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.

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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.

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322 | How do you improve your culture?

One of the most powerful factors to attracting the right people to your business is Culture. Culture is more powerful than strategy and culture is what shapes your business. As a student of leadership, you have likely read about culture and studied it. Culture is simply the collection of beliefs on which people build their behavior. This is a good definition, but I like to say that culture is the PERSONALITY of the organization (the written and unwritten rules). I recently developed a culture scorecard that will help you see where you stand with your culture. There are eight objectives in the Growth Culture Scorecard. What is your score for your culture?

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Improve Your Culture: The Transcript

Improve Your Culture

One of the most important factors to the growth of your company is the culture. Culture is the driving force of your business. It’s more important than strategy, and it is what shapes the work that gets done and how everyone feels about what’s going on inside the company.

Hi, my name’s Gene Hammett. I work with hypergrowth companies or those that want to understand hypergrowth from the Inc. 5000 research I’ve done over the years. I work with these companies to understand their leadership and the sales and marketing that really activates hypergrowth. And a big part of that is culture.
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321 | Improving Employee Engagement Takes Intention with Kevin Kruse

When you set out to improve employee engagement, you have to first understand what it is and what it is not. Most people confuse that it is all about working environment and benefits. However, our guest, Kevin Kruse with LeadX.org, shares that 70% of employee engagement comes down to one key factor. You might not like it, but it is the driving factor to improving employee engagement.

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Improving Employee Engagement with Kevin Kruse

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320 | You Can’t Learn To Lead From A Book

When you read a business book, do you consistently take something from the book to apply to your business or leadership? Well, you can’t learn to lead from a book. You can get insights. You can get excited about the benefits of the “new thing.” But you can’t learn to lead without application of the insights. I have been doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for 12 years, and I know I would not improve without consistent time on the training mats. Discover how you can be a better leader by doing this one thing…I continue to learn it every day I train on the mat.

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Learn to Lead: The Transcript

You can’t learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu out of a book or even a video. There’s only one way you can learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I really believe this and what does this have to do with you and your business?

Well, you also can’t learn to lead from a book or from a video. You can surely get insights around this but you’ve got to put it into play.

First, let me just introduce myself. My name is Gene Hammett. I work with hypergrowth companies and their leadership teams to help them understand the chaos of hypergrowth and how to harness that so that they can continue to grow consistently and really fast in whatever market they’re in. I’ve studied the Inc. 5000 and about how they’re really doing this from their leadership level and what goes on in sales and marketing, and their culture that makes all this possible.
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319 | How to Make Your Marketing More Effective with Lynan Saperstein

The process of creating a more effective marketing strategy includes tracking ROI. You can’t wing this component. You can’t use “gut feeling” in the fine-tuning phase of marketing. Lynan Saperstein, Founder of The Experience Experts, shares with us simple ways to improve your marketing by being willing to track it. Results are the game. Discover ways to make your marketing more effective.

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318 | Creating a Vision That Gets Buy In

You want everyone within your organization to understand your vision and work to making it a reality. Creating a vision that is shared across the organization is a process that breaks the norms of top-down vision into including others in the creation and the validation of the vision. In the case of top-down only, most of the effort in getting others to buy-in to the vision of the organization. In my research with hypergrowth companies, those organization that involved all levels into the company of the vision are more likely to grow faster. When you create the vision, you have more ownership. Ownership of the vision makes you more engaged with the strategies and tactics of the organization. All this comes down to results and getting others within the company to work with you on making the vision a reality.

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317 | How Do You Create High-Performance Employees with Rob Braiman

Creating high-performance employees is a competitive advantage and the path to fast growth. This episode is about creating teams that are aligned and able to produce results no matter what. Today’s interview is with Rob Braiman, the Managing Member of Cogent Analytics. He took his company to the Inc 5000 in 2017. Rob shares insights on how to build a culture that grows leadership. It is all about people. It is about those people becoming leaders and making the vision possible. Discover how to create high-performance team to drive your growth.

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316 | How to Build Trust Using Radical Transparency

Discover how to build trust using radical transparency. This is all about how you can create a loyal following of people and have continuous growth. When you know how to build trust, you become the kind of leader that people want to follow.

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 “How to Build Trust”
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How to Build Trust

Three billionaires have embraced this rare strategy to create massive success for them and their business. It is all about how to build trust from within. Has that got your attention?

Those three billionaires are Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and a guy named Ray Dalio. You may not know Ray Dalio, but when I tell you a little bit more about what he’s done and this one particular strategy, you’ll see how it’s making a huge impact to increase trust and increase loyalty across their business. Read more

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315 | The Mindset Of Success with Michael Zipursky

The way we think and see the world is defined by our mindset of success. It is more than being open-minded. It is more than seeing opportunity. Mindset shapes everything we say, do and have.

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Mindset of Success with Michael Zipursky

This interview is with Michael Zipursky, who works with consulting companies on growth and mindset. I share this with you today because it is critical to growth to understand the limits set by your thinking. Join me in talking mindset with Michael on the mindset of success.

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314 | Develop Your People HyperGrowth Tips

Develop your people. Your people will build your business. This is a common saying in the circles of leadership. From what I have seen with companies that are growing rapidly they embrace the concept of developing your people. This is a Hypergrowth tip that shares how to get new results by developing your people.

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HyperGrowth Tips Transcript

Gene HammettDevelop people, and the people will develop your business. You heard that before? I know you’ve heard something similar to that, and it’s true.

If you develop the people, they will develop your business. But the problem is we don’t do that.

Hi, my name’s Gene Hammett. I work with hyper-growth companies to help them understand the chaos of leadership that applies to growing a company really fast. That means the strategies and the people to drive that growth. I love doing this, this is part of my hyper growth series. If you like what you’re seeing, just go to http://hypergrowth.tips, you can get more of it.
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313 | Operationalizing Company Values with Dina Dwyer Owen

Company values are often taken for granted. We take time to develop values with our teams (I hope you include your team). We talk about them for a while. Then we let them fade away into the background. Our guest today is Dina Dwyer, the CEO of The Dwyer Group – a group of companies. These brands provide a diverse array of specialty services through more than 3,100 franchises in nine countries. Dina shares why values are so critical to growth. Discover more about values than the traditional conversation going on these days.

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Values within your company are often taken for granted. We take time to develop values with our teams (I hope you include your team). We talk about them for a while. Then we let them fade away into the background. Our guest today is Dina Dwyer, the CEO of The Dwyer Group – a group of companies. These brands provide a diverse array of specialty services through more than 3,100 franchises in nine countries. Dina shares why values are so critical to growth. Discover more about values than the traditional conversation going on these days.

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312 | The One Missing Element to Goal Setting with Daymond John

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In the podcast interview with Daymond John, we talked about leadership and growing fast companies. We dive deep into Daymond John goal setting strategies too. We got to a point in the interview when I asked him about productivity. The moment shifted as he got intense about success in today’s distracted world. John looked me in the eye and told me that he constantly makes a conscious effort to set goals, rather than letting other people set goals for him. “I think it’s the number-one reason for success or failure,” he added.

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Daymond John Goal Setting: “I have ten goals that I read every single night before I go to bed and every single morning when I wake up” he said. “Six of them expire in six months, and the other four expire in three years, five years, 10 years and 20 years. I reset them every six months, and I never reach them. I only get 20 percent there, 30 percent there — but I get closer to there.”  

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featuring Bronkar Lee

311 | Lifetime Learning Methodologies with Bronkar Lee

We are always learning. Learning is the basis for growth. Discover learning methodologies that can help you understand your natural tendencies and pushing beyond those uncomfortable moments. My guest shares his learning methodologies that have impacted his life.

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Learning Methodologies with Bronkar Lee

We are always learning. Learning is the basis for growth. I have always had an interest in learning modalities and what would take my retention to a new level. My guest today is more than a multi-talented musician, juggler, and speaker. Bronkar Lee is an expert in the domain of learning. We talk about how he challenges himself to learn. Bronkar shares small tips to increase your learning speed and capacity.

Target Audience: Bronkar is a Speaker, an Author, and a Coach. He has helped clients to achieve personal breakthroughs and accomplish goals for health, success, and well-being. His clients include corporations like Disney, TEDx, Fox, NBC, ABC, Facebook, and Google.

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