Leadership capacity increases your ability to solve your most pressing problems, but how do we set about developing and growing as leaders? Chip Neidigh is the Chief Catalyst with Kairos Consulting, and shares his thoughts on the topic.
The Kairos Team work with individual leaders and whole organizations in Indianapolis, IN. Their specialties include aligning others to a vision, crafting the right culture, sharpening organizational strategy, and building high performance leadership teams.
Starting and running a business is not all it's cracked up to be. Young entrepreneurs often sweat bullets over things that the "common people" don't ever need to worry about: How will I make payroll? How will I get new leads? How will I fill orders?
It can be lonely at the top. Read more...
Networking and business development are difficult. If we're in sales, often times we are tasked with walking into a room full of strangers and making quick friends. If we don't, we may be out of a job soon.
Nancy Sunshine is President of Rainmakers, a local Indianapolis business development organization. Members of Rainmakers not only get to network with each other, but learn best practices from each other.
In this episode, Tony Valle and Nancy Sunshine share thoughts and ideas on overcoming the fear of that room full of strangers, and actually hacking through the jungle of the common networking event. On the other side are friends, fans and of course sales.
Scott Simmons is Pastor of Faith United Church of Christ, and shares his deepest thoughts about his ministry. Faith UCC is known for being a very welcoming, supportive environment for anyone wanting to get closer to God, and we hope this candid conversation helps spread the idea that everyone has a place to worship in their own way.
Faith UCC has just started posting their own podcast, which you can find here. If you like what you hear, please consider attending a worship service at the church:
4040 E. Thompson Road
Indianapolis, IN 46237
Brian Wheeler is CEO of Legacy Practice - a fee based specialty advisory firm for doctors, dentists veterinarians and business owners. If you own a practice of some sort, but find that the "business" part of what you do is dragging you down, then Brian is just the guy for you. Doctors, dentists, etc. are super smart and very caring, but they aren't always educated in the ways of business ownership.
Legacy Practice fills in the gaps to help your practice thrive. All of Legacy's "mojo" flows from Brian's integrity and his desire to help. We hope you enjoy this inspiring conversation with Brian Wheeler!
Jerry Knoop has for years been a shining example of how to build a business and a career by building and nurturing relationships. Jerry's new company, Affinitates, is an exciting venture that helps Indianapolis businesses "get in front of the right decision makers." What's great about Affinitates is that it is pure "Jerry Knoop" through and through - classy, discreet, friendly and focussed.
If your Indiana business is striving to "get to the next level," listen to this episode of Hoosier Hometown Heroes and then reach out to Jerry. In business and in life, relationships matter, and Jerry Knoop can teach us all so much about the fine art of relationship building!
Pres Maxson is the most interesting Indy author you don't know yet. By day he is a Senior Copywriter for Salesforce, but by night "THE PRESS IS ON!!" Whether he's writing and performing music, writing the next great mystery, or just hanging out with family and friends, Pres is always the life of the party.
We were so lucky to get about an hour of Pres Maxson all to ourselves! He joined Hoosier Hometown Heroes to talk about his latest book Pigeon, which is available on Amazon . The book is whimsically fun and the mystery within makes for a quick, very enjoyable read! If you love fun, if you love mystery, if you love Paris... you simply must pick up Pigeon today!
Chris the Brain Hoyt is one of our most fascinating interviews to date. Chris is a local Marketing Strategist with a gift for words and creative concepts. Chris is also the Owner of Apprenace - a forward-thinking internship and apprenticeship company.
- Started Fat Atom Marketing with a partner.
- Is a naturally introverted person.
- Being a "smart person" can be a threat to others. Chris' person is a way to diffuse the situation and poke fun at himself, thus disarming naysayers.
- Chris doesn't think that he is "better than everyone else," but that we all have our own special gifts.
- There is currently much pressure in society to be like everyone else. Chris prefers the term "Hypernormalization" to describe this.
- Tony mentioned Abraham Loncoln's 1859 speech to the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, also known as the "Mudsill Speech."
- Chris' podcast is called "Post-Modern Living," and is his way to vent about "all the lies adults tell children."
- He went into marketing because it's the place he "saw the most chaos and disorder in the world."
- Apprenace - Chris has always loved working with young people, and had lots of great experience with internships.
- Tony mentioned that Chris would enjoy learning more about John Taylor Gatto
- Apprenace is not a college alternative.
Neil Richmund is a long-time Indianapolis business personality best known for his deep understanding of modern marketing. Our deep conversation with Neil should help any business owner understand where to start and how to excell with their own marketing plan. To learn more about Neil, visit his website: www.neilrichmund.com
- Neil is originally from Australia, but has been here in Indianapolis for decades.
- We are inundated with online marketing strategies, but few know how to actually implement them.
- Keep marketing simple - it doesn't need to be rocket science!
- Neil is a big fan of WordPress for building business websites.
- Instead of a "Contact Us" form, consider using a chat application like Drift.
- Neil is working on an online course that will teach his marketing philosophy and techniques.
Whatever your situation, it will be difficult for you to complain after hearing this interview with Curt Whitesell, founder of WKRP Indy Real Estate. Curt started his company before he owned a car! Think you can't sell real estate from a bicycle? Well, you're wrong!
- The name WKRP Indy had nothing to do with the popular television series. In fact, Curt had never seen it. The letters stand for "Whitesell Kids Retrement Plan."
- Curt had to specialize geographically because he didn't have reliable transportation. Yes, he would arrive to a closing on a bicycle.
- WKRP recently redesigned their logo.
- Curt is a master of social media, and it's about all he does to promote his business.
- Curt always teaches his agents how to leverage social media to promote themselves.
- Nobody, except Curt, seems to "think small" in real estate. Curt is not a believer in scaling up to something huge.
- Curt enjoys branded apparel as a way to promote his company.
- WKRP currently has six agents.
- One of the secrets to social media is to "just do it." It's not like it takes a bunch of time. Curt trains his agents to post generally at 10am and 2pm.