What Happens When You Meet Your Idol?

A year ago I read the book Clockwork by Mike Michalowicz. It changed my business. It changed how I worked with clients. It changed how I run my business. And then one of our NAWBO Cleveland board members reached out to Mike Michalowicz to see if he would be a speaker for our group. AND HE SAID YES! OK - obviously I’m a fan, [...]

2019-10-09T14:29:21-04:00By |Awesome People|0 Comments

The Fastest Way to Land in Productivity Jail

23 minutes and 15 seconds. According to a study at the University of California-Irvine, it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to regain your flow once you are interrupted and distracted. Co-worker stops by to say “hi” . . . 23 minutes and 15 seconds GONE! Email pops into your inbox and you choose to answer it while working on a project . . [...]

2019-09-25T10:17:19-04:00By |Productivity|0 Comments

Help! I Just Need Time to Think!

“I know that the most important thing I can do in my position is to think. Yet I find that even though I set aside time in my calendar every week to plan, reflect, review, and think about big-picture projects, I seldom actually keep that appointment with myself. There just always seems to be something more urgent. Ideas?” Whether you are a business owner, [...]

2019-09-11T13:28:45-04:00By |Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Delegating Sucks the Energy Right Out of Me!”

A fantastic woman left this message in one of my Facebook groups: "Something occurred to me about my delegation habits... I delegate, but I still OWN the task, like I'm the one checking up, and it takes so much energy. Almost more than just doing the task myself. Anyone else experience this?" First, this is NOT unusual! Especially for high performing individuals. You KNOW in [...]

57% of Business Owners Work More Than 6 Days a Week

I was shocked when I read the stats from a recent Gallup/Wells Fargo poll that more than half of business owners work at least 6 days a week. (And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 25% of hourly and salaried workers take work home regularly.) Put plainly, if you think you are only working 40 hours per week, you are kidding yourself. Now, [...]

2019-07-31T09:41:23-04:00By |Uncategorized|0 Comments

Busyness Does Not Equal Business

While traveling home from vacation I was able to process eblasts and found this great message from Seth Godin. "Leave stones unturned. If it’s the wrong stone, walk away. Infinity is a trap. The frenzied search for more is a distraction and a place to hide, all in one. Pick the right stones and cherish them as you turn them over. That’s enough." Then, [...]

When is “Safe” Bad?

It’s easy to keep doing things the way you’ve always done them. In fact, it is super safe. (Think “wearing a big huge bomb diffusing suit to wave a couple of sparklers around” safe). And . . . it is the one thing that is guaranteed to keep you STUCK in your business! When you keep doing the client work yourself so no one makes [...]

Reduce Your Time by 50%!

Did you know that completing one task could take at least 50% longer than it should, depending on the time of day? Think back to a time you FORCED yourself to complete a project. Remember the struggle? You were distracted by every shiny object. You kept telling yourself, “Just 15 more minutes – you can do anything for 15 minutes.” Then, you realized you [...]

Productivity is Killing Your Business!

Productivity is an enticing buzzword that keeps many small business owners running in circles. (In fact, for a while, I called myself a “productivity consultant”!) You know what I mean . . . always looking for the newest productivity app, productivity book, and anything you can get our hands on that might make you feel more effective in your business. Really, anything to help [...]

2019-05-29T09:33:32-04:00By |Productivity|0 Comments

#1 Go-To Resource for Delegating

A lot of my blog posts and eblasts talk about delegating. WHY? Why am I spending so much time sharing information on delegating? The bottom line – you can only do so much by yourself. At some point, you run out of time! The way to really grow your business is to stay in your Zone of Genius, doing the work that you excel [...]