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Author: John T. Meyer

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The world needs more leaders. Leaders from the past and present share what works, what doesn't, and how you can best lead more people now and in the future.
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While the pandemic crippled many businesses in the event industry, The Event Company bucked the trend and doubled its business last year. In episode 54, founder and CEO Addie Graham-Kramer tells us how.Listen in as host John T. Meyer and Addie take us behind the scenes to discuss how her company started, her insight into the future of events, and our burgeoning need for gathering.From criminal justice to event planning (02:41)Building business and teams  (10:13)The future of events (13:48)Bucking the trend (17:30)Rapid-fire with Addie (26:44)Learn more about The Event Company.-----Follow John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramFollow Leadmore on TwitterSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
Jim Hagen has worked with four governors to attract visitors to South Dakota, where one out of every 11 people work in the tourism industry. As the state’s Secretary of Travel and Tourism, Jim also lead a global media and marketing team through the pandemic.In episode 53, host John T. Meyer and Jim discuss the work of travel and tourism departments, how the South Dakota department navigated uncertainty and helped the state become one of the best performing states in the country.Making South Dakota look good (03:05)Take us back 12 months (10:05)Push and pull (17:23)Jim’s outlook on travel (24:10)The front porch to economic development (28:14)Changing culture at the department (33:30)Jim’s top travel picks (36:50)-----Follow John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramFollow Leadmore on TwitterSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
The ideas behind the Leadmore Podcast took form over a year ago. As the pandemic enveloped the world, leaders, as we knew them, went missing in action while others rose to the occasion. Host John T. Meyer knew it was time to give today’s leaders a platform to encourage the leaders of tomorrow, but could he do it for an entire year? In the final episode of Season 1, John discusses the goal and core premise of the show and tells us a series of stories that illustrate a philosophy he calls Better Every Day.How and why the show started (01:10)Every Day stories (08:05)A year of Leadmore (18:32)Learn more about Robbie Crabtree’s Performative Speaking Course.-----Follow John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramFollow Leadmore on TwitterSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
When BuzzFeed recognized rising inequality in the wake of the pandemic, the news publisher formed a desk dedicated to the phenomenon, and senior reporter Venessa Wong reframed a decade of experience in business writing to cover its cause and the communities impacted by it. In episode 51, Venessa and host John T. Meyer unpack the growing wealth gap, where her stories start, and her experience in covering anti-Asian racism as an Asian American journalist. How Venessa covers the heavy stuff (01:50)Anti-Asian racism (7:37)Where do you start a story? (17:07)Leaders who listen (25:52)How representation impacts leadership (30:03)Rapid fire with Venessa (38:07)Read Venessa’s BuzzFeed stories about inequality.-----Connect with John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
Throughout his 20 years in community building, Joe Bartmann learned he had a knack for following legendary leaders. He also recently learned that he’d lived his entire life with autism. In episode 50, Joe and host John T. Meyer discuss Joe’s leadership journey, how he embraces the gap between legendary leaders, and what he’s doing to help others understand autism. Joe’s first community (02:55)Wading into economic development (10:28)Embracing the leadership gap (14:40)Empowering rural communities (18:38)Accepting autism (29:41)A new mission (41:55)Learn how Dakota Resources empowers rural communities.-----Follow John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramFollow Leadmore on TwitterSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
Listening leads the storytelling process for Jackie Hendry, host of SDPB’s news program South Dakota Focus. It’s also her superpower. In episode 49, Jackie joins John T. Meyer to discuss what it was like to cover healthcare during the pandemic, the art of storytelling with audio, and what she has learned from interviewing leaders throughout her time at SDPB. You wanted to be a journalist when? (04:37)Coverage during COVID (08:10)Jackie’s new focus on South Dakota (16:48)The power of the human voice (19:54)The balance of preparation (25:00)Listening to leaders (30:10)Rapid fire with Jackie (35:39)-----Follow John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramFollow Leadmore on TwitterSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
Rob Walling sees himself as a maker and serial entrepreneur. These days he leads with three things: Startups for the Rest of Us, a podcast about bootstrapping SaaS companies, MicroConf, the oldest and largest community for bootstrapped SaaS founders, and TinySeed, the first accelerator designed for bootstrappers. In this episode host John T. Meyer and Rob unpack his life’s mission of supporting a movement, how to identify ethical leaders, and how to start companies with solutions rather than ideas.Rob right now (01:52)What drove you to create all this stuff? (04:51)Unpacking SaaS (07:49)Am I the flagbearer? (12:06)Realizing your life’s mission (16:29)Accepting your role as a leader (24:17)The spreadsheet analogy (29:57)Rapid fire with Rob (33:00)Get The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Sh*t Together: How to Run Your Business Without Letting it Run You-----Follow John T. Meyer Follow Leadmore on Instagram Follow Leadmore on Twitter Subscribe to the Leadmore newsletter Join the Leadmore Community 
Leaders can take the world by surprise. Fomeno founder and CEO Brigit Blote is certainly one of them. She’s a 21-year-old D1 athlete who plays in the symphony, and she’s building a company. In episode 47, Brigit joins host John T. Meyer to discuss her company’s origin story, how she met her co-founders, and how they beat the competition in 121 countries to earn $100,000 in seed funding from the Hult Prize Foundation.What is Fomeno? [01:30]The origin story [04:05]The first people Brigit called [07:57]The giant shark tank [09:54]When it becomes more than an idea [20:01]The rule of thirds [24:52]Why Fomeno exists [28:07]Rapid fire with Brigit [37:20]Get in touch with the Fomeno TeamKeep up with Fomeno on Instagram-----Follow John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
When it comes to milestone decisions such as accepting a promotion, selling your company, and starting a new company, Aaron Weiche is an expert. He’s done it a few times over the past decade. In this episode, Aaron and host John T. Meyer distill lessons from Aaron’s ascent to leadership, his story of selling a bootstrapped SaaS startup, and his newest role as Co-founder and CEO of Leadferno.Aaron’s startup track record [03:34]How do you merge into leadership roles at new companies? [08:36]Are you a hand raiser? [13:03]How did you know it was time to jump? [20:18]Taking inventory when you start over [26:07]Transitioning when stakes are high at home [30:50]Rapid-fire recommendations from Aaron [36:10]Take a deep dive to learn from Aaron’s experience in selling a bootstrapped SaaS company.-----Connect with John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
How do we make a successful transition in leadership? In this episode, David Whitesock, founder of Commonly Well, and host John T. Meyer look to the nation’s transitions of power and apply historical context to the transitions we make in our careers. The origin of the idea of a peaceful transition of power [03:34]How much of this is timing? [14:18]Good leaders look beyond the target [18:39]You have to step way out of yourself to determine who’s next [21:22]Messy transitions are a choice [25:28]-----Connect with John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
Leaders may be familiar with the terms diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as they dominated corporate talking points and headlines following the events of 2020. But where does the rubber meet the road and how do we push the needle in DEI efforts?As the Director of Employee Development and Engagement at Olive, Chase McCants says it begins with acceptance. He'd be the first to tell you he's not your typical HR guy and the ability to be who he is at work is what attracted him to the startup environment. He also believes that startups are more apt to measure employee value by the quality of work they produce and they simply don't have the time (or desire) to regulate how their employees look. In this episode, Chase will share how that levels the playing field and encourages employees to lead from where they are. John and Chase also talk about starting a new job in a pandemic, how to engage employees in a remote work environment, and how Chase's career has informed his outlook as a leader.
Leaders often give everything they have to their team and their cause. But who takes care of the leaders? That’s exactly what the Reverend Jen Bailey and her team at Faith Matters Network are working to do. Jen is an accomplished leader with a lot of wisdom to offer. In this episode, Jen shares her insights about what leaders need most, what faith looks like after the pandemic, and reflections nearly a year after George Floyd’s murder.-----Connect with John T. Meyer Follow Leadmore on Instagram Subscribe to the Leadmore newsletter Join the Leadmore Community 
Wes Eisenhauer loves to create. He's a photographer, musician, chef, and entrepreneur—a true modern-day creator. While Wes makes his living creating things, that's not why he does it. He creates out of a need to explore and a passion for making things. His work has been featured in National Geographic, on the front page of Reddit, and with NASA. In this episode, John talks with Wes about how Wes chooses the projects he wants to pursue, what inspires him creatively, and why he often works with the same people again and again. Plus, Wes talks about his latest project: turning one of his photos into an NFT (and what the hell that means).-----Connect with John T. Meyer Follow Leadmore on Instagram Subscribe to the Leadmore newsletter Join the Leadmore Community 
In sickness and in health, through good times and bad… We make these vows on our wedding day, but you can never really know how extreme the good and bad might be. Chris Maxwell and Molly Weisgram have been together through truly tough challenges during Chris’s battle with Guillain–Barré syndrome. At its worst, Chris was paralyzed to the point that he couldn’t blink. What impact does this have on a family or a marriage? How do tough challenges shape our lives and relationships?In this episode, John talks with both Chris and Molly—both patient and caregiver, husband and wife—about their emotional story, how the journey brought them closer together as a family, and how the experience impacts the way they lead today.-----Connect with John T. Meyer Follow Leadmore on Instagram Subscribe to the Leadmore newsletter Join the Leadmore Community 
What’s going on inside the brain of a leader? What makes leaders want to lead? Dr. Sarah Bridges is searching for those answers. Sarah is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, former Fortune 500 executive, and mother of four. In this episode, John and Sarah discuss the neuropsychology of leadership, whether leaders are born or made, and the importance of adopting a growth mindset.-----Connect with John T. Meyer Follow Leadmore on Instagram Subscribe to the Leadmore newsletter Join the Leadmore Community 
Natalie Eisenberg never planned to become CEO of Click Rain, but she remembers the exact moment she realized it would become part of her leadership journey. After three years of leading the 40-person digital marketing agency, she now faces a new challenge: integrating the team at Lemonly (that’s us!), which Click Rain recently acquired. In this episode, John and Natalie unpack the entire acquisition deal, including how it came to be, the process and timeline to get it done, and the emotions behind both buying and selling a company.-----Connect with John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
The world’s top athletes optimize every area of their life—diet, exercise, recovery, and even sleep—so why shouldn’t leaders? In this episode, John talks with Nick Seguin from Rise Science, a company using the science of sleep to help high-performing professionals, salespeople, leaders, and people of all kinds unlock their full potential. Nick explains the power of sleep, factors that make the different between a good and bad night’s sleep, and how leaders can optimize their schedule around sleep patterns. Great leaders should be great sleepers. Listen for science-backed advice to unlock a better night’s sleep.---Connect with John T. MeyerFollow the Leadmore Podcast on InstagramSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
Alex Guggenberger keeps a note in his wallet as a daily reminder of his next big goal. That drive and focus helped him start a company from his college dorm room. Now a few years into his career, Alex has realized he can learn more inside a company than by building his own from scratch. He made the transition from founder to employee and has relished every moment of it. Young leaders looking to discover their career path will find inspiration from Alex. His journey proves you don’t have to be the CEO or have 15 years of experience to lead. Leaders come in all varieties and exist at every level of an organization. In this episode, Alex explains his path to leadership and teaches us how to optimize for growth and learning.---Connect with John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
 The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for change in nearly every industry, and higher education is no exception. In this episode recorded live on Clubhouse, John sits down with his brother and original “bro-founder,” Scott Meyer, who co-founded their first company in 2009. Scott is the executive director of North Dakota State University’s NICE Center for entrepreneurship. The Meyer brothers talk about the value of an entrepreneurial mindset, how to teach students to adopt this mindset, and what higher education will look like post-pandemic—what Scott calls the “unbundling of education.”---Connect with John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
Many of our most treasured memories are made around the dinner table. From the highs of a birthday party to the lows of a funeral, food builds community. Mike Haskett sought to create that type of community when he opened his restaurant, M.B. Haskett’s Delicatessen. He’s passionate about food and its role in our society. In this episode, Mike shares the impact food has had on his own life, the changes we need to make to the food supply chain in the U.S., and the challenges of owning a restaurant during a pandemic.---Connect with John T. MeyerFollow Leadmore on InstagramSubscribe to the Leadmore newsletterJoin the Leadmore Community
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