1888 – Business Growth Strategies with Quantum Evolution’s Mariana Lacombe

In this episode of the Thoughtful Entrepreneur, your host Josh Elledge speaks with the CEO Advisor and Founder of Quantum Evolution Corp, Mariana Lacombe.

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Mariana Lacombe, founder and CEO of Evolve with Quantum, specializes in helping CEO founders enhance their profits and net worth. Her unique approach combines personal growth with business success, which she believes is essential for effective leadership. Mariana's work focuses on helping founders realize the importance of personal development in translating business success into increased personal wealth.

She has committed her career to assisting founders in translating business growth into personal net worth. She believes that while leaders frequently prioritize the needs of others, personal development is essential for serving more effectively. This principle forms the foundation of her work at Evolve with Quantum.

Mariana also introduced her “profitability multiplier method,” aimed at identifying and addressing profit losses within a company. This method may involve reevaluating expenses, modifying pricing strategies, or broadening services offered to existing clients. According to her, even minor adjustments in these areas can significantly boost profitability.

Key Points from the Episode:

  • Importance of balancing personal growth and wealth with business growth
  • Identifying and addressing blind spots that may be sabotaging financial growth
  • Free masterclass and routine checklist to help business owners streamline processes and maximize financial exit
  • Helping CEO founders maximize profits and grow net worth
  • Focusing on translating business growth into personal net worth
  • Challenges faced by business owners in growing personal net worth while scaling their businesses
  • Impact of business decisions on personal growth and wealth
  • Psychological aspects of business and personal decision-making
  • Action items for assessing and addressing energy drains and business growth ceilings
  • Profitability multiplier method for identifying and addressing profit-draining factors in the company

About Mariana Lacombe:

Mariana Lacombe is a distinguished entrepreneur and authority in business development, with over twenty years of experience assisting a diverse range of coaching and consulting clients globally to expand their influence and profitability. Her tailored advice and coaching methods empower entrepreneurs to refine their operations, boost revenues, and establish enduring strategies for sustained achievement. Mariana's effectiveness is evidenced by her clients, who not only have seen their net worth double but also have broken free from the relentless grind by adopting her systematic approaches.

With an eclectic educational background and extensive professional experience, Mariana is uniquely equipped to guide ambitious leaders to surpass their growth plateaus. She holds degrees in Psychology, Service Management, and an Executive MBA with a concentration in International Business and Finance, alongside certifications from the Harvard Coaching Institute and as a Certified Board Member. Before establishing her consultancy, she contributed her expertise to leading coaching organizations, including those of Tony Robbins and Clients on Demand. She successfully grew her ventures, demonstrating her capacity to drive significant business success and client transformation.

About Quantum Evolution:

Quantum Evolution is a transformative force for business owners aiming to transcend conventional operational or sale objectives. Leveraging vast international expertise in corporate finance, leadership performance, and innovative funding strategies, Quantum Evolution acts as a financial architect. The firm crafts bespoke blueprints for enhancing business assets, offering a groundbreaking blend of valuation and consulting services. These services are designed to bolster marketing, investment planning, and automation strategies across all company levels, ensuring it thrives independently of its owner while maximizing its valuation for when freedom or change beckons.

Founded by Mariana Lacombe after accruing over 10,000 hours in advising, consulting, and coaching, alongside assisting more than 300 clients across six continents, Quantum Evolution Corp embodies her vision of facilitating substantial leaps in business and personal realms for entrepreneurs worldwide. Mariana's approach, dubbed ‘high-performance alchemy,' keenly addresses her clients' intertwined personal and professional dimensions, particularly during pivotal moments such as launching, scaling, or selling a business. This holistic focus aims to unlock unprecedented growth, profitability, and strategic exit opportunities, granting business owners the autonomy and advancement they seek.

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Josh (00:00:04) - Hey there, thoughtful listener. Would you like consistent and predictable sales activity with no spam and no ads? I'll teach you step by step how to do this, particularly if you're an agency owner, consultant, coach, or B2B service provider. What I teach has worked for me for more than 15 years and has helped me create more than $10 million in revenue. Just head to up my influence. Com and watch my free class on how to create endless high ticket sales appointments. You can even chat with me live and I'll see and reply to your messages. Also, don't forget the thoughtful entrepreneur is always looking for guests. Go to up my influence. Com and click on podcast. We'd love to have you. With us right now. It's Mariana Lacombe. Mariana, you are the founder and CEO of Quantum Evolution. You're found on the web at evolve with Mariana, thank you so much for joining us.

Mariana (00:01:11) - Thank you so much. I'm really excited to be here and having this conversation with you and your audience as well.

Josh (00:01:16) - Yes. Well, I'm eager to hear your kind of your impact in the world, who you serve, what you do. I'm intrigued.

Mariana (00:01:22) - Yes, absolutely. So I work alongside CEO founders to help them truly maximize their profits so that they can grow their net worth. I'm very focused on helping founders become truly wealthy with their business, because very early in my career, I found that leaders tend to focus on everyone else but themselves. However, the more they grow personally, the more they can serve others. So I've been focusing on truly translating business growth into net worth, and that has been my biggest mission in the past decade, I would say. Josh.

Josh (00:02:01) - Tell me more about that, like what that means and what that looks like for a founder.

Mariana (00:02:06) - Absolutely. Well, so when a business owners, they grow their business, it's very normal for them to put everything they've got to give their all to make the business grow. They are going to grow the team. They're going to invest in systems.

Mariana (00:02:20) - And I've seen too many business owners is scaling to multiple seven figures without growing their personal net worth simultaneously, because they want to make sure that the business works. The big problem with that is that there is a point where they have to make a decision between their sanity, their health, even, and the business. I've seen too many business owners burning out so quickly because there is this lack of balance between what they're giving to the business and what they're receiving instead. And all of that happens for multiple reasons. I recently, for example, worked with a business owner who was making more than $1 million already per year, and I assessed his business deeply, you know, assessed his financials. And then I realized that he gave raises to everyone in his team. He hired the best company to grow the system. He did everything for the business. But when I asked him how much money he was making, personally, nothing had really changed since the beginning of his business. He was still paying himself the bare minimum just to cover his basic expenses.

Mariana (00:03:24) - His lifestyle wasn't changing at all and he was so upset. And worse, he was upset with himself because he didn't know why. Nothing was really improving in his life personally. So there were many business decisions that he was making that were actually the right decisions. But at the end of the day, he wasn't really perceiving any personal gains with the growth of the business. So I see a lot of businesses, business owners having multi-million dollar businesses, but not necessarily becoming millionaires themselves. And years ago, Josh, I heard someone say that if you want to make a change in the world, becoming a millionaire is taking a moral stand for your cause. Because ultimately, the more wealth you have, the more you're going to be able to actually to truly impact the people and help people out. So I became a business owner advocate, let's say, or my clients call me usually their ghost CEO, where I am alongside them now, seeing what they're doing that is actually sabotaging their personal growth and wealth and how they can grow the business while also getting the business to work for them.

Mariana (00:04:33) - So it's a complex process, I would say, because there is a lot of a business strategy. Absolutely. And also a lot of psychology behind it.

Josh (00:04:44) - You. Well, yeah, there's a lot of psychology I would imagine going on. You know, I think about where my brain typically is. Right. And and I want to it's almost like maybe a badge of honor that, you know, I'm so disciplined that I'm taking so little for my company, know I'm doubling down and, you know, investing in my people, investing in my customers, you know, that sort of thing. And so it's like, I wonder if some of it just has to do with, you know, this psychological like prize where we're supposed to continue to put off our own needs. And that's the mark of a successful founder or entrepreneur. But in reality, there's costs to that. Everything has a cost.

Mariana (00:05:28) - Yes, yes, I absolutely agree with that. You see, you can already identify a new some of that pattern right away.

Mariana (00:05:35) - Oh I.

Josh (00:05:35) - Know.

Mariana (00:05:36) - Yeah. And it does become a badge of honor because actually it does make us feel good. But you don't want to be a martyr. You don't want to be a martyr giving everything to everyone. And then at the end of the day, you know, not receiving what you truly deserve. And what I found is that we do this all consciously. And subconsciously, without even realizing what we are actually doing. And it is my commitment to realize or to understand and assess those blind spots that can show up in business decisions, but it can also show up in personal decisions. I just made the decision, this decision specifically when I realized that I when I was 30, when I turned 30, I started very young. I started my career when I was 15 years old, worked so much, I worked so hard, and I made a massive impact. I used to manage more than 3000 people and it made me feel so good. But when I was 30, I.

Mariana (00:06:33) - My doctor told me that if I didn't stop, I would have a heart attack. And back then I was extremely fit. You know, I would say if you look at Mariana, you would be like, oh, Mariana is the peak performer. Mariana I would exercise every day. My bank account was beautiful. I had more than $1 million in my bank account alone by the age of 30. And there's my doctor. Say you're going to have a heart attack. I had to stop working for three months, and that is when I realized that there must be a better way of being a leader, of showing up with energy and enthusiasm without costing me something that means so much to me. Then it was my health. But for many people, it's their finances or their sanity or their relationships. How many business owners actually end up losing their relationships because they give their all to the business, and then there's nothing left for their personal lives. So that's a that's a gigantic problem for sure. And it shows up in different areas.

Josh (00:07:32) - Yeah, well, Mariana, let's give some action item. Let's help our listeners, especially someone who's been listening like, okay. All right. Yeah, yeah. People are like, okay, I feel called out.

Mariana (00:07:45) - Yeah. That's interesting. Yeah. So people are like, okay, okay. Well, so, the only thing I definitely wanted you guys to notice is how you're feeling. At the end of the day, if you're feeling going to bed, feeling recharged or feeling that your inner battery is filled up, you go to bed and you feel that there is energy even while you're sleeping. You're good to go. But if you're feeling very drained, if by the end of the day you're feeling drained, you're feeling like withdrawal, and you're feeling like not wanting to connect with people, you just want to be silent, right? Then we have to assess what's been draining your energy during the day. So just start to notice this. If it is when you're using your money or you're making financial decisions, or you're dealing with people, or you're addressing client problems, or when you're looking at the numbers or when you're implementing systems, people have different energy drinks, let's say.

Mariana (00:08:42) - And why am I talking about energy? Because you want to feel that there is vitality in you so that you can create something. A business owner without creative energy will always hit a ceiling. And that's the second thing. I wanted you guys to take a look at your business growth and see if you hit any type of ceilings. I've seen some ceilings. You know, Josh, there is the 100 K ceiling, the 300 K ceiling, the $1 million ceiling, and then the $3 million ceiling. Like, you know, people hit that ceiling and immediately bounce back to old patterns. So see the numbers and see what story the numbers are telling you. If there is any plateau or any ceiling going on. And lastly, that you guys always assess your numbers and see what the numbers are truly telling you. Look at your pay, look at your take home, look at your bank accounts. Is your network your network growing or is it you know, the same? What are you gaining out of your business? So these will be the three things that I would say that someone needs to assess to see if there are some blind spots sabotaging your financial growth.

Josh (00:09:51) - Yeah. So I would imagine again, within our organizations there's typically some work that likely needs to be done. What how might that work look.

Mariana (00:10:01) - Yes. Well, so a couple of things. One of the things I teach my clients is what I call the profitability multiplier method. So what does this mean. We look at what is specifically is draining profits in the company. So if there are decisions about expenses that are unnecessary, if there are actions in the company that are not necessarily aligned with what the company really wants at the end of the year, or even if there is a lot of money being left on the table, for example. I worked with hundreds of clients before, and I've asked them when was the last time they actually increased their prices, even if it's just for 5% or 10% whatever. And most of them hasn't increased actually their prices for years. Yeah. And the reasons are many, right? They believe they're going to lose their clients. They believe that people are not going to be able to afford it, or they're actually even satisfied with how much they're charging.

Mariana (00:11:01) - Right? Let's say if they're satisfied. But that 10% increase is immediate profits, right? It goes straight to their bucket because actually the expenses will be exactly the same. That is one way. The other way is, for example, if you're offering different types of services or products for the same client, and again, everything else that you offer to a client usually is profit because there's no cost of acquisition. So I would say taking a look at even the business model and seeing if there is any, final tweak that you can do to combine all of these strategies together to increase profitability. But these are the two most common one, I would say, Josh, you know, not increasing prices, even if it's just a little bit consistently or offering more services and products to the same client. So you don't rely on only acquisition of new clients. A lot of business owners believe that they can only grow their business by acquiring new clients. And that is a grind, right? It's a marketing grind when you can grow from within.

Mariana (00:12:08) - And that is one of the things that I teach.

Josh (00:12:11) - Yeah. So let's talk just a bit about that then. How do you work.

Mariana (00:12:16) - Well, so there are two different ways and it really depends on who is the ideal client. Let's say if I'm working with someone who is already in the seven figure level, and the goal is to double triple net worth, personally. So I work with them as their goals CEO. What does that mean? We have weekly meetings and I assess the whole business with this person. This person has access to me at any time. So what do I do? I can see financials numbers or I can assess their psychology or even their subconscious mind to see what is really getting in the way. So it's a very holistic approach to that. But what I do that because I know that for every business owner like you or anyone listening to this, you have to make decisions fast. You can't wait two weeks to talk to your coach to make a decision that's sitting on your desk right away.

Mariana (00:13:08) - So that is one of the things that I do for people. But the most important thing is to make sure that they are making the best decisions that are aligned with their vision, with what they truly believe that's best for them, and also best for the business.

Josh (00:13:22) - So your website is evolve with You've got a good blog here. and you've got a master class here and it's free. you mind maybe sharing just a bit about that and who should watch that and what you talk about? let me just read the title here. It says how any successful business owner can almost immediately step away from all day to day frustrations and maximize their financial exit. Sounds like a great, It sounds like a great goal.

Mariana (00:13:51) - Exactly. Yeah. So, one of my mantras when I'm working with people is that, to do more, we do less. So I focus on streamlining everything related to the business, and I also help them streamline their days. Actually, this is the gift I wanted to give to all listeners here.

Mariana (00:14:11) - I have a routine that I actually created for my clients, and I wanted to share this with you guys that actually has a checklist of daily, weekly and monthly activities that you have to focus on in order for you to be able to streamline the process. So the masterclass talks about how you can maximize your business exit. Most business owners, they are creating their business so that they can be free from something specific. Usually it's financial freedom and freedom of time being able to do whatever they want to. The other one is geographical freedom being able to be anywhere in the world. So if the business relies on them personally, if they either me aspect of the business, no one will be interested in buying your business. You have to remove yourself and not be the main asset. That's also how they can streamline and grow their own capacity. The masterclass talks about how you can remove yourself, or what needs to be necessary for you to be able to maximize the valuation of your company and sell it for premium, so that when you're out of your company, you have more financial returns.

Mariana (00:15:20) - And then with that money, I'm pretty sure you're going to want to create something else, because that's what supernovas do. They're always creating something new. So this masterclass is truly for anyone in any, moment of your business that is thinking about selling your company in one year, three years, five years, so be it. And what needs to happen right now to increase the valuation of that company?

Josh (00:15:45) - Yeah. Yeah. So let's say that someone's like they're following it and they're doing everything that you're telling them to do. And there might be some things that have been long time frustrating, like maybe they took on a lot of capital investment. They've got some debts. They're like, it's just going to take a long time to do that. Or they're doing the work and they're looking and they're like, yep, it's going to take about a year. So they might find themselves just impatient. But yet they're doing the right stuff. Right. They're doing what you're advising that they focus on. Any advice for, you know, someone that's just kind of in the middle of that? They did, you know, well, that sort of thing.

Josh (00:16:24) - Yeah.

Mariana (00:16:25) - Impatience is the number one disempowering emotion I'd say that many business owners have, but only for me. I reframe impatience as the feeling that this is very important. I do sometimes I want my clients to be a little bit more impatient, so that they have more urgency, so that they understand that if something doesn't happen today, it will never happen in the future. So even if it's going to take you one year, at least you know that now it is going to take you one year. Because if you're not doing something right now, it's going to take you forever and there's not enough time that will be enough for you to pay off your debt for you to, truly start to see profits coming in in the form of net worth. Right? So because there is this transfer, right? I want to make sure my clients are really growing their assets. So impatience is not necessarily a negative thing. You know, Josh it's just a negative when it's paralyzing. Some people are so impatient that they are like they don't even know what to do.

Mariana (00:17:29) - As long as we're translating that into action, it is a good thing. So I would say everybody now feeling very impatient that you are always taking action. That's I like my routine too, because if every day you're taking one action that is actually moving you forward, you're getting closer to the outcome that you want. But if you're not, if you're paralyzed, you're actually moving backwards. And you don't want to do that.

Josh (00:17:56) - Yes, always be moving forward. And you know, it's again that the sage words of, you know, the ancient Chinese proverb, as they say, is, you know, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. Today. Do it. Yes, Mariana. I'm sorry. Go ahead. Please.

Mariana (00:18:16) - I was going to say just the one question. When everybody someone is on the fence, you know, not wanting to jump and. Get support. I always ask when now is going to be the right time for you to do this, when now is going to be the right time for you to take action.

Mariana (00:18:29) - So it's always now. So yeah, that that's also very important.

Josh (00:18:35) - Excellent Marianne Larcombe again. Your website evolve with Click on watch the free masterclass. Did you say that there was a checklist? It was a.

Speaker 3 (00:18:45) - Yes.

Mariana (00:18:46) - Yes. So, the gift I actually wanted to give to everyone, to the listeners, you can always of course watch my masterclass as well. It's in my website, but you guys can go to the SEO And there you can download a routine that I created for my client. But now you can have access to that as well. It's what I call the seven figure SEO routine for riches. And my goal is to give you guys a checklist of daily, weekly, and monthly activities that you can do to truly maximize your time to stop working too much in things that are not important. And this is definitely going to be able to help you break the ceiling, the profit ceiling that you're currently in. So you'll see that there will be several different activities that are very focused on business strategy, but also personal strategies like adding activities that will add fun recovery rest in your day.

Mariana (00:19:44) - So this checklist is really awesome because now it also helps you make decisions during the day. So if you can go to the SEO advisory Co slash routine, you can download your copy and enjoy it.

Josh (00:19:58) - Mariana Larcombe again. Your website evolved with Mariana. Thank you so much for joining this great conversation.

Mariana (00:20:05) - Thank you Josh I appreciate it.

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