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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

The Best Kind of Business Strategist for Your Business Growth

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

With business becoming increasingly complex, business owners are faced with a variety of challenges — the most prevalent being overwhelmed by all there is to do in a day. This distressing situation is a far cry from what many of us thought growing a business would be like.

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Tags: Small Business Strategist, Business Growth, Small Business Strategy

5 Things Your Business Strategist Wants You to Avoid

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Business strategy...what is it, really!? And, is my small business even big enough to warrant a strategy?

These are only a few of the questions that arise during a meeting between a business owner and his or her business strategist.

Most businesses — large and small — struggle with strategy. What is it? How is one created? Who's involved? And, finally, what's the big deal...especially when you've survived for several years without one.

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Tags: Small Business Strategist, Small Business Strategy

10 Common Business Growing Pains Overcome in a Mastermind Group

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Every business experiences "growing pains" as it moves from infancy to adolescence and finally, maturity. Whether or not your business grows out of its awkward stage depends — on lots of things — starting with the pain itself.

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Tags: Business Growth, Mastermind Group

A Mastermind Group's Business-Changing Lessons

Posted by Jackie Nagel, Synnovatia

Business is becoming increasingly complex. And, just like "it takes a village" to raise a child, it takes an armada to grow a business.

This is the very reason we launched mastermind groups — to bring together a flotilla of like-minded business owners to share insights, experience, knowledge, and encouragement unavailable when growing your business in a silo.

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Tags: Mastermind Group

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

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

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