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Friday, July 24, 2015

Speaking with the Founder of Godfather's Pizza -- Gallup Called to Coach: Willy Theisen -- S3E11

On a recent Called to Coach we spoke with the founder of Godfather's pizza and a world-renowned entrepreneur, Willy Theisen.

Gallup's goal is to have one billion people take the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment so they  know and understand their Strengths. That goal will only be reached by partnering with successful businessmen like Willy Theisen. Willy is first and foremost an entrepreneur. He began working in frontline jobs -- like being a fry cook -- with an astounding work ethic. He was willing to work weekends at a real estate job when no one else would. Willy said all good entrepreneurs pay attention to the "small stuff" and make sure that all details of a business are perfect.

In his mid-twenties, Willy was having difficulty selling a commercial space. So, he decided to buy the space himself and open a pizzeria, but he had to obtain funding. He approached a local bank for a loan and pitched his idea: he was going to make quality pizzas larger than his head and sell them at a reasonable price. The bank gave Willy a loan on one condition: every time the banker visited Godfather's Pizza, he wanted to see Willy working. Willy said this was the best advice ever because it forced him to work even harder and understand the business on a minute, day-to-day level. When Willy sold Godfather's Pizza in 2014, they had over 900 franchises all over the United States.

Even though Willy did not have access to Clifton StrengthsFinder and EP10 when he started Godfather's Pizza, he has learned a lot about himself from taking both assessments at age 69.  Willy's strengths that were identified through the Clifton StrengthsFinder were spot on. He felt that his strengths provided insight into how he worked as a person, as an entrepreneur and as a boss.

To hear more about Willy and his coaching experiences and expertise, watch the video above.

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Willy Theisen Has accomplished amazing feats in the restaurant business. He founded a national name brand in Godfather's Pizza that became the fastest growing pizza chain in America. He's been a successful innovator, franchisor and franchisee. He's opened thousands of restaurants across the country.
Willy's top five strengths: Futuristic | Strategic | Discipline | Maximizer | Self-Assurance

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