'Get Unstuck' With Think Big Business Coach Jon Dwoskin Destiny Awakening Interviews 43

Nov 04, 2021

Why you've got to check out today's episode:

  • Discover and create the business plan, roadmap and playbook for the ultimate in business growth and fulfillment...
  • Learn how to shift your business mindset and get inspired to take action...
  • Find out and define the bedrock of your purpose, values, mission and vision....

Resources/Links:

Check out Jon’s Website: https://jondwoskin.com/

Jon's gift: https://jondwoskin.com/the-think-big-movement/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.dwoskin

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jondwoskin/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejondwoskinexperience/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/JonDwoskin

Summary

Are you ready to get unstuck and really grow your business?

Discover how to clarify the big picture, achieve big results and grow your business, people and culture...

Today's guest, John Dwoskin, is a business and executive coach, author, speaker and podcast host. John built and sold one of the first online marketing companies in the country with his brother and a friend. He then went on to a career in commercial real estate.

John is also a Forbes columnist, author of the "Think Big Movement", and host of the "Think Business Podcast". And his promise to you is "I will get you unstuck and grow your business big, very big".

In today's episode, John unpacks the topic "Get Unstuck With Business Coaching"

Check out these episode highlights:

  • 02:01– Jon’s ideal client: “My ideal clients are solopreneurs to Fortune 100 companies then everything in between. And I work with c-level execs, owners, VP level managers and salespeople…”
  • 04:29 – His client's biggest challenge: “Their level of consciousness needs to rise. Their level of awareness. The same level of consciousness that got you to where you are, cannot get you to where you want to be...”
  • 09:34– Jon’s #1 insight to help you: "It's about forecasting and projecting and having insights on what your people need. You have to assume that 20 30% of your people, when you look at your roster today, in three years won't be there..."
  • 10:27– What concept, book, program, or talk impacted you the most: "When I was 18 years old, my Dad gave me a set of tapes, it was Brian Tracy's Psychology of Success. And I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life..."
  • 11:13– Jon’s valuable free resource: "If you go to johndwoskin.com, I have my book, the 'Think Big Movement', you can download it for free. And I also have 100 page ebook, 10 chapter workbook that you can download for free as well..."
  • 11:51 – Jon’s last thoughts: "Slow down. I mean, you got to make time, in your life to unplug, unwind, slow down... whether that's meditation, forcing yourself to go for a walk and be with nature. But you've got to infuse time to just do nothing...."

Transcript

(Note, this was transcribed using a transcription software and may not reflect the exact words used in the podcast)

 Narrator  0:00  
Welcome to the Destiny Awakening Interviews, a podcast with Andrew wayfinder and his guests, bringing you powerful insights, inspiration and ways to break free, live life your way and make a difference in our changing and challenging world.

Andrew Hryniewicz  0:16  
So hello, everyone and a very warm welcome to another edition of the Destiny Awakening Interviews.

I'm Andrew Wayfinder, Hryniewicz, and I'm joined today by John Dwoskin, business coach, mentor, executive coach, author, speaker and podcast host.

A very warm welcome to you, John and where are you hanging out today?

John Dwoskin  0:34  
Andrew, good to see you. Thanks. Detroit, Michigan.

Andrew Hryniewicz  0:39  
What's the weather like there?

John Dwoskin  0:42  
It's kind of sunny. It's nice. It's gonna be about 90 degrees today.

Andrew Hryniewicz  0:45  
Holy cow. We're getting like rain, wet, and overcast, and wind.  

Let's get on to your work. So, at age 23, John built and sold one of the first online marketing companies in the country with his brother and a friend. He then went on to a career in commercial real estate as vice president and CEO.

But then a cancer diagnosis at age 20, and a misdiagnosis 10 years later, galvanised him in his mission, "to bring the best out of people and to help them achieve their goals and live a better, more balanced and fun life".

John is also a Forbes columnist, author of the "Think Big Movement", and host of the "Think Business Podcast". And his promise to you is "I will get you unstuck and grow your business big, very big".

So thank you, John, for your time today.

John Dwoskin  1:39  
Andrew, I appreciate your time. Thanks so much.

Andrew Hryniewicz  1:42  
And the title we're working with today is "Get Unstuck with Business Coaching". And John's going to unpack that by answering six questions.

John Dwoskin  1:51  
Alright.

Andrew Hryniewicz  1:52  
So first question, John, who is your ideal client, and what's the transformation you help them achieve?

John Dwoskin  1:59  
My ideal client... I work, Andrew, with solopreneurs to Fortune 100 companies then everything in between. And I work with c-level execs, owners, VP level managers and salespeople.

And all of those people, are people who are stuck in a little bit different areas, but in many ways the same. If we start with c-level executives, their vision, their planning, their leadership skills, their effective communication.

How to work in a "Hybrid Normalcy Work World", where things are very hybrid. How to not only set a plan and reverse engineer that plan, but also all the ideas and the little things that need to be done along the way.

And I think really, if I'm looking at when I look at the c-level team and an ownership team, it's really about getting a "clearer picture and message when it comes to the vision".

It's so interesting to me, how many people, how many companies are really "unclear", right. And so they think they're clear, but they're not. And so it sends the wrong message in so many different ways.

When I work with managers, I teach them how to be managers and how to influence and how to inspire people. Many people are poor managers, because they were hired because they were good at their job, and then never trained on how to be a manager.

So I come in and I train managers and accelerate their growth and their effective communication skills. And sales people I work with them a lot, because many sales people just they really, they need help with their sales ability.

Sales people every week need new tips and talking points and questions, and a very high level of accountability to stay on track.

And so with my background, having kind of worked all of those hats, I'm able to really kind of come in and help every everybody get unstuck in the nuances of where their businesses, so they can really grow at an accelerated rate.

Andrew Hryniewicz  4:10  
I think you've already somewhat answered question number two, but I'll ask it again anyway. So what's the biggest challenge they're facing?

It sounds like it's a little bit different for each of the slices. Its a sort of a meta challenge that you see, covers all of them.

John Dwoskin  4:26  
Yeah, I would say the biggest challenge is their "level of consciousness needs to rise". Right, their "level of awareness".I'm a big fan of, you know. "The same Level of consciousness that got you to where you are, cannot get you to where you want to be".

And there's a level of, "I don't want to, it's somewhat of mixture, a cocktail of "complacency and lack of awareness" that they know that they're stuck in, where they can't see the forest through the trees any longer.

They've done as much as they can. They need new perspective. They have not asked for help when they should, so they're late in the game with that...

They can't talk to their business partners, they don't have anybody who they can strategically discuss things with and be vulnerable with.

This business, like when I take on a client, and I'm assuming you kind of do the same, you know, I tell them, "This is hard work, you've got to be ready to do the work".

You know, it sounds very trendy right now to a business coach. But if you're really diving in, you got to be vulnerable, you got to be real, you got to really open everything up, because everything is kind of interconnected in a way.

And so I would say that their biggest obstacle is, is that "they don't ask for help soon enough". And then most clients do, but some don't commit to the process, you got to commit. This isn't something you can do in a week or a month.

This is, in my opinion, I mean, I have business coaches, I'm 49, since I was 23 years old,  you need the continuity.

It's like going to a therapist, you know, I remember years ago, going to my therapist and saying, "You know what, I think I'm done". And my therapist said to me, "You know what, I was gonna tell you, you needed to start coming twice a week".

So I did, and then right. And then sometimes when you have nothing to talk about, those are the biggest breakthrough days. And so business coaching is a "commitment".

And I think the biggest obstacle is "people don't realise that it really is a commitment and a level of  ownership that they have to take."

Andrew Hryniewicz  6:36  
It's interesting, I was talking with one of my guests recently, and he said, "You know, business coaching is really quite schizophrenic. Because at the highest level, it's considered a real perk and a bonus for the top level people till you support them."

"And at the lowest level, it's this remedial thing you're doing to someone because it's one step before firing them."

And it has this weird double headed aspect, that at one level, it's seen as a real positive thing. And another level it seems, you know, you're sort of like the "Classroom Dummy. And we need to like, do something about you."

John Dwoskin  7:20  
Yeah, I don't see that, maybe because of what I'm coaching. I have Companies kind of work with me more. And they'll call me kind of "special ops" where I come in, and I work with people who are typically already successful and make them even more successful.

But I know what you're talking about. Because the lens I see them through is, companies don't invest in their people.

And then by the time they do invest in their people, whether it's coaching, training, bringing in any type of trainer, it's kind of like you're right, it's like, it's too late, right? It's been two years, allow your people to build every bad habit possible.

You haven't set proper vision, roadmap for them. So everybody created their own. And now you have good people with probably poor managers, a toxic environment, and you're trying to band aid, and that doesn't work.

You've got to invest in your people early on. So I see that happen, you know, because as I zoom out, I see that happening, and I understand what you guys are talking about.

I see that happening a lot, right? You're investing in a "band aid", because you weren't proactive. And you're company, talking about being proactive, but you're reactive in training your people, and then you blame your people because you've got it too late.

Andrew Hryniewicz  8:45  
Yeah. So that I think that ties into question three, then your number one insight, sounds like it's some version of don't wait,

John Dwoskin  8:54  
Don't wait, right. I mean, you really got to look at your company and your people and say, "What do I need to do to invest in my people?"

And that's interesting, Andrew, sometimes people say, "Well, you know, millennials, you know, they only stay 2, 3,4 years".

Or this generation say, "Alright, so you know a stack going in, get the most out of that person" and have an upfront contract with that, "Hey, I'm going to invest in you. But give me six months before you leave, I will support you help me train your replacement".

And the two, three years are here, document everything you do and build a training library. So when the next person comes, you've left this a better place.

And most people don't have those discussions, but it's about forecasting and projecting and having insights on what your people need. I mean, you have to assume that 20 30% of your people, when you look at your roster today, in three years won't be there.

And so, recruiting is a piece but I would say the biggest insight is yes, what you said but also really forecasting out saying, "Okay, what's my succession plan for all of these People?"

And now if I reverse engineer that, what do I need to do to make them the best possible people for internal culture and external experience?

Andrew Hryniewicz  10:13  
Right. So question number four, in your own development. What was the most impactful element? Was it a book, a programme, an experience?

John Dwoskin  10:27  
When I was 18 years old, my Dad gave me a set of tapes, it was Brian Tracy's "Psychology of Success". I put it on my ears, Andrew, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

I wanted to be a business coach. I wanted to write books. I wanted to speak, I wanted to help companies grow. My journey was starting an internet company and then getting into commercial real estate and things of that nature to get to this spot.

Started my business in my early 40s. But that tapes, that was it, that moment in time, Yeah. I have read 1000s of books since the podcast. And it's that moment in time.

Andrew Hryniewicz  11:01  
And what was the name of the set?

John Dwoskin  11:02  
"The Psychology of Success" by Brian Tracy.

Andrew Hryniewicz  11:06  
Okay, well, make sure to put those in the show notes. And so question five, what's the free resource you'd like to share with the audience to help them?

John Dwoskin  11:14  
Yeah, if you go to johndwoskin.com, I have my book, the "Think Big Movement", you can download it for free. And I also have 100 page ebook, 10 chapter workbook that you can download for free as well.

Andrew Hryniewicz  11:27  
Okay, great. And then also, there'll be links there to your podcast.

John Dwoskin  11:31  
Thank you.

Andrew Hryniewicz  11:32  
Okay. And so Question number six. The last one, what should I have asked you that I didn't ask you?

John Dwoskin  11:40  
What should you asked me that you didn't ask me? What's the number one lesson that I've learned in my 49 years of living?

Andrew Hryniewicz  11:47  
Okay, so what is that?

John Dwoskin  11:50  
"Slowdown". I mean, you got too, big time, in your life... to unplug, unwind, slow down, whether that's meditation, forcing yourself to go for a walk and be with nature. But you've got to infuse time to just do nothing.

Andrew Hryniewicz  12:12  
Yeah. I had a business coach, about a year ago who gave me one of my rules was "Stop working in eight". And I'm breaking it today. No working on the weekends.

John Dwoskin  12:26  
Yeah, I don't mind working on the weekends as I don't do it often. But it was nice kind of having this interview on the weekend. Just because sometimes during the week, you're so you know, you're running from meeting, to meeting, to meeting.

So it was kind of messy. I was kind of looking forward to it. It was very meditative. So. But yeah, but I think it's important to have some boundaries for yourself.

Andrew Hryniewicz  12:51  
Yeah. I mean, this is fine, because I really enjoy this. But no, what they were saying was,  "Take a mental break", you know, "Shut the business mind off".

John Dwoskin  13:02  
Correct,

Andrew Hryniewicz  13:03  
You know, at a certain time each night, and to not give yourself the weekend to do other stuff to refresh. And that was really, important.

Okay, well, perfect. John thank you so much for your time today.

John Dwoskin  13:18  
I appreciate it. Thanks for yours.

Narrator  13:21  
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