NAWBO Resources - Leadership and Self Improvement

Why Heartfelt Decisions are Optimal and How to Trust Them

Betsy Muller, MBA, Founder & CEO of The Indigo Connection LLC and

Those of you who have attended my women’s retreats know I confess to a process of selecting co-presenters by holding each of the dozens of proposals to my heart with eyes closed. Yes, I do read the proposals, however the final decision rests with the energy I feel from this process. The scariest thing about this process is that it runs against my rational nature. I do it anyway, and it works magically!
Recently I taught a class allowing participants to experiment with the heart-sensing approach for their own decisions. The group loved learning and testing the process on real decisions they faced for their businesses and personal lives. You can try it too!

Keep in mind that it works best when you are relaxed physically and without distraction. You will need a few blank 3x5 cards for this exercise.

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3 Steps to Align Your Energy

Lisa Crilley Mallis, owner System Savvy Consulting

When are you most on top of your mentally challenging tasks? Is your creativity used up by 4:00? Or is that when you’re just getting going?

We often base completing our to-do list on the order of importance. Sometimes we schedule based on the amount of time available – lengthy tasks fit into big blocks of time; short tasks fit into small blocks of time.

But how often do we schedule our tasks based on what our energy is like at certain times of the day? Tasks that require large amounts of concentration can be scheduled during the time of day that you feel most alert. Meetings focused around brainstorming can be scheduled when you have a little lower energy – as the excitement of others in the room will tend to energize you. Tasks that require minimal focus can be scheduled during the time your energy is the lowest.

How can you begin to align your task with your available energy? Follow these three simple steps:

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8 Ways to tell if you are STUCK in a STYLE RUT

Traci McBride, Owner, Tee McBee Image Consulting

Read on to find out ways to tell if you are stuck in a rut with your wardrobe....

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RETURN ON INVESTMENT in Your Closet: Cost Per Wear NOT Price is Best Focus

Traci McBride, Owner, Tee McBee Image Consulting

We spend our lives investing. Investing in a belief system, investing in relationships from romantic to partnerships, and our children. Investing in life experiences. While those investments are not financial they are time investments – a commodity nonetheless.
Throughout our lives we are also investing in our skills, education, training, and knowledge, expecting a return on investment. When you take a course to learn a new skill such as a new language we expect it to help us communicate, perhaps while traveling in that country, or to receive a promotion at work, or to build our resume and make us more desirable for other opportunities. Obviously if you get that much out of learning a new language it pays off in so many ways. Likewise, when you invest in professional support like a CPA, Realtor, Business Consultant or Health Coach, you have a expectations of having benefits to save money, choose the right area to live in, make more money and improve your health.

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Achieve Success with Conscious Abandonment

Lisa Criley-Mallis, , time strategy visionary, SystemSavvy Consulting, LLC

You look at your lengthy to-do list and think, “What would happen if I didn’t get any of this done? Will completing these tasks get me closer to my goals? OR are these just ‘things to do’?”
It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that because you have identified a task and written it on your to-do list, or in your head, or on a Post-It note, or scribbled on a scrap of paper, it is important and must be completed.

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How Using 168 Can Eliminate Your Time Management Stress

Lisa Criley-Mallis, time strategy visionary, SystemSavvy Consulting, LLC

How often do you feel that your day is jammed packed? Each minute is filled with an activity. At the end of the day your to-do list still has at least 10 items on it. You fall into bed thinking – tomorrow will be better - it MUST be!

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You Can Overcome the “Next Shiny Object Syndrome

Lisa Crilley Mallis, COC, President

When it comes to “new ideas” business owners are inundated with them. “Too many ideas and not enough time or help to implement them all!” is a common refrain. Having a framework for deciding which ideas to pursue and which are just the “next shiny object” is a key to success.
This is normal!

In our face paced, technology driven world – new ideas come at us from all areas. Trying to figuring out how to implement these (or even if you really want to implement these ideas) is time consuming and frustrating. If you’ve ever thought, “ I get all excited and I want to run off and work on the next new idea. I’m a mess with shiny things”, you are not alone.

Often, the next idea seems like the best idea . . . especially because it is new.

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Fight Distractions Using a Parking Lot

Lisa Crilley Mallis, COC, President

It can be frustrating to be concentrating on a project – and then to be distracted by an idea for another project. You can build structure around eliminating physical distractions (such as phone calls, email, and people), but it’s much harder to eliminate the distractions in our own head!

What is a Parking Lot?

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Ready - Set - Goal!

Barbara Blake, Owner, Longview Associates

Whether you are setting personal goals, business goals or financial goals we all tend to fall into the same traps. We set goals that are either too numerous, too vague, too big, or unrealistic. It’s easy to get off on the wrong foot. It’s enough to make you decide to throw up your hands in frustration and go eat that piece of chocolate left over from Halloween.
Not to worry, help is on the way. To make and achieve goals you only need to do three things; make no more than three goals and follow the two basic steps to setting goals.

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What You Wear Really Matters

Traci McBride, Owner, Tee McBee Image Consulting

Would you show up wearing an evening gown to an office meeting on Monday morning? Obviously not! Some of the outfits people are wearing scream inappropriate yet they wear them anyway.
Would you show up wearing an evening gown to an office meeting on Monday morning? Obviously not! Some of the outfits people are wearing scream inappropriate yet they wear them anyway.

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