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Read My Mind

Read My Mind

This is a common problem I see in growing businesses. It’s not a character flaw (yours or theirs). It’s just a skill to up-level.

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The Devil You Know

The Devil You Know

Change means friction.⁠Effort. Investment.💰⁠Faith.⁠⁠There’s a high cost to change. 😰⁠⁠That’s why so many of us default back to “muddling through” 🙈⁠⁠So basically we're saying: ⁠⁠“It’s a little too tough for me to think about how I might do things differently, so I’ll...

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Are you placing enough bets?

Are you placing enough bets?

How do you know that what you’re doing in your business will work?You don’t. We don’t. We lay some bets 🎲 and see what pans out. (With a whole lot of elbow-grease in the meantime.) It’s one thing to acknowledge that “failure” is part of how our businesses grow, but...

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Bottleneck #4: The CEO Bottleneck

Bottleneck #4: The CEO Bottleneck

This last bottleneck was the most popular of the talk. Literally every business owner in the room had their hands up, as a confession that they themselves were a bottleneck (even the main bottleneck) in their business. Here’s how CEO bottlenecks tend to form:...

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Bottleneck #3: You’re Missing a Kitchen Manager

Bottleneck #3: You’re Missing a Kitchen Manager

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You, as a CEO have a great idea — a new project, something you want to do — and you bring it up to the team, you have some discussion…and it fizzles out and somehow you end up doing things the same old way you’ve always done. Or,...

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Bottleneck #2: The Team Member Bottleneck

Bottleneck #2: The Team Member Bottleneck

The 2nd bottleneck I want to talk about is a team member bottleneck. Many of us are all too familiar with this one. What does a team-member bottleneck look like in your business? Here’s 3 common ways that it appears: 1. You have a team member who is just not reliable....

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Bottleneck #1: The Tech Bottleneck

Bottleneck #1: The Tech Bottleneck

Back in March I spoke at Todd Herman’s 90 Day Year Live event in La Jolla, CA on Breaking the 4 Bottlenecks That’ll Keep You From Scaling Your Business. This blog series is drawn from that talk. Business owners usually call me pretty much when they reach a crunch...

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Is the “press of business” holding your business back?

Is the “press of business” holding your business back?

Remember how it used to feel to land customers? (A little like this?) Those were heady days. But these days…it’s a little different: “This sounds crazy to say, but if we take in even more more premium client, I think my team will implode.” “From the client side,...

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Are you secretly in love with your fire drills?

Are you secretly in love with your fire drills?

“It might look like we have our act together, but let me tell you, back here, everything’s a fire drill.” I hear some version of this with nearly every client I worth with. It’s usually why they make the choice to start working with me to improve their ops. Not only...

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Managing Freelancers

Managing Freelancers

Work with a freelancer? Chances are that's a Yes (or the freelancer might even be you). As the gig economy attracts more and more workers, there’s growing demand on businesses to get it right when it comes using freelancers. Over on the Redbooth blog, I've assembled a...

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How to Scale Your Business

How to Scale Your Business

You know you've arrived when... your business is facing growing pains. But as problems go, these are good problems to have! If you're looking to scale -- and craving expert advice -- I have a round-up for that, over on the Redbooth blog. What's there? Advice on...

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New Thinking on Productivity

New Thinking on Productivity

Over on the Redbooth blog -- a roundup of the latest thinking on employee productivity — including getting a grip on distractions and interruptions. You know, the things that happen approximately every 30 seconds during your work day! Read the article here.

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The Best Business Lessons in the Galaxy

The Best Business Lessons in the Galaxy

Star Wars: The Force Awakens just enjoyed one of the best opening weekends of all time. Movie magic aside, that’s a product launch we all can admire. To celebrate opening week of the long awaited Episode VII, over on the Redbooth blog I curated some of the best...

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Handling Negotiations

Handling Negotiations

Over on the Redbooth blog, I tackle what you need to know about negotiating. Learn the negotiating tactic that secured the UN climate deal in Paris, plus a monster article on how to use emotions during negotiations — no matter which side of the deal you're on. Have a...

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How to Run Better Meetings

How to Run Better Meetings

We love to hate them, but we all got 'em. Meetings. Over on the Redbooth blog, I check out what's new in meeting management. Need some help crafting your meeting agenda? Know what to do immediately after your meeting is over? (Or: are you looking to ditch meetings...

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High-Speed Leadership

High-Speed Leadership

Over on the Redbooth blog, I tackle the high-performance side of leadership: speed, secret weapons, succeeding against odds, and commanding armies. Make no mistake: this is authoritative advice sourced to experts. Just with a dash of Bond-worthy panache. Read the...

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My interview on Breakthrough Directions podcast

My interview on Breakthrough Directions podcast

I love this interview so much - despite the fact that it was about 90 degrees in the house that day. These ladies were terrific interviewers and I enjoyed telling my story, covering everything from Afghanistan to Evernote. Please have a listen! (Bonus: during it,...

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Interview with Carrie Green

Interview with Carrie Green

A few weeks back, I connected with the lovely Carrie Green of the Female Entrepreneur Association. I love the format:  3 of my best tips jam-packed into an 8 minute package. My topic? Getting that course idea that's stuck in your head out into the world. Please go...

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My Interview on the Fearless Launching Podcast

My Interview on the Fearless Launching Podcast

The wonderful Anne Samoilov released a podcast interview of me last week, on her new Fearless Launching podcast series,  did you catch it? Things we talk about: [unordered_list style="tick"] Designing your course so your students can remember your material on the...

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Common Threads: You Already Know What to Teach

Common Threads: You Already Know What to Teach

My friend Tami and I had this email exchange the other day: Her: Okay.. so curriculum/course design biz...Sounds a little like you are teaching a course on how to put together a course? Me: Yeah...How META is that, right??!! Then she replied, I know I need a book or...

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