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Recorded January 6th, 2020 at G-Unit Studios in Rhode Island!

Episode Audio


  • Matt Alderman
    CEO at Security Weekly, Strategic Advisor, and Wizard of Entrepreneurship
  • Paul Asadoorian
    Embedded device security researcher, security podcaster, and CEO of Active Countermeasures .

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    Topic: The Best and Worst of 2019

    • The best companies and performance of 2019
    1. Amazon
      1. These are Amazon’s 38 rules for success
      2. Jeff Bezos: This is the one Amazon leadership principle that ‘surprises people’ the most
      3. Amazon Has Become America’s CEO Factory
    2. Apple
      1. Apple has made some big changes in recent months — here's a look at the top new hires and moves you might have missed
      2. Steve Jobs’ Legacy Still Drives Apple’s Current And Future Products
      3. Apple's Top Leaders Use This Simple Presentation Hack to Make Their Slides Instantly Memorable
    3. Lululemon
      1. Three Challenges Lululemon Needs To Address To Keep Delivering Record Results
      2. New Lululemon CEO Calvin McDonald Faces Two Giant Challenges: Fix Culture, Maintain Growth
      3. Lululemon Is On Fire Thanks To The Power Of Community Retail
    • The worst companies and performance of 2019
    1. Boeing
      1. 737 Max Scandal Cuts Boeing's Once Rock-Solid Image
      2. These are the mistakes that cost Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg his job
      3. Boeing's Leadership Failure
    2. Facebook
      1. Facebook quietly discloses another serious privacy breach
      3. Facebook Security Debacles: 2019 Year in Review
    3. Pacific Gas & Light
      1. 'A victim of their own failure': Why PG&E's massive power shutdown in California was inevitable
      2. PG&E CEO: Blackouts could last 10 years, but impact should ease
      3. Happy New Year from PG&E: Your electric rates will rise Jan. 1

    Leadership Articles

    1. Lines will blur as CIOs take on more CTO responsibilities
    2. Budgets are increasing, but businesses demand value realization
    3. Projects morph into products
    4. Small improvements, constant iteration even in personal development
    5. Trouble's ahead — and technology is keeping business afloat
    • First Look: Leadership Books for January 2020 - Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in January 2020:
      • Teaching by Heart: One Professor's Journey to Inspire by Thomas J. DeLong
      • All You Have to Do Is Ask: How to Master the Most Important Skill for Success by Wayne Baker
      • Think Outside the Building: How Advanced Leaders Can Change the World One Smart Innovation at a Time by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
      • The Leader's Greatest Return: Attracting, Developing, and Multiplying Leaders by John C. Maxwell
      • Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage by Laura Huang
      • The Future Leader: 9 Skills and Mindsets to Succeed in the Next Decade by Jacob Morgan
    • Replace Resolutions with Habits and Make Your Life Mean Something Beyond 2020 - Humans are meaning-making machines. We make something real out in the world, then follow it until it reveals our purpose. 4 Ways to Take Action, Build Habits And Live A Purposeful Life:
    1. Make it Part of Your Daily Routine
    2. The 2-Minute Rule
    3. Stack New Habits On Current Ones
    4. Identity-Based Habits
    • The Right Way to Form New Habits - HBR interviews James Clear, author of Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones. His two recommendations include the following, but goes much deeper in this interview:
    1. Scale down your goals
    2. Focus on identity, not outcome
    1. Accept that nerves are natural.
    2. Start with a story.
    3. Control your non-verbals.
    4. Practice your ass off.
    1. What does a typical career path for someone in this position look like?
    2. When and how is feedback given?
    3. What are the goals for the company this year, and in five years?
    4. What is your favorite workplace tradition?
    5. How often do people get together outside of work?