Special Encore Presentation: Follow Your Passion? Maybe Not. A Fresh Take on Finding Your Path with Scientist, Author and Blogger Cal Newport

August 12, 2013
Hosted by Kate Ebner

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“Follow your passion!” sounds like great advice – until its time to get a job and disillusionment sets in. Cal Newport teaches computer science at Georgetown University and also writes Study Hacks, a blog on decoding "patterns of success" that attracts over 100,000 visitors a month. In both his blog and new book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Newport asks why some people create successful, enjoyable and meaningful lives while so many others do not. A self-described geek, he is not interested in simplistic slogans (“Follow your passion!”), or conventional wisdom (“Successful students are all joyless grinds.”) Instead, he dives deeper, looking to decode the often nuanced patterns that happy, engaged people employ to succeed. Newport uses his personal experience in a way that makes his findings valuable for anyone at any stage of life. Join Host Kate Ebner for a scientist’s take on self-help that will move you beyond the conventional thinking on career advice.

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Top leadership coach and change guru Kate Ebner teaches leaders in business, education, government and non-profits how to create compelling and inspiring visions that lead to extraordinary results and outcomes. Each week on “Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life,” Kate introduces you to the amazing visionaries who are shaping our future. She’ll show you how to create your own motivating leadership vision – and how to make it real. Discover the simple, yet powerful steps that add up to a great vision and an extraordinary life. Explore how real visionaries are using vision to drive exceptional results. Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life features guests who open our eyes to new possibilities and whose stories inspire. Tune in and learn how and why to create your own vision. Join Kate for practical tips, wisdom, and knowledge that will take your leadership and your life to a new level.

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Kate Ebner

Top leadership coach Kate Ebner invites people to be visionary. Founder of The Nebo Company, a leadership consultancy based in Washington, D.C., Kate teaches leaders how to use vision as a powerful and practical tool for manifesting the important changes they want to see. Kate works with senior executives and teams at Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, social entrepreneurs and government agencies who are leading significant change, helping them to thrive in their careers and find greater fulfillment and satisfaction in life.

Kate specializes not only in how to create, live and lead from vision, but also how to make it real through effective implementation. She gained more than two decades of firsthand experience in envisioning, leading and implementing major change while serving as a dean at Middlebury College and as senior vice president of an international strategy consulting firm. Her own journey from executive to master coach is a story of vision and personal transformation. As faculty and co-director of Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching program, Kate authored of "Coaching for Leverage,” a chapter in On Becoming a Leadership Coach. Kate Ebner is frequently quoted in publications and speaks at conferences about leadership, vision, and empowerment.

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