PODCAST

CEO Confidential

Alex Gertsburg

A podcast about the good, the bad and the ugly of launching and growing a business. Each week, Alex Gertsburg gets into it with CEOs and founders about the experiences that transformed them as leaders and the business “do-overs” they wish they could have and why. Listen and learn about the many issues unique to the CEO experience—all the disasters and the delights—from the founders who lived it. Alex Gertsburg is the co-managing partner of Gertsburg Licata, a Cleveland-based business law and strategic advisory firm.
Resilience Training - Traci Miller - CEO Confidential - Episode #019
When a personal life event negatively affects your business you can choose to let it defeat you or bounce back stronger than ever before. Traci Miller, a woman of resilience and empathy, shares a story of loss and how it affected both her personal life and professional career. We discuss new life mantras, the importance of your mental health, and how a sense of community can change your life.   Takeaways  Create a community of people or “tribe” to use as a sounding board, community, and support system.Entrepreneurs have their own language, they tend to understand each other. Having that support, even if it's the lack of judgment.Keep track of your victories. Journaling is a great way to remind yourself of your highs as well as your lows.Questions to live by: “Am I going to regret those words tomorrow?”, “Did I have a positive impact on those around me?”, and “Will they think of me in a way that they were better for having been part of my life?”Imagine that every conversation could be the last words you would share with someone.The criteria for a good leader is to have empathy and consideration for the other people there.“It's about the people. It's about their experience.”   Shout Outs Simon Sinek - https://simonsinek.comStart with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action Book by Simon Sinek - https://www.amazon.com/Start-Why-Leaders-Inspire-Everyone/dp/1591846447/ref=asc_df_1591846447/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312106851030&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13388274615813059912&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9002277&hvtargid=pla-394932354867&psc=1   Links LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracimiller/Company Website: https://www.color3.com   Ways to Tune In: Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/1fba44a7-752b-4ac0-a0a4-11ab25506ed5/ceo-confidentialApple Podcast - ‎https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2v6qyhzcD7Mk2yqhyobnRyGoogle Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY2VvY29uZmlkZW50aWFsLm5ldC9mZWVkLnhtbAStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/show/ceo-confidentialYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8RB2o4CD1w
Oct 8 2021
33 mins
Data, Discipline, and Determination - Chas Moscarino - CEO Confidential - Episode #018
Growing your network and surrounding yourself with other entrepreneurs can help you get through the highs and the lows of starting your own business. Over time, Chas realized that creating a constructive and prosperous business culture starts from hiring the correct people that can work together effectively. He started using the Culture Index to identify changes that needed to be made in order to help his employees meet their maximum potential.    Takeaways: Find an experienced mentor who can assist you with the highs and lows of running your own business.Don’t let other people’s expectations of you affect your future. Only you are in control of where you go and what you do.The Entrepreneurs Organization has helped many aspiring entrepreneurs grow their business and feel a sense of belonging.There comes a time when business owners move from using personal intuition to making decisions based on scientific data.Learning how to communicate effectively with different types of personalities is important to the company culture. Understand how to get the right people in the right roles to increase ROI.Don’t shy away from taking chances. Even if it flops, find a way to learn something and pick yourself back up. That, in itself, is a key skill.   Shout Outs: EOS Worldwide: https://www.eosworldwide.com/Culture Index: https://www.cindexinc.com/   Links: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chas-moscarino-70298917/Company Website: https://createmylandscape.com/   Ways to Tune In: Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/1fba44a7-752b-4ac0-a0a4-11ab25506ed5/ceo-confidentialApple Podcast - ‎https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2v6qyhzcD7Mk2yqhyobnRyGoogle Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY2VvY29uZmlkZW50aWFsLm5ldC9mZWVkLnhtbAStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/show/ceo-confidentialYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIeI0fV7mNc
Oct 1 2021
51 mins
A Successful Family Business - Mark Schnieders - CEO Confidential - Episode #017
“One big family!” There are benefits to pulling from a pool of people you know when you’re first starting a new business venture. There’s also a lot of risks! What happens when you hire a sibling or a friend of a friend, and your expectations of their capabilities don’t line up? Mark Schneiders has accomplished the almost unimaginable - owning and managing a company where almost everyone is a first-degree connection or “once removed from the family”. Listen to this episode to hear his tips and tricks on this mastery! Takeaways  “There is an entrepreneurial paranoia, you’re often taking risks… and we find ourselves pushing forward, doing what you have to win, to overcome, to adapt.”  As a business owner & leader, when you take ownership of problems and manage them the business takes off and breeds success.One of the best tools Mark employed is a culture Index. This helped him understand how his employees need to be motivated, led, talked to, and utilized. Not every employee will think like you or work like you, and that’s a good thing. Biggest challenges about recruiting and working with family members: especially early on it can feel like you never get a break - 24/7 spouse, kids, parents, siblings, house!Define your process and set your expectations. When you don't, chaos can creep in, and when your employees are your close friends and family, it can lead to friction.Mark’s advice: “Be honest... it’s more than okay to express yourself. It’s okay to say I don’t have the answer and I need your help.” Links LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-schnieders-2739b2121/Website: https://www.stridemobility.net Ways to Tune In: Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/1fba44a7-752b-4ac0-a0a4-11ab25506ed5/ceo-confidentialApple Podcast - ‎https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2v6qyhzcD7Mk2yqhyobnRyGoogle Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY2VvY29uZmlkZW50aWFsLm5ldC9mZWVkLnhtbAStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/show/ceo-confidentialYouTube - https://youtu.be/QUGbJg8ckCU
Sep 23 2021
35 mins
Preparing for Success - Christian Klein - CEO Confidential - Episode #016
Alex talks to Christian Klein, owner of the digital marketing firm Company 119. As one of the first in their field, they experienced explosive growth and learned some hard lessons in the years that followed. Learn about CAP (communication, anticipation, preparation), the core elements of a successful emergency situation, and how it can help you evaluate the decisions facing your business in light of the question, “Is this a risk I’m willing to take?”  Takeaways  Look at decisions in light of “Is this a risk you are willing to take?”Marketing puts the best face on your organization to the outside world, but every company has problems.Fix the ego element in your company CAP (Communication, Anticipation, Preparation): the core elements of a successful emergency situationKnow these two things and your clients will trust you.Take ownership of your career and turn it into a craft. Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/company119?lang=enLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christianklein/Website: https://www.company119.com   Ways to Tune In: Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/1fba44a7-752b-4ac0-a0a4-11ab25506ed5/ceo-confidentialApple Podcast - ‎https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2v6qyhzcD7Mk2yqhyobnRyGoogle Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY2VvY29uZmlkZW50aWFsLm5ldC9mZWVkLnhtbAStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/show/ceo-confidentialYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1-w7Xuv9vo
Sep 16 2021
31 mins
Baking the Business - Bridget Thibeault - CEO Confidential - Episode #015
Bridget Thibeault went from working for an ad agency to going to culinary school full-time; baking and selling goods out of her small kitchen to opening Luna Bakery and Cafe in Cleveland Heights. With her marketing background and passion for baking, there were lines out the doors--but she wanted to become a better leader and create a company that was not only sustainable but could grow. With 10 years of hard work behind her and many lessons learned, Bridget shares how a shift in mindset helped her become profitable and create a company culture that draws and maintains the best employees.   Takeaways: Shift your mindset: Stop working IN your business and start working ON your businessIncrease your knowledge about running a business by taking advantage of opportunities like Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programBecome a better leader: take a step back and think about what’s the right way to growLearn how to stay positive through the ups and downs as a business ownerHow to “mind the gap” between where you are now and your ideal self“I wouldn’t say my story has an ending because it’s an evolving process. I’m always going to be working on being a better leader and finding a better process.”   Shoutouts: Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program https://www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000-small-businesses/US/about-the-program/Entrepreneurs’ Organization https://hub.eonetwork.org   Links: Twitter: https://twitter.com/LunaBakeryCafeLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bridget-cavanaugh-thibeault-7870b46/Website: http://www.lunabakerycafe.com/   Ways to Tune In: Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/1fba44a7-752b-4ac0-a0a4-11ab25506ed5/ceo-confidentialApple Podcast - ‎https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2v6qyhzcD7Mk2yqhyobnRyGoogle Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY2VvY29uZmlkZW50aWFsLm5ldC9mZWVkLnhtbAStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/show/ceo-confidentialYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1-w7Xuv9vo
Sep 9 2021
40 mins
Reinforcing Core Values - Terry Walkerly - Episode #14
Hiring the right people for your organization is key to a successful company and its culture. This weeks’ special guest, Terry Walkerly, joins us to discuss the importance of establishing a company’s core values, personal values, and how to best implement them.   Takeaways  Avoid holding onto toxic employees longer than you should. If there is an issue, address it directly and take action.Try to also avoid letting stress and fear impact your decision to make role changes.Be selective with who you place your trust in.It is critical to have your company culture and values stem from the head(s) of the company.Establish your personal values and balance them with your company’s values.See that your employees take pride in their personal lives so that they will take pride in your business and their work.Hire employees that closely match or reflect your company’s core values. Create an interview guide that includes questions that play into your core values.Prepare in advance for an employee departure. Don’t let losing a key employee inhibit your business growth.Connect with your employees for reviews more than once per year. Being transparent and honest will help strengthen the trust and pride in the workplace.Create a communication guide for both employees and your customers.It is not only important to articulate your company’s core values to your employees but to also implement them.Remember that out of every crisis, can come beauty, growth, and evolution.   Shoutouts Roy Getz - EOS Implementor https://implementer.eosworldwide.com/us-implementers/listing/getz-roy   Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/FryerKing LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/terry-walkerly-a080757/ Website: gofilta.com/locations/ohio/cleveland-cooking-oil-filtration-service     Ways to Tune In: Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/1fba44a7-752b-4ac0-a0a4-11ab25506ed5/ceo-confidentialApple Podcast - ‎https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2v6qyhzcD7Mk2yqhyobnRyGoogle Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY2VvY29uZmlkZW50aWFsLm5ldC9mZWVkLnhtbAStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/show/ceo-confidentialYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCybqU7SiQg45xkqZ1SVfArw
Sep 2 2021
50 mins
Weathering the Storm - Dan Charney - Episode #13
Running a business may seem straightforward to some, but any seasoned veteran understands that the world around us is ever-changing. Changes in our social climate, economic climate, or a new disease can wreak havoc on a new company. In this week’s episode, special guest Dan Charney takes us on his company’s journey of weathering the storm and how moving from one crisis to the next strengthened his company and his leadership style.   Takeaways  The strength of a firm or company is not always seen in the good times but is clearly visible during the bad.Even CEOs can suffer from Imposter Syndrome.A more diverse client base is a great way to expand your business and can also help you weather multitudes of economic stormsBy “making mistakes faster” you can see what potential threats your business could incur and work around them.Properly research opportunities, focus on the good ones and don’t throw every dollar at every idea.There is no “CEO Playbook” that helps us get to where we are or want to be. Competition is a healthy diving force for personal growth.Be flexible, always keep an eye on the economy, and learn to shuffle resources so that your business can survive a crisis.   Shoutouts Sheldon Myeroff - https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheldon-myeroff-7a90076/Gene Roberts - Certified EOS Implementer®/ CTO - The Traction Lab   Links Twitter: Dan Charney (@DanC_DRI) LinkedIn: Dan Charney - Solon, Ohio, United States | Professional ProfileWebsite: Direct Recruiters Inc.: Executive Search Services From Direct Recruiters, Inc.   Ways to Tune In: Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/1fba44a7-752b-4ac0-a0a4-11ab25506ed5/ceo-confidentialApple Podcast - ‎CEO Confidential on Apple PodcastsSpotify - CEO Confidential | Podcast on SpotifyGoogle Podcast - CEO ConfidentialStitcher - CEO Confidential on StitcherYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCybqU7SiQg45xkqZ1SVfArw
Aug 26 2021
31 mins
Principles of Leadership - Alex Gertsburg - Episode #12
Host, Alex Gertsburg, is interviewed by fellow podcaster, Casey Cheshire of Ringmaster Conversational Marketing and shares an important story of ego and how to not let it affect your personal and professional life. Alex dives into his personal growth on handling insecurities, staying vulnerable, and creating a successful work environment.   Takeaways:   When a professional relationship becomes toxic to your work environment, it is okay to sever ties.Mindfulness training and meditation have helped many professionals with stress and anxiety levels.Attitude is a choice. Gratitude is the enemy of anxiety and fear If you are going to have partners, who you want to be empowered and considered equals, be transparent and communicate to build trust.Be flexible and listen to your peers. Try to remove yourself from thinking “what should have been?”“The best way to be a leader, partner, and advocate is by being totally vulnerable, open, and transparent.” - AlexFailure is healthy and a learning opportunity.Fun Fact: Alex was born in the country of Moldova   Shout-Outs: “The Laws of Lifetime Growth” - Dan Sullivan“Man’s Search for Meaning” - Viktor E. FranklPodcast — The Tim Ferriss Show“The Success Principles” - Jack CanfieldBreathwrk - App“Getting to Yes” - Roger Fisher and William Ury   Links:   Website: www.gertsburglicata.comLinkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/alexgertsburgFacebook: www.facebook.com/alex.gertsburg   Ways to Tune In: Amazon Music - https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/1fba44a7-752b-4ac0-a0a4-11ab25506ed5/ceo-confidentialApple Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2v6qyhzcD7Mk2yqhyobnRyGoogle Podcast -https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY2VvY29uZmlkZW50aWFsLm5ldC9mZWVkLnhtbAStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/show/ceo-confidentialYouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCybqU7SiQg45xkqZ1SVfArw
Aug 20 2021
1 hr 9 mins
Consistent to the Core - Michael Cantor - Episode 11
Trust in your partners is essential to promote a healthy and productive work environment. Michael Cantor, Managing Director of Allegro Real Estate Brokers & Advisors, shares how the cultural fit for his company was failing due to conflicting core values between his partners. In this episode, Michael discusses the transition into a team-oriented business that values putting clients first.  Takeaways:   Ensure that your core values and purpose match with your partners’. This avoids conflicts of interest and allows goals to be achieved efficiently. Corporate culture is key in professional services environments. It is important for employees to be excited to serve customers, and steer away from being money-oriented. You need to have employees that are growing with you and developing to help clients.If your cultural values do not align with your partners, adjust your business to what is best for your company. Michael and his team used their power to remove two untrustworthy partners who were primarily focused on money and activity.Put clients first, do it right, be dependable, and always improve. These are the core values that Michael’s company shares that brought the business to success. Evaluate employees based on the core values of the company. This ensures that everyone in the company is heading in the same direction. Links:   Website: https://www.allegrorealty.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelcantor/Twitter: https://twitter.com/michaellcantor Ways to Tune In   iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2v6qyhzcD7Mk2yqhyobnRyPod Chaser - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/ceo-confidential-429926Listen Notes - https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ceo-confidential-nelly-g-5Ia1-WzKHnF/YouTube - https://youtu.be/ph5v8D19juM
Aug 12 2021
31 mins
A Team First Focus - Randy Carver - Episode #10
As a business owner, it takes practice to put your ego aside and trust your employees to accomplish the tasks you delegate. Randy Carver, CEO of Carver Financial Services, discusses how he transitioned from a CEO focused business to a team business in three phases. Learn how to hire the best employees and develop them as leaders for the success of your business. Takeaways:   When it comes to financial service businesses, it is important to be service-based providers. When someone hires you, they are not hiring you for financial planning or investments, they are hiring you to pay for retirement, college, a trip, etc.The most important transformation a business can make is the transition from a CEO-based business to a team business. If you make yourself as a leader less important, your business will growYou need to delegate some of the things you’re doing. Look at your strengths as a business owner, and delegate the rest. Hiring is not all about technical skills, it is about fitting in culturally with the rest of the team. Figure out if they have the same vision and mission as the company. It is important to hire people who don’t agree with everything you say or do because it makes you better as a company. At the same time, you are still the CEO and there has to be a line drawn in order to maintain control over your company.  Links:   Website: carverfinancialservices.comLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/randy-carver/  Ways to Tune In   iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2v6qyhzcD7Mk2yqhyobnRyPod Chaser - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/ceo-confidential-429926Listen Notes - https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ceo-confidential-nelly-g-5Ia1-WzKHnF/YouTube - https://youtu.be/raG1rjBnNKA
Aug 5 2021
20 mins
The Customer Service Revolution - John DiJulius - Episode #009
John DiJulius, a successful entrepreneur of John Robert’s Spa and The Di-Julius Group, joins host Alex G to discuss creating a unique customer service revolution. After his workforce walked out on him due to substandard employees, John shifted his company’s vision. Instead of compromising his business culture for sales, he established a strict hiring system that brought him passionate and dedicated workers.   Takeaways: Ensure that the employees that you hire have the same vision for your company. You need passionate workers that are dedicated to your vision as an entrepreneurDo not compromise your business goals and values for sales. This puts your company in a position of inevitable failure.Good customer service is essential. John made the mistake of hiring employees that lacked effective communication skills, making his company suffer. Not investing in good customer service will destroy your company and its financials.Have a strict hiring process. If you make the mistake of hiring an employee with poor performance, do not keep them in your company. Avoid compromising your company culture for employees that are not qualified for the position.The entrepreneur should be the least valuable short-term asset a company has. If the business owner is the most valuable asset, then they are the company and therefore have no company.   Links: Website: https://thedijuliusgroup.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/johndijulius LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dijulius/ Book: The Relationship EconomyBook: The Best Customer Service Quotes ever saidBook: The Customer Service RevolutionBook: What's the Secret?Book: Secret Service   Ways to Tune In: Amazon Music - https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/1fb...Apple Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/5an441b...Google Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0...Stitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/agen...YouTube -full video - https://youtu.be/SI9AEOlrIP0
Jul 29 2021
29 mins
Business of Delegating - Bob Coppedge - Episode #008
It can be difficult to manage working both in the business and on the business. Bob Coppedge, CEO at Symplex IT, walks us through how he transitioned to working entirely within his business and its operations, to working on the business by developing a system to plan for the future. He discusses the importance of failure as a learning lesson, and optimizing your time and money by delegating the things you do poorly. Takeaways:   It is important to know from day one that scaling is important. Only working in the business will take up a lot of time and limit a company’s ability to scale.Failure has a bad reputation. In reality, failure is vital because it promotes learning and growth. If you don't fail, then where is the risk?You have to have an understanding of what your employees can do better than you. Slice things off your plate by delegating the things that you do poorly to your employees.In your business, there is what you envision and what actually happens. You have to ensure that there is a connection between the two. Transform your limitations into assets. Bob was able to use Asperger’s Syndrome to his advantage in his career. Having a strategic planning system allows your company to have a framework that puts everyone on the same page.It is important to have both visionaries and integrators in your business. Links:   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rlcoppedge/ Website: www.symplex-it.com  A CEO’s Guide to Information Technology: https://www.amazon.com/CEOs-Survival-Guide-Information-Technology/dp/069205538X I Don’t Want Your Job: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Your-Job-Co-Managed/dp/1733004815  Ways to Tune In:   Amazon Music - https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/1fba44a7-752b-4ac0-a0a4-11ab25506ed5Apple Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/5an441bbjLNCYKKcC5d0flGoogle Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY2VvY29uZmlkZW50aWFsLm5ldC9mZWVkLnhtbAStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/agencies-that-build/ceo-confidentialYouTube - Full video - https://youtu.be/_stpBZo-rY0
Jul 22 2021
35 mins
Alignment In Partnership - Louis Licata - Episode # 007
Learning how to become aligned within a partnership is difficult. Louis Licata, Co-Manager of Gertsberg Licata, discusses how he developed as a partner and an individual after being betrayed by his co-founders in their start-up law firm. Louis reminds us that when working with other partners, make sure you share the same core business values, and keep your ego in check. Takeaways:   Treat your business partners like partners; respect them as equals.Have similar core business values and long-term visions as your business partners in order to have alignment. Without alignment between partners, behavior is misread and trust issues are formed.You may have many skills, but you may not be utilizing them properly in your business. Once you become aware of these skills, you can work on developing as a business person. Look at yourself and your failures as a partner in order to grow; keep your ego in check, and admit when you’re wrong.Confirmation bias can work against you, and can block you from big opportunities.You do not need partners; you are capable of starting a business as a sole proprietor. Betrayal in a career is not always personal, it’s just business. Links:   Gertsburg Licata Website: https://www.gertsburglicata.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/louislicata/  Ways to Tune In:   Amazon Music - https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/1fba44a7-752b-4ac0-a0a4-11ab25506ed5Apple Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/5an441bbjLNCYKKcC5d0flGoogle Podcast - https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY2VvY29uZmlkZW50aWFsLm5ldC9mZWVkLnhtbAStitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/agencies-that-build/ceo-confidentialYouTube - Full video - https://youtu.be/JMf3ftGR0dY
Jul 15 2021
29 mins
Wrestling with Risk - Aaron Grossman - Episode # 006
The habits instilled by over 20 years of wrestling training have prepared Aaron Grossman, CEO of TalentLaunch and Alliance Solutions Group, for the physical and mental challenges of entrepreneurship. Starting and growing a business isn’t for the faint of heart, and knowing how and when to take a risk can pay off with big rewards. Aaron shares his unique experiences with host Alex G on this special episode of CEO Confidential.     Takeaways  As an entrepreneur you have to be confident in being able to take risks, you know that not all of the risks are going to create wins.“Failures are a great opportunity to learn if you are reflecting in the correct way and you’re allowing the risk to pay off… a risk can also pay off if they don’t go the right way because you can still grow.” - Aaron GrossmanOn adversity Aaron says, “I treat every day like it’s a wrestling match or practice, and how much am I going to put in and how much do I want to get better every day.”Let fear help you, don’t let it sit in the driver’s seat, but it can be a useful toolWho’s helping you? You can’t be chief technology officer, chief financial officer - you can’t be it all! Get the right helpKnow your strengths as an entrepreneur, don’t let ego get in the waySay no to good things! If it’s hard to let go of potential opportunities, have people on your team or an advisory board that can check you to your goals/vision   Shoutouts Episode 138 : My Colossal Failure - Aaron Grossman https://www.ceoconfidential.net/e/ep-138-my-colossal-failure-meet-aaron-grossman/Episode 122: Best.Podcast.Ever - Aaron Grossman https://www.ceoconfidential.net/e/ep-122-%e2%80%93-talent-search-%e2%80%93-meet-aaron-grossman-plus-an-inspirational-message-from-alex-s-corona-bunker/   Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/alliancestaffLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaronsgrossman/Website: https://mytalentlaunch.com/ & https://alliancesolutionsgrp.com/   Ways to Tune In: Apple Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/5an441bbjLNCYKKcC5d0flYoutube full video - https://youtu.be/rheYreWvUg8
Jul 8 2021
41 mins
The Humble Leader - Adam Kaufman - Episode # 005Seizing Opportunities - Phil Rankin - Episode # 004
When the pandemic hit, the world went into disarray. Phil Rankin, President of Even Mix™ & Special Metal Stamping, shares his story of how he seized an opportunity that changed his company. Even Mix™ is a patented 3D mixing technology. They have used aerospace engineering techniques to design pump technology into their variable pitch blades, bringing true mixing technology to in-drum liquids.     Takeaways  Be attentive to current events. Capitalize on challenges that are in high demand by pivoting your marketing strategy to target that market.When shifting into a new market, be mindful of scalability. How can the company grow sustainably? What structures need to be in place to ensure growth?Listen to the customer. Better pricing and new technologies can only go so far if the product is not applicable to the customer’s needs.Trust your gut as a business owner. We are approached daily with new opportunities. Do not be afraid to take calculated risks.Getting the right mix of resources committed to the return on investment expected is key to a great cost analysis.    Links LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/philerankin/Twitter: https://twitter.com/philerankinCompany: https://specialmetalstamping.comCompany: https://evenmix.com   Ways to Tune In iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/5an441bbjLNCYKKcC5d0flPod Chaser - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/ceo-confidential-429926Listen Notes - https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ceo-confidential-nelly-g-5Ia1-WzKHnF/YouTube - https://youtu.be/8qhyYIzf_nE
Jun 22 2021
30 mins
The Vulnerable Leader - Ben Bebenroth - Episode # 003
We all are faced with stressful situations at one point or another. It is our reactions and next steps that help mold the future of our company and yourself. Ben Bebenroth, Chef/Owner of Spice Kitchen + Bar, Spice Catering Co., and Spice Acres Farm, shares his story of how to pivot a highly stressful situation into an opportunity for personal and company growth. Spice Hospitality Group offers local food focused restaurants, catering, and foraging from their Spice Acres Farm. They strive to change how people connect with food through sustainable agriculture.   Takeaways  It’s ok to be vulnerable and let yourself feel your emotions. When you encounter a stressful situation, be mindful and take a step back before tackling the issue.It is important to develop a sense of self awareness while encountering stressful situations. How are your actions or reactions affecting your team?Behind every emotion distress is fear. It is what drives emotional outbursts, reactions, and responses. What is your modality of operating? Are you navigating situations through love or fear?“There is no miracle hire that is going to save a company. If you are managing and leading from fear, it’s gonna crumble. You cannot grow a business and attract positive people and energy with that negative wavelength.” ~Ben“The vulnerable leader enables and encourages his entire team to be equally vulnerable.” ~BenIt is one thing to be vulnerable, but it’s another thing to be able to filter a moment and show up for someone else. Support your team by checking in with them on a personal level.   Links LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-bebenroth-14757832/Instagram: @chefbenbebenrothWebsite: https://www.spiceheadquarters.comCompany Instagram: @spiceheadquartersCompany Twitter: https://twitter.com/spicekandb?lang=en   Ways to Tune In iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2v6qyhzcD7Mk2yqhyobnRyPod Chaser - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/ceo-confidential-429926Listen Notes - https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ceo-confidential-nelly-g-5Ia1-WzKHnF/YouTube - https://youtu.be/tv-KdzMPblo
Jun 8 2021
36 mins
Owning Your Values - Leslie Zinn - Episode # 002
Sticking to your company values is crucial to building a brand and protecting the integrity of your product or service. Leslie Zinn, Owner of Arden’s Garden, shares her story on owning her values through the thick and thin of it. Arden’s Garden is Atlanta’s premier fresh juice manufacturer. Over the last 26 years, it has grown from bringing wellness to the local community to now being available in 1500 stores across six states. The 170+ team at Arden’s Garden is dedicated to providing pure and healthy juices, smoothies and plant-based foods for consumers.   Takeaways  “The biggest lesson learned is don’t ever give up. You have got to keep pushing forward.” ~LeslieConsistently doing the right thing and not cutting corners pays off in the long run.Have well defined core values within your organization.Stay true to your company's core values, especially when making big decisions for your product or service.“Do the right thing just because it’s the right thing. For no other reason. You got that path and you follow it. It makes life so much easier.” ~Leslie   Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/ardensfreshLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leslie-zinn-729937b/Website: https://www.ardensgarden.comCompany Twitter: https://twitter.com/ardensgardenatl/   Ways to Tune In iTunes - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ceo-confidential/id1197044116Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/2v6qyhzcD7Mk2yqhyobnRyPod Chaser - https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/ceo-confidential-429926Listen Notes - https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/ceo-confidential-nelly-g-5Ia1-WzKHnF/YouTube - https://youtu.be/wxbTjPevycY
Jun 4 2021
25 mins
Navigating Hiring Hazards - Lee Stacey - Episode # 001Ep 144 - Building Self-Managing Businesses - Meet Jason Smith

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