Executive Minds is a weekly podcast helping go-getters, like you, convert your potential into high-performance so you can grow your career.
Welcome to Executive Minds! On this week’s episode, Kevin Jennings and David Farmer team up to help you recognize things that great leaders do that average leaders let slip through the cracks.
Dec 05 2019
Michael Hyatt is a bestselling author and entrepreneur. Formerly the Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, Michael now leads the team at Michael Hyatt & Co., coaching high achieving leaders in the art of long-lasting multidimensional success. This week Shane and David sat down with Michael to talk about what real success looks like, and how to achieve it.
Nov 26 2019
Welcome to the Executive Minds Podcast! There will come a time in all of our lives and careers where we will need to make a change. Whether that means shifting your academic focus early in life or your organizational focus after you’ve established your career, we would all do well to become masters of the pivot. In basketball, pivoting is helpful because it allows you to shift your direction and create an advantage relative to your defender. You remain anchored in place, but with a fresh direction you can often see a clearer path to the basket. This week on the podcast, David and Shane discussed what they call the 5 “M’s” of pivoting: Mission, Methods, Momentum, Means, and Membership.
Nov 21 2019
Welcome to Executive Minds Podcast! Once again, Shane and David sit down with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy to talk about the importance of family and how the magic is made at Chick-fil-A. Dan is a true servant leader and it’s humbling to be able to sit and listen to him share the wisdom he has gained in his lifetime in and around the Chick-fil-A family.
Nov 14 2019
This week, Shane and David sit down with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy to talk about the importance of family and how the magic is made at Chick-fil-A. Dan is a true servant leader and it’s humbling to be able to sit and listen to him share the wisdom he has gained in his lifetime in and around the Chick-fil-A family.
Nov 07 2019
Welcome to Launch Youniversity! Leadership exists within an interesting tension. Great leaders are not only worthy of following today - we need to be able to trust that our leaders have a vision for the future. As leaders, we’re all looking for ways and opportunities to lead people and create influence. We’re called not only to be really good right now, but also to plan to be great in the future. In today’s podcast, Shane and David are breaking down a talk Shane gave at this year’s Chick-fil-A 2020 planning session in Atlanta. How can we be our best today while working at becoming our best tomorrow? Welcome to episode 150 of the Launch Youniversity Podcast.
Oct 31 2019
Welcome to Launch Youniversity! On this week’s episode, Shane Benson and David Farmer are together to discuss the life-saving magic of scripting. When most of us hear the word ‘scripting,’ we think of movies or television shows, but what Shane and David are talking about today is not referring to a pre-set narrative, but rather the automation of executable tasks. How can we bundle or automate the things we do in our daily work or personal lives in order to make it just a touch easier to move through our days. Shane and David tag team this week’s episode to give personal, real-life examples of how this idea can revolutionize your time management.
Oct 17 2019
Welcome to Launch Youniversity! On this week's episode, we sat down with Rodney Bullard, Chick-Fil-A Corporate Social Responsibility Leader and Executive Director of the Chick-Fil-A Foundation. Rodney is a frequent public speaker as well as being the bestselling author of Heroes Wanted: Why the World Needs You to Live Your Heart Out. We talked with Rodney about what it means to be a "difference maker" in our lives and businesses. We were lucky to be able to have this conversation with Rodney and we know you'll enjoy it as well!
Oct 10 2019
Welcome to Launch Youniversity! This week in episode 147, David Farmer continues the discussion with the author, speaker, and brand consultant Jeff Henderson as he prepares to release his new book Know What You're FOR: A Growth Strategy for Work, An Even Better Strategy for Life. Jeff is a master communicator having been recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of 20 speakers you shouldn’t miss. As always the case with Jeff, this was a lively, insightful, and informative discussion about bringing a big idea to life.
Sep 26 2019
Welcome to Launch Youniversity! This week in episode 146, David Farmer sits down for a behind-the-scenes discussion with the author, speaker, and brand consultant Jeff Henderson as he prepares to release his new book Know What You're FOR: A Growth Strategy for Work, An Even Better Strategy for Life. Jeff is a master communicator having been recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of 20 speakers you shouldn’t miss. As always the case with Jeff, this was a lively, insightful, and informative discussion.
Sep 19 2019
Welcome to episode 145 of the Launch Youniversity Podcast. On this “best of episode,” the guys talk about both creating capacity and fostering creativity. During the first half of this episode, the guys talk about stretching yourself to try new things and how part of the formula of success is continued growth. Real growth comes from new and different experiences. During the second half of this episode, the guys talk about cultivating great ideas and the formula for creating the margin for that creativity.
Sep 13 2019
Welcome to episode 144 of Launch Youniversity! This week, Kevin Jennings and David Farmer sit down with Bethaney Bree Wilkinson, the Director of Programming for Plywood People and the creator of The Diversity Gap, for an insightful conversation for leaders and team makers on reimagining diversity (“the undeniable presence of difference”) in the workplace through the prism of dignity and eradicating disparities.
Sep 05 2019
Welcome to episode 143 of Launch Youniversity! This week, David Farmer sits down with Dr. Jerome Lubbe, CEO & Founder at Thrive Neuro Health, LLC, for a thoroughly engaging conversation on what is functional neurology, how he got into the mental health field, and the six basic things every executive needs to improve brain function and be at their best every day.
Aug 30 2019
Welcome to episode 142 of Launch Youniversity! This week, David Farmer sits down with Jimmy Starnes, executive coach and founder of Starnes & Associates Coaching, for a riveting and insightful conversation on Healthy Rhythms and Coachability.
Aug 22 2019
Welcome back to The Launch Youniversity Podcast! In today’s episode the guys throw it back to their very first episode which was almost three years ago. On this episode Jeff Henderson, David Farmer, Shane Benson and Kevin Jennings break down The Launch Loop: what it is, why it works and how to follow it. When looking for a new way to launch products at Chick-fil-a, they traveled the country to study how other successful businesses were launching. Their research and conversation led them to The Launch Sequence.
Aug 15 2019
Welcome to episode 140 of the Launch Youniversity podcast. On this episode, Kevin Jennings sits down with Laura Quick, Founder & CEO of Good Grit magazine, to discuss the necessity for authentic storytelling in business and how to locate our unique contribution in a maturing market. Laura, herself “an overcomer with a damn good story”, has built a brand in Good Grit that reflects this distinct uniqueness in its approach. A southern culture magazine, Good Grit truly captures the authenticity of the perseverance that exists in the human spirit.
Aug 08 2019
On last week’s episode from the archive, David Farmer sits down with Chef Ford Fry. Ford talks about how his passion for people and experiences fuels him to continue launching new restaurants. Through this, he has become one of the most successful and recognized chefs and restaurateurs in Atlanta.
Aug 01 2019
Welcome to episode 138 of the Launch Youniversity podcast. On this episode, David Farmer and Shane Benson discuss the necessity for leaders to plan, the elements of a great plan, and the different strategies to make the planning process more fun.
Jul 25 2019
This week, Launch Youniversity returns to the archive to replay a must-listen episode with Jeff Shinabarger. Back in 2017, David Farmer and Kevin Jennings sat down with Jeff to talk about the common thread and hurdles all entrepreneurs face.
Jul 18 2019
The agile method is in fashion for software development and project management, but you probably have never heard it explained or implemented as well as you will hear from our latest guest Kramer Johnson. As one of the leaders responsible for Chick-fil-A's mobile ordering app, Kramer pulls from his experiences in both the startup and consulting worlds to highlight the power of agile thinking and trust-based leadership.
Jul 11 2019