Reducing Organizational Drag

Are you seeing signs of organizational drag? Are you listening? Here are some indicators: 1. lack of initiative or drive; people seem to be doing the “same old, same old” in their work days 2. lack of direction; people wait to be told what to do 3. presence of fear or reluctance to “do the…

Seriously, SPECIFICITY is key!

The third Core Dimension that will help you to create better workplaces, better relationships and better margins on your bottom line is SPECIFICITY. I used to say, in public settings, that if I were the kind of girl to get a tattoo on her forehead, it would be “Be Specific,” in large, curlicue letters. This…

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Five on Friday- Growing Your Small Business

Five ways to grow your small business without breaking the bank You want to grow your business but you have a limited budget. You see growth in your immediate future but your bank account won’t allow for all the bells and whistles that come with getting your business to the next level of your business plan….

Terminal Uniqueness

Terminal uniqueness is a challenging malady: it often affects the first-born, inexperienced entrepreneurs, people in cutting edge industries, and just about every sales person I’ve ever encountered. Definition: the belief that no one, anywhere, in any situation has ever faced exactly what you have. Nobody. To be fair, I do believe each person is unique with special…

Engaging with Empathy: Core Dimensions Defined

The second of the four Core Dimensions—EMPATHY—is often the most misunderstood and perhaps misaligned. A common definition of empathy is “standing in the other person’s shoes,” and although I’d love to quote Atticus Finch all day and his advice to daughter Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird is legend, the EMPATHY we develop with our clients is…

Removing Obstacles to Motivation

What if you’ve got this team, and they seem to be pretty good… and yet, something’s not working smoothly. Sometimes their performance is inconsistent, or they don’t always meet their goals (of if they do it seems at great cost), or they seem to get hung up on “history” and old, bad stuff that has…

Get Up High Enough to See…

“In every landscape, the point of astonishment is the meeting of the sky and the earth. Beauty breaks in everywhere.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature   I love Emerson as much as I love Thoreau (aka “Live deep and suck the marrow out of life” guy). I think there’s something in these writings for everyone, and…

Are you willing to be a Big Game Hunter?

Working with clients, especially leadership teams, to create strong foundations for high performance, often involves some intense truth-telling. Whenever you are getting ready to break through your common, current patterns, it’s important to be willing not only to take an honest look at the team dynamics, but also to take a look at yourself. Often,…

Dreading a high-stress, difficult conversation?

Sometimes we dread having those conversations that we really need to have: confronting a client, addressing an issue with an employee, or even resolving a problem with someone in our personal lives. My goal in these situations is to remain Calm and Confident. Here are Libby’s Three P’s for Challenging Conversations: 1. Preparation: spend some time preparing for your…

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Five on Friday- Mergers and Acquisitions

News broke recently that Johnson & Johnson will acquire medical-device maker Synthes Inc. for $21.3 billion, giving the U.S. health-products giant a commanding lead in the global market for surgical devices used to treat fractures and traumatic injuries.  Globally, M&A activity for the first quarter of 2011 reached nearly $800 billion dollars – the highest…

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