Ep: 015 – Brian Tomlinson – Logistics and Support with 5 Paragraph

Brian is a born and bred North Carolinian and an ardent patriot. He has spent a lifetime working on large scale projects with big organizations but his passion lies with helping medium sized businesses grow to compete among the highest ranks. While operating as the project manager at Sands Expo Center, Brian lead the team who pulled all of the wiring for the facility. If you’ve ever had a wifi signal while walking through S.H.O.T. Show, it’s because Brian and his team made it happen. 

Tomlinson has ran his own companies, primarily in concrete contracting and inspection on large scale projects. He had the required keen eye and an unparalleled understanding of concrete pour strategy; among other things. 

Brian works …

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Ep: 014 – Nathan Hirsch Freeeup

Team:  5P / HMG ||  Freeeup.com                                Event type: Podcast Interview

Coordinator:    Michael J. Penney                   Task organization: Host – Guest

Nathan Hirsch – Freeeup.com

Situation – Fit freelancers with businesses in need. 

Problem: Create a space for connecting Freelancers and businesses.

Friendlys: Trusted by 5000+ businesses

Mission:FreeeUp recruits, interviews, and vets thousands of freelancers every month then gives you access to the top 1% of applicants.


Commander’s Intent: Change the hiring experience

Scheme of Maneuver: 

  • Vet freelancers
  • Skill attitude **** communication
    • 15 pages communication

40 % US   40% Phillipean     20% Global

Coordinating instructions: Hiring a freelancers

  • Create a Freeeup.com account
  • Request a freelancer
  • Get intros to 1-3 options
  • Hire or pass; give Freeeup feedback on why

            Customer pays freelancer >>> Freeeup takes 15%

Desired endstate: People …

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Ep: 013 – Technology won’t solve all of your problems

Team:5 Paragraph Community                                         Event type: Solo talk

Coordinator:Michael J. Penney                            Task organization: Podcast


Many people look to technology to solve their toughest problems. This includes organizing their vision and maintaining transparency. 

Use 5 Paragraph Business Plan to organize problems and crush them.

Mission:  Work in hard copy for one day. Focus your planning and organization efforts toward hard copy planning. Write out your plan with pen and paper. Illustrate it on the dry-erase board. Hard copy puts things “in stone”.


5 Paragraph’s intention is to increase team productivity by limiting the technology needed to get organized and commit action. 

Assemble your team. Put the 5 Paragraphs on the board. Ask for your team’s intelligence input.

Create a vision using 5 …

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