February 2023

Happy February!
For those of you who know me well, you know that the topic of leadership is near and dear to me. However, it has to be more than a topic; it’s about the actionable steps that we take as leaders. Don’t just talk about it, do it!
I’ve seen many situations where leaders are too “proud” to ask for help. In my humble opinion, showing some vulnerability is a great strength. Whether it’s asking for someone’s opinion about your behavior or asking someone for help with a project, you should realize these are not weaknesses.
The two articles I’ve included this month go into more detail about how to be a better leader. I hope you find them helpful.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts.

November 2022

Are you a good communicator? The truth is that many of us are not. Are you a good listener? Even fewer of us have mastered this skill! As a leader, both are essential tools.

Are you doing regular “check-ins” with your team? Are you leading them through the challenges of the current environment or just going through the motions? I am hopeful that the following articles will be helpful on both fronts.

September 2022

As many of you know, I am passionate about how leaders interact with their teams. It’s often the root of most issues that arise within an organization. This month, I’ve included 2 articles that address this important topic. One focuses on the pressures of seeking perfection in all that we do.

August 2022

As a leader, do you embrace vulnerability? Do you think of vulnerability as a strength? I do! I’ve included an article in this issue that elaborates on how to leverage being vulnerable.

I know it’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end, but sadly, it is. I hope you’ve taken the time to spend with your loved ones. As always, if I can answer any questions or be of any assistance, please reach out.

June 2022

So, we are halfway through the year! Are you excited about how your company is performing? Are you on track to hit your goals? Are you showing up as a great leader? In my opinion, two of the most underutilized tools to leverage as a leader are delegation and self-reflection. In this month’s newsletter, you will find an article that discuss delegating and how to be certain that what you’re asking for is what is being heard. I’ve also included an article on incompetent leaders; something none of us wants to be! Having a leadership team that isn’t strong will greatly impact everything in a company, especially the culture and likely the sustainability of the business.

January 2022

I recently sat with an executive, we’ll call him Mark, to review his comprehensive feedback report, which comprised nearly 25 interviews with critical stakeholders. While most feedback contains some contradictory data, in his case, the differences were extreme. Some people described him as supportive and kind while others described him as self-serving and mean-spirited.

December 2021

I hope this finds you wrapping up a successful 2021 with an optimistic outlook into the new year. I encourage you to consider doing a SWOT analysis to look back and learn some ways to make improvements for 2022. I found one article on empowering your team to become more independent/less reliant on you and another on being a humane leader. I thought these were both great reminders.

September 2021

As I am currently working with some clients who are preparing their businesses for sale, it seems timely to talk about what life can look like on the other side of selling your company. Have you ever heard of Private Foundations? How about Donor Advised Funds? Do you know how to maximize your company’s proceeds?

May 2021

This month marks FocalPath Coaching’s 16th anniversary! We are honored to have worked with so many wonderful people at so many amazing companies over the years. For this, we are eternally grateful and want to pass along our thanks and gratitude to our current and former clients.

Speaking of giving positive feedback, I hope you will enjoy this month’s article that focuses on the power of kindness at work.

April 2021

In this month’s newsletter, I’m hopeful that you find some knowledge nuggets that will bring additional wins to your business.

I’ve included: an update on the SBA’s EIDL program; a contest from The UPS Store where your small business can win up to $25,000; and an article on how to boost employee morale without costing you anything. I’ve always said that your employees are your greatest asset not listed on your balance sheet, so make sure you are taking care of them. We all know that the labor pool is a challenge right now, so let’s find ways to keep the talent we have!