Category: Business Coaching

Can You Identify the Signs of Employee Burnout?

According to the Research Department at the University of Massachusetts, job stress and employee burnout lead to serious long-term consequences for businesses to the tune of costing American companies $300 billion per year due to increased absenteeism, health-related costs, and loss of productivity.  When leaders can identify the signs, they have the option of taking preventative ...

Signs It’s Time to Sell Your Small Business

Business owners and entrepreneurs have an undeniable sticktoitiveness that can help them hang on through adversity and come out better than ever on the other side. Unfortunately, that tenacity can also lead to dragging your feet despite clear signs that it’s time to sell your small business.  While the decision can be heartwrenching, recognizing that it’s ...

5 TED Talks for Small Business Owners

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Need a little inspiration to get you through a mid-year slump? Want a reminder of why you started your small business in the first place? We’ve gathered up 5 of our favorite TED Talks for small business owners. Their short length and powerful impact are perfect for squeezing into your busy day and reaffirming your ...

Exit Planning is a Business Strategy: Interview with Business Innovators Magazine

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I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Business Innovators Magazine’s Mark Imperial.  Our conversation gave me the opportunity to share why having a transition plan – something we know is important but not urgent to a Business Owner – is simply a smart business strategy.   Because of my own experience in transitioning by selling my ...

Healthy Boundaries Make for a Happier Workplace

In the not too distant past,  American work culture centered around “above and beyond”– Going above and beyond your job description, work hours, responsibilities, and your own mental, physical, and emotional capacities. Employees and executives did much of this to be seen as hardworking, diligent, and driven individuals willing to do anything for the business’s ...

The 6 Key Elements of Strategic Thinking Skills

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When you hear the word strategy, what kind of person comes to mind? I always imagine a master chess player for several reasons: They spent years practicing, winning, failing, researching, and reflecting to hone their skills. Each game they played on their journey, whether they emerged the champion or not, was a new opportunity to take risks ...

This Could Have Been an Email: Leading Purposeful Meetings in an Overbooked Workplace

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Business meetings are an inevitability. Whether held virtually or in person, there are times when it is absolutely necessary for a group to sit down together for a discussion. But are you leading purposeful meetings? Yet, there are many times when executives and lower-level employees alike find themselves asking, “Couldn’t this have been an email?” A survey conducted ...

Leadership Skills: Providing Purposeful, Actionable Employee Feedback

A huge function of leadership in the workplace is providing employee feedback, yet for many, it continues to feel less like a tool to encourage excellency and more like a minefield to navigate as infrequently as possible.  If you fall in the latter category, you would likely cite fear of a negative response or lack of ...

Small Business Succession Planning: Key Considerations

Small business succession planning is crucial to ensure that your life’s work continues to thrive once you’ve left the helm.  Yet, according to a recent article, an estimated 75-80% of small businesses lack a roadmap for what happens after the current owner is ready to move to the next phase.  4 Key Considerations for Small Business Succession ...

What is Your Workplace Communication Style?

How do others perceive you when you speak in a professional setting?  In a professional setting, how you communicate with others has a significant impact on their perception of how trustworthy, capable, and valuable you are as a member of the team. Understanding your own communication style helps you avoid sending the wrong message, ensuring that ...