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That’s right. Returning to my roots and a simpler way to go. After all, the short way here to the website is GrowGreat.com. It’s a terrific URL because it’s short, simple and easy to remember. During the Holiday season, I engaged in a few conversations with friends about how I was craving a simpler life. … Simplify, Simplify, Simplify Read More » T…
 
Imagine. In 2018 I started imagining something I’d never imaged before. I imagined having a second home, someplace I could retreat to. I had lived my entire life never thinking such a thing. I remember a time in my youth having a tough time imagining living on my own. 😉 I didn’t have difficulty imagining…I just had never imagined having two residen…
 
Why do people climb a mountain? Because it’s there. I don’t climb mountains. I barely climb ladders. Heights are not my friends. Never have been. I’m among the many people who view mountain climbers with a degree of admiration and bewilderment. Mostly, I think they’re crazy. It would seem I have an aversion to death-defying feats. Yes, I’m weak. An…
 
Matt owned and operated a small manufacturing company (annual revenue $45M+). Stuck by supply issues, exacerbated by a primary domestic supplier who was struggling to meet production deadlines, Matt was an experienced engineer and business person, but he’d been struggling for four months, with no end in sight. He realized he needed somebody safe wi…
 
DO YOU WANT TO BE EXHAUSTING OR WOULD YOU RATHER PEOPLE GAIN ENERGY BY BEING AROUND YOU? Coaching people to engage in proper behavior depending on the situation – reading the room – is growing. Likely because it’s difficult for many people. Theories abound that it has to do with when a person was born and the world they grew up in. I’ll subscribe t…
 
My work continues all the way deep into Christmas week. I guess it’s the hazards of operating retail companies for so many years. I struggle to wind things down and do my best to serve clients up to and for as long as they need my help. The week between Christmas and New Year’s – … Thank You, Happy Holidays & Good-Bye 2021 Read More » The post Than…
 
It’s a very big question. And I may have misworded it. The last part at least. Maybe it’s not about fixing everything. Maybe it’s about making a big change – the one you most want to make. But I decided to go as big as I could with it. Mission accomplished I think. What if you were just one decision away from fixing everything? I’m somewhat obsesse…
 
What if? It was the foundational question behind spreadsheet analysis when LOTUS and other tools were around before Microsoft brought us the defacto standard, Excel. The name Excel is a dead giveaway of the power of asking and answering “What if?” questions. It’s what we all hope to accomplish. Many years ago I was heavily … The Power Of Scenario Q…
 
“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.” ― Graham Greene, Ways of Escape The troubled writer is more than a stereotype. Many writers, and other creatives, are vexed souls looking for s…
 
Back when we had physical bookstores I’d frequent them. And spend lots of time prowling the aisles. When I hit my 4th decade as a human I began to notice books about people who didn’t achieve their greatest success while they were young. It was likely prompted by my realization that I was no longer young. It made me wonder if I had achieved my grea…
 
Back in November 2014 a new podcast was taking the world by storm. It was barely 2 months old at the time, but Serial, a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig, become the biggest podcast hit ever. Here’s how their website describes the show… Serial will follow one story – a true story – over the course of a who…
 
Those of us in the helping business – as our friends in the UK refer to it – are defined by our clients. That’s why we seek out high-performing clients who demand our best. They want us to push and challenge them to get better – which means we have to get better ourselves. Birds … Clients Who Demand My Best Read More » The post Clients Who Demand M…
 
Words. Phrases. Lyrics. It’s often the spark for ideas, questions, and conversation. Connection ensues. Communication isn’t the same as connecting. We communicate by speaking, writing, and body language. Communication is one person sending and one receiving. But that’s not connecting. Communication is aimed at intellectually understanding. Connecti…
 
Business owners hit some point early in the process of building their business where they lament being unable to replicate themselves. This is even more so when the business owner has some innate skill that helped propel the business forward. Executives hit the same point, many because they struggle to control their control freakishness. “Give … If…
 
“Tone is the hardest part of saying no.” ― Jonathan Price, Put That in Writing You gotta say NO to some things in order to say YES to other things. It’s just a slightly more clever way to express the truth of setting priorities. Some priorities are easy. God, then family. Well, it’s easy mentally, but it’s more challenging in reality sometimes. Say…
 
The question assumes you were once there – wherever there may be. I’m a hockey fan. Through the years I’ve watched countless NHL players battle injuries to get back into the lineup. Each year after one team lifts the Stanley Cup you then hear about all the off-season surgeries. Players sometimes play in every game … How Do You Find Your Way Back? R…
 
It doesn’t’ happen often. In fact, I’ve gone on record that in all my years of serving leaders I’ve only encountered one client who was utterly disagreeable to be helped. But that doesn’t mean all of us don’t encounter times – perhaps just moments – where we’re resistant to asking for, or accepting help even … Breaking Through Your Own Resistance T…
 
Every night while sitting in the front of the TV I’d open a large accordion file where I kept manufacturers’ literature on high-fidelity stereo gear. The file was alphabetized with a slot for every letter. Advent speaker literature went into the A. Thorens turntables into the T slot. I started this habit while in junior … Bula Business Builders: He…
 
Now that the 30-Day Micro Leadership Course is complete I’m going to keep my word and step away for a bit. As I prepare to shut things down for a while I’ve been thinking about rest, rejuvenation, revival, recreation, and all the various things we can do to help ourselves improve. Last week I was … Rest & Rejuvenation: How Stepping Away Can Improve…
 
Session 30. We’re completing this short 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. My goal when we began was to provoke thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Mostly, I wanted to help you challenge yourself and your enterprise to higher human performance! My role isn’t to tell you what to do, or how to do it. My role is to … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September…
 
Session 29 in our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Let’s keep the ideas flowing about being excellent – not just in our leadership but for our team, group, or organization. Let’s talk about it context of connection, collaboration, and communication. These three C’s are crucial for high-performance and your leadership. By now you’ve figured out how ……
 
It’s Saturday morning. Late. Pushing noon. And I’ve got some work to do. Computer work. Website updates. Video editing. Some voice work. General catching up. I usually do one of two things: a) fire up my iTunes library and don the headphones to listen to whatever strikes my fancy at the moment or b) I fire up the TV here inside The Yellow Studio an…
 
Day 28 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Let’s continue our conversation about keeping score, measurements. About 15 years ago I decided to get more intentional about my physical health and fitness so I signed up at a gym. From the get-go I went five days a week for about 45 minutes to an hour. … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 28th …
 
Day 27. Four more sessions including today and then we’re have completed our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course, a series of about 5 hours of real-world leadership coaching. You’re doing the work. I’m only here to help spur you on to do the work by showing you a few things you may not have considered, by … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 27th…
 
Session 26. These are the last five sessions. But don’t zone out because these are going to be important lessons for your leadership journey. Back on day 15, we talked about writing your story. Let’s circle back around to that today with a context you may not have considered. To keep things simple, let’s consider … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (S…
 
Day 25. The countdown begins as we’re winding our way down in this 30-Day Micro Leadership Course, but we’re going to finish strong with some pivotal lessons. The vertical pressures every leader must manage are “boots in the dirt” versus “eye in the sky.” Now we’re going to consider the horizontal pressures, “YOU” versus “a … 30-Day Micro Leadershi…
 
Day 24. There are four distinct pressures I always cover in my leadership coaching. These are in contrast to the trite subject of “balance.” Somebody may have figured out balance, that perfect mixture of business and personal. Work-life and personal life. It’s an impossible feat as far as I know. Instead, there are priorities…which are … 30-Day Mic…
 
Day 23 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Difficult conversations. How do you handle these? How does your culture deal with them? Hiding is pretty common. Maybe not physically, but sometimes it could be. Avoiding is hiding. Does that describe how you react to tough conversations? It’s a common way of handling things. Ignore it … 30-Day Micro Le…
 
September 22, 2021. Day 22 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Daily communication. Yesterday we focused on the DNA kind of message – the communication that tells everybody why we’re here together, what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. In my experience, conciseness and candor pay. Bigtime. Before we go further about any kind … 30-Day Micro Le…
 
Ten more days until we’re done with this short 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. The course is micro, but not your leadership. 😉 Let’s get busy concentrating on creating and sustaining a high-performance culture. I likely could have devoted every session of this course to one topic: communication. Communication is the easy scapegoat for all that … 30…
 
Day 20. Monday, September 20, 2021. Pride. And I’m not talking about the pride we take in doing great work. I’m talking about pride as in our ego. Our quest and desire to have power and authority. Every leadership failure you experience will occur or be worsened because of your pride. We can lose our … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 20th…
 
Day 19. September 19, 2021. While most of the things contained in this 30-Day Micro Leadership Course are timeless, there is a current disruption that may last for years – the great resignation. Google it and you’ll be overwhelmed with search results. There are millions of people who, thanks to the Pandemic and other reasons, … 30-Day Micro Leaders…
 
Happy Saturday. It’s day 18 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. We’re now leaning heavily toward a discussion about elevating our leadership in order to establish a high-performance culture inside our organizations. Before we dive more deeply into that I think we need to make a distinction between management and leadership. We lead people. We … …
 
Day 17. September 17, 2021. Employment has been disrupted more in the past 18 months than at any other time in my lifetime. The Pandemic, government economic incentives (or whatever else you’d like to call them), and people migrating from one place to another – it’s all led to major problems for employers all over … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (…
 
Since 2007 I’ve successfully coached a variety of clients from business owners, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CTOs, Directors, City Managers, Deputy or Assistant City Managers, HR Directors, attorneys, and entrepreneurs. So far I’ve only had one – that’s right, one single exception – where the client experience (and my own) wasn’t as fruitful as it should … Ho…
 
Day 16. September 16, 2021. Writing your story means architecting your life. Living the life you most want to live. Hopefully, that means being as good as you can be. Today, we’re thinking about telling our story. We want to pursue our ideal outcome and give high effort to growing and improving. We also want … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (Septem…
 
Here we are at the halfway point in our 30 Day Micro Leadership Course. Day 15, September 15, 2021. Writing Your Story View your life like a book comprised of many chapters. Your name is on the cover. You alone are writing the story. There may be many characters who are part of your story, … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 15th 2021) Read…
 
Welcome to day 14 of our 30 Day Micro Leadership Course. We’ve covered an awful lot of ground and I hope you’re finding the course helpful so far. Just remember, there’s a vast difference between knowing and doing. Make sure you put things into practice. We want this information to benefit you in real life. … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (Septemb…
 
Day 13. September 13, 2021. Welcome back to our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. “A change will do you good,” sings Sheryl Crow. She’s right. ? That doesn’t make it popular or easy. Transforming ourselves is arduous work. I suspect many people rather enjoy being stuck because it’s comfortable. “The devil you know” and all that. … 30-Day Micro Leader…
 
Day 12. Sunday, September 12, 2021. Today we’re talking about creating! Specifically, I’m talking about you creating your own ideas, philosophies, beliefs, and courses of action rather than relying on experts, thought leaders, authors, or even podcasters. 😉 Research has shown the powerful impact teaching or coaching can have on the person doing the…
 
Twenty years ago today. It was a Tuesday morning. We had the NBC Today Show on the TV as we were getting ready. Sometime after 7:30 am Central the news hit. Something horrific was happening in NYC at the World Trade Center towers. It was – and still is – surreal. And the phrase, Nine-Eleven, … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 11th 2021) Re…
 
Day 10. After today we’re one-third of the way through this micro leadership course. I hope you’ve been ruminating on your leadership and working to figure out how to improve. Today, let’s talk about decluttering, consuming, and creating. Decluttering is ridiculously powerful. Hard, but powerful. No, I’m not talking about going through your office …
 
Happy 70th birthday to my sister! Hard to believe we’ve both grown old, but here we are. Her name is Lexie. So I’m giving her a shout out today. We’re on day 9 of our 30 day micro course and today we’re going to talk about potential. What could be so we avoid what might … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 9th 2021) Read More » The post 30-D…
 
Day 8. Session 8 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Yesterday I mentioned management theory X and Y. These are important because how you choose to see the world and your place in it matters greatly to your leadership potential. Theory X basically puts forth that people will not do work – much less good … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (Septembe…
 
Influence. Doing for others what they’re unable to do for themselves. That’s leadership. It’s not power. Or authority. Or being in charge. It’s not about being the boss. We’re so fixated on titles, positions, and power that we often overlook or discount leadership. We think authority is the key to it all. But it’s not. … 30-Day Micro Leadership Cou…
 
Welcome to days 5 and 6 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course…for Sunday, September 5th and 6th. Labor Day Weekend and out-of-town company, coupled with just too much stuff going on derailed my continuity briefly. Hey, it happens. So we adapt, right? So today let’s compress two days into a single episode. We’re going to … 30-Day Micro Leadership Co…
 
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