6 Star Business

6 Star Business

What makes a 6 Star Leader? What makes a 6 Star Business? Is the 6th Star really 5 plus 1? These are the questions that we answer through our conversations with guests who are driven by a purpose bigger than themselves and have a desire to reach more people. Our guests are successful business owners, entrepreneurs and passionate professionals who always aspire to evolve, improve, and better themselves and the lives of those they impact. Most often they put the customer experience at the forefront of everything they do. The million-dollar question is: "If that extra 6th star existed, what would you have to do to push your business beyond a 5 star review and go that extra mile?" Each week your host Aveline Clarke and her co-host create a space where they and their guest has a conversation about what it takes to create and sustain a 6 Star Business. This isn’t one of those podcasts where the hosts fire questions at an interviewee in the hot seat; it’s a collaborative exploration and ongoing global conversation about customer journey excellence, employee engagement, humanising business and what that 6th star really means, and how it can be used to create more impact for a better future for us all.


September 27, 2022 55 min

Bright, energetic, happy, purposeful and creative. These are the words that came to mind after my conversation with Darren Saul! What a great conversation this one is.  It was like a ‘recharge’ to the soul and to fire up the motivation engines!

A very warm person with a huge zest for life that he lives purposefully. He runs his own podcast, 2 businesses, and shared with us all the ways he continues to keep things moving at a high le...

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She brought us optimism, energy, and a new way of looking at ‘problems’ - and a whole lot more… Our guest is Maite Grisard, a management consultant who likes to get in deep with her customers and shake things up in order to create the necessary chaos and change.

This conversation gave us hope and excitement about the future, and our role in it.  It’s fun, deep, stretches the mind and a whole lot more.

Here’s a summary of what we disc...

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In this episode Lisa G brought us some fabulous down-to-earth principles of what she teaches to her clients, that help them get through the tough days and help them to become the best versions of themselves.

She’s warm, funny, direct, tough and gets incredible results because of her mental toughness and human compassion.  It’s a blend of both!

Here’s a summary of what we discussed:

05:13 - the athlete’s journey to win

08:06 - what the ...

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In today’s episode I met with a personal branding coach and ethical entrepreneur who is helping entrepreneurs create successful and sustainable businesses, whilst bringing together people from diverse cultures to support each other.

She’s been through war, personal challenges, and is inspired to make the world a better place.

Our conversation talked about the challenges entrepreneurs can have when facing their own ‘dark night of the ...

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This was a really inspiring conversation with Steve Jeffreys, where he gave us some insights into the shifts that we experience on our journey that make the biggest difference in our lives.

He’s an inspiring guy who is doing his part to make a difference, and help others get the most out of their lives.

Here’s a summary of our conversation:

03:49 - everyone has a ceiling they can break through

19:45 - redundancy hitting hard

24:05 - ack...
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A fresh approach to solving problems, with a lightness of attitude in working with tricky ‘people’ situations and finding ways to get more out of ourselves and life - for our collective benefit. 

This is what stood out for us in this conversation with Faris Aranki, along with a bunch of gems for everyone, that left us with a strong desire to have another conversation!

Here’s a summary of what we discussed:

07:32 - reading what’s happe...

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In today’s episode we met with Chantel Botha, who showed us the importance of each individual person finding the magic and genius within themselves - to help transform lives and organisations. She uses courage, love, and curiosity to unlock genius and love in people and teams to create customer experiences for massive impact.

She's a creative connector, magician of teams and culture, and 'love warrior' who's determin...

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In today’s episode we met Achim Cremer, an experienced ex-corporate executive with extensive experience across global companies who can see the fault lines and broken areas in business.

His unique way of understanding life and humanity has influenced his career path as it pulls him towards bringing more love and spirituality into business.

Here’s a summary of what we discussed:

14:34 - how we GIVE to a corporate in order to GET

17:27 -...

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In this episode I met with Allan Whatmore, the founder of a sustainable goods online store in Australia, and new first-time father.  We dove deep into the simplicity and responsibility of our actions in everyday life and how we can live better lives that impact the world positively.  

Everything Allan does is with intent, purpose and kindness. He lives and breathes the truism that we are always evolving and it’s our responsibility t...

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In todays episode we met with Alexandra Andre: a coach, runner, author, speaker, mum and all round inspirational human being!

She talked to us about her approach to running a marathon and an ironman, and what it meant to break through her own barriers and use the team around her to achieve her wild and crazy goals.

All of her lessons and learnings are applicable to business, life in general, or any specific goal.

It was a fabulous con...

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In today's episode, I met with someone who has a large well of wisdom learned from a journey of incredible pain and adversity. A humble, heart-centred person who walks his talk and has found a way to heal his self-perception and help countless others.

He's a maverick of passion and uniqueness, and brings all of his gifts into his world of mental health well-being and helping organisations evolve through focussing on our uniq...

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In today's episode we sat down with Samantha Dean, who shared with us a fresh perspective of being a 'real' business owner in today's world.
She's got a wealth of experience in the accounting and professional services area, and we discussed the challenges in that sector as well as much more.

Here's a summary of what we discussed:

14:40 - what business is really about
17:53 - why Accountants need help
21:41 - gre...

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In today’s episode I sat down with Raj Nathoo, for an enlightening and interesting conversation on the ingredients to take medium sized businesses to a level of success and sustainability they crave. Through the lens of learning and development, Raj provided us so many ways to look at people and the ways in which they are the most important factor in an organisation’s success.

He gave us stories, examples, insights and facts - to we...

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Today’s episode is a conversation with Benjamin Burg from Poland and originally the USA.  It was one of those conversations that was rich in history, meaning, and weaving threads together to create a sense of a 6 Star journey.  For Benjamin, education is not just about learning: the 6 Star way to learning is actually to pass it on.. share it with others, and take note of our environmental messages and cues as well.  He’s creating o...

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In today’s episode with David Angel we heard from a sales and business expert who is doing his work out of a love for others and a genuine desire to help others win at life.  He demonstrates 6 Star values naturally and exudes energy, passion and joy in his daily life, and it was a joy to speak to him.

Here’s a summary of what we discussed:

07:25 - the start of the journey

13:35 - his commitment to helping others

15:28 - introverts are ...

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In today’s episode I sat down with Frank Tsuro from South Africa, a purposeful and passionate man who is dedicating his life to the pursuit of helping others become the best versions of themselves, and in the process to help lift his nation into a new way of being so it can realise it's potential.  Frank is nothing short of inspirational.

Here’s a summary of what we discussed:

4:53 - the moment he was inspired to focus on leaders...

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In today’s episode we welcomed Tino Go from the USA, to discuss his incredible patented technology that has done an ‘Uber’ in the manufacturing industry. He has a brilliant mind & an even bigger heart, and brings that to the world through his work.

Here’s a summary of what we discussed:

4:00 - the technology Tino has created

8:20 - where the idea started

13:00 - the 4th industrial revolution

28:20 - understanding the customers

37:15 ...

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In today’s episode we met with Cary Prejean from the USA.  What struck me about this conversation was his clarity of understanding around people, relationships, and what makes a successful business owner most successful.  His approach to giving them what they NEED versus what they WANT is unique, and incredibly effective.  There was a lot of wisdom in this conversation and I look forward to speaking to him again!

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Our podcast guest today hails from Florida in the USA, and brings a long history of business experience in the travel and tourism and marketing industries. Marco Torres is his name, and he understands the importance of delivering value and he talks to myself and my co-host, Koray, about his current business and how people can leverage this to provide additional value and gratitude to their employees, customers and stakeholders.

His ...

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In this episode of the podcast I welcomed Darius Tan to sit with us, to discuss the more purposeful and personal aspects of success, as applied to startups and his coaching business.

Darius is young, yet has the wisdom of someone who has lived many lifetimes - and he demonstrated that on the show today. His approach to growing his customer’s businesses  and his purpose on this earth was what stood out for us.

It’s an engaging and ins...

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