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Grow A Small Business Podcast

Jan 25, 2024

In less than 20 minutes a week, we'll introduce you to an expert or business owner with deep experience in what they do. Grow you, grow your team, grow a small business.


Welcome to the "Grow a Small Business" podcast with your host, Rob Cameron. In this episode, Rob interviews Margie Oleson from Oleson Consulting based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.

In this episode of the GASB Podcast, host Rob Cameron interviews Margie Oleson, an expert in organization development. Margie shares insights into her Top Team Accelerator methodology, emphasizing the importance of building high-performing teams through teamwork, commitment, accountability, and performance metrics. She also provides practical tips for improving meeting effectiveness and recounts a transformative client story. For more valuable content, visit Margie's website at and connect with her on LinkedIn.

Key Takeaways for Small Business Owners:

Logical Sequence of Leadership Development: Margie emphasizes the importance of following a logical sequence in leadership development. Organizations often struggle because they attempt to address issues without a proper order. Margie's Top Team Accelerator program focuses on four pillars: Teamwork, Commitment, Accountability, and Performance, creating a foundation for cohesive and high-performing teams.

Addressing Leadership Challenges: Margie works with clients from various industries and sizes who face challenges in leadership development. Clients often approach her when they experience issues with transformations, lack of team cohesion, or ineffective leadership. Margie's approach involves an assessment process to identify root causes and implement solutions tailored to the organization.

Fixing Meetings for Better Performance: Meetings are a critical component of organizational communication, and Margie provides insights into making them more effective. She suggests separating strategy and tactics, having a published agenda in advance, and documenting decisions and actions during the meeting. By fixing meetings, organizations can positively impact their overall strategic advantage.

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Real-Life Client Success Story: Margie shares a success story where she worked with a manufacturing group undergoing a global transformation. Despite being a high-performing team individually, they faced challenges in alignment, role clarity, and developing a plan. Through strategic activities and creating a shared vision, the team transformed, becoming cohesive and finally producing a plan after a year of struggle.

Immediate Action for Listeners: Margie encourages leaders to schedule time with their teams to clarify current goals and assess alignment. By having each team member write down three contributions their team makes toward the goals, leaders can uncover potential misalignments and work towards a more cohesive and effective team.

One action small business owners can take:

Margie Oleson suggests that small business owners schedule time with their teams to clarify current goals. By having team members articulate how their roles contribute to these goals, leaders can enhance alignment, role clarity, and overall team performance.

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Quotable quotes from our special Grow A Small Business podcast guest:

Team alignment is the key to transforming high-performing teams – Margie Oleson

Take action tomorrow: Clarify your team's goals for immediate impact." – Margie Oleson

Meetings are probably your greatest strategic advantage. Forbes calls it an $85 billion problem every year, we can fix it – Margie Oleson