Many years ago, I was leading a small group at our church. The small group Pastor at that church was always agonizing over and complaining about not finding enough leaders to lead small groups. One week, I had to be away on business and asked a guy who would not normally be considered as a … More Where do you find leaders?
What is the key to effective training? Technical skills? Teaching skills? Facilitation Skills? HR knowledge? Modeling? Coaching? Presentation skills? Knowledge transfer? Understanding the Blooms Taxonomy? Of all the things talked about in training circles I have found there are two things not usually talked about that are the real keys to effective training. They are: … More The Key to Effective Training
Anne Beiler founded Aunte Anne’s Pretzels @AunteAnnes, https://auntieannebeiler.com/ which is a well-known franchise providing wonderfully made fresh pretzels for snacks and enjoyment. They have a ubiquitous presence in malls and airports throughout the nation. When you untangle the proverbial pretzel of their lives you will find a foundation which is much more than flour and … More She and Her Husband combined forgiveness and faith into a recipe for life and business
Here’s what I’ve learned with over 45 years of experience in both the profit and non-profit sectors about leadership: When leaders start with the heart, they gain understanding. When they gain understanding they are able to lead people more quickly and more effectively. People follow leaders who possess the Leadership Qualities People Crave. Start with … More Start with the heart
John Legend sings a love song called: “All of Me” In it he describes the object of his love as “perfect” in her perfections. The chorus goes: “Love your curves and all your edges All your perfect imperfections” There is something attractive about imperfections and there is something very unattractive about perfection. Imperfection shows the … More Imperfections that are perfect
I met the customer today…. With our masks on we are able to look into the eyes of our customers. I can see into their eyes which are a door into their heart. I saw a human being. Someone with cares, anxiety, worry, love, compassion, and someone who is connected to someone else. I saw … More I met the Customer today….
One of the most effective and simple ways to engage a customer, or anyone for that matter, is smile. A smile has an immediate effect on people. When someone smiles at us, we automatically smile back. But a smile is more than a smile. When we smile, it changes the chemicals in our brain that … More The New Smile
I thought I’d write this before we forget completely what coins or “change” looks like. Before the digital world takes over completely. There was a time when we paid for things with cash…you know, dollars! Most of the time, we would pay for something we would get money back, called “change.” Then, what happened to … More Loose change
As they passed each other in the hall, Gail, the VP of Administration and Ray, the HR Director. The VP noticed a slight twitch away from direct eye to eye contact. The VP said the usual, “hey, Ray, how’s it going?” The HR Director, responded, “good,” but then quickly looked away. It wasn’t a dramatic … More Noticing
“Men live their lives in quiet desperation.” (Henry David Thoreau, Walden) I read “men” as gender neutral. People live their lives in quiet desperation. There as so many people that live unfulfilled lives. It’s an existence really. They feel stuck, paralyzed, and succumb to the “this is the best it will get” attitude. And I’m … More The Void