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Entrepreneurship and personal development interviews from thought leaders, authors, producers, creators and executives. We bring you mentorship and coaching from the best minds on the planet.
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Matthew Hunt is the founder of Automation Wolf and Summit Beast, a virtual summit agency. He built 3 profitable  B2B companies in the last 13 years on the back of smart marketing & sales. In his career as a sales and marketing expert, he’s helped hundreds of companies implement sophisticated marketing & sales strategies that have generated consistent leads and sales even in very challenging economic circumstances.   Resources   Thanks for tuning in to the show. If you love the show and this episode please like, review, share and help spread the word. Feel free to contact me by using the following links Email: Twitter: @chodogwu Instagram: @chodogwu Linkedin:      
Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg is a management consultant, executive advisor and keynote speaker. He is the author of What’s Your Problem? (Harvard Business Press, 2020), a book on how to solve the right problems. He is also the co-author (with Paddy Miller) of Innovation as Usual, a Harvard Business Review Press book on the art of driving innovation in regular organizations. Thomas works with executives in companies around the globe teaching them how to become better problem solvers. His research has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, BBC Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek and the Financial Times. His work on innovation led HR Magazine to recognize him as a “Top 20 International Thinker”. As an executive advisor and keynote speaker, Thomas has addressed organizations such as Cisco, Microsoft, Citigroup, Time Warner, AbbVie, Caterpillar, Amgen, Prudential, Union Pacific, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, the Wall Street Journal, and the United Nations. Thomas holds an MA in Media Science from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA from IESE Business School. Prior to his business career, Thomas served for four years as an officer with the Danish Royal Guards Resource   Thanks for tuning in to the show. If you love the show and this episode please like, review, share and help spread the word. Feel free to contact me by using the following links   Email: Twitter:@chodogwu Instagram: @chodogwu
Ramia Marielle El Agamy is the Co-Founder of Orbis Terra Media an international Content Studio and Publishing House based in Switzerland as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Tharawat Magazine,  the global publication for family businesses and a product established by her family. As a Director of her family's enterprise, she has helped expand its activities globally and works alternately in media, cross-border entrepreneurship, and family business. Her role as the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Tharawat Magazine has allowed her to specialise in topics relevant to business owners and their successors. Ramia holds a MSc in International Business and Management from Manchester Business School (UK). Born and raised in Switzerland, Ramia M. El Agamy is of Dutch-Egyptian descent and currently lives between Bern, Switzerland, and Dubai, UAE and speaks six languages.   Resources   Thanks for tuning in to the show. If you love the show and this episode please like, review, share and help spread the word. Feel free to contact me by using the following links Email: Twitter:@chodogwu Instagram: @chodogwu Linkedin:
Trista Jordan has worked with thousands of celebrities and contributed her expertise to over 50 feature films, staged events, live shows, television series, national commercials, and music videos, most notably the Macklemore hit "Downtown," watched over 144 million times on YouTube. Her clients include: NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX and every imaginable production entity.    She has worked with Academy Award winners Vera Farmiga and Jared Leto; Golden Globe-winner Christian Slater; Golden Globe-nominated Ray Liotta and Christina Ricci; as well as the winner of several awards, Jessica Biel.   Trista began a diary of her crazy life at an early age and continued journaling her wild career moments behind the scenes of her Hollywood movie escapades. When she was interviewed by ESPN during a World Series of Poker event they told her she should write a book. So she did!   Resources & Links   Thanks for tuning in to the show. If you love the show and this episode please like, review, share and help spread the word.   Feel free to contact me by using the following links   Email: Twitter: @chodogwu Instagram: @chodogwu Linkedin:
Dr. Dennis T. Jaffe, is a San Francisco-based advisor to families about the family business, governance, wealth and philanthropy. Dennis helps large and global families manage personal and organizational issues that lead to a successful and fulfilling transfer of businesses, wealth, values, commitments, and legacies between generations. Dennis is the author of the new book Borrowed from Your Grandchildren: The Evolution of 100-Year Family Enterprises; as well as Cross-Cultures: How Global Families Negotiate Change Across Generations; and Stewardship of Your Family Enterprise: Developing Responsible Leadership Across Generations, and more than 15 other management books, including Getting Your Organization to Change, Rekindling Commitment, Take This Job and Love it! And From Burnout to Balance. He is the co-creator of the Family Enterprise Assessment Tool (FEAT, The Values Edge, the Transition Curve, and other tools for assessment of family enterprise success. In 1984 he founded Changeworks Global, a consulting firm in San Francisco, which works with organizations for long-term change to build competitive advantage by unleashing the power of their employees. He was a founder of MemeStreams, which pioneered the use of on-line executive development tools. In 1990-92 he served as Deputy Director of Research for the Macarthur Foundation Network on Healthy Companies. He is an emeritus professor of Organizational Systems and Psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco. He has a B.A. degree in Philosophy, M.A. in Management, and Ph.D. in sociology, all from Yale University, is a licensed psychologist and is professor emeritus of organizational systems and psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco. As both an organizational consultant and clinical psychologist, he is one of the architects of the emerging field of family enterprise consulting. He is a faculty advisor to the Cornell Johnson College of Business. As a founding member of the Family Firm Institute, he has served on their board, written frequently for their journal Family Business Review, and was awarded the Richard Beckhard and International Awards for contributions to practice. In 2007 he was Thinker in Residence for S. Australia, helping the region design a strategic plan for the future of their entrepreneurial and family businesses. Resources and links Thanks for tuning in to the show. If you love the show and this episode please like, review, share and help spread the word. Feel free to contact me by using the following links Email: Twitter: @chodogwu Instagram: @chodogwu Linkedin:  
Jonathan Slain is the Founder and CEO of, an author, a highly respected keynote speaker, and an expert on recessions & why business owners don’t need to fear them. Jonathan understands not only how to prepare your business for the next major recession, but also how to turn it into a profitable opportunity. Jonathan believes that the savvy entrepreneurs are the ones making plans now, so they can be buyers when opportunity knocks. They’re looking forward to purchasing failing companies and hiring top talent when others are caught unprepared by a recession. Having come from the world of investment banking, working on mergers and acquisitions, Jonathan has seen firsthand how businesses with successful leadership mistakenly hit plateaus. Now, working exclusively with Founders, Owners, CEOs, and Management Teams, Jonathan uses that experience to help best-in-class companies worldwide achieve their vision of success. Jonathan spent the last Great Recession huddled in the fetal position on the floor of his office. He borrowed $250,000 from his mother-in-law to survive. Jonathan paid his mother-in-law back and is now a highly sought-after consultant . Jonathan understands not only how to prepare your business for the next major recession but also how to turn it into a profitable opportunity Whether working with entrepreneurial niche/specialty firms or large corporations ($10M+ in annual revenue), the direction and insight Jonathan imparts, positions businesses to advance to levels they dream about often, but rarely achieve on their own. Jonathan’s book, “Rock the Recession: How Successful Leaders Prepare For, Thrive During, and Create Wealth After Downturns” came out in September 2019 and is a #1 Amazon Best Seller. In today's episode, we discuss the possibilities of an imminent recession, and how the situation could be used positively as an opportunity for growth. In this episode, you'll learn..  No need to be afraid of recessions  Recessions are opportunities  Non-Economic Recessions  Pulling the Emergency Brake Links and resources mentioned in this episode.   Thanks for tuning in to the show. If you love the show and this episode please like, review, share and help spread the word. Feel free to contact me by using the following links Email: Twitter:@chodogwu Instagram: @chodogwu Linkedin:  
Josh Fonger is a consultant, coach, and speaker. He has earned a reputation as being one of the world’s top consultants and coaches who has the unique ability of developing, and implementing, systematic solutions to complex business problems.   His consulting firm, Work the System (WTS) Enterprises, has attracted over 100,000 business owners from over 50 countries. Josh has personally consulted or coached over 500 business owners from more than 100 industries, from small startup businesses to large $500M enterprises.   Josh has been recognized as the authority in Business Performance Architecture. Due to his phenomenal success rate, and a mountain of client testimonials, he has quickly become one of the most in-demand small business consultants in North America.   His forte, which is helping businesses properly organize and systematize their operations so they can achieve exponential growth, has resulted in hundreds of success stories from around the world. Many of Josh’s clients acknowledge that his ideas and coaching have led to millions of dollars in profit increase.   Josh met Sam Carpenter in 2011 after reading Sam’s book, Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less. Josh partnered with Sam after recognizing that they shared a common vision of helping business owners get unstuck by developing systematic solutions to their problems. “There is nobody in the world who is better equipped at helping business owners implement the WTS Methodology than Josh,” says Sam Carpenter.   Josh graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s in architecture before getting his MBA from Arizona State University. When he’s not coaching or consulting to business owners, Josh enjoys setting up “personal systems” to maximize his time with his wife and three boys.
Bobby Umar is recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers in North America. He is also a 5x TEDx speaker, and a social media influencer with over half a million followers. An authority on authentic networking, personal branding and digital connection, Bobby is an author of two books, including an Amazon #1 Best Seller, as well as a frequent Huffington Post contributor.
Brock Shinen is a lawyer and strategy consultant, a speaker, an author, and the founder of the Law Office of Brock Shinen, Inc., which represents some of the largest churches and ministry organizations in America. Brock is a highly sought-after business adviser and strategist to globally recognized organizations and ministries. His writing has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post.He is the author of the new book "The Christian Entrepreneur : Dream, Plan, Execute, Grow". Brock lives with his wife and two children in Orange County, California. website:
  Brian Buirge is the Co-founder of Good Fucking Design Advice. He is an international speaker and consultant for brands looking to embrace a culture and mindset of risk-taking and innovation. He has worked with a range of organizations from Fortune 100 companies to brands small and medium-sized companies. His work has been awarded and featured in numerous national and industry publications. His first book, Do the Fucking Work: Lowbrow Advice for High-level Creativity, was co-written with Jason Bacher and Jason Richburg his business partners.
Jeff Fleischman is the CMO of Altimetrik, a digital transformation accelerator that helps clients deliver great products and services that accelerates financial profitability. He is also an advisor, speaker, and columnist for He is the author of the personal & professional development book titled “Advice to my younger self. In his long career, he has held leadership roles in companies like Penn Mutual, American Express, TIAA-CREFF, Citi and more where he established a strong record of leadership and execution on growth strategies that have resulted in measurable bottom-line results. Jeff earned a B.S. degree in Finance from Syracuse University and his M.B.A from Hofstra University. He and his family reside in Morganville, New Jersey.    
Jordan Raynor is the author of the soon-to-be-released Master of One: Find and Focus on the Work You Were Created to Do andthe national best-seller Called to Create: A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate, and Risk. He leads a growing community of Christians seeking to more deeply connect to their faith with their work. Jordan serves as the Executive Chairman of a tech start-up, Threshold 360, where he previously served as CEO after launching a string of successful ventures. He’s a highly sought-after speaker on faith, work, and entrepreneurship at some pretty amazing places, including Harvard University, SXSW, and TEDx. He has twice been selected as a Google Fellow and had the incredible honor of serving in the White House under President George W. Bush. Connect with Jordan! Pre-order the Book &Enter to Win an Unbelievable European Cruise for Two, Dinner with Jordan in Barcelona, and a Private Tour of One of the Most Compelling Subjects in His Book: La Sagrada Familia! Jordan’s Website
Marwan Mery is the co-founder of ADN Group, The Agency Of Professional Negotiators. He and his co-founder Laurent Combalbert lead a team of professional negotiators who help corporations, government organizations, high networth Individuals, and NGOs  resolve complex negotiations and crisis situations at an over 90% success rate.    Their expertise is in conducting, assisting, and supervising over a hundred complex negotiations a year, around the world including crisis cases, kidnap and ransom negotiations, social conflict, commercial negotiation, diplomatic relations, patient-physician relations (where, for example, a patient refuses to comply with their treatment) and more.)   As a result of their work at ADN Group, Laurent & Marwan have been invited to speak at several conferences, provide advice on media outlets like CNN, train several security agencies on crisis negotiation, and served as the inspiration for the hit CBS TV Show Ransom.
Eric Kapitulik is a well-known and well-respected leader, coach, and teammate. He served in the United States Marine Corps as both an Infantry Officer and Special Operations Officer with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Marine Division. As a Platoon Commander within his company, Eric led a team of 20 covert operations specialists on numerous Special Forces-related missions. After leaving active duty, Eric founded The Program in 2008 with the purpose of developing better leaders and creating more cohesive teams. He and his team use battle-tested military principles learned in elite military organizations to help executives, athletes and entrepreneurs develop their leadership skills so they can achieve and maintain peak performance in their various roles. As a leadership trainer and coach, Eric and his team work with most of the top college sports teams in the country and well as leading businesses. In this episode, we talked about Eric’s biggest regret, why he decided to leave investment banking at Goldman Sachs to start his own firm, some of the leadership development lessons he learned from the Marines and how executives can accomplish any goal by simply taking disciplined actions every day.   Company - The Program - Book - The Program -
Elise Keith is the co-founder of online meeting management platform Lucid Meetings. Known as the ‘Meeting Maven,’ Elise offers unprecedented expertise that inspires audiences, proving that meetings shouldn’t be fewer or shorter—but better and more effective. She is the author of Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization, which contains eye-opening strategies companies can use to structure beneficial meetings, create a healthy workplace culture, and propel overall team momentum. Book: “Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization”Company: Lucid Meetings - Website:  
Dave Ramos is an author, speaker, and CEO of SHIFTPOINTS, Inc. He is good at lots of things but is great at helping companies unleash the accelerating power of alignment. Prior to founding SHIFTPOINTS, Dave applied his passion for alignment in a broad range of settings, including large global corporations, venture-backed start-ups, and innovative nonprofits. Mr. Ramos's expertise lies in helping numerous companies and organizations around the world improve their alignment, so they can dramatically outperform their competitors in 3 main areas i.e. revenue growth, employee engagement and customer engagement. As a result of his work at SHIFTPOINTS, Dave receives numerous invitations to speak at conferences, advices CEOs on issues concerning organizational alignment, trains leadership teams at s
​Julian Hayes II is a health and human performance coach, a corporate wellness consultant and an author. His work helps entrepreneurs and organizations perform better, feel better, become stronger and unlock their human potential without the guesswork through using precision wellness.
MARC J. EPSTEIN, Ph.D., was, until recently, a Distinguished Research Professor of Management at Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Before joining Rice, Dr. Epstein was a professor at Stanford Business School, Harvard Business School, and INSEAD (European Institute of Business Administration). He has extensive academic research and practical experience in the implementation of corporate strategies and the development of performance metrics for use in them; he is considered one of the global leaders in the areas of innovation, governance, performance measurement, and accountability in both corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Epstein has written extensively on corporate and nonprofit board governance, the role of boards of directors, organizational trust, and corporate accountability. He is the author of twenty books and well over two hundred professional papers that have won numerous top academic, professional, and business awards. Connect with him via LinkedIn. ROB SHELTON is a globally recognized Silicon Valley-based consultant, author, and speaker on entrepreneurial excellence, breakthrough innovation, and scaling to drive rapid growth. Over the past forty years, Shelton served as a trusted partner and advisor to CEOs and senior executives at leading organizations in the valley and around the world. He led the innovation practice at PwC and was also the founder of PwC’s global financial service innovation center. A featured speaker at the 2013 World Economic Forum’s Summer Davos, his work has been highlighted in Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Forbes Japan, Financial Times, strategy+business, CNN Financial News, Fast Company, and on Bloomberg Radio and NPR. Connect with Shelton via LinkedIn.
Ron Tite is Founder and CEO of Church+State (originally The Tite Group), a Toronto-based marketing agency and publisher of This is That Travel Guide to Canada – a best-selling, award-winning satirical book from the creators of CBC Radio’s hit show, This Is That. His past work includes being Executive Producer & Host of the award-winning comedy show Monkey Toast, in addition to writing for a number of television series, penning a children’s book, and writing, performing and producing the play The Canadian Baby Bonus. In demand as a speaker on innovation, branding and content marketing, Ron continues to speak to leading organizations all over the world about “The Expression Economy” – his take on modern business. He is the author of the new book Think. Do. SAY. AmazonThink. Do.Say - How to Seize Attention and Build Trust in a Busy, Busy World                        
ANDREW TARVIN is the world's first humor engineer, teaching people how to get better results while having more fun. Combining his background as a project manager at Procter & Gamble with his experience as a stand-up comedian, he reverse-engineers the skill of humor in a way that is practical, actionable, and gets results in the workplace. Through his company, Humor That Works, Drew has worked with more than 35,000 people at over 250 organizations, including Microsoft, the FBI, and the International Association of Canine Professionals. He is a bestselling author; has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fast Company; and his TEDx talk has been viewed more than four million times. He loves the color orange, is obsessed with chocolate, and can solve a Rubiks Cube (but it takes like 7 minutes).   Connect with Andrew: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn: YouTube:
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