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This post originally appeared on Elli St.George Godfrey’s blog, Elli is a regular contributor to Tweak Your Biz.  In 1988 in the North Sea, an Occidental Oil rig exploded killing 167 men. This disaster is possibly the worst offshore oil rig accidents in history (see more of the story here). Those that survived the inferno did so by jumping into the ocean waters despite the great height and frigid waters below. One survivor, Andy Mochan was quoted, “It was either fry or jump, so I…

What would it be like to devote time to the things that are higher on your priority list such as business development or marketing. Or take a real holiday while your business hums along? Put your time, skills and energy to better use to grow a thriving business! Use your CEO Mindset to design your small business so it runs without you. It sounds a little strange to design your business so it runs without you. However, never fear…your business still needs you.  It needs you, the…

So here are a few questions for you to consider as we end 2012.  Have you bought your parachute yet and are you getting ready to dive off the fiscal cliff?  Are you concerned that the European Union will crumble and cause the whole European economy to fail? Notice I left out the Mayan Doomsday prediction.  Yep, it’s past December 21st and we are still here and prospering.  But if you’re worried about 2013 you still might have some of that “glass is half empty” pessimism and it might…

For small business owners who require employees to drive for them, be it deliveries via company vehicles, visiting clients to discuss business, or attend trade shows and conferences where some driving is necessary, having the right auto insurance should be a top priority. That being said, some business owners are sometimes found asleep at the wheel when it comes to making sure that any and all employees are properly insured the minute they leave their office. As 2013 gets set to debut, now…

In a day and age when many shoppers still love to use plastic, is your small business still living in the past? If you just offer cash options for customers to pay for your products and/or services, you are essentially missing out on a sizable amount of business. Yes, despite efforts by many Americans to pay down their credit card debts, plastic is still the preferred option for a large segment of the population. What may be stopping you from obtaining a merchant account and offering the…

As the end of another year approaches, many small business owners will sit down and review their 2012 efforts. For some, the year will have brought more revenue, less hassles and most importantly, more customers. Others, however, will lament that they should or could have done more to make it a successful one. Whichever group you fall into, the coming New Year offers up opportunities to expand on your efforts and results over the last 12 months. One area that you should surely review is did you…

In these days of cloud computing, online databases, Salesforce.com and tablet PCs, the humble excel spreadsheet seems to have fallen somewhat out of fashion. During a recent project requirements gathering session, the IT expert in the room was telling people almost constantly that they had “too many spreadsheets”, and that he wanted to move everything possible into a database. In some cases, this was understandable, as there really were a huge number of over-complicated, under-used…

Some time ago one of my leadership coaching clients asked me how managing change effectively would improve her business.  First off I needed to understand what level of change management procedures her company had in place.  Second, I needed to understand what her level of interest was in engaging her employees and supervisors in the process.  She indicated that she did want to involve them in the process so I described the following process and environment she needed to create in order for…

The following post is a joint collaboration between Elish Bul-Godley ( @elishbulgodley) and Christina Giliberti ( @CG_OnlineM) It’s The Environment Stupid!  A No Brainer Guide to staying on the Green and Narrow. No longer the domain of sandal wearing crusties; green, ethical and eco-friendly business practices are a sure route to sustainable business, cost-savings, improving profitability, lowering carbon taxes, raising productivity and meeting eco-targets. The biggest benefit of…

Recently one of my leadership coaching clients and I had a discussion about the dynamics of a DISC assessment and its relationship to company leadership and employee motivation. She wanted to understand how her DISC preferences impacted her ability to lead her employees and how she could use knowledge of her own DISC to motivate her employees.  As her leadership coach I used the following to inform our discussion. Since Dr. William Marston’s publication of Emotions of Normal People in 1923,…