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Onward Nation

America's best podcast for learning how today's top business owners Think, Act, & Achieve. Onward Nation is a five-day-a-week podcast hosted by Stephen Woessner, CEO of Predictive ROI. Business owners share the most influential lessons learned throughout their careers, including insights into their daily habits, their most vital priorities that have contributed to their business and personal success, and the most challenging time or situation that could have devastated or even ruined their businesses or careers. Business owners share their "recipes for success" including those systems they wish they had put into practice inside their business when first starting out. Each episode concludes with guests sharing two or three practical and tactical strategies they would recommend to brand new business owners in order to best ensure success in their new business and careers. Onward Nation provides business owners with the strategies and tactical step-by-step "recipe" that will help anyone make their business more systematic, predictable, measurable, and repeatable.
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Aug 31, 2015

Joshua is an entrepreneur and speaker. He and his team build products and companies. Joshua is the founder of ChopDawg.com and has been featured on FOX, MSNBC, CBS, Technically, and Mashable.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Joshua identifies his time sensitive vital priorities the night before to ensure he can move forward the next day. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Joshua likes to meditate every morning -- it’s a great way to relieve stress and remain focused.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Joshua had to figure out how to better manage clients -- and Joshua tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to have emotional stability -- don’t get too high or too low.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Don’t be satisfied -- complacency will lead to your downfall -- continue to evolve.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would have gone back and put a system in place to help with hours and hierarchy.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Hire the best of the best to attract the top clients -- it’s about the overall quality of your work.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who over-delivers and under-promises -- fits in with the rest of the team.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. First impression -- bring your “A” game
  2. Take advantage when an opportunity presents itself

How best to connect with Joshua:

 

 

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Aug 28, 2015

Melinda Emerson is known as the Small Biz Lady — and is Americas #1 Small Business Expert and the author of “Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months: A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business That Work.” She is an internationally known keynote speaker and expert on small business start-up, business development, and social media marketing. Melinda’s advice is widely read reaching more than 3 million entrepreneurs each week online. And Forbes magazine named her the #1 woman for entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Melinda always creates a list of five vital priorities the day before she sets out to complete each individual task. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Melinda wakes up early -- gets her vital priorities done by 11:00 am -- and even finds a way to budget time for herself.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Melinda built a business that could not run without her -- and Melinda tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to learn to plan for long-term success -- and focus on identifying the characteristics of their perfect customer.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“You have to maintain your reputation -- your brand is an extension of your personal self.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would have gone back and put a system in place to help define our niche -- you have to niche to get rich.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Develop a niche target customer -- you have to pick a marketing target that you can actually reach.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who seeks to add value to our company and looks at their occupation as a career, not a job.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. You win or you learn in business
  2. Don’t make a hire that you can’t fire

How best to connect with Melinda:

 

 

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Aug 27, 2015

Anthony Lee Witt is the founder and creator of The Champion Entrepreneur — a top-rated podcast in iTunes and resource for entrepreneurs. He believes in challenging limitations and has spent his life looking for how he can create and provide value to others and their businesses by changing the status quo. The Champion Entrepreneur provides valuable information and resources to help others become the Champion they know that deep down inside they already are. Anthony believes that no matter who you are — there will always be struggles that attempt to hold us back from becoming the champions we were meant to be. He takes great pride in helping others overcome these struggles.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Anthony creates time blocks -- which help him remain efficient throughout the workday. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Anthony wakes up early -- getting up before the kids can be a great way to remain focused.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Anthony was paying attention to a few false indicators -- and Anthony tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to learn to reduce non-productive activities and start to implement their own plan -- know your personal traits.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“If you're not adding value -- nobody benefits -- make sure your actions are adding value.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would have gone back and put a system in place to develop a series of task-oriented processes -- virtual assistance.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Develop a mastermind group -- cohesiveness always compounds over an extended period of time.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who knows exactly what the customer wants -- with the ability to intuitively provide them what they need.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Search for inspiration
  2. Listen -- Read -- Study

How best to connect with Anthony:

 

 

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Aug 26, 2015

Mark Babbitt is the co-author of A World Gone Social: How Companies Must Adapt to Survive, an Amazon best-seller that takes an inspiring look at the impact of social media on today's business world. Mark is the CEO and Founder of YouTern, an award-winning social community for young professionals and was recently named to Inc.’s 100 Great Leaderships Speakers and to Business News Daily’s Top Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter. Mark is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Inc., and Huffington Post; his work has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, USA TODAY, Bloomberg News and many other publications and media outlets.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Mark is a morning person -- kickstart your day early -- take advantage of the extra hours. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Mark takes the time to build mutually beneficial relationships with his client base -- know them on a personal level.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Mark had to rethink his B2B model during the recession -- and Mark tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner can benefit greatly by becoming a mentor -- teaching is invaluable.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“You have to learn the art of pace -- shut it down once in awhile -- without a reasonable pace we become overbearing.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would have gone back and put a system in place versed in continually upgrading our team.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Cohesiveness -- we have to create a team that is comprised of passionate individuals who take ownership.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who is passionate about the mission -- has grit -- as well as some good old-fashioned ingenuity.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Develop a personal board of advisors
  2. Surround yourself with people that are smarter than you

How best to connect with Mark:

 

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Aug 25, 2015

Ari Weinzweig is CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman's Community of Businesses, which includes Zingerman's Delicatessen, Bakehouse, Creamery, Catering, Mail Order, ZingTrain, Coffee Company, Roadhouse, Candy Manufactory and the newest business, Cornman Farms. Zingerman's produces and sells all sorts of full flavored, traditional foods in its home of Ann Arbor, Michigan to the tune of $55,000,000 a year in annual sales.

Ari was recognized as one of the Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America by the 2006 James Beard Foundation and has awarded a Bon Appetit Lifetime Achievement Award among many recognitions.

Ari is the author of a number of articles and books, including Zingerman's Guide to Better Bacon (Zingerman's Press), Zingerman's Guide to Giving Great Service, Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating (Houghton Mifflin), Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchists Approach to Building a Great Business, and Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchists Approach to Being a Better Leader. Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading, Part 3; A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Managing Ourselves, was released in December of 2013. Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading, Part 4; A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business is scheduled for release in the first part of 2016.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Keep a journal -- writing down your thoughts each morning is a great way to stay organised. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Ari likes to cook during his free-time at home -- being in the food business requires experimentation.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Ari dealt with growing his business over the years -- and Ari tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to stay grounded -- resist the hierarchical model -- and focus on self-management.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Don’t look for one heroic person -- the world is a giant classroom full of information.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

I would have went back and put a system in place to hone the practicable skill of creating a vision.

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

There’s three steps to great customer service -- the key is to create an ecosystem of collaboration.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who can collaborate -- service the customer -- and reflect on their actions daily.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Business is exhausting
  2. Try to focus on self-management

How best to connect with Ari:

 

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Aug 24, 2015

Josh is the founder of Social Change Nation, whose mission and passion is to provide startup social entrepreneurs with the best tools for growing their ventures. He hosts a podcast featuring interviews with the worlds leading change agents and creates online content to help startups make a dollar AND a difference.

When he's not podcasting, Josh can be found cooking up the latest Paleo dish (his fiances fault), cycling all over Gods creation, and/or endeavouring to understand the mysterious ways of the universe.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Get your hardest task done first thing in the morning -- this mindset will help boost productivity. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Joshua likes to exercise -- a fitness routine helps to create positive energy and motivation.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Joshua had to find a way to create valuable content -- and Joshua tells the complete story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be disciplined -- patient -- and focused on the day to day grind.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“If you want to make a million dollars -- solve a problem that touches a billion people.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to help with promotion as well as creating high-quality content.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Use the beginning of each quarter to develop a detailed plan-- then focus on marketing.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who can lift others up -- believes in social entrepreneurship -- and lives each day to the fullest.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Passion restores hope
  2. Creativity is an essential component

How best to connect with Joshua:

 

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Aug 21, 2015

Justin Topliff is a Product Marketing Manager at Infusionsoft, one of Arizona's top tech startup success stories. He is helping change the future for 30,000 small businesses. Justin leads the product messaging and launches for Infusionsoft’s core and ancillary products and has led the marketing efforts that helped grow annual revenues by 40%.

He is also the founder of ProductMarketingSummit.com, which disseminates free knowledge from over 40 of techs top product marketers and create a community for product marketers to share their tribal knowledge and learn from one another.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Justin learned to say no -- avoid shiny object syndrome -- and not to juggle too many tasks at once. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Justin likes to exercise -- you can’t neglect your body -- exercise is a great way to clear your head.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Justin switched companies during a challenging time -- and Justin tells the complete story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be able to question themselves -- and check their ego at the door.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Don’t be obsessed with the pursuit of perfection -- relax -- mistakes will happen.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to help with our data-driven decisions and the overall customer experience.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Don’t stop -- follow a formula -- and make sure to entice your audience with a clear value.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who remains disciplined -- takes small steps -- and can chip away at rather large tasks over the period of a year.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Take a deep breath -- Relax
  2. Help others -- add kindness when you can

How best to connect with Justin:

 

 

You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------

 

Aug 20, 2015

Lori Highby is the owner of Keystone Click, an interactive marketing agency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Since 2008, her agency has seen consistent growth. Lori is the 2013 recipient of the "Bravo! Entrepreneur Award" from BizTimes Media. She has been helping businesses market themselves online for nearly 15 years. Lori speaks and blogs on the topics of social media, e-commerce, online marketing, and entrepreneurship.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Lori stays focused and remains productive due to the allocation of a diverse Post-it note system. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Lori plans her workday every morning -- she gives herself plenty of time to focus on her vital priorities.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Lori decided to leave a full-time job -- and Lori tells the complete story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to remain focused -- don’t always chase the shiny object.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Honesty is the best policy -- always be forthcoming and honest with your clients.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a program to aid the sales funnel -- possibly a CRM system.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Time -- manage your time effectively -- it’s about getting it done and out the door.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who communicates with others -- and brings value to the workplace.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Get outside of your comfort zone
  2. Put in the time to create a process

How best to connect with Lori:

 

 

You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------

 

Aug 19, 2015

Alan Becker is the CEO and Founder of Retirement Solutions Group, Inc., and co-founder of RSG Investments, Inc., a leader in the world of financial security for pre-retirees and retirees. With over 18 years of helping his clients learn to plan with purpose, Alan utilizes his proprietary financial tools in addition to the best available industry services.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Take a few minutes of quiet time -- make a list -- try to progress through the list during the workday. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

You have to show up -- it’s pretty simple -- your presence is the first step to success.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Alan brought people into his business that he shouldn't have -- and Alan tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be able to plan -- manage their time effectively -- and study the industry.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Last week is over -- what are we going to do this week -- learn to deliver consistently.”  

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have systematized my practice through the implementation of a diverse database system.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Consistency -- clear and concise communication -- and the ability to follow a system.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who has the passion and drive to help fulfill the needs of our clients.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Think big -- review your plan once a week
  2. There will always be an opportunity for growth

How best to connect with Alan:

 

Aug 18, 2015

Chris Brogan is CEO of Owner Media Group, a highly sought after professional speaker, and the New York Times bestselling author of eight books and counting...including the forthcoming...Insider: Strategies and Secrets for Business Growth in the Age of Distractions.

Chris has spoken for — or consulted with — Disney, Coke, Google, Microsoft, and many more. He’s appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, interviewed Richard Branson for a cover story for SUCCESS Magazine...and once...even presented to a Princess.

Most importantly, Chris provides education and tools to help you make your life and your business thrive, by teaching you which actions will get you what you want. Through books, speeches, courses, and workshops, Chris is dedicated to helping you grow your capabilities and connections and to getting you to that next level of success -- no matter where you are in the process right now.  

Daily habit that contributes to success

Chris places emphasis on health and fitness -- it’s important to develop a daily routine. ONWARD!

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to learn to communicate in an effective manner -- clear and concise communication is invaluable.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“You live and die by a database -- treat your list with the utmost respect.”

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Lean to follow the “Ask” -- “Do” -- “Share” recipe.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. The inbox is surrounded by a velvet rope -- use it to your advantage
  2. Give and interact with your audience through a newsletter

How best to connect with Chris:

 

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Aug 17, 2015

Leanne started her marketing agency called Stitchcraft Marketing over 5 years ago — and she did that to meet the every changing needs of the yarn and craft industries. Leanne and her team work with manufacturers within the fiber arts industry across the country to increase website traffic, build their brand and platform, and ultimately…to increase sales.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Trello is a website that acts like a sticky note bulletin board -- this website helps to save a ton of time. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

You have to have the right work life balance -- finding the right balance will help with focus and motivation.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Leanne had to rebrand her company-- and Leanne tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to become a leader who truly cares about every person in their circle.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Fear can be crippling in a business -- learn to slay the dragon and keep it at bay.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have joined a round-table group -- to reap the benefits of a collaborative environment.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Networking within your community -- personal satisfaction can be achieved through service.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who cares for others -- wants to give -- and is passionate about servicing our clients.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Look at the big picture
  2. Stick it out

How best to connect with Leanne:

 

 

You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------

Aug 14, 2015

I'm a Denver native and a graduate of Mullen High School and Regis University. I have been in the mortgage industry since 1997. I opened this branch in July of 2000 as a broker shop, and it has evolved over that time to become what is now Hallmark Home Mortgage in Colorado.

Formerly the #1 one producer at other companies as well as my own branch until 2008, I now get more pride developing talented people to their full potential. My #1 job today is helping loan officers close more deals following systems that produce the career and life they wanted when they chose this industry.

  1. Our Core Purpose is to have a Profoundly Positive Impact on the lives of our staff, the clients we serve, our referral partners, business partners and vendors, and on the world in which we live.
  2. We live out that Core Purpose by embracing our Core Values in the approach we take to both our work and our lives.
  3. Embracing our core values is how we are able to deliver on our brand promise of closing loans on time, under budget with no surprises.

We've taken the approach that we want to be a great company - and not just a big company. Quite simply, we believe we provide the very best lending experience by focusing on 3 key areas of service:

  • Excellent proactive communication and follow up systems
  • 100% pre-approval to closed loan ration with money back guarantees
  • On Time, Under Budget No Surprise Closings, with money back guarantees

 

Secret -- timesaving technique

Plan tomorrow today -- Dave plugs his appointments into a spreadsheet and pays close attention to his calendar. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Dave has developed a daily routine that contributes to his productivity during the workday.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Dave had to deal with failure during the first few years -- and Dave tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be a leader -- leadership is a pivotal component to a successful business."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“An ego can be detrimental -- give credit where credit is due -- it will be returned.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to help with the hiring process -- as well as reduce the turnover rate.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

We try to have a rhythmic meeting schedule -- which bolsters engagement through preparation.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who wants to come into the business and learn without taking any shortcuts.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Be proud -- it’s not about the money
  2. Maintain your values -- no regrets

How best to connect with Dave:

 

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Aug 13, 2015

Kristian L. Finfrock is the Founder/Financial Advisor at Retirement Income Strategies. Kristian is an active member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and Advisors Excel, a national group founded to provide guidance and education to the highest level of financial professionals in the industry. In his current practice, Kristian and his team help individuals and business clients establish sophisticated—yet easy to understand—solutions for protecting and preserving wealth while minimizing tax exposure.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Our team has a strategy session at the start of the week -- we are able to tackle the financial service workload. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Kristian likes to have a power hour -- his power hour helps him to dial in on his business.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Kristian felt restricted as a captive agent -- and Kristian tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to hire the right people -- and delegate tasks to the appropriate team-members.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Marketing is everything -- find a way to deliver the message -- find a new and unique way to tell the story.”  

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to simplify the process of scaling my business.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

It’s very important to expect the unexpected -- change is inevitable -- and preparation is essential.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who takes ownership -- works towards a goal -- and never backs down from a challenge.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Plan to fail -- it leads to opportunity
  2. Just do it -- believe in yourself -- embrace the challenge
  3. Find a mentor

How best to connect with Kristian:

 

You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------

Aug 12, 2015

Carl founded the Wright Partners in 1998. Since then, his Team has developed Real Estate Projects valued at over $200 million and currently owns and manages a portfolio of over $100 million.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Wake up early -- dive into your number one challenge for the day -- tackle the hardest task. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Constant learning and improvement -- try to be better than who you were last week.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Carl was heavily invested in the real-estate market of 2008 -- and Carl tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to be able to listen to their clients -- ask them how you can help.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Know your vital functions -- know when you're working inside of them -- know when you're working outside of them.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to help me with the fundamentals of checklist management.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners have to study trade journals -- listen to podcasts -- and take advantage of diverse learning channels.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who is committed to continual learning -- you can always better yourself.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Be comfortable being uncomfortable
  2. Keep learning

How best to connect with Carl:

 

 

You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------

Aug 11, 2015

Art Boulay is the CEO of Strategic Talent Management. Art helps leaders fully realize their own talent, and the talents of their employees. He brings practical ideas, humor and common sense solutions to each assignment.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Hiring -- putting the right person in the right position at the right time can save a ton of time. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Present moment awareness -- try not to lose track of the current business environment.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Art had to overcome the recession of 2008 -- and Art tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to understand cash-flow -- be able to take a long look in the mirror -- and communicate effectively.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Get out of your own way -- get on with it -- just do it -- it’s your own personal responsibility to make it happen.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I would have implemented a system to help me bring my conceptions and various ideas to fruition.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners have to develop meaningful relationships within their organization and also with external publics.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who can expand our networks -- display an unwavering level of commitment -- and fit into our culture.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Focus on the client
  2. Know who you are and what you're good at

How best to connect with Art:

 

  You can also find us here: ------ OnwardNation.com ------

Aug 10, 2015

Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor, entrepreneur, wellness magazine founder, motivational speaker and trainer, author, impassioned athlete, Ironman competitor, father, and married to Debra for over 20 years.

Dr. James Rouse is committed to inspiring everyone to imagine and achieve the vibrant, high-performance lives we all deserve. Through leading-edge ideas, practical life strategies, and superior products, Rouse’s mission is to help guide all into a healthy lifestyle.

His vision is a world in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Shoot the arrow -- go to the most desired target -- envision your target -- remain focused. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Movement increases your dopamine -- thus making you more proactive -- become a sweaty genius.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

James had to overcome the brain's innate negativity bias  -- and James tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to learn to love the plateau -- give yourself total permission to feel engaged.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“All motion creates positive emotions -- therefore, everyone has a huge opportunity to move into a favorable situation.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“I implemented a system surrounding three principles -- self-care, balance, and controlled breathing.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners have to understand vulnerability in order to build a level of cohesiveness in the organization.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who has a special skill that can be used in our environment and knows how to use that skill when necessary.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Follow your passion
  2. Become a leader through service

How best to connect with James:

 

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Aug 7, 2015

Gary Vaynerchuk builds businesses. Fresh out of college he took his family wine business and grew it from a $3M to a $60M business in just five years. Now he runs VaynerMedia, one of the world’s hottest digital agencies. Along the way he became a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, investing in companies like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Uber, and Birchbox before eventually co-founding VaynerRSE, a $25M angel fund.

Gary also currently hosts The #AskGaryVee Show, a way of providing as much value as possible by taking questions about social media, entrepreneurship, startups, and family businesses and giving his answers based on a lifetime of building successful, multi-million dollar companies. The show is also available as a podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and SoundCloud.  

A Few Steps Ahead:

  • Don’t be crippled by trying to quantify success -- use all the tools at your disposal -- try to be four to five years ahead of everyone else

Technology and Innovation:

  • The company’s of now will be done in eight years if they refuse to adapt and change -- to grow you have to ask dumb questions grounded in the future of business

Storytelling:

  • Every business has a story to tell -- don’t disrespect social channels -- they are a living and breathing channel of communication

Transparency:

  • We live in an ever-changing transparent world -- if you're company’s in the yellow-pages or newspaper because you're afraid of social -- then an opportunity will be missed

Humanise It:

  • People will follow the story -- communicate the story -- humanise it -- where is the personality

Give or Push:

  • Old fashioned rules -- you have to become a giving business through social channels -- before you ask and receive

Value-Proposition:

  • A good value-proposition shows your consumer the value they will receive

 

How best to connect with Gary:

Aug 6, 2015

Dr. Flint McGlaughlin the founder of MECLABS, the world’s largest independent research institution focused on offer response optimization. His work has led to many discoveries regarding the philosophy of human choice, experimental design, and the cognitive psychology of conversion. Dr. McGlaughlin has written or edited more than 250 articles and texts, he has won multiple awards, and he has been quoted in more than 13,000 online and offline sources.

 

Leadership:

  • Don’t optimize offers or websites -- optimize thought-sequences -- by gauging the perception of value-force and value-cost

Sustainability:

  1. You have to do something fundamentally different
  2. Limit internal arrogance at the leadership level derived from ignoring consumers
  3. Limit the all-in risk -- focus on small discoveries that compound

Actionable Steps:

  1. Try to see through the lense of the consumer
  2. Employ the consumer mindset -- understand their thought-sequence
  3. Speak in their vernacular -- ineffective communication proves to be costly

Articulate:

  • Clarity trumps persuasion -- once you can articulate the value with clarity -- you will get an answer in return.

Value Proposition:

  • Focus on developing a clear value-proposition -- with an emphasis on the consumer and channel of communication.

How best to connect with Dr. Flint McGlaughlin:

 

Aug 5, 2015

Avinash Kaushik is the co-Founder of Market Motive Inc and the Digital Marketing Evangelist for Google. His prior professional experience includes key roles at Intuit, DirecTV, Silicon Graphics in the US & DHL in Saudi Arabia.

Through his blog, Occam’s Razor, and his best selling books, Web Analytics: An Hour A Day and Web Analytics 2.0, Avinash has become recognized as an authoritative voice on how marketers, executives teams and industry leaders can leverage data to fundamentally reinvent their digital existence.

 

Bounce Rate:

  • The percentage of visitors to a particular website who navigate away from the site almost immediately -- (bounce route should be at or below 30 percent).

Reduce Bounce Rate:

  1. Focus on optimizing your display campaigns through targeting
  2. Spend time optimizing your landing pages
  3. Understand why consumers come to your site

Metrics:

  1. Measure your acquisition strategy
  2. Measure consumer behavior on the site
  3. Measure the outcome of a visit

Digital Marketing:

  • Humanise your advertisements -- don’t shout at the consumer -- connect with the most favorable audience (18-24 years) -- build a relationship through their hangout (YouTube)

Incentives:

  • Change the incentive structure -- senior leadership has to imagine the endless possibilities -- then create based on the vision

How best to connect with Avinash:

 

Aug 4, 2015

Steve Kleber is the founder and president of Kleber & Associates, an integrated marketing and communications agency. He has a deep passion for the home and building industry.  

Secret -- timesaving technique

Utilize cloud-based applications to keep your team connected -- the cloud is innately versed in virtual connectivity. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Aggregate content and employ thought-leadership techniques to bolster our client's image.

Could have ruined your business -- but now -- an invaluable learning experience

Steve dealt with an egregious economic cycle -- and Steve tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“A business owner has to remain focused and become an expert at one specific trade.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Focus on the fundamentals -- treat the customer with respect -- wake up early -- work passionately.”  

 

Final Round -- “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What systems would you go back and put into place sooner?

“We have a rhythmic system that helps us stay within our own career specialization.”

What one strategy or “recipe” would compound into big wins for business owners?

Business owners who can bring innovation to the team by building a bridge between marketing and sales.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual who can follow the frame of reference and scale expectations, while remaining committed to their respective specialization.

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Stay the course, but make sure it’s a sustainable specialization
  2. Don’t devalue your role as an expert

How best to connect with Steve:

 

Aug 3, 2015

John Lee Dumas is the Founder and Host of EntrepreneurOnFire, an award winning Podcast revealing the journey of today’s most inspiring Entrepreneurs 7-days a week. EntrepreneurOnFire generates over $250,000 a month in revenue & offers a free 15-day course on Podcasting at FreePodcastCourse.com. With over 1 million unique listens a month, EntrepreneurOnFire has inspired Fire Nation to take control of their life and take the Entrepreneurial leap. Are YOU prepared to ignite?

5 Podcasting Tips -- with John Lee Dumas

“Podcasting is a legitimate medium of communication.”

  1. Escape the Imposter Syndrome:
  2. ✭ Don’t be afraid of launching a podcast -- everyone has the right to launch an authentic podcast on any number of topics
  3. Jump In -- Try not to Delay the Launch:
  4. ✭ Disseminate your podcast -- it will be a truly gratifying moment that will help you conquer the initial learning curve
  5. Focus on a few Distribution Channels:
  6. ✭ Podcasts can be disseminated through a diverse group of channels, iTunes and Stitcher Radio both have huge followings.
  7. Climb the New and Noteworthy Charts:
  8. ✭ The momentum will start to pick up when your podcast climbs the charts and generates buzz in the podcast community
  9. Remain Confident:
  10. ✭ Don’t let a ranking slip deter your spirit -- you have to remain confident and overcome obstacles

How best to connect with John:

 

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