Gary Cooper, MHA, Overcoming a Comparison Problem (#218)
Today I am with the Founder and Executive Chairman of Palmetto Infusion as well as the CEO and President of Carolus Company. These are excellent companies that are helping different groups of people. Palmetto Infusion is an ambulatory infusion company with an in-home care segment. While Carolus Company helps organizations and leadership teams get the most out of their business. As always, we talked in length about how'd it happen for Gary Cooper, the lessons he has learned along the way, and so much more.
Gary is very grateful to have been born into an American Dream-storied family. His parents were the first off the farm, and a small town to begin their entrepreneurial journey and build a health care business legacy. Gary followed in their footsteps, founding his first business with his father at the age of 24 in 1996. This is where he learned old fashion values of keeping your word, servant leadership (before it was popular), putting employees and customers first, people before profits, and simply "do the right thing." These values served him well as he created, developed, and successfully exited seven companies to Private Equity or Publicly Traded companies over the next 24 years. He is currently the Chairman of Palmetto Infusion, which has 22 locations in 4 States and has 300 employees and growing over 30% per year. Palmetto Infusion is the National Leader in Ambulatory Infusion. Out of all the lessons he learned from his father, one of the most valuable was the paradox of "Letting Go."
Reach out to Gary:
Learn more about Palmetto Infusion:
Learn more about Carolus Company: https://caroluscompany.com/
[2:50 ] How'd it happen for Gary Cooper?
[17:20 ] The time it took Gary to realize his purpose and how he figured it out
[21:10 ] Has Gary ever thought of working for his dad?
[24:18 ] Running into and not running-away-from mindset
[31:54 ] Site-of-care shifts
[35:27 ] Moving past losing a business partner
[48:01 ] The problem with constantly comparing yourself to others
[51:55 ] Transformation intervention
[57:20 ] Describing Gary's leadership, from selfish to selfless
[1:01:24 ] Feelings aren't facts
[1:02:49 ] Mike's takeaway
[1:08:54 ] Outro
Check the accompanying blog post of this episode at: https://mikemalatesta.com/podcast/gary-cooper-overcoming-a-comparison-problem-218/
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