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This is the Measure Success Podcast which features top leaders on how they measure success in their business and life.

Measure Success Podcast Carl J. Cox

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This is the Measure Success Podcast which features top leaders on how they measure success in their business and life.

    Entrepreneurial lessons learned, with Fireflies.ai CEO Krish Ramineni

    Entrepreneurial lessons learned, with Fireflies.ai CEO Krish Ramineni

    As an entrepreneur, there will almost always be fires to put out. But prioritizing which ones get your attention—and when—is a huge component to growing and scaling companies (and not burning out as a CEO). 
    In this episode, we revisit our most popular interview to date, with Fireflies.ai co-founder and CEO, Krish Ramineni — with a few new updates, including why Krish found himself on the phone at 4 a.m. with his team recently to put out one of those fires. We also revisit our conversation from a few months ago, where Krish shared some of the biggest lessons he’s learned along his entrepreneurial journey.
    Krish Ramineni is the co-founder and CEO of Fireflies.ai, an AI meeting assistant that helps transcribe, take notes, and complete actions during meetings. After graduating from UPenn, Krish started as one of the youngest product managers at Microsoft, where he also led projects around customer voice and growth engineering. He’s previously guest lectured at Stanford on deep learning and ML and now serves as an early-stage startup advisor.
    Tune into the full conversation for more on the evolution of Fireflies.ai, the advice Krish got as he was founding the company (and the advice he ignored), the ways in which customer satisfaction can measure the success of a company, how to know when to say no as an entrepreneur, and more.
    Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn: 
    An update from Krish on how Fireflies has progressed and what’s changed at the company since he recorded his initial interview with the Measure Success Podcast How to know which fires to put out and why that prioritization is such an important piece of the entrepreneurship journey More about what Fireflies.ai is, and how it can help business owners The backstory of how Fireflies.ai started and developed over the past few years  The value of Fireflies.ai, and why that value extends to such a variety of people and functions across industries How the Fireflies.ai tool can help to eliminate or reduce conflict and confusion in business Some potential future features you could see from Fireflies.ai  How Krish measures success at Fireflies.ai, including the benefit of simplicity when it comes to customer satisfaction The benefit of experiential knowledge — and why it’s not always necessary for entrepreneurs to learn lessons from a textbook or class How Krish and his Fireflies.ai co-founder actually went against some of the common advice they received as they were starting the company — and why that paid off   What Krish thinks is one of the most important things an entrepreneur can learn if they want to succeed Resources Mentioned in This Episode: 
    Fireflies.ai Fireflies.ai on LinkedIn Krish Ramineni on Twitter “Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies” by Reid Hoffman “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” by Peter Thiel “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu 40 Strategy Contact 40 Strategy Carl J. Cox on LinkedIn

    • 36 min
    How to set goals, values, and strategic plans for success as a CEO, with Mark Lewis

    How to set goals, values, and strategic plans for success as a CEO, with Mark Lewis

    Shifting from working “in” a business” to instead working “on” it is one of the most common (and sometimes most difficult) challenges CEOs and entrepreneurs face. They’re used to doing a little bit of everything, and it can be hard to zoom out for a bird’s-eye view. But if business owners want their companies to reach their full potential, making this shift is one of the most important changes a CEO can make. 
    Our guest this week is an expert on helping entrepreneurs do just that. As a former IBM employee, a multiple successful entrepreneur, a nonprofit technology executive that helped Louisiana become one of the fastest growing technology states in the country, Mark coaches and consults entrepreneurs and small businesses for success by moderating multiple CEO Roundtables each year. 
    Tune into the full episode for more on how Mark guides CEOs and entrepreneurs on growing their business, some of the most common challenges he sees small business owners face as they try to scale their companies, how to develop a strong company culture that people want to be a part of, and more.
    Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn: 
    More about what Mark does, including what the CEO Roundtables are, and how they help CEOs develop their leadership  The structure behind Mark’s CEO Roundtable, and the step-by-step approach he takes participants through in order to grow their businesses  The one paradigm shift Mark says CEOs need to have in order to give their business the best chance at success One of the most common stumbling blocks that CEOs experience How to define your company culture The exercise Mark often uses to help CEOs develop the core values of their company The challenges Mark sees companies experience as they try to set goals for the business The difference between leading and lagging indicators, and why they’re so important for setting goals Why Mark says so many strategic plans end up failing More about the CEO Facilitator Playbook, and why Mark put the program together Why Mark doesn’t believe in work-life balance, and how he still manages to measure success in his personal life  Resources Mentioned in This Episode: 
    Mark Lewis LLC’s website “Give a Damn!: The Ticket to Cultural Change” by Mark S. Lewis “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results” by Gary Keller “The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph” by Ryan Holiday 40 Strategy Contact 40 Strategy Carl J. Cox on LinkedIn

    • 31 min
    How to Identify and Leverage Your Strengths for Growth, with Darren Virassammy

    How to Identify and Leverage Your Strengths for Growth, with Darren Virassammy

    As the co-founder of 34 Strong, public speaker, and someone who is obsessed with seeking personal greatness through connection with nature, I am uniquely positioned to help those in corporate America and individuals reach the potential they desire. I work hard on my own personal development through my hobbies, passions and personal life. As a husband, father, avid bassist and black belt, I believe our down-time is just as important as our work time. 
    https://natureadvantageshow.com/media-kit Website: https://34strong.com/ LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/strengthsfinder Other links:  https://natureadvantageshow.com/
    We all have our own strengths and weaknesses. But when it comes to business, leaders who understand their own — and those of their teams — can often grow their companies faster, more sustainably, and with less stress for everyone involved.
    Our latest guest is an expert on identifying those strengths and harnessing their power: Darren Virassammy is the co-founder of 34 Strong, public speaker, and someone obsessed with seeing personal greatness through connection with nature. He helps both those in corporate America and individuals reach the potential they desire.
    Listen to the full episode for more about how companies can use their employees’ individual characteristics and strengths to build a strong team culture, why it’s so important to understand your own strengths and weaknesses, and what Darren says has been the “greatest training” for being an entrepreneur. 
    Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn: 
    What makes the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment different from other personality tests, and how people can use it to develop both professionally and personally How to be in tune with your own strengths — and what that can teach you about your weaknesses Why it’s important for an organization’s culture to understand its employees’ strengths, so they can be put in positions where they’re most likely to succeed More about Darren’s company, 34 Strong How Darren measures employee engagement at his own organization, and why that’s such an important indicator  Why Darren chose to go back to martial arts, and how it’s helped him in his own entrepreneurship journey What gets missed when people fall into the “just check the box” mindset, in business and in life How the concept of understanding your specific strengths applies outside of the workplace, and to family life as well Resources Mentioned in This Episode: 
    34 Strong website Darren Virassammy on LinkedIn  Nature Advantage Show  “Incredible Parent: Discover Your Parenting Strengths and Raise Your Kids with Confidence” by Analyn and Brandon Miller 40 Strategy Contact 40 Strategy Carl J. Cox on LinkedIn

    • 45 min
    How to reduce waste and maximize profits at your organization

    How to reduce waste and maximize profits at your organization

    In This Episode: 
    Many CEOs believe that a slowdown (or decline) in profits is simply because of a lack of sales, not enough hard work, or outside economic forces. But the truth is, many profit plateaus can be traced back to one thing: waste. 
    Time wasted is also money wasted. But figuring out where that bloat is, and developing an action plan for reducing it, can feel overwhelming or confusing to many business owners. Luckily, there are a few simple strategies (and some very simple math) CEOs can use to reduce their organizational waste — and turn bigger profits.
    Tune into the full episode for advice on how to evaluate waste in your organization, how to measure your “cycle time” and “process time,” and a deep dive into the math you need as a CEO to measure your ROI and potential for more profit.
    Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn: 
    When a CEO should think about making process improvements The rule of thumb for evaluating the ROI on decisions you make as a CEO How to calculate the cost of delaying major decisions within an organization The difference between a company’s “process time” and “cycle time” — and how to measure waste between the two What CEOs can learn about value (and how to make money) from hospitals The power of “lean thinking” and how it can help CEOs 3x (or more) their ROI  Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    40 Strategy Contact 40 Strategy Carl J. Cox on LinkedIn If you’re a business owner, can you relate to any of the following? 
    Tasks have been sitting at your employees’ desks for weeks with no progress Your team is still using spreadsheets for everything You’re experiencing hang-ups with closing your accounting books after period end Profits are plateauing or declining year-over-year If so… well, you’re not alone.
    And secondly — it does NOT have to be this way. 
    When you experience these symptoms (especially for longer than 3 months in a row)... 
    It could be time for some significant process improvements within your organization. 
    But how do you know which processes to focus on? How do you measure what’s working — and what’s keeping your profits from growing? 
    I talk about all that and more on this week’s episode of the Measure Success Podcast. Tune in for more tips on how to reduce waste in your organization, how to measure your “cycle time” and “process time,” and a deep dive into the math you need as a CEO to measure your ROI and potential for more profit.

    • 17 min
    Using AI to stop crime before it starts with Sentinel CEO David Selinger

    Using AI to stop crime before it starts with Sentinel CEO David Selinger

    In This Episode: 
    There are plenty of home security companies out there that will alert you when someone has already begun breaking into your house. But what if that approach was actually the opposite of how to stop crime? What if preventing crime from happening in the first place requires something different than the market is accustomed to?
    Our latest guest, Dave “Selly” Selinger, has been building a company that answers those questions. After working directly with Jeff Bezos and launching a multi-billion real estate brokerage, Redfin, Dave is now revolutionizing the home security industry with his latest venture, Deep Sentinel.
    Tune into the full episode for more about the core problem Dave’s company is solving, how his business’s approach is so different from traditional security companies, why profit margin isn’t always the biggest driver of a company’s success, and some of Dave’s tactics that have helped him get ahead in business and in life. 
    Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn: 
    More about Dave’s company, Deep Sentinel, and how it’s turning the home security industry on its head by using “deep learning” AI technology How being a “tech geek” has driven Dave’s career, and why he fell in love with the concept of deep learning AI as a tool to do good in the world Details about Dave’s strategic plan for Deep Sentinel, and why the company’s profit margin is so drastically different from the profit margins of a company like ADT The top obstacle Dave struggles with in his business The lessons Dave learned working at Amazon and Redfin, and how he uses them in his career now Why data is more important than ego The power of speed-reading, and how it helped Dave get ahead at Stanford Dave’s advice for running weekly meetings that actually get things done The most important measure of success for Deep Sentinel How Dave measures success in his personal and family life The most impactful failures in Dave’s life  Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
    Dave’s company, Deep Sentinel Dave Selinger on LinkedIn Deep Sentinel on Twitter Deep Sentinel on Facebook Deep Sentinel on Instagram “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John M. Gottman and Nan Silver “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins “The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything” by Stephen M.R. Covey 40 Strategy Contact 40 Strategy Carl J. Cox on LinkedIn Short bio: Meet Dave “Selly” Selinger. After working directly with Jeff Bezos and launching a multi-billion real estate brokerage Redfin, he’s now revolutionizing the home security industry with his latest venture – Deep Sentinel. Picture: attached Book Titles (if applicable): n/a Website: https://www.deepsentinel.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/selly/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/deep_sentinel Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deepsentinel/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deepsentinel/

    • 50 min
    Turning a Side Hustle into a Full-Time Small Business, with Jonathan Kaylor

    Turning a Side Hustle into a Full-Time Small Business, with Jonathan Kaylor

     
    Jonathan Kaylor is a Midwest native, and his family have called the Pacific NW home since 2013. For nearly two decades, Jonathan led Customer Service and Inside Sales Teams for Banking, Manufacturing, and Distribution companies. Through Passages to Success, Jonathan is excited to be a student, storyteller, and advocate for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners. Outside of the BOB, Jonathan can be found enjoying coffee, beer, or wine, while sitting at the piano, strumming his guitar or cooking a great meal with friends and family.
    Website: https://bizoverbeer.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathankaylor/ Twitter:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bizoverbeer/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bizoverbeer/

    In This Episode: 
    Taking the dive from the corporate world into entrepreneurship is perhaps more popular than ever, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. But to turn a side hustle into a viable business, entrepreneurs need community, knowledge about potential pitfalls, and confidence to take the plunge.
    Our guest this week is one who made that jump: Jonathan Kaylor led customer service and inside sales teams for banking, manufacturing, and distribution companies for nearly two decades. Now, through his Passages to Success business networking community, he’s a student, storyteller, and advocate for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
    Tune into the full episode for more about the most common challenges small business owners face, the advice Jonathan gives to those who have reached a plateau in their business growth, why building a superior company culture is so important to actually scaling a business, and more.  
     
    Here’s a Glimpse of What You’ll Learn: 
     
    How Jonathan’s “Business Over Beer” podcast was born, and how the COVID-19 pandemic changed his business model Why Jonathan’s focus has been on micro-enterprise businesses and side hustlers, especially when they’ve reached a “plateau” The two biggest challenges Jonathan sees small business owners struggling with  Why business growth and business culture are inextricably linked  The “invisible weight” that small business owners and CEOs carry around How Jonathan measures success with his community of small business owners What gave Jonathan the confidence to leave the corporate world and start his podcast and business  The boundaries Jonathan has set outside of work, and how those help him measure success in his personal life Resources Mentioned in This Episode: 
    Business Over Beer Podcast TH3 Entertainment Jonathan Kaylor on LinkedIn Business Over Beer on Facebook “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World” by Vivek H. Murthy, MD “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald  40 Strategy Contact 40 Strategy Carl J. Cox on LinkedIn

    • 28 min

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245 Ratings

245 Ratings

pghickster ,

A Must Listen

I’ve followed Carl’s career since the early 2000’s. In this podcast he’s taken his experience and uses that to dive deep into the careers and experience of others.
If you are in business, or even want to just be exposed to people and books to improve your life, spend some time with these podcasts.

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Awesome podcast

Lots of practical knowledge and in-depth conversations I’m looking forward to hearing more!!

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