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Onward Nation with Stephen Woessner | Interviews with today’s top business owners | Careers

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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Now displaying: August, 2018
Aug 31, 2018

Craig Clark is the CEO of Momentum Consulting — a consulting firm that guides organizations and their leaders in the areas of personal accountability and personal performance by developing and implementing successful strategies. He has spent the past 30 years becoming a foremost expert on the science of human dynamics in the business world and believes that the only reliable approach to produce breakthroughs at any level is to ask, “How do I see myself in the world and amongst others?”

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • How having a breakthrough can change the way you see yourself in the world
  • Why it’s important to get “out of your box”
  • What you need to do to create change within your team
  • The importance of identifying behaviors in your organization
  • Why it’s vital to practice fundamentals
  • Why you should acknowledge your mistakes and use them as teachable moments
  • Taking accountability for your blind spots
  • Why self-development is a critical skill to master
  • Why it’s vital to create an environment where people can give feedback
  • Why you need to be in it for others — not yourself

Ways to contact Craig:

Aug 29, 2018

Barbara Turley is an investor, entrepreneur, and the Founder & CEO of The Virtual Hub — a business she started by accident that exploded in the space of 12 months to become one of the leading companies that recruits, trains, and manages virtual assistants in the digital marketing and social media space for businesses who need to free up time and energy.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • The story of how Barbara “accidentally” started her business
  • Why it’s vital in business to find a problem that people will pay you to solve
  • The importance of mastering sales
  • Why you need to know how to create internal leverage within your business
  • The benefits of having a 10-15 minute daily ‘huddle’ with your team
  • How a business is really a set of systems — not a set of people
  • How a lot of entrepreneurs are great at having big picture ideas, but not at leading a team
  • Why your mindset is your most important asset
  • Why you need to be able to sell before you can scale
  • Why you need to stop expecting marketing to work

Ways to contact Barbara:

Aug 27, 2018

Jakob Heuser is the Owner and Principal of Lead SV — a consulting firm that develops custom learning and development solutions for engineering organizations and the teams they impact...with the goal of helping them retain their talent. Jakob has over 15 years experience leading people in both technical and management roles and loves the intersection of people and engineering and the challenges that emerge from that relationship.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • Jakob’s focus on human-centered instruction and how it’s customized for the learner, not optimized for the instructor
  • How training needs to be real, relevant and repeatable to make an impact
  • The importance of defining what success looks like to you
  • Why it’s vital to put into practice what you learn in training
  • Why you need to put a time-box on your goals
  • How turning off your email notifications during the day can help you be more productive
  • Why it’s critical in business to ask people what they really want
  • The value of committing to the idea of always being better
  • How Jakob uses a stream of post-it notes to stay organized
  • How the pursuit of learning can contribute to your success as a business owner

Ways to contact Jakob:

Aug 24, 2018

Ed Molitor has spent the last 26 years developing his leadership skills and helping people, teams, and organizations become the best versions of themselves while coaching college basketball at the highest level, succeeding in one of the most competitive mortgage markets in the country...Chicago...and serving as VP of Operations in an industry-leading recruiting firm where he specialized in consulting clients and placing former, exiting, and retired military candidates in jobs throughout the country. Ed is also host of the podcast, The Athletics of Business.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • The story behind how Ed started his company, The Molitor Group
  • The value of working with the mindset of success
  • Why you should embrace failure
  • How Ed applies the principles taught in Stephen Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”
  • Why you should focus on being a servant rather than being served
  • How self-discipline and where you direct your mind will generate your thoughts
  • The importance of mastering your calendar
  • Having a growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset
  • Why it’s critical to have a positive attitude and approach
  • Why you need to just focus on the task at hand AND what’s coming next

Ways to contact Ed:

Aug 22, 2018

Asha Saxena is a director for several for-profit companies. She served as CEO of ACULYST Corp., a Healthcare Data Analytics Firm, built an eCommerce Company and served as a CEO of Future Technologies Inc., an international data management solutions firm for twenty years. Asha is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, where she teaches Big Data Analytics and Entrepreneurship courses for graduate students and is a keynote speaker on big data. She is also the host of the Dive With Data podcast.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • How to overcome the challenges of being the CEO of a very fast growing company at a young age
  • The importance of investing in your people when building a company
  • Why many businesses go out of business because of too much opportunity
  • Why you need to focus more on what you’re good at, rather than being a generalist
  • The value of aligning your business strategies to the technology that you have
  • The most important job of a true leader
  • The benefits of having a team who understands your vision and strategy
  • Why you need to define what success looks like for you
  • Why it’s critical to be a mentor to your employees
  • Why it’s vital to have a solid financial plan when starting a business

Ways to contact Asha:

Aug 20, 2018

JT McCormick is the President and CEO of Scribe Media, a publishing company that’s created an entirely new way for you to write a book. The company has worked with nearly 1,000 authors, and was recently ranked in their category as the #2 best company to work for in Austin and #4 in their category for all of Texas. JT is also the author of “I Got There: How I Overcame Racism, Poverty, and Abuse to Achieve the American Dream.”

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • The importance of documenting your family history and your life story so that your descendants know where they came from
  • The importance of pulling yourself up by the bootstraps, not letting excuses get in the way, and making something of yourself to achieve the American Dream
  • Why it takes a lot of guts and courage to open yourself up to potential criticism
  • Refusing to be a victim and overcoming your circumstances
  • How there is always the opportunity to change, whether that's during the next hour, the next day, the next week, the next year, or the next decade
  • The importance of not letting your destiny be determined by events that took place decades ago
  • How only you can change the things you don't like about your life
  • How to view Monday as the best day of the week by viewing life as a blessing and an opportunity
  • How being able to wake up every morning and work towards your goals and dreams is a blessing
  • The importance of credibility when it comes to thought leadership and lead generation

Ways to contact JT:

Aug 17, 2018

Carol Tuttle is a teacher, speaker, online influencer, and pioneer in the field of personal development. She’s the best-selling author of five books including her newest entitled, “Mastering Affluence,” releasing nationwide this fall. For over 25 years, she has supported hundreds of thousands of people worldwide with her life-changing books and online learning programs.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • Branding your name and face: why it’s one of the first things Carol did and why she believes it’s so important
  • The correlation Carol discovered between marketing in book stores and marketing books on the World Wide Web
  • Why it’s good to emulate what successful people in your field are doing and why Carol chose to do what best-selling authors were doing
  • The subtle shift Carol made along the way to make her audience the star rather than focusing all the attention on herself
  • Why Carol believes she is her own story and why that makes all the difference in the way she tends to her business
  • The importance of training your thoughts and controlling the inner voice that guides your action and how Carol works with her audience to begin reprogramming their thoughts to put their goals in the driver’s seat rather than their fears, their hurt, or their anger
  • Your thoughts are like a muscle: why Carol believes this and what it means for you as an individual
  • Why Carol subtitled her book “Six Lessons to Create a Life Your Love” and what those six lessons are
  • The habit Carol practices that she believes has contributed to her success

Ways to contact Carol:

Aug 15, 2018

Good Morning — I’m Stephen Woessner, CEO of Predictive ROI and your host for Onward Nation. I’m excited to share today’s episode with you because my hope is that’s going to helpful to you in a couple of different ways.

So here’s the first way…

This episode loops back and connects with the video we aired last week on our Predictive ROI YouTube channel where I shared some insights around how to create content while you’re running your business.

I know you’re busy. I know you have a compressed schedule. I know there are not enough hours in the day to lead your team, take great care of clients, devote yourself to your family, your community, and the myriad of other roles and responsibilities that are important and you want to show for as your best self.

And through all of that…you’re being encouraged to create weekly, if not daily, cornerstone content that firmly plants your flag — your point of view into solid ground — which becomes your thought leadership — and to do that in such a way it drives revenue back into your business.

Seriously…how is there possibly enough time in a day or week to get it all done? And yet it is possible — with the right framework in place.

Here’s what I mean.

Full show notes available here: https://predictiveroi.com/podcasts/stephen-woessner-solocast-episode-79

Aug 14, 2018

Nicole Holland is a podcast guesting authority who has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, and The Huffington Post, as well as countless podcasts and virtual productions. She is often called upon to share her expertise with business owners throughout the United States and Canada who are interested in leveraging modern marketing strategies in order to increase their visibility, likability, and credibility.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • How podcast guesting can positively impact your business and your overall brand
  • How to do podcast guesting the right way to maximize the positive influence it has on your business, brand, and sales
  • How business owners can get their message out about their business, brand, and products
  • How to build and scale a business for success after the early formative years
  • Whys podcasts are a good opportunity to not just get a message out to the public, but also to build strong relationships
  • How some guests are just trying to get their message on as many platforms as possible
  • The importance of being a good guest when it comes to podcasts and how to be a good guest
  • How referrals and connections can be the source of your most wonderful clients and customers
  • The importance of making the most of every podcast guesting opportunity as an entrepreneur or business owner
  • How the podcast guests who get the biggest results are the ones with the most bandwidth and resources

Ways to contact Nicole:

 

Aug 13, 2018

Over the past two decades, Jon Tota has established himself as a pioneer in online education for corporate training. He began his career on Wall Street in sales and technology positions at PaineWebber and UBS. Then after years as a business analyst to some of the largest firms in financial services, Jon co-founded Edulence in 2002 to develop online training solutions for corporate educators. He now spends his time focused on discovering the best experts and helping them turn their knowledge into a subscription business on Knowledgelink.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • How Knowledgelink Network morphed in to what it is today
  • Why you should turn your knowledge into a product and then scale it
  • The power of having a positive focus
  • The importance of building a strong team that will support you
  • Why you need to be able to pivot and adapt as a business owner
  • Why you should focus on profit margins rather than revenue growth
  • A valuable lesson that taught Jon how to be secure when it comes to handling failure
  • The value of developing systems around decision-making
  • Why you should focus on the one thing where you provide the most value
  • Why you need to focus on moving a little bit closer to your goal every day

Ways to contact Jon:

Aug 10, 2018

Don Barden is a speaker, author, professor, and advisor. He is also someone who practices what he preaches. Don is the owner and managing partner of 3Ci – an Atlanta-based business and technology consulting firm employing over 300 people, diversified into leadership training, financial sales consulting, and technology staffing. His books are published in over 39 countries, including The Perfect Plan – revolutionary outcome of his 10-year global research study to discover what the world’s top performing business leaders and sales professionals do differently. And Don was awarded the distinction of being named one of The Top 30 Most Transformational Leaders 2017 in North America, by John Maxwell.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • The conversation that sparked Don’s curiosity for behavioral economics
  • How there is a universal quality about people who perform at the highest levels in leadership
  • Understanding why and how elite performers make the decisions that they do
  • The value that comes from treating people the way that they want to be treated
  • Why being great at something means that you have to be humble and serve others
  • How emotions are such a dominant fact in decision-making today
  • How men and women compare on the emotional scale
  • Why you need to surround yourself with other people who will hold you accountable
  • Why you shouldn’t hire someone just because you like them
  • The importance of having an attitude of gratitude

Ways to contact Don:

Aug 8, 2018

Mary Shores is the founder and CEO of Midstate Collection Solutions — which has collected more than $40 million to date for its clients. As a speaker, entrepreneur, and CEO, she teaches business owners how to fearlessly create their own realities and reach their full potential by using her groundbreaking “Words That Work System.” Mary is also author of the book, “Conscious Communications: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Harnessing the Power of Your Words to Change Your Mind, Your Choices, and Your Life.”

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How Mary’s “words that work” system was born
  • Why you need to tell people what you can do rather than what you can’t do
  • The value that comes from creating connections with your customers
  • How your own belief systems can hold you back from living the life of your dreams
  • Why you need to shift your energy and focus on a state of empowerment vs. disempowerment
  • How Mary created the time to write her book, “Conscious Communications”
  • The importance of setting up systems and processes in your business and documenting everything
  • Why you need to have a consistent training program set up in your business
  • How having a one-page action plan for smaller projects will minimize overwhelm
  • What you can gain by asking yourself the question, “Where do you want to be two years from now?”

Ways to contact Mary:

Aug 6, 2018

John Oechsle is the President and CEO of Swiftpage — providing digital marketing and CRM solutions that help businesses grow, including Act!…their flagship and industry-leading software. He has an over 30-year track record of building highly profitable and sustainable revenue growth for emerging companies and established global leaders, including DigitalGlobe, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Land America Financial Group, and Kellogg Company.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • Why you need to marry business and technology to be successful
  • The #1 barrier that people need to overcome in order to scale
  • The value that comes from getting everyone to move in the same direction
  • The importance of creating a culture where everyone has a purpose
  • Why you need to lay out a 90-day strategy plan
  • A common mistake that many small businesses make
  • How to be a fearless leader
  • Why it’s important to have alignment and focus when going through a transformation
  • Why you need to have courage, tenacity, and passion to thrive as a business owner
  • A valuable lesson that John learned about having a vision

Ways to contact John:

Aug 3, 2018

Mike Compton is the co-founder and executive producer of Three Chairs Productions, a video production and marketing company that specializes in broadcast, online, and digital content serving a variety of regional and national clients. They help with the production of a client’s content, as well as manage, measure, and optimize video to drive greater results. Mike is passionate about producing strong creative videos that are engaging, stimulating, and empowering.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • Why you need to build a culture — not just a brand
  • Creating lists to help you stay focused on your most vital priorities
  • Why you should start with small goals and build up from there
  • The importance of nurturing the relationships that mean the most to you
  • Staying focused on your goals at all times and keeping moving forward
  • An important lesson that Mike learned about growing your business by doing the right thing
  • Why building a strong network is critical for success today
  • The value that comes from surrounding yourself with people who are going to push you in the right direction
  • Why you need to stay in front of your customers and prospects on a consistent basis
  • The significance of staying the course during challenging times and not being afraid to pivot

Ways to contact Mike:

Aug 1, 2018

Our special encore guest today is Mitch Russo. In 1985, Mitch co-founded Timeslips Corp, which grew to become the largest time tracking software company in the world. Timeslips was later sold to Sage and Mitch went on to run all of Sage U.S. as Chief Operating Officer, a division with over 300 people. Later, Mitch joined Chet Holmes and Tony Robbins and together created Business Breakthroughs International, a company serving thousands of businesses a year with coaching, consulting, and training services. Today, Mitch helps companies with courses and training programs to get their students to complete their programs and be more successful. Now...you may remember Mitch and the wisdom he shared during Episodes 340 and 368. If you haven’t listened to, studied, and applied all he shared during our first interview...I highly encourage you to add Episode 340 and 368 to your list of vital priorities.

What you'll learn about in this episode:

  • What Mitch enjoys most about his podcast, Your First Thousand Clients
  • How having a podcast can provide an important business development component
  • Why being a guest on a podcast can provide you with great opportunity for exposure
  • The multiple benefits of looking at success with a three dimensional perspective
  • The power that comes from asking yourself, “Who do you want to be?”
  • Why it’s vital to be able to give of yourself at the highest level when it comes to mentoring
  • Why building your audience is truly about the art of communication
  • A personal and powerful story that changed Mitch’s life forever
  • Why you should tie your business to something that you’re passionate about
  • Creating accountability partnerships with the Results Breakthrough Network

Ways to contact Mitch:

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