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Business Going South… or Not. September 30, 2011

Back in September two years ago, right before leaving my full time job  – with a vision but without a clear strategy in mind – I signed up for the following April Mighty Ventures workshop called “CEO Freedom Formula” with Christine Comaforde. By the time the event was about to happen it had changed name to “7 Figure Business Summit”. Not quite there yet – but working on it…

In the introduction Christine played a sequence from the Underpants Business presented by South Park Studios. (You can click and play).

South Park The Underpants Business

You know – sometimes magic can happen – and most of the time, it is really good to have a plan. These were the top level 7 steps worked through during the weekend:

1. Motivation Why – Endgame – Condition of Fulfillment

2. Model Perfect Market – Product Path- Plan

3. MVPs Most Valuable People – Internal & External – Self Assessment/Recruitment

4. Money Capital Acquisition Strategy – Pitch – Timing – 5 Revenue Streams

5. Momentum Needle Movers – Tangeable Plan – Annual and 90 Days

6. Mentor Info + Implementation help = Transformation


The content shared was great and put together in a neat way, including quite a few real smart tips you could implement right away. What I also got out of it was the connection with high quality entrepreneurs that I met, including my mentor since that date – a “MVP” for sure. And right now I am gathering more… fingers crossed for the Herringbone software, and the quite exciting prospective clients we are hopefully starting to work with. (You current ones, you know you are awesome!)

Do you have a plan?

Business coming from south is a much sweeter deal. To success!



Femme Fatale September 29, 2011

Stiletto Spy School

Empowered…. well, we know that one size doesn’t fit all.  It is always good to be multi faceted. And a little spice in your life doesn’t hurt…

The recipe for empowerment that Laura Guy spoke about in yesterday’s post can definitely bring an edge to the every day living. The edge that Stiletto Spy School brings is… quite different.

I had the pleasure of meeting Alana Winter, the founder and CEO of Stiletto Spy School at an entrepreneur event in San Francisco last year. These are the key rules provided on her business card:

The Moscow Rules

  1. Assume nothing.
  2. Never go against your gut.
  3. Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
  4. Don’t look back; you are never completely alone.
  5. Go with the flow, blend in.
  6. Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
  7. Lull them into a sense of complacency.
  8. Don’t harass the opposition.
  9. Pick the time and place for action.
  10. Keep your options open

Read her story how her business started as a whisper and turned into a roar. Her mission is to enable women to take control of their lives once and for all, now coming up on their 3 year anniversary of Stiletto Spy School.

“At Stiletto Spy School, it isn’t just the experience you’ll remember. Achieving goals at Spy School is similar to achieving goals in business and life. You will take away skills you likely would never have learned that will translate to your everyday life:

From mind-blowing defensive tactics to high-speed stunt driving; from master mixology to seductive dance, you’ll learn all the skills you need to rock a gown and take a bad guy down – and without breaking a nail.”

Special deal for the 3 year anniversary event if you sign up by tomorrow. It’s in Vegas baby 😉 – have fun! Release Your Inner Femme Fatale! Doesn’t  quite fit my schedule – but I think I have found an alternative…

It’s time to shake and stir that routine!



Empowered to Win September 28, 2011

Filed under: coaching,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 7:55 pm
Laura Guy

Laura Guy

What does “EMPOWERED” mean to you?

A very good friend of mine, Laura Guy, entered The WE ConferenceEssay Contest on that topic, and has been announced the winning submission. This is her full essay:

“Thank you for the opportunity to consider what being empowered means to me. If you had asked me this question a year ago, my response would have mentioned values such as independence, education, financial freedom and physical well-being. I am a first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Panama to create a better life for themselves, me and my sister. Being independent, providing for ourselves, and bootstrapping our way from lower to middle class through hard work and rigorous education allowed my family to achieve a level of financial freedom that empowered us to live a safe, happy childhood where my sister and I felt protected and provided for. Add physical well-being to the list and I make up that one has all of the components to lead a beautiful, powerful life.

While I still think these values are important in feeling empowered, my recent year-long exploration of awakening to unconditional love offers a new definition. Today, I am more apt to choose values such as self-expression, self-acceptance and voluntary vulnerability. In learning to accept people the way they are and the way they aren’t and how to manage and accept my emotions on a daily basis, I know that true empowerment lies in being with what is.

Empowerment means I give myself space to be upset even if my bigger self feels the reason for my upset is petty. It means giving up being right, letting go of pretending and engaging in honest conversations with others about our commitments, whether they intersect or overlap or not. It means bravely announcing, “I failed! And I am still a leader.” And repeating it again and again. It means giving up independence for the adventure of partnership and playing the grander game of community.

What being empowered means to me: trading independence for vulnerability; trading financial freedom for a willingness to receive; trading knowing and being right for the unknown and negotiation. Overall, sounds like a great new way of being to me.”

I would say – those elements would not only bring empowerment but also would make life very rich and vibrant on a different level. What is empowered to you?

Congratulations Laura! Attorney at Google, entrepreneur, Co-Founder Fearless Women Entrepreneurs, awesome singer, dog owner, great friend… thanks for inpiration and food for thought.

To empowerment!


Home, Sweet Home – Twilight Zone September 27, 2011

Filed under: Entrepreneur,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 7:33 am
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Back in San Francisco, back in business. It is a wonderful city to visit… if you do – be prepared to be drawn into an alternative way of living… it’s not like everywhere else. 😉

I am sure there is room for you to join, and kick butt in the play ground. I just had the first addition join the Herringbone team, Anna Sandgren – that is worth celebrating!

Let’s have fun,



Kaleidoscope Heart September 26, 2011

Filed under: coaching,Inspiration — Johanna C. Nilsson @ 10:04 am

All the colors
Of the rainbow
Hidden ‘neath my skin

Hearts have colors
Don’t we all know?
Red runs through our veins

Feel the fire burning up
Inspire me with blood
of blue and green

I have hope
Inside is not a heart
But a kaleidoscope

A prelude to the next concert with my a cappella group Keeva, November 11, 2011. Location TBD. [Update: 7-9pm, Unity SF, 2222 Bush St at Fillmore, San Francisco, CA see facebook invite for details.]

Bringing in the symbolism of  colors… I wish us all a kaleidoscope heart, filled with growth, abundance, prosperity, hope and playful vibrant green life, blue ability to communicate one’s deepest truths; red physical energy, passion, courage, power, will, and desire – and of course abundant love.

That would be the kaleidoscope of my choice, for all of us.

I have hope,


Well, actually – I have expectations. Life is too short not to have a kaleidoscope heart.



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