Podcast Episodes

090: Rebounding After Disaster Strikes with Alicia Butler Pierre

Disaster comes in many forms and we don’t always know when it will strike. Developing contingency plans to plan for and recover from the aftermath isn’t an easy sell, especially when companies are riding high on profits. No one likes to think about what can happen if/when things go wrong. In this episode, host Alicia...

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089: Understanding the Value of COOs with Bill Shepard

Wingman. The No. 2. The Second-in-Command – all of these terms describe the Chief Operating Officer (COO). Yet, when Bill Shepard pivoted from a 25+ year tenure in the C-suite to independent consulting, he couldn’t find a supportive group of COOs. So he started his own. 15 years later, the COO Forum boasts 35 chapters...

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088: Partnering for Profit with Keith L. Scott

Business partnerships don’t have to end badly. K.L. Scott & Associates is proof. When Keith L. Scott started this process management consultancy, he wanted to do everything himself. Two years in, he found himself struggling to keep up with the pace. That’s when he decided to strategically partner, but he did his research first. In...

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087: Growing Past Bootstrapping with Chitra Lele

After getting blacklisted from a Silicon Valley company, Chitra Lele decided to start her own software consultancy. She realized entrepreneurship was the only way to achieve her vision of working for profit, people, and the planet. But it required capital and lots of it. So she and her team sprang into self-funding action. In this...

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086: Selecting Business Partners with Jason Duncan

Great leaders surround themselves with smart people. But when it comes to business partnerships, “Proceed with extreme caution,” warns Jason Duncan. As the founder of a fast-growing lighting company that’s made the Inc. 5000 list twice, he has personal experience with starting and terminating partnerships. In this episode, Jason explains why it’s important to read...

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085: Scaling Back Before Scaling Up with Dr. Terica Pearson

Dr. Terica Pearson spent her first year in business learning the ropes and getting key processes in place. By year four, she had a full staff of people to help scale her insurance agency. But after tracking their performance, she realized that productivity had actually declined and was negatively impacting the bottom line. In this...

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084: Niching to Scale with Meredith Moore

Meredith Moore isn’t afraid to pivot. As the CEO of Artisan Financial Strategies, she realized she’d have to break free of the traditional financial planning model if she was to realize her dream of scaling and hiring a junior associate. Undeterred by naysayers, she assembled a team of various experts, conducted primary research with academia,...

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083: Downsizing & Rebuilding a Team with Mike Moll

When Mike Moll’s social media consultancy grew rapidly, he immediately hired more people. But he soon realized he didn’t have the bandwidth or business infrastructure to scale at the same rate as his clients’ varied requirements. Payroll expenses rose and, eventually, he had to downsize most of the team he built. In this episode, Mike...

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082: Scaling with SEO with Don Sevcik

Have you ever put your business on hiatus so that you could recalibrate?  That’s what Don Sevcik, CEO of MathCelebrity.com, did and it paid off handsomely.  After five years in business, his company reached a plateau of 250k visitors per month.  Although things were going well, there were certain math problems that his site could...

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081: Outsourcing Core Competencies with Phoebe Cornog

“We just made really good money while being on the beach!” exclaimed Phoebe Cornog, CEO and Co-Founder of the Pandr Design Co. She recounted the day she and her business partner realized the impact of outsourcing. Determined to not be starving artists, they cracked the code for cloning their murals without a loss in quality...

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