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Frank started his first business at 15, a little fireworks stand east of Chicago. By the time he was in his mid-thirties, he had several businesses under his belt, one which he convinced his mother to mortgage her house to start and took to six figures in less than a year. But during an economic downturn, he lost it all. Through the school of hard knocks Frank learned through trial and error what it took to go from good to great and discovered the number one secret to running a successful small to mid-size company and emerged a multi-million dollar business. He repaid all the money he borrowed from his mother and made a commitment to helping other companies achieve their potential in order to live happier more fulfilling lives.
As President and Founder of Get The Edge Coaching Group, Frank developed a step-by-step, proven system that coaches and trains owners and managers of small to mid-size companies a business framework that enhances team productivity and increases profitability.
Frank has become an in-demand and acknowledged transformational specialist in the small business world and he knows what it takes to build a successful high growth company. As a sought-after keynote speaker Frank Lind has presented his high-impact workshops to hundreds
of business leaders across the country.
In addition to founding Get The Edge Coaching Group, speaker Frank Lind hosted a Podcast in Miami entitled “Business Talk” and was featured on the video series, Unlimited Power. Frank is a Certified Professional Business Coach and Strategic Coach. He also speaks on leadership, team building and business psychology and has written several books on business, the latest, “The Business Mentor – Your Fast Track to Success” is featured on Amazon.
Frank’s dynamic speaking style is interactive and engaging in order to best educate and coach his audience. He transforms businesses, spanning from the shop floor to the board room, into innovative, productive, profitably run organizations.
Frank can bring out the creativity of small teams, as well a providing powerful methods for processing data for problem solving in companies.
Frank’s talks can teach better standards, and how to implement them through your entire team – or even company. He also works with how to assemble and manage teams so that your company can resolve complex problems quickly – and create a better company culture.
What got you interested in helping struggling businesses?
I know what it’s like to struggle. I can remember one of my first companies, working long hours, cashflow was tight, and I couldn’t see the forest for the trees. I would lay awake staring at the ceiling wondering how I’m going to make it. I was too proud to call anyone and ended up losing everything. Over the years, I learned through trial and error, and the school of hard knocks, what it took to go from good to great. I took my next company to a 7-figure business.
Around that time, I had a friend who was struggling with his company, so I showed him what I was doing and he added over a hundred thousand dollars to his company’s bottom line in less than a year. The feeling I got seeing him succeed, was overwhelming, so I started showing other business owners my framework. I wrote a book to help even more people and this really opened the door to helping struggling businesses.
What makes a company innovative?
What makes a company innovative is its ability to reinvent itself. You don’t just improve, you have to change the rules of the game and be ahead of the trend. Companies like Amazon, Nike, Google, they changed the rules. They’re in competition with themselves.
When was the last time you looked at your company as an insider? A company that gives a voice to its people is innovative. Your people are there day in and day out, sometimes decade after decade. Your people have deep technical knowledge inside the company and can give you a new perspective. I was always asking my people “What can we do better?” Because as the company grew I didn’t know everything. I wanted to know what they were thinking.
What are 3 habits for success?
What would you like to achieve in the next 5 years?
I could remember when bottled water hit the market, people said, “Who’s going to pay for something we can get for free?” It took about 5 years before anyone thought twice about paying for a bottle of water.
If over the next 5 years I could shift the mindset of business owners to start their journey with a mentor or coach before they find a good lawyer or CPA, maybe this could save the 33% of companies that fail within the first year of business, mainly due to lack of experience.
If you could give one piece of advice to yourself when you were starting out in business, what would it be?
Fear nothing. Don’t waste time and energy being afraid. Just roll up your sleeves and get in there and keep moving until you reach your goal. Once you get to the other side you’ll look back and say “That was easy! What’s next!” Fear holds everyone back, especially when we’re starting out. We spend a lot of energy on things that will never happen. Stay focused on your goals and polish your skills.
Do you have someone you consider a role model?
My father. He was an entrepreneur and a real estate investor. I watched how he did everything. He would buy a business, fix it up and sell it. He would take me with him to meet with renters, collect rent, clean apartments, deal with bankers and lawyers, etc. He was my first business coach.
He worked every day, doing everything by himself. Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack at the age of 42 and left my mother to figure it all out. Because he did everything himself, my mother knew nothing about business, so the banks repossessed everything. Everything he worked for was gone overnight.
What does your typical day look like?
My day starts at 4:00 am. The first thing I do is create my day through meditation. This takes about one hour. I have to settle my mind down, stop thinking about all the emails I have to send, the people I need to talk to, and just unfold into nothing. Then comes the rest of my day, work out for about an hour, stretch, walk the dogs, make coffee. Making coffee is critical! Then I’m open for business.
Since I have a home office, I rely on a tight schedule. Although I allow myself the flexibility I need, everything has a set appointment and is blocked out according to importance. Email responses, coaching sessions, media posts, cold calls, networking events, speaking seminars, book signings, etc. I am pretty discipline about not letting myself get wrapped up in social media mania. Although I enjoy a good cat video to break up the day.
What is the most important thing in life?
My wife, she’s my biggest fan. You need a partner who is going to take that journey with you and be 100% supportive or you’ll never make it. My wife is the daughter of a Marine. Need I say more. Then comes my two dogs, Ava and Hanna. They are hilarious and they keep me in the now.
Also, trusting in a Loving Intelligence keeps me connected to everything around me. I believe that helping people is a gift and I want to see business owners truly achieve their dreams without financial struggle.
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