Three Keys to Sustainable High Performance

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As a business leader do you wonder: “How can I create a culture that consistently produces sustainable high performance?

I recently interviewed leaders from nine high performing organizations who shared their accomplishments and challenges in creating sustainable organizations.  Clearly three areas consistently require a leader’s attention.  They are:

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Where do you focus as CEO?

As CEO, President, Executive Director you have a unique and special role in the company or organization.

You are the leader driving the train.

Your team is following your cues, picking up on both your conscious and unconscious intentions.

There are only so many things you can focus on in a day. What gets your attention?

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Learn from Mattel – Wake Up to Your Business in 2015

shutterstock_241730578The Mattel Corporation, home of Barbie and Hot Wheels, is struggling with shrinking revenues and declining market share (similar to Coke, McDonalds, Hewlitt-Packard…).

As an executive or owner trying to create and maintain a sustainable business, what can you learn from them?

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Creating an Intentional Re-charge Day

christmas ornamentThis year I am encouraging my coaching clients, emerging leaders in their businesses and organizations, to take a whole day over the holidays to re-charge and re-set their systems.

This is critical in a world where we have trained ourselves to mostly react to outside stimulation. The mind and body become exhausted and depleted from this constant outward focus.

December and winter are a great time to go inward. Business activity slows for many. It is cold outside. Time to come in.

Here is a step-by-step guide to creating a special re- charge day: [Read more…]

Dissolving Fear on a Whitewater Raft

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White water rafting on the French Broad River

Do you want to grow your business or organization?

Many of us want it, but when we get serious, start doing things differently, fear appears.  

Acting out of fear never gets good business results (see the story of Martha from an earlier blog).  Still, fear comes up.

I am learning to face my fears, one at a time, and to take action based on a deeper knowing (not on the fear).  Whitewater rafting helped me learn how to do this.

After years of little contact, my cousins proposed my family meet in the mountains of North Carolina for a vacation last summer. Their dream was to go whitewater rafting – one of my greatest fears, after my sister almost died doing it years ago. [Read more…]

Honeygirl Meadery Comes to Life

Diane Currier and Teri Beckman

Diane Currier, Owner of Honeygirl Meadery and me a week before the opening. She is one of my Skillful Means business heroes!

Honeygirl Meadery is opening this Friday, October 24th.

I can remember when Diane Currier, owner and proprietor, participated in a Skillful Means workshop several years ago actively creating her vision and path to bring the meadery into the world. [Read more…]

Mud, leadership and Kauai

Traditional flower of Hawaii

Traditional flower of Hawaii

This summer I took a a twelve-day trip in Kauai, Hawaii, organized by the Sierra Club. I travelled and lived with eleven other people from around the US I didn’t know. By the end, we twelve were a team who could do anything together.

Muddy Hiking trainin in Hawaii

One of our many muddy trails in Kauai – but look at the view!

The first days we hiked up incredibly steep mountains in the rain and mud for hours. This intense physical challenge quickly changed the fact that we hardly knew each other. [Read more…]

4 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Your Team

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Healthy engagement feels like fireworks! There is spark, creativity and joy. Anything becomes possible in business.

I read with interest the New York Times article “Why You Hate Work”.  It is a bit of a manifesto on disengagement and lack of motivation at work.

Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath define engagement (per a number of studies) as “involvement, commitment, passion, enthusiasm, focused effort and energy”.

Motivated workers are engaged and engagement is widely correlated with higher performance at work.  According to Gallup studies across 192 companies, [Read more…]

Protect Your Success

jutting rock comp 2Last week I had lunch with one of the most successful non-profit Executive Director’s in North Carolina.
 
He manages a large organization with dozens of employees and hundreds clients and a many million dollar budget. 
 
He is smart.
 
He never gives up.
 
He and his organization get amazing results. 
 
Still something is ‘out of balance’.

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Want a reliable source of knowledge for business? Try your body.

I am so happy it is Spring.

This winter was one of the hardest I can remember in my adult life.

Sometimes I feel like I have been ‘routed’ – meaning stripped clean.

Difficult times seem to do this.

Not pleasant, but clarifying.

Serious illnesses among close loved ones and the long end of life process for our little dog challenged me beyond words to remain fully present to my life and business. [Read more…]

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