Grow Strong Leaders Podcast

Meredith Bell

In the Grow Strong Leaders Podcast, host Meredith Bell interviews business leaders who are committed to their own growth and the development of their people.

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199: FLIPD Coaching – Leadership Development That Sticks
Nov 18 2022
199: FLIPD Coaching – Leadership Development That Sticks
What does it take to create leadership training programs that result in real behavior change? Billy Martin has the answer because he’s done this successfully with sales leaders in two global companies—Salesforce and Dassault Systems. He describes all the elements built into their process, including teaching leaders how to ask powerful questions that draw out the native genius of their team members.Billy is Senior Director of Strategic Programs and Leadership at Medidata Solutions, a Dassault Systems Company. He’s passionate about leading teams of professionals that create programs for onboarding new sales leaders and B2B sales reps around the world. His team builds and delivers various leadership business simulations, training programs, guided coaching activities and skill assessments --- all designed to scale globally across the leadership community.  Billy is the co-author of One Thing: Focus on Sales Leadership: Insight from Top Business Executives on What It Takes to Be a Great Leader. He’s also been a basketball referee since 1978.You’ll discover: The FLIPD model and what the acronym meansHow Billy uses simulations to make learning relevant for learnersThe follow-up components that help leaders ingrain skillsWhat Billy and his team do to help leaders become effective coachesWays that Bill has grown as a leader over the yearsCheck out all the episodesLeave a review on Apple PodcastsConnect with Meredith on LinkedInFollow Meredith on TwitterDownload the free ebook Listen Like a Pro
199: FLIPD Coaching – Leadership Development That Sticks
Nov 18 2022
199: FLIPD Coaching – Leadership Development That Sticks
What does it take to create leadership training programs that result in real behavior change? Billy Martin has the answer because he’s done this successfully with sales leaders in two global companies—Salesforce and Dassault Systems. He describes all the elements built into their process, including teaching leaders how to ask powerful questions that draw out the native genius of their team members.Billy is Senior Director of Strategic Programs and Leadership at Medidata Solutions, a Dassault Systems Company. He’s passionate about leading teams of professionals that create programs for onboarding new sales leaders and B2B sales reps around the world. His team builds and delivers various leadership business simulations, training programs, guided coaching activities and skill assessments --- all designed to scale globally across the leadership community.  Billy is the co-author of One Thing: Focus on Sales Leadership: Insight from Top Business Executives on What It Takes to Be a Great Leader. He’s also been a basketball referee since 1978.You’ll discover: The FLIPD model and what the acronym meansHow Billy uses simulations to make learning relevant for learnersThe follow-up components that help leaders ingrain skillsWhat Billy and his team do to help leaders become effective coachesWays that Bill has grown as a leader over the yearsCheck out all the episodesLeave a review on Apple PodcastsConnect with Meredith on LinkedInFollow Meredith on TwitterDownload the free ebook Listen Like a Pro
192: The Fearless Factor at Work
Oct 25 2022
192: The Fearless Factor at Work
What if you could change the way you look at fear? Jacqueline Wales has a deep understanding of what’s behind fear…and the questions you can ask yourself to break through limiting beliefs and stories that may be causing you to play small in life. You’ll discover how to reframe your ideas about fear and failure so they serve you instead of hold you back. Jacqueline developed a fearless approach herself after enduring, and then breaking away from, a nightmarish family to establish new patterns and find peace. She is now an author, keynote speaker, and trusted advisor to successful, high-achieving women. And she is an unwavering champion for being fearless.  In this conversation we talk about key ideas and questions from her latest book, The Fearless Factor @ Work, which I highly recommend, especially if you’ve ever allowed your fears to get in the way of speaking up or taking courageous action. You’ll discover: How Jacqueline defines fear and more specifically, fear in the workplaceThe distinction Jacqueline makes between the stories we tell ourselves and the evidence for those beliefsWhat she does to help clients play big when they’re used to playing small and holding backSome of the messages that girls receive when growing up that don’t serve them as adultsThe importance of self-compassion and self-love when you’re working to make a changeCheck out all the episodesLeave a review on Apple PodcastsConnect with Meredith on LinkedInFollow Meredith on TwitterDownload the free ebook Listen Like a Pro...
188: How a Local Government Created Service Excellence through Lean Six Sigma
Oct 11 2022
188: How a Local Government Created Service Excellence through Lean Six Sigma
Did you know that Lean Six Sigma extends way beyond the world of manufacturing? Paul Stamper is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and he’s done a magnificent job bringing this process to the County of Ventura in California. You’ll enjoy Paul’s passion for this topic and the practical ways the principles are applied across all departments in the County. You’re sure to get ideas of how you can incorporate Lean Six Sigma into your own organization. Paul is the Deputy Executive Officer for the County of Ventura, California. He oversees multiple program areas including their continuous improvement program, called Service Excellence, which has documented over $40 million in savings. Paul leads Strategic Planning and Economic Vitality efforts to support the 850,000 residents and 22,000 businesses in the County. You’ll discover: What Lean Six Sigma means and what it looks like in actionThe natural strengths Paul brought with him when learning about Lean processesHow Ventura County has used the Service Excellence Program to improve services to its customersPositive changes that have occurred at all levels in the organization since adopting Lead Six SigmaWays that Paul has grown as a leader and what he’s learned from his experience in this roleCheck out all the episodesLeave a review on Apple PodcastsConnect with Meredith on LinkedInFollow Meredith on TwitterDownload the free ebook Listen Like a Pro...
187: How to Live a Legendary Life
Oct 4 2022
187: How to Live a Legendary Life
What’s it like to be bullied and abused as a kid, end up in jail for beating up someone, and later decide to create a Legendary Life Movement? That’s just a slice of Tommy Breedlove’s life.Tommy emerged from those early experiences stronger and determined to change his life. He went on to have a 20-year corporate career at one of the largest financial consulting firms in the world. And then…at the top of his career, Tommy experienced a transformational moment that inspired him to walk away from the corporate world and follow his true calling…to empower others to build and live Legendary Lives.Tommy is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best-Selling Author of the Book, Legendary. He’s also the Founder of the Legendary Life Movement… a movement that empowers driven people to be Pros in Leadership, Business, Mindset, & their Relationships. You’ll be inspired and motivated to take action as you hear him share specific steps you can take to build your own legendary life.You’ll discover: What the word Legendary means to Tommy…and why he chose itWhy self-leadership is the starting point for all personal developmentThe question one of Tommy’s mentors asked him that became an ah-ha moment in his life3 things you can do every day to build a practice of gratitude in your life3 actions you can start taking today to become legendary at work, no matter what your titleCheck out all the episodesLeave a review on Apple PodcastsConnect with Meredith on LinkedInFollow Meredith on TwitterDownload the free ebook Listen Like a Pro...
184: How We Show Up Changes Everything
Sep 23 2022
184: How We Show Up Changes Everything
What’s it like to hire, coach and fire based on your company’s Purpose, Values, and Mission? Clate Mask knows the answer because that’s exactly what he and his team at Keap are doing every day at Keap. And they’ve built a positive culture where everyone takes ownership and personal responsibility for their actions. Clate is the co-founder and CEO of Keap (formerly Infusionsoft), with the mission of simplifying growth for millions of small businesses worldwide. Clate’s passion for small business success stems from his personal experience taking his software company from a struggling startup to an eight-time Inc. 500/5000 winner. He’s received numerous awards over the years, including Business Leader of the Year from the Arizona Technology Council, and he was a finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Clate is also the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a Successful Small Business Without Going Crazy, a must-read for every business owner. You’ll discover: What Clate learned from his coach Steve Hardison about how to show up for important conversationsThe importance of hiring people who are eager to grow as individuals and be owners of their livesWhy Caring is the #1 core value at KeapThe questions you’ll want to answer if you’re committed to creating a positive cultureSome of the most important lessons Clate has learned as a leaderCheck out all the episodesLeave a review on Apple PodcastsConnect with Meredith on LinkedInFollow Meredith on TwitterDownload the free ebook Listen Like a Pro...
183: Living the Law of Giving and Receiving
Sep 20 2022
183: Living the Law of Giving and Receiving
Is there really a LAW of Giving and Receiving? Indeed there is, and Cynthia Kersey describes exactly how it’s worked in her own life…and how it can work in yours.Cynthia shares the research and benefits around the power of giving. You’ll love the way she and her team live this every day at The Unstoppable Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring that every child on the planet has access to the life-long gift of education. Cynthia embodies her message, and she’s integrated giving and contribution into her life and business for more than two decades. The Unstoppable Foundation has provided a daily education to over 100,000 children, and it also provides access to life-saving services such as clean water, health care, nutritious food, and income generation training to parents. The Foundation’s work has impacted the lives of more than 500,000 men, women, and children in Kenya alone!You’ll discover: What Cynthia learned about the power of giving after publishing her two booksHow to leave the impression of increase with everyone you encounterWhat a culture with the spirit of service and giving looks likeTwo questions you can ask yourself to develop the mindset of givingWhy individuals and organizations alike have been enthusiastic donors to The Honor Foundation since Day 1Check out all the episodesLeave a review on Apple PodcastsConnect with Meredith on LinkedInFollow Meredith on TwitterDownload the free ebook Listen Like a Pro...
182: Use Ethical Hacking to Get into College or Land Your Dream Job
Sep 16 2022
182: Use Ethical Hacking to Get into College or Land Your Dream Job
What can you do to stand out among 100s of applicants for college or a job? Anthony Berryhill shares brilliant insights for making sure your application is compelling. His strategies worked in his own life, helping him get admitted to prestigious universities like Stanford and Yale and land a high-level position in one of the country’s largest investment firms. This is a man who started life as a resident of New Orleans’ 9th Ward, a neighborhood wiped out by Hurricane Katrina. You’ll be inspired by the story of a first-generation, low-income student who figured out how to write his essay in such a moving way that members of the admissions committee cried.Anthony is the owner of Elite College Hacker, a consulting firm that specializes in helping students of color (both in the US and in Asian countries) gain admission to America's top undergraduate, medical, and business schools. Anthony is also an award-winning competitive debate coach, and he’s coached 3 national champions, one at the college level and two at the high school level.You’ll discover: How Anthony acquired a Hustle Mindset to move out of his adverse circumstancesThe life experiences Anthony shared in his college admission essay that grabbed the attention and emotions of the committeeHow job applicants can apply ethical hacking to land their ideal positionThought-provoking questions Anthony asks his clients to draw out their unique experiencesCheck out all the episodesLeave a review on Apple PodcastsConnect with Meredith on LinkedInFollow Meredith on TwitterDownload the free ebook Listen Like a Pro...