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Issue #14 - December 2005     

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"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." 
- Mother Teresa

Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." 
- Judy Garland

Look for a lovely thing and you will find it. 
- Sara Teasdale









“Just the Road Map alone was worth the price of attending.”

-Gary Hill, Leo Hamel & Co

“We saw measurable improvements in one month."
-James F. Sunderland Jr., 
James and Sons 

  "It was fun and interesting. I never knew numbers could be this fun." 
-Ray Bleser, Northeastern Fine Jewelry.


In This Issue...
  • Article:  Bringing Stewardship to Your Role as a Business Owner
  • Coach's Corner:   The Top 10 Ways To Endorse Your Worst Weakness    
  • December Tip of the Month

Bringing Stewardship to Your Role as a Business Owner  
Our lead article this month features an interview on stewardship with Molly Gordon, President of Shaboom Inc. Molly is a Master Certified Coach who specializes in helping individuals and organizations navigate the seas of complex change. Molly is also the creator of Authentic Promotion, a course in transformational marketing.

Laurie: In your recent book, Authentic Promotion: Grow Your Business, Feed Your Soul, you challenge the reader to become a steward of their business. What does being a steward mean?  What's the difference between being an owner of a business versus being its steward?

Molly: At the beginning of the chapter on stewardship, I write: "Being a steward means that you will regard your business as something separate from yourself rather than identical with your personal and even your professional identity." In addition, being a steward means continued...

Coach's Corner by Laurie Owen

The Top 10 Ways To Endorse Your Worst Weakness    
This piece was written by the late Thomas Leonard, author, coach, and founder of two schools for coaches: Coach U and Coachville. For more information about Leonard, visit

The human tendency is to either ignore, hide, deny, compensate for or strengthen our weaknesses. After all, they ARE weaknesses, right? And weaknesses aren't GOOD. Well, until now. The following Top 10 List makes the case for getting to love and honor your worst weaknesses instead of trying to improve them. continued...

December Tip of the Month 
Do you always find yourself in a flail come January to get your 1099’s out in time for the month-end deadline? Form 1099-Misc is what you use to report miscellaneous payments in the prior year to non-employees such as independent contractors, consultants, web designers, accountants, lawyers and others. You can avoid this last minute scramble by setting up a system early in the year to assemble a list of recipients, verify whether they’re a corporation, and obtain their taxpayer ID information. Ideally, you’d want to collect all this information at the time you engage their services. Have your bookkeeper set this up now and it will save you a lot of time at the end of next year.

Jewelers: 2006 Profit Mastery
Workshops & Plus Days Dates are Finalized:

Ready to go from surviving to thriving? Make plans now to attend one of our 2006 Profit Mastery Workshops and Plus Day programs. 

Dates and locations:
April 18-19 Newark, May 2-3 Chicago, June 28-29 Seattle

During the workshop, you gain skills in analyzing a case study company's performance. During the Plus Day, with the assistance of skilled BRS coaches, you put your new-found skills to use on your own company. Does it work? You bet! How do we know? Because our attendees tell us they make and keep more money in their companies. Each workshop comes with the BRS exclusive “365 day-You'd better get results or we'll double your money-back guarantee.” 

For more information, including brochure and description, visit, or call Laurie or Julie at 800.488.3520.

Have the right stuff to be a Performance Group member?

Interested in joining a Performance Group? Visit our website and take a quick assessment to see if you're ready. Then call us at 800.488.3520 for a one-on-one no obligation consultation.

Pharmacy Owners: Look for the 2006 schedule coming soon!  Register early as space will be limited!

Profit Mastery Workshops for
Business Owners

Over 97% of the people who attend our workshops say they've substantially increased their understanding of the health, strengths and weaknesses of their companies. Change the way you manage your business, increase your cash flow, and find profits you never knew existed. This link (Seminar Schedule) is for general sessions. We will post the respective schedules for Pharmacy Owners and Jewelers in the near future.


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