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

Taking time away from the office with your executive team is an essential part of team alignment. When you are conducting an executive retreat, you want to make the most of it by remembering to include the three details plus all the strategic initiatives. One big mistake I see with conducting an executive retreat is the total focus on the organization's work, projects, and goals. It is common to ignore the things discussed in the video. When conducting an executive retreat, you want to cover more than just the "work."

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One of the essential elements of company culture is the company's core values. After studying fast-growth companies for the last few years, I know that growth through core values is real. Today's guest is Aaron Grossman, CEO of The Talent Launch Network. His company was ranked eight consecutive times on the Inc 5000 list. We look at growth through core values and how organizations leverage these values every day. Aaron's take on core values will give you new ways to understand the importance of company core values.

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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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