371: The Growth of Your People will determine the growth of your company with guest expert Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson, author of Smart Growth: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company

Bill Ringle and Whitney Johnson discuss how to apply the S-curve to the growth of your career, your team, and your company for business leaders, managers, and rising stars.

>>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com  for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth. My Quest for the Best is a top-rated small business podcast with over 300 episodes of thought-provoking and insightful interviews with today’s top thought leaders and business experts. Host Bill Ringle’s mission with this show is to provide the strategies, insights, and resources that will unlock the growth potential of your business through these powerful conversations.

Interview Insights

Top 3 Takeaways

  • Ask yourself, and ask your people about where you are in your growth.
  • If employees feel like they can learn, grow, and develop, then they will stay as long as they can. Making your people feel that they have purpose and that they are valued has a higher probability of retention compared to a salary increase or incentives.
  • When you grow yourself, you grow your business. Having personal development gives us control over emotion, allowing us to think clearer and therefore control our career better.

Read the Show Notes from this Episode

  • Whitney found the lead character Samantha from the hit TV series Bewitched to be a source of inspiration growing up. [01:51]
  • Just like the main character in the show, Whitney does not shy away from solving problems no matter how challenging. [01:54]
  • Whitney share her experience working in Wall Street and meeting one of the people she looked up to, author Clayton Christiansen.[03:33]
  • The book Innovator’s Dilemma authored by Clayton Christiansen sparked Whitney to think differently when she was feeling stuck on a career plateau. The ideas in the book clarified and solidified her decision to disrupt herself to advance her career. [06:50].
  • There are managers that are so good and so effective with their leadership that their employees follow them wherever company they go. Sumeet Shetty is an example of such a leader and Whitney shares some of his best traits and practices. [08:41]
  • The three stages of the tall S to maintain your people: The launch point, the sweet spot, and mastery. [11:24]
  • CASE: Patrick Pichette and Eric Schmidt at Google. How to keep a talented employee from getting bored or burned out. [13:25]
  • Egon Zehnder’s 2018 study about personal growth and how the pandemic drastically changed the result in a positive way. [17:46]
  • Who is the peak performer? What defines a high-performing individual? What defines a high-performing team?[19:27]
  • Whitney shares tangible recommendation to keep your growth trajectory moving in a positive direction. [23:24]
  • My Quest for the Best lightning round begins. [27:30]

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Expert Bio

Whitney Johnson is the CEO of Disruption Advisors, a tech-enabled talent development company, and an expert on smart growth leadership: growing your people to grow your company.

Thinkers50 ranked her among the top ten management thinkers in the world in 2021, and in 2020 she was a Top Voice on LinkedIn, where she has 1.8 million followers.

Johnson is an award-winning author, world-class keynote speaker, frequent lecturer for Harvard Business Publishing’s Corporate Learning division, and an award-winning executive coach and adviser to CEOs.

She is the author of several bestselling books, including Disrupt Yourself and Build an A-Team, and hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself podcast.

Contact Info and Social Media for Whitney Johnson

  • Travels from: Lexington, VA

Resources Mentioned During the Interview

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My Quest for the Best Interview: 387: You must ascend any mountain of challenges yourself, but you succeed when you bring others along with guest expert Whitney Johnson

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