Working with your Competition – Not Against Them

Let’s play a little word association game. What are the first words that come to your mind when I say “competitors?” You might be thinking things like: threat, challenge, defensive… We’ve been trained to look at our hospitality industry competition as a bad thing. These are the people who steal our potential clients and take.. read more →

Writing a Plan for Your Hospitality Industry Business

When I first went into business for myself in 1999 as a meeting planner, I did what a lot of first-time business owners do and jumped right in without a plan or even a thought to how things were going to look in three months, let alone three years! I was focused on the moment.. read more →

Charging for Picking My Brain

If you’ve read my bio, you know I named my company Pick My Brain because I was constantly fielding phone calls and lunch dates from people asking to do just that. Casual conversations with friends would turn into brainstorming sessions before I even realized what was happening. I am, by nature, generous with my time.. read more →

The Art of Letting Go in Business

A key foundation of business is to work toward a defined outcome or a measurable result. The achievement of that result is what we use to define our success, and is often a benchmark for the next project. We create specific goals and expectations for the result and whether it’s making a certain amount of.. read more →

The Fine Line Between Business Failure and Success

From the time we are very young, we’re taught lessons about success and failure.  We’re taught that success is good and failure is bad. Success is the result of hard work and failure, the result of laziness. We are rewarded for our successes – prizes, parties, trophies, food and money. But if we fail, there are no rewards.  We are.. read more →

Putting a Price on the Value of a Great Teacher

I recently read an article in the New York Times titled The Value of Teachers. The article sited recent data that correlated having a great forth grade teacher with achieving high successes throughout a person’s academic and professional careers. On the flip side, an ineffective teacher, the study suggests, is the equivalent of a student.. read more →

Do business and spirituality mix?

When starting a business, an entrepreneur will put her heart and soul into creating it. It often begins with an amazing idea, one that wakes you up at night and excites you. The vision begins to be formulated, shared and modified into something that actually could be. The business will – without question – have the characteristics and.. read more →