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No Ideas? 11 Steps to Organizing a Successful Brainstorming Session

No Ideas? 11 Steps to Organizing a Successful Brainstorming Session
We’ve all been there – in need of that one great idea and the brain failing to play ball. Some days, no matter how long I sit and think about a problem, that elusive solution won’t come into view. On those days, usually after I’ve spent a fair few hours berating myself for my lack of progress, I regroup and decide to do a brainstorming session. It’s a great way to ease a mental block and get some ideas flowing. 

Whether you’re going to be brainstorming as a team or doing it solo, here are my eleven steps to organizing a successful brainstorming session:

1. Pick the Right Venue

Alone or in a group, conducting a brainstorming session at your usual desk(s) isn’t the best idea. You sit at your desk each and every day and it’s generally a place of mundanity rather than of inspiration. Have your brainstorming session take place in a different room where new patterns of thought are more likely to emerge.

2. Create the Right Environment

Make sure you (and your team) are relaxed and de-stressed during your brainstorming sessions. Stress can really hamper creative thinking. If you work in an office, try to create an informal environment for your team; consider bringing in snacks and turning on some music. Make sure that the room is well-lit. Include all the resources or tools you need at hand. Remember about refreshments to avoid people getting distracted by running to the kitchen. If you work alone, a walk around the block before sitting down to your brainstorming session can work wonders.

3. Think About Brainstorming Strategies

You can create the perfect environment, but sometimes you need a bit of structure to prompt some new thoughts. Try and think about the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve. Or imagine there are no constraints in terms of budget or resources. Or come up with as many questions about your topic as you can and then set about answering them. There are more ideas here if you need a starting point in order to get going.

4. Prepare Your group

Prepare the information for your team. Include just enough information to inspire them, but not too much – it can easily limit the creative potential of your team during a brainstorming session. Also, consider who you’re going to invite to the meeting. If you pick team members who are like-minded, you’re not going to get many creative ideas. That’s why you should aim at building a diverse group of people from different departments or disciplines – they’re bound to have different thinking styles.

5. Establish ground rules

For the discussion to proceed smoothly, you should establish some ground rules at the beginning and stick to them throughout your brainstorming session. Remind your team that the session isn’t about competing for ideas, but coming up with a solution to a problem. Let them know whether they should raise their hand before they speak or interrupt someone – that’s how you ensure smooth communication.

6. Guide the discussion

When you’ve had all the team members share their ideas, it’s time to start a group discussion. That’s how you allow your team to develop the ideas of other people and come up with new solutions. Encourage everyone to contribute to the discussion. Make sure to discourage any forms of criticism – the idea behind brainstorming is to boost creativity, and criticism doesn’t help to do that. Remember that your role is to support the team, so don’t share your ideas all the time. Guide the discussion by sticking to one idea at a time and refocusing your team when they become sidetracked. Arrange many breaks to help your team concentrate as well.

7. Motivate your team

To spark the interest of your team in the problem, use this smart brainstorming trick. Ask your team what is the opposite of what you want to achieve. For example, what is the worst web design? That kind of question will instantly engage your team because it will force them to consider the problem from an unusual angle.

8. Nothing is too Stupid/Insignificant/Irrelevant to Be Written Down

Often, one of the reasons behind a mental block is over-thinking. We doubt our ideas and this stymies the flow of one (maybe not so great) idea leading onto another (maybe much better) idea. Starting from a point where nothing is to be discounted is a great way to get the brain into gear again. Write down each and every new idea and you could be surprised at the different perspectives and trains of thought that follow.

9. Give Yourself Time

Whilst having an open-ended brainstorming session can be counter-productive, you don’t want to put yourself under too much time pressure when it comes to creative thinking. Not only do you want to remove the stress a time constraint can create, you also want to allow time for the to brain wander. Being bored can actually help you come up with some great ideas!

10. Collect Your Ideas

Before your session, plan how you intend to collect the ideas you come up with. An old school whiteboard is tried and tested, but you should also consider the incredible selection of programs and apps designed to make the brainstorming process that bit easier. You can make your brainstorming ideas visual and engaging, create a mind map to share with colleagues or even conduct a brainstorming session remotely.

11. Plan Your Follow Up

No brainstorming session is any real use unless you have a way of putting your ideas into action. Decide on your objectives before you start, and then make sure you’ve completed them before you draw the session to a close. Make sure you end your session knowing how you’re going to proceed. This could be further research into a selection of your ideas, implementation of one of them or plans for further brainstorming.

With a little preparation and the right follow up, brainstorming can give a huge boost to your creativity. I hope your next brainstorming session sees you on your way to that next big idea!


Meet the Author: Anne Grobler

Anne Grobler is a business blogger who enjoys sharing her tips and suggestions for building a healthy work environment. With a background in marketing and communications and a huge love for writing, Anne is currently supporting OpenAgent, experts in the field of real estate.


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7 Truly Awe-Inspiring Women Leaders Across the World

While equality is still a distant dream for feminists, there are some women who have managed to rise to positions of leadership. As the cream that rose to the top, these are some of the most inspiring women in the world.

Here are 7 women leaders who you can’t help but be awed by.

1. Angela Merkel

As the Chancellor of Germany since 2005, Merkel has held her own on the political stage for 12 years already. Her supporters refer to her as ‘Mutti’, which means mother – showing that having a feminine and caring touch doesn’t have to make you weak. She’s also famously down to earth, and will go do her own grocery shopping once a week to pick up food for her husband.

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Margaret Thatcher

2. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

This 77-year-old woman has been driven into exile twice in her life. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her ‘non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.’ She is also the President of Liberia, a position which she has held since 2006. Equality for women in her country is at an all-time high.

3. Margaret Thatcher

Though she has now passed away, Margaret Thatcher was seen as a huge inspiration by many. Known as the Iron Lady, she was seen as far more strict and unyielding than her male predecessors. She was the first female Prime Minister of the UK, a position which has since been repeated by Theresa May – with the difference being that Thatcher was elected, while May inherited the position after David Cameron resigned.

4. Sheikh Hasina

If anyone has been through a lot in their lives, it has to be Hasina. Her history reads like an action novel, so full of twists you wouldn’t believe it was true. Her family were assassinated in 1975, and she managed to become Prime Minister of Bangladesh in 1996. She served until 2001, and was then subject to another assassination attempt in 2004. She was arrested for corruption and murder in 2007, charges which did not stick. After all this, she rose up again to take the Prime Ministership for the second time in January 2009 – a position which she still holds.

5. Tsai Ing-Wen

This strong woman is fighting against gender stereotypes with her high-profile leadership. She has been the President of Taiwan since 2016, she is not married, and she does not have any children. Opponents denounced her as being flawed, saying that every woman should be married. She has proven there is nothing wrong with her or her life choices, and she believes in marriage equality.

women leaders6. Aung San Suu Kyi

The face of the human rights movement internationally for many years, she was put under house arrest for 15 years for her non-violent protest in Myanmar. When she was finally released, she wasted no time in accepting the support of those who had waited for her to come out of custody. She is now a State Counsellor and the Leader of the National League for Democracy.

7. Hilda Heine

Talk about beating the odds: Hilda was the first citizen of the Marshall Islands to obtain a doctorate. She then became one of only three women in parliament. On top of that, she’s also the first woman to hold office – becoming the President of her country in 2016.

If there’s one message that these women can give, it’s that anything is possible. Fighting through adversity can help a leader become even stronger, and there are a world of firsts just waiting to happen.

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Why Pushing Yourself is Essential to Finding Success in Any Area of Life

~by Kara Masterson~

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It has been said that the easy road becomes hard, and the hard one becomes easier over time. For example, this is something that an engineer knows because of work and school, particularly if he or she masters electrical engineering, which is incredibly difficult and requires a good deal of struggle along the way. Among so many examples, a surprising one can be found in a pee-wee football program in a wealthy suburb of New York.

pushing yourselfThe Massapequa Mustangs regularly win the local travel championship, as well as a “bowl game” in Florida. The program has created several NFL players, such as Gary Baldinger of the Buffalo Bills and Darryl Young of the Washington Redskins. The Mustangs are so good that a 7-3 season is generally thought to be a bad one. How does this mostly white team of kids from well-to-do families win so much? Because on August 1st of every year the Mustangs are at practice while other teams wait until September. They are running plays with no pads; they are ingraining the moves to memory; they are building their muscles. The players and coaches take the hard road, which leads to easier victories on the field.

Getting away from sports, we will discuss how pushing yourself also applies to professional jobs, the military, and what is happening in the brain, body and spirit when we struggle.

Law, Accounting, Medicine, etc.

First year professionals suffer. It’s true. They are pushed very hard, and many quit. However, those who struggle through long hours, diligent work and extra effort find that after just a few years there are incredible opportunities awaiting them.

For doctors, it is a significant salary after residency. Not only are they ready to make the money, but they are also very adept at helping others, even when they are tired. Additionally, they understand their own limitations under duress.

For lawyers and accountants, this comes after passing the CPA and Bar exams. Many find that after only two years of working lower paying jobs they can leave an accounting or law firm and become high-paid executives, or they can stay on as partners earning incredible profits.

Why do companies tend to seek out those who stick with it? It shows character, determination and a willingness to endure the hard road, which will be necessary when the going gets tough.

Military Leadership

Our troops are incredible, but some make it further than others in their careers. And the big difference is usually how they got there. U.S. Marine Corps General Martin Steele is an incredible example of this. Following a youth of living in a desegregated Arkansas town, he enlisted to fight in Vietnam. As a Corporal he enforced that his unit would never speak ill of someone’s race or background, which he was extremely sensitive to from high school sports matches against segregated schools.

pushing yourselfFollowing his deployments, he went to Officer Candidate School to teach. It was very hard, but he endured it, and then became a candidate himself when a Sergeant inspired him to move forward. In spite of starting at the very bottom, General Steele rose higher than almost any officer in the history of the U.S. military when he was promoted to a three-star general. While his struggles did not specifically lead to his promotions, they did build his character, and many say that he created a better Marine Corps.

Struggle and the Brain, Body, and Soul

Struggle does not just build character. It also builds the body and soul. With these changes, the brain also follows, as noted in this Stanford University article. Anyone who has hit a punching bag knows that at first, a shock of pain goes up the arm or concentrates in the hand. Then after some time, one can wail away with little issue. Runners knows that their feet, hips, back, calves, and all the rest can only take so much strain at first, but then they can go farther.

You can succeed in life, but the road to success is not the easy one. It’s the one that requires some struggle. Those who have much and have not struggled often do so because someone else struggled years before.


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Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family.


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Hearing Crickets When You Post on Social Media? Don’t Give Up

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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It feels like it was just yesterday, though it’s actually been a little while, that I first started posting on Facebook and other social media sites and blogs. I remember it all too well. I had this great, if not naive, idea that I’d write fantastic content from my little MBA brain, and people would adore it, and share it, and it would instantly go viral.  

Yeah… that didn’t quite go as planned. What really happened? I wrote blog post after blog post, and the same 3 people viewed the blog or commented on the posts I shared on Facebook and LinkedIn. I tried sharing my posts in Facebook groups… and what happened with that? I got crickets.  

I made the mistake of simply posting on my Facebook Page and then re-sharing that post in Facebook groups. Or I’d just post the link into a group with no introduction or anything.  

I got pretty much nowhere. More crickets. It felt very much like I was invisible.  

don't give upI got smarter and started adding descriptions to the shared posts, and then kept posting, posting, posting. I learned that if you want people to click on a link to read an article, you have to entice them with a few words or sentences. And I’ve been consistently sending out newsletters every Thursday for years now.  

I noticed that things started shifting. People started recognizing me. I went from begging people to sign up for free consultations with me to getting as many of those as I could handle. Then I was finally able to charge for my services. And then I could charge even more for services – an amount that was more in line with what my time and expertise were worth.

I started My Facebook group, Women’s Entrepreneur Network, nearly 2 years ago with a grand total of zero members. And now our membership has surpassed 50,000, and continues to grow in leaps and bounds.

It was a lesson in patience and persistence – about not giving up. You may be hearing crickets like I did, but you just need to keep posting and sticking with it. I’m making more and more money (but no, I don’t share numbers), and each month it continues to get better.  

Even when you think you’re invisible, keep building those relationships and talking to people – lots of people.  

Don’t give up. You can do this!


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

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The Relationship Between Boredom and Successful Entrepreneurs

~by Annabelle Smyth~

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What is one thing that successful entrepreneurs have in common?

While there are many possible responses to this question, this article will be focusing on one shared characteristic: Creativity.

The best entrepreneurs are imaginative, resourceful, creative individuals. The question is, where does this creativity stem from?

Recent studies have demonstrated that boredom can be a powerful precursor to creativity. 

Learn more about these studies, the relationship between boredom and creativity, and how to apply it to your life in the paragraphs below.

successful entrepreneursThe Stimulating Power of Boredom

Think back to your school days, and consider the endless hours of boredom you survived. With the help of the tiny window in the door, the doodles in your notebooks and your fantastic daydreams…

Although boredom can be excruciating, it provides us with a precious opportunity to develop amazing ideas and alternative solutions to our problems. Sadly, in today’s world, we are overloaded with stimulation and have less time to let our minds take advantage of boredom.

So, how does boredom stimulate creativity?

A study at the University of Central Lancashire examined the effects of boredom on creative thought and the results were intriguing. During the rounds of the study, participants were either assigned to the mind-numbing task of copying numbers from a phone book, or they were placed in a control group that skipped this chore. After the task was completed, all the participants were asked to come up with as many uses as they could for a pair of plastic cups. The participants who had been assigned to the boring task generated significantly more uses for the plastic cups than those that had not.

According to the British Psychoanalyst, Adam Phillips, “When we are bored, we begin to wonder about things. And curiosity is the starting point for growth, interest, and creativity.”

Boredom can be a very effective tool for entrepreneurs if they use it strategically. 

Using Boredom as a Creativity “Hack”

successful entrepreneurs“…boredom is the place you create from in self-defense.” – Neil Gaiman

When you’re standing in line at the grocery store, sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, or suffering from a bout of insomnia, how long does it take before you pull out your phone for some entertainment?

The next time you find yourself trying to escape from the horror of boredom, try just letting your mind wander as you embrace the monotony. If you need some help with this strategy, you may want to check out the Bored and Brilliant Project. By signing up, you’ll have access to tech interventions and challenges to help you unlock your creativity.

When it comes to our time in the workplace, leveraging boredom in the right way has the potential to help us tap into the creativity we need to really excel. When you’re struggling to come up with new ideas or are having a difficult time solving a business problem, try taking a break and spend some time working on a task you find boring. After you’ve been sufficiently bored, go back to your brain storming and see how many more ideas you come up with.

If you’ve used boredom to stimulate entrepreneurial creativity, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.


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Annabelle is a freelance writer who covers everything from HR to technology and leadership skills. Her most recent work involves partnership marketing with BambooHR where she has had the opportunity to learn about the relationship between employee engagement and successful businesses.


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Money or Happiness: Which is More Important with Your Career?

~by Jason Galaif~

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Do I want a job that brings me happiness or a big paycheck? It’s a question we all must ask ourselves at some point, but it’s not one that often brings about good answers or results.

Ideally, a job that can do both would be great, but in today’s economy, getting a job in the first place is an accomplishment. The choice is ultimately up to you, just make sure that it’s one with which you will be satisfied when you are looking back on your life.

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What is Success?

Everyone’s personal definition of success changes depending on their values, yet in America, there seems to be a connection between success and wealth. Merriam-Webster defines success as “getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame.” While financial success might seem like the mainstream American goal, individuals are no longer associating their success with money.

Surprisingly, most Americans believe success is associated more with happiness than power, possessions or prestige. In fact, according to the “Success Project Survey” performed by Strayer University, 90% of Americans associate success with happiness, and 60% said success is loving what you do for a living. It looks like Webster is going to have to update its definition.

Success is so much more than being fiscally wealthy, and about 90% of Americans would agree. It’s difficult to pinpoint just one definition of success since everyone has his or her own unique experience and personal view. But if I was to suggest an updated definition to Webster that can mold to each person, it would be “finding happiness through your endeavors.” So no matter what you set out to do, if your accomplishment leads to happiness, then you have found success.

But what if your accomplishment is to get rich? A common goal for many, but I think it is important to debunk the myth of money buying happiness.

How Much Happiness can Money Actually Buy?

money happiness successNow I know what you’re thinking — it’s a lot easier to be happy with money. And to some extent, this is true. However, it is more accurate to say that money decreases sadness instead of creating happiness.

According to a thorough study, there’s somewhat of a magic number when it comes to money and happiness. The study concluded that an income beyond $75,000 a year does nothing for happiness, enjoyment, sadness, or stress, but you have to reach that point. Basically, money can help take away the misery that comes with financial stresses, giving you a greater sense of control and opportunity. But, once you exceed the financial level of no stress (which is $75,000/year, according to the study), money can no longer buy a sustainable happiness. Money is a tool better used to reduce sadness. So what can increase happiness?

The Big Picture

So ultimately, the choice is up to you whether you want a career that brings more money or more happiness. Of course the dream is to go to work and do the things you love while knowing you are paid well. There will be some give and take here, but I believe that you should be constantly taking little steps toward a life where you are doing something you love. As you can see, money alone is not going to bring you happiness that will last throughout your life. For that, you will need personal fulfillment.

You can find fulfillment in a number of ways, and as I said before, each person will have their own version of personal success. The worth you feel being in a family, the love you can share with a person, the companionship of a pet, the joy of helping those in need, or the happiness you receive from doing work you are passionate about can bring you happiness that will last over a lifetime. Now that is worth so much more than money. But, making a lot of money to give you the best possible option for all of the above isn’t too bad either!


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Meet the Author: Jason Galaif

Jason Galaif, aka The CPA Exam Guy, is an accounting all-star who saw more of the exam than any prodigy would ever want to — he failed several sections and had a couple of passed exams expire. He now uses his extensive experience and knowledge to help people find the best cpa review course for their needs so they can pass the CPA with as little effort and time as possible.


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You’re Not Going to Be Liked by Everyone – That’s OK

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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I think it’s part of being human to want to be loved and liked by everyone. The reality is that not everyone is going to love you, your business, your message, or your hair color.  There will be people who think you’re too pretty, too ugly, too tall, to short, too fat, too thin, too loud, too boisterous, and the list goes on. It doesn’t matter who you are, they will find a reason to not like you.

liked by everyoneAs your success grows, people will start to have more reasons to not like you. They’ll think you didn’t work for what you have. Or that you don’t deserve it somehow. They will try to throw you under the bus.  

That is part of life, and it doesn’t seem fair, but it is something you have to learn to live with. Getting your first “haters” is kind of a rite of passage in business. In a sense, it means that you’ve arrived.  

I’ll never forget getting the first negative review on my book. It may sound kind of crazy, but I actually celebrated that milestone. Unfortunately, it wasn’t even a very convincing negative review. Apparently somehow I hurt their feelings with the book, and they didn’t actually read it.  

Maybe next time I’ll get a better hater?

The reality is that not everyone is going to like you, and that is okay. Not everyone is going to resonate with your message.  

I will flip this on its head and say that I think it’s actually desirable to repel certain people. Those people aren’t your people, your tribe. They aren’t your ideal clients. You do want to repel the people who you aren’t looking for and attract the ones that you are. It’s okay to let go of the ones you don’t really want. Encourage them to be on their merry way and wish them well. The planet is big enough for all of us.  

That is the beauty of the human condition. Some people will love us and some will hate us.  Some will be jealous pains in the butt. It’s all good and it’s all normal. You don’t have to love everyone or be loved by everyone to be your own best self.


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Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

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Favorite Business Books – Recommended by Entrepreneurs

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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Being part of a Facebook group geared towards Women Entrepreneurs can offer much needed business information and support as well as plenty of opportunities to learn from and collaborate with others. One great tool for learning more about running a business is business books written by experts in their field.

I wanted to find out what other entrepreneurs were reading and recommending so I could share their favorite business books with you.

So I posted this question in my Facebook group, Women’s Entrepreneur Network:

What are your favorite business books?


We received a variety of book recommendations; here are just a few:

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Farha Syed: For the Interior Design Business – ‘Business Of Design’ by Kimberley Seldon

Juin Charnell:How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie

  • Tabby Dingler: I second this book! It’s an amazing book!
  • Barbara Nelson Wood: I agree. This book should be read by everyone. It’s the BEST book for a business person, but it’s the BEST book for life in general.

Jenna Mathis:You are a Badass’ by Jen Sincero

favorite business booksLauren Capehart:NOLO The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit’ by Peri Pakroo, J.D.

Lauren Capehart:The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin’ (I doubt anyone would find it listed as a business book, but she’s self employed as a writer and there’s a LOT of useful stuff in that book.)

Gill Fountain:Networking for Dummies’ by Stefan Thomas – it’s on Amazon

Cindy Woo:Brains, Boob’s and Balls

Jaclynn Scribner: I’m loving ‘Profit First’ by Mike Michalowicz

Brandi Lynn Huston Chrispen: Idk how business related but ‘I Am That Girl’ is a great read!!

Kathy Miles Wheeler: Jack Canfield’s ‘The Success Principles’, Michael Gerber’s ‘The E-Myth

Kristyne Campbell Dahl:The Law of Connection’ by Michael Losier

Marissa Frumento:The Big Leap’ by Gay Hendricks and ‘The Prosperous Coach’ (I’m forgetting the authors name at the moment).

Amanda Krom: I just finished ‘Entreleadership’ by Dave Ramsey, and it was a great read!

MaryAnn Shank:Winnie the Pooh’. Yes, it is about Life, but once we’ve got Life conquered, we’ve also got Business conquered.

Brooke Nicole:Eat That Frog!

Anisey Fernandez: This book was a huge eye opener for me. Not exactly a “business book” but it’ll help ANY entrepreneur for sure. ‘Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind’ (The 99U Book Series)

Patti Stevens:The Slight Edge’ by Jeff Olsen and ‘Outrageous Openness’ by Tosha Silver.

Carrie White: https://books.google.com/…/about/What_the_Dog_Saw.html and really anything Malcolm Gladwell has written. ‘The Tipping Point’ would probably fit the bill for this question better, but generally I like how he gets you thinking about things in a different way and offers really great insights into various topics including business, history, etc…

Tracey Scott: All books that have Jim Rohn attached to them.

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I hope you’ve found one or more of these book suggestions helpful. Stay tuned for more!


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Meet the Author: Haley Lynn Gray

Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

Haley is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Leadership Girl. She helps other entrepreneurs build their businesses by sharing the benefits of her business education and experience through Business Coaching.

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My Top Lessons of the Year and My Resolutions

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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To say that 2016 was a rough year in my life would be an understatement. My oldest daughter sustained a traumatic brain injury at the very end of 2015, and we had her in and out of the hospital for months this year. Now, 12 months later, she still isn’t completely back to being her normal self. And she isn’t back to school yet, either. She is slowly getting better, but requires a lot more love and attention than your average 18 year old. In July, after I suffered a major health scare, I decided to sell two of my businesses. It was clear that to continue with the amount of stress that I was under was not going to be a winning combination. Then, my younger daughter broke a leg in September, causing another round of issues. So, to say that there have been plenty of challenges would just about sum it up.  

Aside from all the challenges, this year also brought me a tremendous number of lessons. I learned a lot about myself and about people around me. I learned who my friends are, and who can be trusted and who can’t.  

Here are my top lessons of the year:

lessons of the year1. I am who I am, and I’m not going to make everyone happy all the time. It’s okay if you like me. It’s okay if you don’t. Not everyone has to love one another, but courtesy, respect and kindness are important.  

2. I learned a lot about who my real friends are and who is part of my support system. As a result, I’m on the hunt for a new church and I’ve made some tremendous new friends. It’s funny how when you find yourself at a point where you can’t give any more, people really show their true colors. One friend who had borrowed a lot of money from me took the opportunity to throw me under the bus, and then went around town badmouthing me when I had the audacity to actually expect to be repaid.  

3. Not everyone is as they appear to be. Some people who come across as being super nice are actually evil incarnate. I believe that Karma has a way of dealing with those people. Sometimes people who don’t seem so nice to start with are actually quite amazing individuals.  

4. Taking care of myself is not simply an option. It’s not a choice. It’s a requirement. If I don’t take care of myself, there won’t be a business, and I won’t be able to take care of my family.

5. I’m worthy of being loved and receiving gifts. Learning to accept gifts from others can be quite difficult, especially if you’re used to always being on the giving end — giving and giving, until it hurts. Gifts aren’t always material; sometimes they’re gifts of time, talent or service. But beware of someone who expects you to believe that a half-baked job counts as a gift.  

My resolutions for the new year are actually around the lessons I’ve learned this past year.  I will continue to focus on growing my business and taking care of myself. I am setting boundaries in my life and in my work. I’m putting myself first and making myself a priority.  I’m also making it a priority to reach out to friends and to continue to nurture relationships.  


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Haley Lynn GrayHaley helps female entrepreneurs create a strategy plan for their businesses – so they can make enough money to spend quality time with their family, pay for their children’s dance lessons, pay bills – and not worry about where the next client is coming from.

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Let’s All Make the World a Better Place

~by Haley Lynn Gray~

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This has been a year in which my life was turned upside down…  and back again.

make the world a better placeI’ve suffered so many losses and so much pain. Yet it’s so much less than what I’m seeing coming out of Aleppo and other countries. We’re coming hot off the heels of an incredibly bitter election in the U.S. Now, we move forward with a president who is controversial to say the least. It would be so very easy to blame him for all of our problems and to expect the government to fix everything for us.

Instead, I ask that each of us take responsibility and focus on doing our part to change the world around us. Don’t like something? Speak up. Focus on changing the little things around you. Do what you can. It won’t be perfect. But you will start making a change.  

I believe that a lot of the racist issues we’ve seen since the elections are a reflection of deeper problems in our society that need to be focused on and healed. We can’t just blame that on the government. We’ve had demonstrations and riots this year. Those are indicative of a deeper problem that each of us is responsible for allowing to exist.  

We have to come together and focus on bringing change to the world. One small step at a time. Even if you don’t think you can, how will you know unless you try? So often we give away our power to “others” because it’s just easier. Yet each of us holds so much power.  Let’s exercise that power and make the world a better place. We can do it.

My challenge to you as 2016 comes to an end is to find one way that you can make the world a better place.  


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