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The Entrepreneurs Guide to Reaching the Summit

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

While "executing" my morning routine, I realized my crack of dawn habit was messed up. Designed to fuel, energize, and sustain me, it did little to prepare me for the day ahead.

I run hard throughout the day. Besides being a business coach, I'm a business owner, wife, house and yard manager, chef, housekeeper, sister, aunt, grandma, godmother, and friend. It's exhilarating...and exhausting.

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Tags: Performance

The Small Business Owners Guide to What to Do When

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Working longer hours creates more work than it accomplishes.

There! I've said it and there's no take backs.

It reminds me of a lecture I attended sometime in the early 80's (likely before you were born). Judge Ziglar, Zig Ziglar's brother, was speaking at an event in Fargo, ND. (Yes, people who hail from Fargo do sound like the movie.)

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Tags: Best Practices, Performance

6 Quick Fixes for Self-Induced Stress for the Small Business Owner

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Stress! It's the constant companion of most of us as small business owners. It's the mental and physical response to threats or demands — most of which we bring on ourselves. Ugh!

You can likely name the common manifestations of pressure and tension off the top of your head. Like a pair of scruffy, old house shoes, the symptoms have been around for quite awhile. They're very familiar.

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Tags: Best Practices, Performance

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

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

How to Nudge a Nagging Project

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

No. This is not about getting your spouse to clean out the garage — finally!

If we are to be completely honest, every entrepreneur has a project list that proliferates like rabbits at Easter, squirrels in my garden, and cat videos on Facebook. And, in true entrepreneurial style, ideas give birth to more ideas until nothing gets done.

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Tags: Productivity, Performance

The Small Business Owners' Secret Weapon

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

I love a good secret — especially when it's camouflaged in strategies, goals, and planning. And, when it all but guarantees achievement of business goals, count me in!

As it turns out, the secret to attaining our small business goals, isn't so secret after all.

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Tags: Small Business Success, Best Practices, Performance

When The Entrepreneur's Engine Floods

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

I learned to drive using my Dad's 1948 Dodge. It was a big green egg of a machine with a stick shift and a clutch that slipped. "Flooding" the carburetor was a common occurrence with an inexperienced, unschooled teenage driver. Although the nuts-and-bolts of how and why it occurred were a bit advanced for my teenage brain, I knew the fix.

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Tags: Performance, Business Growth

The Conversation Every Small Business Owner Wants

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

You know the one...

Someone pledges to accomplish a task, project, or goal by a certain time and they actually follow through on their commitment. It's stunning!

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Tags: Performance, Motivation, Attitude

How to Make the Most of New Technology Trends

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Small business owners can be overwhelmed by new trends in technology. We’re puzzled – not because we lack the IQ – but rather our days are bursting with business activities. Finding spare time to research new technology is a challenge. Even more overwhelming is implementing and integrating new technology in a filled-to-capacity enterprise. Rather than risk making a wrong turn (e.g., costly), we do nothing…and risk business survival.

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Tags: Business Trends, Performance

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