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Work-from-Home Mom Turns $3,000 into a $740 Million Business

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This work-from-home mom wanted to contribute to her family’s finances. She did more than that – she turned a $3,000 investment into a $740 million business.

On The BIGG Success Show, we discuss the story of Doris Christopher, Founder of The Pampered Chef. With $3,000 borrowed from a life insurance policy, she created a business with sales of $740 million a year, at the time she sold The Pampered Chef to Warren Buffett. Here’s a summary of our discussion on the podcast.

This show is a continuation our last two shows. First, we talked about 5 easy steps to personal leadership. Then, last time, we discussed your arena of service – which is about who you serve and where you serve them. Today, we want to talk about the BIGG Success Power Triangle. We’ll use Doris Christopher’s story as an example.

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Work-from-home and make money

[George] One semester, my students and I, at the University of Illinois, participated in a guest lecture given by Doris, who is an alum. The information here comes from my notes of her presentation.

She also documented her story in her book, The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America’s Most Beloved Companies*.

Doris is the quintessential successful work-from-home mom. This former home economics teacher started The Pampered Chef in 1980 with $3,000 borrowed from a life insurance policy. At the time, she was a 34-year old wife and mother of two. She had no business experience.

Like 69% of entrepreneurs, Doris started her business from home. Her basement was the initial distribution center and headquarters for The Pampered Chef.

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Personal Leadership in 5 Easy Steps

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Personal leadership is a long journey into your own soul. Discover five steps which will lead you to a more rewarding life.

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We discuss personal leadership on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

Your True North

We’re thinking about Christmas this time of year. One of the things we think about with that is the Star of Bethlehem. In the story of the birth of a newborn king, the wise men were guided by a bright star in the sky.

This Star of Bethlehem brought to mind the North Star, and that reminded us of Discover Your True North*, the wonderful book by Bill George.

In the book, true north is your destination, your BIGG goal. If your destination is BIGG success – Believing, Implementing, Goal-getting, Giving back success – you must be guided by a constant light. The light comes from your star.

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Transition Tips for New Leaders–Part 2

From Bud to Boss Book Cover | BIGG SuccessToday on The BIGG Success Show, we continued our conversation with Kevin Eikenberry about his fantastic book,
From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership.

Last time, we talked about the questions to ask when you’re considering a promotion and why leading others is so much more complex than personal leadership.

Hear Kevin talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast. Click a player below to listen.


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Listen to this session to learn:

  • the realization that leads to greater efficiency as a leader
  • the most important communication tool for leaders
  • what you must give your people if you want them to achieve goals
  • the mistake many leaders make which keeps goals from being reached
  • a technique to keep you on track for your goals

We highly recommend this book to you. It’s a must read if you’re considering a promotion to leadership and especially if you’re rising from within the ranks. Go to FromBudtoBoss.com to learn more or check out the Bud to Boss Community.

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/biggsuccess/00709-061611.mp3

Transition Tips for New Leaders–Part 1

From Bud to Boss Book Cover | BIGG SuccessWe were thrilled to talk with Kevin Eikenberry today on The BIGG Success Show. Kevin is the Chief Potential Officer of the Kevin Eikenberry Group, a leadership and learning consulting company. He is also an internationally acclaimed leadership expert, speaker and best-selling author.

We asked Kevin to chat with us about his latest book – another great one –
From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership.

Click a player to hear Kevin talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast.


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Listen to the show to discover:

  • 2 things that are happening to create more promotions from within
  • the questions to ask when you’re considering going from bud to boss
  • the thing not to worry about and what you should realize about the offer
  • the question to ask if you think you want to say no to the promotion
  • reasons that now may not be the right time
  • why leading others is so much more complex than personal leadership
  • two simple techniques to work through a tough decision

Check in next time to learn the most effective ways for new leaders to communicate and set goals.

In the meantime, you can learn more about this phenomenal book at FromBudtoBoss.com or by visiting the From Bud to Boss Community.

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/biggsuccess/00708-061511.mp3

The Question to Ask About Poor Performance

Back to School on chalkboard imageIt’s Back-to-School time and we’re doing ten posts on lifelong learning. It’s hard to believe but we’re already at Post #9.

Today, we want to discuss leadership. It pertains to personal leadership, but we’re going to focus on leading others. We’ve been looking at learning opportunities; we’ll discuss this subject as a teaching opportunity.


When the performance of someone in your charge falls short of expectations, there’s a very important question to ask. You start with this because the answer determines your next move. The question is:

Have I done everything in my power to help this person perform up to expectations?

If the answer is no, determine what else you can do. Then do it.

If the answer is yes, then you may have to take more drastic measures.

Start with yourself for two reasons:
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