CHIPLEY — Leverage is dividing up work to get greater results — and leverage is a tool the average small business owner can use in his own working life, says certified business coach Mark Raciappa.


CHIPLEY — Leverage is dividing up work to get greater results — and leverage is a tool the average small business owner can use in his own working life, says certified business coach Mark Raciappa.



Raciappa is a business coach with ActionCOACH of Tallahassee, and he was the guest speaker at Thursday’s Washington County Chamber of Commerce meeting.



Small business owners tend to work harder and longer hours than most people, and they also tend to work more than their employees. Having employees to whom tasks can be delegated can go a long way toward improving the quality of life for a business owner or supervisor.



“There are a lot of definitions of success, but health and happiness are two of the most important,” Raciappa said. Dividing up work not only multiplies the results, it frees up the business owner or supervisor to have free time to enjoy life.



“When you reach a milestone, even a small one, you should celebrate it,” Raciappa said. That goes for business as well as life, and while supervisors may be quick to compliment or praise an employee, they should also be able to commend themselves on a job well done.



Raciappa will present a seminar for Chamber members from 9 to 11 a.m. on July 17 at the Northwest Florida Community Hospital Specialty Center, and attendance is free for members.



One of the topics of the upcoming seminar includes Raciappa’s SYSTEM, which is an acronym for Saving You Stress Time Energy and Money.



“Leverage is all about SYSTEM,” Raciappa said. The program is based on Bradley Sugars book “Instant Systems, which “educates entrepreneurs on the benefits of systemizing work processes within their businesses so that the enterprises can function without the direct interference of the business owner,” according to the website instantsystems.net.



Sugars is a business coach, author and CEO of ActionCOACH, which is “the world’s number one business and executive coaching firm — home to more than 1,000 offices in 26 countries,” according to the website.



“Focus on making one improvement in your life a week,” Raciappa said. “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. If you make one goal a week, even a small one, and you do that every week, there’s no limit to how far you can go. You’ll be amazed.”



Executive Director Ted Everett also invited members from Holmes and Jackson County Chambers of Commerce to attend the seminar. “We need to be more interactive and support each others’ events,” Everett said.



Call the Washington County Chamber of Commerce at 638-4157 to register for the seminar.