For You Leaders
By Kirk Dando
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Tap into Kirk Dando’s leadership experience working with over 8,000 leaders around the world. From startups to hyper-growth companies, Kirk has seen it all. We’ll dive into the big issues you are facing in your business today. Short on theory and long on real-world examples, you will leave every episode equipped to be a better leader. We’ll bring you interviews with some of today’s best CEOs and Dando’s clients. They will offer behind-the-scenes insights into how the companies big and small grow. You’ll learn the ground truth about what works and what doesn’t.
||CleanWork-Life Balance: Is it even possible? How to win the struggle between work and life.||How do busy executives handle the different demands of work and family life? What tips can you start implementing to be a more effective leader and husband/wife/father/mother? In this special episode of For You Leaders podcast, we take a compilation of advice, perspectives and guidance we have gathered over the years and combine it into one episode.||3/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRedbox Founder: How To Hold Employees Accountable And Empower At The Same Time||We all know that people are the most important asset within the business. But how, exactly, do you empower your employees and hold them accountable at the same time?||1/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom Zero to $2B: Lessons from Redbox Founder Gregg Kaplan||Today’s guest is Gregg Kaplan, founder of RedBox. Gregg is an incredible leader with a great story. In today’s episode, Gregg shares the unique story of RedBox (for example, did you know that RedBox started as an idea within McDonalds?) and the lessons he learned on the path to scaling RedBox to over $2b in revenue.||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Top 3 Fears of CEOs||What are they and how do you overcome them?||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCreating something from nothing: Lessons from the audacious vision of Zero Mass Water||Today’s guest is Cody Friesen, CEO of Zero Mass Water. Their mission is lofty by any standard: Perfecting water for every person, every place.Today’s podcast is about a lot more than the incredible product Cody and Zero Mass Water are building. You will learn Cody’s innovative ideas bleed into Zero Mass Water’s culture and hiring.||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 3 types of leaders: Which one are you?||Have you ever wondered how others would describe your leadership style? It does not matter what kind of leader you want to be, aspire to be or even believe you are. What matters is your real leadership style. Today’s For You leaders podcast is all about you and your leadership style.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow the Most Effective CEOs Spend Their Time: An exhaustive 12-year study||It all comes down to one word.||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulture, Leverage and Getting Stuff Done||How to build a culture, create leverage and get the right stuff done.||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to manufacture your own luck: Aligning Priorities and Actions||“Action expresses priorities." - Mahatma Gandhi If you are trying to manufacture your own luck, it might be time for you to start reflecting on a quote that greatly influenced today’s guest, Blake Garrett. Blake is the CEO and Founder of Aceable and AceableAgent, a hyper-growth startup based in Austin, TX. As you’ll hear today, the Aceable that exists now was not Blake’s original idea. In this episode, Blake tells the story of how he left Ernst and Young to follow his dreams of creating a company, the important reason why he wanted to start a company, and the major roadblocks along the way. You’ll learn the two-step process he used to hold himself accountable and get around roadblocks. You’ll also learn how you, too, can manufacture your own luck. Don’t miss the next episode with Blake we’ll dive into Culture, Leverage and Getting $#IT Done. Blake provides even more great advice and tactics on how to build the right culture and get the right stuff done.||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding a culture of performance: hiring hacks from RevZilla - Anthony Bucci Part 2||If you missed the first episode with Anthony Bucci, co-founder and former CEO of RevZilla, be sure to listen now. He explains how he and his co-founders scaled RevZilla from an idea to over $140 million in revenue without raising any outside money. Anthony is a self-proclaimed nerd when it comes to people issues. In this episode, he will challenge your thinking on hiring, leading and managing. He’ll give you a powerful concept we recommend our portfolio companies: the 5-15. Anthony mastered keeping signal strength throughout the business, and he explains in great detail how and why you should use a 5-15 with every direct report. Anthony also shares about how he debugs his own psychology by utilizing mentors, board members, and outside executive coaches. We spent over 2 hours with Anthony covering a wide variety of topics. To break down the episodes into digestible bites, we’ve broken up our interview into three parts: Episode 1: You’ll hear the process Anthony and his co-founders used to start and generate the idea for the company that became RevZilla. Anthony also goes into great detail about how they differentiated themselves and quickly scaled from $0 to over $140 million in annual revenues. Anthony shares why and how they achieved hyper-growth without raising money. Episode 2 (Today’s Episode): Anthony’s provides specific details of how they approached promoting and hiring, ahead of scale. He offers insights and lessons learned about how to scale people, processes and product - before everything breaks. He also shares what how he utilizes executive coaches, mentors and advisors. Episode 3: Anthony brings it all home by sharing his perspectives, experiences and journey of merging with another company, stepping down as the CEO and what it is like moving from the fast lane to the family lane.||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEverything breaks at scale: How RevZilla navigated explosive growth - Anthony Bucci - Part 1||There’s a reason why nothing kills faster than success: everything breaks at scale. Today’s guest is Anthony Bucci, the co-founder and former CEO of the incredibly successful company, RevZilla. As CEO, Anthony navigated RevZilla doubling in revenue almost every year – without raising any outside money. Anthony provides a unique retrospective on today’s podcast. He’s had a chance to reflect on his experiences inside the rocketship company. He now wants to help normalize the journey for anyone listening to this podcast. We spent over 2 hours with Anthony covering a wide variety of topics. To break down the episodes into digestible bites, we’ve broken up our interview in three parts: Episode 1 (Today’s Episode): You’ll hear the process Anthony and his co-founders used to start and generate the idea for the company that became RevZilla. Anthony also goes into great detail about how they differentiated themselves and quickly scaled from $0 to over $140 million in annual revenues. Anthony shares why and how they achieved hyper-growth without raising money.Episode 2: Anthony’s provides specific details of how they approached promoting and hiring, ahead of scale. He offers insights and lessons learned about how to scale people, processes and product – before everything breaks. He also shares what how he utilizes executive coaches, mentors and advisors.Episode 3: Anthony brings it all home by sharing his perspectives, experiences and journey of merging with another company, stepping down as the CEO and what it is like moving from the fast lane to the family lane. Be sure to subscribe on iTunes (or Spotify or Overcast) to make sure you don’t miss one of these compelling episodes. Other topics from today’s episode include: The process Anthony and his co-founders used to generate the idea for RevZillaWhy RevZilla didn’t raise any money and how it helped (and hurt) themIf you have raised growth capital, the lessons you can learn from a company that never raised moneyHow everything breaks at scale and what Anthony and the Revzilla team did to predict and prepare (as opposed to seeing and solving) for explosive growthHow to evolve from Founder to Maker to Manager to Executive to Servant LeaderThe advice he gives to other entrepreneurs about raising moneyHow to get smart money’s advice without raising any moneyThe obstacles RevZilla faced scaling the businessThe concept of Strategic Pillars and the specific pillars RevZilla used to get and keep people focusedHow RevZilla differentiated between other online stores, like Amazon||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCulture, Values, Raising Money + The Role of CEO||Today, we’re continuing our conversation with serial entrepreneur, Brett Hurt. If you missed the first episode, make sure to listen to learn the resources Brett uses to scale, how to communicate with investors and a lot more. This episode is jam-packed with insights and actionable advice from Brett. We spend a lot of time talking about exactly HOW to create a thriving culture. Brett shares a unique but powerful way to develop your company’s values so they stick and are memorable. Brett’s built amazing cultures in his previous businesses (including Bazaarvoice, where they won best place to work as a small, medium and large business) and his current company, data.world. Brett also dives deep into the role of the CEO. His unique perspective will cause you to rethink and possibly redefine the role of the CEO. Topics include: The most valuable conference Brett makes sure to attend every single yearThe criteria Brett uses when deciding whether to invest in a company or fund (currently Hurt Family Investments is invested in 55 companies and 12 funds)When is the right time to create your core values in a companies growthHow to create values that reflect your company’s personalityHow to get your teams involved in creating your core valuesWhy the founders of data.world chose to make data.world a B Corporation and why you should consider creating a B CorpWhat does passion have to do with creating a business?What is the role of a CEO?What to do when you have a bad day as a CEOHow being fully present where you are is more important than work/life balanceThe out of office message Brett uses to let people know he is not availableMore Leadership Podcasts from Dando.||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanScaling: Lessons Learned from Brett Hurt||The serial entrepreneur provides two of his sources of scale: investor updates and continual learning.||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe powerful attitude of gratitude||Introducing the Leadership Gratitude Journal||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 1 question great leaders ask about every employee||It’s not a secret, people and their issues are a huge part of any leader’s life. It can be the best and worst part about being a leader. The good news is today’s episode is full of simple, actionable frameworks around developing and leading people. We talk about how to hire, how to fire, how to develop and why people are such a big issue in the first place. We also highlight the one question all great leaders ask, at least once a quarter, about every one of their employees. Our guest today wrote an excellent book on people. Trevor Throness recently wrote, The Power of People Skills. He shares his unique experiences and practical advice he’s learned working with leaders of scaling businesses This podcast is full of application, including a powerful tactic that’s changed the way thousands of companies think about people. Listen now: Topics include: Why people issues are so hardWhy we get hiring right about a third of the time, wrong about a third of the time and just so-so another third of the timeWhat to do about the mediocre hiresHow to identify the four types of performers in your businessThe one question you should ask yourself about every employeeWhy we make people issues harder than they need to beHow small changes can result in massive results within a businessHow to attract vs. recruit the right people to your businessAdvice Trevor and Kirk wish everyone would takeWhy leaders are judged in a vacuumMuch moreFor You Leaders Podcast||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeadership lessons from a Super Bowl Champion: Being a work in progress||Sports analogies are overdone in business. Don’t let that get in the way of hearing the powerful messages from today’s podcast guest, Clint Gresham. Clint is a former NFL Player, Super Bowl Champion and author of Becoming. Today’s podcast is rich with raw and real information on what it means to be a work in progress in business and life. The Super Bowl means many things to different people. You might think of the brilliant (or not-so-brilliant) ads in the commercial break. Or you look forward to the halftime show. Or you maybe you actually want to watch the two best teams in the NFL play each other. But if you play football, your ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl. It’s a clear goal you either meet or you don’t. But what happens when you reach your ultimate goal? Do you feel like you’ve “made it?” Do your insecurities disappear? Do you suddenly feel fulfilled? As Clint, will tell you - the answer is no. That may seem obvious, however, Clint’s vulnerability in what he shares about being a work in progress, the false gods we create in our life and how to live an authentic life will inspire you. People on the outside looking in at success probably think you’ve got it all figured out. It doesn’t matter who you are, you’re still a work in progress. It’s what Clint’s new book, Becoming, is all about. In this episode, we dive into how top athletes and the best coaches like Pete Carroll, Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban take a unique approach to setting goals that consistently deliver success. You will love the message and more importantly be able to take the ideas Clint and I discuss and make them actionable in your life today.||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake your meetings less of a beating||Try the Rafa Rule||1/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStrategic Pillars: the strategic battlefields your business has to win to scale||Why, when and how to find your strategic battlefields||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPancakes, Queso & EBITDA||How an iconic Austin Restaurant utilizes a Big heart and Open book to scale||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMake HR a strategic partner in the C-Suite||Change your perception of what’s possible from HR||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJourney to the Top: Practical Advice for Scaling a Business||Lessons from A Scaling Sherpa||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBe a Student of the Game: The Secrets of Startup Success||Sam Decker - Startup Advisor and Executive||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou have a strategic plan, now what? How to improve communication, alignment and results.||Tim Hawks - Part 2||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnlocking the sense of destiny within your team||How to align your team around a common missing - Tim Hawks - Part 1||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManagement Framework: what’s your plan to operationalize the strategy?||Gene Austin, CEO of Bazaarvoice - Part Two||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHurry up and make the tough decisions.||Lessons from Gene Austin, CEO of Bazaarvoice||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to create core values with Badassitude||Learn how Kasasa aligns employees around their four core values||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to take on Goliath and win||Part 1 with Gabe Krajicek, CEO of Kasasa||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow giving leads to growth||Lessons from Paul Trylko, President & CEO of Amplify Credit Union||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow busy, successful leaders manage their time||Mellie Price - Part Two||7/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMellie Price’s powerful leadership approach for women - and men.||A Man's World? Award-winning tech entrepreneur, Mellie Price gives her insight.||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWrestling with the pressures of success - Charles Thornburgh - Part Two||Dealing with the issues caused by growth and success||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForce Multiplier: how to exponentially expand your efforts - Charles Thornburgh, CEO of Civitas Learning - Part One||How to leverage your time to get exponential results||6/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to discipline a child - Leading through fatherhood, Part Two||Spanking, Parenting, Love and Logic and a lot more||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe most important leadership title isn't CEO - Leading through fatherhood, Part One||Parenthood: Where leadership starts||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Insights Behind Creating Great Companies. Lessons from entrepreneur Brett Hurt.||Learn from successful entrepreneur and founder Brett Hurt.||5/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamily in business: How to navigate bloodlines in the business - Rocky Turner, CEO of LPR Construction - Part 2||Can family members in the business work? We talk to CEO Rocky Turner today about he views family in the workplace||5/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow your leadership style drives growth - Rocky Turner, CEO of LPR Construction - Part 1||What is your leadership style? We talk with Rocky Turner about his style and how he grew his construction company||5/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWork-Life Balance: How to be a father and founder. Peter Lehrman - Part 2||CEO of Axial, Peter Lehrman weighs in on how to lead at home - and the office.||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLessons for 1st time CEOs - Peter Lehrman, CEO of Axial - Part 1||Is it really lonely at the top? We ask Peter Lehrman to give advice to 1st time CEOs||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Kirk Dando, host of the For You Leaders podcast, highlights all aspects of leadership, business growth and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!
Awesome show, highly recommend!
Kirk and his guests provide some incredibly actionable and compelling content, spotlighting the absolute best tactics on how to become a better leader and (more importantly) a better overall person.
Highly recommend listening and subscribing to For You Leaders if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to effectively lead your team (and reach your overall business goals as a result)!
Love the pace, and length. Looking forward to listening to them all!