Growth Think Tank with David Bezar

Become a Leader Worth Following with David Bezar at Thrive Financial Services

Leadership is more than a role. Those that have risen the ranks of companies may believe that leadership is about finally making it. But the reality, it takes more than most leaders are willing to give to becoming a leader worth following. Today’s guest is David Bezar, Senior Managing Director at Thrive Financial Services. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1503 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Thrive Financial is a client-first, independent, wealth management firm. David talks about what it takes to become a leader worth following. We look at various parts of leadership. David also shares what often gets in his way. Discover what it takes to become a leader worth following.

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Growth Think Tank with Geetesh Goyal

Speical 800th Episode – The Fastest-Growth Company on the 2021 Inc 5000 list – Human Bees with founder Geetesh Goyal

What does it take to be Inc’s Fastest-Growth Company? Well, it is more than just a great idea at the right time. The fastest growth company is one that can attract and retain talented people. They also know how to develop those people to drive growth. Today’s guest is Geetesh Goyal, Chairman & CEO at Human Bees. Inc Magazine ranked this company #1 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Human Bees, are a nation-wide recruiting company specialized in placing engineers, IT professionals, manufacturing personnel, and admin/professional support. Human Bees has a mission to provide businesses with a unique solution to staffing needs and help people find jobs that are right for them. Geetesh shares his perspectives on scaling up a company. We look at the journey of the fastest growth company in this year’s Inc 5000 list of privately held companies. This is a VERY special episode. We have published 800 since the beginning of this podcast.

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Growth Think Tank with Sam Eitzen

The Journey of a Leader’s Sabbatical with Sam Eitzen at SnapBar

The stress of being a CEO of a growing company is comprised of pressure-filled moments. When it builds up, the answer is not to quit. You might consider the leader’s sabbatical. Taking intentional time away from the business and disconnecting from the day-to-day will give you perspective. Today’s guest is Sam Eitzen, CEO, and Co-Founder at Snapbar. Inc Magazine ranked his company #473 on the 2019 Inc 5000 list. SnapBar has evolved over the years and now creates unique experiences for event attendees using technology in unique ways. Sam walks us through the pressures he was experiencing before he realized he needed a leader’s sabbatical. The signs may not have been clear, but eventually, he needed to look at his priorities differently. The leader’s sabbatical may be something that you need in the future.

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founder alignment

Founder Alignment is Essential to Company Alignment – Behind the Scenes

At times founders of companies will find themselves out of alignment. Just like with a tire alignment on your car’s suspension. You need to have regular founder alignment conversations. Sometimes it is about strategy forward. Founder alignment can also be about the deeper issues that plague company growth. Over the years, I have facilitated many conversations with founders to keep founder alignment in check. In today’s behind the scenes, we look at what often gets in the way of founder alignment.

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Growth Think Tank with Chris Hurn

Leading with Your Core Values – 3 Ss with Chris Hurn at Fountainhead

Fast companies tend to have in common the focus on leading with core values in mind. They make their values front and center. Discover why leading with core values is not something you can ignore. Today’s guest is Chris Hurn, Founder, and CEO at Fountainhead Commercial Capital. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1221 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. They made this list three consecutive times. Fountainhead is a nationwide, nonbank commercial lender specializing in helping small to midsize businesses finance their growth. Chris shares why leading with core values is essential for growing companies. We look at how the company operationalizes its values. Learn how leading with core values will change how your company aligns with the work.

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Growth Think Tank with David Clayman

Value Acceleration before Planning Your Exit with David Clayman at Twelve Points Wealth

There may be a day in the future you want to sell your company. You will want to make sure you are getting the most for it. One term to add to your understanding is “value acceleration.” Today’s guest is Dave Clayman, Co-Founder, and CEO at Twelve Points Wealth Management. Inc Magazine ranked his company #869 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Twelve Points Wealth Management LLC provides wealth management services. Dave teaches us about value acceleration through the lens of a potential buyer. We look at one of the most missed aspects in leadership if you want to sell your company eventually. Value acceleration is not something you can make happen quickly — it takes time to get these things right.

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Leadership Decisions

Leadership Decisions Often Require You to Take the Hard Path – Behind the Scenes

Every leader faces challenges. The nature of the role requires them to face leadership decisions with confidence and courage. With over ten years of working with high-level executives and entrepreneurs, I have noticed that leadership decisions often require you to avoid the easy path. When you face a challenge, you always have options. In today’s episode, we see how you can see those options and make the right leadership decisions.

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Growth Think Tank with Cory Brymer

Employee First Focus Impact on the Bottomline with Cory Brymer at BryComm

Many believe leaders must put customers first. However, fast-growth company founders and CEOs believe in employee-first focus. This is a very different approach to scaling a business. Putting employees first allows them to take care of the customers because they know leadership is taking care of them. Today’s guest is Cory Brymer, Founder, and CEO at BryComm. Inc Magazine ranked his company #3803 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. BryComm, a leader in delivering technology solutions, specializing in the design, installation, service, and maintenance of network infrastructure. Cory provides a deep understanding of why leaders must have an employee-first focus. He outlines the strategies he has used to build a culture of owners. The idea of employee-first focus is usually a threat to the traditional customer first that many leaders embrace.

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Growth Think Tank with Robert Fraser

The Journey to Scale and Losing it all with Robert Fraser at Aspen Funds

The ups and downs of entrepreneurship are not for everyone. The journey to scale a business requires many skills and evolving mindset. Join us for this climb of building a business. Today’s guest is Bob Fraser, Founder, and Principal at Aspen Funds. Inc Magazine ranked his company #2436 on the 2021 Inc 5000 list. Aspen Income Fund is a residential mortgage fund designed to provide current income for investors, along with the potential for capital gains. Bob has had quite a ride on his journey to scale. We look at the challenges he faced and the heights he has reached. The journey to scale is part of the entrepreneurial ride.

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Using Your Company Mission

Using Your Company Mission to Align the Hearts of Your People – Behind the Scenes

Being a mission-driven company requires that you integrate it into the daily functions of the company culture. Let’s look at using your company’s mission to change the vibe of the culture. I share with you a simple strategy that allows you to repeat your mission without actually repeating it. Using your company mission in a way that creates unity will improve the company culture.

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Growth Think Tank with Robert Netzly

Attracting Talented People with Your Company Mission with Robert Netzly at Inspire Investing

Every company wants to hire the best employees. In our current economy, attracting talented people is one of the biggest challenges they face. There is no easy fix, but the process of attracting talented people is a competitive advantage. Today’s guest is Robert Netzly, President and CEO at Inspire Investing. Inc Magazine ranked his company #1136 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. Inspire Investing is a leading innovator in the biblically responsible investing (BRI) movement, providing low-cost, high-impact BRI solutions to institutions, advisors, and investors to inspire transformation for God’s glory throughout the world. Robert gives us his strategy to attracting talented people. He provides the simple approaches that have worked as they have scaled up their company.

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Growth Think Tank with Dean Owen

Leading People to Think Like Owners with Dean Owen at M. Dean Owen CPA

Getting employees to go beyond responsibility is the dream of many leaders. Great companies intentionally encourage employees to think like owners. My research with fast-growth companies has uncovered the concept of leaders inspiring their people to feel like owners. Today’s guest is Dean Owen, President at M Dean Owen CPA. Inc Magazine ranked his company #2841 on the 2020 Inc 5000 list. M Dean Owen CPA, is a mid-size regional CPA firm focusing on small businesses and upper-income families, providing full range accounting, tax, and wealth management services. Dean shares why employees must think like owners. When employees look at their role as more than just a job, they are committed to the results and goals. When they think like owners, they can overcome the challenges they encounter.

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