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…]

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

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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.

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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…]

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…]

Ever Want to Spend the Day in Bed?

Sleeping beauty compressedToday I woke up wanting to spend the whole day in bed.

I felt a combination of being tired and lazy and that ‘enough is enough!’—whatever that means!

After a nice run (you can do this when you own your own business) I got my lazy butt to my desk about 11 am.

I REALLY did not feel like doing anything and yet I had so many things I needed to do, I realized that it was all making me very uncomfortable.

Then I remembered what my business coach and mentor Christine Kane said recently.  She said: Being in business means being uncomfortable. [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.

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