Paul Downs author of Boss Life – Revisiting a Favorite. Small Business Show episode 203


This week, while Dave and Shannon enjoying spending time with their family and friends for the Christmas holiday, we revisit one of our favorite episodes with Paul Downs, author of Boss Life and Small Business contributor to the New York Times and Forbes.

This was a very special episode. If you missed it, you’re going to learn a tremendous amount. If you’ve heard it before like we have, listening to it again as we did during our editing is definitely worth your time.

How prepared are you for the challenges of running your small business? What energizes you to make it through tough times and just how transparent are you (and should you be) to your employees and everyone else that you discuss your business with?  If you felt like your business was about to shut down, could you imagine reaching out to the New York Times with an offer to share the experience with thousands of people? Paul Downs thought it would make for a good story and he wrote for the NYTimes.com for 4-years before writing a “year in the life of my business” book: Boss Life.

You’ve never read a business book like Boss Life. The book quickly joined our list of “must reads” for all current and potential business owners. The work is the most honest and transparent business book that we have ever read and we encourage all of you to read it.

Today, Paul Downs joins Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean on the Small Business Show where they dig deeper into Paul’s story, into Boss Life and into the work ethic that has kept Paul in business for over 30-years.

Stop Micromanaging and Start Persuading – Small Business Show 202

If you’re a Small Business owner, chances are you like things to be done a certain way – that may be why you don’t work for someone else, doing things their way. This is a powerful trait that can push you to succeed – but, it can also turn you into a micromanager when it comes to your employees, contractors and partners.

So, how do you avoid being a micromanager while at the same time being sure things are getting done and that people are embracing change and not getting stagnant? Let’s figure it out together on this episode of the Small Business Show.

Join Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean as they discuss their own micromanaging issues and how they have worked hard to overcome them with tactics like up-front communication, planned check-ins and perhaps most importantly, using persuasion to nudge things along in the direction that you want, while protecting the autonomy of your employees, contractors and partners.

During the discussion, we come up with ways to promote change and avoid getting stuck at a “comfort level” for your team along with ways to foster change as a foundational part of your business.

Join us for this and much more on this episode of the Small Business Show, then come share your story at the Small Business Support Group.

Thanks for listening!

  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #202 for Wednesday, December 19, 2018
  • 00:02:56 Working your own way
  • 00:03:54 Creating Perpetual Change
  • 00:07:01 Set check-in/adaptation points
    • “You’re going to get bored if we don’t change it”
  • 00:09:02 Why is micromanaging so bad?
    • “I’ll back up every decision you make, but I reserve the right to critique them with you”
  • 00:13:34 Delegate the work, and set Clearly-defined Checkpoints
    • Fostering Autonomy
  • 00:15:45 Don’t get comfortable
  • 00:18:21 Use the illusion of choice to foster buy-in
  • 00:20:23 Have that removed!
  • 00:23:07 Treat people the way they need to be treated, not the way you need to be treated
  • 00:24:03 Embrace change, reward risks
  • 00:25:48 Eradicate the Resistors!
  • 00:30:03 SBS 202 Outtro

Interview with Jeff Anderlite of Baja Llama and Ignite360 – Small Business Show 201

Most of us create businesses to support our lifestyle, but there’s some people that live a lifestyle that seems to lend itself to starting businesses. Today we’re going to talk to Jeff Anderlite, a serial business owner that has travelled the world, in what looks like to us, like a pursuit of living a “non-boring” life. Along the way, Jeff has started a hostel in Nicaragua, a Spice company, a clothing brand and naturally, a business to help other businesses succeed. We’re sure you are as eager as we are to hear the backstory here…

Join us and you’ll hear Jeff talk about starting his first business when he was in High School, how he knew early on in his life that in order to be true to himself, he would need to create and be an Entrepreneur and how his experiences working with different partners has taught him so much.

You’ll hear about Jeff’s travels around the world and how he has combined his love of travel with marketing for his apparel business, Baja Llama and how his latest business, Ignite360 is helping other companies with their marketing and growth.

After you hear the show, click over to Baja Llama and use coupon code Bajallama30 to take 30% anything through Dec 31, 2018.

Listen in and then come talk with us at the Small Business Support Group!

 

  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #201 for Wednesday, December 12, 2018
  • 00:00:56 Jeff Anderlite, Journeyman Businessman
  • 00:03:06 Creating Rockets and Electric Erasers
  • 00:03:45 Started with Bottle Buddy
  • 00:05:40 “Weird Stuff” Sells
  • 00:08:33 Be true to yourself
  • 00:11:28 Selling vs. Stopping
  • 00:12:56 SPONSOR: Visit TextExpander.com/podcast for 20% off your first year.
  • 00:15:11 Baja Llama … Travel funding turned into a business?
  • 00:17:35 Business partners need to have the same ideology and vision
  • 00:20:11 Write it down!
  • 00:25:48 Know who you are and what your actions communicate
  • 00:28:46 Ignite360
  • 00:31:56 Read, Listen, Learn & Take a step back and process
  • 00:33:18 SBS 201 Outtro
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Why Collaboration is the Key to Personal and Small Business Success – Small Business Show 200

Join us today for the 200th episode of the *Award Winning* Small Business Show! We’re thrilled to have been ranked as the #1 Small Business Podcast by Feedspot for 2018 and we couldn’t have done it without our listeners. Your Co-Hosts Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean thank you!

Today we are focusing on Collaboration – why it’s important for you personally, your Small Business, your partners and employees. You’ll hear why Collaboration is good for your own well being, allows you to share your knowledge with other people and learn from specialists in other fields.

We discuss the power of bringing together different viewpoints and experiences to help come up with and refine ideas, to offer suggestions, make changes and corrections in a two-way flow of knowledge that will dramatically improve your output. Collaboration also helps keep you accountable because it’s easy to let yourself down, but much more difficult to let other people down.

Shannon discusses the concept of Collaboration as a tool to bring together different business concepts and to apply ideas from a completely different product or service to your own Small Business – sometimes a completely different take on things can be the differentiator that you need for success.

There’s a few more tips about why Collaboration matters so much before we jump into ways to get yourself and your team to Collaborate. We’ve got a one-word solution for your team that you don’t want to miss. Join us today and then visit the Small Business Support Group to Collaborate with other Small Business owners.