26 May 2020

Perspecitve
How does your perspective shape your reality and impact your business? There are a couple of ways to look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and life. What we know for sure and the perspective we bring to our circumstances are not always the same thing. What we know for sure: COVID-19 has had an impact on the world at large People are getting sick, some ...

18 Apr 2020

The Power of Positive Leadership
“We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction, that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt There is a lot of fear in the world right now and as a leader, it's crucial to embrace the power of positive leadership. We must lead with positivity for our teams, our clients, our vendors, our colleagues, our community, and for ourse...

14 Feb 2020

The Power of the Group
Recently I spoke with a business owner who returned from a snow-mobiling vacation with a large group of friends and colleagues. He commented that he didn’t need to go to the gym, because he got his best ab workout from all the laughter they shared over their several days together. That group dynamic takes FUN to the next level in our personal lives and is also exceptionally valuable for ...

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...

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