Sun, 19 January 2020
When Jackie Jenkins-Scott was appointed president of the historic Dimock Community Health Center, whose roots in Boston date to 1857, the bankrupt institution was shopping its architecturally magnificent campus to real estate investors for redevelopment.
Instead, Jackie revived Dimock, as she did 21 years later when she stepped in as president of failing Wheelock College.
Jackie believes that many dying businesses and nonprofits can turn their fortunes around if their leaders will embrace the approach she dubs, “Responsive Leadership.”
Jackie boils down her method of turning around troubled organizations to seven secrets. She shares them with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart on this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio.
Order a copy of Jackie’s new book: The 7 Secrets of Responsive Leadership: Drive Change, Manage Transitions, and Help Any Organization Turn Around
Photo: Jackie Jenkins-Scott, JJS Advising
Sun, 12 January 2020
Employee fraud and embezzlement cost American companies $50 billion annually, much of that coming out of the pockets of small business owners.
It’s often an employee who you trust the most who turns out to be the most untrustworthy.
This week on Monday Morning Radio, three experts on employee theft – an investigator, a litigation attorney, and a prosecutor – join host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart for a panel discussion on how to prevent, detect, and respond to dishonest employees.
Posted: January 13, 2020
Sun, 5 January 2020
Some of the most important decisions in history, from President Abraham Lincoln’s bold move to publish the Emancipation Proclamation to Harry Truman’s order to drop the atomic bomb, offer all of us lessons about how to make the tough choices that inevitably face us.
In his new book, Decisions, historian, author, and strategic public relations counselor Robert L. Dilenschneider gleans practical advice on how to make the best decisions from 23 men and women who shaped the world, including Henry Ford, Howard Johnson, and A.P. Giannini.
When life demanded it, each of the 23 individuals profiled in Decisions followed a path that Dilenschneider admires in order to reach their conclusions and subsequently act upon them.
What all of his profile subjects have in common, Dilenschneider tells host Dean Rotbart, is a sense of purpose. “They all knew who they were, and they constantly moved toward who they were.”
Each of us eventually has a Rubicon to cross. Knowing how others have faced their biggest challenges can help us make the best choices in our own lives, Rotbart says.
Dilenschneider is the founder of The Dilenschneider Group, a corporate strategic counseling and public relations firm based in Manhattan. In that capacity, he has advised numerous Global 500 corporations and CEOs.
Photo: Robert L. Dilenschneider, Decisions
Sun, 29 December 2019
For the third consecutive year, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart turns the microphone over to his son, Maxwell, who reviews the top business lessons of the past year, gleaned from ten of the weekly guests appearing on Monday Morning Radio.
Among the priceless business insights and actionable tips for success included this week are the gift of struggle; the simple truths of great customer service; the proper care and feeding of bosses; how to build an ironclad brand; and the Bezos method of business growth and risk-taking.
Give Maxwell Rotbart less than an hour to start off the New Year, and he’ll give you a year’s worth of business magic.
Photo: Maxwell Rotbart, Guest Host
Mon, 23 December 2019
Jeffrey Gitomer is the all-time, best-selling author of sales books; better even than Dale Carnegie, Zig Ziglar, and Napoleon Hill.
Gitomer’s “Little Red Book of Selling” is a classic, not only for dedicated salespeople, but for anyone seeking to sell a product, service, idea, or even to market themselves.
Dean Rotbart, host of Monday Morning Radio, previously hosted a live weekly radio show - Newsroom Confidential - on KRLA 870 AM radio in Los Angeles. Back in 2006, when Gitomer had just published his second book – “Little Black Book of Connections,” Dean interviewed him about his methods and how they apply to everyone – not just professional salespeople.
This week, as an audio stocking stuffer, Dean plumbs the Newsroom Confidential archives to replay his actionable interview with Jeffrey Gitomer.
Photo: Jeffrey Gitomer, Little Red Book of Selling
Sun, 15 December 2019
Whether in business or your personal life, if you have a dream, don’t let anyone tell you that it’s impossible.
In fact, Jason Caldwell, this week’s guest on Monday Morning Radio, makes his living by teaching people how to move beyond the normal bounds of possibility and shatter all expectations.
Jason – an adventure racer who set a world record in 2017 for rowing across the Atlantic in 35 days, 14 hours, and 3 minutes – is the founder of Latitude 35 Racing, a global leadership training firm whose clients include Nike, Booking.com, and Santander Bank.
Photo: Jason Caldwell, Latitude 35 Racing
Sun, 8 December 2019
On the rollercoaster of life, Ken D. Foster has seen the peaks and the valleys, working his way up from gas station attendant to head of a $200 million securities business, and back to the very bottom.
Ken finally found stability, and success, when he cleaned his slate of beliefs and behaviors and began anew. Now a best-selling author of five books, a podcaster, and an empowerment coach, Ken has released his newest book, The Courage to Change Everything, which provides daily strategies to overcome life’s greatest challenges.
As Ken explains to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, his approach to success is a hybrid of ancient and modern wisdom, Eastern and Western philosophies.
Photo: Ken D. Foster, Author
Sun, 1 December 2019
In the spirit of the 7th Annual GivingTuesday, this week’s podcast examines the growing number of small business owners who are creating 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundations to buttress their philanthropic efforts.
In the spotlight is Ryan McFarland, a sterling example of CEOs who are giving back in gratitude for their own success.
Ryan worked closely with Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart, who is a National Ambassador for the All Kids Bike® movement, to set an audacious goal: teach every child in America how to bike before they reach the first grade.
Through SEF, the All Kids Bike® movement has already donated free bikes, helmets, and training programs to 136 schools in 26 states. And the campaign is just getting pedaling.
Ryan is Dean’s guest on this week’s Monday Morning Radio, sharing the ups-and-downs of simultaneously running a for-profit and not-for-profit organization.
Discover the science behind the All Kids Bike® movement by viewing the inaugural All Kids Bike® Health and Education Symposium – five panels featuring global experts on the physical, psychological, and academic benefits of early childhood biking.
Photo: Ryan McFarland (l) All Kids Bike® and Dean Rotbart, Host
Sun, 24 November 2019
Karen Wickre has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years, including stints as the editorial director of Twitter and a senior global communicator at Google, which she joined when there were only 500 employees. By the time she left, there were 50,000 people on the payroll.
[Be sure to pick up a copy of Karen’s book, “Taking the Work Out of Networking: Your Guide to Making and Keeping Great Connections,” available here.]
Photo: Karen Wickre
Sun, 17 November 2019
Rob Kessler is on a mission – a mission to eradicate men’s ties.
Aware that 100% of business-casual shirts are designed for ties – yet 90% of the time men don’t wear neckties – he’s invented an entirely new category of shirts – goTIELESS.
Rob comes from good entrepreneurial stock. His pop, Richard Kessler, the Diamond Engagement Ring ‘King’ of Wisconsin, taught him a thing or two about sales and marketing. And it shows.
This week Rob tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart how he and his partners aim to collar the men’s fashion market.
HOLIDAY GIVING GUIDE:
Photo: Rob Kessler, goTIELESS
Sun, 10 November 2019
Mary Fran Bontempo, an award-winning speaker, author, and humorist, just came out with a crisis management book called, “The 15 Minute Master.” The book promises to teach readers “how to make everything better 15 minutes at a time.”
Click here to hear Mary Fran Bontempo’s July 2017 interview on Monday Morning Radio.
Photo: Mary Fran Bontempo, The 15 Minute Master
Sun, 3 November 2019
It’s hard enough for American entrepreneurs to launch a new business and gain traction with American consumers.
Doing it from Istanbul, Turkey, primarily in Turkish, as Rasim Cin is doing, complicates the task exponentially.
Rasim is the visionary behind Woppy, a new subscription game-box company that aims to teach kindergarten-age kids STEM skills, without using digital technology. Woppy was recently a participant in the WSJ Tech Live global conference held in Laguna Beach, where Rasim and his team generated a great deal of positive buzz from the world’s high-tech whizzes.
Joining host Dean Rotbart for a discussion of the obstacles Woppy faces, and what other businesses can learn about working internationally, is Mel Ayan, an early-stage investor in Woppy.
Photo: Rasim Cin, Woppy
Sun, 27 October 2019
Bert and Tracy Gervis are two successful California entrepreneurs and philanthropic superheroes who own and operate one of the nation’s fastest growing pet food companies.
Their proprietary Gentle Giants Dog and Puppy Foods is helping canines to live twice, even three times longer than average, with many dogs behaving like puppies well into their twenties.
No wonder their wholesome dog food is flying off the shelves of Walmart Supercenters and hundreds of major supermarket outlets nationwide, not to mention on Chewy.com and Petsmart.com.
Bert and Tracy not only don’t take a salary, since 1994, they’ve personally cared for more than 15,000 rescue dogs in their home.
If that’s not impressive enough, this week, on a special “What’s My Small Business Secret” edition of Monday Morning Radio, both Bert and Tracy reveal to host Dean Rotbart their separate background stories that make their accomplishments all the more extraordinary.
Photo: Bert John Gervis, Jr. - Gentle Giants Dog & Puppy Foods
Sun, 20 October 2019
On paper, at least, Creature Coffee looks like a bad idea.
Founded two years back by Michael Craig, a barista, it is aiming to carve a niche for itself in the crowded and competitive coffee marketplace. To make the task all the more difficult, Creature Coffee is spreading itself between three sales channels: walk-in retailing, online sales, and pop-up coffee bars.
But Michael – like the best entrepreneurs – believes in himself, believes in his concept, and does not believe all the naysayers.
When he launched Creature Coffee, Michael began with a budget of $1,000 – all that he could scrape together at the time.
Today, the success of Creature Coffee is evident, from the non-stop flow of fans into his retail outlet – located in a gentrifying neighborhood of Austin, to the corporate clients he’s attracting, including IBM, American Express, Mercedes Benz, Hitachi, Deloitte, and Dell.
Earlier this month, Monday Morning Radio host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart paid a visit to Creature Coffee and shares both good conversation, and a satisfying cup of Columbian expresso, with Michael Craig.
You can purchase up to 200 varieties of coffee from Creature Coffee online at www.CreatureCoffee.co. As always, the plug for this week’s guest comes gratis. Monday Morning Radio never charges its guests to be on the podcasts or accepts payments in kind.
Photo: Michael Craig, Creature Coffee
Sun, 13 October 2019
Last week, more than 45 international companies competed in the annual Global Bottled Water Awards competition, presented in Dubai.
Water is big business, with more people in the U.S. drinking bottled water than soft drinks, and new packaged-water entrants continuing to flood the market.
Duane Stanford, executive editor of Beverage Digest, was one of the judges for this year’s water competition, and he joins host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart to talk about the innovators and entrepreneurs who are making a big splash in the water industry, and the rip currents they face.
Photo: Duane Stanford, Beverage Digest
Sun, 6 October 2019
On a special edition of Monday Morning Radio, Alan Murray, president and CEO of FORTUNE magazine, shares the business and journalism insights that he’s gleaned during the course of his 40-plus year career.
In particular, Alan talks about how FORTUNE, under his leadership and new ownership, is positioning itself to be the preeminent global business media brand. Take notes. Because the strategy that Alan describes can just as effectively be utilized by any business – large or small – that seeks to propel itself to the forefront of its industry or business niche.
“Business success today has much more to do with inspiration, with being able to give people a purpose and direction, not so much direct orders,” Alan tells host Dean Rotbart, himself an award-winning journalist. “Business leaders have to be able to see into the future and see around corners in ways that it just wasn't nearly as necessary ten years ago.”
Today’s FORTUNE, Alan explains, is no longer merely a chronicler of the world’s top companies and executives. Rather, Alan and his team are dedicated to providing their readers and attendees the content and connections they need “to help them drive toward business success.”
“What can we do to make business better?” is the question that Alan says guides FORTUNE’s content and event strategy under his leadership. “I want people to look at FORTUNE and say this magazine is going to help me navigate the future.”
Photo: Alan Murray, FORTUNE
Fri, 4 October 2019
The Monday Morning Radio Minute Featuring: Fortune Magazine's Alan Murray on Choosing the Magazine’s Cover
In this one-minute preview of next week's podcast, featuring Fortune Magazine CEO Alan Murray, he explains how Fortune selects it covers and who get to grace them.
Alan is interviewed by host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart.
You can stream of download the full interview on Monday, October 7, 2019 from MondayMorningRadio.com.
You can also subscribe to every episode of Monday Morning Radio for free from the iTunes store: http://tinyurl.com/mmr-iTunes.
Thu, 3 October 2019
In this one-minute preview of next week's podcast, featuring Fortune Magazine CEO Alan Murray, he describes the ingredients of building a preeminent brand.
Alan is interviewed by host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart.
You can stream of download the full interview on Monday, October 7, 2019 from MondayMorningRadio.com.
You can also subscribe to every episode of Monday Morning Radio for free from the iTunes store: http://tinyurl.com/mmr-iTunes.
Sun, 29 September 2019
Everyone knows the unprecedented journey that propelled Jeff Bezos from the owner of a tiny online bookstore that he launched in July 1994, to the head of Amazon, the fastest company ever to surpass $100 billion in annual sales; making him the richest man in the world.
What few people know are the 14 principles that Bezos followed to accomplish the unimaginable feat. In The Bezos Letters, author Steve Anderson dissects the 21 annual letters that the Amazon founder has written to shareholders to glean the essence of Bezos’s business philosophy.
Most amazingly, Anderson tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, Bezos is relying on those same 14 principles not only to continue to grow Amazon at a rapid clip, but also, soon, through his privately-owned Blue Origin aerospace company, to revolutionize space travel and manufacturing.
Photo: Steve Anderson, The Bezos Letters
Sat, 21 September 2019
Exposure in Inc. magazine or its annual Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest growing companies assuredly will bolster the reputations and prospects of any small business. But what kind of stories are the journalists at Inc. interested in – and is there a backdoor shortcut to landing on the Inc. 5000?
Those are just a few of the questions that host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart puts to Inc.’s Editor-in-Chief James Ledbetter on this week’s episode of Monday Morning Radio. James is only too happy to provide an up-close look at how Inc. operates, and what type of stories appeal most to editors and readers alike.
Photo: James Ledbetter, Inc.
Sun, 15 September 2019
Following a serious ski accident and two failed spinal surgeries, Gina Gardiner had to relearn to walk. Not once, but twice.
The experience led Gina to segue from her role as a school principal in the UK to a motivation coach, helping a large and growing flock of international followers find greater happiness, success, and fulfillment.
From Colchester, England, Gina shares with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart her five secret pathways to “thriving, not simply surviving.” Gina’s mission now, she says, is to help one million people discover their “Genuine Selves” within the next five years.
Photo: Gina Gardiner, Genuinely You
Sun, 8 September 2019
Aaron LaPedis owns a fine art gallery in one of the swankiest retail areas of Colorado.
But paintings, sculptures, and limited edition prints are not all that fascinate Aaron, who is best known nationally as The Garage Sale Millionaire. For more than three decades, Aaron has hunted hidden treasure at garage and estate sales, as well as online auctions.
Whether you’re a treasure-hunting hobbyist or simply looking to offload some business, household, or collectible items you no longer want, Aaron can guide you how to buy and sell most profitably.
Back on Monday Morning Radio after a six year hiatus, Aaron shares with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart the unvarnished truth about becoming your own garage sale aficionado.
This week’s episode comes to you from the campus of The Wizard Academy, located in Austin’s renowned Texas hill country.
[Be sure to pick up a copy of Aaron’s garage sales “Bible,” The Garage Sale Millionaire.]
Photo: Aaron LaPedis
Sun, 1 September 2019
It’s been more than 50 years since Walter Elias Disney departed for the great amusement park in the sky, yet his legacy consistently inspires new generations of business owners and creators.
Michael Goldsby and Rob Mathews, two professors of entrepreneurship at Ball Street University, have encapsulated Disney’s magic rules of success into a must-read book, Entrepreneurship the Disney Way.
As Goldsby tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, two traits that Disney embodied that to this day are hard-wired into The Walt Disney Company are an obsessive commitment to product quality and a refusal to stop innovating and creating.
For businesses owners who wish upon a star that they could emulate the success of the Disney and the Magic Kingdom, Goldsby says the pixie dust is simple: Just ask yourself time and again, “What would Walt do?”
Photo: Michael Goldsby, Ball State University
Sun, 25 August 2019
In the eyes of more than 200,000 women entrepreneurs in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia, Genecia Alluora is already a business rock star.
The former Miss Singapore – who founded and leads Soul Rich Woman – the #1 network of female entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, now wants to spread her message of empowerment and financial independence to the women of North America.
Genecia specializes in teaching woman the secrets of successful online marketing and digital branding. This week, she connects by phone from the Republic of Singapore with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, and explains why her step-by-step system of success speaks a universal language. Oh yes, men, too, stand to learn a lot from Genecia’s playbook.
Photo: Genecia Alluora, Soul Rich Woman
Sun, 18 August 2019
Whether You’re Caring for Aging Parents, or You Have Employees Who Are, the Struggle Can Be Enormous
Owning a business while raising a family is challenging enough. Mix in caring for one or both aging parents, and the complexities of life expand exponentially.
That’s especially true for women, who comprise a majority of the 44 million unpaid eldercare providers in the United States.
Liz O’Donnell, who enjoyed a fast-paced career in marketing, can speak from experience. She was already juggling her job and two children when both her parents were diagnosed with terminal illnesses on the same day.
Liz, author of Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Making a Living, not only shares her advice with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart for coping with the added responsibilities of eldercare, she also spells out ways that aging Baby Boomers can lessen the burden on their kids when they cross the Rubicon into old age.
[Be sure to pick up a copy of Liz O’Donnell’s new book, Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Making a Living.]
Photo: Liz O’Donnell, Working Daughter
Sun, 11 August 2019
There are strategies of when, how, and why to use LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram, and Andrea Stenberg is an expert at helping small business owners and entrepreneurs harness them.
Good content – including the use of self-produced videos – Andrea explains to host Dean Rotbart, is only part of the equation. More importantly, knowing exactly how to target prospective customers and clients, and how to buy paid messaging, will determine whether even the best content ever gets noticed, much less goes viral.
This week Andrea guides Monday Morning Radio listeners through the shoals of social networking visibility.
[Be sure to visit Andrea’s website, The Baby Boomer Entrepreneur, to get a free copy of “The Low Cost Online Video Toolkit.”]
Photo: Andrea Stenberg, The Baby Boom Entrepreneur
Sun, 4 August 2019
Rudy Schmid is a veteran accountant and first-time author who’s written a book – America’s Guide to Starting Your Own Company – that’s helping large numbers of young adults launch their own side hustles free of the flaws that too often hobble new businesses.
The concise book is also helpful for established businesses, especially when it comes to hiring and managing people, and sizing up banking relationships.
Rudy seems a bit embarrassed that he waited so long to share the lessons he learned from his own accounting practice with today’s eager young entrepreneurs.
"Nonsense," replies host Dean Rotbart, “At 86 years of age, Rudy is an inspiration to every would-be author who thinks he or she is ‘too old’ to start.”
By the way, the Guide has been so well-received that Rudy is already working on a sequel, “How to Build Your Company for Success.”
Photo: Rudy Schmid, author
Sun, 28 July 2019
Jordan Goodman is one of the country’s best-known personal finance journalists and authors, appearing frequently on national radio and television call-in shows to answer consumer questions on how to save and invest wisely.
With 13 books under his belt, including the encyclopedic 992-page Everyone’s Money Book, he joins host Dean Rotbart this week to dispense insightful personal finance recommendations with a special emphasis on the finances of small business owners and entrepreneurs.
If you’ve got solid financial assets, Jordan will share his advice on how to generate even more of them. If you’ve got too much debt, he’s got a lot to say about how to offload it.
Visit Jordan’s website: www.MoneyAnswers.com
Photo: Jordan E. Goodman, Author and Journalist
Posted: July 29, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 52 minutes 57 seconds
Sun, 21 July 2019
Fauzia Burke and her team at FSB Associates specialize in creating online awareness for books and authors.
Since Fauzia launched her specialty marketing and publicity firm in 1995, FSB has orchestrated more than 2,000 successful book publicity campaigns, including those for award-winning actor Alan Alda; mega-authors Ken Blanchard and Brian Tracy, South Beach Diet guru Dr. Arthur Agaston, entrepreneur and publisher Arianna Huffington; broadcaster Mika Brzesinski; former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, and Jordan Goodman, America’s Money Answers Man.
Fauzia, herself, is the author of “Online Marketing for Busy Authors” - a must-read for any writer who doesn’t want to see his or her book make an express trip to the Bargain Books shelves at Barnes & Noble.
This week, in an extended interview, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart talks with Fauzia about good PR, but more importantly, they detail how authors and publishers can successfully sell their books online.
Refreshingly, as you’ll hear, when Dean asks Fauzia a straight question, she gives him a straight answer. Questions include:
Fauzia - a Pakistani immigrant who arrived here in 1981 and was raised by a single mom - is an American success story, an inspiration, and an entrepreneur who has helped hundreds of authors fulfill their own dreams.
Photo: Fauzia Burke, FSB Associates
Sun, 14 July 2019
What your company or product “sounds” like is an essential component of its success.
When companies including Microsoft, Cisco, GoDaddy, and Shopify need to hire talent to be the voice of their commercials and other scripts, they look to Voices.com – the world’s largest online marketplace for voice over products and talents.
Since David Ciccarelli and his wife Stephanie wrote their business plan for Voices.com on a napkin back in 2005, they have expanded into 160 countries, bringing talent and clients together, and raising more than $20 million in venture capital.
This week David shares his entrepreneurial wisdom with host Dean Rotbart. No scripts. No second takes. Just the unvarnished voice of hard-fought experience.
Photo: David Ciccarelli, Voices.com
Sun, 7 July 2019
Can a Zen-like philosophy of money translate into greater success and happiness for American business owners and entrepreneurs?
Ken Honda, a bestselling author in Japan who is known there as the “Zen Millionaire” believes it can, which is why he just published his first English-language book: Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money.
Honda, no relation to the automotive family, tells host Dean Rotbart in an interview from Tokyo that how we think and feel about money is as important to wealth accumulation as where we invest it.
Even those who have very little money can profit by making sure that the resources they do have are “happy,” Honda contends.
Photo: Ken Honda, Happy Money
Sat, 29 June 2019
When seemingly every path to funding is closed to business owners, entrepreneurs, and inventors, Kedma Ough – a national award-winning small business champion – helps them find the money and resources they seek.
Kedma, a fifth generation entrepreneur, learned the secrets of business funding the hard way – by having countless doors slammed in her face. Now, after helping more than 10,000 individuals to get the funding they thought they could never qualify for, she’s written a book – Target Funding: A Proven System to Get the Money and Resources You Need to Start or Grow Your Business – detailing a wide range of alternative funding options.
Too many great concepts never see the light of day, Kedma explains to host, author, and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, because they can’t find the necessary funding. She’s on a mission to change that.
Photo: Kedma Ough, Target Funding
Sun, 23 June 2019
On a special edition of Monday Morning Radio, to mark the launch of its 8th season, host Dean Rotbart flew to Austin, Texas, and, in the inner sanctums of The Tower at Wizard Academy, brought together two of the world’s marketing legends: The Wizard of Ads, Roy H. Williams, and The Digital Marketer, Ryan Deiss.
It’s no exaggeration to say that a one-hour private consultation with either Roy or Ryan would easily command a king’s ransom from their legions of fans. Put Roy and Ryan together, combining their expertise, and no small business owner or entrepreneur can afford to miss the priceless insights they deliver.
But put away your checkbooks. Dean’s exclusive conversation with Roy and Ryan is available right now, for free, compliments of MondayMorningRadio.com.
Photos: Roy H. Williams (l) and Ryan Deiss; Overhead view of The Tower at Wizard Academy
Sat, 15 June 2019
The Monday Morning Radio Minute Featuring: Richard Kessler, Flawless Entrepreneurial Advice From Wisconsin’s Diamond Engagement Ring King
The June 9th episode of Monday Morning Radio features a full-length interview with Richard Kessler, co-founder of Kessler’s Diamonds.
This is an excerpt featuring Host Dean Rotbart.
Sat, 15 June 2019
Joanne Lipman has had a storied journalism career, serving as the first woman to become a deputy managing editor at The Wall Street Journal; founding editor-in-chief of Condé Nast’s Portfolio magazine; and most recently as editor-in-chief of USA Today and Chief Content Officer of its parent company, Gannett.
Yet during her 35-plus-year career, Joanne never felt that the professional playing field between her and her male colleagues was level. And, as she found out, millions of women in the American workforce share her on-the-job frustrations.
Rather than berate men, in her bestselling book, That’s What She Said, Joanne aims to help men – especially managers and owners – better understand the obstacles that women face in the workplace and why it’s in everyone’s interest to strive for gender-equal work environments.
When listeners hear the insights that Joanne shares with host Dean Rotbart, the women will applaud her for finally expressing what they’ve been thinking and feeling for years; and the men will wonder how they could possibly have been so tone-deaf to the circumstances of their female coworkers.
Purchase your own copy of That’s What She Said by clicking here.
Photo: Joanne Lipman, Author
Sun, 9 June 2019
Richard Kessler was the diamond engagement ring “King” in the state of Wisconsin for 35 years. His ubiquitous radio commercials, created in conjunction with Roy H. Williams Marketing, were legendary in the state, and not only were his Kessler’s Diamonds’ stores extraordinarily successful, Richard also became a well-known local personality and philanthropist.
One of the first and most popular guests ever on Monday Morning Radio, Richard recently retired from the jewelry business and is now on to other pursuits. But the techniques he used to build Kessler’s Diamonds – including instituting an employee stock ownership plan – remain invaluable gems.
For flawless entrepreneurial advice, clarity, and value, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart assures listeners that his latest conversation with Richard is pure gold.
By the way, if you’d like to hear Dean’s full interview with Richard back in July 2012, all you need to do is click here.
Photo: Richard Kessler, Founder, Kessler's Diamonds
Sun, 2 June 2019
In his new book, The Gift of Struggle – out today from Bard Press, Bobby Herrera tells the true-life story of how the hardships he faced as one of 13 children in a Mexican migrant family, provided him the drive and backbone to make possible the impossible.
More importantly, Bobby shares specific life-changing lessons about leadership that turns conventional wisdom on its head. It is the formula that Bobby used to launch Populus Group in 2002 and build it into a $500-million-a-year HR services company – one of the fasting growing such concerns in the United States.
What makes Populus Group a role model for many businesses – large and small – is not its size, but its culture. As Bobby details in The Gift of Struggle, after a rocky start as CEO, he learned to foster a sense of purpose, mutual trust, and community among his employees.
Bobby is an evangelist for compassionate leadership. A key characteristic of compassionate leaders, he tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, is recognizing that everyone struggles – from the migrant workers of rural America to the silver-spoon babies of the Ivy League – and that at the end of the day, we all – more or less – strive for the same thing: to believe our lives matters.
Rotbart, who doesn’t just read the books of guests who appear on his program, he devours them, says he scribbled notes throughout The Gift of Struggle, including on many pages that provided him actionable steps.
Bobby, soon to be a bestselling author, is only the latest in a long line of popular authors published by Bard Press, headed by the incomparable Ray Bard, and deputy publisher Todd Sattersten.
Among Bard’s best-known titles: The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan; Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Red Book of Selling; Nuts! – the story of the legendary Herb Kelleher and Southwest Airlines; The Wizard of Ads Trilogy by none other than Roy H. Williams, and Fired Up Selling, Ray Bard’s own collection of wonderful quotes designed to inspire, energize, and succeed.
It is so common in life to conclude that our struggles are what hold us back. Without them, we tell ourselves, we could accomplish so much more. But Bobby explains that such thinking is erroneous. Adversity, properly harnessed, can become the rocket fuel of personal and professional growth.
Purchase your own first-edition of The Gift of Struggle by clicking here.
Photo: Bobby Herrera, Populus Group
Sun, 19 May 2019
Before You Ever Contemplate Selling Your Business is the Perfect Time to Discover ‘Selling with Certainty’
Terry H. Monroe has been the owner of more than 40 businesses, and helped to facilitate the sale of more than 500 other companies.
So when he offers no-nonsense advice on how owners can be certain to get the full value for their businesses or professional practices, he knows what he’s talking about.
Terry who condensed all the wisdom he’s gained over more than 30 years establishing, operating, and selling businesses into a new book, Selling with Certainty, tells host Dean Rotbart that the very best time to learn the lessons he teaches is before owners ever even considers selling. That way they can bypass the costly errors that prove so aggravating to others.
Photo: Terry H. Monroe, Selling with Certainty
Mon, 13 May 2019
Question: Can a business ‘tiger’ change its stripes?
An excerpt from Monday Morning Radio with Host Dean Rotbart.
Sun, 12 May 2019
Brett Vance is a veteran combat and military test pilot who has flown F-16s and commanded the 514th Flight Test Squadron.
But he admits that no battle has tested his mettle like working to produce and distribute Jet Jockeys, his educational and inspirational docu-reality video series that showcases aviators and aviation feats, and targets the large potential audience of aviation enthusiasts.
He and his wife, Sherri, the program's creator and executive producer, join host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart this week to share their flight plan for entrepreneurial success.
Photo: Brett Vance, Jet Jockeys
Sun, 5 May 2019
Monday Morning Radio Host Dean Rotbart confesses that he doesn’t know who his guest is on this week’s podcast.
It’s not that Dean doesn’t have a fascinating guest, or that the guest’s book – “Undistrupted: How Highly-Effective People Deal with Disruptions” – isn’t a valuable business read; it’s just that Dean literally does not know who wrote the book.
The author, who lives in The Netherlands [Dean phoned him there], uses the pseudonym John Vespasian and has written ten books.
What Dean also knows is that this week’s mystery guest is a well-read student of global history [think Russian industrialist Savva Mamontov (1841-1918), and 12th-century French statesman, Abbot Suger], and draws excellent insights from bygone eras that we all can apply to our lives today.
So Dean assures us that his guest has plenty of good advice to dispense; he just doesn’t know who he’s talking to.
Illustration: The author known as John Vespasian
Sun, 28 April 2019
When business owners and leaders align their personal interests with the best interests of their companies and employees, the resulting “Fusion” becomes a powerful force for success.
Too often, says Dudley R. Slater, former CEO of Integra Telecom - with more than 2,500 employees - leaders put their egos and self-interest ahead of what’s best for their organizations.
Dudley, author of Fusion Leadership, tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart how leaders and team members who work together for a shared purpose can unleash powerful synergies - not only in business, but also in society as a whole.
Photo: Dudley R. Slater
Sun, 21 April 2019
Host Dean Rotbart and Author Lindsay Pedersen on Clorox’s ‘Secret’ Formula for Success - A One Minute Podcast
Although Clorox Beach is virtually the same formula as most generic and store brands, it enjoys a consistent 65% market share. Learn its secret in this edition of The Monday Morning Radio Minute Featuring Lindsay Pedersen, author of ‘Forging an Ironclad Brand.’
Sun, 21 April 2019
Clorox Bleach is 6% sodium hypochlorite and 94% water, the exact formulation of most generic store brands. Yet Clorox consistently commands 65% of U.S. bleach sales.
Because, says Lindsay Pedersen, who oversaw the hygienic cleaner for The Clorox Company, Clorox Bleach is an “ironclad” brand, one of many she showcases in her new book, “Forging an Ironclad Brand: A Leader’s Guide.”
Lindsay, whose Ironclad Brand Strategy consulting firm has also helped build ironclad brands for Starbucks, T-Mobile, Zulily, and other large companies, believes that a business’s brand it too important to be left to marketers alone. As she explains to host Dean Rotbart, brand is such a crucial driver of value creation that it needs to be developed and supported by virtually every employee at a company or organization, starting with the CEO.
Good brand, Lindsay notes, really is just good business.
You may think you know enough about branding or that your business or practice doesn’t need to have an ironclad brand to succeed.
You’d be surprised at how many customers and how much profit you likely are missing out on.
Hear for yourself on this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio.
Photo: Lindsay Pedersen, Ironclad Brand Strategy
Sat, 20 April 2019
The Monday Morning Radio Minute Featuring: Dean Rotbart, host, and Lindsay Pedersen, author of ‘Forging an Ironclad Brand’
The Monday Morning Radio Minute Featuring: Dean Rotbart, host, and Lindsay Pedersen, author of ‘Forging an Ironclad Brand.’
“When people buy Clorox, they’re not buying bleach at all.”
What are they buying? Listen and Learn in less than 60 seconds.
An excerpt from the April 22, 2019 edition of Monday Morning Radio.
Mon, 15 April 2019
Question: You didn't go to business school and yet you launched a successful business right out of college. How?
An excerpt from Monday Morning Radio with Host Dean Rotbart.
Sun, 14 April 2019
Entrepreneurial magic often results when education meets opportunity.
In the case of Maxwell Cohen, the education was in environmental and water resource economics, and the opportunity was to save millions of gallons of water annually by finding a way for hospitals, nursing homes, and even parents of newborns to avoid having to wash so many bed sheets.
His company, Peel Away Labs, developed the first multilayered, disposable, waterproof, fitted sheet designed for the home, industrial, and healthcare markets. Basically, when a bed sheet is soiled, users simply peel off the top layer — like an onion — and expose a fresh sheet.
Maxwell’s Peel Aways are a big success, selling at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, and other popular retailers.
This week, Maxwell shares his journey - including a total misfire on Shark Tank in 2015 - from drawing board to final product with host and prize-winning journalist Dean Rotbart. Now an unabashed success, Maxwell recently celebrated his 28th birthday.
Photo: Maxwell Cohen, Peel Away Labs
Mon, 8 April 2019
Question: What does it take to be a successful one-person business?
An excerpt from Monday Morning Radio with Host Dean Rotbart.
Sun, 7 April 2019
Christina DeBusk spent 15 years working in law enforcement before, in 2012, she caught the writing bug. Without formal journalism training, she took anything and everything that she could get, grinding out content 16 hours a day.
Well, it paid off. Today Christina is an Olympic-caliber writer, having completed six books – including How to Earn a Comfortable Living as a Freelance Writer
and I’ve Always Wanted to Write a Book! – 10 Easy-to-Follow Steps to Becoming a First Time Author; ghost-written a handful of others; and generated a whopping 5,000-plus paid content projects.
She both teaches and personifies the notion that anyone can be a successful writer. This week, Christina shares the secret of her phenomenal output with host Dean Rotbart, who readily confesses his envy of her productivity.
Photo: Christina DeBusk, Freelance Olympiad
Mon, 1 April 2019
Question: Why is it so hard to recognize our purpose in life?
An excerpt from Monday Morning Radio with Host Dean Rotbart
Sun, 31 March 2019
If you want to learn how to do it right, a great place tobegin is by studying what not to do.
Skip Prichard, a successful CEO and former head of publishing giant, Ingram Content Group, is a leading scholar of missteps and miscalculations.
For his Wall Street Journal bestseller – The Book of Mistakes – he’s condensed the hard-earned lessons he gleaned from interviewing more than 1,000 successful people – from Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – down to nine common errors.
Avoid these nine missteps, Skip tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, and you will achieve greater success than you ever imagined possible.
Photo: Skip Prichard, Book of Mistakes
Thu, 28 March 2019
Are your customer service representatives ducks or eagles?
An excerpt from Monday Morning Radio with Host Dean Rotbart
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Sun, 24 March 2019
You might say (or even sing) that Beth Kendall and her husband Bill are as lucky as lucky can be.
The couple, after all, have co-owned All Out Chimney Sweep in Charlotte, North Carolina for the past 35-plus years.
With all due respect to Mary Poppins and her friend Bert, successfully running and maintaining a 21st Century chimney sweep business in the face of advancing technologies and changing consumer tastes is no song and dance.
This week Beth, who earlier this year was elected as the first female president of the North Carolina Chimney Sweep Association, takes host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart up where the smoke is all billered and curled, and shares some smokin’ lessons that any business owner can readily profit from.
Photo: Beth Kendall, All Out Chimney Sweep
Sun, 17 March 2019
Ken Blanchard, Author of ‘The One Minute Manager’ Ministers the Simple Truths of Great Customer Service
Since he co-wrote The One Minute Manager in 1982, Ken Blanchard has rarely been off the bestsellers list, having authored or co-authored 60 books and landed a spot in Amazon.com’s Hall of Fame, as one of the 25 top revenue generators of all time.
One of Dr. Blanchard’s favorite topics over the years has been customer service and how businesses can excel at it. He recently reissued his 2005 book, The Simple Truths of Service, which has sold more than 5 million copies. This week he joins host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart to share some of the common-sense wisdom that the book imparts.
By the way, Dean, who teaches the Reputation Tool Chest workshop at Wizard Academy, took the opportunity with Dr. Blanchard to make a couple of his own reputation recommendations to the legendary author. No one ever said that Dean, a former investigative reporter, isn’t dogged.
Photo: Dr. Ken Blanchard, Author
Sun, 10 March 2019
This week’s special guest, Matt Mason, was recently appointed by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts to be the state’s official poet.
It’s a position whose roots date back to 1921 and highlights the fact that the Cornhusker state is quite fertile ground for literary creativity.
For almost ten years, Matt has served as executive director of the Nebraska Writers Collective, a nonprofit group that promotes poets in the schools and organizes quality poetry programs for adults.
As the Nebraska State Poet, Matt plans to travel the state – from schools to prisons – sharing his love of poetry, supporting the state’s writers, and inspiring Nebraskans from all walks of life to express themselves creatively.
As Monday Morning Radio host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart – himself a Pulitzer Prize nominee when he wrote for The Wall Street Journal – points out, Matt joins a lengthy honor roll of Wizard Academy graduates who have been recognized globally for their creativity and professional excellence.
Rotbart explores the role of creativity in society with Matt and asks him to explain why the arts matter. You’ll want to hear his answer.
And, you’ll also want to hear his exclusive reading of a chapter from his latest book, The Baby That Are Cincinnati. So be sure to listen – or if time is short, skip – to the end of this week’s episode.
Photo: Matt Mason, Nebraska State Poet
Sun, 3 March 2019
For a business to be truly successful, it requires executives who excel at managing their employees and, according to Andy Singer, employees who excel at managing their executives.
Andy is the founder and CEO of Singer Executive Development, a Florida consultancy that trains both executives and employees on ways to maximize their performance, including managing each other well.
As Andy tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, employees who “manage up” are not suck ups – they’re savvy career strategists who understand that when their bosses look good, their career prospects look even better.
Photo: Andy Singer, Singer Executive Development
Sun, 24 February 2019
With roughly 90 million dogs in America and tens of millions of dog-lovers, it probably was inevitable that Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours would emerge – offering eco-tours designed especially for dog lovers and their companions.
David Blank, who along with his wife Claudia co-founded the company in 2018, is a veteran of the travel tour industry as well as a professional dog trainer. He’s decoded the labyrinth of logistics necessary to safely and happily take a couple dozen dogs and their humans on travel adventures – including bus transportation, motels, restaurants, and even medical care.
You may not be a pet lover, but you’ll feel like a lucky dog after listening to David’s interview with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart and discovering David’s formula for tapping into the robust pet market.
Photo: David Blank, Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours
Sat, 16 February 2019
Despite all of the television viewing options open to today’s consumers – broadcast, cable, satellite, and streaming – surprising little of the available programming is local, much less hyperlocal, in nature.
Simon Bray, a veteran Fort Wayne entrepreneur, is on a mission to change that. Simon is the founder and CEO of Streaming Television, which is rolling out laser-focused local programming channels in more than 190 markets nationally. STV programs are available on major streaming platforms – including Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV, as well as directly from dedicated websites.
Whether you’re a dry cleaner, plumber, accountant, dentist, or pizza shop owner, Simon tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart that STV aims to provide you the opportunity to reach your customers where more than 150 million Americans watch their other streaming programs and movies.
Photo: Simon Bray, Streaming Television, Inc.
Sun, 27 January 2019
The days when men shaved with safety razors – where the user inserts a single double-edge blade into a shaving implement – are long gone, made obsolete by cartridge blades and electronic razors.
Or are they?
Since 2012, Douglas Smythe, founder of Phoenix Shaving, has seen demand for his safety razors, blades, and other related grooming products for men boom. Douglas attributes the success of his business to three main factors: 1.) safety razors provide a more comfortable shave, despite all the hype around 3-blade and 5-blade cartridges. 2.) The replaceable blades cost only a fraction of cartridges. 3.) Men fondly remember their fathers or grandfather’s using a safety razor.
As Douglas tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, he is using 21st Century marketing – including a YouTube breakfast-hour show called I’d Lather Be Shaving – and an annual confab of hobbyists and other shaving enthusiasts, to drive sales and an expanding line of related products.
Believe it or Not: Rotbart brand razors, blades, and accessories were the best-selling shaving products in Germany in the early part of the 20th Century. In fact, in about 1927, Gillette bought out Rotbart and for many years thereafter used Rotbart’s designs and patents.
Photo: Douglas Smythe, Phoenix Shaving
Sun, 13 January 2019
Not for the first time, or even the second, or the tenth: Dean Rotbart’s scheduled guest on this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio was a no-show.
You absentee guests know exactly who you are. Shame on you!
The good news is that without a guest, Dean is able to reach into his Reputation Tool Chest and share three self-marketing gems for companies and individuals who seek the attention of journalists and other influencers.
Dean has taught at The Wizard Academy since the early 2000s, first sharing his Newsroom Confidential insights, then Buzz Snatching, and most recently Reputation Tool Chest. All three workshops have this in common: they defy the conventional wisdom of how influence is created, relying instead on deconstructing real-world success stories.
When they show up, Dean always enjoys interviewing business owners and experts, because he can not only share their wisdom with listeners, he can learn from his guests himself. This week, alas, he can only pass on what he already knows.
Photo: Dean Rotbart, Host, Monday Morning Radio
Sun, 6 January 2019
If the most popular episodes of Monday Morning Radio in 2018 are an accurate barometer, then last year was one filled with both hopes and anxieties for America’s entrepreneurs.
Listeners by the thousands tuned to the weekly podcast, hosted by Wizard Academy alumnus and faculty member, Dean Rotbart, to learn how fellow entrepreneurs were succeeding, overcoming their mistakes, and discovering means to avoid making those errors in the first place.
Join guest host Maxwell Rotbart as he counts down the Top 10 Monday Morning Radio episodes of 2018. Maxwell is the 26-year-old son of host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, and himself an entrepreneur and radio veteran.
If you missed any of these ten amazing episodes, now is the perfect time to catch up.
Photo: Maxwell Rotbart, Guest Host
Sun, 16 December 2018
After almost 30 years in business, Roland “Buddy” and Dixie Huthmaker, owners of Huthmaker Violins – one of the finest violin and string instrument stores in the country – faced a choice that many owners do after pouring their hearts and souls into a business: sell it, close it, or pass it on to a willing heir.
Fortunately for the Huthmakers, their daughter Anna (photo), a gifted musician and entrepreneur, stepped up, and in January 2019 will officially become the new owner of their beloved shop.
All three Huthmakers attribute some of their success to the classes they’ve taken at Wizard Academy, including host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart’s “Buzz Snatching” course on reputation building.
This week on Monday Morning Radio, Anna shares the planning that went into the ownership transition and what she plans to do differently now that her parents report to her.
[You may also wish to here our interview from September 2014 with Buddy, Dixie, and Anna. Click here.]
Photo: Anna Huthmaker, Huthmaker Violins
Sun, 9 December 2018
In her 1957 classic, Atlas Shrugged, author Ayn Rand argued that the business of business is to make money – nothing more.
In her new book, The Conscious Professional: Transform Your Life at Work, due out next month, Jennifer Hartung pointedly disagrees.
There is much more to business than pursuing profits and earning a paycheck, Jessica argues. Founder and CEO of Integrated Work, a Boulder, Colorado-based consulting firm, Jessica is an evangelist for purpose-driven workplaces, where owners and employees alike strive to integrate their personal values into their workday.
In fact, Jessica believes that professionals who embrace a mission that goes beyond making money are more influential, effective, and fulfilled on the job.
As Jessica tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart on this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio, even those with the most mundane jobs can find meaning in their everyday tasks.
Photo: Jessica Hartung, Integrated Work
Sun, 2 December 2018
Sid Vicious He’s Not, But Ex-Microsoft Executive Jeremy Dale Maintains a Punk Rock Attitude in Business
If Jeremy Dale hadn’t spent the last eight years as a vice president of Microsoft Corp., people might dismiss his new book, The Punk Rock of Business: Applying a Punk Rock Attitude in the Modern Business Era, as a flight of fancy.
But Punk Rock and successful businesses have much more in common than you might imagine, starting with authenticity and a refusal to conform.
Coincidentally, Jeremy’s interview from London with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart comes on the very day that Jeremy is officially launching his latest venture – Otro, a global digital club for soccer fans that is designed from the ground up to be a Punk Rock business.
Do you have what it takes be a fast-paced, hard-edged business punk rocker? Find out this weeks, only Monday Morning Radio.
Photo: Jeremy Dale, Punk Rock of Business
Sun, 25 November 2018
Imagine if 95 percent of your marketing messages were opened, and not merely opened, but read within three minutes of you hitting the ‘send’ button.
What would you call that kind of turbocharged email?
Jim Koch calls it text message marketing – and he built a budding global empire on the fact that while email and social network marketing are now saturated and largely ignored – few people ever ignore their text messages.
Jim launched Mobit, his text-marketing platform almost five years ago, and having recently sold it, continues to head its North American and UK operations.
This week he shares with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, poolside in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, the rules of successful text message marketing – as well as its limitations.
[Monday Morning Radio listeners who wish to learn more, without obligation, can text the word “Mobile” to 72000. They will then get access to a 30-minute strategic presentation on how mobile marketing for businesses works. In addition, they will have an opportunity to book a 30-minute free one-on-one consultation with a Mobit marketing specialist.]
Photo: Jim Koch, Mobit
Sun, 18 November 2018
Can two entrepreneurs with limited previous online retail experience take a meaningful chunk of business away from Amazon?
The concept of XYZBuys is a good one: to serve as an “online mall” with Amazon, Best Buy, and dozens of other leading retailers as so-called tenants. While consumers may be drawn to the mall by one anchor store, in theory they’ll buy from other retailers – big and small, while they are already there.
Will it work?
The odds are against it. But after interviewing Dan Thomas, VP Marketing, host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart says that XYZBuys’ audacious business model does offer innovative ideas that any online retailer or service provider may want to adopt for themselves.
Photo: Dan Thomas, XZYBuys
Sun, 11 November 2018
Host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart is talking trash this week, but even those with delicate ears will want to listen in.
His guest is Patty Penke, the CEO of an Omaha estate sales company who has been selling collectibles and antiques for more than 20 years. Patty is the author of “Stop Throwing Cash in the Trash,” a book that shines a spot light on the hidden treasures that so many people, literally, dump in the trash – especially when disposing of the estate assets of a loved one who has recently died.
Beyond recognizing your family’s own undiscovered heirlooms, Patty and Rotbart talk about the abundant money-making opportunities that arise by discovering hidden treasures at garage sales, flea markets, neighborhood auctions, and in your own attic.
Photo: Patty Penke, Stop Throwing Cash in the Trash
Sun, 4 November 2018
Most people hope the day will never come when the SWAT team arrives at the door of their business, school, or house of worship.
But calling in the Calvary – before they are actually needed – could very well prevent, or at the very least mitigate, the kind of massacre of innocent lives that occurred on October 27th at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, and just last Friday at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida.
Tom Czyz is a SWAT team operator and former homicide detective who launched his company, Armoured One, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School attack in 2012. Joining him in advising business and community leaders on security measures are homeland security active shooter experts, a former Navy Seal Master Chief, a Delta Force team leader, and former FBI and CIA agents.
Tom has personally has investigated what happened at more than 50 gun attacks – including the October 1, 2017, Las Vegas mass shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 850 others. His goal: how to protect more people in the future.
As Tom tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, there are steps everyone can take to prepare for the unlikely event of a live shooter at your facility, as well as life-saving instructions to follow if an attack is actually in progress.
You won’t want to miss this week’s episode of Monday Morning Radio.
Photo: Tom Czyz, Armoured One
Sun, 21 October 2018
There are plenty of lessons to be gleaned from the bankruptcy filing of Sears last week, and Steven D. Goldstein is just the expert to articulate them.
Steve, a one-time chairman of Sears Financial and member of the company’s executive committee, is an expert on management disengagement and the problems that ensue. He is currently president of Engaged Leadership Advisors, advising corporate leaders on ways to drive change, accelerate innovation, and assemble highly effective teams.
You may recall that in 2016, Steve was featured on Monday Morning Radio after he wrote the book, Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami?, which detailed how Sears continued to stock snowblowers in its Florida garden centers even though it hasn’t snowed in Miami since 1977.
Host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart caught up with Steve to get his advice for other retailers and businesses that seek practical recommendations on how they can avoid Sears’ missteps.
Photo: Steven D. Goldstein, Engaged Leadership Advisors
Sun, 14 October 2018
Elliott Neff, a United States Chess Federation National Master, is passionate about helping others – especially young people – discover valuable life lessons through the game of chess.
Elliott is the author of the just-released novel, A Pawn’s Journey, a motivational speaker, and the founder and CEO of Chess4Life, which teaches sportsmanship, good decision-making, patience, planning, and how to learn from mistakes.
Would you like to gain greater insight into your colleagues or rivals? Why not challenge them to a friendly chess match?
Indeed, you’re quite likely to gain fresh insights into your own strengths and weaknesses if you regularly mind your knights and bishops.
Pairing Elliott’s insights about life and business, against the inquisitive skills of host and veteran reporter Dean Rotbart, is a match you don’t want to miss.
Photo: Elliott Neff, Chess4Life
Sun, 7 October 2018
Shay Myers is general manager of his third-generation, family-owned business – Froerer Farms – winning national acclaim for the innovation he’s brought to his company.
Just about any entrepreneur can profit from hearing Shay’s story of breathing fresh life into a long-established business.
In Shay’s case, the business is produce - onions, asparagus, sweet potatoes and yams.
Do you think you could find a way to make onions sexy – more than a simple commodity?
Photo: Shay Myers, Owyhee Produce
Sun, 30 September 2018
The Beagle Has Landed: The Metaphorical, Metaphysical Indiana Beagle Steps Up to the Mic as Guest Host
Readers of Roy H. Williams’ Monday Morning Memo are well-acquainted with Indiana Beagle, the legendary curator and editor-in-chief of the Rabbit Hole.
Although “Indy” is a metaphorical, metaphysical canine – the twin brother of Intuition, a leading character in the Destinae trilogy – he embodies spontaneous, impulsive, reckless curiosity.
Which is exactly why Monday Morning Radio host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart asked Indy to serve as the guest host of this week’s episode.
Don’t be fooled, however. Indy’s interview with Dean is not only entertaining, it’s also actionable, as Dean shares a behind-the-scenes look at how Monday Morning Radio is produced and the lessons that Dean has gleaned in the course of hosting and producing more than 300 episodes.
Do his guests all share common traits? Yes. And no.
Are they all business successes? More yes, than no.
Might you be a suitable guest for Monday Morning Radio?
Tune in and discover for yourself, not only what it takes to land a slot on Dean’s very popular podcast, but also how you can ace any broadcast or print interview that comes your way.
Photo: Indy Beagle, Guest Host, and Dean Rotbart, Guest Guest
Sun, 23 September 2018
Michael Diamond is an expert when it comes to building, motivating, and growing business teams.
He honed his skills in war zones – first fighting Iraq in Operation Desert Storm – and more recently, battling the fierce competition in the highly competitive mobile products marketplace.
Michael is currently general manager of payments for Mitek Systems. If you’ve ever deposited a check by taking a picture of it with your mobile phone, then you’ve probably used the technology that Michael and his team oversee.
Michael is passionate about leadership, and innovation, and this week he reveals to host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart the most valuable – and actionable – lessons he’s learned along his life’s journey.
Photo: Michael Diamond, Mitek Systems
Sun, 16 September 2018
What was once science fiction, is rapidly becoming reality – especially when it comes to the prospects of small businesses operating in space, or at the very least, feeding commercial space operations.
Earlier this month, a group of scientists, entrepreneurs, and space futurists gathered in St. Louis for Gateway to Space 2018: Destination Moon – a one-day conference about working and living on the moon.
Christine Nobbe, an educator and president of St. Louis Space Frontier, was the opening speaker. She is host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart’s guest this week, as the two explore out-of-this-world business concepts and realities.
Photo: Christine Nobbe, St. Louis Space Frontier
Sun, 9 September 2018
In a very, very crowded market for pizza restaurants, Drew French discovered the recipe to stand out from the crowd – offering made-to-order pies, baked in brick ovens, using a wide variety of fresh ingredients, hand-tossed doughs, and served in just four minutes.
Drew’s Athens, GA-based Your Pie, launched a decade ago, now has 58 locations in 19 states, with nearly 60 additional locations in development.
Drew is widely credited with pioneering the now-popular and highly competitive “fast casual” pizza concept. The distinction is all the more impressive, says host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, given that Drew only recently turned 35 years old.
“A well-known adage says, if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it,” Dean observes. “Perhaps, in a similar vein, Drew French and Your Pie embody the entrepreneurial concept: If you want to succeed, look to innovate in a market that is already crowded. At least, when you launch, you’ll know there are plenty of ready prospects to win over.”
Photo: Drew French, Your Pie
Sun, 2 September 2018
Millions of small business owners stand to realize big savings on their 2018 taxes, thanks to revisions of the federal tax code that were signed into law in late 2017.
Only in the past few weeks, however, has the IRS fully explained who stands to profit from the so-called Section 199A deduction for qualified business income – and who will be left out.
Rachel Sawyer, a partner in Denver-based TaxOps, a respected business tax specialty and advisory firm, joins host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart this week to delve into the nuances of the new tax code and what entrepreneurs can do to take maximum advantage of the savings it offers. If you qualify, Section 199A could mean tens of thousands of dollars of extra cash in your pocket come next year.
Photo: Rachel Sawyer, TaxOps
Sun, 26 August 2018
[Note: Our guest on last week’s podcast, was Dr. Nate Regier, who discussed harvesting conflicts in your life, rather than fearing them. However, due to a mix up, some listeners instead were treated to an advance airing of this week’s podcast, featuring Alex Vorobieff.]
If you already heard what Alex had to say last week, we encourage you this week to go back and hear our conversation with Dr. Regier. In both instances, you’ll profit from priceless business insights.]
When the wheels on a car are out of alignment, it impacts the car’s steering and suspension, not to mention the durability of the tires and all the parts that control them.
When a business is out of alignment, its path also faces uneven friction and greater resistance. Eventually, it drives off the road altogether.
Alex Vorobieff, founder and CEO of The Vorobieff Company, is a business alignment expert. Sometimes hired as a stand-in CEO or CFO, Alex uses a suite of alignment tools to get a poorly operating business back on track.
The secret to fixing most ailing businesses, Alex tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, rests with remediating its core, NOT focusing on the surface where the issues are most visible.
BRING YOUR BUSINESS INTO FOCUS: Pick up a copy of Alex’s well-reviewed book: Transform Your Company: Escape Frustration, Align Your Business, and Get Your Life Back.
If you own a small business and would like to be a guest on this podcast – and get some free reputation advice from me – I invite you to contact me at email@example.com. You can also phone me at 303-800-6081.
Photo: Alex Vorobieff, The Vorobieff Company
Sun, 19 August 2018
It sounds like an oxymoron: Positive Conflict
But Dr. Nate Regier, a former practicing psychologist, has built a successful second career as an author, business coach, and popular keynote speaker teaching business people how to fight productively – both on the job and at home.
With endorsements from management gurus including Dan Pink, Ken Blanchard, and Marshall Goldsmith, Nate’s book, Conflict without Casualties, has become must-reading in boardrooms and business schools across the country.
Rather than fear conflict, Nate tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, the smart thing for businesses and organizations to do is channel it.
[Follow Dean’s newest entrepreneurial venture, SpacEnterprise, as he explores out-of-this-world business concepts and realities.]
Photo: Dr. Nate Regier, Next Element
Sun, 12 August 2018
It’s not been easy, but Azi Hendi and her husband, Dr. Ali Hendi – a lawyer and a cancer surgeon – have combined their talents to launch 15-month-old Luminora, a stylish clothing line designed to protect women from the sun’s harmful rays.
The Hendi’s know that three million Americans are diagnosed annually with a form of skin cancer, and most fashionable clothes do little, if anything, to protect wearers from the sun.
In a frank conversation with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, this week the Hendi’s share both their accomplishments and their frustrations as first-time entrepreneurs, and Dean offers them some actionable advice on positioning themselves for greater success.
If you own a small business and would like to be a guest on Monday Morning Radio – and get some free reputation advice from Dean – we invite you to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also phone him at 303-296-1200.
Photo: Dr. Ali Hendi and Azi Hendi, Luminora
Sun, 5 August 2018
When Ross Kimbarovsky started his company, crowdspring.com, a decade ago, he had a vision for a new kind of logo creation service – one in which logo buyers would be offered a wide range of original, creative, logo concepts at a readily affordable price.
Today, more than 200,000 designers from nearly 200 countries compete to design the winning logos for crowdspring’s 50,000-plus clients.
Ross knows all the do’s and don’ts of choosing an effective logo for your business or product, and this week he shares his best insights with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart.
Photo: Ross Kimbarovsky, crowdspring.com
Sun, 29 July 2018
What would you guess is the percentage of small business owners who hope that one day their children will follow in their footsteps?
For all the headaches that ownership brings, a surprising 84% of the more than 1,000 small business owners who responded to a recent survey said they’d wish the blessings and the curses of entrepreneurship upon their kids.
Kathryn Petralia, president of Atlanta-based Kabbage – the global financial services and technology company that conducted the survey, tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart that in the eyes of survey respondents, nothing defines the American Dream better than being your own boss and owning your own business.
Hear all the fascinating results from the Kabbage small business survey this week on Monday Morning Radio.
Photo: Kathryn Petralia, Kabbage
Sun, 22 July 2018
Ten years from now, 20 years, even 50 years, will anyone remember you or your company?
In a short-term world, too few business leaders contemplate their long-term brand.
Mark Miller and Lucas Conley, authors of the new McGraw-Hill business book, Legacy in the Making, are out to change that. Miller and Conley argue that leaders with long-term ambitions are the best equipped to stand out, get ahead, and make their mark.
Even if your company is just out of the starting gate, as Miller and Conley tell host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, the surest way to be around for decades to come is to start building your legacy right now.
Photo: Mark Miller and Lucas Conley, The Legacy Lab
Sun, 15 July 2018
40 million Americans, or roughly one-third of the workforce, have at least two jobs – their fulltime position and what many Millennials have come to call the “side hustle.”
There are advantages for both the primary employer and the secondary employer to bringing aboard side hustlers, but there are also a host of legal landmines that could prove a costly nightmare to employers who are caught unawares.
Mark F. Kluger, founding partner at the New Jersey employment law firm Kluger Healy, is an expert at clearing all types of workplace landmines, and this week Mark walks host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart step-by-step past the explosive, often-hidden, issue of side hustlers.
Photo: Mark F. Kluger, Kluger Healy
Sun, 8 July 2018
Business conferences are big business.
The World Economic Forum in Davos, the Milken Institute Global Conference, and the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference are among the largest and best-known of the lot.
By comparison, the annual Fireside Conference – held at a remote retreat a 3 ½ hour drive from Toronto – is a puppy; but a best-in-show gathering at that, attracting a small group of top innovators, thought leaders, and investors in the entrepreneurial universe.
Fireside’s co-founder, Daniel Levine, tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart just why every year Fireside gets more than ten times the number of applicants than it accepts – and the secret to having what it takes to land a coveted invite to the off-the-grid, off-the-record meeting of some of the brightest minds in business.
Photo: Daniel Levine, Fireside Conference
Sun, 1 July 2018
Mark H. Fowler’s Recipe for Transformative Business Conversations: Stop, Help, Ask, Risk, and Explore
For just shy of four decades, Mark H. Fowler has helped reengineer companies that are underperforming or outright failing. His Santa Monica consulting firm, Stowe Management Corporation, relies heavily on building enhanced communication between corporate management, employees, and customers to achieve amazing operational turnarounds.
Mark has created a proprietary set of tools to foster what he terms “Revolutionary Conversations.” Hear Mark’s revolutionary interview with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart on this week’s episode of Monday Morning Radio.
Photo: Mark H. Fowler, Stowe Management Corporation
Sat, 16 June 2018
The Economist magazine once described Carl J. Schramm as “The Evangelist of Entrepreneurship.” Professor Schramm earned the moniker during the decade he was the president of the $2 billion Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which is among the largest private foundations in America, working to help entrepreneurs succeed.
These days Professor Schramm writes about entrepreneurship and teaches at Syracuse University, one of only 16 members of the faculty since 1870 to be given the prestigious, at-large title of University Professor.
This week Professor Schramm conducts a Master’s Class in entrepreneurship exclusively for host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, using the professor’s new book – Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do – as assigned reading.
Think you need an MBA to be a business success? Think again. Professor Schramm says that the proven path to business success is one of passion, determination, and a willingness to experiment and innovate. Class is starting right now.
Photo: Carl J. Schramm, Burn the Business Plan
Sun, 10 June 2018
To kick of his 7th year of hosting Monday Morning Radio, award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart invited back one of his most popular all-time guests, Davia Temin, founder & CEO of crisis management firm Temin and Company, to talk about a very hot button issue in America at the moment: sexual harassment.
Davia serves as an advisor to senior executives and boards at the highest levels of American business, and she has emerged as the go-to consultant on what companies and other organizations must do to eradicate sexual harassment in their organizations.
Featured often for her expertise in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Forbes, Institutional Investor and other respected news outlets, Davia shares with listeners her 15-point plan for business owners, boards, and CEOs to not just respond to the wave of sexual harassment complaints, but to actually get ahead of the issue.
Photo: Davia Temin, Temin and Company
Sun, 3 June 2018
Getting a popular entertainer, athlete, author, blogger, or YouTuber to say nice things about your business or products is a powerful way to generate sales.
Greg Jameson, author of The Influencer Effect, specializes in helping companies identify the influential men and women who can provide them the greatest endorsement leverage, and then negotiating terms with those influencers.
As Greg explains to host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, an effective influencer needn’t have a household name. Anyone with a loyal following, no matter how small, can often produce over-sized results for the companies and products that they endorse.
Photo: Greg Jameson, The Influencer Effect
Sun, 27 May 2018
Ty Crandall is CEO of Credit Suite, the largest business credit coaching operation in the United States. He and his colleagues know the ins and outs of finding the funds to fuel your business and its growth, without having to provide lenders a personal credit check or personal guarantee.
Ty tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart that he is shocked by how little most business owners know about business credit and how best to obtain it. Even simple strategies, such as selecting the right name and email address for your business, can often make the difference between being approved and being denied credit.
If you need business credit, or need more business credit, you won’t want to miss what Ty has to say.
Photo: Ty Crandall, Credit Suite
Sun, 20 May 2018
Some people look to Warren Buffett and Mark Cuban for investment wisdom. Timolin Langin looked to Big Mama and Biggie – her grandmother and great-grandmother – for her financial sensibilities.
Timolin was born and raised in Mississippi to sharecroppers and cooks – none of whom graduated high school. Yet leveraging the wisdom imparted to her by Big Mama and Biggie, she became a school teacher, and then a real estate investor, author, world traveler, and ultimately a millionaire.
In her book, Mind Over Money, Timolin says anyone, on any budget, can live like a millionaire when they dedicate themselves to her wise saving and spending strategies. This week she shares her five-step program for achieving greater financial well-being with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, who may not in fact be a multi-millionaire, but after talking to Timolin already thinks like one.
Photo: Timolin Langin, Mind Over Money
Sun, 13 May 2018
June 12th has been set as the date when President Donald Trump will meet in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
With so much at stake, President Trump and his entourage most certainly will get lots of advice from the State Department and CIA concerning what cultural landmines to avoid.
For companies and organizations that engage in important cross-cultural interactions, Dean Foster serves as a one-man State Department/CIA. Foster – who is the founder of DFA Intercultural Global Solutions, hosts a series on the subject for CNN, and has written the “Culture Wise” column for National Geographic – is an expert on training Americans on the intricate nuances in cross-cultural communications, foreign negotiation best practices, and global etiquette.
Foster will share his own advice with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart regarding the President’s upcoming trip, as well as what every American who does international business – even in nearby Canada – must do so as not to sabotage relationships before they’re even formed.
Photo: Dean Foster, DeanFosterGlobal.com
Sun, 6 May 2018
Anatomy of a Small Business: Documenting Every Role, Responsibility, Process and Policy in Your Company
Chris Ronzio knows the anatomy of a successful small business better than most owners and CEOs. Chris recently launched a new software venture – a tool called Trainual – that dissects every small business and professional office, breaking them into core components: every process, every job responsibility, every policy, every document – all in one place.
Trainual is a digital company handbook on steroids.
As Chris explains to Monday Morning Radio host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, Trainual takes the painful process of onboarding and training employees that has been in use for decades and gives it a thorough 21st Century makeover.
Photo: Chris Ronzio, Trainual
Sun, 29 April 2018
Negotiation expert Elizabeth Suárez says that the secret to being a master negotiator is not outsmarting the other guy or gal, it’s being confident about who you are and what are your goals.
Once you know your own priorities and what you bring to any negotiation, Elizabeth says that reaching agreement is much easier; whether you’re negotiating a corporate acquisition, a pay raise, or the hour of your teenager’s curfew.
Elizabeth, educated at The Wharton School of Business and the Harvard University Executive Management Program, is the author of “The Art of Getting Everything: How to Negotiate for What You Want and More.” This week, she shares some of her best negotiating strategies with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart.
[For more on Elizabeth, visit her website at http://www.negotiationunleashed.com/.]
Photo: Elizabeth Suárez, Negotiation Unleashed
Sun, 22 April 2018
Back in 1995, when the internet was still only a toddler, Jeff Hall started a search engine optimization company from his bedroom in Ontario, Canada. In time, Jeff developed programs and systems to help his clients show up high in the organic results of Google and other search engines.
Today, Jeff 's Overflow Cafe boasts more than 45,000 small business and professional clients in 170 countries, most of whom pay no more than $29 a month to draw relevant traffic to their websites, and sell lots more products and services.
You could do what Jeff and his team do on your own, although as Jeff tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, it would take most owners 100-plus hours monthly. In less than one hour on this week’s episode, Jeff breaks down effective SEO strategy in terms that anyone can comprehend.
Photo: Jeff Hall, Overflow Cafe
Sun, 15 April 2018
May McCarthy can explain her success at co-founding and growing seven successful companies in a single word: Gratitude.
In fact, May believes that gratitude is the missing ingredient responsible for the large number of struggling owners and entrepreneurs who have yet to achieve their business goals.
In her new book, The Gratitude Formula, May spells out a 7-Step system that she pioneered – all grounded in gratitude – which she promises will help everyone who follows her system earn more and enjoy it more. Roving reporter Rotbart has the scoop.
Photo: May McCarthy, The Gratitude Formula
Sun, 8 April 2018
Brian Harman works in supply chain management for a large multi-national pharmaceutical company. He relies on storytelling, humor, and a splash of vulgarity to instruct lousy business leaders in the art of leadership excellence.
Stepping aside from his day-to-day responsibilities, Brian recruited family and friends to help him write, publish, and promote a book he hopes will inspire a new generation of leaders who aren’t burdened with the bad habits of existing owners and bosses.
Brian’s book, How to Avoid a Leadersh*t, co-written with his cousin, Stephanie M. Taglianetti, uses an expletive in its title, just like the enormously popular bestseller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*uck.
If foul language – or innovative thinking – offends you, host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart suggests you skip this week’s episode.
Photo: Brian M. Harman, Author
Sun, 1 April 2018
Steve Clayton was a 7th grade teacher with a love for DJing; a vocation he used to earn some extra cash.
Self-taught, and relying primarily on grit and determination, Steve took his tiny DJing side business, Soundskilz, and built it into an industry-leading major event production and talent booking company, landing festival headliners including Wu Tang Clan and Ice Cube.
One event alone, the annual Chalice Festival held outside of Los Angles, Steve grew from 8,000 attendees to almost 40,000 in just four years.
No long spinning records, Steve, a self-made man, is now teaching and coaching other would-be entrepreneurs of all types how to develop their own entrepreneurial hits, and this week, he shares some of his favorite business tunes with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart.
Photo: Steve Clayton, Soundskilz
Sun, 25 March 2018
When a big time CEO, celebrity, or politician is thrust into an unwanted and unfavorable media spotlight, more than anyone else their first call goes to “The Fixer,” public relations guru Michael Sitrick, founder of Sitrick And Company.
Michael Vick called, as did Roy Disney, Rush Limbaugh, the Church of Scientology, and the Estate of Michael Jackson, among more than 1,000 other high-profile individuals and organizations.
Sitrick earned the nickname “The Fixer,” because like the fictional fixer in the movie Pulp Fiction, his reputation clients look to him to wash away the splatter and gore of their media messes.
This week on Monday Morning Radio, Sitrick shares some of his most interesting cases with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, who as an award-winning former investigative reporter undoubtedly drove a fair share of business to Sitrick And Company or similar PR firms.
[To purchase up a copy of Michael’s Sitrick’s new book, The Fixer: Secrets for Saving Your Reputation in the Age of Viral Media, click here.]
Photo: Michael Sitrick, Sitrick And Company
Sun, 18 March 2018
Colleen DeBaise, the former small business editor of The Wall Street Journal, says there are seven crucial stages in the life of a startup. In her new book, Start a Successful Business, Colleen, herself an entrepreneur and podcaster, draws lessons from companies including Warby Parker, Slack, and Lego to help would-be business owners learn how it’s done.
But what about existing small businesses, asks host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart? Not to worry. Colleen notes that what works for startups also offers ways for established businesses to freshen their own success strategies.
Photo: Colleen DeBaise, Start a Successful Business
Sun, 11 March 2018
Andrea Hence Evans is one of the most-respected patent, trademark, and copyright lawyers in the country, specializing in helping small business owners grapple with the mountains of red tape that must be surmounted in order to create and protect all manner of intellectual property rights.
Andrea has been selected by PBS to serve as the on-air legal expert for Season Two of its popular program, Make48, in which teams have 48 hours to plan, prototype, and pitch an idea for an invention.
Want to know if your idea is patentable or if your existing IP rights can withstand a challenge? Andrea shares the answers with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart on this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio.
Photo: Andrea Hence Evans