Beware of the CEO Who Doesn’t Need Coaching

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This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com Working with an executive coach can give invaluable support to entrepreneurs, sometimes making the difference between failure and success. When entrepreneurs are open-minded and enterprising enough to seek help, they can transcend any number of challenging scenarios, resulting in improvements in both their business and their quality of life. However, coaching doesn’t solve all … Read More

7 Vital Steps to Position Your Company for Acquisition

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This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com You’ve built a company from scratch and now you’re ready to sell it. First off, congratulations! You’ve done something that most people will never do, and that’s pretty amazing. Selling your company is a big deal. If you position yourself well, you stand to gain enormously. I recently spent time working with several entrepreneurs … Read More

11 Leadership Takeaways From Burning Man

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This article originally appeared on ReadWrite.com Burning Man may seem like a strange place to glean business lessons. But it’s where I’ve learned invaluable leadership skills, gained a ton of experience around human motivation, and brought these abilities to bear on my professional life. I run a large 14-year-old theme camp in the Black Rock Desert at Burning Man, and … Read More

8 Time Buckets That Entrepreneurs Can Use to Maintain a Healthy Business and Lifestyle

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This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com Entrepreneurs are blessed with a boundless creative force. Inspiration and ingenuity are always in abundance. However, business owners tend to struggle with time management. If this sounds like you, help has arrived. While innate creative talent cannot be taught, time management can. With a bit of organization and mindfulness, entrepreneurs can maintain a healthy … Read More

Use the Metrics that Really Matter in Your Business

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This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com Gross profit. Sales revenue. Cash on hand. All of these are important metrics, but they may not be the most important metrics for your business. When I start working with a new client, I always ask which metrics they track on a frequent basis. I’m often surprised that most people only track a handful, … Read More

What Creatives Can Do About Feeling Undervalued and Underpaid

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This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com Creative entrepreneurs have a brain type that I call Innovators + Influencers. When we come up with ideas or make connections between disparate topics or subjects, it often comes in a “flash of brilliance.” While that may seem like it’s easy or involves no work at all, the reality is that this type of … Read More

Why Would a Successful Entrepreneur Hire a Coach?

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This article originally appeared on Entreprenuer.com If you’re already successful, why would you want to hire a coach? It’s not as if coaches have secret powers or have some deep-seated knowledge of your industry that could open the door to more success. Coaches are mere humans like you and me. However, good coaches can help you see what you’re missing … Read More

Defining Problems: The Most Important Business Skill You’ve Never Been Taught

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This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com Albert Einstein once said, “If I were given one hour to save the planet, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute resolving it.” While that may sound extreme, it does highlight the importance of defining problems. It also hints at some interesting facts: A well-defined problem often contains its own … Read More

Bring Out the Best in Your Employees, Based on Their Brain Type

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This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com When managing others, one size does not fit all. Tailoring your leadership style to complement different brain types and respecting the individual differences of those you’re managing will bring out the best in them. Being able to identify someone’s brain type will help you understand what motivates them, what fears drive them, how they … Read More

How to Manage Stress Based on Your Brain Type

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This article originally appeared on Entrepreneur.com Stress is so common that many people think it’s normal for an entrepreneur to experience it on a daily basis, but constant stress is not sustainable. Working with a coach to create maintainable systems and proactively handle business requirements can help transform your business into a stress-occasionally environment. In my last article, I introduced … Read More