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December 2020

We spend a lot of time talking, thinking and working on ways to improve our leadership skills.  I found a great article in the Harvard Business Review that focuses on leading through an era of exponential change.  If anything can be said for 2020, it is that it has been wrought with changes as we’ve never seen them before.  I hope the core content of this article is helpful to you as we make our way to the end of the pandemic.

November 2020

As we approach Thanksgiving in a very challenging year, my hope is that you will find a few things for which to be grateful.  Personally, I am thankful for each of you (clients, friends, business connections).  Each of you has had some impact on me and helped shape me into the person I am today.  Thank you.

If you are working in the capacity of supervising others, please remember that you are helping to shape them.  You need to continue to help them grow.  One of the best ways to do this is through delegation.  They will learn new tasks, gain more confidence and become a greater asset to your organization.  I hope you all enjoy this month’s article on the topic.

October 2020

Last month we discussed the importance of marketing in a down economy.  I wanted you to know that I follow my own advice and I am delighted to share my updated website: www.FocalPathCoaching.com. Please feel free to give me some feedback!

September 2020

How important is it to market in a down economy?  I say it is essential!  If you look back at the Great Depression, companies that continued to have a presence were the ones who flourished afterwards.  Today is no different.  How we market might look different but not the concept.

August 2020

Can we have a candid conversation? Are you a control freak? I’ve learned over the years that many people, especially those in a leadership role, don’t recognize this about themselves. Do you have confidence that your business can run without you? Are you feeling overwhelmed and struggling with never enough time to get everything done? Do you have time to train others on your processes/procedures? Are you enthusiastic about your role in your company? Depending on how you answered these questions, you just might be a control freak. You could be too afraid to let go and embrace the art of delegation. If this sounds like you, I know you’ll enjoy this month’s article. If you’re struggling with how to change, let’s have a conversation.

July 2020

As we’re full on experiencing the heat of the summer, I thought it appropriate to think about conflict in business (heated conversations). Most people want to avoid conflict…I bet you’re one of them! Do you run from what you perceive to be a confrontational situation? If you are, you’re probably missing a great opportunity to enhance a relationship, grow personally and grow your business. Sound crazy? Read these 2 articles to get some ideas on how conflict can be a healthy part of your culture.

May 2020

The current workforce continues to be one of the most challenging issues I hear about from company owners that I work with.  What can be done?  Be worth working for!

That means not only offering competitive salaries and benefits, but also providing a high-functioning work environment, with effective management, professional development and recognition for a job well done. The best-run hiring process in the world won’t be able to overcome bad word of mouth about what it’s like to work for a particular company.  Making sure that your company’s brand is appropriately and prominently displayed is a big key to finding the right talent.

February 2020

If you know me, you know that accountability is something I talk about often.  It is important in every aspect of our lives.

As a matter of fact, I will be speaking on the topic of accountability at the 2020 Annual Retreat for the Virginia Council of CEO’s in a couple of months.

January 2020

I know it might sound crazy at the beginning of a new year, but do you know your exit strategy?  Do you know how to improve the value of your company to maximize your exit?

I know, I know…you are still recovering from the holidays and just want to watch the big game this weekend!  Trust me, I get it.  However, it is never to early to identify how to maximize what is most likely your biggest investment.  Maybe between today and the game on Sunday, you can find some time to read these articles?  I promise they aren’t too long and hopefully they will give you something meaningful to “chew on” during the game

As a matter of fact, I will be speaking on the topic of accountability at the 2020 Annual Retreat for the Virginia Council of CEO’s in a couple of months.

December 2019

This is a reflective time of the year for many of us. So as I reflect on 2017, I would like to extend my gratitude to all who have allowed me the privilege to work with them and their staff. I’ve met some amazing people over the course of this year and continue to work with just awesome clients. For that I am forever grateful.