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The Lean Out Your Business Podcast is dedicated to helping you accelerate business growth, simplify in order to scale, and lean out and do less to achieve more. Join International Lean Business Consultant, Business Coach, and Serial Entrepreneur Crista Grasso to discover the proven systems and strategies that provide more value to your clients, more profits for your business, and give you back more time in your day.

Lean Out Your Business Podcast Crista Grasso

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The Lean Out Your Business Podcast is dedicated to helping you accelerate business growth, simplify in order to scale, and lean out and do less to achieve more. Join International Lean Business Consultant, Business Coach, and Serial Entrepreneur Crista Grasso to discover the proven systems and strategies that provide more value to your clients, more profits for your business, and give you back more time in your day.

    78 | Powerful Memories and Takeaways from Necker Island - Part 2

    78 | Powerful Memories and Takeaways from Necker Island - Part 2

    In May of 2022, Michelle  Glogovac, THE Podcast Matchmaker, and Crista were roommates at a retreat on Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson's private island paradise in the British Virgin Islands, a stunning and unspoiled area of the Caribbean where flamingos and iguanas keep you company while you eat your breakfast. 
    One week away changed Michelle and Crista and made a lasting impression that they both believe will stay with them forever. In Part 1 of this 2-part series Crista and Michelle shared some key takeaways from their interactions with speakers like Sarah Blondin and Azure Antoinette.
    In today’s episode Crista and Michelle are sharing the lasting lessons they learned from Cathy Burke (an executive coach and former CEO of The Hunger Project Australia), Gabby Bernstein (an international speaker and author of Happy Days) and Sir Richard Branson himself, Founder of The Virgin Group and owner of Necker Island. 
    Listen in to hear about the personal interactions and intimate dinners they had with these incredible people as well as how Crista and Michelle plan on keeping these memories and lessons alive in their day to day lives now that they are back to “real life.”
    Show topics include:
    1:43 the role Cathy Burke played on the Necker Island
    3:04 Crista’s favorite moment with Cathy
    5:08 one of the best things about being in a group retreat
    5:29 an introduction to Gabby Bernstein - when Crista and Michelle first met her
    5:56 Michelle’s biggest takeaways from Gabby
    7:21 the shared experience that helped Michelle connect more with Gabby
    7:48 Gabby’s Book Happy Days
    8:25 what it means to say every group has their “own through line”
    10:00 Crista’s most eye opening experience on the island
    10:53 Sir Richard Branson’s Book Losing my Virginity
    12:11 Sir Richard Branson’s money philosophy
    13:37 why you need to make things as simple as possible
    14:38 Crista’s three biggest takeaways from Sir Richard Branson
    17:07 the real reason why generating true wealth is important
    18:56 the moment that Sir Richard Branson knew he could change the world
    19:54 what is performative allyship 
    22:52 the different types of resources we have available to us 
    23:00 why 6-degrees of separation is getting smaller
    27:00 what Michelle is doing to keep the Necker Island experience alive now that she is back home
    28:31 how Crista has changed her daily routine based on her experience at Necker Island
    30:24 learning to appreciate the beauty around us
    Links from Today’s Episode:
    Want more behind the scenes looks at Michelle and Crista’s experience on Necker Island? You can watch the videos they recorded daily on their trip at richfulfilledlife.com
    Want to know how to pitch yourself as a guest on podcasts? Connect with Michelle at themlgcollective.com
    Get more behind the scenes into the daily lives of Michelle and Crista when you follow them on Instagram. 
    You can find Michelle @michelleglogovac
    You can find Crista @cristagrasso
    Work with Crista:
    If you’re ready to reimagine your business but aren’t sure where to start, book a free consultation call at scalingstrategycall.com
    Ready to build your signature, scalable offer? Join our 90-day Build to Scale incubator program. 
    Apply to join the Simplify to Scale Business Accelerator program, a program for those who have completed Build to Scale or who already have a proven scalable signature offer. It helps you grow and scale that offer and then develop your full scalable signature offer suite.
    Want to start your strategic planning? Order your 90 Day Planner to help you create and execute your plan, remembering to plan "just in time."
    If you have a plan but are struggling to execute, are not getting your desired results or are wondering if your vision needs some fine tuning, your book your 1:1 business intensive session with Crista and start getting the outcomes you knew you could. 
    If you loved this episode then you won't want to miss the opp

    • 32 min
    77 | Scaling without Sacrifice with Amy Birks

    77 | Scaling without Sacrifice with Amy Birks

    Amy Birks is a business coach who specializes in helping conscious companies and founders increase their impact, reach and revenue by focusing on the simplicity that comes when they are doing work in alignment with their values. Often referred to as a master connector, Amy leverages 10 years of corporate strategy and project management experience to help her clients make marketing and business development fun, easy and impactful. 
    In her experience, Amy has found that more often than not, entrepreneurs make scaling more difficult than necessary, mainly because entrepreneurs are people and people have a tendency to complicate things. 
    In Episode 77 of The Lean Out Your Business podcast, Amy and Host Crista Grasso, discuss the importance of having a business coach to help you clearly see the next best steps in achieving your goals, stating that often entrepreneurs are really good at knowing where they want to go but have a difficult time knowing the best way to get there. 
    If you feel like you have reached a certain level of success in your business and are wanting to scale but aren’t sure how to do that without adding more stress and tasks to your day, this episode is for you. 
    Show topics include:
    2:13 how people make scaling their business more difficult than it needs to be
    2:48 the type of business owners Amy works with 
    4:15 what it looks like to build a business by design
    4:33 how to scale your business without sacrifice
    5:13 how to always look for leverage in your business
    5:58 working in alignment with your values to avoid resistance in your business
    7:38 the existential crisis of entrepreneurship
    8:21 a pragmatic approach to create efficiency in your business
    9:19 things business owners think they need to do but often don’t 
    10:48 the #1 pitfall Amy sees entrepreneurs fall into
    12:12 why Amy removed herself from Facebook 
    14:47 the dangers of “I could”
    15:23 Amy’s favorite question to have business owners ask during a time of inquiry
    15:33 making capacity based decisions
    17:05 the chicken/egg scenario of needing to hire but also needing to generate more income
    19:37 why business owners should have an advisor/coach (even Crista has one)
    20:12 common reasons why entrepreneurs don’t invest in a business coach
    22:22 Amy’s book The Hustle Free Business - A Simple 7-Step Plan to Grow, Get Results and Have Fun.
    24:54 making marketing more manageable
    27:04 the 3 Cs of marketing
    28:55 keeping perfectionism from getting in the way of your success
    31:46 exploring what’s possible as you scale without sacrifice
    32:02 how Amy works smarter, not harder in her business
    33:33 eliminating decision fatigue
    Links from Today’s Episode:
    Get Amy’s Book: The Hustle Free Business - A Simple 7-Step Plan to Grow, Get Results and Have Fun
    Work with Amy: learn more about her services at amybirks.com
    Connect on LinkedIn
    Work with Crista:
    If you’re ready to reimagine your business but aren’t sure where to start, book a free consultation call at scalingstrategycall.com
    Ready to build your signature, scalable offer? Join our 90-day Build to Scale incubator program. 
    Apply to join the Simplify to Scale Business Accelerator program, a program for those who have completed Build to Scale or who already have a proven scalable signature offer. It helps you grow and scale that offer and then develop your full scalable signature offer suite.
    Want to start your strategic planning? Order your 90 Day Planner to help you create and execute your plan, remembering to plan "just in time."
    If you have a plan but are struggling to execute, are not getting your desired results or are wondering if your vision needs some fine tuning, your book your 1:1 business intensive session with Crista and start getting the outcomes you knew you could. 
    If you loved this episode then you won't want to miss the opportunity to join like minded, high achieving women at the Lean Out, Level Up Retreat. Reserve you

    • 35 min
    76 | Powerful Memories and Takeaways from Necker Island - Part 1

    76 | Powerful Memories and Takeaways from Necker Island - Part 1

    Michelle Glogovac is THE Podcast Matchmaker, an award winning publicist and host of the My Simplified Life podcast. After an 18 year career in corporate aviation, Michelle is changing the world, one voice at a time, by matching her clients with the perfect podcast hosts and teaching them how to share their story, vision, and expertise in impactful and powerful ways. She has helped entrepreneurs, authors, and experts hone their storytelling abilities, grow their businesses, and elevate themselves as thought leaders on over 1,000 podcasts. As a natural relationship maker, Michelle is a sought-after speaker in this niche and has presented to thousands of publicists and groups on how to perfectly pitch a podcast. She has coached 14,000 authors through the process of creating and launching a podcast book tour through the Nonfiction Writers Association. Her own podcast is ranked in the top 2% globally with over 1,000 downloads per month. In May of 2022, Michelle and Crista were roommates at a retreat on Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson's private island paradise in the British Virgin Islands, a stunning and unspoiled area of the Caribbean where flamingos and iguanas keep you company while you eat your breakfast. 
    One week away changed Michelle and Crista and made a lasting impression that they both believe will stay with them forever. In Episode 76 of The Lean Out Your Business podcast they are sharing some of the biggest lessons they learned and how they are leveraging this experience to continue to bring more peace and impact to their businesses and their daily lives. 
    In Part 1 of this 2 Part series Crista and Michelle share some of their favorite moments from their time on Necker Island, why this experience was different than past business retreats they’ve been on and some of their biggest takeaways from speakers like Sarah Blondin and Azure Antoinette.
    Show topics include:
    3:00 what it was like being roommates for a week and the view from Michelle and Crista’s balcony
    4:14 the one word Michelle would use to explain her experience on Necker Island
    5:50 how Crista’s mind naturally works and why Necker Island took her out of her natural state (in a good way)
    7:56 what Michelle got from Necker Island that she had been missing the most in her life back home
    9:44 letting go of time constraints and just being
    10:55 what Crista hopes to bring back with her from Necker Island
    11:44 Crista’s nickname and why she has a hard time meditating
    13:25 putting healthy boundaries around email and making time for meditation
    14:18 why Crista and Michelle love Sara Blondin and her work around meditation
    16:58 pursuing the question “what’s inside of me, that I haven’t allowed to come outside?”
    18:42 introduction to Azure Antoinette, poet, entrepreneur, millennial and arts education advocate
    19:00 one of Crista’s favorite memories from Necker Island
    23:88 Michelle’s biggest takeaway from her time with Azure
    24:38 believing that you are enough and what you’re doing is enough
    26:21 a lesson on extreme forgiveness and bravery from a Vietnam War survivor
    Links from Today’s Episode:
    Want to know how to pitch yourself as a guest on podcasts? Connect with Michelle at themlgcollective.com
    Visit sarahblondin.com for more of the same type of meditation practices Crista and Michelle learned on Necker Island
    Learn more about Azure Antoinette
    Work with Crista:
    If you’re ready to reimagine your business but aren’t sure where to start, book a free consultation call at scalingstrategycall.com
    Ready to build your signature, scalable offer? Join our 90-day Build to Scale incubator program. 
    Apply to join the Simplify to Scale Business Accelerator program, a program for those who have completed Build to Scale or who already have a proven scalable signature offer. It helps you grow and scale that offer and then develop your full scalable signature offer suite.
    Want to start your strategic planning? Order your

    • 31 min
    75 | Uncover Hidden Time and Profit in Your Business

    75 | Uncover Hidden Time and Profit in Your Business

    The largest companies in the world spend millions of dollars every year in an effort to eliminate waste and improve efficiencies; they do this because the cost of not doing it, is greater.
     As a small business owner, you might not have millions of dollars to spend, but you can leverage the same principles, to make sure your business is running as lean as possible and to guarantee the largest return on your investment. I’ve worked with some of the world’s leading companies to help ensure their businesses are running as lean as possible and now I help small business owners achieve the same results, helping them retain as much profit and time as possible.
    In Episode 75, I show you five main areas that business owners leave time and profit on the table. This episode is taken from the Lean Out Method’s limited series podcast Do Less, Scale Faster, which goes into great detail on how you can simplify and scale your business and where I introduce you to our Lean Business Scaling System. If you are ready to stop wasting hundreds of hours a month and want to make sure you aren’t leaving money and time on the table, visit www.scalingpodcast.com to learn more about this series and to get notified when it goes live. 
    Show topics include:
    1:38 details on The Lean Out Method’s limited series podcast
    2:04 ways consulting, coaching and service based businesses waste hundreds of hours and leave profit on the table
    3:57 average amount of hours each person in a your business wastes a week
    5:14 how you can improve your profit margin without more hustle
    5:51 top ten things that drain profitability and time
    6:02 examples of unnecessary complexity - why you need to start working smarter not harder
    8:30 why you should leaning out your business by looking at unnecessary complexity
    8:49 the truth about creating new offers
    12:17 determining when starting something new makes sense for your business versus when you are allowing it to be a distraction
    12:21 examples of underutilizing your time and resources
    12:59 the biggest miscommunication about systems
    14:16 defining your operating model
    15:21 what is visionary-itis and how is it negatively impacting your business
    16:50 an introduction to the Lean Strategic Planning System
    17:14 the cost of not being able to find things in your business
    19:29 the greatest benefits from putting systems in place for you and your team
    Links from Today’s Episode:
    Need help creating a lean business model that allows you to save time and make more money? Visit www.scalingpodcast.com and sign up to be notified when our limited series podcast is released. 
    Learn the top 10 things that drain profitability/time and receive key actions you can take now to improve your profitability by visiting www.leanoutmethod.com/waste.
    Work with Crista:
    If you’re ready to reimagine your business but aren’t sure where to start, book a free consultation call at scalingstrategycall.com
    Ready to build your signature, scalable offer? Join our 90-day Build to Scale incubator program. 
    Apply to join the Simplify to Scale Business Accelerator program, a program for those who have completed Build to Scale or who already have a proven scalable signature offer. It helps you grow and scale that offer and then develop your full scalable signature offer suite.
    Want to start your strategic planning? Order your 90 Day Planner to help you create and execute your plan, remembering to plan "just in time."
    If you have a plan but are struggling to execute, are not getting your desired results or are wondering if your vision needs some fine tuning, your book your 1:1 business intensive session with Crista and start getting the outcomes you knew you could. 
    If you loved this episode then you won't want to miss the opportunity to join like minded, high achieving women at the Lean Out, Level Up Retreat. Reserve your spot today!
    Love this podcast? Then you want to join the Lean Out Method community on Facebook for we

    • 21 min
    74 | How to Unapologetically Reclaim Your Power with Karen Fagan

    74 | How to Unapologetically Reclaim Your Power with Karen Fagan

    Learn what it can feel like to unapologetically reclaim your power to live your best life in Episode 74 of The Lean Out Your Business podcast. If you have been stuck in fear, too afraid to move forward in your life because you’re concerned about what other people might think or because you think your dream may be too impossible to achieve then you won’t want to miss this interview with Karen Fagan.  Karen Fagan is an International Empowerment Expert who is passionate about helping women reclaim their power and get exactly what they want in life. By teaching and coaching women how to uncover who they truly are, Karen helps women generate and experience extraordinary passion, pleasure, and purpose in their lives.
    Show topics include:
    1:54 what are common things that get in the way of people getting exactly what they want (especially women)
    2:45 how you can stop attaching meaning to the stories we tell ourselves
    4:30 why we are concerned with out people’s opinions (especially if we’re happy)
    7:00 how to recognize when you’re living in a fear state
    7:14 how you’ll know when you are living your best life
    8:32 learning to live with fear
    10:43 what is the Fagan Freedom Formula and how it can change your life
    13:36 what does reclaiming your power look/feel like
    14:24 how do you know if you are not living in your power
    15:15 what happens when you relinquish your choice
    16:26 why your number one priority needs to be you (even if you are a mom)
    18:08 how do you know if a dream is actually for you
    19:19 who can make you relinquish your power
    19:53 Karen’s story and how she learned to reclaim her power
    24:18 how Karen works leaner in her business and prioritizes the most important things
    Quotes from Episode 74 of The Lean Out Your Business Podcast:
    “People are so worried about what people will think of them if they’re actually happy” [4:30] Karen Fagan
    “The way that you feel is your compass to living your best life or to know if you’re lvling your worst life.” [7:14] Karen Fagan
    “You have to embrace it [fear] because fear doesn’t go away, you just become better at navigating through the fear.” [8:32] Karen Fagan
    “Everything that you want in life, whether it’s an empire, whether it’s traveling, a better relationship, a better body, the number one reason that you want that is based on what you believe you will feel once you have it.” [11:03] Karen Fagan
    “Nothing is impossible when you’re in that flow of alignment and connection to the truest part of who you are.” [17:08] Karen Fagan
    Links from Today's Episode:
    Sign up to work with Karen at karenfagan.com
    Follow Karen @karenfagan
    Work with Crista:
    If you’re ready to reimagine your business but aren’t sure where to start, book a free consultation call at scalingstrategycall.com
    Ready to build your signature, scalable offer? Join our 90-day Build to Scale incubator program. 
    Apply to join the Simplify to Scale Business Accelerator program, a program for those who have completed Build to Scale or who already have a proven scalable signature offer. It helps you grow and scale that offer and then develop your full scalable signature offer suite.
    Want to start your strategic planning? Order your 90 Day Planner to help you create and execute your plan, remembering to plan "just in time."
    If you have a plan but are struggling to execute, are not getting your desired results or are wondering if your vision needs some fine tuning, your book your 1:1 business intensive session with Crista and start getting the outcomes you knew you could. 
    If you loved this episode then you won't want to miss the opportunity to join like minded, high achieving women at the Lean Out, Level Up Retreat. Reserve your spot today!
    Love this podcast? Then you want to join the Lean Out Method community on Facebook for weekly mini trainings with Crista. 
    Interested in working with Crista privately or not sure which program is the best fit?

    • 27 min
    73 | Learn to Prioritize What's Most Important and Avoid Overwhelm

    73 | Learn to Prioritize What's Most Important and Avoid Overwhelm

    Do you find it difficult to prioritize the most important things in your business? If you’re like many of the clients we work with at Lean Out Method, then the answer is most likely yes. With a seemingly never ending list of things to do, how do you prioritize what’s most important when everything seems important?
    It might not seem simple now but by implementing certain techniques in specific stages of business you can learn to clearly identify what is important and needs your attention now, what is important but should be delegated to someone else and what isn’t important and shouldn’t be done by anyone. 
    When you get clear on your vision, your goals, your capacity and your commitments you can begin to evaluate all  tasks using the PPV (profit, passion, value) Matrix. The PPV Matrix will help you plan out all of your macro events and activities on a yearly or quarterly basis. Once you know where you’re going  in broad strokes you can begin to employ the Eisenhower Matrix to help you organize your months, weeks and days. 
    In Episode 73 of The Lean Out Your Business Podcast, Crista Grasso shows you exactly how to implement both the PPV Matrix and the Eisenhower Matrix so that you can avoid overwork and increase your productivity and profitability. 
    Show topics include:
    2:20 what leads to overwork and overwhelm
    3:08 how to invest your time and energy into the things that matter most
    4:00 getting clear on your vision before you plan anything else
    4:08 the 4 core inputs to helping your make good priority decisions
    4:24 the #1 thing you should be prioritizing
    5:30 the area you have the most amount of flex space in 
    6:17 two techniques you can implement to always know you are working on the most important things
    7:39 what is the PPV Matrix and why we refer to it as the million dollar idea evaluation 
    8:24 techniques to help you prioritize on a micro level
    8:58 what is impact vs. effort and how to use that to weed out unimportant activities
    9:58 what is the cost of delay
    13:55 introducing the Eisenhower Matrix
    15:50 examples of important and urgent work - things that you most likely need to do as the CEO of the business
    17:23 what to do with not important and not urgent work
    18:15 examples of not important but urgent work - things that someone else on your team can do
    21:00 one thing everyone can immediately delete from their schedules
    22:49 key reason most people get frustrated when planning
    Quotes from Episode 73 of The Lean Out Your Business Podcast:
    “If you’re going to be doing something, you want to make sure that it’s the right thing because there is nothing more frustrating than pouring a whole lot of time or a whole lot of money into something that isn’t actually the most important thing to be working on, which you realize afterwards when you don’t get the results from it.” [3:08] Crista Grasso
    “Cool. You have a million things that you want to do but how much can you realistically get done in whatever the time period is, whether you’re looking at your day, your week, your month, your quarter, your year? What is your capacity and what’s realistic, how much space do you have to actually say yes to things?” [4:44] Crista Grasso
    “If you have things in your business that you can do that are a combination of high impact and low effort, you do those all day long.” [9:22] Crista Grasso
    “It’s a way of looking at your activities and your work and the things that you need to do, and looking at what’s important versus what’s urgent, to decide not only what should be done at all but what should be done by you.”

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

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49 Ratings

BriBri Nicole ,

CRISTA IS A LIFE SAVER

There are so many FREE gems that Crista drops in this podcast on a weekly basis. I have so many friends that work themselves to the bone as small business owners and they wear that badge of honor like they are really doing something good by doing that, and it’s so sad. She has given me so much insight on how to create a more sustainable business in a simple and attainable way. So grateful I came across her podcast and would highly recommend to every business owner out there!!!

Atomickitten99 ,

So much goodness

This podcast is packed full of juicy nuggets that I can implement. Love the conversations with guest experts. Such useful content.

FlameRetardant ,

So good I decided to work with her!

There are so many business coaches with podcasts, its hard to know who to listen to. Crista stands out from the crowd by giving expert advice that is time-tested, not trendy by ditching the jargon and outlandish promises and giving tons of solid, practical and totally actionable advice. After a few episodes, I knew Crista was just what my business needed, so I decided to work with her.

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