The Challenges of Working on a Team

I have found that second to managing people working on a team can be one of the most difficult parts of a job. We tend to be drawn to people who have similar work styles as we do and find working with people with different work styles very challenging. I have found...

Accountability is NOT a Four-Letter Word

I have learned from working on site with clients that the accountability I provide is critical to their success in the areas they have been working on with me. But I’m a consultant so I can’t stay forever (though many have asked me to just for this reason!) When I am...

What to Do with Low Morale?

In my work with clients I have learned how to look for morale issues with an organization. With one organization my recognition of low morale came from observation of a staff meeting. The staff all sat only with members from their own department and the room felt...

Owner, Manager, or Both?

I have found one of the top complaints I hear from business owners is this: “I do my job, why don’t my people do their job without me having to tell them what to do?” I completely understand this frustration! Most business owners started a company because they are...

Impact Your Bottom Line in the New Year

Often small business owners and nonprofit leaders have a really tough time setting aside the time to focus on improving the way their business functions internally. I can think of 4 of our clients that are having a difficult time setting aside the time to even meet...