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time management

Science, research, history, and plenty of personal experience all point to the fact that each of us have a peak ‘thinking’ time during our day. We have a time when our mind is working most efficiently, we get the most done, and we’re most productive.

Think about your own day and the times when you’ve had breakthroughs for your business: the times when you’re thinking the most clearly. When is that usually? Is it early in the morning? After lunch? Or maybe after you’ve taken a long walk in the afternoon? When is your energy the best for building your business?

Now, have you ever thought about putting your most important tasks or goals into that slot of time every single day? This is a simple way to leverage your best thinking to get the greatest results for your business. Use it, and create an unfair advantage against your competition.

If you’re not sure when your prime time is, set up a free coaching session with us — we’ll help you figure it out.


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dream big

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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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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leadership training

Last week, we talked about the Walkabout that we teach in our leadership training. For the introverted manager, talking with everyone in one day might seem overwhelming. But consider this: with training in the Walkabout, you’ll always know exactly what you’re going to say. You won’t have to stress about coming up with conversation topics, because it’s all about asking only two questions:  What’s going on in your life? And have you noticed or learned anything interesting that can help the company succeed? It’s interest — and feedback.

Introverts can also thrive in the one-on one nature of a Walkabout – these check-ins aren’t before a group of hot shots talking over each other. That defeats the purpose. This is ONE on ONE. It’s having a conversation individually, looking your employee in the eye, letting them know you care.

Most introverted managers, once they learn this, can finally rest — you don’t have to be everything to everyone, after all. It’s just about a little interest, and a little feedback. Once you practice this, it will become second nature; you’ll be starting each day in a way that’s respectful to other employees. You’ll be creating a culture of respect in your company. Once that happens, the product or service will be dramatically improved.

At the end of the day, every business is just a group of people trying to provide a product or service to the world. It’s not a thing you develop; it’s a group of people working together to create value in the marketplace today. If you can’t do that, you don’t have a business.

Are you an introverted manager? Schedule a free consultation with me to maximize your unique management strategies. 


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manager meetings, employee engagement

Consider adding this one habit to your day, and watch your employee engagement explode.

We call it the Walkabout. Make it a daily habit to go and individually connect with every single person on your team. Yes, every single day. Whether it’s over a video chat, or the more traditional ‘water cooler’ talk, make time to speak individually with every member of your team, every day. During this conversation, make sure to do two things: 1) Ask them something about their life outside of work. 3) Ask them if they have any feedback for the company, any ideas or issues they’ve come across in their work.

This is how we train our business leaders to start each day, and it’s essential. Your team needs to know you’re there for them; they need to feel known. Because, if you really think about it, who is your company’s most important customer? It’s not the one who’s paying with their dollars — it’s the people who are paying with their time. Your employees! They spend more time with your product or service, know more about your history and background, than any paying customer ever will. And yet, for some reason, most business owners give their employees the least amount of actual interaction. Most people don’t do the Walkabout regularly, and it’s an incredible untapped asset. Instead, we go to work and don’t think about anyone else. If Sally’s got her job in accounting, well, that doesn’t have anything to do with me! We forget they’re human. The number one need we have as humans is to be heard and be known; if you want engaged employees, you have to meet that need.

These check-ins don’t have to be an hour-long scheduled meeting; it’s a casual few minutes, a spur-of-the-moment conversation. It’s not about checking off a list, it’s about intentionally saying, “I care about you. I want to know what you know. I want to listen to you.” After all, isn’t that how you want these folks to treat your customers?  If we want to have great relationships with our customers, it has to start with our employees. Model the culture for how you want your clients to be treated.

This may sound simple, but it can have profound results.

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