Author Archives: Laura Varner

5 Reasons Why Executives Should Volunteer to Mentor

Recently I had a chance to speak to the National Association of Women Business Owners mentoring group here in Phoenix. During my talk, I spoke to them about the importance of setting SMART goals. The response to my session was overwhelmingly positive, and it reminded me of how important it is for executives to volunteer. […]

Mentorship’s Effects on Mentors

Many companies talk about the importance of mentorship, and some even have established mentorship programs. Regardless, you can always take an opportunity to mentor someone within your company or industry. If you feel you can teach them, reach out. They are probably eager to learn. What you may not realize is how important mentorship is […]

The Mentor-Mentee Relationship: 3 Keys to Getting it Right

Are you wondering how to get ahead as you start out in your industry? Or are you a seasoned veteran who’d like to help the next generation of professionals become leaders? In either case, you’re probably interested in a mentor-mentee relationship. These types of relationships don’t just happen. They have to be intentional. They have […]

How to Get Your Teams Collaborating

Teams that are highly effective get things done with minimal drama and disagreement. Other teams are less effective and are full of jealousy, complaining, and poor work ethics. How do you take an ineffective team and turn things around? You teach your team the value of collaborating. Why is Collaborating Important? Collaboration shows that everyone […]

Should You Take a Sabbatical From Your Business?

A sabbatical has traditionally been a paid break that a college professor was given every seven years. However, it has expanded far beyond academics. Now, more people than ever are taking breaks from their jobs, and they aren’t always paid. In fact, some people simply quit their job to take some time off before finding […]

Building a Strong Mindset with Habits

Have you ever wondered why you sometimes just go on autopilot and wind up working on a Saturday when you meant to go to the grocery store? It’s a testament to the power of habits. Developing new habits can be difficult and takes time, but when you’ve established a new habit, you’ll find that you […]

How to Achieve Economies of Scale in Your Business

One of the goals of every business is to “scale their efforts”. However, sometimes that term is thrown around without true understanding. What does it mean to scale your efforts, how do you know if your processes are scalable, and how do you achieve economies of scale? The answers to those questions are vital to […]

Business Development Is Not Sales

Business development is a part of business that is focused on developing and implementing growth opportunities within the organization. Because of this focus on growth, business development is unfortunately often confused with sales. In reality, business development professionals have a much broader focus than just selling more products and services. By thoroughly understanding business development, […]

Preserve Your Culture – Treat Employees as Individuals

What is your company culture like? Have you thought about it? The culture of an organization is a reflection of its vision, values, and norms. Your company’s culture picks up where the handbook leaves off.  It’s the unspoken behavior guidelines that govern your employees and leadership. How do you preserve your culture and encourage positive […]