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Is successful entrepreneurship about promoting the hell out of yourself, or building a killer culture and focusing on relentless personal development? Find the surprising answers as real estate rock star Kris Lindahl interviews business leaders from all walks of life. No matter what industry you’re in, you’ll learn how to win in the marketplace—and life—by finding your authentic self and communicating it to the world.

Is successful entrepreneurship about promoting the hell out of yourself, or building a killer culture and focusing on relentless personal development? Find the surprising answers as real estate rock star Kris Lindahl interviews business leaders from all walks of life. No matter what industry you’re in, you’ll learn how to win in the marketplace—and life—by finding your authentic self and communicating it to the world.
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Is successful entrepreneurship about promoting the hell out of yourself, or building a killer culture and focusing on relentless personal development? Find the surprising answers as real estate rock star Kris Lindahl interviews business leaders from all walks of life. No matter what industry you’re in, you’ll learn how to win in the marketplace—and life—by finding your authentic self and communicating it to the world.






Leadership is about persistence. What’s leadership about? Persistence. Did we mention that leadership is about persistence? — BTB #24 One on One

If there’s one truism about life, it’s this: Nobody follows a quitter. Good leaders are persistent to the point of being relentless. Their single-mindedness may drive some people crazy, but it drives even more to follow them. In this One on One podcast, Kris shares his own story of persistence (hint: it has to do with being a fan of a certain team that still hasn’t won a Super Bowl) and talks about how sometimes even when you think you’ve reached a dead end, the next breakthrough is right...


Leadership is about confidence, not cockiness. Do you have the confidence to lead. And if not, what can you do about it? — BTB #23 One on One

Would you follow a coach who didn’t think your team could win the championship? How about a general who thought you’d probably lose the war? Confidence is the most important trait in a leader, because people follow passion, period. So as a leader, you need to be 100% confident in what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. In this One on One episode, Kris reveals the secrets of leadership confidence: what it is and what it isn’t, why people gravitate toward confident leaders and avoid...


Is it lonely at the top? For most leaders, it is. But while it’s completely normal to feel lonely as you rise the ranks, you can take constructive action to manage it. — BTB #22 One on One

Do you experience more loneliness the higher the climb the leadership ladder? Do you feel like the more responsibilities you have, the less people understand what you’re going through? In this One on One episode, Kris opens up about his own struggles with loneliness and offers useful tips on how you can manage it. The first thing to understand is that loneliness is part of leadership and completely normal. In fact, it can actually be a sign that you’re on the right track. As your...


What makes a good leader? Kris has noticed that today’s most effective leaders share 8 key traits, and they’re not what you think. — BTB #21 One on One

What are the special traits that effective leaders share—not the leaders of 20 or 30 years ago, but today’s leaders? From leading his own business and talking to other leaders across all kinds of organizations, Kris has noticed that it comes down to 8 vital traits. Find out what they are and why they’re so important in this special One on One “Behind the Billboard” episode. The list may surprise you …


Tracy Call disconnected from her business to “stress test” her team. The results changed her business (Media Bridge Advertising), her marriage and her views on effective leadership. Here’s how. — BTB #20

Are you one of those leaders who constantly thinks, “I could let someone else handle this, but it’ll be easier if I just do it myself”? It’s a common trait among CEOs, especially entrepreneurs who start their businesses from scratch. Recognizing that she was one of those people, Media Bridge founder and CEO Tracy Call did a radical thing: For an entire month, she completely disconnected from her business and traveled with her family. The intent was to empower her team and train her clients...


Be honest: What do you struggle with? Kris addresses the question we don’t like to ask ourselves, shares some of his own challenges and offers constructive ways that you can deal with your struggles to become a better leader and person. — BTB #19 One on O

What do you struggle with? It’s a hard question to ask, and sometimes it’s an even harder question to answer. In this One on One podcast, Kris shares his own challenges and offers some advice for leaders on slowing down, truly being in the moment, showing empathy and being generous with recognizing others. He also shares a personal anecdote on how his daughter helps him remember to slow down. Bottom line: Sometimes leaders avoid asking people how they’re doing. Sometimes we feel like we’re...


What do you know now that you wish you had known then? Kris answers this question for himself, emphasizing that leadership isn’t about looking back or having regrets; it’s about growing and looking forward. — BTB #18 One on One

Has anyone ever asked you what advice you would give to your younger self? This happened to Kris recently when a friend asked him what he saw clearly now that he wishes he had seen earlier in his life. Kris offers six areas of wisdom that he wishes he had been quicker to realize. The point isn’t to beat yourself up that you didn’t know things sooner; it’s to share your insights to help others on their leadership journeys. Too often leaders think they have it all figured out. This One on One...


How has Anytime Fitness CEO Chuck Runyon built the world’s largest fitness chain and America’s #1 franchise system? Through leadership that invests in the whole person, not just the “employee.” — BTB #17

What’s the secret to improving someone’s health and fitness? If you listen to Chuck Runyon, it sounds a lot like the secret to good leadership: listening, empathizing, being generous with your attention, and seeing your job as helping people unlock their full potential. As the co-founder of Self Esteem Brands and the CEO of Anytime Fitness, Chuck makes all of this happen every day. It’s impressive that his company has now opened over 4,000 gyms on all seven continents (they just announced a...


Traditional goal-setting doesn’t work. Kris reveals a more effective method for achieving what you want in life and being a better leader. — BTB #16 One on One

Do you set huge goals for yourself at the beginning of the year, then find yourself getting increasingly depressed about your inability to meet them? Join the club! Traditional goal-setting is not only ineffective; it actually puts yours farther away from achieving what you want. In this special “One on One” Behind the Billboard, Kris shares his own struggles with goal-setting, then reveals his two secrets to building momentum, feeling good about yourself and actually reaching your goals....


Rachel Mairose went from rescuing 1 animal to saving over 17,000 in less than 10 years. Now Secondhand Hounds is a breed apart—an example of what people can learn from animals, and what businesses can learn from nonprofits about leadership. — BTB #15

Want proof that phenomenal success starts with finding your true passion? Look no farther than Rachel Mairose. Rachel started a small dog rescue out of her apartment in 2009. Less than a decade later, Secondhand Hounds is the largest animal rescue operation in the Midwest, with over 17,000 animals saved. In this fascinating interview, Rachel talks about why you should “keep going until you find your passion and feel like you don’t think you could live without doing it,” why industry taboos...


Mark Crea has grown Feed My Starving Children 40% a year for 13 years. How has he done it, and what important lessons can businesses learn from the charitable and nonprofit world? — BTB #14

If you’ve ever spent a day at a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) food-packing center, you know it’s an experience you’ll never forget—remarkably consistent and uplifting for the 1.4 million volunteers across 40 states who participate every year. In this episode, Kris talks to Feed My Starving Children CEO Mark Crea to unearth the secrets on how this once-small organization has grown from 1 site packing 3 million meals for kids in 17 countries annually, to having 8 permanent sites in the Twin...


Kris has four critical pieces of advice for you in 2019, all learned from his personal triumphs and challenges in 2018. — BTB #14 One on One

How are you feeling about 2019? Better than last year? Worse? About the same? As we enter a new year, it’s time to wipe the slate clean and take a fresh look at where we’re at in our lives and careers. Looking back on 2018, Kris sees both the successes and the challenges in starting and growing a business, and the pitfalls and rewards of trying to do things differently and better. In this one-on-one episode, he shares his four areas of advice for anyone who wants to improve their leadership...


Cesar Castillejos’ life changed when he asked himself two questions. The answers helped him truly understand leadership, stewardship and the right way to help young people become leaders. — BTB #12

Are you a successful leader who’s secretly burned out and unhealthy? Is what you’re doing bringing you success but not joy? Are you especially attuned to the leadership challenges that teenagers face today? Then the incredible story of youth worker, speaker, trainer and preacher Cesar Castillejos will definitely resonate with you. Learn about Cesar’s challenges growing up as an of-color kid in a Minnesota suburb, hear the two questions his mentor told him to ask himself, and discover how the...


“Why can’t I be like them?” — BTB #11 One on One

It’s natural to compare yourself to other people, but is it healthy—and are you comparing yourself to something real or fake? In this special “One on One” podcast, Kris talks about the growing dangers of comparing yourself to someone else’s social media-produced life.


Kristi Piehl will get you good media coverage … and teach you how to be a successful woman without the “Mom Guilt.” — BTB #10

Have you ever had the rug pulled out from under you when you thought you were at the peak of success? Do you still wonder what you want to be when you grow up? Media Minefield founder and CEO Kristi Piehl has been there and done that. After being a successful reporter with a couple of Emmys on her shelf, she suddenly found herself unemployed in her mid-30s, trying to raise a family while figuring out a new career. The results speak for themselves, as Media Minefield has quickly become one of...


Kathy Robideau is changing journalism and elevating women … one breadstick at a time — BTB #9

Think you work hard? Chances are, Business Journal Market President Kathy Robideau has you beat. Starting with her days slinging breadsticks at the Olive Garden as a kid, Kathy has always been willing to outwork people and earn everything she gets. But she’s also the type of leader who knows it’s about teamwork, not the individual. In this episode, you’ll hear Kathy’s amazing story of succeeding by always learning, creating groups of supportive like-minded people, and always gravitating...


BombBomb’s Darin Dawson is out to “re-humanize the planet,” and he’s doing it in ways you’d never expect. — BTB #8

Do you want your eulogy to say you “made a lot of money” or “made a dent in the universe”? Do you think not having a college degree and coming from humble roots means you can’t succeed or lead? BombBomb President and Co-founder Darin Dawson explodes every myth about leadership, success, and culture in this fascinating interview. Learn how BombBomb’s incredible success actually started with a small painting business. Learn how Darin and his business partner take a bottom-up approach to...


Brady Forseth does the right things for the right reasons, and he never tries to do it alone. — BTB #7

Is your life more about making money or making an impact? Do we all have a platform to change the world, or just the politicians and celebrities? African Community & Conservation Foundation CEO Brady Forseth joins us to talk about his amazing work with the ACCF, as well as the Starkey Foundation and other nonprofits he’s led and been a part of. In this episode, Brady talks about why he calls fundraising “friend-raising,” why he prefers “co-opetition” to competition, and why he believes that...


Kris expresses gratitude for his supporters and BTB listeners

What are you thankful for? How have you been blessed in your life? Kris expresses his gratitude to everyone that has supported him and the Behind The Billboard podcast. Without the listeners, this podcast would be nothing. Happy Thanksgiving!


Jennifer Smith loves a good crisis, because she sees big possibilities in hard challenges. — BTB #6

Does risk scare or excite you? When a crisis hits, is your instinct to panic or to look for opportunities? Innovative Office Solutions CEO Jennifer Smith and her husband, CFO Brooks Smith, have some amazing stories to tell about embracing risk and going against the grain. A key quote: “When you can’t provide the customer the experience you envision, then you know you’re in the wrong place.” In this episode, you’ll learn a ton of practical knowledge about hiring for culture, staying in a...