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Jack and Patti Phillips, a husband and wife Ph.D. duo, lead the ROI Institute, which provides a scalable and systematic approach to program evaluation. Their proprietary ROI Methodology is the most used and implemented such system in the world, adopted by 27 governments and three-fourths of the FORTUNE 500.

The Phillipses have a combined five decades of experience evaluating the wisdom of investing in so-called “soft skills,” including employee training, human resources, community outreach, and DEI - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Companies large and small pour hefty sums into these and similar programs, but do they get their money’s worth?

The Phillipses know the answer and in their latest book, Show the Value of What You Do, they make ROI Methodology accessible and easy to implement for every business owner and executive, whether assessing an existing program or planning new projects.

As host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart says, “At last when directors or supervisors demand, ‘Prove to me the value’ of your projects, you can do exactly that, thanks to Jack and Patti.”

Photos: Jack and Patti Phillips, ROI Institute
Posted: January 23, 2023
Monday Morning Run Time: 47:57

Direct download: MMR012323.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 5:45pm MST

Can you teach yourself and your colleagues to generate great ideas — ideas genuinely worth pursuing?

Robin Landa, an author and professor of design at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, has made a career studying where breakthrough ideas come from — so-called ideation —  and how anyone can conjure concepts that will be revolutionary.

Robin’s latest book is The New Art of Ideas: Unlock Your Creative Potential. In it, she identifies the required foundation of every good idea: Goal, Gap, and Gain - or what she terms the 3Gs.

Robin doesn’t promise that if you read her book, you or your employees will become the next Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, or Steve Jobs. But she doesn’t rule it out either.

Play along as host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart quizzes Robin — a Jeopardy enthusiast — on her mastery of various categories of creativity. And be sure your response is in the form of a question.

Photo: Robin Landa, The New Art of Ideas
Posted: January 16, 2023
Monday Morning Run Time: 41:42

Direct download: MMR011623.mp3
Category:Innovators -- posted at: 5:50pm MST

Stephen Semple is a marketing and advertising wizard. Moreover, he is an iconoclast - creating winning campaigns for his grateful clients and his own agency by marching to a different drummer.

Officially, Stephen is the Director of Wizard of Ads Canada and one of the elite Wizard of Ads partners who work in collaboration with other creative geniuses around the globe. He is also the co-host of The Empire Builders Podcast, where each week, he and his co-host reverse engineer the playbook of some of today’s most admired and successful companies, traveling back in time to their early years to study their growth formula.

Host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart speaks with Stephen on this week’s Monday Morning Radio, covering a wide range of topics and dispensing invaluable business wisdom nuggets.

Among the topics, Stephen explains why cutting-edge online titans - including Google, Amazon, eBay, and Airbnb — are shifting their promotional dollars to traditional media, including TV, radio, direct mail, and billboards.

Stephen studies, dissects, and decodes the success secrets of business empires. This week, listeners get to see his decoder ring in operation.

Photo: Stephen Semple, Wizard of Ads Canada
Posted: January 9, 2023
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 hour and 56 seconds

LAST WEEK: Cathy Nesbitt is in a Slimy Business, and Her Customers Adore Her: How the One-Time Executive Secretary Wormed Her Way to Entrepreneurial Success

 

Direct download: MMR010923.mp3
Category:Advertising and Marketing -- posted at: 9:48am MST

These were the ten most-listened to episodes of Monday Morning Radio in 2022. Hear for yourself why business owners and entrepreneurs around the world found them fascinating.

#1: Want a Standing Ovation for Your Company’s Financial Performance? Veteran Acting Coach Craig Archibald Raises the Curtain on the Correct Entrepreneur’s Mindset

#2: Set Off Emotional “Fireworks:” Writing Heartfelt Letters That Recipients Will Cherish: Lynette M. Smith on How to Show Genuine Gratitude to Colleagues, Family, and Friends

#3: Lift the Hood of Rapidly Growing DermatologistOnCall, and You’ll Discover An Engine Powered By Best-in-Class Technology: Investment Banker and CEO Douglas Holmes’s Insights Are Just What the Doctor Ordered

#4: This Couple, Both in Their 60s, Pedaled Coast-to-Coast on a Tandem Bike: Life and Career Lessons From an Inspirational 3,819-Mile Ride Across America

#5: Look Before You Leap into the Entrepreneurial Life: Bestselling Author Gino Wickman Asks, “Do You Have What It Takes?” to Succeed

#6: Why Make Being an Effective Leader So Complex When – DUH! — All It Takes is Common Sense? Authors Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley Offer 52 Ways to Bolster Employee Satisfaction and Productivity

#7: The Future of Business Journalism: A Special Edition of Monday Morning Radio

#8: Alfred Sloan, George Eastman, Julius Rosenwald, Olive Beech and Madame C.J. Walker: They May Be Gone, But Their Legacies — and Those of Dozens of Other Dead CEOs — Can Inform Today’s Business Leaders

#9: Shift Happens: We Can’t Control Our Personal or Business Misfortunes: But Author and Life Coach Ann Papayoti Knows How to Help Us Control Our Responses

#10: A Business Primer: See the Weiner Dog Run. Run. Run. Peter Nevland on What Your Marketing Campaigns Can Learn From Dachshund Races

Direct download: 2022_In_Review.mp3
Category:About Monday Morning Radio -- posted at: 7:57pm MST

If you have scoleciphobia — fear of worms, you may want to skip this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio

Host Dean Rotbart’s guest, Cathy Nesbitt, is a passionate worm advocate and Canadian worm royalty. Since 2002, Cathy, owner of Cathy’s Crawly Composters, has bred and sold red wigglers and European nightcrawlers by the pound to enthusiastic customers who use the live squigglers for composting — converting household garbage into nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Many would-be entrepreneurs are unwilling to get their hands dirty in the pursuit of profit. The story of Cathy’s success is sure to make the clean freaks out there squirm.

Photo: Cathy Nesbitt, Cathy’s Crawly Composters
Posted: January 2, 2023
Monday Morning Run Time: 51:59

Direct download: MMR010223.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:48pm MST

When recruiting new hires, Andrea Hoffer leaves little to chance. After ten years of running her own business with a hit-and-all-too-frequent-miss record recruiting and retaining staff, Andrea concluded there must be a better way.

She not only developed a structured process for attracting and keeping employees but found her method to be so successful that she built and now is CEO of AHA! Recruiting Experts, an agency that helps clients identify, hire, and retain great employees.

Andrea has managed hundreds of employees and has experience in the higher education system, revenue-producing operation management, franchise business ownership, and business consulting. She is the author of Hire Higher: How To Attract, Interview & Grow Your Dream Team. The book provides proven strategies and a proactive approach to hiring.

If Andrea has a single piece of advice for business owners and leaders, she tells host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart, it’s this: ABR - Always Be Recruiting.

Photo: Andrea Hoffer, AHA! Recruiting Experts
Posted: December 26, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:35

Direct download: MMR122622.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 12:39pm MST

Ted Clark, author of Buy & Build CEO: Leveraging Private Equity to Build a Winning Global Business, is an expert on how successful business owners and entrepreneurs can become uber-wealthy. He has spent more than four decades as a business executive and investor, and is currently a partner in Nashville-based Iron Path Capital

After starting out as a shipping clerk, has climbed the heights of the wealth ladder. He now advises other people on how to leverage their way into society’s upper crust.

The best part, as Ted explains this week to host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart, is that his wealth-building strategies rely on using other people’s money to acquire and build winning global businesses.

Photo: Ted Clark, Iron Path Capital
Posted: December 19, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 45:55

Direct download: MMR121922.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 11:05am MST

A computer engineer by training, Joseph Fung has founded five technology companies, helped to back 20 startups, and now is the CEO of Uvaro, a rapidly growing career success company that provides lifelong training for those in a variety of professional roles, including sales, account management, customer service, and leadership.

Host Dean Rotbart describes Joseph as a walking encyclopedia of business wisdom. This week the two discuss a variety of timely topics, including generating a quality company culture, preparing employees for long-term success, investing in early-stage companies, and harnessing the rewards of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Photo: Joseph Fung, Uvaro
Posted: December 12, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:45

Direct download: MMR121222.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:08am MST

At the peak of his popularity in the 1980s, electronics retailer “Crazy Eddie” was better known for his screaming and gesticulating television commercials promoting “insane” prices than were then-Mayor Ed Koch and President Ronald Regan.

Thousands of customers would flock to store openings, hoping to nab a free t-shirt and get a glimpse of the unhinged pitchman.

Behind the scenes, however, Eddie Antar — the real Crazy Eddie, not the TV actor who portrayed him in the commercials — was a thieving, lying, cheat who defrauded just about everyone who ever trusted him, and was ultimately sentenced to eight years in prison.

Veteran investigative reporter Gary Weiss has written a page-turning biographical exposé of Eddie Antar: Retail Gangster: The Insane, Real-Life Story of Crazy Eddie. This week Gary and host Dean Rotbart explore both the genius and insanity of Crazy Eddie, a business crook unlike any other in American history.

Photo: Gary Weiss, Retail Gangster
Posted: December 5, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 41:45

Direct download: MMR120522.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 1:35pm MST

[November 29th is Giving Tuesday, a day for lending your support to worthy non-profits. This week’s podcast opens with a brief interview with Lisa Weyer, executive director of the All Kids Bike campaign and its parent, the Strider Education Foundation. All Kids Bike is on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class.]

Michael Beckley, an author and professor of political science, has briefed high-level policymakers, military leaders, and members of the U.S. intelligence services on his judgment that China is a nation on the descent, and that is likely to lead America into a direct conflict with the People’s Republic much sooner than anyone expects.

Beckley is the co-author — along with Hal Brands — of Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China.

This week, Beckley explains the thinking behind his assessment and why business owners and entrepreneurs, not just policy wonks and the political class, would be wise to recognize the threat China poses and take steps now to prepare for the coming clash.

Beckley is interviewed by Dean Rotbart, host and award-winning journalist.

Photo: Michael Beckley, Danger Zone
Posted: November 28, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 52:40

Direct download: MMR112822.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 12:09pm MST

Forty days remain in 2022. Forty days to wrap up unfinished business and set course for the New Year.

What can you accomplish between now and year-end to further your goals and check worrisome tasks off your to-do list?

Dr. Sarah Reiff-Hekking answers, “Plenty.” 

Dr. Sarah, a psychologist with more than 20 years of experience, is one of the nation’s preeminent experts on coaching entrepreneurs and professionals on how to get past their sense of being overwhelmed and the procrastination that often results. She is the founder of True Focus Coaching, which offers a variety of time management programs and consulting designed to get even the most time-challenged procrastinators unstuck.

In working with clients over the years, Dr. Sarah has zeroed in on five steps that can bulldoze through the obstacles that undermine our productivity, keep us from achieving our goals, and set us on a negative emotional spiral.

This week, Dr. Sarah shares with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart the proprietary system she relies on to get things done when there are simply too many things to do.

Photo: Dr. Sarah Reiff-Hekking, True Focus Coaching
Posted: November 21, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 47:01

Direct download: MMR112122.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 5:51pm MST

In the third season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, B-List actor Robert Kerbeck played a Cardassian soldier, unrecognizable under facial prosthetics and heavy makeup.

But the alien disguise was child’s play compared to the many real-life guises Robert adopted over his long career as a highly paid corporate spy, absconding with invaluable, private intelligence so detailed it would make the CIA proud.

Business-on-business spying is a huge industry — full of deceit and lies. No company is too small or unimportant to be confident that its competitors aren’t deploying snoops to extract valuable, actionable, proprietary information. 

Robert is the author of RUSE: Lying the American Dream from Hollywood to Wall Street. In the book, he regales readers with his adventures as a corporate spy - pretending to be someone he wasn’t to coax people inside giant corporations to reveal information and secrets that could lead to their downfall - and land Robert in jail for a long, long time.

This week Robert shares the secrets of the dark art of corporate spying with host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart. If, that is, you can believe Robert isn’t just running some kind of grand con on us.

Photo: Robert Kerbeck, RUSE
Posted: November 14, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 49:56

Direct download: MMR111422.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 8:37pm MST

As a veteran manager of hundreds of employees, London-based author Jim Edwards would grade himself only a solid “B” as a supervisor.

So why do business owners and entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic turn to Jim in impressive numbers for his recommendations on how they can perform better in leadership roles?

The reason, says Jim, the author of Say Thank You For Everything, is that you don’t have to be a management superstar to be good enough to outperform your peers and competitors.

Jim, a talented reporter and writer, gleaned his insights in his previous supervisory roles, including managing editor at Adweek, founding editor-in-chief at Business Insider UK, and editor-in-chief at Insider.

Alyson Shontell, editor-in-chief of FORTUNE, describes Jim’s book as “equal parts smart, funny, blunt and helpful.” Adds Eric Schurenberg, former editor-in-chief of Inc. magazine: “Jim knows how the leadership game is played and, better yet, he knows how to coach his readers to play it as well.”

Monday Morning Radio host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart promises that Jim’s organizational insights will leave you nodding your head and asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

Photo: Jim Edwards, Say Thank You for Everything
Posted: November 7, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 53:34

Direct download: MMR110722.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 5:57pm MST

Todd Mitchell is an award-winning author of novels for young readers. He teaches writing and literature at Colorado State University and has worked with thousands of writers.

But Todd is much more than a university professor. He’s a creativity sherpa for all writers, artists, musicians, actors, entrepreneurs, and innovators who, at times, experience doubt, struggle, and failure.

While Todd’s latest book, Breakthrough, speaks most directly to those who call themselves writers, he notes that the challenges writers face — and can overcome — resemble the challenges that almost everyone faces when they send their creations out into the world to be admired, criticized, or ignored.

[Todd’s paradigm is similar to that of Craig Archibald, who was featured on a popular episode of Monday Morning Radio in June 2022. Craig, a well-established acting coach and author, posits that the mindset necessary to be a successful actor and a successful business person is pretty much one and the same].

The subtitle of Breakthrough is “How to Overcome Doubt, Fear, and Resistance to Be Your Ultimate Creative Self.”

Todd wrote the book after he was nearly defeated by the psychological demons that haunt many creatives. He found his way back to a happier, more fulfilling life and now shares his playbook for other creatives to follow.

“Trust me when I say that Breakthrough is an inspirational book, one that has the potential to change your life,” says host Dean Rotbart, an award-winning journalist and author. “Todd offers the ‘cure’ for those of us who are achievement addicts.”

Photo: Todd Mitchell, Author, Breakthrough: How to Overcome Doubt, Fear, and Resistance to Be Your Ultimate Creative Self
Posted: October 31, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 50:26

Direct download: MMR103122.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:08pm MST

Sitting in jail - facing a 13-year sentence - Rob Lohman had plenty of time to review his past: alcohol and drug addiction, gambling, bankruptcies, and even a suicide attempt. 

That was in 2012.

Since then, Rob, who was released from prison after less than a year, has not only turned his life around, he’s used savvy self-marketing to build a for-profit business guiding thousands of other men and women who’ve hit rock bottom — be it in their personal or business lives — to a fresh start.

As Rob tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, his life story teaches that the same character traits that feed personal failure can be harnessed to rebound and achieve unprecedented success.

Pick up a copy of Rob’s book: The Addition IntERvention.

Photo: Rob Lohman, Lifted From The Rut
Posted: October 24, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 42.23

Direct download: MMR102422.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 5:52pm MST

Over the past decade, if you paid taxes, borrowed money, invested, or bought goods and services, no single elected or appointed government official has had more influence over your wallet than Janet Yellen

In fact, no person in American history has served — as Yellen has — in three influential government economic posts: Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, then Chair of the Federal Reserve, and since January 2021, as Secretary of the Treasury.

Jon Hilsenrath, an award-winning senior writer for The Wall Street Journal covering economics and finance, has written the definitive biography of Janet Yellen and her Nobel Prize-winning economist husband, George Akerlof: “Yellen: The Trailblazing Economist Who Navigated an Era of Upheaval.”

The book, due from HarperCollins on November 1st, can be pre-ordered at www.tinyurl.com/MMRYellen.

Monday Morning Radio Host Dean Rotbart characterizes “Yellen” as an engaging read that will appeal to a broad audience, with unique value to younger readers who are just starting out or still early in their careers.

“The book is a love story, it’s an overcoming obstacles tale, it’s a women’s empowerment narrative, and it provides fascinating insights into the way our government and economy operate,” Rotbart says.

This week Hilsenrath raises the curtain on his forthcoming biography and explains why everyone who is a business owner or entrepreneur needs to learn all they can about Janet Yellen.

To view a video of this week’s podcast, visit https://tinyurl.com/YTHilsenrath.

Photo: Jon Hilsenrath, Author
Posted: October 17, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 47 minutes

Direct download: MMR101722.mp3
Category:Journalists -- posted at: 11:27am MST

The title of Chris De Santis’s new book is sure to resonate with employers and employees alike: Why I Find You Irritating: Navigating Generational Friction at Work.

Many business owners and veteran company employees find their younger colleagues irritating —  failing to share their values and work ethic.

Guess what? The feeling is mutual, as Millennials and GenZers often lack respect for their older co-workers.

Chris, an organization expert and former director of training and development for the American Medical Association, has studied generational differences for 18 years. He's discovered that — when well understood — the generational conflict that is so prevalent these days can be leveraged to the benefit of the organization and all its staff.

Who buys that theory? Among Chris’s clients, you’ll find Google, Microsoft, Adobe, Lilly, and Bank of America.

This week, Chris shares with host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart his take on what most companies get wrong and how to avoid squandering the value inherent in generational diversity.

Photo: Chris De Santis, Why I Find You Irritating
Posted: October 10, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 42:05

Direct download: MMR101022.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:27pm MST

Steve Curtin, ranked as one of the top 30 customer service experts in the world — with clients that include Carnival Cruise Line, NAPA Auto Parts, and TJ Maxx — believes that every owner and manager needs to have “The Revelation Conversation” with each of their employees.

The conversation, which is the focus of Steve’s latest book, is designed to address the question of why their job and their company matter.

As Steve tells host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart, “we’ve all heard the story of the NASA janitor who wasn’t mopping floors; he was helping to send a man to the moon.” Imagine what would happen to each worker’s productivity and job satisfaction, Curtin asks, if your employees felt the same way about the greater purpose of the work they do.

After a 20-year career with Marriott International working in hotel operations, sales and marketing, and training and development, Steve now devotes his time to speaking, consulting, and writing on the topic of extraordinary customer service.

Photo: Steve Curtin, The Revelation Conversation
Posted: October 3, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 41:47

Direct download: MMR100322.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 8:04pm MST

You may have never heard of Jonathan Dahl. But six times a year, he produces a glossy magazine that reaches 1.8 million high-powered global executives and owners, in addition to a weekly online newsletter that has surpassed 3.5 million annual page views.

What’s special about Jonathan is that he doesn’t work for a mainstream news organization. Rather, he generates what he calls “dazzling corporate content” for Korn Ferry, the highly respected privately held global consulting firm.

Whether you own or operate a company with 50 or 50,000 employees, Jonathan tells host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart that you need to be generating regular articles and blog posts that showcase how you operate, your values, and how today’s broader news and trends relate to your business and your customers.

Photo: Jonathan Dahl, Korn Ferry
Posted: September 26, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:02

Direct download: MMR092622.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 10:27am MST

Sean Castrina says there are eight unbreakable rules that entrepreneurs who want to be a success must follow.

Given that Sean has launched more than 20 companies over the past two decades — most of them successes — he knows more than a little about the dos and don’ts of competing effectively in the cutthroat business marketplace.

Sean is by no means lazy, but as he tells host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart, his millionaire-producing formula has always been to create high-margin businesses in less-crowded fields and then let others do all the hard work. 

Be sure to download a copy of Sean’s book, 8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Start-Up Success, for free.

Photos: Sean Castrina,  8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Start-Up Success
Posted: September 19, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 38:09

Direct download: MMR091722.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:37pm MST

Among the robber barons of the late 19th century, none was more ruthless and unscrupulous than Jay Gould, who amassed a fortune greater than that of the Rockefellers. During Gould’s life, he controlled the country’s largest railroad empire, Western Union, and even the New York World newspaper (which he sold to Joseph Pulitzer in 1883).

Today, Gould is all but forgotten outside of academia. But his influence and the regulations put in place to try and prevent future stock manipulators such as he from succeeding continue to have a significant influence over American businesses and financial markets.

Greg Steinmetz, a partner at a New York money management firm, has just published an authoritative biography of the clever and quirky Gould, American Rascal: How Jay Gould Built Wall Street’s Biggest Fortune.

Hate Gould or outright despise him, Steinmetz tells host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart that it’s not possible to deny that Gould played a domineering role in America’s transformative economic expansion of the 19th century.

Photos: Author Greg Steinmetz and Jay Gould
Posted: September 12, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 38:19

Direct download: MMR091222.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 8:20pm MST

July 4th is the perfect time for fireworks, barbecues, and according to Lynette M. Smith, writing personal, heartfelt letters to colleagues, friends, family members, and others who enrich your life.

Lynette is a letter-writing evangelist who has authored multiple books on the art and impact of crafting the type of communications that will be saved and savored for years, even decades to come. [Get your personal copy of How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure.]

Spoken words, texts, and emails are fleeting. If you want to demonstrate genuine appreciation, Lynette tells host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart, only a gratitude letter will do.

Photo: Lynette M. Smith, Good Ways to Write
Posted: July 4, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 40:03

Direct download: MMR070422.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:18pm MST

What can an annual race featuring weiner dogs teach serious entrepreneurs and business owners about correctly predicting the outcome of any marketing campaign before spending a dime on testing the concept? Plenty.

That’s the bottom line of Peter Nevland’s latest book, Wiener Dog Marketing: A Silly Sounding Book for Serious Business Growth. The fast read not only features lessons Peter has gleaned from teaching and attending classes at the Wizard Academy, it also maps the mind of the Wizard himself, Roy H. Williams.

Peter is one of the elite Wizard of Ads partners who helps already successful businesses find their unique path to much greater success, much faster.

Peter was last a guest on Monday Morning Radio a decade ago, when he discussed his evolution from an engineer to a wordsmith and word coach.

This week Peter shares with host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart the secrets of sniffing out a successful marketing strategy, one short-legged, long-bodied canine at a time.

Photo: Peter Nevland, Weiner Dog Marketing
Posted: June 27, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 45:10

Direct download: MMR062722.mp3
Category:Advertising and Marketing -- posted at: 11:17am MST

CLOCKWISE: Dean Rotbart, Matt Quayle, Peter Coy, Henry Dubroff, Matt Murray, and Chris Roush

 

A special audio/video edition of Monday Morning Radio presenting a panel of distinguished journalists discussing the future of business journalism.

TO VIEW THE VIDEO, CLICK HERE.

This is the first episode in the 11th year of the business-to-business podcast.

Everyone who owns a business, operates a professional practice, or works for either, understands the importance of the business news media - and their ability to provide actionable insights and intelligence.

The discussion arises from the publication of The Future of Business Journalism and Why It Matters for Wall Street and Main Street by Chris Roush. Roush is the Dean of the Quinnipiac University School of Communications, where he is also a professor. He is a veteran business journalist and the founder of Talking Biz News — a must-read website for journalists and communications executives about the business journalism profession.

Roush joins Dean Rotbart, award-winning author and host of Monday Morning Radio, to examine the history of the business journalism profession, its current status, and what Roush believes are the changes that are necessary to buttress business and financial news going forward.

In his book, Roush writes: “[The] shift in business news content away from many consumers and small business owners on Main Street and toward Wall Street investors, money managers, and Fortune 500 executives is one of the most misunderstood inequalities in twenty-first century American civic life.”

To examine that contention, along with other key elements in The Future of Business Journalism, are a distinguished panel of four veteran business journalists:

Peter Coy, Opinion Economics Writer, The New York Times
Henry Dubroff, Owner and Founder, Pacific Coast Business Times
Matt Murray, Editor in Chief, The Wall Street Journal
Matt Quayle, Senior Executive Producer, CNBC-TV

Biographies of Roush and the panel members are available here.
Order your copy of The Future of Business Journalism here.

Posted: June 20, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: One Hour and Seven Minutes

Direct download: MMR062022.mp3
Category:Special Edition -- posted at: 10:36am MST

As the top journalist and now CEO of Fortune Media — publisher of Fortune magazine, Fortune.com, and an increasing array of live Fortune global conferences — Alan Murray is one of the most influential business journalists in the country.

In his capacity as the head of Fortune, Alan has the opportunity to keep company with many of the world's most prominent and influential people, including presidents, heads of state, legendary CEOs, titans of Wall Street, and even the Pope.

Alan is the author of a bold, newly released book, Tomorrow’s Capitalist: My Search for the Soul of Business.

In the book, Alan encapsulates the wisdom of his coterie, mixed with a full serving of his own savvy, to create a vision for a new, 21st-century breed of business owners and leaders. Alan dubs them Capitalists 2.0.

Some of Alan’s ideas are surprisingly radical — or, if not radical — certainly a break from the traditions of Corporate America and the deeply-rooted Milton Friedman philosophy that “There is one and only one social responsibility of business–to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits.”

This week, Alan sits for an exclusive interview with host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart to explain how tomorrow’s CEOs can do a better job than their predecessors for their employees, communities, and investors.

[Note: Alan’s journalism career spans more than four decades, including serving as deputy managing editor, executive editor online, Washington bureau chief, and a columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He is the recipient of a Business News Visionary Award, nominated by his peers and recognized for his transformative contributions to the business journalism profession.

The Business News Visionary Awards are made possible by the support of Monday Morning Radio and The Dilenschneider Group. Additional support is provided by TimeinaBottlePhotography.com.]

Next Monday, June 20th, as Monday Morning Radio begins its 11th year of podcasting, host Dean Rotbart will moderate an extra special panel to discuss a provocative new book, the Future of Business Journalism

Everyone who owns a business, operates a professional practice, or works for either, understands the importance of the business news media - and their ability to provide actionable insights and intelligence.

Chris Roush - Dean of the Quinnipiac University School of Communications and a veteran business journalist, is the author of The Future of Business Journalism which contends that significant changes must take place in the ways business journalism organizations operate for the betterment of Main Street and Wall Street.

Joining Chris and Dean will be four distinguished business journalists:

Peter Coy, Opinion Economics Writer, The New York Times

Henry Dubroff, Owner and Founder, Pacific Coast Business Times

Matt Murray, Editor in Chief, The Wall Street Journal

Matt Quayle, Senior Executive Producer, CNBC-TV

Photo: Alan Murray, Fortune Media
Posted: June  13, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: One Hour and Two Minutes

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Most people don’t think of Hollywood celebrities as entrepreneurs. But Craig Archibald, founder of The Archibald Studio, is not most people.

A well-established acting coach, Craig has mentored talents including Eric Roberts, Dan Futterman, John Slattery, and Constance Wu. One of the first lessons he drills into his clients’ minds is that acting is a highly competitive business, and if they are going to succeed, they need to excel as entrepreneurs.

But get this, Craig also recommends that business owners study acting to improve their financial performance.

Craig is the author of the new book, The Actor’s Mindset: Acting as a Craft, Discipline and Business. He joins host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart to explain the fascinating Hollywood-Business connection.

And be sure to keep your ears open for cameos by Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, and the Greek philosopher, Aristotle.

Photo: Craig Archibald, The Archibald Studio
Posted: June 6, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 46:59

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As an active U.S. Army Colonel, Christopher Kolenda — a West Point graduate — led 800 paratroopers stationed in Afghanistan. Six of his soldiers were killed under his command.

The loss of his troops and the lessons he learned about effective leadership during his storied military career are front and center in Col. Kolenda’s mind this Memorial Day.

Col. Kolenda is the author of Leadership: The Warrior’s Art and Zero-Sum Victory: What We’re Getting Wrong About War. He is also the founder of Strategic Leaders Academy, which works with leaders who want to apply insights from history and military operations to transform their businesses.

Whether on the battlefields of Afghanistan or in the trenches of American businesses, Col. Kolenda says that victory depends on a three-legged foundation: Leadership, Culture, and Strategy.

If your business lacks any one of these, he tells host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart, you are forfeiting the competitive advantage.

Photo: Colonel Christopher Kolenda, Strategic Leaders Academy
Posted: May 30, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 52:48

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Brian Scudamore was a high school dropout. Waiting at a McDonald’s drive-through, he spotted a ratty old pickup with “Junk Hauling” spray-painted on the side. “I could do that,” Brian told himself.

Driven by an insatiable curiosity and inspired to do things bigger and better, Brian bought a beat-up old truck and launched what today is the $600 million global industry giant, 1-800-Got-Junk, which dominates the junk removal business.

Brian is the founder and CEO of Vancouver-based 02E Brands — 

Ordinary 2 Exceptional — which offers innovative home services franchises, including 1-800-Got Junk, Wow 1 Day Painting, and Shack Shine.

This week, Brian shares practical insights from his latest bestselling book, BYOB: Business Your Own Business, Be Your Own Boss. The book debuted at #2 on The Wall Street Journal’s bestsellers list.

BYOB is a follow-up to Brian’s popular 2018 book, WTF! [Willing to Fail]: How Failure Can Be Your Key to Success. Both BYOB and WTF were written with Roy H. Williams, founder of Roy H. Williams Marketing and co-founder of Wizard Academy.

Brian is a fervent believer in the power of thinking BIG. Listen in as he explains why everyone has it within their means to achieve their dreams.

“If Brian can succeed, so can you,” says host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart. “And that’s not rubbish.”

Photo: Brian Scudamore, O2E Brands
Posted: May 23, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 44:12

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One of the most popular characters in Charles M. Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip is Linus Van Pelt, Charlie Brown’s best friend. Linus displays great wisdom even as he clings to his always-present blue security blanket.

Dr. Victoria Grady, an organization expert with decades of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, sees similarities between Linus and the type of “attachment behavior” that often stalls the progress of companies trying to successfully transform in the digital age.

Do you or your colleagues have a mental “blankie” that is holding you back? 

Dr. Grady, co-author of Stuck: How to Win at Work By Understanding Loss, joins host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart to explain  how to identify your attachment behaviors and offers insights on how to get people to “un-stick” and embrace and adopt change.

Photo: Dr. Victoria M. Grady, PIvotPoint
Posted: May 16, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time:  45:20

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Tim Redmond, CEO of Redmond Growth Consulting, has spent more than 35 years mentoring plumbers, electricians, landscapers, remodelers, and other small bricks-and-mortar business owners on ways to dramatically improve their performance. Tim relies on an unusual framework for his growth principles: The Bible.

While Tim’s clients come from all religions and denominations, he looks to teachings in the New Testament, in particular, to steer his innovative coaching process.

The Divine inspiration, Tim tells host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart, has led many of his clients to report heavenly improvements in their performance and profits.

Photo: Tim Redmond, Redmond Growth Consulting
Posted: May 2, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 42:11

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Ken Lindner is a professional development maestro, having helped choreograph the careers of thousands of individuals from all walks of life. Among the many professionals he’s helped guide are leading broadcast personalities, including Lester Holt, Deborah Norville, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Leeza Gibbons, and Matt Lauer.

Ken’s approach to careers — and life in general - is simple: Make better choices, and achieve better results.

The founder of Positive Life Choice Psychology, Ken is the author of six books, including Aspire Higher: How to Find the Love, Positivity, and Purpose to Elevate Your Life and The World! and Career Choreography: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Right Job and Achieving Huge Success and Happiness

This week, Ken shares with host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart the concrete steps anyone can take to make more intelligent decisions — in life and career — and reap the bountiful benefits.

Photo: Ken Lindner, Positive Life Choice Psychology
Posted: April 25, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 50:16

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Stephen Kreider Yoder and his wife, Karen, had been married for 42 years when last summer — at a combined age of 127 — the two successfully rode a tandem bike 3,819 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

The 12-week adventure taught the couple a multitude of lessons about teamsmanship, resilience, planning (and spontaneity), the hospitality of strangers, the beauty of nature, and the addictive satisfaction of checking items off of their bucket list.

This week Stephen, a journalist who has worked for The Wall Street Journal since 1983, and Karen, a retired professor and K-5 teacher, invite Monday Morning Radio listeners to ride along as they recount the inspiring story of their journey.

Photo: Karen and Stephen Kreider Yoder
Posted: April 18, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 46:55

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Two of the country’s top experts on leadership — men who write bestselling books and get paid the big bucks to mentor top executives — confess that managing others doesn’t have to be complicated.

In fact, Ken Blanchard — who has sold more than 23 million copies of his books worldwide — and his colleague Randy Conley contend that outstanding leadership boils down to two common-sense ingredients: build trust with your employees and strive to serve others ahead of yourself.

Of course, even managers who are prepared to take simple steps to boost employee satisfaction and productivity can benefit from a “leadership manual.” This week, Blanchard and Conley join host Dean Rotbart to share practical ideas from their latest book, Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways to Be a Servant Leader and Build Trust.

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Photos: Ken Blanchard (l) and Randy Conley, Simple Trusts of Leadership
Posted: April 11, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 44:20

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The life and death of Tony Hsieh, the billionaire CEO of online shoe-seller Zappos, is a master class in visionary business leadership and a cautionary tale about how fame can mask profound problems.

Hsieh, who sold Zappos to Amazon for $1.2 billion, died in a mysterious shed fire in late November 2020 at age 46.

This week, two reporters for The Wall Street Journal Kirsten Grind and Katherine Sayre — join host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart to share details from their newly published biography of the business legend, Happy at Any Cost: The Revolutionary Vision and Fatal Quest o Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

Theirs is a riveting examination of an entrepreneur who was simultaneously great and deeply flawed.

Photos: Kirsten Grind (l) and Katherine Sayre, Happy at Any Cost
Posted: April 4, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:34

Kirsten and Katherine will be signing copies of their book and invite Monday Morning Radio listeners to stop by and pick up a copy.

Las Vegas: April 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Intuitive Forage Farmers Market, 300 N. Casino Center Blvd.

San Diego: April 13, 7:30 p.m. Warwick's Bookstore, 7812 Girard Ave. La Jolla

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Here is a harsh truth: Many entrepreneurs have no business running their own businesses.

In a no-holds-barred conversation with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, bestselling author Gino Wickman draws an impermeable line between those who have the right stuff to succeed in business and those who never will, no matter how hard they try.

Wickman is the creator of “The Entrepreneurial Operating System,” which more than 130,000 companies have relied on to improve their results. He knows the ingredients of success and failure.

Wickman’s most recent book, “Entrepreneurial Leap,” defines the attributes that entrepreneurs must possess to prosper, advises founders on ways to avoid common mistakes, and suggests alternatives for those not born to own and grow their own businesses. 

Do you have what it takes? Listen in and find out.

[Listeners to Monday Morning Radio can purchase a copy of Dean Rotbart’s newest book, September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story. Visit Gutenberg’s Store.]   

Photo: Gino Wickman, Entrepreneurial Leap
Posted: March 28, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 49:10

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Ann Papayoti has plenty of reasons to be bitter. She lost an infant child, had another born with epilepsy, and was married to a belligerent and abusive husband.

But Ann chose to make peace with her past. Today, she is a successful self-help author and life coach who mentors others on how to overcome all manner of life setbacks.

What allows people to prevail over their difficulties is what Ann calls “shift” — embracing a better, life-affirming perspective. 

Ann is the co-author, along with Tracy Mac Donald, of The Gift of Shift: Discover the Key Within to Unlock Your Best Life.

In the book, Ann and Tracy share a collection of personal stories designed to inspire readers to look at life’s hardships from a fresh perspective.

The book aims to help each of us find peace within, create positive change, and embrace a new outlook on life.

This week Ann shares specific shift approaches to transform hardships into blessings.

Photo: Ann Papayoti, The Gift of Shift
Posted: March 21, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 38:55

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Good PR has become everyone’s responsibility, regardless of your industry or job title. That is a core message shared by a distinguished panel of three experts on this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio.

Leading the panel is Robert L. Dilenschneider, editor of the newly published fifth edition of The Public Relations Handbook, a must-read for communications practitioners and a valuable reference for executives who wisely recognize that public relations is integral to every activity and decision they make.

Dilenschneider is the founder of The Dilenschneider Group, which for more than three decades has been providing strategic advice and counsel to Fortune 500 companies and leading families and individuals around the world. 

“Public relations professionals must be prepared to deal with a staggering variety of people, issues, and subjects,” Dilenschneider writes. His book consists of seventeen chapters, each contributed by recognized PR specialists.

Two of the contributors — Jack Devine and Virginia A. Kamsky — join Dilenschneider and host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart on the panel.

Devine is a founding partner and president of The Arkin Group, specializing in international crisis management, strategic intelligence, investigative research, and business problem-solving. He previously spent 32 years with the CIA, having served - among other posts - as Acting Director of Operations.

Kamsky, who divides her time between New York and Beijing, is the founder of Kamsky Associates, Inc., a strategic advisory firm whose client base includes preeminent companies worldwide. During the Obama Administration, she was appointed a member of the US Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel, providing independent advice and recommendations.

“The best thing anybody reading this book can do right now is come away and say, ‘Life has changed and if I’m going to keep up with it and be successful, I better change too,’” Dilenschneider says. “The book offers the ways people should adapt to the changing environment.”

Released in February 2022 by Matt Holt Books, The Public Relations Handbook is available from Amazon in hardcover, Kindle, and audiobook editions.

Photos (Clockwise from upper left):   Host Dean Rotbart, Contributor Virginia A. Kamsky, Editor Robert L. Dilenschneider, and Contributor Jack Devine
Posted: March 14, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 55:37

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Last week, due to a technical glitch at the service that hosts Monday Morning Radio, some listeners heard half of one podcast while others listened to a completely different episode.

So this week, we are offering a double-header. In center stage is David Hailey, founder of Countifi. This cutting-edge concern uses a combination of computer vision and artificial intelligence to help companies in the airline industry, healthcare, construction, and higher education gain better control of their supply chain management.

Whether or not you need better supply chain management, David’s experience identifying a problem and building a business to address it is a tale to inspire every owner and entrepreneur.

Host Dean Rotbart’s other guest, Anton Suddia, is an expert on augmented reality who has fled his home in Kharkiv, Ukraine, with his wife and two young children. In a chilling conversation from his hiding place in Western Ukraine, Anton shared with Dean his very personal and compelling story of how his life has changed since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th.To stream or download Dean’s conversation with Anton, click here.

Top Photo: David Hailey, Countifi
Bottom Photo: Anton Suddia, IT Craft
Posted: March 6, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 38:01

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This week, a special edition of Monday Morning Radio features a conversation with Anton Suddia, a Ukraine-based expert on augmented reality.

Recorded Sunday, February 27th, Anton shares his very personal and compelling story of how his life has changed since Russia invaded Ukraine four days earlier.

Anton previously appeared on this podcast in September 2016, discussing the global effort to bring Augmented Reality to Main Street businesses.

A father of two young children, Anton and his wife fled Kharkiv, where his company — IT Craft — is headquartered and spoke with host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart from a comparatively safe location in the western region of Ukraine.

Hearing Anton brings home the tragedy of what’s happening in Ukraine and how it has disrupted everyday life and commerce.

Anton’s future is up in the air. He doesn’t know if his company will still exist by the time listeners hear this week’s podcast. He doesn’t know if he’ll still have a job or paycheck in the days and weeks ahead. And, most critically, he doesn’t know whether he’ll be forced to flee again and, if so, where he can go.  

Originally, this week’s guest was scheduled to be David Hailey, founder of Countifi and an expert on using computer vision and inventory control to improve supply chain management. Instead, our conversation with David will be featured on next week’s episode.

Top Photo: Anton Suddia, IT Craft
Bottom Photo:  David Hailey, Countifi
Posted: February 28, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 39:13

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There is only so much room at the top of the corporate ladder. What can owners and CEOs do to retain and incentivize good employees when no more executive slots are available?

According to Julie Winkle Giulioni, a human resources expert and bestselling author, there are excellent alternatives to promotions. Besides, many employees no longer want all the drama and responsibilities that come with upper-management jobs.

Julie’s new book, Promotions Are So Yesterday, won’t be out until next month. But host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart persuaded Julie to share some of her best employee enticements on this week’s podcast.

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Photo: Julie Winkle Giulioni, Promotions Are So Yesterday
Posted: February 21, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 47:05

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To sell his first book, Man Interrupted, James Bailey — a sufferer of severe obsessive-compulsive behavior who was living out of his car at the time — staked out bookstores and celebrity haunts in Malibu, Santa Monica, and other well-to-do Southern California towns. 

When he spotted stars, he unashamedly pressed them to buy his book or at the very least accept a free copy.

Bob Dylan bought one. So did James Woods. Simon Cowell promised to buy the book. And Mel Brooks was so impressed with James that the Academy Award-winning writer of The Producers wrote a cover blurb for James’s newest book, The Diary of a Manic OCD Bookseller.

“I never back off,” James tells host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart. Indeed, James has sold thousands of his books, one at a time, and this week he explains how anyone can adapt his methods to help them achieve their goals.

Photo: James Bailey, The Diary of a Manic OCD Bookseller
Posted: February 14, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 39:28

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Douglas Holmes is a veteran investment banker who sees massive potential in telemedicine.

His latest venture is DermatologistOnCall features a network of board-certified dermatologists who provide telemedicine services in all 50 states, and can even offer an in-home melanoma test.

The secret of DermatologistOnCall’s success, Douglas tells award-winning author and journalist Dean Rotbart, is the advanced technology that is the foundation of the service.

Douglas shares insights that could revolutionize how you reach and serve your customers, whether or not you work in healthcare.

Photo: Douglas Holmes, DermatologistOnCall
Posted: February 7, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 45:11

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A California entrepreneur, Melissa Joseph, has combined her love poetry and her life-long habit of writing personal Thank You notes to launch a new business, Lotus Cards: Notecards with Heart.

The cards offer mix-and-match whimsical original poetic sentiments — each composed by Melissa — with a variety of unique, stylistic cover art. With Valentine's Day only two weeks off, Melissa’s cards make for highly original greetings.

Host and award-winning author Dean Rotbart says that Melissa, a former English teacher, is special for a couple of reasons: One - she’s a senior citizen unafraid to venture into a new business, and Two - she’s donating all proceeds from the sale of her cards to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
If Melissa Joseph can do it,
So can you.

Photo: Melissa Joseph and Lotus — Lotus Cards: Notecards with Heart
Posted: January 31, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 32:36

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This week, in Part Two of host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart’s conversation with business historian Gary Hoover, the two turn their attention to women and minorities who overcame long odds to build or lead successful companies.

They’ll also reveal the failures and rebounds of some great American companies and share the story of one executive whose business failed, and afterward, he went home to his parents’ house and locked himself in the bedroom for a month. True story.

Gary is the executive director of the American Business History Center and the author of Bedtime Business Stories: Short Sagas of Business Creation, Success, and Failure. A serial entrepreneur, one company Hoover founded was acquired by Barnes & Noble, while another was purchased by Dun & Bradstreet.

Gary’s  specialty is looking back at the great industries, businesses, and business leaders of bygone days and reminding all of us of what made them great and how we can apply their insights today.

Photo: Gary Hoover, American Business History Center
Posted: January 24, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 33:08

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Back in November, when General Electric announced its plan to break itself into three different companies, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart invited business historian Gary Hoover to share the lessons of GE’s fall from grace.

Hoover is the executive director of the American Business History Center and the author of Bedtime Business Stories: Short Sagas of Business Creation, Success, and Failure. A serial entrepreneur, one company Hoover founded was acquired by Barnes & Noble, while another was purchased by Dun & Bradstreet.

This week, in part one of a two-part conversation, Rotbart and Hoover take a deep dive into an array of legendary American businesses and CEOs and what they can teach today’s business owners and leaders.

Photo: Gary Hoover, American Business History Center
Posted: November 22, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 38:42

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Host Dean Rotbart is being mysterious about his guests this week on Monday Morning Radio. All he’ll say is that their names are Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis and between the two of them, their clients have included Apple, Dell Computers, Boeing, Toyota, and Honda.

Peter and Jeffrey have a "how-to" business book coming out next month that the authors promise will have entertaining, actionable advice for all owners and entrepreneurs, regardless of the nature of their businesses.

The two authors think that after hearing what they have to say, many listeners will want to buy their book. If you do, you can pre-order it here.

But as Dean points out, it’s totally up to listeners to decide if Peter and Jeffrey acquit themselves admirably.

Photos: Peter Desberg (l) and Jeffrey Davis, Authors
Posted: January 10, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 44:45

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If Clay Stafford were to put all of his titles on a single business card, it would be one mammoth ID.

Clay is, among other things, an award-winning author — having sold nearly four million copies of his books, a poet, a screenwriter and playwright, film and television producer, director, showrunner, actor, educator, reviewer, and public speaker.

Oh yes, he is also the founder of The Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference - now in its 16th year - that has become the premier forum for all genres incorporating mystery, thriller, or suspense content.

This week, Clay shares with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart how and why he does so many creative things and what we can learn from his successful approach to artistry. 

Photo: Clay Stafford, Killer Nashville
Posted: January 3, 2022
Monday Morning Run Time: 49:53

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Imagine learning best business practices from the former vice chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, Chairman of Chiquita Brands International, publisher and CEO of the Chicago Sun Times, and directors at Virgin America and Allegheny Energy.

You wouldn’t actually need a very big room, since Cyrus Freidheim filled everyone of those roles during his 55-year business career, as well as stints at Union Carbide, Ford Motor, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Cyrus has summed up all he’s learned about business — and life — in a newly published book, Commit & Deliver: On the Frontlines of Management Consulting.

There’s no need to pay $1,000 an hour or more for Cyrus’s expertise. It’s free for the taking this week as host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbarts guest is Cyrus Freidheim.

Photo: Cyrus Freidheim, Commit & Deliver
Posted: December 27, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 56:08

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Until they turn 25 years old, most individuals are really only life “interns.” Full life begins once we enter our mid-20s.

At its core, that is what Robert L. Dilenscneider’s latest book, Nailing It: How History’s Awesome Twentysomethings Got It Together, is about.

Dilenschneider, an accomplished author and communications consultant, tells the story of 25 well-known personalities when they were 25 years olds — from Mozart to Edith Paif, Albert Einstein to Steve Jobs — and the one defining trait they shared on their path to immortality.

To help interview Dilenschneider, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart enlisted his multi-talented daughter, Avital, who not coincidentally, turns 25 years old this week. As Avital points out, there is a great deal to be learned from history, no matter your age.

Photo: Robert L. Dilenschneider, Nailing It
Posted: December 20, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 45.54

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Treating all of your employees equally may seem like an ideal approach. But it's not.

The one-size-fits-all approach, says Minal Bopaiah, an expert in diversity, equity and inclusion, often holds back employees who don’t fit the prototypical characteristics of today’s workforce.

The better approach, Minal tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, is to design a human-centered organization that offers “equity” to everyone — making room for those who are different and then leveraging those disparities.

Minal is the author of Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives, an eye-opening new book that will challenge your perspective on fairness and productivity in the workplace. Her firm, Brevity & Wit, helps organizations — including Amnesty International, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, and Human Rights Watch — achieve the change they wish to see in the world.

Photo: Minal Bopaiah, Brevity & Wit
Posted: December 13, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 47:29

[Purchase your copy of A Christmas Day Miracle by Dean and Talya Rotbart: “An inspirational adult yuletide tale that offers hope to everyone —  regardless of their religious beliefs — about the wonder and power of life’s unexpected blessings.” Get the Kindle edition for only $4.95.]

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Some of the world’s most successful investors are also some of the happiest people on earth. It’s not because they are rich — money still won’t buy happiness — but because they are able to think more rationally, rigorously, and objectively when it comes to every aspect of their lives.

In his book, Richer, Wiser, Happier: How The World’s Greatest Investors Win in Markets and Life, author William Green shares insights he’s gleaned conducting dozens of interviews over the years with financial superstars including Sir John Templeton, Peter Lynch, Michael Price, Ed Thorp, and Charlie Munger.

Hearing the concepts that Green shares with host and award-winner reporter Dean Rotbart won’t magically turn you into an overnight billionaire. But it may very well help you improve your decision-making skills, assess risks, avoid preventable errors, and build resilience regardless of what life sends your way. And, Dean adds, you’ll likely become a better investor, too.

Photo: William Green, Richer, Wiser, Happier
Posted: December 6, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 Hour, 6 Minutes and 54 Seconds

[Purchase your copy of A Christmas Day Miracle by Dean and Talya Rotbart: “An inspirational adult yuletide tale that offers hope to everyone —  regardless of their religious beliefs — about the wonder and power of life’s unexpected blessings.” Get the Kindle edition for only $4.95.]

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Change has changed.

That is the premise of bestselling author Erika Andersen’s latest book, Change from the Inside Out, a primer for businesses and individuals on how to rethink change — typically viewed as difficult, costly, and uncomfortable — and instead embrace it as doable, rewarding, and routine.

Erika, founder of Proteus International, is a consultant and advisor to top executives at organizations including Amazon, Spotify, and the Yale School of Public Health. She has made a career out of helping her clients become “change-capable” leaders; able to respond to, and actually benefit from, the rapid speed and relentless nature of change.

Are you prepared for whatever comes next? 

Join host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart as he and Erika explore the many advantages of greeting change with a fresh, positive perspective.

Photo: Erika Andersen, Proteus
Posted: November 29, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 48:03

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Last week’s partial lunar eclipse attracted millions of people to gaze at our nearest celestial neighbor.

One of them, Daniel Sax, has designs on more than just staring at the moon. He intends to mine the crusty orb for water and oxygen, essentials that future planetary travelers will need to sustain them on lunar bases and fuel their voyages to Mars and beyond.

Daniel is the co-founder of Toronto-based Canadian Space Mining Corporation, launched in August 2020. He aims to propel Canada to the forefront of the anticipated demand for space-based supply chains and utilities, and he’s drawing a lot of interest from prospective investors and government officials.

Host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart says what makes Daniel’s story so compelling — and relevant to all entrepreneurs — is that he not only dreams big, he is crafting a pioneering business to turn his dreams into a reality.

Photo: Daniel Sax, Canadian Space Mining Corporation
Posted: November 22, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 38:42

In the latest edition of Publishers Weekly, the editors (BookLife Reviews) showcase Dean Rotbart’s September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story as a “book of outstanding quality.” Order your signed first-edition exclusively at GutenbergsStore.com.

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For more than a century, General Electric stood as a beacon of American manufacturing and ingenuity. The 129-year-old company was once the most valuable U.S. corporation; its brand emblazoned on tens of thousands of products from light bulbs to nuclear power plants.

On November 8th, GE, which has been in decline for years, announced that it would spin out its remaining operations into three separate companies, in effect, heralding the end of General Electric as the world knew it.

What went wrong and what can today’s business owners and leaders learn from the rise and fall of GE?  Gary Hoover, executive director at American Business History Center and a leading business historian, is host Dean Rotbart’s special guest this week.

Photo: Gary Hoover, American Business History Center
Posted: November 15, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 26:20

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Fear is a stick that many bosses use to squeeze extra productivity out of their employees: Fear of job loss, fear of career stagnation, and even fear of humiliation in front of their colleagues.

There remains a place for fear in the workplace — when well-managed —  but two former McKinsey and Company consultants have helped more than 1,000 business leaders and hundreds of organizations embrace the “Unfear” methods of leadership, leading to breakthrough success and elevated levels of employee satisfaction.

This week, authors Gaurav Bhatnagar and Mark Minukas share with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart how fear — properly channeled — provides valuable opportunities for individuals and organizations to learn and grow.

[Pick up your own copy of Unfear here.]

Photo: Gaurav Bhatnagar (l) and Mark Minukas, Co-Creation Partners
Posted: November 8, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 42:34

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The Op-Ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today are among the hardest journalism forums for outsiders to crack.

Bob Brody has spent the past 40 years as an Op-Ed “safecracker,” having written or ghost-written roughly 1,000 Op-Ed essays.

If you are passionate about a topic of public interest or are looking for a way to bolster your stature in the public eye, Op-Eds can be a uniquely valuable tool.

This week Bob shares with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart the methods that he’s discovered are most effective for newcomers hoping to break into the Op-Ed pages of the nation’s elite news organizations.

Photo: Bob Brody, bobbrody@hotmail.com
Posted: November 1, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 hour, 14 seconds

Read Dean Rotbart’s latest Op-Ed essay in The Wall Street Journal here.

Purchase a signed copy of Dean’s new book, September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story, here.

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By now, nearly everyone knows that William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk, flew into space aboard the Blue Origin spacecraft on October 13th.

Why would Jeff Bezos, who owns the rocketship company, want to invite a 90-year-old actor whose turn in the original Star Trek series took place more than 50 years ago on board when Bezos could have sold that seat for tens of millions of dollars? 

Longtime Wizard of Ads Partner Jeff ‘The Professor’ Sexton tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart that there are priceless marketing lessons to be gleaned from Bezos’s inclusion of Shatner — insights that can lead to out-of-this-world success whether you’re selling space exploration, insurance, beer, breakfast cereal, or even toilet paper.

Strap yourself in, Jeff and Dean are ready to blast off.

Read Jeff Sexton’s article, “Two Marketing Lessons From William Shatner and Blue Origin.”

Photo: Jeff Sexton, Wizard of Ads Partners
Posted: October 25, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:00

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David Cowan had a skilled career in geographic information systems — linking data to maps, when he thought he’d try his hand at financial services. Instead of making more money, he made none.

Hard times quickly followed. In his early fifties, David found himself without a car, renting a single room to live in, and walking to a nearby McDonald’s where he worked the drive-thru window overnight. 

“You just can’t give up on yourself,” David tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart. This week, Dean and Monday Morning Radio debut The Comeback Project, an occasional series of profiles featuring great global comeback stories. 

Rallying from misfortune — be it financial, health, a relationship gone bad, a natural disaster, a violent crime, or any other variety of setbacks — may seem impossible in the moment. But as David’s story demonstrates, it is possible to rebound from the depths of despair and inspire others to do likewise.

Do you have your own comeback story to tell or do you know someone — a family member, friend, colleague, or neighbor — who rebounded after a major setback and can serve as an example to others?

Please send any leads for our Monday Morning Radiol Comeback Project to editor@shareyourcomeback.com.

Photo: David Cowan, The Monday Morning Radio Comeback Project
Posted: October 18, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 39:59

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Category:Comeback Project -- posted at: 2:34pm MST

More than six million listeners worldwide tune in each week to hear Scott Jeffrey Miller’s On Leadership podcast, produced by Franklin Covey.

In his newest book, Master Mentors, Scott draws on interviews he’s conducted with his podcast guests — including Daniel Pink, Seth Godin, and Susan Cain — to offer tightly focused, transformative insights aimed at current and would-be leaders.

What overarching trait do the 30 mentors share? 

Host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart asked Scott the question, but Dean disagreed with Scott’s answer. Listen in, and see how you think about it.

Photo: Scott Jeffrey Miller, Master Mentors
Posted: October 11, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 50:26

For Your Monday Morning Radio Bookshelf:

Master Mentors: 30 Transformative Insights From Our Greatest Minds -- Scott Jeffrey Miller

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: 30th Anniversary Edition -- Steven R. Covey

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us -- Daniel H. Pink

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us -- Seth Godin

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking -- Susan Cain

September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story -- Dean Rotbart

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 2:24pm MST

Chrysta Castañeda was a solo legal practitioner in Dallas when the legendary oil magnate T. Boone Pickens asked her to represent him in a decade-old business dispute involving investments he made in the three-billion barrel Red Bull region of West Texas.

After about three hours of deliberation, the jury awarded Pickens $146 million.

Host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart says he doesn’t know who is more impressive, Chrysta Castañeda for winning the case so convincingly or the late Boone Pickens, who was 88 years old when the trial began in November 2016.

This week Chrysta shares behind-the-scenes details of the lawsuit and the “real” Boone Pickens. She is joined by Loren C. Steffy who, with Chrysta, co-authored The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens.

Photos: Chrysta Castañeda and Loren C. Steffy, The Last Trial of T. Boone Pickens
Posted: October 4, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 41:46

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:26pm MST

When he was starting out, Rob Cornilles founder of Game Face, Inc., had the unenviable task of selling season tickets to the Los Angeles Clippers, which at the time was the most forlorn franchise in the NBA. Who wanted to go to a Clippers game, when Los Angeles had the Lakers?

Yet, Rob soon figured out the secret to attracting sports fans and has gone on to train the sales forces of more than 300 other sports teams and a whopping total of 50,000+ sales executives and leaders.

Rob, author of “The Sales Game Changer,” shares some of his most effective techniques with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, including Rob’s SW-SW-SW-N philosophy - Dean’s favorite. 

As Rob notes, whether or not you think you’re in sales, you are.

Photo: Rob Cornilles, Game Face, Inc.
Posted: September 27, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 49:52

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This week, our host, Dean Rotbart generated a lot of media attention over the past two weeks, including coverage in The Wall Street Journal, FORTUNE, and on NPR, among more than a dozen other news outlets.

Dean, a faculty member at Wizard Academy who coaches business owners and entrepreneurs on how to attract free publicity, took his own “Reputation Tool Chest” advice to produce an avalanche of coverage for his new book, “September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story.”

Of all his guest appearances on radio shows and podcasts, Dean favored his live Facebook and YouTube conversation with Charlotte Kosa, a West Coast journalist who has been broadcasting for more than 18 years. Listen in, as Charlotte and Dean talk about the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the resiliency of the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters for The Wall Street Journal who covered the unfolding drama even though their own newsroom was destroyed that day and their dedication came close to costing some of the journalists their lives.

NOTE: September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story is now available as an eBook on Amazon. Download your copy today for only $29.95.

 

You can subscribe to Charlotte Kosa’ popular podcast, California Haunts Radio, here.

Photo: Charlotte Kosa, California Haunts Radio
Posted: September 20, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

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Category:Journalists -- posted at: 5:32pm MST

[Listeners to Monday Morning Radio can now purchase a copy of Dean Rotbart’s new book, September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story. Visit Gutenberg’s Store.]   

Joel Schwartzberg has two crucial pieces of advice for anyone tasked with making a presentation or giving a speech: 1. Have a point. 2. Get to it.

Surprisingly, many business executives, politicians, and non-profit leaders fail to heed those simple rules for effective speaking.

Joel knows what he’s talking about. A communications coach and the author of two books, his clients include American Express, Blue Cross Blue Shield, State Farm Insurance, and Comedy Central.

Using only three simple words, Joel tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart that anyone can become a more effective speaker. 

Oh yes, you won’t want to miss this: Dean reprises a portion of his Bar Mitzvah speech, just to see how Joel evaluates it.

Be sure to pick up copies of Joel’s books:

Photo: Joel Schwartzberg, The Language of Leadership
Posted: September 13, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 46:16

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:54pm MST

Let’s play a game. We’ll call it Two Business Truths and a Lie

Which one of these three statements is false?

  • Thomas Alva Edison said: “I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”
  • Owners and CEOs who “let loose” in the office often lose the respect of their employees.
  • One element of Google’s success as a company has been office Nerf-gun battles.

Playing games and encouraging others to have a great time at work is a passion for Dr. Bob Nelson, co-author of the new book, “Work Made Fun Gets Done: Easy Ways to Boost Energy, Morale, and Results.”

Dr. Bob, who has worked with 80% of the Fortune 500 companies, knows that office play is a serious business. This week, he and host Dean Rotbart go mano a mano to see which one of them has the finer-tuned lie detector. But don’t worry, it’s all in good fun.

[Listeners to Monday Morning Radio can now purchase a copy of Dean Rotbart’s new book, September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story. Visit Gutenberg’s Store.]   

Photo: Dr. Bob Nelson, Work Made Fun Gets Done!
Posted: September 6, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 54:38

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 5:56pm MST

[Listeners to Monday Morning Radio can now purchase a copy of Dean Rotbart’s new book, September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story. Visit Gutenberg’s Store.]   

Many companies don’t realize they are sitting on a mother lode of extremely valuable assets that they underutilize or don’t use at all.

The assets are customer purchase data and preferences, and unless companies use artificial intelligence — AI —  to effectively mine that data, they are missing out on an undeveloped vein of marketing gold. 

Raj Venkatesan is a professor of business administration at the University of Virginia and one of the nation’s most respected experts on using AI in marketing. Co-author of “The AI Marketing Canvas,” this week Raj shares with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart his five-stage road map that any company can follow to reap AI riches.

Photo: Raj Venkatesan, The AI Marketing Canvas
Posted: August 30, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 38:12

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Category:Advertising and Marketing -- posted at: 8:23pm MST

With all due respect to Facebook and other so-called business change agents, the methods they use to innovate are really outmoded.

That’s the premise of Radhika Dutt, a teacher of entrepreneurship and innovation at Northeastern University. Dutt is a critic of the prevalent method used by most companies of rapidly launching a new product into the marketplace and then tweaking it time and again until they get it right.

In her forthcoming book, Radical Product Thinking: The New Mindset for Innovating Smarter, she maintains that shotgunning products out of R&D and then repeatedly tweaking them is akin to driving a fast car without having a roadmap or a destination.

As Radhika tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, it’s the destination — i.e., which customers the product serves and why it will radically change their world — that needs to precede the development of innovative products.    

[Listeners to Monday Morning Radio can now purchase a copy of Dean Rotbart’s new book, September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story. Visit Gutenberg’s Store.]   

Photo: Radhika Dutt, Radical Product Thinking
Posted: August 23, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 39:42

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Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:20pm MST

Host Dean Rotbart recently conducted an informal poll of business owners and his social network friends.

What, he asked, is the one thing they would most desire more of? About 40% of those who responded answered “money.” Another 40%, however, replied that they wish they had more energy.

Dr. Amy Novotny, founder of the PABR Institute, which stands for Pain Awareness Breathing and Relief, says that over the past dozen years she’s helped countless clients — without caffeine, medication or surgery — address a wide variety of restrictive conditions, including a lack of energy.

More money, Dr. Novotny points out, may or may not buy you more energy. But more energy is very likely to help owners and professionals earn lots more money and check off other high-priority items on their wish lists.

[Listeners to Monday Morning Radio can now pre-order a copy of Dean Rotbart’s new book, “September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story.” Visit Gutenberg’s Store.]

Photo: Dr. Amy Novotny, PABR Institute
Posted: August 16, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 35:14

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 10:56pm MST

Jeff Seckendorf, educator, author, and filmmaker, draws a clear distinction between experts and experts who can teach. Very often, he believes, they are not one and the same.

Jeff’s specialty is teaching and training. Whether it’s scuba diving, aerial acrobatics, brain surgery, or auto repair, Jeff’s company, The Training Cycle, can not only teach the subject but can train others to teach it as well.

His secret is allowing business owners, inventors, and other specialists to be the subject-matter experts, while he zeros in on the process of education. 

As Jeff tells host, author, and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, you can teach a person to fish, or you can teach that person how to teach anyone how to fish and then reel in the profits for your company.

Photo: Jeff Seckendorf, The Training Cycle
Posted: August 9, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:51

[Listeners to Monday Morning Radio can now pre-order a copy of Dean Rotbart’s new book, “September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story.” Visit Gutenberg’s Store.]

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Sean Dowdell and his wife Thora are the founders of Club Tattoo, which currently has six locations, including a booming studio at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Over the years, the artists at Club Tattoo have inked or pierced hundreds of celebrities, including musicians Blake Shelton and Miley Cryrus, actors Ewan McGregor and Chrissy Metz, and athletes Héctor Sanchez, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Frank Trigg.

[Listeners to Monday Morning Radio can now pre-order a copy of Dean Rotbart’s new book, “September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story.” Visit Gutenberg’s Store.]

Sean, who dubs himself the “Tattooed Millionaire,” is a business disruptor, and in his and Thora’s new book, Brand Renegades: Our Fearless Path from Startup to Global Brand, the couple showcase the successes and failures that have rocketed them to the top of their industry.

Host, author, and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart confesses that he doesn’t have even one tattoo or piercing. Nonetheless, he says that Sean and Brand Renegades have left an indelible impression on him.

Photo: Sean Dowdell, Club Tattoo
Posted: August 2, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:03

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Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:21pm MST

With the Tokyo Olympics underway and the Beijing Olympics slated for early next February, this week host, author, and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart has a timely conversation with four-time Olympian Ruben Gonzalez, who aims to be the only Olympian ever to compete in five Olympics in five different decades.

Not only that, but if Ruben, who competes in the luge, makes it to Beijing, at age 59, he’ll be the oldest Olympic competitor on record.

Has anyone ever told you that you’re too old to chase your dream? As Ruben tells Dean, he’s not buying any of that ageism negativity, and you shouldn’t either. 

[You can help Ruben defy the naysayers by making a donation to his GoFundMe page at OldestOlympian.com. For a contribution of at least $100, Ruben will include a photo of your or your family in a montage that he’ll place on his sled.]

Photo: Ruben Gonzalez, OldestOlympian.com
Posted: July 26, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 39:17

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Category:Innovators -- posted at: 7:50pm MST

We’ve all heard tales of the perplexed man or woman who climbs a mountain, sits with a guru, and returns all the wiser.

In 2007, Helen Yu, a technology leader with clients including IBM, AT&T, and Cisco, spent 14 days on an expedition to reach Mount Everest’s base camp. There was no guru, but Helen came away with an increased awareness of how to identify and surmount hurdles. 

Yu, author of “Ascend Your Start-Up,” tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart about the five most prevalent “disconnects” that haunt new and existing companies alike, and the methods she’s developed to scale past them.

Pre-Register to Purchase a Copy of Dean Rotbart’s Book:
September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story

Photo: Helen Yu, TigonAdvisory
Posted: July 12, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 39:02

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:20pm MST

They are the middle children of Corporate America. They have a boss and they are a boss. Mid-level executives, be they in large companies or small, need help learning how to satisfy all the demands put upon them.

That’s the premise of Scott Mautz’s latest book, Leading from the Middle. Scott is a former senior executive at Procter & Gamble, who in his consultancy has surveyed well over 3,000 “caught-in-the-middle” managers to discover the problems they face and offer real-world solutions.

Scott was first a guest on Monday Morning Radio in 2017. This week he joins host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart to offer a personal plan of action for middle managers.

“Even if you are not in middle management. Even if you are a solo entrepreneur or the woman or man at the top of the org chart, the ideas that Scott offers in Leading from the Middle will help you tend to your duties more effectively,” Dean tells listeners.

Recommended Books by Scott Mautz:

Leading from the Middle: A Playbook for Managers to Influence Up, Down, and Across the Organization

Find the Fire: Ignite Your Inspiration and Make Work Exciting Again

Pre-Register to Purchase a Copy of Dean Rotbart’s Book: 
September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story

Photo: Scott Mautz, Leading from the Middle
Posted: July 5, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 41:44

Direct download: 070521_Scott_Mautz.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:52pm MST

On September 11, 2001, The Wall Street Journal's main newsroom, located just across the street from the World Trade Center - was obliterated by falling debris and flaming smoke.  

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of that fateful day, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart has written a richly detailed book revealing the never-before-told story of the traumatized men and women of the Journal and how they overcame their personal anguish and confusion to publish a Pulitzer Prize-winning edition on September 12th.

This week on a special edition of Monday Morning Radio, Dean shares an exclusive audio preview of his book, “September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story,” narrated by him and featuring a small cast of voice actors. 

Dean wrote the book because he believes it reflects the indomitable spirit of America and Americans. The way the Journal and its staff responded on 9/11 offers many lessons for any organization, business, or individual who is confronted with an unexpected, large, setback and can either rebound or quit.

The audio chapter is titled, “I Don’t Want My Life to Be Dust.” It’s guaranteed to leave you with a lump in your throat.

Pre-register to purchase a copy of Dean Rotbart’s new book, “September Twelfth: An American Comeback Story,” and receive a signed, first edition at no additional cost when it’s published in August. 

Where were you on 9/11? Contribute your memories of that day. Entries will be included on the September-Twelfth.com book website and may eventually be used in a dedicated book of recollections.

Photo Collage (Clockwise): “September Twelfth” Cover; Author Dean Rotbart; Interior of The Wall Street Journal on 9/11; and September 12, 2001 front page
Posted: June 28, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 31:08

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Category:Journalists -- posted at: 1:04pm MST

Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported that the percentage of Americans leaving their current employers for new opportunities is at its highest level in two decades.

Pamela Hackett knows why, and she regularly advises CEOs and business owners on how to stem the exodus.

Hackett is the Global CEO of Proudfoot, a consultancy that has worked with more than one million leaders — Wow! —  helping them retain and engage their best employees. Hackett has written a just-published book, Manage to Engage: How Great Managers Create Remarkable Results, and this week she shares some of her best ideas with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart.

Pre-register to purchase a copy of Dean Rotbart’s new book, “Ground Zero On 9/11 with The Wall Street Journal,” and receive a signed, First Edition copy at no additional cost when it’s published in August. The book offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the financial daily managed to publish a next-day edition, even though its New York headquarters was destroyed by fallout from the World Trade Center. 

Photo: Pamela Hackett, Proudfoot
Posted: June 21, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 42:39

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:54pm MST

Mark Nation is a global technology expert who has spent more than two decades laser-focused on inspiring people and organizations to work with more vision, purpose, and passion in all they do.

Mark, author of “Made for Amazing,” is founder & CEO of Nation Leadership, which advises executives at companies large and small how to unleash their full creative potential.

As Mark told host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart back in September 2017, each of us has a voice — an internal song — that we need to nurture and share with the world. Sing along with Mark and Dean this week during a Best of Monday Morning Radio encore .

Photo: Mark Nation, “Made for Amazing
Originally Posted: September 18, 2017
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: June 14, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 36:09

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 5:08pm MST

Ita Olsen, founder of Convey Clearly, is one of the world’s leading speech coaches, training CEOs, politicians, actors, and even podcasters, how to communicate most effectively.

Over Ita’s 25-plus year career, she’s proven that the manner in which you deliver your message, regardless of the audience, can actually be more important than what you say.

This week, on a Best of Monday Morning Radio encore, Ita not only shares with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart her tips on how anyone can speak more clearly, but also the many benefits that accrue when you do.

Photo: Ita Olsen, Convey Clearly
Originally Posted: December 13, 2015
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: June 7, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:52

Direct download: BOMMR_060721.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:21pm MST

Piloting an F-16 fighter jet at speeds exceeding 1,500 miles-per-hour can surely steel the mind on what’s most important.

Before becoming a corporate leadership trainer, Rob Shallenberger spent 11 years as a fighter pilot in the United States Airforce, where he came to understand the enormous leverage of strategic, operational, and tactical focus.

Now Rob and his father, Steve, are helping executives at companies including Pepsi, Dell, Charles Schwab, and the Dallas Cowboys soar, taking their personal efficiency to new heights.

This week on a fresh podcast, Rob shares with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart advice from his new book, “Do What Matters Most,” which he promises can boost anyone’s productivity by at least 30 to 50 percent.

Off we go.

Photo: Rob Shallenberger, Becoming Your Best Global Leadership
Posted: May 31, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 48:11

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 10:19pm MST

After publishing her book, Carla Moore quit her job as an executive at HBO and launched her own successful business consultancy. Charlie Epstein wrote “Paychecks for Life” and soon earned the moniker, “The Betty Crocker of 401 (K) Advisors.” Shelly Henderson used her book to promote her and her husband’s Charlotte, North Carolina real estate firm. It worked.

What Carla, Charlie, and Shelly have in common is that they are three of the well over 1,300 authors who Adam Witty and his companies have helped leverage their influence and authority by publishing books.

Adam is the founder and CEO of Advantage Media Group, which now supports authors in business, finance, medicine, and other professions in more than 40 U.S. states and 13 countries. Host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, who first interviewed Adam in February 2018, notes that unlike conventional publishers, Adam’s core product is not ink on paper, or even digital ink, but raw, impactful influence.

A Best of Monday Morning Radio encore.

Photo: Adam Witty, Advantage Media Group
Originally Posted: February 17, 2018
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: May 24, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 48:46

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 11:02am MST

Many people get the concept of motivation all wrong. They think it involves willpower and sacrifice. They either offer themselves a reward to achieve their goals or they threaten themselves with penalties if they don’t.

Susan Fowler says that science and practice proves otherwise. Fowler, whose book on the topic is titled — Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work...and What Does — previously co-authored three books with none other than management guru Ken Blanchard.

As she told host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart in May 2015, motivation is a skill that anyone can learn, practice and master. A Best of Monday Morning Radio encore.

Photo: Susan Fowler, Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work...and What Does
Originally Posted: May 15, 2015
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: May 17, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 36:05

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 8:01pm MST

For those of us who make our livings relying on effective communications, the correct choice of words is essential.

Dr. Per-Olof Hasselgren, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, has studied the relationship between human anatomy and English-language phraseology. It’s extensive.

In his book, “Body Language — From Head to Toe,” Dr. Hasselgren dissects 2,000 idioms, words, and expressions containing body parts.

Host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, who interviewed Dr. Hasselgren in March 2016, says his amusing book is not only eye-opening, it will also give creatives a head start on becoming superior wordsmiths. A Best of Monday Morning Radio encore.

Photo: Dr. Per-Olof Hasselgren, “Body Language — From Head to Toe
Originally Posted: March 27, 2016
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: May 10, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 25:10

Direct download: BOMMR_051021.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:22pm MST

This week host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart features a Best of Monday Morning Radio doubleheader dating back to April 2012, when in separate interviews, he spoke with two small business all-stars, Tom Ziglar and Brad Kriser.

Tom, the son of the incomparable Zig Ziglar, discusses his book, Born to Win: Find Your Success Code, co-written with his father just months before the legendary motivational speaker passed at age 86.

Brad was the founder and CEO of Kriser’s, an all-natural pet food and supplies chain that was on the cusp of breakout success. 

Both Tom and Brad share a passion for entrepreneurship and a belief that anyone can join them at the top.

Photos: Brad Kriser (l) and Tom Ziglar
Originally Posted: April 2012
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: May 3, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 29:26

Direct download: BOMMR_050321.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:02pm MST

Franz Owen “Frank” Armbruster was the most colorful guest that host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart ever interviewed. Literally. 

Joining Dean in his Denver radio studio in 2013, Armbruster, an extraordinary inventor, came dressed in a furry pimp hat braided with a floral lei, tie-dyed suit, matching rainbow-colored shoes, candy-striped socks, and a bushy, all-white Santa Claus beard.

83-years-young, Frank invented or created 96 products, including the Guiness record-holding bestselling game, Instant Insanity.

Frank had a stroke and passed less than a month after his interview. But each April, in honor of Frank’s birthday, Dean fondly recalls Frank’s infectious can-do entrepreneurial spirit and insights.

Photo: Frank Armbruster, Inventor
Originally Posted: February 25, 2013
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: April 26, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:15

Direct download: BOMMR_Armbruster.mp3
Category:Inventors -- posted at: 9:44pm MST

Some people call it the “Quarantine 15,” others the “Covid 19.” Regardless of how they refer to it, they’re talking about the weight gain that 61% of Americans say they put on since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Well before coronavirus, inventor Paul Francis figured out a way that anyone, anywhere can easily get fit, even on the International Space Station.

Paul’s OYO Personal Gym uses resistance — not weights — to build muscle and shed those pesky pounds. 

Not every talented inventor can also build a successful business. When host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart caught up with Paul in January 2017, the fitness CEO shared the routines he uses to stay physically and fiscally fit.

Photo: Paul Francis, OYO Fitness
Originally Posted: January 2017
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: April 19, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 35:01

Coming in August 2021 from TJFR Press: September Twelfth: Ground Zero on 9/11 with The Wall Street Journal by Monday Morning Radio Host Dean Rotbart.

On September 11, 2001, The Wall Street Journal's main newsroom, located just across West Street from the World Trade Center - was obliterated by falling debris and flaming smoke.

This is the true story of how the traumatized men and women of the Journal and Dow Jones - journalists, graphic designers, technicians, administrative assistants, compositors, and delivery truck drivers - overcame their personal anguish and confusion to publish a Pulitzer Prize-winning edition on September 12th.

To reserve your autographed copy, email Dean @ MondayMorningRadio . com with your name, mailing address, and daytime phone number.

Direct download: BOMMR_OYO.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:46pm MST

Lovers of great literature will love this week’s reminiscence with Bel Kaufman, the granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, best known for his many stories about life in the shtetl, including one that was adapted as the musical Fiddler on the Roof.

Aleichem died in 1916 and Bel died in 2014. But Monday Morning Radio Host Dean Rotbart and his son, Maxwell, interviewed Bel, then 102 years old, in late 2013 for a Jewish-oriented radio show the father-son duo hosted. 

Bel not only shares her recollections of her famous grandfather, she also talks about her own career, having penned the 1965 bestseller, “Up the Down Staircase.”

Caution: Bel is a bit difficult to understand, as was her right as a centenarian. But you’ll want to listen closely anyway, so you don’t miss any of her pearls of wisdom.

Photo: Bel Kaufman and her grandfather, Sholem Aleichem
Originally Posted: January 19, 2014
Best of Monday Morning Radio Adaptation: April 12, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 23:14

Direct download: BOMMR_Bel.mp3
Category:Literature -- posted at: 3:51pm MST

Does the name Beth Harmon sound familiar? The fictional Beth, an orphan, is a chess prodigy who captures the hearts of viewers and earns the world chess championship crown in the incredibly popular 2020 Netflix miniseries, “The Queen’s Gambit.”

Elliott Neff is a real-life Chess Federation National Master, who helps others, especially young and disadvantaged people, discover valuable life lessons through the game of chess.

In October 2018, two years before America fell in love with Beth Harmon, Elliott schooled host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart on the ways in which chess teaches sportsmanship, good decision-making, patience, planning, and how to learn from mistakes. Listening to this week’s Best of Monday Morning Radio episode is a smart opening move for any entrepreneur who aims to checkmate the competition.

Photo: Elliott Neff, Chess4Life
Originally Posted: October 15, 2018
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: April 5, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 50:18

Coming in August 2021 from TJFR Press: September Twelfth: Ground Zero on 9/11 with The Wall Street Journal by Monday Morning Radio Host Dean Rotbart.

On September 11, 2001, The Wall Street Journal's main newsroom, located just across West Street from the World Trade Center - was obliterated by falling debris and flaming smoke.

This is the true story of how the traumatized men and women of the Journal and Dow Jones - journalists, graphic designers, technicians, administrative assistants, compositors, and delivery truck drivers - overcame their personal anguish and confusion to publish a Pulitzer Prize-winning edition on September 12th.

To reserve your autographed copy, email Dean @ MondayMorningRadio . com with your name, mailing address, and daytime phone number.

Direct download: BOMMR_Chess.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 8:14pm MST

Did you know that older entrepreneurs are more successful than younger ones? Or that many of the best entrepreneurs never set out to launch independent businesses?

Syracuse University Professor Carl J. Schramm knows both from personal experience, and because he has spent a lifetime as an evangelist for entrepreneurship, including heading a $2 billion private foundation dedicated to helping business owners succeed.

When host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart interviewed Professor Schramm in June 2018, the “Entrepreneurial Evangelist” and author of Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do, dismissed the notion that earning an MBA is the surest ticket to success. The proven path, the professor says, is paved with passion, determination, and a willingness to experiment and innovate.

Photo: Carl Schramm, “Burn the Business Plan
Originally Posted: June 17, 2018
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: March 29, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 35:19

Coming in August 2021 from TJFR Press: September Twelfth: Ground Zero on 9/11 with The Wall Street Journal by Monday Morning Radio Host Dean Rotbart.

On September 11, 2001, The Wall Street Journal's main newsroom, located just across West Street from the World Trade Center - was obliterated by falling debris and flaming smoke.

This is the true story of how the traumatized men and women of the Journal and Dow Jones - journalists, graphic designers, technicians, administrative assistants, compositors, and delivery truck drivers - overcame their personal anguish and confusion to publish a Pulitzer Prize-winning edition on September 12th.

To reserve your autographed copy, email Dean @ MondayMorningRadio . com with your name, mailing address, and daytime phone number.

Direct download: BOMMR_Schramm.mp3
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Daniel Burrus has 1.2 million followers on LinkedIn, which named the technology futurist one of the world’s Top 10 influencers.

Burrus is the originator of the Anticipatory Organization model, which allows business owners and entrepreneurs to accurately foresee new opportunities, spot growing problems, and understand ever-changing customer needs.

Host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart asked Burrus to forecast some future trends when he interviewed him in October 2017. This week, discover just how accurate a soothsayer Burrus really is.

Photo: Daniel Burrus, The Anticipatory Organization
Originally Posted: October 16, 2017
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: March 22, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 32:15

Direct download: BOMMR_Burrus.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:09pm MST

If you happened to read the March 12, 2021, edition of The Wall Street Journal, you no doubt spotted the profile of Black Rifle Coffee Company, which reported that sales of its weapons-themed roasts and blends almost doubled in 2020 to $163 million.

That came as no surprise to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, who first profiled Black Rifle Coffee and its former Green Beret founder, Evan Hafer in 2017. Evan’s vision, then and now, is to appeal to fellow military veterans and 2nd Amendment advocates with brands such as his popular AK-47 Espresso Blend.

Most people take their coffee with sugar or cream. But Evan is undeniable proof that a growing segment of the population like their java with a strong dose of politics stirred in. “I don’t need to be everything to all people,” Evan told the Journal, “We’re going for roughly half.”

Photo: Evan Hafter, Black Rifle Coffee Company
Originally Posted: May 1, 2017
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: March 15, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 39:51

Direct download: BOMMR_BlackRifle.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:26pm MST

In his classic hit, American Pie, released in 1971, songwriter Don McLean intones:  “I went down to the sacred store where I’d heard the music years before but the man there said the music wouldn’t play.”

Every time host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart hears that verse, he’s reminded of rock ‘n roll concert promoter Barry Fey, who over the course of his three-decade career organized mega-shows featuring Jimi Hendrix, The Who, U2, Rolling Stones, Three Dog Night, and many other music legends.

Fey died eight years ago, age 74, but the story of his unconventional path to success lives on. This week, Dean plays highlights of his two interviews with Fey and demonstrates why the rocker was an entrepreneurial and marketing genius.

[Pick up a copy of Barry Fay’s 2011 book, Backstage Past, featuring forewards by Pete Townshend and Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne.]


Photo: Barry Fay, Feyline
Originally Posted: May 6, 2013
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: March 8, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 hour, 13 minutes

Direct download: BOMMR_Fey.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 9:40pm MST

The landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars has reignited the public’s interest in space exploration and possible associated commercial opportunities.

Christine Nobbe, an educator, space enthusiast, and past president of St. Louis Space Frontier, has been dreaming about conducting classes on the moon — or perhaps Mars — her whole life.

When host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart caught up with Christine in September 2018, the two of them discussed the coming age of entrepreneurs in space and the prospects for small businesses to participate in the push to the stars. Listen in on this Best of Monday Morning Radio episode as the two space buffs explore out-of-this-world business concepts and opportunities.

Photo: Christine Nobbe, Educator and Space Enthusiast
Originally Posted: September 16, 2018
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: March 1, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 34:12

Direct download: Space_Girl.mp3
Category:Best of Monday Morning Radio -- posted at: 8:14pm MST

Azi Hendi and her husband, Dr. Ali Hendi, now in their fourth year of operations, are the founders of Luminora, a stylish clothing line designed to protect women from the sun’s harmful rays.

When they were featured on Monday Morning Radio in August 2018, they were still feeling their way as entrepreneurs, aware of the great potential but also struggling with the realities of being small business owners.

Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart forecast they would be a success, and by all outward appearances, he was correct.

Luminora’s offerings now include resort wear, fashionable activewear, and even matching facemasks.

It’s been bone-chilling cold over the past couple of weeks in most of the country. So Dean thought a reminder that bathing-suit weather and summer are only 119 days away would be in order. Listen in as Azi and Ali shine some light on both their accomplishments and their frustrations as first-time entrepreneurs.

Photo: Azi Hendi, Luminora
Originally Posted: August 13, 2018
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: February 22, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 44:56

Direct download: BOMMR_Luminora.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:00pm MST

Which of the following sentences do you think conveys costly, erroneous “business think”?

  1. This is the way we’ve always done it; no reason to change now.
  2. You get what you pay for.
  3. We can probably do that ourselves.
  4. The customer is always right.

The correct answer is “E” – all of the above.

As business consultant Jack Quarles first explained to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart in March 2017, American companies pay a massive penalty for buying into outdated thinking. Jack’s book, “Expensive Sentences,” is an international bestseller and will make you think twice about bogus business aphorisms.

Photo: Jack Quarles, “Expensive Sentences
Originally Posted: March 13, 2017
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: February 15, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:52

Direct download: BOMMR_Jack_Quarles.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:29pm MST

Sarah Cooper has become a TikTok superstar. Her hilarious video lip-syncs to the voice of former President Donald Trump made her a national celebrity, even serving as a substitute host for Jimmy Kimmel on his late-night ABC talk show.

Host Dean Rotbart knew Sarah was special when he interviewed her four years ago about her half-serious, half-humorous book, “100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings.” Sarah was inspired to write the book after sitting through boring meetings at her previous employers, Yahoo! and Google.

This week on a Best of Monday Morning Radio episode, Dean reprises his 2017 conversation with Sarah, and “objectively speaking” – as you’ll hear [Trick #19], he’s still the best podcast host on the planet.

Photo: Sarah Cooper, 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings
Originally Posted: April 10, 2017
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: February 8, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 30:06

Direct download: BOMMR_Cooper.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:35pm MST

Fifteen years ago, three college friends holed up in a yurt in Santa Barbara, California, and set about engineering a new sales and marketing software platform designed specifically to help small businesses succeed.

Today, Ontraport and its 120-plus employees power thousands of global businesses, and serve as a role model for how any size business can attract and retain high-quality, fulfilled employees.

Ontraport founder and CEO, Landon Ray, first shared his blueprint for building a profitable corporate culture with host and award-winning reporter Dean Rotbart in November 2014. If anything, Landon’s guidance is even more relevant now.

Photo: Landon Ray, Ontraport
Originally Posted: November 8, 2014
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: February 1, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 23:07

Direct download: BOMMR_Ontraport.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:04pm MST

The global office real estate market – both for tenants and landlords – is in total chaos. Even after the Covid-19 pandemic has passed, America’s workplaces will never return to the old normal.

Chris Kane, a former senior real estate executive with The Walt Disney Company and the BBC, has reimagined tomorrow’s workplace. In his new book, Where is My Office? Chris spells out what it will take to make the office an attractive place to work and serve as a means of invigorating employee productivity.

Where will you and your employees be working in the years ahead? Chris shares his forecast with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart.

[Pick up your own copy of “Where is My Office?” here.]

Photo: Chris Kane, Six Ideas
Posted: January 25, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 53:38

Direct download: Chris_Kane.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 5:48pm MST

Peet’s Coffee & Tea, which will celebrate its 55th anniversary this year, has more than 200 retail outlets and is sold in more than 14,000 grocery stores across the United States.

The Boston Beer Company, whose best-known brew is Samuel Adams, was founded in 1984 and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company produces which produces beers, hard ciders, hard iced tea, spiked sparkling water, and high alcohol kombucha.

Peet’s and Boston Brewing share a lot in common.

Both companies began with a single visionary crafter. Both grew large by attracting a niche following of deeply loyal customers. And both saw fit, eventually, to ask Dave Burwick, a former executive at PepsiCo and Weight Watchers, to take charge of their businesses.

When host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart interviewed Dave back in May 2016, he was president and CEO of Peet’s, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary. Today, Dave runs the Boston Beer Company, also serving as president and CEO.

In both cases, Dave’s specialty, as he described it, is “scaling the smallness” — a method that allows businesses to remain true to their founding principles, while constantly keeping pace with the changing times.

Dave's is a recipe for growth and success that every entrepreneur should know.

Photo: Dave Burwick, Boston Beer Company
Originally Posted: May 9, 2016
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: January 18, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 26:44

Direct download: Dave_Burwick_BOMMR.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:10pm MST

How do you say “One Thing” in Chinese? Or Spanish. Or Russian?

Since Jay Papasan first spoke with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart in April 2013, Jay’s mega-bestseller, The One Thing, co-authored with Gary Keller, has been translated into 40 foreign languages. The wisdom contained in their book, obviously, is universal.

Jay’s premise is that everyone should decide on what matters most in their personal and work lives, and then focus their energy on one thing at a time.

Voted one of the Top 100 Business Books of all time, The One Thing, from the incomparable Bard Press, is one life-changing concept that you can’t afford to miss.

[Pick up your own copy of “The One Thing” here.]

Photo: Jay Papasan, “The One Thing”
Originally Posted: April 29, 2013
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: January 11, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 26:42

Direct download: One_Thing.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 2:23pm MST

The lucky children in Mrs. Hassenger’s 4th grade class at Brown Elementary in St. Joseph, Michigan, have no idea what a superstar entrepreneur their teacher is.

Sarah Hassenger launched her home-based business, Four Black Paws, in 2010, working after school and on weekends to hand-sew the doggie bow ties and related accessories.

Since host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart first spoke with Sarah in April 2016, her line has expanded dramatically to include an organic collection; dog treats, toys and shampoo; and even t-shirts, hats, headbands, and scrunchies for her loyal two-legged followers.

Sarah Hassenger continues to demonstrate that solopreneurs can succeed even in a dog-eat-dog world.

While Dean is on book leave, we hope you’ll enjoy this Best of Monday Morning Radio re-airing.

Photo: Sarah Hassenger, Four Black Paws
Originally Posted: April 25, 2016
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: January 4, 2021
Monday Morning Run Time: 30:26

Direct download: BOMMR_Hassenger.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:29pm MST

Author Jen Sincero has turned being a “Badass” into a mini-industry, incorporating books, audiobooks, notecards, calendars, refrigerator magnets, even a “Badass” talking button.

She is also a success coach who helps people transform their personal and professional lives at seminars, speaking engagements, and in newsletters.

When host and award-winning reporter Dean Rotbart first interviewed Jen in June 2013 for his Business Unconventional radio program, few people had heard of her fresh-off-the-presses book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life.

Dean takes no credit for the book’s amazing global success, charting at the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list and selling more than three million copies in 35 languages.

But in this Best of Monday Morning Radio replay of his 2013 interview, you will hear for yourself why Jen’s book and career took off like a badass muscle car.

[The Jen Sincero "Badass" Library: You are a Badass; You are a Badass Every Day; You are a Badass at Making Money; and Badass Habits: Cultivate the Awareness, Boundaries, and Daily Upgrades You Need to Make Them Stick.]

Photo: Jen Sincero, “You Are a Badass”
Originally Posted: June 17, 2013
Best of Monday Morning Radio Update: December 28, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 26:23

Direct download: BOMMR_Sincero.mp3
Category:Best of Monday Morning Radio -- posted at: 6:50pm MST

After a year in which all of our lives have been turned topsy-turvy, the notion that we can be in full command of our lives going forward may seem fanciful.

But Dr. Paul Napper, a renowned psychology expert and business consultant, has developed a science-based approach to living life on our own terms.

In his latest book, “The Power of Agency,” co-authored with Dr. Anthony Rao, Dr. Napper outlines seven empowering steps that anyone can use to take charge of their life.

Of the seven principles, Dr. Napper tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, one that is particularly important during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is to associate yourself with supportive positive people who you can learn from. Hear all seven of Dr. Napper’s steps now and start off 2021 fresh; ready to succeed regardless of what life throws your way.

[Resolve to purchase your own copy of “The Power of Agency” here.]

Photo: Dr. Paul Napper, Performance Psychology Consulting
Posted: December 21, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 51:16

Direct download: Paul_Napper.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 2:37pm MST