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Happy Birthday Weekly Leader Podcast!

Weekly Leader podcastThe Weekly Leader Podcast turns one today! It’s hard to believe a year has already passed!

It’s been fun and we’ve learned a lot along the way.  Over the course of the year we’ve done 46 regular and 4 special episodes and we’ve had so many incredible guests that have generously shared their leadership experiences and challenges with us.

It all started back in early March 2009 after connecting with Pam Fox Rollin, founder of Ideashape on Twitter, I asked her if she was interested in being a contributor to the Weekly Leader website. Luckily she said yes. Two weeks later we were talking about podcasting and on April 20, 2009 we co-hosted our first show.

I will be forever grateful to Peter Aceto, the CEO of ING Direct of Canada, who I also connected with via Twitter and who agreed to our first guest. If you have not listened to Peter’s episodes (1 and 2), please go there immediately. At the risk of sounding redundant, he is truly a leadership thought leader.

We have spent time with twenty eight different Weekly Leaders, each one telling his or her own unique leadership story. Our Weekly Leaders have come from the commercial, nonprofit and government sectors and have been pretty evenly split between men and women.  We believe that one very effective way of learning about leadership is to hear stories, including successes and failures, of those who have gone before and to that end we have been blessed.

We also have an incredibly talented team of contributors who have turned into true friends including Mario Vittone and Dr. Ed Brenegar, both of whom have adeptly stepped into the co-host role when duty called.

Adding quality to quality is always a good idea and Matt Howard and Wally Bock have recently joined the Weekly Leader Team and made it even stronger. Along the way, we’ve also had some valuable contribitions by Mary Michaela Weber and Guy Mitrano.

We have a lot of exciting things planned for our second year including more interviews with organizational and thought leaders. Stay tuned.

Over the course of this week, I will publish a series of themed podcast posts. If you are new here, it might be  good way to begin your leadership learning with us.

So thanks so much to all of the above mentioned (and unmentioned Weekly Leaders) and most importantly a huge thank you to all of our Weekly Leader listeners. Your support, encouragement and engagement is what makes this all worthwhile.

Listen. Learn. Lead!

About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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