Behind The Billboard

Behind The Billboard

Is successful entrepreneurship about promoting the hell out of yourself, or building a killer culture and focusing on relentless personal development? Find the surprising answers as real estate rock star Kris Lindahl interviews business leaders from all walks of life. No matter what industry you’re in, you’ll learn how to win in the marketplace—and life—by finding your authentic self and communicating it to the world.... Show More

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Draw a picture in your mind of a great leader. Do you see someone who’s charismatic, extroverted and full of energy? Some leaders fit that description, but a surprising number don’t match the stereotype. On this edition of “Behind the Billboard,” Minnesota Wild president Matt Majka talks about his improbable journey to sports nirvana and what he’s learned about leadership along the way. Key among his insights: Great leaders never p... Read more

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Are you hoping that a single secret to success is going to put everything into place for you and change your life? Then you’re probably not thinking about leadership the right way. EideCom and Forever Bride founder Charles Eide talks about what he’s learned about leadership, acknowledging that he still learns something new every day. In this podcast, you’ll hear what Charles and Kris have to say about focus vs. expansion, learni... Read more

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When you talk to leaders who are struggling or frustrated, there’s one phrase that crops up often: “You don’t understand.” You don’t understand my industry. You don’t understand how hard it is to get leads. You don’t understand how competitive it is out there. In this One on One episode, Kris talks about the fact that most challenges are the same across all industries and among all human beings. If you find yourself saying “you ... Read more

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April 14, 2019 3 min

What’s keeping you from living up to your true potential as a leader? Hint: It has nothing to do with how talented you are, or even how hard you work. — BTB #27 One on One

Have you ever heard or thought something along the lines of, “S/he has a lot of talent, but they’re not living up to their potential”? Maybe you’ve thought the same thing about yourself. In this One on One episode, Kris talks about the single biggest hur... Read more

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Have you ever been in a meeting where nobody’s paying attention? Where the laptops are open, the phone notifications are pouring in, everyone’s interrupting everyone else, and some people are even answering their texts and emails? Now be honest: Have you ever been that person? Most people who want to be great leaders make the mistake of talking too much and not being fully present. In this One on One episode, Kris talks about th... Read more

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Sometimes the best examples of good leadership come from the most unexpected places. In this one-on-one episode, Kris shares a recent experience with two different Uber drivers who made a huge impact on him on a recent speaking trip. Especially if you work in a highly commoditized industry, what makes you different? How do you stand out? And do you sometimes fall into the trap of asking for validation without trying to earn it f... Read more

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If there’s one truism about life, it’s this: Nobody follows a quitter. Good leaders are persistent to the point of being relentless. Their single-mindedness may drive some people crazy, but it drives even more to follow them. In this One on One podcast, Kris shares his own story of persistence (hint: it has to do with being a fan of a certain team that still hasn’t won a Super Bowl) and talks about how sometimes even when you th... Read more

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Would you follow a coach who didn’t think your team could win the championship? How about a general who thought you’d probably lose the war? Confidence is the most important trait in a leader, because people follow passion, period. So as a leader, you need to be 100% confident in what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. In this One on One episode, Kris reveals the secrets of leadership confidence: what it is and what it isn’t,... Read more

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Do you experience more loneliness the higher the climb the leadership ladder? Do you feel like the more responsibilities you have, the less people understand what you’re going through? In this One on One episode, Kris opens up about his own struggles with loneliness and offers useful tips on how you can manage it. The first thing to understand is that loneliness is part of leadership and completely normal. In fact, it can actual... Read more

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What are the special traits that effective leaders share—not the leaders of 20 or 30 years ago, but today’s leaders? From leading his own business and talking to other leaders across all kinds of organizations, Kris has noticed that it comes down to 8 vital traits. Find out what they are and why they’re so important in this special One on One “Behind the Billboard” episode. The list may surprise you … 



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Are you one of those leaders who constantly thinks, “I could let someone else handle this, but it’ll be easier if I just do it myself”? It’s a common trait among CEOs, especially entrepreneurs who start their businesses from scratch. Recognizing that she was one of those people, Media Bridge founder and CEO Tracy Call did a radical thing: For an entire month, she completely disconnected from her business and traveled with her fa... Read more

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What do you struggle with? It’s a hard question to ask, and sometimes it’s an even harder question to answer. In this One on One podcast, Kris shares his own challenges and offers some advice for leaders on slowing down, truly being in the moment, showing empathy and being generous with recognizing others. He also shares a personal anecdote on how his daughter helps him remember to slow down. Bottom line: Sometimes leaders avoid... Read more

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Has anyone ever asked you what advice you would give to your younger self? This happened to Kris recently when a friend asked him what he saw clearly now that he wishes he had seen earlier in his life. Kris offers six areas of wisdom that he wishes he had been quicker to realize. The point isn’t to beat yourself up that you didn’t know things sooner; it’s to share your insights to help others on their leadership journeys. Too of... Read more

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What’s the secret to improving someone’s health and fitness? If you listen to Chuck Runyon, it sounds a lot like the secret to good leadership: listening, empathizing, being generous with your attention, and seeing your job as helping people unlock their full potential. As the co-founder of Self Esteem Brands and the CEO of Anytime Fitness, Chuck makes all of this happen every day. It’s impressive that his company has now opened... Read more

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Do you set huge goals for yourself at the beginning of the year, then find yourself getting increasingly depressed about your inability to meet them? Join the club! Traditional goal-setting is not only ineffective; it actually puts yours farther away from achieving what you want. In this special “One on One” Behind the Billboard, Kris shares his own struggles with goal-setting, then reveals his two secrets to building momentum, ... Read more

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Want proof that phenomenal success starts with finding your true passion? Look no farther than Rachel Mairose. Rachel started a small dog rescue out of her apartment in 2009. Less than a decade later, Secondhand Hounds is the largest animal rescue operation in the Midwest, with over 17,000 animals saved. In this fascinating interview, Rachel talks about why you should “keep going until you find your passion and feel like you don... Read more

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If you’ve ever spent a day at a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) food-packing center, you know it’s an experience you’ll never forget—remarkably consistent and uplifting for the 1.4 million volunteers across 40 states who participate every year. In this episode, Kris talks to Feed My Starving Children CEO Mark Crea to unearth the secrets on how this once-small organization has grown from 1 site packing 3 million meals for kids i... Read more

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How are you feeling about 2019? Better than last year? Worse? About the same? As we enter a new year, it’s time to wipe the slate clean and take a fresh look at where we’re at in our lives and careers. Looking back on 2018, Kris sees both the successes and the challenges in starting and growing a business, and the pitfalls and rewards of trying to do things differently and better. In this one-on-one episode, he shares his four a... Read more

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Are you a successful leader who’s secretly burned out and unhealthy? Is what you’re doing bringing you success but not joy? Are you especially attuned to the leadership challenges that teenagers face today? Then the incredible story of youth worker, speaker, trainer and preacher Cesar Castillejos will definitely resonate with you. Learn about Cesar’s challenges growing up as an of-color kid in a Minnesota suburb, hear the two qu... Read more

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It’s natural to compare yourself to other people, but is it healthy—and are you comparing yourself to something real or fake? In this special “One on One” podcast, Kris talks about the growing dangers of comparing yourself to someone else’s social media-produced life. 



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