Mermaid Mania: Swimtails Aims to Ride the Global Wave

Husband-and-Wife Duo Kristie Foster and Ryan Newmanswimmable-mermaid-tails6

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Little mermaids are big business. Spurred, in part, by the hit Australian TV show, “H2O: Just Add Water” – which airs in more than 120 countries – we are in the midst of a bona fide mermaid feeding frenzy.

Among the more popular items making waves are mermaid tails, such as the children and adult swimming fins being marketed nationally by Swimtails, a company that recently surfaced to meet the burgeoning demand.

Husband-and-wife team Kristie Foster and Ryan Newman share their entrepreneurial tale this week on Monday Morning Radio and disclose their blueprint for making a business splash from mermaid mania.

Kristie and Ryan are interviewed by Wizard Academy faculty member Dean Rotbart, an award-winning journalist and veteran broadcaster.
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Posted: June 1,  2015
Run Time: 
21 minutes 25 seconds

Flying Without a Helicopter: Helping Young People Prepare for Business and Life

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Are today’s young adults ready to succeed in business and life? Most, in honesty, aren’t.

The reason, observes Dr. Joanie Connell, is that too many members of the so-called millennial generation have been (silver) spoon fed for too long.

This week on Monday Morning Radio, Dr. Connell, author of Flying Without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life, explains how she inspires young people to get R.E.A.L.: Resilient, Empowered, Authentic, and Limber.

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Posted: May 25, 2015
Run Time: 31 minutes 44 seconds

A Fool’s Errand: Trying to Motivate Employees with a Carrot or a Stick

Susan Fowler on the Science of Motivation

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Would you be more inclined to listen to this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio if you knew that one lucky listener would win a Silver Aluminum Apple Watch? Perhaps.

But this week’s guest, Susan Fowler, thinks such prize incentives are an awful way to win customers or to encourage employees to perform better on the job. In the long run, they don’t work.fowler_susan

Susan, who has worked alongside management guru Ken Blanchard for more than two decades and co-authored three books with Ken, is an expert on the science of motivation.

Her own book, Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work…and What Does, explodes the conventional wisdom that to motivate others – or even yourself – you have two choices, the carrot or the stick. That may work for horses, Susan says, but not for listeners of this podcast or for any other sentient human being.

Discover why you MUST have your own Wikipedia profile and how to generate one. Read Dean Rotbart’s groundbreaking series here.
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Posted: May 18, 2015
Run Time: 38 minutes 12 seconds

Remaking the Global Wine Industry, One Keg at a Time

Jordan Kivelstadt, Free Flow Wines


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Wine dispensed from stainless steel kegs has begun to flow from some of the nation’s top vineyards and restaurants. At the forefront of this liquid revolution are Napa-based Free Flow Wines and its CEO and co-founder, Jordan Kivelstadt.jordan_kivelstadt_kegs

Free Flow Wines is defying convention in asking fine restaurants and other venues to shift from bottles to kegs. It’s a business challenge worthy of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. This week on Monday Morning Radio, Kivelstadt uncorks his secret plan to bring technological and environmental innovation to the age-old wine industry.

p.s. Just a few short weeks ago, the Wizard Academy’s resident oenophile, our very own Roy H. Williams, sipped his very first glass of wine on tap. Sacrilege? Apostasy? Depravity?

No, in Roy’s own words, “I liked it.”

Discover why you MUST have your own Wikipedia profile and how to generate one. Read Dean Rotbart’s groundbreaking series here.

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Posted: May 11, 2015
Run Time: 37 minutes 20 seconds

Dr. Bo Knows: Podcasts Deliver an Audience and Results

Successful Serial Entrepreneur Produces 7 Podcasts

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Is podcasting an effective marketing tool?

bo_bennettBo Bennett sure thinks so. The serial entrepreneur just launched his 7th podcast – The Dr. Bo Show. “Dr. Bo” – who has a Ph.D. in social psychology – finds that podcasts deliver a steady stream of customers for his various ventures, including online courses, public speaking, and ebooks.

Why? Dr. Bo says many people have brains that are hardwired to be more receptive to audio input than reading or videos. (Where have we heard that before?) Join in this week on Monday Morning Radio and be counted among the audio cognoscenti.

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Posted: May 4, 2015
Run Time: 33 minutes 44 seconds