Strategy

We’re Leaves On A Vine

Think of the leaves on a vine as they grow up the side of a building. They’re beautiful. They blossom, they grow, and eventually, your entire building is covered with them. As the autumn season approaches, one by one, they start to turn colors. Some yellow, some red, some brown. So many leaves to admire, and every time we look at them, we think of the beauty they bring. Then they start to fall off. Until only a few are left. What will replace them? Naturally, new leaves blossom and grow in their place. They start out small, and then repeat the cycle.

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Be Present. Be Mindful.

“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”

-Jon Kabat-Zinn

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The War on Talent

Recent reports have shown that more and more people are finding jobs. And for those of us with an ongoing need to hire great talent, that’s not necessarily good. KETV recently reported that Nebraska’s unemployment rate has dropped to an astonishing 2.7%. So our question is: Do you have a plan to win the war on talent?

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Succession Connection

The moment we hear that business leaders and executives are working on (not just talking about) succession planning and building talent depth charts, we are ecstatic! Because the truth is, many talk about it, but don’t put any action behind the words. Sometime in the future, we’ll hear, “Yeah, we were talking about creating a succession plan for that role. We just never got around to it.”

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Lessons from Dad, CEO

Lesson Two:  We’re all in this together…believe in one another!

Every family has unique dynamics and each member carves out a role that just seems to fit his/her strengths. Among the many roles, there is usually the role of “person in charge,” the role of “peace keeper,” the role of “challenger,” and the role of “planner/organizer.”  And in some cases, multiple people want the same role; which can cause conflict within the family. To add to that, the role in the family may not match the position they hold within the company.

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Fear of Change

Recently, I visited the Grand Canyon.  For the fourth time, I had the opportunity to witness this majestic natural wonder.  Every time I go, it takes my breath away.  If you have been to the Grand Canyon, you know that you can see the canyon from many different viewpoints.  You can stay safe and walk only along paths that have guard rails (sturdy dividers between you and the vast drop to the bottom) or you can hike down to more rugged areas and find flat cliffs that jut out over the canyon.  These areas have no guard rails and no protection from falling.

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Do You Have Business Growing Pains?

If you’re a business owner or executive, you’re probably working hard to grow your business. And sometimes that means sleepless nights; long days. It can be hard not to think about business. And as the business grows, things change. Or at least they probably should. When we try to keep doing what we’ve always done, we soon realize that it won’t work. Now we have growing pains.

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Lessons from Dad, CEO

Lesson One: Every family member earns their position. No free rides.

Parents are parents forever. That’s a given. As parents we want to give our children every opportunity to be successful. Why not? We have nurtured them, guided them, and taught them in hopes that one day they will grow up and be successful and contribute to society. We have also protected them. We don’t want any harm to come of them. No hurt feelings, no life setbacks.

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Shake It Up…

Disrupting the Org Chart

During a recent conversation with the leaders of a company, we asked them to imagine that their department was not a part of the overall company, but a stand-alone business having to provide value to its customers and make money to continue. Then we asked the question, “How would you organize the company related to positions, roles, and responsibilities? And how would you measure effectiveness?” This is what we call disrupting the org chart.

Some leaders had to be reminded that every minute someone is working costs money. They then considered how to measure productivity in areas that are service related. They recognized that their employees tend to come to work and most are busy. But they’re not necessarily busy with things that are high payoff or things that move the needle related to value and time. They came in to do their job.

They also recognized that they were not asking their (internal) customers what was needed from them as a department. They simply were doing their job and finding ways to make their job easier; not really considering how it affected others. There was no system in place to continually assess needs and effectiveness as things changed for their customers.

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Where is your business headed?

Business owners and executives across the country struggle to answer this question. Most make some comment that they are moving forward and growing. Others say they think everyone in the company knows where they are going. Yet when asked, employees respond by saying, “Wherever the company tells me we’re going.”

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