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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25 May

Bias is Killing Your Recruiting Efforts

Almost every business in the US is experiencing recruiting challenges.  We are turning down work because we’ve overworked our employees and they can do no more.  Many of us are still receiving applications from people but are lamenting that they aren’t good applicants.  As a result, we don’t have the workers we need to do the work.  One key reason for this is your biases.

How do biases apply to recruiting?

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18 May

Capacity – How Much Can Your Business Do?

Capacity.  In business, it is defined as “The maximum output that a business can produce in a given period with the available resources. “  In short, it tells us what we can do.  There is machine capacity, people capacity, and business capacity.  Businesses define themselves as at capacity, below or above capacity.  No matter the definition, no matter what you are describing, capacity ultimately is controlled by your workforce.  Yes, your people, the employees in your business or work unit drive your capacity.

How does that happen

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