How to Build a Sovereign Business

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How to Build a Sovereign Business

Bill Flagg

Posted on May 21, 2019

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On this week’s donothing podcast, you’ll learn:

  • How Bill feels when he doesn’t meditate for a few days
  • Why Bill began transcendental meditation
  • How much better Bill’s sleep is since he began meditating
  • Which business leaders have inspired Bill’s own approach to leadership
  • How independent businesses are often better for employees, leadership, clients and their communities
  • Why business leaders need to focus on growing communities over financials
  • What caused Bill to quit school
  • Why schools and businesses need to foster introverts
  • When Bill realized he wanted to become an entrepreneur
  • How Bill started his path to entrepreneurship
  • Why “flipping cycles” are bad for employees and consumers
  • How Ari Weinzweig and the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses influenced Bill’s leadership philosophy
  • What Bill means by company sovereignty
  • Why Bill believes open-book management is great for businesses, leadership and their team members
  • What qualities Bill seeks in a business he’s considering adding to his network
  • Why starting an independent business with no intention to sell can prove difficult
  • What Bill’s “Dirty Little Secrets” to great independent businesses are
  • Why many entrepreneurs struggle after selling their companies
  • How Bill’s family teaches him life and business lessons

When it comes to integrating an authentic, people-first purpose into business, Bill Flagg is ahead of the curve. Inspired by other vehemently independent business leaders, Bill built his own Boulder-based community of what he calls “Sovereign Companies.”

Today, he co-owns and operates SurveyGizmo, SnapEngage, StickerGiant and Avid4 Adventure. All are organically grown, cash flow rich and have no institutional investors. He’s also a dedicated family man with a penchant for mindfulness and transcendental meditation.

From why introversion is underrated to how entrepreneurs can grow their own sovereign business, listen to my great conversation with Bill Flagg on this week’s donothing podcast.


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