Partners In The Field | Interviews and discussions with professionals across a variety of career fields.

Rashad Pleasant chats with professionals across a variety of career fields about their personal success, recent failures, and current passions with inspiration from entrepreneurs like John Lee Dumas and Pat Flynn, authors like Robert Kiyosaki and Dave Ramsey, and speakers like Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar.
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Dec 17, 2015

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Samuel McNabb husband to Wilma Char McNabb, father to Sean and NFL QB Donovan McNabb. Retired Electrical Engineer, worked for Exelon in Illinois. Retired from the US Navy. Served as founder and president of NFPFA, association for fathers of the NFL players.

greatest moment

seeing both of his sons grow up to become good men

recent failure/setback

health issue took his motivation and caused a loss in momentum

personal definition of success

when you see something you want to achieve and do everything you can to achieve it.

mentorship / networking groups

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters

online education or productivity tools

Dr Jawanza Kunjufu's tools

recommended reading

things from author Dr Jawanza Kunjufu

listen to this episode to find out why Mr McNabb wants to partner with his father Alfred McNabb and Earle Graves.


Dec 16, 2015

The Pomodoro Technique...

This time management technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s and is still very useful today.

The premise of the technique is to set your timer to a specific interval - 25 minutes is recommended - and focus on one task for that time without distraction. This uninterrupted focus allows you to efficiently complete the things you set before yourself by managing both your time and attention.

The technique got it's name from the tomato shaped timer that Cirillo used; tomato in Italian is pomodoro. 

Dec 14, 2015

Focus on building your strengths more than your weaknesses

Dec 10, 2015

greatest moment

seeing the consistent growth in a person he was able to help

recent failure/setback

missed an opportunity to appropriately delegate tasks to the right people

personal definition of success

knowing that the effort that he puts in leads to something that impacts generations

mentorship / networking groups

connect with the people closest to you in a meaningful way

online education or productivity tools


recommended reading

The Head Game Phillip Mudd
The 10x Rule Grant Cardone
Team of Teams General Stanley McCrystal

partners with this episode...

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Dec 9, 2015

We tend to speak a lot about relationships here on the podcast and that is very intentional. Today, let's talk about steps to have successful and productive meetings.

A good meeting can certainly influence a professional relationship.

Here are five steps to have a productive meeting.

1. Be very selective when meeting

Only call for a meeting or even attend a meeting when it is actually necessary. Far too often we have meetings just for the sake of meeting and we tend to want to discuss everything under the sun at a meeting. Instead of calling a meeting for everything, be selective. And... if you're in the position to, opt not to attend meetings that don't look promising or don't require your input.

2. Write goals for your meetings

Because it is so easy to get off track, consider writing out goals for your meetings so that you have a common idea to move toward. Feel confident in sharing those goals upfront in your meeting so everyone has the same end in mind and all parties are moving in the same direction.

3. Ask questions.

If you're just looking to disseminate information it may be best to not have a meeting. If you've called folks to a meeting, you should encourage their participation by asking questions of them toward those goals you wrote out from Step 2.

If it's not your meeting, you should be asking questions to make sure that you have a clear understanding and are moving toward the goals that the person who called the meeting has.

4. Consider having a standing meeting.

This one I heard from author and speaker Seth Godin. Far too often we get in meetings with comfortable chairs and snacks or beverages. Unless it's a party or there is no work to get to, we should probably not get super comfortable in our meetings. We should focus on exchanging ideas and information as efficiently as possible and get to Step 5.

5. Designate the next steps

This for me is two fold. Because we had clear goals for this meeting back in Step 3, we can assess how well we met those goals and determine what needs to be done in order to fully meet them with actionable items. Then with the discovery of those actionable items we can assign the tasks to the right team members and increase our productivity and thus get far more from meetings.

A good meeting should have everyone excited about what the future holds and allow them to leave with a clearer picture of that future than when they arrived. Everyone should leave knowing what is expected of them and how it contributes to the entire team.

Happy meeting!


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Dec 7, 2015

Give up on trying to be perfect and try more to be authentic

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Dec 2, 2015

Let's examine "why" instead of "how"