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7 Stage Success with Carl L Gould #49

This entry is part 50 of 50 in the series 7 Stage Success

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Title: “How a Business Coach Can Help You GROW!”

Chuck Schultz is a 7 Stage Consultant, based in Isle, IL, just outside Chicago. 7 Stage
Consultants assist small-to-medium-sized businesses to protect their cash, reduce their expenses,
and create a profitable exit strategy. To learn more about Chuck Schultz and the 7 Stage
Turnaround Process, go to www.7StageTurnaround.com.

“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 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”

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Mastering your time as the business owner

Posted by Carl Gould on September 27, 2010
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If you don’t protect and respect your time, no one else will. As the business owner, you have limited time to do your business and manage your business. As a business coach and time-management expert, I advise my clients to use three main methods for managing their time.

1.      If you touch it, you bought it.: The moment you open an email, tear open an envelope, begin a discussion on a topic, you have just committed to solving it, finishing it, delegating it, or filing it (in a drawer or in the shredder!). This is a ‘handle it once’ policy on steroids.

2.      Design your week then manage your time.: the only way to stay above the chaos of any given day is to make sure you create a strategic plan for each and every week. Choose your preferred planning time between Friday and Monday (weekends OK) to think about the objectives you are committed to achieving for that given week. Use outcome-based thinking as opposed to activity-based thinking so you are always moving towards a specific objective so not staying busy for busy’s sake.

3.      Train all those around you in the Problem Solving Model.: Those around you must be able to present their idea in a structured format that has been well prepared, or they have not earned the right to occupy your time.

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    1. ID=Identify the issue.

                                                              i.      Gather the necessary background information you require in order to understand what the problem is.

1.      For example: Who is making the inquiry? What client/organization are they connected to? Who is their mentor? Have we dealt with similar issues like this in the past? If so, How did we deal with it? Is there a process in place already that you, can follow again?

2.      What is the specific problem that needs our attention & focus? What is the REAL problem?

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    1. Proposal=Propose a solution

                                                              i.      Draft a response to the solution (email, Word or Excel, Power Point, etc.).

                                                            ii.      Based on your investigation and experience, what do YOU think should be done? How do YOU think it should be handled?

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    1. Presentation & Authorization=Present your proposed SOLUTION to Carl for:     

                                                              i.      Verification that you are on the right track, and/or;

                                                            ii.      Editing or adjustment where needed, and/or;

                                                          iii.      Authorization/Signoff before proceeding, etc.

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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The Power of a Master Mind Group

Posted by Carl Gould on September 21, 2010
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The mastermind group started with the High Council of King Arthur’s Roundtable. Later popularized as the mastermind concept in the Napoleon Hill’s Book, Think and Grow Rich. The idea is that a collection of minds working towards an objective is more effective than anyone person working alone. This concept has proven successful and continues to be a very strong model for person and business growth.

Are you a business owner who belongs to a mastermind group?

CLG: Yes, I actually belong to two mastermind groups. I joined these groups for a variety of reasons. Since business owners make up only one in fifteen people, it is often difficult to have any dedicated time with one other business owner, let alone a group of them.  I enjoy the camaraderie of like minded individuals. I joined mostly for the social interaction. As a business coach, I also facilitate mastermind groups and I am the person that business owners come to for help. So where do I turn to? As a person who offers guidance and advice on a regular basis, it is refreshing to be able to take advice and be more of a participant as opposed to the facilitator. The two groups I belong to are The Winner’s Circle (TWC) and Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO).TWC meets 3x/yr and comes with an annual fee of $25,000; and EO meets monthly and costs approximately $3,000 per year. The major benefits are receiving feedback from other entrepreneurs and business owners, the networking, deal brokering, social interaction and just letting loose!

What are the drawbacks?

CLG: Not enough time together. Because we meet so infrequently, there are more ideas, conversations, and connections that need to be made than the time allows.

What have I specifically achieved because my participation in mastermind groups?

CLG: first and foremost, the friendships and relationships that I have created. I have made some great friends that will last long beyond my membership and participation in any group. New clients. I have expanded my business and generated new customers because of the high quality referrals that I have received. I have also discovered new and better ways to run my business by sharing Best Practices with other colleagues.

I would highly recommend looking into joining a mastermind group to take your personal and professional life to the next level. I can’t say enough about TWC(www.thewinnerscircleinc.com) and EO (www.eonetwork.org). Look into both of these organizations and I hope you find them as rewarding as I have.

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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What Is the Ideal Personality Type for Success

Posted by Carl Gould on August 11, 2010
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 Countless books have been written on this subject. People are in satiable in their quest to find the “right” or “ideal” profile for the successful entrepreneur.

I can answer this question with one word….

YOURS! 

Research has shown that there is no correlation between personality and performance. In other words, any personality style (yes, even yours) can be as successful as you want…if you apply yourself.

In the quest for finding the perfect formula of success, many biographies, books, articles, whitepaper and manifestos have been written to identify the ideal profile of success.

As a professional coach, business mentor and business advisor, I have seen all types of people with varied backgrounds be successful. I have also seen them fail. The consistent actions you take, time management and financial management are all keys to your success; and much more important than your personality type.

One effective method to becoming successful is modeling what others are doing; and do the same. The thinking is that by duplicating someone’s beliefs, habits, actions, etc., you will achieve similar results as they have achieved.

Is it that simple? Yes…and No.

Yes, achievers follow fundamental principles of success such as effective time management, goal setting, delegation, playing to their strengths, financial management and focus on their goals as well as many others. They also display a passion in their work. Simple right?

No, you can’t do exactly what they do and expect the same exact results. You aren’t them and you don’t live their lives. You can, however, follow the principles they have followed and adapt those principles to your own life.

First, you must connect to your passion. What drives you, excites you, motivates you? Build a business and a lifestyle around that.

Second, get your idea on paper. Visions and goals are great but until you commit your ideas to paper, you won’t get any closer to your dreams.

Third, build a team. Find others who are excited about your idea (hence the written plan!) and would like to participate in the development of that idea.

Fourth, call me @ 877 Go 7 Stages and I will give you a FREE consultation on how to take your business and life to the next level!

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, please go to www.CarlGould.com and www.The7StagesOfSmallBusinessSuccess.com

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Run Your Job as if it were your own business…a better view

Posted by the7stages on August 06, 2010
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Sorry guys, thought the jpeg would be readable. Here is the link to the article. This is how I coach my staff to take ownership of their jobs…. Enjoy!http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article553691.ece/Run-yourself-like-a-business

Carl

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 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. Checkout Carl @ www.The7StagesOfSmallBusinessSuccess.com and www CarlGould.com

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“Welcome to my office”

Posted by Carl Gould on August 02, 2010
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…was the greeting that I received when I walked into the Men’s Bathroom at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. And he meant it! I walked towards the urinals only to find them all “taken”. Noticing this the attendant immediately opened the door to one of the stalls, sanitized the toilet seat with liquid sanitizer and a disposable towel, and held the door for me as I entered!

The attendant, upon my exit from the stall, had a towel ready for me to dry my hands, asked which soap dispenser I’d prefer, and waved his hand in front of the sensor to start the water from the faucet.

The cynic in me though, “OK, he’s working to fits.” No tip cup to be found…anywhere. And wasn’t soliciting tips from anyone.

I was amazed how cheerfully (and professionally) he went about his job. He wasn’t overbearing at all. The little things made such an impression on me as well as the travelers who passed through the attendant’s office. Well done!

Oh, by the way, virtually every person that I saw during my visit to the ‘office’ gave the attendant a generous tip.

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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