Why it was selected for “CBNation Architects”: In episode IAM067 of the I AM CEO podcast, host Gresham Harkless interviews Mike Thakur, a social entrepreneur and CEO of The Work Lodge, a co-working space that aims to bring positive change to its members and the less fortunate in society.
Originally from the UK, Mike's background includes retail, B2B, non-profits, and even hostage negotiation. In the interview, Mike discusses his journey to becoming a social entrepreneur, the challenges he faced in starting The Work Lodge, and the importance of creating a positive and supportive community for entrepreneurs and small business owners. He also shares insights into effective leadership and offers advice for aspiring social entrepreneurs looking to make a difference in their communities.
Overall, the episode provides valuable insights into the world of social entrepreneurship and the mindset and strategies needed to succeed in this field.
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Mike Thakur Teaser 00:00
At the end of the day, we're not really a for-profit business. We created the business and the nonprofit at the same time, and so the work large for-profit funds the Gabriel Foundation nonprofit.
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Gresham Harkless 00:38
Hello, hello, hello. This is Gresh from the I AM CEO podcast and I appreciate you listening to this episode. If you've been listening this year, you know that we hit 1600 episodes at the beginning of this year. We're doing something a little bit different where we're repurposing our favorite episodes around certain categories or topics or as I like to call them, the business pillars that we think are going to be extremely impactful for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business owners, and what I like to call the CB nation architects who are looking to level up their organizations.
This month we are focused on our greatest asset, talent management and hiring. Think from great resignation to the great renovation. And if you disagree with me, maybe these episodes might be especially for you. Life and especially business has changed. It has forced those that are within organizations to look differently at talent, and how it's being managed. When we talk about change, think about it, we have to realize that business as usual is no longer here. And that's evident in attracting and retaining clients, but also in setting up people within organizations to succeed. Think onboarding, think DEI- diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. How it is working from home and even going back into the office.
Things are different in this month. We are going to explore these topics by featuring CEO hacks and CEO nuggets, but also interviews that focuses on these changes and how organizations can make sure they care for and attract the most valuable asset, their people. Sit back and enjoy this special episode of the I AM CEO podcast.
Hello, hello, hello. This is Gresh from the I AM CEO podcast, and I have a very special guest on the show today. I have Mike Thakur of The Work Lodge. Mike, it's awesome to have you on the show.
Mike Thakur 02:09
Hey, I appreciate the opportunity and I'm looking forward to it.
Gresham Harkless 02:12
Me too. I'm looking forward to hearing more about you. So first I wanted to introduce Mike so you can learn a little bit more about him and all the awesome things that he's doing.
Mike is originally from the UK. We're not sure if it was Brisket or JR Ewing that brought him here, but he got to Texas just as fast as he could. Retail, B2B, Non-profits, and Hostage Negotiation that's Mike's background. It isn't quite varied as the hairstyles he wears. He's bald. And sure he's a little workaholic, probably eats a little too much curry and mixes beer with Sprite. It's called a Shandy, but he eats sleeps and dreams about how he can change lives for the members of the Work Lodge and their businesses as well as less fortunate in society.
Mike, are you ready to speak to the I AM CEO community?
Mike Thakur 02:56