Category Archives: Podcasts

Episode 55: Your First 100 Days as CEO



When someone takes on the CEO role for the first time, they often have very little training specific to this one-of-a-kind job. In this episode, Joel discusses what a new CEO can and should expect in their first 100 days as a chief executive.

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Episode 54: Fake It Until You Make It in the CEO Role?



The CEO role is the most visible position in the organization, and it comes with great responsibility. That means that many people feel unqualified when they first take it on. How do you handle that level of responsibility without long experience? Is it possible to “fake it until you make it”?

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Episode 53: Exit Planning, Part 3: Assembling Your Dream Team



A successful sale or acquisition requires a support network — the experts and allies who play key roles in the process. And it’s more than just a banker. Joel walks through the professionals and advisors he recommends enlisting before you go through the high-pressure ordeal of an exit transaction.

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Episode 49: The Tricky Art of Change Management



Whole tomes have been written on “change management” in the corporate sphere. While changing how humans think and behave is difficult, the process starts with the CEO addressing some basic questions for the organization. This week, Joel discusses what those questions are and why they form the necessary foundation of lasting collective change.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 48: Vulnerability and the CEO



“Vulnerability” has been a buzzword for years, but should the CEO care? When should the CEO disclose their emotions, fears, struggles to people in the organization? And what’s the line between being vulnerable and sharing too much?

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Episode 47: The Internal Triangle of Tension



Every business sells a product (or service) into a market. Thus arise three vital groups that form a triangle inside a business: sales, product, and marketing. As each of these divisions operates, natural tensions arise. Guess whose job it is to manage them? That’s right — the CEO. This week, Joel talks about how to manage sales, product, and marketing while running the overall business.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 45: The Motivation Equation



How motivated are the employees in your organization? One of the most fundamental mistakes managers make at any level —including the CEO — is misunderstanding how natural human motivation works. In this episode, Joel Trammell discusses the breakthrough theory that reveals how an organization can build authentic motivation across the workforce.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company 


Episode 44: Do You Need Full-Time Managers at Your Company?



When you’re in startup mode, every employee of your company is usually doing hands-on work. But as a company scales up, professional managers are required to coordinate, facilitate, coach, and much more. This week, we pick Joel’s brain about the stage of a business’s growth where professional managers become a necessity.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 43: Seeing Your Business Like the Customer Does



As CEO, it’s easy to get so caught up in doing your job that you lose connection with the customers who keep your business running. This week, Joel discusses how CEOs can stay in touch with the customer experience—and why doing so is important.

Sponsored by: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


Episode 42: Are Personality Assessments Worthwhile?



Personality tests and assessments are popular in many corners of the business world. But are the insights they deliver really useful in a business context? Should CEOs care about their teams’ Myers-Briggs type or CliftonStrengths themes? Hear what Joel has to say about it this week on Ask a CEO.

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