Meet my secret business mentor

Mentorship is a strategy that often catapults a business from being just good to great. For me, mentorship has been an important part of my life since I was a child. Like many of you, I spent much of my childhood developing a deep affinity for Mr. Rodgers. It might have been his unconditional care and constant reassurance that I was unique and special. Or that deep down, even as I child, I knew we had a shared belief in how to incorporate faith into our callings. Whatever it was that drew me to him, he was a role model I’d delightfully watch and listen to every possible day. As my life evolved, different people mentored me. Teachers. CEOs. Friends. My parents, of course. It might surprise you, but these days my business mentor is yet again a character positioned as a teacher for the young developed by Mr. Rodgers. An earnest toddler tiger named Daniel.

Yep, my business mentor is a cartoon tiger.

Business mentor, Daniel the Tiger

The Secret To Regaining Control Over Your Week

Run your life, instead of it running you

Do you often find yourself reacting, responding, and struggling to keep up? Sometimes before you manage to take care of one situation at work or at home, another one pops up! You jump from immediate need to immediate need without ever getting a chance to dig deep and tackle your ever-growing to-do list. You feel stuck in one place as if you’re drowning in requests all requiring your immediate reply.
How to regain control of your week
When this happens, your big picture goals seem impossible to accomplish. You look back on your day and say to yourself: “What did I even get done today? I worked a lot, but don’t feel like I made any progress.”

Have you ever fired yourself?

when it's time for you to do less better

The good news about being an entrepreneur is that you don’t have a boss.

The bad news for many entrepreneurs? There’s no one there to tell you when you are screwing up.

You typically find out that you’ve made a bad mistake by something blowing up within your company or when there’s an incessant, nagging issue that repeats itself over and over. Suddenly, you look in the mirror and wonder if the problem is YOU. Is that when it’s the right time to send yourself packing?

have you ever fired yourself

This question is very close to my heart, particularly right now. As a franchisor with a rapidly growing franchisee network, I’ve watched my bandwidth grow thinner over the past eighteen months. As a result, one of our corporate-owned stores wasn’t getting the attention that the team working in it deserved.

Monday JoyStart

June 6th, 2016

Gardening tools and flowers on the terrace in the garden

What are you up to this week?  I’m officially on our family’s summer schedule so the transition has begun!  Today is my first early pickup day and the boys and I are working on our little garden together afterwards.  I have also somehow sweet-talked the CEO of Fit4Moms to have a Skype mentor with me this afternoon, so I’m pretty excited about hearing more of her lessons learned.  Her podcast is a favorite of mine!
Supportive research for working moms
And on that topic, anyone going to see this with me?
Why I’m loving that we have more and more millennials joining Little Nest.
One of the best podcast episodes I’ve ever heard on the topic of persistence.
Speaking with kindness literally changes your brain.
Oh, Oprah. You nail it every. Single. Time.

Why your business’s “why” is critical

Distractions are everywhere when you’re trying to grow a company.  The “why” of how you started may begin to fade away as the details of implementation begin to take over.  It takes focus and discipline to keep your “why” in the forefront as you grow.
how to write your business's why
Little Nest Portraits started out with a fantastic shared purpose (aka our “why”) of bringing high quality accessible photographic artwork to families in a stylish, convenient setting.  The big dreams for how the teams would operate drove our daily work, and the magical way in which our brand would bring joy to the lives of others kept us excited.  This idea was quickly brought to fruition by one of my closest friends, Lindsay, who ran our very first studio for many years.  She is a master at taking a beginning concept and bringing it to life in every nuance of how a company operates.