Episode 147: Discover Success in Life and Leadership with Columbia Business School Professor Hitendra Wadhwa

Hitendra Wadhwa joins Patrick in the Leadership Lab to discuss success in life and leadership. Hitendra is a Professor at Columbia Business School and the Founder of the Mentora Institute. His simple yet profound insight that success in life and leadership originates from within has led to the training and transformation of thousands of executives…

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A Peek at Dolly Parton’s Two Biggest Assets

Dolly Parton owns a compound just a few blocks from our house in Nashville. It sits among a bustling walking neighborhood of shops and restaurants. Most passersby never notice the southwest-inspired complex, which is surrounded by an eight-foot fence and an ever-closed gate across the drive. I say ever-closed to describe the gate, but that’s…

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Reform, Perform, or Transform

There was a time in my life when I thought that brainstorming and setting priorities was a reasonably straightforward process. Invite the team into a room, ask them to create a list of possible priorities, and then pick a few. It seemed easy enough. How hard could it be? Then, I started doing it. As…

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Position Yourself for Success

We all fulfill several positions in our lives. I am a business owner, a professor, a father, a husband, a dog owner, an author, a speaker. You may be an accountant, a sister, and a choir director. Throughout the year, we can take on a new position without fully understanding performance expectations or examining the…

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Leadership, Porta-Potties, and Dumpsters

On a recent neighborhood walk, I passed a home undergoing renovation. There were several telltale signs – workers milling about, a building in disrepair, and both a dumpster and porta-potty nearby. The latter items caught my eye. Why? The dumpster and the porta-potty sat side-by-side on the same carriage. It was brilliant. Someone must have…

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7 Sources of Problems

When I sat down to write this article, my mind was filled with the news of the day. The headlines tell us that we are collectively facing a great number of problems: COVID-19, a struggling economy, divisiveness at every turn, geopolitical instability, the list goes on and on. Beyond the national and international issues, I…

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Assess Your Convictions

A few days ago, I served as a judge in a business pitch competition. In all likelihood, you have seen these types of competitions before on television. One by one, the various contestants step on stage to present their business idea to the judges in hopes of receiving funding or support. After the pitch, the…

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Be a Raving Fan

This past weekend, my wife, Jamie, and I went to a concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. If you are familiar with the Ryman, you know it is a special place. Unlike a large stadium filled with tens of thousands of people, the Ryman is an intimate setting. It also has a long…

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