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Episode 23 - Building Advisory Boards with Stan Krejci

2015-06-30
Length: 26s

Many companies reach the point where they need outside advice and guidance to help their companies grow.  Join host Bob Dragone in an interview of the SK Group's CEO, Stan Krejci, as he explains why Boards Of Advisors or Directors are necessary and how he goes about building one for a company.  Stan takes great pains in matching prospective directors with a company, and he explains in detail how he forms the alliance between board and management.  Stan and Bob also explore the subject of leadership, particularly the central role of good communication.  Stan describes what he believes are the most important characteristics of a good leader and why they are important.  This podcast has a wealth of information on how to help a new company grow.

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Episode 7 - Style and Image with Robin Fisher

2015-06-29
Length: 34s

Bob and Jon welcome Polished Style and Image expert Robin Fisher. Robin believes that any individual, regardless of their size, shape or age can have amazing style that makes them feel confident and look fabulous. Listen as the conversation flows into how personal style impacts the way others perceive, how you’re treated in the workplace and what to do about it. So sit back or keep moving, but do an honest assessment of your physical appearance and prepare to be transformed by the conversation

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Episode 22 - Start With Why with Stephen Shedletzky

2015-06-23
Length: 25s

Stephen Shedletzky is Head Engagement Officer with Sinek Partners.  A noted speaker and facilitator, Stephen espouses the dictum that to succeed in business you have to Start With Why.  Learn why this concept is so relevant to business today as well as the pitfalls of over-reliance on technology.  There is a lot of good, informative content on business and leadership packed into this discussion between Stephen and AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone.

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Episode 21 - Leadership in Design with DJ Trischler

2015-06-14
Length: 24s

AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone talks with brand and identity designer D.J. Trischler.  D.J. is a highly innovative graphic designer who takes an in-depth look at a client's work, self and reputation to come with a defining brand design.  D.J. talks about his background, influences and design concepts in this interesting discussion on why good design is so important for a company.  Are you satisfied with your company's design?  if not, find out how you can make it better.

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Episode 20 - Leadership and First-Time Managers with Bill Gentry

2015-06-08
Length: 25s

Are you a first-time manager or about to become one?  What do you know about managing people or what it takes to succeed in a leadership position?  Chances are no one has taken the time to help you develop your new and necessary skills.  Your technical skills may be top-notch but you will soon be expected to build teams, handle conflict and communicate effectively.  Let this podcast be your first step in learning the skills you need for success.  AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone interviews Bill Gentry of the Center for Creative Leadership.  Bill has done extensive research in finding out what skills a new manager needs to develop and the best ways to do it.  This is a very fact-filled and comprehensive discussion on what it means to be a leader.

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Episode 19 - Leadership, From Military to Business with Nick Baucom

2015-05-25
Length: 26s

In commemoration of Memorial Day, AQQOLADE invited Two Marines Moving CEO Nick Baucom to join us.  Chief of one of the fastest growing companies in America, Nick has an interesting story of how he started as a Marine sergeant, opened his own business, expanded and was invited to become a contributor for INC magazine.  Did Nick learn anything in the Marines that he applied to his business?  You bet. Listen in and find out how he did it, and how other veterans can benefit from Nick's example.

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Episode 4 (re-issue) - How to Deliver a TED talk with Jeremey Donovan

2015-05-19
Length: 42s

Once again, we open the vault to retrieve two episodes regarding the very popular TED talks.  This first episode is a discussion with the man who wrote the definitive book on how to deliver a TED talk, Jeremey Donovan.  Everything you need to know and do is in the book, and much of it is covered in our discussion.  Interested in delivering a TED talk?  Listen to this podcast and you'll know exactly what to do.

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Episode 18 - Success and Service in the Restaurant Business with Phil Romano

2015-05-12
Length: 26s

Phil Romano's story of success after success in the restaurant business is shared with AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone.  The founder of Fuddrucker's, Romano's Macaroni Grill and a host of other famous restaurants shares his principles and vision for long-term business success.  Phil explains his dedication to service and why he is now helping young food professionals get a start in the tough but exciting restaurant business.  Phil's story is inspiring for all business professionals regardless of sector.  

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Episode 17 - The MIndset of Networking with Stewart Ross

2015-05-01
Length: 21s

AQQOLADE's Bob Dragone interviews Stewart Ross of the Southeast Business Forum. The topic is networking, not social networking, but face-to-face to build business relationships.  Stew has a process called the "Mindset of Networking."  He explains how it works and why it works.  For anyone building a business and looking to grow a network of beneficial relationships, this episode is a guide on doing networking right.

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Episode 16 - Educating Your Children's Future with Superintendent Joseph Dragone

2015-04-27
Length: 25s

Join AQQOLADE's host, Bob Dragone, as he interviews Upper New York State's Ballston Central Spa School Superintendent Joseph Dragone.  It's an honor to have such a distinguished educator in the family.  Joe is an award-winning, innovative educator, with both local and national recognition.  Joe and Bob discuss several vital issues in education today including STEM, the 4C's (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity), public/private partnerships, and building an educated workforce.  Joe's comments on what it takes to be a leader are some of the most thoughtful we have heard.

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Episode 3 (re-issue) - Connecting Cultures With Christian Hoeferle

2015-04-21
Length: 29s

This episode is another from the LearnChair Radio vault of our earlier podcast called Leadership Matters.  Bob Dragone and Jon Moss welcome Christian Hoeferle to the podcast. Christian has a unique background which gives him insight and experience in working with companies (both foreign and domestic) and the cultural challenges they face. Whether you’re working out in the gym, kicking back with your favorite beverage or driving to/from the office we hope you enjoy this episode.

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Episode 15 - Visualization and Doing Social Media Right with Ekaterina Walter

2015-04-08
Length: 22s

Our visual sense is our strongest, and this is particularly true when it comes to social media.  What visuals have the most impact and how do they fit into an effective social media campaign?  What is the current status of social media and what can we look forward to in the near future?  These questions are addressed in this episode with noted social media expert and author Ekaterina Walter.  Ekaterina's reputation is built on vast experience in social media marketing, having worked for some of the nation's largest corporations and banks.  Among her insights is, not the least, the power of generosity.

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Episode 14 - Business protocol, what is it?, with Jacqueline Whitmore

2015-03-29
Length: 21s

Etiquette and protocol are much more than knowing which fork to use.  They are useful tools for developing your personal brand.  Join Bob and Devie Dragone as they discuss protocol and etiquette in a business setting with Jacqueline Whitmore, a world reknowned expert, speaker and instructor on these issues.  This was one of our more fun and entertaining podcasts and we think you will enjoy Jacqueline's stories and advice on how to polish your etiquette skills.

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Episode 2 (re-issue) - Facing the Cybersecurity Threat with Hans Holmer

2015-03-23
Length: 50s

A re-issue of a podcast originally done by AQQOLADE under the Leadership Matters title.  Bob Dragone and Jon Moss welcome cyber security expert Hans Holmer to the show. Recent events involving Hollywood actors losing control of their personal data (compromising photos and whatnot) have brought the topic of data protection back to the forefront. Hans brings some interesting ideas to the table in terms of who should be held responsible for security breaches, and what can be done to avoid such mishaps in the future. We hope you enjoy the content as much as we did producing it.

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Episode 1 (re-issue) - Social Media with Terry Brock

2015-03-10
Length: 31s

Learnchair Radio originally launched as Leadership Matters.  We are re-issuing episodes 1-5 of the original series under the Learnchair Radio banner.  Listen as hosts Bob Dragone and Jon Moss set the tone for the AQQOLADE sponsored podcast with discussions on the skills needed for effective leadership and communication. Who better to have as our first guest than social media / mobile technology specialist Terry Brock? We asked Terry to share his thoughts on social media for leaders, the tools they should use and how to get started.

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Episode 13 - Nurturing Startups with CoLab's Mike Bradshaw and Tia Capps

2015-03-04
Length: 30s

Join hosts Bob and Devie Dragone as they discuss entrepreneurs and startups with Chattanooga CoLab's accelerator Executive and Communications Directors, Mike Bradshaw and Tia Capps.  Learn why Chattanooga is in the forefront of small business development and how CoLab sets the example for accelerators throughout the nation.

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Episode 12 - Urban Transportation Challenges with Justin Strickland

2015-02-20
Length: 23s

What is the future of public transportation for America's cities?  Listen to Justin Strickland, of the Chattanooga Transportation Board, as he discuss light rail, the challenge of Uber type companies and how transport fits into Chattanooga's urban development with AQQOLADE's Bob and Devie Dragone. While specific to the city of Chattanooga, much of the discussion contains valuable guidelines for other U.S. cities.

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Episode 11 - Challenges in Education with Cordell Carter

2015-02-12
Length: 21s

CEO of Tech Town and former senior official of the Gates Foundation, Cordell Carter, talks about the state of education in the U.S. today, the challenges it faces and innovating the teaching of technolgy.  

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Episode 10 - Disruption in Education with Isaac Tolpin

2015-01-27
Length: 26s

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Episode 9 – Women in Leadership with Sue Malone

2014-12-02
Length: 27s

   iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Bob Dragone and Jon Moss welcome Sue Malone, the nation’s #1 SBA small business lender, to the podcast.  Listen in as Bob, Jon and Sue discuss her diverse career and her no-holds-barred more »

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Episode 8 – Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace with Joe Santana

2014-11-17
Length: 29s

   iTunes | Stitcher | RSS With Jon out for the day, Bob along with special guest host Devie Dragone welcome Joseph Santana to the podcast. As Siemens’ first diversity officer for their 65,000-employee US more »

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Episode 7 – Style, Image and Success in the Workplace with Robin Fisher

2014-11-06
Length: 34s

  iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Bob and Jon welcome Polished Style and Image expert Robin Fisher. Robin believes that any individual, regardless of their size, shape or age can have amazing style that makes more »…

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Episode 6 – Speak Publicly With Confidence with Ann Timmons

2014-10-16
Length: 27s

iTunes | Stitcher | RSS   Bob and Jon welcome Ann Timmons to the podcast. Ann is a self-described ‘Communications Artist’, and has helped numerous politicians and business professionals in the area of public more »

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