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Achieving Predictable Success: Carol Roth Interviews Les McKeown

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From The Entrepreneurship Interview Series

While it is often easy to see patterns of failure in business, it is very challenging to replicate success.  That is why I was so intrigued with the methodology behind Les McKeown’s new book (and his business practice of the same name) Predictable Success.  I recently had the pleasure to interview Les, who in addition to starting over 40 companies in his own right and founding an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide, works with a range from large family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies, from Harvard University to American Express to T-Mobile and more.   I personally think Les is one of the most brilliant minds in business and that Predictable Success is a must-read business book for 2010 (I have already begun buying copies to distribute to my own clients).

Les and I cover a number of topics in our interview, including:

-What Predictable Success is;
-Why every business starts out with an “Early Struggle”;
-Why so many businesses fail early on in their lifecycles;
-Why before achieving Predictable Success you have to go through “Whitewater”;
-How to align the operations of your company to best achieve Predicable Success;
-Why some businesses end up on the “Treadmill” and how you can get off of it and back on a success track;
-And more

You can listen to the player below (it may not show for some of you) or click here to download or stream the MP3 file.

You can connect with Les at  You can also order Predictable Success everywhere now. 

Feel free to leave comments here as well and I will pass them on to Les.

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Carol Roth is a national media personality, ‘recovering’ investment banker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is a judge on the Mark Burnett (Shark Tank, The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice) produced technology competition series, America's Greatest Makers, airing on TBS and Host of Microsoft's Office Small Business Academy show. Previously, Carol was the host and co-producer of The Noon Show, a current events talk show on WGN Radio, one of the top stations in the country, and a contributor to CNBC, as well as a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, Fox Business and other stations. Carol's multimedia commentary covers business and the economy, current events, politics and pop culture topics. Carol has helped her clients complete more than $2 billion in capital raising and M&A transactions. She is a Top 100 Small Business Influencer (2011-2015) and has her own action figure. Twitter: @CarolJSRoth