Saturday, June 18, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Change Agent" Tiffini Holmes


Tiffini Holmes,  A certified Health Coach and Life Coach with more than 12 years of coaching experience. Additionally, she holds both an MBA and MA of Psychology. Her coaching brings life changing results in the areas of leadership, personal development, health improvement, and problem-solving coaching to many.

TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

Tiffini Holmes: The two biggest challenges were 1. Leaving the rfrffor my services.

BN:  What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

TH: While going through my own struggle trying to balance a career, being a full-time student, and lose weight I realized this a problem for many. I have always been a coach and I developed a formula that works so I needed to share it.

BN:  How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

TH: I have made my personal life as much a priority as my professional one. The same way I schedule client meetings I schedule workouts, meal prep, and down time. It’s not always a 50/50 split but I never lose site of either. And if it looks like I might have people who will help keep me accountable.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by? 

TH: Jeremiah 29:11 " for I know the plans I have for you" declares the lord, " Plans to prosper your and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  

BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?

TH: Other entrepreneurs. We are a rare breed that many people don’t understand. I have been fortunate enough to meet some outstanding people who have shown me the ropes and pushed me to keep going.

BN: What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?

TH: Healthy habits. I teach people how to achieve goals and maintain good health. My credibility rests on me living what I preach.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

TH: A BOSS is someone who has decided what they want in life and is willing to work smart and hard to achieve it. In addition, they take time and interest in helping develop other BOSS’s.

Be sure to follow on Tiffini Holmes on Twitter @TTWCoach and check out her products and services at

3 Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail By: Aria Craig

1. Poor Follow-Up The number one reason that small businesses fail is due to poor follow-up. How many times have you reached out to a business owner or maybe left a message,but never received a follow-up call? This has happened to me more than once and for that reason, I chose not to do business with those particular companies. This is a simple, but common mistake that cost many business owners valuable clientele. It is very important to follow-up with some for of communication.

2. Poor Customer Service Customer service can make or break a business. The phrase “The customer is always right” was created for a reason. Customer service is what drives businesses. If a person is pleased they are going to tell someone. If they are displeased, they are going to tell “EVERYONE.” Customer service is everyone in the company’s job; therefore, it is everyone’s job to go out of their way to create a positive experience to create repeat customers.

3. Not Following Through The fastest way to lose a client is to tell them that you are going to do something and don’t follow through. Never promise something that you know you can’t deliver or not sure if you can just to get a client. If you tell them that you can do a job, they are going to expect for you to do it. The safest way is to always under promise and over deliver. The customer will appreciate it. Always remember to treat the customer as you would want to be treated. This way you are sure to deliver a great experience!

Aria Craig - Empowerment & Leadership Strategy For Single, Divorced and Blended Moms

3 Tips While Waiting on Love for Single Moms By: Aria Craig

Why do single moms feel as though they aren’t worthy of love just because they aren’t married with children? We place so much blame and guilt on ourselves while the fathers ride off into the sunset with the loves of their lives, who more than likely have children of their own. Stop torturing yourself! Love can be on the horizon for you, but you have to transform your thinking. Here are three of many tips I offer to single moms:

First, if you are searching for your Boaz, then please stop! It is not your duty to find anyone, but yourself. It is the man’s duty to find a good thing, so what are you searching for? Now, that doesn’t mean that you cannot flirt if someone interesting captures your attention. But, the keyword is capturing… which means he has done the searching. You are just acknowledging the gesture.

Second, know the difference between being along and being lonely. Sure there are occasions in which you’d rather have a companion. However, leverage this time. Instead of sulking about who you used to spend time with find a life-changing hobby, go back to school, or open that business. Focus on those short or long-term goals that you have kept on the back burner until you had time to revisit them. Not only will you realize you are no longer lonely and maximizing your time, but you’ll actually appreciate less distraction and possibly reinvent yourself in the process. When we are not paying attention is normally when things happen.

Last, learn when to introduce your love to your children. Now, some people believe a single mom should wait until she is engaged. Some people introduce them right away. What is my opinion of the matter? Glad you asked! Neither. You shouldn’t wait until you are engaged because both your partner and your children have to learn whether or not can interact with each other well. If you wait until you are making that type of commitment, Then you are putting yourself in an unfavorable position if they have conflict. Also, introducing right away is a huge no-no! You have to learn if this person is right for you before you bring kids into the equation. Also, you don’t want your children to get attached. If something happens to your relationship, then it is a “death” to your children’s connection with your ex-partner. So, when is it a good time? Find a great balance in which you have dated long enough to see a future together and accept each other’s idiosyncrasies. Then be honest with your children at a level they understand. And be cognizant of the amount of intimacy shown in front of them. Children are smart and will catch on.

For more tips on what to do as a single mom until love finds you, visit

Aria Craig - Empowerment & Leadership Strategist For Single, Divorced and Blended Moms

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Servant Leader" Lawana Harris

Lawana Harris, With inspiring passion and courage, LaWana is committed to helping others achieve their best selves. She is a certified energy management coach and author who thrives on seeing others maximize their potential. Active in numerous non-profit organizations, she is a passionate activist with 26 years’ experience in facilitating civic engagement and collective action.

TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process off starting your business or career?

LH: I struggled with trust in the beginning process of starting my business. Unfortunately, I allowed a few negative experiences to overshadow the potential for new opportunities. I’ve since come to know and appreciate the value of surrounding myself with people who truly support each other and resist the urge to compete or compare.

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

LH: My inspiration for the & "Jaden Israel" & book series is my grandson, Jaden Israel. I want him to be able to read books with main characters that look like him, and help bolster his imagination beyond what society tells him is possible. I’m also driven to write books that help our children understand their ancestry beyond the limited narrative promoted in mainstream literature.

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance? 

LH: It may sound a little counterintuitive, but I found balance when I stopped trying to find balance. The truth is that there will always be times when being a BOSS demands a lot of our time and energy. Then there are times when we have to shut things down with the business and just be a wife or mother. Sometimes we have to take all of the hats off and just be still. I give 100%  to whatever situation I’m in at the time, and accept the fact that there is no such thing as a perfectly balanced life. Rather there are choices we make to ensure that everyone we encounter feels valued and appreciated.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by ?

LH: "Be the change you want to see in the world" -Mahatma Gandhi

BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way? 

LH: My grandmother was the main influencer in my formative years. I’ve also been fortunate to have a number of professional mentors that have helped me navigate the process of starting a business.

BN: What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong? 

LH: My success hinges on a consistent prayer life that generates direct access to my eternal life coach, my God. My “Board of Advisors” is also a “must-have.” This group is comprised of people I trust who teach,correct, and support me in my professional endeavors.

BN:  What is your definition of a BOSS?  

LH: A BOSS is someone who unapologetically owns their destiny and empowers others to do the same.

Be sure to follow on Lawana Harris on Twitter @awholesomechild and check out her products and services at