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Don’t Take Risks. Bullet-proof Your Small Business.

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Feb 4, 2015 |

One of the strong motivators for starting a business is that we want to be our own boss because we believe we can be more financially successful that way. What happens, in fact, is that most small business owners do little more than generate a wage for themselves.

While being very good at doing the work of the business, they lack the skills, knowledge and expertise to build the business, to make it financially successful. They do not know how to work ON the business, only how to work IN it.

They want to build a secure future for themselves and their families with their business, but instead what happens is that they place that future at great risk because they do not understand how to protect their business from the many challenges to its success. They do not know how to bullet-proof it.

This is the very reason why every small business owner needs this book by Daryl La’Brooy. How I wish I had had this book in my hands when I started my business more than 25 years ago. Wealthy small business owners have the resources to pay for this kind of advice but those who have not yet reached that level are not aware of the steps they need to take to protect this important asset.

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5 Steps to Gain the Professional Edge

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Feb 2, 2015 |

Does it look a long road ahead?Very straight and even boring? You can’t even see where it will take you, but you have been told this is the road you need to be on if you want to gain the professional edge!

You are highly motivated. You really want to make a difference in people’s lives. You want to give what you have learned to your clients, to change and improve their lives. After all the hard work you’ve put in to get yourself the qualifications you now have and the last 2 years working under someone else’s guidance, you now want to break out a bit, plot your own course. You don’t know where to start. Everyone around you seems to be doing what everyone else is doing. There has to be more, you think.

There is and here are 5 steps you can take that will help you stand out from the crowd and gain that professional edge.

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Stretch Yourself To Your Limit – What Coaches Do For You!

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 22, 2015 |

If you’ve ever worked out with a personal trainer, you’ll know what it’s like to stretch yourself to the limit. A business or leadership development coach can help you do that for your career, stretch you to where you discover untapped potential that you never knew you had. They believe in you more than you believe in yourself. Every time I have pushed my VIP coaching clients to the edge of the precipice, in spite of their protests and fear, they have always flown! No one yet has crashed into the valley below, because I, their coach, believed in them, believed they could fly. You can also stretch yourself beyond where you are now and achieve more than you ever thought possible.

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The Me Myth – The Author’s Gift To You Today.

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 19, 2015 |

The Me Myth – What Do You Mean, It’s Not All About Me! is a book by Australia’s leading small business author but it’s not a book on small business. It is about what he sees as a limiting belief that too many of us share, that is, that the world revolves around “ME”.
“Me, me, me”, he says, “is the battle cry of the modern world. These days we all feel overwhelmed and bombarded from every direction with messages encouraging us to concentrate on “me”. But it is this very focus”, he says, “that is stopping us from achieving the rich and rewarding life that we all crave.”

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Empowerment is About Lighting Your Fuse!

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 19, 2015 |

Empowerment is about lighting your fuse. I really believe that we all have something special and unique inside us. The reason why some are able to develop it and show it to the world is because they light the fuse. That’s what it means to empower ourselves. No one else can empower us. We have to do it ourselves. Others can encourage, support, motivate and inspire us, but only we can take that final step and light the fuse. When we do that, we take off. All those talents and all that potential we have inside us is activated and released.

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Expect More From 2015 – A Gift For You.

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 13, 2015 |

This is for all you empowered, pro-active and glass-half-full people as you move into 2015. You are the people who have a mindset that automatically gears you up to EXPECT MORE FROM 2015. After all, why would you want to stay where you were in 2014 and be a photocopy of your 2014 self?

I have an e-book here to help you on your way, called Expect More From 2015.

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Cancel Doubt in 2015

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 8, 2015 |

Cancel doubt in 2015. Be a Can Do person, a glass half full person. This is what this blog is about, challenging you to let go of fear – and doubts – and take hold of your world. Empower yourself. Just Do It!

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A Gift For You – Expect More From 2016

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 4, 2015 |

A few days ago I asked you: What Change Have You Made In Your Life This Year?

Today I want to give you some further inspiration for 2016 – the latest edition of the e-book Expect More From 2016 – Strategies for Success from 22 Leading Experts in Personal and Professional Development.

Every year Gihan Perera brings together a group of experts and invites them to write an article that may inspire people in the new year. It has been my privilege to be involved now over many years.

This year my article is : Be An Empowered Leader – Even If You Are Not The Boss.

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Creating Your Personal Brand Is A Top Priority

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 3, 2015 |

We are recognising today that who we are is becoming as important as what we do or what we sell. Building a personal brand, what Tom Peters called “the brand called You”, needs to be a priority for all of us who want to make a difference and influence for good. When our name is mentioned, what do we want people to say about us? What do we want our name to trigger in their consciousness?

Is it clear what we stand for? Have we become a key person of influence in our industry or professional sector?

How well-developed is our personal brand? Make it a top priority to build your personal brand this year.

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Six Actions For Change in New Year 2015

By Maree Harris, Ph.D. | Jan 1, 2015 |

Are you one of those people who has no trouble seeing the New Year in with enthusiasm and energy? Everything about you suggests that you are full of excitement for the year ahead. You wake up the next day, however, a lot less enthusiastic. You decide to skip the new year resolutions. What’s the use of setting goals, that history has taught, you never keep for more than a few weeks. Life becomes tedious and gets in the way of your hopes, dreams and aspirations. Struggle becomes your middle name. A few days later you go back to work, even less excited. The New Year has begun and you are already in glass-half-empty mode.

It doesn’t have to be that way. You can change the way you approach this new year. You can make it a year where you begin to create the personal and professional life you really want. Let me help you re-write your story with six actions you can take to change your life in 2015.

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