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Transformative leaders have something unique in common: they know how to inspire. Kurt Schmidt, entrepreneur and author, brings that inspiration to life each week with his podcast - the Schmidt List! Tune in for an exciting interview-style show where you'll gain invaluable knowledge about today's dynamic business world.

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Schmidt List - Inspiring Leaders Kurt Schmidt

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

Transformative leaders have something unique in common: they know how to inspire. Kurt Schmidt, entrepreneur and author, brings that inspiration to life each week with his podcast - the Schmidt List! Tune in for an exciting interview-style show where you'll gain invaluable knowledge about today's dynamic business world.

Become a supporter of this podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/podcast/schmidt-list-inspiring-leaders--2664825/support.

    Content Marketing Secrets

    Content Marketing Secrets

    I am thrilled to bring you a new episode of Schmidt List featuring content marketing expert Sarah Panus! 🎧Highlights from the Episode:
    Strategic Social Media: Focus on platforms where you can make the most impact instead of trying to be everywhere. Quality over quantity!Content Patience: Allow your content six months to develop before evaluating its success. Metrics need time.3. Customer Focus: Prioritize your main customer segment, understand their needs, and build your story around solving their problems.4. StoryBrand Framework: Use the seven key questions to clarify your target audience and position your business as their guide.5. Three Pillars: Establish three storytelling pillars that align with your audience's interests, plus a "wild card" to stand out.Extra Resources:

    Connect with Sarah Panus on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahpanus/


    Visit Sarah’s site for more strategies and take the content quiz.  www.kindredspeak.com

    QUIZ: Ready to Improve Your Content Strategy? Discover which content makeover will boost your brand's success! Take this 40-second QUIZ to find your "home" makeover show match and get a content makeover plan to help you attract customers & drive better business results.

    https://www.tryinteract.com/share/quiz/65c650923a654f0015bbd704

    Ready to unlock the full potential of your content strategy? Listen to the episode now!

    There is too much Schmidt to List!
    Check out https://www.kurtschmidt.me for more show info.   

    Visit Kurt’s coaching site at https://schmidtconsulting.group  

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    • 36 min
    Navigating AI and Organizational Change

    Navigating AI and Organizational Change

    Join us on the Schmidt List Podcast as host Kurt Schmidt sits down with Beth Elliott, the owner of Elberry Transformation Consultants, to dive deep into the world of AI in change management and its impact on organizations. 🎙️🤖

    In this insightful episode, Kurt and Beth explore the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning in the business landscape. They discuss how AI is being leveraged as a solution in change management, the importance of human-centered design in AI implementation, and the pivotal role of team collaboration and customer feedback.

    🌟 **Key Topics Covered in This Episode:** -

    The role of AI and machine learning in change management discussions - The need to consider the impact of AI on people and processes - The challenges of aligning perceptions and values surrounding AI - Using analog methods like online whiteboards for collaboration - The importance of front-end strategy and alignment among leaders - Steps to avoid a decision by committee approach - High-level strategy and iterative concept co-creation in highly regulated environments - The significance of cross-functional collaboration and breaking down silos - The benefits of getting direct customer feedback - Addressing broken systems and processes in digital transformation - The impact of social media on organizational processes and customer experience - The limitations of digital transformation and software adoption challenges - Best practices for effective communication and change management Beth shares her experiences of working with large organizations to foster cross-functional collaboration and identify complex business problems. From improving call times in a health insurance call center to cultivating storytellers within organizations, this episode is packed with practical insights and real-world examples.

    💼 **About Our Guest:** Beth Elliott, owner of Elberry Transformation Consultants, specializes in innovation and transformation consulting. Her expertise lies in human-centered design, enterprise transformation strategy, and breaking down organizational silos to facilitate collaboration.

    🔗 **Connect with Beth Elliott:**
    **Website:** www.ellberry.com  **LinkedIn:** https://www.linkedin.com/in/belliott17/ 

    👂 **Don't Miss Out:**
    If you’re interested in AI, change management, innovation, and transformation within organizations, this episode is a must-listen! Be sure to subscribe to the Schmidt List Podcast for more engaging discussions with industry experts.

    There is too much Schmidt to List!
    Check out https://www.kurtschmidt.me for more show info.   

    Visit Kurt’s coaching site at https://schmidtconsulting.group  

    Subscribe to The Road Map Newsletter and unlock the secrets to achieving a harmonious work-life balance as a leader. https://bit.ly/RoadMapNewsletter
    New Book! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0D2C61THR  

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    • 30 min
    Innovation through Curiosity

    Innovation through Curiosity

    We're excited to present the latest episode of Schmidt List featuring the insightful Creg Schumann! This episode is packed with transformative ideas on embracing failure and the power of storytelling, which is crucial for any innovator.

    Key Highlights:

    - Learning from Failure: Creg discusses how accepting failure can drive success and innovation.
    - Effective Storytelling: Discover the impact of making your customers the heroes of your business stories.
    - Strategic Alignment: Learn how to align your strategy with your organization’s identity through empathy.
    - Collaborative Innovation: Explore the benefits of multidisciplinary teams and pilot programs.
    - Analog Approaches: Using simple tools like pen, paper, and whiteboards for effective communication.

    Kurt Schmidt hints at a future book from Creg Schumann and recommends the white paper linked in the episode notes. Be sure to check it out! Connect with Creg on LinkedIn and join him at various meetups. Stay tuned for more thought-provoking episodes!

    There is too much Schmidt to List!
    Check out https://www.kurtschmidt.me for more show info.   

    Visit Kurt’s coaching site at https://schmidtconsulting.group  

    Subscribe to The Road Map Newsletter and unlock the secrets to achieving a harmonious work-life balance as a leader. https://bit.ly/RoadMapNewsletter
     
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    • 31 min
    Mastering Business Networking

    Mastering Business Networking

    We're back with another exciting episode of the Schmidt List! This week, we had the pleasure of hosting Benji Borner, a dynamic leader in technology and networking. If you're curious about how to build and leverage your network authentically, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

    Episode Highlights:

    🔹 Innovative Practice Development:
    Benji shares his journey of building a new practice that takes a fresh approach to technology leadership, emphasizing interim fractional advisory and solving business problems.

    🔹 Networking Insights:
    Learn about Benji’s transition from an introverted tech leader to a networking maven. He delves into the importance of having a mentor, being curious, and showing up authentically in every conversation.

    🔹 Overcoming Challenges:
    Benji opens up about the hurdles he faced when he transitioned from a CIO role and how he utilized his network to navigate his career path effectively.

    🔹 Practical Tips:
    Discover actionable advice on how to initiate meaningful conversations, the value of curiosity, and even some creative ways Benji prepared for networking meetings (hint: it involves his kids!).

    Memorable Quote:
    “People want to help. They've accepted the meeting. Getting over that mental hurdle is crucial. Show up authentically and stay curious.”

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benji-borner/
    Follow Ascendex Consulting on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ascendexconsulting/
    Ascendex Consulting: https://ascendexconsulting.com


    There is too much Schmidt to List!
     
    Check out https://www.kurtschmidt.me for more show info.   

    Visit Kurt’s coaching site at https://schmidtconsulting.group  

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    New Book! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0D2C61THR  



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    • 24 min
    Boosting Team Productivity and Profitability

    Boosting Team Productivity and Profitability

    In our latest Schmidt List episode, we chatted with Gray MacKenzie, co-founder of Zen Pilot. If you’re aiming to elevate your agency’s operations, this is an episode you don’t want to miss! Here are some highlights:


    Top Insights from Gray MacKenzie:

    1. Essential Resources:
    - 🌐 [ZenPilot.com](https://zenpilot.com) for services and consultations.
    - 🔗 [Gray’s LinkedIn](https://linkedin.com/in/graymackenzie) for updates.
    - 📺 [YouTube Channel](https://youtube.com/zenpilot) with 100+ tutorial videos.

    2. Proven Engagement Process:
    Zen Pilot starts with a two-week blueprint process, including a team benchmark survey and a thorough assessment of your project management infrastructure.

    3. Scalable Packages:
    Post-blueprint, they offer scalable engagement packages starting at $4K per month, tailored to maximize your ROI.

    4. Achieving ROI:
    Agencies can see potential profitability improvements of up to half a million dollars in the first year, with 30-40% of this realized within the same period.

    5. Emphasis on Cultural Change:
    Gray underscores the importance of team buy-in and cultural alignment to make new processes stick.

    6. Addressing Operational Challenges:
    From capacity management to forecasting, Zen Pilot provides strategic solutions to common agency hurdles.

    7. Confidence in Pricing:
    Gray offers practical advice on positioning and confidently raising your rates to reflect your expertise.


    🔗 Quick Links:
    There is too much Schmidt to List!
    Check out https://www.kurtschmidt.me for more show info.   

    Visit Kurt’s coaching site at https://schmidtconsulting.group  

    Subscribe to The Road Map Newsletter and unlock the secrets to achieving a harmonious work-life balance as a leader. https://bit.ly/RoadMapNewsletter
     
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    • 29 min
    Podcasting in Business

    Podcasting in Business

    I'm thrilled to share our latest Schmidt List episode with the incredible Matt DeWolf from MK Quinn Media! 🎤 We delve into the world of podcasting and its immense value for businesses in content creation and strategy.

    In this episode, we explore:
    -Integrating podcasting into a comprehensive content strategy.-The need for consistency and a personal touch in your content.-The numerous benefits of podcasting, from community building to revenue generation.💡 3 Key Takeaways*:

    - Consistency Matters: Use an editorial calendar to maintain regular and reliable content.
    - Be Human: Relax and connect genuinely with your audience.
    - Start Small: Don’t overcomplicate the technical side; begin with the basics and grow from there.

    Discover how Matt has shifted from video to podcasting, boosting engagement and creating new opportunities, especially within the B2B space.

    Visit Matt:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattsdewolf/
    https://www.mkquinnmedia.com/

    There is too much Schmidt to List!
     
    Check out https://www.kurtschmidt.me for more show info.   

    Visit Kurt’s coaching site at https://schmidtconsulting.group  

    Subscribe to The Road Map Newsletter and unlock the secrets to achieving a harmonious work-life balance as a leader. https://bit.ly/RoadMapNewsletter
     
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Goranger22 ,

Thoughtful discussions

Thanks for sharing various leaders’ stories around the Twin Cities.

Tina Larsson ,

Excellent podcast!

Great conversations with some very inspiring leaders!

AnatolyKhalizev ,

Great source of information

As a Junior UX Designer, I am happy to find this podcast. A lot of interviews with design leaders, UX/UI designers, representing both small agencies and Fortune 500. I love that host is Minnesota based too. So I’am trying to apply all advices I can!

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