I don’t think that there is an entrepreneur on the face of the planet that doesn’t understand the challenges of starting-up a new company. Most startups are faced with a myriad of issues, not to mention one of the biggest issues of finding capital to drive the new venture forward.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Hap Klopp the founder of North Face, about his new book entitled “Almost-12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream“. Our interview is a must listen too for those who are in business, and especially if you might be seeking funding for your new venture. His book tells the story about the issues that a company by the name of “Ardica” in the Silicon Valley had in finding funds, and the dynamics of the personalities working in the business. Hap, was the marketing director and was on the board of directors of Ardica. It is a wonderfully told story about a group of very bright engineers attempting to revolutionize the energy business, and in the process finding obstacles at almost every intersection partially due to the disfunction of the organization and the other as a result of a cash burn rate that was exceeding income.
I hope you will take the time to listen to this great interview with Hap Klopp about his new book “Almost-12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream.” If you want more information about Hap please click here to be linked to a great article from the Stanford Business School. You can also learn more about Ardica by clicking here to visit their website.
There is lots of talk today about the power of authenticity, and rightfully so. We see the topic being discussed throughout the political campaigning that we are experiencing, and unfortunately we don’t see our current top running candidates for the presidential election showing high levels of authenticity. As sad as that might seem, “authenticity” seems to be conspicuously absent from this presidential campaign.
In my recent interview with author Karissa Thacker about her book “The Art of Authenticity” we discuss the four components that form the basis of authenticity as a leader.
First, is self-awareness-motivation and values are individual and distinctive. This level of authenticity requires that one really wants, what is important and why. The second is “balanced processing–this is a skill of blending thought process with the thought processes of others without a bias one’s own view. ( I really believe this is missing with that unnamed candidate for president.) Third, is relational transparency–when it comes to building a genuine relationship with people, transparency is critical. Authentic leaders allow themselves to evolve, grow, and experiment regarding their personal transparency. Lastly, is internal moral perspective–authentic leaders are students of human nature in general and experts on the peculiarities of their own particular more nature. The keep their own unique internal GPS system activated as they deal with day-to-day pressures.
If you are a leader in your organization and wanting to learn more about the keys to being more authentic then I would highly recommend that you read Karissa Thacker new book “The Art of Authenticity“. You can learn more by visiting her website by clicking here, or you can go to the book Facebook page by clicking here.
I hope you enjoy this lively interview with Karissa Thacker about “The Art of Authenticity“.
How many of you have ever experimented with mind mapping? If you haven’t explored mind mapping, then you are in for a real treat in listening to this interview with Chris Griffiths the author of “GRASP the Solution“.
Chris is a thought leader and the person who alongside Tony Buzan has accelerated the use of mind mapping into the business world, and continues to be a pioneer. OpenGenius his organization based in England are the software developers of two amazing pieces of software called iMindMap 9 and Drop Task along with numerous training courses.
In my interview with Chris about his book “GRASP the Solution” we discuss what gets in the way of people tapping their creative genius. Chris states that creativity can be learned, and it is not something that is foster in the business world, even though businesses always say they are looking for more creative and innovative people. As a matter of fact it’s the people that are putting out the fires and jumping from one task to another that get the most attention, while the people that are thinkers, and are tapping their creative genius are frequently overlooked.
The acronym GRASP stand for the four types of thinking that are the foundation to how one approaches a particular task. “Generative Thinking-is how we generate thoughts and ideas, Reactive Thinking-is how we react to existing influences and ideas, Analytical Thinking-is how we analyze ideas to reach a solution, Selective Thinking-is how we validate and implement a potential solution, Proactive Thinking-is the strategy of thinking that utilizes all of the previous types of thinking.
Mind Mapping is the technique invented by Tony Buzan for optimizing how we use our brains. It is a visual format that is not linear that supports the creative problem solving skills, making is more intuitive and easy to capture our thoughts while mapping them visually. This process can be completed on a big sheet of paper, or can be captured through software such as iMindMap 9 and or Drop Task. Below is an image showing you an example of the iMind Map 9 and Drop Task screenshots.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with author and thought leader Chris Griffiths. If you want to find more about OpenGenius and the software and trainings that are offered please click here to be directed to the website. If you want to join the Facebook group for OpenGenius please click here.
Calling all leaders–your current leadership impact is a result of many factors. Author Simon Tyler in his new book entitled ” Impact Code 50 Way to Enhance Your Presence and Impact at Work“, states that there are five (5) fundamental aspects of leadership.
1) Your Visual Impact, no this is not about the great clothes you wear it is about your visual messaging, and how people around you perceive your message. 2) Presence, this is that special something that you possess that draws people to you. They want to hear what you have to say, and they are willing to follow you. 3) Connection, this is the factor relating to how well you connect with others, how they respond and if they are motivated by you written and spoken word. 4) Verbal Impact, how you make people feel when you give them a task to do. Do they feel valued and empowered. 5) Your Leadership Footprint, do you leave others with a call-to-action or a high degree of interest and motivation.
Author Simon Tyler provides the reader with 50 short and well articulated lessons on how to make a greater impact in the workplace. I highly recommend anyone in management read Simon’s book “Impact Code” to better understand what will make you a better leader in your organization.
If you want more information about Simon please visit his website by clicking here.
I hope you enjoy this interview with author Simon Tyler.
This interview is with the remarkable Diana Rivenburgh on here most recent book “The New Corporate Facts of Life.” In this book, Diana can show business leaders how to seize and profit from the opportunities born every day in this new era of catalytic change. This book will arm readers with practical models and tools in order to rid your business of outdated and useless practices and to bring it up to speed with modern influences.
Diana Rivenburgh has 25+ years experience with organizational and leadership development, change, consulting and strategy creation. She has her M.S. in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University and her B.S. in Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology.
Learn more about Diana Rivenburgh at strategic-imperatives.com. You can also purchase “The New Corporate Facts of Life” here.
Every organization today is attempting to get the greatest engagement and productivity from their employees. In my recent interview with author Joan Kingsley the author of ” The Fear-Free Organization” we discuss the important characteristics required to create a fear free organization.
Leadership and trust are obviously a key characteristics that that help to build confidence in the employees, but neuroscience shows that individuals and organizations are more successful when people are encouraged to take risks, to explore new ideas, and to channel their energies in ways that work for them. In my interview with author Joan Kingsley we explore how to make your organization less fear driven and more fearless.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with Joan Kingsley about her new book entitled ” The Fear-Free Organization” You can learn more about Joan and the book by clicking here to be taken to her consulting organization website.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Shoemaker the author of a new book entitled “Can’t Not Do–The Compelling Social Drive That Changes Our World.” In our interview together we discuss the elements and passion required to change the world.
Paul is focused on letting the readers know that taking on a social project is for anyone. You don’t have to create a nonprofit or have thousands of people following your movement. He states that ” we have the solutions, technology and resources necessary to fight many of the world’s largest social problems. Paul contends that the missing link is more people, committed people who can marshall resources with passion to make change happen.
In “Can’t Not Do” he cites many success stories of people who have addressed social issues head on, and have resolved many of our worlds problems. Take David Risher who founded an organization called “Worldreader” that uses technology to bring reading materials to areas where they’re most needed. Worldreader is helping fight illiteracy by helping half a million schoolchildren in 50 developing countries start reading, or Kerry Mc Cleahan who founded “Ready for Kindergarten Initiative” a program that helps children who are kindergarten age become better prepared for school so they get a headstart when they do enter the formative years of their education.
Paul has great stories of people just like you and me who are making a difference, and have a passion to change the world. His book is a guide designed to assist the reader in defining their “can’t not do” initiative then with tips, guidance and success stories encourage the reader to take action.
I hope you enjoy this wonderful interview with a great thought leader and author. If you want to learn more about Paul and Social Venture Partners the organization that he is the Founding President of just click here to be directed to the website.
Our moral compass is set by the values we live by. Values are one of the most important elements we can define as individuals and as organizations. When our friends and family look at us they can tell you the values that we live by and uphold. When our customers evaluate our level of service, they too can tell us the values our organization stands by and for.
In my recent interview with Dina-Dwyer Owen the co-chair of the “The Dywer Group” we discuss her new book entitled “Values, Inc-How Incorporating Values into Business and Life Can Change The World“. Dina was profiled on the popular TV Show “Undercover Boss“. Her organization is comprised of group of franchise companies that provide a myriad of services to homeowners, from Mr. Rooter to The Grounds Guys”
In my interview with Dina we discuss the importance of how values that she learned from her father, these values have helped to shape The Dwyer Group today. Diana sites that 73% of people surveyed believed that a code of ethics makes their company a better place to work, and this is truly exemplified throughout the Dwyer Group of companies. Dina know is that “being authentic” and transparent is important to the success of any organization. If you want to learn more about the importance of personal and business values, then I recommend that you listen to the words of Dina Dwyer-Owen in our interview together.
You can learn more about her companies by clicking here, or you can connect with her on Facebook by clicking the link, or Twitter. I hope you enjoy this great interview with a wonderful leader driven by her values and making this world a better place to live.
Leadership, it is a hot topic these days. If you look inside businesses most organizations are looking for good leaders.
In my recent interview with author Scott Edinger we discuss his new book entitled “The Hidden Leader’. Scott has been working with leaders for years developing the best and the brightest. In his his new book we discuss the characteristics that he finds in all good leaders, and frequently these hidden leaders are overlooked by the management of the organization.
There are probably many people you can think of that are hidden leaders within your organization. Most of these hidden leaders have amazing interpersonal skills, strong values, high levels of integrity, focus on results and the customer. They have already developed the traits and characteristics of a leader, and have not officially been given the title. If you want to learn more about discovering and developing the greatness within your organization I recommend listening to my interview with Scott Edinger the author of “The Hidden Leader“.
If you would like to view Scott’s website just click here, or you can connect with him via Twitter by clicking the link. I hope you enjoy this great interview with Scott Edinger.