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Think Like A CEO podcast.

December 28, 2019

Gary Keller went from aspiring rock musician to leader of one of the most innovative companies in real estate. Think Like A CEO weaves a narrative of the business and life lessons, including developing business strategies, hiring the right people, and developing a culture that truly puts people first.



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In this special bonus episode of “Think Like A CEO,” Gary Keller has a socially distanced conversation with seasoned entrepreneur and bestselling author Keith Cunningham about the grit, intelligence, and tactical thinking it takes to pivot successfully. By examining the previous successes and failures of a variety of businesses, including their own, Gary and Keith provide listeners with invaluable insights on surviving a shift by making smart decisions.

For the final episode of season four, Gary and Jay celebrate creativity by highlighting the numerous ways out-of-the-box thinking can help leaders survive, and then thrive, during a shift. Listen in to hear why businesses that utilize innovative thinking to navigate their pivots are the ones most likely to emerge victorious and transform the entire industry when the market settles.

One of the most valuable resources a business can cultivate while pivoting is a sense of community. When it comes to real estate, this applies both inside and outside of your company. In episode three, Gary and Jay examine how going digital can help leaders overcome social distancing measures and form stronger connections with their colleagues and clients.

To pivot, you have to be nimble. To be nimble, you have to get rid of any excess weighing down your business. In episode two, Gary discusses the cuts leaders have to be prepared to make to their bottom line in order to minimize expenses while motivating their teams to maximize their resourcefulness. Tune in to hear how tightening budgets can bring out the best in a business.

Shifts can shake even the best of leaders to their cores, but in order to come out successful on the other end, they have to pivot. As Gary explains in the first episode of season 4, pivots start by remaining safe and strong. Only then can we look after others in our personal and professional circles. Press play to hear how Gary moves forward in times of adversity.

Enjoy this special bonus episode of Think Like a CEO, recorded live in front of over 15,000 agents on the mainstage of Family Reunion 2020. This candid discussion covers a range of topics including making friends with failure, not allowing yourself to be limited by numbers, and continuing the never-ending pursuit of your personal and professional best. 

Season 3 summits with six vital steps for implementing your models, along with some best practices for keeping them relevant. To summarize the episode (and the season) in Gary’s words, “If you want to literally lead a vertical life, a vertical business life at the highest level where you're constantly breaking through ceilings, you're going to lead a models-based business.”

From the business world to the natural world, models can be found everywhere you turn. The trick is looking for the ones that align with your professional and personal life. In this episode, Gary talks about the books, competitors, and visionaries that helped him create some of his most trusted models.

If you’re the kind of business owner who thinks models limit creativity, or are just downright unnecessary, you need to click the play button immediately. In this episode, Gary and Jay debunk five common myths about models using real-world examples, capable of converting any naysayer into a believer. 

The third volume of “Think Like a CEO” is all about taking your success to new heights. In this season, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan talk about finding, refining, and implementing models into your life and business in order to break through periods of stagnation and put your stretch goals in the palm of your hand.

For CEOs, the only thing more dangerous than failure is reaching a plateau. In this episode, Gary explains how he uses models to shatter ceilings and keep Keller Williams moving in an upward trajectory. If your business or personal success is beginning to level off, you owe it to yourself to listen up.

When you own the results of your business you not only own the profits that you make, but you own the profits that you share with others through philanthropy. Tune in to learn how to harness your finances by working backwards with Gary Keller’s proven method, the profit principal. 

Hiring is hard enough already, but how can you be sure you’re hiring talent that brings your business a twofold return? Today’s episode walks through the process that allows entrepreneurs to become true business owners by hiring talent that is motivated to move up the ranks.

A positive corporate culture doesn’t just happen, it’s created by design. Successful CEOs bring a unique energy and purpose that effectively pave the way to corporate success or create its downfall. But don’t take our word for it. Take a cue from an unsuspecting source - Ebenezer Scrooge.

Leadership can be an elusive concept. There’s no true recipe for success, as leadership styles vary across cultures and industries. However, one thing rings true - the best CEOs start by addressing mindset before taking action.

Today’s episode walks through the development of this mindset and identifies the three key elements that make up the CEO job description.

In Season 2 of Think Like a CEO, Gary Keller teaches us the leadership lessons that helped him create the largest real estate company in the world, the three key job responsibilities of a CEO, and how you can implement these lessons in both your business and life.

 

And remember — if you want to be a great CEO, if you want to be a great leader, it all starts with how you think.

The real estate landscape has changed, and with it, Keller Williams. Today, Gary Keller is back in the CEO seat, guiding Keller Williams through the fourth industrial revolution and focusing on developing an innovation engine that changes the game.

Looking for a way to remain competitive among top producers, an idea was pitched that forever changed the trajectory of Keller Williams - the Millionaire Real Estate Agent. With a new business blueprint in place, the team focused on developing a culture that makes agents want to call Keller Williams home.

 

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Gary Keller was expanding his business by living life on the road, until a simple behavioral assessment changed everything. It led him to identify the right processes, hire the right people, and eventually fire himself from the CEO role.

Emerging from a low point in his life, both personally and professionally, Gary Keller reevaluated, reprioritized and let go of fear, allowing himself to take a leap of faith and create Keller Williams as we know it today.

Gary Keller went from rock musician to leader of one of the most innovative companies in real estate, Keller Williams. How did he get there? A series of good decisions, a millionaire mindset, and sheer will to succeed.

Gary Keller went from aspiring rock musician to leader of one of the most innovative companies in real estate. Think Like A CEO weaves a narrative of the business and life lessons Gary learned along the way, from developing business strategies, to hiring the right people, to developing a celebrated culture that truly puts people first.

 

Think Like A CEO season one launches July 8th. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you typically get your podcasts.