Chris Hallberg one of Inc. magazine’s Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts (#9) and has been taking big risks, and getting outside of his comfort zone his entire life. He joined the Army National Guard Military Police at 17, was an officer at a Maximum-Security prison at 20. By the ripe age of 23, he was a Sergeant in both organizations leading other officers and soldiers in dynamic and challenging environments.
Chris left service in 1999 as a Staff Sergeant in the 34th Military Police Company based in Rosemount MN where he served as the 5th Platoon 3rd Squad Leader. Chris Performed military law enforcement duties in Panama, Guatemala, Germany, and several other locations stateside. His full-time duty was as a Corrections Officer, then Corrections Sergeant for the MN. Dept. Of Corrections first at the maximum-security prison, then at a medium-security facility. At the DOC Chris was also a staff instructor and a Gang Task Force member.
In 1997 Chris moved to county Law Enforcement where he worked in two large city Jails for the Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy. After 9 Yrs. serving in uniform, he began his career in sales and marketing, and quickly became the #1 producing Sales Representative at a remodeling company. Chris then leveraged all of his leadership experience and training and then led several outside sales teams to success. As Sales Manager, he took a $3M Remodeling company and helped them grow to $8M in 3 years, and then as VP of Sales took a $9M Restoration company and led them to $20M in revenue in just 1 year. After two years over $20M in revenue the company was successfully sold to a private equity group.
Chris then started his own energy-efficient remodeling business in 2009 at the onset of the “great recession” and despite difficult market conditions he quickly scaled the business to $2M in sales and sold the company after two years of profitable operations.
After selling his business Chris started to help other entrepreneurs with their businesses. While coaching several entrepreneurs, he noticed that the majority of business owners were basically just “making it up every day,” so he looked for a solution to help them. In early 2014, he found EOS® or the Entrepreneurial Operating System® and became one of 50 (Now over 200) Certified EOS Implementers nationally. Since the military is very system-oriented, this business operating system coupled with Chris’ high energy military leadership approach proved to be a winning combination. Today, he helps companies successfully turn-around their businesses by adding significant capabilities to already successful ventures.
Chris has successfully leveraged his time serving in uniform with all of his business experience to blend both worlds together as “The Business Sergeant.” His first book titled, “The Business Sergeants’ Field Manual, Military Grade Business Execution without all of the Yelling and Push-ups!” (www.bizsgt.com) has been named to the NFIB’s Best Business Books of 2017, and enjoys great reviews from readers for it’s practical, real-world scenarios, case studies and tools.
Chris teaches entrepreneurial leadership teams to adopt a more military mindset so that they stop accepting poor leadership and thereby generate greater accountability and more profitable results. He provides a fun, fast-paced learning environment that keeps his leadership teams highly engaged by teaching simple, practical tools that are proven to help you “Breakthrough the ceiling” and propel your company to new heights.
Chris lives in Denver Colorado with his wife of 22 years and their two sons.
What you will learn in this episode:
- Chris Hallberg’s military career and how he brought that leadership style into the business world
- The idea of inclusivity and diversity in EOS and team structure
- What is EOS and how can it be used to improve team function in the workplace
- The characteristics of ‘A players’ and how they fit on the team
- People, data, and measurable components of EOS and how they work
- The industries that Hallberg provides his services in
- Typical time frames for an EOS implementation and the 6 key components
- Types of companies that see the best results from EOS implementation
- Visionaries vs. Integrators and their strengths and weaknesses