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…]

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.

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…]

4 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Your Team

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Healthy engagement feels like fireworks! There is spark, creativity and joy. Anything becomes possible in business.

I read with interest the New York Times article “Why You Hate Work”.  It is a bit of a manifesto on disengagement and lack of motivation at work.

Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath define engagement (per a number of studies) as “involvement, commitment, passion, enthusiasm, focused effort and energy”.

Motivated workers are engaged and engagement is widely correlated with higher performance at work.  According to Gallup studies across 192 companies, [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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Want a reliable source of knowledge for business? Try your body.

I am so happy it is Spring.

This winter was one of the hardest I can remember in my adult life.

Sometimes I feel like I have been ‘routed’ – meaning stripped clean.

Difficult times seem to do this.

Not pleasant, but clarifying.

Serious illnesses among close loved ones and the long end of life process for our little dog challenged me beyond words to remain fully present to my life and business. [Read more…]

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…]

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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What is Your Vision for 2014?

growth-out-of-wood-compressedThe greatest accomplishments in life are often born out of a vision that reflects of a seed, a person’s core reason for being. 

Such a seed resides in you.  Do you know your seed?

A vision, that is, a picture of the future reflecting what you are meant to bring into the world, develops from the seed.  Inc. Magazine just published a wonderful post called Vision is Greater than Sight.  Indeed.

Work is often our way of expressing this seed and vision, of creating and contributing something unique and important.

Leadership is taking responsibility for your seed and vision. [Read more…]

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