The Pursuit of Purpose

Chris Kiefer

Wisdom, stories, and advice from successful entrepreneurs and inspirational people. Hosted by Chris Kiefer.

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Kyle Strode recieved his Ph.D. from Montana State University and later became a Professor of Chemistry at Carroll College in Helena, MT. In his free time he is an avid runner, traveler, hiker and fly fisherman.

Nov 18

1 hr 12 min

Rob Garrott is a lifelong learner, communicator, and educator making all forms of visualization and tech easier to understand and junk. Today he joins Chris to talk all things personal as well as professional. Join us for a lively discussion in the latest installment of The Pursuit of Purpose!

Nov 10

59 min 28 sec

Questions I asked Steve: First job out of school? What are the last 3 books you've read? Our experiences and the people we meet in our careers shape us. Could you share one or two experiences in your career that really contributed to who you are today? Reflect on your first boss. What did that person do well, not so well, how was the relationship, and the Impact on you? Of all the things you know, which do you feel could potentially be the leading expert on? What is the most challenging part of being a business coach? Is there a particular capability that is better executed inside the company or outside the company as far as coaching goes? What role does coaching have within a department of a business? Can a manager be a coach of their people or does the coaching role need to be "outsourced"? You are an entrepreneur and an employee, correct? As a high-level employee, what does your boss need to be able to do in order to manage you most effectively? What have you learned about leadership and brand building in your coaching roles for various businesses? What is the most common aspect of marketing that you see companies missing or applying poorly to their business? What is your favorite movie? Any book recommendations? How can people connect with you?

Sep 13

57 min 21 sec

You recently did a keynote address at the Grand Summit in Nashville  on the topic of Cascading Change.  What do you mean by “Cascading change”? Why this topic and why now? As a young professional, what were some of your experiences with change in organizations?   What did you see working and what didn’t work? What type of changes are we talking about here? One of the things you emphasized was the importance of a higher level purpose. What is your higher level purpose? When did you discover that for yourself? How has it evolved over your career? Sometimes I feel that people are intimidated or scared to zero in on one thing too early in their career. How do I know this is my purpose? What are the barriers to change for individuals, you know, people who want to improve, but can’t push through? How do you increase your self-awareness? What do you see as the barriers to cascading change in organizations? Tell me about your family siblings? How has/have your siblings and/or family life formed or affected what Nolan Consulting is today? What are you most proud of in your career so far? What is your favorite movie?

Sep 9

1 hr 3 min

These are the questions I asked Jason: 2-minute bio What is business intelligence? What does it make possible in business / life? At what point did the thought of creating your own business happen? What is a rough number on the developer costs to create a minimum viable dashboard that would provide value to the business? What are the on-going costs of a system/software? How many other careers/jobs have you had up to this point? What has surprised you the most about business intelligence? For the longest time I've heard people say to pursue your passions, but I recently heard people say that you become passionate as you learn a subject. Were you “passionate” about business intelligence in the early days or are you passionate now? What is the weirdest or unusual thing that you have seen BI applied to? I'm trying to understand the scope that BI effects. How do you balance working and being a spouse/father? What do you say no to? Do you think that saying no is really a skill that successful people are better at than unsuccessful people? What is vacation for you, what does it actually look like?

Aug 16

1 hr 8 min

Purpose Background Questions: 2-minute bio At what point did the thought of being a dentist happen? For the longest time I've hear people say to pursue your passions, but I recently heard people say that you become passionate as you learn a subject. Were you “passionate” about business intelligence in the early days or are you passionate now? How do you balance working and being a spouse/father? What do you say no to? Do you think that saying no is really a skill that successful people are better at than unsuccessful people? Review Specific Questions How have reviews impacted your business? I always as how'd you hear about us When did reviews become a major area of focus for you? How do you keep your staff accountable to the review process that you put in place? What advice do you have for a business that has barely any reviews? What has surprised you the most in regards to reviews? Do you worry about getting negative reviews or did any of your partners worry about getting negative reviews? What tools, processes or software programs have been helpful in growing your online reviews? Who in your office responds to Negative reviews? Do you have one person that oversees reviews and your online reputation or do you have one process that you have duplicated across each practice? Do you have any advice to other dentists with regards to Yelp? It looks like you have 1 review and 26 reviews that have been “unrecommended by Yelp” Do you know why that is? Closing Questions What is vacation for you, what does it actually look like? What is something that not many people know about you? Book recommendations? Is there a book that you have recommended more than any other book? Movie Recommendations?

Jul 26

57 min 46 sec

Questions asked on this episode: What do you do? What is an accountable team? After years of doing this work, what still surprises you? For the longest time I've hear people say to pursue your passions, but I recently heard people say that you become passionate as you learn a subject. Were you “passionate” about accountable teams in the early days or are you passionate now? How do you balance working and being a spouse/father? What do you say no to? Do you think that saying no is really a skill that successful people are better at than unsuccessful people? What is vacation for you, what does it actually look like? What is something that not many people know about you? Book recommendations? Is there a book that you have recommended more than any other book? Movie Recommendations? What are some good team building exercises?

Jul 18

57 min 25 sec

On this episode, I sit down with Aaron Smith. The man behind @husbandrevolution. Together wife his wife, Jennifer, they run three different platforms, Unveiled Wife, Husband Revolution, and Marriage After God. In our conversation we […]

Jun 2019

1 hr 20 min

This is the second half of the conversation that we started in Episode 32. Bobby Mote is a World Champion Bareback Rider that offered Ashanti Samuels a path out of his rough life in the […]

Mar 2019

1 hr 7 min

This is the next chapter in the Ashanti Samuels Story. Bobby Mote, is a 4-time World Champion Bareback rider. He is the highest grossing bareback rider in history with career earnings upwards of $2.7 million […]

Mar 2019

1 hr 8 min

On this episode, Christopher West shares more about his entrepreneurial journey. He starts with his desire to pursue a career as a musician. He talks about some of the key moments and people that have […]

Feb 2019

1 hr 6 min

On this episode I get to speak with the CEO of the company that created the infamous Squatty Potty and Poo-Pourri ads, among others. Benton Crane is the CEO of Harmon Brothers, and their creative […]

Feb 2019

1 hr 17 min

Mark Richards is the Chief Revenue Officer of Nintex. As Chief Revenue Officer, Marks oversees the sales and revenue of their global client base. He is a husband and the father of five kids, and […]

Feb 2019

1 hr 16 min

On this episode, I interview Tyler Geel, the co-founder and owner of Insomnia Coffee Company in Hillsboro, OR. Tyler started Insomnia in 2007 with his long-time friend Evan. Since then they have grown to 4 […]

Feb 2019

1 hr 21 min

This episode is an interview with Cody Anderson, a professional Crossfit athlete. We are also joined on this episode by a co-host and long-time friend of Cody, Sergio Perdomo. We discuss his career, daily routine, […]

Jan 2019

1 hr 40 min

On this episode, Ryan Dyar and Chris Kiefer discuss creative endeavors, mental health, YouTube, Formula 1 Racing, and movies. View this post on Instagram I had a fantastic time chatting with @ryandyar last week. I […]

Jan 2019

1 hr 54 min

Deanna Palm is the President of the Hillsboro Chamber. On this episode, she discusses all that she has learned in her 18 years at the President of the Hillsboro Chamber, and over 30 years working […]

Jan 2019

59 min 16 sec

Kai Fleming is a Central Oregon native, and has found a niche in freerunning, tricking, and parkour. On this episode he talks about how he got into freerunning, and how has grown and developed his […]

Jan 2019

1 hr 7 min

On this episode, Chris Kiefer sits down with Jon Leonetti to discuss the path that Jon has taken to get to where he is today as nationally-known Catholic public figure. Jon shares how his journey […]

Dec 2018

37 min 7 sec

Phil McQueen is a retired teacher from Valley Catholic High School. He taught at Valley Catholic for 35 years. In his words, he says that his time teaching high school History has made up some […]

Dec 2018

1 hr 9 min

David Nichols, Co-Founder of Automation Resources Group (ARG), sits down with Chris Kiefer to discuss the work that ARG does with robots and software to automate factories that produce goods we consume everyday. You can […]

Dec 2018

55 min 10 sec

Patrick McCormick “A lot of my experience has been in public affairs – working for and with elected officials on public policy issues and communicating with voters. I’ve been involved with more than two dozen […]

Dec 2018

31 min 47 sec

Ashanti Samuels On this episode, I’m joined by my first ever co-host Brett Gingold, and we interview Ashanti Samuels, a professional bareback rider that has an incredible story of coming from nothing in the projects […]

Nov 2018

46 min 30 sec

In this episode I sit down with Andrea Jones. She is the VP of Business Operations at Crosby Hop Farm, a wife, and a mother of four beautiful children. She discusses the journey she has […]

Oct 2018

54 min 36 sec

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Jun 2018

27 min 23 sec

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Jun 2018

1 hr 3 min

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Apr 2018

1 hr 12 min

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Mar 2018

53 min 55 sec

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Mar 2018

1 hr 8 min

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Mar 2018

1 hr 10 min

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Mar 2018

43 min 56 sec

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Mar 2018

44 min 39 sec

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Mar 2018

1 hr

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Mar 2018

1 hr 20 min

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Mar 2018

53 min 53 sec

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Mar 2018

45 min 41 sec

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Mar 2018

1 hr

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Feb 2018

59 min 55 sec

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Feb 2018

1 hr 7 min

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Feb 2018

50 min 38 sec

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Feb 2018

54 min 40 sec

Show Notes from the Introduction This podcast is a platform to share some of the conversations, interviews, and problems I have discussed with people in my own entrepreneurial journey. Some of the topic we will […]

Feb 2018

2 min 33 sec