When I found out I’d be getting the chance to sit down with Robert Sutton I was genuinely excited to dig around inside the mind of a kindred spirit. In Robert’s latest book he detailed the exact same struggles I’m dealing with at this point in my own growth and the growth of my company. Robert has seen it all– From his work with incredible hard-hitters like Microsoft, Facebook and Apple, Robert has witnessed the watershed moments when good leaders either fail or succeed based on the choices they make in those pivotal moments.
The deeper you dive into the world of Robert’s writing, the more difficult it is to stop. He possesses a dizzying array of anecdotes, real-case scenarios and a lifetime of firsthand experience in the entrepreneurial world. He’s a high-octane bundle of intellectual energy and the recipient of numerous awards including the Eugene L. Grand award for excellence in teaching, Business 2.0’s “leading management guru” award, and the Quill for his 2007’s New York Times bestseller, “The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t.”
Bob is currently a tenured professor of Management Science at the Stanford Engineering School. His most recent release (co-written with collaborator Huggy Rao), “Scaling up Excellence: Getting to More without Settling for Less” is a must-read for anyone willing to face the rigors and challenges of growth head-on.
Robert Sutton has spent the past seven years learning how to “scale up excellence” in organizations of all shapes, sizes, colors and qualities, so do yourself the service of watching this episode and light a fire you can give to someone else in an effort to inspire.
It’s not every day when I get the profile of a potential guest and know within 15 seconds that this is a person I would love to get in the interview chair. That’s exactly what happened with Tim Grover. This is a man who is behind not just some of the legends of basketball, but the man behind the icon that is Michael Jordan. To call him “just” (more on that in the episode) a trainer is to do the man and yourself a disservice. Tim goes beyond physically preparing the world’s best athletes – he hones in and imparts the wisdom of mental preparedness to create what he calls “cleaners.”
His book, “Relentless,” reveals psychological insights into the nature of elite performance and will empower you to bring your game to the next level by being the sole proprietor of what’s expected of you. Tim is also the owner and CEO of Attack Athletics – a training center where legends go to become icons.
This is one of the most inspiring, exciting and genuinely passionate talks I’ve had with anyone. Tim’s energy is tough, direct and no bullshit. You may not like everything he says to you, but you’d be hard-pressed to call him wrong in his assessments. A truly incredible man, with a captivating story, Tim has elevated himself and his tranees beyond all expectations. It was my unmeasurable pleasure to dissect his infinite wisdom for 45 minutes. Trust me, these are some of the most important minutes you’ll spend this year.
This week on Inside Quest I picked the brain of a man whose brilliance resides at the intersection of psychology, technology and business. He’s made great strides toward understanding why we’re so addicted to the little pieces of glass, plastic and metal we call smartphones – and more directly, the apps we cannot put down. Nir Eyal is the author of the bestselling “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” as well as a regular contributor to Forbes, Tech Crunch and his own fascinating blog Nir and Far.
He sold his first company before graduating from Stanford Business School and has gone on to sell yet another company before switching gears to study the psychology of addictive technology and how understanding the patterns of addictive behavior is key to crafting positive change in the world.
Nir Eyal is one of those rare people who’s doing incredibly original, incredibly important work at the intersection of passion and skill. You can tell within seconds that he cares deeply about his work. He’s been dubbed a techno prophet by MIT Technology Review and I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with, challenging and absorbing Nir’s philosophies.