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The Leadership Stack Podcast

Sean Si
194 episodes

This is the podcast for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs to increase your leadership, teamwork, and profits. We have guests from all over the world and all kinds of industries who will tell you how they hire, manage culture, inspire and lead their people.

The Leadership Stack podcast is hosted by Sean Si - serial entrepreneur and author of the books 'CEO at 22' and '50x your Business'. He is the CEO and Founder of SEO Hacker (https://seo-hacker.com) a digital marketing agency in the Philippines that is best-known for their work in the SEO industry.

He has worked with and spoken to numerous companies throughout his career. He has also been invited to speak in international events and conferences.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

How To Support Your Team Through Crisis (AMA #44)

Sean: So from Erika, one of the, actually a really good question. As a business owner, how have you taken care of your people since the pandemic? JC: I just want to share this realization. Because well when the pandemic started, there's a lot, there's a lot of things. It started with of course…
13min

Beyond Job Descriptions: How To Hire Leaders (Ep. 66 4/4)

Sean: I wonder how many organizations you coach that make hiring mistakes and what do you do to improve that? Jeff: You look at a couple of problems. One is job descriptions. Most jobs descriptions I look at, there's no one that meets that criteria. They just aren't made the job descriptions a…
13min

Tactics For Successful Business Negotiations (AMA #43)

From Mich, what is your best negotiation success story? I guess maybe one of the toughest clients you've ever closed that you thought maybe you weren't going to be able to close it, but you did. Can you suggest any negotiation techniques that have worked for and on you? JC: Actually my dad an…
10min

How You Can Build A Self-Accountable Team (Ep. 66 3/4)

Sean: Authenticity, accountability, and acceleration. What do these mean? And why is it so important to you? Jeff: I'm going to go in reverse order. I'm going to start with accountability. Accountability is, I believe a largely misunderstood concept. Everybody wants more of it, but they're not …
23min

Should You Begin Investing In Chinese Businesses? (AMA #42)

Sean: Alright. We see that China is really growing, becoming a superpower. What are your thoughts on investing in China? Do you have China companies in your portfolios as well? Marvin: I have none. But if I know how to speak Mandarin, I will study how to speak Mandarin. Almost all of the inves…
12min

A Key Trait For Successful Entrepreneurs (Ep. 66 2/4)

Sean: So I wonder when you told your wife that, Hey, you know what, I think this is what I want to do. How did you figure that out? How did you know that “I want to take the consulting and coaching and speaker road instead”? Jeff: I told my partners, I told everybody at the firm, we didn't tel…
15min

Finding Things That Work For You This Pandemic (AMA #41)

Sean: What are your top investments during the pandemic? Marvin: Your top investments, pandemic, no pandemic, good economy, bad economy, should always be the same. That should not change because your skill set for it should be the same. good economy or bad economy. So what works for you when thi…
11min

Leaving An Empire To Pursue Your Dream (Ep. 66 1/4)

Sean: What happened in between? Tell us about those 17 years and then tell us about the 19 years. Jeff: You're right. You used the word aspiring, you know, people aspire to be a lawyer and that's absolutely what it was for me. I guess ultimately one of the problems, if I re or unpacked my lif…
17min

How To Decide If A Company Is Worth Your Investment (AMA #40)

Sean: For those who are listening in right now and maybe they're thinking, oh, there are also people who came to me and asked me to invest in their private or startups, what’s your advice? What are the first things you look at, first red flags that you check out before you even move on in the conv…
13min

How to Keep Moving Forward as an Entrepreneur (Ep. 65 4/4)

Sean: I've read your bio and you mentioned that there was a time in your life when you lost everything and nearly your life. I'm not going to ask you for the details, but I want to talk about hitting rock bottom. How you got back up? Can you tell us about that? David: To those who are listeni…
23min

How Fresh Graduates Can Invest Smart (AMA #39)

What are the top five investments for new graduates or fresh grads to invest in and to start to accumulate? Marvin: If I’m a fresh grad, I’d still do stocks and I'd still go into business. That’s it. I don't know if I'll do bonds if I’m a fresh grad. I don't know if I'll do it. Anything that has…
17min

How To Effectively Sell Your Service (Ep. 65 3/4)

Sean: How do you negotiate? David: So I think a lot of things depend on products. I value my product. Now I do offers. It's a marketing technique. I don't lie about that. That's true. I value every person that wants to start with me. But I have a pipeline that is thick enough, so I don't need…
21min

Brand Storytelling And Why It Matters (AMA #38)

We have a business question from Richard. He says, Hi. I started doing pasabuy kind of business by reselling products from overseas. Such as IKEA small items and kids' stuff. It's been a month since I'm doing this. And there's, it seems like there's no one who would like to buy from me. Any advice…
13min

Proven And Tested Tips For Aspiring Salespersons (Ep. 65 2/4)

Sean: What are some of the best tactics, not strategies, but tactics that you carry with you in closing deals? David: So first off it goes into mindset. You gotta go in there with "this is a sales process." Even if you're making your mate for a coffee, you either meet him for a coffee you're m…
19min

The Difference Between A Leader And A Manager (AMA #37)

What are your thoughts on getting further studies like an MBA or master's degree? Do you think it's still important for an entrepreneur? Jayson: As long as you're doing it for the right reasons. Because there are a lot of people who take MBA for the wrong reasons. They think that it will ad…
14min

The “No Excuses” Guide to Growing Your Business (Ep. 65 1/4)

Sean: How did it look like going from where you were? How did you become the sales person that you were? David: If you realize that it comes to the stage where a lot of people get high on their own supply. And in their mind, they heightened themselves up to being the greatest, or they get the…
17min

A Guide to Effective Public Speaking (AMA #36)

How are you confident in speaking in front of other people? How are you not awkward? Jayson: You have to do your homework and you have to know your audience. So before you speak, before I speak, I study my audience, who my audience would be. I think that's one of my strengths as a speaker. I can…
16min

How To Make Customers Fall in Love With Your Business (Ep. 64 4/4)

Bruno: A win-lose doesn't mean only win-lose with this customer. So you will, first of all, this customer is losing. You’re winning. But you will lose this customer and you will lose potential customers that could have come  if this customer was satisfied. If the customer was satisfied, they could…
14min

Leadership Traits Every New Entrepreneur Can Follow (AMA #35)

Is there a best leadership personality or what for you is the best leadership personality? Jayson: Okay, great question. Leadership is mostly about styles and there's no one style that is better than the other style, but it depends on the situation and the context. And the best leaders are those…
10min

Serving Not Selling: Using Empathy To Negotiate (Ep. 64 3/4)

Sean: What makes negotiation so difficult? Because a lot of people shy away from it. They would rather not do it, then have to negotiate. What makes it easier for you? Bruno: There are two aspects of negotiation. So first of is the personal aspect of this negotiation process. So this means th…
24min

Starting Your Financial Journey the Right Way (AMA #34)

How did you start your financial journey? Jayson: Like most entrepreneurs, I started very excited and you know, a lot of upstarts start out that way, begin that way. You're very excited, full of ideas. And I was a ready fire aim guy, and it worked to a certain extent. But when you reach a cert…
14min

The Value Of Generosity In Business (Ep. 64 2/4)

Sean: What are the first few things you check into and you try to change when shifting an organization to become more compassionate? Bruno: First of all, we'll have to identify their needs because we cannot develop a long-term relationship without knowing if their needs are satisfied. Some en…
18min

How To Measure Business Success (AMA #33)

How do you track your progress? In growing the business, there are a lot of ways to track your milestones. It could be your monthly recurring revenue. So that's definitely one of the things that I track, how much revenue do we have every month coming in. Since we're a service business and our con…
13min

Building a Strong Business Takes Compassion (Ep. 64 1/4)

Sean: I want to know, why do you say your mission is to help companies, not just become very profitable? Which is already great, but also become compassionate with their stakeholders. And the implicit here is I'm wondering, you're talking to directors, you're talking to C level executives and y…
19min

Creative Thinking for Entrepreneurs (Ep.63 1/2)

Sean: I noticed you mentioned that from the first thinking you just said point A to point B, what am I going to eat? And that's thinking, creative thinking, you positioned problems along the way. And that's how we came upon the analogy for your creative thinking. I want to know, since we have le…
11min

Why You Should Not Have Too Many Leaders (AMA #32)

Question from Gab. Hi Sean, I'm a young entrepreneur who put up a marketing startup where I have six other co-founding members. Wow. That's a lot of co-founding members. What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of being seven partners in a service industry business? Do you think it…
12min

The Smart Way To Grow Your Money (AMA #31)

From Cedric Choa question is, at what age did you start investing? I don't really remember exactly what age. But I assume it's after I was able to make enough money that I had a little excess. I remember my first investment was not big if we’re talking about the stock market. It's really not big…
12min

How to Build and Develop a Strong Vision for Your Team (Ep.63 1/2)

Sean: So Fredrick, this is the most interesting question that we usually touch base on during the beginning of the show. And that is. What is your startup journey? I mean, you started out this thing called the creativity school and you started your own publishing company. How did that happen? Wh…
10min

Two Types of Marketing Filipino Entrepreneurs Should Know (AMA #30)

What are the differences between SEO and advertising? Well, SEO is inbound and advertising is outbound. What that means is, SEO is there are people who are already searching and they come to you. So it's inbound because you're not looking for them. You're not distracting them. You're not getting …
11min

How to Build and Develop a Strong Vision for Your Team (Ep.62 4/4)

Sean: How do you craft or help to craft the vision for a team? How does the process look like? What would you say about having to guide them as a business mentor or a coach in crafting the vision? Is it necessary to have a vision, a coach or a mentor for a business person to be able to craft an ef…
21min