Business Over Beer Episode #87. with Lou Alexander, Part 2
Returning for Part 2 of his interview on the Business Over Beer Podcast is Lou Alexander, Motivational Speaker and Founder of Big A88 Jogger apparel.
In this episode, we learn how Lou used his football experience to approach his Sales process. Also, we learn what launched him into the world of professional speaking, and more about his mission of helping people reach their full potential.
Lou truly is working to make the world a better place by bringing his community together, through social media, through his Big A88 Jogger run club and, by spreading a message of how to find happiness no matter your circumstances.
Business Over Beer Episode #86 with Lou Alexander, Part 1
The Business Over Beer podcast welcomes Motivational Speaker, Lou Alexander of Authentic Impact, and Founder of the Big A88 Jogger apparel line.
Despite the hardships that came from growing up in the inner city, Lou had an amazing family foundation laid by his mother. He found football at the age of 15, was highly recruited to play division 1 college football and accepted a scholarship to play for Syracuse University. Lou was the first in his family to graduate college, and went on to play in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted Free Agent.
Now with a lifetime of experience to draw on, Lou is sharing what he has learned from his journey, and is focused on helping people become their biggest selves at whatever they do.
In this episode we delve into the great work Katie is doing with organizations to create and implement diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) plans, focusing on companies that truly care about these issues.
At Social Construct Consulting, her effort is not in convincing people that DE&I is important. She is not breaking down the doors of white CEOs demanding they give up their seat. Her work focuses on companies that want to do better in these areas, who recognize they will be better for it because it helps their employees do better at work, enjoy their work, and will create a safer and more comfortable place for more people at work.
She aims to make things better for everybody, but it will take everybody.
Define Your Own Version of Success For Your Small Business and Yourself
How do you measure your success?
Success has largely been taught as comparative metric. If you reach a certain target then you are successful. If we get a certain number of downloads then we have a successful podcast. A certain score on the SAT means getting into a better school or a worse school. A certain number of employees or level of revenue means you have a successful business. And god forbid, we measure ourselves against the perceived success of those we see posting about their own greatness on social media. All that can really get into your head and mess with your self worth.
Therefore, by measuring your success based on a comparison to others….another person, another business, another podcast…
Business Over Beer Episode #84. with Katie Zink, Part 1
On this episode of the Business Over Beer Podcast, we have Katie Zink, Founder of Social Construct Consulting. Katie focuses her work at the intersection of employee activism and culture, where she helps organizations create an initial Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) plan and works closely with them on how they’re going to make culture change happen.
In the episode, Katie gives us her definition of corporate culture, the different components that make up culture, and how perks impact culture. Also, we discuss navigating proper cultural language, privilege of dominant culture, and creating pathways to success for all.
CLICK HERE to read more about about why it’s important for us to define our own version success versus comparing ourselves to others or to a standard metric.
The Business Over Beer podcast welcomes back Iggy Odighizuwa, Chief of Operations at Systems-By-Design, and Head Transformation Coach at Tri-180 Coaching.
2020 challenged, and clarified, Iggy’s mission and values. Iggy hired a coach to help him grow his business, which did not help him produce the results he needed. So, he developed his own client acquisition system which was so successful, that the coach he had hired licensed it from him so the coach could use it with his own clients.
Iggy shares the story of how that coach then sued Iggy for the ownership rights to the program, which he was able to successfully defend in court, and ultimately led to the launch of his new business, Systems-By-Design.
In this episode, we learn that small business success comes from perseverance and fortitude, following your core values, and taking advantage of opportunities as they come up, even if the timing doesn’t fit into your overall plan.