Onward Nation

America's best podcast for learning how today's top business owners Think, Act, and 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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Sep 15, 2017

Christine Comaford is a leadership and culture coach and New York Times bestselling author. For over 30 years, she has helped leaders navigate growth & change. Christine is sought after for providing proven strategies to shift executive behavior to create more positive outcomes, enroll and align teams in times of change, profoundly increase sales, product offerings, and company value. Her coaching, consulting and strategies have created hundreds of billions of dollars in new revenue and value for her clients.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • The story being Christine’s newest book, “Power Your Tribe”
  • How to align people around your values & create tribal agility as a team
  • The recipe for emotional engagement
  • The benefits of creating a cultural game plan & the key components
  • Important questions to ask when recruiting to help you determine if someone is ‘tribally’ aligned with you
  • The secret behind onboarding and keeping people at your company
  • The power of asking more questions & not assuming
  • Why emotional agility is so important
  • Why you need to focus on the outcome that you want to create
  • The importance of asking the question “what’s working?”

How to best connect with Christine:

Sep 14, 2017

Shawn Murphy serves as CEO of WorqIQ, formerly Switch and Shift, an organization that helps leaders transform the work experience to be positive, energizing & optimistic. His debut book, “The Optimistic Workplace: Creating an Environment that Energizes Everyone”, is out now. Shawn was recently named a “Top 100 Leadership Speaker” in and has over 25 years’ experience as an organizational and culture change practitioner and workshop facilitator.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Why change is a very emotional experience for people
  • Where a lot of business owners lose sight when changing their business
  • What happens when business owners don’t account for emotional impact
  • Why you need to be able to work with detractors who are resistant to change
  • Working together to figure out what change means
  • Why vulnerability is a key skill that’s needed during times of change
  • The valuable lesson that Shawn learned that helped him with sales
  • Why you need to have a shared sense of purpose with your team
  • How clarity gives people the comfort to act autonomously
  • The importance of having mentors to be successful in business

How to best connect with Shawn:

Sep 13, 2017

Elizabeth Crook has been the CEO of Orchard Advisors for the past 20+ years and in that role, has helped other CEOs and entrepreneurs think and act strategically to grow their companies & find greater personal satisfaction. She has shown countless individuals how to invent and reinvent themselves. Elizabeth knows how to inspire people to gain a fresh sense of what they can accomplish in their lives, think about themselves with compassion, develop a sense of humor about their challenges, and ultimately…take action.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Embracing how big you really are, without diminishing yourself
  • Using your talents, experiences, resources, and knowledge in an intentional way
  • Understanding the connection between your wellness and success
  • Working together with others to pursue the common good
  • Time blocking strategies that will help you to accomplish your goals
  • Putting your most vital priorities into order and finding clarity for you day
  • Developing habit that can contribute to your success
  • Finding the discipline to use writing to improve your life
  • Cultivating self-awareness, the most important skill for entrepreneurs today

How to best connect with Elizabeth:

Sep 12, 2017

Dr. Jeff Thompson is an executive advisor and chief executive officer emeritus at Gundersen Health System, pediatrician, author, and speaker. His experience in leadership is far-reaching, having led diverse teams, projects, and divisions, before holding multiple senior executive roles, including fourteen years as CEO of Gundersen Health System. Dr. Thompson is also the author of “Lead True: Live Your Values, Build Your People, Inspire Your Community.”

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Unleashing the power of multiple people with the same set of values
  • Jeff’s involvement in developing an advanced care planning program for seniors that is the most widely used in the world today
  • The benefits of building a culture that focuses on something bigger than yourself
  • Having the discipline to live by the values that you develop
  • Why there should be no exceptions to treating everyone with respect
  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid of high standards when you’re building a business
  • One of the key pieces to innovation
  • Why CEO’s & leaders need to get out where the work really is
  • Jeff’s new book “Lead True: Live Your Values, Build Your People, Inspire Your Community”
  • The importance of reading as much as you can

How to best connect with Jeff:

Sep 11, 2017

David Fairley is the founder and president of Website, a brokerage that specializes in selling established and profitable Internet-based businesses. David also personally developed, bought and sold,,, and over 60 website businesses in multiple niches. He has represented more than 475 Internet-based business owners in the sale of their websites.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Successfully navigating building and exiting from companies
  • Lessons learned from working through sales and acquisitions
  • How to be organized and energize yourself to work through the day
  • New opportunities for those looking to sell or acquire businesses
  • Taking advantage of opportunities that make the most profit
  • Being driven to succeed no matter what your circumstances
  • Preparation and diligence that are required to act on opportunity
  • How to leverage multiple revenue streams in the online marketplace
  • Crafting a business that matters and serves a higher purpose

How to best connect with David:

Sep 8, 2017

Stephen Petith is an internationalization architect, working to create internationalized businesses and lifestyles for his clients. He has started, sold, and operates businesses around the world. Stephen uses his knowledge gained from past businesses and political roles to provide his clients with strategic advice on business and personal internationalization.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Buying and selling businesses internationally
  • Embracing the globalized economy and profiting from it
  • Processes and practices that lead to growth internationally
  • Using international hubs to be at the epicenter of the global economy
  • Creating the right foundation for globalization
  • Avoiding the money draining mistakes of taking your company international
  • Having the right relationships to go take part in the worldwide economy
  • Excellent time management strategies for personal growth
  • Constantly seeking and finding new knowledge

How to best connect with Stephen:

Sep 7, 2017

Sam Mallikarjunan is a Marketing Fellow at HubSpot and former Head of Growth at HubSpot Labs, the somewhat-secret experimental arm of the world’s #1 Sales & Marketing platform. Sam teaches Advanced Digital Marketing at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education, and is the co-author of the book “How To Sell Better Than Amazon” (which, thanks to the publisher, is ironically available for purchase on Amazon).”

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Using online marketing in creative ways that cost nearly nothing
  • Cutting down on your “cognitive calories” to focus on useful tasks
  • Motivational techniques derived from evolutionary science
  • What cognitive science researchers have learned about human needs
  • Mitigating the toll taken by stress or pressure from work and life
  • Consistently challenging yourself on your values
  • The latest social research from Deloitte
  • Customer obsession and methodical empathy for enhanced business development
  • Why HubSpot became the number one marketing platform based on customer focus

How to best connect with Sam:

Sep 6, 2017

Kendall Lyman is the author of “CHANGE THE WAY YOU CHANGE!”, a founding principal of The Highlands Group, a firm specializing in strategy, organizational change, and leadership development. He helps leaders around the world to navigate change, improve employee engagement, and transform culture. Kendall has consulted with a wide array of organizations ranging from Fortune 500 to small and midsize firms.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Increasing your own capacity as a leader
  • Tips and strategies for expanding your influence
  • Developing the self-awareness needed to be a great leader
  • Time blocking strategies that help you guard your calendar
  • Focusing on strategy rather than tactics
  • Why the effective vs. efficiency dichotomy is a sucker’s choice
  • Adopting a holistic view in order to be a successful leader
  • Raising your standards and what you expect in order to live a better life
  • Managing by wandering, looking at the journey and not the destination

How to best connect with Kendall:

Sep 5, 2017

Mark Sears is Founder and CEO of Cloud Factory, a fast-growing startup focused on changing how the world works. They’re using technology to make it super easy for startups and fast-growing companies to scale, by offloading routine, data-centric work so they can focus on innovation and growth. Their mission is to create meaningful work for 1 million people in the developing world.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Scaling up human potential with innovative cloud-based strategies
  • Promoting the flourishing of yourself and your people
  • Doing good work and living your values by helping those in need
  • Cloud labor and what it can offer to your growing organization
  • The online work movement and how it can revolutionize your business
  • How to access thousands of high-performing and motivated workers
  • Developing the skill of learning and using it to power your success
  • Improving the experiences of your employees and customers
  • The importance of mentorship when on a path to success

How to best connect with Mark:

Sep 1, 2017

Christina Crawford is the president of Bubble Pop Beauty, an Atlanta-based, e-commerce hair and skincare brand designed for young female consumers. She was inspired to launch the brand by her seven-year-old daughter. Before launching Bubble Pop Beauty, Christina held various positions in marketing, branding, and promotions at various corporations for more than 13 years. She is a fashion junkie, an avid reader, loves to travel, cook, exercise, and most importantly, spend time with her family.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Defining your everyday course in which you live your life
  • How to define yourself and be who you want to be
  • Getting past whatever is stopping you
  • Using mindfulness meditation to refocus and empower yourself
  • Getting down the details in order to grow your new business
  • Finding the inner strength to move forward even when it seems impossible
  • Why entrepreneurship is a unique opportunity for women
  • Overcoming the mental obstacles that stand between you and your dreams
  • The most critical skill business owners need to master to thrive

How to best connect with Christina:

Aug 31, 2017

Sophie Wade is the author of EMBRACING PROGRESS and the founder of Flexcel Network, which provides consulting services to maximize the benefits and minimize the disruption in the transition to the new work environment. She is an authority on the wide-ranging Future-of-Work issues impacting companies – such as attracting, engaging, and retaining talent, workplace flexibility, Millennial demands, purposed-driven culture, and more.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Balancing work and life by making work more flexible
  • How to facilitate fluidity in your workplace or for your employees
  • Why there is a need to make work more humane
  • How lack of engagement is leading to a reduction in productivity
  • Making your company a place where people want to work
  • Enhancing the talents of your people by knowing what they want
  • Creating a culture that inspires people to be their best
  • Connecting with the people on your teams to help them succeed
  • Why empathy is the key characteristic of modern leadership

How to best connect with Sophie:

Aug 30, 2017

Tim Rhode is the creative force behind He is a rare individual who “walks the walk” of what he teaches. Tim came from a very humble background, growing up in a blue collar family in a blue collar town. Although he barely graduated high school and never attended any college, Tim went on to dream, plan, and create his own “magnificent life.” Tim has a diverse range of talents that can help YOU create the life of your dreams.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • How to figure out who you are and what you should do
  • A holistic approach to a life well lived
  • Taking charge of your life and making a change happen
  • Finding a community of peers who can elevate you
  • Investing in yourself to get somewhere much better down the road
  • Training and conditioning that every top performer goes through
  • Working on honing your craft every moment of every day
  • Taking your vertical income and creating horizontal income
  • Developing a laser focus on your goals – daily and long term

How to best connect with Tim:

Aug 29, 2017

Brad Chandler is CEO of Express Homebuyers and President of Brad Chandler Coaching. Brad read a book about buying real estate with no money down when he was in the 9th grade and has been passionate about it ever since. He built, from scratch, a 7th-level real estate investing business that does 200+ deals per year, makes $500,000 a month every month in wholesale fees, and operates without his day-to-day involvement. Since 2003, he has been part of over 5,000 real estate transactions, and he is dedicated to sharing his experiences and helping others through his podcast…”The Real Estate Investing Hot Seat” – and through coaching and mentoring.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • How to get your business to where it runs without your direct involvement
  • Networking to make the connections and find the knowledge needed to succeed
  • Putting in the work to understand your business most comprehensively
  • Building your success around finding your one objective to make your life easier
  • Using time-blocking to eliminate distractions and focus on what you need to do
  • Thinking about building your team and helping them to find their fit
  • Crafting a solid selling strategy that speaks to your customers’ needs
  • Focusing on learning and implementing what you find every day
  • Changing what you’re doing to get the most out of your life

How to best connect with Brad:

Aug 28, 2017

Seth Buechley is a serial entrepreneur with a unique background. He grew up in a commune in the woods of southern Oregon, married his high school sweetheart, skipped college, and still managed to build and sell several companies resulting in multi-million-dollar exits. He enjoys connecting high-potential leaders with the ideas and resources to grow their business or organization while achieving lasting leadership impact.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Understanding how people achieve success
  • Intentional mentorship that challenges others to think about their choices
  • Developing clear conviction and cultivating gratitude
  • Leading in a way that shows appreciation for everything you experience
  • Cultivating an intentional mindset that can guide you through life
  • Serving those you follow as an authentic leader
  • Time management strategies for anyone to use
  • The daily habits that contribute to success
  • Cultivating focus and developing effective follow through

How to best connect with Seth:

Aug 25, 2017

Robin Behrstock has been starting businesses since she was a kid. Most of them were failures, which — as they should — became learning experiences. At the age of 33, it all paid off when she started a copper mug business just as they became a popular trend. In less than three years, she grew the business to annual sales of $3 million. With that success came the realization it wasn’t what she wanted to do with her life. The best part of being an entrepreneur—for her—wasn’t making money or selling lots of copper mugs, it was inspiring people, which led Robin to write the book, “Adventures of Women Entrepreneurs: Stories That Inspire”…with the goal of inspiring women around the world to do something different, to step outside their comfort zone or move beyond their present circumstances and make their dreams a reality!

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Becoming purpose-driven in your business and career
  • Using your time effectively with self-motivating management techniques
  • How to develop habits that contribute to success
  • Leaving your comfort zone to break your routine and learn from challenges
  • Testing the market to gather essential data for product development
  • Using online marketplaces to test product viability
  • Calculated risks that can bring to birth new business ideas
  • Managing international supply chains in the modern marketplace
  • Raising your awareness of new business opportunities and taking action on them

How to best connect with Robin:

Aug 24, 2017

Kelly Roach handled hundreds of millions in assets and managed dozens of teams across 17 locations to engineer record-breaking turnarounds for companies and departments in the Fortune 500 company she helped led..all before she was 30. Fast forward to today…and Kelly is the powerful host behind the top-rated Unstoppable Success Radio podcast, best selling author, and founder of Kelly Roach Coaching International, where she helps business owners unleash their greatness, build unstoppable momentum, and achieve anything.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Overcoming difficult circumstances to become financially free
  • Making an impact in the world by building businesses around your passion
  • Dedicating your entire life to accomplish a specific goal
  • How to advocate for yourself at work and in your career
  • Being in touch with your purpose and what your gut tells you
  • Seizing on the opportunities that will bring you fulfillment
  • Prioritizing commitments to yourself as much as those you make to others
  • The courage and commitment required to challenge yourself
  • Slowing down and taking time to think about what brings you happiness

How to best connect with Kelly:

Aug 23, 2017

Jaymie Tarshis is a marketing strategist that helps small businesses and entrepreneurs get more traffic, leads, and sales by leveraging the power of Facebook ads. If you want to grow your business and create a system that brings in a consistent amount of customers on auto-pilot, then connect with Jaymie at or on her Facebook page

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Leveraging Facebook Ads to generate greater lead volume
  • How to build a foundation for online marketing
  • Amplification strategies for generating new leads
  • Targeting traffic with great accuracy and retargeting your contacts
  • Using Facebook Ads to build a relationship with your business
  • Getting deeper with your leads through retargeting and warming your relationship
  • Batching your activities to maximize productivity
  • Why marketing is the most important skill for every business
  • Simple tools for success to use early on in your business development

How to best connect with Jaymie:

Aug 22, 2017

Adam Urbanski arrived in United States from Poland with only $194 in his pocket and a limited ability to speak English. Within 10-years, he was able to build and sell his first 7-figure empire in the restaurant industry. Then he lost it all. He rebuilt and has consistently stayed on the bleeding edge of market trends. Today, he is the personal coach and mentor to some of the biggest names in the personal and professional development spaces. Over 100,000 coaches, consultants, speakers, experts, online marketers and entrepreneurs world-wide turn to Adam for advice.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds with resilience and strength
  • The story of an immigrant to the US who changed his own life
  • Seizing on opportunities as they present themselves
  • The important thing to do every morning
  • Taking lessons and turning them into actions
  • Cultivating your focus to improve your work
  • Putting systems into place that help you manage your time
  • Turning around from failure and making it success
  • How to be really good at sales and growing your business

How to best connect with Adam:

Aug 21, 2017

Ace Chapman bought his first business when he was 19 years old. It was an online stock market simulator called CoolWallStreet. After selling it, and seeing the benefits in buying a business over starting one, he caught the business buying bug. Since then he has bought and sold over 30 businesses and has helped his clients all over the world buy over 100 companies.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • The realities of developing and selling businesses
  • How to assess potential business deals
  • What makes a business attractive to potential buyers
  • Putting systems in place to create a self-sustaining business
  • Getting into a business deal with the proper planning
  • How to pitch in order to make the deal work every time
  • Discerning which businesses are ripe for buying and which to avoid
  • Always being in the market to acquire businesses
  • Building strategic value through business acquisition

How to best connect with Ace:

Aug 18, 2017

Moustafa Hamwi is recognized as the world’s leading expert on “Passionate Leadership.” He has achieved in one year what took others 20 years to achieve…to an extent he has been nicknamed “Mr. Passion”. He has interviewed over 180 global leaders, experts, authors, coaches, award winning artists, Nobel prize laureates, and Olympians on his talk show “Passion Sundays”. Moustafa has been selected by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith as one of the top 100 coaches globally.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Knowing what you need so you can find the right questions
  • Life-changing advice from a world traveling speakers and coach
  • How to discover your calling and build your career on it
  • Insights that lead to finding the right path
  • Finding the determination to keep striving toward your purpose
  • Building a brand over time that will sustain you
  • Simple rules for building an audience that can grow your business
  • What you can do with the energy generated by your emotions

How to best connect with Moustafa:

Aug 17, 2017

Robert Kohler founded Kohler Law Group over 20 years ago and his firm has represented thousands of venture-backed and publicly-traded technology companies worldwide. In addition to being involved in the legal field, he has real-world business experience as a successful entrepreneur and has founded and sold several technology companies.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Strategies that leverage what you love into new business opportunities
  • The simple habits that lead to focus on moving forward
  • Using consistency to build the foundation of your growth
  • How to know your strengths, act on them, and recruit people to help you
  • Integrating teams across an enterprise with diverse revenue streams
  • Systems that will grow your business from the very start
  • What you can do to protect your business while expanding
  • Creating synergy across your endeavors
  • Why networking helps generate sales

How to best connect with Robert:


Aug 16, 2017

Calvin Correli is an artist, entrepreneur, and the CEO of a holistically focused, multi-million dollar software company called Simplero. Calvin is passionate about helping online business owners do exactly what brings them most alive and is currently working on branching out to bring all of his talents — including music, spirituality and personal growth into an exciting new service for entrepreneurs.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Infusing spirituality and creativity into your business and your life
  • Combining all of your talents to create your success
  • Identifying the right people for the roles you have at your company
  • Building your systems incrementally without taking on too much
  • A comprehensive approach to developing a curriculum for coaching
  • Using mind maps to conceptually refine your presentations
  • Daily habits that keep you focused on your success
  • Insisting on enjoying every moment today
  • Self-awareness that can help you continue to move forward

How to best connect with Calvin:

Aug 15, 2017

Lisa Allanson and Lisa McDonough have over 25 years experience in Human Resources Management and Leadership Coaching — and they are the founders of Teenhackz. Lisa and Lisa are on a mission to shape the future of work one teen at a time. Their focus — their one vital priority is to help equip teens (and their parents) with the necessary skills for success in work and in life. Lisa and Lisa also share their insightful process within their two books: “Raising Resilient Teens: A Practical Guide to Preparing Your Kids for Life & Work in the Real World”, and “Teens: Understanding & Loving the Creatures We Live With.”

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Why to start planning your future when you’re a teenager
  • Helping teens along in their search for identity
  • Insights gained from over two and a half decades in corporate HR
  • How to use the results of personality tests
  • Identifying dominant behaviors and what these indicate about ourselves
  • What great leaders have in common that allows them to inspire others
  • The value of excellent emotional intelligence
  • An engaging assessment tool for helping teens understand themselves
  • Navigating difficult conversations with teens

How to best connect with Lisa & Lisa:

Aug 14, 2017

Kathy Knowles is a speaker, trainer, and consultant who speaks on The Seven Step System for Creating more Purpose, Profit, and Possibilities rather than running a business that’s stealing your soul. She works with entrepreneurs and small business owners to reduce turnover and have more loyal and dedicated employees and customers. Ultimately, her clients make the leap out of the day to day and onto playing a much bigger playing field so they can do the work that’s in their heart and leave their legacy.

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Finding clarity on the important issues in your life
  • Understanding how to focus on your priorities
  • Making decisions that will create systems you can use to thrive
  • Considering what you need to do and being mindful of your habits
  • Using your enthusiasm to develop your ideas while being mindful of the basics
  • Thriving using excellent communication strategies
  • Maintaining good client relationships with the best CRM technology
  • Creating consistency that will develop successful habits

How to best connect with Kathy:

Aug 11, 2017

Pamela Herrmann is a best-selling author, host of the daily video series, “The Morning Would Show”, a national keynote speaker and co-founder of CREATE Buzz, a customer loyalty consultancy firm. A short list of her clients include jetBlue, State of Colorado Economic Development, North Carolina Main Street Alliance, New Jersey Main Street Alliance, and Oklahoma Main Streets. Her book, “The Customer Manifesto”, was ranked #3 by in their list of “Excellent Customer Service Books Every Business Owner Should Read.”

What you’ll learn about in this episode

  • Overcoming personal obstacles to thrive in business
  • Resisting the urge to focus on short-term results
  • The instant value of excellent web copy
  • Time saving techniques for tackling vital priorities
  • Learning and seeking knowledge every day
  • Developing content that can be brought to local businesses to help them thrive
  • The most critical skills business owners need to survive
  • Articulating your narrative in a relatable way
  • Staying open to feedback from those with whom you collaborate
  • Incorporating neuroscience into your marketing strategies and messaging
  • How to engage your audience with simple communication strategies

How to best connect with Pamela:

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