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Breaking Average

Life and Leadership

Created by Breaking Average • 128 episodes

Breaking Average

The late / great Jim Rohn once suggested “we should be something more than average.” You look at all the great accomplishments in life and no great success came from someone choosing to be average. It comes by those choosing to break average. It’s a choice! But, If we are too careful, we settle for average. If we are too cautious, we fail to live to our potential. Therefore, the challenge is before us – we must break average!

The best way to break average is not go it alone, it’s to go with others. That’s why we created the Breaking Average Podcast. Your companion and guide on the journey to breaking average. Something we call team strong leadership. “If you want to go fast, go alone – if you want go far, go together.” Join us each week for the Breaking Average Podcast

Meet the Team

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Paul Gustavson

Paul has a passion for what he calls full spectrum innovation, which is centered on personal, technical, and corporate growth. In 2000, he helped cofound SimVentions, Inc., a technology firm that delivers engineering solutions for today’s military. SimVentions is frequently recognized as one of Virginia’s Best Places to Work and was named by Inc. Magazine as one of “The 50 Best Places to Work in 2016”. As the CTO, Paul leads in identifying and contributing to the company’s capability and influencing the strategic vision. Paul is an author of the recent book Breaking Average, and Leaders Press On. Paul is also co-host of the Transformational Leader Podcast. As a leader with an engineering background, he is also an active member within the simulation and virtual reality communities. Paul and his wife Barbara live in Virginia.

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Barry Smith

Barry Smith is the founder of Building What Matters. As a leader his goal is to help others become more than they thought possible. "My desire is to help you understand where you are, reflect on where you have been, clearly identify where you want to be and resource you to achieve your desired result."

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Rick A. Morris
Interviewer / Producer

Rick A. Morris, PMP, is a certified Scrum Agile Master, Human Behavior Consultant, best-selling author, mentor, and evangelist for project management. Rick is an accomplished project manager and public speaker. His appetite for knowledge and passion for the profession makes him an internationally sought-after speaker delivering keynote presentations for large conferences and PMI events around the world. 

Rick has three previous books The Everything Project Management Book, 2nd EditionProject Management That Works!, and Stop Playing Games!  His latest book No Day But Today! is an Amazon #1 best seller. 

Rick is no stranger to being center stage in front of large groups of people. At the early age of 11, Rick was a Walt Disney World Performer in their seasonal shows. In high school, he worked at MGM Studios on various projects including the New Mickey Mouse Club. Taking the experience of his youth and blending it with the knowledge he attained throughout his career, Rick has been able to inspire and mentor many project managers. His blend of real world experience and down to earth delivery style makes his passion for the profession contagious.

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Diane Caine
Featured Guest

    Diane is an Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team and a certified facilitator, speaker, trainer and coach for individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth.

    Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, she is equipped with the tools, resources and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance and profitability. Whether you are looking for a facilitator for group workshops, corporate training in leadership, speaking, sales, or coaching skills for your leaders, or a speaker for your next event, she has access to exclusive content that is only available through a certified Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team to help you reach your goals and objectives.

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    Mike Harbour
    Featured Guest

      Mike Harbour is the founder and Chief Action Officer for Harbour Resources, whose mission is to ignite purpose, excellence and action for leaders and men across the United States. Mike is a founding partner on the John Maxwell Team (JMT) where he serves on the President’s Advisory Council as Chair for the John Maxwell Transformational Leadership Award, and he is a Peer Teaching Partner for over 30,000 fellow JMT members. Mike is a coach, trainer and speaker living in Little Rock, Arkansas with his son and daughter and wife of 27 plus years.