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Author: Mack Story

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Leadership development for everyone in the blue collar workforce, those who support them, and those who lead them. Leadership is influence. Influence is built daily, not in a day.

There are two types of influence: 1) Artificial influence which comes with a title, position, or rank and is reserved for those who have formal authority over others; and 2) Authentic influence which is based on a person's character and the relationships they build, and it's available to anyone with or without a position of authority because it's based on moral authority (who you are and how you do what you do).
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(Part 6 of 30) Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams In this episode, Mack discusses Chapter 6: The Transformation Equation...Discover the 5 key components for building high performance teams. Download the Blue-Collar Leadership whitepaper to see an illustration of the Transformation Equation along with the first 5 chapters of Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams and other books here.
(Part 5 of 30) Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams In this episode, Mack discusses Chapter 5: Becoming an Employer of Choice...People who work there want to keep working there. Download the first 5 chapters of Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams and other books here.
(Part 4 of 30) Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams In this episode, Mack discusses Chapter 4: Becoming a Sought After Employer...People who don't work there want to work there. Download the first 5 chapters of Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams and other books here.
(Part 3 of 30) Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams In this episode, Mack discusses Chapter 3: The Impact of Culture...Those who work there will determine who wants to work there. Download the first 5 chapters of Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams and other books here.
(Part 2 of 30) Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams In this episode, Mack discusses Chapter 2: The Foundation of Culture...The organizational culture will be determined by the leader's values. Download the first 5 chapters of Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams and other books here.
(Part 1 of 30) Introduction to Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams. Learn more about this resource here. In this episode, Mack discusses Chapter 1: The Cost of Culture...The 3 Dilemmas: Engagement, Retention, and Turnover. Download the Blue-Collar Leadership whitepaper that Mack discusses in this episode and the first 5 chapters of Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams and other books here.
In this episode, Mack interviews Justin Gallaway. Justin is a high impact maintenance leader at International Paper. He'll share a bit of his personal story and growth journey and detail how he implemented Blue-Collar Leadership with his teams and his peers along with examples of how they have applied it, success stories, and the impact it has had on those who have adopted the principles.
In this episode, Mack interviews his friend Greg Williams. With 6 NCEA overall national championships at Auburn University, head equestrian coach Greg Williams has become the most respected coaches in the sport. He put the program on the map with its first national title in 2006 and has taken home five championships in the past 9 years including two undefeated SEC seasons in 2019 and 2020. Greg is now in his 25th season at the helm of the Auburn University Equestrian Team. Listen to learn how Greg has motivates himself and his teams, how keeps himself and his teams inspired to continue winning season after season, and how he has embraced personal growth and development over the years. He shares many nuggets of wisdom in this episode which is filled with principles that will apply to people in any industry at any time.
It's one thing to apply leadership principles in the business world, but it's a whole different ball game with the people you're the closest and most attached to in your personal life. Mack thought it would be great to give you a real-life example of how the principles he talks about can be applied in your personal life with your family. This episode features Mack and his 29 year old son Eric having an unscripted conversation about Mack's transformation as a father. Mack got it so wrong as a father that he and Eric didn't have a relationship while Eric was between the ages of 15-19 years old. For more on this, be sure to listen to Mack discuss this in Episode #20. In this episode, you'll hear Mack and Eric discuss the catalyst that allowed them to rebuild their relationship.  A relationship that has been tremendously strong for the past 10 years. If you'd like to hear them speak about something specific on another episode in the future, please email Mack at Mack@MackStory.com and share your suggestions. For more details about Mack's transformation and more in depth details and stories, check out two of his 13 books: Defining Influence: Increasing Your Influence Increases Your Options and 10 Foundational Elements of Intentional Transformation: How to Become Your Best Self. You can also read excerpts from these and other book written by Mack at BlueCollarLeadership.com/download
In this interview, Mack speaks with Brian Brogen. Brian is the Vice-President of Field Operations at SouthEastern Construction and Maintenance located near Tampa, FL. He is also the host of the "Build Your Success" Podcast and the author of "The 100-Hour Pilot." Brian is also a student of leadership and has been conducting book studies with the leaders that report to him using my book, Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines. In this episode, Brian shares a bit about his personal growth journey, how he conducts books studies, the impact they've had, and a little about his book and how many of the principles related to being a pilot also apply to leading yourself and your team well.
I received an unexpected call on March 12, 2020 from George Estioko. George works on the front lines in the Kern County oilfields in Bakersfield, CA just north of Los Angeles. He has listened to all of my podcast episodes and all of my audio books and has developed a passion for introducing others to personal growth and leadership development. George called me because he wanted to learn how to start conducting book studies using my book, Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines. On the call, George shared many stories about how he was motivating and inspiring some of his front line team members to start learning about leadership. He also shared some stories about how he was applying the principles in his own life. In this interview, George provides a great example of how anyone at any level can become engaged and start making things happen as they grow and develop 360° influence from wherever they are.
In this interview, Mack Speaks with Jason Denam. Jason is the Vice-President of Electrical Construction at Kilgore Industries. He is responsible for everything electrical in Kilgore's Dallas/Ft. Worth area of operations. Kilgore Industries is headquartered in Houston, TX with multiple locations in TX. Kilgore does much more than just electrical construction. Kilgore is a fully staffed MEP construction company with approximately 1,000 employees. In this episode, Jason will discuss details about Kilgore and how he uses Blue-Collar Leadership books and materials to grow and develop not only his team, but also himself.
In this interview, Mack speaks with his friend Amir Ghannad, author of The Transformative Leader. Amir is an international speaker, consultant, and author. He has an amazing story of personal growth and transformation. He grew up in Iran and arrived in the USA alone at the age of 16 unable to speak English. He has faced many challenges in his life, but he has overcome them all. He has also achieved tremendous success professionally and retired from Campbell's Soup in 2016 after serving in the role of Senior Director - Global People Excellence. To learn more about Amir, visit TheGhannadGroup.com
In this interview, Mack speaks with his wife, Ria Story, about personal growth and transformation. Mack and Ria met on June 16, 2000. They both began reading personal growth and leadership development books in 2008 and now speak together nationally and internationally on these subjects. However, when Mack first met Ria, she had an unbelievable, shocking, and dark secret. In this episode, Ria reveals the secret she was keeping and discusses her book, Bridge's Out of the Past: A Survior's Lessons on Resilience. Be sure to check out Ria's 7 minute TEDx video where she shares more about her personal story and this book. You can also learn more about Ria and her 11 books at RiaStory.com
In this interview, Mack speaks with Mike Hough, CEO of GAT Airline Ground Support. GAT is headquartered in Peachtree City, GA near Atlanta and has approximately 5,000 team members located across at least 48 states and 12 locations in Canada. Mike has purchased nearly 1,000 of Mack's books and has led his "C" level leaders through a book study on Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams. Those leaders then began conducting book studies with those who report to them. Then, the cycle was repeated at each leadership level until all of the front line supervisors throughout the entire organization had also participated. In this episode, you'll hear what GAT has been up to lately and learn how Mike and Mack met. You'll learn what GAT does proactively to ensure the right people are in the right spot which is a key to retaining talent in a high turnover industry. Mike will also share some of the technological innovations that GAT has launched, innovations that make them highly competitive in the airline ground support industry.
In this interview, Mack speaks with Tim McGourty from Boise, Idaho about leadership and cultural transformation. Tim is the very successful owner of TMC Masonry in Boise, Idaho and Northwest Precast in Puyallup, Washington. Mack had the pleasure of meeting Tim on 3/3/19 in Louisville, KY where Mack was conducting a leadership development workshop on his book, Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team's Potential, at a conference for business owners and top level leaders. Tim is one of the rare leaders who truly bought in to high impact leadership. Since meeting Tim, he has started two journeys: one of personal growth and transformation within himself and one of cultural transformation with in his two organizations.
(Part 11 of 11) This episode focuses on the 10th foundational element "SIGNIFICANCE" from my book, the 10 Foundational Elements of Intentional Transformation: How to Become Your Best Self, which is a guide, a mental road map that will allow you to mentally lead yourself from where you are to where you want to be in any area of your life. Are you going to settle for success? I hope not! However, significance is a choice that only successful can make. Success is about you getting results. Significance is about you helping other people get results.
(Part 10 of 11) This episode focuses on the 9th foundational element "SUCCESS" from my book, the 10 Foundational Elements of Intentional Transformation: How to Become Your Best Self, which is a guide, a mental road map that will allow you to mentally lead yourself from where you are to where you want to be in any area of your life. The key to achieving a high degree of success is to focus on becoming more valuable, not more successful. The more value you bring to the table, the more successful you'll be around the table.
(Part 9 of 11) This episode focuses on the 8th foundational element "CHANGE" from my book, the 10 Foundational Elements of Intentional Transformation: How to Become Your Best Self, which is a guide, a mental road map that will allow you to mentally lead yourself from where you are to where you want to be in any area of your life. Consider the words of Abraham Maslow, "When we are faced with change, we either step forward into growth, or we step backward into safety."
(Part 8 of 11) This episode focuses on the 7th foundational element "GROWTH" from my book, the 10 Foundational Elements of Intentional Transformation: How to Become Your Best Self, which is a guide, a mental road map that will allow you to mentally lead yourself from where you are to where you want to be in any area of your life. I love what Simon Sinek had to say about those who lack discipline in the area of growth, "We are not victims of our situation. We are the architects of it."
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