1 Way to Simplify

I was visiting a companion I Take the Lead group earlier this week.  Also in attendance was Dr. Sean Harry who taught the class where I learned how to blog – I highly recommend it. During conversation he joked that I should blog about 76 Ways to Simplify Your Life.   Silly of course, but it […]

Clearing Your Schedule

A double mastectomy was enough to let one woman clear her schedule.  What about you?  I was reading an article in the March issue of  Fortune about Esther Dyson and her position as stand-by cosmonaut.  After first turning down the option to be a backup crew member on a Space Adventure flight because she was busy elsewhere, […]

Incremental Innovation vs Radical Change

I toured President Garfield’s home yesterday while in OH and I had that ‘everything-new-is-old-again feeling’.   While touring the library Garfield’s wife Crete (short for Lucretia) set up in their home as a memorial to the assassinated President, our tour guide, Charles, pointed out a desk given to Garfield as a sample.  The craftsman, named Woodson if I heard […]

Professional Organizers Are People Too!

Those of us naturally inclined to organization can take as much ribbing asthe pack-rat.  We have been referred to in unflattering terms – fuss budget, “a”retentive, neat freak – you get the idea. The truth is we all live on a continuum and we are all subject to the same natural laws.  The messiest person […]

Liberate Time – Unusual Option #1

You hear it all the time – “I need more time.”.  But where do you ‘find’ it?  You don’t ‘find’ it of course, because it is not missing.  You can liberate it however if you are missing something.  Huh???  Here’s one place to look that you probably wouldn’t consider. Look at your bed.  One secret to finding […]

Time Liberation Starts With Clarity

Despite what you may have heard, you can not make time, save time, find time, or manage time.  You can however  liberate it. It is easy for a small business owner, to become a ‘poster child for people who do too much’.  It is a mistake – one I have made and in all honesty I […]

Lessons from the Blackberry Bush

Here in Oregon, blackberries are an invasive species that we spend a lot time trying to irradicate  – that is, when we’re not busy making jam and pies from the fruit.  The difference between pie and pest is the circumstance.  Find them along a hiking trail and they’re a treat.  In your backyard they are a […]

Delegating Clearly

As a solopreneur or small business owner, delegation can be a big challenge.  Whether it’s an employee, an independent contractor or a virtual assistant you have to turn over the reins enough for trust, comfort, and clear authority and that will vary for each task you delegate.  Take some of the pain and worry out of […]

It’s An Evolution

Three truths: It takes about seven years for every cell in your body to replace itself. So, basically every 7 years you are a whole new person. Each year you are in business, your skills are growing, your knowledge base is growing and you are learning more about your customers, what they really need and […]

Beyond Overwhelm

It’s pretty easy to feel overwhelmed these days as a business owner.  Ownership carries a lot of responsibilities and we are now under a lot of new pressures because of the rapidly changing world in which we operate. Advertising is becoming ubiquitous with the internet and social media and technology is bringing a basic shift of moving […]