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What It Takes to Lead a Team with Greg Marken (podcast)

Greg Marken is the President, CEO, and Treasurer at Advanced Emissions Solutions (ADES). ADES works with municipal water, coal-fired power generation clients, and other industries by providing emissions control and water purification solutions. Greg has been at the helm of ADES since July 2020. He also serves as a manager on the Board of Managers of Tinuum Group and as a manager and officer of other ADES subsidiaries. He has over 15 years of experience in leadership roles, finance, and accounting.

Greg joins me today to describe the qualities that elevate a leader’s skills, especially when leading various teams. He shares what he learned from his first job experience and what it was like doing manual labor at a ranch. He explains how a person becomes a leader and highlights the knowledge necessary to hone those leadership skills. Greg also discusses his personal life, including hobbies, his family, and what his Ted Talk would be about.

“It’s not about immediate rewards per se but continuing to make yourself better on a day-to-day basis.” – Greg Marken

This week on Executive Decisions:

  • Greg’s first job and what he learned from it
  • Greg’s experience working on the ranch
  • The athletic influence that shaped Greg’s personality and passion
  • How a person develops their inner leadership traits
  • What leaders can learn from their teams
  • Making decisions for the betterment of the organization
  • Greg’s life outside work
  • What a good team looks like for a leader
  • What Greg would do if he could start over again

Our Favorite Quotes:

  • “You have to be strong enough to be okay with being questioned.” – Greg Marken
  • “People are not giving you more opportunity if you’re not delivering.” – Sarah Delahanty
  • “I don’t think everybody shows up on day one of leadership 101 class and lets their leadership skills out.” – Sarah Delahanty

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About SYM Financial and Executive Decisions Podcast

Executive Decisions is a show for business leaders. In each episode, host and financial advisor Sarah Delahanty sits down with executives and local experts who serve them. Together, they tackle some of the harder questions that business leaders face today. From inspiring creativity in the workplace, to managing company politics, to making the best choices with executive compensation, taxes, and lifestyle — our show delivers stories and lessons learned across many industries and lifetimes.

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