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How I became a podcaster

​Hosting my own podcast wasn't even on my radar until I received a call from Randy Cantrell. Keep in mind that I didn't know Randy from Adam, and he didn't know me either. He had read the Power of Peers, liked the book, and is a huge fan of peer groups for business leaders. I had a lot going on at the time, so it actually took me awhile to engage in any kind of real dialogue with him. I'm so happy I finally did.After a few conversations and an impressive video he put together for me, explaining ...
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How CEOs can delegate more effectively

John C. Maxwell, internationally recognized leadership expert, said, “If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.”While delegating sounds like an easy enough task, that isn’t always the case. Many CEOs struggle with delegation.To help you build a strong team and get more work done, we look at how CEOs can delegate more effectively.Why delegate?Delegating tasks ensures you’re spreading the work around. It a...
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Empredil rocks Santiago de Chile

I'm writing this blog post from Santiago in Chile where I'm attending the Empredil conference with Rahfeal Gordon, who's giving a keynote speech on Friday to more than 600 people at Chile's most prestigious school Nido de Aguilas, which is an international school with about 1,500 pupils and a theatre that seats 750 where the two-day event will take place. I'm literally blown away by what I've seen so far. Founded three years ago in Mexico by then 15-year old Diego Garza, who is Rahfeal's mentee ...
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5 Conditions for #ShapingtheOdds With Your Peer Group

​Last time, I offered a framework, or a reinforcing loop if you will, that illustrated how peer groups for entrepreneurs work so well. This week, I'd like to share the five conditions, that are necessary for a group to drive the reinforcing loop I introduced in that post.Turns out, you can't just throw a bunch of people in a room, cross your fingers, and trust that group members will spontaneously engage in the process of learning, sharing, applying and achieving. Because of this, we need to loo...
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Year of the Peer Podcast debuts January 12th

In the wake of the most divisive presidential election in modern U.S. history, host Leo Bottary and producer Randy Cantrell will launch a weekly podcast titled The Year of the Peer, with Leo Bottary. The free podcast (available on audio and video) will begin on Thursday, January 12th, featuring top leaders, authors, journalists, and scholars, who will talk about the importance of coming together and the need for relying on one another more than ever as we address the challenges of a future most ...
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There’s a real buzz about the HIVE Global Leaders Program

Last month I took part in #HIVE10 – the tenth edition of the HIVE Global Leaders Program – in San Francisco, with 104 other participants from a total of 47 countries and a team of about 30 HIVE staff, including many volunteers, and it was awesome! I could go on about it for a very long time, but I promise not to, so this won't take you long to read.I was extremely fortunate to already be in San Francisco when I was accepted by HIVE to participate in one of their programs, which to me seemed to s...
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A Culture of Accountability


I was recently invited to contribute a video for a webinar that was led by Vistage (UK) titled: Accountability – The glue that ties commitment to results. When it comes to creating a culture of accountability, either for a peer advisory/mastermind group or for a team inside any organization, the five factors outlined in The Power of Peers: How the Company You Keep Drives Leadership, Growth & Success provide a fitting framework. Here’s the video I submitted, which served as my small...
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Jonathan and Cultural Legacy

Meet Jonathan the Husky, the mascot for the University of Connecticut.  He’s an enduring and evolving symbol, named in honor of the last colonel and the first governor of the “Constitution State.”  There’s a costumed version and an actual canine.  I’ll leave it to you to guess which one is standing with me in this photo taken at last night’s game – an exhibition between the 2016-2017 edition of the UCONN women’s basketball team and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).My inter...
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Five Reasons 2017 will be the Year of the Peer!

The world is changing and growing increasingly complex. Technology is being introduced at a faster pace than we can adopt it, and events halfway around the world can have immediate ripple effects no matter where we live.  In the face of all this rapid change, the 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer tells us that institutional trust is at an all-time low.  So if you’re starting a new venture or leading an early-stage company, where do you turn? How will you meet the challenges of a future you ...
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Become the CEO of your own life

Sometimes as an entrepreneur you can help shape the odds in favour of others whilst shaping them in your own favour too. That’s a real win-win and exactly what the dynamic duo behind CEO WORLD, Miguel and Rosario, does with their online mastermind group for CEOs, Founders and Owners from around the globe who come together every month to collaborate and support each other’s success.  Read more about peer advantage here The Power of Peers.The founder and CEO of CEO WORLD, Portuguese born Migu...
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