The Weekly – Do You Have to Do it All Yourself?

Headline: Is Delegation a Dirty Word for You?

This week the accountability call I lead Monday through Friday (Think about that a minute – daily accountability? How might that help you?) is focused on delegation and it’s been an interesting discussion.

Many leaders, bosses, people who get stuff done, are so focused on the “Getting it Done” that they neglect to use delegation to their best advantage. Is that you?

Here’s a couple of ways to let go of the reins and get more done by giving more away –

Shift your mindset.

When things come at us, hit our desk, move into our inbox or text, the first thing most leaders think is, “Take care of this.” And then go about taking care of it. But is that a good use of your time? – Here’s a new way to think from Daniel L. Doctoroff who states, “I either delegate something, I dump it, or I deal with it.”

The steps which are counter-intuitive are:

  1. Delegate
  2. Dump
  3. Deal

So then, no matter what comes to your desk, inbox or phone, is asking this question of yourself –

“Who could do this instead of me?”

Note that the question wasn’t – “Better than me” nor “Faster than me” – both of which matters not. It’s who can do this INSTEAD of me?

If you decide that it’s still you – then and maybe this should be first – can you dump this task completely?

The question then becomes: Does this NEED to be done? Or “What benefit is there from doing this?” These questions can free up your mind space and allow you to focus on something of a higher priority, or settle the issue of IF this should be done.

Lastly in this quote is the actual DOING part of it. DEAL with whatever it is.

The definition of ‘DO’
perform (an action, the precise nature of which is often unspecified).

The definition of ‘DEAL’
an agreement entered into by two or more parties for their mutual benefit, especially in a business or political context.

Doesn’t the second one sound more beneficial? And sometimes doing the action is the quickest, easiest thing to do IF you have asked the first questions.

You rarely have to do everything yourself, however, if you don’t ask yourself some or all of these questions, it’s likely you will end up doing much more than is reasonable.

Please feel free to share with me what you have learned to delegate to your advantage. And if you want to learn more about the daily accountability call I lead, set up a complimentary call with me to learn more.

 Schedule a 30-minute call with Shawna to uncover one of the secrets to more focused work.

 Blessings,
 Shawna Schuh, CSP 

 Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
 Executive Coaching, Speaking, Columnist and Author
 503-970-5774

Women in the Pet Industry Network’s
Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award Show is October 2nd.

Make plans to attend Pet Connections Expo today!

Register & Purchase Your Dinner Tickets HERE

Hot NEW News!

Pets And Money (A new summit for Pet Professionals coming this December) has stepped up to support the amazing women doing great work in the pet industry at the Pet Industry Woman of the Year Awards Show!

Check out the summit here: https://petsandmoneysummit.com

What is it?

The Pets & Money Summit is an exclusive one-day event helping pet brands grow their business and secure new investment and acquisition opportunities – Pet brand owners will get to connect with investment professionals and industry executives for one-on-one networking opportunities alongside talks from industry leaders to help you navigate the latest trends and build a strategy for growth. Apply to the Best in Show spotlight for your chance to pitch your product/service on the main stage!

 

Barbara Zawlocki, Lick Magazine – Page 84

 Stacy Pursell,  – Pages 30-31

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The Weekly – Finalists Selected for Pet Industry Woman of the Year!!!

Remarkable Women to Inspire

According to Forbes Magazine in its 2017 Fortune 500 list, which ranks major U.S. companies by their fiscal 2016 revenues. Only 32 of the companies, or 6.4 percent, were run by female CEOs.

And in a more recent article from Forbes, six of those women will be leaving or have left their posts in 2018.

That’s why it matters when we highlight women doing remarkable things like the Finalists for Pet Industry Woman of the Year, and why you joining in the celebration is smart for your business.

Here are 3 ways to use the news to your benefit:

1. Did you know posts.
When you are seen as helpful to those that follow and buy from you, they grow to trust and feel close to you. Are you giving value? Sending out a did you know post about interesting things is a definite trust builder.

2. Congratulations show your Confidence.
No matter if it’s the Finalist for Pet Industry Woman of the Year, or a local hero when you congratulate others you bring attention to your own self-confidence and worth. Seeking things to post about? Pick people to congratulate. We have 25 you could spread out and use!

3. Alignment adds luster. If you are a member of Women in the Pet Industry Network, then you are aligned with all the finalists because we’re the body that gives the award. This applies to all your associations and networks. When you call out what the association or network or a friend or colleague is doing well – it shows you are aligned with good people and good things.

Here is the list of the Finalists so you can post about it, congratulate them or see who you are aligned with to maximize your business.

Hope you will join us at the Awards Show for the Announcement of the Winners on Oct 2 in Oaks, PA! (Link)

 Blessings,
 Shawna Schuh, CSP 

 Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
 Executive Coaching, Speaking, Columnist and Author
 503-970-5774

Make plans to attend Pet Connections Expo today!

Pet Industry Woman of the Year Finalists 

Advocate Finalists

Dee Hoult with Applause Your Paws
Jodi Clock with Clock Timeless Pets
Dr. Judy Morgan, DVM with Naturally Healthy Pets
Dr. Sandra Faeh, DVM with Elmhurst Animal Care Center
Vicki Lynne Morgan with Animal Brands

Corporate Finalists

Aimee Gilbreath with Michelson Found Animals Foundation
Carol Borden with Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc
Kay Sumner, Melissa Jo Peltier, Sheila Emery with Dog Whisperer Productions, Inc.
Margot Crump with Crumps Naturals
Sara Morgan with Frenchies Kitchen

Entrepreneur Finalists

Adrienne Preuss with Animal Loving Care
Jamie Migdal with FetchFind
Julianna Carella with Treatibles
Nancy Guinn with Dog Krazy
Peggy Hoyt with PetFriendly.Love

Rising Star Finalists

Cynthia Wood with DOOG
Nancy Shadlow with Gen7pets
Nicci Decrisantis with Thomaston Feed
Suzanne Brean with My Little Dog Training Business
Yasaar Nakchbendi with Chirpy Cats

Solopreneur Finalists

Ann Greenberg with A Pet With Paws, LLC
Fiona Robertson with Newflands, Ltd
Jen Reeder with Divided Sky
Robbi Hess with All Words Matter, Inc.
Robyn Kline with Barks, Bones, & Biscuits LLC

PIWY Finalists – Purchase Your Dinner Tickets HERE  

TOP WOMEN IN THE PET INDUSTRY 
FEATURE ISSUE LIVE NOW

Kim Goldsworthy, Podium Pet Products for Dog Rocks – Pages 54-55

     

 Veronica Boutelle, dog biz – Pages 18-19

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The Weekly – Tired of Being Inspired?

End of Summer Hazy Days

This has been a quick and amazing summer, or at least it was for me. Now, maybe, just maybe I’m in a less than inspired mood and that’s a lesson, isn’t it?

Do you ever get tired of being inspired? Tired of being “ON”?  Tired of doing everything for everyone? Or at least that’s how it feels right now as I write this.

You may not have these – (Want to do nothing) spells but if you do read on for ways to re-energize yourself because you must be energized to energize others.

Tips to get your mojo back:

  1. Accept it and go with it.
    1. If you don’t feel energized, maybe it’s time to go back to bed, take a bath, go for a walk or watch a movie. Sometimes your mind is simply too full to continue to process – so shut it off for a while
  2. Judge not.
    1. Not feeling energized is simply something that will pass, however it will stay longer if you judge yourself for the feeling. Most people have some down periods and they end sooner when you don’t judge them.
  3. Be with your pets
    1. Sometimes the most obvious thing is the one we miss. Our pets rarely display the down times we do unless they are sick – that’s something to consider for yourself – make sure you’re not coming down with something, but then, get into the petting mode, go roll in the grass, throw a ball and act like your furry friends.
  4. Sign up for something new
    1. When you used to sign up for classes, when you had school starting there was  so much energy flowing – why not doing that again? We are even offering a new program for leaders called: The Ultimate Leadership Immersion Adventure and it starts in October. Schedule a complimentary session here to see if you’re ready.

As the summer comes to a close I’m looking forward to the smell in the air, to the crispness in the mornings, to the change in the weather and the changes in me too.

I welcome your comments – and if you think you’re ready to step it up as a leader – schedule your complimentary session now.

Blessings, Shawna

 Blessings,
 Shawna Schuh, CSP 

 Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
 Executive Coaching, Speaking, Columnist and Author
 503-970-5774

Make plans to attend Pet Connections Expo today!

Pet Industry Woman of the Year Finalists 

Advocate Finalists

Dee Hoult
Jodi Clock
Dr. Judy Morgan, DVM
Dr. Sandra Faeh, DVM
Vicki Lynn Morgan

Corporate Finalists

Aimee Gilbreath
Carol Borden
Kay Sumner, Melissa Jo Peltier, Sheila Emery
Margot Crump
Sara Morgan

Entrepreneur Finalists

Adrienne Preuss
Jamie Migdal
Julianna Carella
Nancy Guinn
Peggy Hoyt

Rising Star Finalists

Cynthia Wood
Nancy Shadlow
Nicole Cammack
Suzanne Brean
Yasaar Nakchbendi

Solopreneur Finalists

Ann Greenberg
Fiona Robertson
Jen Reeder
Robbi Hess
Robyn Kline

TOP WOMEN IN THE PET INDUSTRY 
FEATURE ISSUE LIVE NOW

Lisa Beals, Fitness 4 Paws – Pages 16-17

     

 Jodi Clock, Ask Jodi – Pages 20-21

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The Weekly – Dog Days of Summer in the Year of the Dog

According to what I found online, the Dog Days of Summer are wrapped up about now, however, according to that same definition of a period of lethargy, inactivity, or indolence, they are still going strong! Ha!

“dog days. the sultry part of the summer, supposed to occur during the period that Sirius, the Dog Star, rises at the same time as the sun: now often reckoned from July 3 to August 11. a period marked by lethargy, inactivity, or indolence.”

This is something you can use to your advantage in your business.

Besides the back to school push from every major retailer in the world – and that started, what, the day school got out? You can use this August lull period to focus on the dog!

Here are two ideas:

A keep cool contest –

Have your clients post the best ideas and photos from how they keep their pooches cool during this “hot” period.

Do your own version of Back to School – With Training!

Focus on training this month – do a new trick video – or a new trick video daily and feature your four-legged customers as they go, back to school!

Lastly, and this is for those days you don’t much want to do anything, don’t!

There is a reason to take a vacation in the summer. You might make a big deal of that and when you return – hold a picnic someplace and invite your tribe to meet you at the dog park and you bring the treats!

 Blessings,
 Shawna Schuh, CSP 

 Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
 Executive Coaching, Speaking, Columnist and Author
 503-970-5774

Make plans to attend Pet Connections Expo today!

TOP WOMEN IN THE PET INDUSTRY 
FEATURE ISSUE LIVE NOW

Tammy Rodgers, Puparazzi – Pages 32-33

     

 Brooke Sloate, pawTree – Pages 72-73

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The Weekly – From Wide Open Spaces to New York Faces

Off to New York City in August??

As the President of Women in the Pet Industry Network, I’m invited to many events and this weekend I will be attending for the first time something out of my regular world, especially lately, having come off 100 miles astride a horse.

I will be attending The 5th Annual International Cotillion for Fur Babies  –

Yes, a dress up, high style event for dogs! If that isn’t the opposite of a trail ride, I don’t know what is and I am super excited to experience it!

Put on my G Girl Productions – This is a big gala that features costumed dogs and their decked out pet parents in competition. And it’s going to be held in the New Yorker Hotel-

The reason I share this is that one thing many pet professionals fall into is sameness.

Sameness isn’t a bad thing necessarily –

It’s nice to have the systems in place for others to support and help you (note: We will be working deeply around structure, systems & support in the Ultimate Leadership Immersion program starting in Oct.)

And sameness is also something to pay attention to so you can change things up so that it’s exciting for your clients and customers.

Here are 2 ways –

  1. Go to something new for you – if you usually do pet related expos – why not go to a gift one, or sporting goods or something that you can use to see things from a whole new perspective? Go with the intention of finding at least 5 ideas to improve how you exhibit or attend?
  2. Put yourself in a situation that you would normally not be in.  Is there a store that you have never considered entering? A comic book store? A gun store? One that sells cannabis? Find 3 display ideas or signage that really words you can alter to serve your needs.

This weekend I am wearing a long gown, sparkles and high heels to enjoy the event – earlier this month, I was in western wear and a cowboy hat and both of these perspectives help me help my clients because it stretches my mind which allows me to help them do better in their business too.

Are you interested in how you might think, or grow even better? Schedule a complimentary call with me to discuss your goals. 

 Blessings,
 Shawna Schuh, CSP 

 Serving Leaders Who Ignite Others
 Executive Coaching, Speaking, Columnist and Author
 503-970-5774

Make plans to attend Pet Connections Expo today!

TOP WOMEN IN THE PET INDUSTRY 
FEATURE ISSUE LIVE NOW

Alina Nasco, Baylee Nasco – Pages 60-61

     

 Marianne Bertrand, Muttluks – Pages 46-47

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