Minimalist Manager Challenge Part 9: New Location

The final task in my #MinimalistManager Challenge took me out of my home office!

Find out what made me want to try this task, how it went, and some ways you can add a new perspective by adjusting your normal work routine.

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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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Minimalist Manager Challenge Part 4: Organize Office

The 4th task in my #MinimalistManager Challenge is here, and by random selection that means it’s time to…

Organize my office!

Several things went wrong on this particular task. I will be sharing ALL the nitty-gritty details with you below.

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Minimalist Manager Challenge Part 2: Vision Board

The second task in my #MinimalistManager Challenge is to create a Vision Board.

Follow along to hear how it went, what went wrong, and why I decided to revise my old goals.

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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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What to Do When You Realize Your Customer Is Not a Good Fit

Customer service is a critical part of growing a healthy business. Every successful business owner creates an environment that attracts and serves the needs of Ideal Customers, regardless of her or his personal preferences.

But what happens when a customer is not a great fit for your business? What should you do?

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2017: My Business Year In Review

Conducting a “year in review” process is incredibly useful. It can also be excruciating, because looking back at the good & bad of the past year forces us to confront uncomfortable realities. It serves as a window to evaluate goals, examine priorities, and identify where we’ll focus our energy in the coming year.

In this post, you will hear how my Year In Review has strengthened me as a business owner. I’ll share what happened for me professionally in 2017, what worked and what didn’t, and some lessons learned.

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31 “Year In Review” Examples to Inspire You

A Year In Review is an evaluation of what has occurred in the past year, what you’ve learned, where things went wrong, and how you will make changes for the coming year.

To learn how to create your own, read How to Do a Year In Review.

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This type of evaluation will stretch you. You may find information about your company that is embarrassing. And you might decide to keep it private—known only to you or your leadership team. Or you could share the results with staff or customers. There’s nothing wrong with editing the content to fit the audience (especially if you’re an introvert like me).

But if you’re willing to be totally transparent, sharing a Year In Review with the entire world is extremely effective.

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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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