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How To Make It In The Age Of Disruption With Mark Monchek

Changing The Way We Define Success

In his second appearance on Smashing The Plateau, author and The Opportunity Lab founder Mark Monchek talks about his newest book Culture of Opportunity: How to Grow Your Business in an Age of Disruption, and how it can help you revolutionize your business. During the conversation, Mark breaks down the three steps to operating in the age of disruption, explores working against counterintuitive assumptions, and talks about creating a safe space for your team to speak up and challenge the status quo.

Topics include:

  • What it really means to live in an age of disruption
  • How to accept failures (and learn from them)
  • The disruptive role that technology has played in business
  • How to assess new opportunities that are the right fit for your company

Mark Monchek’s mission is to empower conscious leaders to build great companies that make a difference in the world. He founded The Opportunity Lab to build organizations that are more conscious and sustainable – making life better for their employees, their customers, and their communities. He uncovers unconscious beliefs – shifting from scarcity to abundance. Mark has worked with leaders from Google, Apple, General Electric, Goldman Sachs, The New York Times, the Wharton School of Business, NBC, Columbia University, Time Warner, United Nations, The American Lung Association, and United Way of Greater New York to help them take their organizations to the next level of sustainable growth.

Mark’s work has been featured on the Lifetime Network, That Matters, Conscious Talk Radio, WCBS, Catalyst, Newsday, Working Women Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. A chapter from Mark’s forthcoming book was published as a part of OD Network’s Organization Development in Practice, and the full book, Culture of Opportunity: How to Grow Your Business in an Age of Disruption, will be published and available online in May 2017.

Learn more about Mark at opplab.com, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

 

 

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Chasing The Adventure With Sir Tim Smit

Chasing The Adventure With Sir Tim Smit

If there’s one thing Sir Tim Smit has learned in his illustrious career, it’s that the world favors risk takers. In today’s episode, Tim talks about how he turned a dilapidated estate into The Eden Project – one of the UK’s greatest gardens and environmental tourist attractions. He also discusses why (and how) people from all walks of life can achieve great things, shares why he really left the music industry behind, and reveals why having a grand adventure is the secret to a happy and successful life.

We discuss…

  • The four rules for setting your adventure in motion
  • How to harness your anxiety
  • The power of serendipity
  • Losing your fear of being disliked
  • Why treating people well is the secret to good luck

Sir Tim Smit is Executive Vice-Chairman, and Co-founder of the award-winning Eden Project near St. Austell in Cornwall. Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000. Since then more than 18 million people have come to see what was once a sterile pit turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavor. Eden has contributed over £1.7 billion into the Cornish economy, and is proud of its success in changing people’s perception of the potential for and the application of science, by communicating and interpreting scientific concepts through the use of art, drama and storytelling as well as living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration. It demonstrates once and for all that sustainability is not about sandals and nut cutlets; it is about good business practice and the citizenship values of the future.

Learn more about Sir Tim at edenproject.com and Twitter.

 

 

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Why Community Is The Key To Success With Rachel Happe

Why Community Is The Key To Success With Rachel Happe

In today’s episode of Smashing The Plateau, The Community Roundtable Co-Founder Rachel Happe reveals why meaningful relationships and supportive communities are the bedrocks of success. She also talks about pushing past anxieties, shows us the right ways to network, and reveals why focusing on what you can to today can change your trajectory tomorrow.

We discuss…

  • Using a crisis as a springboard for change
  • How to find those who can recognize your potential
  • Why the successful individual is a myth
  • Creating organizations where individuals can thrive

Rachel Happe has spent the last 20 years helping organizations implement emerging technologies to advance their business strategies. She understands how networked communications environments can transform how people work, their productivity and their personal satisfaction by aligning their passions, skills and relationships.

Rachel Co-Founded The Community Roundtable to support business leaders developing their communities and social business strategies. Clients including Steelcase, Aetna, BASF, H&R Block and CA have benefited from Rachel’s ability to make sense of abstract trends and her ability to see the implications that technical and operational decisions can have on people and processes. During her career, Rachel has served as an analyst, in product management, product marketing and executive roles.

Learn more about Rachel at LinkedIn and Twitter.

 

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Why You Need To Face Your Fears Head On

Why You Need To Face Your Fears Head On

After his partnership dissolved in 1990, Cliff McLarty hit the lowest point of his career. With only $2.45 to his name, Cliff and his family banded together and climbed their way back to the top. In today’s episode, he tells us why embracing your fears is the only way to overcome adversity. He also reveals how his childhood fascination with board games sparked his love for real estate, and gives new insight into why pursuing your passions will give rise to a successful career and a dynamic life.

Topics include:

  • The importance of finding a supportive network
  • Finding the best ways to invest your time and money
  • Why entrepreneurs need to the ditch the self-centered attitude
  • How to open yourself up to new ideas

Cliff McLarty wrote his first business plan in the 6th grade, and decided he wanted to be the CEO of a major corporation. However, life had a different direction for him. He went into partnership in 1988, which ultimately did not pan out. Between supporting his young family and working 5 jobs alongside his wife, this became the defining moment in his life. Real estate was Cliff’s passion, so he started to read, study and implement certain “no money down” investment strategies. Today he is the Co-Founder of Serious Digital Media, LLC, and President of Diversified Asset Development, Inc.

Cliff is also a Navy veteran, who “retired” at age 45, and today calls North Carolina and Florida home, depending on the season and if the fish are biting.

Learn more about Cliff at seriousdigitalmedia.com and LinkedIn.

 

 

 

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Transforming And Developing Markets With Philip Spiegelman

Transforming And Developing Markets With Philip Spiegelman

“In every negative cycle there is opportunity … and I think our way of dealing with things has always been to identify who we can possibly do business with, target those people properly, service them … and treat those people with the best experience they’ve ever had in purchasing property.”

Philip Spiegelman was instrumental in transforming South Florida from small winter getaway to luxury goldmine. Today he discusses what it took to turn Miami into one of the most alluring and lucrative real estate markets in the world, as well as his exciting new ventures into global markets.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How to adjust your products and build new networks through shifting markets.
  • How to successfully navigate through economic downturns.
  • Why the exciting and multicultural market in Miami is appealing to a variety of buyers.
  • Why maintaining his organization through economic ups and downs was the biggest challenge he’s faced as an entrepreneur.
  • How to identify potentiality and capitalize on opportunity.
  • How to meet the needs of various cultures when developing in foreign markets.

Philip J. Spiegelman is one of the world’s most successful and influential experts in the marketing and sales of luxury condominium projects. Phillip and his partner Craig Studnicky founded International Sales Group (ISG) nearly 30 years ago. Today it is the globe’s preeminent full-service marketing and sales organization for high-end, high-rise condominiums. To date, ISG has marketed and sold more than $16 billion in prestigious properties for leading developers.

Philip is also a principal of RelatedISG International Realty, a strategic alliance with Miami’s famed Related Group.

Learn more about Philip at ISG and LinkedIn.

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Doubling Your Sales With Amanda Holmes

Doubling Your Sales With Amanda Holmes

“How do I duplicate myself so that I can have a sales team, so that I’m not the only salesperson? So that I can have more people delivering our products or services, and it’s really taking the time to work on their business as opposed to just working in it.”

After the tragic loss of her father, Amanda Holmes became the CEO of his multi-million dollar company, Chet Holmes International. Grief-stricken and with little experience, Amanda was thrust into chaos, but came out a magnate on the other side. Today she discusses why following her father’s methodology turned her into a thriving CEO and sales maven and how businesses can use the same methods to double their sales.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How to balance emotional and tactical components to deal with the most difficult challenges.
  • How to harness and accept your vulnerability.
  • The best buyer strategy and how to use it.
  • Why businesses with a “one man army” will never hit the one million dollar mark.
  • Why you should take an educational or valued approach with best buyers.
  • The importance of tracking, measuring and truly understanding your metrics.

Think about this for a moment: You’re 24 years old having graduated from USC just 2 years earlier with a music degree (and a promising performing arts career). Suddenly you are faced with an incredible decision to stay the course with your original career path or pivot to become the CEO of your father’s incredibly successful multi-million dollar enterprise. An enterprise with more than a 100 employees, most of whom are 20 years your senior and have a longer history at the company. At 24, Amanda Holmes made that decision and became the CEO of Chet Holmes International and hasn’t looked back since.

Learn more about Amanda at chetholmes.com, LinkedIn, Case Study, howtodoublesales.com and Twitter. You can also attend her webinars, and read more about her journey in this Inc article by Bill Carmody.

 

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STP061: Defining Self-Identity and Maintaining Mentor Relationships With Clemantine Wamariya

STP061: Defining Self-Identity and Maintaining Mentor Relationships With Clemantine Wamariya

Clemantine Wamariya came to the United States with her sister Claire in 2000, having survived the Rwandan genocide and several years of living in refugee camps. A recent graduate of Yale University, she is currently working on a startup that will connect top African students at U.S. universities with international companies that will provide entrepreneurial, technological and philanthropic opportunities for them to grow into the leaders that their countries need.

Here, she discusses:

  • How to help people understand what it means to be “a citizen of the world”—and also what it means to be a forgotten citizen of the world
  • The power of defining her own experience, and not allowing others to define her as a “refugee” or in other terms that invite assumptions
  • Surrounding herself by people that inspire and enable her to maintain her focus
  • The possibilities offered by “criticizing by creating”
  • The importance of maintaining two-way relationships with mentors
  • Living with a sense of wonder and surprise—even while acknowledging that things will go wrong

A social entrepreneur and a storyteller, Wamariya is currently working with her sister on a book on their experiences in war zones and refugee camps, and how they worked together to rise above these environments. She is on the board of Women for Women International, and was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Holocaust Museum Board. She is also an advisory board member at Refugee Transitions.

Learn more about Wamariya through her website at clemantine.co; or through social media: Twitter (@clemantine1), Facebook (Facebook.com/Clemantine.me), and Instagram (@clemantine1).

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STP037: Getting Out of the Crisis with Iman Bugaighis

Getting Out of the Crisis with Iman Bugaighis

Dealing with risk is difficult. In some cases, the fear of risk keeps businesspeople from moving forward with potentially career defining initiatives. As official spokesperson for the Libyan revolution to the West, Dr. Iman Bugaighis knows about risk better than most. In standing up for what she believes, she regularly places in the balance everything that is dear to her.

In this episode, this courageous woman talks about what it takes to be bold and how any of us can rise to the occasion.

It’s rare that an interview touches me on such a deep level. I’m truly interested to hear your thoughts once you’ve listened.

Topics include…

  • Making sense of chaos
  • Where to turn when things are uncertain
  • How having a single mission can help overcome difference
  • How teams reinforce courage
  • What happens once you’ve achieved your “big goal.”

 

Dr. Iman Bugaighis is a prominent leader of the Libyan Revolution, a Professor at University of Bengazhi, and a fierce advocate for universal human rights.

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