Episode 47: The Bitch is Back (Part 3) - Season 3, Episode 13

February 15, 2018

Jenn is out sick this week so Chris has invited a special guest to play the role of his better business half – Brandon St. Amand! You’ve heard Kitestring’s third partner as a guest on the podcast before, but now he’s jumping into the co-host spot for another round of rapid-fire questions. 

What does it mean to have a small town work ethic? What were Chris and Brandon’s first impressions of each other? And are daily donuts really Brandon’s least favourite part of working at Kitestring? Brandon tells all in this week’s episode!

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Topics

- Favourite food? (1:24)

- If he wasn’t at Kitestring, what would he do? (2:30)

- Frustrating things about Chris and Jenn? (4:23)

- Favourite and least favourite things about his job? (5:50)

- Project he’s most proud of? (6:24)

- Favourite music genre? (7:35)

- Parenthood, family, growing up (8:40)

- What does he do on his commute? (12:43)

- First impression of Chris? (13:35)

- How would he spend lottery winnings? (15:29)

- Technology he couldn’t live without? (17:30)

- Biggest lesson over the last year? (20:47)

- At the end of his life, what does he look back on? (22:06)

 

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Episode 46: It Takes Two - Season 3, Episode 12

February 7, 2018

When Jenn read Rocket Fuel by Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters, she couldn’t wait to recommend it to Chris. The book is about the relationship between visionaries and integrators – a framework that fits our two hosts perfectly.

It’s a relationship that requires an intimate knowledge of how each person works and what the other is trying to say (even when you’re only communicating through GIFs). Learn what Jenn says is the “gift” of her partnership with Chris and why a business should have both a visionary and integrator.

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Topics

- About Rocket Fuel (2:04)

- Visionary & Integrator (6:18)

- Communication (10:11)

- Responsibility of role (14:30)

- Can you find them? (17:22)

 

Links

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Episode 45: The Bitch is Back (Part 2) - Season 3, Episode 11

January 31, 2018

“The Bitch is Back”…is back! Chris is up for Round 2 and it’s Jenn’s turn to ask the questions. What are Chris’s biggest motivations? What bothers him most about being a business owner? Which celebrity would he choose as a mentor?

And because Jenn loves Chris’s epic childhood stories (she says they’re her best party trick), she wants to know whether he would go back in time to change any of them. Like Chris says, this episode is a lot like therapy. So tune in and enjoy being a fly on the wall!

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Topics

- Motivations? (1:07)

- Most looking forward to in marriage? (2:36)

- Marriage fears? (4:33)

- Business owner bothers? (6:00)

- Why is his resolution to be a better leader? (7:52)

- Which childhood memory would he change? (11:20)

- Celebrity mentor? (13:40)

- What is the one thing about Jenn that frustrates Chris the most? (17:15)

- At the end of his life, what does she look back on? (20:00)

  

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Episode 44: The Bitch is Back (Part 1) - Season 3, Episode 10

January 24, 2018

Time for the lightning round! In this two-part podcast event, Jenn and Chris are taking turns asking each other a series of rapid-fire questions.

Jenn’s up first in Part 1. What is she most proud of? What’s her biggest fear? What’s the one thing about Chris that frustrates her the most?

Stay tuned until the end for a final question and answer that left both of our hosts feeling a little misty-eyed. Hey, we told you this season was going to be all about feelings! Don’t miss next week’s episode when it’s Chris’s turn in the hot seat.

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Topics

- What is Jenn most proud of? (1:40)

- Biggest regret? (3:21)

- If she wasn’t a business owner, what would she do? (4:34)

- Favourite colour? (5:18)

- What would she do if she won the lottery? (5:37)

- Biggest fear? (7:16)

- What is the one thing about Chris that frustrates Jenn the most? (8:44)

- How would she change the business? (11:23)

- At the end of her life, what does she look back on? (12:36)

 

Links

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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.

Know someone in search of a mentor? Share this episode with them!

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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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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.

If you have topic suggestions for future episodes, leave us a note on Facebook and don’t forget to rate the podcast on iTunes.

 

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)    

 

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