Leadership Conversation- Episode 41 with Jordan Harbinger
Jordan Harbinger is a Wall Street lawyer turned podcast interviewer with an approachable style and knack for securing high-profile guests. His show, The Jordan Harbinger Show was selected as part of Apple’s “Best of 2018.”
In today's episode, Jordan unpacks his secrets for finding and keeping superstars (he's had basically 100% retention in his team for nearly 7 years!), why you should be alarmed as a leader if THIS person is being successful in your organization and the book he's gifting the most to other people right now (Hint: It's a brilliant book about taking personal responsibility to live a fulfilling life...)
The lawyer that would never be
Hailing from Michigan, Jordan was an inquisitive kid who was fascinated by the internet at an early age. He went to law school at the University of Michigan and landed a job on Wall Street as a corporate lawyer.
Jordan wasn’t interested in climbing the corporate ladder. But he was curious about a partner who was never in the office. Dave spent his days at charity events and playing racquetball. How did he keep his job?
Discovering a “secret third path”
Dave told Jordan that he brought in business for the firm. To do that he didn’t sit at his desk: he spent his time building and managing personal relationships. After hard work and intelligence, Jordan felt like he was learning a “secret third path” that nobody ever talked about.
This kicked off an obsession with body language and non-verbal communication, persuasion, influence, social psychology and networking. When he started uploading what he learned to the web, he inadvertently became one of the first podcasters.
Today, The Jordan Harbinger Show has over 11 million downloads per month and features a wide array of guests like Kobe Bryant, Moby, Dennis Rodman, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Tony Hawk, Cesar Millan, Simon Sinek, Eric Schmidt, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, to name a few. Jordan continues to teach his skills, for free, at 6 Minute Networking. In addition to hosting The Jordan Harbinger Show, Jordan is a consultant for law enforcement, military, and security companies and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.