Friday, July 17, 2015

Vote for "herd immunity". Here's how...

Maya Angelou created important writing and resulting little sayings that had the potential to change people for the good. When people are thinking good and doing good, it's like "herd immunity"as relates to vaccines. Just as vaccines can prevent outbreaks of disease and save lives, positive people can act as a "vaccine" against negative people and negative outcomes. From a medical standpoint, it goes like this: (stay with me)

 "When a large percentage of the population is vaccinated, the spread of disease is limited. This indirectly protects unimmunized individuals. This includes those who can't be vaccinated and those for whom vaccination was not successful. It is more difficult to maintain a chain of infection when much of the population is vaccinated." (

I'm weird, I know. Why did vaccines and herd immunity come to mind when I write about business strategy? On a recent visit to my wonderful physician, Dr. Gee, he took the time to explain herd immunity because he recommended I get a pneumonia vaccine. Although I'm not at the high risk age and I don't have chronic illness, I chose to get the vaccine to protect myself and my community. If my trusted doctor recommends it, I am going to listen.

So, who would disagree that we should vaccinate ourselves and others with positive thoughts, positive energy, and positive change?  I love possibilities, and it's highly  possible to create "herd immunity" in our personal and work communities by being vaccinated with a good attitude and spreading it like wildfire.

I can't pick a favorite Maya quote because there are so many, and I really like this one. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

The official Wednesday word this week is HELP. Not, "Help!" Rather, help as in help other people to be successful or inspired or get the job they want so badly. That kind of help.

When someone is working at it and on it, but they need a little nudge, just a little something extra, it's a lot of fun to give help. 

I suppose selfish people succeed too, but, who would want to be like them? 

Zig was spot on! There is one big fat rule to this wisdom. If you help others get what they want only so you can get what you want, that's cheating, and it won't work out well.

Work strategy: Under promise and over deliver. 

Believing in yourself and having confidence will be a great asset as you go about helping others achieve their dreams.

And, finally, I wish you a Wednesday surrounded by inspiring and generous people. People just like you.

Monday, July 6, 2015

How to remove red flag warnings - legally

If you're at the beach and see a red flag go up, do you stay in the water or make haste to get away from the danger? Of course you get out of the water fast!

 If you're traveling and come across a red flag fire warning, you certainly don't continue driving toward danger. Of course not, silly!

Yet, when running a business it's so easy to ignore red danger flags. Ignoring the problem won't make it go away. One way to get those red flags down for good is to have a well thought out strategy.

Does strategy sound too far fetched to pertain to your small business?  

Do you feel lucky to simply make it through the week without a major breakdown?

Are you wondering which challenge or opportunity of the business you could strategize around?

If any of the above questions feel comfy and live in your own head you are not alone! Being a small business owner requires so many skills, talents and smarts, and there's only so much time in every day and every week. 

Those are the very reasons it's super smart to have a strategy in place, whether it's an overall business strategy or a very focused one. For example, it could be that you don't need someone to remind you that you could do a heck of a lot more in the social media department, not to mention the idea tacked on your someday calendar to implement a customer retention and loyalty program. 

The things that remain unspoken, unplanned, or just an idea are the very things that send up a red flag warning saying, "We need a strategy." 

Having a plan and strategy allows you to relax your shoulders about this concern and provides a path to a good outcome.  Without a plan it's hit or miss and a guaranteed undesirable outcome.

So, what are you waiting for? Make running your business easier sooner rather than later by asking for expert help to create a strategy that will work. You're the expert in the service you deliver. I'm the expert in strategy. Let's get together and take down the red flag obstructing your progress!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How Hard Can it Be?

For purposes of real world application, let's say you are in the middle of an important project which requires input from others. At 11:00 compose a brief email to three people. In a matter of seconds you get one reply. In a few minutes you receive another reply. Wait, waiting, waiting. It's understandable that the third person could be in a meeting, doctor appointment, or kid's school program, so you move on to work on something else while you wait.

At 4:30 p.m. you have still received no reply. You send a text, "Hey, Mary, pls let me know about Project X asap." No reply.

The next morning at 8:00 a.m. there is still no reply. You cannot complete that piece of your project without that reply. You are pretty mad. Very mad. Because you know that Mary is not on vacation and could have answered your email by now.

Today's business communication world has advanced to the point it's possible to get a decision, question, or feedback in a matter of seconds. Texts, emails, electronic signatures, web conferencing, and social media are the norm and allow employees and executives to accomplish in a few minutes what could have required a two hour meeting in "the old days".

There are no excuses, people. Even if you cannot handle the question or project quickly it is just plain good manners to REPLY. What if Mary had replied, "Tied up til 3", then replied as soon as reasonably possible when she was freed up. Wouldn't you have felt heard?

When you don't answer, people feel ignored. It's different if that former, crazy boyfriend sent the email or text, but this is the business world example. Unless you desperately need that imagined and selfish power trip, how hard can it be to reply?

Now, get out there and be the professional that you are so others will notice!