Do you scour the internet or Instagram for daily quotes?

Stalk the shelves of Barnes & Noble in the self help section? Share touching stories you find in your Facebook feed? I know I do. And my Facebook friends do it all the time (almost hourly it seems).

Inspiration and motivation are great.

I mean who doesn’t like a little personal development in the form of a GIF or inspirational quote? Something that reminds us to be better today than we were yesterday. That we get to start over anew tomorrow and put into practice the words or stories that inspired us today. 

Daily quotes and inspiring stories is something Robert Glazer takes to heart. First off, Robert is an amazing leader.

But he does something peculiar.

OK, maybe it’s not peculiar in the sense that it’s strange.  Rather something most leaders (or most people for that matter) wouldn’t do to inspire and motivate their employees to have a better and more fulfilling life.

So what is it? What peculiar and amazing thing does he do for employees?

He sends his employees an email each week called Friday Forward.

Friday Forward

Before you dismiss the power of an email let me tell you a little about them. Each email is a story that often inspires or motivates the reader in one way or another. They are almost always based on something that’s happening in the life of someone, somewhere, if not Robert’s own life.

These aren’t your typical stories of inspiration or motivation. Someone once told Robert, “These stories aren’t chicken soup for the soul. They’re more like spicy chicken soup for the soul.”

Robert would agree.

He has plenty of stories from readers here and abroad that detail the impact of his weekly dose of inspiration. Stories of people making important changes in their personal development and within their companies.

Now, what started as an email to his employees, who numbered fewer than 50, has ballooned into a list totaling more than 25,000 people all over the globe. How fast the list has grown and the change people have made in their lives because of them, is truly the inspiration.

Tune in to the podcast to hear some of Robert’s wisdom and make sure you sign-up to read the Friday Forward. 

And be on the lookout for Robert’s upcoming book, Friday Forward: 52 Weeks of Inspiration

What You’ll Hear

  • Robert shares some of his favorite Friday Forward stories
  • We’ll talk about the importance of core values and knowing what you want.
  • The power of saying no
  • His unique approach to workplace culture

About Robert

Robert Glazer is the founder and Managing Director of Acceleration Partners, and the founder and Chairman of BrandCycle. He is a serial entrepreneur with an exceptional track record and passion for growing revenue and profits for B2C-based companies. In demand by top brands and investment firms, he has extensive experience in the consumer, e-commerce, retail, online marketing, and ad-tech industries—partnering with brands such as adidas, ModCloth, Reebok, Target, Tiny Prints, Gymboree, and Warby Parker.

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Stories From Friday Forward

18 Summers

“18 summers is all you get with your kids, so you need to make all of them count.”

Bad Day

“A Sunday in April 1981 started off a very bad week for Dr. Mary-Claire King.”

Carpe the Diem

“When presented with the opportunity of a lifetime, he got over any fears he must have had, got on that plane and seized the day.”