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I Had To Put My Mask On First

You might have noticed that I’m posting this on a different day and time then what you’re used to. Oh, and that you didn’t hear from me at all last week.  I wasn’t ignoring what was going on around the world.  It’s that I had to put on my own mask first.  The very short of it is that I was on vacation while the pandemic was declared and got stuck on a cruise ship that was rerouted 1100 miles. We made it home two days later than anticipated to then be placed in a 14-day at-home quarantine. And now […]

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Just Say NO

I’m getting straight to the point today.  Because I’m a straight shooter and you know I like to tell it straight up in a no-nonsense way. The reason you’re constantly running yourself ragged, plowing through one unfilling project after the next and sitting in countless snooze-fests, also known as meetings, is because you’re not doing it right.  The “it” I’m referring to is your ability to say “No.” You’re so preoccupied with what other people might think if you turn down that seemingly fabulous invitation.  Or overly concerning yourself of what others are doing and if they’re doing IGTV, so […]

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How to Strengthen Team Communications

Last week, we walked through the 4 must-haves to streamline your business operations.  Three of the four are hard systems tools for Project Management, Schedule Management, Inbox Management. Whewww, that’s a lot of managing going on, isn’t it?!? The last recommendation of Team Communication might have caught you a bit off-guard, though.  So I want to unpack that a bit this week because it’s simultaneously the simplest and most challenging part of running your business.  It’s simple because now you’re aware of what to look for, where the gap might be, how to set-up your business to flourish. And challenging […]

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What to Pay Your Independent Contractors

Do you want to clone yourself? What I mean is, do you dream of the day when you aren’t the sole provider of your service?  Where you can help more people because it isn’t only you delivering your services?  I know, how freakin’ cool would that be, right?  Many business owners have a vision of helping more people. And yet, they get tripped up at an easy-stages step in the process.  How much do I pay an independent contractor who isn’t on the admin side of my team but actually working directly with clients, facilitating my work?  Oh it’s a […]

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Don’t Scratch That Itch

A colleague forwarded me a video from Simon Sinek riffing on millennials in the workplace. (You can catch the full clip here.) It’s not what you think. Although, if you’re familiar with any of Sinek’s work, you likely know where he was headed.  Part way through the conversation, he laid this one on us: “Everything you want, you can have instantaneously. Everything you want, instant gratification. Except job satisfaction and strength of relationships. There ain’t no app for that. They are slow, meandering, uncomfortable, messy processes.”  Truthfully, this speaks to much more than the generation of millennials. It speaks to our […]

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What I Learned About Business From My Rock Heroes

Quick question – are you a fan of Game of Thrones? Yes, you say – sweet! What about 00’s country music? Not so much. Well, that’s okay.  How about 90’s rock? Okay, now we’re getting somewhere.  Whether you’re a fan of GoT or country or rock music or none of the above, you’ll appreciate this story.  As the final season of GoT was coming to a close, the creators of the show partnered with Fender Guitars to create a collection of GoT-branded custom guitars. One unique guitar for each main family on the show, showcasing their house’s sigil.  And then, […]

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20 Ways to Crush It This Year

Holy smokes! We’re almost upon a whole new year and an entirely new decade. The time is simultaneously flying by and not going fast enough. I’m grateful and impatient. I want change to occur and new experiences to happen.  Yet, I know lasting, next-level growth can’t happen overnight. It’s bit by bit, step by step. Through doing and learning and adjusting over the course of the journey. So here’s 20 steps to take in 2020 to boost your success in business and life and all things in between:  1.  Need a kick in the butt to pick yourself up when […]

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Love Your Team Meetings… in 5 Steps

OH BOY, has my calendar been bananas lately.  Or should I say crazy-pants town.  There have meetings and appointments and phone calls and … basically a whole bunch of time with other people has landed on my calendar lately.  I love supporting these people.  And yet, it’s left little time to put my butt in the seat and do the things I want to be doing in my own business.  What has happened though, is that it’s made me highly aware of where my time is going.  And I noticed that it really is going to the meetings that have […]

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