Archive for March 2016

Why You’re Probably Reading Business Books All Wrong

Maisha Walker has been working in digital media before most people had a modem, and she’s still breaking new ground. As Founder of Message Medium and as a Contributing Editor for Inc. Magazine, she always needs to be on the lookout for solutions to challenging problems. Many of the answers she finds comes from books,…

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The Problem With Business Books

There are millions of business books out there, and they all claim to have the solutions to our most frustrating problems. It seems that every self-styled author-expert harps on some variation of the same themes – hard work, hustle, and discipline. What they often don’t tell you is how useless many of these ideas are…

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Your Self Confidence Doesn’t Matter As Much As This Does

Even though Theresa Fette has always believed in herself, it was when she figured out how to instill that same confidence in her team she quickly became one of the most successful women in finance. In her second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, Theresa explains that personal empowerment may be the starting point, but without…

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Why Individual Success Is A Myth

There is no such thing as a solo success story. Unlike what we’ve been led to believe, every great leader is backed by a collaborative group of friends, family and colleagues who encourage them every step of the way. Nobody makes it alone. So what if you’re having trouble finding the right support? What can…

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Finding Strength By Needing People With Vivek Tiwary

Entertainment entrepreneur, Broadway producer, and The Fifth Beatle creator says he’s happiest (and most successful) when part of a dynamic collaboration. During his second appearing on Smashing the Plateau, Vivek Tiwary talks about building masterpieces through supportive relationships and the power of asking for help. Topics include… How Brian Epstein became Vivek’s mentor even though…

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Do You Need to Be a Jerk To Succeed?

Steve Jobs, Jack Welsh, Donald Trump…regardless of how you feel about them, there is no arguing that they’ve achieved worldwide cult hero status. We can’t get enough of these guys (and others like them). As business leaders, many of us even imitate their behaviors in the hopes of replicating their unfathomable success. But did these…

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Find A Community And Grow Your Business With Debbie Kiederer

ChalkDust Consulting Founder Debbie Kiederer is a digital marketing and branding pioneer and innovator in the world of luxury and premium consumer products who attributes much of her success to being part of the right supportive communities. During today’s interview, Debbie discusses her thoughts on why business coaches often fail to see the big picture…

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Our Disappearing Sense Of Community (And How To Get It Back)

Traditional community structures are vanishing by the day. To fill the void, business leaders are increasingly turning to business coaches. However, far too many of these self-styled gurus offer self-centered quick fixes and one-size-fits-all solutions. Today David explains why we need to return to our community roots and how you can improve yourselves by helping…

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Ditching Your Coach to Find a Specialist

As the Co-Founders and Managing Partners of a unique financial consulting firm, Brian Califano and Scott Margolin have uncovered firsthand evidence of how bad business coaches can damage their clients’ business. That’s why they relentlessly advise to seek out specialists rather than coaches when really in need of some serious problem-solving. They also explain what should…

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