What can you learn from Cree?

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a Triangle Business Journal Power Breakfast with Cree CEO Charles Swoboda.

Based in my home town of Durham, NC, Cree is a market-leading innovator of everything to do with lighting and a large company by any measure ($1.63 Billion market capitalization with 6,400 employees).  What most intrigues me is that Cree – and its CEO – remains entrepreneurial in its thinking, its culture, its actions even with its huge size. [Read more…]

Are you ready for your organization’s next BIG opportunity?

impossible compAs a CEO or organizational leader, you may be searching the marketplace for that  next big revenue source,  investor,  or grant — your next opportunity to execute on your mission and create a sustainable bright future.

 

But, are you ready for it?

There are countless stories of individuals and businesses securing wonderful opportunities and being completely unprepared for what came next. [Read more…]

Five Steps to Optimizing Your Business Model

group table compI recently worked with eight CEOs/Executive Directors  (at a roundtable just for them) to explore optimizing their business model  as a critical element of creating sustainable high performance.   Click here for more pictures.

These are the steps we explored:

Step 1: Know your vision for your organization and share it.

Where do you want to see your organization in the next one to two years?  Can you answer this in one or two sentences? [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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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

White water rafting

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…]

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