Five tips for leaders for a championship year

The year 2020 changed the world like none other. It disrupted the way people interact, how schools function and the way we do business. Not surprisingly, this dramatic paradigm shift forced us to look at what we were doing, reassess and find new ways of doing everything—all in a tight timeframe.

We learned so much about ourselves. We realized we could be productive, collaborative, and social from great distances. Organizations realized that individuals and teams continue to work toward common goals – no matter where they were or how widely disbursed they were. We’ll carry these lessons learned last year for the rest of our lives.

But where do we go from here? The new normal IS business as usual, how do we maintain relevance in this new landscape?


Start with a plan.


Now it’s time to strengthen your team as you look toward a better 2021. While individual and collective goals may have changed dramatically over the past year, you all went through something big together. Now it’s time to take the lessons learned and apply them to your new goals in the new year.

As a leader, your job is to keep everyone’s eye on the prize or the collective goal you’re trying to achieve. Create a buzz around that goal to build momentum and support the team as they work toward it. Lead your team as they work together toward that goal like a coach leads an athletic team to win a game or a championship – and create bonds that transcend the workday.

But a leader’s job is twofold. While you shepherd your cohesive team, you also need to keep your finger on the pulse of the world at large. According to the University of Queensland, building a positive culture with remote teams, adopting a change mindset, incorporating wellbeing leadership and avoiding ethical blind spots will drive leaders in 2021. As a leader, this is your year to be the change.


Take advantage of the new remote workplace


By now, we know how to use technology to connect and collaborate from anywhere in the world. Leaders who embrace this new culture will find it’s easier to recruit and retain talent because remote work eliminates the barrier of the physical office.

Organizations large and small are leveraging technology and workflows to help them do their best work no matter where they’re located. Teams can use the technology after hours too.

Events like happy hours or team lunches – where your team can connect, socialize, and network with one another outside of the workday can still happen with a remote office model. And they’ll go a long way to keeping employees connected and feeling like part of the team.


Embrace the changing culture.


When the pandemic hit last year, it forced many companies to accomplish their three-year technology plan in three months. Technology at these companies is taking on a new role – and it’s changing so fast, it’s hard to keep up.

Offices will always have individuals who embrace change at varying rates. But, when a change mindset comes from the top-down, employees will be more adaptable to the change.


Incorporate wellbeing leadership.


Today’s leaders take a holistic look at what their business is doing – and even reevaluate their brand to express values like sustainability, and diversity and inclusion. Initiatives like corporate wellness have been around for a while, but 2020 showed us just how crucial those elements are at work and home.

The great thing is, even with a remote workforce, wellbeing leadership is possible. Bu allowing employees to continue to work from home, companies are reducing greenhouse emissions. Having open conversations about how employees are feeling is improving mental health. Taking a good hard look at where their company is in terms of diversity and inclusion is ushering in a more diverse talent pool that delivers a better product. And, providing online fitness classes to a remote workforce helps with physical health and improves overall morale.


Say goodbye to ethical blind spots.


Underscoring all of this is a shift in attitude from “you’re our employee” to “we care about you.” And they’re finding that by investing in the whole employee, they’re getting a better employee.

By focusing on overall culture rather than a product, leaders can better avoid ethical blind spots. When leaders establish a set of values around doing what is good and right – and center that set of values around the employee, it inspires employees to do good – not just meet quotas or save the company money. And that’s ON Point.

At ON Point, we’re here to help leaders like you take 2021 by storm. Whether it’s wellness leadership, navigating the remote landscape or cultivating a change mindset in your organization, our coaches can help you navigate those challenges. If you’d like to learn more about building a strategic action plan that works, reach out today.

Next Level leaders have great ideas. We hire great talent to help us implement those ideas. And we compensate our teams well. But if the talent doesn’t stay excited about the idea or the team, we’ve lost both.


Keeping a team happy and passionate about our idea is no easy task. But it doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as it sounds. Just share the love.


To help leaders do just that, we’re sharing some ideas we’re passionate about here at Women ON Point.


Have regular conversations.

Too often leaders and management react at the first sign of a team going downhill. ON Point leaders do things differently. Regular team assessments give help leaders understand how to support the team, where the team strengths lie, and what can improve.


Teams who participate in regular check-ins get used to the process. As time goes on, members open up and be more willing to share.


Keep the team-building ongoing.

Before bonding as a team individuals have to like one another. And the individuals on your team may have liked one another at one time. You liked them, that’s why you hired them. But as with any relationship, team members must work on their relationships with one another outside of day-to-day tasks.


Next Level leaders know that regular team-building exercises help team members work on their relationships with one another. Tackling a challenge that’s different from the norm forces individuals to let go of their past, challenge current assumptions about one another, and building stronger interpersonal relationships.


Be a leader that celebrates.

Nothing makes folks feel better than a pat on the back. ON Point leadership recognizes individual and team successes. It doesn’t cost a thing – and the benefits are priceless. Recognition fuels workplace happiness, motivation and gives employees a sense of value and belonging.


Give ownership.

ON Point leadership knows that every team member from the entry-level to the most senior member feels like they played a role in every success. And when things don’t go well, they take the time to analyze how each contribution played a role without pointing fingers. Every win is a team win and every loss is a team loss. Next Level leaders foster this team spirit by ensuring that the workload is shared equally to give all team members a sense of ownership.


Don’t just lead the team, be part of the team.

Make it clear to your team that as a leader, you are an equal part of the team. And be happy to do so. When the team sees that you are working on the project as hard as they are, rather than ruling from an ivory tower, they’ll keep putting in the extra effort. Your passion is infectious – that’s how you were able to find and convince top talent to be part of your team.


Here at Women ON Point, we’re here to help ON Point Next Level leaders build and maintain ON Point Next Level teams. Taking a little extra time with your team ensures that your team continues to feel the love – long after the month of love is over.

We have good news and bad news. The good news is that our Women ON Point alumni are going gangbusters with more than a 70% success rate when it comes to promotions, raises, new career opportunities, board seats, and awards and recognitions.

Congratulations to everyone!

The bad is news is that delegation is still an anchor and an obstacle that prevents many from fully embracing that next level of leadership.

Let’s be honest. We are uber-competent when it comes to getting things done, and often believe we can do it faster and better than anyone else one. We also don’t ever want to overload or inconvenience anyone with additional tasks. However, knowing that effective leadership is defined by getting things done through others, mastering the art of delegation is critical to leadership success.

Here are 5 Steps to Delegating with Confidence:

1. Think of Delegation as a Gift

The first step is shifting your mindset. Instead of thinking of delegation as burdening or bothering someone else, think of it as a gift. You are gifting someone with an opportunity to shine, an opportunity to grow, and an opportunity to feel like a valued member of the team.

2. Start Small

Delegation is all about setting someone else up for success. Start with small, more manageable sized tasks and build from there. This allows you to also build trust and confidence in their skills and ability to deliver.

3. Set Clear Expectations

Clearly communicating expectations when delegating responsibilities is the difference between success and failure. Let the person know exactly why you’re asking and/or directing that project to them, what you want them to do, and when you want it done.

4. Check-In

Few people perform at their best with a “dump and dash” type of approach. When initially delegating, the onus is on you to check in routinely for a status update, to address any questions, and to make sure the assignment is on track for a successful outcome.

5. Celebrate

We talk a lot about “wins” at Women ON Point and delegating successfully is certainly something to celebrate. Instead of hastily moving onto the next item on the to-do list, take a moment and recognize that person for stretching their skill set, for expanding their bandwidth, or for going the extra mile. Rewarding a new job well done not only boosts that person’s confidence level, but it also strengthens your confidence in your ability to delegate…and a win-win situations is always worth celebrating!

Congratulations to the 2019 Wimbledon champions…Simona Halep and Novak Djokavic.

The analogies between sports and business are endless, and Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament in the world, is an ideal way to showcase some critical secrets to your leadership success.

Great leaders, like elite world-class athletes, are made not born. Greatness is a goal…it doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen by accident.

Just like training camps for athletes, Women ON Point provides leadership development and training for today’s top executives and high-potentials to get the Next Level. At Women ON Point we help leaders, at every level and in every industry, identify their leadership style and approach, the benefits, the opportunities, and the common characteristics that successful leaders share.

Here are the 7 Ways Wimbledon is the Secret to Your Leadership Success ( 7 “Ps”)…

  1. Passion – Roger, Rafa and Serena don’t need any more prize money, trophies or sponsorships. After all these years, they still play every game with passion, hunger and the desire to win. You can’t teach or coach passion, but passion will separate the champions from the contenders and will create a long successful career.
  2. Problem Solving – every tennis player brings a strategic game plan to compete against their opponent. Sometimes the A-game goes according to plan, but most times they need to pivot, to problem-solve and to find a new way to win. Your ability to think through problems and to implement innovative solutions will make or break your leadership.
  3. Pain – from sprains and strains to blisters and bandages, top players know how to play through pain. The same is true for top performs. The pain is that deep discomfort when you stretch yourself beyond your limits, when you deliver your first presentation in front of the executive team, or when you finally decide to open your own business. Feel the pain and get comfortable being uncomfortable. 
  4. Pressure – managing winning expectations, match points and center courts is what makes a champion and keeps a champion on top. Staying calm under pressure and mastering your mindset and emotions is a game-changer in sports and in business. Leaders know how to rise to the occasion and operate at peak performance under pressure.
  5. Placement – hitting the ball with all your might is one thing, but “where” you place the ball is what will put you on top of the leader board. It’s the strategy, the soft touch, the finesse and the nuance of the game that allows you to get ahead. As a leader, the critical soft skills account for 85% of your overall success. The ability to influence, not force, others to follow you is what will put you on top of your leader board.
  6. Perseverance – top players don’t quit and never say die. They bounce back after a defeat, regroup and keep moving forward. They strengthen their resilience muscle and know-how to deal with adversity. The leaders that know how to work through challenges, overcome obstacles and manage stress are the ones that will be raising the trophy.
  7. Practice – players don’t just show up at Wimbledon and expect to win. They spend endless hours practicing their serve, backhand and a new drop shot so they can perform at their best. Great leaders are no different. They are life-long learners. They read, they invest in their professional development, they attend conferences, they hire executive coaches and they spend endless hours practicing so they can perform at their best.

How did you know this was exactly what I needed to hear and what I need to learn how to do?”

This is what we heard after taking a deep dive into resilience at a Women ON Point leadership academy event in Denver last week for 30 top-level women from a global tech company.

We know resilience is one of the most relevant and critical issues that exist in the workplace today. But WHY?

Because, there is more change, chaos and disruption than ever before. Technology innovation moves at the speed of light, global expansion seems to happen overnight, millennials will dominate the workforce by 2025, mergers and acquisitions can feel like a total blindside and people on average change jobs 12 times during a career.

There are unexpected challenges, struggles, twists, turns and roadblocks that happen every single day, and if your resilience muscle is not in tip-top shape, then you’re not going to make it.

Building resilience doesn’t happen by accident, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Like any muscle, strengthening your resilience muscle requires daily exercise. If you want to be able to go the distance, withstand turbulent times and bounce back from adversity, then resilience is your key to success.

Here are 3 Ways to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle:

1. Know Your “WHY”

Without a clearly defined passion and sense of purpose, hardships can quickly turn into insurmountable obstacles. Knowing your “why” allows you to focus on the deeper meaning behind what you do and propels you through difficult times. It’s the “eye on the prize” strategy and your “prize” needs to touch your heart, feed your soul and be bigger and more important than any daily drama.

2. Practice Self-Care

Your career is a marathon, not a sprint, and if you don’t care for yourself like an elite athlete, you’ll never make it to the finish line. Plenty of sleep, healthy food and exercise are a given, but there is more to self-care than that. Try unplugging from technology for a weekend, spending more quality time with the important people in your life, reading a book for fun, volunteering in the community or meditating. Discover what fills you up with positive energy and commit to doing more of that.

3. Bend Without Breaking

Resilience is about the ability to bend without breaking. The more you can adapt, pivot, course correct and be flexible, the better equipped you will be to manage, withstand, overcome and rise above any challenging situation. You may have four different managers in a single year, experience unprecedented growth overnight, lose your largest client or be in the middle of a myriad of personal struggles, but it’s your ability to think outside of the box, be open to new ideas and seek alternative solutions that will allow you to win out in the end.


Resilience is so much more than the buzz word of the day. It’s a strategy for long-term success. If you want to make sure you’re armed and ready to go the distance, then you need to make sure your resilience muscle is as strong as it can be.

Speaking of games…one of the greatest competitions in sports has just ended. During March Madness, 64 women’s teams and 68 men’s teams enter the tournament, want to win and need a competitive advantage to make it happen.

The same is true is business.

The markets are saturated, the scope has gone global, and every organization is looking for a competitive advantage to make them a winner in their industry. So, what is the biggest game-changer for business today?

It’s leadership development!

In a recent survey of 300 leaders globally, nearly 75% agree that leadership development is very important in creating a competitive advantage for their organizations. And we couldn’t agree more!

Top 3 Reasons Why Leadership Development is a Game-Changer:

1. Attracts and Retains Top Talent

Just like in sports, if you’re not actively building and strengthening your bench, then it’s impossible to sustain any level of success. If you want the best people on your team, then you need to invest in them, develop them, and create a powerful pipeline of talent. Candidates today rank professional/leadership development higher than compensation when deciding between offers and which “team” to join.

2. Improves the Bottom Line

Coaches know that when players feel valued and developed, they will run through a brick wall and consistently go above and beyond to produce bigger and better results. By investing in leadership development, it increases employee engagement and productivity, reduces turnover, and fosters a culture of empowerment, ownership and community. Your people will work harder, will care more, and will have a positive impact on your organization’s bottom line.

3. Increases Agility and Adaptability

No two sports’ seasons are the same. Rules change, players change, and leadership can change…just like in business. Today, constant change and disruption is the norm, and success is a direct result of an organization’s ability to pivot and navigate change. The stronger and more equipped your team is with resilience, nimble problem-solving abilities, and effective interpersonal communication skills, the more successful they will be when it comes to responding to an ever-changing business landscape.

Actively investing in your people is no longer considered a “perk.” It’s a must and the competitive edge every organization needs today.

If you’re looking for a slam dunk when it comes to leadership development…look no further!

Women ON Point: Next Level Leadership is the leadership development program for you and your organization. With a nearly 60% success rate ROI, including off-cycle raises, promotions, board positions, awards, recognitions, and new opportunities, Women ON Point has set the bar high and is a true testament of the power of leadership development.

There is still time to get in the game and join us in San Francisco!

Halloween is right around the corner, and it’s the one day a year when it’s perfectly acceptable to dress up like someone else and pretend to be a nurse, fireman, or political figure. However, no one expects you to administer medicine, put out a fire, or pass legislation. It’s all done in good fun; adults and children alike get in on the action.

But what happens when you feel like you’re wearing a costume every day at work?

What happens when you show up at the office and cross your fingers no one will know you’re hiding behind a mask and are not really who they think you are?

This fear is a reality for so many of our clients and the women who attend Women ON Point…and you are not alone!

They are terrified their secret will be revealed and everyone will know they’re a fraud or an imposter. They fear that a small slip will let everyone know they’re not as smart, successful, or talented as they pretend to be.

Some women feel that previous accomplishments and accolades somehow were a fluke, and any future recognitions or promotions are not fully deserved. They think, “If people really knew the truth, they’d know I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m an imposter.” This is not simple modesty; it’s an expression of self-doubt characterizing a scarcity of self-belief on a fast-track to self-sabotage.

Wearing a costume and pretending to be someone else at work is not only exhausting, it’s inauthentic. Authenticity and vulnerability are critical to effective leadership and to developing quality relationships. People can sense a fraud a mile away and will try to distance themselves, which is exactly the opposite of what’s required for a long and successful career.

According to author Brené Brown, “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” 

It’s these brave choices, and the choice to ditch the preverbal “mask”, that leads to true happiness, fulfillment, and success as a leader. Instead of putting energy into perpetuating an imposter or perfectionist persona, focus on personal and professional development and being the best, and most authentic and vulnerable, version of yourself. It’s time to be yourself and save the costumes for Halloween.

Today, more than ever, leaders are not only there to inspire and make tough decisions, they are highly visible role models 24/7/365. We all played “Follow the Leader” as kids, and it’s important to remember the rules and bring the game into your workplace and leadership style.

Gone are the days when a leader could impose the “do as I say, not as I do” approach. Leaders are now intentional role models with a “when you see it, you can be it” and a “when you see better, you can be better” mentality. Your actions and behaviors can be even more powerful, and send an even stronger message, than your words. All eyes are on you…your direct reports, indirect reports, colleagues, co-workers, and supervisors are all watching.

We all know how critical leadership presence is and that our communication is 93% non-verbal, but what does that really mean? That means that your team will follow your lead, will emulate your behavior, and will do what you do. You set the tone, the expectations, and the culture of your team everyday an in every situation through your actions.

Here are some real-life Women ON Point examples of how to play “Follow the Leader”:

Embrace Networking 

Sally is a devout introvert and tries to avoid networking like the plague. She usually arrives late and leaves early with minimal interaction with anyone she doesn’t know. Sally saw her team huddled together in the corner at a work event, and realized they were copying her behavior…she also realized how other co-workers were looking and judging her team. Sally committed to having a much more outgoing and friendly approach at work events, her team followed her lead, and they all learned to embrace networking.

Check the Tech 

Jane, as the board chair, was on the agenda to deliver a PowerPoint presentation to all of the board members. The technology would not work, and Jane started to panic. Her “little self” wanted to have a complete tantrum like a two-year-old and blame someone else, but thankfully her “leadership self” prevailed and she navigated the technological glitch like a pro. Jane knew it was an opportunity to demonstrate how to deal with adversity and set a positive example for her team.

Dress Up the Dress Code 

Mary is a busy executive and admitted that she was not very inspired by her professional wardrobe. Over time her clothes got more and more casual. She also noticed that her team was implementing “Business Casual Friday” everyday of the week, and the slippery slope was out of control. Mary upgraded her attire when she looked down at a sea of flip flops, and realized she’d be mortified if any of them met with a client and represented her team and organization looking like they’re on their way to the beach. She raised the bar, reset the image expectations, and inspired her team to dress up the dress code.

Take Time Off

Sue is a self-diagnosed workaholic and leads a large team across multiple states…she also rarely takes a day off and never, ever unplugs. Without verbally expressing the expectations, her team adopted her workaholic style and suffers from severe burnout and a high turnover rate. Even though Sue encouraged her team to enjoy their weekends and take vacations, no one did because they witnessed Sue’s style and felt compelled to follow the leader. Sue finally realized that she was hurting, not helping her team, and needed to modify her behavior in order to set a more realistic example to save her team.

Your leadership style is always ON full display…you need to always be ON Point!

And we’ve got you covered!

We are thrilled to invite you and your girlfriends, colleagues, and co-workers to attend our next Women ON Point leadership summit on September 19 -21 28 at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado. Please register at (link) or contact Pam Borton at [email protected].

Looking for more ways to stay ON Point? For three years we have been asked the age-old question after every summit, “What’s next?” Well, we can finally answer that question! We are officially launching our new Women ON Point 2.0 that will take place in Chicago on August 9, 2018. This is a one-day summit where we take a deeper dive into the most relevant challenges in our lives and the workplace today. Mark your calendars and register quickly. Click on the link.

Let’s be honest…we all know what we want, but we don’t always ask for it.

Sometimes we feel like we’re being selfish or self-serving by putting our goals at the top of the list. Sometimes we avoid asking, because we don’t like to hear the word “no.” And, sometimes we believe other people should just read our minds and magically make things happen for us.

All of the reasons are real and very common, but they are also some of the biggest roadblocks and obstacles to your success.

We have heard from so many women who are desperately trying to attend Women ON Point, who know how much they will grow personally and professionally from the experience, and who believe they are worth the investment, but for some reason are hesitant to ask the critical question…”Will you sponsor and send me to Women ON Point?”

Of course this applies to any and all other requests we want to make, know we need to make, but yet struggle to make. Until now…

Here are 3 tips to asking for what you want.

  1. Be Bold and Don’t Beat Around the Bush

All of the “I was thinking maybe…”, “Here’s just an idea I was batting around…”, “Perhaps at some point down the line…”, need to stop! This is the time when you need to be crystal clear about what you want, why you want it, and to be able to provide all of the logistical information in anticipation of the follow up questions. Know what it is (type of professional development), when it is (days you’ll be gone from the office), and how much it costs.

  1. Make it a Win-Win

Wanting to do something fun and interesting is one thing, but wanting to do something that has a significant ROI for yourself and the organization is another. Strategize about how to create, and present, that win-win outcome when asking. Talk specifically about what you will learn, how it will benefit your current role and your ability to bring more value to your organization, and how you will pay it forward to other teammates, colleagues and co-workers.

  1. Don’t Give Up

No one likes to hear the word “no”, but we all do on occasion. The difference is that most people throw in the towel when they hear it and simply give up. Not you! This is when you need to think creatively and come up with plans B, C, and D until you hear “yes.” Maybe you suggest looking at “other budgets”, putting it in the budget for next year, finding a sponsor, sharing the cost, delivering a presentation after the fact so others can benefit from the information, and so on. No one is ever going to want it more than you do, so you’re the one who needs to fight for it.

 To illustrate that we practice what we preach at Women ON Point, we followed these three steps when we secured our new partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Sara was crystal clear about what she was asking for when she reached out to them, detailed the endless win-win opportunities that would result from the partnership, and she never ever gave up.

As a result, we are thrilled to announce that our philanthropic partner for the Women ON Point leadership summit in Minneapolis is the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. They invest in innovative community-based, community-led solutions to ensure equal opportunity and pathways to economic security for girls, women, and families across Minnesota. We encourage you to learn more about them by visiting their website (Include link).

Success Spotlight

Congratulations to our alumni, Emily Rodriguez, SHRM-SCP on her recent promotion! Emily is now the Regional Vice President of Human Resources at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and was previously the Director of HR at Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Please reach out to Emily and congratulate her on her recent accomplishment!

In the meantime, we still have a few spots left for the Minneapolis Women ON Point leadership summit on March 28 – 30, and we’d love to see you there, receive your referrals and recommendations for other rockstar women to attend, and greatly appreciate your continues support in sharing this information.

Thank you!

Throughout the years, we have all had more clients than we can count who struggle with paralyzing procrastination…avoiding an email, putting off a phone call, or delaying a decision. For some people, they need to feel that adrenaline rush of potentially disappointing a client in order to finally complete a project, or experience the severe consequences of a poor performance review before they finally take action. Yes, this type of fear-based motivation can be effective, but it’s incredibly stressful, and it doesn’t always bring out your best self or your best work.

We are thrilled to highlight a Women ON Point alumni who did not procrastinate. She took what she learned, she took action, and she took her career to the Next Level!

Nancy Oliker Nancy Oliker – attended the Women ON Point leadership summit in Chicago, 2017

Congratulations to Nancy on her new position! Nancy was previously the Vice President of Marketing at United Health Care, and is now the Head of Enterprise Marketing at Happify.

Here’s what Nancy has to say…”Attending Women ON Point and the subsequent coaching sessions with Aimee could not have come at better time in my professional development.  Women ON Point helped me clarify and validate the decisions I needed to make in order to move my career forward.  But it was the coaching sessions with Aimee that brought it all together.  Interestingly, my first coaching session happened to fall just days before my first interview with Happify.  I have struggled to succinctly answer the question, “so tell me about yourself”.  After listening for just a few minutes, Aimee said, “Why, you’re a developer!” And that’s when the lights went off and the bells rung.  Those few words were the words I’d been missing to pull my story together.  It gave me a great way to frame my story and make my story distinctive.  My second coaching session came just minutes after I had announced my departure to my team.  Once again, Aimee was there to help me think through the upcoming transition and providing some additional insights.  Our next coaching session will be when I’m at Happify and I can’t wait!”  

Here are 7 Strategies to Stop Paralyzing Procrastination that are a lot more positive, easy to implement, and can de-stress your life both personally and professionally.

Focus on One Thing

As women, we are genetically hard-wired to multi-task. But this is a fatal flaw when it comes to procrastination, because there are always a million other tasks on the to-do list that demand our attention. The truth is that multi-tasking doesn’t really work. Focus all your attention on getting one thing done at a time, and crossing that one thing off the list before you tackle a new task.

Break it Down

The old adage about the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time is absolutely true! Instead of getting overwhelmed by a large project, break it down into manageable sized action steps. Set mini-deadlines before the final deadline.

Decide to Delegate

If there is a task that routinely stresses you out and causes you to procrastinate, like doing spreadsheets or cold calling prospects, it could be time to delegate those responsibilities to an accountant or business development person. Most people procrastinate when they’re called to perform a task that’s considered one of their weaknesses. Remember, your weakness is someone else’s strength.

Find a Buddy

A good buddy or BFF has a million proven benefits, but one of the best is in creating accountability. Find that person who can hold your feet to the fire, keep you motivated and on track, and remind you of why your goals are important. This person can be a friend, a mentor, or a coach…accountability is a powerful tool in beating procrastination.

Know Your “Why”

For some people, procrastination is the result of not understanding the bigger picture or the larger context and potential consequences. Simple tasks are easier to dismiss and put off until the last minute if you don’t know the “why”.

Forget Perfection

For millions of women, procrastination is the result of a more serious affliction…perfectionism. It’s the endless overthinking, the constant tweaking, and the never-ending second-guessing that occurs when perfection is the goal. Do you re-read and agonize over every word in an email before you hit send? Perfection is a myth…it doesn’t exist. Let it go!

Reward Yourself

Whether it’s a major weight loss, getting a big promotion, or sending a difficult email, you need to celebrate and reward yourself. Regardless of the size of the goal or magnitude of the milestone, there needs to a happy ending or reward on the horizon to help prevent, or minimize, procrastination.

It’s unrealistic to think that you can completely eradicate procrastination from your life, but you can greatly reduce those moments when you struggle with paralyzing procrastination. Those moments should be few and far between, not a daily occurrence. It is always in your best interest to operate from a position of power, and not one of panic and procrastination.

For example, don’t procrastinate on registering for either of the Women ON Point leadership summits in 2018. As always, space is extremely limited and both summits are already filling up fast. If you’re ready to invest in yourself and take your leadership skills to the Next Level, or know another woman who is, then don’t delay! Register today!