Previous Episodes

Why You Should Ditch the Way You’ve Been Doing Strategic Planning, With Sarah Olivieri

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on September 22, 2022

It’s time to throw out your traditional planning model and embrace a better way.

Sarah Olivieri is a nonprofit business strategist and shares the core principles for thriving in the digital, post COVID age, and a new way of setting goals that connects your daily activities to your larger mission.

Agile principles, distributed leadership, and iterative planning will transform how you operate and empower your team to help you pivot into the future.

Tune in and discover Sarah’s answers to questions such as:

  • Why does traditional strategic planning fall flat?
  • What can Executive Directors do to get more time back in their day?
  • What do you wish every new nonprofit knew about suceeding?
  • What lead you to develop the Impact Method™?
  • And much, much more!

Tune in and discover 3 things to focus on instead to maximize your impact while reducing overwhelm and burnout.

Single Strategy That Drives Amazon and Apple’s Success, With David Jaffe

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on September 20, 2022

If there’s one truth in business, it’s that customers don’t want to contact you. Yet most companies keep giving customers every wrong reason to: faulty products, late deliveries, murky instructions, and self-service that’s impossible to use.

What would happen if this hair-pulling, stressful “friction” was removed? Customers would flock to you.

Megabrands like Amazon, Apple, Dyson, and USAA understand that the easier they are to deal with, the less customers notice them—and, counterintuitively, the more customers eagerly come back to buy more. This creates a virtuous cycle competitors struggle to match: by designing products, sales, and support to be “frictionless,” these savvy companies slash customer service costs, supercharge revenue, and create loyal fans for life.

“It sounds too good to be true, but removing friction for customers really is a miracle cure,” say veteran customer service experts and industry insiders BILL PRICE and DAVID JAFFE, authors of The Frictionless Organization: Deliver Great Customer Experiences with Less Effort (Berrett-Koehler Publishers; June 21, 2022).

Tune in and discover:

  • 7 questions that reveal if being frictionless is right for your business
  • Why your customers’ experience is far more important than price
  • How to compile customer issues and insights from the interactions your customers are already forced to make, rather than subjecting them to “survey overload”
  • Steps to refocus your entire business on solving customer issues and problems, rethinking the way products and services are created from top to bottom
  • And much, much more!

Learn proven strategies to remove friction from any business, from startups to major multinational corporations.

From Transition to Transaction: Avoiding Ownership Pitfalls, With Laurie Barkman

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on September 15, 2022

You started your business for the freedom that comes with running your own company. The freedom to earn what you deserve, and to work for whomever you want, when you want, and from wherever you want.

The challenge for many business owners is that the dream remains elusive.

For you to cash out, someone must want to buy the company. An owner who is prepared with an attractive business greatly increases the odds that the business will survive a transition of hands.

How ready is your business to be sold? How ready are you for this transition?

Millions of businesses are hitting today’s market with shifting demographics, impacts of the COVID-19 recession, and changing tax regulations. Some estimates show that only 25% of businesses that go to market actually sell.

Your company needs a way to stand out.

That’s where Laurie Barkman comes in. As a “business transition sherpa” Laurie advises owners on having more valuable, sellable businesses.

Tune in and discover Laurie’s answers to questions such as:

  • Why your company may not be sellable / how potential acquirers will evaluate your company.
  • What impacts the value of a business?
  • What trends are you seeing for small business mergers and acquisitions?
  • When should a business owner start exit planning?
  • And much, much more!

Every beginning has an end. The question is, will yours cash out or fizzle out?

Developing the Conscious Leadership Mindset for the 21st Century, With Jeffrey Deckman

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on September 13, 2022

The demands upon you as a leader and manager in this new era are unprecedented.

Economic uncertainty and workplace instability combined with a sophisticated and demanding workforce can be challenging.  In addition, traditional leadership mindsets, models, and methods have proven increasingly ineffective.

Regardless of your intelligence and experience chances are you are experiencing frustration. Perhaps you also feel confusion with regards to getting your teams to perform to their potential in today’s rapidly changing environment.

What if you could figure out how best to adapt? What levels of success could you and your team achieve?

That’s where Jeffrey Deckman comes in.

Tune in and hear Jeffrey’s answers to questions such as:

  • What are the biggest mistakes leaders make that they don’t realize they are making?
  • What are the biggest differences between today’s workers and workers in the past?
  • What are the dynamics that are driving the need for such drastic changes in leadership methods?
  • How important is understanding organizational design and development issues to improve your leadership skills?
  • What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today?
  • In addition to leadership skills, what are the components that drive organizational performance?
  • And much, much more!

Do you want to become a more conscious leader? Tune in.

How To Exit Wealthy, With Ryan Niddel

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on September 8, 2022

Ryan Niddel has helped with the acquisition or exit of more than 11 companies while seeing their collective revenue surpass more than $237M.

Ryan and Adam talk about the buying and selling game and how reading the rules helps you gain an advantage against other players.

Tune in and hear Ryan’s answers to questions such as:

  • How do I move my company from 2 million a year to the next level?
  • Can you run multiple businesses at once?
  • What is unique about the RNS approach to business growth?
  • What is the RNS 45 day guarantee?
  • How is the most important thing in a businessman’s life overcoming limiting beliefs?
  • And much, much more!

Changing Company Culture, With Gustavo Razzetti

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on September 6, 2022

Most organizations don’t lack ideas, talent, or resources.

Instead, they lack a conducive culture where employees are encouraged to collaborate, take initiative and experiment beyond perceived limitations.

Imagine what your company could achieve with your teams optimized to bring their best effort and ideas to the table.

Gustavo Razzetti’s coaching and tools have helped countless executives and teams develop work environments where people collaborate to accelerate individual and collective performance.

Tune in and hear Gustavo’s answers to questions such as:

  • Everyone knows that workplace culture is critical for business success, but what do we really mean by culture?  How can we make it more tangible?
  • Can workplace culture be designed?
  • Why did you write a book about hybrid/ remote workplace culture?
  • What are the biggest challenges for companies to succeed in a hybrid environment?
  • Can you share some examples of the worst and best practices you uncovered during your research for the book?
  • What’s the role of leaders when it comes to improving workplace culture?
  • What advice or tips do you have for team leaders who want to improve their workplace culture?
  • And much, much more!

Achieving Twice as Much in Half the Time, With Stuart Lichtman

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on September 1, 2022

Because blockers are so familiar, we typically take them for granted – and in doing so, we limit our successfulness.

Thus, an important step in sharply increasing your successfulness is to recognize when your blockers are operating.

It’s not always an easy task, but Stuart Lichtman has some great tips for us.

Tune in and discover Stuart’s answers to questions such as:

  • What do you mean by blockers?
  • How can we recognize what is eating up our time?
  • How can we do twice as much in half the time?
  • And much, much, more!

Let’s get productive! Tune in!

Psychological Safety: How to Communicate Trust and Keep your Team Satisfied, With Teresa Mitrovic

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on August 30, 2022

With the recent news of companies laying off big chunks of their staff, many employees don’t feel safe and are uncertain if they will be next, paired with potential overwork due to short-staffing can add extra pressure that leaders need to address.

This is not an impossible problem and well-trained leaders can communicate and instill a sense of trust that keeps performance high while accommodating employees’ need for a safe environment.

Teresa Mitrovic shares how business owners can implement psychological safety frameworks and communicate with their employees in a way that builds trust to manage their teams smarter and actually boost how they feel about the tasks and teams they are working with.

And that actually, performance rises by 3x when managers create trust-based systems that give employees control over their daily activities, avoid destructive criticism, address uncertainty and lift the workload pressures that lead to burnout.

Tune in and discover Teresa’s answers to questions such as:

  • How can business owners communicate to create psychological safety (in their business and other relationships)?
  • What role does psychological safety play in employee satisfaction and retention?
  • How do you properly engage with your team without instilling the need to over-deliver or the fear of negative consequences?
  • Do trust systems really provide a sense of security, confidence boosts and growth amongst employees?
  • And much, much, more!

Avoid the burn and ensure your team is feeling safe in their roles.

A Realistic Path to a $1M Business, With Jason Yormark

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on August 25, 2022

When Jason Yormark wrote his new book, Anti-Agency, it was written with one goal in mind…to motivate budding entrepreneurs, young or old, to start and build a successful digital agency or business using the same unconventional strategies and tactics Jason used in starting his “built from scratch” million-dollar social media marketing agency, Socialistics.

In this discussion with Adam, Jason shares his story, personally and transparently, in a way readers can relate to immediately.

He outlines an unconventional approach to business building, teaches essential principles gleaned from his own experiences, and encourages others to follow his example of doing things differently.


  • How to build a runway to your new business while keeping your current job
  • Unique & different ways to think about how to run your business
  • Likes don’t pay the bills
  • Social media strategies that drive real results
  • And so much more!

That seven figure mark can be so much more than just a pipedream. Join us…

The 5 Principles of Intentional Growth, With Ryan Tansom

Filed in Podcasts, Previous Episodes on August 23, 2022

Imagine a world where you are rewarded for all the sacrifice and risks you’ve taken by owning a business.

One where you have clarity on what you want long-term and are excited about the progress you are making toward that vision.

Picture knowing what your business is worth today, how effectively your strategies and investments are growing the value of your company, and having the ability to project your business’s value years into the future.

You’ve risked and sacrificed a lot. It shouldn’t be this difficult to make progress and create wealth, enjoy work, and make an impact.

Ryan Tansom’s Intentional Growth™ is a framework to help business owners clarify their path toward a more valuable business and turn their vision into reality.

By learning how companies are valued, how to increase that value, and the variety of ways to transition your role or exit your ownership, you can intentionally grow the value of your business with an end in mind.

By prioritizing strategies that help you make progress, you can create more wealth, enjoy work more, and make an impact.

Ryan teams up with Adam to discuss:

  • Ryan’s story of selling the family business and creating Arkona.
  • Your Drivers – Why it is so important for owners to know what they want from their business and why.
  • Financial Targets – 3 financial targets an owner should identify, monitor and measure.
  • Increase Value – The 8 functional areas (value drivers) of a business.
  • And so much more!

Quit wasting time and money implementing strategies that don’t increase the value of your business and get you closer to your goals. Tune in…