Arete Network

Be Exceptional - "Invest" in your people...

Gary Baker

Nearly two years ago, we set out to discover what it means to “be exceptional” in life and in business. We wanted to identify what it takes to have an exceptional life and/or lead an exceptional company. We met with 100’s of people and companies that we believed were truly exceptional because they stood out among the crowd, people were drawn to them, they wanted to be a part of their mission, organization or company.

Through 1,000’s of conversations, we discovered, at least from our perspective, what it means to be exceptional. The formula is quite simple, it can be summarized into two key elements, the first is a commitment and aspiration to become the best version of yourself by having a mindset for continuous improvement in life and/or in business. The second element, is a desire and focus on helping others become the best they can be in life, personally and professionally.

Simply put, exceptional people and companies strive to be the best they can be. They choose to be a catalyst to others, empowering them to become the best they can be in life and in business.

 As the leadership team at Barry Wehmiller puts it, “Build Great People and Watch Them Do Extraordinary Things.”

Exceptional people and companies are “people centric” and/or “client centric”, they put the needs of others, their employees and their customers at the core of what they do.

As a leader, you have a choice, you can lead by inspiring your team to dream or you can lead by leveraging their fears against them. Great leaders invest in their people early in their careers. Holding off on investing in your people is like saying, “I will start saving closer to retirement.” You and your company will never realize the compounding effects of your investment.

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing and “investing” in others.

Are you interested in learning how being “People Centric” can change the trajectory of your life and your business?

Join us on April 12th to discover the “purpose” behind designing an exceptional life, family and company. We will provide the framework to take you from “Being Good” to “Being Exceptional” in all aspects of life and business.  We have some exceptional people joining us this day, join to us to connect and become a part of our “Exceptional Company” launch in St. Louis. Register by clicking here or going to and search for “Be Exceptional Project”.