100 episodes

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.

    #166 Necessary endings

    #166 Necessary endings

    "Necessary Endings" is a self-help book written by Dr. Henry Cloud. It explores the concept of embracing and initiating endings in various aspects of life, such as relationships, careers, and personal growth, in order to create a positive and fulfilling future.
    The book emphasises that endings are a natural part of life and are necessary for personal and professional growth. 
    While endings are a natural part of business and life, we often experience them with a sense of hesitation, sadness, resignation, or regret. But Dr. Henry Cloud sees endings differently. He argues that our personal and professional lives can only improve to the degree that we can see endings as a necessary and strategic step to something better. If we cannot see endings in a positive light and execute them well, he asserts, the "better" will never come either in business growth or our personal lives.
    In this insightful and deeply empathetic book, Dr. Cloud demonstrates that, when executed well, "necessary endings" allow us to proactively correct the bad and the broken in our lives in order to make room for the professional and personal growth we seek. However, when endings are avoided or handled poorly—as is too often the case—good opportunities may be lost, and misery repeated. Drawing on years of experience as an executive coach and a psychologist, Dr. Cloud offers a mixture of advice and case studies to help readers
    Know when to have realistic hope and when to execute a necessary ending in a business, or with an individual. Identify which employees, projects, activities, and relationships are worth nurturing and which are not. Overcome people's resistance to change and create change that works. Create urgency and an action plan for what's important. Stop wasting resources needed for the things that really matter. Knowing when and how to let go when something, or someone, isn't working—a personal relationship, a job, or a business venture—is essential for happiness and success.  In this, the final episode of the Growth Whisperers podcast, we talk about the book necessary endings, our journey together, and why you should consider what endings are necessary in your life. 
    Thank you for listening, it's been an honour to help you. From Kevin and Brad.
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    #165 The top five reasons people regret selling their business

    #165 The top five reasons people regret selling their business

    There is an entire industry and philosophy surrounding why you should sell your business, but it doesn’t need to be that way. 
    There are many reasons why people choose to sell their businesses and really the reasons can be broken down into two different things. 
    1. Long Term Goal To Exit: A strategic decision because their plan all along was to sell their business and they have something else more desirable to do with their time (besides golf).

    2. Looking for an Exit strategy after losing faith.  They hit a point of frustration or desperation and are no longer either enjoying the business or don’t believe they can get it to the next level. 
    The first point is a goal to exit, the second allows you to think it isn't going to get any easier, it might be better to sell. And there are a lot of people who will want you to sell. This means you can feel forced to exit.
    In this episode we discuss the top 5 reasons people regret selling, and how you can consider different perspectives and opportunities. 
     
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    Links:
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    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
    Newsletters
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/articles
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    • 30 min
    #164 Using the sandbox to stop dumb decisions in the leadership team

    #164 Using the sandbox to stop dumb decisions in the leadership team

    Without effective discipline around decision making we can end up making decisions we later might call dumb. To avoid this one of the tools we use is the sandbox. Where we play.
    Our sandbox is where we have proven that we can win and earn the right to be a viable option for our customers. And the principle helps us to keep sand in the box.
    What we sell, Who we sell it to and where we sell it.
    Like any principle creates focus and guardrails for our thinking and decisions.
    When going outside of these guardrails, we need to do it with extreme caution and this takes a lot of humility at times - especially when a business is doing really well.  
     
     
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    Links:
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    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
    Newsletters
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/articles
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/business-resources
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    #96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    #90 Meeting Rhythm - The Annual Strategic Thinking meeting
    #110 Five most common questions we get about Scaling Up
    #89 The 4 different types of A players

    • 24 min
    #163 Executive burnout: Building your resilience (2/2)

    #163 Executive burnout: Building your resilience (2/2)

    Executives are often more driven than the average person. We run hard all the time, and it usually works. And then, it doesn't work.
    We persist and push harder than the average person, and that's why we win. But it's also why we can crash harder and sometimes even put everything at risk. 
    This week we talk about executive burnout in the second of two episodes. What it means, what to look out for in both yourself and your team, and when it might be time to go get some help.
     
     
     
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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!
    * Is Twitter your thing? Follow @Evolution_Perth and @lawrenceandco1 to learn more about building enduring great companies.
    *Like LinkedIn? Follow https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradleygiles/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachkevinlawrence/ 
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    Links:
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
    Newsletters
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/articles
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/business-resources
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    #90 Meeting Rhythm - The Annual Strategic Thinking meeting
    #110 Five most common questions we get about Scaling Up
    #89 The 4 different types of A players

    • 25 min
    #162 Executive Burnout: How do you know when you need to get some help? (1/2)

    #162 Executive Burnout: How do you know when you need to get some help? (1/2)

    Executives are often more driven than the average person. We run hard all the time, and it usually works. And then, it doesn't work.
    We persist and push harder than the average person, and that's why we win. But it's also why we can crash harder and sometimes even put everything at risk. 
    This week we talk about executive burnout. What it means, what to look out for in both yourself and your team, and when it might be time to go get some help.
     
     
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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!
    * Is Twitter your thing? Follow @Evolution_Perth and @lawrenceandco1 to learn more about building enduring great companies.
    *Like LinkedIn? Follow https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradleygiles/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/coachkevinlawrence/ 
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    Links:
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
    Newsletters
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/articles
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/business-resources
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    #19 Mental health in business leadership during COVID19
    #79 Eliminate your emotionally taxing issues - lick your toads
     
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    #104 The habits successful leaders use to prepare each week
    #50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
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    #90 Meeting Rhythm - The Annual Strategic Thinking meeting
    #110 Five most common questions we get about Scaling Up
    #89 The 4 different types of A players

    • 31 min
    #161 Rating your firm on Jim Collins 7 Good to Great principles (2/2)

    #161 Rating your firm on Jim Collins 7 Good to Great principles (2/2)

    Jim Collins book Good to Great is one of the all-time business classics due to the size and quality of the research that underpins the principles that he identified in the research about companies that endured and achieved great performance, relative to their peer companies who only achieved good performance.
     In Good to Great, Jim Collins identified seven core principles that great companies excelled at.
    In this part two of two episodes, we dig into the seven principles from Good to Great and ask you to rate your firm's performance on each of these.
     
     
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    Newsletters
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/articles
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/business-resources
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    #50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
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    #110 Five most common questions we get about Scaling Up
    #89 The 4 different types of A players

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