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Something Extra with Lisa Nichols

Join our CEO Lisa Nichols as she interviews leaders from around the world to share their stories and show us what it takes to influence, encourage, and be a true leader in our daily lives.

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Episode 237: Switching From Busy to Effective w/ Zach Clark

While we all know that successful leaders are busy, get-things-done kinds of people, we also know that not all tasks are created equal. Join us as Zack Clark, Founder of Development & Leadership, discusses how leaders have to ask themselves hard questions to guide their own efforts before managing others. You’ll also hear how he grew up with a schoolhouse in his backyard and was immersed in duck hunting as a child. Join us for an equally fun and insightful episode all in one.

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Episode 236: Taking Back Your Power w/ Deb Liu

When Deb Liu went into an interview for employment at Facebook, she took a risk and pitched an idea: To build a marketplace where users can buy and sell from each other. Six years later, her dream is a reality used by more than one billion people per month. Deb has yet again taken another chance on herself and now serves as the CEO of Ancestry. This episode is packed with wisdom on proving yourself wrong, making intentional decisions, and leaving a legacy.

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Episode 235: Necessity is the Mother of Invention w/ Jennifer Labit

Jennifer Labit started out as a young mother who had to choose between diapers or food for her newborn. Now, as the President & CEO of Cotton Babies, she has received numerous distinctions such as “Most Influential Business Woman” and “40 under 40.” When describing her journey as an accidental entrepreneur, Jennifer says it best: “As leaders, we rarely give ourselves permission to disrupt ourselves, which is essential to personal growth.” Listen and grow today.

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Episode 234: Do for One What You Wish You Could Do for Everyone w/ Joel Manby

Have you ever considered what it would mean for your life and leadership to integrate “love the verb” into each day? This week’s guest, Joel Manby, has been a CEO for five companies and combines these experiences into his book, “Love Works.” Listen as he and Lisa discuss why integrating love into the foundation of your organization can foster grateful employees, impress customers, and drive business health.

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Episode 233: Finding Our Greatness Through Service w/ Sean Lambert

In the first chapter of his book, “The Homes of Hope Story,” Sean Lambert describes Netflix’s rise to greatness. While the competition focused on retail, Netflix obsessed over serving its viewers by bringing content directly to them. Today, they dominate the media space. Learn more about how a service mindset transformed Sean’s work at Youth with a Mission, and how to find more opportunities for service in your life.

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Episode 232: Lessons Learned on the Playing Field w/ Pat Combs

We all know that youth sports instill important values such as teamwork, leadership, and resilience. However, our hyper-competitive culture increasingly makes the scoreboard a primary concern. Join us this week as Lisa talks with Pat Combs, former Major League Baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies. The lessons he learned on the pitching mound continue to shape his financial career and family life today.

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Episode 231: The People You Meet and The Books You Read w/ Steve Gatena

Have you heard the expression, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read?” As a serial media entrepreneur, Steve Gatena has found this to be true. Join us as this week’s guest, Founder & CEO of, shares about a breaking point in his career, the podcast that changed his life, and how this inspired him to create a digital destination for faith-based content.

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Episode 230: Using Tech to Build the Mouthwatering Menu at Panera w/ John Meister

“What’s your Panera fave?” While we all know and love the menu at this iconic bakery-café, we may not realize the innovation and digital transformation that has gone on behind the scenes. Tune in as Lisa speaks with John Meister, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, to learn how technology plays a key role in enhancing the customer experience. Their conversation is sure to leave you hungry for more.

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Episode 229: It’s Never Too Late to Get Back Up Again w/ Bruce Sheridan

As we look at leaders, we often ask what they have gone through in life to establish their credibility. This week’s episode features Bruce Sheridan, Author, Certified EOS Implementer, and President of Life Compass, Inc. Listen in as he shares inspirational stories about his healing from childhood struggles and substance abuse, which in turn has helped him coach countless leadership teams and young adults. It won’t surprise you to find out that resiliency is the ‘Something Extra’ he believes every leader needs.

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Episode 228: Claiming Victory Over Our Lives Through Nutrition w/ Debbie Portell Morris

According to Debbie Portell Morris,“Food is life or death. Choose life and eat clean.” She speaks from experience, as Debbie passed out suddenly one night in her driveway and was rushed away in an ambulance. Over the course of the next two years, she worked with 22 doctors to find out why. Now, as the owner of Integrity Training Systems and Sophie’s Bakery, she has seen countless people saved through the same means as herself – by using nutrition as the key to healing.

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