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So far Roberta has created 47 blog entries.

I want it now!

By | 2017-03-24T10:12:38+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|Balance, Empowered Choices, Self-talk, Uncategorized|

A demanding, young part of myself has been very active lately. She wants what she wants, and she wants it now! Here is the story. I will be attending a conference the second week of February and will have a couple visible roles—one as a member of a team during a breakout session, the other [...]

If you are like me…

By | 2017-03-24T10:12:38+00:00 January 6th, 2016|Bits of Wisdom, Business Design, Business Principles, Design Thnking, Empowered Choices, Uncategorized|

If you are like me--someone who is in business because of your desire to make a difference in the world—one of the messages you may have often heard is that you're naive and unrealistic, and to be truly successful you need to let go of magical thinking. But you can’t do that, can you? You [...]

Waking Up to the Business You Love

By | 2016-02-22T22:29:49+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Balance, Business Principles, Business Problem Solving, Empowered Choices|

It's one of those mornings we wish for every day. Even before you open your eyes, clear ideas are streaming through your brain. Finally, you have a name for your new workshop. Yesterday's unsettling email now makes sense and you know exactly how to respond to it. And, thankfully, you feel confident with your new [...]

It Is Now 4 am

By | 2017-03-24T10:12:38+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Business Principles, Business Problem Solving, Design Thnking, Process|

Every time I passed the large colorful pages that lay on the coffee table I was reminded of my cathartic early morning experience. It was 4 pm: time to continue my process. As I explained in my last blog post, It Was 2 am, I was awakened early in the morning intensely conflicted on whether [...]

Why Is My Business Not More Successful?

By | 2017-03-24T10:12:38+00:00 June 9th, 2015|Business Principles, Process|

Isn’t that the million-dollar question! Here’s the answer, which I’ve learned through time and experience. If your business is not as successful as you would like it to be, it’s because you may be putting your time and money into solving the wrong problem. Let me explain. After watching businesses owners for a very long [...]

In Praise of White Space

By | 2016-02-23T23:16:48+00:00 May 27th, 2015|Bits of Wisdom, Business Principles, Overcoming Overwhelm, Uncategorized|

In visual media the term "white space" refers to the area around the words and visuals, and it is considered an essential part of the design. Used well, it increases the impact of the message. Recently I heard Lauri Smith of Voice Matters stress a similar point related to public speaking--the importance of leaving space [...]

A Simple and Unexpected Solution: Internal Teamwork

By | 2017-03-24T10:12:38+00:00 March 30th, 2015|Bits of Wisdom, Business Principles, Empowered Choices, Overcoming Overwhelm|

Sometimes the right solution is simpler than you might think it is. For example, my client was exhausted from working nights in a futile attempt to catch up on project deadlines so she could meet her financial obligations. After some discussion we found one of the key reasons for her situation: When she was negotiating [...]

Surprising Value of a Business Obituary

By | 2017-03-24T10:12:38+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Bits of Wisdom, Business Design, Design Thnking|

While snuggled up inside during a rainy night recently, I began rereading Marty Neumeier’s book “Zag: The #1 Strategy of High-Performance Brands.” Neumeier is a multitalented international consultant who has written a number of books on branding. I always find his material innovative and thought provoking. This time was no different. The exercise in Step [...]