351: The Key Factors that Determine What a CEO Achieves with guest expert Bill Miller

Bill Miller, author of The Rookie CEO, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up! Learn How 9 Rookie CEOs Got There, Executed, Created Their Stories and Led!

Bill Ringle and Bill Miller discuss how the career path, life philosophy, and communications style of a leader relates to the strengths and weaknesses he or she brings to the role of CEO in small and mid-sized businesses in technology as well as other industries. 

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Interview Insights:

Top 3 Takeaways from this Interview

  • Leadership philosophies set expectations, goals, and how leaders respond at any given situation. Take time to build your leadership philosophy.
  • Consider and understand all the elements in your business and proactively build a strong foundation for your company by making wise decisions.
  • Know every group in your company to know what drives them to give their best performance.

Read the Show Notes from this Episode

  • Bill’s father, who was a business owner, taught him the value of hard work and the payoff that comes with it. [03:34]
  • One of Bill’s early jobs was at Universal Studios in California where he was manager but the guy he replaced was still there. Here he applied one of his father’s teachings which is to take everything step-by-step. [02:33]
  • Every decision you make to becoming CEO builds your foundation as a leader. [04:09]
  • A discussion on why the foundation that we build, and our philosophies are what matters the most when we lead. [05:27]
  • The Rookie CEO’s common denominator. [06:27]
  • Tom was a former VP of a very large company who got stuck with an idea of wheelbarrow that he cannot let go. [07:23]
  • Meet with every group or function in your company to know what motivates them. [11:04]
  • The philosophy of budget management. [12:25]
  • Mike is a former VP who put a lot of importance to becoming a collaborative leader, who poses a very important question: What would you do to prepare yourself? [13:23]
  • Bill shares his first experience being promoted as VP. [16:34]
  • My Quest for the Best Lightning round begins. [23:39]

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Expert Bio

Bill Miller helps aspiring CEOs and Leaders as an executive advisor, mentor, and coach. As the author of “The Rookie CEO, You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!” he uses a framework he created to guide how new CEOs and leaders will lead and how they can deliver operational excellence for growth and profitability. As a former vice president, general manager, and leader who has led Marketing, Product Management, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships, Development, and Operations in the past 30 years in companies of all sizes from early-stage startups to multi-billion-dollar multinational companies, his experience can accelerate your business with positive outcomes while guiding and coaching through the most difficult times.

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