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6 Questions for Review

6 Questions for Mid-Year Review

We are nearing the end of the second quarter, and this is a great time to check our plan and adjust based on what we have learned. I have shared before that I like to use these questions: What did I expect to happen this quarter? What really happened this quarter? What went well &...
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10-year plan

What’s Your 10-year Plan?

If you’ve never thought about it before, you should! “We become what we think about most of the time.” Earl Nightingale I encourage business owners to have a 10-year goal for their business. Truthfully, I believe we should all have a 10-year goal for our life. Since our business is a component of our life...
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Not Developing Systems is a Mistake!

Are You Making This Mistake?

If you have followed me for long you have heard me share my belief that we all need to have a 10-year goal. Today I am assuming that you have your goal written down and that maybe you are now thinking…I love this idea but there I don’t how this is possible – <deep sigh>...
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How to Prevent Procrastination

Priorities Over Procrastination

Last week I shared my strategies to interrupt my procrastination 3 Steps to Stop Procrastinating I am not sure about you… I feel frustrated when I realize I am procrastinating – again!  Like seriously – what is wrong with me that I keep coming back to this habit? Recently I have been asking myself –...
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Stop Procrastinating

3 Steps to Stop Procrastinating

I have noticed a theme over the past couple of weeks.  It has shown up in coaching calls with clients.  I have also seen this in myself. The prevailing emotion around this seems to be frustration with a bit of worry (maybe this is just the way I am…). What is the theme?  Not completing...
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Morning Reflections on Rest & Recovery

Personal Takeaway from My Morning Reflection

I share a blog every Thursday – this is my commitment. The last week has been challenging on a personal level & I am tired.  I considered skipping the blog this week since I really couldn’t think of anything worth sharing & I am tired. Hmmm… maybe you are feeling a bit tired too.  Perhaps...
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Ask questions to encourage the truth

3 Ways to Encourage Truth

Jim Collins in Good to Great presents the concept of confronting the brutal facts and the role that this plays in creating a great company. I have not yet met a business owner whose goal was to create a mediocre business so let’s take a closer look at the strategy and tactics of dealing in the...
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Not having a long-term view is a mistake

Do You Make This Mistake in Business Planning?

When we first begin our business, we generally have a reason for beginning the journey.  You could say that this is our first goal – make money, quit my job, do what makes me happy – these are some examples I have heard from business owners.  Some of these are things we want to move...
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Lessons from my dog

Lessons from MiMi (my dog)

At the end of February, I had the opportunity to adopt a career-change dog from Leader Dogs for the Blind (LD).  I eagerly said “yes”! MiMi is a black lab and she is about 1 ½ years old.  She was donated to LD and did not have the typical puppy socialization.  Knowing she would need...
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Productivity

Am I Productive?

Quick question – Would you like your team to be more productive?  Ok – really two questions…. Would you like to be more productive? Whenever I ask either of these two questions I get the same answer – “yes”.  Truthfully there is a variation – some answers are “YES” (enthusiastically excited) and the others are...
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Strategic Planning

The Minimalist Guide to Strategic Planning

I have shared that I believe our 10-year goal is a bit of magic.  Focusing our minds on what it is we want and then the action of putting this vision on paper gives us a long view of our life’s journey. We now have this magical 10-year goal on paper – what’s next? First,...
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Imagine Your 10-year Goal

Creating Our Ten Year Goal

After I posted my blog, Why You Need a 10-year Goal, several people asked me how I went about creating my goal. It wasn’t until I was asked that I realized that I want to convince you to have a 10-year goal and yet I offered no suggestions on how to begin.  Thanks to those...
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Review Q1

How to Take Charge of Your 1st Quarter Review

It is the end of the 1st quarter which is a great time to pause and take inventory regarding progress on our goals.  I recommend using an After-Action-Review. What sets this process apart from other review activities is that it involves everyone (various perspectives) and it is a discussion intended to gather feedback and lessons...
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Why You Need a 10-year Goal

I encourage business owners to have a 10-year goal for their business.  Truthfully, I believe we should all have a 10-year goal for our life.  Since our business is a component of our life our business goal needs to fit into our life vision. So, you may be wondering… why do I have strong beliefs...
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Michael Hyatt’s 5 Choices When Reviewing Goals

Michael Hyatt suggests that we have 5 choices after completing a review of our goals. Rejoice Recommit Revise Remove Replace This is the beginning of a new month and I have learned that pausing for a quick After-Action-Review is a good investment of my time.  I enjoy a solid habit of reviewing my month and...
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Create a Culture of Accountability to Get More Done

It has been said that the devil is in the details and when it comes to executing our strategic plan the details count.  Creating a culture of accountability is a great way to get more done. We are continuing our look at 5 habits that make execution easier.  This week we are focusing on habit...
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Visible Scoreboard Helps Us Get More Done

It has been said that the devil is in the details and when it comes to executing our strategic plan the details count.  Keeping our scoreboard visible is one tip that helps us to accomplish more. We are continuing our look at 5 habits that make execution easier.  This week we are focusing on habit...
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Struggling to Get Things Done? Focus on Efficient Actions

It has been said that the devil is in the details and when it comes to executing our strategic plan the details count.  This week we are focusing on the lead indicators that are most efficient in moving us toward our goal. We are continuing our look at 5 habits that make execution easier.  This...
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Struggling to Get Things Done? Focus on One Goal

It has been said that the devil is in the details and when it comes to executing our strategic plan the details count. We are continuing our look at 5 habits that make execution easier.  This week we are focusing on habit #2. Focus on One Goal  When I suggest this to improve execution and...
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Struggling to Get Things Done? Commit to the Strategic Plan

It has been said that the devil is in the details and when it comes to executing our strategic plan the details count. We are continuing our look at 5 habits that make execution easier.  This week we are focusing on habit #1. Commit to Our Strategic Plan Our execution flows from the strategic plan...
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typewriter with sheet of paper - deadline is typed

How to Improve Your Execution

When we set deadlines, we are committed to meeting, our execution improves. Setting deadlines for goals, projects, and specific tasks creates an urgency that keeps us moving forward. Let’s see how deadlines are working for us currently…. How often do we meet our deadlines?  If our answer is “not often” then we likely are viewing...
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How to Nurture Our Growth Mindset

Our mindsets are comprised of a set of beliefs that determine how we see the world and our place in it. According to Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, Changing the Way You Think to Fulfill Your Potential, there are two basic mindsets: fixed and growth. Fixed Mindset: Our belief is that our talents, skills, and...
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Creating a Culture of Innovation

This week we are talking about innovation and specifically the ideas that drive our innovation. The definition of innovation is… An idea that has been implemented into a product, service, process, or system that is new to the business (or individual). Our ability to innovate consistently is a critical component of the health and stability...
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5 Areas to Consider for Excellent Execution

Jim Collins in Good to Great, presents the concept of confronting the brutal facts and the role that this plays in creating a great company.  I have not yet met a business owner whose goal it was to create a mediocre business so let’s take a closer look at the strategy and tactics of dealing...
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Confront the Brutal Facts

Jim Collins in Good to Great, presents the concept of confronting the brutal facts and the role that this plays in creating a great company.  I have not yet met a business owner whose goal it was to create a mediocre business so let’s take a closer look at the strategy and tactics of dealing...
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leadership - you got this

Authentic Leadership

In John C Maxwell’s book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, he talks about the Law of the Picture.  This law says that “people do what people see.” When I think about the role of authenticity in leadership this law immediately comes to mind.  When what we say matches what we do our leadership is...
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Principles of Strategy

Strategy can be complex and yet – like most things it is better to begin with the basics. First, strategy can be a helpful business tool and creating our strategy can be worth our time.  Of course, not surprising, it can also be a box we check that has little impact on our progress toward...
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