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What the past has to do with your leadership

Aug 31, 2018

As a child, I did fine at school. I always had straight A's. I was smart, had a good memory, and paid attention. But what I didn't lack in ability to learn things quickly, I lacked in ability to make friends, or worse, keep the giggling and laughter of other kids away. The classroom was my safe time. When class was in session, I didn't have to worry about my awkward interactions with others, trying to fit in, or making friends. 

I dreaded the bell that rang at the end of each class. Most...

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There’s a bold, courageous leader inside you

Aug 29, 2018

Here are some of my thoughts about leadership: 

Despite what you might have been led to believe, leadership is not about padding on more tactics and strategies and becoming effective in manipulating people. Leadership is about discovering and shedding what is getting in the way of you being the powerful leader you really are. 

If you heard that sentence and immediately started talking to yourself about how you are not a leader, going through the evidence in your head of why that...

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Anger (Inspired by David Hawkins)

Aug 08, 2018

About Anger

When I did the Hoffman Process in 2015, my teacher said something about anger being authentic. “There’s nothing wrong with anger,” she said. Hmm, what a concept!

In today’s society, anger is made wrong. Anger is bad, wrong, and immoral. Expressing anger is inappropriate. We have learned to suppress and resist our anger, make others wrong for being the source of our anger, and most of us don’t realize there is a lot of useful driving force behind anger...

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About Fear and Failure

Jul 29, 2018

There is only one thing we avoid perhaps just as religiously as we avoid rejection, and that's failure. The fear of failure can be the biggest driver of performance, but it can also be the biggest deterrent.

June 2016. It was five months after I opened the second location of Blooming Beets Kitchen, in Chandler, Arizona. After months of paying high rent, which was about to double after six months’ usage of the space, I knew the restaurant was turning into a ticking, money-losing, time...

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Set Yourself Up For Success

Jul 29, 2018

I’ve been sharing stories from the first days of Blooming Beets Kitchen, and you may be wondering what happened after my conversation with Shaina that I talked about last time. Well, after that, I started spending time reimagining my business. I had been spending time being an employee of my own business. I was doing the chef's work and the cooking. I also did all the social media, marketing, ordering all the food and supplies, training all the staff, talking to media, doing interviews,...

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Let’s Talk About Change

Jul 28, 2018

I want to share a story with you that transformed my business, and reveal what finally allowed me to go from working almost 18 hour days in the restaurant and considering selling it to the restaurant becoming very manageable, joyful, and not all-time-consuming job.

Sometimes when we are stuck, really stuck, as I was in the restaurant, we need a guide or a coach, someone who isn't blinded by the fear in which we are living and is willing to see our full power.

I called my friend and coach,...

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What Kind of Stories Do You Believe About Yourself?

Jul 28, 2018

Our brains are amazing. They take in a huge amount of information about what happens around us and give us interpretations which are supposed to help us make decisions about how to act.

Of course, the way things are interpreted in our brain isn't exactly random. Our interpretation of the world around us almost always gets adjusted to align with a hypothesis that we already have about the world so the interpretation serves as proof that our hypothesis is valid. It's also called...

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Are You Ready to Step Up?

Jul 27, 2018

Feeling overwhelmed and out of control is a telltale sign that you’re not acting as a leader. And that’s where I was in that first year with Blooming Beets Kitchen.

At one point, I had tried to take a couple days off. I told myself that it was the right thing. Who knows, maybe my team will step it up. They will be okay.

And then, the same night, I checked the Yelp reviews. Two one star reviews.

“All right, that's it. They just can't do anything without me,” I thought,...

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Who’s Running the Show?

Jul 27, 2018

I once heard someone say in a seminar, “If you are not expanding, you are shrinking.”

I’ve written you a few times now about the struggles I experienced in getting Blooming Beets Kitchen off the ground: an embarrassing opening day, a staff which needed better leadership than I knew how to give, and eventually having my chef and sous-chef quit without notice. What followed that incident was probably the hardest year of my life, marked by me shrinking my power and expression,...

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Learning Lessons the Hard Way

Jul 26, 2018

Today I wanted to talk a bit more about my growth as a leader through the story of Blooming Beets Kitchen. I previously wrote about how my leadership approach early on was to do everything and be “nice” so my staff wouldn’t be tempted to leave. It didn’t work, my leadership was ineffective at best, and the universe was about to deliver a really big kick in a butt.

It was still the summer of 2014, and we had been open for three months. Saying that things weren't exactly...

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