Leadership Amid Uncertainty with Lucas Luke Schroeder
Luke Schroeder is the Owner of Starting Strength Cincinnati. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Purdue University, Luke worked in leadership positions across several industries, including aerospace and manufacturing. These positions include serving as the Plant Manager of Red Spot Paint, the Manufacturing Manager of Zimmer Biomet, the Senior Operations Manager of NuVasive, and the Director of Operations at Bullen Ultrasonics. Luke joins us today to discuss what it takes for a company to successfully navigate uncertainty. He shares his background and his journey to becoming the owner of Starting Strength Cincinnati. He reveals what made him leave the corporate world to own a business and enumerates the advantages of working with a franchise to launch a business. Luke also highlights the role of communication in any company and underscores what his previous work experiences taught him about running his own business. “The leaders who were bold enough to stand up and define what the company was facing, articulate a vision for how to get through it, and lead from the front were the leaders that got us through uncertainty.” - Luke Schroeder This week on The Owner’s Corner: Luke’s background and his journey as a business ownerHow he discovered his passion for operations, solving problems, and driving efficiencyHow it felt to leave a stable career to start a business and what it took to launch Luke’s fitness centerThe advantages of working with a franchiseHis advice to people who are considering launching a businessWhat led Luke to utilize a franchise opportunity to start his businessHow Luke worked with the SPA program to secure capital for his businessThe importance of cultivating relationships with employees as a leaderWhat Luke’s previous jobs taught him about work ethic and leadership amid uncertaintyThe impact of COVID-19 on the aerospace industryThe characteristics that help companies successfully navigate times of uncertaintyThe three characteristics Luke looks for in an employee Resources Mentioned: Book: Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training by Mark RippetoeBook: Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko WillinkBook: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan PetersonBook: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Role by Patrick Lencioni Our Favorite Quotes: “What makes a lot of business owners successful is their passion behind what they’re doing, and turning that passion into a business.” - Seth Whicker“When times are the toughest, our people look at us and how we’re responding, and they respond accordingly—they’re guided by your every move as a leader.” - Seth Whicker“We all emulate the leaders who inspired us.” - Luke Schroeder Connect with Luke Schroeder: Starting Strength CincinnatiStarting Strength Cincinnati on Instagram Starting Strength Cincinnati on FacebookStarting Strength Cincinnati on TwitterLuke Schroeder on LinkedIn About SYM Financial and The Owner’s Corner Podcast The Owner’s Corner is a show for business owners. 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