TBLP 131 | Jeff Wiener: The Kickass Entrepreneur

Most of the time, business owners are the best salesperson of the organization. But as leaders, they face the need to let go of their leads and delegating them to their members. And this can be very difficult. 

In this episode, Edwin chats with business leader Jeff Wiener, entrepreneur, author, and CEO of The Kickass Entrepreneur.

The Kickass Entrepreneur helps entrepreneurs scale their businesses, improve profitability, and ultimately, create wealth through their business’s profits. 

Now semi-retired, Jeff helps entrepreneurs reach their goals. He shares his business experiences on how to create wealth with other business leaders.

Listen as Jeff talks about growing and selling his first business.

Plus, Jeff discusses his book, The Kickass Entrepreneur’s Guide to Investing.

Lastly, Jeff leaves two actionable takeaways for up and coming business leaders.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • He talks about his reason for selling his business
  • What got him started with The Kickass Entrepreneur’s Guide to Investing
  • Jeff talks about the Peter principle and how he was able to move up to the next level
  • How he grew his business by growing great people
  • The characteristics that every business leader should possess

Links

Reading List

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Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 130 – Mark Rickmeier: Focus Leader

There is a change happening in today’s IT industry. More and more organizations are seeing the value of working with small to mid-sized software development companies. Experts who can really jump in and provide value quickly. Today’s guest gives us an insight into what it’s like to lead one of those companies.

In this episode, Edwin chats with business leader Mark Rickmeier, the CEO of Table XI.

Table XI is a software design and development company that builds custom software for its clients. With 18 years of experience building integrated web applications, mobile apps, and custom digital experiences, Table XI helps clients fuel growth, engage users, build audiences, sell products, tell stories and drive results.

Mark currently lives in Chicago with his wife and 2 daughters, and when he is not growing and leading businesses, he does a lot of community work in the childhood education field. 

Listen as Mark talks about Table XI and the exciting and unique projects that they are working on.

Plus, Mark talks about travel, hiking, and the importance of giving yourself the gift of time.

Lastly, Mark talks about the industry change happening and why Fortune 50 companies are starting to work with smaller, more nimble experts in the field.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The importance of integrating user experience and accessibility
  • The value of assessing your strengths and weaknesses as a business leader and knowing what to do after the process
  • How traveling and hiking has helped Mark keep his focus and vision
  • Mark talks about the sticky note game, and how they have implemented this in their organization’s onboarding process
  • The 3 factors that help organizations embrace innovation

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 129 | Libby Maurer: User Experience (UX) Leader

 

Providing clients with great user experience is very important for businesses. A positive experience can keep customers loyal to the product or brand. Because of this, most organizations now are investing more in user experience (UX) research to provide the best user experience for their client base.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Libby Maurer, the VP of User Experience in Hubspot.

Hubspot is a leading growth platform with thousands of customers around the world. They develop software products for inbound marketing and sales. Hubspot aims to provide tools for social media marketing, content management, web analytics, and search engine optimization.

When not growing and leading businesses, Libby is an active member of the yoga community. Having just finished graduate school, she also spends a lot of time traveling.

Listen as Libby talks about how Hubspot is helping businesses grow by giving their client a complete picture of their customer’s journey

Plus, she discusses her role and responsibilities as a business leader in Hubspot.

Lastly, Libby shares her best advice about career paths for aspiring business leaders.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The inbound philosophy and how this gives the sales teams complete visibility into leads engagement
  • Libby shares how much work goes into creating the user experience for their platform
  • The challenges that she had to overcome when she built her first user experience team
  • The importance of building a diverse team in an organization
  • Libby talks about how her mentor helped her become the business leader that she is now

Links

Reading List

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 128 – Alyson Gausby: Research Leader

Social media has greatly changed the landscape of business and markets in the past years. It has allowed companies to reach new prospects and customers. Customers can now interact with brands through social media. With the right research and data, marketing through social media can have a huge impact on the growth of businesses.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Alyson Gausby, the Head of Research at Twitter Canada.

Twitter is a social networking platform that allows users to post and interact with messages known as tweets. It connects users to people, opinions, ideas, and news.

Alyson is a self-proclaimed data nerd. She is a graduate of business and fine arts. When not growing businesses, she enjoys travelling, exploring new cuisines, and music festivals. 

Listen as Alyson talks about her roles and responsibilities as the Head of Research at Twitter Canada.

Plus, she discusses her research on thought leadership and the definition of culture.

Lastly, Alyson shares the new tools and initiatives that she and her team are working on.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The scope of research that Alyson and her team are conducting.
  • The impact of culture on brands. 
  • Alyson talks about their analysis of similarities and differences between markets in Canada, US, UK, and Brazil.
  • How Alyson overcame her fear of public speaking.
  • What she looks for when hiring a talent and interview style

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 127 | Robert Levy: Brand Insight Leader

 

The advancement of today’s technology has been transformational for consumers. Unfiltered product reviews have changed the way people buy products online. By leveraging on consumer insights and market research, businesses can become more consumer-focused and make better decisions.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Robert Levy, founder, and president of Brandspark International.

BrandSpark International is a leading market research and brand insight consulting company. By uncovering meaningful customer insights and understanding their client goals, Brandspark helps businesses make impactful decisions.

Listen as Robert talks about how he started Brandspark.

Plus, he shares some of the best practices and tips that helped him as a business leader.

Lastly, he discusses how leadership is a journey and shares his advice for emerging business leaders.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Robert talks about brand positioning and how it helped Brandspark in its early years.
  • The value of looking at both qualitative and quantitative information.
  • How unfiltered reviews have changed the way consumers buy online.
  • The difficult decision that helped him grow as a business leader.
  • The people that had the biggest impact on Robert’s leadership career.

Links

Reading List

  • Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind: How to Be Seen and Heard in the Overcrowded Marketplace by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 126 | Liam Martin: Remote Leader

More and more businesses are transitioning to remote workforces for reasons other than cost reduction. The benefits of remote work for both employees and employer is making it the right option for organizations across different industries.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Liam Martin, co-founder, and CMO of TimeDoctor.com and Staff.com.

Time Doctor is one of the world’s leading time tracking software for remote teams. It helps remote staff track their time and improve their focus and productivity.

When not growing businesses, Liam helps his partner run her chain of Mermaid Schools, Aqua Mermaid.

Listen as Liam talks about his roles and responsibilities as a business leader for Time Doctor and Staff.com.

Plus, he discusses the advantages of remote work and why businesses should try it.

Lastly, he shares his advice for emerging business leaders.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Transitioning from being an entrepreneur to becoming an executive.
  • The importance of a founder’s leadership in the organization.
  • Why having a good product is more important than culture.
  • How remote work increases the retention rates in an organization.
  • The person that has made the biggest impact on Liam as a business leader.

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP125 | #10Tips10Days: A LinkedIn Campaign

Welcome to September.  I have decided to take part in a LinkedIn campaign called #10tips10days which was started by my good friend Kira Day, Founder of The Passion Centre

Kira along with her friends Bobby Umar (hear my interview with him), Jake Jordan and Lila Smith started this in 2018.

I will be sharing ten tips for the solopreneur who is struggling to free themselves from the day to day of running a business. 

When they launched, they just wanted to get paid.  Now, they are getting paid but are working all the time.

The desire to hire people but don’t know where to start.

Follow me on LinkedIn as I share my tips on how I successfully hired teams both locally and remotely.

I encourage all of to share your expertise to your community.  It’s simple, the rules to participate:

1. Pick a topic that you know your audience is struggling with and you have the solution for.

2. Tell us how you or your product/solution/service can help solve the problem by offering up 10 tips over a period of 10 days (doing minimum 30 second videos)

Some people did one article with all 10 tips, some did 10 text posts over 10 days. That’s ok. We are looking for video but we care more about involvement!

3. Ask the audience to think about someone who might benefit from your tips and tag them in the conversation.

4. Tag in 3 other experts that you admire so that they can share their #10tips10days value as well

What You Will Learn From This Episode

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 124 | Paul Rubenstein: Workforce Analytics Leader

Big data analytics is becoming a trend in today’s businesses. Together with artificial intelligence and machine learning, organizations can now uncover patterns, insights, and trends that allow them to make immediate and smarter decisions.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Paul Rubenstein, Chief People Officer at Visier Inc.

Visier is a leading people analytics and workforce planning solution that helps its clients find the answers they need to strategically manage a complex workforce.

Outside of work, Paul is a husband and a dog dad. When not growing businesses, he spends time exploring the wilderness of Vancouver with his poodle.

Listen as Paul talks about Visier and his roles and responsibilities as one of its business leaders.

Plus, he discusses the value of analytics and data in workforce management.

Lastly, he shares why business leaders need to embrace the assistance of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Pushing talent strategy and outcomes using analytics software
  • How to have a lasting inspiration over people as a business leader
  • Overcoming the challenges of transitioning to different leadership roles
  • Understanding the concept of “distance to impact”
  • The engineering mindset

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 123 | Gary Saarenvirta: Artificial Intelligence Leader

Growing a business requires making smart decisions. 

Some of those operating decisions can be very complex and beyond human capability. This is where artificial intelligence steps in. With AI, businesses can make smarter plans and risk management decisions by running billions of simulations based on the organization’s transaction data.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Gary Saarenvirta, founder and CEO of Daisy Intelligence.

Daisy Intelligence is an AI platform that helps businesses double their profitability by making smarter decisions. By analyzing transactions and running simulations, Daisy Intelligence’s clients can make optimal plans and better risk management decisions. 

Outside of work, Gary is an avid tennis player and has a passion for reading science journals and textbooks.

Listen as Gary shares how he leads the product vision and his other roles and involvement in the company as a business leader.

Plus, he talks about how Daisy Intelligence attracts and retains the best talents.

Lastly, he discusses artificial intelligence and its impact on today’s business.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Strategies for retaining and recruiting the right talent for Daisy Intelligence
  • How to let an employee go
  • Gary’s personal dedication to start Daisy Intelligence
  • Secrets to building the culture of accountability and follow up in Daisy Intelligence
  • How artificial intelligence can be beneficial in decision making and its impact on job roles.
  • The mentors that have had a huge impact on Gary as a business leader.
  • The value of handing off responsibility to the team

Reading List

  • Leading by Greatness by David Lapin

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 122 | Simon Ferragne: Vision Leader

Every business has its mission and vision. But it can only make an impact when everyone in the organization can see the value of that vision.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Simon Ferragne, CEO and Founder of TrackTik.

TrackTik is a company that aims to build better software to allow its clients to run smarter businesses. Tracktik is involved in the security industry, providing businesses with an end to end solutions.

Simon is a father of two, and when not leading businesses, he is learning to fly small planes. 

Listen as Simon talks about his plans on how to grow his business through innovation and investing in employees who understand their organization’s mission.

Plus, he talks transitioning from a technical role to a business leader role.

Lastly, Simon talks about focusing on why and how this promotes collaboration between different areas in the company.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Simon discusses his plan to drive innovation to the next level
  • How he started his business by keeping client focus and solving problems for their clients
  • He talks about the importance of making employees understand the mission and vision of the organization
  • Simon highlights the importance of getting feedback from his peers and clients
  • He shares advice to people who are going into a leadership position for the first time
  • How he identifies and recognize the traits of potential business leaders
  • He talks about driving collaboration within the organization by focusing on the result, the outcome, and the why

Links

Reading List

  • Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsor

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.