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The Business Strategy Realization Requirement: Time

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

What would you say if I told you that putting a business strategy in place before unearthing 10 hours a week is very much like "putting the cart before the horse." (As my Mom would say.)

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Tags: Productivity, Business Growth, Small Business Strategy

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

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

It's Time to Reinvent the Entrepreneurs To-Do List

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Most entrepreneurs' to-do lists traditionally consist of activities we either have to do, should do, or need to do. How boring and stressful is that?!

We need a better way!

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Tags: Productivity

Bridging the Expectation-Reality Gap to Eradicate Overwhelm at Work

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

One thing I know for sure after two decades of coaching uber achievers is they have high expectations of themselves. Not just normally high but really high expectations. It’s a curse and a blessing. And, for most high performers, it’s a conundrum.

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Tags: Productivity, Performance

The More Valuable Alternative to a Failed Work-Life Balance Theory

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Work-life balance is a sham.

There! I’ve said it. Whew! Am I ever glad to get that off my chest.

Before you scamper for a screwdriver to tighten what may appear as an obvious loose screw, hear me out.

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Tags: Work-Life Balance, Productivity, Performance

Amping Up Your Employees’ Productivity in 3 Quick Steps

Posted by Jordan Jolley, Zane Benefits

We’re human beings, not robots. That’s why it’s not possible for us to do the same things over and over again at the exact same success rate. Why? We like change -- we need change.

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Tags: Productivity

How To Stay Sharp When You’re Sleep Deprived

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

After dinner with the kids in bed, you slip into your home office for a few hours of uninterrupted work time. Finally, when the clock strikes midnight, you drop into bed, utterly exhausted. Instead of counting sheep, you count deals, revenue, sales leads in the pipeline, and all the things left undone. You toss and turn. At 5 a.m., your alarm alerts you that its time to do it all over again. And so it goes…

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Tags: Productivity

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