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Jennifer BlumerAs a business owner, you have a lot going on. And maybe you are trying to please a lot of people AND keep the lights on. That’s a lot of pressure. These rights are basic and maybe a little obvious, but a reminder never hurt. Maybe the reminder will help you remember to take care of yourself.

You have:

The right to say no – You don’t have to serve people whose numbers on caller ID make you cringe. You have the right to say no to a lunch appointment “just to catch up.” You have the right to say no to offering services you hate. You can say no with class, but sometimes you need to just say no.

The right to be paid for the value you provide – Your customers want access to you. Sometimes they really do have a quick questions. (And sometimes they say they have a quick question that is anything but quick.) I am not suggesting you send a bill for every phone call. I am suggesting you price in a way that makes you less frustrated when you get those kinds of calls. And that you stop working for free. Is your client paying for a tax return? Then why are you also cleaning up their accounting for the whole year? Get paid for the value you are providing. Read more

Jennifer BlumerMore and more firms are making the move to virtual or will in the coming months. Having made the transition from an a traditional office culture to a virtual one, I hope to be able to share some of our experience so you can think through the possible pitfalls and avoid them in your transition.

First, let me define the word virtual as I mean it for this post. Virtual firms do not have a home office. Everyone on the team works in their own space, usually from their homes. I do not mean you have an office but you have the ability to work elsewhere because you use cloud software. That is really cool, but just not what I mean by virtual in this post.

With that out of the way, let’s look at four areas where you could run into a problem. Read more

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Management and Operations
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It’s been over a month since the Thriveal Family Meeting. During this online webinar, Jason Blumer introduced the four divisions of Thriveal and their leaders. One of those divisions is the brand new Thriveal Lab. You’ll be hearing more about the lab soon from its Director, Adrian Simmons. For now though, let’s look at the six beliefs that are foundational to the lab. Notice that each belief is stated in a negative and a positive manner.

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If these beliefs resonate with you, or if you are just curious about us and want to follow along, please join our email list for lab updates here.

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Laboratory
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Jennifer BlumerUntil recently, I thought a thermocouple was something only Bob Newhart and Will Ferrell had to be able to pronounce for a scene in Elf. I had no idea it was a real thing. But it turns out to be a pretty important part of a hot water heater, which turns out to be a pretty important thing if you want people in your household to shower.

 

But I never wanted to understand how a thermocouple works. Or the pilot light. Or the benefits of installing a hot water heater one way over another. I just want my hot water heater to work so I can wash dishes, clothes, and myself. Fortunately (or unfortunately since I will never get that hour back) my plumber, Bill, really cares a lot about the ins and outs of a hot water heater. He told me all about it. In detail. Read more

1470186_621904264519530_1959094764_nWe talk regularly about pruning in Thriveal. It’s one of the strategies of a healthy company and a healthy life. For a quick definition of pruning, here is a 2 minute video from Dr. Henry Cloud.

He says we should: Read more

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Personal Growth
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Jennifer BlumerActually, it’s a little late. You can come, but the price has gone up quite a bit. Deeper Weekend starts in just two days!

 

But for those of you who have registered, here are a few ideas about how to make the most of your time in lovely Greenville, SC this week. Let’s structure these ideas around the goals of Deeper Weekend. Jason will be sharing some of this at the Welcome Reception as well.

 

Goal #1 – To Build Community

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Deeper Weekend
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