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Episode 39: Matt Blakely

Season 2, Ep. 39

Something completely out of Matt Blakely's control became a big break for his early stage company.

Becoming a control freak almost ruined it.

Fortunately, Matt woke up and realized he was holding his company back - just in time.

He had to be better.

He had to lead better.

Ultimately, he had to let go.

The first thing he did? He sat down with his team and shared his epiphany. Then he asked for their help - to become a better leader.

Talk about eating crow. That's a third trip to the buffet.

Matt decided to "paint the picture of what he wants to be and what he wants for success."

He then laid it out for the team.

Most bought in. Some didn't. That was OK.

What happened next was epic.

Key Takeaways for Leaders and Entrepreneurs:

  1. Rethink everything.
  2. Transparency is essential.
  3. Work on yourself - and ask others to help you.
  4. More hours does not always translate to better performance.

Matt's Eating Crow Moments:

  1. Waking up and realizing he was the problem.
  2. Giving examples of this to his team (showing them he really gets it).
  3. Stepping back and relinquishing control.
  4. Knowing everyone won't buy in.

You can find Matt, and his excellent content for leaders on LinkedIn here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattblakely3/

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Episode 41: Tony Albrecht

Season 2, Ep. 41
Tony Albrecht has seen things.Things most people will never witness.His path has been a winding journey through self-doubt, insecurity, destructiveness, self-centeredness and ultimately, a spiritual awakening.Tony is also one of the most intriguing people I've met (and considering this show's premise, that's saying something).He's raw.He's still paving HIS path.He's becoming an amazing husband and father (note, it's an evolving process, with no deadline).I connected with Tony's writing instantly. He was gracious enough to share his journey and lessons.I hope to be with Tony on the remainder of his journey. When you encounter people who are deep and have so much to offer, you make it a priority to build a friendship and to continue to learn and be challenged by their approach to life.Key Takeaways for Leaders and Entrepreneurs:Sabbaticals have meritReading is fundamentalMany battles win the warTony is a quiet leader. He has "it", the thing people are drawn to in any situation. In his youth he let this power consume him. Now he's harnessed it, using it for good.Leaders can benefit from his thoughtful approach to words, actions and observation. He battles the resistance one-day-at-a-time.Tony's Eating Crow Moments:You hit rock bottom the moment you stop diggingFacing reality - owning his journeyTough conversations with his parentsAdopting the 12-steps in AA, and working them, embracing the spiritual awakening.You can find Tony here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tony-albrecht-92457213b/