What I Learned from Creating a Word Art Self-Portrait

I am always on the lookout for tools that can help us dig deeper and get clarity about decision making.

Recently, I tried a simple art project that turned out to be a the perfect blend of creative expression and self-reflection. In this post, you’ll hear how this tool can help you develop a strategy for business or professional growth.

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Analyzing Profit Margins FAQs Part 2: Profitability

A company’s margin of profit is one of the most important indicators about its health.

In this second post, I share answers from my live video event including:

  • Which numbers should I be looking at?
  • What’s the difference between a Measure, Metric, and KPI?
  • Are “sales” and “profit” the same thing?
  • How do I expand without running out of cash?

This article also jumps into the topics of Transaction AvoidanceLottery Mentality, and self-sabotage as a business owner.

Watch part 2 of the recorded video here, or read the transcript below (including bonus content!)

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Company Culture FAQs Part 4 of 5

In part 4 of our series on Frequently Asked Questions about Company Culture, we discuss leadership transitions, decision-making, and why it’s important to make room for your staff to grieve.

Watch the recorded video here, or read below for bonus-filled content.

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Why I Hate MLMs: My Story [Video]

Of the 10 kinds of business modelsMulti-Level Marketing (MLM) is one of the most predatory.

MLMs can cause people to get sucked into a system over which they have no control, power, or decision-making ability. Someone who joins an MLM is a contractor (also called a “consultant” or “distributor”) who agree to sell products or services. She or he is totally at the mercy of the parent company; they don’t have any say if things change.

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Understanding the Culture of a Company, Part 2: Deeper Culture

Some aspects of a company are easy to see from the outside. These “surface” elements include things like the logo, building, language, and communication style.

But there is also a foundational layer that are an extension of the owner’s beliefs and values.

Let’s explore the mysteries that lie under the surface of a company… the Deeper Culture.

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How Do I Make a Weighted SWOT Diagram? [Video]

Today, I’m going to explain how to look for hidden opportunities and risks in your organization using a weighted SWOT analysis. This strategic management tool allows you to calculate your options, which leads to decisions that are risk intelligent.

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5 Reasons to Share a “Year In Review” of Your Business

Facing the good and bad of the past year takes courage, especially in re-living painful experiences. But self-evaluating the highs and lows in your past year is just the first step.

Sharing your findings with the entire world takes it to a whole new level.

In this post, I’ll talk about the benefits and downsides of making your Year In Review public, and why we’re afraid to fail.

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The Ultimate Strategic Planning Framework Tool: Introduction

My great-grandmother, like most women in the early 1900s, had two sets of dishes. One was a plain set for everyday family meals, and the other was a very fancy set that she only brought out on special occasions. Each plate, cup, and saucer was decorated with a design of delicate pink roses, curled ivy, and a beautiful gold inlay that encircled the scalloped edges.

She left the set to my grandmother, who then passed it on to my mother, who quickly discovered that fine china with gold detail is no match for the power of a modern dishwasher. The inconvenience of hand-washing every single item (and the risk of chipping or breaking the dishes) was too great. So those heirloom dinner dishes were hidden away in a china cabinet and only emerged on rare occasions.

As a strategic risk expert, I believe many leaders treat their strategic plan like a set of fine china. They know their plan is important; they invest time and money to create it. The final plan is detailed, logical, and beautiful.

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Why #MeToo Inspired Me to Be Transparent and Share My Failures

The following is my perspective on owning a business, experiencing trauma, and bringing my failures to light.

I used to hate the idea of sharing details about my personal life or business publicly, mostly because it’s not fun to get rejected by strangers. As an entrepreneur, my business and personal decisions are intertwined; so negative feedback about my company can feel like a personal attack.

Sometimes, it seems like everyone else is succeeding while you’re the only one struggling. But the truth is, we all face challenges of some sort. Most of us just don’t like to talk about it. Because being transparent is scary.

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How to Use Good and Bad Pain in Decision-Making

This is the second in a 3-part series about Pain and Decision-Making.

 

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

 

Although pain is usually viewed as harmful (“bad pain”), it can also help us (“good pain”). Let’s examine the useful kind.

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