Tips and News

Your Pain Points

By Jeff Saari

Effective Leadership

In a session this morning my client told me that the reason he has become more effective in his leadership is because he had a ‘humbling’ experience last year.  This manager almost didn’t make it in his organization as his behavior over time had become toxic.  He first came to me after this humbling experience and he and I have done some really great, challenging and fun work together.  The humbling experience was getting 360 feedback in the organization which was largely critical, as well as being put on the chopping block if he didn’t turn around.  I like his story so much because it illustrates that 1. we can turn around, and 2. we need to know what our blind spots or pain points are in order to grow.

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Management Tips

Manage Your Business Before IT Manages You

by Ann Connor

Managing a Business

Managing a business is time consuming and often stressful. Exhaustion looms over the day and causes many business owners to allow their businesses to dictate their schedule, their mind, and even their life. Understanding how to properly manage your business before it manages you should be the number one focus before any other fundamentals can even be addressed.

Organization can help you to manage your schedule each day without error. Once all managerial tasks are categorized and easily accessible, less mistakes will be made. With less mistakes comes less stress. Upholding the duties left to the manager in a manner conducive to production, one can combat stress and focus on priorities.

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Did she really recommend that I procrastinate?


by Carol Williams

Let’s be real. Do you procrastinate?

If “yes” then welcome to Being Human. There is NOTHING wrong with you. (Can I stop reading now?) Procrastination is our way of avoiding something unpleasant. Our bodies and minds are saying, NO! My challenge to you is, why is it unpleasant? This question equals,

“why am I procrastinating?”

Ask yourself:

  1. What is your expectation?
  2. How did you establish said expectation? Did it come from childhood? Teachers? Supervisors?
  3. What might happen if this expectation did not exist? That you CHANGE it to another one?

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Setting Clear Expectations for Your Team

by Ann Connor

Clear Expectations

It is vitally important to whatever business endeavor you are pursuing that the team you have around you understands their mission clearly. Clear expectations at the outset of a project, be it a new product launch or building a new department in the company, provide a solid guideline and should form a cohesive vision for everyone involved.

To ensure success in any given project, it can be valuable to present a set of behavior expectations or work on one with your team. One way to develop this is a “team charter” or contract upon which all members agree. This code of conduct can help to guide the team through its growth, reminding members to be respectful of colleagues, contribute their opinions when they are solicited, and addressing conflicts personally on a one-to-one basis.

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Cross-Cultural Understanding in the Workplace – by Paula Mathews

by Paula Mathews

As the US becomes more diverse and as even small companies reach out globally to employees and customers, cross-cultural understanding becomes ever more important. Most authorities recommend starting with similarities to build understanding at work, including the universal need for respect, communication, and encouragement. All employees need information about the company’s business plan, a chance to hone their skills on the job, appropriate rewards for work, and access to training and resources.

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Focusing Forward and Being Present

by Carol Williams

The REAL answers to your Strategic Stuckness are embedded in the question: “if it’s so easy, why aren’t we all doing it?” Let’s jump into some effective FOCUSING strategies!

This is for you if ANY of these feel true:

– You start out with a plan

– Your plan is a joke by day’s end and you’re asking “why bother?”

– You start out without a plan…responding to emergencies (which somehow don’t quit)

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