View from the C-Suite: Levers of Influence

🌱 This interview with Brian Burwell, the CEO of a major management consulting firm, is one of a series that compliments Eazl’s Advanced Management Training program. For students enrolled in the course, each one of these interviews aligns with a section of your learning experience. 🌱

This is Part 3 of a 6-part interview. View the rest of the series here:
Part 1:  Talent Development
Part 2: Productivity, Passion, & Focus

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Notes from the interview:

  • When you need to make a recommendation, your style tends to be more linear.
  • It’s really important to understand where the audience is coming from in terms of how they process information.
  • When you’re informally advocating, you should be listening a lot more than talking.
  • When you are advocating, and you’re doing the talking, you are failing.
  • The most effective negotiations and advocates of a point ask a lot of questions.
  • You’re not going to get someone to change their mind in a single conversation.


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The Secret to Human-Centric Networking

This is an excerpt from our course, Instant Skills: Learn Personal Networking in 90 Minutes. Get a $10 coupon here.

Video summary:

  • Human beings are naturally social. Most individuals prefer to learn, organize, and interact in group settings.
  • Having fewer relationships that are well-aligned and built on trust is generally more valuable than having many low quality relationships.
  • People who have a unique network of relationships and information sources are especially valuable addition to your network.
  • When your networking activities center around something meaningful, the amount of interest that will result is likely to increase.


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From Fast Company: How to Write Emails That Don’t Make People Silently Resent You

negativity bias email

“Research has shown that when we receive an email, we’re predisposed to view the tone of that message negatively–or at least more negatively than the sender intended it.

Given that everyone has this natural “negativity bias” against email, it’s important to pay close attention to your phrasing. For the most part, we use email either to remind people about things they said they’d do, or to ask them to do something for us. In the absence of social cues, this is a delicate task. With that in mind, here are a few tips for making your emails friendly and appealing—without running on too long or coming off as ingratiating.”

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Growth Hacking: Romina Kavčič on Usability and Conversion

🌱 This is the full, unedited interview that’s a part of Eazl’s Growth Hacking Certification Course 🌱

This interview was originally recorded in November of 2017.

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View from the C-Suite: Productivity, Passion, and Focus

🌱 This interview with Brian Burwell, the CEO of a major management consulting firm, is one of a series that compliments Eazl’s Advanced Management Training program.

For students enrolled in the course, each one of these interviews aligns with a section of your learning experience. 🌱

This is part two of a 6-part interview. View part one on talent development here.
Notes from the interview:
  • One way to determine your focus is your passion for that particular thing.
  • You also have to follow your brain. You have to have the skill-set to be successful in that particular field.
  • You have to find where your energy comes from.
  • It’s very frustrating to have a passion and a set of skills and apply it to business where you can’t make money.
  • Think about: Is this a business where you can make money if you are good at it?
  • Brian has seen two general approaches to productivity: the “full monty” model and the “highly discriminatory” model
  • The highly discriminatory model: “I’m only going to do things that I’m uniquely qualified to do. I’m going to avoid things that are energy zappers.”
  • When you say “no” remember: There might be other people who enjoy doing those things.
  • You have to understand your biorhythms.

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Eazl’s Top 10 Favorite Information Sources in 2017

eazl top information sources

There are a lot of garbage information sources out there so it’s important to curate the type of information that you come across every day, especially in the age of social media. Davis and I got together and brainstormed our top 10 information sources in 2017. Here’s what we came up with:

#10 Radiolab


A “show about curiosity” that covers the strange and unusual from science and philosophy. The production is incredible!

Where we follow them: Podcast

#9 Harvard Biz Review

Harvard Business Review

This is one of our favorite sources for researched content on future of work and management. Without paying, you can read 6 articles a month for free.

Where we follow them: Twitter

#8 Financial Times

Financial Times

Real, high quality journalism on the topics of business, career, and government that is behind a paywall.

What does the paywall mean for the content?

Less drivel because the content does not rely on just advertising and clickbait. The community is also high quality because people who care to pay for a subscription to FT ($179/year for a standard subscription) are typically smart and genuinely interested. Plus, it keeps the trolls and bots out.

Where we follow them: Paid Subscription (we have the Standard subscription)


#7 Gallup


Providing analytics to organizations, Gallup is a refreshing source of information because it prevents just the facts and numbers…no opinions, which is hard to find these days in mainstream news.

Where we follow them: Twitter


#6 World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum

From work life balance and environment to economic issues and innovation, World Economic Forum -out of Switzerland- covers just about everything that has an affect on quality of life, globally.

Where we follow them: Twitter

#5 Dalai Lama

dalai lama

The Dalai Lama has been on the right wavelength always and it’s been quite fun to watch the scientific research roll out to support his teachings. He’s a living reminder to resist the arrogance of modern life that tempts us to discount the wisdom of the ages.

Where we follow him: Watch the Dalai Lama drop some knowledge on Twitter.





They cover topics and news that no one else dares to cover…in a way that no one else dares. VICE is setting a new standard for journalism.

Where we follow them: YouTube

#3 On Point

On Point Radio

A two-hour live show that is a refreshing and honest source of news and conversation.

Where we follow them: Podcast

The School of Life

School of LIfe

Alain de Botton is a philosopher who founded The School of Life to teach emotional intelligence. They create tons of useful content in the form of videos, articles, books, and products.

Where we follow them: YouTube and Twitter

Greater Good Science Center

Greater Good Science Center


Based at UC Berkeley, GGSC is working on presenting the science behind practices that help us lead good lives and make the world better. Think: soft skills and proving the Dalai Lama right.


Where we follow them: Science of Happiness course from UC Berkeley, their blog, and Twitter


Do you have any favorite information sources that didn’t make this list? We’d love to hear your favorites in the comments below or on Twitter.

6 Most Downloaded Free Eazl Resources in 2017

eazl most downloaded resources 2017

These are the resources that received the most downloads in 2017. Others in our community like them so we thought you might! Just click the resource name to download.

#6 Word Tracks for Leads
CATEGORY: Freelancing and Entrepreneurship

Use these templated messages to respond and follow up with a lead during different stages of the sales process.

#5 Candidate Interview Reference Tool
CATEGORY: Management

Learn how to find top talent with these 3 interviewing methods for hiring “A” players.

#4 Sample Letter of Agreement
CATEGORY: Freelancing and Entrepreneurship

Want to get your client to sign off on project terms with a simple one-sheet contract? Use this sample to get your clients to sign off on project specifics.

#3 Job Interview Prep Cheat Sheet

Want to go into your interviews organized and less stressed about all the little details? Use this template to go into your job interviews prepared.

#2 Personal Productivity Guide
CATEGORY: Management

We created this guide as a resource for managers and entrepreneurs who want to get more out of their day and focus on making real progress. Use it as a starting point for getting right with your organization, delegation, and management style.

#1 Guide to LinkedIn Summaries

Your summary is the focal point for your LinkedIn profile and the first section a hiring manager will read. This guide will help you create a profile that makes you stand out.

Want to see our other resources? Click here to view what’s available.