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LTB 35 | Applying Military Skillsets

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from a Combat Veteran—with Waldo Waldman

While I recorded this interview several weeks ago, I cannot think of a more appropriate time to release it. There is no question we’re all in a kind of war right now, and to get through it will require a military mindset. This week’s guest, Waldo Waldman, knows a thing or two about the mindset and discipline you need to lead your company even through the most difficult obstacles.

Waldo Waldman is a highly-experienced F-16 fighter pilot with over 65 real-world combat missions, a Hall of Fame leadership speaker, executive coach, and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller book, Never Fly Solo.

In this interview, Waldo breaks down the importance of your winning mindset, staying focused on your mission even when “missiles” are heading your way, and how to build trust, discipline and revenue-producing relationships with your employees, partners, and customers. This interview reveals so much about how we can use crucial combat lessons to become better leaders and entrepreneurs. Listen and enjoy!

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Align Your Team to Scale Your Business—with Mike Paton

If you are an entrepreneur or leading a company, you may have probably heard of EOS, and you may be wondering what it is and how it might be able to help you.

Well, you’re in luck, because my guest for this episode is Paton, a Visionary at EOS (which stands for Entrepreneurial Operating System™) Worldwide. In our interview, he explains how leaders can achieve their visions through embracing some simple concepts, practical tools and a unique approach to leadership known as EOS. We discuss what it is and who it is—and is not—for. We talk about where so many (82%, to be exact) business leaders’ frustrations come from, and how to tackle these frustrations head-on. Finally, Paton offers practical tips for ensuring that you have the right people in the right seats in your organization—so that you can truly move your vision forward.

Without further ado, here’s the interview.

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The Meeting that Should Have Been an Email

When you hear the word meeting, what’s your gut reaction?

The other day, I was listening to a podcast about productivity where the guest was bemoaning the amount of time that we waste on meetings. Curious if this feeling was the norm, I decided to turn to my LinkedIn community and ask: “When you hear the word ‘meeting,’ what is the first time that comes to mind?”

Well, over 8,000 views and 75 comments later, I got my answer.

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You 2.0: Your Update Is Now Available

You turn on your phone, and a familiar message flashes across the screen. It’s a request to update to the new and improved version of some app or software. You ignore it.

The next day, the same message comes up during an important meeting. And once again, you hit “not now.”

Then, a few days later, it happens again. Annoyed, you ignore the message, telling yourself that you’ll deal with it later.

A couple of weeks later, you find out that some of your friends and colleagues have certain helpful features on their phones that you don’t have, making you feel outdated. The only difference? They took action—they clicked “update.”

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How to Lead Your People to High-Performance with Chester Elton

If you could motivate your people to perform at their peak every single day, how would you do it?

I’m excited to share my interview with one of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton. Chester has spent two decades helping business owners engage their employees in their organizational strategy, vision, and values. He provides real solutions for real leaders looking to build culture, manage, change, and drive innovation.

In this episode, Chester covers the best practices of successful leadership and breaks down the five disciplines every leader needs to have in order to empower and motivate their team. Chester also shares practical tips for developing a company culture that supercharges employee performance and serves as a key differentiator for you in your industry.

Listen and enjoy!

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Don’t Make Things Harder than They Need to Be

I was once discussing with two business partners how to upgrade their company’s technology. When I suggested we first examine their current order processing system, one partner launched excitedly into a detailed explanation of how it all works: Orders are taken by phone, then someone handwrites an order form, then it goes to billing, and so on and so forth. He explained the ins and outs of their complicated system for tracking orders, packing and shipping items at their warehouse. Read more

Don’t Make This Mistake at Your Next Trade Show

With winter fast approaching, I’ve heard from many business owners that they’re planning to attend trade shows and conferences. So I thought I’d tell you a story.

I’ll never forget our first trade show. We were so excited about connecting with some great prospects. After the show, we got back to the office, and someone asked, “Who’s got the bag with the business cards?” (Mind you, this was back in the pre-digital age.) After a heart-wrenching search, we realized that the hard-won cards had been completely misplaced, probably still attending the trade show under a forgotten table.

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What I Learned from My Family Trip to an Amusement Park

I took my family on a trip to an amusement park a few weeks ago, and like most parents, I had a vivid picture in my mind of how the day would go. I saw the smiles and laughter on my kids’ faces. I heard their happy squeals as they went on the rides. I felt the good vibes from the amusement park staff as they helped my kids onto the rides.

So you could imagine the disappointment I felt when, as we waited in line for the park’s most thrilling rollercoaster, I noticed that the attendant, a young man in his late teens, was helping kids get on and off with a look of total and utter boredom and indifference—even a little resentment. For someone whose job it is to give kids a good time, he showed zero signs of enthusiasm.

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