OUR PODCAST

Building a Breakthrough Leadership Team with Mike Goldman

Join us this week with Mike Goldman, Senior Gravitas Impact coach and author. Goldman uses his 30+ years of coaching and consulting to weigh in on the root issue facing companies worldwide, the lack of a strong senior leadership team.

“The biggest difference between a great company and a failing company is the leadership team,” Goldman shares. But what is a great company? Goldman shares that, at some level, great companies boil down to these three elements, “Top and bottom line growth, a fulfilling learning environment for employees and value to society. At some level the great CEOs and Leadership Teams want that, and what I want to do through coaching and through this book is help them get there quicker, healthier and in a more holistic way”

In his newly-released book, Breakthrough Leadership Team: Strengthening the Heart and Soul of Your Company, Goldman dives deeper on how to structure your team now and plan for future growth, get the right people on the team and the wrong people off the team, craft the right culture, develop your talent, and execute with discipline and accountability to achieve these goals.

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The Advice Trap with Michael Bungay Stanier

Join us this week with Michael Bungay Stanier, speaker, author of The Coaching Habit and founder of Box of Crayons. Michael and his company work worldwide to transform companies from advice-driven to curiosity-led. In this week’s podcast, Michael addresses key concepts from his upcoming book, The Advice Trap.

Michael shares, “Your advice is not nearly as good as you think it is. It isn’t as smart as you think it is, and it isn’t as useful as you think it is. In fact, your role as a leader is actually really not to be providing nearly as much advice as you are currently doing.”

“You have to acknowledge how much we are all wired to give advice. We’ve been taught all our lives that having the answer is the thing to do. This is the way you add value.”

Michael shared the three ways that your drive to always have the answer can get in the way:

1. Most of the time you are trying to solve the wrong problem.
2. Your advice just isn’t as good as you think it is.
3. Your advice can be diminishing to you and to the other person.

Listen to the podcast to learn how you can change your patterns of behavior and, with it, transform the culture of your workplace from know-it-all to learn-it-all!

Michael’s new book, The Advice Trap, is available for pre-order now on Amazon!

Increasing Your Return on Investment Capital as an Entrepreneur with Greg Crabtree – Part 2

Join us with Greg Crabtree, speaker, entrepreneur, financial expert and author of Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits! As the CEO of Crabtree, Rowe & Berger, PC, he’s dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build the economic engine of their business.

“I often ask entrepreneurs the question, ‘What do you think the appropriate return on invested capital in your business should be?’ Many say anywhere between 15-20%. Would it shock you if I said that the minimum number should be 50%, and the average is closer to 75-90%?”

“The biggest challenge I see facing entrepreneurs is they frequently don’t understand the investment value of their business as it sits in their hands. Until you understand your business as an investment, you’re really just living moment to moment,” Crabtree shares.

In the second part of this two-part podcast, Crabtree outlines what entrepreneurs should expect from their investment capital, and how they can increase their return on that investment.

Increasing Your Return on Investment Capital as an Entrepreneur with Greg Crabtree – Part 1

Join us with Greg Crabtree, speaker, entrepreneur, financial expert and author of Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits! As the CEO of Crabtree, Rowe & Berger, PC, he’s dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build the economic engine of their business.

“I often ask entrepreneurs the question, ‘What do you think the appropriate return on invested capital in your business should be?’ Many say anywhere between 15-20%. Would it shock you if I said that the minimum number should be 50%, and the average is closer to 75-90%?”

“The biggest challenge I see facing entrepreneurs is they frequently don’t understand the investment value of their business as it sits in their hands. Until you understand your business as an investment, you’re really just living moment to moment,” Crabtree shares.

In the first part of this two-part podcast, Crabtree outlines what entrepreneurs should expect from their investment capital, and how they can increase their return on that investment.

Made To Thrive with Brad Giles

Join us this week with Brad Giles, Gravitas Impact Coach and author of Made to Thrive. As a lifelong entrepreneur, Giles’ passion has always centered around building companies, and understanding the difference between a good company and a great one. In many ways, that difference can rest on the shoulders of the leader.

Giles advises, “In order to make your effort count for the most, it’s important to understand that the role of a leader is really about not doing other people’s job, and doing your own.”

In his recently released book, Made to Thrive: The Five Roles to Evolve Beyond Your Leadership Comfort Zone, Giles uncovers the five roles a leader must fill to consistently achieve great results. On this podcast, Giles uncovers each role and addresses the need to evolve beyond your comfort zone as a leader in each of these.

The Five Roles:

1. Accountability
2. Ambassador
3. Culture
4. Strategy
5. Succession Planning

Optimizing Profit through Skillful Tax Strategies with Brett Ellen

Join us this week with Brett Ellen, President & CEO of American Financial Network as he shares his expertise on how CEOs can optimize their Tax Planning throughout the Year to increase the net take on their net income.

If you’re paying net taxes of above 15% you need to think through your process,” Ellen advises.

His best advice? Be Proactive. “As you build your business throughout the year, you need to think about your tax strategy.”

As a leader, “You want to navigate all the opportunities at the company level to be able to do smart planning at the individual.”

Ellen shares advice on using proactive planning, R&D credits, conversation easement, company insurance and other tools to optimize your profit and grow your business.

Mastering Your Productivity as a CEO with Hao Lam

Join us this week with Hao Lam, author of From Bad to Worse to Best in Class.  Lam shares his personal story of escaping Vietnam as a refugee, and finding his passion for providing education worldwide.  As CEO and Chairman of Best in Class Education Center, Lam has devoted his entire career to advocate for supplemental education. He continues to do so as a Gravitas Impact coach.

Many CEOs struggle with mastering their own productivity as they encourage a culture of accountability in their organization. Lam shares his own schedule to demonstrate the habits and tools he’s used to monitor and improve his time management skills in both his personal and professional life.

Among his advice, Lam recommends creating a weekly schedule to share with an accountability group, whether in your organization or out of it, with a 0-10 scoring scale to indicate your progress on these 3-5 major goals. Lam also suggests cutting 5 minutes off your meeting times to send a recap and action items email, and to avoid meetings that don’t have a clearly outlined PAO: Purpose, Agenda and Outcome.

A lot of CEOs feel constantly busy, overwhelmed and inundated. Your time is a valuable resource for you and for your organization. Look at how you can manage your time more effectively, and master productivity.

 

Finding Your Purpose As A CEO with Petr Ludwig

Join us this week with Petr Ludwig, author of “The End of Procrastination” and founder of Procrastination.com. With a Bachelor’s Degree in IT, Masters in Law and a Masters in Computer Graphics and Multimedia, Ludwig has a passion for uncovering data on the human condition to facilitate change.

Ludwig believes that CEOs and company leaders have an opportunity to close the gap between what’s happening in their culture and what science tells us needs to happen to make the workplace great.

“What is even more important than happiness at work is seeing purpose in work,” Ludwig explains, “It’s less about buying fuzzball tables and more about inspiring people to find meaning in their work.”

“The problem is that we live in a world full of low-quality information. Understanding the science behind what is important, makes CEOs more competent.”

This concept is important for CEOs too, Ludwig shares. “CEOs need to be leaders of the movement in their own lives to inspire others to find their purpose at work.”

A long term study in Okinawa, Japan revealed that the residents lived an average of 10 years longer due in part to prioritizing their life’s purpose, a Japanese concept called “Ikigai,” or “long life purpose.”  Ludwig recommends that CEOs apply these principles to their own lives first, asking themselves these essential questions:

  1. What am I good at?
  2. What do I love?
  3. What does the world need?
  4. What can I get paid for?

“As a CEO your Ikigai can be, in part, to help others find their Ikigai.”

Building a System of Innovation with Sara Castiglioni

Join us this week with Gravitas Impact Premium Coach Sara Castiglioni from Buenos Aires as she addresses the three challenges your company might be facing as you move towards the future.

Castiglioni’s approach is direct, “Be the system you want to see in the world.” 

She recommends asking yourself, then your company, three critical questions:

Where are we?
Where do we want to be?
Why are we not there yet?

The impediments your company might be facing as you move towards the future fall into three categories:

PEOPLE: Do you have the right team in place?
FEAR: Do they feel like they have a voice?
LEADERSHIP: Are you, the CEO, stopping the change in your company?

Castiglioni advises CEOs to begin change within themselves as they implement a system, and culture, of innovation within their company.

1. Be Humble
2. Trust your Team
3. Be Willing to Take Risks

Developing Millennials who Manage with Chip Espinoza

Join us this week with Chip Espinoza, recently named a top 15 global thought leader on the future of work by the Economic Times, and co-author of Managing the Millenials, Millenials at Work and Millenials who Manage.

Espinoza addresses the disconnect between managers and the young professionals they manage, especially as these young professionals begin managing and leading teams of their own.

“If we don’t engage young professionals where they are, we’re going to miss out on the opportunity to develop them and transfer knowledge to them. If we wait for them to start thinking like us, we are not going to make it into the future.” 

The love language of young professionals is career development, Espinoza shares. And that’s a good thing. Espinoza believes that Millennials have the native ability to be good managers.

However, he adds, “The people with the most responsibility in an organization have to be the first to adapt.”

Through his years of research, Espinoza has found that “The most effective managers have the ability to suspend the bias of their own experience.”