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243 | Recap of 2016 with Gene Hammett

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243 | Recap of 2016 with Gene Hammett

Join us on this very special episode where I share the good, the bad and the ugly of 2016. I talk about what worked, what didn’t and the transformational changes I am going through. I get real and vulnerable about what the Trap of Success means to me and how to reach for more than a comfort zone. Plus, I share some of the exciting upcoming projects I’ve got going on to help you step up your game.

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Target Audience: Gene serves individuals who are committed. They already are or are on their way to becoming leaders. They are not afraid of doing the work to create a thriving business.

I started off the year 2016 with 3 words which set an intention, a tone, a theme. Those words were:

  • Focus
  • Connection
  • Transformation

On this episode, I want to share with you how I grew internally and how that showed up in my business.
Why this episode?

  1. I want you to understand me. It’s about genuine and authentic connection. It is important for me to show who I am.
  2. I want to help you make better decisions for you, your business and your life. My purpose in sharing myself is to help you grow forward.

FOCUS: What it means to me…

I chose the word FOCUS because I realized that I was losing out on opportunities. I was spread across too many different projects.

So, I decided to engage in a “100 Day Challenge” back in January. I committed to having 100 conversations. The outcome of that was I got 4 speaking gigs, new clients and partnerships. This was all because I forced myself to focus on making those phone calls. I released that filter of fear to call someone I didn’t know. A breakthrough for me was when I transformed the barriers. After doing this in the beginning of 2016, I received a fantastic jolt in my business.

Writing My Book: The Trap of Success

This was admittedly a tough process. I heard so many people say, “The best book you’ll ever read, is the book you write yourself.” I delved into the concept of fear- how it impacts me and others. I martialled through that and now I am ready to amp that up to the next level in the coming year.

Speaking

I got a few paid gigs. And there were other gigs that got me clients. I also go to help others get speaking gigs that connected them to potential clients.

The RIGHT Clients

I had some instances of having a funny feeling when enrolling people. I had this gut feeling where I knew it wasn’t going to be right. But, I took them on anyway. And this ended up sucking time and energy out of me. I realized that when I focus on choosing the right clients- those I’d have dinner with maybe – (or people I just truly enjoy being around) those are usually the right fit. My clients are those whom I like at the core and I happen to also appreciate the impact they are making.

CONNECTION

Such an important word. The intention of this word stemmed from a desire to be more present for others. I want to be there for clients and people in my life. For instance, when it comes to speaking, it is more than just words. I realized that there is a unique mechanism there- which is your uniqueness. It is something no one else has- yet it can be a scary to show your true self. Yet, it allows others to see you in a different light. It allows them to select you as THE choice, not just A choice.


For example, when I work with a client who wants to take speaking to the next level, I focus on helping them identify where they are speaking, getting the right speech in front of the right audience and how to deliver that speech in the right way. That maximizes CONNECTION.

Without the right audience, your message cannot be heard. Writing the speech with the connection in mind, helps you to write a speech that moves the audience. This is where Connection trumps Communication.  

 

TRANSFORMATION

I shifted my own perception of how I see the world. I am still shifting into the person that I want to be in order to receive the results and goals important to me for my growth and significance.

What Were My Struggles?

Patience. Not my strong suit. I realized growth comes from pain and adversity and it continues. Those are moments for growth and an opportunity to step in. Time management is huge. I know now that I must hone in on what’s really important so that I have maximum energy to execute on those things. Having that down time to recharge is equally as important.

 

2017 & What’s Coming Up!

My word for 2017 UNSTOPPABLE. What does that mean? To me, it means having clarity and direction to move forward.
The Trap of Success in coming out. Go here to access it. 

Download the first 2 chapters. Do what’s inside the book and let me know what impact is coming up for you.

Authority Camp is also coming out. This is a self study/virtual program on how to use speaking to get clients. It is about discovering and booking the right gigs. It will teach you how to write the speech that can be used over and over again. A free training will be available. Stay tuned!

 

 

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • The good, the bad and the ugly of 2016
  • How Focus, Connection & Transformation played out in 2016
  • My struggle with patience
  • The vulnerability it takes to connect with others
  • What I’ve got coming up for you in 2017

 

Practical and Actionable:

Download the first 2 chapters of The Trap of Success HERE. 

Do what’s inside the book and let me know what impact is coming up for you by getting in touch with me for a conversation.

 

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242 | Making a New Success Habit Stick with Jen Macquarrie

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Have you tried making a habit to accelerate your personal growth? Most of us have but have had difficulty sticking with it. Jen Macquarrie, founder of Bright Habits shares with us the essential elements we need to maintain momentum. We also explore how to mindfully observe the inner dialogue going on in our heads and how to shift into a more empowering mindset.

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Target Audience: Jen serves busy professionals and/or entrepreneurs who are juggling several areas in their lives. They may be struggling to keep up with everything. Yet, they are craving self care and looking to creating better habits for better energy, support and achieving their goals.

 

Habit Success Coaching

Habit success coaching was something Jen delved into herself and found that it totally transformed her from the inside out in as little as two years. She soon fell in love with coaching. This caused her to feel a strong calling to now serve others by helping them change their mindset and become their greatest versions.

The 5am Wake-Up Call

A big part of personal development is finding a bracket of time in the day to practice routines dedicated to personal development. She personally found it challenging to find time in the day to do it. So, she decided to do it at the very beginning of her day by waking up at 5am. Her routine consists of a workout, playing guitar, and gratitude writing. She knew right away that she felt proud of herself. Over time, this became a habit that was automatic.

 

Jen says in order to wake up so early, it is crucial to adjust your bedtime routine. She even suggests setting up a ‘bedtime alarm’ 45 minutes before bed. This signals you to start to wind down to prepare for sleep. Plus, you can avoid sleep deprivation!

When you create a new habit it does requires sacrifice. Jen says our willpower is strongest in the morning and it diminishes as the day goes on. Any important tasks you want to accomplish should be done early in the day because you are more likely to get them completed.

 

Making New Habits Stick

Firstly, it is important to know your goal. Your WHY. What specifically can get you closer to that goal? Decide when you will do this habit. Commit by writing down your plan. Have accountability of some sort (hire a coach, tell people, have a support group, etc). Mentally prepare yourself for the fact that it may be easier to start (because of excitement) than maintain the habit. It is possible that the initial motivation may wear off. Thus, decide to stay committed.

A new habit is not something you feel you should do but a feeling of ‘I MUST.’

Remember to choose self compassion over criticism. We are all human- there will be times there will be disruptions or life events- don’t put yourself down or be hard on yourself. Shame might make you quit. Keep in mind that you can always try again tomorrow. The key is to keep going and start again.

What the Trap of Success Means to Jen

Once you achieve the success, it’s tempting to be more lazy. You might take it for granted or get too comfortable. If you’re really comfortable- there may be something wrong. You can’t progress that way.

Mindset Affirmations

Notice negative thoughts/self limiting beliefs. Catch yourself. Write them. Replace them with something more empowering.

According to studies, it takes 66 days to make a habit stick. Of course, this depends on the habit. Complex habits may take up to 3 months or more. It also depends on the person.

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • How to make new habits stick
  • The best time of day to perform your new habit
  • Why disappointment is a chance to grow
  • Why shaming and criticizing yourself doesn’t work
  • What to do about limiting beliefs

Practical and Actionable:

Know what your goals are and where you’re headed. Pick a habit. Set yourself up for accountability and to make a plan. Decide: when, where, what time of day. Make sure you repeat it preferably every day so that it becomes automatic. New habits require repetition.

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How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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238 | Getting Out of your Comfort Zone with Dr. Liz Bywater

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Living for comfort is a mistake. Yes…if you seek comfort in all that you do, you will fail to grow and navigate the challenges of life. This interview is all about understanding your comfort zone and stepping outside that zone so that you grow. Dr. Liz Bywater is our guest who shares her views on the comfort zone.

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Target Audience: Dr. Liz Bywater works with leaders across the Fortune 500 companies. She serves leaders and teams. The focus is always on helping them do their best work. It is about elevating performance, being more effective, making the right decisions and getting things done.

Transitions in Roles: Moving Out of Comfort Zones

Dr. Liz has a passion for Leadership teams. She loves to guide individual leaders in pulling together their teams. This could be a matter of hiring new people – re-organizing the team or even helping the team to understand the overall vision and direction. Also very important is that they have good ground rules for working with one another.

Whether it is a parallel move or any other type of move, there will always be new ways you must learn to have impact.

 

What’s in the way of making a transition or that next step for most people?

People are in a role for a certain period of time. One gets to know where their strengths are and probably risen to a leadership level based on expertise. At each step we are being pushed farther and farther beyond our intrinsic comfort zones. According to Dr. Liz, you have to try new things and interact with people in different ways. You have to communicate on a higher level.

Sometimes you are asked to transition into a role that’s exciting yet intimidating. You are required to utilize certain leadership skills you may have not learned. Or those skills could be sitting in you waiting to come out and you just don’t know it yet!

 

The Concept Behind the Infamous Comfort Zone

There’s lots of validity around the idea according to Dr. Liz. However, whatever degree of comfort there may be, there is always room for the potential to stretch. But who we are at our core (our confidence) determines so much. Dr. Liz is all about the ‘fake it until you make it’ idea. She says, show people you know what you are doing. People will see the confidence you are projecting. Get intentional about what is you want to grow.

Get out of the worry place in your head. Get excited and ready to go. You can do this on a daily basis. Take a pause and a breath at some time in your office so that you are prepared, posed and confident about what you are about to deliver. Prepare yourself to engender the confidence of the people around you.

We’re living in a world where people have never felt more rushed and there’s no way to sugar coat it. People are running around as if there is a fire everywhere. This is not a sustainable model or a growth model for individuals. And while it is a challenge, it is not an insurmountable challenge.

A “Forced Pause”: What a session with Dr. Liz Bywater looks like…

Dr. Liz asks her clients: What are you trying to achieve and what are the best actions- what will get you to your end goal?

Ask yourself: What on items could be tackled your calendar today that will help me get to my goal more quickly? And what can I take off? By deciding what to take off, I’m deciding if this is something that I have to do or someone else has to do.  Take it off your plate. Also the question of when is of essence? Will it be now? Later? Never? This helps one to come up with real strategic ways to do things to move forward more rapidly.

The Inner Game

The inner game is essential. Your inner belief system determines how you decide the actions you take.

Dr. Liz holds up a mirror to people – so they can understand their own impact. She asks about 8-10 people in the company questions about her client. This gives insight into how the client is coming across.

The Model Dr. Liz uses: “PRP”

PAUSE- assess where you are and where you have been

REFLECT- take the time to look at what you bring to the table; what are the gaps?

PROJECT- Taking action. Identify and determine how you will reach your goal

Why Executives Dr. Liz?

Dr. Liz chose to work with executives because they are motivated and want to take action. She finds them to be smart, motivated and interesting. Likewise, they can impact those who work all around them. The culture they set has major impact. The impact is broad, wide, deep and thus meaningful!

Practical and Actionable

Write down your PRP. Decide to take a deliberate pause  (determine how much time you’d like to take out for this). Take a deep dive and develop your strategy using this model. Create your dynamic plan.

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How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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236 | Starbucks: Filling Your Soul With Howard Behar

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What does your Soul have to do with Leadership? Howard Behar is the former President of Starbucks. On this episode, we discuss the connection between the soul and how we lead. How we show up every day is the rewarding challenging we can engage in, in order to remain in tune with life’s work. Howard’s key message is about valuing the people we serve. This is a first and foremost priority that comes before anything else.

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Target Audience: Howard serves anyone who wants to become a better human being and a better leader. That pretty much covers everyone in the world.

Howard is the son of 2 immigrants who settled in Seattle. He shares how they didn’t have much but there was always love. His Mom and Dad had a mom and pop business (grocery store) – so there was always food on the table.

Leadership at Starbucks

Howard joined the Starbucks team when there were only 28 stores. At the time, he was actually trying to escape the corporate life. He was In search of something that filled his soul. Howard shares how his journey with Starbucks was one heck of a ride- it was one fast pony where the business quickly grew from 28 stores to 24,000 (today).

Why Did You Have to Feed Your Soul?

Howard says he always had to have purpose greater than myself. He felt that whatever job he had, he needed to feel like he couldn’t wait to do it when he got up in the morning. And so it was with Starbucks. What motivated him each and every day was the fact that they weren’t serving customers, but human beings

It’s About Going From Success to Significance

What really matters is what you are contributing to the world. When you look back it’s not going to be about the money you made.

What are the Key Values for a Company and a Person?

It requires thought. The intention could always be about loving people. This required Howard to look inside himself and identify who he was as a person. Once one does that, it is amazing how you come together with others (connect) and how you get to live a more caring and productive life.

The Connection Between Great Leadership & Leading Through Values

Great leadership lives its values. Take children for example. Children don’t pay attention to what you say but what you DO. If you say you ‘care’ about people, what does that actually mean? People are not assets- but human beings. Howard wants to be known about nurturing the human spirit.

 

Howard’s mission is to live his life everyday nurturing and inspiring the human spirit of himself and others. He’s learned how to take care of himself- emotionally and spiritually. The mission of Starbucks truly resonated with him. It’s what mattered to him. Howard says, “We’re not in the coffee business serving people, but we’re in the people business serving coffee.”

People need to know what you are about. Howard has given the same speech of how it’s about people. You can’t get bored as a leader talking about what your mission is about if you truly believe in your message.

Practical and Actionable

Howard used to send birthday and company anniversary cards until they hit 10,000 people. He then would just send them out to management- which they trickled out to everyone else. He’d personally sign them with a little note even if he didn’t know them. People until this day still have the notes in their cubicles/offices. It doesn’t take much to show people care- other than that one extra second. Those kinds of messages stay with an organization forever.

Don’t just say how much you care. SHOW IT!

 

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How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do. I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Okay, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap… it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business. I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

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211 | Narrowing It Down to the Essential with Greg McKeown

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Are you busy? Are you pushing yourself to get it all done? Well, most of us a struggling to keep up with the opportunities we have now. And if we are not careful those good opportunities will keep us from what is most essential. Today I talk with Greg McKeown, author of NY Best Selling book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.  This is a call to maximize effort and productivity by eliminating the superfluous. We talk about narrowing down your life to the essentials.

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Target Audience: Greg serves capable curious and interested people who want to live a life that really matters but sometimes find themselves feeling like they have to do it all.

Why Greg wrote the book Essentialism

Greg came to an understanding in his journey that if one does not prioritize in their lives, someone else will do that for them. Out of that lesson and pain he experienced, came the question: “Why do so many people do so many things which lead them to feel stretched too thin?”


When there is an increase in success, there often comes an equal amount of options and opportunities. It can end up leading certain entrepreneurs into the endless pursuit of more. Success can become a catalyst for failure and you may lose that sweet spot.

 This is the cause of why small startups don’t achieve distinction against their competitors. We have to become successful at success – this is what the core of Essentialism is about.

What is an Essentialist?

An Essentialist is Somebody who chooses those things or items which are absolutely essential to the growth of their business. An Essentialist creates the space to explore and evaluate those items every day. Ask yourself, is it a hell yes, or a hell no? Eliminate the non essentials. This will allow  you to make executions in the most refined way possible. A system can be developed in a way that is then efficient.

 The Concept of “Priority”

This word came about in the Industrial Revolution. The word became pluralized later on. Something changed in our culture which caused the word to be changed. The birth of non- essentialism. We went from Connected to HYPER- Connected.

Practical and Actionable:

Take a few minutes every day to make an essential list of 6 important things to do. Place them in priority order. Then cross out the bottom 5. Take the top and do as much as you can to get it done. THEN move on to the next item.

 

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How is your business going…would you like to talk about it?

I love my audience of listeners. I really do.  I would love to help you in some way. I started doing calls with listeners and realized that it was a great way to understand you.

Ok, then I formalized the process to offer a Results Roadmap…it is a private one-on-one call with me about your business.  I want to help you see your roadmap with more clarity and confidence. Find out more about the Results Roadmap (it takes you to my personal website). This is not a sales pitch. Let me serve you.

A QUICK FAVOR

And lastly, please leave a rating and review for the Leaders in the Trenches on iTunes (or Stitcher) – it will help us in many ways, but it also inspires us to keep doing what we are doing here. Thank you in advance!

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166 | Relationships are Everything with Aaron Walker

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Aaron WalkerOur podcast guest Aaron Walker had all the money and “things” he could ever want until certain events in his life catalyzed him to shift his paradigm of thinking in big ways.What poses the pivotal question: “What do you want?” And at the end of the day, we all want the same thing: Relationships. Relationships bring meaning and color to our lives. Something that things and money could never offer. How do we build a life around what we want then? Lean into this episode where Aaron tells us HOW.

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119 | Not About to Quit with Lori Cheek

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119-lori-cheek-featuredHave you ever felt like quitting? Have you ever just wanted to give up on your dream of building your business? How about this one… you worked really hard for the chance to pitch your company and passion project to a group of investors with millions on national TV, yet it didn’t go your way. What would you do when those investors said “you should QUIT this project”? Lori Cheek shares her story of making it to Shark Tank (yes, the TV show) and being told to run from her business. Lori didn’t let it stop her, but she did make some changes to her business model to better fit today’s technology. Join me with the story of Lori and her journey when she said “I’m not about to quit.”

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Lori’s Target Audience: Includes singles looking to date or find a relationship

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117 | Mistakes, Pivots and Successes in 2014 with Gene Hammett

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117-gene-hammett-featuredNot many business owners are willing to share with you the mistakes they made in the past. I think it is out of fear of how they will be perceived. I think that sharing our vulnerable areas actually can help us connect to people that want to know you better before doing business with you. Therefore in this episode, I share with you the three mistakes I realized in 2014. One of these has been the catalyst to my own growth in 2014. I hope it will help you. I also give you my pivots too. A pivot is a shift in direction, not a change in strategy. Then I share the successes I have had in 2014 that include some clients, my goals and even what I have done with the podcast. Listen in to the episode and let me know what pivots you have taken from your mistakes.

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Gene’s Target Audience: Gene works with entrepreneurs who want to find the perfect match between their unique value and the people who will become their best clients and biggest fans.

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107 | Facing Your Fears with Gene Landrum

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107-GeneLandrum-featuredEveryone will have fears to face as they build their businesses. The battle of fear and courage is constant, because there are always new parts to explore. For some it is sales, others struggle with speaking to strangers, or maybe it is just raising your prices. The point is, fear is part of business. Gene Landrum, former president of Chuck E. Cheese restaurants, shares insights about fear that he has learned within the decade of his career building multiple businesses from the ground up. Watch out for some of the funny moments where Gene talks about fears that he encountered while launching Chuck E. Cheese restaurants.

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Gene’s Target Audience: Gene writes books and gives lectures for entrepreneurs to help them understand the trials and tribulations he’s been through in building his own businesses. His consulting work aims to help and empower individuals develop marketing plans, business opportunity analyses and licensing/franchising organization.

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101 | The Silent Fears of Entrepreneurs with Gene Hammett

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101-Gene-Hammett380x380No one- and I mean no one is immune to fear. If you are striving to reach a new level or looking to achieve a goal, then fear us something you inevitably feel within. Those who are successful distinguish themselves from the rest because rather than avoiding fear, they utilize it and as a result, build a sense of inner courage. Gene Hammett, the host of this podcast, shares the 10 silent fears of entrepreneurs and business owners. Gene also shares how to understand the fears you encounter. Listen in to this episode to learn more about the silent fears of entrepreneurs and what you can do about them.

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Gene’s Target audience: Gene works with entrepreneurs who want to find the perfect match between their unique value and the people who will become their best clients and biggest fans.

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