Podcast on Systemization of Business – Learn from my mistakes

Business is stressful without systemization & accountability!

Here is a link to a podcast interview that I did recently.

http://www.sweetprocess.com/how-laura-harris-transformed-her-insurance-agency-into-a-systematized-business-with-over-750000-dollars-in-annual-sales/

This is brutal and somewhat embarassing honesty about many mistakes.

The photo below by deegolden strikes me as a representation with the delicate balance of detailed building that must take place.  As a result, peace is possible.

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Hiring Relatives – Energizing or Draining

Creating a life that builds others up is energizing. One has to be careful to do so with healthy boundaries.
One area that can get sticky is when considering hiring family members to work with you in business.
Working with family can be the highest high and the lowest low. Here is a photo of my daughter (Kristin), granddaughter (Jaquelyn) and I at work last week.

My daughter and I love working together but we have also experienced times when it did not work. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Are you starting with a healthy relationship? Dysfunction will only become worse if you’re exposed to each other all day.
  • Are you a good communicator? Setting clear expectations and providing consistent feedback is crucial with any work relationship.
  • Is their behavior and mindset aligned with the culture and goals of your business?
  • Can you leave it at the door? Both parties need to be capable of leaving personal problems at home and limiting business talk at home.

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The key to success if we are to work with family is a high level of respect. Create an atmosphere where all parties involved (including non-family members) respect each other tremendously and choose to build each other up.

As my friend Michael Robison says “working with family is a great idea if they fit your core values and you are willing to fire them if needed.” Build a business where all members are building each other up.

What advice would you give a business owner regarding working with family?

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I Am an Athlete

No laughing allowed.

Recently my husband and I were having a random conversation and I said, “As an athlete…”

My amazing husband started dying laughing.  I immediately began to defend myself.  I did get a black belt in TaeKwonDo when I was 25. Even though I am not as strong a player as I would like…I still play on a co-ed softball team. In addition I am reasonably consistent about running (OK…it is more jogging).

Later I had time to reflect.  Why was it so crucial to me to describe myself as an athlete?  In the back of my mind I was sure that I would behave more like an athlete if I thought of myself as one.

I am very clear that my mission in life is to be powerful in every aspect of my life and encourage others to do the same.  Our thoughts and actions determine whether or not we are successful.

Do you think of yourself as an athlete?  Would you be more likely to behave like one if you did?  Put on clothes that make you feel like an athlete and decide to take the first step.

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