20 Minutes of Winning

20 Minutes of Winning

Larry D. Thornton and Dr. Dave Ketchen are from different generations, work in different professions, grew up in different parts of the country, and have different skin tones. But it is what they share that matters most – a friendship, a passion for transforming lives through personal development, and a dynamic that must be experienced. As part of the Why Not Win Institute’s portfolio of offerings, 20 Minutes of Winning provides concise coverage of vital concepts that can help people win in business and win in life. In each episode, these two highly successful individuals discuss one of life’s opportunities in order to provide actionable advice that can lead to more winning.


September 21, 2021 22 min

When Larry Thornton started as an artist at Coca-Cola, a fellow artist went out of his way to orient Larry to the job. Six years later, that man’s job was being eliminated. Larry urged the man to work under him rather than take early retirement. When Larry moved on to McDonald’s, the man moved up into Larry’s former position. How these two individuals treated each other and mutually benefited from doing so can be captured in five s...

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Confidence breeds winning. But most of us can’t manufacture confidence ourselves. We need others to help us get there. Larry Thornton was a poor-performing high school student until his white English teacher Miss Nichols invited him into her home for lunch – a very rare event in the late 1960s – and told him he was college material. Once Larry believed in himself, he could act with confidence and success followed. That is the essen...

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August 24, 2021 19 min

Larry Thornton has built his business career in collaboration with two corporate icons: McDonald’s and Coca-Cola. Repetition – doing the same thing over and over and over – has been a key ingredient of the winning formula for both companies. For individuals, repetition channeled in the right direction creates good habits and good habits lead to winning. But repetition targeted the wrong way will create bad habits. Can you harness t...

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August 10, 2021 20 min

Sears once dominated retailing, but its concept became stale. By the time executives tried to remake the company, it was too late. This is a common problem. If we wait until change is needed before making a change, we’ve usually waited too long. Larry Thornton gave up a good corporate career to become an entrepreneur. While his friends were making real money, Dr. Dave Ketchen decided at 21 to live on a tiny stipend for five years i...

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July 26, 2021 20 min

How we see others, how others see us, and how we see ourselves are crucial questions that shape our perceptions and influence our actions. Some see categories of race, gender, age, and other demographics. Others see an individual with unique gifts and flaws. Winning by seeing others differently involves looking past categories and focusing on what the person before you has to offer. In today’s super-competitive landscape, not seein...

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July 13, 2021 23 min

Can you absorb life’s blows and keep moving forward? When Larry Thornton launched his first McDonald’s, a rival franchise walked in the opening day and disrespectfully proclaimed he would be buying Larry out within six months. Rather than lash out in retaliation, Larry kept his eye on the prize and built a great business. Later the two became good friends. In an ironic twist, Larry eventually bought some of his former rival’s resta...

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Diversity and inclusion are hot topics in the media and within society at large. Sometimes these terms are used by organizations as public relations devices to signal that they are socially conscious. Winning through diversity and inclusion requires a different approach -- one that not only lifts up individuals but leads to better organizational decisions and increased success.

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June 15, 2021 23 min

“Yes" is the word everyone loves to hear. But we need to be careful about saying yes. We need to avoid becoming over-committed. We need to put a stop to unacceptable situations. In those scenarios, a simple two-letter word -- "no" -- can be our best friend.

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May 31, 2021 9 min

Who are these guys, why should I listen to them, and what do they know about winning in business and in life? This brief introduction to the 20 Minutes of Winning podcast answers these questions and more!

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May 31, 2021 18 min

Sometimes the obvious path is not the best path. When an awful picture was left in Larry Thornton's office, he could have immediately reported the incident to management. That's what most people would have done. But instead, Larry took a contrary approach, one that would not only improve the workplace but lead to lifelong bonds between two very different families.

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