ActionCOACH 2018 Winter GrowthCLUB


There’s nothing better than the start of new year. This week, I hosted my Winter GrowthCLUB, pulling many of my Group Coaching and 1 on 1 Coaching clients into the same room. This opportunity to pause the work they’re doing IN the business to take a look at the work they need to do ON the business is invaluable, and one of my favorite days each quarter. It was a great day, and I’m eager to share a peek into it with you! 

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There’s nothing like being surrounded by people who “get it,” which is why GrowthCLUB is so important. This collection of business owners truly care about each other, and motivate each other to succeed. 

Keynote Speaker

Rebecca-Heidepriem-ActionCOACH-Matt-Bartel-Digital-MeasuresIt’s always my goal to bring an inspiring and engaging speaker to GrowthCLUB, and this session didn’t disappoint! I was honored to have Matt Bartel, CEO & Founder of Digital Measures spend the afternoon with us. His experience as a business owner who “boot-strapped” his company from day one was relevant, and his energy and open-book attitude were of huge value to my clients. 

Client Recognition


I’ve decided that each quarter, I will recognize three clients with awards. For their work and progress in the fourth quarter of 2017, I awarded these fine folks: 

  • Mindset – John Leidy, Owner, JDBC Tax 
  • Light At The End Of The Tunnel – Ian Baxter, Founder & CEO, Swarming Technology
  • Grace Under Fire – Richie Burke, President & CEO, GoGeddit



It’s been a pleasure each quarter to welcome a number of supportive community partners to GrowthCLUB as sponsors. I’d like to send a warm thank you to: 

All in all, Winter GrowthCLUB was a productive and inspiring afternoon. If you’re interested in learning more about my ActionCOACH programs, or if you’d like to be in the room for Spring GrowthCLUB, contact me today! 

ActionCOACH Clients Fall 2017 GrowthCLUB


I’m always excited for our quarterly GrowthCLUB sessions; this one had me feeling lots of gratitude and pride for the work that my clients have done over the last quarter. I’m eager to see how each business strives to reach their goals and close out 2017 strong. 

Here are a few of the incredible folks that I get to spend time with each week. I see part of my job as an advocate for each of them, and I encourage you to check out their businesses and see how you might be able to partner with them in the future! 

Business Owner Awards

I gave three awards this quarter, to extremely deserving owners. Read on to find out who and why!


The “Mindset” Award went to Gloria Ramirez and Mara Natkin of Artery Ink, for sharing their positivity and dedication to growth with everyone they interact with! (PSA: EVERYONE needs their product – from beautifully illustrated greeting cards to tee shirts, a calendar, and a coloring book, they’ll have something for your gift-giving needs!) These gals would also love for you to share their art on social media – you’ll find them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Light At The End Of The Tunnel

The “Light At The End Of The Tunnel” award went to Dave and Laina Johnson of Cabinetry by Artistic Design (Dave is pictured below with myself and BJ Parrott of Milwaukee Metal Products Co. and Laina is pictured below with Mara Natkin of Artery Ink). Dave and Laina are a father-daughter team who took their goals seriously in Q3 and have made super headway! 



Grace Under Pressure

The “Grace Under Pressure” award went to Jackie Steinmetz of Accelity Marketing for keeping her cool when a staffing situation went off the rails, which resulted in a win-win for her business and reputation. Jackie couldn’t join us last week, as she was in Boston for Hubspot’s Inbound conference – way to stay on the cutting edge of your field, Jackie!


GrowthCLUB Sponsors

I also want to take a moment to thank the businesses who sponsored Fall GrowthCLUB. These four organizations jumped on-board and shared some great info. throughout the day. Much gratitude to all of you!

Law Offices of Rick D. Steinberg

Rick Steinberg of the Law Offices of Rick D. Steinberg (pictured below, between Cortney Ihde of Executive Women International and Kamal Irani of STAT Transcription) shared that he not only specializes in estates and probate, but can help business owners with debt collection as well. 


JDBC Tax & Books

John Leidey of JDBC Tax & Books (pictured below with Gloria Ramirez of Artery Ink) asked our group how many of us like paying more than we should to Uncle Sam – then shared how he can help us understand and structure our businesses to pay less! 



Kelly Andrew of Filament (pictured below with myself and Dan Trimboli from Pure Sound & Vision) hosted the happy hour following the event. Her team joined us to take pictures, and I can’t stop raving about their online marketing services (ahem…it might even be someone over at Filament writing this blog!) 


Wisconsin Bank & Trust

Wisconsin Bank & Trust was my only non-client to participate in the day, but I knew from testimonials from a number of my clients that they are a great organization who want to support business owners. Nick Pierce, Business Banker (pictured below between Richie Burke from GoGeddit and Kelly Andrew from Filament) talked about the importance of being able to get a line of credit to a small business. 


Great Clients = Growing Businesses

It’s a pleasure to work with all of my clients, and I’m eager to see what they produce in Q4. Until next time, here are a few more shots of this incredible group of owners. 


Mara Natkin & Gloria Ramirez from Artery Ink, Jaime Hayden of Flying Squirrel Pilates, Torrey Nagel of Better Partners, Joel Walker & Allen Cooper of Ancilla Partners, Inc.


Sadie Tuescher from  Wisconsin Health Insurance Advocate and Joel Walker from Ancilla Partners, Inc. 


S.M.A.R.T. Goals – Power Ahead to Q4!

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Why Do Goals Need To Be S.M.A.R.T., Anyway?

S.M.A.R.T. goals are the most effective way to set yourself up to actually achieve your goals. Before you even start your quarter, you’ll have an action plan for potential obstacles and most importantly – a deadline to work towards, which will keep you accountable.

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Many business owners set goals on a quarterly and yearly basis, yet many don’t actually hit those goals. The problem is that they are missing prudent information in order for them to be successful. Visualizing your success is only one piece of the puzzle – the most important piece is the action that must follow.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals Are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Focused, And Timely

Below, I’ll break down exactly what to consider when designing your S.M.A.R.T. goals:

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Making a goal specific means you are able to pinpoint:

  • Who needs to be involved
  • What it is that you want to accomplish
  • Identify requirements or restraints ahead of time and prepare for them

Avoid setting yourself and your team up for disappointment due to a simple oversight. Do the work ahead of time and you won’t end up with surprises.

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Additionally, without having a solid method for measuring your progress, or defining what “success” looks like, you’ll never know when you’ve crossed the finish line.

Ensuring your S.M.A.R.T. goals are measurable means asking the following questions:

  • How much?
  • How many?
  • How will I know when it is accomplished?

Answering these questions will help you stay on track and regroup if necessary in order to reach your targets.  Utilizing a method for measuring progress allows you to support your team in their goals, too. Also, you’ll feel the excitement as you get closer and closer to your goal.

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A business goal should stretch your abilities, but still be possible. As you design your goals, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are the necessary resources available to you?
  • Can you afford to do it?
  • Is the amount of time you’ve committed to realistic? 

Reflecting on these questions can assist you in identifying opportunities you previously overlooked or additional resources. 

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What is the result you are looking for? Step back from the specific activities that need to be accomplished and visualize what exactly “success” will look like.  Being clear about the results you’re working towards will keep you focused until you’ve achieved success, and keep distractions at bay. 

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Every goal needs a target date so that you can hold yourself and your team accountable. Having a specific and challenging deadline also keeps everyday tasks from taking priority over your long-term goals. Answer the following questions for yourself:

  • What can wait to get done six months from now?
  • What is the most important thing for me to do today to reach my goal?

Your answers will help lay out your action plan all while being realistic. 

If You Aren’t In The Habit Of Being S.M.A.R.T. Just Yet…

This could not be a better time to start. With Q4 fast approaching, why not ensure that you end your fiscal year with a bang!  S.M.A.R.T. goals encourage the preparation and focus needed to take success into your own hands. 

If you feel ready to move your business to the next level, contact me today! We can connect with a complimentary consultation – with no obligation to sign up for coaching afterward.  We will work together to redefine your dreams and vision and then put into place the necessary strategies and tactics to turn your business venture into a thriving one.