Painting a vision is half the battle but without defining the work that will transform your organization the likelihood of success is slim. Listen to learn.
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“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” - Dwight Eisenhower
Can you look left and look right at the same time? It’s impossible, right? Yet, we ask our employees to do just that when we expect them to execute on the defined day-to-day processes and simultaneously accommodate new business changes they don’t even understand. No wonder it triggers their fight or flight response!
So, if you’ve listened to the previous episodes in...
Did you know 26% of Americans haven’t read a single book in the past 12 months? Crazy right?
It gets worse: most people don’t read 3 books for the rest of their lives after they leave college!
This means when it comes to investing in yourself – if you’re reading a book, taking a course or even listening to a podcast - you’re way ahead of the majority. That’s your secret weapon!
As business owners and leaders, we must commit to lifelong learning, because that’s how we deepen our expertise,...
Change is something every business must do to continue to grow and succeed. But what do you do when the change you’re proposing to your team is met with intense resistance or blank stares and silent nods?
It starts with understanding why this happens in the first place. The possibility of change often triggers a stress response in employees – it’s fight or flight. Why? Because their basic needs of food and shelter are threatened by change. If the company goes in a direction they didn’t...
Have you ever found yourself frustrated with what your team has been able to accomplish and wondering if they even care? If you have, the solution may have absolutely nothing to do with caring, but everything to do with two major communication breakdowns!
It’s extremely common for leaders to miscommunicate their goals to their team. You did all the research, planning, and vision work but all the team heard was the polished and often complicated goal at the end. This is called “the curse of...
At the start of 2017, you got your team together. Maybe it was a retreat or an all-hands meeting and you laid out your strategy. You were fired up, you got them excited, and everyone hit the ground running! But now, it’s the middle of the year and you realize things aren’t turning out how you planned. What happened?
Let’s rip the Band-Aid off: you probably didn’t clearly communicate the strategy to your team or you built your strategy without asking the right questions.
As much as 95% of...
Getting started on a new idea in your business is awesome! You get the rush of excitement and energy and it feels like progress happens all the time … but, then you get to the middle and the shine wears off.
Does this sound familiar?
Being stuck in the middle can be lonely. The middle means you go into each day feeling like it’s a grind and you just can’t catch a break. It can get so bad you start to listen to your critics telling you your path is wrong.
When those symptoms crop up, its...
We all love doctors because they can cure us when we’re sick or broken.
In the business world, however, being the doctor archetype means being in a reactive state. They focus on fixing problems caused by poor decisions that were already made.
You can do well as a doctor, but there is a lot more value in being an architect.
An architect is proactive and commands premium rates. They offer the health plan that works for the long term, not the Advil for the latest pain. What that means for...
Do you feel trapped in your business like a rat in a cage?
Chances are, the frustration of being trapped is leading you to unhealthy habits and behaviors.
When we get stuck in the cage, it’s usually because we’ve grown used to a certain routine that was built when we stopped trying to achieve more out of fear or thinking small.
Like in the monkeys and the hose experiment, if all we know are our learned behaviors, we won’t see new results and we’ll end up trapping ourselves. But, not to...