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Zane Safrit talks about small business, innovation, word-of-mouth, leadership, generating positive cash-flows, top-grading, social media, blogs and bloggers, the economy...maybe even current events like politics. It's personal, passionate, opinionated. And helpful.

Zane Safrit talks about small business, innovation, word-of-mouth, leadership, generating positive cash-flows, top-grading, social media, blogs and bloggers, the economy...maybe even current events like politics. It's personal, passionate, opinionated. And helpful.
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Zane Safrit talks about small business, innovation, word-of-mouth, leadership, generating positive cash-flows, top-grading, social media, blogs and bloggers, the economy...maybe even current events like politics. It's personal, passionate, opinionated. And helpful.








Axe - No Limits No Regrets: Bouncing Off the Redline of Adrenaline Addiction

On April 12, 2014, Axe set of on the ride of his life, setting the record for the fastest cross-country motorcycle ride at just 33 hours and 10 minutes. That's 33:10:00. I've heard of people driving across the U.S. in 3 days, roughly 1000 miles per day. But the idea of one person, riding a motorcycle no less, crossing the U.S. in 33 hours and 10 minutes is ... crazy. But one man's crazy is another man's day in the office. "I'm an addict," Axe said. "It started with whiskey and girls when I...


Interview: Rodd Wagner, Author of Widgets

Rodd Wagner is the New York Times bestselling author of the new book "Widgets: The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If They're Real People." He is one of the foremost authorities on employee engagement and collaboration. Rodd's first book, 12: The Elements of Great Managing is the long-awaited sequel to the 1999 runaway bestseller First, Break All the Rules (one of my favorite books). Wagner's work focuses on how human nature affects business strategy. He currently serves as...


Interview: Michael Lee Stallard, Author of Connection Culture

Michael Lee Stallard will talk with me about his latest book, The Connection Culture. Here’s my review of Connection Culture. In a nutshell, I loved it. Michael is the co-founder and president of E Pluribus Partners, a leadership training, coaching and consulting firm. He specializes in helping leaders create cultures that boost productivity and innovation to achieve sustainable superior performance. He is the primary author of the bestselling book Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite...


Rory Vaden - Author of Procrastinate on Purpose

Rory Vaden is the author of the NY Times bestseller Take The Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success. He's also co-founder of the international training company Southwestern Consulting. He's a much sought-after keynote speaker, consultant and has been interviewed on Oprah Radio, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Inc., and now here. We're going to talk about his latest book - I predict it's another NY TImes bestseller. The title is Procrastinate on Purpose: 5 Permissions to...


Mindy Hall: Author of Leading with Intention - Every Moment is a Choice

Mindy Hall, PhD, is the author of Leading with Intention: Every Moment is a Choice. A great book, one of my favorites, one I'll keep close at hand. She is the President and CEO of Peak Development Consulting, LLC. Since founding the company 1996, she has worked with clients throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia to create sustainable organization and leadership development solutions: helping leaders create solutions for today’s challenges, while also growing their capacity to...


Susan Fowler, author of Why Motivating People Doesn't Work ... and What Does

Susan Fowler is the author of Why Motivating People Doesn't Work...and What Doesn't - one of those pleasant surprises in life, 200 pages of Aha moments and head nods and yes-yes-yes, that's so right answers on motivation: what works and what doesn'; and why, too. It's backed with science and case studies and anecdotes and it's well-organized and well-written and one of my favorite books this year. I reviewed it here (Wordy, but I was inspired.) And Ms. Fowler is not a one-book wonder...


Prem Bhatia, Co-Founder of Cooleaf, Talks About Employee Engagement

Prem Bhatia is co-founder with John Duisberg of Cooleaf. What is the purpose of Cooleaf? How does it answer the three essential questions for companies considering solutions for their employee engagement challenges: What’s in it for me?Why should I care?Why should I believe? Prem explained the purpose of Cooleaf to me: We want to reframe the conversation around employee engagement from being that of HR’s responsibility to being that of an internal marketing solution. As we both...


Dr. Marcia Reynolds - Author of The Discomfort Zone

The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs is one of my favorite business books in general and near the top of my favorites for books on employee engagement. I reviewed it here. Her website isOutSmart Your Brain: Mind-Growing Programs for Leaders. But one book and a great website is just the beginning of Dr. Reynolds contributions to corporate cultures. She's authored Outsmart Your Brain: How to Make Success Feel Easy and Wander Woman How...


Bernd Schoner, PhD, Author of The Tech Entrepreneur's Survival Guide

Bernd Schoner, PhD, is co-founder of ThingMagic and author of The Tech Entrepreneur's Survival Guide: How to Bootstrap Your Startup, Lead Through Tough Times and Cash in For Success. There are many battle-scarred veterans of the startup industry who share their stories and challenges and solutions from their life as an entrepreneur. I've read some; so have you. But to date, I have yet to see a book as well-written, well-organized, stuffed with valuable details and insights and resources...


Let Them Shine - Recognize THEM: 52 Ways to Recognize Your Employees

Let Them Shine is the fourth category in my book titled Employee Recognition: 52 Ways to Recognize Your Employees in Ways They Value. Shine is an adjective, defined as to give forth or glow with a light; shed or cast light. Imagine not only this sentence but this reality in your company: We strive to shine lights on the stars of our company - our employees - whose strengths, talents and successes arethe foundation for our shared successes, today and tomorrow. Here is another definition: to...


Empower Your Employees: 52 Ways to Recognize Your Employees In Ways They Value

Empower Your Employees is the third category in my book titled Employee Recognition: 52 Ways to Recognize Your Employees in Ways They Value. As a noun, empower is defined as giving the authority or power to reach their goals or enabling someone to do what's needed. A third definition is strengthen a person, give them the confidence to control their work, make the necessary decisions and achieve their goals. Wouldn't it be great if your company's employee manual read: Each employee is...


Employee Recognition: Stephen's Story

Stephen Lynch is the COO of RESULTSDotcom and author of Business Execution for Results: A Practical Guide for Leaders of Small to Medium-Sized Businesses. We've been friends since, Stephen always reminds me, 2005. when we met at a Growth Conference hosted by Verne Harnish of Gazelles. You can listen to my interview of Stephen about his book here. You can read my review of his book here. As he heard of my plans to write a book on Employee Engagement, he offered to write a chapter. It's...


Introduction to Recognize THEM: 52 Ways to Recognize Your Employees

I am the author of Recognize THEM - 52 Ways to Recognize Your Employees in Ways They Value. It is my first book. Author readings bring authors to their prospective audience. Audio books bring the author to their readers. Why not combine the two? Today I will read from the book's Introduction. For the first episode, I read from the first two parts of my book: Acknowledgements and The Wakeup Call. Acknowledgement pages in books is like employee recognition by authors for all those who worked...


Interview with Carol Sanford, Author of The Responsible Entrepreneur

Carol Sanford is the author of The Responsible Entrepreneur: Four Game-Changing Archetypes for Founders, Leaders and Impact Investors. From her website: Carol has been leading major consulting change efforts in both Fortune 500 and new-economy businesses for more than 30 years. Her client list includes long-terms relationships with Colgate Europe and Africa and DuPont Canada, US, Asia and Europe. She also works with new-economy companies like Intel, Agilent and leaders of change such as...


Interview with Kevin Allen, Author of The Case of the Missing Cutlery

Kevin Allen is founder & chairman of business transformation company re:kap, counting Burberry, SMythson, Swedbank and Verizon among its list of global clients. He is recognized as one of the world's most accomplished growth professionals. He is also an outstanding author with one best-seller to his credit, The Hidden Agenda: A Proven Way to Win Business and Create a Following. Now he has another with The Case of The Missing Cutlery: A Leadership Course for the Rising Star. Kevin tells his...


An Interview with Tom Rath, author of Eat Move Sleep, - Oct 24,2013

As Senior Scientist and advisor for Gallup Tom Rath spent 13 years leading their work on employee engagement, strengths and wellbeing, writing 4 New York Times bestsellers on strengths and well-being inspiring more than 5 million people. Those titles are StrengthsFinder 2.0, Strengths Based Leadership, How Full is Your Bucket? and Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements. You can listen to our conversation about Wellbeing here. In Eat Move Sleep, Tom helps us improve our health for years to...


Jim Clifton, CEO of Gallup and Author of The Coming Jobs War - Sep 20,2011

From the site The Coming Jobs War: What everyone in the world wants is a good job. Today, this statement makes vivid sense. In a provocative book for business and government leaders, Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton describes how this undeniable fact will affect all leadership decisions as countries wage war to produce the best jobs. The next war will not be over oil or water or capital. The coming war will be fought over jobs. Jobs and the lives they make possible. Clifton says... as jobs go,...


William Seidman, CEO of Cerebyte - Aug 31,2011

Dr. Seidman is a recognized expert on how to develop and sustain high performing organizations. In particular, Dr. Seidman is renowned for understanding the processes required to discover and use expert wisdom to create extraordinary organizational performance. Dr. Seidman's doctorate is from Stanford where he spent eight years studying management decision-making. As part of his doctoral dissertation, he developed a groundbreaking technique for analyzing management decision-making. The...


Tom Rieger - Author of Breaking the Fear Barrier - Aug 24,2011

Fear. Our own worst enemy may not be the economy or the federal deficit. Our own worst enemy may be fear. That's the fear that lives in our hearts and stalks our lives. A company's worst enemy is not always the competition, even today when its sources are global competitors companies often can't see are coming. Sometimes it's the fear that lives within its own walls. In companies, fear can take many forms: fear of not meeting a goal, of not getting a bonus, of losing decision rights and...


Jeffrey Phillips - A Guide to Open innovation - Aug 10,2011

Jeffrey Phillips is one of the 34 expert contributors who created the excellent book: A Guide to Open Innovation and Crowd-Sourcing: Advice from Leading Experts. Jeffrey is VP - Marketing and a lead consultant for OVO Innovation. Jeffrey has led innovation projects for Fortune 5000 firms, academic institutions and not-for-profits based on OVO Innovation's Innovate on Purpose methodology. The Innovate on Purpose methodology encourages organizations to consider innovation as a sustainable,...