STP011: Why Risks Aren’t Reckless with Wesley Hein

Wesley Hein likes to talk about risk, whether it’s the risk of starting a new business, the risk of staying where you are, or the risk of sticking with your dream when everyone is telling you to abandon it. As the founder of Enigma Records (the label responsible for signing such musical artists as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Motley Crue, and Devo) and early Silicon Valley pioneer, Wesley knows about risk better than most.

On this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” Wesley discusses his views on unique perspective on risk and how you can use it to your advantage.

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Our Favorite Online Resources Of The Week

Good leadership is something people just get. They can see it immediately. But behind each seasoned leader is a leader in the making, who’s constantly improving.

We think that’s a mentality worth having, so this week we’re bringing you our favorite posts on building a strong leadership presence – whether it’s in starting your own business or weathering the storm after several years.

1. How to Make the Move From Big-Business Employee to Small-Business Owner

Moving from a big company brings natural challenges and stressors, but if you can leverage your resources from that job and embrace asking for help, you may find the transition being easier than expected.

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STP010: The Power of Community in Business with Christina Lattimer

After years coaching influential business leaders, Christina Lattimer was finally inspired to bring them together in an online community where they could discuss their most challenging issues. What happened next went far beyond anything she ever dreamed of. On this episode of “Smashing the Plateau” Christina discusses her unusual transition from corporate employee to business owner, how she built her powerful online ecosystem, and the leadership strategies that have sustained her throughout it all.

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Our Favorite Online Resources of the Week

Successful companies require well-trained, motivated employees that believe in the business’ mission and are committed to fulfilling it. Good leaders are tuned into their employees’ emotions and know what it takes to motivate them.

Our favorite resources this week all deal with the qualities good leaders need to develop engaged employees. How many do you find yourself having?

1. Emotional Intelligence is Critical for Leaders to Make an Impact

If you don’t know how your people are feeling, you’ll have a far harder time resolving conflicts or changing strategy. Keep your eyes and ears open.

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STP009: The Real Core Of Leadership with Joanne Rogovin

Are leaders supposed to be more or less emotional than their staff? Why should they take the rap for someone else’s error? On this week’s episode of “Smashing the Plateau” you’ll hear from leadership expert Joanne Rogovin, who gives us the details on what effective leadership looks like. Joanne is a titan in the exploding leadership coaching industry. She specializes in helping executives solve problems at the top that have the potential to fatally infect the entire organization if they go unchecked.

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Our Favorite Online Resources of the Week

Building a profitable business is one thing. Building a business that helps facilitate your true passions in life is another.

This week, our favorite resources from around the business blogs present you with ideas about following your dreams and learning from others along the way, so that you may realize the business that not only succeeds, but fulfills.

1. 80% Is Good Enough: Grow Your Business By Delegating

Micromanaging and babysitting projects are surefire ways to drum up tension. Explain the purpose of a task and trust your employees to follow through, and your business will prosper.

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STP008: The Performance Of Business With Vivek Tiwary

Vivek Tiwary refers to illustrious manager Brian Epstein, the so-called “Fifth Beatle,” as his historical mentor. He uses Epstein’s tenure with the legendary rock band as a model for every aspect of his business, and the result has been a wave of successes. On “Smashing the Plateau” you’ll hear Vivek discuss the importance of choosing your own historical mentor, the real way to make sure you can do what you love and why you should constantly be saying, “Yes!”

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Our Favorite Online Resources of the Week

Enjoying your work is the most important criteria for judging how things are going. If the job isn’t fulfilling, success gets a whole lot harder.

This week, our favorite resources from around the blogosphere demonstrate the fundamentals of leadership and self-improvement. After all, how a team acts can only be a reflection of the person in charge.

1. Giving Without Expectation

In business, the greatest rewards aren’t earned with self-serving tactics. This article describes the supreme, long-term benefits of giving without expecting things in return.

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STP007: The True Meaning of Business Values with Gary Ireland

In recent years, the term “business values” has lost a lot of its meaning, which makes running a business according to yours harder than ever. That’s where Gary Ireland comes in. An attorney by trade, Gary has made a career out of standing up for those who need protection the most. This episode focuses on how doing what you believe is right can be the surest road to profit.

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Our Favorite Online Resources of the Week

Navigating the harsh waters of business takes lots of resolve and a willingness to use the resources available to you. That’s why every Thursday we’d like to help share some of the resources we think are valuable. Here are this week’s picks.

1. Building a Debt Zero Business

Learn several myths about building a business debt-free and how to take practical steps to staying above water at all times.

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