For the past eight years, women have been the fastest growing group of business owners in the USA. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the estimated growth rate in the number of women-owned firms was nearly twice that of all firms between 1997 and 2004. When asked what prompted them to start their own businesses, giving back to the community, teaching others, and being a role model were the highest priorities. Only 55 percent of those surveyed cited creating wealth as a top reason.
Starting one?s own business may be an attractive career choice, particularly if you are ready and willing to transform a long-held passion into income, walk an extra mile (or two) and package your varied resources, abilities, and talents. Not for the weak of heart, or for those simply longing for independence and freedom, owning a business is for those who are comfortable with the unknown and risk-taking, have done their research, and possess certain qualities that set them apart.
Are you thinking about starting your own business or taking an existing business to the next level? If so, I'd love to speak with you!. Take a look at my Qualities of the New Entrepreneur and let's get ready to launch!
TEN QUALITIES of the NEW ENTREPRENEUR:
Are You Ready for Business? Smart Women Start With A Business Plan. Call 510.336.9161 or click here to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Have you ever assessed what it costs to hire, train and then lose a great employee, only to have to go through the whole process again? According to a recent survey, "it costs a firm $76K to fill a $48K postion. The cost for replacing exempt staff is 150% of their salary; non-exempt: 175%." (Development Dimensions, Intl.)
Numerous studies and surveys reveal that the top reasons employees leave are due to:
Become a Collaborative Leader: In a well-known training video produced by Media- Partners.com, three key tips are offered for Keeping the Good Ones!
?Employees today are no longer loyal to organizations as much as they are loyal to people, especially to managers who treat them with trust, respect, and consideration, and who systematically seek to act in their best interest.? Dr. Bob Nelson, 1001 Ways to Reward Employees
ASK YOURSELF: What can I do in order to keep my best employees? To hire and retain the best, then give them your best.
For more information on increasing INNOVATION, MOTIVATION, and PRODUCTIVITY in your workplace, call 510.336.9161 or go to www.sherylsever.com .
In transition? You're not alone! In the world of work, the average American will undergo a CAREER change - shifting the way they offer their gifts to the world - at least six times in their lifetime.
We know that change is inevitable; that doesn't mean it's comfortable! Like the butterfly on the brink of emerging through the cocoon, it is like pure chaos. The soft darkness is pierced, all is unknown and in wild movement in this metamorphosis.
In her 5-Rhythms Movement System, Gabrielle Roth, one of my revered teachers, demonstrates the necessity of this chaos in order for change (a new state, form, condition) to emerge. The state of chaos allows us to tap into the stillness in the eye of the storm, where we access our inherent truth, wisdom, and gifts. We can find strength in the chaos of uncertainty and indecision.
With support, transition can be a natural and beautiful process.
There is a profound change coursing through our cosmos, our world, and our very beings in these times. It doesn't always take the traumatic loss of a job or some other "shock" to stimulate the need for reinvention. We may simply realize that we are dissatisfied with our lives. Either our present situation no longer reflects our values, or our values have changed. CHANGE is at the essence of reinvention.
When facing a career transition or job loss, remember, it?s who you are at your essence level, not what you do, that is most important. Below are some practical "stress-reducing" transition tips to consider in times of change and transition.
TEN STRESS-REDUCING TRANSITION TIPS
Clients have referred to me as the "Re-Invention Queen" for the work I've done "midwiving" their career transitions.
What allows me to be so effective with my clients is that I share a 15-year synthesis of tools, systems, and practices that I have personally used in my own "re- inventions."
By working with me, you can find ways to re-discover and "reclaim? who you are, what you offer, and how to communicate that to the world. Together, we will excavate the buried treasures within and create exciting ways to express a more authentic, integral YOU!
I invite you to experience a no-obligation, 30-minute session with me for FREE! (offer valid through December 15, 2006)
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by December 31, 2006.
NOW is the perfect time to begin reflecting
accomplishments in 2006, in every area of your life:
Sheryl R. Sever
Cross Currents Communications