What I wish I knew before I started my business(es).

Man oh man. There are so many things I wish I knew before I started my first business. Going from being a contractor to a full fledged business owner (two decades ago!), was a totally different ball game. There were definitely some tough times. If I were to go back and start all over, the […]

Presence – What Does it Really Mean?

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and we got talking about presence and what it feels like when the person you’re with is truly present. It’s also an incredible feeling to be fully present for others and it can help you feel more fulfilled and successful in all areas of […]

How To Have A Strong No And Stand In Your Yes

Have you ever been compelled to say “yes” when you really mean to say “no”? Or you say “yes” and then don’t really want to spend the time and energy to follow through? Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in saying “yes” to everything and everyone which can lead to stress and burn out. […]

5 Ways You Matter

We’ve all had times in our life where we haven’t felt like we’re enough. We’re not smart enough, pretty enough, successful enough, tough enough, vulnerable enough…you get the picture. It’s human. The thing is, YOU MATTER. Plain and simple. It’s just believing it.  We’re often our own worst enemies because we let our minds run […]

How to Let Someone Go

If you’ve done your part in providing support and training along the way and given them ample warning that there could be an end to their employment, they’re just not meant to be in that position. Once you come to your final decision and you’re ready to let someone go, remember to be as kind as possible while sticking to the facts.

How To Build An Effective Team

As you build your business you’ll also want to create an effective team of people to help you. Even if you’re a one man or one woman show, you’ll likely need some help from various contractors and professionals such as accountants and web developers along the way. Having an effective team can make a HUGE […]

How to Be Respected As An Approachable Leader

Being a leader doesn’t always mean you need to come up with all the answers or that you need to rule with an iron fist. In fact, being an approachable leader where others feel welcome to talk to you and want to bring ideas to the table can be extremely helpful to you and your […]

Managing Bullies in the Workplace

Most of us have heard about people being bullied or maybe you’ve even had someone try to bully you.   It’s never fun when this happens and unfortunately it’s relatively common. One thing to remember is that it’s never really about you. Although it can be hurtful and potentially harmful to those people involved, the reason […]

Effective Brainstorming and Spaghetti

Did you know that brainstorming can be really fun when you approach it with playful attitude? I like to think of it as throwing ideas out and seeing what sticks, kind of like throwing spaghetti at the wall.(If you haven’t tried throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it’s cooked, you should – it’s really fun!)

Navigating Business Partnership Ups and Downs

  Ahhh, business partnerships. They can be a great asset to your company or detrimental depending on some key factors. If you’ve ever been in a business partnership or know someone who has, you’ve probably heard about some challenging times. The challenge sometimes is that you won’t always agree. This by itself can actually be […]

The Perfectionist’s Lie

I have to tell you that ironically, this was one of the hardest videos I’ve done. For some reason, I just couldn’t get it “right”.  It took many tries to get this video recorded which made me laugh given that the topic at hand is perfectionism. 🙂 Having said that, I do have high standards […]

The Truth About Jealousy

Jealousy is an interesting thing. I heard someone saying recently that they were frustrated with their progress and that they thought they should be further ahead given their age. They compared themselves to some other people who had “made it” and the feeling of jealousy was taking over the perspective of their own life. They […]

When Quitting is Empowering

Have you ever thought about quitting something but you weren’t sure if it was the right thing to do? Thought maybe you were “copping out” or just not focused enough? I know so many people (including myself) who keep slogging it out when it might be time to quit and move on instead. I want to […]

Make a Change Inevitable in 3 Easy Steps

If you’re human, which I assume you are, you’ve probably had times when you’ve “dabbled” with quitting something. You’ve had something you’ve tried to quit, and know it’s what you want, but it’s taken some time to get to the point of actually committing to it! There are many reasons this may happen and the […]

You Deserve to Appreciate How Great You Are!

If you’re anything like me and have a busy life where you’re consistently pushing boundaries, it’s easy to forget to appreciate how great you are!  I don’t mean being egotistical. I’m talking about simply noticing and appreciating the greatness within you. So often, instead of stopping to notice what you’ve already achieved and who you’ve […]

How to Avoid Burnout

Last week during one of my Mastermind calls the topic of self care came up. As a group of busy professional and business women, all of us could identify with the challenge of taking care of ourselves.  The expectations we put on ourselves to give not just to our businesses and professions but also to […]

He Was Shot Down but His Legacy Will Live On

Last week, my friend Rafael Bejarano was travelling in Egypt – doing his work and living his mission when he was shot down during an air raid by Egyptian militants. He was innocently minding his own business, eating lunch when it all unfolded. He was a peaceful, loving, giving man. A man who touched lives and […]

How to Use Overwhelm to Your Advantage

Overwhelm can sometimes stop you in your tracks and prevent you from moving forward when you most need to.  I can certainly attest to this and I know I’m not the only one who gets that feeling of panic periodically. I’m currently in a really busy period of life lately. Between my businesses, speaking at events, […]

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