Leadership

The Power of a Private Facebook Group To Build Your Network

By | Community, Leadership | 4 Comments

My barber blew my mind.

I’m sitting there and he’s cutting my hair and we’re talking about advice and mentorship…

… so I shared with him this silly Facebook group I started that eventually became one of the most valuable resources in my professional life.

That’s when he told me he was part of a similar group with barbers from other major cities…

… and they all connect online to share best practices, resources and stories to help each other out?!

Mr. Ryan Browne – my barber – has a virtual mastermind group?!!!

What? Read More

Why Companies Fail & How To Prevent It

By | Financial, Leadership, Startups | 8 Comments

Are you running out of money?

Do you have something people want to buy?

Do you have a cost effective marketing plan?

Do you have the skills to lead your team?

Are you able to hire great people?

Have you built a system that outlines how you deliver value to your customers in a repeatable way?

Feeling overwhelmed by this avalanche of questions, and wishing you could get back to your regularly-scheduled programming of being “fake busy” and avoiding the hard sh*t? Read More

Build Your Startup Team With These 6 Characteristics To Filter Out The Duds

By | Community, Leadership, Startups | 18 Comments

Over the years I’ve been involved in hiring 100’s of people for my companies.

In the early days when I started a new project I would just grab whoever was nearby and free.

There was ZERO process.

That’s why I struggled to succeed.

I’d say between the ages of 18 – 24 I worked with dozens of different people and most fell extremely short of my expectations.

I hired a bunch of duds.

Why? Read More

How To Research, Recruit, And Compensate Great Advisors For Your Business

By | Community, Leadership, Startups | 3 Comments

Am I the only one whose Apple Watch is always dead?

I can’t seem to remember to charge it up…

… anyway, I digress.

When I started Clarity I put in the time to build one of the best advisory boards for the business.

It cost me time and $$$ but in the end, the ROI was 100X.

Having the best people in your corner to help guide strategic decision, solve major issues and pull you up when you’re feeling like a sack of potatoes is invaluable.

The challenge is finding them, negotiating compensation and deciding how to best leverage them. Read More

The 3 Business Personalities & How To Understand Which One You Are

By | Leadership, Personal, Strategy | 8 Comments

I used to believe that ANYONE could be an entrepreneur.

Until the day my friend Julie went bankrupt.

When she started her business, I was pumped… probably more so than I should’ve been.

She left our meeting excited to take on the challenges and get going.

The reason she failed is because she didn’t understand her role in relation to her business… Read More

It’s Not The Founder, It’s The Leadership Strategy That Matters

By | Leadership, Motivation, Strategy | No Comments

Even though he almost fired me after 2 weeks…

… my leadership style came from a guy named Darcy.

I was 21 years old, and just got a contract position with a company in Fort McMurray, Alberta working on the tech team at Syncrude.

Somehow I was hired even though the people reporting to me were 10 years older.

Darcy gave me 2 weeks to “figure it out.” Read More

5 Ways To Improve The Quality Of Your Entrepreneurial Life

By | Leadership, Motivation, Personal | No Comments

Do you want to improve the quality of your life?

I know that’s a big question … but hear me out.

Last week I shared a killer strategy for overcoming MAJOR challenges in your business.

Today I want to dig deeper and share some important areas that I think could serve you even further.

A few weeks ago I had an entrepreneur I coach go through some major challenges because she had to fire a key employee.

It weighed down on her for weeks as she planned the transition.

No matter how many times we walked through the process, she continued to lose sleep over the fact that in a few days she’d have to let this person go.

What would they say? Would they get angry? Blame her leadership? Etc. Read More

The Way Richard Branson Manufactures Time

By | Leadership, Productivity, Strategy | 4 Comments

Reading time: 10 minutes
Hours it will save you in 2017: 1,000+
Return-on-reading time: Infinite.

Only read if:

Your business is doing over $250K in revenue.

Must read now if:

You’re a busy, growth-minded founder of a quickly-scaling company with too many tabs open on their browser (yes, I can see you on your computer).

Download for later if:

You’re thinking of starting a business, don’t make any money, or spend all your time going to events.

On April 2014, I was invited to spend a week with Richard Branson at his lodge in Verbier, Switzerland, for the work I was doing to support entrepreneurship at a global level through my startup, Clarity.fm.

To say I was excited would be an understatement…up until I saw Richard walk into the living room for breakfast, I didn’t think the meeting was actually going to happen.

Over the next seven days, I got to spend time with some incredible entrepreneurs like Tim Ferris (4 Hour Work Week), Bryan Johnson (Founder of Braintree / Sold to PayPal for $850M), and Randy Reddig (Co-Founder of Square) just to name a few.
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5 Questions You Should Never Ask Your Mentor

By | Leadership, Motivation, Strategy | 6 Comments

A few weeks ago I was asked by an old high-school friend for business advice.

He was just starting off and was wondering if he should go to the bank and take out a $10K loan to get started.

Fearing a series of bad decisions on his part, I invited him to a Founder’s Dinner so he could meet successful entrepreneurs and learn from real world experience…

… not what the people down at the “Business Center” in my hometown were telling him.

During that lunch, he sat quietly and listened super attentively.

Then, with little warning, he broke his silence to ask a dangerous question to one of the entrepreneurs. Read More

How To Scale Your Team Using The 5 Step Framework

By | Leadership, Startups | 10 Comments

Don’t you love how your parents can ask questions that cut right to your core?

After my second failed venture, my dad pulled me aside and asked me why I didn’t just get a normal job?

“Normal job? WTF… I’m unemployable.” was my response.

I was determined to figure it out.

That’s when I went deep and started mirroring the habits of the world’s most successful business leaders.

I started with the simple things… Read More

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