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Leading with excellence is not something that happens overnight. Join Brad Formsma, best-selling author and a Forbes top-rated leadership speaker, as he dives in to uncover the extraordinary stories of failures and triumphs of other successful leaders in business and beyond. The Wow Factor strives to empower the journey of business leaders through raw conversations and uncovered stories of today’s thought leaders. This podcast will also help you discover the words of wisdom to inspire a team of any size, spark a culture of generosity and innovation, and lead with excellence. For extended insights and podcast show notes, go to https://www.thewowfactorpodcast.com

The Wow Factor Brad Formsma

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 164 Ratings

Leading with excellence is not something that happens overnight. Join Brad Formsma, best-selling author and a Forbes top-rated leadership speaker, as he dives in to uncover the extraordinary stories of failures and triumphs of other successful leaders in business and beyond. The Wow Factor strives to empower the journey of business leaders through raw conversations and uncovered stories of today’s thought leaders. This podcast will also help you discover the words of wisdom to inspire a team of any size, spark a culture of generosity and innovation, and lead with excellence. For extended insights and podcast show notes, go to https://www.thewowfactorpodcast.com

    Jim Daly |President of Focus on the Family | Focusing on Family

    Jim Daly |President of Focus on the Family | Focusing on Family

    Jim Daly is President of Focus on the Family and hosts its daily radio program, Focus on the Family with Jim Daly, heard by over 6 million weekly listeners on nearly 2,000 radio stations across the U.S. The show has been honored as Program of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). In March, Jim celebrated his 35th anniversary with the ministry. Jim’s past awards include: World Children’s Center Humanitarian Award (2008), the Children’s Hunger Fund Children’s Champion Award (2009), and the HomeWord Family Ministry Award (2010). Newsweek named him one of the Top 10 next-generation evangelical leaders of influence. 
    On today’s show, Jim and Brad discuss their personal experiences with childhood trauma and emotional triggers in marriage, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging and addressing these experiences to avoid letting them define one's identity or future. They also discussed strategies for transitioning leadership in various contexts, highlighting the importance of humility, vulnerability, and generosity. Both speakers emphasized the need for emotional vulnerability and healthier ways to handle triggers in marriage, citing statistics on the benefits of a stable home environment.
    “God's given us these mechanisms to deal with tough stuff.” - Jim Daly
    “You can't just say it once and assume it's understood and done.” - Jim Daly 
    “Amplify the good things and correct the bad things.” -  Jim Daly
    This Week on The Wow Factor:
    Jim shares details about growing up in Southern California and experiencing family trauma as a child Jim’s initial role at Focus working with donors and using his language skills to help build the international outreach  Some of the traits of founders, such as tenacity, detail orientation, and control that, can make leadership transitions difficult The importance of communication, inviting challenging feedback, and checking ego as a leader Jim's reflections on learning emotional vulnerability in his marriage Why humility is the thing that allows you to get through this life  Jim shares details on Focus' strategic areas, including helping people coming to Christ and building the marriage ministry Hope Restored to help couples stay together Focus’ goals around reducing Christian divorce rates and expanding their marriage recovery programs Other areas that Focus is concentrating on including parenting resources and advocating for life and mothers in crisis pregnancies Jim Daly’s Words of Wisdom:
    It is critically important in leadership to know who you are, then live that meaning, amplify the good things, and correct the bad things. 
    Connect with Jim Daly: 
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    • 44 min
    Tammie Jo Shults| Author, Naval Aviator and Retired Southwest Airlines Captain: Habits, Hope, and Heroes

    Tammie Jo Shults| Author, Naval Aviator and Retired Southwest Airlines Captain: Habits, Hope, and Heroes

    Captain Tammie Jo Shults, author of Nerves of Steel, is a Naval aviator and retired Southwest Airlines Captain who received nationwide acclaim when she and her Southwest Airlines crew successfully landed a passenger-filled Boeing 737 that suffered catastrophic engine failure mid-flight. Tammie Jo’s previous career in the US Navy as one of the first female F/A-18 Hornet pilots gave her plenty of experience in aviation and leadership, which she took to Southwest Airlines when she left the Navy in 1995. 
    Tammie Jo joins me today to discuss how she came to be interested in pursuing a career as a pilot but why it was such a challenge to be taken seriously as a woman and have her application considered by the US Navy. She shares details of her daily routine on the days that she is scheduled to fly and why she always carves out some quiet time at the start of her day to read and share passages from the scriptures with her family. Tammie Jo also discusses the events of April 17, 2018, when the plane she was flying suffered severe damage and how her faith, experience, and training allowed her to manage the events and be emotionally present for the passengers and crew in the immediate aftermath. 
    “Hope changes people: when you have a plan and a destination you need to communicate it” - Tammie Jo Shults
    This week on The Wow Factor:
    The trajectory changing decision Tammie Jo’s parents made to help her thrive at school The advice from her mother that helped her fit in at Bootcamp What it's like to land an airplane on an aircraft carrier and how her decision loop works Why she left the Navy and joined Southwest Airlines The power of the generosity ripple The importance of open lines of communication Why calm was a gift in the cockpit of Flight 1380 What a sense of community does during a stressful incident and the parallels with the parable of the Good Samaritan Why Tammie Jo felt moved to connect with passengers after the plane landed Tammie Jo Shults’ Words of Wisdom:
    The good habits, hope, and heroes that influence us every day become instincts, and it is essential to understand as a leader that how you behave in turn, influences and affects other people. 
    Connect with Tammie Jo Shults:
    Captain Shults' Website  Facebook Captain Shults Instagram Captain Shults Twitter Captain Shults Connect with The WOW Factor:
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    • 57 min
    Tom Monaghan | Founder of Domino’s Pizza and Founder, Chancellor and Member of the Board of Trustees for Ave Maria University | Finding Your Purpose as a Leader

    Tom Monaghan | Founder of Domino’s Pizza and Founder, Chancellor and Member of the Board of Trustees for Ave Maria University | Finding Your Purpose as a Leader

    Tom Monaghan is the Founder of Domino’s Pizza and Founder, Chancellor and Member of the Board of Trustees for Ave Maria University. He is known as a wildly successful entrepreneur, the founder of Domino’s Pizza, an avid collector of Frank Lloyd Wright items and the former owner of the Detroit Tigers. If his story stopped there, he might seem to fit in with other savvy entrepreneurs whose hard work and ingenuity paid off. But his greatest personal achievements came later in life, when Tom decided to fully immerse himself in charitable works, Catholic philanthropy and the call to help restore Catholic higher education.
    This week on The Wow Factor, we’re welcoming Tom Monaghan to share his personal journey of accumulating wealth, but finding no lasting joy. He shares what helped him understand the sin of pride and find a more meaningful life. Tom also discusses why he feels called to use his wealth and resources to help others through education and philanthropy and emphasizes the importance of faith in his personal and collective leadership journey.
    “I want to do the will of God.” - Tom Monaghan
    “Get to heaven and take as many people with you as possible.” - Tom Monaghan  
    “The best thing I can do for my fellow man is help them get to heaven.” -  Tom Monaghan
    This Week on The Wow Factor:
    Why Tom joined the Marine Corps How he revolutionized pizza delivery with innovations like cardboard boxes and conveyor ovens Tom recounts some of the challenges of running a pizza business, particularly in cooking the volume of pizzas ordered How Tom dealt with the threat of the business failing, and why he felt he was the man who should be in the driving seat Tom shares his five rules for life, which include prioritizing what's important and avoiding distractions as a way to maintain focus and discipline in leadership How Tom prioritizes spiritual, social, mental, physical, and financial well-being, and why that helped him turn around a huge company in 5 years More about Tom’s spiritual journey and why he sold his business to devote his full time to Catholic philanthropy Why Tom decided to start a university to promote excellence and faithfulness in Catholic education Tom’s insights on giving away money and time, encouraging younger people to read books on generosity and find joy in giving Tom Monaghan’s Words of Wisdom:
    Aim to get to heaven and take as many people with you as possible.
    More about Tom Monaghan: 
    Ave Maria University  Connect with The WOW Factor:
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    • 42 min
    Brad Martin | Chairman of RBM Ventures, Vice Chairman of FedEx Corporation, and Retired Chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated

    Brad Martin | Chairman of RBM Ventures, Vice Chairman of FedEx Corporation, and Retired Chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated

    Brad Martin has significant experience in leadership, corporate strategy, public company governance, and entrepreneurial ventures. He served nearly 20 years as Chairman and CEO of Saks Incorporated.  During his tenure, the enterprise grew from a $70 million annual revenue 10-store chain into one of the largest department store businesses in the United States. He has previously served on the Boards of Caesars Entertainment, Dillard’s, Chesapeake Energy, First Horizon, Gaylord Entertainment, Lululemon Athletica, and Ruby Tuesday. Brad served five terms as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives and was Interim President of the University of Memphis from 2013 – 2014 and he also chairs the Board of the Martin Family Foundation.
    Brad is with me on the show this week to share his personal journeys in leadership, service, and business growth. He emphasizes the importance of mentorship, humility, and continuous learning, as well as how taking calculated risks and visualizing success has helped him move forward professionally and personally. We also dig into the value of service and the need for perseverance, resilience, and mindfulness in the face of challenges. 
    “The question is, are you willing to risk embarrassment?” - Brad Martin
    “The best leaders I have ever met are continuously trying to learn and to get better.” - Brad Martin  
    “Business can play a huge role in service, growth, and the betterment of a community” -  Brad Martin
    This Week on The Wow Factor:
    Why Brad ran for Tennessee House of Representatives at 20 years old, despite being up against a seasoned politician How tenacity and belief in your vision can lead to success How Brad uses visualization techniques to help him stay focused and motivated Why sometimes you need to take risks and face potential embarrassment for personal growth How to develop a clear vision and action plan for achieving your goals Brad discusses storytelling in leadership and decision-making and why it moves you forward How Brad unexpectedly found purpose in business when he realized business could make a positive impact The impact of seeking mentors on your success and the importance of being humble and teachable Reflections on Brad’s 20-year career at companies like Saks, Lululemon, and FedEx Understanding and being aware of the potential consequences of our actions, whether positive or negative, and why it’s important to be more forgiving of people who make mistakes Brad Martin’s Words of Wisdom:
    As a leader, it is absolutely critical to be a continuous learner and model that for your team. It doesn't matter how old you are, what job you have, or what you've accomplished—there's always more you can learn.
    Connect with Brad Martin: 
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    • 46 min
    Lt Col Dan Rooney: Air Force Fighter Pilot and Founder of The Folds of Honor Foundation | The Power of Synchronicity: Lt Col Dan's Journey of Faith, Leadership, and Purpose

    Lt Col Dan Rooney: Air Force Fighter Pilot and Founder of The Folds of Honor Foundation | The Power of Synchronicity: Lt Col Dan's Journey of Faith, Leadership, and Purpose

    Lt Col Dan Rooney, an Air Force fighter pilot and a force for good. From humble beginnings above his garage, he founded The Folds of Honor Foundation to provide educational scholarships to the families of disabled or fallen military members, and, beginning in 2022, the mission was expanded to include first responders. In his new book, FLY INTO THE WIND: How to Harness Faith and Fearlessness on Your Ascent to Greatness, Lt Col Rooney demonstrates how we are all connected by God, and the path to fulfillment begins with changing ourselves to better one another. 
    Lt Col Dan shares his faith in the concept of synchronicity and how chance and purpose allow God to bring people into our lives that shape us. He shares the incident that planted the seed of Folds of Honor in Lt Col Dan’s mind and the moment he felt the hand of God on his shoulder calling him to do something more significant with his life. He also explains why he believes that all great leaders need to take that big step and have the courage to take action before they are ready, and surrender to a higher force. 
    “Great leaders have got vision, and they've got humility.” - Lt Col Dan Rooney
    “Resistance isn't placed in our lives to keep us down. It's actually in our lives to raise us up.” - Lt Col Dan Rooney
    “You are the sky; everything else is the weather.” -  Lt Col Dan Rooney
    This Week on The Wow Factor:
    Dan’s early life and the lessons about hard work that his very first job at the Stillwater Country Club, Oklahoma, taught him The chance encounter that made him realize what he wanted to do with his life How Lt Col Dan came to be compared to Tiger Woods Some of the challenges that Lt Col Dan has encountered in his life, including recognizing that his  ego was getting in his way Lt Col Dan’s code of living based on CAVU (Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited) and how he used it to get through some tough times Lt Col Dan shares the two most significant barriers to achieving your goals The power of forgiveness and how getting rid of that parasitic drag can transform your life The importance of having a routine in staying motivated Why Lt Col Dan firmly believes that if you write your plans down, they are more likely to happen in your life Why Lt Col Dan appealed to Jack Nicklaus to support American Dunes and how it helped them raise $1.1 million for Folds of Honor Lt Col Dan Rooney’s Word of Wisdom:
    Go before you're ready. The single strand of DNA that ties every great leader together is the understanding that you'll never have all the answers, but if you have the courage and faith to go before you're ready, people will follow you.
    Connect with Lt Col Dan Rooney: 
    Lt Col. Dan Rooney's Website Lt Col Dan Rooney on LinkedIn Lt Col Dan Rooney on Instagram Lt Col Dan Rooney on Facebook Lt Col Dan Rooney on Twitter Fly Into the Wind: How to Harness Faith and Fearlessness on your Ascent to Greatness by Lt Col Dan Rooney A Patriot’s Calling: My Life As An F-16 Fighter Pilot, by Lt Col Dan Rooney Connect with Folds of Honor:
    Folds of Honor Website Folds of Honor on LinkedIn Folds of Honor on Instagram Folds of Honor on Facebook Folds of Honor on Twitter Connect with The WOW Factor:
    The WOW Factor Website Connect with Brad Formsma via email Brad Formsma on LinkedIn Brad Formsma on Instagram Brad Formsma on Facebook Brad Formsma on Twitter

    • 41 min
    Tim Goeglein | Vice President of External and Government Relations for Focus on the Family | The Best Days are Yet to Come

    Tim Goeglein | Vice President of External and Government Relations for Focus on the Family | The Best Days are Yet to Come

    Tim Goeglein is Vice President of External and Government Relations for Focus on the Family. Formerly, he served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush and as a deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. He was the President’s principal outreach contact for conservative and faith-based groups. Tim’s extensive resumé includes serving as a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation and as a communications director for U.S. Senator Dan Coats of Indiana and Gary Bauer at the Campaign for Working Families. Tim has authored a memoir, “The Man in the Middle: Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era,” and his latest book is titled “American Restoration.” 
    Tim joins me on The Wow Factor podcast to discuss the intersection of faith and politics, sharing his personal experiences and perspectives. Tim shares how his faith informs his political views, the significance of remembering and understanding American history and religion, and the importance of literacy and critical thinking in maintaining a constitutional republic. Tim also talks more about why he feels so positive about the future of the USA and explains a little about why the least likely heroes can play a significant role in restoration and renewal. 
    “History is ultimately fact-based. It's not it's not opinionated narrative.” - Tim Goeglein
    “Millions of Americans want something better.” - Tim Goeglein  
    “The absolute best days for the United States of America are ahead of us, not behind us.” -  Tim Goeglein
    This Week on The Wow Factor:
    Tim shares his unexpected journey from intern to press secretary in the U.S. Senate for ten years How Thomas Jefferson and James Madison became key figures in the country's founding and the influence of God in the Constitutional Convention The importance of civic literacy and involvement in maintaining a truly constitutional republic The importance of teaching American history and God's word to our young people, and why Tim thinks there is currently a lack of knowledge among students about biblical figures and historical documents Why the Founding Fathers emphasized virtue, integrity, and character as the key to building a constitutional republic Why Tim is an optimist who sees seedlings of restoration and regeneration in homeschooling's booming popularity Why we should prioritize teaching children generosity and the impact it will have on their lives More about Tim’s new book "Stumbling Toward Utopia" and how it explores 1960s ideas and their impact on current society, offering solutions for progress Tim Goeglein’s Words of Wisdom:
    The least likely men and women, the ones that you think are the least likely ones to be at the forefront of restoration, renewal, and regeneration, are very often the ones God himself uses to move forward. 
    Connect with Tim Goeglein: 
    Focus on the Family Website Toward a More Perfect Union: The Moral and Cultural Case for Teaching the Great American Story by Tim Goeglein  Connect with The WOW Factor:
    The WOW Factor Website Connect with Brad Formsma via email Brad Formsma on LinkedIn Brad Formsma on Instagram Brad Formsma on Facebook Brad Formsma on Twitter

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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164 Ratings

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Wow is all I can say.

This podcast has been enormously inspiring to me. I've already enjoyed over 50 episodes and I intend to keep going. It's been influential in imparting lessons on leadership, spirituality, and the virtue of generosity.

It's such an enlightening platform that I often find myself suggesting it to my friends. Hearing about individuals who live exemplary lives for my family is absolutely thrilling. A big thank you to Brad, not only for your insightful podcast but also for your books. I'm eager for the day I can meet you in person.

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Entertaining, insightful, and actionable! 🔥

This podcast is so insightful and I’ve enjoyed every episode I’ve listened to so far! Brad is a very skilled interviewer - he does such a great job of sharing his wisdom, and I love how he leads meaningful conversations with truly engaging individuals that have been where you are and want to see you succeed. Easily one of the most genuine and value-packed podcast for business leaders of any stage!

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worth it

It is inspiring to hear the stories of all the guests and how they accomplished their goals not only through hard work but by having faith in what they did. Great podcast and great interviews!

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