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Building the Team Who Supports You with Donna Leyens

Dr. Sabrina’s latest book in her How to Hire the Best series, How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members, is all about creating a business that gives the business owner more time for what matters and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had! One of the most important things you can do to that end is knowing how to attract and retain those A-players that will help you reach your goals.

One of Profit By Design’s favorite guests joins Dr. Sabrina in today's conversation. Donna Leyens shares with us her journey from being a solopreneur to running a business that is beginning to be able to run without her direct involvement.

For those listeners who are still in the initial hires process and who hear they can run a business without their own direct involvement, it may be very hard to imagine that this can happen for you. When you hear Donna’s story today, you will be able to see what is possible for yourself, so don’t miss this encouraging exchange!

Donna is the President and co-founder of Pumpkin Plan Your Biz. She is on a mission to save small businesses from extinction by providing business tools, strategy, training, and support to business professionals who want to make a big impact as small business growth strategists.

Most business coaches and consultants find themselves reinventing the wheel with each client, producing inconsistent results for their clients, and mental burnout for the coach. That’s why Donna, who experienced these issues herself in her early years as a business coach, partnered with Mike Michalowicz in 2012 to create a repeatable business growth program based on the strategies in Mike’s book, The Pumpkin Plan. Today, she spearheads the training, certification, and continued development of their proven business growth program, so that their certified Pumpkin Plan Strategists can easily and consistently deliver high value to more clients.

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production in collaboration with Small Business Consulting Group.

Show Highlights:

  • The purpose of an accountability document is to ask yourself what you accomplished in the past week that has moved the business forward towards being a business that can run without you.
  • A yearly accountability document can remind you of all you have accomplished in your business throughout the year.
  • Dr. Sabrina and Donna discuss creative solutions to grow teams that don’t require full-time team members.
  • Donna shares how she has seen her business grow over the last year.
  • Donna addresses how to know when you’re ready to start hiring.
  • Having a good team and systems in place were critical to Donna’s business when her family experienced a recent crisis.
  • The 4 Week Vacation™ is so much more than a four-week vacation.
  • Having a team that is focused on the same thing you are, which is making your business as good as it can be for your clients, is an amazing experience.
  • Tap the Potential teaches the A-player team members of its clients’ businesses “How do I add value?” in Leadership Bootcamp.
  • If you’re too involved in the processes of your business, ask your team members for ideas on how they can get you out of it.

Links and Resources:

BUY THE BOOK ON AMAZON: How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How to Hire the Best Toolkit

QUIZ: How to Hire the Best 

COURSE: How to Hire the Best

NEW!! Coming in 2021: A-Player Onboarding Course

Taking care of yourself is important now more than ever. Are you ready to take your life back from your business?

The FIRST STEP is taking our Assessment at:

NEXT, meet with our Success Team Lead to debrief your results.

THEN, join our Better Business, Better Life™ program.

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Books Mentioned:

How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How to Hire the Best: The Rural Business Owner's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How To Hire The Best: The Contractor’s Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz

About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.