Monday, July 16, 2018

Why Women Love Female-Only Groups

Women-only networking and peer-to-peer groups are an increasingly appealing option and a growing trend. From The Wing, a high-end coworking space in New York and D.C., to the home-based Quilt in L.A., San Francisco and New York, to the NY-based Women Presidents' Organization non-profit membership organization for women presidents, female founders are finding their tribe, making authentic connections and discovering the power of #womensupportingwomen.

Find out more about the benefits to women-only networking and groups.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Are Your Strategic Plans Strategic?

In Graham Kenny's article, "Your Strategic Plans Probably Aren’t Strategic, or Even Plans," he talks exactly about that.
At the start of my public seminars on strategic planning I ask attendees, who rank from board members and CEOs to middle management, to write down an example of a strategy on a sheet of paper. They look at me quizzically at first as they realize that this is a tough assignment. I reassure them that this is indeed a hard question and they plow ahead.
Learn what he discovers on responses here and pay particular attention to the reader's comments, oftentimes more telling than the article.

Monday, July 02, 2018

How to Overcome Business Ownership Anxiety

Owning a business can be extremely stressful and exhausting. The owner's resulting anxiety can be crippling to their business.

Usually stepping back and disconnecting from big issues to calm down is helpful. Try these 6 strategies to cool your nerves.

Read more about overcoming business ownership anxiety.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Humor Builds Resiliency

So you are running a multimillion dollar business.  What can be funny about that?  Plenty.  That is, if you lighten up a bit because humor builds resiliency.  Here's what Eleanor Beaton from Inc. says:
And while you might be tempted to write off "having fun" as a performance strategy more applicable to entertainers than business leaders, a number of leadership heavyweights -- from noted psychologists to high-performing business leaders -- echo  [new comic Tiffany] Haddish's belief that having fun boosts the performance of both leaders and the companies they helm.
No kidding.  Read more here.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Storytelling for Business

When it comes to getting people engaged and willing to act, storytelling is one of the keys of success in business.
Stories engage people in various ways – not just in their minds but also in their emotions, values and imaginations.
Read more about 3 companies that excel in utilizing storytelling as their key tool of communication.

Review the infographic here.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Taking Care of Your Mental Health as an Entrepreneur

With the recent deaths of creative entrepreneur Kate Spade and celebrity chef and journalist Andy Bourdain, there is no better time then NOW to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle while, at the same time, driving results at your business.

For example, how can you recognize when our determination is leading you down a path towards depression?

Find out here.

Monday, June 04, 2018

2018 WPO 50 Fastest Facts

"Since 2007, the WPO launched the listing of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies to focus much-needed attention on the vital role that women-owned/led companies have in boosting the economy and enhancing overall job growth,” notes WPO President and Founder Dr. Marsha Firestone.

Facts about the 2018 WPO 50 Fastest:
  • Average age of women-owner/leader is 51; with half of the winners in their 30’s and 40’s
  • Aggregate revenue is $8.3 billion, up $1 billion from last year
  • Average 2017 revenue was $165.3 million
  • Average number of employees on first day: 13; projected average for 2018: 799
Funding sources at company start:
  • 70% with their own funds
  • 12% with funds from friends and family
  • 4% with a bank loan
  • 8% with a line of credit
  • 4% with a credit card
  • 4% with private investors/angels
Read more about the 2018 Winners of 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Announced by Women Presidents’ Organization