Yes, Our Meetings Used to Suck, Too!

June 2, 2017
Hosted by Sergiu Simmel

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I’ve been running this family business as its CEO for over 16 years, but that doesn't mean I haven't organized some of the worst and most ineffective meetings of all time. I hate wasting people’s time. It took me almost 15 years to find a formula for meetings that makes them effective, efficient and something everyone looks forward to, instead of dreading them. You can do this too. It’s not hard. It just takes a little science, a little humility and a bit of discipline. This is a much better way to achieve accountability, resolve issues and have some fun.

Operationally Speaking

Operationally Speaking

Friday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

Operationally Speaking is about the Art and Science of operating businesses like a well-oiled machine, so that their owners, CEOs and leaders turn their Vision into Reality with the least amount of effort, resources and pain. The show focuses on how to run entrepreneurial businesses. It touches all aspects, from creating alignment, to having the right people in the right seats. From how to keep the finger on the pulse through the right metrics to the art and science of solving issues. From how to make it scalable and predictable via process to how to establish the disciplines and accountability that turn a good business into a great one.

Operationally Speaking is for leaders of growth-oriented businesses with organizations up to 500 people or so, and for those who aspire to become so. It brings real “in the trenches” CEOs, as well as thought leaders in the field. It focuses on the practical and real, rather than on theory. It aims to INform and INspire.

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Sergiu Simmel

Sergiu Simmel

Sergiu Simmel is the Founder of GetBusinessMomentum where he provides senior business execution coaching and consulting services to small-to-midsized businesses worldwide. Sergiu’s practice specializes in helping business owners, CEOs and leaders get what they want out of their businesses by turning their organizations into well-oiled machines.

Throughout his career as an entrepreneur, founder of three companies, business executive and executive consultant, Sergiu’s strengths have focused on structure, process, leadership and management. Since re-forming his practice in 2000, Sergiu has successfully served over 75 clients worldwide, in a variety of industries. He is an inventor of two process patents, a professionally trained implementer of the Entrepreneurial Operating System(tm), a certified Kolbe(tm) Specialist, and a certified Predictive Index(tm) Ambassador. Sergiu holds a Master’s Degree from University of Minnesota, and is a graduate of several leadership and management programs.

His passion, talent and mission is to help entrepreneurial leaders turn good businesses into great ones, through impeccable execution that simplifies their lives and yields greater profits and professional happiness. The son of a radio anchorwoman, Sergiu grew up with a love for radio and for the power of the spoken word to INform and INspire.

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