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The Business Strategist podcast shares business lessons over the past 30 years from award-winning business strategist, bestselling author, serial entrepreneur and podcast host Adam Strong.
When Adam was young and living on benefits with his family in a West London council flat, he suffered from asthma, alopecia, bullying and low confidence. Then at the age of 11 he had his first taste of entrepreneurship – searching for and selling lost golf balls – and took up distance running. Within 18 months he had overcome asthma and become an elite athlete, training with future Olympic and World Champion Sir Mo Farah.
Using the skills he learnt from athletics and entrepreneurship, Adam now helps others break their plateaus to create exponential growth to achieve purpose, profit and impact. As a key aspect of his quest, he has interviewed over 1000 thought leaders, business experts and entrepreneurs to explore their life lessons of what it takes to become a thriving entrepreneur and leader.

The Business Strategist Adam Strong

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    • 4.9 • 54 Ratings

The Business Strategist podcast shares business lessons over the past 30 years from award-winning business strategist, bestselling author, serial entrepreneur and podcast host Adam Strong.
When Adam was young and living on benefits with his family in a West London council flat, he suffered from asthma, alopecia, bullying and low confidence. Then at the age of 11 he had his first taste of entrepreneurship – searching for and selling lost golf balls – and took up distance running. Within 18 months he had overcome asthma and become an elite athlete, training with future Olympic and World Champion Sir Mo Farah.
Using the skills he learnt from athletics and entrepreneurship, Adam now helps others break their plateaus to create exponential growth to achieve purpose, profit and impact. As a key aspect of his quest, he has interviewed over 1000 thought leaders, business experts and entrepreneurs to explore their life lessons of what it takes to become a thriving entrepreneur and leader.

    How to avoid the five pitfalls before scaling a business

    How to avoid the five pitfalls before scaling a business

    Learn the five pitfalls before scaling a business 

    In this conversation, Adam Strong discusses when to scale a business and the common pitfalls to avoid. He emphasises the importance of revenue and suggests looking for ways to improve revenue streams, such as monthly recurring revenue and affiliate marketing. He also talks about the need to productise and diversify offerings to attract a wider audience. Strong highlights the significance of mindset and thinking like a seven or eight-figure business owner. He advises understanding the capacity of the business and finding ways to increase it. Lastly, he emphasises the importance of creating a strong company culture.

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    Takeaways


    Focus on improving revenue streams, such as monthly recurring revenue and affiliate marketing.

    Productise and diversify offerings to attract a wider audience.

    Develop a mindset of a seven or eight-figure business owner to effectively implement scaling strategies.

    Understand the capacity of the business and find ways to increase it.

    Create a strong company culture to support business growth.


    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction
    05:07 Improving Revenue Streams
    10:54 Developing the Mindset of a Seven or Eight-Figure Business Owner
    15:39 Understanding and Increasing Business Capacity

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    ABOUT THE HOST

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamistrong

    Have you got a plan for scale in 2024? If not, take the business growth quiz here: https://howtogrowabusiness.scoreapp.com

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    • 20 min
    Growing Vs Scaling a Business

    Growing Vs Scaling a Business

    When should you scale or grow your business?

    This conversation explores the difference between growing and scaling a business. Growing a business focuses on increasing revenue and taking on more clients or customers, while scaling a business focuses on increasing revenue and profit simultaneously. Scaling involves finding ways to increase operational efficiency and streamline processes. The key to scaling is identifying the area of the business that needs scaling and implementing a framework or system to support it. Timing is crucial when it comes to scaling a business, and seeking advice from those who have successfully scaled their businesses can be helpful.
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    Takeaways

    Growing a business involves increasing revenue and taking on more clients or customers.

    Scaling a business involves increasing revenue and profit simultaneously.

    To scale a business, identify the area that needs scaling and implement a framework or system to support it.

    Timing is crucial when it comes to scaling a business.

    Seeking advice from those who have successfully scaled their businesses can be helpful.


    Chapters

    00:00 Understanding the Difference Between Growing and Scaling a Business
    02:59 The Challenges of Growing a Business and the Importance of Resources
    04:50 The Key Questions to Ask When Considering Scaling a Business
    08:23 Examples of Scaling a Business and Increasing Operational Efficiency
    09:48 The Role of Mindset in Scaling a Business
    13:42 Identifying the Area of the Business That Needs Scaling and Investing in It
    21:08 Outro business strategist.mp3

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    ABOUT THE HOST

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamistrong
    Have you got a plan for scale in 2024? If not, take the business growth quiz here: https://howtogrowabusiness.scoreapp.com
    Get early access to the game changers inner circle business mastermind go to https://bit.ly/business-mastermind-waitlist for more info
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    • 19 min
    Mastering LinkedIn: Boost Your Visibility

    Mastering LinkedIn: Boost Your Visibility

    Are you feeling invisible in the crowded digital world? Imagine if you could effortlessly capture the attention of your dream clients on LinkedIn, transforming your online presence from unnoticed to unmissable

    In this episode, Adam Strong shares strategies for getting on the radar of potential clients on LinkedIn. He emphasises the importance of endorsing others for their skills, creating specific content for potential clients, using warm outreach strategies, showing appreciation and gratitude, updating your profile regularly, and creating a LinkedIn newsletter. These strategies can help increase profile views, impressions, and engagement, ultimately leading to more sales and leads. By implementing these strategies consistently, businesses can gain a competitive edge and stand out from the crowd.

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    Takeaways

    Endorse others for their skills to get on their radar

    Create specific content for potential clients to solve their pain points

    Use warm outreach strategies on LinkedIn to engage with potential clients

    Show appreciation and gratitude to create a positive impression

    Regularly update your LinkedIn profile to attract more attention

    Consider creating a LinkedIn newsletter to share valuable insights


    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction
    00:29 Getting on the Radar of Potential Clients
    04:45 Strategy 2: Create Specific Types of Content for Potential Clients
    08:08 Strategy 3: Use Warm Outreach on LinkedIn
    11:28 Strategy 4: Be Appreciated and Grateful
    14:21 Strategy 5: Update Your Profile Regularly
    15:46 Strategy 6: Create a LinkedIn Newsletter

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    ABOUT THE HOST
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamistrong
    Have you got a plan for scale in 2024? If not, take the business growth quiz here: https://howtogrowabusiness.scoreapp.com
    Get early access to the game changers inner circle business mastermind go to https://bit.ly/business-mastermind-waitlist for more info
     
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    • 22 min
    Scaling success, understanding business growth cycles

    Scaling success, understanding business growth cycles

    Would you like to know how to define what the next level is in your business? 
    In this episode, Adam Strong is joined by Scott Ritzheimer, a master at defining the next level in business. Scott shares his experience of starting and scaling a multimillion-dollar business before the age of 35. He discusses the challenges faced during the growth stages and the importance of building a strong leadership team. The conversation focuses on identifying key questions and areas of focus for business owners, such as legacy, leadership, and decision-making. 

    The episode concludes with a discussion on milestones in the business journey. In this conversation, Scott Ritzheimer discusses the different stages of a founder's journey and the challenges they face. He emphasises the importance of building an executive team and hiring a second-in-command to share the leadership burden. Scott identifies the founder's stage as a reluctant manager and highlights the need for alignment with this stage. 

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    Takeaways

    Building a strong leadership team is crucial for scaling a business.

    Recognising the challenges of growth and understanding the different stages of the business lifecycle can help navigate the journey.

    Legacy and vision play a significant role in shaping the future of a company.

    Effective decision-making and focusing on key areas of the business are essential for success. Building an executive team and hiring a second-in-command can help founders share the leadership burden and drive growth.

    Letting go of certain aspects of the business can create space for future success.


    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Excitement for the Show
    01:21 Introducing Scott Ritzheimer and the Next Level
    09:14 Discovering the Business Lifecycle Stages
    12:04 Transforming the Business and Building a Leadership Team
    14:02 Recognising the Challenges of Growth
    19:33 Identifying Key Questions and Focus Areas
    23:09 Focusing on Legacy and Leadership
    24:36 Making Decisions for the Future
    26:01 Vision for the Future of the Company
    27:11 Milestones in the Business Journey
    27:38 Building an Executive Team
    28:14 Founder's Stage: Reluctant Manager
    29:07 Alignment with Stage Three
    30:25 The Importance of Focusing on the Right Things
    32:11 Separating Defence from Offence
    33:16 The Myth of Carrying the Whole Business
    34:29 Bringing in a Second-in-Command
    36:01 Choosing the Right Operator
    37:04 The Temptation of Hiring a Business Partner
    38:32 The Challenge of Diversified Approach
    41:35 The Power of Visionary-Operator Combination
    44:17 Letting Go to Create Space for Success
    47:56 The Hardest Decisions: People and Letting Go
    50:57 Scott's Current Work and The Founder's Evolution

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    ABOUT THE GUEST
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottritzheimer/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottritzheimer/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@Scale_Architects
    Facebook: https://www.fb.com/scott.ritzheimer.official
    Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/scottritzheimer
    Free digital copy of my book https://www.scalearchitects.com/founders

    ABOUT THE HOST
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamistrong
    Have you got a plan for scale in 2024? If not, take the business growth quiz here: https://howtogrowabusiness.scoreapp.com
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    • 54 min
    How to use AI to increase your efficiency and productivity

    How to use AI to increase your efficiency and productivity

    How would you like to improve your efficiency and productivity by learning how to use AI and automation in your business? 

    In this episode, Adam Strong and James Taylor discuss the use of AI and automation to increase productivity and efficiency in business. They explore various strategies and tools for content creation, email marketing, and newsletter automation. The conversation emphasises the importance of balancing AI-generated content with human-centric content. 

    Overall, the episode provides valuable insights and practical tips for leveraging AI and automation in business. In this conversation, Adam and James discuss various ways to leverage AI tools for social media engagement, content creation, lead generation, and automation. They explore strategies for maximising engagement on platforms like TikTok and YouTube, using AI to generate impactful prompts, and ranking AI responses for improvement. 

    They also discuss streamlining business processes with AI, overcoming LinkedIn automation concerns, and efficient lead generation and connection management. Additionally, they mention AI tools for creating infographics and provide a summary of the key topics covered.

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    Takeaways

    How AI and automation can significantly increase productivity and efficiency in business.

    How to balance AI-generated content with human-centric content is crucial for maintaining authenticity and connection with the audience.

    Discover tools like Post Nitro and Make.com can automate content creation processes, such as creating carousels and transcribing videos.

    Overcome LinkedIn automation concerns by training a VA to use AI tools and following LinkedIn's guidelines.

    Efficiently manage lead generation and connections by using AI tools for email marketing, repurposing content, and automating tasks.


    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Overview
    03:04 The Importance of AI and Automation
    05:59 Using AI for Content Creation
    09:54 Balancing AI-Generated and Human-Centric Content
    13:02 Strategies for AI and Automation
    22:58 Automating Newsletters
    26:08 Curating and Summarising Content
    27:37 Maximising Engagement on Social Media
    28:41 Using AI to Generate Impactful Prompts
    30:33 Ranking AI Responses for Improvement
    32:03 Streamlining Business Processes with AI
    33:36 Overcoming LinkedIn Automation Concerns
    35:18 Efficient Lead Generation and Connection Management
    39:26 AI Tools for Automation and Content Creation
    45:44 AI Tools for Creating Infographics
    46:56 Summary of Key Topics

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    About the guest
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamestaylorpowleads/ 
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@james.taylor.powleads
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/james.taylor.powacademy

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    • 50 min
    How to turn your competitors into your allies

    How to turn your competitors into your allies

    One of the biggest reasons why businesses don’t scale is because they are distracted by what their competitors are doing! 
    In this episode, Adam Strong discusses how to turn competitors into allies. He emphasises the importance of seeing competitors as collaborators rather than threats. By focusing on the synergies and learning opportunities with competitors, businesses can create win-win scenarios. Adam suggests offering services that complement competitors' offerings and testing small collaborative projects. He also highlights the need for clear expectations and boundaries in the relationship. Ultimately, businesses must take the initiative to approach competitors and initiate collaboration.
    Takeaways

    See competitors as collaborators rather than threats

    Focus on synergies and learning opportunities with competitors

    Offer services that complement competitors' offerings

    Establish clear expectations and boundaries in the relationship

    Take the initiative to approach competitors and initiate collaboration


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    Chapters

    00:00 Introduction and Purpose of the Session
    00:57 The Concern of Competitors as a Distraction
    02:50 Seeing Competitors as Collaborators
    03:50 Understanding the Synergies with Competitors
    04:48 Learning from Competitors
    05:46 Complimenting Competitors' Offerings
    06:15 Creating a Win-Win Scenario
    07:12 Problem Solving with Competitors
    08:08 Learning from Competitors' Strengths and Weaknesses
    09:05 Offering Services to Competitors' Clients
    10:03 Testing Small Collaborative Projects
    12:00 Establishing Clear Expectations in the Relationship
    13:00 Setting Boundaries and Accepting Expectations
    13:59 Taking Initiative to Approach Competitors
    15:25 Summary and Closing Remarks

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    ABOUT THE HOST

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adamistrong

    Have you got a plan for scale in 2024? If not, take the business growth quiz here: https://howtogrowabusiness.scoreapp.com

    Get early access to the game changers inner circle business mastermind go to https://bit.ly/business-mastermind-waitlist for more info

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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

Alizeytinlik ,

Great help for entrepreneurs

Really enjoyed this podcast. It has helped me up my game. Thank you Adam. Keep them coming!

Luluhodges ,

Inspiring content.

This is a bit of an unusual style of podcast for me as I am normally more of a smudge stick and general woo woo kind of girl. But I have really enjoyed listening and learning, not only from Adam’s journey, but also from his fascinating guests. Here’s to lots more!

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Ken

I’ve listened to a few of these now and it’s well worth your time, Great Podcast!

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