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Episode 207 Are You a Talent Obsessed Leader with Beth Miller

Episode 207 Are You a Talent Obsessed Leader with Beth Miller

October 28, 2020

This week Mike is joined by special guest Beth Armknecht Miller. Beth shares about leading through empowering and developing others and letting go of the command and control method and how this really frees you up to be a better leader. She shares her top three skills that leaders need to improve on. Listen to learn these 3 C's. 

Beth Armknecht Miller is CEO of Executive Velocity, a top talent and leadership development advisory firm. Beth is a trusted executive consultant, Vistage Chair Emeritus, and committed volunteer. She is certified in Myers Briggs, Hogan, and Business DNA. And, she is a Certified Managerial Coach by Kennesaw University. Beth’s insight and expertise have made her a sought-after speaker on hiring, leadership development, and succession planning. Her book, Are You Talent Obsessed? was published in 2014 and is available on Amazon. She is a frequent contributor to Entrepreneur Online,, and TalentCulture to name a few. She is a graduate of Babson College and Harvard Business School’s OPM program. To learn more about Beth

Find Beth's book on Amazon Are You Talent Obsessed?

Episode 206  3 Things Your Followers Need to Get Going

Episode 206 3 Things Your Followers Need to Get Going

October 21, 2020

2020 has been the most unpredictable year in our lifetimes. As leaders, we must help our teams and followers move forward or we risk remaining stuck. Don't leave them where they are.

It is your responsibility to create a vision that is bigger than the current problems that you have. 

Leadership is influencing others to move from where they are.

Leadership is seeing something and creating that vision, and then implanting that vision in the hearts and minds of the people that you lead. 

You can have great values, but if you don't have a culture that drives that it is going to fall apart. 

People don't rise to the level of your expectations, they rise to the level of accountability for those expectations. 

Download The Daily Compass Tool to help you set daily priorities and use it with your team. 

Episode 205 Are Your Values Concrete with Special Guest Jason Benham

Episode 205 Are Your Values Concrete with Special Guest Jason Benham

October 14, 2020

In this episode, we welcome a special guest, Jason Benham. He and his brother David an identical twin are both former professional baseball players, best-selling authors, and nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs. 

The same timing, skill, & determination that once benefited them on the baseball field--with the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles--catapulted them to the top of the business world.

Their first company grew to 100 locations in 35 states and has been recognized by dozens of publications including Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and others. 

Jason and David's  rise to success earned them a straight-to-series reality television show with HGTV, called "Flip It Forward."

Yet it was abruptly canceled due to their commitment to biblical values. David and Jason hit the national scene as they stood by their convictions and were featured on nearly every major news network in the country, including Fox News, CNN, ABC's Nightline, and Good Morning America.

We talked with Jason about why values are so important as a leader and converting your values into principles. 

We discussed what happens when the dream has to change and how do leaders make that transition of choice.

Jason shares about Expert Ownership he and his brother, David launched in 2020. They also have a live event coming Oct 21 and 22nd that will be a great event.

You can find out more about Jason and the Benham Brothers by following the links below.


Episode 204 4 Steps to Win the 4th Quarter

Episode 204 4 Steps to Win the 4th Quarter

October 7, 2020

In this episode, Mike is sharing with you four steps that he uses every single year, actually every month, every day, every year to win the fourth quarter.

This year is not over - the goals that you established at the end of last year, the beginning of 2020, there's still a chance to make progress on those. And I know, the pandemic put a damper on maybe some of your goals, maybe your ability to move forward. 

You can go and get the thing you want to get right now in your life. You can lead more effectively. Use these last three months to set yourself up for success. In 2021, you can pour into your teams. If you're leading a team, you can pour into your teams right now.
Today is going to help you, hopefully get unstuck, help your teams get unstuck, and get ready to move forward.
Create the life, the leadership, the team, the company, the organization that you want to create.
Episode 203 with The Busy Leader Mentor Quint Studer

Episode 203 with The Busy Leader Mentor Quint Studer

October 1, 2020

Quint Studer is a lifelong student of leadership. He is a businessman, a visionary, an entrepreneur, and a mentor to many. He has worked with individuals at all levels of leadership and across a variety of industries to help them become better leaders and create high-performing organizations. 

Quint was named in Florida Trend’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders list for 2018, 2019, and 2020. He currently serves as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of West Florida, Executive-in-Residence at George Washington University, and Lecturer at Cornell University.

Quint books include The Busy Leader's Handbook and Building a Vibrant Community

Things you will learn more about in this episode. 

When a CEO or an executive team realizes that 85 to 90% of the people don't report to them or even possibly a person that reports to them. Then all of a sudden, you cannot train.

We owe our employees. A great place to work and good to give a great, great place to work the person that impacts them the most is their manager.

The problem is not too many meetings, it is too many ineffective meetings.

Whether it's perception or not and you could help our listeners with this, the perception is that people are busier today than they were 10 years ago.

Life is difficult, and once we understand that is not as difficult. I'm going to change that and say if you're a leader, you're always going to have a full plate. Once you accept the fact you're always gonna have a full plate, you can manage the plate. 

If you're in a leadership role and you look to your left and no one is there. You look to your right and no one is there, and you look behind you, and no one's there. It's called you have no followers. And if you have no followers, you are not a leader, even though your title, might say leader.

In this episode, Quint offered to share multiple leader tools. Please email to request these tools for download. 

  • Leadership Foundational Skills – Self Assessment
  • Effective Meetings Management System
  • Prioritization tool – 90 days plan
  • Emotional Journey – Valley of Despair
  • Downtime Assessment (article and tool)

How people can connect with Quint Studer:

LinkedIn profile

Quint is always on the lookout for ways to share great learning tools. For example, he writes a weekly leadership column that runs in the Pensacola News Journal and several other daily newspapers across the country.  Now we’ve added a podcast that’s kind of an extension of his The Busy Leader’s Handbook called The Busy Leader’s Podcast – A Catalyst for Inspired Action. Click here to listen to or it’s also available on Apple PodcastSpotify, and Google Podcast. We’ll release a new podcast every two weeks, with a variety of guests who will share their best practices.                                                                    

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