Hal Gregersen of the MIT Leadership Center opened the conference with his keynote inviting us to question if we, and our clients, exist in a ‘leadership bubble.’ The danger of being in the leadership bubble is that we don’t know what we don’t know.
If you’re like most progressive business owners, you want your company to stand out from the crowd…to be innovative…to have a clear market position. You probably spend a lot of time thinking about these things, and get frustrated when you try to implement something new, only to get push-back from employees who aren’t nearly as excited about your new initiative as you are.
You might find yourself walking around muttering, “Why can’t my employees just get on board? Why can’t they just see the value in what I’m trying to implement?”
How do you get employees on board with innovation?
• “I have so many balls in the air, I don’t even know where to focus.”
• “I can’t believe I said THAT to one of my employees the other day—I was just so fed up with nothing being done to my standards!”
• “I’m so tired of being the only one who can get things done around here!”
• “Another year has gone by and I can’t see anything I’ve done anything to make my business better than it was last year.”
If you’re like most business owners, you’ve probably muttered something along these lines recently — if not this morning, then probably it was yesterday. Continue reading
“The transformation in the last six months of coaching has been more instrumental than anything that I did in the previous 25 years of business.”
Mike Bruno, CEO of Contractor Business Solutions and Stonecreek Builders, has been working with Dr. Sabrina Starling for 6 months. In this candid interview, Mike shares the leadership transformation he is experiencing, and the positive impact on his personal life. This is a rare look at what goes on within the coaching relationship.
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Employee problems can be one of the biggest stumbling blocks for any business owner. With her background in psychology, and years of driving profit in small business, Dr. Starling knows what it takes to find, keep and get exceptional performance out of your biggest investment-your employees.
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Profit is a mixed bag for most of us small business owners.
It’s very discouraging year after year to pour your blood, sweat and tears into your business, trying to make it better, trying to grow and be profitable, then, at the end of the year to hear from your accountant that you barely broke even—yet again.
Then there is the general public’s perception of small business owners—that we are all rich… that our higher prices are padding our own wallets…that we pay our employees the lowest possible wages and provide the minimum amount of benefits, just so we can jet off to exotic locales, live lavishly and drive fancy vehicles. All it takes is for one customer to question a price and we feel pushed into lowering the price, even as we struggle to meet payroll.
The truth is that many business owners lay awake at night worrying about cash flow, dreading potential layoffs when the economy is bad, and worrying about meeting payroll—so much so that we are often the lowest paid employee on the payroll, and the first to skip a paycheck just to keep the doors open.
Profitable businesses are healthy businesses. When a business is healthy, the owner thrives. When the owner thrives, the employees thrive. When employees thrive, customers are treated well and have a good experience with the business. Continue reading