All of us have jobs that we have to wake up for each day. Do you like this job? Is it a good place to work with a fun environment? For one company, a CHAMPIONSHIP CULTURE has been built upon doing things a little different than the norm.
We all have a boss. Even the President of the U.S. has “We The People” that he has to answer to. Many of us complain about our boss. Unfortunately, not all bosses are top-shelf. If you happen to be a boss, you also might want to read this so that you can stop doing some of this stuff if you are guilty of it.
Todd Gongwer is the best-selling author of “LEAD…for God’s Sake. The book has been called a “game changer” by national championship football coach Urban Meyer. It has been credited with having a huge impact on Coach Meyer’s decision to come out of the broadcast booth and take over the reigns of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Todd is ﬁrst and foremost, a husband and father. His expertise in leadership and cultural dynamics comes from a broad range of experiences in the world of business and athletics, spanning over 25 years. He has held numerous executive positions in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-up to public entity, while also serving as an assistant college basketball coach for over a decade.
Following the successful launch of the Need to LEAD program, a systematic approach to shaping team culture, Todd wrote LEAD…for God’s Sake, A parable for ﬁnding the heart of leadership. As the popularity of the book grew, stories of its powerful impact surfaced in such noted publications as ESPN Magazine, Yahoo Sports, ESPN.com and Forbes.com. Testimonies from high proﬁle coaches, business leaders, and educators from around the country continued to stream in, affording Todd the opportunity to work directly with some of the most successful leaders, teams and organizations in America.
Today, when Todd isn’t coaching his own children, he travels throughout the country speaking, teaching, and coaching on the topics of leadership, purpose and cultural dynamics. He lives in Indiana with his wife Traci and their three children; Kaden, Kira, and their newest arrival from Haiti, Wadson.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
- Writing a best-selling novel
- Working with Urban Meyer and other famous coaches
- Leadership and culture in organizations
Ryan McCarty is the former director of customer and employee relations at TCC, the largest Verizon Authorized Retailer in the nation. He was hired by the CEO, Scott Moorehead, who grew TCC from $135 million to $1 billion in sales. Together, Scott and Ryan created a culture that empowered employees through a powerful cultural movement.
Under Ryan’s guidance through TCC’s “Culture of Good,” which enables others to do good in their communities for the value of the investment rather than the return on investment, TCC donated $1 million to Riley Hospital for Children; provided 250,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children; gave away supply packs to 5,000 teachers; and contributed $100,000 in grants to organizations focused on improving the environment.
Ryan created Culture of Good, Inc. to inspire other businesses to create truly altruistic programs that make the world a better place. Ryan believes in order for a company’s Culture of Good to be successful and meaningful, giving back must be engrained in the foundation of its core values. Through Culture of Good, Inc. Ryan helps other organizations engage the hearts of their employees and empower them to make the changes they wish to see in their communities.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
- How the partnership between Scott and Ryan occurred over chips & salsa
- By decreasing their employee turnover, TCC saved more than $5 million per year
- Why other companies don’t create a culture of good
- That having a cool CEO and leader that is open-minded is key
- How any company can do more good in their business and the community
“Are we there yet”?
“How much longer”?
The questions are endless.
Then the big-one . . . The question to end all questions . . . The grand-daddy of them all . . .