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When scaling a business, it’s natural to reach a point where you feel like your limited capacity is slowing down the business’ growth.  In this episode, LZ will talk with Bruce Ackerman about his experience hiring a BELAY virtual assistant. Bruce is the founder of Printavo, a software company that helps screen printing shops stay organized as they grow. Bruce will also talk about some of the biggest challenges he’s overcome while building his business and will share advice for other entrepreneurs. Welcome to episode 112 of One Next Step.
Brian Dodd is the Director of New Ministry Relationships at Injoy Stewardship Solutions. In this bonus episode, he’ll answer the question: If there was one sports figure that you most respect - who is it, why, and what’s one of the big lessons from them?
In this episode, Brian Dodd will talk with LZ about everything he learned while writing about leadership in 2021. The goal is to help leaders measure their success, build winning cultures, understand the true difference between success and failure, and a lot more. Leaders should walk away with a wide range of knowledge after listening to this episode. Welcome to episode 113 of One Next Step.
In this Bonus Next Step, Jon Gordon explains how positive leaders can create a greater impact by inspiring positivity in their team members. He also describes how a positive, relationship-focused mindset can strengthen your team’s connection and commitment. 
Positivity is not sticking your head in the sand to ignore challenges, but rather facing them head on with optimism and courage. In this episode, author and speaker Jon Gordon explains how positive leadership can transform your organization. He also shares success stories he’s seen firsthand from some of the world’s top organizations, and he lays out some practical steps you can take to start becoming a more positive leader today.  Welcome to episode 112 of One Next Step.
What worked for your business on social media in the past — even six months ago — will probably not work today. Social media is constantly changing, and keeping up with the latest trends and growth strategies is a full-time job. So in this episode, BELAY Social Media Strategist Jessica Doehling provides a state of the union on social media in 2022. She breaks down the biggest trends, explains how to determine which platforms you should focus on, and gives an overview of the most important things to include in a social media strategy. Whether you’re running your own socials or just want to better understand the landscape your marketing team is working in, this conversation is packed with useful information.  Welcome to episode 111 of One Next Step.
What do you do when you think you need to make a change, but you’re not sure which path to take? Jeff Henderson is incredibly familiar with this feeling, and he’s learned through experience how to identify, prepare for, and take the next step.  In this episode, Jeff shares some of the key lessons from his new book, “What to Do Next.” He breaks down a few key signs that you might be ready for a change, explains why it’s so important to create optimal options, and shares some strategies for building and accessing your personal network. Whether you’re a leader who’s currently in the midst of a transition, or you want to prepare yourself to make a change in the future, this episode is full of valuable insight! Welcome to episode 110 of One Next Step.
Communication is one of the most important parts of a leader’s job, and yet 66% of leaders report feeling uncomfortable communicating with their employees. In this episode, BELAY Vice President of Operations Matt Seaton unpacks four necessities for communicating effectively with your team. He also shares practical tips for implementing those strategies and explains how leaders of remote and hybrid teams can build connections even without physical proximity.  Welcome to episode 109 of One Next Step.
Every entrepreneur’s journey is unique, but there are a few key characteristics that can increase your chances of success at whatever business you choose to build. In this episode, Monica Allen talks through some of those characteristics and shares the biggest lessons she’s learned throughout more than twenty years of entrepreneurship. Monica is the co-founder and COO of Zeus' Closet, owner of Monica Allen Interiors, and host of the “Become Your Own Boss” podcast. She discusses some of the common issues facing today’s entrepreneurs, shares a few of her favorite resources, and explains why she’s focused on calibration instead of balance.  Welcome to episode 108 of One Next Step. 
To create a great organizational culture, you first need to establish your mission, vision, and values. But it doesn’t stop there. Leaders also need to find ways to consistently communicate those values in both words and actions.  In this episode, BELAY CFO Lisa Zeeveld and CEO Tricia Sciortino break down the process of building culture, from defining your values to integrating those values into your team’s daily routines. Tricia and Lisa also share some creative examples of the ways BELAY has implemented the core values of gratitude, fun, and vision.  Welcome to episode 107 of One Next Step.
Many leaders wait until they’re completely overwhelmed to start delegating, but hiring someone before you reach that point can help you build a more successful working relationship.  In this episode, BELAY CEO Tricia Sciortino talks with Chick-fil-A operator Rob Herold and his BELAY virtual assistant, Mindy Brewer. Rob and Mindy share practical insight about the process of onboarding and beginning to delegate to a VA. They also explain how their partnership frees Rob up to focus on the things he does best. Whether you’re currently working with a VA or you’re considering hiring one but aren’t sure if you’re ready, this episode is full of valuable information.  Welcome to episode 106 of One Next Step. 
As a leader, you’re responsible for setting the tone when it comes to your team’s productivity. But in a culture where many of us confuse busyness for productivity, it can be difficult to find the daily rhythms and structures that help you and your team accomplish your most important tasks.  In this episode, BELAY CFO Lisa Zeeveld talks with Director of Marketing Amy Appleton about four strategies leaders can use to be more productive with their time, physical space, meetings, and delegation. They share practical tips for becoming a better delegator, setting up a physical space that’s conducive to productivity, structuring meetings for maximum effectiveness, and more. Welcome to episode 105 of One Next Step. 
When you work with other people, hard conversations are inevitable.  In this episode, Lisa talks with Krisha Buehler and Lori Friedman from BELAY about the framework they use when having difficult conversations, and they’ll talk through the specific approaches they would take in three different workplace scenarios. This conversation will be full of information that listeners can start implementing in their own conversations right away. Welcome to episode 104 of One Next Step. 
Strong relationships are one of the keys to building a great company culture, especially for remote or hybrid teams. In this episode, BELAY CFO Lisa Zeeveld shares a few key hacks for leading with empathy, setting clear expectations, and creating a culture where feedback is encouraged.  Whether you’re new to working with hybrid teams or you’re an experienced leader who just wants to learn more, this episode is full of practical advice and insight.  Welcome to episode 103 of One Next Step. 
When you’re looking to grow your business, the answer is usually less about working harder and more about delegating effectively. That’s why Stacy Tuschl is so focused on helping business owners stop getting in the way of their own growth.  In this episode, Stacy shares practical advice leaders can use to start delegating, creating more accountability among team members, and setting up systems that allow the business to keep running smoothly. If you are feeling burnt out or overworked, or you’ve been trying to grow and just can’t seem to make it happen, this episode will provide some valuable but simple next steps you can take.
Social media and email marketing are powerful tools for reaching new customers and prospects, but using them effectively requires a shift in perspective. To talk about this topic, we’re joined by Kevin Jennings, owner of Junction 32.   Kevin will share some practical tips for making the most of your social media presence, measuring your marketing success, and helping people transition from followers and subscribers into customers. If you’re a business owner who’s struggling to get traction with social media and email marketing, or you don’t have a strong online presence yet and want to get started, this episode is full of great advice. 
In this episode, One Next Step is hosted by Tonia Benas, BELAY’s Talent Acquisition Recruiter & D&I Committee Co-Chair, and Beth Thompson, BELAY’s HR Generalist. They will talk about the importance and value of diversity and inclusion in business, and they’ll also explain BELAY’s journey in making this topic a priority.  The audience should feel motivated to help make their workplace more diverse, and they’ll have the strategies and resources to do just that.  Welcome to episode 100 of One Next Step. 
In this episode, LZ and Tricia will talk to busy leaders about the importance of taking time off.  Too many leaders and business owners go so hard that they don’t take time for themselves. LZ and Tricia will help leaders understand why vacation time is so important, both mentally and physically. And they’ll explain some strategies and techniques leaders can use to help them implement healthy processes that allow them to get away. Welcome to episode 99 of One Next Step. 
Tim Schurrer is the former VP of Talent Management and Culture at StoryBrand, and the author of a new book, “The Secret Society of Success.” He is dedicated to helping leaders stop chasing the spotlight and redefine success so they can start making an impact that goes far beyond themselves. If you are a leader who is tired of trying to climb the ladder of success, or you’re struggling to figure out your purpose, this episode can help. Welcome to episode 98 of One Next Step.
Harris III is a professional illusionist, speaker, storyteller, and entrepreneur. He is passionate about helping solopreneurs move out of their old life and old ways of thinking and find the new life they want to live. His transformation map and concept of the Wonder Switch are life-changing tools for entrepreneurs. If you are an entrepreneur or leader who feels stuck and possibly unmotivated, this episode is just for you. Welcome to episode 97 of One Next Step.
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