With the time demands and commitments everyone has on their plates - it’s easy to think “I can’t do it all - there just isn’t enough time.” Zero Excuses sets to prove that statement wrong.
On this show, you’ll hear in-depth conversations between host Nick Smarrelli and exceptional guests and business leaders who take on ultra marathons, hike up Mt. Everest, campaigns for political office, all while running multi-million dollar companies.
Business leaders featured are focused on three key demographically areas: Indianapolis, St, Louis, and Denver.
There is time to be bold with Ryan and Kristy Rans, Indianapolis
Working side by side with your significant other may sound like a recipe for disaster. And yet, for Ryan and Kristy Rans, it’s something they spent years doing.
Fast forward. Prime Hospitality Group is thriving under their leadership even during the uncertainty of the pandemic. As Ryan shares, “It happened. Forget about how it happened. What‘s the best way to navigate the waters?” Instead of focusing on what happened, they’re looking ahead at how to overcome any challenge using their“pedal down” mentality.
How do they manage both their business and relationship? They make Zero Excuses. And you can, too, by embracing their “pedal down” mentality.
There is time for empathy with Liesel Mertes, Indianapolis
Liesel Mertes is a workplace empathy consultant and the owner of Handle with Care Consulting. Her job is to help companies learn how to support team members through what she calls disruptive life events, something she knows all too much about.
She experienced a tragedy that could have devastated her, but instead, she found a way to fight through the pain and help others.
How does she do it? She makes Zero Excuses.
Sharing empathy in the workplace The importance of psychological safety Identifying your empathy avatar In this episode, you will learn:
[02:30] – Empathy in the workplace is essential [05:32] – Productivity is tied to empathy [10:02] – Acknowledging someone’s struggles [15:28] – Empathy avatars [17:02] – Navigating compassion fatigue After You Listen:
Connect with Liesel: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lieselmertes/ Learn more about Handle with Care Consulting: https://www.lieselmertes.com/ Listen to Liesel’s podcast: https://www.lieselmertes.com/blog-2 Connect with Nick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smarrelli/ Learn more about GadellNet Consulting Services: https://gadellnet.com/
There is time to confront uncertainty with Matthew Porter, St. Louis
Matthew Porter is the President and CTO of EmpowerMe Wellness. While Matthew has experienced substantial professional success, it’s his life outside the office that is truly inspiring. Several years ago, Matthew was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Yet, in the face of overwhelming uncertainty, he makes the most of every moment of every day. He’s a husband, father, ultra-marathoner, and philanthropist with a passion for anonymously helping others.
How does he do it? He makes Zero Excuses.
Figuring out what you want your life to be Creating a family mission statement Inspiring others to give back In this episode, you will learn:
[04:50] – Getting clear on your future [08:02] – Effects of MS on the body [10:33] – Coming together with a single word [16:34] – Inspire others to give back [19:11] – Fighting through uncertainty After You Listen:
Connect with Matthew: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meporter/ Learn more about EmpowerMe Wellness: https://www.empowermewellness.com/ Learn more about the Porter family: https://www.porterhome.com/ Connect with Nick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smarrelli/ Learn more about GadellNet Consulting Services: https://gadellnet.com/
There is time to say yes with Jeff Winters, St. Louis
Jeff Winters is the President of Sapper Consulting where he and his team help growing companies generate B2B leads, fill their sales pipelines, and secure more customers.
He’s a husband and father of three boys and spends his free time supporting the homeless by raising funds to cover utility bills for a local shelter. You would think someone with his schedule would find it hard to lend a hand. Yet, despite the increasing demands on his time, he believes in saying yes to helping the people around him.
How does he do it? He makes Zero Excuses.
Making time to serve others Delegating creates room to do more Letting values drive decision-making In this episode, you will learn:
[02:10] – Optimize your time to serve [05:49] – Delegate the things you aren’t good at [09:53] – Standardize decision-making [14:13] – The power of values After You Listen:
Connect with Jeff: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreyscottwinters/ Learn more about Sapper Consulting: https://www.sapperconsulting.com/ Connect with Nick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smarrelli/ Learn more about GadellNet Consulting Services: https://gadellnet.com/
There is time to create a listening culture with Heather Younger, Denver
Heather Younger is the CEO of Employee Fanatix, and is a fierce advocate for strong cultures, manager training, and diversity.
“It's not about acting on everything. It's about acting on the things that have the most impact and affect the most employees.”
Heather has written two bestselling books, given a Ted Talk, and hosts her own podcast called “Leadership with Heart.” She is also a mom of four kids, has a doctorate in law, and teaches at the University of Denver.
How does she do it? She makes Zero Excuses. And she believes there are zero excuses for not taking a big step towards a diverse, inclusive, and employee-focused culture.
Listening requires an intent to act Don’t separate the human element from the business metrics Hearing the truth will make the organization better In this episode:
[02:01] – You don’t need to act on everything [12:37] – Who decides culture? [15:30] – Every metric points back to people [17:27] –Don’t over-complicate listening After You Listen:
Connect with Heather: https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatheryounger/ Learn more about Employee Fanatix: https://employeefanatix.com/ Connect with Nick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smarrelli/ Learn more about GadellNet Consulting Services: https://gadellnet.com/
There is time for whatever you want to do with Tim Leman, Indianapolis
Tim Leman is Chairman and CEO at Gibson. Under Tim’s leadership, Gibson has been selected as a Best Places to Work in Indiana, recognized as one of 20 Indiana Companies to Watch, and named to the Inc. 5000 list.
“I'm in charge of my life and my calendar, so if things aren't happening, it's on me.”
Even when he’s not working, Tim has a passion for leadership. He writes a regular blog and his 2015 book, rEvolution – Turn Crisis Into Clarity and Ignite Growth, was endorsed by national business and leadership authors such as Patrick Lencioni. How does Tim do it? He makes Zero Excuses.
Speed and action beats perfection Block time for your priorities There is a solution to every problem In this episode you will learn:
[02:18] – What does “Zero Excuses” mean to Tim? [08:22] – How Tim creates family space in his schedule [17:02] – The truth about multitasking [23:02] – How to lose friends and alienate people [24:20] – There is always time for... After You Listen:
Connect with Tim: https://www.linkedin.com/in/timleman/ Learn more about Gibson: http://www.gibsonins.com/ Connect with Nick: https://www.linkedin.com/in/smarrelli/ Learn more about GadellNet Consulting Services: https://gadellnet.com/
I am constantly amazed at the people in our world ... great leaders, interesting hobbies, supportive partners and parents. Put this at the top of your list!
Very inspirational — can use these insightful thoughts for my career, life and family! Cannot wait for the next one.
You are worth it!
Great insights to use time and make an investment in yourself. Make your goals important, do what you love. Life is so short, make sure you find what makes you happy.