As a teacher (and consultant) of marketing and business, one thing I like to do is see what folks are doing in the way of marketing and running their businesses outside of my own field of marketing and business development for coaches and professional service providers.
Case in point: Dentistry.
I recently had the opportunity to listen in on a podcast by my associate Penny Reed, where she interviewed Dr. Wayne Kerr. You can listen to that interview and get a transcript here: Penny Reed Interviews Dr. Wayne Kerr
Both Penny and Dr. Kerr made several really good observations about running a dental practice and yet, what they were talking about could easily be applied to any business, including a coaching practice or to a professional service provider business.
But one thing stood out for me as a really good practice for ANY business and that was the idea of having a Morning Huddle with staff.
The Morning Huddle is a great idea to make sure that you and anyone working with you are on the same page about what needs to be addressed that day and who is going to do what.
Now most of the folks I work with tend to not have any staff. Most of them work from home and any “staff” they might have — like a VA — is likely far away.
But I realized that even if you work all alone most of the time, you can still have a Morning Huddle.
Ideas for your Morning Huddle…
Before your Morning Huddle, you may want to start out by asking a few questions. Your answers are likely to show up in your huddle.
What possibility can I create today?
What can I be today?
What am I willing to receive today?
What would it take to expand this beyond my imagination?
For some, your Morning Huddle might simply be taking the time to plan out your day so you can be the most productive. (Of course, you’ve then got to hold yourself to that plan and do those things.)
Have a morning meeting with your CSO. Your Chief Spiritual Officer. In her wonderful book, The Path to Wealth, May McCarthy outlines a session you can have with your CSO which she defines as calling on the “all-knowing power of the Universe” to help you out on a daily basis. She suggests saying thank you to your CSO in advance for whatever it is that you want.
If you have a VA, you may want to meet together every day in your Morning Huddle. Make plans for what needs to be done and by whom. (If you’re working with a VA, and it isn’t practical to meet daily, you should be meeting with them at least at the beginning of every week.)
Huddle with an accountability partner. It’s really easy, though, for your accountability partner to “let you off the hook” for not getting things done, so make sure you have an agreement that no matter how uncomfortable it may be, you want to be held accountable for your actions.
Knowing you are accountable to someone else can be a great motivator. So can having deadlines. I’ve often said that if it wasn’t for deadlines I’d never get anything done!
Your Morning Huddle can be on the phone, via Skype or Zoom, or on a private Bridgeline. You may even want to set up a super private Facebook group just for you and whomever you’re huddling with. Post your agenda for the day so you can be reminded and held accountable by the other member or members.
If you find yourself having a hard time staying motivated on a daily basis, a Morning Huddle could be just the answer that keeps you moving.
Having a daily Morning Huddle is a great way to keep yourself on track (and anyone who might work with you) to get those things done every day that you say are important enough to schedule.
Do you have a Morning Huddle? If so, who do you huddle with? Please share in the comments section below.
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