Author name: Mary Kutheis

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Am delighted to have been interviewed about my business for GoSolo! Starting and running a business alone isn’t for the fearful. Must be ready to learn constantly and be ok with making mistakes until you get it right. Surrounding yourself with the right people is hugely important, too.

How grade school gym class messed up my life

You may remember the President’s Physical Fitness Test. A couple of times a year school-age kids were required to participate in specific exercise challenges to determine a level of fitness. Some kids were great at it. Other kids, like me, were scarred for years, even decades, from the torturous experience. Sounds like an overreaction doesn’t it?

business is personal

Business is personal and nothing will change that

Business is personal – which was the original premise of LinkedIn.

When LinkedIn first came to be it was a platform to list and stay connected with the businesspeople you know, like and trust. If someone else you knew wanted to meet someone on your list, they could reach out to you to request a warm introduction. A lovely, civil and genuine way to build relationships.

nimble is the new normal

Nimble is the new normal: Using time wisely in an otherwise crazy time

The experiences people are having amidst this pandemic are all over the map. People who are sick or healthy, have jobs or are unemployed, are navigating having children at home or not, are busier than ideal or have a little more time on their hands, are climbing the walls of isolation or kind of enjoy the chance to disconnect a bit more. This post is for those people who have a bit more time on their hands than usual. If this is you, read a little more.

executive coaching

How do you tell a colleague or employee they need a coach?

In a recent meeting, a colleague (we’ll call him Mark) mentioned that his client (Brian) a great guy in many ways, could use a coach in a specific area. Mark asked how to bring up that Brian would benefit from working with an executive coach without it being awkward or insulting. The answer lies in changing Mark’s perception of executive coaching.

10 percent happier meditation

Meditation isn’t what I thought it was

I’ve tried meditation off and on for over a decade, but hadn’t been able to make a consistent practice stick. I’m not certain what’s different about now, but something is.

This meditation practice started when I read 10% Happier by Dan Harris. He’s a successful, competitive, cynical, sometimes hard-edged reporter for ABC who, after having an on-air panic attack, turned to meditation. I liked him instantly because he didn’t approach meditation with a “group hug in the harmony hut” mentality.  I could relate to him.

Do you fire clients? Or not take them on in the first place?

You only have so much time in a day and therefore can only serve a defined number of clients. If you sell direct to consumer and don’t know who your clients are, that’s a different story. But service based, business to business companies have to decide whom they want to serve. 

It’s a common frustration that a client has gotten so difficult to work with that the business owner wishes they had never engaged with them.

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