02 Sep 2022

quiet quitting
“Quiet quitting” isn’t something new, but rather a mindset of whether or not a work environment is a place where an employee is willing to “go the extra mile.” In an age where inflation and cost of living increases are high, but the wage increase to compensate for that is low, expecting staff to stay later, work harder, and miss out on life to help the company reach their goals cannot be...

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...

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 ...

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...

03 Nov 2021

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]How to know you’re in the middle of it and what to do about it if you’re a business owner or leader. Over the last several months, I’ve probably talked with over 100 business owners of different shapes and sizes, across multiple industries and across the Midwest and rest of the United States.  One recurring, resounding lament I keep hearing is how brut...

20 Oct 2021

At the end of the Pandemic, Fusion Chemical was just starting to grow beyond a small business. At this time, the company was expanding at a pace in which they needed to have a clear direction and defined roles so that they could become a company with sustained sales growth. There were challenges in the way, so their solution was to hire a business coach. Thus, they stumbled upon The Grow...

09 Oct 2021

Well, 2021 is almost behind us, in so many ways! We’re heading towards the holidays like a freight train and December 31, 2021 is approaching fast. As business owners, we’ve set this date in our heads as a milestone for some reason. It may mark the end of a year, but it certainly doesn’t mean the end to our problems. So, why wait until then to address what needs attention now? You’re ...

20 Sep 2021

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 find good employees is a symptom. Let’s not address the symptom, l...

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