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Pay It Forward: How Generosity Made Our Guest Millions | April Bernal Cleek | Part 2 of 3 | Episode #489

April was born in Palm Springs, California then moved to Massachusetts at the age of 5. Growing up, April lived in a Christian home, raised by two loving parents where she and her siblings learned to develop structure early on in their lives. 

At the age of 24, April was waiting tables when she was given the opportunity to work and travel in the Electronic Health Record Industry. Eventually, April began consulting on her own.

April has recently started a new company called Illuminative.  It will be an apparel line set to launch in January 2019. Shouldering the weight of being a single mom, the sole bread winner, manager of a complex personal life, CEO and trying to keep a brave face on when the pain sometimes felt unbearable is how this Illuminative was birthed.   April now believes that pain is put in our life to create passion, purpose and a plan.   Life is full of challenges, however if we program ourselves to be what we believe then anything is achievable.   This brand will promote “I AM” statements all over the world and people will finally believe that “I am beautiful, I am brave, I am powerful, I am smart, I am courageous, I am loved.”

April’s “I AM” statements can be read below:

“I am a lover of life and people. I truly believe that most anything is possible and love the challenge of seeing if it is. My desire is to inspire others to dream, pay it forward in every regard, and consistently live with expectancy in knowing something great is right around the corner.  I say Live to thrive and thrive to live. Be what you BELIEVE.  Create incantations for yourself and your family.  “I am Brave, I am Smart, I am Inspirational…” Have fun – laugh a lot – love fiercely. I own multiple companies, some small others worth millions. I have 4 little babies and still want more – I would have 100 babies if I could…maybe I will. I am a year and a half into being a single mom, I love to see the world and help others. I am me, and happy with that.”

April has also won many awards in her short and distinguished career. In addition to being in INC Magazine many times, April was featured in the Wallstreet Journal in August of 2015, as well as the winner of Best in Biz during that same year. April was also received awards such as the Best Women Run Workplace of the Year by International Stevie Awards and the Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

 

Connect with April:

Website: http://ehrconcepts.com

Email: april@ehrconcepts.com

Facebook: @aprilcleek

Instagram: aprilbernalcleek

LinkedIn: in/april-bernal-cleek-82259711

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#1 Podcast on how to get things done.  Learn from Peak Performers in all areas of life and Business.  Do you know what to do but can’t figure out why you are not executing what you already know?   If so, this Podcast will give you the tools, strategies and psychology to not only break through the choke point but to truly become a Peak Performer.   Thor will be sharing his tools and strategies as well as interviewing inspiring Peak Performers that are Entrepreneur’s, Professional Athletes, Business leaders, Military, Technology guru’s, Health and Fitness masters, Relationships Experts as well as Music & Entertainment superstars.   Mission and Purpose – To engage, educate, entertain and inspire listeners to excel in any area of life through mastering the science of execution and Peak Performance.  You will learn the necessary road map, strategies, tools and psychology to win this game.

Formula for Change (#111)

Change is never easy. It’s hard enough to create within ourselves, but even harder to drive change in others, whether that’s in our roles as parents or business and community leaders.

Dr. Abdul-Malik Muhammad has spent his life learning how to create positive change.  He was born into a family of poverty and his biological father passed away just three months before he was born. He and his family were homeless by the time he was eight-years-old and he was only ten-years-old the first time he was arrested. What followed was many years in and out of shelters and detention centers.

His destructive path was interrupted when his mother and step-father decided to move the family out of the city to a small town, ultimately leading him on a life-changing path.

Not only did he graduate high school, he received an academic scholarship to college, becoming the first person in his family to attend university and graduate. Today, he is both an inspiring entrepreneur and community leader, working with thousands of at-risk youth and businesses on affecting positive change.

In evaluating his own journey and how his company Akoben has been able to impact the trajectory of so many lives, Dr. Muhammad discovered what he believes is the formula required for creating lasting change in ourselves and others. That formula is:

Change = Connection + Challenge

The implication is that the most effective leaders find a way to both connect with and challenge others – simultaneously. It’s this combination that is the foundation of change.

One without the other doesn’t work. Challenge without connection is based in command and control or authoritarian principles. Because the person initiating the challenge lacks moral authority, it is likely to be ignored or scoffed at outright.

Connection without challenge is often permissive, so it fails to create standards or raise the bar. It’s often the mindset of “no progress, no problem.”

Leaders need to have the emotional intelligence to know which way to lean based on different circumstances. Sometimes challenge is required to create a connection and sometime connection is needed first to earn the right to challenge. When you have both, you can drive meaningful and sustained change, in yourself and in others.

Consider these principles in terms of a health goal, such as losing weight. So many people are unsuccessful in their efforts because they don’t have a meaningful goal or the right level of support. When they have both, the odds of reaching and sustaining a healthy weight go way up.

Another point related to connection + challenge = change is how parenting, coaching and teaching styles have evolved over the past few decades, moving from the “challenge” quadrant to the “connection” quadrant.

Today’s parents tend to insulate their kids from failure and children are often praised and given accolades in school and extracurricular activities just for showing up, even when they’ve done nothing to deserve it. The consequence of this is that kids are missing out on important lessons that failure teaches and the positive change it can bring about.

If you want to learn more about how this change formula can be applied to how you lead within your organization, family or community, you can listen to my recent podcast interview with Dr. Muhammad.

Quote of the Week

“Accolades and praise preceding effort creates dependency and weakness.”

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Why Profit Comes FIRST | Mike Michalowicz | Part 1 of 3 | Episode #484

By his 35th birthday MIKE MICHALOWICZ (pronounced mi-‘kal-o-wits) had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor…and proceeded to lose his entire fortune.

Then he started all over again, driven to find better ways to grow healthy, strong companies. Among other innovative strategies, Mike created the “Profit First Formula”, a way for businesses to ensure profitability from their very next deposit forward.

Mike is now running his third million dollar venture, is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is the former MSNBC business make-over expert; is a popular keynote speaker on innovative entrepreneurial topics; and is the author of Profit First, Surge, The Pumpkin Plan and The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, which BusinessWeek deemed “the entrepreneur’s cult classic.”

 

Connect with Mike:

Website: http://www.mikemichalowicz.com

Email: Kelsey@MikeMichalowicz.com

 

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5 Tips for College Grads Seeking to Be an Entrepreneur| Aaron Bird | Part 3 of 3 | Episode #483

Aaron Bird is the full-stack CEO and Night Janitor at Bizible, a venture-backed startup that makes marketing measurement and reporting software for B2B companies. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a B.S. in Computer Science from UCSB. Previously, Aaron worked at Microsoft on Bing Ads.

 

Connect with Aaron:

Website: https://www.bizible.com

Email: aaron@bizible.com

 

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Losing Graciously (#110)

This past weekend, I decided to tempt fate and head to the Super Bowl once again, this time with my father and brother.  While the outcome was not what we wanted, we had no regrets. We saw a great game and had an incredible experience that we may not get the opportunity to have again.

We felt grateful to have been able to experience the game live and did our best to be as gracious as possible in defeat to the elated Eagles fans who surrounded us; their city had suffered long enough and their team won a hard-fought game. They more than deserved to be proud and celebrate.

Earlier this week I had an experience that was the exact opposite of this. I was forwarded an e-mail that was sent by a salesperson in response to learning that their company had lost a deal to a competitor. Their approach was to reply in frustration, speak poorly of the competitor’s product and make false assertions.

What they did not do was to seek understanding as to why their product was not chosen.

I strongly value and encourage competition. I also appreciate that, even in friendly competition, no one likes to lose. However, losing poorly is not the sign of a champion. It’s reflective of people and organizations who prefer to look outward, not inward, to justify their failures.

People and organizations who continuously blame external factors for their failures/loses rather than honestly examining their own shortcomings will simply repeat their mistakes and be blind to their weakness. It’s always better to ask what could have been done better and learn from that for future situations than blaming exogenous forces.

Had this person taken this approach, they may have learned about a key selling point of the competitor that they could leverage in their pitch next time. Instead, they made a bad situation worse for both themselves and their company’s reputation.

World-class performers don’t like to lose but they learn how to lose well and lose graciously. They study their failures and always look inward first. This is one reason we have made it a policy at Acceleration Partners that managers must complete a debrief form when we lose a client or make a major mistake. The author is asked to note specifically what they and the organization could have done better and share ideas for how we can improve going forward.

We’ve also gained great insights by asking potential prospects why they chose a competitor when we lose a deal—and we listen intently without judgment.

Furthermore, if you think someone made a bad decision, telling them that after they made the decision is futile and doing so will do more harm than good. Instead, be gracious in the moment and call back in a few months to see how it’s going with the person/company who went in another direction.

One of my favorite operating principles at Acceleration Partners is “Keep Moving Forward,” which we describe as:

We avoid the roller-coaster ride of highs and lows. We celebrate our wins, remain humble and move on to the next challenge. Likewise, we reflect on our failures, adjust, and move forward without wondering what might have been.  

None of us like to lose, but how we lose determines whether we increase our chances of turning the lessons of that loss into a greater victory.

Quote of the Week

“If you can accept losing, you can’t win.”

Vince Lombardi

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Why the Hub & Spoke Business Model Isn’t Sustainable for Your Company | Lori Winters | Part 1 of 2 | Episode #479

Lori Winters is the founder of Thread HCM (formerly Choice Payroll, Inc.) which provides mid-sized businesses a strategic partnership of managed services for HR and payroll functions. Her passion for the industry and desire to change the way companies function fuel her every move.

As an Engineering Graduate from Georgia Tech, Lori is always looking at how to rework systems and build upon them for improvement. She found a flawed system in the standard workplace. As a member of the Independent Payroll Providers’ Association, Lori sought to bring positive change to the payroll industry which won her the election as the organization’s President. After her tenure, her continued push for a better workplace drove her to make it her company mission.

Before starting her company, Lori held a successful career in the telecommunications industry, from network engineering to international sales and sales management. She then helped launch an outsourced accounting services firm, where she saw the need for assistance in the payroll and HR industries.

After studying several organizations, Lori found that the culture in a company directly impacted the engagement level of employees, which directly affected discretionary effort and productivity. Published in 2017, Lori authored her first ebook; “Employee Engagement Drives Business Success.” Her theories have already seen results as she has led Thread to many awards including Best Places to Work, and most recently, its induction onto the Inc. 5000 list. Continually working to get better, Lori is involved in several elite business groups both nationally and locally that work together to better each other, their industries and the community.

Along with her husband, Dale, Lori raises three independent daughters who keep her looking toward the future, always thinking about how to make the world a better place, and she’s starting with how we work.

 

Connect with Lori:

Website: https://threadhcm.com

Facebook: @ThreadHCM

Twitter: @ThreadHCM

LinkedIn: ln/company/16226633/

 

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#1 Podcast on how to get things done.  Learn from Peak Performers in all areas of life and Business.  Do you know what to do but can’t figure out why you are not executing what you already know?   If so, this Podcast will give you the tools, strategies and psychology to not only break through the choke point but to truly become a Peak Performer.   Thor will be sharing his tools and strategies as well as interviewing inspiring Peak Performers that are Entrepreneur’s, Professional Athletes, Business leaders, Military, Technology guru’s, Health and Fitness masters, Relationships Experts as well as Music & Entertainment superstars.   Mission and Purpose – To engage, educate, entertain and inspire listeners to excel in any area of life through mastering the science of execution and Peak Performance.  You will learn the necessary road map, strategies, tools and psychology to win this game.