Reflections

Your Business Needs a Bold, Bragging, Badass Boss Lady

December 21, 2020

Y’all want to hear some damn good bragging? Here I go! The 25th Hour has served and supported over 40 businesses in 12 years. Five businesses, in particular, have partnered with The 25th Hour for dependable and timely services for over five straight years. I earned my OBM certification this year to honor my values […]

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How to Empower Business Partnerships and Get Through “Sticky” Situations

October 26, 2020

Two heads are always better than one, but inevitably tensions will rise, and then it’s simply best to pause. Saying less and listening more will get you back on track to produce positive results faster. In the past, I have written about Michael Bungay Stanier’s coaching approach as an excellent leadership method to use with […]

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Breaking it Down: How OBMs Lead People and Manage Things

September 28, 2020

I’m a Certified Online Business Manager; I manage people, projects, and systems. There’s a school of thought examining what it means to “manage” versus “lead.” In a 2013 article, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) discusses the difference between leadership and management. It outlines that leaders convert challenges into opportunities and create circles of influence, whereas […]

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You Get What You Pay For – A True Crime Story

September 14, 2020

I was impatient to get this done – to ‘Fix This Next’ if you will – and I rushed to hire help. She was a professional, but our definitions of “professional” were vastly different. Now I had a product I couldn’t use, and I only had myself to blame. Let me tell you the true […]

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Effective Leadership: Wearing the Coach’s Hat

August 3, 2020

Being a leader means tackling uncomfortable situations head-on. As an OBM, I may be called upon to do some uncomfortable work. If I’m to lead as the business owner’s partner, I must navigate sometimes icky and always tricky situations to preserve relationships within a business — especially as it relates to what’s best for the […]

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