Begin the Begin Podcast

Begin the Begin Podcast

By Jeff Hilimire
Interviews and personal thoughts on leadership, doing good, and staying productive.
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A Deep Dive into Advisory Boards (an interview with Blair Brady)
In this episode, I chat with Blair Brady, CEO of WITH/agency, about advisory boards. Specifically, we discuss: How (and when) to think about an advisory board The number and type of people to have on your advisory board Cadence and topics during the meetings Should you compensate your advisory board? About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
23:48
July 3, 2020
To-Do Systems, Productivity Hacks, and Document Storage with Drew Hawkins
Drew Hawkins is the Director of Digital Marketing at Womble Bond Dickinson, a transatlantic law firm. We worked together at my previous company, Engauge, and I thought it would be fun to 'record' one of our conversations, which always delves into our favorite to-do systems, ways that we stay productive, how we store our notes and documents, and most importantly, how we work hard to focus on our family before everything else. Things we specifically cover in this episode: Staying productive during COVID-19 (and with little kids running around) Asana vs. Todoist (to-do systems) Blogging cadence and writing something that feels worthy  OneNote vs. Evernote (and our problem with digital hoarding) The iPad Pro + Apple Pencil kick that I'm on And quite a bit more... You can find out more about Drew at his blog: Brain Wads About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter!  CEO: Dragon Army  Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
25:28
June 29, 2020
An interview with Sima Parekh, Executive in Residence at 48in48
Sima Parekh is an exceptional leader, having worked at organizations such as HP, Randstad, and currently, IHG. She is also the Executive in Residence for 48in48, a nonprofit that hosts hackathons to build 48 nonprofit websites in 48 hours. In this episode, we discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on 48in48, how she's leading the organization forward, and we dive into her unique leadership philosophy.  You can learn more about 48in48 here: 48in48.org About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO, Dragon Army Author, The 5-Day Turnaround and The Crisis Turnaround Founder, Ripples of Hope Co-founder, 48in48 LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
21:50
June 25, 2020
The three things that everyone gets wrong about entrepreneurship
In this short podcast, I decided to clear the air on three things that I believe everyone gets wrong about entrepreneurship. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
05:36
June 24, 2020
SpunMafia - Episode #2
Once again, the old Spunlogic founders got together to discuss their experience building and selling Spunlogic (from 1998 - 2008). In this episode we dive into the following topics:   - What is the one thing we'd do differently if we started Spunlogic today?   - What was the turning point that led us to double for 5 years in a row and ultimately lead to a sale of the company?   - Why is it hard for so many agencies to get past 15-20 people?   - What is our best advice for small or young agencies today?   - How did we remain friends, when so many partnerships blow up?   - In terms of selling the business, what advice do we have for agencies looking to go through that process?   We also discussed Raj's infamous spelling and grammar deficiencies, and the constraints involved in having an office space in the back of a fitness center. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
44:20
June 16, 2020
SpunMafia - Episode #1
In this episode, I grabbed my former partners, Raj Choudhury, Danny Davis, and Raghu Kakarala, and we talked about how we built and sold our business, Spunlogic. We discuss the early founding days, stories along the way (including company cruises, stapler-throwing incidents, famous team members, major disagreements, etc), and how we came to sell the business to Halyard Capital / Engauge in 2008. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
49:00
June 16, 2020
My book writing process - a short interview with Joe Koufman
In this episode, Joe Koufman interviews me on my book writing process. Having written two books, The 5-Day Turnaround and The Crisis Turnaround, I've figured out what works - and more importantly, what doesn't - for me.  About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
10:14
June 16, 2020
Joe Koufman interviews Jeff Hilimire on his new book, The Crisis Turnaround
In this episode, Joe Koufman, CEO of Setup, interviews me (Jeff Hilimire) about my most recent book, The Crisis Turnaround. The book focuses on helping leaders successfully lead their business through a crisis, and be stronger coming out of it. We discuss how this book fits into my first book, The 5-Day Turnaround, and the key points that leaders will learn from it. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
26:01
June 16, 2020
The power of purpose in an organization
A quick segment on the power of purpose in an organization. I've had several businesses in my 20+ years as an entrepreneur, but only in the last 5 years have my businesses had true, defined purposes. The difference is massive. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
03:00
June 14, 2020
My tools to stay super productive
In this episode I talk about the tools I use to stay (super) productive. About me: Sign up for my weekly email newsletter! CEO: Dragon Army Author: The 5-Day Turnaround + The Crisis Turnaround Co-founder and Board Chair: Ripples of Hope + 48in48 Blog: www.jeffhilimire.com LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jeffhilimire Twitter: twitter.com/jeffhilimire
04:12
May 24, 2019