Todd Schnick

Founder and Editor-In-Chief of intrepid.MEDIA, Todd Schnick is a media + business strategist and talk show host + producer. He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist. Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.

AUTHORS, BUSINESS, LEADERSHIP, PERSONAL GROWTH

Game Changer 02: How to define what it means to YOU to be a game changer

Welcome to Episode 02 of Be A Game Changer: How to define what it means to be a game changer: What is your path? What will bring achievement and happiness? Take action to win the game of business and life! A series that provides the light, the path, and your map to a better future!

Discussion guide from Episode 02: What does winning look like for YOU?

1. What does it even mean to be a game changer?

2. Game changers are remarkable. They are accountable.

3. Game changers recognize that life is a game, and they play to win.

4. And in playing the game, we discuss why “play” seems to have a negative connotation.

5. And in playing the game of business and life, yes, we play to win. But there do not have to be losers. We can all win this game! Move away from the “Zero Sum” thinking…

6. Having a definition of what winning the game of life means gives you freedom. You now have a concrete endeavor to seek. You know where you want to go. That alone is enlightening!

7. A game changer has to know where they want to go, and what they want to change and influence, right?

8. What is happiness? And why is knowing what that means to you important?

9. Joy verses happiness. There IS a difference.

10. Destinations are markers that show us where we are, and what we still have to do. Understand that most people don’t know where they want to go, and that causes a lot of stress.

11. “The chase is the foreplay. That’s all the fun!”

12. You also have to recognize there is a cost to achieve your destination. And you have to know if you are willing to pay that cost. Game changers are willing to do so. (Hint: the cost is emotional) You have to bang through fear.

13. And there will be collateral damage along the way. Game changers know and expect this.

14. You have to keep raising the bar.

15. Game changers look at fear as a signal, an indicator, a marker that they are close. And the bigger the fear, the closer they are to achieving their destination.

16. “You don’t bargain with success.”

17. There are three phases: Achievement phase, maintenance phase, and the Phase of Next (the growth). Most try to maintain once they achieve their first success, but true growth comes when you push from there. Game changers do NOT maintain for long.

game changer18. Activity rules success. The more activity you have in life, the more exposure to opportunities for success.

19. Directed and measured activity verses mindless, justify-your-salary activity.

20. Game changers don’t watch the clock, they are purely focused on directed and measured activity.

21. A game changer knows when their activities and work are moving the ball forward towards the goal.

22. Take “the money” part of the table. Game changers aren’t focused on the money. They don’t play small…they think bigger than that.

23. We again discuss the importance of your message here. There has to be alignment between the message and the messenger. But you also have to be able to adapt and adopt and be sensitive to how others feel. People have to believe in you…

About the co-host, Bill Wooditch:

Game ChangerBill is a keynote speaker and peak-performance business training coach. He is a mentor and advocate for those who actively seek and are determined to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

He began his career with $200 to his name, a suitcase, one corduroy suit and two ties. Retreat wasn’t an option; there was only one way – Always Forward! His purpose, energy and conviction fueled his meteoric sales success. In two years, he “found a way and made a way” to become the top salesperson at Liberty Mutual – a company employing over 19,000 people at the time. Ready for the “next challenge”, he was recruited by and joined the 6th largest broker in the world, Corroon & Black (currently the Willis Group), where, for two consecutive years, he earned the distinction as the top producer in the company.

Today, he is the founder, CEO, and president of The Wooditch Group, a privately held risk management and insurance services firm. The Wooditch Group provides client-centric solutions and comprehensive risk management programs for domestic and international clients whose revenues range from $10 million to over $3 billion. He is also the founder of Think Next, Act Now!, a company that trains and mentors tomorrow’s entrepreneur today.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Purdue University and his Master’s degree in Public Administration at Penn State.

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stamped logo“Think Next, Act Now” is an entrepreneurial movement. It is a teaching platform, a coaching forum that emphasizes action, and the link between thought and action makes a difference in the outcome you determine or the result that is determined for you.

When you see, seize, and create opportunity for yourself, you take a BIG step toward becoming recession proof, and changing your life.

If you are determined to make a change in your life — “Think Next, Act Now” will provide the essential toolkit to move your life forward!

Only realized potential cashes the check of reality! Now is the time to realize your potential – Think Next, Act Now and go “Always Forward!”

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Game Changer 01: The Always Forward Mindset and Philosophy

Welcome to Episode 01 of Be A Game Changer: The Always Forward Mindset and Philosophy! Take action to win the game of business and life! A series that provides the light, the path, and your map to a better future!

Discussion guide from Episode 01: Always Forward:

1. What does it even mean to be a game changer? “Nothing can happen without taking an action…”

2. A game changer influences an outcome.

3. Most people aren’t engaged enough in their own lives (or careers) to be game changers. “Most are observers, not participants in life…”

4. Game changers thrive on pressure.

5. Bill provides an overview of what is meant by ALWAYS FORWARD.

6. Most think they are moving forward, but most really are not. How do you know?

7. Taking action removes fear, which is what holds back most people.

8. You will have setbacks. Game changers accept that, but keep moving forward.

9. We discuss mentorship, which is critical to helping you become a game changer.

Always Forward10. Mentors hold you accountable, but they teach you how to move forward, and what roadblocks to pay attention to.

11. “Walking through the grass barefoot…”

12. Understanding your message to drive forward, taking intelligent risk.

13. Knowing what will happen when you cross your Rubicon, and when you do, your life will never be the same. And the only way to be a game changer.

14. You have to know what price you are willing to pay to achieve what you want to achieve.

15. Be careful about what you want, because you just might get it.

16. If you aren’t moving forward, you will atrophy.

17. How do you find out what your Rubicon will be? Too many people don’t know.

18. You do have to find YOUR voice.

19. You will feel insecurity, but therein lies your opportunity to go always forward. It can be a learning moment, a part of growth.

20. The importance of continuous learning. Game changers are always learning, always expanding their thinking. And sometimes you have to learn how to learn…

21. But don’t fall on always learning and NEVER taking action or a step forward.

22. How do you know what your next step is? Forward motion is critical, but many don’t know where to go…

23. “You have to think next…”

About the co-host, Bill Wooditch:

Always ForwardBill is a keynote speaker and peak-performance business training coach. He is a mentor and advocate for those who actively seek and are determined to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

He began his career with $200 to his name, a suitcase, one corduroy suit and two ties. Retreat wasn’t an option; there was only one way – Always Forward! His purpose, energy and conviction fueled his meteoric sales success. In two years, he “found a way and made a way” to become the top salesperson at Liberty Mutual – a company employing over 19,000 people at the time. Ready for the “next challenge”, he was recruited by and joined the 6th largest broker in the world, Corroon & Black (currently the Willis Group), where, for two consecutive years, he earned the distinction as the top producer in the company.

Today, he is the founder, CEO, and president of The Wooditch Group, a privately held risk management and insurance services firm. The Wooditch Group provides client-centric solutions and comprehensive risk management programs for domestic and international clients whose revenues range from $10 million to over $3 billion. He is also the founder of Think Next, Act Now!, a company that trains and mentors tomorrow’s entrepreneur today.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Purdue University and his Master’s degree in Public Administration at Penn State.

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You can find Bill’s book here:

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This series is made possible by:

stamped logo“Think Next, Act Now” is an entrepreneurial movement. It is a teaching platform, a coaching forum that emphasizes action, and the link between thought and action makes a difference in the outcome you determine or the result that is determined for you.

When you see, seize, and create opportunity for yourself, you take a BIG step toward becoming recession proof, and changing your life.

If you are determined to make a change in your life — “Think Next, Act Now” will provide the essential toolkit to move your life forward!

Only realized potential cashes the check of reality! Now is the time to realize your potential – Think Next, Act Now and go “Always Forward!”

To learn more, go to BillWooditch.com!

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Roy Craft: An integrated life, embracing change, and train for spontaneity

Joined on the show by Roy Craft, President of GroupSpace LLC.

Roy has had a long and varied career from technical and retail fields to international corporate business to non-profit and higher education. He has simultaneously had strong avocational interests in positive peace, sustainability, education and making.

Four key takaways from our conversation with Roy Craft:

1. The importance of developing an integrated life as opposed to a balanced life, and how the Millennial generation is showing us the way to do this;

2. The extent to which we have divisions and segmentation in our society which we accept as normal today, but which in an historical context have not been so….such as the idea that we need to educate differently for the sciences and the arts;

3. We need to embrace change and dynamism. Diversity is not enough, but it is a start; disruption is not the goal but it’s a beginning.

4. We can train ourselves in spontaneity and bring this into our lives to create something new, something happy, something wonderful and fulfilling of our lives.

This interview was originally published on A New Business Mindset.

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Dennis C. Miller: How business leaders can overcome depression and anxiety

Joined on the show today by Dennis C. Miller, motivational speaker, leadership coach, CEO, and author of the book Moppin’ Floors to CEO: From Hopelessness And Failure to Happiness and Success. Learn more about him here.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Dennis C. Miller:

1. How big of a problem is depression, anxiety, and mental illness in business today? Dennis believes at least 50% of executives are suffering.

2. Dennis explains his experience with depression and anxiety in a high-powered position.

3. Why do you believe mental illness should not be viewed as a character flaw?

4. Why is it a sign of strength to seek professional help, and not a weakness?

5. How does investing in your emotional health contribute to personal growth, happiness, and success?

6. How can CEOs recover from mental health issues without sacrificing their place professionally?

Find Dennis C. Miller’s book here:

About Dennis C. Miller:

Dennis C. MillerDennis is the author of “Moppin’ Floors to CEO: From Hopelessness and Failure to Happiness and Success,” and a nationally recognized strategic leadership coach and motivational speaker with over 30 years of experience. The former CEO of Somerset Medical Center and Healthcare Foundation, Dennis now works with leaders of nonprofit organizations and is an expert in board governance, leadership development and succession planning. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy at Farleigh Dickinson University, Miller also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Saint Joseph’s Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey.

Miller is a regular columnist for The Nonprofit Times, a leading business publication for the nonprofit industry. He has written three previous books about nonprofit organization success: A Guide to Achieving New Heights: The Four Pillars of Successful Nonprofit Leadership; The Nonprofit Board Therapist: The Guide to Unlocking Your Organization’s True Potential; and The Power of Strategic Alignment: A Guide to Energizing Leadership and Maximizing Potential in Today’s Nonprofit Organizations.

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Mimmer: Crowd Technology for Political Activism

Joined on the show today by Gavin MacDonald, Co-founder and President, and Scott Graham, CEO and Co-founder, of Mimmer, a community platform for political cause organization and fundraising.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Mimmer:

Mimmer1. “Can we power democracy in a new way?”

2. Why do we need a platform like Mimmer? Do we no longer have a voice to affect real change?

3. How technology can be a disruptive force in the political realm…

4. How millennials engage in their communities right now…

5. How does Mimmer actually work?

6. How did you come up with this idea?

7. What does the future hold for Mimmer?

8. Is Mimmer still in Beta?

9. We discuss the technology behind Mimmer…

10. Do you have to be a professional activist to do this right?

About today’s guests:

Mr. Gavin MacDonald is a serial entrepreneur, with an emphasis in media and content management. A graduate of Auburn University, Mr. MacDonald has been in involved with several successful business ventures. An Atlanta native, he cares deeply about the future of the start-up scene and is working hard to help put Atlanta on the scene for technology start ups. Mr. MacDonald is an avid sports fan, you can find him most Sundays cheering on the Falcons with a cold beer accompanied by his two dogs, Remy and Jamison.

Mr. Scott Graham is an expert in product development, growth marketing, and business strategy with past experiences as a successful entrepreneur, management consultant, and private equity director. He has spent the past several years developing and teaching growth marketing methodologies that integrate his deep knowledge in technology, cognitive behavior, and data analysis. His reputation for incubating new businesses and delivering innovative product advances has elevated him as a leader in the field. He is an author and frequent seminar lecturer with past engagements at Emory University, Suffolk University, and North Georgia College.

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Monty Hamilton: The exciting future of domestic outsourcing

Joined on the show today by Monty Hamilton, CEO of Rural Sourcing Inc.

From their website: Every day, organizations across the United States turn to offshore outsourcing providers to fulfill their IT development and support needs. The general perception is that offshore IT companies provide a service at a cost that their American counterparts simply cannot match. In many cases, not only can onshore outsourcing provide a faster and higher-quality product, but it can be done at around the same total cost.

Discussion guide from our conversation with Monty Hamilton:

1. Challenges companies face now and into the future in terms of hiring/retaining IT talent

2. Overview of the current IT outsourcing marketplace

3. General business benefits of domestic outsourcing

4. The role agile development plays in domestic outsourcing and why it’s necessary in today’s digital landscape

5. How domestic outsourcing is helping not only re-invent the U.S. technology marketplace, but also re-invigorate rural American business and communities

6. Future trends/events/issues/legislation that impact the growth of domestic outsourcing

7. The true value of Tier 2 cities

About Monty Hamilton:

Domestic outsourcing

Monty Hamilton leads the executive team and drives the overall strategy for Rural Sourcing Inc. Hamilton is responsible for leading the strategic direction and the growth of RSI including the launch of 10 new development centers with 2,000 colleagues across low cost of living, high quality of life locations in the United States. This is Hamilton’s second entrepreneurial start-up venture after leaving Accenture in 1995. He joined together with four other colleagues to build Clarkston Consulting where he was instrumental in growing Clarkston into a global strategic and systems integration firm with offices across the US and Europe. After Clarkston’s acquisition of RSI, he became the CEO in 2009.

Hamilton is a sought-after speaker on outsourcing, domestic sourcing and workforce development topics and has been featured on CNBC, BBC, NPR radio and at various industry conferences, including IAOP, Gartner, Digital Georgia and others. In addition, articles depicting RSI’s innovative outsourcing model have appeared in Business Week, CNN Money magazine, CFO magazine, and CIO magazine.

His achievements were recognized by being named as a regional finalist for the 2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Hamilton is active in the community and civic circles as well. He is on the Advisory Boards for Mobile Chamber of Commerce, the Bond Group and Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Hamilton believes in giving back to the community, specifically to special needs programs. He is currently involved with the Special Olympics and is a former Board Chair for the Adaptive Learning Center.

Hamilton holds an M.B.A. from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and a B.B.A. in business from Millsaps College.

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Andrea Simon: How anthropology will lead to more effective change management

Joined on the show by Dr. Andrea Simon, a Corporate Anthropologist with Simon Associates Management, and the author of On The Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Your Business to New Heights. Learn more about Andrea Simon here!

Discussion guide from today’s conversation with Andrea Simon:

1. What is a corporate anthropologist, and how does this focus differ from traditional change management practice?

2. What are innovation games?

3. Turning observation into innovation.

4. We discuss her latest book: On The Brink: A Fresh Lens To Take Your Business To New Heights.

5. A new way to think about developing strategy.

6. You need more observant eyes (and how do you develop more observant eyes).

7. Andi walks us through several case studies on how to apply anthropology to corporate change and innovation.

About Andrea Simon:

· Founder and CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants

· Author of On The Brink: A Fresh Lens to Take Business to New Heights

· Trained practitioner of Blue Ocean Strategy® and Innovation Games®

· Sought-after professional speaker and workshop facilitator

· PhD in Anthropology, tenured Professor in American Studies and Anthropology

· Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis

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Howard Love: Embracing failure and rocketing through the Start-Up J Curve

Joined today on the show by Howard Love, lifelong entrepreneur, angel investor, and author of a new book called The Start-Up J Curve: Six Steps to Entrepreneurial Success.

Discussion guide from my conversation with Howard Love:

1. “Your original idea is an hypothesis.”

2. We discuss the six phases of the J-Curve:
Create
Release
Morph
Model
Scaling
Harvest

3. What is the most important phase? [Hint: Morph, and why…]

4. Why do we get so spooked and freaked out by failure, setbacks, and mistakes? And how do we learn to actually embrace failure?

5. “Whether you want to admit it or not, most startups unfold in a very predictable pattern (the J-Curve). You have no excuses.”

6. “The most common path…”

7. Why did we need another book on start-ups? What compelled you to write the Start-up J Curve?

Find Howard Love’s book here:

About Howard Love:

Howard is a life-long entrepreneur who has founded, co-founded, funded and managed startups for over 30 years. He has founded or co-founded over 15 businesses and invested in over 50 startups.

Love was born in Detroit in 1960, and attended Phillips Exeter Academy (1974-1978) and Colgate University (1978-1983). He completed his first Ironman competition at the age of 51 in Lake Placid, NY. His first book The J Curve for Start-Ups will be published by Greenleaf Book Group in the fall of 2016. Love resides in Silicon Valley, CA.

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Sara Robinson Chambless: How to live mindfully, and why!

Sara Robinson Chambless is an inspired self-realization teacher whose writing, speaking, and wellness practice empower individuals to lead rich and satisfying lives free from worry, stress, and fear.

1. Learning from Thoreau that we do not need to lead “lives of quiet desperation”, feeling stuck on a treadmill, but rather can find what we are “supposed” to be doing and move to an authentic life;

2. Happiness is not something to be pursued in its own right, but is something that emerges when we make life choices that put us on the right path;

3. The key to all of this is living mindfully. And Sara not only gives us some general tips on mindfulness, but spends time making it practical and real in a business context.

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Ron Wallace: Leadership Lessons the UPS Way

Joined on the show today by Ron Wallace, former delivery driver and retired president of UPS International, and author of the new book, Leadership Lessons From a UPS Driver: Delivering a Culture of We, not Me. You can learn more about Ron Wallace and his book by clicking here!

Discussion guide from my conversation with Ron Wallace:

1. There are a lot of leadership books, so why did we need one teaching lessons about the UPS way?

2. Working at UPS gave him a PHD in teamwork and accountability…

3. “A view from the front lines…” What any true leader needs.

4. A focus on people, NOT business plans.

5. CLICK HERE to learn your Leadership IQ! What is Leadership IQ, and why do you need to know YOUR score?

6. Isn’t everyone a leader? Even if you are just leading YOURSELF?

7. Understanding that the process of working on your leadership skills NEVER ends.

8. A successful organization needs its own unique business culture. We all understand this. But HOW do you actually build one? And how do you improve it?

Ron Wallace

About Ron Wallace:

Ron Wallace knows something about hard work and leadership. Over a career of four decades, he went from a UPS driver to the president of UPS International, where he was responsible for the operations of UPS in more than 200 countries and led more than 60,000 employees.

Now, in his new book, Leadership Lessons from a UPS Driver: Delivering a Culture of We, Not Me, he is pulling back the curtain on UPS’s company culture of “we, not me,” and the principles written by the original UPS founders that have guided the success of the company for the past century.

The book describes how UPS inspired generations of motivated employees, and teaches leaders at any level how to build strong, unified teams and successfully weather the inevitable storms that come with running an organization. This straightforward, simple style of leadership provides a blueprint for individuals or companies to build on their past successes, sharpen their leadership skills and successfully adapt to future challenges.

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