Building a Business Against All Odds: Gary Laney's Inspirational Journey
Gary C. Laney is the CEO of Success Masters, a bestselling author, and a serial entrepreneur. With 20 startup businesses under his belt, including taking a company public, Gary has a wealth of experience in industries like business networking, online media, e-commerce, and intellectual property. He's also recognized as a dynamic speaker who has motivated thousands of entrepreneurs and professionals.
Here are the main takeaways from this episode:
- Lessons from growing up in a family retail business: Gary gained valuable insights into running a business through his family's retail chain.
- Mentoring by his mom: Gary's mother taught him the importance of treating people kindly and building strong relationships.
- Learning from his dad: Gary's father, a former military officer, instilled in him values of integrity, honesty, and hard work.
- Personal stories of honesty and integrity: Gary shares how his father taught him the importance of honesty, even allowing him to experience jail time as a lesson.
- Integrity builds trust: Gary emphasizes that integrity is essential for building trust and shares how it prepared him to run a business at a young age.
- Ethical decision-making in corporate life: Gary recounts a situation where he made a moral decision that cost him his job but believes his father would be proud of his honesty.
- Transition to entrepreneurship: Gary describes his journey from a high-tech VP of Sales to entrepreneurship, facing financial challenges but leveraging skills learned from his father and corporate experience to succeed.
- Writing "The Power of Strategic Influence": Gary shares his motivation for writing his book on strategic influence.
- Strategic Influence vs. other types of influence: Gary explains the concept of strategic influence and how it differs from other forms of influence.
- The 6 Spheres of Strategic Influence: Gary provides an overview of the six spheres of strategic influence.
- The 10 Success Factors of Highly Influential Leaders: Gary highlights ten success factors that highly influential leaders possess.
- Preview of the upcoming book on Leadership Mastery: Gary gives a glimpse into his upcoming book focused on the top 13 competencies of leadership mastery.
This episode is packed with gems! I learned so much from Gary. I think Gary is a great addition to the show! Please let me know if you would like to see Gary come back to talk in detail regarding the points listed above. I just received his book! It is fire! Go pick it up.
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This amazing episode was edited and mixed by our amazing team member Jonah Richardson