Dave Sanderson, Moments Matter – InnovaBuzz 134

Dave Sanderson

Dave Sanderson, Moments Matter

In this episode, it’s a great privilege to have as my guest, Dave Anderson, who is an inspirational survivor, internationally sought out speaker, author and leadership consultant, as well as host of the Moments Matter podcast.

When US Airways Flight 1549, or “The Miracle on the Hudson,” ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be. The last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he was largely responsible for the well-being and safety of others, risking his own life in frigid water to help other passengers off the plane.

Despite the hazards to himself, Dave thought only of helping others and emerged from the wreckage with a mission: to encourage others to do the right thing. Today, he travels the globe sharing his inspirational and motivational leadership messages to help people make a difference in how they do business and live their lives.

Jamie Greenberg on episode 117 suggested we interview Dave.

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You have to start leading yourself before you do that with people. That is where leadership starts. @DaveSanderson2 on #InnovaBuzz podcast Share on X

Show Notes from this episode with Dave Sanderson, Moments Matter

Key points and take-aways from this episode include:

  • You have to start leading yourself before you do that with people. That is where leadership starts.
  • Leaders should not only step up but also step back and give other people the opportunity to lead, to serve and add value.
  • You do not have to have everything in this world. When you have access to people who have everything, you will be able to grow in a way that you never thought you will grow.
  • You learn more by the experiences of other people and modelling what other people have done. Be around somebody who has actually done it, and they can give you the shortcut to be able to do it.
  • Nowadays, things are moving so quickly. You have to keep up. Be around people who have done it. That is one of the things you have do to be able to really effect change and impact other people’s lives.
  • Be resourceful. It is about building the network to the network. Ask how many calls do I need to make to talk to ….. (insert your desired contact here).
  • The essence of servant focused leadership is adding value.
  • Enjoying the process is as important as the success.
  • Sometimes leaders have to step back and have other people do what they do best to get a greater outcome on the mission. Stepping back sometimes and letting somebody else execute can make us all look a lot better.
  • If you check your ego at the door and focus on the mission, you can accomplish anything.
  • If you do the right thing, that will take care of you.
  • Everybody’s got their own personal plane crash in life.  How we grow from that is key.
  • Taking personal responsibility is one of the things that we all have to employ if we want to be successful in life.
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The Buzz – Our Innovation Round

Here are Dave’s answers to the questions of our Innovation round. Listen to the interview to get the full scoop.

  • #1 thing to be more innovative – Be creative. Open up your mind to other opportunities and possibilities.
  • Best thing for new ideas – Hearing other people speak and attending other people’s events.
  • Favourite tool for innovation – LinkedIn. People in LinkedIn are so creative. There are people there doing so many unique things on how to approach business or customer service.
  • Keep project / client on track – Always circle back to the mission. Stay focused on the mission.
  • Differentiate – Be congruent and be authentic. A lot of people try to be something they are not. But if you are congruent and authentic consistently, and people see that, you will stand out.

To Be a Leader

Focus on the purpose. One of the greatest things leaders can do is to step back and let others execute. Direct them if you need to but let them execute on it. Make sure your people are focused on the mission. Remind them of why they are doing this.

Reach Out

Dave is giving away a free video of one of his course books, “Overcoming Adversity and Challenging Times”.  Simply text 797979 and enter the code BRACE4IMPACT to receive this gift. 

You can reach out and thank Dave through his websiteTwitter – @DaveSanderson2 and on LinkedIn.

Suggested Guest

Dave suggested I interview Aaron Walker, a Business and Life Coach, and Founder of View from the Top. So Aaron, keep an eye on your inbox, for an invitation from us to the InnovaBuzz podcast, courtesy of Dave Sanderson. 


Cool things about Dave:

  • He dreamed of becoming an astronaut when he was a child.
  • He immediately returned to his job as a sales manager, the following Monday, after “The Miracle on the Hudson” plane crash.
  • Since his experience on “The Miracle on the Hudson”, he helps the American Red Cross raise much needed funds for disaster relief and humanitarian services by speaking and doing media on behalf of the Red Cross.
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Jürgen Strauss

Dr. Jürgen Strauss is The World's Best Human-Centred Podcasting Coach and the only Podcast Innovator with the signature bright yellow headphones, who masterfully crafts human connection for high-impact achievers in a vibrant community. You can find Jürgen on LinkedIn, The InnovaBuzz Podcast, The Flywheel Nation Community as well as on Innovabiz' InstagramTwitter, Facebook pages and his personal Photography website.  

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