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130: Dr. Rob McCleland | Setting Strong Foundations and Building Great Partnerships
Episode 13013th September 2021 • The Success Finder Podcast • Brandon Straza
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Dr. Rob McCleland is the founder of Leader Tribe, Co-Founder of Streamlined Podcasts, and the Senior M&A Advisor of General Equity. He holds three degrees including a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and a Master’s Degree with an emphasis in personal leadership and has spoken at major global conferences and universities including as plenary speaker for the World Health Organization. He is very about helping fellow business owners understand how to proactively plan and execute the M & A process successfully and to see them receive optimal value at their time of exit. 


In today’s episodes, Dr. Rob gets into why we need to get into knowing how to build a good partnership, knowing how to find the right person and asking the right questions, and why you should only hire 9s and 10s. Check it out! 

[00:01 – 03:43] Opening Segment

  • I introduce our guest, Dr. Rob McCleland
  • Connect with our guest, see links below

[03:24 – 12:47] Clarity and Discernment as a Superpower 

  • Rob talks about his superpower: Clarity and Discernment 
  • Clarity gives you an idea of what to do first
  • Anxiety level goes down when you have clarity
  • You don’t go after the shiny object 
  • The importance of having a strong foundation
  • Deciding what’s important and what’s not 
  • How to avoid getting into bad partnerships
  • Ask: “Can I trust this person with my life?”
  • Work becomes fun when you trust each other 

[12:48 – 29:52] Dr. Rob and His Experience with Self-Education

  • How learning has changed for Dr. Rob over the years
  • Learning with the right person 
  • Knowing who to network with 
  • Being comfortable with being the bottom 5 in the room
  • Ask the questions and learn 
  • Dr. Rob’s mentors and masterminds
  • Being intentional about who you surround yourself with 
  • Seeking out who you need 
  • Looking for people who are 9s and 10s
  • What to expect when you invest in yourself and work with Andy
  • Leveling up and consistently getting better
  • Being connected with the right people 
  • Transfer of risk when it comes to masterminds and coaching
  • Not having to prove yourself to anyone
  • Provide actual results 

[29:53 – 40:54] What to Expect from Dr. Rob

  • How working with Dr. Rob looks like 
  • Trusting and making sure if it’s the right fit
  • “Robster Zone”: authentic, real, vulnerable 
  • A success story from people who worked with Dr. Rob
  • Listening and implementing
  • Helping clients have clarity in the business
  • Providing a lasting impact

[40:55 – 55:52] Closing Segment

  • A key ingredient to build Dr. Rob’s success
  • Making a decision and taking risks
  • Exciting things in store for Dr. Rob
  • Actionable Items/Tips from Dr. Rob
  • Choose the time and place and do your thing
  • Final words

Tweetable Quotes:

“When you trust each other, it's fun. You get to have to go through that discovery process.” - Dr. Rob McCleland

“When you have outstanding people, you don't need as many people.” - Dr. Rob McCleland

“You work with winners, and it's a game changer.” - Dr. Rob McCleland

Connect with Dr. Rob on Facebook or LinkedIn. You can also check out his website at and reach him through his email

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You can connect with me, Brandon Straza, on LinkedIn, Instagram, or send me an email at I’d love to get in touch and talk more about personal development and how you can live past beyond your limits.