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.

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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…]

Becoming A Leader of My Life part 2

 

This is a head shot of Christine Kane

Christine Kane

 

My journey continues as Christine challenges me to go deeper to find my own capacity to

lead my life and business

during this intense 4 day event.

Sunday night gems:

We learn how we react to both challenges and opportunities is often our biggest obstacle to a healthy thriving business or organization.  Christine broke it down for us.

We start with our default reactions to challenges and obstacles.

Default meaning the way we automatically react, without thinking, our habitual responses in the world.

My personal default reactions to opportunities and challenges include: [Read more…]

How to De-Stress in 4 Steps

frustrated businessman compressed for web Are you in the midst of creating a business?  Are you leading a large organization, or some part of it? Are you staffing a small non-profit?  Chances are you experience stress on a regular basis.  Stress comes in different packages, from all sides.

Essentially and always as you experience stress, you are in one place and you want to be in another place.  You are getting one result, and you need another.  You see suffering, you want to change it.  There is opportunity, and you want to take advantage of it.  But there is often stress as well.  Skillful Means says there can be these conditions without (or at least a lot less) stress.  How is that possible? [Read more…]

How to Create a Successful Start Up Business

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Gray and Cara Brooks in front of their 700 degree wood burning pizza oven

Gray Brooks, Cara Brooks and Jay Owens created Pizzeria Toro in Durham, NC, in a span of 2 years in a pretty competitive local restaurant market. [Read more…]

7 Steps to Manage Change in an Organization

Brent Newman, CEO, Grundy Housing Authority with supporters

Brent Newman, CEO Grundy Housing Authority and Supporters

Brent Newman is the CEO of the Grundy County Housing Authority in Morris, Illinois and a past Skillful Means client.  He and his staff provide housing for some of the poorest elderly and disabled residents in their community. [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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