Category Archives: Business Tips & Insights

Ep 163: Go Against Your Intuition with Gleb Tsipursky

Known as the Disaster Avoidance Expert, Gleb has over 20 years of experience dramatically empowering leaders and organizations to avoid business disasters by addressing potential threats, maximizing unexpected opportunities, and resolving persistent personnel problems. He is a bestselling author and thought leader and has been featured in over 400 articles and over 350 interviews including Fast Company, CBS News, Business InsiderInc. Magazine, and many others.

Golden nuggets:

  • Business decisions should be evidence based
  • Going with your gut goes against mental fitness
  • Tribalism is dangerous

Actionable tip:

Understand that emotions drive 80 – 90% of our decisions.


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Ep 162: You Can’t Read The Label When You’re Stuck In The Jar with Charlie Gilkey

Charlie Gilkey is an author, entrepreneur, philosopher, Army veteran, and renowned productivity expert. Founder of Productive Flourishing, Gilkey helps professional creatives, leaders, and change-makers take meaningful action on work that matters. His new book is Start Finishing: How to Go from Idea to Done.

Golden nuggets

  • Focus on the right things
  • Real juice is community productivity

Actionable tip

Take one courageous next step every day

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Ep 161: Love the Game of Business with Shannon Vick

Iron Fist Fitness, LLC was started in 2014 to help individuals transform from within. Their philosophy is transforming the mind so you can transform the body. Iron Fist specializes in Weight Loss Management, Building Lean Muscle Mass, Core Stability, Kickboxing and Small Group Training.

Golden nuggets:

  • How you respond is your choice. It reveals your character
  • Get excited about risk

Keys to success:

  1. Prayer & hard work
  2. Always remain humble & hungry

Actionable tip:

  • Care about people


“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

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Ep 160: Embracing Change and Staying the Course with Michael “Big Mike” Danielson

Michael “Big Mike” Danielson

I have over 20 years of professional experience, including commercial banking, private client banking, wealth management banking, consumer banking, mortgage loan origination, management, and business ownership.

My clients choose to work with me because I make them feel comfortable, and listen carefully. I follow-up and communicate openly and honestly.

“Bank on BIG Mike”

Conversation excerpts:

Elzie Flenard  05:15

What motivates you to do what you do?

“Big Mike” Danielson  05:19

I enjoy the effect of what I do when you make someone’s dream come true. And, and I’ve been lending money for a long time, guys before I worked in the business element of it and lending to businesses and I used to do mortgages, and so I’d help people with their very first homes, also worked in private wealth, which was obviously people that have accumulated wealth, but not really a clue what to do with it or how to keep it going. And you know, teaching and showing them all of those things…

Elzie Flenard  06:10

How do you inspire others to take risks and embrace change?

“Big Mike” Danielson  06:15

It’s hard, especially with a business, because you really, you have to put it all on the line, you have to be willing to lose it all, especially with business. I mean, you have an idea. you’re passionate about it. I meet people all the time. They’re like, this works. I believe in this. And sometimes it might not be the right time for you to do this. They might need to rethink a couple of things.

Elzie Flenard  06:44

What inspired you to go into your current profession?

“Big Mike” Danielson  06:48

What inspired me to get into banking and all that, you know, it’s funny, I went to college UVM and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I originally went, I was going to do pre-med because I thought I wanted to be a doctor or a chiropractor.

Elzie Flenard  09:01

What was the worst mistake you recently made?

“Big Mike” Danielson  09:04

Picking scissors instead of rock and ending up here?

“Big Mike” Danielson  09:11

No, I’m teasing. I’m teasing. I don’t make mistakes. No, I’m kidding. That’s a tough question. I make a lot of mistakes all the time. It just happens. You know, you have to be, I’m gonna kind of deflect off of that. And you have to learn from what you did if you if you walk away from something. Jesus that did not go I thought it was gonna go, what do we do? What did we learn from that? What would we do differently? Or

Elzie Flenard  09:54

So what’s your biggest triumph?

“Big Mike” Danielson  10:17

I was in the middle of talking to some people about a really important project and all of a sudden I just, I didn’t really know where I was the room was really dizzy and I guess people were looking at me saw like my face like went down to the side and someone’s like, something’s wrong, but Big Mike and someone came over your mic. Are you all right? Do you know where you are?

Elzie Flenard  14:45

Where do you even start in terms of mindset and how to get better?

“Big Mike” Danielson  14:49

It’s interesting, because when it happened, at first, it was panic because I didn’t know like, am I? Am I gonna be able to talk again? Or is anyone gonna understand what what’s going on? Am I gonna tell my wife I love or am I gonna be Do any of you know and it was very scary and then it turned into pity party for a little while of course you know like oh my god what the hell am I gonna do who’s gonna hire a guy that can only multiply and can’t do anything else? You know how are we going to pay for our house you know my wife put frickin house on the market you know we’re just……

Elzie Flenard  16:59

What’s the best advice that you have received?

“Big Mike” Danielson  17:24

There’s not one one thing that stands out so it’s a tough question. And you know, when I wrote questions, thinking someone else is going to be up here of course.

“Big Mike” Danielson  17:36

I have a friend of mine who was a cop that recently passed away he ended up taking his own life just from all the stress and his motto was always stay the course. And you know, when you’re dealt a curveball, stay the course do what you know is right, you know, understand, it’s gonna take it’s not the end of the world just you know, stay with it.

Elzie Flenard  18:58

If anyone wants to reach out to you To learn more about what you do and your story, how can you do that?

“Big Mike” Danielson  19:03

Many of you already have my business card. For those of you that don’t know, and are on LinkedIn, if you want to, if you want to know who I am, you can visit my LinkedIn or you can literally go to bank on big And it has a link to who I am and what I stand for.

Ep 159: The Key to Success in Financial Freedom with Laine B. Waller

Laine B. Waller is a mother of three and the founder and CEO of Vraiment Financial. A financial educator, investor, and global speaker that coaches young women in our communities on the importance of financial literacy, wealth to build and obtain their family legacy.

She dedicated her time to finances for the public and community. Laine is a financial educator who would like to restore and help to build back finances. Her knowledge and skills in finances will change the trajectory for women in business.

Golden nuggets:

  • You have to continue being consistent in whatever you want to do because that’s what people are going to look at.

Keys to success:

  • Patient
  • Consistency

Actionable tip:

Think about the problem, think about the solution and then execute that solution.


“Educate my children because I want them to know the struggles as they’re young now about finances, something that people don’t want to talk about”. – Laine B. Waller

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Episode 158: Easy Ways To Turn Business Leaders Into Success with Valerio Pascotto

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Valerio Pascotto has helped many individuals and corporations reach their potential and maximize their productivity. He has conducted seminars and developed programs for the industry in the area of technology-driven rapid change, change management, group integration, retention, team building leadership, goal setting, and work effectiveness. Dr. Pascotto has also been a personal advisor to individuals in key management areas to improve their leadership skills, change readiness, business performance, and communication effectiveness.

Golden Nuggets:

  • To live in a world that was driven more by love and support than the competition and strangling the competition.

Key To Success:

  • Passion
  • Appreciation
  • Support
  • Gratitude

Actionable Tip:

  • Reframe the challenge as an opportunity. 


“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!” – Jonathan Winters

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Ep 157: You Are Doing Everything Wrong with Chuck Bamford

Dr. Bamford led both M&A and corporate training groups for twelve years prior to pursuing his Ph.D. He is the author of The Strategy Mindset 2.0 as well as two of the market leading Strategy (15th Edition – Pearson) & Entrepreneurship (3rd Edition – McGraw-Hill) textbooks used in undergraduate & graduate programs around the world.

Chuck is a regular speaker at conferences, trade shows, corporate events & conventions. He is also the author of the fiction novel “Some Things are Never Forgiven.”

Golden nuggets:

  • Focus on the 2 or 3 things that separate you and understand the 3 ways to get value

Keys to success:

  • Never stop believing
  • Persevere 

Actionable tip:

  • Make it real


“If your dream only includes you, it’s too small.” — Ava DuVernay

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Ep 156: Put the Human Back Into Marketing with Jurgen Strauss

Founder and Chief Innovator, Jürgen’s vision for Innovabiz is simple: Innovabiz will turn your business into a client magnet by building and making the most of your marketing – making your marketing Human again.

Jürgen is passionate about helping businesses achieve exceptional results through innovation and modern human marketing.

Golden nuggets:

  • Help your ideal customer
  • Be intentional about what you are providing

Keys to success:

  • Never stop learning
  • Stay focused
  • Persevere
  • Be flexible enough to adapt

Actionable tip:

  • Focus on who it is that you’re helping


“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” –  Robert H. Schuller

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Ep 155: Take Your Shot with Robin Waite

Robin Waite is a husband and father to two young girls, with a passion to help business owners set fearless goals and achieve great success. Robin is a business coach, regular speaker at various business events and bestselling author of two books, including the recent popular release Take Your Shot. He puts his decade of business leadership experience to work, coaching clients to reach their goals.

Golden nuggets:

  • Cash is KING
  • Hire slow, fire fast
  • People are the most expensive part of the business but they’re also the most important

Keys to success:

  • Have a goal for your business
  • Have an action plan to get to that goal
  • Have an enormous amount of determination

Actionable tip:

  • What ever you have in mind, get started


“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”

— Charles F. Kettering

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Ep 154: A Lotta Honey & A Lotta Hustle with Candace Spears

Candace is currently the host of Ambition, Honey & Hustle, a daily podcast focused on helping ambitious professionals avoid the slow-moving career and get paid for two things: 1. Doing what excites them and 2. Making an impact bigger than anyone thought was possible.

Golden nuggets:
• Attract people to you
• Change is part of the process

Keys to success:
• Learn to help others succeed

Actionable tip:
• Listen to the Ambition, Honey & Hustle podcast

“Every problem is a gift—without problems we would not grow.” – Anthony Robbins

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