How to be cruel to be kind

How to be cruel to be kind

“There aren’t enough hours in the day” If I had an ounce of gold (shoring myself against the currency….) every time I heard this statement from my clients, I would have enough gold to underwrite a small nation. It’s time to be cruel to be kind. By catering to everyone elses’ timetables, whims and needs ahead of yours means that you lose. YOU LOSE! Your business loses. If you want to feel more in control of your time, your energy and have your business flourish you need to start pushing back, set boundaries and put yourself first! This may seem a little harsh in it’s tone but if you aren’t passionate and determined about setting boundaries for yourself so you do the work on your business, you will fail. Step up now and make changes to how you manage your time. Treat yourself as your most important customer and make those appointments with yourself to do the work sacrosanct. Let me know your thoughts and tell me how you are pushing back!...
What business support do you need?

What business support do you need?

I have been so fortunate in the past few weeks to speak to over 30 Corporate Crossovers. These women have taken their valuable time and shared their story with me. I have heard all about their transition from corporate employee to business owner. Why they left and how it has been for them since. This is all for my new book coming out soon! The key theme that keeps on coming through from them, and the 300 Corporate Crossovers I surveyed earlier this year is the need for support. Support for them as they go through that transition from being a corporate employee in that framework to launching out on their own. Support as they grapple with the multitude of things that need to happen to get the business from concept to reality. Support as they learn to sell themselves, their ideas to new markets. And as they learn to value themselves and their time and put a price on it. And business support as they realize that maybe the actual performance of their business is different from their business plan. And support when it gets tough, when they’re tired from the long hours, feeling fragile from rejection and yet still persevere because they are so passionate about their idea and determined to make it a success. If these statements resonate with you – where are you getting your support from? The women I have spoken to find support from: partners and family close friends other business owners mentors coaches some networking groups (not all…so check carefully) b0oks and courses As we are all so individual, I urge you to...
Thrive! TV Tip ~ How to do those things you dread!

Thrive! TV Tip ~ How to do those things you dread!

Like it or not we all have to do things in our business that we dread. Maybe its your accounts, making calls to new contacts or writing your blog. Whatever it is – overcome the dread by asking yourself these two questions… Watch the TV Tip above and find out what they are….. Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
Thrive! TV Tip ~ What is your biggest business asset?

Thrive! TV Tip ~ What is your biggest business asset?

Years ago I was Brand Manager for Colgate Toothpaste. Our offices in New Zealand were directly over the factory. Every week we would have a meeting with the production staff to check on how production was going. Invariably this would include a discussion about the state of the toothpaste machine. If the toothpaste machine wasn’t producing toothpaste, we didn’t get sales. It was one of our business’s most important asset. When we run our own business, we are that toothpaste machine. Without us, our businesses wouldn’t be here. So take a moment, watch this week’s TV Tip and consider how well are you looking after your most important asset? I would love to know what you think!   Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
Missing your paid holidays?

Missing your paid holidays?

At this of year in the Northern Hemisphere, our thoughts turn to the long stretch of summer ahead of us. For those of us in the UK, we are all probably aching to go somewhere sunny and rain free for a long, long time! (for those of you not in the UK, we have seen a whole lot of rain…..) Yet, here is often where having our own businesses can be the double edge sword. We have all the flexibility we want, as it is our business, and yet for many of us, unless we are working we don’t get paid. And this is when we can reminisce fondly of our time as an employee……. So what to do? Well, you could always go and get a job but I know that’s not an option as you love the freedom ad flexibility of your own business. So try this planning and calculation instead..I call it the My Holiday Time Breathe Easy Calculation! Step 1: As you plan your year in broad strokes, plan those weeks you will take out as holiday. Then calculate the number of working weeks you have left. Step 2: The divide your ideal annual income by those remaining working weeks. This number will then become the income you need to achieve for those weeks you are working. Doing this calculation and achieving this target will mean that you are paying yourself while you are on holiday! Of course, it may mean you need to step up and grow your business by 20% but won’t that peace of mind be worth it? If you need help...
Thrive! TV Tip ~ What makes you stand out?

Thrive! TV Tip ~ What makes you stand out?

In a competitive market place, we need to stand out from our competition. Have you ever wondered what makes you different? Why your customer chose you over some one else? Take a look at this Thrive! TV Tip and think about what makes you different. Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
Thrive! TV Tip ~ Be BOLD about your business goals!

Thrive! TV Tip ~ Be BOLD about your business goals!

Do you have your business goals boldly displayed so you see them everyday? Or are they tucked away in a business plan in the depths of your computer – or maybe you don’t have any? Time to get them out and imprint them on your brain – that way you will have a much better chance of acting on them everyday and achieving them! Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
Thrive! TV ~ Kissed a customer recently?

Thrive! TV ~ Kissed a customer recently?

  Ever wonder what your customers really value about the work you do with them? Give them a kiss! No really, take them out for a coffee, lunch or drink and ask them what it is that they value about you and your business. The answers may surprise you! This informal market research is invaluable – you can use it to alter your current offerings or even to create new ones. Get closer to your customers and reach out today! Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
External Clutter Holding You Back?

External Clutter Holding You Back?

An unexpected repair to our kitchen ceiling has meant me completely clearing out my home office so the builders can lift up the carpet in my office and repair from the top down. Everything, yes, everything had to be moved out while the repairs take place. As I shifted my files, course notes, books, journals, inspiration cards and vision boards from to the spare room, I started to think that this was the perfect opportunity to have a late spring clean. My business and my thinking about it has evolved significantly over the last six months yet as I shifted all my stuff, I realized that my belongings didn’t reflect this. Even with the carpet up, my office looks clean and expansive. I feel like I have been given a great opportunity to start afresh in a new space. In fact I am even looking forward to restocking my office and having a purge of the old stuff that no longer reflects the business I’m in. I wonder how is your external environment reflecting where you are with your thinking about your...
What I Learnt from Four International Women’s Day Events

What I Learnt from Four International Women’s Day Events

Attending four International Women’s Days events last week in London was an incredible opportunity to listen, learn, reflect and discuss the issues and keys to success for women in business today. I attended the outstanding Women Inspiration and Enterprise Symposium, an intimate and inspirational Islington Chamber of Commerce Women in Enterprise event, an exuberant Women Unlimited Annual Conference and then a very stylish and chic Woman in Business Brunch. Speakers I watched ranged from Dame Vivian Westwood, Ariadne Founder Julie Meyer, Lynn de Rothschild, Muks founder Jaime Cooke, and vegan cupcake and bakery owner Ms Cupcake. Across the International Women’s Day events I watched over 30 successful women business owners speak about how they succeeded and in some cases almost failed, then succeeded again. Distilling the lessons from their stories, it was evident there are three traits all of them shared which enabled their success. The common traits all of them share are; Focus Mindset Perseverance 1. Focus What are you trying to create? What is the vision for your business and how will you impact your customer? All speakers spoke about their commitment to their vision of where they could see their business would be in the future. By having a clear vision, this enabled them to stay focused on the core business idea and do one thing brilliantly. Whilst tempted, they realized that shiny new toys, and left field opportunities would dilute their focus and thrust behind the original idea. Related to that focus is also the choice that these women made about what type of business they wanted. Did they want a lifestyle business, offering flexibility,...
Thrive! TV Tip ~ Kick start your day!

Thrive! TV Tip ~ Kick start your day!

In this week’s Thrive! TV Tip, I’ll look at how you can try a different start to your day to be more effective. I would love to know how you choose to kick start your day! Would you like a weekly burst of momentum delivered straight into your in box? Simply click on the button below, we’ll send you the latest tip each week! Sign me up for weekly Thrive!...
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