Talking Business Now

Talking Business Now

Talking Business Now is for business owners, entrepreneurs and executives who want to explore current business issues, cultivate innovative ideas and discover how cutting-edge businesses achieved success. You'll gain insights you can put to work immediately to increase productivity, improve processes, expand your market share and generate more revenue. On each episode of Talking Business Now, host Kelly Scanlon and her guests deliver the inside scoop on how America’s most successful entrepreneurs are transforming their industries—and even creating new ones. You'll also hear from the top business minds in the country, best-selling business authors and nationally recognized business gurus as they deliver practical tools, tips and advice for growing your business.... Show More

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What do you do when you’re a guy strolling down the skin care aisle of a department store and you don’t like the experience you're having?If you’re Kelley Thornton, you create a men’s skin care empire that's changing the face of men's grooming. Thornton, the founder and CEO of Chicago-based Tiege Hanley, joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon, to talk about how he and his partners have built a multimillion dollar company fea... Read more

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The story of Crazy Richard’s Peanut Butter is a family story that began in 1898 in Columbus, Ohio, with the oldest peanut butter company in the United States. Its most recent chapter began when the current owner, Kimmi Wernli, was six years old. Wenli joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to talk about bringing the natural peanut butter company into the 21st century—with sales in every state—and provides loads of takeaways ... Read more

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Think about the times in your life when you’ve had to reimagine your future. Maybe it was leaving school and starting your career—or changing your career. Often, during these transitional times, we’re faced with many options and we’re concerned about making the RIGHT decision. Many times, there’s not a clear map for which path will lead to success. My guest on this episode of Talking Business Now is Tina Seelig, author of "What I W... Read more

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Conflict has become a dirty word in the workplace. But, according to our guest on this episode of Talking Business Now—New York Times bestselling author Dr. Liane Davey—companies that avoid or defer conflict find themselves struggling with "conflict debt.” Davey, an organizational psychologist, is the author of The Good Fight: Use Productive Conflict to Get Your Team and Organization Back on Track. She says: "Think of conflict debt... Read more

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Jeff Green was a teacher and elementary school principal for 16 years. In fact, he thought he would eventually retire as a school superintendent. But, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, Jeff, a father of three, wanted to find a better way to protect his own children and the children and staff under his watch. On this episode of Talking Business Now, Green joins host Kelly Scanlon to discuss his journey from school pr... Read more

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Adversity doesn’t define you, but it can influence the road you take as you become who you are.That’s the belief of David Cooks, my guest on this episode of Talking Business Now. At the age of 15, David Cooks was a high school sophomore and a passionate basketball player. But then, he experienced a spinal aneurysm that left him as a T-6 paraplegic. From the beginning, David refused to let the wheelchair control his life. In his boo... Read more

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Karen Walker, author of "No Dumbing Down: A No-Nonsense Guide for CEOs on Organization Growth," joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how to align the skills and efforts of top management in your company. Karen offers five proven strategies that your senior leaders can capitalize on to create internal processes and strategies that support profitable and sustainable company growth.Karen honed her expertise during ... Read more

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Bradley Charbonneau joins Talking Business Now to discuss the power of habit. He believes most of us suffer from one thing that is something of a quiet poison that keeps us from thriving to new heights. It's being comfortable. Yes, most of us suffer from the habitual, yet not-that-terrible lives we wake up to every day. Charbonneau was living a nice, comfortable life in San Francisco. He was running a successful agency, but it was ... Read more

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In many cases, the solutions to our business challenges can be found if we only ask the right questions. On this episode, Greg Bustin joins Talking Business Now  host Kelly Scanlon to discuss what today’s leaders can learn and which questions to ask by studying decisions made throughout history.He’s written a book called How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices. In it, he presents 52 stories featuring pivot... Read more

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Bob McClure, co-founder of McClure’s Pickles, joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to talk about his entrepreneurial journey and what it’s like working in a family business that grew into a nationally recognized brand. McClure's is a specialty pickle brand with raving fans. Bob McClure grew up making pickles, using a recipe from his great grandmother. But he didn’t think the pickle industry was where he’d land as an a... Read more

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Most experts make the mistake of choosing just one way to deliver their expertise. The result? They never achieve the recognition and revenue they deserve.Think about it. Accountants make money through accounting. Trainers make money from training. Chef’s cook. You get the picture. The secret to becoming a niche leader and having more revenue is to diversify how you deliver what you do. That's the advice of Ronan Leonard, the found... Read more

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August Turak joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the business lessons he learned from the Trappist monks.Turak was a founding employee of MTV and the A&E Network. Later, he founded software companies that eventually sold to BMC Software for $150 million. He currently runs a not-for-profit called the Self-Knowledge Symposium Foundation.As a successful entrepreneur and award-winning author, Turak attributes m... Read more

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April 25, 2019 21 min

The speed of change is 10 times faster now than it was a decade ago—and 40% of today's Fortune 500 companies won't exist in 10 years. To stay ahead of that change, there is an urgent need for proactive leaders and entrepreneurs to proactively develop strategies that create the future of work.So says futurist Cheryl Cran, the founder of NextMapping and the author of "NextMapping: Anticipate, Navigate and Create the Future of Work." ... Read more

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Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss join Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss their journey from corporate communications professionals to business humor novelists.  During their tenures with some of the country's largest corporations, Rock and Voss stockpiled insider stories and cautionary tales that have inspired the characters and plot lines of their business novels. Their latest book, Operation Clusterpuck, was re... Read more

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Have you ever promoted someone in your organization with stellar performance to a senior position? Or maybe you’ve hired someone who has an outstanding track record in other organizations? And then that person failed – failed BIG TIME – in the new role? Why does this happen in companies all across America every day? My guest on this episode of Talking Business Now is Ron Carucci. Ron has a new book out called "Rising to Power: The ... Read more

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Sarah Wirth, co-author of The Coaching Effect, joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss the missing piece in leadership: the coaching factor. Wirth is the vice president of client services at EcSell Institute.  She has 20 years of experience in employee assessment, leadership development, sales executive coaching and customer service.  Using evidence-based findings and numerous examples, Wirth discusses ho... Read more

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As a business leader, do you ever feel like you're conducting an orchestra? Trying to get all the people and parts moving harmoniously?On this episode of Talking Business Now, Maestro Roger Nierenberg joins host Kelly Scanlon to explore how an organization's culture mirrors the organizational dynamics within an orchestra. Nierenberg is an orchestral conductor, leadership consultant and the author of Maestro: A Surprising Story Abou... Read more

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James Geary joins Talking Business Now host Kelly Scanlon to discuss how developing wit is essential to business innovation. Geary is the author of "Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It."According to Geary, wit is more than being able to deliver snappy comebacks. Rather, it is quick, instinctive intelligence that allows us to think, say or do the right thing at the right time in the right place. Tune in to disco... Read more

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What if your team looked forward to Mondays instead of Fridays? You may laugh and not be able to imagine that kind of reality. Our guest in this episode of Talking Business Now is Don Rheem. Don insists this type of workplace culture is possible and—already in place—in many organizations today. Don has a new book out called "Thrive By Design: The Neuroscience that Drives High-Performance Cultures."  In his book, Don prese... Read more

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Marketing can be a confusing proposition for many business owners and executives. These days, new platforms and opportunities seem to pop up every week in an already crowded field of “opportunities.” Enter Influencer Marketing. You’ve probably experienced it, but you may not have realized it. And it’s likely your company hasn’t used it. Our guest on this episode of Talking Business Now is Stacy Jones, the CEO of Hollywood Bran... Read more

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