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  • Human Wiring: Here’s What Happens When You Hire a Generalist For A Specialist Position

      In June’s Wake Up Profitable Boot Camp for Business Owners, we showed business owners how to build and align their team. If you ask any business owner about their top challenges about building the team, you’ll find hiring and retaining good employees at the top of their list.  Let’s face it, hiring exceptional talent The post Human Wiring: Here’s What Happens When You Hire a Generalist For A Specialist Position appeared first on Excellerate Associates.

  • Does Your Business Run By Your Rules OR Somebody Else’s

    Have you ever found yourself answering the question about why you’re doing something with “because THEY told me to?” Who’s They? When you do things because everyone else is doing it or because you saw it on somebody else’s social media feed, take heed. Are you the leader in your business or are you following?...Read More

  • Freedom to Create

    This week in the U.S., we celebrate Independence Day. Independence is a condition where you exercise self-government. Entrepreneurs know all too well about independence. Independence provides freedom: freedom to create or to do nothing at all. With that freedom to create also comes commitment, responsibility, and effort. The question is, what are you creating that The post Freedom to Create appeared first on Excellerate Associates.

  • The Importance of Knowing Why You Do What You Do

    Do you think about the reasons WHY you do what you do? Or do you just do things to get them done? Or because you’re “supposed” to do this or that? There is strategy and then there’s flying by the seat of your pants and being haphazard about the things you do. Specifically, in your...Read More

  • Leadership: It’s Not Enough to Just Delegate

    Harriet runs a multi-million dollar business that is experiencing growing pains. To avoid being a bottleneck, she delegates to her staff but soon discovers that office expenditures are out of control and the company has a dip in its profitability. She also discovers that her team missed out on upselling opportunities. When you experience growing The post Leadership: It’s Not Enough to Just Delegate appeared first on Excellerate Associates.

  • Encouraged Inauthenticity in the Workplace

    Having recent discussions with new and old friends about a topic many of us have been covering for decades grabbed my attention again. Being our whole selves at work.I remember being pretty stunned at my first job about a lot of things that were long accepted in the workplace. I write a lot about them; this time I want to focus on our wholeness.Some comments like this where openly uttered at the time:Wear your “man’s hat” when you come to the officeBring only your professional self to workAnd

  • Are You Open Minded?

    Are you open to change and new ideas in your business or are you stuck? In a rut? Feeling out of sorts or stagnant in your business (or your life)? If you’ve been in business for 5 years or more, you may have experienced the stagnant feeling. I know I certainly have in my 25+...Read More

  • Systems Work Except When They Don’t

    When I speak to CEO’s, I asked them what comes to mind when I say the word systems. There is always a range of looks, reactions, and thoughts. Some of them look like they just ate a lemon and some respond with: Systems give you freedom Systems are processes Systems create efficiencies We find that The post Systems Work Except When They Don’t appeared first on Excellerate Associates.

  • Do You Do What’s Easy or What’s Necessary?

    Many times, there’s a big difference between doing what’s easy and doing what’s necessary – or doing what will make the biggest change or impact. This is true in life as well as in business. It’s easy to do what’s simple and easy. You can stay in your comfort zone and not much, if anything,...Read More

  • Your Company’s Core Values: Hollow or Highly Effective?

    Communication. Integrity. Excellence. Respect. Would you agree that these company core values sound meaningful? Many of them might even resemble your own. You might be surprised to learn that these were the company values of Enron, the collapsed energy trading company with one of the largest accounting fraud schemes. This case is likely not the The post Your Company’s Core Values: Hollow or Highly Effective? appeared first on Excellerate Associates.

  • Are You The Bottleneck?

    Most of the time, we, as business owners, are the slow-down point in our businesses. We are the bottleneck. Put another way…we’re the problem! Notice I said we here – this certainly includes me. We all do it. We’re the one holding the sales page copy on our desk, while the team is ready to...Read More

  • What Language Are You Using To Create Your Desired World?

    Language. It’s how we: Communicate what we need. Create collaborations and ideas. Communicate with ourselves and others. Language creates our world. If language creates our world, then it makes sense to notice the language we use. When others started using the term social distancing, I chose to use physical distancing – the desired behavioral outcome. The post What Language Are You Using To Create Your Desired World? appeared first on Excellerate Associates.

  • I’m Rambling

    You may or may not have noticed but there was no message from me last Thursday. You haven’t heard from me since Memorial Day. And, it feels like that was a long time ago – to me. I have multiple newsletter messages ready for you… and NONE of them seem appropriate at this very moment....Read More

  • Mindset Systems

    You might have heard of a systems mindset but have you heard of mindset systems? A mindset system is a process of declaring how you want the day will go. The way you start your day can be the most important indicator of how you spend the rest of your day. It’s an integral inner The post Mindset Systems appeared first on Excellerate Associates.

  • Purpose: Why Does It Matter So Much and What Happens without It?

    I try to explain in every single way I know how, that we all need purpose to have a better quality of life. Even if we are not aware of it. It is an intrinsic yearning in us all. If we find purpose at work (work in the general sense as I explain below), there are even more rewards for us. As Koestenbaum says in his book Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness:Work for the average person is external to life and is therefore experienced as a constraint on life itself. Time pressure is actually the

  • Build a Resilient Business at the Wake Up Profitable Boot Camp for Business Owners

    I believe through every experience, we have opportunities. We have opportunities to: -Grow personally -See things differently -Use experiences to transform ourselves and our work This is a perfect time to take the experiences from this pandemic and use your insights to create a robust and resilient business. I invite you to take this unique opportunity to work on The post Build a Resilient Business at the Wake Up Profitable Boot Camp for Business Owners appeared first on Excellerate Associates.

  • Rolling

    As we roll into Memorial Day weekend, I hope you find your business rolling along – at least as well as it was at the beginning of the year…if not better than it was then. Several people responded to a Facebook post I put up earlier this week that their businesses were doing great and...Read More

  • Back to Basics: 3 Simple Processes to Keep Your Employees Motivated

    According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, American companies spend $300 billion every year on stress-related work issues like reduced productivity, absenteeism, health insurance costs, direct medical expenses and employee turnover. Add in a pandemic with shelter-in-place orders and employees wearing multiple hats, like teaching their children while working from home and The post Back to Basics: 3 Simple Processes to Keep Your Employees Motivated appeared first on Excellerate Associates.

  • Just Say No To Pivoting

    I’ve heard so many people say there were surprised and taken off guard by our current situation. It’s interesting to me to hear that because the virus was in other countries before it was here. Did we really think it wasn’t going to affect us? I started talking to my clients about the modifications and...Read More

  • Can’t Restricts. Can Empowers

    We’ve all said it. I can’t figure it out. I can’t do it. I can’t see a way. However, one small shift in your language can make real difference from can’t to: “How can I?” When a consultant said, I can’t meet with my clients during the pandemic because they are older,  I asked her The post Can’t Restricts. Can Empowers appeared first on Excellerate Associates.