As one of the most prolific personality assessments in the world, StrengthFinder® is a tool that can help identify your decision-making process and unique perspective.
In this post, I will explain how to use this assessment for self-awareness, why the “Balcony and Basement” concept is important, and how often each talent occurs.
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What can we do to avoid a catastrophe like Chernobyl?
Although your business may not be facing problems to the magnitude of a nuclear plant meltdown, it’s still possible to completely miss the warning signs that the ‘wheels are coming off the wagon.”
I have found that the best way to develop a resilient response to disasters is by relying on the feedback of Devil’s Advocates.
Continue reading “7 Things HBO’s Chernobyl Taught Me About Devil’s Advocates”
Take Your Child to Work Day, officially known as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, takes place each year on the fourth Thursday in April.
Let me share my experience of participating in it for the first time.
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In this first episode of my Featured Practitioner series, you’ll hear from a specialized massage therapist who applied her passion for sports, yoga, and helping people to regain functionality.
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This is step 3 in a series about how to develop a Strategic Vision Board for your business.
In this step, I’ll explain what it means to Center your business, why you need to identify the main purpose for your company, and how to find balance as an owner.
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For task 6 in my #MinimalistManager journey, I explored opportunities to show gratitude.
In this post, you will hear what I learned about expressing gratitude, what surprised me, and the profound effect it had on me personally and professionally.
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The 4th task in my #MinimalistManager Challenge is here, and by random selection that means it’s time to…
Organize my office!
Several things went wrong on this particular task. I will be sharing ALL the nitty-gritty details with you below.
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Have you ever wondered what makes a good vision statement, and whether or not it’s necessary for your business to succeed?
I answer these questions—and much more—in a Live Facebook Video session.
View the video here, or read the transcript below (which includes bonus content!)
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As much as we try, there are some things that come naturally and some things that don’t.
One of those “love-it-or-hate-it” activities is business planning, also known as strategic planning. The whole point of doing this is to define your organization’s:
- overall direction (Strategy),
- which goals you want to achieve (Objectives),
- using which actions and resources (Tactics), and
- how you’ll know it was successful (Measures).
I abbreviate Vision, Mission, Values, Objectives, and Measures with the acronym VMVOM.
Continue reading “Is Your Strategic Plan in SHAPE?”
My great-grandmother, like most women in the early 1900s, had two sets of dishes. One was a plain set for everyday family meals, and the other was a very fancy set that she only brought out on special occasions. Each plate, cup, and saucer was decorated with a design of delicate pink roses, curled ivy, and a beautiful gold inlay that encircled the scalloped edges.
She left the set to my grandmother, who then passed it on to my mother, who quickly discovered that fine china with gold detail is no match for the power of a modern dishwasher. The inconvenience of hand-washing every single item (and the risk of chipping or breaking the dishes) was too great. So those heirloom dinner dishes were hidden away in a china cabinet and only emerged on rare occasions.
As a strategic risk expert, I believe many leaders treat their strategic plan like a set of fine china. They know their plan is important; they invest time and money to create it. The final plan is detailed, logical, and beautiful.
Continue reading “The Ultimate Strategic Planning Framework Tool: Introduction”