Episode 26: Louis Tolentino with the Coffee Mill

Today’s interview is with Louis Tolentino of The Coffee Mill in Tehachapi, Ca.

Welcome to season three of the LeaderQuest Podcast! This season we are focusing on small business leaders who have had to pivot or transition during the 2020 Covid Economy.

Each interview was structured around three main questions:

  • The Coffee Mill ShopHow did your business pivot during 2020?
  • What does the future (2021) look like for your business?
  • What is a current problem or question that your facing?

During each interview, you’ll hear real stories from real business owners. They will share their highs and lows, along with important lessons learned along the way. You’ll be able to take their knowledge and turn it into wisdom.

Today is Louis Tolentino of The Coffee Mill in Tehachapi, California.

About Louis

Louis is a friend with an extraordinary business mind. I have immensely enjoyed our off-air conversations about life, family, and survival in this business economy.

This interview is a personal favorite and the wealth of information, his passion, and his plans for future growth and service are inspiring.

Throughout this interview, you’ll hear not only how he cares for his staff, but how he is bringing innovation to a crowded coffee market and the larger Tehachapi area. Tune in to get inspired!

Connect with Louis @ The Coffee Mill

Address:

120 S. Mill St

Tehachapi, Ca 93561 Episode 26: Louis Tolentino with the Coffee Mill

Phone Number: 661-822-6455

Website: https://thecoffeemilltehachapi.com/

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Podcast Cover Art, Episode 25 Dustin Weaver of Barnes Wealth Management

Today’s interview is with Dustin Weaver of Barnes Wealth Management in Bakersfield, Ca.

Welcome to season three of the LeaderQuest Podcast! This season we are focusing on small business leaders who have had to pivot or transition during the 2020 Covid Economy.

Each interview was structured around three main questions:

  • How did your business pivot during 2020?
  • What does the future (2021) look like for your business?
  • What is a current problem or question that your facing? Dustin Weaver of Barnes Wealth Management

During each interview, you’ll hear real stories from real business owners. They will share their highs and lows, along with important lessons learned along the way. You’ll be able to take their knowledge and turn it into wisdom.

Today is Dustin Weaver of Barnes Wealth Management Bakersfield, Ca.

Please note: this interview was conducted prior to the Presidential Election on November 3rd.

About Dustin

As you’ll hear in the interview, Dusting brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the financial industry. His ability to adapt to the needs of his customers, expand his business profile, and create new ways of lead generation should inspire all of us.

 

Dustin’s wisdom and care for his clients were most evident to me during this interview. What are your top three takeaways from his interview?

Connect with Dustin

Podcast Cover Art, Episode 25 Dustin Weaver of Barnes Wealth Management

Dustin Weaver – Barnes Wealth Management

5060 California Ave.,

Ste 600

Phone: 661-322-9799

Email: dweaver@barneswealth.com

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Podcast Cover Art: Interview with Howard Kinnick of Nutrishop Bakersfield

Today’s interview is with Howard Kinnick of Nutrishop in Bakersfield, Ca.

Welcome to season three of the LeaderQuest Podcast! This season we are focusing on small business leaders who have had to pivot or transition during the 2020 Covid Economy.

Each interview was structured around three main questions:

  • How did your business pivot during 2020?
  • What does the future (2021) look like for your business?
  • What is a current problem or question that your facing? 

During each interview, you’ll hear real stories from real business owners. They will share their highs and lows, along with important lessons learned along the way. You’ll be able to take their knowledge and turn it into wisdom.

Today is Howard Kinnick from Nutrishopnutrishop logo located in Bakersfield, Ca.

Please note: this interview was conducted prior to the Presidential Election on November 3rd.

About Howard and Nutrishop

As you’ll hear in the interview, Howard is a people person. With a strong background in sales and a leadership position during the last economic downturn, he brings a wealth of wisdom to his position with Nutrishop.

 

As a health store, Nutrishop cares about the total health of its customers and is committed to high-quality products and reasonable prices. Their goal is not simply to help customers lose weight, but to achieve a healthy life and body composition. They go beyond pushing products and strive to help their community be active and fit in all areas of life.

 

Howard is a personal friend and a wise companion. What are your top three takeaways from his interview?

Visit with Nutrishop Bakersfield

Nutrishop Bakersfield Podcast Cover Art: Interview with Howard Kinnick of Nutrishop Bakersfield

9000 Ming Ave.
STE T3
BakersfieldCA 93311

Connect with Nutrishop Bakersfield

Website: nutrishopbakersfield.com

Instagram: @nutrishopbakersfield.

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Podcast Cover Art - Episode 23: Dr. Tangeman of Tangeman Dental

Today’s interview is with Dr. Scott Tangeman of Tangeman Dental in Bakersfield, Ca.

Welcome to season three of the LeaderQuest Podcast! This season we are focusing on small business leaders who have had to pivot or transition during the 2020 Covid Economy.

Each interview was structured around three main questions:

Dr. Scott Tangeman of Tangeman Dental
Dr. Scott Tangeman of Tangeman Dental
  • How did your business pivot during 2020?
  • What does the future (2021) look like for your business?
  • What is a current problem or question that your facing?

During each interview, you’ll hear real stories from real business owners. They will share their highs and lows, along with important lessons learned along the way. You’ll be able to take their knowledge and turn it into wisdom.

Today is Dr. Scott Tangeman of Tangeman Dental in Bakersfield, Ca.

Please note: this interview was conducted prior to the Presidential Election on November 3rd.

About Dr. Tangeman and Tangeman Dental

A graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, Dr. Tangeman loves practicing dentistry and has been serving the Bakersfield community for over 29 years.

He truly enjoys getting to know his patients and the relationships he has built with them. Helping them discover renewed well-being, and watching their attitudes change as they move from a state of decay and poor aesthetics to one of health and beauty is one of the most gratifying parts of his work.

Dr. Tangeman is also passionate about education and has received advanced, postgraduate training from the world-renowned L.D. Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Schedule a Visit with Dr. Tangeman

Tangeman Dental

5500 Ming Avenue Podcast Cover Art - Episode 23: Dr. Tangeman of Tangeman Dental

Suite 165

Bakersfield, Ca 93309

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Website: https://www.tangemandds.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScottTangemanDDS/

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Blog Post Cover: Car Robbery with overlay text "deal with it"

Recently, my wife and I were enjoying some coffee in the morning when we noticed headlights pull into our driveway. This isn’t too unusual or a call for alarm as we live three blocks from her parent’s house. They will sometimes stop by in the morning to see the kids before school.

However, three minutes after noticing the lights, they hadn’t come to the door. Then, we heard the sharp screel of an angle grinder, followed immediately by our car alarm going off. 

As I ran outside, there were three individuals attempting to steal our catalytic converter and turn it in for recycling money. I found out from the cops that it’s a popular crime, and one hard to track. Most of the time, car alarms don’t go off. We were able to escape any major injury or damage to the car as we called the cops and they sped off.

However, one phrase has been a recurring phrase for us in the house following the event is: “Deal with it.”

Deal With It.

While they didn’t get anything of value, it was a huge invasion of privacy. Worse than that, there were two individuals I could plainly see, one providing lookout in the car and the other cutting away beneath our vehicle. What I couldn’t see, was the third individual lurking around the corner who charged me when I stepped out my front door to see what was going on. Narrowly escaping, I pushed my wife and kids back inside to the safety of our home and called the cops once we were alerted to the danger.

That night, I noticed that I had a lot of anxiety. Worried they would come back and attempt to finish their theft, or worse, left me unable to sleep. The next several days were all stressful as we tried to process not just the attempted theft, but the invasion of privacy and safety as well.

As we process the event and deal with the consequences and trauma of the event, I realize how many times in life we don’t “deal with it” when problems arise.

At Work

Work situations are ripe with circumstances and experiences that haven’t been dealt with.

  • A coworker makes an inappropriate joke or demeaning remark and is never called out for it. Instead, he assumes everyone agrees with him since nothing was said.
  • A manager ridicules an employee unfairly and abusively. The “leadership style is defended because “that’s just the way he is.”
  • A brewing team conflict is allowed to simmer because of the false belief that product launch and marketing execution is more important than team health.

At Home

  • A series of pet-peeves builds mounting frustration towards a full-blown argument where harsh words are used.
  • The pressure of increased sales at work diminishes the quality of life at home, leading to personal withdrawal and isolation.
  • The busyness of life limits personal connection time and family bonding, leading to a fractured family unit and unspoken angst.

You get the point. You’ve also likely been there. Perhaps you even are there now. But high performers know that you can only be as strong as your weakest area of life. If you’re struggling to deal with any aspect of conflict, drama, or trauma, your success will falter and your breakthroughs will be limited.

Instead, based on the experience of the recent attempted robbery, here are three ways to help you process conflict in your life so you can deal with it appropriately.

1.) Give your emotions space.

The first step towards healing for Elise and I was to give our emotions space. We first had to acknowledge what we were feeling: sadness, anger, fear, frustration, anxiety, panic, and worry were quick to come out. Blog Post Cover: Car Robbery with overlay text "deal with it"

Give yourself the emotional range to deal with difficult problems and learn how to overcome them.

Strong leaders know they need to raise their emotional intelligence. Through consistent and deliberate practice, they engage their emotions and learn to master and express them appropriately.

2.) Share in deep conversation

You can’t deal with problems if you don’t talk about them. Once we acknowledged our emotions, we shared a conversation based around healing. What did it mean for us to deal with this situation effectively? How could we overcome those negative emotions and find hope? What did the other person need? How could we support them?

Elise and I intentionally set aside time to listen, reflect, and engage each other at a deep level.

3.) Create a better tomorrow.

The good news is that we are all okay. The better news is that we can work for a better tomorrow. This experience provided us with the opportunity to look at our house in a new light and discover what made it a good target. Poor outside lighting contributed to the criminals picking our house. So too, did several other factors. We were able to see those, remedy them, and create a safer environment for our family.

In life and work, we can do the same. Interpersonal conflict doesn’t have to be the norm. In fact, it shouldn’t be. In his book Thrive By Design, Don Rheem tells us that we are wired to perform better in teams. Those around us should make us better. If they aren’t, we have issues to address. By addressing them, we make the team better. When we make the team better, we get better. When you get better, you can attain peak performance. By reaching peak performance, you can skyrocket your success.

It is inevitable that conflict, disagreement, and discord will arise in life. However, we don’t have to live in it constantly. Instead, we can rise above it by giving our emotions space, engaging in deep conversation, and working towards a better future.