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Good Leaders are Good Communicators

Being a leader is a massive responsibility!  You are expected to get and keep the team up and running efficiently at all times. Anyone that has been a leader can tell you that the task is easier said than done.  After all, we are all human and have daily rhythms and emotions that we need to take into consideration.


One of the myths that leaders fall into is the myth that they are responsible for the team.  Each team member is responsible for themselves and their portion of the work.    As the leader, you are responsible TO the team, not for the team.  You are to provide the team members with the tools and opportunities to do the job but the members are responsible for making themselves happy.


Most people want to belong to something larger than just them.  Most team members know there is something
larger than themselves in being a team member.  A healthy work environment contains team members that care for each other as well as themselves and the team as a whole.

Value Your Team

The best investment in your vision is to have the right people around you helping you achieve your goals. It is important that you show them you value them…a win-win opportunity.  You give them the opportunity and they give you great work in return.

Clear Roles

You, as the leader must give clear roles for each person in the team.  Each person should know their role in the organization and what you expect from them in their role.  You will need to have total trust in each person you put in each role and make sure that both are a good fit.

Respect and Gentle Conversations

Showing respect for others is a key in the leadership role.  Here is where you will be leading by example.  All eyes will be on you,
especially when things go wrong.  What you do in those times will set precedent with all other members of the
team.  If you are kind and gentle and show respect others will follow. No one is perfect and mistakes will happen.


Most often in leading a group you are required to teach others.  What this really means is guiding others on their journey.  The
decisions you make must be based on the team benefit rather than your own personal agenda.  You will be a mentor,
advisor, role model and cheerleader.

Information Sharing

All team members must be willing to share information with others freely.  We all know what happens when information sharing is on a need to know basis…communication breaks down and everyone is trying to “catch up” but no one ever does.  When information is shared freely, the atmosphere becomes one of creativity instead of complaining.

Giving Back

We all want to give back to the community.  As a leader, make sure that people have the  knowledge and resources to give back to the community.  We all WANT to do this but only about 30% of  the people make it happen.  As a leader, you can help increase that percentage.

The Difference Between a Business Coach and a Business Mentor

Do you know the difference between a business mentor and a business coach?

It is easy to get them confused or to think they are the same thing as the differences can seem too subtle to distinguish by many.


A mentor is someone who has been successful in their own
business and can give you a blueprint of how they did it.  They teach you what you need to know if you are just starting a business.  A step one, step two approach.   When starting a new business, a mentor is a great person to have in your corner.  These people can help you build a business or get the one you have on solid ground.


Again, they give you a blueprint of what they have done to build their own successful business.


You pay for their advice, they give it and you can take it or leave it.  The concept is that is you follow their blueprint you too will be successful in your business.  It does work.


When you are ready to move your business to something that
is truly your own with your brand on it, a coach may be just what you need.


A coach can help you take your established business to a
different level, help you make the business your own; help you personalize your business so it is truly you.  Coaches help
you in so many ways: emotionally, spiritually, and even with your processes.  Coaches are focused on your performance in
business and understand the holistic approach brings more personalized results, which is generally what you are looking for when hiring a coach.


Many people start with a business mentor and move to a coach
when they feel their business is solid and want to move to the next level.


The important part is that partnering with someone is more
helpful than going it alone.  Everyone can use guidance at one time or another in their business.


Most successful people will tell you that the years spent in
corporate America have not prepared them for their internet business.


There is no need for all of us to be pioneers when it comes
to having our own business.  Learn from others.

How Do You Make Decisions? Out of Faith or Fear?

Are you a slave to your job?  A slave to “the system?”  A slave to money and happiness?  Have you been looking for it in all the wrong places?  Do your friends call you the “Drama Queen?”

Are you suffering with work addiction?  Are you working 60
hours a week for your own company but not feeling any more fulfilled than you
were when you worked for corporate America?

Are you in need of an intervention?

ANY leap is full of fear, no matter how good the leap could be to your life.

So, how can you start?

1. Start by Being Honest

You take action because you have a level of confidence that it will work out. There is always some fear mixed in because leaps don’t come with guarantees that it will work out perfectly.  When you are doing something you feel you just have to do instead of something you desire, you are on the right track.

2.    Let Your Desire Drive You

Make decisions out of a desire for change, not out of a desperate need. You don’t want that need to be clouding your judgment. You want clear purposeful goals in mind.

3.    Monitor Your Motive

Feel what you heart is saying when you think about this decision?  Do you have a burning desire to take the leap?  Is it a pressing need that is driving your leap? Do you have confidence?  If not, this leap is out of fear and may not be a good idea.

If you are thinking clearly, you can envision the benefits you want. The desire in your heart will drive your leap and give you the confidence to take it because you will know what you want.

If you are feeling desperate, you are taking a leap in fear.   Stop and rethink the decision to leap.  Go back to step one.

When you have a pressing need that makes you worry, it is difficult to think clearly.  My advice, make decisions to leap when you know your motive is right and you’re doing it with a clear, achievable objective.

The Uncomfort Zone that Helps You Get Comfortable

For success  to be ours, we must sometimes get out of our comfort zone.  It is easy to hide  behind a computer when you have an internet business.  You may be able to obtain more business if
you do one small thing out of your comfort zone that may mean you are temporarily  uncomfortable with the first few times.


Challenging yourself and your beliefs can be very scary.  Whenever we go through something out of our comfort zone, for the first time, we all feel the same feelings.  That queasiness in the stomach, the nervousness  when we talk in front of a group, the feelings of anxiety and overwhelm.    We find it hard to let go of those feelings.


Yes, leaving the comfort zone can be very …well, uncomfortable.  Moving to a place that you are unfamiliar with can be an unsettling experience.


So, how do you break out of your comfort zone? Just like all the other challenges you have encountered and overcome.  By doing it!  Sometimes, it helps to start off small.  Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can


If, for instance, you want to do public speaking, try reading out loud to a tape recorder.  Try videotaping yourself so you have a starting point.  It is okay to not like what you see at first.  The important
part of the exercise is to do it, not criticize it.  You can ask for feedback from friends that will be gentle but honest in their evaluation.  You can also imagine yourself doing the thing
you are most afraid of.  Pretend.  We all forget that pretending is an option open to us.


Our imagination can run wild when all we really need is to try
something new once or twice to make it less scary and more easily achievable in our own minds.

Remember, how we didn’t think we could be a business owner?  Now, we are one.

Think about this.  You are already a business person so I can only believe that you have overcome a lot of obstacles in the past.  You need to give yourself credit for the things you have done. You  have had successes.  You have done things that feel very “unnatural” to you but because you have continued to do them,
they become a part of you and your success.


Seek out others that are doing what you want to achieve.  Asking someone for help may be the nicest compliment you could give someone.   Isn’t that a great way to find friends?

Most everyone will help someone else achieve their goal or help them get started. It is how we keep going and giving as entrepreneurs.  Someday, you will be able to help someone

There’s lots of free information out there for everyone.  Check out any business blog/website/magazine.  Use the information to your advantage or reach out to the owner/editor and ask for

Blogs are a great place to start.  All advice is good if you can use it to help meet your goals.

9 Clear Strategies to Making Better Decisions

How do you usually make a decision? Do you act impulsively, or overcomplicate?
Knowing our personal quirks and decision drivers can help control irrationality
and impulsiveness, which can then lead to better decisions in tough situations.

Let’s take a look at nine strategies for making better decisions in crucial


1. Weigh the

If you start at the end first, it can help simplify a decision. For
instance, think about what you CAN and CANNOT live with. This can help
eliminate options and keep things in an appropriate perspective.


2. Think first

This one is for the impulsive decision makers out there. When you’re caught
up in the momentum of something, try to take a deep breath. Give yourself a few
seconds to re-evaluate the choice.


3. Do What’s Right

As they say, “You can do what’s right or you can do what’s easy.” The
whistleblowers at Enron, WorldCom, and Madoff had to choose. While their lives
became tough for a while, they could look at themselves in the mirror and sleep
at night knowing they’d done the right thing. We all deserve the same peace of
mind. Choose right over easy.


4. Listen to your Gut

Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book Blink
publicized what most of us already knew—sometimes that gut feeling is the right
feeling, even if we don’t know why. If perfectly logical choices—to take a job,
date someone, or purchase something—have our stomachs in knots, we need to
examine that red flag. Many times what we can’t consciously explain can be the
difference between a good choice and something we’ll regret.


5. Understand

Understanding our feelings and how they motivate our behaviors can be the
key to changing personal patterns. We may be surprised by how much of what we
do is based on irrational emotions. Think about that intelligent girlfriend you
know who always dates the wrong men.


6. Feel the pressure

Knowing what is driving the people around us can make a big difference in
the way decisions are made, and the outcomes down the road. Are things being
driven by pride, desire to advance, greed or power trips? Or, is there a truly
sensible reason that the pressure is on? Knowing the answer can help you move
forward or stand clear of unnecessary stress and drama.


7. Know your motive

Deciding something to keep up with the Joneses, because it’s what our
parents want, or to prove something to somebody, can be the right course of
action, but only if we understand what we are doing. Looking at our personal
motives behind a decision can help us evaluate if it is a good choice. If the
answer to “Why am I doing this?” isn’t a motive we’d be proud of, it is time to
re-evaluate that decision.


8. Decide not to decide

When it comes right down to A or B, sometimes the right decision is—C.
Simply say, “I don’t care for either at this time” or suggest a third option to
alleviate the pressure and get a better outcome.


9. Flip a coin

When you get down to A or B and flip a coin, it does more than give you a
choice. It shows you how happy you are with that choice. If you get the outcome
and your heart sinks, then you get an instant read on what your gut thought of
the decision.


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Has Your Business Been Blessed by the Google Fairy?


Decisions, Decisions.  Is a Business blog really what you need for your business?

Deciding to write a blog sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  Almost every blog that writes about business says you need a blog for your company.  The reasons, according to the experts are:  You can target potential clients; A business blog can give you more online traffic;  It can help you create valuable person-to-person connection (please); or it can help you create a community.  Do these sound like valid reasons to you as an entrepreneur?

What your company will become

The business bloggers say, it makes your company more successful. They also say that if you don’t blog enough, you are losing customers.  What is enough?  According to the experts, you need to be blogging 3-5 times a week.

Time involved

If you decide to blog, know that the endeavor will take a chunk of time to write blog posts.  Ask anyone that does it.   The expressed opinion online has been that many of the well-known and followed people who blog find they run out of ideas, time, or motivation on the blog content at one time or another. 

How often

It is tough to come up with three blog posts a week and not run out of ideas or motivation within a 6-12 month timeframe.  Even the most creative minds have trouble coming up with that many ideas that quickly.

Most people start blogs and find that they can’t dedicate the time needed to post as often as the experts suggest.  A variety of people get hung up on the stats and if they don’t reach their intended goal soon enough, they quit.  Many of the popular blogs are outsourced to freelance writers or guest bloggers.  Virtual assistants do a fair share of blogging for companies also.

Your company may be different

As an entrepreneur, you need to stop listening to the “should” advice and listen to your own inner voice.  After all, you didn’t start your own business to listen to others, did you?  Do these business bloggers know you or your business?  No, they don’t.  It is good to listen to others that have gone before you but listening and doing something that completely go against your principles or goals is not really what your company is all about, is it? 

Focus your efforts

If you do decide to blog, focus your efforts on great content instead of how many times you post in a week or month.  Keep an eye on your stats but don’t get obsessed with them. 

You will easily see when you get indexed by the Google fairy and you are blessed with the ranking dust.  You will have more than a silent fart of traffic. 

Millions of blogs 

 There are millions of bloggers online.  One less for a few weeks or a few months won’t matter.  Your survival is much more important than your Google rating.  When you have taken the time you need to nurture yourself, you can decide to jump back in or let blogging be a thing of the past.    

Not always successful

Jon Morrow, Associate editor of Copyblogger admits that he stopped blogging completely four years ago and wrote a post about it.  Here is the link to his story:

It’s Your Business; You decide 

Remember, nothing is written in stone and having a plan B and C are helpful…but if you enjoy not having a plan that is perfectly okay too.  As an entrepreneur, you will be able to see if something is working or not working and adjust quickly.   If you decide to blog, know that your blog will change focus many times in the first year.  Your audience will change too.

Mentors: The One Person You Need for Small Business


We all know we can’t go it alone in business.  We need the ability of others to help us through the ups and downs of our business.  We need help with a variety of things.  We need someone to tell us, “it will be okay” when things are not going well.  We all have drama moments.  We also need them to tell us if something sucks so we don’t go down that road, or at least help us see that it sucks and show us another path.

Here are five things a mentor can do for you and your business

1.)     A mentor can help you through your “drama moments” when your business day seems too heavy to carry alone.  This doesn’t happen often but when it does, you may need to hear a real voice instead of the one in your head.

2.)    If you have been lucky enough to have found a mentor that lives in your area, the mentor is invaluable when you are doing something new.  They remind you of all your successes and give you the perspective that you need. 

3.)    If something you are doing sucks for your business, they tell you.  They are your accountability partner in your business.  If you are doing something that goes against your core values, they have the tough conversation with you instead of allowing you to self-sabotage your business or yourself.

4.)    A mentor can save you time.   Time is one thing we could all use more of in small business.  Mentors are business people to and their experience is invaluable when it comes to saving yourself some time.

5.)    A mentor can also be your cheerleader and help when it comes to marketing your company; helping you grow into the leader you want you are.

Mentors want you to succeed; they help you be better than you think you are.  They can help you balance your life better.  We all need help with that now and then.  One of the biggest joys of having a mentor is that they can help you find the best medicine; laughter.  We all need more of that in our lives and it is the glue that holds relationships together.

Business Entities: Corporations

This is the last of our four-part series on Business Entities.

Today, we will cover Corporations.



A corporation is a body –it is a legal person in the eyes of the law.  Which means it can bring lawsuits, buy and sell property, contract, be taxed, and even commit crimes.  The most notable feature of a corporation: a corporation protects its owners from personal liability for corporate debts and obligations –within limits.

Of all the entities, corporations are the most formal.  The shareholders, director’s, officer’s, and managers must observe particular formalities in operating and administering the corporation.  For example, decisions regarding a corporation’s management must often be made by formal vote and must be recorded in the corporate minutes.  Meetings of shareholders and director’s must be properly noticed and must meet quorum requirements.  Corporations must meet annual reporting requirements in their state of incorporation and in states where they do significant business.

Advantages of the Corporation

  • Owners are protected from personal liability for company debts and obligations
  • Corporations have a reliable body of legal precedent to guide owners and managers
  • A corporation is the best vehicle for eventually public companies
  • Corporations can more easily raise capital through the sale of securities
  • Corporations can easily transfer ownership through the transfer of securities
  • A corporation can have an unlimited life
  • Corporations can create tax benefits under certain circumstances, but note that C corporations may be subject to “double taxation” of profits


Disadvantages of the Corporation

  • Corporations require annual meetings and require owners and director’s to observe certain formalities
  • Corporations are more expensive to set up than partnerships and sole proprietorships
  • Corporations require periodic filings with the state and annual fees


 This concludes our Business Entities series of  posts.  I hope this has been helpful to you.  If you feel your business is the incorrect entity, see your CPA and or attorney immediately.

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