Mike Zeller is a self-made entrepreneur currently based in Nashville. His quick start approach to life has resulted in the launch and development of 9 businesses in 5 different industries, bringing in over 100 Million. While Mike’s passion for leadership and marketing began before college, he discovered that many of the skills needed to pursue his calling were not being taught in school. Post College he enrolled himself under the mentorship and influence of world-renowned thought leaders such as Tony Robbins (he’s attended 18 Tony Robbins events!), Peter Diamandis, and others. Now Mike creates sustainable businesses models that make the world a better place and inspires people to invest in themselves and big ideas.
With someone so successful we can’t help but ask how do they manage? Mike mentioned that a big key is hiring smart people and just getting out of their way. A big focus of what he does is making sure he hires “A-Players.”
Mike talks about how by hiring A-Players you may be paying them a little more but they need to be managed less. Sure you may need to instruct them but your business will be running a lot more smoothly in the end.
Figuring out what someone’s role in your business is crucial in the hiring process. Mike mentions you need to find our a person’s strengths, discovering their personality, and their proclivity.
If you get into the process early of who they are, what they’re most gifted at, and what makes them come alive. Which can be a key to keeping great people.
Listen to how Mike found his way into the fashion industry with a pair of Elf shoes, (you’ll know what we mean once you listen) to co-founding Trim Menswear. Mike is one of the most stylish guys I know so you won’t want to miss his tips on how to develop your own personal style.
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