Leading Through Story (Sean Platt)

Episode # 41

Apr 17, 2024

Ever the storyteller, Sean Platt sees his leadership as an expression of his personal narrative — what he tells others about himself, but more important, what he tells himself. And from that credo, he brings a relentless commitment to humor and truth.

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Sean Platt is a highly prolific author with hundreds of published books to his name. He is also the co-founder of Sterling & Stone, a publishing company turned “intellectual property incubator.”

“ The world can be a dark place. You should laugh at it. Because if you can find joy in even the darkness, then you can do more in the world. ”

Sean Platt
Sean Platt

Sean Platt has always been an entrepreneur, but he knew he’d rather tell stories.

Since making the leap, Sean has written hundreds of novels (including the international best-sellers Yesterday’s Gone and Invasion), penned dozens of scripts, and founded the “intellectual property Incubator” Sterling & Stone where more than thirty storytellers work together to create world-changing IP. Sterling & Stone’s stable of writers come to Sean for ideas, mentorship, and “better words.”

Originally from Long Beach, California, Sean now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and dog. He believes he has more than his share of nose.

Sharon Richmond

For more than 30 years, Sharon Richmond has partnered with C-level executives from mid-size and small, fast-growing companies who want to up-level their leadership and build companies they are proud of. Clients accelerate their leadership by embracing mindset and behavior changes, building self-awareness and self-management skills, and focusing on the three things all leaders must ensure: focus, energy, and delivery.

Sharon’s purpose as an executive coach is to help leaders 10X their impact by leveraging the power afforded by their roles to build organizations that are forces for good, both economically and socially. She also advises CEOs on shaping organization culture and leading change.

Sharon has taught leadership at Stanford GSB, where she now helps leaders increase influence, manage conflict, and prepare to build high-performing teams.

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  • Guest: Sean Platt
  • Host: Sharon Richmond
  • Producer: Cynthia Lamb
  • Executive producer: Danny Iny
  • Assembled by: Andrew Chapman
  • Audio Editor: Marvin del Rosario
  • Music soundscape: Chad Michael Snavely
  • Making our host sound great: Home Brew Audio

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