Season 10: Workflow Workshops

129: Let’s Recap Season 10 with Alicia Butler Pierre

In this Season 10 finale, host Alicia Butler Pierre unpacks the importance of converting “why” into “how” when facing business challenges. She uses this conversion as a backdrop to give updates on all guests and their respective workflows and technologies. Alicia also shares four lessons she’s learned about operating a business in 2020. A special thank you to all guests, sponsors, and subscribers who made this season a smashing success!

Monologue: Alicia Butler Pierre, Founder & CEO – Equilibria, Inc.

Location:  Atlanta, GA  USA

Show Notes:

Google’s “Why” Video:

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Editor: Olanrewaju Ade

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. – a 15-year-old operations management consulting firm. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the Kasennu framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 35+ countries.

 

128: Let’s File a Patent to Protect Your Invention featuring SenseHydro

Tasked with creating something that does good for the world, nine 10th and 11th graders conceived the HydroHat. It’s a wearable technology designed to reduce heat-related stress and injuries. Though rejected by MIT for a $10k development grant, they forged ahead and formed a company called SenseHydro. In this episode, these young inventors/entrepreneurs give a live demo of their process from ideation to prototype design and patent protection. Listen, watch, and be inspired!

Special Guests: Rachna Nath, Educator at Arizona Preparatory College – Erie Campus, and Nealin Banerjee, Jacob Kaufman-Warner, Alex Kroumov, Kaitlyn Lai, Diya Nath, Omina NematovaSohani Sandhu, Abraham Troop & Daniel Wu, Co-Founders – SenseHydro, LLC

Location: Chandler, AZ  USA

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Show Notes:

  • Hydrothermal Sensing Device: check out SenseHydro’s provisional patent application complete with sketches.
  • Arizona College Preparatory – Erie Campus: the award-winning high school that members of SenseHydro attend.
  • Project-Based Learning (PBL): a website dedicated to the “…teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.
  • SolidWorks: 3-D modeling software.
  • Arduino IDE: an “open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects.”
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement: learn more about NDAs with this article from RocketLawyer.com + access a template to create your own.
  • Non-Compete Agreement: learn more about Non-Compete Agreements with this article from RocketLawyer.com + access a template to create your own.
  • Google Drive: Google’s cloud-based file storage solution that allows on-demand access from tablets, computers, and smartphones.
  • Google Sheets: a spreadsheet software offering real-time collaboration with teams with Google Drive cloud storage. It’s included as part of a free, web-based software office suite offered by Google.
  • Slack: a communication app ideal for remote teams that offers the ability to organize work updates by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.
  • Weebly.com: a website hosting, and e-commerce service offering free website building tools.
  • WhatsApp: a phone app offering free, fast, simple, and secure messaging and calling with contacts around the world.
  • Chandler Innovations: an Arizona-based incubator that specializes in “…helping engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and other people with big ideas who know how to create, but not necessarily how to build a profitable, scalable business around it. We help them move from idea to investment…”
  • Chandler Students Create Hydrothermal Hat to Beat the Heat: a feature on Good Morning Arizona with a video and article showcasing SenseHydro.

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 027: I.P. Protection for Business Processes with Steve Wigmore, Esq.
  • Episode 031: Brainstorming Your Million Dollar Idea with Kymone Hinds
  • Episode 053: The One Thing You Need to Know About Product Prototyping with Eric Lange
  • Episode 113: Educating Students During a Pandemic with Rachna Nath
  • Episode 117: Let’s Design a Commercialization Process with Clarence Levy & Derek Gauthier

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.

 

More About SenseHydro, LLC:
SenseHydro is a group of tenth and eleventh graders determined to find effective solutions to the world’s issues through technological means. Their first invention is the hydrothermal-hat, or hydrohat – headwear made of wicking material with a wired frame. The hydrohat is engineered to prevent heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses from happening while outside enjoying the sun.

The hydrohat’s patent-pending design includes sensors that measure a user’s temperature, pulse, and acceleration to determine the user’s condition in the heat. This data is processed through a microcontroller and sent via Bluetooth to a free, downloadable phone app. The app then informs and instructs the user on a recommended plan of action with notifications like, “Go inside and drink water,” and “Dialing emergency contact, cancel within 30 sec.”

SenseHydro plans to design over 60 additional wearable technology products.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, Equilibria:
Equilibria, Inc. is a 15-year-old boutique operations management consulting firm. We build the business infrastructure necessary for fast-growing businesses to scale with less pain. With a range of services and products, entrepreneurs can get the operational support and resources they need on-demand.

127: Let’s Identify & Document Key Business Processes with Cornelius Dowdell

Workflow improvement stumps small and large businesses alike. Where do you start? What framework will you use? As the founder of an emerging H.R. consultancy, Cornelius “Neil” Dowdell faces these questions regularly. One thing’s for sure – you have to identify and document processes before you can improve them. In this live consultation, Alicia shows Neil how simple tools like stick figures and note cards can help to quickly identify processes and more!

Special Guests: Cornelius Dowdell, Founder & CEO – The Nelius Strategy

Location: Atlanta, GA  USA

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Show Notes:

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 008: The Lean Methodology: What it is and How to Apply it to Your Small Business
  • Episode 012: How to Find the Right Person for Your Process Improvement Initiative
  • Episode 073: Wes Graham’s Primer on Process Improvement
  • Episode 077: Process Mapping with Alicia Butler Pierre

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Sponsor: rVidi

 

More About Guest, Cornelius Dowdell:
Cornelius “Neil” Dowdell is a sought-after global high potential professional focusing on operational efficiency, human capital management, leadership development, and consulting. He has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership, management, consulting, and leading operational and program teams in human resources, corporate learning, and career planning. Cornelius is renowned for his ability to develop potential leaders, streamline operational processes, and create value within organizations. He believes that we all have inspired strengths and gifts that we should maximize in our life’s work, which led him to become an entrepreneur and start The Nelius Strategy, LLC.

   

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, rVidi:
rVidi is the easy app that lets you communicate via video soundbites in your own time in a public or private group setting. Learn more and download for free at rVidi.com.  Currently available for iOS; Android development coming soon!

126: Let’s Use Vertify to Connect Data & Make Better Decisions featuring Wayne Lopez

Incorporating technology into your workflows can significantly streamline operations. However, not all technologies integrate with each other. This leads to disparate data and worse, inaccurate analysis. Vertify solves this issue. In this episode, Wayne Lopez, the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Vertify, gives a live demo to show how it connects data and unifies teams in making better-informed decisions from a single source of truth.

Special Guest: Wayne Lopez, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer – Vertify

Location: Austin, TX  USA

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Show Notes:

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 018: How AI Technology Can Scale Your Business
  • Episode 030: Connecting Your Software for Maximum Productivity
  • Episode 094: Retooling Operations for Customer Success with David Ellin
  • Episode 114: Validating Software Product Ideas with Rohan Walsh

 

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  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.

 

More About Guest, Wayne Lopez:
Wayne Lopez is a technology and product executive with 20 years’ experience in leveraging technology to solve real business problems. This includes startup, Big 5 consulting and mid-market experience. At Vertify, he is responsible for the product roadmap, strategy and delivery of the Vertify Revenue Operations Intelligence platform. Wayne’s goals include achieving innovative, yet cost-efficient and repeatable results in highly competitive markets.

   

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc.. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, Equilibria:
Equilibria, Inc. is a 15-year-old boutique operations management consulting firm. We build the business infrastructure necessary for fast-growing businesses to scale with less pain. With a range of services and products, entrepreneurs can get the operational support and resources they need on-demand.

125: Let’s Design a Book Promotion Process with Jeffrey Pollard & Francine Smith

“The answers to life are written in a book called YOU.” This quote comes from poet, Jeffrey Pollard. He’s self-published a series of poetry books and, naturally, wants to increase distribution. With over 2,700 self-published books launched daily, how can he get his to stand out? In this live consultation, he’s joined by his wife Francine Smith. Together, we discuss a book promotion process to increase visibility using digital marketing tools.

Special Guests: Jeff Pollard, Author & Poet and Francine Smith

Location: Gary, IN  USA

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Show Notes:

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 041: Streamlining the Book Writing Process with Win Kelly Charles
  • Episode 051: Designing a Digital Content Management Process with Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Episode 054: The One Thing You Need to Know About Social Media with Marie Incontrera 
  • Episode 087: Growing Past Bootstrapping with Chitra Lele

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  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.

 

More About Guest, Jeffrey Pollard:
Jeffrey Pollard grew up on the challenging streets of Chicago, IL. Rather than succumb to the pressures of criminal activity, he resorted to channeling his energy through poetry and quotes in order to stay focused and disciplined. Under the pseudonym, Sidq, he’s penned four books of poetry written in a free-style and spoken word format. For over 15 years, he’s expanded his poetry through martial arts and teaching an ancient Egyptian language which has inspired both adults and children.

More About Guest, Francine Smith:
Francine Smith has a Masters in Management from Kaplan University and a B.A. in Law & Society from Purdue University. She is also a Certified Paralegal. She combines her educational background and work experiences to find solutions to long-standing, internal business conflicts. She also utilizes her research skills to write reviews of peer-reviewed articles in the field of management pertaining to such subjects as H.R. management, change management, collaborative management, and finding ways in which employees can balance the work/life/self spheres.

 

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc.. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, Equilibria:
Equilibria, Inc. is a 15-year-old boutique operations management consulting firm. We build the business infrastructure necessary for fast-growing businesses to scale with less pain. With a range of services and products, entrepreneurs can get the operational support and resources they need on-demand.

124: Let’s Improve Our Home Office Setup with Logitech featuring Art O Gnimh

As business leaders, we’re tethered to our laptops. After all, we can take them to in-person meetings, work on them while on an airplane, and use them at our home offices. But are we sacrificing comfort for mobility? Logitech designs best-in-class products that ensure both. In this episode, Art O Gnimh, a VP at Logitech, shares how to select the right mouse and keyboard and set them up in our home offices to maximize productivity and minimize pain.

Special Guest: Art O Gnimh, VP, Head of Mainstream Mice & Keyboards – Logitech®

Location: Lausanne, SWITZERLAND

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Show Notes:

  • Follow Logitech® on Social!  LinkedIn  Facebook  Instagram  Twitter
  • Setup Your Home Office for Maximum Productivity with these Ergonomic Articles from Logitech®:
    • Remote Work – work-from-home video collaboration solutions, tips, and case studies.
    • Intro to Digital Wellness – “Practical tips and tools for feeling better at work – whether you’re at the desk, at home, or on the go.”
    • Basic Wellness and Ergo Tips – 5 tips to apply right away plus tips for mental wellness, setting up your home office, and more.
    • Advanced Work-From-Home Ergonomics: tips for setting up an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse from Olivier Girard, Ergonomist & Posture Therapist and member of Logitech’s Ergo Lab Scientific Advisory Board.
  • Logitech® Mice and trackballs (the MX series feature cross-computer control through Logitech’s Options software):
    • Ergo M575 – the new mid-range mouse with a thumb-controlled trackball. Ideal for tight spaces since it does not require arm movement.
    • MX Ergo – a high-end performance mouse with a trackball that “Delivers 20% less muscular strain compared to a regular mouse.”
    • MX Vertical Advanced Ergonomic – a high-end vertical mouse, ideal for mid-to-large size hands.
    • MX Anywhere 3 – the best mobile mouse on the market.
  • Logitech® Keyboards:
    • K380: a smaller, multi-device Bluetooth keyboard.
    • MX Keys: a wireless keyboard “designed for creatives and engineered for coders.” The keys are designed to match the shape of your fingertips for an enhanced typing experience.
    • Ergo K860: a state-of-the-art wireless split keyboard designed to improve typing posture.
  • Logitech® Webcams:
    • Streamcam: a full HD 1080p webcam ideal for broadcasting on platforms like YouTube or Twitch.
    • Brio 4K:  the best computer webcam out there for collaboration.
    • C920: a Full HD 1080p webcam ideal for video calls with stereo audio.
    • C922: a webcam perfect for streaming video with the choice of Full 1080p at 30fps or hyperfast HD 720p at 60fps.
  • The Logitech Ergo Lab:
  • How to Help Employees Still Struggling with Remote Work: an article by management consultant and Harvard Business Review contributor Liz Kislik.

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 053: The One Thing You Need to Know About Product Prototyping with Eric Lange
  • Episode 063: The One Thing You Need to Know About Delivering Difficult News with Liz Kislik
  • Episode 112: Planning & Conducting Remote Events with Kimberly Fennell 

 

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Credits_______________

  • Producer & Host: Alicia Butler Pierre
  • Podcast Editor: Olanrewaju Ade
  • Video Editor: Gladys Jimenez
  • Sponsor: Equilibria, Inc.

 

More About Guest, Art O Gnimh:
Art O Gnimh is a Global VP at Logitech, where he leads the $800M+ Mainstream and Lifestyle categories of keyboards, mice, and other personal workspace products. In his 15 years at Logitech, Art has grown through marketing, sales, and innovation roles. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Art has lived and worked around the world before settling at Logitech HQ on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

More About Host, Alicia Butler Pierre:
Alicia Butler Pierre is the Founder & CEO of Equilibria, Inc.. Her career in operations began over 20 years ago while working in various chemical plants and oil refineries. She invented the KasennuTM framework for business infrastructure and authored, Behind the Façade: How to Structure Company Operations for Sustainable Success.  It is the world’s first published book on business infrastructure for small businesses. Alicia hosts the weekly Business Infrastructure podcast with a global audience across 38+ countries.

 

More About Sponsor, Equilibria:
Equilibria, Inc. is a 15-year-old boutique operations management consulting firm. We build the business infrastructure necessary for fast-growing businesses to scale with less pain. With a range of services and products, entrepreneurs can get the operational support and resources they need on-demand.