This week we’re welcoming August Turak to the Productivity Giants Series. August is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and contributor for Forbes.com and the BBC. An ex-entrepreneur, August attributes the bulk of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist monks of Mepkin Abbey for the past decade. He’s now the founder of the spiritual and educational nonprofit the Self Knowledge Symposium Foundation (SKSF).
Read on for August’s definition of productivity, the importance of delegating, and his reasons for becoming a total fitness nut.
Meet the happiest girl in tech – Amy Blankson! Amy is an author, founder, speaker, and writer dedicated to discovering how we can leverage technological advances, apps, and gadgets, in a way that helps us be more productive, while still staying sane and amplifying our happiness. She’s the bestselling author of The Future of Happiness, which teaches modern strategies to balance productivity and life satisfaction in the digital era.
The list goes on! She also co-founded GoodThink, a marketing and advertising agency that specializes in branding and integrated marketing communications, with a client roster that boasts huge brands such as Google, Cigna, and GAP.
Our #ProductivityGiants series is all about providing you with the tools, inspiration, and practical advice you need to amplify your productivity and help you work smarter, not harder. We’re excited to talk to Scott Mautz this week – he’s the CEO of Profound Performance, a keynote, workshop, coaching, and online training company that helps you “Work, Lead, & Live Fulfilled.”
It’s summer, days are getting longer, and perhaps your motivation to be at work is waning. This is why it’s the perfect time to hear from Scott Mautz – he’s an expert on employee engagement, workplace and creative fulfillment, and others-oriented leadership.
Journalist Celeste Headlee has years of experience in the art of conversation – after all, she interviews people for a living. Since 1999, she’s worked in public radio as a reporter, host, and correspondent, and currently hosts a daily news/talk show called On Second Thought that airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting. She’s garnered a unique perspective on rapport and wrote an insightful book on the importance of engaging in meaningful communication called We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter.
Have an interest in starting a side hustle or full-blown entrepreneurship? Then, you’ve probably heard of Chris Guillebeau and maybe checked out some of his books: Side Hustle, The Art of Nonconformity, and The $100 Startup. Chris runs his personal website as “a home for unconventional people doing remarkable things.” An avid traveler as well, Chris has visited every country in the world in the past 10 years, writing the whole way.
David Kadavy became a writer by accident. A product designer by trade, David realized his love for writing and decided to focus on that pursuit. He’s now the author of two books – Design for Hackers and The Heart to Start.
He also hosts a podcast called Love Your Work, where he interviews entrepreneurs and creators including Jason Fried, Dan Ariely, James Altucher, Ryan Holiday, Laura Roeder, Noah Kagan, and many more.
Welcome to The Productivity Giants Series 2!
In case you missed it, this series includes interviews with some of the top leaders in the tech industry and beyond, and we’re continuing on with a new batch of inspiring people. We hope you’ll be inspired by their productivity wisdom, as well as their fascinating career learnings thus far. Catch up on Series 1 here.
First up in this new season is Jon Levy!