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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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048: Automating Human Resource Compliance with Jason Cavness

Around 543,000 new businesses start in the U.S. each month.  Those fortunate to hire employees often cannot afford the high cost of Human Resources (H.R.).  That’s where Jason Cavness comes in.  Through his technology, he delivers employee manuals to small business quickly and inexpensively.  This ensures compliance and reduces risk while scaling to meet operational demands.  In this episode, Jason shares how he automates certain H.R. functions and explains the key difference between an employee manual and an operations manual.  He also shares a list of 25+ resources he recommends – be sure to download those in the show notes below!

Special Guest: Jason Cavness, Founder & CEO at cavnessHR

Location:  Seattle, WA  USA

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Download a list of additional resources Jason recommends: Digital Tools Recommended by cavnessHR

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 007: Staffing Up While You Scale Up: Tips for Getting the Help You Need When You Need It
  • Episode 012: How to Find the Right Person for Your Process Improvement Initiative
  • Episode 023: Attracting Top Talent to Your Small Business
  • Episode 028: Managing Virtual Teams in a Freelance Economy
  • Episode 042: Automating the Sales Process with Tim Bornholdt

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035: Positioning Front Line Leadership for Success

As your small business grows, it will eventually need a layer of middle management.  These front line leaders are the change agents who ensure the execution of your company’s growth strategy.  But they cannot live their proverbial best life unless you, as the top leader, help them realize their best work.  In this episode, leadership consulting expert Victoria Rodgers stresses the importance of putting “people before business.”

Discover the mindset shift required of both entrepreneurs-turned-executives and individual contributors-turned-supervisors-managing-others to cultivate operational excellence.  Victoria even makes the case for why business infrastructure is key to ensuring the right people are in the right roles and why even the best business processes aren’t always enough to keep good people around.  This episode is jammed packed with information so you’ll definitely want to download it for ongoing reference!

Special Guest: Victoria Rodgers, Market Development Director at TiER1 Performance Solutions.

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Related Episodes:

  • Episode 023: Attracting Top Talent to Your Small Business
  • Episode 031: Brainstorming Your Million Dollar Idea
  • Episode 034: Developing a Business Strategy for Sustainable Growth

 

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029: Minimizing Risk with Decision Science

Making decisions is risky business.  As a small business owner, you might not have the deep pockets of a larger enterprise, so making the right decision the first time around can be critical.  Decision science gives you the ability to compare multiple ways of solving a problem with the opportunity to add value while minimizing risk and bias.  This is Rob Brown’s specialty.  In this episode, Rob shares a four-step process to follow that will help you make decisions based on logic and not emotion.  Through specific examples, he describes how to use this four-step process to yield the best outcome.  Tune in to learn the difference between a decision and an outcome and why, as Rob says, “risk is always in season.”

Special Guest:  Robert D. Brown III, President & Founder of Incite! Decision Technologies

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BONUS:

The TED Talk below features Yassmin Abdel-Magied who gave a powerful presentation on unconscious bias and how it affects our decisions.  She not only shares her personal story, but also the 1952 Boston Symphony experiment where they began conducting blind auditions as an attempt to minimize gender bias.

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 010: Cybersecurity & Small Business: What You Need to Know for Maximum Data Protection
  • Episode 014: Dispelling 4 Common Entrepreneur Myths about Business Growth
  • Episode 018: How AI Technology Can Scale Your Small Business

 

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008: The Lean Methodology: What It Is & How to Apply It to Your Small Business

Think the lean methodology is only for large corporations and government entities? Well think again! This episode features John Kamp, an entrepreneur, Lean Six Sigma expert, Project Management Professional, instructor at Purdue University and U.S. Navy veteran. As you can imagine, he has a wealth of experience to draw from and you’ll get a feel for that in this episode. The subject of lean is huge, but John condenses its concept, principles, and methodology into an easy-to-understand definition. He not only shares some of his favorite lean tools, but he also gives great examples of real-life applications. You don’t want to miss this episode!

Special Guest: John M. Kamp, Founder & CEO, The Business Kamp

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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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