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Smashing the Plateau

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Jared Nichols knows a thing or two about strategy. As an executive advisor, author and one of the few people in the world to hold a Masters Degree in Strategic Foresight, Jared has unparalleled insight into how organizations and leaders equip themselves for a rewarding future. Today he reveals how everyone from small businesses to[…]

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Robyn Hatcher leveraged her background as an actor and writer in the entertainment industry to become a top communication expert and bestselling author. Today she shows us everything we need to know about improving our communication skills, and reveals why understanding who you truly are (and how you come across to the world) directly impacts[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, bestselling author and Fully Accountable CEO Vinnie Fisher shows us what really separates successful leaders from the rest of the pack. During our conversation, Vinnie talks about how he makes the tough decisions while running multiple businesses, shares his thoughts on coaching and peer support groups, shows us[…]

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Simon Woodroffe is one of the UK’s top entrepreneurs. Not only is he the creative mastermind behind the YO! Company, he was also a featured investor in the first season of Dragon’s Den. In today’s episode, Simon shares what he’s learned throughout his career. He also reveals why having an enthusiasm for life and a[…]

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If anyone knows what it takes to defy incredible odds, it’s Sean Stephenson. He fought his way through a rare bone disorder to become a renowned therapeutic coach, bestselling author, international speaker, and an inspiration to millions of people all over the world. In today’s episode, Sean shows us how to figure out what we[…]

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Govindh Jayaraman is a serial entrepreneur, leadership expert, and the co-author of the smash hit Paper Napkin Wisdom. In today’s episode, Govindh really brings the energy as he shows us how to sharpen our focus muscles and build an invigorating routine that hones our leadership skills and sets us up for success. He also tells[…]

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In today’s episode, author and entrepreneur Javier Montes breaks down everything we need to know about the Millennial mindset. During our conversation, Javier talks about the two most important forces behind every Millennial decision – priorities and purpose – and reveals how leaders can leverage the power and potential of this undervalued workforce. Topics include:[…]

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On his second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, acclaimed advisor and seasoned entrepreneur Ryan Neal reveals why it’s more important for leaders to be facilitators instead of strategic decision makers. Ryan also talks about the true power of real-time feedback, shows us how to scale a talent-driven business, and unveils the secrets to building a[…]

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As the CEO of Juicy Results, author and entrepreneur Jeremy Pound helps companies with everything from online marketing to lead generation to customer relationship management. In his second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, Jeremy reveals what it really takes to reposition a company. He also talks about why immersing yourself in supportive and accountable peer[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Josh Spodek talks about his personal transformation from distinguished astrophysicist to nationally recognized leadership coach and bestselling author. During our conversation, Josh explores what it really means to follow your passions, shows us how to overcome emotional roadblocks, shares his thoughts on vulnerability and community, and much more.[…]

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Matt Inglot returns to Smashing The Plateau to talk about all things freelance. During our conversation, Matt shows us how to overcome the biggest hurdles facing today’s freelancers. He also uncovers the best ways to connect with clients, shows us how to develop killer business models and new skillsets, and reveals why the smartest (and[…]

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Kabir Sehgal is a man who wears many hats. He’s a Grammy Award winning producer, former vice president at J.P. Morgan, and the bestselling author of Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us. In today’s episode, Kabir reveals why dipping his toes into different industries and activities has helped[…]

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As an international keynote speaker, performance and breakthrough coach, and former energy executive, Kellan Fluckiger has worked with everyone from State Governors and Senators to CEOs and Grammy winners. (He’s even worked with the Queen of England). In today’s episode, things get personal as Kellan opens up about his personal struggles with depression and how[…]

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Dave Young is the CFO of Kodak WinningFotos – a global organization and blossoming community of photographers and mentors who want to take their craft to the next level. Today he talks about how (and why) he jumped off the corporate ladder to start his own enterprise. He also discusses the importance of surrounding yourself[…]

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In today’s special episode of Smashing The Plateau, we’re sharing some of the highlights of NAWBO NYC’s Small Business Bootcamp – Powering Your Growth. We talk to an extraordinary group of women, and they reveal some of the event’s biggest takeaways. Interviews include keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, Flexcel Network Founder and NAWBO NYC President Sophie Wade, featured speaker, CEO[…]

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In today’s episode, Interview Connections Founder Jessica Rhodes reveals how she moved from political activist and community organizer to entrepreneur and podcasting wiz. During our conversation, Jessica explains why nothing is possible without the right guidance, shows us how to use uncomfortable feelings to launch a new enterprise, and reveals the best thing anyone can[…]

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Chris Schembra transformed his intimate dinner parties into the 747 Club – a booming community (and impressive business model) that cultivates life-changing connections through the power of collaboration and empathy. Today he reveals how his personal insecurities – and a terrific pasta sauce recipe – inspired him to become a connector. Chris also talks about[…]

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On her second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, sought-after speaker and community activist Orly Wahba shows us why kindness is the most powerful tool for empowerment. She also talks about reexamining the way we measure success, how we can recognize our own unique value, and reveals how her new book can show anyone how to[…]

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If there’s one thing Sir Tim Smit has learned in his illustrious career, it’s that the world favors risk takers. In today’s episode, Tim talks about how he turned a dilapidated estate into The Eden Project – one of the UK’s greatest gardens and environmental tourist attractions. He also discusses why (and how) people from[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, The Community Roundtable Co-Founder Rachel Happe reveals why meaningful relationships and supportive communities are the bedrocks of success. She also talks about pushing past anxieties, shows us the right ways to network, and reveals why focusing on what you can to today can change your trajectory tomorrow. We[…]

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In today’s special episode of Smashing The Plateau, we’re talking to three illustrious guest speakers from NAWBO NYC’s upcoming Small Business Bootcamp. Bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, communication expert and speaker Robyn Hatcher, and entrepreneurial powerhouse Maurice Bretzfield explore the importance of finding outer accountability, the parallels between business and creativity, the real power of mentorship,[…]

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Kute Blackson is transforming lives with his electrifying energy and profound spiritual insight. Luminaries such as Larry King, Levar Burton and John Gray have hailed him for his bold take on life coaching. In today’s episode, Kute explores why recognizing and following your own truth is the only way to live a productive and fulfilled[…]

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Jane Hyun is a distinguished leadership strategist, bestselling author, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on cross-cultural effectiveness. Today she breaks down the principles for leading with cultural fluency, and reveals how you can use them to empower your team, strengthen your business, and build meaningful relationships across cultures. She also encourages all leaders[…]

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Today on Smashing The Plateau, BOSS Academy Radio host Paul Kirch talks about his heartfelt journey into self-discovery and entrepreneurship. During the course of our conversation, Paul reveals the importance of finding inner focus, shows us how to find the right emotional support, and reveals how leaders can learn to embrace and take advantage of[…]

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Steve Gordon is a referral marketing expert, bestselling author and CEO of The Unstoppable CEO. Today we explore his concept of a referral kit and how to build one. Steve also reveals why his innovative referral system is the ticket to breaking down barriers and building valuable relationships. Topics include: Why the referral process is[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, technology maven and Authentic Insight Founder Jana Sedivy reveals how business leaders – especially techies – can harness the power of empathy and connection to create more valuable and meaningful customer experiences. She also talks about taking a more strategic approach to personal development and reveals incomparable insight[…]

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Joe Kashurba turned his high school web design business into a global digital agency. Today he reveals why (and how) leaders need to take a diagnostic approach to problem solving instead of an emotional one to push themselves forward. He also shares why effective marketing, a solid sales game, and a steady customer base are the[…]

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As the Vice President of Development for Thuzio Executive Club, Nicholas Spike harnesses the power of influence to empower brands, launch businesses and foster connections. Today he shares how his eclectic background in sports, art, sales, networking and business has helped him become an exceptional leader and even better team player. Nick also discusses why[…]

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Dorie Clark returns to Smashing The Plateau to explore her interesting twist on niche, and how to use it to strengthen your business and pave the way for future opportunities. During our conversation, Dorie also talks about doubling down during your personal and professional growth phases, unveils the three key components to becoming an authority[…]

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In today’s episode, sales guru and Business Development University CEO Lisa Peskin shows us how to build a team of superstar performers. She also reveals how to become an impressive mentor, show us how to up our sales game, and explains why business is all about helping as many people as you can. Topics include:[…]

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On her second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, verbal branding and growth expert Rochelle Lisner explores how to craft a clear, memorable and dynamic story that will launch your business in a big way. She also sheds light on her concept of thought interruption, and reveals how to harness the power of language to showcase[…]

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Bonnie Fatio wants you to embrace your age, realize your worth, and start reaching your full potential. As an internationally recognized motivational speaker (and Founder of AgeEsteem®), Bonnie knows how to transform people into their best selves – not to mention powerful leaders. Today she reveals how to harness your individuality and share your genius[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Webmart Founder and CEO Simon Biltcliffe tells us what it means to run a Marxist-Capitalist business, and reveals why trust, transparency and mentorship are the most important principles of business. We discuss the power of natural justice and eliminating superficial personas, and Simon even shows us how to[…]

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Rachael McCrary is the Founder and CEO of Jewel Toned – the first body positive shapewear company. Today she talks about her journey from teenage designer to a mover and shaker in the fashion industry. She also reveals why entrepreneurs should follow their excitement, embrace that uncomfortable feeling, and learn to become as flexible (and[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, business coach and renowned portrait photographer Jeffrey Shaw shows us what it takes to strike it big in a high-end market. During the course of our conversation, Jeffrey talks about owning and articulating your talents, explains why most people build their businesses backwards, and reveals how to build[…]

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Jason Forrest is a public speaker, author, and award-winning coach and trainer. Today he shows us how to reprogram our personal convictions and revolutionize our businesses by breaking down some of his most valuable concepts. He also offers insight into improving self-worth, overcoming self-inflicted limitations, sharing experiences instead of giving advice, how to find the[…]

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Julie Chan “came out” as psychic at the height of her career in economic development. Today she reveals how she found the inner courage to share her abilities with the world and begin a new personal and professional pilgrimage. Julie also discusses why having a true understanding of fear and joy will help entrepreneurs find[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Slapshot Studio Founder Jaime Jay tells us how he manages to run (and scale) four successful businesses. He also talks about how entrepreneurs can get over their shiny object syndrome, why it’s critical to niche down your strengths, and the best ways to find transformational (and unbiased) outside support.[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, we share some of the greatest takeaways from the New York Business Expo & Conference. Interviews include Elaine Powell-Belnavis from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Jeaninine Mendez from the NYC Human Resources Administration, ThriveHive’s Lauren Quilty, Jeff Mehl from Daybreak Virtual Staffing Solutions, Liz Sydney from Maximum Computer Systems, Inc.,[…]

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Social media pioneer and LiveWorld CEO Peter Friedman has developed social strategies for some of the biggest companies in the world, including Apple, Walmart and HBO. Today Peter provides us with some of the best social media insight we’ve ever encountered. He also reveals why the customer experience is the driving force behind every business,[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, seasoned entrepreneur and podcast host Henry Lopez talks about overcoming the challenges every leader faces when wanting to push their businesses forward. He also discusses the importance of having frank conversations up front, shares why he thinks of life as a series of chapters, and explains why entrepreneurs[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Brian Duncan reveals why (and how) he moved from civil engineering and consulting to restaurant tech entrepreneurship. He also discusses why his love for human interaction and hospitality inspires his work, and explores how his software Chowly is transforming the food industry. We discuss… The challenges of taking on[…]

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Tony Grebmeier is the host of The Tony G Show– a candid podcast that guides entrepreneurs on their journeys to personal growth. In today’s episode, Tony opens up about his struggles with drug addiction, and reveals the transformational decisions that helped him rebuild his life and his business. He also talks about abandoning ego, the[…]

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Today on Smashing The Plateau, Junkluggers Founder and CEO Josh Cohen tells us how he went from handing out homemade flyers to running a multi-million dollar business. He also talks about overcoming the pitfalls of young entrepreneurship, and reveals why shifting your mindset and changing your leadership style can have the greatest impact on your[…]

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David Gise is a former personal trainer turned tech and social entrepreneur. As Managing Director of Centre for Social Innovation, David helps nonprofits and social leaders build the right relationships so they can make a serious – and global – impact. Today we explore what he calls connecting the dots, and how his ideas can[…]

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In today’s special episode of Smashing The Plateau, we’re sharing some of the highlights of New York’s Inc. Women’s Summit. We talk to an accomplished (and diverse) group of women, and they reveal some of the event’s greatest payoffs. Interviews include Hazel Ortega from the Ortega Counseling Group, The Fit Factor’s Joanna Vargas, Priscilla Rose of[…]

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Gillian Lynch is VP, Managing Director of Winsper – a modern marketing firm that helps clients develop their brands, grow a loyal customer base, and generate more revenue. Today Gillian reveals the single biggest mistake executives make when they’re feeling stuck. She also talks about finding innovation, avoiding complacency, and reveals what it takes to build[…]

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In today’s episode, bestselling author and public speaker Ed Wallace reveals how his son’s skateboarding accident inspired him to ditch his career as a senior executive and follow his dreams. He talks about learning to seize the moment, why he’s a man who enjoys “the journey,” what it means to display worthy intent, and much[…]

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In his second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, content marketer and social media consultant Brian Honigman reveals how (and why) executing new ideas in just three phases will take your business to new heights. He also talks about creating new value for loyal customers, how to find good advice from outside sources, and the importance[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Jeff Ernst and Shawn M. Miller (CEO and CXO of Smync) talk about the power of trust and collaboration. According to Jeff and Shawn, every entrepreneur needs outside perspectives if they want to build a united team, produce better work, and accelerate success. They also talk about overcoming[…]

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Emily Ann Peterson could have let a neurological tremor stop her music career dead in its tracks, but instead she used it to fuel new ambitions and achieve an even a bigger dream. Today she’s a successful singer/songwriter, teacher and public speaker. (She even has her own Tedx talk.) In this episode, she shows us[…]

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Bestselling author and leadership expert Steve Farber returns to Smashing The Plateau to talk about all things engagement. He delves into how leaders can cultivate (and measure) a contented work culture, talks about boosting employee satisfaction, and reveals how to build modern relationships. He also shows us how to bring out the best in ourselves[…]

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Trina Felber is a skincare expert, bestselling author, and CEO of Primal Life Organics. In today’s episode, Trina reveals how her nursing career in a Burn Intensive Care Unit inspired her entrepreneurial journey into healthy skin. She also talks about stopping your ego from getting in the way of your success, balancing family life and[…]

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Today we’re shaking things up by sharing some of the inside scoop from New York’s C-Suite Network Conference. We talk to a fascinating (and successful) troop of entrepreneurs, and they reveal some of the event’s greatest takeaways.Interviews include Fundamental Applications Corp CEO Brad Moore, brand strategist Evan Molho, Gillian Lynch of Winsper, video marketing expert[…]

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Josh Felber is no ordinary business coach. Not only has he penned two bestsellers (one with Brian Tracy and another with Steve Forbes), he went on to win two Emmy Awards for executive producing the acclaimed documentary Visioneer: The Peter Diamandis Story. Today he reveals how having a grand personal vision (and the right mentorship)[…]

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Steve Caldwell knows a thing or two about good leadership. He’s an executive coach, leadership mentor, and author of Manager Mojo – Be the Leader Others Want to Follow. Today he breaks down the real differences between leaders and managers and talks about the right and wrong ways to run a team. According to Steve,[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, E-commerce executive and strategy expert Barry Litwin reveals the five-point model that every leader needs to keep sharp, stay relevant, and build credibility in their industries. He also talks about avoiding complacency, keeping up with digital trends, how to make yourself valuable, and much more. Topics include: The[…]

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Ravinol Chambers’ journey into entrepreneurship may have been unconventional, but his mission to make a difference in the world has never wavered. He’s worked for charities, has a degree in psychology, and is even a former monk. Today Ravinol leads Be Inspired Films, where he helps other businesses inspire change and make a positive social[…]

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Barney Kramer wants you to ditch your technology addiction and start building real relationships again. As an entrepreneur with over 40 years experience, Barney knows that making the right connections and providing mutual value are the only ways to build a business that lasts. Today he reveals the right and wrong ways to build relationships.[…]

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Joe Sanok is a mental health counselor and business consultant who teaches other practitioners how to turn their businesses into scalable enterprises. Today he explores what he calls his seven practices of practice, and reveals why (and how) they add up to the perfect blueprint for success. He also shares how fighting cancer helped him[…]

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In today’s episode, sought-after prosperity mentor and speaker Joan Sotkin explores the emotional and scientific factors that directly influence our decision making process. According to Joan, if you want to flourish in life and business, you’ll need to start taking a harder look at your emotions, be willing to change your identity, and learn how[…]

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In his return to Smashing The Plateau, sales guru Scott Messer reveals why uncovering (and strengthening) your own unique abilities is the only way to build a longstanding and successful career. He also talks about the importance of abandoning egos, and shows us how to build a work culture that’s centered on trust and collaboration.[…]

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David Ralph is the host of the megahit podcast Join Up Dots. With over 4 million downloads in 178 countries, he’s solidified his status as one the biggest stars in podcasting. David also teaches other entrepreneurs how to develop content that resonates with audiences and accelerates their businesses. Today he tells us how to run[…]

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In spite of all the naysayers, renowned coach and public speaker Ivy Slater managed to start two successful businesses while also raising a family. Today she reveals how entrepreneurs from every walk of life can push past the opposition to create their own success stories. She also shares the biggest aha moment of her career,[…]

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Dr. Debra Dupree knows how to fix your people problems. Leveraging her background in psychology and business, Debra helps people master their emotional intelligence, repair damaged relationships, and fulfill their career and life goals. Today she discusses how to build psychological safety in order to have better self-awareness and less conflict in the workplace. She[…]

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As a publicity and networking strategist Jill Lublin has worked with NBC, Tony Robbins, The New York Times, to name a few. Her interactive keynote speeches are legendary. Today Jill reveals why the ability to garner publicity is one of the most powerful tools in any businessperson’s arsenal. She also reveals why telling the simple[…]

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In today’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, executive networking expert Matt Spooner reveals why having a personal (and professional) vision is the only way to assume power over your career and start making transformational decisions. Matt shows us why – and how – everyone from senior-level executives to young entrepreneurs can set attainable goals that[…]

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Mark Monchek is redefining what success means for big business. As Founder and Chief Opportunity Officer at The Opportunity Lab, he builds organizations in which leaders put the needs of their customers, employees and communities before everything else. Today Mark reveals why big business is in the midst of a social revolution, and why that[…]

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After his partnership dissolved in 1990, Cliff McLarty hit the lowest point of his career. With only $2.45 to his name, Cliff and his family banded together and climbed their way back to the top. In today’s episode, he tells us why embracing your fears is the only way to overcome adversity. He also reveals[…]

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In her first appearance on Smashing The Plateau, former opera singer and celebrated speech and media coach Ruth Sherman taught us to command the room by mastering the art of public speaking. Today she reveals why presentations are one of the most effective ways to speed up your success. She also shows us how to[…]

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Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or just starting out, bestselling author JV Crum III believes you owe it to yourself to feel fantastic everyday. In his second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, JV focuses on how leaders in every line of business can find joy and excitement in their lives and in their careers. He[…]

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Jon Rhodes and Mark Goddard launched their research and design studio Paper just over a month ago. Today these budding entrepreneurs discuss what led them to take control of their careers and join forces to build something special of their own. Jon and Mark aren’t afraid to share some of the biggest challenges they’re facing[…]

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Mark Hunter’s second appearance on Smashing The Plateau is all about development. If leaders want to achieve greater levels of success, they’ll need to start redefining cultural landscapes, and focus on cultivating long-term relationships with their teams and each other. Today this coach and leadership expert reveals why embracing these cultural changes will make you[…]

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Philip VanDusen is one of the world’s top branding and design innovators. His award-winning strategies have pushed numerous global companies past the billion-dollar mark. Today he shares his secrets. Philip reveals how his eagerness to learn has helped shape his career, and explains why being ruthlessly honest about where you are and what you want[…]

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In her second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, leadership expert and business consultant Hollie Mileski reveals why mastering our emotional dynamics is the key to building better leadership skills and thriving work environments. She also talks about improving your self-awareness, finding inner fulfillment, and much more. We discuss… Why energy is more important than words[…]

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Shannon Miller’s mission is to make every entrepreneur she comes in contact with feel safe. That’s what she does everyday in her work and it’s what she does in today’s episode. The cybersecurity expert sheds some light on what it takes to truly be secure in the digital economy. Shannon also shares her thoughts on[…]

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Kelly Powell moved from her early career as a speech pathologist to become an esteemed graphic designer and educator. In today’s episode, she reveals how she managed to turn her passion for design into a fulfilling and prominent career. According to Kelly, starting over – and success itself – is all about overcoming fear and[…]

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Whether he’s at the mic or consulting behind the scenes, Cliff Ravenscraft can transform any podcast into a moneymaking machine. Today he reveals how to turn a profit in the podcasting world and why his personal success is the culmination of stumbling blocks he’s faced throughout his career. He also discusses why success is a[…]

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Meny Hoffman founded the Let’s Talk Business Summit so he could help other leaders pinpoint the real issues impeding their businesses. Today this marketing expert talks about what it really means to be a CEO and shares his insight on cultivating (and leading) a healthy team with a single vision. He also explains why growing[…]

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Bestselling author and radio host Tony Wilkins credits all of his success to one thing…being perpetually pissed off. In the face of rejection (and he has had his share), Tony finds a way to leverage his animosity and convert every “no” into an opportunity for something greater. Today he explains why it’s okay for business[…]

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Yaro Starak turned his entrepreneurial blog into a moneymaking machine. By embracing his mistakes and capitalizing on audience insights, Yaro developed a model that made him a rock star in the online business world. Today he explains how he transformed his entrepreneurial hobby into an empire. We discuss… Building a connection with your audience. Learning[…]

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If there’s one thing seasoned entrepreneur Jerry Weinstein understands, it is that change is always on the horizon. If business leaders want to keep up, they’ll need to intellectually prepare themselves for the unpredictable. In today’s episode, Jerry uncovers what leaders can do to anticipate and adapt to change. He also discusses why there’s no[…]

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Daniel Maw’s personal frustrations with the web became the inspiration behind his award-winning design agency HACKSAW. According to Daniel, effective design is all about ease. He believes that easy user experiences lead to happier customers and bigger payoffs…and today he talks about why. He also shows us how to stop coveting other people’s success and[…]

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Leon Jay leveraged his background in psychology to become one of biggest voices in online marketing. Now he helps other entrepreneurs strike it big by lecturing all over the world. According to Leon, there are five P’s to success, and the most important one is purpose. Today he reveals why discovering the greater purpose behind[…]

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Like most freelancers, Jason Resnick was too busy bouncing from project to project to center his energy on growing his business. He also found himself falling behind on the latest technology. When Jason finally realized he needed to narrow his focus instead of broaden it, he was able to productize his service and take his[…]

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When Matt Curry was diagnosed with ADD as a kid, he could have let it destroy his dreams of becoming a business owner. Instead, he made it his superpower. Embracing the challenge of converting his adversities into strengths gave Matt the drive he needed to turn his goals into realities. Today Matt talks about this[…]

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Maisha Walker reveals how her prominent career in digital media started from a childhood love of programming. In this episode, she explains why breaking down your weaknesses—and building them back up again—is the key to personal and professional growth. Maisha also shows us how to level the marketing playing field through education, and how to[…]

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When it comes to finding an advisor, many of us never ask the right questions. We’re too focused on the right-now when we should be concentrating on the long-term. Here’s where a good mentor comes in. A seasoned advisor not only prepares you for the long haul, they’re willing to take on the uncomfortable conversations.[…]

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Tanya Alvarez has a mission to help solo entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. How is she doing it? By providing the one thing solopreneurs need most…a community. At OwnersUP, Tanya has built the peer group superhighway – an online platform where leaders band together to solve problems, hold each other accountable, and get their businesses growing.[…]

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Is there a difference between a coach and a cult leader? There should be, but in many cases, the lines between the two have become dangerously blurred. We should want – and have – a mentor who is confident and authoritative…but there should be some kind of give and take. As it stands, coaches have[…]

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As a digital strategist and mechanical engineer, Gabriel Neuman explores how software and hardware can work in tandem to solve tough problems businesses face in the 21st Century. In today’s episode, Gabriel explains why facing your setbacks head on is the only way to propel your career forward, and he demonstrates why technology (and education) have[…]

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The life of an entrepreneur is often a lonely one. So it’s understandable that many business owners want their coaches to solve their personal and professional problems in one fell swoop. While these issues are, in fact, often intertwined, taking your personal matters to coaches isn’t the wisest idea. Today we’re discussing the major differences[…]

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Rochelle Lisner had a rewarding career as a corporate travel agent for more than twenty years. But when the industry suddenly changed, she was faced with two options – stay the course, or transform her talents into something new. Rochelle took a chance, and now she’s a celebrated business growth specialist who uses the power[…]

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If you’ve learned anything from our series this season, it’s that most business coaches are unfit for the job. That said, there are some out there who are fully equipped to take on your problems…you just have to know what to look for. Today we’re focusing on how to distinguish good coaches from bad, so[…]

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Emmett “Corky” Kaericher’s love affair for computers began in 1985. At the age of 15, he was unpacking computers and installing software for a computer store in the suburbs of Washington D.C. One day, a man in a suit that he didn’t recognize entered when all of the sales reps were away from the store[…]

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Many coaches are all charm and no substance. We buy into their personalities and charisma, but deep down they have very little to offer. They rely heavily on the franchise model of coaching – selling one-size-fits-all solutions to the masses. It sounds great, but getting to core of our problems is far more nuanced than[…]

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Angus Nelson is the host of the Up In Your Business podcast, which has helped countless businesspeople improve their careers by improving themselves. On today’s episode, Angus reveals the story of how losing his nonprofit organization (despite working 60 to 80 hours a week), his marriage, and “his soul” taught him how to make the[…]

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All bubbles burst and the coaching industry could be next. In this case, with the human capital that has flooded into this market, the fallout of a crash could be catastrophic. What does the current “expert rush” mean for our businesses, our communities, and for the coaches themselves? That’s what we’ll discuss today. We discuss…[…]

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Chris Marr is a trailblazer of content marketing. His organization – The Content Marketing Academy – is the UK’s largest membership organization of its kind, and it’s this energetic troop that inspires him to take the concept of community and content marketing itself to new heights. In this episode, Chris not only debunks the biggest content[…]

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Over the past several weeks, we’ve shown you how a dynamic community is the unsung hero of every success story. We’ve explored all the personal benefits a hardworking and thought-provoking group has to offer…but what we haven’t talked about is money. Business is still business after all, and we need our collaborations to be more[…]

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Because of a promise he made to his grandmother, Dave Popple spent the first twenty years of his career helping children by developing inner city programs and working with prison inmates. Once he turned 40, he shifted to a career in corporate psychology. During this episode, we learn why good works and business leadership aren’t[…]

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Structure is the backbone of every community. A poorly structured group is an ineffective group…so you need to have solid frameworks in place if you want to make anything happen. More importantly, you need to have energetic, proactive and caring leaders who can build and support the community each and every day. We discuss… Good[…]

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After undergoing emergency surgery in 2007, Dan Kuschell’s outlook on life, love, and business did a full 180. In the process of re-crafting his life, he came to realize that all the things that mattered to him most have one thing in common…they resonated deeply with his personal values. Now this profound new perspective resonates[…]

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So in spite of your best efforts you still haven’t found the support circle that works for you. In that case, it’s probably time to get out there and assemble one of your own. Picking the right people is a demanding endeavor, and transforming those people into a thoughtful and spirited community, well…that’s even harder.[…]

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Ted Coiné is a “collector of fascinating people.” He is so energized by collaboration that he established OPEN (Ordinary People | Extraordinary Networking) – where the world’s top minds come together to make remarkable things happen. On his second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, this bestselling author (and four-time CEO) demonstrates why having a thriving[…]

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If you’ve been listening to this podcast for a while, you know by now that truly individual success simply doesn’t exist. Winners need the support of a community. That said, not every community is the right community for you. If your support circle is not helping you get to the root of your deepest problems,[…]

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In his second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, this bestselling author and expert on the art of entrepreneurship explains why the key to personal growth – and an impressive business – is to simply stop getting in your own way. Listen to discover: Why passive income doesn’t (and can’t) work for everybody. The qualities of a[…]

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Creating a business that generates passive income has become the Holy Grail for many entrepreneurs. Everyone from coaches to bloggers is trying to cash in in a cottage industry that revolves around selling advice on how the make this happen. Unfortunately, the assumptions about what this means is almost always wrong – not to mention[…]

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Dan Sullivan has personally transformed the lives and careers of thousands of entrepreneurs. A big part of his success has come from honing the ability to distinguish between effective planning and planning that actually increases complexity. In this episode, Dan dives deep into this distinction. He also discusses why community plays such a huge role[…]

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We all know the importance of a solid plan, but there comes a point when planning becomes overplanning. Between information overload and bad advice from so-called experts, many of us make plans we can’t execute or we overwhelm ourselves with too many. So how can we escape the tyranny of planning while still mapping out[…]

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Star copywriter Rick Duris rarely makes public appearances (he would much rather be helping from behind the scenes), but today he returns to Smashing The Plateau with some of the most profound insight we’ve ever encountered. Not only does Rick reveal what’s really behind the coaching industry curtain, he questions why business leaders are so[…]

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Here’s one version of the story… In business, there are two types of people—winners and losers. There are leaders worth emulating, and there are those who are duly brushed aside. It’s simple, ruthless, and well…capitalism. Really? What makes a winner anyway? Don’t we all have different aspirations and principles? Money and acclaim can’t be the[…]

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Maisha Walker has been working in digital media before most people had a modem, and she’s still breaking new ground. As Founder of Message Medium and as a Contributing Editor for Inc. Magazine, she always needs to be on the lookout for solutions to challenging problems. Many of the answers she finds comes from books,[…]

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There are millions of business books out there, and they all claim to have the solutions to our most frustrating problems. It seems that every self-styled author-expert harps on some variation of the same themes – hard work, hustle, and discipline. What they often don’t tell you is how useless many of these ideas are[…]

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Even though Theresa Fette has always believed in herself, it was when she figured out how to instill that same confidence in her team she quickly became one of the most successful women in finance. In her second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, Theresa explains that personal empowerment may be the starting point, but without[…]

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There is no such thing as a solo success story. Unlike what we’ve been led to believe, every great leader is backed by a collaborative group of friends, family and colleagues who encourage them every step of the way. Nobody makes it alone. So what if you’re having trouble finding the right support? What can[…]

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Entertainment entrepreneur, Broadway producer, and The Fifth Beatle creator says he’s happiest (and most successful) when part of a dynamic collaboration. During his second appearing on Smashing the Plateau, Vivek Tiwary talks about building masterpieces through supportive relationships and the power of asking for help. Topics include… How Brian Epstein became Vivek’s mentor even though[…]

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Steve Jobs, Jack Welsh, Donald Trump…regardless of how you feel about them, there is no arguing that they’ve achieved worldwide cult hero status. We can’t get enough of these guys (and others like them). As business leaders, many of us even imitate their behaviors in the hopes of replicating their unfathomable success. But did these[…]

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ChalkDust Consulting Founder Debbie Kiederer is a digital marketing and branding pioneer and innovator in the world of luxury and premium consumer products who attributes much of her success to being part of the right supportive communities. During today’s interview, Debbie discusses her thoughts on why business coaches often fail to see the big picture[…]

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Traditional community structures are vanishing by the day. To fill the void, business leaders are increasingly turning to business coaches. However, far too many of these self-styled gurus offer self-centered quick fixes and one-size-fits-all solutions. Today David explains why we need to return to our community roots and how you can improve yourselves by helping[…]

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As the Co-Founders and Managing Partners of a unique financial consulting firm, Brian Califano and Scott Margolin have uncovered firsthand evidence of how bad business coaches can damage their clients’ business. That’s why they relentlessly advise to seek out specialists rather than coaches when really in need of some serious problem-solving. They also explain what should[…]

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It’s a new season of Smashing The Plateau, and our host David Shriner-Cahn is shaking things up a bit by tackling one of the small business world’s most controversial subjects. Professional coaching has skyrocketed over past several years, but what do we really know about it? Not only are most coaches unqualified to help clients[…]

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Today we continue our look back to some of Smashing The Plateau’s most powerful moments. In this episode, we receive some tremendous advice from life coach Alexander Dunlop, psychology professor Tracy Dennis, master storyteller Lisa Cron, digital marketing expert Kalynn Amadio, and top business coach Jason Treu. Topics include how to achieve your personal Zen,[…]

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It’s been an illuminating year for Smashing The Plateau, and things are only getting brighter. This week, we’re looking back at our greatest moments from some of our most enlightening guests – financial radio host Ric Edelman, numbers expert Tony Rose, sales whiz Jack Daly, social media mogul Ted Coiné, and serial entrepreneur Tim Fargo.[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Michelle Evans discussed how to pursue the career you really want. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Seth Godin Seth Godin continues to have a profound impact on my career. His book – Permission Marketing – was one of the first books that got me excited about doing[…]

“It was hard at first, but once I made the decision it was easy, because I knew that it was right.” Michelle Evans always knew she wanted to be an entrepreneur, so when her third child was on the way, she left her high-profile position at Microsoft and started her own business. Now she’s a[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Goutham Bhadri taught us how to become authorities in our fields. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Sir Richard Branson He’s the standout for me. Coming from the UK, he was the aspirational leader, the typical anti-business hero, not just because of what he achieved, but how he[…]

Everyone wants to be an “expert” these days, but why settle for mere expert when you can become an authority? As the self-proclaimed marketing samurai, Goutham Bhadri not only helps his clients elevate their brands, he transforms them into the top authorities in their fields. Today this seasoned entrepreneur reveals what you can do to[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Greg Hickman discussed what it takes to make the shift from one successful business to another. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Gary Keller His book, The One Thing, helped me realize I had to focus on the things that were most important, and spend a[…]

“Fall in love with the problem, not the solution.” Although Greg Hickman’s mobile marketing service found some success early on, the sales conversations weren’t quite connecting with customers. Realizing he needed to concentrate on the problem rather than his solution, Greg shifted his business from mobile to automated services and systems. Now his company is[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Matt Munson discussed the importance of building teams who fight for the same goals. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) The Nomadic Developer We strongly encourage anyone who’s new to our company to read this! It’s essentially a how-to book on being a good technology consultant and good[…]

Matt Munson has an untamed enthusiasm for building teams. With an expertise in talent acquisition, Matt challenges those around him to grow, seek innovation, and successfully adopt whatever comes next. Today he discusses the real meaning of collaborative culture and teaches you how to build one. In this episode, you’ll discover: The benefits of having[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Judy Robinett taught us how to build a powerful network. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Steven Covey His book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is a great focus on time management and what is important. 2) Kent Taylor He is a retired attorney,[…]

“I meet people everyday who either don’t have connections or they don’t leverage their connections, and so they can’t really get to their dreams.” Judy Robinett is a networking powerhouse. During her impressive career as an author and keynote speaker, she has made valuable connections with some of the world’s biggest luminaries, which include billionaires,[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Matt Perlman discussed why aligning your personal goals with your business goals is key to building a successful business. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Robert Kiyosaki Early in my adulthood (high school), his books opened me up to a new dynamic of how things could be and[…]

After reading the works of Robert Kiyosaki, Matt Perlman immediately jumped off the corporate ladder to build something special of his own. Over the course of his relatively short career Matt has already founded several successful advertising companies and Internet marketing companies. Today he discusses why your personal and business goals need to be in[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Todd Heslin discussed a variety of topics including growth, passive income, and how to approach investors. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Tim Ferriss His book, The 4-Hour Workweek, changed my life and has challenged my thinking ever since. 2) Derek Sivers He is a very[…]

“We make good decisions and bad decisions, but if you’re not clear about what you want, then you can never personally say, ‘is this right for me or not?’” Todd Heslin has been building businesses since his teenage years. Now as a consultant, blogger, and angel investor, Todd helps other entrepreneurs hone in on their[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Aaron Walker discussed how engaging in mastermind groups can help you make sharper business decisions. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Dan Miller I have been in his mastermind group for almost two decades now. He has been an absolute champion of a guy to be around. He’s a[…]

For the past twenty years, Aaron Walker has been an active member, advocate and facilitator of mastermind groups. Within these communities, thought leaders come together to share their ideas, problem-solve, and offer honest advice that can lead to game-changing business decisions. Today Aaron shares some of the group experiences that helped shape his career. In[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Joe Calloway discussed the power of simplicity when building a better business. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) In Search of Excellence This is “the grandfather” of all business books. It influenced me in how to create ideas to help others succeed. 2) Fortune Magazine It’s[…]

“If you’ve got the wrong mindset, then nothing you do is going to work, and if you have the right mindset … then it just puts you miles ahead of your competition.” As a celebrated author, business keynote speaker and workshop leader, Joe Calloway knows what it takes to build (and sustain) a booming business.[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Brian Casel taught us the importance of productizing your service in order to achieve freedom and scalability. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Seth Godin I like to read his stuff every day. His books have been game-changers. He’s a super brilliant marketing mind, and really just an[…]

Despite his success as a freelance web designer, Brian Casel knew something wasn’t quite right. Then he decided to stop offering his services and set up systems instead. From that point forward, Brian transformed from freelancer to thriving business owner. Today he teaches us how to replicate his success. Brian discusses: Why it’s not necessary[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Eric Goldstein discussed how he improves the learning processes of our youth through his non-profit organization, One World Education. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Family Members I have family members who have consistently modeled working hard, doing things the right way, and being honest even[…]

“Students shouldn’t write for a grade, they should write to be read.” Eric Goldstein is breathing new life into the American classroom. His teaching model enriches our children’s writing, researching, and presentation skills by focusing on material that resonates with them. Now as the Co-Founder of One World Education, this award-winning educator is making a[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Suzanne Fetscher and Sheila Mullen discussed how business leaders can harness the power of creativity and innovation. Here are some of their biggest influences: Suzanne 1) Daniel Pink His book, A Whole New Mind, is an argument for the importance of right brain thinking and creative capacity for[…]

At their creativity think-tank, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Suzanne Fetscher and Sheila Mullen have gathered artists from all over the world to teach business leaders how to find clarity, discover solutions, and unleash their artistry. In today’s episode, Suzanne and Sheila illustrate the power of creativity, how business leaders can learn from[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Dr. Laura Sicola discussed how to master the 3Cs of Executive Vocal Presence. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) JV Crum III Fantastic business coach. He has helped me restructure my business for greater profitability. The Conscious Millionaire is a great book. 2) Jonah Berger His book, Contagious:[…]

“Little details in the way that you use your voice can have really big influences on how effective you are, and whether or not someone is even open to hearing or receiving your message.” As a linguist, multicultural educator, and international keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Sicola has unique insight into the power of communication. Laura[…]

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On yesterday’s episode on Smashing The Plateau, Matt Inglot taught us how to seek out success that is centered around lifestyle instead of assets. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Tim Ferriss He is probably my biggest influencer. The Four Hour Work Week forced me to re-evaluate what I actually wanted from my[…]

Like most of us, Matt Inglot viewed success through a glamorous scope. Truth is, we all don’t have to be the next Donald Trump in order to be a megahit in our fields, and when Matt recognized this, he reevaluated his definition of success, repositioned his priorities, and now he couldn’t be happier (and more[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Bob Burg discussed why providing value for others will make you a master of sales. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) My Parents I have fantastic, wonderful parents who set an example of great mentorship on how to live life and how to be a person! My dad[…]

“When you sell on price, you’re a commodity. When you sell on value, you’re a resource.” Bob Burg is a bestselling author, international keynote speaker, and world-renowned sales coach. According to Bob, the secret to sales lies in embracing a giving mentality, and even though it may feel counterintuitive, shifting your focus from getting to[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Carl Ciarfalio discussed what it takes to succeed in Hollywood. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) My Parents I had a great, Midwest upbringing, and my father was a WW2 veteran. My parents were from The Greatest Generation and they had strong values and a powerful[…]

“It’s motivating to be able to create and see your work come to fruition.” As a Hollywood stunt coordinator, actor and stuntman, Carl Ciarfalio pulls no punches. According to Carl, Hollywood (and business in general) is all about the hustle, and if you want to hit the big time, you need to embrace the power[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Jozsef Kiss discussed the importance of outsourcing and delegation. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Brian Tracy The Science of Self-Confidence is an audio book I love. By listening to books like these, the messages get implanted into your subconscious, and you’re funneling information into your head. 2)[…]

“You become more clear in terms of your goals, your aspirations, and your business, because now you have the time to focus on the things that really matter…” Like most entrepreneurs, Jozsef Kiss thought he could do it all. By burdening himself with unnecessary responsibilities, he was losing what he treasured most – time with[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Ira Miller discussed the five responsibilities of effective leadership. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Vitee and Harold Miller Their multi-generational view and personal sacrifice allowed me to attend college. They also instilled in me the importance of having a longer-term view. 2) My Initial Managers[…]

During his prominent career as a C-suite executive, Ira Miller developed an exceptional and unusual leadership methodology. Today he is a mentor to a wide range of senior leaders and CEOs. In this episode, Ira discusses how he developed his singular strategy, and how he uses it to help senior executives find focus, reevaluate priorities[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Digit Murphy discussed her mission to empower women, and take women’s athletics to the next level. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Arlene Gorton She really was a true champion of Title 9, and she was my mentor for years and years. She was always telling me to[…]

“Here’s the deal, they wouldn’t let us in the door in men’s sports, so we have to now create our own door. We have to now create our own destiny.” Digit Murphy is a champion of women’s athletics. Not only is she an exceptional athlete in her own right, Digit has coached Olympians, National Champions,[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Brian Califano gave us expert financial advice for every level of business. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Gary Vaynerchuk He is the smartest man doing social media today, and he speaks and writes in digestible bits that make it actionable and understandable. 2) Napoleon Hill[…]

“Without planning for success, you’re almost planning for failure.” As the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of AcceleratingCFO, Brian Califano understands the demanding (and rewarding) life of an entrepreneur. Armed with over twenty years experience, he now uses his expert knowledge of everything finance to help small businesses and entrepreneurs exceed their goals. Today he dispenses[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Michael Callahan discussed what it takes to develop a winning customer service experience. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Kerry Bodine She is the single most influential person I’ve worked with in the last five years. Her book Outside In is the bible of customer experience[…]

Having launched winning strategies at Microsoft, Amazon, and Hulu, Michael Callahan has unparalleled insight into the customer service experience. Now the Director of the Global Customer Experience at Blueprint Consulting Services, Michael helps leaders break through their biggest challenges. Today he discusses his impressive career at three iconic brands, what he’s learned along the way,[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Peg Wright discussed how The Center For Great Expectations seeks to improve the lives of women and adolescents. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) My father, James Young He was my mentor. He said to me, “Peg, you hire people who are better than you are. They make[…]

“I really believe that I’m on the planet to attract, and retain and help others step up … we really try to cultivate an environment where everyone recognizes that their contribution to the goal of really assisting women in breaking out of the cycle they’re in is equally important.” Peg Wright was at the top[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Sherold Barr discussed how to conquer a negative mindset. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Byron Katie She is helping people awaken to the fact that they are not their thoughts (that’s the ego and left brain), and that our limiting beliefs and thoughts are the cause of[…]

“It’s a beautiful thing to see people go out of their comfort zones and try, and it’s sad to me when people don’t.” Sherold Barr is all about the mindset. Through determination and perseverance, Sherold was able to overcome tragedy and establish two, wildly successful companies. She now teaches other entrepreneurs how to overcome their[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Roger Gorman discussed the connections between behavioral psychology and technology. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Manoj Bhargava He is an attitude rock star. He is spending most of his time now trying to come up with world innovations. The work he is doing is remarkable,[…]

Roger Gorman is all about innovation. As an entrepreneur with a background in behavioral psychology and digital technology, Roger’s mission is to cultivate deeper engagement, greater relevance, and astute connections across the globe. Today he discusses the power of intelligent connections and shared knowledge (and what it means for your business). In this episode, you’ll[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Jeffrey Hayzlett discussed his impressive career as an entrepreneur and business television host, and demonstrated how leaders can take their businesses to the next level. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Fred Pinson He is a plumber who hired me back when I was 12/13 years old. My[…]

“You can make your own reality. Just change it.” Jeffrey Hayzlett is one passionate entrepreneur. As the former CMO of Eastman Kodak, and current Chairman and CEO of the Hayzlett Group, Jeffrey knows what it takes to take your business to the next level. During his impressive career, Jeffrey has bought and sold over 250[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Hollie Mileski discussed what it means to be a conscious leader, and how empowering your people will better their lives and better your business. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Marianne Williamson Her poem, The Deepest Fear, has become a go-to resource in times of fear and uncertainty. […]

“We somewhat forget that at the end of the day, we’re talking people to people, and conscious leadership is really about saying, okay, who am I as a leader, and what do I want to bring to my organization today?” Hollie Mileski is the champion of change. As the founder of Highjump Leadership, she helps[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Kristen Robinson discussed how she overcame adversities of military life to start her own successful business. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Lisa Sasevich She is my amazing business coach. 2) Rosetta Thurman She is my equally amazing accountability partner. 3) Jordana Jaffe In her courses,[…]

“Be flexible. Be flexible and open to what happens and what comes your way.” As a military spouse, Kristen Robinson sought out to start a business that fit her unpredictable lifestyle. Now a booming entrepreneur, Kristen helps other businesses grow their social media presence, while also mentoring other military spouses to achieve their career goals.[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Philip Spiegelman discussed his role in transforming South Florida from a snowbird destination to one of the world’s most luxurious locations for real estate. Below are some of his biggest influences: 1) Emmett Logan He’s a very low-key gentleman with a fascinating business background, and he’s been coming[…]

“In every negative cycle there is opportunity … and I think our way of dealing with things has always been to identify who we can possibly do business with, target those people properly, service them … and treat those people with the best experience they’ve ever had in purchasing property.” Philip Spiegelman was instrumental in[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Matthew Pollard discussed how he is able to turn small, stagnate businesses into growing powerhouses. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Kerwin Rae This was my first-ever seminar. Kerwin Rae is a wonderful speaker from Australia, and one of the things he taught me was a[…]

“As soon as you realize that any single process is learnable, then everything is possible.” If you are looking to turn your business into a moneymaking machine, then look no further than Matthew Pollard. He is a globally recognized expert in niche marketing and sales systemization, as well as a renowned public speaker and coach.[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Jean Tang discussed copywriting for humans, and how her company (and personal) strategy has helped clients achieve better results through engaging and anti-generic writing. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) E-Myth Revisited When my company was two days old, I relished learning about the distinctions among entrepreneurs, technicians,[…]

“The actual growth period is exciting in and of itself. Here is a goal I set for myself, it’s so exciting to see myself achieving it, I know how to work hard to do it and I’m completely motivated in the process.” Jean Tang is the definition of “overachiever.” She is a piano prodigy, Ivy[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Amanda Holmes shared her emotional journey from novice to sales mogul. Utilizing the best buyer strategy, Amanda (following in her father’s footsteps) works with companies to double their sales. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Chet Holmes My father always told me I could be whatever[…]

“How do I duplicate myself so that I can have a sales team, so that I’m not the only salesperson? So that I can have more people delivering our products or services, and it’s really taking the time to work on their business as opposed to just working in it.” After the tragic loss of[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Bill Dost inspired us with his passion for helping smaller entrepreneurs better their lives and better their businesses. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) God I center my entire life and my business around my faith. 2) Brian Houston He is the founder of our church denomination that[…]

“You can ask how theology and finance can mix, for me it’s about changing the lives of people … it’s about making the world a better place.” Bill Dost is more than just a brilliant entrepreneur; he’s also an impassioned philanthropist and theologian whose company stands for making great social impact and bettering the lives[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Donna Fullerton discussed the importance of delving deep into the mind and behaviors of consumers in order to grow a successful business. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Tony Robbins His book Awaken The Giant Within and Mastery University helped me believe I could create a business and[…]

“You have to step into your consumer’s head. What is it that the consumer needs to know to feel that this is the product for them? So rather than what the product does, it’s how what it does benefits the consumer.” Donna Fullerton credits a childhood love of curiosity for leading her into an incredible[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Jeff Mehl discussed his three principles of success and how they’ve helped him in building multiple businesses. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Michael Gerber The first edition of The E-Myth came out early in my business career, and made it clear to me that there was much[…]

“You need to be able to once in a while stop and put your head up, and look around and see where you’re going … and I think this is where most small businesses fail, there’s no plan.” Jeff Mehl takes us on his fascinating journey from registered nurse to two-time business owner and entrepreneur.[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Frank Bria discussed the four keys of scale and their importance in building a successful and scalable business. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Michael Port He was my personal mentor, and he helped me create a mission-based business. 2) Chris Ducker He really helped me[…]

“Change is hard. Making the change that is necessary to scale your business is difficult. It’s not difficult in the classic sense, but it’s difficult personally. Deep down we really have to change our mindset, change our focus.” Frank Bria is all about tipping the scales. By embracing change and creating a scalable business, Frank[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Orly Wahba taught us to embrace and spread kindness, believe in ourselves and recognize our great potential. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening This book by Roger Nierenberg is a must read for anyone in a position of leadership. During[…]

“You have to remind yourself that your self is great … there’s no reason why you’re not. Each person is unique and special and significant in their own way. Even though we might be one in seven billion the number that matters is that you’re one.” Orly Wahba is changing the world one kind conversation[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Susan Lindner discussed her journey from healthcare advocate to PR and marketing mogul. Susan explained why having a powerful message is the only way to connect with audiences and with customers. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Muhammad Yunus He is the pioneer of microcredit, and he explains[…]

“The one underlying thread … is a killer message, and you will never connect with people on the level that you need to without a message that resonates with the audience you are trying to reach.” Susan Lindner is the master of making incredible connections.  As a former anthropologist and healthcare advocate for AIDS/HIV patients,[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Meredith Bell discussed her passion for developing leaders, creating a “coaching culture” and building longstanding relationships. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Steve Chandler Steve has helped me redefine the way I see myself and the world. He’s inspired me to think differently about concepts like[…]

“I see people in leadership roles or in various positions that are simply not achieving what they would like to, and a lot of times it’s simply not being aware of things they could do differently to be more effective.” Meredith Bell is an impassioned and impressive entrepreneur with a successful career spanning more than[…]

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Yesterday, on Smashing The Plateau, Michael Roderick took us on his journey from Broadway producer to relationship design specialist. He talked about his successes in networking, procuring investors, and asking the right questions. Below are some of his biggest influences: 1) Seth Godin Many of Seth’s books caused me to rethink my processes and take[…]

“Is this an opportunity? And if this is an opportunity, is saying yes to it going to lead to more opportunity or more possibility?” Michael Roderick, CEO of Small Pond Enterprises, is all about the connections. As a former Broadway producer and current specialist in relationship design, he’s the go-to guy for advice on procuring[…]

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On yesterday’s Smashing The Plateau, Shannon Waller discussed her strategies for building the perfect team, embracing individuality, and uniting (and inspiring) your thriving workforce. Below are some of her biggest influences: 1) Dr. Jack Gibb I knew Jack growing up, and his Trust Level Theory and Environmental Quality Scale had a huge impact on my[…]

“The more I can facilitate how things can work better between entrepreneurs and team members, help with leadership formats and structures and conversations, that makes me really happy.” Nobody delivers passion and energy to team growth like award winning team coach Shannon Waller, one of the earliest members of the now wildly successful Strategic Coach program.[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Jordan Eisenberg (Founder/CEO of UrgentRx) discussed how his personal experiences and need led him to become and inventor and innovator in the pharmaceutical industry. Here are some of his biggest influences: Maurice Kanbar He has had more impact on me and my career than anybody else. I read his book[…]

“Early in my career I learned what I don’t want to do and also figured that if I was going to work this hard, I’d rather do it for myself and than for someone else. So I have a history now of building things from scratch and it’s really fun, certainly not easy, in fact[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Mary Miller discussed why investing in your people’s dreams will improve the company community and your business. Her approach, The Dream Manager program, (and best selling book penned by Matthew Kelly) prioritizes your employee’s ambitions in order to achieve common goals. Here are some of her biggest influences: 1) Dan[…]

“When your employees realize that the company is going to help them achieve what they want in their life, then the employees help the company achieve what they want to achieve. It’s a complete win-win scenario.” Mary Miller transformed her “people problem” into a powerful and world-renowned management method – the Dream Manager program. Today[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Alex Harris discussed how designing through the eyes of your customer will increase your conversion rates and advance your business. Below are some of his biggest influences: 1) Gary Vaynerchuck He has provided me with important advice since 2007. 2) Bryan Eisenberg Bryan was a niche-focused mentor for[…]

“The more research you do, the better you understand your customers … the more of a foundation you’re going to have going forward.” Alex Harris (web designer, author, and ecommerce master) knows a thing or two about design that will convert traffic and increase profits. Today he teaches us the importance of diving deep into[…]

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Yesterday, on Smashing The Plateau, Lou Solomon explained the importance of humanizing communication, and how storytelling plays a pivotal role. Storytelling leads to authenticity, and authenticity leads to effective communication. Below are some of her biggest influences: 1) Brenda Ueland Her book, If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit has[…]

“When you humanize your communication you begin to resurface into your own authenticity.” Today Lou Solomon (CEO and Founder of Interact) enlightens us on the subject of storytelling and how it’s the driving force behind discovering our authentic selves. According to Solomon, communication is king, and only with authenticity can you truly connect with others[…]

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Yesterday on Smashing The Plateau, Paul Elmslie discussed the innovations his company his created in diagnosing, treating, and educating skin cancer patients. His company began in Australia, and is now a global force to make the world free of skin cancer. Below are some of his biggest influences: 1) Verne Harnish The Daily Huddle, The[…]

“We sought about to change the way patients could access and diagnosis skin cancer care in Australia.” Paul Elmslie sought out to create low cost and quick action centers for skin cancer patients in Australia and succeeded. He discusses how his company fought through adversity to make a difference, how it positively impacted patients and[…]

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The Influences Of A Seasoned Entrepreneur On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Luella Whalan shared her entrepreneurial experiences, best business practices, and expert advice so that others may succeed in what she describes as a rewarding career. Below are some of her biggest influences: 1) John Spence John was able to communicate how to[…]

“You get to travel and see things and experience things that aren’t available for the everyday person.” Having begun her entrepreneurial path at the ripe age of 23, Luella Whalan has acquired a discerning catalogue of business know-how. Today, she shares her experiences, best business practices, and expert advice, so that budding entrepreneurs can succeed[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, Ruth Sherman shared her expertise on public speaking. She informed us of its importance as a marketing tool and building your business and personal brand. Below are some of her biggest influences: 1) Brad Olsen-Ecker My husband has been a completely supportive cheerleader throughout my career. He always[…]

“I don’t think there’s a human being walking the earth who doesn’t have something to say or a belief in something that they cannot say with a degree of passion or commitment that will engage a specific audience.” As a former opera singer, Ruth Sherman has an unparalleled understanding of the power of voice.  Now[…]

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Yesterday, on Smashing The Plateau, Scott Smith discussed how finding focus can make you overcome obstacles and challenges in life and in business. Below are some of his biggest influences: 1) Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy I was big into them. They were early influences for me. 2) Tony Robbins He probably had the biggest impact[…]

“Life is going to happen. Obstacles must be jumped over to get where you want to go.” The Daily Boost’s Scott Smith unveils how overcoming life’s obstacles led to his profound journey from radio “shock jock” to motivational master. Smith affirms that mindset is everything, and that only with razor sharp focus will you succeed[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Ryan Neal talked about “operationalizing” your business as you become more successful. He talked about being a seasoned investor and an attorney with a passion for entrepreneurship. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Chris Neal My mother, the original serial entrepreneur, was a big inspiration because[…]

On the latest episode of Smashing the Plateau, Ryan Neal talks about being an attorney with a strong background in entrepreneurship. He puts a large emphasis on building entrepreneurs and leaders within his businesses. He has learned that his team members tend to stick around a lot longer as a result. Ryan says you have[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, JV Crum said the future of capitalism lies in having a “conscious business”. He explained that conscious entrepreneurship (building a business that makes a difference in the world) is the future of capitalism. According to JV Crum, our greatest fulfillment doesn’t come from something we get for ourselves.[…]

On today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, JV Crum talks about building a business that makes a difference in the world. During the “first stage” of capitalism, he says we measured success by the amount of money we made. Now, we’re in the “second stage” of capitalism, which means we focus on making a difference[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Phyllis Haserot talked about improving relationships among different generations in the workplace. She explained that internal relationships can cause a company to grow (or it can cause a successful company to hit a plateau). Below, are some of her biggest influences: 1) Larry Alexander My boss and first[…]

Phyllis Weiss Haserot is a passionate champion of improving relations among the generations in the workplace to help organizations solve sensitive intergenerational challenges that can hinder productivity, client relationships, knowledge transfer, succession planning, and business development results. She is President of Practice Development Counsel, a business development and organizational effectiveness consulting and coaching firm she[…]

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Yesterday, on Smashing the Plateau, Nina Kaufman explained that growing a business isn’t just about making good money. She also talked about the important elements in getting a business to scale and how business has changed for the new generation. Below, are some of her biggest influences: 1) My Dad He opened me to the life[…]

On today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Nina Kaufman shares her expertise, not just as an ordinary business attorney, but as a small business champion. Yes, business owners want to make more money. But Nina explains there is more to the equation when scaling your business.

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Nik Parks talked about reaching out to people who are further along in their career. He also explained what it means to be a brand evangelist. He explained we’re often afraid of reaching out for help when we shouldn’t be. Nik said that he is constantly surprised by[…]

On today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Nik Parks, MicroFame Media Evangelist, talks about the fear that is associated with reaching out to people who are further along in their career. Time and time again, Nik has been pleasantly surprised by the generosity of people. He also talks about being ahead of your time as[…]

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Yesterday, on Smashing the Plateau, Katherine Hosie her story of becoming a coach for men who are suffering from a midlife crisis. She explained we often don’t know when we’re burned out and the second half of our career is different than our first half. Below, are some of her biggest influences: 1) Carl Rogers was[…]

On today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Katherine Hosie shares her story of becoming a coach for men who are suffering from a midlife crisis. She explains that we often don’t even realize when we’re burned out, and a midlife crisis can last much longer than a couple of years if it isn’t addressed. We[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Jen Begeal talked about her experience in both the tech startup world and the entertainment industry. She talked about storytelling and how a business has to know who the are and what they do in order to get the client, get the funding, or get the sales. Below,[…]

Today’s guest, Jen Begeal, shares some fascinating insight from her experience with both tech startups and the entertainment industry including Current TV, Umami TV, Verizon Fios, Toyota, A&E, Universal Studios and Lionsgate. Jen says people have to know your business’s story. If they don’t know who you are and what you do, you won’t get[…]

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In yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Ruth Messinger shared some wonderful insights on being a leader and scaling a non profit organization. Ruth talked about giving back, becoming more clear about who you are as an organization, learning how to listen as a leader, and what it means to be a leader in 2015.[…]

In today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, I have the honor of interviewing Ruth Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service. The American Jewish World Service is the leading Jewish organization working to promote human rights and end poverty in the developing world. AJWS advances the health and rights of women, girls and LGBT[…]

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In yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Rick Duris did something that rarely happens—he agreed to be interviewed. He normally operates from “behind the scenes” because he prefers his clients take the lime light. Rick talked about, not only business breakthroughs, but personal and spiritual breakthroughs: 1) Jay Abraham has inspired business breakthroughs for Rick.[…]

Today’s episode of Smashing the Plateau features a special interview with Rick Duris. Though he normally likes to help people from behind the scenes, Rick agreed to come on the show to share his story of building a successful software development company, experiencing the stress of owning a software development company during Y2K, and his[…]

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Yesteryday’s interview with James Richman touched on his story of acquiring success at a young age to losing everything and becoming homeless, to building everything back again. James talked about extreme bootstrapping: building his business from the public library while he didn’t have a home and how he, not only offers a service, but identifies[…]

On this episode of Smashing the Plateau, James Richman shares his story of how he was able to build a successful web design business at a young age. However, this success did not bring him fulfillment. He sold his business in order to spend more time with his family. After the tragic loss of his[…]

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Yesteryday’s interview with Alexander Hamilton Dunlop touched on topics from diet and lifestyle to numerology, and how they can be integrated with personal development and business success. Throughout his own journey, which has traversed the two paths of spirituality and corporate dealings, Alexander has followed a passion for helping others break through challenges and undergo transformative realization. From starting a holistic health center[…]

Professional life coach Alexander Hamilton Dunlop joins Smashing the Plateau this week to discuss the nexus of personal growth and business success. Drawing from his own experiences, from Wall Street consultant to shaman’s apprentice, Alexander covers a wide range of topics from emotional intelligence to improving health and well-being, all geared towards helping people find clarity and[…]

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In his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Michael Schein described how he turned an everyday business problem – updating media content – into a model for success. His business, MicroFame Media, provides marketing services to companies by streamlining the process of reaching out to mass audiences, gaining attention and growing appeal. Initially, Michael never saw himself in the business world,[…]

This week on Smashing the Plateau, dive into the world of content marketing with successful entrepreneur Michael Schein. As marketing has increasingly shifted to online platforms, businesses face incessant demand to constantly update content and keep up with the wild pace of the internet. Start-ups can be especially disadvantaged by this expectation due to limited[…]

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Trust Provident CEO Theresa Fette joined Smashing the Plateau yesterday to share a few of the lessons she learned along her path to business success. In her discussion, she described how she was able to achieve exponential growth with her first entrepreneurial endeavor through the coming-together of planning and luck. She has also had some help and advice—here are are some of the books, people, and resources that[…]

Theresa Fette describes her professional journey as a fortuitous meeting of luck and planning. After earning four degrees and working in law, she took over a failing trust company and transformed the shaky business to an asset management powerhouse. On this week’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Theresa shares her experience in transitioning from entrepreneurship to building a legacy. She discusses[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, we discussed the value of building relationships with business coach and social network guru Jason Treu. Jason shared insider tips on seeking out the right people and building self-confidence to influence and engage others on your way to business success. Here, Jason discusses the people who have influenced[…]

Jason Treu joins Smashing the Plateau this week to discuss the power of relationships in the business world and how to develop the relationship-building skill sets that will be key to your success. He emphasizes how essential skills such as building rapport, likeability, and trust, can be developed by anyone at any point in their[…]

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In yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Ekaterina Walter remarks on the role of ‘intrapreneurs’ in shifting business mentality and implementing new ideas. Intrapreneurs are people who develop new products and business models similarly to entrepreneurs, but do so while working within larger companies. Ekaterina discusses how to foster intrapreneurs in your business by: 1)[…]

Entrepreneur and Sprinklr Global Evangelist Ekaterina Walter joins Smashing the Plateau this week with insider advice on moving your business forward and keeping up with today’s ever-advancing consumer. In this discussion, she highlights the importance of leveraging community and self-learning to achieve these ends. She also discusses self-empowerment and utilizing technology to learn more about[…]

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In her interview on Smashing the Plateau, LunaMetrics CEO and owner Robbin Steif discussed how personal development can translate into business success. Additionally, finding and keeping the right talent for the job is crucial to business management and advancement. She looks to other business leaders, some of whom she knows personally, to navigate this nexus[…]

With two successful entrepreneurial endeavors under her belt, CEO and owner of LunaMetrics Robbin Steif is well-positioned to describe some of the common challenges facing entrepreneurs today. One challenge she discusses here is creating a balance between keeping full control over the quality of your product vs. empowering other team members to be actors and[…]

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On her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, founder of Synergy Business Development Nicole Valentine discussed her forward-looking approach to leadership and business, and her strategy for moving ideas from the creation stages through to successful exit. Here, she shares with us a few key writers and business leaders who have helped to[…]

Nicole Valentine is passionate about opportunities to grow, improve, and mature a business. In this interview, the founder of Synergy Business Development describes how, from entrepreneurship to exit strategy, the successful business leader always asks “What’s next?” Nicole also touches on the importance of adjusting your product to keep up with the ever-changing human experience,[…]

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On his interview on Smashing the Plateau, Chuck Ealey discussed his trajectory from a professional football career to business, and the people who influenced him along the way. Here, an excerpt from his discussion of the people who influenced him as a young man: “Larry Hisle and Al Oliver who were professional baseball players that[…]

Even by entrepreneurial standards, Chuck Ealey has had a diverse career—or three careers: football star, businessman, and community leader.  After a record-setting college football career in Toledo—which, he says, he viewed as a vehicle to getting his degree in business economics—Chuck was passed over in the NFL draft in an era when black quarterbacks were[…]

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In his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Nigel Savage, the founder and president of Hazon, a faith-based environmental organization, discussed lessons learned during his transition from the private to public sector. One key feature to his success was learning to form partnerships and ask the right questions. During his talk, he discussed[…]

After a career in the British finance industry, Nigel Savage successfully made the leap from the private sector to non-profit management. He founded Hazon in 2000, with the goal of building a more sustainable Jewish community and a healthier world. Here, Nigel discusses the similarities between for- and non-profit enterprises, including: finding the right people[…]

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In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, author and adventurer Tamela Rich discusses the balance between being prepared to face fears and obstacles with the right mindset, and adapting to what the world throws at you. Her influences—explored here—provide her with the tools to think positively, collaborate, communicate, and overcome challenges. 1.[…]

Tamela Rich’s solo travels across North America have put her face-to -face with fears of humiliation, loss of autonomy, and even death. In this interview, the author, storyteller, and adventurer discusses how fear can hinder us from overcoming challenges in our personal and business lives. As she observes, fear does not need to hold us[…]

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On her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Marilyn King discussed how Olympic Thinking can help leaders become more effective and more inspirational to others. Here, she provides a list of the men and women who have, in turn, inspired her: 1. Marceline Gillis – grandmother Marilyn writes that her grandmother was her[…]

Marilyn King knows something about the power of thinking: after a car accident in 1979 rendered her unable to train physically for her third Olympic Team, she placed second at the Olympic trials for the 1980 Moscow Games after using only mental training techniques. A two-time Olympian in the five-event pentathlon, Marilyn has spent 30[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Jeff Salz discussed what leaders can learn from adventurers—or from adventures of their own. Here, he provides a list of those people who have inspired his own journeys: 1. Alan Watts (www.AlanWatts.com) Jeff describes Watts’ writing as a “brilliant East/West synthesis.” Watts is best known for The Way[…]

Jeff Salz–anthropologist, explorer, keynote speaker, and expedition leader—advocates adventure as a mode of leadership. In this interview, he describes how “Adventure isn’t just defined by the activity—it’s really a state of mind and a state of perspective,” and suggests that leaders can learn a lot from approaching things from the perspective of an adventurer. This[…]

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On his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Steve Farber discussed his concept of “Extreme Leadership”—those leaders who make a genuine difference within their organization, and beyond it. Here, he provides a list of the leaders and thinkers who have influenced him and his work: 1. Tom Peters (www.tompeters.com; @tom_peters) Steve, who was[…]

Steve Farber has focused on leadership development for more than 25 years, and over that period observed that quality of leadership was “the deciding factor as to an organization or company’s competitive advantage.” To develop and help others with his experience, he developed the concept of “Extreme Leadership,” and explains that “Leadership is not about[…]

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On his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Mark Hunter discussed his understanding of what it means to be a leader in today’s world. Here, he provides a list of the individuals who have helped to shape his career and point of view: 1. Seth Godin (author of Tribes: We Need You to[…]

After eight years of analyzing risk in the reinsurance industry, Mark Hunter hired a career coach to help him assess what leadership meant to him. Soon, he left the industry to take an apprenticeship with his coach; today, Mark is the founder and President of Pinnacle Coaching, Inc., an international business and executive coaching company.

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On his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Linked Selling founder Josh Turner described founding and developing his business in the wake of the 2008-2009 recession, and moving from offering freelance CFO services to helping businesses develop their LinkedIn marketing campaigns. Here, he lists the people who have helped influence his understanding of[…]

Soon after the 2008 downturn, Josh was faced with a decision: find another job, or create something new? He chose to reinvent himself as a freelance CFO for businesses in St. Louis, using LinkedIn to build his business. Soon, he became a LinkedIn campaign designer for several clients, and in 2011 founded Linked Selling, which[…]

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In his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, JP Hervis discussed moving from journalism to founding his own publication relations firm, Insider Media Management, and how he was able to bring what he learned as a journalist to the PR world. Here, he discusses the people who helped teach and inspire him along[…]

In this interview, JP Hervis discusses his career shift from award-winning journalism to public relations, a shift that “made sense”: as a journalist, he was “too often” receiving press releases that he could see needed improvement. Having never taken a public relations or business course, Hervis began working freelance for a small PR firm; he[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, three-time CEO Ted Coiné discussed how we’re moving into a post-industrial economy into one driven largely by social networks and social intelligence. Here, he shares part of his own network of people near and far who helped influence his path: 1. “My father” “Taught me more about leadership[…]

Ted says that “my resume looks like someone threw a grenade into a normal career.” Currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Meddle.it, Ted is a three-time CEO who has founded several businesses. Here, he describes how businesses and leadership styles need to adapt to what he calls a post-industrial economy, where social media and shared[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Orlando Bowen described an extraordinary story of overcome adversity. Currently the founder and Executive Director of the One Voice One Team youth leadership organization, in 2004 Bowen was seriously assaulted by two corrupt plain-clothes police officers. Following this, Bowen has dedicated his life to working with youth, helping[…]

Orlando Bowen is a former professional athlete and television personality who motivates youth and corporate audiences with keynotes. Here, he shares his story of a traumatic 2004 episode in which he was seriously assaulted by two corrupt plain-clothes police officers; he describes how they planted drugs on him and charged him with assault. After being[…]

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In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, entrepreneur and educator Julie Ducharme discussed how businesses can keep on top of their market and move forward, and what skills they need—and what investments they might need to make—to do so. Here, she discusses the people who have helped her move forward as she founded her[…]

Julie Ducharme is a speaker, consultant and author on leadership, business, and marketing. She is the CEO of JD Consulting LLC, CEO of Julie’s Party People, and president of Synergy Learning Institute. She is also a Professor and mentor for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program at Walden University. Here, Ducharme speaks about when and how to choose to strategically expand a business—whether by[…]

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In his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, technological visionary Salim Ismail spoke about how fast-moving tech is changing how entrepreneurship works, and how our legal, educational, and other structural social systems need to adapt quickly to accommodate this accelerating rate of change. Here, this visionary speaker and writer looks back, providing a[…]

Salim Ismail is a speaker, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He specializes in breakthrough technologies, and has spent the last six years building Singularity University as its founding Executive Director and current Global Ambassador. Here, he discusses how rapidly-changing technologies are changing both the face and the needs of a variety of industries and society in general, and[…]

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On his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Rick Martinez spoke about what he calls “bink” moments—moments of personal clarity that can be assessed and used to move forward towards some greater goal in life. Here, he lists those individuals and organizations who have helped him move toward business success, and his understanding[…]

After serving in the army and later becoming a registered nurse, Rick Martinez founded MedTrust, a staffing service that sends nurses and doctors to military hospitals nationwide, where they’re needed. Today, his focus is Project BINK, which helps people contemplate and act on what he calls “bink” moments—those moments when clarity and a level of awareness enters one’s[…]

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In his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Jack Daly described the processes that any business should put in place to ensure successful sales and sales processes, from hiring to training to sales follow-ups. Here, he provides a list of those individuals and texts who have influenced his understanding of what leads to success, from modern[…]

Sales and sales management expert Jack Daly has built 6 companies into national organizations, two of which he subsequently sold to the Wall Street firms. Today, he delivers keynote and general session presentations on sales; he has also been a cited influencer for several prior guests on Smashing the Plateau. Here, he argues that having a proven system for sales and sales management in place[…]

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On his appearance on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Greg Crabtree described how small businesses can plan ahead to give themselves both profitability and purpose. Here, he describes some of the leaders who have influenced the development of his own business philosophies: 1. Verne Harnish (www.gazelles.com) Crabtree describes Harnish as a “great business thinker”[…]

Speaker, author, entrepreneur and financial expert Greg Crabtree has come a long way since he grew up on a chicken farm in Alabama. He is currently CEO of Crabtree, Rowe & Berger, PC, a CPA firm that helps entrepreneurs build the economic engine of their business; he also specializes in helping clients develop a business[…]

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In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Dr. Pandwe Gibson discussed creating eco-friendly opportunities for economic development in low-income communities. Here, she provides a list of the writers and mentors who have influenced her work: 1. Black Tech Week (blacktechweek.com) “They’re doing tremendous, tremendous work in terms of bringing diversity conversations into[…]

Pandwe Gibson describes the focus of her work: “How do you create opportunities for economic development in low-income communities? Because that is the vehicle to having a happy, healthy, fulfilled life.” Gibson’s career has worked to answer this question—after founding a network of schools in Louisiana to create educational opportunities for students after Hurricane Katrina,[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Tania Yuki spoke about predictive analytics to take the guesswork out of social media; how growing small business should approach hiring; and being sure that you’re having fun and keeping variety in your life. Here, she shares a list of writers and entrepreneurs who have influenced her: 1.[…]

After beginning her career as an attorney, Tania Yuki moved into digital entrepreneurship; she is currently the founder and CEO of Shareablee, which provides social content analytics for business. In this interview, she discusses the nature of that transition, and how important is it to recognize that the employee/entrepreneur dichotomy is not the only relevant[…]

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In her appearance on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Brenda Williams discussed her “Self-Mastery System” and how it can help both leaders and employees improve their self-awareness and communication in the workplace. Here, she provides a list of her own business inspirations—leaders who she admires and recognizes both for their skill sets and ethical[…]

Drawing on over 25 years of experience as a consultant and coach, Brenda Williams has developed what she calls her “Self-Mastery System,” which focuses on leadership development and emotional intelligence. In this interview, she explains how relatively few people have a real self-awareness, noting that “Most of us think we are one way, but when[…]

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On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, author and keynote speaker Allan Karl spoke about his three-year motorcycle journey around the world, and how the lessons he learned—about trust, risktaking, persistency, and decision-making—can all be useful for entrepreneurs. Here, he provides a list of the people who were the most influential to him, as he[…]

Allan Karl has explored more than 60 countries, photographing, blogging, and writing about them on the way. His book Forks: The Quest for Culture, Cuisine and Connection (2014) documents a three-year motorcycle journey through 35 countries. In this interview, Karl discusses his decision to turn his passion for travel into a way to live, and[…]

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On their Face Off interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Gary Vaynerchuk and David Zweig discussed personal branding: when is it productive, and when is it simply a timesink? Today, they follow up their interview with their favorite tips and resources for people interested in the subject. 1. “Long-tail search culture” on Google[…]

This episode features a Face-Off on the topic of personal branding between experts Gary Vaynerchuk and David Zweig. Zweig’s recent book Invisibles criticizes what he considers the 21st-century problem of personal branding and image overtaking people’s actual work. In contrast, Vaynerchuk argues in his book Crush It! that “Everyone needs to start thinking of themselves as[…]

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In his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Will Henshall discusses the work and time involved in moving an idea (hit song or tech inspiration) from conception to success. Here, he provides a list of the people who have shaped how he approaches the entrepreneurial process: 1. Singularity University (www.singularityu.org) Henshall is a[…]

Will Henshall describes himself as “equally right-brained and left-brained”—he has background as both a successful tech entrepreneur (he holds six patents) and as a platinum record-selling musician/composer. In this interview, he describes how the processes in tech entrepreneurship and writing and making a hit pop song successful are surprisingly similar. He argues that running a[…]

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In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Marcie Allen described some of the individuals who have been most influential to her over the course of her career. 1. Hoss Allen, Marcie Allen’s grandfather. Hoss Allen was an influential DJ that introduced artists such as Chuck Berry, James Brown and Fats Domino to[…]

Marcie Allen began booking bands when she was sixteen; during college, she was offered a job at LiveNation’s Cellar Door Concerts. At age 25, she founded her first business, MAD Booking & Events; today, she is President of New York City-based music experiential agency MAC Presents. Here, she discusses the importance of identifying and adapting[…]

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In his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Tim Fargo spoke at length about the process of learning from mistakes and missteps, and how what seem like simple business success stories are almost always too simple. Here, he shares a list of people who helped him make his own entrepreneurial efforts successful: 1.[…]

After donating blood to raise money (“which I don’t recommend as a way to get capital”), Tim Fargo founded Omega Insurance Services, a firm that, after almost seven years, he sold in 2003 for $20 million. But that’s the too-short version of the story: as Fargo discusses in his interview, this success required a series[…]

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In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Sheila Walker Hartwell discussed long-term personal financial planning for business owners, as well as how she built and shaped her own financial planning business, Hartwell Planning. Here, she provides a list of the people and companies who have influenced her and helped to shape her[…]

Sheila Walker Hartwell started Hartwell Planning in 1996, a fee-only financial planning firm, initially intended to help divorced and widowed women. Today, she works with a diverse clientele and speaks about comprehensive financial planning issues. In this interview, she discusses how and why even successful small business owners may not be on top of their[…]

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In his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, author, entrepreneur and investor Scott Fritz spoke about how entrepreneurs can set up their businesses for long-term success and stability, as well as how they can transition out of everyday operations. Here, he provides a series of other resources that entrepreneurs can turn to as[…]

After founding Human Capital in 1997, Scott Fritz grew the company into a nationwide player with 2007 annual revenues of $170 million dollars. He also acquired Atlantic Insurance, a property and casualty agency, re-branded and re-positioned the agency, and sold it – all within two years. In this interview, however, he goes back to the[…]

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In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Mary Andrews described how she drew on her Olympic and other athletic experiences to form her understanding of how individual and team success works. Here, she supplements that background with details on the people who have also helped shape her coaching philosophies: 1. Marilyn King[…]

Former Olympian Mary Andrews specializes in working with business leaders who have achieved individual success, and are working to take on responsibility for the broader success of their companies. Here, she discusses the four things that we can all learn from Olympians regarding how to achieve success, beginning with the ability to believe in possibilities[…]

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In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Clemantine Wamariya described several people who have influenced her as she seeks to make a difference in the lives of the forgotten citizens of the world. Here, an excerpt of that interview, in which Clemantine describes the people who have had the greatest impact on[…]

Clemantine Wamariya came to the United States with her sister Claire in 2000, having survived the Rwandan genocide and several years of living in refugee camps. A recent graduate of Yale University, she is currently working on a startup that will connect top African students at U.S. universities with international companies that will provide entrepreneurial,[…]

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In his interview on Smashing the Plateau yesterday, Shep Hyken detailed how strong, example-setting leadership can influence all employees to treat customers well. Here he expands on the people who have, in turn, influenced him: 1. Zig Ziglar (now deceased) and Tom Hopkins (@TomHopkinsSales): Hyken writes, “I saw Zig and Tom at a ‘rally’ in[…]

Shep Hyken has expanded the customer service practices he learned as a twelve-year-old magician into a career as a customer service expert, professional speaker and bestselling author. This week, he speaks about how crucial a healthy customer service culture is to any company, and how companies of any size can help foster a culture of[…]

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On his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Brian Honigman discussed how business and individuals can get smart about social media. As for his own social media mentors, he describes how “The list goes on and on and on! And mostly people that don’t really know that they’re a mentor or an influencer…”[…]

Brian Honigman is a marketing consultant, freelance writer and speaker, with a highly diverse background at agencies, global brands (including Dell), and small-but-hot start-ups (like Sumall). Here, he discusses what companies need to know about social media, and why finding the right audience, and promoting your content in the right places, is just as important[…]

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In his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Marc Mathios discussed the challenges that come with helping to lead—with his two brothers—a third-generation, New York-based manufacturing company. Here, he provides us with two further recommendations: one that can be universally applied to any sales business, and one that he recommends particularly for family[…]

Marc Mathios is the Principal of Ace Apparel, a New York-based manufacturing business founded in 1938 by Mathios’s grandfather Morris. Mathios and his brothers must be doing lots of things right: they’re beating the odds (currently at 13%!) on keeping a third-generation family business running successfully. In this interview, Mathios discusses how family dynamics can[…]

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In his appearance on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Ric Edelmen spoke at length about the influence that his entrepreneur parents had on him, and how he learned about how to run a business from them. Here, in an excerpt from that interview, he tells the story of how his parents built their business,[…]

Ric Edelman is the Chairman and CEO of Edelman Financial Services, a business that he and his wife Jean founded twenty-seven years ago. Since then, he has been three times ranked the #1 Independent Financial Advisor in the nation by Barron’s and has published multiple books on personal finance. In this interview, he attributes his[…]

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During his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, DMSQD co-founder Mark Asquith spoke about maintaining work-life balance and not letting entrepreneurial perfectionism become a liability rather than a strength. Here, he shares the people, communities, and texts that help him keep a sense of perspective as he builds his business. 1. My wife,[…]

Mark Asquith is a co-founder of design and digital agency DMSQD. He has described how in 2012 he burned out, a moment that led to his reassessment of his business strategies and subsequent greater success. Here, he speaks about maintaining a sense of perspective on one’s work, and how to manage time and self-expectations, so[…]

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In his interview yesterday on Smashing the Plateau, Michel Bayan (EVP at Fragmob) discussed how to maintain a sense of perspective during periods of intense stress. Here, he shares some of the people and philosophies he looks to for inspiration and balance: 1. Yoga and “Eastern thought in general” “When one door closes, another one[…]

As EVP of Marketing and Business Development at Fragmob, Michel Bayan is working to reinvent the direct selling industry for the digital age: his company works with direct selling companies, selling them tools that help them more clearly understand and analyze their sales figures and compensation plans. Here, Bayan discusses how he moved from being[…]

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In his appearance on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, sales expert Eric Lofholm touched on many topics, from successful sales psychology to business adaptability. Here, he provides the top three influences who have shaped how he approaches his business: 1. Jay Abraham “Jay has taught me how to think in combinations. This is Steve[…]

From an inauspicious beginning as a self-described “sales failure,” Eric Lofholm has reached tremendous heights in sales: he is President and CEO of Eric Lofholm International Inc., which professionally trains people in the art of selling. In this week’s episode, he attributes the beginnings of his success to learning how to combine his natural talent[…]

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Yesterday, SEO experts Wil Reynolds and Jeremy Pound faced off on Smashing the Plateau, and quickly found common ground in their philosophies towards managing client expectations in a field of few (or no) guarantees. This synchronicity was mirrored in their reading recommendations: both independently recommended Chip Heath for entrepreneurs looking to expand. For growing and directing a[…]

Jeremy Pound is the founder of JuicyResults.com, a search engine optimization firm with a flagship service of a guaranteed SEO. Wil Reynolds is the founder of Seer Interactive, a digital marketing agency. Both are in the search engine industry—but while Jeremy’s company guarantees its search results, Wil has said that a guarantee it is not[…]

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Following his interview for the Smashing the Plateau podcast, Tony Rose provided listeners with a set of five recommendations for becoming a better manager of different kinds of capital—particularly, in these books, of human capital. 1. Dan Sullivan, a.k.a. “The Strategic Coach.” Rose writes: “His simple processes for entrepreneurs are life-changing. He convinced me I have[…]

Tony A. Rose is a founding partner of Rose, Snyder & Jacobs, a partnership of certified public accountants.  In this interview, Rose draws on more than thirty-five years in the industry to talk about finance, fulfillment, and happiness, where they intersect, and how understanding their dynamic can help lead to business success.

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During their appearance on Smashing the Plateau, Dorie Clark and Eric Ruben drew on their huge range of experiences (in law, literature, performance, business, academia and more) to discuss personal branding and reputation management. After the episode, each provided a list of two people who had influenced them. The resulting list is a wonderfully diverse set[…]

What can we learn when politics, academia, business, showbiz, and the literary worlds collide? Between the two of them, Dorie Clark and Eric Ruben have a tremendous breadth of experience, and both experts take different approaches to the same topic: personal brand and reputation management. Clark is the author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand,[…]

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Yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau featured Wanda Allen, who spoke about her follow-up strategies for ensuring sales success. After our interview, she provided us with a list of five figures who had been crucial to her development in the field: 1. Brian Tracy: “I heard Brian Tracy speak 25 years ago, and his no-nonsense[…]

Wanda Allen is a national speaker, coach, author and award-winning business owner. After being a business banker for 25 years, Allen left the bank to pursue her own ventures, founding her business Follow Up Sales Strategies. In this interview, she discusses the emotional blocks that can prevent successful follow-ups, from fear of rejection to reluctance[…]

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Where does Dr. Cheryl Lentz derive inspiration for her refractive thinking? After her interview on Smashing the Plateau, she provided a group of five thinkers that she identified as having been particularly important to the development of her ideas: 1. Peter Senge: MIT professor, systems scientist, and author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and[…]

Dr. Cheryl Lentz is an international best-selling author, professor, and speaker, also known as The Academic Entrepreneur. She has written and edited books on leadership, critical and refractive thinking, and more, including the multi-award winning series The Refractive Thinker, a collaboration of essays from around the world.

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At the end of his interview on Smashing the Plateau, Jeffrey Hayzlett listed five people who helped shape who he became over the course of his life; he noted that “The people that have been real pivotal in my career aren’t the people who typically you’re going to see with Twitter accounts, or on the front[…]

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime business TV host and host of multiple shows on the digital television network C-Suite TV; he is also a global business celebrity, speaker, bestselling author, and Chairman of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most powerful network of C-Suite leaders.

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We’re pleased to present a dual installment for this week’s top influencers. Face-Off participants Richard Laermer and Tony Grass offer their takes on business growth on this week’s episode. (If you missed the Face-Off, go back and listen here.) Here are the influencers Richard and Tony credit in helping them achieve their own growth in[…]

Public relations expert Richard Laermer debates sales and marketing veteran Tony Grass in this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” our latest in the FaceOff series. Tony and Richard go back and forth on issues related to branding, public perception, and making an impact in the market – fundamental topics for any business leader trying to[…]

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Our last guest on “Smashing the Plateau” was Rémy Chaussé, a self-proclaimed UNstuckologist. Rémy helps people get over themselves to finally get a move on. (If you missed Rémy, go back and listen here.) Rémy admits she’s had some help along the way. Here are the people she has turned to and how she sees[…]

  Rémy Chaussé helps people get unstuck from whatever’s keeping them from getting to the next level. As a victim of getting stuck herself, Rémy knows firsthand which strategies work and which just lead to frustration. On this episode, she discusses stubbornness, embarrassment, and how the biggest obstacle is usually yourself.

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Our most recent “Smashing the Plateau” episode featured Nella Barkley, who helped us understand some of the challenges facing leaders and offered ways to combat them. (If you missed Nella, go back and listen here.) Nella hasn’t weathered the storm alone. Here are three people who she says have been instrumental as sources of inspiration.[…]

Public speaker, mentor, and coach Nella Barkley discusses goal recognition and being honest and smart about personal approaches to business. The world is full of entrepreneurs, but many are stuck in old, unoriginal habits. In this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” Nella helps listeners figure out how to get noticed for things that are wholly[…]

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On our most recent episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” Founder of Young & Successful Media, Jennifer Kushell, discusses her passion for young entrepreneurial spirit. (If you missed Jennifer, go back and listen here.) Just like the kids Jennifer seeks to support, she herself has had help along the way. Here are six of the resources[…]

Jennifer Kushell is the Founder of Young & Successful Media and YSN.com—Your Success Network and author of the NY Times bestsellers, Secrets of the Young & Successful and The Young Entrepreneur’s Edge. In this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” she discusses motivating young people to think like entrepreneurs and building success through structure.

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Our most recent “Smashing the Plateau” episode showcased the talents of Natural Born Coaches podcast host Marc Mawhinney. Marc shared his secrets of launching and sustaining a daily coaching podcast. (If you missed Marc, go back and listen here.) Getting your own project off the ground is no small accomplishment. Keeping it from crashing is[…]

The two podcasts collide in this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” as today’s guest is Marc Mawhinney, host of the Natural Born Coaches podcast. In our sit down with Marc, we explore the unexpected upsides of his work and the adventure in finding a niche to call your business home.

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Jim Canterucci was our most recent guest on “Smashing the Plateau.” In our chat with Jim, he talked about the finer points of leadership in 2015, and how the position has undergone a transformation. (If you missed Jim, go back and listen here.) Jim’s idea of a new leadership normal hasn’t been cultivated strictly on[…]

Jim Canterucci runs his business not so unlike we at TEND run ours. Jim helps executives get their big ideas put into action. On this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” he shares his wisdom on getting companies to accept innovation and how to maintain success even when some of those risks don’t work out.

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Our most recent “Smashing the Plateau” episode featured Baby Boomer digital marketing guru Kalynn Amadio. Her ideas on bringing the vast world of online back to simple one-on-one chats are total winners. (If you missed Kalynn, go back and listen here.) But Kalynn has been lucky enough to get a helping hand along the way.[…]

Author, speaker, engineer, and entrepreneur Kalynn Amadio is the CEO of ikalynn LLC. As a digital marketing expert for Baby Boomers, she helps older entrepreneurs stay relevant in a world that’s migrated online. In this episode, Kalynn talks about learning to use the tools of today so that businesspeople can connect meaningfully with an audience.

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On our most recent “Smashing the Plateau” episode, we featured Geri Mazur, a marketing expert who helps businesses stay relevant in today’s fast-paced climate. She gave us some stellar tips on creating a sense of demand, then fulfilling it. (If you missed Geri, go back and listen here.) Geri couldn’t have done it alone. Over[…]

If sales are the short-term push, marketing is the long-term pull. It’s the extended demand you cultivate over a period of years. Despite its importance, a sense of urgency gets in a lot of people’s way. In this episode, Geri Mazur discusses common errors in thinking and how to market effectively in 2015.

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Our most recent “Smashing the Plateau” episode featured mentor, author, presenter, and sales expert Heather Pich. She gave us great insight into the factors that hold people back from achieving their goals. (If you missed Heather, go back and listen here.) Like a lot of business professionals, Heather knows she isn’t self-made. Here are 5[…]

Mentor, presenter, and author Heather Pich has found self-limiting beliefs to be one of the greatest forces that hold people back from achieving their goals. What we tell ourselves can stick with us forever. It’s only after we shed that false narrative, Heather says, when we can move forward.

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On the last episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” we brought you content marketing expert and author C.C. Chapman. C.C. made some great points about getting excited about new projects and admitting your weaknesses. (If you missed C.C., go back and listen here.) Like mostly everyone, C.C. knows he couldn’t have done it alone. Here are[…]

C.C. Chapman virtually invented the concept of content marketing with his book Content Rules (with co-author Ann Handley). Many people say “content is king.” C.C Chapman virtually invented the concept. In this episode, he talks about how he blends his personal challenges and professional missions.

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On the last episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” you listened to Dr. Iman Bugaighis discuss her involvement with Libya and the fight for civil freedoms and change. (If you missed Iman, go back and listen here.) One of the main things she emphasizes is the role of teamwork and support, and she has a handful[…]

Dealing with risk is difficult. In some cases, the fear of risk keeps businesspeople from moving forward with potentially career defining initiatives. As official spokesperson for the Libyan revolution to the West, Dr. Iman Bugaighis knows about risk better than most. In standing up for what she believes, she regularly places in the balance everything[…]

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On the last episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” we brought you CEO at BizGro, JC Maldonado. JC offered tips for staying relevant in the new year and keeping growth steady. (If you missed JC, go back and listen here.) Like most everyone, JC admits he’s had some great help along the way in his career.[…]

Leader and entrepreneur JC Maldonado has no doubt the businesses that succeed are the ones who embrace change. On this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” JC guides listeners through steps to make that change, without feeling like the sky is falling.

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Yesterday we brought you Peter Thomson, a veteran business and personal growth strategist and whiz at creating and marketing information products. (If you missed Peter, go back and listen here.) Peter has turned to many people in his career for help and inspiration. Here he’s offered his top 5, with the hope that others can[…]

Peter Thomson is one of the most successful information product creators in the world, currently ranking as Nightingale-Conant’s top-selling UK author. His success is driven by one primary aim—to help people build careers out of sharing their ideas.

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Yesterday we brought you Lisa Cron, a story expert and author of Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence.  (If you missed Lisa, go back and listen here.) Lisa talked about how story translates fact into emotion, so we can understand how a product[…]

These days it has become commonplace to talk about storytelling in business, but far less common to why it matters so much. Turns out there’s a biological basis to why persuasion works best in story form. In this episode, Wired for Story author Lisa Cron talks about the profound influence you can gain among your[…]

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Yesterday we brought you Lisa Gibson, an expert conflict mediator. In Lisa’s episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” she goes into great detail about businesspeople finding their story. She also preaches the importance of personal harmony. (If you missed Lisa, go back and listen here.) Lisa knows help is vital to leaders’ overall success. Here are[…]

Award-winning author, attorney, and conflict resolution expert, Lisa Gibson has a full tool belt for dealing with conflict. She discusses crossing cultural boundaries and using your story to anchor your business (and much more) on this episode of “Smashing the Plateau.”

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Yesterday we brought you the first Face Off on “Smashing the Plateau,” between Scott Messer and S. Anthony Iannarino. The two sales experts discussed the logistics of being the top salespeople and how to approach the craft. (If you missed Scott and Anthony, go back and listen here.) Both Scott and Anthony outlined their favorite[…]

We’re excited to bring you our first “Smashing the Plateau” Face Off, featuring S. Anthony Iannarino and Scott Messer, two titans in the sales field. Listen to Anthony and Scott weigh the many sides of closing a deal on this episode.

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Yesterday we brought you Eric Keiles, Chief Marketing Officer at Square 2 Marketing. Eric has a passion for helping companies put themselves in the right position for their industry. (If you missed Eric, go back and listen here.) Eric, like just about any other business professional, has gotten a great deal of help along the[…]

Sales and marketing expert Eric Keiles sees the opportunity in today’s shifting business environment. On this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” Eric talks about strategy following tactics, telling your story, and finding a partner to balance you out.

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Yesterday we brought you Wendy Lipton-Dibner, a seasoned executive and organizational coach. Wendy likes to talk about finding what actually scares you and harnessing that power to use it as fuel. (If you missed Wendy, go back and listen here.) In her business travels, Wendy has looked inside herself to discover how to do her[…]

Personal and organizational development expert Wendy Lipton-Dibner dishes some tips on how to delegate effectively, how to deal with fear, and how to overcome personal hurdles on this episode of “Smashing the Plateau.”

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Yesterday we brought you Rick Frishman, experienced publisher, author, and speaker. Rick has some radical ideas about optimizing your online presence and developing a fan base. (If you missed Rick, go back and listen here.) Rick admits he can’t do it himself, and he doesn’t necessarily want to. Getting help lets your network grow, even[…]

Veteran author and speaker Rick Frishman has made a living in the publishing industry by hacking into the psychology of customers and employees. On this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” he discusses how to optimize day-to-day tasks and reach the goals you care about most.

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Yesterday we brought you Debbie Allen, business brand strategist and author. She discussed the virtues of carving out a niche for yourself and getting ready for a future that’s going virtual. (If you missed Debbie, go back and listen here.) But not even the expert on expertise can do everything herself. Debbie has had some[…]

Expert strategist in the fields of business growth, marketing, and branding, Debbie Allen discusses the importance of being specific and staying interesting on this episode of “Smashing the Plateau.”

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Yesterday we brought you Marty Monaco, Founder and COO at Hopskoch. Marty’s conversation with us covered a lot of ground, including the secrets of finding the perfect partner and facing rejection head-on. (If you missed Marty, go back and listen here.) No one can get through personal or professional challenges alone. Here are Marty’s go-to[…]

Working in the social media space, Marty Monaco is constantly forced to adapt his strategies. So you can bet he’s learned how to stay current. On this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” Marty talks about recovering from rejection and how he decides where to go next.

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Yesterday we brought you Doreen Gebbia, President of eRichards Consulting, LLC. Doreen has started and scaled her business, and has weathered storms along the way. (If you missed Doreen, go back and listen here.) Navigating the ups and downs of growing a business takes teamwork. Doreen talked a lot about the importance of a network.[…]

Doreen Gebbia recalls her experience with starting a business and the challenges that come with scaling on this episode of “Smashing the Plateau.” She tells us about the struggle to recover from a national disaster and how a strong circle of associates helped pull her business out.

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Sales and financial services expert Kevin Charlton was our guest yesterday, and he talked about getting into the customer’s head in order to make key sales. (If you missed Kevin, go back and listen here.) Even experts need help sometimes. Some of the best freely admit to seeking help from others, even if they’re outside[…]

UK telephone sales coach veteran Kevin Charlton knows the Internet age is flipping the old ways of selling on their head. Customers do their homework. On this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” Kevin offers salespeople some tips to slow down, stop selling, and just listen.

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Yesterday we brought you Tracy Dennis, a psychologist at Hunter College. Tracy spoke in-depth about anxiety and how everyone, from business professionals to the general public, can help themselves relax. (If you missed Tracy, go back and listen here.) Even highly educated psychologists need a helping hand, though. Tracy turns to her colleagues (and someone[…]

Professor, expert in emotional psychology, and developer of the app Personal Zen, Tracy Dennis gives tips for making even the most stressful days a positive experience, for entrepreneurs and the general public.

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Yesterday we brought you Rajib Chowdhury, Managing Director of Paathshala Learning Solutions. An expert in employee development, Rajib has a lot to say on building businesses from the inside out. (If you missed him, go back and listen here.) Part of being a leader, of course, is knowing when other people can offer more than[…]

Building businesses from the inside out is Rajib Chowdhury’s main focus. Without the right values to back up employee behavior, sales will never break through plateaus. On this episode, Rajib discusses the ultimate ways to build strengths in a staff and much more.

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Yesterday we brought you Pia Silva, Co-Founder and Brand Strategist at Worstofall Design, who told us all about the precious relationship between sellers, buyers, and brands. (If you missed Pia, go back and listen here.) Branding is all about knowing how to connect with an audience on different levels. Pia admits she doesn’t have all[…]

Branding expert and strategist Pia Silva delves into the topic of revamping a company’s image on this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” with some wisdom thrown in about how to run a business when your partner is also your spouse.

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Yesterday we brought you Al Rivera, CEO of ERH Contracting. Al talked about coming to terms with not doing everything yourself when demands are high. (If you missed Al, go back and listen here.) More than many others, Al has learned how to find outside resources than can lend a helping hand. He values the[…]

Al Rivera has learned firsthand the upside of hiring outside help. On this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” he tells us about his struggles with trying to do it all and why stepping aside is actually the exact thing leaders need to do sometimes.

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Yesterday we brought you Paul Berkman, Financial Consultant at AXA Advisors. He explained why people should stop seeing low points and frustrations as obstacles, but opportunities. (If you missed Paul, go back and listen here.) Even superstar leaders know it takes a village. People need inspiration sometimes, and for Paul that inspiration comes from the[…]

Financial consultant Paul Berkman believes gray hair is an asset in his field. On “Smashing the Plateau,” you’ll hear him talk about overcoming the frustrations of unmet expectations, holding yourself accountable, and not fearing down markets (whatever your field).

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Yesterday we brought you Larry Sharpe, Managing Director of the Neo-Sage Group. He may no longer be in the marines, but the attitudes and principles he learned have stuck with him. (If you missed Larry, go back and listen here.) But, no man is an island – military personnel included. Larry Sharpe’s favorite resources all[…]

Former Marine Larry Sharpe infuses his military background into his management consulting and executive coaching business, Neo-Sage. On this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” he discusses the need for internal motivation and creating a mistake-friendly environment.

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Yesterday we brought you Brooke Wise, the Founder of Wise Matchmaking. Brooke explained the difficulties in keeping personal matters out of professional ones, and vice versa. (If you missed Brooke, go back and listen here.) The best leaders know they can’t do it alone. They need someone or something to turn to, and Brooke Wise[…]

Matchmaker Brooke Wise relays the challenges she faces with keeping her personal life and professional life separate. The first step, she says, was not taking it personally when people’s first reaction to her career was: “Really?” She discusses this topic and more on this episode of “Smashing the Plateau.”

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Yesterday we brought you Alex Vachon, the Founder of Cartouche Creations. Alex talked about client retention, getting unstuck, and how to overcome rejection. (If you missed Alex, go back and listen here.) Sometimes the resources the best leaders find aren’t quite on the nose of their business. Alex Vachon describes his favorites, which range from[…]

Video and television producer, consultant, and filmmaker Alex Vachon gets into the finer points of turning the passions of film into a career of networking, overcoming hurdles, and flipping negatives into positives on this episode of “Smashing the Plateau.”

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Yesterday we brought you Fi Haywood, who leads Training and Development at Café Style Speed Training. Fi discussed the value of building a strong team through open workplace culture. (If you missed Fi, go back and listen here.) It’s no secret the most successful people are always learning, about their businesses and about themselves. Fi[…]

Fi Haywood, who co-founded Café Style Speed Training, explains the principles that underlie her signature “Café Style” method in this episode of “Smashing the Plateau.” She discusses collaboration, creativity, and why workplace culture could be what makes or breaks your company.

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Yesterday we brought you Keith Arem, video game developer and media expert at PCB Productions, who discussed why companies need to match their product with their audience. (If you missed Keith, go back and listen here.) It’s no secret the most successful people get help, and Keith is no exception. He explains how he looks[…]

Keith Arem has had a remarkably successfully career in almost every branch of the entertainment business. He is probably best known for his pivotal role in creating video games like Call of Duty. On “Smashing the Plateau,” Keith discusses the elements that make a creatively minded businessperson most likely to succeed.

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Yesterday you heard Scott Messer talk about “anti-selling” and how to take risks. (If you missed it, go back and check it out here.) We hear a lot that the most successful people find help along the way. That’s why we asked Scott to give us his biggest sources of inspiration, drawing from books and[…]

Scott Messer is a pioneer of an approach that takes the guesswork out of sales. On this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” Scott talks about what the best salespeople all have in common, how to see the world from a potential client’s point of view, the mechanics of leaving your comfort zone, and much more.

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Author and lecturer David Zweig has built a massive portion of his career on understanding what makes the “invisibles” in every company tick. They’re the ones that fly under the radar, yet often produce some of the work most critical to the success of the company. This week we look at how to cultivate the[…]

David Zweig is convinced that today’s constant focus on self-promotion is killing productivity and creativity. In his book Invisibles (Penguin) and on this episode of “Smashing the Plateau,” Zweig discusses how staying in the shadows is an oft overlooked common denominator in the success strategies of many of the world’s most prominent people.

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If revenue spikes are a signal of business growth, learning is a sign of personal growth. And while leaders should no doubt have the first in mind, the second is equally important. As the world gets more advanced, falling behind gets a heck of a lot easier. Here are some resources to help you stay[…]

Ruben Quinones is unafraid to discuss the fears he’s had to conquer in his professional journey. In this episode, you’ll learn how to channel your own fears to continually add to your skill set so that you never become stagnant in pursuit of your goals.

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Leaders often have the bad habit of thinking they have to do everything themselves. This is especially true when it comes to taking risks. But people rarely need to know how your business works in order to offer business help. This week we bring sage advice from Richard Branson, Marc Ecko, and Wesley Hein to[…]

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[…]

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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[…]

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[…]

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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[…]

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[…]

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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[…]

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[…]

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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 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[…]

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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[…]

Steven Gurowitz is a model of how to dominate an industry by doing the opposite of what’s usually done. Starting out as a self-described “New Yorker of humble beginnings,” Steven G. went on to found one of the biggest interior design firms in the country. No matter what field you’re in, this interview will reveal[…]

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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. The Changing Face of Public Relations The online world has changed, and[…]

Richard Laermer built his career on the universal truth that all businesses need to get noticed. Lately, he’s had to deal with the reality that how to make that happen has completely changed. In this interview, we talk about why the old saying “there’s no such thing as bad publicity” has become obsolete and what’s[…]

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Small business owners have to be lifelong learners. That’s why every Thursday we bring together the best resources from around the Web to help you deal with your most persistent challenges so you can keep on growing and thriving. 1. How Customer Intimacy Is Evolving To Collective Intimacy, Thanks To Big Data Michael Treacy and[…]

Bill Bryan has had a whirlwind career in which he has been a psychologist, soldier, entrepreneur, consultant, and advocate for quality education. The one constant that has tied his many diverse ventures today has been the study of leadership. In this interview, Bill discusses the concept of leadership from a very different perspective.

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Each week we like to bring you the best of the best from around the blogosphere. This week we turn to marketing, that slippery task of getting inside consumers’ heads. Here are our favorite posts, which we think can help any business owner gain some clarity after a busy workweek. 1. Understanding What Consumers Mean,[…]

Carly Fink has been fascinated with marketing since she analyzed why people favor certain brands of bottled water for a grade school project. Since then she has turned her obsession into a career that bridges advertising, research, and academia—all with the aim of getting to the bottom of the mystery of what causes people to[…]

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Part of helping small business owners to stop feeling overwhelmed about their daily tasks is curating some amazing content from around the blogosphere. Each week we assemble what we think are the top posts, and ones that are particularly relevant for you. Each post reflects a core component of being a SBO. We’re confident you’ll[…]

Patty Soffer had a career that most people would have envied…until it came crashing down around her. In this interview, we talk about Patty’s quest to uncover the hidden causes of her company’s collapse, what she discovered, and how she ultimately built herself up even stronger.

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We understand you may not always have enough the free time to catch up on the week’s goings on. That’s where the TEND blog comes in handy. Each week, we scour the Internet for the best articles small business blogs have to offer. Here are this week’s picks: 1. The Revolution Will Not Be Monetized[…]

Blaine Graboyes has lived at the crossroads of business, technology, and creativity for his entire career. In this interview, we talk about the main differences between ideas that turn into massive successes and those that stall.

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Hopefully you found some time between World Cup matches to stay on top of the latest business blogs. If you didn’t, no matter. We did. Here are our favorite blog posts of the week, which we think offer tremendous value for small business owners.

Here’s a sneak peak at our upcoming podcast “Smashing the Plateau,” which premiers next Monday, July 28. Below are brief descriptions of the show’s first three guests. Blaine Graboyes – Blaine has held the titles of CEO, Executive Producer, Game Designer, and many others in the digital entertainment industry. He has worked with brands and[…]

It’s finally here…well, almost! After a whole lot of hard work and preparation, the first episode of our new podcast “Smashing the Plateau” goes live next Monday, July 28. Over the next few weeks and months you’re going to hear from a top video game designer-entrepreneur, the guy who signed the Red Hot Chili Peppers,[…]

Summer is in full swing, and the year is right around halfway through. (How is that New Year’s Resolution coming along?) If you’re like most people, the heat of summer pushes you back indoors. Here are three articles we think will keep your brain sharp and focused on the tasks at hand.

Patty Soffer was the founder and co-owner of Soffer-Adkins, one of the most successful branding firms in South Florida, if not the country. On the surface, she and her partner had it all—lots of employees, tons of revenue, and top-flight clients. But underneath was a fundamental flaw that would ultimately undermine everything they had worked[…]

You’ve probably picked up by now that while we certainly care about big ideas, we’re far more interested in how they’re successfully implemented. That’s why a recent Fast Company article (they’ve done it again!) is so fascinating to us.

We at TEND like to serve up our favorite blog posts each week so that you, our dear reader, will have something to discuss on Monday. To email to a colleague. Or simply just to ponder. Here are this week’s posts. Happy discussing/emailing/pondering.

As you probably know by now, we have an amazing lineup of guests for our upcoming podcast. That’s why I wanted to take today to shine a spotlight on one of them in particular. David Zweig, a journalist and former fact checker, learned from experience that some of the most successful people in our society[…]

We spend a lot of time here talking about how to build systems and processes to help businesses run smoothly (and profitably). But like everything else, systems are run by people. And when it comes down to it, the best systems are powered by strong habits. For those who doubt the power of the almighty[…]

The business blogosphere is full of great content. Finding all of it on your own takes time and effort, which we are happy take off your plate each week. Here are three posts from around the web that struck us as important. We’re confident you’ll feel the same.

You’ve waited long enough, so here it is at last…the full description of our new podcast. It’s called Smashing the Plateau and it’s the podcast for people looking to get unstuck in their businesses and their lives. Here’s the story.

We’ve been blogging for a while now, and it’s been a fun ride. We’ve love sharing our thoughts and opinions with you in print, and you’ve responded in kind. That’s why we’re doubling down. We’ve decided to go multimedia. We’re expanding the blog into a full-fledged podcast.

As small business owners, we all know it’s important to keep up to date with the industry’s ecosystem. Personally, we like to scour the Internet for the best blog posts each week. It’s our way of relieving the pressure a little; think of it as one less fire to fight. Usually there are too many[…]

Tony Martignetti and I first met through a mutual colleague. Through his radio show, which he hosts in conjunction with his Planned Giving company, Tony publicizes valuable content that has routinely attracted me. Tony’s business is very focused, and it’s a specificity that has allowed him to corner a market. I think it’s a lesson[…]

Thanks to you we’re expanding our blog in a big way! When we started featuring interviews on our blog a few times a week, they quickly became our most popular posts. If there were any complaints, it was typically that 5 questions aren’t enough to give our fantastic guests the time and space they need[…]

I first mane Jane Hyun while planning a series of events called Cross-Generational Conversation Day, founded by Phyllis Weiss Haserot. Jane is an internationally renowned consultant to Fortune 500 companies, but also a small business owner herself. Her experiences are broad, which means she can speak intelligently about a number of challenges business leaders face.[…]

How do people get wealthy? It’s a question entrepreneurs who are new to the game are itching to answer. Maybe it’s a relentless bulldog approach, or possibly an irresistible charm. You hear the word “hustle” get thrown a lot, too. Suddenly, you find yourself neck-deep in advice that, really, all seems pretty good. But the[…]

Keeping up with one business blog after another may be effortful, but even the most careless owner can recognize the importance of keeping your finger on the pulse. If you need better information, faster, look no further. We rounded up the best posts of the week so you don’t have to. Happy browsing.

David Zweighaft is a forensic accountant, which means he brings a very specialized skill to companies as an external resource. His success depends on developing trust with his clients, a challenge I’m sure all business leaders face at one time or another. David’s perspective on trust has broad implications for how to navigate the working[…]

President and CEO of Progressive Payment Solutions Jonathan Kramer is an expert business networker, and that is how we met. Jonathan is a small business owner and service provider, which means he knows firsthand the importance of being a resource and smart decision maker. He knows how to see a market opportunity, create differentiated value[…]

Andrea Eisenberg and I first met many years ago when she provided outplacement services for one of my employees. As an expert in offering career guidance, at her business Preferred Transition Resources, Andrea knows human capital is a company’s most important asset. Andrea shows us that people skills can be measured both qualitatively and quantitatively.[…]

I’ve always loved crossword puzzles. But it wasn’t until many years into my foray with the hobby that I learned a sobering truth: I was doing them all wrong. See, I began each puzzle the way I thought it was meant to be started. One-Across? Check. Five-Across? Check. And so on, in chronological order, from[…]

If you’d rather spend time at the end of your week doing things outside your business, but still involved in the ecosystem, we have the answer. Here are our favorite blog posts from this week, rounded up nice and tidy so you can read them one (or four) at a time.

Sherry Goldman and I go way back. Her ethos as a public relations expert jells nicely with what we at TEND Strategic Partners try to do for the entire enterprise: begin with a vision, plan it out, and take action. Communication is critical for success. Without it, companies are nearly bound to fail. Sherry’s expertise[…]

Adrian Miller and I have worked together as consultants and workshop leaders. She knows firsthand just how important it is to strike a balance between internal and external resources, objectivity and intimacy. As business owners, we’re always seeking better ways to optimize our resources. Adrian has key insights that just about any leader can use[…]

Jean Tang and I both hail from the same alma mater – Cornell. Jean founded MarketSmiths, a copywriting agency, to provide carefully created, custom content for a variety of businesses. Her perspectives as both a service provider and business owner offer up a unique combo. She understands deeply what a healthy work culture looks like,[…]

Sure, hiring a diverse team can bring on challenges. You might get multiple answers to a straightforward question, or cultural differences might cause people to butt heads. But don’t forget the bigger picture: An eclectic team shows up positively in the bottom line. The best diverse teams also include outside help, to complement their internal[…]

Fast Company published three articles that address important issues about gender, the workplace, and leadership. If study after study confirms that businesses with diverse workplaces fail less often with higher returns on investment, why do there seem to be so many examples of gender inequity in business? Each of these articles raises important questions.

With his CPA license and MBA under his belt, management consultant Lou Piccolo understands the value of CEOs keeping their eye on the money. Lou has many years of experience advising leaders and turning businesses around. He helps them to stop feeling alone in the universe with a hands-on approach, and I’m sure his unique[…]

I used to think that the only way to get wealthy was to work round the clock. I saw my peers who were insanely busy and thought jam-packed schedules were the only way to the top. Then, I started to analyze who was really successful and who wasn’t. And I saw that there was no[…]

Jeff Mehl is the Principal of Daybreak Virtual, the company we at TEND Strategic Partners use for our administrative services. Jeff’s company offers a supremely important service for small business owners. While he and his team are hard at work on the business, leaders are free to use their expertise to work in the business.[…]

When I started TEND Strategic Partners in 2006, there was only one person handling the company’s administrative tasks: yours truly. Like many business owners just starting out, I handled all the emailing, scheduling, planning, and coordinating on my own. But as our reputation grew, more and more people requested time to meet with me. So,[…]

After a grueling workweek, the last thing you want to do is keep your finger on the pulse of your industry – scouring the Internet for relevant news articles. Luckily, we do the work for you. Here are four of this week’s top blog posts aimed at small business owners. Kick back, relax, and enjoy[…]

Donna Zanger, Founder of dbooks, keeps the books for several of our clients. As such, she offers an important resource to many small companies and non-profits. For a lot of businesses just starting out, finding the right fit for basic resources can be tricky. But what Donna describes here is a simple (and hopefully stress-free)[…]

David Cooperberg, CEO of the cleaning services company Imacuclean, and I first met at a wonderful business development group run by Marty Osher. David has a number of years under his belt advising companies and running his own, which, I may add, is very successful. Because of his background in consulting and present role as[…]

Private Clientele Specialist with FABRIKANT, Marjorie Borell, has participated in a number of our TEND Success Series™ Workshops. Her dedication and entrepreneurial spirit reflect how much importance she places on relationship building. Marjorie also is no stranger to the value of patience in building a business. You must trust yourself and learn from mistakes, she[…]

Way back in the ancient pre-Internet era, there wasn’t much technology-wise that let people work remotely. If work was to be done, it was done face-to-face. Mano-a-mano. Human-to-human. To put it bluntly: We don’t live in that world anymore.

Spring has sprung, which means you might not have the time or necessarily want to stay inside and read the week’s news. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are several of the week’s best small business blog posts, rounded up nice and tidy for easy enjoyment. 1. 4 Countries That Are Leaving Silicon Valley[…]

  David Title is no stranger to developing and producing original film. He’s learned over many years of doing what he loves, in telling business’ stories, that companies need a harmony between internal and external resources. His intimate knowledge of this space has produced some terrific insights, and I’m very happy to bring them to[…]

I’ve had more conversations with Illumifi Group CEO James Ryan about building and scaling businesses than I can count. And each time I’m struck by his ability to see the financial strengths and weaknesses of growing companies. As an outsourced CFO, James sees it all in his business. So he has a keen eye for[…]

          Shahrina Ankhi-Krol practices what she preaches as an attorney for small businesses: Not only does she run her business with a mix of legal and entrepreneurial expertise. She makes sure her clients do the same. This balance is rare to find. And Shahrina does it as well as the best[…]

There are many reasons people love the Wizard of Oz. But let’s face it: Life is an adventure. Like the winding yellow brick road, the path is almost never linear, and we all face surprises along the way. Some are huge, like the tornado that sweeps Dorothy away. Some are scary, like the winged monkeys[…]

Didn’t get a chance to look at the business blog posts this week because you were too busy? We’ve got you covered. Here are four posts we think are worthwhile even if all you do is skim them (which, let’s be honest, is just fine.) 1. Ford’s Heir Apparent Already Runs Its Ruthlessly Efficient Leadership[…]

We talk to a lot of people here involved in interesting businesses, but not everyone works in one that is flat out fun. Enter Jennifer Wilkov. She owns a company that helps people write, publish, and promote a book that will help their dreams come true…whatever they may be. I have known Jennifer for nearly[…]

Ora Shtull and I have known each other for many years, but only became business colleagues within the last five. Ora is a specialist in the “mindset” of leadership. What exactly does that mean? Read on to find out. How we think about our business or our own performance weighs heavily on how far we[…]

When Michael and I first met, what intrigued (and impressed) me about him were his eclectic background and the route he has taken professionally to arrive at his current business. Michael’s story of going from an English teacher to a Broadway producer is proof success seldom follows a straight path. And importantly, it emphasizes the[…]

The Internet and the accompanying virtual economy give us more access to more wisdom than ever before in history. Not only can we look up anything at any time, but there are hardly any boundaries, geographic or otherwise, as to who we can hire and consult with. It’s wonderful to have so much access to[…]

Want to stay current but don’t know which blogs to visit? No matter. Let us take care of all that for you; each week we bring you the cream of the crop from the ecosystem of small business blogs. We hope what we have to say is as valuable as the content we found for[…]

Ed Lefkowicz and I met through the business networking organization, BNI. As a professional photographer, Ed understands that being successful means being good at business and at his craft. This balance isn’t limited to creative types. Many business owners, in some form or another, struggle with running a business correctly and maintaining competency – not to[…]

Anthony and I first connected through the Business Development Group at Wiss and Company. Anthony’s focus and smarts, combined with a cunning sense of flexibility, make change a rare obstacle for him. Anthony’s honesty about the roller coaster of entrepreneurship is refreshing: Far too often leaders tune out the truth. He creates value for his[…]

Quickly after Taren and I were introduced through a mutual colleague, I was sold on her commitment to values. She’s able to distill some of the most complex, relevant ideas for business leaders in just a few sentences. Leaders from businesses big and small can benefit from Taren’s emphasis on embodying the right traits. I’m[…]

Running, for me, began in 1999. The sour memories of high school gym class were still fresh in my mind when I took up the activity. And to this day, anytime I walk into a gym I’m reminded of how much I disliked P.E. (read: painful experience). Running seemed like an easy alternative. It was[…]

The Internet produces a wide array of content between each blink of the eye. Making sense of all the information can be daunting, much like running a small business. Let us take the pressure off by giving you bite-sized tastes of what we think are the best posts of the week. Sit back, relax, and[…]

Yves Salama and I are office mates at 55 Broad Street. Our gray hair brings up the average age in our suite. We both enjoy bouncing ideas off one another and the rest of our colleagues. Yves has a wealth of experience as a consultant under his belt, and I’m sure we can all benefit[…]

David Steiner and I met through a popular organization for business building, BNI. His specific business may be cleaning services, but David is an entrepreneur through and through. He’s always on the hunt for a new prospect. His focus and discipline set a stellar example that any leader can follow, and I’m elated to be[…]

Will Royall and I go back to Breakfast Networking USA, an organization run by Raphi Salem. Immediately we clicked. I realized Will and I both followed some of the same people, such as Jim Collins and Michael Gerber. Will knows inside and out how to build and lead a company. In addition to founding Royall[…]

Some of the mightiest undertakings in business are done in the name of success. Leaders picture themselves moving mountains just to make things work, then stun naysayers once it happens. But chief among those flights of fantasy, and one that tends to result in failure, is owning up to the truth. Cognitive dissonance is challenging;[…]

Each week we like to bring you a collection of the blog posts that have taught us the most or that cause us to look at business in a new way. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Click on each headline below to read the full article. 1. Emergent Leadership Topples[…]

I first met Michelle Apiar at one of our TEND Success Series ™ Workshops. She runs Haute So Sweet, a cake decorating and baking business that she started a few years ago. Not only is she a successful entrepreneur, Michelle has faced tough obstacles en route to her success. Her challenges will resonate with any[…]

Far fewer than six degrees separate me and Andrew Fried; we both have a number of connections in the business world. Andrew has spent considerable time consulting, so he’s no stranger to strategy, which helps him take action and not just advise. As the co-founder of Spark Growth, a digital agency based in Brooklyn, Andrew[…]

Stephanie Abrams and I both attend the same mastermind group. It was quickly apparent to me that social PR was Stephanie’s forte; however, it was her sense of “getting” business ownership that really stood out to me. She brings a commanding sense of planning, strategizing, and the social savvy to spend time with the right[…]

It’s no secret that managers want more time to devote to tasks that require a manager’s attention. They fight this fire every day, most often by delegating responsibilities to other members of their staff. Sometimes the solution works. Often it doesn’t. Leaders find they’re just as swamped with work as they always were. New problems[…]

Here are our picks for the best blog posts of the week. We want to help small business owners be less overwhelmed and implement change, and part of that means combing through the weekly news so you don’t have to. Click on each headline below to read the full article. 1. 10 Things Only Lousy[…]

Gary Ireland and I are together in a mastermind group, which is a great opportunity to get to know a colleague well. He works with executives, helping them manage employment transitions. These transitions are challenging. Gary has great insight into how to turn professional and business challenges into successful outcomes. I’m delighted to bring him[…]

Christina Lattimer, whose interview we recently posted, created a wonderful online community of leadership experts. Lucky for me, I met Bonnie Williams in this virtual community. Social skills are more important than ever in driving personal success, no matter what your professional role is. Bonnie understands how to take the technical or professional skill that[…]

I was initially introduced to Craig Delsack by Claire Stoddard (www.brandinguniverse.com), who is a client of ours. We met and hit it off right away. Craig advises businesses on legal issues – areas where many business owners don’t pay enough attention. Not only does Craig have the legal expertise to help small businesses; he is[…]

It’s old hat in business that securing the best talent and keeping them corralled inside your company’s walls is the best way to make sure everyone’s happy and productive. This approach, to put it bluntly, is totally backward. You Can’t Make Anyone Do Anything It’s a nice thought to see people as empathetic and compassionate.[…]

Here are our picks for the best blog posts of the week. We want to help small business owners be less overwhelmed and implement change, and part of that means combing through the weekly news so you don’t have to. Click on each headline below to read the full article. 1. Giving It Away People[…]

I met Christina Lattimer when she reached out to me on social media. She’s a leadership expert, who not only wants to motivate others to improve their own leadership abilities. She also sets an example for others, and has created an online community of fellow leadership experts to facilitate this example-setting. I’m thrilled to bring[…]

I first met Rochelle Lisner through a mutual friend. She and I connected immediately, and we knew we wanted to collaborate together. In one project we worked on, Rochelle and I turned a disaster-in-waiting into a successful jolt upward in sales. I’ve found in my relationship with Rochelle that business owners too often get caught[…]

The suit-and-tie world of business couldn’t possibly stand to learn anything from the mushy, touchy-feely world of psychotherapy, right? Wrong. When you look at the core principles of leadership and therapy, you find that both smack of the same notions. Mind you, the similarities aren’t always intuitive, but then again, little in business – or[…]

Today is the first day of the new TEND Tools blog. Here’s why we’re making the change… There’s more advice available about how to be profitable, productive, and efficient than ever before. There are countless books, blogs, and websites about how to “hack” yourself to wring every last bit of work out of every spare[…]