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December 2014 Growth Club

Thanks to all the successful business owners who attended the December 2014, last quarter business growth club.  This was a  great way to end the year and prepare for next year.   -cl


End of the Year Business Practices

Finally, the end of the year has arrived. As 2014 comes to a close, it is important for business owners to revisit how the year went by analyzing what was accomplished, any areas lacking, and ways to make next year an even better year for the business. If you are pondering these questions, then this means you are a smart entrepreneur who simply wants to become a successful one. We want to guide you into the right direction and give Read More


Growing Your Business: DIY or Hire A Business Coach

We live in an age of specialization far removed from days when pioneers built their houses, grew their crops, fixed their plowshares and delivered their babies. Likewise, while frontier storekeepers were on their own when it came to developing their business strategies, these days entrepreneurs in Houston, Texas have Doug Winnie, certified executive and business coach to turn to for inspiration. Personal coaching has become second nature in American culture. Sports stars would not be seen without their trainer, even Read More


Time Management, Can’t Live Without It

Are You Effectively Managing Your Time? Although time management – or the lack of it – is a controversial subject, it broadly refers to ‘the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity’. This makes it a deliberate, conscious act, although it may apply to us or activities under our control. This blog about time management – and why we can’t live without Read More


Top 7 Strategies In 7 Minutes

Doug Winnie sharing his top 7 strategies in 7 minutes on how he has been successful in growing his ActionCOACH business.


Benefits Of A Team That Cares

Is Your Team Happy and Thriving or Bored and Complacent? Your Bottom Line Knows… Important question for you… Who generates your revenue and your profits, you or your team? Next question, how much time should you spend growing your teams spirit and heart and bank account? It is kind of funny how I learned about this particular topic. An IT company where everyone is in front of a computer generating code. Nothing of great people-oriented stuff and my team also Read More


More Than A Business Coach…I’m A Business GROWTH Coach

The irascible Irish character George Bernard Shaw once said, “the reasonable man adapts himself to his surroundings; the unreasonable man attempts the opposite; therefore all progress depends on unreasonable men” and naturally women too. To my way of thinking that sums up Houston’s top business growth coach Doug Winnie perfectly. Man with a Reputation for Improving Things Doug Winnie is a pioneering spirit and a starter-up of things. This is critically important for anyone who provides edgy franchise and small Read More


The Difference Between Team and Business Coaching

There is a lot of hype on web space about business coaches currently, and this confuses the issue in people’s minds. Team coaching is also being bandied about. Perhaps interest in the latter stems from the thought of a team scoring a goal. Business coaching is about scoring a different kind of success. I decided to write this post to tease out the differences. So What Is Team Coaching Really? Coaching a team is just that. Teaching a bunch of Read More


Time Management: The Key to Effective Working

Time Management Tips

How often do we not let time rule our lives, and prevent us from achieving goals we set ourselves? The lack of it forces us to cut meetings short, drive too fast and forgo those precious hours with the kids we promised them. How many times do we not commit ourselves to implementing time management, and how many quick fixes are forgotten in our bottom drawers? Where Does Time Go? There is an old saying that procrastination is the thief Read More


Adjusting Your Communication Skills

communication in business

Do you have good communication skills? The holidays can be a stressful time for business owners and employees. For one thing, business owners have to ensure that they are sending out a positive message to their clients as well as their employees. As a business owner, you’ll want to leave a lasting good impression, so that people think positively of you during their downtime. Employees tend to leave businesses where they feel undervalued and clients don’t return to companies where Read More


Team Compatibility

collaboration and profits

Team compatibility can influence how well your team creatively solves problems and makes effective decisions. Nevertheless, getting dissimilar individuals to work together can be challenging, but worthwhile. Why? The more effectively your team can collaborate, the better they can meet the needs of your customers and create a delightful customer experience that accelerates your business past your competition. How can you cultivate team compatibility and collaboration? Create and support an environment that accepts new ideas. If you’re too focused on doing things Read More


Communicating Team Support

team support

Does your business cultivate a culture of compassion for your team? When business leaders show their team how much they care, their team feels more confident in following them. Teams need that sense of camaraderie to support the views and beliefs of the business owner/leader. In Jen Sincero’s You are a Badass, she states that “…giving is one of our greatest joys. It’s also one of the most powerful gestures there is.” After experiencing and seeing the effects of Hurricane Read More


Company Culture and Hiring

company culture

When you consider hiring that new employee, it’s important to understand your company culture. Many organizations don’t pay attention to their culture, so it just develops over time. The problem is that the culture that develops may not be one that you, the owner, envisioned. So what can you do to ensure that your company culture is one that reflects your vision? The first step is to define your culture and make sure that you’re hiring individuals that fit the Read More


Creating Impactful Emails

sending emails

Did you know that 92% of adults still send emails? Email is not a dead medium. Moreover, email is 40 times more effective in acquiring new customers than social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter. Social media tends to be too broad because you’re trying to talk to the masses instead of creating a bond with just 1 person. With the built-in personalization of e-mail, the direct connection that you establish with the reader builds more impact and trust. You can also build Read More


Just Leave A Message

leave a message

Recently, I missed a call from a number that I had never seen before. I’m looking at my cell phone and it has that missed call red icon next to the number. That was it. You’re probably wondering what the big deal is about this situation. Well, it’s the fact that the person that called (whoever they were) didn’t leave a message. Of course, I figured it was a telemarketer, but that’s not the point. You have no idea how Read More


Cultural Diversity

cultural diversity

With roughly 1 in 4 individuals within Houston being foreign born, there’s likely to be cultural diversity issues within the workplace. For instance, there is a cowboy culture within Houston that is very unique. These cowboys tend to value hard work, which translates into waking up early and staying up late. Now what do you think would happen if someone from the cowboy culture happened to meet a millennial in the workplace? It’s likely that they’ll have differences in opinions Read More


Overcoming Your Fear

overcoming fear

Is fear standing in the way of your success? After attending the Houston Business Journal’s BizWomen Mentoring Monday event, I learned that sometimes you just have to do things afraid. One of the mentors, Karee Laing, stated that “nothing’s impossible if you try it [and] it isn’t failure if you learned something.” The key to being successful is to overcome your fear and take a leap of faith. To be honest, I fear networking events from time to time. Going Read More


Effective Communication and DISC

words associated with effective communication

Good teamwork tends to require not only effective communication skills, but also dedication to being a team player. Every person on the team needs to be committed to doing their part because that will impact how well the job gets done. My job is to play quarterback, and I’m going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me. Tom Brady That’s Read More