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business crash Growing Fast? Here’s What’s Likely To Kill Your Company (11/1/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Business Performance, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Learning, Organizational Structure, Planning, Prioritization, Problem Solving - If your goal is to grow your business fast, you need a positive cash flow cycle or the ability to raise money at a feverish pace. Anything less and you will quickly grow yourself out of business. A positive cash flow cycle simply means you get paid before you have to pay others. A negative […]
fire truck business Why Fire Trucks Always Back In (10/4/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Business Performance, Planning, Vision - Have you ever noticed that fire trucks always back into the fire hall? Why don’t they just pull into their parking spot snout-forward like the rest of us? Backing in at the end of a shift saves them time when they have to get to a fire. They back in to be ready; whether the […]
blood pressure test Take a Blood Pressure Test for Your Business (9/27/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Business Performance, Change, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Organizational Structure - When was the last time you had your blood pressure tested? Taking your blood pressure is one of the first things most doctors do before treating you for just about anything. How much pressure your blood is under as it courses through your veins is a reliable indicator of your overall health; and it can […]
Continuous improvement Build a Culture of Continuous Improvement (6/18/2018) Posted in: Accountability, Awareness, Business Performance, Executive Leadership, Problem Solving, Recognition - Organizations can always improve something. Nothing is ever flawless, no matter how much we wish it could be. If you accept this reality, you can help your team create an environment of continuous improvement. When we accept that flaws exist, we provide the freedom to focus on improvement. When someone makes a mistake, correct it and continue on toward your objectives. Encourage […]
tough decisions How Executive Leaders Make Tough Decisions (6/14/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Communication, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Problem Solving, Teambuilding, Vision - Making clear decisions is a critical factor to effective leadership. However, many executives suffer from decidophobia, the fear of making tough decisions. Decisions take courage, and courage means taking intelligent risks to move the organization in the direction of the vision. It’s important to gather data and perspectives, and you can use several decision-making models to help you do it well. However, […]
never stop learning The Most Effective Leaders Never Stop Learning (6/4/2018) Posted in: Accountability, Authenticity, Awareness, Communication, Employee Development, Executive Leadership, Influence, Leadership, Learning, Problem Solving, Teambuilding -   Great leaders are great learners. Getting feedback from others allows you to continue to learn and grow. Just like you want your team and your organization to improve, you also want to improve yourself. Ask others for feedback on a regular basis. Some leaders make the mistake of thinking they need to have all the answers. Successful leaders never stop learning […]
challenge assumptions Are You Challenging Assumptions In Your Workplace? (4/18/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Business Performance, Communication, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Learning, Organizational Structure, Problem Solving, Recognition, Teambuilding, Vision - A successful leader once shared that he constantly asks himself one question: “What am I not seeing?” Assumptions are one of the areas that may be a blind spot, and leadership requires us to challenge them repeatedly. What used to work yesterday may no longer apply today, and it’s important for leaders to question and challenge those assumptions. The hardest part about […]
measure progress 3 Steps to Measure Your Progress (3/20/2018) Posted in: Accountability, Awareness, Business Performance, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Organizational Structure - To ensure you realize the vision, you need to have the right measures in place, and they need to be institutionalized. How you measure success can make or break whether or not you achieve it. If the strategies and objectives your team has created aren’t producing the desired outcome, you want to know as soon as possible. First, you need to […]
check for understanding Why You Need to Check for Understanding (3/12/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Communication, Employee Development, Executive Leadership, Leadership, Learning, Listening - It happens all the time: we think we’re being understood, but we’re not. And we have no idea. We often don’t bother to check to make sure people understand us, even when it’s critical. It doesn’t help that most people don’t want to admit they don’t get it, especially to the leader. You may get a nod or even an […]
stop sign How Executive Leaders Stop to Create Growth (3/8/2018) Posted in: Awareness, Change, Communication, Executive Leadership, Focus, Learning, Organizational Structure, Prioritization, Problem Solving, Time Management, Vision - As we embark toward achieving our vision, organizations sometimes continue to do things that either don’t work or don’t support the vision. When someone questions “why do we do that?” The answer is often “we’ve always done it this way.” Sometimes the person answering the question really doesn’t understand the purpose, which means they’re missing information. However, most often, the truth is that […]

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