29 Jun

Delegate Effectively For The Win

You make a plan; you start to execute it.  The question then becomes, who executes what?  All too often, the business owner or leader chooses to do the executing.  They forget they cannot do it all themselves while they commonly complain that they are the only one who is doing anything or can do anything.  As a result, the leader must delegate activities or actions to others.

Some leaders struggle with delegation; so what can they do?

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22 Jun

Executing Your Business Strategy

Strategizing and being strategic is a catch-all phrase for a lot of people.  We want to be strategic; so we develop a business strategy.  More often than not our business strategy is poorly defined or not even a strategy; it is simply a goal.  Your “strategy” doesn’t tell you what you are going to do; it just tells you what you are going to accomplish or what the results of your efforts will be.  Using the term “Strategic Plan” confuses the issue.  What businesses need is a defined process that will accomplish specific goals.   That process must also be executed to add value.  Executing your business strategy is as important as having a strategy.

Why is strategy and strategy execution so hard?

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15 Jun

Questions You Ask Your Coach

Many professionals have a Coach.  It isn’t a luxury; it isn’t an option.  Many professionals with forward-looking careers have a Coach.  Coaching is a relationship that takes you to a level of excellence, or as an old friend of mine used to say, “From your possibilities to your impossibilities.”  However, all Coaching Relationships are not created equal.  In simple language, some are more productive than others while frankly, some are nothing more than an excuse to have a conversation without results.  Coaching is more than a series of questions.  Coaching is more than the Coach asking you questions.  Coaching is about tangible results.

How do you ensure that the Coaching Relationship you have or are entering into is going to produce the best results for you?  What questions should you ask?

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08 Jun

A Coaches Conversation

Bob, (not their real name), is a business professional in NE Wisconsin.  I’ve known Bob for about five years and admired his professionalism and approach to business.  I was surprised one day by a phone call from Bob.  It seems Bob was having performance issues with his Business Coach.  As a Business Coach myself I occasionally receive calls of this nature, Business Professionals unhappy with their Coaching relationships and wanting advice.  Bob was different because we had been friends for years and I never knew he was working with a Coach.

Bob was unhappy.

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01 Jun

Are Your Recruiting Efforts Just Like Everyone Else’s

Recruiting today’s workforce has challenges few have experienced before. Businesses claim they are doing all they can to recruit in these very competitive times.  All of them are doing the same.  Those who dare to be different can not only win the battle for talent today but also win the long term battle for talent.  It requires business leaders to get outside their comfort zones, open their minds and consider other methods with lasting effect.  In short, it requires new ways of thinking.  Recruiting is hard because you are doing the same thing as everyone else.

What more can you do?

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