This week I’m starting What’s Hot Wednesday for Business Owners with this quote:

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”  C.S. Lewis

Speaking of changing things, I created Owlthena to help change how business owners find the sharing connections they need from time to time to get clarity to keep driving forward. Because Owlthena is a completely new resource, people ask how this single-session approach to talking out a business challenge works for business owners. They want to categorize it as “coaching,” but it’s really something completely different.

Owlthena is not meant to replace the benefits of coaching. What it does is provide a safe, confidential, pre-planned time and space for a business owner with an issue weighing on their mind to talk 1:1 (via video chat) with someone who is a seasoned business owner and an empathetic listener. By speaking as if you were speaking to yourself, but out loud and to someone else who is really listening and not interrupting your train of thought, the business owner gains a quick conduit to clarity. With Owlthena, you don’t solve your problem, you get the clarity and perspective you need to begin to solve it effectively.

If you’d like to learn more about how Owlthena is helping business owners like you, here are testimonials from men and women sharing about their Owlthena sessions.

And here are three articles that the Owlthena team is talking about this week.  The first one by Joe Pinsker talks about the “class” ceiling.  The second one is from SHRM and provides ideas on addressing labor shortages.  And I like the third one because sometimes mindfulness and meditation aren’t the answer.

  • We’ve all heard of the glass ceiling, but have you heard of the class ceiling? Joe Pinsker writes about it in this piece for The Atlantic. As someone who grew up in a lower middle-class family, I can relate to the challenges of the unspoken rules and behaviors that were natural to my colleagues but not to me in my early career. I learned through trial and error or through the kindness of some amazing mentors. Now I actively work with young people whose personal experiences and backgrounds don’t always lend themselves to “just knowing” what to do in business culture and found this article validating and worth the share.
  • Is your company dealing with worker shortages? Is the war for talent making it increasingly hard to find the right people to work with you to grow your business? This piece from SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) spotlights some of the challenges and offers ideas to addressing them.
  • And if you’re one of the people for whom mindfulness and meditation aren’t working, this article from Mashable might prove validating as well as informative. I hope it helps!

That’s it for this week. Please let me know if you’d like to talk about any of these articles, have feedback on this weekly briefing, or would like more info on Owlthena and our breakthrough approach to helping company leaders deal with the stress, challenges, and rewards of business ownership.