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CEOs running the world’s top companies don’t start out that way – they pull ahead of their peers with behaviors and practices that make them the “best of the best.” Stephen Miles and the team at TMG coach some of the world’s most successful executives, helping them continuously up their game even as business conditions grow more complex every day. Learn the secrets of the highest performers, and use this intelligence to power your career.
 
Welcome to Paying It Forward, Lessons From The C-Suite. This is the trailer that introduces you to the podcast. If you want to attain a C level position in your career, you need to understand what it takes to achieve that level of leadership. When you have access to successful entrepreneurs and senior executives who want to help you develop the skills and traits to become a great leader, it’s like having your own mastermind group to mentor and guide you. In a nutshell, that’s our podcast. Ea ...
 
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No matter where you work or whatever industry you are in, being best at the “people business” can help you succeed. When talent management is as critical to your company’s long-term goals as it is to your short-term bottom line, you need a team you can rely on, and one that can rely on you, too. Stephen Miles and Taylor Griffin explain steps leader…
 
The job of high-performing leaders isn’t what it used to be. On top of running the company amidst a complex business environment of overlapping crises, CEOs and other C-Suite leaders bear the weight of increasing responsibility, at times defending their companies’ very license to operate. Stephen Miles and Taylor Griffin explain how a new kind of ‘…
 
What does it mean to successfully reframe “The Great Resignation” into “The Great Transition?" Top executive coaches Stephen Miles and Courtney Hamilton discuss how companies are successfully onboarding new employees; what it's like to welcome someone remotely; and, what the best and worst practices are in this environment for leaders, employees, a…
 
As business leaders continue to reimagine the way we work, offices everywhere are getting revamped to support new organizational priorities. For Stephen Miles and Christina Woodard, office density and intentionality top the list. We need to be purposeful about what we’re doing, says Miles, and why we’re asking teams to convene. Working together, co…
 
“This is what happens when you put everybody in solitary confinement for an extended period of time,” says Stephen Miles, Founder and CEO of The Miles Group. “Covid quarantines have led to all kinds of strains on individuals’ energy,” adds Taylor Griffin, COO of The Miles Group. "We have a lot of senior executives coming to us and asking how they d…
 
The pandemic lockdown called for CEOs everywhere to transform their businesses to remote operation. Two years in, millions of white-collar workers are returning to the office – an exercise that is playing out in multiple phases and to varying degrees of success. As Stephen Miles and Taylor Griffin explain, since 2020, remote work has gotten very tr…
 
Inflation continues to climb at its fastest pace in decades, but most CEOs and board directors today have never dealt with hyperinflation – that’s when inflation “turns from transitory to intrinsic, affecting every facet of business in the world today.” Stephen Miles and Taylor Griffin discuss how executives can begin to lead – and win – in this ne…
 
In this episode, we welcome Lee Ann Kline, the President and Founder of STEM Advantage. STEM Advantage is a non-profit that mentors, prepares and inspires women and underserved communities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STEM’s overarching vision is “Advancing Equity Through Education” by providing economic an…
 
In this episode, we welcome Kevin Laird. Kevin is the Director of Advisory Services for the Oracle Governance, Risk, and Compliance Practice at KPMG. Kevin discusses mentoring, his involvement with STEM Advantage and THRIVE, two organizations focused on mentoring college students and the newly hired in the workforce. Kevin’s focus with both STEM Ad…
 
In this episode, we welcome Kevin Laird. Kevin is the Director of Advisory Services for the Oracle Governance, Risk, and Compliance Practice at KPMG. Kevin discusses the people side of management by offering insight and wisdom for hiring and promoting, as well as challenges he sees today and what a person should already be doing today to earn that …
 
In this extended episode, we welcome award winning, digitally-savvy Chief Marketing Officer, Jay Spenchian. Jay has a long and outstanding career transforming deep consumer insights and big data into record-breaking products, sales, innovative marketing initiatives, and growth for Fortune 500 brands such as Pepsico, Heinz, Pillsbury, General Motors…
 
In this episode, we welcome Pam Meisl. Pam is the President of Evolution Partners Insurance, Co-Founder of Enfuego Entertainment, and a Certified Hypnotherapist for the past 38+ years. Pam shares with us the importance and value of “mindset” and specifically how to stay focused and overcome obstacles and roadblocks by taking action! Pam explains ho…
 
In this episode, we welcome Ken Meifert. Ken has arguably one of the coolest jobs, he’s the Vice President of Sponsorship and Development at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Ken has been with the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum for over 27 years and he has a lot say about hiring, chemistry, collaboration, teamwork and being the best team player you…
 
In this episode, we welcome Jeanice Lee, Head of Americas Region for Air New Zealand. We sit down and discuss leadership, key pieces of the hiring process, how you can stand out in today’s workforce, digital marketing, the digital landscape, responsibility, ownership, and accountability. We also discuss key aspects of boomers working with millennia…
 
In this 2nd part of a 2-part interview, we welcome back Heather Moyer, Founder and CEO of HNM Systems. Heather provides great insight into what is an "A" player, what she believes people can do to "stand out" and become an "A" player, and why it is important to do what it takes. She also discusses why self motivation, training and educating yoursel…
 
In this episode, we welcome Heather Moyer, Founder and CEO of HNM Systems. Heather provides great insight into mentoring, why mentors are important, but more importantly the responsibility of the "mentee" in the mentor/mentee relationship. Heather discusses her affiliation, commitment and focus on mentoring across several groups she's involved with…
 
In this episode, we welcome Greg Lai, Co-Founder of Affinity Investments Advisors. Greg takes us from his initial dream of wanting to be an Astronaut to starting his own Investment Management firm. Greg provides insight into mentoring, how mentors are important. We discuss listening, the importance of "hiring fit," how you can stand out in today's …
 
Welcome to Paying It Forward, Lessons From The C-Suite. This is the trailer that introduces you to the podcast. If you want to attain a C-Level position in your career, you need to understand what it takes to achieve that level of leadership. When you have access to successful entrepreneurs and senior executives who want to help you develop the ski…
 
The coronavirus pandemic is challenging leaders at unprecedented levels. Executives are facing the complexity of severe business impact and employee health concerns while they and many employees work from home. But many leaders haven’t led during a crisis, says Stephen Miles; they react poorly, amplify stress, and ignore critical information and ad…
 
Working with colleagues and clients who come from many cultures, countries, and backgrounds is a hallmark of global business today. But how effective are you when working with people who are not like you? To succeed in an economy that is increasingly diverse, says Taylor Griffin, individuals must adapt to culture and gender differences as well as t…
 
As we move from a knowledge-based to a “social economy,” leaders must build what Stephen Miles defines as their “social intelligence quotient” or SocQ. This skill goes beyond having one-to-one empathy to being able to connect with the broader public in a way that communicates a company’s purpose and values yet is in sync with the community’s standa…
 
They’re hard to get along with and difficult to manage, but they bring disproportionate value creation to a company, says Stephen Miles. He dubs them “high-beta” executives, and explains how their breakthrough thinking and willingness to take on a business’s most difficult problems can result in massive opportunities for a company and its future. M…
 
Many high-performing executives promoted or hired into a new senior role are “uniquely unqualified” for the position – they have never done that job before. This carries significant risk for the organization, as even the best people can fail when facing scope or scale beyond their experience. But companies can mitigate risk, Stephen Miles explains,…
 
One of the most effective tools to get the results you want, Taylor Griffin explains, is to think of your job as asking questions. Whether you are CEO or anywhere along the path to running a company, being Socratic in your interactions is the way to learn more, gain clarity, and understand the reasoning behind how decisions are made – good and bad.…
 
Leaders can find it tough to get their teams to engage in real debate around a topic. Why? When people’s ideas are challenged, many take it too personally. Workplaces can also fall victim to groupthink by over-collaborating. Stephen Miles explains how leaders can elevate growth by fostering “idea conflict” – pushing hard on the idea, not the person…
 
Private equity firms want the best management teams in place when they purchase companies. If your company is being evaluated by a PE firm, what do you need to be prepared for when it comes to your job? Where can you bring value to the company under its new ownership? Courtney Hamilton and Billy Stern discuss talent assessment in a private equity t…
 
Working for a tough boss doesn’t mean that you are powerless in your job, says Taylor Griffin. There are strategies for adapting to a range of challenging leadership styles – from finding information elsewhere in the organization when a boss is uncommunicative to diffusing heated conversations with a boss prone to anger. Griffin explains ways to be…
 
When new owners take over your organization, how do you protect your job? As five consecutive years of acquisition top $3 trillion and robust private equity markets continue to chase company investments, the reality of M&A today makes changes in management inevitable. Courtney Hamilton explains the best ways to prepare yourself for company takeover…
 
For some companies, success can be dangerous: a “stasis mindset” can take root, with a complacent “we know best” attitude capable of bringing down even the highest-performing companies. Stephen Miles explains that the best leaders actively fight off this mentality by embracing a “growth mindset” – they seek out new challenges and learn new ways of …
 
Boom or bust, the smartest CEOs put plans in place well before the next downturn arrives, says Stephen Miles. Without scenario planning and taking steps toward “recession inoculation” during periods of growth, leaders can be caught by surprise when the economy turns, forcing them to make decisions with less time and thought. Miles discusses how CEO…
 
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