S2 E12 – 100 of the Worst Ideas in History with Mike Smith

There were some pretty bad ideas throughout history, and not just picking the wrong color for a room or something line that. Writer and Producer Mike Smith has compiled a list of 100 huge ones in his new audiobook, The 100 Worst Ideas in History.

Mike – with a lot of humor and several guest voices – tells these stories in the audiobook and will discuss them with you and your audience, hoping we are not doomed to repeat humanity’s historically boneheaded moves including:

How a confused chauffeur helped start World War I
Who turned down the greatest product placement opportunity in cinema history
How a baseball game helped hasten the death of discoa
A toad that nearly ate Australia
The most dangerous children’s game ever invented
The tasty new snack food that’s likely to give you diarrhea
What was President William McKinley thinking by opting to not wear a bullet proof vest on the day he was assassinated?

Enjoy our conversation with Mike Smith.

S2 E09 – Julie Willis: Conceal Reveal

Did you know the U.S. Military’s technical and defensive capabilities are not exactly up to the level it should be? Why would that be? Did you also know there are a lot of business opportunities for entrepreneurs to work with the Defense Department?
This week on Book Spectrum, Julie Willis, CEO of DEFIANT Communication and author of Conceal Reveal: The Space between Entrepreneurs and the Defense Industry, discusses both aspects of military contracting: the opportunities and where national defense is lacking when it should not be,
Willis reveals the dysfunctionality of military modernization and the environment built around it, why we should be more advanced, tech-wise, than we are and potential openness to espionage.

In the book, you will find out:
What is blocking the disruptive technology our warfighters need to protect and defend our country
The true cost of research and development
How you can contribute to the success of our military in 2028 (and beyond)
How DEFIANT Communication pivoted to serve the community of disruptors at the heart of defense innovation

Julie Willis is an entrepreneur, longtime military contractor and CEO of DEFIANT Communication. Find out more about Julie on her website: https://www.defiantcomms.com/
To pick up Julie’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Conceal-Reveal-between-Entrepreneurs-Industry-ebook/dp/B08Q3H57WR

S2 E08 -Leena Patel and Raising Your Innovation IQ

Leena Patel is an innovator, leader, philosopher, CEO and yoga guru who is also one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers.
Learning much of her ideals and principles from her grandfather. a direct disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, who mentored her from a young age, Leena offers insights in her new book, Raise Your Innovation IQ, far beyond what a normal business tome would. Drawing from her grandfather’s teachings, life lessons and entrepreneurial acumen, the founder of Sandbox2Boardroom and best-selling author will teach you how to tap into your own inner innovator.

Leena has trained and consulted for leaders from USA, England, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, India, Kenya, and Thailand.

We talk about all of this and her many talents on this episode of Book Spectrum.

Find out more about Leena and her book, Raise Your Innovation IQ, on her website: https://www.leenapatel.net/

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S2 E07: Scott Andew, The Rugged Entrepreneur

“Success is yours if you want it to be.” says Scott Andrew, who built more than thirty different national and international businesses in the multi-million-dollar playing field. Now he’s telling you how he did it.
In his new book, The Rugged Entrepreneur, What Every Disruptive Business Leader Should Know, Andrew reveals what it takes to achieve your dreams, and shares a wealth of personal stories to motivate and inspire.
Having gone from millionaire to broke twice, Andrew draws on his own personal stories of success—and failure—in the ventures that he and Daphne have undertaken over the years. The Andrews’ businesses include BoxDrop Mattress and Furniture, bioPURE, Royal Heritage Home Furnishings, Rugged American Spirits, Electric Productions, RSSCO Outlets, Sapphire Sleep, and more.
Andrew also shares his stories and anecdotes on the way up, down and back up again as he helps you become a Rugged Entrepreneur.