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In The Secret Thoughts of CEOs and Business Leaders we discuss the real things that are holding you back from a life of joy, peace and happiness. Our guests are other High Achievers who know that life is short and that finding ways to live in alignment with what we truly desire is vital for us to live a truly congruent and fulfilled life. Join us as we unlock the mindset and strategies necessary to get there, generate even bigger outcomes, and connect to something greater-- all without sacrificing what matters most.

The Secret Thoughts of CEO's Podcast Chris Yonker

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

In The Secret Thoughts of CEOs and Business Leaders we discuss the real things that are holding you back from a life of joy, peace and happiness. Our guests are other High Achievers who know that life is short and that finding ways to live in alignment with what we truly desire is vital for us to live a truly congruent and fulfilled life. Join us as we unlock the mindset and strategies necessary to get there, generate even bigger outcomes, and connect to something greater-- all without sacrificing what matters most.

    Leading a Family Business with Authenticity and Your Personal Values

    Leading a Family Business with Authenticity and Your Personal Values

    My guest today is Ron Murphy, CEO of Murphy’s Fresh Markets, a family owned grocery chain. Over time big corporate companies have acquired many of our grocery stores. Owning and operating a small independent chain is something that happens less and less, and also an industry greatly affected by current inflation. When I first came across Ron on Linkedin, I realized he had a lot to offer in terms of perspective on running a 2nd generation family business and is someone who is a truly compassionate business leader. Murphy’s has also done a wonderful job in how they have sewn their values into how they run their organization, build community, give to nonprofits and serve everyone they meet. If you are trying to find ways to instill core values into your business, think outside the box, or bring other family members into your business this is a great episode for you.
     
    What You’ll Learn:
     
    How to build community into your organization Ron’s personal journey into the family business Where small businesses miss on using analytics to support your business How to measure decision making as a small business Strategies to pull yourself out of the business to work ON the business Determining the best allocation of your time and what to delegate Utilizing individual skill sets of family members in a business Bringing your personal and spiritual values into your business in a healthy way Leading with authenticity and responsibility  
    Resources:
    LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/in/rmurph1234/
    Bio: Forward thinking, certified data-driven food business professional, combining all educational and life experiences while working to create a positive environment for knowledge sharing and continuous improvement. Excel in the areas of process efficiency, data analysis, and using national sales trend data combined with organizational data to enhance business decision making.
    Previously a results–oriented financial analyst with more than 12 years of increasingly responsible experience for a large multinational corporation. Diversified, progressive experience in the analysis of financial / economic data supporting enterprise decision making including financial planning, forecasting, and modeling; budgeting and pricing.

    • 42 min
    Keeping a Founder’s Mindset in a 152 Year Old Family Business

    Keeping a Founder’s Mindset in a 152 Year Old Family Business

    We all know that adaptability is one of the core needs of businesses today, and with adaptability comes innovation and creativity. But we want to innovate in a way that is still based on the foundation of our business. My guests today are Adria and Aaron Bagshaw of W. H. Bagshaw, a family business since 1870. There is a lot of great insight in this conversation into why it's important to clarify your core values, how to use them to navigate with purpose, and how to keep a business in the family in a way that encourages creativity and innovation. We also talk about the vertices they have built out in their business and the mindset they hold around opportunity and risk.
     
    What You’ll Learn:
     
    How Bagshaw navigates serving many different industries Weaving your core values into your business as a daily navigator Why it’s important to have a Founder mindset even generations later How to honor your companies legacy while continuing to move forward Creating a culture where individual passions are supported The benefit of challenging set parameters The responsibility of leadership to support their employees health Owning the mindset that nothing is a failure How to positively include younger children in the business Why you need to get out of of your business to work on your business Resources:
    https://www.whbagshaw.com/
    Aaron Bagshaw proudly serves as the 5th generation to run the W.H. Bagshaw Company, which he co-owns with his wife, Adria. While he serves as the President, his business card reads “Chief Visionary Officer”.  He oversees Sales, Marketing and Technology.  He’s passionate about manufacturing and innovation, which is evident visiting their 150+ year old business that feels more like a start-up. 
    As Vice President, Adria’s main areas of focus are Workforce and Finance, but her title is “Chief Validation Officer.”  While the couple maintains their own realms of responsibility, they work together on Quality and Strategic Planning.  They’re proud to provide meaningful jobs to 40+ employees and preserve the family business legacy for a 6th generation. 
    Aaron received a degree in Sports Management from Springfield College and his MBA in Strategic Management from USIU (now Alliant International University). Adria graduated from UNH's Whittemore School of Business & Economics (now the Peter T. Paul School) with a BS in Business Administration in 1996.
    Both Aaron and Adria sit on U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Small Business Advisory Council in addition to other boards they serve on including the Precision Machined Products Association, the UNH President’s Business Advisory Council, and the NH Small Business Development Center’s Advisory Board.  
    Since 1870, the WH Bagshaw Co has provided specialty pins as a job shop manufacturer, and expanded to swiss-style machining in 2005.  Covid-19 is not the first pandemic the company has weathered, as it was in operation during the Spanish Flu of 1918.  They credit their survival to many things, including having a diverse base of customers they serve. With each major  decision and at any crossroads, they rely on their core values:  Family, Empowerment, Courage & Perseverance and “Make it Happen”.   

    • 45 min
    Why Employee Well-Being Should Be at the Top of Your List

    Why Employee Well-Being Should Be at the Top of Your List

    Right now Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Insider, Business Week and so many other publications are all talking about retaining key talent and helping employees be fulfilled, happy, and well. We are in a time when many people have done deep soul searching in relation to both their personal lives and career. My guests today are part of a company called FitBiz 360. FitBiz360 is our Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution that digitizes the classic consulting service model enabling you to automate the discovery assignments, analytics, and reporting.  They offer expert-prepared assessments ready for immediate use focusing on People Performance specifically in the areas of:  Leadership, Employee Engagement & Wellbeing, Change readiness & Change Success, WFH- - working from home and Managing Remote Teams. All of this with the end goal of helping people flourish.  
    What You’ll Learn:
    How to empower employees to advocate for their own well-being Why our old approach to engagement is no longer effective Creating trust to encourage open discussion Efficient and effective ways to give all your employees a voice Why creating space is vital to to progress and creativity in your people What a well-being survey can tell you that an in-person conversation may not The important differences between employee engagement and well-being How an engaged employee affects those around them How to navigate “return to the office” scenarios  
    Resources:
     
    Twitter: @yourtransform
    Website: www.fitbiz360.com
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-walters-472536154/
     
    Bio:
    Michael Walters CEO and Founder of Transformance Business Solutions Michael has more than 20 years of experience as a management consultant. He has consulted for American Express, Visa International, 3M, Abbott Laboratories, ABN Amro Bank, General Motors, and Mercedes Benz and many others. During his time as a consultant with these international corporations, Michael developed many specific business improvement tools and KPIs.
    Diane Duckworth
    COO
    Diane has more than 20 years in the Automotive Industry having worked with General Motors (GM) in global, regional and market roles spanning marketing, CRM development, digital strategies and customer engagement.   Diane has also worked with primary management consulting firms and agencies also in the areas of data and analytics, customer experience, and program management.

    • 51 min
    A Holistic Approach to Addiction for Families with Montrose Retreats Founder

    A Holistic Approach to Addiction for Families with Montrose Retreats Founder

    Over the years here at The Center for Conscious Living and Fulfillment, we have come across many families dealing with massive change and adversity, alongside mental health issues like depression and addiction. As we all know, addiction affects the family as well as the individual. My guest today, Jonathan Edgeley, has created an amazing resource for these families in Montrose Retreats. He is a recovered addict himself, who through his own recorey, has built a holistic, medical and non-medical progress to support individuals going through what he has faced. In this interview we dive into some of the illusions and stories that families of addicts often tell themselves, and some of the signs of addictions in their loved ones that are missed.
    What You’ll Learn:
    Jonathan’s early life and how his addiction began The type of thinking that keeps you locked in unhealthy loops Why addiction tends to lead to isolation The first steps family members can take when they suspect loved one’s need support Early addiction signs and patterns to look for Using curiosity and compassion instead of shame Where the recovery industry sometimes misses the mark Why a holistic approach is vital to recovery  
    Resources:
     
    Instagram
    @montrose_retreats
    @montrose_advisory
     
    Web
    www.montroseadvisory.co.uk
    www.montroseretreats.com
     
    Email: je@montroseadvisory.co.uk
     
    WhatsApp
    +44 7832 964126
     
    BIO: Jonathan Edgeley, is a global behavioral health expert, speaker, and navigator, who compassionately guides individuals, and families through times of change. Jonathan and his multi disciplinary team of doctors, clinicians, coaches, and therapeutic teachers provide a hyper personal, and discreet health and wellness service to celebrities, executives, sports professionals and medium to ultra high net worth individuals and families.
    Jonathan is on a mission to further reduce the stigma and negative connotation that mental health and addiction conjure up. By softening the language used ‘my team and I are moving away from traditional terms to a more compassionate and inclusive dialect’.
    Through crafting, soul nourishing experiences, individual guests immerse themselves in hyper personalized programmes ‘we change one life at a time, on a cellular and spiritual level’. Through his own journey of battling addiction, Jonathan has made his passion his purpose helping transform the lives of many people to live a life without limitation.

    • 49 min
    Acceleration, Fulfillment, and Fearless Leadership with Transformational CEO Brendan Keegan

    Acceleration, Fulfillment, and Fearless Leadership with Transformational CEO Brendan Keegan

    Acceleration, Fulfillment, and Fearless Leadership with Transformational CEO Brendan Keegan
    My guest on the show today is Brendan Keegan, CEO of the fastest growing fleet tech management company in North America-- Merchants Fleet. Previous to Merchants, Brendan had been CEO of companies ranging in size from 500 - 10,000 employees. He is a leader that is not only inspiring,, but can truly see a path to growth and acceleration that many others cannot. Brendan took Merchants Fleet from a threshold of $500Million AUM to over $2Billion in less than 5 years.In this show we talk about mindset in the culture of the business that Brendan addressed in order for employees to realize that the threshold was just a glass ceiling they could overcome. We also talk about the time he made a decision to focus on his family, recreate himself, and bring back a culture and environment that truly cares about employees and wants them to take care of themselves holistically. This is an episode you’ll want to keep coming back to.
    What You’ll Learn:
    Why Brendan chose to take a few years outside of the CEO suite to focus on family and what came out of it Factors to consider in making a conscious decision between running your own business or being a CEO How to make decisions and navigate crossroads considering long-term impacts to your quality of life What to do when self doubt creeps in What happens when you focus on full potential instead of “being the best” Brendan’s 1-2-3 strategy A common paradigm around time that creates glass ceilings Creating a vision for your company that is actually effective The themes their company followed that propelled the company from 500 Million AUM to 2 Billion Where many companies fail in increasing their retention An innovative look at growth opportunities for your employees How companies can help their employees recover mentally and emotionally from the pandemic A different, more fulfilling way to look at creating work/life balance for your people  
    Resources: 
    Instagram – @bpkfearless
    Twitter – @bpkFEARLESS
    Facebook –  @bpkfearless
    LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendanpkeegan/
    Website: https://www.merchantsfleet.com/
     
    Bio:
     
    Brendan P. Keegan is the CEO of Merchants Fleet, the fastest-growing fleet technology company in North America, where he previously served the company as a client, board member, compensation committee chair and strategic advisor. He is an award-winning 6-time president and chief executive officer having raised nearly $3.0B in capital and returned over $6.0B to investors. Brendan has experience in business transformation, capital raises, strategy development, revenue growth, operational scale, technology enablement, and enterprise value creation with successful liquidity exits.
     
    With a background in the financial services, technology and professional service industries, Brendan has aided companies ranging from 500 to 10,000 employees. Prior to these roles, he started his career at EDS as a systems engineer and progressed through the ranks rapidly to become the Fortune 100’s youngest Chief Sales Officer for EDS.
     
    Brendan was recently named the world’s Most Innovative CEO by CEO World Awards®; Executive of the Year by Best in Biz Awards; and a Stevie Awards® winner by American Business Awards®.
     
    Brendan serves as a member of the board for Revolution Armor & ExpressIT Logistics and serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee for both companies. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from RPI, MBA from George Washington University, and Executive Certificates from Harvard, Columbia, UPenn, MIT & U Chicago.

    • 51 min
    The Quest of Being a Mom and CEO with Brianna Goodwin

    The Quest of Being a Mom and CEO with Brianna Goodwin

    Being a CEO is challenging. Being a parent, perhaps even more so. So when we found someone who is balancing those two things together in a powerful way, we knew we wanted to have her on the show. Our guest today, Brianna Goodwin, is the CEO of her family’s construction company, Ver-Tex Construction. Ver-Tex is a shade and acoustic wall and ceiling solution company that serves 13 states. We talk about her path to becoming CEO, how she landed in this industry and some of the difficulties she currently faces being a woman in a male dominated industry. We touch on the challenges of finding balance as a parent and business owner and how we can own our experience at the highest level so that we can have the greatest amount of fulfillment. If you own a business and still want to be present for your family, this is an episode you really want to listen to!
    What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
    [5:09] The journey to Ver-Tex [13:38] The importance of self-development [23:31] Experiencing motherhood [29:58] Balancing the roles of CEO and MOM [36:09] Remember to switch your gears Bio:
     
    Brianna Goodwin is the President and CEO of Ver-Tex Construction, a 37-year-old shade and acoustic wall and ceiling solutions company that is spread across the eastern regions of the US, and continues to grow. She is a thoughtful leader wo believes companies should be financially successful while celebrating its employees. Since becoming a parent, her compassion has grown as she learns to balance a growing family and company. Brianna truly believes that beyond the product and service it’s the employees who make the company special. She maintains core values in the company of dedication, collaboration and community, a team that is supportive and provides recognition, encouragement, and strength. Brianna is also an advocate for diversity and gender equality in the workplace.
    Resources:
    Professional: 
    VerTex- https://www.ver-tex.com/
    Social media
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/briannagoodwin-ver-tex/

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

DJ Doug Sandler ,

Well done Chris! This is why you want to listen to this podcast

Behind the scenes with successful people running successful companies — add to that a well-spoken host with great experience, lots of wisdom and an ideal way of presenting a message….all that combined equals “The Secret Thoughts of CEO’s. ~Doug Sandler, Turnkey Podcast Productions

TK21LL ,

Fresh and Inciteful

Here’s a podcast that actually provides a unique perspective on the advertised subject matter. The topics are relevant, realistic, and presented in a thought provoking manner. Chris is an excellent host who isn’t shy about challenging his guests with questions that lead to a lively discussion.

Amber Lilyestrom ,

Excellent and thought-provoking!!

Chris is a master interviewer, he asks unique questions to take the conversation to soul depths. I love this podcast. Way to go Chris!

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