“Confident people are more productive. Productive people are more confident.” – Carson Tate
” Focus on what you CAN do, not what you cannot. Avoid comparing yourself with others, and pour energy into what you’re best at.” – Jonathan Gunson
“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” – Henry Ford
” You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.” – Venus Williams
“The difference in winning and losing is, most often, not quitting.” – Walt Disney
As a business owner you’ve begun to sense that there’s a problem. Words like overwhelm, stalled, bottleneck, stuck or plateau pass through your mind on an ever increasing basis.
It’s time for a change.
When you’re the one in charge, often working mostly alone, it can be difficult to see the change that needs to take place. You’re emotionally invested in your business – you’ve spent your time and resources creating and building it into the success it is today, but something is preventing it from growing to the next level. Sometimes all it takes is an outside perspective to create momentum, to help set you on the right path, and to help you lead through the change that needs to happen.
Is it time for your business to generate some forward motion? I can help!
Just choose the service that is right for you…
- The Small Biz Momentum Builder is a coaching, consulting and accountability system all rolled into one. Focus on identifying what’s holding you back. Generate ideas to move you forward. Hold yourself accountable to the results you desire. Choose twice a month or weekly sessions.
- The Impact Creator is a one time session. If you know you’re stuck but you aren’t sure how to move forward, and you think you might benefit from a fresh perspective and a boost on your way, then the Impact Creator is the perfect solution. It’ll get you back on the path to success in no time.
- The Velocity Generator is a focused 10 minute accountability session designed to help you focus on your most important goals and projects. Weekly session over 90 days (13 weeks) allows for significant progress while minimizing the feeling of overwhelm.
Regardless of your choice, I’ll work with you to provide the encouragement and “tough love” you need to get it done.
What You Can Expect From Me
I will respond to your emails and calls in a timely manner. Please note, however, that I do not live on my devices; so my definition of timely is not instant. My definition of timely is within one business day when I am in my office and as soon as reasonable when I am traveling.
All my communication will be open. This means that I will say what needs to be said, not just what you want to hear. Sometimes the message is difficult to receive. I will strive to do my best to be sensitive and respectful, but know that honesty is always my first goal.
I have lots of energy and a give a positive vibe. I am a huge extrovert, so being around people and being involved in group environment provides me energy. I believe in the power of optimism, but at the same time I have a rather strong pragmatic streak.
Whether providing instruction, presenting for a group or consulting, I will deliver my best work. My goal is to always meet or exceed expectations and agreed-upon outcomes. If this is not the case, I request you bring it to my attention so it can be addressed. My mind-reading skills are sorely lacking.
What I Will Expect From You
I almost never work on just one venture at a time. When I am working for you, your success is my primary focus. As such, I require the ability to provide a similar level of dedication to the other projects that I am involved with. Lack of planning on either’s part should not constitute an emergency on the other’s part!
To make an engagement a success, I need access to the required people and resources. I will not ask for anything that I do not believe is critical for success, and I will provide options if possible and requested. Prompt responses ensure I will meet your timelines.
Always be willing to try something new. You are hiring me to deliver new information, provide insights or create change. I rarely can achieve any engagement’s goals without active and enthusiastic participation from the organization. As much as we would like to be, outside consultants are not a “miracle cure“.
I pay my bills on time, so I expect the same of others. If this becomes a problem for any reason, please be in contact as soon as possible so we can devise a solution to meet both our needs.
A solid relationship – whether business or personal – is built on good communication, and all good communication is a two-way street.
Working with someone outside your own organization can be a risky business. Not only do they need to have the information, knowledge and skills you need, but they also have to be the “right” fit in terms of personality, methods and behaviors. After spending time on both sides of the equation, I know how challenging a process it can be. A good match of expertise and techniques with expectations and environment can produce stellar results, whereas a bad match can be difficult for all parties involved. My goal is for us to be able to determine if we are a good match – and if so, to help take your business passion and turn it in to business success.
An Overview of My Professional Background
Since high school, almost all of my paying endeavors have been associated with independent consulting in one form or another. My first job in high school was as a math tutor (no fast-food counters for me). During my second year of college I began working as a professional programming consultant; my first client was General Mills (you can read more about that here). After working for several small business consulting firms, I began my own computer consulting business which I eventually sold to a larger company.
Soon after that, I began working for Ernst and Young, LLP in their small business consulting department. Upon transferring to Kansas City I was assigned as lead project manager for a new start-up venture that would eventually become Sprint PCS. My only “non-consulting” role followed a few years later when I was hired by a start-up competitive local phone company. After the first year we quickly grew from a 15 person company to one with nearly 2000 employees in 18 months. I went from “being” the IT department to having 150 employees in my department.
However, our timing was bad with our IPO scheduled for two days after what turned out to be the “Dot Com Crash.” So after a major lay-off of myself and a large portion of my department I took a different path into the world of knitting. I have dabbled in many aspects in the knitting industry including writing a book, teaching a very successful online course, and publishing designs in a variety of magazines.
Outside of my professional career, I am a certified lay speaker with the United Methodist Church, which means that I prepare and present sermons to my local church several times a year. I also occasionally serve as a substitute preacher for other congregations in the area.
Most recently I was blessed to be able to experience a convergence of all of the paths my life has taken. After working in the professional business world and in the knitting world, I was able to combine those two passions and serve as the interim Executive Director of The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA – the trade membership organization for all things needlearts). During most of 2016, I led the folks at TNNA through a period of change, as they hired a new management company and began the process of developing a new strategic direction.
I am now focused on helping businesses like yours move forward, build momentum, and take positive steps into the future.
If you want to know more about me, continue reading here.