Lord! Black Friday is looming. It is right around the corner. Are you ready? Can you compete? When I am coaching for Businesses I am often up against the sheer ominousness of the little independent versus the goliath. Are you one of those? If so, I invite you to take a deep breath and relax. You have your niche. Remember? It’s YOU!!! You and your vision is the difference. You and your confidence is what people are willing to step away from the giant chain store to get. Evoke confidence always be authentic and transfer your brilliance.
Everyone is thinking of hitting the malls on Black Friday, but few people are aware of Small Business Saturday. One of the challenges that owners of small businesses often face, is their inability to see outside of the box they build for themselves. And they tend to be wary of spending extra money on things like marketing, because they know they can’t outspend the huge chains. It’s true you cannot outspend the box stores but you can out service and out think them! » Read more
To Parents, (A letter sent to parents in 1974 container of Legos)
The urge to create is equally strong in all children. Boys and girls. It’s imagination that counts. Not skill. You build whatever comes into your head, the way you want it. A bed or a truck. A doll’s house or a spaceship. A lot of boys like dolls houses. They’re more human than spaceships. A lot of girls prefer spaceships. They’re more exciting than dolls houses. The most important thing is to put the right material in their hands and let them create whatever appeals to them.
-A letter sent to parents in 1974 container of Legos.
Ahhh, looks like Legos nailed it…40 years ago! When coaching for businesses I find the constraint on creativity exasperating! Seriously!!! You hire guys like me to change your business. You claim you want change, growth, creative freedom, and this one always cracks me up…your employees to have a voice. And yet you put them in a BOX!?! » Read more
Real conflict in the workplace is intense. For example -“Hey, you screwed me over by making that decision!” Or how about, “I doubt this company truly wants to grow based on that decision.”
I recently have been employed by a really large company. Have had the pleasure of coaching this business through TEAM Building workshops for the past 18 months. It has been a profound experience for the most part in the fact that they were vulnerable with one another and really optimistic with the idea that they could be open and honest with one another moving forward.
We’ve done lots of different exercises, including circling up and giving “live” 360 feedbacks with one another. Each person has an opportunity to sit in front of the rest of the TEAM in a circle. Their associates took turns giving the person in front feedback like… “Suzy what I want to see more of is insert really positive feedback here. And what I would like to see less of insert something they need to work on here.” For which the recipient would just say…Thank you. This exercise demonstrated incredible vulnerability. And tightened the TEAM instantly. » Read more
Evoking C-H-A-N-G-E dialogue takes guts and conviction. Yes, guts and conviction…A really strong belief or opinion in a cause or plan. What does it take? Love…Mission…Vision! Do you love someone enough, or believe in the mission enough, or the vision of the company enough to have that conversation? The conversation that is going to evoke change in the relationship, in the individual, or TEAM.
People with those skills, get the big jobs. Are you one of them? Or do you aspire to be one? I have a client, a long time really good client that is also a good friend we’ve been through a lot together as client and coach. So much so that I could comfortably coast along and continue the status quo. After all, he’s happy with his results. But I believe the status quo can be a trap. Oh sure there are advantages with staying still, like avoiding some risk, whether it be monetary, physical, or even spiritual beliefs. All creating possible negative outcomes. » Read more
I used to think of myself as a soldier holding his own against impossible odds, Badly outnumbered, and caught in a crossfire of devils and gods.
All I ever wanted to be was free, all I ever wanted to see was within my eyes to see. Oh, but these days, are just like you and me. Dan Fogelberg…These Days
I listened to this 1975 classic this morn and thought how much it resonated with my life-Back then, and now.
When coaching for businesses I find members of the TEAM that feel a sense of being outnumbered and caught in the crossfire. And holding their own against impossible odds. That’s how it feels for them! Get that in your head…know that fact. When the associate is NOT trusting the management, they do not believe they are being heard. » Read more