Category Archives: Leadership

How to Go On Despite the Appearance of Failure

In episode 70 of Fresh Tracks I speak with entrepreneur and author Rhett Power. Rhett shares his personal journey building a multi-million-dollar business and offers insights into how he continued on despite the appearance of repeated failure. Forced to analyze what was holding his company back, Rhett got the ‘big order’ of his life and quickly realized it would take more than a few quick fixes to transform his company into a success. Rhett shares how his positive relationships with his vendors and others is what helped him and his partner take their company to one of Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies two years in a row.

Rhett tells us how the struggle building a company defined who he is today and why he doesn’t go into a venture with a plan B. Part of his key to success is knowing and following his own tolerance level. For Rhett this meant knowing when to not give up and go back to the safe, secure corporate job he had and continue to work on his business. Finally, Rhett shares the importance of having a personal mission statement and what you may learn by creating your own.

Show Notes:

1:30 – Rhett’s journey building a 9-million-dollar company
6:20 – Rhett’s advice on how to know when to keep going or when to quit
8:55 – The role trusting yourself plays in making decisions
11:15 – How tenacity and relationships led to his BIG sale
14:00 – The day his company went from $80K a year to $9 million a year
16:20 – Relationships and their ability to make or break your growth
20:05 – One thing you can do to avoid floating through life
24:00 – What to put in place to make decisions in alignment with your values

About Rhett Power

Rhett Power is the author of THE ENTREPRENEUR’S BOOK OF ACTIONS and the Amazon bestseller One Million Frogs. He is also the co-founder of Wild Creations, an award-winning start-up toy company. He serves as a Columnist for Inc. Magazine and CNBC.com’s Make It series, where he shares advice on entrepreneurship, business, career growth and personal growth.

In addition to THE ENTREPRENEUR’S BOOK OF ACTIONS, Power is the author of Amazon bestseller ONE MILLION FROGS. Prior to founding Wild Creations, Power worked as an economic and small business development consultant for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), serving seven years in the former Soviet Republics of Central Asia. Prior to that, he was Director of National Service Programs for Habitat for Humanity, which included being Habitat’s chief liaison to The White House, Congress, and the Corporation for National Service.

A member of the United States Department of State’s International Speakers Program, Power travels the globe speaking about entrepreneurship, leadership, and management alongside the likes of Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann, AOL Founder Steve Case, and President Barack Obama. He has written for The Huffington Post, Time, and The Wall Street Journal and is a regular columnist for Inc., Success Magazine, and Business Insider.

www.RhettPower.com

Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson in True Leadership with Steve Farber

In episode 67 of Fresh Tracks I speak with leadership consultant, speaker, and best-selling author Steve Farber about what it means to be a true leader. His lofty plans to change the world one person at a time through his Greater Than Yourself project are shared, along with the understanding that the highest purpose of our work is the development of other people are all discussed on the show. Steve shares that our ability to shift from a “me” perspective to an “us” perspective changes everything ranging from people wanting to be around us to the respect we receive.

Running your life and your business knowing that we are all connected rather than feeling you are alone effects not only your results but how you feel as a person contributing to your company, society, and your family. Steve shares that life and business are not a win-lose, zero sum game. It’s the quality of the relationships we have that are important.

Our ability to create a culture of giving, to facilitate relationships and share knowledge, life lessons, connections and experience are invaluable gifts to share with others. Seeing our world and working with others from a place of giving rather than hording knowledge and information to control and have power over others are just a few of the skills that make you an extreme leader. Check out this week’s show and learn the Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership with Steve Farber!

Show Notes:

2:45 – How the greatest leaders become the greatest leaders and do extraordinary things
6:00 – Recognizing your ability to influence people to change the world for the better
9:10 – How to be the kind of leader that people want to be around
11:10 – What can you do to ensure everyone that does business with you will be elevated in their life or their business?
17:00 – Choosing your GTY project
19:40 – The Greater Than Yourself pillars
25:00 – Taking your personal inventory
31:00 – How do you show your clients and others that you love them?

About Steve
Steve Farber is founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, an organization devoted to changing the world through the cultivation and development of extreme leaders in business, nonprofits, education, and beyond. Listed on Inc.’s ranking of the Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts in the world, and #1 on Huffington Post’s 12 Business Speakers to See, Farber is a bestselling author, popular keynote speaker, and a seasoned leadership coach and consultant who has worked with a vast array of public and private organizations in virtually every arena.

For more information, please visit www.SteveFarber.com.