What Type of Diversity Are You Hiring?

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Group of people sitting together on benchI was talking with a business owner just the other day, about the struggles they’re having with employee retention and productivity within their organization.  They are an extremely diverse group, with African-American, Asian, Caucasian, and Hispanic employees, all working together, all getting along.  It’s a great place to be; I want to take my kids there and say, “this is what society should be like.”

The problem is that they’re still struggling.  They hired for diversity that’s skin deep, but they didn’t hire the diversity that matters.  For example, consider a scenario where your idea to “create a path home,” where the goal, the victory, is getting home.  Your mindset is, “my job is based on getting there, and I have one way of getting there, by going down Williams Drive.”  If you hire 10 other people and their ideas and thought processes are the same (in this example, they all see Williams Drive as the only the way to get home), and they agree with you on everything, what happens when Williams Drive is closed? Continue reading “What Type of Diversity Are You Hiring?”

10 Ways to Change Your Communication Culture

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In a world where we are swimming in different ways to communicate with each other, doesn’t it seem that we are sometimes lacking in this area?  In working with my clients, one of the items business owners and leaders always want to address is this:

How do we improve our internal communications?

The answer is normally much easier than people think.  Here are 10 ways you can completely change the communication culture within your office…for the better.  Continue reading “10 Ways to Change Your Communication Culture”

10 Great Ways to Start Your New Year With a Bang

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“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

You know what I love about the New Year?  I get yet another opportunity to do more, be more, live more, and love more.  I am blessed with an opportunity to do better and live differently.  Isn’t that awesome?  Some may scoff at that, but I live for the opportunity to look to the future!


With that being said, what are you going to do this year to be better?  How are you going to improve your business in 2019?  How can you use the coming new year to push forward, to be more, do more, and accomplish more? Continue reading “10 Great Ways to Start Your New Year With a Bang”

Ready for Takeoff? Stop Doing the “Same Old Thing”

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ready-for-takeoff-stop-doing-the-same-old-thing“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.” In my consultations with business owners, I’ve had the privilege to witness many great ideas, processes, products and services.  Some CEOS are stoic and resistant to change, tied to doing things in a “proven” way, while others embrace the new, always looking for ways to grow and improve. Continue reading “Ready for Takeoff? Stop Doing the “Same Old Thing””