Why problems don’t go away

Why don’t problems go away? One simple reason. You don’t do anything. You don’t take action. You just complain about it. “I can’t believe we’ve had that old lawn mower sitting in the garage all these years.” “Why is that lawn mower is still sitting in the garage?” “That lawn mower doesn’t work.” “Ouch! I just tripped over that stupid …

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Beware of piranha minnows!

You know what piranha minnows are. They’re those little unfinished tasks that nibble voraciously at your time and energy. They swim through your dreams, clog up your concentration, and chomp on your sense of achievement. As if that weren’t enough, they’ll even chow down on your feelings of self-worth. No matter how many times you repeat the old saying, “Don’t sweat the small …

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End the tyranny of the urgent!

The tyranny of the urgent over the merely important – it’s a very real thing for many of my clients and, admittedly, often for myself as well. One of the key tools I use to keep that tyranny from running (and ruining) my schedule and my life is the weekly Reflective Review process that I write about in an Action Paper. …

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I must be getting somewhere…

At a planning and strategy meeting the other day, a client gloomily confessed that she’s going to have to do something about one of her employees. “She’s always very busy, but she’s not getting anywhere,” she said. “She’s great at writing reports …” “That say nothing,” I finished for her when she trailed off. We’ve all been there: the challenge …

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The “aaack” trap

You know the feeling of “aaack.” As in, “aaack!  Something’s wrong!” A strange noise emanating from your washing machine or from under your car’s hood. A crash from the other room. Or … that sinking feeling when no one seems interested in the service offering you spent months developing. “Aaack! Something’s wrong!  Let’s fix it right away!” That’s the “aaack” …

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Picking what’s important

How do you prioritize? As a person running a business, how do you choose where you spend your time – really? In talking with clients and with members of groups I attend and/or lead, I’ve noticed that what people say are their priorities … often bears little relationship to where they’re actually putting their attention and time. Your true priorities …

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It’s not what you know

It’s not what you know It’s what you do – and how you show up to do it. You might have studied with the best marketing coaches around.  You may read all the top blogs in your speciality.  You could have enough certificates, diplomas, and certifications to paper every wall in your office. And that’s great. But what are you …

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The chicken and the egg

Many small business owners fall into a subtle trap.  I call it the “when X, then Y” trap. “When my website is perfect, then I can start my marketing campaign.” “When I have my elevator speech really right, then I can go to networking events.” “When my business card says exactly what I want, then I can get it printed …

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Managing your creativity

Whether or not you consider yourself a creative person, your life includes many types of creative expression. Setting out ideas and intentions for your business, discovering solutions for problems, crafting proposals and product ideas, writing articles or marketing copy, helping your kids with their school projects, planning your garden, selecting what to wear in the morning – it’s all creativity. …

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The tax man cometh

Today my business was audited by the IRS. Of course it was absolutely absurd for the IRS to spend money on auditing tiny little excruciatingly honest me. And it was fascinating. To start with, the IRS man, who, since I didn’t ask permission, I’ll just call by his first initial – “M” – was very nice.  Not that I expected …

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