Confidence for Hard Conversations

Confidence for Hard Conversations    Communication is everything.  Our current societal environment can make communication hard; Can I say that?  How do I say that?  Should I say that?  How will they react?  Successful communication skills are one of the most important parts of being a good leader. They are especially necessary when having hard or difficult conversations. Here are some tips to navigate them today. Get prepared-Know Your Goal  When approaching a stressful conversation, leaders need to come prepared.  First, acknowledge and understand your own thoughts and feelings so they won’t interfere with an open, honest dialogue.  This allows you to be fully present with the other person.  Second, clearly articulate what [...]

2021-11-18T09:45:03-06:00November 18th, 2021|

Give Your Team Every Advantage

Give Your Team Every Advantage It takes a lot of energy to keep up these days, both personally and professionally.  We are living and leading in what some call a “VUCA world”.  The United States Army War College originated the use of the VUCA acronym which stands for: Volatile – fast, unpredictable changes without clear patterns or trends. Uncertain – frequent disruptive changes where the past is not a good predictor of the future. Complex – many different, interconnected factors come into play, with the potential to cause chaos and confusion. Ambiguous – there is a lack of clarity or [...]

2021-09-15T13:49:22-05:00September 15th, 2021|

Break Through the Rhythm 

Break Through the Rhythm Have you been living your life in autopilot mode? Our everyday tasks and duties become routine. Eventually, we go on autopilot mode, no longer do our routines require us to think, we simply do them. It can be easy to get lost in the routine and comfortable with no need to break the pattern of our everyday lives. However, doing so can stop us from reaching our maximum potential and we find ourselves feeling stuck.    It’s difficult to break away from something that makes us feel “safe”, especially because it is normal to fear change. [...]

2021-04-09T17:08:12-05:00September 28th, 2020|

Lessons Learned During a Crisis

Lessons Learned During a Crisis As I reflect on our world today and what the future holds, I am cautiously optimistic that our world can heal itself if we are all willing to look inside with deep introspection and look outside with deep empathy. As a small business owner, there are some key lessons that this crisis has taught me that are lessons that I will carry with me forever.   1. Core Values are the soul of your company I knew this before to some extent; we’ve had strong core values from the beginning that have guided us on tough [...]

2021-04-09T15:07:13-05:00July 29th, 2020|

Does Overnight Success Exist?

Does Overnight Success Exist? Many of us find ourselves looking at the highlight reels and success of the people who inspire and motivate us, but what about their struggles? It’s easy to assume that success came easily to them if we don’t see “behind the scenes” or know about the fights they had to go through to get to where they are today. This can apply for each of us individually too, many of us continue pushing on to our next project and accomplishment without thinking about our struggles and what has gotten us where we are today. I have [...]

2021-04-09T15:06:29-05:00June 10th, 2020|

Play the Infinite Game

Play the Infinite Game In the book The Infinite Game, author Simon Sinek discusses the idea of life and business being an infinite game.  That means there is no winner, there’s just the journey in the game that continues on.  Our goal is not to “win” at life or business, it’s to always be playing, always be moving forward.  Life is a never-ending game right until the end.  You’ve never been a funeral where they announced that someone had won life.  It doesn’t happen that way.  So why do we spend so much of our time trying to win, trying [...]

2021-04-09T15:07:23-05:00June 4th, 2020|

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 [...]

2021-04-09T15:06:33-05:00May 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 [...]

2021-04-09T15:08:40-05:00May 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.  [...]

2021-04-09T15:08:01-05:00May 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 [...]

2021-04-09T15:06:49-05:00April 22nd, 2020|
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