Business Advice for the Real World

September 15, 2020

You’ve got your own style. Sure, you’ve had mentors who inspire you and you’ve worked with leaders who have been great examples of what not to do. You’ve meshed these examples with your own personality and developed a leadership style that’s uniquely you. Yet, even with that flair of individuality ...

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You are no stranger to stress, especially right now in this season. Being a business owner or leader during a pandemic is certainly stressful. Balancing work-life demands when work, life, your children’s education, and everything in-between takes place in your own home is stressful. Even when ...

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What makes a leader a great leader? Resilience. Empathy. Vision. Humility. Passion. Motivation. Integrity. Charisma. If you listed any of those things, you’re in good company. Those characteristics, and many more, are commonly listed among the specific traits that leaders possess. And yet, that ...

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You are innovative. You are strong. You are capable. You are amazing. You are not, however, equipped to forge your way completely alone. Yes, as a business owner or leader you are a critical component of your business’s success, but you are not the only factor. Building and maintaining a successful ...

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Whether you are running a business for someone else, or you are the chief executive of your own business, the struggle is real. There is never an easy path when you are the one steering the organization and there is no time like a world pandemic to make things even more challenging.  In these ...

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For many of us, the shift from our everyday normal to social distancing and stay-at-home orders happened seemingly overnight. There wasn’t time to prepare a phased approach to transition from life as we knew it to the stage where we bunkered down in our homes for work and life around the clock.

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If there’s one thing we’re all certain about is that our “new normal” isn’t going to look a lot like our “old, pre-COVID-19 normal.” At least it won’t for quite some time. The modes of work and life that we navigated back in February 2020 are done and gone. As states start to open up and businesses ...

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The coronavirus pandemic has interrupted our professional and personal lives, and for now, we are plunged into a new normal. Because many work and recreational activities have been curtailed, people are finding that they have additional time on their hands. The question is: What will we do with ...

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Raise your hand if you haven’t been on a videoconference call in the last 10 weeks. I bet there aren’t many hands raised. Whether you’re in the office still or working at home, you’ve probably hopped on a video call or two (or 100) to catch up with another person or a group of people at some point ...

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When you first got word that your job would transition to a temporary work-at-home position, you may have had visions of curling up cozily on your coach with your laptop perched just so. You’d be in your pajamas or your favorite pair of comfy clothes and life would be awesome. You’d find that ...

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Six months ago, the crystal-coated ball dropped in Times Square and we cheered in a brand new year. At that moment, none of us knew what waited for us just a short hop ahead. Before the first quarter even had a chance to close out its books, businesses shifted from in-person operations to a new ...

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Growing can be hard. Maybe you’ve spent a career, or even a whole lifetime, polishing a certain set of skills and interests. You’re good. You’re content. Maybe, though, there’s a nagging thought that you’re ready for something else. Notice, I said “something else” which may or may not be the same ...

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No matter how good you are as a leader, no matter how much experience you have under your belt, the reality is that right now, today, you are making your way through uncharted territory. The spread of COVID-19 has forced individuals, businesses, non-profits, schools, and government agencies to ...

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We are living in unprecedented times. Of course, you know that. You may sitting at home right now in your favorite sweats, cuddling your third cup of coffee close, and eyeballing the Zoom meeting in progress on your screen, while simultaneously staring at your daughter’s homework and quietly ...

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When working toward building a life you love, you need to be able to rely on yourself and harness your power. This is impossible if you are bogged down by fear, insecurity, inaction, and uncertainty. Your strengths, skills, and relationships can help encourage you and give you assurance in the face ...

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Hey, Boss. Yes, I’m talking to you. You’re a team leader. You’re a senior executive. You’re a solo-entrepreneur which, of course, makes you your own boss! Ok, maybe you’re not any of these things in your day job, but step back and think for a moment. You know that side-business you’ve been mulling ...

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What does “support” mean to you? The dictionary defines it as: to give aid or courage, or to strengthen. When was the last time you needed to draw on your courage or strength? Did you ask for help or did you go it alone? Perhaps you did not take action because you didn’t feel courageous or ...

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Every now and then you stumble across a quote or post on social media that sums up your current status succinctly. I found one of those recently: “I have a new address. I’m living outside my comfort zone.” Stretching like this can be scary. At times, it can even be overwhelming. It’s also, however, ...

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“I guess the real fact of the matter is, we don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring and the only thing we really have is right now. So, don’t stay angry for too long and learn to forgive. Love your friends and family with all your heart. Have fun and live your life the way you want to live it.

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Forget the Ping Pong tables and the snack bars. Yes, your staff enjoys benefits and perks associated with their jobs, but what they really want is a purpose and an organization that’s investing in social good.  According to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report by Achieve Consulting, more than half ...

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’Tis the season to scurry to and fro! Your to-do list includes all the usual stuff. Now, however, you’ve added decorating, baking, gift buying, school parties, work parties and an assortment of social gatherings. It’s hard enough to balance work and life sometimes; but balancing work, life, AND ...

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Remember those goals you set back in January? The ones you gave yourself a year to complete. You’ve got a month left. There are also those other goals you’ve raised along the way and your original deadlines are starting to come into view for those, too. There are holiday gatherings — professional ...

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You’re hearing a lot about gratitude at the moment. Every time you check in with your social media channels, you’re scrolling through daily posts that list the things your pals are grateful for. There are articles pontificating on the benefits of being thankful. (Who can blame them? I’ve shared my ...

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The days are getting shorter. The temperatures are getting cooler. Your summer routines at home have given way to homework and school bus schedules. The garden centers have turned over their stock from summer’s bright colors to warm hues of mums and ornamental cabbages. Autumn is upon us. Grab ...

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Are you right brained or left brained? If you think the answer to that question impacts your ability to be creative, we need to talk. While creative pursuits may come more naturally to some of us, everyone has the ability to create. Sure, you may never write a heart-wrenching sonnet or paint a ...

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“You’d be a great accountant,” your mother told you. “You’d be a great lawyer,” your father said, “Plus the money’s great!” “You’ve been in this position for a few years and I know you enjoy it,” says your mentor, “But don’t you think it’s time you made plans to climb the ladder?” “You’re ...

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We talk a lot about the value of networking. After all, opportunities to grow can come from anywhere, and networking is the key to seeking the most valuable opportunities out there. For some, this is a no-brainer. You put yourself out there. You attend professional associations and events. You meet ...

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Businesses — from small start-ups to large enterprises — are embracing the benefits of a remote workforce. According to a recent Global State of Remote Work report by Owl Labs, 52% of employees work from home at least once a week. Globally, 18% of employees work remotely full-time. There are ...

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Pressure. Rock legend Billy Joel sang about it. You’ve likely heard his song, aptly titled “Pressure,” that encapsulates the weight of expectation bearing down you. He’s not the only one penning lyrics on the subject. Why is this such a meaty topic for songwriters? That’s an easy one. It’s ...

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Everyone, no matter their career or place in life, must consider how they present themselves. It’s possible that you’ve never paused to think about how your appearance or personal interaction style reflect who you are. If so, you are holding yourself back. These two things can make or break your ...

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