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EP# 129: Is There a Formula For Success: The $100 Million Question (Geoff Smart, CEO ghSMART, Best Selling Author)

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Is there a formula for success? This week’s Paper Napkin Wisdom guest, Geoff Smart – CEO of lead consulting firm ghSMART – proposes just that . Dr. Smart, the best selling author of Who: The A Method for Hiring and the newly released Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success, holds a PhD in Psychology and has spent the last…

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EP#128: Welcome to Season 4 of Paper Napkin Wisdom (with Rob Simons, Entrepreneur, Coach)

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Two years ago Rob Simons challenged me to by flipping around the Paper Napkin Wisdom podcast and turning me into the subject and he’d play the interviewer. To launch season 4, he came back to turn the tables once more by interviewing me in today’s podcast. I’ve been thinking a lot since the release of my book, “Your Five Step…

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My Goals and Theme for the Year

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Last I kind of blew it. I had the intentions to post my goals on the Paper Napkin Wisdom Blog – at least I had them written down. All I had to do is go live with them. I did it in January of 2014, and was committed to doing them again. A funny thing happened at that moment, though….

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Ever Notice?

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How some things cause us to react way more potently than we should? Has there been a situation that has caused you to act less than you’re capable? Or perhaps just plain overreact? Ever notice that it’s sometimes the same thing? Antihistamine? Anyone?  Leaders, There are some things that people do that almost literally have me breaking out in hives….

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Stay Hungry …

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When we’ve been at the grindstone, toiling late, waking up early and totally impassioned about the work we are doing we can get in that zone.That zone can see us at times deliver best work – and face our harshest critics. But wait … is it us or them?  Leaders, maybe the critics aren’t that harsh after all. Early on…

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No Such Thing as too Tactical …

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So many times I will be speaking in front of a group of entrepreneurs and they will eventually say that they don’t want to get “stuck in the weeds” when talking about how they’re going to implement their vision or strategy. They don’t realize that their vision will remain in their dreams without execution. When did that happen?  Leaders, when…

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There Are No Shortcuts

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But if there are, all of them are related to visibility and progress. When we are visible in our efforts we are accountable to everyone. When we are making progress we are creating momentum. Together they are unstoppable. Key Performance …   Leaders, have you ever had a workout buddy, or spotter? It’s always way easier to show up for my…

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Cult of the Core Customer

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This is hard for new and growing entrepreneurs to get their heads around. I was recently speaking to a group of 40 small business owners and some had a hard time understanding that they should focus their attention, time, and effort on attracting their core customer. And only the Core Customer   Leaders, that’s the trick. Gregg Crabtree talked about it….

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It Takes Intent

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I have a group of people who come together as part of a Forum (or mastermind group) within the Entrepreneurs Organization and I can safely say that I would not have “fallen” into friendship with any of them if left to chance. Today, however, they are among my best and closest friends. Community   Leaders, it takes a community to grow an…

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I Can Make More Time …

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So many times I think that if I just had a little more time and space I’d be able to complete those big things that currently elude me … but I can make more time. The Answer is Energy   Leaders, time management is a myth. I don’t know about you, but so often I find myself feeling that I…

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Passionately Aspire to More …

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When I’m feeling stuck, or still it’s amazing how much progress I can make for myself when I reach a little higher. Even more so when I am working in service to something much bigger than me. True Growth is in Our Hands   Leaders, join in. There have been so many people who have said it. What’s your cause? When…

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Give Value …

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When sales are slow and times are challenging so many of us start to scramble.for new relationships, new customers to sell, new customers. If we focus on serving the clients we have with real value, that’s important to them, we can go wide and deep with them instead. It’s about the relationship   Leaders, get intimate. There was a time when…

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Lead This Way

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Sometimes we find ourselves looking around the room, or outside of the room, for the person who has the right attributes, or resume, or skill set to solve a problem. It’s time we look for the right effort instead. And get out of the way   Leaders, stop being in the way. For so many years I felt that I had…

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Lucky #7

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Sometimes it feels like a cold hard world. Everyone else out there is so unreasonable, unmovable, and impossible to deal with. In 7 days you can change this. 7 Day Shift   Leaders, you need time for yourself. And the best part? You don’t need as much time as you think. Usually we feel like quitting for external reasons. When I’ve wanted…

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Belief …

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One of the greatest things we can do as a leaders is to believe in people. Our teams, our families, and even people who have little immediate benefit to us. Offer them possibility and watch them light up. Setting them free   Leaders, we all want more freedom. Freedom can sometimes mean unlimited possibilities … in every moment, all the…

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Align Your Path …

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Go one step deeper when thinking of your vision, think of the twists the turns – the path that you will take to get there. When you do, make sure that you’re focused on giving value, serving people, and staying hungry. Let Passion Be Your Fuel   Leaders, you can’t fake it till you make it. You are much more of…

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Model the Masters…

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It is great to learn tools that can help you succeed, but if you want to go far and fast – model the behavior of those who have gone before you. They blazed the trail, we only need to follow. Been There, Done That   Leaders, if you ask them, they will show you. You don’t need to look too far…

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Three Steps To Acceleration

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Heard this brought up by Tony Robbins. What we did yesterday brought us to this point, but if we want to change our trajectory, there are three simple steps. Starts with the plan   Leaders, failing to plan is planning to fail. There are just three things that we need to change if we want to accelerate our futures. Change…

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