CEO Confidential
The Vulnerable Leader - Ben Bebenroth - Episode # 003

The Vulnerable Leader - Ben Bebenroth - Episode # 003

June 8, 2021

We all are faced with stressful situations at one point or another. It is our reactions and next steps that help mold the future of our company and yourself. Ben Bebenroth, Chef/Owner of Spice Kitchen + Bar, Spice Catering Co., and Spice Acres Farm, shares his story of how to pivot a highly stressful situation into an opportunity for personal and company growth.

Spice Hospitality Group offers local food focused restaurants, catering, and foraging from their Spice Acres Farm. They strive to change how people connect with food through sustainable agriculture.

 

Takeaways 

  • It’s ok to be vulnerable and let yourself feel your emotions. When you encounter a stressful situation, be mindful and take a step back before tackling the issue.
  • It is important to develop a sense of self awareness while encountering stressful situations. How are your actions or reactions affecting your team?
  • Behind every emotion distress is fear. It is what drives emotional outbursts, reactions, and responses. What is your modality of operating? Are you navigating situations through love or fear?
  • “There is no miracle hire that is going to save a company. If you are managing and leading from fear, it’s gonna crumble. You cannot grow a business and attract positive people and energy with that negative wavelength.” ~Ben
  • “The vulnerable leader enables and encourages his entire team to be equally vulnerable.” ~Ben
  • It is one thing to be vulnerable, but it’s another thing to be able to filter a moment and show up for someone else. Support your team by checking in with them on a personal level.

 

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Owning Your Values - Leslie Zinn - Episode # 002

Owning Your Values - Leslie Zinn - Episode # 002

June 4, 2021

Sticking to your company values is crucial to building a brand and protecting the integrity of your product or service. Leslie Zinn, Owner of Arden’s Garden, shares her story on owning her values through the thick and thin of it.

Arden’s Garden is Atlanta’s premier fresh juice manufacturer. Over the last 26 years, it has grown from bringing wellness to the local community to now being available in 1500 stores across six states. The 170+ team at Arden’s Garden is dedicated to providing pure and healthy juices, smoothies and plant-based foods for consumers.

 

Takeaways 

  • “The biggest lesson learned is don’t ever give up. You have got to keep pushing forward.” ~Leslie
  • Consistently doing the right thing and not cutting corners pays off in the long run.
  • Have well defined core values within your organization.
  • Stay true to your company's core values, especially when making big decisions for your product or service.
  • “Do the right thing just because it’s the right thing. For no other reason. You got that path and you follow it. It makes life so much easier.” ~Leslie

 

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Navigating Hiring Hazards - Lee Stacey - Episode # 001

Navigating Hiring Hazards - Lee Stacey - Episode # 001

May 25, 2021

Looking to hire your next employee? How do you deal with picking the WAY wrong employee? Better yet, how do you pick the right candidate? Lee Stacey, CEO & President at McGowan Allied Specialty Insurance has some insight and a story you do not want to miss on this episode of CEO Confidential.

Takeaways 

  • Do your due diligence! Create a candidate checklist and interview process, then stick to it
  • Consult counsel (legal or human resources) on how to deal with tricky employee situations
  • Check references! Ask, “can you comment on this candidate's behavior in the workplace?” Sometimes brief answers are a red flag 
  • When checking a reference, if a previous employer will only confirm dates of employment, that could be an indication to dig deeper and call another reference
  • Do background checks, reference checks and even a culture index can be helpful
  • Hire the right people for the right seats and your business will run as smoothly as possible

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Ep 144 - Building Self-Managing Businesses - Meet Jason Smith

Ep 144 - Building Self-Managing Businesses - Meet Jason Smith

March 16, 2021

Alex sits down with nationally acclaimed speaker, financial planner, author, coach, entrepreneur and CEO, Jason Smith, to discuss how a diagnosis of a complex heart condition at the age of 29 opened Jason’s eyes and led him from a revenue-generator to the creator and CEO of multiple, self-managing companies.

Notes:

  • Jason’s many hats
  • How one company branched out into five
  • Following in his father’s footsteps - whether he wanted to or not
  • How a sudden heart condition diagnosis at 29 years old opened his eyes to what was really important
  • Going from revenue maker to the creator of self-managing companies
  • What it was like to “die” on the operating table
  • Having to say your goodbyes
  • Raising kids with blue-collar values in a white-collar world
  • The 80/20 Rule and building the right team with the right processes
  • Jason’s unique ability
  • Personal development and “thinking about your thinking”
  • Lightning Round

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Jason’s LinkedInThe JL Smith Group Strategic Coach“The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business” by Patrick M. Lencioni“Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty” by Patrick M. Lencioni “Principles: Life and Work” by Ray Dalio

 

Ep 143 - Making Humans Better Humans - Meet Greg Witz

Ep 143 - Making Humans Better Humans - Meet Greg Witz

March 4, 2021

In this freewheeling episode, Alex goes toe-to-toe with CEO of Witz Education, Greg Witz and together they solve all of our political problems, teach us how to be our best selves in business and in life, help us have better romantic relationships, and so much more. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this one!

Notes

  • A South African Canadian’s perspective on the current state of US politics
  • A US citizen’s perspective on Canada 
  • Psychological warfare, the media, and the different lenses we use to view politics and the world
  • Greg’s journey from dropout to successful author, podcaster, and entrepreneur
  • How common threads transform hierarchies into circular communities
  • The thing that prevents people from being their best selves
  • Managing stress and dealing with unexpressed emotions
  • The 3 Principles of Emotional Intelligence
  • The step after accepting who you are
  • The S.T.O.P Concept
  • How to have better romantic relationships
  • State, story, strategy, and the secret sauce to getting unstuck
  • The power of shifting your mindset and how to actually do it
  • Lightning Round

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Alex’s interview on Greg’s podcastEp 131 – Solving All the World’s Problems – Meet Council President Paul Marnecheck (again)Join the betterHuman Greg’s LinkedInWitz Education“Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way: The Ultimate Guide to Leadership in the New World of Business” by Greg WitzThe Ultimate Relationship GuideImago Relationships Worldwide“It Takes What It Takes: How to Think Neutrally and Gain Control of Your Life” by Trevor Moawad and Andy Staples“Brain Rules” by John Medina “The BFG” by Roald Dahl “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss“Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams” by Matthew Walker, Ph.D.

Ep 142 - My Colossal Failure - Meet Gary Klaben

Ep 142 - My Colossal Failure - Meet Gary Klaben

February 16, 2021

In this edition of My Colossal Failure, Alex sits down with Gary Klaben, president of Coyle Financial to discuss how determination and perseverance led Gary to go from a failing insurance agent to the owner and president of a highly successful wealth/asset management and financial counsel company.

Links:

Coyle Financial: https://www.coylefinancial.com/ Strategic Coach: https://www.strategiccoach.com/ Gary’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-klaben-9aa199/ Ep 58 – A Business Mindset – Meet Gary Klaben: https://www.thebestpodcastever.com/ep58-gary-klaben/

Ep 141 - My Colossal Failure - Meet Mike Ferrante

Ep 141 - My Colossal Failure - Meet Mike Ferrante

February 12, 2021

On this edition of the My Colossal Failure mini-series, Alex and Mike Ferrante, associate broker for Century 21 HomeStar and team leader of the 21 Mike Team, discuss how Mike’s youthful stubbornness kept him in a failing painting business for 15 years before he realized it was finally time to throw in the towel.

Mike’s Page on 21 Century HomeStar21 Mike TeamMike’s LinkedInEp 90 – How to Rise to the Top and Stay There – Meet Mike Ferrante

Ep 140 - My Colossal Failure - Meet Traci Miller

Ep 140 - My Colossal Failure - Meet Traci Miller

February 4, 2021

On this episode of the “My Colossal Failure” mini-series, Alex talks with Traci Miller, president of Color 3 Embroidery, a wholesale embroidery and screen-print business about the importance of resilience, and how she rebuilt her life and her business after experiencing considerable tragedy.

Links: Color 3 Embroidery Traci’s LinkedIn Simon Sinek Other Colossal Failures

Ep 139 – My Colossal Failure – Meet Andrew Spott

Ep 139 – My Colossal Failure – Meet Andrew Spott

January 26, 2021

On this episode of a new mini-series called, “My Colossal Failure” Alex sits down with Andrew Spott, CEO of VividFront, a strategic Digital Marketing, Web Design & Web Development Agency to discuss not only how his colossal failure forced him to fire people and give away his shares in his business, but also how that failure led to VividFront.

Links:Andrew’s LinkedInVividFrontTraction: Get a Grip on Your Business” by Gino Wickman EOS

Ep 138 - My Colossal Failure - Meet Aaron Grossman

Ep 138 - My Colossal Failure - Meet Aaron Grossman

January 22, 2021

In the first episode of a new mini-series called, “My Colossal Failure” Alex sits down with Aaron Grossman, CEO of TalentLaunch, a $130 million staffing and talent company to discuss how his ego led to not one but two colossal failures and how he had to learn to put his ego aside to become a better businessman and entrepreneur.

LinksEp 122 – Talent Search – Meet Aaron Grossman, plus an inspirational message from Alex’s Corona BunkerAaron’s LinkedInTalentLaunchAbleEntrepreneur’s Organization (EO)Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)

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