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This is literally a podcast for tradies in business. Whether you're a plumber, electrician, builder, motor mechanic, landscaper, tiler, glazier, painter, carpenter, concretor or any of the myriad of trades and contractors in Australia, this podcast has been produced with you in mind. Your hosts, Warrick Bidwell and Nicole Cox, were both born into tradie families and have first hand experience of the gut busting, money stress and pressures that trade businesses can place on their owners! They ...
 
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We’ve seen it in the movies, someone throws themselves onto a grenade to save their buddy, but how many of us could actually do it? Kyle Carpenter, the youngest living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, can answer that question. However, he sees what he did as the kind of responsibility we all have - to protect and take care of each oth…
 
We reference this episode a lot in conversations with our Tradiepreneur clients so we thought it would be worth bringing it back to the top of your feed! If you are serious about getting off the tools then have a listen to Adam Sand from Roofing Business Partner. In particular, Adam has worked out how to find and retain the right employees in argua…
 
With unprecedented levels of stress and depression amongst young people, I wanted to know what we, as an older generation can do to help. So I talked to psychologist, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Grit , Angela Duckworth. This is… A Bit of Optimism. If you want to know more about Angela and her work, check out : https://…
 
Most people know him as a disability rights activist, chairman of Special Olympics or for his book The Call to Unite. But when we talked, our conversation took a turn. We ended up talking about what it means to learn to love. And it was wonderful. This is ... A Bit of Optimism. If you want to know more about Tim and his work, check out : Timothyshr…
 
One massively overlooked area of marketing in many trade businesses is repeat purchasing and customer loyalty and retention programs. With many companies solely focused on winning new business, the customers we had last month or year sometimes get neglected. From a chance meeting in an Uber to more than 50,000 users on their reminder platform, Davi…
 
Every now and then, I get to meet someone who sees the world differently. Matthew Barzun is one of those people. He was early to see opportunities that others didn’t - in the internet, in political fundraising and even as US Ambassador. Put simply, Matthew helps us see the world differently. This is… A Bit of Optimism YouTube: http://youtube.com/si…
 
Safety. Most of us admit it's important. Critical even. Yet many of us in business are mystified as to how to 'do safety' properly, how to make it more than just paperwork and more importantly, how to get our employees, subbies and other support team truly engaged in safe attitudes and behaviours. The team at HazrdCo have developed some tools that …
 
It's no surprise to many of our listeners that there's a looming problem for trade businesses in Australia and New Zealand. With the massive spike in housing activity thanks to the cash splash from the government, there's now a serious materials shortage on sites around the country. We take a look at how this is playing out for trade businesses and…
 
We're hitting the road (ok, the skies) and heading to Sydney for the 1st Tradies In Business LIVE meetup since, like, ever! Waz and Nic will be live and in person at beautiful Coogee Bay to hear from you about how the materials and labour issues are affecting your business. There'll be a sneaky beverage on the bar for you and we're gunning for some…
 
In high stress times it helps to laugh, which is why I called Michael McIntyre, one of the most successful comedians in the world. And that’s what we did…we laughed. This is… A Bit of Optimism. YouTube: http://youtube.com/simonsinek Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simonsinek Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/simonsinek/ Instagram: https://instag…
 
Shortly after his daughter's first birthday, Jason Sotiris noticed his little girl acting ill. Several visits to 4 different doctors resulted in a trip to Westmead children’s hospital where after days of testing they found she had a rare type of cancer, Langerhans Cell Hystiocytosis. The only way to deal with it, was for Jason to stand up for her, …
 
In a world that’s increasingly polarized, it’s harder and harder to bridge the divide between ourselves and those we disagree with. Filmmaker and former US Ambassador, Nicole Avant and I chatted about the importance of reaching out beyond the divide and showing fellow humans a little respect. This is… A Bit of Optimism. YouTube: http://youtube.com/…
 
We all know systems are THE way to create a successful business. Well, we heard it somewhere from someone who said so... even author of The e Myth, Michael Gerber told us... but where to start when it comes to actually CREATING systems that work for small business? Today's guest has devoted his whole business to solving this problem for you.…
 
Spotify, Target and Twitch are just three of the brands whose identity has been significantly influenced by Brian Collins. He’s a legend in the design world and thinks about the future in ways completely different from everyone else. This is… A Bit of Optimism YouTube: http://youtube.com/simonsinek Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simonsinek Link…
 
In another episode focused on change and how to make it in business and life, Waz and Nic take a look at the stories we tell ourselves. Especially the ones we tell ourselves that keep us 'stuck', afraid and uncomfortable. With many business owners feeling alone and isolated in their struggle, we shine the light on some client stories and techniques…
 
Confidence is this thing we all need… this thing we all want. Some seem to find it easier than others. Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, found it and it worked. This is… A Bit of Optimism. YouTube: http://youtube.com/simonsinek Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simonsinek Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/simonsinek Instagram: https://instagram.…
 
Do you have unfinished projects around the home? What about your to-do list... is that completed at the end of every week? Maybe you feel like you have a thousand things to 'remember' in your head? Plenty of people struggle with finishing what they've started so you're not alone! Problem is, it could be leading to bigger issues in your business and…
 
If you ask people in the military what makes them willing to sacrifice themselves for each other, the answer may surprise you. It’s not God or country… it's LOVE. In business we have colleagues and co-workers, in the military, they have brothers and sisters. Bonds like that inspire people to do remarkable things for each other. I sat down with Brig…
 
It seems a lot of people think business success comes from luck, inheritances, natural talent or all of the above! While it can often appear as though this is the case when looking at those who have succeeded, today's guest is here to tell you why nothing could be further from the truth. Dan Pollard knows a thing or two about success... and failure…
 
You've probably seen the graphic showing the 2 circles, one being your comfort zone and one being way outside it... and that's where the magic happens? Problem is, so many people are stuck in their comfort zone and they don't even realise. They either think they've gone outside their comfort zone but haven't or worse still, they've convinced themse…
 
People tell me that Brené Brown’s work, more than anyone else, is the perfect companion to my work. So what a treat for me to talk to Brené to further explore… and debate, well, a whole lot of things. This is… A Bit of Optimism YouTube: http://youtube.com/simonsinek Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simonsinek Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/sim…
 
Yuk. Cyber crime. It just feels so icky when someone makes a fraudulent transaction on our card or copies our Facebook profile and tries to set up a fake account. If it's never happened to you then you can count your lucky stars... and take some action now so that it (hopefully) never does. It's more than just our online banking and social profiles…
 
As a former CrossFit trainer, Waz saw countless people come to the gym wanting to get fitter and stronger, only to have them leave and say "I'll come back when I'm fitter and stronger". What the? It's true. many of us don't want to start something new or different until we've already mastered at least some of the skills or made some progress. Even …
 
In the era of 'everyone gets a prize' is there really any point to business awards? Waz and Nic have both entered, won and judged business awards and have some interesting and perhaps surprising lessons from their experience. Are awards worth the effort to enter? Are they just a w*nk? Do they actually do anything for your business whether you win, …
 
Nic and Waz know a thing or two about change. And pain. And fear. Not only have they experienced a ton of these things in their own lives, both business and personally, they've worked with thousands of business owners and individuals over the last decade who have 'hit the wall'. So many people find it so hard to 'make a decision' when faced with un…
 
We think it's time trade business owners were celebrated, not criticised! We also think it's time there was a business awards for ALL trades together, whether you're a plumber, tiler, builder, cabinet maker, landscaper.... even an asbestos removal specialist... we should all be coming together as trade business owners to raise each other up. Waz an…
 
How many times have you walked past something and shook your head in disbelief, "How could anyone do such a poor job?". What if that was what you were doing in your own business, not with your trade work, but with your teamwork? Giving critical feedback is one of the least favourite (ok, most disliked!) tasks on a business owner's plate... and yet …
 
Change is hard. It's uncomfortable, it's scary, it's time-consuming. Ok, we know you know... and we also know that most of our listeners and members WANT to change... but how do you get past that sticking point? What do you do when you're on the start line of making change, ready to go and.... you stall?…
 
Hint: they're not related. Well, not in a positive way. Being busy is often touted as a justifaction for a person's value, of whether they're 'doing enough to get ahead' and yet, in more than a decade of coaching and mentoring business owners, Waz and Nic have observed a very different pattern. It's often the LEAST busy owners that are the most EFF…
 
With the Christmas rush behind us and the new year well and truly underway, Nic and Waz thought it was worth having a look at deadlines and how they mess up our progress. The fear of missing deadlines and the perceived consequences can lead to all sorts of issues, not least of which is triggering our fight, flight or freeze response. The problem is…
 
Occasionally I get to meet someone whose story absolutely inspires me. Quilen Blackwell is that person. He was on the path set for him - good grades, good college, good job - but he decided to follow his own path and his journey was filled with far more difficulty than he imagined. Only through faith, conviction and the generosity of strangers was …
 
With less than a fortnight of 2021 in the bag we've already seen some of the madness that became a signature of 2020. Some people have found it hard to stay out of the online criticism, rhetoric and distraction that goes with these relapses. In today's episode, Waz and Nic share some ways you can avoid becoming a victim of the external factors pres…
 
Where do we find the truth? As the business of news has become, well, a business…it seems to have become more and more difficult to actually find the truth. Even search engines are no help. So I called James Harding, former Director of BBC News and the founder and editor-in-chief of Tortoise, a new news service, to uncover the truth about the truth…
 
The Tradies In Business Cashflow Challenge starts on the 18th January! Waz and Nic share their post-Christmas financial-hangover cures. We also take a look at the top ways to make 2021 DIFFERENT. Waz and Nic and the Tradies In Business team are working on an exciting initiative this year. One that aims to recognise achievement for ALL trades, not j…
 
Many people have theories, but what philosopher, Dr. James Carse, figured out is more profound. He articulated a basic truth about how the world actually works. His work has had a profound impact on me and my work. So much so, I wrote a book to pick up where he left off. Sadly, Dr. Carse died in September 2020. Fortunately I had a chance to sit dow…
 
What's your #word to describe 2020? Many of us could think of some interesting ones, that's for sure! So, what's your wish for 2021? Nic and Waz take a look back at 2020 and share their 'word', reminisce about their favourite episodes, things that didn't happen that they'd planned on and how you can do the same to ensure 2021 has more positivity th…
 
What happens when someone who is obsessed with human behavior, instead of becoming a psychologist, chooses a career in entertainment? Mentalist and illusionist, Derren Brown, has mastered the ability to tap into our motivations and biases to uncover some remarkable things. These days, he’s interested in how we can all be just a little bit happier. …
 
Merry Christmas! 2020 has been an interesting year to say the least and Waz and Nic have recorded a Christmas message for all our listeners here on the podcast. Waz even (almost) manages to avoid turning it into a teaching episode! Wishing you all the very best for the season from the entire team here at Tradies In Business.…
 
On January 15th 2009, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, against all odds, landed his US Airways Airbus safely on the Hudson River. How would you have reacted to the sound of the engines shutting down in mid-flight and the captain announcing “brace for impact”? CEO and venture capitalist, Ric Elias, was on that flight. He shared how that near-death expe…
 
Have you had enough of lists yet? Naughty and nice lists, shopping lists, gift lists, who's-sitting-where-for-dinner lists. We've got another list for you but we reckon this one will help you make the most of Christmas 2020. These 3 simple things can help you avoid client hassles, finish 2020 stronger than a Glenn Lazarus try and maximise your down…
 
In life we learn different things from different people. From my friend, retail executive Ann Marie Scichili, I learned about generosity. So, in the spirit of generosity I wanted to share her with you. This is… A Bit of Optimism. YouTube: http://youtube.com/simonsinek Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simonsinek Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/s…
 
You're no doubt familiar with the work safety campaign stating, "safety is no accident". It seems that while safety on site has been a major area of attention, funding and awareness over the last couple of decades, what we've ended up with seems to be just a mountain of paperwork and not enough real change on site. Today we chat with a couple of bl…
 
Gucci CEO, Marco Bizzarri, finds joy in the little things. This is his secret. His secret to a happy life, also his secret to leadership. And it works. This is… A Bit of Optimism. YouTube: http://youtube.com/simonsinek Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simonsinek Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/simonsinek/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/simons…
 
Even before Covid-19 and the global changes to the way we work, stress and anxiety for business owners was a reality for many. While we've interviewed a number of guests on the podcast discussing this topic, few have explained the what, how and what-to-do of dealing with 'business owner anxiety' better than today's Real Tradie Guy. Alistair Hutton …
 
We are living in a polarized world filled with fear and uncertainty. There is, however, a way we can overcome all of it - Love. Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, Aloe Blacc and I, talked about how we must Fight with Love and Fight for Love. This is… A Bit of Optimism. YouTube: http://youtube.com/simonsinek Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simon…
 
Almost everybody wants to know the answer to the 64 bazillion dollar question... "How do I get more work from property managers?" In today's episode, Waz and Nic chat with Kylie Walker of That Property Mum and iThinkProperty. Kylie is a Property Manager and mentor and shares her secrets, insights and lessons on how to work with and retain property …
 
We all want to feel like we belong. We feel safe surrounded by people who see the world the way we see it. This is why we all have to find our tribe. Social psychologist and award winning Harvard professor, Amy Cuddy, certainly found hers - The Grateful Dead. So I sat down with this lifelong Deadhead to talk about the value of finding your tribe. T…
 
Today's episode is a bit of a mixed bag. If you've ever experienced stress in business or life, have experienced feelings of overwhelm or anxiety OR you've wondered if you actually have any content worth sharing then today's episode is for your ears! Our guest today is a former high-level football player turned professional jiujitsu instructor who …
 
What would you talk to organizational psychologist and author of Give and Take, Adam Grant, about? Everything! This was one of those conversations that went in so many directions…and I learned so much. This is … A Bit of Optimism. YouTube: http://youtube.com/simonsinek Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simonsinek Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/…
 
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