Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast

The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast is a podcast all about leadership, change and personal growth. The goal? To help you lead like never before—in your church or in your business. Carey interviews top leaders like Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Chuck Swindoll, Brian Houston, Jon Acuff, Kara Powell, Chris Brown, Louie Giglio, Thom Rainer, Mark Batterson, Ravi Zacharias, Lewis Howes, Christine Hassler, Jenni Catron, William Vanderbloemen and many more. The podcast features a mix of well-known and everyday leaders whose insights bring tremendous value to your development as a leader. For insightful posts on leadership, change and personal growth and podcast show notes, go to www.careynieuwhof.com.

CNLP 307: John Ortberg and Carey Nieuwhof on Workaholism, How to Be Appropriately Vulnerable, and Finding God When Things are Bad in Leadership


John Ortberg has a brand new podcast, What Were You Thinking? Today, we flip the mic, and John interviews Carey Nieuwhof about workaholism, how to be appropriately vulnerable about your story, and ...

Dec-05-2019

CNLP 306: Sarah Piercy and Dillon Smith on How to Develop, Attract and Keep HIgh Capacity, Young Leaders, and a Backstage Look at Working on My Team


How do you develop, attract and keep high capacity, young leaders? In this episode, Carey interviews Sarah Piercy and Dillon Smith, two amazingly gifted young leaders he hired at ages 22 and 19 res...

Dec-03-2019

CNLP 305: Carlos Whittaker on Quitting Your Career Cold Turkey, Battling Anxiety, Panic Attacks and How to Move Into a Bold New Feature


A few years ago, Carlos Whittaker felt a prompting to quit his very successful career as a recording artist and worship leader to become a public speaker. Much to everyone’s surprise, that’s turned...

Nov-26-2019

CNLP 304: Chris Lema on How to Gain Traction Online and What Really Matters and What Doesn’t in Your Online Platform


Chris Lema has become somewhat of a household name in the coder and WordPress community. In this episode, Chris talks about the early days in Silicon Valley and how much the internet has changed, e...

Nov-21-2019

CNLP 303: Rebekah Lyons on How to Overcome Stress, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, and the Rhythms that Create a Sustainable Pace in Life


Rebekah Lyons, a driven, young leader who was accomplishing an extraordinary amount at home and at work, had her first panic attack out of the blue in 2011. The last eight years have taught her so ...

Nov-19-2019

CNLP 302: Steve Green on the Rise of Hobby Lobby Empire, Why Their Retail is Still Growing When Everyone Else’s is Shrinking, and How Paying Entry Level Workers Double the Minimum Wage Pays Back


What started in a garage almost 50 years ago has risen into a multi-billion dollar empire. Steve Green is the President of Hobby Lobby, and works along side his father, who founded the company. Ste...

Nov-12-2019

CNLP 301: Albert Tate on How to Add Humour to Your Talks, a Conversation About Porn and Sex, and Handling the Pressures of Leadership


Albert Tate is one of the funniest conference speakers and preachers around today. In this episode, Albert breaks down how he finds comedic moments and how to deliver them. In addition, Albert talk...

Nov-07-2019

CNLP 300: NT Wright on Why Atheism Doesn’t Need to Destroy Your Faith, on Women in Ministry, and How the Church is Getting Heaven Wrong


NT Wright is a scholar, priest and prolific author of over 80 books. In this wide-ranging interview, Tom Wright talks about how atheism doesn’t need to destroy your faith, why he still believes the...

Nov-05-2019

CNLP 299: Patrick Lencioni on His Personal Leadership Crash, How He Moved Through It, and How to Check Your Motive as a Leader


Patrick Lencioni is a widely-recognized leadership and business expert who has sold over six million books. But none of that exempts you from your own personal challenges. Today, Patrick opens up a...

Oct-29-2019

CNLP 298: Alejandro Reyes on Hypergrowth and the Keys to Great Digital Marketing and Online Influence


What makes people stand out online? How do you get noticed in a world that’s so noisy? The foundations of digital marketing are surprising…not because of how trendy they are, but because of how end...

Oct-22-2019

CNLP 297: Gordon MacDonald Shares 8 Decades of Wisdom and Life Lessons, Father Wounds, the Dangers of Drivenness, Counselling a U.S. President, and What Leaders Struggle with Between Ages 32-42 and at Age 48 and Age 62


Gordon MacDonald has written books read by millions, spoken to almost as many and has left a lasting impact on the leadership and heart of several generations. In this wide-ranging interview, Gordo...

Oct-17-2019

CNLP 296: Mark Batterson on How He Beat Overwhelm to Keep His Marriage Strong, Strategic Quitting and Continual Innovation and Why Blessing and Generosity Aren’t Tied to the Prosperity Gospel


As his career as an author and speaker took off, Mark Batterson was faced with so many requests for his time that he couldn’t keep up. The insane pace eventually led to his wife, Lora, telling Mark...

Oct-15-2019

CNLP 295: Rich Birch on Whether Multi-Site Has Peaked, What You Need to Succeed as You Add Locations, and Some of the Keys to Sustained Growth


Has the multi-site movement peaked? What’s next for church leaders and other organizations that want to expand and add locations? Few leaders understand multi-site as well as Rich Birch, and in thi...

Oct-08-2019

CNLP 294: Dee Ann Turner on How Chick-fil-A Created Amazing Customer Service and Created a Culture That Replicated It Among Tens of Thousands of Employees and Customers


Chick-fil-A may have invented the chicken sandwich, but it’s almost equally well-known for outstanding customer service. Dee Ann Turner, a long-time Chick-fil-A executive and vice president, explai...

Oct-03-2019

CNLP 293: Jeff Henderson on Why Most Organizations are Narcissistic, the New Way to Do Customer Service and the Future of Business


If a business was a person, many businesses would be considered narcissists. And narcissism is bad for business. That’s what Jeff Henderson argues in his new book, Know What You’re FOR. With retail...

Oct-01-2019

CNLP 292: Clay Scroggins on How to Lead in a World of Distraction and Turning Down the Noise So You Can Get Healthy


Clay Scroggins is back on the podcast with some fresh insights from his brand new book, How to Lead in a World of Distraction. In an open and vulnerable interview, Clay talks about how the pressure...

Sep-24-2019

CNLP 291: David Platt on Hell, Suffering, Eternity and Why the Hard Questions About Christianity Haven’t Led to His Deconversion, and What Needs to Change Among Christians to Truly Impact the World


There are so many deconversion stories away from Christianity these days. David Platt has seen some of the greatest suffering on earth and has again, recently, asked some of the toughest questions:...

Sep-19-2019

CNLP 290: Max Lucado on What Causes Happiness, How to Be Happier, and How to Know When It’s Time to Leave Leadership


New York Times bestselling author, Max Lucado, talks about how he knew he didn’t have another ten years of senior leadership in him, why his passion has shifted, what causes happiness, and how to b...

Sep-17-2019

CNLP 289: Tim Lucas on Reaching Cynical Unchurched Young Adults, Launching What Would Become a MegaChurch in an Unchurched Region, and Surviving His Brush With Burnout


Tim Lucas mentally disconnected from the church at age 14, and never expected to be back…let alone plant a church. But as a Bible study Tim and his wife led grew into a church plant, Liquid Church ...

Sep-10-2019

CNLP 288: David Kinnaman Busts Cultural Myths Too Many Leaders Still Believe, and Shares Surprisingly Good News About the Faith of Some Millennials and Gen Z.


David Kinnaman, President of the Barna Group, busts some persistent myths about people and culture too many leaders still believe. He also shares findings from his surveys of over 100,000 young adu...

Sep-05-2019

CNLP 287: J.D. Greear and Todd Wilson on Why The Future Church Is a Multiplying Church, How to Overcome a Scarcity Mindset and How to Start Reproducing Leadership


For the first time ever, Outreach Magazine has produced a list of 100 Reproducing Churches. Why? The future isn’t just in growth, it’s in multiplication if the church is going to thrive. J.D. Greea...

Sep-03-2019

CNLP 286: John Townsend on How to Rewire Your Brain to Stop the Negative Voices and the Relationships You Really Need as a Leader, and Probably Don’t Have


John Townsend is one of today’s top business consultants, leadership coaches, psychologists and best selling author of 35 books. John talks why high performing leaders experience more negative self...

Aug-27-2019

CNLP 285: Christy Wright on Overcoming the Fear of Becoming an Entrepreneur and Pro Tips on Starting and Pricing Your Business


Christy Wright became an entrepreneur at age 23 and now coaches business leaders full time in addition to podcasting and speaking on some of the biggest stages in the world. Christy shares some rem...

Aug-20-2019

CNLP 284: Marc Serrao on How to Break All the Rules And Create a New Business Model, Starting One of America’s Most Successful Bakeries and How to Create Food So Good The Lines Create Traffic Jams


How do you build a world-class bakery in a village of just six thousand people? A bakery so popular it creates traffic jams with people from across the country wanting to get in? You break all the ...

Aug-15-2019

CNLP 283: Lee Kricher and Jason Howard on the Emotions of Pastoral Succession, Why Leaders Hang On Too Long, and Why Successors Are Afraid to Talk About The Real Issues


Succession has emerged as one of the major issues facing the church in the next decade. Businesses are not that far behind in struggling with succession. Most senior pastors (especially founding pa...

Aug-13-2019

CNLP 282: Joel Manby on the Personal Cost of Leadership As CEO of SeaWorld, Saab USA and Herschend Entertainment


Joel Manby became the CEO of SeaWorld shortly after Blackfish was released – a documentary about the relationship between killer whales and their trainers at SeaWorld. Joel talks about the crucible...

Aug-06-2019

CNLP 281: Heather Zempel with an Inside Look at Washington DC and Ministry Trends Among Young Adults and Post-Christian Culture


Heather Zempel is a biological engineer who started working as a policy advisor to a US Senator on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She now works with Mark Batterson doing ministry on Capitol Hill. ...

Aug-01-2019

CNLP 280: Ron Edmondson on The Essentials For Helping a Stagnant Church Grow Again, How to Handle Your Critics, and the Changing Landscape of Leadership


It’s easy to write off a stuck or plateaued church as irrelevant or bound to close, but that’s not what happened when Ron Edmondson became senior pastor of a church of 1000 in Lexington Kentucky. U...

Jul-30-2019

CNLP 279: Brad Formsma on How to Get People to Become More Generous, and the Best and Worst Practices in Dealing with High Net Worth Individuals and High Capacity Givers


Brad Formsma ran a business for years, and then felt a calling to help other people become more generous. He founded I Like Giving which resulted in Brad connecting with hundreds of high net worth ...

Jul-23-2019

CNLP 278: Ian Morgan Cron on How Your Enneagram Profile Positions You for Burnout, Pride, Cynicism and Other Hidden Traps in Life and Leadership


Ian Morgan Cron interviews Carey for this episode of his top rated Typology podcast, but in the middle of the interview, Carey turned the tables got Ian to apply his Enneagram insights to Carey’s l...

Jul-18-2019

CNLP 277: Sam Collier on How to Find Your Voice, Build a Platform, Stay True to Yourself and Handle Feedback and Criticism


Five years ago, Sam Collier had almost no platform. Today, he’s a well-known podcaster, speaker, host and influencer who speaks on some of today’s largest stages. Sam talks about how he got started...

Jul-16-2019

CNLP 276: Chris Norton on Beating the Odds in Life and Leadership, Walking Again after Being Completely Paralyzed and the Lessons That Flow From It


Little did Chris Norton know that making a routine football play would change his life forever. Paralyzed from the neck down, doctors told him he had a 3 percent chance of ever regaining sensation ...

Jul-09-2019

CNLP 275: Drew Dyck on the Rise of the Internet, the Demise of Curated Content, the Massive Changes in Journalism and Tips on How to Develop Better Self Control


So many leaders struggle with willpower and self-control, whether that’s grabbing that extra piece of chocolate cake, acting up at a meeting or just not taking care of themselves. Drew Dyck discuss...

Jul-04-2019

CNLP 274: Charles Lee on Why So Many Ideas Never Get Turned Into Reality, and the Path to Effective Execution and Scale


So many leaders have great ideas…that go absolutely nowhere. Charles Lee wants to change that. He helps companies and leaders turn ideas into reality. Charles shares a proven path from idea to exec...

Jul-02-2019

CNLP 273: Ron Kitchens on What It Takes To Become One of the Best Workplaces in America, How To Sustain Economic Growth Through Great People, and How Growing Up Poor Shaped His Leadership for the Better


Ron Kitchens grew up so poor that his childhood memories include moving every time his mom couldn’t pay the rent and rummaging through Goodwill bins to find clothes to wear to school. Today he is C...

Jun-25-2019

CNLP 272: Kevin Jennings on How to Build an Authentic, Personal Platform That’s Not About You, How to Gain Traction Online and The Power of Focus and Strategic Quitting


Kevin Jennings has helped some big names build and grow their brand. Kevin talks about how to manage the tension of creating a personal platform that gains traction while staying true to yourself, ...

Jun-20-2019

CNLP 271: Ken Coleman on the Fine Art of World-Class Interviewing, How to Get the Best Out of People and How to Network Without Being a Social Climber


Ken Coleman has interviewed world-class leaders in politics, sports, business and leadership for years. He deconstructs his approach and shares how to get the very best out of people, how to get pe...

Jun-18-2019

CNLP 270: Jenni Catron On How to Become a Sought-After Public Speaker When You Never Planned To Become One, Pro Tips for Every Communicator, Why Communication Matters Even If You Never Give a Formal Talk


How do you become a sought-after public speaker when you never planned on becoming one? That’s a question Jenni Catron, who’s now a full time consultant and public speaker, had to figure out. She s...

Jun-11-2019

CNLP 269: I’d Rather Be Dead Than Married to You – Dave and Ann Wilson On Love, Sex, Conflict and Marriage; How to Lead in Ministry When Things Aren’t Great At Home


Dave and Ann Wilson fell in love and were married young. 9 months later, they were fighting every day. Their struggles continued on and off for years and at one point Dave told Ann he’d rather be d...

Jun-06-2019

CNLP 268: Luis Palau on His Friendship With Billy Graham, How Evangelism Has Changed, And How to Be More Alive at Age 84 than Most 24 year olds


Luis Palau has been leading crusades for over 53 years. In this powerful interview, he talks about his friendship with Billy Graham, why crusades were so effective a generation ago, and how he and ...

Jun-04-2019

CNLP 267: Margaret Feinberg On Why Writing is 95% Marketing (and How to Do It Well) Connecting With Your Audience and The Disciplines That Fuel Content Creation and Vibrant Life


When she was in eigth grade, Margaret Feinberg’s teachers asked the class to write a story. While most students turned in four pages, Margaret turned in a 127 page book. Today, Margaret has sold ov...

May-28-2019

CNLP 266: Carey Nieuwhof and Jeremy MacDonald on How to Jumpstart the Growth of Dying and Stagnant Churches, and How to Scale Church Growth Barriers from Just a Few People to Beyond 1000 Attenders


What do you do if your church is dead…stuck…stagnant, and simply not growing? And…once it starts growing, how do you get ready to scale the growth barriers most leaders never figure out how to scal...

May-22-2019

CNLP 265: Les McKeown on the Keys to Scaling Your Church Or Business, Why Growth Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You’re Ready to Scale, and How Scaling Actually Reduces Stress on You and Your Team


Les McKeown is back on the podcast, this time talking about the difference between growing organizations and organizations that are ready for scale. The two often get confused, and just because you...

May-21-2019

CNLP 264: Sean Cannell Shares YouTube Secrets, Why The Future Online is Video, and How to Get Started on YouTube (Even From Scratch)


Sean Cannell started at almost nothing on YouTube a few years ago. Today his channel has over 750,000 subscribers and his videos have been viewed over 40 million times. Sean shares his YouTube secr...

May-16-2019

CNLP 263: Horst Schulze with Lessons From the Ritz-Carlton on Coaching the Best From a Team When You Can’t Pay Top Wages, What Guests Really Want, How to Satisfy a Customer and What To Do With Customer Complaints


At age 14, Horst Schulze left home to start in the hotel industry in Germany. What he learned there became the foundation for introducing true luxury to America when he founded the Ritz-Carlton hot...

May-14-2019

CNLP 262: Nona Jones on What Most Organizations are Missing When It Comes to Facebook and Social Media Engagement and How to Use Facebook for Social Ministry, Not Just Social Media


Facebook’s Nona Jones shares about what most leaders are missing when it comes to getting people to engage on social media. Nona is also pioneering a way for churches to go beyond social media and ...

May-07-2019

CNLP 261: Michael Hyatt On How To Focus in a Distracted World, How to Get More Done in Far Fewer Hours, and Why Succession Matters


Michael Hyatt is one of the top influencers in the leadership space today. His books consistently reach the New York Times best sellers list and his company helps millions of leaders a year become ...

Apr-30-2019

CNLP 260: Ruth Haley Barton on How Busyness Ruins The Soul of Driven Leaders And How to Make Time for Rest


It’s so easy to run non-stop as a leader in the church and business world, and it’s killing us. Ruth Haley Barton is an incredibly driven leader, but she found herself pushing burnout at 30 as a yo...

Apr-25-2019

CNLP 259: Andrew Stanley on Making the Move from a Career in Finance to Full Time Stand-Up Comedy, Why and How Comedy Works, and on Being Andy Stanley’s Son and Charles Stanley’s Grandson


He never even thought about doing comedy until his final year in college. Less than four years later, Andrew Stanley quit his day job and went on the road full time as a comic whose career has real...

Apr-23-2019

CNLP 258: Rusty George on Suicide in Leadership, Grieving Your Losses and Recovering from Self-Righteous Legalism


Suicide is a growing problem in America, and one of the hardest to deal with personally and as a leader. Rusty George not only recently lost a campus pastor to suicide, he lost his friend of over t...

Apr-16-2019