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It’s the biggest question an entrepreneur will face. Or at least it should be.

That is, “What is the appropriate level of risk for me and this organization?” 

This question should be wrestled with at every phase of the entrepreneurial journey starting with the launch and continuing through every subsequent business milestone.

Most business owners fail to realize just how complicated and layered the level of risk is in their enterprise.

Join Michael and Jim as they plunge to the depths of one of the most critical aspects of being a well-rounded, successful leader. 

Let’s face it. As leaders, we are among the world’s worst control freaks. 

Although we are blessed with the gift of leadership, it often comes attached to an unrelenting desire to have everything go exactly the way we want it go.

This leads to an unhealthy and unattainable goal of controlling everything around us, including our best people.

It’s proven to be the downfall of many great visions and many excellent organizations.

Join Michael and Jim as they share the secret to replacing the illusion of control with empowering leadership. 

Most leaders and entrepreneurs excel at being focused, clear visioned and persistent. 

Which is exactly why we often struggle the most when it comes to making a change. Change gets in the way of our momentum. 

Still, great leaders know that people, markets, and the world itself are in a constant state of change, and if we aren’t adapting, we’ll rapidly fall behind. 

The hardest things for a leader to change are those personality traits and character flaws that are holding us back. Yet, these changes are the most powerfully transforming for both ourselves and the organizations we lead. 

Join Michael and Jim as they provide insights into breaking free from toxic obstinacy, and explain how to reach your greater potential through change.

For entrepreneurs, there is joy in the pursuit of success.

Unfortunately, another common emotion experienced by business owners is the fear of failure. 

In small measures, it can provide a high level of focus and a healthy drive for achieving goals.

Yet, when it reaches toxic levels, this fear of failure can be crippling and cause profound stress and sleeplessness.

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss the fear of failure while offering powerful ways to overcome it.

Everybody loves winning a deal. It’s even exciting when you get to put that shovel in the dirt on that new project. 

Yet, this is not where the money is really made.

It’s in the final stages of a project or in the delivery of a product when the contract is fulfilled. It’s only then when you get fully paid.

Cleaning up isn’t fun. It isn’t glamorous. But, it may be the most important requirement of effective leadership.

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss this unique, and surprisingly critical topic. 

Everyone wants a highly motivated team. Few find this objective easy to accomplish.

Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s not just you. The external challenges you’re facing make your task more difficult than this was in the past.

And, even the best leaders are constantly having to innovate new ways to keep the fires burning in the hearts of their people. It’s difficult to inspire their teams to excel day in and day out.

Join Michael and Jim as they share some unique insights into how to motivate your team along the path of greater success. 

It’s one of the hot buzzwords today. Leaders should be transparent, they say.

But, what does this really mean? And who exactly should these leaders be transparent with?

In these times of social media, one thing said wrong can sink an entrepreneurial ship overnight.

At the same time, these days you can’t operate in a cave and hope to be successful.

Join Michael and Jim as they explore in significant detail the leadership boundaries of transparency. 

When you start a business, you need to take on just about any job or opportunity that comes your way.

Yet, before long, as your capacity fills, this approach can rapidly get you into trouble.

Pretty soon, you’ll be knee deep in profit killing activity and your reputation will start to decline.

The word “no” is one of the most powerful ones in an entrepreneur’s toolkit, yet it’s rarely used to its maximum effectiveness.

Join Michael and Jim as they share their own hard knocks and hard earned lessons in their use of the word “no”. 

If you’ve been hiring employees for a while, then you’ve certainly discovered some real gems.

And, most likely, you’ve probably picked a few bad apples as well.

It’s truly just part of running a business. You’ll never get it right all of the time.

What exactly do you do with that problem employee? What kind of leadership tactics can you use to turn things around? 

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss the issue from the perspective of their combined sixty plus years of experience in hiring. 

Rarely a day goes by when leaders aren’t under some sort of pressure.

There is pressure to keep up with the bills. Pressure to keep your clients, employees and vendors happy.

On top of this, there is the pressure of meeting the expectations of your family, friends and your harshest critic…yourself.

With all of this stress, why do leaders get themselves in this mess in the first place?

The simple answer? It because it’s who we are.

Join Michael and Jim as they explore strategies for dealing with the pressure of being in charge. 

There is strength in humility.

Many people would agree with this statement, but when it comes to leadership, how does this really play out?

No one wants to follow someone without any confidence in themselves or the vision they are pursuing.

Yet, it’s also clear that few members of your team are going to be excited about following you if you’re arrogant and always taking all of the credit.

Join Michael and Jim as they explain how leaders can and should be both strong…and humble. 

Do you ever feel like you’re on a losing streak in your business? When you can’t seem to win a big sale…or any at all? Or when you’re seemingly hit with more bad news every day?

Maybe you’re experiencing those hard times right now.

The challenge is not only trying to snap yourself back into the win column, but you have to do it why leading others. No simple task!

Join Michael and Jim as they offer advice on how to get the sun shining back in your leadership role.

Do you ever feel like you’re on a losing streak in your business? When you can’t seem to win a big sale…or any at all? Or when you’re seemingly hit with more bad news every day?

Maybe you’re experiencing those hard times right now.

The challenge is not only trying to snap yourself back into the win column, but you have to do it why leading others. No simple task!

Join Michael and Jim as they offer advice on how to get the sun shining back in your leadership role.

You NEED to trust you people.

Every leader embraces this concept on an intellectual basis. However; it’s the application of it that takes many a lifetime to master.

The challenge is a leader’s individual trust, reputation and fiscal health is on the line every moment of every day. Trusting this responsibility to others with less at stake can be a challenge. Albeit a necessary one if you’re going to be victorious.

Join Michael and Jim as they share both their struggles and secrets to success in this critical area of leadership. 

Time.

It is a leader’s most precious commodity because it’s typically the resource which is the scarcest in supply.

In order to build a more profitable, more productive company, a leader needs to acquire the productivity mindset.

You need to be more efficient in order for your team to be more efficient.

Join Michael and Jim as they share unique tactics for enhancing your productivity.

One of the greatest challenges in making the leap to becoming an entrepreneur is figuring out how you’ll be able to replace your current paycheck.

Unless you are independently wealthy and don’t need to worry about generating income from your business, you’re going to need to solve this problem early on in your entrepreneurial journey.

Should you pay yourself when you’re launching your business…and if so, how much? Then, once the business is up and running and stable, what should be your long-term compensation strategy?

Join Michael and Jim as they explore these essential questions.

Just because you wear the title of business owner, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a good leader.

And, in almost all cases, if you want to win on your bottom line, you’ve got to win with your people. 

The good news is that although some are more innately gifted at leadership than others, everyone can take their performance to a higher level.

Join Michael and Jim as they lay down some priceless guidance on what it takes to be the great leader your business desperately needs.

If you aren’t managing your clients…then they most certainly will be managing you.

Once that happens, you’ll be miserable, your team will be unhappy and the business relationship will rapidly start losing money.

You don’t need more clients. You need more GOOD clients. Ones who want you to lead and who respect what you do. 

Join Michael and Jim as they explain how to manage your clients in a way they’ll appreciate and that will make your company more profitable…and more enjoyable. 

There is a prevailing sentiment among business consultants that most leaders hurt their team by micromanaging every person and every process.

However; there is a flipside to this and it often is even more damaging to a company. That is, when the entrepreneur is rarely to be seen.

Do you tend to be overly heavy handed in your leadership style? Or do you lean toward being too absent when your presence is needed?

Join Michael and Jim as they offer their take on this as they share the story of the “footsteps in the field”. 

The greatest leaders develop a keen sense of perfect timing.

Just like a gifted farmer, they know when to till the soil, when to plant the seeds and when to harvest. 

Are there times when you’re too late to the market? Or when you hold onto a strategy when it’s no longer bearing fruit?

Join Michael and Jim as they share hard earned lessons in being a leader for all seasons. 

The greatest leaders develop a keen sense of perfect timing.

Just like a gifted farmer, they know when to till the soil, when to plant the seeds and when to harvest. 

Are there times when you’re too late to the market? Or when you hold onto a strategy when it’s no longer bearing fruit?

Join Michael and Jim as they share hard earned lessons in being a leader for all seasons. 

If you’re a leader, you’re going to make bad decisions.

And, if you’ve been leading for a long time, you’re going to have made quite a few of them.

For entrepreneurs, making decisions is a daily responsibility and the bad ones can literally take a company down.

Join Michael and Jim as they share strategies on how to best remedy those inevitable slip-ups, whether they are small ones or enterprise threatening.

All dreamers must first be fools.

For entrepreneurs, this is especially true in that we must often risk so much in order to pursue our dream.

And so many times, we’re chasing a vision that only we can see.

Still, there are those occasions when the party is clearly over. When the dream has become a nightmare and we’re only hanging on because we’re too deluded to do anything else.

Join Michael and Jim on this business critical topic.

Momentum is a welcome friend to any business owner. 

It’s exhilarating for you and your team when you’re on the right track, and picking up considerable steam.

But, what happens when you suddenly realize your vision is off course and needs to take a sizable detour?

Navigating through a difficult transition is one of the most challenging leadership tasks you’ll face.

Join Michael and Jim as they share their past stories and offer solutions in making it through the inevitable difficult patches of your entrepreneurial journey.

Leaders resist change. And their teams often resist change as well.

Yet, in today’s world, if you’re not constantly enhancing your practices, services and products, you’ll be left in your competitors’ dust.

And sometimes, you need more than just a tweak. You may be at a point where your career or your organization needs to pivot in a whole new direction.

Join Michael and Jim as they share critical insights into knowing when to pivot, and how to pivot effectively in order to create a brighter future.

One of the most difficult entrepreneurial feats is getting partnerships to work.

It seems like everyone wants to start a business with a partner, but then no one wants to stay in the partnership. It’s the number one failed business model. 

This is because successful partners require advanced relationship skills to make them endure the test of time…and business.

Join Michael & Jim as they offer hard earned insights into making partnerships work. 

So many entrepreneurs have partners. So many partnerships fail.

Yet, there are many of these team-based entities that thrive and are stronger with two, three and even more partners.

Why is it that partnerships are so challenging? How should a business owner or organizational leader make the decision as to whether they team up, or go it alone?

Before you make that decision, you must tune into this podcast episode!

It could be life-changing for you as Michael & Jim share critical lessons they’ve learned in their partnership journeys.

Every business owner has faced a period of time when the bills are coming in faster than the checks.

Worse are those times when the cash in the bank is rapidly running out.

It’s like when the fuel light turns on in the car and you’re not sure you’ll make it to the next station. 

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss strategies on how to keep your business from ending up on the side of the road.

Each and every day, entrepreneurs face a plethora of decisions to make. 

Many are small. But, some are quite significant.

And, there are plenty of marketing campaigns and sales representatives encouraging these business owners to “Just Do It”. 

Sometimes, these decisions include whether to open a new business in the first place.

Join Michael and Jim as they share their insights into knowing exactly when you should…just do it…or not.

Struggling with the Millennials in your business?

Or maybe you’re a Millennial who is challenged with leading a Gen X’er or a Baby Boomer.

Although no one wants to be labeled, there are broad patterns of behavioral variations across generations. As a leader, it’s important to be sensitive to differences in experience and attitudes.

Join Michael and Jim as they take on this hot topic and provide key insights into leading across the generation gap.

Anyone who has ever tried their hand at being a leader or entrepreneur knows the journey can aptly be described as being on a roller coaster.

There are unbelievable highs. There are frightening lows. And there is often both fear and exhilaration.

The reality is, you’re either taking a ride…or you’re being taken for a ride.

Join Michael and Jim as they share their insights into developing an acumen for riding entrepreneurial roller coasters.

There is a mindset that is holding leaders back more than just about anything else.

Not only will this constrain your effectiveness in leading your team, but it will send you down a daily road to disappointment and depression.

Could there be one word that will free you up from this mindset? Could it change everything for you almost instantly?

Join Michael and Jim for twenty minutes of mind shifting that will change you as a leader…forever. 

Burn out. Depression. 

All too often, these are the real experiences of business owners as they face a sense of being trapping in a cage of their own making.

If an entrepreneur loses their sense of vision, their feeling of hope, they will find themselves rapidly on a downward slope.

Join Michael and Jim as they share their own struggles in this area and reveal how to gain victory over this common entrepreneurial affliction. 

It’s been a business objective for companies to have their employees feel like they are part of their corporate family.

Yet, so many organizations fall short in this area because their efforts are often perceived as forced and contrived by their staff.

Too few businesses are able to create a genuine sense of family.

Join Michael and Jim as they explore authentic and effective ways to build a healthy family atmosphere in your company.

If you’ve been in business for any length of time, you probably have had to face the hounds of bill collection at some point in your career.

It’s one of the lowlights in the entrepreneur’s film reel, but it’s also one of the moments that will define them as a leader.

You’re discouraged as the checks fail to arrive on time, and your stomach churns as the bills flow in with “past due” stamped on them.

Join Michael and Jim as they openly share their past challenges in this area and as they reveal strategies they used to gain victory, just like you can.

As leaders and entrepreneurs, we get it.

If we don’t clearly understand the needs and wants of our clients, we won’t be in business for very long.

Yet, this isn’t always as obvious to our employees who many times are only able to see things from their own perspective.

Join Michael and Jim as they share ideas on how to teach your staff to see things from a customer’s viewpoint.

Leaders and entrepreneurs are uniquely adept at doing the impossible. It’s how we’re designed.

Yet, the real challenge is leading our team through an impossible task.

How do we accomplish critical, and extremely difficult assignments, without burning out our entire staff?

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss this topic and provide key insights into improving this important skill in your leadership toolkit.

Many times, it’s the worst thing that can happen to a leader.

First, there is a knock on the door, followed by, “Boss, you’ve got a minute?”

Having your best person letting you know they are leaving the company can ruin any business owner’s day, and in many cases can cause significant damage to the company.

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss how best to cope with this most unfortunate, and all too common, situation. 

Maybe you hear this too often from your team: “You never listen to what we have to say.”

No. You don’t want to be that type of leader. Because, you’ll only chase away the sharpest, most creative minds.

At the same time, you can’t take in everyone’s ideas, all of the time, or your vision will always be “under construction” and won’t ever make it out of the garage.

Join Michael and Jim in the 25th episode of the Two Are Gathered Leadership Podcast to get their unique insights in how to be both a great listener, and a decisive leader.

If you’re going to be a leader. If you’re going to be an entrepreneur.

Then you’re going to end up with knots in your stomach.

By nature, leaders are always pushing things to the limit, and demanding the most out of themselves and their teams.

Yet, this doesn’t mean you should be a nervous wreck and a wrecking ball in your organization. There is a better way.

Join Michael and Jim as they share practical methods for untying those crippling knots of tension in your life.

Anyone can start. Be a finisher.

This is a powerful statement for leaders and entrepreneurs. But it’s one many struggle with in a mighty way.

Coming up with an idea on a cocktail napkin is the fun part of starting a business or new venture. Yet, it’s the ability to reach the finish line that separates the wannabes from the highly successful.

Join Michael and Jim as they provide insightful strategies that will help you and your team finish…and finish well. 

Entrepreneurs and leaders are among the most innovative people in the world.

Yet, this same extraordinary creative skill can prove to be a great weakness as well, as chasing butterflies can be a distraction to achieving their most business critical goals.

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss this phenomenon and provide detail strategies for keeping both leaders and their teams focused on success.

In this challenging environment, providing competitive salary and benefits is essential to building a great team.

But, did you know there is a motivator that your employees crave above all others? 

Study after study shows this critical role in your leadership responsibilities will have more impact on the long-term performance of your team than anything else. 

Join Michael and Jim as they share the importance of ringing the victory bell in your organization. 

Every leader gets overwhelmed.

In fact, the ability to deal competently in the face of overlapping priorities is one of the most critical success factors of a leader.

Yet, it’s also one of the most unpleasant tasks and the cause of tremendous stress, and oftentimes lack of sleep.

Join Michael and Jim as they share key strategies in both avoiding and dealing with the entrepreneur’s common ailment of being overwhelmed. 

No one wants to work for an intolerable grump.

And the truth is, few will. 

Yet, even the kindest, most beloved of leaders find themselves in a position at times when they must make difficult and unpopular directional shifts.

In fact, if you aren’t being disliked on occasion, you’re probably not much of a leader.

Join Michael and Jim as they dive into this challenging topic of leading successfully through controversial and uncomfortable decisions. 

Could your company benefit from a dramatic boost in productivity?

Would you like to increase your own ability to make the most of each and every day?

If so, listen in as Michael and Jim share the productivity boosting concept of “Clutch Time”, which is a lesson learned many years ago on a farm far away.

This episode will change the way you approach your work habits from here on out. It will also provide you with a powerful way to inspire your team to greater success.

Every business launches with great expectations.

Yet, oftentimes it doesn’t take long for the daily grind, extraordinary pressures and recurring disappointments of leading a venture to take its toll on even the hardiest of entrepreneurs.

Are you finding yourself a little burned out with your business?

People who don’t understand what’s at stake will say, “Just do something else.”

Michael and Jim will share with you insights and strategies based on real life experience that will actually help you fall in love with your business all over again. 

When you lead alone, you greatly reduce your odds of being successful as a leader.

Even leaders are safer and stronger travelling in packs. This is especially true if they share their unique journey with other like minded, high responsibility bearing professionals. 

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss the many virtues of being part of a leadership peer group.

They also share the secrets to making these groups strong, and how to start one from the ground up. This is much more than tactics, this is life-changing advice.

As a leader, how many times have you asked yourself this question:

“Am I the only one here who cares?”

If you’re like most business leaders or entrepreneurs, this is a question posed often.

But, is it healthy for us to be in this mindset? Will it destroy our team and our ultimate goals for success?

Join Michael and Jim as they explore this topic and offer one powerful word that will forever change the way you think about your employees.

Recruiting and developing strong people is the most critical and challenging job for most leaders.

Equally difficult is the task of knowing when to let those employees go who don’t seem to be fully embracing the opportunity you’re providing for them.

It’s not that hard when it’s a case of an obvious fireable offense like employee theft.

But, it’s not as cut and dry when it’s more about you just not being fired up about someone you’re cutting a paycheck to every other week. 

Join Michael and Jim as they explore what many consider the worst part about being the boss. Listen in as the two hosts share key insights into knowing “when to let them go”. 

Nearly all leaders use the word integrity when describing themselves or their principles of business on resumes and websites all throughout the world.

But how many of them truly understand what the word means and if they or their organization are really measuring up?

In this challenging episode of the Two Are Gathered Leadership podcast, Michael and Jim explore what the word integrity really means, and why mastering it should be the quintessential goal of a leader.

Debt is something every leader will face somewhere along their journey.

Most entrepreneurs need capital to get their ideas off of the ground.

But, this initial desire to finance a new idea, expanded service or company growth can often snowball rapidly into an insurmountable burden.

More sleepless nights have been spent worrying about debt than just about anything else.

Join Michael and Jim as they openly discuss their own difficult challenges with debt and as they share a pathway to victory and financial freedom.

This may surprise you, but the top challenges a leader faces are frequently ones they don’t even know exist.

Too often, the Emperor Has No Clothes; yet, there is no one with the guts to let him or her know.

If you are brave enough to listen to what is revealed here, you will unlock an inner freedom you have yet to experience as a leader.

Join Michael and Jim as they share with you the most important reality check a leader must make if they are to achieve true success.

This episode of the Two Are Gathered Leadership Podcast just might change everything for you, in a very positive and transforming way.

It’s a good business practice to seek feedback from your customers and employees.

Yet, as leaders, are we brave enough to survey our family with the open ended question of “How am I doing?” as a husband, wife, father or mother?

For most of us pouring our time and energy into the difficult daily challenge of leading a company, this exercise might not result in the high grades from our family we would hope to earn.

Join Michael and Jim as they discuss strategies for being successful at putting your family first. It’s easier said than done, but this might be the episode that changes everything for you and those you love.

As a leader, have you ever found yourself staring up at the ceiling with your heart pounding at 2:30 in the morning?

You’re desperate to get some sleep, but all you can do is worry. And then you worry about worrying.

Worry can be a crippling disease for leaders, and all of us with responsibility and concern for others have to face it with some frequency.

Yet, you can free yourself from worry, and in doing so, increase your effectiveness and happiness as a leader.

Join Michael and Jim as they dive deep into life-changing solutions for this common affliction suffered by leaders of business, community and faith.

It doesn’t matter if it’s at work, at church or while serving on jury duty, it seems like it’s the same people over and over again who get chosen as leaders.

If this is you, it won’t take long for the additional work, cost, time commitment, stress and responsibility of being in charge to add up.

It can easily get you to a place where you find yourself wondering, “Why am I always stuck leading?”

In this episode, Michael and Jim discuss this common affliction of the well-meaning leader and give some time-freeing advice for when to say, “Yes” to a leadership opportunity and when to say, “No”.

Study after study by business colleges affirm the disheartening news for entrepreneurs and business executives: The survival rate of the marriages of leaders is tragically low.

This is often because the spouse is treated as a silent partner, rather than a leader’s most trusted adviser.

Worse, the business becomes a mistress in the marriage.

In this critically important episode of the Two Are Gathered Leadership Podcast, Michael and Jim share insights in how focusing first on a successful marriage can further increase the odds you’ll have a successful business.

Don’t miss this one and be sure to share it with whomever you feel it may bless.

Ever say to yourself, “If every day is like yesterday, I don’t want to do this anymore?”

Most leaders, if they are being honest have uttered these words countless times as they’ve built their vision.

Yet, sometimes this feeling can repeat itself over and over again to the point of rising to depression. Sadly, depression is rampant among leaders.

In this episode, Michael and Jim discuss this serious issue and provide insights in how to deal with those really, bad days. This is one to share with as many leaders as you know.

It’s been shared the two most essential attributes of a successful leader are strength and kindness.

There are many strong leaders, but they have no heart, and they leave behind a trail of the battered and bruised.

Then there are those who are kind, yet they are too weak in many areas for others to want to follow them.

In this groundbreaking episode, Michael and Jim discuss the “Heart of a Leader” and share key insights toward being successful as a both a happy and effective leader.

What is one of the biggest threats to leaders and entrepreneurs? The answer may surprise you.

It’s success.

Yes, that’s right. Many business schools and entrepreneur coaches will give you guidance on overcoming challenges and failures in your organization. Few will spend much time at all on helping you deal with success.

In this episode of the Two Are Gathered Leadership Podcast, Michael K. Reynolds and Jim Johnson cover all aspects of dealing with success.

This conversation may save you from years of hardship and grief. Don’t miss it!

Successful leaders aren’t experts at success. They are experts at overcoming disappointment.

Yet, responding well in the face of adversity can be one of the greatest challenges a leader has to deal with on the road to reaching their vision.

How should you deal with disappointment? Should you always be fully transparent when you’re going through hard times? Or are you better off keeping a stiff upper lip.

These answers and more with Michael K. Reynolds and Jim Johnson on the Two Are Gathered Leadership Podcast.

Leaders can be among the loneliest people on the planet.

Many have spouses, yet they don’t often feel comfortable burdening them with their challenges, and many times their wives or husbands are a little exhausted about hearing about these problems anyway.

Then there is your team that you lead. Are they going to have an answer for you when you can’t meet payroll? Do they really want to hear about your personal challenges.

But, rather than keeping it all to yourself, there’s another way.

The answer lies in the lifechanging concept of the leadership table. And it’s the focus of this week’s discussion on the Two Are Gathered Leadership Podcast.

In this, the launch episode of the Two Are Gathered Leadership podcast, Michael K. Reynolds and Jim Johnson reveal the “keystone” to surviving and thriving as a leader through times of great challenges…and sweet victories.

They also explain the purpose and vision of the podcast and offer critical encouragement to leaders…and those who should be leading…to come along for what promises to be an amazing journey for in the areas of business, community and faith.

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