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210: Real Estate On Your Terms: Create Continuous Cash Flow Now, Without Using Your Cash Or Credit – Interview with Chris Prefontaine

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Chris Prefontaine, author of Real Estate on Your Terms

Chris Prefontaine and Bill Ringle discuss options business owners have to invest in real estate without using cash or credit to create win-win-win outcomes.

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Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  1. The power of a daily chat helps you manage teams to stay on track. 
  2. Start your business with a baby step so success builds right from the start of the day.
  3. How your tribe can help you to scale your business through their feedback and support.

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Chris Prefontaine has been in the trenches of the real estate industry for over 25 years. His company has done over $80 million in real estate transactions. He is a practitioner at heart — which is why his company still buys between 4 to 10 properties each month where Chris and his family practices what he preaches. He is the author of the best selling book, "Real Estate on Your Terms."

Chris is an expert at addressing the fundamental problem most business owners struggle with: how to get their wealth out of their business and into other assets just in case they don't have an opportunity to sell the business (or even if they do sell the business). The diversification of assets can provide a very balanced portfolio and real estate may be one of those investment strategies to consider while building out a balanced financial plan.

Chris is also the host of the annual event, "QLS Live" where real estate investors across the country come together for 2-1/2 days to mastermind, share experiences, and learn from experts teaching strategies for building and scaling their real estate businesses.

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Web address: Smart Real Estate Coach

Travels from: Middletown, Rhode Island

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209: How To Coach Yourself And Others To Get Business Results – Interview with Elizabeth Dickinson

Elizabeth Dickinson -  Author and Coach

Elizabeth and Bill Ringle discuss how to coach yourself and others to get business results. 

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Active listening creates the space for managers and staff to work better.
  • Accountability has been used too often to shift blame rather than create positive business results and it is time that we reclaimed that tool and message in our businesses.
  • If you don't expect resistance to change, such as in a feedback 1:1, you are less likely to create that resistance in your interaction. Too often, we create what we are hoping to avoid by putting attention on an undesirable aspect of our communications.  

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Elizabeth Dickinson is a life coach, speaker/presenter, and writer who has coached/presented in over 40 for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including Land O’Lakes and Performance Excellence Network.

She is the author of “The Concise Coaching Handbook: How To Coach Yourself and Others To Get Business Results.”

She earned her B.Ed. Honours degree from Cambridge University and her M.A. in Psychology from Lesley University. Her life coaching certification is from the Adler Graduate School. As a former board member of the Minnesota Chapter of the International Coach Federation, she initiated the Prism award recognizing organizational coaching excellence at Barr Engineering, Cargill, Pepsi and nonprofits including Better Futures Minnesota and Pregnancy Choices.

She lives in St. Paul with her husband  in a 1911 home with solar panels.

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Web address: http://pursueyourpath.com

Travels from: Saint Paul, MN

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208: The Flow State – Interview with Dashama

Dashama - Speaker, Author, and Yoga Teacher

Dashama and Bill Ringle discuss how she was able to create a global following by making well crafted videos to build a worldwide community. 

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • How Dashama’s humanitarian nature and difficult upbringing led her to create a worldwide community.
  • Dashama was one of the early YouTube channels and used good timing and content to build a wide viewership of over a million followers.
  • The benefits of using yoga to improve mind, body, and soul. 
  • How using video can be such a critical tool for your brand because of how it can add value to your client’s lives. 

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Dashama is an award winning international happiness expert, author, speaker, life and business strategist with a thriving global community of over 300,000 health conscious spiritual entrepreneurs, change makers and seekers on the path.

She has spoken at the United Nations, Sony Motion Picture Studios, University of Virginia, Warwick Business School in UK and collaborated with Harvard Medical Professor Dr Sat Bir Khalsa.

An international media favorite, she has been featured in such diverse places as the Wall Street Journal, Times of India, Vogue Arabia, Cosmopolitan Germany, Teen Vogue, Men's Journal, Oprah Winfrey Network, ABC news, and the Discovery Channel Seeker Stories. She has worked with and/or been sponsored by Fortune 500 brands such as Nike, GoPro, Cadillac and Banyan Tree Resorts. 

Dashama written 5 books and has starred in and produced 32 yoga, mediation and health related instructional DVDs, numerous online and offline training courses, certification programs.

Dashama travels the world spreading the message that anyone can transform their life and create the life of their dreams. In her free webinar she reveals her personal business success blueprint including how she built her international brands to over $2 million in revenues and she shows you how you can too.

Learn more about the Oneness Movement #Om4Oceans campaign to solve the United Nations Global Goals at om4oceans.org

For more about Dashama, visit her website.

Special course available for free for My Quest for the Best subscribers:  dashama.com/mba.

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Web address: www.dashama.com

Travels from: Hawaii

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207: Charming Cheaters – Interview with Nicole Kelly, M.D

Nicole Kelly M.D., Physician and Author

Nicole Kelly M.D. and Bill Ringle discuss how common and dangerous it is to work with sociopaths, and yet how seldom we think it could happen to one of us.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Not everyone thinks like you do, to think otherwise is dangerous.
  • The differences between a psychopath, a sociopath, and a sexopath.
  • Just because someone is a jerk, it doesn’t mean that they’re a psychopath or a sociopath. Only a licensed medical professional can make that kind of diagnosis.
  • How recognition of certain dangerous characteristics can help in the hiring process, and why it’s so important to document questionable behaviors in new employees.
  • What the empathetic majority can do to better interact with those on the sociopathic spectrum. 

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Nicole Kelly, M.D. is a board-certified physician in Nashville, TN who was victimized by a sociopath – who also turned out to be a sociopathic sex addict or sexopath – who embezzled over $700,000 from her medical practice. Using her ability to explain complicated medical concepts, Dr. Kelly makes clear one of the most important truths of our time: Not everyone thinks like you do—and to assume otherwise is dangerous.

For more about Nicole Kelly M.D., visit her website.

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Web address: https://www.nicolekellymd.com/

Travels from: Nashville, TN

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206: Data Visualization Made Simple – Interview with Dr. Kristen Sosulski

Dr. Kristen Sosulski, Associate Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business

Dr. Kristen Sosulski and Bill Ringle discuss data visualization: what it is and how small business leaders can use it. 

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • What is deep data and how it's created from the internal processes within an organization. 
  • Telling stories is a key application of data visualization. 
  • Data visualization transforms data into an interface where customers can interact with the facts in a useful way. 
  • Things to consider when presenting visual data, and why it's a bad idea to make your audience work too hard. 
  • How data visualization can be used to make arguments to persuade decision makers. 

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Dr. Kristen Sosulski is an Associate Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business where she teaches MBA students and executives data visualization, programming and business analytics. She is the Director of the Learning Science Lab for NYU Stern where she develops immersive online learning environments for business school education.

Kristen is the co-author of the Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide (Routledge, 2011, second edition, Routledge, 2015) and The Savvy Student’s Guide to Online Learning (Routledge, 2013). Her third book, Data Visualization Made Simple: Insights into Becoming Visual was just published.

As a leading expert on data visualization, Kristen regularly consults, delivers seminars, and leads workshops on data visualization techniques and best practices. You can find her speaking on the subject at events like Social Media Week NYC, plot.ly’s PlotCon conference, and Tableau’s events and to organizations like the National Association of Public Opinion and the National Economic Research Association.

For more about Dr. Kristen Sosulski visit her website.

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Web address: www.kristensosulski.com

Travels from: New York

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205: Workplace Poker – Featured Interview with Dan Rust

Dan Rust, Founder of Frontline Learning

Dan Rust and Bill Ringle discuss the game beneath the game – understanding the culture and maximizing your chances for success – known as workplace poker.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • What is Workplace Poker and how people looking to advance their career can best use it. 
  • How to make sense of the human elements and the imperfections within the workplace. 
  • Why so much communication takes places beneath the surface, and what you can do to better interpret it. 
  • Putting your emotional connections with people aside enables you to be able to read them and communicate with them on a more objective level. 
  • The importance of likability and why it matters so much in business.

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Dan Rust is the founder of Frontline Learning, an international publisher of corporate training resources. His award-winning keynote speeches and workshops focus on employee engagement, productivity and career management. For more than 20 years Dan has been writing and speaking on a variety of career management topics. His blog at workplacepoker.com focuses on ideas, skills and practical strategies to help you accelerate your career trajectory. His corporate training clients have included GE, Apple, Starbucks, Saudi Aramco and Disney Interactive.

For more about Dan Rust visit his website.

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Web address: http://www.workplacepoker.com/

Travels from: Minneapolis

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204: Generating Business Referrals Without Asking – Interview with Stacey Brown Randall

Stacey Brown Randall, host of the Roadmap to Grow your Business podcast

Stacey Brown Randall and Bill Ringle discuss how to solve the paradox of generating business referrals without asking.

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Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Stacey solves the referral paradox that we are taught: you won't get referrals unless you ask and asking directly hardly ever works.
  • The best way to refer someone is actually via email for a very important reason
  • Referrals differ from introductions and leads in 2 critical ways

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Stacey Brown Randall a three-time entrepreneur, author of Generating Business Referrals…Without Asking, and host of the Roadmap to Grow your Business podcast. Through her programs, like Growth By Referrals and Sticky Client Experiences, she provides a roadmap to take control of your business growth.

Stacey’s quest to crack the code on how to generate referrals without asking began after her first business failed. When she started her second business – a business and productivity coaching practice – she knew keeping her pipeline full of new clients would be one of the biggest differentiators from her business failure. She honed-in on referrals as the main source of prospects for her second business but wasn’t satisfied with the conventional advice which is to receive referrals you must ask. Now she teaches others how to generate referrals without asking and unleash a referral explosion.

Stacey received her Master’s in Organizational Communication and is married with three kids, a 10-year-old son, 8-year-old daughter and she and her husband are raising their 11-year-old nephew.

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Web address:  staceybrownrandall.com

Travels from: Charlotte, NC

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203 – When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Interview with Dan Pink

Dan Pink, Bestselling Author

Dan Pink and Bill Ringle discuss how entrepreneurs can organize their days to be the most productive and efficient. When it comes to success, the important question to ask is when. 

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Why writing a book proposal can help you decide whether or not you want to write the book that you thought you were going to write.
  • The best time to do something depends on what it is you’re doing. For example, going to the doctor’s office in the afternoon is more dangerous than going during the morning.
  • How beginnings, midpoints, and endings affect us, and how to recognize temporal landmarks to use them for our benefit.
  • How to recognize the Larks, Owls. and Middles when coming up with time-based directives for your team.
  • Breaks make us better, certain kinds of breaks make us so much better. 

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Daniel H. Pink is the author of six books — including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which has spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 39 languages. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their three children.

For more about Dan Pink, visit his website.

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Web address: www.danpink.com

Travels from: Washington, DC

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202: 80/20 Sales and Marketing – Featured Interview with Perry Marshall

Perry Marshall, Founder of Perry S. Marshall & Associates

Bill Ringle and Perry Marshall discuss the Pareto Principle – commonly known as the 80/20 Principle – and how small business leaders can use it to fill in the gaps for greater growth.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • How the 80/20 principle can help companies weed out financial gaps in their business.
  • Using the Pareto principle as an Invisible Money Finder

  • Why it is that everyone pays attention to averages, even though they are ultimately irrelevant statistics.

  • When 20% of your sales people are outselling the other 80%, it’s time to get rid of the 80% and focus time and resources on the top sellers.

  • What it means to rack the shotgun.

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Endorsed by Forbes and INC Magazine, Perry Marshall helps his clients by integrating technology, sales, art and psychology. He founded the $5 million Evolution 2.0 Prize, which aims to solve the biggest mystery in biology.

His reinvention of the Pareto Principle is published in Harvard Business Review. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs at the California Institute of Technology use his 80/20 Curve as a productivity tool. His Google AdWords book, Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords, is the world’s best selling book on internet advertising.

 He’s consulted in over 300 industries and served as a witness for marketing and Google AdWords litigation. Perry has a degree in Electrical Engineering and lives in Chicago.

For more about Perry Marshall, visit his website.

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Web address: www.perrymarshall.com

Travels from: Oak Park, IL

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201: Unleashing Your Superpower – Featured Interview with Jeff Tippett

Jeff Tippett, Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur

Bill Ringle and Jeff Tippett discuss using influence as a superpower in small business leadership.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • The difference between persuasion and manipulation
  • Why asking clarifying questions is the key to being more persuasive
  • How to find alignment between your goals and your customers’ and clients’ needs
  • How developing a message can help appeal to people’s thumbs as well as their brains
  • What role emotion plays in listener’s buying into what you have to say

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Jeff Tippett is a speaker, author, and entrepreneur.

Jeff has worked with renowned clients like Airbnb, The National Restaurant Association, The League of Conservation Voters, The League of Women Voters, as well as others.

Jeff's second book, slated for late Fall 2018, is tentatively titled: Unleashing Your Superpower: Why Persuasive Communication Is The Only Force You Will Ever Need. His bold statement is that we all live or die based on our ability to persuade.

In 2014, Jeff founded Targeted Persuasion, an award-winning public affair and communications firm, and has worked with renowned brands like Airbnb, The National Restaurant Association, The League of Women Voters, The League of Conservation Voters, plus others.

The heart and soul of Jeff’s presentations is the emotional story he tells of adopting his youngest daughter from Haiti while the country’s government was collapsing. Through this near-death experience of navigating civil unrest and institutional bureaucracy in a third world nation, Jeff learned valuable lessons on how to persuade others without ever manipulating. Jeff unpacks these secrets of the superpower of persuasion in every presentation.

For more information, visit Jeff's website.

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Web address: JeffTippett.com 

Travels from: Raleigh, NC

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200: Hyperfocus – Featured Interview with Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey, New York Times Bestselling Author

Chris Bailey and Bill Ringle discuss how hyperfocus can help you stay on track, grow your business faster, and get more done in a shorter workday.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Multitasking isn't always undesirable or ineffective, once you hack the myth.
  • Being less stimulated allows time to rest, wonder, and think more strategically about what you want to create.
  • Your ability to control your attention is directly related to the quality of your life (and accomplishments...)
  • When you expect your colleagues to be focused 100% of the time, you can expect new ideas 0% of the time.
  • Email isn't evil in itself, you just have to regain control of it. #emailsprints

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Chris Bailey is a productivity expert, and the internationally bestselling author of The Productivity Project, which has been published in eleven languages. His second book, Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction, was published in seven languages. Chris writes about productivity at Alifeofproductivity.com, and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process.

To date, Chris has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity, and has garnered coverage in media as diverse as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, The Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, TED, Fortune, Fast Company, and Lifehacker. in a recent interview, the TED Talks organization said that he “might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet". Recently, Fast Company called him a "productivity mastermind."

For more about Chris Bailey, visit his website.

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Web address: https://alifeofproductivity.com/

Travels from: Kingston, Ontario

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199: Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs – Featured Interview with Heather Dominick

Founder of A Course In Business Miracles®

Bill Ringle and Heather Dominick discuss the nuances of being a highly sensitive entrepreneur and how to use your abilities to thrive in business as other relationships.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • How to identify highly sensitive entrepreneurs
  • What to do when struggling with emotional overwhelm as a highly sensitive person
  • The roles of Royal Advisors and what they do for the world
  • The 3 HSE Coping Mechanisms
  • How a Highly Sensitive Dentist was able to overcome her tendency towards combo plattering and unify the office

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Can you be highly successful in business and highly spiritual at the same time. Let’s take this question a step further. Is there a direct relationship between your spirituality and great success?

Heather Dominick is a woman who is impressively successful, and highly spiritual. A former high school drama teacher who collaborated with none other than Bette Midler. A graduate of NYU where she received her first coach training. Heather is the winner of the 2015 Best of Manhattan Coaching Award and creator of the 2014 Stevie award winning virtual event A Course In Business Miracles®: 21-Day Discovery Series that attracted close to 6,000 official registrants from all around the world including: Iceland, Nigeria, Russia, Asia, South America, Australia, Europe and the U.S.

She has appeared on Lifetime Television and has been published in numerous books including Stepping Stones to Success alongside Deepak Chopra

An exceptional facilitator and teacher Heather is known for creating a safe, sacred community for true transformation whether she is teaching a Business Miracles® Class, delivering training online or in-person or mentoring members of her Business Miracles Community in her various Mentoring Programs. She has helped thousands of HSE®s release life-long limiting beliefs, overcome fears and learn how to build their business in a way that actually feels so good that they can’t help but create solid, sustainable, high level financial success.

Heather is also the founder and leader of the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur® movement.

For more about Heather Dominick visit her website.

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Web address: www.businessmiracles.com

Travels from: New York, NY

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198: Creating Your Best Life – Featured Interview with Caroline Miller, MAPP

Author, Speaker, and Owner of Caroline Miller Coaching

Caroline Adams Miller and Bill Ringle discuss goal setting and achievement in depth for the benefit of small business leaders.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • What it means to be a goal setter.
  • The importance of environment when it comes to unlocking abilities.

  • The formula for developing grit, and why some people never do.

  • How to train Millennial employees in the workplace to learn course correction.

  • Understanding the Losada line and why teams benefit from psychological safety.

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Caroline is one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on Goals & Grit ™. She’s spent more than 30 years helping individuals, leaders, and companies to cultivate grit, one of the top indicators of success. Caroline is the author of six books including Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017), Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009), Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013), and My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988). Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top 10 goal setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the 10 books that would change your life in 2017. Caroline’s work has been featured in media around the world including BBC World News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, NPR, and CNN.

Angela Duckworth, the winner of the 2013 MacArthur Genius grant for her research on grit, said of Caroline: “I don't know anybody who has thought more than [Caroline] about how to apply the scientific research on grit and achievement to our own lives!"

Caroline’s TEDx Talk “The Moments That Make Champions” explores the three things that we can choose to do differently to improve our chances of developing grit. Caroline has worked with clients around the world, including Morgan Stanley, Lululemon, The Wharton School/UPENN, RE/MAX, Booz Allen, Young Presidents’ Organization, Harvard Law School, and Swisse Wellness.

Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She is a top-ranked Masters Swimmer in multiple events, has a black belt in Hapkido and has more than three decades of unbroken recovery from bulimia.

For more information, visit Caroline Miller's website.

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Web address: http://www.carolinemiller.com/

Travels from: Washington, DC

Phone: (214) 543-0844

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197: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Featured Interview with Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown, New York Times Bestseller, Speaker

Greg McKeown and Bill Ringle discuss the philosophy and practice of essentialism as it applies to leadership and life outside the office.

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  • How Gandhi’s essentialist mindset allowed him to be so present with his grandson despite massive pressure and social responsibilities.
  • The essentialist approach in three stages: 1) Explore and Evaluate. 2) Eliminate. 3) Execute.
  • Why the reality of entrepreneurship is often different from the goal of it, and what entrepreneurs can do to avoid being stretched too thin by applying these principles.

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Originally from London, England, Greg McKeown is the author of the New York  bestseller, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and the founder of McKeown, Inc, a company with a mission to teach Essentialism to people around the world. Their clients include Adobe, Apple, Airbnb, Cisco, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware, and Yahoo!.

McKeown has spoken to hundreds of audiences around the world including in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, Holland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, and the United States. His writing has appeared or been covered by Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine and Harvard Business Review. He has also been interviewed on television and radio shows including NPR, NBC, and the Steve Harvey Show.

In 2012 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. McKeown now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and their four children. He earned an MBA from Stanford University.

For more about Greg McKeown and his work, please visit his website at www.gregmckeown.com

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Web address: www.gregmckeown.com

Travels from: San Francisco, CA

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196: The Prosperous Leader – Interview with Jacob M Engel

Jacob Engel, Founder of Yeda LLC

Bill Ringle and Jacob M Engel discuss key skills and traits for the Prosperous Leader.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Jacob backed into the realization that business owners needed coaching and support after he was asked by his community to offer them some guidance during the financial crisis.
  • Jacob’s father’s 10 Commandments of good business
  • Smartphones are often used to isolate and distract ourselves, rather than connecting and communicating.
  • Why it’s important to be proactive, rather than reactive, about your business
  • How to set more ambitious goals

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Jacob’s leadership and training organization, Yeda LLC (Yeda” in Hebrew means knowledge), founded in 2010, gives seminars and courses to entrepreneurs and business owners. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and business owners succeed in their businesses. His mission is to empower leaders and managers by giving them the knowledge to change and helping them implement those changes in their organizations.

Jacob is a Certified Myers Briggs evaluator, Certified 7 Habits for highly effective people facilitator, Certified Positive Psychology coach. He has trained with Roy Cammarano, author and consultant, on his Entrepreneurial Transitions theory.

Previously Jacob was the COO of a 200MM family food and real estate enterprise. Jacob is the author of The Prosperous Leader – How Smart People Achieve Success. 

For more about Jacob M Engel, visit his website.

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Web address: www.theprosperousleader.com

Travels from: Monsey, NY

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195: The Fabulous F Words of Business Ownership – Interview with Fabi Preslar

Fabi Preslar, President of SPARK Publications

Bill Ringle and Fabi Preslar discuss several F-words that are germane to guiding, enlightening, and enriching the business owner's journey.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Why books are not the “money makers” of a business plan.
  • How authors working with SPARK Publications have used a book to build their platform successfully.

  •  How to recognize what your audience wants from you.

  • The fabulous F-Words of Business Ownership – so much more than you expect!

  • The questions entrepreneurs stuck in a rut should be asking themselves.

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Fabi Preslar is the owner and president of SPARK Publications, a national, award-winning, custom design firm specializing in niche magazines and independently published books. Her firm’s publications enhance credibility and distinction – enabling individuals and organizations to thrive and excel.  Preslar was named 2017 Woman Business Owner of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners – Charlotte Chapter, and the firm was honored as the 2018 First-Generation Family Business of the Year by the Charlotte Business Journal.

For more about Fabi Preslar, go to her website.

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Web address: SPARKpublications.com 

Travels from: Charlotte, NC

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194: Consulting Success – Featured Interview with Michael Zipursky

Michael Zipursky, Co-founder of Consulting Success

Bill Ringle and Michael Zipursky discuss the mindset and methods that lead to consulting success.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • How Michael and his partner Sam were able to see and solve a problem in their community by starting Consulting Success.
  • The prerequisites for making the transition from part-time to full-time consultant.
  • The traits of the most effective consultants.
  • How having conversations can connect you to your ideal clients.
  • Why technology is often a detriment to a consulting practice. 

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Michael has consulted for organizations and advised leaders throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East in over 30 industries, from service providers to billion dollar multi-national corporations including Panasonic, Dow Jones, Financial Times, Royal Bank and many others. Michael is an in-demand speaker and gives keynotes and workshops for the Certified Management Consultants Association, Canadian Internet Marketing Conference, Social Media Camp and others.

Michael’s work has appeared in MarketingProfsHuffington Post, Financial Times, FOX Business, Maclean's, HR Executive, Business Edge, Marketing Magazine and in several other media and publications. He is the author of 5 books including Profitable Relations: How to Dramatically Increase Your Profits By Giving Customers What They Really Want, the Consulting Success System: How to Become a Successful Consultant, and the Masters of Consulting Interviews. Michael speaks English and Japanese and loves traveling, jazz music, wines and foods of the world, and spending time with his family. 

For more information, visit Michael Zipursky's website.

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Web address: https://www.consultingsuccess.com

Travels from: Vancouver, Canada

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193: The Go-Giver – Featured Interview with Bob Burg

Bob Burg, Speaker, Bestselling Author

Bill Ringle and Bob Burg discuss what it means to be a Go-Giver Influencer.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • What it means to be a Go-Giver. 
  • The difference between intrinsic and extrinsic value
  • Why it’s so important for salespeople to be in control of their emotions 
  • The five elements of value 
  • The right way to develop a mentor-protege relationship

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Bob Burg is a sought-after speaker at company leadership and sales conferences on topics at the core of the Go-Giver books. A former television personality and top-producing salesperson, Bob has shared the platform with some of today’s top business leaders, broadcast personalities, coaches, athletes, and political leaders, including a former U.S. president.

In addition to coauthoring the bestselling Go-Giver books with John David Mann, Bob has authored a number of popular books, including the critically acclaimed, Endless Referrals: Network Your Everyday Contacts Into Sales and Adversaries into Allies. His total book sales are well over a million copies.

The American Management Association named Bob one of the 30 Most Influential Leaders and he is one of Inc.’s 100 Great Leadership Speakers. Richtopia named him one of the Top 200 Most Influential Authors in the World.

Bob is an advocate, supporter, and defender of the free enterprise system and believes that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people one serves. He is also an unapologetic animal fanatic, and served on the board of directors of Furry Friends Adoption & Clinic in his hometown of Jupiter, Florida. For more information, articles and free resources, please visit www.burg.com.

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Web address: www.burg.com

Travels from: Jupiter, Florida

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192: Subscription Marketing – Featured Interview with Anne Janzer

Anne Janzer, Author, Consultant

Bill Ringle and Anne Janzer discuss subscription marketing strategies for nurturing customers in a world of churn.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Subscription models fundamentally shape the way customers see companies and brands.
  • Why subscription models are more than just transactions, they’re relationships.
  • The phenomenon of Super-Users and why every company should seek them out and cultivate them.
  • How Adobe changed the game by being among the first to adopt a successful subscription model, despite financial media criticism.
  • What companies with a subscription model can do to sustain a customer’s trust long term. 

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As a writer and marketer, Anne Janzer has worked with more than 100 technology companies. In 2015, inspired by the changes she saw happening in the software industry around her and their potential ramifications for marketers, she wrote the book Subscription Marketing: Strategies for Nurturing Customers in a World of Churn. That book is now in its second edition and has been published in Japanese and Korean languages.

For more about Anne Janzer, visit her website.

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Web address: www.annejanzer.com 

Travels from: Mountain View, CA

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191: Rising to Power – Featured Interview with Ron Carucci

Ron Carucci, Co-Founder of Navalent

Bill Ringle and Ron Carucci discuss how to recognize the dangers and reap the rewards of rising to power in a business.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Why it is that most leaders fail within their first 18 months of being appointed to leadership
  • What hiring teams need to do to set up new leaders for success
  • The significance of Leading out Loud, and becoming an intentional leader
  • Overview of the Rise to Power Diagram and what it can do for leaders
  • Some of the factors that isolate leaders. 

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Ron is co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, working with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations, leaders, and industries. He has a thirty year track record helping executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization and leadership. From start-ups to Fortune 10’s, non-profits to heads-of-state, turn-arounds to new markets and strategies, overhauling leadership and culture to re-designing for growth. He has helped organizations articulate strategies that lead to accelerated growth, and design organizations that can execute those strategies. He has worked with He has worked in more than 25 countries on 4 continents. He is the best-selling author of 8 books, including the recent Amazon #1 Rising to Power. He is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, where Navalent’s work on leadership was named one of 2016’s management ideas that mattered most. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes, and a two-time TEDx speaker. His work’s been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, Inc., BusinessInsider, MSNBC, Business Week, Smart Business, and thoughtleaders.

For more information, visit Ron Carucci's website.

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Web address: http://www.navalent.com 

Travels from: Woodinville, WA

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190: The Membership Economy – Interview with Robbie Kellman Baxter

Robbie Kellman Baxter, Author, Founder of Peninsula Strategies

Robbie Kellman Baxter and Bill Ringle discuss how small business leaders can take advantage of the membership economy to find their superusers, master the forever transaction, and build recurring revenue.

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Top Take-Aways from this Interview

  • How a college networking connection led to being hired to consult at Netflix
  • The key question to ask when designing a membership offer
  • How to position your membership offer to take advantage of the low-hanging fruit, modeled after how Tony Robbins built his thought leadership empire

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Robbie Kellman Baxter brings over twenty years of strategy consulting and marketing expertise to Peninsula Strategies, a strategy consulting firm focused on helping companies leverage subscription pricing, digital community and freemium to build deeper relationships with customers. Her clients have included start-ups and mid-sized venture-backed companies as well as industry leaders such as Netflix, Oracle, Electronic Arts and eBay.

A sought-after writer and keynote speaker, Robbie has presented to alumni organizations at Stanford, Harvard and Haas, associations including the AICPA, the American Society of Association Executives, and the National Restaurant Association and organizations including the Wall Street Journal, and Coursera. She has been quoted on business issues in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Consumer Reports, and has had pieces published in HBR.org, CNN.com, Associations Now and the Journal for Quality & Participation. Robbie has created and starred in eight video courses in collaboration with LinkedIn Learning on business topics ranging from innovation to customer success and membership. Robbie is also on the board of Amava, an organization dedicated to helping people stay active and engaged post-career.

As the author of The Membership Economy: Find Your Superusers, Master the Forever Transaction & Build Recurring Revenue, a book that has been named a top 5 Marketing Book of the Year by Inc.com, Robbie coined the popular business term “Membership Economy”, which is now being used by organizations and journalists around the country and beyond. Robbie’s expertise with companies in the emerging Membership Economy extends to include SaaS, media, consumer products and community organizations.

Prior to launching Peninsula Strategies, Robbie was a strategy consultant at Booz-Allen, a New York City Urban Fellow and a Silicon Valley product marketer. Robbie received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors from Harvard College.

 For more information, visit Robbie Kellman Baxter's website.

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Web address: https://peninsulastrategies.com/

Travels from: Menlo Park, Ca

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Episode 188 – Shift Ahead – Interview with Allen Adamson

Co-Founder of Metaforce.co

Allen Adamson talks with Bill Ringle about how small business owners can shift ahead and outsmart the problems that might limit, restrict, or confine the growth of your business.

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Key Insights from this Interview 
  • The 7 Red Flags that mean a company is becoming less relevant
  • Why it’s so essential to transform your brand into an experience 
  • The story of Central Park and how they divided tasks to assign accountability to the conservancy rangers.
  • The importance of zooming out when it comes to increasing social media engagement.
  • What Jerry Seinfeld can teach us about being more observant

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1:44 Allen recounts his experience interviewing with an ad agency immediately following graduation.

3:19 “Marketing is about making your products or service relevant in a rapidly changing world, and if you have no clue what’s going on in the world, you’re not going to be very good at marketing.”

4:11 What Allen reads and listens to in order to stay relevant. “Part of staying current is staying out of your desk.”

4:46 “I always look for clients that are facing challenges that don’t have any easy answer.”

6:39 “If you just really try to watch your customer and observe what’s going on, you’ll be a step ahead.”

7:10 Why you should be more like Jerry Seinfeld.

9:05 “If you just do what you did yesterday, [you’re] going to become less relevant.”

9:50 Why being myopic is the biggest red flag for your business.

10:58 The importance of paying attention to alternatives.

12:09 “A big problem for a business that has become irrelevant is pointing at the other guy.”

14:19 The story of Katz’s Deli and what they did to stay relevant.

15:32 “Sometimes luck matters.”

18:17 The story of the National Geographic Boats. “Instead of just taking a cruise to Alaska, you could take a cruise on National Geographic Boats…you’re living a National Geographic Experience.”

19:14 Why you should make your brand an experience.

20:22 “Everyone can provide a little extra to make their customers’ experience really unexpected. If it’s unexpected people will share it.”

21:11 The importance of zooming out when it comes to increasing social media engagement.

22:26 The story of Central Park and how they divided tasks to assign accountability to the conservancy rangers.

23:37 “If you can get your employees to own the problem or own the business totally with you…you’ll be far better off.”

23:59 “No one ever washes a rental car.”

24:21 The Lightning Round

Expert Bio

Allen Adamson is a noted industry expert in all disciplines of branding. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Metaforce.co and the author of BrandSimple, BrandDigital, The Edge: 50 Tips from Brands That Lead, and Shift Ahead: How the Best Companies Stay Relevant in a Fast Changing World. Prior to Metaforce, Allen was Chairman, North America of Landor Associates, a global branding firm.

More information can be found on the Shift Ahead website: www.shiftaheadbook.com

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Web address: https://www.metaforce.co/

Travels from: Scarsdale, NY

Phone: (914) 806-6647

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Episode 186: Rebel Talent – Featured Interview with Francesca Gino

Professor, Harvard Business School

Francesca Gino and Bill Ringle discuss Rebel Talent – what it is and how to cultivate it to achieve greater success in your small business.

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

  • Those with Rebel Talent aren’t just the troublemakers and show-offs. Rebelliousness has real advantages in business.
  • The 5 talents that comprise Rebel Talent: curiosity, perspective, diversity, authenticity, and engagement.
  • How Rebel Talents build on their strengths to create a stronger business

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2:10 How Francesca’s dad inspired her to work hard, made sure that she engaged deeply with whatever she was studying, and taught her the importance of travel.

3:08 “I’ve always been fascinated by our human nature.”

3:35 “I began to look at breaking rules in a way that was constructive rather than destructive.”

4:26 How a non-traditional recipe book inspired her to create a non-conventional book of her own. She would later use the chef as a case study.

7:01 “Whenever we do case studies, we usually visit the business and have interviews right there in the city where the business is, but instead of just an interview, they put me to work.”

8:53 “For many people, despite the fact that they spend a lot of time at work, work is not a source of inspiration.”

9:50 “Rebelliousness has a lot of advantages for businesses.”

9:56 “We tend to think about rebels the wrong way.”

10:50 The story of a family who ate at the Michelin starred restaurant and what the chef did to appease the two smallest boys seated at the table.

12:41 “Rebels are those who break rules, whether for the constructiveness of destructiveness of the business.”

13:08 The 8 qualities of a rebel.

14:10 “Being a rebel means really being committed to adopting certain behaviors and talents.”

15:18 Why it’s remarkable for a chef to put on his coat and go out to clean the streets.

15:47 “Leaders who really are rebellious are those who also tend to be contagious because they’re modeling the behaviors for others.”

16:57 What a Tennessee/West Virginia fast food restaurant does to make their employees experts at their stations.

17:15 Why it was important for Francesca’s study to be multi-industry.

18:32 “Revealing yourself and reflecting is all about is focusing on strengths instead, and really finding opportunities to be authentic, and that sometimes means making ourselves vulnerable.”

21:24 “By being rebellious, or by being a curious leader you are showing the right behaviors for others.”

Expert Bio

Francesca Gino is an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a tenured professor at Harvard Business School. Her consulting and speaking clients include Bacardi, Akamai, Disney, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Novartis, P&G, and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. She has been honored as one of the world’s Top 40 Business Professors under 40 and one of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers. Her work has been featured on CNN and NPR, as well as in the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, and Psychology Today.

For more information, visit Francesca’s website.

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Web address: https://www.rebeltalents.org/

Travels from: Cambridge, MA

Phone:(617) 792-1186

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Episode 185: Getting Grit – Interview with Caroline Miller, MAPP

Owner of Caroline Miller Coaching

Bill Ringle and Caroline Adams Miller discuss the different types of grit that business owners can adopt – good grit, faux grit, poor grit, and stupid grit. Getting the right grit makes all the difference!

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

  • The main components of grit
  • Why a handshake is integral in making a solid first impression
  • How Caroline became the first person to overcome bulimia and live to tell the story
  • Caroline’s habits that pertain to excellence
  • How your environment affects your behavior
  • How humility helped a business owner learn grit and become great in his role as a leader

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2:28 How both Caroline’s Grandmother and the founding principle of the Norwood school in Maryland had an impact on her young professional life.

3:45 Good handshakes show that you’re not afraid of being seen and heard.

5:08 Caroline recounts how Uncle Platt set the world record for the high jump.

6:02 [On overcoming bulimia and telling the story – “I had to begin unpacking how not just for myself, but for other people.”

7:04 “You have to learn to integrate recovery into a life which is part and parcel of how people connect with other people.”

8:49 “There’s no danger of relapse for me. I’m fully recovered.”

9:33 “When we don’t talk about things that are part of our backstory, we connote shame.”

10:07 “I created habits that pertain to excellence.”

11:24 “The fastest way to change your behavior is to change your environment and the quality of the people around you.” 

13:58 How humility plays a role in grit.

16:32 The main components of grit as espoused by Angela Duckworth

17:42 “I don’t think grit is a good quality unless it’s used in the process of pursuing good goals for the right reasons. “

18:45 “There’s a kind of grit that’s really dangerous in the wrong person for the wrong reasons.”

20:05 The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos as an example of bad grit.

22:03 “Bad grit repels people.”

23:17 “The most meaningful goals are also the hardest goals.

24:39 “We have a generation I feel that was brought up to dumb down standards of excellence.”

25:58 How to hire for grit in companies.

27:06 “It’s really important to ask people not just what they have overcome but who else have they helped to overcome.”

28:16 Lightning Round

Expert Bio

Caroline is one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on Goals & Grit ™. She’s spent more than 30 years helping individuals, leaders, and companies to cultivate grit, one of the top indicators of success. Caroline is the author of six books including Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017), Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009), Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013), and My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988). Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top 10 goal setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the 10 books that would change your life in 2017. Caroline’s work has been featured in media around the world including BBC World News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, NPR, and CNN.
Angela Duckworth, the winner of the 2013 MacArthur Genius grant for her research on grit, said of Caroline: “I don’t know anybody who has thought more than [Caroline] about how to apply the scientific research on grit and achievement to our own lives!”
Caroline’s TEDx Talk “The Moments That Make Champions” explores the three things that we can choose to do differently to improve our chances of developing grit. Caroline has worked with clients around the world, including Morgan Stanley, Lululemon, The Wharton School/UPENN, RE/MAX, Booz Allen, Young Presidents’ Organization, Harvard Law School, and Swisse Wellness.
Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She is a top-ranked Masters Swimmer in multiple events, has a black belt in Hapkido and has more than three decades of unbroken recovery from bulimia.

For more information, visit Caroline Miller’s website.

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Web address: http://www.carolinemiller.com/

Travels from: Washington, DC

Phone: (214) 543-0844

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Episode 172: Social Media for Business – Featured Interview with Linda Coles

Author, Keynote Speaker, Owner of Blue Banana

Linda Coles talks with Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about the use of social media for business growth, emphasizing that when you connect with social media to remember that you’re connecting with other people who prefer authenticity and candor.

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

  • The truly hard part about building a website.
  • Why you should consider giving out bite sized teasers of your knowledge.
  • How to determine the size of your audience, and how to go about building it.
  • The social media tactics that people may know about, but don’t use enough.
  • Insider tips for getting more likes, shares, and comments.

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1:55 Linda tells about her goats, fig farm, and her business Blue Banana.

3:45 How a gluten intolerance became the impetus for Linda to build her first website, and eventually allowed her to expand her business to help build website traffic for others.

4:03 “People that build websites know that that’s the easy part, getting traffic to it is the hard part.”

6:12 [On Malcolm Gladwell’s search for stories] – “He doesn’t wait for them to happen, he looks for them to happen.”

7:06 “I like to give freely, I like to give my information away. There’s no point in just keeping that to me.”

8:36 Linda discusses the process of writing her first book and getting it published.

9:43 “You don’t have to give all the tools in your toolbox away, but if you can give them some taster of the sort of information [with which] you can help them.”

12:08 “The one thing you need is distribution, because without a distribution channel it’s not going to go anywhere.”

13:18 Why audience size matters to publishers.

15:33 How one of the women Linda follows is optimizing LinkedIn for her business.

16:37 Why you should do audio recordings of your work.

18:22 “As an individual trying to get your name and your brand moving, think about audio.”

19:10 “People listen to the person.”

22:21 How to generate buzz around your podcast.

23:14 “You do have to have some budget in the early days to get something moving.”

24:04 “All companies need to have a [LinkedIn] company page, but growing your company page is hard work.”

26:00 “Have a great image, and steer away from stock images.”

26:54 “Tell the people what the article is about, for sure, but don’t try to be clever, just be clear.”

28:23 “Try and write something that’s evergreen.”

28:59 How Linda helped a client in the healthcare sector improve their business on Social Media. 

32:52 [The importance of conversation on Social Media] – “Don’t forget that [with social media] you’re talking to other humans.”

Expert Bio

Linda Coles has been in the digital space for many years. She moved to New Zealand 10 years ago, where she first started out on the road as a Regional Manager for an optics chain. She soon realized that freelancing was the better life for her, and gave up working for other people altogether to spend time writing and consulting. Since then, she’s worked with a number of clients, published four books on marketing, and another six books in the suspense genre.

LinkedIn made her an “Influencer” when the program was launched back in 2012, along with Branson and 148 other thought leaders at the time. Last year, she flew out to New York to be a part of Thrillerfest where I met Lee Child and shared a cab to the FBI offices with Heather Graham and Dennis.

She has presented to Transpower, Microsoft, and Fidelity Life among many others and has worked with professionals at major New Zealand companies including Wolters Kluwer, and the University of Auckland Business School and. Her articles have been published on the Huffington Post, LinkedIn, Mashable.com, the NZ Herald, NZBusiness Magazine, Management Magazine, Human Resources Magazine, and Social Media Examiner. She’s also the host of the podcast Tell Us a Story, where she features entrepreneurs and creators who have interesting tales to tell.

For more information, visit Linda Cole’s Website.

Contact Info for Linda Coles

Web address: https://www.bluebanana.co.nz

Travels from: Mercer, Auckland, NZ

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Resources Mentioned by Linda Coles

 

 

Episode 171: H3 Leadership – Featured Interview with Brad Lomenick

Author, President of Catalyst

Brad Lomenick talks with Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about H3 Leadership’s implications for small business leaders and their teams becoming more effective.

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

  • The benefits of H3 leadership
  • Why introversion and leadership potential aren’t mutually exclusive.
  • How leadership brings out hidden talents, and weaknesses, in people.
  • The importance of having a company culture that encourages two way feedback.

Interview Insights

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2:45 Brad discusses his connection to John C. Maxwell.

4:30 How leadership ability was natural to Brad even in his youth.

6:56 [On why leaders can be introverts] – “Just because you’re naturally quiet…doesn’t mean you still can’t lead.”

7:52 Leadership doesn’t mean hogging the spotlight, it means stewardship.

8:26 “If you want to lead, you’re going to have to be responsible for people.”

10:59 The importance of not being a “Darb” leader, and letting the stress of leadership bring out toxic aspects of your personality.

14:43 “Everyone wants to work in an environment where self-awareness is at the forefront of the culture.” 

16:31 “When you’re in charge, no one wants to tell you the truth.”

18:43 “You lead like you were led.”

19:40 “People are looking for a culture that is healthy and customized for them.”

22:39 Why you should invest time in on boarding new team members.

23:27 [How to be proactive during the hiring process] – “The story behind the story matters.”

25:00 “Hire slow, fire fast.”

26:38 [H3 Leadership] – “Be humble, stay hungry, always hustle.”

27:40 – “In writing any book the challenge always comes: ‘How personal are you going to be?’”

29:43 Why it’s so essential to be curious.

30:40 “The best way for you to gain instant credibility is ask a good question.”

35:09 “We bypass ‘why,’ because why is hard.”

38:00 The most surprising thing for Brad about writing the book.

39:37 Brad’s tips for staying on track and productive.

Expert Bio

Brad Lomenick is a producer, entrepreneur, speaker, sought-after leadership advisor, author and longtime president of Catalyst, largely credited with growing the organization into one of the largest and most recognized leadership brands and gatherings in the world. For over 10 years, Brad led the Catalyst Conference and garnered the reputation as a convener of America’s most respected leaders including John Maxwell, Jim Collins, Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Mark Burnett, Tony Dungy, Marcus Buckingham and Rick Warren, among many others.

In 2013, he published his first book, The Catalyst Leader, and his second book, H3 Leadership: Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle., released in September of 2015. A prolific content creator, for eight years Brad hosted the Catalyst Podcast, interviewing change makers from across the globe and attracting hundreds of thousands of listeners per month. Additionally, he frequently blogs about leadership, the next generation, creativity, innovation, social media, teamwork, personal growth, and more on his website, as well as speaking at conferences around the world. He has been featured in TIME, Washington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, CNN.com, INC, Fox News, Relevant, Religion News Service, and others.

For more information, visit Brad Lomenick’s Website.

Contact Info for Brad Lomenick

Web address: https://bradlomenick.com

Travels from: Bristow, OK

Phone: (404) 931-2297

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Dr. Ron Stotts

Episode 170: Overscheduled by Success – Featured Interview with Dr. Ron Stotts

Author of Overscheduled by Success

Dr. Ron Stotts talks with Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about how very successful leaders recognize the Hero’s Journey and make internal adjustments to create outstanding external results.

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

  • How Ron started his inner journey after leaving the Marines and seeking to make sense of the dozens of basic training buddies who never returned from Vietnam
  • An explanation of why it is so important to leave your comfort zone in order to grow as a person, and how staying stuck in your comfort zone limits your ability to make effective decisions for your business and your team
  • What your “big mind” is and how to find it.
  • Overcoming old limitations
  • Ron’s morning routine that helps him stay present with his celebrity clients

Interview Insights

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2:32 How Ron went from being a Marine to following his inward journey. “I found I had to let go of all my training to be an all American boy was taking me.”

4:47 Details of Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey,” on leaving the comfort zone.

5:37 “I realized that comfort zone wasn’t comfortable for me any longer.”

6:08 “The hero’s journey is about taking your life up to the next level.”

6:59 How childhood experience affects the way humans act as adults, especially in regards to their choices and relationships.

7:36 Why people should “quit chasing the symptoms.” Symptoms are indicators of an opportunity to grow.

9:58 How Ron helped a client overcome his communication problems, specifically those surrounding how he communicated anger.

14:35 “Change begins to happen almost immediately.”

17:05 “We are nothing but energy. That’s physics, not metaphysics.”

18:07 Why lobsters, and humans, need to take the time to “shed their shell.”

19:24 Ron describes the Big Mind. – “The quieter my mind got, the more depth I had in my life.”

22:34 How Ron used Big Mind to create a $1M Japanese Garden.

24:01 “Most people think in terms of working harder. I think in terms of accessing different parts of who we are.”

26:30 “Money is not the answer.”

27:19 The source of why people so often sabotage their life, and why when you come up against roadblocks, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

30:08 Some changes needed aren’t big changes, but small changes, that will make all the difference.

31:11 Ron’s morning routine for staying centered throughout his day.

Expert Bio

Dr. Ron Stotts was trained by some of the best in his field, with early mentors like Joseph Campbell, Buckminster Fuller, and other leaders of spiritual and personal growth. His service has evolved into working with those committed to their path and the influential leaders who have guided them along their way. While there are many who can help treat the symptoms of humanity’s deepest challenges, Ron’s unique work not only takes his clients to the deepest source of their challenges but guides them into transforming those challenges into great opportunities.

Ron lives in Santa Barbara, CA with his wife, Carol.

For more information, visit Dr. Ron Stott’s Website.

Contact Info for Dr. Ron Stotts

Web address: www.ronstotts.com

Travels from: Santa Barbara, CA

Phone:(805) 845-3881

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Resources Mentioned by Dr. Ron Stotts

Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey

 

 

Episode 169: The One Percent Edge – Interview with Susan Solovic

Entrepreneur and New York Times Bestselling Author

Susan Solovic and Bill Ringle discussed how business leaders can find and exploit the one percent edge to stay relevant to their markets and outpace the competition on My Quest for the Best.

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

  • How early jobs in the family funeral home and waitressing motivated her to seek new opportunities and environments.
  • Secrets to effective business networking that you can use to stand out, get noticed, and gain business.
  • A way to gauge progress in building your brand online.
  • An example of the importance in cutting the dead weight in your organization.
  • The importance of a “no sacred cows” principle in your leadership.
  • Why the National Court Reporters Association is one of Susan’s favorite examples of re-envisioning your organization’s mission in the face of technology trends.

Interview Insights

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2:10 How a negative experience working at a steakhouse encouraged Susan to think about making money differently.

3:51 Susan recounts how her mom’s entrepreneurial drive inspired her to become one too.

4:37 “If you have the guts to go out and do it on your own, go out and do it on your own.”

5:15 [On having the courage to leave the corporate world] – “You take the step and say I’m going to give this a try, and if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out.”

5:55 The benefits of knowing your core competencies.

7:15 The steps Susan took to deal with the challenge of an assumed learning disability in middle school.

8:04 “Believe in yourself, know what you can do. No one should label you.”

9:06 How a lack of knowledge about how to run an internet company didn’t stop Susan from buying SBTV.com. The company would become one of the Hot Tech 100 companies of the year.

10:28 “The biggest thing that we did to build the business was getting collaboration.”

11:28 [On Networking] – “It’s not about selling, it’s about building that trust and rapport.”

13:29 Marketing used to be the message going out to consumers, and now it’s a two way street.

15:05 “We have so much access to data.”

16:40 Susan explains the significance of being authentic and connecting with your followers online.

17:22 How collaboration with other websites can bring more traffic to your website.

19:08 [The One Percent Edge] – “It’s about looking at your business on a regular basis…and about continuing to evolve on a regular basis.”

20:30 “You can”t be on the status quo, you’ve got to be on the status grow.”

20:49 The dangers of being married to our business operations.

22:40 “If you’re not willing to open up, I can’t help you.”

24:05 Susan describes the process of writing the book.

25:56 The trend of people wanting to talk about what’s happening, and being more accessible to having new conversations.

Expert Bio

Susan Solovic is an award winning entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, media personality, keynote speaker and attorney. Her new book is The One Percent Edge: Small Changes That Guarantee Relevance and Build Sustainable Success. Solovic is also the host of The One Percent Edge podcast.

For more information, visit Susan Solovic’s Website.

Contact Info for Susan Solovic

Web address: http://www.susansolovic.com/ 

Travels from: Jupiter, FL

Phone: (631) 539-4558

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Episode 166: The Everyday Joy of ‘I Get To’ – Featured Interview with Ted Larkins

Owner of The Get To Principle, LLC

Ted Larkins talks with Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about how to adopt a “get to” mindset and become more peaceful, productive, and satisfied in your everyday life.
Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:
  • The significance of the Dalai Lama’s advice that the purpose of life is to find happiness.
  • What happens when you start thinking in terms of “I get to” instead of “I have to.”
  • What an Indian man who lived in a 10 x 10 home with his wife and four children taught Ted about happiness.
  • What happened when a successful Tampa real estate agent started applying the “Get To” principles.
  • What matters to celebrities like Jon Bon Jovi when it comes to happiness.
  • Ted’s 15 minute daily morning practice that strengthens his mindset and creates a blueprint for success.

 

Interview Insights

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1:49 How Ted’s parents passed onto him the ethic of “getting out and doing things.”

2:58 [Paraphrasing the Dalai Lama] – “The purpose of life, I believe, is to find happiness.”

3:28 “When you make the choice to be happy, it’s really powerful.”

4:25 The benefits of smiling more often.

5:30 The “30 second rule” of changing your mindset.

5:49 [The Get To Mantra] – “You say, ‘I get to do this,’ you smile, and then you do what you’re going to do.’”

7:08 The essential difference in mindset between “I have to” and “I get to.”

10:15 Why the kind of happiness Ted refers to isn’t a “Polyanna” kind of happiness.

13:08 How Ted’s experiences traveling through India helped him shape his worldview.

14:59 “When I’m deliberate about saying ‘I get to do this,’ the more in control I am of my life.”

15:49 “We all have our level of frustration and things like that, but we do have the choice.”

17:28 Ted recounts his work with Bon Jovi, and what it was like to get through the trust barrier.

18:49 “We’re born and then we die, and in between we get to do this thing called life.”

20:09 The point of the mindful movement.

21:43 [Ted describes his 3 month executive coaching process.] – “It helps take people from this mundane [mindset] or just going through the motions and brings them up to really experiencing life.”

22:30 Case study of a Florida business man who just wasn’t getting the most out of life.

23:45 [On writing Get To Be Happy] – “I had the best time.”

25:24 “I learned that just being focused and dedicated to something for 30 minutes a day, you can get a lot done.”

28:15 Ted’s daily exercise for staying happy and productive.

Expert Bio

Ted Larkins is an author, speaker, accomplished business executive and coach on happiness. Through his book and keynote talks, he shares the powerful Get To Principle, the ability to say “I Get To” as opposed to “I have to”. Ted also co-developed a leading entertainment licensing company in Tokyo, representing major movie studios that included Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox. He’s worked on projects with Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Nicklaus, Mariah Carey, and many other artists. He is former Senior Vice President of the North American division of CPLG, one of the world’s leading entertainment, sport and brand licensing agencies. He is on the board of directors of the Licensing Industry Merchandise Association (LIMA), co-chairing the charity committee and sitting on the executive committee. He is a guest lecturer for the UCLAx Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts program.
Over a year and a half period, during his daily 4 hour train commute to work in Hollywood, he wrote the book, “Get To Be Happy: Stories and Secrets On Loving the Sh*t Out of Life. Ted lives with his wife of 22 years and their two children in Southern California.

For more information, visit Ted Larkins’ Website

Contact Info for Ted Larkins

Web address: http://www.tedlarkins.com

Travels from: Costa Meza, CA

Phone: (818) 261-8262

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Episode 165: Lessons Learned after hosting over 410 TEDx Talk Speakers – Featured Interview with Ajit George

TEDx Wilmington organizer and Certified Dream Builder™

Ajit Mathew George talks with Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about his experience with running TEDx Wilmington and how the 410+ TEDx presentations have shaped and improved his life.
Ajit George

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

  • How his family of engineers and doctors served as “reverse inspiration” on his entrepreneurial career path
  • The story behind becoming the TEDx Wilmington founder in 2011, which now has showcased over 627 speakers and received over 6 million YouTube views.
  • Keys to delivering a great talk in 12-18 minutes (hint: requires 50 hours of rehearsal!)
  • Background stories on two standout TEDx presentations: Actor Yvonne Orjii on why she has decided to stay a virgin, a direct contradiction to her choice in screen roles; and Yolanda Schlabach, whose 2016 talk raised the awareness of sexual trafficking along Route 95 between Washington DC and New York to the attention of the Governor of Delaware for legislative action.
  • How Ajit’s experience as a TEDx host has made him a better listener for his life coaching clients.
  • The legacy project of creating a hydroponic garden center run by former prison inmates to provide organic produce to restaurants within 200 miles of Wilmington.

Interview Insights

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1:51 Ajit tells about growing up in a family where all his cousins were either engineers or doctors and how it made him want to do the opposite. “I wanted to not take a safe route.”

2:50 Ajit recounts the four years he spent in India as a youth working in a children’s league, and how a key leader in the league helped develop his organizational skills.

4:08 “It’s ok to fail…and recovering from failure is almost as important as failing.”

5:33 How Ajit became involved with TED and TEDx

7:00 Ajit gives tips on how to put together a TEDx talk.

7:07 “People feel the need to put everything they know into a talk, which is a huge mistake.”

7:31 “What is that one idea worth spreading?”

9:15 [How to resist the urge to condense multiple ideas] – “Write down every idea [you] want to share in a TEDx talk, it doesn’t matter whether it’s one talk or multiple talks. Once [you] write it down on a sheet of paper, I then say, ‘What is the one idea of all those ideas on the sheet of paper you want to share with the world if you never got an opportunity to do a second TEDx talk?’”

10:09 “[TEDx Wilmington] no longer let anyone come without a lot of rehearsal…It’s a very conscious, determined process that we have.”

11:14 [Ajit explains why TEDx talks don’t allow notes] – “A good TEDx talk takes at least 50 hours of rehearsal.”

13:26 Ajit describes the organizational challenges of running TEDx.

15:02 What makes a fascinating TED talk.

17:12 “Often what we try to do is give a global platform to people who have great messages, but who are not getting them across.”

19:05 What it means to be a good life coach.

19:15 “You can only show them how to walk and give them the directions.”

20:33 “It’s much harder to get people to gracefully surrender something that they passionately believe in.” 

21:00 Ajit tells about his upcoming project Second Chances Farm, an organic farm where individuals recently released from prison will have a place to get back on their feet, and the goals he has for its development.

24:43 How Ajit became involved with doing work with Wilmington prisons through the organization Breaking Bread Behind Bars.

25:52 [On hiring individuals recently released from prison] – “There’s a huge shortage of labor force in the United States right now.”

27:50 [The importance of prioritization] – “The key is remembering that there’s no such thing as multi-tasking…so at the end of the day you have to decide if you make a list of 25 things, what’s the one thing that you must do today?”

Expert Bio

Ajit Mathew George is a TEDx organizer, certified Dream Builder™ Life Coach, creative marketer, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, gastronaut, wine aficionado, and dream catcher who divides his time between Wilmington, Delaware and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. He has over 40 years of experience in creative marketing, strategic planning, and business development in many different areas ranging from broadcasting, non-profits, resorts, and real estate development.

Through Magic Dust, LLC, he helps organizations and individuals build their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer, more fulfilling lives through Life Coaching, strategic marketing, and event planning. Over the years, Ajit has sprinkled his “magic dust” to create some magical events such as First Night Wilmington, Meals From the Masters Celebrity Chef’s Brunch, Evening With The Masters, Cellar Masters Wine Auction, Evening of Style, Black Tie Monopoly Tournament, Virgin Islands Winemakers Dinners, MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival and TEDxWilmington.

As the organizer and executive producer of TEDxWilmington (www.tedxwilmington.com) Ajit organized six annual TEDxWilmington Conferences, the 2018 TEDxWilmingtonED Conference, the 2016 and 2017 TEDxWilmingtonWomen Conference, 2017 TEDxYouth@Wilmington and 18 TEDxWilmingtonSalons between 2014 and 2017 including a very special TEDx Salon inside a prison in July 2015. These 29 different TEDx events featuring 397 speakers from around the world who gave 375 TEDx talks. As of March 5, 2018, the TEDx talks given at TEDxWilmington had over 6.351.709 views on YouTube.

Ajit is the Chairman of the American Wine Society’s First State Wine Guild. He was also the founder of the MidAtlantic Wine+ Food Festival that in 2015 consisted of a series of 33 acclaimed food and wine events in 4 states over 4 days featuring 60 chefs + 23 winemakers from 6 continents. He organized this annual Wine + Food Festival for 4 years.

Ajit is the founder of Second Chances Farm LLC, which is creating an organic vertical farm in Wilmington, Delaware that will exclusively hire people re-entering society after completing their prison sentence.

For more information, visit Ajit Mathew George’s website.

Contact Info for Ajit Mathew George

Web address: http://www.tedxwilmington.com/

Travels from: Wilmington, Delaware

Phone: (302) 521-9769

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Resources Mentioned by Ajit Mathew George:

TEDx Wilmington

Second Chances

TEDx Videos Mentioned

Sex Trafficking in the U.S.: Young Lives, Insane Profit | Yolanda Schlabach | TEDxWilmington

The wait is sexy | Yvonne Orji | TEDxWilmingtonSalon

 

 

Episode 164: Discovering Your Signature Brand for Iconic Advantage with Soon Yu

Author, Consultant, Speaker, Professor

Soon Yu talks with Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about his new book, Iconic Advantage, and what it means to develop a signature brand.

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

  • Why the ability to collaborate is such an essential skill for entrepreneurs.

  • How Yu helped a small company simplify their strategy so they could break into a competitive American market.

  • The benefits of looking for the highest point of entry in marketing.

  • The question he asks Fortune 500 companies to help them focus.

  • The special approach that longstanding successful companies have

 

Interview Insights

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1:25 Yu tells about his early experience starting an Asian Funk Band.

2:08 “Even when met with odds that seem insurmountable, it didn’t stop us, we went out and created an Asian Funk Band.”

2:30 “I leaned on a lot of other folks and some of their skills and some of their ideas were basically how to figure out and make a shared vision work.”

3:25 [On his mother as his role model] – My mom decided to do everything she could to contribute to our ability to move to a new country and to acclimate.”

4:16 Yu tells about his move from Taiwan at 3 years old to Berkley, California.

4:39 [On his ideal client] – “Folks who are very interested in learning and have a high degree of curiosity, who know they have a lot of unique skills, capabilities, and experiences, but also are sort of seeking leveraged guidance.”

5:50 Yu tells about his recent work with a company who had a very interesting product and an even more interesting challenge – “Their key challenge was that they had a very distinctive product proposition, and a wonderful story because the products were all made based on empathy…their challenge was how do they come into a mature market and be the eighth competitor in that market?”

8:09 Yu explains the ins and outs of breaking into a complicated market by not going for the lowest hanging fruit.

8:39 “We help them focus on this idea of instead of going really broad, going really narrow.”

10:06 “Do you know which of your brands or your product franchises are delivering most of your profit? And of those, do you know which of them are truly iconic?”

11:47 “Take your cash cow, milk them, and butter them up.”

12:37 [On his inspiration for writing Iconic Advantage] – “I always veer towards wanting to do new things – new product lines, new initiatives, new technology…but what I learned over those 30 years was that I had a hard time commercializing new ideas.”

13:58 [On the approach that longstanding successful companies have] – “They took a lot of their shiny new ideas and applied it to franchises that had momentum.”

14:46 Yu explains that most companies don’t know what makes them iconic.

15:19 [Why it’s critical to keep people in love with your brand] – “Just like consumers fall in love with people, they also fall in love with brands. And just like people, when you fall in love with somebody, you don’t want to fall out of love with them. And if somebody’s in love with you, you’re not going to do things to hurt that relationship.”

15:35 “It’s critical for those of us who are caretakers of brands to take care of that relationship as a love relationship.”

15:59 Basics of the Iconic Brand Pyramid

17:18 “That’s where it starts off – What do you care about?”

17:39 “You want to be consistent about how you represent your personality.”

19:37 “There’s a lot of ways to find these signature elements, and it’s critical that you find those.”

20:09 Why it’s essential to reinforce and align.

21:16 The story behind Nike Air and their path to distinctive design.

22:28 Why it’s important for companies not to overlook the assets already inside of their organization.

23:50 Why an hour of true productivity each day is a goal worth seeking out.

24:42 “I have a very simple 3-5 year vision of what I want to accomplish.”

22:29 “When you leave the room, what fragrance do you leave the room with? What do people remember you for?”

Expert Bio

Soon Yu is an international speaker and bestselling author of Iconic Advantage: Don’t Chase the New, Innovate the Old.

He regularly consults business leaders on developing meaningful Iconic Signature Elements, Signature Moments and Signature Communication.

Yu most recently served as Global VP of Innovation at VF Corporation, parent organization to over 30 global apparel companies, including The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Nautica, and Wrangler. While at VF, Yu created a two-billion-dollar innovation pipeline, established three global innovation centers and initiated industry-leading design best practices.

Prior to this, he worked at The Clorox Company and Chiquita Brands, where he won company-wide awards for best advertising, best promotion and best new product, and gained industry recognition from the Webby Award, Favorite Website Award and Dope Award. He was also founder and CEO for numerous venture-backed startups, including Gazoontite, Promeo Technologies, and TWRL, and was recognized as a Northern California finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Yu is an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design and often guest lectures at Stanford University, where he received his MBA and is active with the GSB Asian Alumni Association.

For more information, visit Soon Yu’s Website.

Contact Info for Soon Yu

Web address: www.soonyu.com

Travels from: Austin, TX

Phone: (336) 740-4223

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Episode 162: Scuba Tanks and Fierce Conversations – Featured Interview with Susan Scott

Founder of Fierce, Inc., Author of Fierce Conversations and Fierce Leadership

Susan Scott talks to Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about fierce leadership and the benefits of learning how to have truly meaningful conversations.

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:
  • What is the real role of managers
  • Why leaders should offer their employees to challenge the way they’re thinking.
  • How meaningful conversation occurs in a culture where candor is valued.
  • How “putting on a scuba tank” can keep your meetings from being a waste of time.
  • Why practice can make you a better communicator

Interview Insights

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1:39 Scott talks about an early role model – her grandmother – the first to start the Tuxedo rental business.

2:07 [On starting Fierce] – “I had been running groups of CEO’s here in Seattle…and I would meet with each of them once a month for about 2 hours.”

2:45 [Inspired by Hemingway] “I had an epiphany that our companies and our careers and our relationships and our lives can succeed or fail, gradually hen suddenly, one conversation at a time.” 

3:08 “What gets talked about within a company, how it gets talked about, and who is invited to the conversation, determines what’s going to happen.”

4:22 [Paraphrasing Annie Dillard] – “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.”

4:29 “Most leaders are spending their days in meeting after meeting after meeting, conversation after conversation after conversation.”

5:23 The importance of straight talk and straight listening.

5:38 “People are understandably frightened to disclose what they’re really thinking and feeling, and they don’t necessarily want to go for the biggest and baddest and toughest and most complicated issues.”

5:59 “People end up waterskiing through their conversations rather than putting on a scuba tank and going deeper.”

7:14 “Fierce Leadership is the book that if somebody’s going to read one book, they should read that one.”

7:57 [On making the conversation real] – “You have to decide whether or not you really care about the issues on the table. If you don’t care, then you’re not necessarily going to come out from behind yourself and be real.”

8:22 “I would hope that you are in a culture where candid candor is valued.”

8:31 “No plan will survive its collision with reality.”

9:31 “The person who’s holding the meeting fills that form before everyone comes together for the meeting.”

10:21 “A leader’s job is not to be right, a leader’s job is to get it right for the company.”

10:38 “If I’m the leader, I want to start by changing the way I’m holding my meetings.”

11:31 “There’s an easy and graceful way to put your perspective on the table even if it contradicts the leaders of the organization.”

12:14 “Most people aren’t even aware that they’re shutting people down.”

13:05 “In our training nobody does any role play, nobody pretends to be someone other than who they are.”

14:29 How practice can make you a better communicator.

14:51 “We teach people what accountability really is and how to raise the bar on accountability.”

16:05 How a meeting facilitator can help keep a meeting from derailing.

16:31 “We want the client to have gotten tremendous benefit from the training and actually make progress on an issue that is of great importance to them.”

17:12 People always amaze me at how brave, courageous, and skillful they can be very quickly, given the right tools and understanding of what’s at stake.”

17:59 “What is your role as a manager? It is not to have all of the answers, it is not to create the plan all by yourself.”

18:42 “If I as a manager am always just dictating to them what they should do, and sharing the brilliance of my own thinking with them, there’s not much room for them to shine. Plus, I am not always going to get it right.”

20:13 [On Managers changing mindset] – “Why would I want to go back to that lonely role of coming up with all of these ideas myself, when I’ve got some amazing people who came up with ideas is a short amount of time?”

22:05 “When everybody knows, and you tell them at the beginning ‘Before we conclude I’m going to ask every one of you to give me your best advice,’ when you do that, no one is going to be checking out.”

23:08 “If you haven’t heard from somebody in the meeting you call on them.”

23:38 “You teach people how to behave in these meetings and no one gets to hide out and shrink their subatomic particles and vanish off the radar screen. They’re invited to the meeting because their perspective is important.”

25:24 [Paraphrasing Will Rogers] – “Politicians are good at saying absolutely nothing and saying it all the time. Nobody’s listening and then everybody disagrees,”

26:43 Ask more questions, respond with fewer ‘Yes, but’s,” especially in regards to political discussions.

29:44 “Labelling people or groups of people is so counterproductive.”

30:30 “People are tired of having these 360 anonymous inputs…people want to have conversations.”

30:53 “Companies are shifting their performance management to be this ongoing conversation.”

31:00 The two major updates to Fierce Conversations

33:04 [On feedback] – “The time has come, we all know that we need it.”

33:36 “Let’s get away from the practice of holding people accountable and holding people able and modeling accountability.”

34:09 “Be very clear with people on what are their deliverables.”

34:44 “There’s no way I can hold you to a standard that is higher than the one I’m exhibiting myself.”

34:54 “Accountability is an attitude.”

35:03 “You have to create an environment in which people choose accountability.”

36:08 Feedback Scott has received from readers.

37:23 “You wasn’t people to come up with their own insights.”

38:59 [On fierce conversations] – “It’s one where we lean in, we really listen to one another, we totally disclose what we’re thinking, we share the goal of getting it right.

39:17 Five questions with Susan Scott

Expert Bio

Susan Scott is a best-selling author and leadership development architect who has enabled top executives worldwide to engage in vibrant dialogue with one another, with their employees, and with their customers for more than two decades. As CEO of Fierce Conversation, a company she founded in 2001, Susan sets the company’s strategic vision and creates the culture through her ongoing commitment to ensure employees are engaged, communication is candid, and learning is continuous.

Prior to starting Fierce, Susan spent 12 years running think tanks for CEOs designing and delivering training to peers working with CEOs across the globe. In 2002, ‘Fierce Conversations -Achieving Success at Work and in Life, One Conversation at a Time,’ was published in 4 countries. It was included on The Wall Street Journal and UPI best seller lists, and was one of USA TODAY’S top 40 business books of 2002. Her much anticipated second book – ‘Fierce Leadership: A Bold Alternative to the Worst ‘Best’ Practices of Business Today was published in 2009, and was also listed on The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times best seller lists. In May 2017 Susan re-released “Fierce Conversations” with 40% updated content, incorporating more data and technology that was developed through her experience in the industry over the last 15 years.

For more information, visit Susan Scott’s website.

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Web address: www.fierceinc.com

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Phone: (206) 818-2429

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Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises

Henry David Thoreau’s Walden

Annie Dillard

Will Rogers

Episode 160: Thinking Right Side Up – Featured Interview with David Fields

Founder of Ascendant Consulting

David Fields talks with Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about how connecting with clients means recognizing that when it comes to consulting, it’s not about you.

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

  • Why Emotional Connection plays such an important role in client relationships
  • How Making mistakes can make you more valuable to your clients
  • What it means to think “right side up.”
  • Why being confident will get you more consulting clients
  • The reason clients have difficulty trusting new approaches

Interview Insights

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00:59 Fields discusses his fanatical love of both chocolate and hockey.

1:28 “I happen to love what I do, like many of us who are entrepreneurs. I just thrive on the business.”

2:36 Fields recalls a story from his childhood about a word class mathematician who taught him how to use unit blocks in kindergarten. “This amazing mathematician would ride his bike to teach kids in kindergarten.”

3:00 “I just think that the idea of teaching other people and giving your knowledge, not at your level, but at their level…you meet people where they are and help them.”

3:56 [On his first job(s)] “I’m a numbers person, and I went into marketing research and learned a lot of great skills there.”

4:07 “My first boss once told me, ‘David our job isn’t to say that the glass is half empty or the glass is half full but to say there is 6oz of water in a 12 oz glass.”

4:33 “Life is so much more than numbers, and in fact, numbers aren’t the answer.”

5:13 Fields tells about his time working as an interviewer for a dating service.

6:05 “If you go back 30 years, the idea of meeting someone through a service, there’s a lot of stigma attached.”

6:30 “It wasn’t the matching that got people there, it was the emotional journey.”

7:00 Fields recounts the time leading up to spinning off from his original company to start a new consulting company with his partner Jim.

7:40 [On the fate of the early venture] – “That worked incredibly well for about 4 weeks.”

8:05 “Jim was the business development guy. I was the backroom engine guy. I was coming up with models and smart solutions to client problems.”

8:19 “I was left without a partner, without clients, and without the skill set to develop clients.”

8:37 “My first year running Ascendant was a disaster.”

8:59 “Once you have some success and you’re smart enough to get help, then it gets easier.”

9:25 “Unless you have failed, you can’t show that you have the resilience and the ability to get up.”

9:43 “I wouldn’t go out of my way to try to make mistakes, but if you try to avoid them, that’s where trouble sets in.”

10:25 [On Org Design] – “No design is ever perfect out of the gate.”

10:33 “We’re better off putting it in place, getting it darn close, and then refining it. I don’t worry about the mistakes, I worry about creating high quality.”

11:15 [On thinking right side up] – “Consulting is not about you, it’s about them.”

11:35 [On what his experiences working in a shoe store taught him] – “It doesn’t matter what it looked like to you…it mattered what it felt like to them. It wasn’t about my shoes it was about their feet.”

11:56 “If there’s one thing to take away from our discussion, I would say take that away. It’s not about you, it’s about them.”

12:26 “Most of the time we start something we think about ourselves, and we have to push ourselves to think about our clients.”

12:50 “Take the first line of the e-mail and make it about the client, not about you.”

13:08 “In everything you do: every e-mail you write, every presentation you give, think to yourself, ‘How do I make this about them, not me.”

13:32 “Confidence is extremely important.”

13:59 “One of the ironies is that people look inside for their confidence. They’ve been taught by self-help gurus that there is some inner core and they have to believe in themselves, and I think that’s absolutely nonsense.”

14:16 “Stop looking at yourself. If your prospect or client believes you have value, then you have value.”

14:38 “The lack of self-confidence comes from thinking too much about yourself.”

16:20 [On teaching new consultants why they don’t need certifications] – “If a client came to you with this problem, could you give them a solution that will solve the problem? If the answer is yes, then why do you need a certification?”

17:20 “A lot of consultants want to start with: ‘Here’s what I’m good at. Here’s what I know. Let me try to sell what I know.” 

17:30 It doesn’t matter what you know or what you’re good at, all that matters is what the market wants.

17:38 “Learn something different. Learn what the market wants.”

18:14 “It’s not that we shouldn’t study and learn. We absolutely should, we should go where the market is and pick up skills.”

18:42 [What Field learned from consumer products] – “You need a breakthrough product and you need to be differentiated.”

19:05 “Clients aren’t looking for different. Clients aren’t looking for breakthrough. Clients are looking for solved. They’re looking for a solution that’s reliable and credible.”

19:25 “Every single client, every single executive, has had at least one experience, and probably multiple experiences, with having hired a third party and that third party didn’t deliver.”

19:59 [On client trust] – “They want the thing that’s worked 30 times.”

20:03 “Don’t worry about what makes you different, worry about what makes you credible and reliable.”

20:25 How Fields met Keith Ferrazzi

22:00 “If we’re trying to appear reliable and we’re trying to appear credible, the clients need some proof.”

22:21 “There’s social proof like crazy these days.”

22:41 Clients are looking for how you interact with them, and they’re also looking for other kinds of social proof.

23:15 “The advantage of having a marquee client is that you can put them on the marquee and people will say ‘Wow!’”

24:15 “Whether you’re a sole [consultant] or boutique, you’re always trying to balance command.”

24:25 “I would never advise building capacity ahead of demand.”

24:50 Not everyone is cut out to be a rainmaker.

25:53 “Impact is step 2, before you get visibility.”

26:55 “People who are going to take your ideas and not call you, were never going to call you anyway.”

27:26 “What you do is gain the people who were smart enough to realize that there’s one level, which is understanding a concept, there’s another level which is implementing it without making as many mistakes. And then there’s another level, which is implementing it with feedback and coaching and guidance along the way, and that’s going to make the entire process faster.”

29:06 “I think most people know that coaching is a good thing.”

29:25 “You have to make a decision that you’re willing to invest in your business.”

29:45 “Are you willing to learn and change?”

29:55 Good coaches will often make you do something different, something uncomfortable.

30:00 “And if you want to achieve something different, you’re going to have to change something and probably something that feels uncomfortable.”

31:17 [On the early years of Ascendant] – “It never occurred to me to do hourly work, that’s not how I grew up.”

32:25 Fields tips for staying on track and focused.

32:42 “I’m not naturally on track. I’m intellectually spastic.”

32:54 “If something’s not your skill set, you get rid of it and you have somebody whose skill set it is take care of it.”

35:00 “I am here to help consultants succeed.”

36:35 “We can always learn and we can always improve.”

David Field’s Bio

David A. Fields works with boutique consulting firms and individual consultants across the globe that are eager to accelerate growth, increase profit and create lucrative, lifestyle-friendly practices. He has guided consultancies ranging from one-person startups to the consulting divisions of some of the world’s largest companies.

David still advises corporate clients too. After climbing the ranks to become a partner at a prestigious consulting firm in Connecticut, David co-founded Ascendant Consulting, where he has attracted clients such as Abbott Laboratories, Church & Dwight, FMC, Warner Home Video, and many others.

David’s books include Amazon’s highest-rated book on the business of consulting released in the past 20 years: The Irresistible Consultant’s Guide to Winning Clients.

He also leads the Ascendant Consortium, a unique, “general contractor” model in which David acts as both a client and consultant on the same project. The consortium now includes more than 150 consultants whose clients are a Who’s Who of the global business world. The Ascendant Consortium was a breakthrough for David professionally, and in this model high-dollar, high-margin projects are the norm.

David received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon. (Go plaid!) He is a hockey fanatic and eats egregious amounts of chocolate.

For more information, visit David Field’s website.

Contact Info for David Fields

Web address: http://davidafields.com

Travels from: Ridgefield, CT

Phone: (203) 438-7236

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