Demonstrate You Know How to Earn Trust

I recently read a Linked-In post on how to earn trust by a healthcare executive, Kyle Majchrowski, through his experience hiring contractors for construction projects through a competitive proposal and interview process. During this process, everyone shares their success stories to earn trust, to win the project, and it works, unless everyone else shares their success […]

THINK Before You Act

Summer is almost over, and if you have school-age children or team members that do, you know there are unavoidable distractions to the work day unique to summer. For example, your child calls you from home to report how unfairly they were just treated by a sibling, and suggest what consequences should befall them. We […]

When Push Comes to Shove, Don’t…

Have you ever lost a key team member, a business opportunity or not been paid by a client? I call these moments – that create anger, hurt, and frustration ‘defining moments’. In other words, how we respond when things don’t go our way defines WHO we really are, and distinguishes us from our competition. In […]

I Made It… Is This REALLY It?

I’m working with a healthcare organization in a high-stakes game. They’ve invested years of their lives in education, have worked long hours, own facilities, and have many, well-paid people. They’ve ‘made it’, but how they attract patients, get paid, and fit in the market is influx. If you’re this organization, and having a 1-day leadership […]

Your Name Is Your Favorite Word in the World

I office at home and my wife and I have 5 school age children. It’s summer vacation now, and this morning, I was in the kitchen and my 9 year-old blurted-out from the adjoining family room, ‘can I watch television?’. My reply was, ‘what am I, a dog?’. I have a name! In this case […]

CUTCO Wisdom From My Daughter

Did you ever sell CUTCO as a teenager? If you didn’t, CUTCO is a kitchen knife direct sales company. They sell premium knives, guaranteed for life, and they sell through a teen sales force that leverages their networks of family and friends. CUTCO knows who they are and they’re excellent at being who they are. […]

The Service is the Service

I had a flight home last night and I bought something for dinner at one of the quick-serve restaurants in the airport while waiting for my plane. The cashier had a noticeably friendlier demeanor than you normally encounter, and then it happened… While I was waiting for my food, the cashier, pointing to the disposable […]

Attraction or Transaction

Here’s a business development question: How many of your clients would answer the phone if you called them after 9pm? When I do business development work with clients to increase the number of their clients that would answer their phone after 9pm, the focus is on attraction – sharing lessons learned, and creating connection and […]

The Vital Few Defeats Trivial Many

You’ve heard of the 80/20 Principle – there are a small number of causes (the vital few) that are responsible for a majority of the results in the world. 80/20 is a label to point-out that there are imbalances in the world.  These imbalances can be 80/20, 90/10 or 70/30. . . For example, 10% […]

2 Reasons for Your Success

To help me understand an organization’s business quickly, I use a question I learned from a client. The question is ‘what are the 1 or 2 things you do exceptionally well?’ Sourcing business deals and simplifying processes is an example of an answer I’ve heard before. You may not believe your organization does anything special, […]