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Are You Still Just Getting By?

When you are faced with the realization that something has failed - your business model, your offer, your promotional pitch, whatever it might be - it's a hard pill to swallow and can make you feel like giving up everything. Grow vs. thrive I had a conversation today about the word "thrive", and it struck me like a fiery arrow right between the eyes. Here I'd been talking about how I help businesses grow, but what I really meant was thrive. The definition of the word 'thrive' is "to...

Why We Are Still So Frightfully Alone

Feeling disconnected and isolated is a surprisingly common complaint amongst business owners, despite the advent and accessibility of hyper communities that are designed for membership and camaraderie.⠀ “I’m so relieved because I no longer have to do this alone.”⠀ She had tears in her eyes as she blinked across the screen at me, half smiling and half wistful. The feeling of isolation had been so powerful, and such a great divide, that her relief at being seen, known and heard was...

Fear of Success: What To Do When What You Want Is Scary

Fear of success is a legitimate thing. And it’s one that probably prevents us from moving forward more than anything else. Fear of success is a legitimate thing. And it’s one that probably prevents us from moving forward more than anything else, largely because we don’t recognize it as a common issue with owning a business. But it’s as prevalent as any other roadblock, and we don’t yet have the language or the tools to identify it and deal with it. Fear of Failure vs. Fear...

Don’t Solve Symptoms, Solve Problems

Here’s a secret: when the answer is tactical, it’s probably a symptom and fixing it won’t create sustained success. It will create a temporary balm but you’ll continue to fight the same friction. Don't solve symptoms, solve problems. When my client (let’s call her Jane) came to me the first time, she said she needed help with selling - that she wasn’t closing even half the sales calls she was taking, and needed better scripts for follow up. She also figured while we were at it, she...

Are You Letting Your Business Happen To You?

Take control of your business and turn it towards your passions. You’ll be shocked at what happens next. Are you letting your business happen to you? “I’m looking at the work I’m doing and the business I’ve built and I’m wondering... is this it? I’m doing what my customers want but it’s not feeling right. Is there something I’m missing or should I just suck it up and accept that this is just the way it’s going to be?” I could see the resignation on his face and hear it in his voice....

I Want You to Build a Business For YOU

Because you will only be successful when your business is designed perfectly for you. Each business is like a fingerprint... unique and personal.⠀ It's not about me. I worked as a business and technology consultant for almost 25 years. My clients were big corporate, public sector and sometimes organizations in startup phase. As a consultant, I was my product. Eventually when I owned my own consulting business, my team was my product. But for the most part I had to sell me. In the...

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