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Community – Dale Carnegie says SMILE!

To wrap up our tips about community, I thought I’d go back to the basics – before you can build a community – you first have to connect with people! Nobody can teach you this better than the classic – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie!Mr. Carnegie says….Top 6 ways to…

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Community – Put the YOU in CommYounity

We’ve been talking about community this month. I believe that small businesses are the lifeblood of a community. We’ve seen the impact of them closing over the last 18 months.Small businesses sponsor the local schools events and sports teams, they pay local taxes, they hire people in the community. Without them our communities would dry…

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Accountability and Keeping Your Word

In 1997, don Miguel Ruiz wrote the best-selling book, The Four Agreements. In this book Ruiz notes that we create agreements in all aspects of our lives, and that the agreements we make with ourselves are among the most important. Ruiz examines four agreements that have the potential to transform our businesses and our lives:…

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Accountability and Motivation

ACTION: Accountability and Motivation CARROT OR STICK?Which one motivates you more? If you are not familiar with the saying – the old Carrot and Stick motivation is a motivational approach that involves offering a “carrot” (a reward—for good behavior) and a “stick” (a negative consequence for poor behavior). It motivates you by creating actionable goals and…

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Accountability and the Entrepreneur

Accountability is about delivering on a commitment. It’s about taking full personal responsibility and creating a strategic set of clear actions to reach a desired outcome. Personal accountability is the belief that you are fully responsible for your own actions and consequences. It’s a choice, a mindset and an expression of your personal integrity. Why is accountability so important for Small Business…

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Questions: 3 Magic Questions

 3 Magic Questions for your Business As a business coach and as an Entrepreneur I love the thought of asking questions to shift your thinking.   I firmly believe that our thoughts become things, and realize that humans tend to have more negative thoughts than positive ones. So how to shift that?  Affirmations, Gratitude Journals –…

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Questions: 5 strategic thinking questions

No- the first question is not – do you have a strategy – but it could be!  Strategic thinking what is it you may ask?  In the words of the Dr. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose!”  Dr. Seuss – Oh, the…

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Questions: 2 Questions to Start Your Day

Do you have a morning routine?  For years off and on I have practiced a morning routine based on the book/cd 30 Days to Grace by Diane Sieg.  You know I love a good system – and this puts your morning routine into a system you can complete in 30 minutes!  Its comprised of 5 minutes deep…

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Systems: 3 Questions for Systems Spring Cleaning

3 Questions for Systems Building / Review Last week I told you the 6 essential systems your business should have.  If you are wondering if you have a system or need a system – remember a good system is built to…. Save Yourself Stress Time Energy Money 3 Questions to ask when starting or reviewing a system in your business:…

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Systems: 6 Essential Systems for Your Business

As I mentioned in last weeks FAB Friday post – Systems allow your business to run like a well-oiled machine while making it more streamlined, more productive, and ultimately, more profitable. And my favorite acronym for SYSTEM is this:  Save Yourself Stress Time Energy Money Here are 6 essential systems for any business: Marketing/Networking – Getting known.  How do people know your business…

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