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My reflections on women in leadership

As an owner of EMyth and its Board Chair, this is a meaningful time for me. October is National Women’s Small Business Month. My 35th anniversary at EMyth is a few months away, having spent the first 17 years building the company into a global brand with my former husband, Michael Gerber, EMyth’s founder and best ...

Ilene Frahm - EMyth

Ilene Frahm

The sales conversation you don't know you're having

This is Part Three on how to build a sales system that works. Read Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Four here. How well do you know what’s really going on in your sales department? Whether you’re a solopreneur or you’ve got a team of salespeople responsible for bringing in new business, how much do you reall...

Ilene Frahm - EMyth

Ilene Frahm

Are you open to getting more sales?

This is Part Two on how to build a sales system that works. Read Part One, Part Three, and Part Four here. Isn’t it curious that sales, the lifeblood of every small business, is so damn hard to get right? You started your business because you believed you could make or do something that other people wanted, but th...

Ilene Frahm - EMyth

Ilene Frahm

Stop waiting for the perfect salesperson

This is Part One on how to build a sales system that works. Read Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four here. It’s not hard to agree with the idea that your business needs systems. But, when it comes to sales, small business owners often have a lot of difficulty really getting behind creating a comprehensive sales sy...

Ilene Frahm - EMyth

Ilene Frahm

A day in your life

The day you decided to stop working for anyone but yourself was probably glorious. No one to tell you what to do and how to do it. Life suddenly had promise, imagining yourself spending every day doing the work you’re passionate about. Until… until the day you realized that instead of your boss dictating how you d...

Martin Kamenski - EMyth

Martin Kamenski

Have you said no today?

John Lennon gave us, “Yes is the answer,” and I get what he means. He was talking about saying yes to love, embracing life, and seeing opportunities instead of limits—all important and valuable in building the kind of world we want to live in. But what about saying “No?” Is there a place for that, especially in yo...

Slade Machamer - EMyth

Slade Machamer

The best employee retention system for your business

Imagine what kind of workplace your business would be if your employees thought to themselves: "I’m excited about my work.” “This is a place where I can achieve my goals.” “I feel safe. It’s okay to make a mistake, and I will learn from it.” “I have some great ideas on how to improve things. I can’t wait to share ...

EMyth Team - EMyth

EMyth Team

How do you create a business that beats the odds? I’ll tell you.

It was about a year ago today that I was asked by Ilene Gail Frahm, our Board Chair, to become the next CEO of EMyth. The last year has been filled with an immense amount of learning and growth. My appreciation for every single person on our team in Ashland, Oregon has never been greater: they are all incredibly d...

Martin Kamenski - EMyth

Martin Kamenski

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How an operations manual can save your business

This is the fourth installment in helping you develop and design clear systems. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 5, and Part 6. During the last long-haul flight I was on, I re-watched ‘Apollo 13’ (the one with Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell). Perhaps not the best choice as I was hurtling through the sky at 500...

Nick Lawler - EMyth

Nick Lawler

What I discovered on my quest for work-life balance

I’m in the upstairs bathroom writing notes on my iPhone when it strikes me—the apparent irony of me sketching out notes for a blog post about work-life balance while in the middle of giving my daughters a bath. I left work hours ago but had hardly left my work behind me. And in that moment I felt so close to the m...

Martin Kamenski - EMyth

Martin Kamenski

Systems_3

How can ordinary people create extraordinary results?

This is the third installment in helping you develop and design clear systems. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. This week I want to share a business development concept that will help you turn your current frustrations into operational systems. It’s one small step for you and your team, b...

Nick Lawler - EMyth

Nick Lawler

Client story: Morgan Spradling

This is a guest post by EMyth client, Morgan Spradling. When I started Highland Cycles in 2007, I wanted to change the way people thought about the motorcycle industry. Over the years, motorcycle repair shops have lost their appeal and have earned a poor reputation. Everyone told me it would be impossible to make ...

EMyth Team - EMyth

EMyth Team

Not an inspirational leader? Think again.

How do you inspire your people? You can feel they need something. You see them come into work with tired eyes and watch them half-listen during meetings. You know it’s on you to uplift them or bring them more meaning, something to get their head above water and remember why they took a job with your company in the...

Slade Machamer - EMyth

Slade Machamer

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3, 2, 1, blast off: the growth paradox

This is the second installment in helping you develop and design clear systems. Click here for Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. “By the end of the decade we will have put a man on the moon and safely returned him to Earth.” —President J.F. Kennedy, 1962 In my first article in this series on systems, I i...

Nick Lawler - EMyth

Nick Lawler

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How to run your business like NASA going to the moon

I can remember watching the moon landings on a black and white television as a young boy and being fascinated by the idea. I’m still young enough at heart to feel excited by big rockets and the notion of space travel. I apologize up-front if space isn’t your thing, but building rockets and flying to the moon is a ...

Nick Lawler - EMyth

Nick Lawler