Richard Jolly – Kellogg School of Business – and I Talk Workplace Culture

Richard Jolly – Kellogg School of Business – and I Talk Workplace Culture

Posted On February 27, 2023

Richard Jolly believes that the only true differentiator between competitive businesses in the future will be their culture. Every other competitive advantage can be copied. And what is culture? It’s the way things get done. It’s the “smell of the place.” And so much more. We talk “hurry sickness”, “reciprocity”, manager’s new roles, why culture has become so important post-pandemic, etc. This one’s jam packed with content. Show Sponsers: Persons Service Corp E3 Termite & Pest Control Roy Lewis Construction Allison Horner – State Farm Agent Trey Langus – Transworld Business Advisors Angelo DePaola – The Coastal Connection Realty Check… Read More

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Is virtual banking the wave of the future?

Posted On February 24, 2023

What is a virtual bank? And when might one be right for you? The short answer, Megan Owens says, is that it’s a bank that doesn’t have brick-and-mortar branches. And if you’re a small business owner looking for a loan, Owens has just the bank for you. “The way of branch banking is going by the wayside,” said Owens, who works in Mergers & Acquisitions for Live Oak Bank, a completely virtual bank that specializes in Small Business Administration loans. “We see internet banking, virtual banking, coming to our customers’ offices, as the wave of the future.” Owens, our guest… Read More

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How to Embarrass Your Children

Posted On February 24, 2023

Embarrassing your children is a parent’s obligation. It happened to me. I’m doing it to my kids. It’s part of the contract. ——  Here’s a guaranteed way to embarrass your teenaged child. In a restaurant, say loudly where other diners are close enough to hear: “Your mother and I are going to a clothing optional resort in the Bahamas next week. It will be nice for us to get back in touch with each other.” My fifteen-year-old favorite youngest daughter flushed red, buried her face in her hands, and said over and over again “Please stop, Dad. Please stop.” Which… Read More

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“Keepin’ It Real” Interview with KXCR’s Larry Bloomfield

Posted On February 23, 2023

“Keepin’ It Real” is now broadcast on KXCR in Florence, Oregon. Larry Bloomfield invited me to be a guest on the station’s “KXCR Conversations” to talk about the commentaries.  Check out this episode!

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Megan Owens and Live Oak Bank – A Non-Traditional Approach to Dominating Niches

Posted On February 20, 2023

Live Oak Bank is a completely virtual bank. Megan Owens serves as one of the bank’s M&A experts and her expertise allows her to serve the bank anywhere in the nation where M&A expertise is needed. Need banking expertise for your veteranarian clinic, for example? Your Live Oak expert may as likely be local as from anywhere in the US but they will have deep, deep expertise in the veteranarian business. And that’s one example from the 30+ verticles where Live Oak aims to expertly serve clients. It’s a brilliant model.  Show Sponsors: Roy Lewis Construction E3 Termite & Pest… Read More

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The Arc of Beads

Posted On February 17, 2023

The value of Mardi Gras beads peak when they’re under no ownership. It’s part of the silliness of my favorite time of year. ——— If you’re not listening in the deep south, you may not know that it’s Mardi Gras time for us derelicts and mystics living here on the top lip of the Gulf Coast. Ships from all over the world back in the day delivered a menagerie of people here where they threw their customs and traditions into one big gurgling pot and one of the results is Mardi Gras. The story I tell is that Mardi Gras… Read More

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Revolutionizing the home renovation industry may be AnotherStory

Posted On February 15, 2023

“Build a better mouse trap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” It’s a phrase commonly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson and, while his exact words were a little different, the point holds: Everybody’s looking for the next big thing – if it works. The world may be soon beating a path to Ben Strout’s door in Birmingham. Strout, an architect and contractor, doesn’t build mouse traps. He and his company, AnotherStory, renovate houses, and they’ve found a better way to do it. “AnotherStory is really an answer to an age-old question that people didn’t even know… Read More

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Ben Strout is Adding Second Floors to Homes and Removing the Roof LAST! It’s a Patent-Pending System That’s a Game Changer.

Posted On February 13, 2023

Ben Strout thought “there has to be a better way.” As a home remodeling contractor, the frantic rush between roof removal and building the new one often leads to hurried work and – worse – rain ruining the house interior. He’s designed a patent-pending system that allows the new roof to go up first, then frame the interior of the addition, and the final step it to remove the old roof and add stairs from underneath. It’s a game changer. (This episode is a monthly collaboration with Business Alabama Magazine.) Show Sponsors: Roy Lewis Construction Persons Services Corp E3 Termite &… Read More

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When optimization becomes the enemy of strategic planning and vision

Posted On February 12, 2023

We’ve all heard the phrase “not being able to see the forest for the trees.” Many of us don’t realize how we’re actually guilty of it, however, particularly in business. The focus on short-term success, optimizing our processes and production, can ultimately hinder the longer view, our planning for a better, perhaps transformative, future. Our guest in the latest episode of “What’s Working with Cam Marston” has written a book about just that – and the steps to avoiding it. Marty Strong is a former Navy SEAL who has become a sought-after consultant, speaker and author, as well as the… Read More

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Marty Strong is Back to Discuss Visionary Thinking and His New Book

Posted On February 6, 2023

Be Visionary is Marty Strong‘s new book. In his consulting he found challenges with CEOs who worked to optimize their organizations but did it at the cost of being strategic. Marty says our society’s drive towards short term goals often cause busiensses to suffer long term since little effort is put into building a vision and a strategy to achieve it. Marty is a great interview and his background as a Navy SEAL plays into our conversation.  Show Sponsors: Persons Services Corp E3 Termite and Pest Control Allison Horner – State Farm Agent Trey Langus – Transworld Business Advisors Roy… Read More

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