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More On CEO Mindset – The “Right” Habits & Less Ego-Driven Leadership

CEO Mindset, leadership, habits, leaders, Tweak Your Biz, KaizenBizAs some of the regular readers of this blog know, I blog on Tweak Your Biz and KaizenBiz as well. If you have missed my latest posts there, here they are:

Becoming CEO Of Your Small Business Means Finding “Right” Habits

For many successful small to mid-sized business owners, having the CEO Mindset is everything. While I’ve talked about how small business owners (even sole proprietors/ sole traders) are really CEO’s of their companies on Tweak  Your Biz and here, this is just the beginning.

Every day there are things we do or don’t do that influence the direction and pace of business growth. A lot of this is much more internal than it might seem at first glance. One area that is written about quite  a lot is the habits or common behaviors of  famous business leaders.  Reading these posts leads you to believe that if you just did these things, you would be successful. My post isn’t one of those posts. Often what is left out is the work and the business leaders did to find the “right” habits that work for them. So, before you think “if only I did X”, remember they had to do the work of finding what works for them. Becoming CEO of your small business means finding your “right” habits.


Is It Feminine Leadership We Crave Or Less Ego-Driven Leadership?

Once a week, I have the pleasure of leading a chat on Twitter called #KaizenBiz. (Shameless plug here: Every Friday at 5pm GMT/12pm ET/9amPT and all are welcome) If you are not familiar with this chat, we take business topics and apply critical thinking, enhance our skills and deepen our self-understanding. This past Friday (August 16, 2013), we looked at The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them Will Rule the Future and the ongoing global conversation about gender, traits and leadership.  There is a perspective that the lack of women in executive roles contributed to the organizational failures that triggered the global recession.

Is there a female style of leadership? A male style?  Are people wrong in their rejection of so many men in decision-making roles as found in recent surveys? Could it be more likely that highly effective leaders of both genders exhibit the same traits? Read this post and add your thoughts.


Thank you

Thank you for taking a look at these posts, commenting, sharing or simply thinking about them. I look forward to sharing more posts next month.



Dilemma of Wanting to Be CEO and Future of Social Entrepreneurship

Some of you might have seen these posts on and but if you haven’t, allow me to share them with you.

When Your Small Business Isn’t Ready For You to Be CEO

You may have seen some of my previous posts here since I’ve been a regular blogger since 2009. It’s not an unusual situation for a small business owner to be ready for the next stage of his/her career but feel they have to put the brakes on their activities because the business needs their direct attention. When Your Small Business Isn’t Ready For You to Be CEO talks about the dilemma small business owners face when they cannot move to the next stage of their own growth. So, when is your small business not ready for you to be CEO? And how do you prepare it so it is ready?

Latest Ideas of the Future of Social Entrepreneurship

On a weekly basis, I host the Twitter chat, #KaizenBiz. (If you would like to see what this lively, thought-provoking and international chat is like, please join us every Friday at 5pm GMT/12pm ET/9am PT) We talk about all kinds of business ideas using critical thinking so we can enhance our skills and deepen our self-understanding. So this past week, we took a look at Social Entrepreneurship.

If you are not familiar with social entrepreneurship, it is is a subset of entrepreneurship with the emphasis on using business to drive a social change. It is not simply corporate social responsibility. It is a company that is founded with the intent to change the world. The 10th annual Skoll World Forum was held recently and there are some interesting ideas emerging. We decided to take a closer look with this framing post, Latest Ideas of the Future of Social Entrepreneurship. Do you see social entrepreneurship becoming more mainstream? What expectations are being created for social entrepreneurial ventures in terms of sustainability, creating customers and earning profit?

Let me know what you think by commenting here or on the posts themselves…


Does Gender Really Have Anything To Do With Risk-Taking

  For the KaizenBiz community, I wanted to give you an update about our site. It will be back. We’re moving to a new hosting company to resolve the current issue. It has been very educational, to say the least. The good news is the site will be up and running sooner than later.

Does Gender Really Have Anything To Do With Risk-Taking

I was reading a post on the Harvard Business Blog Network when I discovered Do Women Take as Many Risks as Men? The author, Doug Sondheim, noticing a disparity between the men and women he interviewed for his book. There were far more men than women featured in stories about risk-taking. So, he started to wonder why.gender, risk taking

His original question

When he began his research, he asked, “Who, from your personal networks, would you consider smart, successful risk takers?” The referrals numbered more men than women.

What could be involved?

There has been quite a lot of research exploring risk-taking behavior over the years. So here is a quick list of some of the possible variables involved:

  • Testosterone: Research has identified that higher levels of testosterone leads to more risk-taking. According to John Coates, a neuroeconomist, the cycle feeds itself through increasing levels of confidence which leads to higher levels of testosterone.
  • Presentation of the risk: Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky discovered different levels of risk aversion due to circumstances and language used to describe the risk.
  • Physically attractive, tall and strong: I could not have made this up if I tried. Researchers found that these qualities led people to be more likely to tolerate higher levels of risk. They also determined that women were more risk-averse.
  • Stress: The findings find men and women take very different paths when feeling stressed. Men are more likely to take risks while women are less likely.

 So, what?

There seem to be some problems with the research. Most of the studies seem to focus mainly on men and  how they handle risk-taking. There also may be some mountains that were made out of molehills. According to Julie Nelson who reviewed literatures in statistics and cognitive sciences and reports that the differences may not be so stark as previously understood.

Please join us on Friday, March 1, 2o13 at 5pm GMT/12pm ET/9am PT for the Twitter chat, #KaizenBiz and add your thoughts about gender and risk-taking. Do we really admire the kinds of risks men take more than ones women take?


How do you define smart risk-taking?

What kinds of personality traits have you noticed in men and women who are smart risk-takers?

What role does culture have in supporting risk taking for men or women?

How do women demonstrate their risk-taking behavior?

How could redefining risk change how we evaluate and engaging in decision-making?



Latest Posts On TweakYourBiz, and KaizenBiz

If you haven’t seen these posts, let me tell you about them.

On TweakYourBiz

This site is designed for small business owners. Since it’s based in Ireland, I often write posts that are useful to Irish small business owners. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing John McSweeney, project manager of Small Business Advice programme to learn more about this free service. If you are a small business owner in Ireland and would like to get some advice regarding a dilemma or opportunity, read Small Business Advice Programme- Interview with John McSweeney.



With the new year upon us, many of us are looking at our strategic plans to see where we might go in 2013. It might be time to make a new friend out of a SWOT Analysis so you have the best data available for your plan. You can read why a SWOT Analysis Really Is Your Best Friend on


On KaizenBiz

Each week, I lead a conversation on Twitter in which we take a look at an business idea and delve a bit deeper. Before each conversation begins, there is a framing post to help guide the conversation. You can read the latest post, Negative Feedback and Performance: Can You Handle the Truth? (you are all welcome to join us any Friday on Twitter at 5pm GMT/12pm ET/9am PT. Just use the hashtag, #KaizenBiz)


I hope you’ll take the time to look at these posts and any past posts that catch your attention. Let me know what you think and continue the conversations!


Of Living Business Plans and Disaster Recovery

You might know that you can find more posts by me on and Just this month, I started blogging on a small business site, Check out my latest posts here…


Preparing and Responding When Natural Disaster Hits Your Small Business Since any one of us can be affected by a natural disaster, this summation post offers links of resources and advice for preparation and recovery. I wish you every success for the recovery of your small business if you’ve been affected by Hurricane Sandy or any of other recent severe weather events.

On Corpnet

Running a Small Business: What Is a Living Business Plan? As a reader of this blog, you are probably familiar with my encouragement that using a living business is good business sense so you stay focused and clear about planning and implementation of your business vision and goals. If you have missed some of my past posts on living business plans, this post is a good introduction.

Thank you for taking the time to read my posts on these other sites. I appreciate any time you share my small business posts with your followers on your favorite social media sites.

About the author:  I’m Elli St.George Godfrey, a small business coach and trainer who guides established small business owners to be comfortable in their own skin. I have a deep appreciation for learning and understanding my client’s business style and culture. Whether you are expanding in your own backyard or into another country, my 3 keys coaching process helps clients move from being excited about a new business opportunity to having the tools to make it actually happen. Curious? Schedule your complimentary coaching session here.