Guest: 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. 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,, Adviser 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.

1) Enjoy Guy's newest book, Wise Guy: Lessons From a Life
Go to our Leaders Get Real “Reads” tab and get any of Guy’s books for the same Amazon price, while supporting a great cause. Leaders Get Real will donate a portion of your purchase to provide education to  vulnerable kids around the world.

2) To Follow Guy
     > Looking for Guy's other books? They are all here in one place on Amazon's Guy Kawasaki page.
     > Connect with Guy at

SHOW NOTES - References during our Interview
1) Books Guy Recommends
     > If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit - Barbara Ueland
     > The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done - Peter Drucker
     > Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel Pink
     > Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail - Clayton Christensen
     > Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion - Robert Cialdini
     > Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol Dweck

2) Additional Mentions
     > What I Learned from Steve Jobs - blog post at
     > Canva - Democratizing Design
     > Slate Advisers - Democratizing Executive Coaching
     > Digital Nest: High Tech for Young Minds. Non-profit, high-tech training and collaboration space

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Guest: Lisa Lahey – Author of Immunity to Change

Lisa Lahey is a member of the Harvard Faculty & Author of Immunity to Change.

Do you have a personal improvement goal or a change you want to make at work that has proven resistant to your sincerest intentions, smartest plans, and best efforts? Discover a path to personal breakthrough from this Interview with Harvard faculty and 3-time author, Lisa Lahey, revealing deceptively simple insights from Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization.

When Oprah Winfrey listed the Top Ten Things You Should Do to Start the New Year Right, number ONE on the list was, “Try the Immunity-to-Change approach.” This ground-breaking, award-winning approach has helped tens of thousands of people make lasting changes at work and in their private lives.

One-Minute Intro Video

Lisa Lahey is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she recently served as the associate director of the Change Leadership Group, a national project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop greater internal capacity for leading organizational improvement in public schools.

1) Enjoy Lisa’s Books
Go to our Leaders Get Real “Reads” tab and get any of Lisa’s books for the same Amazon price, while supporting a great cause. Leaders Get Real will donate a portion of your purchase to provide education to  vulnerable kids around the world.

   > Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization
   > How The Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work
   > An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization

2) Tools & Resources
Lisa is also co-founder of Minds at Work, a consulting group working with senior leaders and teams in corporations and non-profits worldwide. For tools and resources, including an upcoming online The Change course, go to

Get $50 off registration for the January 14, 2019 launch of The Change Course, a 7-week online learning program to overturn your unique immunity to change and achieve lasting success with a personal or leadership improvement goal that matters to you. Go to and enter code "LGR Podcast" in "How did you hear about the course?”

To get a 20% Leaders Get Real Listener discount on tuition for any 2019 Immunity to Change Facilitator’s Workshop, email for details.

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Guest: Justin Bariso – Author of EQ Applied

Justin Bariso is the author of the best selling book, EQ Applied, and one of's most popular columnists. His thoughts on leadership, management, and emotional intelligence have been featured by TIME, CNBC, and Forbes, among others. He has been recognized repeatedly by LinkedIn as a “Top Voice” in Management and Workplace Culture.

In this age of instant communication, constant distractions, and major conflict, a high emotional intelligence quotient, or EQ, is more important than ever. But what exactly is emotional intelligence? And what does it look like in real life and leadership? In this interview, Justin shows us with current examples: Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Satya Nadella (Microsoft) and Angela Ahrendts (Apple), personal experiences and practical ideas to grow your own EQ.

​Raised in a multicultural environment, Justin learned to see the world through different sets of eyes. After spending a decade in management for a major nonprofit, he moved to Europe and began his own consulting agency, where he's worked with a wide range of companies from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Today, Justin focuses on helping others harness the power of emotion for good at work and in life.

See Justin’s engaging and practical blog posts drawn from his Inc. articles at:

Enjoy the book!  
Click here to buy a copy of EQ Applied and and  you'll multiply your impact! Leaders Get Real will donate a portion of your purchase to provide education to orphans in East Africa.

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Guest: Cam Barber – Author of What’s Your Message

Cam Barber  is the author of What's Your Message?

Are you able to gain buy-in from the people you lead? Do they recall your key ideas when you communicate day to day -- and act upon them? Enjoy compelling insights and engaging stories from Cam Barber, the Author of What’s Your Message: Public Speaking with Twice the Impact Using Half the Effort. Cam’s book has rave reviews from the likes of Jack Welch and Seth Godin.

Cam is a messaging consultant, speech writer and speaking coach for his clients, including: Walt Disney, BBC Worldwide, Fox Sports, Johnson & Johnson, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Explore the power of messaging in your leadership (and even your parenting) in this lively Podcast episode, and ultimately, gain greater buy-in for your ideas.

Cam's background as a radio executive taught him how to get inside the mind of an audience and trigger message recall. 

Cam is the CEO of Vivid Learning. You can find more resources at

Enjoy the book! Here are two ways:
1) Click here to buy a copy of What's Your Message? and and  you'll multiply your impact! Leaders Get Real will donate a portion of your purchase to provide education to orphans in East Africa.
2) For a limited time get a 50% discount on the Kindle version: Nov 14-21. Click here.

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Guest: Jennifer Dulski – Author of Purposeful and Head of Facebook Groups

Jennifer Dulski  is Head of Facebook Groups and the author of Wall Street Journal bestseller 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. After rising in the ranks from an early Yahoo! employee to VP, Jen became co-founder and CEO of Dealmap, becoming the first woman to sell a company to Google. Next she became President & COO of, a social enterprise company that empowers people globally to create campaigns for change.

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.

Jennifer is a prominent thought leader in Silicon Valley, and writes frequently about management and leadership for LinkedIn Influencers, Fortune and Huffington Post.

You can find more resources at and join the Facebook Purposeful group to connect with others energized to impact meaningful change.

And, get the book! Click here to buy a copy of Purposeful and and  you'll multiply your impact! Leaders Get Real will donate a portion of your purchase to provide education to orphans in East Africa.

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5 Guest: Marcela Davison Aviles – Disney Pixar’s Lead Cultural Consultant – Coco

Marcela Davison Aviles  is the lead Cultural Consultant on Disney Pixar's animated film: Coco, winner of two Academy Awards: Best Animated Film and Best Song. The film is being lauded for achieving Disney's finest work yet in its cultural authenticity. Marcela is a hidden figure behind the success.

Coco is second only to Moana in largest openings for Disney/Pixar. One of the most incredible parts of Coco’s success has been how it has resonated so deeply with the Mexican, Mexican-American and Latino communities across the world, while also managing to win the hearts of an international and non-Latino U.S. audience.

A first generation daughter to Mexican parents, Davison Aviles worked hard and earned degrees from Harvard and Stanford Law. She brought her first-hand intimate knowledge of Mexico straight to the big screen as the lead consultant on Coco, and the authenticity of the film is being hailed as unparalleled. Marcela played a critical role advising in every aspect of the film, from storytelling, costumes and music, to PR and marketing. Above all, she guided the film’s non-Latino Director and Producer in navigating a highly sensitive cultural and political climate in America to produce a groundbreaking and historic success.

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