Women in business and women founders have an advantage that can help them drive success: their intuition. Intuition is the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning. Women's intuition has long been celebrated for its ability to help them make the right decisions, even when the evidence isn't clear.
I am passionate about women founders. Not only because I am a part of that group, but because I know how valuable women’s energy and intuition can be for the growth of a business.
You’ve probably heard the saying “a woman's intuition” and, or “a mother’s intuition.” The truth that this saying holds can be seen in every aspect of life, but especially in business.
When I started my business, I had this philosophy that it had to look a certain way. It had to be hard, it had to be grueling, and it had to be all-consuming to be successful. Luckily, that mentality didn’t last long. I...
Whether you tell yourself, "I don’t belong here" or you constantly think, "I’m not good enough" negative self-talk affects how you feel and how you behave. In fact, the conversations you have with yourself often turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy.
For example, imagine someone who thinks, "I don’t have what it takes to start my own business.” To cope with this self-doubt, this person avoids really chasing their dreams and limits the opportunities presented to them.
Negative self-talk used to make up 90% of my inner dialogue. I’d say things to myself like “Why do I think I can be an entrepreneur,” “I will never be successful,” and “I always make mistakes.”
Your internal dialogue is continuous and does not shut off. Your internal dialogue is a part of you and shapes how you think, how you act, and how you see the world. While your internal dialogue is always running you can learn to ignore the negative self-talk....
As a solopreneur, there are a plethora of hurdles you face when you are starting your business from scratch. Building a business from the ground up usually requires a lot of time and energy. But let’s be honest, solopreneurs only have so much time and energy to give in a day. Oftentimes, solopreneurs find themselves having to put important projects on hold so they can spend time managing tedious, yet vital back-end tasks.
My best advice for freeing up pivotal time in your day is: to offload the back-end work to OBMs (Online Business Managers).
As primarily systems strategists, OBMs develop and implement business tools and procedures to ensure the smooth sailing function of your business and its people. An Online Business Manager will manage all aspects of your business--from operations, projects, people, and metrics. They handle everything from logistics to product launches to overseeing the day-to-day operations of your business.
When I hired an OBM,...
Have you ever noticed what happens as soon as the clock hits midnight on Christmas Day? Everyone stops talking about the magic of the holidays and gets right into stressing about the new year.
Instead of pressuring yourself to set resolutions, set rituals. The ritual I’m proposing helps you focus on your positive intentions and the purpose of those intentions. Unlike a resolution, which is full of rigidity and obligation, the result of this ritual leads to informed actions. The questions to ask yourself are:
By "start doing" I mean — what goals do you have in mind for 2023? How do you need to reach those goals? What things have you put off doing because they seem hard or scary? What bucket list items do you want to check off? What do you feel the need to start?
By "stop doing" I mean — what things,...
What do you think of when you hear the word hire? Do you think of job postings on LinkedIn? Or someone turning in their two-week notice? Maybe you think of growing a team and thriving business.
Hiring is a rather reactive part of business for many leaders. In this blog, I am going to explain why it’s important to always be hiring and take a proactive approach to team growth.
“Always be hiring” doesn’t mean interviewing candidates year-round, but rather it involves a shift in mindset. It means thinking of yourself and your entire team as both a recruiter and an ambassador for your business, even when you are outside of your office. It also means assessing your current team, actively networking, and thinking about your sourcing needs long before an employee is moving onto a new opportunity.
Here is what I mean by the “always hiring” mindset.
Know what your team is missing
It’s natural to turn your attention...
The week between Christmas and New Year is an opportunity to reflect on the year gone by and to approach the year ahead with purpose and intention. A lot of emphasis is placed on this being a time to make big changes in our lives and while this can prove to be a useful motivator for many, it is also important to recognize that meaningful transitions and milestones are happening all year round.
Our efforts in forging forward with life are meaningful and valuable regardless of when they occur. However, I have found that giving myself the space to reflect during this specific week, leads to a clear mind for the New Year.
The reflection I do comes from the framework of the Start Stop Continue Method.
Start Stop Continue is an intuitive framework that lets you collect feedback on three aspects:
These prompts allow you to reflect on the past year and set intentions for the...
When it comes to entrepreneurship, no one does it quite like my dear friend Regina Lawrence. Regina is a lawyer turned soulful business and life strategist who has cultivated a community of women who can be all the things - successful, spiritual, sexual, and wildly unique. As a business owner of 3 different companies, Regina knows a thing or two about the transition from employee to entrepreneur.
In this blog article, I’ll share her suggestions for creating a smooth transition from employee to entrepreneur, increasing your chances for the success of your new company.
After you’ve been employed for a few years, you probably have job security, a regular income, benefits, and a bright future. Even so, you may want more out of life, and starting your own business may be the way to get it. However, moving from employee to entrepreneur requires planning, a clear understanding of your career objectives, and confidence that you can do the job as an independent business...
In a chaotic, noisy world, stillness and pause can be transformative.
Many of us go about our day without taking a single break or moment to pause. We wear the title “busy” as a badge of honor and run ourselves into the ground as we search for our “next thing.”
This lifestyle, however, is not sustainable. I learned that the hard way. I was constantly sprinting to the “next thing” until I hit a brick wall. That brick wall was the first time that I got knocked on my tail- it forced me to stop. It forced me to pause.
Until the brick wall, I truly believed power only came from doing. But once I was forced to pause, I discovered power came from pause.
Let me elaborate.
When we think of our lives it can easily become a question of “what do I need to do next?” It is normal to get caught up in a routine or to really want to push through a project or activity. However, in order to make the most of an...
Have you ever stopped to consider how you, the owner of your business, is contributing to the stagnant or slow growth in your business?
A core differentiator I have seen in the businesses that scale vs. the businesses that stay stuck is that the owner of the business is constantly evolving and growing their skillset, leadership characteristics and surrounding themselves with high performance talent.
This takes intentional action to uplevel yourself and let go of the control so you can create space to operate at the highest level.
So what is the difference between managing and leading your business?
Here is a simple breakdown of the difference in behaviors when it comes to a manager vs. a leader.
Manager = staying close to the day to day operations, needing to understand all the details about every decision being made, is a planner and organizer in the day to day tasks. Your team “works” for you.
Far too often I see businesses and leaders jump into building internal teams for the wrong reasons.
Think about it. Have you ever been reactive in hiring? Have you made quick hires without understanding the future of your biz? Did you take the same amount of time to forecast your talent as you did your financials?
Building an internal team takes an equal amount of effort, intentionality & discipline as building a solid customer base.
If you’re not committed to the process of what it takes to build an effective team internally...let’s keep it simple. Stop now.
True leadership includes spending equal amounts of time creating successful cultures and teams as they do biz opportunities.
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