Better Business, Better Life – Issue 107

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As we head into another week, I take great pleasure in sharing my curated articles, tips & tools in a short read that will hopefully give you a few ‘aha’ moments as well as some laughter or joy. Most of all I hope it gives you pragmatic inspiration & helps you on your journey to doing what you love, with people you love, making a huge difference, being compensated appropriately with time to pursue other passions – #TheEOSLife.

Here’s this week’s business tip, life hack & find of the week… Some of them are original, most are things I have come across in my weekly pursuit of self-improvement & living a better life, through creating a better business. And don’t forget the inspirational quote, which you can download as a wallpaper or lock screen for your phone.

As always, if you find great things that you’d like to share then feel free to email me for inclusion in one of my weekly newsletters. I’m always looking for new & exciting things to share each week. And if you think someone else would like to receive the newsletter in their inbox, directly from my inbox (no newsletter apps used here!) then please let me know –


What’s your plan B?

Don’t wait until things go wrong to make a Plan B. Having a Plan B doesn’t mean that you’re planning for the worst. Instead, it means you are making good decisions when you are in a good space (not fight or flight mode, where you’re likely to make mistakes) so that you can feel confident that even if things go wrong, you will be ok.

‘Business resilience’ is an organisation’s ability to adapt and recover from unexpected events, such as natural disasters, economic downturns, or cybersecurity threats. Many of us have experienced unexpected events recently. As a result, you may have dealt with staff shortages, supply chain issues creating shortages, technical challenges, flooding, outages and the list goes on.

This week, Auckland City experienced a third extreme weather event – another “atmospheric river” resulting in another state of emergency. There were flash floods and gridlocked traffic. Our business experienced supply and service difficulties – no lunch delivery for a client session and no way to get home!

What did we do? We self-catered and postponed the second half of the day’s business so people could leave early to get home through traffic if needed.

Mark O’Donnell is an experienced EOS Visionary and Implementer. He suggests thinking about resilience in this way:

“Give your employees the confidence to succeed in your absence by documenting core processes and automating as many tasks as possible. Train your team to think independently and provide your organisation with a clear vision and action plan.

Using the EOS Traction Organiser™ and the Accountability Chart™ aligns everyone with a clear vision and actionable steps.

With EOS, you’ll have a plan B, putting measures in place to mitigate risks. Then your business can better weather unexpected events and emerge stronger from adversity”.


How do you recover?

Bad things happen. We as human beings are usually pretty optimistic, and generally we live each day thinking, “that will never happen to me.” 

But actually, things do happen, and just as you will likely never experience the perfect day, our lives are peppered with challenges. Whether you are facing the challenges of your daily work, family, the environment or your own health & wellbeing, there are techniques to counter the impact of these and help us to be resilient in difficult times. 

There are many ways to increase resilience. Some of those include having a good support system, maintaining positive relationships, having a good self-image and having a positive attitude

Factors that contribute to resiliency include: 

  • Having the capacity to make realistic plans. 
  • Being able to carry out those plans. 
  • Being able to effectively manage your feelings and impulses in a healthy manner. 
  • Having good communication skills. 
  • Having confidence in your strengths and abilities. 
  • Having good problem-solving skills. 

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Rise & Sleep

Lack of sleep is one of those things that WILL definitely affect my day. At the least, it renders me less resilient – with brain fog, lack of energy and general malaise, I was pretty motivated to find a solution to my intermittent sleep issues, and I discovered this wonderful Energy & Sleep App.

RISE enables me to monitor my sleep and energy levels through the day. And contrary to what we have been told in the past, you can catch up on sleep!

Connected to my Apple watch, RISE tells me when I have a sleep deficit. This is a signal to take it easy and make sure I get a good night’s sleep the next night – effectively catching up on lost sleep. It also tells me when my energy levels peak and drop throughout my day. This helps me to make the most of those high energy times and helps understand when to take a break.

If, like me, the monster comes out when you are sleep deprived, you’ll find RISE will help you to RISE, and SHINE too.


Take control of your life.

Blain Oelkers, a successful business coach, is, in his own words, America’s only ‘Chief Results Officer’. Blain speaks with Debra about how we can change how we think, which will change our behaviour.

He has coined the term WYTABA, “What You Think About You Bring About.”

He tells Debra about the techniques leaders and managers can use to bring success-oriented behaviour to their businesses.

Listen to the full episode here:



“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

You can download this wallpaper or lock screen for your phone.


​If you’d like to learn more about any of these tools or would like to find out how I can help you achieve a better life through creating a better business, then book a free Discovery Call with me.

We’ll talk about what you want to get from your business & your life & come up with a plan to do that!

Debra Chantry-Taylor

Certified EOS Implementer | Accredited Family Business Advisor |  Entrepreneurial Leadership & Business Coach | Speaker & Workshop Facilitator