48 episodes

The Founder & The Force Multiplier podcast explores how founders and leaders work together with their right-hand partners to turn ideas into action and build wildly successful businesses. This unique take on the typical founder story dives deep into the different business stages of the company and who was by their side or behind the scenes helping to support the leader and the vision along the way. Bottom line: No one succeeds alone. Hallie interviews dynamic leaders and their assistants (aka Force Multipliers), and gets the real stories of struggle, failure, triumphs, and strategies that happen on the way to growing and scaling a business. Let's go behind the business to see how these strategic partners cast the vision, navigate change, grow companies, and lead together.

The Founder & The Force Multiplier The Founder & The Force Multiplier

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

The Founder & The Force Multiplier podcast explores how founders and leaders work together with their right-hand partners to turn ideas into action and build wildly successful businesses. This unique take on the typical founder story dives deep into the different business stages of the company and who was by their side or behind the scenes helping to support the leader and the vision along the way. Bottom line: No one succeeds alone. Hallie interviews dynamic leaders and their assistants (aka Force Multipliers), and gets the real stories of struggle, failure, triumphs, and strategies that happen on the way to growing and scaling a business. Let's go behind the business to see how these strategic partners cast the vision, navigate change, grow companies, and lead together.

    Mental Health Awareness, The Admin Collective, & Being a Multi-Passionate Professional with Nick Ginsburg

    Mental Health Awareness, The Admin Collective, & Being a Multi-Passionate Professional with Nick Ginsburg

    Superhuman Nick Ginsburg is the Executive Assistant to the Provost and Senior VP of Monash University, Founder of The Admin Collective, advocate for mental health, Bachelor of Psychology student, among many other things.
    Nick shares how he manages his mountain of responsibilities while juggling his mental health, navigating burnout, and maintaining a social life. Nick shares his personal journey with knowing one's limits, emphasizing self-care and self-awareness. He explains what sparked his recent pursuit of becoming a clinical psychologist, along with his perspectives on work categorization, and a thought-provoking view on the future of administrative roles in an AI-driven era. Moreover, he discusses his emotional experience of handing over the Admin Collective, a safe, judgment-free space he created for administrative professionals worldwide. A significant part of the episode is devoted to men's mental health, breaking the stigma associated with seeking help, and the transformative impact of mental health support.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Should an Executive Assistant Be Part of the Leadership Team

    Should an Executive Assistant Be Part of the Leadership Team

    Should an Executive Assistant be part of the leadership team?
    Of course, our knee-jerk reaction is a resounding, “Yes!” But, we do understand there are various nuances to consider. However, an Executive Assistant or Executive Business Partner is more effective when they are allowed in the Inner Circle.
    Do not keep your assistant on the periphery, assigning tasks that have no context or meaning. Executive Assistants will be far more invested in their Principal’s success when they are a part of the entire process, and eventually part of the big decisions or even making decisions on their leader’s behalf.
    When you bring an Executive Assistant into the inner circle (i.e. the leadership team), everyone wins.

    • 5 min
    Synergistic Remote Partnerships and the Business of Trust with Andy Culligan and Miranda Berry

    Synergistic Remote Partnerships and the Business of Trust with Andy Culligan and Miranda Berry

    Today we speak with Andy Culligan, fractional CMO and Marketing Consultant for BaseHQ, and his Executive Assistant, Miranda Berry, who he hired through BaseHQ. Andy is a sales person stuck in a marketer's body. He shares his journey from sales to marketing and entrepreneurship, opening up about how his decade of experience led him first to burnout, which inspired his entrepreneurial venture and led to a partnership with BaseHQ, which ultimately led him to hiring Miranda, even when he was nervous about the risk of investing in help.
    Miranda became a virtual assistant through BaseHQ after her own experience with burnout, and explains how finding an Executive that you authentically connect with helps you foster that relationship and understand holistically how they work—both in their professional and private lives.
    The episode further discusses the importance of vision alignment between the Executive and the Force Multiplier and the significance of taking risks in business. A valuable takeaway from this episode is the role of strong partnerships in business growth, which aren't necessarily made in person but are built on trust and shared values. Andy and Miranda's story serves as an inspiration for listeners to take that leap in their professional journey.
    REFERENCES & RESOURCES:
    AndyCulligan.comBase HQFollow Andy on LinkedinFollow Miranda on LinkedIn

    • 40 min
    What's the Difference Between an Executive Business Partner and an Executive Assistant?

    What's the Difference Between an Executive Business Partner and an Executive Assistant?

    What is the difference between an Executive Business Partner and an Executive Assistant? And does it matter? In the executive support and administrative professional world, titles are always a topic of conversation. There seems to be an endless combination of titles available for these roles. And if it wasn't already complicated enough, these 100+ different title variations often mean very different things across the globe, leading to mass confusion about the function and impact of the individuals in these positions.
    So let's clarify a couple: Executive Assistant vs Executive Business Partner

    • 5 min
    Honoring the Whole Person, Supporting Educators, and Creating a Lasting Business Partnership with Elizabeth Orme & Shannon Hady

    Honoring the Whole Person, Supporting Educators, and Creating a Lasting Business Partnership with Elizabeth Orme & Shannon Hady

    Hallie speaks with Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Orme, and Leadership Integrator, Shannon Hady, the dynamic duo behind Creatively Focused, an EdTech company designed to support special education teachers, admin, and support staff. The pair shares how their mutual respect and complementary skills have propelled their business forward, emphasizing the importance of understanding and respecting each others’ values. Elizabeth and Shannon share plenty of nuggets of wisdom, including book recommendations that have influenced their journey and a candid look into the challenges of running a woman-owned tech company. This episode is sure to inspire any and all strategic partners.

    • 47 min
    Is a Strategic Business Partnership Right for You?

    Is a Strategic Business Partnership Right for You?

    Did you intentionally choose your career path? Or did you stumble into it along the way? On the job learning is fine, but there’s something to be said for  strategic career path development and intentional career planning. We discuss how to discover whether you are predisposed to partnership or solopreneurship, and what successful strategic partners do to strengthen their partnership.
    View full show notes here: https://founderandforcemultiplier.com/is-having-a-strategic-business-partnership-right-for-you/

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

DerpyDev ,

Absolutely essential for leaders AND their assistants!

SO stoked that the FFM podcast is now releasing new episodes every week. I love hearing the stories and journeys of other Founders and Force Multipliers, but these extra bite-sized, tactical episodes are absolute game changers. Keep up the good work, Adam and Hallie!

schaubtex ,

Enjoyable and informative

The host keeps the show high energy and packed with useful information across a variety of topics. Really enjoyable!

LastWyant ,

Great podcast, excited to hear more

Loved the book, and how practical it is to both sides, without any extra fluff.

So excited to hear about the podcast, and loved the first episode.

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