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Removing Distractions from the Workplace

Bill Edmonds
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

How many times during an average workday do you find yourself distracted by something that takes your focus off of an important task you’re right in the middle of?  Maybe it’s a personal call, an equipment breakdown, a lost Internet connection, or maybe just coworker chit-chat. These can not only drive you crazy but also your employer.

Mike Switzer interviews Bill Edmonds, founder of The Alternative Board and Northstar Leadership Solutions in Columbia, SC.  

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.