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How to Move From Make it Up to Make it Real

HELLO | TWELVE, jULY 2019


TGIF, Happy Friday and happy Independence Day!

As Visionaries, our greatest contribution is our ability to see our companies as globally as possible. We are uniquely able to understand and prioritize the most pressing needs, and then design creative solutions to to move forward.

I don't know how this process typically works for you, but for me it's typically super-organic and instinctual. Once we identify the problem, I give myself the space to creatively think about how we might solve it. Or sometimes, I'm not even thinking about it at all, and the answer suddenly just comes to me. What a feeling, right? :)

The challenge then lies in how to take this idea and model it, build it, test it and roll it out. This is where our team can become a true complement to our abilities. I follow a simple process to make my ideas real:

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How to Take a Sabbatical From Your Business

HELLO | TWELVE, jUNE 2019

TGIF, Happy Friday! I am back in the office this week, fresh off a 3 week sabbatical-- my first! It was quite detoxifying and I am happy to report it was also a success. Thanks to a lot of planning, delegation and accountability, I was able to completely step away from running my business for three whole weeks and watch it run without me... and nothing blew up! It was divinely indulgent. Want to do the same?

Below are my tips to make this happen:

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Too Many Ideas but No Follow-Through? How to Move Your Ideas Quickly and Easily to Implementation

The ability to (1) dream up, (2) create and (3) execute new ideas is the calling of all entrepreneurial leaders.  A healthy business operates and grows when the 3 legs of the tripod are in balance. As visionaries, we naturally and bravely bring the ideation, but typically struggle with the other legs: creating a plan for our ideas and committing to a plan fully to execute them.  When the three are out of balance, a chronic start-stop dynamic grows between you and your team, and if not managed correctly can lead to team-wide burnout and a total lack of productivity and feelings of progress.

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How To LOVE Your Work

HELLO | TWELVE, january 2019

 

Happy Friday and February to you! It's the month of love and there's not much that can top the fulfilling feeling of doing work that inspires you. One of my favorite entrepreneurial thought leaders, Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach® teaches that "the most successful people are those who have learned how to focus on and leverage their unique strengths. In other words, they build their lives around their abilities, not their disabilities." He began talking about his realizations as “Unique Ability®," the essence of what you love to do and naturally do best.

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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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Give the Gift of Feedback

LEARN | TWELVE, JANUARY 2019 

The impact of giving feedback, like a great gift can depend greatly on how it is packaged. Positive or  negative feedback can be equally well received, if the intention behind it is to improve a situation or a relationship. 

Think about the worst gift you ever received. Was it ill conceived or was the intention behind it misread? One year I was given a laser facial-hair remover from my other half. My immediate reaction was to feel offended…”he thinks I’m too hairy!” His intention, however, was that he wanted to save me time and money in going to the salon. All was forgiven, but the gift was still returned. That’s my ME time, after all.

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A Simple Tool to Reclaim Your Time and Leverage Your Assistant

LEARN | TWELVE, NOVEMBER 2018 

If you’re always on the lookout for something to save you time around delegation, Strategic Coach® and Delegate Solutions may have the answer. In our work supporting entrepreneurs, we have found Strategic Coach’s “Impact Filter” tool to help both you and your team understand the results you are looking for and take the burden of those tasks away from you.

First, let's talk about why “The Impact Filter™” is valuable in delegation. This tool allows you to get the project out of your head and specify what you want the ideal result to be. With everything broken down and clear results in front of everyone, your team can take over having everything they need to get started. Doing this simple prework allows you to save time explaining what you want because they already know.

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Our TOP 3 tips to clear your bottlenecks around delegation!

1 - Start small, build confidence.  Focus on compartmentalizing larger tasks and projects into small parts to build your own confidence around delegation.  Do you want to hand off your calendar scheduling? Don’t get overwhelmed by the big picture of doing so; instead segment it out.  Ask yourself which part of my schedule could be most easily delegated or automated? Perhaps a first small step is to deploy a scheduling tool for your internal team meetings only.  Just this shift alone will help you add framework to your day by creating specific blocks of time you are available to meet, and it takes the back and forth out of when to meet.   Grab the small wins! It still equates to time saved, and you’ll build confidence in this phase.

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LEARN | TWELVE, APRIL 2018

Soft Skills Support Anything

red-hands-woman-creative-1Structure creates a clean process. Planning and following methodologies are proven to streamline and create efficiencies no matter the business size. There are several programs and philosophies that entrepreneurs and businesses follow in order to set and achieve goals, while analyzing roles and creating processes to grow and move forward at a record pace.

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LEARN | TWELVE, JANUARY 2018

Documenting Processes Using Unique Methods

Delegate Solutions offers a wide variety of support tools – but one area that our team really excels at is in creating, documenting, and implementing business processes. There are a variety of approaches to documenting processes, but one effective strategy that I would like to share with you utilizes “Unique Methods™” – a tool created by Strategic Coach.Strategic Coach is the #1 business coaching program for entrepreneurs.

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