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This CEO Knows Expanding Internationally Means Delegating Expertly

I first learned of Alexander through his candid blog post a few months ago. It was entitled, "The Transition From Founder To CEO." Since Alexander helps small business leaders grow their businesses, I took note of his own sharing on the struggle from Founder to CEO and thought it would be great to have him on the show. He did not disappoint. He's a smart, savvy leader who also shares the struggle many of us have...delegation. Let me know what you think.

Duration: 00:31:18

Conquering Risk Aversion & Building The Tool That Is Changing The Way We Look At Their Team

Many of you tell me that building and developing your team is your number one challenge as a Founder. There are many tools that can help you with this monumental task. Until Darrin Murriner and his team at Cloverleaf came along, no one really aggregated the enormous amount of information we collect on our teams in a way that is useful. I personally love what the Cloverleaf team is doing. With its dashboard view of your entire team, you'll be able to lead your team with greater ease and...

Duration: 00:36:13

The 2017 Top 10 Most Downloaded Interviews

We learned a lot from our Founder podcast guests this past year. From a two time Olympian, 27 year veteran, Emmy award winner, New York Times best selling author, and many more, we learned that there is no one, perfect path from Founder to CEO. So, in order to help you digest some of the biggest insights from our most downloaded episodes, I am happy to share with you: The Top 10 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2017. Let me know what you think.

Duration: 00:21:08

Adam Braun - Founder of Pencils of Promise - Talks His New Mission, MissionU, And His New Leadership Challenge

Adam Braun may be best known for his New York Times Bestselling Book, "The Promise of a Pencil," and the incredible organization he and his team created, Pencils of Promise, where hundreds of schools were built around the world. What you may not know is that Adam has set out on another mission with the similar theme of democratizing education. With his wife as an inspiration, Adam and his Co-founder have assembled an incredible team that hopes to reduce the burden of college debt and...

Duration: 00:36:14

What Can You Learn From A 72-Year-Old Founder? A Lot! What's Your Legacy?

Paul Tasner, Co-Founder & CEO - PulpWorks What can a 66-year-old first-time Founder teach you about scaling a company? A lot, it turns out. Paul Tasner will make you think more deeply about the impact you have a Founder & CEO and the legacy you'll have many years after starting your company.

Duration: 00:41:40

210: How This Founder Leveraged His Introverted Leadership Style & Won With Quizes

Josh Haynam, Founder & CEO, Interact Quiz Builder Ever had trouble hiring sales professionals? Josh has. Ever had trouble firing a friend? Josh has. Ever had trouble learning how to grow your company when you are an introverted Founder & CEO? Josh has. Ever declared victory over stagnant growth? Josh has. If after listening to Josh Haynam's stories you aren't inspired to lean into your own leadership genius and use that more authentically, then you may want to listen again. For example,...

Duration: 00:33:03

209: Want a Great Company Culture? Build a "School Disguised As A Business" like Nick Sarillo

Nick Sarillo, Founder & CEO, Nick's Pub & Pizza One of the things that I value about speaking to Founders from around the world is the ability to learn from the diversity of experiences that many Founders bring to the table. Nick is no exception. After reading Nick's book, "A Slice of the Pie," I was very motivated to invite Nick onto our show and gain the benefit of hearing his moving story. As a Founder & CEO, if you are struggling with shaping the culture of your growing company, you...

Duration: 00:43:35

208: 10 Questions Founders Can Ask Before Firing A Team Member

It's the beginning of a time period that I know too well. It's a quiet thing that happens behind the scenes with a Founder & CEO and a small number of people. It's usually a secretive process. I am talking about the end of the year decisions about who may need to leave your team. For those of you who don't have regular talent conversations, end of the year financial issues often serves as a catalyst for conversations about team members that may be let go before the end of the year. I'm...

Duration: 00:19:03

207: 10 Ways Founders Can Express Personal Gratitude With Little Or No Money Or Time

It's Thanksgiving Week in the United States. It's one of my favorite times of the year. And because of that I thought it might be a good time to interrupt our usual interview format with "10 Ways Founders Can Express Personal Gratitude With Little Or No Money Or Times." I thought of this because I've been keenly aware of the impact a little bit of gratitude can have on a Founder's team. And, I know how much it can transform your leadership. Great leadership starts with genuine...

Duration: 00:25:50

206: Combating "Founder Loneliness" While Perfecting In-Audio Search For 9 Million Users And Growing

Renee Wang, Founder & CEO, CastBox Have you ever wanted to search INSIDE an audio product like a podcast or audiobook? Well, Renee (her real first name is Xiaoyu) and her team of 30 are tackling this huge opportunity. She personally brings an incredible resume to the founding of CastBox. A former Googler and admitted code geek, Renee's love for audio drove her to become a founder and start CastBox. I think her story about the loneliness of being a Founder & CEO may resonate with a lot of...

Duration: 00:23:56

205: What is Parallel Entrepreneurship and How Can It Work For You?

Ryan Buckley, Founder & CEO - Toofr This is Ryan's second guest appearance on the podcast. I was happy to have it back for an update since his interview in episode 182. Since we last spoke Ryan moved on from Scripted and is experimenting with the idea of a Founder & CEO becoming a "parallel entrepreneur." It's idea that he has thought about quite a bit and for which he is having a certain about success. In this interview he will explain:

Duration: 00:30:03

204: Secrets to Scaling A Creative Publishing Company

Kent Gustavson, Founder & CEO - Blooming Twig Kent has the distinction of a first on the podcast. So far he is the only guest Founder who has played the banjo on the show. And, wow, is he good. His talent is relevant to the show's topic. Kent discusses the challenges of scaling an award-winning publishing company that is focused on quality, not necessarily templates that other firms use. In the process he has learned a lot about:

Duration: 00:35:23

203: Emmy Award Winning Founder On The Power Of A Clear & Compelling Vision

This Emmy Award winning leader's wisdom abounds in this fun and candid interview. At 19, Beck Bamberger graduated from UCLA in two years rather than the usual four. The University of Pittsburgh took on a dare or otherwise thought a teenager would do well with graduate students typically twice her age, and she graduated with an MBA as the school’s youngest graduate to date. At 21, she knew her “formal” education was done, which meant the real stuff was about to go down. Real stuff, indeed....

Duration: 00:33:15

202: Former U. of Georgia Football Player On What He Does To Scale 3 Companies & Get Rid Of Stress

Brian Schoenbaum, Founder & CEO - Vuka Collective It's not a secret that Austin, Texas is prime real estate for the startup and scale-up world. But, you may not have heard of a Founder & CEO who has been a big part of nurturing that spirit of innovation with a healthy dose of personal professional development. Brian Schoenbaum is one of those unique founders who can keep his success in perspective while embracing a thoughtful reflection on his own personal development. This former...

Duration: 00:39:39

201: Disagreement on Vision with Co-Founders Did Not Deter This CEO From Profits In Packing Lunches

Rebecca Sholiton, Co-Founder & CEO - Wise Apple I'm a Dad. So, I was incredibly excited to learn about Wise Apple. After speaking with Co-Founder & CEO, Rebecca Sholiton, I was even more excited. Her passion and enthusiasm is contagious. And, as an Executive Coach, I was impressed by her emotional intelligence and what she has learned about herself after going through some tough times with her co-founders. She's real, authentic, and wants you to know it's not easy being a CEO, but it's...

Duration: 00:33:43

200: What does it take to earn 40% month over month growth? Listen to Gary Darna!

Gary Darna, Co-Founder & CEO - CompleteSet Gary and I met about a year ago when he and his early team were really just getting started. Under his leadership, the team has accomplished a lot since that first meeting. With 40% month over month grow, over 60 countries, millions in investment, and a growing fan base, CompleteSet is on a roll. What are they up to? Helping you monetize your collectibles. While Gary and his team are carving out a new marketplace, Gary is also learning a lot...

Duration: 00:32:02

198: How The Power Of Founder Focus Turned Your Spreadsheets Into Startup Success For This Co-Founding CEO

Don Mal, Co-Founder & CEO - Vena Solutions So, what can you learn from a Rock Star turned Co-Founder & CEO of a fast-growing tech company with over 200 employees...turns out, a lot. Don, his co-founders, and his team took the ubiquitous Microsoft Excel software that almost all of us use and turned it into actionable information to help your company grow. Like many of us, Don's path to success wasn't always easy. He shares an important story about what he learned about himself as a leader...

Duration: 00:24:31

198: Key Points In Managing Stress & Overcoming Overwhelm On The Journey From Founder To CEO

Eric Taussig - Founder & CEO, Prialto How does a Goldman Sachs leader transition to the Founder & CEO of a fast-growing, global virtual assistant company? It happens with lots of ups and downs and a commitment to service. Eric Taussig shares his touching story about tackling stress and integrating family life as he learns the skills to become the CEO of his very successful company. As an added bonus, he shares some hard earned tips about maximizing the relationship between Founder and...

Duration: 00:26:51

197: INC 5000 CEO on his how he discovered the challenge with his Co-founder was him, not his Co-founder

Matt Fischer, Co-Founder & CEO - Curiosity Advertising This is a very heartfelt interview. Matt and I have known each other for awhile so I can tell you from personal experience that he is the real deal. If you want to understand what it takes to develop powerfully productive relationships with your co-founder (s) or key leaders on your team, then listen to this interview. I doubt you have heard a recent CEO be so vulnerable, real, and self-effacing like Matt is. I think Matt would agree,...

Duration: 00:33:03

196: The Founder of 1,338.45% Growth Hireology Shares His Secrets About Hiring Systems & 3 Key Hiring Tips

Almost all of you tell me that hiring is one of, if not THE issue that vexes you. Adam Robinson knows this. It was a challenge for him too. So, he created Hireology to make it easier to build your team. Here's what he talks about in this candid interview:

Duration: 00:38:58

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