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You’re a business owner, you’re an entrepreneur, you’re a CEO, you’re a leader of some kind — you’re successful. You’ve done things that other people haven’t been able to accomplish.

Now: what’s stopping you from everything else?

You and I both know that there’s so much more you can accomplish. Those tapes that are playing in your head — self doubt and limiting belief, backed up by fear and fatigue — are quite simply the only thing holding you back from all that you can accomplish and become. Change the tapes, and change your future. If you want some support in that process, schedule your free coaching session with me today.


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Stopwatch Management

Management exercise

Here’s the challenge for this week: First, buy a stopwatch. Bring it to work. Turn the stopwatch on, and complete your first task. Check the watch — how long did that take you? Write it down. Then ask yourself: Is there a more efficient, faster, better way to do that task?

This is all about capturing the investment of time.

Next, give yourself a task that normally takes you fifteen minutes. Set the stopwatch for only ten, and see what happens. My bet is you can complete the task in ten minutes. This is stopwatch management. Now just think with me for a minute: What if you did that with all fifty of your employees? What if, Monday morning, you gave each one of them a stopwatch and told them to keep time all day on the different tasks? And then asked them one simple question: Could this task be done more efficiently? You’re not monitoring their exact answers, mind you — this isn’t micromanagement. You’re giving them a challenge. Challenge them the next day, the next week, the next month, to check their times. How much time can they save? Five minutes? Ten? Even if it’s only sixty seconds, the point is you’re creating a way of thinking about time, which is your greatest asset. Time has the biggest return on your investment that you’ll ever find. Go buy a stopwatch today. And contact us if you’re interested in our free, 3-step plan to getting more time from your business.


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Someday Never Comes

business exercise

I’m going to ask you to do something really strange (but hey, if you’re a Portland business owner like me, you’re used to weird, right?). First: Get out a tape measure. Take the tape measure, set it on the floor, and mark that very first notch as the day you were born. The next dash, mark as graduation. The one after that, the day you started your business. Then the inevitable question becomes this: How long is that tape measure? How long do you think you’re going to live? Have you thought about what’s outside of that tape measure — what is your legacy going to be? Or have you forgotten why you’re doing this business? Maybe you’re just drifting, inch by inch, year by year along your life and in your business. If you’re looking for the mark on the tape measure that says “Someday,” it’s not there. This isn’t a dress rehearsal. Your life is represented in this tape measure. It has a beginning, it has a messy middle, and it has an end. You ready to face the truth? Someday NEVER comes! Never. If you haven’t talked to somebody about this, reach out and schedule a free coaching session with us today.


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commitment

So, you’re in your business, and you’re feeling stuck. You’re not sure what it is, you’re not sure why, but something’s plateaued. You can’t seem to move forward with growth and strategy. What’s going on here? Well, without having to crawl into your mind, I’m pretty sure I know: You haven’t fully committed to moving forward. You haven’t burned the bridges — you’ve left the back door open — you keep thinking that maybe, maybe there’s a way out.

But if you recall all the success you’ve had in your business in the past, wasn’t the first step your 100% commitment to going forward? When you commit that way, your mind creates the courage and the capability to overcome fear and have that win. This is what we work with every day with our clients, coaching them through their business, and asking these types of questions so that they can get the results that they set out to achieve from the beginning. Schedule your free session with me today.


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business coaching

As a business owner, who are we focusing on: Customers, or competitors? I had a really interesting conversation with a client on this topic, and what I discovered was that they’d been making all their decisions — investment, strategy, everything — based on their competitors. They were constantly trying to do what their competitors were doing. During their efforts, they’ve watched their business go completely flat, and it seems apparent why. They’ve been so focused on their competition that they forgot about the desires and needs of their customers.

My question for you today is this: Which one are you focused on? Competitors or customers? If you look around you at the many great successes in the business world, you’ll notice they all share one thing in common: their focus is strictly on the customer. They’re focused on the customer’s needs, and how they plan to meet those needs. In doing that, they ensure their own success — not only today, but tomorrow and for the long term.

Customers or competitors: You have to make a choice! Where you expend your focus will be the making or the breaking of your business. Schedule a free coaching session with me today, and we’ll get to the bottom of it together.  


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Business transition coaching

In the world of business, everything seems to be changing all the time. Tech, innovation, marketing, production — everything’s getting faster and faster, and every business of every size is trying to beat the competition to the next change. Everyone wants to be ahead of everybody. And sure, that’s an important piece of the puzzle — but it seems to be the only piece most people are pursuing. It’s the only question people are asking! But if you want to develop real business leadership, well then, I have a bigger question, for you today:

What ISN’T going to change?

In the next five, ten, twenty-five years from now, what are your customers and clients still going to want or need? What problem will they want solved? We know from human history that there are some needs which have been the same for thousands of years; they’re not changing anytime soon. Is that built in to your business today? Can you identify that thing people will still need down the road? As much as things change in the world, there’s plenty that isn’t changing anytime soon. Are you building on that? Are you thinking on that as you move forward?

The Chinese proverb tells us that “A man who chases two rabbits catches neither.” What is not going to change in your world of business and what you’re doing?

Not sure? Let’s talk about it. Schedule a free coaching session with me today.


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executive coaching, marriage

A few weeks ago, we posted about the business of marriage how running a business and maintaining a healthy marriage uses many of the same skills. But what I’m discouraged to see are business owners and CEO’s who have devoted, loyal customers — customers who’ve been around for twenty-plus years — who are struggling in their own personal marriage. The ingredients are the same on both sides, but something isn’t quite clicking in their personal life.

To have a great relationship, like having a great business, takes time and money. What did it take to become successful? Time, intention, commitment, focus, and sacrifice. Right? You had to think long-term.

These are all the same things that makes a successful marriage.

So why not start to use these same strategies with your spouse? Today, my challenge to you is to really think about your marriage the way you think about your business. Think about your marriage first. Invest in your partner. Commit yourself to them. Treat them like you do your best customers. Here’s a big one: Over-deliver. Do what you say you’re gonna do, and then do a little bit more. You do it for your clients — why not your spouse?

What do you think? Have you seen your marriage this way? Send us an email today if you have some insight — we’ve got a lot coming on this topic, and we want to hear from you!


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employee engagement

So you have employees. Congratulations!

Now, let me ask you a serious question: Do you know the most profit-making task those employees could be doing in your business today? Do you know how much time they’re actually spending on that profit-making task? Do you have a system in order to track whether or not they’re doing profit-making work? Do you have a filter to know whether or not the time they’re spending is actually profitable? Are there things that could be eliminated? Are there things that could be delegated? Some tasks are cheaper when outsourced, and your employees will be happier for it. Some can even be automated, and your employees left to more important, engaging work. Some, on the other hand, can (and should) be put off for another quarter or two.

How much would just one hour of your employees saved time be worth to you in a month? In a year? That’s an investment that will compound. In our executive coaching and management program, we help people discover how to save a million dollars in one hour. If this could help you, reach out to us. The solution is only 60 minutes away, and this expert consult is available for free, right now.

Convert your wasted time to profitable time.


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leadership training, time management

Any good business owner or executive will expect a return on the investments they make for their company. They consistently analyze their ROI so they can make adjustments to their work accordingly. So when was the last time you were actually aware of the return on your own time? When was the last time you held yourself accountable to get a result and return from your time investment on a consistent, ongoing basis? And actually treated it as the most precious asset you’ve been given?

Time is not something you can just go get more of, so what is the most valuable thing you can do with your time today?

Is it to spend time with God? Is it to spend time with your spouse? Is it to serve other people? Is it to make a great contribution in your business? Is it to write a world-changing book?

Or is it Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, half-finished projects, and lunches with your friends where you’re on your phone the whole time? A day that you are never present in any way?

Just sayin’…you’re never gonna get this day back. Think about your time.

And if you want to really maximize your work, schedule some free coaching time with me today.


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coaching for time management

Last week we talked about understanding the purpose of each day, and scheduling it accordingly. This week, I have a follow-up coaching question for you: When was the last time you started a day with a written plan, with a result in mind, and you actually executed it by the end of the day? Does that happen a lot for you? Does it happen ever for you?

Why is this important? Because in this day and age, people have access to us. This can be good, of course, but it can also be distracting. If we don’t explicitly design our days, if we don’t protect them for our important work, if we don’t actually manage and budget our time, what happens? We get interrupted.

That’s when our days become hurried, frantic, and without any tangible results by the time we go to bed. Everything is left half-finished; nothing is completed. That’s a recipe for burnout and stress, because we’ll never feel like we’re moving forward. We’ll never feel that sense of accomplishment that can be so satisfying and healthy.

Design your perfect day, every day. And if you need some support, schedule a free life or executive coaching session with me right now.


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