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Resources to help you turn a crisis into an opportunity

We’ve combed through our archives to highlight these leaders who have persevered through disruption, overcome unexpected crises, faced overwhelming fear head-on and harnessed their anxiety to produce positive long-term outcomes.

May they inspire you to reach new heights.

How Your Coaching Business Can Exceed Your Last Corporate Job Featuring Michael OBrien

By David Shriner-Cahn | 02/07/2020

Michael OBrien is the Chief Shift Officer at Peloton Coaching and Consulting. He elevates successful corporate leaders by preventing bad moments from turning into bad days. He started going solo in 2014 at the age of 47 after a successful corporate career.We discuss:A corporate shake-up and a last bad day [1:58]The freedom to honor the…

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Making a Successful Transition from Employee to Entrepreneur Featuring Mari Anne Snow

By David Shriner-Cahn | 02/26/2018

Mari Anne Snow is the CEO and founder of Sophaya, a virtual company that designs, builds and delivers custom soft skill training for organizations with remote teams and dispersed workers. We discuss: What it’s like to jump out of corporate life and into entrepreneurship The impact of those around us when we are in a…

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How to Create Recurring Transformations with Your Clients with Erica Peitler

By David Shriner-Cahn | 01/24/2018

Erica is a certified leadership performance coach, high impact facilitator, author and speaker. We discuss: What happens when you hit a personal wall in a high-performance role How to rethink fear and your need to make money Why you need to know who you are and who you serve, the recurring nature of your relationships…

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Why Learning is Leverage With Dan Hoffman

By David Shriner-Cahn | 07/17/2017

Entrepreneur and public speaker Dan Hoffman founded Circles Learning Labs as a means to foster meaningful connections across the world. He also believes that adult learning is the key to improving our lives and our businesses. Today he tells us why. Dan also opens up about his own struggles as an entrepreneur, talks about finding clarity, and…

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How To Make Fear Work For You With Akshay Nanavati

By David Shriner-Cahn | 07/03/2017

If anyone understands the power of adventure, it’s Akshay Nanavati. As an entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and the author of Fearvana, Akshay helps people foster their fears and bring new meaning to their lives. He is also on a mission to run across every country in the world. In today’s episode, Akshay opens up about his…

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

By David Shriner-Cahn | 05/15/2017

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…

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Chasing The Adventure With Sir Tim Smit

By David Shriner-Cahn | 02/22/2017

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…

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Why Community Is The Key To Success With Rachel Happe

By David Shriner-Cahn | 02/20/2017

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…

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Why You Need To Face Your Fears Head On

By David Shriner-Cahn | 08/31/2016

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…

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Transforming And Developing Markets With Philip Spiegelman

By David Shriner-Cahn | 11/16/2015

“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…

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