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Finding Joy in the Success of Your Team Members with John Hanson

John Hanson and his team have built a phenomenal company culture with the guidance of Dr. Sabrina’s first book in her How to Hire the Best book series and Tap the Potential, and he joins Dr. Sabrina today to share his story with you.

You are sure to be inspired while you listen in to what John is up to now that his business doesn’t depend on him. Be prepared for some tangible tips you can apply in your own business and plenty of ‘a-ha!’ moments.

John Hanson is the owner of a “The Maids” franchise in Kansas City. He is married to Deanna and has four children: Ashlyn (19), Joshua (16), Caleb (15), and Jonathan (13). He is an active member of Faith Community Church.

Prior to co-founding The Maids of Kansas City with his parents in 2003, John Hanson was a Regional Sales Manager for Western Wireless, a precursor to T-Mobile. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Park University with degrees in Finance and Accounting. The Maids of Kansas City grew rapidly from the outset and achieved one million dollars in revenue in its third year. It is currently one of the largest single location residential cleaning companies in the country.

John’s focus on building the business over the past 17 years has been creating a culture of empowerment that allows members of the organization to grow and develop their leadership potential. He has brought together a richly diverse group of men and women who speak four languages, are from four continents and over a dozen countries. Nothing brings him greater joy than seeing his people overcome the unique challenges of a business where hourly employees work together on small four-person teams working independently spread throughout the city.

In 2016, John retired from day-to-day operations at The Maids to focus on using his experience to support the entrepreneurial community both in Kansas City and internationally.

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production in collaboration with Small Business Consulting Group.

Show Highlights:

  • John addresses how he solved his dilemma of how to attract A-players.
  • John is passionate about providing opportunities in life to those who may not otherwise have these opportunities.
  • What John loves seeing is someone who joins the team, learns how to be a team member, and then goes on to become an assistant team leader or team leader with responsibilities. Once they step into a leadership role, it’s amazing to see their demeanor change.
  • How Leadership Bootcamp and Coach Approach impacted John’s team and company culture.
  • John explains the concept of “The Flywheel Effect”.
  • John utilizes networking strategies in the communities from which he hires.
  • Now that John has set up his systems and processes for his business to run without him, he has been out in the world making other impacts.
  • John and Dr. Sabrina discuss how their teams have implemented “EOS Traction”.
  • Dr. Sabrina explains the problem with “confirmation bias”.
  • How John’s company has managed the COVID outbreak.

Links and Resources:

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BUY THE BOOK ON AMAZON: How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

QUIZ: How to Hire the Best 

COURSE: How to Hire the Best

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THEN, join our Better Business, Better Life™ program.

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Lessons Learned in Leadership

Books Mentioned:

How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How to Hire the Best: The Rural Business Owner's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How To Hire The Best: The Contractor’s Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't  by Jim Collins

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.