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Friend of What’s Working Brent Barkin sits down in the studio to catch us up on Shoe Station’s moves since the pandemic hit just over one year ago. Brent’s role as CEO of a retail company with twenty-one locations in five states gives him insight into fashion trends, logistics, retail trends, hiring and retention trends, and others. His insight is something we seek regularly – he never fails to offer dynamic insights.
Thom Shea asks what is the single thing that prevents people from being the best versions of themselves. Their answer, by a landslide, is drama. Drama in the workplace. Drama in the home. Drama with their kids and with their spouse. So Thom coaches them to deal with drama so their best version of themselves will be available to the world. Thom was a powerful leader in the Seals. He’s now a power leadership guide in the corporate world.
Amy Morin, in a time of great difficulty, jotted down a list of mental attributes that she, as a counselor, knew she should avoid. That list became a blog post and that blog post went viral. Today she’s written four books on the topic of mental strength, is in demand as a speaker, and her podcasts are a sensation. We talk about how you need to groom, protect, and work on your mental strength and how it applies to your work.
Josh Reed tried to convince his employer that fishermen wanted high-dollar performance clothing and they wanted access to it year around, not only in the summer. Frustrated with his employer’s dismissive reply, Josh gathered partners and backers and they began Huk Performance Fishing Apparel. Since then they’ve added Nomad Outdoor Performance Clothes for hunters and sales are booming across the board.
Over thirty percent of all whiskey is consumed by the Millennials. Bob Angus runs Standard Proof Whiskey in Nashville and is gaining customers in this coveted consumer group by developing craft rye whiskeys with innovative expressions designed to catch their attention. I’ve tried a couple and they’re GOOD. We get him to tell his story and explain his strategies to catch their attention. If you like a good rye you’ll love this show.
Brian Harris run Harris Properties in Gulf Shores. He rents homes to the vacation market as well as buys and sells vacation homes all in the Gulf Shores, Alabama area. When Covid hit the cancellations flooded in. Brian found ways to not only continue, but found innovative ways to keeps his contractors in revenue. Then the phones rang again – this time for record reservations. “If we have to quarantine,” his customers said, “let’s do it at the beach.” Boom. Record revenues.
Ipe (pronounced EEE-pay) is known for its weight and density. It sinks. Used as waterfront decking, it survives the storms. Southern pine – the most popular decking material – floats, its buoyancy pulling it upward in a flood, tearing it from its attachments. Ipe suffers none of this, explaining the post hurricane footage showing scores of docks destroyed by the storm surge. The docks that remain nearly entirely intact? Likely constructed from ipe.
Thom Shea asks his clients and his audiences what is the single thing that prevents them from being the best versions of themselves. Their answer, by a landslide, is drama. Drama in the workplace. Drama in the home. Drama with their kids and with their spouse. So Thom coaches them to deal with drama so their best version of themselves will be available to the world. Thom was a powerful leader in the Seals. He’s now a power leadership guide in the corporate world.
Adam Heisler uses technology to teach his students how to hit a baseball. The term “launch angle” is taboo in certain circles, but Adam stands behind the technology, the research supporting it and, most importantly, his student’s improved at bats. He talks about how he’s gone against the headwinds of tradition in a city with deep, deep baseball roots.
Louise McCown and Cliff Kennedy are 2021 Forty Under Forty Winners from Mobile Bay Monthly’s annual tribute. Both lead impressive organizations and, at a young age, have impressive resumés. We talk about the lessons they’d give their younger selves and what those of us over fifty should know about the under forty leader.