We had the good fortune of connecting with John Gies and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi John, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I remember when I got my first pocket Planner. I realized I could gain control over the day, the weeks, and the months. And I worked hard at having a personal life and a professional life. And I purposely kept them separate they were separate. As time passed, I began to recognize that balance does not exist in nature. Rather, harmony exists in nature. The Eco-system blends predator and prey, flora and fauna. I found that the more of myself I shared with my business colleagues, the more my business grew and the more people trusted me. These days I view work/life balance as harmony not balance. Some days I am at my desk from 6:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Other dys I take off at noon to go hiking. The result is that I am able to be there for my clients and for my family. Balancing is hard, harmony is easier.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a refugee from Corporate America. I spent over two decades in sales and business development helping organizations optimize operational and financial performance. I saw the toll that investors took on the companies, their clients, and my colleagues. All in pursuit of a few more pennies per share. So, when I left, I decided I wanted to make a difference. Today I help small business owners create growth and income in their business so they actually have a business and not just another job. Too many business owners get into business and then realize just how much work it takes. I help them distinguish themselves in the marketplace so that their customers are compelled to do business with them. It is about a Market Dominating Position. When a client gets to take a vacation or they start paying themselves a salary, those are the celebrations.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Assuming COVID is no longer a restriction this would be the schedule. Day 1 get settled and dinner at the Buckhorn Exchange it is I believe the oldest continuous restaurant in the city. Day 2 off to Steamboat springs for hiking, good eats, and the lithium spring pools. Day 4 back to Denver and the sights… LoDo, Five Points, Colfax. Day 5 Perhaps a day trip to Colorado Springs.. Garden of the Gods and Lunch at the Broadmoor.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Gosh so many to name. My wife Nancy has been with me throughout my journey, including, 6 cities in 10 years as my career and business have grown. Community College to Bud Gordon a teacher at Normandale College, that taught me the value of attitude and mindset. Bob Danberger who never answered a question but who let me find the answer. The Community of Metro Denver for their networking support and welcome.

Website: https://www.ras-squared.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrgies/

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