You Can’t Do Anything You Set Your Mind to, so Stop Trying

You’ve been lied to. How can we sleep at night lying to little kids? You can’t do anything you set your mind to, and more importantly, you shouldn’t try. I understand why we encourage this type of thinking: a large portion of the population is under-performing; they aren’t living up to their full potential. If people are told they can do anything they set their minds to, then they are more likely to try to do something. But for those of us who are trying to live to our full potential, this phrase can be detrimental to our success. Continue reading

Is Achieving Your Goals like a Game of Tug-of-War?

As a business owner or a department head, do you have a strategy for your team? How successful are you at achieving your strategy year over year? What if I said you would be more successful if you did less?

One of the greatest pitfalls I see companies fall into when executing their strategic plan is trying to do too much at once. After going through a strategic brainstorming session, there are so many great ideas on the table. A five-year vision is developed, then the two-year strategic objectives, and finally the tactical initiatives they wish to accomplish that year. Once nicely laid out on a board or in a three-ring binder with page protectors and full-color pages, leaders begin assigning team members to champion each of the tactical initiatives. After receiving their assignments, everyone goes their own separate ways until next year. Continue reading

Recipe to Make a Small Business

We had a “happy” show with Sara Bencomo, co-owner of Happy Cakes Bakeshop in Denver. Sara and some friends started making cupcakes seven years ago and now are being recognized by places such as 5280 and Martha Stewart. So how do you take a cupcake and make it a profitable business? Sara shared some tips.  Continue reading

Where’s the Music?

“Never forget this: you can never assume people will automatically realize your worth” (Laura Stack). While our work speaks for itself, it may not speak loud enough, or people may not be listening. How do you take control of the review process and ultimately your raises and promotions? Ed Tate shared some great tips:  Continue reading

What I Learned about Rory’s Stairwell

I met Rory shortly after he became the World Champion of Public Speaking Runner-Up: a fun, high-energy guy, and so inspirational. Since then he has been propelled to the top of the success ladder as an international speaker and New York Times best-selling author. This guy is legit. I saw it. I saw him drive and create and push, then the breakthrough occurred. It wasn’t overnight. It never is. I want to share with you a few things I learned from Rory in the stairwell.  Continue reading