As a young child, when asked to clean my room it was not uncommon for me to do the least amount of work and sweep the dirt and dust under the bed or carpet. At first this was a fine solution. I quickly finished the dreaded chore and was back to playing. And then one day my mom looked under the bed. Needless to say, it was a game changer in my home.Read more
Sarah runs a mental health agency and for her to move it to the next level, she needed to acquire a clinical license. This important strategic priority enabled her to expand the business and serve more people in need. This task was a complex undertaking that involved moving forward in several areas all that the same time.Read more
I remember running a management seminar 14 years ago when I first started my business. The first session covered time management because my belief is that we cannot make lasting changes in how we manage people, or anything in our lives, unless and until we find the time to be aware of our actions. It is a hard fact that it takes more time and energy to do things differently than it does to keep doing them the way we’ve always done them.Read more
Have you ever had that moment when you suddenly had a core belief proven to be accurate? Or perhaps found proof that it’s not only accurate but also more important than you realized?
I had one of those moments. While reading Corporate Lifecycles by Ichak Adizes, I had my belief that small businesses are different from larger organizations both confirmed and explained. I don’t want to bore you with all the geeky details (if you don’t think this is geeky I suggest you read the book or ask me more about it when you see me) so I will summarize it simply by stating:Read more
I was once trapped in a room listening to a speaker talk about goal setting. You know the feeling, it’s a topic you’ve heard many times before and you are confident that there is nothing new you can learn. The best you can do is hope for an interesting presenter and sit in the back so you can check your email. Therefore, I was surprised when I experienced a big Aha! moment in the middle of the presentation.Read more
During a follow up call with Marie, a Strategic Plan-tingWorkshop attendee, she mentioned that she was still working on her strategic priority for the quarter: updating her website. She was excited that she was making progress, but mentioned it wasn’t going as fast as she had indicated it should when she created her action plan for the task.
I smiled in response to her remarks for two reasons.Read more
I remember the day clearly. It was February 2011 and I had just finished adding a Google campaign that had 2 sub-campaigns and 4 different Google ads. Why do I remember it so clearly? Because it took only 35 minutes which is nothing short of a miracle. The last time I had set up a Google campaign it took me more than 3 hours to place just 2 ads.