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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My Writing Process Blog Tour

hummingbirdI am happy to join a whole group of talented writers on a blogging tour sharing something about their writing process.

Sara Arey passed the torch to me. She is a powerful mindset coach for entrepreneurs.  Check out her amazing work here.

What am I working on – I am excited about a couple of new projects.  I have just launched a free Skillful Means Productivity Tool Kit for my subscribers who recently completed a short survey.  (You can get it too – go here.)  It gives us a chance to work together over three weeks.  I am curious if the sustained support will help people try out some new ways of working that will create big positive jumps in productivity as well as joy in their work. (Yup, they can go together quite well.) [Read more…]

How My Father’s Death is Helping me Make Friends With Time

Ratna Ling Retreat Center at Dusk compressed

Ratna Ling Retreat Center at dusk

Co-leading a retreat with Arnaud Maitland on ‘Timing Mind’ for Training the Mind for Leadership program participants recently, I deepened my understanding of my own relationship to time.

At the beautiful Ratna Ling Retreat Center, we studied the natural cycles of time, seeing that everything has a beginning, middle and end.  We discovered where we were in different parts of  these cycles within business and our personal lives. [Read more…]

Eliminate Boring Meetings (pt 2): Skyrocket Performance

group thumbs upIn the last blog post I suggested it was possible to kill the deadly boring meeting and a great practice to begin the process.

This week let’s look at ways to lead successful meetings that are productive and meaningful for everyone involved and how to translate it into improved overall team performance.

As a meeting leader, the first question is: What is the purpose of the meeting are you leading? [Read more…]

Banish the Deadly Boring Meeting

energy being sucked out of a meetingOh, the dreaded meeting.

Many of us spend a lot of time there.

When I ask people why they don’t like meetings I hear:

•    They’re boring.
•    They waste lots of time and are too long.
•    They take away from what I should be doing!
•    There is too much tension, too much drama.

Badly run meetings create organizational inefficiencies, negatively affect everyone involved, and suck productivity right out of the company.  What can be done to shift this negative pattern?

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Improve Your Communication – Get Better Business Results Now

Please share below your experience improving communication.  I would love to hear what is working for you and where there are still challenges.

Have Enough Ideal Clients?

No?  Create a Flourishing Mind.

Want to learn more about the upcoming Training the Mind for Leadership program starting the week of September 16?  Click Here.

Tell me, what state of mind best supports your business?  What is your state of mind when you are at your best?

5 Ways to Instantly Improve Organizational Efficiency

close up of leaf compressedIn my last post, I shared ways to open communication between you and your team, especially when things are not going well.

Positive patterns of communication release the tension that naturally builds when individuals are working to achieve ambitious goals and the necessary connections between team members are not well established.  My free e-book will help you do this (look to the right).

This post focuses more broadly on how to support positive communication across the organization.  Patterns of communication are strongly correlated to organizational efficiency. [Read more…]

Wish you could Fire Your Staff and Start Over?

messy officeHave you ever taken a leadership position in  an organization that was in need of a major turnaround? 

Ever wanted to fire all your team members and start over?

Leaders in this position often have the highest expectations of effecting change—change that will turn a poorly functioning organization into a more successful one.

You took this job because you believe in the mission of the organization and feel compelled to lend your skills and talents to improving the way the organization operates.  [Read more…]

6 Tips for Successful (Crisis) Communication

Crisis pixCrisis communication is important today with the 24 hour news cycle and the speed and accessibility of information on the Internet.

Last week Karen Albritton, president of Capstrat, a communication agency in Raleigh, NC took this subject head-on at a Durham Chamber Executive Lunch series.  Capstrat specializes in this tricky business of crisis communication.

How often does something unexpected happen and we are not sure how to respond?  In crisis, that effect gets magnified many times! [Read more…]

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