bottleneck

Don’t Be The Bottleneck, Let It Go.

If you are a founder and owner of a growing company, you’re too controlling of your business. This statement is not meant to attack anyone. It’s meant to open your eyes. Controlling every aspect of your company is easy when it’s small. You might have a handful of employees and you can check in with […]

Uncover The Roots

It’s often hard for leaders to determine the root cause of an issue. Problem diagnosis, at least accurate problem diagnosis, takes reflection and self-awareness, something a lot of small businesses don’t feel like they have the time to do. Companies caught up in the hustle and bustle of the day-to-day of operations tend to solve […]

Personal Business Relationship

Everybody Likes A PBR

As a leader, it is more important than ever that you take the time to build a relationship with your employees. Not only does this help them to trust you and the company, it helps them become better employees. If your employees understand that you care about them as a person, they will feel more […]

Intentional Growth

Growth – Get It Out of Your Own Head

It can be lonely at the top. Most CEOs talk to themselves more than anyone else. Thinking through new ideas, planning growth and envisioning the future. You as the CEO may have a perfect vision of where you’re taking the company. So what’s the problem? You haven’t told anyone else. You would probably be shocked […]

Coaching 101

Coaching 101

One of a leader’s most important roles is that of coach. Helping employees grow and develop should always be one of your top priorities. When someone comes to you with a problem, it’s easy to just solve it right then and there. You probably already know the answer and can solve it quicker than anyone […]

Control the Chaos

As a company grows there are more employees, more projects, more clients and more complexity to deal with. It is vital that effective project management processes are in place to ensure that order reigns in all that chaos. Are you able to effectively repeat the sales process? Or the client on boarding process? Do you […]

Flood Zones – Stop Drowning

Does it ever feel like you’re just drowning in work? Are you and your employees struggling just to keep up with the influx of projects? Then you might be in a flood zone. Flood zones are a natural part of a company’s growth. They occur when there is a large enough influx of work that […]

core values

The Importance of Core Values

The following thoughts are not about politics. They’re not about whether you are a conservative or a liberal or in the middle. I write to draw attention to the importance of creating alignment in your business. And I can think of no better example than the country in which we live. What values come to […]

Manager Guilt

Manager Guilt

Time and time again, I hear from all levels at a company that accountability is an issue. I immediately look to see if supervisors are suffering from “Manager Guilt”. This guilt stems from an inability to give their direct reports effective feedback and an inability to coach and grow their team. To discover if Manager […]

Feedback

If You’re Not Giving Feedback, You’re Not a Manager

Feedback is a scary word for a lot of people. Especially for new managers, who are expected, perhaps for the first time in their careers, to provide feedback to the people they supervise. But why is this word so scary? Feedback should be a celebrated word. It’s the basic building block of coaching, and everyone […]