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Melissa Krivachek

5 Traits That Differentiate Iowa Entrepreneurs

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship / August 5, 2013

  I’ve traveled around the country, and regardless of your definition of success, or the level of success you’ve achieved there are 5 distinct characteristics that differentiate Iowa’s people from the rest of the globe.  Now this article might be a bit biased, so I want to challenge you to create your own list of characteristics that set your states or countries entrepreneurs apart.  I’m writing this though…

Principles of Powerful Relationships

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / May 20, 2013

“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” Emotional Abuse … Frustration because your needs are not met… Lack of Support… Emptiness … Distance… Five things you want to avoid in relationships. The best way to do that? Respect is demonstrated by our actions, not our words. When those actions are absent, especially at a…

Fail Forward: Are You Up For the Challenge?

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 8, 2013

To whom much is given much is required.  Let’s just be clear the process of personal growth is NOT easy.  What I’ve learned throughout my time as an executive coach is that a lot of leaders and front line employees tend to over complicate their life and business. Everyone has different reasons for wanting to be successful. This is not an easy walk.  This is not an end…

The Value of Knowing What You’re Worth

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 4, 2013

“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it. ” When you look good, you feel good; when you feel good you live better. This week our focus is on increasing your Self-Worth. There are many ways to increase your self-esteem but how do you get rid of the negative so you can increase your self-worth…

Easy Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder During A Start-Up

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 11, 2013

Let’s look at what it means. Working smarter means getting results with the least amount of time, energy, and resources; and while it doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t have to work hard it does carry its own weight.  There are four tactics to working smarter not harder during a start-up and while there are many others these four work both in and out of the work place. …

My Perspective on the “F” Word

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 6, 2013

I know what you are thinking and while we’re uncomfortable talking the subject I believe it needs to be addressed with today’s leaders, teams, and organizations so I wanted to give you my perspective on the “F” word FAILURE. Here are 6 ideas to help you look at failure from a different perspective and stop being held back by it. 1. Failures are just steppingstones “There is no…

10 Leadership Styles That Build Better Teams

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 1, 2013

Leadership doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all definition. There are many different leadership styles in management and each plays an important role when it comes to building productive work teams. We can all identify leaders in our lives that stand out as visionaries, others as strategists, and still others as motivators or peacemakers. The list goes on and on. As is often the case in individual departments or in organizations…

7 Strategies to Improve Happiness & Overcome Procrastination

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 27, 2013

We often search for happiness, yet we stay stuck in our same routine wishing, hoping, and dreaming for success, change, and happiness.  I wanted to share seven proven strategies guaranteed to dramatically improve your happiness and help you in achieve success in any area of your life, if you apply them. 1. Wherever you are today is a result of what you’ve done in the past. Take responsibility…

7 Ways to Maximize Employee Potential & Boost Performance

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 17, 2013

Let me set the scene: you’re sitting at your desk waiting for your phone to ring, hoping for the next client to walk in, and pacing your office wondering how you’re going to pay your employees.  What you’re going to tell them when you let them go because you no longer have work for them? In today’s small and medium sized companies more and more entrepreneurs face challenges…

5 Principles for Being Authentic & Successful

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 16, 2013

Success comes from knowing yourself, being yourself, and doing things for yourself this comes from a place of authenticity.  Authenticity is genuine truthfulness of not only saying you’re going to do something but also then actually doing it.  This is what consumers really want in today’s businesses. How likely are you to follow leaders who say one thing but do another?  How likely are you to do business…

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