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  • The 10 Step Goal Process

    What does it take to achieve your goals? There is a process we mentally go through when we set, plan and take action around our goals. At times we think it is just about setting the goal and then getting into action. We quickly find ourselves distracted and off track. This is common, especially when the goal process is not Continue Reading

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  • 3 Surefire Ways to Lose or Get Traction in Your Day!

    One area business owners often come to coaching is a desire to get TRACTION in their personal and professional lives. We often have many demands on our time, energy and efforts and it can be challenging how to prioritize and get to everything that would like our attention. Before we look at getting traction, let’s look at what gets in Continue Reading

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  • 3 Keys To Get Traction In Your Life/Work

    In today’s highly changing business world, getting traction in your business or achieving success can be a challenge. Competing for people’s attention and standing out in the crowd are keys to get to where you want in business. With so many things to do, many quickly feel overwhelmed. First, don’t get so consumed by frustrations that these common problems run Continue Reading

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  • How Is Your Perspective Affecting You?

    It is obvious that depending on our location, distance and view we see things differently.  Understanding how perspective on topics and life outlooks can create differences and can lead to conflict, stress and challenge is less obvious. We might know this, but perspective can be a hard topic to self-reflect on. Due to the fact that we get attached and Continue Reading

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  • Change Can Be Challenging

    Change can be a challenging. Period. While some “like” change, most of the general population does not like change and even those who do, have areas they like it the way they have it. The challenge is that the world is constantly changing, like it or not. Generally speaking, if you do not change and evolve you become outdated and Continue Reading

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  • Energy Tips for Leaders on the Verge of Burnout 

    It is natural that there are some instances where you can feel discouraged, down and even depressed about the certain happenings in your work and life. However, it is best for you to take over your problems rather than your problems taking over you. As a leader, it can be a lonely place. You have information that you cannot share with Continue Reading

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  • Developing a Plan That Gets Results

    The old saying advises to plan your work, then work your plan. Simple as it is, it's one of the fundamental rules of good management and one that is often overlooked. Many great plans are made; few are followed. I get it. There are fires to put out and the day, week or quarter gets away from us. To stay on Continue Reading

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  • How to Focus to Execute Well

    “Do you want it right or do you want it on time?” Can things be done correctly and on time? When an organization has clarity around its goals and is focused, both quality and time can be attainable deliverables. I know it sounds easier said than done. However, by coaching dozens of executives over the years, I have watched leaders Continue Reading

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  • Millennial Mindset

    PURPOSE - What is the meaning and purpose of your organization;  what are you on a mission for? Is it just about you or does it really matter to the world? How are you serving and reaching and connecting to the community? EXPERIENCE - What is the experience your business or organization is creating? How does it make people feel Continue Reading

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  • Getting Clarity in Your Leadership Direction

    It is easy to get distracted by ambiguous goals, sales targets and many other issues of daily operations. As the leader though, it is imperative to HAVE and PROVIDE a clear path of direction.  This is for you to make strong decisions and for your team to be able to execute their part of the work. As we are clear Continue Reading

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  • Management Tips for Great Leaders

    Share information - SERIOUSLY! YES! DON't be cryptic! remember if you don't share the info or story, they will make it up - and it is rarely better than the truth Adjust your style I KNOW. REALLY? But yes! Know your team and their style and communicate in a way that speaks their language. It doesn't mean accommodating their whims, it Continue Reading

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  • What LEADERSHIP Mistake are you making?

    Recently I read this article: 5 Common Leadership Mistakes You're Probably Making. I loved it and found it nailed some of the key areas leaders got off track -- ego, emotional reaction, avoidance, not delegating or planning and questioning yourself. All are natural and human and normal. The best leaders have to work through these things… the key to GREAT leadership Continue Reading

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  • Be Planful. Have a Routine and Systems

    Systems are things like a set of folders on your desk labeled with your main 5-6 work categories. When items come in you put them in the folder and then schedule work time for each “bucket” of work. Bucket examples are administration, marketing, customer care, accounting/invoicing, production, development, etc. Consider what tasks you need to do each week and create Continue Reading

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  • Be Focused.  Try: Frog. AM Habits. To-Do List.

    Each night make your to-do list for the next day. Star your top 3 priorities and pick your Frog. Your frog is an important (vs. urgent) item on your to-do list. It doesn’t matter if you get it done the next day but is something you really need to do the next day because it is growing in importance to Continue Reading

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  • Be Clear. Try Nightly Brain Dump & Clean Sweep

    Each night take 30 minutes for this game-changing routine! It can be at the end of your workday or at the end of the day. Start by “picking up” from the day – papers, tools you have used, notes, etc.  As you clean up it often triggers your mind of things you need to do. Allow this to integrate with Continue Reading

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  • A Four-Step PLAN to Successful New Year’s Resolutions

    New Year’s resolutions, otherwise known as "good intentions," are those things that are set at the beginning of the year when people feel they can wipe the slate clean and get a fresh start. It is said that 80% of all News Year’s resolutions fail. A survey conducted by Gail Kasper, LLC (www.gailkasper.com) finds that 51% of people don’t have Continue Reading

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  • New Year Planning

    I hope you are doing well and are getting ready for a great New Year!! If you are in the mood to reflect on the year and plan forward, my favorite planning tool is attached.  This Goal Planning Workbook is a great way to implement your New Year's resolutions and creating a game plan for a productive and prosperous new year! Here is Continue Reading

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  • An Attitude of Thanksgiving

    In a time where it seems like each week you hear of someone new laid off or out of work, people are short on money and struggling to make ends meet. Stress is high, nerves are short and tempers are quick. It can be easy to forget the many things we have been blessed with and focus on what we Continue Reading

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  • Can Others Help You Win in Your Business?

    An independent business owner (IBO) often thinks he has to “do it all.” For example, he may say, "I AM my business, who else can help with this?” You can outsource just about anything, for a price. Many IBO's may do this for technical things (web development, printing, etc.) but try to fight through the marketing, selling, Social Media, development, Continue Reading

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  • Stop Procrastinating

    As you harness your energy, budget your time, say no, get a hobby, etc. you will begin to see a shift in how much time you have. We cannot make more time, only use what we have most efficiently and effectively. You cannot be on all the time, so planning for breaks and scheduling for a maximum of 12 hours Continue Reading

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  • Recharging With Downtime

    Many people feel so busy they feel they just don't have time for a day off. So they keep working hard, day after day. Motivational speaker, Brian Tracy, encourages people to take a FULL day off where they do not think about work at all. The benefit of this allows your brain to rest and recharge. You will be more Continue Reading

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  • The Power of Saying “NO”

    We are in a season where activities and demands are picking up. There are more schedules to manage and pulls on our time. In general, we want to be helpful and accommodating to people. Therefore we hate to say "NO". People often do anything to avoid this word. We will avoid people, redirect conversations, make excuses, be non-committal or simply Continue Reading

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  • Time Estimating Your To Do List

    Many of us make to-do lists. Usually, they are long and filled with a variety of tasks. Not only is it essential to prioritize the list of items, but also estimate how much time each task will take. Often when you do this, you find you have two days worth of to-dos on your list. One thing that zaps our Continue Reading

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  • Tackle the Important and Stop the Urgent

    Stephen Covey, in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, says that one of the traps of ineffective people is getting caught in doing the urgent rather than the important. Bottom-line this is reacting to life rather than responding.  While urgent things will come up, they seem to happen more when you are not planning. Eventually, everything will become Continue Reading

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  • Prioritize: Empty Your Full Plate!

    Brian Tracey has a great book, Eat That Frog. This book is awesome for illustrating the basic concept of prioritizing. In order for you to get your plate empty you will have to stop and assess what is the most important thing for you to get done. Our to-do lists do not usually include unimportant things to do. Everything is Continue Reading

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  • Your Winning Season!

    Are you winning your game? Are you playing at peak performance? Do you feel like you are sometimes on the court, but more often on the bench, in the bleachers, or (even worse) at the concession stands? There is a concept called “pattern language” which means taking language and concepts that are already familiar to you and applying them in Continue Reading

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  • The Top 10 Ways to Stay in the Business Flow While on Vacation

    Set Boundaries - Decide when and where you will check voice mail and e-mail. Limit your time and frequency of checking to one time a day. You are on vacation. Business Cards - Take 100 business cards and pass out along the way. You never know who will be so thankful that your paths crossed. A great habit is to pass out Continue Reading

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  • Organize Your Mind

    2016 is just around the corner. Hopefully you a getting ready for your 2016 plan, but statistically most have not.  Planning ahead is critical for success. If you "fail to plan, you plan to fail." The last week of the year is often slower for people at work, it is a great time to PLAN! VISION. If you think of Continue Reading

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  • SEVEN Suggestions for Success in Business

    As you reflect on your 2016 and your plans for next year… what will you do different? Access these 7 suggestions for business success. Maybe even rate yourself 0-5 in each area. What did you do well in 2015 that supported these tips? What do you want to do different or continue in 2016 that supports these points? From the Continue Reading

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  • Organize your MIND… traveling made simple

    Creating systems can help minimize forgetfulness and confusion during busy times. Whether traveling or just away from the office, plan for this "break". BEFORE YOU GO. What do you need to cover while you are gone? Set up an out of office notice (email). Stop mail. Make a list of all the projects on your plate and prioritize them. Determine Continue Reading

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  • Five Simple Steps to Create Greater Success

    Here are 5 simple steps to create greater success by managing our time and getting things done in business and life that are important. We live in a busy world where our time, priorities and energy are constantly challenged so have a game plan to help…. EVALUATE. What do I really want? Where am I headed? What am I doing Continue Reading

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  • Holiday Planning to Leverage your Time

    The holidays are quickly approaching. If you have not already started it is time to figure out and plan for what you want to do to acknowledge your friends, co-workers, employees, colleagues, business partners, associates, etc. this season. There are a few areas to think about and some great tools to keep in mind. One of the best ways to Continue Reading

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  • Maximize Your Time: 10 Tips for Extreme Productivity

    1) Know your work style and use the tools and systems that match. If you work well with technology, use your computer, phone and apps for your scheduling and organization. If you are a visual person, consider using a paper calendar and a written to-do list. If you are a people person, develop a team around you to compliment your Continue Reading

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  • Designing the Financial Environment

    Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “Finances” more in-line with your goals. Having your fianancial environment in order will lead to less stress. DEFINITION: The financial environment is your money, investments, property, savings, debt and future goals that will require money or impact your financial health. Why is this environment important? What Causes Financial Stress? Here Continue Reading

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  • Designing the Environment of Relationships

    Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “relationships” more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of relationships is the interaction with the people around you. This includes your: Family – those that live under the same roof as you and can include your extended family – like your birth family, family of origin, adopted family, etc. Continue Reading

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  • Designing Nature’s Environment

    Environment of Nature: Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “NATURE” more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of nature is our natural surroundings. Often these are things we cannot control; the in’s and out’s of life. What is presented each day… This includes: Life – The process of existence. The evolving stages from birth to Continue Reading

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  • Designing the Physical Environment

    Environment of Physical Space: Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your physical space more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of physical space is your surroundings, the actual items around you. This includes: Everything you can see (or can’t see!), touch, hear or smell. Home – This is the look and feel of your surroundings at Continue Reading

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  • Designing the Networked Environment

    Environment of Networks: Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “NETWORKS” more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of networks is about RESOURCES AROUND US.  It is similar to the environment of relationships in that it can deal with people interaction. It is different in that it expands to include information & tools and focuses on Continue Reading

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  • Designing the Spiritual Environment

    Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “Spirit” more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of Spiritual is introspection about heart & soul health.  This includes your: Spirit – This is your attitude and essence/nature or way we relate to others. The “spirit” in which we go about things.  “No matter how tough it got, her Continue Reading

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  • Designing the Self Environment

    Review the following questions to help you evaluate and bring your life intangibles more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: “SELF” is about our internal workings. Things you can’t touch or see – only feel. Values – This is your core; who you are.  Attributes, things, actions that you hold as very important that propels you forward in life. Energy – Continue Reading

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  • Designing the Body’s Environment

    Review the following to help you evaluate and bring your “BODY” more in-line with your goals. DEFINITION: The environment of BODY is introspection about WHO YOU ARE.  This includes your: Gifts & Talents– What God has blessed you with at birth, unique to you; easy and effortless attributes you possess. Talents. Skills that you come natural to you and that Continue Reading

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