“Remote Work: What To Weigh Before Going Through With It – Episode 035”
by Steve Anderson and Ryan Deeds

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Summary:

In this episode of The Digital Broker, Steve and Ryan examine remote work. By listening to this episode, you will learn:

  • Why remote work is taking off, and why you need to be considering it even if you don’t think your agency is ready for it
  • How to do remote work right, by leveraging its oft-touted strengths while controlling for the effects of its lesser stated drawbacks
  • What to keep in mind and contemplate when conceiving your remote work policy, and how to guard against unforeseen complications
  • Which equipment and services help ensure a smooth transition between in-office and remote work

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Recap:

Many people hear “remote work” and envision someone slacking off at home. Actually, remote work is to work from anywhere that isn’t the main office. This is still enough to make some principals cringe. If I can’t see them, how do I know they’re working?

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“How To Become A Leader In Insurance – Episode 034”
by Steve Anderson and Ryan Deeds

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Summary:

In this episode of The Digital Broker, Steve and Ryan discuss the principles of leadership and how they figure into running an insurance agency. By listening to this episode, you will learn:

By listening to this episode, you will learn:

  • What it means to lead as opposed to simply being in charge.
  • How to see the total picture and remove the blind spot that affects so many leaders in the insurance space.
  • How to minimize workplace arguments by understanding why they happen in the first place.
  • How to get the best results from your team by relating to them the right way.

The Digital Broker podcast is brought to you buy Indio Technologies. Indio turns the application and renewal process into an online TurboTax like experience for your clients. As a result, the 1,000+ agents using Indio provide their clients with a top-rated customer experience, reduce their E&O exposure, and outgrow their competition. To learn more about Indio, click here!


Recap:

What’s a leader, anyway? Is it someone that you report to? No, that’s a boss.

Is it someone who oversees you? That sounds more like a supervisor.

This is a podcast about operational excellence, and you cannot have operational excellence without a direction—which you cannot have without a clear idea of what to do and how to get there.

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“Insurance Agent’s Blueprint For Digital Transformation – Episode 033”
by Steve Anderson and Ryan Deeds

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Summary:

In this episode of The Digital Broker, Steve and Ryan continue their conversation from their Executive Management Program presentations at Applied Net 2018 and provide insurance agencies a blueprint for digital transformation.

By listening to this episode, you will learn:

  • How to get a better read on the future by distinguishing between hard trends and soft trends.
  • How to chart your way to change, be it incrementally or transformationally.
  • How ideas, even the bad ones, fuel your organization forward.
  • How technology is changing the very nature of insurance, and what you need to do about it.

The Digital Broker podcast is brought to you buy Indio Technologies. Indio turns the application and renewal process into an online TurboTax like experience for your clients. As a result, the 1,000+ agents using Indio provide their clients with a top-rated customer experience, reduce their E&O exposure, and outgrow their competition. To learn more about Indio, click here!


Recap:

As the final speaker to present at the Executive Management Program of Applied Net 2018, it seemed appropriate that Steve would talk about the future. Much like Ryan had described data as a hazy thing that people struggle to understand, so, too, does the future seem like something that doesn’t exist. And in fact, it doesn’t — until it becomes the present.

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“Data, Culture, and Innovation In Insurance Agency Practices – Episode 032”
by Steve Anderson and Ryan Deeds

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Summary:

In this episode of The Digital Broker, Steve and Ryan unpack the contents of the talks they gave at the Executive Management Program of the Applied Net 2018 conference.

By listening to this episode, you will learn:

  • How to tell bad data from good and develop an eye for data quality.
  • How to identify soul-sucking tasks and enlist the help you need to remove them.
  • How to find and evaluate the solutions you might not even know you have, such as customized API’s.

The Digital Broker podcast is brought to you buy Indio Technologies. Indio turns the application and renewal process into an online TurboTax like experience for your clients. As a result, the 1,000+ agents using Indio provide their clients with a top-rated customer experience, reduce their E&O exposure, and outgrow their competition. To learn more about Indio, click here!


Recap:

Talking about data management is as easy as talking about exercise: everybody agrees it’s good for you, but to work it into everyday life is more difficult.

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“Google’s Nine-Figure Investment in Applied Systems (Interview With Reid French) – Episode 031”
by Steve Anderson and Ryan Deeds

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Summary:

In this episode of The Digital Broker podcast, Steve and Ryan talk directly to Reid French, CEO of Applied Systems, about CapitalG’s earth-shaking investment in Reid’s company Applied Systems.

By listening to this episode, you will learn:

  • What the deal represents, not only for Applied but for the insurance industry as a whole.
  • How Reid and Applied plan to leverage this investment for the benefit of the independent insurance channel.
  • What the practical implications of this might look like.

The Digital Broker podcast is brought to you buy Indio Technologies. Indio turns the application and renewal process into an online TurboTax like experience for your clients. As a result, the 1,000+ agents using Indio provide their clients with a top-rated customer experience, reduce their E&O exposure, and outgrow their competition. To learn more about Indio, click here!


Recap:

AppliedNet is an insurance superpower. In the course of eight years, it has grown from a little over 1,000 attendees in its first year to over 4,000 in 2018, its biggest turnout ever. Typically, the show highlights innovations and products in the insurance space, but this year, the light was shining on the conference producer itself. Just a few days before the show began, Applied Systems secured a nine-figure investment from CapitalG, the investment arm of Alphabet, which owns Google (3:38). (more…)