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The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith

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The L3 Leadership Podcast is focused on leadership development and personal growth. We are obsessed with helping you grow to your maximum potential and maximizing the impact of your leadership. We release a new episode every week to help you grow and develop as a leader. You will hear a mix of personal lessons from our Founder, Doug Smith, and conversations Doug has with world-class leaders from around the world. Doug interviews leaders like Pittsburgh Steelers Coach, Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Penguins Coach, Mike Sullivan, Tony Horton, Liz Wiseman, Brian Tome, John Mark Comer, Mark Batterson, Ryan Hawk, Nona Jones, Claude Silver, Ken Coleman, Christy Wright, Rachel Cruze, Mark Cole, and many more. Our hope is that you will not only learn great leadership lessons but that you will catch great leadership from the lives of the leaders that we expose you to.


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The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry with John Mark Comer

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04/27/21 • 45 min

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In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug Smith interviews John Mark Comer, Author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and pastor of Bridgetown Church in Portland, Oregon. In the episode, you’ll hear Doug and John Mark discuss the importance of the sabbath, how to work from rest, and having a proper view of success.

6 Key Takes From Episode 275

  1. John Mark discusses “pleasure-stacking” on the Sabbath and his journey toward making the weekly sabbath a lifestyle.
  2. Comer talks about how painful it was for him to live the life of hurry.
  3. The levels of belief:
    1. What we say we believe
    2. What we think we believe
    3. What we really believe (Our true/core beliefs)
  4. Proper decision-making: Don’t make decisions from exhaustion, but with much rest and waiting. Comer also discuss how decisions should be made in community.
  5. John Mark shares his thoughts on success - what it looks like.
  6. In the digital age, we have to take digital Sabbath very seriously.

About John Mark Comer

Author John Mark Comer lives, works, and writes in the urban core of Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Tammy, and their three children, Jude, Moses, and Sunday.

He is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church soon to be transitioning to lead a new non-profit Practicing The Way.

Prior to planting Bridgetown, John Mark was the lead pastor of a suburban megachurch. Before that, he played in a band. John Mark has a master's degree in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is the author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, God Has a Name, Garden City & Loveology. His next book is due out 9/28 entitled Live No Lies: Recognize and Resist the Three Enemies That Sabotage Your Peace.

For more of John Mark's teachings on the Scriptures, Jesus, and life, go to and sign up for the podcast or visit

Links Mentioned

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

Loveology by John Mark Comer

Garden City by John Mark Comer

God Has a Name by John Mark Comer

Bridgetown Church

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How We Are Leading Our Family Team

The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith


05/11/21 • 27 min

In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug Smith shares how he and Laura are leading their family team.

Doug is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission and Founder and CEO of L3 Leadership. He is the author of his eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring”, a step by step guide to help you build and cultivate relationships with mentors. He blogs at, he is the host of the L3 Leadership podcast, and he is sought after public speaker. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, who currently works as an Account Executive at Ivalua. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.


6 Key Take-Aways From Episode 276.

  1. Doug shares the concept of the Family Team. We Find our identity in our family team first. Everything we do contributes to the family team. We’re a family team on Mission... we want to have generations of Family Teams that live for God and make a difference for Him.
  2. Doug teaches the legacy of Jonathan Edwards and Max Juke.
  3. Doug discusses Stay-at-home parenting vs. parents who go to work.
  4. We try to be as consistent as possible! “Day to day intensity, week to week consistency builds champions!” – Jim Rankin
  5. 8 Things that Doug & Laura implement to help their children grow.
  6. Doug shares the importance of having fun as a family.


Intentional Parenting - Phil and Diane Comer

Family Revision - Jeremy Pryor

Tech-wise Family by Andy Couch

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Dealing with Stress, Burnout, and Anxiety with Doug Smith

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12/22/20 • 31 min

In episode 267 of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug Smith shares how to deal with stress, burnout, and anxiety in leadership.

Doug shares about his personal journey through burnout, stress, and anxiety, and what proved to be the most difficult season of his life.

Doug shares wisdom and insight in the areas of burnout, unprocessed grief, and spiritual battles.

  1. My Spiritual health and walk with God is my #1 Priority.
  2. Continuing to Get Help!
    • Go to Therapy
    • Trauma Assessment
    • Journal, Journal, Journal
    • Seek Gratitude
    • Evaluating and Assessing Beliefs
    • Have a safety plan
  3. Investing in Deep Friendships
  4. Resting
  5. Grieving
  6. Pruning
  7. Learning and Knowing I’m Enough
  8. Taking Medication
  9. Things I’m implementing:
    • Daily unplugging
    • Exercise daily
    • Get a hobby
    • Eat Healty - Look into this
    • Go to therapy
    • Talk with a friend weekly
  10. Overcoming the Fear of Death


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In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Sam Collier shares his remarkable story of finding his biological family on the Steve Harvey Show and teaching us how we can live a greater story. Sam Collier is a pastor, author, speaker, and host of A Greater Story Podcast.

Key Take-Aways from Episode 265:
Sam shares his remarkable story of being reunited with his biological mother on the Steve Harvey Show.

The Greater story that God has for us doesn’t just happen... We have a part to play in it.

We are the sum total of our influences. The reality that we experience today is more a product of those who influenced us than we think.

On the topic of stewarding influence, Sam quotes Andy Stanley: “Influence is hard to gain and easy to lose."

Influence puts limitations on you. Whenever you become an influencer, you’ll be limited by your influence.

Sam discusses racial reconciliation.
“The only way forward is conversation.” -Sam Collier
“The goal of a protest is to attract attention for conversation & dialog.” -Sam Collier
Sam talks about the racial problem in America being a conversation problem, which leads to a misunderstanding problem.

Important questions that are a preface to racial reconciliation:

  1. Do people feel like they can be 100% themselves?
  2. How do you react when someone says something that you vehemently disagree with?

“We have to hear each other." -Sam Collier

“What you don’t kill in your 20s will destroy you in your 40s.” -Andy Stanley

Links Mentioned

Sam’s brand new book: A Greater Story

Sam's reunion with his biological mother on the Steve Harvey Show

A Greater Story Podcast with Sam Collier

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How To Overcome Anxiety in Leadership with Doug Smith

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09/15/20 • 28 min

In This episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug Smith shares how to overcome anxiety in leadership. In this vulnerable and faith-filled episode, Doug shares from his personal experience in battling and overcoming anxiety.

Episode Summary:

Anxiety and Panic:
What does it feel like? What does it look like?

  • Felt like I was going to die
  • Could not sleep
  • Exhausted
  • Felt like I was going crazy
  • Could not be present where I was

12 Keys to Overcoming Anxiety:

  1. Know that You are NOT Alone
  2. Become Spiritually Curious
  3. Get Help
    • God
    • Therapist
    • Share with Family and Community - Mastermind Group
  4. Recognize that God wants you to Fight on Your Own
  5. Journal
  6. Identify and Deal with Root Issues
  7. Breathe
  8. Get Your Thought Life Under Control
  9. Spend time with God
  10. Confess the Word
  11. Change the Content You’re Consuming
  12. Exercise

Links mentioned:

Breathing to Heal by Max Storm | Ted Talk |

Dr. Caroline Leaf APP |

Crowned with Dignity and Worth by John Nuzzo |

Freedom From All Fears - Keith Moore Series

Married on the Rock - Jimmy Evans |

When God Becomes Real by Brian Johnson, Bethel Music |

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09/01/20 • 43 min

In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, you'll hear Dave Buehring, Founder & President of Lionshare, share how to make disciples of Jesus in every vocation.

Key Takeaways:

Jesus can impact every sphere of your life. He came to change the world, not just the church. We often limit disciple-making to the church or something only the church does.

Disciple-Making vs. Mentoring: Disciple-Making always tethers things to Jesus. How to live and work practically for Jesus.

Since most of us were not intentionally discipled, we don’t know how to disciple others.

How do we make disciples? We look for people who are F.A.S.T.





The first question I ask in looking for someone to disciple: In whose ears will my words be big? Those are the people that we have favor with. They listen to what we have to say, do it, and come back for more.

Dave discusses his one-year disciple-making curriculum and why it works.

The whole mission of the early church would’ve been to do what Jesus did. What did he do? He made disciples. Church planting and church growth are supposed to be the fruit of proper discipleship.

“Just becuase you have the gift of God on you, doesn’t mean your character is where it needs to be.”
Dave's Latest Book:
The Great Opportunity: Making Disciples of Jesus In Every Vocation.
About Dave Buehring:
Dave Buehring is a devoted disciple of Jesus who is engaged in equipping the Church, guiding leaders, and reproducing disciple-makers. Over four-plus decades, Dave has led on local, national, and international fronts. He has had the opportunity to speak thousands of times in hundreds of settings, including conferences and retreats, leadership summits, vocational venues, churches, schools and universities, and humanitarian aid trainings. He is often found walking alongside leaders of all ages, who lead throughout the vocations. Referencing wisdom from the Scriptures, blended with his broad experiences, he guides them toward living godly lives and leading in the ways of God.

Dave is the Founder and President of Lionshare (, a nonprofit organization aimed at igniting and equipping churches and societal leaders to fulfill Jesus’ Great Co-Mission of making disciple makers. He’s the author of A Discipleship Journey, a scripturally sound, proven and practical resource used in numberous nations throughout the world; The Jesus Blueprint: Rediscovering His Original Plan for Changing the World; and the upcoming book The Great Opportunity: Making Disciples of Jesus in Every Vocation. Dave annually hosts and teaches a six-month leadership intensive for vocational leaders called "A Leadership Journey." He also can be regularly heard on Lionshare’s podcast Wisdom Unlocked: The Ways of God.

Dave has the privilege of participating in the pastoral team at his home church, Grace Chapel, and has been a part of an international community of leaders, Messenger Fellowship, for over thirty years.

Dave and his wife, Cheryl, reside in the beautiful hills of Franklin, Tennessee, where they enjoy spending time with their family and friends.

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In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, you’ll hear Doug Smith interview Clint Hurdle, Former Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates on the topic of transitioning well in leadership.

About Clint Hurdle:

Clint Hurdle is the former manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, a position he held for nine seasons, earning him the title of NL Manager of the Year in 2013. Before working with the Pirates, Clint managed the Colorado Rockies and helped them achieve the 2007 National League pennant. Clint formerly played baseball for the Kansas City Royals along with the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets and was featured in Sports Illustrated in 1978.

Key Take Aways from the Interview:

  • Clint talks about the importance of modeling positivity, faith, and character off of the ballfield and in life.
  • What did you intentionally do to make an impact? I was intentional about listening to people and see people. I never wanted to make someone feel like they were less than I was, or that I was greater than they were. I surrounded myself with people who told me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear. We are to have a “white-belt mentality”, realizing that there is always so much to learn.
  • The message that I would leave the people of Pittsburgh with is: The best is yet to come.
  • Clint talks about the impact that God has had in his life.
  • There’s always going to be people who are smarter than you and have more talent than you, but you should never be outworked or be out-prepared.
  • Transition well. I believe there is beauty in honoring the exit. So many people focus on the entrance of a new leader, but I believe that your exit is more important than your exit. When transitioning out of a leadership role, exit well and give the next person level ground to succeed.


“You model the behavior you want to instill in others.” – Clint Hurdle

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08/04/20 • 76 min

In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, you’ll hear Gordon MacDonald, pastor and best-selling author, share leadership advice for every decade of your life, the importance of rest, and more!

About Gordon

Gordon MacDonald has been a pastor and author for over forty years. For many years he pastored Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts, and continues to serve as Pastor Emeritus. He has also provided leadership to influential ministries such as Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, which he served as President for three years, and World Relief, which he currently serves as Chairman. Gordon’s best-selling books include Ordering Your Private World, Mid-Course Correction, and, most recently, A Resilient Life. He also writes and serves as Editor-at-Large for Christianity Today’s Leadership Journal. When not writing, leading, or speaking at conferences, Gordon and his wife Gail can be found hiking the trails of New England.

Episode Summary:

  • Gordon’s in his 80's, so we asked him to give advice to leaders in each decade starting with the 20's.
  • We talk a lot about leadership and ambition and the importance of rest.
  • Gordon was one of 4 leaders chosen to walk President Bill Clinton through everything he went through in his presidency... it was fascinating to talk about that.
  • We also talk about what leadership succession and beyond looks like.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Ambition in leadership can be positive, but it does have a spectrum that must be kept in check. It’s good to want to make a difference, but “Drivenness must be consecrated daily”.
  2. “Business brings emptiness. I always keep a sabbath.” There are no two sabbaths that are the same. It’s all about getting true rest and being renewed. If you can’t get everything done in 6 days, then you’re either doing too much or are doing it wrong.
  3. About every seven years, your dreams will get tested. This is either because you fail, or someone fails you.
  4. Right now at 81, I am most interested in raising up younger pastors and being a spiritual father to those who will go after me.
  5. For those who are looking for a spiritual father or a mentor, my advice is to start “dating”. Date your potential mentor, take them to coffee, ask them questions, see how you click and whether or not you hit it off. Don’t just ask someone to be your mentor. Take it slow and take time to develop a real relationship first.
  6. Failure always generates humility. Always take full responsibility for your mistakes. Think about what you can learn from them and what you can teach others from them. Never cover up your mistakes.
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Integrating Love Into Your Leadership with Joel Manby

The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith


07/14/20 • 49 min

In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, you’ll hear Joel Manby talk about how to integrate love into your leadership.
4 Key Leadership Insights:

1. What did I do to “get out of the pile” or get noticed as a younger leader?

  • Certainly, the following characteristics helped: skillset, intuition, the anticipation of the next steps, but more than anything... work ethic. “I may have not been the smartest, I was the most hard-working”. “I did the very best job that I could in everything that I did.”

2. What does loving people in an organization look like?

  • There has to be processes and systems put in place to hold up your organizational values. These are systems that reward and correct according to your values and desired culture.
  • Leading with love is not a soft thing or just a “Christian” thing. Leading with tough love is often the case. Leading with tough love means holding people accountable and having difficult conversations in order to uphold your company’s vision and values.

3. A rule of loving leadership: Praise in public, admonish in private.

  • A simple cadence that I’ve followed when offering this tough love is: Praise them for their strengths, admonish them specifically and briefly, and put them right back on the horse.

4. Your guests will never rise above the enthusiasm and interest of your employees.
About Joel Manby:
Joel has been the CEO of major corporations for over 25+ years leading organizations such SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Herschend Enterprises (the largest family-owned theme park and entertainment company in the United States), Saab Automobile USA, and Amazon’s car selling partner, which was sold to in 2001. Joel summarized these leadership principles in my book Love Works detailing how to integrate “love the verb” into the leadership ethos and philosophy of any organization.

Joel is currently the non-executive Chairman of Orange, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and distribution of student, youth, and next-generation curriculum to over 9,000 churches in 40+ countries. In addition to his duties as chairman of Orange, Joel consults and speaks on Love Works, crisis leadership lessons, and other leadership topics designed to fit the needs of an audience.
Episode Links:

Love Works

Joel’s Blog

Need a laugh? Check out Joel’s Folsom Prison parody: L3 Leadership Podcast Episode:

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How To Effectively Lead Your Family Team with Jeremy Pryor

The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith


10/13/20 • 60 min

In this episode of the L3 Leadership Podcast, Doug Smith interviews Jeremy Pryor, Founder of Family Teams and several other businesses and non-profit organizations. Jeremy shares timely insight on how to lead your family team effectively.

7 Key Take-Aways from Episode 266

1. Family Teams is an organization that seeks to restore the Biblical blue print of family.
Culture redefined family and the church went along. Now the family unit is suffering. Family Teams wants to change that and restore the Biblical model of family.
2. Jeremy shares their sabbath.
The family meal (Shabbat) is a kick-off to our sabbath. Jeremy shares, in-depth, their sabbath meal, and how it’s created a lasting and impactful family tradition.
3. What does Sabbath look like for you?

  • “The goal is to find your off button” - Jeremy Pryor

It’s not easy to rest. It takes work and intentionality to take a full day off and not do things that feel like work. The important thing is to know that it takes time to find your “off-button”.

4. Jeremy talks about the 7 Day Rhythm.

Families in America are burnt-out. We need a restrain & framework for our family unit that helps them sustain effectiveness. God gave us the “Week” as that framework.

Learning how to manage your week, one day at a time, is God’s model for your family.

It happens through week by week planning and coordination. Each week is set up by a weekly family Team Meeting.
“Many family problems are the accumulation of broken systems.” - Jeremy Pryor

5. Family is defined as a multigenerational team on mission.

There has to be clarity around the mission of your family, so that there is a sense of purpose in your family. It’s not family as the mission... It’s family on mission. In the end, we have to realize that it’s not about us and that we live for something greater.

6. Reward. Correction. Discipline.

This is the way the adult works. Our adult lives are ordered by this process. Why, then, do we try to raise our kids without these three important elements. There’s a skill to training and raising children. We should be devoted to sharpening that skill.

7. Lead Your Family.

My hope is that fathers and mothers would see themselves as the heads of their families. You don’t leave your family when you go to work. You represent your family and you lead your family in your actions away from your family.

Links mentioned:

About Jeremy Pryor:
Jeremy met his wife April in Jerusalem in 1997 when they were students. They’ve spent the last 20 years building Team Pryor together. The have five kids: Kelsey, Jackson, Sydney, Elisa and Kaira. They live in a multigenerational house with Jeremy parents and April’s mom in Fort Thomas, KY just a few mile

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The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith currently has 391 episodes available.

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The podcast is about Leadership, Business, Entrepreneurship, Management, Productivity and Motivation.

What is the most popular episode on The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith?

The episode title 'The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry with John Mark Comer' is the most popular with 2 listens, 1 ratings and 1 comments/reviews.

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The average episode length on The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith is 39 minutes.

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Episodes of The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith are typically released every 7 days.

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The first episode of The L3 Leadership Podcast with Doug Smith was released on Jan 14, 2012.

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