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Rockstar Entrepreneurs and Parents: Ryan Neal's Influences

On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Ryan Neal talked about “operationalizing” your business as you become more successful. He talked about being a seasoned investor and an attorney with a passion for entrepreneurship. Here are some of his biggest influences: 1) Chris Neal My mother, the original serial entrepreneur, was a big inspiration because…

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Our Greatest Fulfillment Comes From Contributing and Collaborating

On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, JV Crum said the future of capitalism lies in having a “conscious business”. He explained that conscious entrepreneurship (building a business that makes a difference in the world) is the future of capitalism. According to JV Crum, our greatest fulfillment doesn’t come from something we get for ourselves.…

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JV Crum's Influencers and Why They Were Pivotal or Especially Significant

On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Phyllis Haserot talked about improving relationships among different generations in the workplace. She explained that internal relationships can cause a company to grow (or it can cause a successful company to hit a plateau). Below, are some of her biggest influences: 1) Larry Alexander My boss and first…

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The Important Elements in Getting a Business to Scale

Yesterday, on Smashing the Plateau, Nina Kaufman explained that growing a business isn’t just about making good money. She also talked about the important elements in getting a business to scale and how business has changed for the new generation. Below, are some of her biggest influences: 1) My Dad He opened me to the life…

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What it Means to be a Brand Evangelist

On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Nik Parks talked about reaching out to people who are further along in their career. He also explained what it means to be a brand evangelist. He explained we’re often afraid of reaching out for help when we shouldn’t be. Nik said that he is constantly surprised by…

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The Second Half of your Career

Yesterday, on Smashing the Plateau, Katherine Hosie her story of becoming a coach for men who are suffering from a midlife crisis. She explained we often don’t know when we’re burned out and the second half of our career is different than our first half. Below, are some of her biggest influences: 1) Carl Rogers was…

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Learning how to tell your story

On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Jen Begeal talked about her experience in both the tech startup world and the entertainment industry. She talked about storytelling and how a business has to know who the are and what they do in order to get the client, get the funding, or get the sales. Below,…

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Being a leader and scaling a non profit

In yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Ruth Messinger shared some wonderful insights on being a leader and scaling a non profit organization. Ruth talked about giving back, becoming more clear about who you are as an organization, learning how to listen as a leader, and what it means to be a leader in 2015.…

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Breakthroughs in Every Aspect of Life

In yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Rick Duris did something that rarely happens—he agreed to be interviewed. He normally operates from “behind the scenes” because he prefers his clients take the lime light. Rick talked about, not only business breakthroughs, but personal and spiritual breakthroughs: 1) Jay Abraham has inspired business breakthroughs for Rick.…

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All-Around Health: Alexander Hamilton Dunlop's Recommendations for Transformative Living

Yesteryday’s interview with Alexander Hamilton Dunlop touched on topics from diet and lifestyle to numerology, and how they can be integrated with personal development and business success. Throughout his own journey, which has traversed the two paths of spirituality and corporate dealings, Alexander has followed a passion for helping others break through challenges and undergo transformative realization. From starting a holistic health center…

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Storytelling, Serendipity, and Creation: Michael Schein’s Influencers

In his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Michael Schein described how he turned an everyday business problem – updating media content – into a model for success. His business, MicroFame Media, provides marketing services to companies by streamlining the process of reaching out to mass audiences, gaining attention and growing appeal. Initially, Michael never saw himself in the business world,…

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Planning and Peer Groups: Theresa Fette's Influencers

Trust Provident CEO Theresa Fette joined Smashing the Plateau yesterday to share a few of the lessons she learned along her path to business success. In her discussion, she described how she was able to achieve exponential growth with her first entrepreneurial endeavor through the coming-together of planning and luck. She has also had some help and advice—here are are some of the books, people, and resources that…

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Top 10 Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders with Jason Treu

On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, we discussed the value of building relationships with business coach and social network guru Jason Treu. Jason shared insider tips on seeking out the right people and building self-confidence to influence and engage others on your way to business success. Here, Jason discusses the people who have influenced…

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Ekaterina Walter on the Role of ‘Intrapreneurs’ in Leading Market Change

In yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Ekaterina Walter remarks on the role of ‘intrapreneurs’ in shifting business mentality and implementing new ideas. Intrapreneurs are people who develop new products and business models similarly to entrepreneurs, but do so while working within larger companies. Ekaterina discusses how to foster intrapreneurs in your business by: 1)…

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Models of Success in Human Resources: Robbin Steif’s Influencers

In her interview on Smashing the Plateau, LunaMetrics CEO and owner Robbin Steif discussed how personal development can translate into business success. Additionally, finding and keeping the right talent for the job is crucial to business management and advancement. She looks to other business leaders, some of whom she knows personally, to navigate this nexus…

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Writers and Thinkers, Philosophy and Practice: Nicole Valentine's Influencers

On her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, founder of Synergy Business Development Nicole Valentine discussed her forward-looking approach to leadership and business, and her strategy for moving ideas from the creation stages through to successful exit. Here, she shares with us a few key writers and business leaders who have helped to…

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Sports and Social Justice: Chuck Ealey's Influences

On his interview on Smashing the Plateau, Chuck Ealey discussed his trajectory from a professional football career to business, and the people who influenced him along the way. Here, an excerpt from his discussion of the people who influenced him as a young man: “Larry Hisle and Al Oliver who were professional baseball players that…

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Asking the Right Questions: Nigel Savage on Ruth Messinger's Influence

In his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Nigel Savage, the founder and president of Hazon, a faith-based environmental organization, discussed lessons learned during his transition from the private to public sector. One key feature to his success was learning to form partnerships and ask the right questions. During his talk, he discussed…

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Literary Writers and Tools for Collaboration: Tamela Rich’s Recommendations

In her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, author and adventurer Tamela Rich discusses the balance between being prepared to face fears and obstacles with the right mindset, and adapting to what the world throws at you. Her influences—explored here—provide her with the tools to think positively, collaborate, communicate, and overcome challenges. 1.…

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Marilyn King's Inspirations for "Olympic Thinking"

On her interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Marilyn King discussed how Olympic Thinking can help leaders become more effective and more inspirational to others. Here, she provides a list of the men and women who have, in turn, inspired her: 1. Marceline Gillis – grandmother Marilyn writes that her grandmother was her…

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The Mythology and Psychology of Adventure: Reading Recommendations from Jeff Salz

On yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Jeff Salz discussed what leaders can learn from adventurers—or from adventures of their own. Here, he provides a list of those people who have inspired his own journeys: 1. Alan Watts (www.AlanWatts.com) Jeff describes Watts’ writing as a “brilliant East/West synthesis.” Watts is best known for The Way…

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Thought Leaders and Researchers: Steve Farber’s Leadership Influencers

On his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Steve Farber discussed his concept of “Extreme Leadership”—those leaders who make a genuine difference within their organization, and beyond it. Here, he provides a list of the leaders and thinkers who have influenced him and his work: 1. Tom Peters (www.tompeters.com; @tom_peters) Steve, who was…

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Josh Turner's Reading Recommendations: Marketing and Financial Awareness

On his interview on yesterday’s episode of Smashing the Plateau, Linked Selling founder Josh Turner described founding and developing his business in the wake of the 2008-2009 recession, and moving from offering freelance CFO services to helping businesses develop their LinkedIn marketing campaigns. Here, he lists the people who have helped influence his understanding of…

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