Alex Kowalski, CEO Proves the Power of the 80/20 Principle – Episode 39

Alex Kowalski is the CEO of Performance Complete Metal Solutions, a Little Chute, WI based contract manufacturer of metal assemblies and the CEO of Alta Exchange Group, a company that specializes in investment property sales strategies. He’s also a commercial real estate investor and a member of the Young President’s Organization. Alex was recruited to…

12 Minute CEO Lessons - I Ignored the Signs

12 Minute CEO Lessons – I Ignored the Signs – Episode 34.5

In this video episode Aleta Norris explores what went wrong when Mike "Ignored the Signs" during an acquisition, https://youtu.be/TsCe1TQRxws and how it helped him get a systematic process in place to acquire companies, instead of going on instinct and the notion of "We can fix it, we can fix anything." Aleta also chats with Mike…

Jerry Jendusa, How to Get Un-Stuck and Skyrocket your Business – Episode 34

Jerry Jendusa is the co-founder of STUCK Coaching and STUCK Fund 1 and, before that, the co-founder and CEO of EMTEQ a Wisconsin based aviation equipment manufacturing and engineering company he started in his basement, grew to more than 600 employees producing $100 Million in revenue and sold to a strategic acquirer in 2014.   After graduating…

12 Minute CEO Lessons – All Lessons Come with Pain – Episode 33.5

In this video episode Aleta Norris explores why Mike believes "All Lessons Come with Pain" and how it how it helps us get up, get going and kept moving on to achieve our goals and get over the pain that we experience along the way. Watch the video https://youtu.be/fLbNlS7_9Vg. Aleta also chats with Mike about…

Red Flags Entrepreneurs Can’t Ignore and Betrayal – Episode 28.5

In this 3rd video episode with Aleta Norris, co-founder of Living as a Leader, I share two stories about ignoring the signs of bad business deals and how I was betrayed by one of my earliest employees, and how it has changed my approach. (Watch here https://youtu.be/y4WdXOKdgzc ) In the first story you'll learn how…

Mark Grosskopf, Part 2 Lessons from Tech CEO on Launching Startups – Episode 27

In Part 2 with Mark Grosskopf, we learn how Mark experienced incredible growth launching his technology consulting company, New Resources, after he acquired it from his partners. We learn about the obstacles he overcame to help New Resources achieve incredible growth, why one of his first acquisitions was a software company, his inflection point to…

Success from Being Selfish and Liking My Grudges – Episode 25.5

In this video episode and podcast, I talk with Aleta Norris about two controversial topics that I firmly believe in, and have made me a better person and more effective leader because of it. ( Watch here https://youtu.be/hruF_CSF69Y ) First, I believe entrepreneurs need to be selfish, specifically with their time. As an entrepreneur, and…

George Satula, Building Leaders Who Build Companies – Episode 24

George Satula is a successful home construction entrepreneur, thought leader and Tec/Vistage Chair. George graduated from UW Milwaukee and started his career selling Koss Headphones in Michigan, followed by a short stint at Ross Labs, selling Similac baby formula. After being married to his wife, Wendy, George returned to Wisconsin and SBI Development Company, a…

We Hit a Milestone, Honoring Our Guests and What’s Next – Episode 21.5

Half of all podcasts have 14 or fewer episodes, and only 30% make it past the 21st episode. So in this 21st and half episode, we've gotten further than most podcasts, and we thank the amazing guests that joined us along the way. In this episode I give a quick shout-out to our guests of…

Welcome and What To Expect – Episode 1

How'd It Happen is an interview-based podcast hosted by me, Mike Malatesta, that explore the stories, the beliefs, the actions, and experiences of my guests, all of whom have achieved a high level of success in their lives. I like to define success as the value a person creates for others in the world. My…