Confident Leadership & A Strong Marriage with Rick and Nancy Kodama

The story this week starts with pizza, so you know it’s going to be a good one! Kris welcomes Rick and Nancy Kodama from Kid’s World Learning Center. Rick and Nancy are a husband-and-wife team based near Houston, Texas. They share some great tips on having a business together as a married couple for over three decades. They chat with Kris about their journey from owning Domino’s Pizza franchises to transitioning into early childhood education and give perspective on how having four sons affected their overall managing style and work-life balance. They also talk about how joining the Child Care Success Academy impacted Nancy’s leadership growth and confidence in running their school.

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Here Are the Key Takeaways From This Episode:

  • [8:00] Kid’s World started in 2012 and now has a capacity of 262. They have nine classrooms.

  • [9:12] Rick and Nancy share more about their four sons and family background.

  • [15:03] How they went from a Domino’s Pizza franchise to Kid’s World, and lessons learned along the way.

  • [20:01] Remembering that you’re in a relationship business, and true connections matter.

  • [23:09] Fun fact! Talk about a large family — Rick has over 150 relatives in California.

  • [25:38] Leading without micromanaging.

  • [26:37] What The Child Care Success Academy has taught them about leadership.

  • [32:14] Communication, respect, and overcoming challenges as partners.

  • [44:18] The “other” Nancy at Domino’s that inspired our Nancy.

  • [46:18] What’s next for this husband-and-wife duo?

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