Category Archives: Business development

How to ask for what you want and need

How many GREAT things do you think would flow into your life if you simply asked for them? I mean, explicitly asked.  Maybe you would get: The support you need A raise or promotion A game-changing opportunity  Better projects The time you need to create and deliver an outstanding result More respect Now, consider what happens when you don’t ask for what you want and need:  Doing everything yourself  Feeling undervalued  Being busy, busy, busy Burnout Resentment As a recovering…

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A-ha moments: how to harness the magic + turn ideas into action

Have you ever had an a-ha moment? That split-second when something previously unclear, frustrating, even confounding, suddenly makes sense. 💡 You feel a rush of energy, clarity, and exhilaration as new avenues and possibilities open up to you. I’ve heard clients describe these moments as divine downloads, a random neuron firing, even the voice of God speaking to them. Whatever your unique experience, it feels like magic, doesn’t it? Magic is all well and good, but doesn’t feel like a…

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Thinking big is the easy part

As an entrepreneur you’ve most likely been advised to think big, go big or go home, or set BHAG’s, aka Big Audacious Hairy Goals (that one always sounds a bit gross to me!). I’m as guilty as the next person of falling for the allure of a big audacious goal. After all, outrageous goals, big ideas, and splashy action just sounds sexy and entrepreneurial, don’t they?  Consistent action and incremental progress don’t have quite the same ring to them. And…

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Feeling behind?

Hands up if you’ve ever believed your peers are further along/more organized/more successful/generally better than you? 🙋‍♀️ I’m willing to bet nearly all of you have your hand up.  I know I do! Whether we’re talking about your perception of yourself as an entrepreneur, a creative, a parent, a friend, etc. we all have a tendency to believe everyone else has their act together, while we consistently flounder. “Don’t compare your insides to someone else’s outside.” -Rob Lowe Which is…

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Where goals fall short: a guide to wholehearted planning

Do you have something you absolutely love and hate about yourself? I can think of a few things, but the one that creates a lot of dissonance for me is my tendency and ability to plan. It’s a blessing and a curse. On the positive side, I can be relied upon to be as prepared as possible in any given situation. From packing for a family vacation, to coaching a client, or giving a keynote talk, you can bet your…

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What ALL creative visionaries need to succeed (hint: it’s NOT great ideas!)

Have you ever felt like building a profitable and purposeful creative business is a lonely, uphill struggle? I know I have. I’ve also known the joy of feeling fully seen, heard, and supported by peers, professionals, and community members as I navigate uncharted (and often scary) professional and personal territory. We ALL need people who – unencumbered by the personal baggage and demons we carry – are able to see our vision and are willing to hold space for it…

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Boundaries: how to say “no” with grace (and a clear conscience)

As a business owner, mum, and someone who likes to be liked, I have been known to say “yes” to things I don’t have the capacity for, I’m not the right person for, or just don’t want to do. Maybe you have too. Perhaps it’s offering to take on a project you know will mean burning the midnight oil. Perhaps it’s clients who regularly haggle on price or scope creep. Or maybe it’s agreeing to host the baby shower or…

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A new chapter [inspiration + a step-by-step plan]

It’s January 20th, 2021 – Inauguration Day in the US and a new chapter has begun. And while I’m aware of the work ahead, I’m feeling SO much hope and gratitude. I hope you are too. As Joe Biden reeled off the crises (very much plural) this administration is inheriting, he talked about heart, intention, and purpose as much as he talked about policy and action. He spoke of how values, the right people, a clear plan, and consistent action…

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First we integrate, then we kick butt

Have you noticed how challenges and setbacks either paralyze or galvanize you? I know I have. And it’s not an either/or scenario i.e. some people become paralyzed while others leap into meaningful action. Depending upon the day, minute, or unique circumstances, we vulnerable humans can experience the full spectrum of emotions. And to make things even more nuanced, it’s not linear. You don’t necessarily start out paralyzed and steadily move towards being galvanized. It’s a process. If you’ve found yourself…

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How great leaders inspire HOPE (and you can too!)

What qualities do tough times bring out in you?  What gets you through, maybe even stronger than before? For me, that quality has always been hope.  Defined by Wikipedia as “An optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large,” hope is a powerful and nuanced emotion. Used well it can inspire, fortify, and sustain us through the toughest of times. Used…

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