11 episodes

The Making The List podcast is all about learning from business owners who have achieved the extraordinary honor of being named to the Inc. 5000 list. In each episode, Alissa Daire Nelson sits down with a Minnesota-based CEO of a company that has made the Inc. 5000 List, often many years in a row. You’ll hear amazing stories, tips, and lessons from each CEO so you can gain the right mindset, leadership skills, and wisdom you need to create massive, sustainable growth and dominate as a business owner. If you want to build a multi-7-figure dollar business be sure to subscribe right now and shortcut your path to Making The List

Making The List Alissa Daire Nelson - Create Sustainable, Rapid Business Growth

    • Entrepreneurship
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The Making The List podcast is all about learning from business owners who have achieved the extraordinary honor of being named to the Inc. 5000 list. In each episode, Alissa Daire Nelson sits down with a Minnesota-based CEO of a company that has made the Inc. 5000 List, often many years in a row. You’ll hear amazing stories, tips, and lessons from each CEO so you can gain the right mindset, leadership skills, and wisdom you need to create massive, sustainable growth and dominate as a business owner. If you want to build a multi-7-figure dollar business be sure to subscribe right now and shortcut your path to Making The List

    The 24/7 Entrepreneur with Brian Bos

    The 24/7 Entrepreneur with Brian Bos

    Entrepreneur and CEO of The Media Manager, Brian Bos joins the show to share his unique story and background. In this episode, Alissa and Brian discuss the importance of confronting fear, making calculated risks and developing strong relationships as an entrepreneur. Brian opens up about failures he has learned from throughout his career as well as the ever-evolving nature of his business model.
    What We Covered:
    02:02 – Brian shares his entrepreneurial genesis story and how he achieved over 3,500% growth for his organization, Media Manager
    10:55 – Brian speaks to balancing entrepreneurship and his relationships
    17:17 – How Media Manager made the 2019 Inc. 5000 List of Most Successful Companies in America three years quicker than the average organization
    19:38 – The importance of building and strengthening relationships as an entrepreneur
    21:45 – Brian details how Media Manager’s business model has evolved over the years
    25:39 – Brian opens up about an early failure in his career that he overcame
    31:50 – Final advice Brian would give to aspiring entrepreneurs
    Tweetables:
    “In today’s day and age, the culture of the company is essentially the most important thing.” (05:21) (Brian)
    “The idea that entrepreneurship, in really probably any industry, is an 8-5 job is laughable. I mean it’s not even close.” (12:12) (Brian)
    “Our business is a little bit unique in the sense that what we do is really performance-based. So, making sure that we are honest, transparent and accountable is really how we develop positive relationships.” (20:48) (Brian)
    “If you’re an entrepreneur or want to be an entrepreneur it is definitely not going to happen overnight. That first year was an absolute grind from all aspects of the business.” (32:18) (Brian)
    Links Mentioned:
    Alissa’s Website – https://www.daire2succeed.com/makingthelistpodcast/
    Brian’s LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-bos-4163947/
    Media Manager Website – https://www.themediamgr.com/

    • 34 min
    Grow or Die with Daniel Moshe

    Grow or Die with Daniel Moshe

    Daniel Moshe, entrepreneur, business owner and CPA firm technology guru, joins the show to share the story of how he overcame management roadblocks and worked himself out of a job by applying EOS. In this episode, Alissa and Daniel break down and analyze the importance of communication, innovation and setting core values to sustain growth within an organization.
    What We Covered:
    01:45 – Daniel talks about how his company Tech Guru made the 2019 Inc. 5000 List of Most Successful Companies in America and how they have sustained their growth
    08:09 – How Daniel has used EOS implementation to promote innovation throughout his organization
    12:04 – The moment Daniel realized it was alright to be himself as an entrepreneur
    17:22 – Best practices for internal communication and maintaining sustainability
    19:35 – Daniel breaks down the Trash Can Test and his State of the Company Meetings
    26:02 – The importance of living by your own set of core values
    31:28 – Lessons Daniel would have preferred to learn earlier in his career
    40:34 – Final advice Daniel would give to aspiring entrepreneurs and where listeners can follow Daniel
    Tweetables:
    “As the adage goes, ‘When the leader turns his/her head and looks in a different direction, so does everybody else.’” (06:37) (Daniel)
    “Learner is number one for me. And I love learning by doing and learning by teaching.” (11:02) (Daniel)
    “It’s not just ya know you finish school and you go work for a company. You can start your own company. And I definitely try to teach that to my boys. But I think that would be so cool to have an Entrepreneurial Day at school.” (15:19) (Daniel)
    “We [Tech Guru] have four core values: Caring, Accountable, Responsive and Empathetic.” (21:28) (Daniel)
    “Part of living your ideal life is surrounding yourself with people who you really want to be spending your time with. And that, by definition, is that they share your values.” (30:21) (Daniel)
    “If there’s anything I wish I could have learned and applied much sooner, it would be the way that we work with our people.” (36:15) (Daniel)
    Links Mentioned:
    Alissa’s Website – https://www.daire2succeed.com/makingthelistpodcast/
    Daniel’s LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/danmoshe/
    Daniel’s Website – https://www.stronginsix.com/
    Tech Guru Website – https://www.techguruit.com/
    Books Mentioned:
    Traction
    Entrepreneurial Leap

    • 43 min
    Expanding the Circle of Happ(i)ness with Rich Anderson

    Expanding the Circle of Happ(i)ness with Rich Anderson

    Rich Anderson, visionary entrepreneur and CEO of Imagine IT, joins the show to share poignant insights and learnings he’s acquired throughout his career. With a background in accounting, mergers and acquisitions, and social development, Rich is a wealth of entrepreneurial knowledge. In this episode, Alissa and Rich discuss the abundance mindset, the attitude of gratitude and universal laws like the Law of Attraction.
    What We Covered:
    01:58 – Rich’s unconventional entrepreneurial journey
    10:58 – The power of culture
    17:09 – The Law of Attraction and other universal laws
    20:21 – Taking on all organizational responsibilities and an event that nearly destroyed Rich’s business
    26:13 – How a single client led to a unique and prosperous partnership opportunity 
    37:09 – Rich recalls a critical lesson he learned in leadership
    39:14 – The number one tip Rich would give to aspiring entrepreneurs
    Tweetables:
    “I remember as, a kid, having Dad come ask if he could borrow some of our allowance to go buy groceries. So, entrepreneurialism has it’s knocks, and my story is no different. Some of my first ventures of entrepreneurialism did not go well.” (04:26) (Rich)
    “I tell people I got my MBA, I just paid for it with elbow grease.” (16:51) (Rich)
    “The universe provides.” (28:33) (Rich)
    “One of my coaches pulls me aside as we were working through a hard thing a couple years back. And we’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s gonna be so great when we get through this.’ He goes, ‘You know what the reward is for solving all these problems, right?’ We said, ‘Yeah, we’re done with them.’ And he’s like, ‘No, you have a whole new set of problems to solve.’” (37:30) (Rich)
    “If we’re expanding happiness in the world, which you know is our ‘why,’ then I’m happy to let everyone else take credit for it because that means it’s working.” (38:55) (Rich)
    Links Mentioned:
    Alissa’s Website – https://www.daire2succeed.com/makingthelistpodcast/
    Rich’s LinkedIn –  https://www.linkedin.com/in/richarddanderson/
    Imagine IT Website – https://www.imagineiti.com/
     
    Books Mentioned:
    Good To Great
    The Power of Vulnerability

    • 46 min
    Confident Humility with Shane Johnson

    Confident Humility with Shane Johnson

    Episode Summary:
    Shane Johnson, founder of Chromebook Parts, joins the show to discuss patience, work ethic, and the genesis of his entrepreneurial journey. Shane is a passionate CEO who had the foresight to capitalize on an opportunity in the marketplace which has paid dividends ever since. In this episode, Alissa and Shane talk about the difference between confidence and arrogance, the importance of vulnerability, and coming to peace with fear of failure.
    What We Covered:
    02:36 – Shane’s business background and the genesis of Chromebook Parts
    11:16 – The incredible growth and success of Shane’s business
    14:11 – How Shane’s confident humility impacts his personal and business relationships
    20:48 – Maintaining a pulse on company culture and handling confrontation
    26:52 – The future of Chromebook Parts
    30:16 – Entrepreneurial advice Shane would give to his younger self
    36:50 – Where listeners can follow Shane and Chromebook Parts
    Tweetables:
    “I would say that that confidence was what gave me the ability to kind of ignore those voices – or just not listen to them – and go right to it anyway.” (10:53) (Shane)
    “I think my industry experience came into play. And then my vision, always being a problem-solver, an innovator, listening to people’s pain points or issues. And then just having a passion for solving them and fixing them.” (13:37) (Shane)
    “Really addressing my strengths and my weaknesses and then sharing that with my staff is helping. It’s a new thing right now so it’s not complete – it’s a work in progress. But, I would say that by doing that, it’s been helpful in my relationships with my employees here.” (18:07) (Shane)
    “As they say, ‘Revenue or sales can solve a lot of problems.’ But, as you get into the first couple of years, you get to that point where you’re generating revenue, you’re making a profit, you have employees. Right then you need to start focusing on process, procedures and putting things in place so you can scale.” (35:44) (Shane)
    Links Mentioned:
    Alissa’s Website – https://www.daire2succeed.com/makingthelistpodcast/
    Shane’s LinkedIn –  https://www.linkedin.com/in/shane-johnson-5331b33a/
    Chromebook Parts Twitter – @ChromebookParts https://twitter.com/ChromebookParts
    Shane’s LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/shane-johnson-5331b33a/
    Shane’s Website – https://www.chromebookparts.com/Default.asp
    Books Mentioned:
    Rich Dad Poor Dad
    Dare To Lead

    • 38 min
    Let's Get Back to Making The List

    Let's Get Back to Making The List

    Hey there! Well, we are in interesting times, aren't we? 
    We'll all taken a proverbial pause, maybe freaked out a little, and questioned how you'll move forward. 
    And now... let's take back control of what we can control. What we feed our minds, how we care for ourselves, and our inner game. 
    Let's do this together. 

    • 12 min
    What are YOU tracking? Key Drivers for Sustainable Growth

    What are YOU tracking? Key Drivers for Sustainable Growth

    In today's episode, we invited Josh Pribyl, the founder of JP Ecommerce and Bare Home. Josh is an incredible example of just starting, even from scratch, and it still can help you build an empire, if you just remain persistent and consistent. We have an interesting discussion throughout this episode as we exchange business pointers, life lessons, feasible tactics and more.
     
    Key Takeaways It's not unheard of to have a great year and to be able to carry that. The key is to have the vision and just try to stay ahead. You've got to separate personal interest and what you actually enjoy doing and figure out what you should be doing to drive growth. Show Highlights [02:30] How Josh came to be in the position he's in now. [03:39] From extra long sheets to an empire. [05:26] How the business came to be.
    “I always had the vision that one day, I saw myself just running a large company.” [06:22] The first single sale that confirms Josh's idea can work. [07:02] What the first hire was for Josh. [07:55] Looking back on the business' steady growth over the years. [08:41] The hockey stick moment. [11:25] The next big "normal" step Josh took. [11:47] The first INC 5000 application [12:30] The key to continued massive growth
    “If you wait on these growth activities because you're bogged down by everyday activities, other things are going to slide.” [12:58] Alissa's favorite book
    “Your vision has led the pack for how you've been able to create success.” [13:52] Josh relating to Alissa's favorite book
    “I make sure I get done the few things that are going to drive the biggest growth.” [15:02] How Josh figured out his personal growth drivers. [17:34] The potholes Josh could've avoided had he known what he knows now. [19:37] Why ads are a tough thing but essential and tips on how to use them.
    “If it's not converting at or above the industry average, your site isn't up to par yet.” [23:18] Keeping employees engaged amidst massive growth [26:51] An advice to Josh's former self.
    “Don't be so conservative. Take a little more risks. Spend a little more to invest on growth.” [26:41] Where to find Josh Resources Bare Home Website JP Ecommerce Inc Connect with Josh on LinkedIn Connect with Josh on Twitter The E-Myth by Michael Gerber

    • 27 min

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