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November 5, 2023

Growing with Purpose Podcast: The heavy lifting of purposeful leadership with Eric Jones

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On this episode of the Growing with Purpose podcast, host Paul Spiegelman speaks with Eric Jones, co-owner of Adamantine Spine Moving, a local and long-distance moving company based in Iowa. 

Eric didn’t always dream of owning his own moving business. In fact, for a long time he didn’t know where he wanted his career to take him. His prior path stretched from coast to coast of the US, and involved time as a teacher and soccer coach at a boarding school, completing an MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa, and working in the burn unit of a hospital. Eventually, Eric picked up a defunct moving business from a friend, and built it up over time. It wasn’t until 2020, when co-owners Cliff and Emily Wallace opened a new branch in Des Moines, and the pandemic saw a boom to the moving industry, that Adamantine grew at an exponential rate. But with growth comes challenges, and Eric and his team had to evaluate how they’d scale while still maintaining their culture and values. 

Tune in to this episode to hear Eric and Paul discuss Adamantine’s efforts to be an ecologically-conscious business, takeaways from participating in the Small Giants Community’s Leadership Academy, and the challenges Eric faces as the leader of a growing company. 


Show Notes:

  • 3:30 - From boarding school teacher to burn unit tech
  • 12:30 - Adamantine builds its backbone
  • 16:15 - Eco-friendly efforts
  • 22:08 - Eric’s Leadership Academy experience
  • 25:30 - Lessons learned from moral dilemmas 
  • 32:00 - Adamantine’s biggest current challenges
  • 36:40 - “Become someone - become yourself.”


Book that Inspired Eric:
Being the Boss by Linda A. Hill and Kent Lineback


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