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Trigger Your Way to What You Want

This great article from Liz — one of Ramit Sethi’s students —is about how to make more money in less time and has some terrific tricks to share about triggers.

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Is it Harvard’s Business Model or Yours?

I can help you create the business that the Harvard School of Business would want, but in my experience, that doesn’t always create a happy business owner, nor the results that inspired you to get into business in the first place.  Continue Reading →

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The Clean Slate

Each January first, we wipe the slate of our past in anticipation of what we want in the new year.  It’s an annual life do-over.  This year, I’m creating a feel-over instead.  Continue Reading →

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What Kind of Life do You Want to Live?

Most of us were raised by grown ups around us who asked constantly what we wanted to be when we grew up. We invested everything in some vocation, job or career, making it the focal point, while the rest of our lives were expected to fall in around our work. For business owners in particular — who may or may not have planned a business career path — it is often the case that business comes first, and life second.  Continue Reading →

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Treasure Hunting

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One of my oft-told stories is of treasure hunter Mel Fisher, and his search for the Spanish galleon ship, Nuestra Senora de Atocha, sunk in 1622 off the Florida Keys.  Hidden within his tale may be the answer to your question, “How do I know when to quit my business?”

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I Make My Bed Every Morning

 

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I make my bed every morning. What’s your #1 follow-through ritual?

Weekly vlogger Marie Forleo’s fabulous five-minute post, “How To Follow Through on Your Projects” got me thinking about my own three tricks for following through. 

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It’s Independence Day!

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I’m a pretty easy-going human, and have a level of patience that mostly serves me well.  But as poet John Dryden said, “Beware the fury of the patient man.” For, when my fuse burns out —well— insert all fireworks analogies here.

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How Do You Want To Feel?

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My current five core feelings.

My author crush Danielle LaPorte’s The Fire Starter Sessions has been inspiring me for months as I consider and apply her action-provoking exercises. The most profound, and profoundly simple, is igniting my world (and my clients’). Danielle says, “What if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel within ourselves, and then we designed our to-do lists?” Continue Reading →

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Distress or Eustress

We seem ever-pressed to reduce stress, yet not all stress is the kind we want to avoid.  There are actually two kinds of stress: distress and eustress. Continue Reading →

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When Serendipity Becomes Opportunity

I no longer believe in coincidence, luck, or serendipity.  I believe in call-and-response, the power we each have to identify specifically what we want, so the oh-so-friendly Universe can respond with, “Thank you for calling.  Your order is ready.”  Continue Reading →

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The List Hoarder’s To-Do List

I staged a List Hoarder’s Intervention for a client recently. (You know who you are, you List Monger, you!) He had a stack of to-do lists so thick, it was impossible for him to make timely action. If you’re a list-lubber like me, I’ve a few do’s to make your to-do list do more.

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5 Languages of Appreciation

Gary Chapman’s book, The 5 Love Languages, offers a helpful glossary for understanding how to most effectively communicate with those I love. I find myself offering this to employers who are struggling with employee appreciation.  And for those too squeamish to use the word “love” in a workplace sentence, Chapman has another book just for you.  Continue Reading →

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Be More

On the first day of Business Edge, the class I teach for Missouri Bank, I ask business owners to fill in the blank of the following statement:  “I want to be more….” Continue Reading →

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Fuggetaboutit: An Ode to Automation

I was so proud of my accomplishment yesterday: I finally finished turning the business plan I started three months ago into a detailed action plan, with more than 200 line items ready to be divided and conquered. But I forgot about this morning’s routine blog post. And thus begins another day with the perpetual challenge for owners everywhere:  juggling the near-term with the long-term.  Continue Reading →

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Decisions, Decisions

Many clients hire me to help them make decisions.  (One client calls me her Thinking Partner.)  So as a Professional Decider, I’ve a few ideas for tipping you off the fence. Continue Reading →

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The Nature of the Beast

One of my clients recently lamented not having more time for designing new product because her business requires she juggle many other roles, too. Without pausing to imagine an alternative, she quickly dismissed her disgruntlement as the uncontrollable nature of her business. But is it? Continue Reading →

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Gusto

Makers Three Winners 2013When you are truly inspired by an endeavor, you don’t need accountability partners, reminders, or checklists — gusto is the only tool you need. As part of my KC Makers experience, I’ve gotten the opportunity to hear the stories of so many amazing women who made a difference, with or without to-do lists.

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Woman Powah

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I’ve been thinking a lot about women lately.

I was selected recently to be one of three KC Makers to be featured on The Local Show, our PBS station, KCPT’s, part in a larger initiative celebrating women’s social impact.    Continue Reading →

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Debunking Convention

A year ago as part of my annual planning process, I committed to doing all my networking virtually, a counter-intuitive move for one whose work is so personal.  So how did this experiment work?  Let’s just say my mobanker is still wondering if I’ve changed professions.  

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Entrepreneurs’ Annual Hibernation

Just when our culture pulls us toward more parties and to-do lists than ever, this seasonal force of nature’s darker days drags us into energetic respite. So what’s a busy entrepreneur to do? Continue Reading →

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Play With Your Food: A “Tidbits” Encore

One of my favorite annual activities is a collaborative effort with my brother, Wick, a talented art director and writer. We e-publish a cookbook for family, friends, and clients.

Wick and I work together often and enjoy doing so, but our annual cookbooks remind us of the power of play in our work. Now, when we find ourselves with jaws set, plowing to force an invisible solution, one of us will just say the word “tidbits,” and we’ll get a little sugar rush of creativity. In the end, playing well with others is flat out more fun than frowning hard.

Homework:  Download your gift copy of Tidbits, get together with some pals, and play with your food.

 

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That’s the Deal

If you’ve ever loved and lost another human, a beloved animal, a hard-tended business, or a carefully dreamed idea, loving again can provoke fears you might lose again.  Continue Reading →

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The Subconscious Conspiracy

With 97% of your brain engaged in subconscious activity, it can sometimes feel like the sub’s conspiring against what your conscious brain wants.  Continue Reading →

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Stop Short

Partly because we love our work, and partly because we think we are that damned important, we routinely persevere beyond our limits with a plan to catch up during the weekend, while on vacation, on retirement, or even after death.  Yet we also know that borrowing from tomorrow’s capacity isn’t ultimately sustainable. 

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Crystal’s Counterintuitive Priorities

In a typical, time management-savvy day, we begin with what is urgent and important to assure meeting top priorities. This can mean that while attending day-to-day business, less urgent, maybe ultimately more valuable activities, are neglected.  Continue Reading →

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The Upside of the Downside

I’ve seen people lose big lately — the sudden death of a young mother, an entire production staff lost to an INS sweep, and flooded homes in Louisiana. In all of these big losses, I ask: “Where are the big wins?”  Continue Reading →

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The Shortest Distance Between Two People

The shortest distance between two points, er people, is a straight line. Continue Reading →

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Yippee People Wanted

I look for Yippee People. They’re the ones that whenever I see them, a little yip hops inside, because I know our time together is going to be worth a whoop!

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Spring Break? What’s That?

It’s called a vacation, and if you can’t remember the last time you took even a long weekend truly off, do I have a mandatory homework assignment for you!

Small business owners often (through guilt, adrenaline addiction, or a misguided sense of duty) are reluctant to take more than a day off here and there.  But at least a week away every quarter is essential for keeping your business’ leading employee refreshed.  Visits to family or tours with your little soccer star don’t count!   Only activities that restore energy count.

Wean into the idea by going to a trade conference or a destination where you can visit peers in another market to swap ideas.  Soon you’ll graduate from the working vacation to real time off.

Mandatory Homework:  Independence Day is getting to be like that last week of each year (when companies are virtually, or really, closed for a whole week between Christmas and New Year’s).  Even if you’re the only one in your industry to skip out, you won’t miss much. Use those two weeks every year for guilt-free vacation time. Mark your calendar now!

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Getting Out of the Business You’re In

So, you’ve been thinking for some time about leaving the business you’re in. Continue Reading →

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“What One Man Can Do, Another Can Do.”

When was the last time you felt envy?   Continue Reading →

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Hustle Me Up Some Change Today

I’ve been busy filling the few spots remaining in my Mountain Time program.  Continue Reading →

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Your Yes

I often think of Oprah’s suggestion to, “Say No before you say Yes.” Continue Reading →

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When Do You Share Your Goals?

A television writer friend of mine never talks about what he’s writing; he says it dilutes his need to express it. Artist, Inc.’s recent facebook post referenced Derek Sivers TED talk, recommending that you not share your goals.  Continue Reading →

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Generosity Day

Generosity Day – A quick and very worthy read for all of us who wish to create meaningful impact from our lives. Continue Reading →

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Boing!

There’s no better energy than the ricochet from releasing something that has been weighing you down. Continue Reading →

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How to Find Your Fun and Profit Billing Rate

If your time or expertise are things for which you bill clients, getting Fun and Profit depends on a profitable billing rate and knowing how much you’re willing and able to work a week.  Even if you’ve been in business awhile, revisit your costs, and your capacity to be sure you’re billing to build your Fun and Profitable business. Continue Reading →

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Get Fed Up!

Fed up says you’ve had enough of what is no longer working for you.  At last, with more to gain than lose, you’re ready to make every change necessary.  So get fed up faster.  The longer you wait, the more depleted you become, and you’re going to need every bit of energy to make those changes.

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