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Episode 92 — Michael Mogill — A Constant Work in Progress

"You gotta be persistent and relentless. I don't know that there's anybody in this world that things are just going to be given to. People aren't going to go out of their way to help you and make your life easy. You're going to have to take agency over yourself and over your own decisions and say, ‘I'm going to help make this happen.’” - Michael Mogill

  • How did Michael go from being broke to founding and growing a $40 million business?
  • What qualities make a great leader?
  • How do you make effective decisions on big issues?
  • Where does Michael’s competitive streak come from?
  • How can impatience be a good thing?

Michael Mogill: The Game Changer

Michael Mogill is the Founder and CEO of Crisp. What began as a video production company soon evolved to meet the changing needs of deserving law firm owners: from relentless digital marketing to transformational growth coaching that builds strong business foundations for law firms around the country. Michael and the Crisp team continued to innovate, founding the Game Changers Summit (the largest law firm growth conference on earth), hosting the #1 podcast for legal market leaders, and even authoring the go-to guide on law firm transformation in his best-seller, “The Game Changing Attorney.”

In this super special episode of The Game Changing Attorney Podcast, Michael takes a turn in the hot seat as his wife (and Crisp’s Head of Coaching Strategy) Jessica Mogill dives into what it is that makes Michael tick. They’ll explore which qualities Michael values as a leader, how he copes with the pressures of running such a large organization, and we’ll finally find out what Michael thinks it takes to be a game changer.

First-Class Leader, Terrible Employee

Some of the qualities that make great innovators and entrepreneurs simply don’t gel with most employers’ idea of the model employee. Questioning the status quo and making radical decisions might get you ahead of the competition when you’re running your own business, but they might get you fired if you’re working for someone else.

Michael shares how his early experiences as an employee helped to shape him into the leader he is today. He details how a waiting job kickstarted his appetite for competition, and he discusses what he believes to be some of the core tenets of a great boss, such as being the first one in and the last one out and ensuring that everyone else has been taken care of before taking care of yourself.

Key takeaways:

  • The worst decision is to delay a decision. Because even making the wrong choice can point you in the right direction.
  • Build from a position of honesty. Creating a business based on tricks and shortcuts might create short-term growth, but will damage your long-term reputation.
  • Trust in others. You can’t scale yourself alongside your business, so allow yourself to trust your team and delegate to others.

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