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I firmly believe that it’s much more believable to get advice and insights from someone who’s been there / done that, than someone who just sits on the sidelines.

Or, as historian Daniel Boorstin observed:

“Trying to plan for the future without a sense of the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.”

I’m Scott Monty, and I’ve been in the room where it happened. I was an executive at Ford Motor Company during the carpocalypse and I worked alongside Alan Mulally, its remarkable CEO and an extraordinary human being.

Now I’m an executive leadership and communication coach and a public speaker.

And it’s my mission to help up-and-coming leaders understand that they’re not alone in that the challenges they’re facing are just versions of the same struggles we’ve had throughout history.

Human nature remains constant, and since relationships are the basis of leadership, if you understand human nature, you’ll understand how to lead.


Each week in Timeless & Timely, you get stories from the past with a lens to understand and act on the issues and ideas of the present.

Stories ripe with lessons in communication, leadership, and integrity, leading to better relationships — relationships with employees, customers, and the people who can help your business grow.

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It’s a chance to slow down and reflect outside of the chaos of daily tasks.


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✒️ A weekly essay with contextual historical quotes and deep thoughts on leadership, communication, and humanity, connected to the challenges you face today.

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And I like to think we’re doing that here — helping you become a better communicator, a better leader, and a better human by focusing on values that have mattered throughout human history.

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It is. But don't call me Shirley.


Who is Scott Monty?

I’m glad you asked!

I’m a former Classics major who went on to get an M.B.A. and eventually became the first executive at Ford Motor Company to lead digital communications and social media globally. During that time, I was integrated across the entire company, working with leaders from around the world in various industries.

Along the way, I realized there are fundamental behaviors we share and that leaders are everywhere, ready with lessons for us — if we’re ready for them.

But this isn’t just stories from the past; it’s about applying what we already know to what’s going on in the world around us today.


Praise for the newsletter:

From actor and bibliophile Curtis Armstrong:

“A dark, rainy morning. The apartment is quiet. I’m wearing my soft trousers. I-ve got a cup of coffee and am starting my day with Heather Cox Richardson, Joyce Vance and Scott Monty! It doesn't get better than that!”


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Note: Mat says “Patreon,” but he means Substack.

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Praise for the podcast:

Named by Goodpods as a Top 50 Podcast in the Management category.

“Scott’s a skillful interviewer”Melanie Kirkpatrick, author of Lady Editor

“You’re one of the best interviewers I’ve encountered.” — feedback from a guest

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Content for life-long learners who care about values, virtues, and character. Here we search for answers to present challenges in the past.


Been there, done that. Former Fortune 100 executive, now executive coach. 🎙️ 🖋️ about leadership, books, philosophy, wordplay, history, classic style, architecture, Sherlock Holmes. In a world of trends, I'm a classic.