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

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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