The Level Up Leader with Michael King

Michael King

Join Michael King as he interviews some of the best coaches and leaders in business about everything from professional development and personal growth to what it takes to truly level up your leadership. Learn about the mindsets, frameworks, and strategies that you can start using today to take the next steps on your journey to becoming a successful leader. Michael King is the founder and CEO of TEAMS.COACH, LLC, and a highly sought-after executive and business leadership coach. He helps business leaders clarify and execute at high levels through his proprietary T.E.A.M.S. methodology to develop measurable business growth and company-wide collaboration. Working with everyone from senior leaders all the way through to full-team engagement, he discovers gaps in performance, disconnects in company culture, and potentially dangerous blind spots - establishing new goals and the plans to achieve them, as well as evaluating overall engagement and ultimately helping leaders (and their teams) to get unstuck. Interested in being interviewed on the podcast? Email michael@teams.coach. read less
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Todd Murphy: Media Intelligence & The Path to Business Brilliance
Feb 5 2024
Todd Murphy: Media Intelligence & The Path to Business Brilliance
Summary Dive into a captivating dialogue with Todd Murphy on 'Level Up Leader.' We explore the transformative journey from press clippings to media intelligence titan, shared strategies behind innovative leadership, and tech’s role in refining client experiences. Tune in for industry insights mixed with lighthearted moments—a blend of profound wisdom and intriguing tales. Key Points • Lessons from a father’s wisdom • Embracing change in media intelligence • Purpose-driven growth for teams • AI's impact on alleviating client pain • The enduring value of honest, direct communication Best Quotes 03:12 - 03:23 • "Take change by the hand before it grabs you by the throat. And I've used that quote, I believe it's an original Winston Churchill quote, but it's all about adaptation." 04:05 - 04:08 • "Sometimes it's okay to say yes and then figure out how to do it later." 08:34 - 08:46 • "We had people, we had processes, they had technology and development, and it all just kind of seemed to come together at the right time with the right people and the right vision." 22:42 - 23:00 • "I can't synthetically ask my team to feel that tru scope is better than our competitors. I have to show them and, and explain to them and let them see and feel for themselves why our media intelligence platform is superior to our clients." 27:47 - 27:56 • "I'd like to think I have a very pragmatic oh, grasp of ai. I don't think AI is gonna put anyone out of work." 30:58 - 31:09 • "It always comes down to the people. I don't care what you're selling, what service you're providing, whether you're Southwest Airlines or you're McDonald's, it always comes down to the people." Contact Michael www.teams.coach LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelkingjr75/ Twitter: @michaelkingjr Instagram: @michaelkingjrofficial Contact Todd www.truescope.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddmurphyinfo/ Twitter (X): @Todder4News Instagram: @jtoddmurphy
From Bullied to Boardrooms: Martin Rowinski's Tech Titan Tale
Jan 15 2024
From Bullied to Boardrooms: Martin Rowinski's Tech Titan Tale
In this captivating episode of the Level Up Leader podcast, host Michael King sits down with a giant in the tech industry, Martin Rowinski, CEO of Boardsi. Martin's journey is nothing short of inspirational – from his humble beginnings as a bullied child to becoming a visionary leader reshaping the global technology landscape. With over 25 years of executive experience, Martin has co-founded Boardsi, a groundbreaking company in executive recruitment. He dives deep into how his unique blend of empathy and cutting-edge artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the way executive recruitment is done, and how it's impacting personal branding in the corporate world. Tune in to this episode for an insightful look into the mind of a tech titan and learn valuable lessons on leadership, innovation, and the transformative power of personal experiences. Key Points • Empathy can transform team dynamics. • True leadership involves vulnerability. • Personal branding boosts executive careers. • AI doesn't replace, but enhances human input. • Professional networking should be purpose-driven. Best Quotes 03:50 - 03:55 • "So my mom made the decision to get me to America so I can live an American dream." 05:03 - 05:10 • "I also went through corporate world led, led some teams there, ended up doing a lot of consulting..." 06:02 - 06:06 • "We started that right off the bat with a very basic platform." 06:20 - 06:28 • "And we're releasing a new platform, which is taking what we do way to the next level." 14:02 - 14:09 • "It's been obviously getting easier as it is right here, but I find a lot of joy." 17:01 - 17:08 • "So it's like watching all these little things and branding pay off, what's the end result?" 22:59 - 23:05 • "And the next morning I had a whole team meeting and I went around and asked everybody the same question..." Connect With Us: Michael King: https://www.teams.coach https://www.facebook.com/michaelrkingjr75 https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelkingjr75/ https://www.instagram.com/michaelkingjrofficial/ https://twitter.com/michaelkingjr Martin Rowinski: https://www.linkedin.com/company/boardsi/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtOo-Hp7a5_JL02VhjNRoeQ https://twitter.com/boardsi2 https://www.instagram.com/official.boardsi https://www.facebook.com/Official.boardsi/
Respect: The Currency of High-Performing Teams
Aug 4 2023
Respect: The Currency of High-Performing Teams
Summary In this episode, executive coach Michael King explores the pivotal role of respect in building high performing teams and visionary leaders. Drawing from his personal experience and research, he highlights how respect fosters open communication, trust, and collaboration within teams. With statistics showing that respecting teams outperform others by 17%, stay on schedule 20% more, and are 25% more productive, King emphasizes the strategic advantage of respect and provides actionable insights for cultivating a culture of respect within organizations. Key Points • Respect is the most valuable and expensive currency for a successful team • Embracing respect leads to increased teamwork, improved morale, and enhanced performance • Teams that prioritize respect outperform others by 17%, stay on schedule 20% more, and are 25% more productive • Respect breeds trust, enabling open and honest communication for effective problem-solving and decision-making • Respect is a two-way street: how you show respect determines how you receive it • Healthy debates are essential for growth and innovation, but must be handled with dignity and professionalism • Cultivating a culture of respect builds a strong foundation for success Best Quotes 00:19 - 00:24 • "Respect is the most valuable and the most expensive currency for a team." 02:22 - 02:26 • "Respect breeds trust, and trust is the glue that holds teams together." 02:38 - 02:42 • "How you show respect to your team members is exactly how you will receive respect from them."
Ralph Velasco, The Continental Drifter: A Unique Travel Experience
Jun 15 2023
Ralph Velasco, The Continental Drifter: A Unique Travel Experience
Summary: In this episode of the Level Up Leader podcast, Ralph Velasco discusses his two travel brands and how he creates cultural tours that cater to photography enthusiasts. He also shares his story of becoming a travel photographer and tour organizer, along with his tips on setting clear client expectations and over-delivering on promises. Key Points: • Ralph recently created a YouTube channel called The Continental Drifter, where he shares travel and photography tips for baby boomers and Gen X travelers. • Ralph's favorite trips are the Treasures of Armenia and the Republic of Georgia, and Mexico's Copper Canyons, which are somewhat off the beaten path but accessible and really exotic and unique. • Ralph believes in setting clear expectations and never over-promising but over-delivering in his business. • Cultural tours with a focus on photography appeal to people who want to experience a place's unique culture while taking great photos. • All people, including those with smartphones, can enjoy cultural tours; it's not just for people with fancy cameras. • Ralph's websites, photo enrichment.com, allal.com, and aag.com, offer trips focused on the Mediterranean and culture. • Trips from Ralph's umbrella brand, Continental Drifter, offer incredible experiences in cuisine, wine, and beautiful locales. Best Quotes: 02:06 - 02:25 • "These aren't photo workshops where it's 12 hours a day, every sunrise, sunset photography. So these are very casual and I, I created these trips as sort of a hybrid between, I would call it a photo tour, which isn't quite a photo workshop, but that and a regular trip." 03:40 - 04:01 • "And so we spend the entire trip in one, maybe two locations and instead of, like I said, going around an entire country or region and spending eight hours in a vehicle getting from place to place, we pack and unpack once, and then we do little day trips that might be 30 minutes to an hour away." 13:35 - 13:45 • "People are gonna come on trips where they either can learn something or there's an activity like photography or learn a language or food."   About Ralph:Ralph Velasco is a U.S.-based travel photography instructor, author, and international guide who has organized and led over 120 international tours and more than 100 domestic tours in the United States. His international trips have included Armenia & the Republic of Georgia, Egypt, Morocco, the Adriatic, Central Europe, Iceland, Bhutan & Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Spain, Portugal, Tuscany, Romania, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Turkey, and other locations. Ralph is an award-winning travel photography blogger, podcast host, and public speaker, and for more than 14 years, he’s been the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of PhotoEnrichment Adventures. Web: https://PhotoEnrichment.com Social: http://youtube.com/continentaldrifter https://www.facebook.com/thecontinentaldrifter https://www.instagram.com/ralphvelasco/ https://twitter.com/ralphvelasco https://www.pinterest.com/continentaldrifter/ To learn more about the podcast, please visit: Level Up Leader Facebook Group Teams.Coach Facebook Page Michael King Facebook Page Michael King Instagram Michael King LinkedIn YouTube
Conversations with Coaches Sharedcast: Winning and Adapting to Change: Insights from an Executive Coach
May 25 2023
Conversations with Coaches Sharedcast: Winning and Adapting to Change: Insights from an Executive Coach
Summary Michael King, founder and CEO of Teams Co Coach, LLC, shares his coaching methodology and insights on the importance of adaptability and innovation in today's business landscape. He highlights the need for leaders to remain resilient in the face of uncertainty and embrace change to thrive. Key Points • Failure can be a positive learning experience and a catalyst for growth. • With the rise of AI and other technologies, leaders must stay informed and prepared for change in their respective industries. • The shift towards digital media has caused some organizations to reevaluate their advertising strategies. • Embrace technology, social media, and identity maintenance through executive coaching to maintain one's brand and vision. • The smaller team cannot deliver the same results as the bigger team. • Find new effective ways for the smaller team to move forward. 6. The Aspire Leadership Program provides a community of leaders to collaborate and share insights with. Best Quotes 07:48 - 07:58 • "When things start to shift, how you adapt, not necessarily react, but how you adapt and making sure that embracing change towards your future innovative strategies, those things matter." 10:49 - 10:57 • "People are cutting back their digital ad spend like never before. So what do you do? How do you do it?" 11:18 - 11:22 • "Cutting back without adjusting strategy, you will continue to lose. You're just gonna lose bigger." 11:56 - 12:00 • "You can't expect a smaller team to deliver the same results as your bigger team." 12:12 - 12:16 • "Embrace technology, embrace some of the new things that are being rolled out." 16:20 - 16:25 • "If you don't have executive coaching to keep identity maintenance alive, you will lose."
Episode 21: Creating Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with David Page
Apr 27 2023
Episode 21: Creating Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with David Page
David Page joins the Level Up Leader Podcast with Michael King to discuss his creative and exciting journey from investigative journalist w/ NBC to creating Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. He talks about leading by example, his radio show, and his journey to becoming a successful voiceover artist. He shares his experiences in leadership, the importance of curiosity and intelligence in creative endeavors, and how to promote his radio show.    Key Points • Created Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives for Food Network • Wrote book Food Americana to explore American cuisine • Leadership requires patience and understanding • Curiosity and intelligence are essential for success in creative endeavors • David Page is a voiceover artist • His advice on how to Level Up   Best Quotes 08:59 - 09:09 • "Immigrants brought various cuisines with them. We then modified them, revised them, made them our own, and together they created American cuisine." 13:06 - 13:16   • "My hobbies are my avocations. In other words, if I find something interesting and creative, I do it. It's, it's not as if at some point I'm going to stop doing that." 15:41 - 15:49     • "I never hired based on television experience so much as I hired based on two things. These are the only two things you need in any kind of journalistic or beyond that creative endeavor. You need intelligence and you need curiosity. If you're not curious, I have no interest in you." 27:13 - 27:24   Michael King: www.michaelkingjr.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelkingjr75/ https://twitter.com/michaelkingjr https://www.facebook.com/michaelrkingjr75 Instagram: michaelkingjrofficial Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/levelupleader   David Page: pageprod@icloud.com https://www.facebook.com/david.page.1840
Episode 20. Jeff Bartsch- The Best Story Wins
Apr 19 2023
Episode 20. Jeff Bartsch- The Best Story Wins
20. Jeff Bartsch- The best story wins Welcome to the Level Up Leader Podcast.  I am your host, Michael King.  I am an executive coach and founder of Teams.Coach, LLC. I work with C-level leaders to clarify and expand the vision, elevate performance, and Level Up their Leadership. On today’s podcast, I am joined by Jeff Bartsch. Jeff is a storyteller and marketing strategist who built his career as a television editor in Hollywood. His clients include ABC, NBC, Universal, Disney, Apple, and many others, with thousands of students and clients in over 50 countries around the world. His commentary on the entertainment industry has been featured in Time Magazine, USA Today, The Associated Press, and multiple textbooks. Jeff is the founder of Story Greenlight, an online community that helps experts and professional advisors shape their message, grow their business, and expand their impact in the world. Please welcome Jeff Bartsch to the Podcast.  Thank you for joining us today on the Level Up Leader podcast. If you enjoyed this episode, consider leaving a review on Apple, Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts - it helps to get the word out. And make sure to Like, Subscribe & Follow, so you get all the episodes. A special thank you to our featured Artist, Names without Numbers, for allowing us to use their music.  We decided we wanted to feature music I produced on the podcast..so that’s pretty cool.   To find out more about everything we're up to, check us out at https://teams.coach, and don't forget to join our Facebook group at teams.coach/levelupleaders/   Michael www.teams.coach https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelkingjr75/ https://twitter.com/michaelkingjr https://www.facebook.com/michaelrkingjr75 Instagram: Teams.Coach   Jeff https://www.storygreenlight.com/levelupleader
Michael King & Jesse Moore:  Never Give Up.
Apr 5 2023
Michael King & Jesse Moore: Never Give Up.
Welcome to the Level Up Leader Podcast.  I am your host, Michael King.  I am an executive coach and founder of Teams.Coach, LLC. I work with C-level leaders to clarify and expand the vision, elevate performance, and Level Up their Leadership. On today’s podcast, I am joined by Jesse Moore.  Jesse is a member of the member services team for the Omaha Chamber of Commerce. Ive known Jesse for a few years now.  So when he told me that he would be sharing about Never Giving Up, I was immediately in.  Jesse is one of the most positive and proactive people I have ever met.   Please welcome Jesse Moore to the Podcast.   Jesse' Level Up Lesson:  Never Give Up. There is always an answer or solution. Stay positive My entire life.- One story specifically would be my Eagle Run story. My wife and I were a part of the Corporate team of Crane Coffee. Every Halloween, we would go around to each other eight coffee shops and celebrate the fun of Halloween. Take pictures and show off costumes. In 2017 as we were visiting our 7th of 8 stops, a car drove through their drive-thru kiosk. My entire left arm and hand were broken and dripping blood, but I immediately acted to ensure everyone was okay. My wife had much more severe injuries, but I ensured we had contact at the store. I loaded everyone into ambulances, rode to the hospital, and checked everyone in. The doctors forced me to check myself in, get checked out, and stay with the team and my wife until we recovered. I was staying positive and coordinating operations from the hospitals. I continue to empower others to let them know that even your worst day can be good with the right attitude. Nothing is out of reach with a good team. Connect with Jesse Moore: https://www.facebook.com/jessemooreomaha https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessemooreomaha/ https://twitter.com/JesseMooreOmaha https://www.instagram.com/jessemooreomaha/   Connect with Michael King: https://www.facebook.com/michaelrkingjr75 https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelkingjr75/ https://www.instagram.com/teams.coach/ https://twitter.com/michaelkingjr   Podcast Group: JOIN TODAY!  http://www.teams.coach/levelupleaders   Names without Numbers (our feature music) http://www.nameswithoutnumbers.com
Winning Is a Team Experience - Jim Grauel and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Mar 8 2023
Winning Is a Team Experience - Jim Grauel and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
You’ve heard it said that the ones that embrace technology are the ones who will win. In today's rapidly-evolving world, staying ahead of the curve is more important than ever. And nowhere is that more true than in the world of life insurance. Gone are the days of traditional policies and paper-based applications. Today, the most successful life insurance companies are the ones that have embraced technology to streamline their processes, make it easier for customers to apply, and provide faster, more personalized service.   Today I am excited to talk to you about another application in which this company is using technology to change the face of the life insurance industry. Welcome to The Level Up Leader Podcast.  I am your host, Michael King.  I am an executive coach and founder of Teams.Coach, LLC. I work with C-level leaders to clarify and expand the vision, elevate performance, and elevate their Leadership.   On today’s episode, I am joined by Jim Grauel, the CDO of FOXO Tech. Jim comes with an impressive tenure in the insurance industry, brandishing nearly 30 years of experience in roles ranging from agent to CDO. With prior experience from Legal & General, Physicians Mutual, and Assurity, he has been instrumental in building agencies, brokerages, and regions, and is now drawing upon this unique skill set to implement FOXO’s innovative “for agents, by agents” model.  Jim shares a story about how he had a boss that was jealous of his success and tried to move him out.  I don’t know about you, but I have stories like that from my past…and it's painful.  As leaders, we need to remember that it's not about who we are in charge of, but rather who’s in our charge.  What are we doing daily to set our team members up for growth? A special thank you to our featured Artist, Names Without Numbers, for allowing us to use their music.  We decided we wanted to feature music that I produced as a music producer..so that’s pretty cool. To find out more about everything we're up to, check us out at https://teams.coach, and don't forget to join our Facebook group at teams.coach/levelupleaders Music by: Names Without Numbers www.nameswithoutnumbers.com Where to find Jim: FOXOLIFE.com Other links: Instagram Twitter Linkedin To learn more about the podcast, please visit: Level Up Leader Facebook Group Teams.Coach Facebook Page YouTube
Accessible, Accountable, Attentive - Greg Griffith and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Feb 15 2023
Accessible, Accountable, Attentive - Greg Griffith and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Today on The Level Up Leader Podcast, we’re thrilled to have Greg Griffith from King of Kings Church in Omaha, NE. Join us as Michael King asks him about how his leadership has enabled deep and meaningful change within his organization!  Here's a little about Greg:   “Having grown up on the west coast, being raised by a mom who grew up in an orphanage, and a dad who was an ex-police officer, I learned very early on what it means to work hard and live with each day as a gift. "Life is a series of choices that can change our trajectory. When I consider the choices made about me as an adopted child, my life could be so different...yet God had a greater plan and purpose. "Learning over the past 45 years, the intentionality of relational building, of making each day count, and savoring the gifts of others and of life, has made me a relational leader, who simply seeks to see in others great potential. "I wouldn't say I have conquered all I set out to do, but I have figured out the purpose of life...and the potential of life. "Together with my wife of 16 years, we have two girls - 15 and 10 - and are striving to make the most out of each day we have together. "I love sports, reading, relaxing, binge tv watching, and technology. I hate running (jogging), but I do it to strive to reach 85. I've been a pastor at large churches for 19 years, and am an avid leadership learner. I love food and sharing my meals on social media.” - GG Today, Greg challenges us to take our leadership up a notch by embracing three key traits - Accessibility, Accountability, and Attentiveness. By being accessible and making ourselves available to others, we can build strong relationships. By accepting accountability for both success and failure in all aspects of life, we are led to personal growth. By giving attentiveness, we are not only actively listening but also showing genuine care towards those around us. What an empowering opportunity! Music by: Names Without Numbers www.nameswithoutnumbers.com Where to find Greg: https://www.kingofkings.org www.instagram.com/greggriffithleads www.facebook.com/greggriffithleads To learn more about the podcast, please visit: Level Up Leader Facebook Group Teams.Coach Facebook Page YouTube
The ROI of People Investment - Melissa Brown and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Jan 13 2023
The ROI of People Investment - Melissa Brown and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
According to the Harvard Business Review, job resignations are still up 23% above pre-pandemic levels, and many organizations are short-staffed. When just a few employees resign, their workloads can usually be redistributed among the remaining employees. In fact, many organizations are jumping on the #quiethiring bandwagon and unintentionally burning out their teams just to stay afloat. Today’s guest seems to be in the right place at the right time to help a very important niche in the dental industry. Welcome to The Level Up Leader podcast. I am your host, Michael King. I am an executive coach and founder of Teams.Coach, LLC. I work with C-level leaders to clarify and expand the vision, elevate performance, and elevate their Leadership. On today’s podcast, I am joined by Melissa Brown, the COO of Concierge Elite. Melissa holds a Master of Arts degree in Business Management specializing in Human Resources and several certifications in remote staffing, adult education, and training development. Melissa is a veteran already in the entrepreneur space and is now paving the way in the remote team industry. Everyone, please welcome Melissa Brown to The Level Up Leader podcast. In my conversation with Melissa, she opens up to me about her passion for investing in people. She states that “Great leaders invest in people. Investing in others creates margin and return. No hidden cost. The reason why over 98% population fails to invest is due to one thing and one thing only. Fear.” This reminds me that Fear is the greatest enemy of progress that exists. More times than not, I am found working with a leader that has backed themselves into a limited mindset or stalled the performance of their team because of fear. The return on investment when investing with people is significant. This is one investment that will never give us a bad return. Human Capital is our greatest asset. A special thank you to our featured Artist, Names Without Numbers, for allowing us to use their music. We decided we wanted to feature music that I produced as a music producer...so that’s pretty cool. To find out more about everything we're up to, check us out at Teams.Coach, and don't forget to join our Facebook group at Teams.Coach/LevelUpLeaders/ Source: https://hbr.org/2022/05/3-strategies-for-managing-an-understaffed-team Music by: Names without Numbers www.nameswithoutnumbers.com Where to find Melissa:https://www.conciergeelite.com/ Other links: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-brown-462275232/ https://www.pinterest.com/conciergeelite/https://www.facebook.com/ConciergeElite.17https://www.instagram.com/concierge.elite17/ To learn more about the podcast, please visit: Level Up Leader Facebook Group Teams.Coach Facebook Page YouTube
Rock N’ Roll, Social Anxiety, and the Pursuit of Joy - Name Without Numbers and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Jan 4 2023
Rock N’ Roll, Social Anxiety, and the Pursuit of Joy - Name Without Numbers and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
In the early 2000s, a music genre called EMO was taking the world by storm.  Some of my favorite artists came out of this period - Dashboard Confessional and Panic! At The Disco, to name two. But there's one that is especially near and dear to me, a local band from Omaha, Nebraska...one that I happen to also produce...called Names Without Numbers. They beautifully blend solid Rock & Roll performance with high levels of intellect and excellent writing.  Some 20 years after the band was formed, they have had a resurgence, just in time to catch some much-earned attention.  Welcome to The Level Up Leader podcast.  I am your host, Michael King.  I am an executive coach and founder of Teams.Coach, LLC. I work with C-level leaders to clarify and expand the vision, elevate performance, and elevate their Leadership.   On today’s episode, I am joined by Ryan Cruickshank and Dave Owens of Names Without Numbers. One of my favorite parts of this interview is getting to dive into the lyrics of some of their best songs.  Ryan opens up about his struggle with Social Anxiety and why he decided to write a song about it. This hit home with me.  Not too many people know that I have struggled with social anxiety most of my life, so knowing we were producing a song directly talking about it was right up my alley. Everyone, please welcome Names Without Numbers to The Level Up Leader podcast.  Thank you for joining us today on The Level Up Leader podcast. If you enjoyed this episode, consider leaving a review on Apple, Spotify, YouTube, or wherever you get your podcasts - it helps to get the word out. And make sure to Like, Subscribe & Follow, so you get all the episodes. I really like the fact that these guys are doing something to bring them joy.  That is a measure of success for them.  It’s not how much money their music is making.  It’s about creating memories and doing something that they love.  One of the key factors that leads people into depression and burnout is the lack of joy in their life. I have a lot of respect for these guys for doing something that not only fills their buckets but also spreads a really intelligent message of hope. Please take a look at the show notes and check out their website for the upcoming release of FLORIDA, and their upcoming tour schedule.  And also…an extra special thank you to our featured Artist, Names Without Numbers, for allowing us to use their music.  We decided we wanted to feature music that I produced as a music producer..so that’s pretty cool.   To find out more about everything we're up to, check us out at Teams.Coach, and don't forget to join our Facebook group at Teams.Coach/LevelUpLeaders/ Source: https://www.indievisionmusic.com/news/names-without-numbers-new-song-florida-coming-soon Music by: Names without Numbers www.nameswithoutnumbers.com Where to find Name Without Numbers:https://www.nameswithoutnumbers.com/ https://www.facebook.com/nameswithoutnumbers/ https://www.instagram.com/nameswithoutnumbers/ To learn more about the podcast, please visit: Level Up Leader Facebook Group Teams.Coach Facebook Page YouTube
The “Who” is More Important Than the “What” - Kevin Cassidy and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Dec 22 2022
The “Who” is More Important Than the “What” - Kevin Cassidy and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
According to research from the Harvard Business Review, only 8% of people achieve their dreams and goals & 92% just give up or fail to make it all the way. It's a considerable percentage.  Perseverance is the biggest factor when it comes to success.  Benjamin Franklin has been quoted as saying, "Energy and persistence conquer all things." And I love this quote from Steve Jobs: "I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance." In talking with today’s guest, we hear an inspiring story of a leader who faced adversity early on in life but showed the power of perseverance to make a lasting impact.  Today, I am joined by Kevin Cassidy. Kevin has been a Hollywood stuntman for over 17 years, featured in many movies you and I love.  Spiderman, Ant-man…the list goes on and on.  Now, Kevin is making a big shift to tell his story to the next generation. Everyone, please welcome Kevin to The Level-Up Leader podcast.  Kevin shares his big value statement, focused on WHO you are rather than WHAT you are.  I can relate to this.  In working and coaching leaders, identity is the place where everything starts.  A leader eventually needs to face the first ceiling - removing false narratives about who they are.  We cannot compete with horrible ideas of who we believe we are.  Changing what we believe about ourselves is paramount to any leader leveling up.  A special thank you to our featured Artist, Names Without Numbers, for allowing us to use their music.  We decided we wanted to feature music that I produced as a music producer..so that’s pretty cool.  To find out more about everything we're up to, check us out at Teams.Coach, and don't forget to join our Facebook group at Teams.Coach/LevelUpLeaders/ Source: https://www.inc.com/matt-ehrlichman/11-quotes-that-inspire-startup-perseverance.html Music by: Names without Numbers www.nameswithoutnumbers.com Where to find Kevin:https://www.kevincass.com To learn more about the podcast, please visit: Level Up Leader Facebook Group Teams.Coach Facebook Page YouTube
The Way Back - Miles Welch and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Dec 14 2022
The Way Back - Miles Welch and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Steve Jobs was fired from his own company; Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison, and Abraham Lincoln failed in business, had a nervous breakdown, and was defeated in eight elections. They all went on to experience tremendous success.  As an Executive Coach, I have a legitimate soft spot for a leader that has experienced rock bottom and has embraced honesty. As a society, we tend to move on too quickly from someone who has experienced failure.   I am a little different.   There is something so powerful about the next chapter of a leader that knows where they went wrong in the first place and does the work to ensure it doesn’t happen again. I want to be a part of that story.  On today’s episode, I am joined by Miles Welch. Miles Welch is a leadership coach with amazing experience in business and church. I have been Miles' coach for nearly 2 years and have seen him triple the size of his business and income over the time I have worked with him.   More importantly, I have seen Miles' life transform and witnessed the effect of that transformation on the leaders he serves. Everyone, please welcome Miles Welch to The Level-Up Leader podcast.  Miles shares a story about waking up and writing on the whiteboard, "DO WHAT YOU CAN DO." I like the simplicity of this but also its bold transparency. So often, it's easy for us to get distracted and only focus on the things that we can't do.   Miles also stated that if we focus on what we can do, the can-do grows.  Take some time and jot down your Can DO list.  Let’s allow this to get our focus today. Also, share your thoughts on today’s episode in the Level Up Leader Group on Facebook.  Miles would love to see you there. A special thank you to our featured Artist, Names Without Numbers, for allowing us to use their music.  We decided we wanted to feature music that I produced as a music producer..so that’s pretty cool.   To find out more about everything we're up to, check us out at Teams.Coach, and don't forget to join our Facebook group at Teams.Coach/LevelUpLeaders/ Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/keldjensen/2012/08/08/rock-bottom-how-great-leaders-triumph-over-failure/?sh=33c113c16c38 Where to find Miles: https://www.facebook.com/mileswelchcoaching/ To learn more about the podcast, please visit: Level Up Leader Facebook Group Teams.Coach Facebook Page YouTube
Unexpected Stories for Unexpected Times - Malorie Maddox and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Dec 7 2022
Unexpected Stories for Unexpected Times - Malorie Maddox and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Whoever tells the best story wins. There are so many authors and marketers attached to this saying that I wouldn’t dare put a claim of ownership to this for myself or anyone else really. The fact is that this perspective has served me well and has given our clients significant returns.   Why? Because people care more about your motivation and the story behind the product and services you provide than they do about the services themselves.   An article published by the Harvard Business Review (linked below) speaks directly to this, going so far as to lead with the headline, “An Emotional Connection Matters More than Customer Satisfaction.” This is where the power of the story ends up in a very unlikely place, with a determined leader to take the risks.  Welcome to the Level Up Leader Podcast.  I am your host, Michael King.  I am an executive coach and founder of Teams.Coach, LLC. I work with C-level leaders to clarify and expand the vision, elevate performance, and elevate their Leadership.   On today’s episode, I am joined by Malorie Maddox. Malorie is the Chief Marketing, Communications, and Strategy Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.  She has an extensive history as a reporter for a regional TV station in Omaha, NE.  When the opportunity came knocking for her to make a major career shift, it was a huge decision. Since taking that leap, she has been able to build a great culture and also shift operational norms to match up with the storytelling convictions that she has honed for decades. On top of all this, Malorie lost her husband after a long battle with cancer just five weeks before this interview.  Thank you, Malorie, for making time to connect with me.   Everyone, please welcome Malorie Maddox to The Level Up Leader podcast.  In our conversation, Malorie shares that one of her best leadership practices is to include her team in an exercise in which they can openly identify the things that are working well, the things that need some adjustment, and the things that they need to stop doing.   One of the exercises we do here with my company is the "stop, start, refine" exercise as part of the Blue Sky Experience.  The biggest win in utilizing these types of exercises is that you need to hear from your team about what they love and what they think.   True collaboration exists when you open up feedback for systems and strategies to execute the vision. This is where I see leaders fail. Protect your vision. Refine it. Vision can't be negotiable. But your systems and strategies can be.  Open up the conversation with your team on the process it takes to produce results.  A special thank you to our featured Artist, Names Without Numbers, for allowing us to use their music.  We decided we wanted to feature music that I produced as a music producer..so that’s pretty cool.   To find out more about everything we're up to, check us out at Teams.Coach, and don't forget to join our Facebook group at Teams.Coach/LevelUpLeaders/   Source: https://hbr.org/2016/08/an-emotional-connection-matters-more-than-customer-satisfaction   Where to find Malorie: https://www.linkedin.com/in/malorie-maddox-028418161/   To learn more about the podcast, please visit: Level Up Leader Facebook Group Teams.Coach Facebook Page YouTube
Will The Church Arise? - Chris Sonksen and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Nov 30 2022
Will The Church Arise? - Chris Sonksen and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
According to Gallup, “Americans' membership in houses of worship continued to decline last year, dropping below 50% for the first time in Gallup's eight-decade trend. In 2020, 47% of Americans said they belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque, down from 50% in 2018 and 70% in 1999.” Christianity Today reports that in 2019, approximately 3,000 Protestant churches were started in the US, but 4,500 Protestant churches closed, according to estimates from Nashville-based Lifeway Research. Welcome to the Level Up Leader Podcast.  I am your host, Michael King.  I am an executive coach and founder of Teams.Coach, LLC. I work with C-level leaders to clarify and expand the vision, elevate performance, and Level Up their Leadership. For over two decades of my life, I have served in music and executive roles in one of America’s fastest-growing churches.  I have seen firsthand the life-changing experience that can happen in a healthy church when things are going right.  I have also helped hundreds of churches over the years when things aren’t.  On today’s podcast, I am joined by Chris Sonksen. Chris is a best-selling author, pastor, sought-after speaker, and the founder of Church Boom.  He has spent decades of his life assisting and mentoring pastors and now has a new initiative that seems to be right on time.  Please welcome Chris Sonksen to the podcast.  Chris shared a valuable concept that every leader needs to identify the things in our lives and organizations that are “mission critical”. Are you able to identify where your pressure is coming from that is trying to influence you? External Pressures. I know that I feel this every day.  Then he described several levels of priority, with the bullseye being noted as MISSION CRITICAL.  Mission Critical can be defined in this statement…If YOU don’t do this…we are in trouble. Take the bucket exercise that Chris shared, and feel free to drop your feedback in our group forum on our Level Up Leader Facebook page.  Also, drop Chris some questions while you are there!  A special thank you to our featured Artist, Names Without Numbers, for allowing us to use their music.  We decided we wanted to feature music that I produced on the podcast..so that’s pretty cool.   To find out more about everything we're up to, check us out at https://teams.coach, and don't forget to join our Facebook group at teams.coach/levelupleaders/.   Source: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2021/may/lifeway-church-close-open-2019-planting-revitalization.html   Where to find Chris: https://www.chrissonksen.com/   Other links: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSonksen https://www.instagram.com/chrissonksen/   To learn more about the podcast, please visit: Level Up Leader Facebook Group Teams.Coach Facebook Page YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter
Overcoming Unconsciousness - Jay Guilford and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
Nov 23 2022
Overcoming Unconsciousness - Jay Guilford and Michael King | The Level Up Leader | Teams.Coach
If you have a brain, you have bias. We all have unconscious bias; it doesn’t make us bad people. Our brain wants to make sense of the world and the people around us. We categorize and label things and people so our brains can move fast.  It’s actually tied to your survival.  But check this out. Forbes Magazine states that “Unconscious bias if left unchecked, can impact employees’ productivity, sense of belonging, and retention rates. One survey found that workers who reported experiencing workplace bias were 33% more likely to feel alienated, 34% more likely to withhold ideas and solutions, and 80% would not refer people to their employer.” Regarding unconscious bias, today’s guest is doing what he can to champion equality, diversity, and inclusion and address unconscious bias in some really creative ways.  Welcome to the Level Up Leader Podcast.  I am your host, Michael King.  I am an executive coach and founder of Teams.Coach, LLC. I work with C-level leaders to clarify and expand the vision, elevate performance, and Level Up their Leadership. On today’s episode, I am joined by Jay Guilford. Jay is the founder and co-partner of CoWorks Leadership Strategists. Jay has an incredibly fun and diverse history of working with big brands like Cirque du Soleil and has some really big dreams for the future.  Please welcome Jay to the podcast.  Jay shares that his greatest leadership tip is ensuring your weekly feedback systems were relevant and effective.  Even here at Teams.Coach, we design our feedback systems to ensure that we clearly communicate our weekly goals on Monday, follow up on progress midweek, and then clearly land the plane.  Did we meet goals, or did we struggle this week?  Jay points out that it’s in our human nature to steer away from critical feedback because we are wired to feel like it leads to conflict.  Remember, whenever we avoid giving fair and accurate feedback, the tension becomes greater because the results never change.  A special thank you to our featured Artist, Names Without Numbers, for allowing us to use their music.  We decided we wanted to feature music that I produced on the podcast..so that’s pretty cool.   Music Artist: Names Without Numbers   Where to find Jay: https://www.coworkslead.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesguilford/   To learn more about the podcast, please visit: Level Up Leader Facebook Group Teams.Coach Facebook Page YouTube LinkedIn Instagram Twitter