Episode 43: We Don’t Need Another Hero - Season 3, Episode 9

January 17, 2018

A great mentor can change your life, but as Jenn and Chris have learned, not all mentors are created equal. When you’ve been stung by a lousy mentor or coach, it can be hard to trust someone new. However, the benefit of having a supportive mentor makes the search for finding the perfect person worthwhile. Our hosts tell you what you need to know before you make the investment.

Wondering what makes a good mentor? Or how a mentor is different than a coach? Don’t sweat it. Jenn and Chris have got your back.

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Topics

- Being the mentee (2:01)

- Jenn as a mentor (6:58)

- Coaches (9:50)

- Finding the right person (14:45)

- Advice (20:50)

 

 Links

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Episode 42: What’s Up - Season 3, Episode 8

January 10, 2018

Is your employee in a rut? Is work no longer feeding their soul like it used to? What can you do as a small business owner? Jenn and Chris say it’s time to ask your team member a simple question: “What’s Up?”

These conversations of “right person, wrong seat,” are never easy (especially when your employees are like family), but that’s why fostering a culture of honesty and truthfulness can make difficult discussions a whole lot easier. Jenn and Chris talk about that and the huge responsibility of being a “mood shifter” in this week’s episode.

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Topics

- “Right person, right seat” (0:58)

- Culture of truthfulness (6:20)

- “Mood shifters” (12:05)

- Takeaways (18:35)

 

Links

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Episode 41: R - E - S - P - E - C - T - Season 3, Episode 6

January 3, 2018

“That time we fired a client.” The process of breaking up with a client is never easy, but it may be necessary for the health of your business. Drawing on their own experiences, Jenn shares why she believes these moments come into our lives to make us grow and Chris explains the importance of understanding the impact that a disrespectful client can have on your business. Together, our hosts also talk about the traits that respectful client relationships have in common.

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Topics

- “That time we fired a client.” (2:13)

- The process (8:25)

- Firing a long-term client (13:39)

- Takeaways (23:05)

 

Links

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@KITESTRING

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Episode 40: She Works Hard for the Money - Season 3, Episode 7

December 27, 2017

It’s something that every business owner deals with. So why aren’t more people talking about it? Jenn and Chris are tackling the tough topic of business financials. They get candid about their own financial challenges and why money conversations are uncomfortable until you decide that they’re not. Stay tuned ‘til the end when our hosts share the lessons they’ve learned and how you can apply them to your own business. Money sucks. But this episode doesn’t!

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Topics

- “Let’s talk about money” (1:04)

- Shame and burden (7:54)

- Uncomfortable conversations (11:42)

- Transparency with team (15:11)

- Changing your mindset (16:53)

- Culture and financials (18:50)

- Lessons learned (21:46)

 

Links

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Episode 39: Tidings of Comfort and Joy - Season 3, Episode 5

December 20, 2017

‘Tis the season to sparkle! At Kitestring, that sparkle is shared everyday and comes from the team’s collective values. On this holiday edition of the podcast, Jenn and Chris are talking about their team values and the role they play in their business. Listen in as they read from “The Little Book of Sparkle” and make a case for why every business (no matter the size) should define their values. They also let you in on one of the team’s most cherished rituals: the weekly “Laroche” award that’s given to the Kitestringer that goes above and beyond the call of duty.

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Topics

- Kitestring Values (3:18)

- Value Defining Exercise (6:50)

- Sharing Common Joy (10:40)

- “The Little Book of Sparkle” (15:54)

- The Origin of “Laroche” (17:15)

- Do you need to define your values? (21:47)

 

Links

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Episode 38: Knock Three Times - Season 3, Episode 4

December 13, 2017

There are two (or in this case, three) sides to every story. This week, Jenn and Chris are talking about their better business third, Brandon St. Amand. Following up on last season’s interview with their third partner, our hosts reflect on how their relationship as Kitestring’s big three has grown over the last ten years. They also chat about the importance of allowing everyone to play to their strengths, get serious about what to do when your partner doesn’t feel like a partner, and why anyone can benefit from a good helping of humble pie.

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Topics

- “The Third Wheel” (2:43)

- How are you growing as an entrepreneur? (11:58)

- Be humble (14:59)

- Where do we go from here? (18:38)

- Finding the good (22:58)    

 

Links

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Episode 37: Come Together - Season 3, Episode 3

December 6, 2017

Jenn and Chris are proud to have assembled a force that knows how to pull together through the hard times.

Our hosts share what they learned from a recent staff feedback survey and how the results changed the way they communicate more transparently with their team. They also talk about how an exercise in defining the Kitestring values was directly inspired by their team members and why entrepreneurship is a lot like being a parent.

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Topics

- Transparency (2:00)

- Defining Values (7:28)

- Entrepreneurship and parenting (9:53)

- Team building (11:50)

 

Links

mybetterbusinesshalf.com/

facebook.com/kitestring

@KITESTRING

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Episode 36: Lean On Me - Season 3, Episode 2

November 30, 2017

This week, Jenn and Chris are breaking the stigmas surrounding mental health and business. For so many people, dark periods can sneak up gradually and are barely detectable until the situation becomes serious and intervention is needed.

Both Jenn and Chris share their own personal experiences and how it’s been in these dark times that they’re most grateful for the support of their partnership. They also discuss the difficulty of being leaders while struggling with mental health and why, in their experience, it’s best to be honest with your staff about how you’re feeling.

And for those that don’t have business partners, Jenn and Chris share advice for solopreneurs that are looking for ways to relight their sparkle while still running a business.

It’s a heavy episode, but we hope you find comfort knowing that no one needs to suffer alone. Remember, it’s going to get better!

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Topics

  • Dark days and mental health (1:30)
  • Work as a contributing factor (4:05)
  • Jenn’s story (4:38)
  • Supportive partners (9:30)
  • Leadership and mental health (11:10)
  • Chris’s story (16:00)
  • Creativity and depression (20:40)
  • Advice for solopreneurs (24:04)

 

Links

mybetterbusinesshalf.com/

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@KITESTRING

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Episode 35: Hooked on a Feeling - Season 3, Episode 1

November 23, 2017

Welcome to season three: The Mixtape! To kick things off, Jenn and Chris are getting real. This episode is all about being honest with their feelings on partnership, entrepreneurship, and whether Chris should sing every episode’s title (you can probably guess the answer to that one).

Over the hiatus, Kitestring celebrated its tenth anniversary (!) so naturally our hosts are feeling nostalgic. Jenn and Chris reflect on how they’ve grown as business owners and how their benchmarks for success look different ten years on. You’ll also learn hear Jenn talk about “happy ears syndrome” and why Chris compares being hooked on business to drinking when you’re young.

Season three is just getting started. We hope the premiere was worth the wait and that you’re just as excited as we are to keep going!

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Topics

  • Looking back on 10 years of business (2:17)
  • “Happy ears” (4:47)
  • Creating something bigger (6:50)
  • Hooked on the business (11:00)
  • Growing a thick skin (12:42)
  • Firing a client (16:13)
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Episode 34: Matt Hollingshead & Alex Verdurmen - Hifyre

April 6, 2017

Hifyre, a Hamilton-based digital product studio, used to be a one-man show until Matt Hollingshead welcomed Alex Verdurmen as a business partner in 2011. In a first for the podcast, Jenn and Chris explore what a partnership looks like if you didn’t start off as partners in the first place.

Take a listen as the Hifyre guys take you through their entrepreneurial journey. Alex gives his perspective on entering into a partnership in the middle of a business’s path instead of at the beginning. You’ll also learn why Matt says partnership fit is “like a good hug.” Before wrapping up, everyone gets candid when talking about the most enviable and frustrating parts of working with their respective business partner.

It’s an honest discussion that will give you a greater understanding and appreciation of your own professional relationships.

Thanks for listening! If you like what you hear, leave us a five star rating on iTunes.

To learn more about our friends Matt and Alex, visit Hifyre.com.

Topics

  • Meet Hifyre (1:00)
  • Not a partner from the beginning (5:15)
  • Finding balance and fit in a partnership (9:25)
  • Committing to a focus (12:15)
  • Staying on the cutting edge (14:15)
  • Pros and cons of small agency size (17:48)
  • “What is a quality you wish you had from the other person?” (21:45)
  • “What’s the most frustrating part?” (24:06)

Links

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