Dell Foundation Exec Shares Secrets to Getting BIG Results

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Getting to meet Janet Mountain

Janet Mountain, Executive Director of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, knows a thing or two about creating change that solves long-standing problems.

At the Carolina Women in Business Conference at UNC at Chapel Hill, Janet shared these guidelines: [Read more…]

Lessons from Bosses Who Are Changing the World


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In intensely intimate coaching relationships, I work with business owners and executives determined to create positive change. 

These leaders have shared their biggest challenges, opportunities, successes and failures with me. 

They are my heroes and heroines.

Reviewing our work over the last year – six ‘lessons’ have emerged that have been critical to getting better results.  I’d like to share them with you. [Read more…]

How do you stay focused while everything is changing?

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Teri and the TROSA Moving Truck

It started with a glimmer of a suggestion from my partner Jo… “Let’s sell our house.”

At first it was not a suggestion that made sense to me.  Why would we would make that kind of change?

For twenty years we’d been making the house our own.  We built an addition that I loved working in.

I loved the original heart-pine floors, the oversized moldings, the ten-foot ceilings.  It really was my dream home. [Read more…]

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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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…]

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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Why Your Team’s Mistakes are Essential to Grow Your Business

Want to grow leaders who take real responsibility in your business?  Pizzeria Toro owner Gray Brooks shows us how in part 2 of our interview (go here for part 1).   Conqueror this and you begin to stop wasting the likely most under-valued resource in your business – your team.

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The team in front of their temporarily shuttered storefont. All the writing in the windows encourages passers-by to dine at locally owned restaurants. See part 1 of the interview to get the latest news on the fire and the planned re-opening.

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Pizzeria Toro Creates a Winning Team & Raving Customers

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Gray Brooks, Cara Brooks and Jay Owens – 3 Pizzeria Toro heroes & owners

Pizzeria Toro has spent their first year in business learning how to

1) create an amazingly stable and happy team in an industry notorious for its high turnover,

2) cultivate tons of repeat customers, and most recently

3) operate the business when their storefront is out of commission due to a scary chimney fire. [Read more…]

How Great Businesses Get Stuck

what now compressedMartha is a talented architect with her own practice and a small team of employees. Many say she is the most creative, innovative person they have ever met.

Still she had a sense her business was stuck, overtaken by a kind of semi-controlled chaos.

Sometimes Martha would take a big risk to move forward and grow, but then a crisis would strike and the business contracted again, leaving her business and balance sheet tattered.

In the back of her mind, the continuous mantra was ‘Where is the next client?’ This feeling of never having enough, always needing more drove her and her business to big highs and big lows.

At times Martha was exhausted, acted out of fear, often leading to subpar results (the wrong partners, the wrong employees, the wrong clients). [Read more…]

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

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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…]

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