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The Transformational Power of Process

LEARN | TWELVE, AUGUST 2019 

Consistency breeds trust with your client base as well as your employees. To achieve consistency in your business, empower employees, create loyal clients and build your brand - relying on basic core processes is always the answer.

A core process is defined as the way that you do business or more simply, the how and why of running your business.

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In Search of More Time

LEARN | TWELVE, JULY 2019 

Time. It can be your best friend or it can be your worst enemy, it’s all a matter of how you look at it.I’ve often found myself struggling to find the time to get things, both professional and personal, done. At some point or another, we’ve all said to ourselves “if only there was more time in a day.” Well, I have some good news for you, sadly it’s not that I’ve found a way to magically add more hours to our days, but I have implemented the idea of time blocking into my personal and professional life and guess what?! IT REALLY WORKS!!

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Finding the Still Water

LEARN | TWELVE, JUNE 2019 

 

I recently listened to a lecture about turmoil in life. We all have it. We all hate it.

The person giving the lecture walked into the room with a glass of water. He proceeded to shake the water in a circular motion within the glass explaining that this is how most of us feel - how most of our brains are functioning right now. Constantly thinking…constantly juggling a million priorities…. constantly adding to our lengthy list of what’s next and all of the things we have to do to get there.

This constant stress can be felt both personally and professionally. “I’m one big sale from stability in my life” OR “I just need help in these areas to achieve my goals” OR “If my children would only listen to THIS, things would be so much easier!”.

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How To Avoid Entrepreneurial Burnout

LEARN | TWELVE, MAY 2019 

As an entrepreneur, you’re at a higher risk of burnout than almost any other group, especially as a solopreneur. Studies have shown that burnout in entrepreneurs is more likely to show up in the body than in the job.

Jade Barclay, a psychotherapist who recently completed her MBA Thesis on Entrepreneurial Burnout said in an interview “There were a whole raft of cognitive symptoms that would show up, so just not being able to focus and things like that, brain fog, that kind of thing.

A lot of people actually had body symptoms. It was common to have people say, "My body just completely shut down. I couldn't work anymore." So how do you prevent this all too common occurrence? We’ve found 4 helpful tips to help you avoid burnout.

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Time Blocking Strategy

LEARN | TWELVE, APRIL 2019 

You know the what and the how, but do you know the when?

Like most professionals, you’re probably a planner.  You have your “to do” lists and your carefully laid out directions on what to do and how to do it.  But do you plan when to do those things?  If not, you may often find yourself jumping from task to task, maybe feeling a little overwhelmed by your “to do” lists and not getting as much accomplished in a day as you’d originally intended.  Have no fear, time blocking is here to help! Elon Musk does it, so does Bill Gates, you’ll be in good company!

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Too Much Buffering? How to Structure Your Time, Systems and Accountability for Better Focus

The definition of a good Buffer Day is a day focused in preparation for upcoming Focus Days.  True “Buffer” Days are meant to be spent on delegations, putting out fires and working on the business so that when Focus Days come, we have the capabilities in place to truly focus.  Without careful planning though, every day can quickly become a Buffer Day, ever creeping into our focus time.

Growth takes a backseat because the majority of time is spent cleaning up urgent messes rather than focusing generating new revenue.  A friend of mine refers to this place in business as “Marshmallowland;” a place where time stands still and we operate in a chronic state of trying to move forward, but stuck in a sticky, grabby mess that keeps us immobilized and bouncing around endlessly in our business.   

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Images of Grandeur

LEARN | TWELVE, MARCH 2019 

If you look up the definition of white-glove it means to be marked by special care or attention. When entrepreneurs and business owners speak of white-glove service, the phrase sparks images of grandeur and distinguished attention to detail. Many entrepreneurs are striving to create a unique white-glove experience for their clients that elevate their service offerings and show the world what makes them great.

One of the best ways to show the world the ‘you that makes you you’ is to get clear on the front-stage versus back-stage processes that make up your business model. You can gain immense clarity about your business by altering your perspective and looking at things through the filters of front-stage and back-stage.

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Keeping your New Year’s Resolution: Strategies to Hold Yourself Accountable

LEARN | TWELVE, FebruARY 2019 

We all make New Year’s Resolutions, but how well do you follow-through on yours? Whether this year you are aiming to eat healthier, exercise more, or write a book, here are some ways to help you reach your goal.

First, identify a measurable goal, possible obstacles, strategies to overcome the obstacles, and what the best outcome would look like to you. One of our favorite tools for this purpose is Strategic Coach’s Strategy Circle®. This is a tool to help you map out creative strategies to help you achieve your goal.

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Project Management Innovation - Instagantt

LEARN | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2018 

At Delegate Solutions we work with entrepreneurs from a wide variety of backgrounds and pride ourselves on being thoughtful and innovative problem solvers that can find a solution to most obstacles and can customize our strategy to suit our clients.

I was recently working with a client that has used Asana for many years but abandons the project management tool at times of high stress. As we worked to identify what obstacles kept him from implementing projects in Asana to completion, we identified that he is a visual learner and needed a tool that would provide a visual map of the workflow. I looked for a free online project management tool that could incorporate a Gantt chart view and ultimately decided to use Instagantt. Instagantt is a tool that syncs with Asana (or as a standalone) to provide a Gantt chart view for project and workload management. There are numerous benefits and it requires little effort to set up projects.

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A New Addition to Our Family

HELLO | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2018

Happy Friday and welcome to the start of another beautiful month! I hope this gorgeous Fall season is treating you well. This time 12 years ago, I was about to have my son Nathan. As a mom, I remember the planning, the labor, the delivery and the sudden "parent" status - all of it a whirlwind experience. As an entrepreneur, bringing a new service or product line to market carries a similar weight for me. The excitement, joy, challenge and uncertainty all mirror my path into motherhood all those years ago.

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