Welcome to another special recap edition of the podcast. Today on the show we are diving into our interview with Anton Gunn, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Anton has a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina and is one of the most authoritative voices on socially conscious leadership. He is also the bestselling author of The Presidential Principles and an international speaker and consultant.


During our interview, Anton shared some really useful and profound ideas that helped us personally process all that is going on through the lens of a strong leader, a black man, and a personal brand. In this episode, we share some of our biggest takeaways from our talk with Anton and what it means to follow your heart and use your voice in the way you feel led. Stay tuned as we discuss the incredible insights we learned from Anton and how you can apply it to both your life and your personal brand.



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Key Points From This Episode:


  • Importance of getting clear on the problem and clear on the solution. 


  • The Albert Einstein quote: learning to first understand the problem. 


  • Why having a unified and clear message is absolutely key. 


  • Learning to take responsibility and acknowledging injustice in the moment.  


  • Structuring your brand message as an instructional command and order. 


  • Stay in your lane: knowing when it is your role and when it is not. 


and so much more!



See Also: Selling to the Government with Jack Siney and GovSpend | Special Edition



Tweetable Moments

“In the world of gaining influence and building a personal brand, it has a lot to do with, “How are you serving the people around you?” — @aj_vaden [0:07:15]

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“We all have a mutual responsibility and so much of it is self-awareness.” — @aj_vaden [0:08:01]

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“Stay in your lane, and play to the strengths of where your lane is. Use the strengths of where you are in your lane and put those to use; but stay in your lane.” — @aj_vaden [0:13:54]

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“You can’t divorce what you do from who you are.” — @AntonJGunn [0:16:16]

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About Anton Gunn

For more than 20 years, Anton has been a leadership advisor to some of the biggest brands in the United States of America, including the President of the United States. He has worked with hundreds of leaders and organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sector.


Anton is the Founder of 937 Strategy Group, a consulting practice that provides services to leaders and healthcare organizations who want to build a world-class leadership culture that transforms employee engagement and service outcomes.


He is a former lecturer at Harvard University and the author of two books, The Presidential Principles: How to Inspire Action and Create Lasting Impact (Advantage, 2018) and the Audacity of Leadership (AuthorHouse, 2009).


See Anton’s interview on the Influential Personal Brand Free Online Summit


Anton’s leadership exploits in business, sports and politics have been featured in Time Magazine Wall Street Journal, Huff Post and many other top media outlets.


Anton has become the number one authority on presidential leadership in the healthcare environment. He has trained hundreds of leaders including c-suite executives, business leaders, physician leaders, professional athletes, music artists, entrepreneurs, and elected officials. Because he knows what it takes to build world-class leaders, Anton provides authentic customer-centered solutions that give every leader next-day, actionable steps to improve employee engagement and increase their impact.


Links Mentioned:

Anton Gunn — https://www.antongunn.com

Anton Gunn on LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/in/antonjgunn/

Anton Gunn on Twitter — https://twitter.com/AntonJGunn

75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice -- https://medium.com/equality-includes-you/what-white-people-can-do-for-racial-justice-f2d18b0e0234

The Presidential Principleshttps://amzn.to/36UPx15

Barack Obama — https://barackobama.com

University of South Carolina — https://www.sc.edu

Brand Builders Group Consultation Call — freecall.brandbuildersgroup.com

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Connect With Rory

Rory Vaden | The Brand Builders Group | Branding ServicesRory Vaden is the New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs. His insights have been featured in the Wall St. Journal, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur, Inc, and several other major media outlets. As a world-renowned speaker, his TEDx talk has been viewed over 2 million times. He is the Co-Founder of Brand Builders Group and the host of the Influential Personal Brand podcast. Visit RoryVaden.com for more.



Connect with AJ

Aj Vaden Keynote Speaker for The Brand Builders GroupAJ is a million-dollar consultant and international speaker. Over the last decade, she has built and managed multiple 7 figure businesses and is currently the CEO of Brand Builders Group where she uses her expertise and unique talents to both streamline back end operations as well as creatively engineer the company’s front-facing personal brands.



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