How to hire an amazing manager … or 2!

I get asked all the time how I got so lucky to have my two amazing managers, Emily and Christina. Um … it’s not really luck.  It was a business decision to hire both of them full-time and give them their current responsibilities to help run my business.

Wish you had an amazing manager?  Stop wishing and start acting!  Today, we’ll talk about when you know it’s the right time to hire a manager, and how to create a plan to find your own amazing manager.  Are you ready to hire your own amazing manager?  Not sure? Download the How to Hire An Amazing Manager Cheat Sheet here.

Here are some resources we talk about in the podcast:

She’s On Her Toes: How I Started A Business, Expanded It, Almost Lost It, And Got Back On My Toes: Did you know I wrote a book?  Whether you’re new to the podcast or have listened since the beginning, reading the book is a great place to start when thinking about creating a hiring process, hiring a team, and working on your own leadership skills.  Effective management isn’t reserved for those with an MBA.  Leadership can be taught–you’ve just gotta apply the fundamentals and you’ll reach your business goals.

DISC Personality Test:  I am really into self-awareness and understanding what drives my employees, so we’ve all taken DISC personality tests to make sure we know how to communicate and work together as a team.  When you hire a manager, it’s really important that you can work together in harmony–taking the DISC personality profile tests can ensure you’ll hire someone with the right behaviors and skills for the position.  And, as a bonus, you’ll know how to effectively communicate with them.

Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want From Your Business: Taking self-awareness to the next level … Rocket Fuel explains that every business needs both a Visionary and an Integrator.  As the owner, you should take on the role of Visionary.  And … that leaves your manager to be the Integrator.  Find out if you’re a Visionary or an Integrator by taking the assessments here.

Grab that How to Hire An Amazing Manager Cheat Sheet here.

Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and 7 other platforms.

Follow me on Instagram and see what I’m working on in my business each day @shesonhertoes

I’m super-passionate about leading and managing my hardworking team.  Check out my courses How To Hire A Rockstar Team and 5 Days to Time Freedom to keep developing your leadership skills.

 

 

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Women

Back in the stone ages … 1989, Stephen Covey wrote a book called, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and it had a profound impact on the world, selling 25 million copies in 40 different languages worldwide.  Covey coined the idea of having an abundance mentality, which means you believe there’s always enough resources, ideas, or paths to success for everyone.  Success and abundance will never run out or become scarce.

What are these 7 habits? Here’s the cliff notes if you haven’t read the book yet …

  1. Be proactive- achieve extraordinary results by consistently executing using resourcefulness and initiative to break through barriers
  2. Begin with the end in mind- develop an outcome-oriented mindset in every activity they engage in
  3. Put first things first- eliminate energy and time-wasting tendencies by focusing and executing on your team’s wildly important goals with a weekly planning
  4. Think win-win- lead teams that are motivated to perform superbly through shared expectation and accountability process
  5. Seek first to understand, then be understood- create an atmosphere of helpful give-and-take by taking time to fully understand issues, and give candid and accurate feedback
  6. Synergize- use teamwork to achieve your goals
  7. Sharpen the saw- continuous improvement

But back when this book was written … about 29 years ago … it was really meant for men in business.  Totally fine.  But what are the 7 habits of highly effective women today?

This week, we discuss our 7 Habits of Highly Effective Women, which include:

  1. Start with yourself
  2. Make a plan and work that plan
  3. Navigate the jungle gym
  4. Be courageous
  5. Work beyond obstacles
  6. Achieve happiness vs. balance
  7. Sharpen the saw  (I think every successful women needs to keep learning and focusing on continuous improvement.  The 7thHabit stays the same.)

Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and 7 other platforms.

Follow me on Instagram and see what I’m working on in my business each day @shesonhertoes

I’m super-passionate about leading and managing my hardworking team.  Check out my courses How To Hire A Rockstar Team and 5 Days to Time Freedom to keep developing your leadership skills.

Life Hacks Are Lame. Just Live Smart.

I’m sorry, but when I hear the term “life hack” it makes me want to hit my head against the wall.  Has life become so difficult that we need to “hack” it to make it through the day?

Whatever happened to making smart choices or educated decisions as we navigate our lives?  When did we start ignoring wisdom and think that we can “hack” our way through problem-solving like we’re computers or robots?

But the thing that really bugs me about these so-called “life hacks” is that they offer a false sense of security.  Use this hack and … you’ve got it.  No worries. You’ve hacked it!

Sorry, that’s not how life or business work.  There isn’t a prescribed way to go about anything.  Every problem requires a unique solution.  And making mistakes often leads to big success.

Today we’ll be talking about how life hacks will rob both you and your business of actually making good decisions.

Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and 7 other platforms.

Follow me on Instagram and see what I’m working on in my business each day @shesonhertoes

I’m super-passionate about leading and managing my hardworking team.  Check out my courses How To Hire A Rockstar Team and 5 Days to Time Freedom to keep developing your leadership skills.

Making Decisions with Numbers Rather than Emotions

When you own or manage a business, it’s easy to get emotionally involved.  I mean, it’s your baby.  And we all know that it’s important to be passionate about running and promoting your business.

But … making decisions based on emotions can really be a business killer.  Financial and marketing decisions should be based on the cold hard facts.  Like actual numbers.  That you track on a continual basis.  Say what?! I have to do math.  Oh yeah.

Today we’ll talk about the importance of tracking your business’ performance.  We’ll share what we track and why.  And how we use that information to make important decisions on where our business will go.

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Tracking KPIs might not be sexy, but it leads to good decision-making.

To make it simple, I’ll share the exact spread sheet that I use for my tracking data in the studios as well as how I’ve set up my Quickbooks expenses to track our spending at-a-glance.  Click here to download and use in your own business.

To track your business performance with confidence, grab my freebie spreadsheet that shows you what Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) I’m looking at each month as well as the expense categories I use in Quickbooks to track my monthly expenses at a glance.  Grab yours here.

How do you know if it’s a successful day?

This is not your father’s success.  In today’s business world, and especially in the business of fitness, success is not defined as climbing a corporate ladder and getting a gold watch at the end of your career.

In fact, I’ve heard that today’s business world is more comparable to navigating a jungle gym than a ladder–lots of lateral moves or sudden changes and the ability to hop off and then get back on again.  What do you think?  Seems to be pretty spot on to me.

Today, it’s more about fulfillment of a mission, achieving at work and at home, and continuous learning or personal growth.

So, how do you know if it’s a successful day?  Can you even track progress with these more conceptual daily goals?

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It’s important to define what success means to you, individually.

We’ll talk about how we define success running two fitness studios and how we keep at it even if things don’t seem to be going the way we want.

Throughout the episode, we referred to The Day Designer, which is the planner we all use.  Check out more about why we’re committed to staying organized and how The Day Designer allows us to make it happen and keep each day on the success track.

The new 2019 planners are available for order and we just got ours!  Since we each have to have a different one, it’s always fun to negotiate who gets which cover (Listen for some funny banter about how we had to make our decisions in the episode.)  But … I think everyone got which one they wanted!

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Too funny!  We match!

Emily got Brushstrokes (top left).  Carolyn got Ink Me In (middle).   Christina got Patio Tile (lower right).  We like to order right away, because some patterns sell out!

The Day Designer:

It’s the layout of the planner that is what I like best about it.  Each day gets its own page starting at 5:00 AM and finishing up at 9:00 PM—perfect for me because sometimes I have to teach an early class. The appointments are on the left and the to-do’s are on the right, so your whole day is right there on one page. There is also a spot to prioritize your top three to-do’s which is always helpful when you have lots to accomplish in limited time.

You can check out free downloads of a day’s page hereto test out how the planner might work for you. Another great free download is the Monthly Goal Progress page—I use this to make sure I’m on track with my larger goals and tasks that can’t be completed in just one day.  And, the Food & Exercise Log or Weekly Meal Plan pages are helpful to hold yourself accountable to your workouts and healthy meals. Check out the Day Designer here.

Follow me on Instagram and see what I’m working on in my business each day @shesonhertoes

I’m super-passionate about leading and managing my hardworking team.  Check out my courses How To Hire A Rockstar Team and 5 Days to Time Freedom to keep developing your leadership skills.

What are the 3 New Workplace Truths?

Let’s face it.  Business has evolved A LOT since career women wore suits with shoulder pads, carried bulky briefcases, and sported white sneakers with nylons rushing to the office.

The Internet, smart casual, and side hustles have changed the way we do business.  What is smart casual or snappy casual, anyway?  Talk about confusing.  Glad we just wear leggings to the studio.  But I digress …

In what we’re calling the New Workplace, there are some fundamental truths that apply to all businesses big and small.

  1. Consumers shop where there’s community, rather than cash registers
  2. Traditional marketing is DEAD
  3. Those who influence and manage teams will find workplace success

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Today’s conversation will discuss these three things and why businesses that focus on these truths will thrive.

Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and 7 other platforms.

Follow me on Instagram and see what I’m working on in my business each day @shesonhertoes

I’m super-passionate about leading and managing my hardworking team.  Check out my courses How To Hire A Rockstar Team and 5 Days to Time Freedom to keep developing your leadership skills.

Why I’d Rather Be Brave Than Perfect

I’m really struggling. My life is pretty much weathering one crisis into the next.  There is always a problem in my business.  Always something that needs to be fixed.

Sometimes I let dishes pile up in my sink.

Sometimes I vacuum up enough hair in my house to make another dog.

I wish I could eat salad for lunch, but I just can’t.  I like sandwiches.  With bread.

I will never live up to my inner critic about teaching Pure Barre classes.  And I’m ok with that.

Why?  Because I’d rather be brave than perfect.  I’d rather be doing something rather than nothing because I’m paralyzed with fear.  Moving forward is better than standing still—in business and in life.

Women today seem to value the appearance of perfection above being real.  Making mistakes is taboo.  Admitting that you make mistakes and don’t have all the answers is self-destruction in many social circles.  Other women will look down on you.  You’ll be judged.  Well, f*ck that!

Here’s a newsflash … nobody’s perfect at work, at home or in life.  We’re all dropping the ball and failing at something.  And that’s ok.

When was the last time you heard someone be praised for being brave?  When was the last time you even heard that word in a conversation … I know, I can’t think of a time either.  In today’s podcast episode, we talk about why it’s better to be brave rather than seeking perfection.  When was the last time you were brave?

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Listen to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and 7 other platforms.

Follow me on Instagram and see what I’m working on in my business each day @shesonhertoes

I’m super-passionate about leading and managing my hardworking team.  Check out my courses How To Hire A Rockstar Team and 5 Days to Time Freedom to keep developing your leadership skills.

Podcast Episode 17: Is it possible to find more time each day? Part 2

Last week, we talked about how doing lots of things, doesn’t necessarily mean your business is benefiting.  In fact, you might be doing your business more harm than good by doing everything yourself and not delegating work to others.

This week, we finish the conversation (We talked so much that we split the episode into two parts!) by talking more about how to delegate effectively.  We even share some of our delegating fails, what we learned, and why we’ll never repeat those mistakes again.

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And finally, we share how we create our ideal day–the ultimate goal of the 5 Days to Time Freedom Course.  What would your ideal day look like?

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Get your ideal day by checking out the course: 5 Days to Time Freedom.

And follow me on Instagram @shesonhertoes for even more insights on the podcast and what’s going on in the business … there might be an occasional bulldog pic too!

Podcast Episode 16: Is it possible to find more time each day? Part 1

As business owners, we wear a lot of hats—CEO, Director of Marketing, Scheduler, Head Janitor, Costco Supply Shopper—the list goes on.  But seriously, can someone please let me retire from IT Specialist?!

Do you find yourself exhausted at the end of each day … but haven’t made a dent in your to-do list? Does it seem like you’re working just to pay American Express?  Are you on the verge of massive burnout?  #beenthere

Oftentimes, as busy business owners, we are so focused on the day-to-day and getting our massive to-do lists complete that we fail to recognize if all this work we’re doing is really moving our businesses forward.

What do I mean by that? Well … if you’re doing lots of things, that doesn’t necessarily mean your business is benefiting.  In fact, you might be doing your business more harm than good by doing everything yourself and not delegating work to others.

Yep.  It’s time to take a cold, hard look at how you can find time freedom.  I’ve created a new course called 5 Days to Time Freedom. In as little as 5 days and you’ll determine where your time is being spent and whether it’s time to outsource or hire an employee to help you take your business to the next level.

Check out the course, 5 Days to Time Freedom

 

Podcast Episode 15: How do you manage a team in the Gig Economy?

We’ve all heard about gigs and side hustles.  But what does the Gig Economy mean for your business.  If most of your employees are part-time, or have multiple jobs, how does that change the way you manage them and find success in your business?

The Gig Economy goes beyond driving for Uber and Lyft.  With opportunities for your employees to sell multi-level marketing products via Facebook, influencer blogging, and a plethora of part-time openings in brick-and-mortar stores, it’s likely that many of your employees won’t just be working for you.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that “gig” workers represent approximately 34% of today’s workforce and by 2020, that number will increase substantially to 43%.

In this episode, we’ll discuss the opportunities and challenges that “gig” workers bring to your business and how you can effectively manage this workforce.

Did you know … we’re on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts AND now … Spotify?!  Listen to the She’s on Her Toes Podcast wherever you get your podcasts.