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90 Ideas: Overcoming Adversity

Stephen Kleinsmith, co-deputy superintendent, Nixa Public Schools, says overcoming adversity is a key component of leadership. Kleinsmith says you must remember it’s a marathon, not a sprint. …

Cynthia Black, attorney with Cynthia R. Black, Attorney at Law, LLC, says everyone has their own specific talent. She talks about how one client’s bravery helped bring down a sex trafficking ring. …

Rita Baron, principal with Baron Design & Associates, LLC, talks about her experience in architecture, opening a restaurant and finding a mentor. She says failure is a great experience because it …

Toby Teeter, president of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, says the biggest challenges are memories of the 2011 tornado. He says rebranding has helped Joplin attract and retain talent and …

Mark McNay, senior vice president and general manager of SMC Packaging Group, remembers lessons he and friends learned on a bicycle trip to Alaska more than 40 years ago. He says learning to listen and …

Richard Ollis, CEO of Ollis/Akers/Arney, says he wishes there was a handbook for living in a pandemic. Ollis recommends treating others with grace, appreciation and maybe we’ll develop new ideas …

Boys & Girls Clubs CEO Brandy Harris says learning to slow down and listen helped her craft a well-informed strategic plan for the organization. She also stresses the important of being adaptable and …

Motivational speaker Zach Troutman says his grandmother and a coach helped him discover his passion. He founded Follow the Leader to normalize conversations about mental health after dealing with …

Brett Curry, CEO of OMG Commerce says leaders should create scenarios where they help each other grow, embrace problems and enjoy growth and development. Learn to see your challenges as opportunities. …

Steve Edwards, president and CEO of CoxHealth, says the window of time when you can effect change is very brief. Edwards says one leader demonstrated the boldness to push forward and defy the status …

“There are no self-made people. There are people who have been successful because others have helped them achieve that result,” says Nathan Adams, CEO of Epic Strategies, LLC. Adams says his …

“We have to be the example of not being negative,” says Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, Glenna Wallace, Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Wallace says she likes to …

About ten years ago, Kurt Theobald, CEO and Chief Strategist with Classy Llama, switched his focus from his own success to helping those around him. Theobald says he realized he first needed to …

Rick Meewes, Managing Partner with Reliable Toyota, shares the guiding principles he’s used throughout his life and business. Duration: 7:03

“When I started this, I realized, number one, I have to have grit. I have to be able to know it’s a tough road,” says Julie Higgins, CEO of I Pour Life. Higgins says you shouldn’t focus on …

“I let that negativity spread to me like a cancer, and that’s what it is in your organizations,” says Becky Borthwick, Associate Circuit Judge at 31st Circuit, State of Missouri. Borthwick says …

“I’m the only guy ever to move from Los Angeles to Springfield to get on TV,” says Jeff Houghton, host of The Mystery Show. Houghton moved to LA for a year to try to make it big. He says the …

“When starting the company, the first thing I thought was who are the people I want to be with every day? What’s the culture I want,” says Mark Steiner, Co-founder and CEO of GigSalad. Steiner …

Karen Thomas, President of Oxford Healthcare and Advanced Telehealth Solutions says if you stand still, you’re falling behind. Thomas says complacency is dangerous and you must constantly strive to …

“We talk a lot about, we read a lot about servant leadership, and for me, that metaphor of a third class ticket really captures the essence of how we choose to lead,” says Dr. Carol Taylor, …

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