20 Jul

Is Simple A Better Way?

I’m sure we’ve all seen it, someone very proud of the process, or solution, they have developed.  It is complex and demonstrates how smart the developer is while amazing those who see it with its complexity.  To master such a tool must mean that we too are intelligent and worthy of the positions we hold.   Complex systems for many is a matter of pride while simple processes are looked upon with little value.   Yet, we must ask if it is that complex then what value does it bring?   That’s a good question.  Or to put it another way,   Is Simple A Better Way?

What do we mean when we say Simple is a better way?

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13 Jul

I Need Someone To Hold Me Accountable

One of the most common reasons people reach out to me for my Coaching and Advising services is accountability.  “Don, I need someone to hold me accountable,” is the question.  My response varies, but the bottom line is this, I can help you improve accountability, but the actual ability to holding yourself accountable is internal.  In other words, ultimately, you must hold yourself accountable.  If over the long term, you need someone to do that for you, then there are other issues at play, and the lack of accountability is but a symptom.

So how can someone build the skills for holding themselves accountable?  Read on my friends, the answer is simple:

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06 Jul

Can I Sustain This Without Burning Myself Out?

As a Certified Coach and Business Advisor, I get to speak with a lot of Business Owners and Leaders.  Over time I have been able to catalog a fair number of their common concerns.  The common ground among them is not surprising.  One of their major concerns is sustainability.  Can they Sustain their business or performance over time without burning themselves out?

That requires some defining, a bit more detail; but yes they can.

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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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