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 [...]

By |2020-07-29T14:09:26-05:00July 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 [...]

By |2020-06-10T15:03:06-05:00June 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 [...]

By |2020-06-04T16:25:11-05:00June 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 [...]

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 |2020-07-08T11:45:39-05:00April 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|