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Marty Edelston, Boardroom, Inc. , and The American Dream

Make It Convenient to Work

2:57 | Play Now     Marty has a home office and is only a short drive from his company headquarters.

Stamford, Connecticut:  Do good things, and miracles tend to happen. In this episode of the show we go inside one of the most productive businesses in the world (using the ratio, gross income to total number of employees). Where the Fortune 500 companies average under $300K per employee, in this small business it is over $1M per employee.

How can any business be so productive? You'll learn right here.

Marty Edelston, founder of Boardroom, Inc. started this company in 1971. Today they are the publisher of the world's largest subscription-based newsletter, BottomLine Personal; this business with just 78 employees will do over $80 million in sales. This is about five times the productivity rate of the Fortune 500 companies.

He believes these results come from a powerful process he calls, I-Power. Marty believes every person has an endless supply of ideas, especially ideas to improve their workplace. Every week every employee is asked to answer two questions: What can I do to improve my work area? And, what could others do that would cause my work area to improve? Simple, brilliant, easy to do, so what are we waiting for?

Marty was 47 with three children at home when he quit his job as a salesman in the publishing business. He had worked for some of the country's biggest companies and felt there was a need for a publication that ". . . helps people live their lives in this increasingly hostile world."

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Make your dreams a reality.  It takes tenacity and courage -- The American Dream.

Provide Detailed Job Descriptions

1:29 | Play Now | Part of the receptionist's official job is to put a smile on the face of people coming through the front door.  We can tell you that she made us smile.

Start Simple

4:51 | Play Now | Founder Marty Edelston used his savings and started with one product.

Cultivate Ideas

3:03 | Play Now | Employees brainstorm in groups everyday and ideas are valued.

Modify Your Behavior

2:40 | Play Now | Marty Edelston realized he offended people so he changed himself.

Celebrate the Individual

1:02 | Play Now | Founder Marty Edelston believes that making sure people feel good starts at the top.   He says his most important job is to be a cheerleader for every employee.   More...

Ask Questions and then Listen

0:53 | Play Now | Every person on your payroll should be treated with respect.  If can't do this you will never be able to grow a business because smart people won't work for you.

Plan to Let Go

4:14 | Play Now | Founder Marty Edelston has turned the leadership of the company over to a young team.


1:54 | Play Now | Marty Edelston suggests that reading is key to the success of any leader.