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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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How Two Minutes Can Ruin Your Day

Knock, knock.

Your employee peeks their head in innocently. “Do you have two minutes?”

OK. It’s just two minutes, you think. “Sure! How can I help you?”

Tell me the truth: How many of you fall for this on a daily basis?

Though the person didn’t intend it to be, this is a trap—and we all know it. Because a second is never a just second. A minute is never just a minute. Even if it were, all those seconds and minutes add up to much more than you might think, in both time and mental headspace.

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We’re here for you.

In these unprecedented times, you, like business owners around the world, are probably uncertain about what steps you should be taking to minimize the effect of the coronavirus crisis on your business, and how to best support your employees and customers during this challenging time.

We want you to know that you’re not alone, and we’re here to support you in any way we can.

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Is Asking for Help a Strength or a Weakness?

By the time he came to me to ask for advice, the only thing left to do was stop the bleeding and get out.

He sat across from me in my office, tears welling up in his eyes. He had invested $400,000 into his new venture, and it wasn’t working. The most painful part of the story? If he had sought advice from someone sooner, he may have been able to turn the situation around, or at least cut his losses.

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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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The Food Truck Challenge

Recently, I took the Ptex Team on a surprise outing just a few doors down from our office. We came to a large, empty hall with chairs arranged in a circle. As the team filed in, no one knew what was going on, why they were there, or what we’d be doing.

Then, our moderator explained that we would spend the afternoon competing in “The Food Truck Challenge.” We divided into four teams and each team was tasked to create their own food truck according to their assigned cuisine (Mediterranean, Asian, South American, and desserts), complete with branding and marketing, three dishes plated for 20 people, and of course, the truck itself. Everyone had a blast!

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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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