Go-getters are always pursuing better in their career, business, and life. But they often get stuck in the uncertainty of the next step or don't have a clear plan for achieving their goals and turning their good intentions into reality. Executive Minds is the podcast helping go-getters like you become difference makers with practical guidance proven to convert potential into high-performance so you can grow your career.
The podcast features career, leadership, and business advice from our founding mentors — Jeff Henderson, Shane Benson, David Farmer, and podcast host Kevin B. Jennings. Over their careers, Jeff, Shane, David, and Kevin have worked with multi-million- and billion-dollar organizations and brands like Chick-fil-A, Northpoint Ministries, Atlanta Braves, The John Maxwell Team, William Morris Endeavor, Dave Ramsey, Tony Robbins, Tiff's Treats, Michael Hyatt & Co., and BELAY. You'll also hear from successful experienced and emerging leaders like Dan Cathy (Chick-fil-A), Michael Hyatt, David Butler (Coca-Cola), Chef Ford Fry, Sid and Ann Mashburn, Eryn Eddy (So Worth Loving), Carey Nieuwhof, Sam Collier (Hillsong Atlanta), Jeff Shinabarger (Plywood People), and many more. In each episode, you'll get principles, strategies, and tools from people who have maximized their potential to launch ideas, lead teams, build businesses, improve communities, and ultimately make a difference in others' lives. We hope you'll apply what you learn to propel your career and impact.
For podcast show notes, articles, and additional resources to accelerate your professional development, visit www.executiveminds.co
EM 211 | How to Develop Yourself as a Leader
If you do a great job fulfilling your role, you'll likely get opportunities to lead projects and people. However, transitioning from subject matter expert and independent contributor to leader is like an athlete transitioning from playing on the field to coaching the team. It requires different skills and abilities. Consequently, a promotion into a leadership position often negatively affects the contributions of an organization's top performers, but it doesn't have to be that way. We can begin preparing ourselves and our team members for opportunities to lead. In episode 211, Heather Zempel of National Community Church in Washington D.C. shares how she develops herself and others as leaders at one of the most successful churches in the United States. She also gives us a framework to do the same. Welcome to episode 211.
EM 210 | How Top Executives Manage Their Time & Calendar
The reward for doing a great job at work is typically more projects to manage, more people to lead, bigger decisions to make, and bigger goals to accomplish. However, you never get more time to do it all. As you grow, One of the keys to your professional success will be how well you manage your time as the demands for your time increase. In episode 210, David Farmer, SVP of Restaurant Experience at Chick-fil-A and one-fourth of the MNTR team, shares how he masters his schedule to maximize his time. In the process, David gives us a masterclass in time management and productivity. Welcome to episode 210 of Executive Minds.
EM 209 | How Affirmation Improves Performance at Work with Dr. Tim Irwin
Ambitious, high-achievers, like us, often struggle to acknowledge what we are doing well. We develop a critical eye, which quickly identifies when we and others around us are not hitting the mark. We believe it helps us raise our game, deliver excellence, achieve results, gain recognition, and maximize our growth. However, brain science disagrees. In this episode, we revisit Jeff Henderson's conversation with organizational and clinical psychologist Dr. Tim Irwin to learn how affirmation, not criticism, is the way to improve performance at work and bring the best out of others.
EM 208 | Leading for the Future & Living in the Present [David Farmer’s 2021 Annual Review]
As go-getters, we often have a future-focused, what’s-next orientation that can rob us of enjoying today. However, we still need to think, plan, and work ahead intentionally. It’s required to be an effective leader for ourselves and others. Planning today helps us reduce the potential stress and overwhelm of tomorrow. So, how do we both stay present and get ahead? In this episode, we catch up with Chick-fil-A executive and founding mentor at Executive Minds, David Farmer, for a behind-the-scenes into his annual review for 2021. We also discover how he works to balance leading for the future while still living in the present.
EM 207 | Finding a Problem Worth Solving
Everything gets hard at some point. There are just different types of hard. Physically, it's hard to work out, and it's hard to navigate a failing body. Relationally, there's the difficulty of uncomfortable conversations or the challenge of fractured relationships. Professionally, we can lead ourselves and our teams through the obstacles of just growing the bottom line or also solving problems that matter. Our opportunity is to choose our version of hard, so the effort put into our work and career is for something that matters. In this episode, Ashley Jones of Love Not Lost shares how she discovered a problem worth solving. However, this conversation also reveals principles we can use to do the same.
EM 206 | How to Achieve Goals that Can’t Be Measured [Shane Benson's 2021 Annual Review]
Go-getters, no matter how motivated, often struggle to achieve goals when it’s hard to measure their progress. Physically, we know when we’re losing weight. Financially, we know when we’ve earned more money. Professionally, we typically know when goals are achieved and projects are completed at work. However, things are never quite as clear in our marriage, parenting, spiritual life, and even our leadership at work. In this episode, we catch up with Chick-fil-A executive and founding mentor at Executive Minds, Shane Benson, for a behind-the-scenes into his annual review for 2021. We also discover how he’s learned to make progress in areas of life that are a bit harder to measure.
I have really enjoyed listening to Kevin and his guests. I am taking his advice and creating a professional action plan and using this to grow myself professionally.
Coaches NEED Coaches too!
I LOVE the remix episodes of this podcast! It feels like you are in the booth or at the coffee shop sitting across the table from Kevin B. Jennings as he guides the conversation!
My favorite remix episode so far is #203 on personal development!
I love the R. E. P. S. framework!!
EM 161 was my first but not my last with EM podcast. It was awesome to gain more insightful info from Cindi Filer (EM 161). HUNGRY.HUMBLE.SMART (EQ>IQ) 😉