WOLF OF LOCK STREET
by Wolfgang Guembel
A podcast for teachers, entrepreneurs, and people who take the high road when no one is looking.
This is a project that I wanted to try so I can share different lessons I’ve learned as a teacher, entrepreneur and professional triathlete.
I sailed the Laser class on the Ontario Jr. Sailing Team before attending the University of Waterloo to study environmental engineering. At Nipissing University I became an Ontario Certified Teacher in math and science, and then at the University of Western Ontario I completed a masters of education in leadership and public policy.
During my masters I turned professional in long-distance Ironman triathlon and spent ten years racing, coaching, and motivational speaking around the world.
I retired from full-time racing in 2012 and opened a triathlon store and endurance events company with my wife Barb. We invested in a small commercial property and built a retail store that was fed by strong programming of clubs, clinics, and events.
In 2014 I founded Four Black Sheep Inc. a holding company to purchase two heritage buildings in Port Dalhousie Ontario. My business plan allowed me to secure the funding to restore these buildings that now host five strategic commercial tenants. These include Balzacs artisan coffee shop, our active lifestyle store Aktiv Life, KaiserHaus European bistro, and Lock Street Brewing Company.
In 2015 I founded Lock Street Brewing Company and used a strong model to bring in the investment and partners that I needed to make the project a reality.
Today as a teaching professor in the school of business at Niagara College and the managing partner of Lock Street Brewing Company I’d like to use this podcast as a way to connect with other leaders and entrepreneurs to learn from them, and for me to share with you what I myself have learned.
Here is where the idea starts:
In high school I was on the Ontario Jr. Sailing Team and while attending a talk by a skipper on the National team at the Canadian Olympic Regatta in Kingston I learned for the first time about the idea of sharing knowledge. Until that time, amongst my sailing peers, I had learned to acquire knowledge, tips and tricks and keep it to myself as a potential advantage. This skipper turned it all around and suggested that the best sailors in the World are always willing to share knowledge and information. In fact, it made you a better sailor when you were willing to teach others.
When I graduated from Waterloo I attended Nipissing to become a math and science teacher, and then went to Western to pursue a masters in education. I wanted to be a principal.
What I learned quickly in teaching is that often there were two kinds of veteran teachers. Those who held their lesson plans, rubrics, assignments, and notes to themselves, and those who were willing to give, share, and teach everything to their new teaching colleagues. The best teachers in the school were always the ones who were the most giving of their time and of their materials.
As I researched mentoring programs for new administrators for my masters, I discovered that principals who were willing to share all they knew with others, and who were not afraid to, and genuine interested in, asking for help were the most successful in their leadership positions. Those who tried to know and keep all the proprietary skills struggled more to create strong organizational cultures for their schools.
This trend continued as I became a business owner and when I started teaching at Niagara College. The best entrepreneurs and CEOs would share their insight if you were genuinely interested. The best professors at Niagara College are willing to share their slides, content, and lessons learned with a new teacher.
In the larger world of entrepreneurship and marketing the smartest minds are always sharing their content. Seth Godin (sethgodin.com), Terry O’Reilly (terryoreilly.ca), Simon Sinek (startwithwhy.com), and Gary Vaynerchuk (garyvaynerchuk.com), are all producing and sharing their ideas free of charge and in an easy to understand format.
This is all proof that execution is everything. The ideas and knowledge are out there. Those who are the best at what they do found a way to execute. This is why sharing is not risky. Sharing knowledge makes you a better teacher, better leader, better parent, and better entrepreneur, and it’s your execution that gets the win.
Today as a father, husband, teachers, and entrepreneur I’d like to use The Wolf of Lock Street podcast to share what I’ve personally learned. It’s also the perfect media to interview other greats who are willing to teach us what they know.
Enjoy… then execute!