The Art of Preventing Stupid with Matthew Davis

I was instantly sold on talking to attorney Matthew Davis when he told me about his heavy metal band, Geriatric Steel. This conversation does not disappoint! We covered everything from how to weed out “energy vampires” to why you gotta walk in your employees’ shoes if you really want to lead. Plus we get into hiring horror stories, fixing foundational business problems, and why you gotta believe in your people’s dreams before anything else.

Can’t-Miss Moments from This Episode:

  • I almost spat coffee when Matthew talked about “mushroom treatment” practices: when attorneys feed people sh*t and keep them in the dark. Check out his philosophy on how we all can do better…
  • Hiring horror story: Matthew shares a harrowing tale of someone who not only couldn’t deliver on what they were hired for, but also stole. Here’s how it went down (and what you can learn to make your hiring smoother)…
  • Matthew reveals his “three circles” technique for spotting nightmare clients (and savings yourself a whole lotta heartache)…
  • I can’t sell what I don’t believe: I get raw about what made me finally leave my toxic corporate job and go all in on my own business…
  • There’s only ONE situation where it’s acceptable to lie to your boss or client. Do you know what it is?

I was vibing the whole time, and I think you’re gonna love Matt as much as I do. Listen now!

Matthew’s bio:

Matthew Neill Davis is an attorney and entrepreneur that led his solely owned firm, Davis Business Law, through over 1000% percent growth over six years, making it one of very rare law firms ever to make the Inc 5000 list. The firm currently has eight offices from Austin to Kansas City. Martindale Hubble recognized Davis with its prestigious AV rating as one of the Preeminent Attorneys in America for demonstrating the highest levels of skill and integrity.

With over twenty-five years of experience helping businesses leaders with their legal and entrepreneurial matters, Davis now teaches them how to deal with their vulnerabilities so they can capitalize on their opportunities through his firm’s proprietary Strong Protected Business System™️. He has presented his programs to prestigious business groups, such as the Inc 5000 Master’s Class and the Young Presidents’ Organization Global Forum. He also regularly appears on podcasts and in the media.

Inc Magazine published his first book “The Art of Preventing Stupid,” in 2019 and the follow up, “The Strong Protected Business” is slated for publication in 2023. He also shares his extensive knowledge as host through his podcasts “The Strong Protected Business” and “The Art of Preventing Stupid.

Davis is a graduate of Cornell College, the University of Oklahoma and Cornell University. Davis has extensive litigation and business representation experience. He has served as lead or co-counsel in litigation cases with recoveries in excess of $50 million dollars. He is a member of the Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas bar associations.

Matthew and his wife, Allison, have five children – three biological, one adopted from Russia and the youngest adopted from Ethiopia. When not working at one of the firm’s offices, they live in their hometown, Enid, Oklahoma, because as Davis says, “I love my three-minute commute.” He is also an accomplished guitarist currently leading the heavy metal band, Geriatric Steel, performing original hard rock songs for middle age and beyond with titles like “Get Off My Lawn” and “Teenaged Daughter.”!

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