Thinking Beyond: Conversations with Strategic Thinkers
Whether you’re considering a start-up, facing a pivot, or simply trying to clarify your strategic thinking, Think Beyond Value offers a simple process to move from an idea to a well-reasoned and prioritized action plan. Using lessons learned from the lies of IBM, Blockbuster, and Uber, Dr. David Flint presents his V-REEL™ Framework for strategy development, providing simple terminology, a straightforward process, and accessible tools that will foster communication, unite teams, and shape a company culture driven to create value.
Flint’s V-REEL™ Framework guides the individual strategist and entire teams through considerations of value and rareness in the marketplace, prompting focus on the factors likely to erode potential value creation, as well as necessary enablers of a sustainable business. For the entrepreneur, Think Beyond Value offers a common language around which entire teams can discuss and shape sound, value-creating strategy. Everyone wants to win in the marketplace. Flint challenges your thinking so you can sharpen plans, focus on the right aspects of your business, and achieve real competitive advantage in the marketplace.
#23: Will Walker Part I: Learning the start-up way with V-REEL™
#22: David Flint and Guests at MPACT Speaker Series
#21: Kirk Thompson Part II - Common Language Shapes Stronger More Vibrant Communities & Economies
In part two of my conversation with Kirk
#20: Kirk Thompson, Part 1 - V-REEL™ Yourself to See and Build Personal Value
This episode is about one person’s effort to build a career and a life with intention. I talked to Kirk about how he made career choices, how he responded to inevitable changes, and what grounds him as he figures out the path forward after Hurricanes Irma and Maria virtually destroyed his home and his business in 2017. I, of course, put it all in the context of the V-REEL™ Framework in hopes that it might help you organize your own thinking toward a long, rich, resilient value-creating career and life.
#19: Bailey Mullens: This is what it takes to change the world.
Bailey Mullens is one inspired millennial; not the least bit mindless, as the title of his very popular podcast, Mindless Millennials, might suggest. Barely into his 20s, Bailey is a classic entrepreneur with exceptional amounts of energy, an abundance of ideas, and an ability to execute. In this episode you’ll listen in on my first conversation with Bailey It’s his first real encounter with the V-REEL™ framework but as you’ll see, he’s already got a lot of the concepts down. Bailey shares insights and advice that we would all do well to heed. Want to learn more about Bailey, listen to his podcast, Mindless Millennials. Want to know more about the V-REEL™ Framework, visit DrDavidFlint.com/v-reel.
#18: Mark and Bethany Douglass Part II—V-REEL™ for the Whole Family
In Part II of my conversation with Mark and Bethany Douglass, we talk about how the L in V-REEL™, Longevity, helps them carry out their family mission statement— training their children in an atmosphere that seeks creativity, education, and fosters the entrepreneurial spirit in their kids. Bethany is quick to point out that as a family, they apply V-REEL™ to more than business/financial decisions. It also works with abstract and emotional goals and helps the kids better understand who they are. Both creative thinkers, Mark as an executive with Fidelis Creative Agency, and Bethany as a popular lifestyle blogger, this couple has a lot to teach all of us about strategy for business and for life.
#17: Mark and Bethany Douglas Part I—Building a Family’s Future Using V-REEL™
While the V of V-REEL™ stands for Value, after visiting with Mark and Bethany Douglas, I’m thinking of another
But here’s the surprising part: Mark and Bethany shared V-REEL™ with their kids last year while driving around in their suburban on vacation. Now they’re using it together as a family to implement their strategic thinking at home. Listen in to Part I of my conversation with Mark and Bethany for some
#16: Joey McGee – Successful Artists Think Like Entrepreneurs
Artists often don’t think along business lines when they start out because they’re swept away with the creative process. For some creatives, “strategy” might even sound like a bad word. But long-term success in any art form must be built on more than just talent and drive. Joey McGee is a great
#15: Christine Wzorek - Is it time to disrupt HR?
HR can become a key enabling factor for an organization by contributing to its ability to be valuable and rare in the marketplace. By thinking about her HR operation through the V-REEL™ lens, Christine is defining a new strategy not just for Four Foods HR but for the HR discipline as a whole.
#14: Rahsaan King - The evolution of a start-up (and an entrepreneur)
This conversation with Rahsaan King, Harvard student and founder of Students of Strength, sheds light on eroding factors the start-up is facing as it seeks to serve schools as well as individual students. During the
To learn more about StudentsofStrength, visit their website at https://studentsofstrength.com/.
#13: Cyndie Meersman - Maximizing Your Ability to Create Value (and Land a Job)
Thinking about yourself as someone who can create value in the world and preparing yourself to adapt to the world is useful personally and can help you better market yourself to prospective employers. We all need to be realistic; don’t brag but do know how you can create value for an organization. Cyndie Meersman is the founder of a unique student organization at Texas A&M University called The Business of the Arts (BA), an organization that she hopes one day will become known for developing artists’ entrepreneurial skills. Cyndie confesses she didn’t actually start the organization to help artists. She started BA to expand her own career options by putting a leadership position on her own resume. Selfish? I don’t think so. Cyndie is thinking strategically; she’s thinking about how she can make herself more valuable to
#12: Matthew Hightower - Turning an Eroding Factor into a Distinctive Competency
It’s probably not uncommon for a company to identify an eroding factor and turn that around with enablers such that it creates distinction in the marketplace. There is often opportunity to be found in weaknesses. Class2Class Co-Founder Matthew Hightower joins me on the podcast to talk about how he recognized the company’s eroding factor early and what they did to create distinction in their marketplace. This and much more about how the V-REEL™ Framework is helping Class2Class refine its strategy.
#11: Coby Dixon - When Value and Rareness are Not Enough
Elysium Black Diamond not only creates a great deal of value with their black diamond jewelry, but they have built up an exclusivity around their manufacturing and protected their intellectual property such that they now truly are rare. Elysium Black Diamond co-founder Coby Dixon joined me on the podcast to talk about how they became both valuable and rare in the market and what they are working on to address eroding factors and ensure the company’s longevity.
#10 Fidelis Studio - Finding Focus and Clarity with V-REEL™
When it comes to putting the V-REEL™ Framework to work for strategic thinking, few seem to be taking the framework further than the Douglas brothers. Tim and Mark Douglas of Fidelis, a full-service creative agency specializing in messaging and strategy, use V-REEL™ as a sort of lens through which they evaluate virtually every aspect of their operations. From strategic investments to hiring decisions, and even prospecting for new clients, V-REEL™ seems to have invaded their thinking across their professional and personal lives. The result is clarity in communications and focused strategy. To learn about Fidelis, visit fideliscreativeagency.com. To learn more about the V-REEL™ Framework for strategy development, visit drdavidflint.com or purchase the book Think Beyond Value: Building Strategy to Win.
# 9: Jeff Haden: The truth about "The Motivation Myth"
LinkedIn Influencer and Inc. contributor Jeff Haden joins David on the podcast to talk about his book, “The Motivation Myth.” Jeff had a goal to become a writer and worked his way from literally zero writing experience to
To learn more about Jeff, visit his website at JeffHaden.com.
#8: Brandi Plunkett: Building Entrepreneurial Strategy in a Corporate Setting
Brandi Plunkett joins me on the podcast to talk about the entrepreneurial strategy she’s developing for her organization which operates inside one of the largest
#7: AJ Renold: Thinking Strategically in a Not-for-Profit Setting
David Flint talks with Voices for Children Executive Director AJ Renold about the complexities of building strategy in a not-for-profit environment. Considering and serving a wide range of stakeholders, finding
#6: Nick Mastronardi: V-REEL™ Your Start-up for success
David Flint is joined by Nick Mastronardi, founder of POLCO, an innovative company working at the intersection of technology and community. POLCO provides a platform for civic engagement that empowers municipalities to engage citizens by giving them a venue to express opinions and respond to pols on local issues. POLCO provides verified user profiles and rich data without compromising the privacy of citizen participants. Already expanding throughout the US, Nick and his team are using V-REEL™ to remain aware of and defend against eroding factors like new entrants in the online polling space.
To learn more about POLCO, visit polco.us. To learn more about the V-REEL™ Framework and get started on your own strategy, explore additional V-REEL™ resources, and purchase David’s book Think Beyond Value: Building Strategy to Win.
#5: Jared Moore Part II: Key Enablers for Successful Entrepreneurship
In this second part in a two-part conversation with Avadi Dental founder Jared Moore, the conversation turns to key enablers that Jared has in place that have supported his entrepreneurial journey. Turning the conversation away from Avadi to Jared as an individual, David Flint focuses in on key enablers of an individual or organization, and how their presence or absence might change the way you approach business opportunities.
Learn more about Avadi Dental Laboratories at avadi.com. For additional V-REEL™ resources, check out drdavidflint.com or purchase David’s book Think Beyond Value: Building Strategy to Win here.
#4: Jared Moore Part I: Finding Opportunity in Market Changes
In Part One of a two-part series, David chats with Avadi Dental Labs co-founder Jared Moore who is using V-REEL™ to position his company to succeed in a manufacturing industry that, like many, is facing dramatic changes as new technology is reshaping the industry. Jared used the V-REEL™ Framework to identify what will make Avadi valuable and rare in the long run. Learn how Jared is using V-REEL™ to help his team understand what makes Avadi Dental Labs distinctive in the marketplace so they can put the right enablers in place to take advantage of industry changes and build a winning company.
#3: Christine Hollinden: Growing a Business Beyond the Founder
Host David Flint talks business strategy with marketing strategist Christine Hollinden, founder of the Hollinden marketing and branding firm located in Houston, TX. A long-time champion of David’s V-REEL™ Framework, Christine talks with David about how she used the V-REEL™ to think through building her firm from a founder-centered operation to an organization serving a broad and growing client base. Learn more about Christine and her team at Hollinden.com.
#2: Marci Corry: Creating a Company from a Cause
David Flint is joined by Marci Corry, founder of Safe2Safe, an app-based start-up that is rapidly expanding by providing significant value to local merchants in the form of exceptional PR and marketing insights, all the while encouraging drivers to choose savings over texting while driving. By focusing on enabling real value creation, Safe2Save is expanding to the Houston, TX market and to online markets. Special offer for podcast listeners: download the Safe2Save app and use code: V-REEL™ to get 800 free rewards points! Learn more about Safe2Save at safe2save.org.
#1: Jose Quintana: Entrepreneurship and Value Creation
Host David Flint talks business incubation strategy with serial entrepreneur and founder of the Innovation Underground Jose Quintana. The Innovation Underground (IU) is a business and technology incubator located in Bryan, TX. The IU is currently serving more than 50 start-ups in Texas, Europe, and South America. Learn more at iu.adventgx.com.