117 episodes

In our expert professional services businesses, where the rules were written last century and the world keeps changing around us...how do we as experts who have spent years, sometimes decades getting our technical skills to the ultimate level and proportionally little time learning the ones required to grow our businesses based on our own terms, re-write the rules for ourselves.

That’s the question and this show explores the answers.

Stay tuned and enjoy some brave conversations. Find out more at https://blueprinthq.com.au/

Business Habitat with Sam Dean Sam Dean

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In our expert professional services businesses, where the rules were written last century and the world keeps changing around us...how do we as experts who have spent years, sometimes decades getting our technical skills to the ultimate level and proportionally little time learning the ones required to grow our businesses based on our own terms, re-write the rules for ourselves.

That’s the question and this show explores the answers.

Stay tuned and enjoy some brave conversations. Find out more at https://blueprinthq.com.au/

    Finding the Best Version of You, with International Best-Selling Author Hilary DeCesare

    Finding the Best Version of You, with International Best-Selling Author Hilary DeCesare

    In Episode 117 of The Business Habitat podcast, Sam is joined by award-winning international business expert and executive coach, Hilary DeCesare to talk about the importance of treating yourself as one of the greatest assets in your business, and what that looks like in terms of managing your energy and getting out of your own way.

    With reference to Hilary’s latest #1 International Best Seller & #1 New Release “Relaunch! Spark your Heart to Ignite your life”, Hilary and Sam talk about the prevalence of burnout in the corporate and professional spheres, and why the traditional business model isn’t working. With a stellar background in Silicon Valley, working for tech giants such as Oracle, and having raised millions in venture capital for successful start-ups, Hilary is an inspirational speaker well equipped to share her experience and thoughts on how we need to adapt our approach to business in order to flourish.

    Hilary provides real life examples of how she has continuously adapted and ‘relaunched’ her life, including the lessons of tenacity and determination she learned early on from her Mum. Sam and Hilary talk to the reasons behind the Great Resignation, which Hilary reframes as the Great Realisation, and Hilary shares her perspective on pushing past the comfort zone and into what she terms the “G Zone”.

    Hilary and Sam delve into how we give away our personal power and energy by worrying about what other people might be thinking, and how we can move past these forms of self-sabotage by focusing on consistency over intensity.

    Hilary shares her model of the ‘Three HQ’ – the head, the heart and the higher self – and how this is the next evolution of IQ and EQ, which she explains in further detail in her book.

    Finally Hilary and Sam touch on one of Sam’s favourite topics, the importance of loving your numbers, and Hilary’s version of ‘sexy spreadsheets’.

    Whilst Hilary’s target audience is women in mid-life (defined as over 35) looking to unlock the potential of where they are going, there is so much content in this podcast that will be relevant to anyone looking to find more energy and spark in their work and in their life. This extraordinarily compelling podcast is one you won’t want to miss.

    Here at BlueprintHQ, we are here to help. We are super passionate about the professional services industry and supporting you with what you need. We are offering a short, sharp 15 minute consultation call to help you with this process. Go to https://www.blueprinthq.com.au/consultation

    • 47 min
    Bridging the Gap Between Business and Expert Knowledge with Chris Turner

    Bridging the Gap Between Business and Expert Knowledge with Chris Turner

    In Episode 116 of The Business Habitat podcast, Sam takes a closer look at the topic of the expert paradox and the disparity between the knowledge and expertise needed to become a leader in a chosen field, and the specific set of management skills required to successfully run a thriving business. Sam is joined by Chris Turner, founder of Vet Services Australia, to discuss how his company is addressing this problem by providing much needed administration and management support to time poor professionals in the animal services space.

    Chris took a non-linear path to the company he now runs, and it’s his diversity of experience and training which he attributes to his current success. While not for everyone, Chris adapted well to the demanding world of sales and cold calling, before progressing into the financial services industry. It was in these roles that Chris came to understand the importance of listening to people and genuinely aiming to understand his client’s primary needs.

    Fortuitous circumstances led to Chris unwittingly adopting a dog from a relative, and slowly growing to embrace “Dudley” as an important member of the family. Through this experience, Chris began to recognise the overwhelming need for support for vets and veterinary services, and utilising his background and skills, the idea behind Vet Services Australia was born.

    In this conversation, Sam and Chris explore the concept of the expert paradox, and the need for business support for many professionals, regardless of their field. Sam emphasises the consistency that Chris has applied to building his business and the value that is derived by freeing up a vet’s time to focus on their clients (both animals and people).

    Sam and Chris discuss the emergence of heartfelt and community based businesses, whilst also recognising that wealth creation strategies play an important role in allowing business owners and professionals to build a valuable asset that can set them up for retirement.

    Chris’s Vet Services Australia is a fantastic example of a business that’s arisen to solve an existing problem, and this discussion brings clarity to how we can better address the ongoing issue of overwhelm and burnout.

    Here at BlueprintHQ, we are here to help. We are super passionate about the professional services industry and supporting you with what you need. We are offering a short, sharp 15 minute consultation call to help you with this process. Go to https://www.blueprinthq.com.au/consultation

    • 39 min
    How Facial Profiling Leads to Better Relationships, with Alan Stevens

    How Facial Profiling Leads to Better Relationships, with Alan Stevens

    In Episode 115 of The Business Habitat podcast, Alan Stevens returns to the show once again, this time to talk with Sam on the topic of facial profiling and how learning to read a person’s face can give you an instant insight into their personality.

    Following on from episode 109 where Alan and Sam discussed The Campfire Project and how first understanding the self is the fundamental foundation for leadership training, today’s conversation focuses in on Alan’s skill as an International Profiling and Communications Specialist.

    Described as the Mentalist meets Dr Phil, Alan explains how he first became interested in profiling as a result of wanting to improve his relationships. With a couple of divorces behind him as well as business partnerships that went sour, Alan became determined to learn more about people by being able to recognize what their facial traits were giving away.

    After working for a while with Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and body language, Alan recognized the significance of micro-expressions and went on to study facial profiles as a way of recognizing someone’s personality with just a glance. In this conversation Alan explains that this skill enables him to understand how people prefer to be spoken to and thereby build rapport and strong relationships quickly.

    In a work scenario, Sam and Alan discuss how being able to recognise a person’s traits from their presentation alone, negates the need for long questionnaires and becomes particularly important in this age of Zoom calls and digital communication.

    Tune in to explore this fascinating topic, as Alan and Sam dive into the old adage that “opposites attract” and consider how once again, the clearest path to understanding another person’s traits is in first understanding our own.

    Here at BlueprintHQ, we are here to help. We are super passionate about the professional services industry and supporting you with what you need. We are offering a short, sharp 15 minute consultation call to help you with this process. Go to https://www.blueprinthq.com.au/consultation

    • 32 min
    Creating Businesses that Inspire and Thrive, with Steve Sandor

    Creating Businesses that Inspire and Thrive, with Steve Sandor

    In Episode 114 of The Business Habitat podcast, Sam is joined by Steve Sandor, Business Performance Strategist and CEO of Inspiring Business, to talk about the importance of intentionality when it comes to creating the type of businesses that help us grow, both in wealth and in ourselves.

    With a background in the financial services industry, Steve shares his early career experiences and displaying real vulnerability, explains how making mistakes in his professional life ultimately led to his understanding of his strengths. With time spent in PNG and working with Australian businesses, Steve developed his passion for helping business leaders recognise their own strengths and create environments that are both empowering and safe for all involved.

    Throughout this conversation Sam and Steve explore the power of mentoring and developing training methods within organisations that optimise individual learning needs. Steve explains why business leaders need to be in control, but not controlling, and the difference between the two. He also identifies that as employers, we are central to the business and it’s our knowledge of ourselves, our communication styles and finding our niche in our organisations that it is crucial to our success.

    By sharing his own lived experience, Steve demonstrates that the key to developing within our businesses is in putting aside our own egos and recognising that we don’t know what we don’t know. It is only then that we can ask the right questions and find the right teacher, regardless of where we sit in the organisation.

    This conversation goes to the core of developing robust, thriving enterprises. Sam and Steve bring candour and vulnerability to this compelling topic and provide practical advice that every business person can take on board.

    Here at BlueprintHQ, we are here to help. We are super passionate about the professional services industry and supporting you with what you need. We are offering a short, sharp 15 minute consultation call to help you with this process. Go to https://www.blueprinthq.com.au/consultation

    • 59 min
    Elevate Your Client Experience with Tech that Gets Personal, with Mike Liu

    Elevate Your Client Experience with Tech that Gets Personal, with Mike Liu

    Episode 113 of The Business Habitat podcast takes a bit of a different slant this week, as Sam is joined by Co-Founder and CEO of FreeFuse, Mike Liu. Headquartered in Los Angeles, FreeFuse is an interactive video platform which allows the user to build personalised digital communication, for a multitude of purposes such as corporate training and education, digital content and videography or sales and marketing activities and product demonstrations. In this conversation, Sam and Mike discuss the origins and inspiration behind FreeFuse, as well as the benefits of this type of technology in promoting both client and employee engagement.

    With a background in Engineering, Mike explains how both his education and the inspiration for FreeFuse were founded in his early experience of Lego building blocks and “choose your own adventure” books. He pursued Engineering whilst always having an eye on entrepreneurial platforms such as the early days of Facebook.

    Keen to make a direct impact on people’s lives, Mike explored a couple of business options before landing on the concept of FreeFuse and the idea of adaptive learning and education tools. Despite strong positive feedback from students, Mike and his partners struggled to gain a foothold in the education system and targeted their marketing towards business instead, recognising the need for ongoing learning in the corporate sector.

    Mike explains his desire to create technology that people love and that solves a problem, and how FreeFuse enables businesses to develop immersive experiences for both internal and external stakeholders. Sam and Mike discuss the training opportunities brought about by allowing people to experience decision making in real time, as well as the potential for illustrating the complexities of professional services to clients.

    You’re invited to “choose your own adventure” as you tune in to this podcast and gain a better understanding of how technology can help you in your business, and the myriad of possibilities that await.

    Here at BlueprintHQ, we are here to help. We are super passionate about the professional services industry and supporting you with what you need. We are offering a short, sharp 15 minute consultation call to help you with this process. Go to https://www.blueprinthq.com.au/consultation

    • 45 min
    Understanding Our People By First Understanding Loss and the Self, with Karen Chaston

    Understanding Our People By First Understanding Loss and the Self, with Karen Chaston

    In Episode 112 of The Business Habitat podcast, Sam is joined by International best-selling author, speaker and Beyond Loss Expert, Karen Chaston, to talk about understanding loss, the self, and how we can benefit from looking after ourselves first.

    In this inspiring and through-provoking conversation, Karen shares how a family tragedy was the catalyst for her own journey of self-discovery and the realisation of how few people really understand loss and how to move forward with it.

    As CFO of a publicly listed company, Karen knew that she was outwardly successful. She had the great salary, the house, the car, the family, and to the casual observer she seemed to have it all. But she was dying inside. She wanted to create a life that she loved, that she felt excited to wake up to every morning. Like so many others, Karen pushed down her feelings of dissatisfaction and compensated with avoidance tactics - too much shopping, too much eating and drinking, too much working - until something happened that changed her life forever.

    In this deeply personal account, Karen shares how the tragic loss of her 27 year old son in 2011 sent her into a tailspin that challenged every aspect of her life, before leading her to an epiphany and the realisation of her true passion and purpose.

    Over the course of the last eight years, Karen has come to appreciate how few people truly understand loss and the impact it can have in our lives. In this conversation, Karen explains that the loss of a loved one is not the only type of loss that we are likely to experience in our lifetime. There are more than forty different types of loss, including separation, divorce, financial and perhaps the most debilitating of all, loss of our own identity.

    Sam and Karen explore how the lack of "loss intelligence" in our society causes flow-on effects in leadership effectiveness, whether it be leadership of our teams, or more importantly, leadership of ourselves. Karen has written multiple books on the topic, most notably the best-selling "Demystifying Loss", and through her business "The Chaston Centre" works with businesses to build stronger team dynamics through improved understanding of their people.

    Throughout this conversation, Sam and Karen encourage each of us to look deep within, so that we may move past the constant need to merely survive and find the way to thrive.

    Here at BlueprintHQ, we are here to help. We are super passionate about the professional services industry and supporting you with what you need. We are offering a short, sharp 15 minute consultation call to help you with this process. Go to https://www.blueprinthq.com.au/consultation

    • 38 min

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