Is it the effort or the result that matters most? As adults and business owners, we tend to focus more on results while as parents we tend to place the emphasis on the effort as it relates to the activities of our children.Continue reading
Marie G. Carmichael was a pretty wise lady. She lived to see 100 Christmases and 17 Presidents. She loved politics too. I wonder what she would say if she heard the news today?Continue reading
We’ve all been there. Those times when we have so much to do that we’re just not sure how it will all get done. Emails are pouring in. Reports are due. The phone won’t stop ringing. New social media communication tools are pinging you from all sides. A new crisis has just popped up and you have not finished dealing with the old one! Each forms a link in a chain that has you attached to your desk. Continue reading
If you are like most entrepreneurs, you have BIG plans. The success journey can be a long one and you are eager to take that first step. The question is…which one should it be? Like a toddler who is taking those first tentative steps, some will be met with words of encouragement and applause and others many have you landing on your backside with a thud. Either way, if you don’t pull yourself up and step forward, you will never get anywhere.Continue reading
As we come to the end of the year, now is a great time to look back in your rear view mirror as you prepare to accelerate into 2011. Continue reading
Whether I am speaking to a packed ballroom or just exchanging ideas over a Diet Coke with a friend, the question “Can you have it all? A great career, a family, a sense of purpose?” is one that comes up a lot. I don’t have all the answers. I don’t have MOST of them. But, the the family, friends and mentors I have met along the way are helping me to figure it out.
Whether we are looking to get the best in our business or the best in our lives, we all have a series of choices that we have to make and a series of priorities we have to set.
Our values as people and as organizations are the points on the compass that help us navigate the journey. Luckily, there are people that we meet along the way that help us determine the points on our personal compass. It may be just for an instant or it may be a partner that comes along on the journey – but either way – they share something with us that helps us set our direction.
This video shares to story of one of the people I met along my journey over 25 years ago. What she said stayed with me. It has helped in my business and my life, and her work graces the walls of my home to this very day.
So to answer the question – can you have it all? I think the answer is YES, you can have it all in your business and your life IF you understand WHAT “having it all” means to you – AND you are willing to embrace the people, the ideas, and the value choices that are the markers along the path. So pull out your compass, plot your path, and enjoy the journey.
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Whether you are talking about a plant, an animal or a business…if you starve it, you stunt its growth. This is not a new concept. Any farmer can tell you that if any organism does not have the food and nutrients it needs, it can not grow.Continue reading
As entrepreneurs, business owners, employees, or just as people, we all face challenges. And often those challenges involve the BIG M – money. When it comes to growth, you need resources. Money for marketing, for inventories, for systems, and oh yeah, groceries.Continue reading
As I make my way around the business and investment communities, too often I see and hear examples of businesses that have terrific potential but just need a boost to turn potential into reality. More often than not, what they need MOST is a plan to move from concept to commercial success.Continue reading
Last week, I had the pleasure of listening to Lon Safko, co-author of the Social Media Bible speak to a group of counselors from SCORE and the SBDC as a prelude to Greater Phoenix SCORE’s Social Media Event this January 14th and 15th.
During his presentation, Lon kept emphasizing the reasons, excellent ones BTW, that businesses need to pay attention to and utilize social media. And repeatedly he punctuated his message with a continuing theme…Oh Yes! It’s FREE!
But is it?Continue reading