Game Changers with Molly Fletcher is our podcast designed to help you maximize your influence and unleash your potential. Each episode, we take you behind the scenes with peak performers to learn what makes them tick and discover how you can apply their lessons to your life. Join Molly each week to hear from her special guests— top athletes and coaches, transformative CEOs, brilliant thought leaders, and entrepreneurs and trailblazers from around the world. Subscribe now on iTunes or Google Play.
Jay Bilas has been called one of The 10 Most Powerful Voices in Sports Media by The Hollywood Reporter and one of The 25 Most Powerful People in College Sports by Forbes. Both a lawyer and talent for ESPN, Jay brings a unique perspective to the world of sports. A four-year starter on the basketball team at Duke, Jay played professionally overseas before returning to Duke to join the coaching staff and earn his law degree. Since 1995, he’s worked for ESPN covering college basketball, the NBA draft and sports business. In our conversation, we dig into the future of college sports, his book Toughness, and the lessons he learned playing for Coach K.
WNBA star Candace Parker has made her mark on the basketball court and beyond. She’s a #1 draft pick, WNBA Champion, 5x All-Star, 2x MVP, 2x Olympic gold medalist and 2x NCAA Champion. Off the court, she’s a devoted mom, a broadcaster for Turner Sports and part of the ownership group of the NWSL’s Angel City FC. On this episode, we talk about the life lessons she learned from legendary coach Pat Summitt, how she has been able to prioritize being a mom first without sacrificing her career, and what drives her to compete at the highest level.
In 2009, a glassblowing artist and former computer scientist in St. Louis named Jim McKelvey lost a sale because he couldn’t accept American Express cards. Frustrated by how difficult and expensive it was to take credit card payments, Jim set out to find a solution for small merchants like himself. He co-founded Square with Jack Dorsey in 2009 and together they reimagined the payment processing industry by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. In our conversation, Jim shares how Square survived the competitive threat from Amazon, the innovation stack that enabled their survival, and how we are thinking about innovation all wrong. His new book, The Innovation Stack, is available now.
In 1978, Arthur Blank and his business partner Bernie Marcus were fired from the hardware store chain Handy Dan. Within a year, they co-founded The Home Depot. In his new book Good Company, Arthur shares the powerful principles that have defined his success and serve as the foundation for his diverse businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons (NFL) and Atlanta United FC (MLS). On this episode, we talk about how a values-based approach can transform companies, associates, customers and communities. Arthur’s approach is a playbook for any leader who wants to build a culture that’s rooted in values and powered by purpose.
Priya Parker is helping us take a deeper look at how anyone can create collective meaning, one gathering at a time. Priya is a conflict resolution facilitator, author of The Art of Gathering, and host of the podcast Together Apart. In our conversation, Priya shares how to turn everyday gatherings into transformative group experiences. She shares what works, what doesn’t, and why. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, this conversation will have you reimagining the way you gather—whether it be in person or virtually. And you’ll never be able to look at your next gathering the same way again!
Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has starred in movies like A Time to Kill, Dallas Buyers Club, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and The Wolf of Wall Street. His incredible career has spanned 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion dollars. Now he’s adding author to his credits with his new memoir, Greenlights. On this episode, Matthew shares the unconventional wisdom he’s learned. We talk about his sudden rise to fame, the self-imposed two-year hiatus from Hollywood that changed the course of his career, and the legacy he wants to leave behind. It’s a conversation about how to catch more “greenlights” and realize that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too.
We all need help, but most of us are uncomfortable asking for it. But here’s the funny thing: even though we hate to ask for help, most people are wired to be helpful. Social psychologist Heidi Grant is the author of Reinforcements: How to Get People to Help You. On this episode, Heidi shares why we are thinking about asking for help all wrong… and the things we inadvertently do that make it weird for other people. Discover the simple mistakes you are probably making—and learn what you should do instead!
I decided to try something a little different this week- my first solo episode. Through this podcast, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with more than 100 leaders from all different backgrounds and experiences. I’ve learned so many valuable insights from these conversations, and on this episode I walk you through 7 mindset shifts to reimagine your role as a leader. To take it a step further, I also created this playbook of 7 exercises to accompany each mindset shift. Listen to this special bonus episode where I walk you through each mindset shift and challenge you to reimagine how you lead.
John Mackey is the co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market. He’s led the company from a scrappy startup to a multibillion-dollar business, and launched an organic food revolution. John’s new book, Conscious Leadership, explores his own leadership journey from college dropout to successful CEO, and provides a playbook for values-based leadership. On this episode, John shares his most valuable leadership lessons learned from four decades leading Whole Foods through tremendous growth and innovation. It will challenge you to rethink conventional business wisdom and reimagine how you lead.
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Scott Kelly set the record for the single longest space mission by an American astronaut. That year-long mission to the International Space Station was part of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body and it paved the way for the future of space exploration. On this episode, Scott shares his personal reflections on leadership and teamwork from his journey into space. He also shares what he learned about living in isolation and dealing with uncertainty that we can apply to our own lives.