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Some People Have a Therapist #business

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Some People Have a Therapist. I Have a Business Coach.

We all have issues. For many people, those issues tend to be related to personal goals and problems, such as relationships and the like. For me, my anxiety, focus, goals and frustrations seem to mostly be around business.

So, while many people hire therapists, I have the business equivalent: a business coach.

I have been working with my coach, Alan Roby. for close to six years. We meet via phone for an hour, usually twice a month. He has helped me to not only transition myself from investment banker to a media and entrepreneurial hybrid, but he is a constant source of support.

While coaches can vary in price — from less than $100 to several hundred dollars or more per session — price shouldn t be the deciding factor. You want to find a coach who understands you and your business and that you are comfortable with, but also one that will push back on you, too. Hiring a yes man (or woman) won t produce a good return for your investment.

Getting recommendations can be a good place to start on your search for a coach. Also do some research online and then try out a few in a complimentary or low-cost initial session (which most coaches offer) to get a feel with whom you think would be the best fit for your needs.

Here s why I think that this type of business therapy is helpful and how you and your business can benefit from it.

I pay to only talk about me and my business

I m an advisor — it s the role I play in life. That role is so prevalent that for a while, my nickname was Lucy (a la The Dr. Is IN from the Peanuts cartoon). Personally and professionally, I give advice to solve other people s problems.

This means that most of the time, I am not focused on or talking about my development.

By paying a business coach, I get, for a full-hour at a time, to talk about and focus on nothing other than me, my problems, my opportunities, my goals and did I mention me? It forces me to schedule time to work on my own business, time that I would likely have spent helping someone else. This discipline has been invaluable in morphing my professional life and growing my business endeavors.

Additional business knowledge

While I do have many friends who would oblige listening to me if I asked, many don t understand business. So, their help isn t so helpful in problem solving. Having a savvy business person in my corner gives needed perspective, such as seeing the forest through the trees, so to speak, from someone whose input is relevant.

Consistency and history

Having a history of working together allows my coach to see patterns or to reference things and opportunities that I have mentioned in the past that I may have overlooked or even forgotten, but that could be helpful in the present and the future.

No BS

Because my coach is a paid advisor and not a friend, he will call me on the few occasions where I need to be called out. Friends, family and even colleagues are often hesitant to do this because they have a multi-faceted relationship with me and want to keep up the warm fuzzies in our interactions. The coaching relationship is aligned around helping me to succeed, which gives my coach more freedom to be honest and helpful.

No judgment

On the other side of the coin, I am also brutally honest with my coach, because I know that there is no judgment. I don t have to worry about hurting someone else s feelings or being vulnerable. Not that I am one to really be anything other than brutally honest, but I still feel like I have more liberty to deep-dive into the nitty-gritty of my moods, challenges, etc. because I know that he will help me to work through those, without having to worry about it making family dinner awkward.

So, whether you are seeking discipline, a forum to vent or even a sanity check without judgment, I recommend that you invest in a business coach to help your business get to the next level.





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How The Most Creative People In Business Generate New Ideas #work #from #home #ideas

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How The Most Creative People In Business Generate New Ideas

The 100 people on 2015 s Most Creative People in Business list have achieved impressive breakthroughs across a wide swath of industries: finding a possible cure for Ebola, using drone technology to help save endangered animals, modeling jet engines with 3-D printers.

None of these breakthroughs came from resting easy on outdated ideas or settling into familiar ruts. And yet, even this illustrious group admits to getting stuck and actively seeking grist for the mill. So we put the following question to the group: Where or from whom do you seek out inspiration? What do you do when you re in a rut? And most importantly, how do you keep new ideas flowing? Here s what some of them had to say if you try them out yourself, one each day of the work week, you ll have almost a month of options to help spark some creative new ideas of your own.

Jens Bergensten. lead creative designer, Minecraft, #5:

Before I started working on Minecraft, we would figure out new games by going on small holidays. We used to go to Berlin. They have these really great around-the-clock Internet cafes, and we d just work on something. We d also attend Game Jams, where you re given just random things and have limited time to produce a game. It s quite often that you are forced to think of something that works within the theme and, like I said before, I don t know where I m going and try to make it fun during this 32- or 48-hour Game Jam. You either produced crap or finished something interesting, and the interesting thing would end up in a pile. Then when we would actually need to start a launch project, we would look back in the pile.

Dana Mauriello. Etsy, #7:

I am obsessive with finding, cataloging, and doing new activities. A dance-floor meditation? A talk on game design? A tattoo convention? Done, done, and done. I am on an endless quest to learn about and personally experience as many diverse subcultures as possible and never leave home without my adventure backpack and a notebook so that I can collect inspiration and log new ideas.

Greg Hoffman. Nike, #12:

I pull a lot of inspiration from traveling around the world. One in particular is Brazil, where I ve been going since 1997. Whether you re talking architecture or furniture or digital, the design is modern but with a soul. Which mirrors Nike. I ve been to Brasilia, the modernist mecca that [Oscar] Niemeyer designed. Talk about being representative of an incredible, bold, disruptive vision. It s an entire city designed in exacting and uncompromising detail. It forces you to look at your own work and ask: Are we really pushing things as far as we can?

Jermaine Affonso. Clickhole, #13:

Okay, so out of everyone in the world authors, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, innovators, Elon Musk, scientists curing AIDS right this second I m going to say Kanye West. I know, I hate me too.

Martha Murray. Boston Children s Hospital, #15:

If one project is getting stalled for some reason, I switch gears to another project or two for a while until the problem with the first one works itself out. Sometimes if I am stuck, and leave a problem to sit for a bit, the answer shows up at a traffic light or when I am reading something totally unrelated. It s like when you are trying to remember someone s name and once you stop trying, it pops into your brain. It s the best part of having a bunch of things going on at the same time.

Alex Lifschitz. Crash Override, #18:

Creativity isn t just an abstract font for me personally I tend to just look at those who have successfully overcome issues similar to the one we re dealing with, and try to imitate not their solutions, but their attitude and approach to it, and take it to heart.

Barbara Bush. Global Health Corps, #29:

The need comes first, then the ideas. I m also an endorphin freak, and working out, running, and playing certainly creates the proper mind setting for creativity.

Ava DuVernay. director, #32:

[Creative inspiration] is all around. Nothing s ever boring. I m never bored. Even if I m sitting with my oldest cousin out in the country in Alabama and no one else is around. No way that s boring. I m going to sit there, I m gonna watch what she does, I m gonna listen to every story. Everything seeps in. Like I m standing in line at the pharmacy, I m not bored. I m looking at that lady wiping her snotty kid s nose like, is she really gonna use her hand? Wow, that s love. What s her story?

Larry Wilmore. The Nightly Show. #44:

I m always inspired by the small stories I see about people who are doing the right thing with no attention given to it. I used to watch Charles Kuralt on CBS s Sunday Morning show, and they used to have all those stories. Also, when I see people around the world in the most dire situations doing stuff. Malala [Yousafzai], what she went through. man, if you re not inspired by that, there s just something dead inside of you. What they have to face in that part of the world, it s just ridiculous. And then on a personal level, my kids inspire me all the time.

I read everything I can get my hands on, flip through the racks at Zara and Forever 21 (it s like a meditation), browse IRL in as many bookstores as possible, and go to the club. Listening to good music makes you smarter! I also love to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If I m stuck on a writing or strategy project, I write freehand on a legal pad in a weird place without Internet no environment that s too lovely or I get distracted. Other methods: Go outside and walk, listen to something, smoke cigarettes, tell jokes.

Imrad Amed. Business of Fashion, #54:

Most of my ideas come from drawing patterns across conversations I have with different types of people technology investors, young fashion design students, a CEO. This variety is stimulating, and offers many different perspectives on the things I am thinking about.

Janet Mock. host, activist, #57:

I usually take my cockapoo out on a walk, I do some kind of physical activity, whether that s Bikram Yoga or SoulCycle. Usually it s some kind of creative activity. Or it s completely turning my mind off and watching something that doesn t really challenge. Like Real Housewives of Atlanta. Literally watching people argue about one little thing of shade that they threw.





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Greece – Bulgaria: Call for innovative business ideas of young people (SMART START-UP project)

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European Territorial Cooperation is an Objective of the Cohesion Policy and provides a framework for the exchange of experiences among local and regional actors from across Europe

Development.

European Territorial Cooperation contributes in the transformation of the European regions into strong economic and social poles through the funding of common projects

The team.

Our officers are responsible for the management of five bilateral cross-border Programmes and the national coordination of the seven multilateral Programmes, Greece is participating in

Vision.

More growth and jobs for all regions of the European Union through the promotion of cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation

Perspective.

European Territorial Cooperation Programmes enhance economic and social cohesion, encouraging balance development and promoting competitiveness

The Business Information and Consulting Centre – Sandanski announces a call for innovative ideas for start-up or development of business by young people with potential and interest in entrepreneurship, new technologies and innovation. The aim of the SMART START-UP competition is to encourage and motivate young people to generate innovative business ideas with potential for further development.

Detailed information concerning the conditions, deadlines and required documents for application can be found here

Please note that the deadline for submission of business ideas is: 29.05.2015, 17:00

This initiative is carried out within the framework of the Project SMART SPECIALIZATION

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Louisville Business First: 20 People to Know: Trey Riddle #business #data

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Louisville Business First: 20 People to Know: Trey Riddle

Favorite way to spend time away from work:

Describe your company:

Sunstrand is a manufacturer and supplier of biomaterials for a variety of technical and industrial applications. Our focus markets are polymer composites, plastics and technical nonwovens. Basically, we take raw agricultural feedstocks (bamboo, kenaf, flax, hemp) and manufacture our products that take the form of fibers and fillers (particulates).

Our customers (upstream manufacturers) then incorporate these materials into their products. Ultimately, our materials will be used in a variety of applications, including consumer goods, automotive, building materials and sporting goods.

What is the biggest hurdle for entrepreneurs in the area?

Acquisition of capital is probably the No. 1 most challenging issue facing startups in the area. The community has done a really good job of highlighting some of the bigger names in local investment, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

How do we get below the water line? Additionally, there are way more companies needing capital than investors, and that breeds deal partiality.

What is some advice for people who want to start a company?

Seek out help. I have found that people are generally willing to have open discussions with you about a variety of business-related topics if you just ask nicely. The key in those situation is to not push product, but rather reach out for advice. Be dedicated and stay vigilant — there will be ups and downs. It is not all about the money. If you are not passionate about the business, don’t even think about starting it.

What’s the most interesting question a potential investor has ever asked you?

What is your plan? Not what is the business plan, but where do I see myself personally in 10 years. I think the key here was that the potential investor was interested in my personal goals because he knew that it would affect the business in the long run.

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Louisville Business First: 20 People to Know: Trey Riddle #austin #business #journal

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Louisville Business First: 20 People to Know: Trey Riddle

Favorite way to spend time away from work:

Describe your company:

Sunstrand is a manufacturer and supplier of biomaterials for a variety of technical and industrial applications. Our focus markets are polymer composites, plastics and technical nonwovens. Basically, we take raw agricultural feedstocks (bamboo, kenaf, flax, hemp) and manufacture our products that take the form of fibers and fillers (particulates).

Our customers (upstream manufacturers) then incorporate these materials into their products. Ultimately, our materials will be used in a variety of applications, including consumer goods, automotive, building materials and sporting goods.

What is the biggest hurdle for entrepreneurs in the area?

Acquisition of capital is probably the No. 1 most challenging issue facing startups in the area. The community has done a really good job of highlighting some of the bigger names in local investment, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

How do we get below the water line? Additionally, there are way more companies needing capital than investors, and that breeds deal partiality.

What is some advice for people who want to start a company?

Seek out help. I have found that people are generally willing to have open discussions with you about a variety of business-related topics if you just ask nicely. The key in those situation is to not push product, but rather reach out for advice. Be dedicated and stay vigilant — there will be ups and downs. It is not all about the money. If you are not passionate about the business, don’t even think about starting it.

What’s the most interesting question a potential investor has ever asked you?

What is your plan? Not what is the business plan, but where do I see myself personally in 10 years. I think the key here was that the potential investor was interested in my personal goals because he knew that it would affect the business in the long run.

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People on the Move – Memphis Business Journal Online, 12 #business #franchise #opportunities

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Louisville Business First: 20 People to Know: Trey Riddle #business #plan #writers

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Louisville Business First: 20 People to Know: Trey Riddle

Favorite way to spend time away from work:

Describe your company:

Sunstrand is a manufacturer and supplier of biomaterials for a variety of technical and industrial applications. Our focus markets are polymer composites, plastics and technical nonwovens. Basically, we take raw agricultural feedstocks (bamboo, kenaf, flax, hemp) and manufacture our products that take the form of fibers and fillers (particulates).

Our customers (upstream manufacturers) then incorporate these materials into their products. Ultimately, our materials will be used in a variety of applications, including consumer goods, automotive, building materials and sporting goods.

What is the biggest hurdle for entrepreneurs in the area?

Acquisition of capital is probably the No. 1 most challenging issue facing startups in the area. The community has done a really good job of highlighting some of the bigger names in local investment, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

How do we get below the water line? Additionally, there are way more companies needing capital than investors, and that breeds deal partiality.

What is some advice for people who want to start a company?

Seek out help. I have found that people are generally willing to have open discussions with you about a variety of business-related topics if you just ask nicely. The key in those situation is to not push product, but rather reach out for advice. Be dedicated and stay vigilant — there will be ups and downs. It is not all about the money. If you are not passionate about the business, don’t even think about starting it.

What’s the most interesting question a potential investor has ever asked you?

What is your plan? Not what is the business plan, but where do I see myself personally in 10 years. I think the key here was that the potential investor was interested in my personal goals because he knew that it would affect the business in the long run.

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Louisville Business First: 20 People to Know: Trey Riddle #discount #business #cards

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Louisville Business First: 20 People to Know: Trey Riddle

Favorite way to spend time away from work:

Describe your company:

Sunstrand is a manufacturer and supplier of biomaterials for a variety of technical and industrial applications. Our focus markets are polymer composites, plastics and technical nonwovens. Basically, we take raw agricultural feedstocks (bamboo, kenaf, flax, hemp) and manufacture our products that take the form of fibers and fillers (particulates).

Our customers (upstream manufacturers) then incorporate these materials into their products. Ultimately, our materials will be used in a variety of applications, including consumer goods, automotive, building materials and sporting goods.

What is the biggest hurdle for entrepreneurs in the area?

Acquisition of capital is probably the No. 1 most challenging issue facing startups in the area. The community has done a really good job of highlighting some of the bigger names in local investment, but that is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.

How do we get below the water line? Additionally, there are way more companies needing capital than investors, and that breeds deal partiality.

What is some advice for people who want to start a company?

Seek out help. I have found that people are generally willing to have open discussions with you about a variety of business-related topics if you just ask nicely. The key in those situation is to not push product, but rather reach out for advice. Be dedicated and stay vigilant — there will be ups and downs. It is not all about the money. If you are not passionate about the business, don’t even think about starting it.

What’s the most interesting question a potential investor has ever asked you?

What is your plan? Not what is the business plan, but where do I see myself personally in 10 years. I think the key here was that the potential investor was interested in my personal goals because he knew that it would affect the business in the long run.

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Greece – Bulgaria: Call for innovative business ideas of young people (SMART START-UP project)

#innovative business ideas

#

European Territorial Cooperation is an Objective of the Cohesion Policy and provides a framework for the exchange of experiences among local and regional actors from across Europe

Development.

European Territorial Cooperation contributes in the transformation of the European regions into strong economic and social poles through the funding of common projects

The team.

Our officers are responsible for the management of five bilateral cross-border Programmes and the national coordination of the seven multilateral Programmes, Greece is participating in

Vision.

More growth and jobs for all regions of the European Union through the promotion of cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation

Perspective.

European Territorial Cooperation Programmes enhance economic and social cohesion, encouraging balance development and promoting competitiveness

The Business Information and Consulting Centre – Sandanski announces a call for innovative ideas for start-up or development of business by young people with potential and interest in entrepreneurship, new technologies and innovation. The aim of the SMART START-UP competition is to encourage and motivate young people to generate innovative business ideas with potential for further development.

Detailed information concerning the conditions, deadlines and required documents for application can be found here

Please note that the deadline for submission of business ideas is: 29.05.2015, 17:00

This initiative is carried out within the framework of the Project SMART SPECIALIZATION

Events calendar


European Territorial Cooperation Programmes are co-funded by European Union and National Funds of the countries participating in them

Navigate:

Register in Newsletter:

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How The Most Creative People In Business Generate New Ideas #sba #loan #requirements

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How The Most Creative People In Business Generate New Ideas

The 100 people on 2015 s Most Creative People in Business list have achieved impressive breakthroughs across a wide swath of industries: finding a possible cure for Ebola, using drone technology to help save endangered animals, modeling jet engines with 3-D printers.

None of these breakthroughs came from resting easy on outdated ideas or settling into familiar ruts. And yet, even this illustrious group admits to getting stuck and actively seeking grist for the mill. So we put the following question to the group: Where or from whom do you seek out inspiration? What do you do when you re in a rut? And most importantly, how do you keep new ideas flowing? Here s what some of them had to say if you try them out yourself, one each day of the work week, you ll have almost a month of options to help spark some creative new ideas of your own.

Jens Bergensten. lead creative designer, Minecraft, #5:

Before I started working on Minecraft, we would figure out new games by going on small holidays. We used to go to Berlin. They have these really great around-the-clock Internet cafes, and we d just work on something. We d also attend Game Jams, where you re given just random things and have limited time to produce a game. It s quite often that you are forced to think of something that works within the theme and, like I said before, I don t know where I m going and try to make it fun during this 32- or 48-hour Game Jam. You either produced crap or finished something interesting, and the interesting thing would end up in a pile. Then when we would actually need to start a launch project, we would look back in the pile.

Dana Mauriello. Etsy, #7:

I am obsessive with finding, cataloging, and doing new activities. A dance-floor meditation? A talk on game design? A tattoo convention? Done, done, and done. I am on an endless quest to learn about and personally experience as many diverse subcultures as possible and never leave home without my adventure backpack and a notebook so that I can collect inspiration and log new ideas.

Greg Hoffman. Nike, #12:

I pull a lot of inspiration from traveling around the world. One in particular is Brazil, where I ve been going since 1997. Whether you re talking architecture or furniture or digital, the design is modern but with a soul. Which mirrors Nike. I ve been to Brasilia, the modernist mecca that [Oscar] Niemeyer designed. Talk about being representative of an incredible, bold, disruptive vision. It s an entire city designed in exacting and uncompromising detail. It forces you to look at your own work and ask: Are we really pushing things as far as we can?

Jermaine Affonso. Clickhole, #13:

Okay, so out of everyone in the world authors, humanitarians, entrepreneurs, innovators, Elon Musk, scientists curing AIDS right this second I m going to say Kanye West. I know, I hate me too.

Martha Murray. Boston Children s Hospital, #15:

If one project is getting stalled for some reason, I switch gears to another project or two for a while until the problem with the first one works itself out. Sometimes if I am stuck, and leave a problem to sit for a bit, the answer shows up at a traffic light or when I am reading something totally unrelated. It s like when you are trying to remember someone s name and once you stop trying, it pops into your brain. It s the best part of having a bunch of things going on at the same time.

Alex Lifschitz. Crash Override, #18:

Creativity isn t just an abstract font for me personally I tend to just look at those who have successfully overcome issues similar to the one we re dealing with, and try to imitate not their solutions, but their attitude and approach to it, and take it to heart.

Barbara Bush. Global Health Corps, #29:

The need comes first, then the ideas. I m also an endorphin freak, and working out, running, and playing certainly creates the proper mind setting for creativity.

Ava DuVernay. director, #32:

[Creative inspiration] is all around. Nothing s ever boring. I m never bored. Even if I m sitting with my oldest cousin out in the country in Alabama and no one else is around. No way that s boring. I m going to sit there, I m gonna watch what she does, I m gonna listen to every story. Everything seeps in. Like I m standing in line at the pharmacy, I m not bored. I m looking at that lady wiping her snotty kid s nose like, is she really gonna use her hand? Wow, that s love. What s her story?

Larry Wilmore. The Nightly Show. #44:

I m always inspired by the small stories I see about people who are doing the right thing with no attention given to it. I used to watch Charles Kuralt on CBS s Sunday Morning show, and they used to have all those stories. Also, when I see people around the world in the most dire situations doing stuff. Malala [Yousafzai], what she went through. man, if you re not inspired by that, there s just something dead inside of you. What they have to face in that part of the world, it s just ridiculous. And then on a personal level, my kids inspire me all the time.

I read everything I can get my hands on, flip through the racks at Zara and Forever 21 (it s like a meditation), browse IRL in as many bookstores as possible, and go to the club. Listening to good music makes you smarter! I also love to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. If I m stuck on a writing or strategy project, I write freehand on a legal pad in a weird place without Internet no environment that s too lovely or I get distracted. Other methods: Go outside and walk, listen to something, smoke cigarettes, tell jokes.

Imrad Amed. Business of Fashion, #54:

Most of my ideas come from drawing patterns across conversations I have with different types of people technology investors, young fashion design students, a CEO. This variety is stimulating, and offers many different perspectives on the things I am thinking about.

Janet Mock. host, activist, #57:

I usually take my cockapoo out on a walk, I do some kind of physical activity, whether that s Bikram Yoga or SoulCycle. Usually it s some kind of creative activity. Or it s completely turning my mind off and watching something that doesn t really challenge. Like Real Housewives of Atlanta. Literally watching people argue about one little thing of shade that they threw.





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