Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy

Steve Worthy

Welcome to Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy, the podcast dedicated to helping retail leaders advance their careers, improve their communication, and understand their corporate culture. Our goal is to bring unique value to each leader by providing solution and execution-oriented content that goes beyond your corporate training and development manual. Each episode is loaded with practical tips and insights that resonate with retail leaders all over the world. With over 25 years of retail leadership experience, your host Steve Worthy is committed to helping leaders accelerate their performance and build high-performing teams. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the best in the industry! read less
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From Store to HQ: Building a Common Language for Success
Apr 4 2024
From Store to HQ: Building a Common Language for Success
In today's episode, titled "HQ vs. Store: Bridging the Divide," we finish our two-part series - Everything Works at HQ!What can HQ learn from stores?Why is developing a common language between HQ and stores crucial for successful communication and relationship-building?What strategies can stores implement to better listen and execute the corporate strategy delivered by HQ?We're going to explore the critical need for building a shared vision between your retail stores and corporate headquarters. The secret lies with effective communication and alignment. Central to our discussion will be how stores and headquarters can develop a common language to enhance understanding, build relationships, and ensure that execution of corporate strategies at the store level is effective and seamless.I outline a practical 'speed dating' approach to connect the store level with various roles at HQ, emphasizing the value of rapport and communication to overcome the execution disconnect. I share vital insights that HQ wishes to convey to stores, and vice versa, shedding light on the assumptions that may hinder the rollout of new programs.The episode doesn't shy away from the complexities of inventory management or the pitfalls of poor communication techniques. Rather, I provide a framework to articulate the "why" behind KPIs and metrics, turning data literacy into a powerful tool for retail leaders.And finally, I examine the North Star concept. This is what it looks and feels like when HQ and Stores have are in alignment, collaborative, and both provide solutions-oriented leadership for mutual success. So grab your notepads and prepare to change the way you think about the relationship between HQ and Stores. This episode charts a new course to a more resilient, adaptable, and united future. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
Bridging the Divide: Insights from Stores to Transform HQ Strategies
Mar 28 2024
Bridging the Divide: Insights from Stores to Transform HQ Strategies
US vs THEM! This battle in retail has been in existence since Retail began. US - Stores vs THEM - Home Office. Why can’t they see eye to eye? What has hindered these two teams from establishing a mutually beneficial and successful relationship?This two-part series - Everything Works at HQ.  Part one titled “What HQ can learn from Stores”, is a candid exploration of the oft-overlooked wisdom that our stores hold for corporate headquarters. The goal is to bridge the gap between corporate strategies and the challenges our store teams face daily.I’ll unpack a crucial dialogue on the disconnect between HQ's drive for business growth and the on-the-ground reality of our stores. In this episode, I discuss the significance of effective communication, the urgent call for a human-centric approach to training and leadership, and the revelation of a leadership gap where store leaders yearn for real growth and development opportunities.I also help HQ and stores understand the need for "safe people" over just "safe spaces," pushing for transparency in feedback and a genuine connection between employees and management. Lastly, l explore the "North Star" concept, aiming for that unified vision that propels Home Office and Stores towards cohesive success.Are you a retail leader grappling with disconnection? Do you feel the stark contrast between your retail playbook and the actual game on the floor? Stay tuned as we dissect these challenges and offer actionable insights, including why external coaching may be the lifeline your team needs.Join us for a journey into the heart of retail where it's not just about what HQ dictates, but about listening, understanding the 'why,' and recognizing the true pace and urgency that define our stores. This is Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy where we're speaking the unspoken language of retail success. Let's transform retail leadership together. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
Outwork, Outlearn, Outlead: Brian Librach's Retail Leadership Roadmap!
Mar 12 2024
Outwork, Outlearn, Outlead: Brian Librach's Retail Leadership Roadmap!
Pick up your book: The Retail Leader's Roadmap! HERE!What's up, my friend? You're in for a real treat with this episode featuring Brian. We're going deep into the nitty gritty details of his proven blueprint for accelerating your career growth as a retail leader.Right off the bat, Brian opens up about the profound influence his father had on instilling that insatiable drive to outwork, outlearn, and outlead everyone around him. The dude exudes an unwavering determination that's truly contagious.He breaks down the strategic planning process that allowed him to systematically climb the ranks - mapping out long-term goals, identifying key experiences to pursue, and executing with laser-focus. This isn't just talk, it's a tangible game plan that you can apply.But what really sets Brian apart is his mindset around leadership character development. We're talking about the grit, humility, and emotional intelligence required to inspire teams and become that leader people want to follow into the trenches. He's lived these lessons.By the end, you'll have a revamped perspective on owning your leadership journey - crafting a personalized plan, embracing growth opportunities, and developing that unshakable sense of purpose. This dude lays it all out there with experienced-based wisdom.So brace yourself, it's about to get real with a heavy dose of motivation, strategy, and battle-tested insights for senior retail leaders truly craving their "Best Next". Let's go!Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/brian.librach/  Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/librach/Twitter | https://twitter.com/blibrach  LinkedIn | www.linkedin.com/in/brian-librach-the-retailwellwisherTikTok | https://www.tiktok.com/@librachretail.lea  YouTube | www.youtube.com/@theRetailwellwisher   Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women of Color in Retail Leadership
Feb 29 2024
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women of Color in Retail Leadership
Meet Kimberly Lee Minor, a dynamic force in retail leadership with over 25 years of industry experience. She's held pivotal roles in renowned organizations like Footlocker Global, London Fog, and Bath & Body Works. Currently serving as CEO of Bumbershoot, LLC, Kimberly's expertise lies in providing cultural and market insights for inclusive, equitable, and diverse representation across brand, content, product, and customer experience.Kimberly's passion extends beyond business success. She's the founder of the Women of Color Retail Alliance (WOCRA), dedicated to closing the gender parity gap in retail leadership. As an educator and mentor at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, she promotes cultural competence and organizational excellence.Join us in this episode as Kimberly shares her inspiring journey, leadership insights, and unwavering commitment to positive change in retail. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
Need Directions...Start Here!
Feb 6 2024
Need Directions...Start Here!
Who says you can't be the hero in your own retail leadership journey? I remember the days of feeling overlooked in the bustling world of retail, unsure how to break through the noise. Now, as your guide, I'll take you through the valleys and peaks of leadership in the retail space. This heartfelt session is designed to acknowledge your fears and aspirations as we explore the often ignored yet remarkable adaptability and problem-solving capabilities that retail leaders possess. Equipped with insights from my upcoming book "The Approachable Leader," we'll delve into the 'SMILE framework' and why emotional intelligence is your secret weapon in the retail battlefield.Have you ever felt stuck between your present role and the future you're yearning for? You're not alone. This episode is a treasure trove of strategies and advice for those ready to carve out their own path, be it climbing the ladder within your current organization or venturing into new opportunities altogether. We talk about creating a personal vision that's as unique as you are, along with initiating a self-assessment that's as honest as it is enlightening. The journey to becoming an authentic leader, unshackled by competition and comparison, starts with recognizing your innate talents and transforming them into action.Finally, consider this your personal invitation to join a community of like-minded retail leaders eager to develop and refine their leadership skills. It's about becoming the leader you've envisioned, defined by your aspirations, not others' expectations. I'm here to support and advocate for your growth in an industry that's ripe for change. By connecting with us and tapping into our resources, you're taking the first crucial step towards your leadership goals. So, thanks for listening to Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy, where every moment is an opportunity to shape your destiny. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
A Ted Lasso Guide for Transforming Retail Leadership
Oct 18 2023
A Ted Lasso Guide for Transforming Retail Leadership
Ready to revolutionize your retail leadership skills? Trust us, you don't want to miss this insightful discussion as we uncover seven transformative leadership lessons from the hit TV show, Ted Lasso. We promise that embracing these principles will not only elevate your impact on your team, but will also boost the profitability of your stores, and catapult your retail career to new heights.What if you could build a stronger rapport with your team by simply being seen? In this episode, we emphasize the importance of acknowledging your team members and sharing personal stories to foster a deeper connection. We also urge you to remain curious as a leader, a quality that goes a long way in understanding and bonding with your team. Delving into the skills of your team, being brave enough to voice your truth, and rebounding swiftly from errors, are vital components in creating a resilient, goal-oriented team.Lastly, we touch on the importance of nurturing a growth mindset and operating with a higher purpose. When leaders demonstrate genuine interest and foster a sense of connection, it leads to an exchange of talents and ideas, and ultimately a resilient and united team. We conclude by addressing the challenges of leadership and offering actionable advice to tackle them. Whether you're a fan of Ted Lasso or not, these lessons are a game-changer for anyone looking to enhance their leadership prowess. So, tune in and get ready to transform your leadership journey! Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched!Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
5 Urgent Retail Leadership Skills to Learn Now!
Aug 10 2023
5 Urgent Retail Leadership Skills to Learn Now!
Book A Call Worthy Retail NewsAre you ready to elevate your retail leadership skills to the next level? In today's episode, we're dissecting the crucial elements of successful leadership - time, support, and capacity. We'll guide you through five transformative areas to enhance your leadership prowess: amplify your retainability, decode feedback, craft a robust retention blueprint, bolster support, and become an irreplaceable asset to your team.We're also shining a spotlight on an innovative model, 'SMILE,' that has remarkably transformed my leadership journey. This concept encapsulates self-awareness, mindful listening, inspiring trust, leading by example, and emitting empathy. We're delving deep into this strategy, demonstrating how transparency and personalized growth plans can cultivate trust. Moreover, we’ll reveal how exuding empathy and leading by example can foster an environment of respect and comprehension.Having an opinion as a retail leader holds significant weight. Today, we're exploring the importance of forming opinions about your people, your business, and most importantly, yourself. We'll walk you through the art of detaching emotion from your conversations, leading to more effective dialogue. We'll unearth the importance of being data-literate in aspects like understanding your P&L, competition, merchandising, logistics, and customer buying patterns. Rounding it off, we'll delve into the art of self-awareness and how articulating your strengths and opportunities without boasting can catapult you to new heights of leadership. Tune in today for a treasure trove of insights and practical advice! Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
New Market, New Manager
Jun 12 2023
New Market, New Manager
You've recently been promoted. You’re a new leader in a new market. Are you really ready for this major change?Listen in as we discuss the challenges and tips for new leaders in a new market, emphasizing the importance of assessing the market, understanding competition, building relationships, simplifying communication, and creating a positive culture!Key Highlights:[01:45] It’s a big deal when you get promoted into another market.[03:01] Dealing with fear and imposter syndrome as a new leader in a new market[05:35] The assessment process starts well before you take over the market[07:27] Assess yourself from a market standpoint as it relates to your competition[12:12] Even though you are promoted, you are not the new leader in influence[14:54] Keep your messaging & communication simple[21:36] You have to assess your team quickly![31:23] Create a plan before you enter the market & adjust if necessary[36:51] Be adaptable as a retail leader[41:50] What does it look like when I'm being successful?Notable Quotes:In retail, your competition is probably one or two blocks down. Sometimes they're in the adjacent shopping center!Influence is gained. It is earned. It is not given.Listen more than you talk. Ask a question, wait for the response.You're not going to change the world in your very first 30 days. The worst thing that you can do is to have a number of people on your team that are just like you.If you stay plateaued and your team plateaus, you're doing your team a disservice.Be water, my friend. Change before it's necessary. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
How to Get Promoted Part 2
Jun 5 2023
How to Get Promoted Part 2
Here’s part two of our episode on Why Retail Leaders Get Promoted. We discuss the importance of strategic communication, authority, knowledge, and value articulation in advancing to the position of retail leader. Stay tuned!Key Highlights:[03:23] Your communication needs to be strategic.[05:00] Building authority and knowledge is key to successful retail leadership[13:35] Who on your team would you take with you when starting a new business unit?[15:05] The lack of strategic communication can prevent you from getting promoted[20:19] Embrace a broader change and a broader perspective of what change could do[25:15] Strategic introductions occur when you're getting ready for a promotion.[27:28] If you want to get promoted, learn how to communicate effectively.Notable Quotes:You cannot communicate what you don't know, period.The best leaders share as much information as they possibly can.The issue with feedback is the higher you go, the less feedback you receive. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
Cracking the Code: Harnessing the Power of the Enneagram for Retail Leadership Success
May 30 2023
Cracking the Code: Harnessing the Power of the Enneagram for Retail Leadership Success
Do you want to know the secret weapon of good leaders? How are they able to lead and guide their whole team to success? The answer lies in understanding their personality. In this episode learn more about the Enneagram and how it can help you get to know your team better so you can lead them better. Stay tuned!Key Highlights:[00:01] Every good leader has a secret weapon [01:44] The best way to lead people is to get to know them on a deeper level[03:01] The Enneagram and other personality tests[08:06] Why you should take the Enneagram test[10:26] The first type of Enneagram personality - The Perfectionist[12:46] The 2nd type of Enneagram personality - The Helper[14:20] The 3rd type of Enneagram personality - The Achiever[18:20] The 4th type of Enneagram personality - The Individualist[20:12] The 5th type of Enneagram personality - The Investigator[23:01] The 6th type of Enneagram personality - The Loyalist[25:29] The 7th type of Enneagram personality - The Enthusiast[27:22] The 8th type of Enneagram personality - The Challenger[29:20] The 9th type of Enneagram personality - The Peacemaker[34:49] The importance of emotional intelligence[38:02] How Enneagram can help in Career DevelopmentNotable Quotes:Leadership is not about you. Leadership is about the people that you lead.In the context of connecting with people, it's not a matter of what you could do, it's a matter of why you do things.By understanding individual personality types, leaders can delegate tasks effectively and create teams that complement each other's strengths and weaknesses.Emotional intelligence helps leaders develop empathy.You can identify problems very quickly and you can create solutions very quickly if you know how to connect with your team. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
Three Reasons Why Leaders Don't Get Promoted - Part I
May 3 2023
Three Reasons Why Leaders Don't Get Promoted - Part I
Have you ever missed out on a promotion?  Ever wondered why your management hasn't noticed your efforts? Before you jump to conclusions, listen in as we look at the reasons why leaders don't get promoted. You might learn a thing or two!Key Highlights[00:01] Getting passed over for a promotion[02:07] Why many retail workers are looking for new jobs right now[04:52] Are you ready for the promotion?[05:33] The importance of focused time in doing your role[08:28] Why do you want to get promoted? Know the 3 Main Fs![10:00] Do you lack strategic vision?[13:16] How to improve your strategic vision[17:54] Developing and exporting great talent[21:40] Resistance to change is a kiss of death![27:48] The best leaders are curios and ask questions[30:41] Why understanding why you want to get promoted is importantNotable QuotesTime, experience, and capacity are certain things that you need within retail.It's not just experience that helps you; it's evaluated experiences.When you are getting promoted, it's not just about you. It's about those other people that you have actually helped.We get so fixated on the day to day that we don't think outside of our box.You won't get promoted if you don't have a better understanding of embracing and dealing with change.When you have a seat at the table, you're feeding yourself. When you don't have a seat at the table, people are feeding.The best leaders I know ask questions that they don't have the answer to, and they ask the questions and hope that you have the answer.The best leaders, the ones who are getting promoted, have a good idea of who they are and where they want to go. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
THE LAW OF LEGACY
Apr 11 2023
THE LAW OF LEGACY
What are you doing in your life right now to leave a lasting legacy? As retail leaders, we are often so focused on our daily responsibilities that we fail to consider the long-term impact we may have on others, particularly our team. Listen in and learn as we talk about the Law of Legacy!Key Highlights:[00:01] How your legacy is being developed and curated daily[02:05] Do you need to be liked as a leader?[05:18] What Steve wanted to leave as a legacy[08:12] The importance of having a strong team[10:02] The power of being present in your life[11:21] Your legacy is not just about you; it’s supposed to be bigger than you.[12:17] Why you have to protect your personal life as a leader [14:17] How do you start to think about your legacy?Notable Quotes:Your legacy is being developed and curated daily by your actions, your intentions, your relationships, your achievements, your failures, and those you lead.I wanted to be able to unashamedly speak to retail leaders about where they currently are in their journey.To be able to walk into a store, feel the energy, and also to see things that you possibly put into place that are still operating is such a cool feeling. That is a legacy feeling!A lot of times, we think about legacy as meaning us and who we are. But to be very honest, your legacy is bigger than you.When you start to think about your legacy, you have to make sure that your personal life, and your personal legacy, match, to some degree, your professional legacy.The best leaders that I know they're very similar in how they lead themselves personally and how they lead their teams. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
THE LAW OF NAVIGATION
Apr 6 2023
THE LAW OF NAVIGATION
Do you know where you want to go with your career? Have you determined which path is best for you and your team? As a retail leader, knowing how to navigate your way through your leadership journey is vital. Listen in and learn as we talk about the Law of Navigation!Key Highlights:[00:01] What’s in it for me?[01:47] The significance of an Atlast & MapQuest[05:00] The consequence of using Waze & Google Maps[08:08] How are you navigating your career?[10:37] Assess your situation before going anywhere[12:58] Giving yourself some grace & room for adjustments[15:29] Over-communicate more than usual[20:00] Setting directions helps you hold your team accountable[24:42] Signs that the Law of Navigation is working for you & your team[29:58] Make a move!Notable Quotes:There are those moments where it doesn't matter how much experience you have; there are going to be situations that you are still going to have to learn how to navigate.When you are navigating your career, you need to know what's your current skill set and where you currently are.Too many leaders don't do a proper assessment. They just think that opportunities and situations are supposed to be there because they've been there long enough. No, it doesn’t work that way.The best way to minimize the time that it takes for you to build trust is to communicate more with your boss.You, as the leader, you have to over-communicate with your team so that they understand exactly where they are, the role that they play, and where they will be after this journey.The worst thing that you can do is to be unclear about what it is that you are asking from your team.As a leader, during your journey, it's important for you to understand a little bit more about who you are so that you can figure out the proper direction that you want to take in your career. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
THE LAW OF EXPLOSIVE GROWTH
Mar 28 2023
THE LAW OF EXPLOSIVE GROWTH
As a retail leader, your success is determined by the relationships you cultivate and encircle yourself with. So, how do you ensure that you are surrounded by the right people? Let's talk about the Law of Explosive Growth in this episode and learn how to grow, develop, export, and even retain great talent and future leaders from your own team.Stay tuned!Key Highlights[00:01] A leader is only as good as whom they surround themselves with[00:49] The concept of Explosive Growth[04:37] Grow, develop, and export great talent[05:16] It’s not about followers; it’s about growing leaders[10:00] The first person that you need to learn how to lead is yourself.[12:00] If you grow a team, your organization can also experience growth.[15:33] If you develop leaders, your organization can achieve explosive growth.[17:55] How to retain the leaders that you hire.[20:48] What does great talent look like?Notable Quotes●      Explosive growth is the concept and idea of taking yourself from where you are to where you want to be times x.●      The first person that you need to learn how to lead is yourself. And the most difficult person to lead is going to be yourself because you are fighting against everything inside of you that wants to then wants to do something different.●      When you want to experience explosive growth, you have to have a burning desire inside to keep and retain the great talent that you hire and make sure that you see them winning on a consistent basis.●      If you are consistent with your methodology for hiring people, for understanding what that looks like, then I think it's important that your team has an understanding of that as well.●      The worst thing that you can do is to not see that you need to develop great leaders so that you can have consistent explosive growth wherever you go.●      The areas of your weakness as a leader can become exploited if you don't take the time to realize what they are; if you don't take the time to assess who you are, where you are, and where you want to go. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
THE LAW OF TIMING
Mar 9 2023
THE LAW OF TIMING
Timing is everything when it comes to leadership success. In this episode, we will discuss how to identify the right time for action, how to be proactive instead of reactive, and why patience is a crucial element in timing. Don't miss this insightful and practical discussion on how to apply the Law of Timing to your retail leadership strategy. Tune in now!Key Highlights[00:01] Timing is everything in sports: A lesson I learned from my highschool coach[3:33] Things that could throw you off as a retail leader[07:01] How do you fix your mindset that these things can typically happen?[09:13] My experience with patience early in my career[012:26] Is experience the best lesson?[13:01] Action vs. Reaction[22:31] The wrong action at the right time equals a mistake.[25:26] The North Star: Some questions you can ask yourself in relation to this frameworkNotable QuotesTiming is all about the timing you take.Understand that timing is the exact moment when preparation, your will and your desire are aligned in order to achieve something behind you.Timing is the difference between success and failure in anything that you are trying to do.Each day has a set of its own plans and challenges. Unexpected visits can screw up your timing and all your plans, unexpected meetings. Lack of staffing in retail, given the nature of the business, is probably one of the number one issues from an unexpected standpoint. When the right leader and the right timing come together, incredible things happen. You must understand the timing, to seize those opportunities, even those opportunities that are unplanned.Many leaders fell because they executed when the time wasn't right.If you haven't done any of that work, then it's just an experienceThe wrong action at the wrong time leads to disaster failure is inevitable.The wrong action at the right time is a mistake when the opportunity was right. It is where you want to try to your best to live, right 70 to 30% of your time as a leader.    Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
THE LAW OF SACRIFICE
Mar 9 2023
THE LAW OF SACRIFICE
Have you ever had to make a tough choice that required sacrificing something of value for the greater good of your team or organization? If so, then you won't want to miss the latest episode of the Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy podcast. In this episode, we explore The Law of Sacrifice, one of the most important and challenging laws of leadership discussed in John Maxwell's book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. Discover the principles of sacrifice and what it takes to be a leader who is willing to make tough choices for the success of your team and organization. Tune in now to learn how you can become a more effective leader in the retail industry.Key Highlights[01:53] What are you willing to give up?[05:47] The value of giving up something.[11:30] The importance of giving yourself away.[15:23] Sacrificing your ego and time.[19:58] Not perfect, but perfect enough.[22:54] I can't stand these pretenses.[26:47] Leaders with an impact focus on influencing others.Notable QuotesAs a leader, you have to be willing to give up to be able to go up.Leadership is about two things: For the reward or for the responsibility.When you give it away, it’s gonna hurt.Excuses are an enemy to your success.In order to make an improvement in your life, you have to be willing to sacrifice something.Leaders are not focused on accolades and ego, they’re focused on people.Sacrificing money in order to get a coach to move your existence as a leader forward is something that you really have to think about. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
THE LAW OF PRIORITIES
Feb 21 2023
THE LAW OF PRIORITIES
People frequently confuse busyness for productivity, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. As retail leaders, where we spend our time and how much energy we put into something reveal a lot about us. In this episode, let's talk about the Law of Priorities and discover the power of focusing on what's important NOW. You don’t want to miss out on this one!Key Highlights[02:15] Understanding the Law of Priorities as a retail leader[03:17] The 80:20 rule from a leadership standpoint[04:17] What are your non-negotiables as a retail leader?[08:58] How do you know what’s important to you?[13:36] How to know what’s important to your team?[15:50] Breaking down organizational goals to store level.[17:21] The importance of having a value system in leadership[19:07] Where are you spending your time?[21:00] Where do you spend your money?[22: 13] Where are your people going?[23:45] Where you’re gone, what legacy will you leave?Notable QuotesIf it's a priority, you will find a way to get it done. If it's not a priority, guess what? You're gonna find an excuse. When you delegate, you're able to take less off your plate and really focus on your top priorities.What we define and identify as important shouldn't change day to day.When I say that, that should be a priority, that should be something that you should be focusing on a daily basis.There should be very little variation from who you are at work to who you are at home.I have seen so many leaders try to lead other people without leaving themselves first and without knowing what's important to them first.If you don't have a value system or a foundation, then you can't require that from other people.Just because your name is not on the door doesn't mean that this is not your business.A lot of times, we want to hold on to people in a certain row because they are crushing it for us. But guess what? That is not right; they need the opportunity to move up, and they need the chance to prove themselves. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
THE LAW OF BIG MO
Feb 7 2023
THE LAW OF BIG MO
A leadership that lacks momentum is like a parked car: it can't get you where you want to go. Momentum, or the “Big Mo,” is one of the most important elements you need as a retail leader. Without it, it will be hard to set anything in motion. So, how do you gain momentum and ensure that you always have enough fuel to propel your team to victory? Listen in as we delve into the Law of Big Mo. Key Highlights:[00:01] Momentum is your lifeline as a leader[02:12] Why you need momentum in your life to move you forward[04:37] Creating a ripple effect requires disruption[06:27] What happens if you don’t have momentum?[10:18] How volunteering for pilot projects can benefit your team[14:11] The 3 ways to gain momentum[20:45] How do you lose your momentum?[22:28] The Shiny Object Syndrome[28:33] What does it look like when you have the “Big Mo”?Notable Quotes:We need momentum in our lives as a leader to continue to carry us forward, to move us from project to project, from opportunity to opportunity.The ripple effect happens once something is actually cast into the stillness. So if there is stillness, there has to be a casting or a disruption of that stillness in order to create the ripples.Too many people are trying to drive a parked car. Don't be that person trying to drive a parked car thinking that you're gonna get somewhere you are not.If you want to be a great retail leader, you have to be abnormal.When you lose momentum, you become vulnerable to distractions.When you are trying to fix something within your market, the best thing that you can do is to go back to the best practice. You don't know if something is broken until you understand the operational boundaries in which something should exist.  Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
THE LAW OF VICTORY
Jan 31 2023
THE LAW OF VICTORY
It's easier to gauge when and how you'll win in sports. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in business. In this episode, let’s dive deep into the idea of victory in the retail business and the importance of winning not just by yourself but as a team. If you’re a retail leader seeking strategies to inspire your team toward a unified goal, don’t miss this episode on the Law of Victory. Key Highlights:[00:01] The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat[02:01] Winning not just by yourself but with your team[03:58] The importance of recognizing when you have won [05:46] Looking for quick wins and celebrations[07:41] How to motivate your team to win[10:31] You have to let your people shine[13:36] Meet each team member where they are[17:21] Don't expect your team to know [20:14] Use the momentum you've gained to focus on things you can win at.[23:41] How to tell if you're using the Law of Victory effectivelyNotable Quotes:As a leader, your goal is to influence people; it's to take them from where they are to where they need to be collectively, efficiently, and effectively as possible. And part of that is actually recognizing when you have won.If you have somebody who is amazing, one of the best things you can do is to get them in front of your boss and tell your boss about how amazing they are, what they did for the store, and what they could potentially do for your market.As a leader, we tend to expect people to think as we think and to see things as we see them. And nine out of 10 times, they don't.You can't just disseminate information; you have to let them know the role that they play within the information that you are disseminating. When you've developed a culture of winning, there is a clarity of vision, and you can move mountains, and you can move forward. Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------
THE LAW OF BUY-IN
Jan 24 2023
THE LAW OF BUY-IN
Do you have difficulty getting your team on board? Isn't it frustrating?  Here’s the thing, maybe your team doesn't buy into your leadership because they haven't bought into you as their leader yet. In this episode, let’s talk about the Law of Buy-in and how it can help you develop a team that is not just compliant but is instead committed to you as their retail leader. Stay tuned!Key Highlights:[00:01] Why are so many retail leaders frustrated?[01:15] Let’s talk about the Law of Buy-In[02:14] A formula for Buy-in[03:10] The quality of the idea needs to be short-term & solution oriented[08:17] Compliant team vs. Committed team[12:45] What are the symptoms of a compliant team?[16:04] Signs that you have a committed team[24:24] Making sense of the buy-in formula [26:44] How do I know when I have my team's buy-in? Notable Quotes:Your team doesn't buy into the idea, the concept, or the direction, because they haven't bought into you as their leader. People have to buy into you before they buy into your plans, your vision, or your leadership.Every leader will have, some time in their journey, a team that is compliant, and that team is just going to suck.A committed team is, hands down, bar none, the best team that you can ever have as a leader.A poor idea with a compliant team is dead in the water.I don't hire people who don't have something else going on outside of work.  Support the Show.JOIN THE CAMPUSREAD OUR RETAIL LEADER NEWSLETTER MEET STEVE! BOOK A CLARITY CALL! ------------------------------------------------ HAVE YOUR SAY!If you enjoyed this episode and have feedback or suggestions for future topics, please let me know by clicking the feedback link HERE. Your input is important to me and will help me make this podcast even better.Thanks for listening!SUPPORT THE SHOW! Do you want to become a supporter of Retail Leadership with Steve Worthy? Your support enables us to continue bringing you exclusive insights and expert advice from some of the best leaders in the retail industry.Sign up to become a supporter today at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1127936/support and help us shape the future of retail leadership, one episode at a time. Thank you! ------------------------------------------------