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April 22, 2020

Thriving In Chaos: Getting Calm, Clear and Creative, with Brett Gilliland

Episode 159:

Brett Gilliland is Founder and CEO of Elite Entrepreneurs, a company that specializes in giving $1M+ business owners the knowledge, processes, and tools to grow to $10M and beyond. Brett is an expert in organization development, leadership, and strategy and spent 10 years helping Infusionsoft grow from $7M in revenue to over $100M. Brett was involved in the foundational work of Purpose, Values, and Mission at Infusionsoft and facilitated the strategic planning process for many years.

One of Brett’s favorite professional accomplishments is co-creating Infusionsoft’s Elite Forum along with Clate Mask and building the Elite business inside of Infusionsoft. As the leader of the Elite business, Brett has helped hundreds of struggling seven-figure business owners overcome their biggest challenges and achieve new levels of success. He also played a central role in the development of Infusionsoft’s Leadership Model and was serving as the VP of Leadership Development when the decision was made to spin the Elite business out of Infusionsoft. As the new owner of Elite Entrepreneurs, Brett can’t think of anything else he’d rather be doing professionally. When Brett isn’t busy helping $1M+ businesses succeed, he is a family man who enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, Sharon, and their 8 children.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why it is important for business leaders to get themselves into a good place before they can lead their teams to a good place during the crisis
  • Why getting clear, focused and tactical during the crisis is the key to navigating the challenges before you
  • Why fear is the enemy of creative problem solving, and why freezing in place is the worst response to this crisis
  • Why getting creative with the terms of your deals can help generate cash flow during this difficult period
  • Why negotiating with your service providers and debt holders can help you better manage the cash you do have on hand
  • Why you should be looking for growth opportunities during the crisis, and why helping others can help your business survive as well
  • Why Brett recommends you serve others now so that they will turn to you as a trusted expert once the crisis passes
  • Why Brett believes in the motto “the best leaders build the best businesses, and the best businesses win”
  • Why this slower period is an opportunity to work on internal housekeeping and develop yourself as a stronger leader
  • Why the axiom “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” means you should be developing relationships with leaders who are getting creative

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