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Michael Higgins, President Financial Decision Maker Non-financial managers need to improve financial performance
enclosure-voice 1627_ 10/20/14 - Larry was talking with Michael Higgins, president of Financial Decision Maker, about some challenging business issues. Larry asked about Michael's background. He said, "The heart of my company’s mission is to raise the financial acumen and decision-making confidence/ competence of business owners, managers and employees at businesses - very large and very small. My work for the past 30 years has been in "high engagement = high retention" learning. Up until about 20 years ago, I was a 'financial phobic'. A catastrophic business failure due to lack of financial knowledge and skills changed my course. I am now a financial trainer and custom program developer who teaches non-financial managers that financial learning can be enjoyable and practical, besides being crucial for business and career success." Michael was introduced to by Bob Carrothers of Vistage and Mindful Finance is one of their businesses. His partner in MF is Ozzie Gontang, a long-time Vistage chair. He pointed out, "There is a nationwide study published in the Harvard Business Review that found 62% of decisions made by a company’s non-financial managers are uninformed, i.e., likely incorrect or guesswork. This means that 6 out of every 10 company decisions..." Listen for more...
RELATED LINKS: Financial Decision Maker || Mindful Finance || Vistage || News || KEYWORDS: Michael Higgins, Financial Decision Maker, Financial Acumen, Mindful Finance, Financial Trainer, Vistage, Ozzie Gontang, Company Decisions, bytes=8209870
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Joel St.Germain, CEO/Founder, Global Communications Group End-to-end solutions for the cloud, data centers, telecom services, worldwide
enclosure-voice 1623_ 10/13/14 - Here at the CTP's 'Technology Professional of the Year' awards gala, we're talking with Joel St.Germain, President and CEO, GCG. Joel founded Global Communications Group in 2002 after a successful career as a top producer for many of the leading carriers including AT&T and MCI. Global Communications Group, Inc. (GCG) is an award winning consulting firm. As President and CEO, Joel is in charge of all executive management responsibilities including the overall strategic direction of the company. Together with the GCG management team, Joel develops the sales and marketing strategies along with the support and value added applications that drive revenue and provide support for top performing agents and sales partners today and into the future. Larry asked about the biggest challenges organizations face today?, Joel said, "I think really it starts with people. Being able to go out and find the talent and bringing in the people that fit your culture, that are going to represent your brand. As a small business, and growing, they make or break...
RELATED LINKS: Global Communications Group || Communications Technology Professionals || CTP Channel || EVENT PHOTOS || KEYWORDS: Joel St.Germain, Global Communications Group, GCG, Communications Technology Professionals, CTP, Bandwidth, Fiber, Telecom, telecom, cloud services, consulting, CTP, bytes=2016969
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        Midst of Chaos, Larry L. Nelson, Author
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     - Apply the Principles of A-to-Z Planning to
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Brad Feld - into the emergency room - off the bike!
That's Brad at Boulder Community Hospital1626_ 10/20/14 - "Ouch"
A disembodied voice said, "You’re in an ambulance. I’m just putting an IV in your arm," I had no idea where I was. I had a vague recollection that I had been on a bike. "You’re in an ambulance. You are ok. Stay calm." I realized I was tightly strapped to a board and couldn’t move if I wanted to. My legs hurt. My ribs hurt. My shoulders hurt. I couldn’t figure out what had happened. I couldn’t process where I was. I felt like I was coming out of a dream, but I couldn’t remember the dream. I couldn’t open my eyes. The doctor asked, "What day is it?" I responded, "I have no idea." I forgot to say that I usually have no idea what day it is. Patiently, the doctor asked, "Who is the president?" I thought to myself 'George Bush' but I paused, knowing that wasn’t correct. After a short time, I answered "Barack Obama". "What is your name?" "Brad." "Good. You seem ok. Do you know what day it is yet?" I responded, "I generally don’t know what day it is." The next thing I remember was hitting a bump and opening my eyes to see a woman pushing me through some doors. "Hang on – we are just wheeling you into the emergency room." Read the rest of the story...

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Wynne Odell, CEO, Odell Brewing Company with Ward Cerny, ACG Denver Bootstrapping the company and it grows in size and profits
enclosure-voice 1628_ 10/20/14 - Wynne Odell is Co-founder and CEO of Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was the keynote speaker at the ACG Denver monthly meeting. Doug, Wynne and Corkie Odell started their brewing odyssey in 1989. The trio had no grand plans, but after five years of a draft-only format, bottles were introduced and rapid growth ensued. Twenty-five years later, Odell Brewing Company ranks 34th in size among craft breweries in the United States. Odell is a Colorado-centric company, with 65% of its sales coming from in-state. With the addition of Texas in 2014, it now distributes in 11 states. Doug, Wynne and Corkie, along with three of their children, still remain active at the brewery. A culture of family and collaboration fosters a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is also committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Wynne said, "If you can bootstrap and hang on to the ownership of your company as you grow, you have an opportunity to reap all the rewards down the road." Listen for some great ideas for your business...
RELATED LINKS: Odell Brewing Company || ACG Denver || M&A Channel || Slideshow || Blog || KEYWORDS: Wynne Odell, Odell Brewing Company, Colorado, Fort Collins, Beer, Entrepreneurs, Doug Odell, Corkie, Draft-Only Format, Bottles, ACG Denver, Association for Corporate Growth, bytes=1953201
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Ruthe Farmer, 2014 Winner "Grace Hopper Celebratioon Social Impact ABIE Award' 2014 Winner of the Grace Hopper Celebration Social Impact ABIE Award
1622_ 10/13/14 - Ruthe Farmer has focused her efforts on increasing girls’ participation in technology and engineering since 2001. She is Chief Strategy & Growth Officer at the National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT) and directs the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. Ruthe is the driving force behind the hugely successful Aspirations in Computing talent development initiative, served as the 2012 Chair of Computer Science Education Week, was named a Champion of Change for Technology Inclusion by the White House in July 2013, and received the Ulla Popken Phenomenal Woman Award for her work to increase girls’ participation in technology and engineering. Over the past six years Ruthe has grown the Aspirations in Computing program from serving just 32 young women, to a national talent pipeline program serving thousands of girls and young women (and educators) from middle school through college and beyond. Using social media and web technology to stay in touch with a large dispersed group, Aspirations in Computing has become a unique vibrant community and professional network for technical young women. READ More at the Anita Borg Institute
RELATED LINKS: NCWIT k-12 Alliance || Aspirations in Computing || Computer Science Education Week || Ulla Popken Award || NCWIT Home || NCWIT Blog || Heroes Channel || KEYWORDS: Ruthe Farmer, Aspirations in Computing, National Center for Women in Technology, NCWIT, Grace Hopper Celebration Social Impact ABIE Award, Anita Borg Institute
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John Mackey, Author, Conscious Capitalism, CEO and Cofounder, WholeFoods Market John Mackey Culture, Strategy and Conscious Capitalism
enclosure-voice 1624_ 10-13-2014[1368_ 3/25/13] - Larry and Patricia Nelson are here at the ACG Denver's 11th Annual, Rocky Mountain Corporate Growth Conference 2013 speaking with John Mackey, CEO and Cofounder of WholeFoods and co-author of Conscious Capitalism. At this year's conference we heard a lot of speakers talking about strategy - we asked John Mackey to give us his take on strategy. He responded, "My theory is that you have to first find your purpose for the business, why you exist. After that you have to ask, How do I create value for our customers? Ultimately it is value creation for the customers that leads the business to flourish. Then we ask the strategy questions. What strategy do we implement that allows us to follow purpose and allow us to create value for our customers and other stakeholders? READ MORE
RELATED LINKS: M&A Channel || Amazon || Conscious Capitalism || ACG Denver || RMCG Conference || KEYWORDS: ACG Denver, Rocky Mtn Corporate Growth Conference, John Mackey, WholeFoods Market, Association for Corporate Growth, Keynote speaker, John Mackey, Conscious Capitalism, M&A, Entrepreneurs, RMCGC, BYTES=10372809
LISTEN TO: John Mackey CoFounder/CEO, WholeFoods Markets, Author, Conscious Capitalism

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Larry Nelson, Managing Change in the Midst of Chaos

Achieving Your Personal and Professional Goals
The Ultimate Win - Your Goal1486_ 1/13/14 -
Don't Let Another Year Go By - The Ultimate Win is Yours! Larry Nelson has taught this material in seminars in over a dozen countries, from China to Canada, from Norway to Australia, from Germany to Japan as well as throughout the US. He shares the results of his international research about the Characteristics of an Achiever and then goes on to help you lay out your "personalized blueprint" for personal and professional success. Larry is an internationally published author, has been a consultant to many Fortune 1000 companies and is best known for his train-the-trainer programs and Talk Radio. Larry and Pat developed these materials 20 years ago and put them up on the web in July 2007. The ‘Ultimate Win’ link below takes you to a page that allows you to download and print the entire Resource Guide and listen to all the Audio Sections for FREE. This is our thanks to you…have a great year!
RELATED LINKS: Ultimate Win || 3-Filters || Your Goal || Training Trends || Mastering Change || KEYWORDS: Ultimate Win, High-Tech, Goals, Training Trends, Business, Interviews, Photo Chronicles, Pat Nelson, Larry Nelson > Learn More
LEARN MORE: Larry Nelson, Exec. Director, Institute for Change Research

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