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Paper Napkin Wisdom - Podcast and Blog for Entrepreneurs, Leaders and Difference-Makers

I've asked 1000s of the worlds top Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Difference-Makers to share with me their most important pearl of wisdom on a simple paper napkin. Then I ask them to have a conversation about why they shared that Paper Napkin Wisdom with me and what it meant to them and for them in their life. Visit http://www.papernapkinwisdom.com for full show notes and archives. Learn their exceptional Stories of Drive, Impact, Balance and Leadership shared by CEOs, founders, authors, speakers, mentors, and teachers. They share successes and failures alike, paying forward their learning experiences to all of us.
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Dec 28, 2016

Erin Weed is the founder and CEO of evoso, a consultancy firm that helps people to develop speeches. She has been an entrepreneur since college, when the murder of one of her sorority sisters motivated her to scrap plans to … Continue reading

The post Digging Your Freedom – Erin Weed (Founder Evoso Inc, Author, Speaker) appeared first on Paper Napkin Wisdom - Blog and Podcast For Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Difference-Makers.

Dec 28, 2016

Each week I’ll post a short podcast, usually between 3 to 5 minutes long, just talking about how to apply the Paper Napkin Wisdom 5 Step Plan to Life and Business Success in an everyday kind of way.

 

As I was speaking to a group of entrepreneurs about execution this week, we discussed the value of changing our Perspective as leaders to not think that we were out front, but rather out back of our teams supporting them as they charged forward.

The discussion evolved toward understanding the value of how elephants lead. While elephants have obvious size and strength, that's not how they lead. The alpha female is the leader of the herd and she leads from the back of the group using skills like Problem Solving, Social Intelligence, Openness, Decisiveness, Patience, Confidence, and Compassion to guide the group.

Make it a great week!!

 

Dec 21, 2016

Syed Sultan Ahmed is a first generation entrepreneur and a real change maker. His organization, EDUMEDIA, is one that enriches the lives of children and works to educate and provide life skills to children all over India. He is a … Continue reading

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Dec 14, 2016

Chris Eldridge is a man with almost twenty years of experience in a wide range of industries. He is the kind of person who constantly does his best to go above and beyond. As he joins us on Paper Napkin … Continue reading

The post Three Pillars to Lead By – Chris Eldridge (Director – 4Impact Group) appeared first on Paper Napkin Wisdom - Blog and Podcast For Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Difference-Makers.

Dec 14, 2016

Each week I’ll post a short podcast, usually between 3 to 5 minutes long, just talking about how to apply the Paper Napkin Wisdom 5 Step Plan to Life and Business Success in an everyday kind of way.

This week I visited a group of entrepreneurs for a workshop on Execution. On the way back, I had huge challenges getting back home for the weekend. Apparently there was some sort of computer error, which took a ton of time to fix and, predictably, let to me missing the flight home. 

The challenge was that 1000s of other passengers had the same challenge as I did that day.

I never quit, nor did I think of quitting ... in fact, I've never quit on anything.

This week I share why.

Make it a great week!

 

Dec 7, 2016

Jack McDonald is a partner at Leeza Distribution Inc., a leading supplier of premium surfaces for counter-tops, sinks, vanity tops, and wall cladding in showers. In addition to his professional work, he also volunteers as a Scouts Leader and serves … Continue reading

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Nov 30, 2016

Patrick Thean is a truly inspiring guy. He is a successful serial entrepreneur who has started and exited multiple companies but he is best known for helping companies accelerate their growth. Patrick is exceptional at getting executive teams and their … Continue reading

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Nov 23, 2016

Paige Zinn is the Principal/Owner of Jennings, a healthcare marketing firm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For the past year, Paige has been reading a book called Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. The book is meant to be a … Continue reading

The post Are you Alpha or Beta? – Paige Zinn (Principal – Jennings & Company) appeared first on Paper Napkin Wisdom - Blog and Podcast For Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Difference-Makers.

Nov 23, 2016

Each week I’ll post a short podcast, usually between 3 to 5 minutes long, just talking about how to apply the Paper Napkin Wisdom 5 Step Plan to Life and Business Success in an everyday kind of way.

 

Had a fun, wine-filled conversation this week with someone about unlikely sources of cinematic inspiration. I've almost always gone back to this handful of movies when I feel like my belief in myself is shaken and I need a source of inspiration. 

What movies do you watch for inspiration? My top few are in the podcast ... but there are so many more (including my holiday favorite) It's a Wonderful Life, and Scrooged, that could have made the cut.

Make it a great week!

Nov 16, 2016

Paul Kennedy is CEO at Biarri Networks; a company that provides optimization software for the design of fiber optic networks. As CEO, Paul leads the development and delivery of his company’s design solutions. He’s a leader in optimization and in … Continue reading

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Nov 9, 2016

Aaron Kennard is a real estate investor, entrepreneur, and a man whose mission is to help millions of people change their life. He is the founder of Truly Amazing Life Inc. and the author of The Positive Thinking Secret. In … Continue reading

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Nov 2, 2016

Gerard Murtagh is a serial entrepreneur and self-proclaimed love of life. He started his first business at 19. Having made his exporting businesses GRM Exports, IBT International, and Sunshine Trading Company as success, Gerard has started a new venture in … Continue reading

The post Persist, Persist, Persist – Gerard Murtagh (Serial Entrepreneur) appeared first on Paper Napkin Wisdom - Blog and Podcast For Entrepreneurs, Leaders, and Difference-Makers.

Nov 2, 2016

Each week I’ll post a short podcast, usually between 3 to 5 minutes long, just talking about how to apply the Paper Napkin Wisdom 5 Step Plan to Life and Business Success in an everyday kind of way.

 

I was visiting a group of 20-30 entrepreneurs in Washington, DC this week and we were discussing Execution (getting stuff done). There are so many of us that seem to get stuck in urgent tasks, instead of focusing on the important work that will move us forward.  Sometimes we do this because it is more comfortable to play the role of the superhero and the save the day, the way we have always done, rather than do the uncomfortable task of doing something new.

Remember, the new task - the harder one to pick, is supposed to be uncomfortable. We have never done it before. Go for it ... do the thing that you have never done to get the results you have never had.

Oct 26, 2016

Michael Caito is an entrepreneur with a system of structure. In 1993, Mike co-founded a multi-restaurant delivery and catering company called Restaurants on the Run. Today the company partners with over 1100 restaurants, over 300 delivery drivers, and delivers of … Continue reading

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Oct 19, 2016

Each week I’ll post a short podcast, usually between 3 to 5 minutes long, just talking about how to apply the Paper Napkin Wisdom 5 Step Plan to Life and Business Success in an everyday kind of way.

 

This week we continued to roll out a new product in one of my companies and the feedback has been great! In fact most of the time people are surprised we haven't been around for years. But there's no secret to how we did this - we practiced and practiced and practiced our pitch, story, and value proposition before taking it to the world.

Listen in and I share how you can do the same in your business.

Oct 19, 2016

David Meerman Scott is an internationally acclaimed strategist, speaker, and bestselling author. David’s ideas on social media are popular around the world and in his Paper Napkin wisdom, he shares a few of the ways business can and should use … Continue reading

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Oct 12, 2016

Joao Mucciolo is a truly inspiring entrepreneur. Joao is the founder of Sushi Itto and Italianissimo, two restaurant chains in Nicaragua. He’s grown his businesses in a huge way over the last several years, expanding in a way that is … Continue reading

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Oct 12, 2016

Each week I’ll post a short podcast, usually between 3 to 5 minutes long, just talking about how to apply the Paper Napkin Wisdom 5 Step Plan to Life and Business Success in an everyday kind of way.

 

I had the opportunity to sit beside someone who was a Member of the Million Miles Club on a plane this week and we had an great conversation about the use of knowledge, technology, and leadership around the world. He spends a lot of time traveling to Asia, Europe, and elsewhere marketing innovative technologies around the world.

His key point - knowledge was becoming near valueless. Instead, execution, collaboration, communication, and connection are becoming increasingly valuable.

Listen in and find out why.

Oct 5, 2016

Julia Langkraehr is a dynamic entrepreneur, an executive coach, speaker, and facilitator. She’s a veteran of the entrepreneurial roller coaster; after founding her first business in 2001, she built, lost, restarted, and sold it before expanding to Russia and Germany … Continue reading

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Oct 5, 2016

Each week I’ll post a short podcast, usually between 3 to 5 minutes long, just talking about how to apply the Paper Napkin Wisdom 5 Step Plan to Life and Business Success in an everyday kind of way.

 

I was lucky enough to be able to participate in one of the largest entrepreneur events in the world recently. While there, I met with and heard hundreds of entrepreneurs pitching their world-changing ideas. Some truly could change the world.

The problem with many of them though seemed to be that they were pitching to the wrong group. What they needed to do is get out there and get some customers! Incubators, however, seem more interested in grooming entrepreneurs to pitch to VCs, Private Equity, Angel Investors, and other Incubators. 

Sep 28, 2016

Paper Napkin Wisdom – Corey Tisdale Corey Tisdale is, in his own words, a “crazy egotist with experience earned on the ecommerce battlefield.” He is the Owner of Eye Want Media and CEO of ShoppersChoice.com. In his very candid Paper … Continue reading

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Sep 28, 2016

Each week I’ll post a short podcast, usually between 3 to 5 minutes long, just talking about how to apply the Paper Napkin Wisdom 5 Step Plan to Life and Business Success in an everyday kind of way.

Following up on the bad news of a few weeks ago, things didn't get better. I got some very tough breaks that blindsided me in business and life. It's been a challenge to see the silver lining on the clouds of the last couple weeks.

What made it easier has been my Forum, my Mastermind group - my group of peers. There's strength in finding people to help you unpack the challenges of life. I share how it's helped me find my way in the last couple weeks.

 

Sep 21, 2016

John Bly is a mergers and acquisitions czar. The last time he was on the show, he reminded us that Accountability is not a four letter word and we ought to stop treating it like one. This time, he switches … Continue reading

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Sep 21, 2016

Each week I’ll post a short podcast, usually between 3 to 5 minutes long, just talking about how to apply the Paper Napkin Wisdom 5 Step Plan to Life and Business Success in an everyday kind of way.

 

This week I share an experience from this week. I was dealt a huge blow late this week. It was a public failure - and to some degree very embarrassing on the surface. I share how taking responsibility for it has helped me evolve, learn, and grow remarkably quickly. I'm ready for the next time, and no worries, there is always a next time!

How do you respond to challenges and adversity? 

How do you get ready for the next opportunity? 

Sep 14, 2016

Ben Baldwin is a man who wears a lot of hats. He’s Founder and Co-CEO of ClearFit, he’s a patent holder, writer, speaker, and has founded two successful software companies. With such a busy schedule, Ben is careful to make … Continue reading

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