In Chapter 11 of 17 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, educator and entrepreneur Michael Margolis answers "How Are Your Team Dynamics Changing as Your Company Completes More Creative Projects?" With a company that tripled in size in less than three months, CEO Margolis manages employee growth by investing in an intentional, transparent company culture. This sets clear employee expectations around priorities and values and helps Margolis do his best as a CEO to lead his team.
This year's National Small Business Award winners built a start-up fragrance company into a multi-million dollar – but still independent – beauty behemoth. The founders join us to tell their story and talk about the small business climate in the U.S.
In Chapter 11 of 18 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Phil McKenzie answers "What Problems Are You Trying to Solve to Grow Your Business?" McKenzie finds impatience is the greatest challenge he faces. The more he wants to do to grow his business, the more resources he needs. McKenzie learns to set priorities that align with incremental goals and manage that time constraints that come with things like closing a deal and getting paid on that deal.
In Chapter 2 of 17 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview, education entrepreneur J.T. Allen answers "What is the Difference Between Being an Entrepreneur and a Small Business Owner?" Allen frames his answer in aspirations and scale. He compares and contrasts small business examples with what he sees as entrepreneurial focused ventures. As an entrepreneur J.T. Allen is the CEO and co-founder of myFootpath.
In Chapter 15 of 19 in her 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, female entrepreneur Hattie Grace Elliot answers "How Do You Balance Experimentation and Commitment in the Projects That You Pursue?" Elliot notes that to be a successful entrepreneur one must be stubborn - almost delusional - yet open-minded enough to be flexible and try out new options or let old ones go at the right time. Hattie Grace Elliot is the founder and CEO of The Grace List, a social networking company.
In Chapter 17 of 17 in his 2013 Capture Your Flag interview, educator and entrepreneur Michael Margolis answers "What Procedures and Processes Are You Putting in Place to Manage Company Growth?" Margolis builds a business operations strategy around a four element model. Water is used to create regular meetings to gauge employee emotion and to get feedback. Fire is addresses problems and projects. Earth focuses on operations procedures, namely recruiting, retention, and routines.
In Chapter 18 of 21 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, business school professor Ben Hallen notes entrepreneurs inherit networks from previous experiences - education, religion, social, etc. This leads to a large and diverse network that can be valuable. Entrepreneurs can also be building networks while managing inherited networks. He details how great entrepreneurs use "casual dating" to build new network ties.
Entertainer and entrepreneur will.i.am looks for very particular qualities in entrepreneurs to gauge if they'll be successful disrupters. Beyond having dreams, they need to "vibrate" with excitement. Find out what else he looks for.
In Chapter 13 of 13, storyteller and entrepreneur Michael Margolis shares how learning to say no is helping his storytelling small business grow. Margolis builds a platform of products and services growing his business and learns, as with story editing, there is immense value in editing initiatives and refining priorities. Margolis is the founder and president of Get Storied, an education and publishing platform dedicated to teaching the world how to think in narrative.
Entrepreneur, TV personality, author, and motivational speaker Daymond John shares how he went from waiting tables at Red Lobster to becoming a fashion mogul and "Shark Tank" star! Daymond also shares the story of his make or break pitch to LL Cool J that helped launch the FUBU brand. Daymond also discusses how he and the ‘Shark Tank’ team scout contestants for the show.