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  • Building Team Cohesion & Achieving Goals One Celebration At A Time Building Team Cohesion & Achieving Goals One Celebration At A Time

    Building Team Cohesion & Achieving Goals One Celebration At A Time

Building Team Cohesion & Achieving Goals One Celebration At A Time

Fourth of July festivities always impress me.  We really do know how to celebrate our liberty and our country!  This year’s celebration got me thinking about business celebrations.  And therein lies this week’s Lesson Found.

I’ve experienced many company parties and celebrations but two stand out in my memory. (more…)

  • Addressing Sibling Conflict in the Business Addressing Sibling Conflict in the Business

    Addressing Sibling Conflict in the Business

Addressing Sibling Conflict in the Business

My mother and I recently traveled to visit my sister and her family.  Except for the occasional meal out, we stayed in the house, simply being together as family.  And we had a wonderful time! On the trip home, I considered the contrast and how stereotypical sibling conflicts burden some family businesses.  The source of and ways to mitigate these conflicts are this week’s Lesson Found. (more…)

  • Aligning Succession Plans with Business Plans Aligning Succession Plans with Business Plans

    Aligning Succession Plans with Business Plans

Aligning Succession Plans with Business Plans

A participant at a recent family business workshop was surprised when I said business planning should be part of the succession planning process. This founder’s business had a succession plan but lacked a coordinated plan looking at the future of their business. This founder’s surprise is a Lesson Found for all family businesses. (more…)

  • Building a team to turn impossible into possible – and more! Building a team to turn impossible into possible – and more!

    Building a team to turn impossible into possible – and more!

Building a team to turn impossible into possible – and more!

The gravity pull of black holes is so intense it sucks in everything around it – even light.  It would then seem impossible to capture a picture of any black hole.  But a team of scientist did exactly that.  Their efforts offer a Lesson Found in what it takes to create an extremely effective team.  (more…)

  • The “Screech Method” for Resolving Partner Conflicts The “Screech Method” for Resolving Partner Conflicts

    The “Screech Method” for Resolving Partner Conflicts

The “Screech Method” for Resolving Partner Conflicts

Childhood friends Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan co-founded and built Method natural cleaning supplies into a $100 million brand.  And, like many family and other partnerships, the path toward success was not always smooth. How the two navigated past conflict is a Lesson Found.

Featured on How I Built This with Guy Raz, the friends/partners discussed their path to success and described, as I refer to it, the “Screech Method” of conflict avoidance. (more…)

  • What lessons does Brexit offer companies on contingency planning? What lessons does Brexit offer companies on contingency planning?

    What lessons does Brexit offer companies on contingency planning?

What lessons does Brexit offer companies on contingency planning?

By now, we’re all tired of hearing about Brexit.  But if you look beyond the political antics, Brexit offers valuable Lessons Found on contingency planning for businesses.  Here are a few examples. (more…)

Management Lessons from Coach Steve Kerr

For the fourth year in row, the NBA finals is a match-up between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  If the Cavs win, it will primarily be due to the super-human strength and talent of LeBron James.  However, a Warriors win would further validate the management talents of Coach Steve Kerr.

A recent article in the New York Times focused on how Coach Kerr and the Warriors spend halftime. Looking at these 15 minute routines you begin to see how Kerr’s management style leads to success. (more…)

Checklists = Increased Efficiency

Wouldn’t it be nice if your staff worked with the precision of a fighter pilot and the efficiency of an operating room?  If there was a method for reducing errors while increasing profitability? There is and that method is called “checklists”. (more…)

Going Off-Mission to Stay On Mission

The president of a local company (and now a client) initially said to me: “I’d like to work with you but taking that time would be taking me off-mission.”  That is not the first owner who expressed concern about going “off-mission” and letting things lapse back at the office.  This always leads into a discussion on the different meanings or uses of “mission”: the standard or military definition versus when paired with the word “statement”. (more…)