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Five Barriers to Exceptional Leadership

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Do you have people in your organization who show promise as future leaders? Have you also seen good people sabotage their own growth potential? Mentor them and encourage them – maybe even share these insights from a Harvard Business Review…

Delegation – When, What and How

Why is it so difficult for some leaders to delegate? Deep down, they surely know that delegating responsibilities and decisions can foster growth across their company. They also must know that delegation leads to personal growth, which in turn…

Describe and Define Critical Processes

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Anything that needs to be done more than once can be captured and turned into a process. Entrepreneurs tend to ignore the value of processes. There are lots of reasons for this (and none of them are good) but that’s a story for another day.…

Creating a Dialogue to Improve Performance

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Why is there often a disconnect between a boss and an employee?  It can start with the employee’s first day on the job. They’re fresh, excited, and eager to impress. The manager is congratulating themself on a great hire and they’re…

Establish Company-Wide Behaviors That Instill Accountability

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Accountability. It’s an overused word and an underutilized behavior. It means, of course, “doing what you say you’ll do.” It’s also characterized by “owning up to a mistake, correcting it, and apologizing to anyone harmed by that…

The Right Approach to Setting Employee Goals and Objectives

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Ideally, goals and objectives within an organization should cascade from the top. Each person should be responsible for establishing their own goals and work objectives in ways that are relevant to their job and support one or more organizational…

Difficulty Diagnosing the Real Problems or Obstacles to Growth

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As we pass through various scenarios of COVID-19, uncertainty is the name of the game. With this kind of uncertainty, things get overlooked. CEOs often ignore issues that don’t align with their beliefs or shut down conversations that feel…

Making The Most of a Recession

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There’s no sugarcoating it. We’re suddenly in a recession triggered by a plunge in consumer spending due to voluntary and mandatory quarantines to limit the worldwide spread of COVID-19. The impact has spread across nearly all business sectors.  How…

The Three Speeds of Growth

When I speak to business owners about the 7 Stages of Growth model, sometimes they’ll say that they are not in fast-growth mode. Growth can take on many forms, and ultimately, the CEO defines what growth means for their company.  You may…

Cracking the Code to Your Company’s Growth

Very few business professionals talk about challenges that a company of 500 employees or less faces during growth. Almost no one talks about how to overcome the risks. But there is a formula for success.  James Fischer researched 650 successfully…