7 Questions with Frank J. Agin
Name: Frank J. Agin
Current title: President
Current organisation: AmSpirit Business Connections
Frank Agin (http://frankagin.com) is president of AmSpirit Business Connection, which empowers entrepreneurs, sales representatives and professionals to become successful through networking.
He also hosts the Networking Rx podcast, which has insights and interviews related to better business relationships.
Finally, Frank is the author of several books, including Foundational Networking.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader of a small or medium enterprise?
Much of what I do is work with individuals who are members of the organization. Essentially, they are clients. It is a very different dynamic leading someone who is more or less a volunteer.
2. How did you become a leader of an SME? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I was a member of the organization and then became its first franchise ... then bought it out.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
It depends on the day. It usually starts with exercise. Participating in a meeting. Creating content. Conducting phone calls and interviews on our podcast (and being on others).
4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?
Never reaction. Take several deep breaths. Sleep on it. Calmly respond. There is a human on the other end.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
Bringing Out The Best In People ... Alan Loy McGinnis. It inspired my love of self-development and leveling up others.
6. How do you build leadership capacity in an SME?
I've written dozens of white papers and recorded hundreds of short lessons to help others in the organization.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader of an SME so far?
One? I've been doing what I've been doing for 25 years. Every day is learning. Every day is teaching. I continue to make mistakes, but I continue to reach for new things.