area, she has worked with CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, and Authors to help them expand their businesses and engage their teams. Brittany is also the co-founder of the Ultimate Advisor Coaching and Mastermind Platforms. Her insights have been featured in national publications like the Huffington Post, Women, Inc., and Forbes magazine. Listen Now!

Brittany Anderson

14. Trent Clark – How I Became a Dream Maker (#276)

Trent Clark is a three-time MLB World Series Coach and serial entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder of Transitions LLC and the Founder and CEO of Leadershipity. He is also the Founder and CEO of MPower Athletes, Inc. Trent is dedicated to empowering others to achieve their goals, peak performance, and dreams, having spent his whole life among the top 1% producers in sports and business. Listen Now!

15. How to Let Go Without Giving Up (#274)

She may wear athletic clothes and a baseball cap for almost any occasion, but don’t let that fool you…Financial sovereignty means the freedom to choose. Krisstina chooses to show up in a baseball cap instead of a Lamborghini, even though she could choose the latter. Learn more about her money school for micro-business owners at http://www.SovereigntyAcademy.com. Listen Now!


16. John Vuong – All the Work Starts After You Get Paid (#270)

John is the Founder and President of Local SEO Search, a family-focused boutique agency looking to form long-term relationships with local businesses that need trustworthy search engine optimization (SEO) services. His path to leadership was paved by embracing the value of hard work, when his parents immigrated as refugees from South Vietnam in 1980. After helping over 5,000 local business owners, John followed his entrepreneurial spirit and started his own company, Local SEO Search, in 2013. Listen Now!

John Vuong - All the Work Starts After You Get Paid

17. Devon Harris – How This 3-Time Olympian Keeps on Pushing for Success (#268)

Devon Harris was raised in Olympic Gardens, Kingston’s violent ghetto in Jamaica. From a very young age, he had what he considered the greatest gift: the belief that a “positive attitude” and a “never say die” mentality – would get him further than a feeling of injustice and an angry heart. His military career has had a strong influence on what happened next. Encouraged by his commanding officer, Devon tried out for and was selected to the first Jamaican bobsled team. Listen Now!

Devon Harris

Want to know about me, Mike Malatesta, the podcast host?

I’ve lived in entrepreneurial shoes like yours since I was 26. For 30 years I’ve been through – and am still on – the roller coaster you’re on. I’ve experienced the excitement, pain, grit, and mistakes that come with every entrepreneurial journey. You can learn about many of the problems I dealt with starting my companies, and how I overcame them in my book “Owner Shift – How Getting Selfish Got Me Unstuck” available on Amazon. Purchase my book Owner Shift, make notes along the way in the book, and reread all the stories that inspire you to become an entrepreneur. I want this book to inspire you on your entrepreneurial journey to get unstuck, and achieve the future you always imagined.

If you prefer to listen, get my audiobook, Owner Shift. Free with your trial on Audible or Amazon. You’ll get access to all my stories that lead me to become an entrepreneur. Most importantly, you’ll hear my journey to get unstuck, and achieve the future I always imagined. And you’ll hear it directly from me, I narrate the audiobook!

And if you want my professional help as your coach, contact me here. I’ve mastered what it takes to start, build, grow, and sell a business. When I work with clients through my OwnerShift coaching, I help entrepreneurs and business owners get unstuck and start living the life they want.

My purpose is to inspire and activate increasing greatness in entrepreneurs and leaders. My goal is to make a positive and profitable difference with every client I work with. I help clients apply the lessons I’ve been fortunate to learn in my 30 years as an entrepreneur to help them excel and create amazing lives, companies, teams, and futures.

I don’t do this work to make a living.
I do it to make a difference.

I’m very selective about my OwnerShift coaching relationships. I ONLY work with these kinds of clients:

  1. Entrepreneurs and CEOs of profitable, privately held companies leading companies with revenues between $10M and $250M.
  2. Leaders who are committed to moving beyond where they are professionally and personally AND have the autonomy to make the decisions and take the actions necessary to do so.
  3. People who value making significant investments in themselves
  4. Kind people.

OwnerShift is an exclusive and customized one on one coaching program for high-performing entrepreneurs and CEOs. It’s designed to guide them to the bigger and brighter personal and professional future they want to own and make their property.

In the OwnerShift program, my client is the Hero, and I am their Guide. I will never have all the answers, but I will always ask the right questions.

My mission is to help every client identify, sharpen, and leverage the tools in themselves, and those in their companies, to make significant progress toward their most important life goals.

Take the first step and learn more about my entire OwnerShift Coaching program.

Mike Malatesta

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