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Podcast Interview with T.W. Shannon

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In this episode of the I AM CEO podcast, host Gresham Harkless interviews T.W. Shannon, the CEO of Chickasaw Community Bank, a unique bank wholly owned by the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma City. T.W. shares his insights on leadership, entrepreneurship, and the challenges of running a successful enterprise.

Throughout the interview, T.W. emphasizes the importance of treating people fairly and inspiring them to do their absolute best. He also discusses the unique mission and structure of Chickasaw Community Bank, which focuses on serving the needs of the local community and supporting economic development.

T.W. shares his CEO hacks and nuggets, which include staying flexible and being open to new ideas and opportunities. He defines being a CEO as fulfilling the vision of the company and inspiring people to do their best.

Overall, the episode provides valuable insights into the importance of leadership and community engagement in running a successful enterprise. T.W.'s experience and expertise in the field make this episode a must-listen for anyone interested in entrepreneurship and business leadership.

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T.W. Shannon Teaser 00:00

Being CEO means that you're the chief executive whose sole purpose is to fulfill the mission of the bank. But to set vision and to hold people accountable to that vision by inspiring them every day to do their absolute best.

Intro 00:18

Are you ready to hear business stories and learn effective ways to build relationships, generate sales, and level up your business from awesome CEOs, entrepreneurs and founders. Without listening to a long, long, long interview?

If so, You've come to the right place. Gresh values your time and is ready to share with you the valuable info you're in search of.

This is the I AM CEO podcast.

Gresham Harkless 00:45

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, topics, or as I like to call them, business pillars that we think are going to be extremely impactful for CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business owners. Or what I like to call the CB Nation architects, those that are looking to level up their organizations.

This month we are focusing on knowing thy numbers. I could hear the phrases from Mr. Wonderful on Shark Tank, and if you understand or don't understand exactly what numbers is, think finance, economics, accounting, capital, investment, funding, bootstrapping, anything that's around numbers. We have to understand how important it is to know your numbers and how important that is for you to forecast, make decisions, and to be able to truly strategize around your business and do that successfully.

So things are gonna be a little bit different obviously, this month. So look for CEO hacks and CEO nuggets and interviews that focus around this. But more than everything else, make sure that you know your numbers because they're extremely important to the life of your business.

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Gresham Harkless 02:01

Hello, hello, hello, this is Gresh from the IAM CEO podcast. I have a very special guest on the show today. I have T.W. Shannon of Chickasaw Community Bank. T.W. it's awesome to have you on the show.

T.W. Shannon 02:10

Hi, thank you Gresh. Honored to be here.

Gresham Harkless 02:13

Definitely super excited to have you on and for all the phenomenal things that you're doing. Before we jump into the interview, I want to read a little bit more about TW so you can hear about all of those awesome things. T.W. is an accomplished leader with a diverse experience in business, public service, and community engagement.

Today he leads one of the most unique banks in the country. As the CEO of Chickasaw Community Bank based in Oklahoma City, he leads a remarkably successful enterprise that is wholly owned by the Chickasaw Nation. Under his leadership, Chickasaw Community Bank completed the year 2020 at a record six-fold projections and prior to his tenure at the bank, T.W made history by becoming the youngest speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives as well as being the first Chickasaw in first African-American to hold the host.

T.W, great to have you on the show. Are you ready to speak to the I AM CEO community?

T.W. Shannon 03:01

Man, I'm honored to be here. I appreciate what you doing, highlighting, the great things that happen. Honored for having me as a guest.

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