EP 380: Lead with love: In memoriam of Craig Barnes and the legacy he left behind with Drew McLellan
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With a heavy heart, I’m recording this week’s solocast to commemorate the life of a cherished and respected team member of AMI, Craig Barnes. I have known Craig for 25 years, and we became great friends and colleagues over our time together as fellow agency owners. I want to use this solocast as an opportunity to honor the legacy Craig left behind and share with you all some of the core values he taught me over our long time working together, the most important one being to lead with love.
Whether you were part of his family, community, colleague, or client, Craig always made sure that people knew he loved them. He was never afraid to shower others with love and celebrate their wins in life, no matter how big or small. He did everything in a big way, whether that was making a huge business decision or taking up a new hobby — and he wasn’t afraid to go after it with genuine, whole-hearted passion.
I’m heartbroken to be recording this episode. Still, I hope this allows everyone the chance to reflect on his incredible life and legacy and encapsulate everything that Craig taught us in the AMI community.
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- How Craig Barnes became a part of my life and the AMI community
- What we can learn from Craig’s life and professional life
- Keep evolving
- If you’re going to do it, do it big
- Strategy is critical
- There is no substitute for integrity
- The more you teach, the more you learn
- Lead with love