Small Business Owner Roles – Owners Wear Too Many ‘Hats’

Everyone knows a business owner wears many hats – from Chief Executive to Janitor.  While taking a Small Business Management class with Dr. Thomas Jones, I learned to be aware of these three critical ‘hats’, the responsibilities and purpose of each, and how much time you need to allow for each of them to do […]

5 Ways to Say “No” …Gently

If you are going to manage your time, then you have to be able to say “No.”  Here are five ways to say “No.” in a positive way: 1. Counter propose a time frame that works for you.  “No, I can’t have it done on Tuesday but I could have it finished by Friday if that […]

Prioritization or Procrastination – It’s All In How You Feel

As a time liberator, I teach my clients that the only difference between prioritization and procrastination is how feel about it.  Both are making a decision to do one activity before another. When we feel bad, we call it procrastination.  When we feel good about it, we call it prioritization. When you feel bad, look […]

New Year – New Focus

  I gave up New Year’s resolutions years ago – instead I set a theme for each year.  A theme creates a sustained, focused effort in one area of my life – both personally and professionally – which I find to be more impactful.  I not only get to work consistently at creating and building the change but […]

Staying Relevant in a Fast Changing World

As a member of the boomer generation, I sometimes feel like the generations behind me are running so fast – changing the world so quickly – that I feel in danger of getting run over and becoming irrelevant. At the same time, I have always been a person who likes to move to the beat of my […]

What Are You Procrastinating About???

 How you spend your time is how you spend your life.  Procrastination is another way of saying what I am doing is more important than what I am not doing.  If you frame it in that language on each action you are procrastinating about, you should see clearly that, either you are right or wrong.  If you are right and what you […]

Make the Most of Time at Conferences

Attending industry or corporate conferences is a great way to get some great classes that are more focused on what you do.  I rarely miss my professional organizers conference.  Humans are herd animals and NAPO is one of mine.  I thoroughly enjoy mingling with my herd once a year. A couple of tips – Budget and save for attending at […]

Impossible Things

You know how sometimes you hear some little thing and it sticks – it resonnates in some way that captures your attention.  Recently, my honey Ron and I got around to enjoying Johnny Depp in Alice In Wonderland. What ”stuck’ for me was a line near both the beginning and end – “think 6 impossible […]

The Gap Between Promotion and Reality

Maybe it is just me.  Maybe it is just a fluke for today.  Maybe I’m just so different from the average small B2B business that information doesn’t apply to me.  I am getting major reinforcement that what ‘experts’ are telling us to do is more wishful thinking and promotional that solid advice.  What I think […]

When You HAVE To See Your Stuff

A lot of people still subscribe to the idea that being organized means ‘pulling a Felix Unger’.  The popular Odd Couple character was the fussy one that had to have everything clean, put away and in order.  Felix was not organized – he was a neatnik. Being organized is not about the ‘stuff’ – it about […]