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You’ll Be Very Impressed By the Business Savvy of This 28-Year-Old Entrepreneur

Maxwell Cohen Parlayed His Interest in Water Conservation into a Thriving Business

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Entrepreneurial magic often results when education meets opportunity.

In the case of Maxwell Cohen, the education was in environmental and water resource economics, and the opportunity was to save millions of gallons of water annually by finding a way for hospitals, nursing homes, and even parents of newborns to avoid having to wash so many bed sheets.

His company, Peel Away Labs, developed the first multilayered, disposable, waterproof, fitted sheet designed for the home, industrial, and healthcare markets. Basically, when a bed sheet is soiled, users simply peel off the top layer — like an onion — and expose a fresh sheet.

Maxwell’s Peel Aways are a big success, selling at Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, and other popular retailers.

This week, Maxwell shares his journey – including a total misfire on Shark Tank in 2015 – from drawing board to final product with host and prize-winning journalist Dean Rotbart.

Now an unabashed success, Maxwell recently celebrated his 28th birthday.

Photo: Maxwell Cohen, Peel Away Labs
Posted: April 15, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 43:37

 

 

Anyone Can Be a Successful Writer – No Journalism Training Required

Since 2012, Christina DeBusk Has Completed More Than 5,000 Paid Content Gigs

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Christina DeBusk spent 15 years working in law enforcement before, in 2012, she caught the writing bug. Without formal journalism training, she took anything and everything that she could get, grinding out content 16 hours a day.

Well, it paid off. Today Christina is an Olympic-caliber writer, having completed six books – including How to Earn a Comfortable Living as a Freelance Writer and I’ve Always Wanted to Write a Book! – 10 Easy-to-Follow Steps to Becoming a First Time Author; ghost-written a handful of others; and generated a whopping 5,000-plus paid content projects.

She both teaches and personifies the notion that anyone can be a successful writer. This week, Christina shares the secret of her phenomenal output with host Dean Rotbart, who readily confesses his envy of her productivity.

Photo: Christina DeBusk, Freelance Olympiad
Posted: April 8, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 39:27

Learn the Mistakes – Yes, Mistakes – Made by Some of the World’s Most Successful People

Bestselling Author Skip Prichard on the 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future

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If you want to learn how to do it right, a great place to begin is by studying what not to do.

Skip Prichard, a successful CEO and former head of publishing giant, Ingram Content Group, is a leading scholar of missteps and miscalculations.

For his Wall Street Journal bestseller – The Book of Mistakes – he’s condensed the hard-earned lessons he gleaned from interviewing more than 1,000 successful people – from Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – down to nine common errors.

Avoid these nine missteps, Skip tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, and you will achieve greater success than you ever imagined possible.

Photo: Skip Prichard, Book of Mistakes
Posted: April 1, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 33:47

Up on the Roof with Beth Kendall, Co-Owner of All Out Chimney Sweep

Smokin’ Business Insights That Any Business Leader Can Profit From

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You might say (or even sing) that Beth Kendall and her husband Bill are as lucky as lucky can be.

The couple, after all, have co-owned All Out Chimney Sweep in Charlotte, North Carolina for the past 35-plus years.

With all due respect to Mary Poppins and her friend Bert, successfully running and maintaining a 21st Century chimney sweep business in the face of advancing technologies and changing consumer tastes is no song and dance.

This week Beth, who earlier this year was elected as the first female president of the North Carolina Chimney Sweep Association, takes host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart up where the smoke is all billered and curled, and shares some smokin’ lessons that any business owner can readily profit from.

Photo: Beth Kendall, All Out Chimney Sweep
Posted: March 25, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 33:05

Ken Blanchard, Author of ‘The One Minute Manager,’ Ministers the Simple Truths of Great Customer Service

How a Supermarket Bagger Became a Role Model for Global Employees

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Since he co-wrote The One Minute Manager in 1982, Ken Blanchard has rarely been off the bestsellers list, having authored or co-authored 60 books and landed a spot in Amazon.com’s Hall of Fame, as one of the 25 top revenue generators of all time.

One of Dr. Blanchard’s favorite topics over the years has been customer service and how businesses can excel at it. He recently reissued his 2005 book, The Simple Truths of Service, which has sold more than 5 million copies. This week he joins host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart to share some of the common-sense wisdom that the book imparts.

By the way, Dean, who teaches the Reputation Tool Chest workshop at Wizard Academy, took the opportunity with Dr. Blanchard to make a couple of his own reputation recommendations to the legendary author. No one ever said that Dean, a former investigative reporter, isn’t dogged.

Photo: Dr. Ken Blanchard, Author
Posted: March 18, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 28:44

Wizard Academy Alumnus Matt Mason is the New Nebraska State Poet

Do the Arts Matter, and if They Do, Why?

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This week’s special guest, Matt Mason, was recently appointed by Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts to be the state’s official poet.

It’s a position whose roots date back to 1921 and highlights the fact that the Cornhusker state is quite fertile ground for literary creativity.

For almost ten years, Matt has served as executive director of the Nebraska Writers Collective, a nonprofit group that promotes poets in the schools and organizes quality poetry programs for adults.

As the Nebraska State Poet, Matt plans to travel the state – from schools to prisons – sharing his love of poetry, supporting the state’s writers, and inspiring Nebraskans from all walks of life to express themselves creatively.

As Monday Morning Radio host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart – himself a Pulitzer Prize nominee when he wrote for The Wall Street Journal – points out, Matt joins a lengthy honor roll of Wizard Academy graduates who have been recognized globally for their creativity and professional excellence.

Rotbart explores the role of creativity in society and asks Matt to explain why the arts matter.  You’ll want to hear his answer.

And, you’ll also want to hear his exclusive reading of a chapter from his latest book, The Baby That Ate Cincinnati. So be sure to listen – or if time is short, skip – to the end of this week’s episode.

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Posted: March 12, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 38:22

The Proper Care and Feeding of Bosses, With Andy Singer

Why ‘Managing Up’ is Good for Employees, Bosses, and Profits

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For a business to be truly successful, it requires executives who excel at managing their employees and, according to Andy Singer, employees who excel at managing their executives.

Andy is the founder and CEO of Singer Executive Development, a Florida consultancy that trains both executives and employees on ways to maximize their performance, including managing each other well.

As Andy tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, employees who “manage up” are not suck ups – they’re savvy career strategists who understand that when their bosses look good, their career prospects look even better.

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Posted: March 4, 2019
Monday Morning Run Time: 36:11