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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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Now displaying: November, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

In 2007, Erin Bradley became self-employed in pursuit of “freedom and flexibility.” Unfortunately, she did so with no game plan and no safety net to speak of. By 2008, she was so broke, she had to ride her bicycle to meet a new client as she didn’t have money for gas. When Erin’s card was declined for a small coffee as the client walked through the door, she realized something had to give…

Erin spent the next 3 years studying the habits of highly successful entrepreneurs, and ultimately developed a strategy to promote her value in a way that felt authentic, easy and FUN! She also started investing in real estate, which now affords her the opportunity to live her dream life, in her dream home. (It’s easier than you might think!)

By 2012, she had gone from broke to 6 figures… and she promptly burned out. Erin had no systems in place to manage the growth and found herself trading her time for money. Pregnant with their second child, she was drowning in life and in business. She tried convincing herself to be “grateful” because they finally had money to pay the bills, but she was ready to throw in the towel altogether.

Luckily, Erin didn’t quit! She sought help, built systems, and started hiring. By 2015, the business had doubled again. Today, their business continues to grow and Erin does much less in order to do much more. She focuses on the essentials and shows others how to do the same!

What you will learn from this episode:

  • Erin shares why she became self-employed, and she shares her powerful story of realizing she had to make changes to her strategy after hitting financial rock bottom
  • How Erin’s limiting beliefs about money held her back from growing as an entrepreneur, and how she got past that roadblock
  • Why Erin had to learn to accept that she deserved the success she earned for herself, and why finding the right coaching was the key to that realization
  • Erin explains the difference between viewing money as “tangible” versus “intangible”, and how the way you view money impacts your goals
  • Why eliminating financial stress and attaining financial freedom were Erin’s primary goals for herself and her family
  • Why Erin chose to move into thought leadership and creating content through her writing and her podcast
  • How Erin grew and scaled her business after realizing she couldn’t do everything by herself
  • What the “25% rule” is and how it has helped Erin focus on the right priorities and guide her business strategy
  • How Erin plans her day with a careful balance to help her maintain a positive level of energy throughout the day
  • Why setting boundaries and staying present in the moment are important pillars of Erin’s success

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Nov 20, 2019

Anese Cavanaugh is devoted to helping people show up and bring their best selves to the table in order to create significant positive impact in their lives. She is the creator of the IEP Method® (Intentional Energetic Presence®), an advisor and thinking partner to leaders and organizations around the world, and author of CONTAGIOUS CULTURE: Show Up, Set the Tone, and Intentionally Create an Organization That Thrives.

Top innovators and executives in companies like IDEO, Zingerman’s, GM Financial, Vistaprint, 15Five, Fitbit, Nike, Kaiser Permanente, and others have engaged with Anese to strengthen team health, unlock leadership potential, optimize company culture, and maximize impact.

What you will learn from this episode:

  • What exciting things Anese and her business have been up to since her previous appearance in Onward Nation episode #756
  • Why Anese chose to tighten her focus, be intentional, and be strategic with her work and the writing of her new book, Contagious You, in 2019
  • What key pillars of information Anese addressed in her new book, and why she chose to focus on those areas
  • Why the best way to get out of your own way when seeking business success is to focus on servicing your customers and your team
  • How to raise the energy level in a room and avoid being sucked into negative people’s energy in meetings
  • Why it is important to be very clear in our intention, practice self-care, and be present in the moment
  • How to properly address a person who is lacking in energy or carrying negativity into a meeting
  • How to conduct a brief energy and presence check at the beginning of each meeting to improve the quality of your meetings
  • What actively disengaged employees cost the United States each year nationwide financially and in lost productivity
  • What valuable lists Anese has included in Contagious You to help you be more intentional and raise energy as a team

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Nov 13, 2019

Steve Farber is the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, an organization devoted to changing the world through the cultivation and development of extreme leaders in business, nonprofits, education, and beyond. Listed on Inc.’s ranking of the Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts in the world, and #1 on Huffington Post’s 12 Business Speakers to See, Farber is a bestselling author, popular keynote speaker, and a seasoned leadership coach and consultant who has worked with a vast array of public and private organizations in virtually every arena.

What you will learn from this episode:

  • Why Steve named his new book “Love Is Just Damn Good Business: Do What You Love in the Service of People Who Love What You Do”
  • Why it’s important to consider how you show the love you have for your customers or clients in a clear, repeatable way
  • Why there is a common and persistent belief that love has no place in business, and why Steve set out to prove otherwise
  • Steve shares key takeaways and lessons from his book that can directly contribute to a business’s growth and success
  • Steve shares an example of a real company that had high turnover and went through bankruptcy and how they managed to turn things around by creating a great culture
  • What first actionable steps Steve recommends you take to be able to identify and more consistently show your love for your business and customers
  • Why Steve’s strategy is applicable to every kind and size of business in an industry-agnostic way

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Nov 6, 2019

Greg Alcorn is the founder and CEO of Global Contact Services (GCS) with locations in North Carolina and New York. GCS provides outsourcing, management and consulting in the area of customer service. GCS currently has over 800 employees. He is a regular speaker on the subjects of “soft skills.”

Greg’s a North Carolina resident, graduating from Catawba College and earning his MBA from UNC-Charlotte. In 2010 he was named Catawba’s Alumnus of the year, 2015 Church and College award and the Adrian Shuford Award in 2016.

For five years, he served on the NC State Board of Education. From that experience, Greg started ApSeed Early Childhood Education in 2015. ApSeed provides eReaders to economically disadvantaged children ages 0-4 years old, 6,000, so far. Recently, he received the MLK, Jr. Humanitarian Award for this work. He remains involved in numerous non-profits.

Greg’s book is a result of many relationships across all walks of life. He has worked in a blazing hot brickyard, played on a Cinderella Final Four basketball team for one week, and for decades, he has helped Fortune 500 companies with customer communications. The book of 7 Dumb Things We All Say is a quasi-memoir filled with soft skills of do’s and don’ts.

What you will learn from this episode:

  • How Greg’s background and career journey led him to become the founder and CEO of Global Contact Services (GCS)
  • How Greg recognized the importance of incorporating frequent soft skills training internally to his associates
  • Why Greg recognized the problem of replying to someone saying “thank you” with “no problem”
  • How to identify when you are using negative or passive language, and how to convert it into positive, active statements
  • How to avoid common language traps, mistakes, and habits that you may not even be conscious of
  • How Greg defines “conversational bullying,” and why it is the antithesis of meaningful dialogue
  • How Greg and his team built and scaled GCS to over a thousand employees, and what key lessons he learned in growing GCS
  • What critical skills Greg feels a business owner should develop to effectively lead their team
  • Why Greg believes strongly in the benefits of having many mentors, and what key lessons Greg has learned from his own mentors

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