Minimalist Manager Challenge Part 7: Get Offline

In the 7th installment in my #MinimalistManager Challenge, I get rid of all electronics for 24 hours.

Below, you’ll read why I chose this particular task and the surprising things it taught me about self-sufficiency, reaching goals, and relying on intuition.

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Minimalist Manager Challenge Part 6: Gratitude Day

For task 6 in my #MinimalistManager journey, I explored opportunities to show gratitude.

In this post, you will hear what I learned about expressing gratitude, what surprised me, and the profound effect it had on me personally and professionally.

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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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Company Culture FAQs Part 2 of 5

This is the second post in a series about Frequently Asked Questions on the topic of Company Culture.

I will explain why it’s important, and provide some examples of companies with a good and bad  culture.

Watch the recorded video here, or keep reading for bonus-filled content.

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Vision and Mission FAQs: Facebook Live #1 [Video]

Have you ever wondered what makes a good vision statement, and whether or not it’s necessary for your business to succeed?

I answer these questions—and much more—in a Live Facebook Video session.

View the video here, or read the transcript below (which includes bonus content!)

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Is Your Strategic Plan in SHAPE?

As much as we try, there are some things that come naturally and some things that don’t.

One of those “love-it-or-hate-it” activities is business planning, also known as strategic planning. The whole point of doing this is to define your organization’s:

  • overall direction (Strategy),
  • which goals you want to achieve (Objectives),
  • using which actions and resources (Tactics), and
  • how you’ll know it was successful (Measures).

I abbreviate Vision, Mission, Values, Objectives, and Measures with the acronym VMVOM.

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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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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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