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The 6 Stages to Plan on When You Want to Change
By Andrea Novakowski · 5 years ago
Way back in 1977, while I was graduating from Simmons College (and wondering how the heck I was going to get a job using what I’d learned), James Prochaska and his colleagues at the University ...
What is Your Word-of-the-Year for 2015?
By Andrea Novakowski · 5 years ago
If you’re a longtime reader of my Tip of the Week (thank you!), then you know that every January I ask my clients to pick a word to guide them throughout the year: a word ...
The Introverted Business Owner’s Guide to Thriving (and Wowing Others) at Holiday Parties
By Andrea Novakowski · 5 years ago
As introverts know all too well, the holidays can be a challenging time of year. All the parties and gatherings that make this season so enjoyable for some people make it stressful for others, particularly ...
5 Ways Business Owners Can Overcome Their Fears
By Andrea Novakowski · 5 years ago
Fear is a powerful instinct, one that colors many of our decisions whether we’re aware of it or not. Think about it: how often are you influenced, or even paralyzed, by your fears of what ...
Experts Share 5 Networking Tips for Business Owners
By Andrea Novakowski · 5 years ago
As the calendar changes from summer to fall, it’s time to refocus your energy on your fourth-quarter objectives. One great way to do this is to build – or rebuild – your pipeline of prospects. ...
6 Ways To Beat the Distractions That Keep You From Getting Work Done
By Andrea Novakowski · 5 years ago
Not long ago, a client emailed me begging for advice on time management. "I’m too easily sidetracked by all my to-do lists, non-work activities, and sunny weather," she wrote. "Help!" I’ve been hearing this lament ...
5 Ways To Overcome Your Assumptions
By Andrea Novakowski · 7 years ago
Whenever you find yourself saying, "I can’t possibly…", that’s a good indication you’re making an assumption. Are you truly incapable of doing that thing? Or are you merely imagining all the complications that might interfere ...
3 Types of Assumptions That Could Be Holding You Back
By Andrea Novakowski · 7 years ago
"I can’t possibly do this. It’s too hard." "This isn’t worth my time. It’s too easy." Do you frequently find yourself making judgments like these? If so, you may be a victim of your assumptions. ...
6 Secrets to Business Success (Plus 1!)
By Andrea Novakowski · 7 years ago
Have you noticed that no one talks much about perfectionism anymore? My business coaching clients used to tell me their compulsion to do everything perfectly was getting in the way of their success. But these ...
What Does Your Brand Mean To Your Customers?
By Andrea Novakowski · 7 years ago
What do you think of when you picture fall in New England? For me, it’s kids walking to school in their jackets. Cooler nights and cold mornings. Leaves starting to turn. Yellow mums. The smell ...
You’ve Come A Long Way – Even If You Don’t Think So
By Andrea Novakowski · 8 years ago
Can it be we're halfway through the year already? My business coaching clients always like it when we pause at this point to assess how far they've come since January. It's a chance for us ...
Don't Give Up On Your Dreams
By Andrea Novakowski · 8 years ago
Whenever I begin coaching a new business client, one of my first questions is always, "What goal or dream have you given up on?" It may seem like a strange thing to ask. After all, ...
Eight Reasons Why You Need a Business Coach
By Andrea Novakowski · 8 years ago
When I started my coaching business, one of the first things I did was get a coach of my own. I purposely chose someone who had built a successful coaching business herself. After all, why ...
How to Have a Successful Business Partnership
By Andrea Novakowski · 8 years ago
You and your friend have a great idea for a business. Your business plan is already half done. You can’t wait to get started: what could be better than working with a friend every day? ...
Truly Accomplishing Goals that Matter
By Andrea Novakowski · 8 years ago
Matthew, the owner of a computer services company, greeted me at his office door with a big smile. It was the first week of January and he'd completed his 2012 goals worksheet. He was excited ...
What Are Your Priorities for Your Business?
By Andrea Novakowski · 8 years ago
Molly wanted to take her business to the next level, but she knew she couldn’t reach her sales goals with her present staff. It was time to build her sales force. So she invested time ...
5 Mistakes That Can Sink a Good Boss
By Andrea Novakowski · 8 years ago
If you own a company or manage a department, part of the reason you’ve come this far is because you’re good at what you do. But inspiring the people who work for you to give ...
Three Steps to Creating Space Financially
By Andrea Novakowski · 9 years ago
Order is a lovely thing; On disarray it lays its wing, Teaching simplicity to sing. - Anna Hempstead Branch All of the organization gurus recommend choosing a small space first, setting a timer and beginning. ...
Freezing by Serenity
By Andrea Novakowski · 9 years ago
Wisdom comes with winters. ~ Oscar Wilde In this season of deep freeze outside (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere), I wonder what would happen if I put a freeze on my spending? I ...
Five Ways to Have Fun with Finances this Fall
By Andrea Novakowski · 9 years ago
Labor Day has passed and it’s time to GET SERIOUS! Only 4 months left to hit your numbers for the year. But first, I digress: the thought of working in a focused, driven way when ...