Inspirational Interviews with Today's Authentic Leaders

Gain insights from best-selling authors and successful leaders 
using their influence as a force for good.

Featured Guests

Steve Farber
Author of Love is Just Damn Good Business 

Long-time friend, former colleague and best-selling author Steve Farber  joins me as a Guest on LeadersGetReal.  His fourth book, Love is Just Damn Good Business, will be released on September 6th.

Steve has been named one of Inc’s global Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts. He’s currently an  columnist as well as a sought-after speaker who was named Huffington Post’s #1 business speaker to listen to for 2017.  

Steve is also author of Greater Than Yourself and The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, which received Fast Company’s Readers’ Choice Award and was recently named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. 

Steve brings a rare blend of refreshing humor and compelling thought leadership. In our chat, Steve shares stories, examples and insights about love as a hard-core business principle.

Special episode
Great Authors Recommend Other Great Authors

"There's no greater recommendation than when an author tells you
to read someone else's book." Guy Kawasaki

When Guy Kawasaki, author of 15 books, said this in our Podcast chat, the idea bubbled up for an episode with great authors sharing what they have found to be great reads. From these compelling interviews with best-selling authors Liz Wiseman, Chip Conley, Dolly Chugh and Guy himself, you'll fill your reading list with stellar books -- from must-read classics to fresh new releases. What leadership books do you think they suggested? And what are your leadership favorites?

Chip Conley
Author of Wisdom @ Work & Airbnb “Mentern”

New York Times bestselling author Chip Conley is a rare entrepreneur who has disrupted his favorite industry...twice. At age 26, as founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, he took an inner city motel and turned it into the 2nd largest boutique hotel brand in America. Inspired by the work of famed psychologists Maslow and Frankl, Chip’s books, PEAK and Emotional Equations, share his theories on transformation and meaning in business and life. His new book, Wisdom @ Work was inspired by his post-50-year-old experiences as both a mentor and unexpected intern at Airbnb.

In this interview you’ll hear the humbling experience of this business icon when joining Airbnb with an average employee age half his own in a sector where his industry knowledge was golden but his tech knowledge was almost nil. In the process he made some amazing discoveries about the advantages of a multi-generational workforce, the importance of cultivating a beginner’s mind, and the power of curiosity.

Ebony Beckwith
Salesforce Chief Philanthropy Officer

Ebony Beckwith shared her favorite quote by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff in our interview: “The business of business is to improve the state of the world." No doubt Ebony shares that passionate belief as Chief Philanthropy Officer for Salesforce where she leads a 40 person team responsible for engaging more than 36,000 employees in community service, as well as administering millions of dollars in grants to improve communities around the world.

Ebony has been recognized as one of San Francisco Business Times’ Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business. Ebony and her team have achieved meaningful results with their work locally and internationally in education and workforce development. In this episode, we discuss authentic leadership, ingredients of a high engagement culture, and the power of corporations investing in their communities.

guy Kawasaki
Apple's Original Chief Evangelist & Author of 15 Books

 Guy Kawasaki is a Silicon Valley icon who first became known as Apple’s Chief Evangelist, launching the MacIntosh with epic success in Apple’s early days. From there he published many game-changing books: Selling the Dream, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, and more. His rich and varied career includes start-ups, venture capital,, Advisor to google, and now, a return to his role of Chief Evangelist with Canva, an innovative company aiming to democratize design the same way the Macintosh democratized computers.

In our chat, we discuss Guy’s 15th book coming out soon, Wise Guy: Lessons from a Life, a Chicken Soup for the Soul, (or as he says, “Miso Soup for the Soul”) kind of book, full of stories: the ups and downs of working with Steve Jobs, becoming Brand Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, reflecting on his family’s immigrant experience, adopting 2 kids from Guatemala, learning to surf at 62, and more. You’ll enjoy this lively interview, filled with wisecracking humor and laughs, as well as heartfelt wisdom about leading, evangelizing, parenting and life.

Jennifer Dulski
Author of Purposeful & Facebook Exec

In our chat,  Head of Facebook Groups,  former President and author of Purposeful: Are You a Manager or a Movement Starter?, Jennifer shares  eye-opening stories of leaders in business and social impact who effectively rally others around a common purpose.

Jennifer believes passionately that anyone can create positive change in the world, whether you're at a Fortune 500 company or a local community group; whether you’re an intern or a CEO. From her experience leading and as an executive at Facebook, Yahoo! and Google, Jennifer shares leadership lessons that bridge the gap between a great idea and real impact.


Best-selling Author of Multipliers

Liz Wiseman is the New York Times best-selling author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, and the bestseller Rookie Smarts.

She writes for Harvard Business Review & Fortune. Liz has appeared on the Thinkers50 list and named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. 

In this conversation, Liz's research and personal stories reveal how "multipliers"  bring out the genius in others...and get more than twice the results. Liz will leave you inspired and challenged to take your leadership to the next level.

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