How to Create a Company of Owners and Why It is Smart Business

A Company of Owners Is a Company of Engaged Individuals

Company culture has been an increasingly important focus of businesses over the last decade. In fact, a study led by Columbia Business School showed that more than 50% of survey respondents felt that corporate culture has an influence on productivity, creativity, profitability, firm value, and growth [Read more]

By |December 7th, 2017|Steph’s Stories|85 Comments

Game Changers: Difference-Making

Every one of us desires to make a difference. Whether we are twenty, thirty, forty, or seventy, we want to feel we are having an impact on the world in some way. How do you define what it means to make a difference? I believe with all I have that answering the call to become [Read more]

By |November 9th, 2017|Steph’s Stories|29 Comments

Have You Found Your Secret Sauce?

In a world of tough competition, how do you distinguish your brand from the rest?

Experts agree that entrepreneurs maximize a business idea when their authentic talents and values are at the core of their business and woven into the fabric of their efforts. These aren’t always groundbreaking. They are often subtle, a slightly different way [Read more]

By |October 12th, 2017|Steph’s Stories|68 Comments

Actually, There IS Accounting for Success

Money is at the top of the list of tough stuff for most entrepreneurs. When a business issue (versus a personal issue) is the core reason for failure, 65% of the time it is due to financial mismanagement. If you hold yourself fully accountable, money doesn’t have to be one of your tough topics. I [Read more]

By |September 14th, 2017|Steph’s Stories|245 Comments

Make the Unpredictable Predictable

I feel that one of the greatest obstacles for seizing growth opportunity is the absence of skills needed to get there. Missing skills often make growth feel too hard, too unpredictable, and too scary. This is when conscious self-awareness, attitude, and approach must be brought into play. Are you finished maximizing impact? If you don’t [Read more]

By |August 17th, 2017|Steph’s Stories|105 Comments

Set Your Pace to Win the Race

When it comes to business, working hard is nothing without working smart.

The power of priority in each area of life produces a ripple effect that strengthens the whole.

We’ve all worked with companies whose priorities and strategies are like Baskin-Robbins, where there’s always a new flavor of the month. They work extremely hard. There’s a [Read more]

By |July 20th, 2017|Steph’s Stories|6 Comments

Why Shouldn’t You Go It Alone?

Going it alone could be the worst decision you ever make.

“If you want something done right, do it yourself ” should be eliminated from the list of clichés and replaced with “You should not do it alone.” I spent too many years trying to do it myself and have suffered terribly. Our culture seems to [Read more]

By |June 22nd, 2017|Steph’s Stories|106 Comments

Why Is Confidence a Growth Opportunity?

Successful entrepreneurs all have something big in common. Courage! According to the Hiscox American Courage Index, business owners show a higher level of courage than the general population, and for good reason. It takes guts to persist in the face of ambiguity and failure.

High confidence is a crucial element in thinking big. Part [Read more]

By |May 25th, 2017|Steph’s Stories|1 Comment

The Church of Small Steps

“One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and spoke these words, it was transformative. It was anything but “one” or “small.” Executing that first successful U.S. mission to the moon was composed of thousands, and maybe even millions, of small steps and victories. A [Read more]

By |April 27th, 2017|Steph’s Stories|33 Comments

What is Being All In, and Why Is It So Important?

Are you all in in business and in life?

The 1% Mindset Shift

Being all in is a 1% mindset shift, just a small shift, that is the difference between thinking and executing at a good level or at a level that takes you everywhere you are capable of going. It is critical to the entrepreneurial journey, [Read more]

By |March 30th, 2017|Steph’s Stories|39 Comments

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