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Power of a Partner

The Philantrepreneur I can do this…. I can do this…. Do you hear yourself saying this over and over? Are things getting done or piling up? Is there a sense of overwhelm? As entrepreneurs the nature of our existence and the term solo-preneur defines our working model. We get used to living in a silo. One of the best assets a beginning entrepreneur often overlooks is creating or engaging in a support system. Can you achieve your goals on your own? Yes, but why would you want to, it so much easier with an Accountability Partner (AP). EVERY entrepreneur NEEDS a support system. Even the most experienced entrepreneurs give credit for their success to their support system. It is a means to bounce ideas, get feedback and most important stay connected and grounded. In addition to an AP, you have probably heard the terms Accountability Coach and Mastermind Groups in similar context.  So let’s define each and get clarification on how an AP is different from an accountability coach or mastermind group.

 Let’s start by defining what is an Accountability Partner? An AP is a two-way relationship where both participants are engaged in keeping the other on track toward reaching goals and creating a life and business by design rather than default. Having an AP is a great first step to building a support system as an interactive collaboration for mutual benefit. It is a partnership, a one on one relationship with another like-minded individual, from a different industries or at least separate focus areas. Your mutual goals generally are accountability, responsibility, idea sharing, creativity, brainstorming, and motivational support, however as the relationship develops it may evolve into whatever is agreed upon. It is a collaboration and partnership where both participants gain equal value from the relationship.

In comparison, an accountability coach, just as the name implies there exists a hierarchy of the coach to client relationship. One individual is there to guide and keep the other accountable, set benchmarks and goals. The coach is not there to provide the answers but to guide the process of discovery. The ICF’s (International Coaching Federation’s) definition of coaching is, ‘partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential’.

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On a larger scale is the mastermind group which offers a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability and support in a group setting to sharpen business and personal skills and achieve success. Participants challenge each other to set important goals, and more importantly, to accomplish them. It offers many of the same features of an AP but in a group setting which may be initially uncomfortable for some, especially if just starting out. The group requires commitment, confidentiality, and a willingness to be creative, brainstorm ideas/solutions, and support each other with total honesty, respect and compassion. Mastermind group members act as catalysts for growth, devil’s advocates and supportive colleagues.

Do I really need an Accountability Partner?

6 Things An AP Will Do For You  5 Signs You Need an Accountability Partner
1.Get that extra push you need in your businessSometimes you just need that extra little push. Maybe you’re stuck on whether or not to move forward on a certain project or maybe you’re not sure if it’s even a project you should be working on. On a normal day, you would probably hem and haw over what direction to take and spin your wheels but an accountability partner will be there to help you make a decision and get things done.

2. Someone to bounce around ideas

It’s nice to have an accountability partner(s) when you’re stuck and not sure how to proceed on an idea or maybe you need help deciding on whether or not to sell a product for a certain price, what website to focus your attention, etc. Working online can be lonely at times and sometimes spouses/family/friends just don’t understand the type of help you need. Connecting with someone who does understand is a big deal.

3. Someone you can stay accountable to

At the beginning of every week, you’ll share your 3 biggest tasks for the week with your accountability partner(s). It’s really nice to have someone to tell when you have accomplished those tasks. Or on the flip side it’s nice to have someone there if you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and they can bring you back to reality. It’s great to know you have someone there that is counting on you to take action!

4. Someone to share accomplishments with

Did you make a big sale? Finish a project? An accountability partner is the perfect person to share those exciting times with.

5. Someone who can be totally honest with you

There are times where you might feel that you are choosing the right project or path in your business but you’re really not. In this case, you need someone who will be honest and who feels comfortable telling you like it is, in a nice but firm way.

6. You drastically increase your productivity

As mentioned above, having someone to stay accountable to makes you achieve more than you thought you ever could. You are focused on the most important tasks and are less likely to be drawn to all the mundane and most importantly non money making tasks. You will find yourself much more productive!

1. You habitually start and stop.Do you set a goal, get revved up, pursue it with gusto for a week or two and then let it die? If so, an accountability partner is what you need. When you have someone to answer to – someone who is going to hold you to your word – you’re less likely to give up in the middle of something. A good accountability partner won’t let you give up just because the path gets rough. They’ll offer a shoulder to lean on, but will eventually push you back up and on your way.

2. You never get started.

Do you set goals and dreams, but never act on them? That’s another indication that you need an accountability partner. Many of us have some pretty big ideas. That’s great, now take that idea a step further and actually plan to do those things? An accountability partner can get you in the habit of setting and achieving goals for yourself.

3. You procrastinate.

Remember when mom would kick you out of the house because she didn’t want you wasting a beautiful day sitting around doing nothing? Well, an accountability partner can help jump-start you into action. Maybe you’re stuck in a dead-end, mental block, fearful or any number of reasons that we procrastinators choose. Your accountability partner can give you the kick in the pants and the motivation you need to make a change.

4. You settle for less than you should.

There’s a difference between being humble than being foolish. People who are foolish, feel they have no worth and simply accept what is offered (if anything) than what they are worth. Your AP will recognize your value and the potential for more. Often others see more than we see ourselves. Your AP will get you on the right track to move forward.

5. You’re indecisive.

Sometimes, after we experience failure, we find it difficult to make decisions for fear it’s going to be the wrong one. The result is that we end up paralyzed while opportunities pass us by. An accountability partner can provide you with mentoring and insight that you’ve never had before. They can often see the forest while you’re preoccupied with looking at the trees.

Remember that an accountability partner isn’t there to tell you what to do; they’re there to provide motivation and assistance when needed. It’s a great resource to have because, while we may not mind disappointing ourselves, we generally don’t like letting other people down – especially when they’re looking after our best interests.

Selecting and Establishing Partnership Parameters

  1. Be careful who you pick. Have you ever tried to be an exercise partners with someone, only to have them rarely show up, be perpetually late, and have a never ending line of excuses? To create a valuable partnership, you have to find someone who is as committed to their own success as you are to yours.
  2. Pick a time that works. Select a good time that works for both of you and stick with it. Begin by having weekly call, many like Monday’s because it can set the tone for the rest of the week. Meet at exactly the same time, put it on your calendar so that you’re less likely to forget or miss the appointment. Make it a priority.
  3. Set a good length for the calls. Remember the length of the call must accommodate an equal share of time on each other’s goals. In the beginning, you may worry that calls will be too long, but to get the value and result desired ample time is needed. Generally calls that run around an hour will give plenty of time to talk about accomplishments and challenges for both of you. By knowing how long to expect, you won’t book things too close to the call time. You never want to feel rushed.
  4. Be consistent. You and your accountability partner must honor appointments with each other. Recognize the value and how much it helps your forward progress.
  5. Plan your agenda. Planned calls are much more productive and get way more out of the conversation. Usually no later than the Friday before calls (if on Monday), email each other our respective lists, which include updates, what we’ve done, obstacles and things to discuss (if we’re having any particular challenges that we need help with).
  6. Rely on the agenda. It’s easy to go off on tangents, but try to stay close to your agenda so that you get the most out of the call. Generally, run through the lists, make suggestions and provide feedback to each other.
  7. Split the call. Always cover what’s been going on and what’s to come for both partners. It is not necessary to  stick to set time frames, but might find it to be helpful to dedicate the first half the call to one person and the second to the other.
  8. Be ready to learn. There’s rarely a call when you won’t have “homework:” A solution or idea to look into on the recommendation of the other person. Have pen and paper ready to take notes so that you don’t forget things by the end of the call.
  9. Be ready to help. It’s likely that your partner will want you to review something here and there, so be available and try to follow up quickly. Remember that the purpose of this relationship is to help each other move your visions forward, and by being willing and ready to step up for your accountability partner, you’ll both reach your goals more quickly.
  10. Don’t wimp out. Be frank and direct with your partner. Don’t sugar-coat your opinions and say what you think the other person wants to hear. The only way you will get real value out of this relationship is if you can count on each other to be upfront and honest. If you think the person is doing the wrong thing, making a bad choice, or even lagging behind, say so.

Can you see why this type of partnership is crucial?

The value of having an accountability partner really can’t be felt or described accurately until you begin the process and start benefiting from the results. On a daily basis you will do more than you ever imagined. It is motivating, inspiring and provides a sense of pride as you recognize your own progress and becomes even more fulfilling as every opportunity arises to share accomplishments and progress with your AP.  Oh and by the way, you’ll be serious about making money.

Dr. Victoria Boyd is Founder & President of the GALAXY group, LLC and The Philantrepreneur suite of services.

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The Core

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Getting to the ‘core’ of things is essential. The phrase, cutting to the core, is often used and simply means a central part of something. The core helps clarify and define the ‘why’ and ‘what’ of any number of circumstances, events or strategies. The core is the foundation. So why is it frequently ignored or overlooked at the start and especially as events spiral further away? It’s there to enhance one’s knowledge, understanding and comprehension – to basically make life easier. There could be many reasons, and none of them significant at this time, because… did I mention this blog is all about me…  yep, my core, my passion and what I want to give you. However,  perhaps this brief blog will shift some light on the value of ‘The Core’.  

For me, the core has a very symbolic meaning. My visual image generally goes to an apple core. Interestingly,  the apple is commonly associated with education, teachers and learning. As a career educator it is only appropriate or perhaps my subconscious programming, that it resonates  and has a strong presence in my life.  Education is my passion – My Core. 

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If you explore the projects I’ve developed, you will notice a common thread which is to share my expertise to help other through their journey.  The Wealthy Teacher: Answering the questions, What’s next?  shares my journey with hope that others will learn from my mistakes and find their ‘core’.

Your needs are front and center….

The Philantrepreneur Institute, What’s Next Training Series & Nuts & Bolts NPO Training are outlets for my passion – but more important it is an opportunity to see others gain the skills needed to reach their full potential. Here are some of the offerings.

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What it all means… for YOU

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Imagine being in a forest covered with haze. As the old saying goes, one can’t see the forest for the trees and ironically it applies in my situation. This vision had been brewing and looking back, it took a lifetime to evolve. It’s like the puzzle pieces finally started making sense and came together. The elements were all there, just not in focus and aligned on the right path. 

What evolved? I found my What’s next? First for some context, I was an early retiree with years of experience, training and supporting others realize their potential and capitalizing on their skills…. I was a teacher. My story is at the core of what emerged. Writing the book, The Wealthy Teacher: Answering the question, What’s next? became an exercise of self discovery and started me on a path to alignment. All of the pieces of my life were placed on a tablet before me as I discovered my needs.

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So, what does it all mean and how does it have any impact for you? There are many people, consciously or unconsciously, looking for what’s next? However, many don’t realize that it is not the what that is important but actually the why. The secret is grounded in your core – your passion – your purpose. That is the element that ties everything together and creates lasting satisfaction. It also is at the core of what came next on my path to serve you.

Finding alignment, internally and externally was important. This alignment was the vision behind the launch of new services that connect with existing brands.  Externally, they may seem unrelated, however there is a strong thread that transcends and connects them – Passion for community service. Utilizing my story, experience and expertise as a trainer, nonprofit specialist, believer in social enterprise and corporate social responsibility, became the foundation.

Your needs –  Help you find meaning, purpose and be profitable too.

Are you asking what’s next as I did? Where does your passion lead you? Want to start a nonprofit, envision a business or combine the two? Supporting your needs has been central to our services and here’s how they work together.

  • Are you a Philanthropist by nature? the Galaxy group provides guidance and support to the nonprofit community.  From conception, to launch, to developing the systems, we assists building strong foundations with an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Are you an Entrepreneur by nature? The Wealthy Teacher provides guidance to reignite and rejuvenate core values and passion. Then using that as the foundation create an entrepreneurial venture based on a social enterprise model. 

The Philantrepreneur        Where we are today….

Merging philanthropy and entrepreneurs under one umbrella The Philantrepreneur suite of services was launched. Providing support via consulting, coaching, training and multi-functional website we can deliver resources, strategies and insight to for profit and nonprofit entities. A new website gathers together in one location and allows access to the broad suite of services. Explore the Hub, Radio Show, Journal, Institute and interactive forum. Coming soon will be the Learning Library to round out our goal to create a community of passion driven individuals and social enterprises. Join the movement and excitement! Explore and register to become a member of the forum to add your voice.  You can have it all as a Philantrepreneur!  

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Cause Marketing Grows Up

Cause Marketing is maturing into Meaningful Marketing and that is a good thing.

The concept of cause marketing as noted on The Philantrepreneur Radio Show in September has been around since 1974 when John Carr and The Foundation for Charitable Giving as a way of “giving back” engaged Charities and Businesses to support each other. We’re now witnessing the first major change in almost four decades–a shift referred to as “meaningful marketing.” This shift was initiated by corporate partners need to decrease cause based philanthropy but to developing purpose-based brands, sustainability and require nonprofits to fundamentally shift their approach to working with businesses if they wished to secure significant support.

It is a great concept because meaningful marketing unites and integrates businesses’ and organizations’ efforts behind a singular and truly meaningful idea that can achieve significant impact. Equipped with that big idea, corporations then need to identify the cause or causes that can deliver the brand value and marketing assets needed to live up to the idea’s promise, spread its message, and achieve the desired results.

Meaningful marketing hit its stride, with a handful of pioneering companies taking the lead and many more poised to adopt it as their central approach to partnering with nonprofits. Among those at the forefront: Coca Cola: Live Positively; Liberty Mutual: Responsibility Project; Kohl’s: Kohl’s Cares; and Dove’s Unstoppable Project.

Philantrepreneur-Sample-CoverMeaningful marketing can also work for small to midsize of entrepreneurs and nonprofits. The strategies are the same: demonstrate  marketing strategies that have community impact. The Philantrepreneur’ Ads for A Cause marketing platform provides the opportunity to implement meaningful marketing immediately in ongoing strategies.

To find out more about Ads For A Cause visit: http://thephilantrepreneur.com/marketing-ads/

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Finding the answer to “What’s next?”

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What’s next? These two little words carry a lot of weight, have significant meaning and ask a big question. Two words that cross boundaries, sectors and all walks of life. Two words that are so simple and often taken for granted or conveyed with a sigh, gesture or nod. Yet, these two words – what’s next – hold the future.

For me the question, “What’s next?” seems to be popping up everywhere. In my work and life, and has been playing a masterful dance around m

y subconscious. You know how the subconscious works. Remember the last time you finally decided which car you were going to purchase. You thought to yourself, “Not too many people have that model and I can be a little unique.”  Then BAM! like a miracle, don’t you see that car everywhere you turn. Everyone has it – YOUR car. Your subconscious has been put on high alert. So I guess, in terms of what’s next, I am on high alert for you.

“What’s next?” seems to have become my battle cry and mantra of what people SHOULD be asking. In the development stages of my book, “The Wealthy Teacher: Asking the question What’s next?” many titles floated through the  shredder on my path to finding what true meaning it was conveying. As others reviewed the manuscript the conversation evolved and it became crystal clear that was the only logical choice. However, I should have recognized sooner that I was in the ‘What’s next?” business my entire career.

As a former educator, students constantly asked, “What’s next?” However, as I transitioned out of that world and mindset, the significance diminished.

But whoa! It’s back and it’s back strong. I am still in the “What’s next?” business. However, this time around, instead of providing the answers, it has become a journey of discovery.

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last time you asked “What’s next?”  It is a question that appears over and over in our life. It can also have a different meaning and origination point. Is it a question brought on from frustration or from anticipation? You will need to know the difference in order to respond and to get it right. A lot hangs on the answer. Will a choice be made that brings the question up over and over? Or will a choice be made that generates opportunities and alignment? Or, will you rely on others to provide the answers?

What I have been discussing falls in the realm of change. There are so many change theories and strategies that have evolved over time. However, what I have found to be true for me, and continually works best for the individuals and organizations I assist is this simple formula. Let values and passion design the purpose that becomes the compass for the next journey. That is my mantra.

So my question is, how do you approach, “What’s next?” in your world? Do you know how to respond and take action? Do you make sure your decisions are grounded in your values and passion?

Follow your Passion and Success will follow you….

Dr. Victoria Boyd, Author of: The Wealthy Teacher: Answering the question, What’s next?Boyd-WealthyTeacher CVR (2)

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What’s Beyond the Trees?

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Most of us have used or heard the saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees”. Well I am guilty of not seeing beyond the trees. So my question to you – Are you blinded by the trees in your own life?

Recently I gathered a group of insightful women to share, explore and brainstorm some of the ideas I had percolating. I was stumped and needed input and outside perspectives on what I thought were fabulous ideas.  These women came from different perspectives, walks of life and skill sets. What they did have in common however, is they are playing a role in this chapter of my life’s journey. I met and connected with them for a reason.

As we discussed the topics at hand, with numerous sidebar conversations, it was obvious that we were all were striving for similar goals… not paths, but goals. Sharing our own unique gift. Yet we were blinded by that gift and not exploring all of the opportunities that exist right beyond the edge of the forest. We couldn’t see beyond the trees.

Many times we get caught in the framework of ‘our expertise’. Not looking at how our gifts can be transferred successfully to support and impact a whole new audience. In my book The Wealthy Teacher: Answering the Question, What’s next? I encourage readers to expand their vision and reach, look beyond the forest, find those opportunities that utilize your valuable gifts in new and exciting ways.

I have discovered a whole new niche that I can support with my expertise. Not abandoning the education and nonprofit sectors, but increasing my reach I am able to share with independent event planners and speakers. The also can benefit from training related to corporate sponsorships… I so excited about the opportunity and look forward to serving in a new capacity.

So – What do you see beyond the forest in your life?

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What’s Next?

“What’s next?” These two powerful little words ask a big question.  A question we have all asked some time in our life. We all want to know…. and we need to get it right. A lot hangs on the question and the answer. So what is your What’s next? Do you know how to respond?

For me the question, “What’s next?” seems to be popping up everywhere. Maybe because I use it as a key question in my book The Wealthy Teacher, or when helping nonprofits, or frankly it is a question I am also asking myself. You know how the subconscious works. For example, you decide to buy a car and like a miracle, don’t you see that car everywhere you turn. Everyone has it – your car. Your subconscious has been put on high alert. I am on high alert for “What’s next?”

The question has significance and I should have recognized sooner that I was in the ‘What’s next?” business my entire education career. Students constantly ask, “What’s next?” However, thinking I had transitioned out of that mindset, the significance diminished. But whoa! It’s back and it’s back strong. I help two separate sectors answer their What’s next? I am still in the “What’s next?” business.

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Educators facing change, threatened with layoff, frustrated or realizing that an education career may not be for you. You are asking, What’s next?  Join the dialogue.

Nonprofits – Do you want to start a nonprofit? Are you a nonprofit needing assistance to create a strong foundation? So you are asking “What’s next?”

 

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