Growth Think Tank (general)

Every leader would say that people are essential. However, most would say the business is designed to make money. When profit is more important, it is impossible to put people first. The irony within the ranks of the fastest-growth companies in America is that these leaders know the importance of putting people first. Today’s guest is Eric Griffin, CEO at Mobile Outfitters. Inc Magazine ranked Mobile Outfitters #2736 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list, and they create mobile device accessories with 800+ retail locations. Eric shares his experience when employees feel like they are essential to the business. We dive into the strategies of people first in this interview. Discover how you can take your leadership to a new level by putting people first.

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Why would you want to show appreciation for your employees for doing their work? The simple answer is recognizing employees is something great leaders do consistently. The problem is recognizing employees is not something that is happening enough. I talk to executives consistently about how proud they are of their people and rarely are they taking the time to show that appreciation. Today's guest is Jonathan Keyser, Foundering Member at Keyser. Inc Magazine ranked Keyser #2941 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. We look at the importance of recognizing employees, even if they are not doing something fantastic. Jonathan shares his perspective on recognizing employees and what it does to the overall culture of the organization. Great leaders will share praise privately and publicly to signal to others what they expect.

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Company growth is not just one thing. It takes the right product/service, the right timing, and the right people. It also takes the right systems. I can attest that systems grow your business. I would not have a podcast today without the right systems that my team executes weekly to keep the content following. Today's guest is Trent Dyrsmid, CEO and host at Bright Ideas. Trent has been so successful in developing systems that he has another company Maverick Media Ventures, that made the 2019 Inc 5000 List at #254. Trent and I look at the power of systems to grow your business. We look at SOPs and how he aligns his team with them.

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Being open with your employees about financials and other aspects of the business takes real courage. When you are fully transparent, you share all that you can. When you embrace being fully transparent, you can connect with your team members in new ways. Our guest today is Tiffany Sauder, Founder of Element Three, a marketing partner to fast-growth companies. Element Three was #4125 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. It also has grown consistently by making the Inc list six times in a row. We discuss the power of being fully transparent. I love that she goes beyond open-book management in this interview by sharing her courage of vulnerability. Join us for this conversation if you want to be fully transparent and drive new company growth.

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Do you ever feel like you are behind in getting your work done? Well, you are not alone. I will share with you some simple and powerful ideas for making the most of your time. It is all about getting the most valuable work done. In my early years as the CEO of a team, I felt like I was always behind. I had to make some fundamental changes that I wanted to share with you to make the most of your time. I share a Warren Buffett story that will help you see what is most important to you. I will also give you a simple one sheet of paper exercise that will provide you with clues to making the most of your time.

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Every company that enters a scaling mode knows the importance of employees. Yet few leaders understand the reasons why we must put employees first. After years of studying fast-growth companies, it is evident to me that those leaders know how to put employees first. Today's guests are Arthur Barrett, President, and Tim Barrett, CEO, at Barrett Distribution. Inc Magazine ranked Barrett Distribution #4404 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. The company is a customized third-party logistics, omni-channel distribution, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment services for clients in many industries. Arthur and Tim share why they see a correlation in growth when they put employees first. In this interview, we look at the essential aspects of this style of leadership.

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One profound superpower is how you leverage the power of empathy. Leaders that have a deeper relationship with their team members must use their hearts. Today we look at the power of empathy to increase connection with your people. Our guest is Jeanne David, CEO at Outer Aisle Gourmet. Inc Magazine ranked Outer Aisle Gourmet #63 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Jeanne gives us some stories that you will learn simple uses of empathy. Discover how you can create more connections with your people using the power of empathy.

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Every CEO struggles with how to spend their time. I often get asked how do you balance your time doing the day-to-day stuff and being the visionary the company needs. If you want to shift into being the visionary consistently, you have to be willing to let go of the old way of leading your company. In this behind the scenes, I give you a question to help you see why you must make time to think and look around the corner in your business. We look at the constant struggle of being the visionary that your team craves.

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Hiring the best is one factor in your company building the foundation for growth. The rules to attract top talent are not just in paying the most. Your culture likely plays an even more critical factor than your payscale when you want to attract top talent. Today's guest is Jason Carter, CEO at Uncomn. Inc Magazine ranked Uncomn #2356 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Jason shares how he thinks about culture and why their company can attract top talent. We look at what gets in the way of having a strong culture. Discover how you can attract top talent in today's interview.

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Teamwork requires the right people and exemplary leadership. Building the right team is an exercise in many skills of leadership. Today's guest is Jeremy Parker, CEO of Swag.com. His company was ranked #218 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Swag.com is more than a place to buy your logo brand gear because they are a distribution system for your branded items. Jeremy shares his insights and challenges in building the right team. We look at the hiring process and the development strategies. Building the right team is essential if you want to grow beyond where you are today.

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Leadership is a never-ending process if you do it right. There is always another level of growth for those that you lead. I talked to a client the other day about the quote that starts, "teaching a man to fish." Many believe that leadership is about serving your people. I agree. However, some don't understand that it is not about telling them what to do, but leadership is about leading them to figure it out. The Chinese proverb about giving a man a fish vs. teaching him to fish is a powerful way to look at leadership. In this short video, you will see what I mean. Here is to you teaching a man to fish in your role as a leader.

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Leadership is not just about results. Of course, you have to execute. You also have to put your heart in leadership to create a team that wants to join you on your mission. Putting your heart in leadership will allow you to build a connection and belonging across the team. My guest today is John Hightower, CEO of Arch and Tower. John shares what putting heart in leadership looks like in today's modern workplace. We talk about vulnerability and authenticity. When you have a heart in leadership, you have a team that is more loyal too.

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The work in defining your company values may seem like fluffy work. However, after talking with hundreds of leaders from the Inc 5000, I can assure you that defining your company values is a strategic move that pays off. We look in the trenches with a company that has grown incredibly fast by emphasizing company values. Today, my interview is with Sam Bobley, Co-founder, at Ocrolus. They offer a service for document-driven workflows in the digital space to help clients make faster, smarter decisions. Ocrolus was ranked #30 in the Inc 5000 list for 2020. Sam shares stories about how defining your company values are one of the best things the company did to boost growth.

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Imagine the power of visionary leadership that connects people and aligns the work to a robust culture. It is financial health, strong employee experience, and your own peace of mind. The vision of culture is not something we take time to consider, given the need for focus on today's issues. I invite you to think about your vision of culture as the company grows and evolves. This is an essential part of your success as a leader sees the future and aligns resources to what is most important. The vision of culture is complex and yet simple too.

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One big issue in leadership is still the lack of representation of women in leadership. The surprising thing is that the strong women in my life are all strong leaders, so it makes sense that we would have more women leaders at work too. Today we look at how to improve the numbers of women in leadership. My guest is Heather Elrod, CEO at Amazing Lash Studio. Her company was ranked #260 on the 2018 Inc 5000 list. Amazing Lash Studio has made this list for three consecutive years. Heather shares her views on mentorship and its impact on women in leadership. We look at how to give the women around you more opportunities to be the leaders they are capable of.

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Creating a fantastic experience for your employees and partners is done with intention. Some of the keys to this are transparent communication and an open environment. Today's guest is Bill Spohn, Co-founder of TruTech Tools. His company was ranked #4643 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We look at why they open up the financials. They also train their employees to understand the financials. Transparent communication is one of the key drivers that Bill says has impacted the company's continuous growth.

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When you decide to improve your leadership skills, you may think the best solution is to find the latest book on leadership. I have interviewed many authors in the world of leadership, and they are smart for sure, but they may also lead you down a different path. If you are the leader of an Inc 5000 company -- or want to be -- you might want to look to your peers on the Inc list. I study the founders and CEOs of fast-growth companies. In this video, you will find a few helpful insights to improve your leadership skills. I will help you find your next step. Join me today to improve your leadership skills in this short video.

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This may sound scary to you, but you should encourage entrepreneurial thinking at all your company levels. When you have entrepreneurial thinking, you have a culture of ownership. Today's guest is Dr. Johnny Garcia, founder of SimIS. His company was ranked #3401 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. We look at the power of entrepreneurial thinking. This is something I have noticed in my research with other fast-growth companies. Join us today to look at entrepreneurial thinking as a way to improve autonomy and innovation.

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When you understand the underpinnings of culture, you will be a more decisive and effective leader. Alain Hunkins is a thought leader and expert in the area of culture. We talk about this book, "Cracking the Culture Code," that will unlock a new awareness in your leaders and impact your company. Alain Hunkins serves on the faculty of Duke Corporate Education. His clients include Wal-Mart, Pfizer, Citigroup, General Electric, State Farm Insurance, IBM, General Motors, and Microsoft. Today, Alain Hunkins gives you a playbook to understand your company culture that will improve your bottom line.

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When you take time to attend meetings or even take time away from the office, do you feel a touch of anxiety about the amount of email that will clutter up your inbox? The "I get too much email" is a familiar feeling for anyone who is a business founder. Today, we look at some of the real issues that lead to "too much email." There is a bigger problem going on that you have to understand. Discover some new approaches to the despair of "too much email."

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Decisions shape the stories of our lives. Better decision making requires you to use everything you have available to you. Today, we look at the five questions to better decision making with Andy Stanley. Andy is a pastor and founder of Atlanta-based North Point Ministries. Andy is also the author of Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets, and many more books too. His messages, leadership videos, and podcasts receive millions of views monthly across various websites and digital platforms. We talk about how leaders can make better decisions. We look at what gets in the way of making better decisions. Discover how you can face tough choices and still make decisions that you will be proud of.

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In times like today, we have to move fast. We must be encouraging agility at all levels of the company. Encouraging agility is hiring the right people. It is about how you lead them too. Today's guest is Chris Ratterman, CEO of Shady Rays. His company was ranked #54 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. They sell fantastic sunglasses, reading glasses, and blue light glasses. I loved their ordering process, and the guarantee of their glasses is replacement even if you lost them. Chris and I discuss the reason you be encouraging agility if you want a fast-growth company. Tune in today to boost your skills in encouraging agility.

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Getting your team to perform at a higher level is a big part of your job as a great leader. One essential element of growth has team alignment, that is a competitive advantage. But you have to build your ideals of team alignment on the right framework. In today’s short video behind the scenes, we look at “what does real team alignment look like?” Getting a higher level of team alignment will give you a loyal, focused team and the ability to adapt to the challenges ahead.

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Nearly every fast-growth company knows the power of company core values. The real question is, how do you lead with core values? The core values become guardrails to success and provide support for decision making inside our companies at all levels. Our guest today is Joe Payne, CEO, and President at Code42. His company was ranked #3908 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Joe gives his approach to lead with core values. As the CEO of a fast-growth company, Joe has learned a few things about leadership and culture. We look at the keys to lead with core values in this interview.

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The people in an organization are the life of every growing business. Investing in employees is a requirement if you want your team to grow, develop new skills, and retain talent. Every company is investing in employees at some level, but the critical question is, how do you support the right way? Today's guest is Darius Fisher, CEO of Status Labs. His company was ranked #3253 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Status Labs has developed an excellent reputation management solution, and its talented employees operate that. Darius and I discuss investing in employees. We look at the mistakes in his journey. Discover new ideas for you when you believe in investing in employees.

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All growth requires you to go beyond your comfort level. Working requires muscle failure for growth. Leadership requires you to go beyond your comfort level. Let me share a quick story about how a leader learned the hard way about growth and comfort levels. To grow as a leader you want to find the edge where you grow and that edge is where you are uncomfortable.

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Fast-growth companies understand the power of transparency. Transparency happens when leaders dare to be open with their people. This openness provides a connection that endures all kinds of challenges. The power of transparency is clear to me after hundreds of founders and CEOs have told me how critical it has been to their growth. Today's guest is Matthew Nix, CEO of Nix Companies. His company was ranked #1242 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Nix Companies provides metal fabrication services, industrial coatings, metal product manufacturing, equipment distribution, and repairs. Matthew talks about where he has drawn his transparency line, which is where they stop keeping secrets. The power of transparency is what makes many leaders true visionaries.

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One counterintuitive factor in many fast-growth businesses is the strategy of encouraging an entrepreneurial culture. An entrepreneurial culture is where every person embraces thinking like a business owner. When you have an entrepreneurial culture, you have a group of empowered employees that feel and act like owners. My guests today are the executives of Dynamic Blending. We have Gavin Collier, CEO, and Jordan Erskine, President. Dynamic Blending was ranked #17 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. We look at the critical elements of an entrepreneurial culture and why it is so important.

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When you are always behind, you will struggle to move forward. The feeling of being behind is negative energy that pulls you away from your highest level of thinking. As I share with you today, when you are always behind, you have to be intentional about how you make the next move. I was the CEO of a fast-growth company, and I give you two things that you can do that will help you lead your people even when you always feel behind.

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Google has been able to create one of the strongest brands over the last two decades. The amazing people at Google did an in-depth study on what makes high performing teams. They discovered that leaders must create psychological safety for teams to perform to their potential. Leaders often have a blind spot for creating psychological safety, so I keep creating content to help you understand it. Today's guest is Joel Clark, CEO of Kodiak Cakes. His company was ranked #671 on the 2018 Inc 5000 list. Kodiak Cakes made the Inc list three consecutive times from 2018-2020. Joel gives you his plan to create psychological safety as a leader. We look at what gets in the way of employees feeling safe. Discover how to create psychological safety and activate ownership in your culture.

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Getting what you want is easy when you know how to ask for it. Today, we talk with the authors of Ask! Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Dwyer Hansen share their wisdom on their new book. Mark Victor Hansen is the co-author of the "Chicksoup for the Soul" book empire. We explore their findings of asking the right way. We talk about it from the lens of a leader.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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