Josh Doody didn't negotiate his salary at his first few jobs, but quickly realized he had left a lot of money on the table. He began negotiating and doubled his salary in three years. He took everything he learned, began helping others. An author and consultant, he wrote Fearless Salary Negotiation, a number one bestseller on Amazon. Since then, he's helped many more people negotiate tens of thousands more dollars. “A lot of people are very intimidated by the negotiation process and can be scared of it. I'm trying to help you overcome that fear and actually negotiate.”
Dr. Chad Edwards returned to the Army as an active duty physician, equipped with a solid medical education. A commander came in complaining of elbow pain and requesting prolotherapy—a procedure he’d never heard of—he began digging into the literature. What he found totally changed his medical practice from that day forward. Today, as an osteopathic physician in Tulsa, Oklahoma, he practices functional medicine using holistic approaches. He optimizes health using nutrition, exercise, rest, herbals, medications, acupuncture, chiropractic, and any other means available as deemed appropriate.
Beth Dodson saw the corporate layoffs and turmoil all around her in the early ‘90s. Rather than wring her hands, she decided to act as if her own layoff was a fait accompli. Looking back, she concludes, “Sometimes when one door closes, three doors open—not necessarily a bad thing.” Earning an MBA and trusting her instincts, she took a risk on a start-up. Her career reflects adapting to change, from a corporate job to joining an early stage startup that grew to a successful acquisition, to recently starting her own company.
Aaron Walker had already amassed a fortune at age 27, selling his pawn shops for an asking price he was sure the buyer would consider outrageous. Headed to the office one day, an elderly man stepped onto the four-lane highway right in front of Aaron’s car, killing the pedestrian and forever changing Aaron’s life. The tragedy turned Aaron’s attention to his legacy and life purpose. Today he is a veteran entrepreneur as well as a life and business coach in Nashville, Tennessee. He spends most of his time helping men grow in success and significance as president and founder of View from the Top.
Debby Stone loved working alongside brilliant consultants from top-notch schools, but poring over numbers was just not her thing. Crafting legal documents—dotting I's and crossing T's—wasn’t doing it for her either. But when a friend said, “Get off your you-know-what and DO it!” she started training for her new career within one week. Now, an executive coach and keynote speaker, she's the author of The Art of Self-Promotion: Tell Your Story, Transform Your Career. “I'm a big believer in being able to honor my core values. You suffer when they are being compromised.”
Joanie Connell explains how “helicopter parenting”—hovering over and doing too many things for your kids, protecting them, and not letting them learn those skills themselves—is leading to problems when they get older and enter the workplace. In her executive coaching work, Dr. Connell often hears complaints about younger people coming into the workplace lacking some of the basic life skills that are necessary to succeed, like being independent, resilient, having good communication skills, and creativity. She offers solutions in her book, Flying Without a Helicopter.
Michael Roderick was a freshman in college, a nobody, studying drama and education. But when he became assistant director of a play his friend was directing at her high school, he recalls, “I was that kid who was in college already.” He quickly went from nobody to awesome. Today, his company, Small Pond Enterprises, specializes in helping individuals extend and leverage their networks, sharing what he learned on his own journey from high school English teacher to Broadway producer in less than two years. Michael is also the founder of ConnectorCon, a conference for connectors.
Margaret Gearing was fresh out of Florida State University with a degree in Mass Communications. Driving to Miami with her boyfriend, who was heading there to go to medical school. Margaret recalls saying, "I've got to think about what I'm going to do!" And he said, "Well, why don't you go into advertising?" "Hmm, that's interesting. Maybe I'll do that." she remarked. In the advertising and marketing industry for the past 25 years, she recently helped organize the Mobil X Conference at Georgia Tech's Schuller College of Business. Her new working title is Wild Blue Yonder, No Borders, No Barriers.
John Bodrozic’s two top college picks, both in his native California, had turned him down…twice. Notre Dame was a fine school, but it still felt like a consolation prize. He could not have imagined the doors that would open in the wake of those two rejections. Today he is a co-founder of Homezada, his second startup, a digital home management internet platform that empowers consumers to manage their largest financial asset, their home. His previous successful startup resulted in a successful multi-million dollar sale to a public company.
Laura Coe helped her father, a gifted professor who had developed a method for preventing the recurrence of kidney stones, to build a successful healthcare company, learning the field from the ground up. “I did love the entrepreneurship piece,” she recalls, “I just didn't like the subject matter.” She knew she needed to find something she truly loved to do. Today she is an entrepreneur, author, and certified life coach working to help clients find fulfillment one day at a time through daily emotional workout routines, emotional nutrition, and other tools and insights.
Bob Lancer has been on the path of his talents for all of his adult life. He made the decision in his 20s that he was going to rely on his gifts, talents and inspiration to make his living and live life to the fullest. He has kept to that commitment for four decades. Through thick and thin, Bob has persevered in connecting with and sharing the inspiration that lights up his life with businesses, schools and individuals worldwide. Recently he distilled his wisdom about inner peace into a dramatically powerful 10-minute tool he calls, “The Method.”
Bob Whipple retired from a 30-year corporate career, where he honed his understanding of leadership. When he shares insights with top executives, he tells them they might well be the cause of a culture where trust is low. Some point him straight to the exit. But lots of executives get it. His company, Leadergrow, Inc., is dedicated to improving leadership in organizations. He has earned the title of “Trust Ambassador.”
Dr. Lana Marconi had enjoyed being a therapist for more than 10 years, counseling individual clients and couples. Then, she hit her own ceiling. She knew she needed to grow. Then, two talents from her childhood surfaced and collided—storytelling and creativity—and today she’s a documentary filmmaker. Her three consciousness raising feature films are: The Wellness Story, The Resonance, and New Human, New Earth, New Humanity. Her topics range from health to UFOs, paranormal phenomena and beyond.
Bob Vanourek was a Young Turk, an MBA from the top of his class at Harvard Business School, flying all over the U.S., firing people for a living. “Frankly, it was turning my stomach,” he recalls. He was dashing to meet his wife and two young children for Christmas in Chicago when he couldn’t ignore his inner voice any longer. He quit his job at the hot IPO and set out on a life-long quest to create better models of leadership. Now an award-winning author and popular speaker on ethical leadership, his latest book is "Leadership Wisdom: Lessons from Poetry, Prose, and Curious Verse."
Jodi Flynn, as an assistant vice president, was loving her job, building quality by inspiring the company’s staff to do their best, making them feel like they were working with friends and family. Then, after a second acquisition, the culture totally changed. A one-on-one consultation morphed into being an employee number on a faceless hotline call. Jodi embark on a new adventure: a coaching business of her own. Today she specializes in partnering with women, who experience self-doubt, to help them overcome stress, get organized, and start creating the business and the lifestyle they’ve dreamed of having.
Deborah Goldstein sums up strategic dining as Peter Drucker meets Anthony Bourdain meets Miss Manners. Executives often fail to plan appropriately for the business meal. With planning, “you can be more present, and can exude your executive presence more readily.” Deborah is the founder of two companies to help professionals maximize their careers. Goldie’s Table Matters (GTM) helps professionals maximize networking opportunities and business development. DRIVEN Professionals (DRIVEN) provides businesses the opportunity to increase employee retention and productivity in the modern workplace.
Chris Haddon and his future business partner, both in their 20s, had soaked up all they could learn at their banking jobs about finance and real estate. They took the plunge in late 2007, opening Hard Money Bankers, a commercial lending company. Then, in 2008, the real estate bubble burst and the economy tanked. Focusing the business “person-by-person, day by day,” they toughed out the recession. HMB grew to $25-million in loan volume and seven-figure revenues, using web marketing to disrupt the old school market. Chris also co-authored "The Whiteboard," an Amazon #1 Bestseller.
Kathryn Samuels was doing fine in her career in financial planning and banking, approaching middle age. But when her family moved to Florida, she realized she was at a crossroads. “I just was not happy with what I was doing.” She asked herself, “What am I doing now for free that I could turn into a viable career?” At age 47, she’s now a fitness professional who believes in total wellness – a balanced life addressing mind, body and spirit. She believes that total wellness is achieved through healthy eating, exercise, stress reduction, meditation and reflection
Jason Shurgot had two key ingredients for success: a passion to be an entrepreneur and 30 of his grandmother's wildly popular bakery recipes. But he had no collateral for a bank loan to capitalize his new venture. One year out of college, he thought, "Maybe my hopes and dreams just have to go away." Since then, he has started and deployed several businesses. A published author, he has led the creation of over 40 mobile apps, and he routinely works with Fortune 500 companies to redesign struggling departments. However, Jason's greatest passion is coaching both men and women to living their dream life.
Ashley Cooper underwent intense bullying as a child. The depression that followed left her virtually without hope. At 25, halfway around the world in Thailand, she questioned her own sanity as she began a 21-day vow of silence. Today, she is on a "soul mission" to helping others see their divine nature and understand that anything is possible, if they just believe. A yoga instructor, mindfulness coach, she’s the founder of The 6A Method from Pain to Power™ and co-founder of ABC Charity™- a global art project based on kids helping kids.
Rob B. Lowe uses the acronym DRAMA to mean, “Doing Repetitive And Meaningless Actions. This drama cycle is when you feel like you’re in the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. The goal is to switch to positive drama, Doing Resourceful And Meaningful Actions. We're not saying you can live your life without drama. Positive drama is actually good, productive and challenging. It's those repetitive, meaningless actions that are just not serving you. Life coaches can offer skills, tools and knowledge to help make a positive drama cycle that is resourceful and meaningful for you.”