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Super Connector Kelli Richards on Working with Steve Jobs and the Importance of Trust and Timing

Kelli Richards is a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives who have a bent for changing the world.

Driven by ideals of collaboration and contribution, she's dedicated to tapping into what makes people unique and helping them obliterate barriers that are currently stopping them from gaining massive success in all areas of their lives.

Listen in to learn more about Kelli and the importance of trust and timing.

Super Connector Kelli Richards on Working with Steve Jobs and the Importance of Trust and Timing

Time stamped show notes:

[00:43] She knew she wanted to be a record producer at the age of 8.

[1:28] She launched the Music and Entertainment Division at Apple and ran it for 12 years. It later became iTunes. Steve Jobs was her mentor.

[4:26] She’s been a talent producer.

[5:29] She’s had a podcast for 5 years. She’s published books and articles in different publications.  

[5:43] Things won’t change for her in the next 5 years. She wants to keep focusing on thought leadership.  

[6:39] Time management and keeping in touch with her network are natural to her.  

[7:14]  She uses her calendar (iCal) as a calendar and to do list.

[9:28] Your brand is the most critical part to building your career. You need to keep it sharp.

[9:55] Always be looking to add value.  

[10:29] Corporate culture is paramount.  

[10:53] Set an example and follow through. Be someone people want to follow.  

[11:39] Her secret to success: maintain relationships

[12:17] You don’t need to be in touch with relationships all the time. Just when you have something of value.  

[12:43] You need to fail in order to thrive.  

[13:42] Leaving Apple when she did was not the best time in hindsight.

[15:02] iTunes launched 5 years after she left.  

[17: 04] She admires Oprah.

[19:50] Advice to entrepreneurs: don’t go at it alone

[22:16] She was booked on Flight 93 on 9/11. She didn’t get on the flight because she honored her intuition.

[23:09] She had a terrible feeling that something bad was going to happen. She cancelled the trip. She was supposed to work with Michael Jackson but didn’t go.

[29:12] Hallmark of success: keep your mouth shut

[29:44] Cupertino is her hometown.

[31:34] She’s always been a contrarian.

[33:26] Spirituality is foundational.

[33:55] Her favorite interviews in her podcast: Member of Sticks (keyboard player – Lauren), Todd (her long-time collaborator), Ty Roberts

[35:13] Her podcast: All Access Radio

[35:32] She would love to meet Oprah.

[41:12] If you can’t conceive, how will you ever get there?

[43:08] She reads 2 books a week, but she keeps some books close by for reference.

[45:53] “Success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.” – Tony Robbins

[46:14] A leader creates more leaders, not followers.

[46:37] Mindfulness: knowing what’s going on around you and how you choose to take action and understand the consequences

[47: 47] Don’t try to do it alone. Even one conversation can create a collaboration.

Three key points:

  1. Her secret to success: maintain relationships
  2. Hallmark of success: keep your mouth shut
  3. Mindfulness: knowing what’s going on around you and how you choose to take action and understand the consequences

Resources mentioned:

Gratitude Network

Abundance by Peter Diamandis

Thrive: Stop Wishing Your Life Away

Enough Already – book

Straight Line Leadership: Tools for Living with Velocity and Power Through Turbulent Times

Last question:

She’s always looking for better tools for time management and to optimize productivity.

Referrals – If there’s somebody listening whom she can add value to as a consultant, she would like to talk to you. If you’re a high achiever, or would like to become one, and you would like an advisor, contact her. If you have a budget and want to engage celebrities to perform at a company function or event, contact her.

How to contact her:

www.kellirichards.com

www.allaccessgroup.com

Email: [email protected] dot com