Monday Morning Radio

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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[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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

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 MDT

Bill Fox is helping businesses in the United States design the workplaces of the future, from, of all places, his base in Estonia.

American-born and educated, Fox is co-founder of Forward-Thinking Workplaces and the author of The Future of the Workplace. With more than three decades of experience in project management and leading successful transformations, he’s now focused on helping organizations get more done with fewer people.

In addition to his own leadership experience, Fox tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart that to formulate his “Forward-Thinking Workplaces” approach, he interviewed more than 100 top global business leaders and executives.

To learn how your workplace can become forward-thinking, and to discover why Fox runs his operations out of Estonia, you’ll have to listen in for yourself, right now.

[Pick up your own copy of Bill's book, The Future of the Workplace: Insights and Advice from 31 Pioneering Business and Thought Leaders, here.]

Photo: Bill Fox, Forward-Thinking Workplaces
Posted: December 14, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 44:53

Direct download: Bill_Fox.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 11:42am MDT

Matt Murray, editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal, describes Joann S. Lublin as relentless, blunt, persistent, honest, collegial, exhaustive, and exhausting.



Joann, arguably the nation’s top authority on careers and management, is the author of the forthcoming book, Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life. For the book, she interviewed 86 executive moms and 25 of their grown daughters to document the rapidly changing landscape facing women in the “C-Suite.”

Power Moms, says host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, is not only for women on the rise or already at the top but also for men who still have lots to learn about making parenthood work for all employees.

Photo: Joann S. Lublin, Power Moms
Posted: December 7, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 44:51

Direct download: Power_Moms.mp3
Category:Journalists -- posted at: 7:14pm MDT

Charles Duhigg is the mega-bestselling author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better. His books use masterful storytelling and real-life examples to help readers be more productive, and improve all aspects of their lives.

Shortly after The Power of Habit was first published in 2012, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart interviewed him for this podcast. Earlier this month, Dean caught up with Charles again to discuss both books and how he applies the lessons of his writing to his own life.

This week on Monday Morning Radio, peel back the covers and delve into the mind of one of this decade’s most successful business authors.

Photo: Charles Duhigg, Author
Posted: November 30, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:06

Direct download: Charles_Duhigg.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 8:09pm MDT

Tim Ringo has some unconventional ideas about how owners and CEOs can inspire greater productivity from their employees and turbocharge their companies’ profitability.

Among these: hire people on the Autism spectrum, forget about requiring a college degree for job candidates, and use robots to replace employees who hold repetitive, mundane jobs — retraining the displaced workers for better, higher-paying positions.

Tim, with more than 30 years in the Human Resources field, is the author of the newly published book, “Solving the Productivity Puzzle: How to engage, motivate and develop employees to improve individual and business performance.”

This week, Tim shares with host Dean Rotbart why he believes America is entering a “perfect storm” of new opportunities for employees and organizations.

Photo: Tim Ringo, Solving the Productivity Puzzle
Posted: November 23, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 42:06

Direct download: Tim_Ringo.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 4:12pm MDT

Four-time Olympic athlete Ruben Gonzalez likes to recite the Proverb “Iron sharpens iron,” in explaining the philosophy of his new Facebook group, the Goal Achievers Club.

Launched earlier this month, the group not only relies on Ruben himself for success and leadership tips, it draws on its growing roster of accomplished owners and entrepreneurs to share the wisdom of their experiences.

Host Dean Rotbart first interviewed Ruben — a much-in-demand corporate speaker and author — four years ago, when the two discussed how he overcame a lack of athletic talent to become the first Olympian ever to compete in four Olympic games in four different decades.

This go-around, Ruben shares the formula he’s using to attract and grow a quality membership to his Goal Achievers Club and why other ambitious entrepreneurs might want to sign up (it’s free, of course).

[Note: Listeners can register as a member of Ruben’s Goal Achievers Club and get a free copy of his popular e-book at RubenU.com.]

Photo: By TimeinaBottlePhotography
Posted: November 16, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 44:42

Direct download: Goal_Achievers.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 8:14pm MDT

The first interview that Kanye West granted after his July 4th announcement that he would run for president was to Randall Lane, editor and chief content officer of Forbes. It was no coincidence that Kayne chose Randall and Forbes.

Randall’s story, posted four days later, quickly attracted more than 3.1 million page views.

These days, Forbes.com is an internet juggernaut, attracting a larger daily U.S. page view count than The New York Times, The Washington Post, or Wikipedia. It is #1 among all business websites when it comes to attracting Gen Z and millennial readers.

In the final installment of his three-part Editors-in-Chief series, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart plumbs Randall’s playbook to discover how Forbes has reinvented itself to serve a 21st-century entrepreneurial audience.

Photo: Randall Lane, Forbes
Posted: November 9, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 46:06

Direct download: Randall_Lane.mp3
Category:Journalists -- posted at: 8:32pm MDT

More than 30,000 global makers and innovators registered for the recently concluded Fast Company Innovation Festival, a virtual cornucopia of influential speakers ranging from the CEOs of Verizon and Novartis to celebrities including Robert Downey Jr. and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Credit Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Mehta and her team at Fast Company for attracting a young, progressive, business-centric audience, much like the readers of the 25-year-old trendy magazine.

This week, in Part Two of his Editors-in-Chief series, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart speaks with Stephanie about her career and her magazine’s unique focus on innovation in technology, leadership, and design.

If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to attend the Innovation Festival, hearing what Stephanie and Dean have to say might just be the next best thing.

[Did you miss last week’s podcast featuring Adi Ignatius, editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Review? You can stream or download it here.]

Photo: Stephanie Mehta, Fast Company
Posted: November 2, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 Hour, 8 Minutes

Direct download: Stephanie_Mehta.mp3
Category:Journalists -- posted at: 2:56pm MDT

Host Dean Rotbart, an award-winning journalist, has been peeling back the curtain of the nation’s most influential business newsrooms for more than two decades. This week he begins a three-part series of oral histories that he’s recently conducted with three powerful editors-in-chief.


Adi Ignatius

His guest this week is Adi Ignatius, who has overseen the influential Harvard Business Review since 2009. Adi shares with Dean HBR’s updated approach to helping owners and managers create healthier, better-run, more successful companies.

Next week, Dean speaks with Fast Company's Stephanie Mehta about her career and her magazine’s focus on innovation in technology, leadership, and design.

In the final episode of the series, Rotbart holds court with Randall Lane, editor and chief content officer at Forbes, which focuses on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.

You won’t earn an MBA after listening to these three influential journalists, but you’ll feel as if you have.

Photo: Adi Ignatius, Harvard Business Review
Posted: October 26, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 Hour, Three Minutes and 30 Seconds

Direct download: HBR.mp3
Category:Journalists -- posted at: 1:03pm MDT

When McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Chick-fil-A, and the Green Bay Packers were searching for ways to turn their managers into leaders who employees would want to follow, they turned to Jill Ratliff, an executive coach with more than 25 years of Fortune 100 human resources management experience.

By making surprisingly few and modest changes, as Jill outlines in her new book — Leadership Through Trust and Collaboration — owners and managers can become results-driven leaders who not only inspire their colleagues but also get much greater satisfaction from their work.

“Let’s just end the debate; leaders are not born, they’re made,” Jill tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart. Hear her proven formula for success exclusively on this week’s Monday Morning Radio.

Purchase your own copy of Leadership Through Trust & Collaboration here.

Photo: Jill Ratliff, Jill Ratliff Leadership
Posted: October 19, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 49:36

Direct download: Ratliff.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:54pm MDT

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the massive number of people who’ve lost their jobs, it should come as no surprise that America is in the midst of a small business startup boom.

The Wall Street Journal reports that applications for new employer identification numbers — an indicator of new business launches — are up by 18.5% over 2019, and growing at the fastest rate since 2007.

Which is perfect timing for authors Jonathan Littman and Susana Camp, whose recently released book, The Entrepreneur’s Faces, relies on real-life profiles of small business founders to help owners find their individual innovation style and edge.

The good news, Littman and Camp tell host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, is that people from all backgrounds and walks of life can master the challenges of entrepreneurship.

Purchase your own copy of The Entrepreneur’s Faces here.

Photo: Susanna Camp and Jonathan Littman, The Entrepreneur’s Faces
Posted: October 12, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 54:19

Direct download: Littman_Camp.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:16pm MDT

Imagine a professional baseball league with teams located in Small Town America, such as Garden City, Kansas; Roswell, New Mexico; Trinidad, Colorado; and Tucson, Arizona.

Now imagine you’re tapped to manage one of these independent league teams — featuring a squad of not-ready-for-prime-time players — and trying to win a national championship. 

Finally, ask yourself, if such a challenge existed in real life (it does), what lessons might you discover about competing, recruiting, and marketing your team that also apply to small businesses?

Bill Rogan, the 2019 rookie manager of the Tucson Saguaros, joins host Dean Rotbart this week to share the thrills of victory and the agonies of defeat managing a team far from the big city.

Pick up your own copy of Bill Rogan’s “Life Ain’t the Same in the Pecos League” here.

To add your name to the list of those who would like more information about joining Bill and Dean at a Pecos League game next season, email dean@MondayMorningRadio.com and be sure to include your name and phone number.

Photo: Bill Rogan, Manager, Santa Fe Fuego
Posted: October 5, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 51:42

Direct download: Bill_Rogan.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 12:37pm MDT

In 1996, Dave Nassaney’s wife, Charlene, suffered a massive stroke that left her severely speech impaired and paralyzed on her right side. 

Dave, a USC graduate, entrepreneur, and service station owner, had no one to turn to and few resources to help him handle the tricky navigation he faced.

Like that of thousands of other entrepreneurs who each year find themselves in similar situations, Dave’s challenge was not merely how to manage for a couple of weeks or even months. That’s hard enough.

He soon realized his new family responsibilities would be with him for years, even decades to come. Indeed, it’s now nearly 25 years later, and Dave remains Charlene’s primary caregiver.

Dave turned his family’s misfortune into a business, CaregiverDave.com, that instructs other caregivers — especially entrepreneurs — how to handle unexpected caregiving duties.

Dave is the author of “It’s My Life Too: Thrive and Stay Alive as a Caregiver.” He is also a much-in-demand public speaker, a radio host, and a frequent media guest.

Dave’s insights, says host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, are especially valuable as we continue to struggle with COVID-19, which has spawned more first-time caregivers over the past six months than in any era since the scourge of polio.

“Even if such a crisis never comes knocking at your door, there are some valuable lessons that we can all learn from how Dave was dealt a truly awful hand, and yet, using ingenuity, dedication, determination, and persistence converted his experience into an invaluable service for others,” Dean notes.

Photo: David Nassaney, CaregiverDave.com
Posted: September 28, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 36:30

Direct download: caregiverdave.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:55pm MDT

Women entrepreneurs are starting and running businesses in record numbers. Today, the number of women-owned firms in the United States is more than double what it was in 2000.

Yet, as Madeline Pratt knows from first-hand experience, women in business face unique obstacles on the path to success. So Madeline, founder of the “female-forward” consultancy, Fearless in Training, specializes in helping other women level the playing field when it comes to technology, accounting, and business in general.

For those who have XY chromosomes (i.e., Men), host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart says Madeline is a great model for creating a business concept with a mission and targeted audience. Her entrepreneurial insights, he adds, are universal.

[Note: Did you know that Monday Morning Radio is now available to stream or download from Amazon Music Podcasts? Also, subscribe for free at Apple Podcasts.]

Photo: Madeline Pratt, Fearless in Training
Posted: September 21, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 39 minutes

Direct download: Fearless.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 2:53pm MDT

Sandi Masori is a small business alchemist, turning doctors, real estate agents, insurance salespeople, financial planners, and all variety of entrepreneurs into authors.

Sandi, owner of ExpertBook4U.com, has leveraged her experience writing books about decorating with balloons into a lucrative business and a platform for coaching others on how to follow in her footsteps.

Not to burst your balloon, but as Sandi tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, her method is more likely to help you grow your business, practice, or sales than it is to land you a megabucks book advance. The good news, Sandi says, is that if you start today, your “business authority” book will be available from Amazon.com before the year is out.

Book It! by Sandi Masori is available now from Amazon.com

Are you already a self-published author or do you plan to be? You can sell your book at GutenbergsStore.com, and receive a better cut of sales than Amazon offers. Contact host Dean Rotbart at 303-296-1200 for details.

Photo: Sandi Masori, ExpertBook4U.com
Posted: September 14, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 53:05

Direct download: Sandi_Masori.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:14pm MDT

Black Enterprise magazine is marking its 50th Anniversary in 2020, dedicated to educating, inspiring, and uplifting readers.

The magazine’s founder, Earl G. Graves Sr., who passed away earlier this year, was already a successful entrepreneur when he began the magazine in 1970, and headed multiple businesses in his lifetime.



Unlike most other business magazines, the editorial staff at Black Enterprise often practice what they preach, simultaneously reporting for the publication and running their own outside entrepreneurial ventures.

This week, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart speaks with one of the magazine’s longest-serving top editors, Alfred Edmond, Jr., about his successful business, A2Z Personal Growth Enterprises, aka GrownZone.com. GrownZone delivers “relationship education” to business owners who often don’t recognize the strong correlation between the success of their love life and the profitability of their companies.

Alfred’s book, Loving in the Grown Zone, co-authored with his wife and business partner, Zara Green, is a no-nonsense guide to making healthy decisions in the quest for loving, romantic relationships of honor, esteem, and respect.

The book will be of particular interest and help to anyone who has messed up when it comes to their romantic relationships.

Loving in the Grown Zone makes a wonderful graduation gift for high school or college students, allowing them to avoid the mistakes that so many couples make. You can purchase copies of the book here.

Photo: Alfred Edmond, Jr., GrownZone.com
Posted: September 7, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 56:43

 

Direct download: GrownZone.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 2:30pm MDT

As CEO of Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies, Mike Weinberger helped build the chain to 500-plus franchises, and then oversaw the 2015 sale of the brand to a global leader in the quick-service restaurant industry.



Mike is back, this time as COO of Unity Rd., a Denver-based cannabis dispensary franchiser that is a leader in the rapidly expanding $30 billion legal marijuana industry.

As Mike tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, today’s cannabis marketplace is teaming with the type of potential - as well as risk - not seen in the U.S. since prohibition ended in December 1933. Listen in as Mike spells out the unique challenges and opportunities that today’s dispensary owners face.

Photo: Mike Weinberger, Unity Rd.
Posted: August 31, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 47:51

Direct download: Unity_Rd.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 5:09pm MDT

Carrie Melissa Jones is a master-builder of so-called “Brand Communities,” which go way beyond common social networking and online forums to cement a life-long sense of belonging among core customers, employees, and even vendors.



Done right, brand communities can dramatically enrich the success of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. The devil, of course, is in the details.

Carrie is co-author of “Building Brand Communities: How Organizations Succeed by Creating Belonging.” As important as who successful brand communities seek to attract, she tells host Dean Rotbart, are who they consciously choose to alienate. 

Pick up your own copy of Carrie’s book here.

Photo: Carrie Melissa Jones, Gather Community Consulting
Posted: August 24, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 49:22

Direct download: Building_Communities.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:23pm MDT

You're sitting at an outdoor café and an important client of yours spots you. He comes over and extends his hand in greeting. Do you shake it or do you risk offending him by saying that you’re adhering to social distancing rules?



Likewise, you’ve scheduled a video conference with a prospective customer. You’re both working from home. What do you wear? Business casual? Business dress? Shorts and a t-shirt?

The rules of business etiquette in the coronavirus era have had to be rewritten, which is just fine with etiquette expert Maryanne Parker, who observes that since the days of Louis XIV of France, what is and isn’t appropriate has been an ever-evolving standard.

Maryanne, an author and owner of Manor of Manners, joins host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart to address a variety of common, modern etiquette dilemmas that business owners face.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Maryanne’s latest book, Posh Overnight: The 10 Pillars of Social Etiquette.

Photo: Maryanne Parker, Manor of Manners
Posted: August 17, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: One-hour, one-minute, and 37-seconds

Direct download: Maryanne_Parker.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 4:24pm MDT

TikTok is the seventh most popular social-media app worldwide, with 100 million users in the U.S. alone.

TikTok celebrities, such as Chef Vivian Aronson – with 20 million-plus likes on TikTok – have used the short-video platform to become highly successful internet entrepreneurs.

But Chinese-owned TikTok is facing political headwinds, with India already banning the service and the United States threatening to do likewise.

The future of TikTok is unclear. It might be acquired. It might be shut down. Or it might find another resolution to the crisis it is facing.

In June, host and award-winning reporter Dean Rotbart hosted an invitation-only briefing — “Understanding TikTok and How It Can Turbocharge Your Sales” — featuring Vivian and other TikTok cognoscenti. 

On this week’s podcast, Dean shares a replay of that invitation-only panel and provides an up-to-the-minute postscript with Evan Morgenstein, a social media rainmaker and CEO, of multiple companies, including The Digital Renegades, The Food Renegades and CelebExperts.

Whether or not you “TikTok,” this week’s podcast will prove invaluable when it comes to understanding what it takes to be a successful social media influencer and how companies can turn to TikTok and similar platforms to, indeed, turbocharge their sales.

Don't miss our June 15th podcast, The Emerging Cold War Between the United States and China Explained, with guests Lingling Wei and Bob Davis, reporters for The Wall Street Journal.

Photos: VIvian Aronson and Evan Morgenstein
Posted: August 10, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

  

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Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:09pm MDT

INTRODUCTION A: On this week’s podcast, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart interviews the co-founders of surefoot, a boutique agency offering an experienced, nimble team of strategists, designers, developers, and data analysts obsessed with growing companies like yours.

INTRODUCTION B: On this week’s podcast, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart and his guests, the co-founders of surefoot, a boutique agency that has run more than 4,200 strategic A/B tests resulting in dramatic improvements turning online visitors into paying customers.

Whichever introduction you prefer, you’ll hear Wizard Academy alumnus Brian Schmitt and his partner, Laura Stude, explain their uncanny ability to boost online sales of clothing, gadgets and dozens of other product categories and services.

Brian, Laura, and their team at surefoot are conversion optimization gurus. They use A/B testing and other sophisticated analytical tools to determine how improvements to their clients’ websites – colors, content, graphics, placement, and functionality – can boost sales.

In their experience, they report, clients get back nearly ten times as much as they spend with surefire. That’s a staggering ROI.

Photos: Brian Schmitt and Laura Stude, surefoot.me
Posted: August 3, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 50:18

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Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:29pm MDT

“I believe that capitalism is the most significant man-made invention ever.”

So declares this week’s guest Dan Bruder, a respected author, business strategist, and educator.

Dan is fully aware that his viewpoint isn’t politically correct. Indeed, it conflicts

with millions of dissatisfied Americans and protestors who blame the economic and political system that vests our country’s trade and industry in private hands society’s many ills.

But rather than turn to socialism, or even Marxism, as some people advocate, Dan says capitalism can be refocused to best address its failures and the inequalities that have arisen over the past 50 years.

Dan’s book, “The Blendification System: Activating Potential by Connecting Culture, Strategy, and Execution,” teaches capitalism as a means of not only generating profits for owners and shareholders, but also for enriching the lives of employees and customers. And, importantly, of building better communities as a result.

More than a philosophical treatise on private ownership and the good it can do, Blendification is also a “roll-up-your-sleeves and take these steps” playbook that shows readers how to transform theory into reality.

Listen in as Dan and host Dean Rotbart, an award-winning financial journalist, discuss the merits of making better applications of capitalism to ensure it works well for everyone.

To order your copy of “The Blendification System,” click here.

Photo: Daniel M. Bruder, The Blendification System
Posted: July 27, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 51:02

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 2:06pm MDT

Why be an ordinary entrepreneur when you can become a “Celebrity Entrepreneur” and watch your bottom line grow along with your reputation?

Clint Arthur, a Wizard Academy alumnus, trains business owners on his “scientific formula” to land TV interviews, paid speaking engagements, VIP invitations, and book contracts. As their visibility grows, so do their bank balances.

Join Clint and host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart as they pull back the curtain on how reputations are manufactured, and reveal why merit alone has very little to do with modern celebrity status.

Register here for Clint Arthur’s “Medical Marketing Miracle Conference” in Atlanta, featuring Dr. Oz, Dr. Drew, Jocelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General, and astronaut Mike Massimino.

Purchase a copy of Clint’s “Celebrity Entrepreneurship” book here.

Photo: Clint Arthur, Celebrity Entrepreneurship
Posted: July 20, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 hour 3 minutes

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 1:52pm MDT

When the COVID-19 shutdowns hit, entrepreneur Edwin Dearborn, an author and veteran advisor to small businesses, faced a double whammy: His Las Vegas-based consulting group helped clients grow their brands and sales by relying heavily on live, face-to-face conferences, exhibitions, and speaking engagements, the kind that Vegas is famous for hosting.

But since the social distancing quarantines began in March, the in-person conference and workshop industry has imploded, and with it, the opportunities for in-person branding.

Rather than call it quits, Edwin and his partner launched a new consultancy — Green Dragon Communications — that uses Zoom, YouTube, LinkedIn, and other digital platforms not only to promote his clients but also to attract new clients to Green Dragon.

In these unprecedented times, Edwin tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, entrepreneurs must be willing to discover and exploit the opportunities created by the new business environment or fade into oblivion.

Photo: Edwin Dearborn, Green Dragon Communications
Posted: July 13, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 41:50

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Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:11pm MDT

Former British Prime Minister and global diplomat Tony Blair credits Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, founder of CSE Consulting, with developing “the science of decision-making” and helping him resolve tough choices.



Einhorn, a master problem-solver, business consultant, author, and public speaker, is the developer behind the AREA Method, an increasingly popular framework that allows executives, politicians, and even investors to make better choices, especially when the stakes are high.

When you’re trying to answer significant business or personal questions, those with large and long-term repercussions, Cheryl tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart that her proprietary method will lead to better outcomes and a more efficient, less-stressful, decision-making process.

One high-impact decision that is actually easy to make, is not to miss this week’s valuable edition of Monday Morning Radio.

To order your copy of Cheryl Strauss Einhorn’s Problem Solved: A Powerful System for Making Complex Decisions with Confidence and Conviction, click here.

To order your copy of Investing in Financial Research: A Decision-Making System for Better Results, click here.

Photo: Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, CSE Consulting
Posted: July 6, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 54:25

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:10pm MDT

After scrutinizing Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon daily for more than five years, Alex Kantrowitz decoded the single secret they all share: No matter how large these and other successful tech giants grow or how established they become, they still run their companies with the mentality and risk-taking attitudes of a startup.



Alex, who earlier this month launched his own independent newsletter and podcast called "Big Technology," recently published “Always Day One: How the Tech Titans Plan to Stay on Top Forever.”

To successfully compete with the Amazons and Googles of the world, Alex tells host and award-winning reporter Dean Rotbart, today’s companies of all sizes not only have to adopt an “Always Day One” approach, they have to execute it better than the tech titans themselves.

The alternative, he warns, is “Day Two,” or stasis, where most once-profitable companies operate, leading inevitably to irrelevance, followed by a gradual decline culminating in total failure.

Did you miss Monday Morning Radio’s live panel, “Understanding TikTok and How It Can Turbocharge Your Sales”? Download the replay at https://tinyurl.com/Replay-TikTok.

Discover how you can put TikTok to work for your brand, and why it’s better than other social media platforms.

Photo: Alex Kantrowitz, Always Day One
Posted: June 29, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 49:13

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:16pm MDT

Working from home? Stealing from your employers at home?

In the new COVID-19 era, ripping off employers is easier and more common than you might imagine.

The coronavirus outbreak has been a boon to employees who are willing to steal from their companies, as fraud and embezzlement are harder to prevent and detect when a company’s workforce is able to cheat remotely.

In addition, when employees must rely on video teleconferences and personal email accounts and cell phones, it increases the vulnerability of their employers to cyber-crime and theft of sensitive intellectual property.

Doug E. Cash and Trent L. Leavitt are white-collar crime specialists with Eide Bailly, one of the country’s most respected and most trusted CPA firms.

Doug is one part crime fighter and one part prevention expert. Trent is a cyber-detective, providing computer forensics, cell phone forensics, and eDiscover.

This week, Doug and Trent join host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart to inform business owners how to prevent their companies from falling victim to coronavirus-inspired criminals, and how to detect small problems before they grow into financial nightmares.

Download a free Eide Bailly special report, “How to Deal with Fraud Risk in a COVID-19 World,” prepared by guest Doug E. Cash, here.

Hear our January 2020 episode, Who’s in Your Wallet? How to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Dishonest Workers, featuring Doug Cash and two other distinguished panel members, here.

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This episode marks the beginning of our 9th year producing this podcast, which launched in June 2012. 

Since our first episode, more than 750,000 listeners — most of them owners of small businesses and professional practices — have tuned in to gather actionable insights from their peers and from a who’s who of small business coaches and consultants.

A complete archive of this podcast, featuring nearly 400 full episodes, is available for free here. Subscribe to Monday Morning Radio on Apple Music here.

Photo: Doug E. Cash (l) and Trent L. Leavitt, Eide Bailly
Posted: June 22, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 61 Minutes

Direct download: Work_at_Home_Fraud.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 11:21am MDT

U.S.-China trade relations has been bumped off the front pages of American newspapers lately, as the toll of COVID-19 and race-related protests take center stage.

But over the long-term, the U.S.-China trade conflict will have consequences for all American businesses – spreading from the political arena to every nook and cranny of our economy.

Two of the most astute observers of this global financial story are Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, distinguished reporters for The Wall Street Journal. Bob is a Pulitzer Prize-winning senior editor who covers economic issues from the paper’s D.C. bureau.

Lingling, who until earlier this year reported for the Journal from China, is now based in New York, where she continues to focus on the intersection of Chinese politics and the economy.

Together, Bob and Lingling have written a terrific book looking at the roots and the consequences of the U.S.-Chinese trade conflict, titled: “Superpower Showdown: How the Battle Between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War.”  

Published just last week, Superpower Showdown draws on Bob and Lingling’s vast experience covering the topic – having conducted 100s of interviews with government and business officials in both the U.S. and China -- to trace how relations between the two superpowers went sour – and how the prospects for global peace and prosperity are threatened by the current stand-off.

Bob and Lingling have worked together covering U.S./China relations for more than seven years. Having the perspective of both the Americans and the Chinese make their book, Superpower Showdown, especially compelling reading.

Click here to hear a preview of Monday Morning Radio’s free, live, panel “Understanding TikTok and How It Can Turbocharge Your Sales.” Co-Hosted by Dean Rotbart and Evan Morgenstein, founder of The Digital Renegades, the panel takes place on June 18th at 11:30 am EDT. Registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/MMRTikTok.

Preview our new Monday Morning Radio community, Small Business Paramedics, featuring expert advice on how to buttress your business and reach your goals. Coming Summer 2020.

Photos: Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, Superpower Showdown
Posted: June 15, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 59 minutes 25 seconds

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Category:Journalists -- posted at: 7:44pm MDT

Todd Sattersten is an author, literary agent, editor, blogger, and since January 2019, deputy publisher at Bard Press, the boutique house responsible for the success of The Little Red Book of Selling, The Gift of Struggle, The One Thing, and, of course, the incomparable Wizard of Ads Trilogy by Roy H. Williams.

Todd makes his living, in part, by trying to forecast where consumer taste in reading — specifically in business books — will be a year or two down the road. He is an acute observer of the industry; what’s hot, what’s not, and what’s likely to be the next in-demand topic.

Whether you’re already an author, a would-be author, or an avid reader, as host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart explains on this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio, Todd’s analysis of current trends in the book industry and what’s driving them is intelligence that every owner and professional can profit from. 

Click here to hear a preview of Monday Morning Radio’s free, live, panel “Understanding TikTok and How It Can Turbocharge Your Sales.” Co-Hosted by Dean Rotbart and Evan Morgenstein, founder of The Digital Renegades, the panel takes place on June 18th at 11:30 am EDT. Registration is now open at http://tinyurl.com/MMRTikTok.

Preview our new Monday Morning Radio community, Small Business Paramedics, featuring expert advice on how to buttress your business and reach your goals. Coming Summer 2020.

 

Photo: Todd Sattersten
Posted: June 8, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 hour, 7 minutes

Direct download: Bard_Press.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 4:13pm MDT

[Monday Morning Radio listeners are eligible to register for “Understanding TikTok and How It Can Turbocharge Your Sales,” an invitation-only live video conference on June 18th. Sign up here.]

Zero to $1 Billion in a relatively short time is the stuff that entrepreneurial dreams are made of. Yet, a number of recent starts ups have done just that.

In his new book, Billion Dollar Brand Club, veteran journalist Lawrence Ingrassia takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the secret sauce used by Harry’s, Warby Parker, Dollar Shave Club, Third Love, and other disruptors to take the express train to the top.

Ingrassia, a highly regarded former senior editor at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart that every company – regardless of its size or ultimate potential – can glean practical lessons from the entrepreneurs who he profiles in his book.

Will you be the next member of the Billion Dollar Brand club?

To order your copy of “Billion Dollar Brand Club,” click here.

Photo: Lawrence Ingrassia, Billion Dollar Brand Club
Posted: June 1, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 54:15

Direct download: Billion_Dollar_Brand.mp3
Category:Journalists -- posted at: 11:08am MDT

When Kevin Vallely isn’t working his “day job” as an architect, he can be found on one of many adventures, such as breaking the world record for the fastest unsupported trek to the geographic South Pole.

When Amy Posey, a management consultant and former leadership expert with Deloitte, isn’t at her desk, she’s might be found paragliding, or joining Kevin in crossing Baffin Island in the Canadian High Arctic in winter, on foot.

Both Kevin and Amy describe themselves as extreme adventures, and in their new book Wild Success, both offer seven key lessons business leaders can learn from their experiences pushing themselves to do the seemingly impossible.

Although host Dean Rotbart has never raced to the South Pole or soared hundreds of feet off the ground in a harness below a fabric wing, this week he quizzes both Kevin and Amy on the extreme adventure of entrepreneurship.

Photo: Kevin Vallely and Amy Posey, Wild Success
Posted: May 25, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 51:21

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 2:15pm MDT

It if wasn’t so serious, it would almost be laughable, the contortions that people employ to open public doors without using their hands in the current coronavirus culture. The most common methods involve elbows, knees, and feet.

For those who aren’t contortionists, Dave Jabbas, a small business owner for the past four decades, and proud Wizard Academy alumnus, suggests a better solution. Touch-free doors that make each workplace and public facility safer and less threatening.

Dave, founder of WholesaleLocks.com, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on touch-free doors, and he joins host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart this week for a hands-on, hmmm, make that a “hands-off” tutorial on how any workplace, retail store, or restaurant can better serve their employees and customers with a simple wave of the hand.

Dave is perfect proof that you don’t need to live in Silicon Valley or have an Ivy League MBA to be a business innovator and visionary.

Preview our new Monday Morning Radio community, Small Business Paramedics, featuring expert advice on how to buttress your business and reach your goals. Coming Summer 2020.

Photo: Dave Jabas, WholesaleLocks.com
Posted: May 18, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:49

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Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 2:29pm MDT

When the history of the COVID-19 pandemic is written, it is certain to include many examples of government overreach and outright stupidity. The State of Maine will be a prime exhibit.

With a total population of fewer than 1.5 million citizens, and only a fraction of New York’s coronavirus deaths, the governor of Maine has imposed some of the most draconian lockdown rules in the nation.

For residents of Maine, particularly those requiring regular dental treatments for ailments such as gum disease, the result has proven disastrous.

This week, host and award-winning reporter Dean Rotbart speaks with a panel of four distinguished dentists who explain the serious health risks to patients who are locked out – whether in Maine or any other state – and also the economic ripple effect of shutting down dental practices and other health providers to all but emergency care.

Included on Dean’s panel is a Floridian, Dr. Samuel B. Low, who is an internationally renowned periodontist, academic, and expert on the risks of delaying dental care.

Photos: Dr. Samuel B. Low, Dr. Daniel L. Steinke, Dr. David H. Pier, and Dr. Ted Morgan
Posted: May 11, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 57:28

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Category:Special Edition -- posted at: 11:20am MDT

When you think of today’s entrepreneurs, who comes to mind: Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, or Jeff Bezos?

Wrong.

Today’s entrepreneurs are the owners of hair salons, restaurants, car washes, jewelry stories, and tens of thousands of other small businesses and professional practices that comprise the modern economy.

In his new book, “The Soul of an Entrepreneur,” author David Sax debunks just about every stereotype people have about founders, including their backgrounds, motivations, and measures of success.

“David has his finger on the pulse of today’s entrepreneur, much as author Studs Terkel did in his seminal 1974 book, ‘Working,’ says host Dean Rotbart. “Genuine entrepreneurs who hear this podcast will take comfort in knowing their dreams and struggles are shared by so many others, while nine-to-five workers will discover the truth behind the entrepreneurial myth.”

To order your own copy of "The Soul of an Entrepreneur," click here.

Photo: David Sax, The Soul of an Entrepreneur
Posted: May 4, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 47:31

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 9:13pm MDT

Host and award-winning journalist, Dean Rotbart, and his multi-talented wife, Talya, recently co-authored a book about two Canadian entrepreneurs, Margaret and Riyaz Adat, who have become global role models for do-it-yourself charitable projects.

The book, Perfectly Ordinary, Yet Extraordinary, recounts how the Adats, an upper-middle-class couple, used determination, focus, love, and limited personal resources to rescue a woebegone school in faraway Arusha, Tanzania, from the brink of collapse.

This week, Margaret and Riyaz join Rotbart to share their experiences and lessons-learned, noting that anyone, no matter their resources, really can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

The Rotbarts are donating 100% of the profits from their book, available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble to the students and faculty of the J.K. Nyerere School in Arusha.

Photo: Margaret & Riyaz Adat, "Perfectly Ordinary"
Posted: April 27, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 57:02

Direct download: Perfectly_Ordinary.mp3
Category:Nonprofits -- posted at: 9:16am MDT

Wayne B. Titus III, a CPA whose Plymouth, Michigan, financial advisory firm, AMDG Financial, has assets of more than $150 million, digested all 800-plus pages of the $2 trillion CARES Act legislation to help his clients take full advantage of the various government programs aimed at helping employers and employees weather the COVID-19 shutdown tsunami.

CARES is complex, and without a guide such as Titus, many owners and entrepreneurs stand to overlook aspects of the mammoth government program that could make the difference between survival and bankruptcy.

One step, in particular, is critical for all employers, Titus explains to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, who dubs Titus, “a small business paramedic.” Discover Titus’s #1 recommendation this week exclusively on Monday Morning Radio.

Pick up a copy of Wayne Titus’s small business primer, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Financial Well Being, here.

Photo: Wayne B. Titus III, AMDG Financial
Posted: April 20, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:11

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:29pm MDT

Too often entrepreneurs and business owners burn out, giving up on the dreams that propelled them in the first place.

It happened to Dr. Dravon James, a pharmacist, and successful movie and stage actress. Having grown up in poverty on the South Side of Chicago, she eventually overcame multiple personal and professional hardships and formulated an approach that all of us can use to rekindle the fire within. Today, Dr. James is a successful author, consultant, and motivational speaker.  

Regardless of the obstacles we face, Dr. James tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, we can rediscover our passion for what we do and pursue the life of our dreams.

Pick up a copy of Dr. James’s new book, Freedom Is Your Birthright, here.

Photo: Dr. Dravon James, Everyday Peace
Posted: April 13, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 41:15

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Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 10:35am MDT

More than a decade ago, Robbie Kellman Baxter – a graduate of both Harvard University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business who worked as a strategy consultant at Booz-Allen & Hamilton – coined the phrase “The Membership Economy” to describe the trend of consumers to embrace subscription-based products and services.

Popular examples include: Stitch Fix, Dollar Shave Club, Netflix, BarkBox, and Freshly.

Now, in her just published book, The Forever Transaction: How to Build a Subscription Model So Compelling, Your Customers Will Never Want to Leave, Baxter details how any business – big or small – can create and attract membership clients and keep them for a lifetime.

Especially as people hunker down in response to COVID-19, Baxter, founder of the consulting firm, Peninsula Strategies, tells host and award-winning reporter Dean Rotbart that subscription-based business models are proving invaluable.

To purchase a copy of The Forever Transaction, click here.To order fresh-roasted coffee from Creature Coffee, click here.

Photo: Robbie Kellman Baxter, Peninsula Strategies
Posted: April 6, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 47:41

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 9:08pm MDT

In October 2019, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, invited Michael Craig on Monday Morning Radio to detail his quixotic quest to build a three-headed company, Creature Coffee, selling specialty blends at pop-up expresso bars, online, and at his bricks-and-mortar coffeehouse in Austin, Texas.

Everything was going according to plan for Craig until a few week’s ago when Austin’s South by Southwest mega-event was cancelled due to coronavirus, and rapidly thereafter the city’s mayor ordered all dining areas closed.

Like tens of thousands of American small business owners, overnight, Craig found his business endangered, and his many baristas without work. Not just a statistic, this week Craig shares his very personal struggle to survive the fallout from coronavirus and live to fight another day.

Photo: Michael Craig, www.CreatureCoffee.co
Posted: March 30, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 21:50

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Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 1:54pm MDT

Twenty years ago this month, Henry Dubroff threw caution and reason to the wind and – after quitting his safe job as editor of the Denver Business Journal – headed west to California to launch his own, independent, weekly business newspaper.

Dubroff’s Pacific Coast Business Times defied the long odds, and today, with the largest full-time team devoted to business and financial news on the central coast, serves readers in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties, including, of course, Oprah Winfrey, just one of many prominent area residents.

The secret of his survival, and that of all successful entrepreneurs, Dubroff tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, is to know the community of customers who you serve and become an integral part of it.

[The conversation with Dubroff is adopted from the Business News Visionary Awards oral history of Dubroff, recognizing him as one of 52 journalists whose foresight and efforts have transformed the journalism profession during the past two decades. For additional information, visit http://www.newsluminaries.com/.]

Photo: Henry Dubroff, Pacific Coast Business Times
Posted: March 23, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 56:59

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Category:Journalists -- posted at: 1:41pm MDT

The coronavirus is wreaking havoc on businesses large and small, curtailing travel, sporting events, and gatherings of all manner; even weddings.

For many owners and entrepreneurs, it portends financial disaster.

But this week’s guest this week, Evan Morgenstein, a veteran talent agent who specializes in representing social media mega-stars, sees a path for companies to not only survive coronavirus but to thrive.

As Evan points, all the people who are confined to their homes, working from home, or planned to attend now-canceled conferences and entertainment events, will almost certainly be surfing the internet and watching more television than ever.

That makes this the perfect time, Evan contends, for companies to use strategic influencer programs to bolster their brands and their revenues in ways that will continue to serve them long after the current health crisis passes.

Join host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart for a timely examination of influencer marketing.

Photo: Evan Morgenstein, CelebExperts
Posted: March 16, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 50:52

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Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:52pm MDT

When some of America’s most successful blue chip investors and securities analysts want to increase their exposure on CNBC, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg TV, and other financial broadcast networks, Zach Leibowitz is their go-to PR guru.

Zach is executive vice president and head of broadcast operations at Dukas Linden Public Relations.

In the past year alone, Zach and his colleagues have landed their clients on more than 600 broadcast segments. That’s an incredible track record.

Zach’s proprietary formula for getting TV producers to showcase his clients is applicable to any business seeking visibility, whether it operates on Wall Street or Main Street. This week, Zach gives host Dean Rotbart an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of what makes TV producers say, “Yes.”

To subscribe to Monday Morning Radio on Apple Podcasts click here.

Photo: Zach Leibowitz, Dukas Linden Public Relations
Posted: March 9, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 38:28

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Category:Reputation Management -- posted at: 1:15pm MDT

Growing a business from one employee to more than 3,000 in three decades is a notable achievement, regardless of what field you’re in.

Journalist and entrepreneur Matthew Winkler did just that at Bloomberg News.

When billionaire businessman and 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg had the idea of starting a financial news organization back in 1989, his first hire was Winkler, who at the time was a reporter with The Wall Street Journal.

Winkler signed on as editor-in-chief in February 1990 and proceeded to build Bloomberg News into a global news and money-making juggernaut.

Host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart joined Winkler at Bloomberg’s Manhattan headquarters earlier this month to talk about Winkler’s journey and what other entrepreneurs can learn from his experience.  

Dean’s interview with Winkler was conducted as part of Dean’s special “News Luminaries” project, honoring journalists who have had – or are having – exemplary careers. Beginning on Thursday, March 12th, and each week thereafter, Dean will post an oral history with a prominent 21st century journalist at www.NewsLuminaries.com.

Other journalists participating in the oral history podcast include: Andrew Ross-Sorkin of The New York Times and CNBC; Randall Lane, chief content officer of Forbes; Steve Adler, editor-in-chief of Reuters; Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business News; and Charles Duhigg, best-selling author of The Power of Habit, and now a writer for The New Yorker.

If your company or professional practice would like to help support www.NewsLuminaries.com, contact Dean directly at 303-296-1200 or email him at dean@mondaymorningradio.com.

Photo: Matthew Winkler, Bloomberg News
Posted: March 2, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: One hour and 22 minutes

Direct download: Winkler30.mp3
Category:Luminaries -- posted at: 9:26am MDT

Ever attend a large conference, with 10,000-plus registrants, and have one of the presenters blow your mind – and knock your socks off?

Host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart did just that in January, and Dean came back raving about speaker Ramon Ray, an effervescent small business evangelist, entrepreneur, public speaker, and author of The Celebrity CEO – a book that spells out in detail how any owner or entrepreneur can effectively build a strong, profitable, personal brand and influential network.

“There is nothing quite like seeing Ramon in person. He’s funny, he’s quick on his feet, he jumps off the stage, he jumps back on the stage, he engages members of the audience, and he delivers a bulls-eye message tailored to small business owners and professionals,” Dean says.

But for those who don’t have the opportunity to see Ramon live, his appearance on this week’s podcast is the closest thing. It’s what you’ll be talking about for hours, days, and weeks to come.

For more information on Ramon, visit his website, SmartHustle.com.

Photo: Ramon Ray, Smart Hustle
Posted: February 24, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 55:21

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Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 3:18pm MDT

Nearly two-thirds of all employers now offer a work-from-home option, at least for some of their employees.

But few employers provide their staff instructions on how to be most productive and satisfied working remotely, and most employers don’t know how best to manage their far-flung team members.

Teresa Douglas, who has worked from home since 2010, recently co-wrote a book, “Working Remotely,” to help employees and employers alike navigate the shoals of off-site workers. She shares her best insights this week with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart.   

Photo: Teresa Douglas, Working Remotely
Posted: February 17, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 34:15

Direct download: Working_Remotely.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 8:08pm MDT

Star Wars fans and collectors are legion, but among them “The Force” is undoubtedly strongest with Steve Sansweet, who spent more than 27 years as a reporter and bureau chief with The Wall Street Journal.

Steve is, as certified by Guinness World Records, the owner of the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, and President and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan, an independent non-profit museum in Petaluma, California that houses part of his cache. (He loans his collection to the museum but continues to own it privately.)

As Steve explains to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, he began collecting in 1976 as a passion, and in November 2011 “retired” to open and operate the museum. Although Steve doesn’t say so directly, Dean estimates his Star Wars collectibles are worth many millions of dollars, far more than if he had invested his available funds on Wall Street.

Dean’s interview with Steve is an edited excerpt from his extended conversation with the Star Wars memorabilia Jedi that will be available later this year as part of Dean’s “News Luminaries” project, honoring journalists who have had – or are having – exemplary careers. Beginning on Thursday, March 12th, and each week thereafter, Dean will post an oral history with a prominent 21st century journalist.

Stay tuned to Monday Morning Radio for more details on the journalism honors program.

You may also enjoy these past editions of Monday Morning Radio, featuring other successful entrepreneurs and professionals who’ve launched their own amazing non-profit projects:

Photo: Steve Sansweet, Rancho Obi-Wan
Posted: February 10, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:38

 

Direct download: Ranch_Obi_Wan.mp3
Category:Journalists -- posted at: 7:44pm MDT

What if employers spoke less and listened more?

In the case of Kevin Hancock, Chairman and CEO of his family’s sixth-generation Maine lumber business, there was little choice after he was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a rare neurological speaking disorder that made verbal communications difficult. So he let his employees do most of the talking.

Eight years on, Kevin says that the employee-centric model that he instituted at Hancock Lumber, founded in 1848, has generated more profitability since his diagnosis than in the previous 160 years combined.

Kevin’s voice is still halting but his message to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart is crystal clear: Shared leadership generates more employee satisfaction and greater profits.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Kevin’s new book, The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership. The book is a bold call for a new form of management where power is dispersed, leadership is shared, and every voice is heard.

Photo: Kevin Hancock, Hancock Lumber
Posted: February 3, 2020
Season Eight, Episode: 32
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:40

Direct download: shared_leadership.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 6:49pm MDT

Some of the most entrenched business problems that owners face have nothing to do with sales, marketing, employees, venders, or regulations. They have to do with “Mom.”

Unresolved childhood issues often creep, surreptitiously, into adult decision-making and can be a huge hindrance to successful goal-setting.

Dr. Patti Ashley, a psychotherapist, international speaker, and author calls her approach to resolving lingering childhood and adolescent problems, Authenticity Architecture. Only by casting off the misguided vestiges of our upbringing, Dr. Ashley tells host and award-winning reporter Dean Rotbart, can entrepreneurs realize their most heartfelt business goals.

[Pick up a copy of Dr. Ashley’s new book, Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype.]

Photo: Dr. Patti Ashley, Authenticity Architecture
Posted: January 27, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 40:22

Direct download: Patti_Ashley.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 10:40pm MDT

When Jackie Jenkins-Scott was appointed president of the historic Dimock Community Health Center, whose roots in Boston date to 1857, the bankrupt institution was shopping its architecturally magnificent campus to real estate investors for redevelopment.

Instead, Jackie revived Dimock, as she did 21 years later when she stepped in as president of failing Wheelock College.

Jackie believes that many dying businesses and nonprofits can turn their fortunes around if their leaders will embrace the approach she dubs, “Responsive Leadership.”

Jackie boils down her method of turning around troubled organizations to seven secrets. She shares them with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart on this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio.

Order a copy of Jackie’s new book: The 7 Secrets of Responsive Leadership: Drive Change, Manage Transitions, and Help Any Organization Turn Around 

Photo: Jackie Jenkins-Scott, JJS Advising
Posted: January 20, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 33:45

Direct download: Responsive_Leadership.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 8:20pm MDT

Employee fraud and embezzlement cost American companies $50 billion annually, much of that coming out of the pockets of small business owners.

It’s often an employee who you trust the most who turns out to be the most untrustworthy.

This week on Monday Morning Radio, three experts on employee theft – an investigator, a litigation attorney, and a prosecutor – join host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart for a panel discussion on how to prevent, detect, and respond to dishonest employees.

 Panelists:

  • Doug E. Cash, Senior Manager (Fraud Investigator), Eide Bailly (Photo Center)
  • Lisa M. Six, Partner (Litigation), Crowley Fleck PLLP (Photo Right)
  • Carolyn O’Hara, Deputy District Attorney (Economic Crime Unit), Jefferson County, Colorado (Photo Left)

Posted: January 13, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

Direct download: BUSINESS_FRAUD.mp3
Category:Special Edition -- posted at: 3:35pm MDT

Some of the most important decisions in history, from President Abraham Lincoln’s bold move to publish the Emancipation Proclamation to Harry Truman’s order to drop the atomic bomb, offer all of us lessons about how to make the tough choices that inevitably face us.

In his new book, Decisions, historian, author, and strategic public relations counselor Robert L. Dilenschneider gleans practical advice on how to make the best decisions from 23 men and women who shaped the world, including Henry Ford, Howard Johnson, and A.P. Giannini.

When life demanded it, each of the 23 individuals profiled in Decisions followed a path that Dilenschneider admires in order to reach their conclusions and subsequently act upon them.

What all of his profile subjects have in common, Dilenschneider tells host Dean Rotbart, is a sense of purpose. “They all knew who they were, and they constantly moved toward who they were.”

Each of us eventually has a Rubicon to cross. Knowing how others have faced their biggest challenges can help us make the best choices in our own lives, Rotbart says.

Dilenschneider is the founder of The Dilenschneider Group, a corporate strategic counseling and public relations firm based in Manhattan. In that capacity, he has advised numerous Global 500 corporations and CEOs.

In addition to Decisions, he is the author of several other popular books, including Power and Influence, and 50 Plus! Decisions will be turned into a PBS television series later this year.

Photo: Robert L. Dilenschneider, Decisions
Posted: January 6, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 58:19

Direct download: Decisions.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 12:57pm MDT

For the third consecutive year, host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart turns the microphone over to his son, Maxwell, who reviews the top business lessons of the past year, gleaned from ten of the weekly guests appearing on Monday Morning Radio.

Among the priceless business insights and actionable tips for success included this week are the gift of struggle; the simple truths of great customer service; the proper care and feeding of bosses; how to build an ironclad brand; and the Bezos method of business growth and risk-taking.

Give Maxwell Rotbart less than an hour to start off the New Year, and he’ll give you a year’s worth of business magic.

Photo: Maxwell Rotbart, Guest Host
Posted: December 30, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 54:56

Direct download: Business_Magic.mp3
Category:Special Edition -- posted at: 9:00pm MDT

Jeffrey Gitomer is the all-time, best-selling author of sales books; better even than Dale Carnegie, Zig Ziglar, and Napoleon Hill.

Gitomer’s “Little Red Book of Selling” is a classic, not only for dedicated salespeople, but for anyone seeking to sell a product, service, idea, or even to market themselves.

Dean Rotbart, host of Monday Morning Radio, previously hosted a live weekly radio show - Newsroom Confidential - on KRLA 870 AM radio in Los Angeles. Back in 2006, when Gitomer had just published his second book – “Little Black Book of Connections,” Dean interviewed him about his methods and how they apply to everyone – not just professional salespeople.

This week, as an audio stocking stuffer, Dean plumbs the Newsroom Confidential archives to replay his actionable interview with Jeffrey Gitomer.

Photo: Jeffrey Gitomer, Little Red Book of Selling
Posted: December 23, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 27:31

Direct download: Gitomer_Replay.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 12:30am MDT

Whether in business or your personal life, if you have a dream, don’t let anyone tell you that it’s impossible.

In fact, Jason Caldwell, this week’s guest on Monday Morning Radio, makes his living by teaching people how to move beyond the normal bounds of possibility and shatter all expectations.

Jason – an adventure racer who set a world record in 2017 for rowing across the Atlantic in 35 days, 14 hours, and 3 minutes – is the founder of Latitude 35 Racing, a global leadership training firm whose clients include Nike, Booking.com, and Santander Bank.

This week, Jason shares many of his hard-earned insights, and excerpts from his new book, Navigating The Impossible, with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart.

Photo: Jason Caldwell, Latitude 35 Racing
Posted: December 16, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 38:56

Direct download: Jason_Caldwell.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 11:00pm MDT

On the rollercoaster of life, Ken D. Foster has seen the peaks and the valleys, working his way up from gas station attendant to head of a $200 million securities business, and back to the very bottom.

Ken finally found stability, and success, when he cleaned his slate of beliefs and behaviors and began anew. Now a best-selling author of five books, a podcaster, and an empowerment coach, Ken has released his newest book, The Courage to Change Everything, which provides daily strategies to overcome life’s greatest challenges.

As Ken explains to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, his approach to success is a hybrid of ancient and modern wisdom, Eastern and Western philosophies.

Photo: Ken D. Foster, Author
Posted: December 9, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:44

Direct download: Change_Everything.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 7:27pm MDT

In the spirit of the 7th Annual GivingTuesday, this week’s podcast examines the growing number of small business owners who are creating 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundations to buttress their philanthropic efforts.

In the spotlight is Ryan McFarland, a sterling example of CEOs who are giving back in gratitude for their own success.

Ryan is the founder of Strider Sports International and its nonprofit sibling, the Strider Education Foundation, or SEF.

Ryan worked closely with Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart, who is a National Ambassador for the All Kids Bike® movement, to set an audacious goal: teach every child in America how to bike before they reach the first grade.

Through SEF, the All Kids Bike® movement has already donated free bikes, helmets, and training programs to 136 schools in 26 states. And the campaign is just getting pedaling.

Ryan is Dean’s guest on this week’s Monday Morning Radio, sharing the ups-and-downs of simultaneously running a for-profit and not-for-profit organization.

To learn more about All Kids Bike® and support its efforts on GivingTuesday, visit www.allkidsbike.org. To donate now, click here.

Discover the science behind the All Kids Bike® movement by viewing the inaugural All Kids Bike® Health and Education Symposium – five panels featuring global experts on the physical, psychological, and academic benefits of early childhood biking.

Photo: Ryan McFarland (l) All Kids Bike® and Dean Rotbart, Host 
Posted: December 2, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 48:05

Direct download: Ryan_McFarland.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 2:47pm MDT

Karen Wickre has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years, including stints as the editorial director of Twitter and a senior global communicator at Google, which she joined when there were only 500 employees. By the time she left, there were 50,000 people on the payroll.



During that time she became globally recognized as an über networker - connecting with the world’s elite and harnessing the power of her contacts.

A self-described introvert, Karen shares with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart steps anyone can take to build and fill their own business network with meaningful connections.

[Be sure to pick up a copy of Karen’s book, “Taking the Work Out of Networking: Your Guide to Making and Keeping Great Connections,” available here.]

Photo: Karen Wickre
Posted: November 25, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 39 minutes and 5 seconds

Direct download: KAREN_WICKRE.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 6:39pm MDT

Rob Kessler is on a mission – a mission to eradicate men’s ties.

Aware that 100% of business-casual shirts are designed for ties – yet 90% of the time men don’t wear neckties – he’s invented an entirely new category of shirts – goTIELESS.

Rob comes from good entrepreneurial stock. His pop, Richard Kessler, the Diamond Engagement Ring ‘King’ of Wisconsin, taught him a thing or two about sales and marketing. And it shows.

This week Rob tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart how he and his partners aim to collar the men’s fashion market.

HOLIDAY GIVING GUIDE:

  • All Kids Bike®ON A MISSION TO TEACH EVERY CHILD IN AMERICA HOW TO RIDE A BIKE IN KINDERGARTEN PE CLASS

  • Chapel DulcineaThe First (and Finest) Free Wedding Chapel in the World

  • The Stories Behind the SmilesPhotographs and Essays Celebrating the Magic of a Healthy Smile (by Avital Rotbart)

Photo: Rob Kessler, goTIELESS
Posted: November 18, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 50 minutes and 23 seconds

Direct download: goTieLess.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:14pm MDT

Mary Fran Bontempo, an award-winning speaker, author, and humorist, just came out with a crisis management book called, “The 15 Minute Master.” The book promises to teach readers “how to make everything better 15 minutes at a time.”



With no advance warning, host Dean Rotbart decided to test the premise on Mary Fran, herself, using his stopwatch to give her exactly 15 minutes to explain her method, why it works, and how business people can apply her lessons both at work and in their personal lives.

“15 minutes could save you more than just car insurance premiums,” Rotbart says. “In a crisis, it could save your backside.”

Click here to hear Mary Fran Bontempo’s July 2017 interview on Monday Morning Radio.

Photo: Mary Fran Bontempo, The 15 Minute Master
Posted: November 11, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 22 minutes 32 seconds

Direct download: 15_Minutes.mp3
Category:Authors and Experts -- posted at: 8:14pm MDT

It’s hard enough for American entrepreneurs to launch a new business and gain traction with American consumers.

Doing it from Istanbul, Turkey, primarily in Turkish, as Rasim Cin is doing, complicates the task exponentially.

Rasim is the visionary behind Woppy, a new subscription game-box company that aims to teach kindergarten-age kids STEM skills, without using digital technology. Woppy was recently a participant in the WSJ Tech Live global conference held in Laguna Beach, where Rasim and his team generated a great deal of positive buzz from the world’s high-tech whizzes.

Joining host Dean Rotbart for a discussion of the obstacles Woppy faces, and what other businesses can learn about working internationally, is Mel Ayan, an early-stage investor in Woppy.

Photo: Rasim Cin, Woppy
Posted: November 4, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 54 minutes, 25 seconds

Direct download: Woppy.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 8:17pm MDT

Bert and Tracy Gervis are two successful California entrepreneurs and philanthropic superheroes who own and operate one of the nation’s fastest growing pet food companies.

Their proprietary Gentle Giants Dog and Puppy Foods is helping canines to live twice, even three times longer than average, with many dogs behaving like puppies well into their twenties.

No wonder their wholesome dog food is flying off the shelves of Walmart Supercenters and hundreds of major supermarket outlets nationwide, not to mention on Chewy.com and Petsmart.com.

Bert and Tracy not only don’t take a salary, since 1994, they’ve personally cared for more than 15,000 rescue dogs in their home.

If that’s not impressive enough, this week, on a special “What’s My Small Business Secret” edition of Monday Morning Radio, both Bert and Tracy reveal to host Dean Rotbart their separate background stories that make their accomplishments all the more extraordinary. 

[Spoiler Alert: If you just can’t wait to know Bert and Tracy’s secret, skip ahead in the podcast to 35 minutes and 50 seconds, and all will be revealed.]

 

Photo: Bert John Gervis, Jr. - Gentle Giants Dog & Puppy Foods
Posted: October 28, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 Hour 8 Minutes

 

Direct download: Burt_and_Tracy.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 7:51pm MDT

On paper, at least, Creature Coffee looks like a bad idea.

Founded two years back by Michael Craig, a barista, it is aiming to carve a niche for itself in the crowded and competitive coffee marketplace. To make the task all the more difficult, Creature Coffee is spreading itself between three sales channels: walk-in retailing, online sales, and pop-up coffee bars.

But Michael – like the best entrepreneurs – believes in himself, believes in his concept, and does not believe all the naysayers.

When he launched Creature Coffee, Michael began with a budget of $1,000 – all that he could scrape together at the time.

Today, the success of Creature Coffee is evident, from the non-stop flow of fans into his retail outlet – located in a gentrifying neighborhood of Austin, to the corporate clients he’s attracting, including IBM, American Express, Mercedes Benz, Hitachi, Deloitte, and Dell.

Earlier this month, Monday Morning Radio host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart paid a visit to Creature Coffee and shares both good conversation, and a satisfying cup of Columbian expresso, with Michael Craig. 

You can purchase up to 200 varieties of coffee from Creature Coffee online at www.CreatureCoffee.co.  As always, the plug for this week’s guest comes gratis. Monday Morning Radio never charges its guests to be on the podcasts or accepts payments in kind.

Photo: Michael Craig, Creature Coffee
Posted: October 21, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 41 minutes 40 seconds

Direct download: Creature_Coffee.mp3
Category:Successful Entrepreneurs -- posted at: 4:37pm MDT