The Critical Ingredient of Values in Executive Coaching

Contributed article in our professional development series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

If you could only take ten of your most important Values with you to a desert island, what would they be? That powerful question was prompted during an exercise in a class I was attending at the Coaches Training Institute, one of the lead coach training programs in the world. The entire exercise proved to be my “road to Damascus” moment with regards to my career coaching practice I was building. I realized that a happy, fulfilled and successful career is almost always going to be built around the cornerstone of honoring your most important values.

“Values” is an inherently loaded term, one that can often infer societally-defined morality. It’s not. Values are qualities that define a fulfilled life. When we honor our values in our life, we are fulfilling our internal sense of purpose. When I went through the exercise, I was asked to name all of the values that are important to me in my life. One way to coach on this topic is to ask a client to remember the best day of their life, and start naming all of the words that come to mind when describing that day. For me, it was my wedding. Values like “family,” “friendship,” “creativity” and even “Portola Valley” came out from that session. I then had to rank my top ten values based on the question of “which ones would you bring to a desert island,” which forced me to think about what I really can’t live without in my life. And then, the part that was simultaneously gratifying and personally painful: ranking each of the top ten values in terms of how well I am honoring these values in my life, right now. Continue reading

Five Work at Home Online Jobs That Aren’t Scams

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The allure of working from home is too strong for many to resist. Faced with the choice between slaving away at a 9-5 job while conforming to corporate standards and being your own boss, the choice seems very simple for many. The corporate culture is beginning to recognize this as well, as more and more employment opportunities offer individuals the ability to work from home either part-time or full-time.

Unfortunately, there are many notable scams and get-rich-quick schemes floating about the web these days.Continue reading

What are the Essential Skills Needed for Business Leadership?

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Do you consider yourself a leader? Honestly, everyone is not meant to be a leader. The good news is that it is perfectly okay if you are not.

What is surprising is that there are people who are leaders, but they do not realize it. There are many different aspects of being a leader. The question you will need to answer is what is your leadership style and why?

There are a few business leadership skills that are key to helping you be a successful leader.

Show by Example

When you are a leader, you cannot appear to be aloof. You do not want to seem as though you are not interested in getting your hands dirty, or you are never around when your staff needs you.Continue reading

How to Decide Whether to Sell Your Company

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The fact you clicked on this article means you are probably considering selling your business. It is a big step, so it makes sense you might be undecided whether to grow your company or allow someone else to take the baton.

Is Your Business Ready?

Do you know if your business is ready for sale? To sell your company to a buyer, you must be able to produce between two or three years of tax returns, as well as any other paperwork, such as turnover and profit documentation. This will ensure you receive the best possible price for your business.

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8 Questions You Need to Ask about Book Editing

cover06102007-croppedContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Every author needs an editor. Many authors are now turning to book proofreading services for their editing needs. A good editor will help you elevate your book to the highest level. Some editors do nothing for your book or even worse they might weaken the influence of your book. How can you know what kind of editor you are dealing with? If you choose to work with a book proofreading service you should do your research to make sure that you are giving your book what it deserves.

Here are 8 questions that you should be asking about your book editing:Continue reading

How to Prepare for Healthcare Entrepreneurship as a Registered Nurse

Portrait Of Medical Team Standing Outside HospitalContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Many nurses who are tired of working hospital shifts and dreaming of becoming their own boss will pursue the pathway of becoming a nurse entrepreneur. But, for many nurses who are working full-time for employers such as hospitals, clinics, and care homes, taking the plunge and becoming self-employed or launching a new business in the healthcare and nursing fields can often be a very daunting idea. However, if you’re a nurse who’s hoping to leave your day job and become your own boss in the industry that you love, there’s no need to up and leave everything behind straight away. In fact, many successful nurse entrepreneurs will spend a lot of time building the foundations for their new business empire whilst still working in full-time employment.Continue reading

5 Reasons to Hire Employees with an Entrepreneurial Spirit

reasons-to-hire-blogContributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Innovative. Dynamic. Agile. These are the qualities that many business leaders want their companies to embody. But the larger a business grows, the more its employee culture tends to weaken into a complacent group of passengers waiting for someone else to take the driver’s seat. Shake off that stereotype by attracting and retaining employees with an entrepreneurial spark. Here’s how to recognize these talented workers and why they are so valuable.

1. Think Outside the Cubicle

The 2015 Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report indicates entrepreneurs love to learn, take calculated risks and tend to have a non-traditional way of thinking. Employees who aren’t afraid of challenging the status quo may seem risky, but they can often give a company the edge over the competition. Continue reading

10 Tips and Tricks for Making Yourself More Likeable

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Getting along with others is an important skill.

While it is not always easy to make yourself more likeable, there are certain techniques you can try that may help. Using such techniques can assist you in making friends and may even help your career as well. Why not read this article to get the top tips, apply them and then try a short likeability test such as this to gauge your progress?

Be a Good Listener

Listening well is just as crucial as speaking well. When someone speaks to you, give them your full attention. Be an active listener. Make it clear that they mean something to you. Continue reading

Should You Quit Your Day Job and Become an Entrepreneur?

dreamstime_xs_57497446Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

If you’re absolutely tired of your day job and it’s no longer fulfilling you, you may be tempted to quit and start on a brand new track towards entrepreneurship. But is this really a wise decision? Should you really quit your job to become your own boss and run your own company? Continue reading for a few helpful insights that will steer you in the right direction.

Are You Ready to Lead a Company?

Being an entrepreneur means more than just having a good idea; it also means actually putting that idea into action and making decisions as a leader of an organisation.

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5 Sure-fire Ways to Advance in Your Career

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Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Whether you are seeking to climb the corporate ladder within your industry or looking for a new position with another company, there are ways in which you can advance quickly with just a little effort. Becoming proactive in your goals lets you take the reins, and before you know it that coveted position can be yours. Here are 5 sure-fire ways to advance in your career.

1. Networking for Meaningful Connections

There are so many ways in which to network that surely you can find one in which to make the connections you are looking for. From social media to volunteering in a cause that is meaningful to you, there are ways to meet new connections who are able to help you advance within your career. These may be executives of companies within your industry or peers who know of open positions. Besides making an impact on your community, society today is oriented towards ‘doing good’, and your volunteer hours logged will surely impress your boss!Continue reading