You might be familiar with all the buzz around something called the “Business Model Canvas”.  There are currently three books in the series which started with “Business Model Generation” then “Business Model You” now a new book ” Value Proposition Design“.  So why the interest from the business communities in this interesting way of developing a business model.  Simply put, it is engaging, inclusive ,compelling and it works.

Authors Alex Osterwalder, Yves Pingeur, Greg Bernarda and Alan Smith are the dynamic team behind the business model canvas.  I recently had the pleasure of having a dialogue with Alex Smith the brains behind the book designs, which I might add are a big reason for the success of the books.

During our dialogue we discuss the key elements in creating a great value for customers, we also get into the steps necessary to create the value proposition canvas: Customer Profile, Value Map and Fit all  extremely important considerations in the developing a any new product design.  Alan and his colleagues refer to gain creators, and pain relievers as one of the most important elements in developing great designs.

While this all might sound simple it is daunting to create a new product, test it and know that you are creating something that is really needed and wanted by your customers.  Developing something in a vacuum is crazy,  where your perception of what will relieve your customers pains is exactly that a perception and not the reality of the situation.  Developing then testing your product is so important, I speak from experience I have developed a few products and testing is so important so you can gain feedback.

Alan and his team have recently released a cloud based software system allowing teams to collaborate on developing a business model canvases, it is called Strategyzer.  In my humble opinion I have never seen software as simple as Strategyzer, providing results in minutes.  If you work with a team and you are in the process of developing a new product or service I would highly recommend checking out this amazing new cloud based software.

I encourage you to listen closely to Alan Smith as he guides the listener to a better understanding of Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Design.  If you want to just click on the links provided below that will take you to the related websites associated with Value Proposition Design.

Value Proposition Design

Strategyzer

I am certain that the talk around the water cooler doesn’t default to leadership in this country, but I am certain that it is a topic of discussion more than we think.  It seems like everywhere we turn we see leaders falling from grace due to improprieties in their judgement and or just not doing an adequate job.  What is happening?  Is there a lack of competent leaders with great skills and strong emotional intelligence.

In my recent interview with author Jeffrey Krames we discuss his new book entitled ” Lead with Humility-12 Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis”.   What is it about the new Pope that is attracting lost Catholics back to the church, and his acceptance by the congregation at one of the highest in history.  According to Jeffrey Krames Pope Francis possess amazing leadership skills such as  1) Leading with Humility, he states that authentic humility empowers leaders like no other leadership quality.  How this translates for business leaders is never use you position of leadership for selfish reasons, and make yourself accessible to your employees.   2) Smell Like Your Flock: which means to immerse yourself deeply into whatever group you lead to aspire to lead, in a meaningful way.

I know you are going to thoroughly enjoy my interview with author Jeffrey Krames, you will also learn more about the traits and qualities that Pope Francis possess that make him one of the greatest leaders in modern history of the Catholic Church.

To learn more about Jeffrey Krames and his other books please click here to learn more, you can also learn more about the book by clicking here to be directed to the Facebook landing page.

I think that many American’s ask the question on a regular basis, especially with our congress “Where are the leaders”?  Yes, leadership is a skill and talent that is learned, and just because you have a law degree or any other degree in higher education doesn’t qualify you to be a skilled leader.  I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Eric Kaufmann the author of a new book entitled ” Leadership As A Hero’s Journey“.

In our interview together we discussed how “Joseph Campbell’s” famous “Hero’s Journey” is an important element of all brave and committed leaders. Eric states that leadership as a Hero’s Journey unfolds on three levels 1) results 2) wisdom and 3) spirituality.  He also states that there are four virtues associated with leadership and they are 1) Focus: What am I creating? Focus sets direction and clarity for the journey. 2) Courage: What am I avoiding? Courage enables full engagement that is otherwise blocked by anxiety and fear.  3) Grit: What am I sustaining?  Grit drives action forward in the face of fatigue and disheartenment.

I know you are going to enjoy this wonderful interview with author and consultant Eric Kaufmann about his new book.  If you want to learn more about Eric please click here to be directed to his website.    

I think that everyone is interested in improving their health, and releasing a few pounds.   American’s spend billions annually on diets, exercise programs and supplements–all in the name of feeling and looking better.  While our health is our wealth as an old proverb states, there ways to approach our diet, nutrition and exercise programs with an easy and simple solution.

In her new book “The Plant Plus Diet Solution” author Joan Boysenko takes a personalized approach that is systemic and a way of living that you can make part of your DNA and live it for life.  In our interview together we discuss everything from our mental stress and how it creates cortisol and increases our weight, to our gut’s importance in our nutrition, to levelizing our insulin.  Joan is an incredibly well versed expert in the field with a great approach to living your life for optimal health.

I hope you enjoy our interview, and if you want to learn more please click here to be directed to Joan’s website.  Or you can click here to watch a short introductory video about “The Plant Plus Diet Solution”.

Are you looking for new ways to be more eco-friendly?  Would you like to be mindful about your consumption, and the effects that it is having on the planet?  Do you want to reduce your personal ecological footprint?

I recently had the opportunity of interviewing author Madeleine Somerville about her new book entitled “All You Need Is Less“.  This is a wonderful book loaded with ideas and tips to transform how you run your household.  Madeleine states you can realistically adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle without either losing your mind from the soul-destroying guilt of using a plastic bag because you forgot your reusable ones in the trunk of your car, or becoming a prachy know-it all whom everyone loathes from the tips of her/his organically-shampooed hair to the toes of her/his naturally-sourced recycled sandals.

We are all aware that our current population is over 7 billion and growing.  If we are all to create a sustainable and equitable lifestyle for all citizens worldwide we need to really consider our consumption habits.  Our ecology all starts with our “thoughts” about our wants.  Ask yourself do you really need that new car, television, cell phone.  Everytime we make a decision to purchase something we need to look at the product life-cycle.  How long will it last before it ends up in the recycle bin?

I hope you enjoy this interview with environmentalists Madeleine Somerville.  She really has some good tips for shifting our behaviors, and being more mindful of our consumption.  If you want to learn more about Madeleine and her book click here to be directed to her website.

 

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing author Lisa Nirell.  She has another new book that has just been released entitled ” The Mindful Marketer.”  

In Lisa’s new book she questions traditional marketing methodology, and provides the reader with alternative ways to implement effective marketing strategies.   Lisa states that the traditional chief marketing officers are facing extinction because of the use of big data, and how it is transforming the way we work as marketers.  She states that that modern marketing leaders are expected to be tech savvy, data driven brand ambassadors on the vanguard of change.

I appreciate Lisa’s approach to this book.  She exposes how our always-on mindset and the consistent need for speed and innovation has created an environment of mindlessness.  She states we need to stop, breathe and reflect mindfully on future opportunities and daily decisions if we are to effectively make deep meaningful connections with our customers.    Lisa recommend a “middle path”, a nexus between data-fueled, analytical thinking and creativity to a humanistic approach to marketing.

I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with a leader in the marketing industry.  If you want to learn more about Lisa you can click here to be directed to her website.

 

Weight Loss, almost everyone has attempted one method or another.  Some are successful and other completely fail.  Individuals in the United States spend billions of dollars each year trying to release weight.

I had the pleasure of speaking with an author by the name of Stephanie Matos, who recently released a new e-book entitled “The Mindful Weight Loss Method“.  I believe that Stephanie is on to something, and in our interview together we discuss how not only she released over 60 lbs, but how she is helping others with her Mindful Weight Loss Method.

When you think about it, mindfulness as a mechanism to create awareness of our patterns and is a wonderful way to shift our behaviors, and we all know if we can’t shift our behaviors from stress eating, or postponing that work-out we will never release the excess weight.  Stephanie speaks with in this podcast about many methods that are not only working for people, but are successful at keeping the weight off.

I hope you enjoy this podcast with Stephanie Matos, and if you want to learn more please click here to be taken to her website.  Or to watch one of her YouTube videos just click here.

I happen to have a very good friend recommend that do an interview with  author and scientist George Land  about his new book entitled “Natures Hidden Force“.   While I have never met George, I knew of his prior work “Grow or Die, The Unifying Principle of Transformation“.  I was exposed to his work by a very good friend whom has now passed by the name of Larry Wilson the founder of Wilson Learning.

I knew this new book would be as interesting and thought provoking as the man himself.  George a General Systems Scientists by occupation, was transformed as a result of researching and writing ” Natures Hidden Force”.  He has taken some of the most complex scientific theories such as the “Law of Entropy” and turned them on their head.

If you are looking for making the connect between science and spirituality, then this interview is for you.  George does an excellent job of connecting the dots and proves that our Universe is not in decay, but that we are all Creatively Connected.   As Albert Einstein stated in 1954, “The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It will transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology.  Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity.”

I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with a very intelligent and grounded author George Land.  If you want to learn more just click here to be directed to his website.

 

I was so pleased with my first interview with Matthew Fox that I invited him back to do another interview.  As many of you are aware he is a prolific author with 28 titles to his name.  While I am unable to interview him for all of his works, I chose to focus on a book entitled ” The Hidden Spirituality of Men” which intrigued me.

In this interview with Matthew we discuss the the current troubles that are plaguing our planet, and the role that our male dominated society has played in many of the issues and challenges our world is faced with.  In “The Hidden Spirituality of Men” Matthew is awakening the worldviews for men by providing ten metaphors to awaken what he calls “the sacred masculine”.  He also includes models of sacred marriage, showing how partnerships with the feminine becomes the ultimate expression of masculinity.

I encourage my listeners to take a deep dive, and really understand the sacred masculine.  If we shift our worldviews and better understand how we behave and treat the planet, we can make a transformation for the better allowing us to awaken to living in harmony with mother earth.

If you want more information about Matthew Fox please click here to be directed to his website.  Enjoy this wonderful interview with a truly heart filled author.