The fastest train in the world is China’s CRH380A, which propels its passengers at a cruise speed of 217 miles per hour. While the train carries its 480 travelers, the countryside becomes a blur. Houses and fields are nondescript as town after town falls away into the distance.
Rodney Steven II, the owner of Genesis Health Clubs, can relate. Sometimes, he too feels as if he’s charging full-speed ahead, making it difficult to focus on the here and now. “Time goes by so fast,” he said. “I feel like my job right now is to do the best I can to slow down the years, slow down the months and slow down each day. It’s been something I’ve been preaching to myself and my teams.”
Anyone may feel a need to focus on the here and now after doubling the size of their company in just a few short years. In 2011, Genesis Health Clubs boasted 10 locations within a 300-mile radius of Wichita, Kansas. Through a number of key acquisitions and build-outs, it has since grown to 18 clubs in Kansas and three in Missouri, bringing the total to 21 locations.
According to Steven, growth was planned, just not necessarily this fast. “There were a lot of builds that I had in the works that just kind of happened right in a row,” he explained. “Sometimes you work in acquisition for years. There were two or three acquisitions I had been working on, and they all just came to a head at the same time. I think there was an eight-month period where we had eight new clubs. It all just happened pop, pop, pop.”
Growing at that rate, even the most level-headed of executives may feel as if their head was spinning. To keep focused when his business is so busy, Steven draws on lessons learned during his childhood.
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