Innovators: How No Respect Can Kill Creativity

Sometimes it’s just no fun to be innovative. Innovators put themselvesInnovation demands respect, stagnation kills creativity
out there on the front lines of the War of Opinions where creativity doesn’t always get the respect it deserves.

A variety of viewpoints exists, usually governed by some form of hierarchy (whether real or perceived) and we usually take our cues from:

  • The boss
  • The coworkers
  • The teacher
  • The event coordinator
  • The client
  • Whomever we answer to or view as the person with more power than us [Read more…]

How to Survive When Things Get Slow in Business

When things get slow in business – when work drops off, clients back out, ideas aren’t as fertile, efforts freeze up, or you are simply lacking physical energy – what do you tend to do FIRST?winter-background-1113tm-bkgd-155

Do you:

  • work harder
  • desperately look for ways to connect
  • think deeper
  • grab more coffee

Do you:

  • beat yourself up
  • increase your services and lower your prices
  • rack your brain

And (let me guess) at the end of the day you come away exhausted, frustrated, or both. (Not to mention that you can’t relax or sleep due to excessive coffee consumption!)

When things slow down, perhaps we should follow suit. [Read more…]

Why Smart and Talented Must Include Being a Team Player

Virtual Assistants and Entrepreneurs have realized that in our present economic climate, there is little room for a Lone Rangershows target customers diagram on dirt background mentality. Working as part of a team gives Virtual Assistants a competitive edge and the support necessary to ensure that projects come in on time and clients are kept satisfied. After all, no one can afford to lose a customer these days.

Employers cannot afford to hire those smart and talented assistants who cannot pick up the slack and jump in wherever needed, whenever necessary, either. They are looking for Virtual Assistants who understand that multi-tasking no longer means being able to do talk on the phone while typing. Flexibility is the determining factor when hiring team players. You may have a wonderful attitude and be able and willing to get along with all types of personalities – and as a Virtual Assistant, you must – but can you also take over client management whenever there is an emergency? Would you be able to jump in on a graphic art project, should another team member become ill? Can you give technical advice when there is a roadblock to the development of a website or an issue with a client’s virtual event?

Entrepreneurs are looking to connect with a Virtual Assistant team that can take the reins and keep their operation running smoothly, allowing them to commit attention and effort to building that business. They want to know that whatever issues may arise, their V.A. team has it under control – because they have the combined skills to cover all aspects of most situations.

Virtual Assistants often have talents still undiscovered! If you are currently working as a Virtual Assistant, you may be far more creative than you give yourself credit. Here are a few things to consider if you want more clients:

  • Be open to opportunities that stretch you.
  • Always be willing to learn what you do not already know – and increase your personal level of knowledge about what you do.
  • Show what you are able to do – and show that you are willing to do even more!
  • Become flexible (if you are not already).

As an entrepreneur, if you have been looking for qualified Virtual Assistants, look no further than CMBS Global. Grab your FREE consultation today and see the difference smart, talented, experienced assistance by team players can make in the effectiveness of running – and growing – your business.

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right:The #1 Rule That Ashley Madison is Breaking

Their tagline states: “Life is Short. Have an Affair.” Ashley Madison has built an entire industry on the premise that there is a “right way” for a marriedBusiness People Shaking Hands_by Ambro_ID-10046979 man to break his marriage vows – and it includes “The #1 Rule for Having an Affair”. The company advises against breaking this rule, which they suggest occurs when one fails to “date married women who have just as much reason to keep your affair a secret as you do”.

The #1 Rule that Ashley Madison is breaking has long been recognized among those who desire to succeed in relationships as simply this: Two wrongs don’t make a right. In fact, two wrong turns simply take you further from your goals, further from your destination, and (in the case of broken promises) deeper into the dark hole from which it is so difficult to climb out.

Breaking rule #1 in business can be a deadly affair

The bigger issue for this type of mentality is that it is completely selfish with its effects forced on and suffered by others; innocents are usually drug down into the darkness of the hole, right along with the selfish individuals. [Read more…]

Don’t Allow Yourself to Get Comfortable and Never Be Uncomfortable With Being Yourself

by Charlotte L. Hanna 

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How comfortable are you with the state of your being? Deep question, isn’t it? How comfortable are you with the state of your business may be a more familiar question to entrepreneurs, but they really do go hand in hand. Never be uncomfortable about being YOU – it will keep you genuine.

However, if you are too content in the state you are presently in, you’ll cease to grow – and when you cease to grow, you die.

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Build Something That Matters

by Charlotte L. Hanna CMO/Director of PMR/CMBS Global

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I remember, as a child, being encouraged to use my imagination. Consequently, I would build something out of anything. Little “fairy houses” out of twigs and moss, furnishings of stones and rugs of dandelion flowers, it didn’t matter – whatever was available – I could say it was whatever I imagined it to be. It was fun, it was mine and I could call it whatever I wanted to call it, make it look however I wished and do with it as I pleased!

While that perspective works for a child building houses for imaginary fairies, it is definitely not acceptable for one determined to build a business. Left to their imagination, a child may build something that matters only to them and their imaginary friends without much concern for how long it will last. Many of us remember spending what seemed like hours on sandcastles, regardless of the knowledge that they would soon be washed away. Of course, in the world of business, nothing should ever be left to the imagination if it is to survive and flourish. Big ideas are much like those sandcastles, easily eroded away or entirely erased by the next wave of distraction. Trying to build on big ideas leaves us with the same barren results as those sandcastles did. [Read more…]

How To Avoid The Roller Coaster Effect, Survive The Ups and Downs and Enjoy The Ride!

By Charlotte L. Hanna CMO & Director of PMR / CMBS Global

 

The ups and downs of the roller coaster rideI love a GREAT roller coaster! I can’t do the spinning rides at theme parks, but I really enjoy the roller coasters and the bigger the ‘ups and downs’ – the better. Whether it’s the thrill, the love of speed or the powerful feeling of conquering fear – whatever the reason – people love roller coasters, making them the world's most popular amusement park ride. And while they may make for an exciting day at the park, roller coaster rides in business are less than amusing and in fact, can be cause for failure.

Surviving The Ups and Downs

Every business goes through its ups and downs. Experiencing some highs and some lows are part of the forecast when it comes to the climate of any business today, but this can be particularly true for the small business owner. The little guys often find themselves waiting a long time to enjoy the ride of a consistently thriving business, eating an awful lot of dust, receiving little or no respect, getting pushed further and further toward the back of the line. Just as one must wait patiently in line to board any good roller coaster ride, being patient can also be key to surviving the ups and downs of small business ownership and like a great roller coaster experience, it will all be worthwhile, eventually. Unlike the line at the theme parks, in business, you can choose to simply maintain and hold your place in the line – or you can actually determine to advance to the front of that line. [Again, not recommended at theme parks!]

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Something Amazing Can Happen Overnight

 

by Charlotte L. Hanna CMO/CMBS Global

 

Something amazing happened to me overnight. When I got on theAmazing Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard bathroom scales this morning, I had lost weight! That alone was amazing, but what really made this overnight success truly something to shout out loud about for me was that I had finally reached a goal. You see, this is the first time in too many years that I am under “a certain poundage” and though I had set this as a goal, I had not really put much effort into getting here. I wanted to see results, but the ugly truth is that I had been a slacker.

I know better than to “just hope it will happen”, but I also had a lot of distractions over the past weeks and just allowed myself to slip into a bit of a rut with my efforts to lose weight. I even cheated – (Dairy Queen has an amazing Blizzard called Georgia Mud Fudge). So, not only were my efforts slacking, but also I allowed other things to cause me to stray off the path that would have assured me quicker results. [Read more…]

Entrepreneurs With Building Skills Required To Avert Foundational Issues

by Charlotte L. Hanna CMO/CMBS GLOBAL

A sound and firm foundation is crucial to any structure. Whether building a house or a business, the first level is always what the rest of the structure relies upon for support. The ability to remain standing in the midst of a variety of storms, the ability to remain strong and unshaken, will depend on how well the foundation was constructed.

A strong, well-laid foundation has never been more needed than it is today, both in the physical and business realms. Catastrophic weather conditions have rocked the earth and catastrophic financial conditions have rocked our economy over the past several years. People have lost what they could see and touch and hold with their own hands, as well as the investments they had made in a future yet to come.

Now is the time to consider all of your options, while there are still some options to be considered. But don’t let a cracked foundation cause you to move on or abandon your efforts – take a closer look and see if repairing the structural damage may be more cost effective in today’s market. [Read more…]

Marley and Me and Business Relationships

By Charlotte L. Hanna CCO CMBS Global

Marley and me, the 2008 movie about a loveable puppy (growing into a large dog) that provided his owner, a newspaper writer, plenty of rich material for his newspaper column, is full of life lessons. It contains a few business lessons, as well.

Growth must be managed to avoid the cleaning up of a lot of messes. Marley was cute and fun as a puppy, but as he grew, he gained no self-discipline. While his owner may have been able to profit from the storylines Marley’s antics provided, there were many losses and costs involved, as well, such as the destruction of possessions and the family’s home.

Like Marley, you should expect your business to grow. But with growth, comes increasing responsibility. A miss-managed business can create havoc, providing negative impact on those who work with you and for you, resulting in the ruination of productivity, profits, and those relationships so vital to the health of your business. A little training could have benefited Marley’s family and saved some major out-of-pocket costs. Likewise, the right training can benefit you and your employees, giving you the needed edge to run your business more efficiently and prevent potential unforeseen financial loss. [Read more…]

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