Sat, 20 December 2014
Todays guest is a man who has been looking at what makes high performing teams in the corporate world for over 25 years.
Is it the leaders that bring everything together, or is it just the combined sum of all the parts that make a team that hums like a well tuned engine?
Can we build teams that go off like a rocket from the start, or is it a slowly, slowly approach that builds the effectiveness that companies are looking for the world over?
Well through his on hands study through working for Transworld Systems for nearly 30 years he has built up ideas of the right way to go about it, which he has presented to the world in his well received books "Full Contact Leadership" and ""What Exceptional Leaders Know" co-authored with Tracy Spears.
The books are littered with practical advice and real life examples of the way to go to be seen as a leader that people will want to work for.
So did he start his studies into leadership early, or did he like many of us realise that certain people he was working under were simply not up to the job?
And can he see a change in the way that leadership is seen and taught now compared to when he started his career back in the mid eighties?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, with the one and only Wally Schmader.
Fri, 19 December 2014
It is super to have todays guest on the inspirational Steve Jobs inspired Join Up Dots podcast show, as he is quite simply the nearest to a real life superman that I have ever spoken to.
He is a man on a mission, and it is a mission that will take him around the world and inspire the world at the same time.
Starting in April 2015 and finishing in January 2020, he is going to try to complete a record-breaking 7 Continents Round the World Cycle ride, whilst wearing a superman costume?
You can only imagine how sore parts of his body are going to be on this epic adventure!
Starting his career as a teacher, he always had the motivation to jump onto his bike and see the world. Never content to just relax and go with the flow.
His cycling adventures actually started way back in 2011, when he cycled 4,000km from his home in Tooting to Turkey, raising over £5,000 for charity but this was literally just a "Hey honey I'm just going for a ride on the bike for awhile!" kind of trip in comparison.
Now he is working his way up to the kind of fitness, to tackle head on this amazing trip and on the way aim to raise £100,000 towards the World Cancer Research Fund and Parkinson’s UK.
But like so many inspiring tales of achievement and extreme effort that we hear on Join Up Dots, more often than not its the smaller ripples that make for lasting change in the world.
Our guest teaches year one children at Brandlehow Primary School in Putney, and is also the Healthy Schools Coordinator for his school.
He said: “I’ve got my own super cycling club that I run after school. And its great to see the kids get excited about cycling; one girl said that she wants to cycle to Egypt when she’s older so I’m hoping to inspire them to go on their own adventure.”
I'm sure he is going to do just that too.
So what is it about cycling freedom that so appeals, as it is renown as being one of the hardest form of long distance endurance?
And how has he managed to get so much time away from school, he can't go with the "Oh its a teacher training day" after all?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the Super cycling man himself, Mr Will Hodson.
Thu, 18 December 2014
Todays guest is a lady who has huge motivation to try to battle the many obstacles in her life to become who she is today.
As a child she was diagnosed with heart disease, and then later in her twenties discovered that she was suffering from ulcers too.
But as we find time and time again on Join Up Dots, the things that life throws at us more often than not are the clues to how we should be living in our later years.
The ability to overcome these things is the practice we need to then help others find the same solutions to their own personal issues.
Which our guest has done, and now shares her knowledge of the best stress management practices through her books and her keynote presentations.
Work hard, but work even harder at keeping yourself in peak fitness.
She swims at least a mile day...including a solid half mile of butterflies, and has run several marathons over the years too.
Mind and body coming together to propel us all on to great success.
But this focus is just one aspect of her that has taken her to the top.
As with an interest in languages, a passion in travel, and a keen interest in the cultural differences that make up the globes different approaches to management, she has pulled together an impressive body of work which is sought after throughout America and the world
She is an entrepreneur, author, award-winning photographer, classical pianist, Mandarin speaking business lady and of course an active swimmer?
But where did she start to feel the motivation that her path had started to come together in the direction that she wanted?
And does she feel that her health issues as I mentioned were a key part to becoming who she is today?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only entrepreneur Dr Janelle Barlow.
Wed, 17 December 2014
Todays guest solopreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired career podcast interview, is a lady who as soon as I heard about her daily hustle and drive to achieve a dream not just for herself, but for eight complete strangers then I knew I had to have her on the show.
She is the creator of the My Million To One programme whereby she is on a mission to raise one million pounds to provide housing for eight disabled children that she first met when volunteering in Africa.
She was asked to help whilst volunteering in the area and quickly approached a couple of local charities who agreed to help by adopting the children and providing them a home on the proviso that she found money every year to pay for the children’s home.
Well throw into the mix money for all their needs, education and rehabilitation costs – and guarantee that the money would be provided for their lifetimes then it seems daunting to say the least..
So… she challenged herself to raise £1million – enough to build the orphanage itself and then enough money to sit in a bank, so the centre can survive off the interest payments.
Now that might sound easy, find a couple of phone numbers for millionaires and job done.
But our guest has gone a different route, and has aimed to find one million people who will be willing to donate £1 each.
Yep, that’s it.
I would guess that all of us listening to this show will have a lose pound in our pocket to donate to this worthwhile cause.
As she says” “Giving these kids a home for life means everything to me and I don’t see any better way to make their dream of a home come true than by making your dreams come true along the way. I think there’s something beautiful about a ‘dream swap’ where everyone wins and it’s a wholly positive experience for everyone involved. It also honours the kids too. They’re not victims… They’d like to know that they’ve helped you too and been empowered in that way.”
What an amazing thing to say!
So how did this lady come to find herself in Africa volunteering in the first place?
And has she found finding one million people harder than she imagined when she started the charity?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only Alana Hurd.
Tue, 16 December 2014
Todays guest joining us on the Steve Jobs motivation packed podcast Join Up Dots is a man who can answer a lot of the bug questions that we have when building an online career.
He believes that entrepreneurship should be easier than most of us make it, which is why so many people go looking for the get rich quick scheme.
So, have you ever realized that there was a way of life on offer that meant you could link up some buttons on a webpage, target some traffic and wait for money to roll in?
I'm sure you have, but getting it to work is a totally different matter altogether.
Well todays guest is one of those men that doesn't just make it work, he can share the knowledge that he has built up since around 2004, with companies, organisations and individuals that are looking to harness the power of the worldwide web.
He started playing around with online courses, and information products at first and after a modest start to milking the cash cow, studied in earnest the practices and psychology that had made the guys he worshipped very rich indeed.
He had found his passion in life, which has continued to grow stronger after every success he has experienced.
But our guest wasn't just fascinated with the cash, but also had a deep interest gained from his father to the words of Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn and Naploean Hill. to name just three.
He bathed in the words of these men, and was fasinacted with the deep insight they all shared as to what made us tick, and do the things that we do.
Our guest knew that if he could bring together both interests into a workable, manageable platform then he would be rocking and rolling, and he could make money literally as he sleeped.
And that is what he has done, and now with his online show "The Tropical Entrepreneur" show, running alongside his online ventures, he has created a life that is location independent.
He can literally up stick from his home in Thailand and take his job with him.
But what was it about the world of online marketing that so excited him as a youngster?
And where does he feel that so many people make mistakes when they start to build a business online?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots with the one and only freedom loving expert Mr Josh Denning.
Mon, 15 December 2014
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the inspirational Steve jobs inspired Join Up Dots, was kind enough to have me as a guest on his amazing new online show "You Leading You" awhile back, and it was clear in the conversation that we are almost the same person.
We have such similar backgrounds, inspirations, talents, that we are almost brothers separated by a vast expanse of water called the Atlantic.
He has been a corporate guy for many years, and has worked at climbing up the ladder of career success, rung by rung, and like so many got to a position when he realised that he didn't like the climb.
He didn't like the fact that he was climbing a ladder, which at anytime could be pushed over, and leave him plummeting downwards.
So he took action, imperfect action which is always the best, and started taking control of his life.
This is a great tale of persistence, with many dots that show how he went from being homeless to an inspirational coach, speaker and host of a super popular podcast....with a heartattack being thrown into the mix too.
So how did he take the decision that was required to start building a life under his own terms?
And why did one conversation with a boss, that he didn't see eye to eye with, literally throw paraffin onto the passions that were simmering deep within him.
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots with the one and only brother from another mother....Mr Sean Ackerman
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Podcast: You Leading You: Conversations of Leadership and success with Business Pros, Entrepreneurs and Just Plain Folks!
Overcoming adversity has been a skill I’ve had since pre-conception. As my parents were told they would never have children, I fought my way into this world and have persevered, bringing success in whatever I put my mind to. After 30 years in business management, from small privately-owned companies to large corporate organizations, and I’ve had some amazing accomplishments. In 2011, it all came crashing down as my family and I found ourselves homeless after Hurricane Irene. Losing most everything we owned, we came back and persevered to put our lives back together. This was the catalyst for You Leading You, my mission, to share my experience and knowledge to help other leaders learn and grow. To find their own success and happiness. To lead themselves to their dreams. Today I share the message through the show, You Leading You, with insightful lessons from amazing leaders sharing their stories of success.
Sun, 14 December 2014
We all say that we want freedom to travel, but how many of us truly have the motivation to do just that?
Perhaps you wanted to travel the world, see amazing sights and experience new cultures but thought "Man what would I do with the kids?"
Well I know that I have, and I guess mentally I have set my stall out for when they all grow up and leave home, and then straight on a airplane I'll go.
But does it have to be that way?
Do you have to wait until everything seems perfect in your life, or do you just need to show a passion and a commitment to the task?
Well todays guest entrepreneur is a lady who decided in 2007 that she would visit every country on earth, and has currently visited 36 and five continents.
Planning her work carefully to allow for months of travel each year, as soon as the kids are in school, she leaves them with her beloved nanny, packs her bags and sets off alone to start conversations with total strangers, and the collection of unforgettable memories.
As she says "I am a dreamer and a doer. I am passionate about living life to the full and empowering others to do the same. I wear many hats; i am a writer, mother, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a ‘modern Marco Polo’.
And now as the 230th guest on Join Up Dots she can add interviewee to her titles too.
So without further a do, its with great delight that I bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the lady with the longest name I have ever seen, Princess Umul Hatiyya Ibrahim Mahama.
Sat, 13 December 2014
Todays guest entrepreneur joining us on the Steve Jobs inspired business podcast is a man who looks like he is having a great time earning an income, building a business and helping start-ups across the globe to become successful.
And he seems to be playing to his authentic self, which really is when things start coming together at a rate of knots too.
As he says on his blog" I ams the author of the #18 Amazon best-selling book, Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty.
And prior to writing Design for Hackers, I founded the Design departments at two Silicon Valley startups, and freelanced for clients such as oDesk, PBworks, and UserVoice.
I also launched numerous other careers and projects on my own, none of which failed hard enough to be worthy of mention in this bio."
But although an amusingly self-depreciating summary of his adult working-life, he has found the career success that so many people are searching for travelling the world, speaking about design and entrepreneurship, and mentoring startups, including those at 500 Startups.
And if that doesn't sound good enough he also has the ability to choose to pop down to South America for a couple of months, when it gets too cold in his home in Chicago.
Which sounds great if you can do it.
So how has he managed to find the motivation and inspiration to have the fun in a life which for so many is just hard slog?
And what it is about startups that excites him so much?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show to start joining up dots, the one and only super entrepreneur himself Mr David Kadavy
Fri, 12 December 2014
Todays guest is a lady working in the northern town of Harrogate in the UK, who is the founder of "The Career Farm", where she inspires people across the globe to not look for a career, but instead grow one.
You see career farm, growing...yep it all makes sense.
She doesn't believe that people are proactive enough in the way they go about earning a living, with the standard response to most people being the "Well it's a job isn't it" kind of response.
She feels that we should be planning our development in the same way as a farmer plans what crops they will sow for maximum yield.
We should be sowing the seeds that will help us reap bountiful rewards later on in our careers.
She started her career as a Chartered Surveyor before re-training as a career coach, but in 1999 found her entrepreneurial spirit when she founded her first company, focusing on the supply of careers services and information products to Business Schools across the UK and Europe.
But in June 2012 as her business grew more successful, her belief that there was more to offer the world, and of course more to come from herself led her to selling her stake in the company and creating the "Career Farm."
And it looks like she was right to do so, as with her well received book "If not now, when? How to take charge of your career", her top ranked podcast "Mission Driven Entrepreneurs" , and myriad of other things helping people to feel fulfilled in their careers, she is certainly busier than ever.
But when did she realise that people needed to grow their careers, and being true to herself was she always growing her own?
And where does she see the biggest challenegs facing the working population nowadays?
Well let's find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only Jane Barrett
Thu, 11 December 2014
Todays guest is a man who has an amazing story from a farm in South Africa to Scotland before settling in the United Kingdom.
And it seems like so many people who appear on the show, his journey began on a path that was closely linked to family responsibilities and the childhood that he came to feel was normal.
His Father ran a sugar cane farm in South Africa, and upon passing away when our guest was just 14 lead to the first dot in our guests Join Up Dots timeline.
Should he allow the farm to be handed over to a new buyer, or run the farm himself to keep it in the family?
But was running a sugar cane farm the true passion in his life or simply the right thing to do.
Well whatever the case he made the decision to go to an agricultural college for his last three years of school as part of his preparation for farming, and after fulfilling his compulsory military duties, five years later became a farmer.
But that is just the start of his journey, and with further stops via the windy and cold city of Aberdeen in Scotland, and a tennis club in the South of England he found something that he loves doing and is very good at.
Building online businesses he has helped thousands of people increase their online profits from a few hundred to thousands of pounds a month using a number of time tested internet business models.
He is the go to resource for passive income that works whilst you are asleep.
So does he look back at his time as a sugar cane farmer as a lucky escape, or does he regret making the decision to move on?
And what is it about entrepreneurial ventures that excites him on a daily basis?
Well lets find out as we bring onto the show, to start joining up dots, the one and only Mr Anthony Robert.