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Episode 11-June 27, 2017: Why Leaders Must Focus on Building Trust, & How to Do It Right

Skip interviews "The Trust Ambassador" Bob Whipple, one of the nation's leading experts on trust in organizations. Skip taps into Bob's extensive background in workplace trust and extracts golden nuggets that will help you build a high-trust organization regardless of its size.

Listen & you will learn:
  • Bob's trust definition
  • Different ways trust impacts organizations
  • How to lead with trust
  • The 5 Cs of Trust
  • The #1 differentiating factor that builds trust as a leader
  • The TRUST Acronym with traits/principles for creating organizational trust
  • How to rebuild trust after you've blown it!
  • Bob's LeaderGrow Leadership Assessment
Episode 10-June 13, 2017: The Power & Importance of Workplace Trust

Skip explores the five aspects of trust and how you can use them to create a high-trust work environment that gets results better and faster without the drag of low-trust, which comes with real costs to your company.

Listen & you will learn:
  • How to define trust in your workplace so you can raise the level.
  • The 5 aspects of trust, what they mean and how you can use them.
  • The two ways trust develops in any small business and the one approach you should apply.
  • A power question to help you focus on building trust more consistently.
  • Download the Trust Assessment Scorecard here.

May, 2017 Podcast Theme: The Power of Leadership Storytelling

May is "Storytelling Month" at the Your Championship Company Podcast. This month we will explore the why and how of storytelling to communicate to inspire and motivate in a  way that builds a championship company culture.

Episode 9 - May 30, 2017:
Steve Donahue & Your Company's Epic Story

Steve Donahue is an inspirational speaker, an author and adventurer who helps leaders and teams create their "Epic Story" that leads to creating "epic" results in organizations. I had the privilege of experiencing one of Steve's "epic" presentations earlier this year at a conference for the Society of Human Resource Management had to have him as a guest this month. Listen and you will learn how you can create your own and your organization's "Epic Story!"

Listen & you will learn:
  • Your brain's "narrative focus," what it is, why it matters, and how you can use it.
  • The currency and value of your company's stories and "epic" story.
  • The specific components that make up all "epic" stories, from Hollywood to your family history.
  • The difference between "epic" stories and regular stories, and why it matters.
Episode 8 - May 16, 2017:
The 3 Stories Leaders Must Communicate to Inspire & Motivate

There are three stories leaders must consistently communicate to inspire and motivate. In this episode you will learn about these three stories with specific examples of how to create them, and apply them in your business. This is a content podcast on leadership storytelling.

Listen & you will learn:
  • The 3 different types of stories small business leaders must communicate to inspire and motivate
  • Specific case study examples of each type of story.
Episode 7: May 2, 2017:
The Power of Storytelling In Leadership for Employee Engagement

We kick off "Storytelling Month" with Leslie Ehm, Founder & Chief Firestarter, of Combustion.

Leslie Ehm, is one of the most energetic, focused, and creative business leaders in the world today. Her Toronto based training company, Combustion, provides highly interactive,  engaging, comprehensive training initiatives that transform company cultures leading to exponential business results.

Leslie is an expert storyteller and teaches team members at every level of her clients' organization the art. Our conversation focuses on the power and importance of storytelling and how it has made a difference in her clients and can do the same at your company.

Leslie Ehm, President/CFS
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Connect with Leslie & Combustion on Social Media here:
Combustion Training
Insta: @CombustionTraining
LinkedIn: Combustion Training / Leslie Ehm

Episode 6: April 17, 2017:
An interview with a real Championship Company!

Our first interview with the partner of a true Championship Small Business. The interview is with Ryan Parsons of The Brothers That Just Do Gutters. The company was started 18-years ago by Ryan's brother, and after years of struggling to figure out their business and making it through the 2008-09 recession, have come out on the other side and have started franchising. They've developed championship caliber success by creating a culture of expectation to accountability, professional and personal development, and transparency throughout their company, and its franchisees.

Ryan Parsons, Co-Owner
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In 50-minutes you will learn:

  • How Ryan and his brother Ken survived through the 2008-09 recession to come out strong the other side.
  • How a business coach helped them become successful after years of spinning their wheels.
  • How transparency with sharing the company financials has made them more profitable and created a winning culture.
  • Why systems are vital business success.

Episode 5: April 3, 2017:
Skip honors Major League Baseball's Opening Day with a special podcast on The 3 Championship Strategies of the Small Business Championship Game Plan. Skip discusses the Chicago Cubs' first World Series Championship in 108 years.

In 38-minutes you will learn:

  • How the Chicago Cubs' were transformed to a World Series Champion in just five years.
  • How the sports teams application of the 3 Strategies of  Championship Organizations relates to small business success.
  • Why it is easier for small businesses to create championship performance than a sports team.

Episode 4: March 28, 2017:
Skip's first content podcast discusses the Entitlement Mentality in today's small business workplace, and what to do about it and how to turn it around to create a championship culture and performance.

In 30-minutes you will learn:

  • The 5 types of YCC podcasts you can expect.
  • 3 causes of an "entitlement mentality" in every small business workplace.
  • The types of "entitlement mentalities" each workplace generation offers.
  • The 3 problems with how small business owners engage the different generations in their workplaces.
  • The 2 conversations small business owners need to engage in to maximize performance from a multi-generation workforce.

Episode 3: March 14, 2017:
How Small Business Owners can...Create A "championship work environment," Interview with Ron Friedman, best-selling author of The Best Place to Work: The Art & Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace

Ron Friedman, Ph.D., is an award-winning social psychologist who specializes in human motivation. He has served on the faculty of the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and has consulted for some of the world’s most successful organizations. Popular accounts of his research have appeared on NPR and in major newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, as well as magazines such as Men’s Health, Shape, and Allure. He is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and Psychology Today.

Episode 2: February 14, 2017:
How Small Business Owners can...Deliver Championship Customer Service Interview with Jason Cass author of Customer Service is Just Foreplay

Jason Cass is probably the most innovative owner of an independent insurance agency in North America. He started his own agency in 2010 and has built it completely on social and digital marketing and branding. He is transforming the independent insurance industry by raising the bar on customer service to mitigate and overcome the commoditization of the property and casualty insurance.

What he's doing for his industry is absolutely transferrable to any other small business and you need to hear what Jason has to say as we will discuss the strategies in his book "Customer Service is Just Foreplay."

Episode 1: January 17, 2017:
How Small Business Owners Can...OutThink the Competition
Interview with Best Selling Author: Kaihan Krippendorff

Dr. Kaihan Krippendorff is a business strategist, keynote speaker, consultant, and best-selling author of four books, most recently Outthink the Competition (John Wiley, 2012). A former consultant with McKinsey & Company, he now writes one of the most popular blogs on, “Outthinkers”, and is a recognized expert on innovation, business strategy, and creativity, appearing in key business media outlets including Fox Business, National Public Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Radio, and more.