From Founder To CEO

From Founder To CEO
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Han: How he used EI to hire and onboard a GREAT Sales Executive
Dec 3 • 40 min
hat do 3D technology have to do with hiring a Sales Executive and Emotional Intelligence? Listen and you’ll hear from Han Jin who is truly remarkable.
What phase are you in? Founder? Farmer? Tinker? Thief?
Nov 26 • 46 min
Where phase are in on the journey? Founder? Farmer? Tinker? Thief? Chris reveals what phase he is in and what he struggles with on the journey from Founder to CEO.
How to disrupt, without being disruptive
Nov 19 • 34 min
I think you will raise your understanding of business models when you this to this interview. But, that isn’t the reason to listen. You’ll want to listen to this interview because Safwan has created a path of Founder leadership that doesn’t rely on…
How to say “No” so you can grow
Nov 12 • 43 min
A we celebrate Veteran’s Day this week, I thought it would be good to bring on a guest who is not only a veteran, but helps other veterans become Founders of successful companies. Todd Connor is a former Navy Officer who not only shares his successful…
How NOT to change your company compensation
Nov 5 • 37 min
Talk about candid. The more I spoke with Tom, the more respect I had for him. Not only did he share what he did when he reached 300 lbs, but he was VERY candid about the way he went about changing the compensation structure for his company. Spoiler alert:…
BONUS: How To Choose Your CEO Replacement (And Create A Great Relationship)
Oct 31 • 34 min
Alan Pinstein has founded a number of successful companies. And, he is very insightful about when it’s time to choose a CEO replacement, how to go about it and then how to maintain a great relationship.
How His Glassdoor Feedback Changed Him & His Company
Oct 29 • 42 min
John and his team help you with your email. And, they do an amazing helping you better communicate with your email. That’s why I was grateful to John when he got very vulnerable about how he had to work on his own internal communication and leadership in…
Leadership: Conquering the Need to be Special
Oct 22 • 36 min
Corey tells his story of development so that you can understand how to tell your story of development and help you use it more effectively. He gets very personal about his need to be special and how he had to work through this need to become a better…
The Gift Of Struggle
Oct 15 • 46 min
To be seen. To matter. I think we may take this for granted sometimes. As leaders, it’s important we do our best to make sure everyone on our team is “seen.” Bobby learned this first as one of 13 in his family and then later as CEO of the company he…
Are you going for depth over breadth like Dan?
Oct 8 • 34 min
Who doesn’t have the dream to travel the world as an entrepreneur leading and living through their laptop? Dan did. But, soon he realized some of the limitations of scaling his business while traveling the world. And, in this candid conversation, Dan…
Are you a helicopter delegator?
Oct 1 • 34 min
I must admit, as an entrepreneur, it takes me a while to transition to vacation mode. That’s why when Daniel explains what happened on his honeymoon, I think many of us could relate. Daniel has built an amazing company, and he shares an insight about…
How do you help your team deal with the loss of a team member?
Sep 24 • 39 min
When I reached out to Ben and Stacey to be on the show, I was excited to talk to the leaders of my favorite pizza. It was a real treat. But, in the process of speaking with them, I got so much more. Listen as they share the heart-breaking story of losing…
Do You Document & Delegate Like Damon? Maybe You Should?
Sep 17 • 40 min
Damon discovered the secret to what many of you tell me you struggle with…how to delegate more effectively. He offers a unique perspective on the idea of document and delegate like Damon.
Harvard Athlete/Founder On Getting The Co-Founder Roles Right
Sep 10 • 31 min
This Harvard Scholar Athlete is at the top of his game. Ron shares his incredible journey to entrepreneurship in his 40s and how getting co-founder roles right is essential to startup success.
Sam Parr: 1,000,000 Email Subscribers & Super Self-Aware About His Strengths
Sep 3 • 47 min
Over 1,000,000 subscribers…for news…via email. Really? Yes! It’s quite an interesting benchmark in 2019. This is what Sam Parr and his team have built…in a relatively short time period. So, the question is, how? How did Sam do this? Why? And, what other…
His Software Crashed & He Learned A Valuable Leadership Lesson
Aug 27 • 30 min
Think you can’t learn anything from a Founder who has scaled a residential cleaning service? Think again. Ron shares his unique model for scaling AND what he learned about himself as a leader when his company went through what he called BLACK MONDAY.…
Fired As Founder/CEO, 2nd Time Founder Shares Key Lessons
Aug 20 • 36 min
I’ll try not to be over dramatic about this…but, Marc is a BIG reason I started the “From Founder To CEO” platform. Many Founders were calling me for help. During this same time period, I read Marc’s piece on Geek Wire. The title was: “Stop being a…
Big Lessons From a Disastrous Launch Into The United Kingdom
Aug 13 • 35 min
The barbershop experience had not been updated until Songe, his co-founder David, and their team launched Squire. It’s an innovative and fast-growing startup that has taken a tremendous amount of effort, but is yielding big results. Songe shares what…
Jason Alba Shares Secrets Of Keeping Team Member For 13 Years With 100,000 Users
Aug 6 • 35 min
It’s not often you hear a Founder say all their developers are still on the team after 13 years in business. And, it’s rare to hear the number 100,000 users with a Software as a Service (SaaS) company. But, both of these are true for Jason and his team at…
EXPERT BONUS: Want Success? Ani Manian: “Work from the inside out”
Aug 1 • 43 min
Ani Manian helps Founders and CEOs leverage the power of their subconscious mind to perform at their peak & accelerate business+personal growth. He shares his W.E.A.L.T.H. Model for Founder and CEO success. His Training:…
Former Inmate Turned Founder On Critical Importance Of Self-Awareness
Jul 30 • 42 min
It is often said that the best entrepreneurs start companies that solve a problem that they personally experienced themselves. Frederick is a great example of this. After being incarcerated, Frederick wanted to help those who are incarcerated better…
Founder Of Daisy Cakes: How To Handle The Stress Of Big Decisions
Jul 23 • 37 min
This is Kim’s second guest appearance on the podcast. She is such a sweet, kind, and genuine person. She is also a savvy, smart Founder who is on the next leg of her entrepreneurial experiment. She has decided to open an outpost in Las Vegas. I recently…
BOOK BONUS: “Win At Home, First” & How This Can Help You Lead Better
Jul 18 • 30 min
He explains how Founders like you can use the tension between grace and trust to lead better.
Gumroad Founder On Why He Failed to Build a Billion-Dollar Company
Jul 16 • 42 min
Sahil and his team at Gumroad have helped over 40,000 creators do more of what they love and have sent over $200,000,000 to creators and artists. This is an incredible achievement. So, when I read his February 2019 Medium Blog post entitled, “Reflecting…
Bob Tinker Reveals How He Conquered His Fear Of Turbulence
Jul 9 • 52 min
Ok, Bob shares a TON of personal insights in this extended interview. The reason? You won’t find a lot of Founders who have scaled up their companies to nearly 15,000 customers and then IPO. He talks in detail about this and many other topics.
Mark Cuban Said Yes To This Founder Who Says No To Hiring Family
Jul 2 • 28 min
You’ve seen him on Shark Tank earning an investment from Mark Cuban. Shaan is an achieving machine. In addition to growing Prep Expert, Dr. Shaan Patel is also in residency for dermatology. And, he is a fountain of knowledge. In this interview, he…
What Mindset Do You Need When Hiring?
Jun 25 • 29 min
Ethan is at the beginning of his Founder to CEO transition, but that doesn’t mean he lacks in wisdom. He is very insightful about the mindset you need to have when hiring and shares the mistake he made that he hopes you don’t.
Oprah Network Star: The Unconventional Recruiting Approach You’ll Want To Copy
Jun 18 • 30 min
Monique Greenwood will inspire you with her tenacity, her determination, and her vision. But, her candid conversation about her challenge from working “in” her business versus “on” her business will encourage you to think more deeply about how you spend…
Jason Suriano: The 3 Areas To Master As Father & Founder
Jun 11 • 46 min
Jason and I had a fun time speaking previously on this show. He’s a successful Founder, great guy, and I have come to realize, a really good Father. So, in honor of Father’s Day, I asked him back on the show to get real about fatherhood and…
Air Force Officer/Founder Had To Learn How To Admit His Mistakes
Jun 4 • 42 min
One of the best things about this interview is Brian practices what he preaches. He encourages Founders to be vulnerable with their teams, admit when they make mistakes and let go of the things their team should be doing…and he shares personal stories of…
Successful Type A Founder Reveals Why She Had To Tone It Down
May 28 • 19 min
She risked her stable job at Intel to create her fast growing startup in her garage. And, she has not looked back since. Along the way she learned how hard it is to raise capital and how she needed to alter her approach to each team member in order for…
Phillip Stutts: What He Learned From Over 1,200 Election Victories
May 21 • 44 min
Incredible. Guest. Phillip. Is. One. Of. A. Kind. - From his roots of helping political candidates win elections, Phillip has applied his and his team’s data-driven marketing prowess to help big brands WIN. He challenges himself and others toward winning…
College Admissions - Yikes - Founder Health - Double Yikes
May 14 • 39 min
You may have noticed that the college admission process has been in the news lately. Well, what you may not know, is there is a Founder & CEO named Neha Gupta that is leading the charge to ethically and responsibly helps students and their parents with…
This Founder Had No Money For Payroll: Hear What He Did
May 7 • 42 min
Brock doesn’t want you to have to go through what he went through. Learn how he recovered and what he learned from having to tell his team they would not be paid…right before the Christmas holiday. Brock is full of insights as he shares his journey From…
Mother/Daughter Co-Founders Reveal The Secret To Resolving Co-Founder Conflict
Apr 30 • 46 min
Startup and Scaleup co-founders can learn a lot from these two leaders. Kerry and Ashlee are mother and daughter, but they are also powerhouse entrepreneurs who co-founded an amazing SaaS platform that brings people together at events. They are experts at…
Founder John Buni: 3 Steps To Effectively Approaching Feedback
Apr 23 • 29 min
Feedback is a gift, they say. :) Well, if you don’t know how to handle it, it may not be a gift. John learned how to handle feedback after appearing on the hit BBC show, Dragons’ Den. He didn’t end up earning an investment, but the experience did help…
Do you make this hiring mistake? Do you put Mission Passion Before Skills?
Apr 16 • 39 min
She calls herself the “Butter Boss.” But, Ramaha is so much more. She has conquered the challenges of startups and is on her way to scaling up her international company. She talks about a key lesson of hiring…not confusing performance and skill with…
How This Polish Founder Overcame His Money Mental Barriers To Growth
Apr 9 • 30 min
Tom has done it all. Record store owner, successful music artist, successful salesman and now successful Founder. We can all learn a lot from his story of coming to the United States at an early age and finding his entrepreneurial path. But, it’s his…
AF Veteran/Founder Reminds: Be Careful Who You Surround Yourself With
Apr 2 • 33 min
What you’ll hear from Charlynda is this interview is the wisdom of many years. Her mentor, Daymond John (yes, that Daymond John), shares some key advice that helped her get through some difficult times. Hear what he told her and how you can apply the same…
Former Spacecraft Systems Engineer Turned Co-Founder Reveals How He Deals With Perfectionism
Mar 26 • 39 min
Frank is a former spacecraft systems engineer who co-founded a fuel delivery service? Yes! He is a VERY thoughtful person. Franks gets pretty detailed about the 3 leadership and hiring secrets that surprised him as he transitioned from spacecraft systems…
Divorce Helped This Founder Discover What She Can Really Accomplish
Mar 19 • 27 min
Do you need an injection of joy and understanding, as you fight another battle as a Founder & CEO? Then listen to my interview with Francois Mignon. Her wisdom will help you tackle the toughest of time periods.
Doctor’s Visit Changed This Founder’s Life And The Course Of His Business
Mar 12 • 39 min
How many Founders do you know started their business in the 1970s and are still in business today? How many Founders do you know are willing to admit that all this work took a toll on their health and led to changing their leadership style? Joe is one of…
Persistence & Patience Paid Off For This Founder
Mar 5 • 31 min
Patience. That’s what Joah needed to develop more as he and his team built Localeur. It’s the type of trait that was challenging for him to develop based on his past. But, it’s what he developed as he raised significant amounts of capital to launch,…
Conquering Impostor Syndrome Helped Fuel His Company’s US Growth
Feb 26 • 33 min
Determination, integrity, and kind…these are the characteristics that I think of when I think about Paul Becker. Paul has tackled a challenging problem - make art more accessible by helping thousands of art buyers pay for their art. Paul talks about how…
She had an awakening that changed the course of her scaleup
Feb 19 • 34 min
Elena’s passion for excellence will inspire you. She has grown her company on the premise that the company’s actions will mirror the values it espouses to its clients. I especially like her thoughts on freeing up your time as Founder and CEO to think…
Kyle: How to Build a Business While Getting Punched in the Mouth
Feb 12 • 33 min
This is Kyle’s second time on the show. When he published his new book, I know I had to bring him back on. We had a great discussions about three key points from Chapter 12 of his book: How to confront difficult conversations with employees Give the…
“Better, Not Bitter” - Said This Founder After Beating Cancer…Twice
Feb 5 • 43 min
“Better, Not Bitter” is this Founder’s motto. If you are feeling down, overwhelmed, exhausted, or just feel like giving up the Founder game…listen to Cashmere and email me and tell me you still feel the same way. Cashmere’s strength and tenacity will…
How He Overcame Eminent Domain & Helped His Company Flourish
Jan 29 • 25 min
Imagine you are from a foreign county and you are in the United States growing your startup. All of a sudden the city seizes your office space and a major recession hits and you have to lay off a large portion of your company. What would YOU do? Listen to…
A Common Leadership Mistake Almost All Founders Make
Jan 22 • 11 min
I share a common mistake that many Founders make and what you can do about it. Hint…it has to do with change. :)
Hear How This Founder’s Daughter Altered His Approach To Leadership
Jan 15 • 33 min
Who among us Founders has not had one of those time periods when someone says something to us that just stops us in our tracks and makes us think more deeply about ourselves. This happened to 2 x Founder Tom Bradbury. He not only shares how he used what…
10 Common Co-Founder Conflicts & 10 Actions To Resolve Them
Jan 8 • 28 min
Happy New Year! To kick of the New Year I wanted to help you with a problem that has increasingly made it onto my radar screen…co-founder conflict. In my experience, a large number of startups and scaleups fail because co-founders can’t get along, harbor…
Jim Ratichek, Founder: “I was trapped a prisoner in my own company.”
Jan 1 • 31 min
The path from Founder to CEO is very personal. While you are growing your company, you are changing, what you focus on is also changing, and your interests are likely to change. It’s very dynamic and it can be hard for a Founder to navigate this process.…
What if your team had no confidence in your vision? It happened to Jake.
Dec 25, 2018 • 40 min
Jake shares a humbling story of leadership self-awareness that you’ll want to listen to. He received feedback about his leadership of the company that made him stop, think, and readjust…after a roller coaster of emotions. ;)
How Losing His Wife Helped Shape The Values & Success Of
Dec 18, 2018 • 28 min
Jay started as a Founder in his garage. Jay took orders on his cell phone while traveling around. Jay worked hard to build to the powerhouse it is today. I’ve been reading Jay’s pieces on for awhile. I truly appreciate his practical…
NASA Inspired Apparel Founder Discovers Founder Health Impacts Startup Health
Dec 11, 2018 • 26 min
Health is everything. Founder fitness is everything. Michael knows abut both. That’s why he created a company that uses NASA technology to make outdoor gear warm and free of bulk. It’s also why he discovered that being a Founder requires focuses on his…
Irish Founder On Firing, Dealing With Regrettable Losses & Making Green From Big Blue
Dec 4, 2018 • 37 min
Our very first, real Irishman on the podcast for this interview. :) I could talk with Tomás for ever. He is a smart, savvy, experienced Founder who is more than willing to share his journey from Founder to CEO. He had somewhat of a unique start to his…
Can You Disrupt The Payments Industry With Digital Checks & No Co-Founders?
Nov 27, 2018 • 46 min
The payments industry is a beast of an industry to enter. There are a growing number of players, lots of regulation, entrenched legacy leaders, and difficulties building and maintaining trust. But, PJ Gupta saw not only a need, but has a passion for…
AI & Healthcare: It’s still about the people according to Sean
Nov 20, 2018 • 34 min
If you have ever had to fill out the same healthcare forms time and again, you will appreciate what Sean and his team at Olive AI is doing. They are using AI to cut through the huge amount of money that is waisted on healthcare administration. Sean is an…
With $93 million in VC funding and 400 employees, this Founder knows he needs to be real with his team
Nov 13, 2018 • 32 min
Isaac and his team of over 400 have earned $93 million in venture financing as it helps take care of over 45,000 employees in all 50 states. In this interview Isaac gets very specific about his feelings of failure, being real with his team when things are…
This Founder Hires For These 4 Attitudes…& It Made All The Difference
Nov 6, 2018 • 28 min
Sandra built her business on service. With over 100 employees, she has created a premium subscription staffing company that is helping a growing number of entrepreneurs. She shares a story of a bad hiring experience that prompted her to create a better…
This Founder Figured Out Leading 70 Employees & 20,000 Students Requires Systems
Oct 30, 2018 • 39 min
Richard is a self-proclaimed math enthusiast. And, as he says, he likes to solve math problems, teach, and build things. So, when he revealed some of his personal challenges in becoming a CEO, they were very different than what you might expect. Because,…
This Founder/Doctor Has Mastered Delegation - Do you use his technique?
Oct 23, 2018 • 29 min
Dan understands delegation. He has mastered the art of delegation in a unique way. He shares his unique approach to delegation, his systematic review of talent, and how he communicates with his team.
Do you struggle with directing your team versus empowering your team? This Founder did.
Oct 16, 2018 • 21 min
The best startups a born out of Founder frustrations. Haley is a lawyer who hated the manual process for helping Founders and attorneys with deal flow. So, she created a collaborative SaaS platform that is having a big impact. She also knows being a…
What did this Founder & CEO say when a team member asked him if they should hire a CEO?
Oct 9, 2018 • 33 min
Sometimes focusing on simplification is the most important action a Founder can take. Austin knows this. He helps entrepreneurs, like you, simplify and focus. And, he too knows the perils and pitfalls of being a Founder and leader. He candidly shares the…
What Happened To This Founder When He Failed To Embrace Some Structure?
Oct 2, 2018 • 31 min
There’s a dirty word in some entrepreneurial circles. It starts with s…no, not that word. It’s structure. Yes, some Founders shy away from structure, processes, and systems just at the time the business needs a bit more. Christian experienced this himself…
Solving Community Healthcare Challenges With Tech & The Importance Of Founder Health
Sep 25, 2018 • 20 min
Daisy Ozim is passionate about helping marginalized communities get access to and use the healthcare resources in their area. She is using tech like blockchain to make it happen. Plus, she shares her own struggles with Founder health and how important it…
The BIG Lesson The Founder of a Church Learned & You Should Too
Sep 18, 2018 • 37 min
You can learn a lot about Founder development from the Founder of a church. That’s why I was very excited when Luke Dooley agreed to come on the show. Luke learned a lot being the Co-founder of Journey Church and has applied his lessons learned as the…
$2 Million In Seed Money To Change On-boarding & The Pitfalls of Acquisitions
Sep 11, 2018 • 33 min
You have heard of gamification. But have you heard of the gamification of on-boarding your new team members? Jason and his team have a tiger by the tail and he shares some Founder to CEO stories and value bombs you won’t want to miss.
Innovating With Autonomous Vehicles & Including Spouses In Hiring
Sep 4, 2018 • 25 min
What does it take to be a Founder in the RF, wireless, optics, and autonomous vehicles industries…a lot of mistakes, hard work, and inspired leadership. I have wanted to interview Dr. Achour for quite some time. Her team is striving to make autonomous…
Fast Growth Founder On How Hiring, Diversification, & Leadership Style Mistakes Helped Him Grow
Aug 28, 2018 • 31 min
Nathan’s enthusiasm is infectious. You can hear it in his voice as he describes his quick ascent to being a successful Founder. Yet, that success came quick and he had to learn how to adjust his style after a previous boss may have led him astray about a…
What Does It Take To Overcome Bankruptcy & Launch A Startup To $100 Million in 15 months?
Aug 21, 2018 • 32 min
When you listen to this interview with Marshall Chesrown, Founder & CEO of RumbleOn, it’s hard not to hear the wisdom, passion, and focus. He sure has been through a lot and has accomplished a lot.
How Did This Founder Convince Higher Education To Partner On Innovation?
Aug 14, 2018 • 38 min
Being a Founder is tough work. It’s even harder when you are bringing innovation to industries and areas of business that struggle with change. Grant is creating a triple win in higher education…students can earn credits for their first year of college…
This Founder Had To Explain The Importance Of The Cannes Lions Festival To Her Team
Aug 7, 2018 • 29 min
Communication is the foundation of all relationships. Xenia understands this. Not only did she and her team create a powerful collaboration platform for agencies and their clients, but she also has learned a lot of about communication with her growing…
This fast-growth Founder learned that everyone has different communication needs
Jul 31, 2018 • 31 min
We continue our conversations about artificial intelligence with a Founder who is making it a lot easier to make sure your paid social ads are doing the job they were intended to do. R.J. talks about the work of Pattern89 and also a very specific personal…
From Olympic Skater to Mark Cuban Backed AI Founder
Jul 24, 2018 • 34 min
Artificial Intelligence (AI) for hockey? Yes, former Olympic skating champion, Craig Buntin, left the Olympic ice for the hockey ice when he and his co-founder launched SPORTLOGiQ.
Three Lessons I Learned From A Fallen Founder
Jul 17, 2018 • 10 min
We lost a valuable member of our team. Chelsea Berler. I miss her so much. In this episode I share the three things I learned from Chelsea and what you can learn from her, too.
Rand Fishkin: “There’s also a lot of cultural pressure to look more impressive than you are”
Jul 10, 2018 • 39 min
If you have not had a chance to read Rand’s book, “Lost and Founder,” then listen to this interview and you’ll hear lots of reasons to do so.
Would your team work free for 3 months…because of you, your vision?
Jul 3, 2018 • 41 min
Jeremy and I had a great time with this interview. He has a great combination of wit, warmth, smarts, and transparency. I learned a lot from Jeremy. In this revealing interview he charts his path from 3 years of barely making by as an entrepreneur to his…
You have problems? Try overcoming a life threatening disease & leading a startup…like Betsy
Jun 26, 2018 • 30 min
It was hard for me to interview Betsy. I have known her ever since I first interviewed her in July of 2015 on this podcast. We have stayed in touch since then and she was even a member of Trail Team 10. But, it was hard to interview her because I knew she…
500,000 fortune cookies to build a company culture? It didn’t work, but the cookies sparked a Culture of Good
Jun 19, 2018 • 42 min
Culture…that hard to define thing on the tip of every Founder’s tongue. As a Founder, you know how important culture is, but what is it, really? Ryan and Scott share their journey of culture discovery and share their minefields around shaping it. And,…
Leading By Invitation & Challenge While Harnessing The Power Of Location Data
Jun 12, 2018 • 38 min
Just in time for Father’s Day weekend in the United States comes an incredible Founder named Lyden Foust whose candid admissions about his own challenges as a Founder are balanced by the wonderful lessons and attributes he has received from his own…
Laura talks BIG differences leading 13 & 25 team members + BIG changes in social media
Jun 5, 2018 • 40 min
It’s rare when we have the same guest twice on this podcast. And, when we do it is usually for a good reason. Laura is a great reason. We last spoke with Laura in 2015 when she had a team of 13 and she was experiencing lots of success with her social…
Can meditation make you a better leader? This Founder thinks so
May 29, 2018 • 40 min
Can meditation make you a better Founder, CEO, and leader? Rob thinks so. He attributes his many year practice of meditation to better listening, more presence, and greater growth for himself personally as a leader and for the growth of his company. How…
Why alignment between Sales, Marketing, & Technology is so important
May 22, 2018 • 43 min
I feel so fortunate to be able to speak with so many wise people…Shane is one of them. Shane’s knowledge about all things SaaS is extraordinary. When he marries that up with a love of Founders and a spiritual approach to business, growth happens. In this…
Do Female Founders Need Their Own Conference? Yes, says this Founder
May 15, 2018 • 32 min
Alexis Dean is a highly successful Founder who was left feeling disappointed that the entrepreneurial events and conferences she attended rarely had successful female founders up on the stage. So, she decided to change that.
Leadership Wisdom From The Founder Of A Community Of 25,000 Founders
May 8, 2018 • 46 min
After founding Varsity Books, going public, and then selling the company, Eric Kuhn knows the ups and downs of startup life. That’s why he started FoundersCard. He wanted to created a community and membership platform that served entrepreneurs. Eric…
This Founder Is Perfecting In-Home Beauty Services & Learned An Important Lesson About Expensive PR
May 1, 2018 • 35 min
Regina and her team are bringing together tech, in-home services, and professional consultation at scale for women of color looking to simply their lives. This former Macy’s leader is bolding going where no one has really gone before. And, and along the…
90% of this Founder’s Customers are Fortune 500: “I’m not a startup, I’m a kick-start.”
Apr 24, 2018 • 33 min
Larry is one of those guys you can hang out and talk with forever. He is a walking fountain of wisdom with such rich stories and experiences that you find yourself drawn in to hear more. I really enjoyed interviewing Larry. My favorite quote: “I’m not a…
Seth Godin on leadership, management, fear and why his April 1st blog caused such a stir
Apr 17, 2018 • 27 min
What a treat it was to interview Seth Godin. We cover a lot of territory over a short time period: Why he started his altMBA program How he sees Founders leading The difference between management and leadership His personal story about leadership…
Tom Goodwin On How Tech Is Changing Leadership
Apr 10, 2018 • 29 min
If you have spent an even a little bit of time on LinkedIn, you have seen Tom Goodwin. Tom has been awarded “#1 Voice in Marketing” on LinkedIn 2017 & 2018 with over 550,000 followers. He is a self-described marketing provocateur who asks great questions…
How To Avoid The Predictable Pitfalls During The 4 Stages Of Growth
Apr 3, 2018 • 34 min
Bouzha is full of wisdom. She and her team have worked with fast-growth Founders for many years. And, she details the pitfalls you should and can avoid as you pass through the 4 Phases of Growth.
How An Intern Turned This Founder’s Fortune And Confidence Around
Mar 27, 2018 • 22 min
After a big exit with his French company, Ludovic has another hit with Shapr. He really is an inspiring Founder. His optimism is infectious. And, his story and advice about what to do when you lose confidence in yourself is quite helpful.
6 Steps To Conquer The Fear of Leadership
Mar 20, 2018 • 33 min
We all have leadership fears. Nathan Chan and the team at Foundr Magazine asked me to write about this for their platform and I thought you would like to hear it. These are the 6 actions YOU can take to overcome your fear of leadership. Let me know what…
3 Questions Every Founder Must Answer
Mar 13, 2018 • 21 min
As you will hear in this episode of the podcast, some great colleagues and friends helped me come up with The 3 Questions All Founders Must Answer In Order To Grow. I invite you to share your thoughts about these questions. Send me an email, and I promise…
Clarence Bethea went from “strong-arm” leadership to “thoughtful” leadership while disrupting warranties
Mar 6, 2018 • 30 min
And, while his company grows, Clarence Bethea is learning to shift his leadership style from a “strong arm” style to one where he is an advocate for thinking through challenging decisions over 24 hours. He also have a novel time for his meetings. Clarence…
Dr. Picken: The 8 Hurdles You Must Overcome On The Trail From Founder To CEO
Feb 27, 2018 • 42 min
Back in January 2017, Dr. Joseph Picken wrote an informative piece that caught my attention. It was titled, “From founder to CEO: An entrepreneur’s roadmap.” It appeared in Business Horizons. Dr. Picken details the “Eight Hurdles” that Founders must…
How Exhaustion Brought This Founder To Realize She Needed To Invest In Her Team
Feb 20, 2018 • 35 min
Olga tells a harrowing travel story that led to physical exhaustion, sage advice from her father, and an awakening about the type of CEO she needs to be in order to grow her unique company. Plus, her philosophies around hiring are definitely worth a…
3 Big Hiring Points & 1 Big Point About Receiving Advice From The Founder of Wyzerr
Feb 13, 2018 • 31 min
Sometimes we think we are solving one problem, but we end up learning it is a different issue. Natasia shared a very interesting story about hiring, that turns out to be a story about filtering advice from well intentioned stakeholders like…investors.
Secrets of Affiliate Marketing & Why You Make Need To Disrupt Your Team, Faster
Feb 6, 2018 • 36 min
Robert Glazer talks at length about the time he had to shift 1/3 of his team out of their roles when the company reached about 30 employees. He gets very candid about what he did wrong, how he would do it differently, and what you need to know as a…
7 Tips: What do you do when you feel discouraged, but your team needs to be encouraged?
Jan 30, 2018 • 19 min
When you are having a bad week, month, or quarter, you yourself might be feeling a bit discouraged. But, hey, you are the Founder and CEO and that means you are a leader. What do you do when you feel this way and your realize your team is feeling the same…