Do you ever wake up in the night panicking about making payroll? Do you ever fight with your wife about spending too much time at the office? When was the last time you went on vacation? Did you miss the last family reunion? Do you regularly miss out on your kids’ school plays and ballgames?
Let’s pretend that you are really deeply frustrated by all of this. Maybe you feel trapped, lousy, tired of being the buzz kill in your own life. Let’s also go with the fact that you too darn busy working in your business to see a way out.
Maybe you’re kind of disgusted with all of the so-called gurus telling you that you just have to prioritize better, or buy their $12,000 training program, or read another motivational book, or put inspirational meme posters up on your wall. Maybe there’s a better way.
Just imagine – you wake up in the morning, after sleeping beautifully all night long; you’re looking forward to another satisfying day of productive work. Already, I can see you rolling your eyes, going, “Pssht… that never happens”.
But what if it did? Would you get bored? Are you the kind of person who generates drama just to keep busy? (That’s fine, you can stop reading now. You are not my customer.) Or are you the kind of person who hates busywork, but doesn’t know how to get out of it? In that case, keep reading!
Maybe you don't want to read this much text! If that's true, just scroll to the bottom and hit the "Get It Now" button. On the other hand, maybe you want just a bit more detail on how all this works. It's an INTERACTIVE program. When you hire a personal trainer, he's not going to do the push-ups for you, right? Right.
Let me tell you a story. one of my first customers, let’s call him Steve, because that’s his name, had an interesting dilemma. He was part of the family business, and needed to continue as a full member, until his brothers bought him out. In the meantime he was trying to build up his side business to replace his income as fast as possible. His brothers didn’t want him to go. So he was a little stressed.
When I first did a site visit, papers were strewn all over his desk, complete with little sticky notes. Hundreds of them. Somebody had told him that labeling his stacked paper would be a good way to keep them organized. And it may have been, but not for him. There are tons of ways of getting organized. You need to find the one that works for you. How can you decide when you’re drowning in papers?
Give this a try. Take a minute, and really think about how you learn things. Are you a visual learner? Do you learn better by listening? Or are you a hands-on learner? Do you read, listen, or do? Books, podcasts, or white boards?
Does your work environment match how you learn? No? How about for your staff? You can tell how a person learns by the words that they use. A visual person will say “I just don’t see it.” An auditory learner will say “I’m not quite hearing you”; and a kinesthetic learner will say “I’m not quite grasping that idea”. Think about this. Do you want a kinesthetic, hands-on learner as your first line customer service rep on the phones? That way lies deep frustration - for everyone.
Trying to fit round pegs into square holes is just bad business.
Now take a couple hours this afternoon and think about you were core values. What do I mean by core values? I mean the things that, when you strip away the the external circumstances of your life, remain. Things like family loyalty, faith, love of community, honesty, inclusion, achievement, creativity…
Satisfaction in life comes from an alignment of what you do and why you do it. Nobody ever said, "Gee, I love entrepreneurial stress." What we love is the results. But in the day to day reality, there are some tasks that don't fit what we're best at. We move ahead anyway. The problem comes with trying to force antithetical values onto your day. My job is to help you re-align your work and your reasons. You just need to know what your core values are.
If you’ve read this far, the answer is probably 'not yet'.
According to the marketing director, I’m supposed to make this all 'sound sexy’. But it’s not.
I’ll be straight with you. I’ve had a near-death experience; I'm a first responder with Search and Rescue. Business, and our economic reality, is just the game we're choosing to play today. Life is too short to not have fun playing this game!
Sometimes, I come across as too technical. Sometimes, I get upset when your work processes slow down your entire work force. I take it personally; that's why I am so good at my job. Every system can be improved upon.
Here's your chance to renovate your business systems according your core values in only six weeks.It’s fast, it’s furious. It’s fun, and it's challenging. It is setting up the dominoes so that when you start tipping over that first one, you wind up with enormous impact on every aspect of your working life. Soon enough, you will have more time for more fun.
Remember Steve? It took me a long time to find out what it was he truly valued. It turns out that he had a high appreciation for the flow state that he got while flyfishing. “What if we could arrange your schedule so that you had a 10 day fishing trip every year, and regular four-day weekends?” He thought it would take a miracle. It took a year of steadily working the systems that we had put in place.
In the end, you'll have a viable, evolving framework to grow the business with. You won’t have to worry about putting out the same fires, because you'll already have a methodology of dealing with it. Need to know how to make capital investment decisions? Look under the Strategy chapter. Need to send quarterly reports to your tax accountant? That’s under Tools. Is it time to hire of new front desk person? Hiring protocols go under Culture and Tactics. For six weeks, we will be writing down every process you have, and running it through the filter of your core values. Sure, you can do that without my help. Just like you can go to the the gym without hiring a trainer.
Our world is changing fast because of automation and outsourcing. In order to keep up, you need to run a different kind of business. The external circumstances do not matter nearly as much as the internal impetus of what drives us individually.
My marketing director is jumping up and down, saying it’s too technical, there are too many multisyllabic words, it’s too long, people only read at an eighth grade level…. I say that you’re smarter than that. I say what you need is just a better way to do the business you already know how to do. My job isn’t to tell you how to do your business.
What does the program look like? There is a weekly webinar, there are books to read, there are biweekly phone calls. There is the potential for a site visit.
The rondo starts every Sunday night.
"Susan has a deep understanding of many different company processes and used that knowledge to unearth bottlenecks and pain points. Our business now has the foundation to quadruple our work load and fill the pipeline in a more efficient manner. I would highly recommend Susan to any company who is in the growth stages or who is looking for an edge."
What's your time worth? You spend most of your time working - It's time to get your own back! Introductory offer! Only $600 for the 6 week program.
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"Would you like to be the next featured client? The summer roster is filling up fast. If you want to enjoy this summer, call soon, and get your time back!"
“How can this happen in only six weeks? Simple - it's involved, and it's interactive. This isn't a consultant coming in and telling you what to do. This is your favorite cool auntie showing you a better way.”
When selling online, it's easy to forget that people prefer buying things from other people. I'm a real live person.
Know what I do with my time? I volunteer with Search and Rescue. there's an actual, trustworthy person behind this product ; you aren't buying from a faceless corporation. You're supporting volunteerism.
You might think you don't have time for this. It's a kind of a chicken and eggs thing, that's true. But it's only six weeks. If you work just a little bit harder for six weeks, the next year is going to be so much easier. What's your time worth, really?
You might think your staff would never go for it. Well, who's in charge here anyway? It's your company. If your values aren't being rolled into every aspect, you definitely need my help to build systems that are customized to your values.
People are risk averse. We dread making a mistake and wasting our time and money on something that turns out to be rubbish. The only time the systems haven't worked is when clients refused to take my advice.
One of the things you'll learn is how to make decisions. Looking at Pros and Cons is a TERRIBLE way to decide. Here's a preview of the WRAP system, by Dan and Chip Heath*.
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You are fully protected by our 100% Satisfaction-Guarantee. If you don't get at least 5 extra hours each week by the end of the program, just let us know and we'll send you a prompt refund.
While this is a deeply interactive program, it should take only about 6 hours a week. Of course, some modules might take more, and some less, depending on your own business' status.
You can use this program as a teambuilding process, and also find out who is the best fit for the values you hold for the company.
I'm a scientist. There are patterns that can show us how to take advantage of the changes our world is experiencing.
That's my question to you. If you're stuck, we need to know exactly where you're starting from, including everything you've tried so far.
I don't just leave you after six weeks. I'll follow up quarterly, and make sure that the systems are fine-tuned. A year from now your life will be so much better!
P.S. Did you really read the entire thing? I'm impressed! Here is the secret: I want everybody to have more time, so that I have more people to play with. The future is ours, if we want it.