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Episode 194: Nate Checketts – CEO Of Rhone: Leaving Comfort To Make An Impact

 

Episode 194: Nate Checketts – CEO Of Rhone: Leaving Comfort To Make An Impact

Nate Checketts is Co-Founder and CEO of Rhone.  He created the business while working a full time job in New York City.  He would work on the business while making the one hour commute to and from work everyday.  They have since grown 250% year over year and have been named the “hottest active wear brand around.”  During the course of this conversation we discussed why Nate started Rhone and his determination to grow it to be a Billion Dollar Business.

Rhone reported $7.8 million in funding last year from a deep-pocketed group of investors that included former NBA Commissioner David Stern, former NBA player Shane Battier and former NFL Network executive Steve Bornstein among others.

Episode 194: Nate Checketts – CEO Of Rhone: Leaving Comfort To Make An Impact

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“If you want to have a good life, you need to have a good years. If you want good years, you need to have good months.  If you want to have good months, you need to have good weeks.  If you want to have good weeks, you need to have good days. If you want to have good days, you need to have solid routines.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • It’s easy to say someone “got lucky” but that is almost never the case
    • Routine – The best have a routine for long term success. Need good years, need good months, need good weeks, need good days.  You must plan for that success.  Create routines
  • Advice from Jack Dorsey:
    • How to stay focused?
      • Focus on one thing at a time
      • Set specific days for certain meetings and do not deviate.  Take ownership of your calendar and schedule
  • Nate’s Routine
    • Wake up at 5 am
    • Spritual time, meditation
    • Write in The 5 Minute Journal
    • Exercise, Yoga, Running
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – At his desk by 7:30
  • “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” – Ben Franklin
  • “Be the dentist of your own calendar”
  • The story of getting Rhone started in 2011
    • Nobody was doing premium menswear
    • Feb. 2013 incorporated
    • Spent an hour each way on the train commuting to his job working on Rhone
  • “Why does it feel like taboo to talk about inspiring men?  It shouldn’t”
  • Describing the fund raising process
    • “Raising capital is much more art than science”
    • “The biggest key for us was photography.  People needed to see it”
  • Why Shane Battier is a Rhone guy
  • After raising $8M, how do you decide where to spend that money?
  • Speaking about the success of his Dad, Dave Checketts (CEO of Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks)
    • How to instill a work ethic in your children?
    • What it was like growing up with ultra successful parents and how that impacted him
    • How Nate and his wife parent their children
    • How the quote “He was born on third base and convinced he hit a triple” has motivated Nate
    • How he made money creating a sports camp in his backyard growing up
  • “You can’t teach effort”
  • Books to read:
  • Learning Leader = “I love the idea of being an eternal student.”

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” – Benjamin Franklin

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence – The Best Answers From 178 Questions

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

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Episode 193: Erik Wahl – How To Rediscover Your Creative Genius

 

Episode 193: Erik Wahl – How To Rediscover Your Creative Genius

Erik Wahl offers his high-energy onstage performance as your group’s inspiration. This presentation is equivalent to yelling ‘CLEAR’ as the paddles are positioned to shock the fading pulse of your workforce and enliven their hearts to pursue their jobs as you both originally intended.

As an internationally recognized graffiti artist, and a #1 best selling business author, Erik redefines the term “keynote speaker.” Pulling from his history as both a business strategist and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after speakers available today. Erik’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance.

He’s the best-selling author of Unthink – Rediscover Your Creative Genius and more recently The Spark and the Grind: Ignite the Power of Disciplined Creativity

Episode 193: Erik Wahl – How To Rediscover Your Creative Genius

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“Performing is not an act of extroversion, it’s an act of connection.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The fascination with “live theatre” — Erik is a performer on stage (art, speaking, message, theatrical)
  • “Transport so the molecules in the room change”
  • How to reverse engineer what we love
  • What happened after Erik was told that “Art was not his strength”
  • Relationship with money and success — how it can be unhealthy
  • Why artists have a different take on life… A life of philosophical gratitude
  • “I built this plane as I flew it”
  • Pursue mastery… Be insatiably curious on how to connect with audiences
  • The power of vulnerability and why you should share more of yourself
  • First paid gig? $1,000 in LA — “I probably sucked.”
  • The tipping point to kick off his speaking/performing career
  • The definition of being introverted… Erik is an introvert.  He gains energy from alone time… Stage time is where the energy is spent
  • Erik’s writing process — “Verbal Vomit” — Fortunate to have great team of editors
  • Why we should all study acting and stand up comedians
  • Thinking, “What will fascinate the audience?”
  • Pre speech routine — Stretching, meditation.  Taking energy from “Me and giving it to them”
  • Decluttering of the mind. Meditate. Think at a higher level
  • “Art is about producing… Thinking… Expanding consciousness”
  • Understanding the value of being uncomfortable
  • “Money is not important to us, we do not sell my paintings”
  • Why audiences are drawn to authenticity and trust
  • Why we should rehearse creativity on a regular basis
  • How much does Erik get paid per speech now? $40,000
  • New ideas? Holographs, Drones, Cirque Du Soleil
  • “Pursue excellence, pursue mastery… Let the money come where it may”

“Creativity is a muscle that must face resistance to create more… Be stronger.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence – The Best Answers From 178 Questions

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Erik Wahl on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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Episode 192: Carey Lohrenz – The 1st Female F-14 Tomcat Pilot: Fearless Leadership, Top Gun, Courage

 

Episode 192: Carey Lohrenz – The 1st Female F-14 Tomcat Pilot: Fearless Leadership, Top Gun, Courage

Carey Lohrenz is a dynamic communicator with an incredible story. As the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot, she was a pioneer in military aviation. Having flown missions worldwide as a combat, mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

Carey is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the lessons learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform.

As a high content Keynote Speaker, who is both motivational and inspirational, Carey Lohrenz inspires Fearless Leadership and increased team performance. Carey has been requested by name from some of the top Fortune 100 businesses. Her ability to connect with both an audience and on a one-on-one level, coupled with her knowledge and experience in leading high-performing, diverse teams, has made her highly sought after as a business consultant and leadership speaker.

Carey Lohrenz is the author of “Fearless Leadership: High-Performance Lessons from the Flight Deck.” She resides in Chanhassen, MN and is currently working on her Masters in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership. (CareyLohrenz.com)

Episode 192: Carey Lohrenz – The 1st Female F-14 Tomcat Pilot: Fearless Leadership, Top Gun, Courage

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“The best have the courage to step up.  Don’t ever think others are better than you or they have advantages that you don’t.  Step up.  Do the work.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Mindset about how they view setbacks
    • Have a comfort in the uncomfortable
    • They are always learning, constantly striving for more
  • How JJ Watt seems to embrace “the suck”
  • Carey answers the question… “Why was she the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot?”
  • Going to Miramar to train as a fighter pilot — The experience of it…
    • Some of Carey’s classmates flew in the movie Top Gun
  • Call sign: Vixen
  • Where was Carey deployed?  World wide on aircraft carriers.  Discreet missions
    • Carey has landed over 150 times on an aircraft carrier and many times at night
    • Listen to her detailed description of what it’s like to fly at night over the ocean (pitch black)
  • An aircraft carrier = “Looks like a postage stamp… I have to land in 1.2 seconds on it”
  • How does Carey overcome the palpable fear?
    • Constant repetition
  • Why write the book Fearless Leadership?
  • The 3 Fundamentals of Fearless Leadership
    • Courage
    • Tenacity
    • Integrity
  • Courage — You will be filled with self doubt.  “The best have the courage to step up.  The ability to go for it even when they’re afraid.”
  • “The most successful people I’ve seen do what they need to do even when they don’t want to do it.”
  • Keys to building a great culture
    • Be a great wingman
    • Trust
    • Get help with your blind spots – have open lines of communication built on trust
    • Must hold each other accountable
  • What is the military’s secret weapon to improvement?
    • Debriefs:
      • What was supposed to happen?
      • What did happen?
      • Why was it different?
      • What can we learn from this?
      • How do we incorporate this next time?
  • The military has the ability and processes in place to learn faster than the competition.  Businesses can do this too, but most don’t.
  • It starts with the Leader — “This is what I did wrong… And how I will fix my mistake.”

“I went from Mach 2 to pre-school.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence – The Best Answers From 178 Questions

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Carey Lohrenz on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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Episode 191: Robert Herjavec – Shark Tank Investor + Listener Q & A

 

Episode 191: Robert Herjavec – Shark Tank Investor + Listener Q & A

Robert Herjavec is one of North America’s most recognizable business leaders. Born in Eastern Europe, he arrived to North America on a boat with his parents after escaping Communism in the former Yugoslavia. From delivering newspapers, and waiting tables, to launching a computer company from his basement, his drive to achieve has led him to the fulfillment of a better life for himself and his family.

 A dynamic entrepreneur, Robert has built and sold several IT companies to major players such as AT&T. In 2003 Robert founded Herjavec Group, and it quickly became one of North America’s fastest growing technology companies. Today, Herjavec Group is recognized as a global leader in information security specializing in managed security services, compliance, incident response and remediation efforts for enterprise level organizations.

His inspiring books, Driven and The Will to Win, were simultaneously Top 10 Bestsellers that earned him the title of “Best Selling Author”. Robert has released his third book, You Don’t Have to Be a Shark: Creating Your Own Success published by St. Martin’s Press on May 17, 2016. Robert’s motivational business advice has received millions of impressions through TV, print, radio and digital media. He shares his expertise with other entrepreneurs each week as a leading Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit Shark Tank. Robert recently placed 6th with partner Kym Johnson, competing for the mirror ball trophy on the popular show, Dancing with the Stars. (Photo courtesy of Business Insider)

Episode 191: Robert Herjavec – Shark Tank Investor + Listener Q & A

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“You don’t have to be born in this country to have success in this country.” – Robert Herjavec

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Have a deep passion for their craft
    • They bring a unique value proposition
  • You don’t have to come from a big city to make something happen
  • Leadership:  People don’t want to be managed, they want to be led… You must provide value to the company
  • Robert’s thoughts on immigration and the fact that you don’t need to be born in this country to be successful
    • “It’s a testament to hope… and it’s really hard.”
  • “You Don’t Have To Be A Shark”
    • “You don’t have to be mean to be effective.  Some sharks aren’t nice.  Be yourself, be real…”
  • Questions from YOU (the listeners) answered as part of the Q & A portion
    • “What is it that inspired you to start The Learning Leader Show?” — Mauricio Dulon from La Paz, Bolivia
    • “How do you coach for disciplined execution when all you get from your client are excuses? — Norma Scott Garrell from Olive Branch, Mississippi
    • “How do you add value as the mentee in a mentor/mentee relationship? — Ben Arwine from Chicago, IL
    • “What benchmarks do you use to gauge how you’re doing in your leadership journey?” — Brian Westerfield from Troy, OH
    • “Is there any one guest whose advice or experience haunts you (in a good way)? — Shawn Fuller from Ontario, Canada
    • “What has been the biggest surprise for you in this journey?” — Ryan Jacobs

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence – The Best Answers From 178 Questions

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Robert Herjavec on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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Episode 190: Roger Martin – Playing To Win: Strategy Is A Choice

 

Episode 190: Roger Martin – Playing To Win: Strategy Is A Choice

Roger Martin’s research work is in Integrative Thinking, Business Design, Strategy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Country Competitiveness. He writes extensively and is a regular contributor to: Harvard Business Review’s The Conversation blog, the Financial Times’ Judgment Call column, and the Guardian Sustainable Business. He has written 24 Harvard Business Review articles and published 10 books: Getting Beyond Better; (Playing to Win (with A.G. Lafley); Fixing the Game; The Design of Business; The Opposable Mind; The Responsibility Virus; Canada: What It Is, What It Can Be; and Diaminds, and The Future of the MBA. In addition, he co-edited Rotman on Design

In 2013, Roger placed 3rd on the Thinkers50 list, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers, moving up from 6th in 2011 and 32nd in 2009. In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by Business Week. In 2007 he was named a Business Week ‘B-School All-Star’ for being one of the 10 most influential business professors in the world. Business Week also named him one of seven ‘Innovation Gurus’ in 2005. (RogerLMartin.com)

Roger Martin is the Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management and the Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness. From 1998 to 2013, he served as Dean. Previously, he spent 13 years as a Director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as co-head of the firm for two years.

Episode 190: Roger Martin – Playing To Win: Strategy Is A Choice

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“Strategy is about making specific choices to win in the marketplace.  It requires making explicit choices to do some things and not others.”

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Common themes of leaders who sustain excellence:
    • Relentlessly look at the future
    • They have a curious mindset… Always asking questions
    • They ask: “Is what we’re doing sustainable?”
  • Why A.G. Lafley was such a great strategic leader
  • You should always ask the question, “How can I put myself out of business?  And think to innovate based on that answer
  • Marrying innovation and strategic thinking: the dangers of doing this
  • What era does all of our data come from?  The past… Think carefully about that
  • You cannot always “prove” innovation.  You can’t always base the future on the past.
  • Aristotle — Brought us analysis… How to prove/demonstrate something is true
  • You can’t ever analyze how to change the world… Steve Jobs would say “Imagine the possibilities.”
  • “Strategy is a choice.  Where to play and how to win.”
  • Roger explains how to test if you have a real strategy
  • Best advice he’s received and given:
    • 1) “Don’t start on the easy stuff.  Do the hard tasks first.  If you work on the hardest problems, you’ll find that the easier ones seem to disappear
    • 2) Less is more.  Figure out one thing you do really well and focus on it.
    • 3) “Don’t intellectualize people.”  “Don’t try to fool them, treat them as people… As you would want to be treated.”
  • Highly successful people make a list of the Top 10 things to do that day and tackle the toughest problems first
  • Managing what matters most — Must have a strategy to know what’s most important
    • Peter Drucker’s work — The Effective Executive

“Too often CEO’s will allow what’s urgent to crowd out what’s really important.  It’s wrong to define strategy as following best practices.  This creates sameness and sameness is not a strategy.  It’s a recipe for mediocrity.”

Continue Learning:

You may also like these episodes:

Episode 078: Kat Cole – From Hooters Waitress To President of Cinnabon

Episode 071: Nate Boyer – Green Beret, Texas Football, The NFL

Episode 179: How To Sustain Excellence – The Best Answers From 178 Questions

Episode 107: Simon Sinek – Leadership: It Starts With Why

Did you enjoy the podcast?

If you enjoyed hearing Roger Martin on the show, please don’t hesitate to send me a note on Twitter or email me.

Episode edited by the great J Scott Donnell

The Learning Leader Show is supported by FreshBooksFreshBooks is offering a 30 day, unrestricted free trial to my listeners. To claim it, just go to FreshBooks.com/Learning and enter LEARNING LEADER in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section.

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