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SaunaGrow.com podcast delivered to you by Boleslaw Drapella, serial entrepreneur, manager and investor. Topics covered are general management, team building, company scaling and more. All in a form of a very short episodes, straight and to the point. SaunaGrow.com is a business mentoring platform for managers and founders who want to grow their businesses wisely.

Sauna Talks Bolesław Drapella

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SaunaGrow.com podcast delivered to you by Boleslaw Drapella, serial entrepreneur, manager and investor. Topics covered are general management, team building, company scaling and more. All in a form of a very short episodes, straight and to the point. SaunaGrow.com is a business mentoring platform for managers and founders who want to grow their businesses wisely.

    14. Setting Goals

    14. Setting Goals

    In this episode we’re going to think about setting business goals. Unlike lots of previous podcasts, this one wasn’t inspired by one or a few SaunaGrow mentoring sessions. Its idea came from an exciting LinkedIn discussion, started by Marcin Majchrzak of Harmony Team. One of the questions that Marcin asked was: What is the optimal number of sales meetings his sales team should carry out? To give an answer, the respondents – trainers, male and female leaders and sales experts – were first given company parameters, its industry and salesman’s job description. The debate that followed had a few unexpected twists. It inspired me to share my opinion on how setting company goals can work toward positive ends or they can damage the leader and his team.


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    • 14 min
    13. Financing your business

    13. Financing your business

    In this episode, I’d like us to think about ways of financing a startup – how to raise funds to kick off and then develop a business. These are common questions on Facebook groups as well as at meetings with entrepreneurs at various stages of business growth. They concern those who are just planning to start a business as well as those whose ideas and decisions have been verified by their first achievements. They also accompany the managements of well-established companies who are beginning to realize it’s time to consider new forms of financing to introduce new products to new markets or globalize their business.

    My experience in financing startups or company growth comes from being a venture partner at venture capital fund Black Pearls VC. It is also my practical knowledge as an entrepreneur who did have to acquire financing from various sources. Each case described here has actually taken place in at least one of my companies that I have been developing over the last 20 years. This is my hands-on experience on what I’ve done both as an investor and an investment seeker.


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    • 24 min
    12. Data-driven decision making

    12. Data-driven decision making

    In today’s business, the way decisions are reached is tremendously important. Let’s try and look into the process in our heads, teams, and the whole organization that leads to making these mature choices, often strategic for the company growth.

    Recently, more and more has been said that business decisions should be supported by data. The English phrase,  data-driven, suggests that they should be almost led or propelled by data. This has become more than just a slogan, especially in the Internet-based or, more widely, the Internet-related tech businesses, that often deal with massive amounts of data. The skilful use of this resource gives young startups a competitive edge over established corporations who may have accumulated more data, but aren’t always able to exploit this advantage. 

    Listen to this episode to learn more what are the key elements worth considering while becoming a data-driven organisation.


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    • 13 min
    11. Don't rush your automation

    11. Don't rush your automation

    Today, let’s have a look at automation of processes, actions, production or any other sector of your company activity. It is receiving lots of attention in conference presentations and lobby conversations. I think it is one of the most popular and trending topics of the emerging new business reality. Such terms as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning appear in almost every investment presentations of ambitious startups and fast growers. 

    Many of such founders hope to create unicorns that aim for the world. In most cases, they proudly flash these key words in front of their potential investors, trying to convince them that automation is their best choice. Partly, because investors turn a hungry eye toward anything potentially big and easily scalable. On one hand, it is natural that big projects are investors’ first choice. On the other hand, this approach carries great risks that I would like to bring to your attention in this episode. Are you ready? Let’s do it!


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    • 13 min
    10. When a little 's' can make a big difference. Meet: Glenn Auerbach

    10. When a little 's' can make a big difference. Meet: Glenn Auerbach

    There is a very well-known drama when two women meet at the party wearing the same dress… what worse could have happened? How come, that it’s so much different with men? That’s one of the wonders of diversity I’ve touched upon in my last episode. Today it’s going to be different. Longer episode than usual, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. When I’ve recently googled the name of my Sauna Talks podcast I’ve, by an accident, mistyped it forgetting the final ‘s’. That’s how I’ve found Glen from Minnesota, US. Sauna lover, builder and as it later happened also an entrepreneur that sees the world in such amazingly similar way, even though we’re on two different parts of the globe. And his podcast is called Sauna Talk… just the ‘s’ shorter than Sauna Talks from SaunaGrow.com Listen to this episode where we’re discussing sauna culture in various countries, our preferences and habits, but also how much the spirit of loyly and relax in a sauna is important before you talk business in a sauna. 

    Do enjoy this as much as I did!

    Glenn Auerbach has been a sauna evangelist for over 30 years.  In 2008 he started www.saunatimes.com, as a source for sauna building and sauna culture.  In 2016, he created Sauna Talk, the podcast about sauna and most often recorded on the sauna bench.  Glenn wrote “Sauna Build, From Start to Finnish” which includes step by step instructions for building a sauna.  He has built many saunas and has helped many hundreds build their own saunas. He is an advisor at Lamppa Manufacturing, Vice President, 612 Sauna Society, and has been the Upper Midwest Territory Manager for a division of a global food company for the past 20 years


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    9. Multitude of ideas - how to handle priorities

    9. Multitude of ideas - how to handle priorities

    Today’s topic is resources, but not the ones your HR might deal with. Let’s think about the resources understood as ideas, a multitude of ideas that keep streaming into your company from various directions. You and your team have to plan out how to contain and process this potential in your monthly or quarterly perspective. These ideas most often originate from your present or potential customers, your friends, you and your team, your superiors or leaders (presidents, CEOs, investors) or even your customer who is your ultimate boss. Usually, there are far more ideas than implementation options. Listen to this episode to find a simple way to manage priorities. You do want to make it effective, right?


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    • 16 min

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