ethical issues in business

Michael Ainslie – Navigating Ethical Issues in Business – Why Doing What’s Right Ultimately Makes the Difference (AoL 169)

As we grow more successful, it can be easy for power to go to our heads. We can start to think we’re unstoppable. This is especially true on the grand scale when we see ethical issues in business headline the news.

One right now, for example, is the rehabilitation of the Boeing 737 Max line of aircraft. It has turned into an epic crisis in the last couple of years for them as they simply have not done well in addressing the issue. Nor did they really do a great job of mitigating it either. Whoever made the decision to cut corners and create the software which caused a couple flights to crash, obviously shouldn’t have cut those corners.

Another example was back in 2008 when Lehman Brothers had to file for bankruptcy. Out of all the things that went on that year, I still remember watching the news as the threat of that particular crisis grew more inevitable. When it finally did, the market plummeted… as well as the savings and lifestyles of many people who thought they had done things right.

Today’s guest, Michael Ainslie, was one of the group of people that had to make the decision to file for Chapter 11. Sure, making the decision was tough, but it was the right thing to do.

Being part of that board hasn’t been his only rodeo, however. He was also the CEO of the internationally known auction house Sotheby’s. Let’s just say they had a few things they had to deal with during his time there as well.

In his new book, A Nose for Trouble, he shares with us how he’s been able keep his head through all the adversity in his career.

In this chat, Andy and I get the chance to learn a few things you won’t hear on any other interview of his!

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • If Michael wrote a screenplay for his life, where would the opening scene be? 9:42
  • As a first hand witness, how do highly successful board members end up in a orange jumpsuit in a prison? 14:38
  • What kind of people do these types of people hire as leadership for their companies? 16:29
  • How was Michael able to keep himself from being consumed by the power he’s had in his career? 20:38
  • How does he suggest executives balance the line between the what’s right and the needs of different stakeholders? 22:04
  • What can Xennials and younger generations of entrepreneurs learn from the mistakes of leaders who have gone before them? 27:06
  • What advice does he have to a company who’s trying to rebuild their brand and reputation if they’ve been dragged through the media? 32:38
  • What’s Michael looking forward to in 2020? 34:34
  • Who are his 3 top influencers are teachers who have helped him get to where he’s at today? 39:54
  • What’s a gift he loves to give others? 40:29
  • Is there a documentary that he’d recommend people watch? 40:26
  • What’s Michael’s favorite social custom? 42:02
  • How can someone be a difference maker in their community? 42:40

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Sotheby’s
Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy
Elon Musk on Joe Rogan
Alex Heard – Chancellor at Vanderbilt U
Ron Daniel – Managing partner at McKinsey
J. Leslie Rollins and the Ohio Fellows Program
Fork Over Knives
Mort and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center

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Michael on the passing of Morton Mandel

Royal Poinciana Chapel New Garden

Michael’s interview with Bloomberg Radio

Interview with Kerry Lutz of the Financial Survival Network


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marriage and family counseling

Lisa Mustard – Embracing Her Why – A Journey from Sports Marketing to Marriage and Family Counseling… and More! (AoL 167)

When it comes to marriage and family counseling, one would think that the therapist loves to do what they’re doing. Why else would they do it? It has to be a super fulfilling job in that you’re doing all this great work with couples and helping them make breakthroughs critical to the relationship’s survival.

However, just like any other health related position, working with troubled patients can take its toll. It’s so easy to take their problems home on top of the all the things that one has to cope with in their own life.

And it’s not just the health field – doing anything you love too intensely for a long time can lead to burnout.

This is certainly the truth for this session’s guest, Lisa Mustard.

And, in fact, it’s one of the reasons that she’s started her podcast, The Therapy Show.

In this chat, Veronica and I get the chance to learn how she’s been able to package up her own life experiences in two hugely different arenas into what she’s doing today. Not only that, but we also discuss the importance of self care regardless of our position.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • After getting started in the sports marketing arena, how did Lisa end up as a therapist? 12:27
  • How has she been able to repackage her skill set as a therapist to being a coach? 17:45
  • Are there any similarities with her therapy patients vs those that she coaches? 22:36
  • What sparked Lisa’s interest in starting a podcast for therapists? 25:36
  • When it comes to building a new business, does Lisa think we should build on the side of our day job or build a runway first? 33:55
  • Why does it take burnout for us to realize how to be happy? 39:12
  • How does she feel like her work is helping others not fall down the stress rabbit hole? 42:37
  • What has Lisa excited for 2020? 48:58
  • What are three of Lisa’s favorite influential podcasts? 51:05
  • Which three books are her favorite to gift or tell others about? 51:38
  • Which message out there is a disservice to youth? 53:21
  • What is something that would be found in a Creative Handbook for Entrepreneurs? 54:22
  • What’s Lisa’s secret to achieving personal freedom? 54:24

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Be More Productive with Facebook in Less Time

The Future of Social Media with AI

Coping with Deployments over the Holidays

Better Communication in Romantic Relationships


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find your passion

Find Your Passion? How About Find Your Personal Mission?

One of the subjects we’ve talked about in detail in the podcast is this topic of finding your passion. Some say that once you find and follow your passion, you’ll have it made in the shade.

Well, according to Mike Rowe and Jordan Harbinger, that’s simply not the case. In their experience, they’ve come to realize that those who find passion in their work are just as happy as those who follow their passion – if not more so.

So, if the answer is not following your passion (which author Mark Nathan discusses in detail in his book The Delusion of Passion), what’s the secret? How can someone follow the advice “If you love what you do for work, you’ll never work a day in your life.”?

This is a question that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time… and here’s what I’ve found out.

Finding Your Sweet Spot

In entrepreneurial education, many educators/experts say that to be known for our work, we need to know how to find our sweet spot. What can we do that others don’t do nearly as well?

Honestly, to me, this seems kind of vague.

So here’s what I think they mean. I figure it means we need to do a proper inventory work on ourselves.  Once we have that info, then it’s much easier to figure out what separates us from our competition and/or possible partners. In fact, if we don’t do this inventory, we’ll never know if we’re trying to be someone we’re not.

In recent years, I know I’ve made that mistake. That’s why I’ve bounced from idea to idea. And, I now realize that this is because I’ve been basing my success off of the ideas of others! Meaning, if a guest on Pat Flynn’s show talked about doing having success doing a certain thing, then I’d go try that. If it sounded like something in my wheelhouse, I’d try it. And then, as I’m learning and experimenting with a certain type of business, I’d be comparing myself to people who were already making a killing doing it.

Funny enough, comparing ourselves to others on social media (which our brains like to do) makes it even harder to be ourselves!

It was a drag.

However, once I did find my sweet spot, it was easy for me to realize what I should be doing… and life just became that much easier. That’s when I came up with my free resource, Uncover Your Personal Mission. I wanted to make sure that others wouldn’t spin their wheels trying to find something that would make their entrepreneurial career.

The Ikigai

After I published my resource, I ran across the the Ikigai. It is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” The word “ikigai” is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile. The word translated to English roughly means “thing that you live for” or “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.”

At first I thought it was a different model altogether. But as I thought about it, I realized my guide corresponds directly with what the Ikigai illustrates.

3 P’s of a Personal Mission vs the Ikigai Model

While they might use some of the same words for different sections, what I found out about developing a personal mission lines up pretty close to this model. 

  • Your Passion (Why?) lines up with the Ikigai’s “What do you Love?” section.
  • Your Purpose (What?) lines up with the Ikigai’s “What does the World Need?” section.
  • Your Process (How?) lines up with the Ikigai’s “What you’re good at.” section.

The only thing I didn’t include as being part of a personal mission is the “What can you be paid for?” section. Why didn’t I include it in the personal mission guide? For one, I feel that culture already puts attention on this part anyway. Also, you have to know the other 3 sections before you can pick something to do and get compensated for. Sure, I understand why it’s in the Ikigai model, but I believe it makes more sense if someone’s personal mission is what someone would do even if they didn’t get paid for it. Remember, there’s a lot of unhappy people who built a career on doing work they can get paid for. Chances are, the world told them they were good at it and that’s why they chose that path… which is better than just choosing a path simply because it pays well.

Action Steps

So this idea of finding your personal mission is a bit of a conceptual exercise. I realize that. However, I truly believe that the more of the 3 P’s you’re aware of, then the easier the Profit part will be. In fact, Andy and I talked about this in great detail with Tommy Breedlove.

So be sure to check out that interview.

Also, if you haven’t yet, check out the Uncover Your Personal Mission guide. Do the exercises in there and then we can figure out what your income avenue should be.

political satire

Andrew Heaton – Creating Opportunities through Political Satire: Using Your Unique Talents, Interests, and Experiences to Fulfill Your Mission (AoL 165)

In general, politics is a topic that people are really engaged in or they want to keep away from it with a 10 foot pole. Personally for me, I’m a bit of a junkie. And in fact, the shows that I tend to listen to engage in political satire. They don’t take themselves too seriously.

I love that because it’s such a break from the norm. Because when you think of politics today, you often think of this side vs that side. One side is right while the other side is wrong. One side is Trump and on the other side you have the Pelosi lead Democrats.

This wasn’t always the case.

Today’s guest, Andrew Heaton, is someone I started listening to sometime last year in his last podcast called There’s Something Off with Andrew Heaton. That particular show concluded this past summer and since then he’s been busy building his own show entitled The Political Orphanage. (He also has a new show called Alienating the Audience , Sci-Fi based show, which we’ll talk a bit about in the interview.)

Listen in as Andy and I get a chance to find out from Andrew what his process has been as he’s been building his new platform. And what he can share with other creators in regards to getting on the national stage.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • How does Andrew connect at a different level with his audience than most political commentators? 10:38
  • Are politicians in DC the same people behind the scenes versus what we see in the news and media? 14:11
  • What’s Andrew’s advice for a student to set themself up to work in Washington DC? 17:08
  • What are some action steps he recommends to creatives, such as podcasters, who are in the hunt to get on a larger stage? 23:11
  • How does he go about getting guests on his podcasts? 35:49
  • Is there a certain way Andrew recommends to grow a contact list? 41:01
  • What business lessons has he learned through his experiences as a standup comic? 56:50
  • How has “always saying yes” affected him as a podcaster? 59:37
  • What’s Andrew looking forward to in the New Year? 1:02:12
  • Which book, film, and song would Andrew add to the National Curriculum? 1:04:47
  • What’s Andrew do when he becomes overwhelmed or unfocused? 1:07:32
  • What’s a topic that would be found in a handbook for entrepreneurs if Andrew wrote it? 1:10:33
  • Is there something he wished was still a thing? 1:12:12
  • What’s the secret to achieving personal freedom? 1:12:45

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

Uberdunger Cologne for Men

Game of Thrones: Libertarian Edition

Star Wars: Libertarian Edition

Baby Yoda for President


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personal financial management

Tess Wicks – Perspectives on Income: Understanding Money Mindset and Personal Financial Management Strategies (AoL 164)

Personal financial management is a topic that many people really don’t want to touch with a ten foot pole. A lot of the time, the reason for this is that as a society, we’re just not taught how to manage our own money. For those of us who are lucky to have extra to invest, we feel that we need to hire a financial advisor or investor to do the work for us.

While that might be helpful, it’s not a great plan to simply give up the responsibility for our own portfolio. Since the world runs on money, we all should have a good fundamental knowledge of how the game works.

In this session, Veronica and I speak with Tess Wicks. Like many others, Tess didn’t grow up really thinking about money. In fact, the only reason she started learning about the subject was through necessity due to her major and future career.

However, that career didn’t last long. After realizing she wasn’t cut out of the 9 to 5 world and could help others with their knowledge of money, she set out on a mission to educate.

In our chat, we learn about the illusion of job security, her unique digital nomad lifestyle, and why it’s important to set goals in our finances as entrepreneurs.

Having a healthy lifestyle is something that is brought up time and again in pop culture. However, with all the temptations of fast food, taking it easy, and dealing with stress, many people just simply struggle to do what’s best for them.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • How did Tess get her start in the financial world? 11:07
  • Where did she find her first client as an independent advisor? 15:15
  • What made her focus on helping self employed clients with personal financial management? 15:56
  • How has Tess been able to get around the illusion of job security for herself and with her clients? 19:01
  • What’s the traditional “Digital Nomad” or “World Citizen” lifestyle look like for Tess? 27:16
  • What are some things that someone needs to consider before they travel the world while working? 31:09
  • How does setting goals and “paying yourself first” help her clients with their finances? 35:22
  • What’s Tess excited about in 2020? 42:04
  • Who are three influencers or teachers that have launched her to where she’s at today? 43:31
  • What’s a gift she likes giving others? 46:48
  • What advice does she regularly hear adults giving children that she’d called BS on? 47:13
  • What’s her favorite social custom? 48:08
  • What’s the secret to achieving personal freedom? 48:45

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

Investing for Online Coaches

Five People to have on your Coaching Team

Video 1 of the 12 Days of Money Mindset

Change Your World with NLP


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healthy lifestyle

Cyndi Walter – Health, Wealth, and Happiness – Why a Positive Mindset and Healthy Lifestyle Should be a Part of Your Business Plan (AoL 163)

Having a healthy lifestyle is something that is brought up time and again in pop culture. However, with all the temptations of fast food, taking it easy, and dealing with stress, many people just simply struggle to do what’s best for them.

However, once you do figure out how to live healthier and learn how to live a positive mindset, achieving your goals gets that much easier. Main reason why is that you won’t constantly feel lethargic and out of energy.

In this session, Andy and I talk with Cyndi Walter who figured out at an early age that looking at the positive side of things makes life not only easier, but more fulfilling as well. Pair that with her experience in the direct sales world since she was in school and it’s no wonder that she has the ability to make an impact in the lives of many others – over 40,000 others in fact.

In this conversation with Cyndi, Andy and I get the chance to hear some of the secrets she’s used to build an amazing business!

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • Why should someone even consider getting started with a direct sales company? 9:00
  • How was Cyndi introduced to the industry? 10:10
  • How does someone become the healthiest version of themselves? 13:53
  • How does she advise clients to make the time to make a healthy lifestyle a priority for themselves? 15:48
  • What kind of connections does she make between mind, body, and total performance? 17:02
  • What’s the biggest misconception Cyndi finds herself helping clients overcome with health and mindset? 18:37
  • What’s the wisest way to think about our food choices? 20:49
  • How has Cyndi been able to position herself in a way online that she’s not conflicting with typical direct sales rules? 23:20
  • What kind of systems does Cyndi have in her working day which have helped her be as successful as she is? 26:06
  • Are there specific strategies she uses to balance family, community, and business in her life? 29:10
  • What are the first signs of someone’s life going out of balance? 31:22
  • What’s Cyndi looking forward to in 2020? 36:51
  • Who are three influences who have launched Cyndi to where she’s at today? 39:15
  • One gift she likes giving others? 41:27
  • What service is out there that’s a disservice to youth? 42:34
  • Is there a message that should be discussed more, but hardly is? 43:38

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

Healthy Lifestyle: Toxicity and Cleansing

How Much Water to Drink Daily?

Benefits of Gratitude

Tips to Manage Stress


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practicing mindfulness

Manuj Aggarwal – Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness Daily: Why Searching Within Can Lead to Our Next Big Opportunity (AoL 162)

When it comes to achievement in the creative space, you have to put in the actual work to get there. However, we’re not just talking about performing a particular skill like you would in a job, though. In fact, it starts with building one’s mindset. And one way to work on one’s mindset is through the form of practicing mindfulness or perform meditation.

In this session, we’re talking to Manuj Aggarwal who knows all about this world. Interestingly enough, when he lived in India, he never had an interest in this knowledge. However, as he moved to the western world, he realized that it had some real benefits.

In this conversation with Manuj, Andy and I have the chance to find out what this journey looked like like for him – including when he realized he needed to start.

Enjoy!

SPECIFICALLY, YOU’LL FIND OUT MORE ABOUT:

  • What was Manuj’s perspective on formal education growing up? 10:54
  • How did he make the time to seek the knowledge to get ahead in his career? 12:20
  • What does mindfulness and meditation mean to Manuj? 17:44
  • Is there anything wrong with the general population’s perspective on money? 24:32
  • What challenges and new opportunities has he seen running an international business? 28:11
  • Does Manuj see himself as a new trend in startups and entrepreneurship in India? 30:56
  • What’s got Manuj excited for 2020 and beyond? 36:08
  • What’s his advice to those who are 50 years old or beyond and want to stay on top of technology and stay relevant? 40:00
  • If Manuj could add one song, one book, and one film to the national curriculum, what would they be? 43:42
  • Is there something he’s learning about that he’s really excited to implement? 44:41
  • What’s something that every high school student must know? 46:19
  • What’s the best advice he’s ever received? 47:20
  • How does one live a life of abundance? 48:56

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The Power of Now – Eckart Tolle

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SHOW NOTE EXTRAS:

Interview of Dr. Glenn Livingston on Developing a Healthy Lifestyle

Interview of AJ Wilcox on B2B LinkedIn Advertising

Manuj interviews Chris Prefontaine on Real Estate Entrepreneurship

Prady Tewarie on Hypergrowth in a Competitive Industry


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