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What You Resist Is What You Need To Do

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By Gail Doby, ASID
I’ve shared this concept with my coaching clients when they are stuck. “What you resist is what you need to do.”
Usually, the client is stuck at a decision point, and the reason they are stuck is because they are emotionally resisting doing something that they think will be unpleasant, uncomfortable, potentially unsuccessful, or “unfun.” Sometimes we need […]

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“Adjusting” Your Core Circle

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By Drue Lawlor, FSID
Director of Coaching at DSU
Why is this so important to be aware of for your business?  Whether the design firm you run is large or small, you want to pay great attention to what type of people you are hiring and working with, both for your internal team and your external team — and that flows through […]

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Interior Design Inspiration

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By Gail Doby, ASID
According to Wikipedia, inspiration is the act of an elevating or stimulating influence upon the intellect, emotions or creativity. From time to time, even creative professionals feel “uninspired,” so how can you rekindle inspiration for yourself?
“In spirit” implies that we are motivated by something external, but it can also come from within. I personally started my own […]

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DE | CIDE

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By Gail Doby, ASID
Decide = Choose Sides.
A common challenge that designers face is rethinking decisions. On the surface, that might not sound like much of a problem, but what if your “re-decisions” or lack of decisions costs you a lot of money and creates stress?
Every time you make a decision and then go back and second guess yourself, you’re probably […]

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Are Designers ‘Worthy’ Of Being Compensated Well?

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By Maria Bayer
DSU’s Authentic Sales Coach
Do you fall into the trap of comparing your profession’s worth to that of doctors, lawyers or scientists, and think that you have to charge less because you’re not doing something as ‘worthy’?
That’s just a limiting belief – something that doesn’t support your goal of having a successful business. And limiting beliefs can crush your […]

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Have You Ever Wished You Could Read Your Client’s Mind?

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By Gail Doby, ASID
I know I have! I actually love trying to understand people’s motivations and style of making decisions. In fact, I’ve probably taken a minimum of ten or twelve psychological assessments trying to understand my own style as well as understanding other people. What about you?
One of our amazing Interior Design Summit speakers, Yasmine Bijan, will be talking […]

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Spend Time Asking the Right Questions

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By Drue Lawlor, FASID
Director of Coaching at DSU
I don’t know about you, but I love to read — everything from mysteries and political thrillers to leadership, business and financial books. One of my biggest fears is to run out of books to read! Reading gives one such an opportunity to keep learning and growing — something that I feel is […]

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Are You Using The Right Software?

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By Gail Doby, ASID
I’ve been speaking with a lot of designer these days about their “back office,” and in many cases, they are using QuickBooks which is “OK,” but not really designed for our business. Many years ago, I started my business with Quicken, and then went to QuickBooks, then Design Manager, Studio Impact and then Studio IT (the desktop […]

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