When Employees Steal

Cyber Monday is over and many of you were able to find some good deals on-line. Career Builder estimates that 50% of all employees did their on-line shopping while at work.  Some employers take no issue with a little friendly shopping while on company time; others see...

Are You Growing?

My boys’ football season ended last Friday at 9:37 pm. They had a great season and made it into the finals for the state championship. They fought back from a 15-point halftime deficit and with 30 seconds left on the clock, had the chance to win the game with a...

Great Leaders Show Empathy and Perspective

I attended a conference last week* in which the guest speaker, Simon Sinek, said that great leaders must possess two key characteristics: Empathy and Perspective. He went on to say that as a leader you are not in charge but rather you are responsible for those in your...

Great Coaching… Priceless

Coaching is an art and if you have ever had a great coach, you’ll remember their name and why they were special. Coaches come in all shapes and sizes. Some help you achieve your business goals while others help you lose body fat. A good coach can get you to break a...

Why You Should Embrace Conflict

  I‘m a real conflict avoider. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the relationship with my 17-year old twin boys. On Monday evening they have the chore of taking out the garbage and recycle. No big deal, you would think, especially because they could alternate...

Big Rock Priorities

My career was going pretty well but my family life was suffering. Every Saturday afternoon when the black limo pulled up the driveway I could feel my anxiety and frustration level rise. I felt guilty toward my wife and three young kids because I was going on another...

Joyful Giving

On Sunday mornings when the offertory plate is passed through the pews, our pastor reminds us that we are to be joyful givers. I always found this term, “joyful”, to be out of place. How could letting go of my personal possessions – money – be a “joyful”...

25,000 Feet Of Risk

          Smart, innovative companies take risk and grow their business. Risk increases profits and shareholder value. But risk taking needs to be well thought through and managed. If not, taking the wrong risk can take down a company. More...

When Clients Won’t Pay

        I was pretty naïve when I started my consulting business five years ago. Coming from 20 plus years in corporate HR, I never had to deal with collecting payments. Accounts receivable took care of that. Now I was a consultant and had to...

When Your Kids Beat You At Mini Golf

I love to beat my three teenagers at sports! In the past I was able to do this even in physical sports such as skiing, basketball, swimming, etc. As I become older, I am finding this more difficult to achieve. A few years ago I almost killed myself trying to show off...

Need A Successor? Why Not Adopt A Son?

You’ve worked hard these past 30 years and have built up a nice little company. You’d like to retire but you don’t have a son or daughter to run the family jewel. Selling your company might be one option. Another might be adopting a son who could run it for you!...

Improve The Way You Do Succession

172 corporate Vice Presidents perished in one day when the twin towers came down on Sept. 11, 2001. (1) This tragic event drove home to many CEOs and business owners that life is precious and that it is short. We can be here today and gone in a heartbeat. Is the...

Why is it so hard to find a successor?

There are roughly 5,600 family owned businesses in the world that are 200 years or older. 56% of them can be found in Japan. Most of the other ones are in Europe. This means that a lot of the Japanese companies are in their 40th plus generation of family ownership....

Rebuilding Your Leadership Pipeline

  John was a fantastic employee with lots of potential. Everyone knew that he’d end up running a large company some day. Needless to say, the disappointment was great when John informed his boss that he had accepted an offer to join another company. The...