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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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Oct 31, 2018

Kelly Resendez is a mother, business executive, and best-selling author who believes in helping others overcome self-sabotage and find joy in their professional and personal lives.

Because of all the different hats Kelly wears, she has had to master the art of being in the moment. Now she has dedicated herself to teaching others how to find joy in individual experiences and share that joyfulness with everyone in their lives.

Kelly is the author of the new book, Big Voices: Increase Joy, Reduce Suffering, Think Differently, and has founded Big Voices, a women-empowered network that uses the principles in her book to lift women up. Kelly is passionate about helping others embrace joy and learn to think differently.

Your mind is all over the place, you’ve got a hundred little things begging for your attention, deadlines are ticking down, and on top of all of that you aren’t sleeping enough at night because you can’t shut off your inner voice. How can you hope to deal with all the pressure?

Kelly Resendez knows how you feel. She’s the Executive Vice President of Paramount Partners Group, an author, an influencer, and mom to teenagers. Kelly learned how to keep juggling all her responsibilities through mindfulness, meditation, faith and joy, and now she is passionate about helping others learn to manage their time, priorities and distractions.

In this episode, Kelly teaches you the steps to find a better balance, take control of your thoughts, and be present in the moment. By doing so, you will be more able to focus on each individual priority of your day and share a joyful attitude that will spread to every part of your life and everyone you interact with.

We also discuss why it’s crucial to retrain your thoughts and stop being a “people-pleaser,” how to identify and overcome the self-sabotage we’re all guilty of, how to manage your emotional triggers, and the importance of asking for help when you need it.

No matter how overwhelming your day is, I promise you’re going to want to find the time to listen to this episode!

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Oct 24, 2018

Dr. James Kelley, author of The Crucibles Gift: 5 Lessons from Authentic Leaders Who Thrive in Adversity, brings a fresh perspective to leadership coaching and keynotes. His journey from a humble home in Portland, Oregon to earning his PhD and living near Dubai with his wife and four children is full of adversity. James also has a keen interest in the adversity that shapes great leaders around the world.

What does an authentic leader look like? Dr. James Kelley has some ideas, thanks to his long work with business leader biographies and his own life experiences. In his remarkable book The Crucible’s Gift: 5 Lessons from Authentic Leaders Who Thrive in Adversity, he narrows down the common traits that authentic leaders have and how we can practice them in our leadership positions to make a difference.

While our discussion covered many excellent topics, I’d like to talk about three different points Dr. Kelley made which struck me as particularly important:

Self-Awareness: Business leaders have trouble with self-awareness, especially if they already have a profile of their own strengths and weaknesses, which may not be that accurate. Truly self-aware leaders know to make space for honest feedback and to understand that they always have more to learn about themselves.

Compassion: Compassion is sometimes seen as a weakness in the business world, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, compassion shows strength, understanding, and the ability to bind teams together and help their care about company goals. It’s one of the most valuable traits inauthentic leaders.

Accepting Your Flaws: Understanding that you are flawed can be difficult. Accepting those flaws and finding ways to work around them is even harder. But the best leaders understand their flaws and then use them to become even better, creating support systems and using their experiences to help others around them.

Throughout our conversation, Dr. Kelley provided life stories, advice from his experience with other business leaders, and many insights into the ways that you can more effective and self-aware – including methods to spot the “micro-moments of meaning” in your daily life and capitalize on them.

Interested in hearing more? You can listen to the full episode right now!

Thanks for listening today. I appreciate your time so very much.

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Oct 17, 2018

Tim Fulton is a serial entrepreneur turned small business consultant and executive coach, an award-winning author, and a nationally recognized advocate for small business.

Do you feel like your business has stalled out after years of successful growth? Are you struggling to hire talented people that will stay with the company for years?

This week I spoke on these issues with the accomplished Tim Fulton, author of Small Business Matters. Tim currently services as a Vistage Group Chair. Vistage is an international membership organization for CEOs and Presidents that encourages them to learn from each other.

One of the fascinating things we discussed was the growth barrier that many businesses – including successful businesses – face after several years in operation. Many owners and entrepreneurs find that around this time their growth suddenly stalls out. It’s no surprise that many panic!

But experienced business owners know that this is common, especially as company reach a certain point of growth. A time comes when the business owner has too many balls in the air and has to stop juggling: In other words, the business needs to shift to focus more on teams and an organization system. The owner must learn to delegate, too!

Alongside this is the problem of hiring talented employees. As Tim advises, hire early and expect turnover (as much as 75% turnover in many cases) to find the right talent for your business. It’s alright to let people go if, after a month, you are sure they aren’t a good fit. Don’t be afraid to put in time and effort to create a good team!

This period of growth also means that owners need to start thinking about the company culture: Will bringing in so many new people threaten the work relationship of those who have been there since the beginning? How can you encourage a healthy culture during these times of expansion?

If you’d like to learn more about our interesting conversation, listen to the full episode!

Thanks for listening today! I appreciate your time so very much.

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Oct 10, 2018

Nate Bailey is a natural leader, a best selling author, a renowned coach, and a speaker who knows how to impact and reach an audience.

Nate is the Lead Trainer and Lead Coach inside of the Prosperity Revolution. He has built multiple successful businesses in the areas of Insurance and Real Estate. He recently fulfilled his long-time dream of selling his insurance agency to become a full-time coach.

Nate was a Lieutenant, serving our country in the United States Army. As a Platoon Leader during the Operation Iraqi Freedom, Nate was charged with the safety and leadership of 42 soldiers as they served our country in Kuwait. Nate has a simple philosophy on life – “live what you teach.”

Do your inspirational speeches fall flat? Struggling with anemic personal relationships? Debt out of control? Nate Bailey is a personal coach who teaches people how living intentionally expands your horizons and growth potential.

As a real estate and insurance professional, Nate Bailey helped people build financial security. Pursuing his passion for living intentionally, today, Nate helps people push themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually.

He transforms experiences from the battlefield and personal struggles that shaped his past, into insights that inspire others to lay down their fears and self-inflicted barriers to personal growth.

In this episode, we discuss how having integrity with yourself empowers personal growth and success in every aspect of your life from achieving financial stability to healing relationships and leading a successful business on the short path to prosperity.

Nate explains you must “live what you teach” and push yourself to the limit every day to achieve your full potential.

Want to learn how he went from a 250 pound, out-of-shape, out-of-hope individual to a thriving, inspirational speaker and life coach? Listen to the full episode now!

Thank you for listening today! I appreciate your time so very much.

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Oct 3, 2018

Todd Palmer is the collaborative business advisor and CEO of Extraordinary Advisors (EA).

As the CEO of a 6-time INC 5000 company, Todd knows that business success begins and ends with people. People make all of the business decisions regarding strategy, execution, cash, and staff.

Todd isn’t happy until his clients trust themselves as leaders AND their decisions. He won’t rest until teams trust the leaders AND each other. He knows they’ve nailed it when CEOs and their leadership teams take action towards high-level achievement, resulting in clients that trust the company. (Read: more sales, more profits, more partnerships.)

Todd is also the author of the popular book The Job Search Process: Find & Land a Great Job in 6 Weeks or Less.

Succeeding in business is more than just having a great idea. Todd D. Palmer, CEO of Extraordinary Advisors, found out at the age of 27 what it meant to truly be the leader of a company. After having moderate success early on in his business, he stepped away for six months only to return to find the company riddled with debt and within weeks of total collapse. The hard lessons he learned through that experience shaped how he advises CEO’s and managers of the country’s top organizations.

No one at a weekend dinner party wants to hear about how entrepreneurs can’t make payroll or are in dire need of cash flow.

In this episode, we discussed how small business owners need a community where they are free to celebrate success and admit failure. In doing so, the road to success is dramatically shortened for new businesses and established organizations alike.

It may be okay to “fake it until you make it,” but discover why “imposter syndrome” paralyzes so many business owners. Plus, find out why “finding your why” can dramatically shift the entire roadmap of your organization. Todd Palmer also discusses the importance of hiring for DNA instead of hiring for resume in today’s full employment economy.

Want to hear more? Listen to the episode now!

Ways to contact Todd:

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