The Frustrated CEO

The Frustrated CEO

Your role as the CEO is as difficult as it is important. Yes, it can be frustrating! It can seem like you are alone on the one hand and powerful and influential on the other as you try to make the best decisions possible to set your business up for success. How you show up to lead is as important as what you do …. Having a clear road map to support you to be successful is critical.We are here to help guide your journey by providing proven processes and systems for greater influence, action and success while increasing your own sense of satisfaction and well-being.


March 7, 2023 64 min

Many of your frustrations at work are all rooted in the same issue: the inability of leaders below your Executive Team to cascade your Vision down into the organization, hold themselves and their people accountable, inspire high-performing teams, and ultimately execute your strategic plan. Weak or under-developed Next-Level Leaders are roadblocks to strategic execution, and their struggles make your job exponentially more frustrati...

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Great CEOs understand that the primary function of leadership is to benefit the people they lead. Few would argue conceptually, but what does that look like on the job? Join us for an uplifting conversation with Chris Sarles, recently-retired CEO of Oregon Food Products about growing your skills, caring for the people, developing and engaging others, creating high-performing teams, leading through the chaos, and even transitioning ...

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January 31, 2023 73 min

Culture is clearly a concern for every good CEO and senior leader, and you simply can’t create a high-performing one without an honest and intentional focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Join us for an in-depth and honest DEIB discussion with Chief Executive Consultant and HR Executive Pleasure M. Allen. We hope this one challenges and inspires you to raise the bar in your organization.

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One great strategy for overcoming chronic issues is to change your perspective, and what better way to accomplish that than through the lens of acclaimed filmmaker Jesse Andrew Clark, whose work has been seen on PBS, Discovery Channel, Adult Swim and Comedy Central? Join us for a different, non-traditional examination of key CEO frustrations like diversity and sustainability through a new lens.

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The New Year brings with it all kinds of resolutions, and perhaps no resolution is more important in the workplace than conflict resolution. While most CEOs wish the conflict in their organizations would just go away, conflict is a great sign your people are invested and care about the state of things. You don’t want to eliminate conflict, but you do need to navigate through it the right way. Join us as we welcome perspective mappe...

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When last we spoke with decorated futurist and global business expert Ben Pring in episode 10, the pandemic still raged and the Great Resignation was in full swing. Ben’s valuable vision and foresight were so helpful that it only made sense to bring him back for another round. If you’re looking for the trends that’ll shape business in 2023 and beyond, this is the episode for you.

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Purposeful work isn’t just for Millennials and Gen Z. Not only are CEOs allowed to align life, work, and purpose together; one could easily argue you HAVE to align them if you hope to be an effective leader in 2022 and beyond. Your employees demand purpose filled lives and work for themselves, so here’s your opportunity to lead by example to become someone others admire and want to follow. This is the one change you’ll be glad you ...

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It’s often said the two loneliest jobs in the universe are Pastor and CEO, and a survey by the Harvard Business Review said 6 out of 10 CEOs believe loneliness hinders their own job performance. Always in the spotlight. Never allowed an off day. Always expected to have answers. Never allowed to feel lost. Always superhuman. Never simply human.

If that’s you, then this is the episode you’ve been waiting for, because you don’t have to...

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You, too, can be intentional and strategic to become a force in the digital landscape. 

Join our interview with Amy Rosenberg, Founder and President of Veracity, to learn how to leverage current news and employee passions to position your company’s core values and culture, connect with internal and external audiences, elevate your visibility, and position you as an industry thought leader. It’s not only smart business…. It’s imperat...

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Making people do things is far less effective than making them WANT to do things, and great leaders understand this. Leadership is far more about influence than authority, and perhaps the most underutilized influence tool in your toolbox is storytelling.

Check out our engaging conversation with Jamie Dixon, author of The Story Habit, to learn how to shape stories that move people, challenge, connect and relate, and ultimately drive ...

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September 26, 2022 76 min

A recent Gallup poll survey of 10 million employees in 150 countries suggested at least half of all employees have quietly quit, the insidious act of lowering the bar, doing the bare minimum at work, collecting a paycheck and going home.

Or, as millennials and Gen Z describe it, “the smart decision to put strong boundaries in place to protect mental health and personal time”.

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What exactly does it mean to be a missional business? Is it the same as a non-profit? How can you attend to the needs of your local communities and better steward the planet’s finite resources without sacrificing profitability? It’s not easy, but the benefits of managing a Triple Bottom Line can be significant in revenue, profitability, hiring, retention, and brand popularity.

Join us for an in-depth discussion with Abe Tanenbaum, C...

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Building a strong business with long-term success requires many different things all working together. And being an effective leader requires the right mindset and skills to help you move that business forward. Both business and the leader need to continuously improve and work together to reach their full potential.

Tune in for a special episode with a dear friend of the show as Fernando Camacho of Overdog Digital shares how to tran...

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Who better to talk about building winning organizations than life-long NFL Executive Randy Mueller, winner of the 2000 NFL Executive of the Year award with the New Orleans Saints?

Join us as we journey from small-town Idaho to one of the winningest college football programs of all time, and then into multiple NFL front offices to learn what it takes to build winning leaders, teams, organizations, and cultures.

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Laughter is scientifically proven to activate the release of the mood-boosting hormones dopamine and serotonin while simultaneously reducing the anxiety and stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. And a 2015 workplace study found happier employees are 12% more productive than unhappy employees. So, if laughter is the best medicine, when’s the last time you and your business had a dose?

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July 19, 2022 60 min

What if we told you there’s a way to conduct every business meeting to bring greater engagement, more creativity, more productivity, tighter teamwork, higher energy, and a better overall culture? Would it be worth an hour of your time to listen to this episode to find out how?

Tune in as we put our very own show host, Leb Tannenbaum, on the hot seat to learn how one simple tool can change everything in your business meetings, and th...

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One of the most important tasks of every CEO is prioritization. With so many balls in the air at one time, so many competing priorities, every call you make affects the future as much as the present day. Should your focus be on customers? Product development? Market penetration? What about hiring new talent, profit and loss, and culture? Where does acquiring the latest technology come in?

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Employee average tenure declined again according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest figures, continuing an almost decade-long trend. And as you might imagine, millennials and Gen Z employees are even less likely to remain in their current roles than Boomers and Gen Xers.

What’s a CEO to do when the employees you need for the future are the hardest to retain?

Tune in to this episode for our conversation with Karen Matthews, who...

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According to a recent poll, 83% of CEOs want their organizations to use more data in the decision-making process. But where do you gather it from and how do you separate it from the sea of noise out there? And what role does your gut still play in making strategic decisions?

Join us for our though-provoking discussion with Desh Urs, Founder and CEO of iBridge, a leading global digital transformation company helping organizations col...

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Stories. We’re drawn to them. Entertained by them. Educated through them. Challenged by them. History is passed down through them.

And the only thing more valuable than a great story is a great storyteller.

Join us for an inspiring and entertaining conversation with master storyteller Coach AK Ikwuakor on how you can grow everything from sales to customer service to culture to your own executive leadership through the power of storyt...

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