In business and life, too often relationships are transactional, but mentorship is a two-way street — a relationship between humans — and not a transaction, and that’s what makes is such a unique offering.  My guests today, Kevin Harrington and Mark Timm have unlocked that power in their new book, Mentor to Millions, Secrets of Success in Business, Relationships, and Beyond.Kevin and Mark have written this book and created a whole program around it as a way to pay back the mentorship that propelled them forward in their lives, to…

Funnel vision, which is the polar opposite of what most people possess—tunnel vision—is the thing that distinguishes incremental growth from exponential, geometric growth. At its core, it is really about expanding your peripheral vision. It’s a way of grabbing ideas that are out there in the universe. Of course, not every idea you have will come to fruition or even should, but the openness of imagining things and exploring various outcomes is so valuable, not just in business but in life.  "You want to be the one investing in your…

Before you step onto a stage to speak, you need to have clarity on two big questions: who your target audience is and what specific problem you solve for them. Once you answer these questions, it’s surprisingly easy to put together a great talk (or webinar, podcast, and so on). It’s when you’re vague and loose with these answers that your talk might meander and not reach anyone. Pat Quinn didn’t get his start as a professional speaker. Instead, he worked as a professional magician for 10 years before deciding…

This interview, which was originally featured on my Marketing Speak podcast is so incraedibly relevant in these turbulent times of 2020. My wise and wonderful guest, Seth Godin, has been such an influential force in my business, and in so many others.  Seth knows a thing or two about weathering the ups and downs of making a business succeed—he is an expert in prioritizing long-term survival over short-term profitability. He also knows a thing or two about unleashing viruses—no, not the awful kind that causes global shutdowns, I’m talking about…

You’re probably familiar with the saying, a rising tide lifts all boats, which was part of a very moving speech by President Kennedy.  My guest today, Steve Baker, is someone who has made a career out of ingraining this concept to people in business. Steve is vice president of The Great Game of Business, Inc., and co-author, with Rich Armstrong, of Get In The Game: How To Create Rapid Financial Results And Lasting Cultural Change. This book is the how-to application of Jack Stack’s 1992 bestseller, The Great Game of…

If you have the idea in your mind that success in business automatically comes at great personal sacrifice, you haven’t gotten into the Maui mindset yet!  My guest today, David Finkel is the founder and CEO of Maui Mastermind, one of the world's premier business coaching companies helping businesses in the $1-50 million range build their companies and get their lives back. David’s the author of 12 books, including his latest, The Freedom Formula, which will help you operationalize working smarter. No, you don’t have to kill yourself working nights,…

Doing a show that involves the retail industry and recording in the middle of coronavirus, we have to examine the obvious issue: just how this pandemic is affecting commerce – big business and small business alike, is still playing out. My guest today, Brian Smith may not be a household name, but his product is. All I have to say is – Ugg! Brian created the Ugg brand by-(not to make a bad pun)-bootstrapping it all the way.  In this episode, we talk about disruptions and how –though they may…

Entrepreneurs face many external and internal hurdles along the road to success. Whether it’s finding customers, building a successful team, cash flow, criticism or self-doubt—it’s hard to get through without coping tools and a roadmap of how to get from where you are to where you hope to go. My guest today, Gino Wickman, is someone who knows all about those struggles firsthand, as he has been an entrepreneur since age 21. He is the creator of the Entrepreneurial Operating System, more commonly known as EOS, author of the wildly…

Fail to plan and you plan to fail, as the adage goes. And that’s what we’re about to address today. My guest is Shannon Susko, an accomplished author, serial entrepreneur and business coach. Her books are The bestselling books are 3HAG Way and The Metronome Effect.  In this episode, Shannon and I discuss goal setting, contingency planning, and cost-cutting, among other things. Shannon talks about the need to over communicate, to have daily huddles with your team. And, of course, how to cope with the global pandemic and economic crisis.…

In order to succeed in business, you need to be financially literate. Or at least somebody in the company needs to be. Too often, business owners try not to involve themselves too much in the nuts and bolts of the finances, me included. It’s way more fun to grow the business than to dig into the numbers to confirm the business is actually healthy. In my case, I love servicing my SEO clients, podcasting, writing, speaking, and not pulling up Quickbooks or even logging into my online banking.  My guest…

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