Two Are Gathered Leadership Podcast

Two Are Gathered Leadership Podcast

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Always lead with integrity. Never lead alone. This is the podcast for leaders and those who should be leading. It’s a powerful gathering of people of influence in the areas of business, community and faith.


067 - Leadership And Confrontation
Dec 3 • 21 min
Confrontation is inevitable if you’re a leader. In fact, it’s an important part of your job description. If there is a critical issue in your organization you can’t just ignore it and hope it will go away. You will be expected by your team and clients…
066 - Little Things That Make A Big Difference In Leadership
Nov 26 • 22 min
Being a leader is a big deal. It comes with big responsibilities and big risks and rewards. Yet, most experienced entrepreneurs and leaders will share with you that it’s the little things that make a big difference when it comes to success or failure….
065 - The Art Of Negotiation
Nov 20 • 36 min
Negotiation is one of the most significant skills required for successful leadership. If you’re an entrepreneur, your ability to negotiate with expertise and integrity will make or break your business. Many people mistakenly believe that…
064 - Leadership And Self-Discipline
Nov 12 • 35 min
It’s always a challenge when you are the boss of yourself. Who is going to hold you accountable? Who is going to make sure you perform your duties with excellence? So many entrepreneurs launch a business without really working this dilemma out…
063 - The Appropriate Level Of Risk
Nov 5 • 43 min
It’s the biggest question an entrepreneur will face. Or at least it should be. That is, “What is the appropriate level of risk for me and this organization?” This question should be wrestled with at every phase of the entrepreneurial journey…
062 - The Illusion Of Control
Oct 30 • 18 min
Let’s face it. As leaders, we are among the world’s worst control freaks. Although we are blessed with the gift of leadership, it often comes attached to an unrelenting desire to have everything go exactly the way we want it go. This leads to an…
061 - Why Leaders Must Change
Oct 23 • 24 min
Most leaders and entrepreneurs excel at being focused, clear visioned and persistent. Which is exactly why we often struggle the most when it comes to making a change. Change gets in the way of our momentum. Still, great leaders know that…
060 - Leadership And The Fear Of Failure
Oct 10 • 25 min
For entrepreneurs, there is joy in the pursuit of success. Unfortunately, another common emotion experienced by business owners is the fear of failure. In small measures, it can provide a high level of focus and a healthy drive for achieving…
059 - Leadership And Cleaning Up
Sep 26 • 23 min
Everybody loves winning a deal. It’s even exciting when you get to put that shovel in the dirt on that new project. Yet, this is not where the money is really made. It’s in the final stages of a project or in the delivery of a product when the…
058 - Strategies For Motivating Your Team
Sep 23 • 38 min
Everyone wants a highly motivated team. Few find this objective easy to accomplish. Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s not just you. The external challenges you’re facing make your task more difficult than this was in the past. And, even the best leaders…
057 - How Transparent Should A Leader Be?
Sep 15 • 42 min
It’s one of the hot buzzwords today. Leaders should be transparent, they say. But, what does this really mean? And who exactly should these leaders be transparent with? In these times of social media, one thing said wrong can sink an entrepreneurial…
056 - The Leadership Art Of Saying No
Sep 10 • 31 min
When you start a business, you need to take on just about any job or opportunity that comes your way. Yet, before long, as your capacity fills, this approach can rapidly get you into trouble. Pretty soon, you’ll be knee deep in profit killing activity…
055 - What To Do With That Problem Employee
Sep 3 • 32 min
If you’ve been hiring employees for a while, then you’ve certainly discovered some real gems. And, most likely, you’ve probably picked a few bad apples as well. It’s truly just part of running a business. You’ll never get it right all of the time….
054 - How Leaders Can Best Deal With Pressure
Aug 27 • 40 min
Rarely a day goes by when leaders aren’t under some sort of pressure. There is pressure to keep up with the bills. Pressure to keep your clients, employees and vendors happy. On top of this, there is the pressure of meeting the expectations of your…
053 - The Leadership Balance Between Strength And Humility
Aug 20 • 28 min
There is strength in humility. Many people would agree with this statement, but when it comes to leadership, how does this really play out? No one wants to follow someone without any confidence in themselves or the vision they are pursuing. Yet, it’s…
052 - Leaders: Are You Caring Or Meddling?
Aug 16 • 28 min
This is a confusing time for leaders. Many of us strive to be individuals who care about the people on our team. At the same time, you never want to cross any boundaries in terms of the privacy of your staff. After all, they are responsible to you…
051 - Leading When You’re Losing
Aug 10 • 29 min
Do you ever feel like you’re on a losing streak in your business? When you can’t seem to win a big sale…or any at all? Or when you’re seemingly hit with more bad news every day? Maybe you’re experiencing those hard times right now. The challenge is…
050 - Learning To Trust Your People
Aug 2 • 28 min
You NEED to trust you people. Every leader embraces this concept on an intellectual basis. However; it’s the application of it that takes many a lifetime to master. The challenge is a leader’s individual trust, reputation and fiscal health is on the…
049 - The Productivity Mindset For Leaders
Jul 30 • 39 min
Time. It is a leader’s most precious commodity because it’s typically the resource which is the scarcest in supply. In order to build a more profitable, more productive company, a leader needs to acquire the productivity mindset. You need to be more…
048 - The Right Way For Leaders To Pay Themselves
Jul 24 • 26 min
One of the greatest challenges in making the leap to becoming an entrepreneur is figuring out how you’ll be able to replace your current paycheck. Unless you are independently wealthy and don’t need to worry about generating income from your business,…
047 - Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Leader?
Jul 18 • 25 min
Just because you wear the title of business owner, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a good leader. And, in almost all cases, if you want to win on your bottom line, you’ve got to win with your people. The good news is that although some are more…
046 - Managing Your Clients
Jul 15 • 32 min
If you aren’t managing your clients…then they most certainly will be managing you. Once that happens, you’ll be miserable, your team will be unhappy and the business relationship will rapidly start losing money. You don’t need more clients. You need…
045 - Making Your Presence Felt As A Leader
Jul 9 • 33 min
There is a prevailing sentiment among business consultants that most leaders hurt their team by micromanaging every person and every process. However; there is a flipside to this and it often is even more damaging to a company. That is, when the…
044 - From Manager To Leader
Jul 3 • 32 min
There is a huge difference between being a manager and being a leader. For many who take the leap into business ownership, the task of becoming an inspirational and effective leader is the biggest challenge of their entrepreneurial journey. Can…
043 - A Leader For All Seasons
Jun 27 • 25 min
The greatest leaders develop a keen sense of perfect timing. Just like a gifted farmer, they know when to till the soil, when to plant the seeds and when to harvest. Are there times when you’re too late to the market? Or when you hold onto a…
042 - How Leaders Get Out Of Bad Decisions
Jun 22 • 36 min
If you’re a leader, you’re going to make bad decisions. And, if you’ve been leading for a long time, you’re going to have made quite a few of them. For entrepreneurs, making decisions is a daily responsibility and the bad ones can literally take a…
041 - The Leadership Line Between Dreamer And Deluded
Jun 17 • 22 min
All dreamers must first be fools. For entrepreneurs, this is especially true in that we must often risk so much in order to pursue our dream. And so many times, we’re chasing a vision that only we can see. Still, there are those occasions when the…
040 - Leading Through A Difficult Transition
Jun 7 • 33 min
Momentum is a welcome friend to any business owner. It’s exhilarating for you and your team when you’re on the right track, and picking up considerable steam. But, what happens when you suddenly realize your vision is off course and needs to…
039 - Pivoting As A Leader
May 30 • 28 min
Leaders resist change. And their teams often resist change as well. Yet, in today’s world, if you’re not constantly enhancing your practices, services and products, you’ll be left in your competitors’ dust. And sometimes, you need more than just a…
038 - Making Partnerships Work
May 23 • 35 min
One of the most difficult entrepreneurial feats is getting partnerships to work. It seems like everyone wants to start a business with a partner, but then no one wants to stay in the partnership. It’s the number one failed business model. This…
037 - The Problem With Partnerships
May 17 • 28 min
So many entrepreneurs have partners. So many partnerships fail. Yet, there are many of these team-based entities that thrive and are stronger with two, three and even more partners. Why is it that partnerships are so challenging? How should a business…
036 - Leading When Your Business Is On Cash Flow Fumes
May 9 • 32 min
Every business owner has faced a period of time when the bills are coming in faster than the checks. Worse are those times when the cash in the bank is rapidly running out. It’s like when the fuel light turns on in the car and you’re not sure you’ll…
035 - When Should Leaders Just Do It?
Apr 30 • 22 min
Each and every day, entrepreneurs face a plethora of decisions to make. Many are small. But, some are quite significant. And, there are plenty of marketing campaigns and sales representatives encouraging these business owners to “Just Do…
034 - Leading Across The Generation Gap
Apr 18 • 29 min
Struggling with the Millennials in your business? Or maybe you’re a Millennial who is challenged with leading a Gen X’er or a Baby Boomer. Although no one wants to be labeled, there are broad patterns of behavioral variations across generations….
033 - How To Ride The Leadership Roller Coaster Without Screaming
Apr 11 • 33 min
Anyone who has ever tried their hand at being a leader or entrepreneur knows the journey can aptly be described as being on a roller coaster. There are unbelievable highs. There are frightening lows. And there is often both fear and exhilaration. The…
032 - One Word That Will Set Leaders Free
Apr 5 • 22 min
There is a mindset that is holding leaders back more than just about anything else. Not only will this constrain your effectiveness in leading your team, but it will send you down a daily road to disappointment and depression. Could there be one word…
031 - How Leaders Can Keep From Burning Out
Apr 2 • 33 min
Burn out. Depression. All too often, these are the real experiences of business owners as they face a sense of being trapping in a cage of their own making. If an entrepreneur loses their sense of vision, their feeling of hope, they will find…
030 - How Leaders Can Treat Their Team Like Family
Mar 25 • 32 min
It’s been a business objective for companies to have their employees feel like they are part of their corporate family. Yet, so many organizations fall short in this area because their efforts are often perceived as forced and contrived by their…
029 - How Leaders Can Tame The Hounds Of Bill Collection
Mar 18 • 36 min
If you’ve been in business for any length of time, you probably have had to face the hounds of bill collection at some point in your career. It’s one of the lowlights in the entrepreneur’s film reel, but it’s also one of the moments that will define…
028 - Teaching Your Team The Perspective Of The Client
Mar 14 • 30 min
As leaders and entrepreneurs, we get it. If we don’t clearly understand the needs and wants of our clients, we won’t be in business for very long. Yet, this isn’t always as obvious to our employees who many times are only able to see things from their…
027 - Leading Your Team Through An Impossible Task
Mar 11 • 28 min
Leaders and entrepreneurs are uniquely adept at doing the impossible. It’s how we’re designed. Yet, the real challenge is leading our team through an impossible task. How do we accomplish critical, and extremely difficult assignments, without burning…
026 - How Leaders Survive Losing Their Best Person
Mar 4 • 39 min
Many times, it’s the worst thing that can happen to a leader. First, there is a knock on the door, followed by, “Boss, you’ve got a minute?” Having your best person letting you know they are leaving the company can ruin any business owner’s day, and…
025 - Welcoming Input From Your Team Without Being Wishy Washy
Feb 26 • 23 min
Maybe you hear this too often from your team: “You never listen to what we have to say.” No. You don’t want to be that type of leader. Because, you’ll only chase away the sharpest, most creative minds. At the same time, you can’t take in everyone’s…
024 - Leading With Knots In Your Stomach
Feb 18 • 29 min
If you’re going to be a leader. If you’re going to be an entrepreneur. Then you’re going to end up with knots in your stomach. By nature, leaders are always pushing things to the limit, and demanding the most out of themselves and their teams. Yet,…
023 - The Leadership Art Of Finishing Well
Feb 12 • 19 min
Anyone can start. Be a finisher. This is a powerful statement for leaders and entrepreneurs. But it’s one many struggle with in a mighty way. Coming up with an idea on a cocktail napkin is the fun part of starting a business or new venture. Yet, it’s…
022 - Leadership Techniques For Herding Butterflies
Feb 5 • 22 min
Entrepreneurs and leaders are among the most innovative people in the world. Yet, this same extraordinary creative skill can prove to be a great weakness as well, as chasing butterflies can be a distraction to achieving their most business critical…
021 - The Single Most Powerful Way To Motivate Your Team
Jan 28 • 27 min
In this challenging environment, providing competitive salary and benefits is essential to building a great team. But, did you know there is a motivator that your employees crave above all others? Study after study shows this critical role in…
020 - Leading When You’re Overwhelmed
Jan 23 • 22 min
Every leader gets overwhelmed. In fact, the ability to deal competently in the face of overlapping priorities is one of the most critical success factors of a leader. Yet, it’s also one of the most unpleasant tasks and the cause of tremendous stress,…
019 - Leading When Nobody Likes You
Jan 14 • 22 min
No one wants to work for an intolerable grump. And the truth is, few will. Yet, even the kindest, most beloved of leaders find themselves in a position at times when they must make difficult and unpopular directional shifts. In fact, if you…
018 - The Productivity Boosting Secret Of Clutch Time
Jan 8 • 23 min
Could your company benefit from a dramatic boost in productivity? Would you like to increase your own ability to make the most of each and every day? If so, listen in as Michael and Jim share the productivity boosting concept of “Clutch Time”, which…
017 - How To Love Your Business Again
Jan 3 • 32 min
Every business launches with great expectations. Yet, oftentimes it doesn’t take long for the daily grind, extraordinary pressures and recurring disappointments of leading a venture to take its toll on even the hardiest of entrepreneurs. Are you…
016 - How To Start A Life-Changing Leadership Peer Group
Dec 29, 2018 • 21 min
When you lead alone, you greatly reduce your odds of being successful as a leader. Even leaders are safer and stronger travelling in packs. This is especially true if they share their unique journey with other like minded, high responsibility bearing…
015 - Am I The Only One Here Who Cares?
Dec 22, 2018 • 21 min
As a leader, how many times have you asked yourself this question: “Am I the only one here who cares?” If you’re like most business leaders or entrepreneurs, this is a question posed often. But, is it healthy for us to be in this mindset? Will it…
014 - When To Let Them Go
Dec 18, 2018 • 23 min
Recruiting and developing strong people is the most critical and challenging job for most leaders. Equally difficult is the task of knowing when to let those employees go who don’t seem to be fully embracing the opportunity you’re providing for them….
013 - What Every Leader Should Know About Integrity
Dec 10, 2018 • 27 min
Nearly all leaders use the word integrity when describing themselves or their principles of business on resumes and websites all throughout the world. But how many of them truly understand what the word means and if they or their organization are…
012 - How Leaders Gain Victory Over Debt
Dec 3, 2018 • 29 min
Debt is something every leader will face somewhere along their journey. Most entrepreneurs need capital to get their ideas off of the ground. But, this initial desire to finance a new idea, expanded service or company growth can often snowball rapidly…
011 - The Most Important Reality Check For Leaders
Nov 26, 2018 • 17 min
This may surprise you, but the top challenges a leader faces are frequently ones they don’t even know exist. Too often, the Emperor Has No Clothes; yet, there is no one with the guts to let him or her know. If you are brave enough to listen to what is…
010 - Leadership And The Forgotten Family
Nov 20, 2018 • 20 min
It’s a good business practice to seek feedback from your customers and employees. Yet, as leaders, are we brave enough to survey our family with the open ended question of “How am I doing?” as a husband, wife, father or mother? For most of us pouring…
009 - How Leaders Can Free Themselves From Worry
Nov 16, 2018 • 17 min
As a leader, have you ever found yourself staring up at the ceiling with your heart pounding at 2:30 in the morning? You’re desperate to get some sleep, but all you can do is worry. And then you worry about worrying. Worry can be a crippling disease…
008 - Why Are You Always Stuck Leading?
Nov 12, 2018 • 17 min
It doesn’t matter if it’s at work, at church or while serving on jury duty, it seems like it’s the same people over and over again who get chosen as leaders. If this is you, it won’t take long for the additional work, cost, time commitment, stress and…
007 - The Secret To A Profitable Marriage For Leaders
Nov 6, 2018 • 25 min
Study after study by business colleges affirm the disheartening news for entrepreneurs and business executives: The survival rate of the marriages of leaders is tragically low. This is often because the spouse is treated as a silent partner, rather…
006 - How Leaders Survive Those Really Bad Days
Oct 30, 2018 • 21 min
Ever say to yourself, “If every day is like yesterday, I don’t want to do this anymore?” Most leaders, if they are being honest have uttered these words countless times as they’ve built their vision. Yet, sometimes this feeling can repeat itself over…
005 - Strengthening The Heart Of A Leader
Oct 24, 2018 • 17 min
It’s been shared the two most essential attributes of a successful leader are strength and kindness. There are many strong leaders, but they have no heart, and they leave behind a trail of the battered and bruised. Then there are those who are kind,…
004 - How Winning Leaders Deal With Success
Oct 16, 2018 • 24 min
What is one of the biggest threats to leaders and entrepreneurs? The answer may surprise you. It’s success. Yes, that’s right. Many business schools and entrepreneur coaches will give you guidance on overcoming challenges and failures in your…
003 - How Winning Leaders Deal With Disappointment
Oct 9, 2018 • 19 min
Successful leaders aren’t experts at success. They are experts at overcoming disappointment. Yet, responding well in the face of adversity can be one of the greatest challenges a leader has to deal with on the road to reaching their vision. How should…
002 - The Lifechanging Concept Of The Leadership Table
Oct 3, 2018 • 31 min
Leaders can be among the loneliest people on the planet. Many have spouses, yet they don’t often feel comfortable burdening them with their challenges, and many times their wives or husbands are a little exhausted about hearing about these problems…
001 - The Keystone For Successful Leadership
Sep 15, 2018 • 25 min
In this, the launch episode of the Two Are Gathered Leadership podcast, Michael K. Reynolds and Jim Johnson reveal the “keystone” to surviving and thriving as a leader through times of great challenges…and sweet victories. They also explain…