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Welcome to ChesterGoad.com!

Hi I’m Chester. I make unique connections between leadership, learning, & life through the power of story. I’ve found my purpose in making a difference helping other people make theirs.

If you need coaching, consulting, a speaker, or some encouragement visit the blog or listen to my podcast. The Leaderbyte Podcast drops pretty regularly. On the podcast I meet up with interesting people from all walks of life and we share our stories. Check it out, and let me know how I can help you! Now…scroll down and check out the blog or some podcast episodes!

–All my best, all the time –Chester

p.s. Email me at chestergoad@gmail.com  or find me on your favorite social media! 

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Every Crunch of My Sneakers

chester goad I love fall. I have always loved it, and I suppose I always will. October 27th is the day my mom passed away and she loved fall. It’s also my son Corban’s birthday and he enjoys everything about fall too especially Friday Night Lights. And while most people love fall for its pumpkins, its football, its festivals, colors and smells—for me, with every crunch of the leaves under my sneakers, and every Harvest moon, I will always be reminded of cherished hellos and bittersweet goodbyes, of Life and love that comes and goes as quickly as the leaves turn. Hug the necks of those you care for this season and take a minute to love and live.
“Even if something is left undone,
everyone must take time to sit still
and watch the leaves turn.”  -E. Lawrence
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Thomas Cox & The Mealfit Story: Leading & Motivating through Food & Lifestyle

This week I pick the brain of Mealfit entrepreneur Thomas Cox. We talk business and bartering, leadership, lifestyle, priorities, and more. Thomas tells his story in his own unique direct way and he doesn’t mince words. He spares nothing with his frank advice for leaders or anyone ready to take their passion to the next level. And while he believes owning your destiny whether it’s in business or in wellness is not for the lazy, Thomas is clear that anybody willing to put in the time, can do it. Lots more tips, insight, and tough love from Thomas Cox on this episode of The Leaderbyte. Don’t let the tough love fool you, Thomas Cox cares about people, and wants them to be successful, healthy, and happy. It’s true or Mealfit wouldn’t be nearly as successful! Oh, and Thomas was into Crossfit before Crossfit was cool. For tough tips to success and motivation to start pursuing your passion today— click play, then share with a friend.

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Leaderbyte Podcast Conversation with Carole Sparks

“Don’t PURSUE Leadership. PURSUE People, and your Leadership will rise to the top.” –Carole Sparks

Episode 21: Carole Sparks:

Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad, talks with emerging, faith-based writer Carole Sparks who offers insight into her own creative process, advice on being a better leader, and the ultimate influence and inspiration for her writing. This was a deep and intriguing leadership conversation worth having–and one you don’t want to miss.

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Leaderbyte Conversation with Scott Kimsey on Faith, Family & Fury

Episode 20:  Scott Kimsey: Faith, Family, Friendship & Fury: A Fun Convo

Leaderbyte Host Chester Goad interviews Scott Kimsey, Director of Basketball Operations for the Tennessee Fury. Scott talks about how leadership, sports, mission and purpose have impacted his life and gives us insight into staying motivated and grounded.  Chester and Scott reminisce about growing up, college, and old friends and laugh a lot.  Treat yourself to this very authentic conversation that only has a couple of hiccups!  This was definitely a leadership conversation worth having. We’re proud of Scott’s commitment to sports, youth, faith, and community, and we’re also impressed that he can tackle himself.

Who is Scott?  Scott Kimsey is Director of Operations for the Tennessee Fury and Knoxville Youth Sports.  In the past, he administered a large Upward Basketball program and he developed a similar middle school league.  Scott has contributed to long-term basketball development in two African nations, working overseas for eight years and traveling to various countries for basketball camps etc.  He has played and coached recreationally, mentored college athletes, and raised funds for athletic organizations. Having experienced the positive impact of team sports on young people, Scott believes basketball builds core values of integrity, team work, community, and perseverance. Combined with a strong faith, these values develop leaders both on and off the court.

This episode dedicated in memory of Andy Botkin who made us laugh.

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Leaderbyte Podcast Conversation with Nancy Hamilton: Leaving People Better than You Found Them

Episode 19: Nancy Hamilton: Leadership, Influence & Leaving People Better than You Found Them

Nancy Hamilton, seasoned speaker, leader and small business owner shares leadership wisdom and encouragement to leave people better than we found them. Nancy’s background includes service with churches, non-profits, higher education, counseling, and business. Nancy also shares how to deal with leadership disallusionment and disappointment.  Don’t miss this episode of The Leaderbyte, you’ll want to share it with friends and family.

Be sure to Follow Nancy on Twitter @NancyLHamilton.

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Leaderbyte Podcast Conversation with Adam Meyer on Living the Intentional Life

Episode 18: Adam Meyer & the Intentional Life (The Bucket Episode)

I recently met up with my friend Adam Meyer to pick his brain on his thoughts on the benefits of intentional living. In this episode, Adam, a higher ed professional and fellow leadership and disability advocate, share his own story about intentional living, leadership, and priorities especially as they relate to family and faith. Check out these tips for living a happier, more efficient and fulfilling life all from simply living intentionally.

Note from your Leaderbyte Host, Chester Goad:  Dear Leaderbyte Listeners and Friends, so I was down in Florida and realized I didn’t have all of my recoridng equipment, specifically an extra mic. I decided to use the internal microphones from my recording device, but didn’t account for location, etc.  Unfortunately it sounds somewhat like we’re in a bucket even after editing. The content is excellent though, so I hope you’ll give this unintended bucket episode a listen, and check out Adam Meyer’s tips for living intentionally. You’ll be glad you did!

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Leaderbyte Podcast Summer Solo Episode with Chester Goad

Episode 17: Summer Solo: Authenticity & the “Perception is Reality” Lie

Is authenticity overrated? Is perception important?  And how does Sir Winston Churchill factor in? In this summer solo episode, Leaderbyte Host, Chester Goad shares thoughts on authenticity, and the “Perception is Reality” lie. Tweet Chester and let him know what you think @chesterwgoad.

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