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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, explainin...
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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...
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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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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 sma...
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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 i...
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A CEO’s Secret Weapon. Other CEOs.

Article written by #ShapingtheOdds' collaborator, global speaker and thought leader, Leo Bottary, about the power of CEO peer groups.   [ Read the full article on CEO World ]

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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The power of peers

We’ve all heard the expression ‘it’s lonely at the top’, and indeed many CEOs often find themselves dealing with a myriad of issues and challenges in isolation. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. One clear way that CEOs and entrepreneurs can help shape the odds in their favour is by joining a peer group. Well put together and managed peer groups can provide a safe haven for CEOs to come together and support each other, helping them to better navigate the sometimes choppy waters of the world...
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