Photo Credit-Stark Photography When a crisis hits, our emotions automatically kick in. Worry, fear, depression, panic are common responses to stressful situations. You need to allow yourself to experience those feelings and then work past them. Don’t make decisions about your business when you’re feeling distressed. You can avoid reactive decisions and overcome your anxiety…

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Photo Credit-Stark Photography Up to now, this has been a disappointing year for many design firms. However, designers in some parts of the country are beginning to see business pick up again, which bodes well for the rest of us. When business does return, you’ll want to get the maximum benefit from each project. Use…

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“Proactive people carry their own weather with them”   -Stephen R. Covey Obviously you can’t predict the future, but you can be proactive to be more prepared for various challenges your business might face. Being proactive includes having contingency plans in place to help you weather unexpected storms. One of the most important strategic tools you…

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News of business closings and supply chain disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 health threat is a reminder that every business should have an emergency preparedness plan. Aside from the sudden and wholly unexpected virus outbreak, extreme weather conditions in the past few years have led to more intense natural disasters (tornadoes, hurricanes, floods…

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By Gail Doby, ASID Co-Founder of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Small businesses tend to run on slim margins. That makes efficiency a high priority if you want to hit your profit targets. After the plans have been made and the budget set, you have one more important task to undertake to prepare yourself for…

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Work smarter rather than harder – and have fun doing it! Make it a point to incorporate technology that can help you and your design team be more productive in all areas of your business. You will find that there are programs out there that save you time (hence, money) while also creating a more…

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By Gail Doby, ASID CVO and Co-Founder of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting Photo Credit: DesiLu Strange as it may sound, when businesses reach the peak of their lifecycle is when they need to start thinking about what comes next. Why? Because if they don’t reinvent themselves they will plateau and then begin to decline.…

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching at Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting 3 Essential Tools to Streamline Your Business The first tool is Google Drive, which is probably the most well-known of the 3 tools. It can be valuable for any document that involves collaboration among your team – internal or external. It can…

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID Director of Coaching, Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting & Design Success University Have you ever had problems during a design job or within your design firm? It would probably be more effective to say, “who hasn’t”, but did you ever think about the crux of the matter?  Let’s say you arrive…

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