For the EVOLution of Business

Conscious Entrepreneurs Pivot With Purpose with Dave Mammano

Episode Summary

It's never too soon for an entrepreneur to focus on creating a culture that unlocks the potential in their team. Yet because business ideas never go exactly according to plan, entrepreneurs must pivot. For conscious entrepreneurs, even if the business model changes, they're still focused on their purpose and culture. Tune in to this episode with David Mammano to hear about his journey toward becoming a servant leader and creating a loving culture, plus how he's now coaching Avanti entrepreneurs to do the same. For more than 20 years, David has been a serial entrepreneur. Having started seven businesses from scratch, he thrives on starting and growing businesses. Today he thrives on helping others start or grow their businesses by infusing the latest entrepreneurial principles into their strategy. Relevant experiences include being a three-time Inc. Magazine 5000 Growth Company, the host of The Avanti Entrepreneur podcast, a TEDx speaker, a contributing writer, an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester, and the author of business and college planning books. In 2004, David published his first book, "101 Things You Can Do To Become an Outstanding Young Adult." His second book, "Make Love in the Workplace," a guide to awesome culture in the office, was published in 2014. David’s community activities include being a local board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a local board member for Junior Achievement, and starting his local EO Chapter. David is a prolific speaker — speaking at hundreds of business and education events. David is most proud of his family in Victor, NY, including three young children, Gianluca, Melania and Alessio. His hobbies include family activities, reading, cooking, eating, exercise and repeated attempts at humor.

Episode Notes

[2:30] Dave's first entrepreneurial venture

[4:30] Dave's first real venture - Next Step

[8:00] Knowing when to pivot - "You're a penguin and your iceberg is melting, so it's time to find a new iceberg," but the difference between necessary pivots and boredom
Learn more about Lean Startup methodology here:

[14:15] Creation of the Avanti Entrepreneur Network

[21:25] Typical Avanti member profile

[24:00] Creating a loving, caring culture

[29:00] Becoming a servant leader

[33:00] Advice for making culture a priority in your business

[35:30] Leader as farmer that unlocks the potential in the collective

[39:20] Leader as coach
The Coaching Habit:

[42:45] Making purpose and culture your competitive advantage

[44:15] The future of Avanti

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