Leadership

Well, are you? Years ago, when I worked for other law firms, I would routinely come into work on Thanksgiving Friday. I actually enjoyed being in the office Thanksgiving Friday.  There was a quiet hush that fell over the desks. You could really focus and bang out the work. The phones rarely rang. No one […]

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My life has become an M. Night Shyamalan film. More specifically, Signs. If you’ve never seen it (and no worries about a spoiler alert, here), it involves a former priest, Graham (played by Mel Gibson), whose wife died in a horrific car accident. He has two children: a son, Morgan, who is asthmatic; and a […]

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When I first heard David Greer’s story, I started to salivate. Not at the acrimony that created the situation, but at the end result:  a two-year Mediteranean cruise with his family! But it could not have happened had David not been willing to follow the advice of his attorney and sign a shareholders’ agreement for […]

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Women-owned companies that need help with small business need look no further than software engineer Laurie Simon and her Kirkland, Washington Ombrella Consulting.  I had the pleasure of encountering Laurie because she beat me. 🙂 No, not literally, but figuratively in this year’s SBA Small Business Awards.  As some of you may recall, I had the […]

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It should come as no surprise that men and women are still treated unequally in the workplace, with women being both paid less and underrepresented in top jobs in corporate America. But there is another, subtler source of inequality that can affect entrepreneurs, too: Women often don’t get what they want and deserve because they […]

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As the age of “Greed is good” has morphed into an “era of relationships,” so has the language we use. Terms and phrases evoking collaboration, cooperation, and working for mutual gain abound. You see it in the marketing pieces and hear it in the vernacular of small business owners. From a business point of view, […]

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Post image for Interviewing Alicia Marie Fruin–Building a Business Worth Having

What struck me about my conversation with Alicia Marie Fruin, a national leader in coaching and training for small-business owners, and founder of PeopleBizInc.com, is that she so quickly zeroed in on where entrepreneurs get stuck. Stuck in doing everything ourselves because we can’t see a way for our company to expand past our limited skill sets. Stuck […]

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Would that we could wave a magic wand and–POOF!–be a successful entrepreneur. Actually, it’s usually more a matter of becoming a successful entrepreneur and gorwing into the role than all-of-a-sudden being it. In this short video interview with Carolyn Kepcher of Work Her Way, I briefly discuss how a busienss owner might get in the […]

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Today Show and CNN “Reinvention Expert” Eli Davidson introduces me as one of the “top business attorneys in the country” at the BRAVA Conference, an invitation-only event for women who know playing small is no longer an option for them. I’m sharing this video clip with you because I talk about a serious problem that […]

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Post image for Interview with Elisa Balabram: Ask Others/Trust Yourself

Women-owned businesses generate approximately $2.8 trillion dollars a year, according to a recent study done by the Center for Women’s Business Research.  In gross amounts, that’s no chump change (I could do a LOT with $2.8 trillion.).  However, the study also seems to indicate that only 4.2 percent of all revenue is generated by women-owned […]

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