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‘In Business..with Nick Freedman’
January 22, 2016
Today we welcome Nick Freedman, Leadership Mentor and Facilitator. Since 2002, Nick has built and facilitated over 100 leadership and cultural transformation programs throughout Australia. His client list includes Westpac, Coca-Cola, Salesforce, Fairfax Media, Ray White and NSW Government. Nick works with the premise that everyone has a deep level of clarity and purpose within them and sees his role as helping them uncover it, so they can ‘walk their true path’. His 2014 TEDx talk, ‘10 Questions I asked the Ocean’ brings his ideas about navigating the journey consciously to life.
Nick Freedman is the founder of Freedman, a consultancy that creates and facilitates learning journeys that empower conscious leaders and enables collaborative dialogue to build positive workplace cultures. His programs increase the performance of both the business and individual.
Welcome Nick, tell us a little bit about what inspired you to start your business?
Freedman was borne out of a desire to have a positive impact on the business sector. I am driven to help people and businesses find and walk their true path and be good to each other in the process. Plus I always wanted to have a go at business myself!
How did you acquire the background and skills needed to run Freedman?
Managing projects for 12 years in advertising taught me about how humans interact in the workplace. The skills and content is an ever-evolving skill set and I am always learning and teaching new things. I have studied many business and self-development topics since then and am an accredited coach, DISC and CTT facilitator, which are the tools of my trade.
How do you market your business? What works best for you?
I work on the principal that when I do good work for people, more work will follow. 13 years in, I’m still paying my bills without having done 1 cent of paid marketing. I do keynote talks too which is good publicity.
From whom do you seek advice from for your business?
I have 2 mentors who have a few more grey hairs than me. We have big picture conversations every now and then. I also tune into my gut instinct to help steer through day to day decision making.
What three pieces of advice would you give to would-be entrepreneurs?
- Build cash flow before you start to pay the bills in the early phase.
- Get clear on your purpose. What is your big why? (I can help with this by the way!)
- Treat everyone you meet well because the world we exist in is a small place and your network matters a lot.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
These are more qualities than skills…
- Courage to face up the challenges, which scare the pants off you! They will come quickly!
- Intent – being able to turn intent into reality is sometimes easy on paper and hard in real life.
- Vision – what are you creating? This is essential to know.
How do you generate new ideas?
What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage it?
Not knowing my stuff. I manage it by making sure I do know my stuff!
What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made?
Taking on clients who I didn’t really want to work with, for purely financial reasons.
What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
Not many. It’s all been pretty much growth in alignment with my needs/interests.
How do you define success?
Right now, it’s about finding balance with my work and spending time with my wife and kids. Putting life on hold whilst the pursuit of success remains first priority can cause issues down the track. Each person has their own definition of success and I encourage folks to find their own.
Excluding yours, what company or business and/or businessperson do you admire the most? Why?
Gail Kelly, (the ex-CEO of Westpac) for breaking the glass ceiling. And my clients who continue to astound me about how their particular brand of leadership strengths have a way of attracting followers and getting results. Local heroes.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
Doing my TED talk in 2014 and then doing a talk after the world’s most influential business thinker in Melbourne in 2015.
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