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.

Recent Episodes


Emily Giffin

Dubbed a “modern-day Jane Austen,” byVanity Fair, author Emily Giffin has touched the hearts of millions of readers with her bestselling novels. Her books have been translated into 31 languages and sold more than 11 million copies worldwide. Her latest book, All We Ever Wantedis out now. On this episode, Emily talks about the creative process and finding the courage to pursue your dreams.

Follow Emily: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Show Notes

  • Why Emily left her career in law to pursue writing full-time (4:34)
  • The danger of living in your comfort zone (6:55)
  • Her advice to people who are stuck in a job they don’t love (9:17)
  • How Emily’s move to London after September 11 inspired her hit book Something Borrowed (11:30)
  • Her creative process as a writer (15:49)
  • Why she starts first with character development (18:19)
  • Getting over writer’s block (21:49)
  • The feeling of putting a new book out into the world (27:45)
  • How long it takes her to write a book (29:32)
  • Learning to listen to your gut (30:23)
  • How she manages her energy (34:10)
  • TV series coming soon (37:12)
  • Finding joy in the work you do (39:42)
  • The best advice Emily has ever received (44:34)

Resources / People Mentioned

Recommended For You

Did you enjoy this episode? Then listen to:

Thanks for checking out Game Changers with Molly Fletcher. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app and leave a rating or review!

Gus Malzahn, Auburn Football

Under the leadership of head football coach Gus Malzahn, the Auburn Tigers are back in the national conversation. In five seasons as head coach, Gus has led the Tigers to a 45-22 record, a SEC Championship, and an appearance in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. On this episode, we talk about how he was able to orchestrate one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history, what it takes to change a program’s culture, and the importance of setting big goals while embracing the little details.

Follow Gus: Twitter

Show Notes

  • Gus Malzahn’s leadership style (2:08)
  • How he structures his time and daily routines (2:38)
  • What he learned in his first year as a head coach at Arkansas State (4:04)
  • The keys to Cam Newton’s success (5:30)
  • On leading Auburn to one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history in 2013 (6:18)
  • Laying the foundation of a championship approach (8:50)
  • The importance of setting the standard, clear expectations, and consistent consequences (9:38)
  • Defining the culture of Auburn Football (10:44)
  • How he approaches the hiring process (11:48)
  • The best advice he’s received (15:52)
  • What he wished he knew earlier in his career (17:33)
  • How his leadership has evolved over time (19:27)
  • How to deal with high expectations and the pressure of competing in the SEC (20:10)
  • The importance of keeping big goals in front of you (21:16)
  • The approach after tough losses… and big wins (23:05)
  • What he looks for in players during the recruiting process (26:28)

Resources / People Mentioned

Recommended For You

Did you enjoy this episode? Then listen to:

Thanks for checking out Game Changers with Molly Fletcher. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app and leave a rating or review!

Juliet Funt

An overflowing email inbox. Pointless meetings. An endless to-do list. Does this describe your life at work? It’s time to shift your mindset from busyness to thoughtfulness by embracing whitespace. Juliet Funt is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders and employees reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement. On this episode, she talks about the big difference between activity and productivity, the four thieves of productivity, and the huge cost of our culture of busyness at work.

If you enjoy this episode and want to experience The WhiteSpace Digital Learning System for yourself, our listeners get 20% off by using the code MFGCP (offer expires December 31, 2018).

Follow Juliet: Twitter | Website

Show Notes

  • Get 20% off the WhiteSpace Digital Learning System by using the code MFGCP (offer expires December 31, 2018).
  • What is whitespace? Whitespace in corporate culture is a strategic pause taken between activities. (1:40)
  • Shifting the mindset inside of organizational cultures to embrace whitespace (2:42)
  • Understanding the cost of overload and busy work (5:10)
  • The four thieves of productivity: drive (overdrive), excellence (perfectionism), information (information overload), activity (frenzied) (8:25)
  • Turning the perfectionism switch off/on (11:13)
  • The difference between whitespace and meditation / mindfulness (16:29)
  • Two sides of whitespace: recuperative and constructive whitespace (17:14)
  • How whitespace correlates with energy management (19:43)
  • Implementing whitespace inside of an organization’s culture (22:01)
  • These are the things you control that you should focus on to create more whitespace: email, cell phone, to-do list, impulses, communications, boundaries (25:47)
  • The 50-50 rule: half of everything that bugs you at work is 50% your fault until you’ve asked for what you want (27:45)
  • Advice for how not to lose your time to unproductive meetings (28:43)
  • “Shouldn’t be here” (SBH): building awareness about what meetings you should / shouldn’t be part of (31:29)
  • Three ideas to get your company to care about whitespace (34:05)
  • Get free access to your team’s WhiteSpace digital course (39:16)

Resources / People Mentioned

Recommended For You

Did you enjoy this episode? Then listen to:

 Thanks for checking out Game Changers with Molly Fletcher. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app and leave a rating or review!

Shannon Miles, BELAY

The nature of work is shifting. More people do their job virtually or remotely than ever before, the gig economy is booming, and more companies are using freelance and contract workers. Shannon Miles is the co-founder of BELAY Solutions, a virtual staffing solutions company that is ranked #1 on Entrepreneur’s Top Company Culture list in the small company category. She’s also the author of The Third Option which explores how you can live and work on your own terms without sacrificing career or family. On this episode, we talk about the shift towards a virtual workplace, practical tools for teams working remotely, and advice for leaders who want to create a more flexible work environment for their employees.

If you enjoy this episode and are interested in experiencing Belay’s services yourself, you can get 50% off the start up fees or one time implementation fee by visiting belaysolutions.com/mollyfletcher.

Follow Shannon: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Show Notes

  • What is the third option? (1:51)
  • How Shannon and her husband Bryan started their company BELAY Solutions (6:04)
  • The shift towards working remotely (9:30)
  • How to structure working remotely (11:05)
  • How to build a culture when people work remotely (13:09)
  • Resources and tools to support a healthy virtual culture (14:48)
  • (17:35)
  • Her advice to leaders who have employees that more flexibility to work from home (18:56)
  • Characteristics of people who thrive working well from home (22:06)
  • The value behind assigning responsibility instead of tasks (24:37)
  • How to know if working from home is right for you (26:10)
  • How to negotiate for more flexibility at work (29:06)
  • What Shannon sees as the future of work (30:42)
  • More than half (59%) of hiring managers today are using freelance and contract workers, up 24% from 2017, and predict that number will increase by 168% in the next decade. – Fast Company
  • With the advancement of communication tools and apps, the remote work industry continues to grow. In 2016, U.S. employees worked an average of 3.13 hours remotely per day, an increase from the 2.64 hour average 10 years ago. – Simple Texting
  • More people do their job virtually or remotely and at various times of the day rather than between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and teams have fewer face-to-face interactions, communicating increasingly through email, instant messaging and conference calls. Gallup found that from 2012 to 2016, the number of employees working remotely rose by four percentage points, from 39% to 43%, and employees working remotely spent more time doing so. – Gallup

Resources / People Mentioned

Recommended For You

Did you enjoy this episode? Then listen to:

Thanks for checking out Game Changers with Molly Fletcher. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a rating or review!

Daniel Coyle

Why do some groups add up to be greater than the sum of their parts while others end up to be less? In his new book, The Culture CodeNew York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations to examine how great cultures are built and sustained. On this episode, we talk about the three skills that generate collaborative cultures and learn how leaders can use these tools to build strong cultures inside their own organizations.

Follow Daniel: Twitter |  Facebook | Website

Show Notes

  • The inspiration behind The Talent Code and The Culture Code (1:34)
  • Secrets to high performance from the San Antonio Spurs (3:52)
  • Here’s how to give magical feedback (6:32)
  • Lessons in building culture from the Navy SEALS (7:51)
  • The value of After Action Reviews (10:41)
  • How the vulnerability loop drives collaboration and trust (12:52)
  • Tips for building cohesion by boosting safety (16:22)
  • Tips for building trust by getting vulnerability (26:30)
  • Tips for defining purpose by sharing stories (31:25)
  • How teams with strong culture recruit and retain talent differently (37:02)
  • The problem with hiring for cultural fit (38:53)

 

Resources / People Mentioned

Recommended For You

Did you enjoy this episode? Then listen to:

Thanks for checking out Game Changers with Molly Fletcher. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast app and leave a rating or review!

Herm Edwards

What can the game of football teach us about life and leadership? Everything. Arizona State University football coach Herm Edwards has experienced every facet of the game as a player, ESPN analyst, and coach. Herm has an incredible way of wrapping up decades of leadership lessons from the football world and applying them to our own lives. On this episode, we talk about the difference between people who are interested and those who are committed, what it means to lead with integrity, and why success is sometimes harder to handle than failure. This one is a playbook for leaders in any field.

Follow Herm: Twitter

Show Notes

  • On leadership (1:28)
  • His advice to new leaders on how to communicate a vision (3:18)
  • Embracing change (4:39)
  • The difference between rules and expectations (5:28)
  • The difference between interested and committed (7:52)
  • People don’t want to be treated the same; they want to be treated fairly (9:45)
  • Know your personnel- how John Lynch went from linebacker to safety (11:45)
  • Herm’s approach to recruiting (13:43)
  • Do they love football or do they love what football provides them? (16:48)
  • Integrity is everything (17:37)
  • The influence his dad had on his life (21:21)
  • The keys to executing at a high level (27:18)
  • Which is harder to handle— success or failure? (28:39)
  • The power of relationships (31:12)

Resources / People Mentioned

Recommended For You

Did you enjoy this episode? Then listen to:

Thanks for checking out Game Changers with Molly Fletcher. Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating or review!

Bob Goff

Bob Goff is the New York Times best-selling author of Love Does. After practicing law for 25 years, Bob gave up his law firm to focus on writing, speaking, and his humanitarian work. He’s the Honorary Counsel to Uganda and the founder of Love Does, a nonprofit organization that works to provide educational opportunities in post conflict zones throughout the world. On this episode, we talk about his new book, Everybody, Alwaysand what it means to love without limits, live without fear, and dream big.

Follow Bob: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Show Notes

  • The inspiration behind Bob’s new book, Everybody Always (1:47)
  • “People don’t grow where they’re planted; they grow where they’re loved.” (6:45)
  • The most important question—Who are you? (8:58)
  • The power in loving difficult people (10:17)
  • How to develop a positive mindset by inviting conversations (18:23)
  • Why he left his career as a lawyer to pursue writing and speaking (23:34)
  • The importance of who we are “becoming” (26:29)
  • How to be available while remaining present (28:25)
  • Bob’s advice for people who are afraid to go after their big dreams (31:35)
  • It’s not failure that kills us—“catch people on the bounce” (35:48)
  • Love without an agenda (36:35)

Resources / People Mentioned

 Recommended For You

Did you enjoy this episode? Then listen to:

Thanks for checking out Game Changers with Molly Fletcher. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a rating or review!

 

Lara Vanderkam

What if we could feel less busy while getting more done? In her new book, Off the Clock, time management expert Laura Vanderkam says: it’s possible! Her TED Talk, How to Gain Control of Your Free Timehas been viewed more than 5 million times and she’s been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, and Fortune. On this episode, Laura shares the seven principles that will help you get more done without feeling overwhelmed. Start your clocks, these next 30 minutes will have you re-thinking how you spend your time.

Follow Laura: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Website

Show Notes

  • The idea behind Laura’s new book, Off The Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done (1:26)
  • How time tracking can help you make better decisions (3:53)
  • Why “busy” isn’t a badge (4:39)
  • How to be more mindful of your time (6:06)
  • The importance of “time freedom” (8:04)
  • Why you should think about time in the span of one week (168 hours) (9:19)
  • The seven secrets of people who feel less busy while getting more done (11:50)
  • Why you should track your time for a week (16:14)
  • The connection between time and energy (17:24)
  • Her thoughts on time blocking as a time management strategy (18:30)
  • How she plans her own time (19:55)
  • How to track your time (23:28)
  • Outcomes from time tracking (24:30)

Resources / People Mentioned

Recommended For You

Did you enjoy this episode? Then listen to:

 Thanks for checking out Game Changers with Molly Fletcher. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a rating or review!

Dan Heath

Moments have the power to awaken us, elevate us, and change us, yet many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck. In his new book, The Power of Moments, Dan Heath teaches us how we can create more magical moments in our lives. On this episode, we talk about how unlocking the power of moments can transform everything—from customer service to employee experience to our families. Moments matter, and we have the power to create them.

Follow Dan: Website

Show Notes

  • His process for writing (1:55)
  • The idea behind Dan’s book, The Power of Moments (2:56)
  • How the Magic Castle Hotel figured out the power of moments (4:09)
  • The power of smaller moments (9:36)
  • Four ingredients of powerful positive moments: elevation, insight, pride, connection (13:20)
  • Improving the employee experience through creating moments (15:40)
  • The story of Joshy the Giraffe’s “vacation” at The Ritz-Carlton (19:38)
  • How to flip pit moments into peak moments (22:44)
  • Purpose is more important than passion (26:38)
  • How leaders can create moments that instill purpose (29:06)

Resources / People Mentioned

Recommended For You

Did you enjoy this episode? Then listen to:

Thanks for checking out Game Changers with Molly Fletcher. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a rating or review!

Dabo Swinney, Clemson Footballl

With his infectious energy and unbridled enthusiasm, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has everyone taking notice of the Tigers. Under his leadership, Clemson won the national championship in 2016 and has appeared in the College Football Playoffs three consecutive years. On this episode, Dabo shares his inside-out approach to leadership, the defining moments in his own journey, and how he’s built a team culture rooted in love, discipline and service.

Follow Dabo: Twitter | Website

Show Notes

  • Dabo’s leadership philosophy (1:15)
  • Core philosophy: “Serve their heart, not their talent.” (2:10)
  • Inside-out leadership approach (3:20)
  • The power of how you live between moments (5:23)
  • A defining moment in Dabo’s life (6:50)
  • Walking on the football team at Alabama (10:55)
  • Enjoying the daily journey and having a “windshield mentality” (12:46)
  • Prepare for your opportunity (13:58)
  • “Bloom where you’re planted.” (16:27)
  • Taking over the Clemson football program as interim head coach in 2008 (19:41)
  • How Dabo builds great relationships with his players (25:47)
  • “Water the bamboo.” (30:57)
  • Being disciplined about the little things: “Do common things in an uncommon way.” (33:12)
  • “Bring your own guts- BYOG.” (35:55)
  • From falling short in 2015 to becoming national champions in 2016 (39:35)
  • The game winning drive in the 2016 national championship to win the game with one second on the clock (43:22)
  • Failure doesn’t have to define you; failure develops you (45:19)
  • Dabo’s approach to goal setting (47:52)
  • Finding your authentic leadership style (50:20)

Resources / People Mentioned

Recommended For You

Did you enjoy this episode? Then listen to:

Thanks for checking out Game Changers with Molly Fletcher. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a rating or review!