42 minutes | Jan 5, 2015
37 – Secrets to Taking Your Life and Work to the Next Level: An Interview with Cliff Ravenscraft, The Podcast Answer Man
Do you feel stuck in life? If so, it’s time to take things to the next level. In this interview, Cliff Ravenscraft provides practical insights into how to do so. Most people know Cliff Ravenscraft as “The Podcast Answer Man” for a very good reason. Since 2005, Cliff has produced over 3,200 of his own podcast episodes and launched the Podcast Answer Man site through which he has helped thousands of individuals and organizations launch successful podcasts. If you were to look at the top 100 podcasts in the business category of iTunes, more than 50 of those shows were created be people that Cliff trained. His free course, How to Podcast, has been used by thousands. Hundreds of people have taken Cliff Ravenscraft’s course, Podcasting A to Z — including us, David Atchison and John Kramp. We tell everyone that if it had not been for Cliff Ravenscraft, we would have never launched Your Leadership Story Podcast. What many people do not know is that Cliff Ravencraft helps people with far more than podcasting; he helps people take everything they do in life to the next level. That’s what we probe in this fun and encouraging interview. You’ll learn practical insights you can use today. How perfectionism differs from excellence Why people with great promise sometimes fail to achieve their potential The secret to getting through “the messy middle” in any project in life The importance of focused passion in fueling longterm progress Why a clear process can help you move forward when you get stuck The power of working with a coach on any project that matters to you We hope you’ll enjoy this interview as much as we did preparing it for you. If you don’t already know about Cliff and his work, you should take the following steps. Subscribe to his top-ranked podcast on iTunes Check out the wealth of information he shares on his site – www.podcastanswerman.com Follow Cliff Ravenscraft on Twitter Take a look at all that he shares on Facebook Find out more about his Podcasting A to Z Course
15 minutes | Dec 26, 2014
Practical Tips for Developing Leaders In All Sorts of Organizations: A Bookmark Edition Podcast
An uncountable number of books have been written about leaders and leadership. Unfortunately, too many of those books fail to focus on one of the core tasks of leadership — developing other leaders. In some cases, leadership development focuses on training people for their initial leadership roles. In other cases, leadership developing involves equipping people to exercise their leadership skills in a new context. In this fascinating Bookmark Edition, John Kramp interviews David Atchsion about lessons he has learned about developing leaders, using his experience with RCN as a case study. David started the Retail Christian Network in 2007 as a loose connection of people in the shopping center industry, focusing on a meeting once a year in conduction with one of the major industry meetings in Los Vegas. Since that time,RCN has grown and David has involved other leaders to expand the organization’s influence. Today, RCN continues its annual meeting but has expanded its work with multiple regional meetings and launched its international work this year. Using the growth and development of RCN as a case study, David shares lessons he has learned about developing leaders that can help any leader in any type of organization. While listening to this episode, here are some of the lessons you will learn. The level of structure and personnel support needed to launch an organization Why exerting a measure of “control” is important in the early days of an organization When “controlling” things helps and when it begins to hurt and limit the organization The importance of drawing on the strengths and capacity of people attracted to an organization’s vision When must a founding leader be directly involved and when can he or she entrust more leadership to others How to capitalize on the natural momentum and growth of an organization The secret to spotting potential leaders and enlist them to specific roles Why it’s important to ask, “What do you think we should do?” rather than saying, “Do this.” Every endeavor rises and fall on leadership — not only on the leadership capacity of the individual in a key position but also on the degree to which that leader develops other leaders. If you want to expand your leadership influence, this episode will give you some practical tips you can use.
15 minutes | Dec 22, 2014
Leading When You Feel Like You’re Underwater – A Bookmark Edition Podcast
If you’re leading now or preparing to lead in the future, you’ll experience “underwater leadership.” You’ll feel like the waves of demands in the job have washed over you and you cannot catch your breath. When that happens, don’t panic. Remember the lessons you’ll learn in this Bookmark Edition of Your Leadership Story Podcast. In this episode, David Atchison asks John Kramp to share about his leadership experiences 30 days into a new executive position in the publishing industry. In this case, David responded with mercy do John and didn’t laugh too much at John’s challenges . . . perhaps because David continues to experience “underwater leadership” personally. So get ready to learn some of the following lessons. How to set the right expectations for your first days in a new leadership role What do say when people ask, “How’s it going?” Why asking for help increases rather than decreases your leadership stature How to avoid the feeling of rising panic when things come at you quickly What do to when you’re called on to make a tough leadership position during your first day on the job How your experiences in “underwater leadership” become a great development opportunity for other leaders Even if you lead in multiple roles over a long career, you’ll often feel like you’re leading underwater. This podcast will help you get ready to tell yourself the truth about that experience so you can push through it and thrive.
10 minutes | Nov 18, 2014
How the Phrase, “It’s My Pleasure” Branded a Company: A Bookmark Edition of Your Leadership Story Podcast
In this edition, David Atchison shares about the power of a simple phase, “It’s my pleasure,” to reinforce a company’s brand and then influence culture more broadly. If you’ve ever eaten in a Chick-fil-A Restaurant, you’ve experienced the power of this phrase first-hand. After receiving your meal, if you say, “Thank you,” the person serving you will say, “It’s my pleasure.” The fascinating thing is that if you go into other restaurants or service businesses close to a Chick-fil-A, you’ll often hear that same powerful phrase. All of this started because one leader decided that his company and its employees could do better than simply saying, “You’re welcome,” when customers said, “Thank you.” After listening to this episode, you’ll learn important principles that you can use today. How simple steps leaders take can have a large impact The power of persistence in leadership Why the best leaders refuse to settle for something that is “good enough” How ideas spread within companies and outside of companies The way words shape the “customer experience” and reinforce a brand. If you want to see these principles in action, take a field trip and eat at a Chick-fil-A Restaurant today. You’ll not only enjoy a great meal, but you’ll also experience the impact a leader can have on a company through one simple phrase.
18 minutes | Nov 3, 2014
A Simple Plan to Jump-Start Team-Building As A New Leader: A Bookmark Edition of Your Leadership Story Podcast
What can you do as a new leader in an organization to jump-start the team-building process? In this Bookmark Edition, David Atchison interviews John Kramp about a simple survey that John developed and used in his new role as SVP of Bible Resources at HarperCollins Christian Publishing in Nasvhille and Grand Rapids. The best part of what John did is that it’s easy to use and implement and will work for any leader who wants to accelerate the connection with a new team in the early days of a new leadership role. In this episode, you’ll discover important principles you can use. Five simple questions you can ask that will help you connect with a new team The importance of completing and sharing your own survey first The value of learning names and faces before your first day on the job Why the first things you do in a new job communicate so much about what you value How an advance survey can make your first in-person meetings with your new team more productive Why a personal survey will not work unless you really care about people The unexpected, positive impact of using a short survey to accelerate team-building Whether you are leading a new organization, a workgroup, or a group of volunteers, investing the time upfront to get to know people will make a huge impact in what you can accomplish together. If you want to listen to this short episode but don’t see the audio player, click here. You will be redirected to a new screen. You’ll find the player immediately below the photo.
35 minutes | Oct 22, 2014
36 – Leading From All Sides of the Table, An Interview with Paula Puleo
Few people bring as diverse a set of experiences to leadership as does Paula Puleo. Currently, she is Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Innovation Officer for Academic Partnerships, one of the leading companies helping major universities extend their global reach through technology. Before that, Paula was the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Michaels, a company with $4.6 billion in sales in 2013 through over 1,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Paula has held executive leadership roles with marketing agencies like RAPP in Dallas, Director of Corporate Marketing for The Limited Brands, and as a Partner with the consulting firm, The Peppers and Rogers Group. If all that was not enough, Paula was Director of Database Marketing for American Express and Director of Advertising Services for Reader’s Digest. And in 2013, Paula Puleo was listed as one of the Top Women in Business by the Dallas Business Journal. As she explains in this compelling interview, Paula has exercised marketing leadership from every side of the conference table — major corporations, ad agencies, and a consulting firm. Those experiences have given her unique insights into how marketing has changed and what it takes to be successful in marketing and leadership today. Even if your primary discipline is not marketing, you will learn important lessons from this interview. The importance of striving to exercise remarkable leadership Why changing corporate terminology can help change corporate culture The power of experiencing business from different perspectives Why there has never been a better time to be a marketing leader Why there has never been a tougher time to be a marketing leader The urgent need for brave leaders How the best leaders stop relying on their credentials and, instead, “know their truth” The way you think about your career and marketing will be changed or at least enriched as you listen to Paula Puleo share her leadership story.
14 minutes | Oct 16, 2014
The Middle School Public Speaking Debacle: A Bookmark Edition of Your Leadership Story Podcast
Every leader does not have to be a great public speaker but every leader must learn how to communicate. So what’s the secret? David Atchison shares his insights in this fun but insightful Bookmark Edition. If you’ve struggled to overcome your fear of speaking to groups of people, you’ll discover principles in this episode that you can begin using immediately. Some simple tricks to mask your fears in front of a group. One dangerous problem to avoid at all costs. What to do when a speech does not go well. Overcoming defeat and persevering until you succeed Why communication is more important than public speaking How every leader can improve as a communicator Standing in front of people and sharing your ideas intimidates most people. Perhaps that’s why people respect and follow those who learn how to communicate effectively. No matter if you’re an experienced speaker or still terrified of standing in front of people, you’ll find help and encouragement in this episode.
39 minutes | Oct 8, 2014
035 – Crafting Your Unique Leadership Story: Michael Madon, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Treasury Department
Michael Maden has a BA in English Literature from Cornel but he has not written the great American novel. He has, instead, crafted a fascinating leadership story filled with surprising twists, turns, and obstacles. A Great Educational Story Michael Madon has impressive educational credentials with a MBA from the Wharton Business School, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a BA in English Literature from Cornel. And if that was not enough, he even studied Russian in Moscow. An Unusual Professional Story Michael Madon is the Vice President of Red Owl Analytics, in Baltimore, Maryland. Before joining RedOwl earlier this year, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis for the US Department of Treasury where he oversaw the work of more than 150 people and a multi-million dollar budget including the Treasury’s Intelligence Operations Center. While in the military, Michael Madon became an office and had fascinating assignments including work as the Director of the Iraq Issues Office and the Acting Unit Chief of the Middle East and Europe Team. Before joining the military, Michael served as a Peace Corp Peace Corp volunteer in Kyrgyzstan. Crafting Your Unique Leadership Story By listening to this interview, you’ll not only hear Michael Madon’s fascinating leadership story, but you’ll learn important principles that will help craft your story. The importance of understanding the context of new leadership opportunities How formal education at different internals in your life can provide context for the next step Why leaders must first learn to follow The importance of active following How to find driving purposes for your life then pursue those purposes The value of the unconventional path in life and leadership How do know when it’s time to move from one thing to the next in your leadership life No matter what you are doing today, you will benefit from Michael Madon’s story and learn principles that you can apply today. Connecting with Michael Madon On Linkedin Red Owl Analytics
12 minutes | Oct 1, 2014
The Painting Service Project Disaster: A Bookmark Edition of Your Leadership Story Podcast
One of the foundational tasks for leaders is establishing standards. Those working in an organization take cues from their leaders about expectations for organizational performance. Is this an organization that works to high standards? Is this an organization that readily settles for average work and quality? Is this an organization that cuts corners and allows quality to suffer? Sometimes, leaders underestimate the impact their words and actions have on those who carry out the day-to-day work. In this Bookmark Edition, John and David share a fun story about a project that started with high standards and degenerated over time into chaos. While the story will encourage laughter, the lessons are important and serious. How leaders determine the level of supervision required The most effective way to communicate performance standards The danger of lowering standards prematurely How to guard against signaling that quality does not matter Matching the level of supervision to the skill and maturity of the workforce Helping employees meet appropriate standards for specific tasks Often, it’s easier to discover leadership principles in a context where the stakes are low and opportunity to learn is high. We hope you enjoy this story about “The Painting Service Project Disaster.”
27 minutes | Sep 24, 2014
34 – Trailblazing Leadership Lessons: Lisa Cines, Regional Partner, Dixon Hughes Goodman
Without a doubt, Lisa Cines is a trailblazing leader. She is the Regional Partner in Charge of Business Development and Marketing. with the accounting firm, Dixon Hughes Goodman, working from the Rockville offices, in the Washington D.C. Metro Area. Lisa Cines has had a distinguished business career. She was the first female managing partner of a top 50 firm and has over 30 years of accounting and finance experience. Lisa graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to her business career, Lisa Cines has an active board member in numerous educational, professional, and philanthropic organizations. She is also a frequent speaker on accounting firm management and leadership development. In this episode, you’ll learn important lessons that you can use. Stepping into leadership where others have not gone before Adding your unique approach to leadership in an established culture The power of looking for opportunities for those who work with you Overcoming challenges as a female leader in the marketplace The difference a mentor can make and why you must mentor others The importance of learning through boards and organizations outside of work How to manage a busy life through different stages in your career Lessons from working on cross-functional teams on important projects You’ll be fascinated by Lisa Cines’ trailblazing leadership story. You can find out more about her and her firm by using the following links. Lisa Cines on Linkedin Lisa Cines on Twitter More about Dixon Hughes Goodman Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
11 minutes | Sep 17, 2014
How Leaders Honor One Person In A Crowded Room – A Bookmark Edition of Your Leadership Story Podcast
Have you ever talked with someone in a networking event or social gathering and felt that person look past you, clearly paying attention to someone other than you? How did that make you feel? We have all had that experience and do not like it. Yet, without constant care, we can treat others the same, negative way. In this Bookmark Edition, David Atchison shares principles he has learned and uses to connect with one person at a time . . . even in a crowded room. By listening, you’ll learn important principles you can use. The foundational action you must take to connect with people. How do communicate that you care about a person. What to do when other people attempt to distract you from your current conversation. A simple trick you can use to create “space” for a private conversation in a crowd. The way we interact with people in a crowded space honors or dishonors them. This episode will help you respond to people in ways that will set you apart as a leader and make them feel great.
32 minutes | Sep 10, 2014
33 – Global Service X 50,000: Joe DePinto, CEO of 7-Eleven
You may not know Joe DePinto but you know the iconic company he leads. 7-Eleven is the world’s largest operator, franchisor, and licensor of convenience stores with more than 50,000 outlets (actually 53,000 but who’s counting). The company operates in 16 countries. Joe DePinto has been leading 7-Eleven since December 2005 after working previously in the company in multiple roles including VP of Operations. Before that, Joe held executive positions at GameStop Corporation, PepsiCo, and Thornton Oil Corporation. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Joe DePinto earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a master of business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Millions of people got to know Joe DePinto in 2010 in an episode of Undercover Boss. Since then, people around the world have watched that episode and learned more about the people and work of 7-Eleven. In case you missed it, you can watch the episode here. In this episode of Your Leadership Story Podcast, you’ll learn leadership lessons you can apply no matter what kind of organization you lead. How military service prepares people for corporate leadership The power of instilling servant leadership in an organization Lessons learned from Undercover Boss What it’s like to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey The way to spot good leadership and bad leadership Why top leaders must invest in people and leadership development How to build margin into your life in spite of a busy schedule You’ll enjoy this episode and appreciate Joe DePinto down-to-earth approach to leadership and his ability to transfer insights from global, corporate leadership to leaders in all sorts of contexts.
14 minutes | Sep 3, 2014
How to Evaluate New Opportunities – A Bookmark Edition of Your Leadership Story Podcast
One of the most frequent questions we hear in our consulting with the Riverstone Group is this, “I have a new opportunity. What do you think I should do?” In addition, we get a variation on the question: “I think I need to do something different, what do you think I should do?” It’s confusing, right? In this Bookmark Edition, we share practical advice on how to think about these important transition points in our lives. Discerning the lessons learned in the different chapters of our professional lives The insights for which we are accountable Spotting the connections between one professional opportunity and another The value of thinking of our lives as a story with multiple chapters How to gain insights into your own story by simply telling your story to a trusted friend or advisor The index card method for understanding your professional story If you’re not facing this question now, you will at some point in your professional career. Now’s the time to get ready. You can get a jump start through this episode.
40 minutes | Aug 27, 2014
32 – Differentiating with Mission and Values: Steve Hayes, Senior Partner, The Human Capital Group
Most companies have mission and values statements. The problem is that those statements do little to differentiate those companies from their competitors. That is not the case, however, with The Human Capital Group in Nashville, TN. Steve Hayes, the Founder and Senior Partner, has developed a top-40 retained executive search firm which he launched in 2001. Today, Steve and his team serve a “Who’s Who” of clients including Amgen, BP, Bridgstone, Chick-fil-A, Delta, Dollar General, Nissan, Pepsi, Vanderbilt and Yale Universities. Before starting The Human Capital Group, Steve Hayes put together a premiere resume in the Human Resources field through key roles at Client Logic, the Russell Corporation, Frito-Lay, and BP. Executive Search remains a competitive and crowded field but Steve Hayes has differentiated his company with a unique focus on the mission and values that drive all they do. In this episode, you’ll learn important leadership lessons that you can apply to any context in which you lead. How to develop a clear and compelling values proposition for your company The shift in the marketplace that is creating new opportunities for top leaders A simple question that reveals profound insights into what drives people How your mission and values can help your clients evaluate your company Creating a competitive advantage through multi-generational leadership Deciding when it is imperative to take big risks If you want to gain insights into how to differentiate your company, you should spend some time on The Human Capital Group website. Study their promise to customers based on three words: speed, quality, and value Examine the way the company describes its mission and values Notice the way the company backs up its value proposition with concise statistics If you would like to find our more about Steve Hayes and the Human Capital Group, here are some options. Company site: www.humancapitalgroupinc.com Linkedin: Click here Twitter: Click here To listen to this leadership interview with Steve Hayes, click here.
12 minutes | Aug 20, 2014
Calling the Play in the Midst of Chaos – A Bookmark Edition of Your Leadership Story
Imagine the moment when things begin to go badly. Tempers rise. Team members blame each other. Words fly. Confusion multiplies at the moment everyone needs clarity. That’s the moment when leadership matters most. Someone must step up and step in and say, “Listen. Here’s what we’re going to do.” Sounds easy, right? But only if you haven’t been the one stepping into the fray. In this Bookmark Edition, David Atchison shares a fascinating story about learning the power of this “leadership moment” as a young man and the difference that lesson has made in his life and leadership over the years. By listening to this episode, you’ll learn important leadership lessons including these. Why leaders must earn the right to lead, not just to carry the title “leader” How to overcome intimidation as a leader The importance of focusing attention in a time when tempers are rising How to use physical posture to shift the focus of a team Why leaders must take control of a situation to help a group of people achieve their goals As we talk with leaders, we notice how often experiences from high school or college gave them the leadership laboratory in which they tested and developed their leadership philosophy. You’ll enjoy this story as it encourages you to step into chaos and “call the play.”
42 minutes | Aug 12, 2014
31 – Stress-Testing Leadership – Will Grannis, Vice President and CTO of L-3 National Security Solutions
You cannot know your level of leadership fitness until you go through a leadership stress-test. How would you respond if the volume of your work increased? For example, imagine 800 new email messages filling your inbox every day. How would you respond if your leadership context changed radically? How about moving from the military, to a large corporation, to a start-up as a founder, and then back to a global corporate setting once again? How would you respond if your span of responsibilities expanded? How about leading a global team dealing with highly technical matters of national security? If you’re Will Grannis, this leadership stress-test is not hypothetical; it is his leadership story. Will Grannis’ Leadership Story Will Grannis is the Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer for L-3 National Security Solutions, a company headquartered in New York with 48,000 employees around the globe. Will came to L-3 after the acquisition of his company, What’s Next, an entrepreneurial venture that supported the U.S. Intelligence Community. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Will Grannis was a senior executive at Boeing, a position to which he rose after beginning as an engineer. Will Grannin’s global business and ministry leadership spans Central and South America, Europe, African and the Middle East and ranges from private-sector startups to Fortune 50 enterprises. Will is a graduate of West Point with a BA in Operations Research and also has a MBA from the Wharton School, one of the top business schools in the U.S. In addition, he’s a decorated veteran and a patent holder in the field of artificial intelligence. Practical Lessons for Your Leadership Story Most of us have not led with the same scope and scale as Will Grannis but through this interview, all of us can learn important lessons. The importance of tactical patience in developing those you lead How the practice of not scheduling team meetings until 9:00 or later impacts organizational culture Why empathy makes it possible for leaders to span culture and language barriers The challenge of leading when most people will never know what you do Why the shift from corporate executive to start-up entrepreneur may be less challenging that you think Why scaling a start-up venture may be the biggest challenge you’ll ever face as a leader Connecting with Will Grannis To learn more about the company at which he works: L-3 National Security Solutions To connect with him on Twitter: @willgrannis To connect through Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wgrannis To connect with him by email: Just kidding! With 800 email per day, Will said to contact him through Twitter!
13 minutes | Aug 8, 2014
How Leaders Confuse Others With What They Don’t Say: A Bookmark Edition of Your Leadership Story
Leaders communicate all the time. That’s why people “read” leaders all the time hoping to understand what’s going on with the one they follow. Unfortunately, leaders often confuse others by what they do not say — sending confusing signals through body language they never intend to send. In this Bookmark Edition interview, David Atchison and John Kramp discuss a time when John accidentally confused others in his organization without any idea he was doing so. He learned a valuable lesson that you can learn, too. How the smallest gestures can communicate powerful messages . . . correctly or incorrectly Why leaders must monitor all forms of their communication constantly What leaders can do to find out unintended messages they are communicating Simple changes leaders can make that will help them align their leadership messages Whatever the context in which you lead, you communicate. The only question is whether you are communicating things you do not intend. If so, this episode will help you take corrective action . . . and laugh along with David and John in the process.
39 minutes | Aug 6, 2014
030 – Jeff Goins on Leadership and Writing: Your Leadership Story
If you ask Jeff Goins what he does, he will say, “I am a writer.” And he is. As the author of three books and a slew of blog posts on his own site and on other top sites all around the web, Jeff Goins carries the descriptor “writer” comfortably . . . although it hasn’t always been that way as he shares in this episode. What some people may not know about Jeff is that his “art” extends beyond writing to leadership. As you will hear, Jeff has though deeply about leading and leadership and brings fresh insights to this interview. Why leaders must take responsibility for their “voice” in their written communication How to become a better writer as you go through your day as a leader Viewing writing as a craft and not a gift or “something you are good at” Why it’s important to state your craft or role as a way to move into that craft or role The importance of staying in roles for a “season of time” The unique challenges of leading a virtual community with thousands of members Why we should think of life as a portfolio The importance of managing tension rather than striving for balance If you are not already learning from Jeff on an ongoing basis, you’re missing out. Here are some great options to connect with Jeff. Step 1: Go to his site, Goinswriter.com, and sign up for his email list. When you do, you’ll get some great free materials and get outstanding updates from Jeff on an ongoing basis. Step 2: Subscribe to Jeff’s podcast, The Portfolio Life. It is one of our favorites. Step 3: Take an intentional step to become a better writing by joining Jeff Goins’ membership site, Tribe Writers. It is excellent and worth the money. The course is currently closed but you can sign up the list and get notified when the course opens in the future. Step 4: Read some of Jeff Goin’s books. The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams Into Your Comfortable Life Your Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) Step 5: Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffgoins Step 6: Connect with Jeff on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jeffgoins Step 7: Connect with Jeff on Google Plus: www.plus.google.com/+JeffGoinswriter Step 8: Connect with Jeff on Linkedin: here’s the link If you enjoy this episode as much as we did, let Jeff know. He brings a fresh perspective to leadership that will help all of us lead more effectively.
10 minutes | Aug 1, 2014
The Discipline of Expecting Unexpected Opportunities: A Bookmark Edition of Your Leadership Story
Do you discipline yourself to make time for unexpected opportunities? Most of us don’t. Instead, we pack our “to-do” lists so full that we automatically classify the unexpected as intrusions. In this episode, David Atchison shares a lesson he learned from one highly successful leader who planned for unexpected opportunities. How to balance planning and unexpected opportunities The danger of filling schedules to the limit every day Why some of the most important work we do is unexpected How to recognize an intrusion versus an opportunity Why unexpected opportunities come to those who are moving forward faster Whatever you do as a leader, you’ll find this episode encouraging and challenging. Who knows? You may gain a perspective that will help you recognize and capitalize on your next unexpected opportunity.
37 minutes | Jul 29, 2014
029 – The Secret to Optimizing Your Business and Life: Jonathan Smith, CEO of ChiefOptimizer
Optimize – to make the best or most effective use of a situation, an opportunity, or a resource. Sounds great, right? Who wouldn’t want to optimize his or her business or life? The question, though, is how? That’s where Jonathan Smith shines. Along the way, he even picked up a nickname — the Chief Optimizer! And that’s what Jonathan has done. After starting out with a focus on SEO (Search Engine Optimization), Jonathan became COO for Wave Dispersion Technologies and helped grow that company from $500K to $15M in five years. As a result, the company ranked 203 on the Inc. 500 list in 2007. After that, Jonathan started his own consulting firm, Chief Optimizer, the base from which he works with clients, speak, and publishes. In this interview, you’ll discover practical ideas that you can implement. Why your leadership values reveal your leadership story How organizations get stuck and how they can get moving The core value that drives all others What creates a powerful network Why leaders must broaden the context from which they garner new leadership ideas The reasons Boards of Directors get off track and how they can work more effectively You’ll enjoy Jonathan hearing Jonathan Smith share stories about his business and life experiences because the things he has done will help you optimize your business and life. If you want to find out more about Jonathan or the organizations he mentions in this interview, check out the following links. The Chief Optimizer site Connect with Jonathan Smith on Linkedin. Follow Jonathan on Twitter: @chiefoptimizer The Entrepreneur Organization The Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC)