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Masterminds of Business
60 minutes | Feb 25, 2018
Maurice Brewster – MOB 10
Show Notes: If you are interested in the limousine and transportation industry, a Mastermind of Business who cares about his community and has the spirit of an entrepreneur, this is the show for you. You will be inspired by Maurice Brewster's determination to succeed and perseverance in spite of obstacles and his constant push to move his business forward.Background:In this episode, Maurice discusses his love of cars and takes us through how he got started in the limousine business. Maurice Brewster was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He founded Mosaic Global Transportation in 2002. His company has won numerous Supplier of The Year awards. In 2011, Maurice formed a non-profit industry group called the Minority Limousine Operators of America and in 2014 was selected to meet Barack Obama to discuss the challenges that minority businesses face. Prior to establishing Mosaic Global Transportation, Maurice held several senior & management positions with DuPont, GTE, SPRINT & MCI. He has a strong background in building, directing and managing successful sales teams in a variety of markets. Maurice holds a BS Degree in Business, with a minor in Communications from the prestigious Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors. He continued his studies at UCLA's Anderson School of Management and graduated in 2009. Maurice is married to Rhonda and has 5 children. They currently live and operate their global ground transportation business in the San Francisco Bay Area.Conclusion:Maurice Brewster is the real deal. If you want to be inspired or learn about the limousine and transportation industry then listen to this episode.
42 minutes | Jan 15, 2018
AUSIM Marketing MOB 9 – Part 2
In today’s episode, Val Lewis and I follow up on our discussion of marketing. If you are interested in an AUSIM marketing campaign, what to do and what not to do then this show is for you. Here is a synopsis of what we spoke about during the show:AUSIM Marketing ProcessAnalysis: • Do your homework • Gather information on your: o Business internals o Customers o CompetitorsUnderstanding: • Learn from the information collected. • Test your marketing assumptions.Strategy: • Develop a plan based on the data collected and the learnings from that data • Validate the plan against its objectivesImplement: • Execute the validated Strategy.Maximize: Taking the above steps will maximize your marketing efforts.AUSIM Marketing Components 1) Situational Analysis a. Take stock of your company i. Financially ii. Competitively iii. Organizationally b. Develop a plan2) Offerings Developments. a. What products will you carry? b. What services will you offer? c. How will the products be packaged? d. Who needs the service you are offering? 2) Marketing Research. a. Conduct survey at mall b. Use SurveyMonkey c. Use Facebook and Twitter 4) Channels Distribution a. Retail b. Wholesale c. Online d. Through Agents5) Persuasive Pricing a. Market penetration b. Prestige pricing c. Based on cost6) Effective Communication a. Radio b. Social media c. TV d. Direct mailIf you want more information on AUSIM marketing you can download a free PowerPoint presentation here. Thank you for listening to two-part discussion about marketing
33 minutes | Dec 31, 2017
Suspect Marketing vs AUSIM Marketing – MOB 9 – Part 1
In today’s episode, Val Lewis and I discuss marketing basics and Suspect Marketing. If you are interested in learning about marketing, what to do and what not to do then this show is for you. Here is a synopsis of what we spoke about during the show: Marketing Expectations of the Target Consumers See Me: • Acknowledge and welcome your target consumer. • Understand their needs and wants. Speak Me: • Communicate directly with them. • Utilize methods and media that they are familiar with. • Talk to them at the appropriate time and place. Show Me that You Care: • Why are you providing this service or offering this product? • Explain the solutions you have specifically for them. • How it will make their lives better. • Share my values. Marketing Process to Turn Consumers to Customers. Know → Like→Trust Know: • Who are you? • What do you do? Like: • Do I like you? • Do I like what you have to say? Trust: • Are you an expert? • Can you help me? • Have you helped others? Various Stages of Consumer Relationship to your Brand Join us for a fun discussion about marketing in general and Suspect marketing in particular. This is the first part of a two-part podcast on Suspect marketing and AUSIM marketing. Tune in to part two to learn the secrets of AUSIM marketing.
26 minutes | Jul 5, 2017
Leroy Jones – MOB 8
In this episode of Masterminds of Business Valerie Lewis of VBL Consulting and Leroy Jones CEO of GSI Health discuss his journey from the defense industry to Healthcare IT. They examine the impact of effective leadership to build a successful business. Background Mr. Jones is a technologist by training held a number of software development positions in the defense contracting field. In the mid-1990’s he decided to transition into the healthcare industry and worked for several start up, small business and corporate health care organizations. In 2003, Mr. Jones decided to take the plunge as an entrepreneur. He founded GSI Health a cloud based software company to unite patients, healthcare payers and care providers of all kinds, enabling “whole person care” to improve patients’ health. GSI Health has been recognized as, Most Innovative Healthcare IT Company–USA, 50 Admired Companies to Watch, Corporate Culture Award, Top 50 Most Promising Healthcare Solution Providers under Mr. Jones’ leadership. Mr. Jones has been acknowledged and honored with multiple awards for his leadership in business and in the community, Small Business Person of the Year, 2016 Smart CEO Circle of Excellence and Acquisition International, 2016 CEO of the Year—USA to name a few. Mr. Jones attributes his success as a leader to being transparent and establishing a culture where his people demonstrate a willingness to follow his vision and help him to led. Conclusion Leroy Jones provides excellent insight into what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. He also expounds on the role of leaders to promote positive working environments and advise for new leaders.
45 minutes | May 25, 2017
Melissa Donald – MOB 7
Show Overview In today’s show, we explore resources with Melissa Donald. Melissa discusses her journey from a Secretary at commercial collections agency to the President of her own factoring firm. Melissa’s knowledge of business financing and financial matters are a rare gem. She also takes a deep dive into the ins and outs of factoring. if you want to learn about factoring, an alternative form of financing, this episode is for you. Background Melissa began her career working in and then managing a small commercial collection agency in the San Francisco Bay Area. During her time there, she worked in every area of the business from direct collections to litigation management. In 2001, she took a job with a young factoring company in Walnut Creek, California. She quickly moved from a Senior Account Executive, to Operations Manager and Vice President. In 2007, she and her partner launched LDI Growth Partners, a factoring firm and focused her efforts in educating entrepreneurs about the benefits of factoring at a grassroots level. LDI Growth Partners focuses on businesses with annual sales under $2 million and only takes on new clients by referral. Melissa is currently the President of the Board of Directors for Community Violence Solutions in Contra Costa and Marin County. An umbrella organization that focuses on ending human trafficking, sexual assault, family violence and providing assistance to rape victims. She has also recently been invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the International Factoring Association; the largest association of commercial finance professionals in the world. The greatest lesson she has learned in her career is that the biggest obstacle that stands between people and their dream is the fear of asking for help when they get overwhelmed or are unsure of what should happen next. Melissa has built a team of professionals around her who stand ready to help her clients and colleagues to overcome that fear. She is heavily involved in rescuing, fostering, raising, training and rehabbing large breed working dogs in her spare time.. Conclusion Melissa Donald is an excellent resource for business owners who are in need financial advice. The advice and information that Melissa discusses during this show is not only instructive but it is educational. Resources 20 questions to decide whether you have an independent contractor or employee.
45 minutes | Apr 28, 2017
Michael Auzenne – MOB 006
Show Overview In today’s show, Mike Auzenne discusses his journey from West Point to podcasting. Mike exudes management and leadership information. Therefore, if you want to be a better leader, this episode is for you. Background A graduate from West Point, Mike Auzenne has always been a business enthusiast. As a Captain in the Army, Mike developed the foundations of his leadership style. After serving seven years in the Army, Mike brought his dynamic leadership skills to corporate America joining Mobil Oil Corporation and then MCI as Information Technology manager. It is during his stint at MCI, where Mike was leading a 500-person IT department, that Mike hired his old friend Mark Horstman to do some consulting work for the company. It was then that Mike decided that Mark’s management techniques needed to be shared with the world and Manager Tools was born. Since the launch of their podcast in 2005, Mike Auzenne and Mark Horstman’s weekly podcast, “Manager Tools,” has attracted a variety of listeners. The podcast won the People’s Choice Podcast Award several years in a row, was featured in the Wall Street Journal and averages over 1.4 million downloads a month. Manager Tools client list includes Apple, AT&T, and FedEx. As a result, Mike has a great deal of knowledge about managing people and I am happy he has shared some of this information here today. Conclusion Michael Auzenne is a management Mastermind and if you are remotely interested in being a better manager, you should listen to this episode and subscribe to his podcast Manager-Tools and visit their website Manager-Tools.com.
36 minutes | Apr 25, 2017
Our Iceberg is Melting – MOB 5B
In today episode, Val Lewis and I continue with our discussion of change management by reviewing the book “Our Iceberg is Melting” by John Kotter. Change management is simplified when you take the necessary steps. First reading John Kotter’s book “Our Iceberg is Melting” and second listening to this podcast. The book is quick and easy to read and incredibility insightful. In a fun and lively manner, we focus on the last five steps of John Kotter’s Eight Step Process of Successful Change and discuss the role of Thinking and Feeling. The fable is about a penguin colony in Antarctica. A group of emperor penguins live as they have for many years then one curious bird discovers a potentially devastating problem threatening their home—and pretty much no one listens to him. The characters in the story, Fred, Alice, Louis, Buddy, the Professor, and NoNo, are like people we recognize—even ourselves. Their tale is one of resistance to change and heroic action, seemingly intractable obstacles and the cleverest tactics for dealing with those obstacles. It’s a story that is occurring in different forms all around us today—but the penguins handle the very real challenges a great deal better than most of us. During this episode, Val and I review the last five steps of John Kotter’s Eight Step Process of Successful Change and the role that Thinking and Feeling play in behavioral change. Below is an outline of the last five steps as well as the roles that Thinking and Feeling play with behavioral change. Making It Happen 4. Communicate for Understanding and Buy In Make sure as many others as possible understand and accept the vision and the strategy. 5. Empower Others to Act Remove as many barriers as possible so that those who want to make the vision a reality can do so. 6. Produce Short-Terms Wins Create some visible, unambiguous successes as soon as possible. 7. Don’t Let Up Press harder and faster after the first successes. Be relentless with initiating change after change until the vision is a reality. Make It Stick 8. Create a New Culture Hold on to the new ways of behaving, and make sure they succeed, until they become strong enough to replace old traditions. The Roles of Thinking and Feelings Thinking differently can help change behavior and lead to better results. • Collect data, analyze it. • Present the information logically to change people’s thinking. • Changed thinking, in turn, can change behavior. Feeling differently can change behavior MORE and lead to even better results. • Create surprising, compelling, and, if possible, visual experiences. • The experiences change how people feel about a situation. • A change in feelings can lead to a significant change in behavior, This is the last of a two-part podcast on change management. The introduction to this two part series is MOB 5A and you should to that show, if you have not done so already.
27 minutes | Mar 16, 2017
Our Iceberg is Melting – MOB 5a
Book Review In today episode, Val Lewis and I take on the topic of change management by reviewing the book “Our Iceberg is Melting” by John Kotter. The book is quick and easy read and incredibility insightful. If you need to make a change in your business, department, non-profit organization or you are interested in becoming a more effective manager, then this episode is for you. In a fun and lively manner, we focus on the first three steps of John Kotter’s Eight Step Process of Successful Change. The fable is about a penguin colony in Antarctica. A group of beautiful emperor penguins live as they have for many years. Then one curious bird discovers a potentially devastating problem threatening their home—and pretty much no one listens to him. The characters in the story, Fred, Alice, Louis, Buddy, the Professor, and NoNo, are like people we recognize—even ourselves. Their tale is one of resistance to change and heroic action, seemingly intractable obstacles and the most clever tactics for dealing with those obstacles. It’s a story that is occurring in different forms all around us today—but the penguins handle the very real challenges a great deal better than most of us. During this episode, Val and I bring our real-life experiences to the bear on the John Kotter’s “Our Iceberg is Melting.” We discuss the first three steps of the Eight Step Process of Successful Change which are: Set the Stage 1. Create a Sense of Urgency. Help others see the need for change and the importance of acting immediately. 2. Pull Together the Guiding Team. Make sure there is a powerful group guiding the change-one with leadership skills, credibility, communications ability, authority, analytical skills and a sense of urgency. Decide What to Do 3. Develop the Change Vision and Strategy. Clarify how the future will be different from the past, and how you can make that future a reality. This is the first of a two-part podcast. The conclusion to this podcast will be MOB 5b. If you want to be a better leader, you should definitely read this book. You can buy the book here.
36 minutes | Mar 11, 2017
Never Split the Difference – MOB 004
Show NotesIn today episode, Val Lewis and I continue on the topic of negotiation that Kahlil Yearwood started in MOB 3 by reviewing the book “Never Split the Difference – Negotiating as If Your Life Depended On it” by Chris Voss. If you are interested in acquiring new negotiation techniques and becoming a more effective manager, then this episode is for you. In a fun and lively manner, we focus on three of the techniques that Mr. Voss discusses in his book; labeling, bending reality, and creating the illusion of control. Chris Voss provides insight into the concepts and practices of FBI negotiators. He teaches the reader how to effectively use these tools in a business environment. Each chapter starts with a fast-paced story of a hostage negotiation, which is dissected to explain what worked and what didn’t. Afterwards, Chris explains the theories and tools that were used to achieve a successful outcome. This is a ten-chapter reference guide to negotiation where each chapter explores different tactics that can be used during a business negotiation. We could never cover all of the tactics and tools that Chris explains in the book, so Val and I concentrated our efforts. The Three Negotiation Tactics That Are Reviewed During This Show Don’t Feel Their Pain – Label it • Tactical Empathy – Put yourself in the other person situation. • Labeling neutralizes negatives, reinforce positives • Get negatives out in open. • Clearing barriers. • Accusation Audit Bend Their Reality • Dig deep to understand your counterpart needs. • Loss aversion • Don’t sweat the deadline to hard. • Make time (deadline) your ally • Use of a range when presenting offers • Use of specific numbers $32,879.98 • Get non-monetary items to increase the value of the deal. • Anchor emotions. Create the Illusion of Control • Suspend unbelief - Active resistance – back off that energy • Avoid questions that can be answered with a “yes” or little bits of information. • Avoid questions that start with words like “can”,” is”,” are”,” do” or “does” • Use calibrated questions to solve problems? • Don’t ask “Why” questions - May be too aggressive. • When attacked during a negotiation, bite your tongue. • Influence the team behind and under the table. Our Conclusion We believe that this book is worthy of your time and money. If you want to be a better negotiator, you should definitely read this book.
36 minutes | Mar 3, 2017
Kahlil Yearwood – MOB 003
Show OverviewIn today’s show, Kahlil Yearwood discusses his journey to law school and then onto Dechert LLP. Furthermore, he tells about us the processes he used to advise Wells Fargo, on its recent purchase of commercial real estate loans valued at US$9 billion in the US, UK and Canada from GE Capital Real Estate as part of an overall transaction valued at approximately US$23 billion. Lastly, Kahlil tells us about several negotiation tactics, he uses on behalf of his clients. Kahlil's Background It’s the speed of his ascent that separates Dechert commercial real estate and financial attorney Kahlil Yearwood from the profession’s other bright stars. Just a decade ago, the California-born Kahlil was graduating from Berkeley Law, picking up an AmJur award for his work on corporate law along the way. He runs Dechert’s California commercial real estate practice and serves as hiring partner for the San Francisco office. Before long, Kahlil was advising the likes of Prudential, Starwood and Wells Fargo on some high-profile commercial real estate matters. He acted for: Prudential in mortgage loan origination transactions totaling more than $1 billion; Starwood in multiple mortgage and mezzanine loan origination transactions totaling more than $1 billion; Wells Fargo in dozens of separate transactions totaling over $3 billion and secured by shopping centers, self-storage facilities, retail properties, office buildings and hotels throughout the United States. Kahlil's Awards Mr. Yearwood has received a number of awards recognizing him as an up and coming lawyer for Real Estate. “Rising Star,” Euromoney Legal Media Group, 2015 “Recommended Lawyer”, The Legal 500 ̧ 2014 “Lawyer on the Fast Track,” The Recorder, 2012 “Northern California Rising Star,” Super Lawyers, 2010, 2013 He was named to the prestigious 40 under 40 by the National Bar Association. He sits on the Board of Directors, Bay Area Urban Debate League; Member of Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC);. Our Conclusion Kahlil Yearwood is a legal Mastermind. Kahlil's knowledge of commercial real estate and finance is undeniable and his business style is bound to take him even further. Learn from him telling us about his journey to real estate law, deals, processes, and negotiation tactics. HostGerald Johnson Share this Post
26 minutes | Nov 30, 2016
The Thin Book of Trust – MOB 002
In today’s episode, Val Lewis and I discuss Charles Feltman’s “The Thin Book of Trust – An Essential Primer for Building Trust at Work.” If you are interested in increasing organizational productivity through building trust, becoming more trustworthy and being a better leader, then this episode is for you. In a fun and lively manner, we review the four distinctions of trust according to Mr. Feltman and other insights from the book. The Four Distinctions of Trust Sincerity: Is the assessment that you are honest, that you say what you mean and mean what you say; you can be believed and taken seriously. It also means when you express an opinion it is valid, useful, and is backed up by sound thinking and evidence. Finally, it means that your actions will align with your words. Reliability: Is the assessment that you meet the commitments you make, that you keep your promises. Competence: Is the assessment that you have the ability to do what you are doing or propose to do. In the workplace, this usually means the other person believes you have the requisite capacity, skill, knowledge, and resources, to do a particular task or job. Care: Is the assessment that you have the other person’s interest in mind as well as your own when you make decisions and take actions. Of the four assessments of trustworthiness, care is in some ways the most important for building lasting trust. When people believe, you are only concerned with your self-interest and don’t consider their interests as well, they may trust your sincerity, reliability, and competence, but they will tend to limit their trust of you to specific situations or transactions. On the other hand, when people believe you hold their interest in mind, they will extend their trust more broadly to you. We believe that this book is worthy of your time and money. You should read this book, if you want to be a better leader and as Val always says “We all are leaders.” Hosts Gerald Johnson & Val Lewis Share this Post
34 minutes | Nov 26, 2016
Moctesuma Esparza – MOB 001
Show OverviewMoctesuma Esparza is a Mastermind of Business who cares about his community, has the spirit of an entrepreneur and will explain the entertainment industry. You will be inspired by the Moctesuma’s determination to succeed and perseverance in spite of obstacles and his constant push to move his community forward. Moctesuma's Movies Before Moctesuma graduated from UCLA with his Masters, he had already won an Emmy. Since his audacious beginning, Moctesuma has worked with stars such as: Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez, Andy Garcia, Jimmy Smits, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall and Halle Berry. He produced films many films including Price of Glory” (2000), “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”(1999), “Selma, Lord, Selma” (1998), “Selena” (1997), “The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca” (1997),“Gettysburg” (1993) and "The Milagro Beanfield War" (1988) among others. Moctesuma's Community Involvement Moctesuma founded the Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise Charter School. Mr. Esparza is also the Co-Founder of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the Smithsonian Latino Center. He is the founding Member of the Cesar Chavez Foundation. Moctesuma has served on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Television Fund. Mr. Esparza has also served on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Latin American Art, and as a Trustee of the California State University System. Additionally, Moctesuma served as a commissioner to the Los Angeles City Retirement System. Moctesuma's Boards Currently, Moctesuma serves on various Boards. He serves on the National Hispanic Cultural Center Advisory Board and the Latino Coalition Against Aids Advisory Board. Mr. Esparza serves on the National Hispanic Media Coalition Advisory Board and the Toigo Advisory Board. He also servers on the Minority Media Telecommunications Council Board of Advisors and the American Film Institute Board of Trustees. Lastly, he serves on the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television Dean’s Executive Board. Furthermore, Mr. Esparza is a Board Member and former Chair of the New America Alliance. He is co-Chair of The Marathon Club and Chairman of the Board of the Latino Theater Company in Los Angeles. Most noteworthy, Moctesuma was appointed by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to the planning commission of the National Museum of the American Latino. Additionally,, he was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Moctesuma's Awards Mr. Esparza has received numerous awards and honors including an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, an Emmy award, a Clio award, an Alma award and many more. In addition to his film accolades, Moctesuma established Maya Cinemas, a growing chain of modern movie theatre mega-plexes committed to providing the highest quality movie-going experience in new and redeveloping market areas with a strong Latino presence. In this episode, Moctesuma discusses his early career in the television with his work on Sesame Street, Electric Company and Villa Alegre. He takes us through his transition to film production and ultimately movie theater entrepreneur. HostGerald Johnson Share this Post
5 minutes | Nov 16, 2016
Introductory Episode – MOB 000
Show Notes Welcome to MOB - Masterminds of Business. This is our introductory episode, MOB Triple Zero. We wanted to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves to you and tell you what we hope to accomplish here at MOB before we begin this journey together. Masterminds of Business is an uplifting and informative show. We will focus on the accomplishments and challenges that entrepreneurs and corporate leaders face during careers and examine how our Masterminds overcame the obstacles, that impeded their progress. These leaders, have demonstrated they have what it takes to succeed. They are always perfecting, what we like to call here at MOB, the four building blocks of business: Processes, People, Customers and Resources. We will examine opportunities and adversities that present themselves when trying to profitably manage a company using the four building blocks of business as a guide. Additionally, we will expose you to new insights by introducing you to books, podcasts, articles, or anything that we believe focuses on one of the four building blocks of business giving you the courage and knowledge to conquer the hurdles that you face in your own life and career. MOB is about illuminating theories, tools and advice that successful entrepreneurs and corporate leaders use to master the businesses that they are in. It’s about the inspiration, perspiration, and the experiences that propel everyday people to achieve great things and it’s also about pushing you to master your business environment. Our Hosts In This Endeavor Gerald Johnson Gerald Johnson focuses on providing data-driven solutions for the opportunities and challenges that corporate leaders and entrepreneurs face in their businesses. A management consultant with over 20 years of strategic planning, process design, marketing and sales experience, Gerald has always demonstrated a passion for business. Gerald began his career as a Sales and Business Consultant for Mobil Oil Corporation and quickly rose through the ranks to senior management. He held various positions at Mobil and subsequently ConocoPhillips. He successfully launched and led Mobil’s Ethnic Marketing department securing $12MM and six professionals to aid in this effort. His department was responsible for developing relationships with diverse communities nationwide utilizing marketing, advertising, public and community relations, procurement and franchising. He was one of the architects of a $45MM minority and women franchisee financing program which was featured in numerous magazines and articles. He designed ConocoPhillips’ National Training Program for various salesforce positions and ran their $1.1B Northern California marketing and sales operation. During his corporate career, he was recognized for high performance on many occasions. After leaving the oil industry, he owned a service station and a chain of toy stores. The SF Weekly and the Bay Area Guardian awarded Gerald’s toy stores Best Toy Store for many years. Stephen Covey once said “Begin with the end in mind” and that is exactly what Gerald did. As a Management and Business Consultant he has worked with businesses as different as accounting firms and restaurants. He has helped many businesses reach their stated goals and improve their financial position. Gerald graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Computer Science. He has taken numerous executive leadership courses that was afforded to him by his company and the Amos Tuck School. He is involved in the community as an Ambassador for the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. Gerald is an enthusiastic business strategist who knows how to meet the changing demands of today’s business environment. Valerie Lewis Valerie Lewis is a seasoned health care professional with leadership experience in compliance, program management, health plan operations, marketing, customer service and claims administration. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and ...
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