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Wisdom, stories, and advice from successful entrepreneurs and inspirational people. Hosted by Chris Kiefer.

The Pursuit of Purpose Chris Kiefer

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Wisdom, stories, and advice from successful entrepreneurs and inspirational people. Hosted by Chris Kiefer.

    41 Kyle Strode - Professor of Chemistry, Carroll College

    41 Kyle Strode - Professor of Chemistry, Carroll College

    Kyle Strode recieved his Ph.D. from Montana State University and later became a Professor of Chemistry at Carroll College in Helena, MT. In his free time he is an avid runner, traveler, hiker and fly fisherman.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    40 Rob Garrott - Senior Content Manager, 3D Visualization & AEC at LinkedIn

    40 Rob Garrott - Senior Content Manager, 3D Visualization & AEC at LinkedIn

    Rob Garrott is a lifelong learner, communicator, and educator making all forms of visualization and tech easier to understand and junk. Today he joins Chris to talk all things personal as well as professional. Join us for a lively discussion in the latest installment of The Pursuit of Purpose!

    • 59 min
    39 Steve Talkington - Business Coach & Owner of Lancaster Painting

    39 Steve Talkington - Business Coach & Owner of Lancaster Painting

    Questions I asked Steve:


    First job out of school?
    What are the last 3 books you've read?
    Our experiences and the people we meet in our careers shape us. Could you share one or two experiences in your career that really contributed to who you are today?
    Reflect on your first boss. What did that person do well, not so well, how was the relationship, and the Impact on you?
    Of all the things you know, which do you feel could potentially be the leading expert on?
    What is the most challenging part of being a business coach?
    Is there a particular capability that is better executed inside the company or outside the company as far as coaching goes?
    What role does coaching have within a department of a business? Can a manager be a coach of their people or does the coaching role need to be "outsourced"?
    You are an entrepreneur and an employee, correct? As a high-level employee, what does your boss need to be able to do in order to manage you most effectively?
    What have you learned about leadership and brand building in your coaching roles for various businesses?
    What is the most common aspect of marketing that you see companies missing or applying poorly to their business?
    What is your favorite movie?
    Any book recommendations?
    How can people connect with you?

    • 57 min
    38 Brian Nolan - Business Coach & Founder of Nolan Consulting

    38 Brian Nolan - Business Coach & Founder of Nolan Consulting

    You recently did a keynote address at the Grand Summit in Nashville  on the topic of Cascading Change.  What do you mean by “Cascading change”?
    Why this topic and why now?
    As a young professional, what were some of your experiences with change in organizations?   What did you see working and what didn’t work?
    What type of changes are we talking about here?
    One of the things you emphasized was the importance of a higher level purpose. What is your higher level purpose? When did you discover that for yourself? How has it evolved over your career?
    Sometimes I feel that people are intimidated or scared to zero in on one thing too early in their career. How do I know this is my purpose?
    What are the barriers to change for individuals, you know, people who want to improve, but can’t push through?
    How do you increase your self-awareness?
    What do you see as the barriers to cascading change in organizations?
    Tell me about your family siblings? How has/have your siblings and/or family life formed or affected what Nolan Consulting is today?
    What are you most proud of in your career so far?
    What is your favorite movie?

    • 1 hr 3 min
    37 Jason Adams Business Intelligence Enthusiast & Entrepreneur

    37 Jason Adams Business Intelligence Enthusiast & Entrepreneur

    These are the questions I asked Jason:


    2-minute bio
    What is business intelligence? What does it make possible in business / life?
    At what point did the thought of creating your own business happen?
    What is a rough number on the developer costs to create a minimum viable dashboard that would provide value to the business? What are the on-going costs of a system/software?
    How many other careers/jobs have you had up to this point?
    What has surprised you the most about business intelligence?
    For the longest time I've heard people say to pursue your passions, but I recently heard people say that you become passionate as you learn a subject. Were you “passionate” about business intelligence in the early days or are you passionate now?
    What is the weirdest or unusual thing that you have seen BI applied to? I'm trying to understand the scope that BI effects.
    How do you balance working and being a spouse/father?
    What do you say no to? Do you think that saying no is really a skill that successful people are better at than unsuccessful people?
    What is vacation for you, what does it actually look like?

    • 1 hr 8 min
    36 Rudy Wolf - Highest-rated dental practice in the country

    36 Rudy Wolf - Highest-rated dental practice in the country

    Purpose Background Questions:

    2-minute bio
    At what point did the thought of being a dentist happen?
    For the longest time I've hear people say to pursue your passions, but I recently heard people say that you become passionate as you learn a subject. Were you “passionate” about business intelligence in the early days or are you passionate now?
    How do you balance working and being a spouse/father?
    What do you say no to? Do you think that saying no is really a skill that successful people are better at than unsuccessful people?


    Review Specific Questions

    How have reviews impacted your business?

    I always as how'd you hear about us


    When did reviews become a major area of focus for you?
    How do you keep your staff accountable to the review process that you put in place?
    What advice do you have for a business that has barely any reviews?
    What has surprised you the most in regards to reviews?
    Do you worry about getting negative reviews or did any of your partners worry about getting negative reviews?
    What tools, processes or software programs have been helpful in growing your online reviews?
    Who in your office responds to Negative reviews?
    Do you have one person that oversees reviews and your online reputation or do you have one process that you have duplicated across each practice?
    Do you have any advice to other dentists with regards to Yelp? It looks like you have 1 review and 26 reviews that have been “unrecommended by Yelp” Do you know why that is?


    Closing Questions

    What is vacation for you, what does it actually look like?
    What is something that not many people know about you?
    Book recommendations? Is there a book that you have recommended more than any other book?
    Movie Recommendations?

    • 57 min

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