About Us

How We Got Started
About our Podcasts
Our Beliefs and Commitment
Our Invitation
Who We Are

How We Got Started

We’re delighted that you have decided to visit our website, KANDLcast.com. KANDL grew out of a long-time friendship between Kent Barnett and Lorraine Warshaw (that’s us, the “K” AND “L” of KANDL) and many hours of conversation about business success (or not!) held over multiple cups of coffee drunk in the South Lakes Shopping Center Starbuck’s in Reston, Virginia (wow, that’s a long sentence!).

For years we have been looking for ways to work together to help organizations, large and small, make better decisions; achieve better outcomes; think and manage strategically; and provide working environments that are truly supportive, uplifting, soulful, and fun.

It was during one of our conversations (now held over Skype rather than a cup of coffee as Lorraine has relocated to Auckland, New Zealand) that we came up with the idea for KANDL – a podcast-centric website devoted to illuminating pathways to business success.

About our Podcasts

Our podcasts are upbeat and fun and feature real business people, talking about real business issues and real business solutions. Our eclectic line-up of guests includes, in part, business owners, business experts, IT specialists, artists, and founders of not-for-profit organizations. All of our guests have stories to tell about successes and failures and are able to share with you their words of wisdom and lessons learned. Whether you own a business, work as a leader within a business or want to start a business, you’re sure to find something of value in each of our podcasts.

Our Beliefs and Commitment

We firmly believe that there are underlying principles that guide good decision making, effective leadership and sound business management. Even though “the times they are a changing,” there are foundational elements that endure over time and across economic cycles. It is our goal to make sure those principles and elements come through loud and clear and to impart to our listeners how they can be applied in a rapidly changing world.

We are committed to growing a community of people who are truly interested in business success and are open to considering that the changes needed to accomplish that success are both external and personal. It’s often that change in one’s external circumstances can only result from an increase in knowledge and a change in one’s internal landscape … attitudes, assumptions, and behavior patterns. By providing you with the chance to hear from a diverse range of successful people, we hope to broaden your horizons, open your mind, encourage you to consider new and different ways of doing and being, and illuminate pathways to business success.

Our Invitation

We invite you to join us often and encourage you to let others know about us. We welcome your input, feedback, reactions, suggestions, and observations. We know that it’s our listeners and visitors who will help to make what we offer more valuable, timely and useful and help to make us smarter, wiser and more humble.

Who We Are

If you want to know a bit more about us individually and understand the filters through which we view the business world, keep on reading.

KENT BARNETT

I am the co-owner of Management Outsourcing (Management Outsourcing), a company created in October 2000 to meet the project management needs of Fortune 100 companies and other major clients in diverse industries. I have worked in both the U.S. and Australia. In my work, I effectively address project management challenges ranging from operations and technology to turnarounds and rescues, with a specialization in strategic project initiatives valued between $10 million and $50 million.

I am an IT and project management professional (and have been for the past 20+ years) who fully understands the strategic value of information technology, the processes that insure successful project implementation, the practices that reinforce strategic business management and outcomes, and the behaviors that underpin good leadership and followership. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration degree, as well as several professional certifications in my field.

While I love the stuff of propeller-head-dom, I always take a meta-view of my client’s business, its challenges and its opportunities as a backdrop to any services I provide. Without that overall business perspective, most IT projects will under-deliver and under-perform. The value of being an independent, outside consultant is that I can rise above my clients’ internal politics and say what needs to be said. The trick is to do this gracefully … which I admit, at times, is hard to do! At least there’s never any question in my client’s mind that I’m passionate about my work.

To balance all the left-brained activity, and to give me a different perspective on life, I am also an avid reader, a writer, an exhibiting photographer, and a musician. My wife, Kristen, and I live in Reston, Virginia (USA).

LORRAINE WARSHAW

I am the owner of BusinessNext International, a business strategy consulting and mentoring firm I started in 1986. My work focuses on both the business of business and the human side of enterprise. I work primarily with closely-held, successful entrepreneurial businesses in the $5 million to $50 million revenue range.

I have occasionally taken a hiatus from this business to become CEO of other peoples’ businesses (one public, one private), to be a consultant in a larger organization dealing with Fortune 100 companies and U.S. Federal government agencies, and to wear the hat of a CFO for a number of enterprises.

I have worked with companies in the U.S., New Zealand, India, Mexico, Japan, Argentina, Canada, and Russia. It has been a wonderful experience working across cultures and across borders. Even though my international work has often involved using the services of translators (amazing people!), my clients and I were able to share our humanity, benefit from our collective knowledge, and accomplish great things.

As for professional degrees, I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) and an MBA from an internationally renowned business school in Boston, Massachusetts. I have also earned my CPA certificate in California, a professional license which is now inactive as I’ve decided I’d rather have an accountant than be an accountant.

Through the years, I’ve discovered that there are a number of underlying assumptions that guide all of my work. Here are my “baker’s dozen” in no particular order.

In addition to work, I also have a personal life, or so I like to tell myself. I love reading, laughing, hiking, gardening, the company of friends, great conversation, new ideas, philanthropic and community work, the arts, and anything that requires a ticket. I live in Auckland, New Zealand, with my dear cat, Princess, 1,200 miles from nowhere.