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Creating a High-Performance Culture with Chuck Runyon – Episode 220 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Chuck Runyon is the CEO at Self Esteem Brands: Anytime Fitness & Waxing The City. With more than 20 years of experience managing, owning and franchising health clubs, Chuck Runyon has distinguished himself as a leading authority in the field of fitness. Runyon revolutionized the fitness industry when he and Dave Mortensen co-founded Anytime Fitness – an alternative to big-box gyms which typically feature expensive “frills” that few members actually use or need.

Under Runyon’s leadership, Anytime Fitness has earned numerous industry accolades, including the #1 Franchise on the planet, according to Entrepreneur magazine in 2015 & 2016, “One of America’s Most Promising Companies,” according to Forbes, and the “Fastest-Growing Fitness Club in the world,” according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). Additionally, Anytime Fitness has been honored as a “Top Franchise for Minorities” and “The Best Place to Work in Minnesota” three years in a row.

In 2012, Self Esteem Brands, the parent company of Anytime Fitness, acquired Waxing the City under Chuck’s leadership. Waxing the City specializes in providing outstanding, high-quality facial and body waxing services for women and men. Waxing the City has been named in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top New Franchise” list.

Show Highlights:

  • A business can do more than just make money. @chuckrunyon
  • This is more than just treadmills running 24/7. It is really about changing lives. @chuckrunyon
  • ROEI: Return on Emotional Investment. @chuckrunyon
  • We want to help people get to their best selves. @chuckrunyon
  • The 4 P’s are a formula that must be linked together. @chuckrunyon
  • Most small businesses aren’t very good at financial strategic planning. @chuckrunyon
  • If your business didn’t exist, who would be impacted? @chuckrunyon
  • The role of leadership is to share the story of the organization and the transformation you provide. @chuckrunyon
  • Take work seriously without taking ourselves seriously. @chuckrunyon
  • Be transparent, vulnerable, and connect with your team. @chuckrunyon
  • Create your company’s creed together as a team and get it documented. @rory_vaden
  • Operationalize: To manifest an ideal into a mechanism @rory_vaden
  • It’s not so much about the practice as it is about the philosophy. @rory_vaden

The Action Catalyst is a weekly podcast hosted by Rory Vaden of Southwestern Consulting every Wednesday. The show is regularly in the Top 25 of Business News Podcasts, has listeners from all around the world and shares “insights and inspiration to help you take action.” Each week Rory shares ideas on how to increase your self-discipline and make better use of your time to help you achieve your goals in life. He also interviews special expert guests and thought leaders. Subscribe on iTunes and please leave a rating and review!

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