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

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

Develop leadership skills and understand leadership development from expert interviews with transformational leaders. Growth Think Tank provides discussions that dive deep into new strategies to accelerate your company growth and your leadership abilities. What makes us different is the focus on interviews with founders and CEOs from the Inc 500 leaders. Learn from their failures and discover the finer elements of significance that will impact your company. This show was formerly known as "Leaders in the Trenches."... Show More

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July 7, 2020 2 min

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 mor...

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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...

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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 elemen...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ju...

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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 Chairma...

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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 tha...

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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 t...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 fe...

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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 ...

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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 tha...

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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 of...

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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 #28...

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