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January 1, 2016

The Andy Seth Show Is Live! Here Are Episodes 1-6

BOOM baby – 2016 is about to get it starting with the launch of The Andy Seth Show!!!

I’ve had tons of people ask me to do a podcast show and I’m blessed to be connected with leaders from eclectic disciplines who trust me to share their stories. I decided to give it a try and you know I don’t do anything half-assed, so I’ll tweak based on feedback along the way.

To kick things off, I’ve launched six episodes that are totally different.

I have an important favor to ask, which I don’t do often:

1) Please listen to one or more episodes.
2) Then, PLEASE leave a review on iTunes.

I will read EVERY review and, based on that feedback, I’ll either stop or keep doing this podcast.  


I’ve got a lot of amazing people lined up in the next couple months who are ready to go, so if you like this, I promise to do at least another 6 total episodes in the next 1-2 months.

I welcome constructive criticism, suggestions for improvement, and guest ideas. Please provide your comments in iTunes, in the comments below, or email me.

Here are the first 6 episodes; I hope you really enjoy them!

James Eklund (@EklundCWCB) is a whisky-drinking buddy and someone I think has set a legacy at a very young age by developing the first plan in Colorado’s history on its most vital resource: whisky water.

James is the director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. As a lawyer and a government official, James is already a disappointment to much of his family on the Western Slope. He is redeemed in their eyes, however, because he drinks whisky and fights over water (but never at the same time). The CWCB protects the state’s water with responsibilities ranging from Colorado’s Water Plan to our nine interstate compacts.

James is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Denver College of Law (neither of which, his father is quick to note, made him any better at cleaning ditches or irrigating pasture).

It’s the first episode of The Andy Seth Show! Listen to it here and please subscribe!

  • Why James Eklund volunteered to drive around Colorado’s Attorney General after graduating from Stanford [9:45]
  •  When does volunteering for a political candidate make sense? [12:30]
  • How James Eklund got into water law [14:23]
  • Governors having their own suite of lawyers [15:30]
  • How I negotiated against James Eklund’s for an assistant he was hiring [18:30]
  • How did James Eklund get appointed to be Water Czar? [19:45]
  • What Governor Hickenlooper did to go against traditional advice to have James Eklund’s back [21:50]
  • How James Eklund motivated his employees to be excited about developing a 400+ page plan without more budget [25:00]
  • The water-diamond dilemma [34:50]
  • What are the different mechanisms to get feedback; which are efficient and which are inefficient? [36:24]
  • When does James Eklund decide to gather feedback vs tell it like it is? [40:28]
  • What opportunities does James Eklund see for entrepreneurs in the water business? [45:15]
  • What one piece of advice would you give a 10 year younger version of yourself? [47:23]
  • What’s James Eklund’s whisky of choice these days? [48:05]
  • QOTD: What innovation do you think is needed in the water industry and is there a way to incent people to do this? [49:00]

Cindy Carrillo (LinkedIn Profile) is who I call when I need help seeing the future. Her 40 years of business experience give me a perspective that I can’t get from peers, and who better to help me find the future than someone who’s been there, done that. This interview is to help you get clarity on whatever may be clouding your vision and to leverage her experiences to find what works for you.

Cindy was the Founder and CEO of Work Options Group from 1986 until 2009, when she sold the business to a major competitor. But not before she handed the reigns to a CEO she brought in, and then ultimately ousted, when she realized she was the right one to take the company forward.

Cindy’s entrepreneurial career began at the age of 19 when she started a retail plant business with her parents. She raised two children with that mindset and shares the framework she used to help them think like entrepreneurs.

After selling her business when it reached $20MM in revenues, she “retired” by building a ranch and created a mission statement for it. She works with select individuals to help them see their next and has redefined relationships, careers, and now retirement.

Listen to it here, and please subscribe!

  • Cindy Carrillo’s mission statement for her ranch, CC Blue [5:45]
  • How Cindy Carrillo went into business with her parents when she turned 19 to pay for college [9:25]
  • A framework for raising kids to think like entrepreneurs [14:00]
  • What’s a common denominator for those who have trouble seeing the future clearly? [20:40]
  • When hiring, what are most companies missing which costs them in turnover? [25:10]
  • The four-letter “f” word [28:20]
  • What holds women back from re-entering the workplace? [30:15]
  • Cindy Carrillo’s bedside talk that challenged her physician husband’s boredom [34:30]
  • How to audit yourself and see if you’re settling on something without even knowing [40:35]
  • Cindy Carrillo talks about redefining relationships [44:08]
  • The human behavior that leads people to leave jobs only after making things bad [47:00]
  • How Cindy Carrillo iterated her business in an industry that didn’t exist [54:15]
  • Why Cindy Carrillo decided to exit the business she started [1:10:00]
  • The “Dick” who took over Cindy Carrillo’s company and how he drove it into the ground [1:17:55]
  • Cindy Carrillo stages a coup to take back her company [1:21:00]
  • QOTD: What comes to mind when you think about the word “retirement”?

Sue Jacques (@TheCivilityCEO) spent 18 years as a forensic death investigator and was responsible for investigating thousands of unexpected, unnatural, and unexplainable deaths. Her curiosity was not only to solve the death, but to understand the untold life story that never got a chance to be heard.

Sue’s grace and kindness is evident as she shares these stories with us and quite literally gives me goosebumps. She gives us powerful life lessons and also useful tips for the workplace.

As “The Civility CEO”, companies bring her in when there’s disharmony so she can help restore relationships, and she does this through practical tips which you can use and share with your team as well.

But it’s the stories of her days as a death investigator that are most poignant. Join me as we walk down memory lane with Sue Jacques who shares with us stories of compassion, gratitude, and respect that came from investigating unfinished lives.

Listen to the episode here, and please subscribe. Pretty please!

  • How people lose loyalty when not showing others enough respect [6:01]
  • Companies using Sue Jacques to bring professionalism and courtesy as a currency for better employee relationships [8:55]
  • What five times Sue Jacques says you should step away from the computer [11:18]
  • That time Andy Seth made a video of his Vegas trip and it got to his wife [12:45]
  • How Sue Jacques became a death investigator [15:20]
  • Two things Sue Jacques learned from seeing so many unfinished lives [20:25]
  • Sue Jacques tells the story of one man’s death experience that showed her the power of compassion [22:40]
  • What’s the best way to express compassion when someone is going through a hard time? [26:30]
  • The story of Marilyn thanking Sue Jacques 22 years after her husband died [30:50]
  • Challenge: reach out to someone who you want to thank and share your story with me [33:50]
  • How Sue Jacques trains muay thai and other rituals to feel grateful [35:30]
  • Are there funny deaths? [48:40]

Amit Sharma (email) is one of the greatest storytellers you’ll ever meet. And for good reason; what this guy’s seen will blow you away. From living in a tent in Mongolia for 2 years to tracking down terrorists through financial markets, to lifting the hood under Wall Street’s institutional investors, Amit has seen some shit.

Be a fly on the wall and listen to some of the private conversations he had with Foreign Ministers and his own leadership in the US Government, all in the name of tracking and shutting down terrorists through financial markets. His story about Afghanistan puts you in the middle of a marketplace you would never know existed. I can say this because the US Gov’t didn’t know about it.

Then hear about Amit’s experiences as he led one of the largest banks in the world through the financial crisis, eventually buying 21% of Morgan Stanley for $7 Billion. You’ll get a front row seat into that historic time and hear from someone smack dab in the middle of it… with cash.

The good news is, he’s one of the good guys. His newest endeavor is Empowerment Capital where he’s advising bulge bracket companies to grow the top line and reduce risk through their “impact” strategies. His foresight into what’s needed to develop the impact ecosystem will help anyone interested in getting into this space – be it on the investor or entrepreneur side.

This is a TWO PART episode because it was a monster interview.

Listen to Part I and Part II – and please subscribe!

  • How Amit Sharma uses his land as a vehicle for expressing creativity [8:45]
  • What mindset shift occurred when Amit Sharma moved from a big city to a rural space? [13:30]
  • How do you live with contradictions (e.g. hustle vs. slowing down)? [18:40]
  • How do you break down complex issues into simpler bites? [25:25]
  • What resources does Amit Sharma turn to when seeking knowledge and counsel? [37:36]
  • Amit Sharma on playing professional polo in Argentina [43:00]
  • What expectations did Amit have of living in Mongolia and how did that match with reality? [50:25]
  • How did Amit Sharma use his development experience to work on counter-terrorism in foreign countries? [1:01:00]
  • Amit Sharma recounts a time when he went unguarded into an Afghan market to gain field intelligence [1:04:30]
  • Post 9/11, who was Amit meeting with and what was he doing to fight terrorism? [1:12:35]
  • Amit Sharma explains how some counter-terrorism tools could be used to find corruption and the impact that had on convincing foreign governments to implement them[1:19:20]
  • How terrorists like ISIS and Hamas gain legitimacy to receive foreign aid and use donations and grants to fund their illicit activities [1:22:00]
  • How are counter-terrorism tools in financial markets being used outside of catching terrorists? [1:32:45]
  • Amit Sharma explains the unintended consequences on people and communities of a high compliance banking system [5:40]
  • How Amit Sharma parlayed his Treasury experience to becoming Chief of Staff at Mitsubishi Bank of Tokyo [16:50]
  • How did company culture affect Amit Sharma’s strategies during the financial crisis? [19:40]
  • Amit Sharma on planning in crisis vs. steady-state [22:30]
  • Why Amit Sharma started a private enterprise named Empowerment Capital to solve global social problems [24:50]
  • What innovations need to be driven in the “impact” ecosystem? [33:08]
  • What advice would Amit Sharma give to people interested in getting into this impact space? [41:45]
  • Amit Sharma’s call to action: if you are interested in getting involved with Amit’s work either personally or through resources, reach out to him [48:00]
  • What 3 classes does Amit Sharma wish were taught in school? [52:00]
  • QOTD: What do you believe is true wealth to you?

Gloria Neal (@glonealknows) is an award-winning journalist whose experiences range from TV, radio, and print. She is the morning news anchor on CBS 46 in Atlanta and brings her one-of-a-kind flavor into the living rooms and hearts of thousands. Glo is known for being a personality, both on and off the air, and gives so much to the communities where she lives.

She embodies the spirit and energy of someone who I believe found her voice and is able to reach people because she is real – someone we can all connect with. But that takes work and skill and as I uncover in this interview, there’s a lot of prep that goes into making sure she’s always winning the audition for viewers’ time and attention.

Tons of lessons learned in this power-hour interview… we laughed and no joke, even teared up at the end when we talked about love.

This woman is ALL HEART, baby!

Listen to the episode here, and please subscribe!

  • What the Fortune Magazine with Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg on the cover taught Gloria Neal [9:00]
  • How does Gloria Neal connect with an audience behind a camera? [12:20]
  • What’s the adjective in the story; what’s the hook and why do people care? [14:20]
  • What are the things that Gloria Neal does when listening to someone and she needs to move them along? [19:00]
  • How does Gloria Neal handle rejection when trying to get a story? [21:15]
  • Gloria Neal defines what it means to trust someone to tell your story [23:15]
  • What is “good” journalism? [27:10]
  • How does Gloria Neal prepare to get the context of her story while being flexible to real-time events? [30:10]
  • How does Gloria Neal educate herself to be able to coverage a broad range of topics? [34:43]
  • What are Gloria Neal’s daily habits to get the most creativity out of herself? [37:33]
  • Why does Gloria Neal do evening events when she wakes up at 2am every day? [42:00]
  • How does Gloria Neal leverage her fame for the good of other causes? [44:25]
  • What does Gloria Neal tell people who are inspired to do something good for others? [46:40]
  • How do you make a marriage work when you are such a public figure?[48:45]
  • What role does love play in helping your community? [53:50]
  • What are you damn good at and who are you to think you’re not? [57:30]

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