How to Tap Into YOUR Entrepreneurial Spirit

Women continue to talk about Leaning In, Diving In and sometimes Digging In.

Both the opportunities and challenges can be overwhelming. However, the women who are going to be successful, whatever their definitions of success, remain focused on how success looks and how it feels.

They are the ones who are intent on changing the future for themselves, their families and their communities. They see themselves as entrepreneurs whether they are in individual practice or in large organizations. They adopt the attitude that if it is to be it must be me.

They cannot allow themselves to dwell on why women have not been successful; they must look at where women have been successful and adjust their attitudes and behaviors to accomplish their goals.

So, what are the characteristics you need to be a successful entrepreneur?  Read more

How LEADERS — and REGULAR PEOPLE — Get Unstuck!

Maybe it’s because Spring is upon us.  But all of a sudden, everywhere I look, I see examples of people needing and wanting to reset their lives.

And getting unstuck is our Studio theme for March which no doubt helps me be more receptive than usual to reinvention and rebirth efforts.

For instance, the Tampa Bay Times recently featured a First Person story by Fawn Germer, a self-help guru and professional motivational speaker.  Fawn had the answers for “moving beyond your insecurities and taking charge of your potential” for others but when she entered a period of “darkness that had wrapped itself” around her, she had to find her route out of it. Her “Forrest Gump” solution was to walk Pinellas County’s gulf coastline (including the barrier islands only accessible by boat), a distance of 60 miles according to her own GPS apps.  As she walked day after day, Read more

Come Unstuck With Passion and Style

Get Unstuck and Come ALIVE with Passion and Style

Have you ever felt like you were slogging through molasses? That you review the same questions and options over and over with no apparent conclusion? That much more awaits you, but you don’t know where to find it?

I have been there and I know it’s frustrating. That is why I developed a process and began compiling information for my clients and Women’s Learning Studio members to help them get out of seemingly endless quagmires that sometimes hold them back.

As we continue our Women’s Learning Studio theme for March, we wanted to share with you some of the resources we compiled on this very frustrating topic. Whether you are stuck, you want to help others come unstuck or you are just curious, please take a look at our Get Unstuck Slideshow describing the Come ALIVE process, our 26-page E-book which provides questions and activities designed to help you or those you serve come unstuck, and our Get Unstuck Infographic that serves as a reminder of the process. Read more

Ready to Move Your Office Home? Top 10 Tips to Help Do It!

The theme for March at the Women’s Learning Studio is getting unstuck in your life or career and realizing your passion and vision. Have you dreamed of working from home either by telecommuting to your office or starting a business? Ready to jump those cubicle snap-in walls? Want the flexibility the home office affords?

Doris, Lyn and I created the Studio from our respective homes and connected with each other to plan, design, actualize our dream mostly via web meetings. We had years of working in companies, schools, organizations, and government under our collective belts, and found working from home suited each of us well.  As more and more employers allow workers to telecommute all or part of their work time, and remote work teams are becoming more of a norm, how to work from home has gained a lot of attention in the media.

Whether you are a telecommuter or entrepreneur, it is true that working from home is not for everyone. As Kerry Hannon from Forbes Magazine in her 10 Tips for Working from Home says: “From my experience, to work from home on a regular basis, you must be well-organized, have time management skills and be a self-starter. Not everyone is hardwired that way. Be honest with yourself before you take the leap.”  You have to be a self-motivated, directed person to make this work, but you can more easily adapt to a home office environment if you follow these tips from  the Huffington Post, Forbes, Inc., Business Insider, the Wall Street Journal, and to make sure you get some Zen thought in there too, ZenHabits.  The following list is a compilation of their advice, and I’ve added some of my experience and tips as well. Only you can say if working at home will suit you, but there’s a lot of help out there to get you started and keep you motivated if your dream is to have no commute at all. Read more