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Revealing interviews with CEOs and other C-Suite leaders sharing their hard-earned and costly lessons.

Tune in to discover the tools, routines, and strategies that can help you "get to" or "stay in" the C-suite.

Your host is Ben Fanning, #1 bestselling author, Inc. Magazine Columnist, and CEO of The Fanning Group - an International Consultancy and Training Company.

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The CEO Sessions Ben Fanning

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Revealing interviews with CEOs and other C-Suite leaders sharing their hard-earned and costly lessons.

Tune in to discover the tools, routines, and strategies that can help you "get to" or "stay in" the C-suite.

Your host is Ben Fanning, #1 bestselling author, Inc. Magazine Columnist, and CEO of The Fanning Group - an International Consultancy and Training Company.

https://www.benfanning.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/benfanning/
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    How to Tell a Great Leadership Story - CEO of Belvedere Vodka, Rodney Williams

    How to Tell a Great Leadership Story - CEO of Belvedere Vodka, Rodney Williams

    How often are you using your stories to help lead your team? A great leadership story narrative can inspire others to follow and commit.
    Rodney Williams, President and CEO of Belvedere Vodka, knows what it takes to tell a great leadership story, and he shares them in his interview on The CEO Sessions. You don't need fancy words -- all you need is a good understanding of the core concepts of storytelling theory and some practical tips on how to develop your own stories. And, with those two things in place, anyone can be an effective leader who inspires people around them.
    Rodney was named global head of the world’s first super-premium vodka in 2017. He encourages consumers to understand Belvedere's origins, ingredients and craft in order to understand the unique taste and character of Belvedere Vodka. This is the story of Polish rye and purified water, distilled by fire.
    He was most recently the CMO for Moet Hennessy USA's storied portfolio of iconic luxury champagne, wines and spirits brands. Rodney's tenure at Moet Hennessy began as Senior Vice President for Hennessy, where he led the brand out of decline and into record growth with a groundbreaking new strategic campaign.
    Prior to that he was in the wine business where, as SVP of Classics Brands, Jackson Family Wines, he launched the most successful new product in the company’s history; and as SVP of Robert Mondavi, Constellation Brands, oversaw the turnaround of Woodbridge.
    Rodney's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rkw1115/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rkw1115/)
    https://www.belvederevodka.com/ (Belvedere Vodka)
    WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE:
    Going to Dot Com to Dot Bomb to Robert Mondavi.
    His surprising story of mistaken identity with Robert Mondavi.
    The cocktail you can make to impress any business guest.
    How you can describe vodka like a fine wine.
    How the spirits industry was challenged most during the pandemic.
    The BIG pandemic pivot he led Belvedere through, that boosted sales.
    Increasing cocktails with no bartender?
    How to use storytelling as a leader.
    Advice for storytellers who want amp up their game.
    Belvedere Vodka's Amazing Story.
    Starting your story with humor.
    The pros and cons of being a Determined Optimist!
    Where optimism comes from.
    Discovering an empathetic perspective.
    Staying connected as a remote team.
    Belvedere’s innovative approach to clean energy!
    The true passion that drives his career... problem-solving.
    How he led the charge on Batman and OnStar!
    How they are approaching the cost of employee turnover.
    How they leverage executive coaching to reduce turnover.
    A humorous story of his first week at Moet-Hennessy!
    QUOTES:
    “The fodder for great stories is already there.”
    “Storytelling is less about invention and more about excavation.”
    “The best story telling is authentic and real.”
    “If you are really passion-led, you will find a path.”
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    • 54 min
    How to Stand Out While Working Remotely - CEO of Catch Talent, Christina Lock

    How to Stand Out While Working Remotely - CEO of Catch Talent, Christina Lock

    Ever wondered how to stand out while working remotely? Working remotely can be a frustrating experience because you’re not getting “face time” with the leaders in your company. This can stunt your promotion potential.
    Enter Christina Lock, Founder and CEO of Catch Talent, a recruiting and staffing company. Christina Lock has a unique perspective on approaching this problem in a positive way. She’s seen hiring and firing in the remote world from every angle, and she has a terrific strategy for you.
    Christina is an entrepreneur and human resources executive with a proven track record of building companies and talent attraction expertise.
    As CEO of Catch Talent, Christina leads the delivery of technical recruiting services to growing technology, creative, and government contracting companies. Prior to launching Catch Talent, she was a founding member and Vice President of HR and Recruiting at SPARC, where her team hired over 300 team members in less than five years.
    Christina has also held senior leadership positions at ARAMARK and Aerotek.
    Christina serves on the boards of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Women in Tech, Charleston Southern University JRS Coding School, and has spoken at SHRM, DIG South, Pecha Kucha, and the College of Charleston. She mentors fellow entrepreneurs, Mompreneurs and professionals through the Harbor Entrepreneur Center, Women in Tech, and Women’s Entrepreneur Group of Charleston.

    Christina’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinalock/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinalock/)
    Catch Talent: https://catchtalent.com/ (https://catchtalent.com/)

    WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE:
    What, recruiting is a “life skill”?
    Recruitment as a “higher calling".
    Employee engagement with Chuck Norris and bacon.
    How COVID has changed the recruiting landscape.
    The real cost of working remotely.
    How company and employee loyalty changed during the Pandemic.
    How to stand out while working remotely.
    The one trait she’d instill in every employee… ”Ownership”.
    Three success traits for every employee.
    Work-life balance strategies.
    A recruiter’s take on the cost of employee turnover.
    Insights for Mompreneurs and women in the workforce.
    HIGHLIGHTS:
    What being a recruiter teaches you:
    How to be instinctual.
    Picking up cues.
    Relating to other people.
    Being an active listener.
    QUOTES:
    “We think about recruitment as quality over quantity.”
    “Be a student of your profession.”
    “Think outside your job description.”
    When making a change as a leader “Put the person first.”
    “Turnover can be healthy for teams.”
    RESOURCES:
    https://www.amazon.com/Never-Eat-Alone-Secrets-Relationship/dp/0385512058 (Never Eat Alone )by Keith Ferrazzi
    https://www.blinkist.com/ (Blinkist)
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    • 40 min
    The Easy Way to Become a Self-Starter - Serta Simmons CCO, Melanie Huet

    The Easy Way to Become a Self-Starter - Serta Simmons CCO, Melanie Huet

    Are you tired of being the person who always needs direction, or are you exhausted from giving your team direction?
    In this episode with Melanie Huet, EVP and Chief Commercial Officer at Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), you’ll discover how to become a self-starter at work.
    Self-starters take action in their work day and their career to improve and grow. Most people are used to getting told what they need to do but that's not the way it has to be. You can learn how to take charge of your own career.
    Serta Simmons Bedding is the largest manufacturer and distributor of mattresses in North America, and Melanie Huet directs several functions including Sales, Marketing, Innovation, Insights and Trade Marketing.
    She is leading a full business transformation at SSB catapulting a 150 year old industry leader into a digital powerhouse that continues to lead the market in delivering breakthrough innovation.
    Prior to joining SSB, Melanie spent over 15 years in consumer-packaged goods leading global businesses like Huggies, Pull-Ups, Capri Sun, Kool-Aid, Hellmann’s, and Lipton Tea at blue chip companies such as Unilever, Kraft Heinz and Kimberly-Clark.
    Melanie's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melhuet/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/melhuet/ )

    WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:
    Melanie’s experience having an executive coach and why she makes that investment in herself.
    Her first job working in a video rental…. taking take of the small things.
    How to become the your boss’ favorite employee…. listening.
    Advice for leaders who feel they aren’t getting promoted quickly enough.
    Why to get promoted you must “know the game you’re playing”.
    The key leadership lesson Melanie learned managing Kool Aid at Kraft Heinz.
    The big thing that makes Serta Simmons so special.
    The one trait you wish you could instill in every employee... self-starter!
    Why you can have new ideas even if you’re of the “old school”.
    Sleep strategies from a sleep company.
    The unexpected twist that led to her growth.
    Work-life balance tips.
    Why Melanie is a believer in self reflection, and how you can do it.
    Two big strategies for getting promoted.
    HIGHLIGHTS:
    Things that might help you when working with difficult bosses:
    Listening.
    Trying to understand what they want.
    Going an extra mile.
    QUOTES:
    On having an executive coach “It’s humbling.”
    “Take pride in your work no matter how small the job is.”
    “Do work you love and work with people you like.”
    “Be open to feedback.”
    “Know the game that you’re playing.”
    RESOURCES:
    The Pyramid Principle
    Say it with Charts
    Toastmasters
    Business Wars
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    • 36 min
    How You Delegate like a CEO - CEO Cantey Tech Consulting, Willis Cantey

    How You Delegate like a CEO - CEO Cantey Tech Consulting, Willis Cantey

    Ever struggle to delegate? If you're in the corporate world then you probably know that delegation is key. It often seems much easier to do it yourself in the moment, but that’s the path to burnout and not developing your employees.
    When you execute delegate well, it can save your time and let you begin to spend your effort and focus on higher value tasks. Enter Willis Cantey the CEO of https://canteytech.com/ (Cantey Tech Consulting), a regional IT solutions and consulting firm located in Charleston, South Carolina, nine-time winner of INC Magazine's 5000 America's Fastest Growing Companies Award, and named as the 2019 5th fastest growing small company in South Carolina by SC Biz News. His company also been recognized as Best Places To Work in SC.
    He is also the founder of Cantey EDU, a student assessment technology company supporting school districts in 17 states.
    A graduate of the University of the South at Sewanee and the Masters of International Business Program at USC, Wills has worked in technology for more than 20 years and founded Cantey Tech Consulting in 2007.
    He recently partnered with LNC Partners, a private equity growth team in Virginia. Additionally, Willis is former Chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Historic Charleston Foundation Board of Trustees, and Chair-Elect of SC Independent Colleges and Universities.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/williscantey/ (Willis' LinkedIn profile)
    WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER IN THIS EPISODE:
    The greatest life hack of all time.
    Why “Tech” is actually a people first industry.
    Canty Tech’s approach to serving their clients.
    What Willis learned serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce during the Pandemic.
    How to delegate to elevate.
    Why you must start with questions, NOT PowerPoint.
    How to handle CEO stress.
    How you build personal connections with a remote workforce.
    The one trait he’d like to instill in every employee…. focus and organization.
    Wild tales from offshore banking in the 90’s!
    Three success strategies for every employee.
    Koozie - best business tool.
    HIGHLIGHTS:
    Advice Willis would give to his younger self:
    Be patient.
    Go outside of your comfort zone.
    QUOTES:
    “It’s not about our customers understanding us; it’s about us better understanding them.”
    “Everybody’s busy, but everybody needs to give back.”
    On building connection with a remote workforce “If you want to talk to one of your teammates, it needs to be on video.”
    “More horse power doesn’t solve all problems.”
    “Be patient and get out of your comfort zone.”
    “Great ideas and good intentions are easy. Execution is hard.”
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    • 41 min
    How to Make Your Team More Diverse and Profitable with Pam Slim

    How to Make Your Team More Diverse and Profitable with Pam Slim

    What’s the first step to make your team more diverse, and why is diversity so important to business in the first place?
    When you prioritize diversity, research shows that it generates better business results, including increasing employee retention! The best thing about diversity in the workplace? You have more perspectives, which means better ideas and more creativity.
    In this interview with Pamela Slim, author of https://pamelaslim.com/the-widest-net/ (The Widest Net: Unlock Untapped Markets and Discover New Customers Right in Front of You), co-founder of a small business learning lab, and small business expert. you’ll discover what diversity means to the business world and how it can impact your profits.
    She founded her company in 1996 and focused her first decade in business on creating and delivering training programs for large companies such as HP, Charles Schwab, 3Com, Chevron and Cisco Systems.
    Since 2005, Pam has advised thousands of entrepreneurs as well as companies serving the small business market such as Infusionsoft, Progressive Insurance, Constant Contact and Prezi. Pam partnered with author, Susan Cain to build and launch the Quiet Revolution and the Quiet Leadership Institute.
    In 2016 Pam co-founded, with her husband Darryl, the https://pamelaslim.com/ke/ (K'é Main Street Learning Lab) in Mesa, Arizona, a grassroots, community-based think tank for small business economic acceleration.
    She is frequently quoted as a business expert in press such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Information Week, Money Magazine and Psychology Today.
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    The Widest Net: Unlock Untapped Markets and Discover New Customers Right in Front of You on Amazon
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamelaslim/ (Pam's LinkedIn profile)
    WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE:
    The crazy story behind how I met Pam at the World Domination Summit.
    Pam’s knack for creating environments where people get along.
    How Pam created The “Pamily”.
    Why having a diverse group of friends in your life is a gift.
    Why you should consider bringing your family on business trips.
    Advice for those in cross culture or cross racial relationships.
    How Pam is raising her children to be comfortable presenting on stage.
    Pam’s “Unbook” Tour that led to her book.
    The moment when Pam decided to open a learning lab on Main Street in Mesa, AZ.
    Pam’s insightful perspective on in-person versus remote work.
    The BIG IDEA behind The Widest Net.
    How to reach your customers.
    What really retains your employees.
    How to build a diverse community.
    Attracting and retaining diverse team members.
    The first step to increasing diversity.
    HIGHLIGHTS:
    What reflective questions should employers ask and have conversations with their employees about during the pandemic:
    What is really the mission behind what you’re doing as a company?
    Why are you doing the work?
    What’s important to you?
    QUOTES:
    “There’s a human need for people to be together.”
    “Having spaces with multiple uses is a very powerful way to create community.”
    “If every Main Street had a place where people can wander in... it’d be amazing what communities could do.”
    “Having a business coach right in the middle of Main Street is an amazing way to enable a community.”
    “The problem is not that leaders in diverse communities don’t exist; it’s that they’re not visible.”
    “Any company that has a really solid set of products or service offerings knows that they alone can never serve all of the needs that their enterprise customers have.”
    “If you’re recruiting and you’re wanting to build connections with folks, you need the trust, and that trust is built by you spending time in communities.”
    RESOURCES:
    K'é
    World Domination Summit
    Pam’s Fargo TedX Talk
    The Widest Net
    Resonate, Nancy Duarte
    Quiet Revolution, Susan Caine
    Todd Cooper CEO Session
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    • 46 min
    How to Make Your Office Safer - CEO of Global Risk at Prosegur, Robert Dodge

    How to Make Your Office Safer - CEO of Global Risk at Prosegur, Robert Dodge

    Is your office safe? Have you ever had or witnessed an incident at work where safety was compromised? How would this situation have been different if it were safer?
    I’m not just talking about tripping over a cord or having something thrown at you from someone’s office window. What about getting dysentery while traveling or being caught up in a criminal ambush?
    There are all things that leaders can prepare themselves. In this episode, you’ll learn how to make your office safer without spending a fortune.
    Robert Dodge is the CEO of Global Risk Services at Prosegur, one of the top security companies in the world. He’s giving you some of the best tips to keep your workplace safer while still looking professional.
    He’s served as a senior executive at the world’s largest 3 security firms with tenure at G4S, Pinkerton and oversees the physical and digital security for organizations in 90+ countries. He also served honorably in the U.S. Navy and is a graduate of Northeastern University.
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/rldmmm/ (Robert's LinkedIn profile)
    https://www.prosegur.com/en (Prosegur )
    WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE:
    What Robert learned from the “School of Hard Knocks”.
    Navy work hours on 4 hours of sleep per night.
    Advice for his younger self.
    A colorful story from working for the 3 top security companies in the world.
    The moment you need to take your security to the next level.
    Where the bad guys are.
    Common security mistakes.
    Get an ROI on your security investment.
    The one trait he’d instill in every employee... passion and energy.
    His take on how employee turnover impacts security. It’s BIG!
    Stress management in a stressful business.
    A twist in Robert’s career that led to his growth and opportunity.
    Three success strategies for every employee.
    Business insights from the tennis court.
    HIGHLIGHTS:
    Traits Robert would instill into every employee:
    Passion for what they do
    Energy
    Positive Attitude
    QUOTES:
    “Grow yourself and embrace technology.”
    “Business is about the people more than the brand or logo.”
    “The network came to my rescue.”
    RESOURCES:
    https://www.amazon.com/Art-War-Sun-Tzu/dp/1599869772 (The Art of War) - Sun Tzu
    https://www.amazon.com/Good-Great-Some-Companies-Others/dp/0066620996 (Good to Great) - Jim Collins
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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AdamLeadership ,

Great passion for the topic

Ben brings a great passion for leadership to the podcast and has guests of interesting and diverse backgrounds. Keep it up.

Foooleduser ,

Insightful interviews

Highly recommended, I like how Ben authentically take the interviewee through the journey and share leadership nuggets with the audience

Mike Goncalves ,

Consistently great episodes!

Each episode is filled with valuable nuggests of info that Ben and his guests do a great job at conveying via their own personal stories and experiences that are personal, practical, and for the listeners benefit, actionable. Every episode seems to get better and better!

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