Growth Think Tank (general)

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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Adaption is required if you want to grow a company. You must evolve to scale your business if you’re going to lead consistently through the market’s challenges. Today’s guest is Tyler Horsley, co-founder, and CEO at Nuclear Networking. Inc Magazine ranked his company #495 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Nuclear Networking is a leader in SEO and SEM for companies that want engagement. Tyler gives us the core principles of growth that have allowed his company to be on the Inc 5000 list. He believes you must evolve to scale. Evolution is not just about business but personal growth too. When you evolve to scale, you adapt to the changing world faster than your peers.

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Simple is powerful. Simple is easy to comprehend. However, simple is not always easy. Thousands of people have written about success. I want to give you my principles of success that have guided me to create progress in my life. Much of my understanding of success comes from working with ambitious leaders who set out to do impossible things. My principles of success are not your usual -- put your head down and work hard. I know that works at some level. But looking at highly successful leaders that I see make changes, they go they're a series of steps that I want to share with you. The principles of success and significance are simple to understand, and the work to make them work for you requires you to understand the nuance of growth.

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The opposite of micromanaging people is empowering leaders. Most people have a shallow understanding of empowering leaders. My research on fast-growth companies has shown me the nuances of empowering leaders the right way. Today’s guest is George Azih, CEO at LeaseQuery. Inc Magazine ranked his company #26 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. LeaseQuery is built by accountants for accountants to ensure compliance with the new lease standards. George openly talks about what he has learned about empowering leaders through the quick pace of growth his company has created. He owes much of the company's success to empowering leaders so that he can focus on other elements of company growth. This conversation will not only improve your understanding of empowering leaders but give you a roadmap to follow.

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Younger workers in today’s world want to be part of something meaningful. Some advantages of being mission-driven are easy to see. Mission-driven companies get extra press (more than their peers). They attract top talent, which gives them a real advantage. When you understand mission-driven companies, you can leverage the benefits for the benefit of everyone. Today’s guest is James Schmachtenberger, CEO and co-founder at Neurohacker Collective. Inc Magazine ranked his company #412 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Neurohacker Collective was founded in 2015 with the mission of creating best-in-class well-being products by employing a unique methodology to research and development based on complex systems science. James shared with me the benefits of mission-driven companies. He is open and forthcoming in this interview. We look beyond the traditional advantages to mission-driven companies. This interview will give you clues to creating a fast growth company with a mission-driven team.

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One area of leadership is not talked about enough. That area is energy management. Energy lifters and trainers are everywhere. Today, we look at how to lift your energy with an intentional choice of one word. Let's start by acknowledging our inner dialogue. We all have an internal dialogue that we have to manage. Your inner dialogue can lift your energy or tank it. In my work with fast-paced and ambitious leaders, the inner dialogue continues to be a struggle. I will help you lift your energy just by bringing awareness to this one slight shift. You will thank me down the road if you commit to changing this one word in your dialogue.

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Every company will say they desire strong leaders. Few are willing to do the work or invest in their people to make that happen. Strong leaders do more than execute. They develop the people around them. Today’s guest is Enrico Palmerino, CEO at Botkeeper. Inc Magazine ranked his company #850 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Botkeeper is one of the fastest growth bookkeeping companies on the list. They leverage technology to keep your books straight. Enrico has built another company that made the Inc 5000 list that he started from his dorm room and exited it. Enrico shares wisdom on how to create strong leaders. We look beyond the typical messages on leadership. Strong leaders can engage people the right way.

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Being a serial entrepreneur has more cache than it used to. Elon Musk and Steve Jobs are considered serial entrepreneurs because they have run multiple companies. From what I have seen, being a serial entrepreneur is mainly a way to express themselves. It is how these founders see the world. They can envision opportunities and add value to the companies they touch. Today’s guest is Aaron Muller, the co-founder at ChomChom Roller. Inc Magazine ranked his company #62 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. ChomChom Roller creates an incredible tool for pet hair removal. Aaron runs several companies, and most are in different industries. He shares his journey of being a serial entrepreneur. We look at the ups and downs of his path. You will gain insight into how being a serial entrepreneur has shaped how he runs his businesses.

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Attracting top talent requires leaders to be highly intentional in how they treat the culture. Nothing will de-motivate a great employee faster than tolerating a bad employee. When leaders don’t deal with a toxic employee, it tears down to trust and causing uncertainty in the great employees. Tolerating a bad employee often comes down to not confronting their behaviors soon enough. For some CEOs, it is making a conscious choice that a bad employee is too valuable in their work or results to “rock the boat.” Let me share some wisdom about tolerating a bad employee from my years of coaching founders of fast-growth companies. Letting lousy employees get away with things is a quick way to crush the motivation of the other employees.

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When you have are inspiring trust throughout the company, you know you are creating a place where people get things done. Leaders know that inspiring trust is a huge part of a strong culture. In the absence of trust, you have to deal with silos, blaming others, and a plethora of distractors of success. Today's guest is "Chef" James Barlow, CEO at Blue Air Training. Inc Magazine ranked Blue Air Training #743 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. James has to lead the company to three consecutive honors on the Inc 5000 list. James and I discuss the fundamentals of inspiring trust at all levels of the company. We look at the enemies of trust. Discover how you can improve your leaders by inspiring trust across the organization.

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The grip of self-doubt will always lift you. Many leaders don’t realize they need of overcoming imposter syndrome. In some ways, the doubt pushes you to work harder than your peers and shapes who you are. But at the core of overcoming imposter syndrome is learning to trust yourself. Today’s guest is Ron Sinai, CEO at Nova Legal Funding. Inc Magazine ranked Nova Funding #234 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Nova has a unique business model that helps those that need funding for their future settlements to get access to loans that allow them to go toe-to-toe in their legal fight. Ron opens up about his journey of overcoming imposter syndrome. He shares the impact it had on his business and leadership. Learn from his struggles and how it has impacted his life after overcoming imposter syndrome.

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Leading people requires you to understand how people work. Managers and leaders must activate the people on their teams to align resources to a common goal. Google's deep research on what makes GREAT managers provides context to the one skill you want to improve. Powerful coaching skills are top of the list on Google's research. In this episode, we look at what it takes to be a better manager and leader without spending a dime. I give you details on three powerful coaching skills to help you understand how to activate people around you. I include a bonus for you too on one of these so that you can go deeper if you want. Unlock your powerful coaching skills by using the lessons provided in this short podcast episode.

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Nearly every market has competition. You choose to be a little different than your peers, or you can lead your company to a place where you are creating your own category. Leaders that have courage will choose to innovate. Today’s guest is Joe Fuca, CEO at Reputation. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1962 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list, Reputation provides many tools to manage the customer experience. One of their flagship tools is their Reputation Experience Management (RXM) platform. Joe gives you a powerful reason for creating your own category. We look at the courage this takes as a leader. Join us for this interview on innovation and creating your own category.

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Numbers don’t lie. Yet many leaders rely too much on metrics. This conversation will require an open mind if you are a leader of a traditional metrics-driven organization. We look at how a new growth system is needed if you want predictable growth. Today’s guest is Dennis Fois, CEO at Copper. Inc Magazine ranked his company #115 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Cooper has created a CRM system that integrates seamlessly with G Suite to ensure productive user experiences. Dennis shares why you must go beyond a metrics-driven organization to create a new growth system. He has a unique perspective on leadership. Discover a new way to go being a metrics-driven organization.

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Delegating the right way is a constant challenge. I see leaders that try to support their people in delegation that believe they have to give the step-by-step to ensure clarity. This may be the case for new employees or new areas that an employee is asked to get involved. However, step-by-step delegation is rarely the best way to delegate. Proper delegate is about painting a clear outcome for the project. This is a shift for many people, but share with your employee the goal you want with this delegation. Give them a vivid view of the vision you see for this project -- what it will look like when done. You also want to share why you are delegating this work to them -- share with them their skill set or mindset that made you select them. You also want to give the purpose of doing this project. When you delegate the purpose, you allow the person to see how this task or project fits into the growth plans. Delegating outcomes is better than delegating step-by-step.

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Making an oversized impact on the world will require more from you than you can imagine. The most successful entrepreneurs and the most driven people have created impossible things by tapping into their biology and the science of flow. Today’s guest is a remarkable author and research of the science of doing impossible things. Today’s interview is with Steven Kotler, New York Times bestselling author, peak performance expert, and executive director of the Flow Research Collective. We discuss his latest book, “The Art of Impossible.” Steven Kotler shares with you why you need three kinds of goals and gives you a plan for making a more significant impact on the world. I am thrilled to bring Steven Kotler’s big ideas to this podcast to make you a better leader.

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A strategy shift is commonplace in today’s quick changes. Leaders are navigating a pivot every time the market shifts. Pivots require all employees to get on board with the new idea. Today’s guest is Jeff Guberman, CEO at McVeigh Global Meetings and Events. Inc Magazine ranked his company #382 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Jeff looks at the recent challenges of navigating a pivot in the light of a tough year in the event industry. We talk about how to get all employees aligned to the new strategy.

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You get what you tolerate. If you have an employee that encounters a challenge at work, you want to help them get unstuck. Removing the obstacle is an essential part of leadership. To lead people through challenges, you have to consider the person before you react. For example, if the person is new to this role, you may have to help them overcome the challenge with more support and prescriptive next steps. But for most employees, are not newbies, and you want to lead people through challenges using a different approach. Today, I give you the 3:3:1 framework for leading people through challenges. Inside this short video, I give you precisely what you need to be a strong leader that coaches your employee to solve their problems. You empower them to make their own decisions. When you lead people through challenges, you are not solving the problem for them. You allow them to solve it using the 3:3:1 framework. Plus, the bonus tip is to encourage your executive leadership time and even your middle managers to use the 3:3:1 framework to lead people through challenges.

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No company grows at a remarkable pace without the leverage of the right people. Great leaders know the importance of focusing on people. When I study fast growth cultures, I see a consistent approach that includes focusing on people. I also know the importance of company values as a way to connect people together. Today's guest is Tony Grebmeier, CEO at ShipOffers. Inc Magazine ranked his company #588 on the 2016 Inc 5000 list. This company has honored on the Inc list six consecutive times. ShipOffers operates fulfillment services for marketers of health and beauty products, survival items, and personal development products. Tony and I discuss the real reason why people are so important. He shares why focusing on people creates the right level of trust.

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The opposite of micro-management is empowering employees. If you want to create a team of people that drives the company forward, you must understand empowering employees. Common leadership teachings sometimes get in the way of empowering employees, so this interview will help you be a stronger leader. Today's guest is Anup Tamrakar, CEO at Urban Infraconstruction. Inc Magazine ranked his company #553 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Urban Infraconstruction provides civil construction services focusing on concrete structures, repair and restoration work, concrete flatwork, storm structures, and project management services. Anup shares why empowering employees is essential when you want your company to grow fast. We look at what gets in the way of empowerment.

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You know the challenges of doing hard things. Well, today, I share with you a recent challenge I encountered. It is called 75 Hard. The lessons learned by doing 75 Hard are transformational. Inside this video, you will discover the rules of 75 with some tips to make it easier for you. I also give you the wisdom I gained by completing this challenge. Discover how 75 Hard changed me. I will provide you with the before and after results of losing 12+ pounds in 75 days. If you are thinking about the 75 Hard Challenge, you will get a glimpse of what to expect.

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Culture is more than how people work. Culture is the foundation on which people communicate and collaborate. For it to work, you want to have evangelizers of culture throughout the organization. Today’s guest is Daniel Kasidi, CEO at Rastaclat. Inc Magazine ranked this company as #1397 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Rastaclat is a symbol of righteousness, doing good for yourself and others, with their unique bracelets. Daniel knows the power of culture. We look at the strategies of creating evangelizers of cultures. Join us for this conversation to help you discover how to develop a more robust culture for your organization.

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Leaders must think differently than those around them. The leadership mindset requires clarity in direction and confidence it is possible. I am obsessed with the leadership mindset in my work, so I interview extraordinary leaders to understand how they see the world. Today’s guest is Manish Hirapara, founder and CEO at Peak Activity g. Inc Magazine ranked this company as #585 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Peak Activity PeakActivity is a technology and marketing consultancy that helps enterprises achieve long-term, scalable growth. Manish shares why the leadership mindset is so important. We look at what gets in the way of leaders' beliefs that don’t grow as the companies on the Inc 5000. The leadership mindset requires constant evolution to stay ahead of their team members.

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Leaders are known for their ability to visualize a future that is not yet created. Great leaders can dream big about a future that very few people can appreciate. Many people will even say your dream is crazy. When they do, you are on the right track. When you dream big, you suspend the need for details that often get in the way. In this behind-the-scenes episode, I share with you one big thing that gets in the way when you dream big. You can also get a bonus of three steps after you dream big to help you achieve the extraordinary. This is a must listen to the episode for those who want to be visionary leaders and for those that know the power to dream big.

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In our series on time, we aim to improve how you spend your time. One of the most significant issues I see with CEOs in my work is the struggle to create the space to be visionary. It is straightforward for leaders to focus on optimizing the time to get more things done. However, many are not making the space to be the most effective leader the company needs. 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 begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is having better one-on-one conversations. He shares small shifts in how he engages with his employees and executive team so you can improve your relationships. In part two, Chris is coached on creating space to be visionary for his business. You will discover insights to creating the space to be visionary your company needs inside this episode.

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Just as your strategy changes and your target client gets better, your culture shifts as the company grow. There are defined inflection points that will help you anticipate the culture shifts as your company grows. My guest today is Todd Olson, CEO of Pendo. His company was ranked #73 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. We talk about the main inflection points as a company grows to 500 employees. In this episode, you will learn how to lead culture shifts as your company grows intentionally.

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Many leaders I talk to have a pattern that gets in the way of their next level of growth. This pattern is overthinking a big decision. When you stop overthinking, you can connect to beliefs that allow you to trust yourself. I had to learn to stop overthinking as my company was growing from zero to multiple millions. Discover a simple framework that will help you trust yourself to a deeper level. It is so simple you can do it today and see immediate benefits. This behind-the-scenes look at growth and coaching will help you stop overthinking and give you tools to reach a new level of awareness.

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You know delegating is essential to managing more and more work. You want a simple and easy way to empower your leaders. Using a delegation framework will make it consistent every time you need to get support from others. 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 gives you his delegation framework that empowers leaders. The delegation framework also drives growth. If you want to learn how to improve your delegation, this is the episode for you.

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CEOs around the world struggle in letting go of the day-to-day. They ask me how CEOs become visionary leaders. This interview kicks off a new series just for CEOs who know they have to move beyond where they are today. Today's guest is Horst Schultze, co-founder of The Ritz Carlton and founder of the Capella Hotel Group. These brand names are in the top tier of hospitality and rated excellent by their guests. Horst was the visionary leader behind their success. He is also the author of Excellence Wins. He and I talked about how CEOs become visionaries. We look at what gets in the way. Horst shares his insights on the real reason why you must become a visionary leader. Join us for how CEOs become visionary leaders.

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Years of working with very successful leaders and entrepreneurs have allowed me to see what works for extraordinary results. Today, I will give you the extremely simple formula that drives successful people. You can learn what is missing if you keep working toward a goal that is evading you. Sometimes it is just taking longer than you wanted. This formula for extraordinary results will give you the power to harness something exceptional. I used to struggle with big goals, and sometimes those goals would drain energy from me because I would look at them and know that I was not making the progress I wanted. I made a discovery ten years ago when I took the training to become a certified coach. In my coaching training, we looked at the formula I am going to share with you. I have made some changes to the recipe over the years to simplify it and ensure you don’t get lost in achieving extraordinary results. This is the PAR formula. It has three pieces. In this video, I walk you through it. Many people get stuck on one part of this formula. It only takes a few minutes for me to help you leverage the PAR formula to create extraordinary results. Send me a DM if you want me to walk you through making this really work for you.

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Every company that wants to scale fast juggles many projects so they can move forward with speed. It is prevalent to put many projects before culture. In this episode, we look at why culture starts early. Today’s guest is Marc Randolph, one of the co-founders of Netflix. He was the first CEO at Netflix too. Marc had many other successes besides Netflix too. He is an investor and mentor to many legendary companies. He is also the host of a new podcast called That Will Never Work. Marc and I talk about the importance of culture in the early stages of business growth. One fact is getting the culture right in the beginning is more straightforward than changing culture when you begin to scale. Join us for this conversation on why culture starts early.

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A seven-year journey to get here. We reached 700 episodes and this very special one is just me. You get a summary of the not-so-obvious lessons from the Inc 5000 founders and CEOs. These lessons will challenge you and what you think to be right. I’m fine with pushing you to see a new perspective. You will discover lessons from proven leaders that have been in the top 1 percent in terms of revenue growth. Some of these are behind-the-scenes issues that sabotage my clients. Some are directly from interviews on the show. The most important thing is understanding even just one of these seven lessons will give you more power and clarity to be a more confident leader. They will guide you to extraordinary results. The not-so-obvious lessons in leadership will allow you to think about how you are able to evolve in each of the seven areas. Join me today in this very special — number 700 — and lean in to see which message is the breakthrough you need. You don’t have to be one of the Inc 5000 founders to benefit from these lessons. We all need these seven insights.

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Getting your message out into the world has been getting more difficult for years now. The amount of content is causing noise across all channels. Some people are slightly better at the hype of influence. There are some that so powerful in the hype strategies that they are hard to ignore. Our guest today is Michael Schein, author of The Hype Handbook. This book looks at the strategies that propagandists and cult leaders use to get people into action. Michael Schein and I discuss how you can learn from these mischief-makers to increase your influence. Micheal Schein has articles that have appeared in Fortune, Forbes, Inc, and Psychology Today. Learn from infamous Influencers that have always deployed the power of hype to get what they want.

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Mastering the art of developing your executive leadership team requires many skills. The leaders that you hire to support you in the journey to growth are usually competent and full of experience. This can be an advantage or a disadvantage. Developing your executive leadership team the right way is essential if you want to reach the company’s potential. Today’s guest is Jeff Hilimire, CEO and co-founder of Dragon Army. Jeff is a serial entrepreneur with multiple exits. Jeff is also the author of The 5-Day Turnaround. Dragon Army is an Atlanta-based mobile and innovation company that helps clients navigate today’s connected landscape. We look at developing your executive leadership team in depth. Jeff shares how we have been able to create strong teams at the executive level. Jeff and I go way back, and it is an honor to have him back on the podcast.

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Every great company has some employee training provided. There are many reasons for employee training, but one of the most essential is because employees want to work in a place where they are growing. Employee training is expensive, but it is often cited that not having employee training is more costly in the long run. Today’s guest is Nick Smarrelli, CEO at Gadelnet Consulting. Inc Magazine ranked Gadelnet #3330 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. They have been recognized on the Inc list eight consecutive times. Nick shares that one of the company values is “grow or die.” We look at the mindset of leaders that invest in employee training.

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Leaders often talk about why transparency is important. However, the absolute truth is that each leader has a “transparency line,” which is how much openness they are comfortable with. In my hundreds of interviews with fast-growth companies, you will see a typical pattern in companies that make transparency a central part of their culture. Our guest is Todd Ablowitz, Co-CEO, and Co-founder of Infinicept. His company was #95 on the 2020 Inc 500 list. Infinicept is recognized as the second fastest-growing software company on the list. Todd gives you many reasons why transparency is important. We discuss the power of vulnerability. Transparency is important for fast-growth and to provide a basis for trust across the organization.

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When starting a new enterprise, many decisions must be made. Some are urgent now, and others can be pushed off until the future. One big question is what kind of company do you want to be? This question is interpreted in many ways. But strong companies that know employees are essential to the organization's success know the importance of putting people first. My guest today is Brad Casper at Heart and Soul Marketing. Brad came from a previous Inc 5000 company and wanted to start Heart and Soul Marketing with a clear focus on the people. We look at the business case of putting people first. Brad shares the questions that he started within the very beginning. Join this interview to learn the art of putting people first.

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Leadership is more than just getting the job done. We have to be Activator to lead our employees beyond what they believe is possible. Dr. Jason Jones is our special guest today. Dr. Jason Jones is the author of Activator, which is about understanding the brain science in unlocking high-performance leadership. We look at the core elements of activating others. Dr. Jason Jones shows us simple ways to connect, coach, and culture in the process of being an Activator. You will learn new elements of leadership through this interview with Dr. Jason Jones.

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Every business has to balance the right perks and profitability. Today we look at the power of offering parental leave and the impact it has on company growth. Parental leave is more than just time off to adjust to having a new child joining a family. Our special guest is Debbie Millin, COO at Globalization Partners. This company was 6th in the 2016 Inc 5000 list. Globalization Partners helps companies scale and grow internationally through their systems. Debbe and I talk about parental leave in today's world. We look at the reasons why it is essential if you want to create a place that attracts top talent.

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Leaders who can do most tasks in their company seem to struggle in one central area. It is learning to delegate the right way. The main reason is they know how to do the thing. They also know how they want it done. However, great leaders know how to delegate the right way. The art of delegation can help you be the best leader you can be. Our guest is Jordan Erksine, President of Dynamic Blending. Dynamic Blending was #17 on the 2020 Inc 500 list. Jordan begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is scheduling time. He also walks us through the end of the daily routine that has amplified his impact. In part two, Jordan is coached on the struggles of delegation the right way. He is transparent in our conversation, which makes for great learning. You will discover how to delegate the right way better inside this episode.

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Fast-growth companies are fast mainly because the CEO can remove themselves from being the bottleneck. My research into fast-growth companies revealed the importance of getting employees to take ownership. When they feel like owners, they can act like owners. My guest today is Pete Maldonado, Founder of Chomps. His company was ranked #22 in the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Chomps are located at major retailers where they sell Chomps meat sticks made with the best ingredients. Pete begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is improving collaboration in the organization. In part two, Pete is coached on getting employees to take ownership. We look beyond employees taking responsibility for their work. You will be a more effective leader when you apply the insights we discuss together. You will discover how to getting employees to take ownership inside this episode.

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Communication is a cornerstone in the skills of leadership. This does not mean you have to do all the talking. Actually, there is power in talking less and leading better. When you understand that listening is essential to leadership that aligns people. Our guest is Jory Schwach, CEO of Andium. His company was #200 on the 2020 Inc 500 list. Andium is an enterprise internet of things ecosystem that leverages its end-to-end software platform to bring intelligence and flexibility to hardware like never before. Jory begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is empowering others. He is very analytical and gives us a system to empowering others. In part two, he is coached on talking less and leading better. We look at what gets in the way when you talk too much. You will discover how to talk less and leading better inside this episode.

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You have likely heard the phrase "Eat the frog." It comes from the iconic Brian Tracy. It means that you have to keep doing the hard stuff every day. This means can't procrastinate the problematic things. Leadership is a constant battle of being uncomfortable when you do the hard stuff. Today we talk about doing the hard stuff with Johnny Owens, founder of Owens Recovery Science. His company is #136 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Johnny begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is learning to delegate better. He shares insights on the delegation that has improved the company's efficiency. In part two, he is coached on doing the hard stuff. You will discover how to do the hard stuff first thing each day inside this episode.

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Growing fast requires you to have to be an intentional leader. Pushing yourself and challenging your team members is a regular part of any CEO’s work. One aspect of being very deliberate in how CEOs spend their time is knowing the most valuable projects. Today’s guest is Bill Kerr, CEO of Avalon Healthcare Solutions. His company was ranked #4 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Bill begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is the power of giving up making decisions. He shares how much impact his team is making because they are the ones that are making the decisions to drive the company forward. In part two, Bill is coached on how CEOs spend their time. Your time is precious, and you want to make the most of it as the CEO of a growing organization. You will discover how CEOs spend their time inside this episode.

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Everything evolves. Great leaders are intentional about it. Once your company stabilizes from a growth phase, you may be thinking about what is next. In other words, you have to identify your next role in leadership. When you intentionally focus on how you are evolving, you will be seen as a stronger leader. Today’s guest is Aaron Grossman, CEO of The Talent Launch Network. His company was ranked eight consecutive times on the Inc 5000 list. His company was ranked eight consecutive times on the Inc 5000 list. Aaron begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is planning everything. In part two, he is coached on his next role in leadership. We look deep into what is going on as the company enters a new phase. You will discover how to identify your next part in leadership inside this episode.

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Back-to-back meetings may sound optimal in how you approach your schedule. However, don’t overlook the power of making time to think. If you want to see around corners and create a new future, you have to give yourself space. It may be a walk outside or even scheduling a day away from the office. Find your best strategy of making time to think. Our guest is Bryan Jakovcic, President and Owner of Fusion Health. Fusion Health was #556 on the 2019 Inc 500 list. Bryan begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is conducting better 1-on-1 meetings. In part two, Bryan is coached on making time to think. Visionaries must be intentional about time to think. You will discover how to make time to think inside this episode.

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Improving leadership communication does not have the mindshare of many leaders like operational strategies. However, communication is an essential element that many employees often say needs improvement, even when the company is growing fast. In fact, improving leadership communication is critical in an agile work environment. Our guest is Mike Gentile, CEO of Cisoshare. Cisoshare was #88 on the 2019 Inc 500 list. Mike begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is being intentional about his family as much as the work. He shares why putting his family at the top of his to-do list has improved his leadership. In part two, Mike is coached on improving leadership communication. We look at the enemies of communication when you are leading a growing team. You will discover how to improving leadership communication inside this episode.

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Many leaders feel that they have to make the most of every minute of the day. They optimize their schedules to get the most out of their time. However, many times they are not creating time to think. I see this quite often in my work and eventually, it catches up with these leaders. Today, we see how creating time to think is more productive than a packed calendar. Our guest is Kurt Luidhardt, co-founder of Prosper Group. Prosper Group was #466 on the 2019 Inc 500 list. Kurt begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, hiring a sales manager even with him actively involved in business development. In part two, Kurt is coached on creating time to think. Back-to-back meetings and scheduling every minute of the day may seem productive, but CEOs need white space to think. You will discover how to create time to think better inside this episode.

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Don’t overlook the need to think about the future, innovation, and potential threats. Yet too many CEOs are overscheduled. I get asked all the time. “How to create more white space to think?” As leaders, we have to learn the balance of everyday work and thinking about the vision we are creating. Our guest is Matt Kueker, CEO of Kenway Consulting. Kenway Consulting was #4495 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Matt begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is the power to say NO. In part two, Gene coaches Matt on creating time to think. We remove many of his limiting beliefs. You will discover how to create more white space better inside this episode.

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Believing you need to improve accountability across your organization is a common thought. However, many times it is seen as hovering. The idea is to improve how you delegate without micro-managing. Our guest is Renzi Stone, CEO of Saxum. Saxum was #4246 on the 2019 Inc 500 list. Renzi begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, integrating personal and professional time. He even takes time in the middle of the day to squeeze in a workout to improve his focus at work. In part two, Renzi is coached on how to delegate without micro-managing. He wants to improve how he leads and lift overall trust with his employees. You will discover how to delegate without micro-managing better inside this episode.

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For many, success has a price. CEOs that put all of their energy and time into the work will often wake up one day and wonder what happened to their personal lives. I was one of those people and didn’t realize it in my first startup. One thing that CEOs must keep in mind is the importance of planning family time. Today’s guest is Jeff Kupietzy, CEO of PowerInbox. PowerInbox ranked on the Inc 500 list at #30 in 2019. Jeff begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is utilizing peer groups. In part two, Jeff is coached on planning more family time. You will discover the importance of being intentional about family time inside this episode.

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Every CEO is faced with dozens if not more projects that must be completed. The challenge is choosing the right projects. Not all of them can be done immediately. It is usually a balance of short-term and long-term projects that need to be managed. One way to look at choosing the right projects is to have a standard selection process or a rubric. Our guest is Jeff, co-founder of Digital Have. Digital Hyve was #52 on the 2018 Inc 500 list. Jeff begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, focusing on both the urgent and important. In part two, Jeff is coached on choosing the right projects. You will discover how to choose the best projects that drive ROI for your company in this episode.

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Your calendar is likely the one tool that keeps you organized. If your calendar is not right, you are likely late to meetings and unaware of your commitments. When you manage your calendar better, you feel productive and efficient. This special series on optimizing your time is all about how you can manage your calendar better. 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 begins by sharing his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is more effective delegation. In part two, Eric is coached on ensuring that the meetings on his calendar are the best use of his time. You will discover how to manage your calendar better inside this episode.

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One of the biggest challenges that CEOs face when it comes to optimizing their time is creating white space in their calendar. It seems that no matter what they do, they have people that want to fill in any available time on their calendar with a meeting. Creating white space is really about making time to think. Scheduling back-to-back meeting may seem productive, but the CEO that lacks time to think is likely to miss opportunities. Today's interview is with Justin Bakes, co-founder of Forward Financing. This company was #404 out of 5000 in the 2018 Inc List. Justin shares his top strategy for optimizing his time, which is improving his team meetings' flow. We look at the updates he has made to his meeting framework that has expanded his leadership capabilities. Justin also agreed to share the coaching conversation we held that is all about creating white space. This is not in-depth coaching, but it will give you insight into the re-framing challenges of creating white space.

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When you spend your time wisely, you are focused on the right things. You can remove distractions from your mind to do the most valuable things. It is a never-ending journey to optimize your time, especially when you are the CEO of a fast-growth company. This video kicks off a new series aimed to help you optimize your time. Gene gives you the context of this series in a way that allows you to optimize your time by learning from others. This series will last the entire month of January. Tune in to optimize your time.

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What a year it has been. Instead of looking back at our mistakes, let’s look at how you can prepare for the new year. Discover three essential elements to being a stronger and more influential leader who can activate growth this year. When you prepare for the new year the right way, you will meet any challenges you face in the new year. You will also get a bonus treat when I share the uncomfortable truth about goals. This one thing will be the one thing that determines if you receive your goals.

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Those that have an ownership stake tend to think differently about the work and decisions they have to make. Do you believe that getting employees that think like owners without any real financial ownership is possible? Well, I have seen it happen over and over. In fact, it is one of the most significant driving forces in fast-growth companies. Today's guest is Sam Eitzen, CEO at The Snap Bar. Inc Magazine ranked The Snap Bar #217 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Sam shares his leadership insights that catapulted his company to fast growth. We look at what happens with employees think like owners. Discover how you can engage your employees to think like owners.

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Being a servant leader is not new. The big idea is as the CEO; you serve your people. However, you have to understand the servant leadership skills if you want to get all the value you can out of this idea. Today's guest is John Eanes, CEO at Eanes Heating & Air Conditioning. Inc Magazine ranked them #4330 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. John shares how servant leadership skills have impacted his company's growth. We look at why it drives growth in a way that allows you to improve your servant leadership skills.

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Thinking you know it all is the enemy to growth. When you can stay curious, you get to see perspectives. Today's guest is Mitch Greenwald, CEO at Cloudbakers. Inc Magazine ranked them #1174 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. Cloudbakers is the Google Cloud Premier Partner that will ensure a fast and quality implementation. Mitch gives us a look into why we must stay curious when we want to grow our companies. He and I explore what that means for leaders that can stay curious despite the pressure to know it all.

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Your company has a culture whether or not you intentionally set it. When you define your culture to empower people, you set up the business for long-term success. The essential parts to define your culture are a big part of why a company grows fast. Today's guest is Goddard Abel, CEO at G2. Inc Magazine ranked G2 #408 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. This company helps B2C and B3b brands provide immersive online shopping experiences. Goddard sees the power of culture through all of the companies he has built over the years. Discover the ability to define your culture with intention.

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Adapting to the ups and downs of a crazy, fast-paced work environment is all about embracing change. Companies that resist change and make excuses suffer the consequences. The leaders of any organization must embrace change, and they must also encourage growth across the organization. My guest today is Co-CEO and co-founder of Soundstripe. This company was ranked #68 in the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Soundstripe is a marketplace for royalty-free music. Travis and I look at embracing change from a practical perspective and also the mindset. Join me for this interview to improve your leadership skills to embrace change.

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People are essential to every business that is growing fast. The heart of leadership is focusing on your people. Your product or service is essential, but scaling quickly requires people to feel like you care about them. Today's guest is Kurt Donnell, CEO at Freestar. Inc Magazine ranked Freestar #1 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. They were also ranked 36 in the 2020 list. Freestar works with businesses to build brand awareness, establish marketing campaigns, and increase revenue based upon content promotion. Kurt shares his journey and why he believes the heart of leadership is so important. Discover how Kurt sees the heart of leadership in today's interview.

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Culture is just as essential as your service or product. In fact, I believe that your people should feel like they come first. This is what I call an employee-first culture. Today’s guest is Mel Gun, CEO at SYNERGEN Health. Inc Magazine ranked SYNERGEN Health #3906 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. They have been honored on the Inc 5000 five times. SYNERGEN Health is an end-to-end revenue cycle management solution that ensures the financial success of medical practices. Mel and I discuss the critical elements of an employee-first culture. We look at the power of people inside our companies. You may be hesitant to have an employee-first culture, but discover the real benefits in today’s show.

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Leaders that invest in employees dare to see a future where their employees are an essential part of the business growth. When you fail to prioritize your employee’s development, you may not feel it immediately, but you will see it in the long term. Today’s guest is Gregg Cohen, CEO at JWB Real Estate Capital. Inc Magazine ranked JWB Real Estate Capital #1841 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. They have been honored with this eight times. They provide high-quality single-family rental homes to thousands of residents in Jacksonville and have over five years of experience and 3300 properties under management. Gregg believes leaders must invest in employees, so they grow. However, it is more than growth. When you invest in employees, they feel like the organization is taking care of them. Join us for today’s interview with Gregg.

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