The Excuses that We Tell Ourselves

When I had a personal trainer, I exercised weekly (lifting weights, walking on the treadmill, rowing, or shooting baskets), felt better, lost weight, and seemed to somehow find time for it. I made time for it. I made it a priority.

I spent a focused amount of time creating online products or programs using the tools available on Coaches Console. The difference comes in executing and informing. I have told people about them once, maybe twice. People tend to forget about you unless you keep in front of them.

When I am connecting regularly and consistently, it becomes much easier. I know longer make excuses for not following up. I may not always hit my goal, however, the chances improve significantly, and I get much closer, when I create a plan and keep at it regularly.

It just works when you are consistent.

Of course, this is where the creativity comes in.  This is how we convince ourselves that […]

How a Change in Perspective Results in Business Progress

The failures and successes of your business are often due to your perspective. Short-term failures can result in long-term achievement, while quick wins may lead to future losses. By changing your business perspective, you can turn what seems to be am obvious failure into a glowing success. You can also accomplish the opposite as well!

Shifting your business mindset can help you to better understand the situations and avoid a false perspective. But to change your mindset or perspective is often easier to say than to do. It is crucial to the success of your business (and often yourself) that you gain and maintain the right perspective that ensures you are making the best decisions. Before you change your perspective, you need to identify what is holding your business success back or remaining as status quo.

Here are five ways you can successfully change your business perspective:
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Think of your business successes […]

Do you Celebrate Success?

What does celebration look like in your business? Do you focus on the failures and forget to celebrate your successes?

As a business owner and leader, I have found that at times I have focused on the mistakes or failures and not made any congratulations or acknowledged the successes. I am sure that people that worked for me saw me as someone they did not want to bring a problem to. I would take ownership of a problem with a client and completely ignore the positive outcomes that had been achieved. Does this sound like you?

Have you done this?

I remember a time when we were moving our office from one floor to another in the same building. I asked all of the employees to empty their desk so that they would be ready to be moved the next day. One employee decided he was too busy to spend time cleaning out the desk. He told […]

Creating Systems from Standard Operating Procedures

As you think about systems what comes to your mind? Many businesses think of systems in the form of a computerized system. Systems must incorporate an effective process or processes.  If you have people in your business that are doing the same job but each person is doing it differently, then only one person (at the most) is doing it the best way. Everyone else is doing it in a less-efficient and less-profitable manner.

When people do the same job in different ways, it is likely you will have a wide range of variation in your products or services.  As we all know, variation can kill your brand and frustrate your customers or clients.

A key in running efficient, profitable operations is to have “systems” that everyone follows in producing your product or delivering your service.  The goal is to develop systems that promote the highest level of efficiency and profitability while producing predictability and desired […]

The Ten C’s of Employee Engagement

What are some ways to keep you employees engaged and connected with your business vision, mission, and values? What is your corporate culture like? Is your business a place where people want to come to work? Do your employees tell others about the business and why it is special?

Here are ten ways to keep your employees engaged:
Connect – Connecting with your employees shows that you value them and their contributions. The employees’ performance and productivity is a direct reflection on their relationship with their boss. Actions speak louder than words.

Career – Provide challenging & meaningful work opportunities for career advancement. Good leaders will challenge employees. These challenges can be met and are realistic. This instills confidence with HARD goals. HARD goals are Heartfelt, Animated, Required, and Difficult.

Clarity – You communicate a clear vision. You have clear goals & everyone wants to achieve them. You have specific values & what the organization stands for, wants […]

Ten Business Plan Myths and the Compelling Truths

Business planning documents can be overly complex if you make them that way. Why do we believe the following myths about business planning?

The Ten Myths are:

All Business plans are in writing
The plan MUST be long to be good
The primary purpose is to obtain financing
It is easier for others to do the business plan
You can and should do it by yourself
It takes at least 6 months, a significant amount of people’s time, and hiring expensive consultants
Once it is completed, it will sit on a shelf, so why bother
The business is to small; business plans are for larger businesses
I know where my business is going so I do not need a business plan
I can pay a consultant to write it for me and that will be good enough

Can you relate to any of these myths or have you believed them? Why do we believe these myths?

If these are really myths, how will you overcome them?

I have […]

A Living Five-Year Plan

Fresh out of business school, one of my clients took two years and created a five-year business plan for a business that he hoped to open. Financing was arranged and suppliers were secured, in a large part because the plan was so well thought out and researched.

The five-year plan was right on the mark; amazingly the projected numbers and financial results were almost identical. I wish I could say that they all lived happily ever after.

What went wrong were in years six, seven, and eight. There was a feeling that having been successful in years one through five somehow guaranteed future successes, the business was operating on autopilot. Just keep repeating what had been done. Autopilot assumes that there is a course or route mapped out and by making small course corrections periodically the destination will be reached in the end. But what if the destination is not planned?

It is like planning a trip […]

Change Your Vision, Change Your Life

Have you ever heard the axiom, “No matter where you go, there you are”?

The same is true for the life you have created. You are where you are, based on the decisions that you have made, the people you have chosen to associate with and the sum total of your five closest friends.

Interesting formula isn’t it?

Is it time to make some new friends? In the wise words of Ricky Ricardo, “you got some splainin’ to do Lucy”! It is time to stop the blamin’ and complainin’ and accept the fact that the buck stops here, right now, with you. It’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s what you do about it.

Stuff will happen.

Work on building your character and your resolve and stop looking for reasons to justify your particular situation. It was Henry Ford who said, “Whether you think you can or can’t, either way you’re right”.

Success in Business is […]

Four Ideas You Can Use To Motivate Yourself

Do you struggle with meeting deadlines?  Do you feel burnt out and tired all of the time? Do you put off tasks? These are some signs of being unmotivated. Below are four key ideas to help you to motivate yourself. When someone is motivated they are more on top of their priorities and in the end feel good about themselves and their work. Try these motivation tips to better yourself and your business.

1) Make time psychology work for you. If you have ever taken a time management course before, you have learned how to pack more into less. But have you ever noticed how difficult it is to leave a project incomplete? You can play on this psychology of completion by writing a to-do list before you go home at the end of the work day. Chances are if you don’t know exactly where to pick up where you left off, you’ll have to […]

The Delegation Dilemma

Do you have a Delegation Dilemma?
Let’s address an impossible topic: Delegation. It’s not that delegation is impossible; it just seems that way to many leaders.

As a leader, we like to be in charge. We enjoy doing the tasks that we have become comfortable doing. We know that we are the only one that can perform the task correctly or we think so. We prefer to make all the decisions and we like doing it our way. The reality is that many things get done well, some things get done just okay and many things don’t get done at all because we can’t bear to have someone else do things for us!

Right now we have so many things we would love to do but just can’t fit them all in. We know that if we mastered delegation, this would help us take our business to the next stage and create some freedom for ourselves.

Here are […]

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