Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Article on Creating Strong Mentoring Relationships

A quick note to share with you a new article I have written on creating strong mentoring relationships which is now posted at EzineArticles.com. You can read it online here.

If you are working on developing a mentoring program, or are a mentor or mentee yourself, I hope that you will find this, and some of my other posts on mentoring here at the BizToolkit blog useful. As always, I welcome your thoughts!

Have a great week,

Jennifer Britton
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010)
Phone: (416) 996-8326
Email: info{at}potentialsrealized{dot}com

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Team Buidling Series Feature from Investment Executive

I wanted to let you know of a series on team building articles I was featured on this week. Fiona Collie of Investment Executive's Build Your Business column just put out a great three part series on team building. Click on the links to read her articles on:

Turning Your Staff Into A Team
Improving Your Team Communication
Making Better Decisions As a Team

Enjoy the tips, and as always I look forward to your comments and how YOU are putting the tips into action! Feel free to comment below.


Jennifer Britton
Potentials Realized
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

9 Steps to Work Less and Do More Just Released

Today's the day that the Get It Done Guy's 9 Steps To Work Less and Do More is launched! Many of you will know the importance I place on time management and personal productivity.

As his microsite says, "The book's nine steps build a foundation for streamlining how you get what you want out of work (and life):

    • Step 1. Live and work on purpose
    • Step 2: Stop procrastinating
    • Step 3: Conquer your technology
    • Step 4: Cultivate focus
    • Step 5: Stay organized (mentally as well as physically)
    • Step 6: Don't waste time. A lot of supposedly “on task” work
    • Step 7: Optimize!
    • Step 8: Build stronger relationships
    • Step 9: Leverage!:

While I haven't yet read the book myself, I'm really impressed with all of the supports Stever Robin's has put into his many other services such as his podcasts and audio files. Take a look at his microsite http://www.getitdoneguynews.com for some fantastic nuggets! Defintiely check it out and make sure you have at least a few minutes to focus.

You can pick up your own copy today at Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.

Looking forward to sharing more about this resource in the coming weeks!

Warm regards,

Jennifer Britton
Author of Effective Group Coaching
Potentials Realized

Thursday, September 02, 2010

6 Tips for New Small Business Owners

This April marked my 6th year of business. I continue to be reminded of the excitement and emotions of new business owners through regular discussions with partiicpants of the 90 Day BizSuccess program - some of whom are new business owners, as well as seasoned small business people.

In running the program I often get asked, what are some tips for new business owners. Here are 6 tips which have kept business exciting, and successful for me, over the years.

1. Track it! Take notice of the impact of the activities you are undertaking, over both the short term as well as the medium term. What are you noticing about the money you have invested into different marketing activities? Notice what's giving you impact in terms of your activities, networking and relationships.

2. Create Systems so that you don't have to recreate things over, and over again. It's not surprising that even experienced business owners still " have not had time" to create simple processes for their buinesses such as invoices, proposal formats etc.

Ask yourself:

What activities might you need to repeat time and time again (consider finance, people, marketing etc)?

What systems would benefit your business?

When will you spend time creating these?

3. Build on What You Already Have, Have Done or Do: Many times small business owners fail to capitalize on what they have already created, designed or know. What can you build upon in your business? Do you really need to start off at 0?

4. Plan it! Time Management and Planning can be a major challenge for business owners. When was the last time you sat down to plan and strategize about your goals for the quarter or even the month? As we know from time management 10 minutes of planning can save an hour of unfocussed effort.

When will you spend time creating your plan for the next month?

5. Schedule It! What doesn't get scheduled, doesn't get done. What are your main business priorities right now? Have you scheduled them into your calendar. If it's not written down or blocked off chances are it may get lost.


Take 15 minutes this week to identifiy one or two main priorities for your business and schedule in time in your calednar to get these things done.

6. Be strategic - We can't be all things to all people? Consider the Pareto Princple, or 80/20 rule, which states that we get 80% of our impact from 20% of our efforts. What activities are going to give you the most impact this month?


Warm regards,


Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC

Potentials Realized

90 Day BizSuccess Program: Next program starts September 10th

2010 Virtual Business Planning Retreat: October 2010

Phone: 416-996-8326
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