CXO Conversation Podcast

Grant Stanis

From Ambition to CEO: The Role of Resilience in Leadership with Grant Stanis

In this episode of “CXO Conversations,” host Michael Mitchel converses with Grant Stanis, a seasoned CEO known for his strategic leadership and transformative impact on businesses. Stanis shares his early ambitions of becoming a CEO, a dream cultivated from his first student council campaign in elementary school. Influenced by his parents and mentors, he developed a leadership style that focuses on overseeing various aspects of an organization and bringing them together cohesively.

Stanis highlights the multifaceted role of a CEO, finding satisfaction in transforming companies and witnessing the growth of teams and individuals. He discusses the significance of resilience, learning from mistakes, and understanding beyond one’s immediate role, which has shaped his approach to executive leadership.

Grant and Michael also delve into the challenges of turning around struggling companies. Grant emphasizes discipline and execution in business, sharing insights into creating scalable, repeatable processes to drive growth, and also touches on the importance of a positive mindset and self-affirmation in leadership, acknowledging the fine line between self-confidence and egotism.

Stanis offers advice to aspiring leaders, underscoring the importance of resilience, discipline, and the ability to adapt and grow throughout one’s career. His journey from CFO to CEO illustrates the power of mentorship, continuous learning, and the strategic placement of people within an organization. Join us for this inspiring episode as Grant Stanis shares his invaluable experiences and insights on effective leadership.


  • ๐ŸŽฏ Grant Stanis’ Leadership Ambition (00:01:42)
  • ๐ŸŒฟ CEO Growth and Team Evolution (00:03:04)
  • ๐Ÿงญ Mentorship in CEO Journey (00:05:08)
  • ๐Ÿ”„ Business Resilience (00:07:56)
  • ๐ŸŒ From CFO to CEO: Learning Journey (00:10:14)
  • โœจ Embracing Risks for Success (00:14:06)
  • ๐Ÿ’ช Leadership Resilience (00:17:47)
  • ๐ŸŒž Positive Leadership Approach (00:19:30)
  • ๐Ÿ“š Lessons from Each Role (00:20:10)
  • ๐Ÿ”‘ Consistency and Discipline (00:22:33)
  • ๐Ÿค” Resilient Executive Leadership (00:24:09)
  • ๐Ÿ“ˆ Discipline in Business Success (00:25:36)
  • ๐Ÿ‘ฅ Right People, Right Roles (00:27:45)
  • ๐ŸŒŸ Positive Resilience in Leadership (00:29:07)
  • ๐ŸŒฑ Young Executives: Resilience Key (00:32:28)
  • ๐Ÿ‘ Closing Remarks (00:33:49)


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In this episode of "CXO Conversations," host Michael Mitchel welcomes Grant Stanis, a dynamic CEO renowned for his resilience and strategic acumen in the corporate world. Stanis shares his compelling journey from his first student council campaign to the helm of major corporations, revealing the pivotal role of resilience in climbing the corporate ladder.