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#17: Reengaging Disengaged Leaders

Discover strategies to reengage disengaged leaders. In this episode, we’re taking a workshop-style approach to tackle the issue of disengaged leaders head-on. From identifying common reasons behind declining participation to offering actionable strategies for reengagement, we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s addressing managerial burnout, navigating the Peter Principle, fostering a

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#16: Q&A: Compliance Risk, Finding Employment, & Feeling Held Back

Listener Submitted Q&A: Compliance Risk, Finding Employment, and Feeling Held Back. In this episode, Megan Long, your host and owner of Second First, dives into the second quarterly Q&A of 2024. Each quarter, we address pressing questions submitted by our listeners. From navigating regulatory challenges to strategizing career moves, we

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#15: Going Dark: Why We Ghost Our Boss

Understanding the Impact of Going Dark on Your CEO. In this episode, we're pulling back the curtain on a common but often unspoken habit: the tendency for COOs and executives to disconnect from (or “ghost”) our CEOs. We know firsthand the challenges of navigating the fast-paced, world of reporting to

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#14: Financial Moves to Impress Your CEO

Financial Strategies to Impress Your CEO and Contribute to Your Company's Bottom Line. In this episode we dive into some profit-adding financial moves that a Second-In-Command can make, even if they're not a CFO. Together we cover identifying and eliminating waste, renegotiating vendor contracts, and addressing revenue leakage. These strategies

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#13: Avoid Burnout: The 7 Types of Rest

Navigating Burnout: Strategies for COOs and Second-in-Commands. In this insightful episode, we delve into the critical topic of avoiding burnout in the demanding role of a Second-In-Command. As COOs, our responsibilities often overwhelm us, leading to physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. Host Megan Long shares her personal experiences with burnout

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#12: You Are Who You Spend Time With

The Power of Proximity in Habits & Success. Inspired by a favorite read, “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, we discuss the impact of our social environment on our habits and success: the close, the many, and the powerful. Clear discusses how we tend to mirror the habits of those around

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