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.

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Jim Loehr

World-renowned performance psychologist Dr. Jim Loehr is well known for his work with top athletes and Olympians. As co-founder of the Human Performance Institute, he applies his research to the business world with Corporate Athlete training on performance and resilience. The author of 16 books, including the national bestseller The Power of Full EngagementJim’s ground-breaking science-based energy management training system has been featured everywhere from the Harvard Business Review to the Oprah Winfrey Show. On today’s episode, Jim shares how to find fulfillment at work, ways to maximize energy for peak performance, and how to re-wire our mental script.

Show Notes

  • How he helped Olympian Dan Jansen achieve new goals (2:58)
  • The biggest parallels between business and sports (7:38)
  • The groundbreaking executive coaching program at Johnson & Johnson’s Human Performance Institute (10:45)
  • Tools to manage your energy better (14:00)
  • Time without energy is nothing (15:05)
  • Full engagement is the supreme gift we give to the world (16:20)
  • Purpose is the centerpiece of everyone’s life story (19:10)
  • How to know if you’re living out your purpose (19:37)
  • Tips to help people gain mental toughness (22:20)
  • Achievement doesn’t bring happiness, it’s the chase and journey (24:30)
  • How parents, teachers and coaches can help kids build character as a result of youth sports (28:35)

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Tom Izzo

One of the greatest coaches in college basketball history, Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo has carved out a Hall of Fame career. But beyond the championships, Coach of the Year accolades, and 500+ career wins, Izzo has shaped the lives of countless players and coaches who have come through his program. On this episode, Izzo talks about what’s shaped his sports leadership philosophy, the difference between good teams and great teams, and the legacy he wants to leave behind.

Show Notes

  • His Michigan roots and values his parents instilled early (2:55)
  • His relationship with Mateen Cleaves (4:18)
  • How he builds trust with his players (6:28)
  • The activity he does with his players each year (7:05)
  • His mission in life (7:40)
  • The characteristics of great teams (8:22)
  • The difference between great players and elite players (9:32)
  • A player-coached team is better than a coach-coached team (11:00)
  • Tough players win championships (13:01)
  • The importance of spending time (17:50)
  • What he does to re-build a player’s confidence (20:52)
  • Self-motivate and self-evaluate (28:13)

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Alison Levine

Imagine yourself on the highest peak in the world, surviving sub-zero temperatures, battering winds, and sudden avalanches. Adventurer Alison Levine has been there. She’s served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the highest peak on every continent, and skied to both Poles. There’s no better training ground for leaders than environments where uncertainty reigns, teamwork is essential, and people are pushed beyond their perceived limits. On this episode, Alison talks about what she’s learned about leading through adversity, teamwork, and risk taking by taking on the world’s highest peaks. If you want more, be sure to check out her New York Times bestseller On The Edge.

Alison Levine

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Show Notes

  • How she first got involved in mountain climbing (2:12)
  • Why she left the corporate world to pursue her passion (3:50)
  • Her advice to people who want to follow their passion (5:28)
  • What it was like climbing her first mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro (5:56)
  • Dealing with personal challenges (8:19)
  • The key to how successful teams operate (10:19)
  • What she’s learned from her “failed” attempts (12:34)
  • What makes Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski a great leader (18:02)
  • How to lead through uncertainty (20:30)
  • What’s left on her bucket list (25:43)

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Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones

During his 19-year career with the Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones was a World Series Champion, 1999 National League MVP and 8x All-Star. But baseball also forced him to fail time and time again, and in that he found his most valuable lessons. On this episode, the former #1 pick and future Hall of Famer discusses the highs and lows of being a professional athlete, opens up about his personal struggles, and talks about the mental toughness and perseverance required to become one of the game’s greatest switch-hitters. His new book, Ballplayer, is in stores now.

Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones

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Show Notes

  • What made the Atlanta Braves teams of the 1990s so special (2:12)
  • What it was like to play for Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox (4:37)
  • The Atlanta Braves veterans who mentored him in the clubhouse (7:04)
  • How baseball taught him to recover from failure faster (10:32)
  • The positive self-talk Chipper used when in a slump (12:32)
  • The advice his mother gave him that he remembered every time he stepped to the plate (15:00)
  • The story of how Chipper went hunting the morning of the World Series (18:37)
  • His pre-game routine (21:30)
  • Focusing on baseball while his personal life fell apart (25:20)
  • The decision to retire and the transition (29:30)
  • The best practical jokes from the Braves clubhouse (35:43)
  • The advice Chipper would give his younger self (40:35)

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Kat Cole, FOCUS Brands

From her start as a hostess at Hooters to leading some of the world’s best-known food brands, Kat Cole shares the leadership lessons she’s learned through her accelerated rise up the corporate ladder. On this episode, the current group president of FOCUS Brands talks about her personal leadership philosophy, how to help people embrace change, her advice to young leaders, and what it takes to lead successful teams with hustle and heart.

Follow Kat: Twitter  |  Instagram

Show Notes

  • Insights into her younger life (2:45)
  • Opening a Hooters franchise in Australia at age 19 (5:58)
  • Curiosity + confidence + humility + courage (7:00)
  • How her experiences have influenced her leadership style (8:52)
  • Why her correlation with money wasn’t positive growing up (10:40)
  • Her definition of success (10:46)
  • Her advice to young leaders (16:50)
  • How she handles doubters (19:30)
  • Building the culture at FOCUS Brands (23:22)
  • How to create a culture of innovation (26:20)
  • How to get team members to embrace change (29:22)
  • A moment she failed and how she recovered (33:05)
  • How she finds work-life balance (36:04)

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Laura Gentile ESPN

Laura Gentile turned her passion and purpose into a vision, leading the launch of the espnW platform for ESPN. On this episode, the former college field hockey standout takes us behind the scenes to talk about the hard-driving culture at ESPN, her vision for espnW, and what it takes to launch a new brand.

Laura Gentile ESPNW

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Show Notes

  • Launching espnW as a startup (2:14)
  • The data behind the decision to launch espnW (3:10)
  • What she looked for in her first hires at espnW (3:45)
  • Launching the business at the espnW Summit (6:24)
  • Her vision for the espnW brand (7:12)
  • Tapping into the power of the female consumer (8:30)
  • How she’s aligned her purpose with her work (11:33)
  • What she’s learned from working in the industry (18:28)
  • What the culture is like at ESPN (20:14)
  • Her views on youth sports today (23:05)
  • Her advice to anyone who wants to work in the sports industry (26:17)

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KIPP Co-Founder Mike Feinberg

Work hard. Be nice. Those simple words are at the core of KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), a national network of college-prep public charter schools in underserved communities. On this episode, co-founder Mike Feinberg shares the vision behind KIPP, how to infuse purpose into leadership, and how grit can be cultivated in kids.

KIPP Co-Founder Mike Feinberg

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Show Notes

  • How KIPP scaled from a local idea to a national program (5:07)
  • The role purpose plays in Mike’s life and at KIPP (6:30)
  • Learning from his failures (8:00)
  • How your child can attend a KIPP school (10:30)
  • The American dream is a parent dream (11:50)
  • Behind KIPP’s slogan “Work Hard. Be Nice.” (14:28)
  • His leadership philosophy (15:13)
  • What character strengths they teach their students (16:32)
  • True grit is when you’re faced with challenges and you persist (18:46)
  • Why you need both academics and character to succeed (22:44)
  • What life lessons you can learn on the sports field (25:31)
  • How we close the character gap in today’s win-it-all mindset (27:25)
  • Most memorable career moment so far (29:20)

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Jessie Graff- American Ninja Warrior

Hollywood stuntwoman and American Ninja Warrior competitor Jessie Graff is living out her dream of being a superhero. Her day-to-day activities include: “anything on rooftops, sides of buildings or bridges, and dramatic wipeouts.” In this episode, Jessie talks about breaking down gender barriers, chasing Hollywood dreams, her training regimen, and how to stare down fear.

Jessie Graff- American Ninja Warrior

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Show Notes

  • Advice for women working in male-dominated fields (4:05)
  • How she decided to become a Hollywood stunt woman (6:02)
  • Learning to appreciate the process (8:40)
  • How she overcomes fear (12:07)
  • The American Ninja Warrior experience (16:13)
  • The hardest part of American Ninja Warrior (19:17)
  • How she approaches training for competition (22:17)
  • How rehabbing from an injury led her to pursue Ninja Warrior (25:20)
  • The goal behind the Wolfpack Ninja Tour (32:40)
  • Her training regimen focuses on maximum effort (35:56)
  • Pushing through the possibility of failure (38:53)
  • Thinking she can’t do something isn’t damaging unless it stops her from trying (40:26)

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Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin

Visionary Steve Koonin has spearheaded marketing for iconic brands—from Coca-Cola to Turner to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. His offbeat marketing ideas– Tinder night, anyone?–  and unique leadership approach have reinvigorated the Hawks franchise. In this episode, Steve shares what it takes to break through the status quo and create a culture of innovation that rewards great ideas and risk taking.

Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin

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Show Notes

  • His vision for the Atlanta Hawks franchise (2:55)
  • Risk taking in marketing (6:00)
  • How to create a workplace culture where people aren’t afraid to fail forward (7:57)
  • The biggest mistake new leaders make (9:06)
  • Trading core values for core actions (12:00)
  • How fear stifles creativity (19:20)
  • The idea behind “Swipe Right” night at the Hawks game (20:38)
  • Hiring for the right fit (23:38)
  • How to reward the right metrics (25:26)
  • The biggest influences on his leadership philosophy (28:35)
  • His favorite hobby (31:12)

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Billy Horschel

PGA Tour golfer Billy Horschel is one of golf’s brightest young stars. On this episode, Billy talks about recovering from adversity, developing mental toughness, how to handle pressure, and the piece of advice he received from Tiger Woods that changed his mental approach.

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Show Notes

  • How his blue collar upbringing influenced his mentality (2:40)
  • On the importance of mental toughness in golf (8:26)
  • Using visualization to mentally prepare for tournaments (11:48)
  • On the visualization trick that Tiger Woods taught him (15:06)
  • How he manages his energy during life out on Tour (17:35)
  • His advice to his younger self (24:00)
  • Trusting the process (26:03)
  • His unique style via Ralph Lauren (33:50)

 

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