Double Down

Double Down As I got off the phone with my client’s leadership team this morning, I had a big smile on my face. Despite these troubling and uncertain times, they have been a resilient organization that continues to grow. I had the opportunity to dig in and help guide their team and really feel like I have been able to partner with their leaders for greater success during this time. It made me happy during my meeting with them, as it was a reminder of why I do what I do. I work with many different size clients and businesses to help guide them to success.  My impact [...]

By |2020-05-15T11:49:39-05:00May 7th, 2020|

Who Were You Before the World Told You Who You Were Supposed to Be?

Who were you before the world told you who you were supposed to be? For some of us, this may be a difficult question to answer, especially if we constantly find ourselves trying to conform to what society says we should be. It's difficult to pull ourselves from the definition of success society has given us but what makes YOU feel successful? For a lot of people, it could be having their own business or leading a large group of people. When thinking of someone who is a leader, we typically imagine someone who has of authority, luxuries, and someone [...]

By |2020-05-07T08:57:38-05:00May 7th, 2020|

Take a Break

Take a Break I had a great reminder of my need for clarity breaks this morning.  I also had the realization that working remotely when you are used to 60 hours a week and a lot of travel might have seemed like a break in the beginning but it really isn’t a break.  It’s just a different kind of crazy. I woke up this morning and realized I had hit a wall.  I have spent the last six weeks dealing with four teenagers who are distance learning and also grieving the loss of a lot of things in their lives.  [...]

By |2020-05-06T14:03:23-05:00May 1st, 2020|

Growth through Character Leadership

Growth through Character Leadership In these times of change, it is important to identify how you as an employee can add value to your organization. Everyone is dealing with unknowns, but what if you could be the positive influence and impact for your team members and peers? During difficult and uncertain times, leadership becomes even more important, so you should continue to think about your own leadership and how you could be part of the positive impact in your organization. Employees need strong and thoughtful leaders especially when they are an environment that is uncertain or difficult to understand. Being a strong leader [...]

By |2020-05-15T11:50:14-05:00April 22nd, 2020|

Leadership in Times of War

Leadership in Times of War It is a fact that we are all feeling the effects of the war on this pandemic – personally in our families and the upheaval in our “normal” schedule and life and as leaders who are leading our organizations through the uncertainty.  Each of us has unique leadership strengths that we can lean on during these times – it is crucial to lead authentically in our strengths, but there are also some key leadership actions that you need to focus on no matter what kind of leader you are. 1. Understanding the Basic Human Needs [...]

By |2020-05-07T08:56:00-05:00April 15th, 2020|

Do You Really Understand Who Your Customer Is? 

Do You Really Understand Who Your Customer Is? Whenever I start a new client engagement, my initial questions always begin with the customer.  Many clients will immediately refer me to their website, where the logos of the companies they work with are proudly presented for all to see. Although displays like this go a long way to establish credibility in the marketplace, they don’t answer the questions I’m asking.  Because the reality is: customers aren’t companies.  They aren’t even job titles.  No, your customers are: Steve in Purchasing: the uptight guy who’s obsessed with looking for the cheapest rates, but [...]

By |2020-04-08T15:40:32-05:00April 13th, 2020|

Self-Care During Difficult Times

Self-Care During Difficult Times Many of us have been thrown into this new “norm” of working from. For a lot of us, this a completely new situation and we are not sure what to do. It can be challenging as you spend all day at home without a real break. Your work life and personal life are now merged, and it can make you feel lost. This situation can be a mental struggle- when am I supposed to be my kids’ teacher, call clients back and bring productive for work, along with that loads of laundry that needs to be [...]

By |2020-04-23T09:10:32-05:00April 2nd, 2020|

Coaching as a Leader: Building Team Health (Part 3)

PART THREE: Building with Trust In my previous blogs in this series I’ve talked about ways to continually grow and bridge the gap between being a leader who is a driver and needs to get things done, while simultaneously making sure the folks who might report to you or work on our teams feel supported, safe and accomplished. When we are intentional as leaders we’re able to be present, when we collaborate we are seen and are seeing important growth within people, which all paves the way to building trust. Safety in Confidentiality – If you work for a large [...]

By |2020-04-23T09:12:08-05:00March 27th, 2020|

Meeting Our 6 Basic Human Needs During This Time of Uncertainty

Meeting Our 6 Basic Human Needs During This Time of Uncertainty During these times of instability and even chaos, each of us reacts to what is happening around us in a slightly different way. For some of us we might be experiencing different reactions from our employees, from our leaders, from our families and other people in our circles. And for some of us we might be wondering why different people take such a different response to what is happening. So, I wanted to share some information that we use in our leadership trainings to help leaders’ coach and guide [...]

By |2020-04-23T09:11:50-05:00March 25th, 2020|

Understanding Your Business Faith

Understanding Your Business Faith This is John Gamades from OrangeBall. When Jaime asked me to guest blog on the topic of faith, I had no idea what today’s environment would look or feel like. It was months ago, and we were wrapping up our annual EOS planning session, setting some lofty goals that would really push us. At that moment, faith looked very different. Today, based on where we’re at, it feels much more real. A little background to set the stage. I’m a Christian guy who goes to church on Sundays and leads a men’s Bible study on Wednesday [...]

By |2020-03-24T13:16:18-05:00March 20th, 2020|