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Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

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Are You a Fit Entrepreneur?

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Fit is a term that describes a variety of things.

It's an acronym that stands for "federal income tax" or "free independent traveler." 

It's a verb of the right shape and size. "My jeans still fit."

Most commonly, fit describes a condition of good health, particularly due to regular physical exercise. "I walk daily to stay fit."

Perhaps the most applicable definition of fit as it applies to entrepreneurs is of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose. The most important of these as it relates to entrepreneurship is "to meet the required purpose."

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Tags: Performance

Are You Ready for the Risk of a Small Business Startup?

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

In small professional service businesses, there are options for choosing the services to provide. This is generally divided into camps — services you can provide based on previous skill and expertise and those services you're most passionate to deliver.

What may seem like a clear-cut choice for some is really quite agonizing for a small business owner.

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Tags: Small Business Start-Up

Choosing "The Hustle" Means Business Startup Success

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Starting a business requires trade offs — particularly in the early stage of business development.

There's a give-and-take between that which is comfortable and that which is awkward, annoying, and downright tortuous to put into action. Like a tug of war, it's the unspoken agreement we make with business startup success.

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Tags: Small Business Start-Up

An Alternative Approach to Achieving Work-Life Balance for Small Business Owners

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

High performance and work/life balance are two terms deemed by many so-called experts to be at odds with each other. I mean, really!

In fact, if you were to poll small business owners, you would discover that many believe high performance/achievement is synonymous with long hours, dedication, missed recitals, meals eaten on the go, exhaustion, lack of sleep...and stress! Let's not forget stress.

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Tags: Work-Life Balance, Productivity, Performance

Changing the Path of Productivity for Small Business Owners

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

We all have "those" folders on our digital devices. You know the ones I'm referring to? The folders we use to organize our rapid growing number of apps...

Ah, yes — those!

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Tags: Productivity

The Purpose and the Power of Being in Process

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Any ambitious, results-driven small business owner knows the challenge that comes from being mired down in a process.

Whether it involves clarifying one's brand, narrating the company's core story, or articulating the benefits of your service, working to completion on business development projects such as these, can feel as if you're walking through quicksand.

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Tags: Productivity, Small Business Success, Attitude

The Small Business Owners Quickest Route to Success

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Not only do I love business, I love learning about business from others and for others, primarily my small business clients. Continually striving to improve — personally and professionally — is built into my DNA and those with whom I work. Which is why, during my recent journey, I made a delightful discovery.

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Tags: Small Business Growth, Small Business Success, Scale Small Business, Attitude

Two Words That Kill Small Business Success

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

One aspect of business coaching that most small business owners enjoy is the collaboration between themselves and an objective bystander that results in "new and/or different results." (Without that desired outcome, what is the point in investing resources in coaching?)

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Tags: Small Business Success

Do You Suffer From Goal Fatigue in Your Small Business?

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

It's not uncommon for a small business entrepreneur to be bedfellows with the kind of fatigue that rakes your body as you succumb to the mental exhaustion of a day riddled with decision and distractions.

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Tags: Goal Achievement

On Certainty

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Certainty for a small business entrepreneur is essential. Without it, resources are wasted. Time is frittered away on busy work. Procrastination is a constant companion. And, confidence in one's ability to achieve success easily erodes.

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Tags: Best Practices, Attitude

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