People Are Interesting: Paul Batz

This week's interesting person is Paul Batz, founder of "What Really Works." He's committed to building healthy leaders through his philosophy of the 7 F's: Faith, Family, Finances, Fitness, Friends, Fun, and Future. I had the opportunity to meet Paul and his family a couple of months ago, and they are a very inspiring bunch of people!

Thanks a great interview, Paul!

Paul Batz, 47
Bloomington, Minnesota
Adoringly devoted husband & father
Author, Speaker, Executive Coach
President and Founder, What Really Works:
a virtual consultancy focused on leadership success habits

1. Where do you feel most comfortable?
In the living room that my wife designed, in a chair that we bought together, in front of our fireplace that I renovated with my own carpentry skills.

2. Describe your average day in one word. Progress.

3. Who are the people who most inspire you?
My kids; I desperately want to lead a life that they will want to emulate.

4. What do you love about your work?
Sparking enthusiasm in people, watching others succeed, and writing / speaking about simple topics that make people want to be better leaders.

5. What is your most beloved hobby?
Tie between three things; golf, carpentry and playing the piano when my kids sing along.

6. What are you reading?
Surprise Me, By Terry Esau; Golf Digest; The Meaning of Life, a compilation of compelling interviews published in Esquire magazine.

7. What is the best advice you've ever received?
Tie: Get involved in a church. That's been the center point of our friendships, and a place where our entire family is motivated to spend time. And; Go out of your way to help people feel good about themselves.

8. What movie or television show do you think everyone should watch?
Movie: Apollo 13; the essence of the American spirit and leadership at its finest. TV: MASH; a hopeful portrait of how friendships can help us all sustain ourselves in the midst of hardship.

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