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Greg WeitzmanGreg Weitzman is a seasoned entrepreneur and business consultant specializing in the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS). With a background in business banking and financial strategy coaching for small to midsize companies, Greg transitioned into entrepreneurship and leadership. He co-founded Flexability LLC, which focuses on enhancing workplace culture, optimizing talent, and fostering inclusion. In his role at Flexability, Greg implements EOS to assist other entrepreneurs in clarifying their visions, enhancing accountability, and promoting organizational health.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [2:09] Greg Weitzman shares how his diverse experiences shaped his leadership style and professional philosophy
  • [6:19] Greg discusses his transition from banking to becoming an EOS implementer
  • [11:57] How adaptability has been crucial in Greg’s career and personal development
  • [14:20] Why Greg developed a strong commitment to workplace inclusivity and support for people with disabilities
  • [20:34] How implementing EOS principles can drive business growth, enhance accountability, and improve organizational health

In this episode…

How does a journey filled with musical aspirations and international moves shape a visionary leader in the business world? Can such diverse experiences contribute to a unique leadership style that not only propels companies forward but also champions inclusivity and support for people with disabilities?

According to Greg Weitzman, a seasoned EOS implementer with a rich background in both the arts and corporate sectors, his eclectic journey has deeply influenced his professional and personal philosophy. He explains how his experiences, from a childhood filled with international relocations to pursuing a music career, have all converged to shape his approach to business leadership. Greg highlights the importance of adaptability and empathy — qualities that have made him a strong advocate for inclusivity in the workplace. These insights reveal how diverse life experiences can uniquely equip someone to drive meaningful change in business environments.

In this episode of the Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast, host John Corcoran talks with Greg Weitzman about transforming personal challenges into professional opportunities. They talk about Greg’s transition from music to banking to EOS, his approach to integrating EOS principles to foster business growth and inclusivity, and his personal commitment to supporting people with disabilities in the workplace.

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Episode Transcript

Intro 0:03

Welcome to the Rising Entrepreneurs Podcast where we feature top founders and entrepreneurs and their journey. Now let’s get started with the show.

John Corcoran 0:13

Alright, welcome everyone. John Corcoran here. I’m one of the Co-hosts of this show. And you know, every week we get to talk to smart CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs of all kinds of different companies, that array of different companies on here and you can check out the archives to see all the different episodes that we’ve had on there. And of course, this episode brought to you by EO San Francisco. EO San Francisco is the local chapter in the San Francisco Bay area of Entrepreneurs Organization, which is a global peer to peer network of more than 18,000 individual business owners across 200 chapters 60 plus countries. So if you’re the founder, co founder owner or controlling shareholder of a company that generates over a million dollars a year in revenue, and you want to connect with other like minded, successful entrepreneurs, eo is the right fit for you. And of course, we do that here in the Bay Area. EOSF chapter was founded in 1991. Today has over 120 members in all kinds of different industries. To learn more about it, you can go join us for a test drive, you can go to eo to learn more about everything that we do. And of course, I am the co founder and I’m a volunteer member of the Board of Directors for EOS, San Francisco, co founder Rise25, which is a b2b podcast company. And my guests here today is Greg Weitzman, he is a certified EOS implementer has a long background with EOS, which is based on the book Traction by Gina Whitman, which is over my shoulder at all times. Keep it close by. It’s a wonderful book. And it’s a great system and process and operating system for businesses. Of course, we’re gonna get into that whole background. But Greg, pleasure to have you here and I love to start people off to know a little bit more about them what they were like as a kid. You moved a lot as a kid. I didn’t move as much as you I moved a couple of times significantly across the country. I thought it was a big, it was a big deal for me for my upbringing, but you 19 times in your life you’ve moved cluding abroad Belgium, Hungary, and you started a business it was like an early DoorDash in Belgium let’s hear about that.

Greg Weitzman 2:09

John, thanks for having me. It’s great to be here. I Yeah. As a kid, I moved around quite a bit. My dad’s work. People was asking, were you an army brat or what happened? But I was a corporate brat, my dad worked for Citigroup at the time and said rolls across the tickets across the world. So I lived in Belgium and in Budapest, Hungary when I was young, and I like to say my entrepreneurship journey started there in Belgium, I was a kid out on the school playground, and I was telling my classmates, hey, I’m willing to walk across the quad to go get some snacks for us, you know, and I’ll take your money. And if you’re willing to give me you know, 10 cents a quarter, I’ll bring back your snacks and I’ll take my cut. And so I would and I’d walk home, I come home from school, my mom would look at me and she’d say, How did you get all these coins? Like where are these come from? So I guess I had the entrepreneurship itch when I was young at that time.

John Corcoran 3:09

And then they also lit a fire under you and said that you want to buy it when your list a little bit older, as imagine around 16 or something. If you want a car, you need to raise the money yourself to get it. And tell us how you did that.

Greg Weitzman 3:22

Yeah, so I grew up playing piano. It’s always been a big passion of mine. I actually went to school on a piano scholarship that I was going to write music for movies. And obviously my life went a different path. But my parents told me that if I wanted to get my first car that I had to contribute, you know, at least 75% of the money to help purchase it. So I use that piano talent and I decided that I was going to find a local studio. This was here in the Bay Area in Lafayette that would be willing to help produce the CD for high school kid I would pay them back the money kind of through the CD sales and ended up raising about 10,000 bucks through selling the CD different places at the school. Even a little bit of Tower Records. They will raise enough money to help buy my first car.

John Corcoran 4:14

For all you young kids listening to this Tower Records was a place where people sold music in a physical location. I know it sounds crazy today, but that’s the way it used to be done. Tower Records is the place to go. I remember going there as a kid and getting concert tickets and how fun it was to go through look through all the albums, new albums and stuff like that. One question 19 moves Did you bring a piano with you through each of those moves? Or did you have a keyboard? What did you do?

Greg Weitzman 4:41

Um, I most of the moves when I was a kid, I have this baby grand piano that kind of traveled with us and it took up probably too much space but I loved it and my parents loved you know, enjoyed that I was playing it. So that came with us and then when we Were when I went off to school to college different things. I just had a keyboard. And I had a keyboard. But fun fact, I, my parents had called me and this was probably five years ago and they said, we’re getting rid of this thing. And I said, Don’t do that. i It’s my childhood piano, I need it. I want it. So I ended up convincing them to send it to me instead. And I did it.

John Corcoran 5:23

That’s great. I took piano lessons when I was a kid from the wife of Don Gardner. Don Gardner wrote the song All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth is kind of like his, his pride and joy. And they had like five pianos in their living room and would do piano lessons all time. So it was really cool. So you, you make money off of this. You go to school on a piano scholarship, but you found yourself kind of slaving away one day in the dungeon of some building, playing piano and had to ask yourself, Is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?

Greg Weitzman 6:01

Yeah, I was sitting I call it the dungeon, like you said, it’s a small box with which has just enough room for you and the piano. And I would spend hours in there practice in a way. And I was asking myself is this all I want to do with my life? 110% and I like too many other things. I enjoyed business. I was curious about psychology and sociology. And so I ended up deciding not to continue that went into psychology and found my way after I graduated in some way following following my dad and went into banking. And so very, everyone’s, Oh, you went to school for music? That’s great. And then you became a banker?

John Corcoran 6:44

I’m just a vague, do people outwardly accuse you of being a sellout to your face? Or in the tone of the way they ask about?

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