Power of Empathy

Empathy & Perspective What’s one thing you can do to significantly impact your chance of success?  Practice more Empathy. Empathy is no longer looked at as just a soft skill, but something that is increasingly necessary for leaders and managers to increase their effectiveness and drive high performance from their teams. For many people, they believe that Empathy is like Sympathy, but there is a very distinct difference.  Empathy is the ability to sit in someone else’s seat and look at the world from their perspective.  It’s very different than sympathy which is feeling for them, sharing in [...]

By |2018-08-23T18:05:45-05:00August 23rd, 2018|

GIG Economy

GIG Economy: What does it mean for your business and how will it change the landscape of your business? How many of us even know what the GIG economy is?  The dictionary defines it as “a labor market characterized by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs.”  The gig economy gets its name from each piece of work being akin to an individual 'gig'. The topic of the GIG economy is becoming more and more prevalent with an ever-increasing number of articles and meetings touching on this subject and how it is changing the [...]

By |2018-07-30T15:42:21-05:00July 30th, 2018|

Finish Line Syndrome

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start and keep going." -Unknown As we go through life, there are so many “races” that we run both personally and professionally.  And most of the time those races test our mental fortitude and sanity, they push us to be a little uncomfortable, and sometimes they completely exhaust us.  But I would guess at the end of most of lifes “races” we would do it all over again even knowing how hard it would be.  Why is that? I believe its because when we are [...]

By |2018-07-05T13:36:52-05:00July 5th, 2018|

Price vs Cost

Have you ever considered the difference between the price of a decision vs the cost of a decision?  I recently attended an event and had the pleasure of hearing Terry Slattery speak about his book, The Cinnamon Story. His message regarding the differences between focusing on the price you are paying for any product, service, or staff versus the cost you are spending to achieve your targets and goals, brought this simple yet complex conversation to light. In business, whether we are looking at this issue as a consumer of products and services or as a provider of products and [...]

By |2018-07-05T13:37:26-05:00June 20th, 2018|

Leaders Who Learn

“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”  - William Pollar Leaders are not all created equal. In the world of leadership training and development there is one key factor that I have seen as a differentiator between good leaders and great leaders.  Great leaders tend to be interested in continuous learning and personal development. They jump at the opportunity to expand their experience or shift their paradigm with new information. The corporate environment is full of people who have spent many years gaining [...]

By |2018-06-04T10:18:10-05:00June 4th, 2018|

Success is Like a Video Game

For those of you who have teenagers, you will get this. Our household has entered the world of video games in the last year. And while I don’t “understand” how someone can sit for that long and play something, as I started thinking about it, the draw to continue to play a video game is a little like our constant journey to success. I’ll get back to that in a moment, let’s talk about the definition of success first. There are so many resources that will coach you and help you along the journey to success, but where all [...]

By |2018-05-01T14:48:11-05:00April 23rd, 2018|

The Missing Link With Millennials

There are tons of books, articles and discussions happening around the topic of Millennial’s.  More than I can ever remember, with any generation, we all seem to be fascinated with this “different” generation.  There are hundreds of books and articles focused on helping you understand them, market to them, communicate with them and hire and retain them.  I find it fascinating because while they are a generation that has different experiences, upbringing, access to technology, they are not as fundamentally different as many of us are led to believe. If you speak to people in the Greatest Generation, those people born in [...]

By |2018-05-01T14:47:54-05:00February 20th, 2018|

Accountability & Kicking Off 2018

This time of year, we are all thinking about how to make 2018 better than any year yet.  But what will it take to make it different than any other year?  Think about December of 2016, you were full of hope and drive to make 2017 better, you rang in the new year and hopefully set some strong goals.  Stats show that 41% of Americans make a New Year’s Resolution and of those that make a resolution (ie, goal), 42% of them never achieve that goal. What could we all do to make this year different than all of the [...]

By |2018-08-29T08:01:22-05:00December 19th, 2017|

Return on Relationships

    Does it feel like everything is so much more complicated than it needs to be in our lives lately? What if we could give less attention to all the noise, drama and complication and focus on the one thing that drives real happiness? I read about a study completed with a group of 65-year old’s.  They asked them what made them happiest in their lives and the answers might surprise you.   Their true happiness didn’t stem from money, although money can take away a good amount of stress.  Their happiness didn’t come from fame or recognition.  Their level [...]

By |2018-04-30T14:37:23-05:00November 21st, 2017|

Influence through Communication

  Have you ever wondered how some people have strong positive influence on those they come in contact with? The secret is they have learned how to use their communication skills to become a person of influence. This concept is talked about in one of my favorite books by John Maxwell and Jim Dornan, Becoming a Person of Influence – How to Positively Impact the Lives of Others. How can we positively impact those people in our lives on a daily basis? The answer is in how we communicate and influence their thoughts, feelings and actions. A Person of Influence has [...]

By |2019-10-25T09:45:25-05:00October 3rd, 2017|