Better Business, Better Life Newsletter – Issue 23

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Here’s this week’s curated business tip, life hack & find of the week… 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. 

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Due to new clients coming on-board, I have a need to employ an Executive Assistant again to ensure that I can look after my clients in the way that they need. 

I’m quite unique to work with as I am one of those rare Visionaries who is also a capable Integrator – scoring almost equally on the V/I scale – makes it interesting to work for me 😃

Look at my job advert & if you know anyone then please have them contact me – 


Do away with Titles & Org charts & start gaining Accountability!

Yes, as Gino would say, my desperate plea to you, as a Business Owner, is to do away with titles & org charts & instead look at an Accountability chart? 

What’s the difference?  

An Org chart just has a title & a person’s name next to it – it’s really more about hierarchy, not about having people understand accountabilities.

It’s easy to understand if your title says exactly what you do, but in most entrepreneurial companies, it rarely does. 

An Accountability chart on the other hand, talks about the functions of the business & who is accountable for it. 

It’s built without people’s names on it because we always deal with structure first & people 2nd & the chart details the 3-5 key things that that role is accountable for. 

This means that anyone in the organisation can clearly see who is accountable for what. 

Implementing an Accountability Chart is not always easy – I could share many stories about the challenges this has created with my EOS clients in the beginning, however it always works out as it should & the difference that it makes can be phenomenal.   

And as this article says, “When the leadership team starts functioning like a group of capable adults, sometimes overlaps and holes start to show up. Things just ain’t working this way. Great! Now we talk about how we can fix that. 

What works and what doesn’t? Does your Accountability Chart have the right seats for your leadership team to meet business goals? If not, what can we try instead?” 

Gino Wickman also explains in this video why you should have an Accountability chart rather than an Org chart.

If you need help with this, please contact me.


How to remember what you read 

As you know, I am an avid reader. Not just business books – my Kindle & Kobo are full of autobiographies, Trashy Novels & best Business Books. 

So if you’re anything like me & you read a lot, have you ever found yourself wishing you could remember that really important insight that you got from that book you read last week, last month or even last year? 

As this blog says, “Consuming information is not the same as acquiring knowledge. No idea could be further from the truth.”

And time is our most valuable resource so how do you make sure you don’t waste time reading things that you will later forget? 

“In this article, we’ll explore multiple strategies for getting more out of what you read. You don’t need to use all these strategies for every book. Using just a couple of them, whether you’re trying to learn a new philosophy or reading a work of fiction, can help you retain more and make deeper connections. 

What you read can give you access to untold knowledge. But how you read changes the trajectory of your life.

If you only remember six things after reading this article, it should be the following truths about reading: 

  1. Quality matters more than quantity. If you read one book a month but fully appreciate and absorb it, you’ll be better off than someone who skims half the library without paying attention. 
  2. Speed-reading is bullshit. Getting the rough gist and absorbing the lessons are two different things. Confuse them at your peril. 
  3. Book summary services miss the point. A lot of companies charge ridiculous prices for access to vague summaries bearing only the faintest resemblance to anything in the book. Summaries can be a useful jumping-off point to explore your curiosity, but you cannot learn from them the way you can from the original text.* 
  4. Fancy apps and tools are not needed. A notebook, index cards, and a pen will do just fine. 
  5. We shouldn’t read stuff we find boring. Life is far too short. 
  6. Finishing the book is optional. You should start a lot of books and only finish a few of them.” 


The difference between fear & courage 

Got our delivery of Water Us toilet paper this week – perfect timing for the continued lockdown! If you aren’t aware of this new company, it was started by my friends’ daughter, Lilah, to fund her passion to get rid of plastic water bottles by supplying more water fountains in parks.  

Made from 100% bamboo, so no trees 🌳 are harmed in the making & it’s delivered right to your door – no queuing in the supermarket only to find empty toilet paper shelves 💩 

Get your toilet paper fix, support a good cause – Feel good, Do good! 


Quite appropriate given where my head has been over the last few weeks of lockdown! 

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda 

You can download this a 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