Literary Writers and Tools for Collaboration: Tamela Rich’s Recommendations

In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, author and adventurer Tamela Rich discusses the balance between being prepared to face fears and obstacles with the right mindset, and adapting to what the world throws at you. Her influences—explored here—provide her with the tools to think positively, collaborate, communicate, and overcome challenges.

1. Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist; @paulcoelho

In her interview, Tamela discusses how setbacks she experienced to her business propelled her into a more satisfying future. Of The Alchemist. Tamela writes, “Using a simple fable and simple sentences, this book reminds me that every setback in life exists to propel me toward a more satisfying future than the one I had imagined. My job is to do the that work I can do, and ask the Universe to manage the big stuff.”

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STP086: Overcoming Fear with Traveler and Storyteller Tamela Rich

Tamela Rich’s solo travels across North America have put her face-to -face with fears of humiliation, loss of autonomy, and even death. In this interview, the author, storyteller, and adventurer discusses how fear can hinder us from overcoming challenges in our personal and business lives. As she observes, fear does not need to hold us back from achieving business goals: with the right mix of confidence, humility, and self-reflection, we can channel fearful energy in a productive way towards growth and reward.

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Marilyn King’s Inspirations for “Olympic Thinking”

On her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Marilyn King discussed how Olympic Thinking can help leaders become more effective and more inspirational to others. Here, she provides a list of the men and women who have, in turn, inspired her:

1. Marceline Gillis – grandmother

Marilyn writes that her grandmother was her “earliest role model for Olympic Thinking.”

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STP085: The Power of Olympic Thinking with Marilyn King

Marilyn King knows something about the power of thinking: after a car accident in 1979 rendered her unable to train physically for her third Olympic Team, she placed second at the Olympic trials for the 1980 Moscow Games after using only mental training techniques. A two-time Olympian in the five-event pentathlon, Marilyn has spent 30 years as an expert in the field of exceptional human performance. The president of Way Beyond Sports, she helps others apply skills learned through sports to three specific areas: business, education and peace.

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The Mythology and Psychology of Adventure: Reading Recommendations from Jeff Salz

On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Jeff Salz discussed what leaders can learn from adventurers—or from adventures of their own. Here, he provides a list of those people who have inspired his own journeys:

1. Alan Watts (www.AlanWatts.com)

Jeff describes Watts’ writing as a “brilliant East/West synthesis.” Watts is best known for The Way of Zen (1957), Psychotherapy East and West (1961), “The New Alchemy” (1958), and The Joyous Cosmology (1962).

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STP084: “A state of mind and a state of perspective”: The Spirit of Adventure with Jeff Salz

Jeff Salz–anthropologist, explorer, keynote speaker, and expedition leader—advocates adventure as a mode of leadership. In this interview, he describes how “Adventure isn’t just defined by the activity—it’s really a state of mind and a state of perspective,” and suggests that leaders can learn a lot from approaching things from the perspective of an adventurer. This can be helpful to understanding leadership itself; Salz says that in today’s swiftly-changing business scene, “You have to have the skills of a leader that once belonged to the expeditionary.”

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Thought Leaders and Researchers: Steve Farber’s Leadership Influencers

On his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Steve Farber discussed his concept of “Extreme Leadership”—those leaders who make a genuine difference within their organization, and beyond it. Here, he provides a list of the leaders and thinkers who have influenced him and his work:

1. Tom Peters (www.tompeters.com; @tom_peters)

Steve, who was once the VP of Tom Peters Company, describes Peters as the “greatest management thought leader of our day,” adding that “Peters and his audacious approach to things—his willingness to change, his willingness to really shake things up—really had a big influence on me.”

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STP083: World-Changing “Extreme Leadership” with Steve Farber

Steve Farber has focused on leadership development for more than 25 years, and over that period observed that quality of leadership was “the deciding factor as to an organization or company’s competitive advantage.” To develop and help others with his experience, he developed the concept of “Extreme Leadership,” and explains that “Leadership is not about your position or your title; it’s not about what you call yourself. Leadership is about your ability to influence people around you to change the world for the better. In other words, leadership is an extreme act: by its nature, it’s extreme.” Steve is the President of Extreme Leadership, Inc. and founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute. Both help develop “Extreme Leaders.”

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Leaders and Leadership Innovation: Mark Hunter’s Influences

On his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Mark Hunter discussed his understanding of what it means to be a leader in today’s world. Here, he provides a list of the individuals who have helped to shape his career and point of view:

1. Seth Godin (author of Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us; sethgodin.typepad.com)

Mark describes Godin as an “innovative disruptor in the world of leadership in teams,” adding that “It was intriguing to me, that conversation: why does someone need me to lead them? Why does the individual need to lead? And this premise that leadership depends on each of us being leaders is something that he wonderfully describes in a very concise book that’s well-written and powerful.

“He’s been a big influencer of mine—I’ve read all his books; I subscribe to his blog. I love the conversation about the individual’s importance in a tribe, or in a group, or in a team, and how that individual can be a disruptor and an influencer no matter how big the tribe or team is. And it really is about how we relate to our importance in that team and tribe, and then how importance that is to the team or tribe.”

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STP082: “A Way of Expressing Ownership”: Effective Leadership with Mark Hunter

After eight years of analyzing risk in the reinsurance industry, Mark Hunter hired a career coach to help him assess what leadership meant to him. Soon, he left the industry to take an apprenticeship with his coach; today, Mark is the founder and President of Pinnacle Coaching, Inc., an international business and executive coaching company.

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