Jelani Memory on A Kids Book About, Startup Funding, and Following Your Purpose

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Jelani Memory started a tech company, raised 30 million in venture capital, and left it at the height of its success to start… a publishing company. We asked Jelani about his startup successes, his new company A Kids Book About, and why going analogue in a digital world is a move worth making. What is your mission behind A Kids Book About? We are on a mission to make kids books that matter. Books that are about all the challenging, empowering, and important topics that kids experience every day. Kids’ lives are complicated, and our mission is to help kids and […]

Performative Reciprocity

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I have a friend who really loves to do calls where we get into the weeds of relationship-building methodologies. He enjoys digging deeper into the frameworks I’ve developed and in all our calls he gets me to go even deeper into the work that I do. And before I get into the topic he brought up, I’ll also add that having someone like this in your circle can be incredibly valuable to the rigor of your work. There are those who will take your ideas at face value and then there are those who will challenge your ideas with questions. […]

Five Reasons Entrepreneurs Need A Digital Detox 

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  Entrepreneur. Visionary. Founder. It all sounds glamorous. You wouldn’t trade it for anything. But you also know it’s a hero’s journey filled with ups and downs and stress. And sometimes loneliness.  One of the most challenging aspects of the entrepreneurial journey is getting space from the constant day-to-day demands and stress of the job to think about the longer term, big picture issues of your business.  The never-ending onslaught of emails, calls crowds out the space to think more strategically and get the perspective to make critical business and life decisions.  One way to escape the noise and regain […]

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks

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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level by Gay Hendricks, PhD Harper One, 2009 The Idea When something good happens to you is your response, “I don’t deserve this” or “Well, that was a fluke” and then, consciously or subconsciously you sabotage yourself, your idea or situation? Gay Hendricks calls this phenomena the Upper Limit Problem and shares his philosophy of why we self-sabotage or constrain ourselves in his 2009 book, The Big Leap. The title refers to Hendricks idea that many of us need to recognize the four hidden barriers that stand […]

Don’t Let Your Business Run You

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The biggest mistake I made when starting my own business was letting the business run me rather than running my business. I hope to help others avoid that mistake by sharing some of my experience and what I learned starting my company, amy green design, which is now just over two years old. At the start of my business, I was doing everything, and I mean everything, on my own. From designing brochures to my website to taking all cold calls to drafting every drawing myself, it was all me. That meant the business wasn’t scalable, that I didn’t have the bandwidth […]

September 2019: Career Journeys

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This month’s topic was meant to be Business, but a theme emerged from our contributors: the ambiguous, unexpected nature of career opportunities. Whether you’re building a career or growing a business, comfort with the unknown is a definite success skill. The business environment changes so rapidly that resilience may be one of the biggest factors in whether challenges crush you or usher you into your best chapter yet. In the Kickoff Session, our intro-to-Pregame business coaching session at the Clubhouse, one of the top reasons people come to us is to determine when to take the big leap from working […]

10 Lessons from 10 Years of Being My Own Boss

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As of this month, I’ve been my own boss for 10 years. TEN YEARS! I deserve a promotion. It wasn’t my original plan. I was laid off during the recession, and ended up landing freelance clients. In order to start a business bank account, I had to form an LLC, and thus Pressler Collaborative was born. I hate working from home, so I rented an office. (Fun fact: I was the very first person to move into the first WeWork on their opening day!) With an address and a bank account, things were starting to feel pretty official. I’ve worked […]

Lori Eberly: Fighting Fuckery, One Executive at a Time

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I recently had the privilege of sitting down with hospice social worker-turned- badass executive coach, Lori Eberly.  Her well-received book Fuckery, discusses the perils of rudimentary habits that damage trust within the workplace and offers advice on how to change the behaviors that create this toxic environment. She currently is the founder of Radius ECD, an executive coaching and development firm located in Portland Oregon.  Now before I dive into the interview, I felt I should add this in as a full disclosure. Sitting down with Eberly was somewhat nerve-wracking due to this being my rookie debut into the world […]

Book Brief: Company of One by Paul Jarvis

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Company of One:  Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing For Business Paul Jarvis Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2019   The Idea When business advisors talk about “scaling” and “VC” and “staffing up”, do your eyes bug out or glaze over… or both? Have you wondered if there’s something wrong with you if these aren’t ideas in your mission statement? In his book, Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing, Paul Jarvis shares his strategy of staying small on purpose, creating a thriving business and a rich life. Or, as Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson, authors/ […]

Book Brief: Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba

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Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur Cara Alwill Leyba Portfolio/ Penguin Random House, 2015, 2017 The Idea If you are a male entrepreneur, you may want to skip this month’s book review. This month, it’s all about the women, as Cara Alwill Leyba shares her coaching philosophies in the cloak of bright shininess and luxe living. This book evolved from her blog, TheChampagneDiet.com, that she created while working at MTV to track her weight loss journey. Through this journey, she discovered her empowerment, deciding that The Champagne Diet is more about celebrating […]