Transition In Business

Transition In Business

http://www.corporatecrossovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Free_Tele_Call_Apr13.mp3 This podcast is all about one of my favourite subjects; transition. How do we understand what makes change so hard, and how do we make it easier? The thing I know about life and in business is that we are always facing change, so whether or not you are thinking of leaving your job to start up your own business, or you’ve made that transition already, or you are in your own business, then you are always going to be facing change. I talk about why change is inevitable, the seven stages of internal transition that we go through and three practical ways that you can use right now to start making change much more smooth, and to make it easy so that you start to look forward to it, as opposed to getting overwhelmed by it....
Is Your Business Networking a Waste of Time?

Is Your Business Networking a Waste of Time?

http://www.corporatecrossovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Free_Tele_Call_Apr13.mp3 We are told time and time again that networking is essential for our business. And that if we don’t do it we won’t generate new prospects and strategic alliances. Yet, how often do we take the time to review the amount of time and money we spend on this activity? It can be so easy to keep doing something because we think we should, and not take the time to review our return on investment, or consider if we could do things differently to get a better result. On this action packed, practical call you will: Realise the true cost of networking to your business (and it’s not what you think) Create a strategic approach to networking by getting back to basics Learn an effective and easy three step model to maximise your networking efforts Feel that networking is easy and enjoyable when you change your approach by one little tweak Ten years ago, when I first moved to Tokyo and was setting up my coaching business, I knew no one. Networking was the obvious way to build my business Except I hated networking. Whilst I worked in London, I had been to a couple of events and I found them boring and if I’m honest, I didn’t feel like I belonged and I couldn’t see the point of it.  So the thought of networking in Tokyo filled me with dread. But, I was keen to make the business a success, so I went to my first ever Chamber of Commerce event. I hated every minute of it. I met men who would sidle up to me, look...
Dazed and Confused? Move to Clarity and Confidence

Dazed and Confused? Move to Clarity and Confidence

http://www.corporatecrossovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Feb-Masterclass-10-Traps-to-Avoid-1.mp3 Does dazed and confused describe how you are feeling about your business? Do you feel as if there isn’t enough time in the day? On this action packed, practical call you will discover: Why doing it all yourself is false economy A simple and effective tool to prioritise your activities How to recognise the tasks (and people) that are time wasters Four essential ways to start thinking about your business for immediate change When you leave your job and cross over to start your own business, it can be a journey of twists and turns.  At times you will feel exhilarated, excited and eagerly anticipating each day as it presents you with new opportunities and experiences. You will relish the freedom and flexibility of being your own boss. You will love doing the work that matches your values and is meaningful to you. Sadly, it is not always like this. At other times you may feel as if you are taking two steps forward and three steps back. The business will test your resolve, your resilience and your self-belief. You may feel lonely, and as if no-one really understands what you are going through. You may also feel stuck with no-one to turn to, especially if they questioned your decision to leave your corporate job. Wanting to avoid the “I told you so”, you resist reaching out for help, and risk feeling worse about your situation. From the interviews I recently conducted for my book, starting out as new Corporate Crossovers®, many of the women I spoke with had little support. Often they felt too proud to ask...
Making Goals a Reality

Making Goals a Reality

http://www.corporatecrossovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Corporate-Crossovers-Jan-2013-Tele-call-making-Goals-a-Reality.mp3 The call today is called “Get real get goals”. You have heard time and time again how important it is to have business goals. Every business guide book, all the coaches and someone at your networking group will be going on about the importance of goals for your business. Today on this call, you will get to spend some time working ON your business! This call is full of information and time for you to think about how it applies to your business. By the end of the call I want you to come away knowing: Understand why goals are critical if you want change Learn how to make goals a reality Why we resist making changes and then ‘forgetting’ our goals Techniques to hep you keep the goals alive and achievable! As always, these calls will be one part inspiration, one part practical and the last part action! So you leave the call with easy steps you can apply to your business immediately. Understand why goals are critical if you want change Learn how to make goals a reality Why we resist making changes and then ‘forgetting’ our goals Techniques to hep you keep the goals alive and achievable! But do you know why they are important? In my ten years of working with business owners and in my own experience, I have found the following four reasons goals are essential for business success. 1. Goals harness your most precious resources of time, energy and money effectively. Goals make sure that you are spending your time, energy and money on those things that will really count to...
Getting Ready for 2013

Getting Ready for 2013

http://www.corporatecrossovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/MMC-Oct-2012-Getting-ready-for-2013.mp3 So lets get started, today we will be discussing, getting you ready for 2013. We will look at three areas: review how 2012 has been for you and your business create goals for 2013 develop a springboard for your success As we move towards the end of the year, we have a fantastic opportunity to take stock and to plan a brighter year for our business. I am recommending to all of my clients that they start their annual reviews now, and then they have a strong foundation upon which to build their 2013 plans. If you don’t have a set of financial targets for your business (revenue and profit) then frankly, you have an expensive hobby. That may be tough to hear but it’s time to embrace what you have created and step up! From research we conducted earlier this year of 300 women business owners, 68% of them are earning less now than when they had a job. I think this is such a shame. We deserve to have thriving businesses and to enjoy the benefits that brings, both financial and the feeling of doing work we love and find rewarding. Chances are you fall into the 68%. And from the research, the majority of the women were unhappy with their earnings. Is this you? OH!!! Was that you yawning at the thought of doing a business review and plan??? Believe me, it doesn’t have to be dull! It’s essential for the business and it can be done in a way that is energetic, developmental and inspiring. Because we all need a plan that inspires us!...
Planning – A Simple System

Planning – A Simple System

http://www.corporatecrossovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Corporate-Crossovers-September-2012-Planning.mp3 This month we will be discussing “Planning – Make it easy and make it fun!” An old boss of mine used to say “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. Grim words…….. however there is some truth in them. If we don’t know where we are going or how we are going to get there, chances are we won’t arrive! The thought of planning can make people yawn and avoid it. In this call we will cover the three easy steps to making a plan that you will love and actually use! If you are tired of feeling overwhelmed and out of control, this call is for you! A plan will help you feel in control. On this call you will discover: why the brain actually likes you to have a plan 3 easy steps to create a plan to use what to do to make sure you use it As always, these calls will be one part inspiration, one part practical and the last part action! So you leave the call with easy steps you can apply to your business immediately. I know from my own experience and that of my clients that it is really easy to create goals and get all gung ho about them but the reality is, is that it is much harder to keep working on the goal and really bring it to life. It seems as if our normal life gets in the way of the changes we want to make! We are going to look at a simple way of to create a top level plan to achieve...
How Many Hats do you Wear as a Business Owner?

How Many Hats do you Wear as a Business Owner?

http://www.corporatecrossovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/June-21012-how-many-hats.mp3 This month we will be discussing “How Many Hats Can One Woman Wear?” When we start our own businesses it can be startling how many different roles we have to play in a week or even in one day! We have left the comforts of the support framework our old jobs gave us and now we have to do it all ourselves….. From my experience in working with Corporate Crossovers® this can be exhausting, overwhelming and frustrating as they seem to spend more time on the stuff to keep the business ticking over as opposed to the work that they wanted to do when they first started the business. If you feel like you are wearing too many hats….book keeper, tax accountant, personal assistant, IT help desk, office manager, sales department etc etc then this call is for you! On this call you will discover: • How to feel more in control of the many hats you are wearing • A simple way to structure the work that needs to be done • How to feed your spirit, so you get to love what you do again! In your job, when you are wearing many hats, you deal with whatever comes up, whether you have expertise in it or not and you just put up with it.  So you end up spending your precious time in areas that you know little about or have no natural aptitude for. Yet because it’s your own business, you do it anyway. You suffer because you dislike doing some of that ‘stuff’ and frankly your business suffers because you aren’t driving value...
You Need a Success Makeover

You Need a Success Makeover

http://www.corporatecrossovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/May-MMC-Wendy-Kerr-Corporate-Crossovers-Success.mp3 This month we will be discussing “Success – You Need A Makeover!” When we leave corporate work to set up our own business we have to redefine many things. How we work, our employment status, our title and many other elements. From my experience in working with Corporate Crossovers® , they very rarely update their criteria of success. This can leave them feeling unsuccessful and yearning for a different time, even yearning to go back to their jobs! This can also lead to apathy about their business and lowering self esteem. If you haven’t updated your success criteria – tonight you will get a success makeover! On this call you will discover: What does success mean anyway? How you used to value your success A quick way to make over and update your success criteria NOW! Three top tools to keep success alive and well – everyday! In the last decade I have worked with many women who have left their jobs in the corporate world to set up their own businesses. I call these women Corporate Crossovers. Leaving the world of work behind can be extremely exhilarating and it can also be massively challenging – sometimes on the same day, or even the same hour! These women will seek my assistance when they are fed up with their business and they don’t feel like they are succeeding. They are often at the point when they feel like they should get real and get a job and start making decent money again. They don’t feel like they are succeeding. The Oxford English dictionary defines success as ‘ the...
Manage your Energy for Better Results

Manage your Energy for Better Results

http://www.corporatecrossovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Corporate-Crossovers-April-2012-Masterclass-Energy.mp3 Today we are going to discuss the Energy! It is the essential fuel for our business yet, from my experience in working with people, very rarely do we spend much time managing it or even understanding it. We know when we don’t have it – as we feel lack lustre, lethargic and it all seems a little hard. But then, when we do have it, we feel inspired, motivated and move our business along! When we run our own business we need energy – as it is the energy that fuels our actions, and ultimately, our actions will give us our results. What we are going to cover on this call is: The four types of energy that drive us How to think about energy like a bank account, with deposits and withdrawals and then you will create your own energy audit And from this Your very own formula to keep your energy balance high! Energy overview Energy is our most precious resource, not time.  Time measures the quantity of effort put into work but not the quality.  It is the level of energy that we put into a task that predicts high performance and success. Time is finite – there are a fixed amount of hours in each day, you never get that time back once it’s gone. But energy operates like a bank account – we can add to our energy when we need to, and also we can have our energy depleted as well. Energy management is critical to running our business, as not only is it our fuel but  energy is infectious. You know...
10 Traps to Avoid When you Leave your Job to Start a Business

10 Traps to Avoid When you Leave your Job to Start a Business

http://www.corporatecrossovers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Feb-Masterclass-10-Traps-to-Avoid-1.mp3 Today we are going to discuss the Top 10 traps to avoid when you move from being employed to having your own business. And these traps can last longer than you might think! I have recently completed some quantitative research on 300 women business owners, and these are some of the traps they faced, and some are from my experience of nine years of working with business owners and people who left corporate to set up their own business – Corporate Crossovers. For each Trap – I’ll share some ideas about how you might avoid it, or fix it if you are there already. TRAP NUMBER !: Trying to do it all When you set up you own biz you are probably very passionate about it, and it is something you are very good at and you love doing And when you dreamt of your new business you imagined that you would spend lots of time doing that one thing And then you discover that you have to do lots of things! Chances are you are not an IT expert, a brilliant website builder or even a book-keeper yet suddenly when you start up you are propelled into having to know all this stuff! And you think you have to do it all! I really urge you to use people who are expert at this stuff – find someone who is as passionate about book keeping as you are about your own business, and let them take over your books…or your web design or what ever. They will do the job better and faster than you. And save...
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