Are You Managing Your Staff Or Do They Have You on a Short Leash?

Are You Managing Your Staff or Are They Managing You?

Do you have trouble getting your staff to carry out procedures?

When you make requests of your staff does it feel like it falls on deaf ears?

Do you find yourself performing tasks your staff is responsible for because if you don’t do it, no one will?

You are not alone.

I frequently hear from clients that they are hopelessly frustrated and cannot figure out how to get people (their employees) to do what they want.

This is not ok.

Repeat after me:

It is NOT ok if the people you are paying to do a job are not doing their jobs.

You are the business owner.

You are the one paying their salary (and benefits).

You are the one assuming the risk of running the enterprise.

Being abused by your staff is not part of the bargain.

If your staff is ignoring your requests or defiantly thumbing their nose at your authority, something is wrong. The longer you put up with it, the worse it gets. It is akin to letting the inmates run the asylum (though lets hope your business doesn’t feel like an asylum!).

If you want to experience a blatant disregard for your requests and outright indifference, adopt a cat. (I may be a cat lover, but I am clear who is REALLY in charge in my house!)

How to Get Your Staff to Do What You Ask Them to Do [Read more…]

Don’t Forget to Celebrate & Breathe [Video]

As I was hiking a steep trail on Black Rock Mountain in Arizona after a few days of business masterminding, I was sitting at the top enjoying the hot air balloons and beautiful view. Two trail runners ran up to the summit (huffing and puffing) and immediately turned around to run down.

I am all about a great workout and moving forward toward the next goal, but if you don’t take a moment to celebrate what you have achieved, take a deep breath, and notice your accomplishment, your business life will be one painful, long slog. You’ll soon come to hate it with your very being.

So take a moment – breathe, celebrate what you have achieved and keep business flowing.

Need help organizing your schedule and activities so you feel like you can breathe? Contact me for a complimentary discovery session and see how I can help you create breathing room and reach your goals.

How to Choose [Business Flow]

By the very nature of choices…when we say yes to one thing, we say numerous no’s to other things. It’s called opportunity cost. The (cost) of opportunities we forego when we choose something.

There’s no right or wrong choice…and sometimes we have to choose what serves us most, instead of “shoulds” or “obligations”. Sometimes we need to speed up, other times the need is to slow down and heal.

Today’s video talks about making one of those choices and how you can be more discerning in how you choose.

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Why I Do Improv (And Why Every Business Owner Should Too)

The Unusual Suspects Improv TroupeIf there were a magic pill that would make you stretch outside your comfort zone in a way that benefited every area of your business and life, would you do it? Even if you had to get up on stage in front of an audience without a script to perform short sketches with other people you barely knew?

I did.

And, boy am I glad!

You see about 7-8 years ago I took a presentation skills class and one of the instructors was an improv guy. He was extolling the virtues of improve and I thought… “Hmmm that could be cool!” Since there were no classes nearby I let the idea slide into wishful thinking…until… two years ago. A colleague of mine started offering adult improv classes and I jumped in hook, line, and sinker. I never dreamed it would have had as huge of an impact on me and my business as it has.

Besides being more fun than you could possibly imagine having with very cool people and laughing until your sides split, there are some very tangible reasons why improv is the perfect fit for the self-employed business owner.

Here’s why I continue to do it (and you should give it a try)…

Improv teaches you to:

Think on Your Feet

You have to be on your toes when you play these improv games. You never know what scene you could be in, what role you will be playing, or what might happen. You can’t plan, script, or rehearse your way into success. You can practice skills that support your performance (like listening, experimenting, being present, thinking on your feet, etc.) but that is the extent of it. The rest is up to you – in the moment.

Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

Who is totally comfortable with standing in front of a crowd knowing just about anything can happen? No one. Even the most seasoned performers will tell you they feel excited and a bit nervous before a show. Knowing that you might succeed or fail spectacularly is just part of the game. You may shine like a hero or look like a jackass. Either way is OK. You learn how to show up fully and make friends with the unknown.

 Trust Yourself

Fundamentally you have to trust yourself. Learning to trust your instincts, ideas, and input is non-negotiable to the process.   The only way it works is if you take an idea, commit fully, and go for it. Even if it bombs. As my improv leader Aviva says, sometimes the best thing you can do is die (as in let the idea/character die). [Read more…]

Elements of Business Flow: Rhythm, Pace, Focus, Perspective [Video]

Join me on an autumn hike to understand more about what you need to create more flow in your business.  Beautiful scenery with a message that will tickle your bottom line and free you up for more fun along your business journey.

How do you work with these elements in your business?

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