Michele Hecken on High-Performance Leadership and the Art of the Exit

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Michele Hecken is an ex-CEO who helps high-performing leaders design an organization where each person spends at least 80% of their time working on things they love.

She calls herself a contagious optimist, lover of freedom, shifter of paradigms, lifelong learner, and artist. Michele built, operated, scaled, and exited a successful business in the translation industry. She is an Entrepreneur at heart who moves fast, can’t sit still, and is addicted to personal and professional growth. She spent 25 years serving as CEO of the company, turning it into a well-oiled machine that continued to scale without needing her to micro-manage people, systems, and business units.

She completed a high-7-figure exit – and realized that her superpower lies in building companies where leaders focus exclusively on what inspires the organization, and eliminating the rest.

Today she serves as an Advisor to high performers who want to run businesses that serve them and live lives they dream of.Features in media outlets including Inc. Magazine, the Financial Post, Smart Business Revolution, the Edmonton Journal, and numerous podcasts. A passionate public Speaker, she leads talks and workshops across the globe to audiences ranging from Fortune 500 companies to groups of world-class entrepreneurs.

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Episode Summary

Leadership journey, entrepreneurship, and offboarding. (2:35)
Entrepreneurship, leadership, and money mindset. (7:48)
Work ethic, beliefs, and entrepreneurship. (12:41)
Work-life balance as a busy entrepreneur. (18:58)
Entrepreneurship, belief systems, and work-life balance. (23:38)
Work-life balance and belief systems in entrepreneurship. (29:43)
Entrepreneurial productivity and time management. (33:06)
Strategic delegation for business growth. (39:24)
Delegation and work-life balance for entrepreneurs. (42:45)
Entrepreneurship, offboarding, and personal growth. (49:02)