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Position Yourself to Beat the Odds!

Are you… Running a successful business or is your business running you? Working too hard and earning too little? Spending too much time in your business and not enough with your family? Frustrated that you aren’t making the kind of progress you had hoped for? Anxious about taking time off because your business can’t run well without you? Unclear about how to take your business to the next level? If you answered “yes” to one or more of the preceding questions, you’re not alone. Business owners everywhere struggle with these and many other issues. They feel STUCK and don’t know how to overcome the obstacles that are holding them back. Others know what they need to do to move forward, but for one reason or another, find themselves unable to take the necessary steps. The reality is that the odds are stacked against business owners. Every year, thousands of businesses fail in Canada. Look at these statistics…   Small Business Stats in Canada: Largest number of new Canadian small...

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What’s Your Question?

Wouldn’t it be great to have all the answers? Imagine knowing everything there is to know about every subject. You’d be the life of every party, spouting out information whenever anyone asked anything. You’d also rule the business world with all your incredible knowledge about various business fundamentals. Yeah, it would be great. Or, would it? Socially, no one likes a know-it-all. Most people find it comical when someone acts like they have the answers to everything. The best example of a know-it-all would be Cliff Claven from the television series Cheers. (How’s this for feeling old? Cheers went off the air 20 years ago!) Cliff had an answer to every question… even if he made up most of them! In business, being a know-it-all can lead to irrelevancy. When you have all the answers, you end up doing things the same way you’ve always done them, even when those actions no longer work. The “business graveyard” is full of companies that were led by know-it-alls. True business innovation,...

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Thinking Partners or Echo Chambers

A fantastic model of collaboration: thinking partners who aren’t echo chambers. ~Margaret Heffernan I often listen to Ted Talks in the car while driving. It is a great way to feed and stimulate my mind as I travel back and forth to various locations. Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to Margaret Heffernan’s talk, “Dare to Disagree.” Her presentation resonated deeply within me. Here are some highlights (but PLEASE do yourself a favour and make sure to watch the entire presentation… it’s only 13 minutes long!) “[For constructive conflict,] we have to resist the neurobiological drive which means that we really prefer people mostly like ourselves.” “The truth won’t set us free — until we develop the skills and the habit and the talent and the moral courage to use it.” “If we aren’t going to be afraid of conflict, we have to see it as thinking.” “So how do organizations think? Well, for the most part, they don’t. And that isn’t because they don’t want to, it’s really...

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What’s on your STOP DOING list?

As 2012 fades from view and 2013 prepares to makes it debut, most of us are focused on resolutions – things we want to do in the New Year to improve our life. These TO-DO lists contain everything from health and wellness goals, financial targets, and relationship issues (to name a few). But what’s on your STOP DOING list? In this insightful blog post, business coach Nathalie Beauchamp highlights a number of issues you may want to add to your list for the new year. You can read her blog post HERE! Do you have any other items to suggest for our readers? Make sure to leave your comments here. Thanks. And Happy New Year from the Breakthrough Coach Team! Eric Deschamps | Business Coach,...

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Are you chained to your business? Part 2

In our last blog post, we pointed you to Part 1 of a great article, “Do you own your business or does it own you?” Authored by my friend and colleague, Jon Denney (President of the Professional Business Coaches Alliance), Part 1 highlighted the kind of changes necessary to find the freedom you are looking for in your business. This week, we are proud to have Jon bring us Part 2 as a guest blogger on our site. It is filled with helpful insights and action steps you can begin taking now to build the kind of business you have always dreamed of. Please feel free to share this insightful piece with your networks. Enjoy! Eric Deschamps | Business Coach, Ottawa   Do you own your business, or does it own you? Part 2 by Jon Denney Last week, I introduced 27 crucial questions that all need to be answered if you are going to build your business by design. But if you don’t have time to find the...

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