START

Written by Juli Shulem

Starting the new year right may mean getting a solid footing on the process of ‘STARTING’ altogether. I have written about how starting helps with the finishing in a previous post on my website – so I am backing up a bit now, and addressing the ‘starting’ process itself. 

Starting is often challenging for us. No one is immune to this I have noticed.  Whether it be starting a project, a report, an employee evaluation, a research paper, or a blog post – the very idea of starting can be daunting. And it isn’t always the ‘starting’ that is the culprit – it is the emotional or mental ‘stuck-ness’ when thinking about the sheer magnitude of the project overall, right? Those thoughts of “oh wow, this is going to be a lot of work” or “I don’t have the multiple hours this will probably take to finish” or “what if I do a bad job after putting in all the time,” or the ever-famous “I don’t know what to do first.” Yeh, there are those concerns – but these are simply limiting beliefs. You probably can ascertain from previous experiences that most of those thoughts have no real foundation or legitimacy. So. Let’s Start. (Pun intended).

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Five Brain Hacks to Learn Faster

Written by Susan Fitzell

Much of my work is helping professionals see that they’re not “bad at learning”; they’re simply trying to learn in a way that doesn’t work for their brains. While my work naturally helps many neurodivergent people, it applies to neurotypical people with different learning styles.

One of the things I wish I could put on billboards everywhere is that people need to stop fighting the way their brain works and instead lean into it. If you learn in a way that works best for your brain, you can process much more information faster. When I joined Michael Sherlock on her podcast, we discussed helpful tech tools for learning and how to hack your brain to learn more quickly. Here are some of my favorite brain hacks from that conversation.

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Fixing Your Energy Crisis to Get Things Done

Written by Machen MacDonald

Do you wish you had more energy to get things done? Are you exhausted at the end of the day and not really sure why? Do you wonder how other people seem to have so much energy and vitality for their life and work?

Before I help you find more energy to get things done, here is a quick physics lesson. It’s a simple one, so hang in here with me. 

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It's An Odd World

Written by Dorothy Martin-Neville, PhD

Have you ever noticed that the most skilled, qualified folks, have a large sense of insecurity or uncertainty about so many things they are not expected to know?  Or that the folks who are just starting out have an amazing sense of all-knowingness?

A theoretical physicist I know will not feel he has accomplished anything until he equals or exceeds his idol who has long passed over. Another friend is thrilled at simply getting the laundry completed.

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How Entrepreneurs Can Be Empowered to Thrive with Less Hesitation and Fear

Written by Joe Curcillo

I hope no one told you that being an entrepreneur would be easy. Somewhere, in the definition of entrepreneur, you may not have been told about the stress, dancing on the edge of poverty, and all of the hurdles that go with the excitement of being self-employed or self-directed. Yes, the definition includes the words, “assumes the risks of a business or enterprise,” but many times, in the excitement to declare yourself an entrepreneur, you forget that fear is built into your chosen path.

It is that fear of the risks you take that makes the outcome worthwhile.

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Letting Go

Written by Dorothy Martin-Neville, PhD

In preparing for my move to a new home, I discovered that in addition to the normal anxiety, excitement, anticipation, and longing for peace and being settled, there was also the need to let go. To let go of things I never anticipated leaving behind and things far less tangible as well. 

Moving into a home with a dramatically different floor plan means some things I have will not fit. On top of that, some things such as my mattress which was 16 years old needs replacing, and my couches which after 16 years have me sitting close to the floor are going away as well. I had no problem with any of those. However, my dining set and my hutch, my heart feels the loss. It was a sad goodbye. There is no dining room in the new home so consequently nowhere to put them. They just don’t fit.  

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Affect the Change You Want

Written by Machen MacDonald

Welcome aboard the change ship. The quality of your life is in direct proportion to your ability to handle uncertainty. The only thing that seems to be certain these days is change. Why is it that some people seem to adapt really well to change while others get stopped in their tracks from it?

The differentiator for people dancing more effectively with change is simply one thing. Those that affect change in positive ways, for themselves, take responsibility for making sure they have a winning hand. 

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Why Neurodiverse Teams are the Way of the Future

Written by Susan Fitzell

Innovation and creativity are the lifeblood of business. To get to both of those, you need different perspectives and ways of thinking. That is why companies hire consultants and agencies.

A more effective way for businesses to gain different perspectives and divergent thinking is to hire a diverse team. Neurodiversity is just as important as other forms of diversity. A neurodiverse person’s brain is wired differently. They experience the world differently than neurotypical people and often have entirely different perspectives.

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I am an Awesome Entrepreneur! Do I Really Need a Business Coach?

Written by Joe Curcillo

Most entrepreneurs have skills and passion in a particular area, which is what led them to open a business in the first place. That doesn’t mean, however, that they know how to make a business successful, because there is more to it than being good at what you do. There are issues that play an important role in business success, and without gaining insight into how to handle them, people are losing money.

Overhead can help make or break a business. Consider this, it is crucial that entrepreneurs learn how to make their business successful overall. As a business coach, I give entrepreneurs the tools to stop the financial bleeding and start reaping the rewards.

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Legal Accommodations for Neurodivergent Workers

Written by Susan Fitzell

How the Law Supports a Neurodiverse Workplace

There are countless reasons why it’s a good idea to create more neurodivergent-friendly workplaces. Research has proven that a neurodiverse workforce increases productivity and gives businesses a creative cutting edge by harnessing the entire spectrum of human thought processing.

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Starting The Year Off With A Dream

Written by Dorothy Martin-Neville

Another week begins. As an Executive Leadership Coach, I have supported clients through mergers where not only did they need to grow their companies and their visions, they needed to grow themselves so that they could lead an even greater sized company. It had never dawned on them that they would need to be a greater-sized self as well…

When we create larger or more diverse dreams, it requires a larger presence and/or a more diversified sense of self. The “smaller” vision of who you are cannot sustain a larger dream, you need to be as big as or bigger than your dreams. Remember, you are here to lead your dreams, not have your dreams lead you…. Initially the former may work, but to sustain it or grow it, you need to be the larger entity in order to direct and support its growth.

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The Value of Rest for Your Success

Written by Machen MacDonald

Are you overscheduled? Obsessing about your career? Fantasizing about lolling on an exotic island beach? You may be overdue for some rest. As the pace of modern life accelerates, the need for, and the value of rest sometimes gets pushed to the bottom of our priority list. Often, rest is exactly what we need to perform at our peak.

The Value of Rest

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What's Your Choice

Written by Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville

Thanksgiving has passed, the safety of travel is being questioned by most, and a new Covid variant has arrived.  Just another day in the neighborhood...

The real big question that I see hovering above all of this, however, is who do you want to be for the rest of this year? How do you want to live your life? A whole other level of questioning. 

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How to Cultivate Neurodiversity on Workplace Teams

Written by Susan Fitzell

Diversity of thought may be silently lurking – Give it a voice

A common excuse I hear against creating a more diverse workplace is that it is simply more work. However, this is true whether we are talking about culture and gender diversity or neurodiversity in the workplace. When we have different individuals working together, new challenges arise. 

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Five Strategies for Dealing with Change at Work

Written by Machen MacDonald

The world of work is changing at an extraordinary pace. The old rules no longer apply, and new rules are being written and rewritten all the time. Dealing with change can be unsettling, whether they’re potential or actual, positive or negative. You may be gearing up for a promotion, staring at a wide-open field of new prospective clients, or launching new products and services. Or you may be hunkering down in the face of outsourcing, downsizing, mergers, takeovers, and local and global competition.

How We Respond to Change

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What We Bring to the Table

Written by Dr. Dorothy Martin-Neville

In speaking with an associate today we were discussing a common problem for many entrepreneurs, seasoned or neophyte; you know you have an amazing program, product, etc. and yet no matter how many times you offer it, no matter how you say it, there is little to no response.

It can leave you discouraged or even defeated and looking for a full-time position after a certain number of failed attempts. It can convince you that you don’t know anything. It can also cause you to reevaluate, how did the market change? Has your language not kept up with life’s changes? Is everyone else out there truly more competent than you?

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How to Finish a Task

Written by Juli Shulem

Are you someone who starts a whole bunch of projects and tasks yet rarely finishes any of them? You are in excellent company! A huge percentage (89% according to a study shared in the Huffington Post) of business people don’t finish their task list.  Starting things and not getting back to them often is a result of procrastination, excessive distractions, poor planning, or simply a lack of desire. Maybe the task lost its allure along the way and you just don’t care about it anymore. That could be a problem – or maybe a sign that perhaps it didn’t need to get started in the first place. Whatever the actual reason for not finishing what you started, it can leave you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed (particularly if you have several things left undone), and even a bit like a failure. If you don’t finish tasks at work repeatedly, it could even cost you your job. 

Finishing what we start is necessary for most things in our adult lives: We might be paid only after a job is complete; filing taxes (I know – daunting!)…you get the picture. Less important tasks may not have much value in their completion, so that may have less impact on your life. If, however, you are unable to get yourself to complete the important tasks, then this will require some effort to overcome. Exercising that ‘mindset muscle’ of pushing past the resistance can take some concerted effort – but I have some ideas that should help. 

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Six Steps to Make Your Team More Innovative with Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Written by Susan Fitzell

In the modern workplace, where team-based and project-based work are more popular than ever, companies must find ways to retain their employees. Losing employees is expensive and retention of talent allows companies to better compete against others who may be trying to poach them.

According to the SHRM Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement report, 77% of employees reported that relationships with co-workers impacted their work engagement. 74% reported that relationships with their immediate supervisor impacted their engagement and job satisfaction. (Employee Job Satisfaction, 2016) One way to do this is by making teams as inclusive as possible and creating an environment where everyone can feel like they belong. 

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Is Your Business Ready for a Virtual Assistant?

Written by Jeff Sullivan

How to Know and How to Do It Right

If you do an internet search on “How to choose a virtual assistant” you will find a wealth of good articles and advice about:

  • why you should consider a virtual assistant (VA).
  • what you should look for in a VA.
  • how to utilize the talents of a VA productively for you.

At some point, every small business owner, entrepreneur, and sole proprietor (including me) finds themselves looking at a task and thinking, “I wish there were someone else who could do this so that I can focus on more important things.” It’s a perfectly logical byproduct of successful business growth.

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D.R.A.F.T. to Get Better Organized

Written by Machen MacDonald

Raise your hand if you have piles of files, a full voicemail box, a cluttered email inbox, or an overflowing to-do list.

For most entrepreneurs and small business owners, this is a reoccurring dilemma. Since business moves at the speed of thought, it happens. However, you can do something about it by managing yourself more effectively in relation to those items coming into your existence. 

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