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APRIL 2017

Southwest Florida BUSINESS TODAY

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Leaders, entrepreneurs need to have vision for life By Pauline Cason Guest Columnist

Part 1 of 2 We talk a lot about vision. Leaders must have it. Entrepreneurs need it. We all are encouraged to have a vision for our life. One way to design a vision is to divide your life into four quadrants. Next develop one to five goals for each quadrant. So what are the quadrants? Mine are labeled “physical,” “ spiritual,” “relational” and “financial.” As you see my major quadrants, if I maintain them by daily review and focus, results in my vision of a peaceful, secure and satisfying life. Your four quadrants may be and probably are something else. Your goals, if executed consistently will result in your own unique vision and rewarding life.

Our personal happiness is important. If you are discontent, it probably is because your life and your vision (which you may have never put down on paper and examined) do not mesh. Take time to define the four areas of importance in your life and your expectations for each area. Then adjust your life to fit. Be real in the process. Put goals in the boxes that you can accomplish. Do not fill your box with things you wish others to do. That never works. Your happiness and satisfaction must rest on your own habits and life moments. If not, find a good therapist. As business owners, entrepreneurs, or managers, there is another area of vision that should be considered. Do your employees have a vision of their place in your organization? If not they are probably not performing to your expectations and are probably less than satisfied with their position.

Endeavor earns backing from venture fund Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, a Southwest Florida co-working space, announced its partnership with private equity investors at Youngbloods in Fort Myers. After opening its doors in 2016, Endeavor plans to take steps this year to expand its programs to include formal development tracks and incubation programs for entrepreneurs and companies in different stages of growth. These programs, among others, will be implemented in the coming months—as will plans to expand the existing 15,000-square-foot facility. Youngbloods Chairman and Chief Investment Officer Matt Hurley commented on his vision for this partnership as painting a picture of economic growth and ongoing innovation in Southwest Florida. “There’s something special going on at Endeavor,” Hurley says. “When you get the right people with the right vision into a place that fos-

ters innovation and forward thinking, you have a recipe for powerful change. The days of considering Southwest Florida as only a retirement destination are gone. Southwest Florida will soon be a location that individuals and families of all walks of life will choose as the place to create new ideas, grow companies, raise families and build the next generation of innovators.” “Endeavor is going to change a lot of things for a lot of people,” says Endeavor founder Bjorn Rosinus. “This dream of mine has grown from what was once just an idea for better office space into something so much more. Together, with the support and partnership of the [Youngbloods] team, we will be able to bring about a movement in the private sector like Southwest Florida has never seen before.” Endeavor is located off of Alico Road in Fort Myers, near Florida Gulf Coast University.

Little Paris opens boutique at Bonita Bay

The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce coordinated a ribbon-cutting for Little Paris on February 28 to kick off the shop’s grand opening. Little Paris is located in the Promenade at Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs. Little Paris is owned by Felicia Darell, who recently moved to the United States from France. The shop has a variety of home décor, from tableware and accessories to a few pieces of furniture. The majority of Little Paris’ home decorations collection is imported from Europe and Little Paris is located in the Promenade at Bonita Bay in Bonita Springs. France.

For those on board, broach the topic to them; have them put in writing their vision for their job. Then define your expectations. Together consider the fit between their desires and yours. Together develop a plan for bringing them in alignment. This may take training, reassignment, or it may become clear to the employee, or to you, that the person should seek a position elsewhere. If that is so, try to work with the person to make the transition as smooth as possible. Don’t leave enemies behind you. Part 2 coming in the next issue.

Pauline Cason is a senior executive fellow of the John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy, Harvard University and is an AWAI trained copywriter. Email her at or call her at 239-687-9093.

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