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ActionCOACH Coaches start new trend of Practice Vacations for Business Owners

Alberta: With the Financial Post reporting last week that only 46% of small business owners are taking vacations, ActionCOACH’s Kent Boehm and Laurie Mcnaughton are offering advice on how to change that.

“Fear and mistrust stops many people from taking a vacation. They think that if they leave for one minute, their business will crumble.” That tells you 3 things: 1- They don’t have proper systems in place, 2- They don’t think much of their staff and 3- Their staff have not been managed properly,” says McNaughton, an ActionCOACH business coach in Edmonton.

“The ideal way to tackle this problem is with a 7-to-14 day ‘practice’ vacation. Take one or two weeks off, but stay in the city. Give someone you trust a number you can easily be reached, and let them know they can use it if they have to. Check in once a day if you have to. This ‘practice’ vacation will be a wonderful test of the people and systems you have put in place. And because you are in town & can be easily reached, you can rest easy, knowing you will be informed if something major arises,” says Kent Boehm, an ActionCOACH business coach in Calgary.

“And if something does arise, you will know exactly the weak points in systems and teams- and you can fix it with establishing a clear chain of command,” says McNaughton.

“The key,” as Laurie argues, “is to have someone in charge you trust. And he or she will only gain that trust if you allow him or her to make decisions, even the wrong ones, occasionally. Nobody learns in a vacuum. If your response to that is to say, ‘I can’t afford mistakes’ then you are also saying ‘I will never take a vacation.’”

And what about losing customers? The general consensus is that if you lose a customer during a two week vacation, he or she was never really a customer anyway. Most people stick around for reasonable prices and great service.

As the statistics show, without a vacation, business owners will never be able to recharge their batteries to enjoy their business or their life.

For more vacation tips from ActionCOACH Canada visit: Business Tips for Small Businesses http://bit.ly/lUEDgO

To contact Laurie McNaughton visit: www.actioncoach.com/lauriemcnaughton

To contact Kent Boehm visit: www.actioncoach.com/kentboehm


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Great start for the Canucks! Do you have one for your business?

It’s the run for the Stanley Cup and the Vancouver Canucks are off to a great start winning their first game over the Bruins. All of Canada seem to be backing them for success. As every new Business Owner knows- you need a strong team and a strong support team to help you get to your goals.

Did you know that today on the Toilet Paper Entrepreneur- hiring a Business Coach was number 5 on the list of “The Best Money We Spend in our Business?”  Mandy Schumaker of Higher Performing People said this about hiring a business coach:
“No one should “go it alone”. It’s too easy to get caught up in the day to day of running your business. Having a coach to hold you accountable to reach your goals, stay the course and become wildly profitable, is essential to any entrepreneur.”

That’s the best Advice I’ve ever heard- here’s a link to read it for yourself!  http://tinyurl.com/3q3nh5y

So what are you waiting for? Want to get to your goals? Consider coming to our newest ActionCOACH Mel Ruttan’s FREE 6 Steps to a Better Business Seminar- June 21st in Edmonton- and we’ll show you how to make a difference in your business immediately! No strings attached!!

Call Toll Free (888) 478-0790 and sign up today!!

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Can you take your business all the way?

Well, it’s here. One more game for the Vancouver Canucks and they will be in the Stanley Cup Final. It’s great to see a Canadian team so close to succeeding. I get excited about hockey almost as much as I get excited about seeing business owners succeed. I’ve been running the ActionCOACH Draft for the last few weeks and it’s coming down to the final week or so for entrepreneurs and business owners to decide if they are going for the cup, or are going to end up staying on the bench.

It’s simple really. If you know someone that you think could make a great leader, wants to give back to the community, and is looking for a business challenge, send them our way. Our last two draft selections Kevin Savoy and Mel Ruttan earned a $5,000.00 dollar bonus for signing up and being selected out of over 50 entries. They are starting fresh out of the gate with their new businesses- helping other business owners streamline and fine tune their life’s work.

As the hockey season comes to a close,  the excitement surrounding it is reaching a fever pitch. Tell all your friends about the ActionCOACH Draft– you and your community will be glad you did!

Greg and the ActionCOACH Canada team

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