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The Importance of a Plan

February 13th, 2007

Because a solid foundation is essential to a strong entrepreneurial start, months and sometimes even years of preparation are critical for any budding entrepreneur, let alone a savvy boomer woman such as yourself. From building up financial reserves to crafting a well-researched business plan, boomer business owners must dig the well long before they\’re thirsty. Thinking they were eventually planning on starting a business some day anyway, all too often boomer women get fed up with office politics, jump the corporate ship, and land amid the initial icy waters of entrepreneurship. With no... Read More

ABOUT THOSE WORDS

January 30th, 2007

Traveling over the holidays to visit family outside of Denver, we were fortunate to arrive after a blizzard stranded thousands at the airport, and depart before the cancellation of flights for a second storm. However, our holiday presents were not as fortunate. Okay, things happen. Following up on the undelivered gifts we were informed by a customer service representative, “Your packages are scheduled to arrive on the 26th.” No packages arrived on the 26th or the 27th or the 28th or the 29th … you get the point. Yet each time we called back, we were told they should be delivered... Read More

CARVE YOUR SUCCESS KEY

January 10th, 2007

I had just finished commenting to my husband how much I liked the use of copper in the Parade of Homes\’ kitchen we were touring, when I overheard another woman telling her husband how much she disliked the look. It made me laugh. It\’s funny how we see things differently. Work is like that too. It\’s fraught with differences of opinion. One of the more confusing areas can involve your performance. Early in my career, my boss told me my communication skills needed improvement. Five months later, a new boss heralded the same skill-set as a significant strength. While one might... Read More

PLAYING THE WRONG GAME

December 7th, 2006

He was concerned with the direction a decision was leaning, Jon said on his voice mail. Could I meet him for lunch in the cafeteria before Friday\’s meeting to talk it through? As peer managers involved in policy implementation, our departments would be impacted by any direction taken. Friday\’s meeting was with the decision makers; a discussion of pluses, minuses, timetables and resources needed for three options under consideration. Over lunch, we discovered our alignment. Option one required mandatory overtime, organizational changes and significant resources to implement. I felt... Read More

CARVED IN GRANITE

November 14th, 2006

In the Black Hills of South Dakota, carved in granite, the six-story faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt create a grand impression viewed from a distant, or standing on the national monument\’s viewing terrace. Visiting Mount Rushmore on vacation, I found the documentary of its making fascinating. Weeks later, one story stayed with me. It turns out the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, planned to have the figure of Thomas Jefferson on George Washington\’s right. But after painstakingly carving a portion of the massive face, Borglum reached... Read More

What Your Childhood Entrepreneur Can Teach You

November 14th, 2006

Financial guru Suze Orman taught us to look at our first “money memory” from childhood to help us understand how we view and handle money in our adult lives. Now, let\’s take a look at your “childhood entrepreneur” memory, and get a sense of what your now-boomer self can learn from her inner entrepreneur. The more successful business owners I talk to, the more I see clear evidence of an entrepreneurial spirit as far back as elementary school. Rather than a simple stroll down memory lane, there is something to learn from looking back as you continue moving forward. When... Read More

CHANGING RULES

October 11th, 2006

Poor Pluto. Stripped of its planetary status by the International Astronomical Union and reclassified as a “dwarf planet,” Pluto\’s demotion heralds new rules for planet classification. A week of debate by renowned astronomers from seventy-five countries culminated in the decision to reduce the number of planets to eight “classic” ones. This reclassification got me thinking. Like a company reorganization or leadership change, the rules were altered. And no matter if you were among scientists advocating for more planets or less, it no longer matters. The decision is... Read More

Entrepreneurial Tech Talk

September 15th, 2006

We women entrepreneurs like our work. We\’re great networkers and natural relationship-builders. We welcome the opportunity to pitch our services to a prospect. We send out one heck of a newsletter. Our customer service is the best in town. And, we\’re forever reading articles and attending seminars to educate ourselves about how to run things more effectively and efficiently. But when it comes to conversations about “backing up the system” and “customer management software” our eyes glaze over and we begin to wonder if reindeer really do know how to fly. The truth is that... Read More

CHECK YOUR THOUGHTS

September 15th, 2006

It was clear she was having “one of those days.” But to be truthful, I didn\’t care. I was too nervous about my surgery to pay attention to Doris, the nurse grousing about how overworked she was that Thursday. But by the time I was wheeled back to my same-day surgical room, she was even less hospitable and entrenched in complaining. So, I was surprised when a young nurse introduced herself and said that she was called in to help. You\’d think it would have made Doris happy to have assistance. But to the contrary, it exacerbated the situation. She barked at me when she... Read More

It\’s Not About Time

August 1st, 2006

With mounting to-do lists, big projects with short delivery dates, consuming workloads, growing obligations and festering unfinished tasks, it\’s no wonder in this what-have-you-done-for-me-today world we often feel time deprived. Work-life flows to home-life, balance becomes imbalance, and goals and dreams get relegated to a closet shelf. If this sounds familiar, you\’re not alone. In a recent “Winning at Working” reader survey, the most commonly articulated work problem was related to time. Overwhelmed. Overworked. Overstressed. Too much to do and too little time to do... Read More