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…]

Invest One Day to Create Your Best 2016

light thru clouds on oceanLast December I encouraged my clients and readers to take a whole day over the holidays to re-charge and re-set their systems.

This year, I encourage you to do the same and then one. [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…]

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…]

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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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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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…]

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