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The Growth Whisperers are Brad Giles and Kevin Lawrence, two advisors to mid-market businesses, one Australian, one Canadian, who each work with CEOs and Leadership Teams across the world with a mission to build enduring, great companies.

Each weekly episode covers interesting situations and questions from the world of strategic planning, leadership development, talent and hiring in high growth entrepreneurial companies where real results matter.

The Growth Whisperers podcast Brad Giles & Kevin Lawrence

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The Growth Whisperers are Brad Giles and Kevin Lawrence, two advisors to mid-market businesses, one Australian, one Canadian, who each work with CEOs and Leadership Teams across the world with a mission to build enduring, great companies.

Each weekly episode covers interesting situations and questions from the world of strategic planning, leadership development, talent and hiring in high growth entrepreneurial companies where real results matter.

    #128 Is your leadership team too big?

    #128 Is your leadership team too big?

    Is your leadership team too big? 
    There's a real challenge that comes with having too many people in a meeting or in a team. Some leaders want to be all-inclusive and can end up with too many people in the room, or others can end up with too few people. 
     
    Each of these can come with a set of second-order consequences that can negatively affect the effectiveness of the team.  And then the performance of the business. 
     
    The challenge here is that the leadership team naturally expands in most companies for deeper insights into the business, more expertise, buy-in and their own development. Unfortunately, it is hard to un-invite and these larger teams can become ineffective.
    In this episode, we discuss definitions of executive teams, and leadership teams, talking about the guides you should use for maximum effectiveness, and what you should watch out for. 
     
     
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    Related episodes
    >> See Episode 92 Meeting Rhythm - The Monthly Leadership Team meeting
    >> See Episode 77 The curse of being in a great leadership team
    >> See Episode 24 How do you get a leadership team to think strategically?
     
    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

    • 21 min
    #127 How to deal with an executive that is underperforming

    #127 How to deal with an executive that is underperforming

    How do you deal with an executive that is underperforming?
    Executives are the most impactful and important roles in your company.  Weak executives create weak teams, which start to rot the company from the inside out.
    Sometimes we have good people who we trust, but they perform at a B level. They score high on the core values but score low on productivity. These people can be difficult to deal with, and exceptionally difficult to deal with if it's a CEO dealing with a B performer executive. 
    This week we talk about stories we've seen where leaders have dealt with a B player executive well and stories where they haven't dealt with it well. Also, we explain how to deal with this situation. 
     
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    Related episodes
    >> See Episode 71 How to use SMART goals with your team
    >> See Episode 72 How the best leaders hold people accountable (part 1 of 2)
    >> See Episode 73 How the best leaders hold people accountable (part 2 of 2)
    >> See Episode 123 Seven important things to develop your mid managers
     
    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

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    #126 What to say when managers tell you people are leaving for more money

    #126 What to say when managers tell you people are leaving for more money

    What happens when managers tell you people are leaving for more money?
    As a leader, your direct reports will tell you that a team member of theirs has left for more money. The problem is that it’s an easy excuse, that actually leads to never fixing attrition issues. Instead, what if you didn’t accept that answer and asked them for the real answer?
    In this episode, we discuss the data about why people leave jobs, and you can use that data to develop a better operational culture.
     
     
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    * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show!
    * Follow us on Twitter @Evolution_Perth and @lawrenceandco1 Learn more about building enduring great companies.
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    Links:
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
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    Related episodes
    >> See Episode 114 The CEO has only one tool
     
     
    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

    • 33 min
    #125: What to do when your team resists change

    #125: What to do when your team resists change

    Sometimes you're clear about a change that needs to happen, but team members might resist that change. It doesn't make sense. You understand why and how the change is required, but team members are resisting that change in perhaps an illogical or unreasonable way.
    In this episode, Kevin and Brad discuss what to do when your team resists change, and we refer to Kotter's 8-Step Change Model, which is listed below.
    1- Create Urgency. The first step is to create a sense of urgency about the need for change.
    2- Put A Team Together.
    3- Develop Vision and Strategies.
    4- Communicate the Change Vision.
    5- Remove Obstacles.
    6- Set Short-Term Goals.
    7- Keep the Momentum.
    8- Make The Change Stick.
     
     
     
     
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    Links:
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
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    Related episodes
    >> See Episode 114 The CEO has only one tool
     
     
    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

    • 28 min
    #124 Five things that make a bad strategic plan

    #124 Five things that make a bad strategic plan

    What makes a bad strategic plan?
    According to Harvard Business School, 92% of business plans fail due to poor execution, and so getting a plan that succeeds, is difficult.
    Your strategy should clearly explain your direction, and how you will be different from your competition. Then, your execution plan should detail specifically where to commit your resources of time and money to ensure you execute that strategy. 
    In this episode, Kevin and Brad discuss five things that make a bad strategic plan, and how you can avoid those, to build more effective strategic plans, that succeed more often.
     
     
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    * Do you love The Growth Whisperers and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our YouTube channel.
    * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show!
    * Follow us on Twitter @Evolution_Perth and @lawrenceandco1 Learn more about building enduring great companies.
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    Links:
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
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    Related episodes
    >> See Episode 85 Getting the most from your strategic planning framework
    >> See Episode 90 Annual Strategic thinking meeting
    >> See Episode 117 The biggest problem with most Flywheels (part one of two) 
     
    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

    • 26 min
    #123 Seven important things to develop your mid managers

    #123 Seven important things to develop your mid managers

    How do you develop your mid-managers? As companies grow, the gap tends to be in the middle management and, as they are so busy working, they rarely get the development time, resources and attention needed for the growth that is required to develop talent from within. As a result, we end up having to hire many external team members to strengthen the team - more than many companies would like.

    And the existing team gets stagnant.


    In the end, every team ends up with its own university. An internal learning centre to help people grow. But what do you do until you get to 1,000+ employees when that happens?
    In this episode, Brad and Kevin talk about the seven important things you can do to develop your mid-managers.
     
     
     
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    * Do you love The Growth Whisperers and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our YouTube channel.
    * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show!
    * Follow us on Twitter @Evolution_Perth and @lawrenceandco1 Learn more about building enduring great companies.
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    Links:
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
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    Related episodes
    >> See Episode 55 Building a people magnet machine
    >> See Episode 67 Why should people want to work for your company?
    >> See Episode 46 Jim Collins Seven questions for people decisions
     
    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

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