Prediction: Pause, Look Up, Look Out

I’ve heard that we leaders/entrepreneurs spend about 75% of our time on items below our pay grade. Stunning! We must stop getting sidetracked by the shiny, the urgent (not necessarily the important), the problems that pop up daily demanding our time and attention.  A few years ago I chose “strategic not squirrel” as my theme. I had a habit of being easily attracted to new ideas, new technology, the shiny objects of any business owner! Some ideas were really helpful, many took me off of my core purpose.  Strategic not Squirrel Good idea: For example, 3 years ago when the

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Delegation – A Vital Leadership (and Life) Skill

So, after years of breaking your back working for someone else, you finally take the plunge and start your own company! Your wish finally comes true! For a little bit, you revel in this accomplishment. You are now running with the cream of the crop. You feel your dreams begin to come true. The possibilities run wild in your mind!  However, the reality of the sheer scope of responsibilities that come with the new position sets in and the excitement may gradually wear off. The stakes are high and the weight of the expectations feels almost crushing. Along with this

Simplify to the Essential

I have decided my theme for this year is SIMPLIFY. It sounds easy, but I have found it’s not! What it requires is: Clarity in my values, my vision Setting my goals to live by my values and achieve my vision Reviewing my calendar to see where I have allowed busyness to settle in – and decide “does this serve my values, vision and goals?” If yes, keep it. If no, remove it, or simply make it optional – who knew I could say no?! The Internet is chockful of “self-help gurus” who swear by the effectiveness of their productivity

Who’s Winning the Thought Battles in Your Head, Your Saboteur or Sage?

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute

Making Decisions Like a CEO

From closing a multi-million-dollar deal to mundane tasks like shopping for groceries at the local supermarket, choices sit at the center of our everyday lives. The average person makes an estimated 35,000 decisions per day. How can we ensure these decisions are well-thought through and effective?  As business leaders, the constant pressure to consistently perform at optimal levels can lure us into the “hero game.” This is where we swoop in with the hard and tough decisions to save the day. The mental fatigue that builds from this in the long term gives way for a downward spiral of low

And Yet … Hope is a Mindset

I finally got to see my 96-year old grandmother this weekend – in person! After 6 months of lock down (and we’re grateful because no cases of Covid-19 in her assisted living facility), there was great joy in seeing her face to face. Even if the face to face was 12 feet apart and through the biggest piece of plexiglass I’ve seen! The joy on our faces was palpable (can you tell through the masks?!). The hardest thing was not hugging her! My grandmother is very extroverted and continually active and sharp. This lock down has been extremely hard for

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Being Agile in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) World

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~ Alvin Toffler   I have a client who was on track for a 150% increase in revenue for 2020. Then within 2 weeks almost the entire events industry went bust and they lost 98% of their business. They needed to have agile leadership immediately. As we all know, the world has changed dramatically over the last few months. We’ve had a perfect storm of the Covid-19 pandemic, oil fluctuations, economic slowdowns, protests, riots and more! We

The Resiliency Test

“In real life, as it is in fiction, character is both formed and revealed when we are tested. When we are forced to make decisions under pressure, that test can either make us stronger or it can highlight our weaknesses and crack us into pieces.”    ~ Bryan Cranston, A Life in Parts   There is lots of talk about resiliency lately. Making it through this C-19 world shut down. For some of the world, because families are shut in together, domestic abuse is on the rise. For others, a tighter bond is being forged. For those of us who are

How to Lead Through a Crisis: Part 3 – Will

You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt   In the past two articles we talked about PERCEPTION and ACTION. First you look at an event as something that happened, the facts, removing as much as you can about the story, the interpretation you add to the event. Then you decide what the next best step is to take. You move into action rather than stay stuck in problem admiration. This article is part 3 in Ryan Holiday’s great book, The

How to Lead Through a Crisis Part 2 – Action

When you take action, particularly bold action, the boundaries of what you believe to be possible (your belief system) expand. Which, in turn, gives you the capacity to consider new ideas, new possibilities, and new concepts that you previously thought to be impossible. ~ Robert Ringer   Ryan Holiday wrote a great book titled The Obstacle is the Way. This blog describes the second of the three elements in using the obstacle as the catalyst for moving forward rather than the excuse for turning back. Since I haven’t finished the book yet, here’s a disclaimer that Holiday inspired me with