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Episode 13: Integrator/President at EOS Worldwide Kelly Knight



June 29, 2020 ~ 33 mins

Kelly Knight has served as EOS Worldwide’s Integrator since 2016, having spent the prior 20 years within the financial services industry managing and leading dynamic organizations.  Her passion is uniting teams to achieve the extraordinary– better together, one day at a time.

Kelly’s path to EOSW was not traditional like most strong Integrators we meet. Integrators are the glue of the organization, they typically hold everything together (people and process), they are the one that executes the business plan and holds the Leadership Team accountable. In essence, they are the steady force in the organization. Kelly is a light and a leader.

If you’re not familiar, EOS Worldwide is a global organization of successful entrepreneurs from a variety of business backgrounds implementing a proven system and set of tools called EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, to strengthen and develop leadership teams of small to medium size companies.

The goal of EOS Worldwide is to help entrepreneurs get what they want from their businesses. Businesses best suited for implementation of EOS® are growth-oriented entrepreneurial organizations with 10 to 250 people. Tens of thousands of companies around the world use EOS to clarify, simplify, and achieve their visions.

Tune in to find out:

  • How EOS pivoted their annual conference due to the pandemic 9:55
  • The foundation of EOS and importance of core values 13:28
  • People of impact, and Kelly’s notable mentors 19:48
  • What’s to come from EOS in the near future 28:55

Learn more about EOS Worldwide

Connect with Kelly

Kelly’s book recommendation: Radical Candor by Kim Scott

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Audio Production, Editing, and Sound Design by Botanicus Productions 


Episode 12: Founder & CEO of Discover Strength Luke Carlson



June 16, 2020 ~ 34 mins

Luke Carlson, founder and CEO of Discover Strength, shares how his passion for kinesiology and fitness birthed his company. Discover Strength is a boutique training studio based in Minneapolis, and has expanded to 5 — going on 6 — physical locations since opening in 2006. With plans to grow into a franchise by 2025, building 100 studios in the United States, Discover Strength’s commitment to bridging the gap between science and the reality of human behavior gives them their competitive edge. Their personal training studios are among the highest volume and revenue training facilities in North America. Luke travels the world giving insight on leadership, management, and evidence-based exercise through public speaking.

During their time Laura and Luke discuss:

  • The science of how we should be exercising 9:03
  • Pivoting to virtual training 12:27
  • The misguided nature of our current fitness culture 17:15
  • How implementing EOS equips businesses for the unknown 19:34

Learn more: https://www.discoverstrength.com/

Connect with: https://www.linkedin.com/in/luke-carlson-9769816/

Luke’s book recommendation, Setting the Table

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Audio Production, Editing, and Sound Design by Botanicus Productions


Episode 11: Founder & CEO of Media Bridge Advertising Tracy Call



June 8, 2020 (previously recorded May 13, 2020)  ~ 33 mins

Tracy Call founded Media Bridge Advertising in 2010 after spending years in Marketing and Sales in order to reinvent the industry in a way that is more efficient, effective, and ethical. As CEO, Tracy has fostered a culture of transparency, trust, strong relationship building, responsiveness and long-term value within her company. Media Bridge operates on the mission of advocacy, and aims to provide inclusive and more favorable deals for both advertisers and media, while maintaining the integrity of the consumer. 

Media Bridge has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as America’s Fastest Growing Companies, MSBJ Fast 50, Business of Pride, and Women In Business 2016 amongst other accolades. They operate on the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, and are Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) certified. 

Learn more about Media Bridge.

Connect with Tracy.

Learn more about how CorTalent accelerates growth through people by visiting our website.

Have a question about our services? Email Laura King.

Audio Production, Editing, and Sound Design by Botanicus Productions.


Episode 10: Financial Architect & CEO of All In One Accounting Heide Olson



15 years ago, a six months pregnant Heide Olson started All In One Accounting in her basement, and today the company works with over 200 small businesses and nonprofits to transform their financial chaos and bring business clarity. Her company provides specialty knowledge, tiered financial expertise, customized documented solutions and more. Their accounting leadership and proven process are a part of what elevates their business amongst others. In addition to Nonprofits, they work with business owners in Technology, Real Estate, Retail, Manufacturing, and Construction. Heide chats about the state of business and how the company is showing up the best they can for clients and fellow employees today through extremely uncertain times. 

To learn more about All In One Accounting: https://allinoneaccounting.com/services/

Connect with Heide: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heide-olson-cpa-inactive-575b6b5/ 

Learn more about how CorTalent accelerates growth through people by visiting our website.

Have a question about our services? Email Laura King.

Audio Production, Editing and Sound Design by Botanicus Productions.


Episode 9: CEO & Founder of Beehive Strategic Communication Lisa Hannum



Lisa Hannum is a trusted business leader, CEO, and founder of Beehive Strategic Communication, a Certified B Corporation that values well-being and workplace equality. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, legal accountability and public transparency to balance profit and purpose. Beehive Strategic Communication takes a rigorous approach in business operations to ensure balance for people, planet, and products. 

Utilizing the EOS Traction System, Lisa’s commitment to cultivate a creative, strong, and positive workplace environment is executed with focus, discipline, and accountability. Lisa is determined to create a workplace culture that inspires creative strategies and diversity as a means to build “better businesses” and results. Beehive partners with clients who want to grow their businesses with purpose, ranging from established companies looking to transform their communication strategies to start-ups that need awareness and validation. 

Learn more about Beehive: https://beehivepr.biz/about/

Connect with Lisa: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-hannum/

Learn more about how CorTalent accelerates growth through people by visiting our website.

Have a question about our services? Email Laura King.

Audio Production, Editing and Sound Design by Botanicus Productions.


Episode 8: President & CEO of Further Matthew Marek



As President and CEO of Further, Matthew Marek, is accountable for leading all aspects including sales, operations and technology. Further is the highest ranked, and one of the nation’s fastest growing HSA administrators. Matthew climbed up the ranks to Vice President of Product & Marketing at Blue Cross Blue Shield MN where he spent a decade before joining Further in 2016. His experience at BCBS exposed him to managing product, marketing, innovation, digital and consumer experience. Matthew has held various executive leadership roles in product, marketing, sales, government programs and commercial markets within the consumer health care industry and also has experience in broker and consultant relations, sales operations and sales technology. His philosophy on leadership centers around his willingness to learn and network with atypical thinkers who seek change and expansion. 

Matthew is vice chair of the board of directors at Comprehensive Care Services, Inc (CCStpa). He also sits on the boards of Consortium Health Plans and Greater Twin Cities YMCA and is a 2011 recipient of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Award. Beyond his accomplishments to date, Matt aspires to create a place where people want to work and to be a leader that people want to work with.

Learn more about Further

Connect with Matt on LinkedIn.

Learn more about how CorTalent accelerates growth through people by visiting our website.

Have a question about our services? Email Laura King.

Audio Production, Editing and Sound Design by Botanicus Productions.


Episode 7: Crooked Water Spirits and On-Demand Group CEO Heather Manley



Recorded in Dec 2019: 35 minutes

Heather Manley is a serial entrepreneur, whose resume looks like a never ending list of leadership opportunities and accomplishments. She currently is the CEO of Crooked Water Spirits (CWP), founded in 2013, as well as On-Demand Group (ODG), which she and her brother bought in 2008. CWP is an award winning national spirits line that is 100% women owned and self funded, producing unique craft spirits including bourbons, gins, vodkas, brandy and a ready-to-pour Old Fashioned. ODG is a global family-owned IT consulting firm that has been in business since 1996 and is headquartered in Minnesota. Tune in to hear how Heather manages the highs and lows of ownership and how she has the capacity to grow multiple businesses while remaining active in her community.

 

For more information, visit her Companies websites:

Dirty Goodness boutique: www.dirtygoodness.com

On-Demand Group:  www.ondemandgroup.com

Crooked Water Spirits: www.crookedwaterspirits.com

Learn more about CorTalent. Have a question about our services? Email Laura King

Audio Production, Editing, and Sound Design by Botanicus Productions (https://botanicusproductions.com)


Episode 6: Winsor Learning CEO Tom Guyer



Tom Guyer, CEO of Winsor Learning, was inspired to start the company and publish the Sonday System by his experience with his tutor, Arlene Sonday. With her mentorship, Tom was able to obtain the skills that would land him an honors graduate degree from the University of Denver. He decided more students deserved the resources and opportunities he was given by the aid of an amazing educator and today, Winsor Learning has worked with over 3,000 school districts and trained over 46,000 educators in the Sonday System.

To learn more about Winsor Learning visit their website at https://www.winsorlearning.com/

To connect with Tom: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-guyer-a370594/

And see his book recommendation: https://www.amazon.com/Red-Notice-Finance-Murder-Justice-ebook/dp/B00LD1ORX6

Learn more about CorTalent. Have a question about our services? Email Laura King

Audio Production, Editing, and Sound Design by Botanicus Productions (https://botanicusproductions.com)


Episode 5: Mossier CEO and Co-founder Nick Alm



Listen in on today’s conversation as Nick and Laura explore some really interesting issues in the workplace and how Nick has pivoted his business strategy.

What you might find most beneficial are his nuggets on separating yourself from your business. As he says best, “Success or failure of your business is not the success or failure of YOU.”

To learn more about Mossier, visit their website: https://www.mossier.org/

To register or become a sponsor for the upcoming Proud To Work MN event on June 25 https://www.mossier.org/proud-to-work/conference/

Learn more about CorTalent. Have a question about our services? Email Laura King

Audio Production, Editing and Sound Design by Botanicus Productions: https://www.botanicusproductions.com/


Episode 4: Lola Red CEO Alexis Walsko



Alexis is the founder, Chief Executive Officer & Visionary at Lola Red. She founded the agency at 22 years old and has established Lola Red as an award-winning and nationally recognized PR firm. In her role as Visionary, Alexis nurtures the agency’s passion for hustling on behalf of its clients. Alexis has received numerous accolades, including “Women in Business” and “40 under 40” awards from The Business Journal, “Young Entrepreneur” and “Founder of the Year” awards from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and “Volunteer of the Year” from Smile Network International.

Alexis does not hold back in this conversation. If you want to learn how certain leaders have the mental resilience to keep going despite setbacks – this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

Learn more about Lola Red and connect with Alexis. Alexis’s book recommendation.

Learn more about CorTalent. Have a question about our services? Email Laura King

Audio Production, Editing, and Sound Design by Botanicus Productions (https://botanicusproductions.com)