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What is CEO Management? How Can It Work for Me?

What is CEO Management? How Can It Work for Me?

While there is no such thing as a “typical CEO”, one recurring theme seems to be a brain with no “OFF” switch and the constant desire to grab napkins and post-it notes for jotting, or run to the whiteboard every time an amazing idea pops up (which is always).  If you find that by the end of the day you are overrun with scribbled notes, unfinished thoughts, and an overwhelming sense of panic that all of these great ideas will slip away like the fragments of a dream upon awakening, you are not alone. But what if you could transform all those crazy notes and abbreviated gibberish into an actual task list that can then be delegated to whomever to get it done?  You could bring your ideas to full fruition, and your panic can be replaced by peace of mind.  This concept is called CEO Management…an accountability partner to assist you in ending “Creative Overwhelm” once and for all. ***** If a picture really says a thousand words, here are 3000 of them.  Check out this really good example of our latest CEO Management client in the following three pictures.  Picture 1 was a whiteboard brainstorming session that happened on a Sunday work day as my client planned a 2 day summit of topics and speakers all by herself. (This is a great creative day!) Picture 2 was after 4 hours with me as we went through all 3 whiteboards of potential topics and speakers. The result was 16 hours of programming for a 2 day live event complete with confirmed speakers, confirmed topics, panels and breakouts of over 50...
Are You Consuming Your Career, or is Your Career Consuming You?

Are You Consuming Your Career, or is Your Career Consuming You?

If you are wondering with a snicker if there is a difference in the two, then congratulations! You are most likely in Group 1 and wake up whistling when you start working, have a goofy nonstop grin on your face, and dream about what the next day is going to bring. If you are in Group 2, you hesitantly clicked on this blog post because you are afraid to read — you are in so deep that you wonder if you will ever pull yourself out, drowning in the black sea of paperwork, unanswered emails, voice mails you don’t want to listen to, and ultimate despair. Yeah, a little melodramatic, but sadly it’s also a fact. GET OUT OF THE QUAGMIRE! Did you choose to be an entrepreneur or pick your present career path so you could be swallowed up by all that you encompass? Nope, didn’t think so. Then it’s time to effect some serious change. If you want to avoid the ulcer that’s undoubtedly going to be part of your future (and really want to click your voice mail button without cringing), these three simple steps are imperative. Make a list of everything you do. (Okay, the major things you do.)    Arrange the items in your list in order of priority. Highlight the items on this list that you absolutely despise doing. All right, here comes the easy part. Look at your highlighted items. If these are tedious tasks that bog you down, things that are just too time consuming and keep you away from the things you love to do, then why are you doing them?...
Things Are Perfect, Well Sort of….So Why Are You Job Hunting Again?

Things Are Perfect, Well Sort of….So Why Are You Job Hunting Again?

Uh-oh, there you go again… the two columns with “pros” on one side and “cons” on the other.  Before you get overly absorbed into that page of truth and tell all, perhaps it’s also time to make a different and separate list for your own self-discovery.  If it makes you feel better, go on and finish the other one first, the one you are comfortable with and could do in your sleep.  Hmmmm pros… “great team to work with, awesome benefits, pay is pretty good…” and of course the typical con side, “too much stress, little free time, not enough autonomy.”   Sound familiar?   It should.  Job after job after job it’s always the same things that you love, the same things that you hate.  The pen comes out about every two years to do the whole pros/cons thing…or maybe it’s done on the computer or Ipad (because it is, after all, 2016). Now let’s work on your self-discovery list.  Rest assured, this will not be as easy.  Forget the columns, the numbered lists and bullet points.  These are quickie questions that won’t require any tabulations.  You already know what thrills and what kills with every place you have ever been employed.  Ask yourself these simple questions and see if you can figure YOU out. Is it boredom that sets you on a quest for a new venture? Are you craving more excitement that you’re not getting currently? Do you get in a rut easily? Do you find yourself always thinking that you could do a better job managing the company or other employees? Are you the go-to person for...
TO THE BOSS:  12 Daunting Statements That Your Employees Are Afraid to Say to Your Face

TO THE BOSS: 12 Daunting Statements That Your Employees Are Afraid to Say to Your Face

Being the boss has its perks. Usually you have a good parking space, you can set hour own hours (which basically means that although you are ALWAYS working no one is tracking how long your lunch is, etc.), and you have a position of authority and purpose. Before you go feeling too smug and comfy, grab yourself a cup of coffee, kick back, and prepare yourself… You are the boss, and there are things you need to know. This isn’t about time management and sales goals for the upcoming year. NOPE — this one is about you. If you are sharp, you are cognizant of the invisible wall which separates you from the rest of the staff. There are jokes you won’t be in on, certain things that you won’t understand, and a lot of words which will be left unsaid. It is time for you to hear those words. This is not a comprehensive list, and not all will apply to you. If the shoe doesn’t fit, pat yourself on the back and move on. Check yourself as you read these, and try not to be oversensitive to the ones that do apply. 1) “Your breath smells…and you have body odor”. YIKES. We can’t say this one easily to a co-worker (maybe we can hint and hand them a breath mint), but it definitely won’t be shared with the boss. Did you have sushi and catfish for lunch? Did you catch a whiff of yourself as you’ve been stressed out, nervous and sweating up a storm? If you smell it guaranteed they do too. You’ve got a big...

You’re Never Alone With A Clone

There are too many reasons why you need a clone … here are the top 30! A clone is an extension of who you are and what you do. A clone is totally separate from who you are and what you do. A clone can work magic. A clone can help you work YOUR magic. A clone works steadily and stealthily. A clone keeps all your “stuff” completely confidential. A clone doesn’t require vacation pay. A clone helps keeps your blood pressure down. A clone won’t call in sick. A clone never has a bad hair day… if a clone had a bad hair day you’d never know it! A clone lets you focus on your thing. A clone does what you don’t want to do. A clone doesn’t need a clothing allowance. A clone takes pride in its work. A clone has a can-do attitude all the time. A clone helps you get caught up. A clone keeps you caught up. A clone doesn’t collect Unemployment when you are totally caught up. A clone values your business. A clone doesn’t need that Christmas ham. A clone is like a shadow…there but not really… A clone will make you a rock star. A clone really is your Swiss Army Knife for business. A clone is at your beck and call. A clone can work when you can’t. A clone avoids office gossip and drama. A clone commands perfection. A clone won’t be on Facebook or randomly browsing the internet on your time and dime. A clone is faithful. You’re never alone with a...

From Virtual Assistant to Virtually Heaven

In the movie Multiplicity (1996) Michael Keaton as construction worker Doug Kinney is under a lot of pressure…he just isn’t able to do everything that needs to be done in a day.  With the help of a geneticist he is able to duplicate himself with clones so that he can have it all and do it all. That was 19 years ago.  Had it been written in 2015 Keaton’s character would have picked up the phone and found himself a Virtual Assistant (VA).  It would have solved everything, albeit ruining a perfectly good comedy.  The whole concept of a Virtual Assistant makes sense.  Think about it: Many businesses are home based.  The need for an assistant may be sporadic.  A VA works around your schedule and time of need. No taxes or unemployment to deal with.  The VA works for you as a subcontractor. No office supplies, computers to set up, etc.  These are now the responsibility of the Virtual Assistant. Having a VA frees you up from doing the mundane tasks you have always done yourself, leaving you to concentrate on growing your business and doing what you like. The way we do business has changed drastically over the past several years.  Voice mail, the Internet and email have taken the place of many business meetings or the need to meet clients face-to-face.  A full office is not needed, nor is a full staff. There are many Virtual Assistants out there, and it’s a good idea to call and talk with the assistant and make sure you connect, just as if you were hiring an employee.  Fees vary...

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