Real Leaders brings you the story behind the story of some of the most innovative, authentic leaders in business -- from startups to enterprise.
Sue Heilbronner is the CEO of MergeLane, an accelerator for startups with at least one female in leadership. Sue also is a seasoned startup leader, advisor to CEOs of growth companies, Tedx speaker, professor of entrepreneurship, active angel investor, and mentor to many.
Flexibility and Alignment in the Age of Covid: Yoga pod's Founders on Their Quick Pivot
Real Leaders takes a break from speaking with founders and leaders at technology startups to talk to the founders of Yogapod, a dynamic brick and mortar business in the heart of the yoga haven of Boulder, Colorado. But wait for it. Yoga pod founders Nicole and Gerry Wienholt have an even wider range than their 120-class weekly yoga schedule might have reflected, and they rose the challenge of Covid-19 closures days before the fast-moving municipalities mandated shutdowns. Today's yogapod is, for now, a tech company first.
This is a winning story of two entrepreneurs who skipped over the five stages of grief in just one weekend, taking action to ensure the longevity of their vibrant business in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Yogapod--home to teachers and students who have been loyal since the business opened a decade ago--was live-streaming yoga classes before we knew the hashtag #flattenthecurve, and their loyal client base (I'm included) stayed the course, having a chance to meet live with their favorite teachers and community members from the shag-carpet "studio" of home.
Yoga pod 's team watched the data and decided to make increasing investments to upgrade their technology to ensure a world-class streaming experience. A new microphone here, a second monitor so teachers could see themselves and also see the students. In the process, the founders realized that people well beyond the bounds of what we call the "Boulder Bubble" would enjoy practicing with leading teachers, no matter where they call home. So Yogapod is investing in streaming for good, regardless of when the city and state officials permit the reopening of yoga studios.
This is my favorite kind of entrepreneurial story--packed with every stage of the lean startup process: from hunch, to experimentation, to learning, to leveraging that learning by taking informed risks.
Join Sue Heilbronner and Nicole and Gerry Wienholt for a pivot story that is as vision-focused as it is P&L-focused.
#41-Scaling a Conscious Leadership Company through Conscious Leadership–Jim Dethmer & Diana Chapman
Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman – co-founders of the coaching and consulting business Conscious Leadership Group – are working to shift the mindset and level of self-awareness in global companies and organizations. Jim and Diana have been at the forefront of this movement, launching their bestselling book 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership in 2015 with Kaley Klemp.
In this episode of the Real Leaders podcast, Sue Heilbronner leads an intimate interview with her long-time friends and fellow Conscious Leadership advocates Jim and Diana about why, how, and when they co-founded CLG. Combining their individual experience, skills, and resources, Jim and Diana decided to join forces to increase their impact. Jim’s passion for continued growth in consciousness and Diana’s practical approach to communication are what enable them to make change happen for their clients and coaches-in-training. CLG now comprises a talented group of coaches, trainers, and consultants who work with thousands of leaders and companies interested in bringing more conscious practices to their companies.
Learn more about how Jim and Diana have built a rapidly growing international business through a mindset of abundance, transparency, and personal alignment on this engaging episode of the Real Leaders Podcast.
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#40 -- Conscious Leadership AMA (Ask me Anything) with Sue Heilbronner, Chapter 2
Chapter 2 in our series Conscious Leadership AMA ("Ask Me Anything") with Sue Heilbronner, CEO of MergeLane Fund and Leadership Camp.
Conscious Leadership AMAs are open to alumni of MergeLane programs and camps at Leadership.camp. Leaders ask about their challenges and opportunities in implementing conscious leadership into their daily work and life.
This episode features a heavy focus on unconscious commitments, including how to spot clearly the patterns that we are using in our leadership and how those patterns can make us more and less effective.
Raw, real and revealed inquiries and live executive coaching from Conscious Leadership Coach Sue Heilbronner on the Real Leaders Podcast.
Relevant and Meaningful
I love how Sue creates episodes in real-time, concurrently with the news or state of the world. It makes listening more relevant. This sense of urgency combined with her meaningful questions that go straight to the core (the real stuff we want to know) makes her content the best in its league. Sue is a force that energizes me every time I listen.
Authenticity is Key
There is always much to be learned from successful leaders. Sue has curated a great list of founders and CEO’s to be featured on this podcast. I like that the episodes that were published years ago are still very relevant today.
A friend recommended I would benefit from listening to Sue's podcast and reading her writing on leadership. It was one of the best suggestions I have had all year. Sue has a remarkable knack for getting her interviewees to open up about why they make the decisions they do and what inspires them on their leadership journeys. Highly recommend!