Off-the-Grid, Off-the-Record, and Off-the-Charts Excellent: Canada’s Fireside (Business) Conference

Co-Founder Daniel Levine on Why the Wait List to Attend is So Crowded and How to Jump to the Front of the Line

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Business conferences are big business.

The World Economic Forum in Davos, the Milken Institute Global Conference, and the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference are among the largest and best-known of the lot.

By comparison, the annual Fireside Conference – held at a remote retreat a 3 ½-hour drive from Toronto –  is a puppy; but a best-in-show gathering at that, attracting a small group of top innovators, thought leaders, and investors in the entrepreneurial universe.

Fireside’s co-founder, Daniel Levine, tells host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart just why every year Fireside gets more than ten times the number of applicants than it accepts – and the secret to having what it takes to land a coveted invite to the off-the-grid, off-the-record, and off-the-charts excellent meeting of some of the brightest minds in business.

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Posted: July 9, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 42:30

Are Business Leaders Who Trust Their Instincts Sages or Fools?

Rick Snyder Finds That Intuition Makes for a Wise Business Counselor

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This week’s guest, Rick Snyder, was living and working successfully in Oregon as a coach to international businesses, when just shy of three years ago a persistent, deep, voice inside told him he really ought to get out of the American bubble and move to the South of France. So that’s exactly what he did.

That wasn’t odd for Rick, who teaches global business owners and entrepreneurs to listen closely to the instinctive voice we all have inside of us, and act more frequently on our sixth, intuitive sense.

Rick is the lead coach and founder of the business consulting firm Three Hats, and he’s in the process of writing a book – The Invisible Edge: Six Steps for Harnessing Your Intuition – all about using intuition as a business North Star.

Honing and trusting your intuition is not the stuff they teach in Business School, but as Rick is quick to point out, increasingly some of the most-successful and respected companies in America – including Zappos, Apple, and Google – are tapping into mindfulness, intuition, and similar alternative approaches for strategizing and planning.

Host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart says that his instinct tells him that some listeners will dismiss Rick and his reliance on instinct as nonsense. But Dean notes that Rick’s perspective is fresh and it is compelling.  Moreover, it’s worked well for him and many of his clients. 

So listen to this edition of Monday Morning Radio, and trust your own good sense to decide whether or not following Rick’s advice is right for you.

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Posted: January 8, 2018
Monday Morning Run Time: 43 minutes 13 seconds

Businessman Dave Chandler is Running (Belt) Circles Around the Competition

Working From Thailand, The Do-It-Yourself Entrepreneur Relies on Amazon.com To Sell His Popular “Running Belt Max” Waist Belts

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Dave Chandler is the consummate do-it-yourself entrepreneur. The creator of Running Belt Max, a popular Lycra waist belt that appeals to athletes and non-athletes alike, Dave has no employees.

chandler_skypeThe Atlanta native serves as Running Belt Max’s designer, marketer, distributor, PR guy, and webmaster. Moreover, he’s orchestrating all of this from Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he relocated four years ago.

Although Running Belt Max is less than a year old, it is already selling better than 97% of all sports waist belts on Amazon.com. It’s first production run sold out in only ten weeks.

This week, via Skype, Dave shares secrets from his one-man-band entrepreneurial playbook with host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart, exclusively right now on Monday Morning Radio.

[Dave Chandler has made a small number of Running Belt Max samples available for free to listeners of Monday Morning Radio. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To get your free belt, fill out the short form at http://tinyurl.com/MMR-BELTS. There are no costs and no strings attached.]

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Posted: September 19, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 40 minutes 59 seconds

 

Commerce with China is a Two-Way Street, Even for Small U.S. Businesses

Discover How to Become a Successful Exporter

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When most Americans think of doing business with China, they think of outsourcing American manufacturing jobs. But that’s not the big opportunity according to Mark Matsumoto. “Why buy from China when you can sell to China?”

Beagle_ChinaPendulum (2)Many small and mid-size businesses today are making jumbo profits by exporting products and services to China and other Asian Pacific markets. Thanks to modern technology, it’s easier than you might think. According to Matsumoto, who has been doing it for 25 years, all you need is a smart phone and some common sense. 

You can buy his book – Exporting in the Connected World – or you can hear it straight from the expert himself as Matsumoto is interviewed on this week’s edition of Monday Morning Radio by host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart.

p.s. Do you remember when Roy H. Williams, the Wizard, and his co-author Michael Drew, talked about this very topic in their prescient 2012 bestseller, Pendulum?

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Posted: January 25, 2016
Monday Morning Run Time: 41 minutes 56 seconds

These Model CEOs Were Genuine “Chief” Executives: The Wisdom of Native American Tribal Managers

‘Meetings in Moccasins’ Author Barbara Wittmann

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Author, entrepreneur, and business coach Barbara Wittmann gives new meaning to the term, “Chief Executive Officer.”

barbara_wittmannBecause the chiefs Barbara models her management advice after are those historic leaders of Native American tribes who led their people drawing upon ancient wisdom and a respect for the natural world.

Barbara, who is based in Munich, Germany, and runs an IT consulting business, is the author of “Meetings in Moccasins,” which is a practical and spirit guide to sustainable business success.

Host and reputation coach Dean Rotbart invites you to join him and Barbara for a very special Pow Wow this week on Monday Morning Radio.

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Posted: October 122015
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 32 minutes 45 seconds

This Globe-Trotting Entrepreneur Has Some Main Street Insights For You

David Schlesinger, Founder, Hong Kong-based Tripod Advisors

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Talk with the Queen of England. Chat with the president of Turkey.

David Schlesinger, founder of managing editor of Hong Kong-based Tripod Advisors, travels the world to stay atop international affairs, risk Tripod Advisors' David Schlesingeranalysis, politics and economics. His clients are big businesses and major news organizations, but his insights have value to small business owners and entrepreneurs as well, especially if you do, or ever plan to do business in China.

Formerly the global managing editor of Reuters, David takes Dean Rotbart on a thrill ride this week on Monday Morning Radio. Want to come along? Hang on tight.

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Posted: October 13, 2014
Monday Morning Run Time:  33 minutes  38 seconds