If you find people just aren’t coachable, ask this one simple question

Let’s acknowledge that we prefer to view someone else as uncoachable, before we acknowledge the condition exists in us.

After all, being uncoachable is a harsh critique and isn’t a quality that produces a high degree of return on investment.

The truth is though, at some point this condition exists in all of us. Knowing that, there is one simple question to ask when we find ourselves or others being uncoachable. That question is whyRead more

Expand the Sphere: Why Emerging Leaders Need to Define and Develop Strategic Relationships

Leaders need to be intentional about identifying influencers and mentors as a part of the development plan for emerging leaders within their company.

Every leader needs other leaders in their life who will tell them what they need to hear and not just what they want to hear. Influencers and mentors are a key part of multiplying the mindset and culture of the company among emerging leaders. This is particularly true in privately held and family-owned businesses. Read more

Return on Tolerance: The Necessary Intuitive Measurement

What’s your return on tolerance and how is it impacting your business?

Tolerance is about the ability to accept or endure. The willingness to have an allowable amount of variation or deviation. As a leader, your Return on Tolerance (ROT) is a key index of measurement because it deals directly with the relationship of time and patience. How long you’re willing to invest or when you should divest of an idea, strategy or person.Read more

Why You Need To Measure Time To Effectiveness & A Guide to Get Started

What’s your ratio of energy to effort and where are you expending it?
A carpenter thinks about this question all the time--is it a single strike on the nail or multiple strikes using more energy to get the same result? Given my carpentry skills, it’s a good thing my effort and energy are directed to the metaphorical nail of business.Read more

The Evolving Leader

Here’s the quick back-story for this week’s post. The Four Agreements is a book that is more about wisdom, life and personal growth than it is about business. When Don Miguel Ruiz wrote it, I’m betting he wasn’t thinking about business.Read more

What Recipes and Leadership Have in Common

It’s Alyssa this week, Brent’s daughter, taking over the blog with a few thoughts on cooking and leadership.

What’s your favorite recipe? Personally, I love making Jambalaya. The recipe came from a close friend who taught me a great deal about cooking, so I love the feelings of nostalgia that accompany following his instructions in my own kitchen.

Once, I tried making it without following his precise measurements and the result was not what I had been expecting. Sometimes, that can be a good thing but in this case it was not. That’s the beauty of a recipe--it provides consistency, sets the expectation for exploring other variations, and if it ended up being a good meal it builds our trust with the author. In business, strong leaders do the same.Read more

Do you talk to yourself?

Do you talk to yourself

Do you talk to yourself?

The most important conversation we have every day is the conversation we have with ourselves. It guides our focus, our actions, and most importantly, our self-awareness.
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The Realities of Training & Development

training and development
“Should we make participation in training and development optional?” A question I get asked all the time by clients. My answer is absolutely, unequivocally yes.

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Creating a Strengths-Based Culture

Creating a Strengths-Based Culture

When we're driven to perform, it's easy to let our default mindset become, "I'll just do everything myself." As leaders, this is especially true--we want to set the pace and demonstrate how our people should be performing.Read more

The Inside Perimeter of Your Company Culture

The Inside Perimeter of Your Company Culture

If you’ve ever driven in Atlanta, you quickly learn that there’s no such thing as rush hour—rush hour lasts all day. You can be twenty miles from your destination and it may take you two hours to get there. When it comes to driving in Atlanta, locals have a language all their own. Like many cities, this common language provides points of reference and helps you navigate the commute.Read more