When the wheels come off your Leadership Team

When the wheels come off your Leadership Team

Part way during facilitating a full day session with a client the meeting went from great to tense really fast.  Some of the team’s deep-seated dysfunctional ways of operating came to a head.  The vibe in the room tanked.  People didn’t want to be there.  Tensions and...
Crush Your Rocks Every Quarter!

Crush Your Rocks Every Quarter!

In our personal and professional lives good is the enemy of great.  We let good things crowd out great things.  We settle for good, and forego great. Many of the entrepreneurial leadership teams I work with are initially in this category of settling for ‘good’ results...
The Overlooked Power of Simplicity in Business

The Overlooked Power of Simplicity in Business

Southwest Airlines is by far the most successful commercial airline in US history.  But Southwest’s beginnings can be traced back to this simple napkin drawing:   Legend has it that in 1967, after shuttering Wild Goose Airlines, Rollin King turned to his...
Stop circling the airport of never-ending theoretical ideas!

Stop circling the airport of never-ending theoretical ideas!

While great leaders look outside their organizations to learn from the mistakes and best practices of others, there is a danger in endlessly searching for that elusive ‘magic bullet’ they feel is missing from their company.  Too many times leaders read a book, attend...
Does Your Marketing Strategy Help You Reach Your Ideal Customer?

Does Your Marketing Strategy Help You Reach Your Ideal Customer?

During the early days of a business, any paying customer is an ideal customer.  The reality of trying to make payroll, gain experience and develop a reputation drives many entrepreneurs to accept any paying work that comes their way. But pursuing and accepting work...
Make Your Business Uniquely Different From the Competition

Make Your Business Uniquely Different From the Competition

“Red Oceans” vs “Blue Oceans” In their book “Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant”  W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne’s divide the world of business competition up into two oceans – red...

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