The Great 8 of Personal Accountability

BTS_Great8Most gyms and health food stores are bursting with eager masses on January 1st. However, a short month later, yoga classes are back to normal attendance and Whole Foods is back to just its crunchy regulars. Within a month, our once lofty goals of weight loss, budgeting, and apocalyptic meal planning are turning into McDonalds, Netflix, and busy schedules.

Going into February, we want to focus on the most difficult part of goal setting, personal accountability. Whether setting health, personal, or corporate goals, The Great 8 of Personal Accountability can turn your goal setting into goal achieving.

1. Forget the past. Thoughts of “what should have happened”, “who was supposed to do it”, and “why we are in this situation” are a waste of time. What matters most is what is currently happening, what is being done about it, and what solutions are on the table. Invest time in present and future outcomes; do not waste time by blaming, complaining, or accusing.
2. BYOB, Be Your Own Boss. Start telling your days what to do, not letting situations, distractions, or people dictate your time. The most successful leaders plan, prepare, and manage their time based on quarterly, weekly, daily, and even hourly expectations. Respect your time, give it purpose and parameters, and you will gain flexibility to respond and react rather than disrupt and distract.
3. Say No. “No” can be an incredibly empowering word. Get in the habit of responding honestly and setting yourself free from overcommitting and overcompensating.
4. Do it now or schedule it now. Most people fall into procrastination, creeping deadlines, or forgotten responsibilities by taking notes, mentally or physically, that never get revisited. Either do a task immediately or schedule a time when you can complete it. No exceptions.
5. Own the outcome. Valued leaders take responsibility for 100% of the outcome regardless of success or failure. They manage through the result. Success is a celebratory tool, and failure is a vehicle for improvements and lessons learned.
6. Remove negative language, rewrite your internal dialogue. Eradicate the phrases, “not my job” or “not my issue”. Leaders are problem solvers and solution-oriented. Instead, they ask questions like “How can I help?” and “What am I doing to solve this problem?”.
7. Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is the most responsible of all? Reflect on your previous actions, language, and performance; are you a finger pointer or a helping hand? “Who is responsible here?” is the wrong question to ask. Be accountable for your actions and involvement, and you will answer your own questions, find solutions, and excel rather than drowning in problems that you create.

“The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.”- Confucius

8. One rabbit focus. Good leaders must set their sights on a unanimous goal and operate their team as a hunter seeking one reward.

We hope, that for this February, you are able to accomplish all goals you set your sights on!

VHC BRANDS, Inc. LAUNCHES NEW BEDDING BRAND ASHTON & WILLOW

Collections characterized by premium-quality features competing will compete directly with Chinese imports.

 Kirbyville, MO – Consistent with the company’s strategic goals of brand segmentation and compelling value, VHC is pleased to launch Ashton & Willow ©, a complete new product group for top-of-bed/bedroom buyers.

Select Ashton & Willow Spring 2014 collections are being prelaunched this fall due to overwhelming buyer feedback and support, with an even more extensive regular launch in December.  Items include patchwork bedding, shams, pillows, bedskirts, throws and window treatment.  Designs appealing to a wide variety of tastes within the country/Americana home décor category, ranging from rustic and primitive to cottage, coastal, and vintage, will be the focus of the brand.  Complete details will be given to qualified interested retailers, and active VHC buyers.

“Our premium bedding collections under the Lasting Impressions ® label are now supplemented with an equally strong, compelling brand story addressing a more middle-market user and price point. There is a tremendous void in the current market for this level of product.  Nobody offers real woven plaids, specially-designed prints, and the hand quilted finishing touch that defines VHC as a superior choice when compared to Chinese imports,” continued Mr. Kline.  “We don’t believe Americans deserve less quality with increasing costs in their choice of bedding, we believe they deserve and want more.  Ashton & Willow presents a real alternative to a sea of sameness, with no compromises on what aspects of our business our buyers love.”

The company’s very popular Drop Ship and Immediate Ship programs allow maximum flexibility for all types of retailers, including specialty online stores, better independent stores, and those merchants that supplement both of these channels with catalog sales.

VHC Brands (formerly known as Victorian Heart) is a multi-line textile designer and importer/distributor with offices in rural Missouri and Delhi, India. All products and fabrics are designed exclusively by and for VHC.  The company offers a wide selection of merchandise for independent, chain, catalog and internet retailers; some items are available through wholesale distributors including CWI and AT Imports.  VHC Brands is comprised of Lasting Impressions: premium bedding, window and rugs; Ashton & Willow: midpoint priced bedding and window; Nancy’s Nook: tabletop and kitchen accessories; and Bella Taylor: quilted handbags, travel and accessories. Call, fax or email today: 888.334.3099, fax 877.775.3833, info@vhcbrands.com.

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Bella Taylor announces partnership with ShopNBC

Kirbyville, MO –VHC Brands is excited to announce a joint venture with multichannel electronic retailer ShopNBC emphasizing VHC’s handbag, travel and accessories line Bella Taylor. This partnership is a continuation of marketing and branding efforts to drive sales and increase brand recognition by targeting the end consumer. ShopNBC has a strong presence in the watch and shop anytime, anywhere retail environment by reaching more than 85 million homes nationwide via cable affiliates, satellite, mobile devices, and social media, and is streamed live at ShopNBC.com.

“ShopNBC’s strong commitment to offering customers unique and relevant products at a great value make partnering with Bella Taylor the perfect fit. We are looking forward to bringing Bella Taylor handbags and accessories to a new and truly national audience, which we feel helps build brand awareness quickly, benefiting all our fans and retail partners” stated CEO Ken Kline.

The first shopping experience will be held on July 1, 2013 at 5pm ET and will feature various handbags and accessories from the Baja Blue, Javabloom, Lemon Julep, Rose Pop, Sanibel and American Charm collections.

About VHC Brands
VHC Brands (formerly known as Victorian Heart) is a multi-line textile designer and importer/distributor with offices in rural Missouri and Delhi, India. All products are designed exclusively by and for VHC. The company offers a wide selection of merchandise for independent, chain, catalog and internet retailers. Call, fax or email today: 888.334.3099, fax 877.775.3833, info@vhcbrands.com.

About ShopNBC
ShopNBC is a multichannel electronic retailer that enables customers to shop via TV, phone, Internet and mobile devices and to interact via the ShopNBC website as well as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The ShopNBC television network reaches over 85 million cable and satellite homes and is also available nationwide on PCs, tablets and iPhone, Android and other mobile devices via live streaming at www.shopnbc.com. ShopNBC’s merchandise categories include home, consumer electronics, health & fitness, beauty, fashion & accessories, jewelry and watches. In May 2013, the company announced plans to rebrand to ShopHQ over the remainder of the fiscal year.

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New Line: Ashton & Willow

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We are always moving and shaking here at VHC, so much so it’s hard to keep up sometimes! But one thing we never forget to keep up with is making sure the quality of our products is top notch; it’s what we’re known for. Keeping with that tradition, we are excited to announce the launch of Ashton & Willow©.  This new top-of-bed product group is designed to compete directly with Chinese import pricing. The difference will be characterized by premium-quality features with hand-quilted finishing touches that will allow us to stand out amongst similarly priced products.

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We let some sneak-peeks leak out to a few selected buyers earlier this year, the feedback and support was so overwhelming we chose to offer select Ashton & Willow Spring 2014 collections to be pre-launched this fall. An even more extensive regular launch will occur in December.  Items include patchwork bedding, shams, pillows, bed skirts, throws and window treatment.  The initial pre-launch is similar to the country primitive looks of our Lasting Impressions line. Future designs will appeal to a wide variety of tastes within the country/Americana home décor category; ranging from rustic and primitive to cottage, coastal, and vintage.

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It’s exciting to see our premium bedding collections under the Lasting Impressions ® label now supplemented with an equally strong, compelling brand story addressing a more middle-market user and price point. There is a tremendous void in the current market for this level of product.  Nobody offers real woven plaids, specially-designed prints, and the hand quilted finishing touch that defines VHC as a superior choice when compared to Chinese imports. We don’t believe Americans deserve less quality with increasing costs in their choice of bedding, we believe they deserve and want more.  Ashton & Willow presents a real alternative to a sea of sameness, with no compromises on what aspects of our business our buyers love.

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What’s in a name?

Ken Kline, CEO, was just out of college, and learning to decorate his small rented townhouse in urban west LA “on a dime.”  Flea market chic and “repurposed” were the rules for him in those days, well before they were trends.  Similarly, Nancy Kline, the company founder, had for years learned to stretch her decorating dollars with a full house of 4 children, a husband and a live-in parent in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Ashton Avenue & Willow Point were both in neighborhoods not considered the “A List” in their towns.  But they were picturesque, a place where a walk was relaxing, where neighbors didn’t try to out-Jones each other, and where everyone took pride in the things they owned, in their homes, and in their freedom to express themselves in their décor.  Ashton Avenue has many wonderful memories for Ken, as does Willow Point for Nancy.