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Not capital, not innovation, not even products or services. Perhaps the single most important business lever any organization has, is engaged employees. Without them, nothing works. In this episode, we meet Jon Stemmle and Mark Dollins, co-authors of the book: 'Engaging Employees Through Strategic Communication.' My Favorite Quotes from Jon and Mar…
 
Arguably, it has become increasingly clear that in today's business landscape, the average company's 'customer experience' could use some improvement. Similarly, within companies, it can be argued that the 'employee experience' could also use some improvement. The common thread here lies in the word 'experience'. How do companies make customers and…
 
In today's volatile business climate, it has become increasingly difficult to attract, retain, and engage valuable employees. As leaders scramble for solutions to improve company performance, they usually end up considering the thorny question of how to build an inspired workplace culture. Thankfully, there are several answers for inspiring and eng…
 
Let's do a quick thought experiment. Call three of your colleagues and ask them for a definition of leadership. Here's my guess: you'll get more than three different answers back! This points to an interesting paradox. So many of us may have different ways of describing leadership, and yet, very few organizations have done the hard work of defining…
 
After all that we've learned at work about technical skills, ability, intelligence, and even talent, it turns out that getting ahead still boils down to how well we can deal with PEOPLE ... doesn't it? Well, within the 'people' context—especially in today's 'new normal'—workplaces are experiencing significant change and transition. The key question…
 
Do today’s Millenium and Generation ‘Z’ employees care only about getting a paycheck? Or do they require something more intangible to be fully motivated to achieve their very best? In this episode, we were delighted to have this question addressed in excellent detail by Josephine Monberg, Head of Culture and Communication, Global Industry and Value…
 
In today's chaotic business landscape, the concept—and importance—of a personal and professional brand is familiar to most people. Yet, how do we develop one that encompasses every stage of our entire lives? How do we develop a 'life brand' that is accompanied with the confidence and tools to successfully navigate relationships and careers througho…
 
In today's fast-paced, virtual business landscape, it is entirely possible that an organization's best resource for certain core functions are to be found externally. This is where the value of fractional or on-demand services and expertise comes into play. In this episode, we meet Monique de Maio, the Founder and CMO of onDemandCMO, a marketing co…
 
One of the greatest and most self-evident truths in an organization is that Sales is a primary lever of business success. Without great sales, you can't achieve a great and profitable organization. Yet one requirement for achieving great sales that is often overlooked is the influence of leadership mindset on the personal and human tone of a sales …
 
What exactly is Knowledge Management? And how does it provide tangible bottom line benefits to any organization? While many of us may have heard of this organizational concept, we may not be fully aware of 'The Knowledge Cafe', which brings additional business-building and life-changing power to the concept, further separating it from other tangent…
 
Many of us are aware of the fear of public speaking that so many experience, which is echoed through stunning statistics in this paragraph from The Times Newspaper: "A fear of public speaking was found to be a more pressing concern than death, according to a ranking of society's most pervasive fears. ... The top ranking, at 6.41 out of ten, was the…
 
As leaders, founders, entrepreneurs, or executives, there is one truth that binds us all: if no one ever knows about you, your expertise will not get leveraged, no matter how much talent or experience you happen to have. Getting known is the first step to influence, and at the end of the day, influence may be the single most accurate predictor of t…
 
Are you fully and truly living your truth on social media? Are you being unapologetically you? For anyone who is either considering or is already fully invested in content marketing or social selling, this is an extremely important question for one simple reason: AUTHENTICITY SELLS. No one can be as good a version of you on this planet as you can. …
 
👉 It is Amazon's #1 Bestselling Global Marketing Book. 👉 It’s been called a “business bible” and “game-changer.” 👉 Huffington Post named it one of the 10 best marketing books for small business owners. 👉 Universities across America use it as a modern-day textbook. Welcome to the 1-Page Marketing Plan, by Allan Dib! I was recently blessed with the r…
 
As a business owner or entrepreneur, do you sometimes feel guilt and shame around selling and sales? If so, that feeling may also be a sign that your success and overall possibilities are being limited by the way you're selling. Here's the good news. There is a different way to view sales that can dramatically change your process and success outcom…
 
If you've ever been in any kind of machine, whether it's a car, a ship, or an airplane, that achieves the magic of moving disproportionally massive objects with seemingly little effort, you've been helped by levers. In fact, the lever is so essential to our civilization that many believe it is the basic explanation for how our ancient ancestors wer…
 
After years of research, business insights, and exemplary success solving organizational challenges for clients in the areas of leadership and teamwork, my next guest has arrived at the bold conclusion that there is ONE single element in the human capital mix that can truly cascade a company's success. That element, she says, is communication. In t…
 
By now most of us have heard about the power and utility of storytelling as a business development tool. Some of us may have even experienced the power of story when performed by a true master of the art (and science) of narrative persuasion. But how can coaches, consultants, and service providers proactively and strategically use storytelling to "…
 
When you seek personal and professional success and discover the importance of your personal 'ENERGY' in that process, do you think, "woo?" Or do you realize, like most of us in today's world, that we are truly beings made from an energy that is not entirely visible to us ... energy that defines and shapes every thing we do? If so, I'd like to intr…
 
If you are in sales or marketing, or business in general, you have probably used (or heard of) a CRM, otherwise known as a Customer Relationship Management software tool. The purpose of a CRM is powerful, to help us 'remember' and 'follow up' on prospects so that we can gently guide them toward a closer business relationship with us. However, a wel…
 
Webster's current definition of a 'Freelancer' is as follows: "a person who pursues a profession without a long-term commitment to any one employer." Sound familiar? In today's ever-changing business landscape, it is easy to see how this definition can apply to most of us, whether we consider ourselves employees or entrepreneurs. In short, the bott…
 
If you've ever wondered what the magic formula to sales is, look no further, for I have great news for you. According to my next guest, it has nothing to do with selling and everything to do with the power of story. Story takes us to a magical land of safety, empathy and openness to new ideas, where it's not the person with the best product who win…
 
While there are many books about entrepreneurship, it is rare to find one that so holistically spans the entire ecosystem of an entrepreneur's life, from the personal development aspect, to the business strategies, to the daily life and business habits that are essential for success. In this episode, we meet keynote speaker and coach Jeffrey Shaw, …
 
When asked about the single element that created their phenomenal success stories, three of the world's most successful people—Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Warren Buffet—all gave the same one-word answer: Focus. In this episode, we meet Author and Award-winning High Performance & Leadership Coach Katie Stoddart, whose mission is to support entrepren…
 
Video has taken the social media world by storm. Every single platform has invested significantly into launching state-of-the-art technologies that support video content creation. In fact, according to Cisco, over 80% of all internet traffic is expected to be video by 2021. With all this excitement around video, how are companies and entrepreneurs …
 
Imagine if you could see far into the future. What would you see? Would you be safe? Would things be great? Or would your present thoughts, actions, and realities have produced a future of difficulty and strife? Now, imagine that today, you're sitting across a virtual table from someone who has spent years as an expert, global, strategic futurist w…
 
Has your entrepreneurial dream turned into the proverbial nightmare? Are you uncertain about your next chapter? Would you like to get results now in your business and plan a successful exit out of corporate? If any of these are true for you, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters? Nope. Call my next guest. In this episode, we meet brilliant Business Grow…
 
What do "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Alum, "60 Minutes," the Emmy Awards Winner's List, and the Peabody Awards Winner's List all have in common? My guest in this episode! Christopher Martin has been at the center of the media universe for many years and is today navigating new success paths for the future. In this episode, we meet CEO and Founder Chris…
 
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. But what is the value of words given as testimonials from some of today's top business leaders and influencers? Read this: "David Brier is brilliant with branding." Daymond John, Shark Tank and CEO FUBU "David Brier is a branding genius who will revolutionize the way you do branding." Grant Cardone …
 
Is all that we perceive with our five senses truly all that there is? What could be affecting our personal and professional performance, that is outside of our five senses? How can we learn of our energy and heal our business potential more proactively? These questions and more were discussed in this episode with Dr. Sandra Camacho, auric field con…
 
PROBLEM: You’re 50+ and you’ve been aged out of your career, laid off, or you’re starting your own business for the first time. Now you're looking at your LinkedIn profile, not sure what to do next. You know there's got to be a path to your next level of success, but you're not sure how to get started. Who you gonna call? TED!! In this episode, we …
 
I'd like you to close your eyes and go back fifteen years. Imagine you're sitting with me in a National Speakers Association meeting for the first time, and you're seeing this dynamic young speaker who not only speaks with a powerful command of his voice tones, storytelling, and deep research-based insights, but he's doing the strangest things with…
 
I'm imagining a scene in 'Back To The Future', when a time-traveling young man meets the time-machine inventor that made his presence in the past possible. Only this time, I'm the time traveler and I'm predicting that the person in front of me will achieve great things, like be the next Elon Musk, or Steve Jobs. Sound fantastic? Perhaps. But after …
 
Webster's dictionary describes the word 'Maverick' as "an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party." There is no dispute about the success potential in being a maverick. However, in today's noisy, global, socially crowded world, even the truest maverick would have a tough time standing out. Yet my next guest has put in the…
 
"How can we rise above the din of infinite options to create sustainable meaning with an audience or group of customers? Following the old rules of digital engagement is not enough, not nearly enough. Even being "great" is insufficient in the face of overwhelming competition redefining the limits of excellence every day. From the best-selling autho…
 
Have you ever wondered what that magic thing is that powers the most successful people we know? Notice how they float around in slow motion, music playing in the background, hair whipping in the wind? Yeah, with all that 'it' factor, and confidence? Guess what that is? It's SWAGGER, (just kidding)....but whatever it is, our next guest has invested …
 
In the now seminal book, 'Start With Why', Simon Sinek urges us all to consider the things that inspire us before we launch our business or entrepreneurial efforts. Yet when one takes that powerful, sage advice, the next question one must ask is usually, 'HOW' will I get all this done? How will I achieve the business or entrepreneurial success I se…
 
In the pursuit of external business success, far too many of us leave behind the true essence of our authenticity, our internal passion, and our natural brilliance. What a joy it is, however, when we discover that our greatest success is not out there somewhere, but rather, has been within us all along. In this episode, we meet the absolutely incom…
 
"As we transition from the industrial age to the global village, the rules of the game of business (and life) change. Today, and into the future, credibility is one of the key components of success. I’m helping to define how credibility is changing and how to achieve it." — Mitchell Levy. In this episode, we meet global credibility expert Mitchell …
 
It has become very clear in today's business landscape that the most important (and most profitable) categories for personal development advice are to be found in the following three camps: Health, Wealth, and Relationships. Given our human nature, it is arguable that the most powerful of these is Relationships, because they affect everything else …
 
One of my all-time favorite sayings is: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ” — Aristotle. Another one is more tongue-in-cheek, but just as powerful: "You can't learn to play soccer at a seminar. " —Anonymous. Both quotes make the point that learning is only a first step...we need to EXPERIENCE things to tru…
 
Have you ever wondered how to use YouTube as a core part of your marketing mix? Have you ever wondered how video can become an integral part of your online content marketing? And have you ever wondered how to convert all of the great content you're creating into clients? If so, you'll love the message and methods of our next guest, who is so commit…
 
Whether you are a painter or a business leader, a salesperson or a home-maker, as long as you are in the business of solving problems and helping others, you are a creative. This is one of several new, status-quo-busting sentiments from the mind that gave us 'PERMISSION MARKETING', invented EMAIL MARKETING as we know it today, and has written 20 be…
 
Every once in a while I get so lucky to be able to meet and learn from a true leader who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. You can't listen to my next guest without being in awe of his humility in the face of massive personal and professional success. With 97,000 followers on LinkedIn and a Top 100 Podcast, you can just tell that he's…
 
Picture this: he's living a modern-day nomadic lifestyle deep in the mountains with his wife and children. He sports a half-graying beard and a trim, healthy build in a suit. He is a seasoned business storyteller, a top LinkedIn influencer, and knows how to help you get in 'flow' to build a profitable business. Is this guy your next business sage, …
 
Wouldn't it be awesome if your ideal clients could learn about you in a low-risk, low pressure manner, make a decision to follow you, and then show up all by themselves on your digital doorstep, ready to buy your product or service? As seemingly fantastical as this may sound, it is actually quite possible when one can strategically leverage the man…
 
LinkedIn has absolutely become the center of the business-to-business universe on social media. It's always a pleasure to find and learn from a true 'sage' and expert in the LinkedIn business development landscape. In this episode, we meet LinkedIn Expert, Best Selling Author, and International Keynote Speaker Adam Houlahan. My Favorite Quotes from…
 
Every once in a while you run into that rare person who is so happy with life, so full of contagious joy and inspiration. It's such a pleasure to meet someone who knows the value of being grateful for every moment, and who is spending the precious time we have on this planet in the service of others. In this episode, we meet just such a soul in Noa…
 
I have heard that there are potentially as many definitions of leadership as there are people on this planet. Yet, of all the possible definitions, my favorite has to be this: Leadership is Influence. Another favorite definition is the idea that you are only a leader if you have followers. And along with this latter definition is the slapstick real…
 
Perhaps one of the greatest business lessons I've learned is the simple fact that being yourself can be a powerful business strategy. In today's world where 'you are your brand', your greatest business asset may very well come from unleashing the latent creativity within you. In this episode, we meet Social Media and Content Marketing Expert Alex B…
 
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