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Rejuvenate Your Business with Steven Johnson

Posted by Carl Gould on March 23, 2011
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Steven Johnson, 7 Stage Consultant, explains how to make incremental improvement in your business.

Steven Johnson is a 7 Stage Consultant and Small Business Advisor in New Jersey. He is a regular contributor to our blog, www.the7stages.com . 7 Stage Consultants work with small to medium size businesses to increase their sales, lower their expenses and grow their businesses. To learn more about the 7 Stage Turnaround Process, go to www.7StageTurnarond.com . To get your copy of “The 7 Stages of Small Business Success”, go to www.The7StagesOfSmallBusinessSuccess.com .

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Comprehensive Business Analysis with Jordan Mossman

Posted by Carl Gould on March 21, 2011
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Jordan Mossman, 7 Stage Consultant, discusses the benefits of working with a business coach; and how a comprehensive business analysis can benefit your business.

Jordan Mossman is a 7 Stage Consultant and Small Business Advisor in Hawaii. He is a regular contributor to our blog, www.the7stages.com . 7 Stage Consultants work with small to medium size businesses to increase their sales, lower their expenses and grow their businesses. To learn more about the 7 Stage Turnaround Process, go to www.7StageTurnarond.com . To get your copy of “The 7 Stages of Small Business Success”, go to www.The7StagesOfSmallBusinessSuccess.com .

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Benchmark Business Success with Steven Johnson

Posted by Carl Gould on March 16, 2011
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Steven Johnson, 7 Stage Consultant, discusses how to use analysis tools to assess where your enterprise is currently and how to make changes that will positively impact the business.

Steven Johnson is a 7 Stage Consultant and Small Business Advisor in New Jersey. He is a regular contributor to our blog, www.the7stages.com . 7 Stage Consultants work with small to medium size businesses to increase their sales, lower their expenses and grow their businesses. To learn more about the 7 Stage Turnaround Process, go to www.7StageTurnarond.com . To get your copy of “The 7 Stages of Small Business Success”, go to www.The7StagesOfSmallBusinessSuccess.com .

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Benefits of a Business Coach with Jordan Mossman

Posted by Carl Gould on March 14, 2011
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Jordan Mossman, 7 Stage Consultant, discusses what to look for in a business coach.

Jordan Mossman is a 7 Stage Consultant and Small Business Advisor in Hawaii. He is a regular contributor to our blog, www.the7stages.com . 7 Stage Consultants work with small to medium size businesses to increase their sales, lower their expenses and grow their businesses. To learn more about the 7 Stage Turnaround Process, go to www.7StageTurnarond.com . To get your copy of “The 7 Stages of Small Business Success”, go to www.The7StagesOfSmallBusinessSuccess.com .

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The Importance of a Good Elevator Speech with Steven Johnson

Posted by Carl Gould on March 09, 2011
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Steven Johnson, 7 Stage Consultant, discusses the importance of being able to articulate, in very simple terms, what you do and how you do it in your business

Steven Johnson is a 7 Stage Consultant and Small Business Advisor in New Jersey. He is a regular contributor to our blog, www.the7stages.com . 7 Stage Consultants work with small to medium size businesses to increase their sales, lower their expenses and grow their businesses. To learn more about the 7 Stage Turnaround Process, go to www.7StageTurnarond.com . To get your copy of “The 7 Stages of Small Business Success”, go to www.The7StagesOfSmallBusinessSuccess.com .

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Going Below the Surface In Your Business with Jordan Mossman

Posted by Carl Gould on March 07, 2011
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Jordan Mossman, 7 Stage Consultant, discusses how to go below the surface and how to take immediate action to grow your business.

Jordan Mossman is a 7 Stage Consultant and Small Business Advisor in Hawaii. He is a regular contributor to our blog, www.the7stages.com . 7 Stage Consultants work with small to medium size businesses to increase their sales, lower their expenses and grow their businesses. To learn more about the 7 Stage Turnaround Process, go to www.7StageTurnarond.com . To get your copy of “The 7 Stages of Small Business Success”, go to www.The7StagesOfSmallBusinessSuccess.com .

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Taking Consistent Action with Chandra Gould

Posted by Carl Gould on December 29, 2010
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Chandra Gould is a 7 Stage Consultant and Small Business Advisor in New Jersey. She is a regular contributor to our blog, www.the7stages.com . 7 Stage Consultants work with small to  medium size businesses to increase their sales, lower their expenses and grow their businesses. To learn more about the 7 Stage Turnaround Process, go to ww.7StageTurnarond.com .
To get your copy of “The 7 Stages of Small Business Success”, go to www.The7StagesOfSmallBusinessSuccess.com .

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Steven Slater – The Next Reality TV Star?

Posted by Carl Gould on August 16, 2010
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Here are my answers to an on-line interview I gave regarding Steven Slater and his ‘leap’ from Jet blue Airways. Enjoy.

*What is it about Steven Slater’s actions that cause the public to rally and support him?

Most people can relate to being in a situation in life where they felt overwhelmed or stressed or just tired of doing something they just don’t feel like doing. Steven did what a number of people have thought of doing but just never took action on.

*How might current economic conditions have impacted/compounded Slater’s situation? *

It may be that there have be finical pressures that have been building up on Steven; or there may have been some word’ through the grapevine’ that there may have been jobs like his that would be cut. So he felt the need to go out on ‘his own terms’.

What does the strong public response to Slater’s actions possibly suggest? *

            Discontent with the slow recovery to the current economic conditions. Lack of certainty with regards to job future.

What are early warning signs of job dis-satisfaction, frustration, contempt for the public/clients, occupational stress, etc.*

            As early as the time when Steven was hired, a personality profile assessment could have been done to ensure that he was a good match for the position. An incident like this typically does not happen overnight…is there a mentoring, coaching or counseling program in place that would allow for employees to anonymously to seek help without fear of retribution by the employer? Was he tired,? Was he losing weight?  Did his eating or drinking patterns change? Were his moods different? Did he withdrawal from socializing with his co-workers? While this is just a partial list, these are some possible early warning signals.

What steps should frustrated employees take? *

            They could…contact a superior, write a memo, make sure they are fully utilizing their personal/vacation/sick days. On a personal side, making sure that they engage in activities that allow for stress relief i.e. physical exercise, socializing with family and friends, down time or any other activity that allows them to clear their head and recharge their batteries.

At what point should an employee throw in the towel? *

            Once an employee feels that they have taken every measure within their power to correct their situation and they feel their measures have been unsuccessful, they should plan heir exit strategically. Meaning they should secure new employment while maintaining a positive relationship with their current employer as not to burn any professional bridges.

What are possible consequences of going out with a bang a la Slater?

            On the positive side, there is a reality show waiting out there for him; he will get his 15 minutes of fame. On the negative side, he may find it very hard to find a job in the industry. He may find it very hard to find a job period.  On the other hand, if he was ever thinking of starting a business, now is the time. If he is unable to monetize on this incident rather quickly the expenses and overheads of managing his celebrity will catch up to him rather quickly.

Carl L Gould is the president and Chief DISCoverY Officer CMT international, LLC (www.CMTmentors.com), the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world. Carl’s unique approach to executive coaching, business mentoring and performance training helps his clients achieve results worldwide.  His upcoming book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success – From Startup to 7 Figures in Three Years or Less, will provide entrepreneurs and business owners a step-by-step formula to taking their businesses to the next level.

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Have you written your “Book of Lasts”?

Posted by Carl Gould on August 13, 2010
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A friend of mine was recently telling me about a funeral he attended…for a 10-year old child. Just 6 months ago, this young boy was full of life and energy; doing all the things a 10-year old child should be doing… 

And then…the diagnosis no parent ever wants to hear…that your son has a series of inoperable brain tumors. Six months later, the boy was gone. 

For all of you parents, grandparents, godparents, aunts and uncles, do you remember those “Book of Firsts?” Those journals where you would record your child’s first…

…Day on Earth?

…Words?

…Steps?

…Meal?

…Crawl?

…Birthday, etc?

We have all seen those books, right? They give us a keepsake of many of the milestones of our life. We cherish those moments and appreciate the opportunity to relive them. We can pinpoint those ‘firsts’ because they happened in the past and we have a chance to reflect back on them. 

But what about the present? Do you capture the moments of your life in real time. And what if these experiences were your last ever? Your last lunch with a friend? Your last kiss goodbye? Your last walk in the park? Your last step? Your last birthday? Your last meal? Your last words? 

What if…

            You were writing your “Book of Lasts” every minute of every day? 

            Would you live any differently? Would you treat people differently?

            What would you forget?

            Who would you forgive?

 Certainly makes you think and consider the possibilities, doesn’t it. That lunch with a friend was very impactful on me and has really stuck. From this “Book of Lasts” perspective, everyday becomes almost like a second chance, a new lease on life.

 Definitely put things in proper perspective… 

Carl L Gould is the president and Chief DISCoverY Officer for CMT International, LLC (www.CMTmentors.com), the farthest-reaching mentoring organization in the world. Carl’s unique approach to executive coaching, business mentoring and performance training helps his clients achieve results worldwide. His latest book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success – From Startup to 7 Figures in Three Years or Less, will provide entrepreneurs and business owners a step-by-step formula to taking their businesses to the next level. To learn more about Carl, go to www.CarlGould.com and www.The7StagesOfSmallBusinessSuccess.com.

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When to hire Admin support

Posted by Carl Gould on June 11, 2010
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You don’t wait. The moment you have the urge to launch a business in any way, shape, or form, you make a very specific hire. You hire a bookkeeper. If you are an entrepreneur, like most, you are afflicted with unorganized-itis. There is only one treatment for this disease, there is no cure. You need a daily dose of bookkeeping/organization in order to stay afloat. If resources are short, hire part-time, half-time or even barter services. The time is now! If you do not have a bookkeeper, you are already late to the party, hire one immediately.

Carl L Gould is the president and Chief DISCoverY Officer CMT International, LLC (www.CarlGould.com), the farthest-reaching business mentoring organization in the world. Carl’s unique approach to executive coaching, business mentoring and performance training helps his clients achieve results worldwide.  His upcoming book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success – From Startup to 7 Figures in Three Years or Less, will provide entrepreneurs and business owners a step-by-step formula to taking their businesses to the next level.

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