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Medieval Times, pyramids of influence and guys in hoodies…  if you’re wondering how these topics go together, stick around for today’s episode. 

Today on the show I’m joined by a great friend and coach, Ryan Johnson.

Ryan teaches physical education at Wayzata High School and is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Wayzata Public Schools. He also works directly with the four-time state champion football program as Director of Operations and Player Development. During his tenure, Wayzata teams have captured 66 state titles.  

In 2017, Ryan was named the NSCA National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. He also holds the title of Region 6 Director / Board Chairman for the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA). In addition, he’s the Rockford Area Athletic Association President and Youth Football Director, a clinician, speaker, and former volunteer firefighter. 

In today’s episode:

  • The “Pyramid of Influence”: what it is & how to use it to create better interactions
  • The importance of using an “influential other” in persuasion 
  • Do you need to be an extrovert to influence others?
  • Wanting vs. needing to learn something
  • Elon Musk and the role of perception in effective leadership 


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