Episode 50: Ryan Carfley
Season 2, Ep. 50
Ryan Carfley is a doer.He's a former D1 Football player who showed up and did it every day.Opportunity keeps knocking for him.Sometimes it's part of the plan.Other times, opportunity shows up like a kick to the face.Ryan's story, as a young business owner (you'll love how that happened), is unusual.He started behind the eight ball. Now he's Willie Moscone (look him up), having built a multi-million dollar company that continues to defy expectations.We've all faced adversity. Ryan's response: "OK, that sucked. Now what?"Listen, learn, and love it.
Episode 49: Jessica Williams
Season 2, Ep. 49
Jessica Williams tells it like it is.She's also a rising star on LinkedIn when it comes to talent development.Jessica shares her thoughts on building teams, handling tough issues and creating a culture that attracts top talent.She's helped build Refine Labs into a destination employer while building her own personal brand. Take notice.
Episode 48: Kate Bradley Chernis
Season 2, Ep. 48
I've never laughed so much in a podcast. Seriously, Kate Bradley Chernis is funny.She's also a brilliant CEO of a company changing the way we use Artificial Intelligence in marketing.Kate's passion for music (she was a SiriusXM DJ - and her husband is literally a rock star) gave her an appreciation for the written and spoken word.She then turned to marketing, using her verbal gymnastic skills to found a company that learns what customers want and converts any content into social posts that resonate.Kate is a humble leader, but she's also not afraid to make the tough calls.I consider Kate a friend and I look forward to following her success.This is one great episode.
Episode 47: Dale Dupree
Season 2, Ep. 47
Dale Dupree a rock star. No seriously, he IS a rock star.He spent much of his late teens and early 20's in a heavy metal band - and learned a few things.Most importantly, he met his wife at a show, and realized he wanted more.While he was delighting leather-clad fans everywhere, he learned sales from his dad. Not just any "sales", but EPIC sales. Change your life sales, change other's lives sales.Dale sold copiers. A lot of copiers.But the sales machine started to grind him up. He knew there was a better way.But Dale's way is not the typical way. It's rebellious. It's different. It's not for everyone, but it should be.He built the Sales Rebellion into a 10,000+ strong community, and he's just getting started.He's famous, he's humble, he's real and one of the reasons I love this podcast.Get a cup of coffee, put this episode on and just listen. Sit quietly and listen. You won't be disappointed.
Episode 46: Kevin Miller
Season 2, Ep. 46
Kevin Miller is one of the good guys.His journey from a successful career to drug and alcohol addiction - and back, isn't over. It will never be over.It's a daily thing.What makes Kevin special is his openness about addiction - and the fact that it doesn't define you.He started GR0, a digital marketing company, after meeting his business partner in AA.They are open about their addictions, recovery and daily battles.They've created a culture where these struggles are not taboo, they are hoping people discuss them and get help.I've met people who use their past as a platform for fame.Not Kevin, he is using his past as a platform for helping others.His company is growing, so is his message.Kevin's key takeaway for listeners: Go to www.AA.com and find a local meeting. Go. Listen. Be openminded.
Episode 45: Chris Hallsey
Season 2, Ep. 45
Chris Hallsey is a Dad. It's not a title, it's who he is.This episode hit hard for me - it will for any parent.I saw a post Chris had done on LinkedIn and reached out to learn more. Glad I did.Chris's son, Tanner was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor - at age 13.At the time of the diagnosis, Chris asked him "What do you want to do?"Tanner's response: "Whatever it takes."That became their motto as Tanner courageously and selflessly battled for 17 months.Chris took this motto seriously and quit his job to be by Tanner's side.I don't think anyone can truly understand the loss of a child - unless they've experienced it.Chris knows that love qualifies you to make the had decisions, and that love is never wrong.
Episode 44: Guy and Jane Harvey
Season 2, Ep. 44
Guy and Jane Harvey are a super couple. Their story floored me and I consider it an honor to know them.Guy had a stroke in 2016 - how it happened is unique, he was a fit dude.What happened after is the stuff of legend.Jane, his girlfriend at the time, stepped in, and up. We all need a Jane in our lives.While Guy's stroke is a big part of their story. His recovery journey and their marriage are the main event.Guy works hard, he's dedicated, but Jane is the engine that keeps this marriage running. She's the rare combination of passion, love, compassion and determination. These two are not to be underestimated.They now run JGH Rehab. Notice that it's Jane Guy Harvey Rehab. Jane's name is first, for a darn good reason.Their goal: to help others recover from the debilitating effects of a stroke.It's brutally hard work. It takes a long time. And it takes the right mindset in the survivor and the caregiver(s).If you need a bit of inspiration or life perspective - this one's for you.You can find more on Guy and Jane here: https://jghrehab.ca/
Episode 43: Sonnie Linebarger
Sonnie Linebarger is intimidating......in a subtle "I eat nails for breakfast" sort of way.I've been following Sonnie for some time and when she agreed to be on the show I had an idea of where I wanted to take the episode...I was wrong.Sonnie is complex - wife, mother, seasoned and successful business executive.She's also a life-long learner.This really stayed with me during the episode - she's obsessed with, well, evoking greatness - first in herself, then others.She's registered nurse (in a PICU none-the-less, I've seen that first hand...wow) and spent years leading a hospice and palliative care organization.That's next-level compassion.Sonnie just left her corporate gig and is now out on her own, evoking leadership greatness.Sonnie is one of the sharpest people I've interviewed (that's a high bar).She's also a supermom and now an entrepreneur.Stay tuned.
Episode 42: Chris Grainger
Season 2, Ep. 42
Chris Grainger is on a mission.It's no ordinary mission.Chris is a fisher of men.Chris is also a husband, a father, an employee and a 2x podcast host.Chris has dealt with loss, the kind of loss most people can't relate to. Seriously, we just can't.Chris and his wife turned it into a mission - how to help other parents deal with loss and the grief it brings.Often this grief spirals into despair, poor choices and a dark path.Chris created The Lion Within Podcast to help men face and conquer the demons that can distract them from being men of God, husbands and fathers.In a short time this podcast has attracted a following and more important, followers.He's extremely soft-spoken, but like EF Hutton, when he talks, you should listen (Google that :-)).Key Takeaways for Leaders and Entrepreneurs:Side hustles can enrich your teamPodcasts are an important part of your go-to-market strategyPay attention to what your people are dealing with at homeChris's Eating Crow Moments:Facing loss meant facing himselfGrief is different for everyoneWe are not the only ones dealing with this, how can we help others?You can find Chris here: https://thelionwithin.us/