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San Diego Welcome’s Arizona Team!

Rise Executives would like to give a warm welcome to the crew from Scottsdale, Arizona. With eleven account managers in tow the office’s mentality and ambition was at an ultimate high. 

Business trips are highly successful operations that teach our partners how to be successful inside and outside of the office.  The trainers were able to help out with newer members of our team. It was a week filled with high intensity, a lot of energy, various learning stations, daily challenges and team building outside the office.  

Business trips are a great way for individuals to really break out of their shell in a different environment setting. Participating in business trips is beneficial to all that travel to new markets and territories.  ”My favorite part of the business IS the business trips because at that point you are in charge of your own mini-office,” said President Shawn Windey.   

We look forward to more opportunity to work with these elite team member’s in the future.


Leadership Conference In Los Angeles, California

Leadership Conference In Los Angeles, California
On December 16, the team of Rise Executives ventured out of the office to the neighboring city of Los Angeles, California. The office traveled two hours north for a leadership conference that was being held.  Our team was able to meet with various top leaders from different offices here on the west coast. Each employee was able to converse with different top leaders and gain insight within their line of work. Different topics focused on organizational planning and interesting tips by Robert Kiyosaki, author of bestselling novel “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” The leadership conference was a great success as the staff was able to participate in multiple interactive breakout stations and seminars. It was a great day for our team and we look forward to many other conferences in the near future!



Congratulations Dustin!

Congratulations Dustin!
Rise Executives would like to congratulate Dustin on his recent promotion within the company. Not only was Dustin recently named our “RISE_ing Leader of the Week” he has also been promoted. Dustin has only been with our company a short while but he has excelled ever since his start date. He exemplifies dedication and maintains a persevering attitude week after week. These are key factors to his continued success. “Upon Dustin’s arrival we knew he was going to shine and we are honored to have him apart of our growing team,” expressed Shawn Windey. Congratulations Dustin on your promotion!


RISE_ing Leader of the Week

RISE_ing Leader of the Week
Rise Executives would like to give a big shout-out to our leader of the week. Coming to us from Seattle, Dustin Carey, is being named this week’s top leader. Only being with our company a short while, Dustin seems to have had no problem pushing his way to the top. He has shown immense leadership skills, been on top of various goals and has no problem hitting standards. He is a great asset to our team here on the west coast and we look forward to his continued success. Congratulations Dustin! 


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Rise Executives Helps Host a National Leadership Conference at Ford Field and Gives Back to the Community

Among attendees were several national business consultants and executives from Ford including special guest speakers from the Ford corporation.
San Diego, CA, October 03, 2012 –(– Members of Rise Executives, a sales and marketing firm in San Diego, traveled to Detroit to attend a national leadership conference and participated in a charity kickball tournament. Among attendees were several national business consultants and executives from Ford including special guest speakers from the Ford corporation.

Rise Executives, based out of the Mission Valley area of San Diego, specializes in client acquisition and retention for Fortune 500 clients. The company focuses on gaining long lasting business account holders for national corporations.

Rise Executives’ main client is the largest mail-order office supply retailer in the country. The client is currently headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and offers a catalog of products containing more than 200,000 supplies. The client supplies businesses with a variety including g school and office supplies, office machines, furniture, technology, cleaning and breakroom, custom-printed and promotional products.

The weekend in Detroit kicked off with leadership lessons from some of the nations’ leading business sales management consultants. The meetings were followed by a trip to Ford Museum, and then off to Ford Field. Attendees were given a tour of the Lions stadium before teaming up for a charity kickball tournament on Ford Field.

The charity event raised money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF, founded in 1970, is the leading global foundation focused on research for type 1 diabetes. JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of Type 1 diabetes in existence. The goal of the organization is to help improve the progress made towards curing, treating and even preventing diabetes. JDRF has raised more than $1.6 billion for diabetes research.

Each team paid an entry fee of $100 to play. Rise Executives and the accompanying executives helped raise $1600 for the charity. All donations went directly to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

On the way to the charity event, attendees were given a tour of the stadium and a look inside the locker room.

The weekend topped off with a lecture from key note speaker, Edsel Ford, member of the board of directors at Ford and great grandson of Henry Ford, and a speech from Deborah Windey, Director of Human Resources.

Rise Executives plans to send its executives to several leadership development conferences in the months to come and expects to continue giving back to the community as well.


From the Battlefield to the Boardroom: A Navy SEAL’s Guide to Business Leadership Success (Part 2 of 3)

Brent Gleeson, Contributor

Former Navy SEAL combat veteran and passionate entrepreneur, Brent Gleeson, is the co-founder and CMO of Internet Marketing Inc. You can follow him on Twitter at @BrentGleeson.

In Part 1 of this blog series I wrote about six important aspects of military leadership that are critical to building a successful business and developing a driven team.  Originally, Part 2 was going to focus on strategic planning but I thought it would be more appropriate to discuss team building first and address that important topic later.  In this post, I will focus on building the team and managing in a chaotic environment. Most of my readers will probably never serve in the military or be in a combat situation, but we all deal with our own chaotic environments every day. In business, this could be a brand crisis, employee turnover, economic issues, or even externalities that mentally affect your staff. It’s essential that leaders know how to successfully guide their teams through these situations.

Building a Team In the Midst of Chaos:  Forging SEAL Leadership

There is no better time to have a strong unified team than amidst chaos. That’s the basic principle of the Navy SEAL training program.  Before we can manage a strong team within our organizations, we must build one.

In early 2000, I quit my job as a financial analyst in Dallas and joined the Navy to pursue the most challenging special operations training in the world. A few months later, I checked into the notorious SEAL training program called BUD/s (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) and joined Class 235. Needless to say I was terrified. BUD/s is the first six months of the one year journey to become a Navy SEAL.

The third week of BUD/s is called Hell Week. Even with that name, it’s an understatement. During Hell Week the class experiences the most grueling physical and mental punishment imaginable with no sleep. Its purpose is to weed out those that aren’t solely committed to the mission. During this week, the survivors really come together as a team and share moments that forge them into the most hardened special operations warriors in the world. The real training comes later but this is where the foundation is laid and the brotherhood formed.  Class 235 started with approximately 250 students. At the end, only 23 were left.

The first few hours of Hell Week is called “Break Out.” Break Out is designed to simulate pure combat-style chaos. Hell Week always starts in the early evening on a Sunday. The whole class is crammed into one of the classrooms to “relax” and watch movies. No one can relax of course or enjoy the movies. We knew what was coming, but had no idea how crazy it would be.

At one point during the evening, the instructors burst into the classroom, shut off the lights, and start firing M60 machine guns and M4 rifles (blanks) while screaming orders through megaphones.  To this day I still shudder when I hear a megaphone turn on.  The class is ordered out onto the grinder (a paved courtyard where much of the physical training occurs). While being sprayed with fire hoses and surrounded by smoke, explosions, and gunfire, instructors sent us in all different directions: bear crawling to the surf to get wet and sandy, to the grinder to perform hundreds and hundreds of flutter kicks, pull-ups, and pushups. It is pure mental, emotional and physical chaos.

The class is divided into boat crews of seven students each. Each boat crew has an officer in charge, or boat crew leader. During this chaos, boat crew leaders are expected to keep track of their crews, maintain an accurate headcount, and still prep for the first evolution of Hell Week.  If they fail, the whole crew is punished brutally. You live and die as a team.

The point of Break Out, other than to force the uncommitted to panic and quit, is to simulate a chaotic environment, and teach the class how to remain focused and calm while relying on each other, despite the most miserable and stressful conditions. Our class had the tragic experience of having our class leader (highest ranking officer) die during Hell Week. We were devastated by this loss to the class. The instructors told us, sympathetically, but purposefully to “get used to it.” Things change. Be ready for when they do.

Similarly, when building a business, situations can often seem unbearable and the stress can seem insurmountable. But as leaders, we must learn to remain focused on the big picture, stay calm and confident, and continue to make sound rational decisions. These decisions are made much easier if you have a strong, unified team supporting you.

Let’s face it, building a start-up or running a growing business in this new economy is chaos, plain and simple.  As your business, grows the obstacles you face becoming more complex and more difficult to negotiate.  This is why it is imperative that we as leaders develop as quickly, if not more quickly, than our businesses.  In my company’s industry, digital marketing, if we are doing business the same way today that we were six months ago, we become obsolete.  Don’t be left behind or wait until the chaotic event happens to start building up your team. As a leader, you should constantly be building a team that can weather the storm when it hits.

My philosophy on managing and planning is that you should inform, inspire, and engage the team at all levels.  There must be buy in from the whole team for the execution of the plan to be most effective.  We do this by allowing the team to take ownership of helping define the direction of the company and set goals.

Here are some tips for building a strong, unified team that will execute the plan successfully:

    Recruit talent that have a passion for the business and fit the company culture – I have never seen a more clearly defined culture than in the SEAL teams.  I can spot a Team Guy a mile away.  This doesn’t happen by accident.  How are you currently selecting the right team members, building your company’s culture, and aligning it with the core values?

    Properly communicate the company’s mission, vision and values to the entire team – This is imperative for having a strong team.  Everyone must not only understand the mission and values but believe in them.  In the Teams, the mission is clear and simple and there is buy in from everyone.  We must have this same unification in our companies.

    Engage ALL members of your team in the planning process – When everyone is involved in setting the direction of the company and defining how you are going to move in that direction, the team has ownership in the company’s achievements and will be more passionate about their role in its success.

    Ensure members understand their roles in achieving the objectives – As the saying goes “get the right people on the bus and put them in the right seats”.  In the Teams we first get the right people, those who are committed to the cause and survive selection and training.  Once on a team, each member is trained for specific jobs (sniper, breacher, driver, etc.) that they are well suited for.  We often find in our businesses that we have great talent but they may not be sitting in the right seat.  Place people in jobs that leverage their skills and set them (and the company) up for success.

    Keep everyone in the loop as the plan progresses – As we discussed in Part 1, pass the word!  There is no sense in involving the team in one planning session if we don’t then communicate the progress or adjustments that are being made along the way.  Involve them consistently and utilize their feedback to keep the plan moving in the right direction.  Doing so will result in a happier more productive team.

    Have contingency plans and be flexible enough to make adjustments along the way – In combat, contingency plans are even more crucial than the original plan.  The team must be trained to be dynamic and adjust the plan on the fly. During capture or kill missions in Iraq, bad intel would often lead to the team hitting the wrong target or kidnapping the wrong person.  We had to adjust quickly.  Is your company ready for possible obstacles such as employee turnover, losing a large client, or major technology changes within your industry?

And, in the midst of chaos, remember that  your team is looking to you for leadership, so even in the craziest of environments, keep communicating even if you can only give them a little information at a time, let them know that they can ask for help, and encourage them to rely on each other for support.

In the third part of this series, I will focus on how to find good leaders. Hint: Hire a veteran.

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