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Absolute Advantage Podcast

The Absolute Advantage is about learning from some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and achievers at the top of their game. When chasing your dreams, a lot of times there isn’t a need to reinvent the wheel. Instead, shorten your path to success by learning from the stories, strategies and concepts shared by our guests. Then shorten it even further by learning about amazing resources (books, webinars, tools, software, events, coaching, etc.) that should be on your radar. You are not alone in the challenges you face! It's my mission to help you walk away with at least one idea you can apply each episode and to offer content that inspires, encourages and helps you grow and progress QUICKLY both professionally and personally.
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Jun 29, 2017

Nitin Chhoda is an immigrant who arrived in the US penniless in 2002, in a post 9-11 world. Delivered pizza, slept in his car, and didn’t have money for winter clothes, but always a hustler. Became a licensed physical therapist, entrepreneur, author and public speaker in 2007. Now owns and runs several multi-million dollar companies with 30+ employees worldwide.

He is the author of “Total Activation: The 5 Step Fitness Mantra”. It is a dynamic new approach to weight loss and personal wellness. It is a system modeled in three stages of change: Identity, Compare, Integrate (ICI) which has 5 components: Emotional, Physical, Social, Spiritual and Intellectual (EPSSI).

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How and why to change your relationship with money
  • The truth behind the philosophy of Total Activation
  • Simple steps you can take to find your balance as a business person and human
  • How to get out of a poverty mindset and into a wealth mindset
  • Why it is so important to own only what you need and make your money truly work
  • The value of a horizontal structure in your organization and empowering your people
  • How to activate the best version of yourself
  • What it takes to grow with Eastern and Western philosophies and cultures
  • Why remote teams work and how to find the right people

Ways to contact Nitin:

Jun 27, 2017

Matt Miller spent the first 9 years of his career as an Air Force pilot, before entering the private sector to work in both the medical device and advertising industries. While a top performer in the corporate world, his long-term desire was to be his own boss. A good friend one day mentioned the gumball machines he and his young daughters owned, and that conversation began a 10-year business quest that has brought Matt’s company, School Spirit Vending, to the cutting edge of both the vending and school fundraising industries. Today, School Spirit Vending’s franchising program provides a proven and profitable business system for busy professionals and their families looking to develop secondary income streams with a limited time commitment.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How Matt went from being turned down for a payday loan to owning a $5 billion business
  • What to do with your “entrepreneurial itch”
  • Why multigenerational entrepreneurship is a cornerstone of Matt’s business
  • The power of empathy to inspire associates and franchisees
  • A tried-and-true method for earning passive income with minimal time investment
  • What it takes to lead by example
  • Why your company needs an internal podcast and how to produce one
  • The reason Matt franchised his company and what he gained from that experience

Ways to contact Matt:

Jun 22, 2017

Bill Prater, business owner, entrepreneur, publisher, author, speaker, consultant, and coach. He is best known for long-term success enabling business owners and leaders to quickly eliminate personal barriers, rapidly reach their current dreams, and to embark on a journey of business mastery.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How to be a leader by being the Chief Dreamer
  • Bill’s path from technology at IBM, to finance, and finally to top-flight business consulting
  • The #1 thing all business schools do not teach their students
  • How hundreds of businesses have benefitted from Bill’s knowledge and strategies
  • The 3 things that separate the best from the rest in the business world
  • How to navigate the 7 phases of dynamic growth
  • What every elite company shares
  • Why you need to dream outrageously to lead charismatically
  • One simple daily practice to achieve your vision and live your mission

Ways to contact Bill:

Jun 20, 2017

Peter Winick is the Founder and CEO of Thought Leadership Leverage, a company that helps thought leaders turn foundational ideas into thriving businesses. He is an entrepreneurial-minded director who leverages the power of internal and external relationships, accelerating the growth of aspiring thought leaders and exponentially increasing the value of their intellectual property.

For over twenty years, Peter has worked with thought leaders to monetize their content by developing products and solutions applicable to large enterprises. Further, his accomplishments with start-ups, turnarounds, and M&A (in the b2b services sector) have equipped him with the ability to drive results using practical strategy, focused execution, and a disciplined method of cost control.

As an information junkie and avid reader of business books, he is capable of taking great content and creating a platform to best support it through a combination of art, science, logic, focus, passion, and creativity. Peter knows that visionaries, whether speakers, authors, corporate leaders, or just really smart people, need help with moving beyond one-book-one-gig. He’s here to bring you solutions.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • What thought leadership is and how to apply your business savvy to leverage it
  • How to stand out in the sea of information available today
  • The most productive way to think about your conversation and what you add to it
  • What elements of thought leadership are the most overlooked and how to use them
  • Why the content you create and the modality you use to get it out matters
  • Where to focus your time and avoid wasting your most precious resource
  • How to find your focus and take advantage of the “age of the long tail”
  • What you need to do to build your content to suit your audience
  • Why becoming a thought leader is so easy today and how to avoid the common pitfalls

Ways to contact Peter:

Jun 13, 2017

Rochelle Lisner’s mission is and has always been to energize, inspire, and educate business owners to achieve productivity, profit, and peace. Since 2007, she has worked with family-owned businesses and entrepreneurs resolve their sales, internal communications, and business growth headaches.

Rochelle brings an interactive and practical approach to sales and scaling key talent, borne out of dealing with diverse industries, crisis management, multicultural clients, and demanding customers.

Rochelle’s deep understanding of how to communicate powerfully in a noisy world (both internally and externally) supports business owners and their teams engage in Story Telling, not Boring Telling for the consistent and powerful verbal branding needed for greater focus and profits.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Every business matters: why Rochelle shifted her focus away from travel and tourism and towards helping business owners
  • Never give up: how this lesson from her mother has guided Rochelle throughout her life
  • How isolation kills success and why you need to regularly evaluate your team so they don’t become complacent
  • Tackling fear inside your business
  • Creating a winning culture by recognizing and appreciating your team
  • Hiring for skills — not positions
  • The impact of a bad onboarding system
  • Why you need to look at character when hiring
  • The four things every leader needs to be able to do
  • Surrounding yourself with an amazing team that complements you in areas you’re not strong in

Ways to contact Rochelle:

Jun 13, 2017

Evan Hackel, creator of the concept of Ingaging Leadership and author of “Ingaging Leadership,” is a successful businessman who has started more than 10 companies. During his tenure at CCA Global Partners, he ran a $5 billion division. One of his signature achievements was turning around a bankrupt business in four years, more than doubling system-wide sales to exceed $2 billion. As CEO of Tortal Training, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based firm that specializes in developing and implementing interactive training solutions for companies in all sectors, Evan is a leader in the training field. He is also Founder and Principal of Ingage Consulting, a consulting firm headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts. He is recognized as a thought leader, speaker, and author on leadership.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Two life experiences that had a profound impact on how Evan leads and manages
  • How to live your company’s identity and purpose beyond the ‘plaque’
  • Creating a culture of training within your company
  • How a higher level of engagement leads to explosive growth
  • Evan’s book, “Ingaging Leadership,” and how it helps companies to become more successful
  • Practical ways to master the art of engagement
  • The benefits of having a hierarchical management style
  • The importance of treating people with high degrees of respect and responsibility
  • How focusing on the good things that are happening around you can shift your mindset
  • Using specific praise as a powerful management tool
  • Creating a shared, common vision amongst everyone in the company

Ways to contact Evan:

Jun 8, 2017

Corey Jahnke is the Chief Imagineer at Mind*Star Academy, a Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Coach, Community Pharmacist, Lifelong Learner, and Enthusiastic Dog Lover.

Corey has devoted his life to helping people reengineer their confidence levels so that they can explode their businesses, expand their influence, and live the kind of magical life that he gets to live on a daily basis.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why it’s vital to understand your own value, especially when you’re in a leadership role
  • The key to getting your employees to work hard for you
  • As a leader, why you shouldn’t be afraid of sharing your weaknesses
  • What to do if you’re struggling to see your value
  • Surrounding yourself with people who lift you up and make you feel like the best version of yourself
  • Keeping a sense of humor and maintaining your perspective
  • What your #1 job is as a leader
  • The importance of caring about your employees and their lives
  • Why a leader needs to focus on managing the emotions of their team
  • Corey’s free 12-week group coaching program for leadership & personal development

Ways to contact Corey:

Jun 1, 2017

David is the Founder and President of Website Properties. After graduating from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce and Major in Marketing, he traveled extensively through parts of Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, and Central America. It was during his travels that he made various contacts and connections that would lead him to start his first entrepreneurial venture. He created a business importing hammocks and selling a wide variety of styles via mail order, trade shows and wholesale. Soon thereafter he expanded operations establishing an online presence that eventually became Hammocks.com and would later be sold to the billion dollar company, Hayneedle.com Over the next six years, David personally developed, bought and sold Strollers.com, Drums.com, Unicorns.com and over 60 website businesses in multiple niches and of various business models.

During this same time period, the e-commerce market was growing rapidly and while there were many business brokers assisting with brick and mortar businesses, there were none that specialized in the sale of internet businesses. Identifying the need for a business broker with e-commerce industry knowledge and experience selling online businesses, he started down the path of his next entrepreneurial venture. David established Website Properties as the first online business brokerage specializing in selling established and profitable Internet-based businesses. From 2002 – present, he continues to enjoy and draws great satisfaction from bringing buyers and sellers together to complete a transaction that is a win, win for both parties.

With his industry knowledge, years of experience, and successes, David Fairley is considered an expert in online business marketing, appraisal, and sale. He is often retained as a consultant for companies seeking to maximize their exit strategy or by companies looking for strategic website opportunities to grow their business through acquisitions. He has been invited as a panel member and speaker at various domain name industry conferences, cited in DN Journal for a number of high profile domain name sales and interviewed by Domainsherpa, The New York Times, and local radio shows for his expertise in the sale of online web based businesses.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Internet businesses: why they’re so attractive to buyers and why the market is really robust right now
  • How to value an online business
  • Choosing the right business to purchase
  • What to do when you want to sell your business
  • The relationship between brand and higher valuation
  • Should you worry about your brand being tied too close to you (the individual)?
  • Giving your team the ability to use their talents and rewarding them accordingly
  • Things to consider before making the change towards running your company virtually

Ways to contact David:

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