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050: Sparking Innovation & Sales via Intrapreneurship with Carl E. Reid

In an ever-changing economic landscape, it’s difficult for small businesses to find salespeople willing to work on mostly commission.  Have you ever thought about empowering your existing employees to become intrapreneurs?   IBM started this concept of intrapreneurship as an affordable, alternative way to foster innovation and sales while bringing new products and services to market faster.  In this episode, technology and leadership development consultant Carl E. Reid defines what an intrapreneur is and shares how he develops intrapreneurship programs to help clients dramatically increase their sales.  Learn why the edification process is key to maximizing the outcome.

Special Guest: Carl E. Reid, Founder & CEO – Savvy Intrapreneur

Location:  New York, NY  USA

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Related Episodes:

  • Episode 013: The Process of Networking
  • Episode 014: Dispelling 4 Common Entrepreneur Myths About Business Growth
  • Episode 023: Attracting Top Talent to Your Small Business
  • Episode 035: Positioning Front Line Leadership for Success
  • Episode 045: Using Organization Design to Drive Innovation with Ron Carucci

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026: Finding Your Niche to Build an Empire

Do you have the audacity to take your business to the next level?  Listen as staffing and recruiting expert, Dee Williams describes how to identify your niche and expand it into an empire.   With a combination of laser-like focus, determination and investment in continuous education, Dee identified a niche within the staffing industry and her aptly named company, Identifize Consulting, now serves as the world’s premier advisory firm for starting and scaling staffing and recruitment businesses.   Her company’s portfolio spans across several divisions and leverages cutting-edge media and software technology to deliver products and services.  Dee kicks off Season 3 sharing how she accomplished this and more through a solid business infrastructure.

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Related Episodes:

  • Episode 012: How to Find the Right Person for Your Process Improvement Initiative
  • Episode 014:  Dispelling 4 Common Entrepreneur Myths about Business Growth  
  • Episode 023: Attracting Top Talent to Your Small Business  

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020: Striking the Perfect Balance Between Marketing and Operations

In this episode, entrepreneur Andrea D. Smith provides a practical and easy-to-remember definition of marketing.  And she explains that it is NOT the same as sales.  In fact, Andrea and Alicia talk about how to connect marketing to operations and eventually balance these two areas during the expansion phase of a business.  The key is in recognizing operations management as a way to maintain your promises to your customers.  Or as Andrea describes it, operations allow you to back-up your marketing promises with performance!

Special Guest:  Andrea D. Smith, Founder & CEO of The ADS Agency

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001: What is Business Infrastructure and Who Are You to Tell Me About It?

Welcome! This is the very first episode of the Business Infrastructure: Curing Back Office Blues podcast. This podcast is targeted to entrepreneurs and owners of fast-growing small businesses. We all know the importance of marketing and growing your business, but what happens when the dollars you’ve invested in marketing are paying off and you have more business than you can handle? It’s a perfect time to start looking at the Operations of your business and making sure you have the infrastructure in place to support that growing demand.

That’s what this show is all about–the often overlooked and rarely talked about subject of the nitty-gritty details of your business’ proverbial back office.

In this first episode, Alicia Butler Pierre explains exactly what business infrastructure is. She also shares her journey from Chemical Engineer to advocate for operational excellence in small businesses and how it led her to begin spreading the message of business infrastructure across the globe.

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