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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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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