We recently finished a Visioning Workshop, here is what one attendee said,
I just want to thank you for the opportunity to take the Visioning Workshop. I feel like I have some good clear direction on how to move my businesses forward. This has provided me with focus and I am feeling actually excited about where I can go from here.
Celeste B, Grayslake, Illinois
Pokémon Etiquette courtesy of Connecting Pathways
1. Don’t drive and catch
2. Walk only with a designated walker
3. Don’t share personal information with strangers
4. Remember: Pokémon doesn’t go to school
5. Pokémon needs rest every day; so do you
6. Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings
7. Walk; don’t run
8. Have fun!
I totally failed my impromptu “Using Facebook for Business Class.” Well maybe I didn’t fail, but I tried to post a short description of our Connecting Pathways business on our Facebook page. On The Vision Tree page a popup asked me if I wanted to add a service which I did. How cool is that. So I wanted to do the same on the Connecting Pathways page. No cool popup popped. I searched and couldn’t find the same feature so I decided to post the description including a link to the website. I did it and hit publish and the post went away. Figuring I hit the wrong button, I tried again and poof it disappeared. I failed.
But I didn’t fail in posting from this blog to the Facebook page. But that was yesterday, I am trying it again. And oh by the way, here is what Claudia and I do and do very well.
Connecting Pathways provides accountability coaching for entrepreneurs. Using GoToMeeting we discover your purpose and develop strategies for your business including marketing, finance, HR, and operations so you thrive in today’s world.
Joanne Osmond | Partners@ConnectingPathways.com | http://www.connectingpathways.com
How do you take YOUR business to the next level? What resources are available to help you reach your goals? Small Business Success in Lake County answers questions small business owners have about meeting challenges that face all of us. Experts will share their experiences with you on May 5, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Gurnee.
More information – www.clcillinois.edu/events/sbdc
To register – http://ignitegrowth.eventbrite.com.
Connecting Pathways clarified the strategic planning process and helped me to focus on those things that are most important for my business. As a result, I am not wasting time chasing opportunities, but rather prioritizing their place in the bigger picture. Going through the program made me more aware of not necessarily looking for something new, but rather going back to opportunities I had previously tabled. The project management tools that Claudia Pannell and Joanne Osmond created provide a logical path and easy implementation to getting tasks accomplished as planned. I suggest anyone wanting to put their business in high gear, seriously consider Connecting Pathways’ Dynamic Strategy program.
Small Businesses can create a dynamic strategic plan for $3000.
- Online strategic planning program $3000, small business only
- Minimal time commitment (2½ hours/week for 3 weeks plus 3 online accountability meetings)
- Click here for pricing information.
- Clarify organization’s values, vision, and mission
- Define an organization’s purpose
- Identify strategic priorities
- Create a dynamic strategic plan
- Develop action plans
- Establish accountability
Connecting Pathways has defined and refined a strategic planning process for small businesses.
It utilizes process proven to work in corporations and clarified them so they work exceptionally well in small businesses. You can be the STAR. Strategize – Target – Act – Reflect. A continual process to define your goals and strategy and improve performance.
Check out The Lean Startup by Eric Reis! His subtitle says it all “How today’s Entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses.”
Announcing the first in the Small Business Success Series – www.smallbusinessspokenhere.com//MiniClass/FB/story.html, a FREE Online Mini-Class that identifies the difference between a Features and a Benefit. You will use the information to write a quick and easy elevator speech!!
I encourage women business owners and entrepreneurs to check out this book. I think the author, Sheryl Sandberg (COO at Facebook) has some interesting perspectives to offer. (www.Leanin.org) While there seems to be those who are harshly criticizing her opinions, I think when you look deeper you will find wisdom in her ideas. In my review, I wondered if history wasn’t repeating itself and began to reflect back over a career that spans several decades. In that reflection, there was something that stood out. My career path has taken me into what was traditionally a “man’s” world (construction, technology and finance). I have struggled through the challenges that came with the territory. In reflection, while it has not been easy, I feel I am better off now than I was earlier in my career. Perhaps it is because of people like Sheryl and her desire to take up the fight for women in this new feminist movement. Sheryl makes a statement that in her opinion, “life decisions should be cheered on and support” regardless of whether your a man or a woman. I couldn’t agree more. She backs up this statement with the launch of what she is calling “Lean In Circles” which are online or in person communities where women gather to support one another in promoting their career aspirations. As a strong supporter of uplifting everyone and helping them to be the best at whatever they desire to be, I believe this means sometimes helping them overcome their own self-placed barriers to success. That is why I believe Connecting Pathways is our way of supporting Small Business Owners in their quest for success and hope you will decide to join us!