November 30, 2021 Cory Carlson

How to build strong, responsible and humbler leaders | Podcast Interview with Joe Cavanaugh, CEO of YouthFrontiers 

In 2019, Joe’s company did 875 retreats.

In 2020, they did 4. 😳😳

To make matters worse, these retreats were their only revenue stream!

COVID and 2020 affected all of us differently, some worse than others.

Some pivoted, rebounded, or whatever word you want to use, better than others.

Joe Cavanaugh and his team at YouthFrontiers were decimated due to COVID, yet have pivoted in a way that will make them even stronger!

Plus Joe is very wise when it comes to marriage, parenting, and developing leaders.

There is a lot in this episode! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

In this episode, you’ll discover… 


  • Why humility is the single most important trait for leaders today — both at work and at home ([2:39]
  • The one question to ask yourself before walking to your home after work that neutralizes petty arguments before they happen ([5:45]
  • The “Simmer Down” secret for humanizing your business and attracting new customers and team members in droves ([6:29]
  • How developing your values and character can ease your anxiety and depression ([11:55]
  • Why trusting your feelings fills you with misery (and how to learn from your feelings without self-sabotaging) ([14:14]
  • The “Precious, Not Perfect” mindset tweak that helps you forgive yourself after making a boneheaded mistake ([20:41]
  • Why helping your kids avoid pain results in them developing a victim mindset and ungrateful attitude (even if it feels like the right thing to do) ([26:18])

Joe Cavanaugh’s Bio

Joe Cavanaugh is a nationally renowned speaker promoting timeless values and personal character to audiences of all ages and the Founder and CEO of Youth Frontiers.

Whether it is at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, a PTA luncheon, an educator conference or in a room filled with 200 teenagers, Joe loves to be in front of a crowd to share his passion for raising a generation of young people with good character.

Joe received his B.A. in humanities from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. He currently serves on board committees for Employee Strategies and Saint John’s University. He lives with his wife, Jane, and their daughter in Edina, Minnesota.

If you’d like to connect with Joe, you can email him at Or you can check out his website here.


More Resources

Are you crushing it at work but struggling at home? If you want to learn how to win at home, then go to my website, and download your free copy of “10 Ways To Win At Home.”


If you’re looking for a resource to help you with these times when your work is now in your home, check out my book Win At Home First on Amazon. Forbes Magazine rated it one of 7 books everyone on your team should read.

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Cory Carlson

Cory Carlson is passionate about connecting people to greater performance and more significant purpose. Cory's competency of extensive sales/marketing and team development mixed with character of helping people have greater impact allows him to transform businesses and their leadership. As the leader goes, so does the company...and home. Cory's professional experience includes being President of Sales for national contractor, interactions with private equity ownership, boardroom meetings, to sales call with sales personnel. Coaching experience ranges from one-on-ones with CEOs/Executives to team workshops/retreats. If looking for holistic growth, let's connect!