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What Are the Leadership Tips from Two Successful Entrepreneurs?

Stephen D’Angelo and Carol Christopher are two successful entrepreneurs who share their great leadership tips.

  • Originally Published January 5, 2022

Stephen D’Angelo is a best-selling author and Silicon Valley veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the tech industry. He has led global sales organizations as a CRO and served as CEO and President of both private and publicly traded companies. Stephen has been an integral part of IPO’s and company acquisitions and has helped build global organizations that become leaders in their respective market segments.

A single day of peace

His book A Single Day of Peace serves as a guide for self-empowerment and how to climb to success in both business and personal endeavors.

Here are Stephen’s 9 Leadership Tips

#1 Winning

A leader must believe the business can win, but winning is partly dependent on the other principles of leadership.

#2 Accountability

Leaders must be accountable for their actions.  Since your team will hold you accountable and you will instill accountability in them, it’s a two-way street. Both groups need to be totally accountable.

#3 Transparency

Things don’t run smoothly in a business all the time.  There are many bumps in the road.  Acknowledge the bumps and be transparent if you don’t have all the answers.  Brainstorming with your team to come up with creative solutions will make for a stronger business.

#4 Continuous Learning

Learning comes in different forms and shapes for all of us.  From YouTube to books, courses, and learning from each other.  If you are stuck, learning from a coach or mentor can be invaluable.   Don’t be afraid to reach out.

#5 Process and Metrics

If your business has effective and efficient processes (think Amazon) then you will delight your customers and you can measure your results.  The metrics are powerful for customer retention and improvement.

Equally important are the processes for each of your job functions.  If an employee understands what is expected and feels supported, then you will get the maximum output.

#6 Customer and Market Driven

Nothing provides repeat business like customer satisfaction.  If you are focused on your customer’s repeat business is almost guaranteed.   They will stick with you even in times where you might have supply chain or capacity issues if you are transparent and accountable.

#7 Leverage Diversity

If you only hire people like you, your company will be one-dimensional.  Diversity in gender and age is important to the growth of your business.  You need diversity of thought and opinion.  Are you open to diversity?

#8 Caring and Recognition of People

Does your business leadership create a caring work environment and recognition of their efforts?  From the bottom to the top, your business culture must set a standard that cares for its employees right from the first day of hire to retirement.

#9 Having Fun

You and your staff spend at least 8 hours a day with each other, so make it a fun and enjoyable place to work.

For more great leadership advice from Stephen D’Angelo, listen to the full interview on our Fabulous Fempreneurship podcast.

Carol Christopher is CEO of Ellis Day Skincare Science and has a solid background in business

Carol has spent more than 25 years in the biopharma industry, focused on translating new technologies into valuable commercial products and sustainable businesses. As Director of CNS Drug Discovery at ALZA Corporation, Carol built ALZA’s CNS pipeline and is an inventor on several of its patented products, which led to ALZA’s sale to Johnson & Johnson for $13B in 2001.  After ALZA, Carol spent 10 years as a founding team member of three consecutive venture capital-backed biopharma companies (AeroGen, Alexza Pharmaceuticals, and NuMedii), where she held executive roles in finance, business development, and product development.

Carol’s advice on Leadership is to think about forming a Collective in your industry.   What is a Collective?  A Collective is a group of people with similar interests who can help each other grow quickly and sustainably.

Carol is the founder of a Collective in the beauty industry.  With over 300 members they help each other with so many phases of their business that each individual business is able to progress at a faster pace because of all the specialized help they receive from other members of the Collective.

The beauty industry has so many competitors that it is amazing that a Collective with this many members was able to launch, given the competitive nature of the business.

Carol said the secret to success was forming relationships with leaders who were like-minded.  And to find leaders who felt this way, Carol found her tribe on Clubhouse.  After many Clubhouse sessions, a core group formed the Collective for common good.   Members are from all across the globe.

From the Clubhouse start, the Collective moved to form a Group on the Slack platform.   With the ease of asking questions within the Slack group, so many issues have been solved for these beauty businesses.

From labeling to regulatory issues, sourcing products to patents, many questions have been answered by members of the Collective.

Carol finds the Collective to be so inspiring to help founders become better leaders of their business that she recommends it to any small business group.  Click here for the full podcast interview with Carol, 

Elaine Slatter

Elaine Slatter is a Small Business Expert, founder of XL Consulting Group and author of the popular book, “Fabulous Fempreneurship”, a complete business guide for women. XL Consulting Group helps entrepreneurs with market planning, strategy, branding, web design and social media. She has over 30 years of executive business and marketing experience and is ready to help you rocket your business to success. Elaine is passionate about mentoring women to become successful women entrepreneurs. To find out more, visit XL Consulting Group or join the Fabulous Fempreneurship mastermind.PrevOlder Stories


How The Gym Has Helped Me Deal With Chronic Pain

Jeffrey L. Klump

“My Second Home”

Dateline: Creve Coeur, MO. USA/October 21st, 2021/Written by: Jeffrey L. Klump


The gym has always been my second home. 

The first gym that I ever trained at was George Turners in Dellwood, Missouri in the late 1970s. 

It was at that gym that I knew I belonged. 

That gym, in particular, had real tough guys training there with names like Jay Rosciglione, Greg Tuck, and “The Beast”, Tom Sumner. 

I remember Sumner having 7 or 8 plates on each side of the barbell deadlift and that barbell was bouncing up and down like a rubber band. 

Guys were in there yelling and screaming while training and that was just a little intimidating for a skinny 15-year-old kid at the time. 

Over the years the names and places of gyms have changed, but for the most part, I have always been comfortable at the gym. 

It has always been a place for me to destress and clear my mind along with strengthening my body. 

Exercise has been the most effective way to strengthen your immune system. 

There is no substitute for exercise. 

The one time that I should have been going to the gym, in my late 40’s but slacked off, was right before my mind was blown and my wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer. 

From 2011 to 2015 my time in the gym was rare and at the same time, I was not eating well and abusing alcohol to cope with the stress that my wife would be leaving us. 

By the fall of 2015, I realized that I needed to make some changes quickly, or I would be headed for trouble as well. 

I started watching a chiropractor on YouTube by the name of Eric Berg and he was talking about something that I never heard of even though the gym was my second home. 

The word Ketosis and Ketogenics are the words that he kept using and after watching his videos, I started living the Ketogenic lifestyle.

I started seeing results within a few weeks. 

Then in April of 2016, the day before my wife died, I lifted her up on a porta-potty and she was dead weight. 

I tore something in my right upper back but didn’t know what it was. 

The pain lasted for a while and then over time especially from 2017 to the present, that pain trickled down to my lower back and both sides and all of the ways down to my feet. 

Pain is a constant part of my life now. 

I had my disability hearing yesterday and the judge asked me which positions do I experience the most pain, and I told her, it is worse when I lie down, and sitting down is a close second, and then standing up is still painful but not as bad as the previous two. 

The judge did not ask me when I feel the least pain. 

If she did, I would have told her at the gym. 

When my body is in motion, then and only then, do I feel some relief from pain. 

I rest briefly in between each set and exercise. 

Along with exercising in the gym, I do a lot of stretching and this is so critical especially for people over 40.

Before and after exercising, I sit in the sauna for between 10 to 15 minutes.

Saunas are incredible for ridding your body of toxins, excess water, and pain relief.

They are also important for anyone who has had a stroke or other cardiovascular issues.

After a while, I think I just become numb to pain. 

Taking pain killers and opioids is out, not just because of the dangers involved but also because they constipate me. 

In the summer of 2020, I had an X-Ray done on my lower back.

This was through the Social Security Administration and they would allow only one and no MRI’s which is what I needed and asked for.

The one lower back X-ray revealed Degenerative Disc Disease and Spinal Arthritis.

I am sure there is more going on there but I have not had health insurance since 2017, and there won’t be any way to tell unless my disability case is approved. I will then be eligible for early Medicare. 

If this wasn’t enough, at the end of October 2019, I had a series of 4 strokes.

I am just getting myself back to where I was before this happened. 

It has been a long road back.

The strokes really took it out of me and I still do not feel right. 

Regardless of the outcome of my case, I will be at the gym. 

It is here that I belong.

I am not afraid of a little cold virus. I keep my Vitamin D levels very high. 

I am not afraid of anything in this world except not being able to take care of myself long-term. 

That does bother me and that is why I am here. 

My Second Home.

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Why is Elsa Deen Is the Best Massage Therapist in Saint Louis?

Elsa Deen is the Owner of True Touch Massage and is One of the Fastest Growing Businesses in Massage Therapy.

Dateline: Creve Coeur, MO. USA/October 10th, 2021/Written by: Jeffrey L. Klump


She came from humble beginnings.

Elsa Deen was born and raised in a small village outside of Cebu, Philippines.

Anyone who has ever been to the Philippines or knows someone who has will understand the abject poverty that many people in that part of the world, live in.

Elsa was taught at a young age how important family is and to always respect your parents no matter what.

She began working around the age of 12 to help her parents out and she continues to help them out by sending them money that she earns from her massage therapy business, including to other relatives in the Philippines.

She is one of the most unselfish and hard-working people that you will ever meet.

Elsa came to the United States in 2013 after marrying an American, which is the only way most people from the Philippines can emigrate here, and moved to Saint Louis.

Her husband tragically died and Elsa was left alone with her 4 kids wondering what to do.

She remarried 6 years ago and has 2 additional children with her new husband and decided to go to school for massage therapy.

Elsa attended the Healing Arts Center located in Manchester, Missouri.

She graduated in 2016 and received her certificate as a Certified Massage Therapist.

Later in 2016, Elsa set up her own massage therapy business known as True Touch Massage in Creve Coeur, MO.

Elsa came up with the name True Touch because she was told by several students at her massage therapy school that she really has the gift of touch to help heal any injuries or other physical problems you may have.

She is very attentive to detail and has strong hands for deep tissue massage and reflexology.

She has the ability to help you relax which also helps with any mental or emotional stress that you may be going through including Post-traumatic Stress and grief.

Massage Therapy has also received attention from the prestigious Mayo Clinic.

An article published in January 2021 goes into detail about all of the many benefits of massage therapy. CLICK HERE to read.

Elsa could have worked for one of the national chains in massage therapy but she wanted to be in business for herself and take care of her clients her way, not someone else’s.

Her clients have immense respect for her not just as a massage therapist, but as the beautiful, hard-working, and unselfish person, that she is.

Massage therapy is not only effective for physical problems including Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Arthritis, Herniated Disc(s), Spinal Stenosis, and, Osteoporosis but also for mental and emotional issues like Post Traumatic Stress, Grief, and Anxiety.

Elsa makes you feel comfortable and relaxed for your massage and every massage is just as good as the very first one.

Massage therapy use to be referred to as a luxury or pampering yourself.

Those caregivers like Elsa Deen in the Healing Arts Business would disagree with you from day one.

They know how important massage therapy is to your overall health and wellness and they understand that society has put a label on massage therapy that could not further from the truth.

Elsa Deen with True Touch Massage

Everyone should incorporate massage therapy into their overall healthcare routine and not just those who are suffering from physical, mental, or emotional issues.

Massage therapy has proven to be effective at preventing injuries as well as healing injuries. CLICK HERE for the report.

The majority of people sit down during the daytime whether at work or at home and as the years go on, more and more people will be suffering from back problems, in particular, because gravity has a way of compacting on your spinal discs over time and as you age.

Taking care of your back, glutes, and lower body will become a necessity with massage therapy unless you want to take the option of opioids.

Exercise and proper stretching are also necessary especially for those living a sedentary lifestyle.

Elsa Deen will be here to help you with massage therapy. The rest will be up to you.

Elsa Deen has the touch, the True Touch, that makes her the best massage therapist in Saint Louis.


Jeffrey L. Klump is a writer, blogger, digital marketer, and work-from-home business opportunity, specialist. He is also an original member of the Guardian Angels-St. Louis Chapter.




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[Exclusive] Ways To Improve Your Grocery Shopping Experience

Thrive Market Has Just Improved Your Grocery Shopping Experience By 1000%.

Dateline: Creve Coeur, MO. USA/Sunday, August 15th, 2021/Written by: Jeffrey L. Klump


Going to the local grocery store has become a nightmare for many in the era of Covid 19.

Mask on. Mask off. Vaccinate. Unvaccinated.

Are you tired of being told what to do by your grocery store and other businesses?

There is an option for groceries to your door, and they are organic and naturally sourced.

The option is called Thrive Market.

Here is a quote from the co-founder of Thrive Market:

“Growing up in the Midwest in the ‘90s, I saw how hard my mom worked to put healthy food on our table despite limited knowledge, a limited budget, and limited healthy options in our hometown. She did an amazing job, but it was hard—and she was mostly on her own… Thirty years later, so much has changed. Today, millions of moms, dads, grandparents, and young people are all aspiring to live healthier and more sustainable lives. My mom is no longer on her own! And yet one thing hasn’t changed: finding convenient, trusted, and affordable ways to shop healthier is still hard. At Thrive Market, we’re on a mission to change that.”—Nick Green, Father of Two + Thrive Market Co-Founder & CEO

Thrive Market is benefiting from four converging trends that shifted into overdrive by the pandemic: healthy eating, online grocery, subscriptions, and personalized shopping.

It’s propelled an already rapidly-growing company, tracking at 40% year-over-year growth before the pandemic, to nearly double its business since, with sales up 90% year-over-year.

With its membership rapidly approaching one million, Thrive Market solves many of the problems inherent in traditional grocery shopping and online as well. Because the typical grocery store carries between 30,000 to 50,000 products, grocery shoppers suffer from a confusing abundance of choices.

Thrive Market makes selection simple, offering about 6,000 carefully curated items that represent the best brands that are better for people and better for the planet.

Initially focused on non-perishable products in the center aisles of a grocery store, it now offers wine, meat, seafood, and ready-made meals, along with a growing list of pet, beauty, and home products. The only thing missing is dairy and fresh fruits and vegetables, which present logistical challenges the company is working to overcome.

“We are about six years old now, and we have always been a fast-growing business,” says Sasha Siddhartha, the company’s co-founder and chief technology officer. “Since we launched, keeping up the growth and scale has been a consistent focus for us. But then starting in late February/early March, that growth accelerated dramatically, and we continue to hold that accelerated pace. It turns out Thrive Market is a sticky concept.”

“Our approach has always been curated, so you don’t have to worry about which brand is better for you or spend time studying the labels. Our merchandising team has already done the work for you to pre-select and curate based on the highest standards in the industry,” Siddhartha says. “Instead of finding 40 products to choose from, we offer the best two or three, taking the guesswork out.”

Since Covid hit, people have prioritized health and wellness in grocery shopping. Thrive Market sits in that sweet spot. Even before the pandemic, natural and organic had been the fastest-growing sector in the grocery industry, he shares. It is a trend that is sure to continue as the immediate health threat abates.

Online grocery shopping is a great convenience, saving time, which is the ultimate luxury. But consumer habits are hard to break and going to the grocery store has long been a staple of the American’s lifestyle. That changed overnight due to the pandemic.

Why give your money to a company that is not only infringing on your Constitutional rights, but those of their employees?

Thrive Market is the way of the future.

They provide high-quality products at very reasonable prices.

Expect to see other online grocery stores adopt a similar model of Thrive Market.

They are the first but they will not be the last.

Jeffrey L. Klump is a Digital Marketer, Blogger, Writer, and Work From Home Business Opportunity Specialist. He is 58 years old and widowed.



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