I'm hoping you are well, and contained. It's been a very unusual time, hasn't it? I've cooked more, talked less, and spent way too much time forecasting the future. Hangin' out in the unknown is very uncomfortable, and an exhausting waste of time......
Instead of my asking "How are you doing," what I really want to ask you is, "how are you feeling right now?" Time for a deep breath to congratulate yourself. You've never survived a pandemic before. You've never been held hostage in your own home before. You are here! Let's check in to see how you are feeling now before you can get ready for your next step.....
We've come a long way since four weeks ago. At first our world seemed apocalyptic. The bare shelves in grocery stores demonstrated what we know as the basic law of supply and demand: who would have thought toilet paper would become such a cherished and pursued commodity.....
90-Day benchmark - how are your results?
Here we are at the 90-Day benchmark of 2020. How are those goals of yours coming along? Are you getting the results you want? What outcomes showed up along the way? Results are metrics.....
Happy 2020 to you. 2020 is off to a fast start! To help you keep pace with the new year and this year's business and career growth goals, I've compiled my most often read, top 5 newsletters from 2019 to re-set your engines for your best year ever! Use them up...
Give your business an EXPERIENCE!
Whether you're seeing your eye doctor or you are a business leader, we all want 20/20 Visual sharpness and clarity, right? Right! Front and center in this new decade, 89% of marketers expect the customer experience to be their differentiator.
Achieve 20/20 vision in 2020!
We all want 20/20 vision, don't we? We want the visual acuity of sharpness and clarity of vision, right? 2020 is a year of BIG goals: we have a must-vote election, we enter a new decade, we have change and choices.
Is Your Retention Strategy 'At The Ready?'
The low unemployment rate is giving employees at all levels, more options and leverage than they have had in years. A vast majority are either job jumping or on the lookout for new opportunities. Employees with talent (and even those without) have the power.
People don't leave companies. They leave bosses.
One of my favorite business authors is Patrick Lencioni. When I was figuring out how to build a cohesive team in my business, Lencioni gave me the directive I needed to engage and create alignment with my 52 very diverse employees: if I could get everyone in my company into the same boat, rowing in the same direction, the power of my team coupled with service enthusiasm could easily dominate any market, any industry, against any competition at any time.
To Pivot or Not...That is the Question!
I'm sure you've heard the quote: "It takes 20 years to make an overnight success." Many successful business owners agree - success doesn't happen overnight. It only looks like that on the outside. During those years of deepening, morphing, sculpting your core vision, there are many instances when your great business idea hits hard times. The secret skill of those successful business owners is knowing how and when to pivot.
Ignite Your Fire!
It's time to turn up the 'fire in your belly' to become the strong visionary leader you were meant to be! When was the last time you woke up excited about your day? When was the last time your passion, your enthusiasm, your leadership led the way? If it's been awhile since your aliveness was contagious, your time is NOW! Your world needs YOU!
To Quit Or Not To Quit
I confess, I am not an expert on quitting, letting go, or endings. I think long and hard. I consider one more chance, and then another. I'm married more than five decades, owned and sold my business after 30 years, and still to this day, rally one more time before I consider quitting as an option.
Everything is Information for Your Business
This week has my focus on gathering the pieces together in preparation for the next upcoming event for the Business Growth Series on April 25th. The topic takes on sales and marketing for the woman business owner, probably the most common challenge so many face.
STOP Your Fear of Failure
Did you know 50% of women report self-doubt about their job performance compared to less than 30% of men?
When you have low self-esteem, you put little value on your opinions and ideas. Instead, you focus on your blind-spots and faults. You believe that others are more capable or successful. Fear of failure and rejection keeps you stuck.
4 Tips to Manage Overwhelm for Your Health and Joy
It's Holiday Time and hustle and bustle is amped up: at work you've got year-end deadlines and at home, there are gifts to be bought and wrapped, decorations to get up, parties to plan. The list goes on. It can be overwhelming to keep it all straight. I bet you're asking: So, where's the joy?
3 Steps to Up-Date Your Self-Perceptions
1. Heighten your awareness: When a negative thought about yourself enters your mind, immediately become aware of it...and change it with a positive thought.
Congratulate yourself for recognizing this intrusion and having the courage to re-frame this thought in a positive way. After awhile, you may laugh at yourself when this happens, letting the old story gradually disappear.
3 Tips to Make an Empowered Decision
As a busy business owner are you always feeling like you are missing out, trying to do Everything and be Everywhere? I know the feeling - it's exhausting! The solution? Learning how to make empowered Decisions!
7 Steps to make a Tough (Courageous) Conversation Easier
One of the toughest hurdles as a business owner is learning how to address the most challenging situations that seem to come up from every corner, whether it be the challenging customer to the difficult employee, there is always something to navigate, carefully and deliberately. It was David Whyte, known as the Corporate Guru, that first introduced the concept of "courageous conversations."
FEAR Keeps You STUCK! What Are YOU Afraid Of?
My mission today and always, is to move the needle on that insulting statistic that states only 3% of the 11 million women business owners in this country reach the ultimate benchmark of $1M in profitable revenue...only 3%! I am here to serve women business owners to work smarter, not harder.
Get A Grip. Make Time!
Managing time feels like trying to hold onto a jellyfish. It's slippery, amorphous, and elusive. Most people only have a vague sense of where their hours go. As a result, some people choose to work harder instead of smarter. They work more hours, longer days, and still fall short of all that is needed to get the job done.
Ready to Scale Up Your Business?
Are you a strong woman who has worked hard to get where you are today? Your success proves that. Working hard and long hours was your norm, for too long. A Gallup poll found 40% of small business owners work over 60 hours a week. You are at a choice point now either to grow...or to maintain. It is a deliberate and intentional decision. Before you decide, consider what it takes to get to the next level.
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