Appreciation, Goal Setting, Leadership

When owning a business, you quickly learn that being accountable means being responsible.  Leadership positions come with a list of duties (responsibilities).  Accountability is holding yourself to a high enough standard (and having the knowledge and characteristics) to actually complete the list.

Business owners need to display a positive work ethic and take pride in their work.  They must ensure the job is done and accept responsibility for the results.  They are serious in character and go the extra mile when needed.

Accountability and Responsibility go hand-in-hand.  To run a successful business, everyone is equally responsible for their tasks.  All employees should work together and toward the same goals.  Leaders need to be held accountable for the work of their team members.  This often means building strong teams and using motivational techniques.

Here are some suggestions to help run a more productive and efficient workplace:

1 – Create task lists for each employee so they know what is expected of THEM.

2 – Introduce incentive programs so your employees are motivated to reach common goals and beyond.

3 – Individually award each employee for putting in the time, making the effort, and following through with their responsibilities.

Inspiring others, making it meaningful to you and your team, and teaching valuable lessons makes for a successful leader.  Holding yourself and your team accountable, reaching goals beyond what is expected, and carefully managing time makes for a successful business. 

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Hold yourself accountable for everything you do.  See how many more goals you end up making and how it changes your business for the better.

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Goal Setting, Planning, Productivity

People usually think of the new year as a new beginning. Business owners consider it to be a time of reflection and correction. They spend December reflecting on what didn’t work for their business and then they create a new plan to try to correct things for the new year.

2017 is right around the corner.  It’s almost December, so it’s time to start figuring out what needs to be reconfigured before January rolls around.  Here are some suggestions to start with…

  1. Update your social media profiles…
    Make sure your photos are relevant to what your business will be working on for the new year.  Update any logos and publish content explaining your plans or changes for 2017.
  2. Commit to a schedule…
    Stay focused in 2017 using a schedule.  Select days where you will work on social media and strategically market to your audience.  Create a task list that is easily accessible and can be edited in seconds.  Start the year with productive habits!
  3. Set action-oriented goals…
    Goals setting needs to be implemented early in the new year.  Set daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals.  Don’t make resolutions, set realistic goals. They will help you move forward in a productive manner.
  4. Leave your doubts behind…
    Don’t worry about what “could have been” for 2016 and think about “what could be” for 2017.  Next year could be the best year ever for your business.  Each year is only as great as you make it.  Focus on the coming year with positive thoughts and actionable goals.

While many business owners become overwhelmed and anxious this time of year, consider these 4 suggestions to help start preparing yourself for 2017.  Learn to create value in yourself and your business.  Focus on what “could happen” and start the new year with confidence.

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Start preparing for 2017 with a list of goals just for January.  Start small and work your way into the new year with ease.

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Customer Service, Marketing, Planning

Since holiday shopping starts earlier and earlier each year, it’s a good idea to start prepping your business for the holidays as early as possible.  Mid-November is when many customers begin holiday shopping!

If you offer purchases on your website, you need to provide a seamless, fast web experience to your customers.  Not only do you want to make sure your website is fast, but you’ll also want to make sure it is mobile-optimized for convenient shopping.  

Shipping costs and cutoffs are extremely important this time of year.  Customers obviously want deliveries before the holidays, so think about offering in-store-pickup when possible. You can offer customers the option to buy online but to pick-up in store.  Or make sure your delivery cut-off dates are not too close to the holidays so you don’t have that added pressure to deliver at the last minute.

When emailing out holiday promotions, don’t waste your time by sending certain offers to the wrong shoppers.  Segment your lists.  Invest properly so you can reach the high-value customers that will come back again and again.  Target each segment with content that’s important to only them.  Promote wisely and it will pay off.  

It’s crazy enough this time of year, so be wise in your marketing decisions.  Get help if needed.  Start early.  And think smart.  End your year with a high profit-margin and a successful business!

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Segment your lists this season.  Do you see a change in sales?

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Appreciation, Leadership, Teamwork

There is a distinct difference between a boss and a leader.  Leaders are strong, effective professionals who encourage and motivate their teams.  They create a happy environment that boosts overall morale, which leads to higher productivity.  Bosses view themselves as high authority figures, looking down on their employees, creating poor performance and misunderstood team members.

A boss often leads to high staff turnover, less teamwork, fear and unhappiness in the workplace, and can affect the company’s overall brand.  Motivation and encouragement is how leaders create a well organized, uplifting, hardworking team of individuals.  Lead by example!  Show your employees good work ethic and support them when they follow suit. Teach them to learn from their mistakes, don’t blame or shame them.  Nurture and help develop your staff for future successes.

Leaders take responsibility.  They appreciate individuality.  They inspire enthusiasm, and they instill confidence.  Ensuring your employees are happy and satisfied with where they are at and where they are going not only allows your business to grow, but it allows your employees to grow.  Providing them with training and opportunities encourages them to be loyal to your business. And loyalty is hard to replace.  

Don’t be a boss…be a leader!  You will see a difference in your team and your business!

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Create a contest this holiday season to motivate your team members.  How does it change morale?  How does it change sales?

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Goal Setting, Planning, Success

It’s now the final quarter of the year, and you are probably already thinking ahead into 2017.  Do you remember the goals you made for 2016?

Here are 4 questions to ask yourself:

  1.  What were your biggest achievements in 2016?
  2.  What were your biggest challenges?
  3.  What goals did you meet in 2016?
  4.  What goals should you set for 2017?

You need to recognize your progress from this year and make changes if you need to for next year.  But, with the holidays coming up, how are you supposed to find the time to work on those goals?

Time is one of the biggest excuses a business owner uses for not getting things done. Maybe it’s “time” to evaluate your work life and your personal life.  Where are you spending most of your time?  Where are you spending most of your money?  Make some decisions regarding what’s important and what’s not.  Get your priorities in order, measure them against your goals, and work on new goals for 2017.

Don’t get trapped in your business.  Many of us spend every waking hour working at our business.  Don’t just RUN your business…OWN your business.  It’s probably time to delegate those priorities so you can not only meet your goals for 2017, but so you can get out of those everyday operations and start owning your business.

Take some time every day to reflect on yourself and your business goals.  What still needs to get accomplished this year?  What’s left to do to meet some of those remaining 2016 goals?  Plan to get them done before you have to start working on your 2017 goals.

And remember…make your goals ACHIEVABLE, but keep them CHALLENGING enough to keep you working at your best!

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Take 10 minutes each day to reflect on your business!  Do you want to work less next year?

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Appreciation, Customer Service, Leadership

Let’s face it…good customer service skills help everybody.  A satisfied customer is a very valuable asset to your business.  Here are some easy tips to remember, so you can provide excellent customer satisfaction.

  1. Make your customers feel welcome with a positive and warm attitude.
  2. Listen to your customer’s needs.
  3. Smile a genuine smile, to allow your customer to feel at ease.
  4. Never lie or make up an answer…know your business.
  5. Make sure you can follow through with your word…don’t promise what you can’t deliver.
  6. Give your customers something to remember you by.  Be helpful.  Be polite.  Be positive.
  7. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Give all your customers attention.
  8. Always give your customers more than what they expect from you.

Remember, kind words cost little but are worth a great deal.  Support your business by keeping your customers happy.  The quality of your customer service will never exceed the quality of the people providing it.  It can be a dynamic aspect of your entire business.  So do it well.

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Practice at least 4 of these every day.  Do you see higher customer satisfaction?

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Entrepreneurial, Goal Setting, Networking

If you want to build meaningful relationships and advance your career, you will need to become an active listener.  Listening shows respect for others, letting them know you really care about their interests.  Here are 4 tips to help you master the skill of active listening.

#1.  Being Present.  Don’t be thinking of something else while “pretending” to listen to what someone else has to say.  Be aware that people do notice if you’re really listening.  Focus and don’t allow your mind to wonder.

#2.  Make Eye Contact.  Making eye contact gives the other person a reason for them to believe you are genuinely interested in what they have to say.  

#3.  Don’t Interrupt.  Allowing the other person to complete their thoughts shows respect by being patient.  Don’t interrupt them even if you want to respond to something they just told you.  Let them fully complete what they have to say before jumping in.  

#4.  Don’t Change the Subject.  Changing the subject within an ongoing conversation only displays a lack of interest and indicates what you have to say is more important.  Wait until the discussion is completely finished before changing the topic.  

Most of us can listen well, and instinctively know the correct way to do it.  But, following through with active listening can be very difficult.  It requires a lot of effort and an obvious interest in the people around you.  

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  At your next networking event, practice these 4 tips on someone who are having a conversation with.  Do you notice anything?

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Entrepreneurial, Productivity, Success

Business owners are always looking for ways to problem solve.  Sometimes the simplest strategies are the ones we never even think about.  Here are 5 problem solving strategies to help your business succeed.

  1. Sleep on it…
  2. Find out what can wait and what can’t…
  3. Break it down to bite size pieces…
  4. Work on a timeline…
  5. Use your network – no reason to go it alone…

#1.  Sleep can actually be an active function.  Sleep improves our memory and enables us to consolidate new information with the knowledge we already have.  It also changes the quality of our stored information.  We also often wake up with solutions to a problem that we need solved.

#2.  Time wasted in your business always equals wasted money.  And that’s not a good thing.  Since you want to be effective and productive, you will need to figure out what can wait and what can’t.  What brings you the most profit?  What wastes your time?  Make a list and discover what will make your business successful.

#3.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed, break your tasks into smaller pieces.  Figure out what needs to get done first.  Make a list of priorities and focus on each step at a time.

#4.  Businesses tend to go in all sorts of different directions.  The key to knowing which challenges are next is to create a business timeline.  Start with years 1 to 5, refine your approach for years 5 to 10, maturing for year 10 and beyond.

#5.  You can gain access to knowledge from professionals in almost every type of business when you’re involved in a networking group.  Don’t try and find the answers to everything on your own.  Use the power of your contacts to enhance your business.

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Practice these 5 strategies in this last quarter of 2016.  Does productivity in your business increase?

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Entrepreneurial, Goal Setting, Success

When it comes to our businesses, many of us have been so afraid of failing at something that we decided not to try it at all.  That fear of failing can be immobilizing.  That same fear stops us from doing things that can move our business forward to achieve our goals.

If you view fear as a learning experience, the mistakes made will help you to make better decisions for your business.  There are many opportunities ahead and you’ll miss them if you let your failures stop you.

Failures also allow us to learn things about ourselves we never knew before, like how strong we are, or how determined we are, or how effective our motivation can lead to greater business success.  Valuable insights can come after a failure.  Accept and learn from them!

One trick to overcome the fear of failure is to set goals.  Goals help us define where we want our business to go.  If we tackle them with fear, we are most likely not going to take any chances.  So, don’t set big goals.  Set small goals.  Setting small goals can give you “tiny wins” to increase your confidence.  This confidence boost will help you set more goals, or bigger goals, without the huge fear of failure ahead.   And you’ll see a difference in yourself and your business.

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  Set 2 small goals each month for 6 months.  After 6 months, start setting larger goals.  Have some of your fears of failure subsided?

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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Entrepreneurial, Goal Setting, Productivity

Feeling like your business life is full of distractions?  Just our digital devices alone make us hard to focus.  Now think about all you have to juggle during your working hours and how staying focused and productive is often extremely hard to do.

As an Entrepreneur, you have to worry about employees, customers/clients, phone calls, follow-ups, emails, meetings, inventory, and the list goes on and on… Here are some tips that may help your brain multitask without becoming overloaded or overwhelmed!

Your brain gets excited when you are doing a lot of tasks at once, but the downside is that we often make mistakes while multitasking.  So here are some ways in which we can coach our brain to focus:

  1.  At the beginning of your day, work on your toughest tasks first.  As the day goes on, our brain gets tired.  So leave the more mindless work for later in the day.
  2. Find your ultimate “focus” time each day, and work on your toughest tasks at that time.  Do you work better in the morning?  Are you more focused in the evening? Choose your time and allow yourself to coach your brain back to focus mode.
  3. Practice concentration by giving yourself time to focus on only ONE task at a time.  This helps us to retrain our brain from distraction mode to focus mode. If you put aside 30 minutes each day to “focus” your brain, then that short distraction time will allow yourself to stay more focused throughout the day.

Our brains are mainly trained to be unfocused because we spend so much time multitasking.  It’s time to coach your brain into a new pattern so focusing isn’t so hard and multitasking becomes easier.  Your owe it to yourself…and your business!

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YOUR CHALLENGE:  What time of the day is your brain at it’s best?  Put 30 minutes aside each day to coach your brain!!

If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.

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