Why Obstacles Help a Leader

By Dana Phillips. This is a great little poem, author unknown, to remind us of the value of obstacles. There once was an oyster Whose story I tell, Who found that some sand Got into his shell.   It was only a grain, But it gave him great pain. For oysters have feelings Although they're [...]

By | 2018-03-28T18:53:56+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Direct Sales Leadership, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Mountain or Snow Bank: Handling Obstacles

By Dana Phillips. So many of you had snow on the first day of spring! Sitting in the warm Texas air, I watched Facebook posts with mounds of snow, icy roads, and more snow coming down.  For some of you, that is a frightening picture.  For others, the thought of snow brings a smile to [...]

By | 2018-03-26T16:15:42+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Direct Sales Leadership, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Lessons in Leadership: Take Responsibility

By Dana Phillips. As a leader, you have the opportunity to work on YOU first:  “who” you are will show up in what you do and how you lead. Be More. This is the part that is totally in your control.  Who do you want to be?  When you think of leaders you admire and [...]

Packing for Success: Toothpaste and Clean Underwear

By Dana Phillips. “Success is a journey, not a destination.” We have heard that many times, haven’t we? So what do we need for the journey?  Is there a packing list for the journey of success?  I came up with some “essentials”. Knowledge:  the toothpaste.  All the knowledge you have and all the ability you [...]

By | 2018-02-22T05:48:47+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Direct Sales Leadership, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Gratitude at the Academy Awards—and elsewhere

By Neil Phillips. I love to work with people who show gratitude.  Yesterday, Dana and I did some pro bono training at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.  As we were leaving the room, one of the participants thanked us for coming down to Parkland. She expressed heartfelt gratitude.  As we were leaving the building, one of [...]

Learning from Your Mistakes

By Neil Phillips. When was the last time you had a completely error-free day?  The answer is obvious—never.  It just doesn't happen.  Mistakes are such a normal part of your daily patterns that you often don’t recognize them and just keeping pushing forward.  In coaching, we know how we manage our mistakes makes a difference.  [...]

By | 2018-02-07T16:02:45+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Coaching, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Fall in Love Again

By Mary McLoughlin. Your relationship with your direct selling business mirrors a marriage in many ways. You have a passion for your products and your company. You are committed for the long haul. You are emotionally attached to the vision and the people. Just like a marriage, it’s easy to take your eyes off what [...]

By | 2018-01-31T18:00:54+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Goals, Leadership, Mindfulness|0 Comments

Why Wait for Feedback? Entrepreneur Version

By Neil Phillips. As a direct seller, solopreneur, or entrepreneur, you probably don’t see yourself as having many opportunities to seek feedback.  After all, you don’t have any (or at least not many) employees.   First, the bad news:  when most of us ask for feedback we get an image of giving someone a loaded gun, [...]

By | 2018-01-11T07:28:24+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Mindfulness|0 Comments

Why Wait for Feedback?

By Neil Phillips. Whenever I've coached someone who works in a corporate setting, one of the most dreaded time of year for them is the “periodic review.”  I've never met anyone who looks forward to a review—even the ones who are sure that it’s going to be positive. On the other hand, any coach will [...]

By | 2018-01-03T18:33:11+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Mindfulness|0 Comments

Answer 15 Questions to Describe Your Business

By Neil Phillips. As you start (or finish) wrapping your business up for 2017, you have an opportunity.  You can decide to step back, look at your business, and decide what you want it to be in 2018. We seldom plan to be exactly where we find ourselves.  Direct sales leaders are a good example.  They [...]

By | 2018-01-11T07:29:59+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Direct Sales Leadership, Mindfulness|0 Comments