so your vision is never lost.


Be Real to Be the Best
We have a client who is planning to become President of an association shortly.  We have worked with him, his business and his family for years.  He is a good man who cares about the community and is involved and giving with his time and many causes.  When we talked recently, we encouraged him to just be Joe Citizen: Joe Citizen with some of the job duties of being the President.  Why? We want him to look through the other […]
Don’t Make Dreams Your Master
Dreams are a tool, in that they can give us a starting point. A discharge of the information collected from that day, likely with some reorganization. In many ways, dreams are just a mental construct of an “ideal” or of “perfection”. If we are waiting for an exact dream with all the answers to act, we may end up seriously disappointed and have a negative view about life.   Additionally, if we keep pushing toward the dream without paying attention to […]
Make Time for Later Now
Planning for the future right now is critical for organizations to be successful. In a recent meeting, a Leadership Team voiced frustrations that they had “no time to plan, strategize and set goals.” There is no team, business, couple, or individual that has time to do it all. It is the planning that helps identify what is important, what has priority and if you are all moving in the same direction. You must make time to make a plan, review […]
Prevent Fear from Clouding Vision
  While doing interviews with clients and employees, the biggest issue we have to tackle is fear. It is a huge problem for teams and businesses. Fear makes individuals look inward to think and rather than taking responsibility, they begin looking outward for reasons to explain their issues. This is non-productive and leads to blame, more excuses and causes inaction. Once fear has a hold, it robs us of our power and strength. Our job is to help clients overcome […]
Say Only What You Believe
It is critical to the success of a group, team or business when collaborating to say only what you believe to be true. At times in meetings with clients, we get the right noises from the leadership team, but not the powerful actions we need. We do not see the conflict that is necessary to get real movement, real commitment. This may mean that the team really doesn’t believe what is being said and are faking it. The individuals may […]
Are You Focused?
Sometimes we notice that our clients are not paying enough attention to right now. They are focused on where they will be in the future and what will be happening then. Or they are worn out and simply trying to fix problems that have already occurred in the past. Both situations can cause not enough attention to be paid to great opportunities with great relationships right now. It may include eliminating a negative situation or relationship rather than continuing to […]
Evaluations Provide Clarity
  Evaluations are critical to the success of companies, but are often poorly done with little thought or effort. More importantly, they are sometimes done with little follow-up or forward thinking. This can easily change with the use of a few tips that make evaluations a pleasurable experience to ultimately benefit both the employee and the employer. Evaluations are an opportunity for real communication to occur. A few things to remember when conducting evaluations: 1. Although the review is conducted […]
Leading From the Middle
A while back, a leader we were working with was in a tough spot. He was trying to get the boss (the owner) to grow the business. But no matter what he did, he could not convince his boss to take steps to grow the business. There was much blame, justification and shouldering about why this was happening. Then, later, in a meeting the leadership team was having, we challenged the team to “just do it”. Respectfully, build a rough […]
A Team’s Knowledge Speaks Volumes About The Leader
Clients often wonder why so much time is spent with the teams of people in an organization rather than the leader. We have found that talking to the team reveals a lot of information about their leader. A large percentage of the time team members are confused about the vision of the company as well as the direction they are trying to go. Generally teams understand that the goal is to increase business, to improve processes and maintain a healthy […]