27 min

Emer Sanabria: Leadership Lessons from a 20-Year Marine The Dealer Playbook

    • Management

Emer Sanabria is an accomplished Marine Corps veteran and a highly-successful business leader. His experience both on and off the battlefield has made him a sought-after leadership consultant with a track record for turning stagnant businesses into growth machines.

What we discuss in this episode:

Key takeaway points from the episode:


Involving the team in goal setting is important for strategic planning and ensuring the team is invested in achieving the goals.Encouraging team members to teach back their understanding of the goals and plans can help ensure they are committed to achieving them.Maintaining a focus on growth and continuous improvement, both individually and as an organization, is important in the goal-setting process.Anticipating challenges and having a standard operating procedure in place can help a team navigate difficult situations.Business leaders should set SMART goals (sustainable, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-sensitive) with a focus on growth.
In this episode, we discuss how to make wise decisions under pressure. Emer shares his thoughts on how business leaders should focus on the excitement of setting smart, sustainable, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-sensitive goals with their organizations. He emphasizes the importance of being excited about growth, even if it may not be big, and of not letting nerves hold you back, but instead using them to guide you toward your goals. 

Emer also shares his experiences from military missions and how they apply to the business world. He talks about being able to make wise decisions under pressure and being able to adapt to new situations. He advises business leaders to be growth-minded and to see challenges as opportunities to get creative.

Emer also discusses the concept of the "leader sets the thermostat," and how the mood and attitude of a leader can have a huge impact on the rest of the team. He confides that feeling nervous as a business leader is normal and that it's OK to have those feelings, but leaders can use them as a guide toward goals. He shares his thoughts on the importance of having a clear vision and being able to execute it, as well as the value of surrounding yourself with a team that you can trust and rely on.

We discussed the importance of having a standard operating procedure (SOP) in place for unexpected events and how it can help an organization to be prepared and respond effectively. Emer expresses concern about how the past few years of stability in the market may have made people soft and worries that this may negatively impact their ability to adapt to the changing landscape in the comin

Tune in to this episode to get valuable insights and wisdom from Emer on how to navigate the unpredictable landscape of 2023 and beyond. Whether you're a business leader or just looking for some guidance on how to stay motivated and focused in these uncertain times, this episode is definitely worth a listen!
Listen to the full episode for insights and context from Emer Sanabria! 
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Emer Sanabria is an accomplished Marine Corps veteran and a highly-successful business leader. His experience both on and off the battlefield has made him a sought-after leadership consultant with a track record for turning stagnant businesses into growth machines.

What we discuss in this episode:

Key takeaway points from the episode:


Involving the team in goal setting is important for strategic planning and ensuring the team is invested in achieving the goals.Encouraging team members to teach back their understanding of the goals and plans can help ensure they are committed to achieving them.Maintaining a focus on growth and continuous improvement, both individually and as an organization, is important in the goal-setting process.Anticipating challenges and having a standard operating procedure in place can help a team navigate difficult situations.Business leaders should set SMART goals (sustainable, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-sensitive) with a focus on growth.
In this episode, we discuss how to make wise decisions under pressure. Emer shares his thoughts on how business leaders should focus on the excitement of setting smart, sustainable, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-sensitive goals with their organizations. He emphasizes the importance of being excited about growth, even if it may not be big, and of not letting nerves hold you back, but instead using them to guide you toward your goals. 

Emer also shares his experiences from military missions and how they apply to the business world. He talks about being able to make wise decisions under pressure and being able to adapt to new situations. He advises business leaders to be growth-minded and to see challenges as opportunities to get creative.

Emer also discusses the concept of the "leader sets the thermostat," and how the mood and attitude of a leader can have a huge impact on the rest of the team. He confides that feeling nervous as a business leader is normal and that it's OK to have those feelings, but leaders can use them as a guide toward goals. He shares his thoughts on the importance of having a clear vision and being able to execute it, as well as the value of surrounding yourself with a team that you can trust and rely on.

We discussed the importance of having a standard operating procedure (SOP) in place for unexpected events and how it can help an organization to be prepared and respond effectively. Emer expresses concern about how the past few years of stability in the market may have made people soft and worries that this may negatively impact their ability to adapt to the changing landscape in the comin

Tune in to this episode to get valuable insights and wisdom from Emer on how to navigate the unpredictable landscape of 2023 and beyond. Whether you're a business leader or just looking for some guidance on how to stay motivated and focused in these uncertain times, this episode is definitely worth a listen!
Listen to the full episode for insights and context from Emer Sanabria! 
⭐️ Like this show? Please leave us a review here — even one sentence helps! Consider including your LinkedIn or Instagram handle so we can thank you personally! 
Connect with Michael Cirillo
Connect with Michael on LinkedInMore Dealers Are Choosing To Partner with FlexDealer
Looking for a reliable, high-performance dealership marketing partner? Visit https://www.flexdealer.com to discover why more and more dealers are choosing them over big-box providers.

27 min