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Freddy Learns to FLIP

Fred is exasperated when his small engineering firm is sucking all of his available time. He has to sell projects and then do the work; with no end in site. Even though he has hired every helper he can afford, he is still not getting ahead. See how Fred figures out how to grow his firm, lower his workload, and improve the quality of his firm’s work all by becoming a true leader.

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Tim Manages Time

Tim was overwhelmed with work. He was working day and night and couldn’t find time for family. Even with his huge work load, his firm couldn’t manage to make a profit until he was forced to look at his company objectively.

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Emma Learns to Empower

Emma is heart broken…. her dream cookie design business is killing her. She works 65-hours a week, never has time for family, isn’t making a whole lot of money; and wants to call it quits. Learn how a change of perspective moves Emma to a few hours a week, and a dominant force in the designer cookie marketplace.

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Frank’s Frustration

Frank is floored when his father suddenly dies and leaves his restaurant to him to run. He becomes frustrated when his new business coach won’t give him the answers he wants. Will Frank become a success; or allow the restaurant to fail with his father’s passing?

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Brooke’s Designs Becomes a REAL Business

Brooke had grown her interior design business to $1M per year in revenue… but she couldn’t seem to grow it any further. When she took her dilemma to Coach Russ, he tells her that she didn’t even have a REAL business. After Brooke cooled off, she learned what she needed to do to create a REAL business and empower her employees to take Brooke Design’s to the next level.

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Michael’s Marketing Foundation

Michael is depressed when he finds out he lost his job of 10-years with a prominent construction firm. He is even more stressed when he struggles to start up his own construction business in a lousy home building market. After he hires Coach Russ, Michael creates a Marketing Foundation that changes everything.

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Going BLUE COLLAR

Blue collar contractors plan their job and then work their plan. If they don’t, they are aware of the consequences. Learn how managers and white-collar workers can be as deliberate about their work effort.

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Creating Autonomy in Your Business

In order to grow, a business owner needs to successfully move through four phases of business ownership. And to move through these four phases of business owners, that same business owner must learn to automate. When I say “automate”, I’m not talking about machines or computers… I’m talking about creating systems where people thrive and grow.

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Elmer Energizes His Business

Elmer senses a low level of energy in his business that he can’t quite identify. He’s convinced that he is the source of his demotivated employees, but he doesn’t know what he can do to get his staff excited about their work. Elmer learns some cool tricks on having his employees motivate themselves when he discovers how to energize his workplace.

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Michelle Makes Money

Michelle grew her hobby of making masks into a real business. Or at least that’s what she thought until she looked at her dismal checking account balance and discovered she was making no money. She quickly discovered five steps to rapidly turn around her money-losing business.

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Lucy Learns Level-5 Selling

Lucy is making 50-cold calls a week and only getting voicemail. How could core energy business coaching turn Lucy’s dud calls into amazing sales success? Read more to find out!

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Larry Learns to be a Leader

Larry was killing himself… working nights and still not meeting deadlines in his framing business. His general contractors were ready to fire him. Learn what Larry did to turn things from the unemployment line; to record profits in his framing business.

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Patrick’s Plan

Planning seems like a waste of time; until you are in the middle of a bad situation that could have been completely avoided, if you simply thought about it ahead of time. Creating a business plan is a necessity to run a successful business. Find out how Patrick learned this lesson the hard way.

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Marla Makes Money

Have you ever worked like crazy and still lost money in your business? You have scrimped, and put off every cost you can think of… you have plenty of customers; but your credit card debt continues to rise? Marla had this same challenge with her flower business; and was desperate to turn things around. Learn how Marla turned her dud business into a money making machine.

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Setting Goals

Setting goals can seem onerous; and a waste of time. After all, won’t your plans change as life changes? Why bother with planning when your plans will ultimately change? Setting goals can be quick and easy; and relevant, if you do it the right way. Why not learn how you can gain a sense of direction in your life? See how I do goal setting and life planning.

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Susan Learns to Lead

Susan is so fed up with poorly performing employees in her dream candle business, she wants to sell. Susan discovers that her company is worthless unless she gets her management act together. What does she do?

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Darius Delegates

Darius started a restaurant, and his help was sabotaging all of his efforts to make his Greek Restaurant dream a reality. How did Darius shift his thinking and the thinking of his staff to turn his losing restaurant into a winner within a year’s time?

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Lying, Cheating & Stealing

What is your thinking about selling? Do you think that in order to succeed you need to deceive your customer into buying your products or services? How differently would you enter sales discussions if you thought about sales as ‘educating’, instead of selling? Learn how Caitlin changed her opinion that all sales people are liars, cheaters and thieves.

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Pricing Made Easy

How do you set your price?  What is your ‘break even’ point? Are your prices too high or too low?  How will you lose customers if your price is too low? Why is your company losing money, when it should be making money? It mostly comes down to price and your mindset around creating value for your customers.

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Francine Finds Focus

Have you ever sat in front of your home office computer screen and felt at a loss for what you need to do next to move your business forward. Francine had the exact same problem with her website content writing business. See what Francine did to get her focus.

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Successful Business Mindset – Personal

Most business owners feel their life is consumed with work. Even when they are at home, they continue to think about work. It’s sad that many business owners earn a living they never get to enjoy with their family and friends. It doesn’t need to be that way.

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Successful Business Mindset – Legacy

When it comes to planning an exit, business owners are all over the place. Some want to sell their company tomorrow, if someone would give them the right offer. Others have no clue how they will exit their company. Still others say they’ll own their business until they die.

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Successful Business Mindset – Growth

I run into business owners who are stressed about closing their doors and admitting failure; and I meet other business owners who are excited about growing their company. The majority of owners I encounter are those who want their company to stay just the way it is. If they grow, they fear it will mean more work for them.

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Successful Business Mindset – Finance

Knowing how money works can help you in so many ways when you are leading a business. When should you leverage money? What does it cost to grow? How can you stop worrying about making payroll? How can a book keeper or accountant help you keep you sanity?

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Successful Business Mindset – Employees

Becoming an employer in the United States is a mixed blessing. While you gain a lot of people who can help you out, you also subject yourself to a much higher level of government scrutiny and a lot of people problems. Whether you decide to be embrace your employees as a gift; or feel your staff is a curse; is your choice.

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Successful Business Mindset – Sales

Before you started your business, chances are you have gone through a terrible experience with a terrible sales person; and have the wrong impression of what sales is. Now that you own your business, you know you have to sell, and you dread it. It doesn’t have to be that way!

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Successful Business Mindset – Marketing

Marketing is about getting customers to know that you exist and then desire to engage you in a buying conversation. In order to be effective at marketing, you need to do most of the things that the marketing experts are telling you to do; but you also need to approach marketing with the Successful Business Mindset.

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Successful Business Mindset – Operations

Operations is WHAT you do as a business. If your customers are not happy, something’s wrong; and you need to fix it; or you won’t be around much longer. Learn how changing your mindset can improve how your serve your customers.

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The Successful Business Mindset

While we think we can learn all there is to know about business, it just so happens, there are somethings we cannot see within our own brain. In order to succeed in business, you need to look at yourself and your business differently. Walk with me as we take a journey through the next 8-blog posts where I highlight what it takes to create the Successful Business Mindset.

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Paul Energizes His IT Business

Paul couldn’t sleep because customers were slowly leaving. It didn’t seem to matter what Paul did to keep his current customers and attract new customers; his company kept losing traction. He finally learned how his ENERGY LEVEL would turn things around for the better.

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Debbie’s Debt

When Debbie and Karen started their craft business from their home, it became too much for Karen to handle; when Debbie asked that she put her house on the line to expand their home craft party business into a national chain. Would Debbie’s desire for her craft store dream be enough to overcome the financial risk of debt she put on her family?

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Stanley’s Stinking Thinking

Stanley can’t sleep at night and worries constantly about his business’s decline. What is even more disturbing is that his employees don;’t seem to care at all. What can Stanley do to turn things around with his engineering firm. If he doesn’t make a chance soon, he’ll be looking for a job right along with his laid off engineers.

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Samantha’s Sales Opportunity

Samantha had been a successful business woman. Why couldn’t she find customers in her new venture as a business consultant? She attended networking events and thought she had a brilliant elevator speech, but she couldn’t get anyone to sign up for a FREE consultation. What was wrong?

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Lanny Learns to Delegate

Lanny thought that the only way he could increase his income was by working harder. He had been taught his entire life that you don’t get something for nothing; and owning a business was no different. See how Lanny changed his thinking to reduce his workload, spend more time with his family and earn more money.

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Paula’s Petty Prices

Are the prices you’re charging the right prices for the market? If you charge to little, you won’t make enough to get by. If you charge too much, you’ll lose customers. Most small business owners charge too little because they don’t understand the value of their product; and they fail to compare their prices with the right competition. Find out what Paula does when her low prices almost put her out of business.

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Opportunities or Road Blocks… It’s Your Choice

How can your mind and your thoughts change your business outcomes? Can you really choose success? or is it just luck? By learning Five Levels of thinking about your business, you’d be surprised at how quickly you can move your business forward… instead of spinning your wheels.

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Small Business Owner Thinking Dilemma

Most small business owners fail to transform their small business owner thinking; and fail to emerge from their small business finances. If you want to grow a business, you have to ditch your small business thinking ways; and become a true business professional.

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Who Can Own a Business?

Do you have what it takes to be a successful business owner? Do you need to have wealth? Do you need a loan from a bank? Do you need to be super-educated? Read on, and you may be surprised by the answers you get.

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The Opportunity of Choice!

Making choices can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. I have listed three common problems I see people struggling with when they must CHOOSE. I have also listed three ways to create amazing choices regardless of what obstacles you face in choosing.

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Ian’s Ice Rinks

Ian started out as a successful engineer until he decided he wanted to grow a business. While he had dreamed of making more money than he had as an independent consultant; he found that he had no money, little time for himself, and was working himself to death.

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The First Rung of the Ladder

Five years after Carlos graduated with his degree in Business Management, he still seemed to be going from dead-end job to dead-end job. Until he finally decided he couldn’t go to one more job interview without discovering why he was not achieving his dream of owning a successful business. Then Coach Russ taught Carols, what climbing ladders and achieving dreams had in common.

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Hal’s Heating

Hal believed that if he raised prices, he would lose customers… but if he didn’t, he would lose any possibility of spending time with his family. Learn how Hal figures out how he could create a more profitable company and spend time with his family by changing how he thought about his business.

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Emma’s Cakes

Emma wanted to leave her job and start her very own cake business. After gaining some success selling cakes on the side while working her day-job, she figured she could at least match her employee income by selling cakes. See how Emma’s story unfolds as she faces the challenges of so many who want to do their own business after leaving the comfort of a day-job.

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Mismanaged Bakery

John’s successful bakery is on the verge of failure when he experiences a life-altering heart attack and he feels like he has no leader to take the reins. Or does he? Learn John’s lesson of empowering his leaders to improve his own personal freedom.

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WINNING vs SERVING

I coach business owners and business executives and am often encouraged to learn how GIVING my clients are in every aspect of their lives. Unfortunately, when it comes to business, it seems, my clients struggle to make the transition from GIVING to WINNING in business. In fact, when a business owner decides to hire a coach, they’re usually losing money and spending way too much time in their business.

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Where Are Your Blind Spots?

I’m sure that you’ve met that person who keeps doing the stupid stuff over and over and over again; and never figures out that he needs to change what he is doing to get different results. His mistakes are so glaringly obvious to you, but somehow he is clueless. What if I told you that we are all that way. That’s right… each one of us acts in a way that is counter to our own success. We don’t know what it is until the right person points it out and helps us modify our thinking. You heard me right… I said THINKING; not BEHAVIOR.

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Got Vision?

Creating a successful company takes vision that most business owners are unwilling to create. Find out how creating a clear vision of how you will transition from DOER to ENTREPRENEUR will help you become successful in your business; and how a Business Coach can help.

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How to Motivate Lazy Employees

Have you ever wondered why, as the business owner, you have to do all of the work in your own company? Have you wondered why you can’t find good help? Why are you paying people that do nothing but watch you work? Why is it that every employee you hire means more work for you? Why don’t your employees care about your company as much as you do?

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BUSY but BROKE?

As a business owner, it is common to become BUSY with many activities that don’t produce paying customers for your business. It is also common for business owners to give up on their business; when they are on the verge of MAKING IT BIG. Still others think they can create an amazing web site and business card; and people will be begging for their product or service. Find out the three elements that will make you successful as a business owner; and coaching can help you achieve all three.

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Stop Lying to Yourself!

We go through our lives with certain opinions and thoughts never asking, “Is what I think true, really?” And yet, it is these lies that derail us in ways that we are unaware until someone helps us recognize the lies and start living in truth. Us life-coaches call this self-truth-telling, AWARENESS. If you want to learn how we tell ourselves harmful lies, read on.

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