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226: Steve Cochran, author of Outsizing: Strategies to Grow Your Business, Profits, and Potential

Steve Coughran, author of Outsizing: Strategies to Grow Your Business, Profits, and Potential

Steve Coughran  and Bill Ringle discuss Outsizing: Strategies to Grow Your Business, Profits, and Potential for small business leaders. 

>>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth.

Top 3 Value Bombs from this Interview

  • Do not let  metrics dictate the strategy – metrics are meant to measure the strategy.
  • Building a robust, efficacious strategy isn’t easy to do:  it requires organizations to ingrain it as a habit.
  • Talking with other people is essential to new leaders. Doing so creates buy-in because everyone likes to  feel like they have a voice and that they're going to be engaged in a strategic process.

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Expert Bio 

Author, CFO of an international billion-dollar company, and management consultant, Steve Coughran has over two decades of experience driving business excellence. Known for his extensive research and writing on strategic growth and corporate financial management, Steve challenges conventional wisdom, earning the reputation of an “energetic trailblazer.” He is an expert on strategy and an acclaimed keynote speaker with over twenty years of experience driving corporate excellence.
Steve has launched and managed three cross-industry companies, gaining a deep understanding of the competitive business environment. He is passionate about spreading his knowledge of strategy and finance with others, developing and leading programs such as the Strategic Financial Leadership Academy and Growth-Driven Leadership and teaching a Strategic Financial Leadership course at the University of Denver.
Steve is a CPA, earned his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, and studied international business across four continents. He advanced his specialization in strategy through study at the Executive Education Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Steve is married to his wife, Lalana, and has two children. When he’s not working, he enjoys running and has completed five marathons.

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

Travels from: New York, New York  

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225: John Lee Dumas, author of The Freedom Journal

John Lee Dumas, author of The Freedom Journal

John Lee Dumas  and Bill Ringle discuss the success journey of Entrepreneurs on Fire as well as key principles from The Freedom Journal for small business leaders. 

>>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth.

Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Define your niche clearly and accurately so that you know you're speaking to who actually represent the market you serve.
  • Measure the daily downloads, episode download, month-over-month growth, and measure the engagement with your listeners.
  • When you keep metrics that matter, then your business is going to succeed as a result.

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John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of Entrepreneurs on Fire, a business podcast where he interviews successful entrepreneurs and releases new episodes daily.  He is arguably one of the most successful podcasters in the business.

Entrepreneurs On Fire launched on September 22, 2012. As of 2018, his podcasts have received 70 million downloads with 1 million monthly listens. Through EOFire, he has grossed over $16 million dollars since its launch, and his popularity and platform continue to grow with a core team of himself and Kate Erickson, supplemented by a handful of VAs. 

John is the a uthor of  The Freedom Journal - The Best Daily Planner to Accomplish Your #1 Goal in 100 Days ,  The Mastery Journal - The Best Daily Planner for mastering productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days! and the The Podcast Journal - from idea to Podcast Launch in 50 Days!

He graduated from Providence College on an Army ROTC scholarship.

John was born and raised in Maine and now lives in Puerto Rico with Kate.

Contact Info for John Lee Dumas

Web address: https://www.eofire.com/

Travels from: Humacao, PR

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224: Operating with Higher Levels of Integrity, interview with Katie Hendricks, PhD

Katie and Gay's article on Operational Integrity

Katie Hendricks and Bill Ringle discuss integrity, operating agreements, and the underlying dynamics of strong relationship in small business and beyond.

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Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  • How appreciation can be used effectively as a management tool.
  • How staying connected to your body through deliberate breaths helps you make better decisions.
  • The importance of cultivating creativity in business relationships. 

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Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D., BC-DMT, has been an evolutionary catalyst, successful entrepreneur and body intelligence pioneer since the 1970s. Passionate about the power of embodied integrity and emergence, her work explores the how of consciousness, the structures and practices that befriend and transform fear into presence, connection and creative solutions.

She is the co-author (with her partner Gay Hendricks) of twelve books, including the best-selling a, At The Speed of Life and the new Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationship at Midlife and Beyond. Katie has developed a unique coaching and leadership program that has trained hundreds of coaches in the U.S. and Europe.

She co-founded the Spiritual Cinema Circle and the Virtual Body Intelligence Summit. She has appeared on over 500 radio and television programs and traveled well over one million air miles as the ambassador for the work that she and her husband Gay Hendricks have developed.

Katie earned a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and has been a Board Certified-Dance/Movement Therapist of the American Dance Therapy Association since 1975.

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Web address: www.hendricks.com

Travels from: Ojai, CA, United States

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223: Adopt a Modern Seller Paradigm to Excel, an interview with Amy Franko

Amy Franko -  author of The Modern Seller: Sell More and Increase Your Impact in the New Sales Economy

Amy Franko and Bill Ringle discuss the ideas of the five modern selling skill sets that help small business leaders and others responsible for top-line growth rise above the competition. 

>>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth.

Top 3 Take Aways from this Interview

  • Five roles to adopt for success in today's competitive marketplace: Entrepreneurial, Holistic, Social, Ambassador, and Agile.
  • How to find the right prospects for clients, when buyer titles and responsibilities are often opaque.
  • What it means to serve ambassador responsibilities in business growth positions.

5 Roles of the Modern Seller by Amy Franko

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Expert Bio 

Amy Franko is a strategic sales expert working with professional services, insurance, and technology organizations to accelerate sales results. She’s a keynote speaker, sales strategist, and author specializing in B2B sales and sales leadership development.

With over 20 years of client-facing sales experience, Amy began her career with global companies IBM and Lenovo before pivoting into entrepreneurship. 

Her book of business includes some of the world’s most recognizable brands. Amy’s book, Amazon , is an Amazon best seller and was also named a 2018 top sales book by Top Sales World. Learn more and download a free chapter at www.amyfranko.com.

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Web address: amyfranko.com

Travels from: Delaware, Ohio

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222: Ryder Carroll, author of The Bullet Journal Method

Ryder Carroll, author of The Bullet Journal Method

Ryder Carroll  and Bill Ringle discuss the Bullet Journal Method – a technique used by millions worldwide – for small business leaders. 

>>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth.

Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Transform your vague ideations into meaningful goals, and then break those goals into manageable action steps.
  • Track the past, organize the present, and prepare for the future.
  • Spend time with things that are important and be mindful of how you spend your time.

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Expert Bio 

Ryder Carroll, an digital product designer and author living in Brooklyn, NY. Diagnosed with learning disabilities early in life, he was forced to figure out alternate ways to be focused and productive. Through years of trial and error, he developed a methodology that went far beyond simple organization. Now he focuses on helping others learn what the Bullet Journal method is truly about: the art of intentional living.

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Web address: https://bulletjournal.com/

Travels from: Brooklyn, NY 

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221: John Rossman, author of Think Like Amazon

John Rossman, author of Think Like Amazon: 50 1/2 Ideas to Become a Digital Leader

John Rossman  and Bill Ringle discuss Think Like Amazon: 50 1/2 Ideas to Become a Digital Leader for small business leaders. 

>>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth.

Top 3 Take-Aways from this Interview

  • Create customer obsession—and grant your customers superpowers.
  •  Use metrics to create a culture of accountability and innovation.
  • Master the magic of small autonomous teams.

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Expert Bio 

John is the author of Think Like Amazon: 50 ½ Ideas to Become a Digital Leader.

He was an executive at Amazon, where he launched and scaled the Marketplace business, which now accounts for more than 50 percent of all units sold at Amazon.com. He also led the enterprise services business, with responsibilities for Target.com, NBA.com, Toys R Us, and other top brands.

He now heads Rossman Partners, a niche business advisory firm that helps clients succeed and thrive in the digital era. Rossman has worked with The Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Target, Walmart, and many others. He is highly sought after for expert commentary regarding Amazon by global news media, such as the New York Times, CNBC, and Bloomberg, among others.

Contact Info for John Rossman

Web address: http://the-amazon-way.com/

Travels from:  Austin, Texas

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