Ever Want to Spend the Day in Bed?

Sleeping beauty compressedToday I woke up wanting to spend the whole day in bed.

I felt a combination of being tired and lazy and that ‘enough is enough!’—whatever that means!

After a nice run (you can do this when you own your own business) I got my lazy butt to my desk about 11 am.

I REALLY did not feel like doing anything and yet I had so many things I needed to do, I realized that it was all making me very uncomfortable.

Then I remembered what my business coach and mentor Christine Kane said recently.  She said: Being in business means being uncomfortable. [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…]

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.

What 2 Key Personality Traits Help Leaders Manage Change?

Europeans have been studying what personality traits help business people manage change and generate higher profits.  Essentially they asked ‘what personality traits make a good manager?’.  Last year Professor Jan Ketil Arnulf at the BI Norwegian Business School published his findings on the subject after following 60 corporate managers over 3 years.*

It turns out almost all strongly held personality traits actually inhibit people from being able to work successCartoon that reads "What if we don't change at all....and something magical happens?fully with change.

The list of traits includes:

  • Warmth,
  • Dominance,
  • Openness to change,
  • Self-reliance,
  • Sensitivity,
  • Perfectionism, (and others) [Read more…]

Becoming a Leader of My Life with Christine Kane

A view of Raleigh as we take off for Atlanta

A view of Raleigh as we take off for Atlanta

Day 1: Saturday afternoon

My four day journey begins today from seat 17D on a flight from Raleigh, NC  to Atlanta for my third live event with the amazing Christine Kane of Uplevel Your Business.  This event is about growing your business, becoming a leader and everything required to make that happen. [Read more…]

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…]

Skillful Means is: What Works!

Lavender flourishing

During my stay at Ratna Ling this summer, Arnaud Maitland, our skilled retreat leader, helped define Skillful Means on a very practical level, that is, what works. Ratna Ling is full of Skillful Means, at every turn, around every corner. It is a never ending display of beauty. Both natural and human creations flourish there. Ratna Ling and all its activities, however, are not without their own very big challenges.

Can you imagine producing hundreds of thousands of extremely high quality Tibetan sacred texts and shipping them annually halfway around the world?  Then can you imagine creating them with a small handful of English-speaking volunteer workers, with little formal training in the publishing/shipping/distribution business?  [Read more…]

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