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Episode 365: Don’t major in minor things, with Al Pittampalli.

Al Pittampalli started his career as an IT consultant for Ernst & Young where he advised Fortune 500 organizations all over the country. This is where he first realized that mediocrity and ingrained stubbornness were epidemics. Al now helps organizations like NASA, Hewlett Packard, Abbot Labs, transform their organizational cultures. He is the author of two books that help individuals and organizations adapt to a fast changing world. In latest book, “Persuadable: How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World,” Al uses decades of social science to reveal how being persuadable is not only the right thing to do, its the smart thing to do and creates a powerful advantage in both business and life.

 

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Secret – timesaving technique

Al takes time every day to prioritize work with his program manager — 20% of what you do contributes 80% of your results. ONWARD!

Daily habit that contributes to success

Tap into your creativity — Al starts each day by following Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages strategy.

Could have ruined your business – but now – an invaluable learning experience

Al was seduced by short-term opportunities — and Al tells the whole story here.

Most critical skill you think business owners need to master to be successful

“In a world that’s constantly changing — being persuadable — the ability to adapt to changing circumstances — is the real competitive advantage.”

Most influential lesson learned from a mentor

“Being safe is now risky.”

 

Final Round – “Breaking Down the Recipe for Success”

 

What strategy would you recommend new business owners focus on to best ensure success?

  1. Realize the cost of planning
  2. Just test it out

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