3 Ways to Launch into the Third Quarter with New Momentum

2018-07-03T22:14:09+00:00By |Business, Business Process, Growth, Operations, Planning|

In a few days we start a new quarter – the second half of the year!  It’s a great opportunity for a fresh beginning and a time to be reflective.As business leaders, we will make mistakes. We’ll probably make decisions that we will regret and miss some opportunities. However, the pain of the past can help us to make a more purposeful future.  We can choose to be wiser!Here are three steps to propel yourself into the next quarter with new momentum:Inventory what went well for the first part of the year.  Celebrate the accomplishments and feel the reward of the ground gained.Renew your commitment to begin again with new purpose and energy.Reflect on what didn’t go so well for the first part of the year.  Feel the pain of missed opportunities and bad decisions (ouch!).Re-purpose them for fresh resolve to “go again” and take new action.Consider what plans, ideas and [...]

One Simple Way to Put Money Back to Your Bottom Line

2018-07-06T15:09:30+00:00By |Business, Business Process, Efficiency, Finance, Growth, Operations, Planning|

One of the easiest ways to increase profits is to decrease expenses. It’s a logical step that many business owners neglect because they feel befuddled by finances or have “abdicated” the role to their bookkeeper or finance person.Too easily, we can be seduced by the idea of upgrading our marketing and technology to increase clients and revenues. However we forget that there’s a simple process that provides quick results. A Recipe that WorksWe give our expenses a frequent look throughout the year. We ask ourselves “are these expenses maintaining or attracting customers?”  If each expense isn’t doing the job we wanted to accomplish, then it gets serious analysis for being eliminated. Each expense should help return a profit.The discipline of revisiting all expenses, no matter how large or small, is an important business owner “muscle” to keep in shape.There’s nothing like keeping your finger on the pulse of your business by [...]

Make an Exit Plan that Creates the Future You Want

2018-07-11T16:45:58+00:00By |Business, Business Process, Documentation, Finance, Growth, Leadership, Planning, Team Building, Time Off|

"Action is the foundational to key to all success"  -- Pablo Picasso Sometime in the future, you’ll want to transition from the daily running of your business or simply want to sell it.  Maybe you’re there right now and are not sure how to exit – gracefully and with your future in tact. You’re not alone! UBS, a multinational investment bank and financial services company reveals, “48 percent of business owners don’t have a formal exit strategy.” (Q1 Investor Watch Report). Its never too late to create an exit plan for your business.  However, the earlier you start, the better the transition can be for you, your team and your clients. Most business owners see their financial future tied to their business.  I have worked with clients that have not built a solid team or created enough value into their business to have anything to sell.  Others have sold their [...]

Make Fridays Your Launchpad for Freedom!

2018-07-12T16:25:27+00:00By |Business, Business Process, Efficiency, Growth, Operations, Planning, Productivity, Team Building|

"You put your time where your priority is."  -- Sebastian Faulks    There's nothing like a Friday to launch yourself into a rejuvenating weekend -- but it takes a little planning!   To leave the office behind and make sure Monday is a success, a few steps is all it takes.   We've got a recipe for that!!  In our office, Friday's are "Street Sweeper" days where we take time to get our calendars, lists, desks and desktops "re-grouped" and ready for the next week. I have three priorities for my Street Sweeper Friday: Wrap up my current week:  Clean/organize my desk/desktop Review/update lists and actions Tie up pending calls, emails, "to dos" Plan for my next week:  Set/confirm appointments Refresh list of tasks and priorities Set-up "Working Sessions" for my projects Be prepared mentally and physically to take time off: Set the "ending time" for the day so I [...]

3 Simple Ways to Make Mondays a Powerful Kick-off for Your Week!

2018-07-13T22:00:06+00:00By |Business, Business Process, Efficiency, Planning, Productivity, Team Building|

Most people look at Monday's as an interruption to the weekend and the beginning of a hectic workweek. I like Mondays and see them as a way to kick-off the week with new opportunities for success. Mondays can have that "fresh new start feel" for you, too.  Here are 3 simple ways that you can have a better Monday every week: Decide to change your attitude about Mondays.  Look at Mondays as a fresh new start, a great beginning and kick-off for a new week, full of promise and hope. Have a morning walk or workout to shift your mindset and arrive to work fresh. Make sure your Monday starts with purpose and direction. Use Fridays to wrap-up your final thoughts and create a kick-off list with specific tasks. That way if you're a little bit groggy on Monday, you’ll have some direction that will allow you to warm-up for the day. Have an appointment [...]


2016-11-19T15:36:35+00:00By |Business, Growth, Leadership, Planning, Productivity|

Can you believe how quickly the last quarter of the year is sneaking up on us? Do you still have goals you started in January that you have yet to achieve?  Are you asking, “How will I ever complete them?!” The good news is that there is plenty of time to shift course, apply new action to achieve your goals before the end of the year! We call that finishing strong. Taking an Honest Look. . . […]

How to Create Breathing Room in Your Schedule!

2016-12-01T00:07:30+00:00By |Health, Planning, Time Off|

Are you feeling alone in running your business? Do you find that you’re working more hours just to keep up with the workload you have? In my book, Structured for Success, I lay out a three-part approach for thinking about your business that “chunks down” all your tasks and groups them so you can conquer overwhelm. Think about your business in these main areas: “Sell it”, “Do it”, and “Care for it. […]

Rituals to Boost Your Productivity!

2016-12-01T00:09:11+00:00By |Efficiency, Planning, Productivity, Structure|

“Practice does not make perfect; Practice creates a habit.” One condition that I know plagues almost every business owner is they are very, very busy. Do you find yourself in this camp? At the end of the day do you find you still have a week’s worth of activity to complete? You wake up at 5am and you’re already 3 hours behind!? […]

Six Simple Steps to Manage a Busy Schedule

2016-12-01T00:17:19+00:00By |Business Process, Harmony, Planning, Structure|

Did you ever have a busy week that you didn’t know how you’d get it all done? Building productivity and accomplishment can happen by investing just a few minutes at the beginning of the week. Here’s my simple approach to handling multiple projects successfully: […]