September 18, 2017

Are You Leading A Great Team?

Written by:  Don Hadley Businesses are working to compete more effectively with better people and teams. However, competition is tougher now than it has been in the past.  The world moves more swiftly.  The culture of what is expected is vastly different than it was even three years ago. To be able to prevent problems, overcome obstacles and take advantage of opportunities, we need to use true teams to make the difference. The Typical Approach Many leaders develop a following […]
August 28, 2017

Passing The Torch

Succession planning can be an intimidating subject for most everyone, but the fact is that it shouldn’t be.  It’s not something that has to be overly complicated nor should it be viewed in a negative light.  If handled properly it can be an amazing experience with new opportunities and optimism in its wake.  As a follow-up to the previous article, “Changing of the Guard”, we would like to leave you with a letter passed on by one of our clients. […]
August 15, 2017

Taking Action, Killing “Joe” and Meetings vs Movies

Written by:  Don Hadley The Primary Problem In organizations, there can be too much talking and not enough doing.  Vision without action (or talking without action) is simply wishful thinking or hallucination. When this sort of behavior is occurring, some leaders tell me “you can lead a horse to water but you cannot make him drink”.  This statement implies that we cannot get employees to take action. That is a cop-out!  The reality for great leaders is that we realize […]
July 28, 2017

The Changing of the Guard: The 6Ps of Succession Planning and Implementation

Written by:  Don Hadley One of the biggest challenges organizations face today is “the changing of the guard”.  The examples below briefly demonstrate how succession (or lack of it) can dramatically hurt or transform an organization: One disaster:  The head of the company was almost 80 years old.  He was having troubling recruiting and retaining leaders that wanted to run the organization.  None of the existing employees, to his knowledge, had the desire, attitude, skills and habit to be able […]
July 21, 2017

Changing The Patterns Of Thinking

Written by:  Don Hadley     As part of our ongoing effort to provide additional value to the business leaders in our community, everyone in our firm was “fired” on a recent Friday and given new titles and priorities beginning the following Monday. While it seems like a drastic tactic to try, the desired effect was achieved. As the newly appointed “Director of Continually Expanding Patterns of Thinking” my approach to things has changed.. Most businesses are struggling with issues […]
June 30, 2017

The Power of Trust

A 2016 survey of CEOs by PWC showed that a strong majority of business leaders — 55%— believe a lack of trust in the workplace constitutes a foundational threat to their company. Source: Forbes Trust is an interesting animal.  It not only involves trusting someone’s intentions, but also their competence in being able to do what they say.  It is more than trust in an individual, but also in ourselves, the process, the world, other people in general, life, etc.  […]
May 26, 2015
Joy is the Magic Behind Success
  Sometimes in business we lose joy in the day-to-day grind of business, our tasks, and in our interactions with customers and suppliers. As leaders, we have a responsibility to make sure the magic is there, that we feel joy and our team as well. Whether we are achieving or struggling, we have to find ways to ‘feel the wind in our hair’. To take pride in our work and make sure those on our teams are as well. You […]
April 16, 2015
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 […]
March 26, 2015
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 […]
March 9, 2015
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 […]
February 19, 2015
Communication: A 2 Way Street
  In this week’s video blog our expert guide, Don Hadley, discusses the lack of communication within an organization and it may begin with a misconception of what it really means to communicate with a person or group. Communication is not merely telling people what you know, it is about creating a dialogue where you exchange thoughts, feelings and ideas. Then, allowing what you hear to affect what actions are taken and how perceptions are shaped. Some questions to consider: […]
February 12, 2015
Impact of Values and Beliefs
In this week’s video blog our expert guide, Don Hadley, discusses the impact that our values and beliefs have in the workplace. Leaders, in general, tend to focus on behaviors and actions rather than values and beliefs. Focusing on values and beliefs is much harder to do. If we take the time as leaders to see our employees from a different, more powerful perspective, and begin to change their perspectives accordingly, this will allow them to impact people at a […]
January 30, 2015
How Do You Engage Your People?
  In this week’s video blog our expert guide, Don Hadley, discusses how leaders can engage their employees and teams. Many leaders may be great at communication yet not at engaging their people. When leaders reach their employees’ hearts, the employees are able to drive action within the organization without the leader’s presence. One way to engage employees is to involve them in looking at the bigger picture or challenging them and each other to look at each other’s metrics […]
January 29, 2015
Adapting and Progress for Starting a Business
In this week’s video blog our expert guide, Don Hadley, discusses starting a business. Whether you are leading an established 30 year business or just starting, there is a great deal of scary and unknown factors. The good news is that the successes from your past will help you with your future successes. An important factor with either scenario is to remove those things that are unnecessary or outdated. The key to success is knowing (both individually and organizationally): What […]
January 22, 2015
Don’t Be Busy for Busy’s Sake
  In this week’s video blog our expert guide, Don Hadley, discusses being busy vs. productive. Being productive means “achieving or producing a significant amount or result.” Being busy is not the same as being productive. Whether it is a lack of confidence in themselves or those around them, some leaders are unable to hand off work and responsibilities to others and have difficulty prioritizing. We have found over the last 30 years that this “busyness” is actually masking other […]