How to Prevent Boneheaded Management Actions (or Inactions)

An Interview with Veteran Fortune 500 Executive and Author Steven D. Goldstein

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For decades, Sears stores in Miami stocked snowblowers in their garden centers, even though no one ever bought one and it hasn’t snowed in Miami since 1977.

Steven_D_Goldstein_Speech (1)That, says Steven D. Goldstein, a former Sears senior executive, results from management disengagement – an ailment that plagues many owners and senior executives.

Steve, who has been a top executive at several Fortune 500 companies, is an evangelist for management engagement. His first book, Why Are There Snowblowers in Miami? – due out later this year, details five positive principles of engagement that can prevent boneheaded management actions.

Steve shares those principles this week on Monday Morning Radio with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, and answers the obvious question: What was Sears thinking?

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Posted: February 29, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 37 minutes 33 seconds

How’s Your Reputation?

Participants in the Reputation Tool Chest Workshop at The Wizard Academy

Participants in the Reputation Tool Chest Workshop at The Wizard Academy

Reputation Tool Chest at Wizard Academy: February 16th and 17th

The Cowboy and the Mountain Gardener, the White Glove and the Red Shovels; the Durham Three; the Milne Court (Nova Scotia) Two; Two Daughters (a message therapist and a photographer); the Authority Architect; a Readability Expert; the Sexy Boss and the Emissary of Love.

Each a unique and special talent, they came to The Wizard Academy in search of the reputational tools that will propel them to their business and personal best.

For two days, led by reputation coach and Monday Morning Radio host Dean Rotbart, each entrepreneur found the inspiration and discovered unconventional methods to become better known and respected as the central player on their own reputational stage.

At the core, the group learned about Rotbart’s Five Pillars of Reputational Success and how to apply each proven concept to their own reputational blueprints.

Now it’s time to sit back and await the audacious projects that these eager participants conceived and designed. Today their names may or may not mean anything to you. But stay tuned. In the very near future, the seeds planted at the February workshop will blossom into powerful new local, regional, national and even global reputations. You can count on it.

Special guest Heather Ann Havenwood and Dean Rotbart

Special guest Heather Ann Havenwood and Dean Rotbart

Thanks to all who attended and special thanks to guest speaker Heather Ann Havenwood – CEO of Havenwood Worldwidethe “Picasso of Personal Brandingand to Daniel Whittington, Vice Chancellor of The Wizard Academy.

If you’d like to attend the next Reputation Tool Chest Workshop, email Dean Rotbart and ask to be notified of his upcoming classes. Reach him at

Problem Solved: A Smarter Way for Small Business to Fund Inventory

Kickfurther Creates A Unique Business-Financing Marketplace

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Success has killed more than a few companies that had plenty of orders, but not enough affordable funding to finance sufficient inventory.

Sean De Clercq and his company, Kickfurther, solve that age-old problem. Kickfurther is a unique business-funding marketplace in which investors – rather than taking equity in a company – actually purchase a share of its inventory. In exchange, the investors get a potential return on their money that trumps the stock market, mutual funds, and real estate.

Reputation coach and host Dean Rotbart brings his Monday Morning Radio microphone to Boulder, Colorado this week to take his own inventory of how Kickfurther is revolutionizing small business financing.

Video: Watch Dean and Sean in a video version of this week’s Monday Morning Radio


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Posted: February 8, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 39 minutes 10 seconds

KRVN AM Radio Succeeds By Defining Its Mission and Sticking to It

Born: February 1, 1951 – 65 Years Ago Today

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Clockwise: Craig Larson, general manager; Max Brown, founder; Tim Marshall, station manager.

Clockwise: Craig Larson, general manager; Max Brown, founder; Tim Marshall, station manager.

The big party is on today in Lexington, Nebraska, as the town and nearby residents gather to celebrate 65 years since local farm radio station, KRVN, began broadcasting. There is no other radio station in America comparable to KRVN, which is owned by more than 4,000 Nebraska farmers and ranchers.

How in this day and age a rural AM radio station that concentrates on commodity prices and weather forecasts has survived and prospered holds ample lessons for all business owners and entrepreneurs. As reputation coach and host Dean Rotbart discovered, knowing your customers and working hard each day to serve them is a winning formula – both down on the farm and in major metropolitan markets.

You’re invited to join the anniversary festivities today on Monday Morning Radio, featuring interviews with KRVN general manager Craig Larson and station manager Tim Marshall. Be sure to save room for some homemade anniversary cake.

Note: On this week’s episode, Dean is joined by Dr. Charles W. Martin – “Charley” – the founder of Martin’s Business Milestones – an unprecedented nationwide campaign just getting underway that is designed to showcase and honor small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Martin’s Business Milestones – which you’ll be hearing a lot more about in the coming weeks and months – is dedicated to celebrating those businesses that have demonstrated the tenacity, agility, creativity, know-how, loyalty and experience that are required to tackle the challenges that bring down so many other small businesses. Businesses such as KRVN.

Be sure to follow the Martin’s Business Milestones Twitter page at:

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February 1, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 50
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