Dynasty Leadership Podcast

It's great if you can pick when you hand over the reins, but what if that time picks you? “Does your company consistently meet or beat the targets you set?" “Do you have the right team rowing in the right direction?" “Is there something going on in your market or company that threatens your growth? "Are you considering transitioning the leadership of the company?" “Is there a clearly articulated long-term strategy?" We specialize in guiding Family-owned businesses with 50-500 employees to become Succession ready.
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Mar 14, 2023

Pete Scherer is the CEO and a third-generational leader in the family business, Scherer bros. Lumber Co. Out of nearly 300 employees, there are currently four family members that work and lead within the company. In this episode, Pete explains how he leads and keeps the interests of the company aligned when he hears multiple visions and thoughts from different members of the family.


Key Takeaways:

[1:30] A little bit about Pete and his company, Scherer bros. Lumber Co.

[3:10] How does Pete structure the business?

[6:30] What trade-offs did previous generations have to make in order to make this company work?

[8:25] As Pete’s son currently works for the company, how does Pete bring children into the business?

[10:20] If you want to make a career out of the family business, the rules for family members become a lot tighter.

[13:00] The business is not obligated to keep you on if you’re not a good fit.

[16:20] Nepotism is always assumed. Whether it is or not. How does Pete work through this?

[19:40] How does the fourth generation address Pete? Do they ever use the word ‘Dad’ or ‘Uncle’?

[23:55] How are the boards of directors formed in Pete’s company?

[27:45] How do shareholders vote for new board members?

[32:50] Pete is constantly being humbled in the business. Pet projects and passion projects that weren’t able to be profitable have to get cut.


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Feb 13, 2023

Liz Wiseman is CEO of The Wiseman Group and teaches leadership to executives around the world. She is the author of three best-selling management books: Multipliers, The Multiplier Effect, and Rookie Smarts. She is out with her newest book, Impact Players, where she analyzes what makes someone truly stand out as a team leader. In this episode, she shares the five signs of an impact player, how they think differently, and how they have the ability to elevate everyone’s collective mood.


Key Takeaways:

[2:10] A little bit about Liz and her company.

[3:20] Why are some leaders able to unlock their employee’s potential and other people seem to struggle?

[5:10] We are products of our environment. You can make a difference, but your environment can shape how you make that difference.

[7:10] Liz wanted to look at people who were doing a great job vs. an extraordinary job and understand what they were doing differently.

[8:00] There are five characteristics/situations that create an impact player.

[11:20] How do we make this workload easier for everyone? This is a question impact players often ask.

[17:45] Liz shares a little bit about her background in Silicon Valley and some of the key lessons she’s learned.

[21:10] Through Liz’s research, she made a list of credibility killers and credibility builders from what managers want in an employee.

[27:45] What should you do if you’ve made a mistake? Admit it!

[32:05] Managers don’t really want to manage people. They want people to come up with solutions.

[35:55] Working hard is not the same as creating impact. Liz dives into this further.

[39:30] Liz offers advice on how to write more effective emails that get people responding!

[40:25] Before you start working hard on something, make sure you first understand the assignment.


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Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact, by Liz Wiseman

Jan 9, 2023

Tom Fallenstein is the CEO and Founder of and allowed one of his C-suite members to explore other career opportunities while still on the job. Tom takes a different perspective when it comes to letting his staff explore their dreams and interests. In this episode, you’ll learn why it might be a good thing for members of your team to have a split focus, and some of the benefits it might bring to you and your company. 


Key Takeaways:

[2:10] A little bit about Tom and his company

[4:15] Tom allowed one of his own executives to branch out and start his own company while ‘on the job’. Tom shares his thought process behind this decision. 

[6:50] We’re entrepreneurs, we’re going to have an itch to do new things. Instead of limiting it, it should be rewarded. 

[7:20] The good thing about letting your executives wander is that they bring back a new set of knowledge and skill sets that they’re learning at other companies. 

[8:20] Is Tom ever worried that his executives’ attention is going to be spent elsewhere? 

[10:45] Honesty and communication is key in any leadership role you’re in. 

[12:10] Tom has an executive assistant that has stated a side hustle, also. 

[14:00] Tom gets enjoyment out of helping others succeed and win. 

[14:40] Has Tom had conversations about boundaries with his more entrepreneurial staff? 

[15:30] What mistakes should other leaders be aware of and should avoid making? 

[17:20] How does Tom handle the conversation around Intellectual Property?

[19:50] How does an employee get the conversation started in a healthy way to their employer? 


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Dec 12, 2022
Mackenzie Doheny is an Executive Assistant (EA) with over 20 years of experience working with C-Suite executives, presidents, and founders in the non-profit, private, and public spaces. In addition, she has over 10 years of experience hiring, training, and managing administrative assistants – both to work on her team and to support other executives. In this episode, Mackenzie explains why every executive needs a little bit of virtual support from their EA.


Key Takeaways:

[1:50] A little bit about Mackenzie and her services.

[3:15] When should leaders get an executive assistant?

[4:50] How did Mackenzie get into this space?

[8:50] Mackenzie has seen it all. Some executives are so overwhelmed that things are just slipping through the cracks.

[11:00] How should an EA handle an executive’s inbox?

[13:00] The EA should take the initiative when it comes to taking control of the leader’s calendar and schedule.

[17:55] When executives are able to get out of the weeds of their inbox and calendar, so much of their brain space opens up.

[21:35] What are some of the biggest mistakes that leaders make with their EA?

[24:00] Don’t have an EA? Take an inventory of what happened in the last 7‒10 days.


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Nov 7, 2022

Stefan Du Toit is the CEO of Paradise Yacht Management, the leading Caribbean term charter management company, strategically based in the Virgin Islands. When COVID-19 hit, many CEOs were faced with a tough decision and had to completely restructure their organization. In this episode, Stefan shares how he thought through this dilemma and why he chose to lead his company from afar when things went into lockdown. He offers what he learned from this experience and some of the best ways to execute this method.


Key Takeaways:

[1:50] A little bit about Stefan and his business.

[9:30] How did Stefan get involved in the yacht business?

[13:05] COVID-19 had a big influence on having this role be remote.

[13:50] It’s very important to have a vision and be aligned with it.

[15:35] This business has to be a trust-based organization. Stefan explains why.

[17:25] Stefan has tried to create a culture where people can confess or admit their mistakes. This is a big benefit.

[20:15] How does Stefan structure his meetings throughout the organization?

[27:15] You have to take the ego out when you’re a leader. In a lot of situations, you need to get out of the way.

[28:15] Stefan was able to calculate supply chain issues and costs ended up going down because of this pivot.

[32:45] A company can only absorb so much change at a time. If you overload it, everything can fall apart.

[37:50] How can you influence culture and make it part of everyone’s ethos?

[43:15] Stefan offers his highlights on what makes a good leader.

[44:00] What kind of mistakes has Stefan learned over the years?


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Oct 10, 2022

Jennifer Zick is the Founder and CEO of Authentic Brand, a community of Fractional CMOs who help growing businesses Overcome Random Acts of Marketing™ and confidently take the next right step to build revenue. In this episode, Jennifer shares how a fractional CMO can help revitalize your business when you’re in the middle of the growth stages. She offers a seven-part framework to help break out of any marketing funk you might have.


Key Takeaways:

[2:20] A little bit about Jennifer and her business.

[2:50] For a startup, what are the core executive roles in the very beginning?

[5:10] When does it make sense to hire a fractional CMO?

[9:50] There are seven key steps to reaching authentic marketing growth.

[15:00] How does Jennifer stress-test a company’s ambitious marketing goal?

[18:00] After setting clear goals, it’s about setting clear priorities.

[22:15] What do you do when a more dominant and aggressive competitor steps in and is stealing all of your business?

[27:40] How do Jennifer and her team think about marketing strategy?

[29:55] What is a lead? It’s important you define it clearly.

[34:20] You should be thinking about your organization like a baseball team.

[38:40] You need to track all of your marketing outlets!

[41:50] Don’t guess at how to build a marketing team.

[45:00] Jennifer would love to get in touch! Reach out to her on LinkedIn!


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Sep 12, 2022

Lior Geft is the CEO at Mabbly, a full-service digital marketing agency that helps a wide range of businesses scale and grow. Because of Lior’s background as a recruiter, Lior wanted not only the best out of his people, but to create sustainable processes around the work that they did so that they could be kept accountable and grow. In this episode, we find out what Lior’s interview process is to vet and find talent, how they measure employee success, and so much more!


Key Takeaways:

[1:20] How do you minimize turnover and create accountability with your team?

[3:05] A little bit about Lior and how he got his start.

[5:00] Lior has a five-step process to vet whether a potential candidate is good.

[7:30] Do you have a clear picture of what the needs are in the business? If so, out of that long list, what is your potential employee going to be accountable for?

[9:45] Who will be onboarding this person? Although it’s important to hold their hand through the first 90 days, that doesn’t mean that a new person is set up for success.

[10:40] If you have somebody who’s invested in this new candidate’s success in the beginning, the onboarding and training process is a lot easier and more manageable for the new hire.

[13:40] When you develop a list of responsibilities, it can often feel like that list just keeps growing and growing for that person who is training the new hire. You set both the trainer and the trainee up for failure.

[18:45] How do you find the right candidate?

[23:10] Lior reveals one of his favorite interview questions.

[27:05] What does Lior do when there are concerns over a new hire?

[32:40] It’s important to set the tone with the new candidate that you are excited that they’re joining the company.

[36:30] When you welcome overachievers that care about what they do, they crave feedback.

[37:25] Lior has cultivated a culture of giving praise.

[40:30] What are some of the biggest mistakes Lior has done himself/sees others doing?

[43:50] Remember that this is not a perfect process.


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Aug 8, 2022

David Garcia is the CEO and Founder of ScoutLogic, a pre-employment background screening company. David is also the Senior Advisor for Norwest Venture Partners, where he helps provide his expertise on sales, marketing, operations strategy, and more. David offers insight in this week’s episode on what venture capital firms are looking for when they’re about to make an offer, or acquisition, on a company. He also offers advice on what Founders should be doing if they’re looking to exit out of their company. 


Key Takeaways:

[1:40] What do you do when you’re getting ready to put your company on the market? And more important, what do buyers look for? 

[3:35] What types of companies does Norwest Venture Partners prefer to acquire? 

[4:55] David has not seen hiring slow down at all at his background screening company. 

[8:00] You’d be surprised to know that management and finance don’t always have a clear picture of their own finances. 

[11:00] What is the number one thing that destroys your credibility as a company when a venture capital firm is looking to buy? 

[15:00] The last thing you want is for your customers to hear it from someone else that you’re being acquired.

[18:55] What are some of the best ways to tell your company’s story to an investor? 

[21:55] For a lot of investors, it’s more than the dollar and cents amount. They want to see how the leadership works, and how the customers respond to your company. 

[22:10] When does it make sense for a founder to think about their own role in the company? 

[25:55] What do you do if staff have equity in the company? 

[26:35] What are the most likely jobs that could be put at risk? 

[30:10] David shares his thoughts on who your outside advisory team should be in this process. 

[34:45] What are some of the most common mistakes business owners make? 

[37:55] No matter what, you want a clean story for your business so that you can get the maximum profits out of this. 


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Jul 11, 2022

Dr. Zach Schaefer is the Founder and CEO of Spark The Discussion. He is also a Speaker, Author, Professor, and Consultant. Spark specializes in diagnosing, designing, and deploying a variety of workplace programs focused on solving internal talent challenges from hire to retire. Dr. Zach shares that the problems you’re dealing with in business are only a symptom to a bigger problem, and that’s a behavioral problem. When you can facilitate a conversation of healthy conflict and solve the behavioral problem, things run a lot smoother in the company! 


Key Takeaways:

[1:55] Properly structured conflict is a business person’s most useful tool. 

[3:20] World class organizations figure out how to create healthy conflict, but not stay in it.

[5:00] Emotional volatility can be a real issue among CEOs. 

[6:20] Although one of Dr. Zach’s clients was seeing a healthy amount of growth within the company, the workplace culture was horrible. People were miserable. 

[8:10] High-driven CEOs can also have a ‘swing for the fences’ kind of personality where they take calculated risks, but also have a hard time letting go of control.  

[10:15] CEOs who don’t want to let go of control need to remind themselves what they’re working towards. 

[11:45] Dr. Zach noticed that when there’s a conflict, 3 out of 4 times, it’s not a business issue. It’s a behavioral issue. 

[12:55] Trying to understand ‘what happened’ or who made the mistake is the easiest part. It’s what comes after that isn’t; emotions and identity. 

[14:15] When does it make sense for Dr. Zach to help in and facilitate healthy conflict?

[19:35] What’s Dr. Zach’s work style and process when working with executives?

[25:25] Dr. Zach doesn’t do virtual consultations. He believes it’s important to be in the room together. 

[31:00] After a dialogue has been opened, how does Dr. Zach help his clients continue to do the necessary ‘people work’ without him?

[33:15] It’s not about what a CEO can’t do, it’s about what they have to stop doing. 

[36:15] Dr. Zach shares the concept of ‘Meeting Stew’ and ‘Conflict Chili’.

[39:40] Dr. Zach recommends you do ‘trust rankings’ on your leadership team to get a gauge on what everyone is feeling. 

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Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone

What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith

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Jun 13, 2022

Marc Reifenrath is the CEO and Co-Founder at Spinutech, a National Digital Agency focusing on digital marketing, web design, and web development with five locations. Marc has been able to not only retain his talent, but he’s generated a 0% turnover rate in the last 10 years. He shares in this episode the importance of core values and culture to maintain a strong company even when it’s being acquired/merged. 


Key Takeaways:

[:55] We’re often trying to look for the best people, but right now many employers are looking for people period. 

[2:15] People are your biggest asset. Marc has made it 10 years with no turn over. 

[4:45] Great talent isn’t always looking. They tend to be pretty happy where they already are. 

[5:20] Marc shares how he entices great talent to come work for him. 

[8:00] Marc’s company has scaled drastically since the merger. Finding A-level talent is a conscious effort. 

[10:15] Because Marc works with well-known brands that have large demands, the team has to adapt quickly and grow with those challenges. 

[10:40] What metrics does Marc and his team track? 

[11:25] Marc wants his team taking PTO every 90 days. 

[12:25] Why did Marc decide to merge his company and what were some of his wins in that process?

[14:45] What are Marc’s core values?

[19:55] Marc breaks down why these core values are so important to the company. 

[20:40] Your worst clients will try to fire your best clients.

[22:10] Marc makes sure that the new hire is a culture fit first and foremost. 

[25:50] Marc shares his advice on how to retain good talent.


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May 9, 2022

Michael Sahota is a Speaker, Trainer, and Consultant on Evolutionary Leadership. He is the founder and CEO of SHIFT314 Inc., a boutique training and consulting organization that specializes in the organizational, cultural, and leadership shifts needed to unlock success. In this episode, Michael focuses on how to lead during times of intense change and how to maintain a healthy culture as more workforces get disrupted by COVID-19.


Key Takeaways:

[:55] Covid has hit a lot of businesses hard, which has made it difficult to maintain a healthy company culture.

[1:30] A little bit about Michael and his work.

[3:00] Michael wanted to answer the question, “How do you inspire people to do good work?”

[3:40] What does a “traditional” manager really do, and what role does a leader play?

[5:30] Many organizations are happy to float on the “status quo” line.

[8:15] We need to think about culture differently.

[8:30] How do leaders instill good values in our people and our organization?

[11:50] How do you tell the truth? And what do you do when you work with people who don’t want the truth?

[12:45] There are four pieces to Michael’s Evolutionary Leadership framework.

[16:20] Not happy with your organization’s performance? It starts with you.

[19:10] It’s important when embarking on this work, for managers to shift their mindset.

[22:10] Everyone knows it’s about relationships, but how does a leader get better at that? What do they need to focus on?

[25:00] Managers are so focused on the “to-dos” instead of focusing on the optimization.

[28:00] How do you build leaders around you?


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Leading Beyond Change: A Practical Guide to Evolving Business Agility, by Michael Sahota and Audree Tara Sahota

Apr 11, 2022

Steve Burks is the CEO of Burks Search, a member of the Sanford Rose Associates, and has a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He comes from a career in the specialty chemicals and coatings industry, where he served in both technical and sales/marketing positions. He was also involved in the launch of three ground-floor start-up businesses during his career. In this episode, he helps us understand and resolve the challenge of the great resignation. He shares some best practices in how to look for and retain number twos in the business.


Key Takeaways:

[2:25] Steve talks a little bit about his business, Burks Search.

[3:30] Steve looked into the trend lines and started an informal market survey to understand the reasons why number twos leave their companies.

[4:35] Steven shares what kind of challenges CEOs are having today. He’s identified six key issues.

[5:20] How can CEOs figure out if number twos align with the company vision and see if their relationship would work?

[7:00] Steve shares that the major issue when hiring a number two is if the CEO is ready to let go.

[10:05] Are there no good people out there? Steve challenges the hiring process in making the right fit.

[11:00] Todd asks Steve what decision-making means in his pre-boarding process.

[12:20] It’s best to clearly define who can make the decision. Steve expands on this further and shares some examples.

[14:45] Steve also shares some example scenarios where financial issues arise and how they can be managed before the hiring is made.

[16:35] It’s best to put somebody into a role that they’re going to feel challenged and will be successful at.

[17:35] How do we identify if someone fits with the company culture?

[18:20] The number two needs to be a good social fit for the CEO. Steve explains why.

[20:30] Steve also talks about senior-level family members and how they can be a challenge to the number twos.

[23:00] Steve shares why it’s important to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the whole executive team when identifying a number two.

[25:10] It’s also important for the number two to understand the strengths and weaknesses of this team because they will report to him/her.

[27:00] Steve talks about the importance of building trust between the CEO and the number two earlier on. He shares how this impacts a number two’s retention.

[30:50] The CEO’s transparency can have a tremendous impact on the growth of the company. Steve explains how.


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Mar 7, 2022

Melissa Johnson is the co-founder of Entrepreneurs Bancshares, Inc., a bank geared specifically to entrepreneurs. She used to work with Highland Bank as the Senior Vice President bringing with her years of banking experience. Today, Melissa debunks some of the myths of a trusted adviser, offers advice on what clients should expect from a good banking relationship, and the difference between a community business bank model and a commercial one.


Key Takeaways:

[1:35] A little bit about Melissa and the new bank she is launching.

[2:40] Melissa shares a bit of her background and the journey through her career.

[3:25] Why are there not a lot of banks that have a community business bank model?

[4:30] Melissa shares what it’s like opening a brand new bank.

[5:21] In the world of commercial banking, what are the three things you can expect from a good bank?

[6:50] Aside from money, what benefits would entrepreneurs receive from a bank like theirs?

[8:30] What is forbearance? Melissa explains.

[9:45] Melissa shares an example to explain what a trusted adviser is to her.

[11:30] What kinds of things does Melissa do to get to know her clients’ business and help her become a better adviser?

[13:50] How does Melissa help her clients think about the long term?

[16:05] If Melissa was a business owner and she was looking for a bank, what would she do?

[18:40] Melissa shares the difference between regional banks and how they work.

[20:05] How long does it take a banker to know if a loan should push through? Melissa shares what can be expected from a good and experienced banker.

[22:34] How does Melissa deliver bad news to her clients if a loan doesn’t push through?

[24:30] Melissa also talks about the objective behind gaining understanding if the bank is the right fit for the entrepreneur.

[26:55] Melissa matches her client’s calendar as to where their acquisitions are headed. What is it like following through with them?

[28:10] Two of the biggest mistakes in banking fall under poor communication and poor planning. Melissa expounds further on how this can happen.

[29:45] Melissa also talks about what is a 1031 exchange.

[30:25] What would Melissa recommend to entrepreneurs to help them prepare to set up a new banking relationship?

[32:40] Melissa also talks about her seminars, the more recent one called Business Performance Series.


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Feb 7, 2022

Nathan Dey was a first-time CEO for Navegate, a shipping and logistics company, which later got acquired under his guidance. Nathan shares his experiences of what it was like being a first-time CEO, some of the mistakes and challenges he was faced with, and how he adapted based on new market changes. He also offers advice and wisdom to young CEOs, in this week’s episode! 


Key Takeaways:

[1:45] What was it like being a CEO for the first time?

[8:15] When Nathan took over, he wasn’t as familiar with the market conditions. He faced challenges after his first quarter. 

[13:25] Nathan had a team member who had reached their peak in the organization. What did Nathan decide to do? 

[15:20] Nathan realizes that he probably should have spent more time on hiring good people, and been quicker in firing the bad ones. 

[18:45] Nathan shares some day-to-day challenges he and the team faced. 

[22:00] Dive into your board members. If you’re not using their expertise, you’re missing out on a whole wealth of knowledge. 

[26:25] Want to further your knowledge as a business leader? You need to have a coach. 

[28:30] Nathan was vastly under-resourced to solve one of the company’s biggest challenges. He shares how he transformed the business to meet that goal. 

[33:40] Nathan ended up delivering a great return for his investors and for his dedicated team. 

[35:20] As a new leader, really take 3-6three to six months to learn about the organization. 

[36:40] What’s next for Nathan? 


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Jan 10, 2022

Kathleen Crandall is an expert on personal branding, an engaging keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, a speaker coach and message development expert, and the Founder of Know My Impact. She is known for helping people understand, elevate, and leverage the impact of their image, their words, and the experience of knowing them or working with them. In today’s episode, Todd talks to Kathy about how you can get the right people to find you for the right reasons and the right places.


Key Takeaways:

[2:15] A little bit about Kathy’s business and how she got there.

[4:50] Kathy shares how you can talk about yourself without having to say your job title.

[6:55] Todd shares his own experience with Kathy where she was able to help build his personal brand.

[7:15] Talking about LinkedIn, Todd asks Kathy how to build your profile correctly to attract the right audience.

[10:45] Kathy talks about the key pieces in LinkedIn and what they look for in our profiles.

[11:40] Headline is Number One. Kathy shares some tips on how to write a better one.

[13:40] Current and past roles, as well as the services you provide if you are a consultant or business owner, have a great impact on the search results in LinkedIn.

[15:10] Last but not least, Kathy also talks about the “About Me” section of your profile and its importance.

[16:40] Kathy also talks about the top skills you have on your profile and how to view that when it’s converted to PDF.

[18:30] What is an applicant tracking system? Kathy also shares more insights about this.

[22:10] LinkedIn vs Monster vs. other online job search networks. Which tool is mostly used by recruiters?

[23:25] Quality over quantity. Kathy shares how you can best use virtual networks to get the right connections.

[24:45] Kathy also talks about the SEO strategies that are applied in LinkedIn and how you can take advantage of them.

[27:30] What are the common mistakes Kathy has seen executives have made in their personal brands?

[29:40] Kathy also talks about an article she shared about Elon Musk and his philosophy about people and employees that made her look at him differently.

[30:30] Kathy wraps up by sharing key takeaways for the listeners to put them on the right path in their job search.


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Dec 14, 2021

Lisa Forrest is the Co-Director of Sponsored and Search Fund Lending at Live Oak Bank. Business loans are a hot topic right now. Many business owners are thinking about leveraging debt to grow or acquire a business, but is this option right for you? In this episode, Lisa shares what you need to know about these two types of loans and when it makes sense for you to take leverage out based on your situation. 


Key Takeaways:

[1:50] What’s the difference between an SBA loan, sponsored, and search fund?

[7:55] A little bit about Lisa and her background in financing. 

[14:00] What types of people are applying for these kinds of loans? 

[17:20] Lisa shares what you should look out for and risks to consider before you take out a loan. 

[20:40] When you have a potential business buyer, what happens next? 

[24:25] How much equity should an entrepreneur/business owner be thinking about? 

[26:45] How does Lisa and her team help business owners with their loan? 

[29:00] Lisa shares her wisdom and what some common mistakes are out there to avoid. 

[30:50] Finding that perfect business is a grind. You need to get to as many transaction reviews as you can. 


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Nov 8, 2021

Sean Tyler Foley is a trained Safety Trainer and Auditor. Through his teachings and his 30+ years of experience as an actor, he learned how to package information in an engaging way. Today, he is the author of The Power to Speak Naked, and a keynote speaker. In this episode, Tyler breaks down what it takes to present your ideas on a public stage and shares effective communication strategies you can use today in your business. 


Key Takeaways:

[1:50] A little bit about Tyler and how he got started in speaking. 

[7:10] How did Tyler go from performer to safety auditor? 

[9:00] To Tyler, jumping out a window is way scary than speaking on stage! 

[13:35] Tyler shares what it was like to perform on a stage as a child. 

[17:10] Grief is a universal feeling. Tyler lost his father at a young age and saw his mother sacrifice a lot for him and his siblings. 

[24:25] Why are people so afraid of public speaking? Why don’t they want to go back on stage after they do it the first time? 

[26:00] You need positive reinforcement when it comes to speaking publicly. The best way to do that is to find a group you can practice with. 

[29:10] Some of the best stories happen within 20-30 seconds. Just look at commercials! Tyler shares an example of what this looks like. 

[33:35] Everyone wants to be Luke Skywalker when telling their story. Everyone wants to be a hero. The problem is, we’re not Luke. We are Obi-Wan Kenob, so we need to tell the story like him.

[35:40] What’s one thing someone can do today to tell their story in a better way? 


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The Power to Speak Naked: How to Speak with Confidence, Communicate Effectively, and Win Your Audience by Sean Tyler Foley

Oct 11, 2021

Shannon Byrne Susko has over 20+ years experience building and leading high-growth technology companies in the financial services industry.  She co-founded, served as CEO, and led the sale of the two companies less than six years apart, and she is the creator of the 3HAG. In this week’s episode, Shannon talks about her latest book, Metronomics. Her custom system that helps teams scale and grow. 


Key Takeaways:

[1:50] A little bit about Shannon and how she got started in her career.

[3:20] Shannon was looking for a system to help her get organized in her business.

[4:25] You have both hard-edge and soft-edge systems in your business. Shannon shares what these two worlds look like.

[9:10] Don’t get your team hooked on the latest ‘flavor of the month’ when it comes to internal team development and main company focus.

[11:15] How does Metronomics fit into other company frameworks like EOS or Scaling Up? 

[12:30] When it comes to entrepreneurship, you never truly graduate from the program; you just get better.

[18:10] It’s important to have empathy for where you are at in your business. 

[19:30] If you’re feeling stuck, don’t worry. Every single leader has been where you are. They all get stuck. 

[23:00] Does Metronomics work for smaller scale companies? 

[26:55] How do you have an ‘open playing field’ when trying to win at business? 

[30:35] What kind of mistakes does Shannon see entrepreneurs and business leaders make? 

[31:25] It took Shannon longer to get to where she wanted to go because she was stuck on ‘doing it herself’. 

[33:25] Shannon shares a little bit about the previous books she has written, and who they’re for. 


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Scaling Leadership by Robert J. Anderson and William A. Adams

Sep 13, 2021

John Martinka, also known as the Escape Artist, helps business owners exit with style, grace, and more money. He is also the author of, Getting the Deal Done. As a business broker, he helps his clients find the best business deals that fit within their expertise. In this week’s episode, John talks about his process and what he looks for in a business that he wishes to acquire.


Key Takeaways:

[1:35] A little bit about John and how he became a business broker.

[3:15] What types of clients does John like to work with?

[5:15] John works with a lot of folks who work in corporate America. What types of businesses are they interested in acquiring?

[6:15] Don’t focus on the particular business industry, look for a business where you can use your skills.

[7:20] How does John find companies that want to sell?

[10:15] Want to sell? You have to get rid of owner dependencies.

[12:00] Not only is it important for John’s clients to be on board with a business purchase, but their spouse does too. It is a team effort, in the end.

[13:20] Remember, don’t do things you know your employees can do. Delegation is key.

[17:40] Sellers often don’t do their due diligence on their buyers. It’s a two-way street!

[18:05] What questions should sellers be asking their buyers?

[21:10] Finding a business to buy is a lot like marketing; you always have to be looking for prospects/working at it.

[23:55] What should buyers consider before pulling the trigger?

[26:15] You might be an expert in XYZ, but everyone has blind spots. You need an outside perspective on whether this is a good investment deal. It doesn’t matter how experienced you might be.


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Getting the Deal Done: Tips & Strategies to Get Your Business Buy-Sell Deal Done—Successfully, by John Martinka

Aug 9, 2021

In this week’s episode, we have a repeat guest, Mike Smerklo! He is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Next Coast Ventures and the author of the book, Mr. Monkey and Me, a survival guide for entrepreneurs and a must-read! Mike is back to talk about boards and how a young entrepreneur or a recently appointed CEO can take full advantage of the extensive experience at their fingertips.


Key Takeaways:

[2:25] Leading a board is intimidating, especially as a new entrepreneur and CEO.

[4:10] What is the “mushroom philosophy”?

[8:25] As a new CEO, what should you do to get to know your existing board after a takeover?

[12:00] In the decades Mike has been in this field, he has never seen a board take a “formal vote” on something. That’s what happens in the movies.

[15:45] If you want to avoid a mushroom cloud, ask questions and be proactive.

[18:45] What should a CEO expect from their board?

[20:40] At the end of the day, a board’s job is to make sure the CEO is still a good and capable leader.

[23:20] You have a great team backing you; use them as a sounding board.

[26:25] When does it make sense to rotate a board member out?

[30:20] How do you respectfully disagree and/or be diplomatic with your board?

[32:45] Managing a board can seem like a big time commitment, but it’s part of the CEO’s job to make sure expectations and leadership alignment are in order.

[37:00] What are some of the common mistakes new CEOs make with their boards?

[37:40] Boil your slides down to what’s working, what’s not, and so what?

[40:55] Surround yourself with smart people who you might not always agree with to help you see your blindspots.


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Mike on the Dynasty Leadership Podcast

Jul 12, 2021

Rick Brimacomb is the Founder of the Venture Capital Firm, Brimacomb Capital. He looks for entrepreneurs who have generated strong end-user demand by investing their own resources, hard work, and heart into their product! In this week's episode, Rick shares what makes an investment firm want to invest and bet on you and your company.


Key Takeaways:

[1:35] What does it take to make your company 'invest-able'?

[2:50] Rick shares a little bit about his journey and how he got into venture capital.

[4:00] Not only is Rick an investor, but he is also a business coach and wants to help entrepreneurs succeed. He shares what his coaching style is like.

[8:15] What kind of companies does Rick like to work with?

[10:00] When Rick is about to analyze a business for growth potential, what does he look for?

[12:15] Rick has worked with a lot of first-time CEOs in the past, which means they need a little more hands-on coaching about the rules of business despite their extensive industry and technical knowledge.

[15:30] Rich shares the types of things he thinks about when looking at a new business. It's not just about analyzing growth opportunities in the market, it's also about seeing if the business is in the best position for success to get to that market.

[17:55] Everyone has gaps, especially early stage companies. Their team might not be fully fledged out yet. It's Rick's job to understand what those gaps are and fill those in quickly.

[21:15] What does it look like to work with Rick?

[27:15] Rick shares the sweet spot of where a company needs to be to maximize growth potential.

[33:00] Rick shares his exit strategy and how he helps manage a graceful exit out of some of these companies.

[38:10] Don't get stuck in the status quo. Take risks, calculated risks, to achieve greatness.

[42:15] What is a scorecard and how can it help you?

[45:15] Best piece of advice to make the most impact in your business? Build a scorecard right away.



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Jun 7, 2021

Mike Smerklo is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, and business leader driven by the desire to turn ideas into reality. Having bought and scaled a small business into a publicly-traded company worth nearly a billion dollars, he has a deep understanding of the hard work, dedication, and grit that truly powers successful entrepreneurship. Mike shares the ups and downs of his entrepreneurial journey, and why he decided to write a book to help other entrepreneurs get over their fear and doubt about themselves, and the type of company they’re trying to build.


Key Takeaways:

[2:25] Mike talks about his book and why the proceeds are going to charity!

[3:35] Mike really struggled with imposter syndrome throughout his career.

[5:45] Entrepreneurship books fall into two camps: Tactical advice or rags to riches stories that make you feel kind of bad.

[8:35] Throughout Mike’s career, he was plagued with negative self-talk and inner voices. He didn’t have a lot of good role models growing up, and his book wanted to highlight ways to get over that voice of “not being enough.”

[11:50] Self-awareness might be the most important attribute for an entrepreneur.

[14:15] How do you know if a leader has self-awareness?

[16:00] All successful business owners ask for help. There is no shame in that!

[21:25] How can leaders be more authentic?

[23:50] It’s okay to not have all the answers for your team.

[28:15] Your entrepreneurial journey doesn’t get easier, it gets different.

[32:50] As a board member, how does Mike coach his leaders to rally their people and move in the right direction?

[37:00] Struggling with a particular task? Go find someone who has done it recently. Get good people around you.

[39:00] The biggest thing an entrepreneur can do is to stay focused.


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Mr. Monkey and Me: A Real Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs, by Mike Smerklo

May 10, 2021

Terry Moore has earned his reputation as a “bulldog lawyer” by being aggressive, tenacious, and practical. With over 30 years of experience representing businesses and individuals, Terry has become the business divorce lawyer of choice. His recent book, The Bulldog Guide to Business Divorce, dives into what you should be thinking through to protect yourself and your business!


Key Takeaways:

[2:00] Terry shares how he became a business divorce lawyer.

[3:00] Marriage is easy when everything goes great. Business goes the same way.

[3:25] COVID-19 gave business owners a whole new stress level never seen before.

[9:00] Are you and your business partner aligned on where you’d like the business to go?

[11:00] What kind of clients does Terry work with? He shares some nightmare situations that business owners have had to go through.

[18:15] Want to avoid a business divorce? Here’s what you need to be thinking about.

[21:35] What happens if you or your business partner gets sick and can’t perform their duties?

[25:45] Make sure your agreements, in the beginning, are clear and signed!

[27:00] Calling a lawyer too late doesn’t mean they can’t help you, but it does mean it can be a bit more complex, and expensive.

[29:00] What are some of the steps you can take to better protect your business?


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Apr 12, 2021

Steve Van Remortel is the Founder and Chief Strategy and Talent Advisor for Stop The Vanilla, a company that develops leaders to achieve their business goals, and helps them find the right talent for their organization. In this episode, Steve shares his three-part framework to how you find exceptional talent that’s right for your organization.


Key Takeaways:

[2:20] How did Steve discover his passion for strategy and cultivating talent?

[3:00] Steve helps companies fix their number one problem, which is finding the right talent for their organization.

[4:00] Want good talent? The first step is to create your vision.

[7:50] Why is a customer going to choose you? And pay you more for it?

[9:40] What does a good vision look like?

[15:20] Talent is the biggest roadblock to an organization’s success. Talent management is critical. Don’t leave talent up to chance.

[16:25] How do you stop “winging it” when it comes to hiring new talent?

[18:35] You can’t outsource your talent development plan. You have to do it internally.

[22:00] HR is often considered “an afterthought.” How do leaders get better in this arena when they have so much else going on?

26:20] How can leaders best help their employees outside of work?

[28:10] Every leader needs to manage their emotional intelligence. Own your own issues.

[30:50] What are the three steps a leader should be thinking about today?


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Stop Selling Vanilla Ice Cream: The Scoop on Increasing Profit by Differentiating Your Company Through Strategy and Talent, by Steve Van Remortel

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Mar 5, 2021

Eric Harkins is the President and Founder of  GKG Search & Consulting, a Minneapolis-based consulting firm that helps organizations get talent, keep talent, and grow talent. He is the author of the new book, Great Leaders Make Sure Monday Morning Doesn’t Suck!


Key Takeaways:

[1:00] Great culture starts from the top!

[2:45] A little bit about Eric and what he does for his clients.

[4:25] Eric considers himself pretty lucky that he got to work with some bad leaders!

[5:30] Never let A players work with C players. What does Eric mean by that?

[6:45] Eric always asks leaders: How do you create a culture that high-performers want to be a part of?

[9:55] You can change culture by focusing on changing Monday.

[11:05] You have to let your low-performing key players go. It’s a hard pill to swallow.

[13:55] How do you create a culture of high-performers?

[17:55] We are in a highly competitive world, which means there’s a lot more pressure to perform as a leader.

[21:45] Being a manager is one of the best jobs you can have in your career… when you are working with highly motivated and top-tier people.

[25:35] Notice your words: do you often use “we,” as in we the company or “they,” as in they the bosses.

[29:55] Eric gives you a different perspective on how you should be looking at turnover.

[33:15] One of Eric’s clients realized that half of their leaders wouldn’t fit into their long-term solution model.

[36:05] Your highest performing person might not make for a good leader!

[38:55] Leadership really isn’t that hard. We as people just like to make it harder than it needs to be.


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Great Leaders Make Sure Monday Morning Doesn’t Suck: A guide to building great workplace culture, by Eric Harkins

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