Aim Higher: The podcast with purpose

Aim Higher: The podcast with purpose

Reach your full potential by joining a conversation with Skip Prichard and his array of guests as they share stories of their own leadership journeys.... Show More

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July 19, 2020 19 min

In this last session of the season, as I sat down with two of my regular “Aim Higher” guests—Tammi Spayde and Drew Bordas—we realized how many of my guests noted that excellence is more about sustained, steady growth than any single, massive change. My hope is that, during this challenging year, our podcasts have been part of your ongoing, weekly commitment to rising above mediocrity. That whether it’s in your person life, your car...

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In this episode of “Aim Higher,” my panel guests and I discuss a previous interview I did with golf legend Annika Sörenstam. She shares two ideas that are important for both individual accomplishment and success as a leader. The first has to do with how a simple phrase, shared at a key moment while she was very young, made a huge impact on her attitude. And the second is about how she overcame a fear— totally unrelated to the game ...

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July 5, 2020 12 min

Many successful people start from humble beginnings. But country music star Jimmy Wayne’s early life can only be described as horrific. As a child he was abused, abandoned and caught up in a foster care system that did him more harm than good. On this episode of “Aim Higher,” Jimmy and I talk about how these experiences shaped both his music and writing careers and his desire to raise awareness about foster kids—since the elderly c...

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Very few people have done as much speaking and writing on the topic of leadership as my friend and guest on this episode of “Aim Higher.” Mark Sanborn has written 8 books, one of which, “The Fred Factor,” has sold over 2 million copies. He’s been ranked the #5 leadership expert in the world by GlobalGurus.org and I always learn something new from him whenever we get together. Mark shares a number of great points in this discussion....

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June 21, 2020 12 min

On this episode of “Aim Higher,” I talk with Eric Zimmer, a behavior coach, podcast host and author who came back from being a homeless heroin addict to build a successful career and an extraordinary life. He and I discuss how some of our most important changes start with small, measured steps and daily habits rather than trying to “do it all at once.” That way, we can have a little success, build on it… and move forward. He uses t...

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On this episode of “Aim Higher,” Skip talks with author and career advisor Steve Herz about three keys to becoming a powerful connector: authority, warmth and energy. Steve is President of The Montag Group, a sports and entertainment talent and marketing consultancy. Skip makes the important point that while connecting to others is incredibly important in our careers, it’s not really taught in college or business school. Steve agre...

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For 25 years, Tom Ziglar was CEO of the company that existed, in his words, "to put dad on the stage." His dad -- world famous author, speaker and motivational trainer, Zig Ziglar -- trusted Tom to take care of the business and "create the platform" for the company's success. But in this episode of "Aim Higher," Tom tells Skip how he set out on his own leadership journey, found his own unique speaking st...

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This week on “Aim Higher,” Skip’s panel focuses on the importance of physical health and wellness for leaders. Are you eating right? Exercising regularly? Getting enough sleep? In the words of Skip’s regular guest, Drew Bordas, “Working out helps me be the best version of myself as a leader.” Listen in as the panel goes over some simple steps for setting goals, staying on track and getting healthier.

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What does it really mean to be a mentor? Or be mentored? In this episode of “Aim Higher,” Skip’s panel gets into some great details and specific recommendations that are often overlooked. If you want to find a great mentor, be a better mentor, or develop a successful mentoring program for your workplace, you owe it to yourself to listen in.

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This week on “Aim Higher,” I share my conversation with NBA All-Star Mark Eaton about what makes a winning team. After a 12-year basketball career filled with awards and records, Mark pivoted to share the lessons he’s learned through motivational speaking and his book, “The Four Commitments of a Winning Team.” The book is so packed with great advice that I actually read it twice, and I was intrigued by his personal story as much as...

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This week on “Aim Higher,” I got the chance to sit down and talk with Dr. Max McKeown, author of “The Strategy Book.” Dr. Max, as he’s sometimes called, is also a researcher on culture and behavioral science, and he’s written several other books including “NOW: The Life Changing Psychology of Always Moving Forward,” “The Innovation Book,” and “Adaptability: The Art of Winning.” Max and I spoke primarily about what distinguishes his...

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May 3, 2020 37 min

This week on “Aim Higher,” Skip and his panel take on the topic of leading remotely, which many managers and executives are dealing with for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What steps can you take to be more effective as a remote leader? Skip, Tammi and Drew have some good, solid advice and, as always, some personal anecdotes to share as well.

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April 26, 2020 25 min

In this episode of “Aim Higher,” Skip and his panel of experts discuss some of what they’ve learned during the first two months of providing leadership during the time of COVID-19. While they agree that “everything has changed,” they also agree that some core principles of leadership remain more important than ever. Tune in to hear their thoughts and see if you agree.

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This week on “Aim Higher,” I had the chance to sit down with longtime friend Shep Hyken, a man who is a legend in the field of customer service research and training. Shep is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and has also been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame. We talked about his book, “The Cult of the Customer,” and how it fits in with his overall work on creating amazing exper...

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On a recent trip to Nashville, I got a chance to sit down for a great talk with my friend Rory Vaden. He invited me into his home for our discussion, which is a great metaphor for something he and I both believe and teach—that people inherently want to do business with people, not companies. We want real, personal relationships not just business contacts. He’s a living example of that ideal, and it was great to catch up with him an...

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Talk about a jack-of-all-trades. This week on “Aim Higher,” I sat down with James Altucher. James is a stock trader, investor, writer, and entrepreneur. He’s worked for Showtime and HBO and newspapers. He owns a comedy club and he’s been a stand-up comedian himself. He’s a chess master. What’s the one thing that ties it all together? James says, “I focus on what I love doing, and make sure the idea is sustainable.” That’s it. And t...

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March 29, 2020 31 min

This week on “Aim Higher,” my panel and I discuss the importance of resilience, both as a personal quality and for leaders. Personally, of course, we all need to be able to bounce back from life’s hardships. For leaders, though, it’s especially important to be able to find a balance between minimizing losses– sugarcoating a bad situation, as we say—and allowing a setback to turn into a disaster. Establishing a “resilience equilibri...

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March 22, 2020 37 min

In this week’s episode of “Aim Higher,” I sit down with my panel of experts and we tackle the tough issue of leadership during a time of crisis. It’s not a topic that anyone really wants to talk about ahead-of-time. But if you leave it until the crisis hits? It’s too late. As we all deal with the many serious implications of the COVID-19 crisis, leaders in particular are looking for ways to help guide their organizations through th...

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On this week’s episode of “Aim Higher,” my panel of experts answers three “mail bag” questions from our listeners. We tackle the issue of a self-described “non team player” who tries to sharpen those skills but hits a roadblock. We hear from a new mom who is challenged by a boss who expects more late-night work than fits into a reasonable schedule. And, last, we take a look at the really interesting situation of someone who gets th...

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I’ve known Michael Hyatt for years, have interviewed him before, and have written for his blog several times. It’s always a pleasure to sit down for a conversation with him, and this week on “Aim Higher” is no exception. Michael really differentiates between the idea of “having a vision” as a kind of nebulous, nice-sounding concept vs. a useful, real-world tool for guiding your organization. As a fellow fan of practical guidance an...

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