Building A Stronger Business By Doing Less With Pete Martin, AskMyBoard

Building A Stronger Business By Doing Less With Pete Martin, AskMyBoard

August 4, 2021

Serial Entrepreneur Pete Martin joins A.J. to discuss how you can go from entrepreneur to enterprise, to empire, to exit by doing less. They talk about several topics: the importance of having the right team, why not all business is good business, escaping the rainmakers dilemma, and how co-innovating with your customers can maximize your growth and business income. 

Tune in to learn how to build a stronger business by doing less and how to create long-term value.

About Pete Martin: 

Pete Martin is the founder of Ask My Board, which is the sixth company he has started. In AskMyBoard, he coaches businesses using the Four Pillars of Power and the Catapult Method. He make sure that they grow to be resilient and financially healthy businesses. Pete has sold his other 5 businesses with an average return of 11x to his investors. He is the author of the upcoming book, “Sparking a Mobile Revolution; How Mobile Voting Will Change the World as We Know It.”.

Co-innovating with your customers can maximize your business growth

Co-innovating with your consumers unlocks enormous value and drives long-term success for your business. By actively collaborating with customers in the innovation process, you gain access to their thoughts, wants, and desires, resulting in goods and experiences that are exactly tailored to their preferences. This collaborative approach offers many benefits.

Firstly, it ensures customer-centric solutions by addressing their pain points and aspirations directly. It also gives you a competitive advantage by allowing you to stay ahead of the curve and understand market demands.

Furthermore, co-innovation boosts customer engagement, creating loyalty and advocacy. It also allows for iterative improvement via continuous feedback loops, allowing for quick modifications and quality improvements.

Finally, co-innovation fosters strategic alliances with clients, cultivating trust, respect, and shared success while positioning your company as a customer-centric industry leader.

On today’s episode: 

  • Who is Pete Martin? – 0:47
  • How Pete Martin was doing this work pro bono before starting his company. – 02:11
  • How he grew his company without outside capital (and how he learned about organic growth). – 04:21
  • Who is his ideal client? -06:58
  • The four transition points of the entrepreneurial journey (where are you on this scale?). – 07:48
  • The four pillars of power explained (and how he turned down a $5 MM dollar contract).- 10:24 
  • How the four pillars of power work together and influence each other. – 17:04 
  • 99% of the problems that entrepreneurs have are THIS kind. – 18:05
  • What is the rainmaker’s dilemma? (and how to make a plan that actually sticks). – 24:01
  • What is the Catapult Method? – 27:27
  • How Pete Martin defines success. – 30:26 
  • Did you know Pete Martin has an awesome band? – 32:55
  • Takeaways from today’s show (and a HUGE discount on Pete’s services)- 37:29 

Key Takeaways: 

  • The decisions you take when growing your company largely depend on whether you have external funding or are growing organically. 
  • There are four key stages of the entrepreneurial journey: entrepreneur, enterprise, empire, and exit. Moving between these stages, and within these stages, requires different skill sets, different strategies, and different investments. 
  • The four pillars of power are: team, customers, capital, and strategic execution. Strategic execution is when you are co-innovating with your customers and when you are co-innovating with your customers you’ve got an extremely valuable business and have the maximum amount of options with what you can do with your company.
  • People problems constitute the large majority of problems that an entrepreneur faces. So, a great way to overcome this challenge is to ask yourself: what is my dream employee like?
  • The Catapult Method is about maintaining a healthy business from the outset so that it is set up for growth but can also be a lucrative exit. 

Are you using your time strategically? 

[26:19] “How we approach entrepreneurs as they create this growth plan is, it literally comes down to ’what are you doing on a day to day basis?’, literally, because that’s where the rubber meets the road. And if you say ‘hey I want to grow and I want to scale’ and you’re spending 8 hours filling RFPs I can tell you that you’re going to hit your limit. And frankly, a lot of ego gets in the way.” 

How does the way you use your time facilitate or hinder your growth? Tell us in the comments, and don’t forget to say hello if you would like to share your entrepreneurship story on our podcast. 

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