Why Mental Clarity is More Important Than a Business Plan with Jason Weddle

Sep 17, 2021 | Hot Mess Hotline Podcast, Succession Planning

Jason Weddle, CEO of Hamilton, has been successful precisely because he’s willing to answer the hard questions and have the tough conversations. Even with himself. For this episode of the Hot Mess Hotline, he shares the confusion that existed in the 6 inches between his ears and describes why mental clarity is more important than the business plan at certain times.

His willingness to answer these tough questions and wrestle with himself has led to his success so far. (I mean, “wrestle,” figuratively of course. Otherwise that’d be weird.)

Jason is raw and vulnerable and wants you to know what it really takes to advance from manager to director to the C-suite. He reminds us that the grass looks greener until you realize how much manure makes that growth possible.

This succession plan was 5+ years in the making and full of hard work. And no one does this work alone. He describes the power of coaching, which you know is my favorite tool, and reminds us: “The moment it becomes uncomfortable is the moment you will grow or you will want to pull back.”

Don’t pull back, my friend. Dig into this episode and then find those challengers and cheerleaders to get you to step up your game.

You’ll want to listen to the full episode for Jason’s wise advice:

  • Why you need to embrace your unabashed ambition, the sooner the better
  • The 6 inches between your ears can be the hottest of messes
  • The deep questions you must answer in your career to get what you want
  • Why you need to embrace the awkward and be willing to be challenged
  • Why coaching almost always feels weird at the beginning and that’s a good thing
  • Your drivers may not be what you think they are
  • Your ambition might be dangerous to others but you still deserve to have it
  • Make sure you allow others to embrace their ambition too
Listen on Libysn
Listen on Libysn
Listen on Libysn
Listen on Libysn

Lead powerful meetings and create purpose, participation and problem solving for your most valuable time

Download this toolkit and you'll get resources to:

    • Easily manage task items from every meeting
    • Design agendas quickly and allow folks the right info to prepare
    • Hold your next effective staff meeting with focused content
    • Run a quick daily meeting so your team gets more shit done
    • Have your staff turn in meaningful updates so meetings are shorter
    • Start meetings in an engaging way. Get everyone to laugh, not roll their eyes.

About Jason Weddle

Jason has worked for Hamilton since 2005, starting as a logistics manager and now serving as the chief executive officer. While not one to brag on himself, his biggest fans will tell you that he is one of the most articulate, inspirational leaders they have met. He is naturally positive and has a can-do attitude in an industry where deadlines and client expectations are high. He is consistently creative and innovative. Jason operates from the highest integrity, treats everyone with empathy, and expects them to perform to their highest potential. He leads by example and is a true servant leader. Jason graduated from Indiana University and participated in Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Scholar program.

About Hamilton

Hamilton brings over 74 years’ experience crafting successful event marketing solutions for companies throughout North America and around the world. They partner with clients to engage their customers through exhibits, proprietary events + conferences, corporate environments, brand activations, and digital solutions across all industries. Hamilton helps companies tell their stories and bring their brands to life. For more information, visit hamilton-ex.com.

Related Posts

Rich Leaders Have Rich Relationships with Jack Gibson

Rich Leaders Have Rich Relationships with Jack Gibson

A little-discussed asset class known by rich leaders is to have rich relationships. Jack Gibson is a leader who values trust over money; friendship over revenue. Just a few short years ago, he was feeling hot, hot, hot about real estate investing with a business partner. He referred his friends to this person. Everything was great while everyone was making money together.

Until it wasn’t and they were all losing money. Big time. Jack put on his cape and saved the day. While he’s learned since then that “saving others” isn’t his job, he’ll never regret saving a relationship at the expense of virtually everything else. Listen in to our conversation where lifelong friends have stayed trusted partners because he knows the value of the best investment out there: relationship capital.

read more
Insights into Uncomfortable Race Conversations at Work with Danielle Meadows-Stinnett

Insights into Uncomfortable Race Conversations at Work with Danielle Meadows-Stinnett

Have you ever wanted insights into uncomfortable race conversations at work but didn’t know who to ask? Our guest, Danielle Meadows-Stinnett, is generous enough to share a hot mess she found herself in as the CEO of her marketing company. She describes what it felt like when a client said to her teammate, “Do you even speak English?”

For those of us in more privileged positions in our American culture, we need to learn what it’s like sitting in the chair across from us as a person of color, a non-native English speaker, someone without a college degree whose colleagues all have college degrees, etc. etc. Unfortunately we’ve created too many ways to outrank each other. This conversation is a great reminder that we all show up to work looking to make a difference as a fellow human. Not a fellow human with all the labels we put on each other and ourselves.

read more
How Small Tweaks Create Big Change with Nikki Evans

How Small Tweaks Create Big Change with Nikki Evans

Big change is created by small tweaks. One of our faculty members, Nikki Evans, reminds us that change happens in small steps. Our brains are wired for overwhelm when we try to prioritize, do, plan, think through too many steps. Coaching reminds us to use our human superpowers of focus, critical thinking, and taking one step at a time.

Nikki shares her coaching perspective, why you might want to work with her, and what to expect. After listening I hope you’ll find her as amazing as I do and see why she’s a natural fit here at Stefanie Krievins & Co.

read more