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Tens of Millions of Americans Are Working Remotely, But Often Ineffectively

Teresa Douglas on the Secrets to Success When ‘Anywhere in the World’ Is Your Office

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Nearly two-thirds of all employers now offer a work-from-home option, at least for some of their employees.

But few employers provide their staff instructions on how to be most productive and satisfied working remotely, and most employers don’t know how best to manage their far-flung team members.

Teresa Douglas, who has worked from home since 2010, recently co-wrote a book, “Working Remotely,” to help employees and employers alike navigate the shoals of off-site workers. She shares her best insights this week with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart.   

Photo: Teresa Douglas, Working Remotely
Posted: February 17, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 34:15

Steve Sansweet is a Star Wars Memorabilia Jedi Master

His Collection is Certified by Guinness Records as the World’s Largest

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Star Wars fans and collectors are legion, but among them “The Force” is undoubtedly strongest with Steve Sansweet, who spent more than 27 years as a reporter and bureau chief with The Wall Street Journal.

Steve is, as certified by Guinness World Records, the owner of the world’s largest private collection of Star Wars memorabilia, and President and CEO of Rancho Obi-Wan, an independent non-profit museum in Petaluma, California that houses part of his cache. (He loans his collection to the museum but continues to own it privately.)

As Steve explains to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart, he began collecting in 1976 as a passion, and in November 2011 “retired” to open and operate the museum. Although Steve doesn’t say so directly, Dean estimates his Star Wars collectibles are worth many millions of dollars, far more than if he had invested his available funds on Wall Street.

Dean’s interview with Steve is an edited excerpt from his extended conversation with the Star Wars memorabilia Jedi Master that will be available later this year as part of Dean’s “News Luminaries” project, honoring journalists who have had – or are having – exemplary careers. Beginning on Thursday, March 12th, and each week thereafter, Dean will post an oral history with a prominent 21st century journalist.

Stay tuned to Monday Morning Radio for more details on the journalism honors program.

You may also enjoy these past editions of Monday Morning Radio, featuring other successful entrepreneurs and professionals who’ve launched their own amazing non-profit projects:

Photo: Steve Sansweet, Rancho Obi-Wan
Posted: February 10, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:38

 

CEO Kevin Hancock Lost His Voice, But Gained a New, Wildly Successful Management Style

Prioritizing Employees Over Customers Benefits Both

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What if employers spoke less and listened more?

In the case of Kevin Hancock, Chairman and CEO of his family’s sixth-generation Maine lumber business, there was little choice after he was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a rare neurological speaking disorder that made verbal communications difficult. So he let his employees do most of the talking.

Eight years on, Kevin says that the employee-centric model that he instituted at Hancock Lumber, founded in 1848, has generated more profitability since his diagnosis than in the previous 160 years combined.

Kevin’s voice is still halting but his message to host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart is crystal clear: Shared leadership generates more employee satisfaction and greater profits.

Be sure to pick up a copy of Kevin’s new book, The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership. The book is a bold call for a new form of management where power is dispersed, leadership is shared, and every voice is heard.

Photo: Kevin Hancock, Hancock Lumber
Posted: February 3, 2020
Season Eight, Episode: 32
Monday Morning Run Time: 37:40

Struggling with Intractable Business Problems? Blame it on Mom

Psychotherapist Dr. Patti Ashley on the Costly Vestiges of Our Upbringing

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Some of the most entrenched business problems that owners face have nothing to do with sales, marketing, employees, venders, or regulations. They have to do with “Mom.”

Unresolved childhood issues often creep, surreptitiously, into adult decision-making and can be a huge hindrance to successful goal-setting.

Dr. Patti Ashley, a psychotherapist, international speaker, and author calls her approach to resolving lingering childhood and adolescent problems, Authenticity Architecture. Only by casting off the misguided vestiges of our upbringing, Dr. Ashley tells host and award-winning reporter Dean Rotbart, can entrepreneurs realize their most heartfelt business goals.

[Pick up a copy of Dr. Ashley’s new book, Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype.]

Photo: Dr. Patti Ashley, Authenticity Architecture
Posted: January 27, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 40:22

Jackie Jenkins-Scott is a Turnaround Expert With an Impressive Track Record

Discover Her 7 Secrets for Driving Change, Managing Transitions, and Rescuing Failing Organizations

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When Jackie Jenkins-Scott was appointed president of the historic Dimock Community Health Center, whose roots in Boston date to 1857, the bankrupt institution was shopping its architecturally magnificent campus to real estate investors for redevelopment.

Instead, Jackie revived Dimock, as she did 21 years later when she stepped in as president of failing Wheelock College.

Jackie believes that many dying businesses and nonprofits can turn their fortunes around if their leaders will embrace the approach she dubs, “Responsive Leadership.”

Jackie boils down her method of turning around troubled organizations to seven secrets. She shares them with host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart on this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio.

Order a copy of Jackie’s new book: The 7 Secrets of Responsive Leadership: Drive Change, Manage Transitions, and Help Any Organization Turn Around 

Photo: Jackie Jenkins-Scott, JJS Advising
Posted: January 20, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 33:45

Who’s in Your Wallet? An Expert Panel on Employee Fraud and Embezzlement

How to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Dishonest Workers

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Employee fraud and embezzlement cost American companies $50 billion annually, much of that coming out of the pockets of small business owners.

It’s often an employee who you trust the most who turns out to be the most untrustworthy.

This week on Monday Morning Radio, three experts on employee theft – an investigator, a litigation attorney, and a prosecutor – join host and award-winning journalist Dean Rotbart for a panel discussion on how to prevent, detect, and respond to dishonest employees.

 Panelists:

  • Doug E. Cash, Senior Manager (Fraud Investigator), Eide Bailly (Photo Center)
  • Lisa M. Six, Partner (Litigation), Crowley Fleck PLLP (Photo Right)
  • Carolyn O’Hara, Deputy District Attorney (Economic Crime Unit), Jefferson County, Colorado (Photo Left)

Posted: January 13, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes

New Year’s Resolution #1: “I Will Make Better Decisions”

PR Strategist Robert L. Dilenschneider Looks to History for Decision-Maker Role Models

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Some of the most important decisions in history, from President Abraham Lincoln’s bold move to publish the Emancipation Proclamation to Harry Truman’s order to drop the atomic bomb, offer all of us lessons about how to make the tough choices that inevitably face us.

In his new book, Decisions, historian, author, and strategic public relations counselor Robert L. Dilenschneider gleans practical advice on how to make the best decisions from 23 men and women who shaped the world, including Henry Ford, Howard Johnson, and A.P. Giannini.

When life demanded it, each of the 23 individuals profiled in Decisions followed a path that Dilenschneider admires in order to reach their conclusions and subsequently act upon them.

What all of his profile subjects have in common, Dilenschneider tells host Dean Rotbart, is a sense of purpose. “They all knew who they were, and they constantly moved toward who they were.”

Each of us eventually has a Rubicon to cross. Knowing how others have faced their biggest challenges can help us make the best choices in our own lives, Rotbart says.

Dilenschneider is the founder of The Dilenschneider Group, a corporate strategic counseling and public relations firm based in Manhattan. In that capacity, he has advised numerous Global 500 corporations and CEOs.

In addition to Decisions, he is the author of several other popular books, including Power and Influence, and 50 Plus! Decisions will be turned into a PBS television series later this year.

Photo: Robert L. Dilenschneider, Decisions
Posted: January 6, 2020
Monday Morning Run Time: 58:19