Entries by Cary Matthews

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What season are you in?

“To everything there is a season…” The writer of Ecclesiastes first recorded this timeless truth which was later popularized in music by The Byrds in the Pete Seeger song Turn! Turn! Turn! The words remind us that the world is in constant change and that seasons come and go only to be repeated again.  Each […]

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What were you made to do?

Each one of us is wonderfully and uniquely made.  We were made for something purposeful.  Are you doing what you were made to do? This question applies equally to your personal life and your work life. No one else has the same mix of gifts, skills, education, experiences, and personality as you.  There are certain […]

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You Need a Plan

Years ago I was helping someone cut down two trees from a clump of trees in their backyard.  The first one fell exactly where we wanted. As we started on the second one, it started leaning in the wrong direction, pointed right at their house. We stopped so we could hopefully change the outcome.  We […]

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What’s holding you back?

An employee of one of my clients wanted to talk to me about a project he was assigned.  He had made no progress on it for over 90 days.  Something was holding him back. He opened the conversation by saying “I don’t think I can do this.” I began asking questions. Within a few minutes, […]

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Driving blind

No sane personal turns off their headlines and attempts to drive down a road at night. Cars have headlights for a reason:  to illuminate what’s ahead and help you get where you are going.  Mirrors and gauges serve similar purposes. Businesses are no different. You need tools to help you understand how you’ve done, the […]

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Small Business Benefits from a Fractional COO

Have you ever found yourself with thoughts like “my revenues are up but I don’t feel like I’m getting ahead” or “I need someone to run this project”?   Situations like these are examples of how COOs can help small businesses and start-ups, but many owners and founders don’t realize it.  A small business benefits from […]