Mindset & Identity
Why Reactivity Leads To Complexity

Why Reactivity Leads To Complexity

I have a reputation for being a decisive, proactive, making-things-happen kind of person. I’m quite proud of this. But really? It’s a facade. What others admire as fearless action-taking is just careful branding. I’m actually an anxious reactor. Oof. Even though I...

Are You Willing To Be Really, Truly, Embarrassingly Bad At Something?

Are You Willing To Be Really, Truly, Embarrassingly Bad At Something?

I have a confession, dear reader: I’ve been learning how to draw. I’m a 38 year-old woman who spends each evening making and erasing little digital lines on my iPad in the hopes that one of those lines will make me happy enough to continue. Like countless others, I...

How Do You Really Know What Works For Your Small Business?

How Do You Really Know What Works For Your Small Business?

How do you know what works for your business? And once you have something that's working, how do you maintain your confidence in the face of outside influence? How do you objectively weigh new information without denying your own knowledge & experience? These...

Your Biggest Small Business Opportunity Is Doing Less

Your Biggest Small Business Opportunity Is Doing Less

“The Squeeze” occurs when you’ve run out of capacity in your business.

You simply don’t have the time, energy, or mental bandwidth to do more, and so you can’t really see a way for the business to grow. Still, The Squeeze convinces you that if you just rearranged the pieces or tried a little harder, you could force some fresh growth.

But alas, you just end up squeezed into a different arrangement of the same pieces.

In other words, you use what’s familiar to try to work your way out of the Squeeze… and so you can’t quite escape because “what’s familiar” is what got you into the Squeeze in the first place.

To actually alleviate the Squeeze, you have to take a completely different perspective and see things in a new way. And that’s how talking things out with others and learning how they see things differently really helps inspire opportunity.

Now, I know it’s challenging to have those conversations or connect with people who see things in different ways. That’s one of the reasons I started this podcast 5 years ago; I desperately wanted to bring wildly different perspectives to small business owners like you who were feeling The Squeeze. It’s also why I bring business owners together through community and events, as well.

I don’t have a new conversation for you today, though. Instead, I want to share my own observations—sort of a grand total of what I’ve added up over the years of my own business-building, my interviews, my personal conversations, and my coaching & community-building.

This is a look at what I see when I look at a business and what I hear when I talk to a business owner.

It’s the overlap of opportunity and sustainability that drives the work I do with small business owners.

Follow The Rules, Break The Rules, Or Make Your Own Rules?

Follow The Rules, Break The Rules, Or Make Your Own Rules?

I could sum up the existential journey of most business owners like so: Make it up as you go. Learn the rules. Break the rules. Make your own rules. Our culture and economy organize around rules. In school, we learn the rules (both explicit and implicit) so that we...

Ask Better Questions

Ask Better Questions

I’m fascinated by the way that different people can look at the same problem and ask wildly different questions to solve it. This fascination is one of the reasons I became a podcaster. I wanted to ask entrepreneurs about how they arrived at their ideas and...

Your Goals Do Not Define You

As you make your New Year’s resolutions, intentions, commitments, vision boards, or goals, a gentle reminder: Your goals do not define you or your worth. The other day, I was thinking about my "origin story." It's the story of why I started a business in the first...

Your Business Is Not A Problem To Be Fixed

Your Business Is Not A Problem To Be Fixed

Messages urging you to fix yourself or fix your business are all around. It's all part of the annual ritual of improvement that is the New Year. Most of these messages revolve around invented or exaggerated “problems” that can be easily solved if only you’d buy this...

Reset Your Reactivity In 2021

Reset Your Reactivity In 2021

2020 has been a year of reacting. We’ve reacted to the shock to our economies. We’ve reacted to injustice. We’ve reacted to the fear of getting sick (or spreading sickness to others). We’ve reacted to lost contracts and unexpected surges in demand. We’ve reacted to...

What Every Small Business Owner Ought To Know About Their Job

What Every Small Business Owner Ought To Know About Their Job

The way you think about your "job" can hold you back as a small business owner. But you probably won't notice the problem until you're feeling frustrated that your business keeps bumping up against a ceiling. Your ceiling might be how much you work, the number of...

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