Featured Guests


“Great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.” — Mark Twain

From time to time you’ll see guest posts or interviews.

I like to draw from a wide variety of expertise and bring you insights and actions to help you be more effective, realize your potential, and explore the art of the possible.

It’s a way to pragmatically stand on the shoulders of giants.

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Here is a sampling of some of the interesting people that have shared their insights…

Best-Selling Authors

I like to draw insight from book authors.  I find that somebody who spends the time to put together a book on a topic, they tend to have something to share.  One of my favorite things to ask authors is to share either their top 10 lessons in life, or their top 10 lessons in their area of expertise.

Al Reis

Al Reis
Author of The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding
Al is a legendary marketing strategist and the best-selling author of 11 books on marketing including Positioning, Marketing Warfare, Focus, The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding, The Fall of Advertising & the Rise of PR and his latest War in the Boardroom (2009).

Left Brainers and Right Brainers

Dan Schawbel


Author of Me 2.0 a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success
Dan is the bestselling author of Me 2.0, an award winning blogger at Personal Branding Blog, the publisher of Personal Branding Magazine, a national speaker and consultant on branding, and a BusinessWeek columnist.

Top 5 Lessons Learned in Personal Branding

David Straker


Author of Changing Minds

David is a master of change and influence techniques.  He is founder of the site Changing Minds.org.

Head, Heart, and Hands: A Pattern for Change

Guy Kawasaki

Author of The Art of the Start
Guy is a a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, bestselling author, and Apple Fellow.   Above all, Guy is a down to Earth unleasher of goodness, and he drives with a simple mission to “empower people.”

Top 10 Reasons to Self-Publish


Gretchen Rubin


Author of The Happiness Project
Gretchen is a best selling author and former lawyer.  Gretchen studied happiness by making it a project.  During The Happiness Project, she spent a year test-driving every principle, tip, theory, and scientific study she could find.

Top 10 Lessons Learned in Happiness

Jairek Robbins

Jairek is the best-selling author of Live It, a professional speaker, performance coach, and creator of the Rapid Results Formula.  And, if you’re wondering, yes, Jairek Robbins is the son of Tony Robbins.

How To Take the Ordinary and Turn it Into the EXTRAORDINARY!

Jay Heinrichs

Author of Thank You for Arguing
Jay is the author of the bestseller, Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion.

The 10 Best Ways to Persuade

Jim Kouzes

Jim Kouzes
Co-Author of The Leadership Challenge
Jim is a foremost researcher, award-winning writer, and highly sought after teacher in the field of leadership. Jim is co-author of the award-winning and best selling book, The Leadership Challenge.

The Top 10 Leadership Lessons

Questions and Answers on the Top 10 Leadership Lessons

Marie Forleo


Author of Make Every Man Want You
Marie is a best-selling author, speaker, online-entrepreneur, Nike Athlete and Master Trainer, fitness personality, dancer, and choreographer.

Lessons in Life by Marie Forleo

Michael Michalko

Michael Michalko

Michael is one of the most highly acclaimed creativity experts in the world and author of the best sellers Thinkertoys and Thinkpak..


Dancing in the Rain

Noah Blumenthal

Author of Be the Hero
Noah is the author of the nationally bestselling book, Be the Hero: Three Powerful Ways to Overcome Challenges in Work and Life and was named by Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of the world’s “Top 100 Minds in Personal Development.”

8 Ways to Be Heroic

Rick Kirschner (Dr.K)

Co-Author of Dealing with People You Can’t Stand
Dr. Rick Kirschner is an international bestselling author, world class speaker, educator and trainer, and media personality.

Top 10 Lessons Learned in Interpersonal Skills

How To Design a Fulfilling Life

Roger Conners

Co-Author of The Oz Principle
Started Partners in Leadership more than 19 years ago and has been helping clients create rapid culture change and greater accountability.

Accountability is Something We Do to Ourselves

Shama Kabani

Author of The Zen of Social Media Marketing
Shama is an author, award winning CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, and an international speaker.

Pursuit, Passion, and Perils: The Story of One Young Entrepreneur

Stephen L. Nelson


Best-selling author of QuickBooks for Dummies and Quicken for Dummies.

He was once called the Louis L’Amour of computer books by the Wall Street Journal because he’s written more computer books (roughly 160 at last count) than any other author.

The Five Small Business Formulas

Tim Ferris


Author of The 4-Hour Work Week, The 4-Hour Body, The 4-Hour Chef
Tim is an author, entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker.  He experiments in life-style design. Tim is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index for 2012.

Interview on the 4-Hour Chef

Tom Connors

Co-Author of The Oz Principle
Started Partners in Leadership more than 19 years ago and has been helping clients create rapid culture change and greater accountability.

Accountability is Something We Do to Ourselves

Insightful People

I come across insightful people all the time.  I like to have them share what they know with readers of Sources of Insight.

Some are unsung heroes.

Some are experts in their field.

Others are people who have learned from the school of hard knocks.

What they all have in common is insight that’s worth spreading.

Ali Hale

Ali is a freelance writer and a regular blogger for Dumb Little Man, Pick the Brain, and The Change Blog.  Ali’s super skill is wrestling with and digging deep into life’s really big questions.

My Top 10 Lessons in Life

Alissa Finerman


Alissa is the author of Living in Your Top 1%: Nine Essential Rituals to Achieve Your Ultimate Life Goals, which is essentially about helping people find their inner drive, get clarity on what they want, and make their dreams happen through compelling goals, and inspired action.

Seven Principles for a Better Life by Alissa Finerman

Craig Shoemaker

Craig is a winner of the American Comedy Award for funniest male stand-up comic.  He’s not just an award-winning funny guy … he’s also a comedian with heart.

10 Lessons Learned in Comedy by Craig Shoemaker

Dia Thabet

Dia’s specialty is setting and achieving goals.

Lessons in Life by Dia Thabet

Eduard Ezeanu

Eduard blogs at People Skills Decoded and is a communication’s coach with an attitude-based approach.

Top 10 Lessons in Improving Communication

Top 10 Confidence Boosters that Work

Farouk Radwan

Farouk blogs at 2KnowMyself.com and focuses on helping people deal with bad emotions.

Top 7 Lessons Learned on Dealing with Bad Emotions

10 Ways to Get Over Your Breakup More Easily

Gino Wickman

Gino is the author of the award-winning book Traction; Get a Grip on your Business.

Six Key Components of a Well-Run Business

Jacob Sokol

Jacob figured out how to spend more of his time doing what he loves, having less regrets, and enjoying the journey along the way.

My How of Happiness

Janine de Nysschen

Changemaker and Purpose Strategist, Whytelligence
Janine believes there’s a sense of purpose instilled in everyone and it defines the difference you want to make in this world, and it inspires everything you do.

Discover Your Why

Discover the How to Your Why

Jay Elliot

Author of The Steve Jobs Way
Jay shares what he learned about leadership, building great teams, and building great products from working side-by-side with Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs: “Good Enough” is Never Good Enough

John Hanson


John is passionate about developing people and helping them succeed.  He’s been doing so for 16 years at SAFECO Insurance, and 10 years at Microsoft.

Success 2.0

Jonathan Figaro

Jonathan is the author of the blog, TheDropOutKid.com.

Lessons in Life, by Jonathan Figaro

Ken Sylvester

Ken Sylvester
President of Organization Strategy Institute, Inc.
Dr. Ken Sylvester is a skilled negotiator. He has mediated and negotiated for organizations such as Microsoft, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Google, the NBA, the NFL,  Nike, Coca-Cola, and many others.

Top 5 Characteristics of Leaders

Linda P. Jones

Linda is a real-world wealth builder.  Her super skill is simplifying financial advice and helping people build wealth.

8 Steps to Wealth

Melody Fletcher

Melody has a wealth of experience from managing multi-million dollar restaurants in San Francisco, to working as a dealer in several Las Vegas casinos, to selling fiber optic network components in Germany, to running a Global IT service center for a large multi-national corporation in Spain.

Cracking the Code: How to Attract Everything You’ve Ever Wanted

Nadia Ballas-Ruta

Nadia is the author of the Happy Lotus blog, and her super skill is spirituality. She was trained by a Buddhist master and this turned out to be one of her most powerful, life changing events.

Top 10 Lessons Learned in Spirituality

Passion 101

Nina Yau

Nina blogs at Castle in the Air and is a seeker of Truth.  She is also a prolific author, a traveler, a thinker and  a philosopher.

You and a One Way Ticket to the World by Nina Yau

Pat Flynn

Pat blogs at The Smart Passive Income Blog.   His super skill is learning how to make money online and sharing what he learns along the way.

Top 10 Lessons on How To Make a Living on the Internet.

Rob White


Author of 80: Climbing the Two Ladders to Inner Strength and Outer Freedom
Rob is an author and explorer of the mind.  He inspires minds at MindAdventure.com.

Make Plenty of Miss-Takes

Weldon “Wally” Long

Weldon is the author of  the book, The Upside of Fear, which is Winner of the 2009 New York Book Festival’s award in the Biography/Autobiography category, and is endorsed by Stephen Covey and Tony Robbins.

Emerson was Right … If You THINK He Was