Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School: Are You Looking Downfield?

Blog #222 This blog is the second installment of my insights and take-aways from a course called Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy I recently completed at Harvard Business School. Professor Lynda Applegate presented a case study in which she described some early personal challenges that had influenced her in becoming a professor. After being tenured, life threw her a wonderful curveball – she had a son. Lynda continued by expressing how she

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Valuable Lessons from Harvard Business School

Blog #221 Recently, I took an Inspiring Entrepreneurial Strategy course at Harvard Business School. Since then, I have had time to reflect on what I learned during my time in Boston; in the next several blogs, I will share the insights and tips I gathered from this experience. This intense course was facilitated by the senior MBA faculty of Harvard Business School. In total, there were 97 participants of a

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Tips for a Great Virtual Meeting

Blog #220 Just before sitting down to write this blog, I had just finished a strategy session with a new client in the UK. I was in Nebraska and they were in England. Even though I am not really a fan of technology at times, the virtual meeting worked, was impactful, and well, was fun. As much as I dislike technology, there are times and situations that require it to

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Are You Willing to Fail?

Blog #219 Reka and I just completed hosting our most recent couples retreat, and although it was not what we had expected, it was extraordinary. This isn’t to say everything went perfectly and according to plan; the ramp-up to the actual event was even a bit rocky. However, the end results for the couple that flew in to participate, I believe, will be life-changing. Reka and I were able to

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How I Gained Control

Blog #218: No, I am not a drug dealer or a doctor, but I do carry a pager. Recently, we were out with friends for dinner and my pocket started to vibrate. I reached in and pulled out my pager. Our younger friends looked at me with suspicion – I think they might have only seen these electronic relics in movies. Their questions started an interesting conversation. I have chosen

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Goals: Write Them Down!

Blog #217 Recently, Reka and I returned from a conference in Dallas where we took a few extra days to have our own personal retreat. Since we are both essentially Solopreneurs, this works well for us. Because our business and personal lives have become so intertwined, we weave in a combination of our business objectives and personal goals. Next month, we will be facilitating a couples retreat and we needed

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Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should – Delegate!

Blog #216 I often see this challenge with smart people. Typically, these are people who can figure out how to do almost anything…but the real question is just because they can, does it mean they should? More often than not, the answer is no, they shouldn’t do it. An easy way to determine this is to ask yourself if the task you are doing is the highest and best use

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Discovering Your Life-Changing Goal

Blog #215 When you’re going on vacation, you probably don’t jump in the car and start driving. Most folks typically have a destination in mind and have likely done some research, packing, and preparation. In fact, just getting in the car and hoping that things will work out seems utterly ridiculous. And yet, that is how most of us lead our lives. Often, we act in a reactive nature to

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Define Success on Your Terms, Part 2

Blog #214 Last week, we discussed The Life Balance Wheel and how you can use it to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses by defining them in your own terms. This week, we are going to take it a step further. We are going to provide you with a tool to help define what success truly looks like – for you. Click this link to access a video on

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Define Success on Your Terms, Part 1

Blog #213 I’m going to go out on a limb here: I think we have lost perspective on what success looks like. We have abdicated this role to reality TV, big advertising, our peers, even our parents. Contrary to what our country’s media shares with us, I believe we are living in the most exciting and abundant times in history. Almost every data point confirms it, but we are not

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