Category Archives: Leadership

My Daily Personal Practice – A Variation Of Meditation For Goal Setting

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Have you ever tried to meditate? It sounds simple enough: just sit still, and try not to think about anything. Clear your mind, and enter instant nirvana. It’s promoted as the key to inner peace and has been credited with everything from curing diseases to boosting sex lives, so it seems like it’s worth a…

On Forbes – Hard Lessons In The Life Of A Young Entrepreneur: The‏ Phone Call That Changed Everything

Read the full article on Forbes “Stop yelling at me,” he said. This stranger, a man who I’d never met and was expecting to save my business from disaster, said those very words and spun me around completely. When I got off the phone with him a few minutes later, I was shaken. His voice…

Article on Forbes: The 2 Most Important Words in Business

Read the full article on Forbes Can you define your workplace culture with just two words? Be brutally honest here. Maybe your words would be boring and stressful. Or phony and gossipy. We won’t dwell too long on that–what I really want you to do is get clear on the two words you want to…

Article on Forbes: How Kindness and Generosity Made My Business More Profitable

Read Full Article on Forbes.com You know it’s profitable to be socially-conscious and charitable when big companies make ‘corporate responsibility’ a priority. Does that sound cynical? Actually, I couldn’t be happier about this development: we all benefit when companies make a sincere effort to contribute more. If you’re a small business owner, it might seem…

Lessons From My Dog, Scooby Doo – #1 Play Full-Out

Lesson 1: Play Full-Out You have not seen focus until you have looked into Scooby’s eyes when you are about to toss a tennis ball. The rest of the world seems to completely disappear to him, and all that is left are him and the ball. Although the tennis ball is his first love, if…

The Peace in Peace & Profit

This blog post is different than what I usually share.  But today marks nine years since my whole life felt like it was turned upside down when my step-mom passed away from a tiring battle with breast cancer. In the beginning, the heartbreaking loss was almost the only thing I could think about, but as…

Calming the Lizard Brain: 5 Steps to Dealing With Drama at Work

You know that surge of energy or sick feeling that takes over your body when someone takes credit for your work, makes condescending remarks about your presentation, or steals the pomegranate juice you left in the office fridge? Anytime you get triggered and feel it in your body, you can be sure the ‘lizard brain’,…

Playground Rules in the Workplace

Imagine you take all of your staff to the playground today, so everyone can get a little sunshine and much-needed vitamin D while they work. Each employee brings their workload with them and takes a seat on one of the teeter-totters. Do they all get to swing freely in the air, while balancing a manageable…

5 Parenting Tips That Will Make You a Better Boss

“I’m your boss, not your mother.” How many managers have wanted to scream that while dealing with bickering or whining employees? Yet the truth is, parenting and managing have far more in common than we might like to believe. I always saw my business as my baby, so the analogy strikes me as perfectly apt….

Taking 100% Responsibility: What it Means

Want to hear a fun story? I am going to share with you one of the worst moments I ever had in business… and tell you what I gained from it. In my first year of operating my first store, it was a whirlwind of excitement. Business was good, and I was insanely busy but…

Is Your Business an “Unkind Environment”?

It breaks my heart to hear friends and family tell me about their stressful, de-humanizing experiences at work. When you consider that the average person will spend between 90,000 to 100,000 hours or more at work during their lifetime, it’s sad to think that so many people have a negative experience of those hours. Obviously,…