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Business Owners: 4 Ways To Fill Your Bucket Every Day

What a morning. I opened up my computer and found a pile of email that arrived overnight. No bonfires, luckily, but I know it’s going to take an hour just to look at them, never mind respond! My younger associate just stopped by to let me know she needs my attention. I know my family is mad because I yelled at the kids this morning (but if I’m going to drop them off they need to be ready on time!). There goes the phone. It’s a client in crisis. They need to talk NOW. Like I need client problems on top of all this! If you are a leader, your job is to give. To give direction that creates … Continue Reading »

The business owner’s worst enemy is between their ears

In both the art and the business worlds, the difference between the amateurs and the professionals is simple: The professionals know they're winging it. The amateurs pretend they're not. ~ Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking There’s a voice I hear all too frequently. I might be taking the stage at a speaking gig, or walking into a client’s office, or sitting down in front of my computer to write an article, when in the back of my mind I hear a voice that says, “What do you think you are doing? Do you even know what you are doing? No. You don’t…” It can go on for some time. This voice is … Continue Reading »

The vulnerability of being a business owner

In her wildly popular TED talk Brene Brown tells us that one of our deepest fears is vulnerability. We are afraid of the act of letting ourselves be seen. Yet, in order to start a company, we have to do just that. Not only do we have to let ourselves be seen, but, once we get into it, we find out that we are actually putting ourselves on display! What "sells" best (especially in professional services) is when you "sell" you. That's what people are buying. How anxious is that making you feel right now? I've been doing this for 15 years and I cringe just thinking about it. People are … Continue Reading »