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Are you running your business or is your business running you?

In business, we say, “hold your money accountable” often with a finger shake at ourselves or at others.  But what does that actually mean and how do you do it? The adage might have come from its cousin “you have to spend money to make money.”  So let’s take a look at these and see…

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How to practically improve the direction of your business

Trying to improve your life and your business?  You may have heard the following advice… Create a Vision Board!  No, you should Think Bigger!  Or, get better at Goal Setting.  Actually, it all starts with Daily Affirmations! Let’s face it, there is a lot of advice out there about how to make things better for yourself.  Heck, an entire industry has…

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Tackling Social Media Step by Step

I’ve been getting some questions this week about digital media strategy and execution and my experience these last several months. Late last spring I decided to become an expert in this space and realized I was very far from it. Still am. Though I have been diving deep as a practitioner and have learned a…

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An Invitation to Revitalize Our Lives in a Meaningful Way in 2020

Late this past fall I was driving to an appointment when a call came in from a very good friend. I was pretty sure I knew what he was calling about. For the last year and a half, he had been struggling with a decision to leave his company and start anew. It was an…

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What I’ve Read in 2019

A friend of mine Christopher Schroeder recently wrote this post on LinkedIn, highlighting the best books he’s read this year. He worked through 110 books in 2019 and it made me wonder, how many books did I read in 2019 and what were they? It turns out it was far less than Chris’ 110, though…

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4 Practical Tips to Get Through The Holiday Season

I consider myself an extroverted introvert. I’m very much a people person, though I also need to manage that interaction or it can become too much. Therefore I’m very thoughtful about my social interactions and work to manage my energy. During the holiday, this can really be a challenge so I thought I’d share a…

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If you do it right, December is the month you can interact with more clients than any other month of the year…

If you do it right, December is the month you can interact with more clients than any other month of the year. I’m a big believer in expressing gratitude just because you’re grateful, though I’m also thinking about the strategic message I’m sending about my brand this holiday season. So how do you get the…

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Gratitude is not enough

I find it refreshing to get out of the US, given how the impeachment inquiry is sucking all the oxygen out of the room at the moment. It gives me perspective, and with that comes a lot of gratitude. When I look at the world I see mass protests in countries from Chile to Iran…

Mastering Midlife Podcast Episode 96

As you know from following me, over the last year or so I’ve been on a journey to make some important professional pivots. This has been a very difficult and incredibly rewarding experience, and last week I had an opportunity to sit down with coach Mark Silverman to discuss that journey on his podcast. This…

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It turns out you can have it all…let me explain

I disagree with the notion, you can’t have it all and that you have to choose.  Make money, or do meaningful work.  Great body, or spend time with the family.  I actually think you can have it all. Now before you roll your eyes and your skepticism takes over, give me a moment to explain.…

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The Radical Act of Deep Listening in Restoring Your Competitive Edge

The business landscape is changing rapidly.  If you’re in business, you know exactly what I mean.  So how do you keep your competitive edge when it seems like your competitors are inching ahead? Let’s look at one aspect of a solution, and that is better listening.  As my friend and business owner Christine Prefontaine of Loup Design says, “In…

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Relationships, balancing ambition to grow with the long game

It’s all about the relationships; your network is your net worth.  We hear this, or maybe even say it, but what does it mean?  How do you actually execute on it? If there was one thing I wish I had paid more attention to when I was growing my business, it would be this.  I…