Business Coach Karie Kaufmann on the Illusion of Balance

Business Coach Karie Kaufmann on the Illusion of Balance


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My guest for Episode #109 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Karie Kaufmann, a “business coach who gets results.” Since 2005, Karie has helped over 1000 business owners and executives achieve their goals and take their business to the next level.

Coach Karie lives what she teaches by putting family first, based on her philosophy that:

“being in business should give you more life, not suck the life out of you.”

She uses that phrase in the episode today, and I love it.

In today's episode, Karie shares her “favorite mistake” story about a “mistake of omission,” of having an “illusion of balance” and not having enough time or capacity to help a friend in need.

We talk about that and other topics including:

  • What let to that realization, over time, that it was a mistake?
  • What was the adjustment?
  • The book Slack on needing buffer time
  • Is it time to retire the ‘lack of time’ excuse?
  • Why don't more people brag about effectiveness instead of busyness?
  • “Collect experiences and learn from them” 
  • “You either win or you learn”
  • Has she had to work at work/life balance?

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"My favorite mistake was a mistake of omission. It was a mistake because I thought everything was fine. "
"Being in business should give you more life, not suck the life out of you."

"Smart people generally like to be good at things and resist things where we're not good or where, you know, you might look like an idiot."
"You either win or you learn."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.