09 Feb 2022

​​After two solid years of strain, stress, and pain associated with the cataclysmic changes in business, teams within businesses are feeling the strain.  They are tired.  They are exhausted.  And in a lot of cases, team members are quitting.  Not to go somewhere else but just quitting.  Going to go take care of their kids.  Or start a business.  Or move closer to their extended families....

09 Feb 2022

Boards are messy.  Profit or Non-Profit.  Advisory Boards.  Board of Directors.  Sometimes they are just a disaster.  Why?  Well, compared to a fully defined team or organization, boards are made up of people with different agendas, drive, and meaning for being on the board.  Some are there for the mission and vision.   Some are there to check a box that says, “they are on a board.” Some...

08 Feb 2022

Partnerships are tough.  They sound great when you start out and maybe are even necessary to make a viable business.  But they come with tons of baggage.  Because both parties are human.  And they have their own needs, desires and goals.  And at times, these conflict with each other.  Sometimes over the most minor things.  I’ve worked with partners who have NO agreement defining their re...

08 Feb 2022

Oh, the head games.  I work with many clients one-on-one that have what I call head-trash.  A term that I learned long ago from my friend and business owner Anson Ross Thompson of The Thompson Group.  It’s all that stuff in your head you’re listening to that is total garbage.  You’re not good enough.  You can’t do that.  That’s a really stupid idea.  You’ll never be able to do that.  I’l...

08 Feb 2022

Tension in your head.  Tension in the boardroom.  Tension in your leadership team.  All draining the life out of you as an owner or leader.  Make no mistake, it is a battle, a tug-of-war.  And you must win it. But many are not. Over the last several years, I’ve worked with several leaders within organizations big and small. They struggle with dealing with the said, and unsaid, tension...

11 Jan 2022

An excerpt from a previous article penned by Bob Paden reads: “Why would anyone want to work for you and your business? I ask this of clients from time to time when the subject of hiring and retention comes up.  Usually in the context of ‘I just can’t find good employees.’  While there is nothing wrong with that statement on its face, it ignores an underlying cause - not being able to fi...

21 Dec 2021

The idea of “The Great Resignation” continues to exist across the United States as we head into 2022. We touched on this previously, but throughout discussions with business owners, I have found a few things for business owners to consider: First, only resilient businesses will survive and thrive in this environment. What is a resilient business? For starters, one that has prepared ...

07 Dec 2021

Over the last several months, a new addition to our business lexicon has developed: “The Great Resignation.” But I’m not so sure that’s the right term for it. We’re describing the symptom, not the cause. In the last few months, this topic has been near the top of discussion points on my many coffee and breakfast meetings with owners, leaders and partners. I’ve heard from owners about ...

30 Nov 2021

At this point, I hope you are familiar with the concept of the Continued Business Malaise. If not, I encourage you to take a look back at the past couple blogs as they have great information regarding the struggles that many business owners and leaders are facing at the moment, and how to work through it. There are four main focus areas that we started to get into, and now it is time to ...

21 Nov 2021

How do you know if you’re in the middle of a Continued Business Malaise – and what to do about it! We previously touched on this topic, but now I want to take a deep-dive into a couple of the main focus areas for dealing with the continued business malaise that we are currently facing. We talked about 4 main things to focus on: Don’t assume this will last forever…it won’t. Slo...

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