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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

Interview Insights

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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 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, 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.

Contact Info for Caroline Miller

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

Travels from: Philadelphia, PA

Phone:(214) 543-0844

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Soul Health – Interview with Dr. Katherine T Kelly

Pioneer of Soul Health

Bill Ringle and Katherine T Kelly discuss the “Soul Health Model” of gaining insight and strength to apply in our business and personal life.

Expert Bio

Dr. Katherine T. Kelly, Ph.D., M.S.P.H. has gone from the convent to Krispy Kreme in her career as a holistic health psychologist. She was named “the Pioneer of Soul Health” in 2013 after the publication of her book, Soul Health: Aligning with Spirit for Radiant Living, which has been featured on over 130 national and international radio shows and podcasts. She is a licensed health psychologist, consultant, author, speaker, and transformational travel leader.

She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Colorado (1992), and both her Master’s (1995) and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (1999) from Indiana State University. She also earned a Master of Science in Public Health degree (2000) from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the university’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, a top-rated residency training center for physicians. She has received specialized training from the Mind-Body Medical Institute of Harvard University, as well has been trained in various holistic, natural health and spiritual methods of healing. Dr. Kelly has authored several academic publications and is an ongoing contributor to local health and wellness magazines. She provides classes, workshops, and retreats throughout the United States and offers “Soul Health Journeys”—transformational travel excursions—throughout the world. The revised second edition of her book, Soul Health: Aligning with Spirit for Radiant Living will be available May 12, 2018.

Her career has taken her from being recruited to work for a Catholic convent, to a professor at a well-known medical school, to a psychologist, author, and speaker.

For more information, visit Dr. Katherine T Kelly’s website.

Contact Info for Dr. Katherine T Kelly

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

Travels from: Winston-Salem, NC

Phone: (336) 406-8431

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Total Health Mastery – Interview with Arnoux Goran

Founder of Total Health Mastery USA

Bill Ringle and Arnoux Goran discuss the high costs of emotional baggage that we and our staff carry and the freedom and better performance that await once we release those burdens.
Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:
  • How to tell if you’ve actually gotten rid of negative emotional programming
  • Why you should learn to see your business as a mirror
  • The 7 Steps to Reprogramming Yourself
  • The difference between beliefs and thoughts/emotions
  • How to figure out what emotions stand in your way of being successful
  • What it means to be present in your body

Interview Insights

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1:49 How Arnoux’s grandfather’s tendency towards helping inspired him as a youth, and his difficult upbringing gave him the life experience he needed to write his new book, The Answer.

3:51 How to test if you’ve rid yourself of negative programming.

5:16 “You don’t have to remember anything that happened to you to use the 7 steps to delete old programs, all you have to do is feel the emotion that you’re dealing with now.”

6:01 “You’re not the old anger, old fear, old sadness, old guilt, old shame.”

7:01 “We have to come from a different position to truly take the power and change our business.”

9:13 “If we could release our anger, we would then see reality as it is.”

9:44 “The seven steps is the basic manual for how to access programs on the computer and delete ones you don’t want.”

9:50 The 7 Steps to Reprogramming Yourself

11:03 Why it’s more difficult to eradicate a negative emotion that’s been around for decades.

11:35 “The human mind is most susceptible to unconscious programming up until ages 8-13.”

12:55 “Conscious beliefs are what you choose to believe, it’s what you choose to think about as reality or about life.”

13:15 [Paraphrasing Dr. Judd] – “It’s not that you have too many thoughts, it’s that you think the same thoughts every day.”

14:32 #upgradeyourpersonalplaylist

16:36 How Arnoux helped unblock a client who just couldn’t finish writing a book.

17:24 “Some of the unconscious programs we remove actually relate to many areas.”

18:39 Why it’s impossible to simply ignore your unconscious thoughts.

19:53 Questions to figure out what’s in your way of being successful.

22:18 3 ways to evaluate what emotions you’re experiencing.

24:05 The importance of quieting the mind.

25:36 Lightning Round

Expert Bio

Arnoux (are-know) Goran is the founder of Total Health Mastery USA and the inventor of The 5 Step Emotional Eraser: How to Cleanse the Body Without Cleansing Reactions and How to Overcome Addictions Without Willpower.

Arnoux’s difficult upbringing and an unforgettably traumatic experience led him to seek out ways to heal himself and to stop replaying the patterns of poverty, starvation, and depression from his childhood. After years of research, hard work, resilience, and prayers he finally “cracked the code” of the human mind and invented The 7 Steps to Reprogramming Yourself, designed to unlock the unconscious mind and remove old repeating negative thoughts and emotions.

He also designed the seminar series, Total Health Mastery which boasts over 20 courses. A few live events are offered each year. Arnoux has written over 20 books or mini-books which are only available in THMU. He has been a speaker on TV, Radio, at Fortune 500 companies and at major universities.

Arnoux earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Washington and then took two years of pre-med courses at UW. He is a black belt in Martial Arts and became an instructor under the tutelage of Grandmaster Won Kuk Kim, son of Bok Man Kim, co-founder of Tae Kwon Do and author of Practical Tae Kwon Do. He went on to assist in opening several successful Martial Arts schools.

For more information, visit Arnoux Goran’s website.

Contact Info for Arnoux Goran

Web address: https://totalhealthmasteryusa.com/

Travels from: Santa Monica, CA

Phone: (858) 245-9926

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Moses Durazo 

Cadence – Featured Interview with Pete Williams

Entrepreneur, Advisor and Marketer

Pete Williams talks with Bill Ringle about how to add repeatable, understandable 10% wins in your business growth based on Cadence: A Tale of Fast Business Growth.
Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:
  • Pete Williams’ “7 Levers” approach to business growth
  • How telling a story can make a dry business topic become infinitely more interesting.
  • Why it’s important to step back and ask “What really drives profit in a business?”
  • The reason why focusing on achieving 10% wins is more sustainable long term.
  • Pete’s trusted tools for split testing

Interview Insights

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1:53 Pete describes the impact business greats Richard Branson and Bill Gates had on his young entrepreneurial mind.

3:55 What Pete’s early retail jobs taught him about running a business.

5:36 “I’m a really big believer in stories.”

7:30 Summary of the relationship of JJ the bike store owner and Charlie the mentor featured in Pete’s book Cadence.

8:43 Why so many business owners deal with the “little feeling of overwhelm.”

9:02 “Most people don’t realize the need for that skill set before it’s too late.”

10:23 “What really drives profit in a business?”

11:15 “You don’t have to double your leads or double your traffic to get a 2x profit. You can [instead] increase 7 areas by 10%”

13:53 The impact of small wins.

14:57 The 7 Levers approach to business growth.

16:30 “All you need to do is increase each of those [levers] by 10%.”

17:49 “There’s only 7 things that grow profit, and only 7 things you have to manage, and measure.”

18:51 Tools you can buy to help manage and measure these levers.

20:14 Why you shouldn’t overcomplicate managing these levers.

20:37 “One of the reasons people think it’s scary is because they don’t want to look at the numbers in two months time and see minimal growth.”

21:31 “Small wins are what you need.” 

25:25 Why you should engage your whole team to work on increasing the levers together.

26:41 Pete’s trusted split testing tools. 

29.51 You shouldn’t change tools that are working just because you’re bored with it.

30:45 The Lightning Round!

Expert Bio

Pete Williams is an entrepreneur, advisor, and marketer who Forbes recently called, “one entrepreneur today that every marketer should be modeling,” while Inc. describes him as, “a savvy marketing strategist.”

A Southern Region Finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Program, a Small Business ICON (Best-in-Class) Recipient, and an Australian Business Award Winner for Marketing Excellence, he is the co-founder of numerous businesses across varying industries—from telecommunications services to e-commerce.

Having been referred to as “Australia’s Richard Branson” in media publications, Pete first made a name for himself when, at age twenty-one, he sold Australia’s version of Yankee Stadium, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, for under $500—which you can read about in his first book, How to Turn Your Million-Dollar Idea Into a Reality (2007).

Pete’s companies include Infiniti Telecommunications, SimplyHeadsets.com.au, SpringCom Telecommunications, and Preneur Group (www.PreneurGroup.com), an advisory-consulting firm that guides business owners through the process of increasing profits, margins and other key indicators by using the 7 Levers approach to business growth.

For more information, visit Pete Williams’ https://cadencebook.com/.

Contact Info for Pete Williams

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

Travels from: St Kilda, Vic, Australia

Phone: (614) 185-3281

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Back in Control – Interview with Dr. David Hanscom

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon at Swedish Medical Center, Co-director of the Swedish Neuroscience Specialists Prehab Program

Bill Ringle and David Hanscom discuss the true underlying causes of workplace anxiety to get back in control.
Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:
  • Some of the challenges physicians face when dealing with the stress of the industry.
  • How Dr. David Hanscom overcame the symptoms of stress suppression by creating “play pathways”
  • Why it’s important to see challenges as opportunities rather than burdens to be avoided. 
  • The “Ring of Fire” strategy for overcoming anxiety
  • The significance of the mirror neuron effect

Interview Insights

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2:30 David recounts how his father, who was also a doctor, inspired him to grow up to become a physician.

3:15 “Spine surgery has changed dramatically over the last 30 years.”

4:03 Some of the challenges physicians face when dealing with the stress of the industry.

5:00 “What happens when you suppress stress, your body chemistry is still adverse, and people get sick.”

5:54 How David’s tendency to suppress stress led him from having no anxiety to having severe migraine headaches and panic attacks.

7:09 David recounts the symptoms of stress repression.

8:43 “Thoughts have the same effect on the brain as these physical threats do.”

11:19 How to redirect your inner stressful thoughts to a more positive outlook.

12:55 “There’s a positive link between sustained stress and auto-immune disorders.”

14:00 “Anxiety is the pain. Whether it’s a physical threat or a mental threat, anxiety is the pain.”

16:01 The Ring of Fire metaphor for dealing with stress and anxiety.

16:55 How David learned to enjoy every aspect of his job – “Pain pathways are permanent, but so are play pathways.”

19:15 “The bigger the adversity, the bigger the chance to practice the tools.”

19:47 Why it’s important to see challenges as an opportunity rather than a burden.

20:45 “If you’re not sleeping, this entire project is out the door, nothing works.”

23:03 Why David insists his patients don’t complain about their pain.

25:15 The mirror neuron effect.

26:35 David describes his morning mindfulness routine.

Expert Bio

Dr. David Hanscom is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the surgical correction of complex spine problems in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. He has expertise in adult and pediatric spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis. A significant part of his practice is devoted to performing surgery on patients who have had multiple prior spine surgeries.

His earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University in 1979. His residency training began with internal medicine in Spokane, WA from 1979-1981. He has been performing complex spinal surgery since 1986. Around 2001 he began to share his own stress management tools with his patients that were in pain but had no indications for surgery. He also had spent most of his career with rehabilitation physicians learning non-operative care. By 2006 a structured spine treatment protocol evolved called the DOC project (Direct your Own Care). His book, Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain is the basis of the structured spine care program.

He is the founder of the Puget Sound Spine Society, which was formed in 1987. It is a non-profit educational group, which provides a regional forum for physicians from multiple specialties to share ideas regarding optimum spine care.

For more information, visit David Hanscom’s website.

Contact Info for Dr. David Hanscom

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

Travels from: Seattle, WA

Phone:(206) 890-1892

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The Ring of Fire 

A Life Worth Living – Interview with Carla Feagan

Author of A Life Worth Living

Bill Ringle and Carla Feagan discuss going beyond your comfort zone to create a life worth living and a business worth leading.

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

  • Carla’s best advice: open yourself up to opportunities
  • Contrasting the conditions in Cambodia and Vietnam with day-to-day troubles in US-based businesses
  • What one client did who was not feeling worthy of financial success

Interview Insights

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  3:14 “I knew nothing about the business or the industry, I just jumped in and did it.”

4:03 How Carla’s decision to eliminate her need to constantly save money she freed her self up to have more adventures and new experiences.

6:04 How Carla’s close friend encouraged her to write the book. – “You need to allow people to see that they’re not the only ones who have gone through traumatic circumstances in their life.”

7:20 On Writing the Book – “It was a truly cathartic experience because it allowed me to piece my life together.”

8:45 Why Carla would change nothing about her tumultuous past in light of her brilliant present.

9:40 “When I came back [from my trip] I didn’t want to jump back into the old world of making money just to be making money, I wanted to do something that I was passionate about. And I realized that would be something that would give back to people.”

11:31 How Carla’s traumatic childhood gave her a negative sense about herself that she had to overcome as an adult, especially concerning her relationships.”

13:05 Carla’s tips for overcoming subconscious self-sabotage.

15:10 How Carla was able to help a client see a 20% increase in his business after a 2.5 month coaching investment with her.

17:10 The question business owners should ask – “Is there something from the past stopping me from getting to my next step?”

17:48 How Carla’s experiences in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Eastern Africa reshaped her worldview.

20:56 “It was the internal strength of the people that really resonated with me.”

22:06 “By being able to take yourself out and actually visiting and seeing those places and feeling the energies around there, it really does make a difference.”

23:45 “Most people find passion by being able to help others.”

25:23 “Look for ways you can give back, even to the community you’re in.”

26:13 Carla’s tips for staying on track and productive. – “I decide what my day is going to be like.”

Expert Bio

Carla Feagan was born in Changi, Singapore on a British RAF Base. After Singapore, her family moved to England and then to Canada when she was 7. Carla has lived all over Western and Central Canada including ten years in the North West Territories. She holds an honors degree in Computer Systems Technology and has been a speaker at Microsoft World Wide Partner Conferences. She has been acting CFO of a hospital and an airline and owned her own businesses. Carla also has over 20 years of research in order to set herself free from her past. In 2015, she left her job to experience her own EAT, PRAY, LOVE journey to 21 countries for a year. Carla currently lives and works remotely from Playa del Carmen, MX, understanding the true value in creating the life you want.

 

For more information, visit Carla Feagan’s website.

Contact Info for Carla Feagan

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

Travels from: Carmen, Mexico

Phone:(707) 969-7972

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Life’s One Law – Interview with Dr. Phillip Agrios

Author of Life’s One Law

Dr. Phillip Agrios and Bill Ringle discuss a novel 6-step problem solving blueprint that guides business owners away from past troublesome decisions and tendencies and towards better closing rates, healthier management communications, and stronger business relationships.

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

Click here to take the What’s Your Sabotaging Trait and Its Antidote Quiz! 

  • A turning point from being at a low with great physical distress (carpel tunnel syndrome for a chiropractor), financially, maritally, and discovering a method to understanding and reversing those conditions.
  • How this method helped a lawyer who was unaware of his need for systems before he could grow his practice further
  • How the first draft of this book was written in 2 weeks
  • How it is a curable symptom to stay stuck in a particular “season” without guidance to transcend it.

Life's One Law

Interview Insights

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4:20 What it is to have a sabotaging trait, and to find its antidote. –  “It’s there to really help us to get to the next level.”

6:49 The steps which led Dr. Phillip discover the 6 step blueprint.

8:30 “The steps are cyclical, you can start anywhere.”

9:00 Dr. Phillip explains the the six seasons and what each of them mean – Summer, Harvest, Autumn, Winter, Relinquish, and Spring.

11:14 How Dr. Phillip helped a salesman who had a tendency to give too much information away.

14:10 Dr. Phillip recounts the case of a scatterbrained client  – “Once he started going through a system, he became less overwhelmed.”

14:38 [The reason why some people don’t become successful] – “It’s more painful for them to become successful than to stay where they’re at.”

17:17 Dr. Philip describes the process of writing the book, and how the first draft only took two weeks.

18:47 [Case study of a single mom-trepreneur] “What she was doing in her personal life, she should be doing in her business, and what she was doing in her business, she should be doing in her personal life.”

20:18 “You don’t have to wait for the world Autumn to do Autumn things, it’s within yourself that these things are happening.”

21:53 How Dr. Phillip wrote a book in two weeks, and how he implemented his antidote to make it work – “I made sure that I had planned out that this is what I’m going to do per so many hours.”

23:54 “Don’t get upset with yourself, the sabotaging trait is there to help you.”

Expert Bio

Dr. Philip Agrios has transformed the trials and hardships of his own life experiences into a positive vision and important roadmap for the rest of us. After over two decades and thousands of patients, his discovery of Nature’s Blueprint contained within Life’s One Law uncovers our sabotaging trait and the antidote to switch it off for more productivity in business and more freedom in our life.

He now works with business owners, executives and sales professionals worldwide to help them to get out of their way and achieve their dreams.

For more information, visit Dr. Phillip Agrios ‘s website.

Contact Info for Dr. Phillip Agrios

Web address: www.dragrios.com

Travels from: Jackson, NJ

Phone: (732) 598-9917

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Dr. Ron Stotts

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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Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey

 

 

The One Percent Edge – Interview with Susan Solovic

Entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling Author

Susan Solovic and Bill Ringle scussed 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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The Map Will Appear When the Car is in Motion – Featured Interview with Clay Scroggins

Author, Pastor of North Point Community Church

Clay Scroggins talks with Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about the principles and pitfalls of how to lead when you’re not in charge.

Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:

  • The risk of leading by authority or title, even when you’re the CEO, manager, coach, or parent
  • How Clay defines influence and its relationship to leadership
  • The 4 behaviors that allow anyone to lead without authority.
  • The one characteristic to develop to help others see you as a leader.
  • How to become less defensive and more open to feedback.
  • The importance of uncovering someone’s true motivation because we’re not all motivated by the same incentives
  • The relevance of the GPS message that “the map will appear when the car is in motion.”
  • When you can have time to pursue your most important objectives, without interruptions from the phone, staff, or outsiders.

Interview Insights

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2:28 Clay explains why leadership and authority don’t always go hand in hand.

3:32 How an internship at the Georgia State House crafted Clay’s young understanding of leadership and decision making.

4:43 “When you believe that you have to be in charge in order to lead, that even when you are in charge and you try to leverage that authority to try to get people to move, it will work in the short term, but it does not work long term.”

5:09 The essence of leadership is influence. – “[Leadership is the ability to inspire people to move in order to accomplish something that they may not even realize that they want to accomplish.”

5:52 “Because leadership is influence, some people are born with more instinctual traits that give them influence.”

6:30 “What are my behaviors today that are gaining me influence? And what am I doing that’s costing influence?”

8:15 First of the four big behaviors to cultivate more influence.

8:41 “The easiest way to lead yourself is to ask others exactly where you are…You can’t get to where you wanna be unless you know exactly where you are.”

12:21 “There are things about yourself that everyone else knows, and that you probably know, but you have no clue that they are as aware as they actually are.”

14:20 Why influence is a commodity.

15:03 “Solicited feedback is always easier than unsolicited feedback.”

19:02 “What we have to [ask] as leaders, as managers, whether we’re in charge or not…is what is the incentive that’s causing them to work, what is motivating them?”

20:44 How to motivate people who are happy in their current position.

22:52  The big behaviors that cultivate influence.

23:52 “Every one of us has to bring value to what we’re working on.”

24:26 “The most dangerous enemy to not being in charge is passivity.”

26:48 How Clay rewards leadership behavior.

28:15 Why our greatest fear of taking leadership actions is fear of doing it wrong. – “The map will appear when the car is in motion.”

29:32 “A part of our role when we’re not in charge is to manage the anxiety of our boss.”

31:12 “Nothing so conclusively proves your ability to lead others as what you do on a day to day basis to lead yourself.”

32:13 Clay describes the steps he took in order to not only start, but finish the book.

33:11 Clay’s tips and tricks for staying productive and on task.

Expert Bio

Clay Scroggins is the lead pastor of North Point Community Church, providing visionary and directional leadership for all of the Alpharetta, Georgia church staff and congregation. As the original and largest campus of North Point Ministries, ranked numerous times by Outreach Magazine as the Largest Church in America, NPCC averages over 12,000 people in attendance. Working for Andy Stanley, Clay has worked his way through many organizational levels of North Point Ministries and knows all too well the difficulties of leading with influence and not authority. Clay holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as a Master’s degree and Doctorate with an emphasis in Online Church from Dallas Theological Seminary. He lives in Forsyth County, Georgia, with his wife, Jenny, and their five children.

For more information, visit Clay Scroggins’s Website.

Contact Info for Clay Scroggins

Web address: https://clayscroggins.com/

Travels from: Alpharetta, GA

Phone: (404) 751-7117

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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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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 arenas ranging from broadcasting, non-profits and resorts 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

Contact:

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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

 

 

stefan swanepoel

Make the Most of Your Strengths – Featured Interview with Stefan Swanepoel

Internationally Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker

Stefan Swanpoel talks with Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about embracing you you are, and reveals some industry secrets about how to become a bestselling author.

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Marketing secrets from a prolific, bestselling author.
  • How he designed his book to have wide appeal through social media and traditional channels.
  • Lessons about becoming comfortable with who you are and making the most of your strengths in business and in life.

Expert Bio

Stefan Swanepoel is an international best-selling author of 20 books on business trends, real estate, and social media, as well as a motivational keynote speaker with over 700 presentations to 500,000 people.

His most popular real estate books include the Amazon.com bestseller Real Estate confronts Reality and the annual Swanepoel TRENDS Report. His most recent book, Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life, is a New York Times bestseller, and his other titles have been featured on the bestseller lists of the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Publishers Weekly, and many others.

Stefan has held offices as President, CEO and Chairman of a technology company, an education company, a non-profit association, a movie studio and a 2,000 office international franchise. He has also received numerous awards, including: “Businessman of the Year” (Jaycees), one of the “Top 20 Most Influential People in the Real Estate Industry” (Today’s REALTOR®), and “One of the Top 50 People Who You Should Follow on Twitter” (Roost).

For more information, visit Stefan’s website.

Contact Info for Stefan Swanepoel

Web address for Real Estate Trends: RETrends.com

Web address for Serengeti Book: SerengetiBook.com

Travels From: Los Angeles, CA

Connect with Stefan:

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The Most Significant Trait of a Company Culture – Featured Interview with Randy Pennington

Award-winning Author and Consultant

Randy Pennington talks with Bill Ringle about how to make company culture work to increase productivity and morale.
Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:
  • The importance of company culture in attracting talent.
  • The risks of not changing fast enough as a team or company.
  • The 6 choices that need to be made regarding how a culture develops.
  • The single most significant trait of a company culture.
  • How structure and process are the building blocks of habits.
  • The executive team that rolled out training to emphasize its importance to the company.

Expert Bio

Randy Pennington helps leaders achieve positive results in a world of accelerating change an disruption. He is a twenty-five year business performance veteran, award-winning author, and consultant who has worked with many of this country’s best-known organizations including: Alabama Power Company, Motorola, LSG Sky Chefs, SmithBucklin, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Texas A&M University, Marathon Oil, Sprint, Huntsman Chemical, State Farm Insurance, and DFW Airport in addition to government agencies at the local, state, and national level. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct instructor in the Cox Business Leadership Center at Southern Methodist University.

Pennington is the author of three books: Results Rule!, which received the 2007 Best Books Award from USA Book News, and On My Honor, I Will, which Ross Perot described as having “cracked the code of great leadership.” His third book, Make Change Work, received the 2013 Best Books Award for general business from USA Book News.

Randy’s background is a unique blend of line, staff, and consulting experiences ranging from hourly employee to senior management. He holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Psychology and completed Postgraduate work in Organization Administration and Management. He is a past Chairman of the Board for the American Heart Association, Texas Affiliate, and a founding member of the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. Randy has been inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association and is past Chairman for the NSA Foundation.

For more information, visit Randy’s website.

Contact Info for Randy Pennington

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

Travels from: Addison, TX

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Felicia Slattery

Kill the Elevator Speech – Interview with Felicia Slattery

Creator of the Signature Speech System

Felicia Slattery talks with Bill Ringle about how to kill the elevator speech and make authentic connections.
Key points that you’ll learn from this interview:
  • What to ask instead of “What do you do?” for better networking connections.
  • How to make your best impression at a network event.
  • When to use the FORM technique to create more points of interest with a new contact
  • How to make the most of follow-up
  • The best advice Felicia ever received about connecting in person: relax and be yourself

Expert Bio

Felicia Slattery is on a mission to help business experts and celebrities to create meaningful connections through effective communication and public speaking.

The two-time Amazon #1 best-selling author of Kill the Elevator Speech and 21 Ways to Make Money Speaking has shared her ideas across the United States and abroad. Felicia presents to audiences on communication, speaking, and being a successful entrepreneur in spite of every twist that life can surprise you with. As a cancer survivor,  Felicia’s enthusiastic passion for communication is contagious because she knows that one important message delivered with power can transform a life

For more information, visit Felicia’s website.

Contact Info for Felicia Slattery

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

Travels from: Chicago, IL

Phone: (630)-464-0199

Contact:

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Resources Mentioned by Felicia Slattery:

 

Michael Stanier

Great Work vs. Good Work – Featured Interview with Michael Bungay Stanier

Author, Speaker, and Senior Partner of Box of Crayons

Michael Bungay Stanier talks with Bill Ringle about practical ways to do more great work instead of only good work.

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The importance of structuring training that includes objectives for employee self-sufficiency
  • Understand what it means to great work vs. good work
  • Criteria for asking great questions
  • What effective coaching most resembles
  • How to overcome “hacking your own productivity systems”
  • When it makes sense NOT to coach as a manager

Expert Bio

Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. On the way to founding Box of Crayons ten years ago, Michael lived in Australia, England, the US and now Canada. As an innovation expert he helped invent new products and services, and as a change management consultant he supported companies as they evolved.

He’s written a number of books, the best known of which are Do More Great Work and the philanthropic project End Malaria; created a series of short internet videos, such as The Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun; and designed a wide range of training programs that are being used around the world.

He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year and a Rhodes Scholar. An internationally acclaimed professional keynote speaker, Michael is a popular speaker at business and coaching conferences around the world, including International Coaching Federation conferences, the OD Network, the International Association of Facilitators, CSTD and SHRM. He’s also Thinker in Residence at Knowledge Blocks, a resource for readers of business books. He’s been the Creativity Coach for David Allen’s Getting Things Done online community.

For more information, visit Michael’s website.

Contact Info for Michael Bungay Stanier

Business Phone: 416-532-1322

Web address: BoxofCrayons.biz

Travels From: Toronto, Canada

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Russell Bishop

Clear Your Focus – Featured Interview with Russell Bishop

Bestselling Author and Managing Partner of Bishop & Bishop

Bestselling Author Russell Bishop talks to Bill Ringle about how selective focus allows you to stay on track and be productive.

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • What it means to have a solo focus rather than an organizational focus
  • Why strategy and objectives DON’T matter
  • A perspective on complaining that can transform the conversation into one of contribution
  • How good questions provoke clear thinking
  • Two simple questions to ask yourself to stay on track and productive

Russell Bishop talks with Bill Ringle about alignment and empowerment within organizations as key growth drivers.

Expert Bio

Russell Bishop is Managing Partner for Bishop & Bishop, a boutique consulting and coaching company. His seminars, coaching, and consulting expertise offer individuals and organizations a new approach to integrating personal and spiritual values into their personal and professional lives. As an internationally regarded speaker, educator, and consultant, his corporate clients include Fortune 500 executives in aerospace, healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications and oil and gas.

Having started five different organizations in his career, Russell is well versed in the growth and expansion challenges faced by founding entrepreneurs and CEO’s. Executives and senior teams frequently engage his services on issues of leadership, growth and work-life balance. In 1978, he created Insight Seminars, one of the largest and most successful personal transformation programs in the world, with well over one million graduates in 34 countries.

In addition to his bestselling book, Workarounds That Work: How to Overcome Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work, he is the author of hundreds of articles on the power of choice and awareness and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. He has also lectured on productivity for the executive MBA programs at UCLA, University of Texas and Washington University in St. Louis.

For more information, visit Russell’s website.

Contact Info for Russell Bishop

Web address: RussellBishop.com

Travels From: Los Angeles, CA

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Share Your Code to Become a Better Leader – Featured Interview with Mette Norgaard

Strategic Leadership and Learning Expert and Author

Mette Norgaard talks to Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about how you communicate with your team will make or break you as a leader.

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • What leaders who care about the human side of business can be observed doing regularly
  • How the Finnish Broadcasting situation was turned around one lunch conversation at a time
  • What distinguishes a conversation from a Touchpoint opportunity
  • Why sharing your “code” with your team can make you a better leader
  • How to combine your words and energy in an interaction to produce extraordinary impact
  • What you can do to sidestep the myth of “no time to slow down”

Expert Bio

Mette Norgaard, Ph. D., MBA, is an expert on strategic leadership and learning. She works with executives to design and deliver learning solutions that advance the company’s strategy. She has also designed and participated in executive dialogues and workshops with thought leaders such as Stephen Covey, Jim Collins, John Katzenbach, Rob Goffee, Margaret Wheatley, and Ram Charan.

Over the years, Mette has taught thousands of leaders from a wide range of organizations, including Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, GE Capital, Estée Lauder, the US Armed Forces, and Harley-Davidson. In addition, she has worked closely with the executive teams at companies like Metro International, Pandora Jewelry, and Finnish Broadcasting. Finally, she has been a long-term partner on the development of high-potential leaders at companies like Campbell and Microsoft.

Her latest book, co-authored with Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell, is TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments. She is also the author of the international bestseller The Ugly Duckling Goes to Work: Wisdom for the Workplace from the Classic Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, which has been published in many languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Chinese.

Prior to starting her own practice, Mette worked with FranklinCovey Co for ten years. She was the director of Principle-Centered Leadership Week, an executive retreat at Sundance, UT. In addition, she was part of a small team of consultants who led large-scale change processes for Fortune 500 firms and the US Government. Before joining FranklinCovey Co, Mette served as a leader in both healthcare and manufacturing, and she knows first-hand the incessant pressures to do more with less and do it faster.

For more information, visit Mette’s website.

Contact Info for Mette Norgaard

Web address: MetteNorgaard.com

Travels From: New York, NY

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Elaine Pofeldt

Building Great Relationships – Featured Interview with Elaine Pofeldt

Independent journalist specializing in careers and entrepreneurship

New York, NY

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Keys to building great relationships with clients
  • How the criteria you use for evaluating opportunities change as you change your business vision
  • The central role of courage for succeeding as an entrepreneur
  • How trusting your observations and taking action lead to success
  • Important networking advice for corporate managers and leaders

Expert Bio

Elaine Pofeldt is an independent journalist who specializes in writing about careers and entrepreneurship. When she was a senior editor at Fortune Small Business magazine, she was twice nominated for the National Magazine Award for her feature stories.

She went freelance in October 2007 and has since written for publications including Fortune Money Forbes and a variety of other print and online publications. At Crain’s New York Business, she is a contributing editor, focused on the weekly’s small business coverage. She writes a how-to column and one on startups, called Startup Scene. At Fortune, she writes a column called David vs. Goliath, looking at small companies that are taking on giant competitors.

Having built traffic Fortune Small Business Online from a fledgling site to one with 2 million to 5 million page views a month, she frequently draws on her experience to help clients improve their online presence. She also founded Fortune Small Business’s national Business Plan Competition and ran it for 5 years.

For more information, visit Elaine’s website.

Contact Info for Elaine Pofeldt

Dr. steven craig

Six Husbands Every Wife Should Have – Featured Interview with Dr. Steven Craig

Author, Psychologist, and Corporate Coach

Birmingham, MI

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How having a business career in advertising before launching his counseling career helped focus his business growth
  • The benefits of hiring with adaptability in mind.
  • The mistake of having a list of desirable traits in a future mate as your sole criteria
  • Why providing your clients with a roadmap to change is a tools that gives them confidence
  • How rigid attitudes can be a trouble sign in personal and business relationships

Expert Bio

As a therapist, corporate coach, and author, Dr. Steven Craig extends his expertise in clinical psychology and business consulting across a broad range of areas. He is the author of the book The Six Husbands All Wives Should Have: How Couples Who Change Together Stay Together and has appeared in the media numerous times, including ABC World News Tonight with Charles Gibson, the New York Times, Newsweek, and more. Steve is also the host of Therapy Thursday on 96.3 FM WDVD’s Blaine & Allyson Show, one of Detroit’s top-rated morning shows.

Steve owns two businesses in addition to sitting on the advisory board of a $300 million dollar company.  As an executive coach he’s coached “C” level and other high-ranking executives in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, advertising, energy, and more for over twenty years. As a clinical psychologist he runs a highly successful clinic in one of Detroit’s premier locations and has served at the state and national level for the field of psychology.

Steve strives to help people recognize and build on their strengths rather than focusing on their weaknesses or belaboring their past. In this way, his clients are always building better futures and breaking free from continually repeating the same old unhealthy patterns that brought them in to see him in the first place. He also works in the area of sports and performance psychology and helps athletes, executives and other high performance individuals learn to heighten their skills and maintain peak performance.

For more information, visit Steve’s website.

Contact Info for Dr. Steven Craig

Business Phone: 248-321-1259 

Web address: DrStevenCraig.com

Travels From: Detroit, MI

Books by Dr. Steven Craig

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The Leaders Climb – Interview with Paul Heagen

President and Founder of Defining Moments Consulting

Cincinatti, OH

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How an early start in news radio led to a career in executive coaching
  • What to do when you find yourself going too fast and fighting too many decisions
  • The similarities of a movie script to a life script
  • How having a professional code of behavior makes it easy to be consistent and credible
  • How publishing a book creates a public standard and personal challenge for congruence

Expert Bio

Paul Heagen, President and Founder of Defining Moments Consulting, is an executive coach who guides executives through crucial events and phases of their business and personal lives. His belief that reputations, purpose, and even destiny are shaped by how leaders capitalize on such “defining moments” has distinguished his work for more than 30 years, with clients ranging from Disney to Cisco to Fidelity Investments.

He has been an instructor with the Cincinnati-based Goering Institute and is a high-ranked presenter at conferences and workshops on topics ranging from personal branding and the role of storytelling in propelling business growth. He is also the co-author of The Leader’s Climb: A Business Tale of Rising to the New Leadership Challenge and the author of Real Owls Don’t Bark: Commonsense Lessons of Ordinary Life.

For more information, visit Paul’s website.

Contact Info for Paul Heagan

Business Phone: 513-260-8330 

Web address: DefiningMoments.me

Travels From: Cincinatti, NY

Follow Paul: Twitter

Books by Paul Heagan

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Kevin-Allen

The Hidden Agenda – Interview with Kevin Allen

Author and Founder/CEO of re:kap

London, England

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • What it means to really listen for the underlying emotions in what your prospect is telling you
  • How to know when you have connected with your client’s hidden agenda
  • What are the three primary types of hidden agendas
  • What Kevin said in his pitch for the MasterCard account that helped his agency stand out from the competition and win the account
  • How you can use the Advocate’s approach in your own business development

Kevin Allen talks with Bill Ringle about using the Hidden Agenda to your advantage.

Expert Bio

Kevin Allen is an expert in business development and in leading companies and individuals to achieve their ambitions. He spent two decades on the front lines of business development at the top of advertising giants McCann Worldgroup, Interpublic Group, and Lowe Worldwide and is recognized as one of the advertising industry’s most accomplished growth professionals.

A veteran of the Interpublic Group and a “Mad Man” of agency McCann Erickson, Kevin worked with such brands as MasterCard, developing the globally famous “Priceless” campaign, Microsoft, Marriott, Smith Barney, Nestle, L’Oreal, Lufthansa and Johnson & Johnson. At McCann, he created what is arguably one of the industry’s most envied new business programs, which named McCann Worldgroup the number one agency in new business and Global Agency of the Year, two years in a row. As Lowe Worldwide Vice Chairman, Allen played a pivotal role in the turnaround that named the company Ad Age’s “Turnaround Agency of the Year” in 2009.

He is the Founder and CEO of re:kap, which works with companies to crystallize their sense of purpose, develop plans for growth activity, and align and train their people to reach growth objectives. He is also the author of The Hidden: A Proven Way to Win Business and Create a Following.

For more information, visit Kevin’s website.

Contact Info for Kevin Allen

Business Phone: +44-(0)207-100-9797 (London) or 212-365-7489 (NY) 

Web address: rekapltd.com

Travels From: London, England

Follow Kevin: Twitter

Books by Kevin Allen

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kevin cashman

Leadership from the Inside Out – Interview with Kevin Cashman

Bestselling Author, Global CEO Coach, and Senior Partner at Korn/Ferry

Minneapolis, MN

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The value of both outer tools (strategy, communications, teambuilding, finance,…) and inner tools (self-awareness of values, character, talents, vision,…) for great leaders
  • What it takes to transform the volitility, unpredictability, complex, and ambiguous elements to those of vision, understanding, clarity, and agility
  • How it took 9 years of research and 1 year of writing to create The Pause Principle book
  • What steps Kevin took to add a “pause environment” in his home

Expert Bio

Over the past 30 years, Kevin Cashman has been involved in coaching and developing thousands of senior executives and senior teams in more than 60 countries. He is recognized as a pioneer in leadership development and executive coaching, focusing on optimizing executive, team, and organizational performance. He was recently named one of the top ten thought leaders by Leadership Excellencemagazine.

Kevin joined Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting in 2006 via its acquisition of LeaderSource, a firm he founded and that was ranked as one of the top three in leadership development globally. Kevin is also the founder of the Executive to Leader Institute®, an interdisciplinary approach to leadership development and executive coaching, and Chief Executive Institute®, a comprehensive, integrated, globally delivered leadership development and coaching program for CEOs and CEO successors.

A frequent keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events, Kevin is a senior fellow of the Caux Roundtable, a global consortium of CEOs dedicated to enhancing principle-based leadership internationally. He is also a board member for the Center for Ethical Business Cultures fostering ethical leadership in corporations.

Kevin is the author of five books on leadership and career development, including The Pause Principle and Awakening the Leader Within. His breakout bestseller, Leadership from the Inside Out, was named the #1 bestselling business book of 2000 and one of the top twenty bestselling business books of the decade by 800-CEO-READ. He has written numerous articles and papers on leadership and career management, and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Human Resource Executive, Fast Company, Strategy & Leadership, Oprah, CNN, National Public Radio, and other national media. Kevin was formerly the host of CareerTalk.

For more information, visit Kevin’s website.

Contact Info for Kevin Cashman

Business Phone: 612-746-5166 

Web address: LeadershipFromTheInsideOut.com

Travels From: Minneapolis, MN

Follow Kevin: Twitter

Books by Kevin Cashman

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peter bregman

18 Minutes – Interview with Peter Bregman

Award-winning Author and CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc.

New York, NY

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The right environment to train business leaders who must have dangerous conversations
  • What makes the “You can have it all” myth so important to burst
  • How to use 5 boxes on your daily planner to accomplish the most important objectives each year

Expert Bio

Peter Bregman is the CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., a global management consulting firm that advises CEOs and their leadership teams. He speaks, writes, and consults about how to lead and how to live.

He is the author, most recently, of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, which was the winner of the Gold Medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year on NPR, and selected by Publisher’s Weekly and the New York Post as a top 10 business book of the year. He is also the author of Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change and co-author of five other books. Featured on PBS, ABC and CNN, Peter is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, National Public Radio (NPR), Psychology Today, and CNN, as well as a weekly commentator on Fox Business News.

Peter began his career teaching leadership on wilderness and mountaineering expeditions and then moved into the consulting field with the Hay Group and Accenture, before starting Bregman Partners in 1998. Peter has advised CEO and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations, including Allianz, American Express, Brunswick Group, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, FEI, GE Capital, Merck, Clear Channel, Nike, UNICEF, and many others.

Peter bases his work on the notion that an organization, at its core, is a platform for talent. By unleashing that talent, focusing it on business results, and aligning it with a compelling vision, both the individual and the organization thrive. Since 1989, Peter has trained and coached all levels of management and individuals to recognize their leadership, exhibit leadership behaviors, model and stimulate change, and foster their own development and growth as well as that of their teams and colleagues.

For more information, visit Peter’s website.

Contact Info for Peter Bregman

Web address: PeterBregman.com

Travels From: New York, NY

Follow Peter: Twitter

Books by Peter Bregman

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cal newport

So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Featured Interview with Cal Newport

Author, Professor, and Career Advice Contrarian

Washington, D.C.

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How “follow your passion” can be counterproductive advice
  • The value and necessity of systematic practice to developing deep skills
  • The two prime characteristics of the most marketable skills
  • Why “mission” creates meaning and opportunities for leverage if sequenced properly
  • That the solution to a mystery is not that complex, unless we oversimplify or overcomplicate it
  • Key steps to selling more than 120,000 copies of his first 3 books

Expert Bio

Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He previously earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2009, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 2004.

Cal is the author of three books of unconventional advice for students, which have sold a combined total of more than 100,000 copies: How to Be a High School SuperstarHow to Become a Straight-A Student, and How to Win at College. His most recent book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, is a contrarian look at career advice.

In his role as an author, Cal has appeared on ABC, NBC, and CBS and on over 50 radio networks, including ABC Radio, USA Radio, and XM Satellite Radio. His advice has been featured in major publications including the New York TimesWashington Post, and Wall Street Journal; taught in college classrooms; and cited in at least one college textbook. His Study Hacks blog, which chronicles his attempts to decode “patterns of success,” attracts over 100,000 unique visitors a month.

For more information, visit Cal’s website.

Contact Info for Cal Newport

Web address: CalNewport.com

Web address: Study Hacks blog

Travels From: Washington, D.C.

Books by Cal Newport

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rory vaden

Take the Stairs – Featured Interview with Rory Vaden

Bestselling Author, Self-Discipline Strategist, and Co-Founder of Southwestern Consulting

Nashville, TN

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The paradox principle, in which easy short-term choices lead to difficult long-term consequences.
  • Why balance is not something that high performers make a top priority.
  • What to focus on to have great fitness, great relationships, and great finances.
  • The perspective of peace as a form of wealth that is undervalued in society.
  • Daily habits that lead to high focus and productivity.

Interview Insights

Click to Read the Show Notes

1:10 “I have always been infatuated with successful people and how they become successful.”

1:25 How a conversation with a friend in the airport led to Vaden writing Take the Stairs.

2:30 Vaden’s early experiences with public speakers, and how his stint working as a door-to-door salesperson with the Southwestern Company as a freshman in college instilled essential business skills in him.

5:10 “Southwestern really created this system of self-discipline, getting perhaps the most least likely person to succeed in sales – a college student – putting them in one of the toughest sales environments imaginable – residential door-to-door – and the training them to be extraordinarily successful.”

5:52 “I realized self-discipline was the key and with the most disciplined people the world, it’s not that they like discipline more than the rest of us. In other words, their brain processes their choices that are presented to them through a different set of criteria, and they make calculations of opportunities based through a different set of lenses.”

6:44 “There are these seven key distinctions in how the most disciplined people think that is different from everybody else.”

8:00 [On the book’s case studies] – “We tend to think that success is about luck or skill or education level or who your parents are or who you know, and you know all of those things do play a role, but all of these people they somewhere along the line learned about thinking differently, they learned how to process things differently from most people.”

9:00 [The Paradox Principle of Success] – “Easy short term choices lead to difficult long term consequences. Meanwhile, difficult short term choices lead to easy long-term consequences.”

9:35 “We are governed by emotions, feelings, and impulses and what feels good right here and now in the moment.”

10:03 “The most successful people they realized at some point that the inverse is also true, if you save that money, your money grows by the virtue of investing or saving it.”

10:21 “When we make good choices on the front end – the students who work hard in school and pay the price while they’re in school have a whole different set of opportunities that are open to them in the long run that are not necessarily available to everyone else.”

10:45 “Problems that are procrastinated on are only amplified.”

11:32 The Harvest Principle – Time Management, how do you use your time?

12:05 “Balance is a horrible metaphor for spending time. Balance by definition means equal force in opposite directions.”

12:51 “It doesn’t matter how much time you spend on something, all that matters is the results that you create.”

13:42 “They’re strategy was imbalance: imbalancing their energy, time, and their resources in one specific area of their life, and once they created that result, it was much easier to maintain it.”

14:21 “Balance is not equal time spread across equal activities, it’s appropriate time, spread across critical priorities.”

14:47 “You learn to work double time part time for full time free time.”

15:53 What Vaden did to introduce self-discipline in his own life for a healthy lifestyle.

17:15 “When you let go of the escalator mentality of the magic pill and the secret potion and the hidden formula and the escalator way of thinking of there’s gotta be some convenient way to make the change, and instead you embrace the change of this take the stairs philosophy, in taking pride in things you don’t want to do, you get the life you want to have quicker.”

18:18 “I’m not interested in increasing your motivation, I’m interested in changing your mindset.”

18:38 “If you can change the way a person thinks just by providing a few insights, then I don’t have to tell them what to do.”

19:58 The perspective principle of faith

20:20 “All of the other 6 strategies of the take the stairs methodology all have to with achieving success, they all have to do with accomplishing something and how to get yourself to do things you don’t want to do. But this one, the perspective principle of faith, is the one that talks about how do you respond to failure. What happens when there’s unexplained tragedy in your life.”

21:55 How to respond to everyday challenges in a way that positive and productive.

22:43 “What horrible thing could happen to me today that in 1000 years would affect the whole world.”

23:07 “Our ability to have peace has nothing to do with money. Our ability to have peace has nothing to do with success. Our ability to have peace in the face in the face of failures, setbacks, and tragedies is directly proportionate to the term of our perspective.”

24:43 How Vaden uses spirituality in his own life to cope with unseen circumstances.

25:45 “You do your best and you forget the rest.”

27:20 “If I’m not consciously choosing a good attitude then I’m unconsciously choosing a negative one.”

27:40 Vaden’s regular habits for positivity and productivity.

Expert Bio

Rory Vaden is a self-discipline strategist and the Co-Founder of Southwestern Consulting, which works with organizations, companies, and individuals on leveraging self-discipline to create extraordinary performance.

His book Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success is a #1 Wall St. Journal, #1 Amazon, and #2 New York Times bestseller. He is a two-time world champion of public speaking finalist for Toastmasters International and is currently on a “Take the Stairs World Tour” where he is taking the stairs to the top of the 10 tallest buildings in the world to raise money for America’s high schools.

Rory is a regular contributor to several publications, including the Huffington Post, and has been featured on Oprah radio, Fox news, CNN, in BusinessweekThe Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

For more information, visit Rory’s website.

Contact Info for Rory Vaden

Business Phone (Southwestern Consulting): 877-589-0606 ext 704

Web address: RoryVaden.com

Travels From: Nashville, TN

Follow Rory:

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Books by Rory Vaden

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meg hirshberg

For Better or for Work – Featured Interview with Meg Hirshberg

Columnist and Author of For Better or For Work

Londonderry, NH

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How telling the truth makes you feel less alone, and that being a founder is lonely journey at times
  • That business, like marriages, goes through distinct phases
  • Your partner or spouse really wants to know how you are feeling, not just the “good” or “great” response you give to your colleagues and team
  • Being authentic about every aspect of the journey together is critical to the success of both the business and the relationship

Expert Bio

Meg Hirshberg is a contributing editor for Inc. magazine whose regular column, “Balancing Acts”, examines the impacts of business on families. Her new book, For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families, expands on column topics such as the queasy necessity of raising money from friends and family, the emotional risks for couples that work together, and the entrepreneur’s feelings of guilt concerning the limited amount of time spent with children and family. As the wife of Gary Hirshberg, cofounder of Stonyfield Yogurt, Meg has faced most of these challenges in her own life.

Meg received a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Brown University and a master’s degree from Cornell Agriculture School. After running a science-education garden for elementary-school children and managing an organic vegetable farm in New Jersey, she married Gary in 1986. The couple has three children.

For more information, visit Meg’s website.

Contact Info for Meg Hirshberg

Web address: MegHirshberg.com

Travels From: Boston, MA

Follow Meg:

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Books by Meg Hirshberg

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jacques werth

High Probability Selling – Featured Interview with Jacques Werth

President and Founder of High Probability Selling

Media, PA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Tips from studying the top sales performers for over two decades
  • The distinction between personality traits and behavioral traits
  • What matters more to top sales performers than being liked
  • The two things every salesperson should be certain of to be successful
  • Why it is necessary to take calculated risks to learn new skills and aim for bigger goals
  • What to do when you’ve tried everything to sell better and nothing has worked so far

Jacques Werth talks with Bill Ringle about a practical philosophy and set of techniques to succeed in sales and in life.

Expert Bio

Jacques Werth is the President and Founder of High Probability® Selling, a sales consulting and sales training organization. He is a man with a mission to revolutionize the sales process through his system of “radically honest selling.” High Probability Selling is based on the deceptively simple concept that people buy from people they trust and respect.

Jacques has observed hundreds of salespeople in many different industries while they interacted with prospects and customers. He learned what the top 1% of the world’s best salespeople do that the other 99% do not do, and this is what he teaches, both in person and through his book, High Probability Selling.

For more information, visit Jacques’s website.

Contact Info for Jacques Werth

Business Phone: 610-566-1535

Web address: HighProbSell.com

Travels From: Philadelphia, PA

Books by Jacques Werth

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lisa gansky

Why the Future of Business is Sharing: Featured Interview with Lisa Gansky

Marketect, Author, and Business Advisor

Lisa Gansky talks to Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about how capital flows into startup, entrepreneurship, and the early days of the internet.

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How successful companies are built on incredibly talented, committed people
  • An early insight about how the Internet would level the playing field led to forming a startup acquired by AOL
  • Implications of how technology advances have lowered the barriers to entry dramatically
  • Where to find entrepreneurs creating new ideas and companies in major cities
  • Where on the balance sheet many companies can find underutilized and undervalued assets
  • How the meshing.it database became the foundation for both the book as well as an open source resource
  • Clues and tips for finding life-work balance

Interview Insights

Click to Read the Show Notes

1:32 [On being an entrepreneur] – “The ability to see an opportunity or to hear someone with a really great idea and recognize it, that’s the number one thing.”

2:13 “Being an entrepreneur is more jazz than symphony, it’s more impromptu.”

2:59 Gansky tells the story of her Russian Immigrant entrepreneur grandfather and his linen business – “I learned many things from him. One of which was his incredible way of reading people and interacting with people, making people really comfortable, and trying to understand what they were trying to do with their business.”

4:15 “Though I didn’t finish college, I was trained in science, and I’ve always had a real interest in science/biology especially.” 

5:30 Gansky tells about GNN, the first commercial website. – “I started to see the internet when it was in its most extreme infancy.”

7:00 [On the birth of the internet] – “There were all sorts of media types – video, audio. There were all sorts of people with crazy ideas and applications that this could appeal to.”

7:37 [On selling GNN to AOL] –  “It was just being around really great people, at the right time.”

8:05 How the tech industry’s culture of collaboration fostered the rise of the major internet companies.

9:33 [On photography in the pre-kodak era] – “I just really loved taking pictures, but I really hated the business of being in the distribution business – printing and writing little notes and going to the post office and doing all that.”

11:02 [On the reaction shift from film to digital] – “It became really clear to us how rapidly this shift was taking place, and we started to build out what was the first photo sharing and printing service, which got bought 2 years later by Kodak.”

11:45 How Gansky’s team developed oFoto and generated $60M in revenue. – “I look at oFoto as kind of the first social network that connected eCommerce.”

14:30 [On selling oFoto to Kodak] – “Once I lost control of the brand, it was going to be very challenging to keep the service as it was.”

15:35 Gansky explains what her team goes through now to vigorously test new ideas. “If it goes through this process and survives, then we go and get this thing funded.”

17:28 “What often happens is that new of our working on something leaks out and investors are in a conversation even before we’re ready to talk.”

18:30 The role of “meshy” collaboration.

18:52 [On how Mesh came about] – “There were two things that brought it together for me. One was that there was this idea that we raise $60M to do oFoto, and I looked around in 2008 and thought: ‘If I were going to start oFoto today,’ I asked myself the question, ‘what would I need to do it?’”

20:00 “The entry point of being an entrepreneur is so low right now, you can create a little idea or a product and get it to market in all sorts of ways.”

21:12 “All ventures should be social, if we aren’t making the customers’ we’re targeting lives better, then it’s not a sustainable business.”

22:34 “Cities are places where there’s lots of people and less space.”

24:36 How SaaS has changed the game. “It’s available as a buy the drink business model, as opposed to having to own the whole thing.”

24:58 [On the new business model] – “We don’t have to own things but we can access what we want, when we want it, and pay for just what we use is gaining traction.”

25:36 “Last century was a century of ownership, and we’re moving to a world in which access to goods, services, and talent triumphs over ownership.”

26:02 “Unused value = waste.”

27:50 How co-working spaces help Gansky work while on the road.

29:02 “If I’m really wanting to not be disturbed, I sit on a plane or go home and work…Being in a co-working space is a really vital, really exciting environment. I really enjoy it. It’s social when you want it to be, but it has a little bit of everything.”

31:07 “You bring the part that you’re great at to people who are looking for your part of the puzzle.”

33:21 Types of car services capitalizing on the idea of unused value = waste.

35:19 [On Gansky’s database] – “Each author or each artist can determine how they want their work distributed.”

35:58 [On how Gansky stays focused and productive] – “I start my day and end my day by going outside, because it if I didn’t force myself to do that…then I would get sucked in, and it still happens.”

36:33 The enjoyment of unnecessary travel. “It’s allows me to get out of my own head and observe people, and listen to conversations.”

38:19 “I think it’s really helpful to not take things so seriously.”

Expert Bio

Lisa Gansky is, at heart, a marketect and “impact junky” with a strong interest in breaking the edges of formerly happy business models and bringing together not-so-likely characters in the form of new offerings, teams and partnerships. She is the author of The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing.

As CEO, co-founder and chairman of Ofoto, Lisa drew on her entrepreneurial spirit and experience developing global web services. Lisa and the team worked to develop Ofoto into a world-class consumer services offering which she left once Kodak Gallery reached over 45M customers in 2005. In addition to her roles at Ofoto and Eastman Kodak, she was a Co-founder and CEO of GNN, the first commercial website, acquired by AOL in 1995, where she then directed Internet Services for AOL through 1997.

Lisa has been an investor and board member of more than twenty internet and mobile services companies. Currently, she serves as an advisor and investor in New Resource Bank, Vayable, Loosecubes, TaskRabbit, RelayRides, Scoot Networks, Squidoo, Greenbiz, Pixelpipe, Mingoville, and Honest Buildings.

For more information, visit Lisa’s website.

Contact Info for Lisa Gansky

Web address: LisaGansky.com

Web address: Meshing.it

Travels From: San Francisco, CA

Follow Lisa:

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Books by Lisa Gansky

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nathan kievman

Linked Strategies – Featured Interview with Nate Kievman

Founder and CEO of Linked Strategies

Wichita, KS

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Some of the standards you must clear to be considered a thought leader
  • The power of saying “no” to opportunities and how it helps you grow your business
  • What “platform maturity” allows you as an expert to do to serve even a larger customer base
  • How to convey trust, authority, and credibility using your LinkedIn profile
  • Emerging trends with LinkedIn that will allow businesses to build a larger platform in even less time than before

Interview Insights

Click to Read the Show Notes

1:02 Kievman tells about his transition from a degree in Sports Administration to being a LinkedIn platform leader.

3:11 “What I found was that LinkedIn was my premiere tool for helping these little startups build their advisory boards.”

3:52 How his work consulting small startups led to the creation of his book.

4:17 “LinkedIn is purely a business tool.”

4:28 “I saw a big opportunity and said, ‘You know, no one is really owning this. There’s an opportunity here to be a thought leader in a fast growing market.”

5:10 “I’m a true believer that to be a thought leader you have to demonstrate success. You have to be able to come from a premise of authority.”

6:25 How Kievman used an interview series to establish himself as a thought leader.

6:57 “I think the premiere thing is having demonstrable results and then sharing those, and people resonated with those so that they could use them and apply them immediately, and get results.”

7:50 [On claiming expert status] – “Base it on credibility of results and talk about those results and then people will flock to you.”

8:39 “My biggest challenge actually has been, not so much in the marketing or lead generation, it’s actually been scalability…being able to take on all of the inquiries.”

9:35 “Most experts have a book, most experts have some kind of automated product, but they really live on their training and consulting.”

10:35 “It’s understanding a balance between lifestyle, scalability, and then optimizing our own revenue channels.”

11:41 “So at any one time I could have 10 or 15 projects running and instead of being able to focus 100% exclusively on fixing my business and making sure I can make it a really optimized process.”

13:27 “I put my intention in what I did actually want to experience which was scalability and since then I have already taken on a partner who’s built a $44M company.”

14:53 “There’s a very simple process for generating business on LinkedIn. LinkedIn, like any other platform, has to start off with two pieces, and if you’re not generating business from it, you’re probably missing one or both of these pieces. The pieces are not what you do, not tasks that you do, but actually positioning plays.”

15:20 “So if you don’t have trust and credibility, it doesn’t matter what you communicate or to whom you community to, your response rates are going to be extremely low.”

15:38 “Anyone can establish trust and credibility, you just have to look deep.”

16:10 “Your profile has to be able to portray that trust and credibility, and your copy needs to reaffirm your authority.”

16:51 “There’s authority in numbers. If you can quantify anything you’ve done, quantify it.”

17:00 “You’re not looking to close the deal on an e-mail or an in-mail within LinkedIn, you’re looking to generate a conversation and then it’s kinda gonna be up to you to close the business.”

17:15 “LinkedIn is a tool that can generate the right conversations with the right people at the right time.”

17:25 “The business happens in the In-Mail.”

17:40 How owning a LinkedIn group can establish you as a subject authority.

18:55 The story of how Tom Circe generated $118,000 in speaker fees just by using LinkedIn.

20:58 “There’s such a value in personal face to face connection time.”

21:37 “If you don’t create your virtual stage for yourself, then getting on a real stage is going to be really hard.”

23:01 Tips for creating a virtual stage for yourself.

23:17 “[LinkedIn] has a challenge, which is, they have a disconnect between their membership, the needs of you and I, and their profit.”

22:57 The evolution of LinkedIn company pages, and what users can do to get ahead of the curve.

25:40 The importance of avoiding SPAM in groups.

26:00 “My hope is that LinkedIn will embrace the midsize and small businesses more effectively.”

27:40 [Platform maturity] – “The companies or individuals that are at the right place at the right time at a platform’s maturity are going to be the bestowed thought leaders in that space.”

29:49 “Most people don’t know that LinkedIn’s a huge database.”

Expert Bio

Nathan Kievman is the Founder and CEO of Linked Strategies and creates cutting-edge business solutions maximizing all of the power of social media platforms. Considered one of the leading authorities on social media and LinkedIn, Nathan has a robust following as the owner of the number one LinkedIn Strategies Group on LinkedIn. He has taught more than 35,000 people how to master the platform.

Nathan is the executive editor of LI & Business, now with more than 14.5 million subscribers. He has authored three books on the topic, including the currently available LinkedIn Mastery: An All Inclusive Guide to Mastering LinkedIn. Nathan presented as the keynote speaker on Social Media Strategy for the National Speakers Association winter meetings in 2011.

For more information, visit Nathan’s website.

Contact Info for Nathan Kievman

Business Phone: 800-946-7804 or 316-942-1111

Web address: LinkedStrategies.com

Travels From: Wichita, KS

Connect with Nathan:
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rick kirschner

How to Click with People – Interview with Dr. Rick Kirschner

Founder, The Art of Change, LLC

Ashland, Oregon

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How following your passion opens doors to new opportunities.
  • What Congress can learn about working productively with people with whom you strongly disagree on issues.
  • A three-step process for helping people and organizations change.
  • The risks of social media technology for young people today.
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Expert Bio

As a motivational speaker, communication skills trainer, and founder of The Art of Change, LLC, Dr. Rick Kirschner seeks to help his audience find the personal motivation and learn the needed skills to do the important work today for creating a better tomorrow. He offers The Art of Change Skills For Life™ speeches, training and coaching programs to businesses and other organizations to teach positive change, influence and persuasion, teamwork ansd leadership, and healthy living.

Before turning to speaking and coaching full time, Rick was a practitioner of Naturopathic Medicine who specialized in the treatment of stress related illness and the mind/body connection.

Since starting the second phase of his career, Rick has authored or co-author several books, including the new How To Click With People: The Secret To Better Relationships In Business And In Life and the international best-seller Dealing With People You Can’t Stand: How To Bring Out The Best In People At Their Worst. He has also created numerous award-winning CDs and audio products. His clients include everyone from Heineken to NASA to Progressive Insurance to Texas Instruments. He’s been interviewed on hundreds of radio and television programs, including CNBC, FOX and CBC and his ideas are found in newspapers and magazines including USA Today, London Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Executive Excellence.

For more information, visit Rick’s website.

Contact Info for Dr. Rick Kirschner

Business Phone: 541-488-2992

Web address: TheArtofChange.com

Travels From: Ashland, Oregon

Follow Rick: Twitter

Books by Dr. Rick Kirschner

 

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Maintaining Networks of Knowledge – Featured Interview with Brian Reich

Founder and Managing Director at little m media

Brian Reich talks to Bill Ringle on My Quest for the Best about information strategy, solving big problems, and the mistakes marketers and politicians are making on a regular basis.

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Qualities of a successful info strategist and how that can help your business
  • The importance of avoiding the shiny object syndrome
  • The big challenges on which we can be focusing our talents and technology to improve quality of life now and in the future
  • The key to tackling challenging problems
  • Tips you can use to avoid information overwhelm

Interview Insights

Click to Read the Show Notes

0:55 Reich recounts his formative years in politics, working in President Clinton’s speechwriting office and as Vice President Gore’s briefing director.

1:44 “I started to look at information and how people get information and how they move and share information.”

2:34 [On how to be an information strategist] – “You have to love information, you have to love consuming and looking at the world as a constant stream of knowledge and potential insight.”

3:01 How information consumption habits change over time.

3:09 “Everything you consume and make sense of informs your work.”

3:36 “For information strategy to really work well you have to live that idea of being the expert generalist. You have to be good enough at everything in order to put all the pieces together.”

4:41 [On how his learning style and way of interpreting information affected his education] – “I was less capable of delivering the exact answer for the assignment.”

5:49 “One of the things that’s unique to politics is that when you start a campaign, or even before you officially start a campaign, you’re always on. Every minute of every day is an opportunity to engage with some prospective voter.”

7:19 [How Reich’s political work has informed his career] – “I’m always on, which is incredibly important and more important today in a digitally connected world.”

8:42 “Campaigns have been reduced to these small sound bytes, these tweets back and forth…what they’re missing is that unique and wonderful ability in today’s age to educate people. And when you have a knowledge-based connection rather than just an emotional connection, rather than just a response to whatever is happening, you actually have a greater likelihood of staying engaged.”

10:22 “The common complaint in today’s world is that there’s too much information and people are overwhelmed by it. But the reality is, there’s not too much information, there’s a lack of good information.”

10:47 “We live in this world where people have much more control over their information experience, they have far greater expectations for the level of detail and specificity that they’re gonna get for any engagement experience that they create.”

11:45 [Reich’s prescription for modern campaign success] – “Take the content that is being created  – the comments and the questions by the voting populace as a whole – and harness that and turn that around and channel that and focus that.”

12:49 How marketers and politicians are missing the obvious opportunities.

13:38 “I think in a lot of places we have let technology and social media get in the way of the core understanding of the things we’ve learned over time about how to market.”

14:30 “We have to look at technology as the tool, and use our brains to figure out what people want and when they want it and how to serve those interests,”

14:51 What inspired Reich to write his book.

15:29 “We talk about how we understand what these problems are, but we are using an old playbook.”

16:14 “Until we solve these complex problems, until we start to move and make real progress, things are only gonna get worse and that’s a very scary proposition.”

17:08 “We have three times the number of solutions and resources to address these issues and we lack the political will.”

17:16 “We lack the individual selflessness, the understanding that serving our own interests doesn’t have to come at the expense of the larger good.”

17:43 “We’re better as a team than we are as individuals.”

18:58 “None of these complex problems…is going to be solved with one strategy or overnight because people become aware.”

19:24 “You gotta think smaller. You’ve got to break these larger problems into component pieces, and you need to start solving those pieces one at a time.”

20:10 Why the only way to solve big problems is by being flexible and adaptable.

21:41 How Reich sorts through information to find the most relevant and important.

22:17 “The truth is that the definition of good information is entirely about the context.”

22:50 “It’s not about keeping it in my head or sort of finding value in the moment, it’s about processing as much information as possible, so when I need to go deeper I have a sort of repository or curated list, a refined focus.”

23:15 “You have to maintain your own networks of knowledge.”

24:01 How Reich maintains his information repository.

24:50 “I can’t be dependent upon only what I’m able to consume, I have to be smart enough to know when to ask and who to ask for help.”

Expert Bio

Brian Reich is founder and managing director of little m media, an information strategy firm that helps individuals and organizations solve complex problems. He is well known for his expertise in new media, Web 2.0, social networks, mobile, community, ecommerce, brand marketing, cause branding, and more.

Brian is the author of Shift & Reset: Strategies for Addressing Serious Issues in a Connected Society and co-author of Media Rules!: Mastering Today’s Technology to Connect with and Keep Your Audience. He also contributes as a Fast Company Expert, hosts a regular podcast discussion about the impact of media and technology on society, and teaches consumer behavior and marketing strategy in the graduate school of communications at Columbia University.

Brian began his career in politics, working on several campaigns around the country. He spent two years as briefing director to Vice President Gore in the White House and during the 2000 presidential campaign. He has spent the past decade providing strategy, analysis, and support to corporations, nonprofit organizations and charities, media companies and other groups that are looking to solve complex problems. He has held senior roles at leading digital, PR, and public affairs agencies, including Mindshare Interactive Campaigns, Cone Inc., and EchoDitto. He has led projects for many of the largest and most influential brands and nonprofit organizations, as well as media companies, start-ups, and political/advocacy groups.

For more information, visit Brian’s website.

Contact Info for Brian Reich

Web address: ShiftandReset.com

Travels From: New York City, NY

Follow Brian:

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Books by Brian Reich

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Skirts in the Boardroom – Interview with Marshawn Evans

Reinvention Strategist, Bestselling Author, Entrepreneur, and Entertainment Attorney

Atlanta, GA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • What propelled and inspired Marshawn to excel in each phase of her career.
  • That in order to prosper, you have to share the authentic essence of who you are, not a copy of somebody else.
  • How to start to discover and articulate your purpose in life.

Expert Bio

Marshawn Evans, one of the nation’s leading experts on the art of maximizing potential, is a Reinvention Strategist™, entrepreneur, and entertainment attorney. She is the founder of both ME Unlimited®, a consulting firm focusing on reinvention, diversity, women’s empowerment, leadership, and peak performance strategies, and ME University® – The Ultimate Business & Branding Bootcamp, the industry’s premiere summit for equipping entrepreneurs to monetize and maximize their brand.

She is also the author of the bestselling book SKIRTS in the Boardroom: A Woman’s Survival Guide to Success in Business & Life. Named one of Atlanta’s Power 30 under 30, she is a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a former U.S. ambassador to the International Summit of Achievement in Dublin, Ireland.

As President of EDGE 3M Sports & Entertainment, she quickly built one of the fastest-growing woman-owned professional sports management and branding agencies in the country, successfully elevating the profile of athletes in the NBA, NFL, WNBA, and MLB. As one of Donald Trump’s handpicked cast members on NBC’s hit show “The Apprentice,” Marshawn was the only person to lead Trump’s all-women’s team to a victory as the Project Manager for an upscale, yet in your face, Lamborghini advertising campaign. She has worked on marketing initiatives for global corporations such as HP, Delta Airlines, Tiffany & Co, Rolls-Royce, and more.

Marshawn has been featured by many major media outlets and regularly contributes for Fox Business Channel, PINK Magazine, Black Enterprise, CNN and ESPN.

For more information and to sign up for her newsletter, visit Marshawn’s website.

Contact Info for Marshawn Evans

Web address: MarshawnEvans.com

Web address: MEUniversityBootcamp.com

Travels From: Atlanta, GA

Follow Marshawn:Twitter

 

Books by Marshawn Evans

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Frequent Foreplay Miles – Interview with Shela Dean

Relationship Coach, Speaker, and Author

Richmond, VA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How major career changes can arise naturally out of aspects of earlier jobs.
  • How insights from your personal life can help grow your business.
  • Quick tips on racking up Frequent Foreplay Miles.

Expert Bio

Shela Dean is a Relationship Coach and speaker. She has counseled more than 2,000 couples since 1983 and is the author of Frequent Foreplay Miles, Your Ticket to Total Intimacy! – a guide to improving intimacy for couples.

Shela began studying the dynamics of personal relationships during her two-decade career as an estate and family attorney before retiring from law to begin relationship coaching in 2004. Her unique blend of humor, insight, and practical advice helps couples find a better way to navigate the friendly, and sometimes not-so-friendly, skies of life – and have a good time doing it!

For more information, visit Shela’s website.

Contact Info for Shela Dean

Business Phone: 804.332.5323 or 888.254.3494 (toll free)
Web address: ShelaDean.com
Travels From: Richmond, VA
Follow Shela: Twitter

Books by Shela Dean

 

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Pivot – Featured Interview with Alan Zimmerman

Hall of Fame Motivational Speaker

Bonita Springs, FL

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The #1 complaint on the job for professionals and managers.
  • What to do about an attitude you want to change.
  • How western cultures and eastern cultures view attitude differently.
  • Practical ways to assess and manage your attitude in order to achieve more happiness and success.

Interview Insights

Click to Read the Show Notes

1:19 [On getting started as a speaker] “I never planned on doing this as a career. I was a professor at a university. I was tenured. I loved teaching. I kept getting asked by local service groups like the Rotary club or Kiwanis club or church groups to speak for their organization on some of the things I was teaching on communication, motivation – and some of the people in the audience would ask me if I could come to their company and talk about that.”

2:30 [Comparing his speaking career in 1985 to now] “I think people, because of the challenging times, the economy being difficulty, they want real meat. ‘Tell me what to do. I don’t care about theory, I don’t care about academic models. I just want to know how to do my job more effectively, what’s going to bring a big payoff for our industry.’”

3:09 “The number one determining factor of success is attitude. It comes higher than education, a GPA level in school, racial/ethnic background, nothing comes higher than attitude.”

3:55 [On why attitude is overlooked] “I think it’s overlooked because it seems like common sense, people think they should already know that. Why go to a class and learn that?

4:01 “I find a big gap between, what I call known common sense vs. applied common sense. People may know what to do, but may not always know how to do it.”

4:25 [On negativity in the media] “After being exposed to enough negativity, people just kind of lose their attitude in the process. They tend to absorb the negativity and lose all positive attitude.”

4:45 “The #1 job complaint I’ve heard in the beginning of my career, I still hear today. You can do a hundred things right and not hear a thing about it, but do one thing wrong and they’re right on your back. People can so easily give negative feedback, but tend to not hear the positive often enough.”

5:17 Dr. Zimmerman describes the differences between what people in Eastern and Western Civilizations want out of life: success vs. happiness.

6:07 “We have some strong competition coming from some other countries in the East because of a different mindset of success.”

6:10 West meets East: The story of how Apple collaborated with Chinese manufacturing to come up with a better product.

7:40 “There’s an attitude amongst some American workers that says, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ rather than, ‘How can I contribute to the success of the organization?’”

8:26 Dr. Zimmerman describes how it’s possible to develop a better attitude.

9:10 “85% of an average person’s self-talk is negative, they’ve got to learn to stop that.”

9:30 [The Old Fashioned “Act-as-if” Principle] – “If you wait until you feel like doing something, you may never feel that way…if you act happy, you’ll feel happy.”

10:22 “People take a look at someone’s life and think obviously you’ve got it made. You’ve got a great career, you have success in this area, it’s easy for you. What they don’t see is what people have come through.”

10:41 Dr. Zimmerman tells a bit about his personal life journey, and why having a positive attitude is so important for him despite hard times.

10:52 “When you come to a big problem in life, it’s a choice point. You can choose a better point: to get better, or get bitter.”

11:36 “It’s not a matter of arriving, there will always be challenges, it’s a matter of do you have the skills for getting through it. People think that those who are positive don’t have the issues, problems, or the challenges, that’s not true. They simply have the skills to not stay down as long, get through it more quickly, and stay more effective in the long run.”

12:05 [On the inspiration for Pivot] “I see so many people in the workshops I do, programs I give, who can do so much more. They don’t believe in themselves, they have significant doubts, and I felt a certain kind of sadness that people with great skills aren’t going very far.”

12:30 The answer to the question: “Why is it that some people with so much talent accomplish so little?”

13:06 [The phenomenon of Mind-Binders] “A mind-binder is a phrase you tell yourself negatively. ‘I could never do that. I couldn’t give a speech. I can’t make a cold call. I can’t close that sale. This is a terrible day.’ When you think that, there’s a very strong chance you’ll be in that negative emotional pattern for some time.”

13:30 “We perform exactly as we see ourselves or as we tell ourselves. So if we ourselves or if we tell ourselves negative things, that’s where you’re going to spend your day.”

13:53 “Once you stop the negative, a very easy thing you can do is take a few seconds and go through what I call the ‘attitude of gratitude.’ Start listing things you’re thankful for.”

14:50 The practical reasons for counting your blessings against your problems.

15:25 “We don’t lack for knowledge, we lack for implementation. I don’t think people need so much to know that some things might be good for them to do, but they want the skills.”

16:11 Two tried and tested tips for how to finish what you start.

17:05 “Everybody has the potential for being extremely happy, incredibly successful, on and off the job.”

17:31 “If other people can do it, you can do it, if you use certain skills.”

18:06 Personal insights Dr. Zimmerman gained during the process of writing the book.

Expert Bio

Dr. Alan Zimmerman is a full-time professional speaker and trainer in the areas of motivation, leadership, communication, change, and work-life balance. He has given more than 2000 programs in the last 25 years to more than a million people in 48 states and 22 countries. A Certified Speaking Professional and a member of the National Speaker Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame, he maintains a 92% ratio of repeat and referral business.

Alan is the Founder, Owner, and President of Zimmerman Communi-Care Network, a speaking, training, and consulting company with offices in the Minnesota, Florida, and the U.K. He is also a professional speaker and consultant for the State of Missouri and was twice named “Distinguished Faculty Member” by Institute for Managment Studies.

He is the author of Pivot: How One Simple Turn in Attitude Can Lead to Success and The Service Payoff: How Customer Service Champions Outserve And Outlast The Competition, among other titles.

For more information, visit Alan’s website.

Contact Info for Dr. Alan Zimmerman

Business Phone: 800-621-7881

Web address: DrZimmerman.com

Travels From: Fort Myers, FL

Follow Alan: Twitter

 

Books by Dr. Alan Zimmerman

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Greater than Yourself – Interview with Steve Farber

Bestselling Author and President and CEO, Extreme Leadership, Inc.

Carlsbad, CA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How you need to reflect on your experience and abilities to identify where you can make a valuable contribution
  • Position isn’t a requirement to express, exert, or exude leadership
  • The LEAP framework for extreme leadership
  • What makes a great leader can be cultivated
  • The mico-organizational level of leadership is where immediate changes can be noticed
  • How extreme leadership occurs in business, education, and across all industries

Expert Bio

Steve Farber is the President and CEO of Extreme Leadership, Inc. and the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, organizations devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community, non-profits, and education. A frequent guest on news-talk shows around the country as well as a senior-level leadership coach and consultant, Steve has worked with and spoken to a wide variety of public and private organizations in virtually every arena.

He is also the co-founder of The Center for Social Profit Leadership, a non-profit organization formed to serve the leadership development needs of social entrepreneurs, and served as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of the world-renowned organization Up With People, a global leadership program for students from 18 to 29 years old.

Steve’s third book, Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson In Leadership, was a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller. His second book, The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World, was hailed as “a playbook for harnessing the power of the human spirit.”  And his first book, The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, is already considered a classic in the leadership field. It received Fast Company magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award and was recently named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. It’s newest edition, The Radical Leap Re-Energized: Doing What You Love in the Service of People Who Love What You Do, is in bookstores now.

For more information, visit Steve’s website.

Contact Info for Steve Farber

Business Phone: 760-603-8110

Web address: SteveFarber.com

Travels From: Los Angeles, CA

Follow Steve:

Twitter

Books by Steve Farber


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Dignity, Happiness, Resilience – Interview with Jamie Wolf

Entrepreneur Coach

Beaufort, SC

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How to use available resources to bridge the gap between knowing and doing.
  • Important questions to ask about yourself on the road to entrepreneurial growth.
  • The importance of resilience to being a successful entrepreneur.

Expert Bio

Jamie Wolf works with entrepreneurs who want to transform dreams into viable businesses and with regional economic development organizations that assist entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur herself, she has traveled the world raising money from angel investors. She’s currently writing a book related to dignity, happiness, and resilience, particularly for entrepreneurs.

Contact Info for Jamie Wolf

Business Phone: 843-694-7443

Travels From: Charleston, SC

Follow Jamie: Twitter

charles jacobs

Management Rewired – Interview with Charles Jacobs

Founder and Managing Partner, 180 Partners

Boston, MA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Surprising details on how our minds work.
  • The myth of economic maximizing rules.
  • How asking questions proved key at DEC and can help your team, too.
  • What motivates people to contribute even more than money.

Expert Bio

Charles S. Jacobs is founder and managing partner of 180 Partners, and the author of Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn’t Work and Other Surprising Lessons from the Latest Brain Science. For over two decades, he has helped the leadership of corporations around the world improve the performance of their businesses. He numbers among his clients fifty of the Fortune 100, and has worked in Europe, Asia, South America, and the U.S.

His unique approach enables managers to use our new understanding of the brain to comprehensively rethink their businesses, creating more robust competitive strategies and the performance-oriented organizations needed to implement them. His work provides the key to overcome the number one obstacle to meaningful improvement in business performance—the rapid and effective management of change.

His writing has appeared in numerous business publications and he is sought after for print and broadcast interviews. His seminars and speeches offer an overview of the stunning discoveries of brain science and the direct, practical application of those discoveries to management.

For more information, visit Charles’ website.

Contact Info for Charles Jacobs

Business Phone: 617-217-2898

Web address: 180Partners.com

Web address: ManagementRewired.com

Travels From: Boston, MA

Follow Charles: Twitter

 

Books by Charles Jacobs

 

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Bouncing Back – Interview with Donna Marie Thompson

Founder of Bouncing Back Now

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How Donna bounced back from losing her mother, her fiancé, her home and her retirement funds.
  • The 5 E’s that will provide you with a map to bounce back from loss.
  • A few of the unexpected benefits of writing a book for an expert looking to break into a larger arena.
  • The key to overcoming the shame of loss.
  • A surprising distinction between a life or business loss and the feeling of grief.
  • Important things NOT to say when someone you care about is bouncing back from loss.

Expert Bio

Donna Marie Thompson, PhD conquered simultaneous losses in four key areas of her life and is committed to sharing the valuable survival tips she has discovered. She is the founder of Bouncing Back Now, a self help community where people can share their story with others who have faced losses, hardships, and obstacles, and she is also the developer of The 5 Es to Recovery Program, which gives people who are experiencing adversity and loss the tools they need to bounce back.

For more information, visit her Bouncing Back Now website.

Contact Info for Donna Marie Thompson

Web address: www.BouncingBackNow.com

Book web address: www.BouncingBackFromLoss.com

Travels from: Washington, DC

Follow Donna Marie: linkedin

Books by Donna Marie Thompson

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Interview with Monique Reece

Founder and CEO, MarketSmarter

Denver, CO and Santa Fe, NM

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How to take yourself lightly and your business seriously.
  • The rapid business boost a successful book can provide.
  • What interviews and focused networking can do for your business growth.
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Expert Bio

Monique Reece is the founder and CEO of MarketSmarter, a marketing consulting and training firm that helps companies improve strategy and implement real-time business planning processes to develop a culture of execution, innovation, employee commitment and customer loyalty. She has more than 20 years of marketing and executive management experience working with both Fortune 100 companies and fast-growing entrepreneurial businesses.

Monique is an Executive Education faculty member at the Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, and an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Leadership and Organizational Performance, University of Denver.

Monique is the creator of the MarketSmarter Growth Plan Workshop, a program that teaches CEOs, marketing and sales professionals, and entrepreneurs how to develop growth strategies and marketing plans. She developed the MarketSmarter ROI Optimizer, a tool that helps businesses predict, measure, and continuously improve the results of sales, marketing and service programs.

As a columnist and writer, she has published hundreds of articles and is the author of Real-Time Marketing for Business Growth: How to Use Social Media, Measure Marketing and Create a Culture of Execution and the coauthor of Market Smarter Not Harder. Monique is also a frequent speaker for industry conferences such as the American Marketing Association and Inc. Magazine.

For more information visit her website, MarketSmarter.com.

Contact Info for Monique Reece

Business Name: Market Smarter, Inc.

Business Email: info@MarketSmarter.com

Web address: MarketSmarter.com

Travels From: Denver, CO

Follow Monique: Twitter

Books by Monique Reece

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UpFront Presentations – Interview with Marilyn Sherman

Motivational Keynote Speaker and Founder of UpFront Presentations

Las Vegas, NV

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The choice to not participate in a negative economy
  • Gladys Holm, who left a $18 million gift in her will on a $15,000 annual salary
  • How the right kind of business opportunities lead to great exposure and more business
  • The surprising value of being outrageous with goal setting

Expert Bio

Marilyn Sherman has spent years motivating and inspiring audiences to get out of their comfort zone and get a front-row seat in life. She became a contract speaker for one of the top seminar companies in the United States and Canada after a successful career as a training officer for Chrysler First Financial Services, and officially received road warrior status after delivering six-hour professional development seminars up to 5 cities a week up to three weeks a month for five years!

In 1998, Marilyn went out on her own, starting UpFront Presentations, a speaking and training company. She has served on the boards for the National Speakers Association Las Vegas and San Diego chapters and was the chair of the national Motivational Speaker Professional Expert Group. In addition to being a popular motivational keynote speaker, Marilyn is also the author of three motivational books: Whose Comfort Zone Are You In?, Why Settle for the Balcony: How to get a Front-Row Seat in Life, and Front-Row Service.

For more information, visit Marilyn’s website.

Contact Info for Marilyn Sherman

Business Phone: 913-498-9772

Web address: MarilynSherman.com

Travels From: Las Vegas, NV

Follow Marilyn:

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The Self Architect – Interview with Jo Anne White

“The Success Doc”, Speaker, Author, and Professional Coach

Haddonfield, NJ

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.
  • What Philadelphia billboard changed her career direction.
  • How heart-centered businesses and non-profits succeed with sustainable goals and policies.

Expert Bio

Known globally as the “Success Doc”, Dr. Jo Anne White, Ph.D. is a Certified Professional Coach and Business Consultant specializing in innovation and transformation who gets to the heart of what matters most to businesses and people. For over two decades she’s been teaching the Law of Attraction as a valuable tool for personal, professional and spiritual growth and leadership.

Host of the “Power Your Life” Talk Radio Show, Jo Anne has been featured online and in publications worldwide, including CNN.com, More, Yahoo, Good Housekeeping and WebMD. She’s made frequent guest appearances on radio and television networks such as NBC, CBS, Fox and Voice America sharing her diverse expertise. Her message is always educational and uplifting, inspiring and transforming audiences.

She is also the author and co-author of many books, including Mastering the Art of Success, The Self Architect, The Woman’s Handbook for Self Empowerment, Sense Your Way to Life Satisfaction, A Journey Within, and The Baby Boomer’s Handbook for Women.

For more information, visit Jo Anne’s website.

Contact Info for Dr. Jo Anne White

Business Phone: 1-877-DOC-WHITE or856-795-5854

Web address: DrJoAnneWhite.com

Travels From: Philadelphia, PA

Follow Dr. Jo Anne: Twitter

Books by Dr. Jo Anne White

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The Improvisation Edge – Interview with Karen Hough

Founder and CEO, ImprovEdge LLC

Columbus, OH

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How behavioral skills lead to success.
  • The necessity of stepping outside our comfort zone.
  • Why having fun at work is not only more enjoyable, but vital to gaining new insights and developing new forms of collaboration and teamwork.

Expert Bio

Karen Hough is the Founder & CEO of ImprovEdge, a company founded on the understanding that the skills of improvisation – the ability to think on your feet, arrive at solutions through the side door, and communicate in ways that bring people together – are the keys to innovation and business success.

Karen trained with Chicago’s legendary Second City improv comedy group and had a career in stage, film and TV before working for many years as a senior sales executive in the network engineering industry. She originated and expanded the sales and management efforts of three separate technology start-ups, launched partner programs, and assisted in East Coast and National expansions. By combining all her skills, she has been using improvisation as an engaging learning tool to help businesses succeed for over 12 years.

She is the creator of the Yes! Deck, a handy deck of cards packed with exercises, tips and ideas, and the author of the Amazon #1 category Bestseller, The Improvisation Edge: Secrets to Building Trust and Radical Collaboration at Work, which has also been named to the Top 25 Business Books for 2011 by 800CEORead. She is a national conference keynote speaker on topics such as executive presence and presentation skills, negotiation, and leadership, and is the recipient of the Athena PowerLink Award for outstanding women-owned businesses.

For more information, visit Karen’s website.

Contact Info for Karen Hough

Business Phone: 614-793-1738

Web address: ImprovEdge.com

Travels From: Columbus, OH

Follow Karen: Twitter

Books by Karen Hough

 

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Smart Woman Solutions – Interview with Joy Chudacoff

Founder of Smart Women Smart Solutions; Mentor for Entrepreneur Women

Pacific Palisades, CA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How entrepreneurship can be a pathway for women to earn more money and freedom.
  • Some of the best lifestyle benefits of being a successful business owner.
  • When to move on from a business or career path to embrace a new direction.
  • What focus can do to help you become more efficient in your business and lead a more satisfying family/personal life.
  • Networking secrets for women in business.

Expert Bio

Joy Chudacoff’s passion, purpose, and business is helping women discover their Big Ideas, Dreams and Goals, drawing on both her personal life and entrepreneurial experiences to support women in achieving better ways of living. She is the founder of Smart Women Smart Solutions, a Professional Certified Coach, a highly skilled group leader, and a motivational speaker.

An entrepreneur for over two decades, Joy knows what it’s like to be a woman who integrates family and passionate work together.  As a wife and mother of two, Joy understands the importance of self care, family and reaching her entrepreneurial dreams of supporting women.

Joy is on the Advisory Board for Women for Hire as well as a founding Board Member for The Broad’s Circle. She has published over 250 articles on Smart Women and is a featured writer for Today’s Innovative Woman Magazine. Joy was awarded the 2009 Ali Brown Millionaire Protégé Club Platinum Excellence Award for having the most successful business programs that achieved growth in terms of clients and income. In addition, Joy is the Elevate™ Coach for Ali Brown International, a coaching company that serves over 50,000 entrepreneurs worldwide.

For more information, visit Joy’s website.

Contact Info for Joy Chudacoff

Business Phone: 310-454-2005

Web address: SmartWomenSolutions.com

Travels From: Los Angeles, CA

Follow Joy: Twitter

 

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The 7 Minute Difference – Interview with Allyson Lewis

Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Time Management Expert

Jonesboro, AR

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How a friend Debbie helped teach how to take life to a new level of meaning and purpose
  • The MORE method of focusing in high-value activities
  • How to spend less time getting more done

Expert Bio

Allyson Lewis is a bestselling author, businesswoman, and speaker who offers pragmatic systems of time management and life skills. She asserts that when we focus our passion on the values we affirm, our life simply takes flight – a concept she simply calls MORE. Originally a time management specialist and productivity expert, her audience has grown to include not only readers in business, but individuals on a mission to improve their MORE in homes, classrooms, boardrooms, and universities.

Allyson is the author of the bestselling book The 7 Minute Difference: Small Steps to Big Changes and its companion volumes, The 7 Minute Solution: Creating a Life with Meaning 7 Minutes at a Time and The 7 Minute Daily Planner, which help people clarify goals, improve time management skills, and create repeatable systematic processes through time management and productivity micro-actions that can be immediately put into action at work and at home. She has been a guest for Bloomberg Information TV and CNN and is a monthly columnist for MorningstarAdvisor.com.

For more information, visit Allyson’s website.

Contact Info for Allyson Lewis

Business Phone: 870-897-0845

Web address: AllysonLewis.com

Web address: The7MinuteLife.com

Travels From: Memphis, TN

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geoff colvin

Talent is Overrated – Interview with Geoff Colvin

Award-winning Business Thinker, Author, Speaker, and Broadcaster

New York, NY

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The three keys to high performance in business, sports, and the arts.
  • What to focus on when you want to improve your game in any area of your life.
  • The vital role that feedback and accountability play in reaching new levels.
  • What Geoff learned when he spoke with 3 self-made billionaires (Sir Richard Branson, Steve Case, and Ted Turner).

Expert Bio

Geoff Colvin is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As a longtime editor and columnist for FORTUNE, he has become one of America’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution, and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with FORTUNEon PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.

Geoff’s groundbreaking bestseller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else received the Harold A. Longman Award for Best Business Book of the year. Charlie Rose says it is “spectacular” and “fascinating,” Daniel H. Pink calls it “profoundly important,” and Donald Trump calls it “enlightening” and “inspiring.” Geoff’s book The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named the best management book of the year by Strategy + Business magazine.

As a speaker, Geoff has engaged hundreds of audiences on six continents. He is also a skilled on-stage interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and many others. He is the regular lead moderator of the Fortune Global Forum, and he serves as moderator for the International Business Leaders Forum in London.

Geoff is one of America’s preeminent business broadcasters. He is heard daily on the CBS Radio Network, where he has made over 10,000 broadcasts and reaches seven million listeners each week. He has appeared on Today, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, ABC’s World News, CNN, CNBC, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs.

For more information, visit Geoff’s website.

Contact Info for Geoff Colvin

Web address: GeoffColvin.com

Travels From: New York, NY

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Books by Geoff Colvin

ron karr

Lead, Sell, or Get Out – Interview with Ron Karr

Speaker and President, Karr Associates, Inc.

Westwood, NJ

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • What dire family situation led Ron to start his career path.
  • The McKinsey study that shares a startling finding about providing value to the customer.
  • How to let customers have a sample of your value to build a business relationship.
  • The incredibly simple and powerful tactic of envisioning what you want to have happen in business and in your life.
  • How to create new opportunities rather than simply compete for existing ones.

Expert Bio

Ron Karr is an award-winning, high-content speaker and in-demand business consultant. As President of Karr Associates, Inc., he specializes in helping organizations and professionals generate remarkable sales and operational results through The Titan Principle. Ron offers his audiences and consulting clients – including Hewlett Packard, Met Life, Sprint, and UPS – the real world business success and knowledge he gained during a highly successful career in sales and management.

Ron is a national director and an active member of the National Speakers Association and is past president of its NY Tri-State Chapter. In 1995, the NY Tri-State Chapter of NSA presented Mr. Karr with the prestigious Golden Mike Award in recognition of his service and professional achievement.

He has appeared in numerous magazines and is the author of The Titan Principle and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Great Customer Service. His latest book, Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way: The 7 Traits of Great Sellers, outlines a repeatable process based on the powerful idea that great sellers lead relationships in the same way that great leaders sell ideas.

For more information, visit Ron’s website.

Contact Info for Ron Karr

Business Phone: 201-666-7599

Web address: RonKarr.com

Travels From: New York, NY

Follow Ron: Twitter

Books by Ron Karr

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christine giri

Time Tamer Consulting – Interview with Christine Giri

Productivity Expert, Speaker, and Founder, Time Tamer Consulting

Rocklin, CA

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • Key questions to ask to shift yourself and others to a more productive track.
  • How Christine uses her “advancer” strengths to help leaders and managers come up with creative ways to be more productive.
  • What to do about your own “level of distraction” to be more productive.

Expert Bio

Christine Giri is a productivity expert, international speaker, and author who founded Time Tamer Consulting with the belief that time spent effectively is not about Daytimers and Blackberries or being a slave to the latest trend. She works with high-performing entrepreneurs and business professionals to combine focus and technology towards reigniting their business.

Christine is the author of the ebook Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn: A Quick-Start Guide with versions  for EntrepreneursBusiness ProfessionalsRealtors and Virtual Assistants and is the host of Time Tamer Talk, which airs every Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. PST on BlogTalkRadio with previous episodes available as downloadable podcasts.

Christine speaks and consults on a variety of professional productivity topics includingTime Management and Productive Social Media.  Her passion is making things simple so that her clients can be successful.

For more information, visit Christine’s website.

Contact Info for Christine Giri

Business Phone: 916-435-2862

Web address: TimeTamerConsulting.com

Travels From: Sacramento, CA

Follow Christine: Twitter

 

eric_taylor

Mastering the World of Selling – Interview with Eric Taylor

President of Eric Taylor Consulting Group, Author, and Speaker

Millstone, NJ

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • The characteristics needed to be successful in personal marketing and selling.
  • How Eric promoted Jeffrey Gittomer’s seminars for success.
  • The lesson of asking, “How can I provide value first?”

Expert Bio

Eric Taylor started his “professional sales career” at the age of seventeen, selling pots and pans door-to-door in New Jersey and went on to build a successful seven-figure entertainment company while in college. He is now the President and Chief Collaboration Officer at Eric Taylor Consulting Group, a training, coaching, and consulting organization specializing in sales training, sales coaching, small business marketing, employee motivation, leadership and personal development.

Eric is also the co-author of the Mastering the World series of books, which includes Mastering the World of Selling and Mastering the World of Marketing. His new book, Life Lessons from Superman, is due out in March 2012.

For more information, visit Eric’s website.

Contact Info for Eric Taylor

Business Phone: 732-236-1858

Web address: EmpowermentGroup.com

Travels From: New York, NY

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Books by Eric Taylor

ginny clarke

Career Mapping – Interview with Ginny Clarke

President and CEO, Talent Optimization Partners, LLC

Chicago, IL

Listen to this interview to learn:

  • How to adjust to the change from working in a corporate environment to launching a business.
  • The new world of work and what skills both companies and business owners will need to hone to succeed.
  • Three techniques that Ginny has used to differentiate her business in a crowded industry.

Expert Bio

Ginny Clarke is an expert in talent and career management, diversity recruitment and executive coaching. She is the founder and CEO of Talent Optimization Partners, LLC, a talent management consulting firm offering fully integrated talent management solutions for corporations, fast-growing companies and government entities. She is widely respected as a thought leader and practitioner of recruitment and retention strategies. She offers provocative remedies for organizations seeking to optimally leverage their global workforce.

Prior to forming her own firm in 2009, Ginny was a partner at Spencer Stuart, the global executive search firm, where she successfully recruited professionals in a variety of senior-level executive and board positions, as well as co-founded and led Spencer Stuart’s Diversity Practice.

Ginny is the author of Career Mapping: Charting Your Course in the New World of Work, as well as a frequent speaker, presenter, and media guest.

For more information, visit Ginny’s website.

Contact Info for Ginny Clarke

Business Phone: 312-988-9350

Website: MyCareerMapping.com

Travels From: Chicago, IL

Follow Ginny: Twitter

Books by Ginny Clarke