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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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Oct 25, 2017

Having led in both restaurants and a startup, Drew is no stranger to the travails of leadership, mentorship, and management in chaotic, cash-constrained environments. He currently serves as Human Capital Advisor to Fulcrum Investing and as an Engagement Manager for Artemis Connection. He recently published his first book, “What I Learned Before 30.”

Drew climbed the ladder of the restaurant industry as many do: with a great deal of empathy, a little bit of luck, and a massive amount of overconfidence. After graduating from Harvard in 2009, he worked his way up from being a busboy in Boston to being a beverage director for Momofuku in New York City, where he managed the buying, pricing, and selling of wine, beer, and spirits for the restaurant. He decided that he wanted to have more ownership of the guest experiences he was creating, so he took to Chicago to see how Booth could help him open his own restaurant.

While attending Booth, Drew met his business partner, Hunter Swartz, and the two quickly realized that their shared background in endurance sports mixed with complementary work experiences could build something remarkable. Drew joined the Eastman Egg team in January 2014 and served as COO for three years. In his time there, the company grew to four operating units and grew its revenues and team each by a factor of 10.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why Drew decided to leave a business that he built up
  • The importance of actually taking action
  • The coaching groups and one-on-one sessions Drew built after leaving his business
  • Being open-minded to change in your business and being ready to not necessarily stick with your original idea
  • Why culture is more about how you interact with your team and your customers and less about how well written your mission statement is
  • Incentivizing people to act in accordance with your company culture
  • How to attract the right candidates
  • Why you should ask your team “why do you work?”
  • The benefits of empathetic leadership
  • The difference between working towards something and finishing something and why it matters

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Oct 18, 2017

Over the past 20 years, Carl Cox has been supporting companies grow 3x to 5x on the finance and operations side. He has always been passionate about Strategic Planning – but not just to build a plan – but to actually deliver the plan so that the potential of the organization can be reached. Yet, it is always more fulfilling to see the people responsible for delivering the plan growing and reaching their personal goals as well.

In his new role as the CEO for Cascade North America, Cascade Strategy is a perfect fit. Carl has the wonderful opportunity to launch Cascade in North America but to also help organizations from high-tech start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to not-for-profits to governments simplify their strategic execution process. He truly believes this is the biggest impact that he can have in the world – and he is going All In!

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Cascade North America: Carl’s software for managing strategic planning
  • The lessons Carl learned from his mentor Jerry Ramey, the Founder & CEO of Lightspeed Technologies
  • Why you have to walk the walk as a leader and stay consistent to your core values
  • Core value meetings: how Carl turned a bad decision into something that built a lot of trust with the team
  • Asking questions in the right way so that your team feels safe in responding
  • Listing out the top three things you need to get done each day and getting them done first whenever possible
  • Empowering your team to take ownership in your company
  • Hiring the right person for the right role
  • Why you need to take risks
  • What to consider before going out on your own and starting your business
  • The most important daily habit: getting up early

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Oct 11, 2017

Clara Capano is an international Trainer, Performance Coach, Speaker, and Author. She has helped thousands become more purposeful and intentional in their business and life. She has a passion for helping others become their truest and greatest self.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Clara’s book “Find Your Focus”
  • Starting your day with the best version of yourself
  • Why clarity of vision and culture are huge for success
  • Becoming the best leader you can be and build a great culture
  • Who Clara learns from herself to become the best leader she can be
  • Realizing that when you choose to do one thing you’re choosing not to do something else
  • Why having a schedule brings you freedom
  • Letting go of the wrong things to make time for the right things
  • The benefits of not watching the news
  • Learning from setbacks and looking for the lessons in everything
  • Asking questions of your team to really improve your company
  • Why you need to take your time with the hiring process
  • The importance of a strong morning routine

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Oct 4, 2017

Sarah Jones is the founder of Introverted Alpha, the premier dating coaching company for introverted men. She and her team help men find their own uniquely attractive vibe and connect with women in a relaxed, confident way.

Sarah has loved introverted men all her life, and she naturally brings out their best. After three solid years, Introverted Alpha has established itself as the strong alternative to pickup artist advice, an oasis for men who want genuine connections with women.

Sarah has been featured in Business Insider, Forbes, Entrepreneur, General Assembly, Ramit Sethi’s GrowthLab, AskMen, Order of Man, Knowledge for Men, Self Made Man, and much more.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Sarah’s journey into coaching that began by tutoring in high school
  • Why Sarah got rid of her passive income program that was doing well financially but wasn’t serving her customers
  • The importance of waiting to understand something before you delegate it
  • The challenges Sarah has faced when growing her team
  • Taking negative feedback from your audience and using it to be better
  • How Sarah learned to actually take the time and rest and the massive impact it’s had on her life
  • Understanding your personality (and why Sarah studies the Enneagram)
  • Sarah’s dating skills assessment for introverted men

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