Growth Think Tank (fka "Leaders in the Trenches")

After hundreds of interviews and my research with Founders and CEOs, I know the importance of living your core values when you want to create company growth. I can also say that many leaders believe they are living their core values because they have values printed on the walls at HQ or on their website. Let's talk about living your core values with my guest today, Shawn Lipman, who is the CEO of Feedonomics. His company was ranked #95 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We look at living your core values in everything the company does.

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Your time is valuable. But not all the time is the same. To increase your productivity and focus, you want to do your highest value work at a time when you are at your best. I get asked by people "how to increase productivity," and today's behind the scenes is what I tell them. Find the time each day when you feel your best and naturally have focus. This is the time when you don't need extra stimulants to feel energized. I call this time your "hours of genius." When you know the two to three hours best for you, your next step to increase your productivity is to protect those hours on your daily schedule. Safeguard your "hours of genius" and select the most important tasks, meetings, and work for the time you are at your best. Discover the details to increase your productivity in today's video.

 

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Experts with 40 years of experience are scarce. Today's guest is John Maxwell, New York Times best-selling author many times over. John Maxwell joins us to talk about his latest book: The Leader's Greatest Return. In this book, John Maxwell shares decades of insight on leadership. When I read The Leader's Greatest Return, I was able to connect the dots on my research with fast-growth companies to the heart of leadership. In this interview, John Maxwell shares why he believes leaders must put employees before customers. We talk about where military leadership works and where it doesn't. I loved reading The Leader's Greatest Return. Join me in today's interview with the great and only, John Maxwell.

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Have you heard about the OKR methodology? This OKR methodology has taken the world of leadership by storm. My guest today is Ivan Osmak, Co-founder of GTMHub. This company has been in hypergrowth mode because of the demand to bridge the gap between strategy and operational execution. We talk about why OKRs are essential. We look beyond the traditional usage of OKR methodology. Ivan even shares the common mistakes with the OKR Methodology.

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One big challenge I see with leaders today is getting stuck in the day-to-day of the business. You tell me that they know they should go from Founder to CEO. You feel the need within the organization to improve your strategic leadership. Yet, you are covered up with day-to-day work. In this episode of behind the scenes, we look at four steps of going from Founder to CEO. You may feel triggered when you hear this episode. It challenges some deep-seated issues that keep you from Founder to CEO. I get it better than most. I battle with these too. My clients fight with them. I made this video so you can be intentional about your journey from Founder to CEO.

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Leadership is not an easy endeavor. Because it involves other people makes it one of the hardest aspects of growing your company. I often get asked for the most crucial skill for a leader. After years of building my own companies and helping others to grow, I feel like empathetic leadership is the most crucial skill. The art of empathetic leadership provides the connection that your people crave as they are working the day-to-day. My guest today is Samantha Barnes, Founder, and CEO of Raddish Kids. His company was ranked #362 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Samantha shares her background as a middle school teacher that required massive amounts of empathetic leadership. We look at how that skill has benefited growing her company fast and through some significant strategic pivots. Discover how to embrace empathetic leadership in today's interview.

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You want a team that drives growth and overcomes any challenges the company faces. I get asked all the time about how to create great teams that can navigate the challenges of fast-growth. Inspiring teams to feel ownership of their work and the client experience is essential in today's agile work environments. My guest today is Todd Ehrlich, CEO of BAMFI. His company was ranked #121 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Todd and I discuss how to create great teams. We look at the small aspects that boost a team's performance. Discover new insights into your journey of leading more effective teams. Learn how to great teams with another fast-growth leader.

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Leadership has changed. In 2020 and beyond, employees are hungry for connection to their work. They want to feel like what they are doing will improve their skills and increase their value. You must improve employee alignment by listening to your employees to understand them. I struggled with employee alignment as a leader until I discovered that they have goals too. I'm going to share with you a powerful approach called "Shared Goals" to improve employee alignment. You can use it immediately and watch the eyes of your people light up. When you improve employee alignment, you will have a more engaged workforce.

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Driving new revenue is not just having a great product or service. Companies have to get the message distributed to the right people. If you had marketing strategies for fast-growth, you would see more traction in your market. CEOs often resist some of the strategies that require them to be the face and voice of the company. Developing marketing strategies for fast-growth requires new thinking. My guest today is Karen Hayward, Managing Partner of Chief Outsiders. His company was ranked #2827 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Karen and I discuss the power of the CEO's voice to share the stories that drive the company forward. Discover the keys to marketing strategies for fast-growth.

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Nearly every company I know wants to have customer service excellence. You may look at brands like The Ritz-Carlton or Zappos to model what real customer service excellence is. The truth is it is not technology or even flawless processes. The secret to customer service excellence is putting employees first. My guest today is Matt Margolis, CEO of Stackify. His company was ranked #379 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We look at what customer service excellence is. Matt and I talk about why putting employees first is what drives customer service excellence.

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Ownership is not just something reserved for the founders, partners, and stockholders. Ownership is a state of mind that can be developed. I believe that the most potent technique available to leaders in developing leadership coaching skills. When you coach an employee, you are not telling them what to do. Leadership coaching skills are essential for getting people to feel like owners. Today, I am sharing a few essential skills in coaching your team members. We look at it through the lens of those that feel like victims. I share a story about a client that felt like a victim more than a decade after 911. Discover leadership coaching skills with new questions that you can use to get someone to shift beyond the lens of being the victim. Join me today for a way to increase the feeling of ownership and improve your leadership coaching skills.

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Do you want a culture of speed? In our changing world, you may think about getting your people to speed up and adapt quicker. It does take exceptional leadership to enable a culture of speed. My guest today is Ryan Margolis, CEO of Professional Hair Labs. His company was ranked #372 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Discover the secrets of a culture of speed with Ryan. We look at why it is vital in today's marketplace. We look at the specific aspects of leadership that make it possible to create a culture of speed.

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