Tag Archives: finance

172 — Christopher Myers

Podcast Summary:

Do you have someone on your team who manages your books and manually inputs data into a financial bookkeeping software? Chris Myers wants you to know that that task may no longer be necessary. His company inverts the entire small business financial management system on its head and makes it MUCH easier.

As a regular contributor to Forbes Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, Chris writes about leadership, entrepreneurship, and the shift from Founder to CEO. In fact, he caught my attention when he wrote this piece for Forbes: Learning To Let Go: How I Evolved From Founder To CEO.

This was well written and I asked Chris to come on the show and talk in greater detail about his 3 points and his personal connection with each insight. He gets candid about:

  1. Why it was hard for him to let go and trust his team.
  2. How he learned to embrace accountability.
  3. How he shifted from a directive leader to become a servant leader.

He also breaks some news about BodeTree’s next evolution!

Chris is super smart. How has his interview impacted you?

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168 — Robby Mathis

Podcast Summary:

In the financial services world, any time I hear about organizations that are growing by another team member every 2 months, I take notice. This is especially true in the accounting, bookkeeping, and tax areas. Robby Mathis talks about the secret to growing his company and his own growth as a leader as he scales himself and The Robby Group. I think many of you can also relate to the fear he has about one component of business.

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154 — Mike McDerment

Podcast Summary:

What’s it like to found and scale the #1 cloud accounting software for small businesses and the self-employed? What’s it like to work out of your parent’s basement for three years while you grow your startup?  What’s it like to wait ten years to accept venture capital money and conquer your fear of doing so?  What’s it like to lead a growing company of over 250 team members?

Listen to Mike McDerment, the Founder & CEO of FreshBooks, in this revealing and candid interview as he answers all the above questions and more.

I was particularly impressed with his story about how greater self-awareness has been the key to his ability to scale himself as a CEO. My favorite quote: “I’ve got to slow down and actually be present in a way that is probably not natural to me.”

Let me know what you think. todd@fromfoundertoceo.com

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17 Reasons To Join A CEO Peer Group

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-7-25-46-pm“I joined a CEO group. It was a mastermind group. And, [I] started meeting with…six to eight other CEOs on a quarterly basis. And, they were all from different industries…but, it was incredible. We had all these things in common…stuff like burnout. I got to tell my story…The CEO group was very beneficial. Something I highly recommend, wish I had done earlier and I’m still a part of. It’s just great to heave peers to talk to.”

This quote is from Joel Holland, Founder of VideoBlocks during the latest episode of the “From Founder To CEO” podcast. Joel built a $25 million tech company and credits some of his success to his CEO peer group.

What is a CEO peer group? It’s basically a group of CEOs who want to help each other achieve success in life and business. They commit to regularly scheduled meetings where they learn, share, cajole and uplift each other on their leadership journeys.

I have been a member of a number of these groups over the years. My CEO peers brought me immeasurable learning opportunities and the fellowship has fostered relationships that will last my lifetime. And, the group helped my business grow. 🙂

These types of groups have been around for quite some time. As Joel mentioned, many Founding CEOs wish they had joined a group earlier.

Here is what many say are some of the top benefits.

1 – A community where you can be yourself, authentic, and transparent.

2 – A place where your peers are willing to tell you hard truths.

3 – A sounding board, listening to all of your ideas without judgment.

4 – A community that helps you refine your thinking.

5 – They hold you accountable for goals and commitments you make.

6 – Peers that exchange ideas and best practices.

7 – A group that helps expand your worldview.

8 – An opportunity to become a better leader.

9 – Helps your organization prepare for future challenges.

10 – Trusted peers questioning your answers and asking you questions.

11 – Challenge your assumptions.

12 – It is helpful to have peer CEOs look at your challenges through an impartial lens.

13 – Collaborate on problem solving.

14 – Challenge you to tackle issues you are reluctant to confront.

15 – A place to test your ideas and approaches with people who understand and can relate to the weight of your responsibilities.

16 – A place to whine (but not for long) with people who can empathize with your situation.

17 – Help with over coming the feelings of:

  • Being overwhelmed
  • Being lost
  • Being stuck
  • Being paralyzed
  • Feeling lonely

If this is something you are looking for, you are in luck.

We just opened the application process for “Trail Team 10“…It’s a six-month journey for 10 lucky Founding CEOs, like you, who are passionate about growing yourselves and scaling  your businesses.

Think of it like a “virtual hike” with Founding CEOs from different cities, leading scaleable companies and problem-solving with each other in an expertly facilitated, safe, and confidential setting.

Why not check it out. But, please do so by November 23…before we close the application process for this Trail Team.

Learn more here.

Or, send me an email if you just want to chat about it.