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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.


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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.






TAG 154 - Leading After Experiencing A Crisis

In this special episode of the Two Are Gathered Leadership podcast we hear from Co-Host Jim Johnson only six weeks after his recent open heart surgery. After more than 50 years of being a hard charger in the business world he shares what his most intimate thoughts were about leadership, success and life as he was being wheeled into the surgery room for what might have been his last moments here on earth. What really matters when it comes to building a company? How do you truly measure success? How do you know if you're an excellent leader? This is the episode every entrepreneur should listen to and should freely share with all of their business friends. Join Michael and Jim for an unforgettable leadership discussion of a lifetime.


TAG 153 - Leading When Things Are Out Of Your Control

There are few things leaders and entrepreneurs enjoy more than being in control. The truth is we never really are in control. It's one of the great leadership delusions. There are so many things well, well beyond our scope of control...such as rain falling, earth shaking, waves crashing and most of the world's geopolitics that affect even the smallest of businesses. Then there are health crises. All out of our control! If we accept the true reality that ultimately we are not in control then as leaders it now becomes our responsibility to learn how to lead when things are out of our control. Can we even do this? Join Michael and Jim as they explain how.


TAG 152 - Shining The Light On Stubbornness

If we're in leadership. If we're entrepreneurs. There is an excellent chance we're heard this phrase throughout our lifetimes: You are SO stubborn. What's interesting about the word stubbornness is that it's used both positively and pejoratively. That's both a complement and a criticism. The reason is...there really is a LIGHT SIDE, and a DARK SIDE to stubbornness. The goal in leadership is to tap into all of the qualities of stubbornness without slipping over into the edge of stubbornness despair. Join Michael and Jim as they shine the light on stubbornness.


TAG 151 - The Power Of Pruning In Leadership And Life

One thing virtually every leader and entrepreneur wants to to grow. They want to experience interpersonal growth...intellectual growth...they want to grow their skillsets and those of their teams...they want to grow their network, their net worth...their revenues...their bottom line...their vision. Growth is exciting. Which is probably why so many leaders can be reluctant to do the exact opposite. That is to exercise the discipline of pruning. Yet, that's the exact critical practice that often can result in the best kind of growth possible. Join Michael and Jim as they discuss the power of pruning in leadership and life.


TAG 150 - How Future Proof Is Your Business

How future proof is your business? How well prepared are you for all of the things that could go wrong? This is one of the least enjoyable parts of being an entrepreneur. Going through all of the "What if's?" and having a strong response in place for as many of these challenges as you can. It's not as exhilarating as charting out plans for new product and service launches and dreaming up ways for more growth. But future-proofing your business will be one of the most important exercises you conduct as a leader. Join Michael and Jim as they discuss many of the most essential parts of this planning.


TAG 149 - The Leadership Health Check

When you get into a leadership role one of the first great challenges you'll have to face is realizing that things are much different than they are advertised. Yes...those dreams of leadership and entrepreneurship. That you'll be the captain of your own ship...that you'll be able to create a schedule and a lifestyle well beyond anything you could have imagined. These may be true in part or in whole. But they also arrive with the tremendous burden of responsibility. These responsibilities weigh down on us and if we're not careful can take us to a very unhealthy place. How is your overall health as a leader? Join Michael and Jim and they'll walk through a leadership health check.


TAG 148 - The Less Glamorous Side Of Winning At Business

What is one of the most common questions a young entrepreneur will ask a much more experienced business owner? It's this: "When does all of this get easier? When does running a business get easy?" In many ways business does get easier when compared to those early frantic times of daily struggles. You build more systems. You gain efficiency. You can even work at making your job more enjoyable for you. But...there will always be some less glamorous elements of owning a business...of being in charge. That "grind" never goes away. Join Michael and Jim as they share some of the largest frustrations experienced by entrepreneurs and how best to deal with all of them.


TAG 147 - Driving Through The Leadership Fog

One thing about leaders and visionaries...we love to see what's far ahead and plan for the brightest of futures. It's about planning. It's about growth. It's about vision. Unfortunately, there are those times in the leader's voyage when things get hazy...they get foggy...and uncertain. Forget about planning for next year or even the next six've got to get through the next few days. Join Michael and Jim as they share how best to drive through a leadership fog.


TAG 146 - Keeping A Good Business From Going Bad

You have your favorite restaurant. One you've enjoyed for years. But...then something has changed. It's just not as good as it used to be. It happens with vendors we work with. You engage with them because of their amazing service and fair prices...and over time, they lose their luster. They lose their value to you. But, the worst case is when this is what they are saying about YOUR business. It's just not as good as it used to be. If they are saying this about your company, the end is near. In this competitive environment you can't afford to let things go downhill for too long. Join Michael and Jim as they share key tips regarding keeping your good business from going bad.


TAG 145 - The Things We Shouldnt Say

As leaders, in order for us to be successful, we must be excellent communicators. This is something we need to grow in each and every day. And interestingly we develop our capabilities as a of the things we need to master is not just what we say...but what we shouldn't say. We can destroy our business more rapidly with the words we SAY than the words we DON'T say. Figuring out what NOT to say, is one of the important leadership tactics...and one of the most difficult disciplines. Join Michael and Jim as they speak on this most important topic.


TAG 144 - Advance Networking Techniques

When you hear the word "networking" it conjures up an image of a toothy salesperson in a suit, walking through a large gathering of prospects, reaching out a well groomed hand to offer a shake....while the other hand is slipping people business cards. The truth of the matter the entrepreneur really don't have time to be attending all of these multiple events...passing out business cards like frisbees. Your more successful business owners don't. They rely on a networking strategy that is infinitely more effective. Join Michael and Jim as they share advanced networking techniques that will grow your business in powerful ways.


TAG 143 - The Seldom Celebrated Benefits Of Being A Business Owner



TAG 142 - The Virtues Of Patience

How many times have we heard this phrase: Patience is a virtue? Often it seems like we hear this every day. But, what does this phrase...this colloquialism...really mean when it comes to business? On one hand, you're hearing that in order to succeed you've got to hustle...hustle...hustle. And, on the other're taught that you need to be patient, calculating and thoughtful. So which is it? Join Michael and Jim as they provide definitive answers regarding the virtues of patience in business.


TAG 141 - Landing The Bigger Fish

There is a big difference between winning the lottery and winning in business. Yet, many entrepreneurs sometimes get these confused. So many want to hit the big time with their business, but many times in this pursuit they themselves get hit...big time. It's the age old pursuit. Captain Ahab in Moby Dick with the Great White Whale. Or Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. They had to learn the hard way...sometimes you get the fish...and sometimes the fish gets you. Join Michael and Jim as they share the untold story about landing the bigger fish.


TAG 140 - Battling The Business Owner Blues

One of the dark secrets of entrepreneurism is that it's not all that it's made out to be. You're told that if you quit your job and start your own business, that you'll be able to choose your hours, be your own boss and the money will flow in like Niagra Falls. lose sleep, hair, money...and sadly, some of the relationships around you, and you ask yourself, "I did this for what reason?" This can bring on a bad case of the Business Owner Blues. How do keep from getting depressed? Join Michael and Jim for answers.


TAG 139 - The Thin Line Between High Performance And Being Overwhelmed

Who goes into business wanting to be a so-so leader? leaders and entrepreneurs...we want to be high performance! We want to go absolutely pedal to the metal, accelerating through the curves...the wind blowing through our hair and with large audiences cheering us on. That is, until we crash. You work so hard to be at the top of your game and then suddenly you realize there is a thin line between high performance and being overwhelmed. Join Michael and Jim as they share how to win without being overwhelmed.


TAG 138 - Alls Well That Ends Well

As leaders of organizations, as entrepreneurs, as wild-eyed inventors...we as a getting things started. The start of a new project. Winning a new client. Making new goals. We love great beginnings. This is exciting. Sadly...there is another critical aspect of business that typically is less enjoyable. Because in the ebb and flow of life as an entrepreneur, there are beginnings...and there are endings. You've got to be great at both. Join Michael and Jim as they explain that when it comes to business...all's well that ends well.


TAG 137 - The Value Of Business Friendships

We all need friends. We all need friendships with others. The question we need business friendships? Or should business be all about business? If you consider that as an entrepreneur, you'll spend somewhere in the range of 50-70% of your productive waking hours...doing business...then that's a long time of your life to be friendless. Of course there is value to business friendships. Yet, it's important to know that business friendships are...well...complicated. Join Michael and Jim as they delve into the do's and don'ts of business friendships.


TAG 136 - When Your Project Runs Out Of Money

Is your project or business running out of money? You're not alone. This is an ongoing challenge for entrepreneurs. So many start off with a fabulous concept. Then, against the odds, they develop it out to its full fruition. Now, they are excited to get it off of the ground and to share their vision with the world. Their big problem? They are out of cash. There is nothing left for marketing and without the ability to get the message out this great idea is going to wither on the vine. This is not the place you want to be, but there are some options. And, your next step will be critically important. Join Michael and Jim as they share from their own hard learned experiences on what to do when your project is out of money.


TAG 135 - The Superpower Of Responsibility

We're the leader. The entrepreneur. We're the boss. We can choose our own path. Don't we have a right to be...irresponsible at times? Yes. But, if we actually want to design a pathway leading to success...we will want it paved with responsibility. There is no more instantaneous opportunity to increase your revenues, your profits...your customer retention...your employee satisfaction...than becoming more responsible. Literally, you can grow in all of these areas of improvement overnight. Join Michael and Jim as they share key insights into leadership responsibility.