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.

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May 17, 2022 40 min
Is your lack of process the reason your results suck? If so, listen in becasue we do our best to spice up a seemingly boring topic that is critical to running an excellent business or performing extraordinarily on your job.

In this episode, Your Lack of Process is Killing Your Results, your co-hosts Steve Smith and Travis Smith haggle over the importance and implementation of good processes so you can spend the same time and effort...
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Proactive communication is all about thinking ahead. Are your communications; in-person conversations, emails, texts, etc. conveying your total message or just enough to answer someone else's questions? When you communicate with purpose and completeness, you are being proactive.

This episode deals with why and how to communicate proactively. Join your Business Wingmen, Steve Smith & Travis Smith and take your communicati...
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At some point in your career advancement, technique capability counts but business acumen is what will separate you from others seeking similar advancement.

What is Business Acumen and why is it necessary to convey a high degree to professionalism and asset value contribution? In today's episode, your Business Wingmen co-hosts, Steve Smith and Travis Smith walk you through a variety of situations where having strong business ac...
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Are you making a lasting impression? Business people are in such a hurry today to get things done that their interactions have a 'transactional' look and feel. If you want to have a greater impact with your business relationships and become more valuable to the people you work with, learning how to make a lasting impression will be a game changer on your long term success.
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As you gain more responsibility for the organization you oversee, your decisions have consequences. Are you making these decisions with an eye on the big picture. Failure to do so can have unintended outcomes. On today's Business Wingmen show, your co-hosts, Steve and Travis Smith dive into the area of big picture thinking and the effects decisions can have beyond your immediate circumstances.
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Nothing is worse than being passed over for a promotion you wanted and thought you desired. What now? How to you regroup? What do you start doing to position yourself for your next promotion opportunity.

In this episode on getting passed over for a promotion, your Business Wingmen co-hosts Steve Smith and Travis Smith offer actual experiences and practical ways to regain your career growth.
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March 29, 2022 38 min
Did you participate in the Great Resignation? Is your company struggling with the after effects of people resigning during COVID? There are lots of opinions about why this happened and how it has changed the workplace and we will be diving into most of them on this episode.

Whether you left your job because circumstances dictated it or you saw an opportunity to improve your career, the great resignation touched most of us. Join y...
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Working with friends and family could be seen as fun, easy or comfortable. Most times, it's not! Relationship that blend work with personal associations can be frought with issues that ultimately make life and work stressful.

Today's episode on The Consequences of Working with Friends and Family trades stories and shares tips for making potentially bad situations better. Join your Business Wingmen co-hosts Steve Smith and...
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Letting your emotions dictate what you say in the heat of an argument can cause you to go into damage control mode. It's all about responding vs reacting to situations that push your buttons. In today's Business Wingmen episode on the effects of outbursts at work, Steve and Travis Smith walk through their own tales of reacting to things that triggered them instead of responding in a professional manner.

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March 9, 2022 28 min
Project management is an essential role for many companies and industries. But are you ready to perform and excel so the company sees your value in the work you do? Not everyone with a project management certification is a class A performer.

In today's episode, Stand Out as a Project Manager, your Business Wingmen co-hosts Steve and Travis Smith debate the essential skills and characteristics needed to excel in the role and b...
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March 2, 2022 38 min
There is no more stressful change for employees to adapt to than getting a new boss. If you recently accepted a new leadership assignment, this could be you! How you show up and what you focus on initially sets the tone for how your team perceives you. If they are gossiping more than usual or holding back, you may need to evaluate what you are doing.

In today's episode, your Business Wingmen co-hosts, Steve and Travis Smith, ...
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February 23, 2022 36 min
Leading a team effectively doesn't stop with title and level of authority. You have to have the commitment of the team and that commitment must be based on trust. Until you earn the trust that people need to be committed to your direction, you will struggle to get your team to support your efforts.

Today's episode on 'The Art of Building Team Commitment' walks you through various scenarios to help you determine wha...
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Stress is normal in the workplace but when leaders get stressed, everyone is affected. In today's Business Wingmen episode, your hosts, Steve and Travis Smith, discuss the types of workplace stress, how these conditions come about and practical ways to handle stress in the moment or eliminate it all together.
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Relationships at work are important for collaboration, coordination and getting things done. But what happens when relationships go from producitve to personal and romantic? Not surprisingly, the majority of business experience this dispite having policies to discourage it. At lower levels, it may not be that troublesome but at the leadership level, the perception alone can cause tons of problems.

In today's episode, your Busi...
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Every business needs customers to serve but are all customers right for your business? Maybe not! Sometimes the customers you say yes to end up being your worst nightmare. Every start up learns this lesson and eventually figures out how to say No to customers that are not the best fit. But how do you learn to do this before the bad experience sets in?

In today's Business Wingmen show, your co-hosts Steve and Travis Smith sha...
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Performance reviews are an important development tool for every business. So, why does no one who participates in them, like doing them? It's because the old way was fraught with irrelevant, questionable information that rarely provided the employee with quality feedback.

In today's episode of the Business Wingmen, Steve and Travis Smith debate the critical components of performance reviews and offer their own tips on hope...
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Hiring a new employee can be tricky even under the best conditions. Most times, your choice will be good and the new person will live up to your expectations. But, what about the nightmare that you chose that your team now has to work with! We've all been there but what has been learned?

In today's episode of the Business Wingmen, your co-hosts Steve and Travis Smith explore their best 'lessons learned' and offer ...
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No one who oversees a team in a business likes to be faced with an employee who is not performing well. The team suffers, the employee is not feeling good about their work, and other team members are looking at you to fix the problem. There's a way to turn this around and there's a way to damage the relatioship so the employee enventually leaves.

Join your Business Wingmen, Steve and Travis Smith in today's spirited di...
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Many new businesses are based on ideas that appeal to the entrepreneur and eventually become their start-up. Ideas for products, services and creative ways of going to market also fill the landscape as people who are radically passionate about these ideas try to get them up and running. But not all ideas are commercially viable! In fact, most fail within 2 years. So, how do you validate your idea before spending the time, energ...
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October 26, 2021 27 min
Today's episode deals with expectations. Are you clear about yours? Most misunderstandings come about because we (or the other person) does not communicate clearly what we want. Listen in as your Business Wingmen co-hosts, Steve and Travis Smith debate why this happens and how best to make clear what you want and what you expect from others.
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