Ross Group Consulting, LLC provides training, leadership and management development course and curriculum, as well as trainer deployment and project management services.

Guest Dawn Mitchell, of the The Corporate Couch, and I chat with Ross Group Consulting LLC founder Todd Ross about Barry Manilow, leadership, education and church.  Plus advise for managing children when you run a home-based business.

Leadership Learned in Desert Storm

Todd Ross

Todd Ross, Ross Group Consulting LLC

Favorite Song?
Copacabana

Favorite Color?
Blue/yellow

Favorite Super hero?
Ironman

Fast food or home cooked meal?
Home cooked

What is your biggest quirk?
Being on time

What is the one thing that annoys you the most?
Deceit

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Thank God for another chance to make a difference

Where would you go if you were invisible?
Follow my daughter around and keep her from jerks

What’s your motto?
Go out on a limb, that’s where the fruit is

Why did you choose to start your business – do what you do?
I wanted to make a solid impact on the training and development industry. Most trainers are cheerleaders, not actual trainers.

Who inspires you?
John Maxwell

What makes you different from other people in your industry?
My passion for humor in class and my ability to ensure learning actually takes place

Why should someone purchase from you instead of your competition?
My processes and best practices will make your people beg to have me back again and again

What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Basic training

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I gave my captain a really bad haircut in Desert Storm

What is your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Getting larger organizations to realize the ROI on their training

What will it take to overcome your biggest challenge or obstacle?
Continued exposure and word of mouth

What are some of your favorite books?
7 Habits of Highly Effective People, anything John Maxwell

Define your style?
Very bold and brief, but with tons and tons of humor

Tell me about your typical day.
My typical day is spent creating course materials, conferring with clients and researching different methodologies

How do you juggle work and family?
I’m really a work-a-holic, my family supports that

Three tips you would like to give to people who are thinking about starting a business in your industry?
1. Make sure you can do what you say you can do
2. Make sure what you’re doing is effective, for both your participants and the company
3. Be prepared to support yourself for at least 2 years until you build your client list

What’s the best way to market your particular business?
Word of mouth

How have you grown as a person since starting your company?
Absolutely.  I’ve had to improve my communication skills, listening abilities, time management skill sets and so on

If you could travel back in time and speak to your 18 year old self, what would you say?
Start NOW

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Commanding 5 figures for speaking engagements internationally

For whom are you thankful? Who do you appreciate?
My mom is the reason for who I am today

What else would you like to add?
God, always God!!

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