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

There are many levers to pull to create growth in your company. One essential strategy is using leadership development programs. When you develop influential leaders, you have more connections and drive within the culture. Using leadership development is one of the most profound ways to ensure growth. Today's guest is Lawrence Armstrong, Chairman of the Board at Ware Malcomb. This company was ranked #4442 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Ware Malcomb is a residential and commercial design company. Lawrence shares how using leadership development has activated growth in their company. Discover the mistakes they made in their journey of using leadership development.

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Listening is one of those skills that we take for granted. Yes, you listen to others. However, when I say, "Leaders are listeners," I want to say that you need to improve your listening skills, so your employees feel understood. I have seen over the years that great leaders know they must listen beyond the words. In this behind the scenes, we look at ways you can improve your listening capacity.

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Leadership requires many skills. One essential aspect of leadership requires you to manage the team of people to a higher level. When you manage the team well, you lift their confidence and empower them to go beyond their current thinking. Today's guest is Bill Kerr, CEO of Avalon Healthcare Solutions. His company was ranked #4 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Bills shares how he leads his team through fast growth. The one thing I can say is that fast-growth leaders manage the team as often as they manage the work. Discover new insights on how you can manage the team in this interview.

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The company mission is essential to bonding the people together. One perspective on the mission is to put the customer first. When you have a focus on customer success, you can understand them better. Today's guest is Guru Hariharan, CEO of CommerceIQ. His company was ranked #4158 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We look at the common misunderstanding of customer first. Guru shares why putting the customer first is so important.

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When you put in an hour or two after dinner, you may feel productive. But working before bedtime could be hurting your company's growth. Working before bedtime is a sign that something is wrong in your culture. Take a look at what your second shift of work costs you in today's behind the scenes. You may rethink your habit of working before bedtime.

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How do you empower employees in today's crazy world of leadership? Start by knowing that the leaders that empower employees understand how to stop micromanaging. When you empower employees, you signal a deep trust in them. My guest today is Darpan Munjal, CEO of Squadhelp.com. His company was ranked #275 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Darpan knows the benefits when you empower employees. We look at the essential elements that create lasting growth in this interview.

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The opposite of micromanagement is empowering your employees. When you have the skills of empowering your employees, they have a feeling of ownership that drives the business forward. My guest today is Greg Zalkin, CEO of Creative State Marketing. His company was ranked #384 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Greg shares his insights to empowering your employees. We look at what gets in the way of leading your people through empowerment. Discover distinct ways you add growth by empowering your employees.

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Many founders and CEOs have worked hard to get where they are today. And the next level of growth is possible, but you feel you are the bottleneck. Today, I am going to share with you a story about hope. This story is about how a client shifted his leadership model and removed himself from a big part of the day-to-day of the business. Discover the power of shifting your leadership model.

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Companies that are engineered for growth know the importance of teamwork. One of the most critical teams is the CEO and COO. Today, we look at how to optimize working with your COO. Our guest is Erik Huberman, Founder and CEO of Hawke Media. His company ranked #110 in 2017 and #1508 in 2020 on the Inc 5000 list. Eric shares his insights about working with your COO during times of fast-growth. Sometimes this relationship is a division of work, but other times you have to find ways to make committed decisions when working with your COO even when you don't entirely agree. Improve your working relationship and prepare the company for next-level growth.

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Many of my clients say they need to be themselves to continue growing their companies. However, over the years, the work and pressure have caused them to lose sight of who they are. Getting what you want is likely a focus on you being you. Today, we look at the art of authentic leadership. When you embrace authentic leadership, you have to strip away all the beliefs that have gotten in your way. My guest today is Scott Webb, CEO at Avionos. Avionos ranked #2333 and #739 on the Inc 5000 list in 2020 and 2019, respectively. Scott leads the team at Avionos in creating and implementing marketing campaigns for businesses of all sizes. We talk about the art of authentic leadership and what gets in the way. Discover ways you can connect to your true self in this interview.

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Your time is precious. How you spend your time is an indicator of what you see as important. To lead your people, you have to stop being overwhelmed. You have to stop over-scheduling. Today, I am sharing with you part of my struggles and how you can stop being overwhelmed. Discover two strategies that will help you as a leader and stop being overwhelmed.

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Leadership is shifting. It is more than just a pandemic that is changing how we lead. The future of leadership development requires us to adapt. My guest today is Ryan Estis. Ryan is one of the top professional speakers on the topic of leadership and Sales Leadership. We talk about the future of leadership development. Ryan looks at the need for adaption in today's work environment. Join me in this interview to discover the truths about the future of leadership development.

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Attention Leaders: You have likely felt overscheduled before. If the old strategies are not working, discover how to manage your time as a leader in new ways. My guest today is John Hall, Co-founder at Calendar.com. Calendar.com is more than a tool to improve your calendar. It is a way to get a grip on your life. Johns shares a new way to manage your time as a leader by sharing the data behind your schedule. John will give you insight into what works and doesn't work to manage your time.

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You can't be in just the forest or the clouds. Leadership is about balancing being in both. Today, I share with you about being in the details of work and doing the visionary work. Discover why Leadership is about balancing these activities. Inside this video, you will get an insight into how to balance your time so that you can connect with your people and lead the people to the future.

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Setting up a culture that centers on collaboration has become a critical factor for success. Today, we look at how to improve teamwork across your culture. Our guest is Scott Schwalbe, CEO, and Co-founder of Nimbelink. This company was ranked #1818 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Nimbelink connects machines through innovative cellular technology to get the data. Scotts shares his insights on how to improve teamwork. One aspect of this interview is the importance of transparency when it comes to collaboration. Discover steps that you can use in your journey of how to improve teamwork.

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You know that team culture is essential to long-term company growth. Given the pressure of COVID to work from home, you may be thinking about leading an effective remote team culture. It takes intention and creativity to have an effective remote team culture. My guest today is Art Saxby, CEO of Chief Outsiders. His company was ranked #3775 in the 2020 Inc 5000 list. They have been honored on the Inc 5000 list seven consecutive times since 2014. Chief Outsiders provides marketing strategy to mid-market companies. They have had a mostly remote culture from the start of the company. Join us today to discover elements of an effective remote team culture that you can ethically steal.

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Seth Godin writes one of the most-read blogs in the world. He writes about marketing mostly, but his mind is sharp and filled with wisdom. I did a full interview with Seth Godin on Leadership that was profound. I thought you would enjoy a summary of this interview on the three insights from Seth Godin on Leadership. There is a quote at the start of this video that is extremely powerful.

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Recently my team and I developed training on the top 3 fixable mistakes when building a team of A-players. This comes from the research I have done with over 530 Inc 5000 companies where I interviewed Founders and CEOs of those companies. We were able to distill everything down into ten fundamentals of building a team of A-players. Interestingly, these companies are growing at insane rates by doing something different from their peers. Building a team of A-players is not a short term fix, but it is the essential aspect of scaling growth through today’s uncertainty. Join us for the special 600th episode where I am NOT hosting the interview. You are in for a special treat...listen to the interview to find out what it is.

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When you decide to empower your people, you have to stop micromanaging. You know that micromanaging is not effective in leadership, but often you feel like you have to overlook the work of your team members. Stop micromanaging if you want to create a team that thinks for themselves. The guest today is Loren Brill, Founder, and CEO at Sweet Loren's. The healthy cookie company was #114 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Loren shares how her company has grown fast. She had to learn to stop micromanaging in this journey. Listen in to the show if you want to stop micromanaging.

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Is it possible you have not been delegating the right way? Leadership requires many skills. Delegating the right way is one that will allow you to make a bigger impact. Today, I share with you how to delegate the right way. Discover how you can shift your skills in leadership that allows for more effective delegation.

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The pathway to creating a billion-dollar company can take many paths. Today’s guest is billionaire Tom Golisano, Founder at Paychex. Tom Golisano is the best selling author of “Built, Not Born.” He shares part of his journey of leadership that created the billion-dollar brand. Learn from this interview with Tom Golisano about business growth and some unconventional approaches to leadership.

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Every company requires talented people. This means you must know how to hire people the right way. Hiring is one of the more unnatural aspects of leadership. It is common to fumble your way when learning how to hire people. The guest today is Monique Bernstein, Co-founder at Universal Yums. This company was #190 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Monique opens up about the mistakes she and her Co-founder have made. She discusses new strategies for success in how to hire people. Monique gets real and shares candidly how you can improve your hiring process.

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Growth requires the effective execution of the right strategy. It also needs the right people to scale your organization. Many leaders emphasize getting the work done that they often forget about leading the people. Today, I share new concepts about leading the people to help you grow beyond your current level. When you begin leading the people, you will have people that think of the next innovations and process improvements. Join me for a behind the scenes look at leading the people.

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Given the current state of business, we all must be adapting to change. Leaders and the people's willingness to accept the need for change is a sign of strength and courage. When your team is adapting to change, they are willing to see opportunities to navigate forward. The guest today is Renzi Stone, CEO at Saxum. This company was #4246 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Renzi gives us stories about adapting to change and the benefits to the business. Join us to learn from a nine-time Inc 5000 list company leader who knows the importance of adapting to change.

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Transparency in business is more than just a fad. It is one of the driving factors in a company's success. When a company embraces remarkable transparency it becomes a competitive advantage. Remarkable transparency requires you to be so transparent that others are willing to tell others about it verbally. Today's interview is with Jon Bolen, CEO at Entouch Controls. This company was #1949 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. They have been blessed to be on the Inc 5000 list three times. Jon shares how remarkable transparency has impacted their company culture. Leaders that understand the value of transparency are rare. However, after so many interviews on this show, it is not surprising how committed great leaders are to remarkable transparency.

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When you do take time away from work, you want to make sure you use it wisely. I do believe that you should minimize working on vacation. Ideally, the only work you should do is the DEEP THINKING that you rarely make time for. If you are like most leaders, you spend your time filled with the work, meetings, conversations, and the numbers. However, I believe that vacation is a perfect time for you to let your brain work on two big questions. I am sharing them with you today to guide your thinking when you are working on vacation.

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In this age of knowledge workers, you likely understand the value of attracting the right talent. However, understanding and doing are different. One of the most important aspects of attracting the right talent is having a strong culture. The guest today is Mohit Vij, Founder of General Informatics. This company was #3787 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. They have been blessed to be on the Inc 5000 list six times which is a testament to longevity. We look at the essential principles of attracting the right talent. We discuss how to shape the culture so that talented employees seek you out.

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One aspect of growth that is often overlooked is scaling culture as the company grows. When you add people to the mix, you have to intentionally shape how you want the culture. My guests today are Brian King and Matt Kueker at Kenway Consulting, an IT strategy and technology solutions provider. Kenway Consulting was #4495 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We look at the key elements of scaling culture as the company grows.

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Going on vacation is not just fun. It is a requirement in my opinion. Vacation is time away form the day-to-day. It has many amazing benefits that you can’t get somewhere else. However, there are 2 big lies of going on vacation that come up when leaders think about taking a week or two off. Let’s look at the lies of going on vacation that get in the way of you unplugging.

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Every role in a company has its challenges. Leaders have a unique set of challenges when they focus on how to scale growth. Leadership requires clarity in the face of uncertainty. Leading others takes confidence at the same time as you acknowledge your fear. Today's guest is Ron Carucci, Managing Partner of Navalent. Ron writes about his work for Harvard Business Review (HBR) about leadership transformation. The drive to scale growth is not new, but at this time, it requires you to face unique difficulties in leadership. Join me for today's interview on how to scale growth by facing leadership challenges.

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You have a culture that is either intentional or not. When you focus on creating a culture, you have to look at the long-term benefits. You have to let go of the excuses of being too busy and focused on the next business building milestone. Creating a culture that genuinely works is humbling and hard. Today's guest is Joe Welu, Founder of Total Expert. His business was #105 on the 2019 Inc list. We talk about creating a culture that focuses on customer success. Discover how you lead a team of people driven to add value in each customer experience. We look at creating a culture from new perspectives to shape how people work with each other.

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Responsibility is not enough in today's world. Get your employees to take ownership instead of obligation. Responsibility has shades of grey. Ownership is black and white. Leaders that get employees to take ownership will face challenges that must be addressed. In today's behind the scenes, you will get a real-world example of how you can step back from the day-to-day and be a visionary leader. We look at what a client faced when he wanted a pivotal employee to step up. A crisis in the family helped him in ways that he could not have imagined. Discover a way to get employees to take ownership in this episode.

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Trust at work is not a given. Many organizations get results despite the lack of trust. But when you learn how to create a relationship with employees that is high in trust so you can overcome challenges and drive growth. Carolin Soldo is the founder of her company and has taken it to #107 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We look at the keys to creating a relationship with employees that establishes trust at the deepest levels. Leaders often focus too much on the results of work and devote little time to the relationship with their people.

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Everyone I know has some struggle with distraction. We all have challenges in this area. As a team, we tend to have cultural dysfunction when we are not intentional about focus. Today, we look at what gets in the way of attention and causes cultural dysfunction. Nir Eyal is the author of Hooked and Indestructible. Nir shares with me how to increase your focus. We look at this as a way to overcome cultural dysfunction. Nir gives you frameworks and stories that help you control your attention and choose your life.

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As of February 2020, we are technically in a recession. Now more than ever, you have to lead by example if you want your team to align together through the challenges ahead of you. You likely know this phrase "lead by example," but do you live it. Today, I share with you a few insights that will help you lead by example. I also offer you free training that is brand new that will guide you during this difficult time to a more effective leader and lead your team forward. Now is the time you need to be a leader and not just someone focused on the work. Lead by example and be open to new ideas in this training on "how to build a team of A-players during a recession."

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You know the importance of strategic planning at work to guide the company forward. However, today we look at how to use that strategic planning in your home life too. When I heard Matthew Porter, CEO at Invisibly, about how he leads his family with standard strategic planning practices, I was emotionally moved. Matthew shared with me how his family has a mission statement that unifies and connects them. His children are small, but they are 100% committed to strategic planning in the home. Matthew is an intentional leader that shares other aspects of leading others to support you in being an influential leader.

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Safety has always been essential. Security has moved up in importance, given the concern we have in the world today. Are you 100% certain that an employee can't be duped to sharing their password to an outsider? Creating a culture of safety means that you are intentional about preparing your organization for anything that is a threat. Today's guest on the podcast is Derek Harp, Founder of Cambios. We discuss the core elements of a culture of safety. We look beyond the traditional aspects of IT security. Derek brings us decades of experience and practical insight on creating a culture of safety.

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Times are tough for many companies. It is more than the virus. It is more than working from home. There is a mood around us that requires a new approach. We don't need more managers. We need influential leaders that can guide your people to a shared vision. Leaders must also calm us as employees have fears of what is ahead and for their own safety. Check out this short video on why we don't need more managers. You will also learn why traditional training that we offer our employees does not create more leaders.

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What happens when you shift the leadership model to serving your employees instead of believing they are here to help you. What I am talking about is why servant leadership drives growth. My guest today is Chase Mullin, CEO of Mullin Landscape. His company was ranked #3740 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We look at why servant leadership is essential in today's world. Chase and I dive into the aspects of being a servant to your team. We also look at why servant leadership has allowed him to be an effective leader.

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In today's challenging times, you have to go beyond the thinking of winning now. You also can't focus on just the future, either. Your business is likely in the midst of radical change that requires strong leadership and the ability to inspire your people through difficult times. My guest today is the former CEO of Honeywell International, David Cote. David recently wrote, "Winning Now, Winning Later." We talk about why leadership matters and how to lead beyond today's challenges. Winning now is undoubtedly essential and only part of the focus. David and I look at how to position your organization for winning now and winning later.

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When you look at leaders that you admire, what do you see? Not how they are dressed, but the qualities of great leadership. Today, I'm sharing with you six qualities of great leadership. One way to use this list is to see where you stand with these qualities of great leadership. I am also announcing a partnership with a charity to give away $1000 to a hero on the front line of today's challenges with the virus and social justice. Join me for this special episode about the qualities of great leadership.

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Many leaders believe that encouraging their employees to think like entrepreneurs is a dangerous move. This is not about them leaving the company to start their own business. When you are inspiring the entrepreneurial spirit that lives inside someone's soul, you invite them to create value, solve problems, and be resilient in service of something bigger than themselves. Today's guest on the podcast is Darin Anderson Chairman and CEO of Salas O'Brien. His company ranked #2747 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Darin shares why inspiring the entrepreneurial spirit is so important. This company 800+ employees and has grown fast over the years. The activator, according to Darrin, is the entrepreneurial spirit that lives in many of the employees. Another way to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit is by encouraging your people to feel like owners, even if they don't have formal ownership.

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You know effective communication is essential to your companies culture. One challenge that comes up is the belief that a company has effective communication right now. Today's guest on the podcast is Chris Vickers, President and CEO of Starc Systems. His company ranked #460 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Chris shares why effective communication is essential to growing fast. We look at the core elements of impeccable communication.

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There is a MYTH that comes with growing a company. This is one of those harmful myths. It is when you fail to put the team first. You create more layers of management to manage the people. Managers make sure the workflows, and they even improve effectiveness in small increments. However, managers don't put the team first. Managers have their place, but what we need in a time of new approaches and agile moves is more leaders that can adapt and lead their people to a new future. Here is a concept about the team first that is more important now than ever before.

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When a business changes as fast as it has recently, we need flexible employees. Creating a culture that is high on adaptability and able to shift proactively is the goal of many leaders. Hiring flexible employees is the start, but you also have to give them the space to grow. Today's guest on the podcast is Anthony Geraci, Managing Shareholder, and CEO of Geraci Law Firm. His company ranked #1861 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We talk about the need for flexible employees in today's crazy world. Anthony shares how we make flexibility a part of the day-to-day. Join me today to discover how to inspire and lead flexible employees.

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We know the old saying that we "lead by example." The reason this has saying has been around for centuries is that it is so true. Another way to look at leadership is the art of influencing others. The best -- and only way -- to influence others is to lead by example. Today's guest on the podcast is Erin Hooley, Founder, and CEO of Bailey's Blossoms. Her company ranked #428 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We look at how leading by example has impacted her style and company growth. Erin explains her craving for feedback as a leader. Join us to see what leading by example means for the company.

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Do you want to align employees to the mission of the company? Getting people to buy-in to want to do the work is much easier when they are connected to the mission of the company. Fast-growth companies have a mission that aligns people together. Your mission is never just to make money. Your mission is always bigger than money. When people are ON mission, they have more fun working together.

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Have a culture of innovation. Leadership that inspires new thinking takes a does of self-awareness and courage. A culture of innovation allows you to go beyond the traditional. Today's guest on the podcast is Chris Anderson, Founder, and CEO of Ledge Loungers. His company ranked 1154 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Chris talks about the need to embrace failure if you want a culture of innovation. We talk about developing people and leadership that inspires ownership thinking. Discover how you can create a culture of innovation.

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Founders and CEOs understand the relationship between humility and leadership is important. However, for most, it is an afterthought. Humility and leadership must be intentional. It has to be proactive to make an impact. Humility in your culture also starts in the hiring process. My guest for today's episode is Manny Dureja, Founder of AirTower. AirTower owners and enterprise customers a future-proof 5G wireless services. They also were ranked #415 on the 2019 Inc 5000 List. Manny shares why humility and leadership have contributed to the fast growth of the company. We look at some of the mistakes in the journey of fast-growth leadership. Please tune in to see why humility and leadership are essential and how to apply them to your company.

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When you have talented employees take ownership of their work, it creates a feeling inside them. There is a corresponding feeling that leaders experience when employees take ownership. Tune in to this short video to see why that feeling is "relief." This is a behind the scenes of my coaching work that shares the feeling that leaders experience when employees take ownership. Discover how you can increase your frequency of feeling relief.

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Leaders must set the direction for the team. Part of that is casting a vision that alights the people to work. Casting vision will pull the people to overcome the challenges, add value to the company, and activate growth. My guest today is Alexander Johnson, Co-founder of Mixt Solutions. His company was ranked #260 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Discover why casting vision is essential to the culture. We look at how to effect a change in course as the company grows and shifts strategy. Alexander shares his journey of casting vision with confidence.

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When your people have the systems of integrity and accountability, you have a team aligned to the right work. Creating a culture with integrity and accountability requires new approaches to leadership. My guest today is Robert Davis, CEO of Stealth ISS Group. His company was ranked #368 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Robert shares how integrity and accountability have been an essential part of company growth. Discover new practices that allow your team to increase their alignment and productivity.

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As a leader, you will need to have difficult conversations. The critical part of difficult conversations is to give them enough time of planning that allows you to prepare what you need to say. Also, you want to make sure you don't take too much time and avoid them either. Today, I share with you three aspects of the conversation that you must consider before having a difficult conversation. I also give you insight into what often gets in the way of having effective conversations about a difficult topic. We look at one challenge you will face as you prepare to let someone go. This behind the scenes look at difficult conversations will allow you to show up as a strong leader.

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Fast growth companies do one thing entirely different than those companies that don't grow as fast. I have analyzed hundreds of companies to find that one thing. It is the concept of putting employees first, customers second. Leaders that are willing to put employees first, customers second are prevalent with the companies on the Inc 5000. Today's guest is Steve Burke, Founder of Texadia Systems. This company was ranked #2897 on the 2019 Inc List. The company operates in the residential and commercial markets with its design and engineering services. Are you willing to put employees first, customers second? Inside this interview, we look at the value of employees first. We look at what that means when it comes to company growth. Join us today for this conversation on employee first, customers second.

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People want to be aligned with a purpose to drive impact. Another way to look at this is a mission-driven culture drives growth. You may believe that your mission as a leader is to increase the bottom-line or you may think that you have to develop your team for growth. Both of these are important to company success. Being a leader of a mission-driven culture is one way to make all of this easier. My guest today is Vernon Green, CEO of G Cubed Enterprises. This company was ranked #386 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Vernon talks about mission-driven cultures and how it drives company growth. We looked at new aspects of being a leader that is mission-driven. Join us today to look at clarifying your purpose to activate more growth.

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When you get to a certain point in your business growth, you will face a series of decisions about letting go of the day-to-day work. Another way to look at growing your company is that you will need to fire yourself. I have operated many businesses past the $5 million marks in revenue. I had to wrestle with letting go of the work that I became good at to keep the growth going. Today's behind the scene video takes a look at firing yourself and letting go of your current work to activate more growth.

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Often the easiest and quickest thing to do is to give some your advice. However, there is something called "the advice trap" that keeps people from growing in their role. If they fail to grow, you are limited on the impact a person can make to the growth of the organization. My guest today is the best-selling author, Michael Bungay Stainer. His new book is "The Advice Trap." Tune in today to get tools to avoid the advice trap in your journey as a leader.

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Do you want to discover how to drive growth? Leaders that are committed to growth know the importance of company foundational elements like mission, vision, and values. Today, we look at how to drive growth. My guest today is Greg Ott, CEO of Nav. This company was ranked #623 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Nav is a marketplace for loans - matching lenders with borrowers. Greg shares how to drive growth with effective company core values that are part of everyday work. If you want to learn how to drive growth, this is the episode for you.

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Sometimes you might feel guilt for needing to re-charge. I believe leaders need to learn to rest, not quit when they are tired. Today, I share with you some reason why you want to learn to rest, not quit. We also look at letting go of the guilt that often comes with resting. Discover why you must learn to rest, not quit. Relaxing is part of the journey.

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Growth is more manageable when you a solid foundation that guides the company, the people, and the decisions. One element of that is having a values-driven organization. The company's core values allow people to make decisions and coordinate action for a shared future. When you have a values-driven organization, you have guides for the people to operate with limited oversight. My guest today is Kurt Luidhardt, Co-founder of Prosper Group. His company was ranked #466 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Kurt shares the hidden cost of not being a values-driven organization. We look at how to make values a more significant part of working together. Discover how you can create a values-driven organization.

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Eventually, you wonder how you can stop feeling overwhelmed. I have struggled with his for years in my leadership of a fast-growth company. I discovered that it is better to change how you approach your work and not just keep putting in more hours. In short, stop feeling overwhelmed with this super simple productivity hack. Today, I share with you a story about time-blocking that I was reminded when I did a home project. You may wonder how installing a garden hose holder relates to leadership. Tune-in to stop feeling overwhelmed by re-thinking how you work.

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Many people avoid transparent communication. Some think that they are transparent enough. When you value transparent communication, you are open and honest to a fault. You dare to share more than most feel comfortable. Your team begins to trust you because you have transparent communication. My guest today is Saint Hung, CEO of Universal Processing. His company was ranked #500 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We talk about the importance of transparent communication and what it means to share everything that you can legally share. Fast-growth companies tend to be more transparent than most companies.

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Let's start with a fact: servant leadership is more than a buzzword. Servant leadership is more than a leadership strategy. I believe the core of servant leadership is the mindset. Leaders that are willing to put their employees first and serve them takes confidence and courage. My guest today is Dwight Hunt, President, and CEO of B3 Group. We look at the power of servant leadership. Dwight shared how servant leadership has allowed for the growth of B3 Group. They reached #109 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Servant leadership will help you lead your team to fast growth too. Tune-in to discover how you can leverage the mindset of a servant in your leadership development.

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During this challenging time, we have to get used to new ways of operating our companies and living our lives. Leadership now is essential and requires new approaches. You can't do what you have always done. The challenges of working remotely and preparing for work beyond the initial pressure that COVID-19 has caused us to re-think how we engage with our teams. Leadership now is best when you vary how you lead to match the moment and the person. Today, I look at using the right tool, which is more than just fixing things around the house. You might be wondering why I have a wrench in my hand. Tune-in to this short video to get more about how selecting the right tool relates to leadership now.

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A big part of your growth is the ability to stay curious. When you think you know it all, you close off new ideas. Your arrogance can get the best of you. Staying curious is what top performs do. Today's guest is Molly Fletcher, who is a female motivational speaker, keynote speaker, and former sports agent. We talk about the power of staying curious. We look at why that is important in leadership and also in negotiation too. Molly shares her insights on staying curious as a way to keep growing as a leader.

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Attracting the right people is vital to your success and company growth. Today, we look at how to hire based on core values. The hiring steps are often a trial and error process. My guest today is David Wright, Co-founder of Pattern. His company was ranked #404 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We look at the foundational elements of how to hire based on core values. Tune-in to our conversation to get the steps he had learned work for their company.

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The period of COVID-19 has forced many of us to slow down, even if it is just less travel and no wasted time commuting. When your goal is growing as a leader, you often want to have a quick chat with your team and get to work executing. However, there is a question I often use with my clients that goes like this "Have you seen a benefit in slowing down to speed up?" I get a 100% yes to this. yet so many people focused on growing as a leader don't actually adhere to this mantra. It is quite interesting that we know the value of slowing down, but forget to do it so often. Today, we look at how slowing down to speed up effects your growth as a leader and the growth of your people too. I share the single most important reason for slowing down to speed up with you today.

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Every business owner I know is under tremendous pressure right now. For some, it is the pressure to keep up with the new demand for their services and products. For many, it is how to navigate through a crisis. If you are like me, you believe there is an opportunity in times like this. Today we are looking at the benefits of an ownership culture through a crisis. My guests are Brian Brasch and Erik Hopperstad at PRX Performance. Their company was ranked #189 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We talk about how their business is booming with the demand for in-home gym equipment. We also look at the foundation of their company, which centers on an ownership culture. If your business is not taking off right now, you still have a ton to gain by understanding the power of an ownership culture. Discover how you can engage your team to new levels through a crisis.

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In a typical work environment, we are challenged to improve collaboration. With today's shelter in place and working from home, the need to improve collaboration is more critical than ever. If you want to improve collaboration, most leaders think about the technology and tools that make it all work. However, the real issue is what you do daily to improve collaboration. My guest today is Joe Blewitt, CEO of Epion Health. His company was ranked #276 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Joe shares his rituals that improve collaboration. We look at all aspects of collaboration, so make sure you check out this episode.

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Recently, my team took a look at top leadership mistakes in a new training series. In this video, you can see what we choose as the #1 leadership mistake. It is common for leaders to think they are doing the RIGHT thing, but this leadership mistake is killing your growth. Tune in to this behind the scenes video on the top leadership mistake that is killing your business.

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We all have to commit to a path even under stress. Now more than ever do have to focus on decision making under pressure. Given the shifts in business over the last few months, leaders will have to make some hard choices. The skills of decision making under pressure can be learned. There is a formula for it. My guest today is Alec Torelli, a professional poker player, who has that formula for decision making under pressure. He has spent years in high stakes games and forced to make decisions with logic and intuition. We look at all aspects of making a tough decision and the enemies of being decisive. Alec also shares a little about his experience being in Northern Italy during the COVID-19 ordeal. Join us today to increase your capacity for decision making under pressure.

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We find ourselves in a time of uncertainty. When you don't know what to do next, you have to develop a strong sense of leadership in uncertain times. You can't do what you have always done. You have to lead your team through this ordeal. My guest today is Joe Calloway, best selling author, speaker, and advisor to mid-market companies. Joe and I talk about the importance of the foundational elements of leadership, like mission, vision, and values. Leadership in uncertain times requires you to improve communication and deepen your ability to serve. Discover strategies and tactics that will help you be the leader your team craves.

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You know that investing in your people is important. Given the uncertainty that you are facing you may not want to focus on leadership development right now. I get it. If you are scrambling to save clients and preserve your cash, you can't even think about it. However, if you want to come out of COVID-19 stronger than ever before, leadership development is one of the best strategies that will allow your people to contribute to the stability of the company now. Leadership development will also be what pulls you out of today's uncertainty.

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Are you ready to lead through today's COVID-19 ordeal? There is no doubt that we are in a moment that requires crisis leadership. Today, we look at the shifts necessary for sales and marketing in this new economy. My guest today is Angelique Rewers, CEO of The Corporate Agent. Her company works with small, medium, and boutique firms to develop strategies to work with corporate clients. We dive into the elements of crisis leadership that are different than other styles of leadership. Angelique shares how she has managed her mindset to prepare to lead the team. We also look at crisis leadership strategies that are required to shift our marketing and sales. Join the conversation.

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Getting your employees to innovate and create value means you are encouraging entrepreneurial thinking. Leaders that develop employees by embracing entrepreneurial thinking see a lift in loyalty and problem-solving. My guest today is Dane Maxwell, author of Start from Zero. We look at entrepreneurial thinking inside the organization. Discover how you can lead others to think like entrepreneurs.

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When your people go beyond responsibility, they are taking ownership of their work. They take ownership of the client experience. Ownership is YES or NO. Ownership is black or white. Ownership is not grey like responsibility. As a leader, you can inspire employees into taking ownership without financial tools like options, shares, profit-sharing, or any money. Today, we look at how you can inspire employees to take ownership. We look at three moves in leadership that encourage people to take ownership of their work. I will explain how this applies to you and your leadership in today’s video.

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Hiring the right people is essential to growth. You must be attracting talent to your company. I have talked with many leaders about the importance of attracting talent in today's tight job market. We are looking at every angle of culture as a competitive advantage. My guest today is Bryan Jackovcic, Founder and President of Fusion Health. His company was ranked #556 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Bryan and I talk about the aspects of attracting talent beyond money. We look at how you can use your culture to find the right people. Discover the keys to attracting talent from a company that has zero involuntary turnovers.

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Many companies have avoided having remote teams. The recent shifts required with work from home make remote teams necessary. There are some subtle shifts to leading a remote team that most people don't know. Today, our guest is Peter Coppinger, Co-founder of Teamwork. Teamwork is a platform for companies to organize work and communicate effectively on projects. Peter's team has been made up of more than 30 percent of remote workers for more than a decade. We look at the keys to leading a remote team. One of the tips he calls the golden rule is very important for remote teams.

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If you have been leading a virtual team for any period, you know the importance of setting up some guidelines to support the team and your leadership. Most of my days of leading a fast-growth company required my team to in the same office as me. However, my remote team started four years ago. I had to discover what works and what doesn't. There are coronavirus leadership challenges that I want you to know about before you have to handle the issues. This is a time to be proactive when leading a virtual team. In today's video, I give you four Golden Rules when leading a virtual team that makes you all more productive and helps you survive through this phase of work.

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Grow requires you to take your leadership to a new level. The process of evolving as a leader requires you to be courageous. My work with amazing leaders that are founders and CEOs proves that great leaders are always learning. Adam Hirsen, who is the CEO of UpShow is our special guest. His company was ranked #174 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We talk about the challenges of evolving as a leader. You will get insight into how your ego often gets in the way. Discover the keys to taking your company to a new level by evolving as a leader.

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There is an extraordinary power when a company has a story behind it that pulls at your heart. Many mission-driven cultures have stories that drive their success. It does take more than just a mission to grow fast. My guest today is Ben Harrison, CEO of Jonas Paul Eyewear. His company was ranked #166 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We talk about forming a mission-driven culture from the beginning. We look at the benefits of this type of culture. Ben shares his experience with leading a mission-driven culture. I love what I do, and this is a story I love sharing with you.

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Leading through tough circumstances is part of the job. When you have the right mindset and strategies, you can move forward and keep calm, no matter what you face. This behind the scenes episode is taken from a series of conversations I have been having with my clients to help them through COVID-19 leadership challenges. When I asked one of my clients what was on his mind, he responded by saying, "Calm minds prevail." I felt like this was ideal for strong leadership. Being calm will calm your employees. Being worried will worry your team. It is your choice. In today's video, I give you three non-obvious strategies for your team during challenging times like this. COVID-19 leadership challenges are going to be with us for a while, so let's approach them proactively now.

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Leaders must align employees to the mission so that they feel like owners in the company. A compelling mission is not a nice to have in business. It has become mandatory. When you align employees to something bigger than themselves, you get real loyalty. My guest today is Weston Lunsford, CEO of Dental Intelligence. His company was ranked #381 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Weston shares his journey of leadership and how the mission the company is referenced daily. He gives a straightforward tactic to align employees that you can adopt for your business and reap the rewards. Discover how to align employees in today's interview.

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Whenever we try to change something, we often default to a particular approach: Pushing. Is the boss not listening to that new idea? Send them another PowerPoint deck. Client not buying the pitch? Remind them of all the reasons they should. Today we talk about removing what is blocking people from change. Jonah Berger, professor at Wharton Business School and best-selling author, talks about his new book The Catalyst. We look at the five barriers that prevent change and how to mitigate them. Jonah Berger is a researcher and shares his unique point of view on how you can become a catalyst to change.

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With decades of business experience and working with thousands of Founders, CEOs, and Entrepreneurs, I can say that your success comes down to one thing. This one thing is what is holding you back. When you think about what you want, if you don't get this one thing right, you will struggle to create what you desire. That one thing is YOU. It is your doubt. Fears. When you think about it, you are what keeps you from achieving what you want. Today, we look at 3 parts of this that allow you to transform your own thinking and your behaviors to go beyond what is holding you back.

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One of the most critical aspects of company growth is a common understanding of the values and alignment to company core values. Many companies miss the alignment part of this, and what they need is values in action. My guest today is John Girard, CEO of Cience. His company was ranked #112 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Cience builds B2B pipelines. John's view on values drives his company to new levels of growth. Specifically, it is the values in action that govern the day-to-day work, language, and tone of the culture. John and I talk about how "data-driven decisions" are an essential element to their culture. Discover why you must put your values in action and how to do it.

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Every leader is called about to make tough decisions. When you want to grow fast, you must be a courageous leader. The fears that come up don't just go away unless you decide to face those challenges. You learn to push forward despite the fear. Being a courageous leader will give your team more courage too. My guest today is Michael Resnik, CEO of Trifold. His company was ranked #239 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. TriFold is a manufacturer of folding mobility products for everyday use. We talk about the importance of being a courageous leader. Michael shares how he increased his ability to make a tough decision. Tune-in to today to gain insight into being a courageous leader.

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One method of identifying the character traits of great leaders is to look at the visionaries that you admire. For years, I have asked my clients who they admire in the world of business. I call this exercise, “The Hero Analysis.” They often select the greats like Musk and his peers: Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett. The character traits of great leaders drive the behaviors and rituals of success. The key is in the second question I propose to them. To key in on the character traits of great leaders, you want to listen to today’s behind the scenes video and get the 2nd question that unlocks this move.

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Company growth in times of change requires leaders to have a rock-solid foundation for your culture and leadership. Today, we keep the conversation going on living your values to align the team. Living your values starts with hiring people that have the same attitude to work and life as you. You can teach them skills, but hiring those that are living your values before they arrive at your company will make leading them easier. My guest today is Jeff Kingsley, CEO of IACT Health. We look at how living your values drive growth. Jeff shares his journey of starting a mission-driven company after leaving the traditional medical field. Discover the strategies of living your values in today's interview.

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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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