executive management

063: The One Thing You Need to Know About Delivering Difficult News – Liz Kislik

As you lead your company through growth spurts, you may realize that it’s time to “level up” your business infrastructure. But how you communicate the need to upgrade people, processes and tools is just as important as the upgrade itself. Change is difficult, even in a faster-paced small business environment, and you can unknowingly create more chaos if you deliver news about change improperly. Liz Kislik has spent the past 30 years helping leaders work through change in fast growth environments. In this episode, she dons her conflict resolution hat to share best practices in delivering difficult news. One of the tools she recommends might surprise you – it’s something you likely use everyday.

Special Guest: Liz Kislik, Founder & CEO – Liz Kislik & Associates

Location:  Rockville Centre, NY  USA

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  • Episode 035: Positioning Front Line Leadership for Success with Victoria Rodgers
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  • Episode 055: The One Thing You Need to Know About High Stakes Conversations – Dez Thornton
  • Episode 060: The One Thing You Need to Know About Mental Health & Entrepreneurship – Silke Glaab

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057: The One Thing You Need to Know About Conscious Capitalism – Corey Blake

If you think that “conscious” and “capitalism” don’t go together, you might change your mind after listening to Corey Blake. As a leading voice in the conscious leadership movement, he defines conscious capitalism as “an operating system for not harming the planet as we grow our businesses.” In this episode, Corey explains how conscious capitalism can profoundly change the electricity of a company. He also shares the unique people, processes, and tools he uses to inspire companies to bring about that change.

Special Guest: Corey Blake, Founder & CEO – Round Table Companies

Location: Deerfield, IL  USA

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Related Episodes:

    • Episode 035: Positioning Front Line Leadership for Success
    • Episode 037: Leveraging Culture to Drive Business Transformation
    • Episode 045: Using Organization Design to Drive Innovation with Ron Carucci
    • Episode 046: Leveraging Your Story for Team Cohesion with Hasani X
    • Episode 050: Sparking Innovation & Sales via Intrapreneurship with Carl E. Reid

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047: Leading a Successful Merger & Acquisition with Karen Walker

Buy or build?  One way to quickly scale a company and dramatically increase market share is via a Merger & Acquisition (M&A) with/of another company.  However, improper alignment and conflicting objectives can turn that M&A into an M&D (Merge & Destroy), warns Karen Walker, a proven M&A strategic advisor.

Having been part of a team that led one of the fastest growing American companies to $1 billion in revenue, Karen shares how she leads successful integrations using an example of a tech company.  In this episode, you’ll learn: 1) why an M&A is a process and not an event, 2) the role business infrastructure plays in leveraging the strengths of another company to diversify your company’s portfolio, and 3) the differences between an M&A, strategic alliance and joint venture.

Special Guest: Karen Walker, Founder & CEO of One Team Consulting

Location: Jupiter, FL  USA

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Related Episodes:

  • Episode 004: When Is Business Infrastructure Needed?
  • Episode 034: Developing a Business Strategy for Sustainable Growth
  • Episode 036: Executing Strategy with Project Management
  • Episode 039: Using Processes for Structure & Consistent Results with Paul Nicholaides

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046: Leveraging Your Story for Team Cohesion with Hasani X

“What are you fighting for?”  According to Hasani X, the answer to this question sets the foundation for everything you do.  But people need to know and hear this story in order to be compelled to work with you on a team or do business with you.  In this episode, Hasani, a communications and performance expert, shares the people, processes and tools he leverages to help his clients dramatically transform their businesses and team dynamics through storytelling.  He also shares how a personal tragedy led him to pivot from building businesses to building people.

Special Guest: Hasani X, Chief Storyteller at Lead Your Story

Location:  Columbia, SC  USA

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Related Episodes:

  • Episode 011: The Benefits of Backpacking on Your Small Business (Tim Walter’s story)
  • Episode 017: How Traveling Can Lead to Self-Discovery and Business Evolution (Keith Finger’s story)
  • Episode 043: Becoming an Online Influencer with Heather Havenwood
  • Episode 045: Using Organization Design to Drive Innovation with Ron Carucci

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045: Using Organization Design to Drive Innovation with Ron Carucci

“Fail fast doesn’t mean pray and spray,” warns Ron Carucci when asked about companies who rush to market without due diligence and suffer from “EBITDA addiction.”  Ron has a 30-year track record helping organizations articulate and execute strategies that lead to accelerated growth.  In this episode, he shares two examples that demonstrate how he uses organization design to encourage clarity-driven innovation.  He also discusses the three ways to organize work and explains why your work, your people and your technologies must be integrated to stay ahead. 

Special Guest: Ron Carucci, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Navalent

Location: Seattle, WA  USA

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  • Episode 018: How AI Technology Can Scale Your Small Business
  • Episode 029: Minimizing Risk with Decision Science
  • Episode 034: Developing a Business Strategy for Sustainable Growth

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