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You’ve seen Frank Wood on TV or on the movie screen or on a Broadway stage. He’s busy with his craft. And the process he and a cast go through as they take on a new play is the epitome of how to form a high-performing team. It involves listening to fellow cast members (teammates), taking direction from the director (team leader), taking a strong position on your character (your role in the team), and being eager to be redirected and refocused if the director feels there is something better you can contribute.
Bill-E Stitt impressed us with his bacon when we first met him. Now after sampling his bacon and hearing his story and getting to know the legend that is Bill E Stitt, we can’t get enough of him or his product. Seldom do we interact with anything that is the “world’s best,” but Bill E’s bacon is just that.
Based in Los Angeles, Kieron Elliot is national brand ambassador for the Macallan Scotch Whiskey in the US. We discuss the Macallan’s strategy for introducing a whiskey typically preferred by older, white, affluent males to the next generation. Kieron tells me their customer is already much more diverse than I’m aware and we sample some of the Macallan’s offerings on the air. (Warning – this episode will make you want to sample a good scotch. And you definitely should.)
The overwhelming underperformance of boys in academics has slowly been revealing itself for years and now the data shows the depth of it. The impact ranges from the future of eduction, performance in the workplace, to the competitiveness of the United States. Blair Fisher is an educator and head of school at Mobile’s St. Paul’s Episcopal School and monitors education trends. He joins me to discuss this alarming phenomenon. Think this doesn’t concern you? Think again. (This content will be controversial to some.)
South Alabama remains just under the surface of Beverly Jo (BJ) Scott. Born and raised near Mobile, BJ is now famous in Belgium with her face on billboards and on the sides of busses. Her celebrity comes from her remarkable talent as a singer-songwriter, her own radio and TV show, and her “what you see is what you get” approach to coaching singers on Belgium’s version of The Voice. She also considers herself a “worldly American” which is a rare thing and endears her to her fans. Hear how she manages her fame and maintains a genuine appeal.
Josh Reed has a fantastic story to tell about the birth of Huk Gear, the fishing apparel company he began with his partners not too long ago. They’ve exploded with success due to ID’ing an underserved market, putting a team together, and letting them do their work. And I can vouch that their gear is fantastic.
John Hoyle leads the Alabama School for Math and Sciences in Mobile. The students there are exceptional – wanting to be pushed and stretched to become the best they can be. The faculty, per John, is the best in the state. The students come from across Alabama and are encouraged to return their eduction to their state by finding work in Alabama when they enter the working career.
David Stollmack was worried that his inventory wouldn’t move ever again in March and April of last year. Then he started worrying that he couldn’t find enough equipment to sell. His business boomed once people realized that quarantine meant lots of at-home TV time. David’s years of experience taught him how to manage inventory and how to find and keep customer-centered installers. He takes us on the wild ride he’s had over the past eighteen months and we get a peek inside his Springsteen fascination.
Carla Williams wanted to be a country music singer from the beginning. She had to put her dreams on hold to raise four kids and grow a successful business. Now she’s back at it and her forthcoming album is a tribute to Karen Carpenter and includes a who’s who of the Nashville music scene. This Mobilian is poised for the musical success she’s waited for and she richly deserves.
Charles Head has climbed the ranks of Fairmont Hotels to land at the Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii where he leads a big team who delivers exceptional service to the guests. Charles’ team – he calls them his “ohana” which roughly translates to “family” – is selected to work at the Fairmont based on their service skills which Charles and his leadership group uncover through assessments and, most importantly, personal interaction. It’s a plum job in an extraordinary location and Charles is at the top of his game.