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Author: Natalie Gingrich

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You can’t ignore the back-end pieces that have to work together and flow smoothly in order to build a brand, grow a movement or disrupt an industry. If the operations side of your business is a mess, putting out fires will always take priority… leaving no room for creative innovation, fun visibility or networking with powerhouse peers (or wannabe peers).

If you’re soaking up what I’m spilling and are getting a little excited about operations, I invite you to listen to The Ops Authority podcast. Every week, I will share actionable strategies from the Director of Ops community to move your business forward and transformational stories of powerhouse business owners who now value operations.
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What are some of the upcoming changes for the Director of Operations (DOO) certification program? Today we are talking about the evolution of the DOO certification program, which has produced over 350 women through 15 rounds. I wanted to share some behind the scenes of what we have done, how we have grown, and some of the changes we have made.  Round 16 is about to begin. If you are curious, read all about our certification program! For full show notes, visit theopsauthority.com/podcast/165.
How does your physical health make you a better entrepreneur? Do you pay attention to what your body is telling you as you are busy growing your business? Tanessa Shears is going to help us get some clarity on building a legacy lifestyle, and how to do it from a wellness perspective.  Tanessa Shears is a health consultant and host of the Becoming Limitless podcast. She helps entrepreneurs scale their business by optimizing their health, focus & productivity with science and biohacking. Her passion is working closely with business owners to implement effective sleep, nutrition, work flow and stress management strategies to eliminate brain fog and help them get more done in 8 hours than most people can get done in a week. She does this by optimizing the performance capacity of your body & brain so you can produce more meaningful, impactful work output and scale your business faster. For full show notes, visit theopsauthority.com/podcast/121.
On today’s episode, I am sharing an episode that I did on the podcast “Growing Pains” with Alyson Caffrey. Tune in as I share about my personal and professional journey while balancing a family. We discuss the challenges of leaving a corporate career to start a business while prioritizing family. I emphasize the importance of intuition, empathy, and understanding individual needs in both parenting and leading a team. I talk about self-discovery, reinvention, and the significance of operations in entrepreneurship. I hope that this episode can inspire you to balance motherhood and business, and the value of being ambitious and going for your goals no matter the obstacles. For full show notes, check out www.TheOpsAuthority.com/252 Stay Connected: Join the Ops Insiders FREE Facebook community! Other Ways to Connect with Me: Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
Have you used case studies in your business? On today’s episode, I am chatting with Dana Owens, owner of Next Level Copy, where we dive into the power of case studies for service providers. We discuss how case studies not only establish credibility but also showcase the effectiveness of our services and help attract our ideal clients. Case studies are much more than just testimonials. They provide a detailed report on how our services can truly help our potential clients. Case studies not only enhance our service offerings but also drive growth of our businesses. Tune in to see how you can use case studies in your business! For full show notes, check out www.TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/251 Stay Connected: Join the Ops Insiders FREE Facebook community! Other Ways to Connect with Me: Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
Hey, hey friends and welcome back to another episode of The Ops Authority Podcast! On today’s episode, I have the pleasure of having Lee Chaix McDonough, the founder of Coach With Clarity with me. Together, we explore the vital skills that are crucial for high-level operators when working alongside leaders. We dove into the significance of harnessing the power of curiosity and the importance of the practice of self-care for operators. We also chat through establishing clear expectations within working relationships and address the emotional toll that our role as operators can entail and Lee shares strategies for recharging our energy. This episode shares the significance of showing up as our best selves to effectively support the leaders we are supporting. For full show notes visit TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/250 Stay Connected: Join the Ops Insiders FREE Facebook community! Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
As operators, we are used to being behind the scenes. It’s where we are comfortable. Should this make it hard to sell your services? Absolutely not! In today’s episode, I bring on Ryann Dowdy to share more about how to sell your services when you prefer to be behind the scenes. Ryann is a sales expert, business strategist, connection marketing specialist, and CEO/Founder of The Connection Agency. Together we dive into the necessity of mindset shifts, the development of confidence, and creating authentic relationships for effective sales. Ryann shares tactical skills for initiating sales conversations and the importance of trust and rapport. This is an episode you are going to want to dive into if you are finding that sales are hard. For full show notes visit TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/249 Stay Connected: Join the Ops Insiders FREE Facebook community! Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
I had the honor to be invited as a guest on “Confessions of a Terrible Leader” with Layci Nelson. I’m excited to share my interview with you! In this episode, I share the difference between foundational/operational leadership roles and more strategic leadership roles, the importance of setting clear expectations and defining success when bringing on new hires, and my confession on not properly communicating expectations to new hires. I can’t wait for you to tune in to this episode and let me know what you think about it! For full show notes visit TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/248 Stay Connected: Join the Ops Insiders FREE Facebook community! Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
Hey, hey friends! Welcome back to another episode of The Ops Authority Podcast! Today, I'm thrilled to have Certified DOO, Kara Barnes with us to dive deep into how the DOO Certification was the driving force in her journey to designing a career she truly loves. She gives a glimpse into her company, Backstage Ops, and her approach to business operations. She dives into her business shift from working on a retainer basis to running an agency. Throughout our conversation, Kara continually reflects on the profound influence that the Director of Operations Certification has had on her career. This was an amazing episode with Kara Barnes—an episode filled with profound lessons and actionable advice for anyone looking to enhance their operations career. Tune in for an incredible dose of inspiration and strategic wisdom right here on The Ops Authority Podcast! For full show notes visit www.TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/247 Stay Connected: Join the Ops Insiders FREE Facebook community! Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
Welcome back to another episode of The Ops Authority podcast. I have certified DOO, Sarah Neumann, here to share about her personal journey from being a Virtual Assistant to becoming a certified Online Business Manager and Director of Operations. She’s currently a consultant with a focus on team development. We dive into Sarah’s shift from doing fractional work to embracing a consulting role, further explaining her desire to help businesses thrive through the strategic crafting of teams and organizational structures. Sarah shares more about her consulting methodology, which encompasses the creation of team roles and responsibilities, the provision of developmental frameworks, and the offering of coaching services. I commend Sarah for her remarkable growth and encourage you to join the next cohort of the Director Of Operations Certification! This was a great episode on aligning your work with your passion, taking decisive action, and continuing to refine your business processes to achieve success! For full show notes visit www.TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/246 Stay Connected: Join the Ops Insiders FREE Facebook community! Other Ways to Connect with Me: Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
On today’s episode of The Ops Authority Podcast, I am sharing more about the Strategic Mapping Model™ and its significance for Directors Of Operations. It is not just a tool but the foundation of what we do as certified Directors Of Operations. The Strategic Mapping Model™ doesn’t just streamline operations but it builds freedom. I’m sharing those four freedoms that it gives to you on today’s episode, so tune in! For full show notes visit www.TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/245 Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
Do you know the difference between a business plan and a Strategic Mapping Model™? In today's episode, I am sharing those differences. The Strategic Mapping Model™ is taught in the Director of Operations Certification Program and is more practical for small businesses in today’s digital economy. It provides a clear, interactive framework that aligns strategic vision with daily operations. While traditional business plans are outdated, the Strategic Mapping Model™ is not. Check out this episode to hear more about why you should be incorporating the Strategic Mapping Model ™ into your services for clients! For full show notes visit www.TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/244 Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram   Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network  
Welcome back to another episode of The Ops Authority Podcast! I am excited to share this one with you today. Once you become a Director of Operations, there are many routes to take in your business. Here, I am going to share 6 ways that you can design your DOO business! From Strategic Mapping™ to project management, you can take many routes. Tune in to hear more and let me know — do you have another way that I haven’t shared here? For full show notes visit www.TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/243 Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
On today’s episode, I am sharing the different types of assessments. These are particularly important in the hiring process. I’m diving deeper into the significance of the Kolbe A assessment and how knowing this can make a difference as a DOO! I even share how this assessment identifies strengths and helps match others to the right business roles. If you’re ready to understand the different types of assessments and why they are important to business, you aren’t going to want to miss today’s episode! For full show notes visit www.TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/242 Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
Are you having trouble converting discovery calls to paid clients? On today’s episode, I am sharing the 3 ways to convert these discovery calls! I discuss key strategies such as showcasing leadership and adaptability, actively listening, and providing tailored solutions. Tune in to hear how to move your prospective clients to paying clients! For full show notes visit www.TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/241 Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
Are you ready for your next interview? On today’s episode, I am sharing tips with you that you can use to set yourself apart! I share the importance of researching the company, understanding the job description, and using strategic thinking. I give you practical tips for crafting a strong introduction, giving clear answers, and maintaining professionalism. Having a list of questions ready for the interviewer at the end is key and make sure that you are clearly communicating how you are going to provide success in this role. For full show notes visit www.TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/240 Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
Have you used Upwork to land clients? On today’s episode, I have Meighan O’Toole on to share more about her tactics for landing clients in our current market, with the use of Upwork! We unpacked the strategies and insights Meighan uses for service providers ready to gain more clients through Upwork. Tune in to hear all of the advice that she has to share! For full show notes visit www.TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/239 Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
Do you need clients? With this shifting market, I’m sharing ways that you can land clients now! I’m giving you several tips that you can use to push forward and land clients even with a changing economy. I share ideas such as recognizing the shift that has happened since the pandemic, setting clear goals, and maintaining regular client outreach. I also recommend networking locally and reconnecting with past clients. I suggest adapting service offers to the current economic situation and considering employment as an alternative. I hope these tips help you adjust your approach to thrive if you are needing clients! For full show notes visit www.TheOpsAuthority.com/podcast/238 Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
Has imposter syndrome ever held you back? On today’s episode, I tackle the issue of imposter syndrome. I share my personal experience with imposter syndrome and give you a little interesting background on the history of it.  I also share 3 actionable tips that you can take to overcome it, so that you don’t stay stuck! Tune in to hear more! For full show notes visit www.TheOpsAuthority.com/237 Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
Are you ready for a fulfilling career? In today’s episode, I have Martina Douglas on sharing more about her journey through the DOO certification. We dive into how she made the leap into the DOO certification and how it has had a profound effect on her career. She shares more about what the DOO certification looked like for her and her success in the program. If you are on the fence about joining the DOO certification program, check out Martina’s episode! It’s time for you to have a fulfilling career that you love too! For full show notes visit www.theopsauthority.com/podcast/236 Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
In this DOO success story, I chatted with Stephanie Marquardt, the founder and CEO of Continuous Synergy LLC. We talked more about the work that she does with government contracting and the importance of operations, systems, and processes. Stephanie shares her personal journey with the DOO certification program and how it has been beneficial to her own business. We also chatted more about the importance of having support and structure in small teams. Operators are important for all businesses, and I hope this episode is a reminder for you today! For full show notes visit www.theopsauthority.com/podcast/235 Other Ways to Connect with Me: Private Facebook Community Facebook Page Instagram Brought to you by the HubSpot Podcast Network
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James Higgins

nice intro

Oct 24th
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