Entrepreneurs- want a better team? Start with Appreciation.

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Everyone wants to feel valued.

Yet we often overlook saying “thank you” and “good job” because we assume people know how we feel.  But the thing is… often they don’t.  Your team members need to know when they are doing a good job.  When their hard work is validated, it rejuvenates them and provides the motivation they need to keep being a strong part of your team.  When employees don’t get positive reinforcement, they can feel unappreciated, unnoticed, and that their work doesn’t matter.

Avoid unnecessary tension and stress by praising team members when they deserve it.  You will be glad you did!

Trusting Your Intuition in Business and Life

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“Trusting your intuition means tuning in as deeply as you can to the energy you feel, following that energy moment to moment, trusting that it will lead you where you want to go and bring you everything you desire.” -Shakti Gawain

The more we tap into our inner guidance, the better our decisions.  Learning to trust our inner voice opens us up to a well of wisdom.  We don’t always know WHY it’s a good idea (or not) to do something (or not) but it’s our gut feeling that speaks our truth.

If you missed an opportunity by ignoring your intuition, can you be more open to listening to it next time? In business, and in life, those gut feelings are critical for happiness and success.

3 Steps to Increase Profits Quickly

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I’ve learned over the past 15 years as a business and lifestyle coach that what people generally want is to run a profitable business they like AND live their values, spend time with people they care about, and enjoy their life outside of work.

I tend to “bottom line” how to get there much quicker than I did when I started out as a business coach.  (We don’t know what we don’t know,

right? :))

Here are 3 steps I’ve found help small business owners and entrepreneurs maximize profits quickly:

#1- Work in your Unique Abilities at least 80% of the time and make sure your team is doing the same.

Your Unique Abilities are the intersection of what you are great at doing and love to do.  So, for example, let’s say you are a builder whose passion and talent is designing a house and overseeing the building process.  And let’s say that you do some of this, but you are also doing the marketing, meeting at every phase with every client, checking on your team constantly, and so on.  Because your time and focus are so scattered, you may spend about 50% in your Unique Abilities AND you are working way too many hours.

When you shift this pattern to work at least 80% in your Unique Abilities, and mindfully delegate the rest to people who are working 80% in their unique abilities, guess what happens? Happiness expands, energy improves, the workflow is better, and profits increase. 

#2- Track what marketing works and what doesn’t.

It is so easy to just “do” and not keep track. 

But the truth is, it is far better to measure what marketing works and what doesn’t so you can build on what is effective and stop wasting your precious time and money on what is not. 

Are you reaching your ideal clients/customers effectively at a low cost?  Most small businesses do not need to invest a lot of money to grow their business.  

You are a wise entrepreneur to test your marketing methods, continue what works, and let go of what is less effective.

#3-  Keep track of your expenses.

It’s not unusual for entrepreneurs to start working with me and be uncertain about where their money goes each month.  As my client and I learned recently in our coaching day together, it’s often hard to look clearly at money.  It causes anxiety in most people so the tendency is to avoid it.

However, it is only through seeing your cash flow clearly that you can make effective decisions.  Because money causes so much anxiety in most people, financial decisions are often made much easier with outside support.  Work with your business coach to learn how to look honestly at finances and make smart decisions that will pull your business forward. 

Do You Know Someone Who is Ready to Reinvent Themselves?

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I have found that countless people in their 40s and 50s are ready to reinvent themselves and discover new work that is engaging, while allowing them to live their core values and highest priorities. But they aren’t sure where to start.  They are often tempted to fall back on what they have always done, or what they used to do for work, because it’s comfortable.

However, my clinical experience matches the research in suggesting that there are often several undiscovered pathways that are better matches then current or past work.

To learn some tips, and how I am helping people in this process, please check out my short talk or pass it on to a friend it might help: 

How to Get Unstuck and Write Your Next Chapter

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