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30: 5 Ways to Salvage Strategy Breakdown

40% of strategic potential gets lost due to unrealistic timelines. If Dell has figured out how to quickly figure out 1 thing at a time, you can too.


29: See and Hit Strategy Curveballs

The best laid plans…3 steps to solving business curveballs when they occur. Because, aiming high isn’t optional for successful business leaders. But, how you handle the curveballs is.


28: Make Better Progress - Ask Your Team These 3 Questions

Listen to learn how with a little guidance and the right questions, you can help your team focus on what's best next.


27: Focus - The One Thing Missing From Your Strategy

How to get Focus as part of your strategy.


26: How to Help Your Employees Think Critically

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” - Dwight Eisenhower Can you look left and look right at the same time? It’s impossible, right? Yet, we ask our employees to do just that when we expect them to execute on the defined day-to-day processes and simultaneously accommodate new business changes they don’t even understand. No wonder it triggers their fight or flight response! So, if you’ve listened to the previous episodes...


25: Why You Can't Afford to Stop Learning?

Did you know 26% of Americans haven’t read a single book in the past 12 months? Crazy right? It gets worse: most people don’t read 3 books for the rest of their lives after they leave college! This means when it comes to investing in yourself – if you’re reading a book, taking a course or even listening to a podcast - you’re way ahead of the majority. That’s your secret weapon! As business owners and leaders, we must commit to lifelong learning, because that’s how we deepen our...


24: Does Your Strategy Cause Fear?

Change is something every business must do to continue to grow and succeed. But what do you do when the change you’re proposing to your team is met with intense resistance or blank stares and silent nods? It starts with understanding why this happens in the first place. The possibility of change often triggers a stress response in employees – it’s fight or flight. Why? Because their basic needs of food and shelter are threatened by change. If the company goes in a direction they didn’t...


23: Business Goals - Do My Employees Even Care?

Have you ever found yourself frustrated with what your team has been able to accomplish and wondering if they even care? If you have, the solution may have absolutely nothing to do with caring, but everything to do with two major communication breakdowns! It’s extremely common for leaders to miscommunicate their goals to their team. You did all the research, planning, and vision work but all the team heard was the polished and often complicated goal at the end. This is called “the curse...


22: 1/2 Way There - Is Your Strategy Living on a Prayer?

At the start of 2017, you got your team together. Maybe it was a retreat or an all-hands meeting and you laid out your strategy. You were fired up, you got them excited, and everyone hit the ground running! But now, it’s the middle of the year and you realize things aren’t turning out how you planned. What happened? Let’s rip the Band-Aid off: you probably didn’t clearly communicate the strategy to your team or you built your strategy without asking the right questions. As much as 95% of...


21: How to Move from Indecision to Action in Your Business

Getting started on a new idea in your business is awesome! You get the rush of excitement and energy and it feels like progress happens all the time … but, then you get to the middle and the shine wears off. Does this sound familiar? Being stuck in the middle can be lonely. The middle means you go into each day feeling like it’s a grind and you just can’t catch a break. It can get so bad you start to listen to your critics telling you your path is wrong. When those symptoms crop up, its...


20: Doctor or an Architect - Determining Business Needs

We all love doctors because they can cure us when we’re sick or broken. In the business world, however, being the doctor archetype means being in a reactive state. They focus on fixing problems caused by poor decisions that were already made. You can do well as a doctor, but there is a lot more value in being an architect. An architect is proactive and commands premium rates. They offer the health plan that works for the long term, not the Advil for the latest pain. What that means for...


19: Want Freedom in Your Business? Learn from a Rat

Do you feel trapped in your business like a rat in a cage? Chances are, the frustration of being trapped is leading you to unhealthy habits and behaviors. When we get stuck in the cage, it’s usually because we’ve grown used to a certain routine that was built when we stopped trying to achieve more out of fear or thinking small. Like in the monkeys and the hose experiment, if all we know are our learned behaviors, we won’t see new results and we’ll end up trapping ourselves. But, not to...


18: The Island of Misfit Toys

“Success is about standing out, not fitting in” – Don Draper, Mad Men Having the mind of a misfit means sticking to your vision and putting your desire to make an impact over your desire to be liked. When you think about Richard Branson, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? We’re betting on fun and coolness - what he calls “The Virgin Way”. He’s taken that and infused it into a brand that all his companies are in alignment with. We say, he’s a modern-day P.T. Barnum. The...


17: Turning Your Business Upside Down

Have you ever had an experience or used a product and thought, “There must be a better way to do this?” Just because something is “always done” a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s the best way. Leaders in well-established, traditional industries aren’t thinking about turning their businesses upside down, but that’s where you’ll find your greatest advantage. It takes a different kind of vision to look at what has always been and think of ways to improve and do it differently. It’s too easy...


16: Confidence to Pursue Your Vision

What do Michael Jordan, Taylor Swift, Elon Musk, and the founders of Too Faced Cosmetics have in common? The answer to that question is the topic of this week’s podcast episode … confidence! In today’s world, it’s so easy to become comfortable in our safe bubbles. We’ve forgotten what it’s like to be adventurous. We’ve forgotten just how much we’re capable of. However, if we can find the confidence to push ourselves further and to pursue our vision, incredible things can happen. We...


15: The Willingness to Be Wrong

"Unless you’re willing to be wrong, you’ll never be right." - Carey Rome The quote above is one of our favorites and for good reason. One hundred percent of the time, something about your assumptions will be wrong. The sooner you're willing to accept being wrong, the sooner you can be right and break free from your caged vision. After all, the cage you’ve surrounded yourself with is made up of the fear of failure and being wrong. To help you become more willing to be wrong, we discuss...


14: Being Right for the Wrong Reasons

Have you ever come up with a brilliant product you were sure was going to dominate the market and practically sell itself due to the fact it perfectly solved a major problem in your niche ... only to experience crickets on launch day? This happens to entrepreneurs all the time and, unfortunately, it often leads to trashing the product and moving on with their tail between their legs. But ... what if it was the right product and it was just the wrong market or the wrong time? What if...


13: Turning Your Unicorn Into a Zebra

Unicorns create caged vision. We realize that statement likely doesn't make any sense to you but, don't worry, it will. Who hasn't dreamed of a million-dollar business idea? An idea so unique it's never been seen before. You know, kind of like ... a unicorn? In this week's episode of the Caged Vision podcast, we're explaining the difference between a unicorn idea and a zebra idea, giving you three tips to turn your unicorn into a zebra, and providing you with two examples of how you can...


12: When Routine Becomes Habit and Business Suffers

This week's topic is something that really resonates with us and we're confident it's going to resonate with you as well. So often in our lives and business, we do things out of habit. Something becomes a routine and, eventually, we may not even realize we're doing them anymore. Certain habits can be good, but often they're negative habits that prevent us from fully realizing our potential and actually keep us locked inside our cage ... a cage that, often times, we've built for...


11: Can Employees Have Caged Vision?

Recently, we've been speaking with businesses and corporations about the topic of having caged vision and, to our surprise, we've had quite a few employees reach out to us directly to let us know how much our message impacted them and explained exactly how they were feeling. So, that got us wondering ... can employees also suffer from having caged vision? We're diving into this exact question in today's episode and covering it from both the employee and the employer's perspective. How...