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Jesse and Emily Cole, the owners of the the world famous Savannah Bananas, share how they bet on their vision and themselves to create one of the most popular teams in sports history. In this special Bananas takeover of the podcast, the Coles talk about how they revolutionized the game of baseball by pulling in lessons outside their industry, reframing their concept of failure, and placing fans first in everything they do. They also share their approach to parenting and the fulfillment they've gained though being foster parents. The Savannah Bananas are an exhibition baseball team based in Savannah, Georgia. The team was founded in 2016 and has played at Grayson Stadium since its inaugural season. Until 2022, the Bananas competed in the Coastal Plain League's (CPL) West division, where they won three Petitt Cup championships (2016, 2021, and 2022). The team has sold out every game since the first season in Savannah and every city on the Banana Ball World Tour. The team has been featured by ESPN, The Wall Street Journal, and Sports Illustrated because of its on-field hijinks and viral videos.
Bestselling author James Patterson joins Joe to discuss his memoir, James Patterson by James Patterson: Stories of My Life.  In the interview they discuss how James walked away from a successful first career in advertising to pursue his love for telling stories. Patterson also shares lessons he learned coauthoring books with President Clinton and Dolly Parton. Finally, he shares the approach he used to get his son into reading books and offers advice to parents on getting kids to put down their devices and pick up a book. James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 375 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, Dog Diaries and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
Bestselling author Ryan Holiday discusses his newest book Discipline is Destiny: The Power of Self-Control. He makes the case that in a world where most things are literally at our fingertips, discipline becomes a virtue of great importance. It’s what helps us remain in check and avoid ruin, imbalance, dysfunction, or dependency. Ryan Holiday is one of the world's bestselling living philosophers. His books like The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Stillness Is the Key appear in more than 40 languages and have sold more than 5 million copies. Together, they've spent over 300 weeks on the bestseller lists. He lives outside Austin with his wife and two boys...and a small herd of cows and donkeys and goats. His bookstore, The Painted Porch, sits on historic Main St in Bastrop, Texas.
Juliet Funt, the author of A Minute to Think: Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work discusses the need for leaders and organizations to embrace white space on their calendars.  Juliet and Joe also talk about the reasons why people feel the need to fill schedules  with activity and how that can actually become a road block to success. Featured in top media outlets such as Forbes, CNBC, and Fast Company, Juliet Funt is a globally renowned keynote speaker, tough-love advisor to the Fortune 500, founder and CEO of the efficiency training firm, Juliet Funt Group.Juliet is the author of A Minute to Think, nominated for the Next Big Idea Club curated by Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Pink, Susan Cain and Adam Grant. She is an evangelist for freeing the potential of companies by unburdening their talent from busywork, and she has brought her powerful concepts to Spotify, National Geographic, Anthem, Vans, Abbott, Costco, Pepsi, Nike, Wells Fargo, Sephora, Sysco, and ESPN. 
Hollywood Producer Andrew Muscatto and military advisor Hans Bush join the show to discuss The Greatest Beer Run Ever, a new movie starring Zac Efron and Russel Crowe that tells the story of Chickie Donahue and his mission to deliver beer to all of his neighborhood friends serving in Vietnam. Based on a true story, The Greatest Beer Run Ever recounts Chickie's unlikely but true story of his trip to the front lines in 1967 and the lessons he learned along the way. The Greatest Beer Run Ever is currently in theaters and available on Apple TV+. Also, check out Andrew's short documentary on Chickie and his friends.  
Retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni joins the show to share the lessons he learned from over four decades of public service. He provides leadership insights and stories that range from his experiences in the jungles of Vietnam to the headquarters of United States Central Command (CENTCOM) and years of working in the private sector. Anthony Zinni is a retired Marine Corps 4-star General. He joined the Marine Corps’ Platoon Leader Class program in 1961 and was commissioned an infantry second lieutenant in 1965 upon graduation from Villanova University. He held numerous command and staff assignments that included platoon, company, battalion, regimental, Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Marine Expeditionary Force command. His staff assignments included service in operations, training, special operations, counter-terrorism, and manpower billets. He has been a tactics and operations instructor at several Marine Corps schools and was selected as a fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group. General Zinni’s joint assignments included command of a joint task force and a unified command. He has also had several joint and combined staff billets at task force and unified command levels.His military service has taken him to over 70 countries and includes deployments to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Western Pacific, Northern Europe, and Korea. He has also served tours of duty in Okinawa and Germany. His operational experiences included two tours in Vietnam, where he was severely wounded; emergency relief and security operations in the Philippines; Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey and northern Iraq; Operation Provide Hope in the former Soviet Union; Operations Restore Hope, Continue Hope, and United Shield in Somalia; Operations Resolute Response and Noble Response in Kenya; Operations Desert Thunder, Desert Fox, Desert Viper, Desert Spring, Southern Watch, and Maritime Intercept Operations in Iraq and the Persian Gulf; and Operation Infinite Reach against terrorist targets in the Central Region. He was involved in the planning and execution of Operation Proven Force and Operation Patriot Defender during the Gulf War and noncombatant evacuation operations in Liberia, Zaire, Sierra Leone, and Eritrea.He has attended numerous military schools and courses including the Army Special Warfare School, the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College.General Zinni has held academic positions that include the Stanley Chair in Ethics at the Virginia Military Institute; the Nimitz Chair at the University of California-Berkeley; the Hofheimer Chair at the Joint Forces Staff College; the Weissberg Chair at Beloit College; the Harriman Professor of Government Chair and membership on the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary; membership on the board of Villanova University’s Center for Responsible Leadership and Governance; and selection as a Carter O. Lowance Fellow in Law and Public Policy at the William and Mary Law School. He has also lectured at numerous colleges and universities in the US and abroad.General Zinni retired from the military in 2000 after commanding the US Central Command.
Dr. Cassie Holmes, an expert on time and happiness, joins Joe to discuss her recently published book, Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most.  She provides useful advice for those who find themselves feeling like they spend all their time working and don't have any time or energy left for the things that bring them happiness. 
Sanyin Siang's mission in life is to enable greatness in others. In this episode, Sanyin and Joe discuss  how each of us has a unique set of superpowers that are waiting to be unleashed. She believes that  once we understand our superpowers, we can improve our lives and the lives of those around us. If you want to learn more, check out Sanyin's biweekly newsletter, The Leadership Playbook: Unleashing Your Superpowers
Many of us are success addicts and we don't even know it. Arthur C. Brooks, author of From Strength to Strength, joins the show to discuss why our brains are wired to chase achievement and how it can negatively impact our overall happiness.  He also shares where we should focus our lives to find more fulfillment. 
Victoria Wellman, the co-founder of The Oratory Laboratory and author of Before You Say Anything: The Untold Stories and Failproof Strategies of a Very Discreet Speechwriter joins the show to talk about the art of public speaking. Victoria and Joe discuss what people should know before they sit down to write their speech, tips for structuring, and considerations for delivery. She also shares some of the biggest mistakes people make when they stand up in front of a crowd and how to avoid them. Who's Victoria? She is the co-founder and President of The Oratory Laboratory, a boutique creative agency for public speakers based in Manhattan and servicing the world. She has crafted speeches for influencers, politicians, entrepreneurs, Olympians, NFL stars, astronauts, rap stars, artists, and activists, and has garnered media attention from The Today Show, Martha Stewart, CNN, NPR, NBC, ABC and CBS News. A professionally trained actress, Wellman lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking  joins the show to discuss her latest book Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole. Joe and Susan talk about the power of harnessing our pain and struggles and turning them into creativity, connection, and transcendence. 
Kyle Scheele, author of How to Host a Viking Funeral: The Case for Burning Your Regrets, Chasing Your Crazy Ideas, and Becoming the Person You're Meant to Be joins the podcast to tell the inspiring story of when he asked people to send him their life's regrets to burn in a viking funeral featuring a 30-foot viking ship he built out of cardboard. Kyle received over 20k responses from around the world and shares what he learned about letting go of the past so that we can live a more fulfilling life. 
Best-selling author and popular blogger Eric Barker joins Joe to discuss his latest book, Plays Well With Others, sharing what decades of research tells us about relationships and how we can build better ones in our own lives. In this episode, Joe and Eric cover first impressions, romantic relationships, friendships, and the importance of being a member of a community. Check out Eric's blog here!Looking to learn about more books like Eric's? Check out Joe's Monthly Reading List Email. Each month he recommends 3-5 new (and ancient) titles that you can leverage to help you lead with the best version of yourself.
David Gergen, former White House advisor to four different U.S. Presidents and New York Times- best selling author joins Joe to talk about his latest book Hearts Touched With Fire: How Great Leaders Are Made.  In this episode David argues that leaders must take an inner journey to master themselves before leading others. He also shares what he learned working for Presidents Nixon, Reagan, and Clinton. After spending the last two decades sharing leadership lessons with his students at the Harvard Kennedy School, he now hopes to spread them more widely through his book and this podcast. Looking for books to read to help you on your inner journey? Check out Joe's Monthly Reading List Email. Each month he recommends 3-5 new (and ancient) titles that you can leverage to help you lead with the best version of yourself. 
The commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division, Major General David Hodne joins the show to discuss the lessons he's learned shaping the complex cultures of the organizations he's lead in the military. He shares stories about changing the way privates meet their drill sergeants on the first day of basic training, how character counts more than resume, and how he develops leaders in the 4th Infantry Division. Finally, he explains why communication is an important skill for leaders to develop.     
In this episode, Joe talks to the Brunsons about how they've managed their careers and their family, while both having served in the U.S. Army.  LT. GEN. Brunson and Kirsten share lessons on communication, maintaining relationships with children, and emphasize the importance of counseling when couples feel stuck. 
Joe interviews Danny Warshay, the founding Executive Director of the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University and author of See, Solve, Scale: How Anyone Can Turn a Problem into a Breakthrough Success. In this episode, Danny explains how entrepreneurship is a process that anyone can learn, and that anyone can use to turn a problem into a solution with impact. Joe and Danny talk about why large organizations have antibodies against innovation and how leaders can use the see, solve, scale process to address unmet needs wherever they work. 
Retired Marine Corps Colonel and Author Tom Gordon sits down with Joe to discuss how leadership concepts can be put into everyday practice. Additionally, he discusses the importance of knowing thyself, prioritizing reflection and professional reading, and other maxims found in his new book, Marine Maxims: Turning Leadership Principles Into Practice. 
Author and Air Force officer Mark Jacobsen joins Joe to discuss failure. Specifically, what it looks like, feels like, and how we can grow from it. Additionally, Mark talks with Joe about innovation and entrepreneurship, grappling with identity in the military, and his new book, Eating Glass: The Inner Journey Through Failure and Renewal.
Television host and author Matt Paxton joins Joe to discuss methods for people to declutter their homes and organize their lives. He talks with Joe about the psychology of material possessions and how minimizing those possessions leads to a happier life. Additionally, he discusses overcoming adversity, maintaining positivity, and finding opportunities in the most unlikely places. 
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