The Brainfluence Podcast with Roger Dooley (general)

Amazon is the company that every other company wants to be. They dominate ecommerce and are a serious player in every market they enter. And, their customers love them.

In this episode, best-selling authors Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg share lessons from their new book, written with co-author Roy Williams, Be Like Amazon: Even Lemonade Stands Can Do It. They have a passion for learning from Amazon and applying their strategies to businesses big and small.

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Former Navy SEAL Chris Fussell knows what it takes to work as part of a high-functioning team. In this episode, he shares some of his expertise on team-building while discussing his new book, One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams, and how businesses and civilian teams can benefit from using some military-style strategies.

Chris dispels many stereotypes about military leadership methods in this episode. He shares examples of how to get an edge on opponents using a more trusting and less hierarchal decision-making process. He emphasizes the need for leadership to create an atmosphere for successful collaboration by creating a unifying message that gets the group focused on a goal bigger than themselves. And finally, we discuss how recognizing the advantage of different viewpoints and conflicting ideas is a key to success.

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Get ready to get psyched up and motivated with today’s guest, Daniel McGinn. Dan is senior editor at the Harvard Business Review and the author of the new book Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed. In it, he explores how the right mental preparation can dramatically change the way you perform in all areas, from sports competitions to business meetings alike.

Dan starts by shedding light on why your mind reacts the way it does under stress and how you can use that reaction to channel excitement rather than fear. We also discuss studies from Dan's book, including how mind-altering thoughts and rituals can have a positive effect on our performance. Dan then shares specific ways to weave proven psychological techniques into the way you work, from musical or meditative style centering to pep talks and rituals.

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Is it actually OK to discuss gender differences in the workplace? For years, the mere suggestion that men and women might think differently would have meant a mandatory sensitivity training session. Things are changing, though. Gender expert Barbara Annis provides breakthrough, science-based ideas and solutions that will improve results and maximize team performance.

Using scientific studies and data from clients, Barbara shows that it’s far better to understand gender differences rather than hide or ignore them. She encourages companies to do their research and check their assumptions. They should steer away from basing assessments and work expectations on “sameness.”

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As our guest Art Markman can attest, the intersection between business and human irrationality is becoming increasingly fascinating to academics and CEOs alike. 

Art returns to the podcast in this episode to talk about how businesses are beginning to realize how essential it is to understand the less rational actions of customers. He also shares some of the insights from his new book about how to lead a happy life, whether or not "brain games" really work, and why time seems to fly as we get older.

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Video consumption is exploding, and is rapidly overtaking written content as the top medium for communication and content marketing. Veteran filmmaker Vern Oakley's new book, Leadership in Focus: Bringing Out Your Best on Camerateaches leaders in particular how they can create authentic, pitch-perfect video content to connect with their audiences - be they employees, consumers, or constituents.

Vern and I talk about how and why video consumption is growing so quickly and its advantages over written content. Vern tells us why so many people freeze up on camera, and what you can do to come across as the most authentic version of yourself. He explains how you can be more credible, friendly, and trustworthy. We also discuss how to gauge your audience and hit the right note with your communication and editing style. 

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Ken Blanchard, author of the massive best seller One Minute Manager, is the most prolific author we've had on the show, and he's showing no signs of stopping. His new book, co-authored with Claire Diaz-Ortiz, is One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work with a Mentor — And Why You’ll Benefit from Being One.

In this interview, Ken and I talk about his longtime writing career and how he writes books that stand the test of time. We discuss the typical business-book format and voice, and why he and co-authors have decided to buck that trend. Ken also shares his tips for finding a mentor and why he's a big fan of cross-generational mentorship.

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My guest today may be one of the few to say that we ask our advertisements to do too much. But in an age that sees us constantly bombarded by marketing, he has a point - it may be unrealistic to expect a simple banner ad to drive traffic.

Jeff and I talk about advertising friction and how it keeps both people and brands from realizing their goals. Jeff talks about how customers today don't want to be interrupted and how our brains have learned to block out advertising. We highlight some of the biggest and best brands in the advertising game, and how they use inspiring content to keep customers engaged.

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Our guest today reinvented himself from a bestselling author to a media entrepreneur. Tucker Max left Duke Law School in 2001 with a law degree and no interest in becoming a lawyer. Instead, he wrote a book, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, that hit the New York Times bestseller list and created the genre known as "fratire." Eventually, the book would lead to a movie deal and spend more than 100 weeks on the New York Times list. Two of Tucker's other books landed on the NYTimes list as well.

Tucker’s latest venture is Book in a Box, a business that helps busy entrepreneurs and executives write and publish books by managing the process and supporting them every step of the way.

In our conversation, he shares practical advice on turning your knowledge and expertise into a book that people will read and buy.

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Bryce Hoffman's time at the U.S. Army’s Red Team Leader Program at the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies became the core of his new book, Red Teaming: How Your Business Can Conquer the Competition by Challenging Everything. 

In this episode, Bryce introduces the concept of red teaming and how militaries and companies around the world use the strategy to stress-test their decisions. We discuss how red teaming can help you uncover blindspots in your thinking and overcome cognitive biases that might otherwise lead you into a business quagmire.

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