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Welcome to “The Development Exponent: A Leadership Perspective” with your host Bruce Holoubek. Bruce believes that the degree to which leaders invest in the development of their people as a whole has an exponential effect on both the growth of that individual and the growth of the organization in which they work. When done properly, it creates truly mutually meaningful work engagements. Your looking glass into the mechanics of that relationship starts here. - You can learn more about Bruce and the work he does with leaders at http://theapugroup.com

The Development Exponent: A Leadership Perspective Bruce Holoubek

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Welcome to “The Development Exponent: A Leadership Perspective” with your host Bruce Holoubek. Bruce believes that the degree to which leaders invest in the development of their people as a whole has an exponential effect on both the growth of that individual and the growth of the organization in which they work. When done properly, it creates truly mutually meaningful work engagements. Your looking glass into the mechanics of that relationship starts here. - You can learn more about Bruce and the work he does with leaders at http://theapugroup.com

    The Little Potato and How It Grew, with Angela Santiago

    The Little Potato and How It Grew, with Angela Santiago

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    A particular culture comes with a family-owned business that’s difficult to maintain as the company grows. Today we learn how my guest, Angela Santiago, CEO and co-founder of The Little Potato Company, preserved the family-owned culture of her growing business. She equates planning for culture and values with planning for a budget or business strategy. 
    Angela and her father founded The Little Potato Company in 1996 on a 1-acre plot. The company now has over 400 employees, star listings in the U.S. and Canada, and has breeding programs on three continents. Angela is a wife and mother of 4. She has earned many awards during her career, such as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young, Top 40 under 40 in Canada, and Alberta’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. Angela is a delight to speak with, down-to-earth, insightful, and knowledgeable. Listen in to learn how you can apply the growth principles Angela has shared with us.
    Resources & People Mentioned Team Building & Bucket Filling with The Little Potato Company Connect with Angela Santiago On LinkedIn Company website SPONSOR: eWebinar – “Automated webinar” solutions are out there. Sadly, they’re little more than videos playing alongside some fake attendees. They achieve their basic purpose and provide information, but let’s face it... they’re one-sided and boring. We’ve made them fun and engaging. Check out https://www.ewebinar.com/ for all the details!
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    • 34 min
    Holoubek in the Hot Seat, with Carey Green

    Holoubek in the Hot Seat, with Carey Green

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    What if you could have your biggest organizational issues assessed and addressed, with guaranteed results? That’s the promise of Contracted Leadership. We at Contracted Leadership are more than consultants. We’re contractors who work side-by-side with organizations and we aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty. That level of commitment is required of anyone representing us. Each subcontractor has 15-20+ years of experience in various industries, including substantial leadership roles. They’re carefully vetted and trained to ensure that they’ll represent the purpose of Contracted Leadership.
    In this episode, you’ll hear more about the ins and outs of Contracted Leadership. This time we’re doing something new. Rather than interviewing someone or speaking on a topic, I’m handing over the wheel to Carey Green, the founder of Podcast Fast Track. This time, Carey is interviewing me! Carey is one of the best interviewers ever. He and his team are responsible for turning good recordings into great podcast episodes. Carey and I discuss the reason Contracted Leadership exists and the story behind how it came to be. Listen in on this opportunity to learn about the heart of Contracted Leadership.
    Outline of This Episode [01:25] Why Bruce is being interviewed [07:23] Contracted Leadership’s focus [10:03] Why do organizations approach Contracted Leadership? [14:55] Why does development tend to be neglected? [17:45] Contracted Leadership’s Ideal clients [19:30] The three steps in the development process [28:17] What is unique about Contracted Leadership? [33:24] Why did Bruce start Contracted Leadership? [41:59] Advice for organizations experiencing growth pains Connect with Carey Green Carey Green on LinkedIn Podcast Production Services from Podcast Fast Track SPONSOR: eWebinar – “Automated webinar” solutions are out there. Sadly, they’re little more than videos playing alongside some fake attendees. They achieve their basic purpose and provide information, but let’s face it... they’re one-sided and boring. We’ve made them fun and engaging. Check out https://www.ewebinar.com/ for all the details!
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    • 45 min
    Inspiring the Future through Game-Based Learning, with Dan White

    Inspiring the Future through Game-Based Learning, with Dan White

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    Creation is the key to learning. When we can apply what we learn, we make knowledge our own. My guest takes that belief to new levels. Dan White is the founder and CEO of Filament Games where their ultimate goal is to inspire people to learn more on their own. I knew I needed to speak with Dan White after watching his video about how to embrace failure. In the video, Dan shares his belief that failure should be expected and celebrated rather than avoided. I know you’ll be inspired by his passion for effective learning.
    Outline of This Episode [2:18] What does Filament Games do? [7:20] The importance of learning based games [12:04] Learning games now vs the past [18:07] Dreaming of the future of gaming [21:32] Moving from concept to client [30:24] Teaching robotics digitally [42:43] Where is Filament Games going next? [44:53] The power of failure Connect with Dan White Dan White on LinkedIn Filament Games SPONSOR: eWebinar – “Automated webinar” solutions are out there. Sadly, they’re little more than videos playing alongside some fake attendees. They achieve their basic purpose and provide information, but let’s face it... they’re one-sided and boring. We’ve made them fun and engaging. Check out https://www.ewebinar.com/ for all the details!
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    • 53 min
    How Ambition, Courage, and Curiosity Empower Growth and Value, with Mary Dixon

    How Ambition, Courage, and Curiosity Empower Growth and Value, with Mary Dixon

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    Ambition, courage, and curiosity are character traits you’ll find in many founders and many innovators across disciplines. I immediately saw all three of those traits in my guest on this episode, Mary Dixon. Mary is a founder in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, working to improve the lives of human beings through research and development that empower the person’s greatest health.
    Her history has led her to the development of software that empowers medical providers and patients as well. The focus is to do this through the use of data to discover the deeper unmet needs of everyone in the scenario. I invite you to listen. You’ll be inspired by Mary’s competence and insight and how she keeps her focus on the individuals involved in the complex process of healthcare solutions.
    Outline of This Episode [1:50] Mary’s 30-year history in pharma and how she leads in ground-breaking developments [12:20] How curiosity has contributed to Mary’s career development and innovation [23:27] Hiring for curiosity and the mission, not necessarily industry expertise [28:52} Surprising challenges transitioning to leadership [33:45] What Mary wishes others knew about Big Pharma [37:22] Achievements Mary is particularly proud of [40:46] What are “human factors” and why are they so important? [47:50] Mary’s childhood experience with healthcare and how it led to her current role [1:01:37] The confidence that’s come in leading over the years: delegation Connect with Mary Dixon Mary on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mary-e-dixon-b228aa8/  Companies Mary serves
    https://innovenn.com/ https://improvita.com/ http://www.cogentpharma.com/ 


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    Resources Definition of Software as a Medical Device Locus of control theory BOOK: “The Culture Code” BOOK: “Start With Why” BOOK: “Deep Survival” Connect With Bruce www.ContractedLeadership.com Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Subscribe to The Development Exponent
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Leadership Lessons Learned From Non-Profits, with Nick Curran

    Leadership Lessons Learned From Non-Profits, with Nick Curran

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    After starting his accounting firm serving the for-profit world, Nick Curran had an “accidental” conversation that led him down the path his business was to follow for the foreseeable future — providing accounting services exclusively to non-profit organizations.
    As CEO of Numbers 4 Non-Profits, Nick leads a substantial team of accountants, consultants, assistants, and administrative professionals to, in his words, “Do the simple things right.” In this conversation, you’ll hear Nick describe why non-profit organizations tend to be more stable than their for-profit counterparts, the typical bumps in the road non-profits face, and why clear and quick communication is always the best course of action, no matter the issue. 
    Outline of This Episode [2:17] The road to providing accounting services for non-profit organizations [6:09] Difficult aspects of serving clients in the non-profit space [11:45] Why non-profit organizations tend to be more stable and successful [16:06] Misconceptions non-profit organizations have about their accounting [25:15] Staying connected to the original reasons you started a business [30:22] How a heart attack showed Nick the power of the relationships he’s built [35:10] Achievements Nick’s business has attained that he’s most proud of [38:01] Is there really a professional life / personal life division? [41:42] The struggle to hold team members accountable [48:00] Two things top decision-makers can make right now Connect with Nick Curran Numbers 4 Non-Profits Follow Nick on LinkedIn SPONSOR: First Business Bank – Take banking to the next level. Fuel business growth. Improve personal wealth gains. Elevate your banking expectations with a financial partner that delivers comprehensive business banking services – built on experience. Find out more at https://firstbusiness.bank/
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    Sustaining The Family Feeling of A Family Business, with Sam Daniels

    Sustaining The Family Feeling of A Family Business, with Sam Daniels

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    Growing up in a family-owned general contracting business, Sam Daniels worked in the field, learned back-office stuff, and then went to school to learn more of the business skills needed to be a significant part of the family business going forward. His journey into leadership and the lessons he’s had to learn — and how he’s learned them — provide great food for thought for those in the role of leadership. Sam speaks with host, Bruce Holoubek about sustaining the family feel of the business over time, what that looks like practically when it comes to employee benefits and communication, and more. Join us for this conversation.
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    Outline of This Episode [1:03] Building construction: how it’s built and how it shapes us [4:46] Sam’s company is a diversified self-performing contractor? What’s that? [6:43] Shifting from residential construction to larger-scale commercial work [11:01] Characteristics that set Daniels Construction apart from other companies [14:48] Working in the field as the kid of one of the company leaders [17:20] The fun of being a third-generation leader in a family business [22:30] Leadership lessons about caring for the team, learned from his grandfather [25:06] Misconceptions about the construction industry [29:55] Why long-term employees are the norm at Daniel’s construction [35:19] Surprises Sam’s high school friends might experience if they met him today [37:51] Why the work Daniel’s construction does, matters to Sam and to others [42:02] How losing his grandfather shaped his course to lead in the family business [48:01] The one thing Sam desires for his employees more than anything [49:55] Two pieces of advice for top decision-makers Connect with Sam Daniels Sam on LinkedIn Daniels Construction, Madison, Wisconsin Connect With Bruce www.ContractedLeadership.com Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Subscribe to The Development Exponent
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    • 53 min

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Jehudemus ,

BAM! winning

Thank you Bruce for being the kind of lighthouse we need! Great guests, great questions, great vibes. And all that in an easily digestible format.

Banana47458593718596$3$4@6$ ,

Great Show

I was lucky enough to be on Bruce’s show as guest. I think you will find Bruce to be as thoughtful and insightful as I did. Great show and free chance to learn from Bruce and other great guests that are in the trenches. Keep up the great work Bruce!

Carl Atwell

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Awesome Host!

I had a blast being on Bruce’s show. He is down to earth, fun to chat with and asks great questions. In addition to being a guest I’ve listened to many of his other shows - they are great!!

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