When Life Feels Like a Roller Coaster, It’s Time to Change Everything

Business Strategist Ken D. Foster Shares Daily Methods to ‘Super-Size’ Your Success

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On the rollercoaster of life, Ken D. Foster has seen the peaks and the valleys, working his way up from gas station attendant to head of a $200 million securities business, and back to the very bottom.

Ken finally found stability, and success, when he cleaned his slate of beliefs and behaviors and began anew. Now a best-selling author of five books, a podcaster, and an empowerment coach, Ken has released his newest book, The Courage to Change Everything, which provides daily strategies to overcome life’s greatest challenges.

As Ken explains to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, his approach to success is a hybrid of ancient and modern wisdom, Eastern and Western philosophies.

Photo: Ken D. Foster, Author
Posted: December 9, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:44

Successful and Charitable Small Business Owners

All Kids Bike® Aims to Teach Every Kindergartener in America to Ride

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In the spirit of the 7th Annual GivingTuesday, this week’s podcast examines the growing number of small business owners who are creating 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundations to buttress their philanthropic efforts.

In the spotlight is Ryan McFarland, a sterling example of CEOs who are giving back in gratitude for their own success.

Ryan is the founder of Strider Sports International and its nonprofit sibling, the Strider Education Foundation, or SEF.

Ryan worked closely with Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart, who is a National Ambassador for the All Kids Bike® movement, to set an audacious goal: teach every child in America how to bike before they reach the first grade.

Through SEF, the All Kids Bike® movement has already donated free bikes, helmets, and training programs to 136 schools in 26 states. And the campaign is just getting pedaling.

Ryan is Dean’s guest on this week’s Monday Morning Radio, sharing the ups-and-downs of simultaneously running a for-profit and not-for-profit organization.

To learn more about All Kids Bike® and support its efforts on GivingTuesday, visit www.allkidsbike.org. To donate now, click here.

Discover the science behind the All Kids Bike® movement by viewing the inaugural All Kids Bike® Health and Education Symposium – five panels featuring global experts on the physical, psychological, and academic benefits of early childhood biking.

Photo: Ryan McFarland (l) All Kids Bike® and Dean Rotbart, Host
Posted: December 2, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 48:05

Building a Valuable Professional and Personal Network is Easier Than You Think

Silicon Valley’s Über-Networker, Karen Wickre, on How to Make and Keep Great Connections

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Karen Wickre has worked in Silicon Valley for more than 30 years, including stints as the editorial director of Twitter and a senior global communicator at Google, which she joined when there were only 500 employees. By the time she left, there were 50,000 people on the payroll.

During that time she became globally recognized as an über networker – connecting with the world’s elite and harnessing the power of her contacts.

A self-described introvert, Karen shares with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart steps anyone can take to build and fill their own business network with meaningful connections.

[Be sure to pick up a copy of Karen’s book, “Taking the Work Out of Networking: Your Guide to Making and Keeping Great Connections,” available here].

Photo: Karen Wickre
Posted: November 25, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 39 minutes and 5 seconds

Rob Kessler Is Asking Men to Cut All Ties to Their Business-Casual Shirts

goTIELESS Aims to Disrupt the Men’s Fashion Market with Its Unique Design

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Rob Kessler is on a mission – a mission to eradicate men’s ties.

Aware that 100% of business-casual shirts are designed for ties – yet 90% of the time men don’t wear neckties – he’s invented an entirely new category of shirts – goTIELESS.

Rob comes from good entrepreneurial stock. His pop, Richard Kessler, the Diamond Engagement Ring ‘King’ of Wisconsin, taught him a thing or two about sales and marketing. And it shows.

This week Rob tells host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart how he and his partners aim to collar the men’s fashion market.

HOLIDAY GIVING GUIDE:

  • All Kids Bike® ON A MISSION TO TEACH EVERY CHILD IN AMERICA HOW TO RIDE A BIKE IN KINDERGARTEN PE CLASS
  • Chapel DulcineaThe First (and Finest) Free Wedding Chapel in the World 
  • The Stories Behind the SmilesPhotographs and Essays Celebrating the Magic of a Healthy Smile (by Avital Rotbart)

Photo: Rob Kessler, goTIELESS
Posted: November 18, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 50 minutes and 24 seconds

Give Mary Fran Bontempo 15 Minutes and She Just Might Save Your Backside

A “How-To” Book on Business and Personal Crisis Management

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Mary Fran Bontempo, an award-winning speaker, author, and humorist, just came out with a crisis management book called, “The 15 Minute Master.” The book promises to teach readers “how to make everything better 15 minutes at a time.”

With no advance warning, host Dean Rotbart decided to test the premise on Mary Fran, herself, using his stopwatch to give her exactly 15 minutes to explain her method, why it works, and how business people can apply her lessons both at work and in their personal lives.

“15 minutes could save you more than just car insurance premiums,” Rotbart says. “In a crisis, it could save your backside.”

Click here to hear Mary Fran Bontempo’s July 2017 interview on Monday Morning Radio.

Photo: Mary Fran Bontempo, The 15 Minute Master
Posted: November 11, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 22 minutes 32 seconds

Breaking into the U.S. Marketplace from Istanbul is No Easy Task

Rasim Cin, the Visionary Founder of Woppy, Maps His Strategy

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It’s hard enough for American entrepreneurs to launch a new business and gain traction with American consumers.

Doing it from Istanbul, Turkey, primarily in Turkish, as Rasim Cin is doing, complicates the task exponentially.

Rasim is the visionary behind Woppy, a new subscription game-box company that aims to teach kindergarten-age kids STEM skills, without using digital technology. Woppy was recently a participant in the WSJ Tech Live global conference held in Laguna Beach, where Rasim and his team generated a great deal of positive buzz from the world’s high-tech whizzes.

Joining Rasim and host Dean Rotbart for a discussion of the obstacles Woppy faces, and what other businesses can learn about working internationally, is Mel Ayan, an early-stage investor in Woppy.

Photo: Rasim Cin, Woppy
Posted: November 4, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 54 minutes, 25 seconds

What’s My Small Business Secret? – Try to Guess Their Special Story!

Meet the Entrepreneurial Superheroes Who Are Helping Dogs Live into Their 20s

[Listen and Profit Now™]Bert Gervis Has Got a Secret

Bert and Tracy Gervis are two successful California entrepreneurs and philanthropic superheroes who own and operate one of the nation’s fastest growing pet food companies.

Their proprietary Gentle Giants Dog and Puppy Foods is helping canines to live twice, even three times longer than average, with many dogs behaving like puppies well into their twenties.

No wonder their wholesome dog food is flying off the shelves of Walmart Supercenters and hundreds of major supermarket outlets nationwide, not to mention on Chewy.com and Petsmart.com.

Bert and Tracy not only don’t take a salary, since 1994, they’ve personally cared for more than 15,000 rescue dogs in their home.

If that’s not impressive enough, this week, on a special “What’s My Small Business Secret” edition of Monday Morning Radio, both Bert and Tracy reveal to host Dean Rotbart their separate background stories that make their accomplishments all the more extraordinary.

[Spoiler Alert: If you just can’t wait to know Bert and Tracy’s secret, skip ahead in the podcast to 35 minutes and 50 seconds, and all will be revealed.]

Photo: Bert John Gervis, Jr. – Gentle Giants Dog & Puppy Foods
Posted: October 28, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 Hour 8 Minutes