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In Process: Conversations about Business in the 21st Century is presented by Trusted Counsel. Business involves constant change and challenges. In Process brings you weekly conversations with business experts on topics to provide new ideas, tools and techniques to help you and your business grow and succeed.
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Nov 16, 2017

The real key to growing more venture opportunities is getting more at bats. A little more than 10 years ago, the majority of the most “solid deals” were generally confined to the West Coast. Think Silicon Valley. However, as that investment marketplace continued to grow more and more competitive with each passing day, venture capitalists started to turn their attention to second-tier innovation cities. But that doesn’t mean they’re second-class citizens. These cities are building world-class companies.                                                     

Within the last decade, the Southeast as a whole has seen a maturation within its start-up ecosystem. Investments in seed- and traction-stage companies are flowing, and there appears to be a clear focus on building the necessary infrastructure to support funding to grow global enterprises.

For example, in a city like Atlanta, your batting average as an investor is going to be higher, but maybe the magnitude of your wins is not going to be as large. However, if the region’s growth and investment opportunities continue on the same upward trajectory, the home runs will quickly begin to tally.

This week in In Process (Trusted Counsel's bi-weekly podcast show), Mark Buffington, CEO at BIP Capital, one of the premier investment firms in the Southeastern United States, discusses:

  • The firm’s inaugural “The State of Startups in the Southeast™” report
  • Why investments are shifting to later stages
  • How the venture asset class is democratizing
  • Best practices for entrepreneurs and investors to work together
  • The qualitative and quantitative assets needed to build a sustainable, market-leading innovation hub

Stream the conversation with Mark in the player below to learn about entrepreneurial growth and future investment opportunities not only in Atlanta but also throughout the Southeast. You can also subscribe to In Process on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone. Did you enjoy this episode? Please give us a review and share with one or two people. We appreciate it!

Nov 7, 2017

Is your new work normal disruptive, and noisy? With the advent of instant messaging platforms, text messages, plus the social media channels that pull us in - it’s no wonder we struggle to stay focused at work. So, if this is your new work normal and you are nodding your head, this is the podcast for you to listen to.

This week on In Process: Conversations about Business in the 21st Century, hosts Evelyn Ashley and John Monahon of Trusted Counsel revisit a previously aired podcast (May,2016). They were joined by Angela Buttimer and Dennis Buttimer, co-founders of the Atlanta Center for Mindfulness and Well-being to discuss adding a mindfulness practice into your daily routine to help your enhance you energy, focus and creativity. The couple works with companies, school programs and even hospitals and treatment centers to implement mindfulness and wellbeing practices through yoga and meditation.  Everyone benefits from mindfulness practice – it’s not just for yogis anymore!

During the course of the podcast you will learn about:

  • The difference between meditation and mindfulness
  • The different styles of meditation
  • Why leaders meditate?
  • Why mindfulness meditation benefits the workforce and saves businesses money
  • What research tells us about the effects of mindfulness on the brain and body

Stream the conversation in the player below to learn more. You can also subscribe to InProcess Podcast on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone. Did you enjoy this episode? Please give us a review and share this podcast with a friend or two.

Oct 19, 2017

We are operating in a new disruptive world that’s defined by a high-demand for innovation, dynamic work, rapid-fire decision-making and more. In the new book “DECIDE TO PROFIT: 9 Steps to a Better Bottom Line,” author and consultant Dorriah L. Rogers, Ph.D argues that leaders and employees need “a renewed focus on the very reason businesses operate if they want to thrive ahead of the curve. That is, a simple and clear-cut path to a profitable bottom line that anyone can implement.” She outlines 9 clear steps that will give you and your company the tools and roadmap to more effectively reach better profit goals.

In this episode of In Process: Conversations about Business in the 21st Century, hosts Evelyn Ashley and John Monahon of Trusted Counsel speak with consultant and author Dorriah L. Rogers, Ph.D about profit. Rogers began her career in engineering and technology. She founded her consultancy firm in 2003. She specializes in identifying and solving issues affecting efficiency, productivity, and profitability. She has worked with Fortune 500 organizations as well as many smaller progressive firms.

During the course of the podcast you will learn about: 

  • The nine steps to a better bottom line
  • The authors favorite step
  • The definition of echo-chamber
  • What the nine steps help to develop in an organization
  • Where to go to find out more about the topic

 Stream the conversation in the player below to learn more. You can also subscribe to InProcess Podcast on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone.

Oct 10, 2017

This is the trailer for our next episode that airs on 10/19/2017. We interview Dorriah Rogers, PHD and author of the new book "Decide to Profit - 9 Steps to a Better Bottom Line." This episode is one that you won't want to miss!

Oct 5, 2017

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, even in communities that have been hit hard by financial recessions and divestment. Our innate drive to fight and remain entrepreneurial doesn’t ever go away. But, finding access to community resources and early-stage funding is not always equally or readily available for every entrepreneur with a dream of success.

Take a city like Atlanta, as an example, which by all media accounts is thriving economically and is often touted as the next city for economic growth. Its skyline is graced with a number of Fortune-500 companies. However, Atlanta consistently has one of the highest income inequality gaps in the United States. Upward mobility in Atlanta is 4 percent, meaning there’s a 96-percent chance if you're born poor in Atlanta, you’ll die poor in Atlanta.

This is a dichotomy that has to change―not only in Atlanta but across the globe.

This week in In Process (Trusted Counsel's bi-weekly podcast show), Rohit Malhotra, founder and executive director of the Center for Civic Innovation, discusses:

  • Definition of social entrepreneurship
  • The Center for Civic Innovation’s mission, goals and future plans
  • Challenges and opportunities for social entrepreneurship in Atlanta as well as other metropolitan areas
  • How to shift the conversation in terms of distributing capital and investing in true “economic value” that produces social change
  • Real-world social entrepreneur success stories

Stream the conversation with Rohit in the player below to learn how you, your company or any association you belong to can invest in Atlanta and/or contribute to social entrepreneurship in your city. You can also subscribe to In Process Podcast on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone. Did you enjoy this episode? Please give us a review and share this with one to two people.

Sep 21, 2017

Even though we’ve made a lot of strides during the last several years, particularly in the last decade, when it comes to creating a more diverse workplace, there’s been huge interest of late in enabling and leveraging diversity and inclusion as key business drivers―whether to spark innovation, improve operating profit or enhance a company’s reputation, for example.

There’s a talent tsunami coming our way that includes more women, minorities, multiculturalism, and millennials in the workplace―as well as the retirement of Baby Boomers. Is your company ready?

This week in In Process (Trusted Counsel's bi-weekly podcast show), Jeffery Tobias Halter, gender strategist and author of “WHY WOMEN – The Leadership Imperative to Advancing Women and Engaging Men”; and Sharon Orlopp, retired global chief diversity officer and senior vice president of corporate people at Walmart, discuss:

  • Today’s definitions of diversity and inclusion and how they differ

  • The tangible and intangible benefits of diversity and inclusion
  • Current barriers to diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Strategies and tactics for implementing diversity and inclusion into business
  • How to create an environment of support

Stream the conversation with Jeffery and Sharon in the player below to learn how a workforce built on diversity, inclusion and differences can help your business seize the competitive advantage. You can also subscribe to In Process on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone.

Sep 7, 2017

Everyone wants to leave a job on their terms. When that didn’t happen for Darrell Mays, he was able to turn an uncomfortable situation into business success.

This week in In Process, we revisit a previous interview with Darrell Mays, who successfully built and sold his first business to a multi-billion-dollar corporation. But his first entrepreneurial foray started with an unexpected beginning: getting fired. 

In 2003, Darrell founded nsoro LLC as a turnkey telecommunications infrastructure services company, which he sold to MasTec, a $4.4 billion corporation providing end-to-end solutions designing, building, installing, maintaining and upgrading infrastructure in the telecom, energy and communications industries. He went on to become Senior Vice President at MasTec, Inc., and President of MasTec’s wireless division―and now serves as a Senior Advisor.  

Stream the conversation with Darrell in the player below to learn how he convinced his friends and professional connections that it was worth the risk of trusting huge projects to a small, unknown company―and how he was able to turn those risk-takers into heroes and grow and sell a successful business along the way. You can also subscribe to In Process on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone. Did you enjoy this episode? Please give us a show review! And or share this episode with one or two people whom you think would benefit.

 

Aug 24, 2017

The city of Clarkston, Ga is a top destination for refugees and the Mayor, along with business leaders, have seized the opportunity to tap into a pool of workers who are responsible, committed and capable. Clarkston is located  just 10 miles northeast of Atlanta that has earned the nickname “Ellis Island of the South.” In the 1990s, refugee programs in the United States identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many different backgrounds based on its housing market and convenient access to public transportation and major highways.

This week in In Process, we speak with Clarkston Mayor Edward “Ted” Terry and Chris Chancey, CEO of Amplio Recruiting, a staffing company for the talented refugee workforce, about the innovative and compassionate things this small Georgia town has done to earn its tagline “Where Possibilities Grow.”

Aug 24, 2017

The city of Clarkston, Ga is a top destination for refugees and the Mayor, along with business leaders, have seized the opportunity to tap into a pool of workers who are responsible, committed and capable. Clarkston is located  just 10 miles northeast of Atlanta that has earned the nickname “Ellis Island of the South.” In the 1990s, refugee programs in the United States identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many different backgrounds based on its housing market and convenient access to public transportation and major highways.

This week in In Process, we speak with Clarkston Mayor Edward “Ted” Terry and Chris Chancey, CEO of Amplio Recruiting, a staffing company for the talented refugee workforce, about the innovative and compassionate things this small Georgia town has done to earn its tagline “Where Possibilities Grow.”

Aug 10, 2017

It’s not just you; many of us are talking less these days and texting or emailing much more to communicate with one another. This week, we revisit one of the most universally relevant topics we’ve ever covered: the art of conversation in the digital age.

 In this episode of In Process PodcastTrusted Counsel talks with Elaine Rosenblum, founder of ProForm U, and Jodi Fleisig, Senior Vice President of Media Strategy & Relations for Porter Novelli. They discuss the communication hurdles we face as technology is more and more ubiquitous in modern society.

 Stream the conversation to learn more. Did you enjoy this episode? Please give us a review and or share this episode with one or two people. Subscribe to In Process Podcast on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future bi-weekly episodes on your smartphone.

Jul 27, 2017

In this episode of In Process Podcast, Trusted Counsel interviews Jonathan David Lewis, branding, strategist, and author of a 2017 new book titled “Brand vs Wild.”

Lewis explains that “psychologically, there is very little difference between a group of survivors who crash-land on a mountain, and a group of leaders in a boardroom that are trying to deal with unexpected changes. Both groups experience disruption and both can overcome it in the same way.” Disruption, whether we like it or not, is our new normal. And it’s not going away. Lewis talks to us in-depth about helping brands to navigate through the wild in what he explains is survival psychology.

During the course of the podcast, marketers and business leaders will learn about:

  • Mistakes organizations often make when paralyzed by “disruption fear”
  • The three categories people fall into when reacting with fear
  • Real business survival stories
  • What the Boy Scouts can teach you if you are lost in brand wilderness

 

Stream the conversation with Jonathan David Lewis in the player below to learn more. Did you enjoy this episode? Please give us a review and or share this episode with one or two people. Subscribe to In Process Podcast on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future bi-weekly episodes on your smartphone.

Jul 6, 2017

Bluetooth, the Apple iPhone, Facebook, and 4G (the fourth generation of mobile telecommunications), are undoubtedly some of the most important inventions of the 21st century. Colossal ideas of the future that required some serious innovation processes to reach each of their respective launches. This is where end-to-end process comes in, according to innovation strategist Susan Reed. In other words, to reach launch quickly and effectively, organizations need to place decision and success metrics in front of their innovation processes in order succeed.    

In this episode of In Process: Conversations about Business in the 21st Century, hosts Evelyn Ashley and John Monahon of Trusted Counsel speak with strategist Susan Reed about innovation. Reed is the founder and CEO of EdgeDweller, which for 30 years has transformed organizations and individuals through front-end innovation practices that are powerful, practical and proven. She and the team at EdgeDweller have helped launch more than 150 products and services for 122 brands representing more than 25 industries. EdgeDweller specializes in creating high impact programs for corporations, strategic business units, nonprofits, individuals and small groups. Reed is passionately committed to driving up profitability while sustaining high growth through insightful analytics and intentional creativity.

During the course of the podcast you will learn about:

  • Safe disruptive thinking
  • Creativity versus innovation
  • Genius thinking patterns
  • Innovation don’ts
  • Good starting points for effective innovation

Stream the conversation in the player below to learn more. You can also subscribe to InProcess Podcast on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone.

Jun 29, 2017

At some point in our careers, most of us have undoubtedly scratched our heads and wondered, “How on earth did this person obtain this leadership role?” The fact of the matter is that some people in leadership roles don’t belong there. Unfortunately, companies tend to promote employees who are highly trained and have excellent technical skills, but when these employees move into management, they often lack the soft skills necessary to motivate their teams. Hence, they don’t become great leaders. 

In this episode of In Process: Conversations about Business in the 21st Century, hosts Evelyn Ashley and John Monahon of Trusted Counsel speak with Dr. Hans Finzel about leadership. Dr. Finzel is an author, speaker and trusted authority in the leadership field and the author of 10 books. With a doctorate in leadership studies, Dr. Finzel is a respected teacher globally. In his new book “Top Ten Ways to Be a Great Leader,” he uses the letters in the word LEADERSHIP to present the 10 essential skills that he believes every new leader must master in order to be a great leader.

During the course of the podcast you will learn about: 

  • The one word that Dr. Hans Finzel uses to define leadership
  • The two most important words in a leader’s vocabulary
  • The 10 essentials skills that every new leader must master
  • The four questions that every follower will ask a leader
  • Why EQ (emotional quotient) is seen as more important in the hiring of leaders than IQ (intelligence quotient)

Stream the conversation in the player below to learn more. You can also subscribe to InProcess Podcast on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone. Did you enjoy this episode? Please give us a review!

Jun 14, 2017

Some of the companies with the most efficient operations are also the ones who have the hardest time growing. It’s a counterintuitive idea, but it’s one that has been supported by research and that serves as the basis for this week’s episode of In Process Podcast. Join us on the show this week as we revisit out talk with Art Saxby and Beth Vanstory from Chief Outsiders.

Both Zaxby and Vanstory came to marketing after building a background in finance—something Saxby laughs off as more of a natural transition than it may seem at first. “It’s a profit game,” says Saxby, noting that many business owners don’t see the way that marketing directly relates to the bottom line. “The real role of marketing is to help lead the company forward and figure out where it can profitably attack the market.”

 During the course of the podcast you will learn about:

  •  Why hiring a fractional Chief Marketing Officer might be exactly what your organization needs
  • The reasons why operationally focused organizations often struggle with growth
  • How to shift your strategy to growth and execution
  • Why random acts of marketing is the wrong marketing approach to take

Stream the conversation in the player below to learn more. You can also subscribe to InProcess Podcast on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone.

If you have any questions on the topic today or would like to be featured as a guest on our show, please email us at inprocess@trusted-counsel.com

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Jun 1, 2017

In the United States, we live in one of the richest, safest and most free countries in the world. Yet according to the “2016 United Nation’s World Happiness Report”, we rank No. 19. Why is this? In this episode of InProcess Podcast, Trusted Counsel interviews Chris Butsch, millennial happiness expert, speaker, meditation instructor and author for some answers.

Butsch discusses why “millennials are a generation suffering from an unhappiness epidemic.” In addition, he explains why he quit his job to travel the world to study happiness and positive psychology. The experience has forever changed the way he thinks about happiness.

During the course of the podcast you will learn about:

  • What led Butsch to write the book “The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness”
  • The building blocks of happiness: true happiness versus pleasure
  • The problem with social media and its impact on our happiness levels  
  • How to increase your happiness levels over time
  • Why everyone needs to have a sleep app on their phones

Stream the conversation with Chris Butsch in the player below to learn more. You can also subscribe to InProcess Podcast on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone. Enjoyed the podcast? Please help us and give us a review!

May 18, 2017

In this episode of InProcess Podcast, Trusted Counsel interviews Rhett Power, the author of “The Entrepreneur’s Book of Actions” and co-founder of Wild Creations, an award-winning startup toy company. According to Power, we are operating in a society defined by instant gratification (think status updates on social media and quick online ordering). We expect immediate results in our daily life, yet find ourselves surprised when quick fixes in the workplace fail to produce lasting change. Power makes the compelling case that success in todays increasingly competitive business environment requires far more than the typical “10 easy steps.” During the course of our interview with Power, he strongly encourages entrepreneurs and leaders to take action daily to break old habits, think in new ways, and to develop a successful new mindset with strategic thinking.    

Stream the conversation with Rhett Power in the player below to learn more. You can also subscribe to InProcess Podcast on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone.

May 4, 2017

Do you work in a forward thinking organization when there are times you can’t quantify the ROI of your womens’ leadership initiatives? Or perhaps you don’t have enough next generation women leaders coming up through the ranks. You recognize the amazing talent of women in the workplace, but you’re not really sure how to leverage those talents and strengths. Consider taking the time to create a plan to track, retain and engage women in your organization. 

In this episode of InProcess Podcast, we talk to Robbin Jorgensen, founder and CEO of Women Igniting Change.™ Women Igniting Change is a global movement of courageous women who are ready to ignite change in their organizations, their governments, our economies and ultimately our society. Robbin discusses her organization, common road blocks that women often face in the work force when ascending the corporate ladder, her executive coaching program, and what you can do today to ignite change in your organization.

Stream the conversation with Robbin in the player below to learn more. You can also subscribe to InProcess Podcast on iTunes to receive this episode as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone.

Apr 19, 2017

Every day we are all bombarded with projects, commitments, too many emails – constant overload and it’s a constant challenge to maintain good focus, be productive and maintain (or have any!) energy to carry on. It can be a vicious cycle and if you’re not able to keep up with demanding times, you’ll quite simply, fall behind.  So how can you be an effective leader and contributor if you have little focus, low energy and are feeling overwhelmed? This is where the idea of micro-resilience comes into play. 

This week in In Process, Bonnie St. John, a leadership consultant, keynote speaker, Olympic medalist, and co-author of “Micro-Resilience – Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive and Energy,”explains in detail that the idea of pushing yourself until you drop isn’t enough anymore. There are proven scientific techniques and wellness processes that businesses and individuals can incorporate into their daily lives to provide them with added and needed energy to address challenges as they present themselves. 

Apr 6, 2017

Widespread misperceptions exist in terms of foreign firms establishing new operations in the United States. We hear it all. Product liability claims. It’s expensive. The process is too complicated.

While there are processes to follow, requirements to meet, and some cultural differences to overcome, in reality, the United States is still one of the best places in the world to set up operations. The World Bank actually rates 189 countries each year, and the United States is rated No. 8 in the world for ease of setting up operations.

This week in In Process, Yelena Epova, partner-in-charge of International Services at Aprio; and Karen Weinstock, managing attorney at Weinstock Immigration Lawyers, discuss:

  • What makes the United States an attractive market for foreign companies
  • The questions foreign business owners should ask if they’re considering coming to the United States
  • How to recognize and overcome cultural challenges
  • Immigration procedures and the different types of visas
  • Timelines for establishing a U.S. operation
Mar 23, 2017

We all know the best way to achieve sales goals is to set them and develop a plan, yet account planning is often hard to implement. A lot of avoidance psychology comes into play when we start thinking about account planning. Let’s face it, sales people…well…want to sell, hit their numbers, and make their goals. They often have difficulty directly connecting those types of results to spending the necessary time to develop and execute an effective account plan.

This week in In Process, Mark Donnolo, managing partner of SalesGlobe and author of "The Innovative Sale,” discusses how to combat approach avoidance when it comes to developing―and implementing―an effective account plan. He has a new book coming out in late May titled “Essential Account Planning: Five Keys for Helping Your Sales Team Drive Revenue.”

Mar 8, 2017

Join Evelyn Ashley and John Monahon of Trusted Counsel with their guest expert, Doug Tatum, Newport Board Group Chairman of the Board as they discuss the challenges often faced by companies transitioning from small to big. Doug discusses the navigational rules these companies need in his book No Man’s Land: Where Growing Companies Fail. Purchase this book at Amazon.  

Join us for a fast-paced conversation about the common issues faced by companies as they go through growth transitions!

Feb 22, 2017

The world has witnessed massive data breaches in the past few years. Sony Pictures, the Democratic National Committee, Target, Verizon and Cox Communications were all victims of some sort of cyber attack. This week in In Process, we’re speaking again with Trey James, co-founder and CEO of Xcentric, a national hosting provider based in Georgia that is focused on dedicated virtual servers exclusively for tax and accounting firms. In Part 3 of our discussion with Trey, we explore common cyber security risks and how people can make better decisions to prevent personal and business data from falling into the wrong hands.

Stream the conversation with Trey in the player below for more tips and insights into technologies that can prevent you from being a victim. You can also subscribe to In Process on iTunes to receive this episode, listen to “Data Security” Parts 1 and 2 as well as future updates from the show on your smartphone.

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