15 Jan 2020

Business Lessons from The Rose Parade
I had the very fortunate opportunity to attend the 131st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena this year! The Parade theme this year was “2020 The Power of Hope.” Not only was it a fantastic way to celebrate New Years Day with dear friends, it was also impressive to see the history and innovation that have kept The Rose Parade relevant and thriving as an iconic New Year’s traditi...

05 Dec 2019

Gifts from 2019
How often do you hear that it is better to give than to receive? We are conditioned to look outside of ourselves, to focus on others, which of course, has many benefits. However, as business leaders, too much of a good thing can become a distraction or a deflection. If you’ve followed me for a while, you probably know that I like to encourage looking at things in a different way. Today I...

20 Nov 2019

I come across plenty of business leaders who have those days of feeling frustrated in their business, defeated that progress isn’t happening quickly, or tempted to give up and get a J-O-B. Like the miner in the cartoon, they turn around and give up too soon. So, how do you keep going when it feels like you’re not getting there fast enough? 1. Check your mindset - your stinkin’ thinkin...

16 Oct 2019

Have you experienced the “Business Owner Sandwich” growing pain? It’s similar to the Sandwich Generation in our family stories where our hero is sandwiched in between caring for children or teens and caring for aging parents. I have seen something similar with business owners who have hired team members and/ or managers in the company, yet the staffers are not yet experienced or confiden...

11 Sep 2019

Focus & Clarity
Most business leaders are relieved to discover they are not alone in some of the frustrations they face. One of the most common challenges I hear is the lack of clarity and focus. Business leaders often feel like they are drinking from a fire hose and don’t know what to focus on first. This leads to overwhelm and to grabbing for the low-hanging fruit. Unfortunately, the easy reach is usu...

22 Aug 2019

Tolerating problem employees is a common trap I see business owners fall into. The issue can be an approach of “let’s ignore it and hope it goes away” or simply not knowing what to do. Allowing problem employees to continue the negative status quo has an adverse effect on your customers and can be destructive to team morale, staff retention, and productivity. It creates a host of headach...

27 May 2019

keys
Many small business owners start businesses not because they are fabulous business owners or budding entrepreneurs, but because they are passionate technicians. They have a particular skill that they know they can market and sell without working for someone else. But, for many of those business owners, that skill that sets their business apart can also be their Achilles Heel. It’s eas...

20 May 2019

Has May become the new December with the volume of celebrations, year-end activities, graduations, and transitions to summer? For me, in addition to working with my fabulous clients and a business I love, I have two graduations from two different high schools for my twins, an older daughter moving to DC for a summer internship, my own Leadership Cobb graduation, and a down...

13 May 2019

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Whether you are trying to build a company, secure funding for an entrepreneurial dream, create business relationships, or even land a job, you have to be confident in more than your resume and what you have to offer. In today’s market you can be sure that, before you get a call back or a client, there’s a good chance someone is going to look for your name (and your business name) online....

29 Apr 2019

Accountable
It’s hard to hear, but… any time something goes wrong in a business, the business owner is to blame. If you’re the owner of the company (or even the president of the organization) and customer has a terrible experience, it eventually comes back to you. For example, if a customer at a restaurant has a bad experience, it’s easy to blame the server or the chef, but your managers hired and t...

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