Growth Think Tank

The job market today is very competitive. It may be tempting to hire people that are less than optimal. However, hiring the best employees is the cornerstone of a powerful culture and long-term growth. Many companies say that talented people have kept them in the game through all the tough times. Hiring the best employees is not just a strategy. It is THE strategy. Today’s guest is Derek Weber, President and Co-Founder at goBRANDgo!. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4827 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. goBRANDgo! is a marketing company for mid-sized privately held B2B companies. Derek shares why hiring the best employees has contributed to their fast-growth and developing customer value. He shares the mistakes he has made in his journey of leadership. Discover the core principles of hiring the best employees.

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Investing in your employees is not just smart business. It is essential. When you have the right strategies for employee growth, the whole company benefits - including the bottom line. Discover how investing in employees can create more growth for your company. Today’s guest is Ed Buckley, Chairman and CEO at Peerfit. Inc Magazine ranked his company #140 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Peerfit is the market leader in connecting employers and carriers with innovative fitness experiences. Ed and I talk about investing in your employees. We share what is working and what isn’t. Ed has created a fantastic team. He knows investing in your employees has been a massive factor in growth.

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Culture is an essential part of company performance. One aspect of that is to create a culture of humility. Leaders that know the power of being humble tend to lead others to be more humble. Today’s guest is Fred Kneip, Founder and CEO at CyberGRX. Inc Magazine ranked his company #97 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. CyberGRX provides the a comprehensive third-party cyber risk management platform to cost-effectively identify, assess, mitigate and monitor an enterprise’s risk exposure across its entire partner ecosystem. Fred gives you his take on a culture of humility. He is a firm believer in how being humble is a powerful trait for growth. Discover the keys to a culture of humility.

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Many leaders know the importance of people. When leaders put culture first, the people feel it. My coaching experiences with founders and CEOs of fast-growth companies give me an inside view how they over-index on culture. Today’s guest is Chris Crosby, Founder and CEO at Compass Datacenters. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1193 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Compass Datacenters builds and operates modular data centers providing dedicated customer solutions where they need them. Chris talks about how to put culture first. We talk about why culture matters even more in this challenging time. When you put culture first, it creates new growth opportunities.

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Let’s be honest we have all had jobs where it is a chore to go to work. I hope you have had the experience of working in a place where you love to come to work. You can likely guess which environment has the most engaged and passionate people. Today’s guest is Sunny Lowe, President and CEO at Blue Jean Networks,LLC. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4828 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Blue Jean Networks provides audited managed IT support for companies needing reliable, process-driven strategies. Sunny shares how to create a place where people love to come to work. We look beyond culture to understand how to connect with people. When people love to come to work, the energy is different from places where people work out of responsibility.

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Many people believe culture is essential to work and perform at your best. Leaders that understand high-growth cultures will have an advantage over their peers. Today’s guest is Brett Galloway, CEO at AttackIQ. AttackIQ, a leading independent vendor of breach and attack simulation solutions, built the industry’s first Security Optimization Platform for continuous security control validation and improving security program effectiveness and efficiency. Brett talks about the need for high-growth cultures. We look at what gets in the way of culture.

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Not every founder is meant to be the CEO of their company. Going from founder to CEO takes new skillsets, and some founders aren’t willing to do the work. Today’s guest is Joel Trammell, founder and CEO at Khorus Software. Khorus provides a software-based management system for CEOs to optimize the performance and alignment of their organizations. Joel and I discuss the challenges of going from founder to CEO. This transition gives many founders trouble, mainly due to blind spots. Joel shares his ideas about going from founder to CEO so you can make the shift.

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Cultural transformation is more straightforward when the company is smaller. As the company grows, any changes in culture can be complicated. Today’s guest is Brittany Burns, CEO at Simpler Trading. Inc Magazine ranked his company #3856 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Simpler Trading, assembled a team of successful trading experts knowledgeable in Options, Stocks, Forex, and Futures with over 100 years of combined market experience to create effective trainings to help you improve your trades. Brittany talks about cultural transformation and how it relates to company growth. We talk about leadership’s job in growth. This story is a powerful example of cultural transformation that allows you behind the scenes.

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Lots of things can get in the way of company growth. The time to improve employee engagement is worth it because people are the path to scaling. Today’s guest is Labinot Avdiu, CEO at Medication Management Partners. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4791 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Medication Management Partners, is a pharmacy service providing medication management solutions to assisted living, memory care, and behavioral health facilities. Labinot gives you insights on how to improve employee engagement. He shares what comes before engagement. If you are on a journey to improve employee engagement, this is the episode for you.

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Most entrepreneurs are so focused on executing their strategy that they don’t think much about expanding their leadership capacity. Becoming the best leader you can be is one of the most critical paths to success. The journey to be the best leader is filled with fulfillment too. Today’s guest is Jordan Passman, CEO and Founder at Score a Score. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4930 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Score a Score, is a music company specializing in original music for global advertising, including ad campaigns and movie trailers. Jordan shares his journey to becoming the best leader he can be. We look at what gets in the way of leadership. Check out my invitation to become the best leader you can be.

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You have likely heard the adage of “hiring slow.” Well, it is still working now, just as it always has. Even with the markets being employee-driven, hiring slow is essential. Today’s guest is Tanner Milne, President & Founder at Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4973 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate is a full-service commercial real estate brokerage that services the industrial, retail, child care, and general, medical and dental office markets in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Tanner and I look at why hiring slow is still vital to company growth. He shares with you the process they use and why it works.

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Company core values may seem trivial to companies. However, being a values-driven organization is a big part of how successful companies scale effectively. Today’s guest is Brian Hudson, Senior Vice President at Avant Healthcare Professionals. Inc Magazine ranked his company #3074 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Avant Healthcare Professionals is a health care staffing specialist providing internationally educated registered nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Brian shares his insights on being a values-driven organization. He gives you strategies and explains why this is so important. Discover new ways your company can be values-driven.

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One idea that is often debated is how to focus your company in the right direction. I am a firm believer in creating a niched company. It aligns people, processes, and products to one audience. I have helped many companies grow fast with this one strategy. Today’s guest is Tim Brown, Founder and CEO at Hook Agency. Hook Agency create compelling websites for people and drive traffic through Search Engine Optimization)and conversion through Conversion Rate Optimization. Tim was a client of mine that embraced the idea of a niched company. It took a while to transition to a niched company, but the success he has had of late is impressive. We look at strategies that he used to get there.

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Many strategies define an organization. None is more critical in the long term than improving your culture. Leaders who understand the power of culture will tell you that creating an environment for supportive and challenging employees is essential. Today’s guest is Matthew Greer, CEO/CTO at Digital Marketing Services. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4374 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Digital Marketing Services, Inc. specializes in the deployment of Market Asset Management Systems (MAMS) that automate the tedious tasks found in a marketing department. Matthew and I share the strategies for improving your culture to get your people ready for growth. When you get the right culture, your job as a leader will be so much easier. But let me be direct improving your culture will challenge every part of your leadership capabilities.

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The shifts in the last eighteen months due to work from home have changed the minds of millions. Flexibility at work is not a strategy; it is a must in the future of work. Today’s guest is Tom Shea, CEO at OneStream Software. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1527 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. OneStream provides seamless integration with SAP ERP systems. Tom takes on the hot topic of today, which is flexibility at work. We discuss why this is not a trend but a way of life. Tune in to understand how to make flexibility at work benefit the company and the employee.

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Every leadership book agrees on one fundamental idea. The values of the company must be front and center every day. You may hear them say “operationalize your values” or “living your values,” either way, they are essential. Today’s guest is Jeff Oskin, CEO at Forcivity. Inc Magazine ranked his company #359 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Forcivity is a full-service Salesforce Implementation and ISV partner, who can help you with anything from simple implementation to complex architecture. Jeff and I have a deep look at the values of the company and how they work to unite the team. When you have a values-driven organization, you have a more aligned group. Jeff believes wholeheartedly in the power of living the values of the company.

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You don’t just hire people to do some work if you want to grow fast. You need buy-in from employees that is deeper than just the trade of time for money. Today’s guest is Daniel Catullo, Chief Customer Officer and Co-founder at Perishable Shipping Solutions. Inc Magazine ranked his company #177 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Perishable Shipping Solutions provides temperature-controlled e-commerce order fulfillment services for foods and beverages. Daniel gives you the strategies of getting buy-in from employees. We talk about the importance of this idea. Daniel has proven that buy-in from employees is a considerable part of company growth.

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Culture is more than a business buzzword. Discover how you can improve the personality of the company in this interview. Today’s guest is Marc Betesh, CEO and Founder at Visual Lease. Inc Magazine ranked his company #941 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Visual Lease brings together powerful tools and expert services to help you handle complex scenarios and take advantage of every opportunity. Marc gives us why he believes culture is the personality of the company. We look beyond the normal aspects of culture.

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Growth is a by-product of other things working inside our businesses. Those other things are not always clear to leaders. I have seen companies that make company core values a central part of the business grow faster than their peers. Values drive growth because they align people. Today’s guest is Steve McQuin, Co-Founder, President and CIO at FarWell. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4732 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. FarWell provides project execution services while being strategically prepared to manage and sustain change. Steve gives us his perspectives on why values drive growth. Discover the unique approaches they use to align people to their company core values.

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The journey of every start-up takes many turns. Not all of them will be successful. Since this podcast is dedicated to growth and leadership, our special guest is an expert on both. Today we have Alisa Cohn, the author of Start-Up to Grown-Up, published by Kogan Page. She is named a top start-up coach. We have a ton in common, so this interview is so much fun. Alisa is wicked smart and shares actionable insights in this interview. Her book, Start-Up to Grown-Up, is fantastic. Join us for a unique conversation on leadership for start-ups.

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Businesses are struggling to find talented people and retain the right people. Great company cultures attract and keep the right people. Today’s guest is Brian Mize, President at Ad Victoriam Solutions. Inc Magazine ranked his company #2880 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Ad Victoriam is a Salesforce® and MuleSoft® Partner that provides multi-cloud consulting services, from strategy to implementation. Brian believes that great company cultures drive growth. The techniques that work for culture are sometimes counter-intuitive. Discover how great company cultures create new opportunities.

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Most leaders would likely say that customers are more important than employees. I have read the books that tell you that a customer-first strategy is what works. However, fast-growth companies operate differently. They believe in putting employees first. Today’s guest is Sean McGraw, Founder at FOR Energy. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1982 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. FOR Energy is a full-service residential energy company serving Arizona, Nevada, Florida, New Jersey, and South Carolina. They help homeowners reduce their energy costs through solar power and energy efficiency. Sean shares his reasons why putting employees first drives growth. Discover the shifts he made that have made the most significant impact in terms of putting employees first.

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Every business goes through difficult times. Leading through challenges is part of the job. Discover the strategies that will help you be a more effective leader. Today’s guest is Steve Latham, CEO and Founder at Banyan Hills Technologies. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4651 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Banyan Hills Technologies is an IoT company and a trusted partner for innovative software solutions. Steve gives you his strategies when leading through challenges. We look at what happens during the hard moments of leadership. This interview will help you when you are leading through challenges.

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To invest or not invest. Investing in your people is a big decision. The real issue here is that it depends on where you are in the growth of your company. But for nearly all of the companies I see, they must be investing the right way. When you are investing in your people, you want to make sure it is more than just traditional training that gets certifications and technology tools. Today’s guest is Nour Baki, Co-Founder at Instafuel. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1298 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Instafuel is the most innovative way to improve efficiency and increase profitability within your fleet. Nour gives his reasons for investing in your people. We look beyond the traditional methods companies are doing it.

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The future of work has changed. Most organizations will never go back to 100 percent back to the office. It would help if you learned the power of leading a hybrid team. Today's guest is Bill Austin, President at Bill Austin & Associates. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4124 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Bill Austin & Associates, Provides system engineering services for heavy-duty systems, which is also called information engineering. Bill shares how he is leading a hybrid team during today's challenges. We discuss the key elements of accountability with remote workers. When you understand leading a hybrid team, you have a better chance of leading your company to the next level.

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Great leaders have intentional strategies for talent attraction. In today’s war for talent, you have to get ahead of other employers. It takes more than just more money. Talent attraction and development are essential if you want to compete for the best and brightest. Today’s guest is Brad Ebenhoeh, Managing Partner at Accountfully. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1819 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Accountfully is your fully outsourced accounting team. Brad shares his strategies for talent attraction and development. We discuss what it takes to create a place where great people are seeking out your company. Brad will tell you the things he learned the hard way too.

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Innovation that comes from the top will be limited. Companies that can embrace forward-thinking at all levels will have innovation from everyone. Leaders that want more innovation must see the power of forward-thinking. Today’s guest is Steve Thies, CEO at Integrated Biometrics. Inc Magazine ranked his company #2043 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. They have made this list six consecutive times. Integrated Biometrics designs and produces the world’s most mobile and reliable FBI-certified fingerprint sensors. Steve gives his perspective on creating a workplace filled with forward-thinking. We look at innovation and how to inspire it across the organization. Forward-thinking is an essential part of how this company has continued to grow.

 

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Coaching has become a powerful part of personal growth and that has created massive company growth as well. However, many people wonder if they should hire a coach and end up doing nothing about it. It can be confusing. It is not inexpensive (and that is a good thing). Join the fun as I get honest with a friend and fellow coach. Today’s guest is John Patrick Morgan. He is a coach to entrepreneurs and other coaches. John Patrick’s background is deep coaching to transform clients truly. We have similar approaches in engaging clients, so this will be very interesting. We discuss why you may not want to hire a coach. We discuss the problems with standard approaches to coaching that might not serve you. John Patrick and I dive into the rarely discussed journey to hire a coach that gets many leaders tripped up.

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Growth requires an intentional focus on the right things. One big part of that is living the company's core values. Some leaders take it even further with a concept called weaponizing core values. Today's guest is Justin Holland, President and CEO and Founder at HealthJoy. Inc Magazine ranked his company #142 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. HealthJoy integrates a client's existing benefits to deliver each employee a personalized digital benefits wallet that keeps benefits top-of-mind. Justin shares with you his strategies for weaponizing core values that have profoundly impacted his company and its growth. We share the importance of living values in today's interview.

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Being an entrepreneur requires continuous learning. Embracing the identity of being an evolving leader will pull you to constant improvement. Today’s guest is Todd Walsh, CEO at Alpha Cubed Investments. Inc Magazine ranked his company #2689 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Alpha Cubed Investments is an independent, SEC-registered investment advisory company. The firm offers income, balanced, and growth portfolios and custom portfolios, primarily utilizing individual stocks and bonds with some ETFs (exchange-traded funds). Todd talks about the benefits of the evolving leader. We look at why it is so important. The journey of the evolving leader will give you a long-term advantage.

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Leadership is more than a role. Those that have risen the ranks of companies may believe that leadership is about finally making it. But the reality, it takes more than most leaders are willing to give to becoming a leader worth following. Today’s guest is David Bezar, Senior Managing Director at Thrive Financial Services. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1503 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Thrive Financial is a client-first, independent, wealth management firm. David talks about what it takes to become a leader worth following. We look at various parts of leadership. David also shares what often gets in his way. Discover what it takes to become a leader worth following.

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What does it take to be Inc's Fastest-Growth Company? Well, it is more than just a great idea at the right time. The fastest growth company is one that can attract and retain talented people. They also know how to develop those people to drive growth. Today’s guest is Geetesh Goyal, Chairman & CEO at Human Bees. Inc Magazine ranked this company #1 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Human Bees, are a nation-wide recruiting company specialized in placing engineers, IT professionals, manufacturing personnel, and admin/professional support. Human Bees has a mission to provide businesses with a unique solution to staffing needs and help people find jobs that are right for them. Geetesh shares his perspectives on scaling up a company. We look at the journey of the fastest growth company in this year's Inc 5000 list of privately held companies. This is a VERY special episode. We have published 800 since the beginning of this podcast.

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The stress of being a CEO of a growing company is comprised of pressure-filled moments. When it builds up, the answer is not to quit. You might consider the leader’s sabbatical. Taking intentional time away from the business and disconnecting from the day-to-day will give you perspective. Today’s guest is Sam Eitzen, CEO, and Co-Founder at Snapbar. Inc Magazine ranked his company #473 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. SnapBar has evolved over the years and now creates unique experiences for event attendees using technology in unique ways. Sam walks us through the pressures he was experiencing before he realized he needed a leader's sabbatical. The signs may not have been clear, but eventually, he needed to look at his priorities differently. The leader’s sabbatical may be something that you need in the future.

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At times founders of companies will find themselves out of alignment. Just like with a tire alignment on your car's suspension. You need to have regular founder alignment conversations. Sometimes it is about strategy forward. Founder alignment can also be about the deeper issues that plague company growth. Over the years, I have facilitated many conversations with founders to keep founder alignment in check. In today's behind the scenes, we look at what often gets in the way of founder alignment.

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Fast companies tend to have in common the focus on leading with core values in mind. They make their values front and center. Discover why leading with core values is not something you can ignore. Today’s guest is Chris Hurn, Founder, and CEO at Fountainhead Commercial Capital. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1221 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. They made this list three consecutive times. Fountainhead is a nationwide, nonbank commercial lender specializing in helping small to midsize businesses finance their growth. Chris shares why leading with core values is essential for growing companies. We look at how the company operationalizes its values. Learn how leading with core values will change how your company aligns with the work.

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There may be a day in the future you want to sell your company. You will want to make sure you are getting the most for it. One term to add to your understanding is "value acceleration." Today’s guest is Dave Clayman, Co-Founder, and CEO at Twelve Points Wealth Management. Inc Magazine ranked his company #869 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Twelve Points Wealth Management LLC provides wealth management services. Dave teaches us about value acceleration through the lens of a potential buyer. We look at one of the most missed aspects in leadership if you want to sell your company eventually. Value acceleration is not something you can make happen quickly — it takes time to get these things right.

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Every leader faces challenges. The nature of the role requires them to face leadership decisions with confidence and courage. With over ten years of working with high-level executives and entrepreneurs, I have noticed that leadership decisions often require you to avoid the easy path. When you face a challenge, you always have options. In today's episode, we see how you can see those options and make the right leadership decisions.

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Many believe leaders must put customers first. However, fast-growth company founders and CEOs believe in employee-first focus. This is a very different approach to scaling a business. Putting employees first allows them to take care of the customers because they know leadership is taking care of them. Today’s guest is Cory Brymer, Founder, and CEO at BryComm. Inc Magazine ranked his company #3803 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. BryComm, a leader in delivering technology solutions, specializing in the design, installation, service, and maintenance of network infrastructure. Cory provides a deep understanding of why leaders must have an employee-first focus. He outlines the strategies he has used to build a culture of owners. The idea of employee-first focus is usually a threat to the traditional customer first that many leaders embrace.

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The ups and downs of entrepreneurship are not for everyone. The journey to scale a business requires many skills and evolving mindset. Join us for this climb of building a business. Today’s guest is Bob Fraser, Founder, and Principal at Aspen Funds. Inc Magazine ranked his company #2436 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Aspen Income Fund is a residential mortgage fund designed to provide current income for investors, along with the potential for capital gains. Bob has had quite a ride on his journey to scale. We look at the challenges he faced and the heights he has reached. The journey to scale is part of the entrepreneurial ride.

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Being a mission-driven company requires that you integrate it into the daily functions of the company culture. Let's look at using your company's mission to change the vibe of the culture. I share with you a simple strategy that allows you to repeat your mission without actually repeating it. Using your company mission in a way that creates unity will improve the company culture.

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Every company wants to hire the best employees. In our current economy, attracting talented people is one of the biggest challenges they face. There is no easy fix, but the process of attracting talented people is a competitive advantage. Today’s guest is Robert Netzly, President and CEO at Inspire Investing. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1136 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Inspire Investing is a leading innovator in the biblically responsible investing (BRI) movement, providing low-cost, high-impact BRI solutions to institutions, advisors, and investors to inspire transformation for God's glory throughout the world. Robert gives us his strategy to attracting talented people. He provides the simple approaches that have worked as they have scaled up their company.

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Getting employees to go beyond responsibility is the dream of many leaders. Great companies intentionally encourage employees to think like owners. My research with fast-growth companies has uncovered the concept of leaders inspiring their people to feel like owners. Today’s guest is Dean Owen, President at M Dean Owen CPA. Inc Magazine ranked his company #2841 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. M Dean Owen CPA, is a mid-size regional CPA firm focusing on small businesses and upper-income families, providing full range accounting, tax, and wealth management services. Dean shares why employees must think like owners. When employees look at their role as more than just a job, they are committed to the results and goals. When they think like owners, they can overcome the challenges they encounter.

 

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Leaders will all agree that they want more loyal employees. The strategy for loyalty is extraordinary leadership. In other words, leaders must learn the skill of inspiring people to walk through walls for them. In today's behind-the-scenes video, you look at inspiring people to be loyal. You will discover the two essential elements that increase loyalty. Learn how inspiring people is not as hard as you think.

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Communication is one of the most critical aspects of leadership and company culture. Fast-growth companies tend to agree that transparent communication is a driving factor to their growth. Leaders that embrace openness and inclusive strategies are perceived to be better leaders. Today’s guest is Igor Epshteyn, CEO at Coherent Solutions. Inc Magazine ranked his company nine consecutive times on the Inc 5000 list. Coherent Solutions is a software product development and consulting company that solves customer business problems by bringing together global expertise. Igor shares why transparent communication is essential in today’s leadership. We look at the common breakdowns in communication and how to overcome them. Discover the power of transparent communication in this interview.

 

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Company values are essential to fast-growth companies. Many fast-growth companies know hiring and firing by core values is part of their success. Leaders have to be intentional about living by their values. Today’s guest is Alex Parker, Managing Partner at CAP Venture Group. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1675 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Alex’s company assists clients in buying and selling homes through its low-stress home transactions. We look at how the company has stressed the importance of hiring and firing by core values. Then, Alex gives us a view inside his fast-growth company so you can improve your leadership.

 

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Leadership requires you to execute plans, be strategic, and effectively communicate the vision. But the real work of leadership is when it comes to people. Leaders also must be skilled at managing the tensions of the people that are expected to do more with less. They have to find alignment in a sea of chaos. Managing tensions requires you to be a great listener and an even better coach. You will struggle if your strategy is telling people what to do. In this behind-the-scenes episode, you will get context to managing tensions to help you be a better leader.

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The demand for talent seems to be heating up. The brightest people don’t want just a job and a paycheck. They want to be part of a mission. Great leaders know the value of empowering brand ambassadors. Today’s guest is Sheryl Hunter, attorney and founder at Hunter Business Law. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4200 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. The company has made the Inc list for three consecutive years. Hunter Business Law is The Entrepreneur’s Law Firm. Sheryl and I talk about the value of empowering brand ambassadors. We look at how employees want to have a voice. Sheryl knows the talented employees on her team are very capable of telling the company story. Empowering brand ambassadors across the company gives your people new ways to contribute and add value.

 

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Fast-growth companies want employees taking ownership. It is not enough for employees to get the work done. They want them to feel like owners. This is common theme across many companies. Employees taking ownership maximizes the customer experience. Today’s guest is Meghan Freed, attorney and co-founder at Freed Marcroft. Inc Magazine ranked her company #2024 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Freed Marcroft is a marital and family law in Hartford, Connecticut. Meghan believes in employees taking ownership of their work and the client experience. She shares how leadership didn’t come easy, but she found it essential for a growing company. When employees taking ownership is a priority, you get a very different kind of company culture.

 

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Al innovation requires Informed risk-taking. Leaders often encourage employees to bring more creative ideas to work. When you have a culture of informed risk-taking, you have people pushing the boundaries of results. Today's behind-the-scenes video is all about employees being courageous and resilient. Discover how you can lead more informed risk-taking across your teams.

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Every company contains a mixture of generations. Leaders often feel frustrated in finding alignment with different thinking from generation Z, Y, X, and to the Baby Boomers in today's workforce. Great leaders know the power of inspiring generational leadership that creates unity. Today's guest is DeLinda Forsythe, CEO and founder at Innovative Commercial Environments (ICE). Inc Magazine has ranked her company seven times on the Inc 5000 list since 2013. ICE is San Diego's most creative office and hospitality furniture dealership headquartered in Sorrento Valley. DeLinda shares her expertise on inspiring generational leadership. We look at the common and uncommon approaches you have to understand in today's world of many generations. The art of inspiring generational leadership will help you be a better leader.

 

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Managing down has been the most typical approach to leadership over the last century and beyond. Managing down is based on authority, power, and even fear. Telling your people what to do is one behavior of managing down. Today, we look at managing up. In organizations where people are empowered and take ownership of their work, managing up makes that happen. In this episode, you will get new perspectives on the power of managing up that is common for fast-growth companies.

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We all feel the stressors of work, family, and the unknown. After last year, leading through uncertainty is a given. Leaders must do more with less information. Today’s guest is Carey Lohrenz who is a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy who was the second fully qualified female naval aviator to fly the F-14 Tomcat in the U.S. military. Carey is a professional speaker and author of Fearless Leadership. Carey provides her insight on leading through uncertainty with stories that will inspire you. We discuss the modern principles of leadership to help you be a stronger leader. Given the pressures of today’s chaos, leading through uncertainty is more important than ever.

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Founders love to get deeply involved in the company. However, there comes a time when you have to take a different approach. Modern leaders like to have hands-off leadership. Today’s guest is Peter Ranzino, President at Learning Services. Inc Magazine ranked his company #535 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Learning Sciences, L.L.C. is a Louisiana-based learning and development company specializing in the deployment of web-based learning and management systems. Peter and I talk about hands-off leadership to empower the people. He shares how he approaches it so you can be a better leader. Discover why hands-off leadership creates long-term growth.

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Every leader has to get comfortable with tough conversations. The challenge of these conversations is not the talking. It is the fear and resistance that comes up that stops you from initiating the chat. Today we look at the energy shift in difficult conversations that can remove your resistance. This is a simple mindset transformation. The energy shift in difficult conversations will make it easier to get over the friction.

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When you want to evolve as a leader, you have to push beyond the traditional. Leaders often get caught up in the title, authority, and power of leadership. Beyond all that is the selfless leader. This is about how to put others before your own needs. Today’s guest is Grant Botma, Founder at Stewardship. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1932 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list and #1918 in 2019. Stewardship guides people through mortgages, insurance, financial planning, and investments. Grant gives you his journey of becoming a selfless leader. We look at the enemies of being a selfless leader.

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Business leaders often forget to honestly care about the people that have committed to work together. Creating a culture of caring may sound touchy-feely. The truth is our companies are scaling because of people. Your job as a leader is to care about each person. Today’s guest is Chris Grandpre, co-founder at Conserva Irrigation Franchising. Inc Magazine ranked his company #633 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list and #2099 in 2019. This eco-smart company leads the industry and provides money-saving services to property owners nationwide. Chris and I discuss the power of a culture of caring. We share how caring impacts leadership and culture. A culture of caring will also help you improve your business because people show up for more than just a paycheck.

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When companies grow fast, they have to overcome many issues. One big challenge in leadership happens at the top of the company. I see these co-founders and CEOs with their COOs. This challenge is not easy to fix because it is not logical. The big challenge in leadership is more about relationships. Leaders at the top of companies usually have different skillsets and even different strengths. Both of these are what drives issues in alignment. In today's behind the scene, we look at what is missing in the relationship that hinders company growth. I have seen this big challenge in leadership slow growth in companies and seen it tear things apart. Let me share with you how you find the right kind of alignment.

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Every company has a challenge in figuring out how to gather or not gather as we get back to the office. One skill you have to master is leading a remote team. Your leadership capacity will be determined by your ability to learn this skill. Today’s guest is Matt Mugar , co-founder at Boa Logistics. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4267 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Boa Logistics has made the Inc List six consecutive times. They are a logistics company that specializes in transportation services in the United States and Canada. Matt shares his perspective of leading a remote team. In today’s new world of work, you have to understand the new rules of leading a remote team.

 

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Founders and CEOs of fast-growth companies have one big idea in common. They know that putting employees first is a driver for revenue growth, customer satisfaction, and profit increases. The standard view is to put customers first, but you must understand the context before you decide what is essential. Today’s guest is Steve Pockross, CEO at Verblio. Inc Magazine ranked his company #3293 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list and #3251 in 2019. Verblio is committed to being the friendliest, easiest-to-use content creation platform in the business. Steve and I look at putting employees first, even when you are in the midst of chaos. Discover why putting employees first will help your bottom line.

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Many leaders don't understand the benefits of being transparent. They also don't understand the transparency line. In today's special behind-the-scenes episode, you will discover the importance of being transparent. We look at some examples that will help you to be a better leader. In my experience, leaders that wrestle with transparency also struggle with trusting others.

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The right mindset for leadership is a moving target. As you grow, you have to shift how you think. Over the last decade, I have worked with inspiring and successful leaders to help them evolve as leaders. The right mindset is the foundation that allows for new personal growth and company growth. Today’s guest is Brett Helgeson, President, CEO and Managing Partner at Adopt Technologies. Inc Magazine ranked his company #3264 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list and #2295 in 2019, and #2152 in 2018. Adopt Technologies is an industry leader in both cloud computing solutions and providing conventional IT services to a variety of businesses throughout various segmented industries. Brett and I talk about the right mindset that creates great teams. We look at the importance of EQ in leading others. The right mindset is a make-or-break thing as your company keeps growing.

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Every business has a mission, but many of them don’t understand the power of a mission. When you create a mission-driven company, you get a multiplier effect. The company mission aligns people to the work will make a massive impact in many areas. Today’s guest is Farzan Dehmoubed, CEO at Lotus Sustainables. Inc Magazine ranked his company #144 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Lotus Sustainables is committed to social change that helps better the lives of our customers, community, and planet. Farzan shows how to create a mission-driven company to align your people. We look at the details in a mission that is often missed.

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Everytime you move up on the five phases of growth you have to adopt a new leadership mindset. Your mindset is how you see the world. It is also what you believe to be true. We all have limiting beliefs that seem natural to us. When you develop a new leadership mindset, you are letting go of old patterns of thinking. This is not easy to do because of the correlation of mindset to identity. Join me as we look at a new leadership mindset as you reach new levels of the company.

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Every founder is proud of their “baby.” The role of the founder becomes a massive part of their identity. Often the ego gets in the way of being the leader the company needs. Being an egoless founder may sound odd, but it will help you face difficult growth challenges. Today’s guest is Nir Polak, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board at Exabeam. Inc Magazine ranked his company #388 on the 2020, #134 in 2019 and #12 in 2018 Inc 5000 list. Exabeam helps security teams outsmart the odds by adding intelligence to internet security. Nir shares his journey of success and why you be an egoless founder. We discuss the transition his company recently faced. Nir gives you the one question that guided him as he decided the best decision as the company continued its growth path. Being an egoless founder is not easy but necessary if you want the company to succeed beyond you.

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Courage is more than just a nice to have part of leadership. The courage to execute is essential to the success of your company. All leaders have to connect to the strength that allows them to overcome their fears. Today’s guest is Jonathan Miller, CEO at Parsonex Enterprises. Inc Magazine ranked his company #2917 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list and No. 4485 in 2019 Inc 5000 list. Parsonex Enterprises is a financial services conglomerate that owns two registered broker-dealers, an SEC registered investment adviser, a private fund group, and more. Jonathan and I talk about the courage to execute in a fast-paced company. We look at the pressures of making it happen. Understanding the courage to execute the right way will give you an advantage.

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You are likely where you are today because you have executed consistently at a high level. This is how you rise to the ranks of the C-Suite executives. To perform at the level you are expected to, you have to change how you approach work. We look at the details of less doing and more thinking in this behind-the-scenes episode. When you join the c-suite executives, you are expected to think much more than before. This will be a challenge because part of your identity has been in the act of doing. The executive leadership team has to learn to let go of doing work and spend more time on strategy and developing others. Discover why thinking for C-suite executives is so essential to the growth of the company.

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The most successful entrepreneurs know execution is essential to growth. Yet your entrepreneurial mindset matters more than you may believe. The way you think and what you believe shape how you perform all the work you do. In this episode, we look at why the entrepreneur mindset matters if you want predictable growth from where you are. Today’s guest is Josh Teeple, a partner at Grobstein Teeple. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4004 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list and No. 4688 (2019). Grobstein Teeple provides various services to companies and individuals dealing with complex issues requiring specialized financial expertise. Josh walks us through his discovery of why the entrepreneurial mindset matters. We look at the importance of how you think and what you believe. Josh and I share with you the keys to shifting your mindset.

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CEOs are always looking for what unlocks new growth. My hope is that our interviews with successful leaders will give you new ideas. As companies feel pressure to overcome challenges, you have to open to new ideas. Today’s guest is Hope Horner, co-founder at Lemonlight. Inc Magazine ranked his company #2639 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Lemonlight is a leader in high quality, affordable video production. Hope and I talk about the need to change and pivot. She shares her strategy that unlocks new growth. Learn from Hope’s ups and downs as her team has changed through new market dynamics.

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Each of us has two versions that we have to get to known. The easy one is how you see yourself. The hard one is how everyone else sees you. The difference between the two is a gap. You have to close the leadership gap if you want to be a great leader. This is not an easy task. When you close the leadership gap, you increase your self-awareness and improve how others relate to you. Go behind the scenes with me to close the leadership gap that gets in the way you are the leader your team deserve

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Growth requires a team. When it comes to fast growth, every team is comprised of talented people. One essential factor to keeping the team intact is improving employee retention. You will struggle to create growth if you can’t keep the people you have. Today’s guest is Adam Hergenrother, founder at Hergenrother Realty Group. Inc Magazine ranked his company #442 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Adam believes leadership has been a critical factor in improving employee retention, which has led to company growth. He talks about his strategies that enhance employee loyalty and engagement. Improving employee retention leads to more employees that take ownership of their work.

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Not many people talk about ego and business. The relationship between ego and leadership determines the health of your company. The real problem happens when our ego gets in the way of you leading your people. Today’s guest is Kyle Francis, CEO at Professional Transition Services. Inc Magazine ranked his company #248 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Kyle’s company has grown 1790 percent over the last three years. Professional Transition Services provides strategic advice on buying and selling dental practices. Kyle shares his perspective on ego and leadership. We look at why you have to give up your ego to lead your people. Kyle’s insights will you be a better leader.

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Leading people through challenges and driving growth requires you to do more than get the work done. So let me share with you a powerful leadership strategy that I have used with my clients for years. This one is called the “missing conversation” question. The powerful leadership strategy was born from talking with CEOs about their team taking ownership of their work. When you understand the simple approach, you will be able to take your team to new levels.

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Companies don’t scale without the right people on the team. So leaders have to craft a strategy for growth and create a place where culture is everything. Believing culture is everything is a shift that can make a top-tier team. Today’s guest is Derek Hansen, CEO at Mynt Systems. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1124 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Mynt Systems transforms commercial real estate into alpha-performing sustainable assets. Derek talks about why he believes culture is everything. He knows the importance of his people to the mission of the business.

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Do you think about creating your dream team as your company grows? Great leaders know that people are essential to scaling up. It takes more than a great idea and perfect timing. You have to lead your people to be the dream team. Today’s guest is Mike Zani, CEO of Predictive Index. Mike is a co-author of The Science of Dream Teams. He shares his innovative ideas on the future of HR with me. Mike talks about what it takes to lead dream teams. We talk about the importance of knowing yourself. We look at the best way to hire dream team people. Predictive Index provides a robust set of tools and software to help you with your talent optimization strategy.

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Every leader must have difficult conversations. It is the nature of the role. In m conversations with successful founders and CEOs, they often share with me running a business is easy, but lead people is hard. Difficult conversations are a part of life as you ask people to do new things and challenge them to grow. Today’s behind-the-scenes video shows how you can improve in delivering difficult conversations. Let me give you insights that will add to the structure of your difficult conversations.

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Confidence comes up in all parts of leadership. However, leaders trust themselves because they have to believe they will overcome challenges in front of them. If you are uncertain of the future, the worst thing you can do is sit in doubt. Today’s guest is Aaron Anders, a co-founder at Woo Tungsten. Inc Magazine ranked his company #235 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Woo Tungsten is an innovative e-commerce brand for those that love to fish. Aaron opens up to me about his understanding of why leaders trust themselves if they want to create their future. In my years of being an entrepreneurial leader, I know that leaders trust themselves even in times of doubt. Aaron talks about the power of taking action as a way to move forward. Leaders trust themselves even when it is hard and the future is uncertain.

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Every company faces the need to stay ahead of the competition. Our job as leaders is leading innovation even when we are ahead of our peers. My research in fast-growth companies has revealed the constant drive of leading innovation. Today’s guest is Jonathan Propper, Founder & CEO at Dropps. Inc Magazine ranked his company #289 on the 2020, No. 1031 (2019) Inc 5000 list. Dropps is an innovative retail brand that has produced a dye-free, harmless laundry pod. Jonathan shares his perspective on leading innovation. We talk about his journey to create a new product and the failures along the way. Leading innovation is needed now as much as ever.

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Every organization has challenges that get in the way of growth. When you are leading your people through conflict resolution, you must understand the people first. I know you want the people to get the work done and get along. However, conflict resolution is part of the process. In today’s behind the scene, you will discover the essential elements to addressing conflict resolution. We look at what gets in the way of people getting along. Join me in today’s conversation so you can lead people through conflict resolution when the time comes.

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Behind every great company is an excellent group of people. Forming a fast-growth team requires you to understand people. You have to study other companies to learn from their mistakes. Today’s guest is Christian Ranke, CEO at Tridata Inc. TriData Inc provides proven lean solutions in support of financial institutions and service providers globally. Their team of industry-leading professionals leverage relationships and ATM/ITM technical knowledge that spans decades. Christian give us his steps for forming a fast-growth team. We look at the counter-intuitive strategies of a fast-growth team. Discover how you can leverage growth through the talent and drive of your people.

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People are the heart of every company. Technology, strategy, finance, and other business aspects are driven by crafting a powerful culture. The culture you have defines your ability to attract and maintain talented people. Today’s guest is Stephan Aarstol, Founder & CEO of Tower Paddle Boards. Tower Paddle Boards is direct to market paddleboard brand that has experienced significant growth since it struck a deal with celebrity billionaire Mark Cuban on the set of ABC’s hit TV show, Shark Tank. The company has nearly quadrupled in size and grown revenues near 500 percent. Stephan gives us his views on crafting a powerful culture. He knows the importance of people and shares his lessons — good and not so good. We all know that crafting a powerful culture will give you a place where you people do their best work and give them meaning in their work.

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Grow in revenue requires skills in scaling the business. I’ve taken several companies from zero to multi-millions. In today’s behind the scenes, we look at the dynamics of scaling the business. You can’t be too complex in your strategies, so let me share a simple formula for scaling the business. You will understand this formula right away, but its application is more complex. When you are scaling the business, you have to get this right or risk implosion.

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Growth is the goal of many driven, hungry entrepreneurial leaders. I have been researching fast-growing companies to see the patterns. In this episode, we look at my work and ability to codify the phases of growth. Today’s guest is Jesse Kaufman, CEO at ShippingTree. Inc Magazine ranked his company #212 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. ShippingTree is the complete e-commerce fulfillment solution for consumer product companies of all sizes. ShippingTree is a provider of cloud-based logistics and e-commerce fulfillment services for consumer product companies around the world. Jesse and I look through the lens of my research with the five phases of growth. He shares his journey through the leadership of his company. See where you are in the five phases of growth.

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Leadership is an inside-out process. All great leaders have the skill of growing others through mindset. To change someone’s thinking, you have to be able to shift the way they see their world. Today’s guest is Kathik Ganesh, CEO at EmpiRx Health. Inc Magazine ranked his company #712 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. EmpiRx Health is built on the idea that the time has come for value-based care in the pharmacy benefits industry. Kathik shares his thoughts on growing others through mindset. We discuss what it means to lead others and to get them to expand their thinking. Growing others through mindset is one of the most powerful skills a leader can have.

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The best way to get your people to open up to you and share what is going on is to lead by example. Getting employees to be vulnerable is a powerful skill that can improve the way you lead. In today’s behind the scenes, I share with you some tools that will help you. I give you some examples to help you in getting employees to be vulnerable. You will improve your communication skills when you understand today’s lesson. Join me in getting employees to be vulnerable.

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Leadership is often challenging. Leading people requires you to understand yourself. Being a self-aware leader will help you know your limits. It is also essential as you lead others to be self-aware. Today’s guest is Charles Rath, President and CEO at RS21 Inc Magazine ranked his company #485 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. RS21 is a global data science company that uses artificial intelligence, design, data engineering, and modern software development methods to empower organizations to make data-driven decisions that positively impact the world. Charles gives his perspectives on becoming a self-aware leader.

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Every company acquisition has many moving parts. Many people don’t look at the culture when acquiring companies. However, given that the “people” part of any merger is often the most challenging part, the culture when acquiring companies is essential. Today’s guest is Claude Zdanow, Founder and CEO at Stadium Red Group. Inc Magazine ranked his company #84 on the 2020 and #718 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Stadium Red Group is a collective of specialist marketing agencies. They believe in the power of combining the radical creativity of independents with the seamless integration of a one-stop shop. Claude shares his methods of looking at a culture when acquiring companies.

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On any journey, you need a map. The phases of leadership growth are a map to help you see what is next. I have studied leadership for the last decade and spent more than a decade before growing my companies. Now, as an executive coach, I help fast-growth companies continue to grow. When I use the phases of leadership growth, they can see the journey they are on. Discover where you are on the five phases of leadership growth.

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Today’s guest is Tyson Smith, CEO at Reading Horizons. Inc Magazine ranked his company #4161 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Reading Horizons provides a dynamic, successful way for people to reach beyond their limitations and discover new horizons by learning to read. Accordingly, Reading Horizons is dedicated specifically to helping people learn to read so they can be better prepared to accomplish real-life tasks that face them every day and so they can create opportunities to expand their horizons in the future.

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Every leader is looking for an edge or advantage. Powerful leaders can shift their mindset by understanding what it is. I had struggled at times with my mindset, especially when I was not aware of its impact on everything we do. In my journey to serve powerful leaders, I use mindset shifts to help them transform from the inside. Today, our guest is Vanessa Shaw. She is a fellow coach and works in similar areas as I do. We sat down to discuss the mindset of powerful leaders. We look at what gets in the way and how to leverage a mindset shift. Discover how you can be an influential leader and create more powerful leaders in your organization in this interview.

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Many leaders love to focus on getting the work done. So many gurus talk about taking action and getting it done. However, leaders that look for an edge over the competition or just looking for more leverage over what they are doing know the power of a mindset shift. When you can change your perspective or core beliefs, you are performing a mindset shift. My work as an executive coach is grounded in the mindset shift first, then take action. Today, we look at what gets in the way of empowerment. In the short video, you will get a story of one leader's change in belief to improve performance within his team. Discover the simple mindset shift that improves empowerment and gets surprising results.

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Defining a culture early may not seem important with all the tasks of an early-stage start-up. Many other things may seem more important than defining a culture early. However, when you have a solid base to build on, it is easier. One big reason is that each person you hire is essential at the beginning of any company — you want to make sure you get it right. Today’s guest is Erin Willet, a Managing Partner at Assured Consulting Solutions. Inc Magazine ranked this company #746 on the 2020 Inc list. This is their third consecutive year on the list. Assured Consulting Solutions delivers solutions and architectures that use leading-edge concepts and technologies that help their clients take advantage of the opportunities associated with large data sets. Erin shares why defining a culture early has been so crucial to creating a company to grow fast. We look at the foundational elements of culture in an early-stage business. Discover why defining a culture early will help you lead a company that serves your clients well too.

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As your company grows, you have to unlearn leadership strategies that don’t work anymore. In the start-up phases of companies, the leadership is quite different than a more mature company. As you add people, you have to unlearn leadership that gets to the next level of growth. Today’s guest is Ryan Hogan, CEO at Hunt a Killer. Inc Magazine ranked his company #6 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Hunt a Killer grew a fantastic 20,485% in revenue over the last three years. This company is a subscription service for your game nights if you are into murder mysteries. Ryan gives us a look at what it took for his company to grow at this pace. We discuss why you must unlearn leadership as you grow a company.

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Getting your employees to be a self-managing team is the goal for many leaders. I hear these words all the time. Let me share with you a story about a high-performing, self-managing team. Inside this short video, I want to give you three things that get in the way of this dream. When you decide to stop micro-managing, making decisions, and getting involved, you have a chance to develop your organization so that it is a self-managing team.

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Running a business is more than just the right strategy and getting the work done. Leaders must have the correct thinking to create a team that feels empowered. The mindset of a leader includes the way they see themselves and see the world. It is all about the beliefs of leadership. Today’s guest is Sam Frank, Partner at Four Twelve Roofing. Inc Magazine ranked his company #122 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Established in 2013, Four Twelve Roofing is a roofing company in the Baltimore, MD area. Sam shares his perspective on the mindset of a leader. We look at expanding your thinking in this interview. Join me to discover how to create to shift the mindset of a leader.

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Every company is going to navigate change. Leadership through a strategic pivot is more than just sharing the vision. When employees are expected to adapt, you want to be an intentional leader. Today’s guest is Brandon Hurd, Founder of BHRS Companies. Inc Magazine ranked his company #161 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. BHRS Companies provides commercial realty services, construction management, contracting services, and modular manufacturing. Brandon and I talk about leadership through a strategic pivot so you can create a company that adapts when needed. Your people deserve strong leadership at all times, but it is essential when going through a period of rapid change. Leadership through a strategic pivot requires you to get proactive about what is next.

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Every organization that is hungry to be the top provider in their industry must address the things that get in the way of growth. After years of talking to founders and CEOs from the fastest-growing, privately held companies, I have seen common mistakes that stand in your way of more revenue and impact. In this short video, we look at three things that get in the way of growth. You may not like what I have to say because this video is for the leaders in the company. However, it is essential to understand these and take action to address them. When you remove the things that get in the way of growth, you have a more aligned team that creates predictable growth.

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Communication is the backbone of every organization. In fast-growth companies, we can easily dismiss the importance of improving employee communication. However, my claim is that teams that aim to move fast need to enhance employee communication constantly. Today’s guest is David Danzig, CEO at Cosset Inc. Inc Magazine ranked his company #262 on the 2020 and #391 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Cosset makes bath bombs to encourage indulgent relaxation. David shares his strategies for improving employee communication. We discuss what gets in the way of how we engage with each other. Discover techniques you can use in your journey of improving employee communication.

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Ups and downs are a part of the entrepreneur’s journey. One critical skill in leadership is knowing when to grip tight on your current strategy and when to let go. In this episode, we look at the importance of tenacity. Tenacity is the art of being determined and holding on tight. Today’s guest is Bryan Gerber, Co-founder and CEO at BHR Companies Inc. Inc Magazine ranked his company #604 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. BRH International Inc sells a premium monthly subscription box of packaged goods that target smoking and cannabis enthusiasts. Bryan talks about why he believes in the importance of tenacity. He understands that fast growth for his company has required him to grip tightly through tough times. Discover why you want to double down on being determined and the importance of tenacity.

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In our journey to create more impact or influence others, we often default to working harder. Sometimes more work is not the answer. One growth lesson that will help you achieve more of what you want is to observe the work or challenge to discover valuable insights. This short video is all about you being able to step back from the current way of seeing your work to get perspective. You have likely heard the phrase, "if nothing changes, nothing changes." This growth lesson is powerful when you understand that you have to change your strategy, perspective, or even your emotional state to get different results. Listen to learn the skill of stepping back from how you do it now to see new ways to make all the difference. In this growth lesson, you will discover a more powerful way to get what you want.

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When you create new growth, it is not just putting your head down and executing. Leading a team to create new growth is more than getting the work done. Today's guest is Milind Mehere, Founder and CEO at Yieldstreet. Inc Magazine ranked #46 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Hosts an alternative investment digital wealth management platform and offers a variety of investment options. Milind shares his four parts to create new growth. His experience in developing teams and execution gives you tremendous insight into leading fast growth. Milind's mind for business and leadership will help you understand if you have gaps that need to be addressed.

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