Breaking Down Your Business | Small Business | Business Owners | Entrepreneurship | Leadership (business)

What’s In This Episode:

How has your most unmanageable employee derailed your business? In an earlier episode, we learned that the business owner is the most unmanageable one of the bunch. So, what have you done? By that logic, what Jill has done is be herself! Fears around not charging enough, not following up enough, or not getting out there more - they're always there. Brad realized he gets bored with training others. He'll do a great job upfront but won't do it continually, resulting in someone being half trained. Take a deep look inside and figure out what's really the problem - like, so deep inside you'll need an x-ray machine. We also get some wise words from Nelson Mandela, talk about your why, and discover how sprints can be good for you. The systems series continues with Brad and Jill discussing How Do You Find Your Way and they welcome financially savvy author Kate Stalter to the show. Listen in! »


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  • Kate Stalter is the co-founder of Better Money Decisions, a financial firm dedicating to helping clients meet their unique financial goals. Find her on Twitter and Facebook, and learn about her latest book here.
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What’s In This Episode:

It's a bicentennial celebration with episode 200! How has Jill and Brad stayed on track for so many episodes? For Jill, the answer is Brad. Brad is excellent at keeping her on track, whereas he simply keeps showing up and episodes magically happen! (Just kidding. It takes work!) Send your congratulations and well wishes by calling 708-872-7878 and leaving a message; we're hoping for 200 callers with ideas on how to get to episode 400. The best idea gets a special prize! They also continue with their systems series and share the Top 5 Systems To Keep Your Team On Track in this episode and welcome former YouTube singer and entrepreneur Camila Paola to the show. Listen in! »


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What’s In This Episode:

We know business owners don't like to follow rules, but are there ones you choose to follow? Which ones make you a better owner and leader? Jill likes the kindergarten rule, better known as the Golden Rule - treat others the way you'd want to be treated. Let's just all be nice to each other! She's also punctual, showing up at the agreed upon time..on most days. Along those same lines, Brad loves using meeting invites. It keeps Brad on track (since he's a self-confessed moron when it comes to his calendar) and ensures both parties show up at the right time! He pays people on time and won't work them down on their fee too, because he wouldn't want it done to him. Basically, let's all live by the Golden Rule and the world will be a happy place. They also talk about the Top 5 New Business Rules in this episode and welcome coach, speaker, and podcaster Amy Smalarz to the show. Listen in! »


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What’s In This Episode:

Who's the most unmanageable person in your business? You, the business owner! Brad and Jill theorize why - is it because we're control freaks, like to do everything, and don't want anybody telling us what to do? Is it because we just don't fit in a corporate environment? If you know the magic answer, call and tell us why! Jill recalls her time at a super corporate place and how she did everything she was supposed to do and enjoyed it, but then went to grad school and realized she never wanted to go back to corporate. She needs her freedom and thrives in it! Brad shares how he'll sit down with business owners time and time again, explain to them how they're ruining their business, yet they don't do anything about it. They also talk about the Top 5 Systems To Get You Through The Day in this episode and they welcome people development trainer and fairy dust sprinkler Alissa Friedman to the show. Listen in! »

Guest:

Alissa Friedman is a trainer and coach who lifts the fog and helps people get out of their own way. Find her on about.me and LinkedIn.


Talk to us! Leave us a Google Voicemail with your burning business question so that we can read it in a future episode at 708.872.7878. Or tweet at us using hashtag #jillnbrad. And leave us a review on iTunes — pretty please? Over here!

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What’s In This Episode:

What's the best spam you've ever received? Jill got an email from an unknown sender and the first thing she saw was a picture of an adorable dog. Once she read through the copy and got to a sales pitch, she deleted it. BUT, she received more follow-up emails from the company that all included pictures of cute dogs! Considering the emails were memorable enough for Jill to forward them to Brad and talk about them in this episode, but not enough for her to remember the company name or even what they sell, is the approach worth it? Let Brad and Jill know! Call, email, tweet..including pictures of adorable dogs won't hurt either. We also hear from a longtime listener who emailed and expressed how much she enjoyed the short series on hiring we recently did (we hear you Nedra, and thank you for emailing!). She requested more themes, including one on systems and processes around running a business. So, in the first of a short series on systems, Jill and Brad talk about the Top 5 Systems To Keep Your Business On Track  and they welcome photographer Monika Labbe to the show. Listen in! »


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What’s In This Episode:

Are you aware of the things you do and the way you act? Brad has been paying attention to awareness a lot lately and noticed he acts differently. For example, someone recently told him he tends to interrupt others and ever since then, he's been aware of it happening (and he tries to stop of course). Jill thinks she became much more self-aware when she started her own business. She thought she was pretty normal until a ton of people told her "You're so crazy!" When you hear something over and over again, it might be true. But, embrace it, champion it, and allow it to make you a better leader! Brad and Jill help you get to that point by sharing the Top 5 Things That Will Make You More Self-Aware In Business in this episode and they welcome super mom and super CEO Danielle Dy Buncio to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Danielle Dy Buncio is president and CEO of VIATechnik, providers of technology solutions to the engineering & construction industry. Find her on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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Top 5 Things To Do On Your Employee's First Day w/ Natasha Case

What’s In This Episode:

Is there a first day of work experience that's particularly memorable for you? Jill shares her worst first day of work story where her boss essentially said "Ok, go" then didn't look or speak to her for the entire day. What?! That's definitely a way to kick things off at a new job. On the other side of the spectrum, Brad remembers a job where on his first day, he already had business cards and log-in instructions for his computer right from the get-go. Plus, his boss took him on a tour of the office to introduce him to the team he'd be working with. From the very beginning, he knew what needed to be done and what his priorities were. Now that's an excellent way to make a first day impression! Brad and Jill help you make that same impression by sharing the Top 5 Things To Do On Your Employee's First Day in this episode and they welcome ice cream maven Natasha Case to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Natasha Case is the co-founder and CEO Coolhaus, maker of gourmet, hand-crafted super unique ice cream with an architectural twist. Find her on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
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Top 5 Things You Need When You Make A Job Offer w/ Janae' Wesby

What’s In This Episode:

Hey, in a few days, we've got a thing going on.. are you in? Of course you're not! That invitation is incredibly unclear and includes zero details! Would you ever offer a job to someone in that same manner? If you want someone to say yes to something, you need to give them a firm and specific offer. Jill looks back on past offers she's given and wonders if she's been doing it wrong this entire time. So, you can't just hire someone and say "Go!"? Has her entire life been one long "oops"? Plus, we learn all about Brad's sturdy eyebrows. Continuing their series on hiring, Jill and Brad talk about the Top 5 Things You Need When You Make A Job Offer in this episode and they welcome brow whisperer Janae' Wesby to the show. Listen in! »


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Top 5 Signs You Are Interviewing All Wrong w/ Amanda Young

What’s In This Episode:

Have you been on some bad interviews? Jill sure has. From a computer store fiasco in high school to "interviewing" with the ultimate New York jerk in college (it's ok, she still loves NY! #pizza), she's been burned and has learned from it the hard way. For Brad, a brilliant recruiter taught him an easy way to nail an interview, but unfortunately it doesn't involve learning about the job at all! Luckily, Brad is a stand-up guy who turned down a position (and a potential boss) that probably wasn't the right fit. Windex, pop vs. soda vs. Coke, a brand new self-awareness course called "No, You're Not" Jill will probably launch in late 2017...it's a jam packed episode! They also talk about the Top 5 Signs You Are Interviewing All Wrong and welcome author and business coach Amanda Young to the show. Listen in! »


Guest:

  • Amanda Young is the founder of Simplify Your Marketing, a consulting agency focused on helping women entrepreneurs design businesses they love while finding themselves, fulfilling their life's purpose, and supporting their families. Find her on TwitterFacebook, and her book on Amazon.
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Top 5 Ways To Make Your Job Posting "Pop" w/ George Berlin

What’s In This Episode:

Do you need to hire? Have you ever hired a friend, neighbor, or even someone you bumped into on the street? Jill admits to hiring anybody she bumps into, but is steadfast in never hiring family. You're too emotionally tied and it'll be difficult to fire them! Stay far far away from that situation! The best hires come through referrals; someone who knows you sends along a gem (who's already pre-vetted) - it's so great and much easier! If you aren't so lucky and you have to go through the hiring process, Jill and Brad share the Top 5 Ways To Make Your Job Posting "Pop" in this episode and welcome creative genius George Berlin to the show. Listen in! »


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