Welcome to the Little Black Book. A podcast for entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs who provide their firsthand experiences to help others learn and grow. This podcast is brought to you by Altitude Advisory. Altitude Advisory is a modern business advisory firm helping business owners build a better business for a better life.
Driven By Culture – Max Rofagha
In Episode 19 of the Little Black Book, we're joined by Max Rofagha. Max is the founder of Finimize, a mentor at Techstars and Startup Bootcamp and was named in Forbes' "30 under 30" list in 2016.
Max details how important having a clear focus on mission and purpose was in establishing the Finimize platform, as well as the critical role the company's culture manifesto played in providing a clear direction. He also discusses how Finimize provides valuable information to its connected community and his different approach to disrupting the financial advisory landscape.
The Social Networker – Simone Douglas
In Episode 18 of the Little Black Book we're joined by Simone Douglas. Simone is the publican of The Duke of Brunswick Hotel, Executive Director for BNI Adelaide North, Founder of digital marketing agency Social Media AOK and best selling author of Seriously Social and Confident Networker.
Simone shares how she established a routine that enables her to focus on positives and what she can control. She discusses how she's built strong teams, which enable her to focus on strategy, business development and culture. Simone also talks to the importance of personal and professional networks and how they've helped her succeed.
Gold Medal Excellence – Nat Cook
In Episode 17 of the Little Black Book, we're joined by Natalie Cook. Nat has worn a lot of hats in her life, namely: entrepreneur, professional speaker, coach, 5 time Olympian and gold medallist!
Nat chats around her ‘own brand of crazy’ and how important being comfortable doing the extremes was to her success. She shares her experiences in goal setting and how her full immersion in her Gold Medal Excellence Plan brought focus and a clear sense of direction for her and her playing partner Kerri. We also discuss Nat’s transition into business and how she surrounded herself with coaches and mentors, to help guide her journey.
Scaling Up – Nick Sinclair – TOA Global
In Episode 16 of the Little Black Book we're joined by Nick Sinclair, founder of TOA Global. Founded in 2014, TOA has grown to an organisation with 1,500+ accounting staff, working with over 500 global accounting firms.
Nick shares with us how a trip to the Philippines in 2014 changed the way he approached running his financial advisory business, leading to the establishment of TOA. We also discuss the process behind the rapid scaling of TOA's team, including the importance of proactively recruiting good people before your business needs them.
The Goal Maker – Keith Abraham
In Episode 15 of the Little Black Book we're joined by Keith Abraham, founder and CEO of Passionate Performance. Keith has presented to over 1.6 million people, helping them harness their passions!
Keith shared with us his experience on the best framework for people to set and achieve their goals.
We also discuss the importance of referrals, and your referral network, in growing a business.
The Go Getter - Tom Caesar - Positive Group
In Episode 14 of the Little Black Book we're joined by Tom Caesar, founder and CEO of Positive Group. Positive Group provide fast lending solutions to individuals and businesses through the use of innovative platforms and technology.
We explore the challenges Tom faced as a young entrepreneur, how he developed a winning team culture, how he embraces change and has learned to be comfortable being uncomfortable.
Tom shares how understanding his customer needs and their friction points helped create their award winning tech product: the 'Nodifi' platform.
Tom also talks about the importance of feedback loops and developing trust within your team to help stay on track with key priorities.
Positive Group have won several awards, including "Small Business of the Year" at the Telstra Business Awards (2016) and "Innovator of the Year" at the Australian Broker Awards (2017).