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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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Jan 11, 2016

Paul Akers is founder and president of FastCap, based in Bellingham, WA. FastCap is an international product development company founded in 1997 with over 2,000 distributors worldwide. A prolific inventor, Paul holds US and international patents. His company launches approximately 20 new innovative products per year and won business of the year in 1999 and 2010. Paul and his wife, Leanne, have built FastCap from their garage into a multi-million dollar company in 13 years.

Secret – timesaving technique

Paul works to make today better than yesterday -- deliberately improve every day. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Read or listen to audiobooks consistently -- Paul has read at least one book a week every week since college.

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

Paul spent too much money way too fast -- and Paul tells the whole story here.

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

"Uncover the greatness in every human being -- harness their greatest asset -- awaken the genius in human beings."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"Become fearless about innovation."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

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

I wish I had popped out of the womb and been told to "lean" -- eliminate waste and solve all your problems.

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

Learn the eight wastes -- and Paul shares the eight wastes here.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would be humble -- and they must want to learn.

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

  1. You need a mentor that you regularly consult with

How best to connect with Paul:

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Jan 8, 2016

Dave Mammano is the founder and CEO of the Next Step Education Group. His mission in life is to help people realize their highest potential through education. Next Step is a multi-media enterprise that has grown to become a nationwide resource with prestigious awards and honors, including being named a three time consecutive Inc. Magazine 5000 growth company and Top 100 growth company in Rochester, New York. David has spoken at hundreds of high school, college, business and EO events, including TEDx, and is the author of the new book, “Make Love in the Workplace”. 

What do you do in the first 60 minutes of your day?

David reads immediately upon waking up at 5:30 in the morning, meditates, and exercises -- don't leave your morning up to chance. ONWARD!

Favorite quote or lesson?

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." - George Bernard Shaw

How do you define success?

Success is all about balance -- it comes down to faith, family, finances, food, fitness, fun -- the 6 Fs of success.

What strategy do you use to combat fear?

David believes you have to put your focus on the goal -- not the negatives -- and David tells the reasons why here.

What makes as "A player" an "A player"?

An "A player" is an "A player" on their own -- and it's up to you to nurture them.  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

How can we become better mentors?

  1. Be cognisant of what you're doing -- your mentees are watching your every step
  2. Walk the talk -- don't just say what your mentees should do -- do it yourself

How can we build an audience?

  1. Create a lot of free content that people want in an easily digestible format -- blogs, podcasts, webinars, speeches
  2. Turn the things that help you into content that can help others
  3. Get a coach

How can business owners reach that elusive next level?

  1. Admit that you're vulnerable and need help
  2. Join groups and programs to learn and grow

How best to connect with David:

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

Jan 7, 2016

Dr. Marcie Beigel has been redesigning behavior for professionals, families, schools, and businesses for over 15 years. Her specialty is engaging with behaviors directly and giving clear and insightful directives to clients ­­ who are oftentimes ­­ business owners looking for balance at home to help create balance at work or new approaches to become better leaders. Her approach is heartfelt, but filled with tough love. You can get her weekly behavior newsletter at BehaviorAndBeyond.net. Dr. Marcie is also featured on NBC's Parenting Toolkit.

What do you do in the first 60 minutes of your day?

Dr. Marcie starts her morning by waking up to a real alarm clock (not her cell phone), lies in bed and plans her day, and does yoga -- stay away from technology for as long as you can. ONWARD!

Favorite quote or lesson?

"You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." – A.A. Milne

How do you define success?

Success is happiness -- it's the fullness and richness of life that defines success.

What strategy do you use to combat fear?

Dr. Marcie believes you need to embrace your fear -- and Dr. Marcie tells the reasons why here.

What makes as "A player" an "A player"?

An "A player" does exactly what they love -- hire those that are kids in the candy stores you need populated.  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success” 

How can we become better mentors?

  1. You need to walk your talk -- be the example
  2. Be clear with your words on how your mentee can do it better -- but you must be encouraging

How can we build an audience?

  1. Do what you do with consistency -- let people rely on you
  2. Figure out what platform you want to work with
  3. Remember that every email address is a person

How can business owners reach that elusive next level?

  1. Get clear on what the next level is -- how will you know when you're there?
  2. Walk through your fear -- make a plan and just do it
  3. Find a mentor -- we learn best from the people who have been there

How best to connect with Dr. Marcie:

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

Jan 6, 2016

Marty Wolff is an entrepreneur, business coach and business journalist. He's the President of Marty Wolff Business Solutions.

What do you do in the first 60 minutes of your day?

Marty starts every morning out with prayer/Bible study, exercise, healthy eating, and then goes into email and social media -- clear your slate of necessary communication to have the time to do the important things. ONWARD!

Favorite quote or lesson?

"Make a mistake of aggression, not of omission."

How do you define success?

Success is making a difference -- in an individual's life, in a group that you're working with, in someone you're coaching, or in your family's life.

What strategy do you use to combat fear?

Marty believes you have to feel worthy of success -- and Marty tells the reasons why here.

What makes as "A player" an "A player"?

An "A player" is a good team member -- the most unique skill set is caring.  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

How can we become better mentors?

  1. Model the behavior you expect of others -- be of high integrity all the time
  2. Always look for an opportunity to help someone
  3. Help other people see all their possibilities

How can we build an audience?

  1. Be excellent -- do good work
  2. Have a system -- regularly schedule things

How can business owners reach that elusive next level?

  1. Stay aggressive -- and continue to learn
  2. Make a difference -- everyday

How best to connect with Marty:

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

Jan 5, 2016

Jennifer Maffei is the Founder and President of VEA Services; a coaching and consulting firm specializing in helping CEOs get the most out of their Executive Assistants. Jennifer developed her A-Z approach after working for more than 20 years as both a Business Owner and as an Executive Assistant - from Fortune 500 companies to small firms. Jennifer is also a Vistage Resource Speaker - presenting How to Maximize the Executive and Assistant Relationship, to CEO peer groups across the country.

Secret – timesaving technique

Jennifer calendars absolutely everything -- schedule time for yourself to sit and think. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Review your priorities every single day -- Jennifer reviews her to-do list immediately before bed and again when waking up.

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

Jennifer was severely injured while working in San Francisco -- and Jennifer tells the whole story here.

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

"Focus, focus, focus -- close you door."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"Never give up, keep getting up when you get knocked down, and provided that you have done your due diligence and properly researched your idea, never let anyone steal your dream because if you believe in it and work hard enough, it will happen."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

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

I wouldn't do anything differently -- everything in life is a learning opportunity.

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

Communicate -- communicate -- and communicate some more. Have regular meetings with your teams.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would identify the issues -- and fix them themselves.

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

  1. Be bold -- not brash
  2. Guard your time -- be accessible yet not available at any minute
  3. Be coachable -- and only hire coachable people

How best to connect with Jennifer:

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

Jan 4, 2016

Virginia "Ginny" Roth is president of PPO&S in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania based marketing and advertising firm serving clients in 14 states. Her 30-year career launched in the arena of media research and has evolved as she now owns the firm offering integrated marketing communications counsel to clients in insurance, finance, the environment, higher education and issues management. PPO&S was recently selected as the 2015 Small Business of the Year by the Harrisburg Chamber.

Secret – timesaving technique

Virginia starts her day by making her plans for the day, week, month, quarter and figuring out her schedule -- have a set morning ritual to keep your day on track. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Make yourself as available as you can -- Virginia keeps herself free by making lists and staying focused during vital priorities.

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

Virginia's mentor and business partner was given a terminal diagnosis -- and Virginia tells the whole story here.

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

"You have to meet people where they are."

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

"Own up when you make a mistake."  

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

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

I wish I had know myself better -- know what motivates you, what deflates you, what re-energizes you, what flips your switch.

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

Hold yourself -- and your team -- accountable.

How to exceed expectations and add the most value?

An individual would have unrequited confidence and be a super communicator.

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

  1. Do something that you love -- and stick yourself into a positive environment
  2. Make sure your schedule accommodates your sleep schedule

How best to connect with Virginia:

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

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