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Todd Davis

“We see the world as we think it is. Not as it really is. Wear glasses that work.

Todd Davis has spent 20+ years “looking for the right people.” As Chief People Officer at FranklinCovey, a training company, he is an expert at identifying how human behaviors impact our life, our work and our output. His new book, Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work shares that the key to improving our effectiveness is found in improving our behaviors.

Todd’s insights shine a light on the truth that an organization’s greatest assets are undoubtedly its people and remind us that leadership is a decision, not a position.

This conversation is a journey in self-awareness. Join Todd and me for a great conversation and practical ways to fine-tune your behaviors so that you can live and work inspired.

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  • Todd has worked for FranklinCovey, the award-winning training company started by the bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, Stephen R. Covey for over 20 years.
  • Todd shares his favorite three proven practices from his authored with FranklinCovey, Get Better:15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work:
    • Wear glasses that work. It may be true, but it’s likely opinion, not fact. Can you look at your opinion differently?
    • Make it safe for others to be honest with you. (Check it out at minute 38)
      1. Assume good intent.
      2. Ask for real feedback in a meaningful way / provide space for it to come out.
      3. Express gratitude for the feedback and evaluate the.
      4. Act on the feedback. (Decide what you will implement and what you choose not to.)
    • Examine your real motives.
  • Todd shares how his childhood has shaped him-a middle child from Utah, self-described peacemaker and son of a set designer and actress.
  • Todd never imagined that he’d write a book. It was “a labor of love” that took him two years and was inspired by The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change and The Leader in Me.
  • Don’t miss Todd walking us through one chapter of his book: Make It Safe to Tell the Truth. He’ll share why these four steps are necessary: 1. Assume good intent. 2. Ask for Feedback. 3. Evaluate the feedback. 4. Act on it.


1. What is the best book you’ve ever read? Where the Red Fern Grows when I was a kid. Two others: The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell and The Linchpin by Seth Godin.

2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you do with it?  I would take it all down to Puerto Rico right now and help out.

3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What would it be? Many years ago I would say pictures. On Christmas, our family spends an hour or two writing letters to each other before opening presents. I’d grab those.

4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with anyone living or dead. Who would it be?  Mother Theresa and Gandhi.

5. What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

6. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself at age 20? To believe in myself.

7. It’s been said that all great people can have their lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to read? He who dies with the most meaningful relationships wins.


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