Family Business

Did you notice my new profile picture? No fancy-dancy business jacket. Hair is A MESS. No half smile that is seemingly happy, yet still ridiculously professional. But do you see what I see?

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It’s not the product or service you sell. It’s the problem you solve.
 
And the milkshake proves it. 
 
I spend quite a bit of time working with my clients around the idea of a core customer.  This is the person who ultimately writes the check to purchase whatever it is that your business creates. No surprises there.
 
So once clients define... Read the Full Story

The room has a cautious, yet optimistic energy as everyone settles into their seats. Family members and non-family members on the leadership team have gathered and are about to have a discussion that most have never been a part of before. 

What does the future of the company look like 10 years from now?
 
We start every ... Read the Full Story

Baling hay. It’s important & urgent work on a farm. It’s also a great business metaphor related to THE NUMBER ONE barrier to growth in every business. 

 
If you are not familiar with the art of baling hay, indulge me as I give you an overview. I promise this has EVERYTHING to do with business - your business included. I can hear you saying to yourself, “How is a story about... Read the Full Story

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Toxic productivity. Is this a new term to you? Or did the phrase make you cringe because you KNOW it exists in your organization? 

While it sounds like an oxymoron, it is more prevalent than most business leaders care to admit.  

Toxic productivity comes from employees who are a constant source of drama. They create tension... Read the Full Story

 
 
While a sandbox is an unconventional image to describe a facet of your business, it really is the perfect analogy.  
 
And yes, you should conjure up an image of your childhood where you spent time in a shallow box filled with sand and of course a few toys. It had structure and you knew what you were going to do when you sat in that warm sand.  You also (hopefully)... Read the Full Story

Why did I leave a comfortable position in... Read the Full Story

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Have you ever worked for an organization that had framed posters on their walls emblazoned with words like “Integrity” and “Motivation” and “Teamwork?” They have an inspiring stock photography to go along with the power word of choice, like an eagle soaring, a stunning beach sunrise, or a single drop falling into a body of water. Ahh yes, those posters.  
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