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ostrich or control freak?

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When it comes to dealing with the stress of running a business, as entrepreneurs we will default into operating from one of 2 categories – Ostrich or Control Freak. If you are an Ostrich, you default into avoidance mode. When challenges arise you put your head in the sand and cross your fingers, hoping that someone else will swoop in and save the day. Ostriches generally don’t like, or understand, the “behind the scenes” stuff in business. In fact, you may hate it. So you tend to rely too much on other people for the answers and to do the work that needs to be done. You will hire and…

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my 3 favorite things to do in the summer

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Ahhhh yes… summer. This is the last week of school for my girls so our summer ‘season’ officially starts this Friday. There are 3 things I like to focus on during this time of year as I juggle family time and down time with the ongoing needs of the business. 1) Catch Up – this is a great time to year to catch up on all the little (and sometimes big!) things that have been hanging out on our to-do lists. I like to start with the oldest stuff on my list and work my way backwards…. I either get it done, or let it go. My goal is to start…

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Solving the Root Problem

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I’ve seen too much time, energy and money wasted on trying to solve the wrong problem… the ‘symptom’ problem. We try different things over and over again and can’t seem to get it figured out. <– perhaps you can relate? It’s highly frustrating, not to mention costly, when we aren’t focused on solving the ‘real’ problem. The one that can make all the difference.

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How delegation led to my identity crisis

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2010 was the year that my business officially became bigger than me. It was the year that I shifted my business model from 1-1 service provider to a training/coaching model. And as part of the shift there was simply too much work for me to keep doing it all myself – so I needed to start hiring. My very first hire that year was my OBM Tiffany. She jumped in with both feet – working side by side with me to manage projects and move the business forward. I delegated stuff to her and she took it on. It was EXACTLY what I wanted, but what I didn’t expect was…

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Are you hiring to the task or the vision?

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There are two different ways to approach hiring. You can hire to the TASK. Or you can hire to the VISION. When you hire to the task you – and the person you hire – are focused on WHAT needs to be done. On the specifics. The nitty-gritty. The stuff. When you hire to the vision you are focused on the WHY. The bigger picture. Bringing the pieces together. Traditional hiring is very task focused. Create a description of the role. Find someone who has those skills. Hire them and manage them to make sure stuff gets done. Vision based hiring takes it to another level. It’s about first being…

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Feeling restless…

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I get it. I’ve been feeling restless too. Feeling like there is something more that I’m being called to. Another level of LEADERSHIP. Another level of service. Feeling like I have so much more to give. Tapping into my GENIUS work and really getting to own my gifts. My natural talents. Feeling like I want more CONNECTION. More collaboration. Tired of being the ‘lone wolf’ in my business. Even feeling a bit frustrated – and I daresay bored – at times with what I’m doing. If you are feeling this way too I want to honor that. I want to create a space to ALLOW it… You are feeling restless…

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The first 90 days

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I like to call the first 90 days with any new client the dating period. This is the time when you get to know each other, start working together and ultimately see if it’s a fit (or not.) Here are my top 3 tips to make the most of your first 90 days with a new client. 1) Get Agreement It’s important that you and your new client are on the same page with what it is you want to accomplish together. I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen someone get hired and think X was the priority only to find out down the road that the client thought…

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Biggest mistake I made leading my first retreat…

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I remember when I did my first small retreat back in 2013 – I made a mistake that is all too common for retreat leaders. Perhaps you can relate? My friend Darla LeDoux is doing her ‘Pitch Me Your Retreat’ laser-coaching calls this week. If you have a retreat idea you are considering – or already have a retreat you are offering that isn’t working – be sure to hop on one of these sessions and get Darla’s direct feedback and advice. >> Click here to grab your spot In the spirit of full disclosure this email includes affiliate links, so if you sign up for anything that Darla offers…

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