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Ep. 34: What Successful Leaders Do in Challenging Times with Mike Sipple Jr.

Hot Mess Hotline

Release Date: 04/09/2021

Ep. 48: Rules to Live By for Good Leaders and Bad Leaders with Chris Clews show art Ep. 48: Rules to Live By for Good Leaders and Bad Leaders with Chris Clews

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Chris Clews, speaker and author, bring us rules to live by for good and bad leaders straight from the 80s! Again! He has such a valuable perspective to share (and we have laugh so much when we're together), I just had to have him back. This time we're talking about Road House and other 80s favorites. Plus if you're thinking about pivoting your career or there's a creative idea you keep thinking and dreaming about, Chris has some great advice on how to take action on it. Here's just a snippet of all the lightbulb moments you'll get from this fun and insightful conversation: Don't underestimate...

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Ep. 47: Your Team's Long Term Growth Plan with Tony Newcome show art Ep. 47: Your Team's Long Term Growth Plan with Tony Newcome

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Tony Newcome, CTO at ActiveCampaign, creates long-term growth plans with his team and has everyone working in the details, including himself. It's been instrumental to ActiveCampaign's success and certainly his track record as an award-winning technology leader. In this episode listen for Tony's leadership perspective and how he keeps cultures going in hyper growth mode while also staying focused. He believes the best in people and it shows through in everything he does and every conversation he has. Some teams use 2-week sprints to get the right work done at the right time. I've taught 90-day...

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Ep. 46: Project Management Problems Always Have People Solutions with Charlie Garcia show art Ep. 46: Project Management Problems Always Have People Solutions with Charlie Garcia

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Charlie Garcia, president of C Garcia and Associates, has learned that every project management problem really needs a people-focused solution. He grew up in the construction industry and learned early on to take responsibility for what's broken AND what's going right. In this episode, you'll hear Charlie describe a problem completely caused by other people but making him look bad. Like losing millions of dollars bad. He lost a lot of sleep fixing this hot mess, but didn't waste a second trying to blame others. He simply got to work. During this episode listen to Charlie tell how he solved an...

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Ep. 45: Leaders Don't Judge with Joe Topinka show art Ep. 45: Leaders Don't Judge with Joe Topinka

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Joe Topinka, founder of CIO Mentor, shares his experiences learning that leaders don't judge and how to really lead by example through a tough moment in his career. A new CEO came in and he was removed from the executive leadership team. An average leader will let their ego take over. An exceptional leader will take another route. Listen in this episode for Joe's top lessons, his source of inspiration, and our top insights you can put into practice immediately. Your ego overreacts and lies to you. Not only step out of the drama triangle, but bring others along with you. When a phone call is...

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Ep. 44: How to Lead Through a Crisis with Whynde Kuehn show art Ep. 44: How to Lead Through a Crisis with Whynde Kuehn

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Whynde Kuehne, founder and managing director of S2E Transformation Inc., teaches us how to lead through a crisis from her firsthand experience. She was having a normal, fabulous day when she receives a call from the big boss saying her boss was out immediately and she's now in charge of a 100-person team. Gulp. In a matter of days she came up with a way forward for the entire team. Listen in for these key insights and so much more from our powerful conversation. Why a "bridge" is a powerful metaphor for leadership Technical, consulting, and thought leadership are different than people...

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Ep. 43: Leadership Lessons from the 80s with Chris Clews show art Ep. 43: Leadership Lessons from the 80s with Chris Clews

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​Chris Clews, speaker and author, brings us the top leadership lessons from the 80s in this Hot Mess Hotline episode. Combining his marketing leadership experience and love of Gen X culture, he's written a books series, "What 80s Pop Culture Teaches Us About Today’s Workplace." He travels the country sharing what we can all learn from our childhood favorites: movies that play on Saturday afternoon reruns and music originally released on vinyl. Chris originally got inspiration for this work while at home on a mental health day trying to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up. As he...

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Ep. 42: The Ultimate Humble Leadership Style with David Fischer show art Ep. 42: The Ultimate Humble Leadership Style with David Fischer

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​David Fischer, chief revenue officer at Gregory & Appel Insurance, has always sought out challenges. As a marine, he learned the ultimate humble leadership style: leaders eat last. He continuously strives to grow himself, the companies he works for, and the people he leads. That hard work is rewarded with increasingly complex challenges to face, however. He's a wizard when it comes to creating sales systems and structures to catapult a company's success. This problem he shares with us on the Hot Mess Hotline seemed to be a growth opportunity. And it certainly was. But not in the way he...

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Ep. 41: What to Do When Hard Work Doesn't Pay Off with Blair Milo show art Ep. 41: What to Do When Hard Work Doesn't Pay Off with Blair Milo

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Blair Milo, founding director of the Center for Talent and Opportunity, took on a huge career opportunity, drove innovation, and then confronted a problem she couldn't outwork. One minute into this episode and you'll know how hard Blair works. She went from distinguished naval officer to city mayor before the age of 30. Like you, she's an ambitious, go-get 'em tiger, high achiever who does. not. shy. away. from hard work. But hard work doesn't solve all your problems. Gggggaaaaaasssssspppp. Did I just say that? Yep. You can't outwork all of your problems.  Asking for the right kind of...

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Ep. 40: 5 Steps To Take After Being Fired with Emil Ekiyor show art Ep. 40: 5 Steps To Take After Being Fired with Emil Ekiyor

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Emil Ekiyor, CEO of Innopower, learned some tough lessons before finding his purpose. He came to America from Nigeria in high school, never having played football. He learned the game and earned his way into the NFL. He put his head down and got to work. Every. Single. Day. Working on his mind and body to always be competing against himself and the league's best with his speed, strength, and endurance. One day it was just over. After injury and an unexpected termination, his name was at the bottom of ESPN's screen and he was packing his bags to head home. If you've ever been fired, you know...

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Ep. 39: Why Mental Clarity is More Important Than a Business Plan with Jason Weddle show art Ep. 39: Why Mental Clarity is More Important Than a Business Plan with Jason Weddle

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Jason Weddle, CEO of Hamilton, has been successful precisely because he's willing to answer the hard questions and have the tough conversations. Even with himself. For this episode of the Hot Mess Hotline, he shares the confusion that existed in the 6 inches between his ears and describes why mental clarity is more important than the business plan at certain times. His willingness to answer these tough questions and wrestle with himself has led to his success so far. (I mean, "wrestle," figuratively of course. Otherwise that'd be weird.) Jason is raw and vulnerable and wants you to know what...

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In today’s episode, Mike Sipple Jr. wants you to know that as a mid-level leader you are an inspiration!

It might not feel that way sometimes.

You may be asking, "How can I be an inspiration as a mid-level leader?"

Here's how:

It's through learning experiences and having to make decisions that we grow. 

As a leader, you have a vision and you make decisions based on those long-rang planes. Sometimes these decisions create the outcome that is planned and sometimes they don't. Either way, you get to you learn. 

So even when...

  • an ad campaign goes wrong
  • your messaging isn't right
  • or a pandemic hits

You may be hurt emotionally, but you still have to lead.

Realize that when these things happen it hurts those around us as well. From your family to your team it's important to let them know that it hurts you too: share your energy, your experience, and your fear. Let some of it out.

About Mike and His Work

Mike Sipple, Jr. is known throughout the world by family businesses for two reasons. First, Mike owns a third-generation family-owned boutique executive firm; Centennial Executive Search, out of Newport, Kentucky. The reason is that Mike and his father are the co-founders of a growing Global Leadership Platform, Talent Magnet Institute, utilized by organizations to invest more intentionally in their people leaders.

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