#006: Strategic Planning – Bryan Yager Interview [Podcast]

Brian Yager Teaching Strategic Planning

Last week my good friend Bryan Yager joined me in the Success Is Voluntary Studio to chat.

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Bryan is from Boise, Idaho where he lives and travels out to the world as a consultant and trainer for some great organizations like Expedia, Albertsons, Arthur Anderson and Microsoft. I had invited Bryan to Phoenix to speak to my leadership team. He did an outstanding job challenging us to think differently, especially when we were dealing with people who “Just don’t get it!” We found out a lot about Bryan that afternoon, including his disdain for law-abiding citizens who travel the speed limit in the left lane.

During this interview Bryan and I talked about working on your business instead of in your business, the challenges of moving into a leadership position, being good “doers” instead of good managers, and a host of other topics.

During the interview we referenced the following resources: I would suggest you consider reading and/or using them. Full disclosure: I do have an affiliate relationship with all resources listed below. I would never recommend something I don’t use myself, and I would never send you to an affiliate link without disclosing it.


Who Moved My Cheese?

This is the book that Bryan’s wife told him to stop reading! See why dozens of people I have talked to say this book changed their life.

Getting Things Done

This book literally changed the way that I approach my daily tasks and my life. It has improved my productivity 200% or more. It is the only way that I can juggle my family obligations, a 50+ hour work week at my full-time job, a full load at Northern Arizona University, and the honor of serving Elevate Phoenix as a board member….. Oh yeah this whole blog/podcast thing.  I am a David Allen EVANGELIST!!! I have literally bought and given away more than 50 copies of this life altering book in my career.  In fact, the first person that comments at the end of this page with the words, “Please send me a free copy of David Allen’s Getting Things Done” will get a free copy. Just email me your mailing address after I acknowledge you in the comments.



Nozbe is a phenomenal task/project management tool that my entire Executive Team uses every day. Did I mention it was designed by a David Allen evangelist? When Getting Things Done first came out, it was the era of paper planners and manila files. Nozbe takes Mr. Allen’s seminal work into the digital age.  I would be lost without it!  It is $8/Month or $96/Year. Just click on the picture to the left



evernoteI can’t believe that there was a time before I used Evernote! It allows me to clip webpages, insert emails, add my own typed notes, add pictures, leave myself voice notes, and make annotations on all of them.  The full paid version of Evernote is a steal at $5/month or $45/year. Again, just click the picture to the left.



Evernote Essentials

Evernote is very intuitive…. but if you want to supercharge your Evernote experience, I can’t recommend Brett Kelly’s Evernote Essentials Ebook enough. It will get you to Evernote Ninja status in an afternoon! For the cost of an album on iTunes, you won’t have to go through the learning curve. Just click the banner to the left and get after it!!!

 Elevate Phoenix

elevate phoenixIf you have enjoyed this podcast (or any of my other podcasts/blogs) please consider making a donation to Elevate! This group of people are truly impacting the urban youth of Phoenix and making the world a better place. Don’t believe me? I dare you to schedule a school visit! You can leave a comment at the end that indicates you want to come out and see this world altering organization at work. I will be your personal host! To learn more (and make a donation) just click the picture to the left.

Tim Martin

Author: Tim Martin

Tim has spent the last 22 years in the VB sales world. During that time he has recruited and trained over 2,000 agents to get people to do what they should, but wouldn't do if we didn't come along. In addition to his leadership rolls at the two largest VB carriers on the planet, Tim has worked with outside organizations through consulting and sales coaching. His energetic and humorous key note addresses have also inspired and electrified audiences throughout the United States. Currently Tim is also working on his first book "Success Is Voluntary." Tim and the lovely Dizzy D reside in Peoria, Arizona. They have been married for 29 years and are the proud parent of two gorgeous grown young women, Brittny 27 and Victoria 25.

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