This morning, I spent some time coloring with my two-year-old granddaughter. She doesn’t always color within the lines. However, it never occurred to me while I was coloring with her to do anything other than praise her for using different colors, for her enthusiasm, and for her willingness to color with me. [Read more…]
Kindness Can Change A Life
I just received an incredible message on LinkedIn. It read:
“Jim. I was responding to someone else’s message and saw your name. [Read more…]
Are You Actually Leading?
My father grew up in one of the poorest parts of one of the poorest states in the US. [Read more…]
Stop Listening, and Start Talking to Yourself
I like to read while I’m on vacation, and my reading list on vacation always includes one book that will help me learn and grow professionally.[Read more…]
Does Your Business Need to Change Gears?
The other day my wife and I were on a bike ride.
We were on a little bit of a climb, and I noticed someone pass me. He wasn’t pedaling any more frequently than I was, but he was making a lot more progress than I was.
When Seeking Financing
When you’re looking for financing and seeking a new banking relationship, you need to be able to tell a story about your company.
This story needs to be realistic. [Read more…]
Invest In Your Team and Customers Will Follow
For many years in my business, I was obsessed with how I was going to attract more and more business. I attended webinars and conferences, and I read nearly every book, or marketing article that seemed relevant to what I perceived was my most urgent need.
Challenge Your Critics
Do you have employees or managers in your organization that seem to always be critical or negative about every decision? I recently ran into someone like this in a meeting with one of our clients.[Read more…]
The Gift of Feedback
We work with an emerging leader in a large corporation. Recently, I asked him if I could talk with some of his team members. So we asked them for some confidential feedback. I made sure to set expectations with them. [Read more…]