134: Jonathan David Lewis: Our growth stopped. We went backwards.

//134: Jonathan David Lewis: Our growth stopped. We went backwards.

134: Jonathan David Lewis: Our growth stopped. We went backwards.

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Jonathan David Lewis and his company made the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list. And as soon as they made the list, their growth stopped. They went backwards. Over the next three years they experienced almost 98% client turnover. But there was something valuable that came from it that allowed them to get over the hump.

Jonathan was raised on the Makah Indian Reservation with his older sister Christina in Neah Bay, Washington, where he watched his mother and father pastor a small mission church while substitute teaching and working as EMTs to make ends meet.

As a child Jonathan was a fearful child who turned to comedy. He was considered the class clown.

He would learn to draw from his formative experience in Neah Bay as he moved to New Mexico and worked his way up from an unpaid internship to ownership at nationally recognized marketing firm McKee Wallwork + Company.

Jonathan honed his skills as a branding and business strategist during the lean years of the Great Recession, helping brands navigate today’s unforgiving new business paradigms.

Jonathan’s opinions are highly sought by numerous business and marketing publications, including Forbes, Digiday, and Advertising Age, where he explores the factors that lead to stalled growth and the principles proven to help companies navigate the ambiguities and dangers of the brand wilderness.

As partner and strategy director at McKee Wallwork + Company, Jonathan led his firm to be recognized by industry purveyor Advertising Age as a national leader in branding and marketing, winning the Southwest Small Agency of the Year, national B2B Campaign of the Year, and national Best Places to Work awards

Jonathan currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife Kellie and three children, Berkley, James, and Hazelyn where he hopes to leave a legacy of love, truth-seeking, and resilience in the face of change.

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“All of us react to disruption in one of three ways.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet

“90% of us are not prepared for unexpected challenges in our business.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“There’s seven factors that affect growth in business.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“If we try to reduce risk and uncertainty before taking an action, we’ll go nuts.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“Learning to operate within a higher level of uncertainty is required for success.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“You can’t plan for every eventuality.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“There’s not enough resource in the world to prepare for it all.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“Four of the seven statistically significant factors that affect growth are internal.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“You have to have the internal stuff in shape before you can change the world.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“Our job today isn’t to reduce uncertainly or risk anymore.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“You have to get comfortable with uncertainly, it’s fundamental for all of our jobs.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“We have to learn how to operate with a lot of uncomfortable risk.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“You need to define your target very narrowly.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“When things are bad is when you need to market and invest in R&D.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“If you feel lost, the first thing you need to do is define your short-term goal.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“Morale is everything when you’re in the wilderness.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“Fundamentally, can companies disrupt themselves from within?” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“All of the great brands and leaders have some level of humility.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“Pride kills in the wilderness.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“Throughout every solution, there has to be an ounce of humility.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“I want my work and life to have meaning.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“I’m making my mistakes, but hopefully I’m learning from them.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“It’s really hard to be creative if the fundamentals of your life are out of whack.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“As a leader, you have to know when to say no.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

“Consistency and patience will get you so much farther.” -Jonathan David Lewis Click To Tweet 

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Jonathan David Lewis and his company made the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list. And as soon as they made the list, their growth stopped. They went backwards. Over the next three years they experienced almost 98% client turnover. But there was something valuable that came from it that allowed them to get over the hump.

Advice for others

Slow down. Patience and consistency will get you so much farther.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

Insecurity

Best Leadership Advice

To say no.

Secret to Success

Consistency

Best tools that helps in Business or Life

My time by myself.

Recommended Reading

Brand vs. Wild: Building Resilient Brands for Harsh Business Environments

Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty

Contacting Jonathan David Lewis

email: jlewis@mwcmail.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanlewis11/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JonathanD_Lewis

Resources and Show Mentions

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