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The One Broken Cog Podcast

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John and Brian are on a mission to identify and fix the broken cogs preventing people and organizations from reaching their full potential. Join John and Brian for an unfiltered approach to calling out issues in business, life, or society, and the strategies to overcome them. New episodes every week!


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John and Brian are on a mission to identify and fix the broken cogs preventing people and organizations from reaching their full potential. Join John and Brian for an unfiltered approach to calling out issues in business, life, or society, and the strategies to overcome them. New episodes every week!






Onwards and Upwards

Our most popular guest to date is without a doubt, the incomparable Sloane. So it's only fitting that we have her back as a special guest to celebrate our 100th episode. Sloane is a former business attorney turned master business & lifestyle consultant. She successfully scaled her boutique law firm in Santa Monica to over 400 clients, all while traveling the world. Having been behind the scenes of hundreds of businesses - she’s had a unique vantage point to catch blind spots in operations, profitability, and her client's mindset around it all. After coaching hundreds of clients to help them through their toughest business challenges - Sloane sold her near 7 figure firm to pursue her true calling. Now as a visionary business and lifestyle consultant, Sloane educates and inspires ambitious women from around the globe, who are ready to expand beyond conventional possibilities to live and play full out. Sloane joins the show to discuss what pleasure in business is, and how to achieve it. She also discusses her 5 core beliefs, why your darkness is your path to wholeness, and why people are worthy of unconditional acceptance. Learn more and connect with Sloane:


Label Free

Deanna Kuempel was born & raised in the Chicagoland area, and studied Business & Accounting at Harper College. Prior to meeting her husband, she had a small event planning business & offered personal training services. She went on to become VP of Key Accounts & Business Operations for a $20million dollar transmission remanufacturing facility with 150 employees simultaneously running 4 other entities (3 commercial real estate holding businesses & 1 installation arm for their manufactured transmissions) for 10yrs. Prior to a life-changing event she closed one of the largest contracts in her career with the State of South Carolina for 5yrs, valued at $20million. Deanna founded Deanna Marie Label in 2017- she designed, produced and launched 3 collections over the course of a few years. She was on the runway in Rhode Island at StyleWeek, and was a finalist for StyleChicago for the Cadillac Design Challenge. She ended her fashion adventure with her last collection at a large runway charity event against Human Trafficking at Stan Mansion in Chicago. Deanna joins the show to share insight into her entrepreneurial success. She also discusses overcoming abuse and human trafficking, how she was able to ascend to the top 2% globally as a Podcast host, and why she lives her life label free. Learn more and connect with Deanna:


Marketing Made Simple

Tim Fitzpatrick is an entrepreneur and business owner with expertise in marketing and business growth. He has 20+ years of entrepreneurial experience with a passion for developing and growing businesses. That passion served him well in operating and managing a wholesale distribution company he co-owned for nine years. The company grew an average of 60% a year before being acquired in 2005. Since then, he’s had failures and successes that have been valuable learning experiences. He started Rialto Marketing in 2013 and has been helping service businesses simplify marketing so they can grow with less stress. Most people overcomplicate marketing. It doesn't have to be that way. Tim joins the show to share the 3 Fundamental Marketing Secrets to Stop Wasting Your Time & Money So You Can Take Your Business To The Next Level. Learn more and connect with Tim:


Your Customer Avatar

Margo White is the No. 1 Expert In Copywriting For Entrepreneurs, and the CEO of Financial Intelligent. 4 years ago, she changed her business direction and went into Copywriting. But not JUST copywriting... There are a lot of great copywriters out there, but no one teaches entrepreneurs how to do their "homework" - develop a strategy, Customer Avatar, narrow down the niche, create a unique approach in communication with their prospects and clients. Her portfolio includes companies like, Microsoft, 4Over4, AppSmart, Adobe, Heads Up Adviser, and others. Her core belief is that no matter how well designed your funnel is, without a great copy it's nothing but annoying. You don't have to spend time writing copy all by yourself, but you need to communicate effectively with anyone you hire to do this job for you. Margo joins the show to discuss what role a leader plays in creating a copy, how to communicate your ideas with copywriters, and "narrow down the niche" to get more customers and $$$ for your business. Learn more and connect with Margo:


Challenge the Status Quo

Jeff Morrill co-founded Planet Subaru, “your undealership,” in 1998, and built it into one of the most successful privately-held car dealerships in the United States. He later started other businesses in automotive retail, real estate, telecommunications, and insurance that generate over $100,000,000 in annual revenue. His achievements in building profitable and ethical companies have been featured in a variety of national media including USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, Automotive News, The Boston Globe, and others. Jeff is the author of Profit Wise: How to Make More Money in Business by Doing the Right Thing. He is donating all his royalties to charity. Jeff joins the show to detail how he drastically changed the way business was done in the automotive industry by establishing Planet Subaru. He also discusses the reason he has the most female techs than any other dealership in the country, his take on goal setting & metrics, how businesses can improve their recruiting ads to attract better applicants, and how he corrected the most common mistakes dealerships make. Learn more and connect with Jeff:


The Givers Lifestyle

E.A. Csokolvits is the Founder of Givers University. His humble beginnings were that of the son of a milkman, and at age 16, he started his business career at a commission sales job selling janitorial services to business owners. At the age of 19, E. A. met Sam Robbins, a millionaire business man from Detroit, Michigan who took E. A. under his wing and began to mentor him. His work ethic and focus led him to starting and operating Delta International, which included building an international workforce organization of over 33,000, producing multimillions of dollars in volume. E.A. joins the show to share how to identify takers in your business, and how to distance yourself from their deeds. He also discusses his rapid ascent in the corporate world, what he learned from a major defeat in his life, and why givers earn 3x more than takers. Learn more and connect with E.A.:


Facts Tell, Stories Sell

Dennis Morrison has worked in the Film & TV industry for over 30 years, and has created branded content for top brands, including Diesel, L'Oréal and Red Bull. He’s consulted on numerous video projects for small and large companies, helping them develop their video strategy and build their audience. He also teaches filmmaking and storytelling at international film schools, and does workshops for businesses and professionals who want to communicate authentically and effectively. He’s created a Storytelling based Marketing Platform to help coaches, course creators and small business owners take full control of the marketing and sales in their business. Using the power of storytelling they’re able to confidently attract their ideal audience who want to buy what they offer. Dennis joins the show to discuss his "My Story" Framework - A simple and effective framework that helps you craft and tell your story. The purpose of this framework is to show “Who you are”, aligning your story with what you do and why you do it, as people buy into people, not things. He also discusses The Audience Magnet 7 Step Framework - The one framework that helps you define your path, get clarity on your offer and creates a platform for you to consistently tell stories to attract and engage your ideal audience, so they become your perfect clients and customers. Learn more and connect with Dennis:


Lead Like a Lady

Gina Osborn is a retired FBI Agent and Executive, Army Veteran, International Speaker, Executive Coach and Podcast Host. She specializes in leadership, navigating chaos, crisis and change, international terrorism, cyber crimes, female empowerment and coaching women who work in male dominated workplaces. Having responded to catastrophic terrorist attacks and cyber hacks as an FBI Special Agent, and chasing Cold War spies in the Army, she shares tools and techniques with her clients to control chaos, manage crises and embrace change as an opportunity. She hosts Lead Like a Lady - A Real Life Podcast featuring women who have risen to the top in non traditional fields. Gina joins the show to chronicle her journey from the Army to the FBI. She also discusses what it was like to be a woman working in the male dominated field of law enforcement, her time fighting against organized crime, how to combat fear, the best ways for a woman to navigate a male dominated industry, and the rising trend of romance scams. Learn more and connect with Gina:


Extend Your Team

Matthew Yahes has 20 years experience in Business Strategy, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. After years on the traditional corporate path, in 2009 he was laid off which began his journey to start his first company at the age of 36. It's been an amazing roller coaster ride ever since. As the founder of Extend Your team, a Virtual Assistant company, Matthew helps entrepreneurs and operators of all company sizes grow their business by getting out of the grind. Matthew was working 14 hours a day on his eCommerce portfolio, managing a team of 6, was buried in operations, and it was affecting his marriage. The situation was not tenable. He had enough and finally figured out how to hire an A+ player overseas who could run the operations better than him so he could focus on growth. He realized that the core issue is people look for a "Virtual Assistant" and not a "Real Professional". In 45 days, Matthew went from working 14 hours to 3 hours a day and now it's 3 hours a week. Matthew built his past two companies with a 100% remote workforce and now helps others do the same. In his spare time he snowboards well, kiteboards poorly, and enjoys life with his incredibly patient wife. Matthew joins the show to discuss how sales dropping 80% caused him to launch a new company that broke 1M in revenue and 50 employees within 7 months. He also discusses how to find the people who can run your business BETTER than you, Why you should NOT hire a VA (hire your next business leader instead!), and The TRUTH about companies hiring people overseas. Learn more and connect with Matthew:


The American Dream

Romina Muhametaj is the founder of Six 7 Radius, a consulting firm that helps companies grow by building one of a kind marketing strategies & sales techniques, and the host of Coffee with Romina (aka RM Podcast FL). She also holds the President Chair for FSCJ-SHRM Student Chapter and recently Romina launched NE FL Negotiation Club. She moved to America at just 17 years old by herself intending to pursue her American Dream, and her accomplishments talk about her stubbornness on her goals continuously. Often, she talks about how her American Journey has been a rollercoaster but Romina has a power to keep a positive attitude over every situation and analyze everything with the “how can I make this better and what can I learn from this” mindset. Romina joins the show to detail her journey from Albania to the U.S. at 17 years old to pursue her dream. She also discusses conquering her anxiety by starting a podcast, coping with divorce in her 20's, why negotiating and creating relationships are paramount to success in sales, and much more. Learn more and connect with Romina:


LinkedIn 101

Tracy Enos is an endorsed top LinkedIn Advisor and single Mom of 4. In July of 2015, she sustained 3rd-degree burns, a 6-day stint in the burn unit, and 5 surgeries in 9 months. She wrote her first article the following October. It was featured in LinkedIn Pulse and generated five-figures in just two hours of work. With over 21 years of skilled experience, Tracy serves a wide variety of clients, including entrepreneurs, small to mid-sized companies, start-up ventures, and business professionals. A seasoned business coach and best-selling author, Tracy drives core business processes for the clients she serves, including LinkedIn Training, Profile Makeovers, and Consulting. In the last 9 years, Tracy has consulted thousands of business owners, SaaS companies, coaches, authors, service professionals, sales and marketing teams, and entrepreneurs on how to use LinkedIn to generate leads, become the authority in their industry and stay front-of-mind with their clients. She is known globally for her LinkedIn knowledge and training with clients in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Holland, Israel, Germany, and the U.K. Her consulting expertise has netted her clients speaking engagements, media attention, guest articles in major publications and trade magazines, and millions of dollars in new business. Tracy joins the show to discuss LinkedIn best practices including: common profile mistakes and how to correct them, the do's and don'ts of LinkedIn marketing and outreach, how often and what content you should be posting, and much more. Learn more and connect with Tracy: LinkedIn: Free book and profile checklist:


The Sales Samurai

John Molyneux's incredible Sales Samurai journey began in his 20’s when he served at her Majesties pleasure in the British Armed Forces. Even though he was not destined to be a soldier for the rest of his career this experience set the stage for his entrepreneurial path becoming the Sales Samurai. He has used his Martial Arts skills to compliment his Sales career , having achieved black belt in karate along with competing in numerous other arts he applied the mindset and strategies of the arts to his sales allowing him to close deals like a ninja!! His life experience has enabled him to empathize with people and situations becoming a problem solving assassin. Not only does he have a successful and promising sales future he is also a podcast host (Cold Calling and Closing Mastery) and a speaker. John joins the show to discuss his position on cold calling and why its still a viable sales strategy. He also shares details on his transition from the military to his career in sales, the connection between his martial arts training and his success in sales, and how to become rejection proof in the face of adversity. Learn more and connect with John: Cold Calling and Closing Mastery You Tube channel , The Sales Samurai Freebie, 6 Killer Samurai Closes PDF Email


Constant Comedy

Art Bell is a writer and former media executive known for creating, building, and managing successful cable television channels. His memoir, Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor was published in September 2020. While working at HBO he pitched the idea of a 24-hour comedy network which he helped develop and launch. Art went on to hold senior executive positions in both programming and marketing at Comedy Central. During that time he also co-authored a humor book entitled Web Sightings: A Collection of Websites We’d Like to See. After leaving Comedy Central, Art became President of Court TV, where he was a guiding force behind one of the most successful brand evolutions in cable television. Art joins the show to detail how he started Comedy Central (originally called The Comedy Channel) in 1990, and how he helped make the fledgling channel a success. Art also discusses how he started in Cable Television, his tenure at HBO, how he turned Court TV into a major success, and much more. Learn more and connect with Art:


Profit With a Plan

Marcia Riner is the CEO of Trajectory Consulting & resides is SoCal. She is a profit & business strategist on a mission to help small business owners to increase their profits & drive their growth using strategic planning. Marcia is a serial entrepreneur because her style of thinking outside of the box just can’t be contained. She left the financial planning world & evolved into a consultant after seeing her planning clients struggle with the same gaps she was working on in her own business. She used the information that she was getting coached on to grow her business & began sharing what she had learned with her clients. Their businesses grew & so did their profit. She believes that the only way to manage the chaos of being a business owner is to have a plan. It’s not just any plan, but the actual strategies to achieve their plan’s goals. Marcia joins the show to share how her Thriving Profit Method creates the exact steps to achieving the business you want. She also details her transition from financial planner to entrepreneur, where entrepreneurs are getting it wrong, and how a solid plan leads to profit. Connect with Marcia and learn more: Check out her free webinar at


Capture the Moment

Allen Clark is a commercial and advertising photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is consistently rated one of the best photographers in the country. His work can be seen on music packaging, magazines, and countless celebrity and Fortune 500 company websites. He has been published in: The Washington Post, Forbes , The Hindu, Discovery Magazine, People, Shape, Time, Wired, Rolling Stone, Mojo, & The Telegraph. His celebrity clients are quite diverse & include: Jim Gaffigan, Cal Ripkin Jr. Ethan Hawke, President George H. Bush, President George W. Bush, Peyton Manning, Rick Ross, Nicole Kidman, Beyonce, Sir Elton John, Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton), Julian Assange, Shaun White, Sir George Martin, Carmello Anthony, James Earl Jones, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tiffany, Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake, Tom Brokaw, Tony Hawk, Walter Cronkite, Dave Matthews, Ludacris, Juicy J & Kid President! His corporate clients include: NFL, MLB, Puma, Reebok, Washington Post, The Telegraph , The Source , The Hindu, MTV Networks, A&E Networks, Steve Madden, Journey’s Shoe Stores, Jack Daniels, Time/Life, Lifepoint Hospitals, 20th Century Fox, Delta Machinery, Lifeway Publishing, Sony Music Group, NARAS (Grammy’s), Yamaha, Yum Brands Inc., Wired, HCA Healthcare & Conde Nast. Allen joins the show to discuss everything from how he landed his first celebrity client, the most difficult and easiest celebrities he has worked with, the story of his favorite celebrity shoot, the details behind his exclusive shoot with Julian Assange, and much more. Learn more and connect with Allen:


Gimme 3 Steps

Catherine Cantey is a tenacious connector and recovering banker. She is a leadership coach helping high potential managers turn into senior leaders. And her sales program, for business to business selling, is creating exceeding results. Catherine is a wife and mom, and cares about closing the broadband gaps in rural communities. Catherine joins the show to share her 3 step process that can get you started to create small wins today. She also details how she facilitated a $12.1 million public-private investment for a rural community to close broadband gaps, how she successfully transitioned from corporate America to solopreneur, and how to use small wins to create change. Learn more and connect with Catherine:


The Happy Home Movement

Jessica Mcilveen is the owner of the Happy Home Movement, and works with families all over the world to bring harmony and connection back into their homes. She began her journey as a Social Worker, which led her to explore the therapeutic benefits of yoga for children with special needs and those impacted by trauma. She now works with parents who want to understand their children based on their epigenetic expression and stage of development. She is a NLP Master Practitioner and Time Line Therapist, Hypnotherapist and Epigenetic Coach. With the use of Jessica's unique framework she is able to understand the drivers behind the behaviors of all family members. She believes that once we understand behaviors we can understand the person or child in front of us. Jessica's work has led her to be featured on Channel 7, Profile Magazine, Salt magazine, My Weekly Preview & National Foster Career Conference 2018. Jessica joins the show to share the 3 things to consider when creating a happy home, Why epigenetics is supporting parent-child relationships, how parents can start the process of understanding their children's behaviors, and much more. Learn more and connect with Jessica: The Parent Support Collective Facebook: Instagram:



Kayley Lauren is the founder and CEO of worldwide Social Media and Branding Agency, Lauren Design Co. She started her entrepreneurial journey as a social media influencer by growing her following to 6000 followers on Instagram and over 500,000 viewers on YouTube. She found a way to transform her social platform expertise into a profitable 5-figure business in under 6 months, and she’s worked with over 75 businesses worldwide. Kayley joins the show to detail her journey from living on her own at 15, to starting her successful agency at 22. She also shares social media marketing best practices, how content creators can gain Instagram exposure with a small following, how to monetize your social media presence, and the most effective social media platform for building brand awareness and reaching your desired audience. Learn more and connect with Kayley: Instagram: @Kayley.lauren Website: YouTube:


Delegate Your Way to the Top

Nathan Hirsch is an entrepreneur and expert in remote hiring. Most recently, Nathan co-founded in 2015 with an initial $5,000 investment, scaled it to $12M per year in revenue, and was then acquired in 2019. Today, Nathan is a co-founder of Outsource School, a company working to educate entrepreneurs on how to effectively hire and scale with virtual assistants through formulas and playbooks. Nathan joins the show to share the advantages of hiring virtual assistants and how to properly Interview, onboard, and manage a team of remote VAs. He also discusses common mistakes people make when outsourcing, how to build a company culture remotely, what the primary focus of business owners should be, and how to determine when, and what tasks to delegate. Learn more and connect with Nathan:


Get Back in the Game

Rachael Jaye is The Connection Coach. Her belief is that when one of us suffers, we all suffer; yet healing is available when we experience genuine connection with others. As a certified Cuddlist and Connection Specialist, she’s a pro at creating a safe space in her connection sessions, and also offers coaching around cultivating authentic relationships. While her techniques apply universally, Rachael specializes in supporting men’s mental and emotional health specifically as it pertains to their relationships. She’s developed support programs designed to meet a client where they’re at, whether simply looking for someone to listen to and accept them, or desiring tools to reignite the intimacy in their relationship. Rachel joins the show to discuss gender role conditioning & its impact on relationships. She also shares the details of being a professional Cuddlist, why so many relationships have been strained during COVID, why she primarily supports men, how to become a bedroom MVP, and so much more. You don't want to miss this one! Learn more and connect with Rachael: FB/IG/LinkedIn: hkrcoaching