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    23 Dec

    photo presented by Beverly & Pack

    Season’s Greetings and Happy Holidays!

    Now’s a great time to reflect on all of the amazing things in the world (like the Aurora Borealis…) and all of the important people in your world.

    It’s also a great time to think about 2011 and what that might bring…so with that in mind, here’s a great article on 11 trends for small business in 2011.

    A couple of the highlights for me:

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    20 Dec

    photo by kalleboo

    Have you ever had the experience of shopping for a new car, where you finally decide on THE car that you really want to buy.  Let’s say it’s a new Honda sedan…and at that point, you suddenly started noticing all of the Honda sedans on the road – they are everywhere!

    The reality is that the number of Hondas on the road didn’t change from one day to the next, you just tuned your Reticular Activating System!

    The Reticular Activating System is the part of your brain that helps you filter out the unimportant stuff going on around you…and conversely focus on the important stuff.  Without that filter, you’d be overwhelmed with stimuli and likely lose the ability to function, so it’s an important part of your brain that most of us don’t know anything about!

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    15 Dec

    hats  photo by striatic

    One of my favorite guiding principles / quotes is:

    All things in moderation, including moderation.” (attributed to Mark Twain, but I can’t verify that).

    This idea is one that keeps you centered – balanced across all of the different aspects of your life.  Let’s face it, as a business owner you wear a lot of hats – both in the business and out of the business.  You are the leader, the face of the business, probably the guy emptying the trash can…and on top of that, you’re a spouse, maybe a parent, a member of your church, a neighbor, a friend and possibly lots of other things.  If you let one of the roles you play become too dominant, all of the other roles will suffer.

    Think about a workaholic that you know – maybe it’s an entrepreneur, maybe it’s a corporate hard charger trying to get up the ladder.  In either case, you might admire their capacity for hard work and possibly you admire their results or their success, but it’s unlikely that you envy their life overall, they aren’t in balance (and it’s not sustainable in the long run.).

    This idea of having and embracing clear cut roles in your life is important when you start thinking about your planning for next year.

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    10 Dec

      photo by h. koppdelany

    I probably hear it 2 or 3 times a week from clients or other business owners…I can’t get everything done…I need more time in the day!  Unfortunately I don’t know of any way to actually create more time, but there are a lot of strategies for getting more things done.

    The thing with productivity is that everyone is different, so what works for me, may not work for you – your best bet is to try different things and see if you can land on something that clicks for how you work.

    With that in mind, here are two suggestions I ran across recently that may be helpful for you if you’re looking for some ways to be more productive.

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    06 Dec

    photo by Milos Milosevic

    One of the best things that I can do with my clients is to ask great questions.  As a business owner the key ingredient for success is confidence.  Being decisive, having a plan and pushing forward are just part of the job description.  But that doesn’t mean you should just put your head down and go – taking the time to question things, make the right course adjustments at the right time…that’s what will ultimately get you where you want to go.

    How do you know what questions to ask?  Every business is a little different, just like every business owner has their own way of doing things.  However there are fundamental core aspects of a successful business that have to be in place if you want to succeed in the long run – regardless of what business you are in.  If you start with that foundation and make it strong, everything else will come into shape.

    Below are 10 questions that I recommend every business owner should take time and consider for their business.  If you don’t feel like you have a lot of time, read through the list and pick out the 2 or 3 questions that make you the most uncomfortable and start there.

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