It Is Our Struggles, More Than Our Successes, That Forge Great Leaders and Entrepreneurs

Bobby Herrera’s Meteoric Rise as CEO of Populus Group Is Rooted in Life’s Hardships

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In his new book, The Gift of Struggle – out today from Bard Press, Bobby Herrera tells the true-life story of how the hardships he faced as one of 13 children in a Mexican migrant family, provided him the drive and backbone to make possible the impossible.

More importantly, Bobby shares specific life-changing lessons about leadership that turns conventional wisdom on its head. It is the formula that Bobby used to launch Populus Group in 2002 and build it into a $500-million-a-year HR services company – one of the fasting growing such concerns in the United States.

What makes Populus Group a role model for many businesses – large and small – is not its size, but its culture. As Bobby details in The Gift of Struggle, after a rocky start as CEO, he learned to foster a sense of purpose, mutual trust, and community among his employees.

Bobby is an evangelist for compassionate leadership. A key characteristic of compassionate leaders, he tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, is recognizing that everyone struggles – from the migrant workers of rural America to the silver-spoon babies of the Ivy League – and that at the end of the day, we all – more or less – strive for the same thing: to believe our lives matters.

Rotbart, who doesn’t just read the books of guests who appear on his program, he devours them, says he scribbled notes throughout The Gift of Struggle, including on many pages that provided him actionable steps.

Bobby, soon to be a bestselling author, is only the latest in a long line of popular authors published by Bard Press, headed by the incomparable Ray Bard, and deputy publisher Todd Sattersten.

Among Bard’s best-known titles:  The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan; Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Red Book of Selling; Nuts! – the story of the legendary Herb Kelleher and Southwest Airlines; The Wizard of Ads Trilogy by none other than Roy H. Williams, and Fired Up Selling, Ray Bard’s own collection of wonderful quotes designed to inspire, energize, and succeed.

It is so common in life to conclude that our struggles are what hold us back. Without them, we tell ourselves, we could accomplish so much more. But Bobby explains that such thinking is erroneous. Adversity, properly harnessed, can become the rocket fuel of personal and professional growth.

Purchase your own first-edition of The Gift of Struggle by clicking here.

Photo: Bobby Herrera, Populus Group
Posted: June 3, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 50:37

 

Fusion Leadership: Unleashing the Movement of Monday Morning Enthusiasts

70% of American Workers Hate Their Job. Dudley Slater Aims to Change That

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When business owners and leaders align their personal interests with the best interests of their companies and employees, the resulting “Fusion” becomes a powerful force for success.

Too often, says Dudley R. Slater, former CEO of Integra Telecom  – with more than 2,500 employees – leaders put their egos and self-interest ahead of what’s best for their organizations.

Dudley, author of Fusion Leadership, tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart how leaders and team members who work together for a shared purpose can unleash powerful synergies – not only in business, but also in society as a whole.

Photo: Dudley R. Slater
Posted: April 29, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 35:04

Learn the Mistakes – Yes, Mistakes – Made by Some of the World’s Most Successful People

Bestselling Author Skip Prichard on the 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future

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If you want to learn how to do it right, a great place to begin is by studying what not to do.

Skip Prichard, a successful CEO and former head of publishing giant, Ingram Content Group, is a leading scholar of missteps and miscalculations.

For his Wall Street Journal bestseller – The Book of Mistakes – he’s condensed the hard-earned lessons he gleaned from interviewing more than 1,000 successful people – from Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – down to nine common errors.

Avoid these nine missteps, Skip tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, and you will achieve greater success than you ever imagined possible.

Photo: Skip Prichard, Book of Mistakes
Posted: April 1, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 33:47

The Proper Care and Feeding of Bosses, With Andy Singer

Why ‘Managing Up’ is Good for Employees, Bosses, and Profits

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For a business to be truly successful, it requires executives who excel at managing their employees and, according to Andy Singer, employees who excel at managing their executives.

Andy is the founder and CEO of Singer Executive Development, a Florida consultancy that trains both executives and employees on ways to maximize their performance, including managing each other well.

As Andy tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, employees who “manage up” are not suck ups – they’re savvy career strategists who understand that when their bosses look good, their career prospects look even better.

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Posted: March 4, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 36:11

Sid Vicious He’s Not, But Ex-Microsoft Executive Jeremy Dale Maintains a Punk Rock Attitude in Business

And … Introducing His Latest Venture – Otro, a Global Digital Club for Soccer Fans

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If Jeremy Dale hadn’t spent the last eight years as a vice president of Microsoft Corp., people might dismiss his new book, The Punk Rock of Business: Applying a Punk Rock Attitude in the Modern Business Era, as a flight of fancy. 

But Punk Rock and successful businesses have much more in common than you might imagine, starting with authenticity and a refusal to conform.

Coincidentally, Jeremy’s interview from London with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart comes on the very day that Jeremy is officially launching his latest venture – Otro, a global digital club for soccer fans that is designed from the ground up to be a Punk Rock business.

Do you have what it takes be a fast-paced, hard-edged business punk rocker?  Find out this weeks, only Monday Morning Radio.

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Posted: December 3, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:26

Sears Once Resembled the Amazon Juggernaut – What Happened?

Steven D. Goldstein, Former Senior Sears Executive, On Lessons We Can Learn

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There are plenty of lessons to be gleaned from the bankruptcy filing of Sears last week, and Steven D. Goldstein is just the expert to articulate them.

Steve, a one-time chairman of Sears Financial and member of the company’s executive committee, is an expert on management disengagement and the problems that ensue. He is currently president of Engaged Leadership Advisors, advising corporate leaders on ways to drive change, accelerate innovation, and assemble highly effective teams. 

You may recall that in 2016, Steve was featured on Monday Morning Radio after he wrote the book, Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami?, which detailed how Sears continued to stock snowblowers in its Florida garden centers even though it hasn’t snowed in Miami since 1977.

Host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart caught up with Steve to get his advice for other retailers and businesses that seek practical recommendations on how they can avoid Sears’ missteps.

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Posted: October 22, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 24:01

This Battle-Hardened Corporate Executive Knows What It Takes to Lead and Innovate

Former Military Intelligence Officer Michael Diamond Has Also Fought in Business War Zones

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Michael Diamond is an expert when it comes to building, motivating, and growing business teams.

He honed his skills in war zones – first fighting Iraq in Operation Desert Storm – and more recently, battling the fierce competition in the highly competitive mobile products marketplace.

Michael is currently general manager of payments for Mitek Systems. If you’ve ever deposited a check by taking a picture of it with your mobile phone, then you’ve probably used the technology that Michael and his team oversee.

Michael is passionate about leadership, and innovation, and this week he reveals to host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart the most valuable – and actionable – lessons he’s learned along his life’s journey.

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Posted: September 24, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:45