Do Business Better podcast
Usable, practical ideas and insights you can apply to your own business. Great discussions with people who actually know what they’re talking about because they’ve "been there and done that," as they say. I promise to deliver something of value and we won’t waste your time, because I know you have business to do and I’m here to help you do it better.
While on a hike a couple months ago it hit me: we’re all guilty of saying we “do” what we more accurately “did.” We say we “go” to the gym when the truth is we haven’t exercised since the New Years resolution wore off around Groundhog Day. “Went” to the gym would be more accurate. We say we “do” things that are personally and professionally positive not because we’re liars, but because we get distracted. The degree to which you give yourself credit for doing what you more realistically did has a lot to do with your success. As I stare down the next 25 years of running my own business, I’m taking a more critical look at my business habits. After all, we are the result of our daily habits. Analyze your daily habits. What do you no longer do that you once did and should be doing once again? Did is not do!
Lisa Hudson, co-owner of Fitness By Design, an Indianapolis-based personal training business joins me for an encore. She was my guest in episode 3, celebrating her company’s 30th year in business. In this sit down, Lisa and I discuss what businesses get wrong, and how to avoid those mistakes yourself. We talk about the value of creativity, lessons on working smarter, and how to successfully work alongside your spouse for three decades. If your business sells a product or service that isn’t an absolute (and trust me, you probably do) how do you separate yourself from the competition? Lisa will tell you how, as well as offering other great advice you can use to Do Business Better.
Joe Calloway is the author of over a half dozen books. His latest work, The Leadership Mindset discusses the habits of those who are successfully in charge. Joe knows because he works as a consultant to the leadership of companies. His clients are already successful but want to be even more so. If you run your own business or aspire to someday, you’re going to be or behave like a leader. Some of the recommendations and anecdotes Mr. Calloway shares with us in this episode might surprise you. Things like: take action, take on more risk, stop trying to be different, simplify then simplify again, and above all – always create value for everyone involved. This is a fun discussion with a friend of mine – you’ll enjoy it!
Howard Berg is the World’s Fastest Reader according to the Guinness Book of World Records. He joins us to teach us how to read faster and comprehend more of what we read. Maybe you’re a fast reader, maybe you’re a slow reader (like me), the main thing is that you keep reading. Because in business and in life, knowledge is power. Most non-readers say it’s a lack of time that prevents them from reading. If that’s the case—although it’s generally just a flimsy excuse—this episode teaches some techniques to speed up the learning process.
This month marks two milestones: I turned 50 and completed 25 years running my own business. Depending on your age, 1994 may or may not seem like such a long time ago. It was July of ’94 when I handed my resignation letter in to Cooper Industries. A lot’s changed since then. The lessons keep on coming — running your own enterprise is a learning experience! In this episode I share 5 Lessons you can apply to your own life and business to make them both prosper!
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