Leaders in the Trenches Podcast

Leaders in the Trenches started in 2014 to serve leaders on their journey of growth and significance with their work. It is conversations with leaders for leaders. My name is Gene Hammett, host of the show. I am proud to be recognized by Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine for our impact on leaders that are evolving to better serve their teams.

Leaders in the Trenches - leadership podcast

Over the years, I have interviewed leaders in amazing companies, best selling authors, and experts that serve leaders. We have touched on topics of growth, culture, leadership, sales, marketing and other areas of growth for leaders.

Latest Episodes…

 

373 | The Value of Bold Leadership with Nav Salimian

Bold leadership is the new normal in today’s fast past world. Change is constant. I got a chance to go in the trenches with a bold leader, Nav Salimian. Nav tells his story of growth by breaking from the old way to sell their bold clothing online. His story is remarkable. He saw an opportunity that required a family owned business to let go of the past. You talk about taking risks to test new ways. You have to be willing to play in your zone of genius. The story of this brand and the bold leadership is powerful. Today, we talk about the value of bold choice in leadership.

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372 | No Excuses – Increasing Your Leadership Impact

What happens when you have a “No excuses” way of leadership. Well, first it changes everything. It also depends on you. You must be able to take full ownership of your work, projects, goals, and the process. No excuses are also more than just you. It is creating a culture that is not willing to accept excuses from anyone. I share with you some insights about how you can create a No excuses way of leadership. I do share a story from Kyle Porter, CEO of SalesLoft, about his realization that he has no one to blame but himself when a key performer leaves his company. Discover what Kyle did that is so different than most leaders.

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371 | Mental Toughness for Leaders with World Record Everest Climber Colin O’Brady

Mental toughness in today’s work is the ability to navigate uncertainty and overcome obstacles. When you have mental toughness, you can transfer those abilities to others that need it. All leaders need to be mentally strong. In this interview, we learn from the 2-time world record holder, Colin O’Brady. Colin shares with us how he strengthened his mental toughness in the midst of extreme pressure and frigid cold temperatures. Colin talks about mental toughness strategies that allowed him to climb the seven summits and the both the North/South poles. We talk about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Everest, and others in today interview.

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370 | Change Your Corporate Culture

Corporate culture is the foundation for your growth, innovation, and your impact. You must be able to monitor your corporate culture and change it when necessary. The culture of your organization defines how you approach new ideas and how your people interact with each other.

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Special Episode | Seeing Your Choices

This is a [Special] episode today. Seeing your choices is about voting. It is about diving deep into your beliefs to uncover the real choices that are available to you. To grow and reach your potential you have to be willing to look for the choices — all of them — if you want to get new results. Seeing your choices is a skill that you can develop. Seeing your choices will give you the options you need to make a commitment to your growth.

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GH Featuring Jesse Itzler

369 | Jesse Itzler shares why Normal is Broken

Jesse Itzler believes normal is broken. Well, it is more than a belief. He sees the world through the lens of normal will only get you so far. He has lived life and created billion dollar businesses with this lens. “Normal is broken” is more than a mantra for Jesse Itzler. Jesse is the author of Living with a Seal and Living with Monks. He is an ultra-runner and also only eats fruit until noon. Lean in and learn from Jesse Itzler so you can create breakthrough success.

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367 | How to Run Effective Meetings with Cameron Herold

We all want to have effective meetings. We want to be needed and have our ideas heard in our meetings. Effective meetings are essential to growth. Our meetings are a big part of our communication rhythm. My guest today is Cameron Herold who is the author of “Meetings Suck.” Running effective meetings is not hard, but takes intention. We talk about it today on the podcast. Discover you can run effective meetings so you can lead impact for your company.

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366 | Beyond the Performance Culture

Many leaders believe the nirvana of business is a performance culture. They focus on the need to create results and that is usually a focus on the measurement of profits, revenue, inventory, cash flow, etc. However, a performance culture puts pressure on employees to meet the performance over and over again. This is what happens in big corporations that are focused on performance more than the people. Today, I share with you what is beyond performance and why you want to create what I call a growth culture. Discover how to go beyond a performance culture to create a culture that is focused on employees more than the numbers.

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featuring Aaron Bell on LITT

365 | How to Create a Cultural Change with Aaron Bell

Cultural change inside of companies is hard work. It is hard because it is complex and filled with landmines. It is also worth it. A cultural change can lead to higher profits, lower turnover, and improved customer satisfaction. I am interviewing Aaron Bell, Chief Product Officer with Adroll, who shares his thoughts on cultural change. Discover why it is essential and how to lead a cultural change in your company.

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364 | Customer First or Employee First? Which is best for you?

The big debate in business is customer first or employee first. For many, it is a hard decision. I asked seventeen Inc, 5000 leaders of the fastest growing companies, the same question. The only one said customer first. The other sixteen were firm in their stance that the best leadership strategy is to put employees first. When you put customers first, your employees can feel it to their core. When you create a culture of employee first, you have a chance to connect and support your people. When you take care of your people, they will take care of your customers. Customer first is an outdated concept in leadership, but it is smart in corporate strategy. Find out why I say this.

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Featuring Michael Redbord

363 | Operations Management for HyperGrowth at Hubspot with Michael Redbord

Operations Management is the process of streamlining the systems of the business. When you grow fast, you often have to change some of the outdayed operations management procedures to ensure that you can keep improving. In other words, you have to let go of the old and embrace the new. Today’s guest Michael Redbord with Hubspot. Michael shares some of the changes they made at Hubspot in operations management. Discover how you can look at your operations to manage for growth.

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362 | Overcoming Self-doubt With Help from Sara Blakely

Overcoming self-doubt is part of the journey to growth. Embracing it and learning to grow through it is the key. I was at an event where Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, was talking about her journey to success. She was asked, “what is something you still struggle with today?” She answered it, and it blew me away. The self-made billionaire still has self-doubt. We talked about it, and I share with you how she overcomes the negative self-talk. In this episode, we talk about overcoming self-doubt.

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