Compassionate Capitalism

Compassionate Capitalism

Blaine Bartlett joins Ivan Misner to discuss his International Best Selling book, “Compassionate Capitalism: Journey to the Soul of Business”.

Pay attention to the soul of your business or you might miss incredible opportunities.

Business is the most pervasive and influential force on the planet today. Its activities transcend national and international borders. Its activities are not unduly constrained by financial, political, cultural, ethnic, or religious concerns. The net of this is that business, as a prevalent and important force, has a moral responsibility to guide, enhance, value, and nourish the existence of all that it encounters. In the world today, the absolute opposite of this occurs. Therefore, business today seldom assesses the efficacy of its activities through the lens of anything but profit.

Traditional capitalism forgets an important variable, that of happiness. The true purpose of business is to uplift the experience of existing. It is not to make owners wealthy. It is not to produce ever-cheaper goods and services. Compassionate capitalism is an economic system meant to make a lot of money, help a lot of people, and have a lot of fun. It is not to keep an avaricious and toxic economic model afloat and it is certainly not (with no apology to Milton Friedman) to make a profit.

Click the URL below to purchase this book, and use the special offer code: BNI 

https://www.blainebartlett.com/BNI

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Proceeds from the sale of this book from BNI and my followers will be donated to the BNI Foundation.

Doctors

What Doctors Don’t Tell You (with Lynne McTaggart)

Lynne McTaggart, author of “What Doctors Don’t Tell You”, joins me in this video to discuss her alternative medicine magazine.

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The Book

This highly controversial and campaigning book, “What Doctors Don’t Tell You”, reveals the truth about modern medicine.  She discusses the pills and procedures your doctor prescribes and offers proven alternatives for diagnosing, preventing and treating many illnesses. For example, 1.17 million people are put in a hospital bed every year when a medical procedure has gone wrong. Furthermore, 80% of the treatments we take for granted have never been scientifically proven to work. Click to view her book at https://www.amazon.com/What-Doctors-Dont-Tell-You/dp/0007176279/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The Magazine

In her online magazine, “What Doctors Don’t Tell You” reveals the real secrets of modern medicine. Lynne McTaggart gives you all the information you need to take your health into your own hands. She exposes the true dangers of conventional medicine. She offers up-to-the-minute, scientifically proven alternatives for diagnosing, preventing and treating many illnesses. Click to view her magazine at https://www.wddty.com/

 “Healing Begins in the Kitchen”

My book, “Healing Begins in the Kitchen” shares how I went into remission from cancer nine months after my diagnosis.

http://tinyurl.com/HealingBeginsInKitchen

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Beyond Mars Venus

Beyond Mars and Venus with Dr. John Gray

Two decades ago, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus revolutionized the way we thought about love and partnership. John Gray’s work has helped countless readers improve and even save their relationships. But as society evolves, relationships do, too. It’s time to move beyond Mars and Venus, toward a new relationship model for modern couples.

Today, men and women are no longer trapped by rigid societal roles. Now more than ever, we have the freedom to be our authentic selves. Women can access their masculine side, and men can embrace their feminine side. This new freedom is a good thing, but it also brings new challenges.

Men and women still need the right tools and skills to help build stronger relation- ships. While previous generations sought “role mate” relationships, based on the more rigid gender roles of the time, today’s couples need a new kind of relationship: a “soul mate” relationship. These more emotionally satisfying relationships require a deeper understanding of our partners’ individual needs. In Beyond Mars and Venus, Gray teaches you how to strengthen your bond and grow in love together, so you and your loved one can meet each other’s needs in the best way possible, bringing you lasting happiness and a fulfilling partnership.

Buy this book

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Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield’s New Online Program

Hands down, Jack Canfield is one of the best facilitators and trainers in the world today. I have never seen anyone as good as Jack in taking his material and molding it into the needs of the individual or organization. He is absolutely the best in his field.

BREAKTHROUGH TO SUCCESS ONLINE PROGRAM

Discover your full potential, dream bigger than you ever have before, and achieve your most important goals.

http://jackcanfield.com/success/breakthrough-to-success-online/sp/btso.html

Breakthrough to Success is the Most Comprehensive Personal Development Training Jack Canfield Offers… AND He Captured It All Live!

10 years. 5,000 graduates. Thousands of breakthroughs. Now online.

THE ULTIMATE MASTERCLASS FOR CREATING THE LIFE YOU WANT

Each year, hundreds of people fly in to join Jack Canfield for his life-changing 5-day Breakthrough to Success event. First, it’s a powerful, transformative experience that offers so much more than just a blueprint for becoming rich and successful. Furthermore, it’s great to have financial abundance, but success is more than money.

Success is about having peace of mind, doing what you love, making a difference and sharing your blessings with others. I want you to be challenging yourself and spend every day excited about what you’re doing – not sitting around living a meaningless life. Say “no” to a life without purpose… and let Jack help guide you toward the life you were meant to have!

Beyond The E-Myth.

Beyond The E-Myth: a video with Michael E. Gerber

Michael E Gerber was in the neighborhood and I invited him over for lunch. We did this short video about his latest book, Beyond The E-Myth.

Beyond The E-Myth

Beyond The E-Myth embraces the fundamental premise of that first book–that a small business only succeeds to the degree its owner goes to work ON the business rather than just IN it, creating the systemic Operating System that makes that business unique in the marketplace. The book, Beyond The E-Myth, expands that conversation with the entrepreneurial small business owner, in a clear, precise, and compelling overview that addresses their main job–inventing, building, and launching a company with the power to “scale”–to grow beyond the “Company of One” in a straightforward, eight-step process.

When asked, Gerber emphatically explains: “I wrote this to make the job of building a small business easy — for every man or woman struggling to get it right. This book cuts to the chase: A company is a product to be sold. Build it right, and you will sell it. Build it wrong, and you won’t. Most small business owners won’t. This book was written to fix that.”

 About the Author:

Everyone who knows small business knows Michael E. Gerber – Innovator, Entrepreneur, Author & Thought Leader

The mega-bestselling author of 29 “E-Myth” books, in The New York Times™Business WeekInc. MagazineFORTUNEForbes and WiredThe Wall Street Journal named The E-Myth the #1 business book of all time (November 1995) having sold millions of copies and has now been applied in 145 countries, in 29 languages and is taught in 118 universities.

As mentioned in the video, please check out Michael E. Gerber’s website and receive the first two chapters for FREE 

Waldo

Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman – Keynote Speaker on Leadership, Teamwork, & Sales Growth

The 2017 U.S. National BNI Conference was honored to have Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman as our keynote speaker. Most noteworthy, he taught those attending the conference to have a “Wingman”. Hence, someone like a business coach who can fly by your side and hold you accountable. In addition, Business is not combat because combat implies conflict and resistance. It’s about winning, losing and survival. Survival, most of all, is never fun. Rather, business should be about cooperation, communication, and a commitment to a core set of values that serve others.  As a result, Business is about relationships and results.

PUSH IT UP!

Motivational keynote speaker: Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman

Watch his promotional video by clicking here

Especially relevant, Waldo helps people and organizations adapt to change, break performance barriers and improve leadership skills in business and life. First of all, he brings the perfect mix of energy blended with real-world experience to inspire audiences to action. The New York Times bestselling author of “Never Fly Solo”, Waldo is a former combat decorated fighter pilot. In addition, he uses this experience to provide real-world solutions on how to overcome fear, increase sales, and improve collaboration, teamwork, and trust in business.

Therefore, Waldo’s ultimate objective is to raise the performance standards of your team by motivating each individual to commit themselves to excellence. Furthermore, He will prepare those attending for adversity, to overcome their fears, and to build trusting relationships in their personal and professional lives.

In conclusion, I highly recommend Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman to be your wingman as your keynote speaker at your event. By creating a unique, powerful, and valuable meeting experience, Waldo exceeds expectations, inspires positive change and improves the performance of your attendees.

For more information, please see his website at yourwingman.com

Ivan Misner chats with Barnet Bain about his film “Milton’s Secret”

Video Blog:

Barnet Bain, director of the film “Milton’s Secret” talks to networking expert Ivan Misner about the importance of emotionally-charged connections between people and his film, Milton’s Secret”.

“Milton’s Secret”is a dramatic feature film based on the book by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman. Milton’s Secret is a coming of age story about an 11-year-old boy growing up in an economically depressed suburb, and the elderquest of his grandfather. Milton’s troubles seem to be coming from every direction. His mother and father are workaholics with marital and financial problems, and he is being bullied at school. Fear and dread are everywhere. When his unconventional grandfather visits, Milton learns that rehashing bad experiences and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness in the Now.

Why We Need to Stop Reinventing the Wheel

ID-10026461As business people and networkers, and even in our personal lives, we are often trying to make things harder than they need to be. There is an abundance of techniques, for sales, communicating, and general business practices, that are tried and true, so much so that they seem too simple to truly be effective. We re-evaluate them, we “improve” upon them, and we overcomplicate them. Possibly worse, we sometimes just scrap the old way and try to start over from scratch.

Often, we think we are smarter than those who came before us. Our egos prevent us from listening to those who have more history. The danger here with reinventing the wheel is that it puts us in danger of history repeating itself.

Here are three common warning signs that you may be falling into the danger zone of repeating work, and what to do about them.

  • Instead of solving a problem, you come up with new features to cover it up. First and foremost, this is poor customer service to add features to try to distract from a known issue with a good or service. Instead of wasting your time coming up with new features on an old issue, spend time diving into the old issue and make minor changes on existing features to elevate the whole product.
  • When something with history doesn’t work perfectly, you think it might be easier to start over. Without a doubt, there was a reason things got to where they are. Instead of erasing all of the work of those before you, do a little research. Take time to talk with your predecessors and learn what the motivation behind choices were. Chances are you will discover the core problem, and be able to instead make moves to target that issue, instead of starting over.
  • The wheel you’re looking at reinventing is a common wheel that many business people are faced with. Is your wheel unique to you, or is it something that many in your profession are faced with? If the latter, it is highly possible that there are many people also working to reinvent that wheel right now. Perhaps it is a standard business practice in your field that simply doesn’t work. Instead of putting forth resources (including time and money) to tackle it on your own, see if there is a group in your field working on this issue. If you are working to forge new paths at the same time others are trying to do the same thing, you’re all wasting resources and could likely work more effectively as a team.

Have you ever tried to reinvent the wheel? What happened?

The Book of Doing and Being

In this video, filmed during a recent TLC (Transformational Leadership Council) Conference, I talk to my good friend, award-winning motion picture producer and writer Barnet Bain, about his newly-released book, The Book of Doing and Being.

In the video, Barnet talks about how creativity has a significant place in our businesses and our relationships, but that the ‘really big game’ is in innovation.  He says, “Innovation is to creativity what e-mail is to snail mail.”  Watch the video now to find out how innovative thinking is available to absolutely all of us, despite the fact that very few of us are trained to see the world in terms of innovative responses as opposed to creative responses.

Barnet has devoted his life and career to manifesting his creativity in a way that not only gives his life purpose but brings meaning and hope to the lives of others.  With this book, he reveals to us how we can do the very same thing.  Put simply, if you want your life to count in ways you’ve previously only dreamed of, you owe it to yourself to read The Book of Doing and Being.

So what do you think of Barnet’s ideas in the video?  If you’ve already read the book, what are your thoughts on it?  Please leave your comments in the forum below.  Thanks!

 

Where to Start When Starting Your Own Business

I recently got asked a really great question: Where do I get connected with people who can help me open a business?IvanOldSchool

Though there is evidence that business is currently on the rise and the economy is moving in a positive direction, the recent downturn in the economy prompted many people who found themselves unemployed to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit and consider starting their own business.

This begs the question above–are there efficient ways to get in touch with people who can help you start your own business?

The answer is yes, and here are my three recommendations:

1) Go through your contacts and talk to people you personally know who have started a business. Set an appointment.  Let them know what you are doing and ask if they’d give you an hour of mentoring.  If possible, meet with them in person.  Show up with specific questions written out in advance.  Send them the questions prior to the meeting so they have a good understanding of what kind of information you’re looking for.  When you meet, focus on those questions, write down the answers, and stick to the time frame you promised.  If the conversation goes well, ask if you can meet with them in the future.  Follow this process with two or three people who have opened a business successfully.  I guarantee you will find this to be very valuable.

2) Find a business coach who has experience with start-up businesses. Hire them to coach you through the process.

3) Read, read, read!  There are a lot of books out there on opening a business. I have personally reviewed many of the books published by Entrepreneur Press on starting a business and they are excellent.  Go to EntrepreneurPress.com to see some of them.

I strongly encourage anyone genuinely interested in starting their own business to pursue the endeavor. I have owned my own business for thirty years (that’s a picture of me at top right, when I first started my company, BNI, and was running it from my house and garage with only one other employee in the mid ’80s) and it continues to be an amazing and fulfilling journey. I don’t think I would ever go back to working for someone else.

What Marketing Genius Thought of This?

 

It was 11:30 AM in Paris last Wednesday and Beth (my wife) and I had a lunch meeting that was set for 12 noon with a couple business associates. As we headed out to the curb to get into a taxi in order to drive to the restaurant, we noticed something odd. There were no taxis in the taxi stand in front of our building!

Unbeknown to us, the taxi drivers in Paris, were all on a two-day work stoppage (yes, a strike) in protest of the “Uber” App, (a personal sedan service that can be requested via an app) which has been cutting into their profits, according to the taxi drivers.  Apparently, they are hoping that the French government will ban the use of Uber in France!

We have used Uber with great success in the United States, and had not thought about using the app while here in Paris. It has been so easy, frankly, to just step outside and into one of any number of waiting taxis, that we didn’t need Uber.

But standing on the curb in the quickly intensifying sunshine with little time to spare to get to our appointment, we wondered if there was any chance of using the app now to book a car for our lunch. Beth tapped the app on her iPhone and within seconds we received confirmation that our Uber sedan would be with us in 15 minutes. After only six minutes, the car pulled up on the curb in front of our building.

Anyone who knows me at all, knows that I put a high premium on a company’s ability to under promise and over deliver. They definitely did just that in the humid Paris heat!

As we headed to our lunch meeting, we began talking about the irony of the taxi drivers’ strike actually driving us (pun intended!) into the waiting arms of the very competitor they were protesting! What marketing genius thought of this blunder-head idea!? To me this is the perfect example of something I call the “unintended consequences of a ‘seemingly’ good idea.” Did no one have a conversation about how this would actually play out? Maybe something like – “let’s see, why don’t we go on strike to protest an online application that will – oh, actually force people to use that online application while we’re all sitting at the brasserie enjoying croissants.” Yea, really smart.

Because of their actions, we have now been reminded of how easy and pleasant using Uber is. There is no money to change hands – all payment arrangements are done through the app. We can enter the request for a car while finishing up whatever it is we are doing and then head straight out into the car once we receive the text notification that it has arrived. We can actually watch the progress of the car as a GPS tracker shows an icon for it en route on our Uber app’s map. Even better – the vehicle is very clean and professional (we drove in a Peugeot to the restaurant and in a Mercedes on the way back – AND it was less than a taxi ride!).

I really like the emailed receipt after being dropped off at our destination. It shows what the average speed of the drive was, the duration of the drive and the final amount. Even better is that Uber ROUNDS DOWN to the nearest dollar! I mean, who actually does THAT?

So, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the taxi drivers who held this work stoppage for reminding me how amazing their competitor really is. Talk about the law of unintended consequences! I wonder how many other people took advantage of this strike to become new Uber customers. I can tell you that I will be requesting an Uber car more frequently on this trip now as a result of the strike.

Epilogue – Note to the Paris Taxi Driver’s Association:

Dear Paris Taxi Driver’s Association, the year is 2014. The internet actually exists and will most likely not disappear no matter how often you go on strike. The Genie cannot be put back into the bottle. Rather than try to “ban” a competitor who actually had a good idea – why not create your own app (as some taxi companies around the world have!) and join the rest of us in the 21st century.

Just a thought.

 

 

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