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Working Non-Stop? Avoid a Burnout with these Tricks!

Working Non-Stop? Avoid a Burnout with these Tricks!

If you are anything like me, you have read your share of articles, studies, and analytics that quantifiably prove that repeatedly working long hours does not yield bigger, much less better results. Rather, working extended hours for about two weeks seems to be the limit before the detrimental effect of getting less sleep, especially in the context of higher stress, begins to backfire as this HBR article details. And while an important component of effective business coaching to combat burnout is an ongoing effort, the following are both mindset and behavior shifts anyone can adopt, adapt, and apply for immediate improvement.

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6 Ways to Turn a Business Crisis Into an Opportunity

6 Ways to Turn a Business Crisis Into an Opportunity

As a leader, it’s your responsibility to protect the interests of your employees, customers, and shareholders and uncover and helm any opportunities hiding amid the maelstrom. While it may sound impossible, insightful leaders are often able to guide their businesses through a crisis, so they emerge stronger than before. As former CEO of Intel Andy Grove once observed, “Bad companies are destroyed by crisis. Good companies survive them. Great companies are improved by them.” So, how do you turn a crisis into an opportunity? Below are a few of the elements seasoned leaders wield to help them emerge from challenges more robust and more successful than before.

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4 Ways to Inspire Your Team to Greatness

4 Ways to Inspire Your Team to Greatness

Any elite athlete in any sport, whether team or individual, that has achieved greatness defined as winning championships, competing at an elite level, including the Olympics, and has been rewarded with the accolades that prove their performance, understood the distinction between good and great. Many entrepreneur owners and entrepreneurial-minded corporate executives would like to capture this “lightning in a bottle” to achieve greatness. There are actions you can take to create the foundation for greatness. Keep in mind that inspiration precedes perspiration; to tap into the talent of your entire team, be intentional with the following methods.

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How to Establish Credibility for Your Business on LinkedIn

How to Establish Credibility for Your Business on LinkedIn

Many professionals create a profile on LinkedIn only to allow it to stagnate, remain somewhat incomplete, and connect with few people. Add to that the likelihood that this same person is infrequently engaging with other professionals and we have the classic example of benign neglect – if you’re lucky. Here’s how to establish credibility for your business on LinkedIn.

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How Does Business Coaching Work?

How Does Business Coaching Work?

The most frequently asked the first question I hear is, “so, how does business coaching work?” Embedded in that question are several layers, not the least of which is, what kind of impact will this have on me and my business – more succinctly referred to as ROI. On my website, we describe the variety of ways that we work with clients and the categories that we typically cover: organization – the processes used to deliver what you think of as your ‘secret sauce’, accountability – the structure used to empower and foster a sense of ownership in every team member, and communication – including the way you onboard employees, maintain the culture, and articulate core values to employees and customers.

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Advantages & Disadvantages of Digital Business Coaching

Advantages & Disadvantages of Digital Business Coaching

As COVID-19 impacted nearly every worker in the world, I felt fortunate to have had the years, mentors, and training to be familiar with working, delivering, and performing in a digital world. Many companies that had been resisting incorporating technology and flexibility for both their workforce and clients were experiencing the bottom dropping out from under them as every one of their constituents demanded solutions.

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What is Business Performance Management?

What is Business Performance Management?

Efficient business performance management systems are critical to business success. Still, businesses of all sizes struggle to implement them, leading to disjointed divisions and ineffective activities that don’t produce meaningful results. Some inexperienced managers will double-down on inefficient efforts and experience shock anew when they don’t yield improvements. Smart leaders, however, know when to hit pause, adjust, and put their over-extended organizations back on the track to success.

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Critical Thinking in Business

Critical Thinking in Business

In our work as an Executive Coaching Firm, we describe our focus as organization, communication, and accountability. An integral part of any conversation assessing the current set of leadership skills nearly always turns to critical thinking. Entrepreneurs and executives nearly always point to that skill above others as a key indicator of a team member’s value and contribution.

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Ken’s 3 Quick Tips on how to Improve Your LinkedIn Presence

Ken’s 3 Quick Tips on how to Improve Your LinkedIn Presence

In a world where a single tweet can become breaking news, social media influences us all. Whether you enthusiastically engage on every new platform or choose to eschew social media engagement, there’s no denying how much it has changed the ways we live and work. LinkedIn might seem like one more social network on its surface, on par with Facebook and Instagram, but with a professional tilt. While the map of LinkedIn might resemble other social media, the terrain couldn’t be more different. If you’re interested in how to improve your LinkedIn presence, the first step is to check if your methods fit the medium.

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How to Elevate Your Presence on LinkedIn

How to Elevate Your Presence on LinkedIn

To intrinsically understand how the LinkedIn ecosystem is different, let’s call out what it is not. It is not Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok, or any other social platform. It is business, plain and simple. And while it’s not the place to post a witty political meme or a photo of lunch, it is a platform to connect the business community in a genuine, transparent, engaging, and relevant way by being strategic, consistent, and intentional in how you use it with a non-automated, personal touch in all you do. There are several ways that we have been working to serve our clients in this purpose – read this blog to learn more.

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Top 5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail to Thrive

Top 5 Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail to Thrive

According to the US Small Business Administration, there are 31.7 million small businesses in the US. Within their first year, approximately 20% of small businesses fail, and nearly 50% will shutter their doors within five years. Failure isn’t the only undesirable fate awaiting some owners and entrepreneurs. As successful and failing small businesses settle at either end of the business growth spectrum, many new companies hover in between, stuck in the abyss between failing and thriving. It’s true: entrepreneurship is risky. But nobody launches a business with dreams of stagnation. Much ink is spilled on how to avoid business failure, while far less column space focuses on why small businesses fail to thrive.

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4 Book Recommendations to Move From Good to Great

4 Book Recommendations to Move From Good to Great

While there are dozens of amazing new books coming out all the time, I find that reflecting on some of the more impactful lessons from past reads can be highly effective. This week I’m highlighting several of my “go-to” favorites that are timeless, unique in their lesson, and always relevant. You’ll notice that one selection is not a business book at all – and that’s the point. Great businesses hire, retain, and attract great employees, loyal clients, and produce enduring success.

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Ken’s 3 Quick Tips on How to Delegate

Ken’s 3 Quick Tips on How to Delegate

Learning how to delegate is an essential aspect of developing your leadership skills. Without it, you may find yourself falling into a trap familiar to countless business leaders and entrepreneurs: after working long, lonely hours for months or even years, they start to see results. And, just beyond those long-anticipated results on the horizon looms something else: the ceiling. 

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8 Leadership Tips for Introverts

8 Leadership Tips for Introverts

Only extroverts make good leaders – that is a falsehood. Many people think that in American business culture, leadership is synonymous with being an extrovert, that the top tiers of leadership are reserved for those who have no trouble addressing a large crowd, who live for schmoozing with other business owners and potential clients at networking events, and who immediately voice their loud opinions in meetings.

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5 Great Leaders to Learn From

5 Great Leaders to Learn From

While there is much to be learned from a famous leader like Melinda Gates, there is inspiration in knowing about the leaders that walk among us. Acknowledging their impact is critical to anchoring the power of strong leaders who may never write a book, or testify to Congress, or be interviewed by Oprah. Nonetheless, these elite leaders make a tremendous contribution to their teams, their companies, their communities, and their families. Therefore, this is a tribute to five people that I have worked with, admire, and have learned from. They continue to lead, learn, guide, and inspire.

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How to Best Prepare for Executive Business Coaching

How to Best Prepare for Executive Business Coaching

Running a business can often feel lonely: like a solitary pursuit. But it doesn’t have to be that way, and in fact it shouldn’t. As with most areas in life, you can have an experienced mentor that you can rely on to help make important business decisions and grow your company. Most business owners are looking for relevant advice on how to grow their business but have limited resources. While there are plenty of online articles, do it yourself books, and strategies you can attempt to implement on your own, the reality is that each business is unique and generic advice pales in comparison to personalized guidance through business coaching. Have you considered hiring an executive business coach?

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Ken’s 3 Quick Tips to set SMART Goals for 2021

Ken’s 3 Quick Tips to set SMART Goals for 2021

SMART goals – do you have them? The importance of goal setting cannot be overemphasized, but do you ever wonder how it is that you set goals and just cannot seem to achieve them? Do you find yourself constantly pushing your goals back or spinning your wheels feeling stuck like you cannot make progress towards your goals?
Take stock of your current goals and assess whether they are SMART goals

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Accountability vs. Responsibility – Setting Your Business (and Team) up for a Successful Year

Accountability vs. Responsibility – Setting Your Business (and Team) up for a Successful Year

Every business would like to be successful by showing great financial results. They would also like their team members to deliver above and beyond their defined role, contributing to their ability rather than simply delivering the requirement. This is where we call out the difference between responsibility and accountability and more importantly, why business owners and leaders ought to care. One will deliver what’s required and defined, while the other has the potential to yield exponential results. Consider this: an elite athlete, whether in an individual or team sport, has a coach; there are zero examples of an athlete winning a championship without a coaching relationship. That said, there are many athletes that play in intermediate or amateur leagues that perform well, yet do not win. Elite businesses incorporate coaching to make the transition from responsibility alone to the mindset and execution of accountability.

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Leadership vs. Management – What’s the Difference?

Leadership vs. Management – What’s the Difference?

For a business to be successful there needs to be both leadership and management. Neither competency is superior or inferior to the other; they are different but both are needed to organize, direct, and inspire a group of people. As a business owner trying to get organized, hire a leadership team including a manager, and figure out the structure of your business, you may find yourself asking: Leadership vs. Management – What’s the difference? Read on to learn specifics about each and the different roles they play within an organization like yours!

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How to set Leadership Development Goals for Your Team Members

How to set Leadership Development Goals for Your Team Members

Want results and retention? Stop micromanaging and start developing.
Business has always fascinated me; most notably, businesses that deliver a commodity, yet perform exceptionally well against their competitors. In nearly every case that I have directly experienced or closely analyzed there are some themes that emerge. In this article, the focus will be on how these highly successful businesses approach their human capital, most importantly the development of their talent. 

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Reflecting on 2020: Best Year Ever?

Reflecting on 2020: Best Year Ever?

It’s been 35 years since we were assigned to read A Tale of Two Cities in Mrs. McKeel’s class and yet I cannot get the opening paragraph quoted above out of my head. Here we are 150 years past the author’s death with the clearest example of a “Dickensian Era” where no one needs to look up the definition because we are living it.

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Why Attitude is Everything – A Successful Business Start to 2021

Why Attitude is Everything – A Successful Business Start to 2021

As a business coach, I have seen first hand the difference between positive and negative business owners. I have seen how their attitude towards the current economic climate impacts the performance of their business. If you are feeling negative, don’t worry as that attitude can be changed. It takes work, you can absolutely turn things around, but you must start immediately. Here is why attitude is everything – a successful business start to 2021 begins today!

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Top 5 Most Common Leadership Styles (and how to most effectively work with them)

Top 5 Most Common Leadership Styles (and how to most effectively work with them)

Whether an entrepreneur, manager, or executive, there are several common leadership styles that people rely on according to the needs of the business, the economic cycle, and the goals they seek not to mention the needs of the people they are leading. There are five leadership styles that executive coaching services will use as a framework for assessing what an organization is currently using as well as what they seek to achieve through business leadership coaching.

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Ken’s 3 Quick Tips on Effective Time Management

Ken’s 3 Quick Tips on Effective Time Management

We have 24 hours each day (168 hours per week), with an ideal work day of 8 hours per day for five days. How often do you wish you had more hours in a day?! Do you know how to get the most out of every minute of your work day? Effective planning and time management is the backbone of productivity for you and your business. Have you investigated where you are losing time? Do a time audit by tracking time to identify time thieves.

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4 Ways to Help you Stay Motivated and Achieve your Goals

4 Ways to Help you Stay Motivated and Achieve your Goals

Every business owner and business leader hits a ceiling from time-to-time; in fact it often occurs and recurs over time, wondering how to get motivated. In pre-pandemic times we would normally be focused on finishing the year as we were reaching goals. That may or may not be true in 2020 as so many were forced to pause, change, or completely evolve from what it was in January. The great news is that the same techniques we use to get motivated to work in our current climate will also work in “normal” times when your effort doesn’t yield the results it used to, when you love your work and still seem frustrated, or when you feel like you need a vacation – sometimes on the day after returning home from a vacation.

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Top 8 Reasons to Hire a Small Business Coach for 2021

Top 8 Reasons to Hire a Small Business Coach for 2021

As 2020 comes to a close and the uncertainty of this year spills over into 2021, it’s no wonder why businesses around the world are working with business coaches to prepare for whatever might happen next. Before you close your books for 2020, take a hard look at your business – where it is, where you want to go, and whether you have a clearly defined roadmap of how to achieve your goals. Working with a small business coach will help you create a plan for 2021 and help you adapt as things come up. With a year of uncertainty behind us and another ahead, having that support will be crucial for the short and long term future of your business. Here are the top 8 reasons to hire a small business coach for 2021.
Many companies are getting their team together and want to make sure that they are united in the effort to move forward in the next month, quarter, and year. Even a global pandemic does not change the forward-looking nature of setting an agenda,  inspiring a team, and demonstrating appreciation for both past and future efforts. In fact, many are realizing that unifying in an effort by all rowing in the same direction, could mean the difference between success and failure.

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What is a Keynote Speaker?

What is a Keynote Speaker?

Even in the era of a global pandemic, the motivational speaker’s business is seeing interest in their services – whether via video presentation or in a modified space. 

Many companies are getting their team together and want to make sure that they are united in the effort to move forward in the next month, quarter, and year. Even a global pandemic does not change the forward-looking nature of setting an agenda,  inspiring a team, and demonstrating appreciation for both past and future efforts. In fact, many are realizing that unifying in an effort by all rowing in the same direction, could mean the difference between success and failure.

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How EOS and Executive Business Coaching go Hand in Hand

How EOS and Executive Business Coaching go Hand in Hand

Do you have a grip on your business or does it feel like it is barely scraping by, sometimes spiraling out of your control? You had a vision for the future of your business when you first started it and perhaps for a while things went smoothly. Then with growth came problems as you added employees and your business expanded. Growth is a good thing, and it can also be challenging if your business lacks organization, accountability, good communication, and structure. If you and your employees cannot handle the growth as it happens, that is a recipe for disaster. You are the business owner. You should feel in control of your business, not that your business controls your entire life. If you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, lacking control and confidence in your employees, falling short of your revenue goals, feeling like you have hit your business’s ceiling, spending every waking moment either working in your business or worrying about it when you are not there, then you need to GET A GRIP on your business. Have you heard of The Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®)? Have you considered hiring an executive business coach? Here I will explain to you how EOS ® and executive business coaching go hand in hand and how as a business owner implementing EOS® with a business coach can help you get a grip on your business.

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Coaching VS Mastermind: Three tips to find what you need.

Coaching VS Mastermind: Three tips to find what you need.

Every month I attend a Mastermind with other entrepreneurs in varying stages of business from what I affectionately call “single-shingles” to those with many employees. As we were going around introducing ourselves and our businesses for the new members, my fellow business owner next to me asked, “how is what you do differently from what we do here together?” That seemed like a great blog post given that when one business leader asks, many others are likely wondering the same thing.

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100 Hours

100 Hours

One of the most frequent questions I field is a variation on one of the following themes: why did you get into executive coaching? When did you know it was time to leave corporate America? What is it about business coaching that draws you? How did you make the leap into entrepreneurship? 

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The Impact of the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®)

The Impact of the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®)

EOS® – the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, is based on the book, Traction, by Gino Wickman and brought to life in the parable book, Get a Grip by Gino Wickman and Mike Paton.  If you are a small or medium-sized business owner familiar with these books, then you may have wondered how it can help you get what you want from your business. EOS® has been around for over 16 years with more than 80,000 companies operating on the system. As an EOS Implementer®, I have business owners, CEOs, and executive leaders frequently ask if EOS® is right for them. The answer is simple: when implemented with purity and discipline, the results are real. In this article, the discussion is focused on the impact of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS®) on your business: What it is, how implementation works, impact on team effectiveness, and why implementing EOS® in your business is the catalyst that breaks through ceilings. 

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Why is Change so Challenging?

Why is Change so Challenging?

The key reason CEOs, Business Owners, and Executive Leaders hire me, whether as their Executive Business Coach or as their EOS Implementer® is because they seek to change. They understand that what got them this far can only get them THIS FAR. A new outcome will require a new way. Yet, we all know how difficult change is: over 80% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned within a week. As the saying goes, if change were easy, we’d all be wealthy, fit, and happy. Why is it that we may know exactly what we want from ourselves or our business, but we cannot seem to get our new habits to take root and remain consistent? Even when we know this new behavior would benefit us greatly, why isn’t the change easy in that circumstance?

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5 Ways Business Coaching Programs Enhance Productivity

5 Ways Business Coaching Programs Enhance Productivity

Business coaching appeals to the highly motivated. Just like high level athletes (and those aspiring to be high level athletes) hire accomplished coaches in their athletic disciplines, so do business owners who want their businesses to succeed and to get an edge over their competition. So what is business coaching? Business coaching offers personalized support, guidance, and mentorship for leaders in small business. Improving leadership skills and productivity of the entire leadership team creates benefits throughout the organization as those skills permeate throughout. Investing in your team members, and thus your business, through a business coaching program tailored to your needs yields tremendous return. Here are the 5 ways business coaching programs enhance productivity.

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Mission Over Method

Mission Over Method

The global pandemic of SARS-CoV2, a novel Coronavirus causing the CoViD-19 disease, continues to storm the United States as various companies respond with innovation as well as rigid denial. Some CEOs like Waye Peacock at USAA, plan with the same philosophy of the United States Military: there are no Black Swans, only effective planning, enabling them to move 34,000 to a work-at-home status in 9 days. Others were forced to do the right thing after initially balking over their own failure to plan, being called out in the media, and then having to course correct. The difference? Wayne, and leaders like him, focus on mission as opposed to method.

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5 Benefits of Executive Coaching

5 Benefits of Executive Coaching

::Executive business coaching has become highly popular for one reason – it works. CEOs, small business owners, managers, and other executive leaders within companies have seen the benefits of working with an executive business coach. Improved efficiency, effective communication, increased self-awareness, better leadership, and a significant return on investment is why the business coaching industry has skyrocketed over the past few years.

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What is the difference between an executive business coach and a leadership coach?

What is the difference between an executive business coach and a leadership coach?

Coaches – we all need them in our lives. Small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, managers, and other high-ranking individuals in leadership positions within a business are no exception. You might be thinking, why do I need a coach? Look how far I have made it on my own! To be a business owner or high level executive you have to be a driven and self motivated person to begin with. You have had success in your career without a coach thus far and you might be thinking coaches are only for people with “problems” in their leadership or interpersonal skills. Maybe you think an executive business coach is expensive and worry about whether it is a worthwhile investment of your time and money.

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Ken’s Leadership Story – Why I focus on people.

Ken’s Leadership Story – Why I focus on people.

The first time I shared the following, in its entirety, was from a stage at a leadership conference during my time as a corporate executive. Attendees included various levels of leadership: peers, two reporting-levels higher, and two reporting-levels below. Some close friends knew bits and pieces of this story, but not the details, context, and outcome. Here was how I told the most formative experience of my life.

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The Zombie Leader: Three Ways Leadership is in Crisis

The Zombie Leader: Three Ways Leadership is in Crisis

In an ever increasing tight labor market resulting in a continual fight for talent, the cost of this “zombie” mentality could be significant if leaders are unwilling to end the dissemination of others thoughts and instead chew on solving three specific barriers to leadership success.

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