The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership: Earned Ownership with Daniel Goldstein

Welcome to another nugget-packed episode of the Nuts and Bolts of Leadership Podcast with our hosts, Billy Duren and Hali Gibson. Today, Daniel Goldstein, retired CEO and President of Folience, and an executive leader and experienced board member, joins us on the show.

 As an established leader in the ESOP community, Daniel shares his story of overseeing the transition from a media company to a holding company and acquiring an emergency vehicle manufacturer as part of building the Folience portfolio. He delves into the realities of employee ownership and the idea that shares are not free but earned with employees’ ideas, talents, dedication, and service. He also explores the need to embrace employee ownership in all shapes and sizes. Later in the episode, we discuss how Daniel is advocating for employee ownership globally and how companies are now embracing the spirit of employee ownership.

Throughout the episode, we dive into nuggets of leadership wisdom, from ideas like “plan your work and work your plan” to “luxury is how I spend my time.” We discuss what it means to invest in employees to help them feel welcome, respected, and heard, and what it means to empower employees to have a license to act. Daniel also advises executive-level leaders that while your title is often a part of your identity, it does not need to define you entirely. CEOs may always have “CEO” tattooed on their foreheads, but it is what you do with your leadership identity that makes the impact.

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Discover the books and leaders mentioned in this episode: The Motive by Patrick Lencioni


The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership Podcast

What does it mean to be a leader? Why does learning about leadership matter? How can we become servant leaders? The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership Podcast drills into the foundations of leadership for both the emerging and established leader. Billy Duren and Hali Gibson bring in dynamic leaders each week to discuss what being a lifelong learner and people developer really looks like. Join us as we bring you proven leaders who want to serve you with their story, as well as teaching us how to grow as leaders. We will be mining for the nuggets of wisdom from these dynamic leaders from throughout the country.

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Threaded Fasteners, Inc

Threaded Fasteners Inc. (TFI) is a 100% employee-owned business that specializes in the manufacturing, custom packaging, and distribution of steel fasteners. With over 270 dedicated employee owners, TFI maintains over $14 million worth of inventory across 16 locations, to meet the global needs of customers from industries including electrical utilities, chemical and electrical, commercial marine construction, steel fabricators, metal building manufacturers and Department of Transportation (DOT) fabricators. More information about TFI can be found on its website at or through social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


For more information, please contact Hali Gibson at 251-432-0161 or visit:

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