Coach John Gallagher Had the Ego to Think He Could Change His Mother-in-Law Real Estate Partner

Coach John Gallagher Had the Ego to Think He Could Change His Mother-in-Law Real Estate Partner


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My guest for Episode #152 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is John Gallagher. He is an executive coach, mentor, and consultant. He is the Founder and CEO of Growing Champions, LLC.

He's also the host of the podcast “The Uncommon Leader” — and I was his guest there! He was also previously my guest on my Lean Blog Interviews podcast series.

Before starting his company, John worked as a consultant for a decade, after being an operations manager and a division president for two different companies.

In today's episode, John shares his “favorite mistake” story about the time he got into the real estate business and thought he could change how a key business partner operated. And that partner was his mother-in-law. Why did he make this mistake? How did he adjust and how did he survive?

We also talk about questions and topics including:

  • What is “Lean”?
  • Why were you excited about bringing this to real estate?
  • Focusing on strengths instead of problems?
  • Having a process when “every home sale is unique”?
  • Tell us about the podcast… 
  • Common leadership mistakes that you wish were uncommon? 
  • Are they uncommon because they avoid leadership problems or because they have certain strengths?
  • Being able to admit when they’re wrong… that’s uncommon — humility is required
  • Creating an environment where it’s safe to talk about mistakes?

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"The mistake was me having the ego to say, 'Well, you should do things the way I do things.'"
"[Lean is] the passionate pursuit of the elimination of waste."
"The uncommon [leader] really requires a humility - being okay with making some mistakes. As you talk about your favorite mistake and not hiding those mistakes, being able to admit when you were wrong, I believe that many people will appreciate [when you do that]."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.