principles of success

3 Principles of Success and Significance – Behind the Scenes

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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Growth Think Tank with George Azih

Empowering Leaders to Lead for Fast-growth with George Azih at LeaseQuery

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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Growth Think Tank with James Schmachtenberger

Mission-driven Companies Are Pulled to Fast Growth with James Schmachtenberger at Neurohacker Collective

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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lift your energy

Lift Your Energy and Channel Your Mind by Changing One Word

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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Growth Think Tank with Enrico Palmerino

Strong Leaders Bring Courage and Confidence to All Things with Enrico Palmerino at Botkeeper

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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Growth Think Tank with Aaron Muller

The Journey of Being a Serial Entrepreneur with Aaron Muller at ChomChom Roller

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. Chom 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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Tolerating a Bad Employee

Tolerating a Bad Employee Is a Quick Way to De-motivate a Great Employee – Behind the Scenes

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 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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Growth Think Tank with James "Chef" Barlow

Inspiring Trust at All Levels of a Company with James “Chef” Barlow at Blue Air Training

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 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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powerful coaching skills

3 Powerful Coaching Skills That Make You an Extraordinary Leader – Behind the Scenes

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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Growth Think Tank with Joe Fuca at Reputation.com

Innovation Requires You to Creating Your Own Category with Joe Fuca at Reputation.com

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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Growth Think Tank with Dennis Fois at Copper

Going Beyond a Metrics Driven Organization with Dennis Fois at Copper

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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Framework for Delegation

A Simple Framework for Delegation that Aligns People – Behind the Scenes

Delegating the right way is a constant challenge. I see leaders that try to support their people in the 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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