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Ben Fanning

Welcome to Lead the Team. This podcast is for you if you'd like to motivate your direct reports, cultivate your top leaders, and accelerate your career. You'll discover the success strategies of the world's most innovative leaders where I dive into their keys to success and hard-earned, costly lessons. We've surpassed 200 episodes and host guests like legendary Honeywell CEO, David Cote and CEO of Dunkin Brands, Nigel Travis. As well as executives from companies you know like SAP, US Golf Association, Lockheed Martin. Dell, IBM, Dollar General, Footlocker, and Beyond Meat. Also, you hear from a variety of executives including those of smaller, rapidly growing companies that you won't hear anywhere else. You'll walk away with success strategies, hacks, and tools to lead in both your personal and professional life. My goal is to impact 1 million leaders who then transform the workplace to a more positive place to work and thrive. You're in this for effectiveness, productivity, work-life balance, and job promotion! This is not for you if you want to maintain the status quo, do business as usual, or operate your life and career on "cruise control." It's time to LEAD THE TEAM! Ben Fanning #1 bestselling author and corporate trainer ------------- Join us by subscribing now! Your host is Ben Fanning, #1 bestselling author and in-demand corporate trainer of The Fanning Group - an International Consultancy and Training Company. https://www.benfanning.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/ https://twitter.com/BenFanning1 https://www.instagram.com/benfanning1/ read less
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Million Dollar Leadership Lesson - CFO Phenom, Davinder Athwal
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Million Dollar Leadership Lesson - CFO Phenom, Davinder Athwal
Million Dollar Leadership Lesson.Davinder Athwal, CFO of Phenom, shares a costly mistake he made early in his career which reshaped his entire approach to leadership.You'll find how a seemingly insignificant decision led to an unfortunate chain of events.And......💡often the biggest mistake can lead to the most profound learning.He used the insight from this challenging experience to ultimately accelerate his career.Now he's become a people-first CFO, transforming and scaling global business for more a decade.Davinder also previously served in leadership roles at OSG, Avantax, Nortel Networks, IBM, and PwC.Don't miss Davinder's story -- a testament to the power of introspection and growth in leadership.----https://www.linkedin.com/in/thesavvycfo/https://www.phenom.com/ ----Phenom is a purpose-driven company that delivers AI-powered talent experiences to global enterprises. With Phenom, candidates find and choose you faster, employees develop their skills and evolve, recruiters become wildly productive, and managers build stronger-performing teams. The Phenom Intelligent Talent Experience platform seamlessly connects candidates, employees, recruiters, hiring managers, HR, and HRIS — empowering over 500 diverse and global enterprises with innovative products including Phenom Career Site, Chatbot, CMS, CRM, AI Scheduling, Video Assessments, Campaigns, University Recruiting, Talent Marketplace, Career Pathing, Gigs, Mentoring, and ReferralsLinkedIn Profile http://www.linkedin.com/in/thesavvycfoCompany Link: https://www.phenom.com/What You’ll Discover in this Episode:CFO Strategies for Every Leader.The Worst Leadership Advice He's Heard.How to Leverage AI to Increase Your Impact..-----Connect with the Host, #1 bestselling author Ben FanningSpeaking and Training inquiresSubscribe to my Youtube channelLinkedInInstagramTwitter
For the Demoralized: COO at EasyVista Evan Carlson
May 5 2024
For the Demoralized: COO at EasyVista Evan Carlson
For the Demoralized:Evan Carlson, COO at EasyVista, shares his incredible story of a challenge that tested his entire organization and what they learned that ultimately inspired their success.Change can reveal weakness and even destroy……it can also represent OPPORTUNITY for growth, innovation, and unity.There is ALWAYS more change coming. Have you acknowledged it?Have you communicated it?Are you preparing for it?Evan gets that leaders win when they proactive in anticipating the change vs reacting and being caught on their heals.His message helped me look at leading teams through change in a MUCH different way!It likely will for you too.—--EasyVista provide IT Service Management and IT Operations Management solutions that are innovative and sustainable. He was the first employee over 14 years ago in the US for the Europe headquartered company, joining at a time of significant transformation in the IT Service Management market. His professional career has been in technology where change is a constant and something that he embraces and thrives on.LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/evancarlson/Company Link: https://www.easyvista.com/it/What You’ll Discover in this EpisodeThe Leadership Secret He Learned “Dialing for Dollars”An Unexpected Twist that Led to His Success.The Rock Band That Motivates Him.-----Connect with the Host, #1 bestselling author Ben FanningSpeaking and Training inquiresSubscribe to my Youtube channelLinkedInInstagramTwitter
The President's 1.8 Million Swim Lessons - British Swim School President, Ashley Gundlach
May 2 2024
The President's 1.8 Million Swim Lessons - British Swim School President, Ashley Gundlach
The President's 1.8 Million Swim Lessons.Ashley Gundlach, President of British Swim School, shares the powerful strategy that's propelled her school to deliver an astonishing 1.8 million swim lessons annually.It's made her team and entire organization an unstoppable positive force.Swim lessons, of course, aren't just numbers, but life-saving opportunities, and you'll hear the poignant story that epitomizes the profound motivation that drives Ashley and her team to safeguard thousands of lives through their work.—-The British Swim School is the premier survival and stroke development swim lesson provider, utilizing highly-trained swim instructors to teach lessons that focus on safety, fun and skill development to infants (as young as 3 months), toddlers, children, teens and adults, across all ability levels - including children and adults with special abilities. With the core mission of “Survival of the Littlest” they utilize water survival programs that enable children to survive a water accident, countering the troubling statistic that drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death for children under 5 years old.LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashleybgundlach/Company Link: https://britishswimschool.com/ What You’ll Discover in this Episode:The Advice from Her Greatest Mentor.How to Make Positive Business Relationships Last Forever.What Adult Swim Lessons Can Teach You About Confidence.Her Family Blueprint that Organizes Her Family of 5.The Most Important Swim Lesson of All.-----Connect with the Host, #1 bestselling author Ben FanningSpeaking and Training inquiresSubscribe to my Youtube channelLinkedInInstagramTwitter
NHL CEO Leads Team from Lasts to the Stanley Cup - Nashville Predators CEO, Sean Henry
Apr 23 2024
NHL CEO Leads Team from Lasts to the Stanley Cup - Nashville Predators CEO, Sean Henry
NHL CEO Led His Team from Last Place to the Stanley CupSean Henry is the CEO, “PREDsident” and Alternate Governor of the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena.Under his leadership the Predators qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in eight of the last nine seasons, a run headlined by a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017, winning the Presidents’ Trophy in 2017-18 and earning a second consecutive Central Division title in 2018-19.He also elevated Bridgestone Arena from the 50th to 1st in terms of number of events in a year.Previously, Sean also served as Executive Vice President and COO of the Tampa Bay Lightning (the Lightning won their 1st Stanley Cup in 2004 while Sean was an executive) and also in senior leadership roles at Unity Motion and Volume Services Inc., where he worked with the Detroit Pistons, St. Louis Rams and the Washington Redskins. He serves on the boards of the Nashville Predators Foundation, YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, Nashville Downtown Partnership, Nashville Sports Council, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and The Sports Fund. He has been married to his wife for 31 years and they have 4 children.LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean-henry-297129b/Company Link: https://www.nhl.com/predators/What You’ll Discover in this Episode:Sean’s Source of Inspiration.His First Mentor.The Powerful Work Mantra He Lives By.The Insight He Working for Pistons During the “Bad Boy” Years.A Failure that Led his Success.What He Learned Leading a Company Through Bankruptcy.The Biggest Turnaround of His Career.Why Fun is a Top Priority for Team Culture.-----Connect with the Host, #1 bestselling author Ben FanningSpeaking and Training inquiresSubscribe to my Youtube channelLinkedInInstagramTwitter
From Professional Athlete to the C-Suite - TransForce President Craig Ferguson
Apr 16 2024
From Professional Athlete to the C-Suite - TransForce President Craig Ferguson
From Professional Athlete to the C-Suite...Craig Ferguson is President of Recruitment Operations at TransForce.He distills his 14 years in the National Hockey League (NHL) into one powerful leadership lesson.Sure you may watch sports and be a fan. Maybe you even played competitive sports at a high level, BUT….…Craig gives us his incredible playbook for accelerating your success grounded in winning strategies from the highest level in sports.This isn’t theory.It’s real world leadership that he translates from the hockey rink to the Corner Office.Craig also served as a senior leader at the Walt Disney Company and co-founded Drive 360 Logistics.------TransForce solves a problem that plagues America… the availability of truck drivers. They have a network of more than  .5 Millions drivers and 3,000 carriers nationwide that choose TransForce as a partner for their driver recruitment and staffing.LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/recruitmentcraig/Company Link: https://www.transforce.com/What You’ll Discover in this Episode:What the NHL Teaches Us About Leadership.A Leadership Lesson from 14 years in the NHL.His Inspired Journey to the C-Suite.The NHL Team Dynamic that Makes It So Special.Why Good Teams Beat Good Players Every Time.How to Block Out the Noise.The One-Word Mantra for Winning his First NHL Coach Instilled in Him.His First Hockey Fight and What He Discovered.-----Connect with the Host, #1 bestselling author Ben FanningSpeaking and Training inquiresSubscribe to my Youtube channelLinkedInInstagramTwitter
This CIO Instills One Powerful Trait in His Team - Raj Mukherjee, CIO at HIT Promotional Products
Apr 15 2024
This CIO Instills One Powerful Trait in His Team - Raj Mukherjee, CIO at HIT Promotional Products
Instilling One Powerful Trait in His Team…Raj Mukherjee, CIO at HIT Promotional Products (one of the largest in the US), has steadily risen through the ranks over the last five years.There’s one trait that is so foundational that he seeks to foster it in every team member.It’s so critical that he won’t let his teams operate without it…CARESo simple yet often forgotten in hiring and development.Consider….have you ever had training for “care”? Unlikely.Raj shares a powerful strategy he uses to boost the care that the team takes with their customers……it’s been transformative.HIT Promotional Products has been in business for over 50 years and ranked #5 in their industry with 3,000 employees and shipping over 3,500 orders per day.Raj has a Masters degree from the University of South Florida and an MBA from the University of Florida.LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/rishiraj-mukherjee-712b4222/Company Link: https://hitpromo.net/What You’ll Discover in this Episode:The First job Still Influences his Leadership Today.A Hard Lesson from his First Day at Work.A Selling Secret he Learned from a Sheriff.The Advice he’d give his Younger Self.The Mindset that Transformed his Career.The One Trait He’d Like to Instill in Every Employee.A Colorful Story of When Someone Quit.Why the Promotional Product Industry is a Leader’s Best Friend-----Connect with the Host, #1 bestselling author Ben FanningSpeaking and Training inquiresSubscribe to my Youtube channelLinkedInInstagramTwitter
How to Become Highly Influential, Impact.com CMO, Cristy Garcia
Apr 9 2024
How to Become Highly Influential, Impact.com CMO, Cristy Garcia
Your personal brand and reputation…Cristy Garcia is CMO of impact.com and built her business to help organizations and leaders increase influence.We take a deep dive into incredibly powerful insights and tools to accelerate trust in your brand.Many of these were new to me and I suspect they will be for you too.Too many leaders gamble with their brand, leaving trust up to chance.The sure bet is take a more intentional approach…and that’s exactly what Cristy shares here.----She was named one of the most important marketing executives by Business Insider and also named top SaaS executive by Appealie (2022).Impact.com is the world’s leading partnership management platform. Their technology platform and partnerships marketplace drives revenue growth for global enterprise brands such as Walmart, Uber, Shopify, Lenovo, L’Oreal, Fanatics, Target, and Levi.LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/cristinaebert/Company Link: https://impact.com/What You’ll Discover in this Episode:Why You Should Prioritize TRUST over Performance in Your Team.Influence Strategies for Leaders.The Rise of LinkedIn and Podcast Influencers.How AI is Impacting Influence.Why CEO’s Make Powerful Influencers.Why Motherhood Made Her a Better Leader.How to Discover Your Own Leadership Style.-----Connect with the Host, #1 bestselling author Ben FanningSpeaking and Training inquiresSubscribe to my Youtube channelLinkedInInstagramTwitter
The Executive Revolutionizing the Collectibles Industry – CTO Collectors Holding, Dan Van Tran
Apr 8 2024
The Executive Revolutionizing the Collectibles Industry – CTO Collectors Holding, Dan Van Tran
Collectibles… Do you know what’s happening?Dan Van Tran is Chief Technology Officer for Collectors Holdings – the worldwide leader in authentication and grading of collectibles. He and his team are changing the baseball cards and ANYTHING else that can be collected and making them more valuable and more “tradeable”.Last year, they graded 13.5 million collectibles – almost 8 times more than their next biggest competitor.We could have easily stopped there in the interview because it OVER delivers with insights and strategies……but then he shares the powerful story of his humble beginning……to Tech Powerhouse Leader……he has a journey that can inspire every leader.—His last organization, Flatiron Health, was acquired for $1.9 billion, and his current company, Collectors, went from a valuation of $850 million when he joined in 2021 to $4.3 billion dollars a year later.Outside of modernizing legacy tech for organizations, DVT spends the majority of his time mentoring and helping people to maximize their impact. Although technology is the enabler of disruption, you need to have the right set of people to leverage those tools efficiently. Dan has been helping people to carve career paths that allow them to make the best use of their strengths, most recently working with Raritan Valley Community College in central NJ and Cornell Tech in NYC. LinkedIn Profile https://linkedin.com/in/dantranCompany Link: https://danvantran.com/ https://www.collectors.com/ What You’ll Discover in this Episode:The First Step for Creating a Valuable Collection.Why He Went “All In” on collecting Alex Morgan Cards.What He’s Learned from his Chicken Side Hustle.A Strategy to Transform Team Culture.Why He Taught Himself Coding as a Kid.Three Ways to Avoid “Tech Debt”.-----Connect with the Host, #1 bestselling author Ben FanningSpeaking and Training inquiresSubscribe to my Youtube channelLinkedInInstagramTwitter
The Perspective that Made Her Team Thrive, CSO at Starcom Worldwide, Kim Einan
Apr 3 2024
The Perspective that Made Her Team Thrive, CSO at Starcom Worldwide, Kim Einan
Ever been on an executive cruise? This episode is brought to you by UnCruise Adventures Small Ship Cruising that connects guests with nature and wildlife while exploring some of the most remote and scenic destinations on the West Coast of the Americas including Alaska, Baja, and Hawaii. Get the latest deals benleads.com/cruise---A Perspective Made Her Team Thrive.Kim Einan, Chief Strategy Officer at Starcom Worldwide, shares the transformative moment she realized the secret to job satisfaction for her and her team...…it wasn’t money.It’s something that’s free and equally available to everyone.Since that day Kim has stayed with the company for 25 years… plus it’s become the cornerstone of her engagement and employee retention strategy.It’s clearly working here! You need to hear Kim’s message!Starcom is a global communications planning and media leader with more than 7,000 employees in over 100 offices around the world. They partner with the world's leading marketers and brands, including Bank of America, Best Buy, Kellogg Company, McDonald's, Novartis, Samsung, Visa and more. LinkedIn Profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/kim-einan-13a7734/Company Link: https://www.starcomww.com/What You’ll Discover in this Episode:The Philosophy that Transformed her Leadership Approach.What Happened when Kim Began Leading with More Authenticity.A Strategy to Become More Creative.The Key to Conquering Burnout and Helping Others.-----Connect with the Host, #1 bestselling author Ben FanningSpeaking and Training inquiresSubscribe to my Youtube channelLinkedInInstagramTwitter