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Be a Student of the Game: The Secrets of Startup Success

Sam Decker (@samdecker) is an experienced start-up executive and advisor who has worked at iconic tech companies like Apple. Sam was the founding CMO at Bazaarvoice, founder of Mass Relevance (now Spredfast) and recently founded the digital optimization company, clearhead. However, it turns out there is a very low-tech way Sam accomplishes so much. He’s learned the secret for startup success is to simply “get uncomfortable.” As you’ll learn, this practice has helped Sam push himself to...

Duration: 00:33:06

You have a strategic plan, now what? How to improve communication, alignment and results.

“Many organizations draw the bullseye after they fired. They claimed success when they didn’t intend it.” - Tim Hawks Almost every organization has a strategic plan of some sorts. That’s the first, and easiest, step. The missing piece in the planning process is typically around communication and alignment. It’s the leaders’ role to communicate the plan in a way that creates alignment. Employees need to be able to connect their every day role back to the goals. Communication of a plan is...

Duration: 00:32:28

Unlocking the sense of destiny within your team

Everyone on your team is connecting to something. Some connect to their paycheck. Others connect to a title or their influence. What if you could connect them to their sense of destiny? That’s the challenge and approach our podcast guest, Tim Hawks, takes with his organization. Tim is the head of an organization that inspires over 7,000 people around a common mission, vision and goal. Tim is the head pastor at Hill Country Bible Church in Austin, Texas. Before you stop reading, I...

Duration: 00:25:47

Management Framework: what’s your plan to operationalize the strategy?

GENE AUSTIN - BAZAARVOICE - PART TWO Today, we continue our conversation with Gene Austin, the CEO of Bazaarvoice. In the last episode, Gene talked about the unique aspects of being the CEO of a publicly traded company. He also talked about the view from the other side of tough decisions. Gene also said he's the least likely CEO to have a Chief Operating Officer, due to his very operational approach. Today, we discuss how Gene conducts his one-on-ones and the operational cadence he uses...

Duration: 00:20:46

Hurry up and make the tough decisions.

We’ve talked to startups, financial institutions, and even dads. What about a company that has graduated from the startup stage to being publicly traded? How is this different? How is this the same? If you were ever curious about how managing and leading a company changes as it grows, this episode is for you. Today’s guest is Gene Austin, the CEO of Bazaarvoice. If you've shopped online, you have probably used Bazaarvoice and didn't know it. Bazaarvoice is behind many of the online review...

Duration: 00:31:26

How to take on Goliath and win

The story of David and Goliath is a classic business fable. The big guy takes on the little guy...and wins. It sounds great, but how do you actually do it? Our guest today, Gabe Krajicek, is currently taking on some of the largest businesses in the world. As CEO of Kasasa, he’s taking on the likes of Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Chase. Kasasa partners with community banks and credit unions to wage a war on Mega Banks. Today, Kasasa’s partners make Kasasa the 6th largest bank in the...

Duration: 00:26:52

How giving leads to growth

Giving back seems like the trendy thing to do these days. Consider the success of Tom’s or Warby Parker. However, giving back isn't just a trendy thing to do. It the only way to grow a business according to our guest today, Paul Trylko, President & CEO of Amplify Credit Union. Even though Amplify Credit Union is not-for-profit, their mission is still based around a triple bottom line: serving the community, the credit union members and employees. Amplify is a member-owned financial...

Duration: 00:21:08

How busy, successful leaders manage their time

This is the second half of our interview with tech entrepreneur Mellie Price. Mellie is an experienced investor and a startup innovator. She has an impressive resume and you can read her full bio here. Most importantly, she is a leader that cares deeply about the people she comes in contact with and her own personal accountability. She is constantly reflecting on her life and decisions and is actively becoming a better leader. In Part 1, Mellie provides some great insights into being a...

Duration: 00:16:16

Mellie Price’s powerful leadership approach for women - and men.

MELLIE PRICE - PART 1 Today our guest is award-winning tech entrepreneur, Mellie Price. She is currently the Executive Director of Technology Innovations at the Dell Medical School. She is a Founder and Managing Director of Capital Factory and a co-founder of SoftMatch. Additionally, she is an experienced investor and fund manager, an eight-time entrepreneur and has managed explosive growth in large and small companies. I'd encourage you to read her full bio here. Her accomplishments are...

Duration: 00:18:02

Wrestling with the pressures of success - Charles Thornburgh - Part Two

Today we continue our conversation with Charles Thornburgh, the CEO of Civitas Learning. Civitas Learning partners with higher education leaders to bring together the best of new leading-edge technology, design thinking and data science on a mission to help a million more students. It’s a huge mission that we talked about in detail in the last episode - make sure you listen to part one. In this episode, we wrestle with the issues that growth causes. Charles is quick to point out that what...

Duration: 00:16:17

Force Multiplier: how to exponentially expand your efforts - Charles Thornburgh, CEO of Civitas Learning - Part One

One unique person can reshape generations. For Charles Thornburgh, CEO of Civitas Learning and today's podcast guest, it was his great grandmother. As a woman in the early 1900s, she earned a graduate degree - practically unheard of in that time. That decision was a true force multiplier. You'll learn about the force multiplier and how Charles uses it as CEO in this episode. Civitas Learning partners with higher education leaders to bring together the best of new leading-edge...

Duration: 00:17:15

How to discipline a child - Leading through fatherhood, Part Two

Attend several parenting seminars and they will all offer you conflicting advice. Most agree that discipline plays a major role in a child’s development. Today we talk about a controversial topic - discipline. We even discuss spanking. When does it work? When does it not work? We also investigate time-tested methods of how to discipline a child. As you might recall I turned the reigns for the next podcasts to Chip Hanna, my VP of Product and Marketing, while I’m on vacation. He’s going to...

Duration: 00:11:07

The most important leadership title isn't CEO - Leading through fatherhood, Part One

I've had many titles after my name. COO. CFO. Author. Investor. The list goes on and on. However, there is one role that will always be at the top of that list - Father. I’m the proud father of three beautiful girls. It’s the greatest leadership role in the world. Leadership starts in the home and it can start with you. I have a confession to make: I’m on vacation right now with my girls. Traditions and time with my family are part of the non-negotiables you’ll hear me talk about in the...

Duration: 00:09:51

The Insights Behind Creating Great Companies. Lessons from entrepreneur Brett Hurt.

You may have heard about Brett Hurt, he has started numerous tech companies, invested in even more and serves on many prestigious boards. But you probably don't know the whole story of Brett and his newest endeavor, You can read more about Brett and his work at his Lucky7 blog. Here's what's most important to know about Brett. He didn’t set out to be a great leader, he set out to be a great person. In this podcast, you'll hear that he's committed to a lot more than just...

Duration: 00:20:50

Family in business: How to navigate bloodlines in the business - Rocky Turner, CEO of LPR Construction - Part 2

Family in the business. When does it work? What does it not? We're talking again to Rocky Turner, co-founder and CEO of LPR Construction. Make sure you listen to Part One, where we talk about Rocky's leadership style. Today, Rocky has all three sons working in the business. One son, Linc, is the President. However, LPR didn't always have a favorable view of family in the business. In fact, at one point, it was outlawed. We asked Rocky what changed and how he now views family in the...

Duration: 00:19:14

How your leadership style drives growth - Rocky Turner, CEO of LPR Construction - Part 1

In this episode, we're talking to Rocky Turner, co-founder and CEO of LPR Construction. They are one of the largest steel erector and heavy industrial construction companies in the US. While we talk to many startups, Rocky brings the unique prospective of building a construction business from the ground up. You'll love the different style of leadership he brings and the wisdom from many years of experience. In this episode, you'll learn:

Duration: 00:13:57

Work-Life Balance: How to be a father and founder. Peter Lehrman - Part 2

Today we are talking again (listen to part one here) to Peter Lehrman, Founder and CEO of Axial. Axial helps companies plan, grow, or exit by connecting business owners to buyers, leaders, investors and advisors. Imagine, you’re in the city that never sleeps. It’s your first time being a CEO. You’ve got a growing family. You’ve founded a company that has a really large purpose. How do you manage being a founder of a company and lead a growing family? Peter Lehrman, CEO of Axial, provides...

Duration: 00:11:37

Lessons for 1st time CEOs - Peter Lehrman, CEO of Axial - Part 1

Today we are talking to Peter Lehrman the Founder and CEO of Axial. Axial helps companies plan, grow, or exit by connecting business owners to buyers, leaders, investors and advisors. Peter is an incredible first time CEO. Even though his journey is and will continue to be difficult, he really believes in his company. He believes in the vision and purpose that they are serving. In this episode, Peter is introspective and transparent about the struggles of being a CEO. He believes that...

Duration: 00:14:27