Why do some companies appear to have more talent knocking down their doors than they can shake a stick at, but others are struggling to attract minimum numbers of marginally qualified applicants? Is it because there are not enough talented people looking for work? Is it because there are not enough specialists who know how to do the work, or is it something else?
The reality is some companies build cultures that serve as talent magnets while others have no idea what that even means. If you want to make your company attractive to top talent, there are some key actions you need to take, but the good news is that you can. There are simple steps you can take to ramp up your culture and start to attract the most qualified people to your company.
Today is September 12th, the day after September 11th and Benghazi. Yesterday was declared Patriot Day shortly after the catastrophic event in 2001. But what does it mean? Are you a Patriot? Do you love your country's interests with devotion? If you were to disappear today, what evidence is left behind? Today we explore the items that Patriots do on a regular basis to show their love of this grand country.
Have you ever hired somebody and within the first week realized while they had all the right skills, they were the WRONG person for the company? Today's episode we tie in the Debrief Focused Approach in helping you to hire the right person for your company to do the tasking you need accomplished so you can best focus on what you do best that makes the company thrive.
Our US Military is the best in the world. Besides the people and the equipment, our processes help us to be the best of the best. We've explored the Debrief Focused Approach already. Now see how that ties into contingency planning. Or does contingency planning tie into the Debrief Focused Approach? You decide in today's episode.
Join us as we explore the new paradigm in hiring, no experience necessary. As we dive in to what a company REALLY needs when they hire new people. Is it experience, degrees and skills; or is it loyalty and a sense of my job description is to make the company succeed, we will train the skills we want?
Are you a good leader? Perhaps you can be a better leader. Go with us as we explore items that good leaders should do on a regular basis in order to continue to improve instead of stagnating. Leadership is not easy. Life is not easy. Building a business is not easy. Here are a series of tips that help you identify weaknesses in your style and point you to the right direction to help solve them. Remember, leadership goes to the core of every relationship you have. So spending time working on your leadership is also working on those relationships. Do you have your leadership plan yet?
In today's episode we explore the research of Bruce Hoppe, Ph.D. and Claire Reinelt, Ph.D. in their research paper "Social Network Analysis And the Evaluation of Leadership Networks". We explore the four types of networks and then dive deep into Peer Leadership Networks. The episode goes into why a great leader needs to be plugged into a great Peer Leadership Networks and how both the network and the entrepreneur leader benefits from the time invested.
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Join us as we remember 9/11 and the unity we shared as a country, complete with Republicans and Democrats singing God Bless America on the steps of the capital to the divisive nature of today. Learn how we as Small Business Owners and Supporters can use our Power of Small Business to help reunify America around a just cause. And most importantly, how you can help unify America!
Learn more about the win for Vietnam Veterans as a result of the Small Business Honors Programs. Today we hear from Nancy Olds, a nurse in Indian River County who gave a Vietnam Veteran one of the Time To Honor books. We also hear from Veteran Service Officers from Iowa and Washington in how the Time To Honor books are resulting in more Vietnam Veterans coming into their offices and getting the benefits they earned while in service. We also discuss how this helps the community with local events and how small businesses get honored when they sponsor the events and putting the books in veterans hands!
In this episode we take a look at the process of stepping back, taking a look at the big picture versus what you are doing. In performing this look you find efficiencies, such as helping a worthy cause that gives meaningful appreciation gives you the efficiency of marketing and helping a worthy cause at the same time. The marketing, if meaningful, brings you more customers and therefore a meaningful ROI.
It is time to weave the last 4 episodes together and lay out the cause, how we will educate the community about the cause and in return provide walk in traffic to our sponsors' companies. This episode dives deep into the specific cause of thanking our Vietnam Veterans, how we are going to do that and the scale of the project. We then show you how we will educate the community about the cause and about the sponsor's business. Finally, we explain many of the extra benefits with sponsoring a community education presentation for the Journey Home film in your area.
Join us as we add more details to the plan to honor the Vietnam Veterans with Remember My Service during this 50th Vietnam War Commemoration!
There are over 30 million small businesses in the United States today. Those 30 million business touch every single American in some way every day. Now, what if the 30 million small businesses rallied around a single, non-political, cause that they were passionate about. That reach and passion for a cause would have tremendous impact on America today.
In today's episode, we dive into the impact of that cause, reach and passion to show how a little effort can both have a large impact on America but positively affect your business. Learn more as we drill into this aspect of what Small Business Honors will do for America.
In this episode we go deeper into Small Business Honors objective to honor our Vietnam Veterans. The episode starts with understanding the Vero Beach Air Show (April 21-22, 2018) and how this is a win-win for sponsors and the air show community. We then take those lessons and apply it to honoring the Vietnam Veteran community through the movie The Journey Home.
We explain the research that was conducted after every major war since World War I on how the veterans returning from war impacted the community. Every major war EXCEPT the Vietnam War. We go into how Small Business Honors is going to fill that gap by funding the research on the economic impact of the 9 million veterans who served during the Vietnam War as they returned home.
In this episode, we go deeper into the challenge of "How do I find a meaningful way to extend appreciation to those who have helped us?" that we talked about last week. We do this with the roll out of Patriot Mission's new program, Small Business Honors.
Learn how we will start with one segment of the population, the American Veteran, and start providing honors from Small Business that results in a win-win-win. Win: Small business answers their challenge of how do I extend appreciation? Win - The veteran is informed of the appreciation and engages with the small business. Win - the small business grows generating more revenue for themselves, their employees and tax revenues which intern support the active duty soldiers and sailors.
Twenty two million American Veterans is a large chunk to start with, so we will start with a smaller group of veterans: the 7 million surviving veterans of the Vietnam War. Join us!
Every small business owner has to deal with three challenges in their business: where do I get support, when do I reflect and plan forward, and how do I pay it back. In this episode we discuss those challenges in detail and then provide a plan to work all three of the challenges.
In this process, we introduce the Patriot Mission program, Small Business Appreciates which goes into thanking those unsung heroes who have made our business possible. But we are not talking about your family, spouse, friends, or even investors. Join us as we explore who the unsung heroes are that made our business possible.
The last several episodes have laid the groundwork for the future of Patriot Mission, but they appear to be "One of" presentations as we talked to the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Miami Heat, the Founder and President of Remember My Service, the owner of 1631 Digital while also looking at 2017 in review and planning ahead for 2018. But how do they relate?
In this episode, we start to stitch these topics together into a plan to assist two major groups of unsung heroes in America so they can learn from each other and through their synergy assist America into soaring to new heights without a political side to it. Here we set the stage, defining a patriot, reminding us of a bit of history, and introducing the three main ways we will assist the two groups of Americans.
Finally, we will give you a taste of the upcoming plans to celebrate these two groups in Florida and then across America. So join us as we start to bring these wide ranging topics together into a coherent plan!
Bill Foran, Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Miami Heat for the last 29 years talks with Steve Olds about how to start a workout program, especially important for entrepreneurs. He covers how to figure out your target workout zone, the balance of exercises and periodicity of when you should do the exercises.
Bill also talks about the importance of nutrition when trying to get fit. He covers the importance of hydration, what foods to avoid and most importantly why.
As we start to reach the point of the year where many New Year Resolutions go by the wayside, take a moment to listen to a method to keep this one resolution this year.
Note - At about 20:00 for about 45 seconds there is a period of static.
How did 2017 turn out for you? Was is a good, fair, fabulous, marginal or horrible? Why? In some cases, there are circumstances beyond our control that impact our lives, but in most cases the results you've experienced in 2017 are a direct result of the person in the mirror.
Stephen Covey spoke about our ability to choose our response in any circumstance, even when they are not of our making. 'RESPONSE-ABILITY' is the ability to respond. Many people in this day and age look in the mirror and choose to respond as a victim. The challenge is that they are blinded to the fact, their victim status is self-imposed.
In Episode 124, we go through specific examples of life experiences that everyone can relate to and examine how to use them to empower you. As you look back at the last year, no matter how things were, you can take those lessons and leverage them to create a great future.
If you were going to reverse the failure rate of small business, how would you do it? Over recent decades, according to the US Small Business Administration, only 30% of new ventures survive past their tenth birthday. That is a travesty. There are tremendous resources available that could help most companies survive and thrive. Why don't they?
In many cases, it's simply a matter of a new entrepreneur's emotion and not having any idea what they don't know. In other words, the new small business owner has plenty of enthusiasm with which to launch the venture, but not enough understanding and knowledge to profitably survive.
Veterans are a group that statistically tend to be more successful. What if you could tap into the experiences of veterans from earlier combat generations, like Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm, and teach their post-war learning from the entrepreneurial trenches to new veterans? Then suppose you could document their experiences and bundle them with the best training across America and streamline it's availability? Could you reverse the failure rate? We think so...
Meet Sharlene Hawkes, master storyteller and President of Remember of My Service. Sharlene's early career begin on-camera as a media personality with ESPN uncovering the passion and dreams behind world-class athletes and sports organizations. Sharlene discovered how much most top performers never reveal in a standard interview.
Sharlene has made a career out of uncovering the hidden experiences that define unsung heroes. In recent years, she has partnered with military units to tell their stories, past and present, in a way families and future organizational members can cherish. History can be lost if it's not captured and communicated powerfully.
Sharlene's flagship project is the Vietnam War's 50th Commemoration. She and her team of talented publishers, filmmakers, media specialists and sponsors have partnered with national non-profit organizations to give a commemorative gift to each of the 7.9 Million Vietnam Veterans and their families. www.Vietnam50gift.com
You've probably heard the expression; "I can't see the forest for the trees." That is the case for most small business start-ups, especially when it comes to raising investment capital for a new venture. How can a new entrepreneur learn to look at their 'baby' objectively? Why is it crucial to be cold and calculating when it comes to your investors?
Understanding your business financials is essential to success. Also making sure you do right things in the right order sets you up for success. That's why we explore the reasons learning to think like an investor during entrepreneurial apprenticeship is absolutely critical for success.
Another key to strengthening America's economy is to recruit a higher percentage of transitioning military veterans to launch new ventures. In Episode 121 we drill down into the statistics that prove the combination of apprenticeship and veteran owned small businesses can rapidly accelerate the Backbone of America!
When we asked young people what they believed their first task would be should they decide to start their own company, the number one response was overwhelming; BORROW MONEY. The followup question left them speechless; "What would you do if it was illegal to go into debt to start a small business?"
In Episode 120 we drill into this idea both from philosophical and practical points of view. When you understand the real impact of starting your business with a significant debt burden, it becomes clear why it is a bad idea. There is a time and a sound way to raise investment capital to grow a company, but that is a completely different conversation.
What most entrepreneurial apprentices don't realize is there are two tax codes; one for employees and one for business owners. While you are in the early stages of apprenticeship, we recommend you keep your day job for multiple reasons, not the least of which are the tax benefits. Listen in to get all the scoop.
How many times have you attended a workshop on time management only to be told once again how important it is to make time on your calendar for those people who are important to you? Yes, spouse, children, family and important friends. If you don't, you'll regret it. Yeah... we've all heard it, but how do you really do it?
In Episode 119, we drill into a very specific, time-tested process to guarantee you create balance in your life for your top priorities. You'll see how to incorporate these plans to ensure you keep the romance alive in your marriage or with your significant other. Then you'll be amazed to discover the same skills apply to another often overlooked skill set necessary for successful entrepreneurship.
What is your physical fitness strategy? Have you identified a specific plan that addresses your motivation, exercise and nutrition requirements so you can achieve success in life... while you are succeeding in business. This is extremely important and easy... that is it can be easy to do... and easy not to do. Listen in and you'll have a strategy to physical fitness success in your life.
How many people do you know that get fired up about studying history? Those numbers likely drop dramatically if you were to ask type-A small business owners to shut down their company for a few hours to study the impact of America's Founders on entrepreneurship.
While this scenario isn't likely, the takeaway points we discuss in Episode 118 begin with key decisions America's Founders made that are crucial to our ability to create ventures. Constitutional provisions ensure we can own the result of our ideas and hard work.
The Founders set a new standard for a fledgling nation and leaders who would follow over the centuries. Continuously developing and improving principle based personal leadership skills is an absolute requirement for success. Which skills should you focus on? After this program, you'll have a much better idea.
Do you remember the first time you got the twinge of entrepreneurial interest... the first moment you thought about the idea of actually working for yourself and controlling your financial future? It's pretty intoxicating, isn't it? I know it was for me.
In Episode 117 we take a look at the first questions a new entrepreneurial apprentice needs to consider if they are going to seriously pursue the world of small business. This mindset is something few talk about because it's not nearly as sexy as the latest shiny object, but is much more important to long term viability.
We also walk through a simple, and scientifically validated process for you to understand exactly what your strengths are and why it's crucial to focus on them. The business applications for this are many, but there are just as many ramifications to your personal life.