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Are You As Productive As You Want to Be? By Marcia Zidle

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Are You As Productive As You Want to Be? By Marcia Zidle

Do you remember the Franklin Covey Planner? A couple of decades ago, companies helped managers to increase their productivity and transition into leaders by following a proven methodology using a day planner. You were to understand your values, define your long-term objectives and focus on your daily tasks so that they would align with corporate goals. Today’s it’s obsolete. Instead we have the smart phone revolution.

See a Problem, Find a Solution, Market It!
My Guest today is Zain Ali, CEO of Aezee (A to Z), who has created the first integrated app designed to allow companies to bring back leadership development for the next generation and also leverages technology to automate the manual and mundane tasks that we all do to boost our productivity. This is another entrepreneurial journey that began with a problem – how do I plan and manage my day in one application – which led to a solution: a comprehensive digital planner (the A to Z app).

Listen to This Podcast and Learn
* An entrepreneurial story of what it takes to turn a practical idea into a profitable reality
* What the app does and how it increases work and personal productivity as well personal growth
* The 5 P’s of success to lead a big project, obtain a big contract or even get a company off the ground.
* How it can be used as leadership development tool that reinforces your company’s professional training initiatives.

Zain’s Smart Moves Success Tip: Don’t Just Say It, Do It!
We all lead very busy lives and we make commitments all the time. Each commitment that’s kept increases our leadership credibility and each commitment missed results in a loss in credibility. To make sure you deliver, document your commitments and then once or twice a day prioritize and update your progress.

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Over/Under: A Story of One Entrepreneur’s Journey with Two Tech Startups by Marcia Zidle

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Over/Under: A Story of One Entrepreneur’s Journey with Two Tech Startups by Marcia Zidle

What is Over / Under? It’s a metaphor for two companies, one that was over-funded and the other under-funded. The results aren’t what you would think. Why would a start-up, with a 100 page business plan and with 4.2 Million raised from top tier ventures firms, fail spectacularly, despite having a product, a top tier list of customers and a reasonable revenue base?

My guest on this episode of The Business Edge is Charlie Alsmiller, CEO of Appterra, his second tech star-up. , Charlie took a different approach. He had no business plan, no customers, no products and no capital. Rather, he set out to listen to the market and the market told him how to build his business. Today, 11 years later, his company is one of the top Business-to-Business integration firms, supporting some of the largest companies in their mission critical processes.
Listen to this podcast and learn:: The importance of having a plan A, B, C, D as a funding strategy; what contributes to the life or death as a start-up…and it’s not money; why the ability to say “yes” or “no” is most satisfying being an entrepreneur; how parenting is like running a business – different stages require different expectations and involvement; and the reason he says: The only thing I know about a business plan when I write it, is that it’s probably wrong.”

The key takeaway: You’ll be more effective the less you do.  Build repeatable processes and train the proper people in your business. When you do that, your role changes dramatically. You become the carrier of the cultural flag….and get to push the business in new directions. Work ON your business not IN your business guides everything I do. It can be really easy to just want to jump in and do everything – but at the end of the day, that doesn’t create value nor grow your business.

From a One Woman Show to a Multi-Business Enterprise by Marcia Zidle

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From a One Woman Show to a Multi-Business Enterprise by Marcia Zidle

How do you maximize operational efficiencies, hire the right people and make sure you are serving your customers well?  How do you avoid burning out as your grow your business? How do build a business that is here today and here tomorrow? The Answer Is: Systematize For Success. On this episode of The Business Edge my guest Johnette van Eeden, founder and CEO of Star Wellness has grown her business on the principle  “systematize for success!” As a serial entrepreneur, she advocates all key processes of every business, including hiring, training, sales, accounting, and operations, can and more importantly should be systematized.: Therefore, everyone knows where to go and what to do…they simply follow the system.  Key employees can leave for a few days without chaos.  New employees have a resource to turn to instead of having to ask someone how to do everything (or worse, just guess).  In fact, Johnette went on vacation for a month during the busiest time last year, and didn’t have to worry because she knew she had the systems and people in place to make it run smoothly.
Listen to this Podcast and Learn: How she grew from a one woman show to multiple locations to now having a franchise operations; the challenge of growing too quickly and how Michael Gerber’s E-Myth book put her on the track to success; her systematized hiring process and the tools she uses to get the right people in the right seats on the bus; how she became a master time manager as her company took off and added multiple product lines and advice from a serial entrepreneur on the success factors for building a sustainable business. The key take away: Set goals for where you want to be, formulate a plan to get there; take small steps each day in the right direction and you WILL eventually build momentum. Never give up! Tune in Every Friday at noon PST to The Business Edge with Marcia Zidle, The Smart Moves Coach, and hear street smart advice from my guests on how to create and grow great businesses that matter – those that do well and do good.

Do You Think Like An Entrepreneur? Do You Act Like One?

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Do You Think Like An Entrepreneur? Do You Act Like One?

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What does it take to have an entrepreneurial mindset and to overcome some of the key mental roadblocks an entrepreneur faces? Serial entrepreneur, Raj Daniels, this week’s guest on The Business Edge, has been actively involved in five different verticals. His latest venture is Open Time App, a tool that allows you to broadcast your availability to your network. He shares his personal entrepreneurial journey: the challenges –the mishaps – and the successes and how he uses his past experiences to now teach and mentor young entrepreneurs and new business leaders. Listen and learn: why an entrepreneurial mindset is really a growth mindset; how resiliency is the key trait that defines successful entrepreneurs; the four key elements of an entrepreneurial mindset; lessons learned from his first failure as a young entrepreneur; the need for accountability partners whether you’re leading a start-up or a thriving enterprise; and how, with a young family and self-employed, he deals with the everyday work life balance challenges.

Tune in Every Friday at noon PST to The Business Edge with Marcia Zidle, The Smart Moves Coach!

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