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Oct 31, 2017

Raluca Comanescu is a performance and results expert, but not in the way you think. She weaves in intention, purpose, and getting rid of all that clutter that gets in the way. She stopped by Inside LaunchStreet to talk about how to navigate your life, your Navigation Tool, and why we shouldn’t borrow other people’s goals or ideas of success.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:51] Raluca defines productivity as the mindset of creating the desired reality.

[2:46] Listen in to find out why just getting things done is the wrong way to look at productivity.

[4:55] Raluca advises to make a list and dump everything out of your head. Then, decide what will move you forward to reach your desired goals. You’ll find that things creep in that aren’t really important. Entrepreneurs need to remember that you can do things differently. You don’t have to do things just because other entrepreneurs do them. 

[9:14] Tamara challenges Launch Streeter’s to examine your to-do lists and see what things have crept onto your list that really aren’t things that are your things.

[9:29] Your goals are your navigational roadmap — your friendly plan to get you from point A to point B. Decide clear goals to track in order to complete this. Raluca shares her experience of mapping out her goal of meeting Seth Godin.

[12:40] It’s important to not borrow someone else’s goals. You actually stop living for your life and give yourself 100 percent chance of failure, procrastination, and not feeling happy, when you borrow goals.

[13:09] Tamara feels that it’s important to pause and ask yourself, “What is it that I really want? What emotion do I want to feel?” Chances are, you may be seeking a different outcome. Can you create the emotion you are seeking doing something else?

[16:59] How do toxic thoughts hinder our production? How can we clean our minds?

[18:45] Raluca gives tips on how to clean your mind and brain. This exercise can make you ready for a new direction.

[21:42] Tamara reminds listeners that sometimes clients have served their time, and it’s time to move on. Your mind needs to be cleaned more than once. New space will be created for innovation.

[23:00] Reality’s game is paying attention to everything that comes your way. Instead, you need to mute the reality and start with what matters to you first. Tamara suggests not to let reality dictate what to do in your own world.

[26:42] Find out how being bold for 30 seconds and selfish for a few hours contributes to progress. It’s also important to give yourself retreats after being brave. Tamara shares a personal experience of making a scary call to solicit a client. Her reward was walking the dog!

[30:05] Raluca’s Navigator tool helps you to pull out your intentions. It’s a friendly planner that helps you start with your dreams and helps you move to action. The Navigator can make you smarter in your goal setting. Get The Navigator here.

[37:40] Tamara suggests that innovators dreams are often a bit fuzzy when they start out. Often, they feel like a failure when the outcome isn’t always just like the dream.  The Navigator gives you the permission to redefine the goal.

[40:37] Both Tamara and Raluca believe that the best innovation involves the customer’s input. The customers are so proud when their ideas are inputted into the project.

[45:44] Ask Raluca questions and find out about her workshops here.

 

If you are ready to:

■ get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

■ be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

■ foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities...

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Mentioned in This Episode:

The Feather's Ink

Ask Raluca

 

Oct 24, 2017

Les Trachtman is a master entrepreneur and the CEO of Trachtman Consulting group where he helps startups grow and scale. He stopped by Inside LaunchStreet for an in-depth talk on the difference between Founder and CEO, why they aren't usually the same person and how to get out of your own way so that the entrepreneurial venture you started can actually grow and thrive.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:37] Find out how Les acquired some bumps and bruises while transitioning from founder to CEO.

[2:28] Les compares moving from founder to CEO to giving up your baby for adoption.

[3:36] How does the entrepreneur know when it’s time to get a CEO or become a CEO?

[5:29] Get introduced to the “founder value ladder.” Find out how to determine your value in each rung of the ladder. If you aren’t the best person for each level, it’s time to hire the person who is. Levels include individual contributor, manager, strategist, architect, investor. Ask yourself, “If I had a boss today, would they hire me to be the CEO?”

[7:05] Tamara shares her personal experience of being a VP in a consulting company. She shares her belief that ‘A-players’ don’t always play great in every position. Les shares that many founders get stuck before they realize that growing and scaling requires change.

[8:51] What are some ways founders become their own worst enemies as they scale and grow? Les explains how to avoid this in his book, Don't F**k It Up: How Founders and Their Successors Can Avoid the Clichés That Inhibit Growth.

[9:29] Les shares that lack of taking risks and lack of innovation can kill any company. Tamara reminds Launchstreet listeners that it’s important to remember that your strength is creating and innovating. That’s what you’re good at. The next level may not be where you are at your best.

[12:16] What things need to happen at the early stages to scale and grow the business? 

You must question everything all the time! How do we learn to ask the right questions to make things more effective?

[15:55] Les shares that it’s important to ask people to think. It’s OK to ask inquisitive questions. It’s OK to turn up issues that are wrong, and It’s OK to fail. This needs to be developed as a culture.

[17:54] Tamara believes that people need to be able to do their jobs when she’s not in the building. Les encourages founders to take vacations to places without good cell service.

[20:50] Les thinks that innovation is critical to today’s business. You must figure out how to get ahead, or another founder will come eat your lunch. You must create a culture where innovation can fail and learn from it.

[22:29] How do companies get over the hurdle of implementing failure?

[24:08] Les defines failure as the task that you are currently performing did not end up with the intended result. He shares the history of 3M Post-it note. Out of failure, the Post-it note was born!

[25:54] As a company grows and scales how do companies continue to innovate?

It’s important to continue to tell the story. How was your company founded? How you risked it all to get where you are today. It’s everyone’s job to innovate, not just a certain team.

[27:46] Les’s advice to founders is to remember that you are great at something. You don’t have to be great at everything. Find someone that is almost as good as you and start handing off jobs. Measure your success by how much you can hand off, not how much you can take on.

[28:43] Founders need to get out of the box and diversify your workforce. Diversity in thought and background are essential. Choose people that are in different disciplines.

[30:18] Les is seeing a massive change in tech but believes that the biggest innovation is seen from the structural move from computing in your office to computing in ‘the cloud.’ 

[32:22] Connect with Les at Foundertransitions.com.

 

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Oct 17, 2017

Mike Arce is the host of the top fitness business video podcast, “The GSD Show.” He is also the founder and CEO of Loud Rumor, a 7-figure advertising agency for small businesses in the fitness and wellness space, like Orange Theory. Mike stopped by Inside LaunchStreet to talk about the skills you need to achieve success, the power of systems to unleash great people and innovation, and what it means to GSD daily.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:20] How did MIke’s love of martial arts lead him to become a fitness trainer and enter the fitness marketing space? Mike parallels fitness to successful businesses.

[3:12] Mike’s business coaches have all told him that he’s their number one student.  Mike’s ability to put things in motion has earned him this title. Success hinges on learning and executing!

[4:50] Tamara shares that often people think that learning is the execution. Listen in to find out where the balance is between learning and execution.

[7:19] Mike explains what his agency, Loud Rumor is about and chimes in on what it took for them to achieve a great culture. He shares his struggles about looking inward to improve his leadership skills.

[10:39] Mike believes that the greatest skill a good leader possesses is knowing that you are never a great leader! Mike and Tamara both share a personal experience about leadership. Tamara reminds us that leadership comes at all levels.

[13:09] Get introduced to the “entraemployee” mindset. Success happens when everyone operates under the mindset that we all own our company. This mindset creates job security and prevents people from looking for a greener side.

[14:50] How do you foster the sense of ownership and create the “entraemployee”?

Tamara stresses the importance of making your own situation “greener.”

[17:13] Mike wholeheartedly believes that systems make a really great business and great people work within a great system. When there is more organization and clarity, people are happier coming to work. Greater confidence and satisfaction follow.

[20:25] What is the best way to figure out systems? Tamara believes that structure allows for innovation because you have the baseline stuff taken care of. It gives you a framework to walk through the process.

[25:26] Listen in to find out what GSD stands for. You don’t move forward by getting shit started.

[26:44] Mike shares his strategies for getting shit done.

[29:24] Tamara questions Mike about the impact our health plays in business performance. Mike answers the question by saying, “the health of the airplane is the most important part of the entire trip.” Sometimes, we forget that our bodies are the airplane.

[33:14] Mike’s advice to entrepreneurs that are attempting to scale a smart business in a crowded industry is to dive all the way in! The most successful way to learn a foreign language, is to move there. The most successful way to break into an industry is to learn to talk the language by attending conferences, reading books, surrounding yourself with people already in the industry and to have mentors.

[35:14] Mike’s favorite movie series is ROCKY. When ROCKY had to prepare for a fight, he did nothing but prepare for the fight. He did whatever it took to get the job done.  

[36:54] Connect with Mike on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and at  

mikearce.live

 

If you are ready to:

■ get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

■ be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

■ foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities...

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Mike’s agency

Youragencycoach.com

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t, by Simon Sinek

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek

Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints and Keep Your Customers, by Jay Baer

Customer Satisfaction is Worthless, Loyalty is Priceless: How to Make Customers Love You, Keep Them Coming Back and Tell Everyone They Know, by Jeffrey Gitomer

The E Myth: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It, by Michael Gerber

Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't, by Verne Harnish

 

Oct 10, 2017

Clara Capano is a performance expert, coach, and the creator of the 52 Weeks of Clara-Ty program. On Inside LaunchStreet, we dig into how to get clarity and moving from vision to structure to boundaries. We also discussed the power of NO in freeing up space for your creative mind and how to not do it all if you want to do it right.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:37] How did Clara follow her heart and transition from a career in real estate to being a performance coach?

[4:12] Clara’s motto is, “You can’t do everything.”  Learn now, to take the superwoman cape off and put in in your drawer. Saying no actually brings us freedom. It’s our own internal battle that we have to get over. Clara believes that saying no comes from fear of disappointing others.

[7:28] Clara shares two questions that can guide your decision-making process. First, ask yourself: If I agree and say yes to this, what am I then saying no to? Second, If I agree to do this, is this in alignment with the person I want to become and with the goals I want to achieve?

[9:31] Find out the positive things that start to happen when you start to say no to the wrong things and yes to the right things?

[10:22] Boundaries, structure, and vision are essential to help cut out the noise. Listen in as she talks about vision and structure. Clara’s book, Find Your Focus: 52 Weeks of Clarity can help you define your vision and your purpose. Get introduced to Clara’s life rocks and bubble time.

[16:47] Tamara reaffirms that you are much more productive when you set time limits and get “in the bubble.” This can limit the distractions.

[17:23] Boundaries are much easier when you have structure and define your vision. It is much easier to say no.

[18:55] Tamara shares a personal story about creating our own boundaries. Clara shares some tips from her book to up your game. Learn why it’s imperative to put yourself first and take good care of yourself.

[21:15] Clients call Clara most often to know how to manage and leverage their time. Clients are feeling pain finding time for themselves.

[22:10] Clara believes that confusion causes you to stand still. Why is confusion squelching dreams? Learn how you know if you’re confused.

[24:42] Fear can be overcome by realizing that it’s not all about me. Focus externally.

[27:40] Creativity and innovation are about letting go a little bit. You have to leave some freedom to authenticity. Tamara shares her process of seeking her authentic self and owning her own voice.

 

[31:17] Focus allows you to get everything done. When you are truly focused, that’s where greatness happens. Focus is ongoing and requires adjusting.

[33:36] Connect with Clara on  FacebookInstagram, Twitter, and on Clara-ty.com.

 

If you are ready to:

■ get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

■ be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

■ foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities...

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Clara’s Homepage

Ninja Selling Homepage

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea,
by Bob Burg and John David Mann

 

Oct 3, 2017

Felicia Anderson is the senior director of the product management council and launch management at Pitney Bowes. She leads a company-wide initiative to increase product managers’ positive impact on business results. She talks with me on Inside LaunchStreet about how to create a culture of innovation, why watching, not just listening, to customer behavior is the key to great insights and driving bottom line results from your team.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:29] Listen in and get introduced to Felicia and find out how she launches successful products.

[2:03] Pitney Bowes is a story of transformation over the last decade. Innovation has had to be in their DNA. A lot of transformation has evolved over the last one hundred years. Felicia discusses where the company started and where they are today.

[4:36] Felicia defines a product manager as one that leads a cross functional team to create, develop, deliver, and launch products. It’s one of the most cross-functional disciplines in business.

[7:06] How does innovation fit into the objectives of the product management council? Listen in to discover what four words make up the culture of Pitney Bowes. Find out why collaboration is so important to the process.

[9:14] Felicia discusses how the team knows that collaboration is working. The right people will be in the right place, at the right table, at the right time. Each person has the ball at their venue. The players all know where their piece fits into the puzzle.

[10:11] How do you align and encourage a culture where disagreement happens?

[11:55] The foundation of a successful product launch is to deeply understand the customer.

[14:25] BEST practices include sharing deep meaningful information. It’s more than just sharing data. Setting a goal for monthly or quarterly meetings to integrate knowledge is essential. You must be having open-ended conversations with your customers. Find out what their problems are.

[18:00] Tamara challenges leaders to set aside time to gather insights and make this a priority. Gathering customer insights is not a one-time event. It needs to be ongoing.

Observing customer behavior is different than talking to them. Watching them tells you the what. Follow-up will tell you the why.

[22:48] Felicia shares how to take innovation and put it into practice.

[26:08] Tamara suggests that the process should provide flexibility for the team and be a baseline for BEST practices. Felicia inputs that the process shouldn’t strangle creativity but be a repeatable, consistent process.

[28:31] Felicia stresses the importance of looking at both parties of the product council.  The product management community are the folks working to implement the process.  The Product leadership team communicates within and helps to gather open communication and overcome challenges.

[30:44] Tamara shares that alignment at leadership helps everyone in the chain below them.

[31:13] Connect with Felicia on Linked in.

 

If you are ready to:

■ get buy-in from key decision makers on your next big idea

■ be a high-impact, high-value member that ignites change

■ foster a culture of innovation where everyone on your team is bringing innovative ideas that tackle challenges and seize opportunities...

Join us on LaunchStreet — gotolaunchstreet.com

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Pitney Bowes Homepage

Felicia Anderson Linked in

 

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