Dell Foundation Exec Shares Secrets to Getting BIG Results

Micheal and Susan Dell Foundation

Getting to meet Janet Mountain

Janet Mountain, Executive Director of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, knows a thing or two about creating change that solves long-standing problems.

At the Carolina Women in Business Conference at UNC at Chapel Hill, Janet shared these guidelines: [Read more…]

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…]

What can you learn from Cree?

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a Triangle Business Journal Power Breakfast with Cree CEO Charles Swoboda.

Based in my home town of Durham, NC, Cree is a market-leading innovator of everything to do with lighting and a large company by any measure ($1.63 Billion market capitalization with 6,400 employees).  What most intrigues me is that Cree – and its CEO – remains entrepreneurial in its thinking, its culture, its actions even with its huge size. [Read more…]

Three Keys to Sustainable High Performance

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As a business leader do you wonder: “How can I create a culture that consistently produces sustainable high performance?

I recently interviewed leaders from nine high performing organizations who shared their accomplishments and challenges in creating sustainable organizations.  Clearly three areas consistently require a leader’s attention.  They are:

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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…]

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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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?

Know Your Mind – Transform Your Business

Creating a clear path compressedDon’t for one moment under-estimate the power of your mind to transform your business.  Our minds operate in a basic, yet deeply powerful way.

If the mind is clear – we are happy.  
If the mind is polluted – we suffer.  

Our external circumstances reflect the state of our minds.  This is very true of our business life.

Clear Mind = Business Success

What is clear?

New Webster’s Dictionary defines clear as ‘free from darkness, cloudiness, muddiness, indistinctness, confusion, uncertainty, obstruction, entanglement, obligation or liability’.

These qualities pollute the mind, and their absence creates clarity. [Read more…]

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…]

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