Coastal Federal Credit Union working to solve NC’s income gap

50th Anniversary

Coastal Federal Credit Union

This January I attended the Triangle Business Journal’s 2016 Businessperson of the Year Award Luncheon. For the first time since I can remember they nominated the CEO of a non-profit corporation, Chuck Purvis of Coastal Federal Credit Union (CFCU).  I had to be there!

Now many would say that CFCU has more in common with a for-profit bank than a non-profit organization. Chuck, however, made it clear that day his heart and his actions are grounded in the nonprofit mission of his organization.

Chuck publicly worries about growing income inequality across the country and specifically in North Carolina. Chuck believes it is the biggest threat to our democracy. [Read more…]

Organizational Vision – How It Can Change Your World

Vision pic

My last post began a discussion of lessons I am learning from working with some outstanding leaders.  Leaders who are focused on:

• becoming better, stronger leaders,
• transforming their organizations, and
• having greater impact in the world.

Sometimes becoming stronger means taking a step back and becoming more reflective. Business moves very fast today – and destined to move even faster. [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…]

Is Leadership Born or Built?

VIEW OF B lue Ridge MountainsThis is the title of a recent article in the Washington Post by James Clawson.

He shared these opinions around this question of leadership:

 

 

Nigel Nicholson author of Executive’s Instinct suspects there may be ‘a leadership gene,’ that some people are simply born to ‘be in charge.’

Noel Tichy author of The Leadership Engine from the University of Michigan says leadership style and ability emerge from experience.

An unnamed former corporate executive says leadership is irrelevant.  A company’s performance is all about the proper employment contracts. [Read more…]

Eliminate Boring Meetings (pt 2): Skyrocket Performance

group thumbs upIn the last blog post I suggested it was possible to kill the deadly boring meeting and a great practice to begin the process.

This week let’s look at ways to lead successful meetings that are productive and meaningful for everyone involved and how to translate it into improved overall team performance.

As a meeting leader, the first question is: What is the purpose of the meeting are you leading? [Read more…]

Have Enough Ideal Clients?

No?  Create a Flourishing Mind.

Want to learn more about the upcoming Training the Mind for Leadership program starting the week of September 16?  Click Here.

Tell me, what state of mind best supports your business?  What is your state of mind when you are at your best?

How to Create a Successful Start Up Business

Gray and Cara for web

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…]

How a Vision Can Transform Your Work Life

mount-kinabalu_1106_600x4501-300x225For anyone who aspires to accomplish a purpose, vision is the key to success.  As a business leader, vision is your lamp in a dark forest.

It helps to sustain a clear sense of direction, motivation, interest, effort and ultimately you and your company’s well-being.

Vision uplifts and protects from the confusion and dissatisfaction that so often characterize our lives and businesses, and leads us along a path of transformation. [Read more…]

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