April 1, 2020

How to lead through challenging times, with Brett Gilliland

Episode 929:

If you’ve been listening to the show for a while now — you know that I like to bring you conversations with guests who are strategic — as well as practical and tactical — and who will generously give you the best of what they’ve got so you can take it and apply it — and move your business onward.

And each of us as business owners — as people — are facing unprecedented challenges right now.

Things many of us could have never imagined as a result of the coronavirus.

And each day — we need to show up as the best leader we can — because our teams, our clients, and communities need that from us.

The business owners I meet with each day are doing everything they can to effectively lead during these challenging times.

But candidly, Onward Nation — today’s business environment requires another level in leadership — it requires proven strategies, a process, and the willingness to put systems into place.

And because of that, I’m grateful that Brett Gilliland, CEO and founder of Elite Entrepreneurs, said yes to my invitation to come back for an encore interview so we could talk through leadership strategies, processes, and systems — which you can take and apply into your business and be better for it.

What you will learn from this episode:

  • Beyond “flight” and “fight” — there is a 3rd defensive mechanism that we have — and as business owners — it can actually hurt us the most
  • Why the “Stockdale Paradox” is just a relevant today as it was when Admiral James Stockdale first shared it
  • Why you need to go narrow in what you allow into your inner circle — from people to media — and why you need to block out everything else
  • Now more than ever — business owners need to stay focused on the Big 3 of their role
  • Why “Fighting F.U.D” should be your number one priority as a business owner
  • Why Brett believes that the best leaders build the best businesses — and — the best businesses win
  • Why helping and leading others begins with leading yourself to clarity
  • Why you should rest easy — you have a 100 percent track record of getting through hard times…otherwise you wouldn’t be here

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Stephen Woessner

Stephen is the CEO of Predictive ROI and host of the Onward Nation podcast. He is the author of two bestselling books, speaker, trainer, and his digital marketing insights have been featured in SUCCESS, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and other media.