Every business owner knows a great client when we find one.

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Every business owner knows a great client when we find one.

Great clients stand out from the crowd. They respect the work we do. They pay on time. They show up for planned calls and meetings. They know what they do know and what they don’t know — and understand they’re hiring you for your input and direction. They are all about managing expectations or having their own expectations managed. And most of all, they’re polite, personable, and a joy to work with.

If we are in the services industry, we’ve undoubtedly worked with clients that are the opposite of…

There is a fine line between apologizing and taking responsibility.

A few years ago, I wrote a book called The Feminine Revolution. The idea was that feminine traits have long been perceived as weaknesses, especially in the workplace. Sensitivity, listening to your intuition, or expressing your emotions are typically not the attributes most celebrated in a fast-moving, highly competitive corporate environment — or in a small, fledgling startup, for that matter. …

I have always been a hard worker. Some might call me a high achiever. Others might describe me as an “overdoer.”

I spent the first several years of my career overdoing everything. My calendar was jammed to the max. I lived “work hard, play hard” as I would work long hours in my advertising job and then always find time for dinner and drinks with friends, late nights, then waking up early for a run in Central Park. Nothing could stop me.

I lived in a constant state of fight or flight, always operating on adrenaline. And when I would…

To say that 2020 was a rough year for everyone is literally the understatement of the century.

But beyond the challenges in shifting our social norms, getting used to a remote-first work life, and embracing new forms of communication and connection, this has been an interesting year for personal growth. The pandemic has affected everyone in different ways, but the one thing we have all shared throughout the experience is the need to adjust together.

Personally, I used last year as an opportunity to examine aspects of my life I otherwise wouldn’t have thought to question: the ways in which…

When we feel off, it’s often because something is out of alignment.

It sounds simple (and it is), but what’s simple in life is also complicated. Even if we know we aren’t feeling quite right, we often aren’t sure what to do about it. A conversation might feel strange to us, we might get an uneasy feeling when we meet somewhere, or even a place we visit might feel funny to us… these are all signals we’re getting from our body… the “funny” feeling.

The question is: are we listening?

I feel strongly that alignment is one of the keys…

The art of practicing discipline where you need it most in life

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At the moment, I’m feeling overwhelmed, torn in many different directions, and it occurs to me that I need to implement more discipline in my life. But the word creates mixed emotions for me.

Whenever I hear the word “discipline,” I think of being in elementary school and the strict teachers disciplining us kids.

In hindsight, I’m thankful for the experience (I hated it as a kid) because it instilled in me a strong sense of personal accountability. I knew what was expected of me, and I also knew the consequences of not following through on those expectations. Later, when…

Ask anyone who has been spending time on Clubhouse what they think of the social-audio platform and you’ll hear a range of responses:

  • “I have never been so addicted to an app.”
  • “There are so many interesting topics and speakers — I’m learning so much.”
  • “It’s interesting but I haven’t found the right room yet.”
  • “I enjoy smaller rooms. The bigger Clubhouse rooms are too chaotic.”
  • “I’m exhausted because Clubhouse is cutting into my sleep.”

I love Clubhouse and find it to be super stimulating and interesting — it’s the ultimate human experiment. It is one of those platforms that…

Innovation means different things to different people

Innovation means different things to different people.

On a granular level, it means creating new things out of old things. More generally, innovation can mean doing things in a completely new and different way.

Early in my career, I worked for a big advertising agency, running accounts for brands part of Fortune 500 companies like Kodak, Pizza Hut, and Zantac75 (and yes, after working on Pizza Hut it was ironic to listen to focus groups of heartburn sufferers who ate too much pizza and therefore needed Zantac75).

There were processes and protocols and “formulas” (rules) for how to do things…

The last thing I thought I needed in my life was another social media platform.

But I must admit, Clubhouse is the most exciting platform I’ve come across in a long time. And my initial experiences with the app have shown me that it gives us what we’ve always really, truly wanted from social media: meaningful conversations and connections.

Some of that comes from the fact that it’s audio-based, and that you feel like you’re actually connecting with other human beings. But this feeling of connecting and interacting is even more pronounced right now because Clubhouse is still in its…

2020 was a year of change.

Companies that were struggling closed their doors. Businesses that were just starting to find their footing, if they were well positioned, accelerated. A company like Zoom is a remarkable example of how quickly change can grab hold in society. Before COVID-19, at the end of 2019, Zoom had around 10 million daily active meeting participants. Now? They have over 300 million.

Of course, not every business has a story quite like Zoom’s. According to Fortune, more than 100,000 businesses that had originally shut down temporarily have since gone completely out of business. And according…

Amy K Stanton

Founder & CEO, Stanton & Company. Co-author of The Feminine Revolution. https://femininerevolutionbook.com/

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