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There is time to be bold with Ryan and Kristy Rans, Indianapolis

June 10, 2021

Working side by side with your significant other may sound like a recipe for disaster. And yet, for Ryan and Kristy Rans, it’s something they spent years doing.  Fast forward. Prime Hospitality Group is thriving under their leadership even during the uncertainty of the pandemic. As Ryan shares, “It happened. Forget about how it happened. What‘s the best way to navigate the waters?” Instead of focusing on what happened, they’re looking ahead at how to overcome any challenge usi [...]

There is time for empathy with Liesel Mertes, Indianapolis

May 27, 2021

Liesel Mertes is a workplace empathy consultant and the owner of Handle with Care Consulting. Her job is to help companies learn how to support team members through what she calls disruptive life events, something she knows all too much about.  She experienced a tragedy that could have devastated her, but instead, she found a way to fight through the pain and help others.  How does she do it? She makes Zero Excuses.  Listen for: Sharing empathy in the workplaceThe imp [...]

Zero Excuses: There is time to confront uncertainty with Matthew Porter, St. Louis

May 13, 2021

Matthew Porter is the President and CTO of EmpowerMe Wellness. While Matthew has experienced substantial professional success, it’s his life outside the office that is truly inspiring. Several years ago, Matthew was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Yet, in the face of overwhelming uncertainty, he makes the most of every moment of every day. He’s a husband, father, ultra-marathoner, and philanthropist with a passion for anonymously helping others. How does he do it? He makes Zero Excuse [...]

Zero Excuses: There is time to say yes with Jeff Winters, St. Louis

April 29, 2021

Jeff Winters is the President of Sapper Consulting where he and his team help growing companies generate B2B leads, fill their sales pipelines, and secure more customers. He’s a husband and father of three boys and spends his free time supporting the homeless by raising funds to cover utility bills for a local shelter. You would think someone with his schedule would find it hard to lend a hand. Yet, despite the increasing demands on his time, he believes in saying yes to helping the people [...]

Zero Excuses: There is time to create a listening culture with Heather Younger, Denver

April 15, 2021

Heather Younger is the CEO of Employee Fanatix, and is a fierce advocate for strong cultures, manager training, and diversity.  “It's not about acting on everything. It's about acting on the things that have the most impact and affect the most employees.” Heather has written two bestselling books, given a Ted Talk, and hosts her own podcast called “Leadership with Heart.” She is also a mom of four kids, has a doctorate in law, and teaches at the University of Denver. How d [...]

Zero Excuses: There is time for self-reflection

March 18, 2021

Josh Driver is an activist and entrepreneur who has been featured on CNN for the nonprofit he started in 2015, but he wasn’t always an activist. While he valued helping others, he first had to eliminate the excuses that kept him on the sidelines. “We owe it to our community to spend time doing more for others.” As CEO of Selfless.ly, Josh helps HR leaders develop engaging philanthropy programs for companies and employees to accelerate impact and purpose in the workplace. He also sup [...]

Zero Excuses: There is time for healthy living

March 4, 2021

There is time for healthy living with Erica Ballard, Denver Erica Ballard thought she knew what “healthy” meant. She exercised 6 times a week, followed the latest food trends, and had been working in the healthcare industry for nearly a decade. Then she realized–she was wrong. “What I didn't understand is that the roots of health are stress, sleep, food, and movement. When I realized that, I couldn’t keep selling what I had been selling because it wasn’t true.” With a no- [...]

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 to excel

February 4, 2021

Brian Decker is the Director of Player Development for the Indianapolis Colts and former Army Special Forces. After commanding the Army’s assessment and selection program, Brian took the lessons he learned about team development and high performance and applied them to professional football. “The most fundamental demand placed on high performance or excellence is desire, because the outward expression of your desire is your work habits.” Brian works to unlock potential in potential [...]