Business success depends on looking at all of it

“Not everything that counts can be measured. Not everything that can be measured counts.”~Albert Einstein

When a small business owner approaches me to assist them with developing their business, they tend to take a narrow focus. Looking to produce some kind of change to solve a problem, they typically focus on the tangible aspects of their business, which generally include…

  • Financial results
  • Performance metrics
  • Systems
  • Processes

This hard, quantifiable, factual stuff fits nicely on a spreadsheet. They all impact the growth and development of a business.

Yet change efforts often fail because of too narrow a focus on the tangible aspects.

Equally important and what  tends to receive much less focus are the intangible aspects of a business. This often is the Achilles heel of the business owner. Continue reading

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Discovering what matters to you- a possible recipe for spinning your wheels

Throughout my life, I’ve been engaged in the question, “What really matters?” trying to figure out, “What should I do with the rest of my life?”

I’ve gone- from dentist to career consultant to wellness consultant to personal development trainer to financial services adviser to partner of a health promotion organization to business coach to owner of an online business. Maybe one day I’ll get it right!:-)

Whatever work I’ve been engaged with has included using my top transferable skill– coaching. Now I find myself in another transition reflecting on what’s next.

Transition (adapting to change) has been a challenge for me- like being in mid air between trapezes. My tendency is  to get caught up in the notion that if I truly want to be fulfilled in life, I need to DISCOVER, what truly matters to me; what I’m designed to to do; my calling. Much of the personal development field suggests that this is the way to go. Continue reading

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Your life will end- take on a game worth playing

Many of us are experiencing a yearning to awaken to our unique gifts and offer them in service to the world. We’re longing to finally feel fully alive from doing work that is both meaningful and financially sustainable.

Especially for people like  myself, an elder, there’s a certain urgency in the face of death of going out with a bang having experienced a well-lived life. However, this urgency isn’t limited to older people like myself.

More and more people of all ages are coming to realize that there’s more to life than what our culture has given us. They’re awakening to the possibility that if humanity doesn’t change its direction, we’re in big trouble. We don’t want to leave this legacy for future generations!

We live in a world, a paradigm of survival, characterized by scarcity, control, fear of loss, “looking good,” withholding, minimizing risk, domination, and being right. These are at a cost to our aliveness, in terns of our self expression, vitality, connection with others and happiness. Life occurs to us as serious and significant.

It doesn’t need to be this way. Consider a new paradigm. Continue reading

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Bigger isn’t better!

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell”- Edward Abbey

In an earlier post, I shared my experience of working as a volunteer with The Hunger Project. This came at a time when I was going through a career transition. I had just sold my dental practice and was looking for some way to give back to society.

My experience with The Hunger Project opened my eyes to what the major issues were facing the planet. One of the resources that the organization recommended was the book, Small Is Beautiful by EF Schumacher, in which he points out the dangers of our economic model, where bigger and more are considered to be better.

This has influenced my thinking as an entrepreneur running different businesses for the last 40 years. It has especially had an impact in the conversations I have with my small business coaching clients, who are driven by being productive and getting the “goodies” in life. For the most part, the cost in working like this is to their soul! Continue reading

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Are you a “New Radical?”

As I mention throughout this site, I share how my engagement with the website I co-founded with Dr. Frank Bonkowski has influenced my view on a number of subjects.

I identify myself as sharing the interests and traits of people who consider themselves to be Cultural Creatives, L.O.H.A.S. (Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability), and conscious entrepreneurs. To this list, I’m adding myself as being a “New Radical,” a concept I discovered through the book, We Are the New Radicals by Julia Moulden, who Frank and I also interviewed. While the book addresses baby boomers and beyond, I say it’s relevant to small business owners of any age group who want to “do good.”

Doing good can mean more than volunteering and philanthropy. A new radical is someone who gives back to society through earning a living. They tend to be positive, constructive and hopeful. Continue reading

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