Joe and Lucy, owners and founders of Little Sprouts in Wisconsin, have an intentionality in everything they do, whether it’s their international flavor, their passion for staying mindful for eco-consciousness, or how they develop their team to show consistent leadership and cohesive culture. They talk with Kris today about working together successfully as a married couple, challenges they have faced and overcome as entrepreneurs, and what’s next on the horizon for their team.

Pop over to the Podcast to Hear These Key Takeaways:

Leading up to building their center, Joe and Lucy were putting in 18-hour days themselves making sure the foundation and structure were set in place.

Joe and Lucy have always seen a slow and steady growth in their schools, which gives them ample space and time to re-adjust and strategize how to get things even better.

Joe and Lucy’s purpose of building people up so they can serve others provides a solid reason for their “why.” From that, they developed a vision of exactly what their culture means to them and started integrating it into everything they did.

Finding a balance between work and personal life is certainly tough but Joe and Lucy intentionally make it a priority to put their marriage first. They went on a marriage retreat a few months ago and found it very beneficial to unplug and spend quality time together. Trust in decision-making and clear boundaries are two critical components of any successful team, especially a married one.

Joe enjoys building operations and procedures, while Lucy enjoys doing bookkeeping, tax, and payroll.

Joining a Mastermind group has turned up the heat on Joe and Lucy’s confidence, passion, and belief in themselves. Supporting yourself with others helps you find resources you may never have thought possible, and brings solutions that would be tough to tackle on your own.

The Four C’s that Kris learned from Dan Sullivan: Commitment, Courage, Capability, and Confidence. Rinse and repeat!

Balancing the big-picture vision with the day-to-day details is a very common challenge, and one Joe and Lucy work on daily. Communication is key; strategic planning and finding a great coach or mentor are all ways to stay on track.

Joe and Lucy define a rockstar as someone that pushes ahead with the trials we are faced with while making a difference for the better.