Josh Verne is an interesting man with an interesting history. He has turned his experiences into a positive and transformed himself into a successful entrepreneur, CEO, and lifestyle guru. Verne is the chief executive officer of a site called Flocku.com. He was recently featured on the popular lifestyle podcast Knowledge for Men to share his experience, advice, and perspectives with listeners.
Knowledge for Men is a blog and online advice column devoted to helping it’s male readers enhance their lives. It provides a regular podcast and links to books, interviews, and other content. It’s author Andrew Ferebee encourages readers take risks and accept responsibility as the first steps to self-improvement.
In this 40 minute interview Verne and Ferebee cover a broad range of topics. Verne focuses a lot on leadership and the different kinds of leaders that there are. Often in life we may not be able to accomplish major goals on our own and will need to be able to gather groups of like minded individuals around us. However, just because they are helping to accomplish your vision does not mean their views, opinions, and contributions are inconsequential. Josh Verne seperates management styles concisely into Bosses and Leaders. Bosses consider themselves above the team they manage. They bark orders, rely on their title for authority and respect, and demand others to make sacrifices to accomplish their own goals. Obviously this is an unsustainable model for a team dynamic. In contrast leaders are members of the team. They gain the respect of their coworkers through hard work and experience. They are willing to make the same sacrifices as employees in terms of their own time and energy, and put the task at hand ahead of their own ego.
This ties into Verne’s second area of focus. He talks about creating a working situation that is win-win for everyone involved. This is different from the top down strategy many large corporations use in which workers put in the time but the upper management gets the rewards. If one person is expected to make all the sacrifices for the good but does not benefit from the project they are not motivated to contribute. This is a bad team dynamic that promotes laziness or resentment. Strive to think outside the box and create new solutions to seemingly unwinnable situations.
Verne also takes time to urge would-be leaders to be attentive listeners as well as engaging speakers, and to take time to establish a healthy balance between the personal and the professional aspects of life. These features help to create a level of fulfillment and success that is personally sustainable. Note that balance requires introspection and self-reflection. It requires a willingness to look at your own life and remove elements that are not contributing to your overall happiness and the welfare of you or your family.
If you are a man struggling with improving your situation in life then consider taking 40 minutes to look up and listen to this engaging podcast to get some advice and inspiration.
Visit Verne’s Angel.co profile to learn more about his business endeavors.