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Zero Excuses: There is time to do the work

February 18, 2021

Kalvin Jones wasn’t willing to accept the lack of diverse candidates in technology as a status quo. He took the simple but repeated requests for coding classes in Indianapolis and founded Code Black Indy, a non-profit organization with the mission to make tech accessible for everyone.  “If you really want something, there's a way to get it. It may not be easy. It may not be pretty, it may not be fast, but there is a way you can get it done.” Kalvin’s goal is to help bring sma [...]

How Three Zero Excuses Leaders Stay Balanced

February 8, 2021

Many of our Zero Excuses leaders cite the significance of having a hobby or habit that allows them to separate from their work and decompress.  These pursuits vary greatly but each leader appreciates the importance of stepping away to renew and reconnect. Striking the balance between professional and personal success is the cornerstone of Zero Excuses, after all.   Here are the ways three Zero Excuses leaders unplug and unwind:   [...]

Zero Excuses: There is time for everything important

January 21, 2021

There is time for everything important | Michael Crafton Michael Crafton is a true entrepreneur who began his business, Nelbud Services Group, with about 800 bucks and a pickup truck. Since 2005, he's grown his business to twenty office locations and over 300 employees. He's made a name for himself in Indianapolis with both Michael and his company winning a myriad of awards.  “It really is one big excuse not to figure out a way to protect your people. And if that's what your goal i [...]

A Zero Excuses Leader’s New Year’s Resolutions

January 8, 2021

“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.” -Mary Jean Irion [...]

Zero Excuses: There is time to choose your perspective

December 17, 2020

Mike Pierce, or “Antarctic Mike”, is a professional speaker, author, and endurance athlete. He speaks across the US and Canada to executive teams, organizations, and sales teams on how to lead people in a way that makes them fully engaged in their work. In 2006, Mike became one of 9 people to run the first-ever Antarctic Ice Marathon, and one year later the first American to complete the Antarctic 100k: a 62 mile run on an ice-shelf 600 miles from the South Pole. In this episode, Mike [...]

Saying “No” is Saying “Yes” To Your Values: Lessons Learned from Zero Excuses Guests

September 23, 2020

John O’Leary of John O’Leary Inspires recognizes that if you’re saying yes to everything, you may be missing out on the most important things.   “I love the concept of yes. And it must always be counterbalanced with this idea that if you say yes to everything, you're saying no to probably the most important things.” John O’Leary Author and Founder of John O’Leary Inspires, Episode 15.  A skill most seasoned leaders have is a honed ability t [...]

Three Leaders’ “Zero Excuses” Reaction to the Pandemic

August 4, 2020

Since the onset of the global pandemic, the host of Zero Excuses podcast, Nick Smarrelli, has had the chance to chat with over 15 business leaders in both St. Louis and Indianapolis. These remote conversations were enlightening, humbling, and often emotional. These small business leaders chose to take this uncertain time, this time of many unknowns, and forge ahead the best way they knew how.  Here are three of our favorite perspectives.  1. Marcia Barnes: “I choose not to par [...]

Zero Excuses: There is time for learning

July 30, 2020

012: There is time for learning | Tracy Hutton One of the largest real estate companies in Indianapolis is Century 21 Scheetz. And it’s run by CEO and Co-owner, Tracy Hutton. Tracy is the mother of two grown children, an influential leader fighting for the homeless community, and a fierce advocate for young girls.Growing up she didn’t have a role model for what it looked like to be a mother with a career. Yet, through a strong support network, the partnership of her business mentor, Mick [...]

Five Lessons Learned in Ten Years at GadellNet

July 21, 2020

This month, I hit a milestone at GadellNet. I have now been part of this organization for a decade. The growth we've experienced in that time has been incredible and the relationships I have created through this organization have been life-changing. Looking back over the last ten years has brought a lot into focus for me. I was inspired by a top 10 tribute that my team put together, and I wanted to share some of the biggest lessons I have learned over the last ten years.  Thank you for being a [...]

Zero Excuses: There is time for community

May 19, 2020

007: There is time for community | Jason Hall Many guests on our show have a passion for giving back to their respective communities. This week’s guest is no different, in fact, his desire for pouring into the St. Louis community is the backbone for why he launched his organization, Arch to Park.  As the CEO, Jason Hall keeps busy growing his company with an eye on how to foster growth in his own backyard. In and outside of his civic-minded pursuits, Jason is passionate about entre [...]