by CoachKevin | January 17th, 2017
“If you don’t get feedback from your performers and your audience,
you’re going to be working in a vacuum.”
– Peter Maxwell Davies, English composer
360 | Circle n.
- A group of people sharing an interest, activity, upbringing, etc.
- A domain or area of activity, interest, or influence
- A circuit
- A process or chain of events or parts that forms a connected whole.
In December, I had a great meeting with a client company, in the Florida Keys (somewhere I’d never been before), at the southern most point of the US – literally about 90 miles away from Cuba.
The really interesting part was the work we did was on the dynamics of the executive team. This is a very successful, fast-growing company not only rapidly growing revenue, but in gross margin and cash as well –…
by CoachKevin | January 10th, 2017
And now we welcome the New Year.
Full of things that have never been.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke, Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist
Congratulations you’ve made it to 2017 –a brand new year!
Hopefully you are rested from time off over the holidays – and have a crystal clear plan to make 2017 your best year yet. (And if you haven’t mapped out your goals, I recommend our 2016 Review/2017 Planning Tool
Now most people think that starting the New Year off with a bang means a great celebration with friends and family – which is wonderful – but I want you to look at it differently:
I want you to look at your goals for this Year, and see how you can achieve 25% of your single most important annual goal by the end of January – the next 3 weeks.
I’ve noticed that people often take a logical,…
by CoachKevin | December 21st, 2016
“To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.”
– Giorgio Armani, Italian fashion designer
Recently I stayed at a one of my favorite hotels – the Kahala Hotel and Resort just outside downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. The property is beautiful, the service is excellent, and the staff friendly – all impressive but the best part is what happens when the service doesn’t go right.
When I checked in, something wasn’t working properly in my room, so as I left in the morning, I let the front desk know, and went on with my day. And completely forgot about it.
When I returned, I found this card in my room. Not only was it a nice gesture that they had confirmed the problem was fixed, they also showed the time it was fixed. I had left the hotel at 5 minutes to 7, and it…
by CoachKevin | December 21st, 2016
“How did it get so late so soon?
It’s night before it’s afternoon.
December is here before it’s June.
My goodness how the time has flewn.
How did it get so late so soon?”
― Dr. Seuss
Links to versions in pdf & Word below.
The word version may work better on mobile and tablet devices.
by CoachKevin | September 27th, 2016
“The most empowering condition of all is when the entire organization is aligned with its missions, and people’s passions and purpose are in synch with each other.”
– Bill George, former CEO, Medtronic
When Mr. and Mrs. Kaushik arrived to take possession of their family’s new home in Ashiana Group’s new development in Bhiwadi, India, they were stunned.
As they approached, a red carpet stretched from the sidewalk to his front door, and a bright red ribbon wrapped around their front door. It was a moment they’d talk about the rest of their lives – and exactly what Ankur Gupta and his brothers hoped.
This happy customer moment is just one of hundreds and hundreds that take place in Ashiana properties, every year. It’s planned, it’s heartfelt – and it’s only possible because of…
by CoachKevin | July 12th, 2016
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress, working together is success.”
– Henry Ford
Is your entire company marching to the same beat of the drum? Or is everyone making their own music as they go?
As simple as it sounds, getting people aligned to focus on a common vision and goal is actually straightforward – but it’s extremely rare to find it actually happening in a company. Lots of people talk about it – very few can pull it off.
Most people treat rallying themes with a typical “Rah rah! To the moon!” complete with posters and t-shirts – and three weeks later, no one has a clue what’s happening.
And traditionally when an executive team goes away on retreat for ‘strategic planning sessions’, everyone else wonders what they’re doing (other…
by CoachKevin | June 19th, 2016
It’s hard to believe we are at the end of Q2 in 2016. Take 15 minutes to check in on the goals you set at the beginning of the year and reset your forces for Q3.
The most important thing is to make sure you are progressing on your #1 Goals for Work, Self and Life.
Taking some time to reflect now gives you the opportunity to adjust if needed, providing a greater chance of success for the rest of 2016.
Just download a copy of the Q2 Review and Q3 Plan
All the best for an even better Q3.
by CoachKevin | June 14th, 2016
“Vanity is the quicksand of reason.”
– George Sand, French novelist, memoirist
Great revenue growth can bury a lot of sins.
If you simply skim over your financials when times are good, they may look fine on the surface – and be catastrophic underneath. It’s not until you hit a few bumps in the road that you realize how badly your company is actually operating – and then your vanity, your pride in your achievement – takes a tumble.
I’ve seen it more times that I care to remember: super-smart executives doing serious damage to a company because they haven’t paid attention to the right numbers, nor realized the implications of some of their decisions. They all had good intentions and incredible passion, but were misdirected by taking a short-term…
by CoachKevin | May 26th, 2016
“A leader is one who sees more than others see,
who sees farther than others see,
and who sees before others see.”
– Leroy Eime
Everyone has a definition of the difference between a leader vs. a manager.
In my world, it’s simple: a manager works with a group of people to optimize their performance to do today’s work effectively – in a way that’s good for the customer, and profitable for business.
Some think that people can work autonomously without any form of management. I strongly disagree.
Whether it’s a peer-based or hierarchical system, managers are incredibly valuable as catalysts to keep things moving forward – to help people align, to focus on what’s most important.
Leaders are completely different.
Leaders take people to places they haven’t been before, and thrive on change. They define ways to cut the existing path,…
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by CoachKevin | May 17th, 2016
“The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.”
– Eugene Delacroix, French Romantic painter, 1798 –1863
All too often leaders get caught up in trying to make their plan, product or presentation absolutely perfect.
Don’t get me wrong – I love and appreciate quality because it does make a difference. But we can get lost in the middle of projects when we are not clear on the destination.
When leaders get obsessed with perfection, they can forget about the message they are trying to communicate – and the result they want the receiver of the message to think and to feel.
If you look at the message below, the product obviously isn’t perfect. But when you read it you get the point, and the message is clear.