The many benefits of offsite meetings

Why to make time away from your desk

In the hustle and bustle of work, all entrepreneurs — even joypreneurs — have a tendency to put our nose to the grindstone and get stuff done. We barely have time for a Starbucks run, never mind yet another meeting, or — gasp! — an offsite retreat.

But as Forbes reported:

When designed and executed well, in-person offsites generate benefits that simply can’t be replicated. And today’s best offsites aren’t anything like the old model of the top-down information dump. Instead, they encourage — and expect — everyone to contribute and engage.”

I wanted to take the Little Nest team on an offsite meeting for a long time. And I felt it was time to carve out a day and make it happen.

I scheduled the offsite a few months in advance to make sure my entire leadership team was available and chose a nice, inspiring local venue called Grace Winery at Sweetwater Farm.

The day of our offsite finally arrived and I couldn’t be more excited!

My kids helped me pack everything I needed as we headed out the door.
Reasons for offsite meetings

What to do when nothing goes your way

And how to get what you want out of life

As you pursue your entrepreneurial dreams and your life goals, adversity is going to happen. There isn’t anyone that made it to the top without it. Yet, at times, adversity can make you wanna not only throw in the towel, but rip it up in frustration, too.

So if everyone faces adversity — even those that are able to make their dreams come true — how do they differ?

I wondered this, so I took the time to research what it took for those people to make it to the top. I wanted to know the true story behind the adversity they faced and how they not only overcame it, but found the energy to keep going despite it.

What to do when nothing goes your way

Throughout my career I’ve been fortunate to meet and get to know sports celebrities, high achieving business-people, and really wonderful friends.

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.”

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.