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

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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