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Relax and enjoy psychological insights from art, science and spirituality for personal balance and widening our circle of compassion to embrace all life including our own. Michael Todd Fink is an artist, thinker, speaker and social and environmental activist. He is also the co-founder of the internationally-acclaimed music group The Giving Tree Band. A modern Renaissance man - his songs, videos, articles and lectures on health and harmony have inspired so many around the world. He holds cert ...
 
Come join us beyond borders for all things immigration. Founded in 1978, Erickson Immigration Group provides comprehensive business immigration, global migration, and compliance solutions that enable companies to hire the best and brightest talent from around the world. We represent clients ranging from Fortune 500s to cutting-edge startups. Sectors represented by our firm include Technology (including CRM services, e-commerce, social and online news media, online entertainment and televisio ...
 
There are several approaches to growing or scaling a small business. Some would recommend growth hacking strategies for aggressively marketing your products or services. In contrast, others would say that the only way to cross $10 mil in revenue would be through inorganic growth. If you asked any business owners or executives, 90% of them, including ME, suffer from dream-reality confusion—some claiming their growth ambitions to be as high as 3x in the next three years. Yet, the stark reality ...
 
Come along for travel adventures of a lifetime, as we join hospitality and travel entrepreneurs Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth in search of the world’s best meeting and travel destinations. They’re checking-in with celebrities in the know, hospitality experts and native connoisseurs to discover inspirational venues and things to do. Explore the world’s most unique and desirable hotels, exotic foods with top chefs, and must-do experiences along the way. Andy and Todd go back to their favorit ...
 
DJ Carroll wasn’t supposed to be an entrepreneur. He was supposed to be a chemical engineer and play college ball. But instead of accepting one of the eight scholarships he got and doing what was expected of him, he surprised everyone and started his first business, EasyPro, and an entrepreneur was born. Today, what began as a $300 start up, EasyPro grew by more than 4,000% in its first five years and is now a million dollar business operating in three states. He owns several businesses, inc ...
 
Sheri Salata and Nancy Hala are life-long sister friends of 29 years, Chief Visionaries of The Pillar Life, and co-hosts of their popular podcast, The Sheri + Nancy Show. Between them, they’ve had one of the most high-powered careers in television (Sheri); married, divorced and raised two children while working with Fortune 500 companies (Nancy). Each took a different path that led to the same life-changing moment — a chardonnay-inspired dreamstorming session where they decided to join force ...
 
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If you are responsible for cutting the check for your marketing spend, it's a frightening experience. Your marketing teams may sound highly confident in every initiative they might have on their radar, but you know from your prior experience that marketing investments are extremely risky. You require careful analysis of your existing successes and …
 
With its beautiful landscape and desert terrain, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona is sure to welcome you with year-round sunshine and warmth. On today’s show, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth share why Phoenix and Scottsdale should be on top of your list. And if you need help selecting the right hotel for the occasion, listen in as they go through th…
 
E-commerce is all about mapping your sales and marketing processes digitally regardless of the type of your business, irrespective of whether you transact online or send them invoices. But while transitioning to e-commerce, one of the resistance you will face is the adoption of e-commerce, as your sales team is likely to derail your efforts because…
 
If you are embarking on the journey of your digital transformation, you will have several options. You can either work directly with the software provider and utilize their implementation team or work through a consulting company. Both approaches have their pros and cons, and the process requires due diligence from your side to ensure that the comp…
 
Some enterprise software vendors provide their professional services, while others rely on resellers and system integrators. If you are evaluating your enterprise architecture, one key decision you will need to make would be to work directly with OEMs or software producers vs. consulting companies. While working with OEMs, you don't have to deal wi…
 
Ahilan T. Arulanantham joins Immigration Nerds. Ahilan is a Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law and former Senior Counsel at the ACLU in Los Angeles. Co-hosted by Lead Researcher, Luke Bianco. We discuss: TPS litigation and Supreme Court arguments Nadarajah v. Gonzales, the first Ninth Circui…
 
The journey of e-commerce requires you to think about your processes starting from your sales to production. While selling online is a big part of it, that's not the only component of e-commerce. In fact, you don't need to always pay online with e-commerce, especially with B2B businesses with complex products. With such companies, the major compone…
 
This is the introduction only. The full episode is available via Patreon membership: https://www.patreon.com/kindmind Thank you for your support! Free will is the ability to choose between possible courses of action. Many people feel themselves to be the authors of their thoughts, the agents of action and believe this to be true with respect to the…
 
The digital journey is more than simply identifying technologies and implementing them. The most challenging part of any digital initiative, especially if it involves customer interaction, is understanding customer behavior and what drives them to engage with your brand and make a purchase. Making assumptions or not involving your customer experien…
 
What are the new and exciting hotels around the world you can check out for your next meeting destination? The show’s guest today is Michael Dominguez, President and CEO of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). In this episode, Mike gives quick updates about protocols and new technologies you should know when staying in at hotels. You’ll a…
 
When it comes to meeting timely growth targets, pricing is an essential and powerful tool for marketers. Also, in the world of e-commerce, where you might not have as much relationship leverage and location advantage, pricing strategy becomes critical. When we think about pricing and discounting strategies, I am sure you are perhaps thinking of BOG…
 
The automotive industry is unique as not only it has challenges associated with B2C, such as focus groups and consumers driving the demand, but it also has all the challenges that other B2B manufacturing companies would have. The automotive industry is also fairly unique with faster cycle and lead times, which drives the need for instant availabili…
 
There are several systems and choices available to support the needs of your functions and business processes. Best-of-breed options offer much deeper functionality and system designed for specific groups of users. But communication and integration could require significant resources and maintenance from your organization. The Full-suite options ca…
 
Can Biden pass immigration reform? History says it will be tough Brookings Institution Director of the Center for Effective Public Management Elaine C. Kamarck joins the podcast. She is an expert on American electoral politics, government innovation, and reform in the United States, focusing her research on the presidential nomination system and Am…
 
Amazon is perhaps the most visited site for e-commerce, and its product filters will probably be the most used feature on its site. Product filters help you find the products you are looking for without going through thousands or millions of products that the site might carry. Well-designed websites understand your journey deeply, and they are guid…
 
If your teams report problems in the production line and the capacity, their answer is often additional machines or people. Unfortunately, solving each problem with an additional body or machine results in unused capacity and unnecessary spending when the problem could be somewhere else. While there are tons of data available from machines and proc…
 
For those who want to immerse their business travel into colorful dances, historic culture, and exquisite wine, there’s no better place than the Paris of South America: Buenos Aires. Emmy-winning host and dancer Mickela Mallozzi shares her experiences with milongas, which is more about connecting with people than just dancing tango. Meanwhile, Juan…
 
With IIOT devices on the shop floor capable of altering the state of machines through exposed endpoints for hackers, operational security is vital for manufacturers or distributors. While security issues could be frightening, and you might opt to take the approach of not connecting your shop floor with the internet, you might be missing out on the …
 
Have you heard the news where a large aerospace manufacturer won a large contract for several planes? While it's exciting news, it could be equally challenging for suppliers who are part of that ecosystem and asked to staff overnight to meet the demand of their key customer. Or you run the risk of losing the relationship. In addition, the quality r…
 
Erickson Immigration Group's Senior Attorney Zara Najam, and Kingsley Napley's Associate Attorney Rizwana Quazi join. We discuss: Lockdown in the UK Its effects on Business travel now and in the future post-Brexit July 1st transition Right-to-work changes for UK employers. Settled Status options for employers/employees…
 
The software and technology world is evolving daily, and so are the software contracts. As pricing becomes easier to start using software for small-to-medium-sized businesses, the incremental costs could be unexpected if you don't understand the new pricing models. While technology is making it easier to create and sign contracts, it also provides …
 
When I was planning for this episode, I had a conversation with a friend that I could never forget. She was planning to resign from her company. So I inquired why she was planning to resign. To give you a little background, she was very well established in her career, spent roughly 20 years, and held an executive position at her current company. He…
 
Choosing destinations for incentive trips are our specialty. From wine tours in Napa Valley, to hiking Machu Picchu, here is our guide to the top incentive travel destinations. Join in as we rave about six wonderful destinations you’d want to consider for your next company incentive trip. The key to having a successful company trip is proper planni…
 
Irrespective of whether you are an owner who would like changes in your organization or a leader trying to convince the owners or boards for transformational changes, the journey of change is lonely. You might come across super enthusiastic collaborators who will lose interest if they don't see an immediate return. You might also come across severa…
 
An average manufacturing facility may have ten operations to produce a part. The process of creating a chip goes through at least 500 steps. Some of these processes use significantly expensive machines and materials. They also require timely preventive maintenance and sophisticated scheduling. Operational improvements at such facilities could mean …
 
Planning through growth inflection points is difficult. You have to figure out how to find revenue. And then, if you are not able to fulfill the demand, the growth may fire back. Planning for growth requires you to build your multi-year sales and operating plan. But the most crucial part is its execution. The more alignment you have across your cro…
 
Stock keeping unit (SKU) could be a dummy number, and you might feel how important a number could be. Well, your SKU is a binding thread that ties all your business processes that interact with your products. You could quickly outgrow your SKU numbering strategy if you don't have a flexible numbering scheme to accommodate your near future requireme…
 
Most manufacturers struggle with cross-functional collaboration, especially when it comes to engineering handoff because it requires going beyond the engineering perspective. Engineers need to think from the perspective of consumers. These consumers could be anywhere from machinists, assembly technicians, welders, inspectors, and purchasing. This t…
 
The Caribbean is home to many outstanding incentive spots and luxury resorts, but very few are as prestigious as La Romana’s first private resort, the Casa De Campo Resort & Villas. Whether you’re into golf, adventure treks, scuba diving, all-night parties or simply enjoying the peace and quiet of a private island, this resort in the Dominican Repu…
 
Paid advertising could make a massive difference to your pipeline and bottom line if done right. It could also help you optimize your organic search campaigns as you would have access to detailed insights into your customer journeys and customer behaviors. But mastering paid advertising is easier said than done. It requires you to make the entire j…
 
Manufacturers have traditionally been problem solvers. While the problem-solving mindset helps create amazing products, the same skill fires back in designing the processes. This problem-solving approach leads each department to make their decisions independently and buy software to solve their problems, limiting interoperability. This approach als…
 
Noah Coburn is an Anthropologist Professor at Bennington College and author of “Bazaar Politics: Power and Pottery in an Afghan Market Town”. He focuses on political structures and violence in the Middle East and Central Asia. We discuss: o His background and how he first became interested in political structures and violence in the Middle East and…
 
If you are trying to penetrate an account, the involvement of their procurement department is the last thing you want to see as they are hard negotiators on price. Selling to FMCG buyers could even be more challenging as they need to move fast and make quick decisions. In 2021, most offerings are fairly competitive, so you could only do so much whi…
 
Andy McNeill talks with Adam Stoker, the President and CEO of Relic, an advertising agency that specializes in the tourism industry, about rural destinations and why companies should consider going to these places rather than conventional destinations. Adam tells Andy that one of the unique things about rural destinations is the ability to offer a …
 
Manufacturers carry thousands of products, and each of them requires several materials with their own dependencies. This chain can go on and could feel cyclical. That's how complex is our supply chain. One critical component could block the production and further impact the production of products that may depend upon it. The best way to mitigate th…
 
There is a lot that goes into planning for a warehouse. Some warehouses are complex, while others may not be as complex depending upon the shipment types and the influx of shipments. If you don't plan well, it may lead to poor utilization of labor and inefficiencies in the warehouse. It may also lead to missing sales opportunities due to the unavai…
 
Pooja Vora recently graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy where she pursued her interests in immigration, education, housing, and racial equity issues. Pooja is a founding member and past president of the McCourt Migration and Refugee Policy Initiative whose mission centers around high…
 
Demand planning is a double-edged sword, and it's tough to predict. Demand planning requires you to plan enough and then be nimble and agile while tweaking the demand as the market condition changes. Most companies take an algorithmic approach to their demand planning, resulting in wasting critical resources. The agile approach is especially releva…
 
A city steeped in the Mediterranean Sun, history, and full of great culinary traditions, Lisbon is today’s destination. Join our hosts, Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth as they explore the city for the best restaurants. Bringing two prominent people of the city, they talk to Michelin Star winning chef José Avillez and the General Manager of the iconic…
 
Complying with regulatory bodies is more than just producing the documentation when they ask for it. If the regulatory body is as stringent as FDA, they look for several red flags, including completeness and thoroughness of the documentation and confidence level. But speed is typically the most critical factor. Manufacturers with manual processes a…
 
Remember when you bought five shirts last time and ended up returning all? Let's face it. Consumer behavior is unpredictable. It is especially challenging for the apparel industry, where one loose thread or difference in perceived color could be the reason for return. But the supply chain planning for the apparel industry is not only complicated be…
 
What helps you compete in the market? Is it your unique product? Is it your operational efficiency? Is it your market segment? Or is it the alignment of your manufacturing and operational strategies with market needs and business goals? Since most manufacturers are part of a large process for their customers, simply thinking about your product's va…
 
Planning a meeting in Philadelphia is easy when local hotels are historic, award-winning, and offer luxury amenities. From short walks to the Liberty Bell to dinner with panoramic city views, here are our top hotels in Philadelphia. Fall in love with history in this mesmerizing city while enjoying top-notch cuisine from the best restaurants. Busine…
 
If you are involved in vendor negotiations or expense management, it's hard to know if you may be overpaying for services or goods. What if there was a way to benchmark your expenses against other companies. Enter big data for expense management. These data lakes have amassed trillions of data points in the last ten years through several data sourc…
 
Warehouses have been using automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) for a long time. While they have come a long way in their capabilities and along with their interactions with other newer technologies such as robotic arms or cobots, their adoption is still very low. Although ASRS systems provide excellent capabilities, the key is to deeply …
 
You can support this podcast and enjoy bonus content including access to the Kind Mind Studio online with mindfulness resources and guided meditations, recommended reading, poems, lessons, and more: https://www.patreon.com/kindmind Fire has been such a powerfully creative and destructive element. This episode explores the history of it’s spiritual …
 
Born in Costa Rica, Chef Byron Gomez migrated to the United States when he was 8 years old. His interest in culinary arts started at a young age and after several years cooking on Long Island, he set his sights on New York City. With a mission to learn from some of the country’s best, he honed his skills under culinary luminaries like Daniel Boulud…
 
How would you feel if you had a handful of customers with huge leverage decided to consolidate their vendors and put pressure to cut the prices further that you might not be able to afford? No one wants to be in this situation. What would you do if you faced this situation? Would you expand your operations to explore further cost reduction opportun…
 
Whether you are releasing new parts or making changes to existing parts, you will likely go through the engineering change process (ECN). More often than not, engineering organizations are siloed from the downstream organizations and don't understand how their engineering decisions will impact the production floor. As you add more engineers to the …
 
SMB manufacturers and distributors in the personal care industry face unique challenges. These difficulties could be even more for organic products or the items that need to comply with FDA., such as sunscreens. They need to ensure enough demand for new products or struggle to find contract manufacturers and labs that will accept the lower batches …
 
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