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Stop Solving Problems and Start Sharing the Insomnia

by Kathryn Freeman on 09/12

Stop Solving Problems and Start Sharing the Insomnia

This is the time of year when all of your hard work pays off;  the projects are well underway, you have cash in the bank and the phones are still ringing.  But things are not always as smooth as all that.  

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Developing your Coaching Management Style

by Brian Nolan on 08/18

Developing your Coaching Management Style

Recently, I read a great book called The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, By Michael Bungay Stanier.  It made a profound impression on me, and I'd like to focus this Blog on its lessons and main themes. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is Now the Time to Pay Down Debt?

by Andrew Amrhein on 08/04

Is Now the Time to Pay Down Debt?

With the busy season upon us, hopefully you are now starting to see what I call, “the turn in cash”.   What I mean by that is this: you’ve spent spring ramping up and hiring. Now, in summer, you have your team and are profitably producing at full steam.  The result is that all your receivables are now starting to come in and, hopefully, the company bank account is starting to grow.    It’s worth noting that the bills haven’t stopped coming in either.  But, whereas before you were spending to ramp up, now you should be reaping the profits.  It’s the money making season, and profit is good!

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Lifestyle Business versus Value Business

by Kevin Nolan on 06/30

Lifestyle Business versus Value Business

When I started Nolan Painting in 1979, I did so with one intention: supporting my lifestyle.  As time went on, that lifestyle went from trying to support myself as a college student, to later as a young married man with four kids. I took out money as I needed it and grew the business at a moderate rate. I was everything; the painter, carpenter, color consultant, estimator, supervisor, CFO, CEO and COO.

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The Power of Body Language

by Kathryn Freeman on 06/17

The Power of Body Language

Recently, a few members of the Summit team attended a Crucial Conversations seminar where we were reminded of the importance of body language.  At a time when jobs are running at a ferocious pace, feet on the street are at an all-time high and time is constantly in short supply, you may think that body language should be the least of your worries. It is exactly under the above described conditions that you should be extra aware of your physical presence.    

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Can People Change Their Behaviors?

by Brian Nolan on 05/26

Can People Change Their Behaviors?

Many of my coaching conversations involve discussions about employees, and whether or not they can change. Can they become the ideal employee we want and need them to be?  We discuss giving them feedback and creating development plans.  Sadly, most times the employee doesn’t change and ends up leaving or being fired.  We then say to each other …..  “I guess people don’t change.”

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Implement Implementing

by Andrew Amrhein on 04/29

Implement Implementing

So, you just got back from a great conference, or workshop, or speaker.  What great content!   So many great ideas!  You talk about it with your team and maybe get started on a few projects.  Three months later, nothing has changed.  Has this ever happened to you?   Almost every business owner I’ve ever talked to has had this experience.   I’ll admit it’s happened to me!

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The Power of Employee Engagement

by Brian Nolan on 04/13

The Power of Employee Engagement

Ask anyone on my team what my most important value is and they’ll say Enthusiasm.  Enthusiasm is contagious.  To me, an enthusiastic employee is an engaged employee.  Engagement is caring ….  And caring leads to greater profitability.

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Onboarding New Employees

by Kathryn Freeman on 03/30

Onboarding New Employees

It is that time of year, spring is ramping up and you are thinking of hiring as many people as you can to do as much work as your sales team can sell!  Onboarding correctly sets your new employees up for success.  Not doing it or doing it haphazardly will only serve to increase your turnover and continued frustration in finding employees.  Below is my recommendation for onboarding employees the right way:

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Building Resilience

by Andrew Amrhein on 03/11

Building Resilience

Situational Leadership, by Ken Blanchard, is a leadership training program that I love.  In it, Blanchard describes two parts of an individual’s abilities: Competence and Commitment. Recently, I’ve been having a lot of conversations on topics that I think are under the Commitment category.

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