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Modern Fatherhood: Intentionality, Equality, and Vision

Lawrence Gordon grew up with a single mom who showed him how to be resilient, but his father was out of the picture. As he grew up, his priorities were misdirected, and his first marriage ended in divorce. As an adult, Lawrence realized that it was up to him to seek male role models and learn how to navigate the challenges of modern fatherhood.

Today, Lawrence is the happily remarried father of three. He is passionate about getting men involved in reading to their kids with children’s books that his kids help him create. He talks about the silver linings of the coronavirus pandemic when it comes to family. He also goes into how we can do our part to raise awareness about equality and give back to our communities to mentor the next generation of strong family leaders.

Lawrence Gordon

Lawrence M. Gordon II was born on March 17th in Columbia, SC, and grew up in Maple Hts in Cleveland, OH and spent his senior year in Newport News, VA graduating high school at Denbigh.

His late mom, Dacia, was a high school teacher and his late father, Morris Sr, served in the army where he retired. His older sibling Keione help him navigate through humble beginnings.

Lawrence’s passion for sharing stories with his children, family members, and the community is something he knows will help create an impact.  Lawrence knows the role of the male in children’s lives is necessary and wants to encourage men everywhere to read more to the children in their home, and communities.

Lawrence Gordon is married to Sarah Gordon.  They live in South Carolina with daughter, Lauren, Landen, and Henry who help inspire the content of his books.

Books by LG

Books By LG exist to inspire dads, uncles, grandfathers & male role models everywhere to read more books to children as a way of building bonds, inspiring dreams, and to be intentional about storytime.

What You’ll Learn

  • Being a dad is tough when you don’t have a male role model to teach you accountability, responsibility, and intentionality.
  • Being proactive about seeking and choosing men as role models
  • Lawrence used to think that obsessing over work was the highest priority.
  • He didn’t realize that as his family was neglected, and his first marriage ended in divorce.
  • You can save the world, but if you lose your family in the process, what is it worth?
  • If his children are not involved in his work, Lawrence won’t have anything to do with it.
  • Lawrence gets three nights out of the week to do what he wants. The other nights are family nights.
  • Make sure you are prepared for quality time, where you are present and energetic.
  • How the pandemic has shifted our view of what’s important
  • Sometimes through tragedy, you discover a gift inside of you, and if you give it space to grow and develop, it can change you.
  • His daughter helped him write his book, Unicorn Dreams.
  • His son helped him with his upcoming release about fear and bullies.
  • Why every father should give their son an heirloom gift
  • You should never tell your son to man up.
  • To all those who have a vision, go for it. Don’t give up because you don’t know how to get there. Learn how to make it happen.
  • As men, we have to build a community focused on inclusion, building a bridge to our kids.
  • What more can we do for #BlackLivesMatter?
  • Pay your successes forward. If you have the resources, put your money to work in community. Show up with finances, passion, and consistency.
  • Surround yourself with people who make you try your hardest.
  • Leave this life on empty. Don’t leave anything left in the tank!

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Getting More Done In 12 Weeks Than Others Do In 12 Months with Brian Moran


How would you like accomplish in 12 weeks what you’d think would take you a year? The traditional habit of planning goals over a 12 month period has proven ineffective. Believe it or not, we can actually execute more in the next 12 weeks than we can in 12 months—not only in business, but also in our family lives.

We are excited to have Brian Moran on the show today. He’s the NY Times Bestselling author of The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months. Brian’s going to tell us how the 12 Week Year works and how we can apply this strategy to work, health, and relationships. He also teaches us how to get our spouses and kids on board to so you can make incredible progress toward your big visions as a family.

Don’t let another year go by without having accomplished your goals. Get started on your 12 Week Year now!

Brian P. Moran

Brian Moran has over thirty years of expertise as a CEO, corporate executive, entrepreneur, consultant and coach. His background as a corporate executive combined with his experience as an entrepreneur positions him with a unique skill set to help individuals and organizations grow and prosper.

Brian’s corporate experience includes management and executive positions with UPS, PepsiCo, and Northern Automotive. As an entrepreneur he has personally launched and led successful businesses and been instrumental in the success of many others. In addition, he has consulted for dozens of world-class companies including Coldwell Banker, Mass Mutual, Medtronic, New York Life, and Tiffany & Co.

Brian is a recognized expert in the field of leadership and execution. His realization that most people don’t lack ideas but struggle with effective implementation led him to the development of The 12 Week Year. In addition to his books, Brian has been published in many of the leading business journals and magazines. He is a sought after speaker, educating and inspiring thousands each year.

He is a visionary with a passion for helping others go beyond what they think they are capable of and achieve more than they ever thought possible. His greatest strength might be his ability to take success principles and strategies and help others apply them in a way that is powerful and effective, and gets results.

The 12 Week Year: Get More Done In 12 Weeks Than Others Will In 12 Months

The guide to shortening your execution cycle down from one year to 12 weeks

Most organizations and individuals work in the context of annual goals and plans; a 12-month execution cycle. Instead, The 12 Week Year avoids the pitfalls and low productivity of annualized thinking. This book redefines your “year” to be 12 weeks long. In 12 weeks, there just isn’t enough time to get complacent, and urgency increases and intensifies. The 12 Week Year creates focus and clarity on what matters most and a sense of urgency to do it now. In the end more of the important stuff gets done and the impact on results is profound.

  • Explains how to leverage the power of a 12-week year to drive improved results in any area of your life
  • Offers a how-to book for both individuals and organizations seeking to improve their execution effectiveness
  • Authors are leading experts on execution and implementation
  • Turn your organization’s idea of a year on its head, and speed your journey to success.

What You’ll Learn

  • The surprising reason quantity time with your kids is more important than quality time
  • How to maximize your personal leadership
  • You have to act on the knowledge or it’s worthless.
  • How we can start executing when we’re surrounded by distractions
  • The importance of understanding who you are and grounding yourself
  • Accept that there will always be more to do than you can pursue effectively.
  • Most people have not done deep vision work. What do you want your life to look like?
  • What you do daily and weekly is tied to your big vision, not day-to-day issues.
  • Closing the knowing-doing gap
  • When we execute undistracted long enough to see results, it starts compounding like interest.
  • Don’t measure daily results. Measure
  • You must want your vision badly enough to step into discomfort.
  • Why you shouldn’t pursue more than 3 goals at a time
  • How to apply the 12 Week Year to health, marriage, and fatherhood
  • Setting family visions together
  • Helping your kids to set goals and be intentional about how they want to show up in the areas of their lives
  • How to approach your spouse with a 12-week plan
  • How collaborating on a 12-week plan creates more intimacy and deeper conversations
  • To be a proactive dad, thank about what’s the experience do you want to create for your kids? What can you do to make that happen?
  • Looking at your children as gifts
  • Giving yourself grace when you lose your temper

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less with Greg McKeown


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Parenting with Leadership with Stewart Friedman and Alyssa Westring


What’s the difference between managing your family and leading them? Do you know your values as a family and your vision of how it should operate?

If the answer is no, don’t worry. You’re pretty much just like everyone else.

We often have learned to be leaders in our work and our community, but rarely do we use these skills when we come home with our kids. With packed schedules and hectic days, it’s all we can do to make it to bedtime, but today we’re going to talk about how leading your family brings you closer together, makes decisions easier, and opens up new possibilities in other areas of your life.

Today we have Stewart Friedman and Alyssa Westring on the show. They are organizational psychologists and the authors of Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life. They’re going to give us the skill set we need to lead our families and plan and prioritize our lives around what truly matters to us.

This show will totally change the way you look at your role as a father. Don’t miss this chance to create the family life you always dreamed of!

“Your challenge as a leader is to be conveying values and inspiring people. To do that you do indeed have to be intentional.”—Stewart Freidman

Parents Who Lead

Being a parent can be a disorienting experience filled with disruptive transitions, constant pushes and pulls at work, at home, and in the community, endless to-do lists, and identity crises. It’s easy to lose track of who you are and what really matters most when you’re balancing so much at once.

It doesn’t have to be this way. As a parent, you can harness the power of leadership principles and discover how to thrive in all aspects of your life.

Drawing on their experience as researchers, educators, consultants, coaches, and parents, Friedman and Westring offer a robust and proven method–designed specifically for parents–that will help you gain a greater sense of purpose and control. This method includes:

  • Designing a future based on your core values
  • Engaging with your children in meaningful ways
  • Cultivating a community of caregiving and support, in all parts of your life
  • Experimenting to discover better ways to live and work

Powerful, practical, and indispensable, Parents Who Lead is the guide you need to forge a better future, foster meaningful and mutually rewarding relationships, and design sustainable solutions for creating a richer life for yourself, your children, and your world.

What You’ll Learn

  • Leadership is seeing a better tomorrow and bringing people with you to get there.
  • The science behind leadership
  • Parents know what leadership looks like at work, but when they get home, they get frustrated and become obnoxious micromanagers that no one would want to work for.
  • We put out fires and are used to being reactive.
  • We’re not born with leadership capacities; we have to cultivate them.
  • How growing as a parent will help you become a better leader at work and in all your relationships.
  • Step back and reflect on situations to have meaningful conversations and be more proactive in finding solutions.
  • Ask yourself, what do you stand for? What do you really want your life to be about? Then take action on those beliefs.
  • Value exercise: Draft a list of your values and compare them with your partner’s. Then crystalize your combined vision.
  • Imagine a day 15 years from now? Your ideal day? What are you doing with whom and why?
  • How to get your kids onboard with your family vision
  • Why you should pay attention to the “shoulds” you tell yourself. Are they aligned with your values?
  • The 4-way wins for work, home, community, and self. What can you do within your control that will make things better for all different parts?
  • Engage kids to discover their values and articulate them too.
  • How to get you kids and family to tell you what they need from you.
  • Creating intentional time together in the age of technology
  • Pay attention to the impact you have on your kids and take your impact seriously

“If you do what you care about, you’ll be okay.”—Alyssa Westring

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What is Your WHY

Your Why…is it to be your best?  Is it to live a fulfilled life?  To selflessly serve others?  To be financially free?  To be healthy?  What is it?  Chances are you never got really clear on it…now is the time to get clear on your why!

You’re in your car and you’re going to work. You know exactly where you are going and the possible barriers to getting there. You have a mission. If we broaden that perspective to our lives, we might be able to understand and better predict the issues that may come up. Sometimes, though, we lose focus of where we are going or want to go and become bogged down in the everyday tasks that frustrate us. We lose our mission.

Your Why and One Vision

Angry, frustrated, tired. And you wake up then next morning and do it all over again. The same job, the same chores when you get home, the same arguments with your spouse. Then you ask yourself, “why?”.  That’s the right question. Once you’re there, search for your answer.  It’ll take some digging, but once you get to the core, you will have your vision.

Toss the Ego

Your ego may be the biggest challenge to identifying your why. You’ve got to check it at the proverbial door. In order to be the best father, husband and overall man you can be, you have to answer that one question.

Lead by example for you and those who look up to you. Having a why (your vision), will help you keep focus when you start to get off track and will set the stage for a better life.

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