Business Wingmen Podcast

Business Wingmen Podcast

Tired of boring business discussions fit for your out of touch boss? The Business Wingmen Show, brought to you by father and son duo Steve and Travis Smith, trade tales of corporate absurdity and career brilliance with an electric candor, one which isn’t scared to not be politically correct. Our show dives deep into the thinking, behaviors and actions professional people at the top of their game embody. From leadership and management challenges to climbing the corporate ladder or being a successful entrepreneur, Steve and Travis’ insights help their listeners put to practice REAL ideas and tactics that actually work in the business world. Gain some new, thought-provoking perspective on how to lead your team and run a profitable, growing business- all in about 20 minutes.... Show More

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March 3, 2021 34 min
Do you know someone in your workplace who exhibits bad behavior but doesn't realize it? What do you do? Do you tell them or stay out of it? Today, your Business Wingmen Steve Smith and Travis Smith debate the pros and cons of engaging people who interact inappropriately with others regardless of the damage it causes.
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What do you do when someone you work with or works for you is someone you dislike or are uncomfortable being around? Happens all the time and it can lead to work flow issues or HR problems if it's not addressed. Join your Business Wingmen Steve Smith and Travis Smith and gain new insights about solving this common problem.
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From the days of email and social media to our current video conferencing communications, operating in a digital world has behavioral best practices- Etiquette! It is not complicated but making some or all of these mistakes can make you look very unprofessional. Join Steve and Travis and learn the 'dos' and 'donts' of communicating virtually.
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We all deal with things that take us off track and away from our responsibilities but the greatest distraction suffered by small business owners is Shiny Object Syndrome. This disorder makes it difficult to stay focused on your business long enough to be successful. In today's episode of the Business Wingmen, Steve and Travis debate why this happens and how to overcome it.
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February 3, 2021 35 min
Companies who supply products and services to your business are an important part of your overall success. So, what is the best way to select and monitor your suppliers to insure you are getting the best for your business? In today's episode, Steve and Travis debate the essential strategies for picking the right supplier for you.
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Today, it's possible to have as many as 5 generations represented in your business! The dominant ones remain millennials, then boomers with gen zs gaining speed. How do you insure that working relationships don't become an issue? Join Business Wingmen Steve and Travis and learn about the differences and the solutions to this challenging but very real situation.
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January 20, 2021 32 min
How influenced are you by books? have you read books that really changed your career, your business or your life? Today's episode focuses on books that shape thinking, attitudes and new approaches to reach professional goals. Join Steve and Travis and get their list of the books they were most influenced by.
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Did you make a new years resolution this year? Are you concerned that you won’t follow through and achieve your goal? This is not unusual. New Years resolutions have less than a 10 percent chance of success unless you do a few things to insure your goals get done. On today’s Business Wingmen Show, Steve and Travis Smith debate the benefit and relevance of setting New Years resolutions and offer ways to insure you accomplish wha...
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In this episode, your business wingmen toss around the debate surrounding the value of education and the question about whether or not more education or occupational certification worth the time and money. Why do professionals seek more education and what can they expect as a career benefit.
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What should you be thinking about and doing once you become the boss of a new team? In today's episode, your business wingmen, Steve Smith and Travis Smith debate how to approach a new group of employees and earn credibility quickly.
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When you are faced with challenges or big obstacles for the first time, how confident are you that you will be able to manage through them? In today's episode, Business Wingmen, Steve Smith and Travis Smith discuss the pitfalls and strategies for adopting a more courageous approach to managing through uncertainty.
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Working at home has its benefits and its issues. Today's episode discusses how to make working from home a highly productive endeavor. Join Steve and Travis for their lively way of dissecting and recommending ways to excel.
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As a start-up, you don't know what you don't know. In today's episode, your Business Wingmen, Steve and Travis Smith. talk about what they learned after their businesses were underway. They discuss the massive learning curve, the importance of taking initiative, the benefit of a mentor and things to avoid like Plan B.
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If your interviewing practices are like your dating habits, you may be in trouble! Today's episode compares the two and discusses the common practices that can help or hurt your ability to reach agreement without regretting it later. Join Steve and Travis for 'The Parallels Between Dating and interviewing.
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November 18, 2020 21 min
In this episode, Steve and Travis discuss the effects of workplace conflict and how to handle it. A big part of harnessing the positive aspects of conflict within a team are how it's viewed and what leaders must do to address it before it damages workplace relationships.
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November 11, 2020 25 min
Your success as a manager or leader is dependent on how well you recognize behaviors and actions that affect your organization. Doing things that hinder performance without you recognizing it are called blind spots. Others see the damage but you don't. There's a host of things that leaders do to create blind spots and a few things you can do to correct them once you recognize the affects they have on your team. Steve an...
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If you have never hired anyone or only interview when you have an opening, it's likely your candidates are much more prepared than you are. In today's episode on 'Hiring Tips for People Who Don't Hire Much', Steve and Travis Smith offer some great tips for being a much more effeective interviewer which leads to choosing better people for your business.
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November 3, 2020 22 min
Is leadership authority granted with the title you hold or earned based on how you handle yourself and deal with the matters in front of you? Today's episode discusses the challenges and solutions to building the authority you need to be your best leader.
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How you conduct yourself at work, around clients or in meetings says loads about your professionalism. Understanding business etiquette is critical to presenting yourself as a top flight professional that others want to work with and be around.
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Soft skills are the professional characterisitics that take business people from good to great. If you aspire to move up in your organization but lack the soft skills to be affective at higher levels of responsibility and authority, you might not get there. Today's episode discusses the most critical soft skills to master.
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