Amplify Your Business


Episode 270: The Challenges of Entrepreneurship and Transitioning Out of Business

Featuring Erika Anderson of Proteus International

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In this episode of Amplify Your Business, we're joined by Erika Anderson from the picturesque landscapes of Spain. Erika shares her profound insights on entrepreneurship, the critical importance of vision, and the intricate journey of transitioning from full-time leadership to a semi-retired role. This conversation unveils the essence of entrepreneurial resilience, strategic decision-making, and personal growth.


Erika Anderson is a seasoned entrepreneur and the founding partner of Proteus International, a company specializing in leadership development, executive coaching, and organizational transformation. With a career spanning over three decades, Erika has established herself as an authority on helping individuals and organizations clarify and move toward their aspired futures. She has authored a number of books focused on leadership and change management and currently splits her time between New York and Spain.

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00:00 Intro

00:57 The importance of having a clear vision for your business

02:23 Being a fair witness and maintaining objectivity as an entrepreneur

03:57 The significance of having enough capital for your business

05:10 Challenges of scaling a business and managing capital

08:57 Gathering data and testing market demand before developing a product

12:26 Summary of the book "Be Bad First.”

13:37 The three practice areas of Proteus

19:27 Erika's transition to semi-retirement and operating Proteus from Spain

22:10 Advice for transitioning and trusting partners

24:44 Importance of clear roles and regular check-ins

29:48 Identifying what you love about your work.

31:53 Erika’s biggest challenge

39:36 How to connect with Erika Anderson

40:01 Find Erika's books on Amazon

40:35 Outro

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