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Ways to Get Things Done…Easier

What can you do to get things done, done well and on time with greater ease? Here are some good starting points: Delegate   A bit time consuming up front, but a better long-term solution. A solopreneur client, who hates accounting, figured that if she hired a...

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Tips for Better Partnerships

Brett, a founder from San Francisco, writes: I need to partner up with other entities to support my housewares business. I’ve got a few options, but I’m cautious after hearing about failed partnerships. Any suggestions? Successful partnerships with vendors, companies...

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Find Freedom in “No”

Look in the mirror. Press the tip of your tongue up behind your teeth and make an ‘N’ sound. Then round your lips into an ‘O.’ Does this utterance sound and look familiar? Reviving this simple sequence of two sounds (“NO”) will give you great power: more free time,...

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Improve Your Awareness of Time

It is one of the most common concerns that come up in coaching. For some, hours seem like minutes, and vice versa. A faulty awareness of time passing or the inability to gauge how long something might take results in late arrivals and missed deadlines. Those left...

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A Founder Wishes to Connect

Drew, a founder from Boston, wrote: Rebecca, How do I connect better with my team? People perceive me as a smart and nerdy guy to work for, but not fun enough to invite to gatherings. My strengths gave me the tools to start my company, but Covid, competition and other...

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Networking with Social Anxiety

Justin, a 50 year-old solopreneur with social anxiety, reached out for advice prior to attending a business education conference. Justin is a computer programmer. He developed a software product to assist math-challenged businesspeople.  His worries:

  • Feeling self-conscious, making small talk
  • Sharing too much information about himself and his product
  • What to wear

I pointed out that Justin was focused too much on himself, as if the spotlight was going to be on him. It’s just not the case. I advised Justin to:  

  1. Attend the conference with the mindset of learning more about his market than advertising his product. Ask open ended questions to get others talking, what brought them to the conference? Where do they see gaps in their clients’ efficiency?
  2. Gravitate to the experts with a list of questions. Prepare a short 15-20 second description of what you do without too much detail. Take notes and collect contact information. Offer your business card with something specific about what you do with a QR code to your website. (Yes, people still like cards!).
  3. What to wear? Not in my wheelhouse but look at the online photos from last year’s conference to get a sense of what to wear. 

Need more help with social anxiety? Contact me at

A Mindset for Uncertainty

The ultimate form of preparation is not planning for a specific scenario, but a mindset that can handle uncertainty.

These wise words by James Clear, author of “Atomic Habits,” are particularly noteworthy for COREageous founders. To be prepared for uncertainty is good advice for us all, but for those who battle uncertainty on many levels the right mindset produces better outcomes.

Moving tasks from your to –do lists to your planner can be riddled with uncertainty. Be prepared to adjust to these uncertainties as you plan. These may include:

  • Good intentions vs. realistic commitments
  • Having a prioritization criterion that expedites decision-making
  • Consideration of context – how can our plans take into account people and circumstances around us
  • Having exit strategies from stress
  • Knowing that you may need to shift course if Plan A, B or C  fails.

Need a mindset shift? Contact me at

A No Cost Long Term Investment

Hiring employees who are good at relationship-building is a good long-term strategy that can save money and time and sustain an organization, particularly in tough times.  

Good relationships keep teams intact and humming along. It’s good relationships that cultivate customer loyalty no matter how the competition kicks up its game.

Moreover, most employees would rather have a pay cut than leave an organization where relationships were king.  

What are the qualities you should look for in candidates?  Good relationship builders: 

  • enter easily into small talk and segue seamlessly into business topics
  • are positive and curious
  • put their interests aside to learn about others
  • feel comfortable with different perspectives and  healthy conflict

Mindful listening (all the above qualities) is a core element of healthy, enduring relationships.  Have you a team member that could enhance their relationship-building skills? Contact me at  

Avoid the Lure of Gadgets, Apps & Gimmicks

Clients often ask, “What app can I use to take notes, keep me accountable, calm me down, manage my time, help me be more productive, etc.?”  My answer is, “Yee gads dude! Stop with the GAGs!”  

Call me old-fashioned.  But you can also call me: practical, money and time-saving and efficient.  

Why surrender your brain to GAGs? Your head, heart and hand are quite capable using basic tools to achieve the same end. of You feel busy exploring different GAGs, learning the GAGs, and getting distracted by the ads and social media temptations that come with GAGs. Are you so dependent on your GAGs to be rendered impotent if your battery died or if you lost your phone? Folks, that’s scary.

(The only GAGs I recommend are those that serve as an alarm clock.)

Instead of relying on GAGs to get stuff done:

  • Write down your list of to-do’s on paper.
  • Highlight the priorities for the week.
  • Break down the steps to big tasks.
  • Schedule the tasks in your planner.
  • Keep an analog clock or an hourglass on your desk to see time passing
  • Cross out the DONE to-do’s and feel the love.
  • Choose the next priorities and repeat.

What did that cost you? 15 minutes?  A few cents for the paper and a pencil?  Writing things down gave you a plan, an intention, something tangible and distraction-free!   

Detoxify your use of GAGs. Get down the basics. Contact me at             

Be Present at Home

You’re not listening to me!

You are always thinking about work.

You’re not really present when you’re home.

These are familiar refrains of my clients’ family members. Entrepreneurship is all consuming. It leaves little energy and mind space for family and friends. They crave and deserve our undivided attention – to be “present” or ‘in the moment’ for, at least, part of an evening or a weekend. If they can’t have quantity, at least give them quality time. Here are some ways:

  1. What kind of a partner, parent or friend do you want to be? How do you want to show up, participate and fully engage with your family? Visualize that person.
  2. Are you being as productive as possible during the day so you can close the door on work at night? Poor planning, distractions and time-wasting meetings follow you home.
  3. During family time turn off your phone and all notifications, hide it, shut down your work computer.   
  4. When you walk into your home, you are entering a theater of experiences different than yours. Forget yourself and ‘get into the movies’ of your family members. Listen with rapt curiosity and try to imagine what the day was like for them.
  5. Plan family fun. Choose activities that are stimulating and novel enough to overwhelm the white noise of your work wins and woes.

Learn to how to shift your attention from yourself to others with a hefty dose of mindful listening. Get my book: The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction.

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