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How to Save Money & Build A Business Teaching Others How To Save Money Too

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with a real story of seeing his life change for the better, by implementing a series of financial life hacks. What is a life hack i hear you cry, and if you’re not crying then you should be? Well our guest is a master at finding ways to save money whilst exploding the enjoyment in his life. As he says “I’m an optimizer and an entrepreneur. I started my latest business to share some of the crazy ways I optimize my money and life to save more, amass countless miles and points and travel the world for free. Last year, I took my passion for optimizing my money + life and started Grove. Our mission is to make financial planning accessible and affordable for everyone. Previously I co-founded Milk, which was acquired by Google in 2012. I spent most of my time at Google as a Partner at GV where I spent my time investing in early-stage startups. I am also founder of LaidOffCamp, an organization I started in 2008 after getting laid off myself. In an effort to help those affected by the financial crisis we hosted dozens of events around the country to help the unemployed learn new skills for the evolving job market. So is this simply another step into the world on minimalism, or something far more practical for the world that like stuff! And what would he suggest would be the three things that we could implement today to change the way that money comes our way. Let’s find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Chris Hutchins. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Chris Hutchins such as: Why to save money it isn’t often necessary about cutting out on stuff. Instead it is deciding what you most want and need. Why it is so important to run your purchases through Cashback sites to see what is available for you before making your sale. Chris shares why he felt having a personal element of his business was so important to provide for his financial affairs company. and lastly…. Chris reveals the positive mindset that he developed to get through the hard times at the beginning

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who has since a child been working towards where he finds himself today. Today he is a business owner, author, executive coach and podcaster. Over the the last 16 years he has developed his skills as an entrepreneur. The first company he created was a global risk management consulting firm that served the private equity community. His top 15 clients had a combined revenue of $12.7 billion USD and operated in over 100 countries worldwide. Since that time he has bought and sold several multi-million dollar businesses making him a sought after, cross-industrial resource for entrepreneurs and executives in all stages of business. But how did he get here, well this is where the dots have well and truly joined up As he says" As a child I was obsessed with knowing how things worked. I could always be found tearing apart some toy, electronic device or engine to see how it worked. This eventually lead me to studying humans to figure out what makes us tick." First dot ticked off the time line. Then he continues "My Entrepreneurial addiction started at age 13 when I became a caddie. I did not know it then but the countless hours of working as a caddie on the golf course, walking, talking and asking non stop questions of the business elite, would have a profound influence on my career and life long fascination of studying and modeling Peak Performers." So that's the second dot then.... Which leads to where he is today "Trying to find ways to add value to others. Through speaking, teaching, podcasting, and sharing what he has learned with other entrepreneurs and business leaders, to help executives with limited time achieve more. He appears to be a man who has earned his stripes, by taking consistent action in environments that perhaps at the beginning were not in his natural zone of comfort. So is he now where he loves being everyday, or is he still in the "I am working towards where I want to truly be"? And what are the first steps that everyone can take to really start taking control of their own destiny? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Thor Conklin.

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Worlds Biggest Podcast Competition Ever Episode....ready to win something huge?

On today's episode of Join Up Dots, your host David Ralph shares his learnings from the last four years of hosting the show.

On the 3oth April 2014, and unknown English guy powered up his microphone for the first time and launched a new show Join Up Dots.

Now four years later, and with millions of downloads he has the knowledge and experience to share with the world.

As you will hear on the show, he breaks down the ten that he feels are the real big ones to focus on.

And also he gives every listener, or listeners friends the chance to win the worlds biggest podcast competition ever.

But for those people who are short of time, then here they are for you:

1: Discover Something That You Think Would Like

2: Research Others

3: Start No Matter How Imperfect You Think It Is.

4: Set Goals

5: Monitor Results

6: Relax And Walk Away From Everything

7: Allow Growth Time In Your Business

8: Re:Set Goals 9: Charge Your True Worth

10: Have Fun As Much As Possible

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Affordable Design Skills Have Made Todays Guest Able To Design His Life Too

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a rogue risk taker turned entrepreneur. The original North Philadelphian native turned Camden New Jersey resident, he has always found ways to use his creativity to transform the customer experience through innovative marketing techniques. He grew his first real startup, Waterfront Media, a digital marketing and design agency, out of Waterfront Lab with nothing more than determination and a dream. After noticing an industry problem amongst customers communicating with their internal creative teams, he knew there was a better way to streamline the process to save businesses time and money. Hence the creation of Penji, a dependable on-demand design service that helps marketing teams receive unlimited custom designs at a flat monthly cost. Need a logo or marketing images then he is your man. Need another, or to fine tune the one that you have got….then back to our guest you go. As they say “We help startups, small businesses, and Agencies with all their graphic design needs. Penji offers unlimited graphic design at a flat monthly rate. We’ll help you with logo designs, business cards, flyers, marketing materials, websites/apps design all at a flat monthly rate. No contracts, cancel anytime. Our goal is to empower the next generation of designers through education and community building.” He is also the producer and host of The Blind Entrepreneur Podcast featuring interviews with entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and business professionals to help those who may be temporally blind in business and guide those individuals to profitability. In his spare time, you can find him supporting a local startup by wearing their swag at Barnes and Noble or flying drones around the air of New Jersey. So was he always interested in the entrepreneurial route of business, or did he start as an employee and discover there was a better way for him? And what has been the biggest learning of how to bring a startup to life? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Johnathan Grzybowski Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Johnathan Grzybowski such as: We discuss how children find it so easy to be entrepreneurial by going back to basics, and how we make it so complicated when we are older with choices everywhere. Why bringing elements of fun into your business is an amazing way to bring attention and traffic to your work. Jonathan shares his own Steve Jobs quote that inspires him, and man that is a great one to take into your own life. and lastly…. Jonathan shares how he took a considerable amount of time to find his true purpose, even though he knew what he was here on this planet to deliver.

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How To Get Red Hot Leads To Your Business With Linkedin Marketing

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who from the very beginning seems to scream "I am an entrepreneur....let's have fun" As he says "I'm 26, from the UK and 5 years ago I quit my job to become a digital nomad. Since then, I have travelled across 15 countries whilst simultaneously building 2 success businesses. I built and sold a traditional bricks and mortar business and I have recently started a growth hacking agency which is on track to go from zero to $500,000 ARR within it's first 12 months, with zero investment and I only work 15-20 hours per week. The business is something almost anyone with a laptop can start from home, and I'm happy to share how I have done it. Which is the kind of guest we love on Join Up Dots, so got your pen and paper ready my faithful listeners? Of course this kind of success isn't something that happens overnight, and will of course have many dots that lead to this point. His dots begin when he left the Coventry University with a BA in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and quickly started his business building by inventing Freshers Survival Kit, a novelty, fun and and unique kit with all the essentials you need to get through freshers week! He then proceeded through several more startups and businesses, leading to where he is today, the owner of Linked Hacker. His company uses LinkedIn to identify people in a businesses target market. They can target almost anyone, from local small business owners to CEOs of billion dollar corporations on the other side of the world, which lead to 10-20 leads per week All on automatic pilot, which is of course the life blood of any business. So where does he see this business going? As one more dots on his road to global domination or as he finally found the thing that will be "The Business"? And what has made the difference to this business, in regards to growth compared to his other ventures? Hit lucky, or simply he knew what his market wanted? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Mr. Lee Betts Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Lee Betts such as: He shares the reasons why he started his first business with a reason as simple as he wanted to spend more times with his mates. Lee talks about why he checks out www.nomadlist.com, which is an amazing resource for anyone looking to build a business that travels. Lee reveals why he has built a business model that means that he can lose a client or two without any worries at all and lastly…. Why its such an amazingly simple concept to double down on what you are good at....work on your talents to bring the greatest results into your life.

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Shane & Joscelyn Are The Experts In How To Make Money Online

My guests today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a couple who quite simply, stopped looked at their life and then made it what they want. And with the greatest respect to both of them, and we will discuss this in the interview they are what you would call normal. A normal couple, with a normal lifestyle, normal kids but an extraordinary way of making decisions and enough of them to make things work the way they want. They are the owners of the Flipped Lifestyle business, where through their own mistakes, successes and consistency they now teach people the route to success in their own business. They teach how to create businesses that work around a family instead of the other way. As they say "In 2012, on a rare day off work, Shane stumbled across a podcast about regular people changing their lives through online business. We started brainstorming about how we could do this too, and started a couple of websites just to see what happened. No one could have prepared us for what happened next. In just a few short months, we were able to make thousands of extra dollars each month through online business. Just one year later, we surpassed the five figure mark in online sales for a single month. When our August 2013 sales surpassed $36,000, we decided it was time to stop working for someone else and start living for our family." And now with sales in excess of one million dollars all earned online, they travel the globe, in their shorts and sneakers, smiling broadly from ear to ear, as there community of wannabe entrepreneurs grows their smiles with them. So looking back on their lives as hard working teachers, do they think that the ability to change a life so dramatically is more down to mindset or talent? And was it really a rocket ship to success they launched, with a doubt that it would fail? Or did they go through the same issues as the rest of us? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Shane & Jocelyn Sams Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Shane & Jocelyn Sams  such as: Why freedom means so much to both Shane and Jocelyn certainly more than money can ever do, which is a surprise to so many people that they meet. Jocelyn shares why both her and Shane decided to become teachers, and how they were actually quite content in their lives, but now see that they had given control of their lives away. Why you don't have to be an expert to sell online products, instead you actually only have to present it to the people on the road behind you. and lastly…. Shane talks about the first 11 cents that he earnt online and how he was so excited he literally jumped out of bed and jumped up and down knowing his life had changed forever. 

Direct download: The_Flipped_lifestyle-rewind.mp3
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How To Gain Confidence If We lack Confidence Big Time

Todays episode of Join Up Dots is a solo show, where David Ralph answers a series of questions posed by the lovely listeners of Join Up Dots. Most of the questions in their own way are linked to the issue of confidence: Lack of it, or too much of it, and how it can affect our lives in a positive and negative manner. So lets start with the first question that 100% is based around lack of confidence. Dear David, I have been listening to your show since the early episodes and you seemed so confident from the start, i would love to ask you a question. I am someone who lacks confidence in myself, and so subsequently I hold myself back from opportunities that could really make a difference in my life. Even if they are ones that I would dearly love. Do you think that people are naturally confident, or do you think that its just a case of working on it. If you would allow me a second personal question, what would be the times in your life that you lack confidence, as you sound like you could never feel like I do. And now for the second question........ Hi David, thank you for Join Up Dots and everything you do. I listen to almost all your shows and love the way that you are so engaging. I live in Western Australia and have several times been close to starting a business. The first one was a laundry business for busy folk. I would pick up their laundry and then return it washed, ironed and ready to hangup. The second business, was to be a groundworking business, landscaping gardens, planting, and generally maintenance. My issue is, as soon as I get anything close to a negative comment  from anyone my interest in that business disappears. I'm not sure why I am so bothered by what people think, but I guess I am. Do you have negative comments thrown your way through your show, and how do you deal with them? Thank you so much Brian Siennet, Port Hedland, Western Australia. The last question....... Hello David and the Join Up Dots team. I have since listening to yourself started my own business WHOO HOO and im loving every moment of it. I agree with what you say, a business is finding your customers, discovering what they want and then offering it to them. However, I am using all the social media platforms and I am struggling to get any of those customers you talk about. I would love any advice that you can offer to help me to build profits into your life Nicola, Albany, New York. Of course if you are interested in the answers that we give you have to listen to the show.....

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a Financial industry influencer. Popular social media speaker. Author. A creative force in financial services marketing who every single time aims to make their clients marketing unforgettable. And who would have thought that this all started when she was just five, selling her very own homemade rose-petal perfume in baby food jars, door-to-door. ShoeFitts is a consulting organization at heart, a training partner, who translates social media, branding, generational issues, business strategy and marketing into manageable steps for their clients. But what about the guest, i hear you cry....tell us more about her? Well, she debuted in the financial services industry as an award-winning graphic designer, progressed to participant curriculum design, and advanced to sales and marketing before stepping out on her own as a consultant and speaker. With more than 25 years of industry experience in her pocket, our guest collaborates with retirement plan advisors, third-party administrators, and financial service organizations to help them leverage marketing tools, social media strategy tactics, and meaningful connections. And this is a key thing to gain greater and greater success. Know your market, know their problems and niche down tightly to become the go to expert for that group. She has received awards and recognition from the Plan Sponsor Council of America, Pension and Investments; National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators; and the International Association of Business Communicators. So was it simply a case of trying out different roles until she found the one that fits? And where do people go wrong in their own marketing...making it all about them, or just confusing the message? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Sheri Fitts Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Sheri Fitts such as: We discuss how social media is such a noise nowadays, and what platforms she has chosen to focus her energy into. Sheri shares her top three strategies to building meaningful connections on LinkedIn that works for her business. We chat about buying the best talent you can in your business to make growth and scale more and more achievable.   and lastly…. Sheri reveals how she broke rules of business as a small girl as she didn't realise that there were rules to follow. She went out and made things happen. 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man who is often referred to as the man of many visions. And when you see in bold type on his website "The best way to predict how a man will operate in the future, is see what he did in the past" you know that he is perfect for a show like Join Up Dots His colorful career spans over six decades and includes an array of expertise including designer, marriage and family therapist, hypnotherapist, inventor, marketing executive, mechanical engineer and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he migrated to California to attend California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) in Pasadena in 1948, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. With his studies completed he set to work, changing the way that life was supposed to be, not least allowing humans to leave Earth and land on over planets. His background includes supervising the mechanical design of the rocket engine for Lunar Excursion Module that landed the first astronauts on the moon. He also designed a hermetically-sealed explosive release mechanism for satellites. If that is not good enough, he turned his attention on the toy market and designed the talking mechanism for the Chatty Cathy Doll, the first ever talking doll, a favorite for children from 1959 – 1965.  And now after leaving his diverse and highly successful career, he shifted his focus to what is now known as True Fortunes. As he says "TrueFortunes is my very first venture with no purpose, no redeeming value and no prospect of remuneration. I’m old enough to have given up saving for my old age, old enough to have more sense but not old enough to stop caring – so let’s have some fun!” So what is his current passion, and why does he now after many many years of high achievement see fun as so important? And what would he say his biggest achievement was in life? Or perhaps it is still in the future? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr David Lee.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man with a personal motto that if you don't understand it as a business owner...then you should. Measure, Motivate, and Manage. He has extensive working knowledge regarding all aspects of operating a successful in-home service business, including (but not limited to) sales and marketing, recruitment, systematising, and human resources. He has helped numerous business owners revitalize their companies and become true business owners, not just operators. And this is the key element to it all....why is it that so many people create a business that actually runs them instead of the other way around? You don't set off on a path that you hope will lead to longer hours, more stress and headache after headache. It's all about walking on beaches, relaxing with friends and living the dream. And today's guest is most certainly living the dream now, but that wasn't always the case. He has been where you are. Working long hours, with his life supporting his business. Unable to step away from the day to day operation for fear of it disappearing in front of him. So how has he managed to switch off the life support system and see the business breath and flourish without him? And are their common issues that people almost have to go through to achieve the success that they want? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Justin Deese. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Justin Deese such as: Why so many people feel that in the early days of their business they can outwork their issues, but this is never the case and ultimately can bring even greater issues. How Justin felt when the business was growing too big for him. Did he have the skills to manage it? Could he handle the extra workload? All 100% imposter syndrome. How he has managed to create a business that is transportable, and is demonstrating that as he drives around America with his family in an RV. Why he wont do anything in his life that he doesn't love. no matter how lucrative it can be for him and his family. and lastly…. Why it is so important to have a vision of what you want in your life, not necessarily just in your business, as soon as you start working on building the dream.

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In todays episode we answer a couple of questions posed by a listener of Join Up Dots based in Scotland. He asked a couple of great questions that can make or break a business right from the very start, and more importantly is something that many entrepreneurs make mistakes with. How should you choose business partners and where do you find them? And secondly…..What is the first step to take when exploring a potential idea Both of these are will be discussed in today's show, and also we say hello to Pamela and Mike in the States, and Zadou in France. All now firm members of the Join Up Dots celebrity listeners club So what makes good business partners….time to listen to the episode So enjoy and hope to hear from you soon David

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a man that as soon as you hit his website and see “Love the Life you Live! Freedom is taken, not given. By living an Intentional Life, we ordinary people can live extraordinary lives.” you know he is perfect for Join Up Dots. He is a speaker, writer, educator and adventurer who has traveled to over 80 countries around the world and 49 of the 50 states in the USA, and he’s lived in France, Japan, Thailand, French Guiana, Washington State, Virginia, Alaska, and California. All the time learning from different people as well as having time to think. Allowing the brain to disconnect and focus on the present is the greatest way to get everything back in focus and on track. He has ridden a motorcycle on six continents and crossed the USA on one twice, and he’s summited of the highest mountain of eight countries and five states. He also has extensive experience teaching at the university level and working in business development, and he still pursues an adventurous lifestyle with his family. Now let’s reflect back on those first words. Freedom is taken, not given. And I’m sure there would have been many times when our guest would have thought “I would love to do this, but nah, I can’t…it’s not for people like me!” So when did he first start his first adventure, and was it as small journey into the unknown or a huge leap into the unknown? And where does he see so many people going wrong, who say “Erik, I would love to do what you are doing?” Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. Erik Seversen. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Erik Seversen such as: How so many people fail to realise that there is a world of adventure on their own doorstep. Get in a car at the weekend and see what’s waiting for you nearby. Erik shares how he started his first business, and the steps that he took to ensure that a steady growth was occuring month by month. How the power of the work life triangle is the way forward. How many of us add a big dose of “Me Time” into the balancing act? and lastly…. We discuss how the skill of delegation, and allowing people to do things even if its not the way that you would do it, is a key part of business growth. 

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How Do You Create Mass Influence In Your Business And Life?

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is with a #1 international bestselling author of Mass Influence – the habits of the highly influential, which is now a bestseller in 7 countries. From her rural back-woods roots in Northern Canada, she has worked her way through several different positions until she became the founder and chair of the Evolutionary Business Council, where she works with people around the world wanting to create grass roots change in communities and businesses. An International speaker and 4-times bestselling author, she has been featured on television, radio and print media across the globe demonstrating her passion for teaching others to play bigger and to generate wealth by creating more powerful relationships with others, both locally and internationally. But how did she truly get here? All positions of influence are not created overnight, but by many years of joining up seemingly unconnected dots until it all starts to make sense. So did she have a master plan right from the beginning? Or was it like so many of us, that she just tried many different things until she felt the click and everything fell into place? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the and only Teresa de Grosbois Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Teresa de Grosbois such as: You cannot make yourself influential no matter how much you want to, so it’s up to you to do the work on behalf of others and let your influence spread. Why it is so important for you to know what is weird and what isn’t when connecting with someone of influence. Dont make simple mistakes hinder your progress. and lastly…. Influential people understand that the influence is a currency that works. So save it, invest it and let it grow so you can be who you want to be. 

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who certainly has had his ups and downs since entering into the startup world to where he is today. And so my friends, that of course makes him a perfect guest for another inspiring, motivational and educational episode of Join Up Dots After graduating with a degree in music, he of course was like so many people who follow an education based career, convinced that an employment in the music industry was beckoning. But little by little he realised that this wasn't going to happen for him, so ended up waiting tables in LA to earn some cash. At the same time one of his flat mates, was doing very well writing code for a company. In fact based on the fact that his mate could roll into work when he wanted and basically in the words of our guest "Never be fired from the company as he had written much of their programming" inspired our guest to start working on his computer skills. He went from waiting tables in LA while pursuing a career in music, to building a development agency, to building several other products and companies, and to ultimately now becoming the CEO of Crew. How he is approaching the opportunities and challenges of taking over the leadership role as CEO of Crew, which is 3 years old, has raised $11 million in funding, has a valuation of $30 million, and is at the forefront of the freelance economy (which is shaping the future of work). So everything looks rosy in the garden for our guest. He looks relaxed, is loving his work, and on his way up. So how did he get himself back on his feet after the disappointment of realising a life in music was unlikely to be happening for him? And when he realised that his development agency was going under, due to choosing the wrong business partners to work with did he think he didn't have it in him to create his own success? Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only Michael Sacca

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Networking Advice They Way You Want It WIth David Burkus

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is an best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and business school professor. In 2017, he was named as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkes50 His forthcoming book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not the old boring networking advice. He is also the author of Under New Management and The Myths of Creativity.  He is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and his work has been featured in Fast Company, the Financial Times, Inc magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and CBS This Morning. If that isn't good enough, his innovative views on leadership have earned him invitations to speak to leaders from a variety of organizations, where he has delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Stryker and governmental and military leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.8 million times. So what are we doing wrong then when it comes to building a highly valuable network? And what actually are the myths of creativity? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr. David Burkus. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with David Burkus such as: David shares how he would recreate the education system to be able to spark creativity and passion in the kids of America. We discuss how the ideas of a book come to him, and the steps he takes to choose the one he wants to work on. and lastly…. Why networking should not be a constant battle against the spam...but instead a series of meaningful interactions that provide value.

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My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is seasoned consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with CEOs and senior executives of organizations ranging from Fortune 50s to start-ups in pursuit of transformational change.

His consulting has taken him to more than 20 different countries on four continents, and he has consulted to some of the world’s most influential CEOs and executives on issues ranging from strategy to organization to leadership. 

And this interest in leadership and more importantly the struggles that leaders encountered a ten year longitudinal study on executive transition to find out why more than 50% of leaders fail within their first 18 months of appointment.

Through this research he uncovered the four differentiating capabilities that set successful leaders apart, which he has written about in depth within his ground breaking Amazon #1 book Rising To Power, co-authored with Eric Hansen.

So what is it about leadership that got his juices flowing in such a manner that his career has been interlinked ever since?

And is leadership something that is taught or something that has to be experienced?

Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Mr Ron Carucci

 

Show Highlights

During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Ron Carucci such as:

Ron shares who he thinks are todays tops leaders across the world, and the skills that have made them shine. And they certainly aren't who you might think.

We discuss the route to power, and what we can do to prevent the ultimate abuse of that power when they get there.

Ron reveals why their are two forms of leaders, and if one existed more then we would have the issues with the others,

and lastly….

Ron gives us the four main leadership skills we can all develop today to become better leaders in life, or in our organisations. 

 

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Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

What Does It Take To Be A Successful Female Entrepreneur?

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a lady who was previously on the show back on episode 251, where we had a very deep conversation around self sabotaging ones careers, even when things are going just as you hoped they would. Back then she told us “I was a freelance writer, for a small Sydney magazine, before I realised a dream to help others create the lifestyle that they truly deserved. I use the word ‘deserved’ with intention. It was one of my first, big spiritual realisations: We are not all living our highest potential, we deserve so much more than we’ve been taught to expect.” That’s a fascinating insight not just to this ladies outlook, but also life itself. Why are we taught from such a small age to be realistic, be practical and leave the dreaming to, well the dreamers. Shouldn’t we be encouraging people to go for the mad stuff, the big stuff, the stuff that real dreams are made off? Challenging them to grow to the highest potential possible? Well since 2006 our guests life has been one intertwined with the all of this and more, and with such personal values such as laugh regularly, think differently, be persistent, be abundant (and give generously) and live what you love, she has clients flocking to her business looking for a similar mind-set to propel them to success. So where did her positive outlook really kick in and allow her to speed forward to success? And why has she rebranded her work from self names to beautifully wild? Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, with the one and only Monique Williams. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Monique Williams such as: How Monique now realises that she can now charge premium prices in her business and bring better quality clients into her business. Less customers, less hassle and more money....perfect! Why she now sees that she is more condensed and precise as to what she is offering. She knows her stuff, and knows how to deliver what her clients truly need. Monique recalls how her marketing messages were not congruent with how she truly was, and why it took a client to point out the error of her ways. and lastly…. Why we both believe that ladies should only share one part of themselves when they go out clubbing and what that part should be! Truly deep stuff! 

Direct download: Monique_Williams_Master.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Bucket Lists Are All The Rage, And Danny Dover Is The King

My guest today, on the Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots free podcast interview is a man who was one of the first people ever to join up dots with me on the show. Back on episode 11, we discussed his journey from a position where he was diagnosed as clinically depressed, overweight, with limited motivation, but knowing that he had to do something and do something fast. And at those points in ones life when big changes are needed, so the big questions were needed to be asked. Our guest did that by asking "Why Am I Here? and then started taking action. His professional life began flourishing, his personal life improved, and after creating his own company, publishing his first bestseller “SEO Secrets”, presenting to crowds of interested folk who flocked to hear his message, he knew it was time to reevaluate once more. He increased his focus on self development and happiness, and created his first “Life List” which quite simply he states “Was the best decision he ever made!” Setting himself a target to achieve 150 things by May 25th 2017, he set off on an adventure which is nothing short of inspiring. He lost 60 pounds, ran a marathon, sold/donated all his possessions until only owning less than 100 things, paid off all of his debts, became much more spiritual, visited all 7 continents, reconnected with friends and family and became happier than he had ever been before. And with items such as flying a plan, being on a chat show, seeing Mt Everest, getting a six pack, and living in the wilderness for a month, being just a few items on the list you can see it is a stretch of belief, as much as perseverance. But that is just one side of his story as his professional experience is also a wow too. His expertise as a SEO expert, has been cited in Time Magazine, NPR, NBC, PC World and has been translated into over 10 languages. He has spoken at Yale, the University of Washington and numerous conferences around the world. According to analytics data, his written work has been accessed in almost every country in the world. So where do we start...with the culmination of the bucket list adventure, or how he has gone from a demotivated guy, overweight and lost to a man who seems like he hits a home run every-time he swings. Well let’s just start by bringing onto the show to start joining up dots the one and only Danny Dover. Show Highlights During the show we discussed such weighty topics with Danny Dover such as: Danny tells us how he has managed to find the time and money to achieve his life list, and you will discover it is more to do with subtraction and prioritising than anything else. Danny reveals the big wins from completing his Life List (and they certainly what I was expecting) but so valuable to all of us. We discover the big fact of how long it takes to get a six pack, and whether he has managed to cling onto it after achieving that aim. and lastly…. Why we should all consider the power of attempting monthly life-lists of small achievable things occurring locally. Breaking lifes routine can be the quickest way to a life that is a wow! 

Direct download: 691-Danny_Dover-rewind.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

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