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    Five real friends. All are world-renowned authors, speakers, trainers, coaches
    and consultants. Five points of view. Five perspectives. Less than five minutes to read.

Who Are the Five Friends?

Sep 10th, 2014

Mark Sanborn


mark-sanborn-headshotMark is the president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea lab for leadership development and turning ordinary into extraordinary. Leadershipgurus.net lists Mark as one of the top 30 leadership experts in the world. He works with established and aspiring leaders to help them learn to lead, or lead better.

He has authored 8 books and is the author of more than two dozen videos and audio training programs on leadership, change, teamwork and customer service. He has given over 2400 presentations in every state and a dozen countries.

Mark’s book, The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary is an international bestseller and was on the New York Times, Business Week and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. His other books include You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Positive Difference and The Encore Effect: How to Achieve Remarkable Performance in Anything You Do, Up, Down or Sideways: How to Succeed When Times are Good, Bad or In Between and Fred 2.0: New Ideas on How to Keep Delivering Extraordinary Results.

Mark holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) from the National Speakers Association and is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame (CPAE). He is also a past president of the NSA and winner of The Cavett, the highest honor bestowed by that organization.

He lives in Highlands Ranch, CO with his wife Darla and sons Hunter and Jackson.

Visit Mark Sanborn’s Website at: www.MarkSanborn.com

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Larry Winget


larry-winget-headshotLarry Winget is a bestselling author, television personality, social commentator and internationally acclaimed speaker.

His newest book, Grow A Pair: How To Stop Being a Victim and Take Back Your Life, Your Business and Your Sanity is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He has also written five additional New York Times/Wall Street Journal bestselling books that have been translated into over 20 languages including Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get A Life, You’re Broke Because You Want To Be, It’s Called Work For A Reason, People Are Idiots And I Can Prove It, and Your Kids Are Your Own Fault.

He is also a member of the Speaker Hall Of Fame. Larry has starred in his own television series on A&E, two PBS specials and two CNBC specials.  He has appeared on Dr. Phil, The Today Show, Tool Academy, The Big Idea, Larry King and in three national television commercials.

Larry is a regular contributor on many national television news shows on the topics of success, business, personal finance, parenting and the wussification of America.

Visit Larry Winget’s Website at www.LarryWinget.com

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Joe Calloway


joe-calloway-headshotJoe Calloway is a leading performance expert who helps great companies get even better.  He helps organizations focus on what is truly important, inspires constant improvement, and motivates people to immediate action.  Joe has been a business author, coach, and speaker for 30 years and his client list reads like an international Who’s Who in business, ranging from companies like Coca Cola and IBM to Cadillac and American Express.

Joe is the author of four ground-breaking business books including Becoming A Category of One: How Extraordinary Companies Transcend Commodity And Defy Comparison, which received rave reviews from The New York Times, Retailing Today, Publishers Weekly and many others.  Joe’s other books include:

  • Indispensable: How To Become The Company That Your Customers Can’t Live Without
  • Work Like You’re Showing Off! The Joy, Jazz, And Kick of Being Better Tomorrow Than You Were Today
  • Never By Chance: Aligning People And Strategy Through Intentional Leadership
  • and his newest book Be The Best At What Matters Most:  The Only Strategy You’ll Ever Need

Joe is a popular speaker for business meetings and events, and although he has been inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame, he doesn’t do traditional “speeches.”  Instead, Joe actively engages people in highly interactive keynote sessions that challenge people to take action on what matters most in their businesses.

Joe lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Annette, and his daughters Jessica and Cate.

Visit Joe Calloway’s Website at www.JoeCalloway.com

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Scott McKain


scott-mckain-headshotScott McKain helps organizations learn how to create distinction in a hyper-competitive marketplace — and how to deliver an “Ultimate Customer Experience ®.”

In his book, “Create Distinction: What To Do When ‘Great’ Isn’t Good Enough to Grow Your Business,” McKain reveals how to rise above the crowd. Thirty major newspapers like the Miami Herald named the original edition as one of the “Top 10 Business Books” of the year. He is also the author of four additional business books.

McKain is a member of the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame. During his career as a broadcast journalist, his weekly commentaries were syndicated to 80 television stations and viewed by two million people. He has also been a news anchor for a CBS-TV affiliate in one of the nation’s 25 largest markets.

McKain has been honored as a “Hoosier Hero” in his home state because of his commitment to youth and philanthropy. He was selected by Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as emcee and speaker for the Great American Workout, held on the White House lawn with the President in the audience. He also portrayed the villain in a film by internationally esteemed director Werner Herzog, acclaimed by critic Roger Ebert as one of the fifty “best movies” in the history of cinema.

Visit Scott McKain’s Website at www.ScottMckain.com

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Randy Pennington


randy-pennington-headshotRandy Pennington is a business performance veteran, award-winning author, and an expert in helping organizations deliver positive results in a world of accelerating change. He is author of three books: Make Change Work, which received the 2013 Best Books award from USA Book News; Results Rule!, which received the 2007 Best Books award from USA Book News; and On My Honor, I Will; which Ross Perot described as having “cracked the code of great leadership.”

Randy’s client list includes leading organizations in business, non-profits, and government. He’s appeared and been quoted in the New York Times and on CNN, the BBC, and the ABC radio network.

And, here is the back story that you never see in a professional bio.

Randy has been fascinated with how great organizations and great leaders operate since he took his very first sociology and psychology classes in college. That interest grew in graduate school. And, he constantly evaluated his bosses and employers against the principles he was discovering. Some were great. Others were, well…

Randy has done a bunch of things in his life:

  • locker room attendant at a public swimming pool (his first job);
  • life guard;
  • hourly employee in a machine shop;
  • senior executive in a start-up mental health facility;
  • HR professional in a 25,000 employee government agency;
  • recreation therapist in a psychiatric hospital;
  • tire and appliance salesman;
  • Partner and CFO of a multi-million dollar professional services firm;
  • Chairman of the Board for a $17 million dollar non-profit and multi-million dollar foundation;
  • been inducted in the Speakers Hall of Fame
  • Entrepreneur and small business owner; and
  • professional musician at Six Flags Over Texas.

But most of his life, passion, and energy have been devoted to helping leaders and organizations deliver results, build strong corporate cultures, and make change work. And isn’t that what you really want to know about the person spending the day with you?

Visit Randy Pennington’s Website at www.PenningtonGroup.com

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