TGM Classic | Michael Caito | Mastering The CEO Skillset: Overcoming Challenges And Staying Ahead

In this episode, Darius and Michael discuss what it takes to be a good CEO and what are the challenges that come with the job. Michael also reveals how having a business coach has helped him become the leader that he is right now. 

In this episode, Michael and I talked about:

  • What Mike did to become a better CEO of Restaurants on the Run
  • The power of focus in running a business
  • The benefits of having a business coach
  • The six mistakes that companies need to get right
  • Mike shares the story behind buying MAP in 2017
  • And other topics…

Meet Michael:

Michael Caito’s entrepreneurial career began in the early 1990s when he co-founded Restaurants on the Run with $6,000. Over two decades, he grew the company to operate in 10 markets with 600 employees and $40 million in revenue, achieving a valuation of 12 times EBITDA upon its 2015 sale. Michael attributes much of this success to his innovative use of the MAP Management SystemTM. In a full-circle move, he purchased MAP in December 2017. A longtime member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and former Global Chairman, Michael is also active in the Young Presidents’ Organization, shaping the entrepreneurial landscape globally.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at

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My team and I are on a mission to help YOU create a cultural revolution. I want to teach you how to build a core value driven organization. 


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