In the Fiber Loft for a third mentoring conversation with fiber artisan, Steven Berg. He identifies a common theme I see amongst business owners: taking care of everyone and everything but oneself. I have included a mentoring tip below to help in this area.
This same theme surfaces with me too. When a seed of a new idea is planted in my head, the innovation process begins. I like to explore where I could take this idea. How viable is it? How can I try out my idea without investing too much time, energy, and financial resources to experiment with its viability?
It takes so much energy to keep a business vibrant and current. Customer behavior shifts with technology trends. Hear how Steven is shifting with his clients and Steven’s philosophy of how he competes in a price sensitive world.
Other ideas Steven is thinking about: the need for more experiences and less stuff. He is starting with himself. Knitting relates to life. Make something, enjoy the journey, there is gratification in the result. There is no right and wrong. There are no mistakes only variations; especially in knitting patterns.
Take in his advice for business owners. Here are a couple of tidbits: base your business on learning, developing a non-profit entity can help with experiencing humility (the power of volunteering), align activities to build your brand. Hear a knitting analogy that supports a growth opportunity.
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From StevenBe.com Steven is a fiber artisan that is armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity that knitting or crocheting offers to all who are brave enough to push the boundaries.
Berg began his career early as a young boy, furiously knitting lines of sequin dresses for a discerning clientele of Barbies in Wisconsin. This naturally led him to become a star student in fashion design at both Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
SteveBe is a 6,000-square foot studio devoted to fiber arts. The former fire station in South Minneapolis showcases Steven Berg’s personal collection of antiques and objects d’artes from around the world within a grander and yet more personal milieu. It is the grown-up version of The Factory, Andy Warhol’s infamous incubator of 70s pop art – without the drugs and alcohol. Instead, delightful food, gorgeous design, innovative programming and personalized service will inspire the next wave in needle arts.
The studio is a cross between your grandmother’s attic and your eccentric uncle’s boudoir and is literally packed to the rafters with the very best and most unusual yarn and accoutrements the knitting world has to offer. There is never a dull moment at the shop. Events and classes never cease. They include weekend morning previews and full length afternoon workshops. The studio’s fully-equipped kitchen promises gourmet brunches, lunches, and teas.
- A simple way to go inward during your day, especially when you feel angry, hurt, unable to focus or, anxious, is to sit and meditate for even as little as six-minutes at a time. Try it.
- My husband, Matthew Foli, and I did a guided 6-minute meditation in the car while we were waiting for our daughter’s return from a Nordic Ski Camp adventure. We did a meditative body scan. The dinger went off. I opened my eyes, and the bus was pulling into the school parking lot. I felt relieved and slightly refreshed because I took a few minutes for myself. It was also fun to meditate with Matthew, mutual benefits, an added perk.
- For a free meditation APP, go to www.insighttimer.com.
- Visit StevenBe’s at 3448 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407 for a retail yarn event experience like no other. You can also go online to see New Arrivals.
- What is your pricing philosophy? How does it fit with your core values?
- Take your leadership to a holistic new level in 2017! Connect with me today and do something good for yourself, firstname.lastname@example.org. We are starting new WeMentor Entrepreneurial Leadership and Mentoring LABS. We focus on self-mastery and social competence through yoga and meditation, and leadership development through business and strategic planning.
- I am a registered yoga instructor, mindfulness meditation teacher, and have focused my life work on revolutionizing small business ownership and entrepreneurial leadership. Revolutionize how you lead and get started today!!!
Mentoring Conversation Resources
- Pillsbury House Theater https://pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org
Competing In A Price Sensitive World, Episode 55 www.stevenbe.com
Next Monday’s Mentoring Conversation:
Pete Machalek of SagePresence is back for a second mentoring conversation that takes us on an in-depth, fascinating journey into his life. www.sagepresence.com