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Leadership Coaching

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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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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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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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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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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