There is time for investing in others with Blake Behr, Indianapolis

July 8, 2021

Blake Behr never imagined he would start his own company, but, as the saying goes, never say never. Now he’s President of Ridgeline Electrical Industries.

A terrible work environment pushed him to make the leap and create a place where people actually enjoyed working. Pretty crazy concept, right?

Basic things like showing appreciation and creating a positive culture might sound easy enough but require a lot of time and serious commitment – something many bosses aren’t willing to invest in. Blake invests in his employees and students (he also teaches at a trade school) personally and professionally because he knows from experience how much influence people have when they take the time to invest in others.

How does he make time for it all? He makes Zero Excuses, and you can, too.

Key Takeaways:

  • When you invest in others, it comes back to you in spades
  • You’ll never know if something works or not if you never commit to trying
  • People are only loyal if you give them a reason to be

Things to Listen For:

  • [01:32] Why Blake started his own company
  • [03:23] What makes people enjoy their jobs
  • [04:35] Leaning into core values when the going gets tough
  • [05:09] How COVID made everyday communication more meaningful 
  • [06:29] Taking the time to invest in development and growth
  • [07:10] The excuses bosses use for not investing in work culture
  • [10:57] Building talent rather than trying to find it
  • [11:25] Why leaders need to always be improving themselves
  • [13:23] What experience really means
  • [14:42] Investing in someone personally and professionally
  • [15:02] Blake’s hiring process
  • [19:22] The signs of success from Blake’s approach
  • [22:36] Blake’s motivation for impacting others

After You Listen:

More from the Zero Excuses Podcast:

Episode 001: There is time to travel

Episode 002: There is time to not work

Episode 003: There is time to improve yourself

Episode 004: There is time to build the life you want

Episode 005: There is time for laughter

Episode 006: There is time for relationships

Episode 007: There is time for community

Episode 008: There is time for renewal

Episode 009: There is time for loving others

Episode 010: There is time for giving

Episode 011: There is time for the three B’s

Episode 012: There is time for learning

Episode 013: There is time for others

Episode 014: There is time for listening

Episode 015: There is time for action

Episode 016: There is time for reflection

Episode 017: There is time for Zero Excuses

Episode 018: There is time for change

Episode 019: There is time to plan

Episode 020: There is time to start difficult things

Episode 021: There is time to unplug

Episode 022: There is time to choose your perspective

Episode 023: There is time to reinvent yourself

Episode 024: There is time for everything important

Episode 025: There is time to excel

Episode 026: There is time to do the work

Episode 027: There is time for self-reflection

Episode 028: There is time for healthy living

Episode 029: There is time for whatever you want to do with it

Episode 030: There is time to create a listening culture

Episode 031: There is time to say yes

Episode 032: There is time to confront uncertainty

Episode 033: There is time for empathy

Episode 034: There is time to be bold

Episode 035: There is time for improv comedy